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Best of Australia and New Zealand Vacation

Hit the Absolute Highlights of Australia and New Zealand in One Unforgettable Journey

Booking Code: AA-31101

The Best of Australia & New Zealand Vacation is perfect for travelers seeking a comprehensive exploration of two diverse countries. Ideal for solo travelers, couples, and even families, this itinerary immerses you in rich cultures, stunning landscapes, and unique experiences.

From the iconic landmarks of Sydney and Melbourne to the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps, every moment promises unparalleled beauty and excitement.

This trip seamlessly blends relaxation with adventure, offering carefully curated activities, luxurious accommodations, and expert guidance. Discover the best of both countries with this unforgettable journey!

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Day 1: International Flight to Sydney
Days 2 – 5: Sydney
Days 5 – 8: Port Douglas
Days 8 – 11: Melbourne
Days 11 – 14: Queenstown
Days 14 – 16: Christchurch
Days 16 – 17: Wellington
Days 17 – 19: Rotorua
Days 19 – 21: Auckland
Day 21: International Flight from Auckland

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What’s included in your
Best of Australia and New Zealand Vacation

Accommodation

Melbourne (3 nights), Cairns (3), Sydney (3)

Flights

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

Transfers

Shuttle – Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return), Queenstown Airport to Accommodation, Christchurch Accommodation to Train Station, Wellington Ferry Terminal to Accommodation, Wellington Accommodation to Airport, Auckland Accommodation to Airport Accommodation (Return)
Private – Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Rotorua Accommodation to Airport
Ferry – Ferry Ride from Picton to Wellington

Day Tours

Sydney – Guided Sydney Opera House Tour, Sydney Harbour Sunset Cruise with Dinner
Port Douglas – Gold Class Kuranda Rainforestation Tour w/ Lunch, Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Melbourne – French Island and Phillip Island with Penguins Plus, Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs
Queenstown – Doubtful Sound Cruise, TSS Earnslaw Lake Cruise, Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook
Christchurch – TranzAlpine Train to Arthur’s Pass and Return, Coastal Pacific Train from Christchurch to Picton
Picton – Ferry Ride from Picton to Wellington Plus
Rotorua – Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience, Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves to Auckland
Auckland – Bay of Islands Guided Experience

All Taxes and
Fuel Levies

(Except where noted)

Itinerary is
flexible

And can be tailored to suit your needs

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DAY 1

International Flight, Los Angeles to Sydney

The estimated cost for this package includes the average price of international airfare from Los Angeles. 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 Australia. So according to a calendar it will take you 2 days to get to Australia, but really, it’s just an overnight flight!

Set off on an exciting journey to Australia! Your adventure begins with a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, where you’ll enjoy an evening meal onboard and even catch up on some rest or entertainment.

DAYS 2 – 5

Sydney – Your Aussie Adventure Awaits!

Sydney Harbor Dining

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

Upon arrival in Sydney, hop into a private car for a smooth transfer to your accommodation.

For the next three nights, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Sydney at your 4-star accommodation. Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, your hotel offers modern amenities, stylish decor, and easy access to attractions and dining spots.

During your stay, dive into the cultural scene with a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Marvel at its unique architecture and explore its performance venues, including the Concert Hall and Opera Theater. Make sure to capture the stunning views of Sydney Harbour!

As the sun sets, embark on a magical Sydney Harbour cruise with a delicious dinner. Feast on contemporary Australian cuisine while soaking in breathtaking views of the city skyline, the Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge.

With a free day to explore Sydney, the possibilities are endless. Stroll around Darling Harbour, catch a ferry to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly Beach, or head to Bondi Beach for some iconic Australian beach vibes. Don’t forget to check out the Rocks Market for unique souvenirs and local crafts if you’re visiting on a weekend.

For a cultural experience, visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales and immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene of Sydney. With a diverse range of exhibitions and events, you’ll discover creativity at its finest.

If you’re a nature lover, take a day trip to the Blue Mountains and immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty. Explore hiking trails, cascading waterfalls, and breathtaking lookout points. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, including kangaroos and kookaburras.

