19 days from $10,583 per person*
  • Discover Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland on informative guided tours.
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and explore its underwater world.
  • Stand in awe at Uluru, the slumbering giant of Australia’s Red Center.
  • Learn about Māori culture, cruise Milford Sound, and soar the skies in New Zealand.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of comfortable accommodations.
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The very best of Australia and New Zealand combine in one whirlwind adventure, curated for the thrill-seeking globetrotter. Cross Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru off your must-do list, cruise New Zealand’s gorgeous Milford Sound, learn about indigenous and Maori culture, and experience an unforgettable journey of the two paradises across the Tasman Sea.

It all starts in Sydney, home to some of Australia's most iconic landmarks and the incredibly photogenic capital of New South Wales. Discover the story of Sydney's compelling capital on a private walking tour that introduces you to this incredible country. Later, cross Harbour Bridge to Featherdale Wildlife Park for a face-to-face encounter with kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies before heading deep into Blue Mountains National Park on the edge of town for a chance to witness the Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls, the Three Sisters rock formation, and other natural wonders. The adventure continues in Uluru, where you'll meet the 36 incredible domes of Kata Tjuta, a collection of red rock formations whose color shifts as the sun moves across them. Close your eyes and see for yourself how the spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here. It all comes full-circle at night where, from a platform offering an incredible view of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park under a blanket of stars, you’ll experience the “Sounds of Silence Dinner,” an award-winning journey into Aboriginal culture featuring folktales and dance set to the haunting strains of a didgeridoo while savoring a meal of bush tucker-inspired cuisine.Your journey continues north to Palm Cove to explore its most famous attraction: the Great Barrier Reef. Swim and snorkel on this massive UNESCO-protected coral complex and discover a spectacular underwater wonderland. ... Show More »

From the Reef, you'll then head south for Melbourne, the stylish and cosmopolitan capital of Victoria. A richly multicultural city, Melbourne radiates a decidedly European vibe, as you’ll discover on a private tour of its boutique-lined laneways and covered pedestrian arcades. Across the Tasman Sea lies your next stop, New Zealand’s South Island and Queenstown, regarded as the adventure capital of the world. Set sail for a cruise into Milford Sound, a positively breathtaking fjord the Maori claim was carved by Tu-te-raki-whanoa with a magical blade. You'll then take to the skies for a scenic flight, boasting panoramic views of the spectacular alpine wonders. The adventure continues across the Cook Strait at Rotorua, the North Island’s famous geothermal area. Here you'll explore the colorful hot springs and a moon-like landscape of Wai-o-Tapu and the historic Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Learn more of the Maori culture with a visit to Te Puia, nestled in the Whakarewarewa Valley, where a delicious and traditional steam-cooked Hangi dinner awaits you.

Last stop: Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Visit the magical Waitomo Caves which feature a stunning glowworm display, shimmering amid the darkness. Meander around the cave's corner to discover the remains of one of New Zealand's lost treasures - the ancient Moa, once the country's largest bird that fell extinct almost 600 years ago. Finish your epic adventure with a tour of Auckland, nicknamed "The City of Sails" for its abundance of yacht marinas and its rich maritime history. Immerse yourself in the Aucklander experience as you meander through the entertainment district of buzzing Viaduct Harbour and witness the luxury super yachts of Silo Park. A blend of culture, adventure, and breath-taking scenery, this journey is sure to leave a lasting impression and satisfy your wanderlust.

