Welcome to Innovative Travel events. Whatever your dream holiday, discovering the Ancient Kingdoms, exploring Asia or Russia, affordable river cruising, or an African Safari, your experience with Innovative Travel will be truly memorable.

Make the most of these opportunities and contact our team.

South island: Robyn Galloway, Managing Director and founder, or Nicholas Bloom from the Product Team.
North Island: Joanne (Jo) Saunderson, Business Development Manager.

Our sales team are frequently attending seminars, information evenings and expo's all round New Zealand in conjunction with local travel agents.

Upcoming Events

February 2020 - Israel & Jordan Catch Up
Auckland & Christchurch

Join us for a presentation with Innovative Travel's fantastic Israel & Jordan representative Mor, visiting from Tel Aviv. Come along and learn more about these fascinating destinations and the range of holiday and group options available. Travel agents and travellers are welcome.

Tuesday 11 Feb, arrive 5.30pm for 6pm start. Concludes at 7pm. Venue: Innovative Travel office. Amuri Business Park, Level 1, Unit 2/25 Churchill Street, Christchurch 8013

Thursday 13 Feb, arrive 2pm. Venue: TBC

Women's Lifestyle Expo's 2020

Save the date! Visit the Innovative Travel stand at Women's Lifestyle Expos in the North Island. Grab a brochure and speak to our BDM about your next dream holiday.

Women’s Lifestyle Expo – Wellington
18 & 19th April 2020
TSB Bank Arena
Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm

Women’s Lifestyle Expo – Wanganui
15 & 16th August 2020
Jubilee Stadium
Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm

Past Events

House of Travel 2019 Expos

Visit the Innovative Travel stand to discuss 2020 Ancient Kingdoms Holidays, Asia & India, CroisiEurope, The Safari Company, Russia and more. Find out more takes you to expo locations across the North and South Island.

Events across New Zealand with Innovative Travel's Cairo Director Elhamy Elzayat MNZM

Presenting on the new Grand Egyptian Museum opening in 2020

We are thrilled to welcome Innovative Travel’s Cairo based Director and expert in Ancient Egypt, Elhamy Elzayat MNZM, to New Zealand.

Elhamy was Honorary Consul General for New Zealand in Cairo until New Zealand opened an embassy in Egypt, and was presented with the NZ Order of Merit MNZM, by then Prime Minister, Helen Clark.

Elhamy is a key figure for tourism to the region, including former Chair of the Egyptian Tourism Federation and on the board of the Egyptian Holding Company for Tourism and Cinema, The Egyptian Holding Company for Egypt Airports and the Media City Company for Hotels. He writes and lectures worldwide, in particular on peace through tourism and was a pioneer in tourism between Egypt and Israel.

The presentations are sponsored by New Zealand partner, Innovative Travel. Experience the Innovative Difference.

Event Details

North Island, RSVP to: bdm@innovativetravel.co.nz
South Island, RSVP to: info@innovativetravel.co.nz

Thursday 5 September, lunchtime event, arrive 12.45pm for a 1pm start
Venue: Hamilton Gardens in the Chartwell Room, Hungerford Crescent, SH1 (Off Cobham Drive), Hamilton

Auckland Travel Agent Event
Wednesday 4 September, arrive 5.30pm for 6pm start. Presentation will conclude by 7pm
Venue: Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, 181 Westhaven Drive, Auckland
Travel industry only

Friday 6 September 2019, lunchtime event, arrive 11.30am for a 12 noon start
Venue: Parnell Trust, Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland 1052

Tuesday 10 September 2019, arrive 5.30pm for 6pm start. Presentation will conclude by 7pm
Venue: Remarkables 2, Hilton Queenstown Resort, 79 Peninsula Road

Wednesday 11 September, arrive 5.30pm for 6pm start. Presentation will conclude by 7pm
Venue: Otago Museum, 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016
This evening’s presentation will include a more in-depth lecture on Pharaonic Egypt, and will conclude with the opening of new Grand Egyptian Museum.


Additional Tuesday lunchtime event
Tuesday 17 September, arrive 12 noon, presentation concludes at 1pm.
Venue: Innovative Travel, Amuri Business Park, Level 1, Unit 2/25 Churchill St, Christchurch 8013

Monday's event is now full
Monday 16 September, arrive 5.30pm for 6pm start.
Presentation will conclude by 7pm
Venue: Innovative Travel, Amuri Business Park, Level 1, Unit 2/25 Churchill St, Christchurch 8013

Limited places are available at all venues.

Travel Companions Club Event - Announcing Two Tours: Egypt Unveiled & Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

The Travel Companions Club in conjunction with Innovative Travel will be hosting an event to share two exciting tour opportunities in 2020, following our successful Trans-Siberian rail journey this year.

