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)
21 Days: It’s the perfect mix of modern cities and ancient landscapes. With gems like the amazing Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and breathtaking Milford Sound, paired with a world of ancient Aboriginal tradition in Australia’s Red Centre and the pounding Maori Haka in Rotorua.
Tour departs from Melbourne and returns to Christchurch.
Itinerary is valid 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017
Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.
Premium holiday inclusions
- Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
- Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
- Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels
- Full buffet breakfasts (21)
- ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)
- Highlight lunch (1)
- Lunches (2)
- ‘You’re invited’ dinners (2)
- Dinners with wine (4)
- Highlight dinners (2)
- Farewell dinner (1)
- Welcome Reception
- Travel wallet and map
- Airport transfers
- Hotel porterage included
Spectacular sightseeing experiences
- Unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
- Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways and arcades
- Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary
- Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
- Discover rock art at Uluru and learn about sacred sites
- Hike through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
- Create your own dot painting
- Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
- View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room
- Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean on Bondi Beach
- Experience Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
- Discover the glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
- Immerse yourself in rich Maori arts and culture at an exclusive cultural dinner
- Travel on the TranzAlpine Train
- Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise
- Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm
Days 1 -3 in Melbourne
3 Nights, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Melbourne
Day 1: Arrive Melbourne
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.
Day 2: Melbourne Sights
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.
Dinner with wine included
Day 3: Melbourne ‘Free Time’
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.
Days 4 -5 in Alice Springs
1 Night, Chifley Alice Springs Resort
Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs
Today you fly from Melbourne to 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. ‘You’re invited’ this evening by Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a homecooked 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-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember!
Breakfast and “You’re Invited” Dinner included
Day 5: Alice Springs – Uluru (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 at sunset while enjoying gourmet canapés and wine.
Days 5-7 in Ayers Rock
2 Nights, Desert Gardens Hotel
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 and take a walk at Walpa Gorge. Later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles.
Day 7: Uluru (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.
Days 7-12 in Cairns
3 Nights, Hilton Hotel Cairns
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 ‘Free Time’
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 10: Cairns – Sydney
Spend time at Cairns Wildlife Dome for the chance to see some cuddly Australian wildlife. This afternoon fly to Sydney where you will have a free evening to do as you please.
Days 10 – 13 in Sydney
3 nights, Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour
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.
Breakfast & Highlight Lunch is included
Day 12: Sydney ‘Free Time’
Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an optional experience to the Blue Mountains or climb the iconic Sydney Harbour 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.
Breakfast & Highlights Dinner included
Days 13 – 15 in Auckland
3 nights, The Lanfham Hotel Auckland
Day 14: Auckland Sights
A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a city sightseeing tour. Later, you’ll have free time to relax or explore.
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. ‘You’re invited’ this evening to experience the heartpounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, 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.
Breakfast & “You’re Invited” Dinner included
Days 15 & 16 in Rotorua
1 Night, Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
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.
Days 16 & 17 in Christchurch
1 Night, Novotel Christchurch
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.
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 restored historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive meal.
Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included
Days 18-20 in Queenstown
3 Nights, Millennium Hotel
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. Choose from the immaculately groomed greens of a resort course or a simple fairway with rugged mountain peaks as your backdrop. You could take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon alongside the Shotover River to Skippers Point in Mount Aurum Conservation Area. Or why not enjoy a relaxing spa. You’ll be pampered at one of Queenstown’s luxurious day spas. Sink into a therapeutic hot pool or treat yourself to a selection of therapies at a local salon. This evening, consider taking the gondola ride to Bob’s Peak for dinner at the Stratosphere Restaurant.
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.
Breakfast and “You’re Invited” Lunch & Farewell Dinner included
Days 21 – 22 in Christchurch
1 night, Novotel
Day 22: Farewell from Christchurch
Your vacation concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.
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.