Grand Tour of Australia and New Zealand

Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Sydney, Whitsundays, Ayers Rock and Kangaroo Island

From CAD $27600 Per Person in low season
From CAD $32300 Per Person in high season

based on 23 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Shared transfers

  • Selected experiences

Price based on 2 people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • The most luxurious and exclusive way to discover the highlights of the Antipodes

  • With spectacular weather, this itinerary is a great option for Christmas vacations, either just for a couple or for a family with children over 6

  • Ride through native forests in New Zealand with a horse master who will bring the woods to life

  • Discover the marine giants of New Zealand with a whale watching trip in Kaikoura

  • Enjoy the abundant seasonal produce the Kiwis are so proud of, and so famous for

  • This itinerary combines beaches, woodlands, cliff tops, harbor views, wilderness and islands, with luxurious tree houses thrown in for good measure

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Best time to Visit

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As you are combining Australia and New Zealand, the weather patterns vary. To get the most out of the destinations of both countries, the best time to visit is between April and October but it is still well worth a visit the rest of the year.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 226-777-3081 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

The land down under and the land of the long white cloud offer once in a lifetime opportunities, sensational scenery, unforgettable encounters and some of the worlds best food and wine. This epic journey sees you travel through New Zealand before heading to Australia to explore the south and east coast.

  1. Days 1-4: Kerikeri

    On arrival in Auckland catch a short domestic flight to Kerikeri in the heart of the Bay of Islands. Home to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the official birthplace of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands offers breath-taking scenery, hundreds of outer islands, sailing opportunities and delightful coastal settlements. Hire a boat and cruise out to the Hole in the Rock or enjoy a scenic flight above the Bay. We have included a guided tour of the historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds based in neighbouring Paihia during your stay in Kerikeri.

    Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-6: Rotorua

    Fly south to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Famous for its bubbling craters and mud-pools, the town of Rotorua offers a variety of experiences form traditional spas to adventurous mountain biking, the world-famous movie set of Hobbiton is nearby as is the largest freshwater lake in New Zealand, Lake Taupo. We have included an evening experience at Te Puia, were you will enjoy a guided tour of the geothermal landscape learning about the geology and Maori history of the area before witnessing a traditional Maori performance.

    Accommodation: Wildwood Lodge (2 nights)

  3. Days 6-8: Kaikoura

    Next, fly across the Cook Straight to the vastly different South Island. Start in Kaikoura, famed for being the home to a wide variety of marine mammals including sperm and minke whales as well as orcas. Here enjoy a whale watching cruise or scenic flight before sampling some of the regions freshest seafood including Kaikoura’s namesake, crayfish.

    Accommodation: Hapuku Lodge (2 nights)

  4. Days 8-11: Queenstown

    Your last stop in New Zealand will be the adventure capital of Queensland. Spend a few days here exploring the region. Take a cruise along Lake Wakatipu in a vintage steam boat along with accompanying BBQ lunch (included) or head out on a tour to see some of the Lord of the Rings movie sites around Queenstown. Take a helicopter trip to the nearby Sounds or glaciers, go jet boating or just take in the stunning alpine scenery. Dare to plunge from the highest bungee jump in New Zealand or enjoy a thrilling 4WD out around Mt Aspiring National Park – the options in New Zealand’s adventure capital are endless.

    Accommodation: Eichardt’s Private Hotel (3 nights)

  5. Days 11-14: Sydney

    The next destination on your grand tour of the antipodes is Sydney.  Spend a few nights here exploring the historical rocks district littered with boutique shops, cafes and wine bars or head to the beautiful botanical gardens full of wild flora and fauna. During your time in the cosmopolitan city of Sydney we have included an iconic cruise around the harbor. Explore hidden bays and coves as you enjoy this scenic cruise allowing you to discover the city from a different angle.  

    Accommodation: Pier One Sydney Harbour (3 nights)

  6. Days 14-17: Whitsunday Islands

    From Sydney, head north to the paradise islands of the Whitsundays on the Great Barrier Reef. From Brisbane, take a short-charter flight to Hamilton Island, and island paradise in the heart of the Whitsundays. Spend your days swimming in the crystal-clear reef or heading out on snorkelling adventures to outer islands. Visit Whitehaven Beach and enjoy learning how to sail or take a boat out for the weekend for your own family day out. With a multitude of accommodation options on Hamilton Island, this defines the true Australian island experience.

