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Operatunity Travel

Experience the Exceptional

 

A Message from Sue and John

At Operatunity our special ingredients are music, flair and care, to take that getaway you’ve been dreaming of and elevate it to something truly exceptional. Our tours provide exclusive access to extraordinary musical moments you can only experience through Operatunity. From sheep stations to castles, from fiords to mountains, New Zealand’s finest performers will add a layer of beauty, vibrancy and warmth to these spectacular locations, only to be experienced by a special few.

 

Our tour hosts may be stars of the stage, but above all they are among the kindess people I know and trust to guide you with the the utomost care, and of course, fun! Our travellers arrive carefree knowing all the details have been taken care of thanks to our dedicated travel team. They bring to life the trips that John and I dream up, with your exacting needs in mind and provide outstanding personalised service every step of the way.

 

Proudly Kiwi owned and operated, Operatunity has been bringing happiness into the lives of New Zealand seniors for 21 years. When you join us, you’ll join over 10,000 travellers who have celebrated life with us. 2022 is your time to experience the exceptional.

With love and best wishes,

Susan Boland MNZM & John Cameron Co-Owners and Founders

 

2022 Travel Brochure

2 - 2 July 2021
Our full 2022 travel brochure.

The Great New Zealand Train Journey

24 October - 7 November 2021
Train whistle blowin’, all aboard and we are on the road (or on the train tracks!) for the Greatest New Zealand Train Journey.

Martinborough Spring Music Festival

6 - 13 November 2021
Join us on our 7 night spring music festival tour where we present numerous music events from our Three Tenors.

Waiheke Song Spectacular 2

6 - 13 November 2021
So popular was our first Waiheke Song Spectacular that we are doing it again in November 2021. Join us for 7 stunning music events on Waiheke with gourmet food and wine experiences at many iconic vineyards.

Victorian Heritage Celebration Oamaru

15 - 24 November 2021
We invite you to experience a 10 day tour which includes the amazing annual Victorian Heritage Celebration in Oamaru plus Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook, McKenzie Country, Oamaru and Dunedin.

Christmas in the Waitomo Caves

26 - 30 November 2021
Imagine listening to some of New Zealand’s finest artists delivering a beautiful Christmas concert in the Waitomo Caves.

Matakana Music Madness

30 November - 7 December 2021
Enjoy 7 stunning musical events against the backdrop of beautiful Matakana.

Christmas with Karl

23 December 2021 - 2 January 2022
Karl and his merry men will take you on an amazing journey of merriment, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and much laughter and fun!

Coromandel Country Extravaganza

6 - 13 February 2022
Come and party with our stunning artists as we take you to the Coromandel, one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places in New Zealand.

Art Deco Napier

18 - 22 February 2022
Fancy stepping back to a time when life was gentler and when women were elegant and so were the men?

Norfolk Island Music Festival

23 February - 2 March 2022
Fly to Norfolk Island on our own chartered flight with our favourite artists!

Far North A Little Bit of Country Music Festival 2nd Trip

26 February - 3 March 2022
We bring you a Far North Country Music Festival where we will feature Country, Irish, Rock and Roll music with Marian, Karl, Sharon, Russell and Grant.

Off the Beaten Track Rail Odyssey

11 - 25 March 2022
A 15 day exclusive musical train charter around the North Island to see many natural wonders only accessible by train.

Marlborough Sounds Music Festival

23 - 31 March 2022
We enjoy our own version of paradise and feed all your senses, as we take you on a musical journey, commuting with nature and relaxing amongst the bush, by the sea.

Autumn Leaves Music Festival

11 - 20 April 2022
Discover the beauty of Central Otago in the autumn with all the colours of the Fall.

Mid Winter Christmas Festival

7 - 15 June 2022
Be captivated by our Mid-winter Christmas Festival with six special music events in one of the most beautiful regions in NZ.

Magic Music Winter Wonderland

30 June - 16 July 2022
A magical musical journey through New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery with snow capped mountains and amazing vistas!

