5 nights/6 days at $1400 per person double occupancy shared room only. This trip can be paired up with our Fiji trip which takes place November 9th-16th 2023. You must have a roommate or be willing to room with another guest to sign up for this trip. Join us in Queenstown, New Zealand for the ultimate adventure trip. This truly is the dream trip of a lifetime. Our first tour will be the twin challenge which features white water rafting down the shotover river. After we conquer the river we will go jet boating down the cannon http://www.queenstownrafting.co.nz/half-day/combos/twin-challenge/ Our second tour will take us to the Milford Sound aboard the BBQ Bus. Milford Sound New Zealand is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand. Milford Sound is located at the northern most end of the 3 million acre Fiordland National Park, this also forms part of a large UNESCO world heritage area known as ‘Te Wahipounamu’ (place of Greenstone). Milford Sound bounded by steep cliffs and dense alpine rain forest continues to captivate even the most seasoned of travellers. Rising 1,692 vertical metres from Milford Sound is its most famous land mark, ‘Mitre Peak’ one of the highest mountain peaks in the world to rise directly from the sea. After a cruise around the sound we will enjoy a kiwi style' barbeque lunch which includes New Zealand lamb shish kebabs, our famous mango curry marinated chicken shish kebabs, and tasty sausages. (vegetarian option's available) We will also enjoy a visit to the fabulous Gibbston Valley Winery for a wine/cheese tasting tour. Our hotel is minutes away from the nightlife and action of central Queenstown. This is an active trip for fun minded people. If you enjoy laughing, dancing, exploring, and adventure, then this trip is for you. Bring a friend or a family, but make sure they are fun. Guests traveling to New Zealand need to apply for the New Zealand ETA card online at https://application.etanewzealand.com/application
November 2nd Arrive at the Lomond Lodge in Queenstown http://www.lomondlodge.com We will have a meet and greet at 5pm with light snacks and local beer. (Dinner on your own)
November 3rd Whitewater rafting/Jet boating adventure. We will meet in the lobby of the hotel 11:45am to prepare for a 12:15pm pick up across the street.
Our first activity will be an exhilarating ride on a jet boat! Race through the dramatic Shotover River Canyons before your skilled driver sends you from high speeds into a 360-degree spin.
We will then start an unforgettable coach trip through Skippers Canyon, famous for it's exciting cliff edges, enough to get your adrenaline pumping before we hit the water.
Experience grade 3–5 whitewater rapids in one of the most scenic environments in the world. The rapids can change on a daily basis, but be assured our guides are expertly trained and have a keen sense of adventure. They will guide you through canyons, navigate the rapids and the famous 170m Oxenbridge tunnel to finish.
Enjoy a hot shower at Rafting Base before returning to Queenstown.
Return to the hotel around 6pm (Dinner on your own)
November 4th This is your free day. I will forward you a list of recommend activities such as bungy jumping, paint ball, hiking trails. (Dinner on your own)
November 5th Meet in the lobby at 7:15am for the famous BBQ bus to Milford Sound. Bring your appetite because we will be treated to the ultimate kiwi bbq. Enjoy lamb, pork and chicken cooked kiwi style! If you are a vegetarian please email so we can make sure you have plenty of veggies! The bus will then take us to the Milford Sound where we will board boats for a unforgettable 2 hour cruise.
November 6th Half day wine tour of Gibbston Valley featuring wine and cheese samplings. We will meet in the lobby at 11:30am. We will be back between 5-6pm.
November 7th Today is your departure day and you will need to be checked out by 11am. There are no planned activities.
5 nights shared room only at the Lomond lodge http://www.lomondlodge.com I have rented out 11 rooms at the hotel which overlooks a beautiful lake Wakatipu. This hotel is minutes from all of Queenstown vibrant nightlife, but far enough away to get a peaceful nights rest. The hotel does not offer complimentary breakfast, but each room offer's refrigerators and microwaves. There are also plenty of dining options located near the hotel. Due to the limited amount of rooms we are only offering shared rooms on this trip.
White water rafting and jet boating tour
BBQ bus tour to Milford Sound with scenic boat ride to Milford Sound. (Lunch Included)
Meet and greet party on the first night. (Complimentary Munchies and local beer will be served)
Airfare and New Zealand Visas
Guests traveling to New Zealand need to apply for the New Zealand ETA card online at https://application.etanewzealand.com/application
Meals other then the ones mentioned
Trip Insurance (Highly Recommend)
Getting to New Zealand and Visa Information
American, United Qantas, and Air New Zealand offer nonstop service to Auckland from various USA gateways. There are several nonstop flights from Sydney, Australia to Queenstown. Jetstar and Air New Zealand offer daily multiple nonstop flights from Auckland to Queenstown. A full range of flight options can be found by clicking on this link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queenstown_Airport
You will need to apply online for a visa before you travel to New Zealand. Click on the link and follow the steps. https://nzeta.immigration.govt.nz
The travel industry now considers the Coronavirus “a foreseeable event”. That means many airlines, resorts, charter companies, rental shops, etc are no longer offering refunds due to COVID issues. They expect YOU to protect yourself with “INSURANCE”. When looking at insurance options please consider plans that offer a cancel for any reason option. More and more countries and hotels/resorts/charter companies are establishing very onerous cancellation policies. The travel industry as a whole has generally adapted the attitude that you now know the risks of COVID-19 or other illnesses and THEY are not willing to accept the risks of you needing to cancel or delay your travel.
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Terms and Conditions
Group Trip Cancellations.
If YCSMH has to cancel a group trip because a country has closed its borders, everyone will have a choice of receiving a refund or being rolled over to another group trip. The decision to cancel a group trip will be determined by myself and our local guides.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT
If you cancel a booking and cannot find a replacement the FULL deposit amount will be lost from the original person making the reservation.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT - $100 Penalty
If YOU cancel and find your own replacement that “helps” but it doesn’t alleviate the time and effort I must spend to get your replacement up to speed (answer questions and send previous emails). A $100 fee will be charged if you cancel and find your own replacement.
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT- 60 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
Full payments for all Happy trips are due 60 days before departure. If you cancel the trip you will not be eligible to receive a refund. You will need to file a claim with your insurance provider. As a rule most tour vendors, charter companies and hotels require full payment 60 days before arrival. Once we have made reservations MOST resorts, Charter companies, rental shops, etc hold YCSMH financially responsible (i.e. we have to pay them, hence we expect YOU to pay us).
Final payments for our Croatia Cruise are due 90 days before departure.
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT- 60 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
In the event of a cancellation, YCSMH will gladly help find a replacement but the responsibility to find the replacement is that of the person canceling. If you find a replacement to fill your spot you will be eligible for a full refund minus a $100 fee.
If YCSMH finds you a replacement you will receive a refund minus the trip deposit. As I mentioned there is a considerable amount of time and effort spent to send out emails to your replacement to get them up to speed.
I hope this helps clarify our terms as we all navigate through this post pandemic world. For those of us who are passionate travelers the small inconveniences of testing, insurance and entry requirements are well worth it.