    Accommodation: qualia (3 nights)

  7. Days 17-18: Cairns

    After your stay on the quintessential island of Hamilton, fly to the city of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland for one night before continuing your journey to Ayers Rock in the red centre.

    Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns (1 night)

  8. Days 18-21: Uluru

    From the palm trees and golden beaches of Hamilton, next fly west to the arid plains of the red centre and the monolithic rock knows as Uluru. The outback is where you will witness true Aboriginal sentiment. Learn about the cultural significance of Ayers Rock on a guided tour around the base of Uluru or head to the skies and enjoy a scenic flight over neighbouring Kata Tjuta. We have included an iconic Sound of Silence dinner at Uluru where you will enjoy a traditional Australian feast accompanied by a didgeridoo performance. The perfect way to end your outback experience.

    Accommodation: Longitude 131 (3 nights)

  9. Days 21-24: Kangaroo Island

    The last destination on your grand tour of Australia and New Zealand is the lesser visited Kangaroo Island located just of the southern coast of Adelaide. Renowned for its undisturbed wilderness, varied flora and fauna and sensational food and wine, Kangaroo Island epitomises the best of what Australia has to offer and offers a fitting end to your trip. Opt to include a full day tour of the island allowing you to witness native wildlife in its natural habitat and offering you the chance to sample some of the islands local delicacies. From the Bay of Islands to Queenstown, Sydney to Kangaroo Island, this grand tour showcases the highlights of both destinations and offers the ultimate once in a lifetime trip down under.

    Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge (3 nights)

Experiences

  • Blue Mountains High Country Eco Tour with Heli

    Visit the Blue Mountains, one of Australia's most iconic sights. Tour through Featherdale Wildlife Park home to an array of endemic wildlife before continuing into Blue Mountains where you will enjoy lunch before an epic heli-ride back to Sydney.

  • Cruise Like A Local

    When in Sydney getting out on to the harbor is a must. Depart in style from Circular Quay on a 52 foot motor yacht and embark on a four hour cruise taking in the famous sights as well as the lesser known coves and beaches of the harbor.

  • Cruise the Hole in the Rock - Shared

    Explore the famous Hole in the Rock on a sightseeing cruise of the Bay of Islands, departing at 12.30pm.

  • Discover the Blue Mountains by 4WD

    On this day tour, you will explore the Blue Mountain’s National Park admiring the dramatic landscapes and varied wildlife before enjoying a picnic lunch overlooking the endless panorama.

  • Longitude 131 - Helicopter above Uluru

    Enjoy a breathtaking private helicopter journey over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, one of the world's most iconic and spectacular scenes.

  • My Sydney Detour

    This hidden and private guided tour of Sydney really gets you away from the conventional sights of Sydney. With your specialist guides and unique vehicle, explore through the eyes of two locals and learn all about Sydney from a different perspective.

  • Quintessentially Sydney

    This full day tour of Sydney is designed for guests who not only want to see the iconic sites of Australia's most prominent city but also to meet the locals and get under the skin of New South Wales' cosmopolitan capital.

  • Sail and Snorkel to Whitehaven Beach from Hamilton Island

    On the Edge is a large, spacious sailing catamaran design especially for day sailing adventures throughout Queensland's Whitsunday Islands.

  • Sounds of Silence Dinner at Uluru

    Watch the sun set over the golden hues of Uluru and Kata-Tjuta National Park and listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo filling the air as you sit to enjoy a delectable Aussie feast as the stars twinkle above you.

  • Te Puia Daytime Experience (Shared)

    Home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia is a cultural centre just 5-minutes from the centre of Rotorua. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and visit the Pohutu Geyser during your visit to the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.

  • TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak with Gourmet BBQ Lunch (Shared)

    Discover Queenstown’s pioneering history as you travel across Lake Wakatipu aboard the 103-year old steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch.

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Entrance Ticket

    The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, overlooking the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand's pre-eminent historic site. It is a place of belonging and enjoyment that is central to the life of the nation and special to all New Zealanders.

  • Whitehaven Indulgence Helicopter Experience

    A private helicopter day trip flying over the Whitsunday Islands for a beach landing on Whitehaven Beach, followed by a delicious picnic lunch.

Location

Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Sydney, Whitsundays, Ayers Rock and Kangaroo Island

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 226-777-3081 to start planning your vacation.

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