• Ayers Rock / Uluru Outback
  • Milford Sound New Zealand
  • Lake Wanaka Island Hike
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25 Days Australia + New Zealand - Full Itinerary

Australia and New Zealand travel in 25 days

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Day 1 - Arrive in Sydney and a private hotel transfer
Go through the arrival gates at Sydney Airport to meet your driver. Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and provides stunning harbour views, golden beaches, exciting shopping, dining and a vibrant nightlife. Stay 3 nights in Sydney.

Day 2 - Sydney City Ultimate Highlights tour
The ideal way to absorb Sydney's beauty is by guided tour from your city hotel. Be driven around the historic Rocks precinct, visit the first church in Australia, the Observatory and the convict built cottages. Continue around Circular Quay, the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens. Take a short walk to see Mrs Macquarie’s chair and to enjoy excellent views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Day 3 - Blue Mountains day tour (with optional hiking)
The Blue Mountains offer dramatic scenery and bush walking trails. See Australia’s first church and remnants of the past, stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park and meet Australia’s Kangaroos, Koalas and Wombats. Continue west to the Blue Mountains National Park then to Kings Tableland for views over Grose Valley. After lunch at Leura Village, take a two-hour hike to the famous Three Sisters Rock Formation to enjoy nature in this world listed heritage park.

Day 4 - Flight Sydney to Cairns - transfer to Port Douglas
Transfer back to Sydney Airport and take a direct domestic flight to Cairns (3 hours and 15 mins). From Cairns, you'll be transferred to the Port Douglas area (1 hour drive away). Your accommodation is located in the tropical holiday town of Port Douglas. Note: the 5-star option, Silky Oaks Lodge, is located in Mossman, about 20 minutes drive from Port Douglas.
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Day 1 and 2 - Sydney

Aussie Travel Tip

Australia's beautiful beaches can hold hidden dangers in the form of strong currents called rips. Avoid them by always swimming between the red and yellow flags - they mark the safest place to swim on the beach.  Lifesavers wearing red and yellow uniforms generally patrol beaches during the warmer months of October to April, but some of the most popular beaches are patrolled all-year round.
Included in Days 1 to 4:
  • ✓ Private airport collection and hotel transfer
  • ✓ 3 nights hotel with breakfast
  • ✓ Essential Sydney city highlights tour
  • ✓ Blue Mountains day tour in small party
Optional tours at your request
  •  Sydney harbour BridgeClimb
  • Hunter Valley wine tour
  •  any other tour you'd wish to do
Day 21 - Travel via Lake Taupo to Rotorua (220 kms/ 136 m/ 3.5 hrs)
Travel to the heart of the North Island and see some of the country's finest landscapes. The Lake Taupo region lies in New Zealand's volcanic heartland and is rich in Maori tradition. Between Taupo and Rotorua, there are a number of recommended thermal areas to visit such as Orakei Korako, Waiotapu and the Waimangu Valley. This afternoon, arrive in Rotorua, the ‘capital of Maori’ culture. Go mountain biking, join a farm tour or fly by helicopter to extinct volcanos.

Day 22 - 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 or fish on the lake. A scenic flight over the Rotorua and Tarawera (3 + 4-star package) is part of your morning activity. For the 5-star package, guests will take a memorable flight-hiking combo with Volcanic Air Safari to White Island. For the rest of the afternoon, soak in one of nature’s hot springs or have a relaxing massage. For outdoor adventure, fish for trout, kayak or go mountain biking. Go sky-diving, jet boating and zorbing. A trip to a original Maori Village (Ohinemutu) and an evening Hangi concert with dinner is included in your itinerary.

Day 23 - Travel via Waitomo Caves to the Coromandels (353 kms/ 219 m/ 5.5 hrs)
Take a 2-hour drive to nature’s ‘underground park, the Waitomo Caves. Drive through classic rural North Island rolling landscape between Arapuni and Te Awamutu. In Otorohanga, visit the Kiwi House & Native Birds Park. At Waitomo choose your caving option. ‘Dry caving’ does not require a wetsuit but other options do. We have included the 2-hour ‘Ruakuri Cave’ in your itinerary, however some travellers prefer the more exciting 3-4 hour ‘Black Water Rafting’, which includes swimming and walking through the cave. Afterwards, continue on to the Coromandel Peninsula for the last few days of your stay.

