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To the Wilderness of New Zealand & Australia - 14 Days

To the Wilderness of New Zealand & Australia
1999

Australia or New Zealand? Do both! There’s never been a better time to get a taste of the world Down Under, and on this adventure, you’ll do so via trains, canopy cable cars, and private yachts. There’ll be no lack of sights to see as you explore Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, walk around iconic Uluru, visit Aboriginal villages, and explore ancient rain forests. Add in an overnight wilderness cruise and you’ve got yourself a trip that memories are made of.

Places to visit

Queenstown - is the South Island’s most popular resort, set alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu, under the gaze of the Remarkable Ranges. See the contrast of smooth glacier rounded hills, and jagged mountain summits that reach high above the ancient ice floor. The town is renowned for its jet boating, bungy-jumping, skiing and awe-inspiring scenery. Local story has it that the gold prospectors of the 19th century pronounced the town as “fit for any Queen”, and so she was called Queenstown.

Mount Cook - whose Maori name “Aorangi” means “Cloud Piercer” is some 3753.5 metres high and surrounded by a host of massive peaks. Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain, and can quite often be surrounded by cloud, constantly vulnerable to the fast changing weather patterns of an alpine climate.

Lake Tekapo - located in the Mackenzie country, with fantastic views of the surrounding Alps. The Lake’s unusual turquoise colour is given by fine rock-flour, which is dust ground by glacial movement and held in suspension by the Lake’s waters. The Lake is also well known for its brown and rainbow trout.

Christchurch - the Garden City, lies on the level plains that initially attracted the closely knit Church of England settlers that settled the area. The largest of the South Island cities, Christchurch retains something of the English nature of its origins - the willow and oak-lined River Avon, a neo- gothic Cathedral, and clustered mediaeval stone buildings

Admission to Antarctic Centre - Very few people have the opportunity to experience the awesome and magical beauty of Antarctica first-hand. An interactive, fun and exciting experience of the “Great White South”. Feel the chill of winter and watch daylight return as the Antarctic summer approaches after four months of darkness. Find out about Scott Base, and experience Antarctic conditions first-hand. Even on a hot summer’s day! Slide down a snow slope, explore a snow cave, feel icy wind-chills, or just let your body tingle with the exhilaration of being in Antarctic temperatures!

Auckland - an exciting, sporting and cultural city, sprawled on a narrow isthmus, between two harbours. The Waitemata and Manukau Harbours are a main feature of the city, along with numerous volcanic cones such as Mount Eden and Rangitoto Island. The city’s many beaches, marinas and parks, make it ideal for outdoor pursuits such as yachting, rugby, cricket or a day at the beach. The Auckland metropolitan area is New Zealand’s biggest city, and the population mix of European, Maori, and Pacific Islander, make Auckland the largest Polynesian city in the World.

Sky Tower - The Sky Tower which at 328 meters high offers a clear view towards the Pacific Ocean as well as of the city of Auckland.

Rotorua - located on a volcanic plateau, and formerly a spa town, Rotorua is most famous for its geothermal activity. Rotorua is the main place in New Zealand where aspects of Maori traditions can be seen, from wood carvings, and meeting houses, to a Hangi Dinner and Maori dances. Native and introduced tree species abound locally and combined with several picturesque lakes, Rotorua is a fascinating mix of culture and nature.

Day 1
Arrived in Brisbane Onto Gold Coast Sea World

Don’t miss meeting the Australia’s only Polar bear cubs in their home at Sea World’s Polar Bear Shores – one of the most advanced technological exhibits. Hold on there’s more – the new generation of Sea World dolphins at Dolphin Cove and then the thrill of Australia’s first triple loop Corkscrew rollercoaster!

Plenty of action coming up! Witness the daredevil stunts of the international ski team or take a trip into the mysterious world of the Bermuda Triangle, a themed indoor flume ride.

Day 2
In Gold Coast - visit Movie World

Spend the day with your favorite super heroes at Warner Bros. ‘Movie World’ and let Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman vie for your attention! Australia’s only movie related theme park gives you behind the scenes non-stop action. Stunning special effects are mixed with the latest in ride technology, so motion stimulators, roller coasters and slow river rides make for family fun!

