Melbourne Shows & Sights

Melbourne Shows & Sights

9 - 16 May 2018

Escorted by Bonnie and Jess, Melbourne is a city that is both dynamic and cosmopolitan, and proud of its place as Australia’s cultural capital. Here we will spend seven nights staying at the fabulous Langham Hotel, indulging in music, art and food.

$5,948 NZD
Per person
Twin share
Single Supplement
- ADD $1,650 NZD
Initial Deposit On Booking
$900 NZD
Second Deposit Due 15 December 2017
$1,200 NZD
Final Balance Due 8 February 2018

Melbourne Shows & Sights

  • We travel to stylish, arty Melbourne, a city that is both dynamic and cosmopolitan, and proud of its place as Australia’s cultural capital. Here we will spend seven nights indulging in music, art and food.

    Our trip includes five great musical experiences: two productions presented by Opera Australia, the poignant and exquisite La Traviata and Puccini’s great masterpiece Tosca (both confirmed) as well as the new production of The Wizard of Oz starring Anthony Warlow. We also present two of our own concerts, A European Romance and A Champagne Gala presented by escorts for this trip Bonnie and Jess, plus local opera stars as available.

    Staying in the lavish Langham Hotel, nestled in the famous Southbank Promenade amongst the Arts and Leisure district, we will enjoy the luxury that is the Langham, overlooking the Yarra River, and captivating Melbourne skyline.

    In between all this we enjoy lots of free time to shop and catch up with friends in our usual blend of time off and stunning organised activities where every show, every tour and every dinner becomes its own special event.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include (L, D)

    Fly to Melbourne and transfer to Parliament for a tour of this beautiful building and enjoy lunch.

    Check into the luxurious Langham Hotel, our home for the next seven nights.

    Tonight we enjoy a buffet dinner at the hotel with music provided by Bonnie and Jess, entitled A European Romance

  • HIGHLIGHTS include: (B, High tea)

    After breakfast at the hotel, we enjoy a half day tour of Melbourne which will include Flinders Station, Melbourne Cricket Ground, National Tennis Centre, St Paul’s Cathedral, Queen Victoria Market and Chinatown, before proceeding to the iconic Windsor Hotel for high tea.

    Time to rest this afternoon before tonight when we transfer to the Arts Centre to enjoy Puccini’s famous tragic opera Tosca

  • HIGHLIGHTS include: (B, D)

    Today is a full day off to explore Melbourne and go shopping!

    Tonight is the second of our operas presented by Opera Australia, La Traviata, Verdi’s poignant, magnificently melodic opera. Preceding this we will enjoy a shared Italian dinner. 

  • HIGHLIGHTS include: (B, M tea, L)

    Today we are off to Ballarat for an in-depth look at the gold rush days in Victoria. We travel to Sovereign Hill where we will have morning tea before we wander the main street and even pan for gold.

    This afternoon we will explore the shops before we enjoy lunch/ high tea at Craig’s Royal Hotel which is one of the first grand hotels of the district established in 1853.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include: (B, L)

    Today we explore the Yarra Valley with visits to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, a place to indulge our love of chocolate plus vineyard visits to Victoria’s first vineyard, Yering Station and Domaine Chandou, the Australian outpost of Moet & Chandon.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include: (B)

    This morning there is a chance to catch your breath as we have some free time before our fabulous show, The Wizard Of Oz (dependent on scheduling and availability this show time or day may change), starring Anthony Warlow.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include: (B, L, D)

    After a leisurely start we head to Melbourne Docklands where the iconic Showboat, The Lady Cutler awaits us. We enjoy lunch on board, live music from the onboard show band Memory Lane, and we take in the gorgeous views of Melbourne’s fabulous skyline as we cruise the Yarra River.

    This evening we enjoy a final gala evening with dinner in the Yarra Room, with stunning views over Melbourne, entitled A Champagne Affair. Music is presented by Bonnie and Jess and special guest artists in a sumptuous, elegant evening. A fitting way to toast our week of music, art, history and great times!

