DAY 1, October 28, 2019 | Melbourne
On arrival into Melbourne Airport, you’ll be met by your dedicated
Tour Director in the arrivals hall and transferred by private vehicle
to your luxury accommodation to ensure a seamless check-in. Your
rooms will be available for check-in from 2 p.m. (pre-registration
available upon request).
Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, is known as the Garden, Arts and Sports capital of Australia. It has beautiful tree-lined
boulevards, many parks, and gardens that host international sporting events. This elegant city is one of the
world's most livable.
DAY 2, October 29, 2019 | Melbourne
Following breakfast, meet your Tour Director and group in the hotel lobby and embark on a private three-hour sightseeing tour of the city landmarks, such as the Royal Botanical Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance, and the thriving Arts Precinct.
Upon conclusion of your tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
DAY 3, October 30, 2019 | Melbourne - Uluru
Following an early morning breakfast transfer by private vehicle to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight to Ayers Rock/Uluru
(MEL – AYQ internal flight included).
Upon arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be met and transferred by private coach to your accommodation where you’ll enjoy lunch
upon arrival as your check-in is arranged.
Following lunch and some time to freshen up, meet in the lobby and depart on a guided tour of Kata Tjuta National Park (the Olgas).
Your local guide will share the significance of this sacred ceremonial site and explain the evolutionary and geologic forces that have shaped the region.
Later, continue onto Uluru. Travel through the landscape as the specter of The Rock rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity
and presence in this country. The closer you get the more you surrender to the realization of the sheer size of this monolith.
Enjoy canapés & sparkling wine at a scenic viewing area whilst watching the sunset over Uluru before returning to your resort for an
interactive buffet dinner at the celebrated Ilkari Restaurant.
DAY 4, October 31, 2019 | Uluru - Port Douglas
Rise early this morning for a spectacular sunrise viewing of Uluru, one of Australia’s most recognised landmarks estimated to be over 600 million
years old. Return to your hotel where you will have an opportunity to have breakfast, shower and finish packing.
Later in the morning following your check out, depart on a base Tour of Uluru. Enroute, your guide will share some history about the numerous sacred
sites that you’ll pass along the way. These stories form part of what is known to the local Anangu people as “Tjukurpa” – the foundation of Anangu
life and culture. Tjukurpa encompasses Anangu religion, law and moral systems, the creation period and the relationship between people, plants,
animals and the land. Your guide will then take you to the Kuniya Walk where and to the famous Mutitjulu Waterhole. The waterhole provided a key
source of water for the Aboriginal people in the area and had been in use for many thousands of years. Here you will see wonderful Aboriginal rock
paintings and come to understand their significance.
Following your tour and some time at leisure in the Town Square to explore and have lunch, transfer back to the airport to board your onward flight
to Cains (AYQ – CNS internal flight included).
On arrival into Cairns, meet your driver at the baggage carousel and transfer one hour by private vehicle along the coastal Pacific Highway to Port
Douglas, catching glimpses of the spectacular Coral Sea along the way. On arrival at your accommodation, enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.
DAY 5, November 01, 2019 | Daintree Forest
This morning, meet in the resort lobby and commence your private tour travelling through the rich farming areas toward the World Heritage
Listed forest region of the Daintree National Park.
Stop at Mossman Gorge which forms the southern sector of the renowned Daintree Rainforest which was World Heritage listed in 1988 and is the
last remnant of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. Enjoy a guided walk with a member of the local Aboriginal tribe who will explain
about their indigenous customs and survival techniques.
Continue south and enjoy a delightful afternoon at the Botanical Ark, a private ethno-botanical garden in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest.
Enjoy an interpretive garden tour with the founder of this tropical oasis, Alan Carle. Be inspired as you learn about the intrinsic link between
rainforest plants and cultures and sample some of the most unusual and interesting tastes and sights imaginable.
Relax and unwind on the veranda of this beautiful Queensland home and experience their Chef’s Table lunch, before returning to your hotel. This
promises to be a highlight of your tour Downunder. This evening, enjoy a 3-course Australian themed dinner at your accommodation.
DAY 6, November 02, 2019 | Great Barrier Reef
This morning meet your private shuttle bus in the resort lobby and transfer the short distance to the Marina for your full day snorkelling the Outer Reef of the Great Barrier Reef.
Enjoy the very best in comfort with spacious decks, day-bed style seating, air-conditioned saloons and submerged platforms, extending the width of the vessel, to allow for easy access to and from the water. While out on the reef, delight in morning tea, a gourmet buffet lunch and afternoon tea abroad your cruising vessel. You will return to the mainland in the late afternoon.
