19 days from $7,999 per person*
  • Discover Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland on informative guided tours.
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and explore Daintree National Park near Cairns.
  • Stand in awe at Uluru, the slumbering giant of Australia’s Red Center.
  • Learn about Māori culture, cruise Milford Sound, and crew an America’s Cup yacht in New Zealand.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of comfortable accommodations.
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Neighbors at the bottom of the world, Australia and New Zealand are each compelling destinations on their own. Taken together, they’re something else entirely.

It all starts in Sydney, the almost impossibly photogenic capital of New South Wales. First, discover the compelling story of the city’s most iconic landmark, the Sydney Opera House, on an informative private tour that features a delectable tasting-plate experience at the al fresco Opera Kitchen. 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.

After some free time to explore Sydney on your own, the journey heads north to Cairns and its most famous attraction: the Great Barrier Reef. From a glass-bottomed boat, you’ll have the chance to swim, snorkel, and (if conditions permit) stand on this massive UNESCO-protected coral complex on a full-day cruise. Cairns’ natural treasures are not confined to the sea, as you’ll discover later on a full-day tour of Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Park. Here, you’ll climb the forested slopes of the Alexandra Range, spot exotic creatures with the help of an expert guide, and follow the Bloomfield Track to secluded Emmagen Creek for a rainforest swim with an eye peeled for turtles, fish, and butterflies. ... Show More »

As far as introductions go, few are as dramatic as your first encounter with Uluru, the magnificent tor formation at the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. At sunset, you’ll stand before this sacred monolith and learn about its spiritual significance to Aboriginal culture from an expert at the Mutitjulu Waterhole. With daybreak comes another enchanting experience; a guided walk through Walpa Gorge to meet the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (“many heads”), a collection of red rock formations whose color shifts as the sun moves across them. 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.

From the Red Center, we 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. It’s a city that’s also closely tied to the natural world. On nearby Phillip Island, an experienced ranger guide will introduce you to Australia’s largest fur seal colony en route to the Penguin Parade, where hundreds of the tuxedo-clad birds return to their nests after a day in the surf.

Across the Tasman Sea lies your next stop: New Zealand’s South Island, specifically Queenstown, the self-proclaimed “adventure capital of the world.” Your first stop here is Milford Sound, a positively breathtaking fjord the Maori claim was carved by Tu-te-raki-whanoa with a magical blade. After cruising the inlet and exploring Queenstown on your own, take to the sky for a delicious buffet dinner at a gondola restaurant that offers unbeatable views of the city.

The adventure continues across the Cook Strait at Rotorua, the North Island’s famous geothermal area. Geysers, boiling mud pools, and steaming vents await at Wai-o-Tapu, where you’ll spend a day exploring the volcanic landscape before moving on to Te Puia for a special experience of Maori cultural and hangi, a delicious traditional meal steam-cooked by the heat of the earth itself.

Last stop: Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. After exploring the curious Waitomo Caves along the route from Rotorua, you’ll discover the “City of Sails” via a private half-day tour of Auckland’s scenic sights. Finally, you’ll take to the sea aboard a genuine America’s Cup yacht on a thrilling jaunt around the harbor, a victorious end to the journey of a lifetime.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private Transfer - International Airport Pick Up with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver/City Hotels
    • Australia - Welcome Package
    • Shared Tour - Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Experience - Guide
    Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*) (B) (King/Twin Room)
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - The Best of the Blue Mountains (with Lunch, 9-10 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*) (B) (King/Twin Room)
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Sydney at Leisure
    Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*) (B) (King/Twin Room)
  • Day 4 Sydney to Cairns
    Sydney to Cairns
    • Private Transfer - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Sydney - Cairns [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 5 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared Tour - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise (with Lunch, 9 hrs) - Cruise
  • Day 6 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared Tour - Daintree & Cape Tribulation (with Lunch, 11.5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 7 Cairns to Ayers Rock
    Cairns to Ayers Rock
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cairns - Ayers Rock [Separate Purchase] -
    • Shared Transfer - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Shared Tour - Uluru Sunset Tour (5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 8 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Shared Tour - Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour (5 hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Sounds of Silence Dinner (4 hrs) - Dinner
  • Day 9 Ayers Rock to Melbourne
    Ayers Rock to Melbourne
    • Shared Transfer - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Air - Ayers Rock - Melbourne [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Private Tour - Lanes & Arcades (with Lunch, 3 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Shared Tour - Phillip Island Tour (8-9hrs) - Mini Coach
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Melbourne to Queenstown
    Melbourne to Queenstown
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD
    • Air - Melbourne - Queenstown [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • New Zealand - Welcome Package
    Novotel Lakeside (4*) (B) (Standard Double Beds)
  • Day 13 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Shared Tour - Milford Sound Cruise (with Picnic Lunch, 13 hrs) - Coach/Cruise
    Novotel Lakeside (4*) (B) (Standard Double Beds)
  • Day 14 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Optional activities
    • Skyline Dinner - Gondola/Dinner
    Novotel Lakeside (4*) (B) (Standard Double Beds)
  • 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
    Novotel Lakeside (4*) (B) (Superior Lakeview Room)
  • Day 16 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Shared Tour - Geothermal Wonderland (4.5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    • Shared Tour - Te Puia – Te Po & Hangi Concert (3 hrs) - Shuttle/Dinner/Concert
    Novotel Lakeside (4*) (B) (Superior Lakeview Room)
  • Day 17 Rotorua to Auckland
    Rotorua to Auckland
    • Shared Transfer - Rotorua - Auckland [Via Waitomo Cave] - Coach
    Stamford Plaza (4*) (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 18 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Auckland City Revealed (3-4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Shared Tour - America's Cup Sailing Experience (2 hrs) - Boat
    Stamford Plaza (4*) (B) (Superior Room)
  • 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. 

