EXPLORE AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
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From AU$ 9749 22 Days
  • AUSTRALIA,South Australia,Western Australia
  • Max 0 passengers
  • Sydney Queenstown
  • Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking.
  • Comfort hotels (20 nts), cruise boat (seasonal) (1 nt).
22 days From AU$ 9749

Overview

There’s no reason to have to choose between Australia and New Zealand. Experience both over 22 life-changing days. Discover iconic Sydney, fashionable Melbourne, and welcoming Auckland; stand in the presence of sacred Uluru; explore ancient rainforests; and take in all the city life, mountainscapes, glaciers, cultural moments, deserts, hot springs, and flat whites you can

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Sydney

Arrive at any time.


Day 2 Sydney (1B, 1D)

Explore Sydney Harbour and walk to the iconic Opera House and the Rocks area. In the afternoon, board a private yacht and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with barbecue dinner. Navigating the bays and coves, sit back on the sunbed and relax and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.


Day 3 Sydney/Port Douglas (1B)

Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in the Daintree Rainforest.


Day 4 Port Douglas (1B)

Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach or opt to go snorkelling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef.


Day 5 Port Douglas/Cairns (1B)

Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr. Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvelous creatures, and we'll hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.


Day 6 Cairns (1B, 1L)

Travel to Tully for an authentic and interactive, Indigenous experience, supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a private lecture about the history and culture of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest people. Learn about their deep connection to the land and how they have continued for thousands of years, to live in harmony with nature. Our cultural immersion continues with a traditional lunch and participation in a painting class with Jirrbal Aboriginal Artists.


Day 7 Cairns/Uluru (1B)

Catch a flight to Uluru and witness the incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.


Day 8 Uluru (1B)

Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. Continue on with a guided Mala walk around the base of Uluru gaining insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food, and music. The afternoon is at your leisure.


Day 9 Uluru/Alice Springs (1B)

Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru, then take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. Continue to Alice Springs for the night.


Day 10 Alice Springs/Melbourne (1B)

Catch a flight and arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy a free evening to explore the city.


Day 11 Melbourne (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free day with option to explore the Great Ocean Road or the many wineries in the area. This evening, enjoy a discussion on Australian wines with a three-plate tasting menu and wine pairings at the Mill House chef's table.


Day 12 Melbourne/Auckland (1B)

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city.


Day 13 Auckland (1B)

Enjoy a short orientation walk and some free time to explore the city. After, cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research boat in search of whales, dolphins and sea birds. After our cruise spend one-on-one time with one of the expert crew to allow a deeper discussion on marine wildlife and conservation.


Day 14 Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)

Drive a scenic route, visiting an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy town of Raglan and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbour.


Day 15 Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)

Drive to Rotorua, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route, and opt to enjoy a dip in the geothermal hot pools in the area. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a “Kaumātua” (an elder in Māori society). After, enjoy an extravagant performance about local myths, and legends while dinning on traditional Hangi cuisine.


Day 16 Rotorua/Christchurch (1B, 1L)

This morning visit Whakarewarewa, a Maori village with a local guide who explains the geothermal aspects of the region. Enjoy a light lunch of corn cooked in a natural hot pool and a traditional hangi pie. Fly to Christchurch and take an orientation walk with the CEO.


Day 17 Christchurch/Franz Josef (1B)

Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine train, crossing the scenic Southern Alps to New Zealand's glacier region. Disembark and transfer to a beautiful rainforest lodge, our home for two nights.


Day 18 Franz Josef (1B)

Options are plentiful. Choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery.


Day 19 Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)

Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views of the city.


Day 20 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound (1B, 1D)

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound. Led by onboard naturalist guides we have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds and penguins and an option to kayak. Spend the night onboard in comfortable cabins with time to relax on deck, stargazing and enjoying some New Zealand wine.


Day 21 Doubtful Sound/Queenstown (1B)

Enjoy morning wildlife viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown for the final night.


Day 22 Queenstown (1B)

Depart at any time.


Included

  • Comfort hotels (20 nts), cruise boat (seasonal) (1 nt).
  • Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking.

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