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Grand Australia & New Zealand

A comprehensive and fascinating tour featuring 13 days in Australia and 10 days in New Zealand. In the Land Down Under, look forward to three night stays in beautiful Sydney, Victorian Melbourne, rugged Tasmania and Queensland’s tropical north. Explore the Great Barrier Reef on a tropical cruise and helicopter flight. Cruise Sydney’s Captain Cook Harbor, tour the Sydney Opera House, and witness a variety of native wildlife at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary & Koala Gardens. In New Zealand, spend three nights on the North Island and six nights on the South Island exploring a variety of natural wonders including a Milford Sound cruise and the Orakei Korako Thermal Park. We even tour the famous Hobbiton™ Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings.

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Day 1 : Depart the USA

Following our included flight to Los Angeles International Airport, we meet our Tour Director and board an Air New Zealand flight bound for Australia. Enjoy tasty meals and attentive service.

Day 2 : Australia Bound

When we cross the International Date Line, we lose a calendar day.

Day 3 : Melbourne

Early this morning we arrive in Auckland and transfer to our flight bound for Australia. We clear customs in the charming Victorian capital of Melbourne renowned for its lovely parks and gardens. The remainder of the day is free to wander along Southbank’s Waterfront precinct, visit the Victorian Art Center, Crown Casino, or Chinatown. Our comfortable three-night home is at the Oaks on Market.

Day 4 : Melbourne Star & Mitre Tavern

Today our guided city tour of Melbourne includes Fitzroy Gardens, Flinders Street Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Queen Victoria Market, the Shrine of Remembrance, and Parliament House. Later we soar above the city on the giant Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and dine at the historic Mitre Tavern Steakhouse located in the city’s oldest building.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Penguin Parade & Wildlife Park

This morning we travel through the picturesque Yarra Valley to sample chocolates at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. The chocolatiers at work create over 150 different types of chocolate. Later we visit Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, home to over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals, and reptiles set in a natural environment. Next we go to Phillip Island, a sanctuary for seals and birds. Our day concludes with perhaps our most unique wildlife encounter as we witness the world famous penguin parade. As the sun sets over this beautiful landscape we’ll get an up-close and personal view of the world’s smallest penguins as they return home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 : Tasmania

We fly to Hobart to begin our exploration of wild and untamed Tasmania. Nearly one third of the Island State is protected within its 14 national parks. We visit Richmond, one of Australia’s most historic villages. The nostalgic charm of colonial days is present in the Georgian mansions, cottages, convict jail, bridge, and Catholic Church. Later we tour Hobart and enjoy breathtaking views of the town from Mount Wellington. Our accommodations for three nights at the Old Woolstore Hotel.


Day 7 : Eco-Cruise & Port Arthur

Enjoy a three-hour guided eco-cruise along the spectacular coastline of Tasman National Park. Experience the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. Enter deep-sea caves, see playful dolphins, hundreds of seals, and abundant bird species including albatross and sea eagles. After lunch we visit the Port Arthur Historic Site. This settlement was a bold experiment and ground-breaking attempt to reform and rehabilitate the colony’s convicts. Port Arthur was a key part of the colonial system of convict discipline, but it was much more than just a prison. As we walk within the site, the powerful, personal stories of convicts, soldiers, and free settlers and their families reveal themselves to us.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 : Tahune AirWalk

This morning we tour the picturesque Huon River Valley and visit the Wooden Boat Center which has been producing beautiful timber boats crafted by hand for nearly 25 years. Later we float through the tree tops of pristine forest at the Tahune Forest AirWalk. The steel walkway footbridge averages up to 90 feet above the forest floor with the last section, the cantilever, sitting 150 feet above the Huon River.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 : Tropical Cairns

Today we fly to tropical Cairns in Far North Queensland. This is the gateway city to many of Australia’s natural wonders including the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy three pleasant nights at the Flynn hotel in Cairns, adjacent to the waterfront and esplanade. This stunning five-star hotel features three restaurants and bars, glass swimming pools, and the Eléme Day Spa and Wellness Center.


Day 10 : Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Enjoy one of the most spectacular rail excursions in the world on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Our journey reveals lush, wondrous World Heritage rainforest, steep ravines, and picturesque waterfalls within Barron Gorge National Park. Later we visit the Kuranda Koala Gardens. Get the opportunity to hold a koala and hand-feed tamed kangaroos and wallabies. After lunch at Frogs Restaurant we have the choice of visiting Birdworld Kuranda or the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. There’s also time to visit the Kuranda Heritage Markets before we descend the MacAlister Range on the 4.7-mile gondola cableway Skyrail. Enjoy spectacular views of rainforest highlands, Cairns, and the Coral Sea as we glide over dense forest canopy.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 : Great Barrier Reef & Scenic Helicopter Ride

Today we experience one of the highlights of our tour, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. We cruise to Moore Reef located on the outer edge of the reef, the world’s largest living organism. The reef is one of Australia’s greatest national treasures and stretches more than 1,200 miles along the coast. We view vividly colored tropical fish and coral from the reef viewer, underwater observatory, and glass-bottom boat. Learn about the fish and marine life in this underwater wonderland. Enjoy breathtaking sights of the Great Barrier Reef on an included scenic helicopter flight.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 : Sydney

We fly to Sydney, Australia’s most vibrant city. On arrival we transfer to the Rydges World Square Hotel and settle in for a three-night stay. The remainder of the day is free.


