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[Be Sure to RSVP on Fun Happenings Meetup site at] JOIN FUN HAPPENINGS TRAVEL GROUP & NASHVILLE HIKING MEETUP FOR AN AMAZING TRIP OF A LIFETIME AS WE EXPLORE THE TOP 5 AREAS IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND FOR 15 DAYS OVER THANKSGIVING WEEK! Our group departs on Saturday, November 17th and returns on Sunday, December 2nd. This Trip is open to only 34 persons. Because our trip is over Thanksgiving week- you will only Miss 8 business Days- to be gone 15 days, very do-able for those with limited vacation time. Our group will explore the Best of Australia and New Zealand on this Incredible 15 Day Journey, that takes our group to the Most Amazing areas- Auckland NZ, Queenstown / Milford Sound NZ, Sydney AU, Hamilton Island AU [Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef] and Melbourne AU. We have 2 Incredible hikes planned for this trip! 1.) Hike to the top of Roy's Peak in Wanaka NZ... ranked one of the top, most scenic hikes in the World! [2 hours up, 1 1/2 hours down] 2.) Hike to the Top of "Hill Inlet" for a breathtaking view of Whitehaven Beach at Whitsunday Island National Park. SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR 15 DAY AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND JOURNEY INCLUDE: • Exploring Waiheke Island, visiting Award winning Cable Bay Winery for wine tasting and lunch. • Join a Tour to Famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Visit 'Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton movie set. • Cruise on Antique Steamship to Walter Peak Farm for a "Farm-to-Table" Thanksgiving Dinner. • Explore Milford Sound's Majestic Fjords by Boat & Option to join a Flight-seeing Plane Ride. • Enjoy Free Day in Queenstown or Choose to Hike to Top of NZ's Famous Roy's Peak Summit! • Visiting Sydney's Oldest & most Haunted pubs, as we sample beers during our Sydney Pub Tour! • Exploring Sydney's Top Sights- Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House. • Option to join the Adventurous Famous "Sydney Bridge Climb!" • Explore the Exotic Whitsunday Islands and Snorkel or Dive the "GREAT BARRIER REEF" • Visit The #1 Most Beautiful Beach in the World- WHITEHAVEN BEACH! • Explore Melbourne's Laneways & Arcades on a Cultural & Culinary Walking Tour! • Experience All of Australia's Wildlife in One Fun-Packed Day to Phillip Island- as we interact & feed Kangaroos & Koala's, Cruise to Seal Island & see thousands of Seals & ending with the Extraordinary "Penguin Parade" to see thousands of Penguins. • Visit Family-owned Philip Island Winery for a tour, wine tasting and gourmet lunch. • Enjoy a Full Free Day in Melbourne or Option to Experience the Famous Great Ocean Road Tour! • For our Farewell Dinner, we will experience a 5 star Dining Experience with Champagne & Open Bar, as we dine on a converted 1927 Tramcar, while traveling through Melbourne. • Experience Flying on the the World's #1 Airline- Air New Zealand, Incredible Service & Comfort! WHERE WE ARE VISITING / STAYING: ALL HOTELS ARE TOP RATED CENTRALLY LOCATED HOTELS IN EACH AREA WE VISIT! • Auckland NZ: 5-star Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (2 Nights) • Queenstown NZ: 4-star Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (3 Nights) • Sydney AU: 5-star Intercontinental Sydney Harbour (2 Nights) • Hamilton Island: 4 star Reef View Hotel (3 Nights) • Melbourne AU: Melbourne Short Stay Suite Hotel on Lonsdale (3 Nights) WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH OUR AMAZING TOUR TO AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: [LAND PACKAGE $3990 + $1805 (7) INT'L / DOMESTIC FLIGHTS = $[masked]] • RT Trans-Pacific Air from LAX to Auckland on Air NZ • All 5 Domestic Flights in NZ/AU on Air NZ/Virgin Australia • Private Coach Transfers throughout NZ / Australia • 13 Nights in 4 and 5 star Centrally Located Hotels (Specific Hotels listed Above) • 21 Meals included (11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners including 4 meals served on Air NZ) • 12 Unique Top-Rated Experiences as listed in itinerary with Local Guides. • Baggage Porterage at Hotels and Airport Transfers. • All Flight, Hotel local taxes • WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED: 2-3 Optional activities during Free time, medical treatment, meals/beverages not listed in itinerary, Hotel Mini-bar charges, Spa Treatments, Tips/Gratuities for Local Guides, Travel