That is only the trailer! Street shows with skits and singing performances. An All-Star Parade with costumed characters alongside movie themed floats. Even a number of real live film studios within the complex! The all new LOONEY TUNES Carousel is a wonderful carnival of color and light. SYLVESTER’S Bounce ’n’ Pounce is a mini thrill ride just for kids.

Enter a new dimension at the Shrek 4D Adventure. Try the amazing Superman Escape, a rollercoaster that propels you vertically upwards at 100km per hour. ‘Movie World’ makes you believe in happy endings.

Day 3
Onto Cairns - Kuranda Rainforest with Skyrail & Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival, proceed to the Kuranda Rainforest and marvel at the natural beauty all around. Visit its colorful market and then leave it all behind, as you enter a different world. Glide silently above the rainforest canopy aboard the Skyrail.

Then, visit Tjapukai, a stunning theatrical interpretation of Aboriginal Culture from the beginning of time into the future. The story of the rainforest people of Tropical North Queensland is skillfully brought out from the History Theatre to the inspiring Creation Theatre, the original Dance Theatre and the Interactive Camp Village. Here you can try your hand at boomerang throwing and learn didgeridoo playing!

Day 4
Cairns - Full Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Green Island

Today, after breakfast, board the exciting Big Cat Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Green Island. Your Big Cat Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Green Island begins from Cairn pier as you board the luxury ‘Big Cat’ catamaran. From the moment it moors in the calm waters of the island’s lagoon, a host of reef activities await! You can opt to swim, snorkel, view coral from a glass bottom boat, or can opt an introductory scuba dive under expert supervision, all at an additional charge. Explore the underwater world of the reef without even getting your feet wet! You can take a optional for A Semi-Submarine ride in the air-conditioned comfort of the ‘Yellow Sub’! Seated below water level, you are treated to a diver’s view of the beautiful coral reef and marine life. Soak up the sun and sea and enjoy a Great Barrier Reef Cruise.

Day 5
Onto Melbourne - Panoramic City Tour & Melbourne Cricket Ground

The next part of your Aussie tour unfolds as you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Melbourne. On arrival, proceed for our panoramic Melbourne city tour, is a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, among the world’s finest. At the magnificent Town Hall, view the richly carved Grand Organ – with more than 10,000 pipes it is the largest in the southern hemisphere! Visit the War Memorial, Fitzroy Gardens, Southbank Waterfront, the high rises of the CBD and the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Try some retail therapy at Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne’s shopping heart that’s truly ticking! At the same time enjoy view of Melbourne Cricket Ground, an iconic Australian sports stadium, located in Yarra Park in inner Melbourne. Home to the Melbourne Cricket Club, it holds the world record for the highest light towers!

Day 6

Day 7
Fly to Sydney - Showboat Dinner Cruise

After breakfast, get transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. Sydney has been voted the best city in the world for the eighth consecutive year in a poll by renowned travel magazine ‘Conde Nast Traveller. (Check in after 1400hrs). Tonight, get set for a lifetime experience on a board the spectacular Showboat dinner cruise. Be captivated by the breathtaking scenery as you sail through the shimmering Sydney Harbour with its mesmerizing panorama of bright city lights, Opera House and the famous Harbour Bridge.

Delight on a three – course Indian dinner followed by a dazzling sensational theatre cabaret featuring professional Australian showgirls in their glamorous costumes! Join in on the choruses with the immensely talented and charming songstress!

Day 8
In Sydney - Panoramic City Tour, Sydney Tower, Sydney Aquarium, Opera House

Visit the Sydney Tower including the 1000 ft giant minaret-topped spike for a glorious view of the magnificent Sydney cityscape. Later, visit Sydney Aquarium to experience the diversity of Australia’s rich aquatic life in Sydney’s unique Aquarium with numerous exhibits like the Murray Cod, Seal Sanctuary, Saltwater Crocodile and many more.

No photograph can compete with the visual impact of the Sydney Opera House.

