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Australia &
New Zealand



Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru (Outback), Cairns (Great Barrier Reef)

North & South Islands in New Zealand

 

Activities

  • Blue Mountains

  • Featherdale Wildlife Park (kangaroos, koalas, and more!)

  • Opera House (guided tour inside)

  • Sydney Harbor Cruise

  •  Kata Tjuta/Mount Olga

  • Sunrise Ayers rock, base walk 

  • Great Ocean Road

  • City tours in Melbourne, Sydney, Christchurch, & Auckland

  • Twelve Apostles

  • Grand Kuranda including Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway (including butterfly sanctuary, Rainforestation Nature Park, Koala and Wildlife Park)

  • Great Barrier Reef excursion,(including boat tour and snorkeling)

  •  Waitomo Caves

  • Hobbiton Movie Set

  • Lake Rotorua

  • Te Puia

  • Skyline Gondola

  • Maori Cultural performance and traditional Hangi influenced meal

  • Wai o Tapu Geothermal Park

  • Sheepdog Demonstration

  • Board the TSS Earnslaw Steam Ship for a crossing of Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak Farm Station

  • Overnight cruise on the Milford sound - one of the most beauitful places on earth! Optional kayaking included

  • Tranz Alpine Train

  • Tour of Christchurch

  • and much more!

Inclusions

  • Round-Trip Airfare from LAX

  • Flights within Australia

  • Flights within New Zealand

  • Flight from Australia to New Zealand if you do both tours

  • Airport Transfers

  • Accommodations in 4 star hotels

  • Overnight cruise on Milford Sound

  • Breakfasts Included and some lunches and dinners (at least 4 dinners and 1 lunch in New Zealand, and 1 lunch in Australia)

  • Activities listed on itinerary

  • Transportation

  • Tour Guide

  • Tour Host

Price

$5,399 - Australia Only - per person (double occupancy) 

$4,999 New Zealand Only per person (double occupancy)


$8,999-
Australia & New Zealand - per person (double occupancy) 

savings of $1,399 for doing both trips


$999 Single Supplement for Australia
$999 Single Supplement for New Zealand

Fine Print

  • You must be able to walk with few to no problems; trip is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Full payment due 100 days before and must be made by check

  • Trip deposit and final payments are non-refundable once paid

  • Passports are required and must be valid 6 months after final date of the trip

  • Travel authority needed for Australia & New Zealand, not included.

  • Tips for local guides and bus driver are not included

Your Host: Kenna Jensen
 

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January 27-February 19, 2025 -

Australia / New Zealand - SOLD OUT

February 8 - March 3, 2025 - Australia AND New Zealand 

February 8-20, 2025 - Australia Only 

February 19 - March 3, 2025 - New Zealand Only 

Your Host: Carlie Hamilton
Australia

 

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Your Host: Bryce Johnson
New Zealand
 

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Day 1-2 

Set off on your amazing adventure by flying to Sydney!

 

Day 3

Our group will enjoy a seamless transfer from Sydney Airport to the hotel to get rested after your day of travel.

 

Day 4

Embark on a day trip to the Blue Mountains from Sydney for a memorable adventure. Start your morning heading to Echo Point to admire the iconic Three Sisters rock formation. Experience the thrill of Scenic World's rides and breathtaking views. Next enjoy Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, home to over 2,000 Australian native animals, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, penguins, wombats, and quokkas. The park offers a hands-on experience where visitors can pat koalas, feed kangaroos and wallabies, and walk through a Lorikeet Aviary.

Day 5 

Experience the best of Sydney with a city sights tour that includes iconic landmarks and attractions. Explore the Sydney Opera House with a guided tour inside, offering insight into its architectural marvels and cultural significance. Discover other highlights of the city, and enjoy a cruise on the most iconic and arguably most beautiful port in the world: Sydney Harbor.