Insurance. PRICING / PAYMENT TERMS [**Deadline to join this trip is MAY 30, 2018 or Until SOLD OUT**] 1.) $[masked] [$3990 + $1805 Air (7 Int'l / Domestic Flights)] Per Person / Double Occupancy Room- If Paid in Full by Check (SAVE $175.00 BY PAYING IN FULL WITH BY CHECK!) • ALL CHECKS ARE PAYABLE TO FUN HAPPENINGS and Mailed To: Fun Happenings PO Box 322 Brentwood TN 37024 2.) FULL PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD / PAYPAL $[masked] [PAYPAL LINK FOR FULL PAYMENT - $[masked] BY PAYPAL] 3.) RECURRING 8 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $746.25 [TOTAL $[masked]] [PAYPAL LINK FOR 8 MONTHLY RECURRING PAYMENTS - TOTAL $5970] *** $746.25 IS CHARGED EVERY 4 WEEKS UNTIL 8 PAYMENTS ARE COMPLETED. SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT [$[masked] for all 13 Nights- Payment by Check] [PAYPAL LINK FOR SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $[masked] (Includes PayPal Fees)] LAND ONLY PACKAGE IS $[masked] (No Domestic/Int'l Flights Are Included] Use your miles,points and meet us in NZ! NOTE: Our Air NZ AIR INCLUDES All 7 INT'L AND DOMESTIC LEGS IN ONE TICKET, so you are responsible for purchasing all 7 flights in flight itinerary. It is cheaper to purchase our DISCOUNTED GROUP AIR, unless using miles, points. • $[masked] LAND ONLY PACKAGE [IF PAID BY CHECK IN FULL] • LAND ONLY PACKAGE BY CREDIT CARD ($4110 ON PAYPAL) IN CLOSING This Amazing Trip is open to 35 persons, as this is the Maximum Capacity of Air Seats and Rooms in New Zealand and Australia. We are LIMITED TO ONLY 5 SINGLE ROOMS- All other rooms are shared double or twin rooms. Our Australia/New Zealand Trip is very popular and is will Sell out! If you want to Join, Reserve your spot Today with either Initial PayPal Payment or Full Check Payment as this is the ONLY WAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE. Feel free to email me at [masked], if you have any questions! Get ready for an Amazing Trip of a Lifetime! Your Travel Planner, Michael Fun Happenings Travel Group FLIGHT# | DATE | FROM / TO | DEPART / ARRIVE 1. NZ #5 SAT 17NOV LAX | AKL 21:40 / 07:30 (Arrive MON 19NOV) 2. NZ #617 WED 21NOV AKL | ZQN 10:30 / 12:20 3. NZ #831 SAT 24NOV ZQN | SYD 15:25/16:45 4. VA #1281 MON 26NOV SYD | HTI 09:50 / 11:20 5. VA #1752 THU 29NOV HTI | MEL 11:20/15:20 6. NZ #124 SUN 02DEC AKL | LAX 19:30/10:35 (Same Day Arrival) DAILY ITINERARY: NOV 19 ARRIVE TO AUCKLAND: WAIHEKE ISLAND WINERY TOUR WITH LUNCH (B, L) G’Day and Welcome to New Zealand! Upon arrival to Auckland Airport, our group is met by our local Auckland guide. Our guide escorts us to the Auckland Viaduct Harbour area, for a brief orientation tour of Auckland, before boarding a Ferry to visit Waiheke Island, one of the city’s hidden gems! Waiheke Island is a quaint picturesque island, that offers stunning panoramic views of the ocean, unique shops, cafés, wineries and several fun outdoor activities. After a panoramic tour of Waiheke Island, we stop at an award-winning winery for a vineyard tour, wine tasting and gourmet lunch. The afternoon, you can stay and explore Waiheke Island as long as you want, as everyone will have a return ferry ticket to Auckland Viaduct Harbour, where our hotel is located within walking distance. Our rooms will be available for check-in after 3pm and ferries depart to Auckland every 30 minutes. You may choose to visit more wineries, shop or participate in some adventurous activities on the island, like Zip-lining, horseback riding or hiking. The rest of the afternoon and evening is Free to explore Auckland and enjoy dinner on your own. Accommodation: 5-star Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (2 Nights) NOV 20 FREE DAY OR OPTIONAL WAITOMO CAVES/LORD OF RINGS HOBBITON (B) Today is a choice between a Free Day in Auckland or OPTIONAL WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES AND FAMOUS HOBBITON MOVIE SET. A scenic countryside drive takes us to the Waikato region where our group takes a private tour of Waitomo Caves, including a boat ride to the Glowworm Grotto. After lunch, we will then visit the Shire, featured in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit,’ and see famous sites from the films. Lunch is included on tour. Dinner is on own in Auckland this evening! NOV 21 ARRIVAL TO QUEENSTOWN: ARROWTOWN VILLAGE / FREE EVENING (B) Upon Arrival to Queenstown, our group is met by our local guide who will take us to the charming town of Arrowtown. After