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SMALL GROUPS

These unique small group trips are inspired by and organsied by Mad about Travel.

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WAIKAWA WOMEN'S REGATTA - Fabulous weekend of Ladies Racing in the Malborough Sounds
 
From NZ$ 999 pp twin share

Friday 16 September - fly Auckland to Blenheim, transfer to the accommodation and then join the activities at Waikawa Boating Club for the afternoon.

Saturday 17 and 18 Sunday September – enjoy the racing at the Waikawa Boating Club Women’s Regatta (enter and pay direct to Waikawa Boating Club).

Monday 19 September - Brunch and wine tasting, followed by a afternoon flight back to Auckland.

Travelling from another town in NZ?

We can book your flights from your home town to Blenheim.

How to book your spot?

A deposit of $500.00 is required, email katie@madabouttravel.co.nz or call 0800 623 872

MAD STATS:

 

- Package includes flights, airport transfers (with a supermarket stop), return transfers to Waikawa Boating Club, accommodation and wine tasting tour.

-  Not included: meals and regatta related costs.

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LADIES WEEKEND AWAY ON STEINLAGER II - No sailing experience necessary, but a sense of adventure is needed.
 
From NZ$1195 pp

Dates TBC

 

Day One

Meet our friendly crew at the Viaduct in Auckland, stow your bags and get to know your home for the next few days, the world famous Steinlager II. She won every leg of the 1989/90 Whitbread round the World race. We will escort you to the NZ Maritime Museum for a tour and in-depth discussion about the Blake exhibition and Steinlager II.

 

We will be back on board about midday for the essential safety briefing and enjoy lunch as we depart the Viaduct. We will sail to Motuihe Island where we step ashore on a sandy beach to be met by Motuihe Island Trust. They will share with you the history of the island and explain what is being done there in terms of conservation etc. Following the presentation we have the option of a beach clean before a BBQ on the beach. We have a wonderful documentary to share in the evening outlining the sailing philosophy and career of Sir Peter Blake, called ‘Blakey’.

Day Two

Wake to the sound of nature and the ripple of the water lapping against the hull. After breakfast we will set sail for about 2-3 hours to the distant ‘bottom end’ of Waiheke Island. Go ashore at Man O War Winery and taste some of their renowned wines - the setting is just to die for. Watch the sun go down here or move to another nearby bay to settle in for the night. We have another documentary to watch or just sit on deck and soak up the surroundings while reflecting on your day and anticipating what tomorrow will bring.

Day Three

Upon rising and after a good breakfast we will head to nearby Rotoroa Island. Learn about the restoration project that has taken place to make this a pest free island and encourage NZ bird life to return. Visit the museum, walk in the bush or on the beaches or simply potter around the Heritage village. Enjoy an early lunch before departing arriving back at The Viaduct at approximately 3pm

Inclusions

  • Experienced crew

  • On board accommodation (single bunks, bedding required)

  • Meals included

  • Inflatable Tender

  • Relevant guides or speakers

  • Kayaks

  • Wine tasting and shared platter at Man O' War Vineyard

Cost?

Only $1195.00 per person.

Travelling from another town in NZ?

We can book your flights and accommodation to get you to Auckland.

How to book your spot?

A deposit of $250.00 is required, email katie@madabouttravel.co.nz or call 0800 623 872

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HORSEY WEEKEND AWAY - A unique trip to see the wild Kaimanawa's.
 
From NZ$719 pp twin share / $819 single room

Friday – Private coach Auckland to Ohakune with a stop along the way for a 2 hour horse trek (all levels catered for), accommodation at LKNZ Lodge for two nights and dinner at a local restaurant.

Saturday - We head to Waiouru for the annual Kaimanawa Heritage Horse trip into the Kaimanawa Ranges to see these horses in the wild. This region is part of the NZ Army’s training ground and is normally closed to the public. We are privileged to be able to visit the horses in their natural habitat. You will see foals, mares, yearlings, and stallions in their family herds. You will also see where the annual muster takes place, experience and photograph the spectacular scenery and learn more about how and where these horses run. The tour also visits the Waiouru Army Base and includes a talk and a visual show about safety on the base and the army activities, a unique experience. Picnic lunch is included on Saturday.

Sunday – Check out at 10am and head back to Auckland with a stop for lunch on the way.

What’s included:

- All transport

- Two night’s accommodation in Ohakune twin share with shared facilities, options to upgrade to ensuite's, please ask

- Two-hour horse trek

- Dinner on Friday night (drinks not included)

- Kaimanawa Tour on Saturday

- Picnic lunch on Saturday

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BEERVANA - Weekend extravaganza of beer tasting, fantastic food and general fun times
 
From NZ$650 pp twin share

Fly Auckland to Wellington on Saturday and then head to Beervana 4pm - 11pm for beer tasting, dinner madness and live music. Then home again after breakfast on Sunday after a hangover fixing brunch in a local cafe.

Try fusion brews, including Szechuan Saison and Pomegranate & Orange Blossom Sour. The Durian IPA was served with a Boba tea with mango and passionfruit pearls.  Or if you’re into Hazy’s, Garage Project’s ‘Excessive Machine’ Triple Dry Hopped Triple Hazy IPA 10.2%, and much much more !!

Inclusions

- Return flights from Auckland

- Transfer to hotel and Beervana

- 1 night accommodation in a twin room in Wellington

- Entry to the 4pm - 11pm session of Beervana on Saturday night

- $30 credit of beer tastings

- 2021 collectible festival glass

 

Call Phil on 022 151 0198 or 0800 623 872 or email phil@madabouttravel.co.nz if you're interested in joining our trip.