Australia, New Zealand, & Fiji - November 2018

The perfect non-skiing trip for our members who enjoy off the slopes active times together. Check out the itinerary and join us! A tentative itinerary appears at the bottom of the trip description.  Join us "DOWN UNDER!"  For those wanting a post-trip extension, plan to visit Fiji on the way back to the USA.

If going to the "Land Down Under" is on your bucket list, this trip is a perfect fit! Adventure and sightseeing are the primary focus. Whether you prefer high energy excitement (like going on the Shotover Jet Boat Ride or bungee jumping) or you want to learn more about the Maori culture or if you just prefer sightseeing in Auckland, Queenstown, and the rain forest, you'll be able to do it all.

Since we're already "in the area" Sarasota members will have the option for a pre-trip extension to Australia, visiting both Cairns and Sydney.  On the way back to the USA you can also select a post-trip extension to Fiji.  

Make your reservation ASAP - lots of interest has been expressed for this special chance of a lifetime experience. Send in your deposit soon!

AUSTRALIA – PRE-TRIP EXTENSION OPTION TO CAIRNS & SYDNEY
November 1 – November 9, 2018
 
Tour Prices Include:
​* Air between Tampa and Houston on United Airlines (ANZ codeshare partner)
* Air between Houston and Cairns (connecting through Auckland and Brisbane) via Air Zealand and Virgin Australia
* Transfer between Cairns Airport and hotel with orientation tour enroute
​* 3 Nights’ accommodation in Cairns at the 4+ star Pullman Cairns International Hotel
   http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8772-pullman-cairns-international/index.shtml
* Breakfast daily at the hotel
* Full day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef including lunch
* Full day tour to Karanda Rain Forest and National Park with BBQ lunch
* Transfer to Cairns Airport with driver/guide
* Air between Cairns and Sydney on Virgin Australia
​* Transfer between Sydney Airport and hotel with orientation tour enroute
* 3 Nights’ accommodation in Sydney at the 4 star Hilton Sydney
* Breakfast daily at the hotel
​* One way transfer between the Hilton Sydney and the Circular Quay
* Sydney Harbour Coffee Cruise from Circular Quay (walk back to hotel after the Coffee Cruise
​* Transfer to Sydney Airport with driver/guide
* Flight between Sydney and Auckland on Air New Zealand
* Transfer with driver/guide between Auckland Airport and hotel 
* All local taxes​
Estimated Cost to add Australia pre-trip:  $2120+/- per person in a hotel room; single: add $870 (Single is for an unshared private room and bath.)

NEW ZEALAND
NOVEMBER 7-18, 2018
(Florida Ski Council)
 
Tour Prices Include:
​* Air between Tampa and Houston on United Airlines (ANZ codeshare partner)
* Air between Houston and Auckland via Air Zealand
* Transfer between Auckland Airport and hotel with driver/guide
* 2 nights’ accommodations in Auckland at the 5 star Langham Hotel (now called the Cordis)
* Full cooked breakfast daily at the hotel in Auckland
* ½ Day city tour of Auckland enroute to hotel
* Full day tour to Waiheke Island by boat and bus including lunch and wine tasting
* Transfer between Auckland and Rotorua by private motor coach with driver/guide
* Tour of “Lord of the Rings” Hobbiton Village enroute (www.hobbitontours.com)
* Buffet lunc at the Green Dragon Inn at Hobbiton Village (NEW ADDITION)
* 2 Nights’ accommodations in Rotorua at the 4 Star Hotel Millennium
* Full cooked breakfast daily at the hotel
* Evening Maori experience and dinner in Rotorua Maori Cultural Center
* Return transfer to AKL Airport by private motor coach with driver/guide
* Air between Auckland and Queenstown via Air New Zealand Domestic
* Round-trip transfers between Queenstown Airport and hotel in private motor coach with driver/guide
* 5 Nights’ accommodations in Queenstown at the 4 star Novotel Lakeside
* Welcome dinner buffet at the Skyline Gondola with wine, beer, soft drinks and FSC Welcome Party
* Full cooked breakfast daily at the hotel
* All rooms equipped with coffee/tea makers
* Cruise across the lake on the TSS Earnslaw with BBQ dinner at the Walter Peak Colonel’s Estate
*Optional full day tour to Doubtful Sound
* Return transfer to Queenstown Airport in private bus with driver/guide
* Return air between Queenstown and Auckland on Air New Zealand Domestic
* Return air between Auckland and LAX on Air New Zealand
​* Return air on United between LAX and Tampa
* All local taxes including New Zealand Goods & Services tax of 15%
* Passport cases and luggage tags
* Special Holidaze souvenir pin
* Prices include current departure taxes ($112) and fuel surcharges ($680).
* Exchange rate used is $1.35 NZD, $1.25AUD, & $2.00FJD to $1.00USD.
 
