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The power of “We”

There’s a certain allure to the idea of vanishing into the unknown, a lone explorer forging their own path. But travel can also be profoundly enriched by the company of others. World Journeys create their range of small group hosted journeys with just this in mind! Unlike larger tours...

Fully escorted holidays tailor-made for the discerning 60+ traveller

Now is the perfect time to plan your next great escape. Travelwise Holidays is excited to introduce dazzling new tours alongside beloved favourites. They proudly present three fabulous Australian rail journeys and a special new tour to Japan. Enjoy a rail journey with fine dining, premium wines, and exceptional hospitality....

Time to tick off this bucket list beauty

Is travelling along 142 km of abandoned railway line through one of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations in New Zealand on your bucket list? If not add it straight in at #1. This is a must-do for travellers of any age and ability seeking one of the most authentic...

A jet boat in a stamp

Bill (Charles William Feilden) Hamilton revolutionised the world of jet boating from his high-country station Irishman Creek, in Te Waipounamu the South Island of New Zealand, where rivers are shallow, rocky, fast-flowing, and brutal on propellers. In the 1950s, Hamilton and his small team pioneered the world’s first commercial waterjet....

How about a new UK OE deal for seniors?

The traditional British OE for young Kiwis was given a boost by a new deal in 2022 between former prime minister Jacinda Ardern and former UK prime minister Boris Johnson just in time to catch him before his ignominious departure. The Youth Mobility Scheme which has allowed Kiwis between 18...

Solo senior travel

In many ways, Graham Macgregor is not your typical solo traveller, says travel writer Sarah Pollock in an article published in the NZ Herald and online. He loves arriving in cities without a plan, staying in hostels, experiencing new cultures and chatting with strangers along the way. There’s just one...

What’s on your bucket list?

After the most fabulous wedding, Dave and I set off on our honeymoon. Grandparents were at the ready to look after our children (both the two-legged and four-legged kind). We were thinking of heading for the beaches of Fiji, but the reality would surely have been Dave packing a bag...

Geraldine: Small town gem

When her friends moved from Taupo to Geraldine, south of Christchurch, it presented an ideal opportunity for HELEN PERRY to check out this charming township, one she had long wished to visit. Two days in Geraldine just wasn’t enough! It’s one of the loveliest towns I’ve seen in New Zealand...

Newest tour Golden Bay geological gems

Discover Golden Bay in more depth, from mountain top glacial lakes to amazing karst limestone rocks, to hearing firsthand the local history of bygone days of mineral mines all in a natural geological wonderland. Next date is March 22-28, 2025. Tour Review “A road well-travelled is a road whose stories are...

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably sung along to this song. And you’ve probably wondered if YOU would ever enjoy a snowy, festive Christmas. Well, guess what? It’s about to HAPPEN! We can’t guarantee snow (that’s up to the weather-gods). But on December 10 this year, my wife and...

Ward off the winter blues

Lots of people get depressed in winter, or suffer from “the winter blues”. The medical name for this (at its worst) is seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Despite the fact that millions of us say we’ve suffered a winter-related low mood, it can feel as though the winter blues is just...

Small group tours – best way to travel

We have special small group tour packages designed with you in mind. Join the hundreds of people that have enjoyed our tours over the past 31 years. From D’Urville Island with fishing and dining on fresh blue cod to Stewart Island seeing kiwis in their natural habitat, dining on fresh...