School holidays with the grandparents made easy with new Wairarapa tour

Sue Russ' niece with her father. Russ says grandfathers are particularly encouraged to take part in the tours to connect ...
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Sue Russ' niece with her father. Russ says grandfathers are particularly encouraged to take part in the tours to connect with young ones in their family.

There's nothing quite like the bond between a grandparent and grandchild.

Wellington woman Sue Russ​ has fond memories of her grandmother, who lived with her family when Russ was young.

Now the founder and chief holidaymaker of Welcome Tours is hoping to create equally special memories for other grandparents and grandchildren.

Sue Russ of Welcome Tours has created a new tour to foster the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren.
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Sue Russ of Welcome Tours has created a new tour to foster the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren.

Welcome Tours has just launched the Fun-times School Holiday Tour for grandparents and grandchildren, to take place in the Wairarapa over the summer school holidays.

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"I loved my own grandmother to bits when I was a kid," Russ says.

Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton is included in the Welcome Tours Fun-times School Holiday Tour.
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Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton is included in the Welcome Tours Fun-times School Holiday Tour.

"Grandparents have been wonderful in my children's lives and now I'm expecting my first moko for Christmas.

"The time has come for a tour where grandparents and grandchildren can spend time together while having loads of fun."

She says this unique relationship has remained the same as it was when she was young. "I think grandparents are such special people in a grandchildren's lives."

The Wellington-based company is offering to take children aged 5-12 with their elders on a three-day trip across the Wairarapa region.

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"I know so many grandparents spend a lot of caring for their grandchildren, so it's a way to make it easy and fun to spend that time together."

The Fun-Times school holidays tour includes activities for school-aged children but also includes historic home tours and vintage car rides to facilitate storytelling opportunities.

With a focus on creating lasting memories, Russ says she will be capturing moments along the tour and sharing snaps of tour-goers at the end of the trip.

She is keen to get Kiwis out exploring their own region and says the tour offers a break away from Wellington while remaining within a manageable travel distance for older people.

Russ especially encouraged grandfathers to take the opportunity to spend time with grandchildren because they may not have had the same level of involvement in their own children's lives as grandmothers have.

"It's a second opportunity for them to get involved with young ones in the family."

The tour offers grandparents a full itinerary complete with "plan B" activities in case of wet weather.

"Obviously, if the kids are happy, everybody's happy."

* The Fun-Times School Holiday Tour runs from January 9-11 next year. For full information and bookings, visit welcometours.co.nz or call 04 478 6033

 - Stuff

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