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Melbourne

Arrive at any time and settle into your comfortable hotel: there are no planned activities until your welcome meeting this evening, so you are free to head into the city to take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'.

Get lost in the city's famous laneways, go on the hunt for the perfect flat white (hint: Melbourne loves its coffee shops), catch the tram to St. Kilda, or wander around the very cool Fitzroy neighbourhood.

Evening: Meet Your CEO and Group

At this evening's welcome meeting, you will get to know your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Why not opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards?

Accommodation: Melbourne - 2 Nights (or similar)

Located on Little Collins Street in Melbourne CBD, Causeway 353 Hotel offers stylish modern rooms with LCD TV, en suite bathroom and air conditioning. Facilities include a fitness centre, a steam room and a business centre. Each room features an LCD TV with selected cable channels, in-room safe, minibar and ironing facilities.
Cause Way

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Melbourne Free Day

Tour Melbourne's iconic laneways and learn more about coffee culture and get some great ideas about how you might want to spend your free afternoon.

Melbourne Laneways Walk

Discover the small laneways packed with shops, cafés and restaurants that make Melbourne so unique. After a light breakfast and delicious coffee (which no trip to Melbourne would be complete without!), experience Melbourne's laneways with an expert local host. Journey through this 'secret city,' seeing local hotspots and incredible street art while learning about the city's history.

Meal: Breakfast


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Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula

You'll have some free time this morning before travelling to the Mornington Peninsula.

Brighton's Bathing Boxes

En route to the Mornington Peninsula we will stop to check out the famous bathing boxes that Port Phillip Bay is known for. These brightly-coloured one-room "mini-cabins" are owned by families to store belongings on their favourite beach.

Mornington Peninsula

Although fairly small in size, the Mornington Peninsula packs a big punch with the amount of things to do here. Be awed with the gorgeous coastal scenery while driving through quaint towns and past stunning beaches.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mornington Peninsula - 2 Nights (or similar)

Accommodation:
All air-conditioned rooms feature a kitchenette with a microwave, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.All guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a desk. They offer bathroom with free toiletries, and towels and linen are provided. Some rooms have a terrace, but all rooms have access to the garden and barbecue area. Ironing facilities and a DVD player can be requested from reception.
Mornington

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Mornington Peninsula - Free Day

A free day to get out and explore the stunning Mornington Peninsula. With so many cute bayside villages and pristine beaches, you can wander at leisure or take an optional wine tour to discover the world-renowned local varieties.

Optional activity: Mornington Peninsula Wine Tour

Visit some local wineries to taste locally produced vino. The Mornington Peninsula is famed for its Pinot Noir, but the 50 plus wineries in the region produce over 200 different wines...!


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Mornington Peninsula to Port Campbell

Hop on a ferry to Queenscliff before spending the day travelling along the Great Ocean Road. Pass world-famous surf beaches, enjoy views of the 12 Apostles, and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park.

Rainforest Walk Great Otway National Park

Take in the beautiful greenery of the Great Otway National Park on a leisurely walk with your CEO.

Visit the 12 Apostles

Stop at a scenic lookout point along the Great Ocean Road and capture the beautiful views over the ocean and the 12 Apostles. These iconic attractions were once limestone caves which eroded to become arches and eventually stacks up to 45 m (147 ft) in height.

Discover Loch Ard Gorge: Port Campbell National Park

Beautiful Loch Ard Gorge shows the process of erosion in action. See offshore stacks and blowholes, and watch short-tailed shearwaters soar over the nearby island.

Optional Activity: 12 Apostles Helicopter Flight

Pre-book a helicopter flight and get a birds-eye view of the massive 12 Apostles rock columns from above.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Port Campbell - 1 Night (or similar)

Accommodation:
Located just 20 m from Port Campbell Beach, Loch Ard Motor Inn offers beachfront accommodation with free parking on-site and free Wi-Fi access in the rooms. All rooms feature a private balcony. Air-conditioned guest rooms have a kitchenette with a fridge, a microwave, kitchenware, and Chinese biscuits provided Amenities include a work desk, a DVD player and a flat-screen TV. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a hairdryer.
Loch Ard Motor Inn

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Port Campbell to Halls Gap

Travel inland from Port Campbell to Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art.

