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15 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns to Auckland

Discover Australia & New Zealand

15 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns to Auckland | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2020 – 31 Mar 2021

Discover Australia & New Zealand

15 Day Guided Vacation

Cairns to Auckland

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.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • Discover colorful coral and fish on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Get hands-on as you learn about Aboriginal art
  • Encounter the magic of the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Witness an awe-inspiring sunrise and sunset at Uluru

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Local Connection

Be immersed in local Aboriginal customs, Dreamtime stories and music, during a magical cultural experience in Cairns.

Insider Knowledge

Glimpse behind the scenes of the iconic Sydney Opera House, guided by an expert local on a private tour.

Cultural Immersion

Create the ultimate souvenir, painting a piece of traditionally inspired art, under the guidance of a local Aboriginal artist.

Sustainable Footprints

Your contribution to National Parks and Wildlife protects Australia’s wilderness, including Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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

Hotel: Hilton 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 semi-submersible 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.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Fly from Cairns to Uluru. On arrival, join a local Aboriginal artist 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. Then 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, Ayers Rock Resort, 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 insight into the wonders of the southern night sky

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Depart the resort in total darkness for the short drive to Bruce Munro’s renowned Field of Light. Wander through the paths surrounding 50,000 hand-crafted frosted glass spheres of light, in colors of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white. Later, fly to Sydney where your evening is free to explore.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

A day of sightseeing in this stunning harbor city awaits you. Explore Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and put your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Then, take a sneak peek behind the scenes on a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Later, take to the water for a lunch cruise on board one of the harbor’s premier vessels, enjoying a fresh seasonal menu while you glide past magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. 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 Harbor waterfront.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

This morning say farewell to Sydney and fly to Queenstown, on arrival travel to the delightful gold rush village of Arrowtown situated on the Arrow River which was once one of the world’s richest rivers, later get a feel for Queenstown and surrounds on an orientation tour. This evening meet your travel director for a welcome reception and dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic New Zealand Railways shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, the Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect setting for your highlight dinner with wine.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Get the feel for real country life at a Be My Guest experience with your host, Southern Girl Laura, who was born and raised on a sheep farm in the deep south of New Zealand. Try your hand at sheep mustering, whip cracking as well as the chance to feed and pet the farm animals. Laura is sure you’ll leave feeling more like a local than a visitor.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest dinner

Your final day in Queenstown could see you take an optional experience through Fiordland National Park for a cruise on Milford Sound.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning, you’ll fly from Queenstown to Rotorua. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent. This evening we visit Mitai where you’ll experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during the Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

At Rainbow Springs Nature Park, you’ll get a glimpse of native fauna and maybe spot a shy kiwi. Continue to Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village, where a Māori local guide will accompany you on a tour to see bubbling mud-pools, steaming thermal springs and New Zealand’s biggest geyser.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Discover a galaxy of twinkling glowworms this morning in the mysterious Waitomo Caves. Travel on to Auckland for a city tour, and a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Say goodbye when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

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

The Hilton Cairns hotel boasts a unique tropical setting, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel offers bright accommodation with spacious bathrooms and private balconies with stunning waterfront views of Trinity Inlet, the Cairns Esplanade and blue-green mountains beyond

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Radio
  • Phone
  • Private balcony
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Mini Bar
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 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.

    Features

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

    Features

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

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Colour TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini Bar
  • Phone
  • In-room safe
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Electric blankets
  • Broadband Internet access
 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.

    Features

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

    Features

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

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel in 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: AUD 165
Child Price: AUD 82

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife (J15)

Explore the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Stretching over one million hectares, the Blue Mountains is an inspiring mix of rainforest, canyons, tall forests and heathlands. 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. Stop in picturesque Leura at lunchtime and grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafés. Encounter koalas, kangaroos, wombats and other native animals.

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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. Climbing in 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. Prices from:

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 revolving views. This delicious buffet dinner includes over 40 freshly prepared dishes across a range of international cuisines including a selection of fresh seafood, salads, hot dishes and desserts. Prices from:

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 four 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. Runs 2:30pm & 6.30pm daily. Commences from Harts Pub, Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks.

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 160.00
Child Price: From AUD 160.00

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights

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

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! Prices from:

Adult Price: AUD 67.50
Child Price: AUD 34.20

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.

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Adult Price: AUD 173.00

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 57.00
Child Price: AUD 57.00

Ochre Restaurant - 2 Course Dinner

Ochre is an award winning restaurant with a dedication to local produce, crafting native ingredients into modern exciting cuisine. The menu changes seasonally and is unique in its use of Australian native foods and regional produce.

Adult Price: From AUD 99.00
Child Price: From AUD 45.00

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 evening cruise through the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairn. Enjoy fabulous dining and live music with the lights of Cairns City and mountain sillhouettes as your backdrop.

Adult Price: AUD $235.80 Child Price: AUD $217.80

A cultural journey taking you from coast to rainforest experiencing natural beauty and ancient culture.
Learn traditional hunting and gathering skills as you search for bush tucker of mud crabs, fish and mussels before tasting and sharing what you have caught and gathered. A short drive away is the lush rainforest of Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre. Here you will experience the splendour of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy a guided interpretive walk through the ancient rainforest and along the banks of the pristine waters of the Mossman Gorge. Lunch & damper included.

Adult Price: AUD $198.90 Child Price: AUD $104.40

Enjoy this historical rail journey to Kuranda, with breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. Upon arrival you will have around one hour to explore this fascinating village of colourful and interesting arts and crafts. At 11.30am, make your way directly to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to experience this iconic rainforest. After arriving at the Smithfield Skyrail Terminal, the coach will transfer you to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Explore the park, including the unique eco experience of the Wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands; the domain of the saltwater crocodile. (Operates Daily)

Adult Price: AUD $201.60 Child Price: AUD $135.00

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 morning tea and a driver guided walk at Mossman Gorge, a cruise on the Daintree River, delicious tropical BBQ lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

Adult Price: AUD $153.90 Child Price: AUD $81.00

Down Under Tours Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway

Join your Down Under Tours coach transfer to Smithfield Station. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience, including time at both Red Peak and Barron Falls stations, both with spectacular lookouts. 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. Upon arrival at historic Freshwater Station, you will board your coach back to your accommodation.

Adult Price: AUD $199

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


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

Dining

  • 14 Full buffet breakfasts 
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 2 Lunches 
  • 2 Highlight Dinners 
  • 2 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 Auckland Airport
  • Required Internal Flights listed below 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
  • Day 6 – Ayers Rock to Sydney: VA1628
  • Day 9 – Sydney to Queenstown: VA163
  • Day 12 – Queenstown to Rotorua: NZ5640/5782 (except below departure dates)
  • Tour Start Date 5 November 2020: Day 12 – Queenstown to Rotorua NZ642/NZ5782
  • Tour Start Date 3 December 2020: Day 12 – Queenstown to Rotorua NZ642/NZ5782

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