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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under 2018


18 Days from $14,395

Limited to 18 guests

Explore two inspiring destinations in a single journey, starting in Australia with Melbourne, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney, followed by Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown and Auckland in New Zealand.

A&K Advantages

Journey through a diverse range of landscapes from the Outback of Australia to the glaciers of New Zealand

Observe native Australian species firsthand, including koalas, platypuses, Tasmanian devils and kangaroos at Sydney's Taronga Zoo

Experience the wonders of Australia's Great Barrier Reef on a full-day excursion

Explore the best of Sydney - tour the magnificent Sydney Opera House, cruise on Sydney Harbour, bask on Bondi Beach and tour the famed Rocks District

Get a feel for authentic Aussie rural life on a private visit to a working sheep farm

Cruise through New Zealand's spectacular Milford Sound and view the stunning Franz Josef Glacier on a guided walk

Enjoy sparkling wine and canapés as you watch the sunset at Uluru in the Australian Outback

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Melbourne, Australia
DAY 2
Melbourne | Private Sheep Farm Experience
DAY 3
Uluru | An Undeniable Presence
DAY 4
Uluru/Port Douglas | A Spiritual Sojourn
DAY 5
Daintree Rainforest | Exclusive Botanical Ark Visit
DAY 6
Great Barrier Reef | Exploring Underwater Gems
DAYS 7-8
Sydney | Harbor Cruise & The Rocks Tour
DAY 9
Sydney | City Highlights & Bondi Beach
DAY 10
Sydney | Native Species & Opera House Tour
DAY 11
Christchurch, New Zealand | The Garden City
DAY 12
Franz Josef Glacier | The Story of Pounamu
DAY 13
Franz Josef Glacier | Glacier Valley Walk
DAY 14
Franz Josef to Queenstown | Scenic Drive
DAY 15
Queenstown | Magnificent Milford Sound
DAY 16
Queenstown | Wine Tour and Tasting
DAYS 17-18
Depart Auckland

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Tasmania 4 Days from $2,995 Learn More
Post-Tour Extension: Rotorua 3 Days from $2,995 Learn More
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DAY 1
Arrive Melbourne, Australia

Arrive in Melbourne, Australia, where you are met and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. This afternoon, tour Melbourne’s landmarks, seeing the Shrine of Remembrance and the thriving Arts Precinct. Later, gather for your welcome dinner.

Park Hyatt Melbourne
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
Melbourne | Private Sheep Farm Experience

Today, travel to Coliban Rural Farm on a private experience, where you are personally welcomed into the home of the Barber family to learn a little of what it is like to be an Aussie family “living off the land.” After morning tea, head out to the stockyards to watch the working dogs bring in a herd of sheep, followed by a demonstration of shearing skills. Next, head back to the homestead and enjoy a lunch featuring organic farm produce and local wines.

Park Hyatt Melbourne
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3
Uluru | An Undeniable Presence

Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock), and settle into your hotel. This afternoon, tour Kata Tjuta National Park (the Olgas). As evening approaches, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner with sparkling wine and canapés, watching the sunset at Uluru.

Sails in the Desert
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
Uluru/Port Douglas | A Spiritual Sojourn

Rise early to see Uluru at sunrise, as the sun’s morning glow brings the desert to life. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later, visit the base of the monolith with your guide who shares the cultural and geological significance of this sacred ceremonial site, which is part of the belief system of one of the oldest human societies. Fly to Cairns and continue to Port Douglas.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
Daintree Rainforest | Exclusive Botanical Ark Visit

Travel to Mossman Gorge for a guided walk through this lush corner of Daintree National Park. Continue to an A&K-exclusive visit to the Botanical Ark, a private ethnobotanical garden, for a Chef’s Table lunch. Return to Port Douglas for time at leisure.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
Great Barrier Reef | Exploring Underwater Gems

Embark on a full-day exploration of the Great Barrier Reef aboard a beautiful sailing vessel. Visit the Low Isles, with their white-sand beaches, coconut palms and coral gardens. Enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch while moored in the sheltered blue lagoon. Relax on the island, join a guided snorkel tour or take a trip on a glass bottom boat before an exhilarating sail back to port.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAYS 7-8
Sydney | Harbor Cruise & The Rocks Tour

Fly to Sydney and settle into your hotel near the historic Rocks area. Tonight, dine at a fine local restaurant. In the morning, embark on a chartered morning tea cruise of stunning Sydney Harbour. Back onshore, stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and then go on a walking tour in the historic Rocks District, Sydney’s oldest neighborhood.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9
Sydney | City Highlights & Bondi Beach

Visit Sydney’s bustling Fish Markets in Pyrmont, before sinking your toes in the sand at famed Bondi Beach. Later, stroll the boutique shops of Paddington.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
Sydney | Native Species & Opera House Tour

Ride Like a Local when you board a ferry to Taronga Zoo for a guided tour, visiting kangaroos, koalas, wombats, dingoes, echidnas and Australian birds. Next, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by lunch on its lower concourse. Tonight, sit down to your final dinner in Australia.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11
Christchurch, New Zealand | The Garden City

This morning, fly to Christchurch, New Zealand. On arrival, join your guide to explore this beautiful Garden City situated between the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand’s majestic Southern Alps. Then, embark on a leisurely punt on the Avon River before dinner.

