Post-Conference Tour | New Zealand


The WAHO 2019 Conference Australia is proud to partner with our close neighbours to the east, New Zealand, working together to bring you the best of Australasia. New Zealand is not only a natural island paradise, but home to some of the best Arabian & Arabian-related horses on the planet. The New Zealand Arabian Horse Society has thoughtfully scheduled their National Show the weekend after the WAHO 2019 Conference, affording international guests the opportunity to attend the premier annual event on the Kiwi show calendar, while enjoying the company and the camaraderie of New Zealand's many dedicated breeders & owners.

Post-Conference tour guests will have the option of departing either Brisbane or Melbourne, following the Post-Conference tours in each of the neighbouring Australian states, early in the morning on Thursday the 14th of February. Auckland, the jewel of North Island, is just a short three-hour flight from Australia's East Coast, affording travellers the opportunity to enjoy nearly two full days of local sightseeing activities. The international airport (AKL) is just a short 15 km drive to the central business district; airport transfers will be provided to the host hotel for Thursday evening - the M Social overlooking Auckland's vibrant Prince's Wharf.  

Breathtaking Auckland, the 'City of Sails', is the largest in New Zealand, a bustling urban hub nestled between two contrasting coastlines, rich with a combination of metropolitan delights and natural landscapes. Water is a central feature of the incomparable Auckland lifestyle, so be sure to enjoy plenty of time on the waterfront, from the rugged landscape of the West Coast beaches to the expansive Hauraki Gulf around which the city thrives, home to the most iconic local island of Rangitoto, the youngest volcanic cone in the region, and the haven of Waiheke Island, home to the region's best wineries and olive orchards, just a short 35-minute ferry ride from the city centre. New Zealand's internationally award-winning tourism website, 100% New Zealand, is brimming with options and possibilities for local Auckland attractions, from Must-Do-Experiences, Scenic Highlights, the finest Food & Wine, and the best in local Shopping.  An Auckland City Tour is also highly recommended for a reasonably priced, more personally catered and thoroughly entertaining option to experience the best of this glittering world capital. Should you arrive on Thursday the 14th, remember your Valentine and treat him/her to something special at one of Auckland's world-class eateries.   

After two full days of spectacular sightseeing on your own, you will be treated on Saturday & Sunday to the generosity & hospitality of the Auckland Arabian Horse Club. Departing early each morning via coach from the charming local Tuakau Hotel, you will enjoy the beauty & versatility of the Arabian & Arabian Derivative breeds both in hand & under saddle at the New Zealand Arabian National Championships, hosted just a short ride away at the Showfields Equestrian Centre in Hampton Downs. Share in this prestigious experience as a VIP guest, enjoying a catered lunch each day, a special presentation of Living Legends - breeding, show & sport horses of significance including recent WAHO Trophy Winners, the consummate company of local New Zealand breeders & owners, and honoured guest status at the Breeders' Gala Dinner on Saturday evening.     

Post-Conference tour guests will have the opportunity to depart on Sunday evening the 17th of February, or conversely on Monday the 18th should your departing flights leave earlier in the day. Once in New Zealand, however, we would enthusiastically encourage you to explore more of the awe-inspiring wonder of 'Middle Earth' on this volcanic island paradise of Aotearoa, by extending your trip and taking in more of the sights on both North & South Island. 100% New Zealand is again the best source of inspiration for a multi-day New Zealand getaway. We can highly recommend Forgotten World Adventures, the enchanting set of Hobbiton, the Maori hotspot of Rotorua, the inter-island splendor of Marlborough & Wellington, the pastoral & alpine serenity of Canterbury, and the adrenaline-filled energy of Queenstown, gateway to the natural magnificence of Fiordland. No matter your travel needs, the WAHO 2019 Conference Team will provide Travel Assistance for all flight arrangements to and from New Zealand, as well as local transfers and accommodation. 

Coming all the way to WAHO 2019 Conference Australia without an extended visit to New Zealand is an opportunity missed! The passionate Kiwi breeders, owners & professionals look forward to hosting you and sharing the best of this natural paradise, as well as our shared love of the Arabian horse. Kia Ora!

NEW Zealand Arabian National Championships & Scenic Highlights 


14 February | Thursday   Flight Arrivals from Australia (airline travel assistance provided)   Morning
    Auckland City Highlights | Self-Guided Tours (not included in tour fee)    All Day
    Happy Valentine's Day! | Romantic Dinner Options (not included in tour fee)   Evening
    Overnight | M Social | Prince's Wharf - Auckland
15 February | Friday   Auckland City Highlights | Self-Guided Tours (not included in tour fee)   All Day
    North Island Highlights | Self-Guided Tours (not included in tour fee)   All Day 
    Overnight | Tuakau Hotel - Tuakau     
16 February | Saturday   Coach Departure | Auckland to NZ National Show    8:30 AM
    NZ National Show Breeding & Halter Championships    All Day 
    Lunch | Auckland Arabian Horse Club (included in tour fee)    12:30 PM 
    NZ Breeders' Gala Dinner | VIP Guest (included in tour fee)   6 PM 
    Overnight | Tuakau Hotel - Tuakau     
17 February | Sunday   Coach Departure | Auckland to NZ National Show    8:30 AM
    NZ National Show Ridden & Performance Championships    All Day 
    Lunch | Auckland Arabian Horse Club (included in tour fee)    12:30 PM 
    Overnight | Naumi Auckland Airport      
18 February | Sunday   Return Flights Home or Explore New Zealand    All Day 
    New Zealand Arabian National Championships Tour Fee   $1250 AUD/person
    Couple rate includes shared accommodation   $1500 AUD/couple
    Each additional family member sharing the same accommodation (max 4 persons/room)   $250 AUD/person
Thursday 14 February    Airport Transfer, Accommodation   included 
 Friday 15 February   Breakfast, Accommodation   included 
 Saturday 16 February   Breakfast, Lunch, Gala Dinner, Coach Transport, Accommodation   included
 Sunday 17 February   Breakfast, Lunch, Coach Transport, Accommodation   included 
Monday 18 February    Breakfast, Airport Transfers   included 
    Lunch & Dinner (Thursday & Friday), Dinner (Sunday), Flights (travel assistance provided)   not included

The All-Inclusive New Zealand Arabian National Championships & Sightseeing Tour price includes:

  • Four (4) nights accommodation in Auckland
    • M Social | Auckland (Thursday overnight)
    • Tuakau Hotel | Tuakau (Friday - Saturday overnights)
    • Naumi Auckland Airport  (Sunday overnight)
  • Coach Transport on Friday (15 February), Saturday (16 February) & Sunday (14th February)
  • Airport Transfers on Thursday (14th February) & Monday (18th February)
  • Breakfast x4 (per person) - Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday
  • Lunch x2 (per person) - Friday & Saturday
  • Gala Dinner x1 (per person) - Saturday
  • VIP Seating at New Zealand Arabian National Championship Show
  • $1250 AUD/single
  • $1500 AUD/couple | shared accommodation
  • $250 AUD/person for additional family members in shared accommodation | max 4 persons/room   

Flights to/from Auckland, lunch & dinner on Thursday (14th February) & Friday (15th February), as well as dinner on Sunday (17th February) are NOT included in the all-inclusive tour price.

The Programme for all scheduled events and tours is subject to change. Please check the website regularly for any updates. All registered participants will be informed of any changes.

Last Update: 31 July 2018

A special thank you to the official WAHO 2019 Conference Australia partners, patrons & sponsors