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This is an independent vacation itinerary where you are not travelling in a bus with a group. Our carefully selected partners at the destination take care of you during your stay.
Discover the best of New Zealand and its landscapes of amazing variety, from snowcapped mountains, gorgeous views and slow-moving glaciers to magical caves, fascinating secluded beaches, hot springs and boiling mud pools. All of this combined with the best of Australia, Sydney and its spectacular harbour and the world-famous opera house, the elegant city of Melbourne and the remarkable beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

This 20 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Auckland and out of Sydney
  • 2 nights in Auckland
  • Flight Auckland to Rotorua
  • 2 nights in Rotorua
  • Flight from Rotorua to Queenstown
  • 3 nights in Queenstown
  • Transfer Queenstown to Franz Josef
  • 2 nights in Franz Josef
  • Transfer Franz Josef to Greymouth
  • 1 night in Greymouth
  • Train Greymouth to Christchurch
  • 1 night in Christchurch
  • Flight from Christchurch to Melbourne
  • 3 nights in Melbourne
  • Flight from Melbourne to Cairns
  • 3 nights in Cairns
  • Flight from Cairns to Sydney
  • 3 nights in Sydney
  • Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)
  • Hotel taxes

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Auckland (67)  Australia (102)  Cairns (38)  Christchurch (28)  Franz Josef (8)  Greymouth (7)  Melbourne (25)  New Zealand (75)  Queenstown (25)  Rotorua (22)  Sydney (85)  
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1. Auckland
   (109 hotels)
2. Rotorua
   (38 hotels)
3. Queenstown
   (112 hotels)
4. Franz Josef
   (17 hotels)
5. Greymouth
   (9 hotels)
6. Christchurch
   (37 hotels)
7. Melbourne
   (278 hotels)
8. Cairns
   (76 hotels)
9. Sydney
   (211 hotels)
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2 nights in Auckland

Auckland serves as a gateway to all of New Zealand and has something to offer for everyone. One of the world's most livable and beautiful cities, Auckland boasts a sunny, warm and temperate climate, great beaches, a beautiful harbor, fantastic shopping, a vibrant nightlife and a diverse population that creates a colorful blend of European, Polynesian, and Maori cultures.

Set on a field of ancient volcanos, Auckland is a stunning city where you are always just a half hour from exquisite beaches, hiking trails, breathtaking islands and a full range of outdoor activities.


2 nights in Rotorua

Known as a spa town and major tourist resort since the 1800's, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland. There are a number of geysers, notably the Pohutu geyser at Whakarewarewa, and hot mud pools located in the city, which owe their presence to the Rotorua caldera. Don't miss the opportunity to visit a traditional Maori Marae. Rotorua is also home to botanical gardens and some interesting historic buildings. Government Gardens, close to the lakeshore are also well worth visiting. Another of Rotorua's attractions is the mountain biking. Whakarewarewa (also known as the "Redwoods") Forest has been described as 'the Disneyland of mountain biking' and has some of the best mountain bike trails in New Zealand. Rotorua hosted the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships, in August 2006.


3 nights in Queenstown

Queenstown is the centre for adventure tourism in New Zealand. The town is built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu and has spectactular views of nearby mountains. Queenstown provides a wide variety of sports including skiing, jet boating, bungy jumping, mountain biking and tramping. In winter Queenstown is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country, and the world for that matter, travelling to ski here. Locally, Queenstown has a reputation as one of New Zealand's wine and cuisine centers. and also has a vibrant nightlife.


2 nights in Franz Josef

Franz Josef is a small town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. The glacier's terminal face is 5km from the town and its accessibility makes it a major tourist attraction and the main reason to visit Franz Josef. This is one of the few glaciers in the world not receding because of global warming. The scenery changes every day on the glacier because it is constantly moving and new routes are always being made. If you budget permits you, try the scenic helicopter flight with the glacier landing, it will be unforgettable. If you're into hiking, there are full day and half day options and easy/ beginner climbs to difficult/more competent climber routes. If you're lucky you'll spot a 'kea' or alpine parrot.