Day 24 - Relax and reflect
Now it’s time to completely relax.Take a picnic lunch and explore the beautiful beaches and bush walks. At Hot Water Beach there are volcanic springs under the sand where you can dig your own spa. Visit Hahei, Cathedral Cove and Cooks Beach. From Cooks Beach, drive to Ferry landing, leave your car and take a short ferry ride to Whitianga to cafes, shopping and a walk along Buffalo Beach. The Coromandel Peninsula is a perfect alternative to the more distant Bay of Islands, where distances are shorter and the scenery equally as stunning.

Day 25 - Travel to Auckland and fly out (175 kms/ 109 m/ 2.5 hrs) or extend your stay
Depending on your flight departure, you still have some time in the morning to relax. Auckland is only a good 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!

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Day 22 - Hobbiton near Rotorua

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Day 22 - Mitai Maori Experience

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Day 22 - Scenic flights Rotorua

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Day 24 - Coromandel Peninsula

Included in Days 21 to 25:
  • ✓ 4 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • ✓ Volcanic Air Safari flight (float plane or helicopter)
  • ✓ Ohinemutu Village and Hangi Concert with dinner
  • ✓ Ruakuri Cave tour in Waitomo
Optional tours at your request
  •  Canopy (Zipline) Tours Rotorua
  •  Flightseeing over Tongariro NP
  •  Black-Water-Rafting or Caving-Abseiling in Waitomo
  •  Sea Kayaking Coromandels
  •  Diving and Snorkel tours in Coromandels
  •  any other tour you wish to do
Day 18 - Pancake Rocks to Nelson/ Abel Tasman (265 kms/ 165 m/ 4 hrs)
The Great Coast Road is listed in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Coastal Drives of the world and connects between Greymouth and Westport. Travel pass the ancient limestone cliffs of Paparoa National Park, home to the world's smallest penguin. Stop on the way for underground rafting at Charleston or caving at Fox River. Visit the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki. Highway 6 continues north through the dramatic Buller Gorge. Along this section is a beautiful photo stop (remember to use the correct pullover area). Further ahead is Lyell and it’s historic walkway and viewpoint.

Day 19 - Sandy beaches, arts and crafts and vineyard in the Tasman region
The beautiful Nelson-Tasman region contains New Zealand's smallest National Park, the Abel Tasman National Park. Golden beaches and azure waters stretch from Kaiteriteri to Collingwood in the Golden Bay. Take a walk on one of the inland tracks through the centre of the park - the beautiful coastal track, and the inland track. Bring your own supplies and hiking gear. Visit nearby Marahau, then take a short drive from Motueka to Kaiteriteri Beach a favourite holiday spot with a lovely safe beach.

Day 20 - Domestic flight to Napier/ North Island
Leave your rental car at Nelson airport and take a short 2-hour domestic flight to Napier in Hawkes Bay Region of the North Island. Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its local produce, Farmers Markets and local wineries producing some of New Zealand's premium wines. Visit the Art Deco City of Napier and the Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. There are some great cycle tracks here.

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Day 18 - Kayaking Abel Tasman

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Day 19 - Cottage Abel Tasman region

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Day 20 - B&B Napier/ Hawkes Bay

Included in Days 18 to 20:
  • ✓ Domestic flight Nelson to Napier
  • ✓ Rental car with insurance, all taxes + GPS
  • ✓ 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • ✓ Water taxi from Kaiteriteri into Abel Tasman NP
  • ✓ Day cruise with Abel Tasman Charters (4 + 5-star option)
Optional tours at your request
  •  Sea Kayaking Abel Tasman Park (combo with walking possible)
  •  Food and wine or arts and crafts guided tours
  •  Skydiving or Helicopter tours ex Motueka
  •  Food and wine tour in Napier
  •  any other tour you wish to do
Day 13 - Flight Melbourne to Queenstown/ New Zealand
Fly to Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand. Collect your rental car or be met by a driver at the arrival hall for transfer to your accommodation. Queenstown offers every adventure from para-gliding, jetboating to bungy jumping. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown is set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and the scenery is stunning! Enjoy the perfect combo of sophisticated dining, shopping and adventure options.

