Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Melbourne, the Reef, the Outback and Sydney
This deluxe independent tour of Australia and New Zealand takes in the highlights of both countries!
This vacation package includes:
- Accommodation in deluxe hotels for 20 nights in Auckland (2), Rotorua (2), Queenstown (3), Christchurch (1), Melbourne (4), Cairns (3), Uluru/Ayers Rock (1), Sydney (4)
- Auckland city sightseeing
- Waitomo caves tour
- Rotorua city sightseeing
- Maori cultural experience & hangi (dinner)
- Milford Sound cruise
- Cruise on to Walter Peak High Country Farm & BBQ lunch
- Coach tour Queenstown to Christchurch
- Great Ocean Road tour from Melbourne
- Little Penguin Parade
- Great Barrier Reef cruise
- Kuranda Scenic Rail, Skyrail and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
- Sounds of Silence dinner at Ayers Rock
- Sunrise tour of Ayers Rock
- Sydney city sightseeing tour
- Tour of Sydney Opera House
- Sydney Harbour cruise
- Blue Mountains tour
- All airport transfers
- Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
- Complimentary Springboard Vacations Travel Protection Plan
Land only - does not include international or domestic airfares.
DAY ONE - WELCOME TO AUCKLAND!
Welcome to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Auckland offers all of the things associated with a sophisticated cosmopolitan city, from beautiful scenery to adrenaline pumping adventure - and first-class food and wine.
You'll be transferred to your hotel. Located in downtown Auckland, Hotel DeBrett links two unique precincts - High Street's hip fashion and Shortland Street's tailored commerce. Hotel DeBrett's iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a small boutique hotel.
DAY TWO - AUCKLAND AFTERNOON HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Discover first-hand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live! This afternoon tour takes you around the central city, experiencing many of its best and most scenic sights. Journey over the Auckland Harbour Bridge for stunning views back to the city. Visit the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland's famous Queen Street before continuing on through the Auckland Domain. With its classic charm the Auckland Domain is the city's oldest and one of its largest parks, situated on a 62,000 year old volcano.
DAY THREE - AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA AND WAITOMO CAVES TOUR
Today you will travel south from Auckland through the rich farmland of the Waikato on to Waitomo. After your lunch stop (lunch own expense) begin your guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. After your visit reboard your coach and continue on to Rotorua.
Rotorua's striking gardens, cobbled streets and fascinating mix of Maori and English Tudor architecture give the city a significant point of difference. Beyond the urban centre, a backdrop of geothermal steam, volcanic mountains and huge crater lakes remind you that this region rests immediately above the Pacific Ring of Fire. Your hotel in Auckland iis the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside is located on the lakefront of picturesque Lake Rotorua.
DAY FOUR - DISCOVER ROTORUA AND MAORI CULTURAL EXPERIENCE AND HANGI FEAST
Today you will go on a half day morning tour of Rotorua's leading attractions with visits to Te Puia and the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts & culture of the Maori People. You’ll visit Rainbow Springs - a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, the kiwi bird; and the Agrodome Sheep Show a hands-on experience giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history.
No visit to Rotorua is complete without joining in a traditional Maori hangi feast. This evening tour takes you on a cultural journey to the marae (Maori village), the life force of New Zealand's indigenous people. You will experience the powhiri (welcome ceremony), hear traditional Maori instruments and watch the daily activities of days gone by. In the wharenui (meeting house), a Rangiatea culture group offers a powerful display of haka song and dance. Then, dine on a traditional hangi feast, where the food is cooked slowly beneath the ground in earth ovens.
DAY FIVE - ROTORUA TO QUEENSTOWN
You'll be transferred to Rotorua Airport for your flight to Queenstown. (Flight not included.)
WELCOME TO QUEENSTOWN!
Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four season alpine and lake resort. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range, Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round. You'll be transferred from Queenstown Airport to your hotel, the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, located right on the waterfront of spectacular Lake Wakatipu, and just a step from the cosmopolitan center of Queenstown.
