18 Day Australia & New Zealand with Cairns & Ayers Rock

18 Day Australia & New Zealand with Cairns & Ayers Rock


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Australia
Depart for Australia

DAY 2, Tuesday - En Route
Cross the International date line en route to Australia and skip a day ahead

DAY 3, Wednesday - Arrive in Cairns
Arrive in Cairns, the tourist capital of tropical North Queensland and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. You'll be welcomed by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Low Isles
Today, set sail to the beautiful 6000-year-old coral cay of the Low Isles in a high speed catamaran, a short journey across the Coral Sea, located in the inner Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This beautiful island is a one-stop tropical experience with its unique reef and rainforest, home to 126 native plant species, colorful birds and magnificent coral gardens. Stroll through the magical rainforest, snorkel at the inner reef, or laze on the white coral sands, there are many activities to choose from. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday - Full Day in Cairns
Enjoy all of the delights of this resort city on your day at leisure or, join the optional Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch. Depart Cairns and head north to explore an eco-park and working crocodile farm. Learn about Australia's incredible wildlife and discover the park's five different ecological zones. After lunch, return to Cairns. In the afternoon, participate in the optional Skyrail Experience with dinner. Ride the Kuranda Skyrail for great views of the rainforest canopy. Along the way, stop for a ranger-guided boardwalk tour and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays. Conclude your tour with an authentic Australian dinner
Optional: Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch
Optional: Skyrail Experience with dinner
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Flight to Sydney
Depart Cairns and head south on a flight to Sydney, one of Australia's largest cities. Upon arrival, take a panoramic tour of the city. View the celebrated Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the striking Sydney Opera House located on the water's edge, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass historic buildings including the Parliament House, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Building. Then, to The Rocks, a historic area where the city was founded by Captain Arthur Phillip and his working parties of convicts. Arrive at the hotel before dinner tonight
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day in Sydney
Spend your day at leisure to pursue your personal interests. Australia's largest city has something for everyone, from the glorious beaches to the stylish boutiques and top restaurants. Tonight, attend an optional lovely dinner cruise by catamaran on Sydney Harbour where you'll savor your dinner that includes a variety of dishes while enjoying the sights of illuminated Sydney from the catamaran's extensive deck
Optional: Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Flight to Ayers Rock
Depart Sydney by flight to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. This iconic monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) were created over some 600 million years. Uluru is a sacred place and has a great spiritual meaning for the Aborigines of the area, known as the Anangu. Each cave and fissure of the monolith has a meaning in Dreamtime (creation of the world). After checking in to your hotel spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, attend the optional Sounds of Silence Dinner. As the sun sets over Uluru, enjoy sparkling wine and canapes while listening to the sound of a didgeridoo. Afterward, an unforgettable dining experience awaits you, as you sample local bush tucker, accompanied by assorted cultural entertainment. End the evening with stargazing. Listen to the resident star talker decode the constellations of the southern night sky
Optional: Sounds of Silence Dinner
Overnight: Ayers Rock
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Spend the morning at leisure, or experience the tranquility of the pre-dawn land on the optional Desert Awakening Tour. See the first rays of sun reach across and set alight the expanses of Australia's Red Center. Continue along the Mutitjulu Walk and visit the waterhole that has provided the Aboriginal people with water for thousands of years. View examples of traditional Aboriginal rock art along the way before visiting the Kata Tjuta Cultural Center, home to a collection of handmade ceramics, traditional punu (woodwork) and art from the Anangu people. Later, return to the hotel. In the afternoon, explore the Walpa Gorge located in the Kata Tjuta portion of the national park, also referred to as the Olgas. A desert refuge for plants and animals, the area has an abundance of rare plant species. The hike takes you right between the sheer rugged walls of two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Spend time admiring the massive and unusual conglomerate rock formations that make this area famous. At sunset, proceed to the Uluru viewing area to enjoy complimentary wine as the setting sun casts a variety of color changes across the mystical sandstone monolith. Afterward, savor a barbecue dinner, in true Aussie-style amid a peaceful desert setting while listening to aboriginal stories from your local guide
Optional: Desert Awakening Tour (AM)
Overnight: Ayers Rock
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Flight to Sydney
Return to Sydney by flight and spend the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Thursday - Flight to Queenstown
Depart Sydney on a flight to Queenstown, named for Queen Victoria. The town, nestled on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, is considered New Zealand's adventure capital. Its fabulous outdoor attractions and resort like atmosphere are enjoyed by international travelers and locals alike. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy your first dinner in New Zealand
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Discover Milford Sound
Spend a full day tour to Milford Sound! Travel to World Heritage Fiordland National Park, rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Lunch is provided en route to Milford Sound. Stop at Te Anau and the glacier hewn Eglinton Valley before embarking on the cruise out into the fjord with scenic views of temperate rainforest, stunning Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Possible wildlife viewings include seals, birds and occasionally even dolphins or penguins as you marvel at the sights around you. Late afternoon, return to Queenstown
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Saturday - Full Day in Queenstown
Spend time on your own discovering always picturesque Queenstown. Walk along the streets of the sophisticated downtown area, with its trendy shops and restaurants or, be adventurous and ascend on the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak, high above the city for magnificent views of Queenstown, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, and Lake Wakatipu. Alternatively, participate in the optional Skippers Canyon adventure that follows this rugged road into the sheer cliffsides of the Shotover River Valley. During the tour, visit many historic sites and stop at Deep Creek to try your hand at gold panning at one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. Return to Queenstown along Skippers Road
Optional: Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure (AM)
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Sunday - Flight to Rotorua
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity. Tonight, participate in the optional home hosted dinner with a local family and experience a unique opportunity to learn about their values and traditions
Optional: Home Hosted Dinner in Rotorua
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Monday - Te Puia Thermal Reserve
Morning is at leisure for independent explorations of Rotorua, or join the optional Hobbiton tour. Travel through the spectacular North Island scenery to Matamata, home to the Hobbiton movie set. Take a guided tour around the set and view Hobbit holes, the Party Tree, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn, before returning to your hotel. In the afternoon, journey to Te Puia in Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity and thermal springs. Discover the unique lifestyle and traditions of the Maori and learn how they live in harmony with this unique environment. Tonight, have dinner at your hotel
Optional: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (AM)
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Tuesday - Bay of Islands
Travel to the Bay of Islands, the birthplace of New Zealand, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British and the North Island’s Maori chiefs. The Bay of Islands is also known for its stunning beauty, marine life, water activities and beaches
Overnight: Bay of Islands
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17, Wednesday - Waitangi Treaty Grounds
This morning, explore New Zealand’s most important historic site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Take a guided tour of the grounds, which feature iconic buildings and breathtaking examples of Maori architecture. View an authentic ceremonial war canoe and stand in the spot where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Tour the Museum of Waitangi Te Kongahu, a modern and comprehensive showcase of New Zealand’s history, and be welcomed in traditional Maori style at a cultural performance. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or participate in the optional Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise. Glide through the Bay of Islands, sailing past the Cape Brett Lighthouse to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and other marine life. Tonight, share wonderful memories together on your last night in New Zealand. Bid farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Overnight: Bay of Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18, Thursday - Depart New Zealand
Transfer to the airport in Auckland for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Cairns, Auckland-Los Angeles
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Cairns-Sydney, Sydney-Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock-Sydney, Sydney-Queenstown, Queenstown-Rotorua
  • 15 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Cairns
  • 3 nights Sydney
  • 2 nights Ayers Rock
  • 3 nights Queenstown
  • 2 nights Rotorua
  • 2 nights Bay of Islands
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 23 meals: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of an English-speaking tour managers
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
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    Special Features

