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Ultimate Tour of Australia and New Zealand

This tour is the best of both countries combining the base tours of each country - 39 days.

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    Saturday. DAY 1

  • Welcome to Sydney and Australia! Be met at Sydney International Airport.

    Meet your Tour Manager and other travelers at the Hotel by 4pm today for a tour briefing at 6pm.
    Welcome to Australia dinner.
    Overnight :  Sydney
    Meals included : Dinner


    Travel to one of Australia’s most attractive rivers – the Hawkesbury River.
    Board a riverboat and travel to Circular Quay in downtown Sydney.
    This afternoon accompanied by knowledgeable walking guides enjoy a tour of the historical "Rocks" area. The Rocks was the birthplace of European Australia. Convicts replaced the traditional way of life of the original inhabitants, the Aboriginal Cadigal people. Step back into Sydney’s colonial history and heritage. Hear tales of Sydney’s fascinating past and colorful characters while experiencing the present.
    Free evening.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Sydney
    Meals included : Breakfast


    Guided tour of the world famous Sydney Opera House this morning. The opera house with its soaring sail-like, shell-like roofs dramatically situated on the eastern headland of Circular Quay. It is a memorable experience to see a performance or just sit at one of the outdoor cafes and watch the world go by.
    View spectacular Sydney from the water while you enjoy a lunch cruise on Sydney harbor.
    Free evening.
    Overnight : Hotel in Sydney
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch


    Free day or you may like to visit:
    The Museum of Sydney.
    The Museum of Contemporary Art.
    The Australian Museum.
    Darling Harbor.
    The Sydney Aquarium.
    The Australian National Maritime Museum.
    The Royal Botanic Gardens.
    Queen Victoria Building (QVB).
    Ride on the monorail.
    Walk over the Sydney Harbor Bridge – your options are endless.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Sydney
    Meals included : Breakfast


    Today fly to Cairns and coach to Daintree Tropical Rainforest. The 'capital' of Far North Queensland, Cairns is firmly established as one of Australia’s top travelers destinations. It is the starting point for trips to the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda, Tjapukai, Atherton Tablelands, Daintree and Cape Tribulation Rainforests etc.
    Dinner at resort.
    Overnight : Daintree Tropical Rainforest
    Meals included : Breakfast and dinner


    Morning guided walking tour of rainforest. Learn about the history and diversity of the rainforest plants and animals. Find out why the area was listed as a World Heritage Area in 1988.
    Lunch at resort.
    Free afternoon to choose from the suggestions listed.
    Optional activities:
    4WD safari to north of Cape Tribulation on the southern part of the famous Bloomfield Track.
    Nocturnal walk.
    Dinner at the resort.
    Overnight:  Daintree Tropical Rainforest.
    Meals included : Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


    Travel to Port Douglas and board vessel for cruise to Low Isles. Low Isles is a fine coral cay surrounded by a lagoon and topped with an old lighthouse. Snorkeling gear is available (free of charge) for use to view the beautiful corals. Certified divers (with evidence of qualification) can SCUBA dive – optional extra cost payable on the day. Or take a SCUBA diving lesson. On return to Port Douglas travel to Cairns.
    Free evening.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Cairns.
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch.


  • CAIRNS Free day to choose from the suggestions listed.
    Optional activity:
    Tjapukai Aboriginal Centre/train to Kuranda/gondola return tour.
    Visit crocodile farm.
    Free evening.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Cairns.
    Meals included : Breakfast.


    Today fly to Ayers Rock - Australia’s biggest draw card.
    Massive, imposing, breathtaking, overwhelming, mystical, magical….. This is Ayers Rock - the world’s largest monolith (single stone). The entire area around Ayers Rock is steeped in Aboriginal history and culture.
    Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is a collection of smaller, more rounded rocks. Though less well known these monoliths are equally impressive – indeed many people find them more captivating than Ayers Rock.
    This evening enjoy champagne and nibbles while watching the sunset at Ayers Rock.
    Free evening.
    Overnight : Ayers Rock Resort at Ayers Rock.
    Meals included : Breakfast and champagne and nibbles.

