Simon Hocking

027 435 0949

simonh@traveladvocates.co.nz

Based in - Christchurch

About Me

“I have been in travel for over 40 year and owned my own travel company for 35. It was by chance in 1982 that I was the travel agent for the Motel association of New Zealand and their marketing tour to Singapore. We had over 200 on this tour. Following this I became very involved with Music tours as my two Sons played Brass instruments and I looked after many tours for Brass Bands’ across the country and overseas.

I have booked the likes of Woolston Brass , Dalewool Auckland Brass, Waitakere brass and Excelsior Brass from Brisbane on their Europe UK tours. I also have arranged tours for many schools from James Hargest in Invercargill through to Auckland Grammar and Epsom Girls in Auckland. These tours have been within New Zealand, to Australia, Pacific Islands, Hawaii, Asia, USA, and Europe /UK.

I not only work with Brass Bands, I also arrange tours for all sorts of music groups, Pipe Bands, Choirs, Jazz Bands and orchestras.

In addition to music and cultural tours, I have also arranged tours for diverse groups including an IT tour to the States, a maths tour to Europe, a horse racing tour to Singapore amongst others.

I have a passion for group tours and love working with all to ensure the tour is one they will remember for many years. I do not just arrange the flights and accommodation I also look after all the sightseeing, concert, festivals receptions and anything else that is needed. I am often called upon to escort tours as travel manager to look after the day to day activities for all.

I currently look after national and international travel arrangements for a number of school and also manage the travel, accommodation and activities for groups planning New Zealand wide tours. National Tours I have been involved with include:-

  • Cashmere High School
  • Christ’s College- Christchurch
  • New Zealand Youth Brass Band
  • New Zealand National Brass Band
  • New Zealand foundation Youth Pipe Band
  • New Zealand secondary Schools Choir
  • New Zealand Male Voice Choir

Over the years, I have built up a number of contacts and these are able to offer a range of different options that many others cannot achieve. I have contacts with most Music Festivals worldwide and book groups to the leis of World Project festival in Sydney, Brisbane, Hawaii and USA. I have had school choirs to the “Summa Cum Laude” Music festival in Europe. Nothing is a problem. For quotes, ideas, bookings I am only a phone call or email away.

Services

Tailor Made Itineraries
Island Holidays
Luxury Travel
Airfares Worldwide
Holiday Packages Worldwide
Cruising
Adventure Travel
African Safaris
Corporate/Business Travel
Ski Holidays
Coach Tours
Group & Sports Travel
Special Interest Tours
Accommodation
Car Rental
Travel Insurance

Recommended Destinations

New Zealand
Australia
Pacific Islands
Asia
North America
South America
Europe
UK
China
India

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Special Interests

Group tours  

I have  40 years’ experience in arranging ART, CULTURAL and PERFORMANCE Tours

Places I Have Traveled

New Zealand

Australia

Austria

Belgium

British Virgin Islands

Canada

China

Cook Islands

Croatia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Fiji

France

Germany

Greece

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Lichtenstein

Luxembourg

Macau

Malaysia

Monaco

Netherlands

Russia

Samoa

Singapore

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

Tonga

Tunisia

Turkey

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States

Vatican City

Vietnam

My Special Offers

Preservation Inlet Cruise

Preservation Inlet Cruise

From $5,995.00 per person - Availability on sailings through until May.An ultimate voyage of discovery, an exploration of five of New Zealand's southernmost and seldom visited fiords; Chalky and Preservation Inlets as well as the stunning Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea...

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Central Otago Rail Trail

Central Otago Rail Trail

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS - 155KMS This independent cycles adventure is a 5 day tour on the Otago Central Rail Trail.The trail is vehicle-free, has an easy gradient and takes you through amazing scenery, over viaducts and through tunnels. There are also many old historic...

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Wilson’s Abel Tasman Guided Walk & Kayak Combo

Wilson’s Abel Tasman Guided Walk & Kayak Combo

New Zealand's finest coastal trail is found in Abel Tasman National Park. The well-formed track weaves through lush native forest, and along golden beaches fringed with Azure waters and sculptured granite headlands. Stay at beachfront lodges. Optional walking each day...

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Marlborough Sounds – 6 Day Luxury Small-Group Wine Tour

Marlborough Sounds – 6 Day Luxury Small-Group Wine Tour

Tours by Luxury Escapes. Leave the living room behind and enjoy your Sauvignon Blanc in style on this luxurious 6-day small-group tour (max. 12 travellers) through the rolling vineyards, secluded coves and ancient valleys of New Zealand's stunning Marlborough...

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$1 Deposit – P&O Country Music Cruise Auckland to Auckland

$1 Deposit – P&O Country Music Cruise Auckland to Auckland

CRUISE - COSTS PER PERSON $605  Balcony + A$100 Credit Quad pp $485  Interior + A$50 Credit Quad pp $707  Interior + A$50 Credit Twin pp $537  Oceanview + A$50 Credit Quad pp $812  Oceanview + A$50 Credit Twin pp $890  Balcony + A$100 Credit Twin pp Calling all...

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Visit Gold Coast – 7 Nights From $499 per person

Visit Gold Coast – 7 Nights From $499 per person

Stay and discover - Splash in the surf, wander ancient rainforests or give Koalas a cuddle. Check out some of these great accommodation offers which we can package with the cheapest available airfares and a rental car.We have selected three of the most popular...

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Captivating Cook Islands

Captivating Cook Islands

From as little as $399 per person (share twin) for 5 nights. This huge range of land only packages gives you all the options to consider, we just add the best available airfares.Click here to view all your accommodation options for both Rarotonga and Aitutaki...