1 nights in Greymouth

The wildest side of New Zealand, the West Coast has an impressive landscape of brooding mountains, icy glaciers and surreal coastal formations. Greymouth, the largest town in this region, is a peaceful place: the residents are friendly and the city has a unique flavor of both English culture as well as some Maori. It is both rich in history and steeped in Maori heritage. South of Greymouth, nearby Shantytown offers a fascinating insight into the gold rush days of the 1880's, re-creating the atmosphere of the era. There is a steam locomotive offering rides. Also, Greymouth is the terminus town for the TranzAlpine rail journey. This spectacular journey across the Southern Alps from Christchurch is considered to be one of the world's great rail journeys. Don't miss: the Art Gallery, Monteith's Brewing Company and the History House!


1 nights in Christchurch

Christchurch City is a cosmopolitan place with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries and great shopping. This city is full of delights, from the beautiful neo-gothic Arts Centre, to the historic tram which loops the city centre, to the Christchurch Gondola and unique attractions like the International Antarctic Centre. Known internationally for its award winning gardens, Christchurch is also a place for events and festivals. Whatever the season, you'll find a non-stop programme of entertainment with events like the Festival of Romance, the International Buskers Festival, winter Arts Festival, and Showtime Canterbury in November.


3 nights in Melbourne

Australia`s sporting and cultural capital, Melbourne host some of the most significant cultural and sporting events in the country. The city is notable for its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, Victorian parks, and its multicultural society.

Federation Square, with its distinctive architecture, large digital screen has become one of the city`s main hubs. Many of the city`s parades and rallies are conducted in the main thoroughfares of Swanston Street and Bourke Street. When you`ve had it with the big city you can drive down the Great Ocean Road and admire the breathtaking views.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See's:
Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Shrine of Remembrance, National Gallery of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens,St. Paul's Cathedral, Eureka Skydeck, Dandenong Ranges, Degraves Street, City Circle Tram, Philip Island, Flinders Street Station, Puffing Billy, Yarra Valley Wineries.



3 nights in Cairns

Cairns is the fourth most popular tourist destination in Australia. The area is brimming with a multitude of attractions that are popular amongst visitors from the world over. Its tropical climate and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest Area, make Cairns a popular travel destination for many tourists.

Cairns is also near fabulous beaches, wildlife parks, botanical gardens, waterfalls and other activities that can keep any vacationer happily entertained and occupied for the duration of their stay.

Activities in the region include golf, white water rafting, snorkelling, diving and hiking.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See's:
Rainforestation Nature Park, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Kuranda Skyrail Gondola Cableway, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Tully River, Cairns Night Markets, Esplanade Swimming Lagoon, Cairns Botanic Gardens, Trinity Beach.



3 nights in Sydney

Sydney is the largest, oldest, most sophisticated city in Australia, and has been named one of the world's most beautiful and livable locations. A treasure trove of history, nature, culture, art, fashion, and cusine, this incredible city encompasses miles of ocean coastline, sandy beaches, and a spectacular harbor that features two of the most iconic structures on the planet, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The entire city is surrounded by nature and national parks, which extend from the harbour's shores, through the suburbs, and on to the Greater Blue Mountains, a world heritage site, at its far west perimeter.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See's:
Sydney Harbour, The Opera House, Sydney Tower Eye, Circular Quay, Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo, The Rocks, Queen Victoria Building, Royal Botanic Gardens, Blue Mountains.




