Australia

19OAUNZ The Ultimate Australia and New Zealand Experience
  • 19 Days / 18 Nights
  • 3 nights in Cairns, 1 night in Ayers Rock,1 night in Alice Springs, 4 nights in Sydney, 1 night in Auckland, 2 nights in Rotorua, 4 nights in Queenstown and 2 nights in Christchurch
  • 18 nights of accommodations
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 2 lunches on full day sights in Cairns
  • 1 dinner in Rotorua
  • 3 lunches on full day sights (Waitomo, Milford Sound and Mt Cook)
  • Sightseeing tours in air-conditioned coaches with English-speaking driver-guide
  • Private transfers to / from the airport
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Service and local taxes
  • We guarantee tour operation with a minimum of two passengers
  • Value pricing starts at $5,957.00 per person
  • First Class pricing starts at $6,663.00 per person
  • All prices are based on exchange rates as of 10/23/08 and are subject to change until booked
  • Single supplement rate available upon request
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SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrive Cairns

Upon arrival in Cairns, you will be met by ANZ Tour's representative in Australia and transferred to your Cairns hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2 - Cairns

The ultimate Kuranda day experience is a trilogy of the old, the new and the ancient. You can experience two of the greatest mainland attractions in Far North Queensland. Take the century-old Kuranda Scenic Railway on a spectacular journey through 34 kilometres of picture-postcard scenery. Your tour includes entry into the three main attractions in Kuranda: Birdworld, the Australian Butterfly Sancturary and Kuranda Koala Gardens. Enjoy a delicious lunch before free time is allowed to explore this Village in the Rainforest. Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your journey to Caravonica Lakes. You will travel at treetop level along the world's longest gondola cableway. The gondola descends to the forest floor where guests can take a stroll through the rainforest on the boardwalk, or visit the interpretive centre to learn more about this unique World Heritage-listed environment.

Day 3 - Cairns

The Great Barrier Reef is a living phenomenon. The reef's coloured branches sit upon banks of limestone polyps, which have been built up slowly over thousands of years from the seabed. Today you will be treated to a non-exclusive chartered cruise aboard Quicksilver. There are a variety of ways for you to view the beautiful Barrier Reef swimming, snorkelling, and underwater viewing platforms or take a ride in the semi-submersibles. In addition scuba diving and guided snorkelling expeditions will be available to those looking for more of an adventure. A tropical buffet lunch will be served aboard the cruise before returning to Port Douglas late afternoon.

Day 4 - CAIRNS - AYERS ROCK

Transfer from hotel to Cairns Airport and join your flight from Cairns to Ayers Rock. FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED. Arrive Ayers Rock and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5 - AYERS ROCK - ALICE SPRINGS

Transfer from hotel to Ayers Rock Airport and join your flight from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs. FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED. Arrive Alice Springs and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6 - ALICE SPRINGS - SYDNEY

Transfer from hotel to Alice Springs Airport and join your flight from Alice Springs to Sydney. FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED. Arrive Sydney and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 7 - IN SYDNEY - Morning City Sights Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable morning exploring the city sights of Sydney. See the famous icons of Sydney the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, visit Mrs Macquarie's Chair, the lovely Botanical Gardens, see busy Chinatown and Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, exclusive area of Double Bay and the famous Bondi surf beach.

Day 8 - IN SYDNEY

Day free for Optional Tours

Day 9 - IN SYDNEY

Day free for Optional Tours

Day 10 - SYDNEY - AUCKLAND

Your time in Sydney is free until the transfer to the airport. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your international flight. FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED. On arrival you will be met by a representative of ANZ Tours and transferred to your hotel. Auckland is New Zealand's largest city. It is the main point of entry for most overseas visitors and is well served with hotels and restaurants. The busy main street of the city is lined with shops, boutiques and businesses and some of the outlying suburbs are noted for the quality of the shopping.

Day 11 - Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua

You will be collected from your hotel for your tour to Waitomo and Rotorua. Travel through the rich dairying country of the Waikato arriving at Waitomo in time for lunch. The Waitomo Caves in the limestone hill country southwest of Hamilton are one of New Zealand's main tourist attractions. The caves are well known for their glowworms, which seemingly turn the roofs into a galaxy of stars. Undertake a guided tour of the world-famous Waitomo Glow-worm Grotto. This includes a silent boat ride on an underground river into a cavern spangled with radiant blue/green lights of thousands of tiny glow-worms. Striking limestone formations include the famous "Organ" and the lofty chamber called the "Cathedral". From Waitomo continue onto Rotorua arriving about 5.00pm.

