Australia and New Zealand Expedition

22 Day Inspiring Journey | Cairns to Queenstown

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Australia and New Zealand Expedition

22 Day Inspiring Journey | Cairns to Queenstown

Australia and New Zealand Expedition

22 Day Inspiring Journey

Cairns to Queenstown

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Enjoy a soulful sojourn, from the tropical rainforests and reefs of northern Australia to the spiritual Red Centre and iconic harbour city of Sydney. This Inspiring Journey will delight your every sense as you encounter ancient cultures, indulge in delicious foodie flavours and admire an exquisite natural setting that is simply out of this world.

This itinerary is valid from 1 April 2019.

Please Note: Internal holiday flights must be purchased separately in order to fulfill the holiday itinerary.

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Discover
  • The World Heritage listed Blue Mountains
  • Iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Stunning Doubtful Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park
Explore
  • The 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta
  • Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Queenstown Freedom of Choice experiences
Immerse
  • Enjoy an Indigenous experience in the Daintree Rainforest
  • Sail a yacht on Sydney Harbour
  • Experience Maori culture at the Tamaki Maori Village
Relax
  • Taste your way through the Hunter Valley
  • In cosmopolitan Auckland & Wellington

This afternoon, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner overlooking the stunning, waters of the Coral Sea. Dine on awardwinning modern Australian cuisine at the ultimate tropical beachfront restaurant.

Hotel: Alamanda Palm Cove, 3 nights

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Today, enjoy an exclusive journey to the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Your Aboriginal guide will share insights into the relationship between the local Kuku Yalanji people and their land. Learn about cultural traditions, bush foods and medicine, and traditional hunting techniques. Enjoy lunch in a tranquil rainforest setting.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Lunch

Discover the magic of the Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef today on a cruise to three secluded outer-reef dive sites, on the Quicksilver Silver Series catamaran. Spectacular coral formations and an underwater world of unique marine creatures await you beneath the turquoise waters. Snorkel through coral gardens or bask in the sun on deck. Enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on board your air-conditioned vessel before returning to Palm Cove.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Lunch

Fly today from tropical Cairns to remote Alice Springs. (Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent.) Visit the School of the Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service. An exceptional Local Dining Experience in a natural bush setting awaits you this evening. Enjoy a drink and take some time to explore your surroundings and watch the sun set while your host cooks a delicious 3-course meal in a bush oven. Dine under the Milky Way as he shares his knowledge of traditional Indigenous bush foods and stories of the land. 

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience

Travel off the beaten track later today to the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve. This afternoon, enjoy a relaxed walk along the creek-bed of spectacular Kings Canyon, and gaze up at the sheer red rock walls that tower above you.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

This morning at sunrise you have the opportunity to take the iconic 6 kilometre Rim Walk around magnificent Kings Canyon. Highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’ and Cotterill’s Lookout, for spectacular views across the plains. Travel on to vast Curtain Springs Station, where you can join a unique paper-making workshop, then sit down and chat to the locals over a barbecue lunch. This afternoon you’ll enter Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park to witness the truly spectacular Uluru sunset.

Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Lunch

Venture to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to gain an insight into the history and culture of the Anangu, the traditional owners of this land. Then, walk amidst the sheer rock-walls of Walpa Gorge, following the creek bed between two of the largest domes. This afternoon, explore the base of Uluru. Afterwards, meet the magical stars of the Southern Hemisphere this evening at the sensational Sounds of Silence Dinner.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Rise with the creatures of the desert to view the soul-stirring sunrise over Uluru. Afterwards, fly from Ayers Rock in the Red Centre to cosmopolitan Sydney. (Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent.) Easing back into city life upon your arrival in Sydney, your Travel Director will be able to give you hints on the best places to eat this evening.

Hotel: The Langham Hotel Sydney

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Today you’ll explore the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, a pristine environment extending over a million acres. See the soaring Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point, and spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Then, travelling off the well-worn track, you’ll discover secluded lookouts and enjoy peaceful short bushwalks. Journey on this afternoon through spectacular landscapes to your hotel, where there’ll be time to relax before dinner, a delicious meal designed around produce sourced from local Blue Mountains suppliers.

Hotel: Fairmont Resort

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Good food, great wine and beautiful scenery await you today in the renowned Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine regions. Experience exclusive private wine-tastings at boutique vineyards, and sit down to an exceptional lunch before returning to your country retreat for an afternoon at leisure.

Hotel: Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Take to stunning Sydney Harbour this afternoon aboard an authentic America’s Cup yacht. You can take the helm, work the grinders or simply sit back and relax as you sail past the architectural marvel of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks district and the many secluded coves surrounded by multimillion- dollar waterfront homes. After an unforgettable day, this evening is free for you to dine at your leisure.

