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Tour Stories

Read some tour groups’ experiences

Joys of singing underground

Several of our touring choirs have experienced the awesome acoustics of singing deep down inside the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. What a sound and what an atmosphere!

  • On a recent rugby tour from Canberra, we travelled to Waitomo and trained at night under lights with the local country rugby club – a grass roots experience and certainly not the manicured field of a typical Canberra rugby ground.
  • Haka Surprise

    On another rugby tour recently, our touring team lined up to play their Kiwi opposition and to everyone’s surprise they then performed the haka to the Kiwi team.

    They had only learnt it a couple of days earlier from a former All Black Maori player and a lot of practice went into it. Fun and laughter for all!

    One shell of a performance

    On an Orchestra tour with the Strolling Strings (USA), Tour Time arranged a performance in the Sound Shell at Darling Harbour, Sydney. The passing audience responded with great enthusiasm listening to their music.

    The concert was such a special experience for the Strolling Strings they dedicated a music arrangement to Tour Time’s Brent who had toured Australia with them.

    High on music

    On Day 7 of a South Island Music tour, several of the cornet players played music whilst circling over Christchurch in a hot air balloon

    Black Sticks sign shirts

    On a Hockey Tour we visited the famous Obo Hockey gear factory in Palmerston North before having a training session with the Black Sticks at the turfs. Many shirts were signed by Black Sticks and photographs galore were taken which I am sure are pinned up on many girls’ bedroom walls in Australia.

    Prince William plays frisbee

    What a privilege for Tour Time to transport HRH Prince William in both Auckland, Wellington and up to the Kapiti Coast during his recent New Zealand visit. What a fun  and down to earth guy, even tossing a frisbee with a Kiwi supporter on Paraparaumu beach and having fun with a school rugby team in Auckland.

    Beckham travels with us

    David Beckham and the LA Galaxy Football (Soccer) team also travelled with Tour Time in both Wellington and Auckland on their two visits. David is another personable guy who spent his time trying to dodge media and supporters.

    Sir Peter Jackson’s secret collection of aircraft

    On a recent sightseeing excursion around the North Island, driver John P took them for a spontaneous visit to the Hood Air Field at Masterton in the Wairarapa.

    It was rumoured that Sir Peter Jackson was on site filming segments of the Dam Buster movie with a replica Lancaster Bomber.

    Unfortunately on arrival nothing could be seen over the fence, except for a man looking through a small opening in the hangar door.

    John P approached him with a hearty greeting and before the tour party knew it, they were being shown some amazing WWI replica aircraft and immaculately restored WWII aircraft from Sir Peter’s collection.

    The group enjoyed learning of the technical skills and experiences involved in flying these basic aircraft, highlighting the true fragility of life as an aviator during those early times of flight and aircraft combat.

    We promise a tour with spontaneous opportunities

    These are a few of our tour stories, and you won’t find any in an itinerary!

    It’s these spontaneous opportunities that Tour Time is so renowned for. They are made possible because, not only are we Tour Operators but because we also own and operate our touring coaches.

    We give all our Tour Managers and Drivers the flexibility to take up any opportunities that they think the group may like. This makes us so different from other Tour Operators.

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