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New Zealand Oct 2023

This trip is full.  Email the TC to get on the wait list.


OCTOBER 4 - 15, 2023




Trip Summary:
Trip Date:  October 4, 2023  Trip Coordinator:  Beverly Roberts
End Date: October 15, 2023   TC Email:   
Full Pkg: $4,499
Land Pkg: $2,268
Sidney Add on: $892      
Sidney & Cairnes add on:  $2,216      
Fiji Add on:  $1,008      
Deposit: 15% per person Progress payment $1,500. March 5, 2023
Participants: 24 Final payment  June 1, 2023
All prices are based on payment by credit card.
A 2.99% discount will be deducted for each payment by check.



Auckland and north island lakes and forests
Experience the Maori culture and the warm waters of Rotorua
Queenstown – the Southern Hemisphere’s premier resort area for 5 days of fun
Spring temperatures for walks with views of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes
Sample New Zealand’s award winning “Pinot Noir” and other local favorites.

After 3 long Covid years of waiting we have another opportunity for our dream trip!  Come and enjoy a spring adventure in New Zealand with other TSC members.  The journey begins with a non-stop flight from Houston to Auckland.  Enjoy the wonders of the North Island for 4 nights before flying to Queenstown on the South Island for 5 more nights.    


Auckland Skyline - Photo from TSC Brochure

In Auckland, our home will be at the centrally located Hotel Grand Millennium.  Auckland is known as the “City of Sails” and is nestled between 2 harbors, providing an abundance of fresh seafood.  Upon arrival we will enjoy a half-day tour of the city.  The next day we take a 40 minute ferry ride for full day tour to Waiheke Island.  This island is rated as one of the best island escapes in the world.  It has an abundance of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches to explore.

Waiheke Island - Phote from TSC Brochure

As we head for Rotorua and our next home base Hotel Millennium, we stop for a tour of the Hobbiton Village.  This “Lord of the Rings” movie set has been left for public tours.  We will be treated to a beer at the famous pub. Get ready to belly up!!

Hobbiton Village Photo by TSC Brochure

From here we arrive in Rotorua, which is southeast of Auckland and is known for its geothermal activity (many hot pools to relax and enjoy), the 18 pristine lakes nearby, the wonderful forests for taking walks as well as the Maori culture.  The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand.  Currently on the agenda is an Evening Maori Experience.  More info to come.

Following our stay on the north island, we fly south to Queenstown (known as the Adventure Capital of the Southern Hemisphere) to enjoy the next 5 days.  We will reside at the Novotel Lakeside Hotel where the views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains are fantastic.  Our TSC Welcome Party will be at the top of the Skyline Gondola which overlooks the city, lake and surrounding mountains

In Queenstown there are many things to experience----

1. A beautiful botanic garden on the lake shore
2. Jet boat ride on the Kawerau River
3. Hike the Queenstown Hill for a panoramic view of the area
4. Charter a fishing boat and catch your dinner
5. Shop at the quaint stores in town

The final list of activities from TSC is still a work-in-progress.  More info will be released as we get the full itinerary.

Also being finalized are a PRE-TRIP TO AUSTRALIA and a POST-TRIP TO FIJI. (Two more Bucket List Places to be removed from your list!!)   

It seems a shame to travel all the way down under and not take advantage of a few other popular destinations such as Sydney, Australia. Sydney is a much publicized and photographed city with the famed Opera House, Harbor, bridge, and Crocodile Dundee. Well, maybe not that last character! You will have a chance to explore the city during our 3 night stay in Australia at the Holiday Inn Old Sydney.

While some adventurers will go back to the USA after New Zealand an even more adventurous group will fly to the island of Fiji. Fiji is a Melanesian country in the South Pacific Ocean about 1/3 of the way between New Zealand and Hawaii. Fiji is considered a tropical marine island with temperatures in the mid -70s in October. We will have a chance to relax on the beaches and enjoy tropical fruit and excellent seafood. We will lounge around in Fiji for 4 nights before our flight to Los Angeles on Air Fiji.


Trip Coordinator:  Beverly Roberts

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When you register for this trip, all that you are required to do is pay your trip deposit of 15% per person. You have until Final Payment Date to pay your balance.

If you require a single supplement to go on this trip, make sure you contact the TC immediately after registering for the trip so that one is assigned to you.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 8:00 AM until Sunday, October 15, 2023, 5:00 PM
New Zealand

New Zealand
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