Destinations Covered: Australia with New Zealand
Duration: 21 Days / 20 Nights
Day 01 : Sydney
Arrive Sydney, transfers to your Hotel. In the evening, enjoy the Show boat dinner cruise. Overnight in Sydney.
Day 02 : Sydney
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for half day Sydney city tour. HIGHLIGHTS: Spectacular Darling Harbour, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Chinatown, Sydney Aquarium and the Monorail, Sydney Opera House, The Rock's - Sydney's birthplace, Conservatorium of Music, Parliament House, Hyde Park, St James Cathedral, St Marys Cathedral, Art Gallery and the Domain, Visit Mrs Macquaries Chair - superb views of the harbour and city skyline, Royal Australian Naval Base of Garden Island, Kings Cross - Sydney's 'hot spot', Exclusive Double Bay and Vaucluse, The Gap - stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Heads, Visit Bondi Beach - Australia's most famous surf beach, Historic and trendy Paddington, Sydney Tower, Sydney Town Hall. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Sydney
Breakfast at hotel. The day is free at leisure or you can travel over Sydney Harbour Bridge for a full circle tour of the Blue Mountains. Sheer escarpments, rugged bushland and awe-inspiring views from mountain lookouts. Ride the Scenic Railway, Scenic Cableway and Skyway Cable Car (own expense) and see the Three Sisters rock formation. Visit an Australian Wildlife Park, meet unique Australian animals and perhaps have your photo taken with a cuddly Koala! Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Sydney – On to Goldcoast
After Breakfast, Check out form the Hotel & you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Brisbane, Arrival Brisbane, meet & greet at the airport. You will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Goldcoast. Arrival Goldcoast, Day at leisure to enjoy Gold Coast and its beautiful beaches. You can do some amazing shopping at Pacific Fair or gamble at the Conrad Jupiters. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Gold Coast
Breakfast at hotel. Full day visit to Seaworld. Make contact with marine life wonders like dolphins, seals, sharks and polar bears at Australia's SEA WORLD. Visit the amazing Shark Bay, the world's largest man-made lagoon system, where you can come face-to-face with the most feared species of sharks in the world! Check out the new 4D animated presentation 'Planet SOS' and experience the plight of our fragile planet and its changing environments. Visit Polar Bear Shores, watch the 1960's themed 'Waterski Wipeout' show, visit Cartoon Network Cartoon Beach, enjoy the rides and attractions at Sesame Street Beach, where you can watch Bert & Ernie's live stage show, featuring a full cast of characters singing and dancing up a storm. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Gold Coast
Breakfast at hotel. Full day visit to Movieworld. Experience the magic and excitement of a world where EVERYONE'S A STAR - Warner Bros. Movie World! Experience an exhilarating ride like no other on the planet with the Superman Escape - an unprecedented thrill rollercoaster where you travel 100km/h in just two seconds! Take adventure to the next dimension in the DreamWorks® Shrek 4D Adventure™- the attraction that puts you in the action with hair-raising, eye-popping, and butt-busting effects so real all your senses will be on ogre-time. Experience the other heart thumping thrill rides like Lethal Weapon and Wild West Falls, the spine-tingling Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, all the fun of Looney Tunes Village, and the spectacular Main Street Star Parade. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Gold Coast
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to Paradise country farm. Admission includes the following: Stockmen & Sheep Dog Show - Watch as our stockmen and their dogs round up a flock of sheep. It's here you'll be shown how to throw a boomerang, milk a cow and see how to crack a stockmen's whip Sheep Shearing Show & Ram Parade - Join in the fun as you watch the skills of the master shearers in the Sheep Shearing Show and Ram Parade. Billy Tea and Stock Horse Arena - Relax around the campfire and enjoy a traditional Billy Tea and damper made by a local stockman whilst you experience the action of the outback as our skilled horsemen perform whip-cracking and riding demonstrations Kangaroo & Koala Sanctuary - Spend some time in the kangaroo and koala sanctuary where you can spot koalas as they snooze, feed the kangaroos and enjoy these charming marsupials in their natural setting. Overnight in Gold Coast.