    MONDAY. DAY 10

  • AYERS ROCK TO ALICE SPRINGS This morning the choice is yours: - Sunrise tour to Ayers Rock; walk around Ayers Rock; or climb Ayers Rock; or just relax.
    Today travel to Alice Springs.
    Stop for lunch at an isolated cattle ranch and see how these ranchers & family live and work in this incredibly harsh environment. Then experience a camel ride before arriving in Alice Springs.
    Alice Springs area is the traditional home of the Arrernte Aboriginal people. They believe that all topographical features of the town were formed by the creative ancestral beings – the Yeperenye, Ntyarlke and Utnerrrengatye caterpillars – as they crawled across the landscape. Today Alice Springs still has a sizeable Aboriginal community with strong links to the area. The town was originally founded in the 1870’s as a staging point for the overland telegraph line. Today Alice Springs is a pleasant, modern town with good shops and restaurants. A rural town in a beautiful but harsh environment, a very long way from anywhere.
    Free evening.
    Overnight : Hotel in Alice Springs.
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch.


    This morning at this historic and remote inland town of Alice Springs (known as "The Alice" by locals) sights will include a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Centre, the School of the Air and the Telegraph Station.
    This afternoon visit the impressive Desert Park. The park is designed to show native plants, birds and animals together in a natural setting along with a nocturnal house claimed to be the second largest of its kind in the world.
    This evening enjoy a pleasant evening around a campfire at a cattle drovers camp with a fine meal of Central Australian Prime Beef, cooked to perfection. Damper bread making demonstration, boomerang throwing, Australian bush ballads, a sing-along and a night sky explanation.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Alice Springs.
    Meals included : Breakfast and dinner.


    Optional activity:
    Outback hot air ballooning – one of the most popular optional activities in the outback.
    Free morning.
    Early this afternoon board the Ghan train and travel to Adelaide.
    The Ghan train - Australia’s great railway adventure. Take in desert vistas of lush oases and looming sandstone boulders as you enjoy this journey in air-conditioned first class cabins.
    The Ghan saga started in 1877 when it was decided to build a railway line from Adelaide to Darwin. It took over 50 years to reach Alice Springs and in 2001 it was confirmed that the line from Alice Springs to Darwin would be constructed. Whereas the old train from Adelaide to Alice Springs took 140 passengers and under ideal conditions made the trip in 50 hours (on one occasion it arrived in Alice Springs 10 days late!), the new train takes twice as many passengers and does the trip in 19 hours.
    Overnight : On The Ghan train.
    Meals included : Breakfast and dinner.


    Adelaide is a solid, gracious city and when the early colonists built they generally built in stone. The solidity goes further than the architecture as Adelaide is still very much an ‘old money’ city. It is also civilized and calm in a way no other Australian capital city can match. Its setting is superb with the city centre surrounded by green parkland and the metropolitan area bounded by the hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges that crowd the city against the sea.
    Orientation coach tour of city centre on arrival.
    Free evening.
    Overnight :  Hotel at Glenelg Beach, Adelaide.
    Meals included : Breakfast.

    FRIDAY. DAY 14

    Today visit Hahndorf the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia.
    Settled in 1839 by Lutherans who left Prussia to escape religious persecution. There are many German style buildings in the town including the German Arms Hotel dating from 1839 and the Hahndorf Academy established in 1857 and now houses an art gallery, craft shop and museum.
    Lunch before returning to Adelaide via the wine making area of Barossa Valley.
    Free evening.
    Overnight :  Hotel at Glenelg Beach, Adelaide.
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch.


    Free day, relax at your beach side hotel or choose from the suggestions listed.Optional activities:
    Kangaroo Island
    Wine tasting tour
    You may like to visit the South Australia Museum, Migration Museum, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Town Hall, Parliament House etc.
    Overnight :  Hotel at Glenelg Beach, Adelaide.
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch.

    SUNDAY. DAY 16

    Today fly to Melbourne. Australia’s second largest city it is a traditionally conservative city of elaborate Victorian-era buildings, gracious parks and gardens and tree lined boulevards. It is a multi cultural city passionate about the arts, sports, food, wine and the good life.
    On arrival city sightseeing will include the Houses of Parliament, St Patricks Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens, Queen Victoria Markets and the beach side suburb of St Kilda.
    Free evening.
    Overnight : in Melbourne
    Meals included : Breakfast

    MONDAY. DAY 17

    This morning accompanied by knowledgeable walking guides enjoy a tour of the city centre with its fine architecture, Chinese and Greek precincts etc.
    Optional afternoon/evening activity:
    Philip Island Penguin parade Free evening.
    Overnight :  in Melbourne
    Meals included : Breakfast


    Full day wildlife and Eco tour. Today you will meet an Aboriginal person and learn about one of the oldest cultures in the world, you'll have the opportunity to see large mobs of Kangaroos and sight the beautiful Koala in the wild – all in one relaxing, easy going day! This special trip aims to introduce you to the Australian environment and to Aboriginal culture whilst in the company of an expert nature guide.
    Farewell to Australia lunch today.
    Free evening.
    Overnight :  in Melbourne
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch


    Transfer to Melbourne airport.

