(Sydney, Ayers Rock, Port Douglas)
(Auckland, Queenstown, Christchurch)
We have carefully selected hotels and destinations which create the best experiences Australia and New Zealand have to offer. Enjoy the contrasts of the Outback's blue sky and red earth, sip your favourite cocktail and take in the best of Queensland relaxing at exclusive properties in the Tropical North and the Whitsundays. In Sydney we take you further, literally. Enjoy the crisp air of the Blue Mountains and the gourmet food and wine of the Hunter Valley. At times you may have trouble comprehending that you are only a short distance from Australia's largest city, all of this before even setting foot in New Zealand! Arrive in the capital of New Zealand and experience New Zealand's best lodges. Enjoy the vast landscapes of Queenstown, the English charm of Christchurch and the spectacular rural terrain of the North Island.
NOTE: Tour does not include domestic airfare, which can be worked into your international ticket. You may also wish to speak to your travel agent about the Australian Air Pass with Qantas.
A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.
Enjoy a 4 hour private sightseeing tour in the company of a vehicle, driver and Expert Guide capturing the history of Sydney, stunning architecture, spectacular harbour views and the world famous Bondi Beach. Pass through the historical Rocks area and Circular Quay as you learn about the history and significance of the area. View the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a chair specially designed for the governor’s wife to look out over the harbour. Travel through Chinatown, Darling Harbour, and the nightlife district of Kings Cross. Travel via Watson Bay and stop at “The Gap”, for fantastic views and photo opportunities before arriving at world famous Bondi Beach. Return to the city, passing the exclusive suburbs of Double Bay and Rose Bay. The Harbour Bridge toll is AUD 5 (not included).
Sydney Seaplanes will take you a mere 20 minutes flying time from the hustle and bustle of Sydney to the exquisitely tranquil and award winning Cottage Point Inn. This beautiful restaurant is perched on the water’s edge in the heart of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and is renowned for offering exceptional modern Australian cuisine. Upon landing the aircraft will be taxied to the restaurant’s seaplane dock, where Cottage Point Inn’s friendly staff offers a warm welcome and any number of great Australian wines. After a leisurely 3 course à la carte lunch re-board your seaplane and return to Sydney Harbour. To top off a magical afternoon you will be offered an incredible photo opportunity flying a circuit over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, before landing at Rose Bay. The flight departs 11.30 a.m. (12.30 noon in winter) & 1.30 p.m (summer only) and returns at 3.30 p.m. (4.30 p.m. in winter).
A trip to Sydney is not complete without a visit to the world class wineries of the Hunter Valley. We wind our way through the leafy Northern Suburbs, and then escape through the brilliant sandstone outcrops of Ku-ring-gai National Park to reach the mighty Hawkesbury River. We stop for a traditional Aussie morning tea deep in the bush and then continue on to the historic township of Wollombi, famous for its local brew called Dr Jurd’s Jungle Juice.From Mt View we descend into the Hunter Valley and begin our wine tasting at a few of the very special boutique wineries in the area. We chat to the owners, admire their cottage locations and let them show off the best of their vintages. At the foothills of the Broken Back Range, we enjoy a sumptuous lunch and then spend the afternoon visiting some of the larger vineyards for more superb wine tasting. As the afternoon approaches we return to Sydney via the scenic freeway to conclude this relaxing and enjoyable day
Longitude 131 will arrange transportation to escort you between the airport and property.
After arriving at Longitude 131° and settling in, meet in the Dune House for a 3.00 p.m. departure to the Cultural Centre where you learn about the cultural and spiritual meanings of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Afterwards travel to Uluru, where you take a short walk into Kantju Gorge. On arrival at the gorge refreshments will be served 'inside' Uluru while you can watch the sunset. Return to Longitude 131° at approximately 7.15 p.m. On your return, relax in the Dune House over pre-dinner drinks and canapés before enjoying a gourmet dinner with your fellow travelers or for a special occasion a private dinner by the pool or on the Dune Top.
