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Tour to Australia & New Zealand, 18 days

Updated: Jun 10

If you want to visit two countries in one trip, this itinerary will allow you to see some of the brightest attractions that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. We'll be happy to provide you with a quote for your dates and group size.


Route: Sydney - Cairns with Great Barrier Reef - Melbourne - Red Centre - Melbourne - Queenstown with Milford Sound - Mount Cook - Tekapo - Christchurch - Rotorua - Taupo - Hobbiton - Waitomo - Auckland

tour to Australia and New Zealand

Day 1

Location: Sydney

Program:

Arrival in Sydney. Individual transfer to the hotel if the group arrives on the same flight; or taxi (payment on the spot) if the tourists arrive separately. Rest.

 

Day 2

Location: Sydney

Program:

08:30 – 13:00 Individual tour in one of the largest cities in Australia. You will see all the iconic sights, such as the Opera House, Harbor Bridge, and a walk through the Rocks suburb. Finally, you will visit the Sydney Tower to see a 360-degree panorama of Sydney.

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch at a local restaurant (payment directly).

14:30 – 15:30 Sea Life Aquarium. Meeting with the underwater creatures of the South Pacific. Independent tour at your own pace.

15:30 – 17:00 Madame Tussauds Museum, where you can take pictures with wax figures of celebrities from all over the world. The museum is open until 17:00, the last entrance at 16:00. Independent tour at your own pace.

17:00 – 17:30 Transfer to the bridge.

17:30 – 18:00 Registration for the tour.

18:00 – 19:00 Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

19:00 – 19:30 Transfer to the pier. Registration for the cruise and boarding the ship.

19:30 – 22:00 Harbor cruise, during which you will see the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge from the water and in beautiful evening lighting. A 3-course dinner, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and a cabaret show with VIP seats are included in the tour price. Tour as part of an English-speaking group.

tour to Australia and New Zealand
Madame Tussauds Museum

 Day 3

Location: Sydney – Blue Mountains – Sydney

Program:

09:00 – 19:00 Visit the magnificent Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a full-day tour with a Russian guide. Enjoy stunning views of the Blue Mountains and places like the Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley. Take a ride on the scenic Scenic World Railway to admire the breathtaking panorama of this majestic place.

19:30 – 21:00 Buffet dinner at the revolving restaurant of the Sydney Tower. Alcohol is paid for on the spot.

Blue Mountains, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Three Sisters in Blue Mountains

Day 4

Location: Sydney – Cairns

Program:

10:15 – 11:00 Individual transfer to the airport.

11:00 – 12:00 Check-in and boarding the flight.

12:00 – 14:05 Direct flight to Cairns

14:05 – 14:30 Baggage claim.

14:30 – 15:00 Individual transfer to the hotel.

Check into the hotel. Free evening in the city and on the beach.

Sunset in Cairns, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Sunset in Cairns

Day 5

Location: Cairns – Great Barrier Reef

Program:

Today you will head to one of Australia's gems – the Great Barrier Reef. Cruise on a modern motor yacht with a flight over the reef, including lunch and fruit, as well as transfer from the hotel to the pier and back.

Great Barrier Reef, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Great Barrier Reef

Day 6

Location: Cairns - Kuranda - Cairns

Program:

Today you will have a private tour to the Aboriginal village of Kuranda, including a scenic railway and cable car.

8:00: Board the bus

8:30 - 9:00: Transfer to the Skyrail Rainforest Caravonica cable car terminal.

9:00: Departure from the Caravonica Skyrail Rainforest terminal. The 7.5 km journey takes 30-40 minutes, however we recommend that you spend some time at the two stations along the way: Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station. Upon arrival in Kuranda, you can take a free shuttle bus to the markets and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, where you are entitled to a 10% discount on the entrance fee. In addition, you can take a walk around the village of Kuranda during your free time.

11:45: Please be at the bus stop near the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to transfer to the Rainforestation Nature Park.

Your tour to Rainforestation includes:

Set menu lunch. Enjoy a delicious set menu lunch at Rainforestation's restaurant with views of the rainforest.

Amphibian boat tour of the rainforest. Travel deep into the rainforest by land and water as your guide points out the various flora and fauna.

Pamagirri Aboriginal experience - Watch a performance by Pamagirri dancers in the rainforest amphitheater, then join a "Dream Walk." Learn to throw a boomerang and watch a didgeridoo playing.

Koala and Wildlife Park where you will see crocodiles, wombats, snakes, dingoes and cassowaries, and hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. For an additional fee, you will have the opportunity to have your photo taken hugging a koala or holding a baby crocodile.

15:00: Transfer to Kuranda Railway Station by shuttle bus. Please present your sticker at Kuranda Railway Station to receive your train ticket.

15:30: Departure from Kuranda Railway Station. The scenic train ride takes 1 hour 35 minutes and leads directly to Freshwater Railway Station.

17:00: Your bus will be waiting at Freshwater Railway Station to take you back to Cairns.

