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Explore Australia & New Zealand

Theres no reason to have to choose between Australia and New Zealand. Experience both over 22 extraordinary days. Discover iconic Sydney, fashionable Melbourne, and welcoming Auckland; stand in the presence of sacred Uluru; explore ancient rainforests; and take in all the city life, mountainscapes, glaciers, cultural moments, deserts, hot springs, and photo ops you can.

Australasia
  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 155217
  • Starts: Sydney, Australia
  • Finishes: Queenstown, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Sydney
  • Queenstown

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Sydney

Please make your own way to the joining hotel. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and enjoy exploring the city before joining the welcome meeting at 6pm.

If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House.

Additional Notes:
Please try to arrive before 6:00pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

This is a busy trip with a lot of early mornings to catch connecting flights, enabling you to see as much of Down Under as possible.

Want to start your Down Under adventure with an adrenaline rush? Add the 'Sydney Adrenaline Bundle' or 'Sydney Bridge Climb' extra to your tour. Get an incredible view of the iconic Sydney Harbour from the top of the Harbour Bridge, then zip through the waterways on a jet boat ride if you book the 'Adrenaline Bundle'. PLEASE NOTE: if booking either of these extras a pre-night in Sydney is highly recommended as the Bridge Climb starts early in the morning on Day 1.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Sydney (1B, 1D)

Explore Sydney Harbour and walk to the iconic Opera House and the Rocks area. In the afternoon, board a private yacht and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with barbecue dinner. Navigating the bays and coves, sit back on the sunbed and relax and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

Transport:
Metro

03

Day 3: Sydney/Port Douglas (1B)

We catch a very early flight to ensure we make the most of the day.

Included Activities:
Aboriginal Interpretive Walk

Transport:
Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)
Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Port Douglas (1B)

Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach or opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.

05

Day 5: Port Douglas/Cairns (1B)

Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvelous creatures, and we'll hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.

Included Activities:
James Cook University Research Aquarium

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Cairns (1B, 1L)

Travel to Tully for an authentic and interactive Indigenous experience, supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a private lecture about the history and culture of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest people. Learn about their deep connection to the land and how they have continued for thousands of years, to live in harmony with nature. Our cultural immersion continues with a traditional lunch and participation in a painting class with Jirrbal Aboriginal artists.

Included Activities:
Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest Cultural Experience
Ingan Cultural Centre & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 140km)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 140km)

07

Day 7: Cairns (1B)

Cairns is the adventure capital of Queensland, and the day is yours with free time to explore. Opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, soar above the rainforest on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or explore this stunning coastal city.

08

Day 8: Cairns/Uluru (1B)

Get a good nights sleep as our flight could be quite early today.

Included Activities:
Sunset at Uluru

Transport:
Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))

09

Day 9: Uluru (1B)




Additional Notes:
Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C (109-115°F) in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets.

The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 36°C (98°F). During these hot months, we try to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the midday sun. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat.

Included Activities:
Uluru Mala Walk
Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Kata Tjuta National Park

10

Day 10: Uluru/Melbourne (1B)

Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night.

Additional Notes:
Flight times today can very depending on airline schedules.

Transport:
Plane
Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Melbourne (1B, 1L)

Go on a guided foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne with a local author and culinary storyteller for a three-course progressive lunch. Later, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne or the many wineries in the area.

Additional Notes:
Occasionally Monique Bayer may not be available for the Melbourne Foodie Walk. In the event this happens, an equally qualified guide will lead the walk.

Included Activities:
Melbourne Foodie Walk

12

Day 12: Melbourne/Auckland (1B)

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city.

Transport:
Plane (3.50-4.00 hours)

13

Day 13: Auckland (1B)

Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research boat in search of whales, dolphins and sea birds. After our cruise spend one-on-one time with one of the expert crew to allow a deeper discussion on marine wildlife and conservation. Later, enjoy a short orientation walk and some free time to explore the city.

Additional Notes:
The wildlife cruise of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is highly subject to weather and sea conditions and does on occasion get cancelled at the last minute. While unfortunate, this is completely outside of our control and we ask that you appreciate that this is entirely in consideration of passenger and crew safety. If the cruise is cancelled, your CEO will arrange an alternate activity for the group to enjoy.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Dolphin and Whale Experience

14

Day 14: Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)

Drive a scenic route, visiting an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy town of Raglan, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route, and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbour.

Included Activities:
Eel Farm Visit
Bridal Veil Falls Walk
Raglan Harbour Boat Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

15

Day 15: Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)

Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. This is a fascinating region with Maori history and cultured tied directly to the geothermal aspects of the land. Relax in one of the hot pools fed by water coming directly from the natural springs.

Included Activities:
Waitomo Cave Excursion
Meet a Maori Elder
Tamaki Maori Village

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 100km)
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 140km)

16

Day 16: Rotorua/Christchurch (1B)

Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with the CEO to get a feel for the city.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Flight (1.00-1.75 hours)

17

Day 17: Christchurch/Franz Josef (1B)





Transport:
Train (2.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours, 240km)

18

Day 18: Franz Josef (1B)

Options are plentiful. Choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery.

19

Day 19: Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)

Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right, you can get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some short walks and waterfall visits.

Included Activities:
Gondola Ride

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)

20

Day 20: Queenstown/Doubtful Sound (1B, 1D)

In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.

The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords.
**Boat is subject to change

Additional Notes:
*Please note that the itinerary for this day varies in the winter:

Winter Schedule 18 May – 20 Sept Doubtful Sound/Te Anau
Drive the scenic route around Lake Wakatipu to the town of Manapouri. Travel by boat and bus to arrive at an eco cruise boat. Spend the afternoon cruising the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls. The boat offers excellent chances for wildlife viewing in the area. Dolphins, penguins, seals and a variety of birds are some examples of what you can hope to see. In the evening, head to Te Anau for the night. We take in a screening of the award winning ‘Ata Whenua – Shadowland‘ Fjordland on Film documentary at the local cinema before having a group meal.


Included Activities:
Doubtful Sound Overnight Wilderness Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)

21

Day 21: Doubtful Sound/Queenstown (1B)

Kick off the day with a hearty cooked breakfast and spend the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. We then return to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri, returning to Queenstown late afternoon. Opt for a farewell dinner with your group.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)

22

Day 22: Queenstown (1B)

For more time to explore Queenstown, we recommend booking post nights with your agent if you are interested in the countless adrenaline-packed activities in the town known as the "adventure capital of the world." Jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and sky diving are some of the activities available.


Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Sydney Harbour cruise and orientation walk
    • Aboriginal walk through the Daintree Rainforest
    • James Cook University Aquarium visit
    • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru
    • Melbourne orientation walk
    • Melbourne foodie walk and three-course meal with culinary expert
    • Hauraki Gulf Marine Park wildlife cruise
    • Raglan Harbour cruise
    • Visit glow worm caves
    • Meet a Maori elder and enjoy a culturhal show and meal
    • Orientation walk in Christchurch
    • Scenic TranzAlpine train
    • Queenstown Gondola ride
    • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) in Doubtful Sound
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (20 nts), cruise boat (1 nt, seasonal)
    • 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on a private yacht
  • Take an interpretive walk with an aboriginal guide
  • Get an exclusive tour of a research aquarium
  • Witness thousands of glowworms lighting up the scenery