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Explore Australia & New Zealand

Theres no reason to have to choose between Australia and New Zealand. Experience both over 22 life-changing 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 flat whites you can.

Australasia

Duration: 22 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155217
Starts: Potts Point, 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 explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7:00pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

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:
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)

Transfer to our resort in Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights.

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 or diving 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

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

07

Day 7: Cairns/Uluru (1B)

Catch a flight to Uluru and witness the incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.

Included Activities:
Sunset at Uluru

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

08

Day 8: 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

09

Day 9: Uluru/Alice Springs (1B)

Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru, then take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. Continue to Alice Springs for the night.

Included Activities:
Kata Tjuta National Park

Transport:
Minibus (6.00 hour(s), 470km)

10

Day 10: Alice Springs/Melbourne (1B)

Catch a flight and arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy a free evening to explore the city.

Transport:
Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))
Plane (2.75 hour(s))
Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Melbourne (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free day with option to explore the Great Ocean Road or the many wineries in the area. This evening, enjoy a discussion on Australian wines with a three-plate tasting menu and wine pairings at the Mill House chef's table.

Additional Notes:
The Great Ocean Road optional excursion is 12 hours - should you choose to take this optional, you will miss the included dinner on this day.

Included Activities:
Mill House Food and Wine Experience

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)

Enjoy a short orientation walk and some free time to explore the city. After, 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.

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 and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbour.

Included Activities:
Eel Farm Visit
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:
Bridal Veil Falls Walk
Tamaki Maori Village
Meet a Maori Elder

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

16

Day 16: Rotorua/Christchurch (1B, 1L)

This morning visit Whakarewarewa, a Maori village with a local guide who explains the geothermal aspects of the region. Enjoy a light lunch of corn cooked in a natural hot pool and a traditional hangi pie. Fly to Christchurch and take an orientation walk with the CEO.

Included Activities:
Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village Visit
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Flight (1.00-1.75 hours)

17

Day 17: Christchurch/Franz Josef (1B)





Transport:
Train (4.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))

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
    • Dinner with three-plate tasting menu and wine pairings
    • Hauraki Gulf Marine Park experience
    • Raglan Harbour cruise
    • Visit a geothermal Maori village with a local guide
    • Orientation walk in Christchurch
    • Scenic TranzAlpine train
    • Queenstown Gondola ride
    • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) in Doubtful Sound
    • Internal flights
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Comfort hotels (20 nts), cruise boat (seasonal) (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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