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Aussie Kiwi Family Explorer

Duration
11 Days
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On request

MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: An interactive family adventure exploring New Zealand and Australia . Explore glow worm caves, a visit to Hobbiton, learn about Maori culture in Rotorua, experience the thrill of jet boating and ziplining in Queenstown before rounding out the journey in Sydney.


This 11-day family adventure takes in the best of New Zealand before rounding out the journey in Sydney.

Start in Auckland, one of the world’s most liveable cities, and enjoy a tour of the highlights, including Ponsonby Village and the city’s harbours, Waitemata and the Viaduct. Visit Mission Bay, then go on to Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, to meet New Zealand’s only Arctic penguin colony. A sailing trip on Waitemata Harbour rounds out your afternoon, followed by free entry into the Maritime Museum.

Just outside Auckland, Waitomo Caves are famous for their large population of glow worms, as well as some of New Zealand’s most impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations. After that, it’s time to meet the Hobbits of Middle Earth… or visit their former homes at least! – At Hobbiton, beautiful farmland has been transformed into Tolkein’s magical land. You’ll enjoy a movie set tour to see how it was all done.

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Explore Rotorua, New Zealand’s famed geothermal laboratory, where you can discover bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers. This is also home to the Agrodome, an interactive attraction that invites you to experience a taste of New Zealand farm life, and Tamaki Maori Village. After a traditional welcome here, learn about the traditional ways of the Maori then enjoy a Hangi ceremonial feast for dinner.

Fly to Queenstown, and hop a jet boat to explore the Dart River. Switch to a quieter canoe and explore one of the most spectacular wilderness areas on earth, with a buffet lunch amid ancient beech forests. On your second day, take the Skyline gondola for a bird’s eye view of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, then make your descent via zip line, combining the best of local sightseeing with the kind of adrenaline pumping adventure that put this town on the map. Tandem tours ensure an experience that’s great for kids as well.

Across the Tasman Sea, Sydney gives you just a taste of Australia before flying home. What that taste includes is up to you, with a Sydney Attraction Pass at your disposal. This includes entry to over 35 Sydney attractions including Sydney Tower, Ocean World Manly, Sydney Wildlife World and more. Just don’t overlook the city’s simpler (ie: free!) pleasures, like its spectacular beaches and the Botanical Gardens. However you choose to spend your time, Australia’s harbour city is sure to enchant the whole family.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

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Kids Backpack includes Aussie Animal Backpack, and a selection of kid friendly Aussie goodies. Designed for children 11 years and under.

Duration0 Hours

Auckland Domestic Airport Terminal to City - Private Premium

Duration30 Minutes

Copthorne Auckland City

This welcoming Auckland city hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, Central Business District and Auckland University. Auckland's Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes' walk away and there is easy motorway access to greater Auckland and northern and southern gateways.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Auckland City

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    Copthorne Auckland City



    This welcoming Auckland city hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, Central Business District and Auckland University. Auckland's Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes' walk away and there is easy motorway access to greater Auckland and …

    This welcoming Auckland city hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, Central Business District and Auckland University. Auckland's Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes' walk away and there is easy motorway access to greater Auckland and northern and southern gateways.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Auckland Afternoon City Highlights

Explore Auckland's famous Queen Street followed by the history of Karangahape Road. Discover the vibrant culture of Ponsonby Village with its boutique eateries and retail stores before making your way over the Auckland Harbour Bridge for stunning views over the glittering Waitemata Harbour. Returning over the Harbour Bridge visit the Viaduct Harbour before continuing on through the Auckland Domain, with its classic charm the Auckland Domain is the city's oldest and one of its largest parks, situated on a 62,000 year old volcano. Then continue to Parnell Village for a afternoon tea stop. The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed in to a trendy shopping area featuring many boutiques, antique, craft and specialty shops. Following this, your tour will then take you along the stunningly scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, in Mission Bay. The memorial Park has beautiful panoramic views over Whenua Rangatira, Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour. This park is a popular wedding venue, with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere. Next head towards Mission Bay, the popular seaside suburb which was once home to a Melanesian Missionary school. Enjoy the beach and promenade - popular with Aucklanders and visitors alike. The tour will then take you back along the waterfront before returning to downtown Auckland.

