40 Days Australia & New Zealand (Self-drive) [L14]



Great Ocean Road, Australia Milford Sound, New Zealand 40 Days/38 Nights - Australia & New Zealand Self-Drive

Australia - Sydney, Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane, Noosa, Outback Farm Stay, Rainforest Retreat

New Zealand - Auckland, Paihai Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Queenstown, Dunedin, Mount Cook, Christchurch

Travel Package Features

[L14] 40 Days Australia & New Zealand (Self-drive)
  • Accommodation - Australia: Sydney (4 Nights), Melbourne (4 Nights), Great Barrier Reef (3 Nights), Brisbane (3 Nights), Noosa (3 Nights), Outbcak Farmstay (2 Nights), Rainforest Retreat (2 Nights); New Zealand: Auckland (2 Nights), Paihai (2 Nights), Rotorua (2 Nights), Wellington (1 Night), Nelson (1 Nights), Franz Josef (1 Night), Wanaka (1 Night), Queenstown (3 Nights), Dunedin (1 Night), Mount Cook (1 Night), Christchurch (2 Nights)
  • All International & USA Domestic Flights are not included (as per your own arrangements)
  • All Australian and New Zealand Domestic Flights
  • Day Tours: Australia; Sydney Opera House, Sydney Bridge Climb, Sydney Harbour Luncheon Cruise and City Tour, Blue Mountains, Phillip Island, National Sports Museum, Great Ocean Road, Dandenong Ranges (Puffing Billy), Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Crocodile Hunter's Australia Zoo, Tangalooma, Fraser Island. New Zealand; Auckland Harbour Cruise, Te Puia, Hangi Feast & Concert, Gondola Ride, Milford Sound and the Alpine Safari.
  • Transfers: 1) Airport/Great Barrier Reef (return), 2) New Zealand North Island to South Island (by ferry). All other transfers not included. We recommend the local taxi or shuttle services, however pre-arranged private car transfers are available.
  • Meals included on The Great Barrier Reef, Australian Outback Farm and Rainforest resorts and on some day tours.
  • All activities (except motorized) at Great Barrier Reef, Australian Outback Farm and Rainforest Retreat.
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organised Group Tour)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Travel Package Detailed Itinerary

(Day 1) - International Flight to Sydney, Australia
Travel to Australia on your vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given Breakfast before landing in Sydney, Australia. (You lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don't worry you catch it up again on your return flight to the USA)

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
(Days 2 to 6) - Sydney Accommodation (4 nights)
Sydney, Australia Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.

Embrace Sydney's best location with this four star vacation accommodation ideally nestled in the heart of the city. Overlooking Wynyard Park you will enjoy this icon of time-honored tradition, warm hospitality and friendly personal service. Just a short stroll away from many famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanical Gardens and more. You will love the luxury of the close accessibility to public transportation including light rail access, train station, the bus system and nearby Circular Quay which will allow you to see much more of Sydney and surrounds. Featuring: 446 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, and gymnasium. Amenities: air conditioning, daily maid service, fridge, iron & board, radio channels, shower, coffee & tea, ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, shaving adaptor, sprinklers, smoke detectors, television, telephone, internet access (broadband), data port, wake up calls, mini bar, and 24 hour room service. With all this and more take time out to experience the wonders of Sydney while enjoying all your accommodation has to offer.

Upgrade Available (Upon Request): Stunning 5 Star Property - Fees Apply
(Day 2) - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House
On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.

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This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour - a perfect photo opportunity.

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Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available
(Day 3) - Day Tour, Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb Adventure
On your vacation climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney at dawn.

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Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately two hours you, along with 11 other eager climbers and a climb guide, weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all - the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbour city surrounds. It is at this point that you not only have a bird's eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilaration of the truly rewarding experience of reaching the top to the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you'll remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognised the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the Harbour spread before you. All climbers will be issued a Climber Cerfificate along with a complimentary Climber Cap and photograph of their climb group.