Grampians National Park Visit

Walk past lookouts, sandstone ridges and other various rock formations and be rewarded with sweeping views of the outstanding natural landscape.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Halls Gap - 2 Nights (or similar)

The Grampians Motel is situated on 12 acres of parkland, a 10-minute walk from Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre. It offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant and a free WiFi in all rooms. Air-conditioned guest rooms are fitted with electric blankets, a toaster and a flat-screen TV. All have an en suite bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Direct parking access is featured.
Grampians Motel Halls Gap

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Halls Gap at your leisure

Trek through the forest, lush with vegetation and wildlife. Visit the culturally significant MacKenzie Falls for a short hike. Walk to the stunning Balconies, then spend the afternoon relaxing with the locals - our resident wild kangaroos and emus.

MacKenzie Falls Visit

MacKenzie Falls is the only waterway in the region that flows year-round and it is also the most visited waterfall in the Grampians; take a short walk and check out the falls out from a viewing platform.

The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit

Set off from the Reed Lookout overlooking Victoria Valley, and enjoy a short walk with beautiful scenery to the Balconies, formerly called the Jaws of Death.

Meal: Breakfast


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Halls Gap/Adelaide

Today we're off to Adelaide. On arrival into the city your CEO will point out the important highlights, before free time to explore the city this afternoon.

Adelaide

Cosmopolitan Adelaide is filled to the brim with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. With spacious boulevards and vibrant inner-city districts, sophisticated architecture and lush gardens, South Australia's capital has it all.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Adelaide - 2 Nights (or similar)

Accommodation:
Sage Hotel Adelaide is a 4.5-star hotel overlooking the picturesque South Parklands. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant and meeting rooms. Guests enjoy free WiFi. The views from the rooms on the higher floors extend east to the Adelaide Hills and Mount Lofty or west over the suburbs of Adelaide and to the Gulf Saint Vincent.
Sage Hotel Adelaide

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Adelaide

Today is a free day to enjoy Adelaide, capital of South Australia and famed for its churches and gardens. Opt to stroll the city streets, hop on a tram to the coastal village of Glenelg, take in a full day wine tour of the famed Barossa Valley, or for the truly adventurous, take a day trip to Kangaroo Island. Your CEO can help you with what you might want to plan for today.

Meal: Breakfast


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Adelaide to Uluru

Board your flight to Yulara, in the heart of Australia's Red Centre and only a short distance to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Experience a colourful sunset at Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Uluru - 2 Nights (or similar)

Ideally situated for those who want to enjoy all that Uluru, Ayers Rock, has to offer, Outback Pioneer Hotel offers an on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available. Each room at Outback Pioneer Hotel Ayers Rock has air-conditioning, heating, tea/coffee making facilities, an en suite bathroom and a TV with free-to-air channels.
Outback Pioneer Hotel Uluru

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Explore Uluru

Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Indigenous people of the area.

Uluru Mala Walk

Walk along the northwest side of Uluru with your CEO to learn about the history of the area, stories of the Anangu people and these awe-inspiring uplifted sandstone rock formations.

Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit 

Learn about the Aboriginal Australian culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and present-day life of the Anangu people. Discover the wild world of bush tucker (indigenous food), find out which plants are used in bush medicine, and hear creation stories.

Optional Activity: Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Ride

Get a bird's eye view of the iconic red rock, and take in the vast expanses of desert surrounding the 'Heart of the Red Centre'.

Optional Activity: Outback Astronomy Tour

Enjoy a tour of the night sky, learning how Aboriginals used the stars for mythology and seasonal predictions while getting a chance to stargaze through telescopes and binoculars.

