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  • An impressive river crossing

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  • Walking through ancient Beech forest

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  • Camp Glenorchy

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  • Milford Sound

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  • Lake Mackenzie Hut

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  • Key Summit Track

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  • Milford Sound

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  • Camp Glenorchy

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  • Wild grasslands

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  • Lake Mackenzie

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  • Earland Falls

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  • Peak hour in Te Anau

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  • Lake Mackenzie

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  • An impressive river crossing

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  • Walking through ancient Beech forest

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  • Camp Glenorchy

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  • Milford Sound

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  • Lake Mackenzie Hut

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  • Key Summit Track

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  • Milford Sound

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  • Camp Glenorchy

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  • Wild grasslands

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  • Lake Mackenzie

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  • Earland Falls

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  • Peak hour in Te Anau

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5 Day Milford Sound & Routeburn Trk.

  • Feel dwarfed by the Fiordland region of NZ
  • Tackle the iconic multi-day Routeburn Track
Includes car relocation, all hiking meals & accom.

New Zealand is home to some spectacular hikes. There’s gorgeous Abel Tasman and the Heaphy Track, not to mention remote Rakiura. Yet there’s one which ranks above almost all others - the South Island's dramatic Routeburn Track. This rugged 33km track has it all: ancient forests and alpine lakes, stunning waterfalls, rustling grasslands and so much more. This five day self-guided tour from Te Anau is a chance to discover its unique wonders, together with iconic Milford Sound.

Experience a cruise on the sapphire waters of Milford Sound, and then embrace your spirit of adventure with a three day self-guided trek through the lush valleys, alpine pastures and winding mountain paths of the Routeburn Track. Along the way, enjoy nutritious, lightweight meals and stay at Department of Conservation huts in spectacular locations. Marvel at the impressive cascades of Earland and Routeburn Falls, trek through ancient beech forest - and more! You’ll also receive a night at the historic Te Anau Lodge pre tour, followed by a night at the gorgeous Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat, one of Time Magazine’s ‘World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019’. As if that wasn't enough, car relocation from the start to finish of the trek is also included.

See the Important Info below for recommended equipment. A gear hire package is available.

Please note: This tour requires use of your own vehicle or rental vehicle.

ITINERARY

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Today make your own way to Te Anau and check into your accommodation at the historical Te Anau Lodge. Upon check-in you will find all your hiking food - lightweight, easy to prepare meals packed full of nutrition with dietary requirements catered for, along with your gear (if gear hire option is chosen) conveniently located in your room for the start of your 3-day hike the following day. Prior to your arrival date, we will provide you with menu choices for the food you will take on your guided hike giving you the freedom to choose a menu that best suits your preferences.

Experience the genuine warmth of traditional hospitality in the relaxed and tranquil environment of this 1936 relocated former convent, in one of New Zealand’s most scenic locations - Fiordland. With breathtaking lake and mountain views, Te Anau Lodge has been lovingly restored while maintaining its original charm, with modern facilities. Te Anau Lodge is quiet and secluded, yet only 15 minutes walk from Te Anau town centre. Leisurely enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Chapel, take in the views from our sunny courtyard and spend your evenings relaxing in our cosy library.

Please note:
- This tour requires use of your own vehicle or rental vehicle.
- The optional premium quality equipment gear hire is recommended and comes with: pack + pack cover, pack liner, sleeping bag + liner, inflatable pillow, rain jacket + pants, cooking/eating utensils, first aid kit, inflatable pillow, thermos, headlamp.

Overnight: Te Anau Lodge, Te Anau
Meals included: None

Wake up early this morning and drive in your own vehicle to Milford (approx. 1.5 hours drive). The drive to Milford and the Milford Sound area is awe-inspiring and one of the most spectacular drives in New Zealand, reaffirming Fiordland’s status as a World Heritage Site. 