A welcome package with a detailed itinerary, supplier contact list, various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon arrival at the first hotel on your trip.

Discover the mystery and majesty of Sydney Opera House Tour on a guided tour of this iconic performing arts center. Become privy to the stories and secrets, some controversial, behind the commissioning and construction of Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece and afterward, relax and enjoy a delicious tasting plate for two overlooking sparkling Sydney Harbour. On this Tour and Tasting Plate Experience, you’ll find yourself seated at the al fresco Opera Kitchen, where Sydney’s finest culinary treats are coupled with one of the world’s best views. With a three-tiered sample menu consisting of fresh salads, bread rolls, beef and chicken burgers, dumplings and more, it’s the perfect end to your Sydney Opera House discovery tour. Please note, there are approximately 200 steps on this tour. As well, access to individual theaters is subject to availability and may be limited due to performances, rehearsals or other events.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*) (B) (King/Twin Room)

Australia’s largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney boasts elegant rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities and an array of creature comforts. Located in Sydney’s central business district, this dynamic property is just a short walk from a variety of restaurants and cafes, major entertainment centers and popular shopping districts. Enjoy a great meal at The Sailmaker restaurant or an evening cocktail at Zephyr, a unique rooftop bar, which is also the perfect spot to take in spectacular views of the surrounding area. 

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Opera House
Opera House
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sydney
Sydney

Day 2: Sydney

Discover the best of the Blue Mountains on this small group tour that will bring you to preeminent sites including Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls and the famed Three Sisters, all while keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife that calls the region home. After a hotel pick-up, you’ll drive through the historic Rocks precinct – Australia’s first European settlement – passing convict-built cottages and Australia’s first church before crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge. Following a short westbound drive, you’ll arrive at Featherdale Wildlife Park to get up-close with a range of native animals including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and wombats. Carrying onward, you’ll enter the Blue Mountains National Park, first stopping at a secluded clearing to enjoy morning tea. Roam the area in search of wild kangaroos and 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. You will be guided 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 then visit Narrowneck Plateau to enjoy a few more outstanding vantage points. Having discovered the essential highlights of the Blue Mountains, you’ll return to Sydney, arriving at your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*) (B) (King/Twin Room)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters

Day 3: Sydney

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: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*) (B) (King/Twin Room)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Harbour Cruise
Harbour Cruise

Day 4: Sydney - Cairns

A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.

Board a flight in Sydney with service to Cairns. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 10 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

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

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)

The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalized service, and award winning hospitality. Located on the waterfront, this hotel introduces you to the charms and beauty of Cairns, boasting its impressive Esplanade of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and other entertainment avenues. The rooms all present a contemporary simplicity and offer grand views of the surrounding city. With the Thrill of the Grill tradition, there can be no better way to capture your Cairns experience than at the Bushfire Flame Grill. With its tropical ambience, the Pacific Hotel will welcome you to Cairns in the style you deserve. 

