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7 North Island New Zealand
7 South Island New Zealand
7 Both Islands
Discover Australia & New Zealand

21 Days / 20 Nights

Day 1: Arrive Melbourne
On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner onboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant with your Tour Director and travelling companions. (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 / Alice Springs
Fly to Alice Springs this morning (flight cost not included), and visit the School of the Air and the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family for a Be My Guest home-cooked gourmet BBQ dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture. (B, D)
Overnight Mercure Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs, 1 night.

Day 5: Alice Springs / Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Travel though rugged outback scenery to Ayers Rock Resort. 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 6: 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. Enjoy sparkling wine with your travelling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta. (B)

Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) / Cairns
This morning interact with local Aboriginal artists at a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your host will introduce you to Anangu culture and show you how this is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. Later you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns (flight cost not included). Arrive and transfer to your hotel. (B)
Overnight Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights

Day 8: 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 9: 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 10: Cairns / Sydney
Transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney (flight cost not included). Arrive and transfer to your hotel. (B)
Overnight Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, 3 nights.

Day 11: Sydney Sights & 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)

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. (flight cost not included). 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 Stamford Plaza, Auckland, 2 nights

Day 14: Auckland - Sightseeing
A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a city sightseeing tour. (B)

Day 15: Auckland / Rotorua
You're invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. This evening enjoy a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki Family Marae. (B,L, D)
Overnight Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 1 night.

Day 16: Rotorua / Christchurch
Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you'll be able to observe many species of native fauna of New Zealand. You may even spot a kiwi! Visit Te Puia thermal reserve before flying to Christchurch (flight cost not included). (B)
Overnight Distinction Hotel, Christchurch, 1 night.

Day 17: Christchurch / Tranz Alpine Train / Franz Josef
Travel on the TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass. Regarded as one of the world's great train journeys, it passes through fertile farmlands to rugged gorges and ice-fed streams and lakes. At Hokitika visit a greenstone (jade) factory. Take a short walk to view Franz Josef Glacier. (B, D)
Overnight Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Joseph Glacier, 1 night.

Day 18: Franz Josef / Queenstown
Climb over the Haast Pass, winding past lakes and along the Kawarau River and Gorge. Visit historic Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown. (B)
Overnight Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights

Day 19: Queenstown - Milford Sound
Travel over the Devil's Staircase to Te Anau and then through the rainforest of World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, on your way to Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this natural wonder. Return to Queenstown this evening. (B, L)

Day 20: 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 21: Depart Queenstown
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

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  2019                  
                   
  Arrival Depart Dbl Occ Sgl Occ            
  Jan-13 Feb-02 $7,995 $10,895            
  Jan-20 Feb-09 $7,995 $10,895    
  Jan-27 Feb-16 $7,995 $10,895    
  Feb-03 Feb-23 $7,995 $10,895    
  Feb-10 Mar-02 $7,995 $10,895    
  Feb-17 Mar-09 $7,995 $10,895    
  Feb-24 Mar-16 $7,995 $10,895    
  Mar-03 Mar-23 $7,995 $10,895    
  Mar-10 Mar-30 $7,995 $10,895    
  Mar-17 Apr-06 $7,995 $10,895    
  Apr-14 May-04 $7,895 $10,795    
  Jun-02 Jun-22 $7,595 $10,495    
  Jun-30 Jul-20 $7,595 $10,495    
  Aug-11 Aug-31 $7,595 $10,495    
  Sep-01 Sep-21 $7,595 $10,495    
  Sep-15 Oct-05 $7,595 $10,495    
  Sep-29 Oct-19 $7,595 $10,495    
  Oct-13 Nov-02 $8,495 $11,595    
  Nov-03 Nov-23 $8,495 $11,595    
  Nov-10 Nov-30 $8,495 $11,595    
  Nov-17 Dec-07 $8,495 $11,595    
  Nov-24 Dec-14 $8,495 $11,595    
  Dec-01 Dec-21 $8,495 $11,595    
  Dec-15 Jan 4, 2020 $8,495 $11,595    
  Dec-29 Jan 18, 2020 $8,495 $11,595    
             
  2020          
           
  Arrival Depart Dbl Occ Sgl Occ    
  Jan-05 Jan-25 $8,695 $11,795    
  Jan-12 Feb-01 $8,695 $11,795            
  Jan-19 Feb-08 $8,695 $11,795            
  Jan-26 Feb-15 $8,695 $11,795            
  Feb-02 Feb-22 $8,695 $11,795            
  Feb-09 Feb-29 $8,695 $11,795            
  Feb-16 Mar-07 $8,695 $11,795            
  Feb-23 Mar-14 $8,695 $11,795            
  Mar-01 Mar-21 $8,695 $11,795            
  Mar-08 Mar-28 $8,695 $11,795            
  Mar-15 Apr-04 $8,695 $11,795            
  Apr-12 May-02 $8,195 $11,295            
  May-31 Jun-20 $8,195 $11,295            
Inclusions
  • 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
. See the sights of Melbourne
. Tour the town of Alice Springs
. Discover Uluru (Ayers Rock)
. Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
. Cruise the Great Barrier Reef
. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House
. Lunch on Sydney Harbour
. The sights of Auckland
. Tour the Waitomo Caves
. Geysers at Whakarewarewa
. Maori Hangi and concert
. TranzAlpine train
. Franz Josef Glacier
. Cruise on Milford Sound
. Church of the Good Shepherd
. INCLUDED Maori Cultural Experience

 
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