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Auckland and the Tutukaka Coast: Art, Architecture & Design – November 2022

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31 Oct – 10 Nov 2022

Overview

Auckland and the Tutukaka Coast: Art, Architecture & Design – November 2022
Tour Highlights

With architecture and design writer Stephen Crafti explore the very best of New Zealand’s contemporary art, architecture, furniture and fashion in Auckland, Piha Beach and the Tutukaka Coast.

  • Spend 5 days with John Walsh, New Zealand’s leading architectural writer, editor and commentator. Formerly Communications Director of Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects and editor of Architecture New Zealand magazine.
  • Meet with New Zealand’s internationally renowned designers Dame Trelise Cooper and Benny Castles (WORLD-fashion) and contemporary jewellers Warwick Freeman & Alan Preston. We also visit Resident which represents key designers of contemporary furniture.
  • Tour the Bishop Selwyn Chapel by Fearon Hay Architects, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s stunning new South Atrium. Here we view the extraordinary Maori portraits by Gottfried Lindauer and Charles Frederick Goldie.
  • Dine at the Gaggenau Tuesday Test Kitchen to enjoy a taste of both chef Sid Sahrawat’s two award-winning restaurants – Cassia and Sid at the French Café.
  • Spend a day visiting private homes of New Zealand’s leading architects including Pete Bossley, Guy Tarrant, Jack McKinney, Dave Strachan and Paul Clarke.
  • Overlooking the Tutukaka Coast lies the award-winning holiday retreat, Bowden House designed by Belinda George. We view this project as well as Belinda’s own home at Mahurangi. Her husband David White is a well-known contemporary furniture-maker and designed many of the fittings/furniture at their own house and the Bowden House.
  • On Waiheke Island dine at Tantalus Estate and tour the Awaawaroa Bay Project by Cheshire Architects.  Architect Chris Tate will also show us his weekend retreat, The Tent House.
  • At Whangarei tour the Hihiaua Cultural Centre by Moller Architects, winner of the 2020 John Scott Award for Public Architecture; and two projects by Pac Studio at Point Wells.
  • View New Zealand’s contemporary sculpture at the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, and meet the director of one of Auckland’s key contemporary art galleries: Anna Miles Gallery.
  • View two stunning projects by Herbst Architects: Kawakawa House and Under Pohutukawa, both overlooking Piha Beach on the rugged West Coast; and two projects by Bossley Architects on Auckland’ North Shore: ‘Clifftops House’ and Takapuna Beach House.
  • Conclude with a tour of the Auckland Art Gallery and a farewell dinner at the award-winning restaurant, Mr Morris by Cheshire Architects.

Overnight Auckland (5 nights) • Tutukaka Coast (1 night) • Auckland (4 nights)

Itinerary

Itinerary

The following itinerary describes a range of private projects we plan to view, and a number of key designers we hope to meet. A number of visits may only be confirmed closer to the tour’s departure in 2022. The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in opening hours, flight schedules and confirmation of private visits. Participants will receive a final itinerary, together with their tour documents, prior to departure. The tour includes meals indicated in the detailed itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner.

Auckland – 5 nights

Day 1: Monday 31 October, Arrive Auckland
  • Short Welcome Meeting at 4pm
  • Designer Benny Castles at World-Fashion
  • Orientation Walking tour of Britomart with John Walsh
  • Welcome Dinner at Amano (Jack McKinney Architects 2017)

Please meet at the Hotel Britomart (check-in time is 2.00pm). Our tour official starts at 4pm with a short welcome meeting.

Following our short meeting we meet with Benny Castles, the co-director and designer for WORLD and Project Runway New Zealand, at his outlet in the Britomart.

Led by John Walsh, we continue with an orientation walk of the vibrant Britomart, a waterfront precinct of heritage buildings new developments, and open and intimate public spaces.

Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at the Italian restaurant, Amano, which occupies the ground floor of two heritage buildings in Britomart. Designed by Jack McKinney Architects, this project was the recipient of a number of awards including the New Zealand Institute of Architects 2018 National Architecture Award [Hospitality and Retail]. (Overnight Auckland) D

Day 2: Tuesday 1 November, Auckland

Today John Walsh accompanies us on a full day orientation tour of Auckland. From our hotel we travel to the Wynyard Quarter passing one of Auckland’s most iconic buildings, West Plaza, designed by Neville Price. Its distinctive finned, sailed-shaped design won an enduring architecture award in 2005. The Wynyard Quarter, located on a reclaimed peninsula to the west of Auckland’s CBD, comprises approximately 20 hectares of waterfront land and maritime structures including infrastructure to support the 36th Americas Cup held in the summer of 2021. Urban design elements include the North Wharf hospitality strip (Fearon Hay Architects, 2012) and Silo Park (re-purposed former cement storage silos). The Silo Marina is now New Zealand’s premier superyacht marina as well as the berthage for classic wooden yachts from Auckland’s designers/boatbuilders. We also view apartment buildings by Architectus, Athfield Architects and Studio of Pacific Architecture.

Situated in the residential suburb of Parnell lies Holy Trinity Cathedral, the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. We take a guided architecture tour of the Cathedral, including the Bishop Selwyn Chapel. Designed by Fearon Hay Architects in 2016, the chapel features a gleaming, gold-tiled ceiling which floats over a transparent glass box.

From Parnell we travel to the Auckland Domain to visit the Wintergardens, which are of great historic interest. Designed in the 1920s by W.H Gummer in the style of Edwin Lutyens (for whom Gummer worked before the First World War) and Gertrude Jekyll, the two barrel-vaulted  glass houses provide an ever-changing display of rare and spectacular plants.

Within the Auckland Domain also lies Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, constructed in 1929. The Neo-Classical style museum’s south atrium has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment – a design collaboration between Jasmax, Design Tribe, Salmond Reed Architects and Australian firm FJMT. The new South Atrium features a Noel Lane-designed Tanoa bowl and artwork by Ngati Whatua artist Graham Tipene. We will have lunch at the museum’s new bistro-style restaurant designed by Jack McKinney and then take a private architecture tour of the building. In the Maori Court we also view the treasured collection of paintings by late nineteenth / early twentieth century artists Charles Fredrick Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer who were best known for their portrayal of Maori dignitaries and scenes of Maori life.

A drive up Mount Eden, Auckland’s highest volcano, and a walk to the viewpoint provides spectacular views of the city and an interesting way to see a caldera. We will then return to the Britomart via Princes Street which features a number of interesting 19th-century merchant houses, a reminder that this was once one of Auckland’s most prestigious residential areas. Nearby is the Northern Club, built in 1867 as a hotel and later established as a gentleman’s club, and Old Government House.

This evening we attend the Gaggenau Tuesday Test Kitchen dinner hosted in the French Kitchen. Here we may enjoy the taste of chef Sid Sahrawat’s two award-winning restaurants – Cassia and Sid at the French Café – under the one roof. “The Test Kitchen concept is designed for Sid and his chefs to innovate new dishes and solicit feedback from diners. Taking place on the first Tuesday of each month, three dishes from each restaurant will be prepared for diners in Sid at The French Café’s private dining room, The French Kitchen. Over the course of the evening, guests will get to see Sahrawat doing what he does best, as he and his team cook, plate and introduce each dish..” (Overnight Auckland) BLD

Day 3: Wednesday 2 November, Auckland – Coxs Bay – Point Chevalier – Grey Lynn – Mt Eden – Remuera – Auckland

As New Zealand’s population continues to grow and plots reduce in size, urban living is being redefined. Accompanied by John Walsh, we spend the day visiting the private homes of some of New Zealand’s leading architects, including Pete Bossley and his partner Miriam van Wezel, Guy Tarrant, Dave Strachan and Paul Clarke, to see how they design contemporary inner city homes. We also visit Diagrid House, a home built by the owner, and designed by Jack McKinney. (Overnight Auckland) B

Day 4: Thursday 3 November, Auckland

This morning we visit the residential district of Ponsonby, known for its dining, stylish boutiques, bookshops and trendy cafés. We begin with a visit to The Shelter, a contemporary space of like-minded design-led brands curated by Vicki Taylor.

Nearby is Objectspace, a public art gallery, described as New Zealand’s new ‘home of craft, design and architecture’. Founded by jeweller Warwick Freeman in 2004, Objectspace expanded and moved to its new, larger space in 2017.  This new gallery is housed in a former industrial warehouse that was refurbished by architect Rich Naish of RTA Studio.