learning the history of this area, we have free time for lunch / shopping in Arrowtown. Upon arrival to Queenstown, our guide will point out the main sights in Queenstown’s central district and recommend Things to Do in Queenstown. The afternoon and evening are free to explore Queenstown & dinner on our own! Accommodation: 4-star Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (3 Nights) NOV 22 FREE DAY / WALTER PEAK FARM & THANKSGIVING DINNER (B,D) Today, we have a FREE FULL DAY to Explore Queenstown, where there are many options! We are offering a couple of options- The Shotover Jetboat Ride and a Hike to the Famous “Roy’s Peak!” Early evening, our group will take a CRUISE ON THE TSS EARNSLAW TO WALTER PEAK FARM FOR A TRADITIONAL NEW ZEALAND THANKSGIVING CELEBRATORY DINNER. We will enjoy a 5-star New Zealand Dining Experience like never before, as our dinner is all “Farm to Table” from Walter Peak Farm. The evening is free on your own to explore many of Queenstown’s bars, pubs and exciting nightlife. NOV 23 FULL DAY MILFORD SOUND NATURE TOUR & FJORD CRUISE (B,L) Today, we travel on an unforgettable journey for a FULL DAY MILFORD SOUND NATURE TOUR & FJORD CRUISE. Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforests, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. We journey through New Zealand’s Southern Alps to Milford Sound, and board our vessel for a spectacular cruise where we will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200 meter vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the sound far below. You have the option to return by private coach (Included) or upgrade to a Flight-Seeing Plane ride with spectacular scenic views of Fjordland National Park. NOV 24 DEPART QUEENSTOWN TO SYDNEY / THE ROCK’S SYDNEY PUB TOUR (B) Our group transfers by private coach to the airport for our flight to Sydney. On arrival, we will be transferred to our centrally located hotel in the Rocks District. Early evening, we take a Private tour and step back to a time when rum, rebels and ratbags ruled Sydney on THE ROCK’S PUB WALKING TOUR as we visit some of Sydney‘s oldest pubs, alleys & cobbled streets! We will hear the gossip and stories of Australia's first European settlement told by our expert guides as we explore the hidden depths of our most haunted pub, wander the ruins of bubonic plague, and discover which is really Sydney's oldest pub & more. The rest of the evening is free on your own to explore Sydney. Accommodation: 5-star Intercontinental Sydney Harbour (2 Nights) NOV 25 MORNING SYDNEY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR / FREE AFTERNOON, EVENING IN SYDNEY (B) This morning, we embark on a fun City Highlights Tour of Sydney’s Amazing Sights! The afternoon is FREE for you to enjoy Sydney at your leisure or join in one of two Optional activities, like the “Behind the Scenes Tour of Sydney Opera House or the Famous “Sydney Bridge Climb!” The evening is FREE to explore many of Sydney’s nearby restaurants, pubs and nightlife. NOV 26 FLY SYDNEY TO HAMILTON ISLAND: OPTIONAL SUNSET KAYAK (B) After Breakfast, our group is transferred by private coach from our hotel to Sydney Airport, for our flight to Hamilton Island. We spend 3 nights exploring the Exotic Whitsunday Islands and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef during our stay on Hamilton Island! Upon arrival to Hamilton Island, our group will be transferred to the 4 star Reef View Hotel, overlooking Catseye Beach. Our group’s rooms are upgraded to their “Coral Sea View Rooms” with incredible panoramic views of the Whitsunday Islands! The Reef View Hotel is one of Hamilton Island’s Top-Rated hotels and offers complimentary use of Hobie cats, Paddle Boards, windsurfers and snorkelling equipment. The afternoon is free to explore the quaint village and marina on Hamilton Island. Early evening, we are offering an Optional guided Sunset Kayak Paddle on Hamilton Island’s coast. Dinner is on your own on Hamilton Island tonight. Accommodation: 4 star Reef View Hotel [Coral Sea Ocean View Rooms] (3 Nights) NOV 27 FULL DAY GREAT BARRIER REEF SNORKELING ADVENTURE (B,L) WHAT AN AMAZING ADVENTURE TODAY IS GOING TO BE! This morning, our group embarks on an Incredible FULL DAY SNORKELING ADVENTURE TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF!, We board the comfortable catamaran cruise vessel to REEFWORLD EXPLORE REEF STATION, one of the region's Top Great Barrier Reef sites, locatec on