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cairns
Cairns
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Day 5: Cairns

Cruise in style to the Great Barrier Reef, the ideal way to experience this famed natural wonder. Enjoy personalized snorkeling, certified and introductory diving lessons, and a glass-bottom boat tour alongside a friendly and professional crew. At pristine Upolu Cay - a coral formation surrounded by crystal waters - set your sights on a moving system, the shape and size of which alters as the currents, wind and waves carve its form. A naturally occurring pontoon, the size and visibility of the cay, and access to it, is subject to a host of conditions; on certain days, fortunate guests will not only be able to spot the cay but also to physically set foot on the formation (this cannot be guaranteed). No matter the weather, this six hour cruise through the Great Barrier Reef will also include a range of scrumptious seafood lunch to enjoy in tow. With an enthusiastic crew committed to catering to your every need, a memorable and safe experience on the Great Barrier Reef is yours to discover. Please note: The cruise operates with a maximum of 75 passengers.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Footprints in the sand...
Footprints in the sand...

Day 6: 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 splendor 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 colors 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. Please note: This tour departs from your hotel at approximately 6:50 am, returns at 6:30 pm, and operates with a maximum of 16 passengers.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Rainforest

Day 7: Cairns - Ayers Rock

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

Board a flight in Cairns with service to Ayers Rock. Approximate flight duration is two hours and 55 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately. 

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.

Join your guide to explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia on this small group tour. Begin by traveling to the entrance of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, then marvel as the spectra of Uluru rises from the sand dunes in a matter of minutes. During your first stop you’ll visit an area that affords an outstanding view to snap a few photographs, and then - with Uluru looming in front of you – your guide will start the journey toward the base of the formation. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquility, surrendering yourself to awe as the sheer size of the monolith comes into focus, then drive around the base of Uluru to reach the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the fabled creation stories of Liru and Kuniya, as well as a number of other legends associated with prominent tjukurpa stories (or dreaming stories). See firsthand the rock art of the ancients while learning 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 as a backdrop. Following your sunset experience, you will be transferred back to your accommodations.

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 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 Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ayers Rock at Sunset
Ayers Rock at Sunset
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock

Day 8: Ayers Rock

Before dawn, depart from your accommodations and travel to the entrance of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, then make the journey through the desert landscape to the indomitable rock formation to revel in the early morning serenity of Kata Tjuta. With the morning sun on the rise, you’ll pause at an excellent vantage point to set your sights on the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta while the desert comes to life, and later relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast on the western flank of the domes. As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named after the wind that whistles between the massive domes and has shaped Kata Tjuta over thousands of years, your guide will share the significance of this sacred ceremonial site and then grant time for you to saunter between mighty rock walls as you learn how the region and its famed geologic formations have evolved over millions of years. Wrapping up the experience, you will be returned to your accommodation in Ayers Rock. Please note: Departure is between 4:45 and 6:15 am, depending on the time of year. Group size may vary between two and 11 passengers.

Dine under the canopy of the desert night while a storyteller shares tales long foretold in the stars during this, the Sounds of Silence dinner. Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, the Sounds of Silence dining experience offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into 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 and darkness falls, join your table for an unforgettable dining experience and an introduction to Aboriginal culture as you take in a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. With sounds of a didgeridoo dancing in the air, attentive staff will keep your glass full with a selection of Australian wine and beer as the first course is served. With the night sky twinkling to life, feast on a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi, and quandong. You appetite sated, 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 in the exceptional clarity of Uluru. After dinner, enjoy dessert with a glass of port, tea or coffee. 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 (4*)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sounds of Silence Dinner
Sounds of Silence Dinner

Day 9: Ayers Rock - Melbourne

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.

Board a flight in Ayers Rock with service to Melbourne, connecting via Alice Springs. Approximate flight duration is five hours and 20 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: Hotel Lindrum (4*)

Known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel, Hotel Lindrum sits at the core of Australia’s fashion and dining capital, enabling easy access to everything this world-famous city has to offer. With a concept that evokes a true sense of home-away-from-home comfort, the design of Hotel Lindrum features a domestic intimacy that is rarely seen found in hotel properties. 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.? 

