17 Days: Wonders of Australia & New Zealand [ST-5594]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Auckland (1 Night), Hokianga (1), Bay of Islands (1), Auckland (2), Queenstown (3), Sydney (3), Port Douglas (4)
  • US Domestic Flights - Not Included (Ask Destination Specialist about your options)
  • International Flights Not Included - Los Angeles to Auckland (Return) (Ask about our current specials)
  • International Flights Included - Queenstown to Sydney, Cairns to Auckland, Auckland to Los Angeles
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Queenstown
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Cairns
  • Day Tours - Queenstown: Gondola Ride; Sydney: Opera House Tour, Harbour Cruise Express, The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour
  • Shuttle Transfers - Auckland Airport to Accommodation (Return), Queenstown Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return)
  • Car Hire - 3 Days (Pick up and drop off in Auckland)
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland (Check Quote for Inclusion)

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airline at check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record (if applicable).

(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Days 2 to 3) - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland

Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Auckland is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world– renowned as that ‘City Of Sails.’ Dramatic landscapes and seascapes provide a diverse playground in which a compelling range of attractions are available. Visitors come to enjoy an array of exciting entertainment, leisure, culture and dining possibilities in New Zealand’s largest city.

(Days 3 to 6) - 3 Days Car Rental pick up and drop off in Auckland

Discover New Zealand as you travel by rental car for three days.

Take the opportunity to explore parts of New Zealand in and around your vacation town. Please bring a valid American driver’s license with you and be aware that in New Zealand people drive on the left hand side of the road.

*Upgrade available to include GPS navigation system (additional cost).

Base rate only paid by About Australia. Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

(Day 3) - Self-Drive, Auckland to Hokianga

Enjoy a scenic self-drive to Auckland to the Opononi Resort Hotel on the Hokianga Harbour.

Today begin your self-drive from Auckland to the Hotel in Hokianga (appx 3.5 hours) Follow State Highway 1 to State Highway 12 in Opononi. Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes into the journey, you will pass the Kaipara Harbour and arrive at Matakohe. Here you might like to stop at the Kauri Museum to learn about the history of the kauri tree. Continuing north past the town of Dargaville, you will venture into the Waipoua Forest – home to Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree in the world. You may like to take a guided walk through the forest to learn about maori legend and history in the area. A 15 minute drive north of the Waipoua Forest will have you arrive at the Opononi Resort Hotel situated near the mouth of the Hokianga Harbour in the historic area of Northland.

(Days 3 to 4) - 1 Night Accommodation in Hokianga

Travel to your accommodation in Hokianga, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

By the quiet water’s edge of the harbour you will find the welcoming modern comforts of this 4 Star Qualmark rated Hokianga hotel in Omapere. From the beachfront rooms of the Hotel and Resort you are just a one minute stroll to the shore, providing a picturesque and relaxed atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The elevated rooms with balcony offer magnificient views over the harbour and towering sand dunes.

Hokianga Harbour remains a relatively untouched land of contrasts, from lush kauri forests to sun kissed sand dunes, calm harbour waters to surf breaks on the sandbar. In the heart of this subtropical microclimate, the hotel provides the perfect base to explore Hokianga’s rich history and beauty, and to experience a slice of kiwi paradise just three hours north of Auckland.

Optional Evening Tour, Not Included - Twilight Encounter

Enjoy panoramic views of the stars that were once gazed upon by legendary ancestors of New Zealand whilst your guide relates stories and legends of the forest and gods.

Setting out from Hokianga by coach, your Maori guide will brief you on the protocols for your visit to the mighty Waipoua Forest. Stepping into our special world you will be walking under the same stars that guided our ancestor Kupe from legendary Hawaiiki to New Zealand. On the paths of the forest we meet trees that were already giants before his arrival and that were standing before the birth of Christ.

You will experience the affinity that early Maori had with the forest and the deep spiritual respect they hold for the giants still growing there. Learn of the rich bird life and other fauna that inhabits the forest and witness the transitions of life and the day turning into the night.

Your Maori guides will relate stories and legends of the forest, of its gods, and other spiritual inhabitants. They will greet the giant trees with spine-tingling waiata (sacred chants). You will learn how Maori used plants for medicinal purposes.

As night falls, the shyest creatures of the forest awaken and begin to go about their work. You may encounter insects like weta, nocturnal birds, eels, fresh-water lobsters or the magnificent but slightly chilling giant carnivorous ‘kauri’ snail. Deep in the forest among the towering trees and surrounded by the sounds of the nocturnal creatures awakening, you will meet Te Matua Ngahere – ‘The Father of the Forest’. At between 2,500 and 3,000 years old he is the oldest known kauri tree in the world. Your guide will greet this giant as an old friend.

The highlight of the tour will be your meeting with ‘The Lord of the Forest’ – the giant Tane Mahuta! Your guide will formally greet the silent giant and then suddenly you stand dwarfed before his Lordship as the darkness closes in. His gnarled ancient limbs seem to grasp at the stars and the forest is silent but for the dim chatter of its night creatures.

At the conclusion of this unique encounter you will be returned to your accommodation in the Hokianga.

(Day 4) - Self-Drive from Hokianga to Bay of Islands

Enjoy a scenic self-drive from Hokianga to Bay of Islands.

(Days 4 to 5) - 1 Night Accommodation in Bay of Islands

Travel to your accommodation in Paihia, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. With 180 guest rooms including four suites, the hotel provides individual patio or balcony from which to enjoy the bay, estuary or garden views while the rooms offer a serene escape with designs inspired by nature. Onsite facilities include tennis court, spectacular free form lagoon style swimming pool, mountain bike hire and courtesy shuttle to downtown Paihia.

The Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is the perfect base when you want to play scenic golf courses, participate in some of the best big game fishing in the world, experience the wonder of the local native bush walks or to simply relax in a picturesque location. Take it easy afterwards in the massage studio, and end your day with a long cool drink in the bar.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Dune Rider - Cape Reinga

A full day tour in a unique Dune Rider vehicle.


Take a full day tour in the unique Dune Rider vehicle. Let the drivers immerse you in the culture and history of the area, while taking in the amazing scenery. This is arguably the best day adventure to the Far North.

The Dune Rider vehicle is purpose built to go off-road and air conditioned. It has just 36 reclining seats, offering lots of leg room and has a sloping floor giving the best views.


Your tour includes: An early morning pick up at your accommodation; Fascinating commentary by our local drivers
-A coastal café morning tea stop; Gumdigger’s Park (Learn about the gumdigging days in the early 1900’s on the site of an ancient buried kauri forest); A freshly prepared lunch box; Driving along 90 Mile Beach with a stop to wet your feet; Climbing huge sand dunes and boogie boarding down; A walk to Cape Reinga lighthouse and viewing; The meeting of the two oceans; Visiting the Ancient Kauri Kingdom; A stop at the ‘world famous’ Mangonui Fish Shop (fresh fish and chips optional extra)
Duration: 10-11 hours; Departs: 7.30am daily


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Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Discover the Bay

Cruise and discover the very best of the Bay of Islands.