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private Transfer - International Airport Pick Up with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private Tour - Walking Tour of Sydney (4.5 hrs) - Guide
    • Sydney at Leisure
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Small Group Tour - The Best of the Blue Mountains (with Lunch, 9-10 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 4 Sydney to Ayers Rock
    Sydney to Ayers Rock
    • Private Transfer - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Air - Sydney - Ayers Rock [3 hrs 30 min - Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Airport to Ayers Rock Resort - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Kata Tjuta Domes (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Private Tour - Uluru Highlights at Sunrise (with Breakfast, 3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Activity - Sounds of Silence Dinner (4 hrs) - Dinner
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Ayers Rock to Cairns to Palm Cove
    Ayers Rock to Cairns to Palm Cove
    • Private Transfer - Ayers Rock Resort to Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Ayers Rock - Cairns [2 hrs 30 min - Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Cairns - Palm Cove [30 mins] - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Palm Cove
    Palm Cove
    • Shared Tour - Full-Day Snorkel & Sail on the Great Barrier Reef - Boat/Snorkeling
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Palm Cove
    Palm Cove
    • Palm Cove at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Palm Cove to Cairns to Melbourne
    Palm Cove to Cairns to Melbourne
    • Private Transfer - Palm Cove - Cairns [30 mins] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cairns - Melbourne [3 hrs 25 min - Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 10 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 11 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Melbourne at Leisure
    • Private Tour - St. Kilda Sunset Walk with Penguins - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 12 Melbourne to Queenstown
    Melbourne to Queenstown
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Melbourne - Queenstown [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • New Zealand - Welcome Package
  • Day 13 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Shared Tour - Milford Sound Nature Cruise by Coach & Flight (with Picnic Lunch, 9 hrs) - Coach/Cruise/Flight
  • Day 14 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Optional activities
  • Day 15 Queenstown to Rotorua
    Queenstown to Rotorua
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Queenstown - Rotorua [3.5 hrs] - Separate Purchase
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 16 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Eco-Thermal Park Tour (4.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(Rotorua City)
    • Shared Tour - Te Puia – Te Po & Hangi Concert (3 hrs) - Shuttle/Dinner/Concert
  • Day 17 Rotorua to Waitomo Caves to Auckland
    Rotorua to Waitomo Caves to Auckland
    • Private Transfer - Rotorua - Auckland [Via Waitomo (3 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide (Touring One Way)
    • Shared Tour - Glowworm Caves (45 mins) - Boat/Guide
  • Day 18 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Auckland City Revealed (3-4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 19 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Private Transfer - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Sydney

For your comfort, an assistant will be waiting for you outside of Customs holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will assist you in meeting your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation in Sydney to assist with check-in. 

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is a charming hotel with a stunning 19th century sandstone facade. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, the property is home to an intriguing history and unique character. The wide array of upscale facilities includes on-site dining at the recently refurbished Bistro Fax Restaurant & Bar, a modern Health Club, and complimentary Internet. A Business Class Lounge and concierge service is also available for the traveler who desires an extra touch of convenience and comfort. The staff’s attention to detail and to outstanding service ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both enjoyable and unforgettable.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Sydney
Sydney
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Day 2: Sydney

Journey into the heart of Sydney on a private-guided walking tour through The Harbour City. After meeting your private guide in your hotel lobby, your tour begins with a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens, a beautiful 30- hectare garden in the heart of the city. Wander in the shade of the majestic trees, see vibrantly colored flowers, and listen to the serene soundscape of birdlife. During your walk, you'll pass by the world-famous Sydney Opera House, one of Australia's iconic landmarks. Visit the grand Art Gallery of New South Wales where you'll see some of the best Australian and European art work on display before exploring the open spaces of The Domain parkland, home to the prominent gothic-styled St Mary’s Cathedral. Continue to Hyde Park, Australia's oldest public parkland, before reaching the ornate Sydney Town Hall, a testament to intricately crafted 19th-century design. Walking back through the heart of the city you’ll pass by the mighty Sydney Tower and the spectacular Queen Victoria Building, a late 19th-century structure housing designer shopping boutiques and unique eateries.

Later today, enjoy an evening in The Rocks, one of the city’s most lively neighborhoods. We suggest a reservation at one of this area's outstanding restaurants, specifically Pony Dining on the Rocks for modern, wood-fired Australian cuisine or Sake Restaurant and Bar for its exceptional Japanese cuisine and its vibrant, rustic-chic dining room with inventive sushi and sashimi.

