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Grand Tour of Australia and New Zealand

Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights

Destinations: Sydney - Auckland - Waitomo – Rotorua - Napier - Wellington - Christchurch - Sydney - Cairns - Kuranda - Great Barrier Reef - Melbourne

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Sample Itinerary

1st Day: New York – Sydney

Assemble New York JFK. 

2nd Day: Onboard Flight

Enjoy onboard amenities offered by your Airline.

3nd Day: Arrive Auckland

With a connection in Sydney arrive Auckland airport. 

Met by our representative.

Afternoon Check in to Hotel.

Overnight at hotel. (D)

Dinner at Hotel.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Hotel or Similar.

4th Day: Auckland - Waitomo – Rotorua

After breakfast, proceed on a City Tour. Auckland is known as "City of Sails” cross the Auckland Harbor bridge and visit Mount Eden a dormant volcano, enjoy panoramic views of the city and its harbors. Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride viewing the millions of glowworms on the cavern roof. On completion, continue over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach the 'Thermal City' of Rotorua. On arrival in Rotorua, see New Zealand's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agro dome. Following this, visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mud pools and roaring geysers. (B, L, D)

Meals: Lunch Local, Dinner Local.

Hotel: Distinction Hotel Rotura or Similar.

5th Day: Rotorua - Napier

Breakfast at hotel. This morning is at your leisure. You might like to visit Rainbow Springs to complete your Rotorua sightseeing (optional activity not included) before departing for Napier this afternoon. Travel south through the Wairakei Geothermal area to arrive at Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Continue over rugged mountain ranges and well cultivated farmland to arrive in the "Art Deco" city of Napier. (B, L, D)

Lunch Local & Dinner Local.

Hotel: Quality Inn Napier or Similar.

6th Day: Napier - Wellington

Breakfast at hotel. Travel through the Manawatu Gorge and Takapau Plains to Palmerston North, famous for its agricultural university. Stops over scenic look out points. (Drive time 5-6 hours depending on traffic)Continue south to arrive in Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. (B, L, D)

Lunch Local, Dinner Local.

Hotel: Grand Chancellor James Cook or similar.

7th Day: Wellington - Christchurch

Breakfast at hotel. Journey across Cook Strait, (Interlslander ferry from Wellington to Picton, This 92 KM journey takes 3 hours and has been described as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world) which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand and into the Marlborough Sounds with its sparkling clear waters and lush forests, before arriving in Picton. Travel south through Blenheim and Kaikoura to reach the 'Garden City' of Christchurch. (B, L, D)

Lunch Local and Dinner Indian Restaurant.

Hotel Ibis Hotel Christchurch or Similar.

8th Day: Christchurch

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed on a full day Scenic Tour and Lord of the rings from Christchurch. Set off to a working sheep station in New Zealand's high-country. Along the way to your destination, take in the truly breath-taking scenery of the Southern Alps such as Lake Clearwater, Mt Potts, and Mt Hutt, and even former filming sites from the Lord of the Rings. Pass Middle Earth’s Edoras, the mythical capital city of the Rohan people. Journey into the spectacular New Zealand backcountry highlands. Enjoy braided rivers, green pastures, forests, deer, horses, sheep, hidden tracks, and remarkable mountain scenery - there is something different and amazing behind every turn. Back to hotel.

Lunch Local and Dinner at Hotel.

Hotel Ibis Hotel Christchurch or Similar.

9th Day: Christchurch – Sydney - Flights

Depart Hotel to airport.

Proceed for half day Guided city orientation tour of Sydney- Harbor Bridge, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Hyde Park and King Cross.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Check-in at your hotel. FREE TIME.

Western Dinner at Hotel.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour or Similar (B, L, D)

10th Day: Arrive Sydney – City Tour – Show Boat Cruise

After Breakfast, We proceed on a city tour of Sydney. See the world famous, uniquely designed Opera House from inside. The views from the tower are breathtaking and take you to as close as the Harbor Bridge and Opera House to sights as far away as the beaches to the mountains. The tower has a capacity of 960 persons, and contains two levels of restaurants, a coffee lounge, an Observation Deck, two telecommunication transmission levels and three plant levels. Have a marvelous lunch at the Sydney Tower Buffet (STB), which is located on the tower’s second level. Lunch at Restaurant. Check in Hotel. Afternoon proceed to Bondi Beach, this south facing beach can attract more than 40,000 visitors on a typical summer weekend. Evening enjoy Cruise through Sydney Harbour in style on board a spacious motor yacht that departs from Circular Quay and King Street Wharf. Glide by landmarks, including the floodlit Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, and watch the city change colors with the sunset. Then sit down for and enjoy dinner with an array of international dishes including fresh seafood. Enjoy the views from your table or the viewing deck. (B, L, D)

Buffet Lunch and Dinner on Show boat.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour or Similar.

11th Day: Grand Blue Mountains Tour

After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, leave for a full day Grand Blue Mountain tour. The fantastic tour includes ticket for Scenic Rides, which also has worlds steepest and the most scenic funicular train ride in Katoomba. Later, visit the Feather dale Wildlife Park which is home to highly diverse Australian Wildlife and birds. Return to hotel in the evening & enjoy a comforting overnight at the hotel in Sydney. (B, L, D)

Local Lunch and Thai Dinner.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour or Similar.

12th Day: FLY TO Cairns – Kuranda Rain Forest – Flights

Depart Hotel to airport. 

Transfer to Sydney Airport for flight to Cairns

(Breakfast on board flight). Arrive Cairns and Transfer to Kuranda Rainforest Station (Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. The town of Myola is also located within the locality of Kuranda. It is 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Cairns, via the Kuranda Range road. It is surrounded by tropical rainforest and adjacent to the Wet Tropics World).

Army Duck tour/Pamagirri Dance Show/Dreamtime Walk/Kaola and Wildlife Park.

Local Lunch and Dinner at Hotel.

Transfer to Hotel. Overnight. (L, D)

Hotel: Rydges Plaza Cairns or Similar.

13th Day: Cairns – Great Barrier Reef

Breakfast at hotel.

Full Day Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Cruise. 2 Hours on Green Island, 3 hours at outer barrier reef platform. Semi-submersible coral viewing. Visit underwater observatory and transfer back to hotel

Buffet Lunch and Western Dinner.

Hotel: Rydges Plaza Cairns or Similar ( B,L,D)

14th Day: FLY To Melbourne – City Tour – Flights

After Breakfast Transfer to Airport. Later proceed to airport to fly to Melbourne (Lunch on flight). Upon arrival, proceed to hotel. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight hotel. (B, D)

Lunch – on flight and Buffet Dinner.

Hotel; Clarion Suite Gateway or Similar.

15th Day: Melbourne – Philip Island Tour

After breakfast, continue for City Tour visiting Parliament house, Fitzroy Garden, Shrine of Remembrance, Town hall. Transfer to Warrook Cattle Farm with show. Transfer to Philip Island for Penguin standard Viewing. Overnight hotel. Dinner at restaurant. (B, L, D)

Local Lunch and Dinner at Hotel.

Hotel; Clarion Suite Gateway or Similar.

16th Day: Melbourne – New York - Flight

(B, L, D) stands for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Early or Boxed breakfast .

Checkout of Hotel and board your bus for transfer to Melbourne Airport

Return home with wonderful New Zealand and Australian tour memories. Hope to see you soon on our other tours!!!

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