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  • Embark on a camel ride into the outback for a feast under the stars.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the sites of the Lord of the Rings.
  • Cruise through the waterfalls, rainforests, and mountains of Milford Sound.
  • Snorkel through the beautiful colors of the Great Barrier Reef.
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From hiking through the misty alpine forests of Queenstown, to making footprints in the rich red earth around the base of Uluru in the scorched Australian outback, you’ll experience all the extreme contrasts of the lands down under.

Dive into metropolitan New Zealand as you tour Auckland’s historic buildings, expansive parks and beautiful waterfront where you’ll set sail on an America’s Cup racing yacht. Further on, you’ll get familiar with the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, visit the famous Hobbit set from Lord of the Rings, and soak in Rotorua’s steamy geothermal mud baths. On New Zealand’s south island, take in the majestic snow-capped mountain landscapes of Queenstown; cruise the reflective waters of Milford Sound where lush rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls; and hike through ancient Beech forest in Mount Aspiring National Park. Across the Tasman waters in Australia, you’ll tour sophisticated Melbourne; trek around the base of Uluru in the Australian outback; snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and explore virgin rainforest in tropical North Queensland; and live the glamorous life in harbor-side Sydney.

This extensive trip covers much ground to provide an insightful and authentic taste of the many contrasts of these two stunning southern lands. Whether you’re hiking through misty alpine forests in snow-capped Queenstown, or hearing ancient Dreamtime stories whispered beneath the scorched red rock walls of Uluru in the Australian outback, your team of experienced local guides and private drivers will be at your side to ensure you don’t miss a thing. And you’ll have ample time to rest and recharge in a luxury collection of world-class city hotels, boutique spa resorts and magnificent desert retreats. ... Show More »

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Welcome to New Zealand - Welcome Package
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Sights (4hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(2)
  • Day 2 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Optional Activities - Self Guided
    • Shared - 1/2 Day Bush and Beach Wilderness Experience (5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 3 Auckland to Rotorua
    Auckland to Rotorua
    • Auckland - Rotorua [Waitomo and Hobbiton] - Coach
  • Day 4 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Shared - Geothermal Wonderland (4.5hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Shared - Te Puia – Te Po & Hangi Concert (3hrs) - Shuttle/Dinner/Concert
  • Day 5 Rotorua to Queenstown
    Rotorua to Queenstown
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Skyline Queenstown, Gondola, Dinner and Kiwi Haka - Per Person
  • Day 6 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Shared - Milford Sound and Cruise with Picnic Lunch (13hrs) - Coach/Cruise
  • Day 7 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Optional activities
  • Day 8 Queenstown to Melbourne
    Queenstown to Melbourne
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD(2)
    • Welcome Package - Documents
  • Day 9 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Shared - Afternoon Phillip Island Tour (8-9hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 10 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Shared - Great Ocean Road: Shipwrecks & Wild Cliff Tops with Lunch (11.5hrs) - Mini Coach (Tue & Thu)
  • Day 11 Melbourne to Ayers Rock
    Melbourne to Ayers Rock
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Shared - Camels to Sounds of Silence Dinner (5hrs) - Camel Ride & Dinner
  • Day 12 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Shared - Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour (5hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Shared - Uluru Sunset Tour (5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 13 Ayers Rock to Cairns
    Ayers Rock to Cairns
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 14 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared - Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Trip with Lunch (8.5 - 9hrs) - Cruise
    Breakfast
  • Day 15 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared - Full Day Daintree & Cape Tribulation Tour with Lunch (11.5hrs) - Mini Coach
    Breakfast
  • Day 16 Cairns to Sydney
    Cairns to Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Captains Club Dinner Cruise (2.5hrs) - Dinner Cruise (Window Seating)
  • Day 17 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared - Blue Mountains Wildlife Discovery with Lunch (11hrs) - Mini Van
  • Day 18 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 19 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport to City/Hotel - Vehicle/Driver(2)
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Day 1: Auckland

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the Auckland airport and your hotel.

You will receive a welcome package on arrival which will include a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. This will be available at your first service. 