Climb time is around Dawn.
(Day 4) - Day Tour, Sydney Harbour Cruise & Tour
On your vacation take a sightseeing harbour dinner cruise in Sydney, Australia.

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Cruise the harbour as the sunsets over Sydney, Australia. The cruise includes canapés on arrival, a two-course dinner of Australia's contemporary cuisine, sparkling and still wines, and spectacular views of the city. The cruise takes about 1.5. hours.

Upgrade to Window Seat or Starlight Dinner Available (Pricing Upon Request)
(Day 6) - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Melbourne
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Melbourne.

(Days 6 to 10) - Melbourne Accommodation (4 nights)
Melbourne, Australia Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.

Your vacation accommodation is located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. The hotel features a restaurant, bar, and gaming lounge. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, ensuite bathroom, and safety deposit box. Take a break from your travel by relaxing at the in-door swimming pool or at the hotel spa. You are right in the cultural corridor linking art galleries, museums and theatres. Bourke Street Mall, recognised as Melbourne's shopping heart, as well as Swanston Street are nearby your vacation accommodation. An eclectic array of shops and chain stores with everything from music to jewellery, shoes and novelties is found between Swanston and Elizabeth Street. Melbourne is the perfect launching pad for travel day tours to such places like Phillip Island and Penguins, the Great Ocean Road, or the Yarra Wineries. Make the most of your vacation by mingling with the people of Australia.
(Day 7) - Day Tour, Phillip Island
Phillip Island, Melbourne, Australia Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia's largest fur seal colony, the little penguins and cuddly koalas. Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the little penguins at dusk, as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows.

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Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. The eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders. From there travel to Phillip Island where you see the Nobbies, and Seal Rocks before travelling on to Summerland beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins, Summerland beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night. Come and enjoy the beauty and native wildlife and make this a journey to remember. Tour conclusion depends on time of year and ranges from 10pm during the winter months to midnight during summer as the penguins arrive at sunset.

Upgrade Available to Exclusive Viewing Platform (pricing available upon request)

Operates Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday only.
(Day 8) - Free Day to Explore
Today you'll have the day free to Explore Melbourne City's vast shopping centres, markets and boutiques, maybe do some souvenir shopping.

Melbourne is a Multicultural City boasting many boutique cafes, wineries and extensive shopping. You'll also find it very easy to get around on the trains and trams, especially within the inners of Melbourne.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria
(Day 8) - Day Tour - National Sports Museum
Experience the essence of Australia through the pride of sports.

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Located within iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia's greatest showcase of sports at the world-class National Sports Museum which honours Australian Football, cricket, soccer, Olympic Games and more! Immerse yourself in this spiritual home of sports contained within a new, modern museum on two levels of the MCGs new Olympic Stand. See over 2500 of the finest sports-related artifacts from Australia's rich sporting history along with innovative interactive technology. The eight permanent exhibitions will offer insight into all levels of achievement, values, fair play and the pursuit of excellence of Australian sportsmen and women. It is recommended to spend at the least one to one and half hours touring the Museum. Re-entry is available the day of with your original entry ticket.

Cafe is available for coffee and lunch (own expense).
Operation Days: Daily Estimated Times: Open: 10:00am Close: 5:00pm Last Entry: 4:00pm Includes: Entry into the National Sports Museum with Audio Tour Walking Time - Approximately 10 minutes from Federation Square
NOTE: Times may vary on weekends for Event Days or Public Holidays
(Day 9) - Day Tour, Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges
This morning you are going to enjoy some good old fashioned fun amidst some of the most beautiful rainforest in Victoria. The journey will take you through Melbourne's eastern suburbs with views of the Dandenongs in the distance.

The Dandenong Ranges, known to the locals as the Dandenongs, are beautiful low mountain ranges just 35kms east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 630 metres and are cloaked in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys. The region is home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway, numerous art and craft stores and cafés offering delicious homemade produce.

Nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Mountains is Grant's Reserve - a haven in the wilderness. On arrival you will be charmed by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you will enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream, and tea, served in china tea cups - just a treat!

Grant's Reserve is a paradise for bird life and will be you'll be serenaded by the wonderful bird song that fills the valley. You can also handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colourful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and pink-chested Galah. It's a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get a photo.

Next you head the short distance to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for a real treat! This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. Here you'll go back in time as you get on board for a 30 minute ride through the heart of the rainforest. You'll see the locomotive depot that services and maintains the train, head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook. What a great ride!

From Gembrook you will then be on your way to the lovely little village of Sassafras. You'll be travelling through thick rainforest that is home to all sorts of wildlife, so keep an eye out for Lyre Birds and Wallabies. Once in Sassafras you can take your time to explore the delightful antique and craft shops dotted throughout the village. You might even find a little something to take home with you.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria
(Day 10) - Australian Domestic Flight, Melbourne to Gladstone
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Gladstone.

(Days 10 to 13) - 3 Nights Accommodation on Great Barrier Reef Private Island
Travel to your accommodation on a Great Barrier Reef Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

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This luxury vacation resort is set amongst a dazzling parade of aquamarine waters, shimmering white sand beaches and colour-splashed reef teeming with life. It's what you don't see around the island that makes the resort so special. You won't see any buildings above the tree line. And you won't bump into any day trippers either. The reef vacation experience is exclusively for guests, a unique experience few other resorts in the world can offer. There's a relaxed island lifestyle that sets the island apart, a sophisticated yet casual resort atmosphere. Here the emphasis is on exploring and discovering the natural attractions that have made Heron famous around the world. The vacation resort rooms are equipped with either balcony or terrace, as well as tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerators, hairdryers, and many more. In order to help guests leave the outside world behind, televisions and telephones, while available on the island, are not found in guest rooms.

Breakfast, 2 course or buffet lunch and 3 course or buffet dinner. Upgrades available (pricing upon request).
(Day 13) - Australian Domestic Flight, Gladstone to Brisbane
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Gladstone to Brisbane.

(Days 13 to 16) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Brisbane
Travel to your accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your 3 Star vacation accommodation is conveniently located in Brisbane's city centre. It is within walking distance to the Queen Street Mall shopping precinct, Treasury Casino, South Bank Parklands, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Recently, the hotel went through a major refurbishment. Its rooms are equipped with free coffee/tea making facility, fridge, air conditioning, and hair dryer.
(Day 13) - Day Tour, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia This guided tour showcases the sights of Brisbane including the historic Tower Mill Observatory. Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world's first and largest koala sanctuary to cuddle a koala.

Experience Brisbane's past by touring historic buildings including the oldest Mill and Observatory. Travel through the sub tropic suburbs and observe the classic architecture of these traditional "tin and timber" homes which sit on stilts before you head through to trendy Paddington and past Lang Park Stadium. Also have a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (established in 1927) which is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. It is one of the best places to visit Australian native animals in a natural Aussie bush country setting. Here you can hug one of 130 cute koalas anytime of the day (cuddling Koala's is only legal in the state of Queensland) and get a photo (own expense). You can also hand feed friendly kangaroos & emus, see Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, reptiles and more. The sanctuary is 20 hectares (50 acres) and is available for you to explore at your leisure. Finish the afternoon with "top of the world" views of the city, bay and islands from Mt Coot-tha.

Includes: Lone Pine Sanctuary, Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Operation Days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Approximate Times: Departure: 12:45pm Return: 5:00pm
Important Note: Does not operate on Christmas Day
(Day 14) - Day Tour - Australia Zoo
Australia Zoo, Brisbane, Australia Travel along the Glasshouse Mountains scenic route 2 hours North of Brisbane to the Wildlife Park of the famous Crocodile Hunter (Steve Irwin) at the Australia Zoo.

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You will be taken directly to and from the Wildlife Park and have nearly 6 hours to experience the best of the zoo. Take in the many daily shows and demonstrations where you can see exciting snakes, birds and crocodiles in action! The "Call of the Wild" experience leads you to Steve's home and over 550 animals that you would only expect to see in the wilds of Australia. Experience a truly remarkable day as you watch a demonstration featuring wild crocodiles.