Optional Activity: Sounds of Silence Dinner

Enjoy a decadent three-course dinner while watching the sunset over Uluru. Try traditional bush tucker inspired food while listening to a didgeridoo performance as day turns to night. After dinner, learn more about the southern night sky during an astronomy tour with a local expert.

Meal: Breakfast


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Uluru to Cairns

Fly to the oceanside city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

With its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, Cairns is a haven of scuba diving, snorkelling, reef cruises, all types of fishing, rainforest walks, native bird and wildlife watching.

You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group in Cairns. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cairns - 1 Night (or similar)

Accommodation:
With its impeccably private and tropical ambiance, The Hotel Cairns is a 4-star resort hotel superbly positioned one block from the famous Cairns Esplanade in the central business district. Guests enjoy free WiFi and free off-street and covered parking. The rooms and suites feature cool marble floors, terracotta tiles, elegant and functional fittings and luxurious linens. Each bathroom offers Molton Brown toiletries.
The Hotel Cairns

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Cairns to Cape Tribulation

From Cairns you will head north to Cape Tribulation, a remote headland famed for its beautiful beach and rainforest landscape. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

Included Activity: Aboriginal Interpretive Walk at Mossman Gorge

Follow your Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Cape Tribulation - 2 Nights (or similar)

Set on 7 acres nestled within the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Trib Beach House boasts a private white sand beach area and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests can enjoy a daily beach bonfire. The property is a 5-minute drive from Cape Tribulation’s town centre. It is within a 45-minute drive of the Daintree River Ferry and the Daintree Discovery Centre. Cape Trib Beach House is 2.5 hours' drive from Cairns International Airport.
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Cape Tribulation

A free day in beautiful Cape Tribulation. Why not opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park?

Optional Activity: Great Barrier Reef Visit

Hop on a boat and head out to sea to reach the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Don a mask and opt to snorkel the largest coral reef in the world.

Optional Activity: Daintree Rainforest Night Walk

Once the sun goes down, grab a torch and head out into the jungle for a guided night walk. With your guide, you'll spot various critters who call this region home.

Optional Activity: Cape Tribulation Horseback Riding

Ride through lush canopy floors and crystal clear streams, ending up on the stunning Myall beach. Cap off this adventure by galloping through the ocean spray!

Meal: Breakfast 


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Cape Tribulation to Cairns

Bid farewell to the rainforest and return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.

Sun-seekers and locals alike flock to Cairns Esplanade's swimming lagoon on the city’s foreshore. There are picnic areas, birdwatching viewpoints, free barbecues and fitness equipment along the boardwalk, perfect for unwinding after today's journey.

Meal: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Cairns - 1 Night (or similar)

Accommodation:
With its impeccably private and tropical ambiance, The Hotel Cairns is a 4-star resort hotel superbly positioned one block from the famous Cairns Esplanade in the central business district. Guests enjoy free WiFi and free off-street and covered parking. The rooms and suites feature cool marble floors, terracotta tiles, elegant and functional fittings and luxurious linens. Each bathroom offers Molton Brown toiletries.
The Hotel Cairns

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Cairns to Airlie Beach

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach in plenty of time to explore. 

Airlie Beach

Palm-fringed beaches and waterfront parks are a staple of this seriously laid-back holiday destination. After your journey, why not cool off at Airlie Beach Lagoon? Here you can swim all year round and there are even lifeguards on duty in the daylight hours.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Airlie Beach - 2 Nights (or similar)

Featuring an outdoor pool and hot tub, Blue Horizon offers 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom luxury apartments with spacious balconies and the Coral Sea views. Ideally located directly opposite the Port of Airlie, it is a short walk from the Airlie Beach Village dining and shopping precinct. Guests enjoy free WiFi in the hotel lobby. The modern, Balinese-inspired apartments are air-conditioned and offer satellite TV, a microwave, a refrigerator, and laundry facilities. Some apartments feature a spa bath or a hot tub on the balcony.
Blue Horizon

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Airlie Beach - free day

Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. You can opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.

