Tour Federation Square one of Melbourne city’s great iconsMelbourne, Australia (Tourism Victoria Facebook)
Alice SpringsMacDonnell Ranges
UluruThe Red Center of Australia - Photo Credit: APT
Visit Cairns Esplanade while on your vacationTourism Tropical North Queensland Facebook
SydneyOpera House Lights
Auckland - New Zealand's Largest CityPhoto Credit: Kim Christensen
Franz Josef GlacierWalking Tours
Queenstown Kawarau RiverCredit: DestinationQueenstown.com
Sydney's Opera House & Harbour BridgePhoto Credit: APT
Ride & Tour via the Melbourne City Circle TramMelbourne, Australia (Tourism Victoria Facebook)
- All inclusive
- Fully escorted luxury coach travel
- 4 – 5 star accommodations
- Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
- Welcome Reception
- Accommodation – Melbourne – Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (3 Nights), Alice Springs – Mercure Alice Springs Resort (1), Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Desert Gardens Hotel (2), Cairns – Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina (3), Sydney – Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (3), Auckland – The Grand by SkyCity (2), Rotorua – Millennium Hotel Rotorua (1), Queenstown – Millennium Hotel Queenstown (3), Lake Tekapo – Peppers Bluewater Resort (1), Christchurch – Distinction Christchurch Hotel (2)
- Meals – 21 Full buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners 1 ‘Be My Guest’ 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 Queenstown (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
- Day Tours – Melbourne: City Sights Tour, Laneways Walking Tour; Alice Springs: School of the Air, Telegraph Station Tour; Uluru (Ayers Rock): Scenic Coach Tour, Sunset Tour & Viewing, Sunrise Viewing and Walking Tour of Uluru, Kata Tjuta Walking Tour and Sunset Viewing, Field of Light Morning Tour, Western Desert Art Experience; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise; Sydney: Opera House Tour, Harbor Lunch Cruise, City Sights Tour; Auckland: City Sights Tour; Rotorua: Rainbow Springs Nature Park Tour, Tamaki Maori Village; Hobbiton Movie Set Tour; Queenstown: Milford Sound Journey; Lake Tekapo: Mount Cook Sightseeing, Southern Skies Astronomy Tour; Geraldine Village Visit; Christchurch: City Sights Tour
- Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
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 at a riverside restaurant. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone before your Melbourne adventure begins.
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.
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.
Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs
Today you fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs. On arrival visit School of the Air and hear how this school delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the historic Telegraph Station, where you’ll learn about this facility and why it is considered the birthplace of the Alice Springs township. This evening Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon invite you to ‘Be My Guest’ for a home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Join them as they share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy and even lead you on a sing-along accompanied by the 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
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 at sunset whilst enjoying canapés and wine.
Hotel Desert Gardens Hotel (2 nights)
Day 6: Uluru and Kata Tjuta
This morning view the magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) 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.
Day 7: Uluru – Cairns
Rise early to experience the ethereal Field of Light art installation. Wander through the paths surrounding 50,000 hand-crafted frosted glass spheres of light. As the sun rises, join your fellow travellers on top of a sand dune to watch the desert awakening over Uluru. Meet an Indigenous artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon board your flight to tropical Cairns.
Hotel Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns (3 nights)
Day 8: 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.
Day 9: 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 enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Cairns 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 Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (3 nights)
Day 11: Sydney
Today is free for you to do as you choose. Why not take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains for fresh mountain air and stunning scenery. You’ll see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Zoo to see some of Australia’s cuddly native animals. This evening spend some time getting to know this spectacular city with your hotel located at Circular Quay.