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Meet Amelia, the Wedged-Tailed Eagle and other birds of prey. Watch the small clawed otters frolic and Harriet, the world's oldest giant Galapagos land tortoise, as they feed. Encounter cuddly Koalas close up and join in the feeding of the kangaroos and wallabies. This is a day to experience the pleasures of the wild and watch very experienced professional handlers get close to extremely dangerous creatures. Don't miss the opportunity to take a photo with a snake at the Croc Hunter Museum or see the wild caught croc demo. Keep your eyes out for handlers walking through the park with the animals so you can get "up close and personal". With many more shows including foxes, camels, otters, koalas and birds you're sure to have a wild time!

Operation Days: Daily (Except Christmas Day); Estimated Times: Departure: 8:45am; Return: 5:30pm

Includes: Entry to Australia Zoo

Upgrades Available: Hire a Caddie Tour, Safari Guided Tour & Private Guided Tour or Behind the Scenes Wildlife Hospital Tour
(Day 15) - Day Tour, Tangalooma
Tangalooma, Brisbane, Australia For a breath of fresh sea air, why not take us up on of a cruise across glistening Moreton Bay to spend a few hours soaking up the ambience of Tangalooma Resort on spectacular Moreton Island. Moreton is one of the rare sand islands found in the world and offers a delightful biodiversity of plants, animals and marine life..

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Why not escape for a day and take the 75-minute cruise across glistening Moreton Bay to spend a few hours soaking up the tropical lifestyle at Tangalooma Island Resort. Spend the day on the world's third largest sand island, with lunch included*, where there are 80 activities on offer and more than 40 of those are free. Try archery, boules, tennis or swim in resort pools or the beautiful waters of Moreton Bay full of marine life. Optional tours include snorkelling the shipwrecks, segway tours, ATV quad bike hire and many more and can be arranged at guest services

Includes: Cruise across Moreton Bay to Tangalooma Resort, Use of Resort Facilities,$20 per adult/$15 per child lunch voucher provided. Valid at any open resort food outlet.

Operation: Daily
Estimated Times: Departure: 8:45am Return: 5:45pm
Important Note: Does not operate on Ch
(Days 16 to 19) - Noosa Accommodations (3 nights)
Noosa, Australia Travel to your accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your 4 Star accommodation resort is located in the French Quarter and is the perfect place to enjoy the best of Noosa. The rustic charm of your private and exclusive resort is less than thirty metres from Main Beach, right on the lively Hastings Street and just a stroll from Noosa National Park. Your air conditioned accommodation boasts a heated lagoon-style pool, restaurant and bar so you can relax and enjoy your stay in Noosa. Stroll on the boardwalk from Main Beach that runs the entire length and winds through Little Cove and into the park. Perhaps relax at the resort and enjoy the meandering pathways framed by beautiful gardens and shaded by palm trees or enjoy the sophisticated café society of Hastings Street.
(Day 17) - Free Day To Explore
Free time to rest, relax or explore.

(Day 18) - Day Tour, Gold Coast & Hinterland
Experience the amazing contrasts of the Gold Coast. See some of the Gold Coast's best features before heading into the cool rainforests of Springbrook National Park and the appeal of the endless natural beauty of the Hinterland.

See for yourself the amazing diversity of the Gold Coast in one day from the city sights to the hinterland. Discover the coastal highlights along the beautiful Southport Broadwater and cruise past luxury homes before journeying into the cool rainforests of Springbrook National Park for waterfalls, caves, crystal clear streams and towering vine clad trees. Bring your camera; wear walking shoes and a light jacket.

Includes: Canal Cruise, Morning Tea, Guided Rainforest Tour, Regional Commentary

Operation Day: Mon, Fri
Lunch stop: Australia Fair Shopping Centre (own expense)
Estimated Times: Departure: 8:45am - 6:00pm
(Days 19 to 21) - Australian Outback Farm Adventure (2 Nights)
Travel to your accommodation at an Australia Outback Farmstay, where you will be staying whilst on vacation
for 2 nights.