Depart Longitude 131° at 6.00 a.m. bound for Kata Tjuta. Upon arrival you begin your journey with a guided tour of Walpa Gorge, where the natural history of Kata Tjuta is explained in great detail. Learn how eons of weathering and continental upheaval have created what is seen today. Return to Longitude 131° at approximately 10.00 a.m. Spend your afternoon at leisure or take the opportunity to enjoy any of the optional tours, such as a camel ride, Harley ride or helicopter tour over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Enjoy sunset drinks and canapés on the Dune Top from 6.00 p.m. You then transfer to the outdoor dining venue, where you have an unforgettable dining experience under the stars. Return to the Dune House for complimentary after dinner drinks.
Transfer between Cairns airport and the beautiful town of Port Douglas with private vehicle and driver.
We all need time out now and again, enter a laid back tropical oasis with sophisticated worldly comforts with a small friendly village atmosphere. Go from business suit to barefoot and frantic to free. Refresh, restore and revitalise, in the aquamarine reef waters of the Coral Sea, the crystal creeks of Mossman Gorge, and the palm fringed golden sands of Port Douglas' Four Mile Beach.
This fun, exclusive tour allows you to join in a real Aboriginal cultural experience, combining pristine natural beauty of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. A day you will never forget! Travel to Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas and meet with the Kubirri Warra brothers who follow the traditions of their ancestors. This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji. The unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems – beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the every changing mudflats and tidal lagoons. The brothers teach their guests how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels. Learn about bush tucker and medicines before enjoying home-made damper on the balcony of the family home and taste your catch of the day. Share an authentic Aboriginal art experience with Binna, Artist in residence. Learn about the Dreamtime, animals and stories of country of the Aboriginal people of the Mossman region. Take home a memento of your time with Binna. Enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavors in the Mossman Gorge Center. Wander into the lush rainforest of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park – Mossman Gorge, home of the Kuku Yalanji people and experience one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforests. An easy going walk is across boardwalks, tracks and bridges protecting the delicate eco system that adorns spectacular waterfalls and mountain ranges. Your guide will explain the rich flora, fauna and eco system of this amazing rainforest. Ensure you bring your swimming bathers so you can make the most of the beautiful private swimming hole that is encased in the rainforest. Please note: Itinerary can operate in reverse and is subject to tides. The tour includes pick up/drop off at your Port Douglas accommodation, departs at 8.30 a.m. and takes approximately 9 hours. The group size may vary between 4 and 18 passengers.
Every yacht enthusiast’s dream - the Synergy II is a visually exciting, high performance vessel located in the tropical seaside village of Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland, just one hour drive north of Cairns International Airport. The region provides the perfect tropical getaway, boasting two World Heritage listed icons, the Great Barrier Reef and the oldest living rainforest on the planet, the Daintree. This exclusive, luxury boat carries a maximum of twelve people to the Outer Great Barrier Reef on day trips and up to six guests on overnight and extended charter. Synergy II will whisk you off to a dynamic reef ecosystem bursting with a huge variety of exciting marine life including over 1500 species of fish and 460 varieties of coral. Meals are a gourmet affair like nothing else seen on the Outer Reef because they’re freshly cooked on board, served al fresco on the split level rear deck. A fine selection of champagne, wine, beer spirits and cocktails are also available from their extensively stocked bar. Please wait in front of your hotel for your early morning pick up at approximately 6.45 a.m. You will be returned 9.5 hours later to your accommodation at 4.15 p.m. The group size is limited to 12 passengers and includes lunch and use of snorkelling equipment.
You will be picked up from your Port Douglas Hotel and taken by private car to Cairns City or airport.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the Auckland airport and your hotel.
Meet your diver for a private transfer between Queenstown and the Domestic Airport.
Scenic Gondola ride and Taste of New Zealand buffet of legendary proportions in the Skyline Restaurant. The Skyline complex has fantastic views over Queenstown and towards the Remarkables Mountain range.
Today you will be collected from your accommodation at approximately 8.00 a.m. for a full day walk within the ancient Beech forest of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Start the tour with a scenic drive to the northern end of Lake Wakatipu and into the Routeburn Valley. The high snow-capped mountains provide a magnificent backdrop for the walk up this beautiful river valley. A journey along the edge of the lake from Queenstown, to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn Track. The walk begins amongst the towering trees of the ancient Beech forest, making route gradually through blankets of forest moss and ferns. The woodland eventually parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains, some so high they have permafrost and small glaciers. These flats provide the perfect location to enjoy a well-earned lunch, before heading to the next stop at Routeburn Falls. The tour takes approximately 9 hours with a walking time of 3 to 5 hours (optional). The distance is 16 kilometers on an easy hiking path. The group size is varying between 2 to 6 participants per guide. Please wear closed toe trainers or boots (no sandals or jandals), a hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, waterproof/windproof/warm clothing for changeable weather and a small daypack. And remember to bring you camera and a smile!