Included Activity: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion

Enjoy a day sailing amidst some of the 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday archipelago. Visit Whitehaven Beach, jump overboard for a quick refreshing dip, and make friends with the tropical fish that thrive within Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Great Barrier Reef Visit

The Whitsunday Islands are in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day sailing, then when it gets too hot, pull on a mask and snorkel and dive overboard to check out the variety of brightly coloured marine plants, coral and fish that thrive right in these warm tropical waters.

Meal: Lunch


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Airlie Beach to Byron Bay

Today we fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in Australia's famous "hippie" paradise.

Byron is one of Australia's most creative locations, with a huge population of musicians, writers and designers living here and enjoying the relaxed beach lifestyle. Think chic boutiques, luxury wellness retreats, organic cafes and yoga on the sands.

Accommodation: Byron Bay - 2 Nights (or similar)

This property is just 150 m from Byron Bay’s Main Beach, located right in the town centre. Byron Bay Hotel and Apartments offers hotel style rooms and 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments. A delightful lap pool with sun lounges awaits your arrival. Accommodation includes a flat-screen TV, WiFi access and air-conditioning. All rooms are elegantly decorated, and include tea and coffee making facilities. Most rooms also have a private balcony, full kitchen and laundry facilities.
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A Full Day in Byron Bay

There's plenty to see and do in Byron Bay, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like sea kayaking, yoga, and skydiving. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activity: Hinterland and Minyon Falls Tour

Head inland to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, for a 2-hour guided walk through the rainforest to beautiful Minyon Falls.

Optional Activity: Whale Watching

Enjoy a thrilling excursion on the water in search of the magnificent Humpback whales. Between June and November, they migrate north from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to breed and birth in the tropics.

Optional Activity: Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking

Slice through the waters of the iconic Byron Bay on this half-day kayaking adventure. Paddle past the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, see the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, and ride the waves into shore.


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Byron Bay and Onwards to Port Macquarie

Tour an organic farm in the heart of Byron Bay before sitting down to a delicious lunch featuring local produce.

Included Activity: Surfing Lesson

They'll be the opportunity to hit the beach and get ready to hang ten with a surf lesson from trained surf instructors. Spend some time in the water getting friendly with the waves, practice paddling, then pop up to balance on the wider, softer beginner boards.

Later, you will head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie.

Meal: Lunch

Accommodation: Port Macquarie - 1 Night (or similar)

Offering free WiFi and free breakfast, El Paso Motor Inn is just 5 minutes' walk from The Hastings River. It is located in the centre of Port Macquarie, All air-conditioned rooms at El Paso Inn feature a flat-screen TV. Some rooms also feature a private balcony overlooking the pool area. The El Cafe serves breakfast daily and contemporary Australian cuisine for dinner. You can also enjoy al fresco dining in the BBQ area.
El Paso Motor Inn

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Port Macquarie to the Blue Mountains

Leave the coast behind and head inland to the breathtaking Blue Mountains region. En route, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about these unique creatures and even adopt your very own Koala!

Blue Mountains

Prepare to be awed by rugged sandstone cliffs, hidden canyons, towering waterfalls and never-ending expanses of gorgeous eucalyptus forests. The World-Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains region is guaranteed to impress.

Accommodation: Leisure Inn Spires - 2 Nights (or similar)

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains, this hotel offers peaceful studio and apartment accommodation in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each apartment comes equipped with a cable TV and kitchenette. The living area opens onto a balcony, allowing you to take in the wonderful surroundings.
Leisure inn Spires

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Blue Mountains

With charming Leura as your base, explore the major attractions of the Blue Mountains from sightseeing to bushwalking to cafés and more. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world.

Included Activity: Jenolan Caves Tour

Jenolan Caves are a protected feature of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Enjoy a guided tour in the cool climes of this fascinating underworld.

