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- 18 days/17 nights
- Airport transfers
- Complimentary Australia visa (ETAs)
- 17 Breakfasts, 3 lunches
- 2 nights handpicked hotel (4 star or better) in Auckland
- 3 nights handpicked hotel (4 star or better) in Queenstown
- 2 nights handpicked hotel (4 star or better) in Christchurch
- 3 nights handpicked hotel (4 star or better) in Melbourne
- 3 nights handpicked hotel (4 star or better) in Cairns
- 4 nights handpicked hotel (4 star or better) in Sydney
- Full Day Marine World Outer
- Barrier Reef Cruise
- Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Tour
- Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise (all Day)
- City Sightseeing – Discover Christchurch (Afternoon Tour)
- Auckland City Revealed – Morning Tour
- Half Day Panoramic Sydney Tour
- Sydney Opera House Tour
- Discover Mount Cook – Queenstown/ Mt Cook /Christchurch (all Day)
- All hotels are 4 star or better!
- Daily departures
- Free & Independent Travel, This is not an Organized Group Tour
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
- This tour can also operate in reverse
- 24/7 support while in Australia and New Zealand
This tour can be modified to fit your dreams!
Australia & New zealand in 18 days – a trip of a lifetime!
Begin this exciting trip in Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland has all of the large-scale attractions you would expect of a big city – museums, galleries, zoos and family amusement parks, many are free or inexpensive. From there fly to Queenstown, New Zealand’s alpine adventure capital. Depart Te Anau via Homer Tunnel, and pass through the glacier-hewn Eglinton Valley, arriving at Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on the fjord, with scenic views of the temperate rainforest, the renowned Mitre Peak, and Bowen Falls. Queenstown is set along placid Lake Wakatipu, with the mountain range known as The Remarkables creating a stunning backdrop.
Then travel through the Kawarau Gorge wine region and through the panoramic Lindas Pass to reach New Zealand’s highest mountain – Mt Cook. Continue over the fertile Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand’s “garden city”. From Christchurch you will fly to Melbourne, which is the heart of Australia’s classic south. The city has compelling appeal in its gardens, its history, its character and its charm. Trams crossing the city offer a leisurely way to appreciate the splendid streetscape.
Visit the tourist capital of Tropical North Queensland, Cairns, where you will also take a Great Barrier Reef tour, from Green Island, Green Island is a beautiful 6000-year-old coral cay located in the inner Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. In Sydney, take a panoramic sightseeing tour to world famous Bondi Beach and then through historic Paddington, and the Royal Botanic Gardens for spectacular views of the harbour and the Sydney Opera House and Harbour bridge.
This vacation is a trip of a lifetime!
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Days 1 – 3 AUCKLAND SKYCITY AUCKLAND Premium Room – TWIN (Breakfast included) (or similar hotel)
Located in the heart of Auckland City with over 323 rooms, this modern and spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying the world-class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower – all right on your doorstep!
Days 2 AUCKLAND Auckland City Revealed – Morning Tour
Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning. Auckland is set on 53 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it is New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. You will travel through Auckland’s central business district, past the Auckland University and through the inner city park, known as the Domain. Then continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby with its historic buildings, before heading over the Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore for a stroll on one of the white sand beaches before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria with it’s stunning panoramic views of Auckland City and the historic Devonport. You will then travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere.
Day 3 Fly Auckland to Queenstown (Included with air option – ask your Travel Team agent)
Days 3-6 QUEENSTOWN, NZ Superior Lakeside Room NOVOTEL QUEENSTOWN LAKESIDE (or similar hotel)
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is located right on the waterfront of spectacular Lake Wakatipu, and just a step from the cosmopolitan centre of Queenstown. Relax in the spa, take in the amazing views across Queenstown Bay to Walter Peak while lunching in the hotel’s renowned Rose Garden or enjoy the myriad of adventure and leisure activities in this four-season resort town. The hotel’s international facilities and professional team are committed to ensuring their guest’s enjoy the definitive Queenstown experience.