    Be met at Auckland International Airport & transferred to your hotel.
    Auckland with over 1 million people is the largest city in New Zealand and is surrounded by water and covered in volcanic hills. The heart of the city is the Waitemata Harbor - reminiscent of San Francisco, Hong Kong, Sydney and Capetown. Auckland has lots of enthusiastic yachties - so much so it is known as "the city of sails".
    Meet your Tour Manager and other travelers at  Hotel today for a tour briefing.
    Accompanied by knowledgeable walking guides enjoy a tour of the city centre visiting such sites and buildings as Viaduct Basin, waterfront, university, Albert Park and Queen Street.
    Welcome to New Zealand dinner.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Auckland
    Meals included : Breakfast and dinner

    Free day or choose from the suggestions listed.
    Optional activities:
    Swim with the dolphins
    Bush and Beach wilderness tour
    Garden tour
    Sailing on Auckland harbor
    Antiques tour
    Guided tour of Auckland Museum
    Tiri Tiri Matangi Island tour - native bird sanctuary
    Overnight :  Hotel in Auckland.
    Meals included : Breakfast

  • FRIDAY. DAY 21
    Free morning.
    This afternoon travel by ferry to Waiheke Island. Waitemata (a Maori word meaning sparkling waters) Harbor has 23 islands with Waiheke being one of the largest. Waiheke Island reputed to be sunnier and warmer than Auckland has many picturesque bays and beaches, over 30 vineyards, a brewery and is home to dozens of artists. Take in the beauty of Auckland city from the water as the boat cruises to and from Waiheke Island. On arrival at Oneroa village there is time to visit Artworks gallery, Oneroa beach and the village shops before dinner.
    After dinner travel by ferry back to Auckland.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Auckland
    Meals included : Breakfast and dinner
    Today travel to Rotorua via the Bay of Plenty where you will find hundreds of acres of kiwifruit and other sub tropical fruit orchards. At Papamoa Beach, with its miles of pristine white sand beach a stop will be made for lunch. And if the tide is right you can join the locals in digging for shellfish.
    On arrival in Rotorua visit Rainbow Springs Trout and Wildlife Sanctuary, Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Lake Rotorua foreshore and the Government Gardens.
    Rotorua is the most popular tourist area of the North Island. This thriving city has the most energetic bubbling mud pools, gurgling hot springs and gushing geysers and is located on the shores of Lake Rotorua which teems with trout. The region is of great significance to the Maori whose presence dates back to the area's discovery and exploration in the 14th century.
    Free evening.
    Overnight : Hotel in Rotorua
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch

  • SUNDAY. DAY 23
    Free day or choose from the suggestions listed.
    Optional activities:
    Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery.
    Trout fishing.
    4WD bush safari.
    Scenic helicopter flight.
    Waimangu volcanic area round trip.
    Maori concert and hangi traditional dinner feast this evening. (included in Tour cost).
    Overnight : Hotel in Rotorua.
    Meals included : Breakfast and hangi dinner.

