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Tour operated by AAT Kings

Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, The Olgas, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Milford Sound

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Only AAT Kings’ best Tour Directors are selected to escort this 22-day premium tour of Australia and New Zealand. Stay in first class accommodations whilst enjoying amazing highlight meals as you travel in luxury touring vehicles experiencing all the must do and see activities that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.  Begin your adventure in beautiful Melbourne, travel on to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock, a true natural wonder.  Experience the unforgettable Great Barrier Reef, explore friendly Cairns, and discover vibrant Sydney.  Explore Auckland, the “City of Sails,” take in Waitomo’s glow worm caves en route to Rotorua. Experience Christchurch’s surrounds via the Tranz Alpine Railway and discover Franz Josef’s iconic glacier.  Explore Queenstown, the South Island’s alpine playground, and experience majestic Milford Sound.

Trip at a Glance:
  • Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne
  • Day 2: Private walking tour of Melbourne
  • Day 3: Full day of “free time” in Melbourne
  • Day 4: Fly to Alice Springs, explore
  • Day 5: Travel to Ayers Rock, afternoon free
  • Day 6: Explore Ayers Rock, Kata Tjua (the Olgas)
  • Day 7: Aboriginal dot painting workshop, fly to Cairns
  • Day 8: Great Barrier Reef
  • Day 9: Full day of “free time” in Cairns
  • Day 10: Cairns Wildlife Dome, fly to Sydney
  • Day 11: Sydney sights and Harbor Cruise
  • Day 12: Full day of “free time” in Sydney
  • Day 13: Fly Sydney to Auckland
  • Day 14: Waitemata Harbor cruise, Auckland sightseeing tour
  • Day 15: Travel to Rotorua, Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto
  • Day 16: Explore Rotorua, fly to Christchurch
  • Day 17: TranzAlpine train to Greymouth, travel to Franz Josef
  • Day 18: Travel to Queenstown
  • Day 19: Experience Milford Sound with cruise
  • Day 20: Full day Queenstown
  • Day 21: Travel to Christchurch
  • Day 22: Farewell from Christchurch
Trip Highlights:

–       Unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
–       Discover Melbourne’s colorful hidden laneways and arcades
–       Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary
–       Toast an Uluru Sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
–       Discover rock art at Uluru and learn about sacred sites
–       Hike through Walpa Gorge and discover the domes of Kata Tjuta
–       Interact with local aboriginal artists and create your own dot painting
–       Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
–       Cuddle a koala in Cairns
–       Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean on Bondi Beach
–       Experience Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
–       Cruise on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor
–       Discover the glow worm caves of Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto
–       Immerse yourself in rich Maori arts and culture at an exclusive cultural dinner
–       Travel on the TranzAlpine train
–       Taste Central Otago stone fruit at an orchard
–       Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise
–       Let your hair down in the adventure capital, Queenstown
–       Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm