22 Days: Escorted Tour Package of Australia & New Zealand [IMZB]
Starting at
$6,795

Available Tour Dates

2017

Dec 17*, 31*

2018

Jan 7*, 14*, 21*, 28*
Feb 4*, 11*, 18*, 25*
Mar 4*, 11*, 18*, 25*
Apr 1*, 15*
Jun 3*
Jul 1*
Aug 12*
Sep 2*, 16*
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

*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 (2), Cairns – Hilton Hotel Cairns (3), Sydney – Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney (3), Auckland – The Cordis (2), Rotorua – Millennium Hotel Rotorua (1), Franz Josef – Te Waonui Forest Retreat (1), Queenstown – Millennium Hotel Queenstown (3), Christchurch – Novotel Christchurch (1)
  • Meals – 21 Full buffet breakfasts, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ lunch, 1 Highlight lunch, 2 lunches, 2 ‘Be My Guest’ dinners, 4 Dinners with wine, 2 Highlight dinners, 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; 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: Guided Tour, Harbor Lunch Cruise; Auckland: City Sights Tour, Waitemata Harbor Cruise; Boat Tour through Waitomo Glowworm Cave to Rotorua; Rotorua: Tamaki Family Marae, Hangi Feast, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Agrodome; Scenic Rail Journey on the TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps; Queenstown: City Sights Tour; Milford Sound Cruise
  • 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 little laneways, arcades, café society 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 culture.

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 theatre 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 Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a Be My Guest home-cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. They’ll share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy, you’ll hear 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 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 color changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine.

Hotel Desert Gardens Hotel (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

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime – board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you’ll dine at Dundee’s Restaurant enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with wine included

Day 9: Cairns

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 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

A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbor 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 highlight lunch cruise, sailing around the glistening harbor 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.

Breakfast & Highlight 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

This morning you say goodbye to Australia and fly to New Zealand! This evening meet your Travel Director for your highlight dinner at ‘Eight’ at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.

Hotel The Cordis (2 nights)

Breakfast & Highlight Dinner 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

Join a guide for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Rotorua where a Maori guide will accompany you at Te Puia Thermal Reserve. This evening experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome at a By My Guest experience at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain a cultural insight into life in New Zealand before European settlement. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Breakfast & Be My Guest Dinner included

Day 16: Rotorua – Christchurch

Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park and discover the native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life. Later, you’ll fly to Christchurch.

Hotel Novotel Christchurch

Breakfast included

Day 17: Christchurch - Franz Josef

Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and live demonstration by a local greenstone carver. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Day 18: Franz Josef – Queenstown

Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls and a trio of lakes. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell then visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour. This evening join your Travel Director for a highlight dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive meal.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (3 nights)

Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included

Day 19: Milford Sound

Drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau then through the rainforest of Fiordland National Park. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, on your way to Milford Sound to board your cruise. Return to Queenstown this afternoon.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 20: Queenstown Free Day

Today 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. You are welcomed by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor at Morelea Farm for a By My Guest lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Join your Travel Director this evening in Christchurch for a farewell dinner.

Hotel Novotel 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.

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.