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Highlights
  • Picturesque Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Farm Stay (Fairlie, NZ)
  • Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Harbor Bridge (Sydney)
  • Australian Wildlife Park (Sydney)

Experience our Australia and New Zealand vacation packages on this comprehensive, once-in-a-lifetime journey “down under”! Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound, explore the Great Barrier Reef aboard a high-speed catamaran, and visit the celebrated Sydney Opera House, among many other activities and sightseeing opportunities. Call smarTours today to book this incredible adventure!

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4.9 Activities
4.9 Lodging
4.9 Transportation
4.9 Meals
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Australia & New Zealand

MH

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Australia and New Zealand April 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
What a fabulous trip this was to Australia and New Zealand. Everything was perfect from the flights, the tours, bus drivers and our tour guide Alex. We never felt rushed and had plenty of time to explore on our own if we wished. I would recommend this trip and will look forward to another Smartours trip in my future!
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B&CW

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Australia & New Zealand March 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We left LA on March 1, 2016. The only negative thing about the entire 3 weeks was the flight on Qantas from LA was 3 hours late leaving. We still made our flight from Sydney to Auckland, so it was not a big deal. We just waited 3 hours in LA instead of Sydney. Stevyn Polk was an awesome Tour Escort. He was friendly, efficient, organized, helpful and fun to be around. All of our hotels were excellent, our tours were wonderful, including the optional tours that we did. The Skyline dinner in Auckland was delicious and the views of the city and the Gondola Ride was great. The cruise on the TSSEnslow was fun, especially since we could see the working engine. The meal at Walter Peak Farm was excellent and the sheep dog and sheep shearing was fun. The Skipper's Canyon drive was beautiful and breathtaking at times. The Larnach Castle was interesting although the tour was a little rushed. The wildlife tour was great. We saw 4 different types of albatross on that afternoon cruise. The tour to see the Fairy Penguins was so much fun. We had special seats which gave us great viewing. The drive on the Great Ocean Road was wonderful. At our morning stop our bus driver set up a table, fixed us tea and set out treats. We saw two koalas on the way and lots of wallabies. The walks along the trails near the ocean were wonderful. Our day on the Great Barrier Reef was fantastic. We took the Michaelmas Cay upgrade and the trip out and back were wonderful. The ship was not crowded, they had all the details worked out for all the needs of the passengers. The trip to Kuranda was very informative. The aboriginal demonstrations were fun, the duck ride was great even in the rain. We would have liked even more time in Kuranda so we could walk the trail and have time to shop. The Skyrail ride was amazing. In Sydney we did the Harbour Story Cruise and the Sunset Dinner Cruise. The dinner cruise was great. Unfortunately it rained for our story cruise so we could not see much. We climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and I would encourage anyone to do it. It was a fabulous view and an exciting adventure. Of course, I also did the Bungee Jump over the Karawau River near Queenstown, NZ, and that was also an exciting adventure with some pure terror thrown in, but I am very glad I did it. Featherdale Wildlife Park was great but I wish we had more time there. There were so many animals to see and photograph that we felt a bit rushed. The Rocks Walking Tour was very informative and we enjoyed our guide's descriptions and stories. This was our 5th trip with smarTours and every time we have had an excellent experience. The choice of hotels is always good and in most cases way above what we would ever book on our own. Every guide that we have had has been absolutely awesome. We look forward to our next adventure with the company. (We don't have it booked yet but we know you will send us an e-mail about a trip to somewhere that we want to visit, with a price and itinerary that we just can not refuse.
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Operator SmarTours

B&CW

Recommends

Australia & New Zealand March 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We left LA on March 1, 2016. The only negative thing about the entire 3 weeks was the flight on Qantas from LA was 3 hours late leaving. We still made our flight from Sydney to Auckland, so it was not a big deal. We just waited 3 hours in LA instead of Sydney. Stevyn Polk was an awesome Tour Escort. He was friendly, efficient, organized, helpful and fun to be around. All of our hotels were excellent, our tours were wonderful, including the optional tours that we did. The Skyline dinner in Auckland was delicious and the views of the city and the Gondola Ride was great. The cruise on the TSSEnslow was fun, especially since we could see the working engine. The meal at Walter Peak Farm was excellent and the sheep dog and sheep shearing was fun. The Skipper's Canyon drive was beautiful and breathtaking at times. The Larnach Castle was interesting although the tour was a little rushed. The wildlife tour was great. We saw 4 different types of albatross on that afternoon cruise. The tour to see the Fairy Penguins was so much fun. We had special seats which gave us great viewing. The drive on the Great Ocean Road was wonderful. At our morning stop our bus driver set up a table, fixed us tea and set out treats. We saw two koalas on the way and lots of wallabies. The walks along the trails near the ocean were wonderful. Our day on the Great Barrier Reef was fantastic. We took the Michaelmas Cay upgrade and the trip out and back were wonderful. The ship was not crowded, they had all the details worked out for all the needs of the passengers. The trip to Kuranda was very informative. The aboriginal demonstrations were fun, the duck ride was great even in the rain. We would have liked even more time in Kuranda so we could walk the trail and have time to shop. The Skyrail ride was amazing. In Sydney we did the Harbour Story Cruise and the Sunset Dinner Cruise. The dinner cruise was great. Unfortunately it rained for our story cruise so we could not see much. We climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and I would encourage anyone to do it. It was a fabulous view and an exciting adventure. Of course, I also did the Bungee Jump over the Karawau River near Queenstown, NZ, and that was also an exciting adventure with some pure terror thrown in, but I am very glad I did it. Featherdale Wildlife Park was great but I wish we had more time there. There were so many animals to see and photograph that we felt a bit rushed. The Rocks Walking Tour was very informative and we enjoyed our guide's descriptions and stories. This was our 5th trip with smarTours and every time we have had an excellent experience. The choice of hotels is always good and in most cases way above what we would ever book on our own. Every guide that we have had has been absolutely awesome. We look forward to our next adventure with the company. (We don't have it booked yet but we know you will send us an e-mail about a trip to somewhere that we want to visit, with a price and itinerary that we just can not refuse.
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Operator SmarTours