Spring and Song in the South

28 September - 5 October 2022
We invite you on a musical, historic and scenic journey to the bottom of New Zealand in spring, to the hidden treasures that many New Zealanders have never seen or experienced.

Far North A Little Bit of Country Music Festival

7 - 12 October 2022
Country, Irish, Rock and Roll music with Karl, Marian, Suzy, Russell, Pat and Grant

The Great New Zealand Train Journey

16 - 30 October 2022
All aboard and we are on the road (or on the train tracks!) for the Great New Zealand Train Journey which combines all the bygone glory of train travel, with fun and music.

Taranaki Garden Spectacular

24 October - 1 November 2022
Come celebrate the beauty of the North Island’s West Coast with the Taranaki Garden Spectacular Festival.

Rock and Roll Around Waiheke

13 - 20 November 2022
Rock and Roll around Waiheke with us as we enjoy 7 fun filled music events on Waiheke!

Southern Lakes & Fiords

22 - 26 November 2022
Imagine a place where the only sounds are birds and the rustle of trees in the mystical isolation of Doubtful Sound.

Martinborough Spring Music Festival

30 November - 7 December 2022
Music events from our Three Tenors, Stonehenge Aotearoa, gourmet food and wine experiences, historic houses and spring garden tours.

My trip to your music festival at Norfolk Island was superb! I cannot express my appreciation strongly enough - thank you seems so inadequate. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

Your talents and those of your brilliant co-stars will live in my memory for a long long time. I was moved to tears at times the singing so beautiful and meaningful. And each day a new setting and new experience to enjoy.

To add to all the music it was great fun too! And the food delicious!

Many many thanks.

~ Norfolk 2020, Trish White

We want to thank you so much for another wonderful trip and for the memory stick and the great group photo that arrived so quickly. It was so nice to be able to catch up with the four people we met on the 2017 Croatia trip and make new friends, some of whom will be on the Murray River in September. We thoroughly enjoyed the shows but the wee concerts provided by Lynette, Alex, Kelly and Jess are what we think set your trips apart and make them so special.

~ Bryan & Heather H, Melbourne 2020

I just want to thank you so very much for your kindness and help arranging my travel to Norfolk Island.

Everything went without a hitch. I had a wonderful time. It was so hot though. I met some lovely people. Sue and the team kept us so busy and was very tentative.

~ Sylvia S, Norfolk 2020

Thank you both, and your talented team of entertainers for a wonderful trip to Norfolk Island.
It was certainly a time of song, music, love and laughter, and great fun.
I always appreciate the dress code that you have the smartly dressed men and the beautiful gowns you and your ladies wear.
Also thank you to all the crew for looking after us all so well, it is very much appreciated, I am very grateful for the help I received, so it was possible to join the trip.

Cheers,

Fay

~ Fay, Norfolk 2020

Another wonderful tour with Operatunity.
Another bunch of special highlights to remember and put in my memory bank. The pleasure each tour gives me is priceless and has added greatly to the very happy person I am. I can’t wait for the next one to Vanuatu.
I feel very special being picked up and taken home after each tour.
It was a great pleasure to see Bonnie, Karl, Paul, Marian, Suzanne, and the Band and to meet Russell. I am in awe of the talents all of them possesses and what lovely people they all are as well.

Love and best wishes,

Glenda

~ Glenda, Norfolk 2020

Bruce and I wish to say thank you for a truly incredible week with you all in Norfolk Island.
It was a magical time filled with glorious musical events and fun filled activities every day.
It never ceases to amaze us as to how much time and effort you all put into these holidays to make them so special for us, the travelers.
We are left with so many wonderful memories.
Looking forward to our next trip with you.
Many thanks again for this special time.

Kindest regards,

Rowena & Bruce

~ Rowena & Bruce, Norfolk 2020


Dear Sue, John and Team,

Once again, many thanks for the wonderful “coromandel Tenors Extravaganza” Such a lovely week enjoying our own beautiful country and for me, an area that I hadn’t visited since 1991, when we stayed with my late husband’s cousins in Tairua.
Everything about the trip was magical and the music sublime! You are a remarkable team and bring so much joy to everyone who participates in your concerts and trips, we are so blessed.
I’m looking forward to the lower Hutt concerts on 26th Feb and the train trip in April, meanwhile a family wedding and a grandchild feature; next week, granddaughter to marry 13th Feb in Dunedin, grandson and partner to have their baby in March.

