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Highlights
  • On Phillip Island, observe little penguins waddling out of the surf and koalas dozing in the sun, in a beautiful, natural setting
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Learn to surf along the golden sands of iconic Bondi Beach
  • Journey to the real Middle Earth with a tour of Hobbiton
  • Crew an America's Cup yacht on Waitemata Harbour

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Spotlight on Australia 2017



Explore Australia and New Zealand, enjoying fun activities for all ages: learn to surf at Bondi Beach, swim or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, see an endangered kiwi and visit enchanting Hobbiton.

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Abercrombie & Kent Travel Reviews & Ratings
89% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
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Value
4.3 Guide
4.6 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.6 Meals
4.3
Australia & New Zealand: A Family Journey

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HS

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The perfect way to experience African wildlife. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This is a luxury small group safari. 12 people, two land rovers. We spent the arrival night in a hotel in Arusha, two of the nights during the safari in hotels, and the rest of the nights in the luxury camp. The hotels were all good. The food was good, not great. The luxury camp is a two room canvas tent containing a queen size bed or two doubles. then there is a dressing area leading to the "bathroom" which is a toilet seat on a box over a hole in the ground. There is a shower stall in which they fill a canvas bag with hot water from the fire. They will not begrudge you a refill if you want to take your time. The day starts early in the dining tent with breakfast. then it is off to the land rovers to begin the safari. The guides from all the different safari's communicate to share where the most sought after animals are to be found. You will absolutely be up close and personal with lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, wildebeest, ostrich, zebra, hyrax, and the bird life. You will also see Water buffallo and hippos, but is best not to get close to them. and you will see plenty of Cheetah and some Rhinos, but usually from afar.

Lunch is usually conducted picnic style in the park. Our A&K picnics were the envy of every other group. Then it is touring until sunset.

When you get back to camp there is a camp fire going and the head guide will present a lecture, while everyone enjoys some much needed libations, of which there is great variety and unlimited quantity. Then dinner in the dining tent, and after dinner back to the campfire for more libations, and usually to review everyone's pictures from that day.

The guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You will actually miss them on your last day. I had a great time and heartily recommend this safari and A&K.

The best part is being inside the game park all day and night. You really dont want to be going back to a hotel, but to stay out in nature.

Some tips: There is a generator in the camp so you may recharge your electrical items every day. They can also launder your clothes. Things to bring: plenty of strong repellent to deter the horse flies, do not skimp on memory cards for your camera, be sure to have a telescopic lens for your camera, a good pair of binoculars with good magnification, a flashlight, a device to view your photos on, a device to copy your photos onto. Dont forget a sweater, its cold at Ngorongoro Crater. For your digestive happiness, I had good results taking probiotic and charcoal capsules every day. You can see my pictures at https://flic.kr/s/aHsiUJWDur
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Recommends

An excellent trip June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We took a trip to Jordan and Oman planned through our travel councillor and A&K. We chose this upmarket company and certainly had an upmarket holiday. Everything was top notch from beginning to end. We saw all the amazing sights, were given excellent tour guides and the accommodation was 5 star all the way. They included a couple of unusual accommodation choices too such as a rather posh tent in the desert and an Eco tent at the turtle reserve in Oman.
Would fully recommend this whole tour and A&K.
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GD

Does Not Recommend

Abercrombie and Kent June 2016

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Recently had a holiday booked with Abercrombie and Kent which was so disappointing we left 5 days early and the rest of the family left 3 days early. The way that A&K dealt with the situation and with us as guests was unprofessional and the property manager we dealt with on site was rude and antagonising. We have had numerous holidays with A&K before and never have we had an experience like this. It has been constant excuses and no apologies. We will never travel with them again and have advised our extended family, friends and industry contacts to do the same.
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Recommends

Abercrombie & Kent June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Nothing could be more seamless or well planned than trips with A&K, however many times one changes one mind, they always manage it. Wouldn't travel to Egypt without them

