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Start Date:
Trip Coordinator (TC):
Sarah Granbury
End Date:
TC email:
Full Package Price:
$4,195 pp
Sydney Pre-Trip:

Land Package Price *:

$2,330 pp *

Fiji Post-Trip:


Single Supplement:

Upon Request

Final Payment Date:






Total Participants:


All prices are based on payment by credit card. A discount of 2.99% will be deducted for payment by check.

* IMPORTANT NOTE:  Does not include internal NZ flights or Australia/Fiji flights. Land package participants must obtain their own air on all flight segments.

The Texas Ski Council Fall Expedition to New Zealand is back!  COVID-19 concerns took it of the calendar for 2020, but it been reschedule to Fall 2021.  Don’t miss this second chance opportunity to go on this spectacular journey.


  • 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.


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 Credit Holidaze

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 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….only a 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland.

Hobbiton Village-Photo Credit Holidaze
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!

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.

Waiheki Island-Photo Credit Holidaze

Skyline Gondola Restaurant-Photo Credit Holidaze
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.

Another evening we will ride the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak ranch for dinner and a sheep shearing program.

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

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

View of Queenstown from gondola-Photo Credit Holidaze

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.

Contact me if you have questions about this fabulous trip.

Trip Coordinator: Sarah Granbury

It is highly recommended that you read the SCSC Cancellation Policy, and the Trip Registration Instructions for the type of registration that you want to do.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 to Saturday, October 23, 2021
Aukland, Rotorua, Queenstown
NZ Tourism Website
Aukland, Rotorua, Queenstown  

New Zealand
Additional Info:
Sarah Granbery
Trip Coordinator
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