TOUR SUMMARY

Duration:

22 Days And 21 Nights


Tour Type:

Cities Of The World, Beaches, Sightseeing, Action & Adventure, Spas And Pamperin


Location:

Melbourne, VIC | view map...


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Summary

Only our best Tour Directors are selected to escort this 22 day premium tour of Australia and New Zealand. Stay in first class accommodations whilst enjoying amazing highlight meals as you travel in luxury touring vehicles experiencing all the must do and see activities that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.

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 canapes and wine.Discover rock art at Uluru and learn about sacred sites.Hike through Walpa Gorge and discover the domes of Kata Tjuta.Interact with local Aboriginal artists and create your own dot painting .Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.Cuddle a koala in Cairns.Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean on Bondi Beach.Experience Sydney Opera House on a guided tour.Cruise on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.Discover the glow worms of Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto.Immerse yourself in rich Maori arts and culture at an exclusive cultural dinner.Travel on the TranzAlpine train.Taste Central Otago stone fruit at an orchard.Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise.Let your hair down in the adventure capital Queenstown.Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm .

Itinerary

After meeting your Tour Director and travelling companions, enjoy a welcome reception on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Enjoy a delightful innovative approach to dining on this historical fleet of Melbourne’s iconic trams. Sit back and enjoy cruising the streets of Melbourne while you dine on an exclusive seasonal menu and quality Australian beer and wine.


Overnight: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne
Destination: Melbourne, VIC

See the city sights this morning, including Melbourne’s eclectic little laneways and arcades, on your private walking tour. This afternoon’s free to explore.


Overnight: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne
Destination: Melbourne, VIC

You may like to join an Optional Experience to the wineries in the Yarra Valley or tour along the famous Great Ocean Road to see the stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles.


Overnight: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne
Destination: Melbourne, VIC

This morning you’ll fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how this unique facility operates to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. Next stop is the School of the Air, which provides an educational facility for children living in remote areas. Then visit the historic Telegraph Station.
‘You’re invited’ this evening to experience the Aussie outback at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy a barbecue dinner and hear from Tom and Danny Falzon about the sustainable lifestyle they have established. They may even lead on you a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar.


Overnight: Chifley Alice Springs Resort
Destination: Alice Springs

Travel through the rugged outback to Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy gourmet canapes and wine while watching sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock).


Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel
Destination: Ayers Rock

Rise early to view Uluru at sunrise. Tour the caves at the base and hear stories of the Dreamtime.
This afternoon travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Enjoy sunset here with complimentary sparkling wine and nibbles.


Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel
Destination: Ayers Rock

This morning interact with local Aboriginal artists at a fun dot painting workshop. Your host will introduce you to Anangu culture and show how this is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience.
Later you’ll fly to Cairns.


Destination: Cairns, QL

Join your Tour Director at a local gallery to introduce you to the significance of art in Aboriginal culture.
Later, cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the colourful coral and tropical fish from a semi-submersible vessel. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Enjoy a reef education presentation on this living wonder and a tropical buffet lunch on board the pontoon.


Destination: Cairns, QL

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cairns. You may like to join an optional tour to Kuranda. Board the train for a historic journey through the scenic countryside behind Cairns. Return by the Skyrail Cableway that takes you above the canopy of the tropical rainforest or maybe take a day trip to Cape Tribulation.


Destination: Cairns, QL

Spend time at the Cairns Wildlife Dome where you’ll encounter unique Australian animals before your flight to Sydney.


Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Sydney - Darling Harbour
Destination: Sydney, NSW

Prepare yourself this morning for spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean on the cliff-top coastal walk from Tamarama Beach. The walk features stunning vistas, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. When you arrive at Bondi Beach you can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the cool clear water. Later, see stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline on a sightseeing tour. Drive through the Royal Botanic Gardens to visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair then join a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide.


Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Sydney - Darling Harbour
Destination: Sydney, NSW

Today you’ll have a full day free to explore Sydney, your way.
This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a delicious meal at Darling Harbour.


Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Sydney - Darling Harbour
Destination: Sydney, NSW

You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Auckland.
Meet your Kiwi Tour Director for a ‘highlight dinner’ at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.


Overnight: The Langham Auckland
Destination: Auckland

A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a sightseeing tour including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour. Later spend some free time exploring on your own or relaxing at your hotel.


Overnight: The Langham Auckland
Destination: Auckland

Travel into the Waikato region for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto.
Continue to Rotorua and visit Te Puia with a local guide. ‘You’re invited’ to join the Tamaki family for a traditional Maori Hangi dinner and unique cultural experience at their family Marae.


Overnight: Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Destination: Rotorua

Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a local guide. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life.
Later, you’ll take your flight to Christchurch.


Destination: Christchurch

Board the famous TranzAlpine train and travel over the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika visit a local greenstone (jade) factory then follow the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier, where you may take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting).


Destination: Franz Josef

Travel through spectacular rainforest and past Lake Wanaka. Then enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Next visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in adventure-capital Queenstown.


Destination: Queenstown

Super highlight day! Discover the stunning scenery of Fiordland. Drive through the Homer Tunnel and stop briefly at the Chasm en route to Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise with lunch on the waters of this natural wonder, with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you.


Destination: Queenstown

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Take a Shotover Jet ride, join a wine tour, play a round of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or explore Queenstown on a Segway.


Destination: Queenstown

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.


Destination: Christchurch

Your vacation concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.


Destination: Christchurch

Additional information

What`s included

Transportation: Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts,reclining seats, panoramic windows

Professionally Guided: Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver

Accommodation: Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels

Dining Inclusions

Full Buffet Breakfasts (21) B

Lunches (2) L

'You are invited' Lunch (1) YL

'You are invited' Dinners (2) YD

Dinners (3) D

Highlight Dinner (1) HD

Farewell Dinner (1) FD

Plus

Welcome Reception

Travel wallet and map

Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)

Hotel porterage includedincluded

Choice experiences

Highlights

  • • Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways and arcades. Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary. Hike through Walpa Gorge and discover the domes of Kata Tjuta. Interact with local Aboriginal artists and create your own dot painting . Experience Sydney Opera House on a guided tour. Discover the glow worms of Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto. Immerse yourself in rich Maori arts and culture at an exclusive cultural dinner. Taste Central Otago stone fruit at an orchard. Let your hair down in the adventure capital Queenstow.
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