Day 14 - Scenic flight Queenstown to Milford Sound with cruise
This morning, take a scenic flight connection between Queenstown and Milford Sound, the ultimate way to see the vastness of New Zealand’s dramatic alpine scenery. After flying into Milford Sound join a 1 hour 40 minute Scenic Cruise from the comfort of a spacious and modern boat. Enjoy the vastness of the fjords, see dolphins and penguins and the power of cascading waterfalls. Fly back to Queenstown in the early afternoon to explore further. 


Day 15 - Drive with rental car Queenstown to Fox Glacier (370 kms/ 230 miles/ 5.5 hrs)
Take a 5.5 hour drive to Fox Glacier (or Franz Josef Glacier) via Wanaka and Haast Pass. Stop at key scenic sites on the way. Take a short walk to the beautiful ‘Blue Pools’ near Makarora, visit the Twin Falls just before Haast Pass and the ‘Shipwreck Cove’ walk along the West Coast main road. Take your time to explore on one of the most scenic roads in New Zealand. The terminal face of Fox Glacier is only five kilometres from the Fox township, so a late afternoon walk is possible.Stay 2 nights in Fox village to explore the glacier and other attractions.


Day 16 - Stay and explore the glacier, rainforest and remote beaches
Nestled among the rainforest foothills of the Southern Alps, the Fox Glacier and Franz Josef townships provide quality accommodation, hotels, cafes, a general store and service station. Access to Fox Glacier is provided by local companies offering guided walks, heli-hikes and scenic flights (with or without snow landings). Fox Glacier is famous for Lake Matheson’s stunning mirror images of Aorangi/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. A less known attraction is Gillespie Beach (around 25 kms away). Once at the beach,connect to the lagoon walk leading to an old miners tunnel. Before visiting Gillespie Beach, do check the tides!


Day 17 - Travel from Fox Glacier to Punakaiki (240 kms / 149 miles / 3.5 hrs)
The West Coast region is one of the most sparsely populated parts of the country with very few towns on the 600 kms of coastal road between Karamea and Jackson Bay. However it is a visually stunning area of native forest and beaches. At Ross, explore the goldfield walkway and stop for a picnic by the shores of Lake Ianthe. A visit to the White Heron colony near Whataroa is a must-do. Stop at Hokitika for a coffee then visit the local museum to see the historic slideshow. Hokitika is famous for New Zealand Pounamu (Jade) and the gold rush from 1860-80.
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Day 13 - Queenstown

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Day 14 - Milford Sound Cruise

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Day 15 - Wilderness Jet near Haast

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Day 16 - Fox Glacier Hiking

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Day 17 - Punakaiki, West Coast

Included in Days 13 to 17:
  • ✓ Private airport to hotel transfer in Queenstown
  • ✓ 5 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • ✓ Rental car with insurance, all taxes + GPS
  • ✓ Fly-Cruise-Fly to Milford Sound with fjord cruise
  • ✓ Fox Glacier 30-minute flight with landing
Optional tours at your request
  •  Dart River or Shotover River Jet boating
  •  Guided Food & Wine tour (Half/ full day)
  •  Skydiving or Zipline in Queenstown
  •  Waiatoto River Wilderness Jetboating (Haast)
  •  Heli-Hiking Fox or Franz Josef Glacier
  •  White Heron tour ex Whataroa (Sep-mid-Feb)
  •  any other tour you wish to do
Day 9 - Flight from Ayers Rock to Adelaide
Transfer back to Ayers Rock Airport and take a domestic flight to Adelaide in Southern Australia. Adelaide is a cosmopolitan city, renowned for it’s museums, art galleries and wine. Its wine region combines rich European heritage with the fresh vitality of the Barossa lifestyle. There are many hidden treasures in this rural setting.


Day 10 - Kangaroo Island day tour ex Adelaide
Today you’ll be treated to the highlights of South Australia’s premier nature-based destination, Kangaroo Island. After pick-up from your hotel at 6.45am transfer to the Cape Jervis ferry terminal. Take a 45-minute ferry trip to Penneshaw to visit the Seal Bay Conservation Park. A Park Ranger will take you on a beach walk to see Australian Sea-lions. Enjoy a two-course lunch in a beautiful bush setting at Vivonne Bay Bistro. After lunch, visit the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to see koalas. Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park and walk around Remarkable Rocks to see playful New Zealand Fur Seals at Admirals Arch. Return to Adelaide via Rex Air at 7.30pm.

