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Ultimate Australia and New Zealand


Endless exploring in buzzing cities, charming villages and hidden reefs, Ultimate Australia and New Zealand takes luxury to the next level. A private helicopter tour over Milford Sound, a luxury cruise through Sydney Harbour and endless spa retreats are what are in store for you on this unrivaled itinerary. Escape to the Great Barrier Reef at qualia, an exclusive lodge set in the idyllic Whitsunday Islands. Stimulate your senses in Sydney, get outdoorsy in New Zealand and laze away on the islands. Combine the best that these two unique countries have to offer for one perfectly crafted luxurious journey.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cosmopolitan, Sun & Sand, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Queenstown (Via Auckland)
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.

Day 3 – Welcome to Queenstown, New Zealand
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle.

Queenstown is New Zealand's premier alpine resort. Rich in history and abundance of recreations and a breathtaking natural beauty that lends each season its own distinct complexion, Queenstown has long been the inspiration for artists and nature-lovers from all over the world eager to capture its dramatic beauty.

Starting Accommodation: The Spire Queenstown (B)

Day 4 – Milford Sound Helicopter Tour
This exclusive trip will have you picked up from your hotel and flown via the famous Milford Track & Sutherland Falls to Milford Sound where we land and allow you to absorb the beauty of Milford. We will then whisk you out to the mouth of the Sound and along the rugged West Coast where you will have the opportunity to view seals in their natural colonies. From the Tasman Sea we will fly inland over glaciers and frozen lakes to one of our secret wilderness sites for some 'Over the Top' hospitality.

A gourmet snack, including cheese and Champagne is included. This trip has been described as an experience of a lifetime and takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world (allow 4-6 hours for this excursion).

Starting Accommodation: The Spire Queenstown (B)

Day 5 – At leisure, Queenstown
At your leisure to explore the adventure capital of New Zealand. Set between the towering Remarkable Ranges and the bottomless Lake Wakitipu, Queenstown has it all - bungee jumping, jet boating, rafting, and amazing scenic helicopter flights. You may wish to visit Milford or Doubtful Sound or the old gold mining town of Arrowtown.

Starting Accommodation: The Spire Queenstown (B)

Day 6 – At leisure, Queenstown
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: The Spire Queenstown (B)

Day 7 – Queenstown to Christchurch
You will be transferred by private vehicle to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. On arrival you will be met by your driver and taken to your hotel.

Christchurch is the South Island's largest city, beautifully encapsulates the best of what New Zealand has to offer. This is a vibrant city of exciting festivals, art galleries, theaters and great shopping. Award-winning attractions are available within the city and the surrounding countryside. Find out what variety really means; explore our unspoiled corner of the globe, where wilderness, adventure and sophisticated urban living can be found in perfect balance.

Starting Accommodation: Otahuna Lodge (B)

Day 8 – Akaroa Tour
On this amazing tour, visit the extinct volcanoes of Banks Peninsula and view the beautiful harbors and green farmland.  Make photo stops at scenic places and enjoy morning and afternoon teas and a cheese tasting at the Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory.

Once at Akaroa, included in your tour is a nature and harbor cruise on the Canterbury Cat. This cruise explores the volcanic harbor and sightings may be made of the world's smallest dolphin – the Hectors Dolphin, NZ Fur Seals and numerous seabirds.

If time allows, stroll through the village and along the waterfront, taking in the quaint French charm which is unique to Akaroa. Lunch is included today, and the return to Christchurch is around 5.30pm.

Starting Accommodation: Otahuna Lodge (B, L)

Day 9 – Christchurch to Blue Mountains (Via Sydney)
Please wait for your driver in your hotel lobby for your transfer to Christchurch airport. Upon arrival into Sydney collect your rental vehicle and commence the leisurely 2 hour drive one of Australia's premier attractions, the Blue Mountains.

Located less than two hour’s drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains offer a natural wonderland of untamed bush, spectacular rock formations and native wildlife. Vast views reach to the horizon, waterfalls plummet to the valleys below and there are numerous lookouts and other places where you can sit alone with nature. All this and more on Sydney’s doorstep.

Highlights include picturesque towns and villages with shops, boutiques, art and antique galleries, and cafes. There are activities for all ages and fitness levels from high adventure abseiling, mountain biking or horse riding, to a gentle stroll through the pristine scenery.

Note: International airfare has not been included in the package price.

Starting Accommodation: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley (B, L, D)

Day 10 – At leisure, Blue Mountains
At your leisure to explore the beautiful Blue Mountains. Take a tour to the Jenolan Caves or maybe take a walk on the many walking trails through the natural environment that is called the “Mini Grand Canyon”. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Sydney to Hamilton Island
Drive back to Sydney and return your rental vehicle before boarding your flight to Hamilton Island. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your resort.

Starting Accommodation: qualia, Great Barrier Reef (B)

Day 12 – At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
Go for a bushwalk, soak in one of the two serene pools, read a book in the library, have a cocktail by the bar, or step inside the exclusive spa. For adventure, take a day trip to the world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: qualia, Great Barrier Reef (B)

Day 13 – At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: qualia, Great Barrier Reef (B)

Day 14 – At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: qualia, Great Barrier Reef (B)

Day 15 – Hamilton Island to Sydney
On arrival into Sydney you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle.

Starting Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney (B)

Day 16 – Sydney Harbour Luxury Cruise
Cruise like a local on spectacular Sydney Harbour. Enjoy fabulous sightseeing, kayak to a secluded beach, or just relax with a chilled glass of Australian wine. A gourmet barbecue lunch is included.

Starting Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney (B, L)

Day 17 – Sydney to USA (Via Auckland)
Transfer by private vehicle to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

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Highlighted Activities

Milford Sound Heli Tours
Milford Sound Heli Tours
Queenstown
Length: Half-day
Sydney Harbour Cruises
Sydney Harbour Cruises
Sydney
Length: Half-day, Full-day


Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
QueenstownThe Spire Queenstown
ChristchurchOtahuna Lodge
Blue MountainsEmirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Whitsundaysqualia, Great Barrier Reef
SydneyPark Hyatt Sydney


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
SWSP25910
Twin Share
11/1/2017 - 11/30/2017$13,070
12/1/2017 - 12/31/2017$13,625
1/1/2018 - 1/31/2018$13,590
2/1/2018 - 3/31/2018$13,645
Single Traveler
11/1/2017 - 11/30/2017$25,280
12/1/2017 - 12/31/2017$26,385
1/1/2018 - 1/31/2018$26,315
2/1/2018 - 3/31/2018$26,420

Add internal air to this package from $325*


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: wwww.swaindestinations.com/terms