  • Egypt Unveiled - on 22 May 2020, Colleen Doyle will be hosting a tour to ancient Egypt, which includes a stunning Nile Cruise. Jordan and the wonderful red rose city of Petra is offered as an extension. This will be a special opportunity to explore this magical ancient country with the reassurance of Innovative Travel's 30 years of safe travel, with the assistance of our amazing local partners in Egypt.
  • Danube Cruise & Passion Play in Oberammergau - on 24 August 2020, there is a special hosted tour departing from Budapest, where you will join a European CroisiEurope cruise from Budapest to Passau, before spending 2 nights in the region of Oberammergau and attending the special Passion Play.
Venue: Amuri Business Park, Level 1, Unit 2/25 Churchill St, Christchurch 8013
Date and Time: Monday 2nd September. Arrive 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Concludes at 7pm
Refreshments: Drinks and canapés will be served
All travellers and travel agents are welcome. RSVP now to info@TravelCompanions.Club or call 03 365 3910 or Tollfree 0508 100 111 to register your interest.

Russian Travel Centre Event with Jayne Thomas

Recently back from her 30th trip to Russia, Jayne Thomas, Managing Director of the Russian Travel Centre, is in New Zealand to share her insights into the latest and greatest things to do and see in Russia and the surrounding region, including Russian river cruising and Trans Siberian travel. Be inspired by her stories and knowledge that you can pass to your clients.

  • Auckland: Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, 181 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven Marina, Auckland 1011
    Friday 28th June. 12pm - 1pm lunchtime update.
  • Christchurch: Innovative Travel, Amuri Business Park, Level 1, Unit 2/25 Churchill St, Christchurch 8013
    Monday 24th June. Arrive 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Concludes at 7pm.
  • Hamilton: Hamilton Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, 201 Airport Road, Tamahere, Hamilton 3282
    Thursday 27th June. Arrive 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Concludes at 7pm.
  • Tauranga: Classic Flyers Museum, 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty 3116
    Wednesday 26th June. Arrive 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Concludes at 7pm.
  • Wellington: The Wellington Club, Level 4, 88 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011
    Tuesday 25th June. Arrive 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Concludes at 7pm.

Drinks and canapés will be served
Please note, this event has a $20 no show fee

2018 - Friends of Te Papa and Innovative Travel

Innovative Travel has partnered with Friends of Te Papa to offer exclusive tours to Egypt. Interest in travelling to this fascinating destination is high, as demonstrated at our event on Egypt earlier in the year, where we hosted more than 300 attendees.
Image (left to right) New Zealand's First Resident Ambassador to Egypt, Rene Wilson, Elizabeth Kay, President of Friends of Te Papa, Elhamy ElZayat, Cairo Director, Innovative Travel, Robyn Galloway, Managing Director, Innovative Travel.

The Safari Company & Ancient Kingdoms Holidays event in New Plymouth

"On Monday evening Jo from Innovative Travel and Andy Kibby from the Safari Company were in New Plymouth inspiring both agents and clients with their talks about Innovative Travel and The Safari Company.
I just wanted to say that you would never have guessed Jo had only recently joined your company - she spoke with confidence and in a way that captivated everyone who attended. By adding a few family photos to the presentation it also made it more personal which was great. Andy also had the audience in the palm of his hand and after talking about his chosen trip went on to talk about another due to the high level of interest.
Having been in the business for over 20 years and been to many presentations it's always fantastic when I take time out of my personal evening and come away feeling that it was well spent. Thank you for hosting us all"

Sindy Jones, Consultant, HOT New Plymouth

Travel Companions Club Asian Cooking School get-together

A fun social event for members of the Travel Companions Club in Christchurch to mix and mingle, while learning about Vietnamese cooking - and eating the finished product.

Recipe for the great dipping sauce:
Crush 10 cloves of garlic in a mortar & pestle. Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of warm water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add 3/4 cup fish sauce, 1 cup lime juice and a little chili for a kick. Sauce can keep for up to 1 month in fridge. Tip: pick up frozen limes at Kosko's - a fraction of the price of fresh limes.

Egyptian Tourism update
hosted by Innovative Travel's Cairo based Director Elhamy El Zayat

A series of trade and consumers were held to encourage Kiwi's to catch up with other markets who were returning to Egypt for holidays. It has been 6 years since the countries original uprising and Egypt has moved on with their new constitution.
Tourism is rebounding at an international level, with Americans, Canadians and Brazilians leading the way.  
Pictured from left: Kirsty Degnan (Innovative), Peter Dunne (Discover Travel), Lynda Morrison (Innovative), Elhamy ElZayat

Charity fund raiser evening of Travel & Fashion

Hosted by: Aviva (Family Violence Services), Jane Daniels & Innovative Travel

A chance for guests to preview the Jane Daniels Winter 2017 collection inspired by her travels to Russia with Innovative Travel, discover Ancient Kingdoms with Robyn Galloway, listen to jazz, savour delicious canapes and wine and bid on some great items at the charity auction.
MC for the evening was Lady Susan Satyanand.
The night was a fun night for everyone there, and a considerable sum was raised for Aviva.

RSA Western Front Evening

Recently Innovative Travel hosted an evening with the Christchurch RSA for people interested in finding out more about 2016 & 2017 WWI tours to The Somme and Passchendaele for the 100th commemorations.
Pictured from left are Peter Kennedy (tour host), Robyn Galloway (MD Innovative Travel), Jenny Haworth (Author of Behind the Twisted Wire) and Lynda Morrison (Groups Manager at Innovative Travel).

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