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Arrive in Melbourne

Crowned "The World's Most Liveable City" for seven years in a row, friendly Melbourne is the perfect place to begin your Australian self-drive adventure.

This compact, diverse metropolis is begging to be explored after settling into your comfortable accommodation. There are hidden charms around every corner, beautiful Botanic Gardens and chic city squares where you can soak up the atmosphere to your heart's content.

Here are some of our favourite things to do in Melbourne: - Lose yourself in cobbled laneways lined with tempting coffee shops, chic boutiques and cosy bars. - Admire the always-evolving street art covering every inch of Hosier Lane - Take a tram to St Kilda beach's historic esplanade and drop into Acland St's irresistible cake shops. - Make a sporting pilgrimage to the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground - Grab a bite to eat at Queen Victoria Market - it's the largest market in the Southern Hemisphere - Choose from a dizzying array of restaurants & eateries — you're in Australia's foodie capital.

Accommodation: Melbourne - 2 Nights

Little Bourke offers modern accommodation in Melbourne's Chinatown. All self-contained apartments include high-speed internet access and flat-screen cable TV. Little Bourke is surrounded by the restaurants, bars and cafes of Melbourne’s vibrant CBD. Her Majesty’s Theatre is next door and Princess Theatre is a 5-minute walk away.

Punthill little Bourke

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Great Ocean Road Guided Day Tour

Discover amazing coastal scenery, adventure and wildlife on a full day coach tour along the famous Great Ocean Road.

Great Ocean Road - One of the World's Greatest Drives

Experience and enjoy the breathtaking Great Ocean Road: every twist and turn exposes you to stretches of broad, uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges. This remarkable scenery provides an amazing backdrop for a day that will be etched in your memory forever.

Visit Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse at Apollo Bay, enjoy a typical Aussie BBQ lunch, take a rainforest walk in the Otway Ranges and see the world famous limestone rock stacks — the 12 Apostles – at the western end of the Great Ocean Road.

There are plenty of opportunities to see the native wildlife in its natural habitat including koalas and a variety of Australian birdlife.


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Melbourne to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Bid farewell to the city and fly to Australia's Red Centre for your first glimpse of magnificent Ayers Rock, or Uluru as it is also known.

Ayers Rock stands 348 metres above the ground and reaches over 700 metres underground. Uluru is also home to the World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which is of extreme importance to the local Aboriginal people.

Settle into your self-catering apartment at Ayers Rock Resort and prepare to witness the most epic sunset you can imagine over Uluru: it's a moment the whole family will remember forever.

Accommodation: Ayers Rock - 2 Nights

Emu Walk Apartments are just a short walk from Ayers Rock Resort centre. Each apartment is air-conditioned and has a TV with free-to-air channels, plus a balcony or veranda. All apartments are self-contained, with separate kitchen, living and bedroom areas. Emu Walk Apartments are close to Gecko’s cafe which offers gourmet pizzas, pasta and Mediterranean-style dishes.

Emu Walk Apartments

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Field of Light: Star Pass by Camel

Cross the desert on a friendly camel and see the 50,000 glass spheres of Bruce Munro's amazing Field of Light installation.

Desert Camel Ride

Believe it or not, Australia is home to over a million camels! Today you will ride high above the red desert dunes on a camel of your very own with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as a stunning backdrop.

The Magical "Field of Light"

After your camel ride ends, you will be welcomed at a raised viewing area for canapés and chilled sparkling wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo. As the sun slowly sets, the coloured lights of 50,000 glass spheres come to life before you. Created by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, this magical installation has to be seen to be believed.


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Ayers Rock to Sydney

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Scenic Flight

Experience the beauty of Uluru on a dramatic scenic flight. Soaring over Uluru and the incredible rock formations of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) gives you amazing views of the area from a whole new perspective.

Ayers Rock to Sydney

Fly onwards to Sydney, the oldest and grandest of Australia's big cities. Blessed with a glorious natural harbour, golden beaches and a blissful climate, this incredible metropolis offers a stunning introduction to East Coast Australia.

Sydney Harbour Dining Cruise

Tonight's Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Harbour shows off Sydney in style. Sparkling wine in hand, enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as you dine.

Accommodation: Sydney - 2 Nights

Featuring a swimming pool, fitness centre and a sauna and overlooking beautiful Cockle Bay, Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Darling Harbour is located in Sydney CBD (Central Business District), and offers self-contained accommodation with flat-screen satellite TV. Most rooms offer a private balcony. Located in Sydney’s entertainment hub of King Street Wharf, Adina Apartment Hotel is less than 3 minutes’ walk from Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World. Chinatown is a 5-minute walk away and Sydney’s city centre is just 10 minutes' walk away.

