Australia and New Zealand Travel Specialists in Alberta
We are born and raised in the Land Downunder. When planning your Australia and New Zealand Vacation not only are you given their local knowledge but you can feel assured that they will be with you from the start of your trip until the very end!
Here are some tips from our Australia and New Zealand Travel Experts on what you need to be mindful of when planning an Australia and/or New Zealand Vacation from Calgary or Edmonton.
Do Canadian Passport Holders need a visa to travel to Australia or New Zealand?
If you are a Canadian Passport Holder you will need an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) when you vacation in Australia and New Zealand, attend a conference, or are on a business trip- your Australia and New Zealand Travel Agent can assist you with these. You must have at least six months validity left on your passport from the date that you arrive back in Canada and also declare any prior criminal records upfront. We advise having the ETA visa issued prior to your airline ticket so you have pre-approval.
What time should I check-in for my flight to Australia or New Zealand?
The weather in Alberta can be up and down at the best of times so it is really important to stay on top of things by checking the Calgary and Edmonton Airport websites for any delays. Remember even if the weather is fantastic in Alberta your aircraft will be coming in from somewhere else in Canada and they could have delays from bad weather in another area of the country. If you are departing from Calgary or Edmonton Airport and driving from regional areas i.e Red Deer, Lloydminster, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Stony Plain, Edson, etc then please leave yourselves plenty of time. It is always better to be checked in early at the airport- so you can relax- then starting your holiday in Australia and/or New Zealand very stressed out! We personally advise three hours at an absolute minimum even if your first flight is a domestic one!
How long is the flight from Calgary and Edmonton to Australia?
Flying time from Edmonton/Calgary -Vancouver- Sydney Australia is just over 17 hours in one direction without the stopover included. If you are only planning a trip to Australia with no other stopovers then Air Canada is your best choice to start you in Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane.
How long is the flight from Calgary and Edmonton to New Zealand?
If you are traveling to New Zealand then connecting to your International flight in Vancouver with Air New Zealand from Vancouver to Auckland is your best option. Flying time is approx 14 hours plus your flight from Alberta to Vancouver and connection times.
Can I have a stopover in Fiji, The Cook Islands, or Tahiti?
If you wish to visit The Cook Islands, Fiji or Tahiti then Air New Zealand has the best connections to these islands in the South Pacific. There are not always daily flights between some of these destinations and Canada so you may need to at least fly oneway via the USA, your Travel Expert will assist you with the best flight routing for your trip.
Will I get Jet lag?
Jet lag always hits the hardest when traveling from Australia and New Zealand back to Alberta. Always allow yourself an extra day or two of rest time before starting back to work after your vacation! You will be thanking us for this suggestion!
How far ahead do I need to arrive in Australia and New Zealand before my Guided Coach Tour?
Always plan your vacation to Australia and/or New Zealand so you arrive a day or two early if you have a guided tour in either country planned. This will give you some time not only to adjust to the time zone but also to not stress if your flight is delayed with connecting onto your bus tour or self-drive itinerary. Of course, your Aussie and New Zealand Travel Experts are always there to assist you if there are any problems with our 24/7 emergency number.
When should I book my trip to Australia and New Zealand?
Book early! We need time to plan and design you a once-in-a-lifetime customized holiday Down Under. The earlier you book the better chance you have of getting to stay in the best accommodation options and having your first choice on small group tours. Australia and New Zealand can get very busy with conferences and other events these days- plus you need to be mindful of the little things like the weather and school holidays. Don’t worry your Australia and New Zealand Vacation Specialist will guide you through it all and make it very stress-free!
What are my accommodation choices in Australia and New Zealand?
Consider having a mixture of accommodation when planning a trip to Australia and/or New Zealand. There are some tight luggage restrictions on some domestic flights these days and if you are going for several weeks or more you will need to do some laundry. We suggest a mix of apartment stays, hotels and if you are really after a treat then consider a luxury stay in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands in Australia or overnight on Doubtful or Milford Sound in New Zealand. We work closely with you to work out what suits your wants and needs when having a tailor-made trip designed to the South Pacific. If you are traveling with children we can also assist you to make sure the accommodation suits your family’s needs!
Are there different time zones in Australia and New Zealand?
Yes! Just like Canada, not all areas of Australia and New Zealand have Daylight Saving. When on your flight always listen to the flight attendants to check if the time has changed. Even states that sit above each other have different time zones during daylight saving within Australia… i.e Sydney and Brisbane. Just think of how the time zones are divided between Canada and you will find they are pretty close to Australia.
What do I do if the airline makes schedule changes?
Keep an eye on the Calgary and Edmonton Airport websites on your day of departure! It is really important that you check and double-check the airport website departures to make sure your flight is operating on time. You also need to watch the airport website where your International flight is departing from. Most airlines these days do not advise if there are any schedule changes or delays right prior to a flight date. If you do discover your flight has been delayed or the flight number has changed then speak up to the airline who is delaying you or contact your Australia and New Zealand Travel Specialist for assistance as we may need to change your arrival transfer times!
I am departing from a regional area in Alberta, how do we connect to the International flights?
For those folk who are planning connections from Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, High Level, Cold Lake, or any other regional Airport in Alberta please make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to connect in Edmonton or Calgary. There may be bad weather and delays in your area or in an area that your aircraft is coming from that could upset your whole itinerary. As you all know often in these destinations outside of Edmonton and Calgary there are limited flights and the last thing you wish to do is miss your major International flight departing from Vancouver or LA to commence your Vacation.
How do we book a trip with your Australia and New Zealand Travel Specialists in Alberta?
Make contact by clicking on the Contact Us box below.
We look forward to designing you a customized itinerary for your vacation from Edmonton or Calgary to Australia and/or New Zealand.
We can tailor-make you an amazing once in a lifetime trip whether you are planning an action-packed family holiday, attending a conference, celebrating a wedding anniversary, taking advantage of that well-deserved graduation gift, Seniors escaping the Canadian Winter as a Snowbird, Tramping and Hiking in New Zealand, enjoying retirement and Golfing in New Zealand or at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club or finally getting to relax on that luxury romantic honeymoon.
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