Australia & New Zealand Explorer

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22 days,Sydney to Queenstown

Learn about Aboriginal and Maori myths and traditions with local experts, ride the rails on 3 historic trains, explore the rainforest by foot and canopy cable car, learn how your favourite wines get from vine to glass, revitalize yourself in geothermal pools, enjoy an overnight cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound in search of wildlife, cover more ground with included internal flights

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Australia or New Zealand? Do both! There’s never been a better time to get a taste of the world Down Under, and on this adventure, you’ll do so via trains, canopy cable cars, and private yachts. There’ll be no lack of sights to see as you explore Sydney and Auckland, walk around iconic Uluru, visit Aboriginal villages, and participate in wine tastings in the Barossa Valley. Add in an overnight wilderness cruise and you’ve got yourself a trip that memories are made of.

What's Included

  • Private yacht sailing on the Sydney harbour and Sydney orientation walk. Aboriginal dreamtime walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge. Kuranda Scenic Railway to Queensland rainforest with canopy tour on a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru. Overnight on the historic Ghan Train. Adelaide orientation walk. Barossa Valley wine tour with lunch and wine tasting. Dolphin and whale watching boat excursion. Visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls. Dinner cruise on Raglan harbour. Guided tour of the Lake Taupo region with a local meal. Soak in geothermal spa pools. Visit an historic Maori village with a local guide. Orientation walk in Christchurch. Ride the scenic TranzAlpine Train. Gondola ride. Overnight wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 21 breakfasts, 4 lunch, 5 dinners. (Allow USD500-600 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (18 nts), ghan train cabins (1nt), local holiday home (1 nt), eco-cruise boat (1 nt).
  • Mini-bus, flight, train, boat, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.
Itinerary Notes

Please note that due to seasonal weather the itinerary on Day 20 in Doubtful Sound varies from winter to summer months. The winter itinerary runs for all departures between June 4 - September 20. The remaining departures will follow the summer itinerary.

Day 1 Sydney

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Sydney (1B,1L)

Explore Sydney with a walk through harbour-side to the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Rocks area. Enjoy an early lunch then board a sleek former America's Cup racing yacht for a thrilling sailing adventure on one of the world’s finest harbours.

Day 3-4 Port Douglas (2B,1L)

Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to an Aboriginal village, taking an interpretive walk with the locals and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge. On Day 4, option to take a Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip.

Day 5-6 Cairns (2B)

Return to Cairns, with free time to enjoy this tropical city. On Day 6, take an excursion to the UNESCO-designated Queensland rainforest on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and explore the canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Day 7 Cairns/Uluru (1B)

Catch a flight to Uluru with free time to explore the Red Centre.

Day 8 Alice Spings (1B)

Witness the sunrise over Uluru and enjoy an interpretative walk around the base of the rock, before arriving at Alice Springs for the night.

Day 9 Alice Springs/Ghan Train (1B,1D)

Enjoy the morning in Alice Springs before catching the overnight Ghan Train. Considered one of the world's greatest historic rail journeys, enjoy dinner onboard and admire the passing scenery before settling into comfortable, private cabins for the night.

Day 10-11 Adelaide (2B,1L)

After a midday arrival, enjoy an orientation walk in Adelaide with the CEO. On Day 11, embark on a full-day wine tour to the famed Barossa Valley with wine tasting and lunch.

Day 12-13 Auckland (2B)

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy an orientation walk with the CEO. On Day 13, embark on a dolphin and whale watching boat excursion, getting our first glimpse of the amazing wildlife of the region.

Day 14 Raglan (1B,1D)

Take the scenic route to an artsy beach town, visiting scenic Bridal Veil Falls en route. A local holiday home provides the ideal setting for the night, and enjoy a dinner cruise on the harbour. Options to try bone carving with local Maori, surf lessons, stand-up paddleboard lessons or sea kayaking, or simply explore the arts and crafts shops.

Day 15 Rotorua (1B,1D)

Explore the Lake Taupo region with a local guide and learn about local myths, legends and traditional cuisine of the Maori people. Free time to take a dip in the geothermal spa pools at the hotel.

Day 16 Christchurch (1B)

Visit a historic Maori village with a local Maori who explains the geothermal aspects of the area. Fly to Christchurch for an orientation walk.

Day 17-18 Franz Josef (2B,1D)

Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine Train to New Zealand's glacier region. Options are plentiful, choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery .

Day 19 Queenstown (1B,1D)

Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown. Take an evening gondola ride with spectacular views of the city and enjoy dinner at a skyline restaurant.

Day 20 Doubtful Sound (1B,1D)

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through Doubtful Sound. After a day full of wildlife viewing and unparalleled scenery, spend the night in comfortable cabins onboard while moored in a secluded bay (seasonal).

Day 21 Queenstown (1B)

Cruise back to port, enjoying the stunning views then return to Queenstown for the final night.

Day 22 Queenstown (1B)

Depart at any time.

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