Welcome to New Zealand


Wilbury Tours specialises in plein air painting holidays that take advantage of the beautiful landscapes, arts, food, wine and activities in the beautiful Southern Lakes region. All of our tours are hosted by experts who are intimately familiar with the region.

Located in the lakes district of the South Island of New Zealand, Wanaka is a visitor’s paradise. An hours drive from Queenstown and you will arrive at your home away from home.

From lakeside landscapes surrounded by majestic mountains, to original gold-rush shanty towns and scenic vineyards, there is no shortage of visual beauty to ignite any artists’ imagination. Renowned for the rugged and varying landscapes, New Zealand is the perfect location for you to explore and paint memories to take home.

Spend your days with us as we explore the highlights of this stunning region. Find out for yourself just why Peter Jackson chose New Zealand as Middle Earth.

During your stay, you will be lodging just minutes walk from the spectacular lakefront in Wanaka, that in itself is a painting. All amenities are close at hand, with local cafes, restaurants, banks, shops and a supermarket being all within easy walking distance.

During the day, we will go on excursions to specifically selected painting sites that will satisfy your painting needs. Whether it be quaint architecture, breathtaking landscape, neatly planted vineyards, or striking mountains, you will not be disappointed.

Some highlights of the tour:

  • Arrowtown, the historic gold mining town located on the banks of the Arrow River
  • Queenstown, with its towering mountains above the lake, it is a spectacular sight to spend a day or two
  • The Crown Range, showcasing stunning views of the region
  • Vineyards, Central Otago is well-known for its Pinot Noir
  • Secluded bays with magical landscapes surrounding them
  • Local New Zealand wine and cheese tasting

About Wilbury Tours

Wilbury Tours Ltd., specialises in small, intimate tours customised to suit both the art instructor and the students. Founded by Penny Willocks, a native New Zealander, whose expertise in tour direction coupled with her knowledge of her country ensure Wilbury Tour guests the trip of a life time.

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painting holidays

Follow the link below to find out more about about the painting holidays Wilbury Tours organises. Whether your medium of choice is oil or watercolour, pastel or mixed, Wilbury Tours is able to customise a workshop to accommodate all.

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As an instructor, I want to deliver as much information to the participants as I possibly can, and being able to focus on my job is crucial to doing it well. Teaching or taking workshops can be extremely exhausting. Any added responsibility or stress on either the instructor or the participants will leave both frustrated, and make it impossible for me to teach my best and for my class to concentrate on learning. The only way to insure the students’ success, is to have an organizer who is on top of all of the logistics. Penny is absolutely the best! She handled every detail seamlessly, from big stuff to tiny touches, and made sure we all enjoyed the absolute grandest experience possible. She was patient, attentive, and extraordinarily thorough. Working with Penny on a 10-day workshop and tour in France in 2016 left me excited and ready to immediately do it again. My students all felt the same way! Every person in our group was beyond thrilled. The excursion certainly exceeded all of our expectations, and I am looking forward to our next adventure! Thank you Penny!!!!
— Lori Putnam, 2016, Art Instructor