Down Under Packages

New Zealand

Auckland – Rotorua – Queenstown – Christchurch 

The sights will amaze you – spectacular mountains, active volcanoes, deep fiords, picturesque lakes, beautiful beaches, green valleys, bubbling mud pools and geysers. You’ll also learn about Middle Earth, get to experience Maori culture and have an opportunity to ride in a jetboat. All these classic highlights are your to enjoy.

Day 1. Arrive Auckland. Haere mai – Welcome to New Zealand. Transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 2. Auckland sightseeing. This morning a tour of Auckland including a visit to Mt Eden, Parnell Village and Paratai Drive. This afternoon travel to the Waitakere Ranges, visit the black sand beach where ‘The Piano’ was filmed and travel into a dense rainforest with tree ferns, Kauri trees and waterfalls.

Day 3. Auckland to Rotorua. Travel to world famous Waitomo Caves before continuing to Rotorua, home to spouting geysers and boiling mud pools.

Day 4. Rotorua sightseeing. A morning tour includes Rainbow Springs, Rainbow Farm Te Whakarewarewa thermal reserve and Te Puia Arts and Crafts Institute. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori concert and Hangi (feast).

Day 5. Rotorua to Queenstown. The morning is at leisure before your flight to Queenstown. On arrival transfer to your selected accommodation (airfare not included).

Day 6. Milford Sound. Travel south into Fiordland, through Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Cruise past mile-high Mitre Peak, along this 16 km long glacially-carved fiord, and out to the open sea. This will be one of the most memorable experiences of your holiday. In the afternoon return to Queenstown.

Day 7. In Queenstown. At leisure to enjoy New Zealand’s favourite holiday resort town. Optional tours include helicopter scenic flights, jetboat river trips, steamship lake cruises, white water rafting and Skyline Gondola rides.

Day 8. Queenstown to Christchurch. Travelling past Lake Wanaka and over historic Lindis Pass, stop to view majestic Mount Cook, known by the Maori people as “Cloud Piercer”. Then cross the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Day 9. Christchurch sightseeing. Enjoy a morning tour of Christchurch, renowned as the “most English city outside of England”. Highlights include Canterbury Museum, morning tea at Mona Vale and a drive up to the Port Hills for scenic views of the city. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening enjoy a five-course dinner on the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant. Sit back in the luxury of a fully restored colonial style tram and be treated to some fine New Zealand cuisine.

Day 10. Christchurch to your next stop. The day is at leisure until you return to the airport for your onward flight.

Australia

Sydney – Melbourne – Ayers Rock – Alice Springs – Cairns

Visit the Opera House in Sydney. Taste wonderful local wines, visit the incredible Great Barrier Reef and magnificent Ayers Rock. Learn about the Dreamtime, see kangaroos, emus, koalas and other unique birds and animals. Enjoy the great weather… and meet lots of friendly Aussies on this classic itinerary.

Day 1. Arrive Sydney. G’day! Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2. Sydney sightseeing. This morning during your guided walking tour of the historic Rocks area, you will enjoy views of the harbour and see historic buildings and sandstone stairs whilst wandering through the many alleyways. Your guide will tell you the story of the settlement of New South Wales. An afternoon city tour past the Opera House, Botanical Gardens and the southern beaches including Bondi.

Day 3. Sydney. Your cruise of Sydney Harbour today includes stops at the Rocks, Opera House, Watson’s Bay and Taronga Zoo. Your ticket is flexible enabling you to take any of the 8 daily departures, spending as long as you wish at each stop before rejoining the cruise. Entrance to the Taronga Zoo, where you can see many native animals including kangaroos and koalas, is included in your ticket.

This evening is free to enjoy Sydney. (Alternatively you can take the overnight train to Melbourne – please ask for details).

Day 4. Sydney to Melbourne. Transfer to the airport today for your short flight from Sydney to Melbourne (airfare not included). An early morning arrival gives you a full day at leisure to enjoy this cosmopolitan city. Melbourne is a great place for shopping! Go for a tram ride or visit the casino. Tonight try one of Melbourne’s BYOB restaurants or the Tramcar Restaurant.

Day 5. Melbourne sightseeing and Penguin Parade. This morning’s sightseeing tour takes you to cathedrals, parks, gardens and historic landmarks. An afternoon tour to Phillip Island to see the world renowned “Little Penguin Parade”.

Day 6. Melbourne to Ayers Rock. This morning you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Ayers Rock. This afternoon tour the nearby Olgas and afterwards watch the spectacular sunset over “The Rock”.

Day 7. Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon. This morning is spent visiting the area with time to climb the Rock if you wish. You’ll hear some of the Aboriginal mythology and legends which surround this region. In the afternoon depart for Kings Canyon.

Day 8. Kings Canyon to Alice Springs. This morning you have the chance to explore Kings Canyon, one of the most spectacular gorges in the Northern Territory. In the afternoon travel to the legendary “A town like Alice”.

Day 9. Alice Springs to Cairns. Today is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairns. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 10. Great Barrier Reef. Today visit the Outer Barrier Reef. There will be time for a swim (snorkel or dive) and to view the abundant sea life from the underwater observatory and see the beautiful coral from a glass bottom boat.

Day 11. Kuranda & Aboriginal Experience. Board the Kuranda train for a scenic ride to Kuranda, famous for its markets. Travel into the towering rainforest on an amphibious army duck. Enjoy an Aussie barbecue lunch and an authentic Aboriginal cultural performance under the canopy of the rainforest. Experience a “Dreamtime” walk with an Aboriginal guide. Throw a boomerang and see Australian native animals including koalas and kangaroos and enjoy a ride on Skyrail.

Day 12. Depart Cairns. At leisure until you are transferred to the airport.