Simon Hocking

Group Tours

Simon Hocking has 40 years’ experience in arranging ART, CULTURAL and PERFORMANCE Tours. Read more about Simon's experience and background.




Your tour cost will be fully inclusive, giving you a ‘no surprises’ price that will save you any extra expense while on tour – prices can be adapted to your budget and needs.

Simon will include:

Let Simon Hocking personalise your next art, cultural or performance tour. With over 40 years’ experience let Simon combine the music with culture and art and relaxation to give you a memorable, rewarding and exciting experience for your art / cultural / performance group.


Simon has managed group tours for so many clients over the years. As well as the musical groups and racing syndicate featured below, Simon has arranged tours for numerous schools including, MacLean’s College - Auckland, Manurewa High School - Auckland, Alfriston College - Auckland, Longbay College - Auckland, Glenfield College - Auckland, Epsom Girls Grammar - Auckland, Wellington East Girls College - Wellington, NZ School of Music - Wellington, Cashmere High School - Christchurch, Christ’s College - Christchurch, Middleton Grange School - Christchurch, Timaru Boy's Highs School - Timaru, Kaipara College - Helensville and James Hargest College - Invercargill.

If you are planning a school tour or group tour either within New Zealand or overseas then contact Simon Hocking for expert planning and booking support. Read testimonials from some of Simon’s many satisfied clients here.

National Brass Band of New Zealand.

Simon has been looking after New Zealand Brass Bands for a number of years. Not just the NZ National Brass Band but also individual Bands such as Woolston Brass ( Christchurch). Wellington Brass, Waitakere Brass, Dalewool Auckland Brass, St Kilda Brass ( Dunedin), Ascot Brass ( Invercargill ). The National Band have travelled to Europe, China Australia New Zealand. Not just booking airfares, Simon also looks after the accommodation where needed, coach transfers and even helps with concert opportunities. Brass Bands travel with a lot of extra baggage in the way of Musical instruments. This is always a challenge but with Simon’s years of group bookings he has a fantastic relationship with the airlines and manages to look after the instruments to everybody’s satisfaction.


National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand.

As for the National Band these members are from all over New Zealand. This Youth Band is the start of some great carers for many of the musicians. Simon has looked after their travel for New Zealand tours and the annual course. They travelled to the UK on a three week tour, which included a performance at Westminster Abbey. All arrangements were made by Simon and he also travelled as Tour manager for them.


NZ Foundation Youth Pipe Band.

The Pipe bands in New Zealand travel to their annual competitions and many book with Simon. The Youth Pipe band have travelled across to Australia for contest and also over to Canada and Los Angeles. All arrangements where made through Simon. In Los Angeles, they performed at Disneyland. Simon was able to work this into the itinerary and for the last week of the tour Simon was their travel manager.


Te Akau Racing

Every two years Te Akau Racing have a tour to Singapore for the KRIS FLYER race meeting. Te Akau have very successful racing syndicates in both New Zealand and Singapore. This is a highlight for many owners who enjoy four days of fun and two great race meetings.


New Zealand Male Choir

Simon has arranged three tours for the NZMC to the UK, Europe and Canada. Simons attention to the needs of the choir with regard to rehersal space and accomodation is paramount. He also includes some great R&R opportunities such as a fabulous Rocky Mountain train trip. NZMC's musical director also uses Simons services to arrange trips for Christ's College, in Christchurch, arranging domestic and international tours. Simon opens performance opportunities that few other agents would be able to offer.

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