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The Great New Zealand Train Journey

The Great New Zealand Train Journey

24 April - 8 May 2022

Train whistle blowin’, 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 laughter with our escorts, as well as incredible musical events in beautiful settings around New Zealand.

$6,950 NZD
per person
twin share
Single Supplement
- ADD $1,985 NZD
Initial Deposit On Booking
$900 NZD
Second Deposit Due 15 December 2021
$1,200 NZD
Final Balance Due 30 January 2022

The Great New Zealand Train Journey

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  • Best loved musical experiences along the way which include a welcome concert: Getting to Know You, a gala event The Golden Age of Musicals at Vilagrad Vineyard, Puttin on the Ritz plus dine and dance: a Blenheim vineyard concert and dinner: Showstoppers, a musical theatre concert at the Tongagariro Chateau: Climb Every MountainLove and Laughter with special guest artist Stuart Coats and our final evening gala From Phantom to Les Mis with special guest Amanda Atlas.

  • Love, care and laughter from our incredible tour hosts Karl Perigo, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Kelly Lim Harris and pianist Grant Winterburn, with special guest appearances by Amanda Atlas and Stuart Coats.

  • OUR TRAIN AND BOAT JOURNEY

    Our train journey takes us through many parts of New Zealand. The plan is we put our luggage on our coach so we don’t need to concern ourselves with luggage on the train. The coach drops us off and we enjoy time on the train while the coach drives our luggage to the next destination.

    Train rides through beautiful farmlands, rugged coastlines, the volcanic plateau, undulating mountains and lush forests.

    Numerous tours and experiences from Hobbiton to the Weta Museum to glimpse behind the scenes of The Lord of the Rings, to the International Antarctic Centre, wine tasting in Blenheim and so much more.

    Northern Explorer - North Island

    We will see fantastic views of New Zealand from farmland, rugged bush landscapes and the engineering masterpiece that is the Raurimu Spiral, to passing the majestic volcanoes of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu - the home of the North Island ski fields.

    We then descend through stunning river gorges to the farming landscapes and rocky sea scapes of the lower North Island - all from large panoramic windows and the open-air viewing deck of the Northern Explorer train.

    Interislander - Wellington - Picton

    The Interislander travels the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and is one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist experiences.

    Coastal Pacific Train

    On one side of your train you will see the wine growing region of Blenheim and the rugged Kaikoura mountain ranges; on the other side the Pacific Ocean coastline with views of marine wildlife such as seals and penguins, and some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas of the Canterbury Plains.

    TranzAlpine - Christchurch - Southern Alps – Greymouth (and return)

    Travelling west crossing the Canterbury Plains, the train slowly ascends through spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River towards the Southern Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass. From here we descend through the Otira Tunnel to the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, through lush alpine forests to Greymouth.

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels: Auckland (1 night), Hamilton (3 nights), Chateau Tongariro (2 nights), Wellington (3 nights), Blenheim (2 nights), Christchurch (3 nights).

     

    Cordis Hotel, Auckland (1 night)

    This elegant hotel is a 15-minute walk from the SkyCity Auckland casino and 1 km from the landmark Sky Tower. There's a polished international restaurant, and a luxe lobby bar offering afternoon tea. Other amenities include a spa, a gym, and an outdoor pool with a hot tub.

     

    Novotel Hamilton Tainui (3 nights)

    Waikato’s leading 4 star hotel the Novotel Tainui boasts the city’s best location, in the CBD on the banks of the Waikato River.

     

    Chateau Tongariro Hotel (2 nights)

    The historical Chateau Tongariro Hotel impresses with its grand architecture and interiors, location in the Tongariro National Park and facilities, which include a 9-hole golf course and a cinema.

    Chateau Hotel Tongariro features a games room with billiards, sauna, indoor plunge pool and a fitness centre. The in-house cinema shows a range of films daily.

     

    Intercontinental Hotel, Wellington (3 nights)

    The Intercontinental Hotel offers direct access to the Lambton Quay shopping area, just a ten minute walk from Wellington Station. This hotel features rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views

     

    Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim (2 nights)

    Today we are off to the South Island on the Interislander and enjoy the magnificent views of the Marlborough Sounds. Chateau Marlborough Hotel is Blenheim’s only 5 star hotel and is located in the heart of Marlborough Wine Country, internationally renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc.

     

    Peppers Christchurch Clearwater Resort, Christchurch (3 nights)

    We travel down one of the most beautiful coasts in New Zealand – with its crashing waves, rugged rocks and seal colonies – to Kaikoura and then onto Christchurch. Peppers Christchurch Clearwater Resort is just a short drive from the garden city and ideally positioned to take in views of the striking Lake Kaikainui.

This trip includes

  • • 14 nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels: Auckland (1 night), Hamilton (3 nights), Chateau Tongariro (2 nights), Wellington (3 nights), Blenheim (2 nights), Christchurch (3 nights).


    • Train journeys: Northern Explorer Auckland – Hamilton - National Park - Wellington //Coastal Pacific, Blenheim - Christchurch // TranzAlpine Christchurch - Greymouth (return).


    • Other transport - Interislander Ferry one-way Wellington to Picton, plus all transfers, including luggage and people by coach included.


    • Best loved musical experiences along the way which include a welcome concert: Getting to Know You, a gala event The Golden Age of Musicals at Vilagrad Vineyard, Puttin on the Ritz plus dine and dance: a Blenheim vineyard concert and dinner: Showstoppers, a musical theatre concert at the Tongagariro Chateau: Climb Every MountainLove and Laughter with special guest artist Stuart Coats and our final evening gala From Phantom to Les Mis with special guest Amanda Atlas. 

    • Numerous experiences such as tours of Weta Workshop, Hobbiton, Zealong Tea Estate, Knights of the Sky, International Antarctic Centre, Hamilton Gardens, Te Papa and National Army Museum, includes wine tasting in Blenheim, special movie night at the Chateau to watch Murder on the Orient Express and tour of National Park.


    • All breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 6 lunches and 10 dinners included.


    • Love, care and laughter from our incredible tour hosts Karl Perigo, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Kelly Lim Harris and pianist Grant Winterburn, with special guest appearances by Amanda Atlas and Stuart Coats. Limited to one coach load of happy Operatunity Travellers. 

    PLEASE NOTE: As our travellers are coming from all over NZ, airfares are not included.

MODERATE 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. You will need to be able to get on and off a train with ease and walk through the train stations.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

• Deposits refundable until final payment date minus any costs incurred, or an administration fee of up to $300.

• Travellers need to be independently mobile and fit to travel.

• Travellers are required to obtain comprehensive travel insurance for all international trips.

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

All travellers and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated to enjoy our tour. There may be requirements for a pre tour COVID test if you answer yes to any questions on our pre-tour questionnaire. This questionnaire will include questions regarding any symptoms of COVID, plus if you have visited any places of interest prior to travelling with Operatunity.

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

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