Upon arrival in Milford board your Jucy Milford Sound early bird cruise departing at approximately 8:45am. During your cruise look out for Fiordland’s incredible wildlife such as fur seals lazing on rocks, dolphins surfing the wake of the boat and even the elusive Fiordland Crested Penguin. Prepare to feel the spray of towering waterfalls cascading into the fiord from ancient rainforest and pristine glacial melt.

If you’re feeling daring, why not join our famously friendly crew for a free shower beneath the fiord’s renowned Stirling Falls? It is very rare for the cruise to be to cancelled due to weather and when it does rain (as it often does in Milford) torrents of water will pour into the Fiord from thousands of temporary waterfalls, the ideal time to be in Milford! If you're fortunate, you'll enjoy rain and sunshine together which can create the most beautiful rainbows.

Finish your cruise back in Milford around 11am. From here drive back towards Te Anau to the Divide where the Routeburn car park is located. Here you will gear up and start your 3 day Routeburn Track. Don’t worry though, your car will be conveniently picked up and transferred to the other end of the track near Glenorchy so it is waiting for you upon finish the trek for an easy drive to your Glenorchy accommodation. Please see further information regarding this included car transfer service in the important information section.

At just 33km long, the Routeburn Track is a unique epic alpine adventure that links two of New Zealand’s National Parks – Fiordland and Mount Aspiring. One of the most accessible, and well-located of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the Routeburn Track is also the shortest of Fiordland’s Great Walks, and in our opinion offers the best variety when it comes to the scenery. Weaving around mountain lakes, traversing through native New Zealand Beech forests and alpine gardens, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Southern Alps and get up close to the majestic Earland Falls. Bird watchers are in for a real treat with the cheeky kea, inquisitive fantails and paradise shelducks making regular appearances. 

On todays hike you will climb the wide and well-formed track from the Divide to Key Summit. Here you can sit among the alpine plants and gaze down three valleys from which water flows to three different coasts. You then descend to Lake Howden hut before gradually climbing through silver beech forest to Earland Falls. From there the descent into Mackenzie Hut is steep and rocky, so take your time and enjoy your dinner and an evening at leisure surrounded by the New Zealand wilderness. Total walking today is approx. 4.5 - 5.5 hours/12km distance.

Please note:
- The accommodation on the Routeburn Track is in Department of Conservation huts. These huts are located in the most beautiful settings in the national park surrounded only by nature. The huts are basic, clean and comfortable and must be shared with other walkers on the trail. They will all have a resident DOC Ranger for emergencies and local information about the trail conditions and environment. 
- The huts are usually (but not always) divided into three main rooms. Two unisex bunk rooms with mattresses provided (but no linen or pillows) and space to organise your gear. The usual etiquette is that, once you arrive at the hut, you claim your bed space by placing your sleeping bag on a mattress and keep your personal possessions in a tidy manner (it's very easy to misplace things if they are scattered around the room). The third room is a communal living and cooking area. There is running water and a fireplace within the huts along with flush toilets (sometimes located outside).
- Shower facilities are not available in the huts, but there will be welcome opportunities for a dip in the rivers for those brave enough to face the chill! The huts are a great place to relax and meet new people. 

Overnight: Mackenzie Hut (Department of Conservation Hut), Routeburn Track
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast this morning your day starts with an ascent through an ancient forest, and alpine zig zags to Ocean Peak Corner, where you have a full vista of the Darran Mountains. Crossing the Hollyford Face, you will stop for lunch at the Harris Saddle. Walk up Conical Hill for a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. From Lake Harris, you descend into the upper basins of the Routeburn Valley, with the towering mountains above. Spend your final night at the beautifully located Routeburn Falls Hut.

Overnight: Routeburn Falls Hut (Department of Conservation Hut), Routeburn Track
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Take time to enjoy the dramatic landscape around the Falls, before descending to the alpine pastures of the Routeburn Flats. The track shadows the river as it roars through a magnificent gorge. Gorge Flat is a great place to stop for lunch. From here it is a gentle walk through the beech forest to the Road End and Routeburn Shelter.

