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Australia and New Zealand Exploration 9-Night Package with Airfare for (2)

Suggested Retail Value: $14,007
Cost to Non-Profit: $8,300

Enjoy a total of (9) nights at these award-winning hotel properties, as well as round-trip domestic airfare within the 48 contiguous United States or Canada, international airfare from Los Angeles, and all airfare within and between Australia and New Zealand.

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.  New Zealand is known as “Middle Earth” for its Lord of the Rings trilogy. New Zealand born Peter Jackson filmed the entire three films in various locations around New Zealand.  The rolling hills of Matamata became Hobbiton, while the volcanic region of Mt. Ruapehu transformed into the fiery Mt. Doom, and Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital, was the setting for numerous scenes including the Eregion Hills and the Pillars of Argonath.

Auckland (North Island):

Considered as an international gateway to New Zealand, Auckland is located in the northern region of the North Island of New Zealand. Called the 'City of Sails', Auckland is an irresistible aquatic playground and crosses an 8-mile wide volcanic isthmus separating two harbors. You're never far from breathtaking scenery and beaches, outstanding dining, great shopping and exciting nightlife. Suggested activities: Walk or ride to the summit of Rangitoto, the lava rock sleeping volcano in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf. Enjoy wine and olive tasting, lazing on the beach and art trails on laid back Waiheke Island, a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.  Spanning the Waitemata Harbour, the Auckland Harbour Bridge offers spectacular views of Auckland city and the islands of the gulf.  Auckland's temperate climate, easy access to the coast and variety of activities earn the city consistent top five rankings in international lifestyle surveys. Discover for yourself why it is one of New Zealand's best destinations.

The Sebel Suites Auckland - Enjoy a three-night stay in a one-bedroom city view suite at this 4-star hotel, located on the Auckland Viaduct Harbour and adjacent to the central business district, with extensive views of the marina, Auckland Harbour Bridge, inner city and Waitemata Harbour. The city's finest bars, restaurants, casino, harbor cruises, shops, and shows are all within easy walking distance. Guests can enjoy both the independence of apartment-style living and the convenience of a 4-star hotel. Suites are equipped with a separate living room, fully-equipped kitchen, high-speed broadband internet, in-suite laundry machines, and most bathrooms have separate shower and bath. The historic Tepid Baths opposite The Sebel Suites Auckland provides guests with a modern indoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gymnasium. Aerobics, aqua aerobics classes and massage room are also available.

AUSTRALIA

The land of Australia played a pivotal role in internationally renowned filmmaker Baz Luhrmann’s captivating movie epic, Australia. It starred Australians Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and was made by Australians so that it is truly authentic to this country. Australia has revealed to the world Australia’s romantic, transformational and adventurous personality.

Sydney (New South Wales):

Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbor, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Suggested activities: Kayak under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbor to Manly’s waterfront. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. As well as a world-famous harbor and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and fun.

Swissotel Sydney - Enjoy a three-night stay including daily breakfast for (2) at this deluxe 5-star hotel located in the heart of the city. Swissôtel Sydney is centrally located amongst Sydney’s prime tourist, shopping, business and entertainment districts. The hotel is adjacent to the iconic Pitt Street Mall situated in the heart of Sydney’s shopping precinct. All of Sydney’s famous landmarks are within walking distance of the hotel, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the historic Rocks precinct, the Sydney Opera House, and the beautiful Botanic Gardens. A range of different leisure activities at the hotel are available for guests to enjoy, such as spa treatments at Amrita Spa, an outdoor heated pool and spa, cocktails at the Crossroads Bar and modern Australian cuisine at Jpb Restaurant.

Melbourne (Victoria): 

Sitting on the Yarra River at Port Phillip Bay, this stylish, vibrant city is a maze of hidden laneways, opulent bars, exclusive restaurants and off-the-beaten-track boutiques. Suggested activities: Visit Federation Square, the city’s landmark cultural space, and enjoy a sunset beer on the St. Kilda promenade. Shop till you drop on funky Brunswick Street or trendy Chapel Street. Wander Southbank’s cafes, bistros and bars and get a world tour of cuisines in Carlton, Richmond and Fitzroy. Take an Aboriginal Heritage Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens and cheer with a capacity crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Enjoy a three-night stay at your choice of one of these two Hyatt properties in Melbourne:
Park Hyatt Melbourne –This 5-star impressive property is located off Parliament Place only one block from Parliament, adjacent to Fitzroy Gardens, shopping and businesses. The hotel's two buildings resemble stately 18th-century townhouses set back down a long drive. Service is no less impressive, and no request is too small to receive immediate attention. Comfortable well-upholstered furniture makes lounging in the adjacent sitting area a pleasure. In winter, gas fireplaces warm spirits and bodies.  The health center offers a full range of services and a 25-m heated indoor lap pool. Admission is free for guests. Outdoorsy types can play tennis or venture into the surrounding pockets of vegetation. The thoroughly professional but unpretentious staff renders flawless service to a potpourri of knowledgeable travelers.
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Grand Hyatt Melbourne - This 5-star property is located in the heart of Melbourne's business and theater district and within walking distance of many of Melbourne's main attractions, including the Yarra River promenade and casino. Options for healthy diversion are abundant in the country's largest hotel-based gym, aerobics room, sauna, solarium, pool, plunge pool, whirlpool, and pro shop, and on the tennis courts.

AIRFARE

Domestic Airfare:

American Airlines - This package includes round-trip coach class service for (2) from any American Airlines destination in the 48 contiguous United States or Canada to Los Angeles, subject to availability. Certificate is valid for service from any American Airlines destination in the 48 contiguous United States or Canada to any American Airlines destination in the 48 contiguous United States or Canada. A minimum of three nights or a Saturday night stay is required. AAdvantage miles may be earned in accordance with the terms and conditions of the AAdvantage frequent flyer program. Miles cannot be utilized to upgrade these coach class certificates to a higher level of service. The certificates will have a one-year expiration date from the date issued and all reservations are subject to availability. The following blackout dates apply:

2011: Apr 22-25; Jun 17-19, Jun 24-26; Jul 1-5; Nov 18-23, 26-28; Dec 16-23, 26-31.
2012: Jan 1-2; Feb 17-20; Mar 9-12, 16-18, 23-25; Apr 6-9; May 25-28; Jun 29-Jul 1, Jul 6-8; Nov 16-21, 24-26; Dec 21-24, Dec 28, 2012-Jan 2, 2013.

International Airfare:

Qantas Airways - Enjoy coach class for (2) from Los Angeles to Auckland, Auckland to Sydney, Sydney to Melbourne, and Melbourne to Los Angeles, valid one year from date of purchase and subject to availability.  Changes to this itinerary may incur additional charges. Flight travel must be booked at least 60 days in advance.

The following blackout dates apply: December 9-January 31.

Any airport departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges (if charged) are the responsibility of the purchaser.

The purchase of this package includes a complimentary booking service. Travel must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost stolen or destroyed. Flights may not be upgraded with miles. All packages are non-refundable. Packages cannot be resold. Suggested retail value is calculated using tariff air rates and rack room rates. Ground transportation is not included in this package unless where specified.