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18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns


Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights LAX-Auckland, Cairns-LAX
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights Auckland-Queenstown, Christchurch-Melbourne, Melbourne-Sydney, Sydney-Cairns & Cairns-Sydney
  • 15 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Auckland
    • 3 nights Queenstown
    • 2 nights Dunedin
    • 2 nights Melbourne
    • 3 nights Sydney
    • 3 nights Cairns
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • Breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Ascend the Auckland Sky Tower for breathtaking views
  • Tour Dunedin with its magnificent Victorian and Edwardian architecture
  • Explore Melbourne's lively and cosmopolitan neighborhoods
  • View many of Sydney's highlights, including the famous Opera House
  • Visit the inner Great Barrier Reef at Green Island

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for New Zealand. Your trans-Pacific flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment

DAY 2, Thursday - En Route
Cross the International Dateline en route to New Zealand and skip a day ahead

DAY 3, Friday - Arrive in Auckland
Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, known as the "City of Sails". You'll be welcomed by our representative and transferred to the hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and briefing by your tour manager on the exciting tour that lies ahead
Overnight: Auckland

DAY 4, Saturday - Tour Auckland's Museum and Sky Tower
This morning's tour of this multi-cultural city begins at the Sky Tower; standing at almost 1100 feet tall, it is the highest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and has become an iconic part of Auckland's skyline. From the top, see breathtaking views of the sparkling harbor and the city and beyond. Then, on to the renowned Auckland Museum, housed in one of New Zealand's outstanding historical buildings. Here, you'll see the monumental carvings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the Maori people along with an impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits depicting the growth of the country. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the many diverse delights of this fascinating city
Optional: Half Day West Coast Wilderness Experience (PM)
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Flight to Queenstown
Depart Auckland on a flight to Queenstown, named for Queen Victoria. The town, nestled on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, is considered New Zealand's scenic adventure capital. Its fabulous outdoor attractions and resort-like atmosphere are enjoyed by international travelers as well as by the local "kiwis". En route to the hotel, make a stop at the historic Kawarau bridge followed by a visit to the charming gold-rush village of Arrowtown, nestled among the peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. Time to walk along the tree-lined avenues of this colorful town filled with 19th century miner's cottages, or enjoy the delightful shops filled with New Zealand crafts, art galleries and lovely cafes before continuing to Queenstown via Arthurs Point, a small township beside the famous Shotover River
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Full Day in Queenstown
Spend time on your own discovering always-bustling Queenstown. Walk along the streets of the sophisticated downtown area, with its trendy shops and restaurants, or, be adventurous and ascend on the Skyline Gondola high above the city for magnificent views of Queenstown, The Remarkables, Coronet Park, and Lake Wakatipu. Alternatively, participate in the optional Skippers Canyon adventure that follows this rugged road into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley. During the tour, visit many historic sites and stop at Deep Creek to try your hand at gold panning at one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. Return to Queenstown along Skippers Road, with views of some of the "Lord of the Rings" film locations
Optional: Safari of the Scenes - Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure (AM)
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day in Queenstown
Enjoy a full day at leisure, or join the optional full day tour to the Milford Sound. Travel to World Heritage Fiordland National Park, rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. En route to Milford Sound stop at Te Anau and the glacier-hewn Eglinton Valley before embarking on the cruise out into the fjord with scenic views of temperate rainforest, stunning Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Possible wildlife viewings include seals, birds and occasionally even dolphins or penguins. Late afternoon, return to Queenstown
Optional: Full Day Milford Sound Cruise with Lunch
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - Queenstown to Dunedin
Travel today through the award-winning Gibbston Valley, known as the 'Valley of the Vines', one of the most scenic wine growing areas in the world. Vineyards are sandwiched, sometimes precariously, between rugged mountains and the rocky Kawarau River gorge. This area is known for its consistently superb wines, with worldwide recognition and an avalanche of international awards for the Pinot Noir. Continue past the picturesque and historic townships of Cromwell, Clyde and the huge Clyde Dam to Alexandra. Then, we journey along the Clutha River and past the multiple orchards that define this area as New Zealand's fruit bowl before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city, well-known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture and its close proximity to amazing wildlife
Overnight: Dunedin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday - Tour of Dunedin
A day to enjoy Dunedin, arguably New Zealand's most spectacular city in terms of contrasting landscapes, nestled in tree-clad hills at the head of a beautiful harbor. The city flourished during the great 19th century gold rush and is now the major gateway to the Otago region. Discover the city with a morning tour highlighted by a visit to the Dunedin Railway Station, a jewel in the country's architectural crown; Baldwin Street, the steepest residential street in the world; and the prestigious Otago University. Also, visit the Olveston historic homestead, built in the early 1900s, a superb turn-of-the-century house with lavish furnishings and a stunning art collection. The afternoon is at leisure
Optional: Otago Peninsula Tour with Wellers Rock Cruise (PM)
Overnight: Dunedin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Dunedin to Christchurch, Flight to Melbourne