Next we visit Michael Lett, a contemporary art gallery operated by Michael Lett and Andrew Thomas, who previously worked at London’s White Cube Gallery. The gallery which opened in 2003 and is housed in a former private bank built in 1928, represents both emerging and established artists including Paul Lee, Jim Allen, Hany Armanious, Eve Armstrong, Dan Arps, Steve Carr and Fiona Clark. Our visit will be hosted by Gallery Coordinator, Victoria Wynn-Jones.

Following some time at leisure for lunch at St Kevin’s Arcade we visit the Anna Miles Gallery, where Anna will give us a talk on artists Richard Stratton, Peter Hawkesby and Vita Cochran and show examples of their work. Her gallery, which focuses on contemporary New Zealand art, represents critical and influential artists working in a diverse range of media. During the time of our visit there will be an exciting exhibition by the Wellington-based ceramic artist Richard Stratton, and Karin Montgomery who makes incredible paper botanical specimens.

We end the day with a visit to the Zambesi Britomart flagship store where we meet with Neville Findlay. Founded by designers Elisabeth and Neville Findlay in 1979, Zambesi is one of New Zealand’s most iconic labels, known for its directional designs. The NZ Fashion Museum states “Hallmarks include intelligent, unexpected use of fabric and layers, impeccable tailoring and finishing, and an often dark colour palette, supplemented with lighter pieces and delicate fabrics designed in-house”. (Overnight Auckland) B

Day 5: Friday 4 November Auckland – Waiheke Island – Auckland

We depart early this morning, taking the short 40-minute ferry ride across to Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches. On arrival we meet with Chris Tate (Chris Tate Architecture) who has kindly agreed to show us his ‘Tent House’ which he designed for his weekend/personal retreat/studio. Located in a native rainforest, this experimental project challenges the notion of what a weekend house should be.

Next, we meet with one of the project architects from Cheshire Architects, the practice responsible for the extensive renovation of an old winery building at Tantalus Estate. The project also features lighting by James Russ who used uprooted vines from the estate and more than 4,500 miniature LEDS, handwoven into the vines with exposed copper wire. We will enjoy a 2-course menu with paired wines at the Estate’s fine restaurant.

In the afternoon we meet with project architect, Sarah Gilbertson (also from Cheshire Architects) for a tour of the Awaawaroa Bay Project, a site abounding in natural views. The project features three forms, which each speak to its function and respond to the terrain in differing ways.

We return to Auckland by ferry in the late afternoon where the evening is at leisure. (Overnight Auckland) BL

Tutukaka Coast – night

Day 6: Saturday 5 November, Auckland – Matakana – Whangarei – Whale Bay – Tutukaka

We depart Auckland early this morning and travel an hour north to Matakana. Here, there will be time at leisure to collect ingredients for your picnic lunch at the lively organic Farmers Market which features locally sourced vegetables, fruit and baked goods.

Further north lies Whangarei, capital of the Northland region, whose harbour entrance was first sighted by Europeans on James Cook’s first voyage in the Endeavour in November 1769. Here we visit the award-winning Hihiaua Cultural Centre which aims to preserve, create, display and promote Māori arts and culture. The centre includes a high-spec carving workshop, a new whare waka (waka shelter), exhibition spaces and a laboratory/studio. Designed by Moller Architects in 2020, the centre won the John Scott Award for Public Architecture granted by Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects. We will tour the centre and enjoy our picnic lunch in the grounds.

This afternoon we visit Bowden House, a 2020 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner, which sits on a clifftop edge on the Tutukaka Coast. Designed by Belinda George Architects in association with Mandeno Design, this stunning cedar-clad house is an outstanding project. “The semi-circular plan nestles into the site, and the curved form conveys a sense of spatial coherence. The house’s natural rhythm allows for spaces that connect with each other, and the environment. The material palette is beautifully resolved and perfectly articulated to fit the crescent moon shape.” [www.nzia.co.nz/awards/]

We end the day with a walk to Whale Bay, an idyllic white sand, bush-fringed beach accessed by a 30min walking track through groves of ancient Puriritrees.

