This comprehensive tour travels to both of New Zealand’s North and South Island as well as a visit to Australia. Everything on this itinerary can be changed so as to meet your specific travel needs.
* International flights to Australia & New Zealand
* All internal flights
* Round trip airport transfers throughout
* 1 night Auckland
* 1 night Rotorua
* 3 nights Queenstown
* Milford Sound coach tour & cruise
* 3 nights Sydney
* Sydney city tour with luncheon cruise
* 3 nights Cairns
* Great Barrier Reef snorkel cruise
* 3 lunches included. Daily Breakfast can be added
Prices: From USD$4980 per person with Standard hotels. Based on double occupancy.
2017 Departures: Departs Daily
Hotels: Tour includes standard, 3-star hotels. Hotel upgrades available.
Changes: Everything on this itinerary can be changed.
New Zealand self-drive option: You can choose to do a less-expensive self-drive option while in New Zealand. Driving is on the left side and no special license is required for US drivers.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY:
Day 1. Fly USA from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand:
Day 2 You cross the International Date Line
Day 3. Arrive in Auckland with Afternoon Auckland Tour: (1-night)
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation is located in the city center with the backdrop of Auckland Harbour. Spend the afternoon enjoying the largest city in New Zealand which is very walkable. This afternoon, at 200pm take an Auckland city tour. Travel through the city centre, past iconic Karangahape Road and the stylish suburb of Ponsonby, and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline. Visit the Viaduct Harbour, home to America’s Cup racing for many years, and the central city’s main road Queen Street, before continuing to the Auckland Domain. The tour continues to historic Parnell Village, where you can explore this boutique shopping area during an afternoon tea stop. Next, travel the stunning waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, above Mission Bay. Named after one of New Zealand’s greatest and most popular Prime Ministers, the park, with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere, offers a panoramic outlook over the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour.
Day 04. Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Tour. (1-night)
Travel south from Auckland through the rich farmland of the Waikato on to Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. Overnight in Rotorua.
Day 05. Rotorua to Queenstown Tour: (3-nights)
Take a short flight from Rotorua to New Zealand’s most scenic city, Queenstown. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Located in Central Otago in a lakeside bay, Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier alpine resort. Rich in history and abundance of recreations and a breathtaking natural beauty that lends each season its own distinct complexion, Queenstown has long been the inspiration for artists and nature-lovers from all over the world eager to capture its dramatic beauty. Nestled beside the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, at the foot of the Remarkables Mountain Range, Queenstown is a year round resort, where you can be as active as you want, or just leisurely enjoy the magnificent scenery.
Day 06. Milford Sound Fjord Tour with Lake cruise:
An early start as you leave your hotel and coach through some of the most beautiful countryside in New Zealand. Milford Sound is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park. On arrival at Milford Sound, board a vessel for a leisurely cruise along the sound to the Tasman Sea. You’ll stop at various points and plenty of time is available to view waterfalls, rainforests, mountains and seals. You may even see dolphins frolic alongside the boat. A buffet lunch is included during the cruise.
**You can choose to return from Milford Sound by small plane (additional cost). This scenic flight shows you the fascinating ariel view of the Fjords and mountain ranges. Fights are subject to weather conditions. (L)
Day 07. At leisure, Queenstown:
Today is spent, at your leisure, to explore the adventure capital of New Zealand. Set between the towering Remarkable Ranges and the bottomless Lake Wakitipu, Queenstown has it all – bungee jumping, jetboating, rafting, amazing scenic helicopter flights.
Optional sightseeing: TSS Earnslaw Steamship cruise & Dinner, Shotover Jetboat, Bungy Jumping, Skyline Gondola with restaurant and luge, golf and hiking, Glenorchy middle-earth tour. (extra $)
Day 08. Queenstown to Sydney: (3-nights)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. Sydney – Australia’s premier city is the oldest settlement in Australia, the economic powerhouse of the nation and the country’s capital in everything but name. Built on the shores of the stunning Port Jackson, you would have to die and go to heaven before you see a more spectacular setting for a city. It’s a vital, self-regarding metropolis, exuding both a devil-may-care urbanity and a slavish obsession with global fads. The Sydney area was the ancestral home of the Daruk tribe, whose territory extended from Botany Bay to Pittwater. There are some 2000 Aboriginal rock engraving sites in the Sydney area, and many of Sydney’s suburbs have Aboriginal names. The city of Sydney began life as a penal colony in 1788 and for the next 60 years received the unwanted, persecuted and criminal elements of British society. Despite its brutal beginnings, the city’s mixture of pragmatic egalitarianism and plain indifference has transformed it into a thriving multicultural society.
Day 09. Sydney Harbor Lunch cruise with Sydney city tour:
Tour Sydney’s icons taking in magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a Sydney Harbour Luncheon Cruise and relax on board as you view the exclusive waterfront area. Tour through the historic buildings of the Rocks area, Australia’s British birthplace, See the famous Opera House (Tour of inside is additional $20) and the Conservatory of Music, View Hyde Park and Notre Dame inspired St Mary’s Cathedral, See Parliament House, the Art Gallery and the parklands of the Domain, See Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Tower and the exciting Darling Harbour along with views from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. (L)
Day 10. At leisure, Sydney:
Today is at your leisure to explore Sydney. Most of the major attractions of the city are within easy walking distance of your accommodation such as: Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Centrepoint Tower, Circular Quay, The Rocks etc.
Optional sightseeing ($): Blue Mountains Tour with Wildlife Park, Hunter Valley winery tour, Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Sydney Taronga Zoo and Opera House Tour (1 hr)
Day 11. Sydney to Cairns: (3-nights)
On arrival to Cairns, you will be transferred to your hotel. The major centre in Tropical North Queensland is Cairns, a popular gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The city is fringed by lush rainforests and, to the north and south, are miles of white sandy beaches and turquoise oceans teeming with marine life. Alternative to stay in Cairns, you can stay in Palm Cove – a lovely beachside town where no building is more than 4 stories high or in Port Douglas, set among the rainforest with lovely beach access.
Day 12. Great Barrier Reef cruise:
Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel or scuba dive Enjoy a reef presentation by a marine naturalist to learn more about the wonders of the reef and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from a semi-submersible craft and glass bottom boat. Option to go snorkeling to view this natural living wonder up-close with snorkel equipment is available. Lunch is included
Day 13. At leisure, Cairns:
Cairns is the gateway to Tropical Far North Queensland, a region of contrasts and surprises. Apart from the major tourism attractions of the Reef & Rainforest, there are many adventure sports such as white water rafting and bungee jumping, as well as other activities such as golf and trail riding.
Optional sightseeing ($): Kuranda Skyrail & Sky Train with Wildlife Excursions OR Cape Tribulation/Daintree Rainforest Tour
Day 14. Cairns to USA:
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back home. You can extend your trip to Ayers Rock or Darwin or even Fiji, if you’d like. Please inquire about pricing.