Depart Dunedin, following the east coast of the South Island north through Oamaru, renowned for its stunning limestone architecture. Travel through the small rural communities of Timaru and Ashburton before traversing the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch for a brief introductory tour before continuing to the airport. Bid farewell to your New Zealand tour manager and board the flight to Melbourne, Australia. Get ready for the next adventure as you're welcomed by your Australian tour manager in the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Arrive late tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Melbourne City Tour
The tour of Melbourne this morning highlights the mingling of the city's cultures, monuments and scenic delights, from the magnificent gardens to the riverside complexes and bayside suburbs with elegant 19th century architecture. In the afternoon, time to stroll on your own, or join the not-to-be-missed optional tour to Phillip Island. Depart the busy city and suburbs, traveling out into the rural countryside to visit Australia's most popular wildlife attraction and home to the one of the largest Little Penguin colonies in the world
Optional: Afternoon/Evening Little Penguin Parade
Overnight: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Flight to Sydney
Morning flight to vibrant Sydney, one of the world's most beautiful cities. Upon arrival, the panoramic tour starts at world famous Bondi Beach and historic and fashionable Paddington with its unique terrace houses, continuing to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair and the Royal Botanic Gardens which offer extraordinary views of celebrated Sydney Harbor, the Harbor Bridge and the striking Sydney Opera House poised majestically on the water's edge, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass historic buildings including the Parliament House, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Building. Then, to The Rocks, a historic area where the city was founded by Captain Arthur Phillip and his working parties of convicts. Shop for Opals at a local shop, the best in the world - Australia provides approximately 97% of the world's supply. Spend the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Monday - Full Day in Sydney
There is much to see, and much to do in Sydney! Enjoy your leisure time traveling around the city independently. Be sure to linger in The Rocks area with its charming pubs, bistros, and galleries along the main streets and squares. Or, travel out to one of Sydney's famous beaches for some fun in the sun with the locals. An optional alternative is a lovely Lunch Cruise by catamaran on Sydney Harbour where you'll feast on a seafood buffet while enjoying the sights of Sydney from the catamaran's extensive decks. The rest of the day is yours! If you're feeling adventurous have the experience a lifetime on an optional invigorating climb to the top of the world-famous Sydney Harbor Bridge. A professional team of experienced climbers will escort you to the very top and will provide you with a lasting memento
Optional: Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour
Optional: Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb (PM)
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Tuesday - Full Day in Sydney
A last day in Sydney to pursue your personal pleasures. Perhaps, participate in the optional full day excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains. Featherdale is home to over 300 species of Australia's diverse wildlife. Here, you may cuddle a Koala (a must-do for everyone visiting Australia!), feed the kangaroos, view the Fairy Penguins, and see the colorful Parrots, Cockatoos and Lorikeets. For wilderness and wildlife, the magnificent Blue Mountains region is a must see for any visitor to Sydney. Travel through quaint mountain villages, past spectacular lookouts, and through the rugged Australian Bush to Scenic World. Returning to the city in the late afternoon. Tonight, the night life of Sydney with its great restaurants and pubs awaits you
Optional: Full Day Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday - Flight to Cairns
Adventure is waiting for you in Cairns, the tourist capital of tropical North Queensland and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. From the blue waters of the Coral Sea and the diverse marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, to the flora of the tropical rainforests and the cool inland tablelands, Cairns has a wealth of natural beauty to behold. Later this afternoon put on your walking shoes and join your tour manager for a walk on the waterfront boardwalk. One of the focal points of this city is the vast saltwater swimming lagoon shaped to the State of Queensland with its whimsical steel fish sculptures and sandy beach. Wander along the Esplanade or walkways adjacent to the boardwalk and park areas for a variety of restaurants and shopping
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Thursday - Green Island, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Today, travel to the beautiful 6000-year-old coral cay of Green Island in a high-speed catamaran, just a 45-minute journey across the Coral Sea, located in the inner Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This beautiful island is a one-stop tropical experience with its unique reef and rainforest, home to 126 native plant species, colorful birds and magnificent coral gardens. Stroll through the magical rainforest, snorkel at the inner reef, or laze on the white coral sands - there are many activities to choose from. You may also choose to upgrade your day's sightseeing with the optional Outer Great Barrier Reef Extension that takes you beyond Green Island to a multi-level reef activity platform. You'll be able to snorkel amongst some of the most spectacular coral gardens and marine life on the larger outer reef where they are more abundant, or stay dry and embrace the natural wonderland below via an underwater observatory and spacious, air-conditioned semi-submersible vessel. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Optional: Outer Great Barrier Reef extension
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17, Friday - Full Day in Cairns
Enjoy all of the delights of this resort city on your free day. Or, join the optional tour on the Kuranda Scenic Railway that takes you to the lush Kuranda Rainforest. Upon arrival, explore the quaint village before venturing into the rainforest aboard an amphibious Army Duck vehicle, followed by an enlightening Dreamtime Walk that will introduce you to the ancient Aboriginal and Islander history of this region. Afterward, enjoy a native dance performance and then sit down to a delicious barbeque lunch. End the tour with a visit to the Koala and Wildlife Park and a ride on the Kuranda Skyrail for views of the rainforest canopy before your return to Cairns. Spend the evening at leisure. It's your last night in Australia, so bid a fond farewell to your new-found travel mates, your tour manager, and a wonderful journey in New Zealand and Australia
Optional: Full Day Kuranda Train & Rainforest Tour
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18, Saturday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your trans-Pacific flight back to the USA
Meals: Breakfast

