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!

Tour prices include:

AUSTRALIA – PRE-TRIP EXTENSION OPTION TO CAIRNS & SYDNEY
November 1 – November 9, 2018
 
Tour Prices Include:
* Air between Los Angeles and Cairns (connecting through Auckland) via Air Zealand
* 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
* 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 Holiday Inn Old Sydney
   http://www.hioldsydney.com/
* Breakfast daily at the hotel
* Sydney Harbour Coffee Cruise
* Transfer to Sydney Airport with driver/guide
* Flight between Sydney and Auckland 
* 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 $850 (Single is for an unshared private room and bath.)

NEW ZEALAND
NOVEMBER 7-18, 2018
(Florida Ski Council)
 
Tour Prices Include:
* Air between Los Angeles 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
* 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
* 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 
* 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
* 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
* 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 $2335 for unshared room & bath
Add on fares from most FL cities:  $400-$500 based on current tariffs. Prices could change depending on market conditions.
Reduction for not including air is $1695.

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

*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 9:40 PM
*Breaskfast daily at the hotel
*Transfer to Nadi Airport
*Return flight to Los Angeles on Air Fiji
*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:
$1000 per person initial & second 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.)

$500 per person third deposit due by December 1, 2017.  (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 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, NEW ZEALAND, AND FIJI
DAILY BREAKFAST INCLUDED AT ALL HOTELS
OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP EXTENSION TO AUSTRALIA APPEARS IN ITALICS.
​OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION TO FIJI ALSO APPEARS IN ITALICS.

BASIC TRIP TO NEW ZEALAND APPEARS IN REGULAR PRINT.
 
NOV 1                  AUSTRALIA PASSENGERS DEPART LOS ANGELES TO CAIRNS
 
NOV 2                    AUSTRALIA PASSENGERS IN AIR
 
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 4 STAR HOLIDAY INN OLD SYDNEY     http://www.hioldsydney.com/ 
 
NOV 7                    SYDNEY HARBOUR COFFEE CRUISE / OVERNIGHT SYDNEY

NOV 7                    DEPART LAX TO AUCKLAND FOR BASIC TRIP
 
NOV 8                    FREE DAY TO EXPLORE SYDNEY / OVERNIGHT SYDNEY
NOV 8                    NEW ZEALAND ONLY PASSENGERS IN AIR
 
NOV 9                    TRANSFER TO SYDNEY AIRPORT WITH DRIVER/GUIDE FOR FLIGHT TO AUCKLAND/  ½  DAY CITY TOUR OF AUCKLAND ON WAY TO LANGHAM HOTEL / OVERNIGHT AUCKLAND
NOV 9                    BASIC TRIP PASSENGERS ARRIVE AUCKLAND / ½ DAY CITY TOUR OF AUCKLAND ON WAY TO 5 STAR LANGHAM HOTEL / 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 / OVERNIGHT ROTORUA AT HOTEL MILLENNIUM
 
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
 
NOV 14                  WELCOME DINNER BUFFET AT THE SKYLINE GONDOLA WITH WINE, BEER, SOFT DRINKS / 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 
NOV 18 ​FIJI EXTENSION PASSENGERS DEPART TO NADI (NAN) AIRPORT, FIJI VIA AUKLAND ON AIR NEW ZEALAND / OVERNIGHT AT 4 STAR SHERATON DENARAU RESORT

NOV 19 OVERNIGHT FIJI

NOV 20 ​OVERNIGHT FIJI

NOV 21 ​​LATE CHECK OUT SINCE FLIGHT TO LAX DEPARTS AT 9:40 PM / TRANSFER TO NADI AIRPORT / RETURN FLIGHT TO LOS ANGELES ON AIR FIJI (ETA at LAX IS 11:45 AM ON NOV. 21 DUE TO CROSSING THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE)

 
(A message from Kim F.:  Tell the members who have on demand that the Smithsonian channel has a program that is very good about New Zealand.)