  • MONDAY. DAY 24
    Travel to Napier this morning.
    Lying on the sweeping Hawkes Bay, Napier is a fascinating, architecturally rich city blessed with a Mediterranean climate, fine coastal position, attractive Marine Parade, good restaurants and a friendly population. In 1931 Napier was dramatically changed when an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale virtually destroyed it. The rebuilding program that followed has left one of the world's best examples of an Art Deco city. Napier is without doubt unique.
    There will be wine tasting and lunch before a guided walking tour of this famous city. As you walk around the streets you will see Art Deco motifs on the buildings such as zigzags, lightning flashes, geometric shapes and rising suns. The walk is preceded by an introductory talk and video.
    Free evening.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Rotorua
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch
    Fly from Rotorua to Christchurch then travel by road to Oamaru stopping en-route at "The Tin Shed" where you can purchase New Zealand knitwear including hand knitted garments at wholesale prices.
    Oamaru (Maori - place of Maru) is a pretty town of 13,500 people. First settled by Europeans in 1853 Oamaru was the seventh largest town in NZ by the 1870's and early 1880's. Refrigerated meat shipping made it prosperous, and the local sandstone was the favored material for the many imposing buildings that still grace the town.
    Oamaru boasts the best preserved collection of historic commercial building in NZ, particularly in the Harbor-Tyne Street Precinct with 22 classified buildings. The town's architecture is a mosaic of styles from Gothic revival to Neoclassical Italianate and Greek. The local limestone could be sawn, bur hardened when exposed to air so it was convenient and enduring building material.
    Oamaru also has colonies of blue and the rare yellow eyed penguins.
    Tonight we visit a penguin colony.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Oamaru
    Meals included : Breakfast
    This morning depart for Dunedin visiting the Moeraki Boulders, a rare rock formation, found no where else in New Zealand, which is only appreciated by visual inspection.
    Dunedin is the second largest city of the South Island, home of New Zealand's first university and, during the gold rush days, it was the largest city in the country. Founded by Scottish settlers (Dunedin is Celtic for Edinburgh), Dunedin has a statue of Robert Burns guarding its city centre, and still has haggis ceremonies. Dunedin with its fine Victorian architecture is cultured, graceful and lively.
    Morning: Sightseeing in Dunedin visit Olveston historic homestead. Olveston, built between 1904 and 1906, is a fine turn-of-the-century house, the lavish furnishings and art collections are stunning.

    This afternoon take a walking tour of the central city accompanied by a "local", visit some of the historic buildings in this "Edinburgh of the South" city.
    Haggis ceremony and dinner.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Dunedin.
    Meals included : Breakfast and dinner.

    A day to explore the area.
    Optional activities:
    Larnach Castle.
    Royal Albatross colony and Yellow Eye'd Penguin colony tour.
    Taieri Gorge Rail journey.
    Overnight:  Hotel in Dunedin.
    Meals included : Breakfast.

  • FRIDAY. DAY 28
    This morning travel to Central Otago and the Maniototo rural districts then on to Queenstown. Stopping at locations that are a "little world of their own" where you will learn about life in this remote area. In the 1860's gold and the railway made this area a thriving bustling area.
    Today sheep and deer farm stretch out across this vast inland Maniototo Plain. Photographers, painters, trout fishermen and tourists alike marvel at the beauty of the rolling farmland and rocky and imposing mountains and valleys of this area .
    Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is nestled in what is surely one of the most scenic spots in the world. From a deserted region in the 1850's sheep farming brought the area to life. Gold was discovered in 1862 and a year later Queenstown was a mining town with streets and permanent buildings. Today it is a resort town catering to thousands of tourists who come for snow skiing in the winter and adrenaline activities in the summer. For those not in to an active life the stunning lake and surrounding mountain scenery materialize as the real attraction. Words can hardly describe the Remarkables mountain range when they are capped with snow and seen at sunrise or in the afterglow of dusk.
    Queenstown is a compact town and an orientation tour will be made on arrival.
    Overnight :Hotel in Queenstown.
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch
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    This morning is a brief sightseeing tour of Queenstown including a visit to and lecture/presentation on opal, black pearl and New Zealand jade. New Zealand jade - Pounamu or greenstone, which is predominantly found on the West Coast, is much treasured by the Maori who use it for decorative jewellery (tiki) and once carved their lethal weapons (the flat clubs known as mere) from it.
    See how opals and jade are taken from raw product to magnificent items of jewellery. Learn about the cultivation of black pearls.
    Lunch in the town before returning to Nugget Point Resort.
    Overnight:  Queenstown.
    Meals included : Breakfast and dinner.

  • SUNDAY. DAY 30
    Free day or choose from the suggestions listed.
    Optional activities:
    Skippers Canyon Safari.
    TSS Earnslaw /Walter Peak Station tour.
    Dart River Safari.
    Trout fishing.
    Golf <.br>Garden tour <.br> Wine tour<.BR>Milford Sound trip.
    Doubtful Sound trip.
    Scenic Flight.
    Stewart Island day trip.
    Free Evening.
    Overnight : Queenstown.
    Meals included : Breakfast.

  • MONDAY. DAY 31
    This morning travel to Fox Glacier.
    Today is a visual treat with waterfalls, alpine lakes, spectacular mountain scenery, gorges and rugged rivers. The road climbs up through Mount Aspiring National Park, over the Haast Pass and then snakes along side the Haast River as it drops down to the West Coast.
    Nowhere else in the world, at this latitude, have glaciers advanced so close to the sea. Unlike the Tasman Glacier on the other side of the dividing range in Mount Cook National Park, Fox and Franz Josef are just what glaciers should be - mighty rivers of ice, tumbling down towards the sea.
    Optional activities:
    Guided walk on Fox Glacier.
    Guided flora and fauna Eco tour.
    Scenic flight over glaciers and mountains of Mt Cook region.
    Free evening.
    Overnight :  Fox Glacier.
    Meals included : Breakfast.

