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Mike Dooley, Life Adventurer

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Jambo Fellow Adventurer!

My first visit to New Zealand was “on my way home” from Saudi Arabia… in 1986. I was on a super tight budget, slept at cramped, smelly hotels, but explored the cities and countryside by day. It was one of the most breathtaking countries I’d ever visited for its stunning diversity and sheer beauty – snow covered mountains, pristine beaches, sprawling deserts, rainforests, caves, bats, and kiwis.

I’ve been back 3 more times, each visit as special as those before it, and now, for visit #5, I’m leading a WOW Tour!

We’ll be staying between two fabulous hotels, one on each of the famed North and South islands. Our itinerary has been masterfully tailored to locations that will reveal the very best of this majestic paradise.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― Mark Twain

This is going to be our 28th WOW tour. We’ve already traveled to every corner of the world, in both hemispheres, yet there’s still so much more to see. And on this trip there’ll be adventure, stunning cuisine, exotic locales, inspiring talks, private one-on-one chats with me (time permitting, and it always has), breathtaking vistas, spiritual interludes with nature, and best of all, new friends from around the world.

None of us self-proclaimed "Globe TUTTERS" are into the idea of “group travel” – the whole notion speaks of compromise, routine, and boredom. Yet something magical happens when like-minded thinkers explore with open hearts and minds. As was shared by an attendee, “I’ve done group travel before, when there were few alternatives, and while I enjoyed the people, the conversations could only go so far...” Whoa, this does NOT happen on our trips! Everyone is fully versed in spiritual-ese, personal responsibility, and the power we have to live our dreams. Dreams and challenges are shared, illumination is sparked, and lives are changed. On every trip we’ve ever taken, friendships are made and kept long after we return home.

Travel, alone, is mind-expanding and invigorating, but when you add to the mix fantastic itineraries in exotic locales, great conversations, and super-cool people... NOTHING ELSE COMPARES! Obviously, I’ve been on every one of our WOW Tours, and they’ve quickly become the highlights of my year. During each trip I have this feeling, “YES!! This is it!! Life is so awesome!! I HAVE TO SPREAD THE WORD to all our fellow TUTTERS how truly incredible these adventures are.” But don’t just take my word for it, read what other attendees have said!

Many TUTTERS have joined us on multiple trips. In fact, sometimes +30% of our travelers are “repeaters.”

Be warned, however, there’s invariably sadness when it comes time to say our goodbyes, and I’m not the only one with a tear in my eye. Happily, there are no goodbyes without reunions, no endings without beginnings and new friends are now calling us to New Zealand….

Yours in the adventure,

P.S. We don’t host these trips for the small margins involved, we host them because of the FUN we have. Group sizes typically range from 50-100 people, but there’s no limit either way. Always, the right people show up for each trip!

WHAT TUTTERS ARE SAYING

Hear from the TUTTERS who have traveled with us why our trips are truly life-changing!

Adventure Highlights

We've discovered that one of the best things about these trips is the candidness and connection shared by the group. This is an opportunity for adventurers, like-minded thinkers from around the world, to join together and share the experience of a lifetime. The focus of these adventures is not on Mike, but rather on OURSELVES, our group dynamic, and the adventure at hand. For us, the most important thing is to achieve a sense of comfort from day one; to learn, explore, and discover together. Mike's casual, unplugged workshops will follow suit. We'll start by following a schedule, but if we get inspired or feel pulled in other directions, so be it! Here's some of what we have to look forward to together over the course of this great adventure:

  • 9 days (7 hotel nights) in New Zealand, between Auckland and Queenstown (see more below in the itinerary).
  • Luxurious 5 star accommodations at Hotel M Social and Hotel St. Moritz (details below).
  • Daily talks with Mike and Andy Dooley about life, dreams, happiness, and the nature of reality.
  • Time for Q&A following each talk to address your specific questions, concerns, dreams, and challenges.
  • Private one-on-one time with Mike Dooley and Andy Dooley, time permitting.
  • Discover New Zealand’s ancient Maori heritage at Tamaki Makaurau – the sacred lands on the outskirts of the city.
  • A tour to ascend the dormant volcano Maungawhau (Mount Eden), which stands proudly above Auckland City.
  • An evening aboard one of Auckland’s most impressive yachts, a chartered catamaran for our group to ply the waters of Auckland Harbor.
  • A sailing trip aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to Walter’s Peak Country Farm for a taste of New Zealand’s country life.
  • A visit to Milford Sound, one of the most spectacular drives in the world—fiords, towering peaks, glaciers and wildlife abound!
  • Optional whitewater rafting, jet boating on the Shotover River, a lakeshore hike, or a 4WD backcountry tour!