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Auckland
Day 1
Arrive to Auckland
Overnight in Auckland    109 hotels offered
Optional   97 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Auckland    109 hotels offered
Optional   97 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Auckland
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Rotorua
Day 3
Arrive to Rotorua
Overnight in Rotorua    38 hotels offered
Optional   45 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Rotorua    38 hotels offered
Optional   45 Things to do
Day 5
Departing from Rotorua
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Queenstown
Day 5
Arrive to Queenstown
Overnight in Queenstown    112 hotels offered
Optional   62 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Queenstown    112 hotels offered
Optional   62 Things to do
Day 7
Overnight in Queenstown    112 hotels offered
Optional   62 Things to do
Day 8
Departing from Queenstown
Transportation to next city by: Queenstown to Franz Josef_
Franz Josef
Day 8
Arrive to Franz Josef
Overnight in Franz Josef    17 hotels offered
Optional   11 Things to do
Day 9
Overnight in Franz Josef    17 hotels offered
Optional   11 Things to do
Day 10
Departing from Franz Josef
Transportation to next city by: Franz Josef to Greymouth_
Greymouth
Day 10
Arrive to Greymouth
Overnight in Greymouth    9 hotels offered
Day 11
Departing from Greymouth
Transportation to next city by: TranzAlpine GreymouthChristchurch_
Christchurch
Day 11
Arrive to Christchurch
Overnight in Christchurch    37 hotels offered
Optional   23 Things to do
Day 12
Departing from Christchurch
Transportation to next city by: By Air
Melbourne
Day 12
Arrive to Melbourne
Overnight in Melbourne    278 hotels offered
Optional   75 Things to do
Day 13
Overnight in Melbourne    278 hotels offered
Optional   75 Things to do
Day 14
Overnight in Melbourne    278 hotels offered
Optional   75 Things to do
Day 15
Departing from Melbourne
Transportation to next city by: By Air
Cairns
Day 15
Arrive to Cairns
Overnight in Cairns    76 hotels offered
Optional   76 Things to do
Day 16
Overnight in Cairns    76 hotels offered
Optional   76 Things to do
Day 17
Overnight in Cairns    76 hotels offered
Optional   76 Things to do
Day 18
Departing from Cairns
Transportation to next city by: By Air
Sydney
Day 18
Arrive to Sydney
Overnight in Sydney    211 hotels offered
Optional   140 Things to do
Day 19
Overnight in Sydney    211 hotels offered
Optional   140 Things to do
Day 20
Overnight in Sydney    211 hotels offered
Optional   140 Things to do
Day 21
Departing from Sydney

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1. Auckland ( 109 hotels)
2. Rotorua ( 38 hotels)
3. Queenstown ( 112 hotels)
4. Franz Josef ( 17 hotels)
5. Greymouth ( 9 hotels)
6. Christchurch ( 37 hotels)
7. Melbourne ( 278 hotels)
8. Cairns ( 76 hotels)
9. Sydney ( 211 hotels)
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Australia

The only country that has a whole continent to itself, Australia is a major tourist destination. World famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces (beaches, deserts and "the Outback"), Australia is ironically one of the world's most highly urbanised countries and is well known for the cosmopolitan cities, such as Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Each state has its own national parks with their specific. If you're interested in the miracles of water-world, don't miss the Great Barrier Reef. The Wet Tropics of Queensland comprise dense rainforests and foaming waterfalls. Rare species of animals can be seen in the famous Kakadu National Park as well as ancient aboriginal art.

New Zealand

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, off the southeast coast of Australia, New Zealand is made up of two spectacular islands. The North Island is well known for its beaches, islands, volcanoes, geothermal areas, and Maori heritage, while the major cities of Auckland and Wellington, are also exciting hubs of culture, cuisine and nightlife. The South Island is famous for its dramatic landscapes, outdoor activities, and astounding wildlife. The majestic Southern Alps stretch almost the length of the island, sheltering glaciers, alpine lakes, and some of the world's best skiing.

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Auckland
Auckland serves as a gateway to all of New Zealand and has something to offer for everyone. One of the world's most livable and beautiful cities, Auckland boasts a sunny, warm and temperate climate, great beaches, a beautiful harbor, fantastic shopping, a vibrant nightlife and a diverse population that creates a colorful blend of European, Polynesian, and Maori cultures.