From Routeburn Shelter car park you will be able to conveniently find your car, unload your gear and drive to the nearby town of Glenorchy and onwards to your spectacular accommodation at Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat in a Eco Cabin Room.

Breathtaking Glenorchy has captured the imaginations and hearts of travellers for 150 years. Set snugly between two soaring mountain ranges, a glacier-topped peak and the river-fed headwaters of Lake Wakatipu, it's a unique destination with an endless variety of things to do, from the peaceful to the exhilarating to the sublime.

Picture yourself in one of Time Magazine’s 2019 World's 100 Greatest Places: Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat has been created from the ground up to delight and inspire guests. Whether you’re an active adventurer or looking to relax, here in you’ll find stunning natural beauty, hand-crafted artistry and warm, welcoming Kiwi hospitality.

Overnight: Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat, Glenorchy
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today check out after this trip of a lifetime and make your own onwards arrangements.


Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

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  • Stay in Te Anau Lodge, a former convent in one of New Zealand’s most scenic locations
  • Visit Milford Sound in the Fiordland National park
  • Enjoy a scenic cruse on the waters of Milford Sound
  • Marvel at narrow fjords and towering waterfalls
  • Experience a self-guided 3 day hike along Routeburn Track, one of NZ’s Great Walks
  • Walk past alpine meadows, reflective tarns and idyllic waterfalls on track
  • Stay in Department of Conservation huts in the heart of the South West NZ World Heritage Area
  • Marvel at the impressive cascades of Earland and Routeburn Falls 
  • Trek through ancient beech forest
  • Enjoy panoramic views over Fiordland mountains and alpine lakes
  • 1 night pre-tour accommodation at the 4 star historic Te Anau Lodge
  • 2 nights bunk accommodation in Department of Conservation Great Walk huts with shared facilities
  • 1 night post-hike accommodation at Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat, one of Time Magazine’s ‘World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019’
  • 8 meals including daily breakfast and all meals and snacks on the Routeburn Track
  • Receive pre-tour support and advice by local Fiordland experts
  • Private car relocation from The Divide to Routeburn Shelter including $40 fuel top up
  • High quality, lightweight and easy to manage gear hire (Premium Package only) 

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation. The booking is subject to final confirmation from the tour provider and they will contact you within 5 business days of purchase to provide this final confirmation. If the selected dates cannot be secured an alternative date can be selected. In the event no available dates are suitable, a full refund will be provided. Please do not make any connecting travel arrangements until you have received final confirmation from the tour provider.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 30th of April 2022.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $485 applies.
 
Travel Period
2021
1 March - 28 April
25 October - 20 December*
 
2022
1 January* - 30 April
 
Surcharges
*Please note: All dates in December 2021 and January 2022 incur a high season surcharge of $60 per person.



Accommodation Used


4 Star (self-rated)

Te Anau: Te Anau Lodge

Glenorchy: Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat Lodge

 

No Star Rating

Mackenzie Hut: Department of Conservation Hut (Bunk Bed accommodation with share facilities) 

Routeburn Falls Hut: Department of Conservation Hut (Bunk Bed accommodation with share facilities) 

 

Extra Nights
Extra nights are subject to availability and requested and booked directly with the land operator after purchase with TripADeal.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability - please enquire prior to booking).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 12 years old and over - see fitness level requirements below for more information.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Te Anau and Glenorchy Accommodation
2 x Single or 1 x Queen (subject to availability).
 
