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FMC Travel Club

We exist to provide members with the opportunity to join a small group of like-minded travellers to enjoy a tramping based holiday overseas, while also supporting FMC. Everyone wins!

While focusing on tramping, there are normally walking and sightseeing opportunities included as we travel through an area. Parties are small, usually 8 – 12, with a group leader from New Zealand in most cases. Trip costs are modest, yet we manage to provide an income to FMC for every trip that operates. Where possible, we use backpackers’ hostels and cabins (and tents!), and land transport is mostly rental minibuses or local buses and trains.

These are participatory trips where members share the duties of group catering and driving. and otherwise working together under the direction of the leader. This proves very satisfying and must be working well, as we get some people who join us year after year.

Depending on the destination, we may price trips ex NZ or from the start city overseas. We can arrange flights to or from these points and can assist with any pre or post trip arrangements you might like to add on – a one stop shop! Travel insurance and personal expenses, maybe a few meals – these are often the only extra expenses you will incur. Otherwise our holidays are very inclusive.

If you see one that looks interesting, contact John Dobbs right away, as some fill very rapidly. Join one of our excellent trips. It’s a win-win situation! Please enquire early, even while a trip is being ‘assembled’, to make sure of your place.

P.S. John is always keen to hear from anyone suitably able and willing to lead a group and to work with him on an irresistible itinerary somewhere! If this is you, contact him now.

Ask a question about any trip by contacting John directly at john@travelsmart.co.nz

2019 Trips

BEST OF THE WEST: USA (departs May)

One magnificent month exploring the premium hikes in each of the Pacific states of the USA (Washington, Oregon and California), from Seattle to San Diego, from damp rain-forest to desert sands, and from the mountains to the sea. The tour includes all the national parks along the western seaboard of the United States. See the Best of the West USA 2019 dossier.


Two wonderful trips ex-Calgary, with built-in rest days. Featured are numerous national and provincial parks in Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana, and more. The Canadian Rocky Mountains are unique on earth – a magnificent attraction to visitors from across the world. See the Best of the West Canada 2019 dossier.


Venice – the Dolomites – Northern Italian Lakes –  past Mt Blanc and Matterhorn – Mt Eiger and Jungfrau to Lucerne and Zurich. Superb European tramping in complementary, very beautiful regions with a rich history and culture. See the Northern Italy and Switzerland 2019 dossier.

ICELAND (departs July)

Iceland has been described as “other worldly” and “the land of fire and ice”. This North Atlantic island of colliding tectonic plates is a fusion of mountains, fiords, volcanoes, Europe’s largest glacial icecap, rivers, huge waterfalls, barren lava deserts and geothermal activity. See the Iceland 2019 dossier.


Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Montenegro and Albania. With experienced trip leader John Dobbs. See the Balkans 2019 dossier.

JAPAN (departs September)

Traversing the ‘mainland’ island of Honshu, this trip explores the cultural aspects of ancient and modern Japan while walking the national parks and beautiful landscapes that abound in this safe and welcoming country. See the Japan 2019 dossier.

GREECE: MAINLAND + CRETE (departs September)

An essential tramping programme and exploration of cultural aspects and ancient sites across the mainland, plus Crete – the largest Greek island. See the Greece 2019 dossier.

PATAGONIA (departs January 2020)

Tramp and travel through “The Land of Giants”. Southern Chile and Argentina, plus Iguassu Falls, Brazil. Leader : Eileen Cameron. See the Patagonia 2020 dossier. NOTE: We have a vacancy for one more male participant to share with another; the trip is otherwise full. Please contact John Dobbs asap.

Future Trips

John is always interested in ideas for trips. If you, a group of friends or your club have an idea for an overseas trip contact John now at john@travelsmart.co.nz

Sub Antarctic Islands & Antarctica

Readers will have heard of Rodney Russ and Heritage Expeditions, based in Christchurch. They have been providing brilliant natural history expedition cruises to our Sub-Antarctic Islands and Antarctica for 12 years, and won many awards along the way. A recent association with Wild Earth Travel has expanded the range of superb specialist nature watch cruises around the world to unusual and remote places. They are recognized worldwide and offer truly unique, amazing adventures.

The Travel Club has a link to these companies, which we are very excited to promote. If their trips appeal and you book either through FMC Travel Club or by mentioning your link to FMC if going direct, then FMC will receive a payment in recognition. A wonderful new way to extend real value to FMC! To learn more about the amazing adventures available, contact John Dobbs, or visit the respective websites. Thank you for considering these incredible adventure cruises and supporting FMC in the process.