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Welcome to Melbourne!

On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner - it's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

Included Meals: Welcome Reception - Dinner with Wine

Accommodation: Melbourne - 2 Nights

Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne is located on Spencer Street on the fringe of the CBD. Just a short stroll to Crown Casino, Docklands and South Wharf, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a Southbank hotel ideally situated on the bank of the Yarra River.
Melbourne

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Melbourne's Famous Hidden Laneways Tour

Join your Travel Director for a city sights tour that includes a private walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society, and fascinating street art. There's time afterward to explore the city on your own, enjoy an optional experience or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Included Meals: Breakfast


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Fly to Cairns & Crocodile Adventure

This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival join a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds, crocodiles and more! This evening is free for your to choose from the numerous restaurants that Cairns has to offer.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cairns - 3 Nights

Accommodation:
The Hilton Cairns hotel boasts a unique tropical setting, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel offers bright accommodation with spacious bathrooms and private balconies with stunning waterfront views of Trinity Inlet, the Cairns Esplanade and blue-green mountains beyond
cairns Hilton

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Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Snorkel

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime - aboard a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


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Cairns at Leisure

Today is a free day to do as you choose.

A great option is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, be amazed as you travel over and through the World Heritage rainforest, explore quaint Kuranda village, and later board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for this historic rail journey.

If you’d prefer to spend the day relaxing by your hotel pool or sitting back at a local café you can do that too!

In the evening rejoin your travelling companions for a Be My Guest dining experience at Tjapukai Cultural Park. Hear Dreamtime stories, witness a high impact dance performance and enjoy dinner with your localhost to the sounds of the didgeridoo.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner


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Cairns to Sydney in time for a Dinner Cruise

This morning you'll fly to Sydney!

On arrival, there's time to relax at your hotel or explore this exciting city before boarding a Magistic Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a contemporary two course a la carte meal and the mesmerizing views of Sydney at night. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands, and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Included Meals: Breakfast - Dinner with Wine

Accommodation: Sydney - 3 Nights

As one of Australia's largest hotel, we are a self-rated 4.5 star hotel with 648 rooms including 17 suites, we have what matters most to you like stylish rooms and a comfortable bed. Located in Sydney's Central Business District and overlooking the spectacular Darling Harbour, you'll be surrounded by all of Sydney's major entertainment and shopping districts including Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building with The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House just a 15 minute walk away! Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour
Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour

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Sydney - Opera House & Bondi Beach

Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House.

Later, your destination is famous Bondi Beach, for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before enjoying a delicious lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club (RSL), with its views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club and share with you the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. 

Later enjoy some free time to do some shopping, enjoy an Optional Experience or maybe just take a stroll along the harbour front.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Lunch


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Sydney Free Day

Today is free for you to do as you choose. Why not take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains for fresh mountain air and stunning scenery. You’ll visit the charming village of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Park to get up close and personal to some of Australia’s cuddly native animals.

If you’ve always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling ‘Bridgeclimb’. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner on the harbourfront.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine


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FLY TO QUEENSTOWN

This morning say farewell to Sydney and fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. Get your bearings on an orientation tour. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office built-in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect setting for your Highlight Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and Highlight Dinner

Accommodation: Queenstown - 3 nights

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is only minutes from Queenstown central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities and offers a peaceful haven from the variety of activities in this lively city. With many guest rooms and suites to choose from the centre boasts a gym, sauna, spa, bar and restaurant, feature contemporary city-inspired designed. Many of our rooms also offer scenic views of the city and mountains, providing the perfect backdrop to your journey.

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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Get the feel for real country life...

Get the feel for real country life at a Be My Guest experience with your host, Southern Girl Laura, who was born and raised on a sheep farm in the deep south of New Zealand. Try your hand at sheep mustering, whip cracking as well as the chance to feed and pet the farm animals. Laura is sure you’ll leave feeling more like a local than a visitor.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest experience


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QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Explore Queenstown your way! Go wild with a jet boat ride or white water rafting. For the less adventurous there is a wine and garden tour, play a round of golf, or just enjoy wandering through the town and botanic gardens. 