  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef at the Low Isles
  • View many of Sydney's highlights, including the famous Opera House
  • Admire the impressive rock formations at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise of Milford Sound with stunning views of Mitre Peak
  • Visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve and learn about Maori traditions
  • Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of New Zealand's most important historic sites
  • *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    This package is based on pre-confirmed flights via Air New Zealand and may only be purchased with these flights.

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    Accommodations

    Flynn, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel overlooks the Cairns Esplanade.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Cairns on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.

    Rydges World Square
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Sydney's central business district.

    Desert Gardens Hotel
    This superior first class hotel is situated in the Ayers Rock Resort.

    Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel
    This superior first class hotel is about a twenty minute drive away from the Sydney Opera House.

    Millennium Hotel Queenstown
    This first class hotel is located in centre city Queenstown near to its many attractions.

    Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Lake Rotorua.

    Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
    This first class hotel is located in the Waitangi National Trust Reserve.

    Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
    This first class hotel is located in the Waitangi National Trust Reserve.

    Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
    This first class hotel is located in the Waitangi National Trust Reserve.

    Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
    This first class hotel is located in the Waitangi National Trust Reserve.

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
    This first class hotel is located at the entrance to the town of Paihia.

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
    This first class hotel is located at the entrance to the town of Paihia.

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
    This first class hotel is located at the entrance to the town of Paihia.

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
    This first class hotel is located at the entrance to the town of Paihia.

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
    This first class hotel is located at the entrance to the town of Paihia.

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    Approximately 45 days prior to departure date.

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    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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    Clinton, our Gate 1 tour operator in New Zealand went above and beyond expectations! He was organized, helpful, had fun homework, made extra excursions available to us and was pleasant. Itineraries were posted 3 Days in advance.

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    Maureen at the affordable tours made my booking out of the trip very easy and enjoyable. I really enjoyed working with her. as far as the tour guides I really enjoyed Clinton on the Norwegian end of the trip and his bus driver. He was really proactive and making sure our trip was great.

    By Gouri D on Oct 30, 2019

    With this Tour, I wish to have few days in South New Zealand.


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