DAY SIX - MILFORD SOUND
Milford Sound is a world-renowned natural wonder where mountains stand tall, straight out of the sea. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters to the sea below. Whatever the fiord’s mood – brooding and wet, or tranquil in the sunshine – it will inspire you. On reaching Milford Sound board a luxury vessel for a cruise the full-length of Milford Sound. The vessel provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.
A great way to experience Milford Sound is to travel by coach one way and fly the other, or fly both ways. Flights are very much weather dependent – and the weather in this part of New Zealand is very changeable. Rather than pre-book flights into or out of Milford Sound, we recommend upgrading to a flight option when you are in Queenstown.
DAY SEVEN - TSS EARNSLAW CRUISE & WALTER PEAK FARM & BBQ LUNCH
Take a relaxing scenic cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Relax on the lakeside terrace or inside the Colonel's Homestead and as the barbecue is freshly prepared and served. Fresh salads and crusty bread complement the food sizzling on the grill. There is ample time for you to see the farm animals and to join in the farmyard walking tour where a farm host will regale you with humorous anecdotes of rural life.
DAY EIGHT - COACH TOURING QUEENSTOWN TO CHRISTCHURCH via MT COOK
Depart Queenstown and travel through the rugged and beautiful landscape of Otago. Cross the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country to visit Mount Cook Village at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook. Here there is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or ski-plane flight with a snow landing (weather permitting). Continue your journey with a stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing to your destination of Christchurch.
WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH!
Welcome to Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island offers fresh and exciting attractions, a lively café scene, lots of Victorian architecture, and many beautiful parks and gardens. Your hotel here is The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalized stay and attentive staff as well as two award winning restaurants. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon.
DAY NINE - CHRISTCHURCH TO MELBOURNE
This morning you'll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your flight to Melbourne. (Flight not included.)
WELCOME TO MELBOURNE!
Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne boasts great festivals and shopping, a passion for food and wine, and fabulous arts. Outside Melbourne, you’ll find a host of regional attractions, from the Little Penguins to the spectacular Great Ocean Road. You'll be transferred to your hotel: Stylish, affordable, and thoroughly modern, Melbourne's Crown Promenade Hotel.
DAY TEN - GREAT OCEAN ROAD TOUR
The Great Ocean is the world's most scenic coastal route. You will visit famous Bells Beach, spot koalas in the wild, enjoy a guided tour of the Otways rainforest and marvel at the amazing rock formations of the Port Campbell National Park, including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.
DAY ELEVEN - PHILLIP ISLAND AND PENGUIN PARADE
On the journey to Phillip Island you'll stop to enjoy a sampling of Gippsland’s finest wines, cheeses & other gourmet produce. We also visit the Koala Conservation Centre and walk among the treetops and view and learn about the numerous wild koalas up close at this iconic wildlife attraction. We then make our way to the beach where, as dusk falls, it’s time for the stars of the show – the Little Penguins. You’ll be truly enchanted as the stars of the show emerge from the surf and pass right before your eyes on their journey back to their homes. Your viewing experience is from the more personalized “Penguins Plus” viewing platform. With numbers limited to 150, you’ll enjoy special ranger interpretation in a more natural setting and a complimentary hot beverage. Time is allowed to explore the Visitor Centre and to shop for souvenirs before commencing the journey back to Melbourne.
DAY TWELVE - AT LEISURE
DAY THIRTEEN - MELBOURNE TO CAIRNS
This morning you'll be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns. (Flight not included.)
WELCOME TO CAIRNS!
Cairns is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and is the primary gateway to Northern Australia & the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is framed by the spectacular twin backdrops of rainforest mountain ranges and the sparkling Coral Sea. It is a modern, sophisticated city, and is an ideal base to explore the wider Tropical North Queensland region and the World Heritage listed Reef, Rainforest and Outback. Ideally located in the heart of Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel The Marina gently frames the city's foreshore, overlooking the Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay and surrounding mountain ranges.
DAY FOURTEEN - GREAT BARRIER REEF CRUISE
Today you’ll journey to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience firsthand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. You can choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one meter underwater. Whatever you choose, this will be a day to remember!