Duration3 Hours

Harbour Dinner Cruise

Dine on the Harbour, an experience not to be missed in Auckland. This relaxed sailing excursion offers a uniquely local Auckland experience in an intimate and engaging atmosphere. Enjoy great sailing and as the sun sets watch the night lights of the cityscape come alive. Sail where the wind takes you while enjoying Auckland's city highlights; including sailing under the Harbour Bridge and other well-known landmarks along the harbours edge. The crew's local knowledge will give you the best harbour sailing experience Auckland has to offer. The sumptuous seafood menu is served during a sheltered mooring below deck in the well-appointed dining saloons. Compliment your meal with locally produced wine or beer (additional cost - cash bar). Become the crew and help participate with the sailing experience, take the helm while you carve through the water. Or, if you prefer, sit back and relax with ample space and seating above deck.

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton

Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. You travel through the heritage town of Cambridge where tree-lined streets add to the English-style atmosphere. From here your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching Hobbiton Shire.

On arrival at Shire's Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest "green set" in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response to a movie set in a natural setting. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bilbo's house, "Bag End", looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink. After the tour at Hobbiton board the shuttle at Shire's Rest Cafe for your journey to Rotorua.

Duration6 Hours

Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre

With its beautiful garden setting, Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre is the perfect place to relax and unwind after enjoying the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre is located just minutes from the city centre, with plenty of complimentary car parking, and is a superb base for exploring the Rotorua area. The heated outdoor swimming pool and spa offer a great place to entertain the kids! Or if you want to get away from it all, venture into the underground private grotto spas for a relaxing soak. The amenities are all free for guests to use.

Meal Plan Room Only - Best Available Rate Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre

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    Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre



    With its beautiful garden setting, Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre is the perfect place to relax and unwind after enjoying the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre is located just minutes from the city centre, …

    With its beautiful garden setting, Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre is the perfect place to relax and unwind after enjoying the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre is located just minutes from the city centre, with plenty of complimentary car parking, and is a superb base for exploring the Rotorua area. The heated outdoor swimming pool and spa offer a great place to entertain the kids! Or if you want to get away from it all, venture into the underground private grotto spas for a relaxing soak. The amenities are all free for guests to use.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycle hire
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Disabled Facilities
    • Free WiFi
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry facilities
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna
    • Spa Pool
    • Tour Desk

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Day 4

Geothermal Wonderland Tour and Boat Cruise Tour

Experience the amazing geothermal activity and stunning volcanic landscapes of the "world's youngest geothermal area" Waimangu Volcanic Valley on a combination guided walk and boat cruise.

The walking tracks offer spectacular views of the valley's diversity of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hot streams, hot pools, boiling springs, hissing fumaroles, vividly coloured silica terraces, unique thermally adapted plants, rainforest, and native birdlife. On the scenic Rotomahana, Crater Lake boat cruise, learn of the areas fascinating volcanic past and the history of the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption whilst enjoying your picnic lunch and the spectacular vistas of volcanic scenery surrounding the crater lake.

Duration7 Hours

Evening Experience - Summer Harvest Celebration at Tamaki Maori Village

This evening, you will engage in an immersive experience blending the best in Maori culture and cuisine. Get the chance to explore concepts, rituals, and stories of ancient Maori warfare and peace. Tu Te Ra is a time of year when the sun expresses its optimal energy. It is when days are longest and when the energy of the light nourishes the natural world. It is a time for harvesting and a time for celebrating. It is also a time for warfare, settling old scores and forging peace.

Your experience is filled with drama, performance and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) shared against a backdrop of blazing bonfires, towering Tawa trees and a natural forest amphitheater. Tonight's menu has been designed by award-winning Maori chefs and includes staple favorites, such as crispy pork, caramelized apple wrapped in kawakawa, paua, pikopiko fronds, smoked eel and charred hangi kumara, which are followed by a four-course hakari (feast).

Served al fresco on warmer nights and indoors on cooler nights, the space is eclectically designed to make you wonder if you have journeyed back to the times of trade and warfare and to make you feel the depth and generosity of hakari.