Operator Abercrombie & Kent

DC

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Photo Safari — Abercrombie and Kent June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Magnificent photo safari to Kenya and Tanzania.
Luxurious accommodations, well informed guides who could answer most any questions our little group could think of, and unbelievable photo opportunities.
We saw the migratory crossing. Hippos grazed at night by our elevated tents. A rhino walked right past us on one drive. A leopard posed for us on another. We saw a lion eating a kill not 25 feet away from us one afternoon. We even watched young bull elephants play-fighting. The drivers really knew which routes to take whether we set out cross country or kept to the more traveled areas.
It was the experience of a lifetime.
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Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE IN MELBOURNE

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Grand Hyatt

Arrive in Melbourne, and gather tonight for a reception and welcome dinner.

Day 2: MELBOURNE / Botanic Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Grand Hyatt

Tour Melbourne’s landmarks and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Later, journey to Phillips Island, where you sight little penguins coming ashore and koalas, living emblems of Australia, dozing in the the sun. Tonight, enjoy a seafood dinner, before returning to Melbourne.

Day 3: THE OUTBACK / Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel

Fly to fabled Uluru for an inspiring night in the heart of the Outback. Celebrate in this stunning setting during a dinner at Arnguli Grill, a charming venue named for a plum bush significant in Aboriginal dreaming stories and artwork.

Day 4: THE OUTBACK / Aboriginal Legends

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Shangri-La Cairns

Take a guided walk around Uluru and learn to throw a boomerang and spear. Fly to Cairns.

Day 5: RAINFOREST / Ride by Rail & Cable

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Shangri-La Cairns

Board the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway for a fun ride through the beautiful rainforest, and then glide just above the canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Day 6: GREAT BARRIER REEF / The Spectacular Sea

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Shangri-La Cairns

Sail by catamaran to the outer Great Barrier Reef for a relaxing afternoon that includes a seafood buffet lunch, a marine life touch tank and opportunities to snorkel and swim.

Days 7-9: SYDNEY / Hang Ten at Bondi Beach

Meals(Days 7 & 9): Breakfast and Dinner

Meals(Day 8): Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Sofitel Wentworth Sydney

Fly to Sydney and check into your hotel. In the morning, receive a lesson in surfing at famed Bondi Beach, on an all-ages outing. On your second day here, view the city on a Sydney Harbour cruise.

Day 10: ARRIVE IN NEW ZEALAND / Majestic Queenstown

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Fly to Queenstown, New Zealand, and transfer to your hotel.

Day 11: GLENORCHY / “Funyak” Safari

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Queenstown

In Glenorchy, enjoy a “funyak” safari, with lunch, in spectacular Mt. Aspiring National Park.

Day 12: QUEENS TOWN / A Day at Leisure

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Today, explore everything Queenstown has to offer on a day at leisure for your family.

Day 13: ROTORUA / The Cultural Heartland

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Fly to Rotorua, where you stop at Ohinemutu for a private tour led by a local Maori guide. Later, visit Rotorua Museum before returning to your hotel for a Maori kapa haka (performing arts) concert and Hangi feast.

Meet New Zealand’s endangered national emblem at Kiwi Encounter, supported by A&K Philanthropy.

Day 14: HOBBITON & AUCKLAND / Journey to Middle Earth

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza Auckland

Journey to Matamata to experience the real Middle Earth on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set and learn how The Shire was created for The Hobbit films.

Day 15: AUCKLAND / America’s Cup Experience

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza Auckland

Visit the Auckland Museum for a guided tour of the “Scars on the Heart” exhibit. Later, crew an actual America’s Cup yacht on Waitemata Harbour. Enjoy a farewell dinner of regional cuisine.

Day 16: DEPART AUCKLAND

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 8,395

Price Per Day:

$ 525 per person
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 2,750
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • All accommodations
  • Meals and fully guided sightseeing (including park and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of A&K Tour Director
Trip Excludes
  • International airfare
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities to the A&K Tour Director
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

15 Breakfasts, 6 Lunch and 9 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24
Max 24
Start City
Melbourne
End City
Auckland

Age Notes

Min. Age: 8

Trip ID#: ausnewabe

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