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Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

Duration
19 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,746

Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands before embarking on a tour of Australia.


This 19 day journey combines New Zealand and Australia’s most spectacular sights including Rotorua, Milford Sound, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef, with exciting, cosmopolitan cities to create the perfect downunder experience.

New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland seduces visitors with its laid back pace, world class museums, galleries and gardens. Enjoy spectacular city views from your included visit to Mt Eden, as well as historic Parnell Village.

The North Island of New Zealand is a geology geek’s paradise. Believed to be over two million years old, the Waitomo Caves feature beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. You’ll have the chance to explore them on your way to Rotorua, where spouting geysers and boiling mudpools showcase geothermal New Zealand at its best. Cap off your sightseeing with a traditional Maori concert and Hangi (feast) for a taste of New Zealand’s indigenous culture.

A Mecca for skiers, Queenstown puts you in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. Less active travelers can enjoy an optional scenic helicopter flight, jetboat trip or Gondola ride to take in the sights. An included day trip takes you to Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea. Your onward journey to Christchurch includes a stop at majestic Mount Cook, known to the Maori people as ‘Cloud Piercer’.

Christchurch was devastated by four large earthquakes between September 2010 and December 2011. But while some areas and attractions remain closed for repairs, there is still plenty for the visitor to do and see in this charming city. The Air Force Museum will thrill military history buffs, while the Canterbury Museum provides a fascinating look at New Zealand history. Or take a tour of sites affected by the quakes for a glimpse of a resilient, rebuilding Christchurch.

Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne offers world class shopping, a thriving arts scene, beautiful urban parks and endless restaurant options, which combine to seduce culture vultures, foodies, and casual visitors alike. Catch a ride on its famous trams, or for a uniquely Melbourne experience, book a table at the Tramcar Restaurant. Your second day includes a city tour, plus an evening tour to Phillip Island to see the world renowned ‘Little Penguin Parade’.

Uluru or Ayers Rock is a site deeply shrouded in myth and legend. This is a sacred place to the Anangu, the local Aboriginal people and will be a highlight of your journey. Enjoy an an Uluru Base Tour, sunset over the rock and Kata Tjuta (or the Olgas) touring, before going on to Alice Springs to conclude your desert outback adventure.

Tropical Cairns offers a dazzling array of wildlife amid lush forest surrounds. You’ll visit the Great Barrier Reef for a close encounter with the world’s largest coral reef system. Then climb aboard an amphibious army duck for a trip into Kuranda’s scenic rainforest, where an authentic taste of Aboriginal culture, including a ‘Dreamtime’ walk and the chance to throw a boomerang await.

Diverse and historic Sydney greets visitors with its sparkling harbour, iconic Harbour Bridge, and the unforgettable Sydney Opera House. Your included ferry ticket allows you to enjoy all three, including entry to Taronga Zoo, where you can say ‘G’day’ to kangaroos, koalas and other natives as well as many international guests. Your guided tour of The Rocks area offers a fascinating insight into Australia’s convict past, while an afternoon tour takes you to famous Bondi Beach for a more modern slice of Sydney.


 

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Accommodation in Melbourne

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    Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank


    The brand-new Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is situated in Melbourne's premier culture and entertainment destination. Positioned in the arts hub of Melbourne, Southbank is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Holiday Inn Express …

    The brand-new Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is situated in Melbourne's premier culture and entertainment destination. Positioned in the arts hub of Melbourne, Southbank is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is within close proximity to many of the city's renowned restaurants and bars, being within walking distance to the Crown Casino complex and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hotel's location also allows for easy access to Melbourne's sporting and entertainment precinct which hosts the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and AAMI Park.

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    Clarion Suites Gateway



    Situated on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne's central business district, Clarion Suites Gateway is the ideal home base for leisure guests. Featuring 120 apartment-style suites, this Melbourne hotel puts your comfort first. While here, guests can dine well at …

    Situated on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne's central business district, Clarion Suites Gateway is the ideal home base for leisure guests. Featuring 120 apartment-style suites, this Melbourne hotel puts your comfort first. While here, guests can dine well at William's Bar and Cafe or take a dip in the indoor heated pool.

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    Crown Promenade Hotel



    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's …

    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's most famous arts and sporting facilities. The hotel features spacious rooms with fantastic views overlooking Port Phillip Bay or the Melbourne Central Business District and Yarra River.

