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Explore New Zealand and Australia

See the best of what Australia and New Zealand have to offer in this comprehensive tour as you Explore New Zealand and Australia. Get in touch with nature in New Zealand. From small towns to stunning valleys, adventure tours and relaxing days, there is a lot of diversity to discover in this cultural country. Cruise off to the Great Barrier Reef, watch the sun rise and set in Uluru and act like an Aussie in some of the country’s world class cities. There’s no shortage of activities on this action packed 16 night journey.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cosmopolitan, Cultural, On the Water

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Explore New Zealand and Australia
Explore New Zealand and Australia
Explore New Zealand and Australia
Explore New Zealand and Australia
Explore New Zealand and Australia
Explore New Zealand and Australia
Explore New Zealand and Australia
Explore New Zealand and Australia

Day By Day

Day 1 – Welcome to Auckland

Upon arrival into Auckland, you will need to clear customs and make your way into the main arrivals hall from where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Starting Accommodation: Rydges Auckland


Day 2 – Travel to Rotorua via Waitomo

Depart Auckland early this morning on board a motor coach for your ride south to Hamilton. Travel through the rich Waikato area, famous for its dairy farms, kiwi fruit orchards, thoroughbred horses and the Waitomo Caves! You will enter subterranean limestone caverns to view the Glow Worm Grotto. Surely one of the wonders of the world. Then, you'll continue over the bush-clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. A picnic lunch served on board the coach is included, with arrival to Rotorua in the afternoon.

Starting Accommodation: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Meals: Lunch


Day 3 – Half Day Eco Thermal Park Tour & Tamaki Maori Village, Evening Experience

Half Day Eco Thermal Park Tour
Depart from your Rotorua city accommodations for this small-group half-day tour of Rotorua's most natural and popular geothermal parks. Today's tour will visit Wai O Tapu and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. The two parks offer a variety of thermal activity: at Wai-o-tapu, the colorful hot springs are the key features along with the famous Lady Knox geyser. At Waimangu Volcanic valley, the guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption that blew open this now spectacular, bush covered geothermal park. The local naturalist guide will explain the volcanic processes of Rotorua and New Zealand while you have the opportunity to view the volcanoes, geysers, New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool, and hot springs.

Tamaki Maori Village, Evening Experience
Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions with the Tamaki Maori Village Evening Experience. From the start of the journey visitors are swept away by master storytellers who will share customs, traditions and the Maori way of life. Beginning at the gathering place, embark on a Maori cultural experience to an ancient forest village at Tawa-ngahere-pa – where the land, the people, and the Maori spirit come to life. Set in a magnificent 200 year old ancient Tawa forest, visitors are invited to participate in and learn the poi, the haka and enjoy displays of Maori art forms. You will be welcomed onto the sacred grounds in traditional Maori ceremony, come to a better understanding of the world of Maori, and in the process takeaway a genuine sense of belonging. Tonight’s experience includes transportation from Rotorua city, a 3.5 hour Maori cultural experience, traditional dinner, and the opportunity to participate in hands-on cultural activities. A licensed bar is available (own cost).

Starting Accommodation: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Meals: Dinner


Day 4 – Travel to Queenstown

You will be transferred to the airport by private vehicle. Takeoff to Queenstown on the next stage of your adventure.

Starting Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz


Day 5 – Milford Sound - Coach and Cruise

The journey to Milford Sound via the famous Milford Road is just as remarkable as the destination itself. On board the 'Real Journeys' luxury glass roofed coach, you are treated to a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option to purchase refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way, and the coach driver provides an informative commentary during the 4-5 hour ride.

On reaching Milford Sound, board the vessel to cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Exploring the length of the fiord you’ll learn about the history of the region and benefit from the knowledge of your on board guide. Experience the cool spray of a waterfall as you move in close to sheer rock faces or watch out for dolphins, seals and, in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguins. The experienced skippers tailor the cruise to take into consideration weather and recent wildlife sightings, ensuring you’ll see the best that Milford Sound has to offer on the day.

Return to Queenstown is again by luxury coach, providing time to reflect on the beauty of the afternoon scenery. 

