Day 1. Depart for New Zealand
Cross the international dateline and arrive on Day 3
Day 3. Arrive Auckland.
Haere mai - Welcome to New Zealand. Transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 4. Auckland sightseeing.
This morning a tour of Auckland including a visit to Mt Eden, Parnell Village and Paratai Drive. This afternoon travel to the Waitakere Ranges, visit the black sand beach where 'The Piano' was filmed and travel into a dense rainforest with tree ferns, Kauri trees and waterfalls.
Day 5. Auckland to Rotorua.
Travel to world famous Waitomo Caves before continuing to Rotorua, home to spouting geysers and boiling mud pools.
Day 6. Rotorua sightseeing.
A morning tour includes Rainbow Springs, Rainbow Farm Te Whakarewarewa thermal reserve and Te Puia Arts and Crafts Institute. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori concert and Hangi (feast). D
Day 7. Rotorua to Queenstown.
The morning is at leisure before your flight to Queenstown. On arrival transfer to your selected accommodation (airfare not included).
Day 8. Milford Sound.
Travel south into Fiordland, through Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Cruise past mile-high Mitre Peak, along this 16 km long glacially-carved fiord, and out to the open sea. This will be one of the most memorable experiences of your holiday. In the afternoon return to Queenstown. L
Day 9. In Queenstown.
At leisure to enjoy New Zealand's favourite holiday resort town. Optional tours include helicopter scenic flights, jetboat river trips, steamship lake cruises, white water rafting and Skyline Gondola rides.
Day 10. Queenstown to Sydney.
Time at leisure until your flight to Sydney. G'day! Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 11. Sydney sightseeing.
This morning during your guided walking tour of the historic Rocks area, you will enjoy views of the harbour and see historic buildings and sandstone stairs whilst wandering through the many alleyways. Your guide will tell you the story of the settlement of New South Wales. An afternoon city tour past the Opera House, Botanical Gardens and the southern beaches including Bondi.
Day 12. Sydney.
Your cruise of Sydney Harbour today includes stops at the Rocks, Opera House, Watson's Bay and Taronga Zoo. Your ticket is flexible enabling you to take any of the 8 daily departures, spending as long as you wish at each stop before rejoining the cruise. Entrance to the Taronga Zoo, where you can see many native animals including kangaroos and koalas, is included in your ticket.
Day 13. Sydney to Cairns.
Today is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairns. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 14. Great Barrier Reef.
Today visit the Outer Barrier Reef. There will be time for a swim (snorkel or dive) and to view the abundant sea life from the underwater observatory and see the beautiful coral from a glass bottom boat. L
Day 15. Kuranda & Aboriginal Experience
Board the Kuranda train for a scenic ride to Kuranda, famous for its markets. Travel into the towering rainforest on an amphibious army duck. Enjoy an Aussie barbecue lunch and an authentic Aboriginal cultural performance under the canopy of the rainforest. Experience a "Dreamtime" walk with an Aboriginal guide. Throw a boomerang and see Australian native animals including koalas and kangaroos and enjoy a ride on Skyrail. L
Day 16. At leisure.
A full day for you to enjoy Queensland's tropical north.
Day 17. Depart Cairns.
At leisure until you are transferred to the airport