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15 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns to Queenstown

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15 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns to Queenstown | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2019 – 31 Mar 2020

Discover Australia & New Zealand

15 Day Guided Vacation

Cairns to Queenstown

Embark on a leisurely journey that takes in the vivid red hues of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the brilliant tropical fish and corals of the Great Barrier Reef, and a luminous glowworm grotto in New Zealand’s North Island. As well as breathtaking natural wonders, you’ll discover ancient totems, modern cosmopolitan cities and fascinating cultural insights.

Please Note:
- Internal holiday flights must be purchased separately in order to fulfil the holiday itinerary.
- From 1 April 2020, the New Zealand potion of this itinerary will change. Days 9-11 in Queenstown, days 12-13 in Rotorua, day 14 in Auckland. The tour will end in Auckland morning of day 15.

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  • Enjoy a special Be My Guest experience at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • A day on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy sunset at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Experience sunrise & sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Exclusive barbecue dinner in the shadow of Uluru
  • Paint you own piece of Aboriginal art
  • Tour the Sydney Opera House
  • Spend time on Bondi Beach
  • Enjoy lunch on a Sydney Harbour cruise
  • Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Visit a geothermal valley in Rotorua
  • See a New Zealand icon, the kiwi
  • 2 free days to explore Queenstown, New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’

Your adventure starts in Far North Queensland. This evening, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and privately hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

Hotel: Pacific Hotel Cairns, 3 nights

Included Meals: Be My Guest dinner

Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to experience the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semisubmersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today is yours to relax or explore at your own pace. You might like to take an optional experience to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to encounter an array of wildlife including koalas, tropical birds and reptiles, or travel to the tropical Daintree rainforest.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today, fly from Cairns to Uluru. On arrival, enjoy a leisurely drive through the red desert plains to Kata Tjuta. View the majestic sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta as the outback sun sets over this ancient, mysterious landform.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

View the magical Uluru sunrise, then gain an insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu people, as you tour the base of the giant monolith. This evening, relax with sparkling wine as you witness an iconic Uluru sunset. Savor the flavors of an Aussie barbecue dinner in the shadow of Uluru, while a local expert shares insights into the wonders of the southern night sky.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Join a local Aboriginal artist this morning for an introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain local totems, then help you complete your own painting to take home as a memento. This afternoon you’ll fly to Sydney, where your evening is free to explore. Your Travel Director can suggest excellent eateries near your hotel.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

A day of sightseeing in this stunning harbor city awaits you. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes on a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, then explore Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and put your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Later, take to the water for a lunch cruise on board one of the harbor’s most premier vessels, enjoying a fresh seasonal menu while you glide past magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands. Then spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. This evening, you might like to consider attending a performance under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. The thrilling Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb awaits those who’d like to scale the iconic landmark, or you may choose an optional experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains to see the majestic Three Sisters rock formation and visit a wildlife park. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner on the Darling Harbour waterfront.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Say goodbye to Australia this morning and fly to the cosmopolitan city of Auckland in New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Discover a galaxy of twinkling glowworms this morning in the mysterious Waitomo Caves. This evening, experience the heartpounding wero (challenge) from a Māori warrior during a ceremonial welcome to a traditional village where you’ll gain an insight into life in New Zealand prior to the arrival of European settlers. Then enjoy a Māori Hangi Highlight Dinner, with succulent meats and vegetables cooked in an underground oven.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Today a Māori local guide will accompany you on a tour of the Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village to see bubbling mud-pools, steaming thermal springs and New Zealand’s biggest geyser. At Rainbow Springs Nature Park, you’ll get a glimpse of native fauna and maybe spot a shy kiwi! Then visit the multiaward- winning Agrodome Farm Show for an entertaining taste of farm life.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you’ll fly to Queenstown, exploring the historic goldmining village of Arrowtown before taking an orientation tour of New Zealand’s adventure capital and its surrounds. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables mountain range and the home of the bungy jump, Kawarau Bridge.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you have the opportunity to explore Queenstown, or you might like to take an optional experience through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park and indulge in an unforgettable cruise on majestic Milford Sound.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you may like to relax, further explore the city, or consider taking another of our optional experiences – you could ride the Shotover Jet boat or take a minibus excursion through breathtaking Skippers Canyon. This evening, join your Travel Director at the stylish Boatshed restaurant, set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office, built in 1936. Renovated and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive Farewell Dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Say goodbye to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: 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

Pacific Hotel Cairns is centrally located on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour and the Reef Fleet Terminal, the main departure point to the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Opposite the main shopping precinct, casino and the new restaurant area, the Pacific is also a short walk to the Esplanade Lagoon with waterside boardwalks and parklands.