Knuckle Reef Lagoon. You can enjoy the included snorkelling during the day and take a submarine ride to check out the spectacular underwater viewing observatory. Or you may choose to partake in the Optional Scuba Diving [Bring your certification card], Scenic Helicopter rides or a massage available on our floating “Reef Base-Station” in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. Lunch is included at ReefWorld. WHAT TO BRING TODAY: Swimwear & towel, Protective clothing, hat & sunscreen lotion, Money/credit card for optional purchases and add-on activities- like Diving, Massages, Helicopter rides. Lunch is provided with our day. NOV 28 HAMILTON ISLAND FREE DAY / OPTIONAL WHITEHAVEN BEACH TOUR (B) Today is a Free Day in Hamilton Island or choose to join our Optional Half Day Boat Tour of Whitehaven Beach and Guided Hike to Hill Inlet. Whitehaven Beach is ranked One of the Top 10 Beaches in the World and THIS TOUR IS NOT TO BE MISSED! The evening is free to explore Hamilton Island and Dinner on your own. NOV 29 ARRIVE MELBOURNE/UNIQUE MELBOURNE CULINARY WALKING TOUR (B,D) Depart Hamilton Island for Melbourne. Upon arrival to Melbourne, our group transfers to our 4-star central hotel in the heart of Melbourne. Early evening our group will take a unique 3 hour Melbourne Cultural & Culinary Walking Tour, as we explore Melbourne's unique lane-ways & arcades, discovering the city’s secrets and sampling some of its most delicious morsels! This is a great introduction to Melbourne! [The food tastings should substitute as a meal for most!] The rest of the evening is free to explore Melbourne on your own. Accommodation: 4-star Melbourne Short Stay Suite Hotel on Lonsdale (3 Nights) NOV 30 PHILLIP ISLAND-KOALAS, KANGAROOS, WINERY & PENGUIN PARADE! (L) Today our group travels south from Melbourne, through the rural countryside and rugged coastline, to experience an Amazing variety of activities! Before arriving to Phillip Island, we will stop at the MOONLIT SANCTUARY WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PARK, to feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet koalas and enjoy encounters with colorful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other Australian wildlife! We will visit a local family-owned PHILLIP ISLAND WINERY for a wine tasting and gourmet lunch before continuing to embark on our 2 Hour “SEAL ROCKS” CRUISE and experience thousands of seals up close at Australia’s largest fur seal colony! We will stop for Free Time and dinner on your own on the island’s main town, before the Highlight of the Day… THE PENGUIN PARADE, where we will see thousands of penguins, as they make their Daily Journey from the sea to their family’s nests on land. Full from “The Day’s Catch of Fish”, the Penguin Parents return to their nests on the beach to feed their awaiting babies. DEC 01 MELBOURNE: FREE DAY / COLONIAL TRAMCAR DINNER EXPERIENCE (D) Today our group enjoys a FREE Day in Melbourne, known as the “Most Walk-able City in the World!” Or you may choose for an optional excursion on the Famous Great Ocean Road! This evening, for our FAREWELL DINNER, we organized a 5 star Fine Dining Experience, as we travel through Melbourne on a converted 1927 tram that has been transformed into a COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT. The moving Tramcar restaurant covers a scenic route, showing Melbourne's gardens, trendy shops and boutiques, elegant homes, city center and major attractions along the way. Champagne and Open Bar is included with our meal! DEC 02 FLY MELBOURNE TO LAX/ARRIVAL TO LOS ANGELES 10:35AM SAME DAY (L,D) Our group departs this morning for Melbourne Airport for our flight to LAX! Our Arrival to LAX is 10:35am on SUN. DEC 2ND (Same Day), Due to The International Date Line.[L,D served on Air NZ}

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In today's go-go-go, everybody's behind, got to get more done world, it seems like our work week keeps us stressed to the max. That makes our weekends even more important, as a way to get out and get away from all the stresses of our jobs. But sometimes we're just too busy to find different things to do or meet new people. One group of Tennesseans has found a way around that time crunch. They meet up through the internet...first on a web page, then live and in person...and always with a common goal of outdoor adventure. Meet Nashville Hiking Meetup.

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