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Australia and New Zealand Highlights

Discover iconic sights, vibrant cities, and stunning landscapes on this Australia and New Zealand Highlights tour!

Booking Code: AA-31225

Dive into the adventure of a lifetime with our Australia and New Zealand Highlights trip. This 2-week jam-packed Australia and New Zealand itinerary features a thrilling Shotover Jet Boat Ride, a VIP tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, a scenic Harbor Cruise, and a jaw-dropping adventure at the Great Barrier Reef.

You’ll get up close to stunning New Zealand mountain vistas, visit famous Australian landmarks, and explore world-class cities like Sydney and Auckland. With top-of-the-line hotels included and epic activities lined up, this trip is perfect for anyone looking to relax, have a blast, and experience the best of Down Under.

Australia and New Zealand Highlights

Australia & New Zealand Highlights Tour Map

Day 1: International Flight to Auckland
Days 2 – 4: Auckland
Days 4 – 7: Queenstown
Days 7 – 9: Melbourne
Days 9 – 11: Sydney
Days 11 – 14: Cairns
Day 14: International Flight from Brisbane (via Cairns)

Australia & New Zealand Highlights Tour Map
Australia and New Zealand Highlights Tour

What’s included in your
Australia and New Zealand Highlights Tour

Accommodation

Auckland (2 Nights), Queenstown (3), Melbourne (2), Sydney (2), Cairns (3)

Flights

International – Los Angeles to Auckland, Brisbane to Los Angeles
New Zealand Domestic – Auckland to Queenstown
Australian Domestic – Melbourne to Sydney, Sydney to Cairns, Cairns to Brisbane

Transfers

Shuttle – Auckland Airport to Accommodation (Return), Queenstown Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return)
Private – Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)

Day Tours

Queenstown – Shotover Jet Boat Ride
Sydney – Opera House Tour, 2-Day Hop on Hop Off Harbour Cruise Express Pass
Cairns – Outer Reef Cruise Adventure

All Taxes and
Fuel Levies

(Except where noted)

Itinerary is
flexible

And can be tailored to suit your needs

VISA ISSUANCE
REQUIRED (NOT
INCLUDED)

your itinerary details

DAY 1

International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland

The estimated cost for this package includes the average price of international airfare from Los Angeles to Auckland. Request a quote for your preferred routing and travel dates. Your flight will cross the international date line overnight, putting you 1 day ahead in New Zealand. So according to a calendar it will take you 2 days to get to New Zealand, but really, it’s just an overnight flight!

Once you’re onboard your international flight, prepare for a delightful dining experience with dinner and breakfast served en route. Feel free to kick back, enjoy some movies, and catch up on some well-deserved rest during your flight.

DAYS 2 – 4

Auckland – The Vibrant Heartbeat of New Zealand

Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

Photo Credit : Chris McLennan

Upon landing in Auckland, your adventure continues with a convenient shuttle transfer from the airport to your accommodation. Prepare to be impressed as you arrive at your 4-star Auckland retreat, situated right in the heart of the vibrant cityscape. With its central location, you’ll have easy access to Auckland’s top attractions, ensuring an unforgettable experience from start to finish.

The day is yours to explore Auckland at your own pace! Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, Auckland has something for everyone. From picnics in the lush Auckland Domain to art appreciation at the Auckland Art Gallery, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy. Take a stroll through one of Auckland’s 25 regional parks, catch a live comedy show, or dance the night away in the bustling K’Road district.

Looking to get your heart pumping? Auckland is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, and water sports. Head to one of the many parks or reserves for a nature-filled adventure or hit the waves for some thrilling surfing or paddleboarding.

And when it comes to dining, you’re spoiled for choice with an array of cafes, bars, and restaurants in trendy neighborhoods like Ponsonby and Viaduct Harbour.

For a more laid-back experience, why not spend the day wine tasting on Waiheke Island? This stunning island is just a short ferry ride away and is known for its world-class wineries. Sip on some award-winning vintages while taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

Photo Credit : Chris McLennan

Dining at the Shucker Brothers, Waterfront

Photo Credit : Todd Eyre

Shotover Queenstown
Queenstown

DAYS 4 – 7

Queenstown – Experience Spectacular & Beautiful Scenery

Shotover Queenstown

Get ready for hassle-free travel as you journey from your accommodation in Auckland to the airport, where you’ll catch a flight to the breathtaking Queenstown. Upon arrival, a convenient shuttle transfer will whisk you away to your hotel, where you’ll spend the next three nights nestled in comfort and style.

Welcome to your 4-star lakeside retreat, set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy modern amenities and stunning views from your well-appointed room.

Then, prepare for an adrenaline-pumping experience as you embark on the world-famous Shotover River Canyon Jet Boat ride. Hold on tight as you zoom through narrow canyons, experiencing thrilling 360º spins and breathtaking speeds. It’s like a rollercoaster on water, an experience that will leave you craving more.

And on Day 6, seize the opportunity to explore Queenstown at your own pace, whether you’re seeking adventure activities or simply soaking in the stunning natural beauty. You may like to take a scenic ride on the Skyline Gondola and witness panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. The breathtaking beauty of Queenstown will have you feeling like you’re in a dream,

For a bite to eat, try the iconic Fergburger, a must-visit spot for foodies craving a juicy, mouth-watering burger. Sink your teeth into a legendary burger piled high with fresh ingredients

With its laidback atmosphere, diverse range of activities, and picturesque mountain setting, Queenstown offers an unforgettable experience for every traveler.