Day 08: Brisbane - Melbourne
This morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel & transfers to the airport for your flight to Melbourne. Arrival at Melbourne airport and transfer to your pre booked hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 09 : Melbourne
Breakfast at hotel. Then proceed for city sightseeing to explore city of Melbourne. Melbourne has compelling appeal in its gardens, its history, its character and its charm. Highlights of the city tour include the Italian Quarter, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Botanic Gardens, where you may enjoy a Devonshire Tea, Fitzroy Gardens, Captain Cook’s Cottage and spectacular city views from Westgate Bridge. The rest of the day is free at leisure. After the city tour, proceed for Eureka skydeck88 tour in which you get an opportunity to see Melbourne from a very different perspective and view the city from the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Melbourne
Breakfast at hotel. The morning is free at leisure. In the evening get ready for a trip to Phillip Island. On Phillip Island visit the Koala Conversation Centre and view the fur seal and mutton bird colonies. Dinner (own expse) in Cowes then on to watch the penguins waddle ashore and make their way to their burrows in the sand dunes. Arrive in Melbourne approx 4 hours after sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Melbourne– Auckland Kia Ora Welcome to New Zealand
Breakfast at hotel. Check out & transfers to the airport for your onward trip to New Zealand. Welcome to New Zealand. Once you have cleared Customs & Immigration, receive your tour documents and be transferred to your accommodation. At your leisure, visit Auckland’s Sky Tower. Nothing compares to the 360 degrees views of Auckland City that you will get from the viewing platform once you have ridden up the SkyTower lift. For added excitement those who dare can stand on the glass floor panels and see the view down to street level. Overnight in Auckland.
Day 12: Auckland City Tour incl Kelly Tarlton’s
Today following breakfast, this morning's tour takes you to the University, Auckland Harbour Bridge to North Shore for wide views of harbour and yacht marina, Mt Eden where you travel to the summit of this dormant volcano for wide views of the city, Paritai Drive Auckland's most expensive residential street with fantastic views of the Waitemata Harbour and finally Tamaki Water Front drive via Mission Bay. Visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Under Water World, Auckland's most visited attraction. Walk through the life size reconstruction of Captain Scott's Antarctic Hut as it was in 1911. Then it's back to the present to board the Snow Cat vehicle for ride into the special Antarctic enclosure where you will see live King and Gentoo Penguins. Come face to face with giant stingrays, moray eels, thousands of different fish species and 'the sharks'. All these creatures are only centimetres away in the unique underwater tunnel. Overnight in Auckland
Day 13: Auckland to Rotorua incl Waitomo Caves Tour
This morning, enjoy and early cooked breakfast before being collected from your hotel to travel through the horticultural farmland and into the lush dairy farm areas to Waitomo. Today’s highlight will be your guided tour through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves which have spectacular limestone formations and the roof is studded with the lights of thousands of tiny Glowworms. After your cave experience continue past Lake Karapiro and picturesque Fitzgerald Glade to arrive in Rotorua. Overnight in Rotorua.
Day 14: Rotorua’s Grand Experiences
Today after enjoying your breakfast, board your coach from your hotel entrance to enjoy 3 of Rotorua’s best sightseeing attractions.
Agrodome Sheep Show
During the show the audience will see nineteen sheep breeds introduced onto the stage, the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feed lambs and an exciting sheep auction.
Tour Te Puia & Maori Arts & Crafts Institute
The Te Puia Thermal Reserve is renowned for the famous Pohutu Geyser which erupts 10 to 25 times each day to heights of 16 to 20 metres. The reserve is also filled with boiling mud pools generated by the extreme thinness of the earth's crust in the area. Follow your reserve experience with entry to the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute which is preserving the remarkable heritage of our Maori people.
Step inside Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a refreshing natural New Zealand experience. A place that soothes your senses. Here is a combination of natural elements working together - The quiet majesty of the native bush, ferns, trees and plants that defines Rainbow Springs Nature Park as uniquely New Zealand. Overnight in Rotorua Hotel
Day 15: Rotorua - Christchurch
Enjoy your cooked breakfast this morning, before being collected from your hotel and transferred to Rotorua Airport to catch your onward flight to Christchurch. Upon arriving at Christchurch airport today, you will be met by a transfer driver waiting for you in the arrivals area. He will greet you and welcome you to New Zealand, hand over your tour documents and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Christchurch.