Commence the days touring after being picked up by a coach, travelling alongside Lake Wakatipu and through the countryside to Te Anau. Continue along the picturesque Milford Road to Milford Sound, which takes approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival to the wharf, board the ship to enjoy a scenic cruise around Milford Sound, providing spectacular visuals including local wildlife, rainforests, mountains and waterfalls. Lunch is provided on board. Following the cruise, depart back to Queenstown by flight and enjoy the scenery by air (weather permitting). The trips departs at 6.55 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel.
The Banks Peninsula was formed following the violent eruptions of two volcanoes. A crater nurses the picturesque harbour of Akaroa with many smaller bays indenting the coastline. Sighted by Captain Cook in 1770, the Peninsula was then inhabited by Maori. In 1840 French settlers arrived at Akaroa, which had just been claimed under the Treaty of Waitangi by the English. The charm of this old French town with incredible scenery encountered on the way, have assured Akaroa’s popularity as a unique destination. Visit the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory for some cheese tasting. Enjoy the quaint colonial style architecture and wander around the charming 150 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with its museum of settlers' history, art and craft shops and studios, cafes and wine bars. This is followed by an eco-marine adventure, swimming with the Hector’s Dolphins. The tour departs at 8.30 a.m. and takes approximately 9.5 hours with group sizes varying between 2 and 8 passengers.
Private transfer from the train station to your hotel.
The iconic Park Hyatt Sydney is now open after the largest and most comprehensive transformation in its 21 year history. Every aspect of the hotel has been dramatically transformed, setting a new benchmark in contemporary luxury. Architecturally designed guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass that open onto private balconies, honoring Park Hyatt Sydney's coveted harbor front location. Renowned Australian artists including sculptors, painters and a photographer have been commissioned to create artwork especially for the new hotel. The hotel’s restaurants and bar, private dining rooms, day spa and recreational facilities have also been enhanced to reinforce Park Hyatt Sydney’s position as one of Australia’s premier hotels.
Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic Longitude 131° offers immersion in the wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This award-winning luxury wilderness camp in Australia's Red Centre has achieved new heights in ecotourism the world over. Longitude 131° is a deluxe camping experience like no other and set atop an isolated sand dune close to the border of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In the crisp, white linen of a king-sized bed guest find the serene, silent sleep of the desert. As one of only a select number of guests, awake to your own private view of the sun rising over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Above the sweeping tent canopy floats a great expanse of Southern sky, endless and sparkling. Constellations brimming with Anangu (local Aboriginal people), tales and stories, beget the rich dreams found only in the heart of sacred, powerful places. Drenched in its fabled light find unprecedented solitude and serenity. This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.
Peninsula Boutique Hotelis perfectly located in Port Douglas, overlooking Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea in quiet seclusion on the Esplanade at the quiet end of Macrossan Street. No traffic noise, yet only a short stroll to Port’s Village shopping and restaurants precinct. Enjoy a little modern cafe/bistro style, a cocktail sesh or a drop of rum in their Hi Tide Beach Cafe and Seafood Bistro. Spend some time relaxing around the unique oasis of heated pools, the 21 meter pool, submersed grotto, waterfall Jacuzzi or on the upper level of the pool area with heated spa/Jacuzzi. Unwind on the sun lounges with luxury covers and enjoy your favorite cool drink or cocktail.
Settled in Auckland CBD, the Hotel De Brett links two unique precincts - High Street's hip fashion and Shortland Street's tailored commerce. Hotel's iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room luxury boutique hotel. Every room is individually designed and complimented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography. Experience contemporary New Zealand cuisine featuring the best local produce prepared and cooked with care in the Kitchen. The hotel provides a gym and DVD and book library and bars.
Queenstown Park Hotel is one of Queenstown’s new luxury boutique hotels. Be awed and inspired by the incredible views, luxuriate in the quality and appreciate the stylish design and sophisticated service of an urban boutique hotel. Revel in the personal attention and local knowledge provided by your hotel hosts. Centrally located, yet surrounded by parklands, this 19 room architecturally-designed hotel compliments Queenstown's majestic mountain backdrop to perfection.