Day 4 – QUEENSTOWN, NZ Milford Coach & Nature Cruise – 0715 Departure (Oct – Apr)
Today you will board your luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown and enjoy a trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and thru the rolling countryside to Te Anau. After a morning tea break in Te Anau continue along the spectacular Milford Road, reaching Milford Sound. Board the boat for a relaxing cruise of Milford Sound. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Following your cruise reboard the coach for the return journey to Queenstown.
Day 5 Queenstown free day
Day 6 Discover Mount Cook – Queenstown/Mt Cook/Christchurch (Lunch)
Today you will set off from Queenstown, travelling through ruggedly beautiful landscape and over the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country. You will enter the amazing Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain, where there is time to stop for lunch and a chance to enjoy the amazing alpine scenery. During your stop at Mount Cook Village, you will enjoy a delicious lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel. Also on offer is the chance to take a scenic flight over this spectacular region (additional cost, weather permitting – this flight can be arranged with your driver guide on the day). In the afternoon, travel past Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd against the backdrop of this vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Then continue through the diverse farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, the Garden City, where your tour concludes.
Days 6-8 CHRISTCHURCH NOVOTEL CHRISTCHURCH Superior Room (or similar hotel)
The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch. Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms catering for up to 250 delegates. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, New Regent Street, Avon River, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30 minutes from Christchurch Airport. The hotel re-opened for business in August 2013 effectively as a brand new hotel
Day 7 City Sightseeing – Discover Christchurch (Afternoon Tour)
This afternoon enjoy a tour that covers the central city highlights. The tour includes several parks and gardens including Mona Vale Gardens and Hagley Park. Your tour then moves on to Riccarton House, Riccarton Bush, and the University of Canterbury. Continue to the Sign of the Takahe, an historic building providing spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and to the Southern Alps. Your tour concludes with a drop off in the central city or a return to the original pickup points.
Day 8 Fly Christchurch to Melbourne (Included with air option – ask your Travel Team agent)
Days 8 – 11 MELBOURNE, VIC Guest Room Savoy Hotel Melbourne (or similar hotel)
You will love the convenience of staying in the very heart of all the action in the Melbourne city centre. Blending the zest of the Vibe Hotel brand with the beautiful façade of a heritage building, Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne is located only a couple of blocks from the hub of Melbourne’s Collins Street. The exciting Melbourne CBD is made up of precincts – distinct enclaves, each with their own flavour and charm. Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne is the perfect Melbourne hotel to base yourself; you are ideally located to take advantage of the Melbourne’s tram and rail network as well as easy access to the Etihad Stadium and exciting Southbank precinct as well as the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Day 9 Phillip Island Tour w/Guided Ranger Melbourne
Departing Melbourne at around midday, we journey to the city’s most colourful attraction – the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes – for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks. We continue our journey through Melbourne’s bayside suburbs on the way to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Here, we enjoy a guided wildlife walk where we have the opportunity to meet and handfeed many species of native Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus & wallabies, as well as some of our lesser known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots & Tasmanian devils. Included in our visit here is the spectacular “Conservation in Action” wildlife show, which showcases a number of lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations. Continuing on to Phillip Island, a visit to Point Grant and The Nobbies gives us an opportunity to enjoy views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, including Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest population of fur seals. And then it’s onwards to the main event, where just after dark every night the world’s smallest penguins waddle ashore after spending the day fishing out at sea. You’ll be truly enchanted as the stars of the show emerge from the surf and pass right before your eyes on their journey back to their homes. Your ranger/guide will ensure you are able to get the very best beach front vantage point to enjoy the Penguin Parade. After the parade we allow plenty of time to explore the Visitor Centre before beginning our own journey back to Melbourne. With drop off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.