Adina

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Explore Sydney At Your Leisure

Enjoy some free time to discover Sydney in depth, at your own pace.

Take a ferry to Manly for a laid-back beach day, or cruise to Taronga Zoo, where both animals and visitors alike can enjoy jaw-dropping harbour views.

Adventurers can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or tackle the Bondi to Bronte walking trail along the rugged sandstone cliffs.

Foodies will love visiting the Sydney Fish Market, where you can pile your plate high with freshly caught & cooked seafood and take your haul outside to eat on the pier.

However you choose to spend your day, Sydney is guaranteed to win your heart.


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Fly to AUCKLAND New Zealand

Situated amongst a cluster of extinct volcanic cones, next to a large harbour that bustles with life, both on water and on land. The Auckland isthmus straddles a slim piece of land with coastline facing both the Pacific Ocean, and, on the wild West Coast, the Tasman Sea.

After checking into your hotel, relax your New Zealand North & South Island Tour officially starts tomorrow. Take a stroll around our beautiful city, explore the highly acclaimed Waterfront Restaurant Quarter or choose one of the many activities available to give a more in depth understanding of Auckland and the surrounding area.

Some Activities and Sightseeing Options Available are:

Explore Waiheke Island     Island Kayaking Adventure     America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach


Accommodation Auckland - 1 night

The Copthorne Hotel Auckland City has positioned itself firmly as an excellent all-round venue for conference and accommodation requirements. Decorated in warm classic tones, individual room balconies offer a variety of views from cityscapes to parklands, to overlooking the Waitemata Harbour. Central location, superior facilities and friendly personalised service make this an ideal place for your next stay.
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

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GLOWWORM GROTTO / ROTORUA

Feeling refreshed today - collect your rental car and take to the green rolling landscapes of the Waikato region, as you drive south of Auckland, forming some of the most fertile land in New Zealand. The caves at Waitomo are one of New Zealand's most commanding wonders, the moment you enter this subterranean wonderland you'll discover an ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves and grottos, and you'll marvel at the amazing stalactites and stalagmites 'decorations' created by Mother Nature.  As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you will glide silently through the starry wonderland of this Glowworm Grotto, your way lit by a myriad of tiny glowworm lights, glittering, glimmering and reflecting off the water. This small group personalized tour allows you to spend 40 minutes under glow worms. Continue on to Rotorua, set in a tranquil Lakeland with significant Maori culture and awesome geothermal activity. 

Sir David Attenborough: “An Astonishing Cave” And “one of natures most Magical Illuminations!”

Approximate Distance: 225 kms | 140 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 50 mins

Accommodation Rotorua - 2 nights

Built in 1897, the Historically Boutique Hotel, the Princes Gate Hotel Rotorua was New Zealand's first private hotel. Beautifully restored with great attention to detail she offers glamour, style and sophistication that depicts a bygone era coupled with a time honoured commitment to service, the glamorous historically Boutique Princes Gate Hotel in Rotorua is not just a hotel but also a Rotorua attraction in its own right. A visit to the Princes Gate Hotel is an exciting escape back in time.
Princes Gate Hotel Rotorua

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WAI-O-TAPU / MAORI CULTURAL EVENING

Wai-O-Tapu

"The closest thing to hell existing on earth" Bernard Shaw. This is an eerie landscape and once you have seen the boiling mud, the roaring geysers of hot boiling water, enormous steaming craters and sink holes and of course the offensive sulfuric odour  -  quite clearly spells Hell! Yet Wai-O-Tapu has become one of the most visited attractions in New Zealand and houses some of the world’s most incredible geothermal forces. Walk through it and observe the world famous champagne pool, catch the daily eruption of the Lady Knox geyser that spurts out boiling liquid at 10.15 am daily to a height of 20 meters.

Maori Cultural Evening - Village, Hangi & Music

Spend an evening sharing and feasting on a selection of foods cooked the traditional Maori way - on hot stones in an authentic earthen oven (a Hangi). This Maori Cultural Evening helps you understand the spiritual significance of the moko (facial tattoo) as warriors demonstrate with tools made of fine bird bone and sharpened greenstone and then perform a concert including the world famous ‘Haka’. An educational and enlightening experience, coupled with a ‘good feed’ and sing-a-long makes for a unique and entertaining experience and a must on any New Zealand North & South Island Tour.


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FREE TIME ROTORUA AND FLIGHT TO QUEENSTOWN

Depending on your preference, you could easily choose to stay in Rotorua and explore the region further, opting to take one of the evening flight to Queenstown.