Interesting Facts

  • New Zealand's population is just over four million, making it one of the world's least populated countries.
  • The Maori name for New Zealand is ‘Aotearoa’. It means “the land of the long white cloud.”
  • New Zealanders are also called “Kiwis” (the name of New Zealand’s native flightless bird).
  • In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote.
  • Queen Elizabeth II is officially Queen of New Zealand, represented in the country by a Governor General.
  • More people live in Auckland than in the whole of the South Island.
  • When in New Zealand, you must drive on the left side of the road.
  • No part of the country is more than 79 miles from the sea.
  • Only 5% of New Zealand’s population is human—the rest are animals (and one third of the country is protected national park).
  • New Zealand has three official languages: English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.
  • In 2013, New Zealand legalized same-sex marriage.
  • In 2008, TripAdvisor named Milford Sound (which we will see!) the world's top travel destination.

Participate in daily workshops

One of the highlights of our trips are the daily unplugged mini-workshops with Mike Dooley and TUTTERS about life, dreams, happiness, and the nature of reality. In addition to these mini-workshops, you’ll receive a professionally bound "Best of My Life" Passport! Your Passport will culminate in your creation of a customized Manifestation Action Plan (MAP) that will give you guidance and direction for creating consciously beyond our trip. You'll also learn the key points from Mike Dooley’s present touring material, Playing the Matrix, and from Andy Dooley’s touring material, Vibration Activation.

Adventure with like-minded thinkers

Our trips are known for the friendships that are made! None of us self-proclaimed TUTTERS are into the idea of "group travel" – the whole notion speaks of compromise, routine and boredom, hardly adjectives for the life adventurers that we are! Yet something magical happens when like-minded thinkers embark on these trips. Everyone is fully versed in spiritual thinking, personal responsibility, and creating our own realities. Dreams and challenges are shared, illumination is sparked and lives are changed.

Talk one-on-one with Mike

On every trip we take, Mike is a part of the adventure in every way that you are. Whether we’re climbing a mountain, or riding a bus, or eating at a local restaurant, or passing out school supplies to children, Mike is there to facilitate and lead us in the adventure, along with his brother Andy, and our travel agent Christopher. There will be time to talk one-on-one with Mike and Andy, and there will also be time during group workshops to share and ask questions.

Adventure Schedule

DAY 1 & 2: Tuesday & Wednesday, October 8 & 9 2019

Today we depart for New Zealand!

If you are one of the TRANSPACIFIC TAONGA travelers joining us on the group flight, we will meet at Los Angeles International Airport. Our overnight flight lands in Auckland, New Zealand on the morning of October 10th, as we cross the International Date Line. Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight amenities on board the aircraft.

DAY 3: Monday, Thursday, October 10, 2019

Arrive in Auckland

Once our plane lands at the Auckland International Airport we will be met with a warm welcome and directed to our transportation, which will take us to a traditional Maori greeting ceremony and then to the hip M Social Hotel, located along the waterfront.

We will enjoy a light lunch together with some time to unwind before our first TUT Talk. The rest of the afternoon is free to settle in before this evening’s Welcome Dinner at the Sky Tower in the Orbit 360 where we will dine surrounded by a bird’s eye view of the city!

Accommodations: M Social (Lunch & Dinner are Included

DAY 4: Friday, October 11, 2019

Home Fires of Tamaki

Meet us for breakfast and a TUT Talk before the day’s adventure begins.

Today we discover New Zealand’s ancient Maori heritage at Tamaki Makaurau – the sacred lands on the outskirts of the city. We’ll learn about ancient Maori traditions, medicinal plants and regeneration projects. Along the way we will also hear about the life and culture of the Ngati Whatua-o-Orakei tribe from a local guide. After a traditional lunch, we will head back to the M Social where you can enjoy the modern comforts for the rest of the day.

After a memorable day together, you are welcome to enjoy the night on your own or in the company of your fellow TUT Adventurers. Treat yourself to a variety of Pacific Rim delicacies in the hotel’s Beast & Butterflies restaurant, or explore Auckland’s thriving culinary scene and nightlife.

Accommodations: M Social (Breakfast & Lunch are Included)

DAY 5: Saturday, October 12, 2019

Maungawhau

Start the day with breakfast and a TUT Talk.