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    Crown Metropol Hotel



    Crown Metropol Melbourne is an upscale hotel, perfectly suited for leisure or business travellers. Located adjacent to the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank precinct, the city centre is just a short walk away. Shopping, cuisine, gambling are all at your fingertips when staying …

    Crown Metropol Melbourne is an upscale hotel, perfectly suited for leisure or business travellers. Located adjacent to the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank precinct, the city centre is just a short walk away. Shopping, cuisine, gambling are all at your fingertips when staying at this hotel.

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    QT Melbourne



    Explore the edgy and innovative creativity of our 188 Melbourne Guest Suites where bespoke designer furnishings, free WIFI, a fully stocked minibar and free new release movies complete the pleasure package. Indulge in high-end sophistication through carefully curated modern art, high spec designer tech, and …

    Explore the edgy and innovative creativity of our 188 Melbourne Guest Suites where bespoke designer furnishings, free WIFI, a fully stocked minibar and free new release movies complete the pleasure package.

    Indulge in high-end sophistication through carefully curated modern art, high spec designer tech, and all of the quirk and tongue-in-cheek pleasure you have come to expect when immersing yourself in QT life.

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    Mercure Hotel Welcome



    Mercure Hotel Welcome is an ideal place to stay for any leisure to business traveller. Positioned in the heart of Melbourne, the hotel is surrounded by shopping, theatres, galleries, bars and restaurants. With vibrant Bourke St Mall right on your doorstep, there is plenty to …

    Mercure Hotel Welcome is an ideal place to stay for any leisure to business traveller. Positioned in the heart of Melbourne, the hotel is surrounded by shopping, theatres, galleries, bars and restaurants. With vibrant Bourke St Mall right on your doorstep, there is plenty to do and see around this hotel.

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    • Conference Facilities
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    The Jazz Corner Hotel



    Calling all finger-snapping, horn-blowing hepcats looking for a comfortable crash pad where they can stretch, luxuriate, play and stay in the heart of Melbourne. There is a new boutique apartment hotel in town. Drum roll, please? Welcome to the Jazz Corner Hotel. The Jazz Corner …

    Calling all finger-snapping, horn-blowing hepcats looking for a comfortable crash pad where they can stretch, luxuriate, play and stay in the heart of Melbourne. There is a new boutique apartment hotel in town. Drum roll, please? Welcome to the Jazz Corner Hotel. The Jazz Corner Hotel is located directly across the road from Flagstaff Gardens, the free City Circle Tram and Flagstaff Train Station. Guests of the Jazz Corner Hotel enjoy complimentary internet access in every room. You will find a 10 minute dropzone out the front of the hotel so you can check in, unload your luggage and then park your car.

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    Pullman Melbourne on Swanston Hotel



    Positioned in an unrivalled location in the very heart of Melbourne's city centre, Pullman Melbourne on Swanston Hotel, is a short stroll away from the vibrant Bourke St Mall and attractions like Federation Square, Southbank, Her Majesty's and Regent Theatres, Queen Victoria Markets and Melbourne …

    Positioned in an unrivalled location in the very heart of Melbourne's city centre, Pullman Melbourne on Swanston Hotel, is a short stroll away from the vibrant Bourke St Mall and attractions like Federation Square, Southbank, Her Majesty's and Regent Theatres, Queen Victoria Markets and Melbourne Central Shopping Complex. Pullman Melbourne on Swanston Hotel invites you to discover its spacious and stylish rooms, allowing you to relax in modern comfort.

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    Sofitel Melbourne on Collins



    The 363 room Sofitel Melbourne is located on Collins Street in the centre of the city. Rooms offer great views of the city with floor to ceiling windows in all rooms. Facilities include a 15 storey atrium, award winning restaurant, café and a health club.

    The 363 room Sofitel Melbourne is located on Collins Street in the centre of the city. Rooms offer great views of the city with floor to ceiling windows in all rooms. Facilities include a 15 storey atrium, award winning restaurant, café and a health club.

