Discover Australia & New Zealand
Embark on a leisurely journey that takes in the vivid red hues of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the brilliant tropical fish and corals of the Great Barrier Reef, and a luminous glowworm grotto in New Zealand’s North Island. As well as breathtaking natural wonders, you’ll discover ancient totems, modern cosmopolitan cities and fascinating cultural insights.
Discover Australia & New Zealand
Day 1 : Arrive in Cairns
Your adventure starts in Far North Queensland. Meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and privately hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
Hotel Hilton Hotel Cairns
Day 2 : Great Barrier Reef
Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to experience the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns.
Day 3 : Cairns Free Time
Today is yours to relax or explore at your own pace. You might like to take an optional experience to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to encounter an array of wildlife.
Day 4 : Cairns - Uluru
Fly from Cairns to Uluru. On arrival, join a local Aboriginal artist for an introduction to Western Desert art. Your Anangu artist will explain local totems, then help you complete your own painting to take home as a memento. Then enjoy a leisurely drive through the red desert plains to Kata Tjuta. View the majestic sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta as the outback sunsets over this ancient, mysterious landform.
Hotel Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
Day 5 : Uluru
View the magical Uluru sunrise, then gain an insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu people, as you tour the base of the giant monolith. This evening, relax with sparkling wine as you witness an iconic Uluru sunset. Savour the flavours of an Aussie barbecue dinner in the shadow of Uluru, while a local expert shares insight into the wonders of the southern night sky.
Day 6 : Uluru- Sydney
Depart the resort in total darkness for the short drive to Bruce Munro’s renowned Field of Light. Wander through the paths surrounding 50,000 hand-crafted frosted glass spheres of light, in colors of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white. Later, fly to Sydney where your evening is free to explore.
Hotel Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour
Day 7 : Sydney
A day of sightseeing in this stunning harbour city awaits you. Explore Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and put your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Then, take a sneak peek behind the scenes on a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Later, take to the water for a lunch cruise onboard one of the harbour’s premier vessels, enjoying a fresh seasonal menu while you glide past magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands.
Day 8 : Sydney
The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. You may choose an optional experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains to see the majestic Three Sisters rock formation and visit a wildlife park. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner on the Darling Harbour waterfront.
Day 9 : Sydney - Queenstown
This morning say farewell to Sydney and fly to Queenstown, on arrival travel to the delightful gold rush village of Arrowtown situated on the Arrow River which was once one of the world’s richest rivers, later get a feel for Queenstown and surrounds on an orientation tour. This evening meet your travel director for a welcome reception and dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office built-in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect setting for your highlight dinner with wine.
Hotel Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
Day 10 : Queenstown
Get the feel for real country life at a Be My Guest experience with your host, Southern Girl Laura, who was born and raised on a sheep farm in the deep south of New Zealand. Try your hand at sheep mustering, whip cracking as well as the chance to feed and pet the farm animals. Laura is sure you’ll leave feeling more like a local than a visitor.
Day 11 : Queenstown
Your final day in Queenstown could see you take an optional experience through Fiordland National Park for a cruise on Milford Sound.
Day 12 : Queenstown - Rotorua
This morning, you’ll fly from Queenstown to Rotorua. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent. This evening we visit Mitai where you’ll experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during the Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth.
Hotel Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Day 13 : Rotorua
At Rainbow Springs Nature Park, you’ll get a glimpse of native fauna and maybe spot a shy kiwi. Continue to Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village, where a Māori local guide will accompany you on a tour to see bubbling mud-pools, steaming thermal springs and New Zealand’s biggest geyser.
Day 14 : Rotorua - Auckland
Discover a galaxy of twinkling glowworms this morning in the mysterious Waitomo Caves. Travel on to Auckland for a city tour, and a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director.
Hotel Stamford Plaza, Auckland
Day 15 : Depart Auckland
Say goodbye when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast.