Australia & New Zealand Discovery

  • 23Day(s)
  • Trip Code: GAOACQ

Discover the lands down under on this 23-day tour through Australia and New Zealand's greatest hits. Venture along Australia's east coast from Cairns to Sydney, stopping to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef and explore the caves of the Blue Mountains. Afterwards, jet over to New Zealand where you'll get a glimpse into Maori culture and satiate your adrenaline-seeking spirit in the birthplace of bungee jumping. Your bucket list will be significantly shorter once this tour is complete.

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Day 1 Cairns

Arrive at any time

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B, 1L)

Head north to Cape Tribulation

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

Day 3 Cape Tribulation (1B)

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.

Day 4 Cape Tribulation/Cairns (1B)

Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city

Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.

Day 5 Cairns/Airlie Beach (1B)

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town.

Day 6 Airlie Beach (1L)

Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef

Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.

Day 7 Airlie Beach/Byron Bay

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.

Day 8 Byron Bay

Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like skydiving, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach

Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like skydiving, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach.

Day 9 Byron Bay/Port Macquarie

Hit the waves with an included surf lesson

Hit the waves with an included surf lesson. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie.

Day 10 Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains

En route to the Blue Mountains, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about vital wildlife conservation work in the area

En route to the Blue Mountains, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about vital wildlife conservation work in the area.

Day 11 Blue Mountains

Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters

Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world.

Day 12 Blue Mountains/Sydney

Travel to Sydney and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city

Travel to Sydney and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House.

Day 13 Sydney

Get a feel for the city

Get a feel for the city. Relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.

Day 14 Sydney/Auckland

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city.

Day 15 Auckland

Enjoy a free day to explore Auckland

Enjoy a free day to explore Auckland. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

Day 16 Auckland/Rotorua (1B)

Visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities

Visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities. Continue to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture.

Day 17 Rotorua (1B, 1D)

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set. This evening, learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner.

Day 18 Rotorua/Christchurch (1B)

Catch a flight to Christchurch on the South Island

Catch a flight to Christchurch on the South Island. Walk around town with a local guide and learn about how communities have rebuilt after the earthquake in 2011. This evening, enjoy free time and get a feel for the city.

Day 19 Christchurch/Lake Ohau (1B, 1D)

Drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at Lake Tekapo along the way

Drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at Lake Tekapo along the way. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and admire the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds this local landmark. Spend the afternoon hiking the region around Aoraki/Mt Cook. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre.

Day 20 Lake Ohau/Queenstown (1B)

Drive to Queenstown, with a stop at Wanaka and a local vineyard for a wine tasting

Drive to Queenstown, with a stop at Wanaka and a local vineyard for a wine tasting.

Day 21 Doubtful Sound (1B, 1L)

Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise

Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Keep an eye out for the waterfalls and wildlife in this breathtaking area. Return to Queenstown in the evening.

Day 22 Queenstown (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world

Enjoy a free day in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.

Day 23 Queenstown (1B)

Depart at any time

Depart at any time.

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  • TRIP NAME: AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND DISCOVERY
  • DURATION: 23 DAYS
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  • Australia, New Zealand

Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • Hotels (19 nts), rainforest cabins (2 nts), Maori Village (1 nt multishare).
  • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Max 16, avg 12
  • Private vehicle, sailboat, plane, boat, walking

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