15 Day New Zealand & Australia

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately paced program features some group touring highlights with ample time to participate in a variety of optional tours that are available, or to explore on your own. Most city to city transfers are via flight, but expect one long driving day from Dunedin to Christchurch. Some optional tours will require walking for extended periods of time, walking over uneven terrain, or travel in 4x4 vehicles over rough terrain. Please note, there will be two different Tour Managers, one in New Zealand and one in Australia. You may depart independently, or with part of the group, at the end of your program as the Tour Manager may be traveling with other passengers on an extension program.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for New Zealand
Depart for New Zealand

DAY 2, Thursday - En Route
Cross the International Date Line 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. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Tour Auckland's Museum, Maori Cultural Performance
This morning's tour of this multicultural city begins at 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. Afterwards, enjoy the Maori Cultural performance at Auckland Museum. The afternoon is at leisure to discover the many diverse delights of this fascinating city or, join the optional Half Day West Coast Wilderness Experience. Travel to the Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges and marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views. 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. This evening, take a moment and admire the views from the Sky Tower on your own (entrance included). Standing at almost 1,100 feet tall, it is the highest freestanding 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, the city and beyond
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 adventure capital. Its fabulous outdoor attractions and resort like atmosphere are enjoyed by international travelers and locals alike. Upon arrival, check into the hotel, then take a short walking tour of Queenstown, before having the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Discover Milford Sound
Enjoy a full day tour to 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. Enjoy a buffet lunch onboard as you marvel at the sights around you. Late afternoon, return to Queenstown
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day in Queenstown
Spend time on your own discovering always picturesque 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 to Bob’s Peak, high above the city for magnificent views of Queenstown, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, 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. This evening, join the optional TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Station BBQ Dinner. Enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamship and savor a delicious barbecue dinner of local specialties at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant. Afterwards, tour the farm and watch a demonstration that provides a glimpse into high country farming life. Then, board the ship for your evening cruise back to Queenstown
Optional: Safari of the Scenes - Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure (AM)
Optional: TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Station BBQ (PM)
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - Queenstown to Dunedin
This morning, visit 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 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. While here, enjoy a two-course lunch at the winery before continuing past the picturesque and historic townships of Cromwell, Clyde and the huge Clyde Dam to Alexandra. Then, 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, Lunch

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 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. Visit Olveston historic homestead, built in the early 1900s, a superb turn of the century house with posh furnishings and a stunning art collection. The afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional Otago Peninsula Tour with Wellers Rock Cruise. Enjoy a tour to the Otago Peninsula home to sea lions, fur seals and penguins. 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. 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
Optional: Otago Peninsula Tour with Wellers Rock Cruise (PM)
Overnight: Dunedin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Dunedin to Christchurch, Flight to Sydney
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. En route, enjoy lunch at a local pub style restaurant before continuing to the airport. Bid farewell to your New Zealand Tour Manager and board a flight to Sydney, Australia. Get ready for the next adventure as you're welcomed by your Australian Tour Manager to Sydney. Tonight, late arrival at the hotel
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Saturday - Explore Sydney
The panoramic tour of Sydney 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 Harbour, the Harbour 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 is at leisure. 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. If you are feeling adventurous, have the experience of a lifetime on an optional invigorating climb to the top of the world-famous Sydney Harbour 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 12, Sunday - 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 Katoomba Scenic World. Returning to Sydney in the late afternoon
Optional: Full Day Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Monday - Flight to Melbourne
Departure flight this morning for the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. This evening, get together for a three-course Farewell Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Tuesday - 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 Penguin Parade. 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. Afterwards, the rest of the day is free to enjoy your final day in Australia
Optional: Afternoon/Evening Little Penguin Parade (PM)
Overnight: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday - Depart Australia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

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. During the tour, enjoy an included picnic-style lunch at a scenic setting. 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.

Day #4 01 Sep 2017 - 31 May 2018 $121.00
Half Day West Coast Wilderness Experience with picnic lunch Thumbnail

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.

Day #7 01 Sep 2017 - 31 May 2018 $129.00
Safari of the Scenes - Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure Thumbnail

Enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the TSS Earnslaw, a 103 year old Vintage steamship - an iconic Queenstown experience. Located in the heart of a stately farm, the Colonel's Homestead Restaurant has a unique ambience and is the perfect place to enjoy your barbecue dinner which includes an expansive array of local specialties. Included are grilled meats, delicious vegetables and salads, homemade desserts, New Zealand cheeses, and freshly brewed tea & coffee. After dinner, tour the farm and woolshed, where you will watch an entertaining demonstration that provides a glimpse into high country farming life. Then, it is time to board the TSS Earnslaw for your evening cruise back to Queenstown. Sing along with the ship's pianist, or stroll on the moonlit decks as you soak in the magical glow of the lights of Queenstown.

Day #7 01 Sep 2017 - 31 May 2018 $95.00
TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Station Gourmet BBQ Thumbnail

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.

During winter season (Apr-Sep) the tour will be visited in different order.

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

Day #9 01 Sep 2017 - 31 May 2018 $96.00
Otago Peninsula with Wellers Rock Cruise Thumbnail

Experience the climb of your life! Enjoy an invigorating climb to the top of the world-famous Sydney Harbour 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.

Day #11 01 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $277.00
01 Oct 2017 - 24 Dec 2017 $227.00
25 Dec 2017 - 03 Jan 2018 $242.00
04 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 $232.00
01 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018 $277.00
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb Thumbnail

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.

Day #11 01 Sep 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $84.00
Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour Thumbnail

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. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park where you may take a photo with one of the friendly Koala’s, feed the kangaroos, view the Fairy Penguins, and see the colorful Parrots, Cockatoos and Lorikeets. Walk through the reptile area, the native bird aviaries and see other unique Australian wildlife. Pass through quaint mountain villages, magnificent views over Megalong Valley and the unique smell of the Australian Bush. View the unique Three Sisters rock formation, and visit Scenic World where you will ride the vertical railway (the steepest in the world according to Guinness Book of Records), skyway or cableway into the deep canyon. Drive through picturesque Katoomba and the quaint village of Leura before descending the mountains. Return to the city in the late afternoon.

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

Day #12 01 Sep 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $147.00
Full Day Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park Thumbnail

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.

Note: Duration of the tour depends on the timing of the Penguins' arrival on the beach and your return to the hotel varies from 9 pm to midnight.

Note: Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin. To ensure penguins keep coming back to this special area we ask you to not use your cameras, camcorders or camera phones at the Penguin Parade.

Day #14 01 Sep 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $117.00
Afternoon/Evening Little Penguin Parade Thumbnail