If you’ve ever wanted to experience the ultimate vacation to Australia and New Zealand and to experience their “best of,” look no further. This 22-day trip takes you through the incredible wonders of both nature and man that span the lengths of Australia and New Zealand. From visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites in Australia to experiencing truly breathtaking scenes in New Zealand, the Southern Hemisphere is beckoning you to experience her very best.
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Melbourne – A Calm Landing
Arrive in the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne. A city full of quaint cafés, beautiful gardens, eclectic museums, and a vibrancy that is both international and uniquely Australian. Take part in the welcome reception at the Hotel Crowne Plaza, a plush hotel overlooking the serene Yarra River.
Relax in one of the many cafés of Melbourne, a city that boasts its café culture as part of its lifeblood. No matter the weather, sit with the locals under the umbrellas, most often lining an alley, like Degraves Street, with restaurants and umbrellas sitting shoulder to shoulder, the smell of fresh pastries and chocolates drifting through the street. For a sweet treat, try Little Cupcakes, their Blueberry Pistachio cupcake has the tart sweetness of berry with the earthy crunch of pistachio.
Melbourne is a city known for its art. The boutiques clustered around Little Collins Street are funky and fresh with styles that range from avant-garde and international, to strictly Australian, bannering the proud cry, “Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie!” across the garment’s chest. The street art that coats the city is vibrant and adored, colorful pieces that range from political satire to comic book appreciation. A walk down most streets in Melbourne will boast how proud the city is about their artistic culture, whether worn on a local’s shoulders as a broach or painted on the city’s walls.
Melbourne – A Welcome Poise
Melbourne – The Ocean’s Pull
Alice Springs – The Desert’s Wonder
Uluru – The Walkabout
Uluru – Dreamtime
Cairns – Drawn to the Sea
Cairns – The Quiet of the Ocean Floor
Cairns – Where the Jungle Meets the Sea
Sydney – Shore to Shore
Sydney – Sea and Sails
Sydney – Journey to the End
Auckland – Embrace New Zealand
Auckland – The City of Sails
Day 15 – The Maori Way
Christchurch – The Garden City
Franz Josef Glacier – The Magnificent Southern Alps
Queenstown – Discover Queenstown
Milford Sound – The Incredible Fjordland
Queenstown – Relaxing in Queenstown
Christchurch – One More Time
Christchurch – Never the End
- Indulge in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital
- See the intricacies of the Sydney Opera House
- Experience the legendary draw of Uluru
- Learn about Aboriginal culture and legend
- Swim through the majesty of the Great Barrier Reef
- Witness the special glow of Waitomo Caves
- Learn about the rich Maori culture
- Dine in a traditional Maori hangi
- Get up-close-and-personal with the Franz Joseph Glacier
- Cruise around the fjords of the Southern Hemisphere
Australia and New Zealand are amalgamations of wide-open space and settlement. This 22-day tour of Australia and New Zealand takes you through the most extreme variance of Australia’s habitable coastal areas, while also exploring its awesome Red Centre. New Zealand’s scenery ranges from the welcoming green of the prairies to the looming white tips of the Southern Alps. The indescribable beauty that Australia and New Zealand offer lies in the history, culture, and luxury of the cities, along with the untouched naturalness that encompasses so much of both countries.
The journey through Australia takes you from Melbourne, Australia’s café clad cultural capital, to the deep Red Centre to see the wonders of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest monolith, Uluru. The legend of Dream Time will compel you to wander deeper into your tour. Cool off in the inviting waters of the Great Barrier Reef, swimming with the vibrant fish. Cruise around the Sydney Opera House, the sails of its roof open and waving in the breeze. Australia is inviting throughout the year.
Roaming New Zealand brings a different type of majesty. Auckland’s horizon is constantly covered with sails from ships gliding along the sea. The glowworms of Waitiomo Caves light up the dark, while Rotorua, holds the cultural history of the Maori tribes. A traditional Maori Hangi (method of cooking using heated rocks) will have you inspired and your stomach content. A visit to the Franz Joseph Glacier and Milford Sounds will remind you of nature’s majesty: the stunningly clear waters full of wildlife that thrives in the untouched areas of the country. The joint Australia, New Zealand adventure will show you the delicateness of nature, and the beauty of the spirit.
$7,145 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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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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