Heritage Auckland Hotel & Towers, Auckland

This first class historic landmark hotel is located in Auckland city center adjacent to Saint Patrick's Square.

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Millennium Queenstown, Queenstown

This superior first class hotel is located in centre city Queenstown near to its many attractions.

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Scenic Circle Dunedin City Hotel, Dunedin

This first class hotel is located in the heart of Dunedin, only two blocks from the Octagon.

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Citigate Melbourne, Melbourne

This first class hotel is located nearby Federation Square and St Paul's Cathedral.

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Menzies Hotel, Sydney

This first class hotel is situated in a prime location close to many of Sydney’s famous attractions.

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Mercure Hotel Harbourside, Cairns

This first class hotel is located close to the central business district and the casino and convention center.

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Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

Half Day West Coast Wilderness Experience

Day #4 05 Oct 2013 - 30 Sep 2014         $139
In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquility of the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges. Travel to the Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings. Continue on to the lush rainforest where you can walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns. Experience the power of the wild and rugged West Coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. Hotel pick up and drop off provided.

Comfortable Walking Shoes & suitable outdoor clothing are suggested.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Safari of the Scenes - Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure

Day #6 01 Oct 2013 - 30 Sep 2014         $135
This scenic Skippers Canyon tour is an adventure that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. You will travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley making this an exciting opportunity. During the tour, you will visit many historic sites such as the Skippers Suspension Bridge and historical township of Skippers. The tour will also visit the restored school house where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and the histories of life from the early days of this settlement. On the return journey, you will stop at Deep Creek where you can immerse yourself in the customs of the local area by trying your hand at gold panning at one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. The tour also offers you a view of some of the Lord of the Rings film locations along Skippers Road which was voted as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Full Day Milford Sound Cruise with lunch

Day #7 05 Oct 2013 - 30 Sep 2014         $189
Travel by coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. En route to the Milford Sound stop for a morning tea break at Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island, then pass through the glacier-hewn Eglinton Valley and stop for a photo op at Mirror Lakes. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise on the fjord, with scenic views of the temperate rainforest, the stunningly renowned Mitre Peak, and Bowen Falls, as well as an array of wildlife such as seals, birds, and occasionally dolphins and penguins. Later this afternoon, travel back to Queenstown and view waterfalls Christie Falls and The Chasm (subject to road and weather conditions) on the way.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 12 hours.

Otago Peninsula with Wellers Rock Cruise

Day #9 01 Oct 2013 - 30 Sep 2014         $89
This afternoon enjoy a stunning tour to the Otago Peninsula, home to many species of wildlife including seabirds, sea lions, fur seals and penguins. You will travel to New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle, which was built in 1871 by William Larnach, a merchant baron and politician. Featuring magnificent architecture and superb craftsmanship and still privately owned, the castle is even more famous for its tragic and scandalous history. You will also have an opportunity to take photos in the Castle grounds before continuing to the Headland and Wellers Rock. Lastly, enjoy a one hour wildlife cruise with an opportunity to view the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head, the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world and home to New Zealand fur seals. You may also see dolphins, sea lions and a fascinating array of rarely seen ocean birds including other species of albatross, penguins and marine mammals in their natural environment. Return to Dunedin on completion.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Afternoon/Evening Little Penguin Parade