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    • Bar(s)
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    Best Western Melbourne City



    Best Western Melbourne City has been specifically designed for both leisure and corporate travellers. Located in the heart of Melbourne's central business district, close to Southern Cross Station, Crown Casino, the convention centre, and Etihad Station, this is the perfect base to discover all of …

    Best Western Melbourne City has been specifically designed for both leisure and corporate travellers. Located in the heart of Melbourne's central business district, close to Southern Cross Station, Crown Casino, the convention centre, and Etihad Station, this is the perfect base to discover all of Melbourne! Modelled on the grandeur of the original European Pensione hotels, this 114 room hotel combines original turn of the century building features with modern design and soft tones, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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Duration
19 Days
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Day 1

Auckland Airport to Auckland City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Experience New Zealand's premier entertainment destination when you stay at SKYCITY Hotel. Located in the city centre and close to major attractions and shopping, SKYCITY offers over 300 recently refurbished rooms and suites - all with free WIFI internet. Facilities including a world class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on select nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all on the doorstep of this spacious and modern hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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    SkyCity Hotel Auckland



    Experience New Zealand's premier entertainment destination when you stay at SKYCITY Hotel. Located in the city centre and close to major attractions and shopping, SKYCITY offers over 300 recently refurbished rooms and suites - all with free WIFI internet. Facilities including a world class casino, …

    Experience New Zealand's premier entertainment destination when you stay at SKYCITY Hotel. Located in the city centre and close to major attractions and shopping, SKYCITY offers over 300 recently refurbished rooms and suites - all with free WIFI internet. Facilities including a world class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on select nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all on the doorstep of this spacious and modern hotel.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
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Best of Both Worlds

Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning combined with an afternoon Wilderness Experience -- a day of contrasts. Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it's New Zealand's largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.

A 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rain forest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rain forest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand's famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo incl Lunch

Travel south from Auckland, through the rich farmland of the Waikato, and onto Waitomo. Here you will enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Glowworm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. Following your tour there is time for lunch (included). You will then continue to Rotorua by coach.

Duration6 Hours

Rydges Rotorua

Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre and Whakarewarewa Geysers.

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Duration2 Nights
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Rydges Rotorua

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    Rydges Rotorua



    Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre …

    Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre and Whakarewarewa Geysers.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
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    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
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Day 4

Discover Rotorua Morning Tour

Today on your morning tour you will visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People. You will also experience Rainbow Springs which is a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, a kiwi bird. Last but not least, you will have a hands on experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show, giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history.

Duration4 Hours

Journey of Ages Evening Cultural Experience

This evening you will engage in a wonderful experience at the Tamaki Maori Village. Enroute your guide will instruct you on the rules and protocol for visiting Marae (meeting grounds). On arrival at the venue, nobody must enter the fortified village until the Powhiri (formal welcome) has been performed. The host tribe will send out a toa (warrior) who will challenge the guests, via their elected chief to ascertain if they come in peace. A Teka (peace offering) is placed and received by one of the visiting chiefs. At the Village, the Karanga, or "welcome call" will echo across the courtyard, followed by the Powhiri (welcome dance). You will then be able to enter onto the village grounds where the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) will demonstrate different activities such as poi twirling, hand games, weaponry displays, reciting chants and displaying activities of an era gone by.

The buffet style dinner will be held in the meetinghouse dining hall and will have everyone enjoying a succulent Hangi feast. The evening ends with the Poroporoaki, the official closing ceremony and you will be safely transferred back to your accommodation.

Duration3 Hours
Day 5

Rotorua City Hotel to Rotorua Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Queenstown Airport to Queenstown City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring the spectacular scenery of New Zealand's southern region.

Meal Plan $Stay 3 consecutive night receive $100 F&B credit
Duration3 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

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    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront



    On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring …

    On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring the spectacular scenery of New Zealand's southern region.

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    • Bar(s)
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Day 6

Discover Milford Sound Coach Cruise Coach incl Lunch

Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound. Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Journey through the Southern Alps via the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through a solid mountain of rock. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board your luxury catamaran vessel for a spectacular cruise where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the sound far below. Return by coach to Queenstown.

Duration12 Hours
Day 7

Day at Leisure

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

Day 8

Queenstown to Christchurch incl Lunch

Depart Queenstown and travel through the rugged and beautiful landscape of Otago. Cross the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country to visit Mount Cook Village at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. Here there is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or skiplane flight with a snow landing (weather permitting). Continue your journey with a stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing to your destination of Christchurch.