Included Activity: Blue Mountains Scenic Railway

This stunning scenic railway is steep and plunges into the rainforest and through the valley. At the end, opt to take a rainforest walk or a cable car back to the visitor's centre.

Included Activity: Jamison Valley Walk

Take in some amazing lookouts over the Jamison Valley, via the iconic Three Sisters. Descend down the 900 step giant staircase to the valley floor and walk amongst the beautiful forest.


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Blue Mountains to Sydney

Today it's a short drive into 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 is guaranteed to impress.

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

You have a free afternoon, so why not settle in with a stroll along Circular Quay. With the Harbour Bridge at one end and the Opera House at the other, is there any more iconic place to begin exploring?

Accommodation: Sydney - 2 Nights (or similar)

Accommodation:
All air-conditioned rooms have a kitchenette with a microwave and refrigerator. The rooms also include a LCD TV with selected satellite channels. Sydney Travelodge offers a restaurant that serves a varied hot and cold breakfast buffet each morning. There are a number of restaurants, cafés and bars within a 3-minute walk.
Travelodge Hotel Sydney

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Sydney - Free Day

Enjoy a free day to explore one of Australia's most exciting cities. Today is your day to get a feel for the city, relax seaside at Bondi Beach, and enjoy an optional final night out with any group members leaving us in Sydney. Discover the city at your leisure, or you can opt to pre-book some amazing Sydney activities:

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Climb one of the most famous bridges in the world – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Soak in amazing panoramic city views of Sydney at the top – a perfect photo opp and memory to take home with you!

Sydney HarbourJet Boat Ride

Want an adrenaline rush? Hold on and get ready for a white-water thrill while gorgeous scenery whizzes past. Explore Sydney Harbour, jetting by the Opera House, Harbour Islands and more!

Sydney Opera House Visit

Take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site to discover its history, folklore, and more. Catch the boom of the grand organ–with more than 10,000 pipes, it took 10 years to build and is the largest mechanical organ in the world.

Sydney Adrenaline Bundle

Admire the city from new perspectives with this Adrenaline Bundle. Start with a climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge – 134 m (440 ft) above sea level! Learn the story of the bridge from an expert guide and soak in the epic views. Next, board a jet boat and enjoy the thrill of spins, slides, and fishtails, spotting iconic landmarks like the Opera House, Taronga Zoo, and Shark Island along the way. Book this Adrenaline Bundle and save on both activities.


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Sydney to Auckland: Welcome to New Zealand

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand!

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city this afternoon. As well as volcanoes, Auckland is famous for its waterfront - there's lots to see at the harbour edge. Grab dinner at one of the fantastic eateries at the nearby Viaduct, where you can see giant super-yachts come and go.

Accommodation: Auckland - 2 Nights (or similar)

Accommodation:
All modern apartments are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is also a kitchen or kitchenette, fitted with a dishwasher, microwave, and toaster. A refrigerator and kettle are also featured. Every unit is fitted with a private bathroom with free toiletries. Towels and bed linen are also included. Aotea Centre is 100 m from the property. Private parking is available on site for an additional charge. Free WiFi is provided.
Ramada Auckland

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Free Day in Auckland

Today you are free to enjoy Auckland any way you wish: we have a whole range of optional activity suggestions for you.
There may be some new travellers joining your tour this evening, and you can opt to attend their welcome meeting and get to know them over dinner later.

Optional Activity: Maritime Museum Visit

Tour the museum’s seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand’s relationship with the sea, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.

Optional Activity: Waiheke Island Excursion

Take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island for a quick, fun getaway. Tour the island's tracks and bush reserves, or sample your way through some of the island’s 19 boutique wineries.

Optional Activity: America's Cup Sailing Experience

Work together with your teammates to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour in this competitive yacht. This activity starts early so booking an extra night in Auckland is recommended.