Day #11 01 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2014         $125
This afternoon travel to Phillip Island and visit Australia's most popular wildlife attraction and home to the one of the largest Little Penguin colonies in the world. The Little Penguin is the world's smallest penguin and the Penguin Parade is the best place to experience this natural phenomenon. Every sunset, wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows. Experience the parade from the viewing area at the beach and then wander the boardwalks and watch the penguins return to their burrows.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Day #13 01 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2014         $89
Take a two-hour luncheon cruise by catamaran on Sydney Harbour. You'll feast on a seafood buffet while cruising Sydney Harbour in a luxury air-conditioned catamaran - an unforgettable dining experience! You'll see all the sights of Sydney Harbour from the catamaran's extensive decks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Fort Denison. The buffet lunch, freshly prepared onboard features hot & cold dishes, a selection of salads, fresh fruit and tea or coffee.

Pick-up and drop off at hotel is not included. Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Day #13 01 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2014         $225
Experience the climb of your life! Enjoy an invigorating climb to the top of the world-famous Sydney Harbor Bridge and admire panoramic views of the city and harbor below. A professional team of experienced climbers will escort you to the very top. A complimentary photo of your climb is included.

Prior to the climb, passengers must pass an alcohol breath test. Any persons over the limit will not be allowed to climb and their ticket becomes invalid. Rubber soled shoes are recommended. Children must be age 11 or older to participate.

Pick-up and drop off at hotel is not included. Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Full Day Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park

Day #14 01 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2014         $135
For wilderness and wildlife, the magnificent Blue Mountains is a must see for any visitor to Sydney. Today's full day tour to the region will give you a chance to see it for yourself. Passing through quaint mountain villages, we access spectacular lookouts and the rugged Australian Bush. View the unique Three Sisters rock formation, and visit Scenicworld where there is the opportunity to ride the vertical railway (the steepest in the world according to Guinness Book of Records) or cableway into the deep canyon (at own expense). Drive through picturesque Katoomba and the quaint village of Leura before descending the mountains. We visit Featherdale Wildlife Park where you may Cuddle a Koala (Note: Koalas cling to an object which you hold. At no stage are you permitted to hold Koalas directly), feed the kangaroos, view the Fairy Penguins, see the colorful Parrots, Cockatoos and Lorikeets. Walk through the reptile area, the native bird aviaries and see other unique Australian wildlife. Returning to the City in the late afternoon .

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Outer Great Barrier Reef Extension

Day #16 01 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2014         $155
Your main Itinerary includes a day on Green island. If you wish you can upgrade to also include the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is yours to experience when you cruise to our mulit-level reef activity platform. Situated on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, our spacious platform features undercover seating and tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, full bar facilities, a swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with freshwater showers, sundeck, and scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged platform. You will be able to snorkel and dive amongst some of the most spectacular coral gardens and marine life diversity on the Great Barrier Reef.Or if you choose to stay dry, you can still embrace the natural wonderland below in our underwater observatory and spacious, air-conditioned semi-submersible vessel!

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 10.5 hours.

Full Day Kuranda Train & Rainforest Tour

Day #17 01 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2014         $247
Today, enjoy a full day tour to the famous Kuranda Rainforest via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. An amazing journey awaits as you travel on one of the world's most scenic rail routes, dipping through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges. A stop will be made at Barron Gorge to view the Falls en route to Kuranda Station. Upon arrival, spend time exploring this quaint village before boarding the unusual amphibious Army Duck for a unique view of the Rainforest. Following your ride, join the Dreamtime Walk for an insightful glimpse into the ancient Aboriginal and Islander history of the region. Afterwards, continue to the Rainforest Amphitheater to enjoy a special performance by the Pamagirri Dancers as they perform a range of native dances which reflect the humor and excitement of their culture. Following a delicious BBQ lunch, travel to the Koala & Wildlife Park nearby. During your visit, you'll see crocodiles, koalas, and even have the opportunity to hand-feed the kangaroos and wallabies. From here, the tour takes you to the Kuranda Skyrail Terminal where, upon arrival, you will board the Skyrail and experience views of the Rainforest canopy unlike any you've seen. Along the way you'll stop briefly to take a stroll or a visit to the CSIRO Interpretive Center. Afterwards, continue to Caravonica Lakes where a coach awaits to transfer you back to your hotel.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 9.5 hours.

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