Day 11 - 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 at the arrival hall. Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and known for it's stately 19th-century buildings and tree-lined boulevards. At the centre of Melbourne is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, restaurants and cultural events along the Yarra River. In Southbank, the Melbourne Arts Precinct has many galleries displaying Australian and Indigenous art.

Day 12 - Discover Melbourne
Taste your way around Melbourne's top ‘foodie’ destinations. Take a shopping tour of the Queen Victoria Market or discover hidden secrets in Melbourne's lanes. In the afternoon/ evening see Australian wildlife, including the Penguin Parade. Join a Wild Ocean Eco-Boat Tour, see the Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and Nobbies Centre. Nature Parks have coastal and bush walks across Phillip Island, traversing stunning beaches and wetlands.
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Day 9 - Adelaide City

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Day 10 - Kangaroo Island day tour

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Day 12 - Phillip Island Penguins

Included in Days 9 to 12:
  • ✓ Private airport to hotel transfer in Adelaide + Melbourne
  • ✓ 4 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • ✓ Kangaroo Island day tour - Ferry/ Flight option
  • ✓ Domestic flight Adelaide to Melbourne
  • ✓ Phillip Island Penguin & Koala tour
Optional tours at your request
  •  Barossa or McLaren Valley wine tours
  •  Murray River or Adelaide Hills day tour
  •  Adelaide Market food tour
  •  any other tour you wish to do
Day 5 - Sailing and Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a kaleidoscope of marine life. Sail off in the Aquarius Catamaran, a dedicated snorkel-only vessel with a high level of service. Cruise to the stunning Low Isles, a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef. Swim and snorkel in the playground of green turtles, parrot fish and fusiliers. Explore the tranquil waters of the Low Isles lagoon. A fresh tropical fruit and seafood gourmet lunch will be served on-board the Aquarius. Take a guided stroll around the island to learn about its history and environment. Enjoy the relaxing journey back.

Day 6 - Daintree Forest Day tour in a small tour group
Be collected from your accommodation and driven through rich farming areas toward the World Heritage listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. Step aboard a personalized craft for a cruise on the mirrored waters of the Daintree River. Cruise close to riverbanks and under the overhead canopy of the rainforest. Seek out the vivid Ulysses Butterfly, Kingfishers and other wildlife. As you glide through silent backwaters, enjoy the sight of magnificent crocodiles.

Day 7 - Flight from Cairns to Ayers Rock/ Uluru
Meet your driver at the hotel/lodge for transfer back to Cairns airport. Take a domestic flight to Ayers Rock (either direct or via Alice Springs) to experience the overwhelming power of the real outback of Australia. The skyscrapers are made of rock and one of the best shows in town is the million-star night-time display.This arid environment is home to unique animals, birds and reptiles. Wallabies, dingoes, emus, geckos and huge eagles are just some of the locals you’re likely to meet.

Day 8 - Guided Outback Tour
Guests staying at at Longitude 131° will take a private guided 4-wheel drive tour to experience the spirit heart of Australia. Guests staying at other accommodations, will join a small group outback tour.
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Day 5 - Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef

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Day 6 - Daintree Forest day tour

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Day 8 - Outback tour Ayers Rock

Included in Days 5 to 8:
  • ✓ Private Sydney hotel to airport transfer
  • ✓ Coach transfer from Cairns to Port Douglas hotel
  • 5 nights hotel or lodge with breakfast
  • ✓ Great Barrier Reef Sailing & Snorkel tour with Aquarius
  • ✓ Daintree & Cape Tribulations tour in small party
  • ✓ Outback half day tour. Premium: Private guide + 4WD
Optional tours at your request
  • Private airport collection or rental car option
  •  Diving day tour Great Barrier Reef
  •  Aboriginal half or full day tour with local guide
  •  Sound of Silence dinner (Uluru)
  •  Camel to Breakfast (Uluru)
  •  any other tour you wish to do
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