Day 12: Sydney
A day of sightseeing around this spectacular harbour city awaits! Begin your day with a guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House before taking to the water on an all-inclusive lunch cruise. Sail around the glistening harbour while you savour a delicious lunch with a strong focus on local produce and wines. Your afternoon will be spent discovering Sydney’s famous Eastern Suburbs where you can wiggle your toes in the sand at famous Bondi Beach. There will be some free time in the late afternoon for you to take an optional experience to climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Tonight, we say farewell to Sydney from under the sails the Sydney Opera House while we dine together at Portside restaurant.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Day 13: Sydney – Auckland
This morning you say goodbye to Australia and fly to New Zealand! This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel in Auckland.
Hotel The Grand by SkyCity (2 nights)
Breakfast & Dinner with wine included
Day 14: Auckland
Embark on a city sightseeing tour this morning. Travel around the waterfront from central city out to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for the stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata. This afternoon is at leisure.
Day 15: Auckland – Rotorua
Today, you’ll venture through Waikato region passing through Cambridge known as ‘The Town of Trees and Champions’ on your way to Rotorua. On arrival embark on an orientation of the area before visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a guided tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the national leader in kiwi husbandry. Learn about the work being done to save New Zealand’s national bird, see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks. This evening enjoys a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki Maori Village.
Hotel Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included
Day 16: Rotorua – Queenstown
Your day starts with breakfast at Hobbiton, experience the iconic rolling hills and green pastures of the Hobbiton Movie Set as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies before continuing to Auckland to board your flight to Queenstown. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Queenstown.
Hotel Millenium Hotel, Queenstown (3 nights)
Day 17: Milford Sound
Journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, over the Devil’s Staircase and along to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Experience magnificent scenery as you continue along this alpine highway to Fiordland National Park. Enjoy numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Hollyford Valley lookout (Pop’s view), Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards the iconic Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch and a cruise on this wonder of nature. Later, return to Queenstown for the evening.
Breakfast & Lunch included
Day 18: Queenstown
Today choose from a range of optional sightseeing experiences. You could ride the world famous’ Shotover Jet or enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at the Postmasters Café. The historic cottage was once home to the town’s postmaster and has been a main street feature since the 1860s. Its old-world charm, complete with horse-hitching post, picket fence, beautiful gardens and hanging wisteria, has made it one of Arrowtown’s most photographed buildings and is the perfect venue for your highlight dinner.
Breakfast & Dinner included
Day 19: Queenstown – Lake Tekapo
Today you will leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, traveling through Central Otago to the Mackenzie region with time along the way to stop in Cromwell, situated next to the pristine Lake Dunstan and taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. Continue over the dramatic Lindis Pass before reaching the Starlight Highway and Tekapo’s world renowned UNESCO Aoraki McKenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. This afternoon enjoys the views of Mt Cook before heading to the iconic Church of the Good Shephard. This evening, see amazing constellations that can only be seen in the southern hemisphere, including the Southern Cross, to the Magellanic Clouds and the Milky Way. Your local specialist expert astronomy guide will enhance your knowledge and understanding of our Southern Skies as you admire and ponder the possibilities through our powerful optical telescopes.
Hotel Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo
Breakfast & Dinner included
Day 20: Lake Tekapo – Christchurch
Enjoy a relaxed start before heading north through South Canterbury, visit the charming boutique village of Geraldine as you travel through to Christchurch.
Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel (2 nights)
Day 21: Christchurch
This morning see how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, pop into the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral. It is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard! After a Christchurch city sights tour, you’re invited to a Be My Guest morning tea at the home of Tim and Isabelle Weston, owners of Britten Stables. Formerly a horse stables for nearby Mona Vale Gardens and following that, the birthplace of the world-record-setting Britten V1000 motorcycle designed and built in the garage by Isabelle’s late father, John Britten. The couple restored the original charm of Britten Stables and transformed it into the exquisite home that it is today. This evening, join your Travel Director and Driver, and your new-found friends for a farewell dinner.
Breakfast & Farewell Dinner included
Day 22: Farewell from Christchurch
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. Your flights can depart any time today, and you will be transferred to Christchurch Airport.
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.