Palm Beach Gator Snow Ski Club Presents...

A Spring Adventure to

 

 

FSC Non-Ski Trip       

    

November 4 - 18, 2018

 

 

Join the Gators on this bucket list trip of a lifetime during the spring season as we visit Australia and New Zealand as part of a Florida Ski Council (FSC) non-ski trip. 

      

New Zealand is a lush, green country with a variety of beautiful scenery - everything from glacial fjords to gorgeous beaches to lushly forested mountains.  We will visit the highlights of what New Zealand has to offer with the added benefit of an included three day pre-trip extension to Sydney, Australia. 

 

Experience the best life has to offer in New Zealand, a modern, safe English speaking country.  The food is delicious and safe to eat.  The roads and infrastructure are in excellent condition.  You can experience the native Maori culture as well as the modern first world New Zealand culture.  You will not have to worry about proliferating pickpockets or haggling with dishonest merchants. You can just relax and enjoy yourself on this amazing trip. 

 

 

 

View of Queensland, New Zealand from Gondola

 

 

Please mail check payments directly to the trip leader's address, not to the Club P.O. Box.

 

- Only $5,900* for the Standard Package when paying by cash/check.  Single supplement price is $7,900*.

  

- Optional 6 nights in Australia (with another FSC Club to Sydney and Cairns) add $1,100*.  For single supplement add $1,400*. 

         

- Optional 4 night post trip to Fiji (with another FSC Club), add  $800-$1,000* depending on room.  For single supplement price, add $1,400*.

          

*Prices shown include a 3% cash/check discount. Credit card payments do not include this discount. 

 

All prices and itinerary subject to change.

 

Standard Package Summary: Round bus trip from PBG to south Florida departure city (TBD) Round trip ticket from south Florida departure city (TBD) to Los Angeles.  Includes 3 night pre-trip in Sydney, Australia, 2 nights in Auckland, NZ, 2 nights in Rotorua, NZ, 5 nights in Queenstown, NZ, all air flights and transfers. All ground transportation in Australia and New Zealand is included. All accommodations are hotel rooms – double occupancy.

       

Standard Package Includes:

* Round trip air flights with taxes and fees  

* Four star hotels

* Daily breakfasts

* Orientation Tour of Sydney, Australia

* Sydney Harbor Coffee Cruise on the "Captain Cook".   

* ½ Day City Tour of Auckland, New Zealand

* Full day tour of Waiheke Island, NZ by boat and bus including lunch and wine tasting 

* Tour of "Lord of the Rings" Hobbiton Village 

* Evening Maori Experience and Dinner in Rotorua Maori Cultural Center.

* FSC Dinner Buffet at the Skyline Gondola in Queenstown, NZ with Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks.

* Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw with BBQ Dinner at the Walter Peak Colonel's Estate with sheep shearing show. 

* Gator pre-trip party. 

  

  

NOTES:

  1. Prices are based on dates of travel November 6-17, 2018 and based on current airfares and subject to change.         

  2. Prices do include current departure taxes and fuel surcharges. Currently the taxes are $105. And the current fuel surcharge is $680.          

  3. Exchange rate used is $1.37 NZD to $1.00 USD.

  4. Optional side trips TBD will be offered for Australia or New Zealand at additional cost.  

   

Links to travel videos on New Zealand: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh-0knDpn5g

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eMAXOp2PvA

 

      

 

Map of New Zealand

 

 

 

Some of the sights to be visited on this trip: 

 

 

 

 

View of the Sydney Australia Harbor from the Royal Botanical Garden

 

    

"Lord of the Rings" Movie Set: Hobbiton Village 

     

 

Maori Experience

 

 

 

 View of Queensland from Gondola

 

 

Vineyard on Waikhe Island near Auckland


         

Air Itinerary TDB (subject to change)

 

 

     

Register online and reserve your spot now with only $500 deposit.  If you register online, please fill out the hard copy application and send it to the with your deposit check and a copy of your passport to the trip leader at the address listed below.  If two applications are sent together, please send a copy of each person's passport. 

 

Karen Eslary

5341 Oakmont Village Circle

Lake Worth, FL 33463

Cell 561.312.7650561.312.7650

NewZealandGatorTrip@gmail.com 


  
If you would rather not register online, you can download, print and mail the hardcopy trip application.

 

 

 

Download/Print the trip flyer.
       


You must be a current member to make a reservation. Each member of a family must complete a separate reservation. If you are not a current member, you can join or renew here.

After your deposit is received, you will get an invoice (s) from the Club.
 
