March Downunder Tour
General Tour Inclusions
- Coach class air fare round trip from Los Angeles
- First class accommodations as listed or similar
- The services of experienced, English-speaking local tour manager
- The services of English-speaking local driver/guide on tours and transfers
- Sightseeing and admission as specified in itinerary
- Meals as shown in the itinerary (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch and (Dinner)
- New Zealand and Australian goods and services tax Price based on minimum of 20 tour participants and August 2008 currency rates (subject to change)
- $6,296.00 per person based on double occupancy - Single supplement rate available upon request
Deposit of $350.00 per person is required to hold reservations. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. To: ANZ/Sunflower Tours, 1223 N. Rock Road, Bldg. G., Suite 200, Wichita, KS 67206 Attn: Bobbi Hansen Tel: 316 634 l700 or 800 445 0563 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is strongly recommended. Some pre-existing conditions will be covered only if insurance is taken at time of initial deposit. For further insurance information and a brochure, contact ANZ Tours/Sunflower Travel.
A handling fee of $100.00 per person plus any applicable vendor fees will be charged after receipt of deposit. From l20 days to departure, $350.00 per person plus any penalties assessed by hotels, transportation companies, airlines and other purveyors of service will be charged.
Valid passport/transit visa for Australia (not included in price).
MAR 28 - DEPART USA
MAR 29 - CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE
30 MAR - ARRIVAL BRISBANE AND CAIRNSArrive Brisbane and transfer onto your flight to Cairns.
Upon arrival and following the completion of your customs formalities, you will be met by a representative from ANZ Tours who will assist you with your transfer by Down Under Coaches from International Airport to your Hotel.
Remainder of day at own leisure.
Accommodation: Mercure Harbourside Hotel, 3 nights - Mountain View rooms
MAR 31 - CAIRNS - SIGHTSEEING (B,L)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel restaurant.
Depart from your hotel this morning by private coach for a full day tour into the Daintree Rainforest.
Our first stop is Hartleys Crocodile Adventures the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. Over 1500 metres of timber boardwalks and shady pathways lead you on a journey of discovery through melaleuca wetlands, riparian rainforest and eucalypt woodlands. Explore the natural habitat of the Australian estuarine crocodile on a boat cruise on Hartleys Lagoon.
Continue our journey North along one of Australias great scenic Highways to arrive at Daintree Tea House for lunch.
At Mosman Gorge this afternoon, join a private Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime tour. The guided rainforest walk is a 1 - hour walk along private, easy graded tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over cool rainforest streams. The experienced interpretive guides demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush tucker sources, share their dreamtime legends, explain the history of cave paintings and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationships within this unique tropical environment. Enjoy a Didgeridoo performance, Tea and Damper at the end of your tour.
APR 1st - CAIRNS - GREAT BARRIER REEF (B,L)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
Today, you will be collected by Ocean Spirit Cruises for a full day to the Great Barrier reef. Spend four hours on the reef at Michaelmas Cay - a picturesque reef cay where coral gardens abound with a myriad of marine life, surrounding a protected seabird sanctuary. Departing Cairns Marina, you will cruise on the award winning, high performance Ocean Spirit catamaran direct to the reef. Included in your cruise are morning and afternoon tea, guided snorkelling tours with equipment, presentations by marine biologists and a hot/cold smorgasbord luncheon.
On return to Cairns, this evening is free at leisure.
APR 2nd - CAIRNS TO SYDNEY (B)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
Transferred by Down Under Coaches from your hotel to Cairns domestic airport to meet your flight to Sydney.
Upon arrival Sydney, you will be transferred by Murrays Coaches to your hotel.
Accommodation: The Grace Hotel, 3 nights - superior rooms
APR 3rd - SYDNEY (B,L)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
Depart from your hotel this morning by Murrays Coaches for your Morning City sights and Southern Beaches Tours. See the picturesque Botanical Gardens, the Conservatorium of Music, Art Gallery and Mrs Macquaries Chair, stopping for spectacular views of the Opera House. Then its back to the citys commercial centre, Darling Harbour and Chinatown before heading for Kings Cross and the exclusive suburbs of Double Bay, Rose Bay and Watsons Bay for a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from The Gap before returning to the city. 1200hrs. Board Matilda Cruises for your Sydney Harbour Luncheon Cruise. The luxury catamarans are Australian designed with huge outdoor viewing decks for maximum enjoyment of spectacular Sydney Harbour. Be entertained and informed by live commentary whilst enjoying the incredible harbour views, including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and Fort Denison. Enjoy a hot and cold carvery buffet, fresh salads, seafood, Australian fruits and cheeses, desserts, tea and coffee.
