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

Dive into Australia and live the glamorous life in harbor-side Sydney, a world-class metropolis, rich in culture and an excellent home base from where to explore the scenic Blue Mountains region. From there, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and explore virgin rainforest in tropical North Queensland; trek around the base of Uluru in the Australian outback; tour sophisticated Melbourne, and experience up close wildlife encounters with koalas and penguins on Phillip Island. Across the Tasman Sea, New Zealand awaits. Take in the majestic snow-capped mountain landscapes of Queenstown, and cruise the reflective waters of Milford Sound where lush rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls.. Further on, you’ll get familiar with the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and explore Rotorua’s steamy geothermal geysers and boiling mud pools. Conclude in metropolitan Auckland, with its historic buildings, expansive parks and beautiful waterfront where you’ll set sail on an America’s Cup racing yacht. ... Show More »

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

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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
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience (with Lunch, 10 hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Sydney at Leisure
  • 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) (9hrs) - 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
    • Sounds of Silence Dinner (4 hrs) - Dinner
  • Day 8 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Shared Tour - Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour (5 hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Shared Tour - Uluru Sunset Tour (5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • 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
    • Shared Tour - Great Ocean Road (with Lunch, 12 hrs) - Mini Coach
    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
  • Day 13 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Shared Tour - Milford Sound Cruise (with Picnic Lunch, 13 hrs) - Coach/Cruise
  • Day 14 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Optional activities
    • Skyline Dinner - Gondola/Dinner
  • 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
    • Shared Tour - Geothermal Wonderland (4.5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    • Shared Tour - Te Puia – Te Po & Hangi Concert (3 hrs) - Shuttle/Dinner/Concert
  • Day 17 Rotorua to Auckland
    Rotorua to Auckland
    • Shared Transfer - Rotorua - Auckland [Via Waitomo Cave] - Coach
  • Day 18 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Sights (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Shared Tour - America's Cup Sailing Experience (2 hrs) - Boat
  • 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. 

In the package, you will receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. 

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)

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 -  Sydney
Sydney
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney

Day 2: Sydney

Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and striking views, and today’s small group adventure will take you off the beaten track to visit several remote lookouts while detailing the history, flora and fauna of this impressive region. Departing from the city, travel to the Blue Mountains and make your first stop of the day at Euroka Clearing. Here, a range of birdlife as well as wild kangaroos are often spotted, so be sure to keep on the lookout as you explore the area and while your guide prepares a refreshing morning tea or coffee. From Euroka Clearing, ascend further into the Blue Mountains park system, stopping to take in the views from one of the fantastic outlooks over the Jamison Valley, then carry onward to Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote point removed from the crowds to appreciate the famous Three Sisters. Snap a few keepsake photos while your guide discusses the legends behind this famous rock formation, and then head toward the village of Blackheath to enjoy an included two-course lunch at Hydro Majestic (drinks not included). Following lunch, visit Govetts Leap, one of the most famous lookouts in Australia; here, a magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 590 feet from the base of a cliff down to the valley below. Next you’ll travel to the western boundary of the park and descend down into Hartley Vale to learn the history of this picturesque farmland valley that is also home to kangaroos, emus and a number of endemic bird species. Rounding out the day, visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens for a brief inspection of the flora which includes the ancient Wollemi Pine before being returned to your accommodations in Sydney.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)
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*)
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 natural paradise. Enjoy personalised snorkeling, certified and introductory diving lessons, and a glass bottom boat tour alongside a friendly and professional crew. Enjoy the pristine Upolu Cay, a coral formation surrounded by dazzling crystal waters. A moving, changing system, the shape and size of the cay alters as the currents, wind and waves carve its form. A naturally occurring pontoon, the size, visibility and access to the cay is subject to a host of conditions; on certain days, fortunate guests will not only be able to spot the cay, but actually step foot on this incredible formation (please note, this cannot be guaranteed). Marvel at this natural wonder as part of a six hour cruise through the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying a scrumptious seafood lunch in tow. Experience the Wonder Wall, a magnificent dive and snorkel site on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. With an enthusiastic is committed to providing for your every need, a memorable and safe experience on the Great Barrier Reef is yours to discover. Please note: The cruise is limited to 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.

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*)

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
Ayers Rock
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel

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.

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*)
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 -  Ayers Rock at Sunset
Ayers Rock at Sunset

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

Today’s excursion along the Great Ocean Road grants you the time to fully enjoy views of one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. Along the way you’ll walk through an authentic eucalyptus forest, listen to and see native birds, and come into close contact with koalas and wallabies at the renowned Great Ocean Road Ecolodge. On the road, watch the ocean crashing on the rocks, then stop for a coffee or a walk on the beach and, crowning the day, arrive at the world-renowned ancient rock formation known as the Twelve Apostles. This small group tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants, departing Melbourne between 7:00 and 8:00 am and returning at 7:00 pm.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4*)
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Twelve Apostles
Twelve Apostles

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. During the daylight savings months, travel to the town of Cowes for a dinner. 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. The group size is limited to 11 passengers. 

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*)

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*)
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*)
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: Regent of Rotorua (5*)

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

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Rotorua
Rotorua
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua

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: Regent of Rotorua (5*)
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*)

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 -  Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Day 18: Auckland

See first-hand why Auckland is known as the City of Sails as you enjoy a trip over Harbour Bridge. Visit the Famous Auckland landmark of Mount Eden, a dormant volcano whose summit offers excellent panoramic views of the city and harbors. From its fantastic vantage point you will see evidence of Auckland's volcanic history, the most significant being the youngest volcano of Rangitoto Island at the entrance to the Waitemata harbor. This tour also takes in the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park, which is situated on a 62,000 year old volcano. In addition to these natural features you will be taken to the trendy shopping area of Parnell Village with its historical buildings that have been transformed into boutiques, antique and craft specialty shops. Concluding your city tour, travel along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive before being returned to your hotel or the downtown core.

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*)
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*): 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. 

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney

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.? 

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Hotel Lindrum
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Lobby

Novotel Lakeside (4*): Queenstown

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

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

Regent of Rotorua (5*): Rotorua

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

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua

Stamford Plaza (4*): Auckland

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

Australia & New Zealand Grand Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza 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.
  • 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!

  • Arthur P — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    It was all we hoped for and more, fantastic experience.

  • Kathleen H — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Our Kensington destination expert, Kate Perrier, did an extraordinary job of putting together a custom itinerary for my family. My family and I travelled nearly 11,000 miles to get to Australia and got to see everything we were most interested in thanks to Kate's expert planning!

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.

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