Recommended excursions in and around Rotorua:

See Geysers & Boiling Mud     Polynesian Hot Springs   Whirinaki Forest Walk
Thermally Active Golf Biking the Mighty Forests Flight to Volcanic Island
Museum of Art & History Evening Cultural Experience    White Water Rafting

 

Queenstown: located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the magnificent Southern Alps, is New Zealand’s most celebrated destination.  Offering a wealth of experiences to be enjoyed from adrenaline activities such as bungee jumps and sky diving, adventurous excursions like jet-boating and hiking through to superb golf, gourmet food and wine tours or romantic hot air ballooning.

Accommodation Queenstown - 3 nights

Sitting on the crystal-clear shores of Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Gardens is centrally located - only a five-minute walk to town on level ground - home to prime restaurants and boutique shopping. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with views from private balconies over manicured landscapes, with the property being adjacent to the beautiful Queenstown Gardens.

Novotel Queenstown

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RETURN SCENIC FLIGHT AND CRUISE OF MILFORD SOUND

Today, board a twin engine aircraft for your scenic 35 minute flight to Milford Sound in the famed Fiordland National Park. During your flight, there are panoramic views of the spectacular alpine scenery including glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforest.  On reaching Milford Sound, enjoy a full-length cruise of the fiord in modern, purpose built vessels. The vessels offer excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with large windows, spacious decks and comfortable lounges. At the completion of your cruise, return to Queenstown by plane.  Transfers are provided to and from your accommodation to Queenstown airport.


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A DAY OF LEISURE IN QUEENSTOWN

This morning collect your South Island rental car, and experience the beauty of Queenstown exactly as you want to. From relaxing vineyard tours or boat cruises to extreme adventure activities, Queenstown has it all. For the adventurous, don’t miss a thrilling Wilderness Jet Boat Ride on the beautiful and isolated Dart River. The Botanic Gardens and lakeside walkways offer a myriad of opportunities for relaxing strolls, while the boutique shops offer kiwi shopping at its best. Queenstown’s stunning location means that however you choose to spend your day you’ll enjoy being surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery.

Recommended Excursions in Queenstown:

Routeburn Day Walk Highest Bungey Jump Explore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise   Dart River Jetboat Safari      

Gibbston Valley Wine Trail


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QUEENSTOWN TO MT COOK

Mt Cook National Park is a Fantasy Land of Ice and Rock. Mt Cook National Park, known for its exquisite alpine beauty and is home to the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mt Cook. Its Maori name, ‘Aoraki’ means ‘cloud piercer’ and at 12,016ft (3,755m) it towers above the surrounding snow-covered peaks in the park. Tonight enjoy a Star Gazing Tour - this area also has World Heritage status as a SkyPark for the purity and lack of light pollution.

Some highly recommended excursions around the National Park.

Tasman Glacier by Boat    Hooker Valley Walk    Glacier Helicopter Landing    Star Gazing Tour


Approximate Distance: 265 kms | 165 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 10 mins

Accommodation Mt Cook - 1 night

A stunning destination surrounded by the silent splendor of the Southern Alps and with spectacular views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and the surrounding National Park World Heritage area. There is a selection of properties within the Terrace Road campus from Hotel to Chalet and Mountainview Motels - all budgets and standards can be catered for.

Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

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TASMAN GLACIER / CHRISTCHURCH

Tasman Glacier
Embark upon a unique guided experience to get alongside a rather large iceberg!. Transfer by bus to the beautiful Tasman Valley for a short walk before boarding a MAC boat to explore the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. This Tasman Glacier Adventure Tour is 4 hours duration with plenty of time left to travel via the Pleasant Point to Christchurch.

Approximate Distance: 331 km | 206 miles  Total Driving Time: 4 hours

Accommodation:

Opened in 1913 this Italian High Renaissance Palazzo offers a feeling of grandeur with high ceilings and stunning architecture, the hotel passed the test in the recent earthquakes and remains an icon of the city. Comfort and spacious accommodation with an excellent breakfast available in the onsite restaurant.


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Christchurch At Your Leisure And Depart

Enjoy a relaxed morning reflecting on your New Zealand/Australia holiday before heading to the Christchurch airport to begin your journey home.


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What Sophie says about this tour: "We don't all have six weeks available for a long, leisurely Australasian road trip, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out. With passionate travel experts like us designing your trip, you can fit so much into 15 days! For starters, you'll wind your way down Australia's Great Ocean Road, watch Uluru change colour in the sun & shadows, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and cruise majestic Sydney Harbour. Then it's New Zealand's turn to blow your mind: Waitomo's glow worm caves, Rotorua's geothermal landscapes, and jaw-dropping Milford Sound are among the many highlights."
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