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 Theater 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.

Daily, Hourly 9am to 5pm
Does not operate Good Friday, Christmas, New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day 2024

One hour guided experience.

<b>Need to Know</b>
This tour has 300+ stairs - Low Impact. It is strongly encouraged that you leave bags at your hotel and avoid bringing any large items to the Opera House (anything larger than an 8x10" sheet of paper). No luggage or large bags accepted. Videoing is not allowed. There are plenty of photo opportunities — your tour guide will advise you if photos are not to be taken at any point.

-Add a lunch, dinner or performance to your tour.
-Upgrade your experience with a private, backstage, or architectural tour.
(Day 3) - Day Tour, Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb Adventure
Experience the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Sydney, while scaling the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Feel on top of the world as you journey along the upper arch to the peak of an Australian icon, soaking in the stories from your expert climb leader and the sights of the harbor and the city skyline that surround you. With the summit in your sight, you will journey along the bridge’s upper arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top.

After a celebration with your group, you will cross to the west-side to make your descent to the base, all while taking in the beautiful Sydney scenery around you.

First Saturday of the month; and twice during the Australian summer months
Departs at 4:30am and 5:00am
Tour is 3 hours (approx.)
Does not operate December 30th - 31st
Additional fees apply if booking during December 25th - 29th, 2023; or January 1st - 3rd 2024

- Expert commentary
- Commemorative hat
- Certificate of achievement

<b>Need to Know</b>
Under 8 not recommended and no more than 3 children per adult (all must be at least 4 ft tall). Please fill out declaration form for health and safety and expecting parent and over the age of 75 needs certificate of fitness from doctor. Due to the climbing equipment and for safety, personal belongings such as cell phones, cameras, and jewelry will be stored in lockers during the climb. Tour operates in most weather conditions, but may be changed or cancelled. Please wear comfortable active-wear appropriate for the weather, and sturdy, closed-toe, non-slip shoes.

Sunrise, Night, and Day tours available, Inner bridge tours, Private tours available
(Day 4) - Day Tour, Sydney Harbour Cruise & Tour
Cruise the harbor as the sun falls behind the Sydney horizon and indulge in canapés, a three-course dinner of Australia's contemporary cuisine, sparkling and still wines, and spectacular views of the city.

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After making your own way to Circular Quay or King Street Wharf, step on board your spacious, fully equipped cruise boat and set off on the waters of Sydney Harbor. The welcoming staff show you to your table and soon dinner is served. Take in the sunset views of Sydney as you dine on a 3-course meal including a selection of fresh seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes; drinks are available for purchase from the bar. Your state-of-the-art vessel features several dining areas, large picture windows, an atrium, and a 360-degree viewing deck. Keep your camera handy for photo opportunities of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge along the backdrop of the skyline. Travel up to Shark Island and Fort Denison, and view secluded bays, marinas, and impressive waterfront homes. Return to Circular Quay or King Street Wharf to end your cruise, with easy access to nearby destinations in central Sydney.

Wednesday - Sunday
Departs Darling Harbor at 5:00pm
Departs Circular Quay at 5:30pm
Does not operate on Christmas Day, December 26 - 27, New Year's Day, January 26, April 25, June 12, October 2
This cruise is 2 hours (approx.)

- 3-course contemporary Australian a la carte dining
- Reserved window seating
- Live music on Saturday and Sunday
- Harbor cruise

<b>Need to Know:</b>
- All meals are prepared fresh onboard, and most meals contain vegetarian and gluten free options, but can’t be guaranteed. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form.
- Children receive the child menu, but may get the adult menu for the adult price
- Cruise can be boarded at either Darling Harbor or Circular Quay
- Dress code is smart casual
- Boats are wheelchair accessible
- New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day and Vivid Sydney (May 26, 2023 - June 17, 2023) may incur additional charge

- Starlight Dinner
- Gold Dinner
- Gold Penfolds Dinner
(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 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 10:00pm 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 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (May-Oct) and Saturday (Nov-Apr). Does not operate Christmas Day.
Photo Credit: Visit Victoria
(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
See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!

Travel to the Dandenong Ranges, where you'll enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea in the mountains, followed by an unforgettable ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train. Then you;ll visit the delightful village of Sassafras for boutique shopping.

The Dandenong Ranges, known to the locals as the Dandenongs, are beautiful low mountain ranges just 21 miles east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 2,066 feet 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 cafes 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 colorful 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.


Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday except December 25.

<b>Need to Know</b>

- Tour departs from Federation Square, Melbourne, corner of Flinders & Russell Streets.
- Return transfers from your accommodation are available - advise prior to booking.
- Wear enclosed walking shoes.
- Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and water bottle are recommended.
- Wear warm layers in cooler months.


Departs at 8:10am and returns at 1pm, lasting approximately 4.5 hours.


- Puffing Billy Steam Train ride.
- Devonshire Tea.
- Experienced driver guide.
- Comprehensive commentary.
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach.