See first hand why Auckland is known as the City of Sails as you enjoy a trip over the Harbour Bridge. Visit the Famous Auckland landmark of Mount Eden, a dormant volcano whose summit offers excellent panoramic views of the city and harbours. From the fantastic vantage point you will see evidence of Auckland's volcanic history, the most significant being the youngest volcano of Rangitoto Island at the entrance to the Waitemata harbour. This tour also takes in the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park which is situated on a 62,000 year old volcano. In addition to these natural features you will be taken to the trendy shopping are of Parnell Village with its historical buildings that have been transformed into boutiques, antique and craft specialty shops. Your tour will then take you along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Dr. before returning to Downtown. This private tour takes approximately 4 hours.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4*)

Centrally located in Auckland, this property is near Queen Street Shopping District, Sky Tower, and Auckland City Hall. Additional nearby points of interest include Auckland War Memorial Museum. Guestrooms have premium bedding, air conditioning, and slippers; rooms also include refrigerators, separate bathtubs and showers, and bathrobes. At Stamford Plaza Auckland recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property also provides a business center, a concierge desk, and a porter/bellhop.

Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Day 2: Auckland

Explore Auckland at your leisure. There are a number of activities to keep you busy including the Skywalk, scenic flight over the mountains, Quad biking, visit to waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges, a visit to Spookers, climb Mangere Mountain, cannoning, visit the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, visit Piha Beach, a day trip to Waiheke Island or simply hit the shops.  Of course you may also choose to stay and relax at your hotel and enjoy the surroundings.  Please speak to your sales consultant if you are interested in arranging any of these activities.  Private and shared options are available.

Only 30 kilometers from downtown Auckland is the city’s largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges. No other city in New Zealand has such a wonderful asset so close to it. In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquility of the rainforest. Travel to the Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings. Continue on to the lush rainforest where you can walk the easy bush tracks amongst giant tree ferns and view New Zealand’s famous kauri trees. Unwind by a spectacular cascading waterfall or swim beneath it. Move on to experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. This tour departs at 12.30 pm, takes approximately 5 hours and has a maximum group size of 18 guests.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4*)
Waitakere Ranges
Waitakere Ranges
Piha Beach
Piha Beach

Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua

Enjoy this sightseeing, shared coach-transfer from Auckland to Rotorua.  Your first stop along the way will be in Waitomo, where you will enjoy a guided tour through the famed Waitomo Glowworm Caves.  Next you will continue to the Agrodome on the outskirts of Rotorua where you will be transferred onto the Hobbiton, for an exclusive "Lord of the Ring Movie Set" coach tour.  Upon completion of this adventure you will be transferred to Rotorua.

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (5*)

Escape to The Regent of Rotorua, Rotorua’s newest designer 5 star Boutique Hotel & Spa offering stylish luxury accommodation, restaurant, wine & cocktail bar, all with a touch of glamour. An oasis of understated hip contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the calm of your gorgeous room or suite and stroll to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area - or simply stay in, relax and savor the hotel's luxury facilities.

Rotorua
Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua

During this 4 hour tour, experience the amazing geothermal activity, gushing geysers, boiling mud pools and the many colours displayed amongst the pools, lakes, craters, steaming vents and mineral terraces within the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Enjoy a Waimangu Volcanic Valley nature walk amidst a stunning volcanic landscape providing spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumeroles, colourful silica terraces, rare thermally adapted plants and the opportunity to see some of New Zealand's native birdlife. The passenger guide ratio is 1:10. The tour departs at 8.00 a.m.

A representative of Te Puia will pick you up from your hotel at around 5.30 p.m. this evening for a Maori Hangi dinner and Cultural Concert.  Te Po is an intimate time for sharing knowledge and also the time for enjoying food, culture and friendship. This experience begins every night at Te-Heketanga-a-Rangi (The Heavenly Origins), which is an area comprising of twelve monumental carvings reaching skywards, each one representing a Maori deity. Hear the stories of the past and see how these traditions live on today. Feeding guests is regarded by Maori as an honor and a sign of a tribe’s Mana (standing), so a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cooking techniques with traditional Hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where Kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving it a delicious smoky flavor. After the meal you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (5*)
Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'
Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'
Geothermal Activity
Geothermal Activity

Day 5: Rotorua - Queenstown

A privately driven vehicle will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel today.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

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.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside (4*)

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is the most centrally located 4-star hotel on Queenstown's lakefront. Step outside your door and into the heart of Queenstown with easy access to all that this premier Four Season lake and alpine resort has to offer. The hotel has delicious New Zealand influenced dining options, WIFI access and complimentary Apple Mac stations, a spa pool as well as professional and friendly staff that make Novotel Queenstown Lakeside the perfect hotel for your Queenstown visit.

