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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 hiking through the misty alpine forests of Queenstown, to making footprints in the rich red earth around the base of Uluru in the scorched Australian outback, you’ll experience all the extreme contrasts of the lands down under.

Dive into metropolitan New Zealand as you tour Auckland’s historic buildings, expansive parks and beautiful waterfront where you’ll set sail on an America’s Cup racing yacht. Further on, you’ll get familiar with the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and explore Rotorua’s steamy geothermal geysers and boiling mud pools. On New Zealand’s south island, 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. Across the Tasman waters in Australia, you’ll tour sophisticated Melbourne; trek around the base of Uluru in the Australian outback; snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and explore virgin rainforest in tropical North Queensland; and live the glamorous life in harbor-side Sydney.

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

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • New Zealand - Welcome Package
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Sights (4hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 2 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Bush and Beach Wilderness Experience (5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 3 Auckland to Rotorua
    Auckland to Rotorua
    • Auckland - Rotorua [Waitomo and Hobbiton] - Coach/Guide
  • Day 4 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Tour - Shared - Geothermal Wonderland (4.5hrs) - Coach/Guide
    • Tour - Shared - Te Puia – Te Po & Hangi Concert (3hrs) - Shuttle/Dinner/Concert
  • Day 5 Rotorua to Queenstown
    Rotorua to Queenstown
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Rotorua - Queenstown [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 6 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Tour - Shared - Milford Sound Cruise with Picnic Lunch (13hrs) - Coach/Cruise
  • Day 7 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Optional activities
    • Skyline Dinner - Gondola/Dinner
  • Day 8 Queenstown to Melbourne to Sydney
    Queenstown to Melbourne to Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Queenstown - Melbourne [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport Pick Up with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver/CBD
    • Welcome Package - Documents
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Tour - Shared - Great Ocean Road with Lunch (12hrs) - Mini Coach
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Tour - Shared - Afternoon Phillip Island Tour (8-9hrs) - Mini Coach
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Melbourne to Ayers Rock
    Melbourne to Ayers Rock
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD
    • Melbourne - Ayers Rock [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Sounds of Silence Dinner (4 hrs) - Dinner
  • Day 12 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Tour - Shared - Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour (5hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Tour - Shared - Uluru Sunset Tour (5hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 13 Ayers Rock to Cairns
    Ayers Rock to Cairns
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Ayers Rock - Cairns [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 14 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Tour - Shared - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise (with Lunch) (9hrs) - Cruise
  • Day 15 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Tour - Shared - Daintree & Cape Tribulation (with Lunch) (11.5hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 16 Cairns to Sydney
    Cairns to Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cairns - Sydney [3 hrs ] - Separate Purchase
    • Transfer - Private - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Captains Club Dinner Cruise (2.5hrs) - Dinner Cruise (Window Seating)
  • Day 17 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Tour - Shared - Blue Mountains Wildlife Discovery (with Lunch) (11hrs) - Mini Van
  • Day 18 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 19 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport to City/Hotel - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Auckland

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

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

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

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4*)

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

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Day 2: Auckland

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

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Waitakere Ranges
Waitakere Ranges

Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua

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

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (5*)

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

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Rotorua
Rotorua
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua

During this 4.5 hours tour, experience the amazing geothermal activity, gushing geysers, boiling mud pools and the many colours displayed amongst the pools, lakes, craters, steaming vents and mineral terraces within the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Enjoy a Waimangu Volcanic Valley nature walk amidst a stunning volcanic landscape providing spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumeroles, colourful silica terraces, rare thermally adapted plants and the opportunity to see some of New Zealand's native birdlife. The passenger guide ratio is 1:10. The tour departs at 8.00 a.m.

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

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (5*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'
Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'

Day 5: Rotorua - Queenstown

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

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

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

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.

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Queenstown
Queenstown
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 6: Queenstown

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

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside (4*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Milford Sound Cruising
Milford Sound Cruising

Day 7: Queenstown

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

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*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sheep Station
Sheep Station
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar
Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar

Day 8: Queenstown - Melbourne - Sydney

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

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

For your added comfort, we will have an assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to coordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation and your adventure in Melbourne begins.

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. 

Welcome to Sydney

Bursting with character, Sydney is a vibrant city catering to all your desires whether you seek exhilaration, exploration or relaxation. Discover Sydney’s unique blend of dining, shopping and recreation options in one of the world’s most attractive city environments. Sydney's sparkling harbour is the jewel in the city's crown. It's flanked by golden beaches and bushland, and is home to one of the most famous bridges in the world.