BB

Recommends

Awesome Australia and Breathtaking New Zealand March 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
If you are considering a tour to Australia and New Zealand Smartours can't be beat. I just returned from a trip of a lifetime and highly recommend this tour. Alex, our tour director, was outstanding! He knew the perfect mix of what we needed and when we wanted to explore on our own. From the beautiful lakes, mountains and waterfalls in New Zealand to the magnificent cities of Melbourne and Sydney each day was filled with wonders!! I also couldn't have had better tourmates on this trip!!
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Operator SmarTours

SM

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Australia/New Zealand March 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Betty Levin, our tour guide, was outstanding. The accommodations, excursions,& food was great. Could not have ask for a better trip.

Operator SmarTours

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating “Down Under” discovery begins today as you board your award-winning Qantas Airways flight.

Day 2: En route.

Cross the International Dateline and “lose” one day en route. You’ll “regain” this day when flying from Australia back to the USA at the conclusion of your journey!

Day 3: Arrive Auckland (New Zealand).

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Afternoon arrival in the lively harbor city of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your upscale city-center hotel. Join your tour director for a welcome drink and a brief orientation walk.

Day 4: Auckland.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

On an included guided tour of “The City of Sails” drive via Parnell Village to Mission Bay, a delightful seaside suburb and journey along the picturesque waterfront. Travel to Bastion Point for spectacular city and harbor views. You’ll also visit the Auckland Museum and learn about the native Maori culture as you view the fascinating exhibits and enjoy a colorful Maori performance. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. This evening your join your fellow travelers for an included welcome dinner

Day 5: Auckland/Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Today fly to Queenstown, a splendid lakeside resort town on New Zealand’s stunning South Island, surrounded by the Southern Alps. This afternoon join your tour director for an orientation walk of this charming town. Your centrally located hotel is ideally situated near the shore of picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Day 6: Milford Sound Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Today’s excursion is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world. Drive along Lake Wakatipu through dense forests and shimmering Lake Te Anau to Fiordland National Park and the Homer Tunnel en route to Milford Sound. Here you’ll board an unforgettable cruise through towering fjords and majestic waterfalls. Return to Queenstown early this evening.

Day 7:

Meals: Breakfast

At your own pace, enjoy the many exciting activities charming Queenstown offers. You may also visit famous Walter Peak Sheep Station across Lake Wakatipu.

Day 8: Queenstown/Arrowtown/Dunedin.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar

After breakfast depart Queenstown to nearby Arrowtown, a quaint former gold-mining postbuilt on a rich history. Take some time to admire the well-preserved buildings and walk through the leafy streets while you learn about its history. As you proceed on your journey, stunning countryside vistas unfold as you travel via the Kawarau Gorge to Dunedin, a vibrant town located at the top of the Otago Peninsula with an impressive architectural heritage and wealth of diverse attractions. Arrive at your centrally located hotel.

Day 9: Dunedin.

Meals: Breakfast

This morning embark on an orientation tour of Dunedin. You’ll also enjoy a guided visit to Olveston House, an impressive mansion built in the early 20th century, filled with art and period furniture and surrounded by a marvelous garden. In its center, Dunedin assumes the character of a city of Spires; towers, gables, of roofs bristling with turrets and of solid, gracious, generally stone buildings that earn for Dunedin the title of the most Victorian City of New Zealand. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace or join an optional tour.

Day 10: Dunedin/Mt. Cook Region/Fairlie.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast depart Dunedin and drive to the spectacular Mount Cook region, gateway to the imposing Southern Alps. Proceed to Fairlie, a thriving farming region in the heart of the sheep grazing pastures of the Canterbury Plains. You will spend the evening on a working farm where your hosts invite you for a delicious home cooked dinner and conversation. This is certain to be one of the highlights of your trip! Farm Stay

Day 11: Depart New Zealand/Melbourne (Australia).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne

Following a hearty breakfast with your host family on the farm, proceed to the airport and board a flight across the Tasman Sea to Australia. Arrive in Melbourne, the stately capital of the State of Victoria noted for its vibrant culture, spacious parks and beautiful gardens. Transfer to your hotel, ideally located in the heart of Melbourne.

