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ELECTRONIC Travel Authority Introduction for Travel to New Zealand

Please note these changes to travel to-or-through New Zealand that come into effect on 01 October 2019.

From 01 October 2019, visitors who are currently eligible to travel to New Zealand without a visa will be required to hold a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).

UK Passport holders, for example, will need an ETA from 01 October.

CLICK THIS LINK for the full list of applicable visa-waiver countries and territories.

EXEMPTION: Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport are exempt.

Australian permanent residents (non-citizens), however, will need to apply for an NZeTA.

So, what does it all mean?

  • Visitors will need to receive approval from NZeTA at least 72 hours prior to check-in for a flight to New Zealand or connecting through New Zealand.
  • An NZeTA will be required even if the passenger is connecting through New Zealand to another country.
  • Visitors may also be required to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). However Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport are also exempt from this.

Please note the application process is not yet available. The Travel Authority Group will advise when this process goes live. In the interim any other queries should be directed via the New Zealand Immigration site.

“This is a big change for New Zealand”, said Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

Transiting New Zealand on or after 1 October 2019?

“If you’re from a visa waiver or transit visa waiver country, you’ll need an NZeTA, even if you’re not staying in New Zealand”, says Sarah.

For more information, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

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NEW ZEALAND Self-Drive Holidays: 7 Days from just $999

On sale until 31 May 2019 only!

Valid for travel 01 May – 30 September 2019. Surcharges may apply over special event periods/school holidays.
Price based on 2 adults travelling. Car hire excess conditions apply.

7 Day North Island Adventure
From only $999 per person!

Inclusions

  • 7 days car hire
  • 6 night’s accommodation taking in Auckland, Rotorua, Napier and Wellington
  • Entry to Auckland’s SkyTower
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Mitai Maori Village evening Hangi and concert
  • Te Papa National Museum guided tour


11 Day South Island Escape
From only $1,495 per person!

Inclusions

  • 11 days car hire
  • 10 night’s accommodation taking in Christchurch, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Te Anau & Dunedin
  • Entry to Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools
  • Skyline Gondola & 2 Luge Rides
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise

For more information about either of these exciting itineraries or others to suit you requirements, leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss.

We’d love to hear from you.

Terms & Conditions
Prices are per person, twin share and subject to availability. Prices were correct at time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Bookings must be made and deposited by 31 May 19. Valid for travel 01 May 19 to 30 September 2019. Discounts or surcharges may apply at certain times. Blackout periods may apply. Car Rental – insurance excess applies, please inquire for conditions. Excess reduction options are available. Car parking fees may apply at some properties. An after hours fee will apply to any vehicle being picked up or dropped off outside of office hours.

Changes to Qantas’ Chauffeur Drive

Effective 1 March 2019, due to low take-up, Qantas’ complimentary Chauffeur Drive service will no longer be offered on Qantas operated flights in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Singapore.

In another development, Qantas passengers using the service on arrival and departure in London, will have the complimentary mileage allowance reduced from 70 miles to 50 miles from the airport. If the journey exceeds the complimentary allowance, passengers will need to pay the driver for the additional distance at their drop-off destination.

Transfers are complimentary for customers travelling in First and Business when connecting to, or travelling on the following eligible Qantas flights:

Complimentary transfers are operated by various suppliers globally.
CLICK HERE to view mileage and baggage limits.

Qantas will honour all existing Chauffeur Drive bookings made on/before 01 March 2019 for travel up until 01 March 2020.

All travellers with eligible bookings impacted by the changes for flights departing after this date will be contacted by the airline.

New bookings for Chauffeur Drive can be made on/before 1 March 2019 for flights departing on/before 1 March 2020.

Qantas will continue to offer the Chauffeur Drive service for eligible passengers travelling between Australia and London.

CLICK HERE for all Qantas Chauffeur Drive details, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA’S NEW TRANS-TASMAN OFFERING

Virgin Australia has unveiled a suite of enhancements to make flights to New Zealand even more comfortable. Those enhancements see Virgin Australia become the only airline to offer WiFi for all Trans-Tasman flights.

From 28 October, Virgin Australia flyers to Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington and Dunedin will receive:

  • A substantial meal and drink
  • At least 23kg of baggage included in all fares
  • WiFi on all flights including 15 minutes of complimentary access
  • Increased Velocity Frequent Flyer Points and Status Credits earn potential.

“These enhancements will really raise the bar on trans-Tasman services, and elevate the in-flight experience to new levels”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive Rob Sharp, said the airline was excited to provide an even better product and service for guests travelling to New Zealand.

“Last year, 1.5 million Australians flew to New Zealand and we’re looking forward to making their trip across the ditch even more enjoyable with a meal and drink as well as WiFi so they can keep connected whilst in the sky,” he said.

From 28 October, Velocity members will now be awarded a minimum of five Points per dollar spent1 on fares from New Zealand. Platinum, Gold and Silver members will continue to earn a Points Bonus meaning that Platinum Velocity members will now receive up to 10 Points per dollar spent.

The airline also announced a codeshare arrangement with Singapore Airlines on flights between Melbourne and Wellington, for travel from 28 October. The flights, operated by Singapore Airlines, will operate four times per week and will allow Virgin Australia customers to seamlessly connect their travel and baggage onto other destinations and enable Velocity members to earn Points and Status Credits.

For more information, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

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Sydney to Hawaii – Ovation’s BIG 2020 Early Bird Offer

In April each year a host of ships depart Australian waters, relocating to their new ports for the Northern Hemisphere Summer.

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas is one of those ships. Nearly 350 metres long, Ovation can carry almost 5,000 guests on 16 guest decks.

In short, she is enormous and a genuine destination in her own right.

Ovation of the Seas is home to luxury retail offerings, fine dining and casual eateries, and near-endless activity and entertainment options to satisfy the most discerning cruiser.

And as she heads north for our winter in April 2020, Ovation is also home to remarkable value for those who book early.

Take a look at what we have managed to package together for under $160 per day in 2020:

A 17-night New Zealand, Tahiti & Hawaii cruise from Sydney to Honolulu with all of these fabulous inclusions:

Terms & Conditions: All prices quoted are correct at time of publication. Advertised offers are subject to limited availability. Prices quoted are per person for the dates, accommodation, board basis, departure points specified and based on twin cabin occupancy. Prices include where applicable accommodation and flights, taxes and fuel charges. Transfers & gratuities may not be included please ask prior to booking. We reserve the right to withdraw these offers without notice. Full booking terms and conditions apply. 

For more information, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

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