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Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus Members Travel to Australia and New Zealand

Laconia, New Hampshire – March 31, 2017 – Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus members recently returned from a trip of a lifetime as they toured Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Highlights included: Sydney ● Sydney Opera House ● Melbourne ● Alice Springs ● Uluru ● Great Barrier Reef ● Mossman Gorge ● Christchurch ● Fran Josef Glacier Region ● Queenstown  ● Milford Sound ● Mt. Cook National Park

Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager stated, “This was the second time Bank of New Hampshire has escorted our customers to Australia and New Zealand since the program’s inception in 1989. It served to be one of the most memorable tours offered by the bank.” Drouin went on to say, “This adventure tour was on many member’s bucket list. It is extremely satisfying to realize that Bank of New Hampshire is fulfilling people’s dreams through the Prestige Plus travel program.”

The tour began in the beautiful city of Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a world heritage site – the Great Barrier Reef.  Prestige Plus members enjoyed snorkeling and sailing aboard a catamaran exploring the coral reefs. From there the group traveled to Mossman Gorge and met with the original Aboriginal people and learned about their ancient ways.  The next few days were spent in the city of Melbourne with its historic and horticultural Fitzroy Gardens and opal mining.

The outback of Australia was the next stop where the group witnessed the changing colors of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset accompanied by a champagne toast. Prestige Plus members met the Walpiri Aboriginal people and had a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of the unique outback desert. A flight to Sydney was next on the itinerary.  Highlights of Sydney included Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Botanical Gardens and a tour of one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights, the Sydney Opera House. A dinner cruise in Sydney Harbour overlooking Sydney’s magnificent skyline and the Sydney Opera House was a big hit.

Leaving Australia, Prestige Plus members flew to Christchurch, New Zealand and viewed the Franz Josef Glacier.  The glacier features snow caped peaks, beautiful river gorges, waterfalls and rugged mountains.   On the way from Christchurch to Queenstown, New Zealand the landscape changes before your eyes as you pass through a rainforest and thundering waterfalls to Queenstown, one of the prettiest towns in New Zealand.  On a trip to Milford Sound the group enjoyed a cruise of the breathtaking Milford Sound.  The Milford Sound fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island with rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side. The scenery took everyone’s breath away. 

Queenstown has some of the most beautiful countryside in the world and was the spot for filming the Lord of the Rings movies. A tour of New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook, was another highlight.  Mt. Cook is an Alpine paradise and one of the most photographed places on earth. Prestige Plus members were very impressed with a home hosted meal in Christchurch at the end of the New Zealand tour.

After 3 weeks traveling through Australia and New Zealand, some of the members extended to Fiji for a few days of rest and relaxation in the beautiful and tropic setting of Fiji.

“We plan all of our trips months in advance and customize them to meet the needs of our valued Prestige Plus members,” stated Drouin. “With 28 years of experience in the bank travel industry, our customers know when they sign up for a trip the quality will be unsurpassed. Our Prestige Plus Travel program was recognized as one of the top bank programs in the country.  We plan and arrange these trips as a way to thank our members for choosing Bank of New Hampshire.”

To learn more about Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus program, contact Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager at (603) 527-3207 or 

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 24 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1.4 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders.  For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit



Photo Caption: Prestige Plus members Carol and Peter Walkley, are “photo bombed” by a curious camel while taking ride at sunrise in the Outback of Australia.  The magnificent Uluru (Ayers Rock) is in the background.



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