Escape and let us WOW you. Wellington is all dressed up for The World of Wearable Art Awards Show. It is an annual non-stop spectacular where you take art off the wall and out of static display and adorn the body in wildly wonderful ways. Artists and designers from New Zealand and all around the world enter garments that are presented in a unique two hour stage show. Step into a world where art and human form combine, where dance music & lighting tell a story of the body as a canvas, and where the lines of art and fashion blur and become one. Celebrate creativity in lavish and unique on stage spectaculars that inspire all. Prepare yourself to be inspired, uplifted and taken on a breath taking journey into the World of Wearable Art.
This is your turn to travel in comfort, and enjoy this extravaganza hassle free. Traverse the island by train & coach return, enjoy inner city 4 * accommodation and then indulge overnight at the timeless classical Chateau -Tongariro on your return. Book your tickets now and we do the rest. Sit back, relax & enjoy the ride.
We depart 8am this morning for our journey to Wellington (will collect you from your home if within the Tauranga City Boundary). As we travel over the Kaimai range you can sit back and take in the scenery, and very soon you will be in Hamilton. We will be hopping on board the Northern Explorer bound for Wellington. You can enjoy spectacular scenery as you pass through middle earth NZ, with short stops in Otorohanga and National Park before climbing up the “Engineering Masterpiece” called the Raurimu Spiral. Northern Explorer train offers a differing vista from the large windows as you traverse through the country. The National Park area is a highlight of extremes and surprises . Snow blanketed mountains, ancient lava flows and dense Beech forests can all be viewed. The train passes over 25 major bridges and through 14 tunnels, before it traverses the famous Raurimu Spiral just North of National Park. Capture amazing views from the open-air viewing deck, or through panoramic sky view windows in new air-conditioned carriages. Sit back and relax with our delicious food and beverages from the licensed on board cafe, and listen to GPS triggered at-seat commentary as you journey through some of NZ’s most stunning scenery. Once you arrive in Wellington Central station we will whisk you away to your accommodation place for the next few days.
Your accommodation is the Rydges hotel . Your rooms are twin share with 2 double beds in each and kitchenettes. The position of the hotel is city centre – walking distance to shops, cable car etc. The hotel boasts a full dining restaurant and a casual lobby bar with a wide range of food to choose. This evening we will dine in house. You can choose an early night or a night out in town. The choices are yours.
Breakfast is served in dining room between 6.30 & 9.30am. Full buffet breakfast is inclusive to your package. After breakfast again the choices are yours. There is so much to see & do in Wellington city, you will not fit it all in. First there are the shops. I am no shopper but I have to confess the shops in Wellington are something else with an amazing choice of products and apparel which we just don’t see here in Tauranga.
Below is a list of free of charge things to see & do
If you have small budget then
I am sure you will fill in your day without any trouble, but do give it some thought prior so that you do not loose anytime and your day is full. Please let me know your choices and I will assist accordingly.
We will all meet at 4 pm for drinks and then head off to the TSB Arena which is just a very short stroll, ready to be WOW’d for the next few hours of the evening. Dinner will be back at our hotel after the show.
Breakfast is in the main dining area, and then we will depart for our homeward journey. Our first destination is Otaki for a little bit of retail therapy in the outlets shops. No weekend away for girls is complete without this opportunity. Next stop will be Levin – at a shoe outlet and liquorice factory. Then its sit back and relax as we travel to Waiouru. Take time for a scheduled stop here, then continue to Chateau Tongariro where you stay overnight. Surrounded by the sacred peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro, Chateau Tongariro Hotel exudes a timeless elegance deeply rooted in New Zealand’s heritage. Occupying a prime spot in Tongariro National Park, the hotel honours the gracious gift of tribal land to the people of New Zealand in 1887. Take time this afternoon to explore the grounds, relax in the hot pool, or enjoy a movie in the in-house theatre. This evening we dine together in the formal dining room, then realx by the fireplace and listen to the pianist.
Depart this morning after a liesurely breakfast, take in the views from Top of the Bruce if weather permits, then continue your journey homewards. Short stop at Taupo before arriving back home feeling WOW’d, relaxed & rested.