Optional Activity: Hobbiton Movie Set Day Tour

Enjoy a day out of Auckland for a 2-hour movie set tour and see where major scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed. Pre-booking is essential due to popularity


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Auckland to Rotorua via the Waitomo Caves

On our way to Rotorua today we visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities. Then continue to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture.

Included Activity: Waitomo Caverns Excursion - Ruakuri Cave

Walk through caverns covered with magical glowworms that are unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in underground caves carved by rivers and time. Take in more than 120 years of cultural and natural history on this unique excursion.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 Nights (or similar)


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Rotorua At Your Leisure

With lots to see and do in Rotorua, it's time to get out and explore! You can opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set. This evening, learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner.

Included Activity: Tamaki Maori Village and Traditional Hangi Meal

This evening we will visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Receive the traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony followed by a captivating stage performance explaining Maori history, myths and culture. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi meal, similar to the Hawaiian Luau, with dishes such as chicken, sweet potatoes (kumara), and lamb steamed over heated rocks.

Optional Activity: Mountain Biking

Explore the stunning Redwood Forest on two wheels on what some call the world's best mountain biking trails.

Optional Activity: Whitewater Rafting

Get your adrenaline fix on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don't forget to paddle!

Optional Activity: Hot Springs

Soak tired muscles in the area's natural hot springs and let the mineral water work its magic.

Optional Activity: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Enjoy a half day trip out to the Hobbiton Movie Set and see where major scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed.

Optional Activity: Rotorua Canopy Tour

Experience life among the treetops of a Kiwi forest through this one-of-a-kind nature tour.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


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Rotorua to Christchurch

Today we board a flight to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island. Walk around the city with a local guide and learn about how communities have rebuilt after the earthquake in 2011. This evening, enjoy free time and get a feel for the city.

Included Activity: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour

Explore lesser-known paths around Christchurch on this walking tour of the city led by a member of Rekindle — a social enterprise where resourcefulness skills are shared among members to build self-confidence and create art out of under-valued materials. The hands-on, workshop-based environment keeps everyone engaged and helps to strengthen the community.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night (or similar)

Accommodation:

Hyper modern All Stars Inn offers high quality accommodation for big and small groups, though private rooms are also available. The building is located a short walk from the city centre and has a bus stop directly in front as well. With Speight's Ale House next door guests are also spoiled with special offers on great food and drinks. In addition there is a comfortable courtyard where guests can hang out or use the barbeque.

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Christchurch to Lake Ohau

Drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at Lake Tekapo along the way. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and admire the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds this local landmark.

Spend the afternoon hiking the region around Aoraki/Mt Cook. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre.

Aoraki/Mount Cook Visit

Aoraki/Mount Cook is both a village, a national park and the name of New Zealand's highest mountain. Located in central South Island, the park includes a mix of rocks and glaciers, as well as alpine plants including the world's largest buttercup, the Mount Cook lily. There are several short walks that reward with spectacular views. Stop by the visitor's centre to learn more about the region.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation: Lake Ohau - 1 Night (or similar)

Accommodation:

Lake Ohau is off the beaten track and that is how we like it. It’s a kiwi thing. One of those secret places you like to keep to yourself! Lake Ohau Lodge is nestled against the hills and looks over the lake to Aoraki Mt Cook with superb views of the magnificent surrounding mountains.


 
Lake Ohau Lodge

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Lake Ohau/Queenstown

Drive to Queenstown, and on the way stop in Wanaka and a local vineyard for a wine tasting.

Visit a Central Otago Winery

Visit one of the vineyards in the beautiful Central Otago region, known for it's Pinot Noir. Learn about how this famous red wine is produced and, more importantly, sample some!