Following check-in at the Quality Hotel Oceans, we dine together at the rustic Schnappa Rock Restaurant which overlooks Tutukaka Harbour. (Overnight Tutukaka) BD

Auckland – 4 nights

Day 7: Sunday 6 November, Tutukaka Coast – Point Wells – Snells Beach – Mahurangi – Auckland
  • Point Wells Gables, Point Wells (Pac Studio 2017)
  • Private project, Point Wells (Pac Studio 2021)
  • Point Wells Cricket Club, (Pac Studio 2020)
  • Brick Bay Winery and Sculpture Trail: Lunch at the Glass House Kitchen, Snells Beach
  • Pukapuka Road Project, private home of architect Belinda George, Mahurangi

Pac Studio are a youngish practice based in Auckland who have designed two interesting projects on a property at Point Wells near Matakana: a house – Point Wells Gables – and the Point Wells Cricket Club, both award-winning works. Following our tour of these projects we continue to the small coastal town of Snells Beach.

At the Brick Bay Winery we enjoy lunch at the Glass House Kitchen which showcases contemporary New Zealand cuisine inspired by their farm produce and orchards. There will be time at leisure to follow the 2km sculpture trail which features over 60 artworks in a setting of native bush, ponds and open spaces.

Belinda George, who founded her practice in 1996, concentrates primarily on residential and small-scale commercial projects. This afternoon we visit her own home which was inspired by its rural setting. “The house is a cluster of separate buildings arranged around a central courtyard and joined with glazed walkways. Much like a collection of vernacular buildings purposefully random in shape and size dependent upon function. The palette of materials follows this logic as well, comprising of galvanized corrugated iron cladding and totara weatherboards left to naturally weather. The interior is lined with native timbers (rimu, kahikatea, and matai) salvaged from the Northland rivers.” (Overnight Auckland) BL

Day 8: Monday 7 November, Auckland – Piha Beach – Takapuna – Narrow Neck – Devonport – Auckland

We spend the day visiting a number of award-winning beach houses at Piha Beach and Takapuna. Piha is a scenic black-sand surf beach on the rugged coast west of Auckland. Here we visit Kawakawa House and Under Pohutukawa,two spectacular beach houses by Herbst Architects. Both houses have been recipients of several awards including the NZIA Auckland Architecture Award andHOME Magazine Home of the Year Award.

Takapuna, a vibrant beachside destination, lies on the North Shore of Auckland overlooking Waitematā Harbour. Its white sand beach looks out across to the Hauraki Gulf and iconic Rangitoto Island. Here we view two projects by Bossley Architects including Clifftops House which features an impressive international art collection.

We end the day with a visit to the home of the late David Michell and his partner Julie Stout, at Narrow Neck. This two-dwelling project occupies an elevated beachside location which provide great views over the harbour. In the late afternoon we take the short ferry ride from Devonport back to our hotel in the Britomart. (Overnight Auckland) BL

Day 9: Tuesday 8 November, Auckland
  • Studio of Dame Trelise Cooper
  • Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead
  • Studio of Warwick Freeman
  • Simon James Design (SJD): Meeting with Simon James and Scott Bridgens

This morning we are fortunate to visit the private studio of Dame Trelise Cooper who is a ‘celebrated New Zealand fashion designer known for beautiful garments that make women look and feel fantastic. Her remarkable career as designer and business women has spanned over thirty years and her eponymous brand is known around the world for its elegant womenswear’.

Mid-morning we visit take a guided tour of the Wallace Arts Centre, housed in the historic Pah Homestead in Monte Ceilia Park, Hillsborough. Our guided tour includes both the permanent collection of contemporary art and the temporary exhibition Fumbles for Rhymes which explores the use of humour by Aotearoa New Zealand artists – senior, mid-career and emergent. The exhibition begins with several artists who established themselves in the 1980s and employed a number of humours motifs. Following our tour there will be time at leisure to further explore the collection, the sculpture garden, Pah Shop and lunch at Pah’s café.

Warwick Freeman’s work has played an elemental part in the cultivation and recognition of New Zealand contemporary jewellery. Through the use of materials collected from his immediate and wider natural environment, Freeman creates work that explores themes of national identity and place. Freeman was part of the seminal Bone Stone Shell exhibition in 1988 and has since gone on to exhibit internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among many others. Warwick has kindly agreed to meet with our group at his studio.

