24-Day Australia New Zealand Highlights Tour

Discover the must-see sights of Australia and New Zealand on this Premium class fully escorted tour. Enjoy spectacular sightseeing experiences such as cruising the Great Barrier Reef, the Famous TranzAlpine Train and Milford Sound Cruise.

New Zealand Waitomo Glowworm CavesMelbourne Southbank view photo


* International flights from Los Angeles
* Domestic Australia New Zealand Flights
* 21-nights in Premium class hotels
* 21 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 5 dinners
* Luxury coach with panoramic windows
* Airport transfers throughout


Day 1& 2: Depart USA for Australia

Day 3: Arrive Melbourne
On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director and traveling companions. FT. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, 3 nights.

Day 4: Melbourne City Sight Tour
Discover Melbourne’s eclectic little laneways, arcades and café society on your Local Speciality private walking tour. (B)

Day 5: Melbourne ‘Free Time’
Enjoy a day at leisure in cosmopolitan Melbourne. You may like to join an optional tour to the Yarra Valley or tour along the famous Great Ocean Road. (B)

Day 6: Melbourne – Alice Springs
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you’ll hear from a Local Expert how this marvellous facility operates to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. Next stop is the School of the Air followed by the Telegraph Station. This evening join us on a discovery tour at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle the have established.Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs. (B D)

Day 7: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Travel through rugged outback scenery to Ayers Rock Resort, your Authentic Accommodation. This evening enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine while watching the spectacular sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock).. Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. (B)

Day 8: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
View sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock). Tour the caves at its base, hear stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime and gain a Unique Insight into local Aboriginal culture. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Walk through Walpa Gorge and later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with complimentary wine and nibbles. (B)

Day 9: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Cairns
Join a local Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art, a Local Speciality. Your Anangu artist will provide you with an introduction to their culture. You’ll be assisted to complete your own painting, which you can take home as a memento of your experience. You’ll then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairns. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. (B)

Day 10: Great Barrier Reef
Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the coral and fish from a semi-submersible craft and snorkel along the reef. Enjoy a reef education presentation on this living wonder and a delicious buffet lunch. (B L)

Day 11: Cairns ‘Free Time’
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cairns. (B)

Day 12: Cairns – Sydney
Spend time at the Cairns Wildlife Dome where you’ll encounter unique Australian animals. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Take a stroll to the Opera House and watch the world go by as you relax in a cafe along the concourse. Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Sydney. (B)

Day 13: City Sights – Cruise
See stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline on a sightseeing tour, before you join a tour of the Opera House with a Local Expert. Re-board your coach and see the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair and Kings Cross. You’ll travel to Bondi Beach, where you can dip your toes in the cool clear water. Return to the city for a cruise on the glistening harbour. You’ll then have the opportunity to learn about Australia’s national gemstone – the opal. (B L)

Day 14: Sydney ‘Free Time’
Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Spend your last evening in Sydney together along with your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant by the water. (B)

Day 15: Sydney – Auckland
You will be transferred to the airport to board your morning flight to Auckland, New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner at the top of the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Auckland’s Skytower at Orbit, a revolving restaurant with 360 degree views of the city. Hotel: Skycity Grand, Auckland, 2 nights. (B D)

Day 16: Auckland sightseeing + Free time
A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a sightseeing tour. Time at leisure this afternoon to explore Auckland further. (B)

Day 17: Waitomo Caves – Rotorua
Travel into the Waikato region to the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto for a boat tour with a Local Expert. Then continue to Rotorua where you’ll visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and be accompanied by a Local Expert. This evening, enjoy a Be My Guest traditional Maori Hangi dinner with local wine, and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. (B HD)

Day 18: Rotorua – Christchurch
You will be transferred to the airport to fly to Christchurch. On arrival board your coach for a tour to see how the city is slowly being rebuilt as a consequence of the devastating earthquake of February 2011.Hotel: Millennium Hotel,  Christchurch. (B)

Day 19: TranzAlpine – Franz Josef
Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train. At Hokitika visit a local greenstone (jade) factory, a Local Speciality. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier.Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier. (B D)

Day 20: Franz Josef – Queenstown
Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital, a Local Speciality. Next visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in adventure-capital Queenstown. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. (B)

Day 21: Milford Sound
Super highlight day! Discover the stunning scenery of Fiordland. We drive through the Homer Tunnel and stop briefly at the Chasm en route to Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on the waters of this natural wonder, with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you. (B L)

Day 22: Queenstown included choice
Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Thunder Jet on Lake Wakatipu, join a wine tour, play a round of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or explore Queenstown on a Segway. (B)

Day 23: Queenstown to Christchurch
Visit Lake Tekapo, stopping at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Join us at Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm. You are welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in their 600 acre garden. Join your Travel Director this evening in Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. (B D)

Day 24: Depart Christchurch
You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. (B)


PRICES: From USD$10850 per person. Based on double occupancy.
DEPARTURE  2018: Aug 14: Sep 18: For further date, please contact us.
HOTELS: Hotels are listed in the above itinerary.
ROOMMATE SHARE PROGRAM: With the ‘Roommate share’ program, you will be matched with a same sex roommate and pay no single supplement fee. Great for solo travelers who don’t want to pay the single supplement fee.



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