Discover the Bay – ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise

This tour gives you the opportunity to swim with dolphins (May to September).

You will cruise and discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area that is soaked in rich culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings. Explore the Bay of Islands with us.

Operates
Summer: Daily departs at 8:30am & 2:00pm
Winter: Daily departs at 10:00am

Includes
– 3 hours scenic cruising
– Opportunity to view marine mammals like dolphins, whales, seals, birdlife, and more
– 1.5 hour stop at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island
– BBQ lunch

Need to Know
This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form. Fully licensed cafe on board at own expense. Please wear weather weather appropriate clothing and flat soled shoes. Children must be 5 years or older for this cruise.

(Day 5) - Self-Drive from Bay of Islands to Auckland

Today drive from the Bay of Islands to Auckland, approximately 3 hours.

This drive will take approximately 3 hours. Leaving the Bay of Islands Resort, follow State Highway 11 to State Hwy 1 in Kawakawa (20 min). Continue to follow State Highway 1 to Auckland (2 hr 38 mi).

(Days 5 to 7) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Auckland

Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Auckland is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world– renowned as that ‘City Of Sails.’ Dramatic landscapes and seascapes provide a diverse playground in which a compelling range of attractions are available. Visitors come to enjoy an array of exciting entertainment, leisure, culture and dining possibilities in New Zealand’s largest city.

(Day 6) - Free Day to Explore Auckland

Visit one of Auckland’s many attractions.

Fly a kite or throw a Frisbee in the beautifully landscaped Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park. Critique a giant selection of both traditional and contemporary art at Auckland Art Gallery. Take a walking, swim or hike through any of Auckland’s 25 Regional Parks. Have a laugh at The Classic Comedy and Bar in Queen Street, New Zealand’s home of live comedy. Take the bus over to Eden Park, New Zealand’s largest stadium. In the evening you can join the dancing on K’Road and party on till the wee hours at one of the many nightclubs. Or maybe you would rather visit the trendy suburb of Ponsonby and enjoy delicious cuisine, superb lattes or cocktails if more to your taste. And if it is cafes, bars and restaurants you’re after, the Viaduct Harbour has a great selection.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand – Julian Apse

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Wilderness Experience

Enjoy a wonderful afternoon visiting Piha black sand beach and immerse yourself in the incredible surrounding rainforest in this great introduction to New Zealand nature.

After being picked up at your hotel, your first stop is the visitor center which is the entrance to the largest native rainforest area around Auckland. The Arataki visitor’s center has dramatic panoramic views across the rainforest to both of Auckland’s harbors as well as views back to Auckland City. The visitor’s center is also home to some traditional Maori carvings and your guide will talk about them and explain their significance for the area.

Continue to the lush native rainforest where you walk the easy tracks among giant tree ferns. See and find out about the famous New Zealand silver fern, manuka, and kauri trees as your guide talks about what makes New Zealand nature so unique. They also talk about the original Maori uses for some of the native plants in the forest.

You will then move on to experience the power of the rugged west coast. You stop at a stunning viewpoint overlooking Piha black sand beach and the Tasman Sea before going down to this amazing phenomenon. There you get the chance to stroll along one of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer and watch the surf waves rolling in.

During the afternoon, there is also a New Zealand style afternoon tea including biscuits (cookies), manuka honey, coffee or juice. After tea you will be transported to your Auckland accommodation.

Operates
Daily
Departs 12:30pm, Returns 5:30pm (approx.)
Tour does not operate Christmas and New Year’s Day

Includes
– Visiting Piha’s black sand beach
– Guided walk in the rainforest
– Afternoon tea
– Pick up and drop off at inner city accommodation

Need to Know
– Food and beverages are not included
– Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing (lighter clothing in the warm months, heavier clothing in the cooler months)

Upgrades
– Private tours available
– Auckland City Highlights Adventure

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Bay of Islands

Marvel at spectacular coastal scenery including the Hole in the Rock, Cathedral Cave and the inner islands while aboard a luxury catamaran. Also see the historic Waitangi Treaty House and a ‘waka’ (Maori war canoe).

Travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and enjoy spectacular rural & coastal scenery enroute to the Bay of Islands via Hibiscus Coast and Whangarei. Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular vacation sites in New Zealand and was the site of the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers. Take a trip into the past and visit such historical places as the Waitangi Treaty House, see a traditional Maori Meeting House and a huge ‘waka’ (war canoe), Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Flagstaff Hill and the oldest building in the country (Kemp House) along with the oldest Church. In the early afternoon at Cape Brett, board a luxury catamaran for your cruising adventure through game fishing waters as you cruise past the Cape Brett lighthouse to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. The excitement grows as you make a passage through the Hole and then continue on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. On your return journey relax and enjoy subtropical paradise views with your favourite drink as you meander through the inner islands back to Cape Brett which are world renowned deep sea fishing grounds where porpoise (dolphins) and schools of fish are frequently seen. With the Bay of Islands’ combination of great fishing, diving, sailing and other water sports with some of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites you will be sure to have fun!

Includes: Pickups from accommodations, admission to Waitangi Treaty House, a Cape Brett cruise and boxed lunch.

Photo Credit: Destination Northland

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Auckland City Revealed

Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning.



Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it is New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.




Travel up Queen Street, through Auckland’s central business district, past the Auckland University and through the inner city park, known as the Domain. Continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, with its historic buildings before heading over the Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore. Stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport. There is time here for a coffee before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria with its stunning panoramic views of Auckland City.

Travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. Then visit the Auckland Fish Market, before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Rotorua & Waitomo

Visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions on this deluxe five-star coach tour. The Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves and the spectacular geothermal regions of Rotorua, rich with Maori culture and natural history, make this a truly memorable day.

DEPART AUCKLAND: Travel the main Southern Highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Your host serves morning tea during this sector.
WAIKATO:Travel through New Zealand’s largest dairy and sheep farming province. Travel the outskirts of Hamilton City via the small farming settlements towards the King Country, birthplace of the Maori Monarchy.
WAITOMO GLOW WORM CAVES: Join a guided tour through this world-famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.
LIGHT LUNCH:Served on-board as we make our way to Rotorua through magnificent rural farmland with its vast numbers of grazing animals.
ROTORUA: New Zealand’s highest city, 305 meters (1000 feet) above sea level, located inside the rim of a volcanic crater. An area of great geothermal activity. We visit the following attractions:
AGRODOME FARM TOUR: An introduction to New Zealand farming, with a 45-minute tour of an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals.
LAKE ROTORUA: Drive through the foreshore park past the hundreds of ducks and swans. Then through the beautiful historic Government Gardens.
TE PUIA INSTITUTE (MAORI ARTS & CRAFTS AND WHAKAREWAREWA THERMAL RESERVE):
One of Rotorua’s most famous attractions. See woodcarving, weaving displays, Maori village and the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu Geyser, fumaroles, colourful silica deposits and boiling mud pools.
RETURN TO AUCKLAND: Your attraction-packed day concludes as the coach travels through the beautiful horse breeding district of Matamata and the pastureland of the Hauraki plains. A light snack is served on this sector.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Piha Canyon

On your vacation participate in a unique wilderness experience at Piha Canyon in the Waitakere Park Ranges on New Zealand’s North Island.

