This Australia New Zealand Tour offers terrific value showing you the main sights of both countries. This is a flexible vacation package which leaves every day and can be modified to suit your travel needs.
* International flights from LAX
* All internal flights
* Round trip airport transfers
* 3 nights Queenstown
* 2 nights Christchurch
* Milford Sound coach tour & cruise
* 3 nights Cairns
* Great Barrier Reef snorkel cruise
* 3 nights Sydney
* Sydney City tour
* 3 lunches
* You can modify the itinerary, as you wish.
Prices: From USD$4770 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 to suite your travel preferences.
New Zealand Self-drive option: You can choose to do a self-drive while in New Zealand. Driving is on the left and no special license is required.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY:
Day 1 Fly USA from Lax to Queenstown flight
Day 2 You cross the International Date Line
Day 3 Arrive 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. Here you can be as active as you want, or just leisurely, enjoy the magnificent scenery.
Day 4 Tour – Milford Sound Tour with lake cruise:
An early start as you leave your hotel and coach through some of the most beautiful countryside in New Zealand. On arrival at Milford Sound, board the vessel for a leisurely cruise along the sound to the Tasman Sea. The vessel stops 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) or by coach bus. The scenic flight shows you the fascinating ariel view of the Fjords and mountain ranges en-route to Queenstown.
Day 5 At leisure, Queenstown:
Today you are at leisure to explore the adventure capital of New Zealand. Set between the towering Remarkable Ranges and the bottomless Lake Wakitipu, Queenstown has it all.
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 6 Tour – Queenstown to Christchurch coach tour (Via Mount Cook):
Experience an exceptional journey from Queenstown to Mount Cook via the Lindis Pass and then down the Southern Alps to the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch. Lunch is included. Christchurch, the city of parks and gardens, trees and beauty, is also buzzing with street life. Wine bars, street cafes and exciting entertainments give the central city vitality unique to New Zealand. Christchurch is said to be the most English city outside England. The downtown district focuses on Cathedral Square, where you’ll find buskers, speakers and the eccentric Wizard of Christchurch (who is classified as a living work of art). You can sedately cruise the Avon River by punt, on its meandering course through town, under many bridges and past historic landmarks, or do your own thing by canoe. Vintage car, horse and carriage, hot air ballooning and guided walking tours. These are just a few ways to explore the Garden City.
Day 7 TranzAlpine train & Arthur’s Pass walk.
You will be picked up from your accommodation and transferred to Arthur’s Pass by TranzAlpine train. Your journey will take you west through the gorge across the rich agricultural belt of the Canterbury Plains and the high mountains of the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass. View the Waimakariri River and the unique braided river system. Enter Arthur’s Pass National Park where short walks will be taken to experience forests, rivers and mountain vistas. Follow the old stage coach route and travel down the spectacular Otira Gorge, testament to the road builders of the 860’s and the route taken by the Maori in their quest for greenstone. View Cave Stream where it burrow underground in an area of limestone cliffs, gorges and craggy outcrops. This area was also used for the filming of CS Lewis’s – “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe” OR Visit the incredible Castle Hill rocks, unique weather worn rain smoother outcrops of limestone and regarded sacred by the Maori
Day 8 Fly Christchurch to Cairns (Via Sydney):
On arrival to Cairns, you will be transferred to your hotel. The major center 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. In addition to staying in Cairns, the main gateway city here, you can stay in Palm Cove – a lovely beachside resort where no building is more than 4 stories high or in Port Douglas, set in the Rainforest.
Day 9 Great Barrier Reef cruise with lunch
Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. 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 glass bottom boat. Go snorkeling to view this natural living wonder up-close – snorkel equipment will be provided.
Day 10 At leisure, Cairns:
Cairns is the gateway to Tropical Far North Queensland, a region of contrasts and surprises. It’s home to the Great Barrier Reef, palm-fringed isolated beaches, Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands, World Heritage and Rainforests. This dynamic area serves as a diverse hub for many attractions and activities of the Tropical North. 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 excursions: Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Railway (with Tjapukai cultural Park OR Hartley’s Crocodile Wildlife Park) Cape Tribulation/Daintree Rainforest
Day 11 Fly Cairns to Sydney:
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. Sydney now attracts the majority of Australia’s immigrants and the city’s predominantly Anglo-Irish heritage has been revitalized by large influxes of Italian, Lebanese, Turkish, Greek, Chinese and Vietnamese.
Day 12 Tour – Sydney Harbour 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 13 At leisure, Sydney:
At your leisure to explore Sydney. Most of the major attractions of the city are within easy walking distance of your accommodation – Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Centrepoint Tower, Circular Quay, The Rocks etc.
Optional sightseeing: Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Harbour dinner cruise, Hunter Valley winery tours, Taronga Zoo and others.
Day 14 Fly Sydney to USA:
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.