  • Breakfast included:

    Today we are off home filled with great memories of music, history and hopefully lots of shopping.

This trip includes

  • Return Air New Zealand airfares Auckland/Melbourne including all taxes. (Wellington and Christchurch to Melbourne, return, are available on request. Any extra costs will be the responsibility of the traveller).

  •  7 nights accommodation at the luxurious five star Langham Hotel, Melbourne.

  • All shows and musical evenings as listed in the itinerary including Opera Australia’s productions of La Traviata, Tosca (both confirmed) and The Wizard of Oz starring Anthony Warlow (to be confirmed) and two of our own concerts, A European Romance and A Champagne Affair.

  • Escorted by Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua and Jess Hindin.

  • Numerous special experiences and flavours including a Melbourne city tour, historic Ballarat tour including Sovereign Hill and lunch at historic Craig Hotel, afternoon tea at the Windsor Hotel, visits to famous vineyards with wine and chocolate tasting in Yarra Valley and river musical cruise on Yarra River. 

  • Free time to explore this great city or catch up with friends.

  • All tours and entrances as listed in itinerary.

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 morning tea, 1 afternoon tea, 3 dinners.


    •For further information please ring our office or visit our website.

    •All trips are subject to change but any changes will be of equal or greater value.

    •All deposits are refundable up until final payment date minus any costs that the company has incurred.

    •Please refer to our terms and conditions on our booking form.

    •While we carefully plan our trips to be well paced, all travellers need to possess a certain level of fitness. Some trips are more arduous and carry an advisory note in the itinerary that a specific level of fitness is required.

    •Operatunity Travel requires all travellers to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. Please be sure to ring our office if you require any information or clarification about  insurance or any questions regarding travelling with Operatunity Travel.


Our trip includes five great musical experiences:

Two productions presented by Opera Australia, the poignant and exquisite La Traviata and Puccini’s great masterpiece Tosca (both confirmed)

The new production of The Wizard of Oz starring Anthony Warlow.

We also present two of our own concerts, A European Romance and A Champagne Gala presented by escorts for this trip Bonnie and Jess, plus local opera stars as available.

Travel Insurance

Every customer is required to take out insurance for all international travel when taking a trip with Operatunity Ltd. 

Insurance for Domestic travel is currently available from many companies. Insurance for New Zealand trips is entirely at your discretion. Please email our office for our current recommendation if you wish our advice.

Insurance for International travel is currently available from many companies. For our trips overseas it is a requirement that proof of cover be sent to our office some time before departure from NZ. We can not accept travellers who hold no cover for international travel as per our term and conditions.
Please email our office for our current recommendation if you wish our advice. Email travelbookings@operatunity.co.nz Phone 0508 886 489



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

    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.


    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.

    · We are one of the first companies to receive approval to use Rapid Antigen testing. We have purchased a number of tests and can administer these on tours if needed to check when someone is unwell. All escorts will be tested and be required to receive a negative rapid antigen test the day before travelling with you.

    · All travellers and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated to enjoy Operatunity tours.

    · All support staff including our coach drivers will be required to be fully vaccinated.

    · All event venues and restaurants will be required to have mandated vaccine passports, where applicable, before we book and enjoy events at these venues. This is for travel within New Zealand. We will have the same objectives for international travel but this may be more difficult to police due to protocol in each specific country.

    · All Operatunity travellers will be required to fill out a short questionnaire 72 hours before travelling with Operatunity. Questions will include any symptoms regarding COVID plus if you have visited any listed places of interest prior to travelling with Operatunity. If the answer is YES to any of the questions you may be required to have proof of a negative COVID test to travel with us.

    · If you become sick on tour, you will be required to isolate and be asked to get a COVID test. Other Operatunity health and safety protocols are already in place including use of sanitiser, masks, hugging and enjoying our own group bubble while on tour. We will, of course, adhere to all government regulations and recommendations when travelling together.

    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


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