Mountain biking in Queenstown, New Zealand

Outdoor Adventures Tour of Australia and New Zealand

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Australia, New Zealand

Places Visited

Sydney, Blue Mountains, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

Bursting with inimitable adventures yet indelibly tranquil, this tailored Australia and New Zealand adventure tour showcases the endless outdoor possibilities. Snorkeling, mountain biking, rafting, hiking, kayaking; a diverse array of experiences compliment the untamed landscapes, ensuring your immersion is maximized, and that there are a hundred tales of wonder to take back home.

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend three days in Sydney, indulging in world famous attractions and meandering into the dazzling vistas of the Blue Mountains
  • Snorkel into the world's most hypnotic marine world, with the Great Barrier Reef providing an immersion in vibrant colors and unique marine life
  • Aboriginal tribes have always lived outside, and an immersive day of bush walking and hunter-gathering provides a new perspective on the untouched landscape
  • Be soothed by the sight of mountain encircled Queenstown, and be thrilled by what's on offer at the “adrenaline capital of the world”
  • Discover the outdoor world that's been made famous on the big screen as you tour Lord of the Rings filming locations, and gaze upon iconic forest, swamp, pastures, and hobbit holes
  • Be welcomed by a traditional Maori tribe and spend an evening learning about the protectors of New Zealand's pristine environment
  • Spend two days exploring the volcanic landscape that surrounds Rotorua, including kayaking to island hot springs, mountain biking into the forest, and rafting down international trails

Detailed Description

Australia and New Zealand grab you by the hand, magnetically pulling you into a spell of adventure and excitement. Lace up the boots and climb aboard, allowing the countries' visual euphoria to greet every mountain bike turn, kayak paddle, or intrepid snorkel. These are countries that compel you to be outdoors, dozens of pristine national parks offering escapades suitable for everyone. Simultaneously, there's a wonderful tranquility and calmness to this lost continent. Each new adventure is easily accessible, every surge of adrenalin is matched by a soothing vista, and footprints provide the only impact on prehistoric landscapes. Australia and New Zealand outdoors is Australia and New Zealand at its best; intimate, achingly authentic, and glowing with surreal wonders.

It all starts in Sydney, unique adventures showcasing the diverse sides to this world famous city. Walk up the city's spine, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge for stupendous views of a cityscape merging with nature. Then get lost in the old streets with a city bicycle tour. Behind Sydney is a shimmering expanse of vibrant mountains and eucalyptus engulfed valleys, the Blue Mountains offering a day of panoramas and walking trails. Undertake tropical Cairns for the next three days, the experience centered around deserted beaches and the astonishing beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Aboriginal locals help to show you around, and marine biologists provide a narrative to accompany underwater exploration.

Fly across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand's South Island, the self-proclaimed “adrenaline capital of the world” welcoming every outdoor enthusiast with a mischievous grin. Ride a jet boat into narrow icy canyons, take your pick from five bungee jumps and swings, and indulge in the natural drama that overlooks Queenstown. Lake and dazzling mountains combine to provide an oil painting of reflections and serenity, and dozens of hiking trails start within meters of your hotel. It's a landscape that's inspired millions, including Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. Tour the famous shooting locations, from hobbit-crossed swamps to Gandalf-inhabited pastures. Like every destination during this itinerary, a perfectly appointed boutique style hotel offers a relaxed evening and a chance to rest the legs in indulgent luxury.

Fly to the country's volcanic North Island and immerse yourself in your final base, the geyser-strewn town of Rotorua. Geothermal activity bubbles below your feet and a Maori tribe greet you, their indigenous war dance reminding you of who protects this untamed environment. The North Island is an outdoor paradise, and it's enjoyed from a multitude of angles; hike to hidden waterfalls, kayak across lakes to island hot springs, white water raft through the forest, and mountain bike on stunning trails lost in the trees. Aching muscles are then enchantingly rested with a winding journey to the Hobbiton movie set and Auckland. So pack the outdoor spirit and get ready to explore, for Australia and New Zealand are waiting to be discovered.

Starting Price

$4,545 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.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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