Feel the magic of a whole continent with this handcrafted luxury family vacation tour to Australia and New Zealand. Each day gently massages a different mood, offering wide-eyed thrills for the children and delightful relaxation for the parents. Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, Hobbiton, helicoptering over the fjords; this itinerary excels in delivering daily wonder with a family orientated twist.
Warm Welcome to Sydney
Iconic Sydney provides the warmest of welcomes, the city enclosed by lush rolling mountains and shimmering blue water. As the plane swoops down over the ocean and you admire the view, you already know that this is going to be a special destination. Collect your bags and the rental vehicle keys are waiting, perfect for exploring the beauty of Sydney at your own pace. After the international flight, today is free for you to relax and recuperate, and the Sydney city center always great for an evening stroll. Despite its size, Sydney is incredibly safe and compact, with renowned destinations like Darling Harbour and the Opera House within walking distance.
Exhilarating Sydney Bridge Climb and Serene River Cruise
A Beautiful Journey to the Blue Mountains and Spotting Hopping Marsupials
Exploring Sydney at Your Family’s Pace
Beach Indulgence in Tropical Cairns
A Family Journey to the Great Barrier Reef
Exploring Untouched Beach and Ancient Rainforest
Learning Aboriginal Culture From the Locals
Flying to New Zealand and Relaxing in Queenstown
Visiting New Zealand’s Famous Movie Filming Locations
Thrilling Jet Boat Ride and Nature Walk
Stunning Helicopter Ride Across the Fjordlands
A Traditional Maori Welcome to Rotorua
An Incredible Journey to Hobbiton
Mountain Biking Through Middle Earth
- Spend four days exploring iconic Sydney, including climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, exploring the majestic Blue Mountains, and relaxing on the famous beaches
- Lounge in the tropical bliss of Cairns, with daily family excursions discovering the ancient rainforest and evocative Aboriginal culture
- Explore the Great Barrier Reef, with child-friendly snorkeling and submergible boats ensuring that everyone can marvel at the marine wonder
- Take the children to Hobbiton, the world-famous movie set unchanged from when Peter Jackson’s epic was filmed
- Climb aboard a helicopter and cruise across the Fjordland National Park, landing on an isolated glacier and admiring the world famous Milford Sound from the air
- Journey to Middle Earth with a mountain bike trip in Rotorua, and a trip to see world-renowned movie filming locations
- With a rental vehicle included at each destination, you can create a family adventure that runs at your own pace
- Minimize travel time by taking domestic flights between destinations and spending four days at each destination
Great family vacations are for the whole family. There needs to be enough excitement and originality to impress the children, a laid-back rhythm to help the parents unwind, and a continuous offering of experiences that make everyone smile in wonderment. This handcrafted family vacation tour to Australia and New Zealand effortlessly delivers, bringing the magic of a whole continent to the exultant faces of the whole family. Travel time is kept to a minimum, with four unique bases used to explore the surrounding area: Sydney and Cairns in Australia, and Queenstown and Rotorua in New Zealand. That means less repacking of the suitcase and a minimizing of travel stress. Local flights connect the destinations, and a rental car is waiting on arrival, enabling you to explore at a pace that suits the family.
Start in Sydney, one of the planet’s most iconic and unforgettable cities. Climb the exposed spine of Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a gentle river cruise through the urbanity, and drive your rental vehicle to discover dazzling beach suburbs and the omnipresent nature. Meander into the majestic Blue Mountains, a mystical haze covering eucalyptus-clad valleys at this World Heritage Site. There’s even a stop at a wildlife sanctuary on the way back, a chance for the kids to get close to exotic koalas and kangaroos.
Fly north to tropical Cairns, an idyllic beach destination surrounded by an exuberant rainforest. It’s tempting to laze away the next four days on the endless miles of deserted coastline. But Cairns really ignites everyone’s imagination. Take a child-friendly cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, with trained lifeguards assisting first-time snorkelers and a fully submersible ship ensuring everyone can witness the marine wonder. Spend time in an ancient rainforest and also enjoy an eye-opening look at traditional Aboriginal culture. The whole family can discover delectable bush tucker and create their own piece of Aboriginal art.
The itinerary then crosses to New Zealand, the landscapes immediately imbuing a sense of the surreal and untamed. The South Island is rugged and mountainous, as your Queenstown base is surrounded by beautiful peaks and tranquil sapphire lakes. Relive famous movies scenes with a trip to the famous filming locations, and then ogle the aesthetics from the sky, as the family takes a helicopter ride across the bewildering fjords. Landing on a hidden glacier epitomizes the kind of originality to expect on this luxury vacation.
Rotorua is your final base, with the rolling green landscape reminiscent of mythical Middle Earth. Take the children to the enchantment of Hobbiton, the movie set completely untouched since filming for The Lord of the Rings finished. Then enjoy a day of mountain biking through these lost landscapes, with a variety of trails available for every fitness level. And the above is just a snapshot of the possibilities. There's also jet boat riding, exploding geysers, cute wallabies, nature walks through 80-million-year-old forests, and a spellbinding Maori welcome to New Zealand.
Like all itineraries on Zicasso, this vacation is fully customizable, and every facet of the trip can be amended. This custom tailored vacation to Australia and New Zealand offers a stunning playground of choice for every mood, so that this family vacation will be tailored to your personal preferences.
$16,635 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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