15 Day New Zealand & Australia

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately paced program features some group touring highlights with ample time to participate in a variety of optional tours that are available, or to explore on your own. Most city to city transfers are via flight, but expect one long driving day from Dunedin to Christchurch. Some optional tours will require walking for extended periods of time, walking over uneven terrain, or travel in 4x4 vehicles over rough terrain. Some hotels in Queenstown and Dunedin are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable. Please note, there will be two different Tour Managers, one in New Zealand and one in Australia. You may depart independently, or with part of the group, at the end of your program as the Tour Manager may be traveling with other passengers on an extension program. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Auckland, Melbourne-Los Angeles
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Auckland-Queenstown, Christchurch-Sydney & Sydney-Melbourne
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Auckland
    • 3 nights Queenstown
    • 2 nights Dunedin
    • 3 nights Sydney
    • 2 nights Melbourne
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 18 meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour managers
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
 

Special Features

  • Attend the Maori Cultural performance at Auckland Museum
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise of Milford Sound with stunning views of Mitre Peak
  • Tour Dunedin with its magnificent Victorian and Edwardian architecture
  • View many of Sydney's highlights, including the famous Opera House
  • Explore Melbourne's lively and cosmopolitan neighborhoods

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately paced program features some group touring highlights with ample time to participate in a variety of optional tours that are available, or to explore on your own. Most city to city transfers are via flight, but expect one long driving day from Dunedin to Christchurch. Some optional tours will require walking for extended periods of time, walking over uneven terrain, or travel in 4x4 vehicles over rough terrain. Some hotels in Queenstown and Dunedin are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable. Please note, there will be two different Tour Managers, one in New Zealand and one in Australia. You may depart independently, or with part of the group, at the end of your program as the Tour Manager may be traveling with other passengers on an extension program. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for New Zealand
Depart for New Zealand

DAY 2, Thursday - En Route
Cross the International Date Line en route to New Zealand and skip a day ahead

