This independent New Zealand Australia Tour visits Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Christchurch, Cairns and Sydney. Sightseeing excursions include Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Rotorua 1/2 day tour, Hangi dinner & concert, Milford Sound, Dart River Jet boating, Great Barrier Reef excursion and more!

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INCLUDED FEATURES:

* International airfare to Australia New Zealand from LAX`
* All Internal flights required
* Airport transfers throughout
* 1 night Auckland
* Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua full day tour
* 2 nights Rotorua
* Rotorua half day city tour
* Rotorua Hangi dinner & concert
* 3 nights Queenstown
* Milford Sound full day tour
* Dart River Jet boating
* Coach transfer from Queenstown to Christchurch
* 2 nights Christchurch
* Christchurch to Akaroa full day tour
* 3 nights Cairns
* Great Barrier Reef full day cruise with Ocean Spirit
* 3 nights Sydney
* Sydney half day city tour
* Breakfast daily: 3 lunches 1 dinner

BOOKING DETAILS:

PRICES: From USD$6760 per person with Standard hotels. Based on double occupancy.
DEPARTURE 2017: Daily
HOTELS: Choose from Standard, First Class & Deluxe properties. Please inquire about exact hotels.
CHANGES:
Everything on this itinerary can be changed such as the destinations visited, sightseeing tours, accommodations or routing.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1 Fly USA to Auckland

Day 2 You cross the International Date Line:

Day 3 Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand:
You will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Auckland, ‘City of Sails’, located between two stunning harbors, enjoys a mild year-round climate Auckland is the country’s most visited region and largest urban area, offering exciting activities and great shopping. The City lies across an 11km wide volcanic isthmus separating two harbors. The Waitemata to the east opens into the Hauraki Gulf, and to the Pacific Ocean. The Manukau Harbour to the west offers many estuaries and surf beaches and opens to the Tasman Sea.

Day 4 Tour – Auckland to Rotorua Via Waitomo Caves:
Depart Auckland on board the Great Sights motor coach for your ride south to Hamilton. Travel through the rich Waikato area, famous for its dairy farms, kiwi fruit orchards, thoroughbred horses…..and the Waitomo Caves! You will enter subterranean limestone caverns to view the Glow Worm Grotto. Surely one of the wonders of the world. Then you’ll continue over the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. (B)

Day 5 Tour – Rotorua half day tour:
See the highlights of Rotorua – this tour shows you the best of Rotorua’s natural and man-made attractions. Your half day tour includes a visit to Rainbow Springs and Rainbow Farm for a sheep show and working sheep dog demonstrations. Continue to Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see bubbling mud pools, steaming geysers and intricate Maori wood carvings. Tour – Rotorua Hangi dinner & concert This Twilight Cultural Tour offers transport to and from a Marae by coach. Tonight is a spiritual experience you will never forget with Marae protocol, entertainment, Maori culture and feasting. En route to the Marae, the guide explains the protocol to take place. The group on board is prepared for the wero (challenge) and welcome to the Marae. Upon entering the exquisitely carved meeting house, you will hongi (greet – pressing of noses) with your host. The tradition means you are a friend and may consider yourself one of the family. Now sit back and enjoy the culture of the Maori people. See the fierce Haka (war dance), twirling of poi balls, stick games and other entertainment. From here we move to the Hangi pit to see the traditional Maori method of food preparation before heading into the dining room for a Hangi (feast). After the feast, you are transferred back to your Rotorua accommodation by coach. (B)

Day 6 Fly Rotorua to Queenstown (Via Christchurch):
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 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. (B)

Day 7 Tour – Milford Sound Tour & 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. (B, L)

