This Australia & New Zealand Tour travels to all the ‘must-see’ sights such as: Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Christchurch, Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Cairns and Sydney.  This tour can be modified too suit your specific travel needs.

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INCLUDED FEATURES:

* Flights from LAX to Australia & New Zealand and throughout
* Meals: Breakfast daily, 4 Lunches & 2 Dinners
* Round trip airport transfers
* 1 night Auckland
* Auckland to Rotorua with Waitomo Caves Tour
* 2 nights Rotorua
* Rotorua half day city tour
* Rotorua Hangi Dinner & Concert
* 3 nights Queenstown
* Milford Sound Tour with cruise
* Coach tour from Queenstown to Christchurch
* 2 nights Christchurchurch
* 3 nights Melbourne
* Phillip Island Little Penguin tour
* 1 night Ayers Rock
* Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) & Dunes tour
* Sounds of Silence dinner
* 3 nights Cairns
* Great Barrier Reef day cruise
* 3 nights Sydney
* Blue Mountains Tour

BOOKING DETAILS:

PRICES: From USD$8320 per person with Standard 3-star hotels. Based on double occupancy.
DEPARTURE 2017:
Departs Daily
HOTELS:
Choose from Standard, First Class & Deluxe properties.
LOWER COST: To lower your overall vacation cost may I suggest a self-drive through New Zealand. Driving is on the left side of the road though no special license is required.

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: (1-night)
On arrival into Auckland, 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 coach tour: (2-nights)
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, L)

Day 5 Tour – Rotorua half day city 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. (B, D)

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): (3-nights)
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:
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. Arrive back at the wharf around 1.45pm and re-board the coach for the return ride to Queenstown – arriving around 7pm. ( B, L)

Day 8 Free Day in Queenstown:
Enjoy the most scenic of New Zealand’s cities – Queenstown. You will have a quaint walkable city center which you can discover on your own. Optional sightseeing excursions you can choose from: Lord of the Rings Tour, Queenstown Winery Tour, Bungy Jumping, Paddleboat cruise and more. (B)

Day 09 Queenstown to Christchurch coach tour: (2-nights)
Join a coach 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. Service departs 7.30am from most hotels, arriving Christchurch 6.00pm. 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, L)

Day 10 Akaroa Tour with Wildlife cruise:
Akaroa is Christchurch’s most loved day tour destination.  Join us for a scenic tour of Banks Peninsula, including Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours, and the historical seaside village of Akaroa.  Leaving central Christchurch, we travel the scenic route to Akaroa, over the Port Hills, via Sign of the Kiwi, Governors Bay, through Gebbies Pass, alongside Lake Forsyth, through Little River, and along the Akaroa summit road. Once in Akaroa you will board a Akaroa Harbour cruise to view the majestic scenery and wildlife. Packed with highlights the cruise should feature sightings of the rare, native dolphin – the Hector’s Dolphin, as well as seals, penguins and other birdlife. (B)

Alternative excursion: Alpine Safari with TranzAlpine Train, 4WD & Jetboating. (Extra cost $$)
This full-day sightseeing tour will appeal to adventure seekers! Experience the ultimate alpine experience with a scenic coach trip, adrenaline-charged jet boat ride, off-road exploration and a spectacular train journey to top it all off. Leaving Christchurch, travel by coach through the Canterbury Plains to the Waimakariri Gorge. Experience the thrill of a 45-minute jet boat ride along the crystal clear ‘Waimak’ River. Your experienced guide will navigate through shallow waters and rapids and get your heart racing with 360° spins. Next, take a rugged four wheel drive journey across Mt Torlesse Station, a working sheep and cattle farm at the foot of the Southern Alps. Get an insight into faming in New Zealand as you traverse back country terrain amid stunning scenery.
Enjoy a delicious lunch in a countryside café before continuing through the Canterbury high country, stopping at glacier-fed Lake Pearson and passing by locations made famous in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and The Lord of the Rings films. At Arthur’s Pass, high in the Southern Alps, board the TranzAlpine train, then sit back and relax on one of the world’s top six rail journeys for a stunningly scenic ride back to Christchurch.