  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
  • Swimming Pool
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.


  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Radio
  • Mini Bar
  • Heater
  • ISD/STD phone
  • In-house movies
  • Private veranda or courtyard
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

As one of Australia's largest hotel, we are a self-rated 4.5 star hotel with 648 rooms including 17 suites, we have what matters most to you like stylish rooms and a comfortable bed. Located in Sydney's Central Business District and overlooking the spectacular Darling Harbour, you'll be surrounded by all of Sydney's major entertainment and shopping districts including Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building with The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House just a 15 minute walk away!


  • Hair Dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • iPhone/iPad connectivity
  • Newly Refurbished
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from the Viaduct harbour and Auckland's best shopping and nightlife. Stamford Plaza Auckland hotel is the ideal spot for a luxury unwinding. Stamford Plaza Auckland hotel is one of Auckland's premier accommodation choices with extensive hotel facilities and amenities.


  • Gym facilities
  • Phone
  • Mini Bar
  • Executive Desk
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Work Desk
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Wireless Internet access
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Safety deposit box (laptop size)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Centrally located in the city beside mystical Lake Rotorua, this hotel is just a brief stroll from the Rotorua Museum, Convention Centres and adjacent to a Polynesian Spa.


  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Radio
  • Mini Bar
  • Work Desk
  • Sky TV
  • Personalised message and wakeup service
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is only minutes from Queenstown shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and jet boating.


  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Phone
  • Mini Bar
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Refrigerator
  • Colour TV
  • Electric blankets
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  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: From AUD 132.00
Child Price: From AUD 132.00

Camel to Sunrise

A peaceful one hour camel ride through stunning sand dune country with the awe inspiring back drop of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Watch as the rising sun lights up Uluru and the surrounding plains.

Adult Price: From AUD 240.00
Child Price: From AUD 240.00

Ayers Rock Scenic Flights

A 40 minute, fixed wing scenic flight is a great way to take in this amazing landscape. These small plane options with extended flights that include both Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Adult Price: From AUD 75.00
Child Price: From AUD 75.00

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights

Experience a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the Air.

Adult Price: From AUD 139.00
Child Price: From AUD 139.00

Uluru Motorcycle Tours

Enjoy the thrill of a hot lap around Uluru or even travel a little further on the back of a motorcycle. Whatever blows your hair back!

*Subject to availability

Adult Price: AUD 75.00
Child Price: AUD 38.00

Field of Light Sunrise

With just enough time for some background commentary on the internationally renowned artist Bruce Munro, you will arrive very excited to see his latest artistic endeavour. Arriving in complete darkness, you will be able to enjoy the 50,000 spheres of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Field of Light sunrise viewing viewing area.


Adult Price: AUD 59.00
Child Price: AUD 29.50

Dep 1.30pm from Reef Fleet Terminal

Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise - 2 hours

With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from the crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months.
* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 218.00
Child Price: AUD 142.00

Cape Tribulation Day Tour (CTR)

Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details


Adult Price: AUD 167.00
Child Price: AUD 88.00

Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway (KQS)

Join your luxury Down Under Tours coach for the journey to Caravonica Lakes. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the technology that has created the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. Stop at Barron Falls Station and learn more about this amazing Eco-system at the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. View the Barron Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the rainforest boardwalk. On arrival in Kuranda, the Village is yours to explore. The vibrant and colourful Heritage markets take place daily. Your return to Cairns is aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. Winding around curves, across bridges and through hand-hewn tunnels this amazing engineering feat is a tribute to our pioneers. Spectacular scenery is the order of the day before arriving at historic Freshwater Station, where you will board your coach back to your accommodation. 

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details


Adult Price: AUD 122.00 - 1 Certified Scuba Dive

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min

If you already have a dive certification, we will provide an experienced dive guide to ensure maximum enjoyment and safety and guide you to the best sites. Proof of certification is required C-card / log book. (Certified diving is subject to availability on day of travel)

Adult Price: AUD 170.00

Great Adventures Introductory Dive

For an underwater adventure to remember, experience an introductory dive! It’s fun and no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive. Professional and experienced instructors will guide you through every aspect of your dive, allowing you to have a relaxed, enjoyable experience.