Upon disembarkation at Circular Quay, join a 45-minute guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Located on Bennelong Point, the Opera House is one of the most recognisable sights of Sydney. Built in 1973 this building was designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon and is considered to be one of the 20th centurys architectural triumphs. Transferred by Murrays Coaches back to your hotel.
APR 4th - SYDNEY (B)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
This morning you will be transferred by Murrays Coaches to the National Art School in Sydney special visit with Andrew Totman.
Remainder of day at leisure for optional tours.
APR 5th - SYDNEY TO QUEENSTOWN (B)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
Transferred from your hotel by Murrays Coaches to Sydney International airport to meet your departure flight.
Fly from Sydney to Queenstown. You will arrive and clear New Zealand Customs and then be met by the representative of ANZ Tours.
Transfer from the airport to your hotel.The rest of toady and evening is free time.
Stay: Novotel Gardens Hotel
APR 6th - QUEENSTOWN - DAY TRIP MILFORD SOUND (B, L)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
Depart from Queenstown by coach and settle back to watch the most amazing scenery unfold before you as you travel along the eastern shoreline of Lake Wakatipu in the shadow of the Remarkable Range to Kingston. Drive through the Five Rivers farming community to Lake Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland. From Te Anau you will travel around the shores of Lake Te Anau into the rugged valley of the Eglinton River. As the road passes Lakes Gunn and Fergus beech covered mountains frame the view of distant peaks. The road then enters the Hollyford Valley and climbs to the Homer Saddle. After driving through the 1200 metre long Homer Tunnel, the road drops down to follow the swiftly flowing Cleddau River into Milford Sound.
On arrival join your Cruise boat 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. Gigantic waterfalls tumble into the fiord from lofty mountain lakes. Here lies some of the most talked about scenery in the world, including mile-high Mitre Peak, the aptly named focal point of majestic Milford Sound. Lunch will be on board the boat.
After your cruise you will have a relaxing journey back to Queenstown on board your coach.
Stay: Novotel Gardens Hotel
APR 7th - QUEENSTOWN (B)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
Depart this morning by coach to Arrowtown an old Gold Mining town that has retained its original buildings. Time will be allowed for you to explore this village. Leaving Arrowtown you travel to the AJ Hackett bungy bridge where the group will disembark for a look at the unique local sport of bungy jumping. AJ Hackett, the pioneer of bungy jumping has made Queenstown the bungy jumping capital of the world. It is a wonderful spectator sport, watching participants defy gravity by jumping off the bridge with their feet firmly attached to a rubber bungy cord. This stop is for spectators only guests who feel they would like to participate are free to return in their own time.
After a short time spent watching the bungy jumping action, depart by coach for the five minute journey to Gibbston Valley Winery. This is a small but sophisticated winery situated in the spectacular Kawarau Gorge where the vineyards thrive on the warm north-facing slopes where miners dug for gold over 100 years ago. At a latitude of 45 South, the vineyards of Central Otago are the southernmost in the world, the highest above sea level in New Zealand (at over 100 metres), and the furthest from the sea - all factors which contribute to highly distinctive wines which are already attracting world-wide attention. A wine tasting session will be held in the wine caves (underground cellar), carved out of the rock schist in the mountain-side.
Then return to your hotel in Queenstown.
The rest of today and evening is free for optional tours.
Stay: Novotel Gardens Hotel
APR 8th - QUEENSTOWN - MT COOK - CHRISTCHURCH (B, L)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
This morning your tour coach will pick you up from your accommodation for your journey to Christchurch via Mount Cook. Depart Queenstown through the ruggard Kawarau Gorge, the fruit growing areas of Central Otago, the Lindis Pass before crossing the tussock covered highlands of the MacKenzie Country (these were so named after an infamous Scottish drover). Then follow the western shoreline of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook. The scene is a paradox of wild beauty and forbidding solitude - pale blue lake and golden tussock contrasting with the snow-capped Alps.
