" The Friendly Archipelago...their courtesy to strangers entitles them to that name - Captain James Cook

'OPERATIF! in Tonga !!' - 2020
Our Delightful Musical Sojourn in the Pacific - 1st to 11th August, 2020 

Key Information: 9 nights in Tonga & 1 night in Auckland - 'Full service' flights on Air New Zealand - Airport Transfers in Tonga - 4.5 Star Resort - Daily Full Buffet Breakfasts - A variety of Informal Concerts - Special Dinners - A variety of Tours & Activities

Join Jennifer & Stewart on this delightful 10 night holiday in the fascinating and very friendly Kingdom of Tonga.
We leave together from a variety of capital cities, on the morning of the 1st August, with luggage checked right through!). We gather at Auckland Airport and fly all together to Tonga after a short wait of a couple of hours. We return on the morning 12th August,
We will all stay at the very comfortable, welcoming and central, Tanoa Dateline Hotel. (For those who came to Samoa, it’s part of the same hotel group...only even nicer!) Jason, the Manager who looked after us all so well in Samoa, is now based here. He is thrilled to think we’ll be bringing our lovely clients to see him again and promises we'll all be looked after in fine style!

The
Tanoa Dateline Resort is directly opposite the sea, and if you’re lucky, you will be able to watch playful whales go by. It’s an easy stroll into town from the resort and you can even walk to the Royal Palace for a peep in from the outside.

 
We will present some enjoyable and varied concerts in a lovely venue at our Resort. Among those performing for you are your hosts, soprano Jennifer Parish and baritone Stewart Cameron and special guests plus the Auckland City String Quartet and the dynamic 'Italian Boys' - Rosario Maio and Jimmy Zappia.

You will also be able to hear some local performers during your time in Tonga. We’ll arrange local tours to see points of interesting and around the capital of Tonga, Nuku’alofa, where we are staying. Visits will include the Tongan National Culture Centre ( Ancient Tonga ), various impressive churches, as well as local art and craft shops/galleries and of course, the colourful daily market!

We’ll attend a Cultural Performance night, complete with a banquet of Traditional Tongan foods and take an excursion out to the point of the peninsular to enjoy lunch together at another beautiful resort, right on the beach.

Even with all we have organised, we will allow you plenty of time to just relax at our resort, to enjoy the large swimming pool, the lovely places to relax and enjoy a drink or a meal or lie down with a good book and take the occasional glance at the sea from your window! The trip finishes with a relaxing night in Auckland on the way home, with a farewell drink. 
We are visiting the Kingdom of Tonga at the perfect time of year, when the weather is settled, humidity low and the average daytime temperature is a very comfortable 26C . If you love music, the company of like-minded people, enjoy learning about new cultures and sharing convivial meals and activities with fellow travellers, you had better secure your place! Plane seats are limited!

We’d love to have you join us.
Jennifer & Stewart ( all the team)

Flight times and options:
We book 'Works' seats for all our clients, which includes 'full service', meals, alcoholic drinks, movies etc. READ ABOUT 'THE WORKS' 
** Flights from Brisbane. Sydney & Melbourne 1st August, 2020 on Air New Zealand around 9am - 10am  ( departures from other cities may also be possible, otherwise an overnight the previous night in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne will be needed ). After a short transit in Auckland, we arrive in Tonga around 9pm. [ Tonga is 3 hours ahead, so this will feel like 6pm ]
** Entire group departs Nuku-alofa 10th August, 2019 at 2.40pm arriving in Auckland around 5pm.  ( for those who prefer to miss Auckland, and continue home this is possible for some destinations, arriving in Australia around 9pm. There will be a credit for the Auckland accommodation not needed )
** Rest of group : 11th August - Comfortable morning flights around 9am to Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and elsewhere. 
:: Some flights offer upgrades to Works DL and Premium Economy. Works DL offers a free seat next to you, 2 x bags checked in, priority check in etc. READ MORE Premium Economy offers a Premium menu, leather seats etc. READ MORE . Please note flights generally offer one or the other, and sometimes these have to be booked separately and later ( after the main booking. )

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