- Add a visit to the Healesville Sanctuary to meet native Australian wildlife at the end of your Puffing Billy journey - additional cost.
- Add a wine tour with tastings at three boutique wineries in the Yarra Valley at the end of your Puffing Billy journey - additional cost.
(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
This guided tour showcases the sights of Brisbane, Mt Coot-tha Lookout and the famous Brewery.

Your tour takes you directly to Mt Coot-tha Lookout, which was built back in 1918 and is the television broadcasting hub of Queensland. This is a must-do Brisbane experience. You will journey to the peak at 287 meters (942ft) above sea level offering you panoramic views of Brisbane out to Moreton Bay and lush bushland around the city. You will pass the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Planetarium, and have time to visit the sky-high cafeteria for afternoon tea or an ice cream.

Next you will visit the famous XXXX Brewery for a tour and tastings. You'll never think of beer in the same way when you've learned its colorful past, the challenges for brewers, and the behind-the-scenes production. There's an alehouse and bar menu too!

On Request
Departs 12:45pm, Returns 5:00pm (approx.)
Does not operate on the Queen's Birthday, Labour Day, Easter, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Anzac Day

- Return transfers from hotel
- Tour and Tastings at XXXX Brewery
- Mt Coot-tha Scenic Lookout visit

<b>Need to Know</b>
Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Please bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, and an umbrella if it is raining.

Brisbane City, Cruise, & Brewery Experience
(Day 14) - Day Tour - Australia Zoo
Travel along the Glasshouse Mountains scenic route to the famous Australia Zoo.

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Take a scenic trip to the Sunshine Coast and visit world-famous Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.

Australia Zoo is a must-see holiday highlight for Australians and international visitors.

With more than 1200 animals from around the globe, daily wildlife shows, and the busiest wildlife hospital in the world where you can see vets saving native Australian animals.

This is a zoo visit you will never forget!

Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Departs 8:00am, Returns 5:30pm (approx.)
Does not operate on the Queen's Birthday, Labour Day, Easter, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Anzac Day

- Return transfers from hotel
- Entry to Australia Zoo
- Glasshouse Mountains scenic drive
- Approximately six hours to explore Australia Zoo

<b>Need to Know</b>
Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Please bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, and an umbrella if it is raining.
(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
See for yourself the amazing diversity of the Gold Coast in one day from the world famous coastline and city sights to a Crab cruise and seafood lunch.

Guests have the option to visit the Q1 Observation Tower for 360 degree views and take a scenic helicopter ride. Discover the city’s highlights as far south as Burleigh Heads where the national park meets the surf beach and put your toes in the sand of the Broadwater trying to catch a soldier crab or pump for yabbies. A taste of Gold Coast living!

<b>Highlights</b> Crab Lunch Cruise - Crab demonstration, yabby pumping, fishing & crab tasting with a seafood lunch. Visit Burleigh Heads - Burleigh Heads is famous for pumping surf breaks, fragrant pine trees, top-notch dining and one-of-a-kind fashion boutiques. Gold Coast City Sights Tour

<b>Operates</b> Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays (8:45am - 6:00pm); Tour does not operate Good Friday, Easter, Anzac Day, Queen's Birthday, Labour Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Limited tours on Australia Day 26 January.

<b>Includes</b> Return coach transfers (selected hotels); City sights coach tour; 2 hours Crab Catching Cruise in Gold Coast Broadwater; Seafood lunch; Crab tasting

<b>Upgrades</b> Helicopter Ride over the Gold Coast; Q1 Skypoint Entry - Australia's only Beach-side observation deck

Image Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
(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
Be guided through the greenstone, wood carving and flax weaving schools at the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, Rotowhio Pa, Kiwi Conservation Centre and Te Whajarewarea geotherm valley. You'll visit an ancient Maori 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 the Maori students at work.

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, while 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 among 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.

9am - 4pm, 90-minute (approx.) guided tours departing every half hour. Allow 2 hours.

- Access to Ahua Gallery, a range of collections including paunamu, wood carving, whale bone, stone and more.
- Geothermal Walk, 60-hectare landscape of uncovered natural bush, geysers and mud polls.
- Kiwi Conservation Center, get up-close-and-personal with one of New Zealand's natural treasures.
- Maori Carving and Weaving, traditional art performed before your eyes.
- Maori Village, get a rare glimpse into how the Maori people lived prior to European settlement.
- Guided Tour, Discover Te Puia's history and lineage with a personalized guided tour - each guide adds a personal touch to inspire and help visitors truly connect with the experience.

<b>Need to Know</b>
Comfortable clothes and walking shoes recommended. Child rates available.

- Haka Maori Cultural Performance
- Te Po Indigenenous Evening Experience
- Te Puia Light Trails by Night
- Hangi Buffet Lunch or Dinner
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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The Te Po  Indigenous Experience begins with a mouth-watering buffet at the world famous Pataka Kai Restaurant, Bar and Cafe. With locally sourced cuisine and an authentic Maori twist in each dish, it is guaranteed to be a favorite with your group.

