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Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under 2019


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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 aboard a stylish, intimate vessel

Explore the best of Sydney — tour the magnificent Sydney Opera House, cruise on Sydney Harbour and tour the famed Rocks District

Get a feel for authentic Aussie rural life on a private visit to a working 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
DAYS 9-10
Sydney | Day of Leisure & Opera House Tour
DAY 11
Christchurch, New Zealand | The Garden City
DAY 12
Franz Josef Glacier | Breathtaking Alpine Vistas
DAY 13
Franz Josef Glacier | Glacier Valley Walk
DAY 14
Queenstown | Scenic Drive
DAY 15
Queenstown | Magnificent Milford Sound
DAY 16
Queenstown | Wine Tour & Tasting
DAYS 17-18
Depart Auckland

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Post-Tour Extension: Rotorua 3 days from $2,695 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, with your room pre-registered by A&K for immediate check-in. 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
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
Melbourne | Private Sheep Farm Experience

Today, travel to a working farm outside of Melbourne for a private experience, where you are personally welcomed into the home of a rural family to learn a little of what it is like to be Aussies “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
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
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. Later, fly to Cairns and continue to Port Douglas.

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

Embark on a full-day exploration of the Great Barrier Reef aboard an intimate and comfortable vessel. Glide among islands adorned with white-sand beaches, coral gardens and sheltered lagoons. Explore the marvelous aquatic wonders of the reef on a guided snorkeling tour, viewing teeming undersea life up close in its native habitat, before an exhilarating cruise back to port.

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

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

The Langham, Sydney
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (Day 7); Breakfast, Lunch (Day 8)
DAYS 9-10
Sydney | Day of Leisure & Opera House Tour

Enjoy an entire day at leisure, free to relax at your luxurious hotel or explore all the wonders that Sydney has to offer. The next day, 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, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by lunch on its lower concourse. Tonight, sit down to the final dinner of your visit to Australia.

The Langham, Sydney
Meals: Breakfast (Day 9); Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Day 10)
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations vary by departure. See dates and prices for details. 
DAY 12
Franz Josef Glacier | Breathtaking Alpine Vistas

Board the famed TranzAlpine train to Greymouth. During your journey, cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, reveling in breathtaking views of the chiseled alpine landscape. Descend through thick stands of native beech forest as you approach Greymouth. Once there, relax with lunch at a local brewery before continuing to your hotel, in picturesque Franz Josef.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat
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
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 14
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, dine at a local restaurant.

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

This morning, fly to Milford Sound (weather permitting), 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. Cruise New Zealand’s southern fjords amid towering cliffs, viewing sparkling waterfalls while watching for wildlife. Keep a lookout for seals basking on the rocks or dolphins frolicking in the water. Return by air to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 16
Queenstown | Wine Tour & 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
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
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (Day 17); Breakfast (Day 18)
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Pre-Tour Extension: Tasmania

Pre-Tour Extension: Tasmania

4 days from $3,295

Single Supplement from $995

Internal air from $370

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.

MACq 01 Hotel
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 2-3

Cruise to Peppermint Bay on a catamaran. After a lunch featuring local produce, visit cider-maker Willie Smith’s and one of Tasmania’s oldest orchards for a tour and tasting. The next day, ferry up the river to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), for an out-of-this-world art experience. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the rest of your day at leisure.

MACq 01 Hotel
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 $2,695

Single Supplement from $695

Internal air from $185

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 the area, 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 dinner at your hotel.

Regent of Rotorua
Meals: Lunch, Dinner (Day 1); Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Day 2)
DAY 3

Privately enjoy a hot springs before departing.

Meals: Breakfast


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    Day 11 at Hotel Montreal in Christchurch.

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Journey Details

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Melbourne/Uluru/Cairns/Sydney/Christchurch; Queenstown/Milford Sound/ Queenstown/Auckland

*Day 11 at Hotel Montreal in Christchurch.

Minimum age is 10 years.

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

Last group event: farewell dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Day 17.

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


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