Your vacation Outback Farmstay is situated on a 10,000 acre working cattle station in Queensland, Australia. The boutique hotel accommodation is centered around the historic homestead and each room offers panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque mountains and valleys from large verandahs. Experience an escape on our 4WD and horseriding tours, bushwalks, orienteering and abseiling, to massage and beauty treatments and fine dining. You can camp out and gaze at the stars with an overnight stay in one of our cabins. Experience a muster at the Australia Outback Farmstay with an experienced guide, the properties stockman and trained cattle dogs. You will treasure your vacation memories and want to tell a 'yarn' or two about it. Accommodation: Valley Room (maximum of three people per room) with buffet breakfasts, or upgrade to the Junior Heritage Suite for Spa bath and private veranda.
(Days 21 to 23) - 2 Nights Accommodation at Rainforest Retreat
Rainforest, Australia Travel to your accommodation at the Rainforest Retreat, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your vacation Rainforest Retreat is located in one of Australia's most enchanted rainforests. You will enjoy the spectacular mountain view on your drive to this eighty year old hideaway. The Rainforest Retreat offers a range of guestrooms to cater to all tastes, from the grandeur of the luxurious Canopy Suites through the most popular Mountain View Rooms to the simple yet comfortable Garden View (subject to availability). Most rooms also take advantage of the magnificent mountain views. Enjoy the birds and wildlife in their natural habitat. Or relax from your travel and ponder the beauty of life as you sit on a rock amongst the ferns and greenery and admire waterfalls, creeks and other pleasures of nature.
(Day 23) - Inernational Flight, Brisbane Australia to Auckland New Zealand
From Australia to New Zealand Today fly from Brisbane to Auckland, Known as `The City of Sails` in New Zealand.

Arrive at Auckland Airport.
(Days 23 to 25) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Auckland
Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Auckland is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world– renowned as that 'City Of Sails.' Dramatic landscapes and seascapes provide a diverse playground in which a compelling range of attractions are available. Visitors come to enjoy an array of exciting entertainment, leisure, culture and dining possibilities in New Zealand's largest city.
(Day 24) - Day Tour, Auckland Harbour Cruise
Visit a true thing of beauty and cruise the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour!

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Head out on this one and a half hour tour to see the Devonport Naval Base, travel past the township and North Head, then cruise towards the iconic Rangitoto Island as you pass the historic Bean Rock lighthouse. You'll pass under the Harbour Bridge twice and then off to Westhaven Marina to catch a glance at the viaduct harbour bustling with super yachts! This cruise also gives you a chance to "hop-on, hop-off" and discover nearby islands at your leisure.

Daily at 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tours do not operate on Christmas day.
(Days 25 to 27) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Bay of Islands (Pahia)
Travel to your accommodation in Paihia, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.


This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. With 180 guest rooms including four suites, the hotel provides individual patio or balcony from which to enjoy the bay, estuary or garden views while the rooms offer a serene escape with designs inspired by nature. Onsite facilities include tennis court, spectacular free form lagoon style swimming pool, mountain bike hire and courtesy shuttle to downtown Paihia.

The Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is the perfect base when you want to play scenic golf courses, participate in some of the best big game fishing in the world, experience the wonder of the local native bush walks or to simply relax in a picturesque location. Take it easy afterwards in the massage studio, and end your day with a long cool drink in the bar.
(Days 27 to 29) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Rotorua
Rotorua, New Zealand Travel to your accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Located on the shores of Lake Rotorua your accommodation is only a short walk to the city centre, convention centre, cafes and restaurants. Here in the heartland of New Zealand's Maori culture you'll experience an enveloping warmth, proud spirit, deep sense of history and a quick humour. Picturesque cobbled and lantern lined streetways and striking Tudor architecture celebrates New Zealand's significant colonial history. Travel the region by mountain bike or participate in local bush walks.

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Lake View Room
(Day 27) - Day Tour, Te Puia
At this maori tourist attraction step into an ancient valley where geysers, mud pools and boiling waters still play after 40,000 years.