DAY 7, November 03, 2019 | Cairns - Sydney
Following breakfast, meet your Tour Director and group in the resort lobby and transfer by private coach to Cairns Domestic Airport to board your onward flight to Sydney (CNS – SYD internal flight included)
On arrival you will be met and transferred by private coach to your luxury accommodation in the heart of historic Sydney.
This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 8, November 04, 2019 | Sydney
This morning, meet in the hotel lobby and walk the short distance to Commissioner’s Steps, Circular Quay where you’ll board a private Morning Tea
at Sea cruise and enjoy an idyllic cruise along the eastern foreshores of this magnificent harbour. Sit back and relax as your personal captain
and host shares the rich local foreshore history as you pass famous city landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House
and the bays and coves of the Harbour.
Disembark your cruise and enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant in The Rocks.
After lunch, meet your Tour Director and depart on a leisurely walking tour of The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood. Sydney, with its
extraordinary icons both natural and man-made this is a city that never fails to please the eye. The magnificent natural harbour spanned
by the 'coat hanger', the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the man-made sails of the Sydney Opera House are just some of its most widely
This tour will conclude at your accommodation in the mid-afternoon with the rest of the evening at leisure to get out and explore this
DAY 9, November 05, 2019 | Sydney
This morning, meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby and depart on your half day private sightseeing tour of Sydney including a visit to iconic Bondi Beach where you’ll have an opportunity to get your feet wet, and Paddington Walk for shopping.
This tour will conclude at your accommodation around lunch-time.
DAY 10, November 06, 2019 | Sydney
Meet your Tour Director in the lobby and commence your private full day sightseeing tour of Sydney. Travel from your accommodation by foot to the
local ferry terminal and ride like the locals do on a ferry to Sydney's famous Taronga Zoo, enjoying beautiful harbour views en route.
Upon disembarking, board Taronga's Sky Safari cable car and enjoy fantastic views of the zoo, Sydney Harbour and the city skyline. On arrival at
Taronga Zoo, enjoy a private wildlife keeper tour of Taronga Zoo. This is an exclusive, extremely popular, behind-the-scenes tour of Taronga Zoo's
unique Australian animal collection designed especially for the inquisitive traveller. It is an informative introduction to Australia's unusual
wildlife and includes excellent photographic opportunities with kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats and echidnas.
On the conclusion of your tour, enjoy a little leisure time in the zoo before boarding your private coach and transferring to the Sydney Opera
House for lunch and a look at perhaps Australia’s most iconic building.
Enjoy lunch at the Opera Kitchen which plays host to some of Australia’s most innovative and celebrated food producers, chefs and sushi artists.
Relax and nosh away while taking in Sydney’s most spectacular views.
Later, commence your private Sydney Opera House journey by exploring underneath the sails with a spectacular private Sydney Opera House Tour,
taking you inside one of the world's greatest performance venues. This evening enjoy your Australian Farewell dinner at Altitude Restaurant which
boasts once in a lifetime views over the Harbour from 35 storeys up!
DAY 11, November 07, 2019 | Sydney - Christchurch
Rise early to meet your Tour Director and group in the lobby and transfer by private coach to Sydney Airport to board your departure flight to New
Zealand (SYD – CHC Trans Tasman flight included).
On arrival into Christchurch, depart on a brief sightseeing tour of this fascinating city, then board a handcrafted, flat-bottomed boat and embark
on a leisurely glide along the tranquil Avon River in Christchurch, as a skilled punter in traditional Edwardian attire propels you slowly along
the water. Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective as you make your way from the
historic Antigua Boat sheds, through the Botanic Gardens, and enjoy the spectacular flora that this ‘Garden City’ is famous for. Following your
sightseeing, continue to your hotel situated on the edge of the tranquil Hagley Park and overlooking Cranmer Square.
Later, meet in the lobby and proceed on foot to the Curator’s House. Enjoy a Chef’s Table dinner at this stunning restaurant, situated in the
scenic Botanical Gardens.
DAY 12, November 08, 2019 | Christchurch - Franz Josef
This morning meet your Tour Director and group in the lobby and transfer by private coach to Christchurch Train Station.
From Christchurch Railway Station, depart on The TranzAlpine Express, one of the world's great train journeys, travelling coast to coast
through forests and farmland, over the spectacular Southern Alps.
Disembark at the riverside town of Greymouth, a place proud of its history, brewery and broad-minded attitude to drinking hours that sprang
from gold rush days of the 1860s. You can toast the Coaster's independent attitude at Montieth's Traditional Brewery where you’ll enjoy lunch
and a pint!
