Stargazing, bridge climbing, wine tasting, exploring a fjord, and exploring filming locations will be just some of the experiential highlights on your luxurious, two-week adventure that leads you to much of the very best of New Zealand and Australia. Landscapes will set the scene down under, such as vast deserts, tropical reefs, luscious rainforests, volcanic hills, and iconic cities. The Maori and Aborigines will narrate their tales as nature demonstrates its surreal power.
Auckland – Harbor Cruise
You will touch down in New Zealand, where it will be easy to pick up the country’s laid-back atmosphere. Most flights land in the early morning, so you will have a full day to ease into the Kiwi experience. You will be picked up at the airport and transported to your luxurious accommodation in Ponsonby, which is a hip area that is dominated by street art and cafes that serve flat white coffee. This morning will be relaxed. You will check-in to your hotel early, where you will have some time to take a nap or stroll around the area to get a feel for the Kiwi style. Around mid-afternoon, you will be picked up for a three-hour, private harbor cruise.
Auckland – Trip to Waiheke Island
Rotorua – Hobbit Holes and Maori Experiences
Rotorua – Day of Adventure
Queenstown – Lord of the Rings Filming Locations
Queenstown – Trip to Doubtful Sound
Melbourne – History and Culture
Melbourne – Intimate Wildlife Encounters
Uluru – Southern Sky Stargazing
Cairns – Camel Ride into the Sunrise
Cairns – The Great Barrier Reef
Cairns – Immersed in Aboriginal Culture
Sydney – Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
Sydney – Departure
- Marvel at how the sun sets magnificently over Uluru before an evening of guided stargazing in Australia’s red desert
- Relive scenes from the big screen by walking around Hobbiton and exploring Lord of the Rings filming locations near Queenstown
- Cruise around the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and enjoy marine encounters during a snorkeling excursion with semi-submersible vessel
- Connect with Maori heritage during an evening of dance and tradition in the hot spring town of Rotorua
- Uncover authentic Aboriginal stories during an inspiring day of art and rainforest near Cairns
- Luxuriate during a day on Waiheke Island that will immerse you into the New Zealand experience at white beaches and vibrant vineyards
- Climb upon the iconic steel arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge for the perfect view over Australia’s most famous cityscape
- Immerse yourself with Australia’s indigenous wildlife, including koalas and kangaroos near Melbourne
- Escape into the wilderness and cruise through the majestic Doubtful Sound, which is a place of silence and surreal impressions
- Ride into an Australian sunrise on a camel and wander the Queensland coastline for sunset
This Australia and New Zealand adventure is handcrafted with the region’s most iconic destinations and activities. You can experience a little bit of everything that these two countries have to offer on a journey that will lead you from volcanoes to fjords, cities to deserts and reefs, and from Maori tradition to Aboriginal heritage. The route is carefully designed to minimize travel time, so you can enjoy seven different overnight destinations with day trips to legendary destinations. You will need a few years to experience all of Australia and New Zealand, and most people do not have this kind of time. Even to have two weeks is a luxury, and this tour will make sure that you experience much of the best of both countries.
You will fly into Auckland, which is where you can ease into your vacation and the new time zone. You will be provided with a full day’s trip to the vineyards and beaches of nearby Waiheke Island. Then, you will make a stop in Hobbiton en route to Maori encounters in Rotorua, where you will experience New Zealand’s famous outdoors. Afterward, you will fly to Queenstown for a 4WD excursion to different Lord of the Rings filming locations. You will then feel the adventure during a day trip to Doubtful Sound. These first six days will pack a lot in, but New Zealand’s atmosphere will provide a laid-back edge to all the discovery.
You will then fly to Melbourne, where you will have an afternoon and evening of being immersed in the artistic city. Phillip Island will provide you with intimate wildlife encounters on day eight before you fly to the red desert to experience a magnificent sunset with Uluru or Ayer’s Rock. After a night of stargazing, you will ride a camel into the desert sunrise before flying back to Cairns. Day 11 will be dedicated to the Great Barrier Reef while day 12 will immerse you in Aboriginal culture. These authentic tours can provide you with very personal moments before you culminate your adventure with 24 hours in Sydney. This is a luxury itinerary that maximizes your time, so you can experience the very best of both countries on a single trip to the South Pacific.
$3,495 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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