Australia- New Zealand

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Sightseeing, Adventure and Ski Trip

July 14-30, 2023

Explore Australia and New Zealand

Join us for a 17 day adventure trip to discover New Zealand and Australia.  The three stops include: 

  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia

Fire & Ice Adventures

45 spots available

December 1 Availability Update: Wait List

There is a wait list.  Contact the Trip Leader using the form below to be added to the wait list.

Travel Schedule

  • Depart ORD on July 14; arrive July 16
  • July 16 to 21 Queenstown, New Zealand –
  • July 21:  Fly from  Queenstown, NZ to Sydney
  • July 21-25 Stay in Sydney 4 nights
  • July 25:  Fly from Sydney to Cairns, Australia
  • July 25-30  Stay in Cairns 5 nights 
  • July 30 Return Home
Aus-NZ-locations
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Flight Schedule

FRI  14Jul     NZ  27      CHICAGO TO AUCKLAND   2000 0530 (arrive Sun July 16) – 16 hours 30 min

SUN 16Jul    NZ 613     AUCKLAND TO QUEENSTOWN   0800 0945 – 1 hour 45 min

FRI  21Jul     NZ 614     QUEENSTOWN TO AUCKLAND   0930 1120   – 1 hour 50 min

FRI  21Jul     NZ 105     AUCKLAND TO SYDNEY   1250 1430   – 3 hours 40 min

TUE 25Jul    VA1419    SYDNEY TO CAIRNS   1240 1555 – 3 hours 15 min

SUN 30Jul   NZ 164      CAIRNS TO AUCKLAND  1215 1840  – 4 hours 25 min

SUN 30Jul   NZ  26       AUCKLAND TO CHIAGO  2010 1805  (arrive July 30) – 14 hours 15 min 

First Stop: ICE!

July 16 to 21, 2023

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown evening
  • 4 Star Resort by Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown
  • 5 nights (July 16-21)

A resort town in the south-west of New Zealands South Island. It has an urban population of 15,450.

The town is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long, thin, Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables.

Ski New Zealand

The region’s four ski areas are all within a 20 to 90 minute drive. Coronet Peak (18 km) and The Remarkables (28 km) are closest to Queenstown.

Wine Region

Around Queenstown – more than 70% of the grapes grown here are pinot noir. Other varieties include chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and sauvignon blanc.

Novotel Queenstown Lakefront
Queenstown, NZ Current Weather

Lodging

Rated
4/5

Includes:

  • 5 nights
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Dinner @Skyline Gondola
  • Winery tour

Optional Queenstown Activities (not included):

  • Skiing
  • Milford Sound coach tour
  • Lord of the Rings Adventure Tour
  • Additional wine tours!
  • Much more…
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel

Second Stop

Sydney, Australia

Spectacular Sightseeing!

  • Rydges Hotel – Sydney Harbor 4 Stars
  • 4 nights (July 21-25)
  • Daily breakfast
  • City tour w/guide
  • Harbour dinner cruise
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Historic Harbour Rocks tour
  • Hunter Valley full day Wine tour (incl. lunch at a winery)
Sydney Current Weather
Rydges Hotel – Sydney Harbor
Rated
4/5
Sydney

Third Stop

FIRE

Cairns, Australia - July 25 to 30

A city in Queensland, Australia, on the tropical NE coast of Far North Queensland.  Cairns is a popular tourist destination because of its tropical climate and access to tropical rain forest and the Great Barrier Reef, on of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Includes:

  • Lodging: Hotel Crystalbrook Riley (5 Stars)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full day Great Barrier Reef cruise w/lunch
 
Options to scuba dive/snorkel and more!
Crystal Brooke Riley TA
Crystalbrook Riley Hotel
Rated
5/5
great-barrier-reef

Great Barrier Reef

Cairns Current Weather

Price: $5,985

Price is updated and now includes Air.

Contact the trip leader for flight upgrade options.

On Line Sign Up

Note: You must log in as a current member to register for a trip or make a payment

Paper Sign Up

  • Fill out the Sign Up Form
  • Bring your completed form to an Ibex meeting with your deposit check (or submit a Zelle payment)
  • Or mail your form and payment to: 
    Ibex Ski Club
    P.O. Box 1542
    Palatine, IL 60078

Payment Schedule

NZ - Austrailia

July 14 30, 2023
$ TBD Total
  • Due 8/3/22 $300
  • Due 9/21/21 $1,000
  • Due 11/2/22 $1,000
  • Due 12/21/22 $,1000
  • Due 1/18/23 $,1000
  • Due 2/1/23 $,1000
  • Due 3/1/23 $685

Contact The Trip Leader

Currency Exchange Rates

Australian Dollar

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