Day 16: Christchurch to Glaciers inc Tranz Alpine Train
After an early breakfast this morning, be delivered to the Christchurch railway station, where you will board the Tranz Alpine Train. The award winning Tranz Alpine train is rated as one of the top six scenic train journeys in the world. The train crosses the huge and fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, winds its way over massive viaducts, through spectacular river gorges and the stunning Waimakariri River valley. The highest point is 737 metres at the alpine village at Arthur's Pass. From Arthur's Pass to Greymouth the scenery is lush beech forest and tranquil Lake Brunner. After disembarking the train, board the waiting coach to the Glaciers. This afternoon begin your journey down the West Coast following lush, temperate rainforest sandwiched between the highest mountains of the Southern Alps and the rolling waves of the Tasman Sea. The village at Franz Josef Glacier is five kilometres from the face of Franz Josef Glacier itself. Continue another 30 minutes to get to the small Alpine Village of Fox Glacier. Overnight in Glaciers Optional Activity: Helicopter flight with Snow Landing
Day 17: Glacier Region to Queenstown
After breakfast today, we continue the journey down the West Coast into South Westland which is the least populated part of New Zealand. At Fox Glacier you will once again have the opportunity to see the impressive glacier through the coach windows. On a clear day you will also be rewarded with magnificent views of Mount Cook in the background of Fox Glacier. As you near Haast the landscape changes and once you have gone over the Heritage Haast Pass which is the highest road pass through the Southern Alps you emerge into a different landscape of Central Otago with it's sparkling lakes and the surrounding Mount Aspiring National Park. Then it's down the Kawarau River Gorge into Queenstown which is New Zealand's adventure capital. Overnight in Queenstown.
Day 18: Day Tour to Milford Sound & Fiordland inc Cruise
Today after breakfast, depart Queenstown and travel alongside Lake Wakatipu, through Kingston, Garston and Mossburn before arriving Te Anau. From Te Anau, follow the shores of Lake Te Anau before entering Fiordland National Park which covers 1.2 million hectares. Board the catamaran and embark on a 1.5 hour cruise out to the Tasman Sea and back with superb views or towering peaks, close ups of the cool mists of tall waterfalls, as well as southern fur seals and the spectacular Mitre Peak. Returning to Milford Wharf where you reboard your coach for your return journey to Queenstown arriving around 7.30pm. Overnight in Queenstown.
Day 19: Free Day in Queenstown
After your breakfast today, you have the opportunity to enjoy many of the fun adventure activities or sightseeing trips available in Queenstown. Some of these optional ideas include
- Kawarau Jet-Boat Ride
- Shotover Jet-boat Ride
- Dart River Jet Safari
- 4WD Lord of the Rings Tour
- Tandem Sky-Dive
- Queenstown Highlights Tour
- Earnslaw Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Farm Tour
- Half Day Wine Tour incl Platter Lunch
Day 20: Queenstown / Mt Cook Village / Christchurch
Enjoy your breakfast this morning, before boarding the coach to Christchurch. The Mount Cook Wander begins from Queenstown with a short trip up the Kawarau River Gorge into Lindis Pass and over the MacKenzie Basin to Mount Cook National Park. During your stop at Mount Cook there is an opportunity for an optional scenic flight or lunch at The Hermitage. Leaving Mount Cook, return to Lake Pukaki following the shores to meet up with the main highway. Continuing your journey to Lake Tekapo you stop briefly to view the "Church of the Good Shepherd" and the bronze "Collie Dog" statue signifying the rural history of the area. From here you drive through the Canterbury Plains the largest area of flat land in New Zealand. Overnight in Christchurch. Optional Activities : 40 Minute Ski-plane flight with Snow Landing or Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Day 21: Arrangements End / Depart Christchurch
After your final breakfast of the tour, you can choose to do an optional activity today before your tour concludes at Christchurch Airport. Farewell New Zealand! Optional Activities : Dawn Hot Air Balloon Flight OR City Tour inc Entry to International Antarctic Centre.