13D/12N AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND TOUR
From SGD 6488
This 13 day tour gives you the best of Australia and New Zealand. Separated by just about 3 and half hours, you get to explore both these magnificent countries. In Australia you cover Sydney, Gold coast and Melbourne. In New Zealand, you get to experience Middle-Earth, the Lord of the Rings way as you visit the hobbit movie set, the elegant city of Roturua and Queenstown. Your journey comes to an end in Queenstown from where you depart back home!
Day 01: Arrival – Sydney
Welcome to Australia! After you arrive in Sydney airport, you are transferred from Sydney Airport to your hotel Once you arrive you can check in enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure.
Day 02: Sydney – Blue Mountains Adventure
Head out of the city and stop at Euroka clearing to search for wildlife. See native birds and wild Eastern Grey Kangaroos in their natural habitat. Stop for morning tea (own expense) at Glenbrook, then experience a two hour guided walk to Wentworth Falls (reasonable fitness required). See Australian native flora and fauna as you make your way into the valley of Wentworth Falls. Learn about Aboriginal culture and history as you pass ancient rock carvings. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the beautiful Wentworth Falls. After lunch see the famous Three Sisters as your guide leads you down the historic rock carved Furber stairs into the picturesque Jamison Valley. World heritage rainforest surrounds you as you view Katoomba Falls. Next, ride the Scenic Railway from the bottom of the valley back up to Scenic World. Sit back and relax on the return journey to Sydney. Pick up time is 8 am .
Hotel pick up and drop off.
Experienced and knowledgeable guide.
Air conditioned vehicle.
National Park entry fees. What to Bring:
Day 03: Sydney – Gold Coast
In morning you are transferred to the airport to fly to Gold Coast. On arrival, you are transferred to your Gold Coast hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 04: Gold Coast – Warner Bros Movie World
In morning the shuttle will come to pick you up at 9 am in the hotel to take you to Warner Bros Movie World. At 5 pm shuttle will pick you up and will return to the hotel. Enjoy the reminder of your evening at leisure.
Day 05: Gold Coast – Melbourne
In morning you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight to Melbourne. When you arrive Melbourne airport, the shuttle will take you from the airport to the hotel.
Day 06: Melbourne – Great Ocean Road
A vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day Great Ocean Road Sunset tour. Experience all the scenic wonders of this world famous coastal drive, arriving at the iconic Twelve Apostles to enjoy a memorable sunset. Enjoy the interactive nature of our fully guided tour and the stunning panoramas of the internationally renowned Port Campbell National Park, including the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Tour concludes at approximately 9.00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Then return to your hotel and enjoy your night at leisure.
Experienced guide and commentary. – All entry fees.Multi-lingual tour information service on request. – All transfers. – Free Wifi.
What to Bring:
Camera, swimming attire in summer, sunscreen and hat
Day 07: Melbourne departure
In morning you are transferred to international airport to take your flight to Auckland, New Zealand
- Arrive at Auckland International Airport
- Pickup from the International Airport – Super Shuttle
- Overnight at hotel
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, New Zealand, our largest and most diverse city.
More than just a city, Auckland is a whole region full of things to see and do. Best of all, with so many experiences close by it’s easy to hop from one adventure to the next.
Day 08: Auckland – Auckland Morning City Sights
Scenic coach tour of Auckland with commentary
What to Bring:
Comfortable walking shoes. – Suitable outdoor clothing.
A vehicle will pick you up from your accommodation in Auckland central for your transfer to the Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland, the departure point of your tour. At 9:45am join your coach to commence a half day tour introducing you to the sights of Auckland.
Travel through the city Centre, along Karangahape Road with its chequered past and electic vibe, past fashionable Ponsonby and over the Auckland Harbour bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline. Visit the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland’s famous Queen Street before continuing to the Auckland Domain.
The Domain is the city’s oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. After visiting the Domain, the tour continues to Parnell Village for a brief morning tea stop (own expense). The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed into a trendy shopping area featuring a range of boutiques, craft and specialty stores. Tour concludes at approximately 12:45pm, at which time accommodation drop offs will commence.
Evening free to take a stroll in the city of sails. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Hobbiton Express Tour – Auckland to Rotorua – One Way
Transport with full commentary from Auckland.
Admissions and guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set. – Transfer to selected Rotorua accommodation.