From modern monuments to historic districts with excellent shopping in between, Sydney boasts a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, including Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. During your free time, consider exploring the Harbour area with its many cafes, gift shops and gorgeous waterfront, or perhaps head to the Queen Victoria Building to shop at a few high-end designer boutiques. At Bondi Beach, whisk the shores barefoot, enjoying the soft golden sands beneath your toes. With so much to see and do, you’re sure to enjoy your time at leisure in sensational Sydney.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Queen Victoria Building
Queen Victoria Building
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach

Day 3: Sydney

Today you’ll discover the best of the stunning scenery of Blue Mountains, known for its dramatic steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests and waterfalls. On this small group tour, you’ll visit preeminent sites including Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls and the famed Three Sisters, all while keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife that calls this region home. After a hotel pick-up, you’ll drive through the historic Rocks neighborhood– Australia’s first European settlement – passing convict-built cottages and Australia’s first church, before crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge. Next up, you’ll visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can pet a koala, handfeed a kangaroo and get up-close with wallabies and wombats.

Carrying onward, you’ll enter the Blue Mountains National Park, first stopping at a secluded clearing to enjoy morning tea. Explore the gorgeous park in search of wild kangaroos and magnificent birdlife and then set off for magnificent Kings Tableland to bask in the incredible views overlooking the Jamison Valley. Break for lunch at a local café in the heart of the Blue Mountains, then track to Wentworth Falls, a beautiful waterfall found between Blue Mountains National Park and Kanangra-Boyd National Park. A guide will take you down a well-worn path towards the falls, taking in excellent views along the way and learning about the geological conditions that spawned the Blue Mountains. Next, you’ll hop into an awaiting vehicle and skirt around cliffs, driving towards the township of Katoomba. At Eagle Hawk lookout, you will see the famous Three Sisters rock formation, marveling at the views of the Jamison Valley and visit Narrowneck Plateau to enjoy a few more outstanding vantage points.

Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to Sydney, arriving at your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters

Day 4: Sydney - Ayers Rock

You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Sydney Airport alongside a professional driver.

Board a flight in Sydney with service to Ayers Rock. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 30 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

A private transfer between the airport and Ayers Rock Resort is provided.

Travel into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to a place where unique flora and fauna thrive, at the Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Here your private guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site. Arriving at Walpa Gorge you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here. The tour takes approximately 3 hours and departs from your Ayers Rock accommodation. Please bring at least one liter of water (per person) with you.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens

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 and features what is possibly Australia’s best sunset. 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 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. 

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Kata Tjuta Domes
Kata Tjuta Domes
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock

Day 5: Ayers Rock

This morning, a private guide will pick you up between 4:45 am and 6:15 am (depending on the time of the year) for an incredible sunrise experience.  You’ll travel towards Uluru to marvel at vast monolithic shapes that rise from the sand dunes in the early dawn hours and get an unparalleled opportunity to watch the most beautiful sunrise over the outback. Your private guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. Enjoy creation stores of Liru and Kuniya and hear about the culture and traditions of the Mala people. After breakfast, you will visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort. Please bring your own water bottle.

An outback experience like no other, the Sounds of Silence dinner offers guests an unforgettable evening dining event under the canopy of the desert night sky. Awarded by the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, enjoy the best of the Red Centre during these four magical hours. The experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the striking Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets, join your table for an introduction to Aboriginal culture as you take in a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. As the sounds of the didgeridoo dances in the air, attentive staff will keep your glass full with a selection of Australian wine and beer as the first course is served. As the sky full of twinkling stars comes to life, you’ll feast on buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi, and quandong. The evening continues as the resident star-talker decodes the exceptionally clear southern night sky. Locate the famous Southern Cross, the Milky Way, the signs of the zodiac, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible in the exceptional clarity of Uluru. The evening ends with a delightful dessert and your choice of a glass of port, coffee or tea.

Please note: Each table seats eight to 10 guests, and the program hosts up to 10 tables for a maximum of 100 guests. Please reconfirm your pick-up time with hotel reception upon arrival to your hotel.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Landscape at Kata Tjuta Olgas
Landscape at Kata Tjuta Olgas
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Sounds of Silence Dinner
Sounds of Silence Dinner

Day 6: Ayers Rock - Cairns - Palm Cove

A private transfer between the Ayers Rock Resort and the airport is provided today.