Day 12 - In Rotorua

Visitors from around the world have been coming to Rotorua since the 1880s. The city is best known for its thermal activity with geysers, mud pools, hot pools and steam vents providing spectacular sights. Thermal waters are used to treat ailments as well as provide bathing and relaxation. The tour coach will call for you for your tour of Rotorua. Visit the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, here young Maori carvers are taught the skills of their ancestors, a guided tour shows you traditional crafts of flax weaving, wood and jade carving. Following this you will see pools of bubbling mud, spouting geysers, silica terraces and steam pouring out of vents at your feet, including lively Pohutu geyser that erupts up to 100 feet!Following the visit to the thermal reserve it is off to Paradise Valley Springs for a guided tour of the freshwater springs full of rainbow and brown trout (underwater gallery for viewing) in their various stages of development. Also included is the Agrodome Show a "must see" entertaining stage show starring sheep shearing, live sheep auction, cow milking (you try it!), feeding cute cuddly baby lambs and an outdoors sheep dog trial. This richly informative show gives you an animated insight into New Zealand farming. Return to the hotel by 12.30 with the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, attend a Maori hangi (feast.) in your hotel. The food is cooked in the traditional Maori manner by natural steam in a pit in the earth. A wide selection of foods is generally provided including wild pork, lamb and seafoods. Dinner will be followed by a Maori Cultural performance, which includes many traditional action songs.

Day 13 - Rotorua - Queenstown

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED. On arrival in Queenstown, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Backed by steep mountains, Queenstown lies in the curve of Lake Wakatipu at the head of its own small horseshoe shaped bay. It is the South Island's principal resort, drawing visitors the year round with its lake and mountain scenery, exhilarating climate, changing seasons and varied excursion possibilities.

Day 14 - Queestown

Free day for optional tours.

Day 15 - Excursion to Milford Sound

Depart from Queenstown in the morning and travel around lakes and through farming communities until you reach the stunning mountain scenery of the Fiordland National Park.. The road then enters the Hollyford Valley and climbs to the 1200 metre long Homer Tunnel before descending into Milford Sound. On arrival join the launch for a cruise on Milford Sound. This fiord was created during an ice age and knifes out to sea with native forests and sheer cliffs rising from the waterway to heights of several thousand feet. Lunch is included during the cruise. After the cruise transfer the short distance to the airfield to join your light aircraft for the scenic flight back to Queenstown.

3:40 PM - Depart from Milford Sound. The view from the aircraft is spectacular as you ascend beside the precipitous mountains, which surround the Sound. Passing over a portion of the famed Milford track you will see Lakes Ada and Quill and the highest waterfall in New Zealand - the Sutherland Falls.

4:30 PM - Arrive at Queenstown Airport from where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 16 - Queenstown

Free day to explore more of Queenstown at your leisure.

Day 17 - Queenstown - Mount Cook - Christchurch

The coach will collect you from your accommodation this morning. Departing from Queenstown the route travels through the rugged Kawarau Gorge and the fruit growing area of Central Otago, before passing into the tussock covered McKenzie Country. Follow the western shore of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook. Renowned for its craggy beauty, Mt Cook is a magnet for mountaineers. Less energetic visitors come here to enjoy the park's alpine scenery and explore its trails. Lunch is included at the Hermitage Hotel. It is recommended that you take advantage of an optional 40-minute scenic flight over Mt Cook and the Southern Alps by ski-equipped aircraft with the highlight of a ski landing on the Tasman Glacier - a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Depart from the Mt Cook National Park and travel past Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo. where a stop will be made at the simple stone Church of the Good Shepherd. From Tekapo a descent is made through Burke's Pass to the rural settlement of Fairlie and Geraldine, before crossing the checker-board farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to reach Ashburton and Christchurch. Arrive into Christchurch where you will be set down at your hotel at 6.30pm

Day 18 - Christchurch

The coach will call for you for your Christchurch Morning Sightseeing Tour which includes Cathedral Square, Avon River, Town Hall, the floral clock, Law Courts, Provincial Chambers, Christ's College, Museum, Botanical Gardens, Arts Centre, and the Bridge of Remembrance. On leaving the inner city, the tour drives through several parks and gardens including Mona Vale Gardens and Hagley Park. The excursion then travels to the Sign of the Takahe, an historic building providing spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and to the Southern Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 19 - Depart Christchurch

Your time in Christchurch is free until the transfer to the airport.
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your international flight.

