Grand Australia & New Zealand 20-Day Tour

October 24 - November 12, 2017

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hobbiton/Alexander Farms – Lord of the Rings Tour Milford Sound Cruise
  • Waitemata Harbour
  • Fjordland National Park
  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Kuranda Koala Gardens
  • Kuranda Scenic Train
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • Penguin Parade
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Sydney and Melbourne Local Step on Guided Tours Sydney Opera House Tour


RATES PER PERSON

Double (Group of 2): $7,899
Triple (Group of 3): $7,799
Quad (Group of 4): $7,699
Single: $8,999 


INCLUDED IN TOUR

  • Professional tour director
  • Professional motor coach driver
  • Professional photographer
  • All flights and transfers
  • Local departures
  • Step on guides for city tours
  • Top quality accommodations – 4 Star and above
  • Luxury motor coaches
  • Many meals on tour, equal amount of breakfasts and lunches/dinners
  • Tips on all meals
  • All taxes, fees, visas, etc. included in total price of tour
  • Personalized service
  • Final documents for trip details, 8 weeks prior to departure
  • Luggage handling
  • Much, much more!
     

NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR

  • Every meal not included – guests are informed about how much more money to expect to pay for meals prior to departure
  • Tips for photographer and driver - $2 per person per day is recommended. Bluebird Guided Tours also tips drivers and photographers individually
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, phone calls, and other personal costs)

ITINERARY

LEG 1: NEW ZEALAND

Day 1 and 2: Flight to Auckland, New Zealand
*2 Meals served during flights
Begin your tour to spectacular New Zealand with a flight to Queenstown on the south island. We lose a calendar day when we cross the International Date Line but it is all worth it as we arrive in one of the most amazing countries in the world!

Day 3: Auckland
Arrive to Auckland, New Zealand for our first day in the Southern Hemisphere. We’ll begin by cruising the city’s Waitemata Harbour for a commentated tour. This overview of the city includes sights like the Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse, and the beautiful city skyline. Check into our lodging to end the day, and prepare for a fantastic vacation!

Amora Hotel, Auckland

Day 4: Alexnder Farm and Matamata
Learn the history of the Alexander Farm in the quaint town of Matamata. After arriving, a local guide will escort our group through this 1,250-acre sheep farm that is best known as the set of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Get lunch and enjoy the views of the Kaimai Ranges just outside of Matamata and finish the evening in nearby Rotorua for a 2-night stay.

Holiday Inn, Rotorua

Day 5: Wai-o-tapu and the Maori
*Breakfast and Dinner Included
Begin the day with a visit to the Rotorua Museum where you will learn about the history and lifestyle of the Maori people. After lunch, we stop over to Wai-O-Tapu (sacred waters), an 11 square mile volcanic hot spring that displays many vibrant colors and even boiling mud pools. For the end of the day we’ll stop at the Tamaki Maori Village for a concert and Hangi Feast.

Holiday Inn, Rotorua

Day 6: Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables
*Breakfast and Dinner Included
Fly into Queenstown today where we will be based out of for the next 3 days. We’re welcomed by scenic views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range in the background. Queenstown is known for its adventure and downhill skiing tourism, but casual observers will find the city of less than 15,000 delightful. Tonight enjoy an included dinner but not before taking the gondola up 1,500’ to the top of Bob’s Peak, which gives fantastic panoramic views of this mountainous region.

Scenic Suites, Queenstown

Day 7: Milford Sound
*Breakfast Included
Fjordland National Park is the main destination today, so be sure to pack your camera! These immense glaciated valleys are reminiscent of Norwegian fjords and will take your breath away. A two- hour cruise shows us Milford Sound and brings us past Bowen Falls, dropping over 500 feet into the sound. Sea lions, a variety of birds, and other wildlife will also be on hand throughout the cruise. Today will be one of the many highlights of your trip!

Scenic Suites, Queenstown

Day 8: Queenstown
*Breakfast Included
Wake up and make our way to the Kiwi and Birdlife Park. The Kiwi is the national symbol of New Zealand and all 5 species are endangered. Here at the Birdlife Park you’ll have the opportunity to see these birds in their nocturnal houses during the day. For the afternoon, we’ll have free time in the beautiful town of Queenstown. Enjoy shopping or if you are interested in bungy jumping, jetboating, golfing, or any other outdoor activity, this is the city to do it in, just ask your tour director for options.