Duration4 Hours
Day 5

Rotorua Hotel to Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Queenstown Airport to Queenstown City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Heritage Queenstown

The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and cedar, The Heritage Queenstown is the perfect place to relax in comfortable yet sophisticated surroundings. The Heritage offers a choice of 178 luxury rooms, including traditional deluxe hotel accommodation and spacious 1 or 2 bedroom Suites. Each room is thoughtfully decorated, featuring individual touches which reflect unique high country origins.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration3 Nights
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Heritage Queenstown

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    Heritage Queenstown



    The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and …

    The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and cedar, The Heritage Queenstown is the perfect place to relax in comfortable yet sophisticated surroundings. The Heritage offers a choice of 178 luxury rooms, including traditional deluxe hotel accommodation and spacious 1 or 2 bedroom Suites. Each room is thoughtfully decorated, featuring individual touches which reflect unique high country origins.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Dart River Funyak Safari

Jet boat for 75 minutes to the upper reaches of the Dart River, where visitors disembark and inflate their own canoe. After a full safety and paddling instruction, your Funyak journey begins. Paddle downstream on a glacier feed river amidst rocky peaks and dense rainforests.
Enjoy a wilderness buffet lunch and explore the Rock Burn Chasm and ancient beech forests. Paddle to Paradise then transfer to an awaiting back road coach for the return trip to Queenstown.

Duration9 Hours
Day 7

Skyline Gondola

Reputed to be the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere, the gondola carries visitors high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex located on Bob's Peak. Situated an easy five minutes walk from central Queenstown, the gondola is an all-weather tourist attraction in its own right. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold while you journey to the Skyline complex. The best vistas in the region are found here, spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama. Numerous observation decks around the complex offer breathtaking views of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, over Queenstown and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks.

Duration0 Hours

Moa 4 Line Ziplining Tour

Join the exhilarating Moa zipline (flying fox) adventure above spectacular Queenstown! Ride up the Skyline Gondola (must be purchased separately) and then glide through the treetops on a series of four flying foxes. Your experienced Guides will deliver an interpretive tour as you "Zzziiiiiip" from tree to tree. Breath in some pristine mountain air as you venture on a carefully crafted journey that combines exhilaration, adventure, and ecological exploration. Offering spectacular views of the surroundings, this adventure offers a thrilling eco-adventure experience, while also providing the opportunity to learn about what this breathtaking place has to offer. The perfect Queenstown adventure for everyone to enjoy!

Duration2 Hours
Day 8

Queenstown City Hotel to Queenstown Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Sydney Domestic Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour

Take advantage of your stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Harbourside Sydney located amid the excitement and convenience of Darling Harbour - Sydney's premier entertainment, fine dining and nightlife quarter. Darling Harbour is alive with atmosphere and bursting with cafes, bistros, restaurants, and luxury shops. All apartments and studios at the Adina Apartment Hotel Harbourside Sydney have been designed to create an atmosphere of elegance whilst combining all the comforts of home.

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Duration3 Nights
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Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour

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    Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour



    Take advantage of your stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Harbourside Sydney located amid the excitement and convenience of Darling Harbour - Sydney's premier entertainment, fine dining and nightlife quarter. Darling Harbour is alive with atmosphere and bursting with cafes, bistros, restaurants, and luxury shops. All …

    Take advantage of your stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Harbourside Sydney located amid the excitement and convenience of Darling Harbour - Sydney's premier entertainment, fine dining and nightlife quarter. Darling Harbour is alive with atmosphere and bursting with cafes, bistros, restaurants, and luxury shops. All apartments and studios at the Adina Apartment Hotel Harbourside Sydney have been designed to create an atmosphere of elegance whilst combining all the comforts of home.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 9

Sydney Flexi Attraction Pass

The Sydney Flexi Attraction Pass iVenture Card provides your choice of entry to the top attractions in Sydney. Choose from over 35 attractions. Enjoy convenience and flexibility by choosing the attractions you want to visit. It is valid for single entry to each attraction and includes full colour guide complete with map and attraction information.

Duration0 Hours
Day 10

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 11

Sydney Hotel to Sydney Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers in Auckland and Rotorua
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Queenstown and Sydney
  • 3 nights moderate accommodation in Auckland
  • 2 nights moderate accommodation in Rotorua
  • 3 nights moderate accommodation in Queenstown
  • 3 nights moderate accommodation in Sydney
  • Shared Auckland City Tour including Kelly Tarlton's
  • Shared Auckland Harbour Sailing Coffee Cruise
  • Shared Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton tour
  • Shared Rotorua morning tour including Gondola Ride
  • Shared Journey of Ages Cultural experience
  • Shared Dart River Jetboat Safari in Queenstown
  • Shared Zipline tour in Queenstown
  • Shared Skylin Gondola experience in Queenstown
  • Sydney Flexi Attraction Pass
  • 3 lunches, 1 dinner

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Park fees unless stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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