Australia and New Zealand are defined my so many different images and experiences that only come from the South Pacific: spectacular marine worlds, shimmering alpine landscapes, indigenous cultures, unusual wildlife, famous cities, tropical rainforests and a glowing desert. This luxury Australia and New Zealand tour seamlessly connects them all with a journey that dances with both iconicity and diversity....
Melbourne – Melbourne's Victorian Charms
Melbourne provides a warm welcome as the streets are dappled with Victorian architecture and elegant little boutiques. The Yarra River swerves through the city and provides perfect spots to watch Australia wander by, while pristine beaches gaze out onto the enormity of the Southern Ocean. Land in Melbourne in the morning for your transfer to a five-star hotel in the heart of the city. So much is accessible within walking distance of the hotel, giving you a relaxed day that helps you explore at leisure while recovering from the flight.
Melbourne – The Wild Kangaroos and Koalas of Australia
Uluru – Evocative Tones in Australia's Red Center
Daintree National Park – Mysteries of Kata Tjuta and the Rainforest Canopy
Daintree National Park – Cruising to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
Daintree National Park – Hot Air Balloon Ride Across the Atherton Tablelands
Sydney – Aboriginal Adventures and First Impressions of Sydney
Sydney – Sydney Harbor Cruise and the Opera House
Sydney – An Intimate Foodies Tour of Oceana's Culinary Capital
Blenheim – Welcome to New Zealand
Blenheim – Wine Tasting and Culinary Delights on Marlborough Sounds
Blenheim - Whale Watching Day Trip to Kaikoura
Queenstown – Wineries Amidst the White Mountains
Queenstown – Exploring the Sublime Fjordland National Park
Queenstown – A Lake Wakatipu Steamer and Rural Country Life
Rotorua – Maori Traditions and Exploring Geysers
Auckland – Through Hobbiton to Wine Tasting on Wahiheke Island
Auckland – Departure
- Explore the cultural charms of Australia's famous cities with nights spent in Melbourne and Sydney
- Discover the evocative native wildlife with the observation of kangaroos and koalas in the wild and unusual tropical birds
- Journey into the red center of Australia and watch Uluru change color at sunset; then travel across the white peaks of the Fjordlands and find New Zealand's alpine paradise
- Intimately explore the marine wonders of Oceana, including a day at the Great Barrier Reef and a day of whale watching off the eastern coast of New Zealand
- Connect with indigenous cultures by spending a morning in the bush with an Aboriginal guide and an evening in a traditional Maori community
- See the two countries from the air with a unique hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands and a helicopter ride across the World Heritage Fjordlands
- Feast your senses on the countries' best local produce, with wine tasting excursions and foodie tours
- Relax and indulge as you cruise across a lake on a traditional steamer and soar along the Parramatta River
Australia and New Zealand are two huge countries that could take lifetimes to explore fully. A single destination on the itinerary could be as diverse as cruising on a fjord combined with wine tasting at a country estate. The challenge is often which way to turn and how to fit it all in. There is always somewhere and something to grab your attention, another experience that seems to so quintessential for a vacation to these evocative South Pacific islands.
This 18-day New Zealand and Australia itinerary has been carefully tailored to incorporate an inspiring sweep of every famed experience that Australia and New Zealand's have to offer. Be immersed in nature and the wild, discover everything from the red desert to the white wonderlands of the South Island. Cities provide cultural tones and world-renowned skylines, while quaint towns symbolize the serene atmosphere of the continent. Tours take you deep into world wonders, from the delights of the ocean to the mystique of the fjords. From hot air balloon rides to sunset at Uluru, sublime beaches to the Maori haka, this eclectic tour ensures you connect all sides of these countries in less than three weeks.
Spend your first days in Australia with a loop around the country with direct flights from Melbourne to Uluru, then to Daintree before finishing in Sydney. Among the highlights are wild kangaroo mobs outside Melbourne, a lodge in the Daintree Rainforest, hot air ballooning above the rolling Atherton Tablelands, and an inspired food tour through Sydney. Also, enjoy the World Heritage sites, like the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, the Sydney Opera House, and the Great Barrier Reef. All tours are private, and a series of luxurious hotels continue the immersion in all things Down Under.
Continue as you fly to New Zealand and the South Island showcases the sheer, natural indulgence and diversity of the country. Go wine tasting in rolling green landscapes, then explore the marine world to find six whale species. Rove across pristine alpine peaks, then cruise through the fjords and spend a day on a historic steamer ship on Lake Wakatipu. With your flight to the North Island, you have a couple of days to experience Maori culture, volcanic colors, and Middle Earth. While the itinerary incorporates a lot at each stop, travel time is rather short! You usually spend three nights at a destination before a direct flight to the next stop.
$4,495 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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