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  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

  • Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

    Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    Uluru (Ayers Rock)

  • Milford Sound Cruise

    Milford Sound Cruise

  • Melbourne City

    Melbourne City

  • Milford Sound Cruise

    Milford Sound Cruise


Tour code: IMZB

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It’s the perfect mix of modern cities and ancient landscapes. With gems like the amazing Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and breathtaking Milford Sound, paired with a world of ancient Aboriginal tradition in Australia’s Red Centre and the pounding Maori Haka in Rotorua.

Itinerary

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 ?
Day 1-3
Welcome to Melbourne
Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

Day 2: Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café society and street art on a private walking tour. The rest of your day is free. You may like to take an optional experience to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade or maybe you’d prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne’s well known food and culture.

Day 3: Melbourne ‘Free Time’

Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take a full day optional experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theatre production or indulge in some world class fare at one of the city’s famous eateries.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner with wine. Day 2: Breakfast. Day 3: Breakfast

Day 4
Melbourne – Alice Springs

Alice Springs. On arrival visit the School of the Air and hear how this school delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you’ll learn about this facility that provides a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. Be My Guest Dining Icon This evening join Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a Be My Guest homecooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. They’ll share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy, you’ll hear about their sustainable lifestyle, and they may even lead you on a sing-along with didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember.

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner

Day 5-6
Alice Springs – Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock

Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine.

Day 6: Uluru and Kata Tjuta

This morning view the magical Uluru sunrise. Afterwards, gain insight in to the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta and take a walk at Walpa Gorge. Later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast. Day 6: Breakfast

Day 7-9
Ayers Rock – Cairns – Great Barrier Reef
Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns

Aboriginal Cultural IconJoin an Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insight, explaining the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns.

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime – board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to 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, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you’ll dine at Dundee’s Restaurant enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront.

Day 9: Cairns ‘Free Time’

Today is free for you to do as you choose! Perhaps take an optional experience to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for an insightful look at indigenous culture or journey to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. Or maybe travel to the ‘village in the rainforest’ on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 7: Breakfast. Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine. Day 9: Breakfast

Day 10-12
Cairns – Sydney
Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

This afternoon fly to Sydney where you will have a free evening to do as you please.

Day 11: Sydney

A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour city awaits! Join a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand at famous Bondi Beach. Take to the water on a Captain Cook highlight lunch cruise, sailing around the glistening harbour while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu. Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or maybe even take an optional experience to see an opera under the famous sails of Sydney Opera House.

Day 12: Sydney ‘Free Time’

Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an optional experience to the Blue Mountains or climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge on a ‘BridgeClimb’. Spend your last evening in Sydney together along with your Travel Director and companions in a local restaurant by the water.

Hotel: Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 10: Breakfast. Day 11: Breakfast, Highlight Lunch. Day 12: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 13-14
Sydney – Auckland
Day 13: Sydney – Auckland

This morning you say goodbye to Australia and fly to New Zealand! This evening meet your Travel Director for your highlight dinner at ‘Eight’ at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.

Day 14: Auckland Sightseeing & ‘Free Time’

A morning city sightseeing tour is followed by a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Later, you’ll have free time to relax or explore.

Hotel: The Langham Hotel Auckland, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 13: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner. Day 14: Breakfast

Day 15
Auckland – Rotorua

Join a guide for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Rotorua where a Maori guide will accompany you at Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Maori Cultural IconBe My Guest Dining Icon This evening experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome at a By My Guest experience at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain a cultural insight into life in New Zealand before European settlement. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner

Day 16
Rotorua – Christchurch

Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park and discover the native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life. Later, you’ll fly to Christchurch.

Hotel: Novotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 17
Christchurch – Franz Josef

Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and live demonstration by a local greenstone carver. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 18-20
Franz Josef – Queenstown – Milford Sound Cruise
Day 18: Franz Josef – Queenstown

Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls and a trio of lakes. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell then visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour. This evening join your Travel Director for a highlight 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 venue for your exclusive meal.

Day 19: Milford Sound Cruise Drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau then through the rainforest of Fiordland National Park. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, on your way to Milford Sound to board your cruise. Return to Queenstown this afternoon.