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Melbourne
Melbourne
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum

Day 10: Melbourne

The lanes and arcades of Melbourne are truly mesmerizing. From the high arched ceilings of the Royal Arcade, opened in 1870, to the rich decorations of the Block Arcade, in operation since 1892, they never fail to impress. Housing a range of family-operated boutique curios, on this behind-the-scenes tour you’ll learn the fascinating history of this cosmopolitan city while being introduced to some of its most interesting districts by a private guide. As you explore myriad passageways, you’ll spot cutting edge street art (or perhaps have the chance to watch as a new mural is designed) and also make a stop at a local chocolate shop for a light tasting. Toward the end of the experience, chat with your guide to develop a plan for the rest of the day or simply continue to explore the area on your own, perhaps returning to a few favorite gems in the afternoon. As this tour operates in all weather conditions, please ensure you are dressed appropriately.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4*)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pastries in Melbourne
Pastries in Melbourne

Day 11: Melbourne

Discover Phillip Island’s unique nature experiences and dramatic landscapes. This small group tour will help to further the protection and conservation of the local fauna and flora. Drive south-east from Melbourne to reach Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where, you will meet endangered species, kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas plus an array of colorful birds and reptiles. Your journey then heads to Phillip Island, the home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and our famous Little Penguins. Upon arrival on the island, depending on the time of year, we will visit Woolamai beach to see surfers riding the waves. From here, visit the western corner of the island to enjoy magnificent views of Bass Strait and the Nobbies, which is home to the largest colony of fur seals in Australia. Finally, a trip to Phillip Island is not complete without its black-tie gala event: the  Penguin Parade. From the Visitor Center, have a coffee and meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform to see the little penguins come ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows. 

You will enjoy a Ranger guided Tour provides you with a reserved front section of the beach for your viewing stands and expert commentary
(English) by your own ranger.

The tour departs between 1.00 and 2.30 p.m. and returns between 8.30 and 11.30 p.m.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4*)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Little Penguins
Little 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 (4*) (B) (Standard Double Beds)

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 Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Queenstown
Queenstown
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 13: 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*) (B) (Standard Double Beds)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Milford Sound Cruising
Milford Sound Cruising

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!

Scenic Gondola ride and Taste of New Zealand buffet of legendary proportions in the Stratosfare Restaurant. The menu is inspired by iconic New Zealand cuisine and infused with international influences, and offers something for everyone - from fresh seafood and delectable desserts to an array of vegetarian dishes. The Skyline complex has fantastic views over Queenstown and towards the Remarkables Mountain range. Whilst you dine, the panoramic view will captivate your night. 

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside (4*) (B) (Standard Double Beds)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Landscape near Queenstown
Landscape near Queenstown
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar
Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar

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: Novotel Lakeside (4*) (B) (Superior Lakeview Room)

Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location makes the property easily accessible to Rotorua's cafés, restaurants and many popular local attractions.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Rotorua
Rotorua
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Day 16: Rotorua

During this four and a half hour tour, experience the amazing geothermal activity, gushing geysers, boiling mud pools and vivid colors within the pools, lakes, craters, steaming vents and mineral terraces of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Enjoy a Waimangu Volcanic Valley nature walk amid the striking volcanic landscape which provide spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumeroles, colorful silica terraces, rare thermally-adapted plants, as well as the opportunity to see some of New Zealand's native birdlife. This shared tour departs at 8:00 am and operates with a ratio of ten guests per guide.

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: Novotel Lakeside (4*) (B) (Superior Lakeview Room)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'
Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'

Day 17: Rotorua - Auckland

Enjoy a day trip from Rotorua to Auckland through lush rolling farm landscape to the mystical Waitomo Glowworm Caves. After lunch (own expense) enjoy a guided tour through the galleries and lofty chambers of the Caves. Your tour culminates with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - lit up by thousands of tiny living lights. View the unique Waitomo glowworms, as expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves historical and geological significance.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4*) (B) (Superior Room)

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.

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Waitomo Cave
Waitomo Cave
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 Aucklander’s 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 Weshaven Marina, an excellent example of the city’s passion for sailing. After this privately guided experience, you will be transferred to your accommodation is included.

The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest sporting trophy and arguably the most prestigious, representing the ultimate yachting accomplishment. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachters, today you’ll enjoy a very unique opportunity and participate in a sailing on these grand prix racing machines. A must do attraction in Auckland, contribute as crew member on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Perhaps you’ll take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the sail; in every case, you’ll experience a once in a lifetime sailing. The trip is subject to route alterations as well as wind and weather conditions, departs from the Viaduct Basin in Downtown Auckland, and group sizes vary between eight and 30 passengers. From November to March, the tour operates daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and between April and October, daily at 1:00 pm.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4*) (B) (Superior Room)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Auckland
Auckland
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  America's Cup Sailing Experience
America's Cup Sailing Experience

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.

Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*) (B) (King/Twin Room): Sydney

Australia’s largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney boasts elegant rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities and an array of creature comforts. Located in Sydney’s central business district, this dynamic property is just a short walk from a variety of restaurants and cafes, major entertainment centers and popular shopping districts. Enjoy a great meal at The Sailmaker restaurant or an evening cocktail at Zephyr, a unique rooftop bar, which is also the perfect spot to take in spectacular views of the surrounding area. 

Pacific Cairns (4*): Cairns

The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalized service, and award winning hospitality. Located on the waterfront, this hotel introduces you to the charms and beauty of Cairns, boasting its impressive Esplanade of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and other entertainment avenues. The rooms all present a contemporary simplicity and offer grand views of the surrounding city. With the Thrill of the Grill tradition, there can be no better way to capture your Cairns experience than at the Bushfire Flame Grill. With its tropical ambience, the Pacific Hotel will welcome you to Cairns in the style you deserve. 

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

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 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 Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance
Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance

Hotel Lindrum (4*): Melbourne

Known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel, Hotel Lindrum sits at the core of Australia’s fashion and dining capital, enabling easy access to everything this world-famous city has to offer. With a concept that evokes a true sense of home-away-from-home comfort, the design of Hotel Lindrum features a domestic intimacy that is rarely seen found in hotel properties. 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.? 

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lobby
Lobby

Novotel Lakeside (4*) (B) (Standard Double Beds): 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 Lakeside (4*) (B) (Superior Lakeview Room): Rotorua

Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location makes the property easily accessible to Rotorua's cafés, restaurants and many popular local attractions.

Stamford Plaza (4*) (B) (Superior Room): 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.

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.
  • William H. — September 10, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Samantha created a great tour itinerary for us. It included all of the sights and activities that we truly wanted to see and do. We were impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of Samantha, our travel consultant. This was a trip of a lifetime and we want to thank Kensington Tours for making it happen!

  • Patrice A. — June 07, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    This was an absolutely worry-free adventure! From start to finish, it was wonderful. The hotels were all charming and well-located, activities were small groups and all very welcoming, the transfers were perfectly smooth and we had a wonderful time. Thank you to Colin Rowe for tailoring our trip to include our requested activities - it was a very special travel experience!

  • Sheri S — March 31, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    The Kensington guides were the best guides with whom we have worked with. They were authentic and truly knowledgeable of every aspect of our trip. Renee, our destination expert, did an unparalleled job of bringing it all together, even with our last minute requests. Thank you for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime!

  • Lauren J. — January 31, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Our trip was flawless! All of the operators and guides were knowledgeable and friendly!

  • Frank M — October 06, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    This is our 6th Tour with Kensington. Needless to say we love every tour that we took. Kerry Brown was a very wonderful agent who attended to every one of our requests with enthusiasm and dedication. We really "loved " her.

  • Jayshree R — October 06, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    We enjoyed our tour very much!

  • Caren M — October 23, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Kensington Tours did a great job in setting up our itinerary for a trip to Australia. We were wowed by the Alamanda Resort hotel in Palm Cove, Queensland. We were also very impressed with all but one of the drivers who transported us. The company that led the trip out to the Great Barrier Reef was outstanding.

  • Mary S — October 23, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Renee Need was very helpful, patient, and knowledgeable!

  • Leonard C — November 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Can't think of a trip where everything went so well. Every transfer, every tour, both hotels, exceeded expectations. Warm, friendly, knowledgeable people from Renee through all we met on the ground in Cairns, Port Douglas and Mossman.

  • Juliet G — November 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Colin Rowe was fabulous. He showed real concern for our comfort and was always there to answer our questions. He is very knowledgeable and a real asset to your organization. We would ask for him by name if we travel again. The meals were delightful, and the tour guides were not only well versed in the culture and surroundings, but offered delightful personal stories during the ride that enhanced our trip. Our accommodations were excellent - both the Four Points Sheraton in Perth and the Radisson Blu in Sydney were first class. Clean and very comfortable. Overall, a wonderful trip!

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.

* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.

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