Day 13 : City Sights & Opera House

This morning we discover Sydney’s many interesting landmarks. View the famous Harbor Bridge, the longest single span bridge in the world. Enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, bustling Kings Cross, and popular Bondi Beach. We’ll tour the Sydney Opera House, one of the great man-made wonders of the modern world. Enjoy lunch today in The Rocks, Sydney’s original city center and now one of its most affluent districts. Marvel at beautifully restored buildings and spectacular views across the harbor. This neighborhood’s quaint cobblestone pathways are home to colorful markets filled with more than 200 eclectic shops selling locally-produced home wares, beauty products, and original photography, art, crafts, and jewelry.


Day 14 : Harbor Cruise

Today we enjoy Sydney’s sparkling waterfront playground during a delightful harbor cruise sailing past pristine parks, golden beaches, and charming harborside neighborhoods. During our luncheon in the Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant, we see panoramic views of the harbor and city. Later there’s time to visit Darling Harbor, Sydney’s most popular destination for leisure and entertainment, with more than 40 restaurants, cafes, museums, parks, theaters, and specialty shops.


Day 15 : Christchurch, New Zealand

This morning we bid farewell to Australia and fly to Christchurch, located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. On arrival we transfer to our comfortable accommodations at the Distinction Christchurch Hotel.

Day 16 : Glacial Lakes & Southern Alps

This morning we travel through picturesque patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and enter the Geraldine foothills and expansive Mackenzie Country. We’ll stop to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd overlooking Lake Tekapo’s pristine waters where we view the bronze statue of a sheep dog, symbolizing the important role these animals have played in the development of high country farming. We then drive along Lake Pukaki’s shimmering, turquoise glacial waters while enjoying the spectacular backdrop of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps. We’ll journey over Lindis Pass and through the tussock-covered plains of Mackenzie Country to the Fruitlands of Central Otago, famous for its summer fruit production including apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums. Our memorable day ends at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown for a two-night stay in the city situated on the rippling shores of Lake Wakatipu and set against the dramatic 7,000-foot Remarkables mountains.


Day 17 : Kiwi Birdlife Park

Enjoy a private homemade breakfast featuring local produce at Kiwi Birdlife Park. After breakfast we have the rare opportunity to meet New Zealand’s most iconic bird. Specially designed nocturnal houses allow us to view the kiwi during the day. Later we visit the historic and picturesque “gold rush” settlement of Arrowtown, then view the Kawarau River suspension bridge where bungee jumpers come for thrills from all over the world. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy New Zealand’s adventure capital with jet boating, golf, picturesque walks, and abundant restaurants and shops in one of the most scenic settings in the world.


Day 18 : Milford Sound Cruise

Today we travel through an ancient ice age region by first crossing pasturelands on our way to Fiordland National Park. We journey through beech forests and the beautiful Eglinton Valley to the Homer Tunnel before descending through the spectacular Cleddau Canyon, reaching Milford Sound. Our cruise takes us past Mitre Peak, rising over 5,500 feet. We’ll pass by the phenomenal Stirling Falls and Bowen Falls. Cascading at more than 500 feet, these falls flow from valleys formed by receding glaciers. Watch for sea lions and a variety of birds. Our accommodations tonight are in Te Anau at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel, the town nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau with a spectacular backdrop of Mount Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 : Larnach Castle & Dunedin

Departing Te Anau, we travel through some of New Zealand’s most populated sheep country, taking us through Lumsden and Gore to the historic Larnach Castle & Gardens nestled on picturesque Otago Peninsula. With its exciting and at times scandalous and tragic history, our guided tour of the castle and gardens offers a vision of the past and present. Marvel at magnificent carved ceilings, antiques, and breathtaking views. We arrive in Dunedin, known for its Scottish heritage and Victorian and Edwardian architecture. We’ll witness some of the city’s iconic attractions such as Speights Brewery, the University of Otago, the world’s steepest street, and First Church of Otago. Our comfortable accommodations for two nights are at the Distinction Dunedin Hotel.