Scenic Suites, Queenstown

Day 9: Southern Alps
*Breakfast and Dinner Included
Crossing through the Central Otago and over the Lindis Pass, we make our way past Mount Cook National Park, giving us gorgeous views of the Southern Alps. Scenery is our guide today as we make our way through the lakes district of the south island. See the glacially fed Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki along with peaks and valleys of this incredible inland region of New Zealand. Our evening will end in Christchurch, where we’ll stay the night. Tomorrow, fly across the Tasman Sea to the country of Australia to begin the second leg of the Grand Australia & New Zealand Tour!

Rendzvous Hotel, Christchurch

LEG 2: AUSTraLIA

Day 10: Australia
Make the flight from Christchurch, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia this morning. A local guide will meet our group and show us around this exciting city today. From the famous Sydney Opera House to the Botanical Gardens, Harbour Bridge, and Queen Victoria Building, you’ll get a perfect introduction to Sydney. We’ll stay three nights at our lodging.

Rydges World Square, Sydney

Day 11: Sydney Harbour Cruise
*Dinner Included
Cruise the Sydney Harbour today! We’ll see the famous Sydney Opera House, which we’ll be touring tomorrow, along with the Harbour Bridge (top 10 largest span bridges in the world) and many other highlighted sights. After lunch travel to ‘the Rocks’ neighborhood for some free time and finish the night with an included dinner!

Rydges World Square, Sydney

Day 12: Sydney Opera House
We finish our time in the capital of New South Wales with a tour of the famous Sydney Opera House. This guided tour will bring the group through a world-renowned facility that has over 1,500 events and is seen by over a million people annually. You’ll learn about its 50-year history and learn about the multiple venues it has on property. This is an impressive venue and we will get a chance to experience it fully. The afternoon will be spent in the Darling Harbor area, a fantastic tourist destination to finish off our time in Sydney!Rydges World Square, Sydney

Day 13: North to Cairns
*Dinner Included
We’ll jump on a flight to go to the northern most Australian destination on our trip, Cairns. This tropical city is the gateway to many natural wonders in Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef! Get an included dinner tonight and prepare for some natural wonders in the few days.

Pacific Hotel, Cairns

Day 14: Kuranda Scenic Train
*Breakfast and Lunch Included
Cairns holds many highlights of our trip down under, and the Kuranda Train is definitely one of them. We’ll travel from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, by rail car; en route see massive waterfalls into Barron Gorge along with expansive views of surrounding mountains. Disembark the train and visit the Kuranda Koala Gardens, where we’ll get a rare opportunity to interact in close quarters with koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies. After an included lunch take some time to explore the Kuranda Heritage Markets. Finish the day back in Cairns with the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef waiting tomorrow.

Pacific Hotel, Cairns

Day 15: Great Barrier Reef
*Breakfast and Lunch Included
Experience the 1,600-mile long Great Barrier Reef today! This is the largest living organism in the world and we’ll have the opportunity to see it up close and personal. You get to decide how you’d like to explore, whether by glass bottom boat and/or by snorkeling. See the vividly colored corals and many different types of fish as we learn and observe about the reef from local environmentalists. Enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on board and return this evening with amazing knowledge and pictures of the Great Barrier Reef.

Pacific Hotel, Cairns

Day 16: Fly to Melbourne
*Breakfast Included
Fly to Melbourne today, the capital of Victoria nestled on the southeastern coast of Australia. Our last three nights will be spent here. This city is known for many things including botanical gardens and 19th-century architecture.

Best Western Riverside, Melbourne

Day 17: Tour of Melbourne
Begin our time in Melbourne with a local step on guide of the city. We’ll see highlighted sights like the Parliament Building, Shrine of Remembrance Memorial, Chinatown, and much more! Enjoy some free time this afternoon and see sights all within walking distance from our hotel like waterfront precinct, Victorian Arts Center, and much more.

Best Western Riverside, Melbourne

Day 18: Mornington Peninsula
*Lunch and Dinner Included
Travel to the Mornington Peninsula today, home to great views of the Philips Bay Wineries, and its national park of the same name. We’ll visit a vineyard to enjoy lunch, and then travel to Phillips Island where we’ll finish our day at the Penguin Parade. See the world’s smallest penguin, the Little Penguin, be the cutest and most hilarious small animal in the world.

Best Western Riverside, Melbourne

Day 19: Flying Home
Have some free time in the morning and then we’ll all board a plane to make our way across the International Date Line to regain a day as we land in Los Angeles, California again. We’ll catch up on American soil and then make our way back home tomorrow morning.

Crown Plaza, Los Angeles, California, USA

Day 20: Home at last!
Our final fight brings us home. What a fantastic trip with memories that will last a lifetime. Hope to see you on another trip with Bluebird Guided Tours in the future!