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

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Melbourne
Melbourne
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum

Day 9: Melbourne

Today’s excursion along the Great Ocean Road allows you the time to fully enjoy views of one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. Walk through an authentic eucalyptus forest, listen to and see native birds, come into close contact with koalas and wallabies at the renowned Great Ocean Road Ecolodge, watch the ocean crashing on the rocks, stop for a coffee or a walk on the beach and finally be blown away by the ancient rock formations – the Twelve Apostles. This small group tour is limited to 12 participants, departs Melbourne between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. and returns at 7:00 p.m.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Twelve Apostles
Twelve Apostles

Day 10: Melbourne

This tour to Phillip Island is a day full of amazing views and experiences. The attractions have a focus on the environment and the protection of the wildlife. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre to see koalas very close in their natural habitat. You may also see wallabies and echidnas on this park. From the Nobbies – Seals Rock you can appreciate the full force of the ocean and you may also see penguins here. Visit the town of Cowes for a stroll along the main road, the pier or to have dinner (included during daylight saving time (October-March). Arrive at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre with time to shop, have a coffee or walk straight to the viewing platform to see the arrival of the little penguins. Situated next to the main path of penguins, and limited to 190 people, Penguins Plus offers fantastic up close viewing of penguins. Rangers are on hand throughout the night to answer your questions and give a talk 30 minutes prior to the estimated penguin arrival time. Please note taking photos or videos of the little penguins is not permitted. Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended. The tour departs between 1.00 and 2.30 p.m. and returns between 8.30 and 11.30 p.m. The group size is limited to 11 passengers. 

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Little Penguins
Little Penguins

Day 11: Melbourne - Ayers Rock

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

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

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.

Delicious delicacies and silent serenity best describes this evening Sound of Silence Outback Dinner experience.  Be whisked away to a secluded and specially chosen location shortly before sundown to the solitary sounds of didgeridoo’s echoing across the outback desert as you enjoy champagne and canapés.  Marvel at all the different hues of red and orange as the sun sets below the horizon and the stars begin there dance across the ever-increasingly darkened dance-floor sky, as you feast upon an array of Northern Territorial culinary delights including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and Aussie deserts.  Allow your guide and resident astronomer to provide color commentary on what is considered by many as one of the world’s best stargazing experiences.  Wind down the evening with a coffee, tea or hot mulled wine before heading back to your accommodation. 

Accommodation: Desert Gardens (4*)

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

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel

Day 12: Ayers Rock

Revel in the early morning serenity of a truly spiritual place as the sunrise colors change on Kata Tjuta. Departing the resort you will travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. From there is it a 40-kilometer journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation. On arrival at the viewing area, you walk to the best vantage point to see the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place while watching the sun’s morning glow as the desert comes alive. Make your way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named for the wind (Walpa) that whistles between the massive domes that shape Kata Tjuta, the result of eons of weathering and continual upheaval, your guide will share the significance of this men’s sacred ceremonial site. Take a stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology have evolved over millions of years. Your guide will return you to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort. Departure is between 4.45 a.m. and 6.15 a.m. depending on the time of year. The tour takes approximately 5 hours. The group size may vary between 2 and 11 passengers. Please bring some water with you.

Come and join your guide to explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia. Departing the resort the tour will travel through the landscapes to the entrance of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point it is only a matter of minutes before the spectra of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence in this country. The first step allows you a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon. With Uluru looming in front of you, your guide journey toward the base. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquility. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realization of the sheer size of this monolith. As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) as well as a number of other stories associated with other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. Then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. Your guide will then return to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort. Entrance fee to National Park is included. The tour departs at 2-3:30 p.m. depending on the time of the year (confirmed at time of booking) and returns 5 hours later. This small group tour has a limit of 11 participants per guide.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens (4*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ayers Rock at Sunset
Ayers Rock at Sunset

Day 13: Ayers Rock - Cairns

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

Flight price on request.(Separate Purchase)

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

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. 

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cairns
Cairns
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Day 14: Cairns

Ocean Freedom cruises in style and speed to the Great Barrier Reef, providing you with a first-class way to experience this natural paradise. Enjoy personalised snorkeling, certified and introductory diving and a glass bottom boat tour, with the friendly, professional crew. Enjoy being the first boat to arrive at the pristine Upolu Cay, allowing yours to be the first footsteps on its golden beaches. Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Freedom, for an unforgettable day in paradise without the crowds.

Ocean Freedom provides six hours at the Great Barrier Reef, visiting two destinations and offering scrumptious seafood smorgasbord lunch. With small guest numbers, this will ensure maximum customer service and passenger comfort. Experience the Wonder Wall, a truly magnificent dive and snorkel site on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Their enthusiastic crew is committed to providing for your every need, ensuring all guests have a memorable and safe experience on the Great Barrier Reef. The cruise is limited to 75 passengers.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Footprints in the sand...
Footprints in the sand...

