Escorted Tour Package of Australia & New Zealand [IMZB]
22 Days: Escorted Tour Package of Australia & New Zealand [IMZB]
Starting at
$7,350

Available Tour Dates

2017

Dec 17*, 31*

2018

Jan 7*, 14*, 21*, 28*
Sep 2*, 16*, 30
Oct 14*
Nov 4*, 11, 18, 25*
Dec 2, 16, 30*

2019

Jan 6*, 13, 20*, 27
Feb 3, 10, 17*, 24
Mar 3, 10, 17*, 24
Apr 14*
Jun 2*, 30*
Aug 11*
Sep 1*, 15*, 29*
Oct 13*
Nov 3*, 10*, 17*, 24*
Dec 1*, 15*, 29*

*Seasonality supplements apply

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • Fully escorted luxury coach travel
  • 4 – 5 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • Welcome Reception

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Melbourne – Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (3 Nights), Alice Springs – Mercure Alice Springs (1), Uluru and Kata Tjuta – Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (2), Cairns – Hilton Hotel Cairns (3), Sydney – Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney (3), Auckland – Stamford Plaza Auckland (2), Rotorua – Millennium Hotel Rotorua (1), Christchurch – Distinction Christchurch Hotel (1), Franz Josef – Te Waonui Forest Retreat (1), Queenstown – Millennium Hotel Queenstown (3), Christchurch – Distinction Christchurch Hotel (1)
  • Meals – 21 Full buffet breakfasts, 2 ‘Be My Guest’ lunches, 3 lunches, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, 6 Dinners with wine, 1 Highlight dinner, 1 Farewell dinner
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • International Flights – Los Angeles to Melbourne, Christchurch to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Internal Flights – Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Auckland, Rotorua to Christchurch (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Melbourne: City Sights Tour, Hidden Secrets Tour; Alice Springs: School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service; Uluru and Kata Tjuta: Sunset Viewing, Caves Tour, Walpa Gorge Walk, Aboriginal Art; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise; Sydney: Opera House Tour, Harbor Lunch Cruise; Auckland: City Sights Tour, Waitemata Harbor Cruise; Rotorua: Tamaki Family Marae, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Te Puia; Scenic Rail Journey on the TranzAlpine through Southern Alps; Arrowtown Historic Village; Queenstown: City Sights Tour; Milford Sound Cruise; Christchurch: Lake Tekapo
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting!

Please note: Flights need to arrive in Melbourne by 12pm as touring commences at 3pm.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (3 nights)

Dinner with wine included

Day 2: Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic laneways, arcades, café culture and street art on a private walking tour. The rest of your day is free. You may like to take an optional experience to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade or maybe you’d prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne’s well known food and coffee.

Breakfast included

Day 3: Melbourne

Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take a full day optional experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theater production or indulge in some world class fare at one of the city’s famous eateries.

Breakfast included

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

On arrival visit the School of the Air and hear how this school delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you’ll learn about this facility that provides a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. 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. They’ll share stories about their sustainable lifestyle, and they may even lead you on a sing-along with didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember!

Hotel Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Breakfast & Be My Guest Dinner included

Day 5: Alice Springs – Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Travel through the West MacDonnell 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 color changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine.

Hotel Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (2 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 6: Uluru and Kata Tjuta

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 and take a walk at Walpa Gorge. Later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles.

Breakfast Included

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns

Join an Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insight, explaining the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns.

Hotel Hilton Hotel Cairns (3 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef

Today is free for you to do as you choose! Perhaps take an optional experience to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for an insightful look at indigenous culture or journey to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. Or maybe travel to the ‘village in the rainforest’ on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Breakfast included

Day 9: Cairns

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 snorkeling (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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with wine included

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

This afternoon fly to Sydney where you will have a free evening to do as you please.

Hotel Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney (3 nights)

Breakfast included

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.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 12: Sydney

Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an optional experience to the Blue Mountains or climb the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge on a ‘BridgeClimb’. Spend your last evening in Sydney together along with your Travel Director and companions in a local restaurant by the water.

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

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.

Hotel Stamford Plaza Auckland (2 nights)

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Day 14: Auckland Sights

A morning city sightseeing tour is followed by a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Later, you’ll have free time to relax or explore.

Breakfast included

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 Maori Hangi dinner and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch & Highlight Dinner included

Day 16: Rotorua – Christchurch

Discover native flora and fauna at the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, before continuing to Te Puia, where a Maori guide will lead you through a geothermal wonderland. Later board your flight to Christchurch.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch

Breakfast included

Day 17: Christchurch – Franz Josef

Take an unforgettable journey through the spectacular Southern Alps on the legendary TranzAlpine train. Stop at Hokitika, known for its beautiful greenstone (jade), then travel on to Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Day 18: Franz Josef – Queenstown

Enjoy delicious stone fruit at Cromwell and then visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the restored, historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (3 nights)

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 19: Milford Sound

Drive along the shores of turquoise Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, then through the temperate rainforest of the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Cruise among sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest before you return to Queenstown this afternoon.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 20: Queenstown

Relax and explore in Queenstown today, or you may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet, the most thrilling jet boat ride in the world! Perhaps join a wine tour at Gibbston Valley Winery or play a round of golf on one of Queenstown’s spectacular courses. This evening, consider taking the gondola ride to Bob’s Peak for dinner at the Stratosphere Restaurant.

Breakfast included

Day 21: Queenstown – Christchurch

Visit Lake Tekapo, stopping at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later you’ll be welcomed to picturesque Morelea Farm by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor for lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Join your Travel Director in Christchurch this evening for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch

Breakfast, Be My Guest Lunch & Farewell Dinner included

Day 22: Farewell from Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Please note: Tours departing after September 16, 2018, will end in Queenstown

Breakfast included

All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are not included in the land content price. We will include the price of all flights in your custom quote.

Single supplements apply. Triple share is available.