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Contrasts of Australia & New Zealand
Itinerary:

  • Explore the treasures of the great South Pacific with a visit to Australia and New Zealand. Take in New Zealand’s breathtaking beauty in the natural sites of Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier and the Canterbury Plains. A short transfer will place you in Australia’s mesmerizing cities of Melbourne, Sydney, and Cairns where you will explore the underwater jungle of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • DAY 3 : Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand
    On arrival in Auckland, you are transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4 p.m.). This evening meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception at your hotel and dinner at the top of the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Auckland’s Skytower at Orbit, a revolving restaurant with 360 degree views of the city. (Welcome Reception, Dinner)
  • DAY 4: Auckland Sightseeing & Free Time
    A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a sightseeing tour including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour, home to the 2000 America’s Cup. Spend some free time exploring on your own or relaxing at your hotel. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 5: Auckland / Rotorua
    Travel into the Waikato region to visit the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto for a boat tour with a Local Guide. Then continue to Rotorua where you’ll visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, and you’ll be accompanied by a Local Guide to view New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. This evening, enjoy a You’re Personally Invited traditional Maori Hangi dinner accompanied by local wine, and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae. (Breakfast, You're Personally Invited Lunch)
  • DAY 6: Rotorua / Christchurch
    You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Christchurch. On arrival, board your coach for a tour to see how the city is slowly being rebuilt as a consequence of the devastating earthquake of February 2011. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 7: Christchurch / Tranzalpine train / Franz Josef
    Board the TranzAlpine train in Christchurch for your journey over the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika you’ll visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory, a Local Specialty. Travel along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier for a short walk to view the glacier and perhaps take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). (Breakfast, Dinner)
  • DAY 8: Franz Josef / Queenstown
    Enjoy a coastal drive with views of the Tasman Sea. Climb over the Haast Pass winding through Mount Aspiring National Park. Then your journey takes you past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and heads along the Kawarau River through the Kawarau Gorge. Finally you will visit the historic village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers, before arriving in Queenstown. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 9: Milford Sound Cruise
    Journey over the Devil’s Staircase along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll drive through the Homer Tunnel before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy a Highlight Lunch and cruise with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you. Later, return to Queenstown. (Breakfast, Highlight Lunch)
  • DAY 11: Queenstown / Christchurch
    You may wish to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Later in the day continue on to see lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Join us for a visit to Morelea Farm, where you are welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a You’re Personally Invited lunch in their 600-acre garden. Travel over the colorful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. (Breakfast, You're Personally Invited Lunch, Dinner)
  • DAY 12:Christchurch / Melbourne, Australia
    This morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Melbourne. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this cosmopolitan city. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 13: Melbourne Sightseeing & Free Time, Australia
    See the Royal Botanic Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, Parliament House and much more on a sightseeing tour. Afterwards enjoy free time on your own to perhaps explore further or relax back at the hotel. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 14:Melbourne / Cairns
    Board your flight to Cairns. On arrival visit Rainforestation Nature Park for lunch. Experience indigenous culture and Australian native wildlife in a World Heritage listed rainforest setting. Visit the Wildlife Park to see Australian animals including kangaroos, koalas and crocodiles. (Breakfast, Lunch)
  • DAY 15:Great Barrier Reef
    Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Listen to a Local Expert. See coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semisubmersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkeling and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Enjoy a Highlight Lunch then return to Cairns in the late afternoon. (Breakfast, Highlight Lunch)
  • Day 17:Sydney Sightseeing
    This morning enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a Local Expert. Later, board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, Watson’s Bay and the Gap. Your destination is famous Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a You’re Personally Invited lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Return to the city for a cruise on the beautiful harbor and then you will have the opportunity to learn about Australia’s national gemstone – the opal. (Breakfast, You're Personally Invited Lunch)
  • Day 18:Sydney Free Day
    Spend the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. Celebrate this evening at a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant by the water with your Travel Director and newfound friends. (Breakfast, Farewell Dinner)
Accommodation:
Tour Length Hotel's Name Address
2 Night(s)
SKYCITY Grand Hote
Auckland
1 Night(s)
Millennium Hotel
Rotorua
2 Night(s)
Sudima Hotel
Christchurch
1 Night(s)
Franz Josef Glacier Hotel
Franz Josef
3 Night(s)
Millenium Hotel
Queenstown
2 Night(s)
Crowne Plaza
Melbourne
2 Night(s)
Hilton Hotel
Cairns
3 Night(s)
Four Points by Sheraton
Sydney
Your Travel Value Includes:
  • Airport transfers in Auckland on Day 3 and Sydney on Day 19 for guests who have advised of their flight details
  • All airport transfers during your guided vacation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling
  • 16 hot buffet breakfasts (B); 5 lunches, including 1 lunch (L), 2 Highlight Lunches (HL), and 2 You're Personally Invited lunches (PI); 5 dinners, including Welcome Reception (WR) with dinner (D), 2 two or three-course dinners (D), You're Personally Invited dinner with local wine (PI), and Farewell Dinner (FD)
  • Services of professional Travel Directors, one in each country
  • Luxury motorcoach with air conditioning, reclining seats and onboard restroom
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges Hidden Delight A unique experience provided by your Travel Director
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • My Journey booklet and map
Vacation highlights include:
  • Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Franz Josef, Queenstown
Countries visited:
  • Australia, New Zealand
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