Day 6

Catch a flight from Sydney to Uluru to embark on a mesmerizing journey to the heart of Australia's Red Centre. Marvel at the majestic Uluru, Kata Tjuta (also known as Mount Olga), and the vast landscapes of the outback. Witness the iconic monolith of Uluru glowing red at sunrise or sunset, immerse yourself in the ancient Aboriginal culture and traditions, and explore the remarkable rock formations and sacred sites of Kata Tjuta.

 

Day 7

Experience the magic of Uluru with a sunrise spectacle followed by a leisurely 1-mile base walk around the iconic monolith. Delve into Aboriginal culture at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre in the afternoon before immersing yourself in the mesmerizing Field of Light art installation at dusk. Wander through the illuminated desert landscape, culminating in a day filled with wonder and discovery in the heart of Australia's Red Centre.

Day 8

Catch a flight from Uluru to Melbourne and dive into the vibrant atmosphere of Australia's cultural capital. Spend the afternoon exploring Melbourne's iconic sights, from the bustling laneways adorned with street art to the historic arcades and vibrant markets. Stroll along the picturesque Yarra River, wander through the lush gardens of the Royal Botanic Gardens, or soak up the panoramic views from the Eureka Skydeck. Discover Melbourne's diverse culinary scene with a visit to one of its many cafes, restaurants, or rooftop bars, immersing yourself in the dynamic energy of this cosmopolitan city.


Day 9

Take an unforgettable journey along the Great Ocean Road to discover the majestic Twelve Apostles and other natural wonders. Marvel at the rugged coastline, pristine beaches, and lush rainforests as you drive along one of the world's most scenic routes. Stop at iconic landmarks like Loch Ard Gorge, London Arch, and the Gibson Steps for breathtaking views and photo opportunities. Arrive at the Twelve Apostles and witness the towering limestone stacks rising majestically from the Southern Ocean. Explore the surrounding boardwalks and viewpoints, soaking in the awe-inspiring beauty of this natural wonder.
 

Day 10

Today we fly from the southern part of Australia to the North western part, to the city of Cairns!

 

Day 11

Today embark on a grand adventure to Kuranda, beginning with a breathtaking Skyrail Rainforest Cableway ride above the Barron Gorge National Park. Explore the vibrant village, visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and then hop aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway for a scenic journey through lush rainforest. At Rainforestation Nature Park, immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture and explore the pristine rainforest. Conclude your day with wildlife encounters at the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Kuranda. Experience the beauty and biodiversity of Far North Queensland in one unforgettable excursion.

 

Day 12

Today take off on an unforgettable excursion to the Great Barrier Reef for a day of exploration, adventure, and underwater discovery. Board a comfortable boat tour that will take you to some of the most pristine and vibrant coral reefs in the world. Dive into the crystal-clear waters to snorkel among colorful fish, dazzling coral formations, and marine life of all shapes and sizes. With expert guides leading the way, you'll have the opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty and biodiversity of this UNESCO World Heritage Site up close. Whether you're an experienced snorkeler or new to underwater exploration, this Great Barrier Reef adventure promises an unforgettable experience surrounded by the wonders of the ocean.

 

Day 13

If extending your tour you will fly to New Zealand today and overnighting in Auckland!

 

Day 12-13

Fly to New Zealand late evening February 7 if doing the New Zealand only. If flying home from Sydney, depart February 8 & cross international dateline and arrive home the same day.

 

Day 14

Welcome to Auckland! Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city, referred to as the ‘City of Sails’ due to the fact it is set around a picturesque harbour where there are often many sailboats cruising along. You will be met by your Coach Captain and transferred to the Airedale Boutique Suites for your first night stay in New Zealand. En route to the hotel you will be taken on a brief sightseeing tour of Auckland showcasing the magnificent Auckland Harbour, seaside communities, city parks and waterfront. 
 

Day 15

This morning you will fly from Auckland to Queenstown in southern New Zealand. After checking in to the hotel ftransfer to the Waterfront and board the TSS Earnslaw Steam Ship for a crossing of Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak Farm Station. A BBQ dinner is included along with a farming demonstration including a farm dog working his sheep. 