Board a flight in Ayers Rock with service to Cairns. Approximate flight duration is two hours and 30 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately. 

A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between Cairns and Palm Cove is provided. Transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

Accommodation: The Reef House

The Reef House is a beachfront boutique accommodation in Palm Cove, only 25 minutes north of Cairns. This luxurious and sophisticated hotel offers both rooms and suites, for guests to relax and rejuvenate. The award winning Reef House Restaurant, Brigadiers Bar, and pool-side dining are all available onsite for delectable cuisine. Guests can take refreshing swims in both freshwater and saltwater pools, and pamper themselves at The Reef House Spa.

Day 7: Palm Cove

Today you’ll have the opportunity to expose your senses to the breathtaking beauty wonder of the Great Barrier Reef as it was intended. As the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, this extraordinary natural wonder is the only living structure that can be seen from space.

Grab a snorkel and let your guide show you the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover diverse marine life and vivid coral reefs at an exclusive reef mooring where only you and your group will be snorkeling. After snorkeling, enjoy a personalized sailing tour of this stunning tropical island paradise before getting the chance to explore the Great Barrier Reef’s only rain forest.

Following your adventures at the Great Barrier Reef, spend the rest of the day soaking up the Australian sun in Palm Cove. Home to one of the country's loveliest beaches lined with palm trees, this is one of the most beautiful locations in Australia. Consider popping into several of the town's vibrant shops and restaurants or simply relaxing in this idyllic tropical location.

Accommodation: The Reef House
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Palm Cove
Palm Cove

Day 8: Palm Cove

Spend the day soaking up the Australian sun in Palm Cove. Home to one of the country's loveliest beaches lined with palm trees, this is one of the most beautiful locations in Australia. Consider popping into several of the town's vibrant shops and restaurants or simply relaxing in this idyllic tropical location.

Accommodation: The Reef House

Day 9: Palm Cove - Cairns - Melbourne

A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between Palm Cove and Cairns is provided. Transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

Board a flight in Cairns with service to Melbourne. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 25 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately. 

You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Melbourne's domestic airport alongside a professional driver.

Accommodation: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins offers a timelessly elegant space to escape. Located in the heart of Melbourne, you won’t have to travel far to enjoy all this lively city has to offer. Bursting with a fascinating history, The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins has hosted world-famous guests and celebrities. From the moment you step inside, you will be captivated by the hotel’s charm and inspired by its stories. Built in 1866, the building is well into its second century. Authentically styled, blending contemporary design with its Art Deco origins, the hotel is captivating in its individual character and charm. The sophisticated lobby creates an inviting sense of arrival with its warm timbers, mirror and brass elements complemented by luxuriant, soft furnishings.

Day 10: Melbourne

Embark on a half-day city tour of incredible Melbourne after meeting up with your private guide and driver at your hotel. You'll first travel through the government precinct, observing the Treasury Building, Windsor Hotel, State Parliament House, Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum. Continue to the inner northern suburbs to enjoy the Bohemia of Fitzroy's Brunswick Street, home to a vast array of pubs, bars, restaurants, record shops and local designer shops. Enjoy morning tea among the glorious colors and smells of the Botanical Gardens, where magnificent expanses of lush green lawn slope elegantly towards ornamental lakes and massive trees cast boughs of shade over manicured garden beds. Next you'll journey past the sporting precinct that became famous with the 1956 Olympic Games and now roars to the cheers of Aussie Rules crowds each weekend. See the nearby Rod Laver Tennis Centre that hosts the Australian Tennis Open each year as well as the world famous MCG which has hosted most of the major events that have come to this city. Next you'll travel westwards to the historic Station Pier in Port Melbourne, a historic arrival point for Melbourne's European immigrants. Drive along Port Phillip Bay before arriving at remarkable St Kilda, renowned for its sandy beaches, music venues, restaurants and cafes. Here you'll enjoy breathtaking views of Melbourne's city skyline, West Gate Bridge, and the Dandenong Ranges from an historic vantage point. Finish your morning adventure with a drive through St Kilda's funky Acland and Fitzroy Streets before entering the Australian Formula One Grand Prix track at Albert Lake. Your tour concludes with a private transfer back to your hotel. 