DAY 3, Friday - Arrive in Auckland
Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, known as the "City of Sails." After a late breakfast with your fellow travelers, transfer to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Welcome Drink and an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Tour Auckland's Museum, Maori Cultural Performance
This morning's tour of this multicultural city begins at the renowned Auckland Museum, housed in one of New Zealand's outstanding historical buildings. Here, you'll see the monumental carvings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the Maori people along with an impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits depicting the growth of the country. Afterwards, enjoy the Maori Cultural performance at Auckland Museum. The afternoon is at leisure to discover the many diverse delights of this fascinating city or, join the optional tour to Sky Tower. Standing at almost 1,100 feet tall, it is the highest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and has become an iconic part of Auckland's skyline. From the top, see breathtaking views of the sparkling harbor, the city and beyond. Savor delicious kiwi-inspired dishes at the restaurant that feature the best local and seasonal produce
Optional: Sky Tower Experience with dinner
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Flight to Queenstown
Depart Auckland on a flight to Queenstown, named for Queen Victoria. The town, nestled on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, is considered New Zealand's adventure capital. Its fabulous outdoor attractions and resort like atmosphere are enjoyed by international travelers and locals alike. Upon arrival, check into the hotel, then take a short walking tour of Queenstown, before having the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Discover Milford Sound
Enjoy a full day tour to Milford Sound! Travel to World Heritage Fiordland National Park, rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. En route to Milford Sound, stop at Te Anau and the glacier hewn Eglinton Valley before embarking on the cruise out into the fjord with scenic views of temperate rainforest, stunning Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Possible wildlife viewings include seals, birds and occasionally even dolphins or penguins. Late afternoon, return to Queenstown
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day in Queenstown
Spend time on your own discovering always picturesque Queenstown. Walk along the streets of the sophisticated downtown area, with its trendy shops and restaurants or, be adventurous and ascend on the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak, high above the city for magnificent views of Queenstown, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, and Lake Wakatipu. Alternatively, participate in the optional Skippers Canyon adventure that follows this rugged road into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley. During the tour, visit many historic sites and stop at Deep Creek to try your hand at gold panning at one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. Return to Queenstown along Skippers Road, with views of some of the "Lord of the Rings" film locations. Later, join the optional Sheep Farm & Kiwi Birdlife Park Excursion. Tour a family-run sheep farm and learn about raising sheep and producing wool. Afterward, visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, a wildlife sanctuary where you observe more than 20 endemic species, including New Zealand’s namesake, the kiwi
Optional: Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure
Optional: Sheep Farm & Kiwi Birdlife Park Excursion
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - Queenstown to Dunedin
This morning, visit the charming gold rush village of Arrowtown, nestled among the peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. Time to walk along the tree-lined avenues of this colorful town filled with 19th century miner's cottages, or enjoy the delightful shops filled with New Zealand crafts, art galleries and lovely cafes before continuing to an area known as the 'Valley of the Vines', because it is sandwiched in a valley surrounded by rugged mountains and running along the rocky Kawarau River gorge. This area produces superb wines, with worldwide recognition and an avalanche of international awards for the Pinot Noir. While here, visit a winery and enjoy a two-course lunch with wine tasting before continuing past the picturesque and historic townships of Cromwell, Clyde and the huge Clyde Dam to Alexandra. Later, drive along the Clutha River and past the multiple orchards that define this area as New Zealand's fruit bowl before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city, well known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture and its close proximity to amazing wildlife
Overnight: Dunedin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Thursday - Tour of Dunedin
A day to enjoy Dunedin, arguably New Zealand's most spectacular city in terms of contrasting landscapes, nestled in tree-clad hills at the head of a beautiful harbor. The city flourished during the 19th-century gold rush and is now the major gateway to the Otago region. Discover the city with a morning tour highlighted by a visit to the Dunedin Railway Station, a jewel in the country's architectural crown; Baldwin Street, the steepest residential street in the world; and the prestigious Otago University. Visit Olveston historic homestead, built in the early 1900s, a superb turn of the century house with posh furnishings and a stunning art collection. The afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional Otago Peninsula Tour with Wellers Rock Cruise. Enjoy a tour to the Otago Peninsula home to sea lions, fur seals and penguins. Travel to New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle, which was built in 1871 by William Larnach, a merchant baron and politician, featuring magnificent architecture and superb craftsmanship. Lastly, embark on a one-hour wildlife cruise with an opportunity to view the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head, the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world
Optional: Otago Peninsula Tour with Wellers Rock Cruise (PM)
Overnight: Dunedin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Dunedin to Christchurch, Flight to Sydney
Depart Dunedin, following the east coast of the South Island north through Oamaru, renowned for its stunning limestone architecture. Travel through the small rural communities of Timaru and Ashburton before traversing the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch for a flight to Sydney, Australia. Get ready for the next adventure as you're welcomed by your new Tour Manager to Sydney. Tonight, enjoy your first dinner in Australia at a local restaurant
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Explore Sydney
The panoramic tour of Sydney starts at world famous Bondi Beach and historic and fashionable Paddington with its unique terrace houses. Continuing to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair and the Royal Botanic Gardens which offer extraordinary views of celebrated Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the striking Sydney Opera House poised majestically on the water's edge, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass historic buildings including the Parliament House, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Building. Then, head to The Rocks, a historic area where the city was founded by Captain Arthur Phillip and his working party of convicts. Shop for Opals at a local shop, the best in the world - Australia provides approximately 97% of the world's supply. Spend the balance of the day at leisure. Tonight, join the optional Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise. Sail by iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, while watching the vivid colors of sunset wash over the skyline. Then, sit down for a delectable dinner of international dishes
Optional: Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Full Day in Sydney
A last day in Sydney to pursue your personal pleasures. Perhaps, participate in the optional full day excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains. Featherdale is home to over 300 species of Australia's diverse wildlife. Admire the koalas, feed the kangaroos, view the Fairy Penguins, and see the colorful parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets. For wilderness and wildlife, the magnificent Blue Mountains region is a must see for any visitor to Sydney. Travel through quaint mountain villages, past spectacular lookouts, and through the rugged Australian Bush to Katoomba Scenic World. Returning to Sydney in the late afternoon
Optional: Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Monday - Flight to Melbourne
Board your flight this morning for the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and spend the balance of the day at leisure. This evening, get together for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Tuesday - Melbourne City Tour
The tour of Melbourne this morning highlights the mingling of the city's cultures, monuments and scenic delights, from the magnificent gardens to the riverside complexes and bayside suburbs, with elegant 19th century architecture. In the afternoon, time to stroll on your own, or join the not to be missed optional tour to Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Depart the busy city and suburbs, traveling out into the rural countryside to visit Australia's most popular wildlife attraction and home to the one of the largest Little Penguin colonies in the world
Optional: Phillip Island Little Penguin Parade
Overnight: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday - Depart Australia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Sky Tower Experience with dinner

This evening, head to the Sky Tower. Standing at almost 1,100 feet tall, it is the highest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and has become an iconic part of Auckland's skyline. From the the observation deck, marvel at the breathtaking views of the sparkling harbor, the city and beyond. Afterward, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant offering local specialties.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #4 01 May 2019 - 31 May 2020 $85.00
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Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure

This scenic Skippers Canyon tour is an adventure that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. You will travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley making this an exciting opportunity. During the tour, you will visit many historic sites such as the Skippers Suspension Bridge and historical township of Skippers. The tour will also visit the restored school house where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and the histories of life from the early days of this settlement. On the return journey, you will stop at Deep Creek where you can immerse yourself in the customs of the local area by trying your hand at gold panning at one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. The tour also offers you a view of some of the Lord of the Rings film locations along Skippers Road which was voted as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Sep 2019 - 31 May 2020 $145.00
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Sheep Farm & Kiwi Birdlife Park Excursion