Day 16

An early start today as you board your coach for a journey to the jewel in New Zealand’s Crown – Milford Sound. Depart Queenstown and travel around Lake Wakatipu in the shadow of the rugged Remarkables mountain range. Continue on to Te Anau, gateway of the Fiordland National Park then follow Lake Te Anau to the valley of the Eglinton River. Pass through magnificent beech forests before a gradual descent into the precipitous Hollyford Valley. Climb steadily to the gigantic Cirque and the Homer Tunnel. Pass through the tunnel and down to the Cleddau Canyon where you will catch your first glimpse of Mitre Peak before finally emerging into the open at Milford Sound. At Milford Sound board your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner for a journey along the sound. View some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery, get up and close to a thundering waterfall and if you are lucky you may see some wildlife such as dolphins or seals or penguins. Optional kayaking in one of the world's most beautiful places is available.

Day 17

Enjoy more beauty on the Milford Sound this morning! Later you will disembark your cruise and will head back to Queenstown. 

Day 18

Enjoy a free day in Queenstown! Today is a great opportunity to try the famous Shotover Jet as you ride through the Shotover River Canyons! Lord of the Rings Tours are also available (these must be booked on your own and are not inlucded). Or, enjoy the beautiful city of Queenstown at a leisurely pace!

Day 19

Embark on a picturesque journey from Queenstown to Franz Josef, driving through the breathtaking landscapes of the West Coast. Enjoy the scenic drive via Haast Pass, marveling at rainforests, waterfalls, and coastal vistas. Let the day's adventures and natural wonders prepare you for a peaceful night's rest in the heart of New Zealand's wilderness. 

Day 20

Board the Tranz Alpine Train for the journey through the Canterbury Plains, the hills, and across braided rivers to Arthurs Pass. From Arthurs Pass, travel to Otira and across the Otira Viaduct to the West Coast, a region with some of New Zealand's best remaining stands of native forest and rare wildlife. Travel south to Hokitika, stopping to explore the local Jade and Gold factories, to Franz Josef. After your train ride, transfer to Christchurch.

 

Day 21

This morning, you will enjoy a tour of beautiful Christchurch. Next, you will fly from Christchurch to Rotorua on the North Island.

Day 22
Experience Rotorua’s volcanic and thermal wonderlands, with fascinating features of steaming volcanic crater lakes and colourful volcanic, diverse geothermal activity and geysers. Rotorua offers authentic Maori culture from the Te Arawa people, who have shared their culture, and traditions including the haka, carving and weaving for centuries.

 

Visit to Te Puia, a Geothermal wonderland with boiling mudpools and steaming geysers. You will also have the opportunity to visit a nocturnal house to see New Zealands native bird – the Kiwi and there is time to visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Centre – the home of the national school of carving.

 

After visiting Te Puia travel to the Skyline Gondola for the chance to take in spectacular views of the surrounding region. A buffet lunch will also be included. The rest of this afternoon is free for you to explore Rotorua at your leisure. This evening included is a cultural evening with a Maori cultural performance and traditional Hangi influenced meal.

Day 23

Today we visit Waitomo, a land of contrasts, much of the area’s natural wonders can be found below the earth’s surface as rolling hills and unspoilt native bush gives way to subterranean limestone caverns. Millions of years in the making, Waitomo’s visually awe-inspiring cave network draws people looking for adventure and those looking for a sense of wonder. The name Waitomo comes from (wai meaning water and tomo meaning hole into the ground in Maori) Tour one of these caves, discovering an ancient world 30 million years in the making, seeing amazing cave formations, glittering glow worms and enjoy a short boat road gliding along an underground river. 

 

Next is the Hobbiton Movie Set for a tour of this iconic attraction. After the Hobbiton visit continue on your journey through the pretty tree lined Fitzgerald Glade and cross the Mamaku Range to Lake Rotorua. Overnight in Auckland.

Day 24

Depart Auckland, cross the international dateline. Arrive in LAX with plenty of time to catch another flight back home if Los Angeles is not your final destination!​
 

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