After breakfast and a TUT Talk we will set out to discover the significance of the dormant volcano Maungawhau (Mount Eden), which stands proudly above Auckland City. Your Kaitiaki (guide) will bring the mountain to life with stories, passed down through generations, as you explore the terraces and ascend the mountain. At the mountain summit, views of the Manukau and Waitemata harbours, Rangitoto and beyond will take your breath away.

Later on we will enjoy a glorious evening aboard one of Auckland’s most impressive yachts. We’ve gone ahead and chartered a catamaran for our group to ply the waters of Auckland Harbor just like America’s Cup racing Yachts (except slower and more comfortable)! Together we will float along the beautiful harbour, watch the awesome sunset and dine while taking in the skyline scenery of Auckland.

Accommodations: M Social (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are Included)

DAY 6: Sunday, October 13, 2019

South Island Bound

Start the day with breakfast and a TUT Talk.

There is time for a stroll along Princes Wharf or to do some last minute shopping in the pedestrian mall at Viaduct Harbour before heading to the airport for our flight to the South Island and Queenstown!

We check-in at the St. Moritz Hotel with ease and plenty of time to freshen up for tonight’s festivities. When we are ready we will board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter’s Peak Country Farm for a taste of New Zealand’s country life. Welcome!

Accommodations: St. Moritz (Breakfast & Dinner are Included)

DAY 7: Monday, October 14, 2019

Milford Sound

There is time for breakfast and a TUT Talk before we’re off to see Milford Sound. This is considered one of the most spectacular drives in the world, so be sure to bring your camera to capture the unbelievable scenery. Fiords, towering peaks, glaciers and wildlife abound today!

After a full day of incredible adventures, the evening is free to explore the quirky town of Queenstown on your own or in the company of fellow TUT Adventurers.

Accommodations: St. Moritz (Breakfast & Lunch are Included)

DAY 8: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Discover Queenstown

After breakfast and a TUT Talk set out on one of the recreational activities available to you. Choose from whitewater rafting, jet boating on the Shotover River, a lakeshore hike, or a 4WD backcountry tour! Lunch will be included on your tour, or with a cash gift provided to you.

In the evening we all come together to share stories of the day at Yonder, an inspiring and creative Queentown eatery which we’ve taken over privately for our group tonight.

Accommodations: St. Moritz (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are Included)

DAY 9: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Queenstown

After breakfast and an inspiring TUT Talk, the day is left free for you to pack in all the things you want for yourself. Shop, do that bungy jumping you’ve always said you would do, or relax in the hot tub garden at the hotel and reflect about our magical week in New Zealand.

Tonight for our finale we take the gondola high above Queenstown to Bob’s Peak and the Skyline Restaurant for one last inspiring view and dinner — a fitting finale to TUT’s TRANSPACIFIC TAONGA trip!

Accommodations: St. Moritz (Breakfast & Dinner are Included)

DAY 10: Thursday, October 17, 2019

So Long New Zealand

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport for our group flight to Auckland and connecting flights home.

(Breakfast is Included)

What Tutters Are Saying

Hear from the TUTTERS who have traveled with us why our trips are truly life-changing!

Emily Madill

WOW Tours: Panama 2014, Iceland 2013, Peru 2012, Kenya 2011

"This experience was more than a tour or adventure. From beginning to the end, it was an opportunity to have a meaningful and cultural experience, make new life-long connections, laugh, have fun, and marvel in the beauty of the life adventure we are all on."

Emily Papazoglow

WOW Tours: Kenya, Peru, Iceland, Panama

"WOW doesn't begin to describe how amazing these trips are. I started on the Kenya trip in 2011, then Peru, then Iceland, then Panama, and I'll be back again this year! These adventures have become a touchstone, a centering influence in my life, and fun... So much FUN! If you are looking for adventure, friendship, and laughter, here it is!"

Ursula Lutzky

WOW Tour: Kenya 2011, Mediterranean Cruise 2009

"Going on TUT adventures has opened up a whole new world to me. I have travelled to places I never thought I would go, like Kenya, and met the most amazing likeminded people from around the globe. Today, most of my closest friends are fellow TUT travelers."

Jill Tesdahl Hutcheson

WOW Tour: Bali 2015

"I guess you could say this Tutter’s Bali trip captured the true essence of Namaste for me: “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you” - a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness. With great appreciation and a joyous heart, I bow in gratitude for an unforgettable, inspirational and beautiful experience."

Peter Hayes

WOW Tours: Mayan Cruise 2011, Tahiti 2010, Hawaii 2008

"I have had the pleasure of attending 3 of the WOW tour adventures! During these amazing adventures, I met people from all across the world whom I now call my friends. Mike and the whole staff were amazing and I'm looking forward to my next adventure with TUT!"