Routeburn Trail (Department of Conservation Huts)
Single Bunk Beds in shared Unisex Rooms
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



ROUTEBURN TRACK
Climate and Weather
- The environments surrounding the Routeburn are renowned for climatic extremes, so regardless of the season, it pays to be prepared for a range of weather conditions. The best hiking begins in spring (September to November in the Southern Hemisphere) when vast fields of the famous Mount Cook buttercup (Ranunculus lyallii) are in full flower. Spring temperature averages range from 9C (48F) - 17C (62F).
- The summer months of December, January and February bring the highest temperatures on the trail, averaging 10C (50F) - 18C (64F) and reaching a maximum of 28C (82F). In spite of this, cold snaps can occur at any time and low temperatures can fall below 0C (32F), so don't forget to pack your warm gear. February is generally the driest month of the year with an average of only nine rainy days.
- Late autumn (April and May) can be characterised by the first snow fall on the mountains, with average temperatures sitting between 8C (46F) - 16C (61F).
- Regardless of the season, the rivers and rainforests of the Routeburn Track are nourished by some impressive rainfall, averaging around 7m (23ft) per year. Far from discouraging, this precipitation can bring with it some incredible spectacles in the form of rivers and waterfalls. But that's not to say it rains every day on the Routeburn – warm, golden sunshine is also a common mood of these mountains, bringing stunning alpine views and pleasant hiking conditions.
 
Food
- Food provided for your hike is tailor-made, lightweight, easy to prepare meals packed full of nutrition with dietary requirements catered for. In Te Anau and Glenorchy breakfast is included.
 
Luggage
- You will be responsible for all your personal belongings during the walking tour. Guests carry their own pack containing personal clothing and sleeping bag. 
 
Optional Premium Gear Hire Package
- The optional premium quality equipment gear hire is recommended and comes with: pack + pack cover, pack liner, sleeping bag + liner, inflatable pillow, rain jacket + pants, cooking/eating utensils, first aid kit, inflatable pillow, thermos, headlamp.
 
What to Bring
- The optional premium quality equipment gear hire is designed to take care of all of the key elements you need for your Great Walk. However, you do still need to bring your clothing, personal effects such as medication, cameras, any night time entertainment etc. 
 
See all suggested items to bring below:
- Pack with large waterproof/plastic liner
- Boots should be comfortable and well broken in
- Drink bottle: minimum 1 liter capacity. It's important to drink regularly during the day
- Eating and cooking utensils: knife, fork, spoon, can opener, plate, cup, pot pan or billy, and cleaning kit
- Extra socks, underwear shirt or lightweight jersey
- First aid kit 
- Jeans, heavy wool and cotton clothing are best left at home
- Matches or lighter in waterproof container
- Mid-layers wool or polar fleece
- Optional extras camera, lightweight shoes for in hut, and ear plugs for communal bunkrooms. You will be sharing huts with up to 40 trampers
- Over trousers: wind and water proof
- Personal equipment
- Raincoat waterproof windproof with hood
- Shirt wool or polypropylene
- Shorts quick dry material
- Sleeping bag: good quality down or hollow fill
- Socks: wool or polypropylene are best
- Survival kit with survival blanket, whistle, paper, permanent marker, bright colored ribbon, pencil, and high energy snack food
- Toiletries: soap, toothpaste, small towel. Please remember not to wash or use soap or detergents in lakes or streams
- Torch/flashlight and spare batteries
- Under layers top and bottom. Suggested merino wool or polypropylene
- Warm hat, gloves, sunhat and sunglasses
- You will need at least one set of clothes to walk in - preferably Merino as it absorbs moisture, stays warm when damp and doesn't give you that ‘trampers scent’. Also take another dry set of clothing to change into at night. It is not possible to dry clothes in the huts, so take clothes and towels that dry quickly and are light even when damp. 
 
Department of Conservation Huts
The accommodation on the Routeburn Track is in Department of Conservation huts. These huts are located in the most beautiful settings in the national park, surrounded only by nature. The huts are basic, clean and comfortable and must be shared with other walkers on the trail. They will all have a resident DOC Ranger for emergencies and local information about the trail conditions and environment. The huts are usually (but not always) divided into three main rooms. Two unisex bunk rooms with mattresses provided (but no linen or pillows) and space to organise your gear. The usual etiquette is that, once you arrive at the hut, you claim your bed space by placing your sleeping bag on a mattress and keep your personal possessions in a tidy manner (it's very easy to misplace things if they are scattered around the room). The third room is a communal living and cooking area. There is running water and a fireplace within the huts along with flush toilets (sometimes located outside). Shower facilities are not available in the huts, but there will be welcome opportunities for a dip in the rivers for those brave enough to face the chill! The huts are a great place to relax and meet new people. 