Kuranda Railway Station, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Kuranda Railway Station

Day 7

Location: Cairns - Daintree and Cape Tribulation - Cairns

Program:

A full-day tour to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation with a Russian guide. You will enjoy:

·       Picturesque views of the Great Barrier Reef coastline

·       The wildlife of the Port Douglas area

·       Morning tea/coffee

·       Cable ferry

·       Photo opportunity at Alexandra Lookout

·       Lunch in the rainforest

·       Swimming under a waterfall

·       Walk through the rainforest with a knowledgeable local guide

·       Free time at Cape Tribulation Beach

·       Delicious ice cream from Daintree Ice Cream Company

·       Daintree River cruise where you will see crocodiles and other wildlife in their natural habitat

Rainforest parrot, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Rainforest parrot

Day 8

Location: Cairns - Melbourne

Program:

07:15 – 08:00 Transfer to the airport with an English-speaking driver.

08:00 – 09:05 Check-in and boarding for the flight.

09:05 – 13:30 Direct flight to Melbourne.

13:30 – 14:00 Baggage claim and transfer to the city center.

14:00 – 15:30 Lunch (payment on the spot).

15:30 – 19:30  City tour with a local guide. You will learn about the city's colonial roots, admiring historical landmarks such as City Hall and St. Patrick's Cathedral; stroll through Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne's oldest park.

19:30 – 21:00 Dinner at a local restaurant (payment on the spot).

Hotel check-in.

Melbourne at night, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Melbourne at night

Day 9

Location: Melbourne - Ayers Rock

Program:

Breakfast and check out from the hotel.

10:00 – 10:50 Transfer to the airport.

10:50 – 11:50 Check-in and boarding for a domestic flight.

11:50 – 13:30 Flight to Ayers Rock (VA 1681).

13:30 – 14:00 Baggage claim.

14:00 – 14:30 Transfer to The Lost Camel hotel (organized by the hotel).

Sunset Dinner Wintjiri Wiru

18:00 Meet at Sails in the Desert.

Your Wintjiri Wiru experience begins deep in the desert. After a short drive from the Ayers Rock resort complex, take a leisurely evening stroll through the desert along an elevated path until you reach the open-air theater located on top of a dune. You will be greeted with delicious cocktails filled with local ingredients, you will be able to admire the incredible views and watch as the sun slowly sets behind the sacred mountains of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

A sumptuous dinner and an incredible drone show await you in the dark sky over the desert.

Witness the ancient history of Mala, retold like never before using groundbreaking technology. Choreographed drones, lasers and projections will take to the air, illuminating the night sky in a contemporary artistic expression of ancient Anangu history.

Feel the powerful connection to the land as you listen to the traditional Inma soundtrack and narration in the local language of Pitjantjatjara, and immerse yourself in the living history of Australia.

Aboriginal hunter, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Aboriginal hunter

Day 10

Location: Ayers Rock - Melbourne

Program:

05:00 - 10:00 AAT Kings Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta.

Get up early to head to the sunrise viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunitjaku, in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Enjoy a cup of hot tea or coffee as you watch the changing colors of Uluru as the world awakens to the first sunlight. Head to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta and take in panoramic views of the southern side before reaching the base of the Walpa Gorge.

Explore the gorge and its unusual rock formations, and then take a walk through the Walpa Gorge.

Tour duration approx. 5 hours.

10:00 – 12:45 Relax at the hotel. Late check-out.

12:45 – 13:15 Transfer to the airport (organized by the hotel).

13:15 – 14:15 Check-in and boarding for the flight.

14:15 – 18:40 Direct flight to Melbourne (VA1682).

18:40 – 19:30 Baggage claim. Transfer to the city center.

19:30 – 21:00 Dinner at a local restaurant (payment on the spot).

Check-in to the hotel. Rest.

Uluru, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Uluru sacred mountain

Day 11

Location: Melbourne - Great Ocean Road - Melbourne

Program:

09:00 – 19:00 Today you will visit the iconic Australian landmarks - the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles.  Individual tour with a Russian guide. Lunch at a local cafe (payment on the spot).

The Great Ocean Road is a 240-kilometer (150-mile) section of road designated as an Australian National Heritage listed along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian towns of Torquay and Allansford. Constructed by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to those who died during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. The road, which traverses diverse terrain along the coast and provides access to several notable landmarks, including the limestone formations of the Twelve Apostles, is an important tourist attraction in the region.

Twelve Apostles, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Twelve Apostles

Day 12:

Location: Melbourne - Queenstown - Te Anau

Program:

07:15 – 07:30 Transfer to the airport.

07:30 – 09:55 Check-in and boarding for an international flight.

09:55 – 15:10 Direct international flight to Queenstown, New Zealand.

15:10 – 16:30 Baggage claim. Immigration and biosecurity control. Meeting in the arrivals hall with a Russian-speaking guide-driver. Throughout the tour of NZ you will be accompanied by the same Russian guide.

16:30 – 19:30 Transfer to Te Anau (170 km).

19:30 – 20:00 Check-in to the hotel.

20:00 – 21:30 Dinner (payment on the spot).