Just a 45 minutes drive from Auckland, the Waitakere Ranges Parklands offer a dense subtropical rain forest rimmed by wild black sand surf beaches and topped by dominating Kauri trees. This is the setting for your Canyoning Adventure.

On arrival at Piha Beach, you’ll suit up into your equipment and complete an abseil practice and safety talk. Then after a thirty-minute informative native bush walk to the canyon you will begin an exploration through a scenic and interesting canyon.

Have a blast at Piha Canyon, as you repel (abseiling in NZ English) down showering waterfalls surrounded by moss and fern covered volcanic rock walls, swimming through tranquil pools of blues and green. Jumps, caves, and slides will be your means as you explore the canyon. You will also see the remains of the original pioneers’ wood constructed logging dam and learn about the local history and Maori culture.

Finding a nice lunch spot, your group will relax and enjoy the unique surroundings and canyon flora. From the end of the canyon there is a 10-minute walk back to the bus where you’ll change out of the canyoning equipment. Changing rooms and toilets available.

Afterwards you’ll head down to the beach and enjoy the warmth of hot sand on your feet, cool refreshments and the pleasant sound of your canyoning companions as they relax after a great day.

Almost all obstacles are optional; this means you can choose their level of adventure. The canyon stream is a gentle low volume stream that consists of pools of water and is not a fast flowing stream. The trip is suitable for first timers; no previous experience is needed. An average level of fitness is ideal and a sense of adventure.

Operates
Daily, except for Christmas Day (December 25). Departure times vary seasonally, but allow 7 hours.

Includes
– Inner city transfers
– Bakery style lunch and refreshments
– All equipment (full-length wetsuits, harness, helmet, and lifejackets)

Need to Know
Minimum age of 12 years required for this tour. People under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, who must co-sign the disclaimer form on the day of the trip. Minimum weight requirement is 77lbs and maximum 264lbs. Minumum of 4 guests required for this tour. You will need sporty footwear (running shoes or trekking boots) and something to wear under your wetsuit (swimsuit or shorts etc). Both these items will get wet so make sure you have spare clothes and shoes for the way home. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Americas Cup Sailing Expedition - 1/2 Day

The America’s Cup Sailing Experience offers the unique opportunity to sail on these grand prix racing machines!

Enjoy two hours as passengers become the crew and are encouraged to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action as we sail down the Auckland Harbour. The trip suits people of all experiences and abilities and is the perfect activity in Auckland, ‘City of Sails’.

Operates
Summer: Daily departs at 1:00pm
Winter: Saturday and Sunday departs at 2:00pm

Includes
– Opportunity to participate in sailing as part of the crew
– Scenic views
– Informative commentary from knowledgeable crew

Need to Know
Fully licensed bar on board at own expense. Please wear weather weather appropriate clothing and flat soled shoes. Children must be 10 years or older for this cruise. Participation is not compulsory and a safety briefing will be provided prior to departure. In wet weather rain jackets will be provided.

(Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 7) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Queenstown

Travel by New Zealand domestic air from Auckland to Queenstown (South Island).

(Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 7) - Day Tour, Scenic Gondola Ride & Taste of New Zealand Buffet

Gaze in awe at panoramic views of Queenstown before you sit down and enjoy a truly unique New Zealand buffet.

Marvel at the stunning views as you ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola – the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the Gondola carries you 450 meters above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak.

En route you will enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and over Queenstown.

On arrival, there are purpose built viewing platforms and outdoor terraces that provide great photo opportunities.

After the Gondola ride, you will step foot in Stratosfare Restaurant, one of the best restauarants with a spectacular lake and mountain view. The famous Taste of New Zealand buffet offers delectable fresh seafood, salads, roast meats and delicious desserts, while the panoramic view from our windows will captivate you day or night. It’s the ideal place for that special night out and the best place in Queenstown to watch the sun go down! With live music creating a relaxing atmosphere and never ending scenery to admire, you will be entertained as you dine on the award winning cuisine.

Operates
Daily
Gondola rides operate from 9:30am to 8:30pm Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday. Gondola rides operate from 9:30am to 6:30pm Tuesday & Wednesday. Saturday operation hours are 8:50am to 8:30pm.
Stratosfare Restaurant opens from 5pm to 8pm on Monday, Thursday & Friday. Restaurant opens from 12:30pm to 3pm on Tuesday and 12:30pm to 8pm on Saturday & Sunday.

Includes
– Gondola ride
– Buffet-style dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant

Need to Know
Gondola ride approximately 7-10 minutes one way.

Upgrades
Premium Dining Experience for up to 6 guests with:
– Guaranteed window seating
– One beverage (house beer, house wine, cocktail, or soft drink per guest)
– Unlimited sparkling and still water

(Days 7 to 10) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Queenstown

Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your vacation accommodation is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel features rooms most of which have spectacular views over the lake and the remarkable mountain range. Facilities include a range of hotel amenities that invite those who want to relax from their travel. These include an outdoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, restaurant, bar, conference rooms and a ski and boot drying room. A convenient shuttle service to the town centre is also available at own expense. Travel and explore the surroundings by visiting New Zealand’s Milford Sound, Central Otago Wineries. For the nature lover, maybe enjoy a nice stroll on walking trails that meander along the lakes shores. In the evening perhaps dine whilst enjoying a Maori Concert and see powerful performances of The Haka and other songs of New Zealand custom.

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Lake View Room

(Days 8 to 9) - Free Days to Explore Queenstown

Spend a day to relax or explore dynamic Queenstown.

This region is renowned for its incedible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. You could try skiing, snowboarding, bungy jumping, paragliding, jetboating, sky diving and more! Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. One hundred and forty years after our establishment as a gold mining camp, central Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. There’s a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you’ll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Shot Over Canyon Swing Adventure

Shotover Canyon Swing is the world’s highest swing.With over 10 different jumpstyles we can expertly manage the scariness for everyone from knitting nanas to adrenaline junkies.



We have built a platform on the edge of a cliff 109m/360ft above the Shotover River. At the platform you are fitted into a seat and chest safety harness and connected to the jump ropes. This harnessing configuration keeps your arms and legs free throughout the journey and enabling you to safely depart the platform in any position imaginable. Gravity does the rest.



Upon departing from the platform you’ll have a pure freefall of 60m/200ft into the canyon before the ropes smoothly pendulum you to a giant swing arc of 200m/650ft at 150kph. The freefall/swing journey is so smooth you’ll barely notice when you’ve finished freefalling and begun your swing. After a number of swings across the canyon we’ll winch you swiftly back up to the platform.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Dart River Safari - ½ Day

This jet boat adventure offers your senses a feast of spectacular natural beauty on a journey into the wilderness of the World Heritage-listed Mt. Aspiring National Park.

Your day begins with 1.5 hour journey on a jet boat through the Dart River system. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful snow-covered peaks, hidden valleys & waterfalls. Your day includes a guided walk (30 minutes) along the ‘Heritage Trail’ at Paradise. Your guide will provide you with informative & entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest. The forests of this region sit within a World Heritage Area, one of the only natural sites of its kind that is accessible to the public.

Your guide details the fascinating history of this area from the days of Gondwanaland, to quests by Maori for prized pounamu, to the present-day efforts of New Zealand’s department of conservation for the preservation of the area. On the ride home, you will stop to view the epic backdrop for many international movies, including ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

Dart River Wilderness Safari is a high-country adventure. To ensure that your experience is truly enjoyable, please: Dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes, regardless of season or weather. Bring sunglasses, a sunhat and sunscreen (insect repellent could also be useful in some weather conditions). Note that cameras are carried at customer’s risk.

Tour itself is approximately 3 hours.

Operates
Daily. Does not operate on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Departs Queentown 8:30am
Departs Glenorchy 9:30am

Includes
– Highly experienced professional driver and guide 
– Thrilling ride on a modern, well maintained twin engine jet boat
– Life jackets 
– Transport from central Queenstown location or Glenorchy central location

Need to Know
This experience is not suitable for pregnant women, those with specific medical conditions, including people who suffer from back or neck injuries. Children must be at least 3 years old to join tour. Warm layers of clothing are recommended, including waterproof jacket, sturdy footwear and sunglasses. A small bag can be carried with you for the entire duration of the tour, should you require any extra items.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Doubtful Sound - Full Day

Doubtful Sound is a beautiful fiord; three times longer than Milford Sound and a surface area ten times larger with twisting arms. With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, Doubtful Sound will take your breath away.

The only way you can to get to Doubtful Sound is to cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri, followed by a bus trip over Wilmot Pass – New Zealand’s most expensive (and majestic) road.
Pause along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening below. This isolation makes this fiord a very special place, only those in the know get to see.
Once you arrive, you will board the Patea Explorer for a 3-hour cruise on Doubtful Sound – a spectacular pristine fiord. During the cruise, your knowledgeable and friendly skipper or nature guide will share with you their passion for the region. They’re always ready to answer questions, point out landmarks and provide all the information about the varied wildlife you may see, including dolphins, fur seals, and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.
Following the cruise, return to your Queenstown hotel by luxury coach.

Operates:
Daily
Departs 6:55am, Returns 7:30pm (approx.)

Includes:
– Transport by coach to/from Queenstown accommodation
– Lake cruise
– Fjord cruise
– Wildlife viewing
– Insightful commentary by nature guide

Need to Know:
Wear waterproof/warm clothing and non-slip shoes. Please bring sunglasses, sunscreen and camera. Due to the multi-leg journey and floating wharf access, guests will need to have a reasonable level of mobility. Because of the length of the tour, please bring a packed lunch. Food and drink available for purchase onboard.

Photo Credit: Tourism Media

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Shotover Jet

Welcome to Shotover Jet Country, Queenstown New Zealand.

Get ready to experience the World’s most exciting Jet Boat ride! Acknowledged as the globe’s most famous Jet Boat operation! Being the only company permitted to operate in the breathtaking Shotover river canyons, you won’t get this experience anywhere else. There are many like Shotover Jet, but for sheer excitement, no one comes close.

It’s a thrilling ride – skimming past rocky outcrops at close range, as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds. And a major highlight – hold tight for the Jets gripping 360º spins!

No visit to Queenstown is complete without “Catching the Canyons” with this spectacular and unique Jet Boat ride! Shotover Jet operates every day of the year (weather and river conditions permitting).

Operates
Daily. Does not operate on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Departs every hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Complimentary return shuttles from Queenstown for 11:00am and 3:00pm jet boat departures. Each jet boat ride is approximately 25 minutes.

Includes
– Highly experienced professional driver and guide 
– Thrilling ride on a modern, well maintained twin engine jet boat
– Life jackets (mandatory)
– Transport from central Queenstown location
– Photography and video services. Photos and video highlights available for no obligation viewing

Need to Know
This experience is not suitable for pregnant women, those with specific medical conditions, including people who suffer from back or neck injuries. Children must be at least 3 years old to join tour. Warm layers of clothing are recommended, including waterproof jacket, sturdy footwear and sunglasses. A small bag can be carried with you for the entire duration of the tour, should you require any extra items.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hot Air Balloon over Queenstown

Enjoy a once in a life time experience in a hot air balloon. Queenstown, in New Zealand’s South Island, is the most spectacular place to fly in a hot air balloon!

The flight is carried out near Queenstown in the valley between the Remarkables Range and Coronet Peak with panoramic views of the mountains and lakes of the area.

Get a bird’s eye view of some of the filming locations used in “Lord Of The Rings”.After about a one hour flight, indulge in a champagne celebration which includes juice, tea,coffee, hot chococlate, croissants, danishes & muffins.

Dress appropriately for the season, bearing in mind that this is an outdoor activity. It is no colder at altitude than on the ground before take off. Tramping boots or sports shoes are recommended. High heels and sandals are not suitable. Bring a hat! Passengers will be standing for the duration of the flight. Ballooning is weather dependent and we will only fly if weather conditions are suitable.

Allow 3 ½ to 4 hours from pick-up at dawn* to drop off at your Hotel. Additional afternoon flight June, July and August in the afternoon.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise

Relive the elegance of bygone days with a 1.5 hour cruise aboard a vintage steamship.

Your trip will take you across the lake, past the Remarkables mountain range and Cecil Peak, to Walter Peak High Country Farm. (You can choose to add a Walter Peak Farm Tour, a gourmet long lunch/dinner, or simply cruise back to Queenstown Bay. A visit to the engine room reveals the giant steam engines at work. Close by you can view the collection of historical photos in the mini museum, check out the bridge or, if you’d rather, kick back and enjoy a wine or beer or some café food at the on-board Promenade Café and Bar (not included). The TSS Earnslaw has carried many famous visitors, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip and even President Bill Clinton. Undoubtedly, this iconic tour is one not to miss.

Operates:
Daily (except Christmas Day and not operating from 20MAY to 30JUN)
Starts multiple times daily from 12:00pm to 7:00pm (1.5 Hour Tour)

Includes:
– Return cruise on the TSS Earnslaw

Need to know:
Licensed bar available aboard the TSS Earnslaw (Food and drinks not included). Substitute vessel used during 15May-26Jun maintenance period. Please bring non-slip shoes/boots, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm clothing and camera.

Upgrades:
Can upgrade experience to include a Walter Peak Farm tour or include a New Zealand BBQ lunch or dinner.

Photo Credit: Real Journeys

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Lord of the Rings 4WD Touring

Spend the day taking in the breathtaking sights of the land around Queenstown; with time spent at ‘Lord of the Rings’ filming locations.