Adult Price: AUD 175.00

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters

Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef - spectacular! 

Adult Price: AUD 260.00 + flight levy
Child Price: AUD 219.00 + flight levy

Hot Air Cairns - 30 Minute Flight

Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere.

*Additional $30.00 insurance levy to be paid direct to Hot Air Cairns applies.

** If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 55.00
Child Price: AUD 55.00

Ochre Restaurant - 2 Course Dinner

Ochre Restaurant has created a whole new Australian Cuisine utilising the abundant and, until recently, untapped traditional native fruits, berries, game meats and seafood, as well as the best of Australian wines and beers.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: From AUD 95.00
Child Price: From AUD 50.00

Dinner and Harbour Cruise on Spirit of Cairns

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Step aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns for a 2.5 hour cruise of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views. Throughout the evening you cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns, whilst enjoying fabulous dining, live music, and (optional!) dancing after dinner.  (Operates Wednesday to Saturday)

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 145.80
Child Price: AUD 72.90

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife (J15)

Explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park with over one million hectares of dramatic cliffs, unspoiled bushland and lush rainforest. Visit the famous Three Sisters rock formation up close from Echo Point before arriving at Scenic World where you can witness the vastness of the Blue Mountains as you join the Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway. These rides are a great way to see the steep valleys and canyons and follow the boardwalk along the valley floor, be sure to look out for native animals along the way. Enjoy a casual lunch break in a quaint Mountain town and wander the picturesque streets or browse the local shops.


Adult Price: AUD 308.00
Child Price: AUD 208.00

Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3 1/2 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. In Climb groups of up to 14 people, you’ll be led by one of BridgeClimb’s professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world’s most recognisable Bridge. 

*Various climb options available. Ask your Travel Director for details.

** If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 220.00
Child Price: AUD 220.00

Sydney Heli Tours  - 20min Flight

This is the best way to see Sydney in all its glory. See full panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Manly Cove and Sydney’s spectacular Harbour and city skyline. This tour will leave you breathless! Great Views, Great Flight! After a safety briefing, we will use your own camera for some happy snaps in front of your helicopter to begin the memories of a sensational Heli Tour. Within 5 minutes your professional pilot will have you over the harbour flying past icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Manly Cove. Throughout the flight your pilot will be providing you with expert commentary via voice activated headset.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 75.00
Child Price: AUD 22.00

Sydney Tower Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy a memorable evening perched high above the city with uninterrupted panoramic views. This delicious buffet dinner includes over 40 freshly prepared dishes, from a range of cuisines including Australian, Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese and a selection of fresh seafood.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: From AUD 95.00

The Rocks Pub Walk

Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in 4 of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys & cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, shouts and stories of Australia's first European settlement.

Tour includes: A choice of a beer (285ml/10oz), house wine or soft drink at each pub. 2.5 hours in duration. The Rocks Pub Walk runs 11:30am and 2:30pm daily (except Friday nights). Commences from Harts Pub, Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

NZ$420 Adult NZ$260 Child

A Scenic flight from Queenstown over Glaciers, Milford Sound and Firodland National Park. 60 minute duration. Return yransport to Queenstown accommodation is included.

Coach/Cruise/Coach: NZ$232 Adult NZ$116 Child
Fly/Cruise/Fly : NZ$541 Adult NZ$352 Child
Coach/Cruise/Fly: NZ$663 Adult NZ$379 Child

Enjoy Milford Sound’s awe-inspiring scenery from the comfort of our modern, spacious vessels. Our Scenic Cruise vessels have purpose-built observation lounges and large decks, so you can be sure you’ll get some great viewing opportunities. You’ll see the geological drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest. Keep a look out for wildlife like seals basking on the rocks or dolphins. During the cruise, our friendly crew provide commentaries in several languages and point out the sights such as Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier.

Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements

  • Moderate level of fitness required for walks at Uluru


  • 14 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 3 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport
  • Day 15 – 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 Ayers Rock: QF1851 (required internal flight)
  • Day 6 – Ayers Rock to Sydney: VA1628 (required internal flight)
  • Day 9 – Sydney to Auckland: QF143 (required internal flight)
  • Day 12 – Rotorua to Queenstown: NZ8152/623 (required internal flight)


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