Take a behind-the-scenes tour to an authentic, family-run sheep farm. View the working animals and learn about raising sheep and wool production. Afterward, visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, a wildlife sanctuary located in the heart of Queenstown. Observe more than 20 endemic species, including New Zealand’s namesake, the kiwi. Attend a Kiwi Birdlife lecture and learn more about this flightless bird. For kiwi bird viewing, visit the specially designed nocturnal enclosures.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #7 01 Sep 2019 - 31 May 2020 $145.00
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Otago Peninsula with Wellers Rock Cruise

This afternoon enjoy a stunning tour to the Otago Peninsula, home to many species of wildlife including seabirds, sea lions, fur seals and penguins. You will travel to New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle, which was built in 1871 by William Larnach, a merchant baron and politician. Featuring magnificent architecture and superb craftsmanship and still privately owned, the castle is even more famous for its tragic and scandalous history. You will also have an opportunity to take photos in the Castle grounds before continuing to the Headland and Wellers Rock. Lastly, enjoy a one hour wildlife cruise with an opportunity to view the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head, the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world and home to New Zealand fur seals. You may also see dolphins, sea lions and a fascinating array of rarely seen ocean birds including other species of albatross, penguins and marine mammals in their natural environment. Return to Dunedin on completion.

During winter season (Apr-Sep) the tour will be visited in different order.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #9 01 Sep 2019 - 31 May 2020 $80.00
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Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

Set out on the waters of Sydney Harbour in a luxury air-conditioned catamaran. Sail by the floodlit Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and other landmarks as you watch the city change colors with the sunset. Start with a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy your three course dinner with an array of international dishes including fresh seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes - an unforgettable dining experience!

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #11 01 May 2019 - 31 May 2020 $115.00
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Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park

For wilderness and wildlife, the magnificent Blue Mountains is a must see for any visitor to Sydney. Today's full day tour to the region will give you a chance to see it for yourself. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park where you may take a photo with one of the friendly Koala’s, feed the kangaroos, view the Fairy Penguins, and see the colorful Parrots, Cockatoos and Lorikeets. Walk through the reptile area, the native bird aviaries and see other unique Australian wildlife. Pass through quaint mountain villages, magnificent views over Megalong Valley and the unique smell of the Australian Bush. View the unique Three Sisters rock formation, and visit Scenic World where you will ride the vertical railway (the steepest in the world according to Guinness Book of Records), skyway or cableway into the deep canyon. Drive through picturesque Katoomba and the quaint village of Leura before descending the mountains. Return to the city in the late afternoon.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.

Day #12 01 May 2019 - 31 May 2020 $135.00
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Phillip Island Little Penguin Parade

This afternoon travel to Phillip Island and visit Australia's most popular wildlife attraction and home to the one of the largest Little Penguin colonies in the world. The Little Penguin is the world's smallest penguin and the Penguin Parade is the best place to experience this natural phenomenon. Every sunset, wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows. Experience the parade from the viewing area at the beach and then wander the boardwalks and watch the penguins return to their burrows. Your visit supports the conservation work carried out by the Phillip Island Nature Parks in protecting this important Penguin colony.

Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.

Note: Duration of the tour depends on the timing of the Penguins' arrival on the beach and your return to the hotel varies from 9 pm to midnight.

Note: Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin. To ensure penguins keep coming back to this special area we ask you to not use your cameras, camcorders or camera phones at the Penguin Parade.

Day #14 01 May 2019 - 31 May 2020 $140.00
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18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns, February 2019
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18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns, February 2019
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Our trip was great! We had beautiful sunny days everyday, even a few were close to 100 degrees ... Our Australia guide, Dana, was THE BEST! Cheers to her for showing us a fabulous time and giving us over and above attention and service. We would highly recommend the combination of New Zealand and Australia trip. I hope we can join another Gate 1 trip in the future.

Mary J. Lake St. Louis, MO
18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns, December 2018
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It was truly amazing. New Zealand was pristine from the Mountain Views to the ocean and spectacular lakes. The air was so fresh and the water so clean. Australia was our highlight, but everyday the tour was more and more amazing. The additional excursions were great for seeing the wildlife and experiencing Australia and New Zealand for it’s true beauty. We enjoyed the city life, but enjoyed the small towns and wilderness even more. We thought being away for the holidays might of been a draw back, but the group we traveled with and the amazing tour guides of Richard from New Zealand and Pam from Australia filled our days and celebrated the holidays as if we were one big happy family. Thanks to them we had a wonderful time. Gate 1 really out did themselves with this amazing tour! Thank you for a memory of a life time!!! We are looking forward to our next tour with Gate 1!

Dina T. Middletown, DE
18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns, November 2018
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Dianne N. Tyrone, GA
18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns, April 2018
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Great trip! We enjoyed visiting both countries. Linda, our tour guide in New Zealand was amazing! She is extremely knowledgeable and very professional!

Mary M. Weeki Wachee, FL
15 Day New Zealand & Australia, January 2018
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The trip was fabulous especially New Zealand. The beauty of that country cannot be described. We had a great time.

Karen C. Cumming, GA

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