Starting Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz
Meals: Lunch


Day 6 – Queenstown

Transfer from Queenstown by coach to Glenorchy and the mouth of the Dart River to board the 18-foot specially prepared jet boat. The Wilderness Safari takes you on a spectacular 45-minute jet-boat journey through the Dart's ever-changing braided river system where you'll be surrounded by snow-covered peaks, hidden valleys and waterfalls.

The tour includes an easy guided 30-minute bush walk at Rockburn at Paradise where your knowledgeable guide will enliven your walk with an informative and entertaining commentary about the native forest, the unique flora and fauna, as well as the fascinating Maori and colonial history of the area. Rejoin the jetboat for the 45-minute ride back to Glenorchy where you will board the coach for the 1 hour transfer back to Queenstown.

Starting Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz


Day 7 – Travel to Christchurch via Mount Cook

Depart Queenstown and travel by tour coach through the rugged and beautiful landscape of Otago. Cross the Lindis Pass into Mackenzie Country to visit Mount Cook Village at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain - Aoraki (Mount Cook). There are 17 peaks over 10,000 feet in Mount Cook National Park including Mount Cook itself at 12,349 feet. To one side of Mt. Cook is the mighty Tamsan Glacier, a 30 kilometer (18 mile) giant, and one of the longest outside the Himalayas. At Mount Cook Village, there is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or ski plane flight (weather permitting and additional cost) which may be booked in advance or on the day. Lunch is included today. From Mount Cook, head back to the highway to continue north along the Tasman River, to Lake Tekapo, where you may view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd - a historic church dedicated to the early pioneers of this area, and the sheepdog - a statue that is a tribute to high country farmers' best friend. The tour continues through diverse farmland before arriving in Christchurch.

Starting Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Meals: Lunch


Day 8 – Christchurch Full Day City Tour

Begin the day with a drive into Christchurch city center, as your driver delves into the history of the city. Briefly explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens, where you will discover why New Zealand's flora and fauna are unique. Stops will be made at Cathedral Square, the River precinct, the Transitional Cathedral (Cardboard Cathedral) and the Tannery shopping precinct. Lunch will be taken in a local cafe or restaurant. During the afternoon, head to the Port Hills, which overlook Christchurch and present stunning views of the city, Canterbury Plains, Lyttelton Harbour and the distant Southern Alps. On the return to the city, visit "She Chocolate," a chocolatier cafe where you may be tempted with the pleasures of "The Food of the Gods" before your hosts return you to your accommodations. Please note the order of activities may change and will be dependent on conditions on the day.

Starting Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Meals: Lunch


Day 9 – Travel to Sydney

Takeoff to Sydney and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

Welcome to Sydney. Australia’s most visited state, New South Wales partly owes its popularity with tourists to the glamorous city of Sydney. With its harbor beaches and intoxicating blend of bushland and bustling city, Sydney is a perfect snapshot of Australia. Beyond the glow of Sydney, New South Wales becomes a sweeping landscape of quaint, beachside hamlets, inland opal-mining towns, and alpine hideaways. Visitors can take a surfing lesson on one of the world’s most renowned beaches or get intimate with Sydney – whether by a walking tour of the Rocks area, a visit to Sydney’s fish market or dinner at one of the city’s famed restaurants.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour


Day 10 – Story Of Sydney Tour and Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise

Story Of Sydney Tour
You will take away lasting memories of stunning beauty, fascinating culture and a variety of wonderful attractions. Traveling in a small group, 'The Story' promises to acquaint you with Australia's most vibrant city beginning with her birth place, The Rocks. Discover how culturally intact the region remains today.

The Story of Sydney is the ultimate way to orient yourself in Sydney. The itinerary includes 'must-see' attractions, from the Opera House to Bondi Beach; but there are also many of the local's favorite hidden gems. 'The Story' really brings the city to life as your guide introduces you to Sydney's unique culture, contemporary lifestyle and fascinating history while you tour the city's diverse villages, fashionable shopping strips, beautiful beaches and buzzing dining precincts. All this is seen through the eyes of a Sydney-sider. The tour also includes (optional) short walks along spectacular coastal paths and golden beaches.

Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise
Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. This is a unique, four-hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a three-course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and five-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a smaller vessel offers, including swimming and fishing - or sit back and relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour
Meals: Lunch


Day 11 – BridgeClimb Summit & Sydney at Leisure

BridgeClimb Summit - Day Climb
BridgeClimb is a 3.5 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 400 feet above Sydney Harbour. In climb groups of up to 14 people, you'll be led by a professional BridgeClimb leader on an adventure of the world's most recognizable bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness 360-degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! The professional Climb Leaders will take pictures of you on the climb and at the end you will receive a commemorative Climber Certificate, a complimentary Climber Cap and group photograph, with all climbers in the group receiving an identical photo.

Sydney at Leisure
It is no surprise that when the British first arrived in Sydney they named the area Botany Bay. Even today, with a population of over 4 million people and a reputation for fun rather than flora, one is still surrounded by bush land in this bustling city. Native Waratah wind their way through the historic Rocks area, palm trees frame long stretches of pristine beach, and Eucalyptus embrace the endless and beckoning bays of Sydney Harbour.

It is Sydney's man-made wonders, however, that draw most visitors. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the most photographed icons on the continent. Choose a Seaplane Safari experience and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Opera House's signature sails. See the Harbour Bridge up close and personal by climbing the metal monolith to enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the glittering vista below with BridgeClimb as you climb to the top. Whether it is an early morning visit to the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, or your very first surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, in this vibrant metropolis you will find no lack of energetic escapes and dynamic distractions.

There are many ways to enjoy the harbor: on a small luxury motor cruiser or sailing yacht, or ferries that take you to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly and the harbor suburbs. Take the Darling Harbour Rocket that connects Circular Quay to Darling Harbour where there are many restaurants and attractions such as The Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, The IMAX Theater and the Naval Museum. For a more leisurely afternoon, take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park, or learn about Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal, at Altmann; Cherny or The National Opal Collection, right in the heart of the city on Pitt Street.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour


Day 12 – Travel to Ayers Rock & Sounds Of Silence Dinner

Takeoff to Ayers Rock and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

You will be met at the airport by a courtesy shuttle, which will transfer you from the airport to your property at Ayers Rock Resort.

Sounds Of Silence Dinner
Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into 4 magical hours. Enjoy an evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your journey begins on a lone sand dune. A path takes you to an uninterrupted 360-degree view of this vast landscape. In front of you is the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here, you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets, you feast on a BBQ buffet of authentic Australian delicacies. Examples include barramundi, kangaroo, emu and crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts - all complemented by some of Australia's finest wines. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing as our star talker takes you on a tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As you wind down after dinner, you are offered a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savor a special treat of hot mulled wine. This evening's excursion includes transfers, pre-dinner drinks (local beer, wine and soft drinks), canapes, BBQ buffet dinner, dessert, tea, coffee and port. While guests enjoy dune-top sunset drinks and canapes with breathtaking views of Uluru at all three sites, after the sun sets and guests make their way to their dining area, Uluru may not be seen.

Starting Accommodation: Desert Gardens
Meals: Dinner


Day 13 – Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour & Uluru and Sunset Tour

Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour
Revel in the early morning serenity of a truly spiritual place as the sunrise colors change on Kata Tjuta. Enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. Learn about this diverse environment while walking between the mighty conglomerate rock walls and into Walpa Gorge. Hear how the many domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here. Your private vehicle tour ends with the return to your accommodations at Yulara Resort - duration is around 5 hours.

Uluru and Sunset Tour
Departing your accommodation at Yulara resort, today's excursion will travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point, it is only a matter of minutes before the spectre of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence - the first stop allows you a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon. With Uluru looming in front, walk with your guide to a place of tranquility at the base. The closer you wander, the more you surrender to the realization of the sheer size of this monolith. Driving around the base, immerse yourself in the area. Stops are made for a short walk into Mutitjulu Waterhole. There, you will visit rock-art sites and the local waterhole with your guide to learn of Uluru's significance to the Anangu (local Aboriginal people). As you continue the drive around the rest of the base, experience the Mala walk before adjourning to the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe a sunset from a different perspective over Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the distance. Enjoy sparkling wine and light refreshments. You will return to your accommodations at Yulara Resort.