Get ready for an unforgettable Australian adventure filled with culture, cuisine, and endless sights to explore!

Sydney Harbor Dining

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

The Rocks Sydney

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

Port Douglas

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Great Barrier Reef

DAYS 5 – 8

Port Douglas – Your Tropical Oasis Awaits

Port Douglas

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

First up, travel to the airport in your own private car. No stress, no hassle—just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride with a friendly chauffeur at the wheel.

Take a domestic flight from Sydney to Cairns. Once you’ve landed in Cairns, hop on a convenient shuttle that’ll take you right to your dreamy accommodation in Port Douglas. Your tropical getaway is just a smooth ride away!

Relax with three nights of pure luxury at a 4-star resort nestled in the heart of Port Douglas. Think private balconies, serene pools, and contemporary style—all surrounded by lush gardens and just steps away from Four Mile Beach.

Then. get ready to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with a day tour that’ll leave you speechless. Cruise on a luxury catamaran to Agincourt Reef, where you’ll dive into crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life. Whether you’re snorkeling, diving, or simply soaking in the breathtaking views, it’s an experience you’ll never forget!

And for a taste of the rainforest, embark on a Gold Class journey aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Rainforestation. Dive into the lush greenery on an Army Duck tour, groove to the rhythms of the Pamagirri Dancers, and feast on a delicious Aussie-style BBQ lunch. Top it all off with a scenic glide over the treetops on the Skyrail Cableway—it’s a day of adventure and wonder you won’t want to miss!

DAYS 8 – 11

Melbourne – Urban Luxury Meets Cultural Delights

Rooftop Bar

Robyn Lea - Melbourne 2010

Board a shuttle from your Port Douglas accommodation to the Cairns Airport. Bid farewell to the palm-fringed shores and azure waters of Port Douglas, setting the stage for the next chapter of your adventure.

Upon touching down in Melbourne, luxury awaits as you’re whisked away to your accommodation in a private sedan.

Your Melbourne accommodation is a haven of opulence, boasting 5-star luxury in the heart of the city.

Your stay in Melbourne beckons with two exhilarating day tours that promise to immerse you in the region’s rich culture and natural beauty. From island hopping and penguin encounters to indulgent hot springs experiences on the Mornington Peninsula, each adventure offers a unique glimpse into the wonders of the region.

First, experience the ultimate island hopping adventure from French Island to Phillip Island, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to encounter some of Australia’s most adorable and lovable native wildlife.

Your day begins with a ferry trip to French Island while enjoying the crystal blue bay and picturesque coastline. Keep an eye out for playful seals and graceful pelicans along the way. Upon arriving at French Island, embark on a journey through untouched wilderness, where you’ll spot koalas in their natural habitat. Explore hidden spots and indulge in a delicious farmgate lunch (winter) or afternoon tea (summer).

Then sail toward Phillip Island, arriving into the charming village of Cowes. Keep your camera ready as you might catch a glimpse of dolphins and seals frolicking in the waters. Take a leisurely walk along the pier and esplanade, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. Explore the main street, filled with a variety of restaurants, cafes, a microbrewery, and charming boutiques.

Delve into the world of Phillip Island’s famous fairy pengiuns at the Penguins Visitor Centre. Learn about their fascinating lives and watch with delight as the little penguins waddle ashore in the evening – a truly unforgettable experience.

Your next day in Melbourne takes you to the stunning Mornington Peninsula. Immerse yourself in the therapeutic thermal hot springs, surrounded by breathtaking hinterland views. Take a moment to capture the stunning bay views at Murrays Lookout, where you may even spot some wildlife. And of course, you’ll visit the famous bathing boxes in Mt Martha, with their vibrant colors and picturesque setting on the beach. These iconic bathing boxes are sure to give your Instagram feed a boost.

Interacting with Kangaroos

Robyn Lea - Melbourne 2010

Interacting with Kangaroos

Photo Credit : Tourism Victoria

TSS Earnslaw New Zealand

Photo Credit: Bernard Spragg

Queenstown

DAYS 11 – 14

Queenstown – Adventure and Breathtaking Beauty Await

TSS Earnslaw New Zealand

Photo Credit: Bernard Spragg

Start your day with a private car transfer waiting to whisk you away from your Melbourne accommodation to the airport.