Day 8 Tour – Dart River Jetboating:
Transfer from Queenstown by coach to Glenorchy and the mouth of the Dart River. Here we board the 18 foot specially prepared jet boat and thread our way through a maze of channels between river flats in only inches of water. Snow capped mountains surround you as you view the World Heritage Grandeur, and waterfalls cascade into the lush bush clad valleys – a magical, untouched place. Your driver/guide shares his knowledge and explains all about the area, then pulls into a bank so that you may explore the area by foot. This optional 30-45 minute guided walk takes you into the native forests at an area called Paradise in the spectacular Rees Valley. You will then be collected by the 4 x 4 coach to take you back to Glenorchy, before transferring back to Queenstown. Trip duration is 6 hours. Your tour today will include a souvenir picture pack, which is a mini album from your day. (B)

Day 9 Tour –  Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt. Cook coach tour:
Join a guided tour on 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 en route. Christchurch is the South Island’s largest city, beautifully encapsulates the best of what New Zealand has to offer. This is a vibrant city of exciting festivals, art galleries, theaters and great shopping. Award-winning attractions are available within the city and the surrounding countryside. Find out what variety really means; explore our unspoiled corner of the globe, where wilderness, adventure and sophisticated urban living can be found in perfect balance. (B)

Day 10 Fly Christchurch to Cairns (Via Sydney):
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival, you will be met and 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. (B)

Day 11 Tour – Great Barrier Reef Snorkel cruise:
This morning, transfer to Cairns wharf and board the ‘Ocean Spirit’, a luxury 105ft sailing vessel – the largest of her kind in the world. Sail to Michaelmas Cay, known as the Isle of the Birds, a year round home to thousands of sea birds of some 14 different species. Its spectacular coral reef which thrives in the ideal conditions of clear, shallow, sunlit water is home to a variety of marine life including giant clams and brilliant fish. Because Michaelmas Cay is a National Park the fish are so tame you can feed them from the beach and birds know they are safe to wander among you with their chicks. Lunch is a buffet of seafood, hot and cold meats, roasted potatoes, salads and tropical fruit, freshly prepared in the spacious galley. We spend four hours at the reef with time for a variety of activities. You may wish to do a guided snorkeling tour with a graduate marine biologist, scuba dive with a qualified instructor (extra cost), or just laze on the beach. Enjoy a leisurely sail back to Cairns and afternoon tea, arriving back at the wharf around 4.30pm. (B, L)

Day 12 At leisure, Cairns:
Cairns is the gateway to Tropical Far North Queensland, a region of contrasts and surprises. It is home to the Great Barrier Reef, palm-fringed isolated beaches, Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands, World Heritage listed rainforests and the sun burnt outback. 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. (B)

Day 13 Fly Ayers Rock Tour & Uluru BBQ Dinner
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 Travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. Walk the trail through Walpa Gorge following the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. In the late afternoon travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine. This tour also includes an Uluru BBQ Dinner. Travel to our exclusive venue to enjoy a barbecue dinner including steak, sausages, kangaroo meat, salads and bread with sparkling wine. There is time for stargazing too (weather permitting). Desert Gardens Hotel (B, D) Optional ($): Sounds of Silence dinner  or Camel to Sunset Tour

Day 14 Fly Ayers Rock to Sydney:
This morning as you tour around the base of the Rock, the background of this sacred symbol of the Aborigines will be fully explained. By air you will travel to your next destination  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. (B)

Day 15 Tour – Sydney city tour with Luncheon cruise:
You will see Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay before crossing the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Stop at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and famous City Skyline. Enjoy views from Seaforth Lookout over Middle Head and Pearl Bay Marinas. Stop for morning tea (at your own expense) at the seaside township of Manly and take a walk along the Corso and see the beach that has made Manly famous. Have lunch whilst cruising on the harbour as the afternoon you get to know the bustling city of Sydney. Walk along the beautiful sands of the world-renowned Bondi Beach; see cosmopolitan Kings Cross, exclusive Double Bay and Vaucluse as well as trendy Paddington with its beautiful lace fronted Victorian Terraces. The tour will also take in Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair – one of Sydney’s most visited and photographed views, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, St. Mary’s Cathedral, AMP Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour and much more. Return to Circular Quay or request a hotel drop off. (B, L)

Day 16 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. (B)

Day 17 Fly Sydney to USA (Via Auckland):
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)