Day 11 Fly Christchurch to Melbourne: (3-nights)
You will be transferred to the airport by shared shuttle for your flight to Melbourne, Australia. On arrival into Melbourne you will need to clear customs and make your way through the main arrivals hall from where you will either catch a taxi into the city or be transferred to your accommodation. At first glance, Melbourne may resemble any other modern city with its skyline full of concrete & glass. However, if you look a little closer, you’ll find the real Melbourne, a city of unique charm. There are the clanging trams (street cars), swanky boutiques, friendly taxi drivers, Australian Rules Football, fickle weather and ‘BYO’s’, by the hundred (restaurants to which you bring your own liquor or wine). Add to this, Melbourne’s traditional virtues of tree lined boulevards, glorious parks, elegant buildings & imposing Victorian Banks & Churches, and of course the giant Melbourne Cricket Ground and you’ll have some idea of the city. Melbourne has become a polyglot society with a huge diversity of cultures, Italian, Greek, East European, Middle Eastern & Asian. This diversity is reflected in the food styles, the lifestyle, & even the language spoken in the street. (B)

Day 12 Tour – Melbourne Sightseeing tour with Penguin Parade:
See the best of Melbourne and its surrounding highlights on this super saver. After a 3-hour city sightseeing tour incorporating top Melbourne attractions like Queen Victoria Market, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Lygon Street and Melbourne’s best arcades and laneways; head to Phillip Island to admire its abundance of Australian wildlife. Explore Phillip Island Nature Park and then finish your day on a high note at the Penguin Parade. With access to the privileged Penguins Plus viewing area, your tour ensures unbeatable views of the world’s smallest penguins as they waddle in from the sea!. (B)

Day 13 Day at Lesiure:
Melbourne is considered Australia’s cultural, shopping and cusine capitol. Its a terrific city to see on foot or take the charming street trams around the city or to St. Kilda – the lovely waterfront district. Visit Queen’s market for some terrific shopping. (B)

Day 14 Fly Melbourne to Uluru (Ayers Rock): (1-night)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the heart of Australia’s outback – Uluru.Ayers Rock  (B, D)

Tour – Kata Tjuta and Dunes:
Leaving from your hotel, your guide will explain the nature of the desert and its development. A short walk to the dune lookout puts one in touch with the environment and lets you delight in the spectacular panoramic view of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – a very sacred place to the Aboriginal people. Arriving at Walpa (Olga) Gorge, walk into this mystic place, to hear how it has evolved over millions of years. The scale of the walls and the wind far above, add a sense of mystery here. The sky deepens and the great domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas) flush red as the tour retires to the sunset viewing area to celebrate the fantastic color changes wrought by sunset with complimentary champagne. Sit back and absorb the desert solitude or relax and chat to your guide about Australia’s red centre. The spectacle fades as you return to Yulara beneath a sky of brilliant stars. (B)

Sounds of Silence Dinner:
Tonight is an outback dining experience to remember, with Desert Oaks framing the view, the sounds of the didgeridoo, the taste of outback cuisine, the ‘sounds of silence’ and the Milky Way.Depart from your hotel around 45 minutes prior to sunset (reconfirm tour with your hotel for accurate time). Journey into the desert and see the brilliant outback sunset over Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s). Enjoy a three course meal prepared before we dim the lanterns and listen to the sounds of the great outback. Look up to see the brilliant southern skies, the Milky Way gleaming amongst stars and constellations. Group size is limited to a maximum of 50 in order to preserve the fragile outdoor sites. Excursion includes transfers, pre-dinner drinks (local beer, wine & soft drinks), canapés, BBQ Buffet, Dessert, tea, coffee & port. (D)

Day 15 Fly Ayers Rock to Cairns: (3-nights)
Make your way to the airport for your flight north to Cairns. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. 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 bungy jumping, as well as other activities such as golf and trail riding. (B)

Day 16 Tour – Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise:
For your experience of a lifetime, discover a world of beauty, vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life when you cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver – Australia’s most awarded reef cruise.Quicksilver’s high speed wavepiercing catamaran will take you in airconditioned comfort to an exclusive activity platform moored at the renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The Agincourt ribbon reef systems provide unsurpassed coral formations, colourful marine life and spectacular underwater visibility. From the spacious activity platform guests of all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers alike, can experience this stunning reef world in comfort, whether you choose to get wet and snorkel or stay dry and observe. Friendly and attentive crew, including professional marine biologists, are on hand to ensure you enjoy and gain the most from your day. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible (cruise as many times as you like!), discover in the underwater observatory, watch the fascinating fish feeding presentation or snorkel and dive in the beautiful coral gardens. Exciting optional activities include introductory diving, certified diving, Oceanwalker hemet diving or an adventure snorkel tour with a marine biologist. Scenic helicopter flights provide another perspective. (B, L)

Day 17 At Leisure, Cairns:
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. (B)

Day 18 Fly Cairns to Sydney: (3-nights)
Transfer to Cairns airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival you will be transferred 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 19 Tour – Sydney sightseeing tour with Sydney Harbour luncheon cruise:
Take on a Sydney Sights tour. 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.  (B, L)

Day 20 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 – Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Centrepoint Tower, Circular Quay, The Rocks etc. (B)

Day 21 Fly Sydney to USA:
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the USA. (B)