Boarding your international flight, you’ll bid farewell to Melbourne and eagerly anticipate the adventures awaiting you in Queenstown, New Zealand. As you soar through the skies, you can already envision the stunning landscapes and exciting experiences that lie ahead.

Upon touchdown at the Queenstown Airport, a convenient shuttle transfer will be ready to whisk you away to your hotel.

Arriving at your 4-star accommodation, you’ll be greeted by the stunning surroundings of Lake Wakatipu.

One of the highlights of your Queenstown adventure is a full-day cruise to Doubtful Sound. Beginning with a scenic journey across Lake Manapouri and over Wilmot Pass, you’ll be captivated by the rugged beauty of Fiordland. Onboard the Patea Explorer, you’ll cruise through Doubtful Sound, encountering wildlife and marveling at the pristine scenery. Every twist and turn of the cruise reveals a new vista, a new angle from which to admire the stunning landscape. The towering cliffs, the cascading waterfalls, the dense forests – each one a piece of a larger puzzle that forms the intricate tapestry of Doubtful Sound.

Then, step back in time with a cruise aboard the iconic TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamship that has carried royalty and dignitaries alike. As you glide across Lake Wakatipu, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and have the option to explore Walter Peak High Country Farm or simply relax onboard with a drink from the Promenade Café and Bar.

DAYS 14 – 16

Christchurch – A Scenic Adventure via Mount Cooks

Christchurch City

Photo Credit: Julian Apse

Today, start a fully-guided small group journey that promises to be as scenic as it is informative. With passionate tour guides leading the way, you’ll not only travel in style but also learn fascinating stories about the area’s top highlights.

As you leave Queenstown behind, soak in the stunning vistas of the Kawarau Gorge and the famous Roaring Meg Lookout. Journey through the fruit and wine-growing region of Cromwell, where you can savor the best creamy chicken pie in New Zealand in Omarama.

Crossing Lake Dunstan and ascending through Lindis Pass, make sure to capture the breathtaking views from the Lindis Pass lookout. Witness the striking beauty of Lake Pukaki, framed by the majestic Aoraki/Mount Cook and the Southern Alps.

Arriving at Mount Cook Village, take the opportunity to snap some amazing shots of New Zealand’s highest peak. With free time to explore, consider embarking on the Hooker Valley hike or opting for a scenic flight over the region.

Pass through the turquoise-blue Lake Tekapo, famous for its pristine beauty and iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. As you journey towards Christchurch, marvel at more stunning passes and high country towns before making a quick stop in Geraldine.

Relax and unwind in the heart of Christchurch at your 4-star accommodation. With elegant architecture, modern amenities, and personalized service, your stay promises to be both comfortable and memorable.

Then, experience a scenic rail journey aboard the TranzAlpine train, rated one of the top six train journeys in the world. Explore the majestic landscapes of Arthur’s Pass National Park, from pristine rivers to alpine forests, guided by friendly and knowledgeable tour leaders.

As your journey comes to an end, reflect on the breathtaking mountain vistas, crystal rivers, and unique rock formations you’ve encountered along the way. With memories to last a lifetime, you’ll return to Christchurch via sub-alpine Porter’s Pass, cherishing the unforgettable experiences of your adventure.

Christchurch City

Photo Credit: Julian Apse

Hagley Park

Photo Credit Julian Apse

Wellington

Photo Credit: Tourism Wellington

Wellington

Photo Credit: Wellington Tourism

DAYS 16 – 17

Wellington – Adventure, Culture, and Coastal Beauty

Wellington

Photo Credit: Tourism Wellington

Start your day with ease as you hop aboard a shuttle from your Christchurch accommodation to the train station.

Experience a scenic journey aboard the Coastal Pacific train, traveling from Christchurch to the charming port town of Picton. Marvel at the breathtaking vistas as you journey alongside the Pacific Ocean, with the option to stop in Kaikoura for world-famous eco-tourism activities.