Again, heartfelt thanks and fondest regards

~ Denise, Coromandel 2021

Dear Operatunity

There are always silver linings in the Lockdown scenarios - and receiving these Happiness Half Hours is certainly up there with the best of them!! So, very many thanks for this - it’s fabulous. Am about to watch this one for a second time!!

Earlier this year, I went on your wonderful trip to Coromandel - this certainly was an outstanding experience - my friend and I enjoyed everything about it - one of
the best holidays I’ve had. Everything was perfect.

When I was on the bus, I got chatting with Cameron Barclay, and I have a question or two I’d like to ask him - is it possible, please, to have an email address for him? (I will quite understand if this can’t be disclosed.)

In the meantime, very best wishes to all of you, and thanks for the incredible effort you put into your programmes. Am keeping my fingers crossed that your future ventures (concerts and trips) can go ahead, and am really looking forward to the rest of this year’s concerts.

With kindest regards

~ Sandra, Coromandel 2021

Hi Sue & John,

In light of Level 3, I understand completely re The Crooners, of course disappointing and unfortunate for all but it is better to stay safe. Look forward to your next email for further information.

So glad Gary and I did the Coromandel with you. It was fabulous, several areas off our bucket list.

We were most impressed with the venues, the meals, table settings, most of all the organization, and of course the 5 Tenors, not forgetting Chris, the coach driver, especially the control re the scary moment over the Kopu Hikuai with misty windows. A most memorable, fabulous tour, thank you.

~ Valerie and Gary, Coromandel 2021

I would like to thank you both personally for the wonderful time you gave us on this tour. You were the perfect hosts, well organised, caring and most of all, fun! This was my first tour with you, and it will not be my last. I fell in love with Bonnie and Cameron, they are fabulous guys, like yourselves, caring and great company. Operatunity is a professional company and that is reflected in the performers you employ, they were wonderful with the guests, they made us feel part of your family. It was a shock to return home to my husband who I have been a caregiver for 20 years, but it was the tour with you guys, that gives me the spirit to carry on and dream about my well-earned and most loved break away from family worries. Thank you again for a wonderful tour, the memories will stay with me forever.

~ Margaret, Lets Boogie 2021

When my beloved husband passed away just before Christmas 2019, my world came crashing down and I could not see how life could ever be normal again. In 2020, I realised that it was time to get out and start making a new life for myself, but my self-confidence was very low, and I knew I needed time away form home and a change of scenery following lockdown. I thought back to the two overseas trips that I had enjoyed with Operatunity some years previous and the way we were looked after and cared for by the tour hosts. I knew that this was the environment where I could feel safe and be myself without being judged. It didn’t matter that I would not know any of the travellers on the tour because they would be like minded people who understand me and cared about each other. They would understand if I was feeling down or if a song during a performance bought me to tears and they did just that. So, I booked two trips and what an amazing experience they were! I came home feeling a different person and with more confidence to face the future and whatever it holds for me. Everyone was so kind and caring and understanding. I have made some new friends from the trips who want to stay in contact with me. I want to thank you all for helping me to change and adapt and for giving me the confidence to face the world again. I couldn’t live without music in my life, and it is truly therapeutic. The wonderful Operatunity team that administers music does it in such a special manner that enhances the therapeutic effect and I have proved that to be true in recent times from my experiences.
Thank you to all at Operatunity for your part in my progress, and I look forward to continuing to enjoy music with you for years to come.

~ Rosemary

I do not know how to say thank you. It is simply not sufficient for all you give me. So, I sit here wondering, how you will ever know what you have done, not just for me, but for all those thousands who are lucky enough to have found you.

