14-Day Australia & South New Zealand Tour
14-Day Australia & South New Zealand Tour visits Queenstown, Christchurch, Sydney & Cairns. For a less expensive trip option you may want to consider doing a self-drive in New Zealand (no special license required)
* International flights from LAX
* 3 nights in Queenstown
* 2 nights in Christchurch
* Milford Sound coach tour & cruise
* Akaroa Day tour with dolphin cruise
* 3 nights in Cairns
* Great Barrier Reef snorkel cruise
* 3 nights in Sydney
* Sydney City tour & Harbour cruise
* 3 lunches
Day 1 Fly USA from Lax to Queenstown, New Zealand flight
Day 2 You cross the International Date Line, arriving on Day 03: Travel to Australia & New Zealand
Day 3 Arrive Queenstown: (3-nights)
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier alpine resort Town sitting on a gorgeous Lake Wakatipu bordered by the Remarkables Mtns, Cecil Peak & Walter’s Peak. Rich in recreational activities and breathtaking natural beauty – it’s easily the most scenic city in New Zealand. Here is where you can do: hike, jetboat, bungy jumping, wineries, ski in the winter and more. It’s a terrific region to start your Downunder vacation. (B). Stay at the Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar.
Day 4 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 $).
Day 6 Queenstown to Christchurch coach tour (Via Mount Cook): (1-night)
Experience an exceptional journey from Queenstown to Mount Cook via the Lindis Pass and then down the Southern Alps to the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch. Mt. Cook is the higher peak in New Zealand from here you can take a helicopter to the Tasman glacier ($). Christchurch, the city of parks and gardens, trees and beauty, is also buzzing with street life and is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Christchurch is said to be the most English city outside England. You can sedately cruise the Avon River by punt, on its meandering course through town, or take a dinner tram car around the city center. From here you can visit Akaroa (90 min away), where you’ll see the smallest dolphin in the world – Hector dolpins. (B, L)
Day 7 Akaroa Day tour with Dolphin cruise
Discover volcanic landscapes and breathtaking scenery on New Zealand’s South Island on this Akaroa day trip from Christchurch. Take in top attractions including Governor’s Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth with your guide. Ascend the Banks Peninsula for beautiful views over Akaroa Harbour and the volcanic crater. Then, sample locally made cheeses and admire colonial architecture around Akaroa. Cruise by catamaran into the harbor where diverse marine and bird life thrives, including rare Hector’s dolphins. Upgrade your tour to enjoy a delicious lunch in Akaroa Village.
Optional sightseeing ($): TranzAlpine train. and Arthur’s Pass short hike, Tramway restaurant dinner tour of Christchurch
Day 8 Fly Christchurch to Cairns: (3-nights)
On arrival to Cairns, you will be transferred to your hotel. Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, palm-fringed isolated beaches, Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands, World Heritage and Rainforests. Cairn is a city of lots of activities (Night markets, casinos, restaurants & shops) however it doesn’t have a beach as it sits on lagoon. Staying here is the least expensive options (Breakfast included). (B). Stay at the Cairns Plaza Hotel or similar.
Alternate areas to stay in: Palm Cove, which is a 25 min drive north, and is a small beachside village with no building higher then a palm tree or Port Douglas, a rainforest village with a beach, located 1hr north of Cairns – has easier access to Cape Tribulation/Daintree Rainforest.
Day 9 Great Barrier Reef snorkel cruise with lunch
Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the famous Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reef presentation by a marine naturalist to learn more about the wonders of the reef and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from a semi-submersible glass bottom boat. Go snorkeling to view this natural living wonder up-close – snorkel equipment will be provided. You can choose an optional helicopter flight over the reef ($). Snorkel equipment provided. (L)
Day 10 At leisure, Cairns:
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 which can be taken.
Optional sightseeing ($): Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Railway (with Tjapukai cultural Park OR Hartley’s Crocodile Wildlife Park) Cape Tribulation/Daintree Rainforest tour and more!
Day 11 Fly Cairns 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 most famous city with one of the world’s most beautiful harbour. 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. 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. It has two vibrant areas which can emcompass a great 1/2 day walk – Circular Quay (Opera House) to Darling Harbour. This is the best city for foodie’s and shopping you’ll find in Australia. Stay at the Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard or similar. (Upgrade to Sydney Harbour view hotel $$$)
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 Sydney Harbour. Tour through the historic buildings of the Rocks area, Australia’s British birthplace, See the famous Opera House (Tour of inside is additional $20) and the Conservatory of Music, View Hyde Park and Notre Dame inspired St Mary’s Cathedral, See Parliament House, the Art Gallery and the parklands of the Domain, See Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Tower and the exciting Darling Harbour along with views from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. (L)
Day 13 At leisure, Sydney:
At your leisure to explore Sydney. Most of the major attractions of the city are within easy walking distance of your accommodation – Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Centrepoint Tower, Circular Quay, The Rocks etc. This city is a great place to do all of your shopping as well.
Optional sightseeing ($): Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Harbour dinner cruise, Hunter Valley winery tours, Taronga Zoo and more!
Day 14 Fly Sydney to USA:
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight home. Return to the USA on Day 14
Prices: Pricing on request with up-to-date flight details
2019 Departures: Departs Daily.
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 hand side and no special license is required for US travelers.