Queenstown
Queenstown
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 6: Queenstown

Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound.  Travel from Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and through rolling countryside to Te Anau.  After a short break at Te Anau, continue via the spectacular Milford Road, to Milford Sound.  Board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise of Milford Sound.  The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.  An on board nature guide provides interpretation in English only.   Experience stunning surroundings at the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, dominating the skyline. Whatever the fiord’s mood, teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water, it will inspire you.   A return transfer by luxury coach to Queenstown is provided. The tour departs at 7 a.m., takes approximately 13 hours and can accommodate up to 120 guests.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside (4*)
Milford Sound Cruising
Milford Sound Cruising

Day 7: Queenstown

Queenstown has something for everyone! From adrenaline adventures to food and wine experiences, you are sure to find just the right activity for you.  Its natural beauty changes with the seasons, the lake glean in the summer sun, and snow clad mountains tower above the township in winter. Queenstown is a great place to visit all year round and doesn't earn its title of Adventure Capital of the World for nothing. Here, you can bungee jump, ski or snowboard, paraglide, jet boat, white water rafting, skydive, hang glide, jet-ski, and drive quad-bikes to your heart's content!  Let us help you plan as much (or little) as you like for your time in this scenic and beautiful region. Ask your consultant for more details!

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside (4*)
Sheep Station
Sheep Station

Day 8: Queenstown - Melbourne

A private vehicle will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

A transfer between the International Airport in Melbourne and your hotel or Melbourne with private vehicle and driver is provided.

In the package you will receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. This will be provided about a month prior to your departure date.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4.5*)

Known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel, Hotel Lindrum sits in the core of Australia’s fashion and dining capital enabling easy access to everything the world-famous city has to offer. Within walking distance of theatres, restaurants, Federation Square, and sporting venues such as Olympic Park, this hotel will provide you with an experience that gives reason for its enviable reputation. With a concept that evokes true home away from home comfort, the design of Hotel Lindrum features a domestic intimacy that is rarely seen throughout the hotel market. The rooms are complemented with rich wood furnishings and heavy wooden carpets fusing to create a classic rich interior. Sophisticated, yet unassuming, felt Restaurant has built a reputation as one of Melbourne’s best dining locations. With a style and comfort that one would expect from the building that houses it, Hotel Lindrum is as timeless as its enchanting history. 

Melbourne
Melbourne
Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum

Day 9: Melbourne

This tour to Phillip Island is a day full of amazing views and experiences. The attractions have a focus on the environment and the protection of the wildlife. There are no extra fees for taking a photo with the animals. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre to see koalas very close in their natural habitat. You may also see wallabies and echidnas on this park. From the Nobbies – Seals Rock you can appreciate the full force of the ocean and you may also see penguins here. Visit the town of Cowes for a stroll along the main road, the pier or to have dinner. Arrive at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre with time to shop, have a coffee or walk straight to the viewing platform to see the arrival of the little penguins. Situated next to the main path of penguins, and limited to 190 people, Penguins Plus offers fantastic up close viewing of penguins. Rangers are on hand throughout the night to answer your questions and give a talk 30 minutes prior to the estimated penguin arrival time. Please note taking photos or videos of the little penguins is not permitted. Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended. The tour departs between 1.00 and 2.30 p.m. and returns between 8.30 and 11.30 p.m. The group size is limited to 12 passengers. The VIP penguin viewing platform closed due to renovations from May to November.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4.5*)
Little Penguins
Little Penguins