~ Julie, Rondo Member

Hi, Sue and John, Bonnie, Kalauni, Kelly, Grant, Derek, Chris, and Sonja and all her Travel support team,
I'm just back from the Magic Music Winter Wonderland trip, how fantastic was that!!
A huge thanks to you all but especially our ever-present, caring, fun-loving and very talented Bonnie, Kalauni, Kelly, Grant, and driver Chris, who all made the trip so enjoyable and memorable - from the excellent planned itinerary through to improvising and impromptu tweaking!! And to Derek, too, at our last night's concert.
There were many, many memorable moments during the trip, but for me the concert at Church of the Good Shepherd, the Clay Pinnacles, Mt Cook in the snow, curling in Naseby, singing in St Bathans, & dancing in Te Anau were just some of those extra special moments - wow!
I'm looking forward very much to getting the group's photo USB, these are such a great idea - thanks. To everyone in Operatunity, thank you again for another wonderful Operatunity Travel experience!

~ Anne Jack, Winter Wonderland 2021

Once again, many thanks for the wonderful “coromandel Tenors Extravaganza.” Such a lovely week enjoying our own beautiful country and for me, an area that I had not visited since 1991, when we stayed with my late husband’s cousins in Tairua. Everything about the trip was magical and the music sublime! You are a remarkable team and bring so much joy to everyone who participates in your concerts and trips, we are so blessed.
Again, heartfelt thanks and fondest regards

~ Denise, Coromandel 2021

Thank you both, and your talented team of entertainers for a wonderful trip to Norfolk Island.
It was certainly a time of song, music, love and laughter, and great fun. I always appreciate the dress code that you have the smartly dressed men and the beautiful gowns you and your lady’s wear.
Also thank you to all the crew for looking after us all so well, it is very much appreciated, I am very grateful for the help I received, so it was possible to join the trip

~ Fay, Norfolk Island 2020

The Waiheke trip was just amazing; to me, everything was perfect – accommodation, places we visited, food and your wonderful people who as well as being great singers (and actors) are so flexible in the many jobs they undertake and are so very people oriented. They are such lovely people who have a wonderful rapport with the older age group.

~ Ginny, Waiheke Island 2021

We are writing to thank you all for a wonderful bus and train tour around the North Island. We especially like going to several ‘out of the way’ places such as Martinborough, The Forgotten Highway, as well as some of the side trips to beautiful gardens and homes. All the concerts were wonderful. We especially were impressed with the way all of the team not only performed their musical duties, who also worked long hours and took on a wide range of tasks from baggage handlers to trolley dollies, to assisting many of the tour party getting on and off the bus and train.

~ Noel & Barbara, Off the Beaten Track 2021

Can’t believe it’s a week since our wonderful holiday and unforgettable last night at ‘the Bach’. A week of fun, laughter, and kindness. Can’t find appropriate words to thank organising admin, entertainers, Sue and John. Heaps of love to you all!

~ Pamela & Hans, Waiheke Island 2021

Dear All,
Jan and I have been attending your concerts at Somervell Church Remuera since the beginning. We have watched your success and the formula you have used. Congratulations on a wonderful Business Pattern.
Every concert has improved in every way from content, back drops to costumes etc. Your Artists put their ALL into every performance with enthusiasm and humour bringing pleasure to so many elderly and disabled folk. We would never miss a concert unless our health would not permit.
Your tours are well organised and the tour leaders very caring!

~ Cyril and Jan, Remuera - 2021

Travel Insurance

Every customer is required to take out insurance for all international travel when taking a trip with Operatunity Ltd. We have our own travel insurance broker and we invite you to ring direct for your insurance requirements.

Phone Harriet on 09 3629038 Or email Harriet.lawrence@aon.comYou are of course welcome to make your own insurance arrangements for travel, just be sure that your insurance policy covers you extensively especially when travelling to certain countries such as USA with its high health costs.

 

MOBILITY

Operatunity provides group senior travel and with this in mind we plan trips to suit our target market. But not every trip is created equal in terms of mobility. We want to give you the best possible experience but that will only be achieved if you are able to enjoy everything that our trips have to offer.
Most of our long haul trips require a better level of mobility. We will look after everyone as well as we possibly can, but we cannot look after one at the expense of the rest of the group. We also cannot have one person slowing the rest of group to the point where the group is not able to enjoy every experience we are able to provide.
With this in mind we have put a mobility clause into every trip. Under each explanation here I have popped a statement. Ask yourself if this is ‘you’, when booking on a trip.

