22 DAY HIGHLIGHTS OF AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOURBest 3 week tour of Australia and New Zealand. World class coastlines, beaches and marine wildlife.
Explore the highlights of both Australia and New Zealand by luxury coach. This is the best time to visit Australia and New Zealand. Start your vacation in Melbourne, and end it in New Zealand. MAP
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Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne
Welcome to Melbourne. Transfer to your hotel and rest before dinner. You probablyadmired the Colonial Tramcar wending its way on the streets of Melbourne. Tonight is your chance to experience dinner onboard.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 3 nights. (D)
Day 2: Melbourne Sights
See the city sights this morning. Get to know Melbourne from the ground up. Enjoy a walkalong the city streets or visit our gardens and parks. Explore unique history and features as you go.. (B)
Day 3: Melbourne 'Free Time'
Enjoy a free day. We recommend an optional trip to see the famous Twelve Apostles along the Victoria oceanfront. (B)
Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs
This morning you’ll fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how this unique facility operates to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. Next stop is the School of the Air, which provides an educational facility for children living in remote areas. Then visit the historic Telegraph Station. ‘You’re invited’ this evening to experience the Aussie outback at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy a barbecue dinner and hear from Tom and Danny Falzon about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.
Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs. (B, D)
Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock
Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru (Ayers Rock ) at sunset while enjoying gourmet canapés and wine.
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. (B)
Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
This morning view the magical Uluru sunrise. Afterwards, gain insight in to the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and take a walk at Walpa Gorge. Later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles. (B)
Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Cairns
This morning interact with local Aboriginal artists at a fun dot painting workshop. Your host will introduce you to Anangu culture and show how this is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience.
Later you’ll fly to Cairns.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. (B)
Day 8: Great Barrier Reef
Join your Tour Director at a local gallery to introduce you to the significance of art in Aboriginal culture. Later, cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the colourful coral and tropical fish from a semi-submersible vessel. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Enjoy a reef education presentation on this living wonder and a tropical buffet lunch on board the pontoon. This evening you'll dine at Dundee's Restaurant enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Cairns 'Free Time'
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 or maybe take a day trip to Cape Tribulation. (B)
Day 10: Cairns – Sydney
Spend time at the Cairns Wildlife Dome where you’ll encounter unique Australian animals before your flight to Sydney.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour, Sydney, 3 nights. (B)
Day 11: Sydney Sights & Harbour Cruise
A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour city awaits! Join a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney's Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand at famous Bondi Beach. Take to the water on a Captain Guided Holidays Cook highlight lunch cruise, sailing around the glistening harbour while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu. Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or maybe even take an optional experience to see an opera under the famous sails of Sydney Opera House. (B, L)
Day 12: Sydney 'Free Time'
Today you’ll have a full day free to explore Sydney, your way. Spend your last evening in Sydney together along with your Travel Director and companions in a local restaurant by the water. (B, D)
Day 13: Sydney – Auckland
You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Auckland. Meet your Kiwi Tour Director for a ‘highlight dinner’ at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.
Hotel: The Langham, Auckland, 2 nights. (B, D)
Day 14: Auckland Sights
A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a sightseeing tour including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour. Later spend some free time exploring on your own or relaxing at your hotel. (B)
Day 15: Auckland – Rotorua
Travel into the Waikato region for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto. Continue to Rotorua and visit Te Puia with a local guide. ‘You’re invited’ to join the Tamaki family for a traditional Maori Hangi dinner and unique cultural experience at their family Marae.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. (B, D)
Day 16: Rotorua – Christchurch
Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a local guide. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life. Later, you’ll take your flight to Christchurch..
Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. (B)
Day 17: Christchurch – Franz Josef
Board the famous Tranz Alpine train and travel over the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika visit a local greenstone (jade) factory then follow the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier, where you may take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting).
Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. (B, D)?
Day 18: Franz Josef – Queenstown
Travel through spectacular rainforest and past Lake Wanaka. Then enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Next visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in adventure-capital Queenstown.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. (B, D)
Day 19: Milford Sound
Super highlight day! Discover the stunning scenery of Fiordland. Drive through the Homer Tunnel and stop briefly at the Chasm en route to Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise with lunch on the waters of this natural wonder, with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you. (B, L)
Day 20: Queenstown Included Choice
Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Take a Shotover Jet ride, 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 21: Queenstown – Christchurch
Travel past Mount Cook National Park. Stop at Lake Tekapo and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. ‘You’re invited’ to lunch at Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, to discover an authentic taste of country life. This afternoon continue to Christchurch. Celebrate your vacation this evening at a farewell dinner with your Tour Director.
Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. (B, L, D)
Day 22: Farewell from Christchurch
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. It has been the best 3 week tour of Australia and New Zealand! (B)Departure Dates
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21 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne
Get to know your Travel Director this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
Day 2: Melbourne
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. B
Day 3: Melbourne Free Time
Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively you could take an optional trip along the renowned Great Ocean Road.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 3 nights
Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner with wine. Day 2: Breakfast. Day 3: Breakfast
Melbourne – Alice Springs
Fly to Alice Springs this morning, 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.
Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Included Meals: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner
Day5 - 6
Alice Springs – Uluru & Kata Tjuta
Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock
Travel through the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges to Ayers Rock. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set behind Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Day 6: Uluru & Kata Tjuta
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.
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights
Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast. Day 6: Breakfast
Day7 - 9
Ayers Rock – Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns
Join an Indigenous artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and help you paint your own artwork. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns.
Day 8: Cairns Free Time
Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in vibrant tropical Cairns.
Day 9: 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.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 3 nights
Included Meals: Day 7: Breakfast. Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine
Day10 - 12
Cairns – Sydney
Day 10: Cairns – Sydney
This afternoon, fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure.
Day 11: Sydney
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.
Day 12: Sydney Free Time
Today is yours for further exploration of Sydney. And then celebrate your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director at a waterfront restaurant.
Hotel: Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney, 3 nights
Included Meals: Day 10: Breakfast. Day 11: Breakfast and lunch. Day 12: Breakfast and dinner with wine
Day13 - 14
Sydney – Auckland
Day 13: Sydney – Auckland
Fly across the Tasman Sea this morning to the island nation of New Zealand. Meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.
Day 14: Auckland
Start the day with a sightseeing tour and a cruise on Waitemata Harbour before time at leisure.
Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland, 2 nights
Included Meals: Day 13: Breakfast and dinner with wine. Day 14: Breakfast
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.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch and highlight dinner
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.
Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast
Christchurch – 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.
Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine
Day18 - 20
Franz Josef – Queenstown
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.
Day 19: Milford Sound Cruise
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.
Day 20: Queenstown Free Time
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.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights
Included Meals: Day 18: Breakfast. Day 19: Breakfast and lunch. Day 8: Breakfast and farewell dinner
Farewell from Queenstown
Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
Included Meals: Breakfast
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