Hotel: The Langham Hotel Sydney, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Today, explore the cosmopolitan city of Sydney. Visit the Eastern Suburbs, for a stroll along the coastal walk for magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean. Later, join a VIP guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by a Farewell Dinner at chef Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong Restaurant under the billowing sails of the Opera House.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Say farewell to Australia and welcome to the City of Sails, New Zealand’s invigorating North Island hub and one of the most liveable cities in the world. Spend your day at leisure before joining your Travel Director and fellow companions for a welcome drink and dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Welcome Reception, Dinner with wine

Soak up Auckland’s intoxicating charm this morning as you embark on a city sightseeing tour that begins at the city waterfront and ends in Mission Bay. Admire magnificent views of Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto and the picturesque Auckland city skyline. Then, travel by ferry to Waiheke Island for a culinary extravaganza of bold reds and sweet olives. Your first stop is Stonyridge Vineyard, where you’ll enjoy a tour and tastings plus a light lunch, over views of the vineyard. Continue your love affair with Waiheke at Casita Miro, savouring delicious Mediterranean flavours. Your final stop is at Mudbrick Vineyard where you’ll enjoy delicate chardonnay paired with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf. The evening is yours to continue your gourmet exploration of Auckland. Consider dinner at the trendy Wynyard Quarter in the heart of the city or at Viaduct Harbour.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Lunch

Your leisurely discovery of New Zealand’s North Island continues as you follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, of New Zealand horse racing fame, for a Local Dining Experience, a traditional country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato Farm. Journey to the volatile landscapes of Rotorua, where Māori culture takes centre stage. Visit the Tamaki Māori Village for insights into the local rituals and traditions of this fascinating culture. Embrace their gracious Hongi greeting, experience the heart-pounding wero challenge and enjoy a Highlight Dinner, the delicious flavours of the Hangi cooked in the earth with geothermal steam.

Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience

Embark on one of the Journey Select sightseeing experiences today to explore the sacred lands, thermal marvels and Māori traditions of Rotorua. Indulge in the Polynesian Spa’s healing waters, tread in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins in the fantasy-land of Hobbiton or if you’re up for a challenge, take the native forest zipline adventure tour with Canopy Tours.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Come face-to-face with New Zealand’s indigenous creatures within the lush surrounds of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Encounter the local Māori community at Whakarewarewa Living Village and see New Zealand’s largest geyser before you board your flight to Wellington.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

A foodie extravaganza awaits this morning as you join a local guide to sample the delicious gourmet delights shared over fascinating stories of Welly. Embrace your inner hipster as you explore the charming Victorian architecture and savour the city’s coffee culture, visiting several local gems with an expert to indulge in the city’s specialities. This afternoon, continue to the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists who have reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife that were absent from mainland New Zealand for over a century.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

This morning, explore New Zealand’s fascinating culture, nature, heritage and art at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, joining a guide who will reveal the stories behind the exhibitions. Then it’s time to prime yourselves for a few days of adventure, flying to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adrenalin capital. On arrival, journey to the gold-rush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy an orientation tour of Queenstown, and gaze at the natural splendour in its midst – from the peaks of the Remarkables to beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

Hotel: Heritage Queenstown, 3 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Journey deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park. From the silence of the ‘Sounds’ to the ancient rainforests, the beauty and vastness will leave you speechless. Your day begins in Manapouri, where you’ll embark on a cruise across the loveliest of all the Fiordland lakes, Lake Manapouri. Meander through epic surrounds, across New Zealand’s most expensive road over Wilmot Pass. Boarding a cruise, take to the waters of Doubtful Sound, keeping your eyes peeled for the diverse species that call this beautiful body of water home.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

You have a full day to indulge your adventurous side, selecting one of the Journey Select sightseeing experiences on offer in Queenstown. Enjoy a guided walk through a native beech forest or embark on a 4WD minibus tour through the scenic gorge of Skippers Canyon. For a more sedate encounter with the adrenalin capital, visit one of the nearby wineries to sample award-winning vintages. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking any of your chosen Journey Select experiences. As your final day ends, spend the evening together enjoying a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant and toast to shared memories of an epic encounter with New Zealand’s north and south.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner

For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end after breakfast. Enoho rā New Zealand – we hope for a speedy return.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Relax and unwind after your adventures at the only absolute beachfront resort in the village of Palm Cove. With only the palm trees coming between you and Australia’s famed Coral Sea, Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore is at the pinnacle of Tropical North Queensland accommodation.