Day 10: Melbourne

Set out today on an exploratory journey of the Melbourne surrounding area.  Begin by departing the suburbs en-route to the Westgate Bridge for some spectacular viewing of the Port Phillip Bay area.  From here, you’ll enter the volcanic western plains of Victoria, an area where the first European settlers forged their way as far as the Otway ranges, establishing large agricultural based properties and homesteads to harvest the land and develop the sheep trade industry.  Next, you will head into the Geelong area to marvel at the picturesque waterfront of Corio Bay.  This was an important port area during the famous “gold-rush” era of the 19th century.  Travel across the fertile sheep and dairy farmlands en-route to the cooler temperate rainforests of the Otway Ranges National Park.  Enjoy a delicious, café-style lunch at Port Campbell as the fresh crisp air rises from the southern oceans and fills your lungs with relaxation and rejuvenation.  Travel only a short drive away to the “Shipwreck Coast” where you’ll hear the tales of heroes and follies, outlining the attempt made by captains whom tried navigating this wild coastline, some ending in triumph whilst others…well the proof remains rusting is the ocean sea-bed.  Visit the famed shipwreck site at “Loch Ard” and hear the story of how two survivors struggled ashore amidst the wreckage.  Marvel at the monolithic site of the 12 Apostle Rock formations which occupy this dramatic coastal boardwalk. The tour departs Melbourne at 8.00 a.m. returns at 7.30 p.m. This small group tour has a maximum group size of 12 passengers.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4.5*)
12 Apostles Great Ocean Road Boardwalk
12 Apostles Great Ocean Road Boardwalk

Day 11: Melbourne - Ayers Rock

A vehicle with private driver will provide you with a transfer between the Domestic Airport and your hotel.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

A shared transfer from the Ayers Rock airport to your hotel and vice versa is provided. Waiting times at both the airport and hotels may vary, but are usually on average 20 minutes.

Meander for one hour through red sand dunes on your friendly camel with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop, while your experienced cameleer describes the unique flora and fauna of the landscape that surrounds you. As you arrive at the sand dune viewing platform where your Sounds of Silence Dinner takes place at the end of your peaceful ride, you will be offered some sparkling wine. At the Sounds of Silence experience you can dine under the canopy of the desert night, while a storyteller shares tales as told in the stars. Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours; an evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky. The Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table for an unforgettable dining experience and an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. The attentive staff will keep your glass full with a quality selection of Australian wine and beer while first course is served. As the night sky twinkles to life, enjoy a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi and quandong. Settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere. After dinner, enjoy dessert with a glass of port, tea or coffee. The tour operates with a maximum of 100 guests (8 - 10 guests per table).

Accommodation: Desert Gardens (4*)

The Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst the magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs of the Ayers Rock outback landscape. It is located within a short walking distance of numerous vantage points featuring what is possibly Australia’s best sunset, as a spectacular array of colors dance across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Each accommodation glows with the warm tinges of the Central Australian Desert and embraces you with designs that reflect the beauty of the setting you are in. Guests can journey along shaded walkways which lead to spacious poolside rooms, some even offering spectacular views of the monolithic Uluru. Relax under the private veranda or courtyard of your room as day turns to night and the sun retreats from view. When the light has faded, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savor Australian native delicacies or feast on the flavors of the a la carte Arnguli Grill.

Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock
Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel

Day 12: Ayers Rock

Revel in the early morning serenity of a truly spiritual place as the sunrise colors change on Kata Tjuta. Departing the resort you will travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From there is it a 40 kilometer journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation. On arrival at the viewing area you walk to the best vantage point to see the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place while watching the sun’s morning glow as the desert comes alive. Make your way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named for the wind (Walpa) that whistles between the massive domes that shape Kata Tjuta, the result of eons of weathering and continual upheaval, your guide will share the significance of this men’s sacred ceremonial site. Take a stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology has evolved over millions of years. Your guide will return you to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort. Departure is between 4.45 a.m. and 6.15 a.m. depending on time of year. The tour takes approximately 5 hours. The group size may vary between 2 and 12 passengers. Please bring some water with you.