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As direct descendents, your Maori guides will offer insight into their heritage, pride and values, that no other tour in New Zealand can match. Your guide will re-tell stories that have been handed down for generations while you experience a visual gallery of the myths and legends of the region. Make your way to the carving school where you are able to see and speak with the Maori students at work.

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As the Kiwi bird has been at home in New Zealand for over 70 million years it is a fortunate experience to visit the specially designed Kiwi House, which takes part in the successful national breeding program, whilst listening to other song birds of the valley. Next you will be transported back to pre-European times as you walk through the recreation of a typical Maori village amoung a forest setting including the weaving house, sleeping and food storage houses, weapons and implements necessary to pre-European life. Lastly, enjoy a raw and powerful journey into a thermal wonderland some 40,000 years old as mud pools, hissing steam and geysers pay tribute to Mother Nature.
Evening Event: Te Po, Indigenous Evening Experience
Te Po is an authentic, one-of-a-kind evening event. It is a feast of storytelling, entertainment and Maori cuisine like no other you'll ever experience.



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Your evening begins with a visit to the hangi pit to watch the baskets being lifted from their distinctive underground oven in preparation for the evening’s traditional feast. Hangi preparation begins in the early afternoon to ensure your meal is cooked to perfection.

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A true highlight of any Te Puia outing are the stunning cultural performances featuring traditional storytelling and entertainment. You'll have the opportunity to join in the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka for a more intimate Maori cultural experience.

After a traditional blessing, you will be treated to an entrée of New Zealand mussels, corn on the cob, traditional rewana bread and dips, and a local drink made from kawakawa extract and manuka honey.

The main meal is an event in itself, with the hangi-cooked foods accompanied by flavoured meats, chicken, lamb, vegetables and salads. A range of drinks is available to complement your meal including wine, beer, juices, tea and coffee. We recommend leaving room for dessert, as you will definitely find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.

After dinner you will be invited to board the motorised waka (transporter) for a journey into the valley at night. Enjoy the ride and marvel at the sights before disembarking at Pohutu Geyser for the final stage of a magical evening.

End your unforgettable evening by sitting upon the warmth of the naturally hot rocks armed with a delicious hot chocolate. Listen to your guide tell stories while Pohutu Geyser sits before you, illuminated in its full glory beneath starry skies.
(Days 29 to 30) - 1 Nights Accommodation in Wellington
Travel to your accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.


Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located conveniently in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand. It is a short walk from Westpac Stadium, Te Papa Museum and the waterfront. Your vacation hotel has a direct elevator to Lambton Quay via a shopping arcade. Travel to New Zealand's top wine regions, Wairarapa and Marlborough, which are only a short drive away. Or participate in adventure activities such as mountain biking, sailing, bushwalking and much more.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
(Day 30) - Ferry from North Island to South Island
The 92 km journey across Cook Strait between Wellington (North Island) and Picton (South Island) takes only 3 hours and has been described as "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world".



The vessel offers a stunning view of the South Island's Kaikoura ranges and the opportunity to spot dolphins and sea birds.

In addition to the beautiful views the vessel offers Comfortable Passenger Lounges, Food Court, Bar, Coffee Counter, Children's Area, Nursery, Outdoor Observation Decks, Workstations, Movie Theatre and Souvenirs Shop.

Upgrade available to Premium Plus Lounge, with complimentary Wi-Fi, Food and Beverages, available.
(Days 30 to 31) - 1 Nights Accommodation in Nelson
Travel to your accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Located just minutes away from the heart of Nelson, with views stretching across the Waimea Inlet to the mountains of Kahurangi National Park, this accommodation is the perfect retreat.

What's more, once you arrive you won't need to go far, as the resort provides all the comforts and conveniences you could hope for.

There's plenty on offer, including award winning restaurant, health and beauty spa, pool, gym, purpose built conference facilities and even a craftsman jeweller and a hairdressing salon onsite.