If paying by check, make it payable to Gator Snow Ski Club and mail to your Trip Leader:   

Karen Eslary

5341 Oakmont Village Circle

Lake Worth, FL 33463

Cell 561-312-7650

NewZealandGatorTrip@gmail.com

 

Cancellation fee for your registration is a minimum of $100 unless you are transferring to another Gator trip, not previously signed up for. See the complete rules and regulations on trips.

 

Please be aware that when paying by check your registration will be marked as "pending" until our Treasurer receives and processes your payment- may take up to 3 weeks. If you register and pay with credit card, your registration is effective as soon as received –  upon confirmation of availability by the Trip Leader.

 

Payment Schedule

Date

Amount

 
If you wish to pay an Installment with credit card, inform your Trip Leader and an Invoice will be created for you. Credit card payments do not qualify for the 3% cash discount
Deposit

With Registration

 $500
1st Installment

January 10, 2018

 $1,500
2nd Installment

March 10, 2018

 $1,500
3rd Installment

May 10, 2018

$1,500
3rd Installment

May 10, 2018

Balance due

 

Please send all payments to the trip leader, Karen Eslary at the address listed above.   


   

TRIP INSURANCE

 

It is highly advisable to purchase trip insurance for any international trip. You will need to apply and purchase your own trip insurance, which is not included or offered by the Club. Obtaining trip insurance is voluntary, entirely up to you.

    

As a guidance, we suggest you visit www.insuremytrip.com and choose a comprehensive plan, that covers trip cancellation, medical, trip delays, evacuation, etc and has 24 hour assist hot line.

    

Keep track of the little footnote that says  “secondary”.   That means that you are expected to have a primary plan and after those benefits are exhausted, your secondary kicks in.   If you have a chronic condition, pay attention to the ”pre-existing”  waiver provisions.

  

 

 

 

What is Included in this Spectacular Trip:

 

* Air from South Florida Departure City (TBD) to Los Angeles.  

* Air from Los Angeles to Auckland, NZ via Air New Zealand.

* Air from Auckland to Sydney, Australia via Air New Zealand. 

* Transfer between Sydney Airport and Hotel with orientation tour en-route. 

* 2 Nights Accommodations in Sydney at the 4 Star Holiday Inn Old Sydney.

* Breakfast Daily at the Hotel in Sydney. * Sydney Harbor Coffee Cruise on the "Captain Cook".

* Transfer to Sydney Airport with Driver/Guide.

* Air from Sydney to Auckland.

* Transfer between Auckland Airport to Hotel with Driver/Guide.

* 2 Nights Accommodations in Auckland at the 4 Star Hotel Millennium or the 5 star Langhan.

* ½ Day City Tour of Auckland En Route to Hotel.

* Fully Cooked Breakfast Daily at the Hotel in Auckland.

* Round trip transfers between Auckland hotel and the pier for the Waiheke Island tour.

* Full day tour to Waiheke Island by boat and bus including lunch and wine tasting

 * Transfer between Auckland and Rotorua by Private Motorcoach with Driver/Guide.

* Tour of "Lord of the Rings" Hobbiton Village en-route.

* 2 Nights Accommodations in Rotorua at the 4 Star Hotel Millennium.

* Fully Cooked Breakfast Daily at the Hotel in Rotorua.

* Evening Maori Experience and Dinner in Rotorua Maori Cultural Center.

* Return Transfer to Auckland Airport by Private Motorcoach with Driver/Guide.

* Air between Auckland and Queenstown via Air New Zealand Domestic.

* Transfer between Queenstown Airport and Hotel by Private Motorcoach with Driver/Guide.

* 5 Nights Accommodations in Queenstown at the 4 Star Novotel Lakeside.

* Fully Cooked Breakfast Daily at the Hotel in Queenstown with all rooms equipped with Coffee/Tea Makers.

* Welcome Dinner Buffet at the Skyline Gondola with Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks.

* Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw with BBQ Dinner at the Walter Peak Colonel's Estate with sheep shearing show.

* Transfer between hotel and Queenstown Airport in Private Motorcoach with Driver/Guide.

* Return Airfare between Queenstown and Auckland on Air New Zealand Domestic.

* Return Airfare between Auckland and LAX on Air New Zealand.

*  Return Airfare between LAX and South Florida Airport (TBD).

* All Local Taxes Including New Zealand Goods & Services Tax of 15%.

* Passport case and luggage tags.

* Gator pre-trip party. 

* Special Holidaze Souvenir Pin.

* Optional side trips TBD for Australia or New Zealand at an additional cost.