Mount Cook:Lunch at the world Famous Hermitage Hotel.
Renowned for its craggy beauty, Mt Cook is a magnet for mountaineers who pit their climbing skills against its challenging peaks and glaciers. Less energetic visitors come here to enjoy the park's alpine scenery and explore its trails and tarns.
Depart Mount Cook along the western shoreline of Lake Pukaki, the McKenzie country to Lake Tekapo, a vast mirror reflecting the majestic mountain panorama. Before leaving Tekapo visit the simple stone Church of the Good Shepherd, built in 1935 as a memorial to the pioneer runholders of the McKenzie Country. Nearby is another memorial, a bronze sheep dog sculptured by a local farmers wife recording the districts obligation to sheep dogs - the unsung heroes of high country farming.
Leave Lake Tekapo and climb through Burkes Pass and pass through the farming communities of Fairlie, Geraldine and Ashburton. Continue on north across the checker-board farmlands and sheep pastures of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch and your hotel.
Stay: Millennium Hotel
APR 9th - CHRISTCHURCH - ROTORUA (B)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
This morning undertake a short sightseeing tour of Christchurch, and visit the Antarctic Centre en route to the airport.
Fly Christchurch to Rotorua.
On arrival at Rotorua airport you will be met by your North Island Coach and Driver.
Transfer airport to for the Kiwi Encounter.
This unique attraction gives visitors the chance to see Kiwi conservation in action. Visit the hatchery and nursery where kiwi are hatched and nurtured. The large viewing windows allows a splendid view and if you time it right you may even see a Kiwi hatching or perhaps a young one just hatched. In the uniquely modern nocturnal area there are adult kiwis which are part of a captive breeding and management programme in conjunction with the Department of Conservation. Within this area the kiwi enclosures are completely open with no partitions between the kiwi and our visitors. A special experience. It is a special temperature controlled area with specialist lighting which mirrors ideal conditions for our North Island Brown Kiwi, - a cool moonlight night. Kiwi are active at night . This is when they come out to forage for food. In order for you to see the kiwi, their cycle has been changed so they sleep during our night time and come out to feed during night time conditions (our day).
Then continue onto your hotel.
Stay: Millennium Hotel
APR 10 - ROTORUA (B, D)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
This morning you will visit the Te Puia complex for a guided tour through the Maori Arts and Crafts Centre. Here young Maori carvers are taught the skills of their ancestors. Also seen is the Thermal Valley where you will see pools of bubbling mud, spouting geysers, silica terraces and steam pouring out of vents at your feet.
The rest of today until late afternoon is free.
Stay: Millennium Hotel
Late this afternoon, you will be met by your Maori guide and transfer to Tamaki Maori Village where you will learn the poi, haka and Maori past times (art, craft, carving, games) and will include a One hour session with Cultural Group. You will then attend the Cultural Performance (early Show) and Hangi.
After dinner, transfer back to Accommodation with your guide.
APR 11 - ROTORUA - WAITOMO - AUCKLAND (B)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
This morning you depart Rotorua and climb over climbs over the densely native-forested Mamaku Ranges, you will then pass Lake Karapiro, the site of one of the best rowing courses in the world and one of the eight hydro-electric power stations on the Waikato River. Contnue on through farm land to Waitomo.
Waitomo CavesThese caves in the limestone hill country southwest of Hamilton are one of New Zealand's premier tourist attractions. The largest and best-known attraction is the Glow Worm Cave, renown for the presence of glow-worms, which seemingly turn the cavern roof into a galaxy of stars.
After visiting the Glow Worm Cave you journey north via the city of Hamilton to Auckland, New Zealands largest city.
Stay: Stamford Plaza Hotel
APR 12 - AUCKLAND - USA (B)Buffet Breakfast at Hotel.
Your sightseeing tour of Auckland will stop at the Westhaven Marina at the foot of the Harbour Bridge. This spot provides a wonderful backdrop for some excellent photos. Travel over the Harbour Bridge before returning along the waterfront to Mission Bay, stopping at the Bastion Point Savage Memorial site on the way back into town. Located high above Tamaki Drive, this site offers fantastic views of Aucklands harbour and outlying islands.
The visit Auckland Museum, before continuing onto Auckland airport for your flight check in.
Check in for your flight back to the USA.