Day 20: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Today you may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet, the most thrilling jet boat ride in the world! Perhaps join a wine tour at Gibbston Valley Winery or play a round of golf on one of Queenstown’s spectacular courses. This evening, consider taking the gondola ride to Bob’s Peak for dinner at the Stratosphere Restaurant.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 18: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner. Day 19: Breakfast, Lunch. Day 20: Breakfast

Day 21
Queenstown – Christchurch

Visit Lake Tekapo, stopping at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Be My Guest Dining Icon You are welcomed by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor at Morelea Farm for a By My Guest lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Join your Travel Director this evening in Christchurch for a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Novotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Day 22
Farewell from Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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22 Day Guided Vacation

Tour departs from Melbourne and returns to Christchurch

Don't Miss

Hokey Pokey ice cream with slice of lemon and garnish

Hokey pokey ice cream

You may have treated yourself to Hokey pokey ice cream before, but did you know it originated in New Zealand? You’ll have the chance on this holiday to buy a cone or two. It consists of plain vanilla ice cream with small, solid lumps of honeycomb toffee. (Hokey pokey is a New Zealand term for honeycomb toffee.) The original recipe consisted of solid toffee until around 1980, but in a marketing change Tip-Top decided to use small balls of honeycomb toffee instead. Hokey pokey was a slang term for ice cream in general in the 19th and early 20th centuries in several areas, including New York and parts of Great Britain, specifically for the ice cream sold by street vendors, or ‘hokey-pokey’ men. In New Zealand it’s the most popular flavour after plain vanilla and a standard example of Kiwiana, which are items and icons from New Zealand's heritage, quirky things that contribute to a sense of nationhood.

Highlights

  • Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways and arcades
  • Enjoy an Aussie BBQ at Earth Sanctuary Be My Guest Dining Icon
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine
  • Discover rock art at Uluru
  • Hike through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Create your own dot painting Aboriginal Cultural Icon
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean on Bondi Beach
  • Experience the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
  • Discover the glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Immerse yourself in rich Maori food, arts & culture Maori Cultural Icon Be My Guest Dining Icon
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise
  • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm Be My Guest Dining Icon
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Inclusions

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (21)
  • Be My Guest lunch (1)
  • Highlight lunch (1)
  • Lunches (2)
  • Be My Guest dinners (2)
  • Dinners with wine (4)
  • Highlight dinners (2)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon
into Melbourne Airport
Day 22   Flights to depart anytime
from Christchurch Airport



Required Internal Flights

Day 4    Melbourne to Alice Springs – QF796
Day 7    Ayers Rock to Cairns – QF1854
Day 10    Cairns to Sydney – QF925
Day 13    Sydney to Auckland – QF143
Day 16    Rotorua to Christchurch – NZ5785

 

These internal holiday flights must be purchased separately in order to fulfill the holiday itinerary.

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Ways to Save

Departures from 1 April 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to $760
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to $570
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to $380
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to $1140
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to $950
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to $760
 
Triple share    Save up to $380
Kings Club    Save up to $380

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
    1-5 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC 3008

    3 nights

    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne Entry/Foyer
    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne Standard Room
    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne by the Yarra River

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne is located on Spencer Street on the fringe of the CBD. Just a short stroll to Crown Casino, Docklands and South Wharf, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a Southbank hotel ideally situated on the bank of the Yarra River.

     

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Air Conditioning
    • Radio
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Wi-Fi
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Microwave
    • Hair Dryer
    • Communal self-catering kitchen
    • Manual temperature control
  • Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870

    • Barra on Todd Restaurant at Chifley Alice Springs
    • Swimming Pool at Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    • Superior Room at Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    • Reception area at Chifley Alice Springs Resort

    Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Chifley® Hotel Alice Springs offers spectacular views of the towering River Red Gum. Well-manicured lush green lawns of the hotel create a relaxing atmosphere, letting you soak in the Australian Outback charm in the Northern Territory (NT).

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Hair Dryer
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Radio
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Internet Access
    • Phone
    • Mini Bar
    • Hair dryer
  • Desert Gardens Hotel
    Yulara Dr, Yulara, NT 0872

    2 nights

    • Reception at Desert Gardens
    • Arnguli Grill dining option at Desert Gardens
    • Superior Room at Desert Gardens
    • Swimming Pool at Desert Gardens

    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.

