Australia & New Zealand Explorer

From$8399USD
22 days,Sydney to Queenstown
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Learn about Aboriginal and Maori myths and traditions with local experts, ride the rails on 2 historic trains, explore an ancient rainforest by foot and canopy cable car, revitalize yourself in geothermal pools, enjoy an overnight cruise through remote Doubtful Sound in search of wildlife, cover more ground with included internal flights

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, Melbourne and Auckland, walk around iconic Uluru, visit Aboriginal villages, and explore ancient rain forests. 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. Kuranda Scenic Railway to Queensland rainforest with canopy tour on a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Aboriginal dreamtime walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge. Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru. Walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. Melbourne orientation walk and dinner on the historic Colonial tramcar restaurant. Visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls. Dinner cruise on Raglan harbour. Visit an authentic Maori village and enjoy a traditional meal. Soak in geothermal spa pools. Orientation walk in Christchurch. Ride the scenic TranzAlpine Train. Queenstown gondola ride. Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight wilderness cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 21 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 4 dinners. (Allow USD600-700 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (19 nts), local holiday home (1 nt), cruise boat (1 nt).
  • Mini-bus, flight, train, boat, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.

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Itinerary Notes

Please note that due to seasonal weather the itinerary on Day 20 in Milford 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 7-8 Cairns/Uluru (2B)

Catch a flight to Uluru and witness the incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly. On Day 8, enjoy an interpretative walk around the base of this renowned UNESCO World Heritage site and learn about the aboriginal culture and history.

Day 9 Alice Spings (1B)

Watch the sunrise over Uluru, then enjoy a walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. Continue to Alice Springs for the night.

Day 10-11 Melbourne (2B,1D)

Catch a flight and arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy an orientation walk in Melbourne CBD before boarding the historic colonial tramcar diner for a fun meal while cruising around the city streets. On Day 11, enjoy a free day with option to explore the Great Ocean Road or the many wineries in the area.

Day 12-13 Auckland (2B)

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy an orientation walk with the CEO. On Day 13, option to embark on a dolphin and whale watching boat excursion or explore the city.

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)

Drive to Rotorua and visit an authentic Maori Village to learn about local myths, legends and enjoy a dinner of traditional cuisine. Free time to take a dip in the geothermal hot springs pools.

Day 16 Christchurch (1B)

Fly to Christchurch and take an orientation walk with the CEO.

Day 17-18 Franz Josef (2B)

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 rainforest scenery .

Day 19 Queenstown (1B)

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

Day 20 Doubtful Sound (1B,1D)

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through remote 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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