New Zealand and Australia trip in 3 weeks
Travellers visiting the Pacific often combine Australia and New Zealand in their travel itinerary. Distances in Australia are vast so we recommend the use of domestic flights between key locations. When exploring the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock/ Uluru and New Zealand, be aware that the weather and seasons for these areas are very different to each other. This 3 week travel itinerary package can be amended.
- Half day Sydney city highlights tour
- Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley day tour
- Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
- Walk the ancient Daintree Forest
- Stay at Uluru/ Ayers Rock with Outback tour
- Adelaide with day tour to Kangaroo Island
- Australia flights: Sydney, Cairns, Ayers Rock, Adelaide, Melbourne
- Int. Flight to Queenstown and from Nelson to Napier (in NZ)
- Fly-Cruise-Fly into Milford Sound ex Queenstown
- Fox Glacier 30-minute helicopter flight with landing
- Abel Tasman National Park with water taxi
- Maori Hangi Concert and Scenic flight in Rotorua
- Waitomo's Ruakuri Cave with a 2-hour guided walk
- Note 1: a Great Ocean Road in three days can be added on request
- Note 2: this travel package can be redesigned ex New Zealand
Your journey day by day...
||Arrive in Sydney and a private hotel transfer
Go through the airport arrival gate to meet your private driver and stay three nights in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Enjoy the stunning Sydney harbour views, golden beaches, exciting shopping, dining and nightlife.
||Sydney City Ultimate Highlights tour
A city tour is the ultimate way to enjoy Sydney's beauty. You'll be collected at your hotel and driven to the historic Rocks precinct. Continue around Circular Quay, the Opera House and the magnificent Botanical Gardens.
||Blue Mountains day tour (with optional hiking)
The dramatic Blue Mountains have great walking trails and fabulous scenery.Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and meet Kangaroos. Explore the Blue Mountains National Park. After lunch, take a 2-hour hike to the Three Sisters Rock Formation.
||Flight from Sydney to Cairns - transfer to Port Douglas
Transfer to Sydney Airport and take a direct domestic flight to Cairns. From Cairns, transfer to Port Douglas for your stay in this beautiful tropical holiday town.
||Sailing and Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a kaleidoscope of colour. Sail off in the sleek Aquarius Catamaran, a dedicated snorkel-only vessel with a personalized service. Cruise to the Low Isles and snorkel in the Low Isles lagoon to see the magnificent marine life.
||Daintree Forest Day tour in a small tour group
Travel by small coach through rich farming areas toward the World Heritage listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. Take a cruise on the Daintree River and glide close to riverbanks and through the canopy of the rainforest.
||Flight from Cairns to Ayers Rock/ Uluru
Transfer back to Cairns airport and take a domestic flight to Ayers Rock (direct or via Alice Springs). It's time to experience the real outback of Australia!
||Guided Outback Tour
Explore the spiritual heart of the great Australian Outback. See rugged and dramatic scenery and enjoy awesome bush walks. View a spectacular star-studded night sky. This arid environment is home to many unique animals.
||Domestic flight to Adelaide
Take a domestic flight to the southern city of Adelaide, a cosmopolitan city renowned for it’s museums, art galleries and beautiful wine!
||Kangaroo Island day tour ex Adelaide
Enjoy the highlights of South Australia’s premier nature-based destination, Kangaroo Island. To reduce travel time back to Adelaide, return via Rex Air and arrive back at 7.30pm.
||Domestic flight Adelaide to Melbourne
Return to Adelaide Airport and take a domestic flight to Melbourne. After landing in Melbourne you’ll be met by a driver and transferred to a totally different world!
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and is known for it’s contemporary and sophisticated style. The choice of fabulous restaurants and cafes is endless. Immerse yourself in the ‘fashion capital’ of Australia and buy something special.
||Flight from Melbourne to Queenstown
Fly from Melbourne to the Adventure Alpine Capital of New Zealand, Queenstown. Transfer to your accommodation.
||Scenic flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound with fjord cruise
Take a scenic flight between Queenstown and Milford Sound. This is the ultimate way to experience the vastness of New Zealand’s dramatic alpine scenery. After flying into Milford Sound join a 1 hour 40 minute Scenic Cruise.
||Rental car Queenstown to Fox Glacier (370 kms/ 230 miles/ 5.5 hrs)
Drive to Fox Glacier (or Franz Josef Glacier) via Wanaka and Haast Pass. Stop at scenic points on the way. Visit the beautiful ‘Blue Pools’ near Makarora and stretch your legs on the ‘Shipwreck Cove’ walk.
||Stay and explore the glacier, rainforest and remote beaches
The Fox Glacier and Franz Josef townships provide quality accommodation and essential facilities. Access to Fox Glacier is provided by local companies offering guided walks, heli-hikes and scenic flights.
||Travel from Fox Glacier to Punakaiki (240 kms / 149 miles / 3.5 hrs)
On the 600 kms long coastal road between Karamea and Jackson Bay there are few towns, however there is an abundance of breathtaking scenery.
||Travel from Punakaiki region to Nelson/ Abel Tasman region (265 kms / 165 m/ 4 hrs)
The Great Coast Road is the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Coastal Drives and connects between Greymouth and Westport. Travel alongside the ancient limestone cliffs of Paparoa National Park, home to the world's smallest penguin.
||Sandy beaches, arts & crafts, food & wine in the Abel Tasman region
The beautiful Nelson-Tasman region has New Zealand's smallest National Park, the Abel Tasman National Park. Golden beaches and azure waters stretch from Kaiteriteri and Marahau to Collingwood in the Golden Bay.
||Domestic flight Nelson to Napier / North Island
Leave your rental car at Nelson airport and take a time-saving 2-hour domestic flight to Napier in the North Island. The Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its fresh produce, farmers markets and artisan producers.
||Travel via Lake Taupo to Rotorua (220 kms / 136 m/ 3.5 hrs)
Travel into the heart of the North Island. The Lake Taupo region in New Zealand's volcanic heartland is rich in Maori tradition and has some of the country's finest untouched, unique landscapes.
||Thermal springs and cultural experiences in Rotorua
Plan for a full day in Rotorua. Visit the volcanic areas and hot pools around the town, enjoy a traditional Hangi concert and a boat trip. Zipline through the forest and take a memorable helicopter ride to White Island in the Bay of Plenty.
||Travel via Waitomo Caves to the Coromandels (353 kms 219 m/ 5 hrs)
Time for a dramatic change of scenery! Take a 2-hour drive to nature’s ‘underground park, the Waitomo Caves. Drive through classic rural North Island rolling landscape, where between Arapuni and Te Awamutu, the views are sublime.
||Explore the Coromandel Peninsula and relax and reflect
Take a picnic lunch and explore the beautiful beaches and bush walks. Dig your own spa at Hot Water Beach. Visit Hahei, Cathedral Cove and Cooks Beach.
||Travel to Auckland (175 kms/ 109 m/ 2.5 hrs)
Depending on your flight departure, you still have time in the morning to relax. Auckland is only a 2-hour drive away. You can extend your stay to another location.
Important for you to know: every part of this itinerary can be amended to your personal requirements. We can add, delete or amend. Contact us and it will be done!
Day 1 + 2 - Sydney
Day 5 - Snorkelling Great Barrier Reef
Day 6 - Daintree Forest day tour
Day 8 - Guided Outback tour
Day 9 - Off to Kangaroo Island
Day 10 - Kangaroo Island day tour
Day 12 - Discover Melbourne
Day 13 - Queenstown/ New Zealand
Day 14 - Milford Sound
Day 16 - Fox Glacier tour
Day 17 - Punakaiki/ West Coast
Day 19 - Abel Tasman National Park
Day 20 - Hawkes Bay wine region
Day 22 - Maori culture in Rotorua
Day 22 - White Island ex Rotorua
Day 23 - Waitomo Caves
Day 24 - Beaches Coromandels