Opera, Music and the Arts in NZ

Celebrated as New Zealand’s cultural capital, Wellington boasts a plethora of fine museums, is home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and hosts the New Zealand Opera and NZ’s unique World of WearableArt international design competition.

On this long weekend, allow the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to take you on a grand musical tour of Italy in a program of Berlioz, Elgar and Tchaikovsky while New Zealand Opera brings to the stage an exciting new production of Janáček’s powerful and emotional tragedy, Kátya Kabanová.

Be amazed by the World of WearableArt, explore Wellington’s rich collection of museums and galleries, and spend a bucolic day in the Martinborough wine district enjoying fine food and wines.

Arrive in Wellington and check-in to your hotel. In the evening, join Christopher Lawrence and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing and dinner, followed by the World of WearableArt Awards Show at the nearby TSB Bank Arena at Queens Wharf. One of New Zealand’s cultural success stories over the past 28 years, WOW® is an international design competition that attracts hundreds of entries from all over the world. The annual Awards Show presents the finalists’ garments in a theatrical extravaganza that collides at the intersection of fashion and art.


After breakfast, join Christopher for a pre-concert talk. Then walk to Parliament House, incorporating the so-called ‘Bee Hive’, for a tour of this iconic landmark with a special focus on the superb Parliamentary Collection, which includes works by significant New Zealand artists such as Colin McCahon, Frances Hodgkins, Ralph Hotere, Melvin Day, Cliff Whiting, Susan Skerman, Para Matchitt and John Drawbridge.

Afternoon at leisure.

In the evening, attend a concert by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra entitled ‘Travels in Italy’.

 – Harold in Italy
Elgar – In the South (Alassio)
Tchaikovsky – Francesca da Rimini

Conductor: James Judd
Soloist: Antoine Tamestit (viola)


In the morning, join Christopher for a talk on this evening’s opera performance. After, depart on a tour of the pocket-sized city of Wellington. End at the excellent Te Papa Museum. After a break for lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s art collections. Return to the hotel at your leisure.

In the evening, transfer to St James Theatre for New Zealand Opera’s production of Kátya Kabanová. Directed by Patrick Nolan, this production features Russian-American soprano Dina Kuznetsova playing the role of Katya, while Angus Wood plays Boris and Conal Coad the role of Dikoj.


After breakfast depart the hotel and travel to the Dowse Art Museum, located about an hour outside the city and which has one of New Zealand’s largest and significant public art collection numbering over 2,000 items. Then continue to the famous Martinborough wine district for lunch at a winery. After lunch, there will be time to visit another winery before returning to Wellington in the late afternoon.

This evening is at leisure.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. You may wish to extend your stay if you wish. Renaissance Tours can assist you with all your travel arrangements.


Per person, twin-share

AUD 2,850

Per person, double

AUD 2,750

Single supplement*

AUD 600

Deposit (per person) at time of booking

AUD 500

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

01 August 2017

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.


Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance.


Australian passport holders do not require a visa to visit New Zealand.

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in centrally located hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Wines with meals
  • Premium category tickets for New Zealand Opera, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and World of WearableArt Awards show
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout in comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • Flights to/from Wellington
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service, etc.
  • Travel insurance (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel
Intercontinental Wellington*****

NB. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted