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New Zealand & Australian Explorer

15 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Cairns

New Zealand & Australian Explorer

15 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Cairns | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

New Zealand & Australian Explorer

15 Day Guided Vacation

Auckland to Cairns

Discover the beauty of Australia and New Zealand on a journey that takes you across vibrant, diverse landscapes and picture-perfect scenery, as well as iconic sights from Auckland to Cairns.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • Overview of the iconic sights of New Zealand
  • A great cross section of Australian highlights with plenty of free time to explore
  • Flexibility to explore independently
  • See the sunrise at Uluru

image map

Flexible Vacations

A great mix of included experiences and free time makes this trip flexible to make it your own.

Iconic Sites

Tamaki Maori Village, Melbourne laneways, Uluru, Sydney Opera House

Time For You

Multiple nights in Queenstown, Melbourne & Sydney gives you plenty of time to explore.

Sustainable Travel

Plant native trees as part of our Rainforest Restoration project that will provide a sanctuary for the birds and wildlife that live here.

Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s City of Sails. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm; you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. After check-in, you can explore Auckland. Take a walk down Queen Street, to the main shopping precinct or take a bus (leaves from outside the hotel) down to the Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Waterfront region. This recently developed area of central Auckland has cafes and restaurants galore. Take a seat in the sunshine, enjoy a glass of one of New Zealand’s famous Sauvignon Blanc’s and watch the maritime activity on Waitemata Harbour. This evening, meet your fellow travelling companions and your AAT Kings Travel Director at a welcome reception back at your hotel.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Today, travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow-worm Grotto and Limestone Caves with a local guide. Glide silently through the subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glow-worms. This evening, join your travelling companions for a memorable Be My Guest Dinner. Experience the heart pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, at the Tamaki Maori Village. Journey into the village and gain an 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: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Today is your chance to experience the scenic wonders of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. You could explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park & The National Kiwi Hatchery, take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through the working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and join a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and the bubbling beauty of the mud pools. Later, why not spend a little more time experiencing the thermal wonders, with a soak in the hot mineral waters of the Polynesian Spas. Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you’ll fly from Rotorua to Queenstown. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent. On arrival you’ll board your coach and travel to the delightful gold rush village of Arrowtown, on the sparkling Arrow River, once one of the world’s richest rivers. Afterwards you’ll get a feel for Queenstown and surrounds on an orientation tour. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables mountain range and home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge.

Hotel: Heartland Hotel Queenstown, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

You have a free day so why not consider an Optional Experience to spectacular Milford Sound, travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Experience magnificent scenery and many photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Hollyford Valley lookout (Pop’s view), Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards the iconic Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound for your cruise.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s your last chance to soak up the atmosphere in New Zealand’s adventure capital. You could ride the Shotover Jet, take a mini-bus excursion through skipper’s canyon, tempt your tastebuds on a wine tour or just explore Queenstown on your own.

It’s time for us to bid you farewell as you are transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight to Melbourne. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening you will join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone.

Hotel: The Victoria Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Melbourne is known for its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café culture and street art. This morning your Travel Director will show you these hidden gems on a private walking tour. The rest of your day is free, and your Travel Director will point you in the right direction for you to explore the city on your own terms. You might want to use the free CBD trams and explore The Queen Victoria Markets to try gourmet foods and fresh local produce. This evening is your chance to experience some of Melbourne's well known restaurants or you could take in a show at one of the many theatres.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you fly from Melbourne to Uluru. After checking into your hotel at Ayers Rock Resort we traverse the vast outback with Kata Tjuta looming into focus. Walking into the rising walls of Walpa Gorge you will feel and hear why this is such a significate place to the local people. Staying longer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for sundowners and nibbles as you witness the striking colour changes of a spectacular sunset over Uluru.

Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast

Rise early to experience the desert awakening and the spectacular sunrise over Uluru. Dive into the culture and gain insight in to the traditional aboriginal owners of the land as you discover the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Explore aboriginal rock art caves and through to waterholes under immense Uluru. In the afternoon you will fly from Uluru to Sydney.

Hotel: Travelodge Wynyard, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sydney is full of iconic sights and this morning you will see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the beautiful Bondi Beach. On this morning’s city sights tour you will not only see the iconic sights but also some hidden gems. Then you will do what the locals do and hit the water on a Sydney Harbour Cruise. This afternoon you have free time to explore Sydney sights the way you want.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Wake up to another day to explore Sydney. Today you have the flexibility to explore the city any way that you want. You might want sleep in or choose an optional activity to travel further afield to the beautiful Blue Mountains or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for spectacular views of the city. Your Travel Director will be able to assist you to get the most out of your day.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you will fly from Sydney to tropical Cairns. After some free time for lunch and a bit of a wander around this tropical city, you will journey to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. After getting up close to a crocodile you will join your fellow travellers to give back and plant a tree as part of our rainforest restoration project.