Accommodation: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Melbourne
Melbourne
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Melbourne
Melbourne

Day 11: Melbourne

Melbourne is one of Australia's most dynamic cities that continues to grow on you the longer you stay. From its exciting arts scene to its Alice and Wonderland style hidden bars, it is worth taking your time to get to know this city. Home to the Australian Ballet, East End Theatre District, and a slew of international festivals, there is always something exciting happening in Melbourne. Please speak to your Destination Expert for assistance for further suggestions for your time at leisure.

Meet your private guide at your hotel before setting off on an exploration of St. Kilda, Melbourne’s iconic seaside bohemia. Home to the Victoria-styled fairground Luna Park, St Kilda Sea Baths, and entertainment hubs along Aceland and Fitzroy Streets. Wander through St Kila and observe the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian mansions that line its streets as your guide shows you the hangs-outs preferred by locals. Meander down Aceland Street, abundant with funky eateries and pubs, before pausing for a drink and a spot of people-watching. Your next stop is Milk the Cow, a popular cheese boutique that features over 180 varieties of artisan cheeses. Sample a flight of the best dairy on offer from this "fromagerie", complemented with a matching glass of wine from the Yarra Valley region. Continue to St Kilda’s beachfront, mingling with the locals along the way as you enjoy panoramic views of the sun setting on Port Phillip Bay. Here you'll discover the Melbourne landmark of St Kilda Pier, built in 1853 and now home to a colony of fairy penguins. Observe how these little penguins waddle ashore after a full day of fishing, making their way to their burrows for the evening. The tour concludes with a guided walk back to your hotel. 

Accommodation: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Fairy Penguins
Fairy Penguins

Day 12: Melbourne - Queenstown

You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Melbourne's domestic airport alongside a professional driver.

Board a flight in Melbourne with service to Queenstown, connecting via Sydney. Approximate flight duration is six hours and 10 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

A private vehicle will provide a transfer between the 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. 

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside

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.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Queenstown
Queenstown
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 13: Queenstown

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and travel from Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, through the scenic rolling countryside to Te Anau. After a short break at Te Anau, continue via the spectacular Milford Road to Milford Sound. Here you’ll board a vessel that hosts up to 150 guests, features three viewing decks, and embark on a relaxing cruise of Milford Sound. The cruise provides excellent opportunities to take in the incredibly scenery of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife, all while an on-board naturalist guide provides insights into the region throughout the journey. After the cruise, settle in for a coach transfer to Milford Airport to board a twin engine aircraft for the return flight to Queenstown (weather permitting). During this 35 minute scenic flight, take in panoramic views of the spectacular alpine scenery as you are returned to Queenstown.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  En Route to Tasman Sea
En Route to Tasman Sea

Day 14: 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
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Landscape near Queenstown
Landscape near Queenstown

Day 15: Queenstown - Rotorua

Meet your driver for a private transfer between Queenstown and the Domestic Airport.

Board a flight in Queenstown with service to Rotorua, connecting via Christchurch. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 30 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

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

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

The Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa redefines modern hospitality with a visionary blend of modern design, luxurious facilities and bespoke service to inspire imaginative travelers. Located in the heart of Rotorua, within close walking distance of the lakefront and convention centers and adjacent to the eating precinct, the Regent of Rotorua is the perfect hotel for business or pleasure. The 30 rooms and suites at the Regent of Rotorua are a haven of calm, blending stylish contemporary décor and hints of glamour, whilst still providing all the modern conveniences you would expect from a world class property.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Rotorua
Rotorua
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua

Day 16: Rotorua

Discover Rotorua’s most popular geothermal parks on this half day private tour, accompanied by a local naturalist guide. Begin with a scenic drive through volcanic landscapes dotted with farmlands as well as native and exotic forests where you’ll discover an area rich in geothermal activity, featuring not just volcanoes, but also geysers, New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool, and hot springs. On this adventure, you’ll visit two heritage parks which showcase a variety of geothermal activity; at Wai-o-Tapu, set your sights on amazingly colorful hot springs and a moon-like landscape, as well as the world-famous Lady Knox geyser. At Waimangu Volcanic Valley, follow your guide as the history of the Mount Tarawera is detailed – focusing on the enormous 1886 eruption which formed or significantly altered several nearby lakes – while also learning about the regions native flora and fauna. After spending the morning exploring these striking parks, you’ll be returned to your hotel in the early afternoon.