For true Lord of the Rings fans, this is the trip where Nomad Safaris really does take you There and Back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognizable filming locations and stunning natural scenery. The Glenorchy Safari of the Scenes takes you from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints. 

En route from Glenorchy follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This location offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise discover the location for the Forrest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and heading towards Queenstown you will stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp. This tour also includes locations from X-men Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Operates
Daily
Departs 8:00am or 1:30pm, Returns 12:30pm or 6:30pm (approx.)

Includes
– Return transfers from your hotel or information center
– Visit filming locations
– Beautiful views
– Gold pan in the Arrow River
– Safari vehicle is a 4WD Land Cruiser or Rover

Need to Know
You have the option of staying in or near the vehicle for any of the stops on the tour.

Upgrades
Private tours available
Full Day Lord of the Rings Tour

THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the characters, places, events and items contained therein, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Middle-Earth Enterprises, LLC and are used under license by Rings Scenic Tours Limited and Wingnut Film Productions Limited, which are independently owned and operated.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Otago Wine Tour - ½ Day

Enjoy an afternoon exploring some of the award winning wineries in the Queenstown region.

Take this afternoon tour and experience the true flavor of our local pinot noir and other wine varietals at three premium vineyards. Enjoy a guided tour through the vines and into New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave. This relaxing tour travels just a short distance from Queenstown where you will be given in-depth wine tastings and presentation at each vineyard.

You have plenty of time to unwind and get yourself a winery lunch (own expense) or sample a selection of local cheeses, craft beer, coffee (there is an opportunity to substitute wine tasting for beer at time of booking).

Operates
Daily (except Christmas, Boxing Day, Good Friday, & Easter)
Departs 12:00pm and Returns 4:30pm (approx.)

Includes
– Return transfers from hotel
– Hosted tasting at 3 wineries
– Underground wine cave tour
– 12+ wine tastings

Need to Know
Please bring money for Winery lunch. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form.

Upgrades
Private Wine & Food

Photo Credit: Southern Public Relations

(Day 10) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 10) - International Flight, Queenstown to Sydney

After departing from Queenstown, this short International Flight takes you overseas to Sydney, Australia.

(Day 10) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Travel via shuttle to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

(Days 10 to 13) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights in your studio room apartment.

Just 30 minutes from Sydney Airport, your accommodation is conveniently located between Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD.

The friendly staff at your accommodation can attend to your every need with 24 hour guest reception. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at their signature restaurant.

Relax in a stylish and comfortable haven whilst being in close proximity to shopping at Westfield’s Pitt St Mall and Darling Harbour. Don’t forget to take a stroll down Pitt St towards Circular Quay to take in more of Sydney’s world famous sites- like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

(Day 11) - Day Tour, Hop On Hop Off Sydney Harbour Cruise - 2 Day Pass

Enjoy this 2 day unlimited ferry pass to explore the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the magnificent attractions that surround it!

Discover Sydney the local way with this 2 day unlimited ferry pass to travel the harbor. Stops along the way include Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Watson’s Bay, Manly, Taronga Zoo, Clifton Gardens, and Shark Island. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring while you travel at your leisure soaking in the harbor air on your way to your next destination!

Hop off to enjoy these harbor attractions:
Circular Quay: Bounded by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and historic Rocks district to the west, and the Sydney Opera House and Botanic Gardens to the east, Circular Quay is a bustling ferry hub.
Taronga Zoo: Over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife. Free daily seal and bird shows. Purchase the Zoo and Explorer combo and save.
Shark Island: It would be hard to find a more spectacular picnic spot. Stunning, 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour and a delightfully deserted national park for your own private getaway.
Watsons Bay: Local must-do `Watto’ is famous for its seafood, waterfront pubs, picnic spots, swimming beaches and spectacular headlands walks overlooking the Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.
Manly Beach: You don’t have to swim at this iconic beach to soak up the atmosphere. Shop at the Corso, dine at waterfront cafés, find your favorite gelato flavor or take a nature walk.
Darling Harbour: Start or finish your day at Darling Harbour, surrounded by restaurants, nightclubs and hotels at King Street Wharf, Barangaroo and Cockle Bay.
Clifton Gardens: Clifton Gardens is a beachside oasis in the affluent Harbour suburb of Mosman. The netted beach, long jetty and gentle waves makes it perfect for picnics, swimming and snorkeling.

Operates
Daily
Hours: Sunday & Thursday 12:00pm-7:30pm, Friday & Saturday 12:00pm-10:00pm, Monday – Wednesday (Select dates & times)
Does not operate on Christmas, December 26 – 27, New Year’s Day, January 26, April 25, June 12, and October 2.

Includes
2 Day unlimited ferry pass to travel Sydney Harbour

Need to Know
– Guided commentary is available through smart phone app. Download the app through your smartphone prior to boarding. Must use your own headphones.
– Additional cost to enter Fort Dension, Taronga Zoo, and Shark Island (closed February 10, 2023 and February 22, 2023)
– Please bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Upgrades
– Premium sightseeing tours
– Whale watching tours

(Day 11) - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.

This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.

Operates
Daily, Hourly 9am to 5pm
Does not operate Good Friday, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day

Includes
One hour guided experience.

Need to Know
– This tour has 300+ stairs – Low Impact.
– It is strongly encouraged that you leave bags at your hotel and avoid bringing any large items to the Opera House (anything larger than an 8×10″ sheet of paper). No luggage or large bags accepted.
– Videoing is not allowed.
– There are plenty of photo opportunities – your tour guide will advise you if photos are not to be taken at any point.

Upgrades
-Add a lunch, dinner or performance to your tour.
-Upgrade your experience with a private, backstage, or architectural tour.

(Day 11) - Day Tour, The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour

Discover the natural and cultural history of Sydney through the eyes of the Aboriginal people who have lived here for thousands of years. Explore The Rocks, Sydney’s historic harbor precinct, on a guided walking tour uncovering the authentic Aboriginal heritage of Sydney Harbour and learn how modern Aboriginal people maintain their cultural practices in such a dynamic global city.

The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100% Aboriginal owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who share cultural knowledge and interpretation of Sydney’s Dreamtime symbology and creation, a living history passed down through generations. Learn how the Dreamtime ties within Sydney’s natural billion-year-old saltwater harbor and marine environment, sandstone strata, fresh waterways, flora, and fauna that continue to influence Aboriginal people’s thinking and lifestyle today in modern Sydney.

This 90-minute walkabout tour in The Rocks is a perfect introduction of Aboriginal culture. It highlights the perspective of Sydney’s Dreamtime heritage that is intimate, enlightening, and transformative.

Operates

Daily, on request. Does not operate on Christmas Day (December 25) and Good Friday.

Departs at 10:30am and returns 12:00pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours (90 minutes).