None of the following mobility clauses preclude you from ordering a wheelchair at the airport if required.

1. GENTLE TOUR This tour will suit most people, even with a stick or a walker, but sorry not someone in a wheelchair. The activity level is gently paced, but you still need to be able to get on and off buses easily. There will be walking, but not a lot. “I love travelling, but at a gentle pace. I like to avoid stairs or too much activity, but I am able to get on and off buses easily.” 

2. EASY TOUR This tour will suit people with a stick, but not a walker. You will be required to walk to get from place to place and stand in museums, but it is designed to be an easy tour with lots of times to rest, travel on a coach and walk easy leisurely distances.  ”Walking is fine. I can get on and off a coach. I am happy to stand for an hour or two in museums and galleries and gently stroll through places of interest. I am happy to climb the odd set of stairs.” 

3. MODERATE WALKING TOUR This tour requires a better level of fitness with no wheelchairs or walkers. Generally, there may be times when we can’t get the coach close. In some of our Pacific Island tours we will need you to transfer onto a tender and walk on soft sand. We also will have much longer flights and long walks through airports. “I like walking at a moderate pace. I love to keep my days full and experience everything the tour has to  offer. Stairs, tender transfers and cobblestones don’t bother me.” 

4.  EXPLORING TOUR This is still a moderately paced tour, but you will be required to walk longer distances, walk on cobblestones and stand in museums. To really get the best out of this tour you need to be able to stand or walk for a couple  of hours comfortably, be it at a leisurely pace.  “I like to spend most of the day exploring. Whether walking historic neighbourhoods on cobblestones at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, I want my days full. Stairs don’t bother me and I am keen to see and do as much as I can with the odd day off to recuperate.” 

  • 2021/2022
    NZ TRIP COVID POLICIES

    We understand the need for flexibility at present but there is also the need to have something to look forward to. Operatunity has put the following in place for our trips to protect your health and financial security.

    Financial

    1. Generally as a policy if we are unable to proceed with a trip due to
    COVID-19 restrictions, we would, if possible, transfer the trip to new dates.
    2. However we will refund you IN FULL if this trip is unable to be transferred due to Covid restrictions, even once you have paid finals for this trip.
    3. This does not mean we would refund you if you simply changed your mind and decided not to go at the last minute.
    4. It does mean, however, that if you had a medical certificate to say you were unwell to travel that we would work very hard to get as much of a refund back for you depending on hotels and other costs involved.
    5. If we have booked your flights and the trip was unable to proceed, we will work hard to get you a credit or refund, but if the flights have already been ticketed this would be a credit for you to use on another occasion. We would be unable to get you a full refund for your airline tickets.

    Health and Safety
    Please do not travel if you are unwell.

    1. If you have any cold or flu symptoms the week before departure, you must see your GP and obtain a medical certificate.
    2. Wearing of Masks - You are welcome to bring your own mask and wear it
    at any time. At time of printing this brochure, you are required to wear masks on the plane and on public transport. Masks will not be mandatory on our own coach, at our own meals or activities, or when we are within our group as we will be in our own bubble.
    3. If you fall ill while on the trip, you will be asked to isolate in your room for a couple of days off to rest. You may also be asked to see a doctor and obtain a COVID test.
    4. Hand washing - We have provided a travel size hand sanitiser, please use this frequently throughout the day and wash your hands!

    These policies have been compiled to allow you to travel with confidence and with utmost enjoyment as well as keep you safe and keep our New Zealand bubble safe! Let’s go and have some fun and experience the most beautiful country in the world!