Starting Accommodation: Desert Gardens
Meals: Breakfast


Day 14 – Travel to Cairns

Takeoff to Cairns and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

Starting Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns


Day 15 – Michaelmas Cay Reef Excursion

Depart Cairns wharf on board the 'Ocean Spirit,' a luxury 105-foot sailing vessel - the largest of her kind in the world. Sail to Michaelmas Cay, known as the Isle of the Birds, a year-round home to thousands of sea birds of some 14 different species. Its spectacular coral reef, which thrives in the ideal conditions of clear, shallow, sunlit water, is home to a variety of marine life, including giant clams and brilliant fish. Because Michaelmas Cay is a National Park, the fish are so tame you can feed them from the beach and birds know they are safe to wander among you with their chicks. Lunch is a tropical smorgasbord, and morning and afternoon teas are also available on board.

Spend four hours at the reef with time for a variety of activities. You may wish to do an introductory scuba dive with a qualified instructor, or just laze on the beach. Enjoy a leisurely sail back to Cairns and afternoon tea; you'll arrive back at the wharf late afternoon.

Starting Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns
Meals: Lunch


Day 16 – Daintree Dreaming - Traditional Aboriginal Fishing

Experience the region's rich Aboriginal history and culture on this exclusive journey from coast to rainforest. Travel is with a small group.

Travel along one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives as you head north of Port Douglas to Cooya Beach (Kuku Kuku). This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji people and has three diverse ecosystems - beaches, mangroves and coastal reefs. Join a member of the Kubirri Warra clan on their daily journey through these ecosystems to spear and gather food for their family. You will be introduced to their traditional fishing and gathering techniques that have been passed down through generations and are still used today by their people.

Next, travel to the Mossman Gorge Centre where you are greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by the Aboriginal people with a specialized cultural knowledge to welcome people to their land. Enjoy lunch in the café before embarking on the Rainforest Walk. Wander through the lush rainforest of Manjal Dimbi (Mossman Gorge); home of the Kuku Yalanji rainforest people. Experience one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforests with your Adventure North Australia Aboriginal guide. Enjoy an easy walk across boardwalks, tracks and bridges that protect the delicate ecosystem and learn about the Kuku Yalanji’s people’s special relationship with this environment. Return to the vehicle for your transfer back to your accommodation after a unique day of cultural discovery.

The day includes the two-hour coastal and cultural walk, morning tea and lunch, a 'Welcome to Country' ceremony and the guided Rainforest Walk at Mossman Gorge. You should wear comfortable footwear and bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellant and a bottle of water.

Starting Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns
Meals: Lunch


Day 17 – Depart Cairns

Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodations to the Cairns Airport.


Included Activites


Pricing

Package Level:

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

Twin Share
5/1/2022 - 5/31/2022$4,945
6/1/2022 - 6/30/2022$5,020
7/1/2022 - 9/30/2022$5,125
10/1/2022 - 10/31/2022$5,300
12/1/2022 - 3/31/2023$5,390
Single Traveler
5/1/2022 - 5/31/2022$6,940
6/1/2022 - 6/30/2022$7,085
7/1/2022 - 9/30/2022$7,295
10/1/2022 - 10/31/2022$7,625
12/1/2022 - 3/31/2023$7,805

Add internal air to this package from $855*


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Price does not include airfare unless otherwise stated. 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: www.swaindestinations.com/terms

Details

Length:

16 Nights

Pricing:

From $4,945 Per Person

Destinations:

Auckland; Rotorua; Queenstown; Christchurch; Sydney; Ayers Rock; Cairns

Inclusions:

  • All roundtrip airport transfers
  • 1 night Auckland
  • Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Tour
  • 2 nights Rotorua
  • Rotorua Eco Thermal Tour
  • Tamaki Maori Village, Evening Experience
  • 3 nights Queenstown
  • Milford Sound tour
  • Dart River jet boating
  • Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Tour
  • 2 nights Christchurch
  • Christchurch City Sights Tour
  • 3 nights Sydney
  • Sydney City Sights 
  • Cruise Like a local Lunch cruise
  • BridgeClimb Summit - Day Climb
  • 2 nights Uluru
  • Sounds of Silence Dinner
  • Kata Tjuta Sunrise tour
  • Uluru Sunset tour
  • 3 nights Cairns
  • Full Day Great Barrier Reef excursion
  • Daintree Dreaming – Traditional Aboriginal Fishing
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 7 lunches, 2 dinners
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