Following this, you will be led to view an exhilarating cultural performance which takes place in the beautifully carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. It will include a Pohiri (Traditional Maori Welcome), Waiata (Song), Moteatea (traditional chant), Poi and Haka.

Afterwards, enter the geothermal valley on a waka (people moving vehicle) and discover one of New Zealand’s most magnificent geothermal wonderlands – featuring dramatic geysers, bubbling mud, and beautiful native bush. For generations Te Puia has welcomed manuhiri (visitors) from all over the world to explore the magic hidden within Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. During this experience, you will be viewing the valley afterhours and resting with a hot chocolate upon naturally heated rock seating beneath the powerful Pohutu Geyser.

Daily 5:30pm-8:30pm (approx.)
Check-in is at 5:15pm

- Return transfers from your Rotorua CBD accommodation
- Buffet dinner
- Maori cultural performance
- Hot chocolate
- Guided tour of the geothermal valley

<b>Need to Know</b>
This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form.
(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".

Make your way from Wellington to Picton aboard one of 3 amazing ferries and take in the spectacular views along the way. See the South Island's Kaikoura ranges and have the opportunity to spot dolphins and sea birds.

Departs multiple times beginning at 2:00am.

- Tranport from the North Island to the South Island
- Beautiful views
- Complimentary internet, newspapers, magazines, beer, wine, tea, coffee, & snacks

<b>Need to Know</b>
Food court, bar, Movie Theatre, and shops are at your own expense.
(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. Enjoy a stunning hike up Rob Roy Glacier. 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. 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!

Of course there's more to do than just admire the view! For an additional cost you can:
<ul><li>Enjoy a dinner or relax in the bar in the Skyline Stratosfare Restaurant. Casual dining is also available during the day in the Cafe. </li>
<li>Thrill seekers can hurtle down the winding downhill Skyline Luge. Purpose built Luge carts put you in complete control as you take on a half-mile of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again, and again, and again! Gentle and leisurely or steep and adventurous, you'll be hooked.</li>
<li>Explore the southern night sky of Queenstown with a guided tour of the galaxy and learn about the stars, nebulae and planets that make up our solar system and beyond. </li></ul>

Ask your Destination Specialist about available combo packages to make your day at Skyline more enjoyable.

Various walking tracks can also be accessed from Skyline, from an easy 30 minute walk to a full day hike.

Daily. Stratosfare Restaurant closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Gondola rides operate from 9:30am to 8:30pm Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday. Gondola rides operate from 9:30am to 6:30pm Tuesday & Wednesday. Saturday operation hours are 8:50am to 8:30pm.

- Gondola ride

<b>Need to Know</b>
Gondola ride is approximately 7-10 minutes one way.

- Add a thrilling luge ride to your Gondola experience.
- Add the Taste of New Zealand buffet at Stratosfare Restaurant
- Stargazing evening event
(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
Travel to your accommodation in Dunedin, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Welcome to Dunedin's only garden hotel, located within two acres of beautifully kept garden, and just a six-minute drive from the city centre (or seven, in rush hour). Neighboring the Dunedin Botanic Garden, you will be a short stroll to Otago Museum and the University of Otago. Forsyth Barr Stadium is also within easy walking distance. The unique surroundings make for a truly relaxing place to stay, no matter how busy your visit might be.
(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
See the spectacular mountain vistas of Arthur's Pass National Park and immerse yourself in New Zealand's high country scenery on this journey through the South Island. You'll discover breathtaking mountain landscapes and alpine forests on personal, up close encounters most people never get to witness.

Your day begins with a hotel pick up that takes you to the train station for boarding on the famous TranzAlpine train, rated one of the top six train journeys in the world. This scenic rail experience takes you westward across the rich agricultural belt of the Canterbury Plains, river canyons, tunnels and viaducts to the grand mountains of the Southern Alps and Arthur's Pass.

At Arthur's Pass village you will meet your guide, a friendly and professional tour leader who will give you profound insight into each stop of the day. You will have the opportunity to:

- View the pristine Waimakariri River and its unique braided river system
- Explore the alpine forest, crystal rivers and mountain vistas on short walks through Arthur's Pass National Park
- Enjoy lunch at a historic high country hotel
- Follow the old stage coach route and view the spectacular Otira Gorge, a testament to the road builders of the 1860’s and the route taken by the Maori in their quest for greenstone
- Visit Cave Stream, where underground limestone cliffs, gorges and craggy outcrops await to be discovered. This area was also used for the filming of C.S. Lewis’s – “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe”
- Visit the incredible Castle Hill rocks, unique rock formations and sacred landmarks to the Maori

Your journey ends with a deluxe mini van trip back to Christchurch, traveling via sub-alpine Porter's Pass and the Canterbury Plains.
(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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