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Australia & New Zealand Discovery tour
Auckland Blue Mountains Australia & New Zealand Discovery Trip

Australia & New Zealand Discovery

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
23 days
From: $ 6,074 $ 264 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Swim in the great barrier reef
  • Go surfing in byron bay
  • Opt to visit sydney's iconic opera house
  • See glow-worms in the waitomo caves
  • Opt to stargaze around lake tekapo

Short Description

Discover the lands down under on this 23-day tour through Australia and New Zealand's greatest hits. Venture along Australia's east coast from Cairns to Sydney, stopping to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef and explore the caves of the Blue Mountains. Afterwards, jet over to New Zealand where you'll get a glimpse into Maori culture and satiate your adrenaline-seeking spirit in the birthplace of bungee jumping. Your bucket list will be significantly shorter once this tour is complete.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cairns
End City Queenstown

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Australia New Zealand

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour
  • Christchurch Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson
  • Byron Bay Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
  • Guided rainforest walk
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
  • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
  • Scenic Railway
  • Jenolan Caves visit
  • Jamison Valley walk
  • Waitomo Caves visit
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Wine tasting
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook NP visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook NP Visitor's Centre visit
  • Fiordland NP visit
  • Doubtful Sound day cruise
  • Orientation walk in Sydney
  • Free time in Cairns
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney
  • Rotorua and Queenstown
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Cairns

There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B, 1L)

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Included Activities: Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport: Travel 1.5 hrs to Mossman Gorge. Later, continue 2 hrs to Cape Tribulation. Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)

Day 3 Cape Tribulation (1B)

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park. If you've ever dreamt of soaring high above a treetop canopy, now's the time to make it happen. Pre-book the "Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest" activity on the checkout page to include this optional on your tour.

Day 4 Cape Tribulation/Cairns (1B)

Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))

Day 5 Cairns/Airlie Beach (1B)

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town. Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 623km)

Day 6 Airlie Beach (1L)

Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion Barrier Reef Visit

Day 7 Airlie Beach/Byron Bay

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise. Additional Notes: Please note that due to operational reasons the following departures will be staying in Kingscliff instead of Byron Bay: Best of Australia - Nov 21, 2019 & Dec 26, 2019 Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia - Nov 10, 2019 & Dec 15, 2019 Australia & New Zealand Encompassed - Dec 15, 2019 Australia & New Zealand Discovery - Dec 26, 2019 Transport: Plane (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 200km)

Day 8 Byron Bay

Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like skydiving, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach. If staying active is more your speed, why not try sea kayaking? Pre-book the "Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking" activity on the checkout page to include this optional on your tour.

Day 9 Byron Bay/Port Macquarie

Hit the waves with an included surf lesson. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie. Included Activities: Surfing Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 397km)

Day 10 Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains

En route to the Blue Mountains, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about vital wildlife conservation work in the area. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 500km)

Day 11 Blue Mountains

Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world. Included Activities: Jenolan Caves Tour Scenic Railway Jamison Valley Walk Blue Mountains Excursion

Day 12 Blue Mountains/Sydney

Travel to Sydney and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Sydney

Get a feel for the city. Relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group. For a rush of adrenaline, opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or zip through the harbour on a jet boat. Pre-book the "Sydney Bridge Climb" or "Sydney Adrenaline Bundle" activity on the checkout page to add these optionals to your tour.

Day 14 Sydney/Auckland

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city. Additional Notes: Please note that your flight from Australia to New Zealand and first night in Auckland will be unescorted. Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s))

Day 15 Auckland

Enjoy a free day to explore Auckland. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island. Additional Notes: If you are interested in visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set, we recommended purchasing a day trip from Auckland for this day on your tour. OR, upon meeting your CEO, you can opt to book a ticket with them (please note that there are limited tickets on the ground - which could result in you missing out if you wait to book with your CEO).

Day 16 Auckland/Rotorua (1B)

Visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities. Continue to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Included Activities: Waitomo Excursion - Ruakuri Cave Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 300km)

Day 17 Rotorua (1B, 1D)

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set. This evening, learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner. Included Activities: Tamaki Maori Village

Day 18 Rotorua/Christchurch (1B)

Catch a flight to Christchurch on the South Island. Walk around town with a local guide and learn about how communities have rebuilt after the earthquake in 2011. This evening, enjoy free time and get a feel for the city. Included Activities: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))

Day 19 Christchurch/Lake Ohau (1B, 1D)

Drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at Lake Tekapo along the way. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and admire the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds this local landmark. Spend the afternoon hiking the region around Aoraki/Mt Cook. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre. Included Activities: Aoraki/Mount Cook Visit Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre Transport: Private Vehicle (5.50-6.00 hours, 305km)

Day 20 Lake Ohau/Queenstown (1B)

Drive to Queenstown, with a stop at Wanaka and a local vineyard for a wine tasting. Included Activities: Winery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours, 226km)

Day 21 Doubtful Sound (1B, 1L)

Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Keep an eye out for the waterfalls and wildlife in this breathtaking area. Return to Queenstown in the evening. Included Activities: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km) Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)

Day 22 Queenstown (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak. Pre-book the Queenstown Jet Boating activity on the checkout page to add this exhilarating optional to your trip.

Day 23 Queenstown (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Private vehicle, sailboat, plane, boat, walking

Local Flights

All internal flights are included in this trip (including 1 flight between Australia and New Zealand) - Your CEO will give you your ticket on the day of flight. The max luggage allowance on domestic flights within Australia & New Zealand is 1 checked bag (20 kgs) and 1 carry on (7 kgs) per person.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: Max 16, avg 12

Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Hotels (19 nts), rainforest cabins (2 nts), Maori Village (1 nt multishare).

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 2. Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in Australia as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to. 3. Over public holidays in Australia and New Zealand (such as Christmas, New Years Day, Easter, and Anzac Day) there may be some limitations of services and disruptions to schedules. In general our tours still operate effectively over public holidays, but there may be closures of optional activities and restaurants, and slight itinerary adjustments in order to provide all tour inclusions.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. Our groups tend to eat together for most meals but there is no obligation to so. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On this trip we include one local breakfast experience. We love checking out what the locals are doing and what makes up their daily routines. In Italy that could be starting the day with an espresso and cornetto standing at the bar in a local café. in Australia it might include an iced coffee and sausage roll by the beach and in Vietnam it could be slurping a steaming bowl of pho sitting on a plastic stool on a busy street corner. Hey, variety is the spice of life!

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The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they engage in any form of paid sex work.

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