Estimated Cost for New Zealand Only:  $4355+/- per person in a hotel room, double occupancy; single: add $1485 for unshared room & bath
​Estimated Cost for Australia & New Zealand:  $6475+/- per person in a hotel room, double occupancy; single: add $2355 for unshared room & bath

​FIJI -- OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION
​NOVEMBER 18 - 21, 2018

Tour Prices Include:
*Air between Queenstown & Fiji on Air New Zealand via Auckland
*Welcome lei greeting at airport
​*Transfer with driver/guide between Nadi (NAN) Airport and hotel
*3 nights accommodations in Fiji at the 4 star Sheraton Denarau Resort (http://www.sheratonfiji.com/?SWAQ-958C)
*Includes late check out since flight to LAX departs at 9:00 PM
*Breaskfast daily at the hotel
*Transfer to Nadi Airport
*Return flight to Los Angeles on Air Fiji
​*Return air on United between LAX and TPA
*All local taxes

Estimated Cost for Fiji Post-trip Extension: 
​In Ocean Breeze Hotel Room/bath - $795 per person, double occupancy; single:  add $430
​In Ocean View Hotel Room/bath - $895 per person, double occupancy; single:  add $535
​In Ocean Front Hotel Room/bath - $1015 per person, double occupancy; single: add $650
 
Trip Leaders:     Barbara & Hank Rhawn 
Barbara's cell: 941-951-8516   /   Hank's cell: 941-705-1335  /  email:SKICLUBSAR@AOL.COM
 
Payment Schedule:
$1500 per person deposit payable to “Ski Club of Sarasota” due with trip reservation form, membership application with dues, and photocopy of passport valid at least 60 days beyond dates of the trip. (Add $400 pp for each extension.)

Final Payment: Bills will be emailed for balance due by July 1, 2018. 
  
Mail to
SKI CLUB OF SARASOTA
C/O ACTIVE LIFESTYLES
5976 SOUTH TAMIAMI TRAIL
SARASOTA, FLORIDA  34231

To reserve a spot on this trip: Please download a
trip reservation form, print it out, and mail it to the trip leader at the address below. Include a photocopy of the picture page of your passport with your deposit payable to "Ski Club of Sarasota" based on the payment schedule above. If you are not a current member of the Ski Club of Sarasota, please also sign-up for membership.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
DAILY BREAKFAST INCLUDED AT ALL HOTELS.
 
OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP EXTENSION TO AUSTRALIA APPEARS IN ITALICS.
BASIC TRIP TO NEW ZEALAND APPEARS IN REGULAR PRINT.
OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION TO FIJI APPEARS IN  ITALICS.
 
TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR AUSTRALIA

 
NOV 1              AUSTRALIA PASSENGERS DEPART TAMPA TO HOUSTON THROUGH AUCKLAND AND BRISBANE TO CAIRNS
 
NOV 2              AUSTRALIA PASSENGERS IN AIR, CROSSING THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE
 
NOV 3              TRANSFER WITH DRIVER/GUIDE BETWEEN CAIRNS AIRPORT AND HOTEL /  OVERNIGHT CAIRNS AT 4 STAR+ PULLMAN CAIRNS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
                   http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8772-pullman-cairns-international/index.shtml
 
NOV 4              FULL DAY CRUISE TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF INCLUDING LUNCH /          OVERNIGHT CAIRNS
 
NOV 5              FULL DAY TOUR TO KARANDA RAIN FOREST AND NATIONAL PARK WITH BBQ   LUNCH / OVERNIGHT CAIRNS
 
NOV 6              TRANSFER FROM HOTEL TO AIRPORT FOR FLIGHT ON VIRGIN AUSTRALIA FROM CAIRNS TO SYDNEY / TRANSFER BETWEEN AIRPORT AND HOTEL WITH                    ORIENTATION TOUR ENROUTE / OVERNIGHT SYDNEY AT HILTON SYDNEY http://www.hilton.com/hotels/sydney
 
NOV 7              SYDNEY HARBOUR COFFEE CRUISE / OVERNIGHT SYDNEY
 
NOV 8              FREE DAY TO EXPLORE SYDNEY / OVERNIGHT SYDNEY
 
NOV 9              TRANSFER TO SYDNEY AIRPORT WITH DRIVER/ GUIDE FOR FLIGHT TO  AUCKLAND / ½ DAY CITY TOUR OF AUCKLAND ON WAY TO 5 STAR LANGHAM HOTEL (now called the Cordis) http://www.cordishotels.com/en/auckland / OVERNIGHT AUCKLAND
 

TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR NEW ZEALAND
 
NOV 7              DEPART LAX TO AUCKLAND FOR BASIC TRIP (AROUND 9:30 PM)
 
NOV 8              NEW ZEALAND ONLY PASSENGERS IN AIR
 
NOV 9              ARRIVE AUCKLAND / ½ DAY CITY TOUR OF AUCKLAND ON  WAY TO 5 STAR      CORDIS HOTEL http://www.cordishotels.com/en/auckland / OVERNIGHT AUCKLAND      
 
NOV 10             FULL DAY TOUR TO WAIHEKE ISLAND BY BOAT AND BUS INCLUDING LUNCH AND WINE TASTING / OVERNIGHT AUCKLAND
                       
NOV 11             TRANSFER BETWEEN AUCKLAND AND ROTORUA BY PRIVATE MOTORCOACH WITH DRIVER/GUIDE / TOUR OF “LORD OF THE RINGS” HOBBITON VILLAGE ENROUTE www.hobbitontours.com / BUFFET LUNCH AT THE GREEN DRAGON INN AT HOBBITON VILLAGE / OVERNIGHT ROTORUA AT HOTEL MILLENNIUM                                    www.millenniumhotels.com/en/rotorua/millennium-hotel-rotorua
 
NOV 12             EVENING MAORI EXPERIENCE AND DINNER IN ROTORUA MAORI CULTURAL   CENTER / OVERNIGHT ROTORUA
 
NOV 13             TRANSFER TO AKL AIRPORT BY PRIVATE MOTORCOACH WITH DRIVER / GUIDE / AIR BETWEEN AUCKLAND AND QUEENSTOWN VIA AIR NEW ZEALAND DOMESTIC / TRANSFER TO 4 STAR NOVOTEL LAKESIDE IN QUEENSTOWN                                                www.novotelqueenstownNZ.hotelsone.com
 
NOV 14             WELCOME DINNER BUFFET AT THE SKYLINE GONDOLA WITH WINE, BEER, SOFT DRINKS AND MAORI HAKA SHOW / OVERNIGHT QUEENSTOWN
 
NOV 15             LATE AFTERNOON CRUISE ACROSS LAKE WAKATIPU ON THE TSS EARNSLAW WITH BBQ DINNER AT THE WALTER PEAK COLONEL’S ESTATE / OVERNIGHT        QUEENSTOWN
 
NOV 16             OVERNIGHT QUEENSTOWN / OPTIONAL DAY TRIP TBD 
 
NOV 17             OVERNIGHT QUEENSTOWN / OPTIONAL DAY TRIP TBD
 
NOV 18             TRANSFER TO QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT IN PRIVATE BUS WITH DRIVER/GUIDE / AIR BETWEEN QUEENSTOWN AND AUCKLAND ON AIR NEW ZEALAND DOMESTIC / AIR BETWEEN AUCKLAND AND LOS ANGELES ON AIR NEW ZEALAND 
 
TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR FIJI
A RELAXED, LAID BACK OPTIONAL EXTENSION
(Although there are many opportunities to be active, Fiji travelers will create their own schedules.  Golf, snorkeling, boat tours, etc. can be arranged at the resort; information will be provided in advance to members going on this extension.)

 
NOV 18             FIJI EXTENSION PASSENGERS DEPART TO NADI (NAN) AIRPORT, FIJI VIA        AUCKLAND ON AIR NEW ZEALAND / OVERNIGHT AT 4 STAR SHERATON DENARU RESORT   http://www.sheratonfiji.com/?SWAQ=958C                                         
 
NOV 19             DAY AT LEISURE WITH OVERNIGHT IN FIJI
 
NOV 20             DAY AT LEISURE WITH OVERNIGHT IN FIJI / OPTIONAL FULL DAY CRUISE ON THE “WHALE’S TALE”
 
NOV 21             DAY AT LEISEURE IN FIJI WITH A LATE CHECK OUT (6:00 PM) / TRANSFER TO NADI AIRPORT.  FLIGHT TO LAX DEPARTS AT 9:00 PM / RETURN FLIGHT TO LOS                ANGELES ON AIR NEW ZEALAND EST. ARRIVAL AT 10:45 AM ON NOV 21 (CROSS THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE) / CONTINUE ON UNITED TO TAMPA THROUGH  HOUSTON EST. ARRIVAL AT 10:57 PM