Itinerary


Sunday, November 4: Florida to Los Angeles

Departure from Florida by air to Los Angeles. Details TBD

 

Monday, November 5: En route to New Zealand

Flying between LAX and New Zealand.

 

Tuesday, November 6: Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia 

Arrival in Auckland, New Zealand via Air New Zealand. Air from Auckland to Sydney, Australia via Air New Zealand. Transfer by private motorcoach from Prague to Passau (approx 3.5 hrs).  Transfer between Sydney Airport and Hotel with orientation tour en-route.  Accommodations in Sydney at the 4 Star Holiday Inn Old Sydney.  

 

Wednesday, November 7: Sydney Australia 
 Full cooked breakfast included at the Holiday Inn Old Sydney.  Sydney Harbor Coffee Cruise on the "Captain Cook".

 

Thursday, November 8: : Sydney Australia 
Full cooked breakfast included at the Holiday Inn Old Sydney.  


Friday, November 9: Sydney, Australia to Auckland , New Zealand  
Full cooked breakfast included at the Hotel in Sydney.  Transfer to Sydney Airport with Driver/Guide.  Air from Sydney to Auckland.  Transfer between Auckland Airport to Hotel with Driver/Guide. .Accommodations in Auckland at the 4 Star Hotel Millennium or the 5 star Langhan.  Half day City Tour of Auckland en route to Hotel.

  

Saturday, November 10: Auckland, New Zealand

Full cooked breakfast at the Hotel Millennium in Auckland.  Round trip transfers between Auckland hotel and the pier for the Waiheke Island tour.  Full day tour to Waiheke Island by boat and bus including lunch and wine tasting.  

 

Sunday, November 11: Auckland, New Zealand to Rotorua, New Zealand Rotorua, New Zealand
Full cooked breakfast at the Hotel Millennium.  Transfer between Auckland and Rotorua by private motorcoach with driver/guide.  Tour of "Lord of the Rings" Hobbiton Village en-route.  Accommodations in Rotorua at the 4 Star Hotel Millennium.   

  

Monday, November 12: Rotorua, New Zealand 

Full cooked breakfast at the Hotel Millennium.  Evening Maori Experience and Dinner in Rotorua Maori Cultural Center. 

 

Tuesday, November 13: Auckland New Zealand to Queensland, New Zealand 

Return transfer to Auckland Airport by private motorcoach with driver/guide.  Air between Auckland and Queenstown via Air New Zealand Domestic.  Transfer between Queenstown Airport and Hotel by Private Motorcoach with Driver/Guide.  Accommodations in Queenstown at the 4 Star Novotel Lakeside. Full cooked breakfast at the Novotel Lakeside in Queenstown with all rooms equipped with Coffee/Tea Makers.  Welcome Dinner Buffet at the Skyline Gondola with Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks.

 

Wednesday, November 14: Queensland, New Zealand 
Full cooked breakfast at the Novotel LakesideCruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw with BBQ Dinner at the Walter Peak Colonel's Estate with sheep shearing show.


Thursday, November 15: Queensland, New Zealand 
Full cooked breakfast at the Novotel Lakeside.

 

Friday, November 16: Queensland, New Zealand 

Full cooked breakfast at the Novotel Lakeside.

 

Saturday, November 16: Queensland, New Zealand

Full cooked breakfast at the Novotel Lakeside.

 

Saturday, November 17: Queensland, New Zealand to LAX
Full cooked breakfast at the Novotel Lakeside. Transfer between hotel and Queenstown Airport in Private Motorcoach with Driver/Guide.  Return Airfare between Queenstown and Auckland on Air New Zealand Domestic.  Return Airfare between Auckland and LAX on Air New Zealand.  

 

Sunday, November 18: Return to Florida!

Return Airfare between LAX and South Florida Airport (TBD).

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

How is the expected climate/temperature?

Average daytime temperature during the spring season (September to November) is expected to be between 16 - 19˚C (61 - 66˚F).  Average daytime temperatures during spring range between 19 degrees Celsius (66F) in the north to 16 degrees Celsius (60F) in the south. Expect a mixture of weather – crisp, sunny days can briskly change to cooler temperatures with spring showers. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures.  The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.

 

What is the voltage of the electric current and what type of adaptor plugs are needed?

Australia and New Zealand's electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and they use angled two or three pin plugs (the same as the UK).  Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option.

 

What is the unit of currency and what is the exchange rate?

New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). The exchange rate is NZ $1.00 to US $1.47.  

https://www.newzealand.com/us/feature/new-zealand-currency/

 

What credit cards can be used in New Zealand?

All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand with Visa and Master Card accepted most widely.

 

 


 

 

 

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