    Please Note: Desert Gardens is undergoing refurbishments to their Garden View Rooms and restaurant area. Completion of refurbishments to their Garden View Rooms will be May 2016 and the restaurant until March 2017.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Radio
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Private veranda or courtyard
    • Heater
    • Hair dryer
    • ISD/STD phone
    • Mini Bar
    • In-room safe
    • In-house movies
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Hilton Hotel Cairns
    34 Esplanade, Cairns QLD, 4870

    3 nights

    • Swimming Pool at Cairns Hilton Hotel
    • Bar at at Cairns Hilton Hotel
    • Pool & Deck area at Cairns Hilton Hotel
    • Cairns Hilton Hotel at sunset
    • King Deluxe Room at Cairns Hilton 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
    • Hair dryer
    • Mini Bar
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney
    61 Phillip Street, Sydney

    3 nights

    • Sofitel Sydney
  • The Langham Hotel Auckland
    83 Symonds St Grafton, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    2 nights

    • The Langham Hotel Auckland Executive Room
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland Lobby
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland exterior

    The Langham Hotel Auckland exudes a timeless elegance that celebrates the past, yet embraces the future. As a luxury Auckland hotel, we will enchant you with our tradition of graceful living.

     

    • Features
    • LCD TV
    • Work Desk
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Deluxe Marble Bathroom
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Manual temperature control
    • Blackout drapes/curtains
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Room service
    • Business Facilities
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Satellite TV
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Phone
  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
    Corner Eruera & Hinemaru St, Rotorua 3010, North Island

    • Zazu Bar at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Lobby at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Nikau Restaurant at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Superior Room at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Front Exterior at Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    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
  • Novotel Christchurch
    50 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

    • Novotel Christchurch - Exterior
    • Novotel Christchurch - Reception
    • Novotel Christchurch - Twin Room
    • Novotel Christchurch - Bar & Lounge area

    The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch. Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, catering for up to 250 delegates. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30min from Christchurch Airport.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room service
    • In-room safe
    • Wireless Internet access
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat
    3 Wallace St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand

    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Deluxe Room
    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Canopy Restaurant
    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Lobby
    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Exterior
    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Exterior

    A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand’s pristine wilderness – Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests’ wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there’s no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

    Te Waonui Forest Retreat seamlessly incorporates measures that greatly reduce its environmental impact. Designed to stand the test of time, Te Waonui’s durable, New Zealand building design blends in with its stunning natural setting. Management and staff at Te Waonui actively support community-based projects to preserve our outstanding natural heritage in Franz Josef Glacier Town.

    • Features
    • In-room safe
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Pillow Menu (Choice of pillows)
    • Luxurious bed linen
    • Private balcony or courtyard
    • Electronic security key system
    • Air-conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Mini Bar
    • TV
  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
    32 Frankton Rd, Queenstown 9300, South Island

    3 nights

    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Superior Room
    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Exterior
    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Exterior
    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Exterior
    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Exterior

    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
  • Novotel Christchurch
    50 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

    • Novotel Christchurch - Exterior
    • Novotel Christchurch - Reception
    • Novotel Christchurch - Twin Room
    • Novotel Christchurch - Bar & Lounge area

    The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch. Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, catering for up to 250 delegates. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30min from Christchurch Airport.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room service
    • In-room safe
    • Wireless Internet access

Experience more on your holiday

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. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 165.00

Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas

Visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos and other animals. View Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. At the Penguin Parade witness the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests.

Phillip Island - Penguins Up Late (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 139.00

Phillip Island - Penguins Up Late

Travel directly to the Penguin Parade. Enjoy panoramic views of the French Island before witnessing the amazing nightly ritual. Watch penguins march up the sand to their nests and enjoy time browsing through the educational centre. Travel express back to Melbourne. Ask your Travel Director about options to upgrade to viewing platform or underground viewing access.

Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 165.00

Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles

Travel the Great Ocean Road. Marvel at golden sandy beaches. Visit Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense). The limestone rock formations of the incredible Twelve Apostles are a result of erosion that began up to 20 million years ago. Hear the amazing shipwreck survival story of the Loch Ard and visit its famous gorge. Visit Port Campbell for afternoon tea (own expense) before returning to Melbourne.

Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 169.00

Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style

Travel east of Melbourne to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Enjoy tea and coffee at Grant’s Reserve and hand-feed crimson rosellas. Take a ride through the spectacular forest aboard the Puffing Billy Steam Train. In the Yarra Valley have time to find a delicious lunch (own expense), before visiting two of Victoria’s premier wineries for tasting and wine appreciation.