This hotel can accommodate up to 280 guests, with 20 hotel rooms, 42 one-bedroom cottages and 38 two-bedroom cottages.

Photo Credit: Nelson Tasman Tourism
(Days 31 to 32) - 1 Nights Accommodation at Franz Josef
Franz Josef, New Zealand Travel to just outside the main Franz Josef Glacier village, your Accommodation is the ideal base for you to enjoy your vacation and everything the Glacier region and the glorious New Zealand West Coast has to offer.

Franz Josef Glacier, a perfect paradox. This remote village is set on the six hundred kilometre coastline in the tranquility of Westland National Park and yet offers rest and recreation at city levels amongst some of the wildest scenery in New Zealand. A wonderful relaxing bush environment with one of only two glaciers in the world that descend from crisp, clear snowfalls into lush, temporate rainforest.

New Zealand's West Coast in the South Island rises from sea level through luxurious rain forest to a breath-taking high country that draws visitors from all over the world on an all-round pilgrimage for the uncluttered and unspoilt beauty that it offers.

Heli-hike on the glacier; take a guided walk; jet boat; go hunting and fishing or take sedate walks. We can make arrangements for all your vacation needs.

Photo Credit: Gareth Eyres; Tourism New Zealand
(Days 32 to 33) - 1 Nights Accommodation in Wanaka
Lake Wanaka, New Zealand Travel to your accommodation on Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Lake Wanaka lies at the heart of the Southern Lakes in the southwest region of the South Island. Wanaka's township is situated in a dramatic glacier-carved basin on the shores of the lake and is the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park World Heritage Area. This is a specialist region for alpine recreation and adventure. Maybe try canyoning, climbing, river surfing, sky-diving, or skiing. Less energic activities include: scenic flights, fishing, sipping wine at the local vineyard on the lake-shore, swimming, cafe-cruising or day dreaming. Other things to see or do include: Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World - a unique attraction with a fascinating theme of anything puzzling and puzzling eccentricity. There's also the Warbirds Museum - Airworthy WWII Fighters & Flight Simulators. If shopping is your game then visit the Perendale Wool Shop for fine knitwear, or linger and watch a woodturner at work at the Woody McMartin Wood Gallery.
(Days 33 to 36) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Queenstown
Spend 3 nights in beautiful Queenstown surrounded by rugged mountains, majestic lakes, crystal clear air, and just so much to do.

From the sweeping entrance with its enormous stone fireplace, to the contemporary artworks on every floor, Your accommodation epitomises style and glamour in a wonderfully understated way. Nestled on a hillside overlooking Lake and Mountains, the alpine lodge-style design truly embraces its alpine setting and is superbly located in central Queenstown only minute's walk from the resort's renowned dining and shopping precinct.

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Lake View Room
(Day 34) - Gondola Ride
One of the first sights to captivate visitors to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex high above town.


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Located an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown and exclusively accessed by scenic gondola, Skyline Gondola, Restaurant & Luge is a must-see attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand. The best views in the region are found here spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. It's truly magnificent and awe-inspiring!

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Of course there's more to do than just admire the view! Enjoy a dinner or relax in the bar in the Skyline Restaurant. Casual dining is also available during the day in the Cafe. Thrillseekers can hurtle down the winding downhill Skyline Luge - it`s the fastest fun on wheels! or maybe take in the challenge of AJ Hackett`s Ledge Bungy or Swing, or take off on a tandem parapente flight. Various walking tracks can also be accessed from Skyline, from an easy 30 minute walk to a full day hike.
(Day 35) - Day Tour, Milford Sound
Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. You'll experience the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory - surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls.

Today you will visit Milford Sound and experience a world of cascading waterfalls, sheer rock faces and dense rainforest. Your sightseeing tour to Milford Sound is made even more enjoyable by our glass-roofed coaches, which provide spectacular panoramic views as you travel along the Milford Road - one of the world's most scenic roads - and through the Homer Tunnel, before arriving for your Milford Sound cruise. Enjoy striking views of iconic Mitre Peak from the head of the Sound - it rises 1,692 metres from the south shore and is named for its resemblance to a bishop's mitre (headdress).