Located picturesquely in the heart of Christchurch overlooking its very own "Central Park," this very individual boutique hotel is just steps away from all the key attractions including the tram, arts market, restaurants, theatres and gardens. The hotel’s spacious rooms are designed with a stylish eye for detail, complete with luxury amenities and, with a one-to-one ratio of staff to guests, impeccable service is guaranteed. Boasting two world class restaurants that rate amongst the best in New Zealand, visitors come from far and wide to savor the delicious cuisine in both Pescatore and 50 on Park. Stroll down to the city center and explore the city’s many attractions including the popular casino and world-class art gallery.
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December 12, 2014
"We have used a number of small group travel companies and Kensington is the one we would recommend. All details of the trip to New Zealand went as planned. It was the trip of a lifetime. Our travel consultant Daniel did a great job, both pre-trip and post-trip. We will certainly use them again."
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Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
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Sharon Weckenbrock ,
May 15, 2013
"We are safely back home but still on Cloud 9 from the fabulous trip that you helped to put together for us! Everything worked just as I had hoped it would and in many cases, exceeded all expectations.
We have definitely been recommending you and your company to anyone asking our advice and again, we can't thank you enough for a trip of a lifetime!"
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Donna Brennan ,
April 18, 2013
"The trip was great we all loved the Saint Regis Hotel. It was incredible! Thank you for helping me plan the trip the group was very impressed.
Thank you again,
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Paula McNally ,
April 24, 2013
"The trip was wonderful!! . That resort is absolutely beautiful. We had good weather -- hot and humid. The people were very nice everywhere we went. "
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Marcia Nunn ,
April 01, 2013
"Candace and I are back in Michigan today after a wonderful trip to New Zealand. You and she did a great job in organizing this trip. Couldn't have been better. In particular, the Wilderness Lodge is a very special place. "
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Cindy Burns ,
April 04, 2013
"Miranda is the best, I would recommend her and we plan on contacting her in the future. The hotels were all excellent and the guides knowledge & Service were excellent"
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Sheila Black ,
April 08, 2013
"We had the best time you could imagine and it was all based on your planning-thank-you so so much!!
Every hotel was located just where we would have wanted-all so lovely and we loved the buffet breakfasts!! The Grace is a beautiful hotel and everyone was very helpful-we could walk to the main areas and Darling Harbor and we just loved being in Sydney-Norm even got in a game of golf!! Every tour was wonderful. We are so glad you switched us from the large bus Blue Mountain tour to the boutique tour-we heard others talk of the Blue Mountain tour in that it was a long drive, crowded and they did not seem to have a great day. We LOVED our boutique tour-we had a super driver (Cliff)who really really tried to find every animal in the wild he could-we saw kangaroos, emu, wombats and even a koala-it was a wonderful day-we got back about 11;30 pm and because of that we saw so many of the nocturnal animals-he was so accommodating-just a great day!!
The Pullman in Cairns was just gorgeous-and we could walk to the water-we had a perfect(calm!!) day on the reef and we loved the trip to the rainforest-all in all a wonderful few days there. Our weather for the whole trip was also perfect!!! How did you do that!!??!!
We thank-you so much, Louise, for helping us-you take full credit for this holiday and we so often spoke of you there “thanks to Louise for another great day” we would say!! Every tour worked out perfectly-the flights were just great and the timing super-and we really felt you listened to what we ‘thought ‘ we wanted to do and you just seemed to know what would be right for us. We packed some Canada pins and tee shirts and gave them to our tour drivers and they seemed to love that!!
We came home happy and relaxed and so thankful-I will send you a few pictures for certain.
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Josie Rodriguez ,
March 19, 2013
"Thank you for all your help arranging a wonderful Australian tour for us. There was a lot of anxiety/reservation arranging a tour on line, not meeting the other person on the other line but it all ended well and we had a fantastic experience. Please thank also Ruby for us for arranging our domestic flights. The two of you did a very good job in coordinating/planning everything.
For sure I will use you again in our next trip which will be in September. We would like to go to St. Petersburg, Malta and Sicily.
Again, thank you!
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