Opera, Music and Art in Wellington

Spend a long weekend exploring the diverse art and culture scene of Wellington, New Zealand’s dynamic capital. Attend an opera performance, a private music concert and the renowned World of WearableArt® Awards Show, and visit a selection of the nation’s leading art galleries.

Attend Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw performed by New Zealand Opera and be amazed by the World of WearableArt (WOW), a theatrical extravaganza of fashion and art.

Explore Wellington’s rich collection of museums and galleries including the City Art Gallery and Te Papa Museum, dedicated to art and Māori culture.

Spend a leisurely day in the Martinborough wine district, famous for its Pinot Noir, and enjoy some of New Zealand’s finest wine and cuisine.

Arrive in Wellington and make your way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.

At 18:00 join Claudia and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing followed by a special welcome dinner.


Following a morning talk, enjoy a walking tour focusing on Wellington’s 1930s Art Deco buildings. Then, visit Egmont Street, a hidden gem in one of the city’s vibrant laneways.

After lunch, enjoy a tour of New Zealand’s iconic Parliament House, 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.

Tonight, attend a performance by New Zealand Opera of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, based on Henry James’s novella. Conducted by Holly Mathieson, the cast features the New Zealand soprano Anna Leese as the Governess and compatriot baritone Jared Holt as Peter Quint.


This morning, visit the City Art Gallery. The gallery presents world-class exhibitions of contemporary New Zealand and international art, focussing on visual art, architecture and design. Continue to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, a fascinating centre dedicated to art, history and Māori culture.

Enjoy some time at leisure in the afternoon before attending the World of WearableArt® Awards Show at the nearby TSB Bank Arena at Queen’s Wharf. One of New Zealand’s cultural success stories over the past 30 years, WOW is an international design competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries each year. The show presents original and innovative creations in a spectacular show at the intersection of fashion and art.


Today, travel to the Dowse Art Museum located outside Wellington. The contemporary art museum houses one of New Zealand’s largest and most significant public art collections numbering over 2,000 items and presents local, national and international artists.

Continue to the famous Martinborough wine district and celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a special farewell lunch with Claudia and fellow travellers before returning to Wellington in the late afternoon.

In the evening, attend a private music concert performed by students of the renowned New Zealand School of Music.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.


Per person, twin-share

AUD 4,250

Single supplement*

AUD 550

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 1,000

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

Final payment due

02 August 2019

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions.

Suggested airline

Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.


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

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in a centrally-located five-star hotel in Wellington with breakfast daily (B)
  • Premium (Category 1) tickets to the The Turn of the Screw and to the World of WearableArt® Awards Show
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
  • Talks with your tour leader, Claudia Chan Shaw
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers

Tour price does not include

  • International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, mini-bar, taxis etc.)
  • Airport porterage
  • Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel

InterContinental Wellington*****
The InterContinental Wellington is located opposite Wellington’s Harbour and close to leading attractions such as Te Papa Museum. The hotel boasts all the features that define 5-star luxury accommodation including elegant and spacious guest rooms, 24-hour in-room dining and WiFi in all rooms.

N.B. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.