Includes morning and afternoon tea, Reef presentation by marine biologist, hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch, all snorkeling equipment, qualified snorkeling safety officers on hand, underwater observatory fish & coral viewing, coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels and fish feeding (conducted by crew).
DAY FIFTEEN - KURANDA SCENIC RAIL, SKYRAIL AND HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURES
Your day begins with a historical rail journey to Kuranda. Enjoy breathtaking views enroute, including the cane fields of Cairns to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. From Kuranda board Skyrail and relax & enjoy the world's most beautiful rainforest experience.
You will be transferred to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures - the best place to see crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland. Explore the rest of the park with its abundance of wildlife, including water birds, turtles, wallabies and cassowaries. Discover the world's most venomous snakes at the Snake Show.
DAY SIXTEEN -CAIRNS TO ULURU/AYERS ROCK
You'll be tansferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Uluru. (Flight not included.)
WELCOME TO THE RED CENTER!
The Red Center is more than the center or middle of Australia. The sheer size of Uluru/Ayers Rock, the strong sense of spirituality and culture you will find here, combined with amazing stories means a visit here is an encounter with the very heart of the country. Slip into comfort and luxury right in the heart of the Central Australian Outback at Sails in the Desert Hotel.
SOUNDS OF SILENCE DINNER
Be transported to a desert dune where you sip champagne and listen to haunting sounds of didgeridoo as you watch a magnificent sunset over Kata Tjuta. When the sun has finally set, lanterns are lit and dinner is served under the stars. After dinner view the heavens. The night sky is star studded, clearer and brighter than most city dwellers ever see. The resident astronomer will introduce guests to the magnificent constellations, stars and planets that make up the skies of the Southern Hemisphere.
DAY SEVENTEEN - ULURU SUNRISE TOUR
Early morning pick up for your sunrise tour. Travel to the sunrise viewing area at the eastern end of Uluru and watch the first sunlight of the day creep across the desert plains. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits as the morning sun slowly changes the color of Uluru.
ULURU/AYERS ROCK TO SYDNEY
You'll be transferred to Uluru Airport for your flight to Sydney. (Flight not included.)
WELCOME TO SYDNEY!
Stylish Sydney…a cosmopolitan international city filled with vibrant life, character and a sense of daring. The multiculturalism means a wealth of amazing dining experiences. While you will find all the icons you know, such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, you will also find interesting people, cultural vibrancy and a positive spirit. The Grace Hotel is Sydney's elegantly restored, heritage-listed art deco hotel right in the heart of the city.
DAY EIGHTEEN - SYDNEY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR WITH BONDI BEACH
You will be collected from your hotel to commence your half- day tour, capturing the history of Sydney, stunning architecture, spectacular harbour views and the world famous Bondi Beach. Pass through the historical Rocks area and Circular Quay as your driver/guide points out and tells you about the history and significance of the areas.
DAY NINETEEN - SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE AND SYDNEY HARBOUR CRUISE
See inside the world's most recognizable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds - to become one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world.
Then cruise to spectacular Middle Harbour on a Sydney Harbour cruise. This world renowned cruise to the upper reaches of Sydney Harbour, featuring magnificent waterfront homes and parklands, gives a comprehensive view of what Sydney is all about, and is a favorite with our international visitors.
DAY TWENTY - BLUE MOUNTAINS, WILDLIFE PARK TOUR & LUNCH
You will be collected from your hotel to join today's full day Blue Mountains tour. Visit the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park - pat a cuddly koala. Relax on a gentle bushwalk at Govetts Leap - breathtaking views from the lookouts. See the historic township of Katoomba. Take in the spectacular scenery of Jamison and Megalong Valley. See the Three Sisters rock formation. After descending the mountains return to Sydney late afternoon.
DAY TWENTYONE - DEPARTURE
You'll be transferred from your hotel to Sydney Airport fro your return flight home. (Flight not included.)
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Price is per person and based on twin share
Departs from Auckland ends in Sydney
Subject to availability
Price is USD based at today's exchange rate
Additional surcharges apply for travel during special events such as New Year's Eve in Sydney and the Australian Open and Grand Prix in Melbourne. Please call for details.
Land Only - Does not include airfares
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