Day 10 Early Dinner departing at 5:45pm, Returning 7:15pm
The Tramcar Restaurant departs from Tramstop #125 Normanby Road, near the corner of Clarendon Street, South Melbourne (near Crown Casino). Passengers must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to departure with tickets or confirmation slip. Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially aboard the fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. As they cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy our fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines or make a selection from our fully stocked bar at a fully inclusive price. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant officially commenced operation in August 1983 and has since become a star attraction and tourist symbol for the city of Melbourne. Dining aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not only a culinary delight, but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria’s history.
Day 11 Fly Melbourne to Cairns (Included with air option – ask your Travel Team agent)
Day 11 – 14 Deluxe Room Cairns, QLD Pacific Hotel Cairns (or similar hotel)
The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. The hotel features a stunning Cairns Esplanade location, new hotel rooms and suites, one of Cairns’ finest Brazilian inspired churrasco restaurants and an exemplary catering department.
Day 12 Full Day Outer Barrier Reef Cruise CAIRNS, QLD
Depart direct from Cairns on a fast, stable catamaran providing a smoother ride and reduced travel time, leaving more of your day to experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. These modern fast catamarans are never filled to capacity ensuring unmatched space, comfort & attentive service. The all-weather Marine World platform caters for all activity levels. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving (no experience necessary) or join our Marine Biologist on a Guided Snorkel safari. Not a confident swimmer? Then stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory, try a Helmet Dive for a scuba-style experience without getting your hair wet, or soar above it all on a spectacular Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight. With 5 hours at the reef there is time to do it all. If simply relaxing & soaking up the tropical warmth is more your style then take time out on our spacious sundeck where you will also find the regions only reef-based massage therapist.
Day 13 – Cairns Free Day
Day 14 Fly Cairns to Sydney (Included with air option – ask your Travel Team agent)
Days 14 – 18 SYDNEY, NSW Holiday Inn Darling Harbor (Or similar hotel)
Emanating a quiet charm right in the middle of all the action, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour has the best that Sydney has to offer right on its doorstep. Situated at the southern end of Sydney’s famous Darling Harbour precinct, the hotel is ideally positioned to allow you to make the most of your visit to Sydney. Take a leisurely stroll through Darling Harbour with its many attractions, such as the Sydney SeaLife Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, and Madame Tussaud’s. The vibrant China Town and Latin Quarter are close by, and there are great shopping adventures to be had at World Square and Market City. You can walk to some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, theatres, and shopping malls, or for something a little different, you can board a ferry and explore the beautiful harbour and its surrounds. The hotel has two restaurants; JB’s is open daily from 11am and has a casual and inviting menu, or for something a little different, try our unique stone grill menu both are served in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Shipley’s Restaurant is a beautiful historic restaurant that is open for breakfast daily from 6.30am.
Day 15 SYDNEY, NSW Half Day Panoramic Sydney
Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you’ll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centre point. Visit Sydney’s trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie’s Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city centre. Passengers can join our optional harbour lunch cruises, seaplane tours or return directly to their hotels. The designated harbour lunch cruise drop-off point is Darling Harbour (adjacent to the aquarium).
Day 17 SYDNEY
Day at leisure; open voucher for Sydney Opera House Tour
Day 17 SYDNEY Full Day Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience
7:00 – 7:30 am Depart from the hotel for your Blue Mountains Expereince. Our first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill a working farm also home to Kangaroos, Emus, Wombats and Koalas. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.
From Calmsley Hill we continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. We will visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus our guests will enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by their guide.
Continuing on we arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.
We then make our way around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Hydro Majestic. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views. We enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea/coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.
The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you’re not mesmerised by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness. We then stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens our last stop, where we enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4.30 – 5.00pm.
Day 18 SYDNEY, NSW Sydney City Hotel to International Airport
Depart your hotel to the International Airport for your flight home.
Pricing & Departures (Daily Departures)
|Feb 1 , 2019 – Nov. 30, 2019||$3,599|
|Dec 1, 2019 – Jan 31, 2020||call for pricing 1-800-788-0829|
|Feb 1 – 28, 2020||$3,799|
|Mar 1 – Nov 30, 2020||$3,599|
For dates after Nov. 30, 2020 please call 1-800-788-0829
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