MoaTours’ Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island and the Catlins tour is one of the company’s favourites and gives Kiwi agents a chance to sell a product which is domestic but little visited by the local market.
‘Many travellers have had Stewart Island in their sights for a long time, so there is a sense of triumph from actually having made it,’ says MoaTours founder Ena Hutchinson.
The chance for clients to discover ‘New Zealand the way it used to be’ is a major attraction of MoaTours’ East Cape Caper, says company founder Ena Hutchinson.
‘Our tour stays a night in Whakatane, then heads to Hicks Bay and on tto Gisborne and Rotorua, enjoying local hospitality along the way.’
Hutchinson adds the trip includes private homestead lunches at Te Kaha, Anaura Bay and Lake Tarawera.
Other highlights include a Te Puke kiwifruit orchard, the East Cape Manuka Company, St Mary’s Church at Tikitiki, Tairawhiti Museum with its major Maori and Captain Cook displays, and the world renowned Eastwoodhill Arboretum.
East Cape Caper also visits Tiromoana – a coastal garden at Wainui Beach – and entry into the grounds and museum at Te Wairoa Buried Village, Lake Tarawera.
Offering ‘out of the way places’ and special experiences that clients would find dificult to access under their own steam, is one of the keys to MoaTours’ operations says founder Ena Hutchinson.
The specialist in small group tours for mature travellers also offers opportunities for travel agents and brokers as the country sets its sights on opening up domestic tourism.
With the mature New Zealand traveller increasingly open to the option of a small group domestic tour, commission opportunities continue to go begging for travel agents, according to one of the leaders in the field. Ena Hutchinson, director of sales with MoaTrek, says the company saw a 30% growth out of the domestic market in 2017-18 and as a result has added four new tours for the coming season.