Duration8 Hours

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

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Duration1 Night
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Crowne Plaza Christchurch

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    Crowne Plaza Christchurch



    The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

    The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
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Day 9

Christchurch City Hotel to Christchurch Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Sydney Domestic Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Rydges World Square Sydney

This award-winning hotel is contemporary in design and adjacent to the World Square development, right in the entertainment heart of the CBD. Darling Harbour, Chinatown, QVB, shopping district, theatres, cinemas and Oxford Street nightlife are only a few minutes' walk away.
Rydges World Square has 445 spacious and luxuriously appointed rooms and suites including King & Twin Deluxe and Executive Club Rooms, Family Rooms plus One and Two bedroom Suites. Non-smoking, Disabled and Internet-Ready Rooms are available, subject to availability.
Facilities include a restaurant, two bars, complimentary gymnasium, Executive Club Lounge, 24-hr reception and concierge, 24 hour room service, valet parking, guest laundry, valet service, business centre, foreign currency, retail arcade.

Meal Plan Room Only $ Stay 2 and receive complimentary late check out
Duration3 Nights
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    Rydges World Square Sydney



    This award-winning hotel is contemporary in design and adjacent to the World Square development, right in the entertainment heart of the CBD. Darling Harbour, Chinatown, QVB, shopping district, theatres, cinemas and Oxford Street nightlife are only a few minutes' walk away. Rydges World Square has …

    This award-winning hotel is contemporary in design and adjacent to the World Square development, right in the entertainment heart of the CBD. Darling Harbour, Chinatown, QVB, shopping district, theatres, cinemas and Oxford Street nightlife are only a few minutes' walk away.
    Rydges World Square has 445 spacious and luxuriously appointed rooms and suites including King & Twin Deluxe and Executive Club Rooms, Family Rooms plus One and Two bedroom Suites. Non-smoking, Disabled and Internet-Ready Rooms are available, subject to availability.
    Facilities include a restaurant, two bars, complimentary gymnasium, Executive Club Lounge, 24-hr reception and concierge, 24 hour room service, valet parking, guest laundry, valet service, business centre, foreign currency, retail arcade.

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    • Conference Facilities
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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
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Day 10

Morning Sydney City Tour with Opera House

Sydney - set on the beautiful blue Sydney Harbour, this fast paced city of cosmopolitan character is one of the world's most beautiful places. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb waterways, gracious harbourside suburbs and friendly people epitomise the vibrancy of this spectacular city. Some highlights of your morning tour include a guided historic 'Sydney Rock' walking tour and a guided tour of Australia's most famous building - the Sydney Opera House. You'll also see Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, affluent waterside suburbs, trendy hotspots and much more.

Duration6 Hours
Day 11

Harbour Explorer Hop On Hop Off Cruise Plus Zoo

When in Sydney do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer pass is the easy way for visitors to explore Sydney over 2 days visiting up to eleven famous harbour precincts including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay (The Rocks & Opera House), Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Barangaroo, International Convention Centre Darling Harbour and Garden Island with full commentary. The round trip cruise is 60 - 90 minutes in duration with 30 - 45 minutes between vessels and you can stop off at any attraction and re-board the next Explorer with your two day ticket. Included in this pass is entry to Taronga Zoo and the Sky Safari Cable Car. Taronga Zoo is open from 9am - 5pm daily.

Duration1 Hour
Day 12

Sydney Hotel to Sydney Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Alice Springs Airport to Alice Springs Hotel

Duration1 Hour

DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs is only 15 minutes' drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities.

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Duration1 Night
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DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

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    DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs



    Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs is only 15 minutes' drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and …

    Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs is only 15 minutes' drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities.

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Day 13

Alice Springs to Ayers Rock

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach. Take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. While travelling through this remote country, your friendly Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Learn the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. Also hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals. There is time for a stop at a local Roadhouse for a quick break then view flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Duration6 Hours

Desert Gardens Hotel

A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended.

Relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the Resort.

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Duration1 Night
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    Desert Gardens Hotel



    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock …

    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended.

    Relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the Resort.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Uluru Sacred Sites and Sunset

Visit Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region.
Later travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance.
Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, 'Sunset Strip' and relax with a glass of wine and Nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.

Duration5 Hours
Day 14

Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta

Rise early this morning to travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku in Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta.