A representative of Te Puia will pick you up from your hotel this evening for a Maori Hangi dinner and cultural concert. Begin the experience with Te Po; an intimate time for sharing knowledge while enjoying food, culture and friendship. Taking place 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 – you’ll 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), and as a result, you can expect a lavish banquet meal during the evening. This meal 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. Following dinner, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Wai-O-Tapu
Wai-O-Tapu
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'
Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'

Day 17: Rotorua - Waitomo Caves - Auckland

You will be privately transferred between Rotorua and Auckland. Approximate travel time is three hours. Stop in Waitomo and discover the Glowworm Caves.

Your shared guided tour will take you through over 250 meters of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral. Your tour begins at the upper entrance of the cave and proceeds along a low narrow passage to the Tomo, a deep limestone shaft.  Your experienced tour guide will deliver a highly informative commentary about the formations and the history of the area. The highlight is an unrivaled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto. Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way. Tours depart every half hour daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, and are approximately 45 minutes in duration. The group size is limited to 25 passengers.

Accommodation: The Heritage Auckland

Overlooking Waitemata Harbour, this landmark building is adjacent to Saint Patrick’s Square and three blocks from Queen Street shopping district and Sky Tower, in the heart of downtown Auckland. Guestrooms, which have kitchenettes, are located either in the original hotel wing, where they have wood floors and original Art Deco elements, or the contemporary tower wing, where balconies have city views. A historic building and former department store, Heritage Auckland has a comprehensive conference center, two business centers, and complimentary wireless in the lobby area for the first 30 minutes.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach

Day 18: Auckland

Today you will be collected from your accommodation by your private guide to embark on an Auckland city tour. Auckland is set on 48 dormant volcanic cones, is known as the City of Sails, and it is New Zealand's largest and busiest city. Your morning tour is a journey of discovery, designed to not only show you the history, sights and sounds but you also to give you a glimpse of how Aucklanders live and play. The tour includes visits to Auckland University, Domain and Harbour Bridge, Queen Street and is complemented with stunning views across the Hauraki Gulf and back to the city from Mount Victoria on the North Shore. You’ll also visit Auckland’s Westhaven Marina, an excellent example of the city’s passion for sailing. After this privately guided experience, you will be transferred back to your accommodation.

Accommodation: The Heritage Auckland
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Westhaven Marina
Westhaven Marina

Day 19: Auckland

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

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • 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
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel : Sydney

The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is a charming hotel with a stunning 19th century sandstone facade. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, the property is home to an intriguing history and unique character. The wide array of upscale facilities includes on-site dining at the recently refurbished Bistro Fax Restaurant & Bar, a modern Health Club, and complimentary Internet. A Business Class Lounge and concierge service is also available for the traveler who desires an extra touch of convenience and comfort. The staff’s attention to detail and to outstanding service ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both enjoyable and unforgettable.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Dining at the Blu
Dining at the Blu

Desert Gardens : 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 and features what is possibly Australia’s best sunset. 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 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. 

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance
Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance

The Reef House : Palm Cove

The Reef House is a beachfront boutique accommodation in Palm Cove, only 25 minutes north of Cairns. This luxurious and sophisticated hotel offers both rooms and suites, for guests to relax and rejuvenate. The award winning Reef House Restaurant, Brigadiers Bar, and pool-side dining are all available onsite for delectable cuisine. Guests can take refreshing swims in both freshwater and saltwater pools, and pamper themselves at The Reef House Spa.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  The Reef House
The Reef House

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins : Melbourne

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins offers a timelessly elegant space to escape. Located in the heart of Melbourne, you won’t have to travel far to enjoy all this lively city has to offer. Bursting with a fascinating history, The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins has hosted world-famous guests and celebrities. From the moment you step inside, you will be captivated by the hotel’s charm and inspired by its stories. Built in 1866, the building is well into its second century. Authentically styled, blending contemporary design with its Art Deco origins, the hotel is captivating in its individual character and charm. The sophisticated lobby creates an inviting sense of arrival with its warm timbers, mirror and brass elements complemented by luxuriant, soft furnishings.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins
The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins
Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Lobby
The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Lobby

Novotel Lakeside : 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.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Regent of Rotorua : Rotorua

The Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa redefines modern hospitality with a visionary blend of modern design, luxurious facilities and bespoke service to inspire imaginative travelers. Located in the heart of Rotorua, within close walking distance of the lakefront and convention centers and adjacent to the eating precinct, the Regent of Rotorua is the perfect hotel for business or pleasure. The 30 rooms and suites at the Regent of Rotorua are a haven of calm, blending stylish contemporary décor and hints of glamour, whilst still providing all the modern conveniences you would expect from a world class property.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua

The Heritage Auckland : Auckland

Overlooking Waitemata Harbour, this landmark building is adjacent to Saint Patrick’s Square and three blocks from Queen Street shopping district and Sky Tower, in the heart of downtown Auckland. Guestrooms, which have kitchenettes, are located either in the original hotel wing, where they have wood floors and original Art Deco elements, or the contemporary tower wing, where balconies have city views. A historic building and former department store, Heritage Auckland has a comprehensive conference center, two business centers, and complimentary wireless in the lobby area for the first 30 minutes.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Tours 2020 - 2021 -  The Heritage Auckland
The Heritage Auckland

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Mona Y — June 14, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Rehana was wonderful. Her recommendations were all top notch and made me realize how well she knew Australia. Everything ran like clockwork and that allowed us to make the most of what was actually a short time in Australia. She was also very patient with my many questions and gave me alternatives when I asked. It is the third time that we've used Kensington Tours and I can't imagine using anyone else. We've never been disappointed.

  • Curtis L — March 21, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Kerry Brown was an exceptional travel consultant throughout the entire planning phase as well as a responsive resource as we encountered a few challenges while travelling. Her personal interest in our comfort, convenience, and pleasure made our trip an unforgettable experience. We will definitely consider using Kensington for international travel.

  • Ellen M — February 12, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Wonderful trip, tailored to our exact needs and wishes, quality hotels, tours, experiences. Very satisfied, the best part of our trip was through Kensington.

  • Holly T — April 17, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Samantha was amazing and the trip was wonderful and enchanting! Guides were amazing and super knowledgeable. Special shout out to Kenn Holmes (Brisbane) who not only provided an amazing tour of the Australian Zoo but went above and beyond to look for medical care for me for an ear infection during our day together. He was amazing!

  • Susan S — June 05, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Our trip to New Zealand was a special occasion in that I was celebrating my 70th birthday. Our itinerary was jam-packed as we were visiting both the North and South Islands, that included 6 cities and 4 national parks. Kensington Tours truly did an outstanding job arranging for our transportation, hotels and tour guides. They far exceeded my expectations.

  • Jennifer B — February 19, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    We felt like rock stars on this trip! Everything was so well arranged and of high quality. The guides were all excellent and even the drivers to and from the airports provided a mini-tour during the transport. Many thanks for Jennifer May for accommodating our preferences of activities and hotels and making this all possible.

  • Jennifer U. — September 30, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    We had run into a snag on our trip. When we could not resolve this on our own we reached out to the after-hours contact at Kensington and between her and our original trip organizer, the issue was resolved for us promptly. It let us enjoy the rest of our trip without the stress of having to deal with the issue on our own. Peace of mind is priceless.

  • Ronald J. — August 13, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Ashwarya, my Destination Expert, was on top of everything and answered all my questions.

  • Joshua J. — July 24, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    I am always thrilled with Kensington and their experts.

  • Emily D. — June 22, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Renee, our Destination Expert, put together a great trip for our family. She listened to what our priorities were and designed a trip within our budget.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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