Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

Small Group Holiday



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Visit Down Under on this highlights trip of Australia and New Zealand. Start in Sydney, with a harbour cruise, before exploring the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Then it is off to the Red Centre to learn about Uluru and Kata Tjuta from an Aboriginal perspective. Next is Melbourne with its local food scene and the nearby Great Ocean Road.
Fly to Auckland in New Zealand to visit wineries before experiencing geothermal activities and Maori heritage in Rotorua. On South Island, you take the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch over Arthur’s Pass to get to Franz Josef. There are several options to explore its glacier, before you end in Queenstown for an exploration of Fiordland NP and plenty of optional activities, including bungee jumping or a jet boat ride.

Activity / Theme


Culture, Nature & Wildlife

Australia, New Zealand

Comfort Level

Physical Rating


Leisurely / Moderate


Private vehicle, plane, train, boat, walking


Hotel, cruise boat (one night in summer)

Months of Operation

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:

With so many climatic zones visited on this trip it is hard to get it all right.  However, April, May and October offer the best chance to get it right.  It is not too hot in the Red Center, dry on the Great Barrier Reef, pleasant in Melbourne and Sydney and not too cool in New Zealand.


DAY 1 Start Sydney
DAY 2 Tour The Rocks, sunset cruise Sydney Harbour
DAY 3 Fly Cairns, to Daintree Rainforest, indigenous interpretive walk
DAY 4 At leisure in Port Douglas
DAY 5 To Cairns, visit research aquarium
DAY 6 Optional activities in Cairns - dive or snorkel Great Barrier Reef or Scenic Railway
DAY 7 Fly Uluru, visit Cultural Centre, sunset over Uluru
DAY 8 Sunrise over Uluru & guided walk, explore Kata Tjuta,
DAY 9 Fly Melbourne
DAY 10 Optional activities Melbourne - Great Ocean Road, wineries or free time
DAY 11 Melbourne foodie walk
DAY 12 Fly Auckland
DAY 13 Tour Auckland, wineries of Waiheke Island
DAY 14 To Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves
DAY 15 Rotorua options: geothermal park, white-water rafting; evening Tamaki Maori Village
DAY 16 Fly Christchurch
DAY 17 TranzAlpine train & drive Franz Josef
DAY 18 Franz Josef options: helicopter hike, riverbed walk, hot springs
DAY 19 To Queenstown via Lake Matheson and walks en-route
DAY 20 Cruise Fiordland National Park
DAY 21 Return Queenstown
DAY 22 Queenstown options: bungee jumping, cruise, jet boat ride, winery. Evening cable car ride
DAY 23 End Queenstown


22 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
The Rocks Indigenous Dreaming and Welcome Tour, Sydney
James Cook University Research Aquarium, Cairns
Melbourne Foodie Walk
Waiheke Island Wineries
Meet a Maori Elder, Rotorua
Sydney Harbour dinner cruise
Aboriginal walk through the Daintree Rainforest
Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru
Melbourne orientation walk
Visit glowworm caves
Scenic TranzAlpine train
Queenstown gondola ride
Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) in Fiordland National Park
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Sample tour.  Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice.  Please inquire.

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