19 Day Tour from Auckland to Sydney $ plus air fare. MRTA members contact Travelers Lane for MRTA member price.
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Australia and New Zealand
19 Day Tour from Auckland to Sydney
Explore breathtaking scenery, vibrant cities, and top attractions on this exciting voyage through the South Pacific.
In New Zealand, mesmerizing panoramas await you at Fiordland National Park, where you’ll cruise on the fiord and witness extraordinary scenic beauty and sheer cliffs. Also visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, and take a boat trip through the captivating Glowworm Grotto in Waitomo.
In laid-back Melbourne, soak up the city’s atmosphere and discover its boutiques, cafés, and world-class dining. Or perhaps take a trip to sample some of the award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley. Sydney offers a spectacular harbor, the world-famous Opera House, fabulous shopping, cosmopolitan cuisine, and lively nightlife. For a unique thrill, perhaps you can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Words simply cannot describe the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with its clear, tropical water and explosion of colors. You’ll get to see it in person and even snorkel in it or take a semi-submersible watercraft boat tour! You’ll also visit Cairns Tropical Zoo for your chance to have your picture taken with a cuddly koala! At Uluru (Ayers Rock) you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Uluru’s spiritual importance to the Anangu Aboriginal people.
Day 1 Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand
Haere Mai—welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing.
Day 2 Auckland–Waitomo–Rotorua
This morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Auckland. Afterward, travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. In the afternoon, continue over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER this evening, followed by an authentic [LF] MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE. (B,D)
|Day 3 Rotorua
This morning, visit RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a visit behind the scenes at the [LF] KIWI ENCOUNTER to see each stage a kiwi chick goes through before being released into the national parks: incubation, hatching, and rearing. Kiwi Encounter is New Zealand’s largest and most successful Kiwi conservation center. Your visit here helps support the National Kiwi Trust. Then, visit the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa. (B)
|Day 4 Rotorua–Christchurch
Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, you may wish to join a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky. (B,D)
SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.
|Day 5 Christchurch–Mount Cook–Queenstown
Start the day with a visit to the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTER for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. You may wish to enjoy a scenic walk or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” (B)
|Day 6 Queenstown. Cruise on Milford Sound
Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fiord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. (B,L)
|Day 7 Queenstown
A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, CRUISE across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamship, and take in views of the rugged Southern Alps. Stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm for DINNER and a FARM DEMONSTRATION that provides a glimpse of life on the farm. (B,D)
|Day 8 Queenstown–Melbourne, Australia
This morning, board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne. (B)
|Day 9 Melbourne
Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll soon discover the different architectural influences of this city as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Our city tour ends at St. Kilda Beach, where you’ll learn about the area’s rich history, including Luna Park. Enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk along with a [LF] tasty TREAT at a local café. Next, enjoy a unique lunch experience aboard the historic [LF] COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended. (B,L)
|Day 10 Melbourne
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley, or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.” (B)
|Day 11 Melbourne–Alice Springs
Today, we fly to the Outback. Here, visit the SCHOOL OF THE AIR to appreciate how education services are provided to those living in remote regions. You will also visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION to discover the history of how early settlers developed communications. This evening, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience: an [LF] OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance. (B,D)
|Day 12 Alice Springs–Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Meet members of the Warlpiri Aboriginal tribe this morning and learn about their history and culture as they introduce you to bush foods, Aboriginal weaponry, as well as their traditional paintings. Later, fly to the “Center of Australia.” Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. There is time to take photos before returning to “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK and the changing colors of the rock. (B)
|Day 13 Uluru (Ayers Rock)–Cairns
Your Outback adventure continues this morning. For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Then, enjoy a TOUR around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. For an even more amazing view of Uluru, perhaps take an optional aircraft ride. Later, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. (B)
|Day 14 Cairns. Great Barrier Reef Excursion
Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure. (B,L,D)
|Day 15 Cairns
A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest. (B)
|Day 16 Cairns–Sydney
This morning, enjoy a special visit to CAIRNS TROPICAL ZOO for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. You’ll also enjoy a talk by a wildlife keeper, and the opportunity to have your picture taken with a koala! Later, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. (B)
|Day 17 Sydney
Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of [LF] BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the historic [LF] North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views. (B,L)
|Day 18 Sydney
Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps join our optional excursion to the Blue Mountains for a wilderness experience or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at WATERFRONT RESTAURANT overlooking Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. (B,D)
|Day 19 Sydney
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Enjoy a [LF] Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner; visit Te Pui, the Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs; behind the-scenes visit at the [LF] Kiwi Encounter
Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center
Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; cruise on Lake Wakatipu; dinner & farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country Farm
Sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; [LF] local treat at St. Kilda Beach; [LF] Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch
Sightseeing tour; School of the Air and visit the Old Telegraph Station [LF] Outback barbecue; meet members of the Warlpiri Aboriginal tribe
ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock
Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; Cairns Tropical Zoo
Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and [LF] Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; [LF] lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; farewell dinner at Waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour
What is included?
American breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 6 dinners including a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua and an Outback barbecue in Alice Springs
Transfers from the airport to the hotel upon arrival at the beginning of the trip*
Transfers from the hotel to the airport at the end of the trip*
Superior first class hotel accommodations throughout the trip
Porterage and hotel taxes and fees
Baggage handling at each hotel stop
Professional Tour Director throughout the trip
VIP admissions to popular sites – no waiting in line, admission included
Motor coach transportation throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily
Special Farewell Dinner at WATERFRONT RESTAURANT overlooking Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, and Harbour Bridge
Favorite Activities – experiences to help you become immersed in the local flavor and lifestyle
Headsets for sightseeing tours
Complimentary Wi-Fi on motor coach and at most hotels
*If air fare is purchased with the tour
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