- Visa fees and requirements (Not required if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Return International flights
- Domestic transfers / flights
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Any additional fees associated with car transfer service (e.g additional rental car insurance fees if applicable) 
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.


 
CAR TRANSFER SERVICE
How It Works
Easyhike will collect the vehicle from the car park at the start of the track and drive it to the finish of the track before the mutually pre-arranged deadline. Your clients will be supplied with a mini steel lockbox with combination to attach to their car. The car key is secured in the lockbox and left with the car for our driver to collect and stow in the same location at the other end.
 
Vehicle Condition & Breakdowns
In the interest of health and safety of our drivers, we reserve the right to refuse to move any vehicles without drivers airbags. The vehicle to be transferred must be road legal, mechanically sound and safe to drive complete with drivers airbags. There must be jumper leads, sufficient oil, water and fuel provided for the vehicle transfer. If the vehicle is older than 20 years old or doesn’t travel on the open road comfortably at 100k/h, Easyhike reserves the right to charge a surcharge. Please advise this at the time of booking, along with any specific quirks that effects the operation of the vehicle. Easyhike takes no responsibility in the case of a vehicle breakdown and all reasonable costs incurred in keeping the vehicle safe (i.e. On road assistance and/or towing the vehicle) will be met by the customer. If the vehicles battery is flat and it won’t start upon collection, Easyhike reserves the right to charge a breakdown/service fee (between $100 – $350) to get the vehicle started. This breakdown/service fee also applies for flat tyres and other issues which may cause delay. Easyhike takes no responsibility for costs associated with windscreen damage, flat tyres or starting a battery with jumper leads
 
Accidents & Incidents
If an accident or incident occurs through no fault of Easyhike or the Easyhike driver, the customer is liable to pay all costs including the insurance excess.
 
Rental Cars
Easyhike will add an additional driver to the rental agreement for insurance purposes. If there are fees associated with adding additional drivers, this is a cost to the customer and the rental agency will charge the customer’s credit card on file. 
 
Campervans
Easyhike takes no responsibility for damage to appliances or articles stored in campervans or mobile homes. It is the customers responsibility to ensure these are all secured for transport. Easyhike will take all due care to ensure there is no damage, but the transfer may involve travel along unsealed roads where items may move if not properly secured. A small surcharge applies for relocating Sleeper/ Campervans. This is due to the fact that they are often slower on the open road than standard vehicles.
 
Private Vehicles
It is the customers responsibility to notify their insurance company regarding additional drivers (usually this will not be required). All Easyhike drivers are over 25 years of age with a full drivers licence and driver details will be provided by Easyhike if required by the insurance company.
 
Key Transfer
Easyhike takes all due care required to keep vehicle keys safe and will provide either a lockable key transfer option at both end of the track or with an authorised third party to hold until required by the customer. If this lock box is not returned after the relocation, Easyhike reserves the right to charge a $100 replacement fee.
 
Fuel
Vehicles must be full of fuel prior to the relocation. All Routeburn Track Relocations include a fuel top up.
 
Start Times & Vehicle Delivery
- Schedules and drivers are planned around the start and finish times indicated at the time of booking. If the customer commences their walk after the specified start time and our driver is required to wait, Easyhike reserves the right to charge and administration fee to cover the drivers time.
- Likewise, Easyhike will the very best to deliver the vehicle before the indicated deadline time, however sometimes due to circumstances outside our control (i.e mechanical issue, road closure) there may be a delay. In this circumstance, Easyhike will do its very best to get a message to the customer with further information.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility
Please note: a moderate level of fitness will be required. At a minimum you need to be able to walk 5-7 hours a day up to 21km, carrying a backpack weighing 7kgs. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances  (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event, TripADeal is unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·       If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.