Evening in Queenstown at your leisure

Nestled on the shores of glistening Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by towering peaks, Queenstown is New Zealand’s ultimate holiday destination. This compact, scenic town is easy to explore on foot.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Queenstown - 3 Nights (or similar)

Heartland Hotel Queenstown offers panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu to the mountains. The friendly Swiss-style Heartland Hotel boasting one of the best central locations in Queenstown. Access a range of leisure activities from bungy jumping to shopping from one of the best accommodation locations in Queenstown. Featuring 81 well-appointed guest rooms, many with spectacular mountain and/or lake views, restaurant & bar, extensive guest services and facilities, the Heartland Hotel Queenstown is the perfect place to base your stay in this premier resort town.
Heartland Hotel Queenstown

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Doubtful Sound Day Trip

Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park on a day trip into Doubtful Sound where we'll board a cruise. Keep an eye out for the waterfalls and wildlife in this breathtaking area. Return to Queenstown in the evening.

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Cruise through the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. The only way to get here is by boat across Lake Manapouri, then bus across Wilmont Pass to Doubtful Sound. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls, and keep an eye out for area wildlife: dolphins, penguins, seals, and a variety of birds. This isolated part of New Zealand is truly a special place!

Meal: Breakfast & Lunch


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Queenstown

There's plenty to see and do in Queenstown on your free day today, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like mountain biking, bungee jumping, and jet boating. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activity: Scenic Horse Riding Tour

Head out on a scenic horse ride and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Optional Activity: Bungy Jump

Take the plunge at the world's original commercial Bungy site, or simply observe where it all started from the comfort of solid ground.

Optional Activity: Skydiving

Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

Optional Activity: Gondola Ride

Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by gondola (cable car) for a spectacular 220º view of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Lake Wakatipu below.

Optional Activity: Paragliding

Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky.

Optional Activity: Earnslaw Steamship Cruise

Discover the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a 103-year-old traditional steamship.

Optional Activity: Vineyard Tour

Taste some of Queenstown's finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and pick up a few bottles to savour back home.

Optional Activity: Shotover Canyon Swing/Shotover Canyon Fox

The world’s highest cliff jump! Jump off a cliff and swing into a canyon on the 109m high Canyon Swing or the 182m high Canyon Fox.

Optional Activity: Queenstown Jet Boating

A fast-paced whitewater ride with sharp turns and spins expertly navigated by a trained driver. Strap in and be ready to get wet.

Meal: Breakfast


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Farewell From Queenstown

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast. Say your goodbyes, fit in any last-minute sightseeing, and make your way to the airport for your onward flight.

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meal: Breakfast


Note

Included Highlights

  • Experience Melbourne’s colourful laneways
  • Travel along the Great Ocean Road
  • Venture into the Australian bush
  • See the sunset over Uluru
  • Follow an Indigenous guide through the Daintree Rainforest
  • Sail around the scenic Whitsundays
  • Explore the Waitomo Caves
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori dinner

Inclusions

  • Guided Melbourne laneways walk
  • Brighton bathing boxes visit
  • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
  • 12 Apostles visit. Grampians NP visit
  • Tower Hill Nature Reserve visit
  • Brambuk Indigenous Cultural Centre visit
  • Wilpena Pound visit
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit
  • Guided rainforest walk. Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
  • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
  • Scenic Railway. Jenolan Caves visit
  • Jamison Valley walk
  • Waitomo Caves visit
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Wine tasting
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook NP visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook NP Visitor's Centre visit
  • Fiordland NP visit
  • Doubtful Sound day cruise
  • Orientation walk in Sydney
  • Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, Sydney, Rotorua and Queenstown
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Is this tour for me?

Service Level: Standard, Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average : Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small group experience; Max 12, avg 10.

Age requirement: 12+


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What Rhodri says about this tour: "It's impossible to pick the highlights from this incredible 34-day Australia and New Zealand itinerary: there are just so many! And with plenty of optional activities you can customise your trip to match your interests and make it your own. Small group tours are ideal for solo travellers but this one is perfect for families with older kids too: G Adventures is one of the few companies who allow children between the ages of 12 and 18 on tour (as long as they are accompanied by an adult over the age of 21)."
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