Day 15: Cairns

Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round it is time to drive north along the scenic route via Mossman  to Cape Tribulation. Lush farmland contrasts with seascape as you approach the majestic Daintree River. After a short morning tea break its 'all aboard' for an informative river cruise. Relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and wildlife, this is nature at its best!  You ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on the elevated National Park Boardwalk. Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna will be given with ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this particular habitat.  
A delicious barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads is served while you have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo and enjoy a cold drink from the bar. The tour takes you beyond Cape Tribulation along the 4WD Bloomfield Track to pristine Emmagen Creek and time for a refreshing rainforest stream swim. Seek fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees and indulge in a feast of tropical fruit, a complimentary glass of wine and a cup of traditional Billy Tea, all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings. At Cape Tribulation Beach there is a little time to swim in the Coral Sea (seasonal) or stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef'. After a short afternoon refreshment stop, you cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin your homeward journey. You will be picked-up from your hotel at approximately 6.50 a.m., returns at 6.30 p.m. and has a maximum group size of 52 passengers.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Rainforest

Day 16: Cairns - Sydney

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

Board a direct flight in Cairns with service to Sydney. Approximate flight time is 3 hrs, and is a separate purchase.

A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.

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

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)

Australia’s largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney, Darling Harbour boasts elegant rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities and various simple comforts. Located in Sydney’s central business district, formerly a Four Points by Sheraton property, this dynamic property is also just a short walk away from a variety of restaurants and cafes, major entertainment centres and the popular shopping district of the city. Well-appointed guest rooms provide the space you need to work and play, with large desks and cable TV for news and entertainment. Rooms are feature beautiful floor to ceiling windows, feather pillows, and individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Enjoy a great meal at The Sailmaker restaurant. The unique, onsite rooftop bar, Zephyr is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening cocktail or beer, whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding area. The property also features a 24-hour fitness centre for those looking to keep up with their usual workout routine.

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sydney
Sydney
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney

Day 17: Sydney

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

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Australian Koala
The Australian Koala

Day 18: Sydney

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

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Harbour Cruise
Harbour Cruise

Day 19: Sydney

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

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

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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.

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.

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Regent of Rotorua (5*): Rotorua

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

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside (4*): Queenstown

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

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lobby
Lobby

Desert Gardens (4*): Ayers Rock

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

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel
New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance
Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance

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. 

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*): Sydney

Australia’s largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney, Darling Harbour boasts elegant rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities and various simple comforts. Located in Sydney’s central business district, formerly a Four Points by Sheraton property, this dynamic property is also just a short walk away from a variety of restaurants and cafes, major entertainment centres and the popular shopping district of the city. Well-appointed guest rooms provide the space you need to work and play, with large desks and cable TV for news and entertainment. Rooms are feature beautiful floor to ceiling windows, feather pillows, and individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Enjoy a great meal at The Sailmaker restaurant. The unique, onsite rooftop bar, Zephyr is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening cocktail or beer, whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding area. The property also features a 24-hour fitness centre for those looking to keep up with their usual workout routine.

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney

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.
  • 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!

  • Michael P — August 22, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Everything went like clockwork! Our family absolutely loved our trip which was made possible by the Kensington travel team.

  • Pam Gerus — May 23, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    We've never done tours before and planning for Australia seemed overwhelming until I looked at tour options. Kensington was highly rated. I really liked the basics of the tour we picked and Jessica customized it and changed things around to better fit what we were interested in and the timing we preferred. I liked the multiple, smaller tours as opposed to being with the same group for a week. The tours selected were with great companies, small groups, very informative and fun. Also, I was pretty scrambled after the long flight. Having Lyn Redfern meet us at the airport, talk us through the plans, answer our questions, get us situated at the hotel was really comforting and welcoming. The selected hotels were great. Overall a good experience and I'd definitely consider having Kensington set up future trips.

  • Adeline R — February 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Right from working with Jessica on setting our vacation plan to the execution was fantastic.

  • Ken S. — August 10, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    This was a great trip from start to finish. Everything planned was right on schedule without any problems. All the drivers and tour guides were very helpful and friendly. The accommodations were top notch. Thank you Kensington tours for a perfect vacation to Australia.

  • Philip S. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Superb trip, and as mentioned earlier, kudos to Louise Baer for her outstanding work and for patiently putting up with me and all my calls and questions.

  • Edith R. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    We had a wonderful experience with Kensington Tours from the planning stages with your very helpful agent Aseem Mahajan, to the very friendly meet and greet services at each airport. The hotels fit our needs perfectly and the tours were fun and interesting with guides that were exuberant and loved showing us Australia. Thank You for a truly grand family experience.

  • Jim M. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Excellent tour.

  • Jennifer A. — May 12, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Thank you Kensington Tours and Kevin Rowland for organizing this much needed trip for our family! I had read several positive reviews for Kensington Tours, but I didn't expect the level of service that we received. From beginning to end, the entire process was seamless. Each tour/excursion was led by a knowledgeable, personable and entertaining guide.

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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