Located on Circular Quay, the iconic monument looks remarkable from outside and if you get up close you will see several of the million or so ceramic tiles which cover the Sydney Opera House shells. This is one of the most visited attractions in Australia and one of the busiest entertainment venues in the world!

Day 9
Fly Queenstown - Panoramic tour of Queenstown

Welcome to your to New Zealand’ – to Aotearoa, ‘the Land of the Long White Cloud’ the Maori name for New Zealand. On arrival at Queenstown d Airport, you will be met and transferred by our local representative to your hotel. Later we take you on a panoramic tour of Queenstown. Visit Lake Wakatipu & view Bungee jumping. We also take you to Arrow town where you can leisurely browse through the shops for a wide range of New Zealand made merchandise Overnight in Queenstown.

Day 10
In Queenstown - Day free for leisure

After a delicious breakfast, the rest of the day is free for the leisure. Overnight at Queenstown Hotel.

Day 11
Onto Christchurch - City Tour of Christchurch & International Antarctic Centre and Penguin Encounter

After breakfast check out hotel and proceed towards Christchurch via Lake Tekapo. Take Photo stop at the Church of the Good Sheperd and the Mackenzie Dog statue. Continue travel to Christchurch via Ashburton. Arrive Christchurch; commence Christchurch city tour which includes Avon River, Botanical Gardens, and Hagley Park. Overnight in Christchurch.

Day 12
Onto Auckland - Panoramic city tour of Auckland

After a delicious breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Christchurch domestic airport for your flight to Auckland, Arrive Auckland commence Auckland city tour – sightseeing today includes Queen Street, pass through Auckland University grounds which features historic Auckland buildings, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Ponsonby Road, Michael Savage Memorial Park at Bastion Point for a panoramic view of the city. We also pay a visit to the Domain parks and Gardens and the waterfront streets of Paritai Drive and Tamaki Drive. Don’t miss the view from the Sky Tower; the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere. Overnight at Auckland Hotel.

Day 13
Onto Rotorua - Agrodome Farm Show, Te Puia Hot Springs, Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

After breakfast check out hotel and Proceed on towards Rotorua located on a volcanic plateau this covers much of the Central North Island, journey to the heartland of Maori culture, to the center of New Zealand’s spectacular geothermal wonderland and discover the Spirits of Rotorua. On arrival we proceed for the panoramic city tour of Rotorua which start with the Agro dome to join in a unique Kiwi experience - the world-famous sheep show. Participate in an interesting farm tour. Visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s best known reserve of thermal springs; formerly known as Whakarewarewa Hot Springs where boiling mud pools and roaring geysers greet you. Then visit the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Where you will be exposed to native Maori culture and have an opportunity to meet some of them. Check In Hotel, Overnight in Rotorua.

After breakfast check out hotel and Proceed on towards Rotorua located on a volcanic plateau this covers much of the Central North Island, journey to the heartland of Maori culture, to the center of New Zealand’s spectacular geothermal wonderland and discover the Spirits of Rotorua. On arrival we proceed for the panoramic city tour of Rotorua which start with the Agro dome to join in a unique Kiwi experience - the world-famous sheep show. Participate in an interesting farm tour. Visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s best known reserve of thermal springs; formerly known as Whakarewarewa Hot Springs where boiling mud pools and roaring geysers greet you. Then visit the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Where you will be exposed to native Maori culture and have an opportunity to meet some of them. Check In Hotel, Overnight in Rotorua.

Day 14
Onto Auckland Wautoma Glow Worm Caves & Homeward bound

On your way to Auckland International Airport Stop at the sensational Waitomo Caves, the glow worm adorned environment will provide some very intriguing sightseeing. Over your 45 minute guided tour, you’ll take in the spectacular Glowworm Cave with its majestic and ornate cave decorations, the deep limestone shaft known as the Tomo and the equally magnificent Cathedral. Your tour guide will deliver an informative and entertaining commentary, sharing stories, cultural legends and the natural wonders of this living masterpiece. Your visit concludes with a brief, yet remarkably moving, boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto.

Good times need never end! As you get ready for the airport and your flight back home, relive the high points of your “Spirit of Australia” tour.

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