Enjoy one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world as you sail across Cook Strait from Picton to Wellington. Admire the majestic Kaikoura ranges and keep an eye out for dolphins and sea birds as you cross from the South Island to the North Island.

Upon arrival in Wellington, hop aboard a shuttle from the ferry terminal to your vacation accommodation. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the convenience of door-to-door service as you make your way to your overnight stay.

Settle into your accommodation in Wellington, located on the picturesque Oriental Parade overlooking Wellington Harbour. With easy access to the city’s shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as modern comforts and stunning ocean views, your stay promises to be both comfortable and memorable.

DAYS 17 – 19

Rotorua – Maori Culture and Geothermal Wonders

Kiwi

Photo Credit: Deposit Photos

Bid farewell to Wellington as you hop aboard a shuttle from your vacation accommodation to the airport.

Hop on a flight from Wellington to Rotorua, where the beauty and adventure of the North Island await. Upon arrival in Rotorua, you’ll be greeted by a private car ready to take you to your vacation accommodation.

Settle into your accommodation in Rotorua, located near the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua and the world-famous Polynesian Spa complex. With easy access to the city center and a range of attractions, your stay promises relaxation and adventure in equal measure.

Immerse yourself in Maori culture with the Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience. Enjoy a mouth-watering buffet dinner, followed by a captivating cultural performance in a beautifully carved meeting house. Then, venture into the geothermal valley to witness the magic of bubbling mud pools and powerful geysers under the starlit sky.

Take advantage of a free day to explore the wonders of Rotorua at your own pace. Whether you choose to visit geothermal sites like Waiotapu, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, or try thrilling activities like Zorbing or skydiving, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this geothermal wonderland.

Feeling adventurous? Head to the Redwoods Treewalk for a unique perspective on nature, walking among the towering giants on suspended bridges. If you’re craving some adrenaline, don’t miss out on ziplining through the forest or whitewater rafting down the Kaituna River for an unforgettable experience.

For a more relaxed vibe, take a soothing soak in the Polynesian Spa’s thermal pools, renowned for their rejuvenating properties. If you’re a culture vulture, immerse yourself in Maori traditions at the Tamaki Maori Village, where you’ll feast on a delicious hangi dinner and witness powerful cultural performances.

Kiwi

Photo Credit: Deposit Photos

Champagne Pool

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Waiheke Island

Photo Credit: Miles Holden

Dolphin

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DAY 19 – 21

Auckland – The Last Leg of Your Journey

Waiheke Island

Photo Credit: Miles Holden

Today you’ll join a small group tour to two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions! Begin your day with a tour pick up at your hotel, where you’ll set off to Auckland.  

Make your way through the rolling green hills of the Waikoto region. Your first stop is at the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set, where the Shire from the Lord of the Rings films comes to life. The attention to detail in recreating this fictional world is truly awe-inspiring, making you feel like you’ve been transported straight into the pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novels.  

With knowledgeable guides, stroll among the charming Hobbit holes and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the Party Marquee.  

Then, hop back into your tour shuttle and venture into the Waitomo region, home to the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Here, thousands of glow worms illuminate the underground grotto. As you glide through the caves on a boat tour, the shimmering glowworms above you create a dazzling galaxy of light. It’s a sensory experience that immerses you in a different realm, a place of wonder and enchantment.  

Cap off your day with a scenic drive to Auckland, stopping for a tea break along the way. 

Then, relax and unwind in the heart of Auckland with a two-night stay in a sophisticated 4-star accommodation. Enjoy stunning views of the city skyline and harbor, spacious apartments equipped with modern amenities, and easy access to top attractions like the Auckland Art Gallery and Sky Tower. 

The next day you’ll discover the beauty of the scenic Bay of Islands on a full-day guided experience! Journey north from Auckland, stopping to admire the Whangarei Waterfalls before reaching Paihia. Embark on a guided cruise to explore the marine life and visit the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. Enjoy a stopover on Urupukapuka Island for beach relaxation or scenic walks before returning to Auckland through the picturesque roads of Northland. 

DAY 21

International Flight from Auckland

Say farewell to Auckland as you board a shuttle from your accommodation to the airport. With convenient transportation provided, your journey concludes with ease and comfort.

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