The George
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The Montreal
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12
Franz Josef Glacier | The Story of Pounamu

Board the famed TranzAlpine train to Greymouth, enjoying thrilling vistas along the Waimakariri River. In Greymouth, relax with lunch at a local brewery before continuing to Hokitika. Once there, meet a carver who introduces you to the local pounamu (jade). Discover its historic and cultural importance to the Maori people on this fascinating artisan visit. Continue to your hotel, in picturesque Franz Josef.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 13
Franz Josef Glacier | Glacier Valley Walk

Experience the Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic, led by your specialist hiking guide. Follow the glacier’s path through the remarkable landscape for an up-close look at the giant sheets of ice that form its forward face. Return to your retreat for an afternoon at leisure, perhaps visiting the Glacier Hot Pools near your hotel.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 14
Franz Josef to Queenstown | Scenic Drive

Journey overland to Queenstown on a scenic drive along the majestic coastline, and then inland through mossy rainforests, past cascading waterfalls and breathtaking mountains. Stop for lunch in the picturesque ski town of Wanaka. Upon arrival in Queenstown, check in to your luxurious hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 15
Queenstown | Magnificent Milford Sound

This morning, fly to Milford Sound, taking in the stunning alpine views along the way. On arrival, board a spacious vessel for a tour of the sound’s awe-inspiring scenery, cruising New Zealand’s southern fjords amid towering cliffs, viewing sparkling waterfalls and watching for wildlife. Keep a lookout for seals basking on the rocks or dolphins frolicking in the water. Return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 16
Queenstown | Wine Tour and Tasting

Tour quaint, picturesque Arrowtown and visit the Kawarau Bungy Bridge. Next, stop at a local Gibbston Valley winery for a wine tasting, followed by lunch. Return to Queenstown.

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAYS 17-18
Depart Auckland

Fly to Auckland, where you visit the Auckland Museum to enjoy a cultural performance and a He Taonga Maori Gallery Tour. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a special farewell dinner. The next day, transfer to the airport and depart.

SKYCITY Grand Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast

Pre-Tour Extension: Tasmania

Pre-Tour Extension: Tasmania

4 Days from $2,995

Internal air from $360 (Hobart/Melbourne)

DAY 1:

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, and transfer to your hotel. Explore Salamanca Place, with its galleries and craft shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner.

The Henry Jones Art Hotel
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Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 2-3:

Ferry up the river to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), for an out-of-this-world art experience. Enjoy lunch at the Source Restaurant and the rest of your day at leisure. The next day, explore the stunning Huon Valley. Then, stroll high above the forest floor on the Tahune Forest Air Walk. After lunch, journey to Peppermint Bay and cruise back to Hobart on a Catamaran.

The Henry Jones Art Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4:

Transfer to the airport and fly to Melbourne.

Meals: Breakfast

Post-Tour Extension: Rotorua

Post-Tour Extension: Rotorua

3 Days from $2,995

Internal air from $160 (Rotorua/Auckland)

DAYS 1–2:

Privately tour Hobbiton, the movie set for The Lord of the Rings, and enjoy a gourmet lunch. Proceed to Rotorua. The next day, tour Rotorua, viewing the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Pohutu Geyser. Enjoy a Maori performance and lunch. Gain insider access at a kiwi bird sanctuary. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a five-course meal at your lodge.

Solitaire Lodge
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Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3:

Privately enjoy a hot springs before departing.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Jan 14 - Jan 31
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    Days 14-16 at Millbrook Resort in Queenstown.

  • Jan 22 - Feb 08
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    Day 11 at The Montreal in Christchurch.

  • Feb 12 - Mar 01
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  • Feb 19 - Mar 08
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    Day 11 at The Montreal in Christchurch.

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  • Mar 05 - Mar 22
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  • Mar 18 - Apr 04
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    Days 14-16 at Millbrook Resort in Queenstown.

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  • Apr 02 - Apr 19
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    Day 11 at The Montreal in Christchurch.

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  • Sep 24 - Oct 11
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  • Oct 08 - Oct 25
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  • Oct 15 - Nov 01
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  • Oct 29 - Nov 15
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  • Dec 10 - Dec 27
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  • Dec 17 - Jan 03
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Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: sightseeing at 2:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Day 17.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Flights between Queenstown and Milford Sound on Day 15 may not operate due to inclement weather.

In such occurrences, round-trip coach transfers will be provided.


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