Taranaki Exploration Group Tour
Our TARANAKI EXPLORATION Group tour, which took place from the 18th to the 24th of November was lots of fun with new experiences and much laughter enjoyed by our vibrant group of 27, many of whom were eagerly looking forward to revisiting the ‘Naki’ or to explore for the first time.
We travelled in comfort, as I work closely with Royale Coachlines who provide 5 star coaches fitted with reclining leather seating, climate controlled coaches with airbag suspension for a very comfortable ride. George was our driver for this tour and his congenial manner and excellent knowledge contributed to the seamless nature of our tour. Even a mix in the weather patterns didn’t dampen our spirits.
The highlight for many was the Forgotten World Rail Cart tour from Stratford to Whangamomana. The scenery was stunning. We had no idea it was so beautiful. The morning tea and lunch provided was home baked with fresh local produce and enjoyed whilst we were miles from anywhere…. in a beautiful rural setting.
My tour itineraries are created to provide a purpose and connection. Combining balance and variety, from Rail Cart tours to historical short walking tours. Including a dining experience at the Vineyard Bistro at Okurukuru enjoying a European inspired menu with amazing uninterrupted sea views. Experiences of yesteryear at the Tawhiti Museum, including the Traders and Whalers boat ride, then a visit to KD’s Elvis Museum, for avid Elvis fans! Finally a visit to the Holden Car Museum at Hillsborough.
Then relaxing at the peaceful Ngati Ruanui Stratford Mountain House over lunch, before our group dinner at the award winning restaurant called Salt, at our overnight hotel. Our itineraries are balanced with a free day to wander through the Pukekura Park which our members loved followed by a chance for retail therapy for some. We also had a free afternoon on our final day in New Plymouth for rest and reflection… also offering the opportunity to return to a favourite spot.
The final night on our journey homeward, was a fabulous group dinner at the Chateau Tongariro in the Atrium. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my tours are the friendships that develop along the way, discovering many similar interests and enjoying the camaraderie on tour.
The last question when returning is usually... when is the next tour?