What to Bring:
Comfortable walking shoes.
Suitable outdoor clothing. – Camera.
A vehicle will pick you up from your inner city Auckland accommodation to commence a full day Hobbiton Express tour. Begin by travelling south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region and then through the heritage town of Cambridge, where tree-lined streets add to the English-style atmosphere. From here travel through undulating green hills. On arrival at Shire’s Rest, embark on a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. This location is the largest green set in the world. See 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree and visit the Green Dragon Inn. Take photos at the door of Bilbo’s house, Bag End, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. After the movie set tour concludes, clients are transferred to Rotorua. Tour concludes at approximately 1.15pm, at which time selected Rotorua accommodation drop offs will commence.
Day 10: Rotorua – Christchurch
- Checkout from hotel
- Transfer to the Domestic Airport for your flight to Christchurch
- Transfer from the Christchurch airport and transfer to the Hotel – Super Shuttle
- Check-In at the hotel
- Overnight at hotel
Christchurch, New Zealand is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the
Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop. The award-winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants found in New Zealand,
In February 2011, Christchurch was hit by a huge earthquake. Much of the central city with its classic neo-gothic architecture was destroyed. But it remains a beautiful city, a city where you can cycle alongside the river, stay in good hotels and indulge in fine sophisticated dining, and a city where, just 15 minutes from the Centre you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach.
The buildings may have been damaged but the soul of the city and the welcoming spirit of the people remain very much intact. Innovative shops and businesses are springing up as the city rebuilds.
You can explore the city by foot, on an open top bus, tram or even relax in a punt as you float down the Avon River on a punt. Experience polar life at the International Antarctic Centre, see the rare kiwi at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, dive into aviation history at the Air Force Museum or visit Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Don’t miss visiting Christchurch.
Day 11: Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook
- Checkout from hotel Inclusions:
- Scenic coach tour from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook.
What to Bring:
Comfortable walking shoes.
Suitable outdoor clothing. – Camera
A vehicle will pick you up from your accommodation to commence a full day tour from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook. Depart Christchurch and travel through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps mountain range before continuing on to the location of New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook. Stop for lunch in Mt Cook Village and take advantage of your time here to enjoy the majestic scenery. In the afternoon the tour continues south through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. En-route, enjoy afternoon tea (at own expense) in the quaint village of Omarama and a visit to the Jones Family Orchard (time permitting), near Cromwell. Tour concludes in Queenstown at approximately 6:30pm, at which time accommodation drop offs will commence.
Queenstown nestles in Queenstown Bay, about midway along the eastern shores of the azure blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. An unusual feature of the lake is the regular “breathing”, a 3-inch rise and fall every 15 minutes. Striking mountain peaks surround Queenstown, and although still rural in character, the town has developed into a tourist resort for all seasons. Situated more than 300 metres above sea level, it is sufficiently inland to provide a sharp contrast between the hot summer and bracing winter. The autumn colours of the Lake District are justly famous and a delight to photographers and painters. Winter brings spectacular snow scenery, ice skating,
skiing, heli-skiing and snowboarding. Year round adventure activities include world famous bungy jumping, white water rafting, jetboating, parapenting and much more.
Check-In at the hotel in Queenstown
Overnight at hotel
Day 12: Discover Milford Sound Tour
Scenic tour to Milford Sound.
Milford Sound Red Boat Cruise.
Vehicle will pick you up from your city hotel for your transfer to the Athol Street Car Park, Queenstown, the departure point of your tour. At 7:20am join your coach to commence a full day tour into the heart of Milford Sound. This is an unforgettable journey in which you’ll experience the world famous fjord – rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Journey across the Southern Alps, take photos of the stunning Mirror Lakes, uncover Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls, and then travel deep into the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through solid rock, before walking across The Chasm. At the deep waters of Milford Sound, join a Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise. See the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. After the cruise, return to Queenstown by coach. Tour concludes at approximately 7:45pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Day 13: Depart Queenstown
Check-out from hotel and Transfer to the Queenstown Airport Fly from Queenstown to Australia
- Airport transfer in Seat In Coach
- 12 night’s accommodation on sharing basis in 4 Star Hotels
- Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast, Gold Cost to Melbourne, Melbourne to Auckland, Rotorua to Christchurch
- All tours as per the itinerary
- English speaking local guide for all the visits as per program.