Come and join your guide to explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia. Departing the resort the tour will travel thorough the landscapes to the entrance of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point it is only a matter of minutes before the spectra of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence in this country. The first step allows you a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon. With Uluru looming in front of you, your guide journey toward the base. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquility. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realization of the sheer size of this monolith. As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) as well as a number of other stories associated with other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. Then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. Your guide will then return to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort. The tour departs between 2.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. depending on the time of the year (confirmed at time of booking) and returns 5 hours later. This small group tour has a limit of 12 participants per guide.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens (4*)
Ayers Rock at Sunset
Ayers Rock at Sunset
The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
The Domes of the Kata Tjuta

Day 13: Ayers Rock - Cairns

A shared transfer from the Ayers Rock airport to your hotel and vice versa is provided. Waiting times at both the airport and hotels may vary, but are usually on average 20 minutes.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

A private transfer between Cairns airport and your accommodation is provided for today.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hilton Cairns (5*)

Boasting an absolute waterfront location, the Hilton Cairns Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse wonders of this unique region. Hilton Cairns is situated 10 minutes from Cairns International Airport and walking distance to the Reef Fleet terminal, shopping and restaurant precincts. The modern, inviting rooms and suites are luxurious oases of comfort and convenience, all with pristine bathrooms and spacious balconies. Discover stunning views of Trinity Inlet or Cairns Esplanade and the unique cityscape and blue-green mountain ranges beyond. Pampered guests will enjoy deluxe furnishings, amenities, air-conditioning and wireless internet. Satisfy your appetite for culinary indulgence and superior service in the acclaimed restaurants. Enjoy relaxed, al fresco dining at the award-winning Mondo Café Bar & Grill on the waterfront or visit Donnini's restaurant offering simply Italian cuisine. From an elevated position overlooking the water, the chic Six Degrees Bar and Lounge is the place to meet for a cocktail.

Cairns
Cairns
Hilton Cairns
Hilton Cairns

Day 14: Cairns

Green Island is a fully developed coral island situated only 26 kilometers from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Its protected waters are the perfect location to discover the reef snorkeling and scuba diving. You will sail leisurely to Pinnacle Reef, an exclusive mooring on the eastern lee of Green Island. The maximum of 25 passengers ensures a truly personalized and unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience. You may even want to try your first ever scuba dive, or for the certified diver, enjoy being guided by qualified instructors on one of the best kept secrets on the Great Barrier Reef. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Cairns by an ‘International Coaches’ that takes you to the Reef Fleet Terminal for check-in at the “Ocean Free” desk at 7.30 a.m. The tour departs from Reef Fleet Terminal (Marlin Marina A Finger 5 ) at 8.00 a.m. Lunch along with a glass of wine, coffee & tea, snorkel equipment are included. The tour returns at approximately 5.00 p.m.

Accommodation: Hilton Cairns (5*)
Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Day 15: Cairns

Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round it is time to drive north along the scenic route via Mossman  to Cape Tribulation. Lush farmland contrasts with seascape as you approach the majestic Daintree River. After a short morning tea break its 'all aboard' for an informative river cruise. Relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and wildlife, this is nature at its best!  You ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on the elevated National Park Boardwalk. Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna will be given with ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this particular habitat.  
A delicious barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads is served while you have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo and enjoy a cold drink from the bar. The tour takes you beyond Cape Tribulation along the 4WD Bloomfield Track to pristine Emmagen Creek and time for a refreshing rainforest stream swim. Seek fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees and indulge in a feast of tropical fruit, a complimentary glass of wine and a cup of traditional Billy Tea, all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings. At Cape Tribulation Beach there is a little time to swim in the Coral Sea (seasonal) or stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef'. After a short afternoon refreshment stop, you cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin your homeward journey. You will be picked-up from your hotel at approximately 7.00 a.m., returns at 6.30 p.m. and has a maximum group size of 16 passengers.

Accommodation: Hilton Cairns (5*)
Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Rainforest

Day 16: Cairns - Sydney

A private transfer between Cairns airport and your accommodation is provided for today.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.