At the Simon James Design (SJD) showroom we meet with Simon James and Scott Bridgens who co-founded Resident, a globally focused furniture and lighting company in 2011. More recently Simon has established his own showroom, while Scott continues as Managing Director of Resident whose products are also on display at the SJD showroom. (Overnight Auckland) B

Day 10: Wednesday 9 November, Auckland

We begin this morning with a guided tour of the Auckland Art Gallery, home to one of the most important collections of European Old Masters in the South Pacific. The collection also features works by New Zealander Frances Hodgkins, early works by colonial artists Petrus Van der Velden, and a stunning collection of 20th-century works by New Zealand’s greatest modernist painter, Colin McCahon. Most recently it completed an extension by Australia’s Richard Francis-Jones (FJMT) with Auckland architects Archimedia, making it one of the most exciting contemporary buildings in the city. Our guided tour will include a viewing of the exhibition ‘Bill Culbert – Slow Wonder‘ which reveals the boundless experimentation of New Zealand’s acclaimed conceptual artisit, Bill Culbert and ‘Guide Kaiarahi-Rescheduled‘ which is a ten-metre-high waka designed by Reuben Paterson. Made of 595 shimmering crystals, this sculpture rises vertically from the Gallery’s forecourt pool.

This afternoon we visit Fingers, a contemporary jewellery gallery, where we meet Alan Preston, one of New Zealand’s leading jewellers. Alan was one of the first contemporary New Zealand jewellers to use Pacific influences and expression in his work. His knowledge and ability in the cutting of shell enables him to produce beautiful wearable art works. Using gold and black-lipped oyster shell, paua and vau (hibiscus bark fibre) Alan creates breastplates, bangles, necklaces, brooches and earrings. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at TheNewDouse Art Museum in Lower Hutt in 2007.

Following an afternoon at leisure we enjoy a farewell dinner at Mr Morris, run by one of New Zealand’s most renowned chefs, Michael Meredith. (Overnight Auckland) BD

Day 11: Thursday 10 November, Depart Auckland

The tour ends this morning. Participants will be required to make their own way to the airport. Please contact ASA if you require further assistance. Check-out time from the Hotel Britomart is 11.00am. B

Accommodation

Accommodation

ASA has selected 3- and 5-star centrally located hotels. A hotel list will be given to all participants prior to departure.

  • Auckland (5 nights): 5-star Hotel Britomart – designed by Cheshire Architects, the hotel is conveniently located in the Britomart District. Rooms reserved: Laneway Rooms, thehotelbritomart.com
  • Tutukaka (1 nights): 3-star Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka  – a modern property located in Tutukaka offering a mixture of countryside and marina views. www.oceansresorthotel.co.nz
  • Auckland (4 night): 5-star Hotel Britomart – designed by Cheshire Architects, the hotel is conveniently located in the Britomart District. Rooms reserved: Laneway Rooms, thehotelbritomart.com

NoteHotels are subject to change, in which case a hotel of similar standard will be provided.

Single Supplement

Payment of this supplement will ensure accommodation in a double/twin room for single occupancy throughout the tour. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

How to book

How to Book

Making a Tentative Reservation before the tour price has been published

ASA INTENTION TO TRAVEL APPLICATION FORM

Some ASA tours fill almost immediately. Don’t miss out! You can register your ‘Intention to Travel’ by completing this application and returning this to ASA with a AUD $100.00 per person deposit. Once the tour price has been published, the itinerary and ASA Reservation Application Form will be sent to you. From the time you receive the itinerary you will have two weeks to either:

  • Send us a completed ASA Reservation Application Form together with an additional deposit of AUD $400.00 per person. On receipt of this Reservation Application and deposit, ASA will process your booking and if approved, send you a tour confirmation. At this time your deposit of AUD $500.00 is subject to the tour’s Booking Conditions.

Or

  • CANCEL your Intention to Travel in writing. ASA will refund your AUD $100.00 per person deposit, less a $33.00 service fee (including GST).

Participation Criteria

To participate in an ASA tour, you must be reasonably fit, in good health and able to participate in all activities without assistance from Tour Leaders or other tour members. If you require assistance, a fit and able travel companion must undertake to accompany and assist you with all tasks for the duration of the whole tour. ASA’s ability to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your specific needs, your health and safety and the health and safety of other tour members, is of paramount importance to us. For this reason the ASA Reservation Application includes a Medical Information section. As a general guideline, you must be able to accomplish each of these activities without assistance or support:

  • walk and stand unassisted for at least 2-3 hours a day in hot, humid conditions
  • walk confidently on and over uneven surfaces
  • climb at least 3 flights of stairs
  • embark and disembark from ferries, buses and trains
  • walk up and down steep slopes
  • walk at a steady pace and no less than 1km every 15-20 minutes
  • organise, manage and carry your own luggage
  • follow and remember tour instructions
  • meet punctually at designated times and places
  • administer your own medication.
Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate

Commencing from November 2021 it will be a condition of travel that all group leaders and ASA travellers are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. All participants must send ASA a copy of their vaccination certificate at the time of submitting their Reservation Application Form. For information on how to obtain either a Covid-19 digital certificate or a certificate in PDF format please view the Australian Government Services Australia “What types of proof there are” web page.