    Features

  • Flat Screen TV
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hairdryer
  • Air-conditioning
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • DVD players
  • Ensuite
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The hotel is nestled beneath the famous MacDonnell Ranges. All rooms feature a private balcony with views of the nearby 18-hole Alice Springs Golf Course, the Todd River, swimming pool or the MacDonnell Ranges.

    Features

  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Mini Bar
  • 26” LCD flat screen with Austar
  • In-house movies
  • In-room safe
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Swimming Pool
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Retreat to the luxury of Kings Canyon Resort after an active day of hiking through the rugged terrain of Watarrka National Park. The sensitively designed property is located in Watarrka National Park, just nine kilometres from Kings Canyon. Naturally, the Kings Canyon Resort has been built to blend in harmoniously with the surround.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Shower
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Insect screens
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Blankets
  • Refrigerator
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

In the heart of Australia's Red Centre, the hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a luxurious outback holiday experience.

Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert Hotel, shading 228 luxury five star rooms and suites.

Please Note: There will be refurbishments between 25 Jan - 26 Jun 2019, and 4 Nov 2019 - 30 Jun 2020. Sails in the Desert will be working to ensure there is minimal disturbance and impact to its operation and guests.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Private balcony, terrace or veranda
  • Mini Bar
  • LCD HD TV
  • ISD/STD phone
  • In-room safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • High speed cable internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bathrobe
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Dramatic Harbour views. Quaint cobbled streets. Historic brick buildings. Discover a secluded tranquillity nestled in the heart of The Rocks district of metropolitan Sydney.

    Features

  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Ensuite
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Swimming Pool
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located only one-and-a-half-hours drive west from Sydney on the cusp of the Jamison Valley in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, the holiday accommodation in the Blue Mountains is renowned by Sydneysiders in search of a peaceful setting in which to relax, rest and rejuvenate.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

On 28 hectares of gardens, this all-inclusive resort is 8 km from Hunter Valley Gardens and Hunter Valley Zoo, as well as 11 km from the Vintage Golf Course.

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Radio
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Balcony or Terrace
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Dramatic Harbour views. Quaint cobbled streets. Historic brick buildings. Discover a secluded tranquillity nestled in the heart of The Rocks district of metropolitan Sydney.

    Features

  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Ensuite
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Swimming Pool
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland, a unique maritime experience between vibrant Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter. Inspired by New Zealand's landscape and boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this beautifully designed hotel is a true landmark destination. All luxury appointed bedrooms and suites have private Juliet balconies, floor to ceiling windows and feature oversized bathrooms with separate rain showers and deep soaking bathtubs

    Features

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • High-speed internet access
  • Juliet Balcony
  • Phone
  • Security peephole
  • Marble bathroom with deep soaking bath & separate rain shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Work Desk
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Pullman Rotorua is expected to be popular with international and domestic business and leisure travellers, due to its exclusive 5-star offering and prime central CBD location and within 500metres from the Rotorua lakefront.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub, Sofitel Wellington is within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. The hotel provides great views of lush hillsides and the Botanical Gardens.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Gym facilities
  • Dry cleaning service
  • TV
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Crafted from centuries-old-schist stone and cedar, this comfortable and sophisticated Queenstown hotel is the perfect place to mix business and pleasure. Guests can enjoy all the hotel has to offer, with extensive leisure facilities, including heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, spa pool, sauna, gym, restaurant and bar. 

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gym facilities
  • Sauna
  • Room service
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Sky TV
  • Toilet facilities
  • TV
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Work Desk
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)

What to Bring

  • Enclosed walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Kings Canyon: Good level of fitness required for the 3 hour canyon Rim Walk
  • Low to moderate level of fitness required for the Kings Canyon Creek Bed Walk
  • Kata Tjuta: Moderate level of fitness required. Uneven surfaces to complete Walpa Gorge walk

Dining

  • 21 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 7 Lunches
  • 2 Local Dining Experiences
  • 8 Dinners with wine
  • 2 Highlight Dinners
  • 2 Celebration Dinners

Flight Information

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport
  • Day 22 – flights to depart anytime from Queenstown Airport
  • Required Internal Flights: are to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary and are not included in the land content price
  • Day 4 – Cairns to Alice Springs: QF1949 (required internal flight)
  • Day 8 – Ayers Rock to Sydney: JQ661 (required internal flight)
  • Day 13 – Sydney to Auckland: flights to arrive prior to 1pm into Aukland Airport (required internal flight)
  • Day 17 – Rotorua to Wellington: NZ8235 (required internal flight)
  • Day 20 – Wellington to Queenstown: NZ605 (required internal flight)

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