Queen Victoria Market Hunt and Gather Food Tour (Melbourne)

Adult Price: AUD 49.00& - Operates at 10.00am-12pm on Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat

Queen Victoria Market Hunt and Gather Food Tour

Learn about the history of the 130 year old site and discover Melbourne’s evolving food culture. Pick up hints on selecting the best seasonal produce and sample a range of specialty foods and deli items. Two hour tour includes generous food samples, a coffee, seasonal recipe cards written by some of Melbourne’s top chefs and an environmentally friendly shopping bag.

Camel to Sunrise (Ayers Rock)

AUD$129 Adult

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. Take in the cool morning air and watch as the rising sun lights up Uluru and the surrounding plains. Skilled cameleers describe the flora and fauna along the trail. Enjoy billy tea, coffee and freshly baked beer bread.

Ayers Rock Scenic Flights (Ayers Rock)

Adult Price: From AUD 120.00

Ayers Rock Scenic Flights

Choose from a range of scenic flights over the Red Centre in a fixed wing aircraft.

  • 40 Minute Uluru and Kata Tjuta Scenic Flight
    – AUD$240 per adult
  • 60 Minute Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Lake Amadeus Scenic Flight
    – AUD$375 per adult
  • 120 Minute Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Lake Amadeus and Kings Canyon Scenic Flight
    – AUD$575 per adult
  • 20 Minute Uluru Only Scenic Flight
    – AUD$120 per adult

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights (Ayers Rock)

Adult Price: From AUD 150.00

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights

Experience a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre. Choose from a number of flight options for a birds eye view of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and more!

  • 15 Minute Ayers Rock Flight
    – AUD$150 per adult (min 2 passengers)
  • 30 Minute Ayers Rock and Olgas Flight
    – AUD$285 per adult (min 2 passengers)
  • 36 Minute Ayers Rock Grand View
    – AUD$320 per adult (min 2 passengers)

Uluru Motorcycle Tours (Ayers Rock)

Adult 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!

  • 1.5 Hour Ayers Rock Sunrise
    – AUD$229 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$379 per trike
  • 30 Minute Quick Spin
    – AUD$139 per motorcycle passenger
  • 2 Hour Kata Tjuta Sunrise 
    – AUD$259 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$479 per trike
  • 2.5 Hour Kata Tjuta Tour 
    – AUD$299 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$559 per trike
  • 3 Hour Kata Tjuta Sunset 
    – AUD$339 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$649 per trike

*Subject to availability

Uluru Barbecue Dinner (Ayers Rock)

Adult Price: AUD 144.00

Uluru Barbecue Dinner

Enjoy a unique and exclusive dining experience with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. There’s sparkling wine on arrival followed by a classic barbecue of steak, lamb sausages, skewered chicken and garlic prawns, as well as a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. There’s even time for stargazing.
*weather permitting

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 116.00 - 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 the day of travel.)

Great Adventures Introductory Dive (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 164.00

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.

Kuranda, Skyrail and Tjapukai Day Tour (Cairns)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 211.00

Kuranda, Skyrail and Tjapukai Day Tour

Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience the history, creation and dance theatres where the legends of the dreamtime are brought to life. Ride the Skyrail Cableway above the Barron Gorge National Park to the village of Kuranda, where there is time to stroll through the markets.

Hot Air Cairns - 30 Minute Flight (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 230.00 + 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.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day (Cairns )

Adult Price: AUD 83.00

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day

Three theatres, a museum, art gallery and a traditional Aboriginal camp combine to give a fascinating glimpse of the rich and ancient culture of the traditional inhabitants. 

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Night (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 144.00

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Night

More than just a dinner and show; Tjapukai by Night takes you on a magical adventure into the legends of Australia’s dreamtime. Here you will enter another world as Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award winning performances as you feast on modern cuisine from the Far North.

Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise - 2 hours (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 46.00 - Dep 1.30pm from Reef Fleet Terminal

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.

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife (Sydney)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 155.00

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife

Pass by Homebush Bay, site of the 2000 Olympics. Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. See the famous Three Sisters rock formation. See Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Visit Scenic World for a chance to ride the steepest railway in the world (own expense). Enjoy an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Have your photo taken with a cuddly koala. See kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins.

Blue Mountains in Style - Small Group Experience (Sydney)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 195.00

Blue Mountains in Style - Small Group Experience

Lose yourself in the wonderful Blue Mountains. Take in 360 views from Scenic World where you can enjoy a ride on the Scenic Railway, Scenic Cableway and Skyway. A great way to see the steep valleys, canyons and get another perspective of the Three Sisters before indulging in a delicious lunch. Get acquainted with Aussie Wildlife at Featherdale Wildlife Park - interact with all of Australia's native animals, get up close to a koala and have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu before returning to Sydney.