Queenstown, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Queenstown

Day 13

Location: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (404 km total; we will significantly shorten it thanks to the flight to Queenstown)

Program:

08:00 – 16:40 Bus tour to Milford Sound with a Russian-speaking guide-driver - cruise with lunch as part of an English-speaking group - helicopter flight back to Queenstown.

16:40 – 17:10 Transfer to the hotel. Your guide will drive to Queenstown in 5 hours, so you will have the evening to yourself. If the weather is not suitable for flying, you will return to Queenstown by bus with your guide.

Free evening in Queenstown.

Milford Sound, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Milford Sound

Day 14

Location: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Cromwell - Mount Cook (292 km)

Program:

09:00 – 09:15 Load luggage into the van.

09:15 – 09:30 Drive to the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown.

09:30 – 11:00 Free time in Arrowtown: we recommend visiting the local museum, tasting chocolate at the chocolate factory, buying jewelry made from local gold and enjoying the cafes of Arrowtown.

11:00 – 11:30 Drive to Gibbston Valley winery and cheese factory.

11:30 – 12:00 Wine tour and tasting of 3 wines.

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch at the Gibbston Valley winery restaurant.

13:30 – 16:00 Transfer to the Clay Cliffs.

16:00 – 16:40 Walk among the natural masterpiece - the Clay Cliffs.

16:40 – 18:00 Transfer to a village near the highest mountain in New Zealand - Mount Cook, which is 3750 meters high, with a stop at the stunning Lake Pukaki.

18:00 – 19:00 Check into the hotel.

19:00 – 20:30 Dinner at a local restaurant (payment on the spot).

Pukaki lake, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Pukaki lake during a thunderstorm

Day 15

Location: Mount Cook - Tekapo - Christchurch (327 km)

Program:

08:00 - 08:15 Load luggage into the van. Transfer to the Hooker Valley.

08:15 - 11:15  Hike on the Hooker Valley Trail with stunning views of Mount Cook (in clear weather), 3 suspension bridges, 10 km round trip, flat terrain.

11:15 - 11:40  Transfer to Helicopter Line Mt Cook Base.

11:40 - 12:00 Check-in for the tour.

12:00 - 13:00 Helicopter tour with snow landing (40 min). Weight limit - 120 kg per person.

13:00 – 14:30 Transfer to Tekapo.

14:30 – 16:00  Lunch at a local restaurant (payment on the spot).

16:00 – 20:00 Transfer to Christchurch. Accommodation at the hotel.

Statue of Sir Edmund Hillary in Mt Cook NP, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Statue of Sir Edmund Hillary in Mt Cook NP

Day 16

Location: Christchurch - Rotorua

Program:

07:45 - 08:00 Load luggage into the van.

08:00 - 11:00 Short morning city tour: Cathedral Square - Transitional Cathedral - Botanical Garden.

11:00 - 11:50 Transfer to the airport, return of the minivan.

11:50 - 12:50 Check-in and boarding for a domestic flight.

12:50 - 14:35 Direct flight to Rotorua.

14:35 - 15:30 Baggage claim, pick up a new minivan, drive to Te Puia.

15:30 - 16:00 Tour of the Maori village. Registration.

16:00 - 17:30 PM: Guided tour of Te Puia, a cult place for those who want to immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of the Maori and see with their own eyes the power and spectacle of the geothermal forces of New Zealand nature. You will also visit the kiwi bird house.

17:30 - 19:00 Dinner at Pataka Kai restaurant.

19:00 - 19:45 9 Show - traditional Maori songs and dances, including the world-famous haka war dance.

19:45 - 20:30 Hot chocolate and pudding at the geyser site. Watch as the world-famous Pohutu geyser spews jets of water and steam up to 30 meters high.

20:30 Transfer to the hotel.

Pohutu geyser, Te Puia, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Pohutu geyser, Te Puia

Day 17

Location: Rotorua - Hobbiton - Waitomo - Auckland (351 km)

Program:

09:00 - 09:15 Load luggage into the minivan.

09:15 - 10:15 Transfer to Hobbiton.

10:15 - 10:30 Check-in for the tour.

10:30 - 13:00 Tour of the Hobbiton film set. Open the door to one of the world's most famous stories.

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch at Shire Rest Café (payment on the spot).

14:00 - 15:30 Transfer to Waitomo.

15:30 - 16:00 Check-in for the tour, souvenirs.

16:00 - 17:00 Glowworm Cave Tour with boat ride through the underground grotto.

17:00 - 20:00 Transfer to Auckland. Potentially you can fly out of NZ on the same day if the flight is not later than 22:30.

Waitomo glowworm cave tour, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Waitomo glowworm cave tour

Day 18

Location: Auckland

Program:

10:00 - 17:30 Auckland City Tour: Albert Park and Auckland University Clock Tower, Mount Eden with panoramic views of the city, the harbor with the Harbour Bridge, lunch and wine tasting at Soljans Estate winery (payment on the spot), Muriwai Beach with black sand and a gannet colony.

17:30 - 19:00 Transfer to the airport.

19:00 - 21:00 Check-in for your flight and boarding. Fly home.

Auckland Domain, tour to Australia and New Zealand
Auckland Domain

Tour to Australia and New Zealand


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