Australia & New Zealand Explorer

Company : G Adventures
Activity: Tours
Countries: Australia / New Zealand
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 weeks
Approx Costs: 3000+ to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Australia or New Zealand? Do both! There’s never been a better time to get a taste of the world Down Under, and on this adventure, you’ll do so via trains, canopy cable cars, and private yachts. 

There’ll be no lack of sights to see as you explore Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, walk around iconic Uluru, visit Aboriginal villages, and explore ancient rain forests. Add in an overnight wilderness cruise and you’ve got yourself a trip that memories are made of.

 

Itinerary


Day 1 Sydney
Arrive at any time.

 

Day 2 Sydney
Explore Sydney with a walk through harbour-side to the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Rocks area. Enjoy an early lunch then board a sleek former America's Cup racing yacht for a thrilling sailing adventure on one of the world’s finest harbours.

 

Day 3-4 Port Douglas
Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to an Aboriginal village, taking an interpretive walk with the locals and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge. On Day 4, option to take a Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip.

 

Day 5-6 Cairns
Return to Cairns, with free time to enjoy this tropical city. On Day 6, take an excursion to the UNESCO-designated Queensland rainforest on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and explore the canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

 

Day 7-8 Cairns/Uluru
Catch a flight to Uluru and witness the incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly. On Day 8, enjoy an interpretative walk around the base of this renowned UNESCO World Heritage site and learn about the aboriginal culture and history.

 

Day 9 Alice Spings
Watch the sunrise over Uluru, then enjoy a walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. Continue to Alice Springs for the night.

 

Day 10-11 Melbourne
Catch a flight and arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy an orientation walk in Melbourne CBD before boarding the historic colonial tramcar diner for a fun meal while cruising around the city streets. On Day 11, enjoy a free day with option to explore the Great Ocean Road or the many wineries in the area.

 

Day 12-13 Auckland
Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy an orientation walk with the CEO. On Day 13, option to embark on a dolphin and whale watching boat excursion or explore the city.

 

Day 14 Raglan 
Take the scenic route to an artsy beach town, visiting scenic Bridal Veil Falls en route. A local holiday home provides the ideal setting for the night, and enjoy a dinner cruise on the harbour. Options to try bone carving with local Maori, surf lessons, stand-up paddleboard lessons or sea kayaking, or simply explore the arts and crafts shops.

 

Day 15 Rotorua 
Drive to Rotorua and visit an authentic Maori Village to learn about local myths, legends and enjoy a dinner of traditional cuisine. Free time to take a dip in the geothermal hot springs pools.

 

Day 16 Christchurch 
Fly to Christchurch and take an orientation walk with the CEO.

 

Day 17-18 Franz Josef 
Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine Train to New Zealand's glacier region. Options are plentiful, choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning rainforest scenery .

 

Day 19 Queenstown 
Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views of the city and option to take dinner at a skyline restaurant.

 

Day 20 Doubtful Sound 
Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through remote Doubtful Sound. After a day full of wildlife viewing and unparalleled scenery, spend the night in comfortable cabins onboard while moored in a secluded bay (seasonal).

 

Day 21 Queenstown
Cruise back to port, enjoying the stunning views then return to Queenstown for the final night.

 

Day 22 Queenstown 
Depart at any time.

 

Trip Specifics

  • Price: From £5379 (available to book in other currencies)
  • Duration: 22 days
  • Start/Finish: Sydney to Queenstown
  • Trip Code: OANS

 

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