16 Day Australia & New Zealand with Cairns & Ayers Rock
Air & Land
|Rydges World Square||Sydney|
|Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour||Sydney|
|Desert Gardens Hotel||Ayers Rock|
|Sails in the Desert||Ayers Rock|
|Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort||Cairns|
|Novotel Queenstown Lakeside||Queenstown|
|Novotel Rotorua Lakeside||Rotorua|
|Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands||Paihia|
|Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands||Paihia|
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|2021 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1400|
|2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1400|
Optional tours and gratuities.
This package is based on pre-confirmed flights via Air New Zealand and may only be purchased with these flights.
Triples rooms at Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour will be accommodated in a single room & twin room.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Is This Trip Right for You?
Escorted Package Includes
- Flights Los Angeles-Sydney, Auckland-Los Angeles
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- All intra-flights: Sydney-Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock-Cairns, Cairns-Queenstown, Queenstown-Rotorua
- 13 nights First Class accommodations
- 2 nights Sydney
- 1 night Ayers Rock
- 3 nights Cairns
- 3 nights Queenstown
- 2 nights Rotorua
- 2 nights Bay of Islands
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers
- 20 meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour managers
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- View many of Sydney's highlights, including the famous Opera House
- Visit the Great Barrier Reef at the Low Isles
- Enjoy a scenic cruise of Milford Sound with stunning views of Mitre Peak
- Visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve and learn about Maori traditions
- Attend a traditional Haka ceremony and Maori concert
- Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of New Zealand's most important historic sites
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. There may be a couple of early mornings, dependent upon your group's flight schedule. Some optional and included sightseeing will require walking for extended periods of time, walking over uneven terrain, or travel in 4x4 vehicles over rough terrain. Some hotels in Bay of Islands and Queenstown are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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This first class hotel is centrally located in Sydney's central business district.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is located at the upper end of Sydney's Chinatown.Hotel Details
This superior first class hotel is situated in the Ayers Rock Resort.Hotel Details
This deluxe hotel is located in the heart of the raw natural beauty of Australia's Red Center.Hotel Details
This deluxe hotel is located on the Cairns Esplanade.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.Hotel Details
This first class hotel has magnificent views of Lake Rotorua.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is located in the Waitangi National Trust Reserve.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Set out on the waters of Sydney Harbour in a luxury air-conditioned catamaran. Sail by the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and other landmarks. 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 #4||01 Aug 2021 - 31 May 2022||$148.00|
Ride the Kuranda Skyrail that takes you on an amazing gondola experience over the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. Along the way, stop for a Ranger guided boardwalk tour and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays. Arrive at the historic village of Kuranda, nestled high up the tropical mountains. Spend time at leisure to explore the village, the heritage markets and learn about aboriginal culture. On your descent, marvel at the magnificent views of Barron Falls and Barron Gorge National Park. Conclude your tour with an authentic Australian dinner.
Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.
|Day #8||26 Dec 2020 - 30 Sep 2021||$160.00|
|01 Oct 2021 - 31 May 2022||$166.00|
Depart Cairns and head north on a coastal drive to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, an eco-park and working crocodile farm. Learn about Australia's incredible wildlife and discover the park's five different ecological zones. Walk along pathways and boardwalks to view the various native fauna and attend live shows and feedings to learn more about Australia’s wildlife. See the Crocodile Attack Show, featuring massive crocs snapping food from a pole. Enjoy lunch before your return to Cairns.
Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.
|Day #8||23 May 2020 - 30 Sep 2021||$120.00|
|01 Oct 2021 - 31 May 2022||$122.00|
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.
Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #11||01 Sep 2021 - 31 May 2022||$155.00|
Savor a traditional home cooked New Zealand three course dinner accompanied by a glass of New Zealand wine, beer, or juice with a local family. Give yourself the chance to experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment with fascinating conversation about the way of life in New Zealand, while also exchanging views and experiences with your hosts.
Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.
|Day #12||01 Jun 2021 - 31 May 2022||$97.00|
Departing from Rotorua this morning, enjoy a drive through spectacular North Island scenery. Arrive at the Hobbiton movie set, made famous in the “Lord of Rings” movie trilogy, located in Matamata. Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the undeniable beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Experience Middle-earth with a guided tour around the set. Visit some of the most famous locations; the hobbit holes, the mill, the party tree and the pond. Listen to fascinating stories of how Hobbiton came to be. Conclude the tour at the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage, before your return to Rotorua.
Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.
|Day #13||01 Jun 2021 - 31 May 2023||$80.00|
Take in the stunning views as you glide through the Bay of Islands and sail past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life*. Learn about the history of the islands, especially the indigenous Maori and early European settlers, as you cruise through the inner Islands of the Bay.
*Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed and are dependent upon local conditions.
Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #15||01 Sep 2021 - 31 May 2022||$80.00|
Wonderful. Gate 1 has a real asset with Ben as a tour manager. This was my 9th Gate 1 trip. I tell everyone that the guides/managers are outstanding, but Ben stands out amongst even the best. The itinerary was excellent, as well. Three days in each place may be less stressful, but the time we spent in each place was well planned. The optional trips were perfect. The Great Barrier Reef, Outback BBQ, and 3 sisters were my favorites. Although only 9 days as a group, we became a bonded group quickly. Looking forward to my next trip.Pamela V. Ewing Township, NJ
We loved our trip!! New Zealand was even more beautiful than we imagined and Queenstown and Milford Sound with the optional trip to a remote sheep farm were breathtaking. Linda was a knowledgeable and resourceful guide who make us feel secure in her country. Australia was more fascinating than I anticipated and I loved the English influence on the foods, the architecture, and the culture. Melbourne's juxtaposition of old buildings and new, incorporating varying colors and shapes made it very artistic and lovely to behold. Vic was perhaps the best tour guide I've experienced with Gate 1; remember, this was my 12th tour. He went above and beyond expectations with his commentary, knowledge, good humor, and walking tours. The entire tour group (all 27 of us) agreed that he should receive tour guide honors for his work. As usual, the hotels were centrally located, impressive, and high quality; this is one of the features that I adore about Gate 1--location, location, location.Sharon D. Claremont, CA
New Zealand and Australia was awesome! This trip was the longest we had ever been on but it was worth every day of it! I can’t wait to plan our next Gate 1 trip! So far this company has been so good!Debra A. Magnolia, IL
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
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
Both countries were great, both guides knew there stuff and were very informative. This was our 10th Gate 1 trip and all continue to be as advertised. We look forward to #11 in January to Italy. Thanks for all your hard work and making our trip special Gate 1!Dianne N. Tyrone, GA
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
The trip was fabulous especially New Zealand. The beauty of that country cannot be described. We had a great time.Karen C. Cumming, GA