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The Ultimate South Island Combo

The Ultimate South Island Combo

7 Nights & activities from $1649 per person (share twin) Discover the best of the South Island on this 8 day self drive exploration.Explore the natural world of bush and beach on Stewart Island, stay in Te Anau and experience the incredible beauty of both Milford...

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Five-Star Palazzo Versace Gold Coast

Five-Star Palazzo Versace Gold Coast

Five-Star Palazzo Versace Gold Coast Luxury with Award-Winning DiningThe pinnacle of luxury awaits on the Gold Coast at the world-renowned, five-star Palazzo Versace. From the moment you lay eyes upon the opulent Italian exterior and the grand lobby shimmering under...

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Testimonials

Hi Simon,

All the best with your new Company, I wish you all the best.

Feel so lucky to have you as my Personal Agent, it is so comforting to be able to just ring you at the drop of the Hat,

And you take care of everything. 

Cheers,

Jean Lewis

 

Simon you have always been amazing and a trusted, special friend. 

Your nimbleness averted a disaster with our son-in-law this week and for that, and numerous other exceptional support, we are truly grateful. 

I will speak with David but I am actually hugely confident he will be happy to “go with you” – I certainly am! 

Best wishes and keep in touch with your new exciting developments

Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM

TE AKAU RACING STABLES & STUD

 

Simon we deal and support you 100% we are happy with this arrangement 

David Ellis

Te Akau Stud

 

“I also use Simon to book travel for our international adjudicators. He always provided a fast and efficient service and fantastic back-up service when disaster strikes as it did a few years ago with an airport bombing in the UK. Simon was able to make new travel arrangements immediately so that our adjudicator arrived in the country in time for our contest.”

Helen Lee – Contest Manager and Executive Officer – Brass Band Association of New Zealand.

 

“I was first put in touch with Simon by a friend who was involved with Brass Bands at a high level back in 2010. We first used Simon when we took the Foundation New Zealand Youth Pipe Band to Australia in 2010.
Simon took care of all of the travel and accommodation arrangements for us. Our trip was extremely successful and we could not fault any of the arrangements made by him.
We used Simon again in 2014 when we toured Canada and the United States of America. Again excellent service with regards to travel, accommodation and sight seeing opportunities.
Simon is sympathetic to our needs and is prepared to run with our ideas.
At the end of the day we got excellent value for our money.”

Sheran Hancock – FYNZPB Director

 

I have been booking flights through Simon Hocking for our international representative choir tours for several years. He works extremely hard to find the best possible fares, and his communication and response to any requests are nearly always immediate. He sorts any problems effectively and with no fuss. I feel I can trust him to achieve the best possible prices and routes for our large touring groups – in our cost-sensitive, charitable organisation this is very important. I really enjoy working with Simon and I would definitely recommend him.

 Anna Bowron, executive Officer, New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir.

 

I have been working with Simon Hocking and his team at House of Travel since 2010.  In that time we have organised trips to Cambodia (4 times), Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Australia.  Trips have included humanitarian aid work, leadership and music tours.  Groups have all been 20 + students and staff.  I have also arranged personal bookings through Simon.  Our trips have been quite complicated at times, requiring massive flexibility and taking us to places off the beaten track.  I have always had the confidence that Simon and his team would accommodate our changes as well as put together the best itineraries at the best price.  Each trip I have tendered out to multiple parties and HOT has always come out on top price-wise.  Best connections, best itineraries, excellent communication and we have always had magnificent, safe, life-changing (for the better!) expeditions.  When I booked a personal trip back in 2011, we had some major problems in a third world country to do with local service and flights.  We were at the end of a long trip through a number of countries and just wanted to get home.  Despite the 12 hour time difference, despite it being Easter Weekend, despite the poor communication in a third world country Simon’s ability to fault fix and get us back on track rapidly and at no cost was legendary.  I cannot speak highly enough from both a personal and group perspective.  Great support, best trips, great value – what more can anyone ask for.

Phil Muir, Regional Principal, Westmount Education, Northern Region

 

It was always been a pleasure to work with Simon and his outstanding team of international agents to plan tours to Europe and the UK for the Christ’s College Chapel Choir. Simon is our agent for domestic and international tours and is a details man who ensures nothing is left unturned. When there are issues, these are dealt with confidently and with due respect even when we are on the other side of the world.

We spend a lot of time developing our tours and ensuring we get the best value for $ for the boys and their parents. As a result the three previous tours have both been musically and life changing experiences for the boys and a real joy for the staff to lead.

The ability to experience performing in some truly outstanding venues as the Vatican in Rome, St Marco in Venice, La Sacrada in Barcelona and La Madeline in Paris to name a few is a credit to Simon’s ability to open performance opportunities that few other agents are able to offer.

While Simon is an experienced travel operator he fully understands the demands of touring musicians and their needs. I have confidence in Simon’s ability to create opportunities for our students.

Robert Aburn, Senior Master, Christ’s College, Christchurch

 

Simon and his team have arranged three tours for the New Zealand Male Choir in my time as Musical Director. These have been to the UK and through Europe, and more recently through Canada. His attention to the needs of the choir in arranging accommodation and rehearsal spaces is of paramount importance. I have appreciated Simon’s ability to navigate around performance dates and to negotiate hotel and work around other constraints touring throws at the organisers.

Recently on the Canadian tour he was able to arrange a superb mixture of accommodation and to ensure the choir included some great R&R opportunities such as the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer train trip from Banff to Vancouver and a trip to Vancouver Island be included.

Robert Aburn, Musical Director, New Zealand Male Choir

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