Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Wonders of New Zealand & Australia tour
Auckland Christchurch Wonders of New Zealand & Australia Trip

Wonders of New Zealand & Australia

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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: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
17 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the famous glowworm caves at Waitomo
  • Experience the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua
  • See the beauty and grandeur of the Southern Alps and see Mount Cook
  • Explore Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand
  • Get to know Australia’s 2 iconic cities – Sydney and Melbourne

Short Description

See 2 magnificent and remote countries on this tour. Start in New Zealand and marvel at nature's creation from Auckland to Queenstown. In Australia, see the best that Sydney has to offer and enjoy a perfect tour to visit Melbourne and its European heritage

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 Airfare included
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Australia New Zealand

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Trip Includes

  • Accommodation at listed hotels or similar
  • 1 lunch as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure shuttle transfers
  • Economy class train ticket Sydney - Melbourne
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Intercity travel Auckland - Rotorua including visit to Waitomo Caves
  • Intercity travel Christchurch – Queenstown via Mt. Cook
  • Service of English-speaking local guides
  • International airfare from various gateways
  • Domestic flight Rotorua - Christchurch
  • Air taxes and fuel surcharges
  • All applicable taxes

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Itinerary

Day 1: USA/ CANADA - AUCKLAND

Make your own way to your chosen airport to board your international flight to New Zealand. Enjoy inflight meals and services on your overnight flight.

Day 2: USA/ CANADA - AUCKLAND

Make your own way to your chosen airport to board your international flight to New Zealand. Enjoy inflight meals and services on your overnight flight.

Day 3: AUCKLAND (ARRIVAL)

On arrival at Auckland International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace.

Overnight in Auckland

Day 4: AUCKLAND

This morning’s tour is packed with city sights and historical landmarks of Auckland. Join your coach to commence a half-day tour introducing you to the sights of Auckland. Travel through the city centre, along Karangahape Road with its chequered past and eclectic vibe, past fashionable Ponsonby and over the Auckland Harbour bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline. Visit the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland's famous Queen Street before continuing to the Auckland Domain. The Domain is the city's oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. After visiting the Domain, the tour continues to Parnell Village for a brief morning tea stop (own expense). The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed into a trendy shopping area featuring a range of boutiques, craft and specialty stores. Tour concludes at approximately 12:45pm, at which time accommodation drop offs will commence. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Auckland

Day 5: AUCKLAND ROTORUA (-/L)

Today you will experience New Zealand's rich cultural heritage and the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. You will also tour through the famous glowworm caves at Waitomo. Leaving Auckland in the morning, journey through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions while listening to entertaining commentary from your driver guide. Hear about the history of the region as you pass sites of interest including Rangiriri, the location of a major battle in the Maori Land Wars in 1863. Your first stop is in the small town of Waitomo, where you'll enjoy a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Caves. Travel through these underground limestone caverns, discovered in 1887, and hear how the amazing stalactites, stalagmites, and other weird and wonderful rock formations were formed over a period of 30 million years. Your tour finishes with a short but magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – a subterranean cavern illuminated by thousands of tiny glowworms. Enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch (vegetarian and other dietary options available on request) as you make your way to Rotorua, in the heart of the Central North Island. On the outskirts of the city, stop at the Agrodome, an organic working farm where you can learn all about farming in New Zealand. Take a tour of the Agrodome farm in an all-terrain vehicle, see how sheep are shorn and watch a live sheep dog trial. Leaving the Agrodome, make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand's foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia's marae (meeting house) you will receive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Maori cultural performance, in which ancient and modern stories are told through song, dance, poi and stick games. You'll gain an understanding of this unique culture and its history and be thoroughly entertained by the talented and charismatic performers. The tour concludes in Rotorua, where you can also experience everything from adrenaline rushes like luging and jet boating to nature encounters and relaxing spa treatments. The tour will end with drop-off at your hotel.

We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and taking a warm jacket for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour.

Overnight in Rotorua

Day 6: ROTORUA - CHRISTCHURCH

Enjoy the morning at leisure and, in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch, you will be transfer to hotel for check-in.  

Overnight in Christchurch

Day 7: CHRISTCHURCH

Join your coach to commence a half-day tour that will take you on a journey to discover Christchurch. The trip begins by covering the central city highlights including the botanical gardens, Museum and Art Centre, the Avon River, Bridge of Remembrance, the city's new pop up container mall and many other CBD* highlights. On leaving the inner city, the tour travels to Mona Vale and historic homestead and gardens. Up to the Sign of the Takahe, a historic building providing spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps, then over the Port Hills to the Port of Lyttleton, through the harbour tunnel to the seaside suburb of Sumner and cave rock before returning to the central city. Tour concludes at approximately 12.00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

*Please note that the tour of the CBD can change daily due to road closures and new areas re-opening.

Overnight in Christchurch

Day 8: CHRISTCHURCH QUEENSTOWN

Today you will have an intercity tour to Queenstown. En-route, experience the beauty and grandeur of the Southern Alps on a sightseeing day tour via Mount Cook. Leaving Christchurch in the morning, travel through the fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps. Continue to the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook, situated in a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Rising to 3,724 meters high, Aoraki certainly lives up to its name, which in Maori can be translated as 'cloud piercer'. Legend tells of a young boy named Aoraki who was stranded with his brothers when their canoe struck a reef. As it tilted, the brothers climbed to the high side, where they were frozen by the south wind and turned into stone. Aoraki and his brothers now form the Southern Alps. Enjoy time for at the famous Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village (lunch not included). After lunch you'll have time to explore the village and soak up the view. Alternatively there is time to experience a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight for incredible views of mountain peaks and glaciers (additional cost, weather permitting – this flight can be arranged with your driver guide on the day). The tour continues south, past Lake Pukaki and through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. En route, enjoy afternoon tea (own expense) in the quaint village of Omarama and if time permits, visit the Jones Family Orchard near Cromwell. Your tour concludes at approximately 6:30pm upon reaching Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Overnight in Queenstown

Day 9: QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy the day at leisure or pre-book one of the following optional tours.

Overnight in Queenstown

Day 10: QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy the day at leisure or pre-book one of the following optional tours.

Overnight in Queenstown

Day 11: QUEENSTOWN SYDNEY

This morning, check out from your hotel and, at the arranged time, you will be transferred to Queenstown International Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival at Sydney International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. The balance of the day is at leisure for you to discover the city at your own pace.

Overnight in Sydney

Day 12: SYDNEY

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your transfer to Wheat Road, Streetside behind the Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour. Board the tour coach to begin a morning tour of the city. See points of interest including the Rocks, Sydney Opera House and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for superb views of the harbour and city skyline. Journey to Bondi Beach, Australia's most famous surf beach, where you can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes into the cool ocean. Next stop is the entrance of Sydney Harbour, known as the Gap. A dramatic ocean cliff on the eastern coast of Sydney, the Gap provides breathtaking views of the coastline. Return to Sydney through the famous suburbs of Double Bay, Paddington and Kings Cross. The tour concludes at approximately noon and you may disembark at either Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. Make your own way back to the hotel (transfer not included). Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Sydney

Day 13: SYDNEY

Enjoy the day at leisure or pre-book an optional tour.

Overnight in Sydney

Day 14: SYDNEY - MELBOURNE

Early this morning make your own way (transfer not included) Sydney Central Station to board your train to Melbourne. On arrival at Southern Cross Railway Station make your own way to the hotel (transfer not included). Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace.

Overnight in Melbourne

Day 15: MELBOURNE

This morning’s tour is packed with city sights and historical landmarks. Enjoy the bustle of Melbourne as your driver-guide keeps you posted on what to look out for along the way. First, you’ll tour through Melbourne’s city centre. Considered the shopping capital of Australia, the city and surrounding suburbs are home to modern shopping malls and boutique stores featuring world-class brands and products. You will view examples of Melbourne architectural splendour including St. Pauls Cathedral and the Princess and Regent Theatres. See the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Federation Square, and stroll around Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens, where you will discover the rare and beautiful plants, breathtaking landscapes and iconic buildings. Visit the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens set on 26 hectares, these gardens were classified by the National Trust in 1974 and are highly valued for their historic and horticultural significance. Here you can visit the Conservatory for its incredible floral display, or the quaint Tudor Village. See Captain Cook's Cottage (entrance not included). This lovely little cottage in the heart of Fitzroy Gardens was the original home of Captain James Cook’s parents. It has been carefully restored and maintained, filled with furniture of the period and surrounded by a garden of the 18th century. See the bustling Queen Victoria Market and Albert Park, home to the Australian Grand Prix. Next stop for a photo at the Shrine of Remembrance, a war memorial built to honour the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I, but is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. Your tour will conclude at the Federation Square around noon and you will enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace.

Overnight in Melbourne

Day 16: MELBOURNE

Enjoy the day at leisure or pre-book one of the following optional tours.

Overnight in Melbourne

Day 17: MELBOURNE (DEPARTURE) USA/CANADA

This morning, at the arranged time, you will be picked up and transferred to Melbourne International Airport for your return flight home.

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