  • Operatunity is a company specialising in music lovers tours to the senior market. Each trip has been especially planned to include music and arts experiences and has a level of friendliness and care which cannot be found anywhere else! Our trips are packed with features not found anywhere else

  • Yes we have lots of people who travel on their own. We endeavour to match you up with someone who lives close to you or is close in age to you. Often you will get a chance to meet with your matchup or ring them before you leave on your trip. You also may prefer to travel solo and pay the single supplement price. We travel as a happy band so there will be lots of chances to meet people. You will find fellow music lovers and those with other similar interests. In fact those like the nicer things of life so you will travel with like-minded people.
    It is also important to remember that our singers are our escorts so you will see at least a couple of familiar faces as you leave.

  • If you live outside of Auckland, we can arrange travel and accommodation on your way to meet up with our group. We have access and can book domestic airfares in conjunction with Air New Zealand international airfares. Plus we can book your pre and post tour accommodation if required.

  • It is compulsory for our international trips and highly recommended for our domestic tours. 

  • No as most airlines offer various special meals and any restaurants we visit are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements.

  • While we will endeavour to provide the best possible experience and care, all travellers must be fit to travel and be independent. All trips are catering for a senior market but some trips will suit better than others. Some trips also carry an advisory note as they require a higher level of fitness.

  • We ask that you can walk at least 100 metres unaided and be able to get on and off buses with little or no assistance. We cater for a senior market but it is important that you do not jeopardise the enjoyment of others by requiring more care and holding up the rest of the group. Talk to our office or staff at concerts and any advisory notes for individual trips to get a better idea of your suitability for each trip.

  • We stay at 4 and 5 star character hotels, avoiding package, tourist or big hotel chains. We choose  hotels with a more personal feel often with historic content or hotels of beauty and character, centrally located or in parks, by the water, or with beautiful gardens.

  • Breakfast is included daily, and many dinners and lunches are also included as per our itinerary.

  • There are no hidden costs. Included in the trip are tips, taxes, porterage, breakfast, meals where specified, inclusions listed in the itinerary, entry fees where listed in the itinerary, concert/show tickets where listed in the itinerary, tour escorts and local specialised guides. 

  • Some of our trips sell out very quickly and we recommend you make your booking as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. 

  • We will ask you to pay an initial deposit when making your booking. We will then follow up for a second deposit and then a final balance payment prior to travel.

  • All deposits up until final payment are refundable minus any costs the company may incur.

    After final deposit refunds are unlikely and the refund becomes an insurance claim. We do not charge a cancellation fee.

  • Our numbers vary from destination to destination, please contact our office for further information.  We have a minimum number required to operate a tour. Should minimum numbers not be met, a full refund will be made. 

  • For international trips, all guests must have a valid passport that does not expire earlier than at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. 

  • Music is a key element in making our experiences special. There are special experiences and events every day, such as themed dinners, impromptu concerts, music, art tours with art experts and garden tours with garden experts.

  • Most hotels now have internet connection and all hotels have telephones in the room or at reception. If using your mobile telephone check calling and text rates, and disable data roaming before leaving New Zealand. Consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card. And you can keep in touch using social media such as Facebook. We have a copy of your next of kin details in case of emergency and we are also happy to help out with texts, phone calls and emails if you can’t get in touch with your family and need to while away. We are also happy to help out with getting your phones, ipads and cameras to work if needed while away.

  • We spend less time travelling between regions, allowing more time to enjoy experiences when you arrive. We avoid one night stops and “conveyor belt” travel, so you really can capture the local colour and vitality of the region. Our trips are planned so that there is a balance of included activities and free time for you to relax or do some exploring on your own.

  • Contact Operatunity Travel 

    Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Mail your booking form to PO BOX 132 150, Sylvia Park, Auckland 1644
    Email: travel@operatunity.co.nz

  • Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Email: travel@operatunity.co.nz

Media/Newsflash

Happiness Half Hour - Episode 29 Twist and Shout!
Happiness Half Hour - Episode 29 Twist and Shout!
Happiness Half Hour - Episode 28
Happiness Half Hour - Episode 28
Happiness Half Hour Father's Day Special Revisited - Episode 27
Happiness Half Hour Father's Day Special Revisited - Episode 27
Operatunity Happiness Half Hour Episode 26 - The Best of the Musicals
Operatunity Happiness Half Hour Episode 26 - The Best of the Musicals

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