Continue onto your accommodation in the quaint alpine town of Franz Josef. Enjoy time relaxing at your Retreat before meeting for a special
dinner this evening.
DAY 13, November 09, 2019 | Franz Josef
Following breakfast, meet your Tour Director and group in the lobby to embark on your morning of sightseeing.
Today, experience the Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic, during a three-hour private glacier walk led by your specialist hiking guide.
Follow the glacier’s path through the remarkable landscape for an up-close look at the giant sheets of ice that form its forward face. Learn
about the glacier's history, see what this majestic giant leaves behind, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal
face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the glacier’s rapidly changing terminal face.
This tour will conclude at your accommodation where you’re at leisure for the rest of the day to dine and explore the beautiful town of Franz Josef
at your own pace.
During your free time in the afternoon, you may choose to visit the Glacier Hot Pools (included in your tour price) which are located directly
behind the Te Waonui Retreat. Here you can relax and unwind in natural hot pools surrounded by the beautiful rainforest.
DAY 14, November 10, 2019 | Franz Josef - Queenstown
This morning, meet your Tour Director and group in the lobby and transfer by private coach to Queenstown via Wanaka, where you’ll stop for lunch in this picturesque ski town overlooking Lake Wanaka. Continue onto Queenstown and proceed directly to your resort where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at their celebrated flagship restaurant, the Millhouse.
DAY 15, November 11, 2019 | Queenstown
Meet your Tour Director and group in your hotel lobby and depart on your Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly Experience!
Transfer to the airport to board your plane and be amazed as you experience one of the world’s most stunning alpine scenic flights.
Flying between Queenstown and Milford Sound allows you to enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped Southern Alps, lakes and of course
the world famous Milford Sound.
On arrival, board a spacious vessel for a tour of the sound’s awe-inspiring scenery, sailing New Zealand’s southern fjords amid towering
cliffs, viewing sparkling waterfalls and watching for the wildlife onshore. Keep a look out for seals basking on the rocks or dolphins
frolicking in the water. The scenic cruise vessel has a purpose-built observation lounge and large deck, so you can be sure you’ll get
some great viewing opportunities.
Return to Queenstown again on a scheduled plane, enjoying views over Lake Wakatipu and transfer back to your accommodation for the rest of
the afternoon and evening at leisure.
DAY 16, November 12, 2019 | Queenstown
This morning, depart on a full day tour of Queenstown, including a visit to Gibbston Valley.
Begin your tour with a visit to the picturesque Arrowtown, an old goldmining settlement that retains much of its early character. It was the
discovery of gold in Arrowtown which led miners by the thousands into the district and resulted in the formation of settlements adjacent to
the gold diggings. From 1869 there was small community of Chinese miners living in Arrowtown.
You then visit the Kawarau Bungy Bridge. If you've heard of Bungy, you've heard of the Kawarau. The world's first and most infamous of leaps
is still going strong, with tens of thousands of Bungy jumpers each year. If you choose to take the leap there are a number of options; topple
over backwards, forwards, with another person, spin or somersault.
Next, stop at Gibbston Valley Winery, one of the pioneers of this region’s wine industry for a wine tasting. This small, sophisticated winery,
set in spectacular mountain surroundings, has earned an international reputation for Pinot Noir as well as other thriving grape varieties such
as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Blanc. Their 2000 Reserve Pinot Noir was named the Champion Pinot Noir of the World.
Enjoy a private tour including an exclusive tasting in New Zealand’s largest Wine Cave and a delicious lunch with paired wines. This tour will
conclude at your accommodation.
DAY 17, November 13, 2019 | Queenstown - Auckland
Meet your Tour Director and group in the lobby and transfer by private coach to Queenstown Airport to board your onward flight to Auckland
(ZQN – AKL internal flight included).
On arrival into Auckland, you’ll be transferred directly to Auckland Museum where you will hear exciting stories of the Pacific as well as
New Zealand’s people, flora, fauna and landforms, told in a series of fascinating exhibits. See a world-renowned collection of Polynesian
artifacts including an 80-foot long Maori war canoe built in 1836. During your visit, enjoy a performance of traditional song and dance by a
Maori cultural group. You’ll also be treated to a He Taonga Maori (Maori Treasures) Gallery Tour. Following some time for lunch at your leisure,
transfer to you accommodation in the heart of Auckland CBD.
This evening, ride all the way to the top of the Auckland Skytower for your Farewell Dinner at The Sugar Club. Enjoy a specially prepared
degustation menu with wines.
DAY 18, November 14, 2019 | Auckland
Following breakfast, meet your driver in the lobby and transfer via private vehicle to Auckland International Airport to board your onward flight to Fiji or home.