Includes

– Local Aboriginal basic ceremonial greeting (good manners) that connect to Dreamtime Custodian Characters who Belong to Sydney Harbour’s saltwater sunrise and freshwater environment.
– Knowledgeable Aboriginal guides.
– Discover Aboriginals’ acknowledgement of “country” using Earth Mother’s traditional ochre paint.
– Discover everyday resources/equipment manufactured from natural environment – its origin source of cultural objects and materials harvested from landscape and handle small samples.
– Learn about the story of Aboriginal Dreamtime, it’s origin, history and how culture evolved.
– Understanding the connection of modern Sydney and the Aboriginal Dreaming in The Rocks Sydney.
 
Need to Know
– Tour participants are required to follow COVID19 safety measures as directed by guide
– Tour departs at Cadman’s Cottage courtyard area (110 George Street, The Rocks).
– The tour operates rain or shine
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat, and bring a bottle of water.

Upgrades
-Privates tours available

(Day 12) - Free Day to Explore Sydney

With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.

Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or take the 30 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, Sydney’s premier beach resort. Here you can enjoy the laid back beach culture as well as many festivals and events. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is approximately a 10 minute train ride and is one of Australia’s most famous and iconic beaches. Save some time to take a beach walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, it’s known to be a true highlight. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hunter Valley

Explore the fertile Hunter Valley and taste delicious food and awardwinning wines. Enjoy private vineyard inspections and learn of the winemaking process. Spend time strolling in the vineyards, purchase some wine or simply enjoy the beautiful Australian countryside.

Admire the magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River on your drive through the Central Coast. The Hunter Valley is home to Australia’s oldest wine-producing region and owes its fame to world-class viticulturists and fertile soils.

Enjoy a private wine tasting experience at Leogate Estate Wines, which produces trophy-winning wines such as Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz, and learn of local wine-making techniques. Visit Hunter Valley Resort, where you can walk among the vines and learn about the wine-making process and the key role the resort plays in this region.

Enjoy lunch made with local produce, while you sample some of the area’s best wines. You’ll also have the chance to purchase a beer tasting paddle from the on-site brewery. The McGuigan family are respected pioneers of the industry and at their cellar door you’ll be greeted warmly and welcomed to a tasting of their fine wines.

Finish the day at Roche Estate, where you’ll have free time to explore the shops offering Australian cheeses at the Smelly Cheese Shop and gourmet delights plus coffee, gelato, craft beer and cellar doors (own expense).

Operates

Daily

Times

Sydney CBD hotel Pick-up 7:45 – 8:00am & Return 6:30pm (approximate times)
 
Inclusions

– 3 Wine Tastings
– Lunch
– Experienced Driver Guide
– Comprehensive commentary
– Travel in an air-conditioned coach

Upgrades

Upgrade to a Small Group Luxury Tour

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife

The Blue Mountains Deluxe Day is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime.

Upon departing from the city, you will travel directly to the Blue Mountains and your first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill Farm a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill you will continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by your guide.

Continuing on you will arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

Next you will be taken around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Boiler House Cafe. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea or coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Please note that beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.

The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you’re not mesmerized by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness.

Then take a brief stop to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, where you can enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before traveling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

This is a specialized small group tour with a maximum group size of 17 passengers.
Minimum of 2 guests required for tour departure.

Times

Pick-up from Sydney CBD hotel between: 7:00am – 7:30am.
Drop-off at Sydney CBD hotel between: 4:30pm – 5:00pm.
 
Inclusions

– Professional Guide
– Hotel pickup & drop off from Sydney CBD
– Small group touring
– Morning tea
– National Park Fees
– 2-Course Lunch (Beverages with meals are not included)
– Glass of Sparkling Wine
– Mt Tomah visit

Upgrades

Private Touring

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Surfing Lesson on Bondi Beach - ½ Day

On your vacation plunge into the Pacific Ocean and try surfing at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

Enjoy the thrill of surfing beautiful Bondi Beach with your own personal instructor. There is no better way to advance your surfing skills. Private lessons are tailored specifically to meet all your needs.

Includes
-Surfboard
-Wetsuit
-Rash vest
-Sunscreen
-Zinc

Need to Know
-Please bring swimsuit and towel.
-One on one attention needed for children under 7. -May incur surcharge if booked on a Queensland Public Holiday.
-Can be booked for 1 – 5 people.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Aquarium & Wildlife World

On your vacation, discover the spectacular Sydney Aquarium one of the largest and most spectacular aquariums in the world.

At Sydney Aquarium you will see the habitat exhibits that make up the experience, together with some of the amazing and bizarre animals that inhabit them. As you’ll discover, Australia has an enormous diversity of aquatic environments, some so harsh it is amazing life can survive at all!

As the world’s largest island, Australia has tropical seas to the north and icy currents to the south of the continent.

Australia is also renowned as the world’s driest inhabited continent, where inland rivers in drought conditions may simply consist of a chain of billabongs, or temporary pools of quiet water.

Sydney Aquarium is dedicated to presenting the unique aquatic life of some of these habitats to highlight their ecological importance and the necessity of conserving them for the future. So, dive in and enjoy your time at the Sydney Aquarium.

Operates
Daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Includes
– 1 day entry General Admission

Need to Know
Parking fees are not included. Please bring money should you wish to dine in the cafe.

Upgrades
Behind the Scenes Tour

Insider's Tip: Australian Opals

Altmann & Cherny is a family owned jewellery business in Sydney with an international reputation for excellence in opals and is one of the World’s foremost Australian Opal authorities.

Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. The Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow; holding a spectrum of colors found in nature. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone, with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.

Established in 1948 in hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of providing the highest level of quality, service and value for three generations. Their mantra has always been and will continue to be – “Excellence in service, quality and value.” So come share in this unique experience to learn more about Australian Opals at Altmann & Cherny!

Altman + Cherny
18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Sydney Sights (Morning)

On your vacation explore Sydney, Australia, by participating in a half-day city explorer tour.

Discover the tempo of the city as you explore Sydney, Manly and northern beaches. Capture the beauty and lifestyle of the harbour city from specially selected vantage points. Add an enjoyable Sydney Harbour Luncheon Cruise and relax on board as you view the exclusive waterfront homes (additional cost). See Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay. See Hyde Park and the Sydney monorail. See the major shopping areas of Sydney. Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stop at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the famous city skyline. Travel through the exclusive northern suburbs of Sydney. Enjoy magnificent views from Seaforth Lookout over Middle Head and Pearl Bay Marinas. Stop at Arabanoo Lookout for a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and rugged headland. Enjoy morning tea (own expense) at the seaside town of Manly. Take a walk along The Corso, which separates harbour from ocean. See the beautiful beach that has contributed to Manly’s reputation as a popular waterfront suburb. Tour through the northern leafy beach suburbs. Travel through Queenscliff passing Freshwater Bay and Curl Curl Beach. Return to Sydney via the exclusive and trendy suburbs of Neutral Bay and Mosman. Conclude your morning at either King Street Wharf or Circular Quay

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb

Reach new heights and climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney!

Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately 3.5 hours you and 11 other eager climbers will join a climb guide and weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all – the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbor city surrounds.

It is at this point that you not only have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilarating and rewarding experience of reaching the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge.

When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement you’ll remember forever – you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the harbor spread before you.

All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.

Operates:
Daily, in all weather conditions (except in cases of extreme weather conditions like electrical storms or high winds).

Need to Know:
– Wear comfortable, enclosed rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothing;
– Secure lockers will be provided to store your personal belongings;
– No cameras, phones, GoPros or other video and mobile devices are allowed on the climb;
– Children ages 8 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 8 are not permitted on the climb;
– Maximum of 14 people per group.

Times:
The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.

Inclusions:
BridgeClimb cap;
Certificate of Achievement;
A complimentary Climb Group photo.

Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Americas Cup Sailing Experience

Take a unique opportunity to participate as crew on a real America’s Cup yacht.

Take the helm, trim the sails, work on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you soak up the atmosphere and sights of spectacular Sydney Harbour.

The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachtsmen, these amazing yachts offer a remarkable chance to participate in sailing on these grand prix racing machines.

Australia was the first country to break the American hold on this famous old trophy in 1983, a 132 year winning streak that dated back to 1851.

No sailing experience necessary; Sailings daily, 2.5 hour duration

(Day 13) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.

(Day 13) - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns.

(Day 13) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia.

Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.

Need to Know
Luggage Restrictions: 1 checked bag and 1 hand luggage is free of charge per person in the shuttle. Additional luggage is 10$ each. Strollers are free. Bikes need to be in a bike bag. Fishing rods need to be broken down and in a container.

(Days 13 to 17) - 4 Nights Accommodation in Port Douglas

Travel to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.

Your vacation luxury boutique accommodation is located within walking distance of the three icons of Port Douglas – 200 meters from 4-Mile Beach, 100 metres from Macrossan Street and 400 meters to the Marina Village, where boats depart daily to Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef. The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, CD & DVD players, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, laundry facilities and security basement car parking. Free Wi-Fi available. There is a Lagoon style pool, an outdoor BBQ/ entertaining area, and an 8 person spa among a luscious tropical garden. Travel to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation or maybe to the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas offers a winning combination of a cosmopolitan township and friendly village. You can relax from your travel or shop, dine in award winning restaurants and visit superb galleries and craft stores. (Children under age 15 are not catered for at this property. Other properties available upon request.)

*Optional upgrade to 5 Star Accommodation is available. Pricing upon request

(Days 14 to 16) - Free Days to Explore Port Douglas

Experience the distinctive laid back atmosphere and low-rise tropical old world charm of Port Douglas!

Experience a range of attractions from one of the many galleries to the great shopping districts. Stop for a bite to eat at the Marina Mirage and take a walk on the boardwalk while you’re there. Take a visit to Port Douglas’ first church, Saint Mary’s by the Sea and see fantastic views of the Coral Sea and distant mountains. Don’t forget to soak up the sun at Four Mile Beach or even take in a game of golf.

What ever your tastes happen to be, Port Douglas is a great place to relax and simply enjoy the many great features of this town.

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Great Barrier Reef Cruise on a Glass Bottom Boat

Travel from Port Douglas to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for a day of fun reef experiences! Perfect for swimmers, snorkelers, divers and non-swimmers alike!

Cruise by luxury catamaran to reef activity platforms moored at Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Here, special reefs known as ‘ribbons’ run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognized as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef’s environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life.

Entering the dramatic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is an extraordinary experience. It’s a day that engages all your senses, lifts your spirit and takes you into another realm. Sharing the wonder of the world’s largest living entity, realizing its breathtaking color and majesty, seeing nature at its most perfect is an awakening and, quite simply, the memory of a lifetime.

Choose how you experience the reef:

– Visit the underwater observatory;
– View coral in the semi-submersible;
– Enjoy a talk by a marine biologist; Snorkel

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know:
– Please bring with you: towel (available from your hotel room), a change of clothes, hat, sunscreen & underwater disposable camera (optional).
– Camera’s available from any local chemist or convenience store.
– Due to fluctuation in world oil prices, it may be necessary to apply a fuel surcharge to your ticket price. In such cases, any charge will be collected upon departure. Please verify before your tour.

Times

Approximately 9:15am – 4:30pm

Inclusions

– Morning and afternoon teas on board.
– Reef presentation by marine biologist.
– Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch.
– All snorkeling equipment provided.
– Stinger/Lycra Suits & Buoyancy Aids provided.
– Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas.
– Qualified lifeguard supervision.
– Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing.
– Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels.
– Fish feeding [conducted by crew]

Upgrades

– Certified Scuba Diving (1 or 2 40-minute dives)
– Introductory Dive; Ocean Walker Helmet Diving (great for non-swimmers)
– 10 minute Scenic Flight
– Introductory or Advanced Adventure Snorkel Tour

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sail Away to the Low Isles

Enjoy a full day experience of the Great Barrier Reef with a snorkeling and sailing excursion to Low Isles.

Relax on the white sandy beach of the island or snorkel over the magnificent coral gardens in the blue lagoon on a guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist. Along the way, swim with turtles in their beautiful natural habitat.

Hop on the glass bottom boat with reef interpretation by your skipper and explore the nature and history of Low Isles on an island heritage walk with your expert guides.

Enjoy morning and afternoon teas, a scrumptious buffet lunch, and the thrill of pure sailing. This excursion is perfect for the discerning traveler looking for a unique, special reef and island experience with a small group of likeminded people. Ideal for couples and families. Finish the day with a drop off to your accommodation.

Operates
Daily
Departs 8:30am, Returns 4:00pm (approx.)
Tour does not operate Christmas Day

Includes
– Courtesy coach transfers in Port Douglas area
– Morning tea & coffee upon boarding (Local produce) with muffins and pastries
– Afternoon tea and coffee, additional cut fresh fruit platter
– Superb tropical buffet lunch (including prawns)
– Snorkeling equipment, optical masks, seasonal lycra snorkeling suits, wet suits & flotation devices
– Snorkeling instruction and in-water assistance
– Guided snorkel tour with a marine guide
– Glass bottom boat viewing and reef interpretation
– Eco Shamba Environmental Initiative $20 local forestation
– Low Isles heritage walk
– 4.5 hours at Tropical Low Isles

Need to Know
– If intending to snorkel, passengers are required to complete a Medical Declaration for Snorkelers form (available upon booking)
– Children 13 and older pay adult price
– Please wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes, and a hat
– Please bring sunscreen, sunglasses, swimwear, and a towel
– Tour may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances
– This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form

Upgrades
Private chauffeur transfers (to/from Port Douglas, Cairns, Palm Cove, or Silky Oaks)

Insider's Tip: Zinc Restaurant

Stop in for a bite to eat at Zinc, where the Great Barrier Reef is at its doorstep and the tropical spirit is embraced. Come and taste what locals and visitors alike have been raving about!



