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Great Village Holidays are designers of boutique tours that are unique, invigorating, relaxing, educational, memorable, and of great value for travellers over the age of 50.

New Zealanders Ian and Alison Metcalfe own and operate Great Village Holidays (2000) Ltd from offices in Tasman near Nelson, New Zealand.

We are a New Zealand owned and operated company with 20 years experience operating tours and arranging international travel. We are also experienced hoteliers and restaurateurs.

With our experience of living internationally and working in the travel and hospitality area for forty years, we believe our clients are treated to a skill set that sets the standard for a well planned itinerary, plus a comfortable and safe travel experience.

Every year since 2007, when we returned from Europe to live in New Zealand, we have taken small groups of people on tours through the picturesque sites and cities of Europe, Africa, South America and Asia; staying mostly in small villages and places of interest.

Whilst we believe the history of the areas we visit is important to understand, we also believe that the food, wine and culture of any area opens the mind to the way people live today.

Our brand of service, attention to detail and exacting quality also features in the internationally award winning luxury lodge, Tekoithe Lodge, that Ian and Alsion operate.

Known for its high level of comfort, innovative food and wine, and it’s stunningly secluded location at the top of New Zealand’s south Island.

Ian and Ali