Admire the city lights at night during this evening’s Captain Cook Cruises’ Starlight Dinner Cruise.  Glide across the star reflective waters of Sydney Harbour as the glow of the city creates an atmosphere of sheer calmness.  Allow the captain of Sydney’s most prestigious cruise ships, the MV Sydney 2000; carve a gently path past many of Sydney’s illuminated, iconic landmarks and sites including Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.  Dine upon a 3-course feast featuring international cuisine such as Pumpkin Gnocchi with Napolitana Salsa and Seared Chicken and Roasted.  Enjoy Tomato Couscous amongst some locally recognized Australian delicacies including Baked Barramundi Fillet and Wagyu Bolognaise with Spinach and Ricotta Tondi.  Sent your taste buds into sweet-overload as you enjoy dessert featuring Orange & Chocolate Flourless Cake or Slow Baked Raspberry and Apple Crumble to wrap up the evening. The cruise departs from No. 6 Jetty Circular Quay at 7.00 p.m. and No. 1 Jetty King Street Wharf at 7.30 p.m. and returns to Circular Quay at 9.30 p.m. (or 10.30 p.m. Saturday & Friday from November to March) and to King Street Wharf at 10.00 p.m.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)

The Grace Hotel is an elegantly restored Neo Gothic hotel built in 1930. It is superbly located in the center of Sydney’s CBD and is only minutes away from exciting and bustling hubs including George Street, Pitt Street Mall, the Queen Victoria Building, Darling Harbour, Martin Place, Circular Quay and The Rocks. The hotel is a prominent historical landmark of its own, and its contemporary guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, tastefully designed with the frequent traveler in mind. The Grace Brasserie offers a sumptuous buffet lunch available on weekdays. Drop in at P.J.O'Brien's Irish Pub and enjoy a pint of Guinness in the heart of Sydney. Take advantage of the Rooftop Health Club offering state-of-the-art Cybex fitness equipment, an indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room and sun terrace and enjoy complimentary WiFi for the duration of your stay.

Sydney
Sydney
The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel

Day 17: Sydney

The Blue Mountains Canyons and Wildlife Discovery is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime. Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel as you commence your small group deluxe tour into the heart of the unique Blue Mountains World Heritage Region. The first stop this morning is at Featherdale Wildlife Park where you arrive before any other tourists, to meet the native Australian animals here – you can actually get up close and personal, stroke a koala and hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus. Departing from Featherdale, commence the drive to the Blue Mountains via the highway. After a stop at the Wentworth Lookout, continue on and arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Then journey around the mountain to the village of Blackheath and today's lunch venue the Blackheath Golf Club. Here in this relaxed, friendly club you'll enjoy a 2 course lunch (food only). All diets are catered for. Beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the bar. The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180 meters to the base of the cliff. The last stop is the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where you'll stop to enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4.30 - 5.00 p.m. This small group tour can accommodate up to 17 passengers and departs Sydney between 7.00 and 7.30 a.m.  

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)
The Australian Koala
The Australian Koala

Day 18: Sydney

From modern monuments to historic districts, the Australian capital Sydney boasts a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy including trips to the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  Try spending some time exploring the Harbour area with its many cafes and gift shops.  Head out on a half day tour or picturesque harbour cruise.  The SmartVisit allows visitors to visit the sight they want to see, on their own schedule.  Ask your Travel Consultant for purchase details.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)
The Rocks
The Rocks

Day 19: Sydney

A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between the airport and city or hotel is provided.

Accommodation:
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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
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Stamford Plaza (4*): Auckland

Centrally located in Auckland, this property is near Queen Street Shopping District, Sky Tower, and Auckland City Hall. Additional nearby points of interest include Auckland War Memorial Museum. Guestrooms have premium bedding, air conditioning, and slippers; rooms also include refrigerators, separate bathtubs and showers, and bathrobes. At Stamford Plaza Auckland recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property also provides a business center, a concierge desk, and a porter/bellhop.

Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Regent of Rotorua (5*): Rotorua

Escape to The Regent of Rotorua, Rotorua’s newest designer 5 star Boutique Hotel & Spa offering stylish luxury accommodation, restaurant, wine & cocktail bar, all with a touch of glamour. An oasis of understated hip contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the calm of your gorgeous room or suite and stroll to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area - or simply stay in, relax and savor the hotel's luxury facilities.

Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside (4*): Queenstown

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is the most centrally located 4-star hotel on Queenstown's lakefront. Step outside your door and into the heart of Queenstown with easy access to all that this premier Four Season lake and alpine resort has to offer. The hotel has delicious New Zealand influenced dining options, WIFI access and complimentary Apple Mac stations, a spa pool as well as professional and friendly staff that make Novotel Queenstown Lakeside the perfect hotel for your Queenstown visit.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Hotel Lindrum (4.5*): Melbourne

Known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel, Hotel Lindrum sits in the core of Australia’s fashion and dining capital enabling easy access to everything the world-famous city has to offer. Within walking distance of theatres, restaurants, Federation Square, and sporting venues such as Olympic Park, this hotel will provide you with an experience that gives reason for its enviable reputation. With a concept that evokes true home away from home comfort, the design of Hotel Lindrum features a domestic intimacy that is rarely seen throughout the hotel market. The rooms are complemented with rich wood furnishings and heavy wooden carpets fusing to create a classic rich interior. Sophisticated, yet unassuming, felt Restaurant has built a reputation as one of Melbourne’s best dining locations. With a style and comfort that one would expect from the building that houses it, Hotel Lindrum is as timeless as its enchanting history. 

Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum
Lobby
Lobby

Desert Gardens (4*): Ayers Rock

The Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst the magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs of the Ayers Rock outback landscape. It is located within a short walking distance of numerous vantage points featuring what is possibly Australia’s best sunset, as a spectacular array of colors dance across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Each accommodation glows with the warm tinges of the Central Australian Desert and embraces you with designs that reflect the beauty of the setting you are in. Guests can journey along shaded walkways which lead to spacious poolside rooms, some even offering spectacular views of the monolithic Uluru. Relax under the private veranda or courtyard of your room as day turns to night and the sun retreats from view. When the light has faded, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savor Australian native delicacies or feast on the flavors of the a la carte Arnguli Grill.

Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance
Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance

Hilton Cairns (5*): Cairns

Boasting an absolute waterfront location, the Hilton Cairns Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse wonders of this unique region. Hilton Cairns is situated 10 minutes from Cairns International Airport and walking distance to the Reef Fleet terminal, shopping and restaurant precincts. The modern, inviting rooms and suites are luxurious oases of comfort and convenience, all with pristine bathrooms and spacious balconies. Discover stunning views of Trinity Inlet or Cairns Esplanade and the unique cityscape and blue-green mountain ranges beyond. Pampered guests will enjoy deluxe furnishings, amenities, air-conditioning and wireless internet. Satisfy your appetite for culinary indulgence and superior service in the acclaimed restaurants. Enjoy relaxed, al fresco dining at the award-winning Mondo Café Bar & Grill on the waterfront or visit Donnini's restaurant offering simply Italian cuisine. From an elevated position overlooking the water, the chic Six Degrees Bar and Lounge is the place to meet for a cocktail.

Hilton Cairns
Hilton Cairns
Lobby
Lobby

Grace Hotel Sydney (4*): Sydney

The Grace Hotel is an elegantly restored Neo Gothic hotel built in 1930. It is superbly located in the center of Sydney’s CBD and is only minutes away from exciting and bustling hubs including George Street, Pitt Street Mall, the Queen Victoria Building, Darling Harbour, Martin Place, Circular Quay and The Rocks. The hotel is a prominent historical landmark of its own, and its contemporary guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, tastefully designed with the frequent traveler in mind. The Grace Brasserie offers a sumptuous buffet lunch available on weekdays. Drop in at P.J.O'Brien's Irish Pub and enjoy a pint of Guinness in the heart of Sydney. Take advantage of the Rooftop Health Club offering state-of-the-art Cybex fitness equipment, an indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room and sun terrace and enjoy complimentary WiFi for the duration of your stay.

The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
Lobby
Lobby
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • JohnDanielson — December 12, 2014 — Australia & Pacific

    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.

  • Susan Pope — April 21, 2014 — Australia & Pacific

    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.

  • Sharon Weckenbrock — May 15, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    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!

  • Donna Brennan — April 18, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    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,

    Donna

  • Paula McNally — April 24, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    The trip was wonderful!! . That resort is absolutely beautiful. We had good weather -- hot and humid. The people were very nice everywhere we went.

  • Marcia Nunn — April 01, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    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.

  • Cindy Burns — April 04, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    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

  • Sheila Black — April 08, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    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.

  • Josie Rodriguez — March 19, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    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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