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Conference May 1-4, 2014 in New Zealand
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Travel Classics International 2014

Auckland, New Zealand

Queenstown and Wanaka -
Luxury Amongst Alpine Scenery
Sunday 27 April - Wednesday 30 April

The resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka share dramatic lakeside positions, enviable outdoor lifestyles and a vibrant food and wine culture. Surrounded by mountains and deep alpine lakes, the region is widely regarded as one of the most scenic areas in New Zealand and is an inspiring place of tranquility and beauty, where luxurious experiences await for the discerning traveler.

27 April

Set against the backdrop of the Remarkables Mountain range, your experience begins as soon as you disembark the plane at Queenstown airport from your one hour 45 minute flight from Auckland. Whether you have an appetite for adventure and the mountains or are more at home tracking down a delicious meal and fine wine, this four season resort town provides the perfect mix of action and indulgence. Take a guided tour around the region with luxury tour company Black ZQN, or simply relax and take in the atmosphere of the township before your stay at nearby Azur Lodge, nestled in the hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
Lake Wanaka
photo: David Wall
Glacier Landing
photo: Glacier Southern Lakes
photo: Tourism New Zealand

28 April

Queenstown's reputation as a world-class golf destination is firmly established with outstanding golf facilities set in spectacular scenery. Six golf courses, all within a 25 minute drive, appeal to every level of golfer. Today you will play at Jack's Point, an 18-hole international course which winds its way through wetland, tussock grasslands, rocky outcrops, native bush and steep bluffs to the edge of the lake. After lunch you will experience the Over The Top Extreme Golf Tee, where you will fly by helicopter to a mountain top golf tee to swing your longest drive ever, with eco balls ensuring the environment remains pristine. For non-golfers, there will be options to pamper yourself at Millbrook Resort's award winning day spa, or try one of the many adventure activities on offer.

29 April

Make your way to Wanaka in style in a luxurious sports car, traveling from Queenstown to Wanaka over the spectacular Crown Range - the highest main road in New Zealand. Upon arriving in Lake Wanaka, you'll fly to Minaret Station for lunch at this luxury tented lodge - set amidst the Southern Alps and only accessible by helicopter. This afternoon you will be helicoptered to the shores of Lake Wanaka for your nature encounter with some of New Zealand's flightless Buff Weka on Mou Waho Island. Tonight you will stay at Whare Kea Lodge set on the shores of Lake Wanaka, where sundecks and an outdoor jacuzzi overlook the stunning peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park.

April 30

Experience the rugged beauty and solitude of the high country, with an exclusive 4WD journey exploring an historic New Zealand sheep, cattle and deer farm and Maori and European historic sites. This journey offers a unique insight into Wanaka's rich history, heritage and modern-day farming life as well as being a photographer's dream trip. End the day with a short scenic helicopter flight over the mountains with a quick glacier landing before your pilot transports you back to Queenstown airport ready for your departure back to Auckland.




Tour are offered complimentary to Travel Classics delegates and include all transport, accommodation, meals and activities as stated on the itinerary. Delegates may choose either one pre-tour or one post-tour.

Partners of Travel Classics delegates are welcome to join this tour at the special rate of US$1300. This includes accommodation shared with delegate, transport, meals and activities as outlined on itinerary. This rate is at-cost.

Tour registration deadline is 15 October, and delegates will be advised of their tour assignments by 30 October. Please state your first, second and third choice of tour as capacity is limited to 6 pax per tour.

To register for a tour please download the registration form, fill it in and email to: Yves Gentil, DQMPR,

Please do not make payment until you have received confirmation of your assigned tour in October. After you have been notified of the tour on which you and your partner are confirmed, use the Paypal button below to pay the partner fee.

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