    Today travel from Fox Glacier to Punakaiki Rocks. The coast road is spectacular. White capped breakers, rugged rocks out at sea, miles of salt spray, endless lines of driftwood and steep bush clad mountains stretch out before you down the West Coast.
    At Shantytown step back in time in a recreated 1880's West Coast gold mining town. Here you can ride on an 1897 steam locomotive.
    Punakaiki is centered around the unique and spectacular Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. These limestone rocks have formed what looks like stacks of pancakes, through a weathering process known as stylobedding. When a good tide is running the water surges into caverns below the rocks and squirts out in impressive geyser-like blowholes.
    Dinner this evening.
    Overnight : Punakaiki Rocks Hotel at Punakaiki.
    Meals included : Breakfast and dinner.

    Today enjoy a guided historical and geological tour of Punakaiki Rocks and Paparoa National Park areas.
    Highlights will be viewing and interpretations of Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, a walk on the Truman Track to discover botanical transition from tall virgin rainforest to coastal scrub and a walk on a beach beneath limestone cliffs.
    Also a visit to the world's only breeding colony of the Westland black petrel - the worlds largest burrowing petrel.
    Free evening.
    Overnight : Punakaiki Rocks Hotel at Punakaiki
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch.

    Travel to Arthurs' Pass. On the road south of Punakaiki you will see phenomenal seascapes and Punakaiki and the Paparoa National Park have the finest coastal scenery on the West Coast.
    Continue the journey from Arthurs' Pass to Christchurch by train.
    Nowhere in New Zealand do you get a better picture of the descent from the mountains to the sea than on this train journey. From the towering Southern Alps to the flat Canterbury Plains, lush rain forests, alpine vegetation and picturesque lakes and rivers - this is a train journey of contrasts. It is noted as one of the top 6 train journeys in the world.
    Christchurch is often described at the most English of New Zealand's cities. Punts glide down the picturesque River Avon, a grand Anglican cathedral dominates the city square and trams pass streets with very English names. Neo gothic buildings abound in the city and one in seven acres is given over to gardens and parkland - a garden lovers dream city.
    Free evening.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Christchurch.
    Meals included : Breakfast.

  • FRIDAY. DAY 35
    Accompanied by knowledgeable walking guides enjoy a tour of the city centre visiting such buildings as the cathedral, the Arts Centre, Christ's College, the Canterbury Provincial Chambers and the Christchurch Town Hall. Learn about the history of this city which, deliberately placed in the hands of the gentry, in the 1850's was to become a "model of England" in the South Pacific complete with class system, and "not another scruffy colonial outpost of small landholders".
    Visit the oldest registered Merino Sheep Stud in New Zealand, learn about sheep farming, the property and family history of this farm, settled in 1862 and still in the family, now the 4th generation. Lunch will be with the farmer and his family on the lawn or in the historic homestead, followed by a demonstration showing a sheepdog working a flock of sheep and a sheep being shorn.
    Free evening.
    Optional activity:
    Evening visit to Willowbank Nocturnal Park.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Christchurch.
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch.

    Free day or choose from the suggestions listed.
    Optional activities:
    Whale watching at Kaikoura
    Wildlife cruise on Lyttelton Harbor
    Guided walking tour on ancient volcanic Port Hills above Christchurch city.
    Full day tour to the French settlement of Akaroa.
    International Antarctic Centre.
    Overnight :  Hotel in Christchurch.
    Meals included: Breakfast.
  • SUNDAY. DAY 37
    Free time for that last minute shopping, optional activities etc.
    Late this afternoon depart for "Farewell to New Zealand" dinner.
    Overnight:  Hotel, Christchurch.
    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

  • MONDAY. Day 38
  •  Depart from hotel today at a time to suit your flight home or your other own arrangements.
    Meals include: Breakfast.
    Included in the cost of the above itinerary is: 38 nights accommodation, 38 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners- including hangi dinner, all stated sightseeing and entrance fees, coach transport,tour manager's services for 38 days.
    Cost of OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES not included.
  • The cost is TBA. Per Person, double/share twin
    Single supplement, TBA.
    Please see Booking & Payment conditions. Section 10 refers to Air ticketing procedures.
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