Zinc is contemporary dining with a relaxed coastal feel. Experience modern Australian cuisine made with fresh ingredients, such as local seafood, on either the outdoor terrace with views of Four Mile Beach or in the modern decor indoor dining area. Zinc is home to the largest privately owned aquarium on the east coast of Australia.



Zinc’s relaxed lounge bar features a large range of wines by the glass, over 70 cocktails, as well as over 110 spirits, liqueurs and a selection of cold beers on tap…perfect for that pre-dinner drink or after-dinner nightcap.

Zinc, a unique combination of restaurant, cafe and lounge, is located in the Portico Building on the corner of Macrossan & Davidson Streets. Lunch is served from 12 noon, Dinner from 5:30pm and Tapas are available all day from midday. Lounge closing time varies by day. Reservations are highly recommended; make yours by calling (07) 4099 6260. (Children’s menu available until 6:30pm)

Photo Credit: Zinc Port Douglas

Optional Evening Tropical Banquet (Not Included) - Flames in the Forest

Dine on an award winning tropical banquet including local exotic produce and Australian wines. All this as you sit in flickering candlelight by a rushing mountain creek under the canopy of the rainforest.



Journey to a hidden place, you are collected from your accommodation, and leave the highway down a winding road as the forest welcomes you into the night. In a secluded glade your evening begins greeted with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres you are introduced to a culture that has been in existence for over forty thousand years.




The evening unfolds as it would have many generations before with an ancient tale from the Aboriginal Dreamtime. After dessert, enjoy some Daintree tea and local coffee, explore the river surrounds or simply sit back & let the sounds of the rainforest tell its own story.

And finally, before you depart, if you leave your mark in our handmade book of trees, one tree will be planted from that signature and you will have contributed to preserve local habitats, and these soul nurturing rainforests will last another million years.

Available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. April – December Only.
Flames of the Forest is not suitable for children under six.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Rainforest

If you’ve ever wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, picturesque Atherton Tablelands is the perfect place! Treat yourself with this tour from Port Douglas for a sunrise fly!

Your day starts early, with a big payoff! An air conditioned coach will pick you up at your Port Douglas hotel and drive an hour west to the Atherton Tablelands. Experience the fun & unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with 30 minutes minimum flying time. Breathe in the wide-open spaces! This is a great experience with Australia’s largest fleet of balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximize the fun of your morning.

Your balloon will return and the group enjoys hot air balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs. You’ll then have some time to enjoy the Australian bush at a historic country homestead.

Operates

Daily

Need to Know

– Payable on Board (Not Included) – 30.00AUD* Civil Aviation Insurance Levy
– Child Age Restriction: 3 Years and Under Not Allowed to Fly

Times

Pick-up around 5:00am and Drop-Off around 9:30am.

Inclusions

– Free door to door air conditioned coach transfers to most Port Douglas accommodations
– Spectacular 30 minute Hot Air balloon ride
– Expert interpretive commentary
– Cross Country Hot Air Balloon Chase
– Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate

Upgrades

Extended Fly (60 minutes):
– Luxury Fly with Extra Sleep In
– Personal Chauffeur & Private Transfers
– Extended Hot Air Balloon ride
– 5 star gourmet beachside breakfast at Palm Cove
– A bottle of Champagne to take home
– Complimentary photo set – delivered digitally

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Wildlife Habitat

Visit four environments and experience a cacophony of wildlife all at once at the Wildlife Habitat Animal Sanctuary located at the entrance of Port Douglas.

Situated on eight acres of land, the park recreates four very unique environments that allow you to see various and numerous species through meandering boardwalks.

Enter through the Savannah, a new habitat offering an opportunity to wander amongst the beautifully rich colored birds of northern Australian open woodlands. Check out the Wetlands where you can view wading birds as they forage for fish beneath the boardwalks, along with marsupials, fruit bats and other bird species.

Come hungry and have the original “Breakfast with the Birds” (extra cost) which will tempt you with a delicious breakfast buffet, juices, exotic tropical fruit selection and bottomless tea and coffee. Watch the clock and make sure to be on time for the Koala Photos (extra cost).

Stop off at the Presentation Hut where you can meet up close with various reptiles, including pythons and crocodiles (check times). If you get hungry stop off at the Cafe where meals and snacks are available or have “Lunch with the Lorikeets” (extra cost).

View the native species of the Wet Tropics at the Rainforest with such animals as the endangered Southern Cassowary, Boyd’s Forest Dragon and colorful Eclectus parrots. Interact and hand feed Queensland’s largest range of kangaroos and wallabies at the Grasslands. Double check the lagoons where the crocodiles are lurking beneath the murky waters or basking on the sunlit banks.

Don’t forget to check out the gift shop, ask about guided tours or inquire about 3 day entry passes.

Daily Tour Schedule:
9:00am Wetlands Stork Keeper Talk
9:15am Feature Creature photos
9:30am Rainforest & Cassowary Feeding Tour
10:10am Wetlands Feeding Tour
10:45am Koala Presentation/ Koala Souvenir Photos
11:00am Feature Creature photos
11:30am Reptile Keeper Talk
11:45am North Queensland Reptile Experience
12:30pm Lunch with the Lorikeets Interactive Experience
1:00pm Feature Creature photos
2:00pm Rainforest & Birds Feeding Presentation
3:00pm Kangaroo & Pelican Keeper Talk
4:00pm Park Closure

Kangaroo food can be purchased (own expense) at the Wildlife Habitat.

Operates
Daily. Closed on Christmas Day (December 25).

Need to Know
Child pricing and family rates are available on request.

Times
Opening hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Inclusions
– Entry into Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat
– Animal presentations
– Re-entry for the next five days

Upgrades
– 2 hr Private Guided Wildlife Habitat Tour
– Breakfast with the Birds
– CrocArena “Swim with the Salties” experience

(Day 17) - Shuttle Transfer, Port Douglas Accommodation to Cairns Airport

Travel by shuttle from your Port Douglas vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.

Need to Know
Luggage Restrictions: 1 checked bag and 1 hand luggage is free of charge per person in the shuttle. Additional luggage is 10$ each. Strollers are free. Bikes need to be in a bike bag. Fishing rods need to be broken down and in a container.

(Day 17) - International Flight, Cairns to Auckland

Depart Cairns and fly to Auckland.

(Day 17) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles (Check Quote for Inclusion)

Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $4,197 $5,798 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $5,553 $7,155 2024-02-17 00:00:00 - 2024-09-17 00:00:00
USA Departures: 17FEB24 - 28JUN24 & 24JUL - 17SEP24. Expires OCT 5 2023
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $6,288 $7,889 Basic: May 1 - Jun 8 & Jul 24 - Sep 21, 2022. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $6,495 $8,096 Shoulder: Feb 1 - Apr 30, Jun 9 - Jul 23 & Sep 22 - Dec 8, 2022. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $7,012 $8,614 Peak: Dec 9, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $9,264 $10,866 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $10,925 $12,526 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
First Class $22,540 $24,142 First Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.