Best of Australia & New Zealand (18 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Canterbury, Queenstown & Milford Sound
Best of New Zealand & Australia
(18 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Sydney, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Canterbury, Queenstown& Milford Sound
Experience the best of New Zealand and Australia on this luxurious tour, including sophisticated cities, stunning landscapes, soft adventure activities, fascinating cultures, and acclaimed food and wine.
Begin inSydney, Australia's most sophisticated city, set on one of the world's most beautiful harbors. Tour the beautiful Sydney Botanic Gardens, explore the historic Rocks district, stroll along Bondi Beach, and drive past exclusive homes and yacht clubs in Double Bay and Vaucluse. Visit food and craft markets, galleries, museums, and vibrant neighborhoods. Also enjoy a tour and performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Additional activities can be arranged upon request, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, private yacht excursions, scenic harbor flights, and private surfing lessons.
Continue to Ayers Rock (Uluru), surrounded by vast blue sky and red earth in Australia’s beautiful Red Centre. Stay at a luxury safari-style property, and enjoy comprehensive touring of the region. With your expert private guide, enjoy comprehensive touring in the region. Learn about Aboriginal bushtucker cuisine and legends of the Dreamtime. Tour the base of Ayers Rock and view Aboriginal rock art in caves and waterholes (billabongs). Walk through the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and nearby sand dunes. Take desert walks and learn about the unique flora and fauna in the Outback. One night, dine under the stars while an astronomer points out the southern constellations in the clear desert night sky and a didjeridoo musician drones in the background.
Optional activities can be arranged such as camel excursions, helicopter flights over the Outback landscape, or visits to remote cave art sites.
Next, fly to Tropical North Queensland for a stay at Silky Oaks
Lodge. While there, enjoy a private tour with a naturalist of the Daintree Rainforest—the world’s oldest living rainforest and a protected World Heritage site.
Continue to Lizard Island, one of Australia’s most unique resorts. Enjoy the luxurious surroundings and ample time for snorkeling or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Or simply enjoy scenic walks on the island and relaxing spa treatments.
Next, fly to New Zealand and spend a night in Auckland, a stylish, attractive city of harbors, islands, beaches and volcanic hills.
Transfer through the bucolic countryside to Rotorua, a highlight of the North Island. Enjoy flexible private touring of the region’s top attractions, such as active geothermal areas, Maori culture and a New Zealand sheep show. Continue to the lakeside town of Taupo and Huka Lodge, one of New Zealand's most acclaimed lodges. One day, take a private cruise on beautiful Lake Taupo, and perhaps try fishing for the lake’s abundant trout.
Next, fly to Christchurch on the South Island. Upon arrival, transfer through the Canterbury countryside to Grasmere Lodge, a luxury lodge on a historic homestead in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Enjoy a four-wheel drive tour of the property, as well as a private tour of beautiful Arthur's Pass National Park.
Then, fly to Queenstown, a lakeside resort and gateway to some of New Zealand’s most exciting and dramatic attractions. Enjoy a private tour of a historic gold mining town, wine country and other regional attractions en route to Blanket Bay, a legendary luxury lodge in Glenorchy that has outstanding views of Lake Wakatipu and the majestic Southern Alps. One day, take a thrilling Dart River jet boat safari into the magnificent landscapes of Mount Aspiring National Park. Another day, take a spectacular private helicopter flight over the Alps to Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most iconic sights, and land on a glacier high in the mountains.
Arrive Sydney, Australia Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Private afternoon tour
Half-day private tour of Sydney and evening Opera House tour and performance tickets
Sydney - Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Private airport transfer to flight to Ayers Rock. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private touring in the Outback.
Private sunrise walk at Ayers Rock (Uluru). Private afternoon touring or hiking at The Olgas (Kata Tjuta). Dinner under the stars this evening
Ayers Rock - Cairns - Daintree Rainforest
Transfer and flight to Cairns. Private arrival transfer to the Daintree Rainforest for 2 nights
Half-day private rainforest tour with a naturalist. Afternoon at leisure for lodge-based activities such canoeing, nature walks and spa treatments
Daintree - Lizard Island
Transfer and flight to Lizard Island for 3 nights at island resort
Days 8 & 9
Snorkeling, scuba diving, glass bottom boat rides, kayaking, nature walks, and relaxation at resort
Lizard Island - Auckland, NZ
Flight to Cairns, connecting with flight to Auckland. Private transfer to hotel for overnight
Auckland - Rotorua - Taupo
Private tour of Rotorua en route to Taupo for 2 nights
Private half-day cruise on Lake Taupo
Taupo - Canterbury
Private transfer to flight to Christchurch. Private transfer to country retreat for 2 nights
Morning four-wheel drive tour. Private afternoon tour of Arthur's Pass National Park
Canterbury - Queenstown (Glenorchy)
Private transfer to airport. Flight to Queenstown. Private transfer to luxury lodge for 3 nights with touring of Queenstown and Arrowtown en route
Queenstown & Milford Sound
Private Milford Sound helicopter excursion and glacier landing
Morning Dart River safari
Private airport transfer
Park Hyatt Sydney or Four Seasons Sydney
Uluru (Ayers Rock):
Great Barrier Reef:
Lizard Island Resort
Per person (double occupancy)
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