Duration5 Hours

Complimentary Transfer from Ayers Rock Resort to Ayers Rock Airport

Duration10 Minutes

Cairns Domestic Airport to Cairns City

Duration15 Minutes

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

Nestled on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, the Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside is located close to the airport and vibrant city centre. The hotel features a variety of room types, each with their own private balcony, hosting stunning views over beautiful Trinity Bay or surrounding tropical mountains.

Meal Plan $Early Bird Winter Offer - Book before 01 April 2020
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

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    Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside



    Nestled on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, the Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside is located close to the airport and vibrant city centre. The hotel features a variety of room types, each with their own private balcony, hosting stunning views over beautiful Trinity Bay or surrounding tropical …

    Nestled on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, the Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside is located close to the airport and vibrant city centre. The hotel features a variety of room types, each with their own private balcony, hosting stunning views over beautiful Trinity Bay or surrounding tropical mountains.

    Facilities

    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 15

Quicksilver Cruises Outer Barrier Reef Cruise ex Cairns

For an experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wave piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive (extra cost), snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Duration7 Hours
Day 16

Kuranda Classic Tour with Train Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation

The Classic Kuranda Experience includes the main attractions of Kuranda, but gives you more free time to explore Kuranda. You will travel to Kuranda by scenic railway and then spend some free time in the village. Wander through the many shops and local markets, which offer a full range of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and gifts.

You will then be transferred to Rainforestation Nature Park, where you will enjoy a delicious Australian BBQ lunch, a guided tour of the rainforest on board an amphibious Army Duck, and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance performance, followed by the Dreamtime Walk. You will learn how to throw a boomerang, see a spear-throwing demonstrations, and learn about aboriginal culture.

A guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park will commence at the Cultural Centre. Your coach will then transfer you to Kuranda Skyrail Terminal for the 7.5 kilometre Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey down the mountain. Your coach will then return you to your accommodation.

Duration10 Hours
Day 17

Cairns City to Cairns Domestic Airport

Duration15 Minutes

Melbourne Domestic Airport to Melbourne City Hotel

Duration60 Minutes

The Victoria Hotel

The Victoria Hotel is located in the centre of Melbourne, right in the heart of the city. This historic landmark hotel combines the grandeur of the late 1800's and contemporary comfort. The Hotel's location is right next to the Melbourne Town Hall and within close walking distance to some of Melbourne's best attractions, such as the Princess Theatre, Bourke Street Shopping Mall, the National Gallery, the Arts Centre and Federation Square.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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The Victoria Hotel

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    The Victoria Hotel is located in the centre of Melbourne, right in the heart of the city. This historic landmark hotel combines the grandeur of the late 1800's and contemporary comfort. The Hotel's location is right next to the Melbourne Town Hall and within close …

    The Victoria Hotel is located in the centre of Melbourne, right in the heart of the city. This historic landmark hotel combines the grandeur of the late 1800's and contemporary comfort. The Hotel's location is right next to the Melbourne Town Hall and within close walking distance to some of Melbourne's best attractions, such as the Princess Theatre, Bourke Street Shopping Mall, the National Gallery, the Arts Centre and Federation Square.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 18

Penguins and City

A fantastic combination of two tours; one introducing you to the fabulous city of Melbourne and the other, a popular Penguins tour to Phillip Island. It's a long day of touring but well worth the experience! City tour highlights include a photo stop at St Patrick's Cathedral, a visit to Fitzroy Gardens, a delightful guided walking tour through our favourite laneways and arcades and a visit to the Queen Victoria Markets (or the Royal Botanic Gardens on Monday and Wednesday). You will have free time for lunch (own expense) before joining the second part of your tour to witness the nightly ritual of the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island. On the way, visit Warrook Homestead for afternoon tea (own expense). This unique historical farm has been in operation for over 100 years! Here guests will be able to get up close to kangaroos and see koalas in the Fauna Park (animal feed available at own expense). There will also be access to the lovely homestead on the property and visit Koala Conservation Centre where you can look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks.

Duration13 Hours
Day 19

Station Pier to Melbourne Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily from Auckland - This trip may also be done in a reverser direction from Melbourne.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 18 nights hotel accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing per the itinerary
  • Maori dinner and concert
  • Meals as indicated.  

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfares and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages unless specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Park fees unless stated
  • Itiems of a personal nature

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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