DAYS 7 – 9

Melbourne – Where Culture, Cuisine & Creativity Collide

Melbourne Kangaroo Feeding

Photo Credit : Visit Victoria

Start your morning with a smooth shuttle transfer from your hotel in Queenstown to the airport for your flight to Australia.

Upon touchdown in Melbourne, a private car transfer awaits to take you to your accommodation in style. Get set for two nights at your 5-star Melbourne hideaway, nestled right in the heart of the action. Enjoy refined elegance and top-notch service, with meticulously designed rooms and suites made for comfort and sophistication. Take a breather in the top-notch fitness center or indulge in some pampering at the serene spa before heading out to explore Melbourne’s famous museums, shopping spots, cultural hotspots, and culinary delights.

With a day to spare, dive into Melbourne’s diverse tapestry, from quaint cafes to sprawling shopping extravaganzas.

One of the must-do experiences in Melbourne is getting lost in the Queen Victoria Markets. Whether you’re hunting for unique souvenirs or sampling local delicacies, the markets are a sensory overload of sights, sounds, and smells. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere as you browse through stalls bursting with handmade treasures.

Night owls will feel right at home in Melbourne’s vibrant nightlife scene. The city comes alive after dark, with a plethora of bars, clubs, and live music venues to choose from. Dance the night away to live bands, sip cocktails in trendy rooftop bars, or catch a stand-up comedy show for a good laugh.

Art enthusiasts will be thrilled by Melbourne’s thriving arts and culture scene. With an abundance of galleries, theaters, and music venues, the city is a hotbed of creativity. Attend a live performance, explore contemporary art exhibitions, or catch a film screening at a local cinema. Our favorite spots include the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, and ACMI.

Whether you’re browsing through lively markets or savoring local flavors, Melbourne offers a kaleidoscope of cultures and endless avenues for adventure.

Melbourne Kangaroo Feeding

Photo Credit : Visit Victoria

Melbourne Phillip Island Penguins

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

Sydney - Couple enjoying scenic views of Sydney Harbour from Mrs Macquaries Point Destination NSW
Sydney Opera House and Bridge with Tree

DAYS 9 – 11

Sydney – Where Adventure Meets Iconic Charm

Sydney - Couple enjoying scenic views of Sydney Harbour from Mrs Macquaries Point Destination NSW

Travel in luxury from your Melbourne accommodation to the airport in a hassle-free private transfer. Experience seamless travel within Australia on your flight from Melbourne to Sydney.

A private car transfer awaits you at the Sydney airport to take you to your hotel. Enjoy a stylish and comfortable retreat at your 4-star Sydney accommodation, centrally located for easy access to the city’s attractions, shopping, and nightlife.

Your days in Sydney are primed for exploring its iconic landmarks and vibrant waterfront. Immerse yourself in the history and architecture of the Sydney Opera House with a guided tour. Explore its iconic performance venues and capture breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.

Then, discover Sydney’s waterfront attractions at your own pace with a 2-day unlimited ferry pass. From Circular Quay to Manly Beach, explore the city’s highlights while soaking in the fresh harbor breeze.

With Sydney at your fingertips, seize the opportunity to explore Darling Harbour, visit Taronga Zoo, relax at Manly Beach, or stroll along the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. Don’t miss the chance to browse the local arts and crafts at the Rocks Market on weekends.

DAYS 11 – 14

Cairns – Adventure in Tropical Paradise

Cairns Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

Start your journey from Sydney to Cairns with ease as you ride in a private car transfer from your vacation accommodation to the airport. Your chauffeur ensures a stress-free experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the ride.

Upon touching down in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, your shuttle transfer awaits to whisk you away to your vacation retreat.

Settle into your 4-star Cairns accommodation, where warm hospitality, exceptional service, and stunning views await.

One of the highlights of your Cairns adventure will be a full-day Outer Reef Cruise Adventure. Step aboard a luxurious super-yacht and journey to two exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations. Dive into the crystal-clear waters for unlimited snorkeling, indulge in a mouthwatering BBQ lunch, and relax on spacious decks as you soak up the beauty of the reef.

Then enjoy a free day to explore Cairns. You may want to hop on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide above the lush canopy of the Kuranda Rainforest, one of the oldest rainforest on the planet. Get lost in the dense greenery, listen to the symphony of wildlife, and discover hidden waterfalls. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a real-life version of Jurassic Park.

Need a break from the tropical heat? Cool off at the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, a saltwater swimming pool overlooking the Coral Sea. It’s the perfect spot to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy a cool drink while taking in the stunning views.

From leisurely strolls along the Esplanade to vibrant nightlife and eclectic dining options, Cairns offers something for every traveler.

Cairns Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns Curtain Fig Tree

DAY 14

International Flight from Cairns via Brisbane

At the end of your stay, hop on your shuttle from your Cairns accommodation to the airport for a smooth transition. Next, catch a domestic flight to Brisbane before embarking on your international journey to Los Angeles. You’ll gain a day due to crossing the International Date Line, arriving in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.

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