Practical Information

Practical Information

The number of flags  is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.

This 11-day tour involves:
  • A moderate amount of walking often up and down hills and/or flights of stairs.
  • The daily schedule often involves an early-morning departure (between 8.00-8.30am), concluding in the late afternoon (between 5.30-6.30pm).
  • You must be able to carry your own hand luggage. Hotel porterage includes 1 piece of luggage per person.
  • A moderate amount of coach travel, several on winding mountainous roads. Transport by public ferry on Day 5 and Day 8.

It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.

Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the Terms and Conditions section given below.

Practical Information

Prior to departure, tour members will receive practical notes which include information on visa requirements, health, photography, weather, clothing and what to pack, custom regulations, bank hours, currency regulations, electrical appliances and food. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website has advice for travellers see: www.smartraveller.gov.au

Tour Price & Inclusions

Tour Price & Inclusions

AUD $TBA Land Content Only

AUD $TBA Single Supplement

For competitive Economy, Business or First Class airfares and/or group airfares please contact ASA for further information.

Tour Price (Land Content Only) includes:
  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms with private facilities in 3 and 5-star hotels
  • Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch & D=dinner
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach and public ferries as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person where available (not all hotels offer this service)
  • Lecture and site visit program
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Tips for the coach driver, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tour Price (Land Content Only) does not include:
  • Airfare: Australia-Auckland, Auckland – Australia
  • Personal spending money
  • Airport-hotel transfers
  • Luggage in excess of 20kg (44lbs)
  • Travel insurance
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Terms & Conditions

A deposit of $500.00 AUD per person is required to reserve a place on an ASA tour.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 75 days before departure: $500.00**
  • 75-46 days prior 25% of total amount due
  • 45-31 days prior 50% of total amount due
  • 30-15 days prior 75% of total amount due
  • 14-0 days prior 100% of total amount due

**This amount may be credited to another ASA tour departing within 12 months of the original tour you booked. We regret, in this case early-bird discounts will not apply.

We take the day on which you cancel as being that on which we receive written confirmation of cancellation.

Unused Portions of the Tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions or services of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Will the Tour Price or Itinerary Change?

If the number of participants on a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ASA reserves the right to amend the advertised price. We shall, however, do all in our power to maintain the published price. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to itineraries. We will inform you of any changes in due course.

Travel Insurance

ASA requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. A copy of your travel insurance certificate and the reverse charge emergency contact phone number must be received by ASA no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Final Payment

The balance of the tour price will be due 75 days prior to the tour commencement date.

Limitation of Liability

ASA is not a carrier, event or tourist attraction host, accommodation or dining service provider. All bookings made and tickets or coupons issued by ASA for transport, event, accommodation, dining and the like are issued as an agent for various service providers and are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by each service provider. ASA is not responsible for their products, services, terms and conditions. If a service provider cancels or does not deliver the product or service for which you have contracted, and does not give a refund, your remedy lies with the service provider, not ASA.

ASA will not be liable for any claim (e.g. sickness, injury, death, damage or loss) arising from any change, delay, detention, breakdown, border closures, cancellation, failure, accident, act, omission or negligence of any tour service provider or authority however caused (contingencies). You must take out such travel insurance as is available against such contingencies.

ASA’s liability in respect of any tour cancelled or changed will be limited to the partial refund of amounts you have paid, less an administration fee of $500 and other costs and charges of third party service providers. No compensation will be payable to you by ASA where ASA cancels or changes a tour, or any part of a tour.

ASA reserves the sole discretion to cancel any tour or to modify itineraries in any way it considers appropriate and in the best interests of health, safety and wellbeing of tour participants. Tour costs may be revised, subject to unexpected price increases or exchange rate fluctuations.

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