Why Total Hockey
This is consistently the number 1 reason that our schools, clubs, teachers and parents keep coming back to us.
We are all lovers of sport and are passionate about providing the best touring experience possible, show casing New Zealand and using sport to share in culture, learning, discovery and development.
Phil Robson the Managing director has a strong background in education and understands what it really takes to ensure young athletes are safe, having fun, learning and growing during their time overseas.
Coaches who have tried to either organize a tour themselves or use other tour companies have commented that consistently we are diligent about ensuring well matched competitions/games, understanding the needs and objectives of those who are organizing the tour and thinking ahead.
We are priced very competitively, coaches, parents and tour organizers often comment how much value for money it is and that it’s the service, personal touch, and passion for delivering an exceptional service that keeps them coming back.
They often comment that there is no way that they could have organized the locations, excursions, games, and interactions that the teams were able to experience.
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Excursions - Beyond Hockey training
We pride ourselves on delivering quality excursions beyond the sport specific elements. We know you want to maximise all of your time here. Over the years we have fine tuned the excursion offerings and have ensured that it is age specific. With the extensive teaching experience of our Managing Director, Phil Robson. We have ensured that all excursions are age appropriate and deliver great value.
We recognise that a trip for sport has objectives beyond just sport itself. We have found experiences that enhance team building skills, leadership skills, as well as educational experiences that keep the athletes engaged.
Whether you want to stay situated in one area in the country or travel top to bottom we’ve curated the highest quality experiences that deliver value and memories.
Find a List of our top excursions here in our FAQ’s as well as some photos below. If you want to see tour photos from previous tours – check them out here (link to Tour albums)
We take great pride in New Zealand as the greatest adventure nation on earth. Every year people come from all over the world to experience our natural wonders and explore our untouched lands. This is by no means an exhaustive list.
Go-Karting on Clay track
Sky Tower observation deck
Hot Pools and Naturally Occurring Wonders
Skiing Mount Hut or Queenstown or Mt Ruapehu
Hanmer Springs Hot Pools
Rotorua Hot Pools
Glow Worm Caves
Worlds Steepest street – Dunedin
Kaikoura Whale and Seal watch
Maori Cultural events and meals -Kotane
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Dunedin – host to many world firsts and inventions
Mt Cook (Aoraki)
Mount John Observatory (Clearest view of the night sky)
Local Sports Associations
We have relationships with local sporting associations to be able to bring our visiting sides unprecedented access into high performance environments and facilities to explore what it takes to play at the next level and inspire young athletes to continue in sport.
We have intentionally focused our efforts on building local relationships to be able provide a rich touring experience for all our visitors.
We work diligently with local clubs and service providers and have built up the trusted relationships to ensure that your visit here is exceptional and memorable. We understand that if you are travelling over seas for hockey you want to ensure you have proper well-matched competition, facilities, coaching and excursions.
For our Hockey tours we ensure we work with the local associations and the national association to ensure that everything is properly sanctioned, insured and refereed. We ensure that you get great coaching for your guest coaching sessions, and have access to the best facilities the country has to offer.
Whatever the sport (from Rugby to Rowing, Football, Basketball, Cricket, Netball and Hockey) we’ve spent time nurturing and building relationships with local sports associations and personnel. It’s these trusted relationships that allow us to whatever needs the group may have.
We ensure Games/fixtures with local competition that is best suited to your skill level. We work with the local sides to ensure that the competition on the day will be well matched to your teams skill, to test them but also provide an enjoyable experience
We work specifically with coach bus providers that we have long standing relationships with up and down the country. Sometimes you can spend a great deal of time on a bus and we know that this is an important aspect to you enjoying your stay. Our bus drivers are well acquainted with the needs of sports teams and accommodate as best they can.
Over 14 years of doing tours we’ve worked out the providers that understand the unique needs of touring sides.
Risk Assessment (Safety)
We appreciate that taking young athletes on a trip over seas can be daunting and you’ll want to ensure that every aspect is thought of. We can provide you risk assessment documentation for each sport that you may be interested in. Further to that we have processes in place that ensure all team leaders are aware of the risks, the local emergency service providers, where to get medical supplies and anything else that might be needed.
- We provide contacts for physiotherapy where required
- We provide each visiting team with a local phone and phone number to use during their stay
- We are sure to carry comprehensive liability
- All our staff have up to date police checks
- We encourage all teams to purchase travel insurance, or we can help you with this as well.
- Please do not hesitate to ask about further risk assessment requirements your school or club may have.
Safety is important to us and we do everything we can to prevent mishaps or unfortunate events, so that you can fully enjoy the experience
Touring teams that visit New Zealand are shown true Kiwi Hospitality when it comes to training facilities, turf and grounds.
We aim to share our knowledge, culture and love of the game.
The accommodation that we use for our tours always gets rave reviews.
We use hotels that are 3 stars and above. We have been using our main providers of accommodation for years, we’ve built very good relationships up and down the country.
During school holidays we often get access to boarding school halls. These locations provide the teams with an authentic experience of a “day in the life” of an athlete in New Zealand.
These are only available at select times of year. Be sure to get in touch to inquire about these accommodation requests.