Set on a field of ancient volcanos, Auckland is a stunning city where you are always just a half hour from exquisite beaches, hiking trails, breathtaking islands and a full range of outdoor activities.
Rotorua
Known as a spa town and major tourist resort since the 1800's, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland. There are a number of geysers, notably the Pohutu geyser at Whakarewarewa, and hot mud pools located in the city, which owe their presence to the Rotorua caldera. Don't miss the opportunity to visit a traditional Maori Marae. Rotorua is also home to botanical gardens and some interesting historic buildings. Government Gardens, close to the lakeshore are also well worth visiting. Another of Rotorua's attractions is the mountain biking. Whakarewarewa (also known as the "Redwoods") Forest has been described as 'the Disneyland of mountain biking' and has some of the best mountain bike trails in New Zealand. Rotorua hosted the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships, in August 2006.
Queenstown
Queenstown is the centre for adventure tourism in New Zealand. The town is built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu and has spectactular views of nearby mountains. Queenstown provides a wide variety of sports including skiing, jet boating, bungy jumping, mountain biking and tramping. In winter Queenstown is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country, and the world for that matter, travelling to ski here. Locally, Queenstown has a reputation as one of New Zealand's wine and cuisine centers. and also has a vibrant nightlife.
Franz Josef
Franz Josef is a small town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. The glacier's terminal face is 5km from the town and its accessibility makes it a major tourist attraction and the main reason to visit Franz Josef. This is one of the few glaciers in the world not receding because of global warming. The scenery changes every day on the glacier because it is constantly moving and new routes are always being made. If you budget permits you, try the scenic helicopter flight with the glacier landing, it will be unforgettable. If you're into hiking, there are full day and half day options and easy/ beginner climbs to difficult/more competent climber routes. If you're lucky you'll spot a 'kea' or alpine parrot.
Greymouth
The wildest side of New Zealand, the West Coast has an impressive landscape of brooding mountains, icy glaciers and surreal coastal formations. Greymouth, the largest town in this region, is a peaceful place: the residents are friendly and the city has a unique flavor of both English culture as well as some Maori. It is both rich in history and steeped in Maori heritage. South of Greymouth, nearby Shantytown offers a fascinating insight into the gold rush days of the 1880's, re-creating the atmosphere of the era. There is a steam locomotive offering rides. Also, Greymouth is the terminus town for the TranzAlpine rail journey. This spectacular journey across the Southern Alps from Christchurch is considered to be one of the world's great rail journeys. Don't miss: the Art Gallery, Monteith's Brewing Company and the History House!
Christchurch
Christchurch City is a cosmopolitan place with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries and great shopping. This city is full of delights, from the beautiful neo-gothic Arts Centre, to the historic tram which loops the city centre, to the Christchurch Gondola and unique attractions like the International Antarctic Centre. Known internationally for its award winning gardens, Christchurch is also a place for events and festivals. Whatever the season, you'll find a non-stop programme of entertainment with events like the Festival of Romance, the International Buskers Festival, winter Arts Festival, and Showtime Canterbury in November.
Melbourne

Australia`s sporting and cultural capital, Melbourne host some of the most significant cultural and sporting events in the country. The city is notable for its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, Victorian parks, and its multicultural society.

Federation Square, with its distinctive architecture, large digital screen has become one of the city`s main hubs. Many of the city`s parades and rallies are conducted in the main thoroughfares of Swanston Street and Bourke Street. When you`ve had it with the big city you can drive down the Great Ocean Road and admire the breathtaking views.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See's:
Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Shrine of Remembrance, National Gallery of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens,St. Paul's Cathedral, Eureka Skydeck, Dandenong Ranges, Degraves Street, City Circle Tram, Philip Island, Flinders Street Station, Puffing Billy, Yarra Valley Wineries.

Cairns

Cairns is the fourth most popular tourist destination in Australia. The area is brimming with a multitude of attractions that are popular amongst visitors from the world over. Its tropical climate and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest Area, make Cairns a popular travel destination for many tourists.

Cairns is also near fabulous beaches, wildlife parks, botanical gardens, waterfalls and other activities that can keep any vacationer happily entertained and occupied for the duration of their stay.

Activities in the region include golf, white water rafting, snorkelling, diving and hiking.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See's:
Rainforestation Nature Park, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Kuranda Skyrail Gondola Cableway, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Tully River, Cairns Night Markets, Esplanade Swimming Lagoon, Cairns Botanic Gardens, Trinity Beach.

Sydney

Sydney is the largest, oldest, most sophisticated city in Australia, and has been named one of the world's most beautiful and livable locations. A treasure trove of history, nature, culture, art, fashion, and cusine, this incredible city encompasses miles of ocean coastline, sandy beaches, and a spectacular harbor that features two of the most iconic structures on the planet, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The entire city is surrounded by nature and national parks, which extend from the harbour's shores, through the suburbs, and on to the Greater Blue Mountains, a world heritage site, at its far west perimeter.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See's:
Sydney Harbour, The Opera House, Sydney Tower Eye, Circular Quay, Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo, The Rocks, Queen Victoria Building, Royal Botanic Gardens, Blue Mountains.

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