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Norfolk Island Music Festival

Norfolk Island Music Festival

23 February - 1 March 2020

Enjoy a week of stunning musical events, led by Marian Burns, Sue, Bonnie, Karl, other singers and band. We entertain you against the backdrop of Norfolk, a subtropical island, where natural beauty combines with a turbulent convict history and the famous Mutiny on the Bounty.

$5,560 NZD
Per Person
Twin Share
Initial Deposit On Booking
$900 NZD
Second Deposit Due 2 September 2019
$2,000 NZD
Final Balance Due 7 November 2019

Norfolk Island Music Festival

  • Enjoy a week of stunning musical events against the backdrop of Norfolk, a subtropical island, where natural beauty combines with a turbulent convict history and the famous mutiny on the Bounty.

    We bring with us many of our favourite, fabulous artists: Marian, Sue, Bonnie, Karl, Russell, Suzanne, Stu, Isaac and our Glenn Miller band!

    We present specially crafted musical events: Love, Leprechauns and Laughter Gala, America Here We Come, Glenn Miller Tea Dance and Music of Inspiration at the beautiful Melanesian Chapel.

    The climax of the week is our Gala Dinner Blanc event in a magic forest grotto entitled Starry, Starry Night.

    We are introduced to the island and the locals, learn about its history and enjoy other special tours of the island and activities including the Mutiny on the Bounty show, Mad Hatters Tea Party and a ‘Pirates, Mutineers and Wenches’ night.

    Bring your sense of humour as we laugh, fiddle and sing our way through seven days of fun!

  • Fly to Norfolk Island and transfer to your choice of hotel: self-contained cottages at Governor’s Lodge Resort, or the beautiful Paradise Hotel. These properties are across the road from each other.

    HIGHLIGHTS include:

    A fun welcome dinner entitled South Pacific BBQ with some favourite songs from our artists, a teaser to start our week!

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    An Island Orientation tour, which includes historic Kingston, the famous convict buildings, beautiful beaches and the renowned Melanesian Chapel, plus morning tea.

    This evening we will enjoy a gala concert in the beautiful, historic Melanesian Church entitled Music of Inspiration, which includes folk songs, war songs, sacred songs, songs based on poetry, ballads and songs that have inspired and moved people.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    Time for shopping today or a chance to hire a car and drive around the island.

    A high afternoon tea at the Governor’s Lodge as we present Glenn Miller Tea Dance.

    Fish Fry dinner with glorious views over the bay. Outdoor show Mutiny on the Bounty presented by descendants of the mutineers, performed in an outdoor amphitheatre on Norfolk’s western coastline.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    A highlight of the trip: a chance for you to don your maddest, prettiest or zaniest hat and join us on the magnificent cliffs for a Mad Hatter’s Garden Tea Party!

    After free time, a premium event, Love, Leprechauns and Laughter Gala, where our artists will present three brackets of song, one filled with Irish singing and fiddling, the other two with famous love and comic songs!

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    Convict Settlement Tour, an in-depth tour and talk about the historic Georgian settlement of Kingston, it’s cemetery, stories, houses, and convict ruins.

    A fun and silly night for us as we dress as pirates or wenches and let the locals entertain us in a themed evening entitled Pirates, Mutineers and Wenches.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    Time for shopping today! Have you bought the whole shoe shop out yet?

    You are invited to don those fancy clothes for America, Here We Come! Famous songs from the USA including fiddling, musicals, 50’s and 60’s songs plus cocktails and a gourmet dinner! Anyone for a dance?

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    A light shared lunch at the Governor’s Lodge and simply a chance to enjoy each other’s company today as we reminisce about our week together.

    A final night extravaganza at Forrester Grove, a magic forest grotto in an evening entitled Starry, Starry Night where we will wear white (or some white!) and enjoy a Dinner Blanc under the stars with magical musical melodies. What a way to end our week!

  • Time for a reality check today as we return to the real world, but with marvellous memories and feelings of joy!

This trip includes

  • Return airfares Auckland - Norfolk Island on our own chartered Air New Zealand flight including all taxes.

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in your choice of two lovely hotels: Governor’s Lodge Resort offers individual one bedroom 4 1/2 star fully serviced cottages set on 12 acres of wonderfully landscaped sub-tropical gardens, or The Paradise Hotel and Resort, a lovely hotel which has been recently refurbished, nestled in 11 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds.

  • Many of our favourite, fabulous artists: Marian Burns, Susan Boland, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Karl Perigo, Russell Dixon, Suzanne Lynch, Stuart Coats and Isaac Pawson, accompanied by Bruce French, Grant Winterburn and Mike Booth!

  • Themed music events with a backdrop of this beautiful island. Music of Inspiration in the beautiful church, America, Here We Come!, Glenn Miller Tea Dance, and our premium gala event: Love, Leprechauns and Laughter.

  • The climax of the week is our Dinner Blanc event in a magic forest grotto entitled Starry, Starry Night, a magical, musical evening under the stars.

  • All activities and tours as listed in the itinerary including island tours, the Mutiny on the Bounty show, Mad Hatters Tea Party and a ‘Pirates, Mutineers and Wenches’ night.

  • All breakfasts, 2 high teas, 1 morning tea, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, 1 supper.

  • All transfers, tips, tours and porterage as listed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

PLACES WE STAY

Choice of 2 hotels either GOVERNOR’S LODGE or PARADISE RESORT. (First come first served)

Governor’s Lodge Resort Hotel is set in 12 acres of landscaped sub-tropical gardens dotted with majestic Norfolk Pines. The hotel is superbly located only an 8 minute walk to low tax shopping outlets and centre of Burnt Pine Township.

Paradise Hotel & Resort Norfolk Island is nestled in 11 acres of beautifully landscaped sub-tropical gardens. Situated in a prime location on Queen Elizabeth Avenue, the hotel is close to many attractions, museums and the Burnt Pine Shopping Centre.

MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome dinner entitled South Pacific BBQ with some favourite songs from our artists.

Music of Inspiration at Melanesian Church, which includes folk songs, war songs, sacred songs, songs based on poetry, ballads and songs that have inspired and moved people.

High afternoon tea at the Governor’s Lodge as we present Glenn Miller Tea Dance.

Outdoor show Mutiny on the Bounty presented by descendants of the mutineers.

Mad Hatter’s Garden Tea Party!

A premium event, Love, Leprechauns and Laughter Gala, where our artists will present three brackets of song, one filled with Irish singing and fiddling, the other two with famous love and comic songs!

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.” 

  • 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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