Upon leaving Queenstown, you will travel in comfort through rugged mountain terrain past Te Anau, a quiet town on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. Your glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the skyline. Your journey continues through the Southern Alps and along the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand.

Take advantage of the photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain. Travel through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid rock, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.

At Milford Sound, board your 1 3/4 hour Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Lush native forest clings to steep cliffs, while seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters. At the pinnacle of the sound, Mitre Peak rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level. Along the way your captain will provide lively and informative commentary.

After your cruise, you will return to Queenstown by coach. Alternatively, book a scenic flight option (optional extra) and wing your way back high over the mountains, lakes and rivers of the South Island.
(Days 36 to 37) - 1 Nights Accommodation in Dunedin
Dunedin, New Zealand Travel to your accommodation in Dunedin, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Escape to a different world. Your vacation accommodation is located twenty minutes from Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city, in a quiet and rural setting. The lodge is a new re-creation of a colonial farm building set in 35 acres of award winning gardens and grounds on Dunedin's premier landmark, Larnach Castle. Relax from your travel in one of the boutique rooms, each with unique theme and all with ensuite bathrooms. Travel to and experience the Royal Albatross Colony, The Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Glenfalloch Gardens.
(Days 37 to 38) - 1 Nights Accommodation at Mount Cook
Mount Cook, New Zealand Travel to your accommodation in Mount Cook, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Mt Cook National Park is a World Heritage-listed area and is home to Australasia's highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook Mackenzie - New Zealand's treasure highland. Clear starry nights, brilliant sunny days, remarkable turquoise blue lakes, valleys of emerald green, snow-capped mountains and glaciers all contribute to a truly breathtaking experience. The Mackenzie Country landscape is spotted with glacial lakes and the bold man-made canal system which delivers hydro-generated energy to the cities and towns of New Zealand. Scenic flights from Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook afford breathtaking views over the Southern Alps and countryside, with ski-plane landings on the Tasman Glacier providing an unforgettable experience. All ski options are available, including heli-skiing and ski touring, and guides are available for climbing, tramping, snowboarding and glaciers exploration. Other activities include: golf, cycling, horse riding, hunting, fishing, boating, kayaking, mountaineering, heli-biking, bird watching, farm visits, garden tours, star gazing and more. Or maybe you'd just prefer a quiet place to sit and enjoy the view.

Photo Credit: Tourism NZ
(Days 38 to 40) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Christchurch
Travel to your accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation in Christchurch, located on New Zealand's South Island, offers a stylish boutique hotel, just metres from Cathedral Square, major business houses, convention facilities and prime attractions. The city, also known as the "Garden City" offers many opportunities to either rest from your travel or explore the city. Consider traveling to Arthur's Pass National Park, which has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. Experience a breathtaking journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train winding its way through New Zealand's magnificent Waimakariri Gorge.
(Day 39) - Day Tour, Alpine Safari Adventure
On your vacation travel by deluxe coach across the Canterbury Plains to the Waimakariri Gorge on New Zealand's South Island.

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Participate in a vacation adventure that won't be forgotten soon. Spray jackets, hats and lifejackets are issued to each passenger before boarding the jet-boat for a ride up one of New Zealand's major snow-fed rivers. Weave in and out of rock faces, white water rapids and high walled rock canyons. From the headwaters of the Waimakariri Gorge you will then travel by four wheel drive through a backcountry tour enroute to Te Kowhi Country Café (lunch). After lunch travel to Arthur's Pass. Your return journey is on the famous TranzAlpine train which is rated one of the top six train journeys in the world. Travel through numerous tunnels, viaducts, river canyons and the rainforest of the Arthur's Pass National Park.

**Does not operate in the winter months June, July and August**
(Day 40) - International Flight, Christchurch to Sydney
From New Zealand to Australia After departing from Christchurch, this short International Flight takes you overseas to Sydney, Australia.

(Day 40 cont) - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles
From Australia to USA Depart Sydney from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.

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