Package Tour to New Zealand and Australia
Our package tour of New Zealand and Australia begins upon arrival at Auckland International Airport where we are greeted by our local guide and driver who directs us to our motorcoach for a drive to Waitomo Caves. Our package tour takes us through stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral with world-renowned acoustics beginning at the upper entrance of the cave and along a low narrow passage to the Tomo, a deep limestone shaft. Then we begin the highlight of our tour: an unrivalled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto. The journey continues on to Rotorua, an exciting city with an immense portrayal of history, tradition and culture and a hydrothermal experience of a lifetime. The next morning of our package tour, we continue touring Rotorua, including the lakefront and Government Gardens. Then we have the opportunity to see a 60-hectare working sheep and cattle farm at the New Zealand Agrodome. Our next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park where we walk through native and introduced species of wildlife set amongst beautiful native trees, plants and ferns. At Te Puia we enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the boiling mud pools and mighty geysers of the Thermal Reserve. This evening, we enjoy the traditional style Hangi and be entertained by Maori dances (Haka, poi dance).
After breakfast, we fly to Queenstown and have the rest of the day free. The following morning of our package tour, we enjoy a 2 hour Nature Cruise the length of Milford Sound including a delicious buffet lunch.No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone. We begin the next day of our package tour with an exciting Wilderness Safari which takes you on a spectacular 1.5 hour Jet Boat journey through the Dart’s ever-changing braided river system. Also included in our package tour is an easy guided 30-40 minute walk through the ‘Heritage Trail’ at Paradise. You’ll then journey by 4WD coach via a scenic back-road route and stopping to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for many international films, including The Lord of the Rings. The remainder of the day and evening is at leisure. This morning enjoy a half day Nomad Safari 4WD tour that offers gold panning, river crossings in the Arrow Gorge and a great overview of the diverse scenery of the Queenstown/ Arrowtown area – from towns, to rolling farmland, rugged Skippers Canyon, and mountains, to the famous Kawarau Gorge bungy bridge. The package tour offers a view of the film locations from The Lord of the Rings of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), the site of Isildur’s fall, and the Ford of Bruinen. We’ll also overlook Deer Park Heights, where the Rohan refugees and the battle with the Wargs were filmed.
This morning of our package tour, we transfer to Queenstown Airport for our flight to Melbourne and then on to Phillip Island. We come ‘face-to-face’ with koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Sanctuary. From here we depart for the Penguin Reserve for a buffet dinner and then a more intimate area of Penguins Plus for a more personalized wildlife viewing experience. The next morning of our package tour begins as we head southwest towards the Great Ocean Road. We can stop to marvel at the surfers at world famous Bells Beach, and spend some time exploring Lorne, the largest town on the Great Ocean Road. Apollo Bay is a great stop where we enjoy lunch and limited free time before we continue on towards the Twelve Apostles up through the Cape Otway rainforest. Arrive at the Twelve Apostles, a natural wonder of the World that never fails to impress.
Did you know? "Hangi" is a traditional New Zealand Maori way of cooking food under the ground using red hot rocks and steam.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Park
After our morning flight from Melbourne to Cairns, we walk across from our hotel to the Cairns Domes. Then we head to Tjapukai Aboriginal Park for the Night Fire, Tjapukai’s signature evening activity where we meet the Indigenous rainforest people, who paint your face to link you to their traditional land and more. We follow the Tjapukai warriors to a corroboree celebrating Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and join the Rainbow Serpent circle to learn traditional language songs before the ceremonial fire is lit with a spectacular fire ball shooting towards the stars. The next morning of our package tour we drive north along the scenic Cook’s Highway, passing some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, on our way to Port Douglas to board the Quicksilver Wavepiercer catamaran on our journey to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. We can view the reef from a semi-submarine, an underwater viewing platform, an optional helicopter ride or the option of trying a scuba dive (with tank). There is nothing more thrilling than being in the sea at the Great Barrier Reef. Even those who don’t swim will be fitted with flotation devices and given lessons so everyone can get as close as possible to the beautiful fish and coral. We continue our package tour the following morning on the original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. The journey ends in Kuranda, principal town of the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy the beauty of the village, the train station & discover the market independently with lunch included at one of the local Kuranda restaurants. From Kuranda we depart by Skyrail Cableway for Caravonica Station, which a world first in environmental tourism is taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. On arrival at Carvonica Station we transfer to Cairns Domestic Airport for our flight to Sydney.
We begin our day with a driving tour of Sydney, experiencing all of the contrasts that make up this beautiful city – from the traditional Victorian architecture of the Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building to the modern skyscrapers of the business district; from the sweeping design of the Opera House to the modern developments of Darling Harbor. Then we travel to Sydney’s northern beaches areas to see magnificent views from Seaforth Lookout over Middle Head and Pearl Bay marinas, visit Arabanoo lookout for a superb panorama of the rugged Headlands and Manly. We have some time to explore Manly before we go to the Sydney Opera House, where we hear a fascinating account of the history & architecture of the House. The next morning of our package tour, we depart for our Blue Mountains Excursions. The Blue Mountains Canyons and Wildlife Discovery is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. We travel through the picturesque village of Wentworth Falls, home to a good collection of Victorian and other historic buildings and onto the Wentworth Falls Lookout. Continuing on, we arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sister, and hear some of the legends behind this famous rock formation. We enjoy views from Govetts Leap into the Grose Wilderness valley, with magnificent waterfall that drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. The last stop is the delightful Mt. Tomah Botanic Gardens where we stop to enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at our hotel. Our package tour comes to a close the next day as we transfer from our hotel to Sydney International Airport for our flight home.