Day 12:

Meals: Breakfast

On an included morning tour visit lovely Fitzroy Gardens and see City Square, the Victorian Art Center and the old Parliament House. Balance of the day is at leisure for independent exploration. We recommend an optional excursion to Phillip Island, the world’s largest reserve of fairy penguins. Here, every evening at dusk, the Fairy Penguins come home from the sea to their burrows in the sand dunes. It is a nightly ritual that will enthrall you as you observe the “parade” from the elevated boardwalk.

Day 13:

Meals: Breakfast

Day at leisure for independent exploration. Stroll along the riverside promenade and relax in one of the many inviting outdoor cafes. You may also experience some of Australia’s most fascinating and diverse coastal scenery on a full day Great Ocean Road adventure. The magical coastline will enchant you as you journey through Torquay, Lorne and onto Apollo Bay. There are many opportunities to photograph the stunning scenery including the Twelve Apostles.  The power and majesty of nature reign supreme in the awe-inspiring sea and landscape. Return to Melbourne this evening. (B)

Day 14: Melbourne/Cairns.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Novotel Oasis Resort

Today fly northward to tropical Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Your centrally located hotel is close to the Esplanade and the ocean. Relax and enjoy your hotel’s swimming pool!

Day 15: Great Barrier Reef Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Your journey begins as you board a high speed catamaran for Green Island, a beautiful 6000 year old coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – a premier world heritage site. With its unique reef and rainforest environment, this beautiful island provides a superior tropical experience. Green Island is the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest growing on it! This is home to numerous plant species, colorful bird life, and over 1500 different species of tropical fish. Enjoy a self-guided Eco Island walk, take a ride in a glass bottom boat to view the magnificent coral of the inner reef, or laze on the white coral sand beaches. There are many other optional activities offered on the island to enjoy as well. Return to Cairns later this afternoon.

Day 16:

Meals: Breakfast

A day at leisure. You may join an optional tour aboard a scenic skyrail to the aboriginal village of Kuranda.

Day 17: Cairns/Sydney.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Grace Hotel Sydney

Today, fly to spectacular Sydney, Australia’s oldest and most vibrant city. Settle into your elegant hotel, ideally located in the city center near the scenic Sydney Harbor, the renowned Opera House and the enchanting Botanical Gardens. Later, join your tour director for an orientation walk.

Day 18:

Meals: Breakfast

This morning embark on an included guided tour that takes in the old and the new. See the impressive Harbor Bridge, Sydney’s famous beaches including Bondi Beach, the Botanical Gardens, the celebrated Opera House and the historic Rocks area. The balance of the day is at leisure for independent pursuits.

Day 19

Meals: Breakfast

Day at leisure to explore on your own. You may join an optional tour to the Australian Wildlife Park where you can hand-feed a kangaroo and cuddle a friendly koala!

Day 20:

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Another leisure day to explore Sydney on your own. You may join an optional tour to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House or a stroll along the waterfront towards the Rocks area. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner located in the heart of Sydney with your group.

Day 21: Sydney/USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Today, bid farewell to “Down Under” and board your return flight. Cross the International Dateline and regain the day “lost” in the beginning of the trip. Your magical Australia tour packages end as you arrive Los Angeles the same day.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,999

Price Per Day:

$ 238 per person
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,299
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
  • Round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles via Qantas Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South Pacific flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at deluxe and superior first class hotels
  • One night accommodation on a New Zealand Farm with dinner (D)
  • Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
  • A welcome dinner in Auckland (D)
  • Sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in itinerary
  • English speaking Tour Director and local guides
Trip Excludes
  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
Optional Activities
  • Queenstown by Night with Skyline Dinner ($65 per person, dinner included)
  • Walter Peak Farm Tour and Cruise ($64 per person)
  • Cruise on TSS Earnslaw and Dinner ($98 per person, dinner included)
  • Skippers Canyon Four-Wheel Drive Safari ($141 per person)
  • Otago Peninsula Afternoon Tour: Larnach Castle & Wildlife Cruise ($104 per person)
  • Phillip Island and Fairy Penguins Express ($112 per person)
  • Great Ocean Road Adventure ($143 per person)
  • Cairns Night Zoo Plus BBQ Dinner ($120 per person, dinner included)
  • Great Barrier Reef “Upgrade” ($114 per person, lunch included)
  • Full Day Kuranda Village and Scenic SkyRail Excursion ($133 per person)
  • Harbor Coffee Cruise ($43 per person)
  • Rocks Guided Walking Tour ($43 per person)
  • Australian Wildlife Park ($62 per person)
  • Sydney Bridge Climb ($210 per person; daily between 5am and 5pm subject to availability)
  • Sydney’s Sunset Dinner Cruise ($84 per person, dinner included)
Meals Included:

18 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Airfare included
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Auckland
End City
Sydney
Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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