Discover Australia & New Zealand
22 Days

ITINERARY

Discover Australia & New Zealand / 22-days 22 Days: Melbourne, Ayers Rock Resort, Cairns, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Queenstown

Day 1: Arrive Melbourne

On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner. (D) Overnight Crowne Plaza Hotel, Melbourne, 3 nights


Day 2: Melbourne – City Sights

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. Afternoon at leisure (B)


Day 3: Melbourne – At Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure in cosmopolitan Melbourne. You may like to join an optional tour to the wineries in the Yarra Valley or tour along the famous Great Ocean Road to see the stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles. (B)


Day 4: Melbourne / Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Fly to Ayers Rock this morning (required flight, quoted separately). Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine while watching sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock). (B) Overnight Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.


Day 5: Uluru (Ayers Rock)& Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Witness the magical Uluru sunrise, then tour the caves at the base of Uluru and see ancient rock art. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and take a walk through some of the tallest domes of this majestic rock formation. (B)


Day 6: Uluru (Ayers Rock) / Cairns

Depart the resort in total darkness for the short drive to Bruce Munro’s renowned Field of Light. Later, join an Indigenous artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Later you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns (required flight, quoted separately). Arrive and transfer to your hotel. (B)

Overnight Hilton Hotel Cairns, 3 nights


Day 7: Cairns – At Leisure

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cairns. You may like to join an optional tour to Kuranda. Board the train for a historic journey through the scenic countryside behind Cairns. Return by the Skyrail Cableway that takes you above the canopy of the tropical rainforest. (B)


Day 8: Cairns – Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime when you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided), or view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. Dine tonight at a restaurant on the waterfront. (B, L, D)


Day 9: Cairns / Sydney

Transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney (required flight, quoted separately). Arrive and transfer to your hotel. (B) Overnight Intercontinental Hotel Sydney, 4 nights


Day 10: Sydney – Opera House, Bondi Beach & Harbour Cruise

Enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a local guide before putting your feet in the sand at legendary Bondi Beach. Enjoy lunch on one of Sydney Harbour’s most prestigious cruise vessels, and spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure. (B, L)


Day 11: Sydney – At Leisure

Today is yours for further exploration of Sydney. (B)


Day 12: Sydney – At Leisure

Today is yours for further exploration of Sydney. And then celebrate your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director at a waterfront restaurant. (B, D)


Day 13: Sydney / Auckland

You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Auckland (required flight, quoted separately). On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions. (B, D) Overnight The Grand by Sky City, Auckland, 2 nights


Day 14: Auckland – City Sights

A morning city sightseeing tour is followed by free time to relax or explore Auckland. Afternoon at leisure. (B)


Day 15: Auckland / Rotorua


Discover native flora and fauna at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.  This evening enjoy a traditional Hangi Dinner and cultural performance at the Te Pa Tu Maori Experience. (B, D) Overnight Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 1 night.


Day 16: Rotorua / Hobbiton / Auckland / Queenstown

Morning breakfast at Hobbiton, experiencing the iconic rolling hills and green pastures of the Hobbiton Movie set. We then travel to Auckland to board our flight to Queenstown (required flight, quoted separately) Arrive and transfer to our hotel. (B) Overnight Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights


Day 17: Queenstown – Milford Sound

Drive through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Cruise among sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest before you return to Queenstown in the late afternoon. (B, L)


Day 18: Queenstown – At Leisure

A full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. You could take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. Join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at The Boatshed, with its views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. (B, D)


Day 19: Queenstown / Lake Tekapo

Travel through Central Otago to the Mackenzie region with time along the way to stop in Arrowtown then Cromwell, situated next to the pristine Lake Dunstan and taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. Continue over the dramatic Lindis Pass before reaching the Starlight Highway and Tekapo’s world renowned UNESCO Aoraki McKenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. This afternoon enjoys the views of Mt Cook before heading to the iconic Church of the Good Shephard. This evening, see amazing constellations that can only be seen in the southern hemisphere. (B, D)
Overnight Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo, 1 night.


Day 20: Lake Tekapo / Christchurch

Enjoy a relaxed start before heading north though Southern Canterbury, visiting a farm for lunch, then continue to hristchurch. (B) Overnight Distinction Christchurch Hotel, 2 nights


Day 21: Christchurch

Morning city tour and see how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Spend the last evening with your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. (B, D)


Day 22: Depart Christchurch

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

Discover Australia & New Zealand - 22 days/21 nights
2024 Land Package Pricing
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 14 - Feb 4 CAD 13,905 CAD 19,815
Jan 28 - Feb 18 CAD 13,905 CAD 19,815
Mar 3 - Mar 24 CAD 13,905 CAD 19,815
Mar 24 - Apr 14 CAD 13,905 CAD 19,815
Apr 7 - Apr 28 CAD 15,970 CAD 21,030
Jun 23 - Jul 14 CAD 15,970 CAD 21,030
Aug 25 - Sep 15 CAD 15,970 CAD 21,030
Sep 8 - Sep 29 CAD 15,970 CAD 21,030
Sep 22 - Oct 13 CAD 15,970 CAD 21,030
Oct 6 - Oct 27 CAD 16,345 CAD 21,530
Oct 27 - Nov 17 CAD 16,345 CAD 21,530
Nov 2 - Nov 24 CAD 16,345 CAD 21,530
Nov 10 - Dec 1 CAD 16,345 CAD 21,530
Nov 17 - Dec 8 CAD 16,345 CAD 21,530
Nov 24 - Dec 15 CAD 16,345 CAD 21,530
Dec 8 - Dec 29 CAD 16,345 CAD 21,530
PLUS DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: CAD 3,955 per person, subject to change
2025 Land Package Pricing
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 5 - Jan 26 CAD 16,620 CAD 21,870
Jan 12 - Feb 2 CAD 16,620 CAD 21,870
Jan 26 - Feb 16 CAD 16,620 CAD 21,870
Feb 2 - Feb 23 CAD 16,620 CAD 21,870
Feb 9 - Mar 2 CAD 16,620 CAD 21,870
Feb 16 - Mar 9 CAD 16,620 CAD 21,870
Mar 2 - Mar 23 CAD 16,620 CAD 21,870
Mar 9 - Mar 30 CAD 16,620 CAD 21,870
Mar 23 - Apr 13 CAD 16,620 CAD 21,870
PLUS DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: CAD 3,955 per person, subject to change
Accommodations:
Melbourne Crown Plaza Hotel Melbourne
Ayers Rock Desert Gardens
Cairns Hilton Hotel Cairns
Sydney Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
Auckland The Grand by SkyCity
Rotorua Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Queenstown Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Lake Tekapo Peppers Bluewater Resort
Christchurch Distinction Christchurch Hotel

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

  • Transportation: Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Professionally Escorted: Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Accommodation: Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels
  • Dining Inclusions: Full Buffet Breakfasts (20) B / Lunches (4) L / Dinners (8) D

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