This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic Railway Shipping Office built-in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, is the perfect venue for your Highlights dinner this evening.

Recommended Alternative Excursions are:

Routeburn Day Walk Highest Bungy 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


Meals: Breakfast and Highlights Dinner


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Fly to Rotorua

Your first stop is at the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. You’ll then fly to Rotorua. This evening, join your traveling companions for a memorable Highlight Dinner. Experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Māori warrior during the Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, at the Mitai Māori Village. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Māori method of cooking in the earth.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight dinner

Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 Nights

Accommodation:
This 4.5 star deluxe property is perfectly situated next to mystical Lake Rotorua and is just a brief stroll from the City centre, close to many restaurants and bars. The hotel offers world class residential style accommodation that is suitable for those travelling on business and for leisure. Restaurant Nikau offers a good range of evening menu choices, from the Restaurant's famous Nikau Burger to fine dining options, while the Brassiere Poolside Restaurant is the perfect place to start your day with an alfresco style breakfast beside the geothermal heated pool.
Millenium Hotel Rotorua

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ROTORUA

This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a tour with a local expert. You may even spot a kiwi. Later, a Māori local expert will accompany you around the Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village, where you’ll gain an appreciation of Māori culture. See New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs.

Included Meals: Breakfast


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Waitomo Caves AUCKLAND

Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glowworm Grotto with a local expert. On arrival in Auckland you’ll see the sights on a city tour, and later join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

There is plenty to see and do in Auckland. New Zealand’s largest city is located between two large harbours and 48 extinct volcanic cones scattered over the city are evidence of its volcanic past. They also provide a perfect location for viewing the city! A diversely cultural place, Auckland is a great location for marine adventures, wine tasting, forest walks, and urban sophistication.

Some Activities and sightseeing options if you have time:

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


Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner with wine

Accommodation: Auckland - 1 night

The Stamford Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Auckland CBD (Central Business District), 8 minutes’ walk from shopping and fine dining on Queen Street. Vector Arena is a 15-minute walk away. The concierge can arrange transportation services. All stylish and sophisticated guest rooms and suites include a 40-inch satellite TV, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. Each air conditioned room offers a luxurious bathroom with plush bathrobe, slippers and guest toiletries. Dental kits are available for an additional charge.
Stamford Plaza Auckland

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Bon Voyage

Haere rā and Bon Voyage!

We are sure you will enjoy this tour and our promise is to make your travels through Australia and New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time Downunder! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon.

Meals: Breakfast


NOTES

Included Highlights 

Arrowtown - A Gold Town
Māori Cultural Experience Rotorua
Melbourne’s Hidden Laneways Walking Tour

Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Walter Peak Station

Explore Auckland’s city sights
Spot a kiwi bird in Rotorua
Explore the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown
Visit a working sheep farm
Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
Be introduced to some native Australian animals at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Take a walk beneath the famous sails of Sydney Opera House
Meet a Bondi Life Saver for an insight into Australian beach culture join them for a traditional Aussie lunch.

Premium Inclusions
Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure 
Airport meet & greet on arrival
Enjoy selected New Zealand and Australian wines with all hotel dinners

Inclusions
Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
Quality accommodation
Travel by luxury coach

Dining 

  • 14 Full buffet breakfasts
  •  1 Be My Guest lunch
  •  1 Lunch
  •  3 Highlight Dinners
  •  3 Dinners with wine
  •  1 Farewell Dinner

** Required Internal Flights: are to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary and are NOT included in the land content price - please contact us to confirm these details and any other itinerary updates

  •  Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Melbourne Airport
  •  Day 15 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

    Required Internal Flights listed below are to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary and are not included in the land content price
     
  •  Day 3 – Melbourne to Cairns: Details TBA
  •  Day 6 – Cairns to Sydney: Details TBA
  •  Day 9 – Sydney to Queenstown: Details TBA
  •  Day 12 – Queenstown to Rotorua: Details TBA

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

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