Hotel: Pacific Hotel Cairns, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today is a day to explore the best of the Cairns region. You might choose to tick off the Great Barrier Reef of your bucket list or if getting on the water isn’t your thing, your Travel Director can find you something more your style. You could take to the rainforest and join the Skyrail ride through the tree tops and a scenic railway journey from the beautiful town of Kuranda. After another day of exploring the way you want, you will join your fellow travellers for a waterfront farewell dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you say goodbye to tropical Cairns and your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end 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

A BRAND New 4.5 Qualmark rated apartment Hotel & Suites with an unbeatable location on Queen Street, contemporary styling and well-appointed modern rooms. For the convenience of travellers and visitors to Auckland, VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites is an ideal location, situated on the prime street of Auckland CBD. This brand new hotel offers excellent convenience of being in the heart of the business, shopping and food district of Auckland.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. Our central location is easily accessible to cafés, restaurants and the Energy Events Convention Centre. Stunning natural scenery and geothermal wonders makes this the ultimate destination.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • Soundproofed Windows
  • TV
  • In-house movies
  • Pay TV
  • 220/240 V AC
  • Data port in room
  • High speed transmission line (pay)
  • Work Desk
  • Manual temperature control
  • Iron
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Automatic wake up call
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

With stunning views our friendly Swiss-style Heartland Hotel Queenstown brings visitors from all over the world. Access a range of leisure activities from bungy jumping to shopping from one of the best locations in Queenstown.

    Features

  • Sky TV
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Refrigerator
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Room service
  • Guest Laundry
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Outback Pioneer Hotel provides comfortable, clean accommodation for the traveller who is simply looking for somewhere to rest between their outback adventures.

Standard Rooms are comfortable and spacious and feature one queen and one single bed. All rooms have private en suite, television and movies on demand.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • ISD/STD phone
  • In-house movies
 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.

    Features

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

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • Moderate level of fitness is required

Dining

  • 14 Full Buffet Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • 1 Highlight Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 - Flights arrive by 4pm at Auckland Airport
  • Day 4 - Rotorua-Queenstown - NZ/8152/ NZ/623 via AKL
  • Day 7 - Queenstown-Melbourne - VA/188
  • Day 9 - Melbourne-Ayers Rock - JQ664
  • Day 10 - Ayers Rock-Sydney - VA1628
  • Day 13 - Sydney – Cairns - QF 922

New Zealand & Australian Explorer

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

New Zealand & Australian Explorer

15 Day Guided Vacation

Auckland to Cairns

Discover the beauty of Australia and New Zealand on a journey that takes you across vibrant, diverse landscapes and picture-perfect scenery, as well as iconic sights from Auckland to Cairns. 

Why you'll love this trip:

  • Visit the most iconic cities of Australia and New Zealand
  • Enjoy the flexibility of exploring independently
  • Explore Queenstown with three nights in this adventure capital
  • Tuck into Hangi (earth oven) at the Tamaki Maori Village

image map

Flexible Vacations

A great mix of included experiences and free time makes this trip flexible to make it your own

Time For You

Multiple nights in Queenstown, Melbourne & Sydney gives you plenty of time to explore

Iconic Sites

See some of the most iconic sites across Australia & New Zealand, Queenstown, Melbourne, Uluru, Sydney, Cairns.

Sustainable Travel

Plant native trees as part of our Rainforest Restoration project that will provide a sanctuary for the birds and wildlife that live here.

Welcome to Auckland. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception at your hotel in Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow-worm Grotto and Limestone Caves with a local guide. Glide silently through the subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. This evening join your travelling companions for a memorable Be My Guest Dinner. Experience the heart pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain an 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: Ibis Rotorua Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today is your chance to experience the scenic wonders of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. You could explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, and take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through the working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and join a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and the bubbling beauty of the mud pools. Later, why not spend a little more time experiencing the thermal wonders, with a soak in the hot mineral waters of the Polynesian Spas? Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you’ll fly from Rotorua to Queenstown. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent. When you arrive you’ll board your coach and travel to the delightful gold rush village of Arrowtown, on the sparkling Arrow River, once one of the world’s richest rivers. Afterwards you’ll get a feel for Queenstown and surrounds on an orientation tour. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables mountain range and home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge.