Optional Tours Available from Sydney

Canberra (Full Day) Departs Daily

See Australia's majestic capital city, filled with national monuments, grand architectural features, modern museums and art galleries.
  • Visit the modern, new National Museum. Discover the hands-on, interactive displays.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the billion dollar Parliament House.
  • Wander through the Australian War Memorial at your leisure.
  • Tour past the many diplomatic embassies and consulates of the nation's capital.
  • Pass Lake Burley Griffin.
  • See the National Library.
  • View 'The Lodge', the Australian Prime Minister's official residence.
  • Pass the High Court of Australia

Blue Mountains (Full Day) Departs Daily

Enjoy breathtaking cliff-top views, lush rainforest gullies and towering waterfalls in this amazing World Heritage area. Pat a koala at the Wildlife Park.
  • Visit the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park - pat a cuddly koala.
  • See our amazing Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, goannas and possums.
  • Enjoy fantastic photo opportunities and the chance to feed and interact with the animals!
  • Relax on a gentle bushwalk at Govetts Leap - breathtaking views from the lookouts.
  • See the historic township of Katoomba.
  • Take in the spectacular scenery of Jamison and Megalong Valley.
  • Take a ride on the world's steepest railway - scenic railway*, the Skyway Cable Car*, or the new Sceniscender.
  • See the Three Sisters rock formation.
  • Discover the delightful village of Leura - explore the antique shops and boutiques. Visit the famous Leura Lolly shop.
  • Travel through the site of the 2000 Olympic Games.

Rides at the Scenic World are optional and at your own expense.

Hunter Valley (Full Day) Departs Daily

Australia's Hunter Valley is world-renowned for its wines. It is also an incredibly beautiful place to visit for a day or two. Learn to appreciate different wines and grape varieties, or simply sit back and enjoy a delightful food and wine experience.
  • Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Stop at historic Wollombi for complimentary morning tea.
  • Wine tasting at world famous Lindemans.
  • Enjoy the quaint village of the Hunter Valley Gardens.
  • Increase your knowledge of wine with an 'Introduction to Wine Appreciation' course.
  • Learn about styles, techniques and how to enjoy them and blend your own wine.
  • See how wine is actually made, from the grapevine to the bottle.
  • Enjoy an array of tasty platters, offering you a range of individual dishes for lunch.
  • Wine Appreciation Certificate
  • Walking Tour of Vineyard
  • Walking Tour of the Winery
  • Tasting Platter Lunch and Wine (Tasting / Tutorial)
  • Presentation of Certificate

Optional Tours Available from Queenstown

Walter Peak Evening Dining (4 hours) Departs Daily

No visit to Queenstown is complete without a visit to Walter Peak high country sheep & cattle station. Depart Queenstown at 6.00pm for a 40 minute cruise aboard the 1912 vintage Steamship TSS Earnslaw on scenic Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak.
  • Watch the sun set over spectacular Mountains and enjoy the tranquillity of the cruise aboard the gracious old Lady of the Lake.
  • Prior to dinner at Walter Peak, you'll have ample time to inspect the Colonel's Homestead with its beautiful furniture & antiques.
  • Soak up the atmosphere of the established gardens & the magnificent setting of Beach Bay.
  • A chance to see sheep dogs in action & the opportunity to view the sheep & the Scottish Highland cattle at close quarters.
  • There is time for a pre-dinner drink (own cost) in the Colonel's Bar before being tempted by a superb three course carvery dinner served from a buffet in the Colonel's House.
  • During the return to Queenstown, listen to the pianist play a few old favourites from yesteryear, making this a very pleasurable experience amidst the warm and comfortable surroundings.

Dart River Safari (Half day) Departs Daily

Travel by coach from Queenstown to the small town of Glenorchy located at the head of the Lake Wakatipu. Here you will board your Jetboat and travel up the Dart River into the pristine country of the Mt. Aspiring National Park. The Dart River's wild and scenic landscape of towering peaks, glaciers, rushing waters and ancient forests was the backdrop for many scenes in the Lord of the Rings film. You will explore this land with experienced, friendly guides who will entertain and enrich with legends and folklore. The Jetboat is the only means of entering this wilderness and the number of passengers allowed in on a daily basis is strictly controlled by the Department of Conservation. The jet boat is able to travel in water depths of only 6 inches allowing it access to the hidden wonders of this special place.

Skippers and Beyond

Adventure, Sightseeing and Goldpanning (4 Hours) Departs Daily. A twisting, turning mountain road carved out of sheer rock, winds hillsides and cliff sides high above the Shotover Gorge...this is Skippers Canyon, the start of Queenstown's most spectacular back country trip. The road follows the original gold miners wagon track deep into the canyon, with breathtaking views down to the famous Shotover River far below. Beyond the Shotover Bridge it is unique country, harsh and rugged even in summer, a frozen fairyland in winter. Visit old Skippers township, where long ago so many gold miners lived and died. Break for a brew of billy tea and a chance to try your hand at gold panning. The Shotover River is still one of the world's richest gold bearing rivers.