Judith Burdick

WOW Tour: Norway 2015

"Loving this adventure! I want to thank everyone for making it so special and bringing your unique energy to the mix."

Denise Blaylock

WOW Tour: Bali 2015

"So grateful for the chance to be on this amazing trip of a lifetime. Such great souls to share the experience with. I am still in such a state of bliss. My heartfelt gratitude to all of you for making it such a wonderful adventure."

Shelby Magnuson Hawkins

WOW Tour: Peru 2014

"Since coming back from this trip, I doubt any of us are the same. I look at the earth differently and want to honor her as the Incas did. I'm grateful for the art work I brought back and the many other things which remind me of Peru. I am truly grateful I was able to make this trip and for all the people I met!"

Allison Reynolds

WOW Tour: Peru 2016

"I thank you, Mike, with all of my heart and soul!! My journey to Peru with you, Andy and all of the beautiful TUTTERS resulted in a fundamental shift in my attitude, energy and life outlook. I have no more fear! And I can't wait to see what's next! My gratitude has no bounds."

Shelley Charlton

WOW Tour: Peru 2016

"I cannot believe I almost backed out of the trip to Machu Picchu as I hated the thought of being in debt. Fortunately, I've been playing the matrix for some time now and decided to trust the process. After sharing the most amazing trip of my life with fantastic new friends, I came home to discover my apartment had sold after being on the market for 7 months! THANK YOU UNIVERSE."

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Hotel Accommodations

M Social

A contemporary hotel for the curious, the explorers and those who thrive on new experiences. Functionally chic, this contemporary hotel features 190 rooms and suites designed for all travellers, overlooking the vibrant Princes Wharf that is home to a stunning array of dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. Treat yourself to some of the best cuisine from around the world at ‘Beast & Butterflies’ - M Social’s signature restaurant. Alternatively, catch up with friends – both old and new – over a drink at the Beast & Butterflies bar. Stay social with our distinctive hospitality. Everyone enjoys complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel!

Click here to the hotel's independent website.


Hotel St Moritz

Idyllically situated in Queenstown, New Zealand, overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location. Its architecture and interiors offer intriguing works of art, bespoke furniture and refreshing colours, which highlight the unique charm of the place and the serenity of its surroundings. Decorated with style and elegance, its spacious rooms provide the same sense of calm and serenity. The blend of textures, colours and light combine to make this “alpine residence” a unique haven where sensorial delights await you.

Click here to the hotel's independent website.

Meet The Crew



Mike Dooley

aka "The Universe"

Travel, alone, is mind expanding and invigorating, but when you add to the mix fantastic itineraries, in exotic locales, great conversations, and super-cool people... NOTHING ELSE COMPARES! I’ve been on every one of our WOW Tours, and they’ve quickly become the highlights of my year. And during each trip, I have this feeling, "YES! This is it! Life is so awesome! I HAVE TO SPREAD THE WORD to all our fellow TUTTERS how truly awesome these adventures are!" So needless to say, I’ll be with you throughout the entire trip, at the center of the action, a part of every moment and experience! AND in addition to the adventure aspect, I’ll be delivering casual, unplugged talks about the nature of reality, life, dreams, and happiness.

Learn more about me in this personal, pool-side interview with Lilou Mace!!!

Click here to read Mike’s full bio!


Andy Dooley

Mike's brother, law of attraction expert, spiritual comedian, and life coach

Andy will be there with us throughout the adventure! He will host several talks, including morning "Body and Soul Wake-up Sessions" to set the tone for most days! And his signature program, Vibration Activation - designed to take the mystery out of manifesting. Andy is a life coach and he'll also be offering free one-on-one talks, as will Mike!

Vibration Activation is the art and science of activating a positive vibration within yourself that becomes your new point of attraction. My clients have attracted loving relationships. They’ve manifested large sums of money, new clients for their business, better jobs, and lost weight! The results have been amazing. Most importantly my clients have come into alignment with their purpose and passion. Best of all, it’s FUN! - ANDY

Click here to listen to audio samples!

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Christopher Rohan

BenchMark Incentives

Co-founder of BenchMark Incentives, a 20 year old company that specializes in planning and operating group travel programs to the corners of the globe. Chris’s role for TUT includes physically scouting out all of the hotels and tours we choose, usually a year in advance, and then joining us each and every day to ensure everything happens to plan. Chris also oversees local travel hands to ensure that wherever we are in the world, there’s a TUT Travel Help desk so that none of us ever has to fend for ourselves. His masterful knowledge of adventure logistics and people moving, makes him the savvy traveler and a warm and instant companion for everyone in our groups.

