We have the most amazing places to see in NZ, that I thought I’d put some local tours together designed for those of you who might want the hassle of organising done for you, someone to drive and lovely, like-minded people to travel with.
Plus we have planned a magical Greek Islands cruise with an option to add on an 8-day Italy tour in September. We have until May 2022 to cancel at no cost.
BAY OF ISLANDS • FEBRUARY 2022
NELSON – ABEL TASMAN – HOKITIKA • MARCH 2022
CENTRAL OTAGO • APRIL 2022
GREEK ISLANDS CRUISE • SEPTEMBER 2022
ITALY TOUR • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022
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Russell, Hokianga, Cape Reinga Tour
FEBRUARY 18-24, 2022
This tour begins and ends in Auckland. We will take a private coach and driver with us for 7 days to explore Hokianga and the Bay of Islands including a day trip to Cape Reinga.
We will stay at The Heads Hokianga and the Duke of Marlborough Russell and visit Tane Mahuta, Opononi, Rawene, Kerikeri, Waitangi, Paihia, Russell, Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga.
On the way back to Auckland we’ll have lunch at the Sculptureum in Matakana and wander their beautiful gallery garden.
Nelson, Abel Tasman, Hokitika Wildfoods Festival
MARCH 4-13, 2022
This is a highlight tour of the stunning northern South Island.
We start in Nelson, then stay IN Abel Tasman National Park, stay in Punakaiki and we’ll finish with the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival where Sir Dave Dobbyn will be playing.
There is an optional add-on to depart from Greymouth on the Trans Alpine train to Christchurch for an extra night too.
Central Otago autumn Tour
31 MARCH – 9 APRIL 2022
We had such a magnificent tour here in April 2021 that we’re doing it again. I adore this part of New Zealand and this 10-day tour includes Arrowtown, Cromwell, Clyde, Wanaka and Queenstown.
We will enjoy wine tastings and delicious cuisine. A skyline gondola ride for the most exceptional views in the world. We’ll potter in Arrowtown and Clyde and the daring can even try curling on the ice in Naseby.
25 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER 2022
NAPLES • ROME • FLORENCE • VENICE
Join this 10-night tour starting in Naples in boutique accommodations with private local guides and explore the highlights and hidden gems of Italy.
You’ll cross off all your bucket list sights, but I’ll also take you to some unexpected places that I know you’ll love. Enjoy all the food and fun Italy has to offer on this tour!
Greek Islands cruise
16 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2022
We start with 2 nights pre-cruise in Athens in a 5-star hotel with views of the Acropolis, then head off on a 7-night cruise visiting Istanbul, Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Mykonos, Argostoli, Corfu, Santorini and return to Athens.
Book by 30 November 2021 and save $3000. Deposit due now of $300, but you have until May 2022 to make full payment or free cancellation.
About Megan’s Blogger at Large tours
In 2017 I took my first group to Vietnam for two weeks starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh with some over nights on a boat in Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An then out of Ho Chi Minh (aka Saigon).
In 2018 we went to Italy with 12 people via Singapore to Rome, Orvieto, Siena, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice and out of Milan. Three of my guests to Vietnam came back to join me again.
In 2019 I hosted two wonderful tours : New Orleans and Memphis in March, and in October I took a fabulous group of 18 to China.
In 2020 I pivoted to hosting New Zealand tours and we explored Northland and the Bay of Islands in October 2020, then Queenstown and Central Otago in April 2021. These ones were so fun and popular, that I’m repeating them in 2022.
I wrote this post on the pros and cons of taking a small guided group tour or travelling on your own, that you might find interesting.
What they said:
“Congratulations on hosting the Tour you just hosted. I have to say that it was the most enjoyable and fun filledtrip I’ve been on. Your management and organisational skills are so good. We never had a problem about a mess up, or if we did, we didn’t know about it. Chris, as our driver, was fantastic too, with his confidence and capable driving. So many thanks for such a successful holiday. I hope that next year we can do something else together again. All the best for your next venture.” – Lola 2021
“I was fortunate to be part of Megan’s Central Otago trip. It was fantastic with the right balance of organised activities and free time. I love the relaxed style travelling with Megan which allows for flexibility to do your own thing if required. The accommodation was fantastic too. A great way to travel with a small group of people which makes for lots of fun while seeing great places. And a fantastic time of the year to travel with the beautiful autumn colours. This trip is highly recommended.” – Fiona 2021 (2nd time guest)
“Thank you Megan for converting me to the world of small group touring, it was like travelling with a group of friends and family. Whether you are a couple, friends or solo traveller, I would highly recommend travelling with ‘Blogger at Large’. Bring on the next tour!” – Kerrie 2019/20/21 (3rd time guest)
“I really had a great time on the Central Otago tour. I was a little apprehensive before the tour because I had not done this before and I knew no-one, but right from Megan greeting me and the others at Queenstown Airport I felt comfortable and knew that I would have a great time. And I did. The tour organisation was great, accommodation fantastic, food and wine were great, and my tour buddies and Megan and our driver became friends over the 10 days of our fantastic tour. Megan is entertaining, funny, thoughtful and caring and makes sure that everyone has a great time. I am looking forward to travelling with the BloggeratLarge again soon.” – Maureen 2021
“Excellent tour, well organised with quality accommodation. Tour Guide Megan was great fun to travel with”
– Leane & Steve 2021
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