Day 20 : Taieri Gorge Railway

Today we travel on the historic Dunedin Railway, experiencing one of the world’s great train excursions through the spectacular Taieri River Gorge. Riding in restored carriages, we view stunning scenery while crossing over graceful wrought-iron viaducts spanning deep ravines. Our pleasant ride is accompanied by onboard commentary about early pioneers and rail history. Later we visit the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum dedicated to telling the story of the Dunedin people whose character, culture, technology, art, fashion, and transportation shaped the surrounding area and New Zealand’s first great city.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21 : Lake Taupo

This morning we fly to the North Island and transfer to the quaint town of Taupo located on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake. Taupo is home to award-winning attractions, activities, and breathtaking lake and mountain vistas. Our lodging for two nights are at the Hilton Lake Taupo featuring spacious rooms overlooking the thermally heated pool. Enjoy dinner tonight at the hotel’s elegant Bistro Lago.


Day 22 : Orakei Korako & Maori Concert

We begin with a visit to Orakei Korako, one of the finest thermal areas in the world. On our walk through the Hidden Valley, we’ll see silica terraces, boiling pools, geysers, and a geothermal cave. After lunch in Taupo’s town center, we cruise the Waikato River and witness impressive Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural wonder. Tonight we enjoy an authentic Maori hangi feast including a customary cooking method that prepares food in an underground pit oven followed by powerful song and dance from the traditional culture.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 23 : Hobbiton™ & The Red Barn

We travel to Alexander Sheep & Cattle Farm in Matamata, a combination working sheep farm and Hobbiton™, The Shire™ from Middle-earth™. Our visit includes a drive through the picturesque 1,250-acre farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges and a guided tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. The set has been completely rebuilt and remains as it was seen in these films. During our tour we see Hobbit Holes™, The Green Dragon Inn™, the mill, the double-arched bridge, and other structures and gardens built for this beloved imaginary world. For lunch, we enjoy a traditional pasture-to-plate meal at The Red Barn, a 500-acre working dairy farm. Originally built at the turn of the previous century as a livery stable for horses journeying across the greater Waikato, The Red Barn showcases the very best of New Zealand cuisine and country hospitality. Later we take a pleasant drive to Cambridge in the heart of rural Waikato, a picture-perfect country town characterized by quaint charm and tree-lined streets. Our lodging is at the Hidden Lake Hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 24 : Auckland

This morning we arrive in Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the Southern Hemisphere. We visit SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium, one of Auckland’s top attractions. We’ll see the world’s largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony display, the magical Seahorse Kingdom, and take an underwater journey to discover a diverse collection of aquatic life up close. We enjoy lunch at Skycity’s Fortuna Restaurant before ascending Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower, the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand, offering breathtaking views in every direction. We enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the city including American’s Cup Village, lively Queen Street, and the Harbor Bridge before heading to the airport for our evening flight to Los Angeles. We cross the International Date Line and regain a day, arriving early in the afternoon. Overnight accommodations are included near the Los Angeles International Airport.


Day 25 : Homeward

Our adventure comes to an end, but the friendships and memories will last forever.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $895)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director specializing in the South Pacific
  • Experienced Driver/Guides
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 3 nights at the Oaks on Market in Melbourne
  • 3 nights at the Old Woolstore Hotel in Hobart
  • 3 nights at The Flynn Hotel in Cairns
  • 3 nights at the Rydges World Square Hotel in Sydney
  • 1 night at the Distinction Christchurch Hotel
  • 2 nights at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown
  • 1 night at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel
  • 2 nights at the Distinction Dunedin Hotel
  • 2 nights at the Hilton Lake Taupo
  • 1 night at the Hidden Lake Hotel in Cambridge
  • 1 night in Los Angeles

Attractions & Highlights

  • Melbourne sights
  • Star Observation Wheel in Melbourne
  • Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
  • Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Penguins at Phillip Island
  • Hobart & Historic Richmond
  • Tasman Island Cruise
  • Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Wooden Boat Center
  • Huon River Valley
  • Tahune AirWalk
  • Tropical Cairns
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway (subject to maintenance closures)
  • Choice of Birdworld Kuranda or Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Kuranda Koala Gardens featuring "Cuddle a Koala" & Souvenir Photo
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Great Barrier Reef cruise, scenic helicopter flight, reef viewer & glass-bottom boat
  • Sydney Opera House guided tour
  • Sydney city sights tour
  • Captain Cook Harbor Cruise
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Queenstown & Lake Wakatipu
  • Kiwi Birdlife Park
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Dunedin city tour
  • Larnach Castle & Gardens
  • Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
  • Orakei Korako Thermal Park
  • Huka Falls River Cruise
  • Hobbiton™ Movie Set
  • SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium
  • Auckland Sky Tower

30 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner at the Mitre Tavern in Melbourne
  • Tropical breakfasts in Cairns
  • Lunch at Frogs Restaurant in Kuranda
  • Lunch at the Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant
  • Dinner at the MacKinnon Restaurant in Te Anau
  • Dinner at Parcels Restaurant in Dunedin
  • Dinner at Bistro Lago in Taupo
  • Maori Concert & Feast in Taupo
  • Pasture-to-plate dining experience at The Red Barn in Karapiro
  • Lunch at the Fortuna Restaurant in Auckland

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