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Operatunity Travel

Experience the Exceptional

Operatunity Travel presents exceptional musical travel experiences with like-minded music and fun loving seniors to fabulous destinations, both nationally and internationally. Operatunity provides a unique blend of music, fun and camaraderie. One of our unique charms is that our escorts on trips are also all professional singers and musicians. This means that your hosts are looking after you, guiding you and ensuring your enjoyment, care and safety and then miraculously change into performers entertaining you.

Our music trips will begin initially with our 2020/2021 New Zealand Bubble. Our New Zealand trips showcase our wonderful country in a uniquely Operatunity way, as we bring you legendary artists presenting concerts and experiences against the backdrop of breathtaking locations. We are proudly New Zealand owned providing work for New Zealand artists and staff, with concerts and trips designed specifically for New Zealanders and we are delighted to support other New Zealand companies through our New Zealand concerts and our trips. 

Let's Boogie Music Festival

6 - 10 May 2021
Come and boogie with Bonnie and Karl and our bands on our 4 night dance weekend which includes Jersey Boys at the Civic.

Southern Country Music Festival

29 May - 8 June 2021
Tussock Country Music Festival, MLT New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, Operatunity Country Music Festival with our own events led by Karl, Marian and Cameron.

The Lion King Tour

23 - 26 June 2021
One of the biggest grossing musicals of all time, The Lion King is coming to New Zealand and we invite you to join us for a three night exclusive tour with four stunning musical experiences.

Millbrook Mid Winter Christmas Festival

26 June - 3 July 2021
We invite you on an amazing 7 night Mid Winter Christmas Music Festival with our 7 stunning artists staying at the 5 star Millbrook Resort, Queenstown

The Lion King Tour 2

5 - 8 July 2021
Second trip due to popular demand! One of the biggest grossing musicals of all time, The Lion King is coming to New Zealand and we invite you to join us for a three night exclusive tour with four stunning musical experiences.

Magic Music Winter Wonderland 2021

15 - 31 July 2021
A spectacular musical 17 day winter journey through Canterbury, the McKenzie Country, Mount Cook, Te Anau and Central Otago.

Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough Music Festival

31 July - 10 August 2021
Join us for our 11 day music tour of the Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough regions with great music, scenery, wine tasting, art and quirky events.

Be Wowed in Wellington

4 - 8 October 2021
We invite you on a four night tour to be wowed in Wellington at the famous World of WearableArt show, to marvel at these artists who make all things fabulous from anything mundane & enjoy a dazzling show!

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

10 - 15 October 2021
We bring you a Far North Country Music Festival where we will feature Country, Irish, Rock and Roll music with Marian, Karl, Russell, Sharon and Grant.

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.

Matakana Music Madness

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

Thank you for my holiday in the Deep South. I am refreshed and revitalized, being cared for by your admirable guides who magically transformed into actors and singers at dusk; their voices enchanted us.

~ Betty, Delve into the Deep South 2018

Many thanks to you all for a fabulous, magic holiday. We could not fault it. The organization of the tour in every respect, accommodation, company, meals and of course the superb entertainment. We would certainly recommend you to our friends.

~ Helen & Grahame H, Southern Lakes and Fiords 2018

I have just got your exciting package from my letterbox, hurried inside to open and see the contents and sink back into a wonderful time of reminiscing.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the most wonderful journey of my lifetime.
As I have said many times, I loved every moment of it. It way exceeded my expectations - and Bonnie and Jess you were the most superb hosts.
I will treasure the memories for my lifetime!!

~ Jennifer S-R, Croatia & Slovenia 2018

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

The music, history, literature, the beautiful landscapes, and charming and helpful people will always be remembered.
This was my tenth trip with Operatunity, each one has been outstanding and unique.
Sue and John have created an amazing company, giving such pleasure to so many, bless you for that.
So many highlights, too numerous to mention, an unforgettable journey, memories to last a lifetime, the list goes on.

~ Denise T, Ireland 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of every day and came home with heaps of amazing things to talk about and remember. We love our time with Operatunity and now looking forward to our next trip.

Many thanks to Sonia for organizing everything for us. Where would we be without you all.

~ Rowena & Bruce, Sydney 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

Thank you so much for a truly enjoyable trip to Sydney. The organization was superb and the last night’s concert was wonderful.
You are a special team, all so caring and warm. We really appreciate your efforts and concern,

Averill & Fred

~ Averill & Fred, Sydney 2019

Thank you for making our trip around Scandinavia and St Petersburg such a wonderful experience.
John and Stu were great escorts sharing their knowledge, sense of humour and looking after us so well. - Especially around these busy bicycle lanes!

Thank you for all that you do in organizing in such detail the many trips offered each year, and personally escorting many of them. I take my hat off to you, thank you most sincerely for giving us seniors especially those of us now on our own, the opportunity to travel safely and have such a wonderful experience and fun.

Kind regards,

Brenda

~ Brenda, Scandinavia 2019

The music, history, literature, the beautiful landscapes and charming and helpful people will always be remembered.
This was my tenth trip with Operatunity, each one has been outstanding and unique.
Sue and John have created an amazing company, giving such pleasure to so many, bless you for that.
There were many highlights, too numerous to mention, an unforgettable journey, memories to last a lifetime, the list goes on…

~ Denise, Ireland 2019

A few words of thanks for another well organised trip a trip down memory lane for several other people.
We visited places that most tourists wouldn't even venture to.
Your team members were outstanding, working together, helping the group, courteous, patient and understanding. The entertainment was superb and team leader Bonnie’s management skills were excellent.

Sincerely Gary and Raewyn

~ Gary and Raewyn, Rarotonga 2019

Dear Sue and John,

You can be so proud of how Bonnie, Jess, Kalauni along with Derek, Stephen and Briony represented you both.
They were outstanding. The staff at the crown resort Rarotonga were wowed “look at how much enjoyment people who you think could not go travelling are having” they said.
The staff couldn’t have been more helpful themselves.
The entertainment blew everyone away and the joy it gave was unmeasurable.
As always, your travelling company is out on its own, and already I have booked another trip. Sonja is a joy to talk too.

Many thanks,
Glenda

~ Glenda, Rarotonga 2019

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 Operatunity NZ Trip COVID Policies 
    We understand the need for flexibility at present but there is also the need to have something to look forward. Operatunity has put the following in place for this year’s trips to protect your health and financial security.

     

    Financial

     

    1. Generally as a policy if we are unable to proceed with a NZ trip due to COVID -19 restrictions, we would, if possible, transfer the trip to new dates. We have done that on other occasions in 2020. 
    2. However we will refund you IN FULL if this trip is unable to proceed or 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.You need 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!
    5. Sorry, still no hugging!

     

    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!

     

    2021 Operatunity Overseas Trip Policies 

    We have cancelled all Australia South Pacific travel until July 2021. We have cancelled all European trips in 2021. 

     

    Operatunity will only travel overseas when the following are in place:

    1. There is no requirement to quarantine in New Zealand on return or in the country we are travelling to. 
    2. The vaccine is given to a high percentage of people and we mitigate risk. 
    3. There is no risk to us being stranded overseas or border rules changing which results in health risk or increased cost to you. 
    4. Once borders open that border protocols have demonstrated that it is safe to travel. In other words we will let other people be the guinea pigs!
  • 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

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