Bridge Climb (Sydney)

Adult Price: AUD 298.00 - Day Climb

Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3.5 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.

Sydney Heli Tours - 20min Flight (Sydney)

Adult 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.
*Post tour bookings only.

Real Journeys Milford Sound flight to Queenstown (Milford Sound)

NZ$399 adult NZ$259 Child

A scenic flight from Milford Sound to return back to Queenstown. During the 35 minute flight take in panoramic views of spectacular scenery including glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforest.

Ziptrek Ecotours Zipline Adventure (Queenstown)

From NZ$135 Adult NZ$85 Child

Ziptrek Ecotours Zipline Adventure

Ziptrek Ecotours is a spectacular and exhilarating flying fox eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, on Skyline Gondola hill.

Kawarau River Rafting (Queenstown)

NZ$229 Adult/Child

Kawarau River Rafting

4 hours including transfer to Cavell’s rafting lodge to collect your wetsuit and other rafting equipment. Transfer to Kawarau River put-in point for extensive safety instructions and training in paddling techniques. Then raft the mighty Kawarau River! Hot showers, sauna and complimentary tea/coffee await you at the end of this adventure.

Shotover Jet Boat Ride (Queenstown)

NZ$139 Adult NZ$75 Child

Shotover Jet Boat Ride

Enjoy a 30-minute jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon with the only company permitted to operate in this area. A major highlight is experiencing the famous “Shotover Jet Turn” where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees turn. Includes return transfers from Queenstown. (Duration: 1.5 hours in total)

Nomad Safaris 4WD Tour (Queenstown)

NZ$185 Adult NZ$90 Child

Nomad Safaris 4WD Tour

Be amazed by both the man-made and natural features on this 4-hour 4WD safari from Queenstown. The tour incorporates scenes from The Lord of the Rings incl Heaven & Hells Gate, Maori Point, Lighthouse rock, Blue Slip, Skippers Bridge, Skippers Settlement and gold panning in the Shotover River.

Queenstown Food and Wine Sampler (Queenstown)

NZ$182 Adult NZ$130 Child

Queenstown Food and Wine Sampler

This unique food and wine experience is a relaxed and leisurely tour amongst picturesque surroundings. It is the ideal tour for guests who may have a shorter time frame. Tour includes tastings at two wineries, an underground wine cave tour, cheese presentation and tasting at the regions only cheesery and a gourmet lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery. Operates 1st of October to 31st of March.

Queenstown Original Wine Trail (Queenstown)

NZ$160 Adult NZ$95 Child

Queenstown Original Wine Trail

The Queenstown Wine Trail offers a fun, personalised and friendly sightseeing wine tour of vineyards and wineries in New Zealand’s premier wine regions – Queenstown & Central Otago. As the groups are small, you will have time to taste a variety of wines at four Queenstown wineries, sample local cheeses, enjoy a winery lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery (at own expense) and experience spectacular scenery.

Skippers Canyon Jet - Scenic Tour & Jet Boat (Queenstown)

NZ$195 Adult NZ$115 Child

Skippers Canyon Jet - Scenic Tour & Jet Boat

Skippers Canyon Jet are the only company to offer a complete 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon and access to the unique mining relics available in the Sainsbury gold claim museum. Following the winding, yet majestic Skippers road, which carves its way down from the Coronet Peak ski road, over the saddle and down “Long gully” through to Skippers Canyon; your guide will detail the history of the road, hardships of the miners and how many miners were killed building the road over a century ago.

The Helicopter Line - Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$450 Adult NZ$315 Child

The Helicopter Line - Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight

Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on this 40-minute scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook.

Haast River Safari (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$109 Adult NZ$59

Haast River Safari

Travel on a purpose built fully enclosed river jet boat with front-loading access. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy.

The Helicopter Line - Twin Glacier Scenic Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$310 Adult NZ$217

The Helicopter Line - Twin Glacier Scenic Flight

From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

The Helicopter Line - Neve Discoverer Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$240 Adult NZ$168 Child

The Helicopter Line - Neve Discoverer Flight

Lift off and fly up over the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier to land amongst this alpine wonderland on a 20-minute scenic flight. Highlights include landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and a snow or icefall landing.

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. 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.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2017. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.