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HELPFUL TRAVEL INFORMATION

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OPTION #1: REGISTER ONLINE

OPTION #2: REGISTER BY EMAIL, FAX, OR MAIL

Please read and fill out each of the forms below and submit them by email, fax, or mail.

BY EMAIL: [email protected]

FAX: 978-834-6082

MAIL: BenchMark Travel Services, 21 Water Street, Suite 304, Amesbury, MA 01913

Adventure Rates

A non-refundable deposit of $1,500.00 per person is due upon registration. Final payment is due by August 26, 2019, If final payment is not received by August 26, 2019, BenchMark Incentives/TUT reserve the right to consider the booking as cancelled by you, and charge you any cancellation fees that may apply, unless alternative arrangements have been made. Please note that this trip has limited availability and reservations will be held on a first-come, first-served basis. To review all Terms & Conditions of the trip, please click here.

Land Package Only

No flights other than the Auckland-Queenstown internal flight (no arrival & departure transfers included, unless traveling on the scheduled group transfer):

Double
Accommodations
$5,970.00 per person
Single
Accommodations
$6,888.00 per person

Land & Air Package

Includes coach class group airfare from Los Angeles, California, and returning from Queenstown, New Zealand to Los Angeles, California and the internal flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Queenstown, New Zealand. All flights are on Air New Zealand.

Double
Accommodations
$7,298.00 USD per person
Single
Accommodations
$8,216.00 USD per person

INCLUDED:

  • All transfers with the exception of airport transfers for guests booking their own flights.
  • 7 nights hotel (3 nights in Auckland at the M Social Hotel, 4 nights in Queenstown at the St. Moritz Hotel)
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • TUT Workshop fee including meetings with Mike and Andy
  • All day trips described with guides
  • All sightseeing and transfers by deluxe vehicles. Smaller vehicles may be required during certain tours due to rough terrain or narrow roadways
  • Bottled water daily
  • Water, coffee, and tea at group lunches and dinners
  • Professional English speaking guides/escorts throughout
  • All gratuities for drivers, guides, group meals, maids, bellman through itinerary
  • All entrance fees to sites included on the trip itinerary
  • All, taxes, fees and services on any group events
  • Any U.S. Airport Security Fees, Taxes and Fuel Surcharges.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • Domestic air within the U.S. from your home city to and from Los Angeles, California.
  • Beverages other than water, coffee and tea at group meals.
  • Transfers for independent arrival and departure into Auckland, New Zealand and out of Queenstown, New Zealand if different than the group arrival time (for guests booking own air).
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc.

QUESTIONS?

Contact BenchMark Travel Services at 1-866-535-8600 or [email protected]


IMPORTANT

If you do not sign up directly through our travel agent, BenchMark Travel Services, you cannot be considered part of the TUT group and take part in the TUT activities. Sorry!

TRAVEL INSURANCE

BenchMark Travel Services strongly recommends the purchase of Travel Guard travel insurance* before any TUT trip! Travel insurance offers travelers coverage for unforeseen problems, from a cancelled flight to a serious illness—or in rare cases, even an act of terrorism or the financial default of a travel supplier. If you miss a travel connection, even for reasons beyond your control, you are NOT necessarily protected from financial loss unless you have travel insurance. For example, if you encounter mechanical problems, flight delays, or inclement weather that causes you to miss connections, the airline carrier might re-book you, although in many cases (such as bad weather) it is NOT guaranteed (in which case you may either have to purchase an entirely new round-trip ticket or forego the entire prepaid trip without any reimbursement). Travel insurance can cover new flights or provide trip cancellation coverage (for a covered loss), as well as emergency medical expenses and medical transportation. Travel insurance also provides 24 hour "911" emergency travel service, in case a traveler has to change a flight or a hotel room, in addition to assistance with emergency cash transfers, lost baggage, and pre-trip consultation services (travel advisories, passport requirements, inoculation information, etc.).

*Please note that Travel Guard insurance is only available to U.S. and Canadian residents at this time. If you live elsewhere, please check for such coverage within your home country from independent providers.

HOW TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE: You can obtain travel insurance from Travel Guard International. You have two options to purchase travel insurance: 1. U.S. and Canadian residents may call Travel Guard directly at 1-800-826-1300. 2. Visit Travel Guard’s website at www.travelguard.com to process the insurance yourself. In this case you will be asked for a travel agent code, please give Travel Guard the code 22735731 as this code will identify your booking with BenchMark Travel Services. Please be sure to read all policy information thoroughly.

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