Hotel: Heartland Hotel Queenstown, 3 Nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

You have a free day so why not take an optional experience to break taking Milford Sound for an unforgettable cruise on the majestic fiord.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s your last chance to soak up the atmosphere in New Zealand’s adventure capital. You could ride the Shotover Jet Boat, take a mini-bus excursion through skipper’s canyon, tempt your tastebuds on a wine tour or just explore Queenstown on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast

It’s time for us to bid you farewell as you are transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight to Melbourne. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening you will join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone.

Hotel: The Victoria Hotel, 2 Nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Melbourne is known for its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café culture and street art. This morning your Travel Director will show you these hidden gems on a private walking tour. The rest of your day is free, and your Travel Director will point you in the right direction for you to explore the city on your own terms. You might want to use the free CBD trams and explore The Queen Victoria Markets to try gourmet foods and fresh local produce. This evening is your chance to experience some of Melbourne's well known restaurants or you could take in a show at one of the many theatres.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you fly from Melbourne to Uluru. After checking into your hotel at Ayers Rock Resort we traverse the vast outback with Kata Tjuta looming into focus. Walking into the rising walls of Walpa Gorge you will feel and hear why this is such a significate place to the local people. Staying longer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for sundowners and nibbles as you witness the striking colour changes of a spectacular sunset over Uluru.

Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast

Rise early to experience the desert awakening and the spectacular sunrise over Uluru. Dive into the culture and gain insight in to the traditional aboriginal owners of the land as you discover the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Explore aboriginal rock art caves and through to waterholes under immense Uluru. In the afternoon you will fly from Uluru to Sydney.

Hotel: Travelodge Wynyard, 3 Nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sydney is full of iconic sights and this morning you will see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the beautiful Bondi Beach. On this morning’s city sights tour you will not only see the iconic sights but also some hidden gems. Then you will do what the locals do and hit the water on a Sydney Harbour Cruise. This afternoon you have free time to explore Sydney sights the way you want.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Wake up to another day to explore Sydney. Today you have the flexibility to explore the city any way that you want. You might want sleep in or choose an optional activity to travel further afield to the beautiful Blue Mountains or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for spectacular views of the city. Your Travel Director will be able to assist you to get the most out of your day.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you will fly from Sydney to tropical Cairns. After some free time for lunch and a bit of a wander around this tropical city, you will journey to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. After getting up close to a crocodile you will join your fellow travellers to give back and plant a tree as part of our rainforest restoration project. 

Hotel: Pacific Hotel Cairns

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today is a day to explore the best of the Cairns region. You might choose to tick off the Great Barrier Reef of your bucket list or if getting on the water isn’t your thing, your Travel Director can find you something more your style. You could take to the rainforest and join the Skyrail ride through the tree tops and a scenic railway journey from the beautiful town of Kuranda. After another day of exploring the way you want, you will join your fellow travellers for a waterfront farewell dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning you say goodbye to tropical Cairns and your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end after 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

A BRAND New 4.5 Qualmark rated apartment Hotel & Suites with an unbeatable location on Queen Street, contemporary styling and well-appointed modern rooms. For the convenience of travellers and visitors to Auckland, VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites is an ideal location, situated on the prime street of Auckland CBD. This brand new hotel offers excellent convenience of being in the heart of the business, shopping and food district of Auckland.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. Our central location is easily accessible to cafés, restaurants and the Energy Events Convention Centre. Stunning natural scenery and geothermal wonders makes this the ultimate destination.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • Soundproofed Windows
  • TV
  • In-house movies
  • Pay TV
  • 220/240 V AC
  • Data port in room
  • High speed transmission line (pay)
  • Work Desk
  • Manual temperature control
  • Iron
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Automatic wake up call
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

With stunning views our friendly Swiss-style Heartland Hotel Queenstown brings visitors from all over the world. Access a range of leisure activities from bungy jumping to shopping from one of the best locations in Queenstown.

    Features

  • Sky TV
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Refrigerator
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Room service
  • Guest Laundry
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Outback Pioneer Hotel provides comfortable, clean accommodation for the traveller who is simply looking for somewhere to rest between their outback adventures.

Standard Rooms are comfortable and spacious and feature one queen and one single bed. All rooms have private en suite, television and movies on demand.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • ISD/STD phone
  • In-house movies
 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.

    Features

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

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 is required

Dining

  • 8 Full Buffet Breakfasts
  • 1 Welcome Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 - Flights arrive by 4pm at Auckland Airport
  • Day 4 - ROT- ZQN- NZ/8152/ NZ/623 via AKL
  • Day 7 - ZQN-MEL – VA/188
  • Day 9 - MEL-AYQ – JQ/664
  • Day 10 - AYQ-SYD – VA/1628
  • Day 13 - SYD-CNS – QF/922
  • Day 15 - Flights depart any time from Cairns Airport

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