New Zealand & Australia in Depth

New Zealand & Australia in depth tour
Explore the beautiful South Pacific on this whirlwind tour of New Zealand and Australia. Visit Auckland, the largest and most populous city in New Zealand, and visit the rich cultural sites this cosmopolitan cultural center has to offer. Then travel across New Zealand to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve in Rotorua, a city known for its volcanic geysers, where you will enjoy an authentic Māori hāngi feast. Hop on over to Australia and explore Queensland, traveling to the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island and Surfers Paradise. Finish off your tour visiting the most populous city in Australia, Sydney, and get your fill of the iconic sites like the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and The Gap.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 International Date Line
Lose a day as you cross the International Date Line
Day 3 Auckland--Rotorua
Meet your tour director and travel to Rotorua
Rotorua Duck Tour
Details: Travel to Rotorua
Before you see Rotorua, you'll definitely smell it: Sulfur. Consider it an introduction to a place that is completely unique. Rotorua offers a fascinating view into the earth's volcanic center. Clouds of steam seem to magically appear throughout the city from the city's four major thermal centers. One geyser erupts about 20 times a day and can spout up to 100 feet.
Day 4 Rotorua landmarks
Rotorua guided sightseeing tour
Maori Cultural Centre visitWhakarewarewa Thermal Reserve visitSkyline Gondola ride on Mt. Ngongotaha
Jade carving demonstration
Details: Rotorua guided sightseeing tour
See the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, the closest thermal area to the city. Unlike the other thermal centers, "Whaka" as it is called, is still a living village with ancient roots, founded before Europeans arrived. Here you might see residents using steam boxes to cook sweet corn. At the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, learn the Maori traditional carving and weaving methods. The day ends with a skyline gondola ride on Mt. Ngongotaha.
Details: Agrodome visit
You wouldn’t expect a New Zealand sheep and beef farm to be a sought-after destination for thrill-seekers. But with all that the Agrodome has to offer, that won’t be the last surprise you encounter. With exciting and educational experiences ranging from the award-winning Agrodome Sheep Show to the terrifying Freefall Xtreme, you never know what a day at the Agrodome will consist of. But no matter what types of attractions you’re looking for, you most definitely will not leave disappointed.
Details: Maori Hangi feast
Taste native Maori culture, literally, at a traditional Hangi feast. The Maori use the geo-thermal region as a natural steam cooker. They wrap vegetables and meat in fresh green leaves and cook it over the steam escaping through the rocks. It's health food, the old-fashioned way.
Day 5 Rotorua--Auckland
Travel to Auckland
Auckland guided sightseeing tour
War Memorial Museum visitTarlton’s Underwater World visit
Details: Auckland guided sightseeing tour
Join a licensed guide for a tour of New Zealand's most progressive city, Auckland, full of cosmopolitan bustle and beautiful harbor views. First, soak in a little history at the War Memorial Museum. Then plunge into Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World. Here you can observe live penguins and learn about the unique features of their home, the frozen continent of Antarctica. Travel deep beneath the ocean on the moving walkway of the underwater tunnel. You get a scuba diver's view of hundreds of colorful fish, lurking sharks and giant stingrays 'up close' and in their own environment.
Day 6 Auckland--Sunshine Coast
Travel to Auckland
Fly to Brisbane
Travel to the Sunshine Coast
Day 7 Sunshine Coast--Fraser Island
Travel via Glass House Mountains & Noosa National Park
Ferry to Fraser Island
Day 8 Fraser Island
Optional  Fraser Island 4x4 guided excursion
Day 9 Fraser Island--Surfers Paradise
Return to the mainland by ferry
Underwater World SEA LIFE Aquarium
Travel to Surfers Paradise
Day 10 Surfers Paradise
Optional  Surfers Paradise rainforest excursion
Day 11 Surfers Paradise--Coffs Harbour
Travel to Coffs Harbour via Cape Byron
Cape Byron Lighthouse visit
Day 12 Coffs Harbour--Sydney
Travel to Sydney
Day 13 Sydney landmarks
Sydney guided sightseeing tour
Darling Harbourthe GapOpera House visit
Wild Life Sydney Zoo visit
Details: Sydney guided sightseeing tour
See Sydney, Australia's beautiful waterfront city. A licensed, local guide will take you to Darling Harbor, a bustling entertainment and shopping center. At "The Rocks" see historical and contemporary Australia stand side-by-side. On this stubby peninsula on the western side of Sydney Cove, modern Australian history started with the landing of the first ships in 1788. From here, Sydney evolved from convict outpost to the most beautiful metropolis on the Pacific Rim. Visit one of the city's most well-known symbols, the Sydney Opera House, majestically poised between the Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanic Garden.
Details: Sydney Harbour cruise
With so much to see in Sydney, an enchanting harbor tour is your ticket to many of the area’s highlights. The Sydney Opera House, Point Piper, Darling Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are but a few of the attractions you’ll have the opportunity to view from the bustling harbour. With detailed descriptions from your tour guide, you’ll get an insider’s knowledge of all the city’s sites, including the many opulent waterfront homes that dot the “harbourside”.
Details: The Rocks
As you stroll along the narrow, cobblestone streets of The Rocks, you can’t help but get caught up in the area’s intriguing past, present and future. Here you’ll find chic restaurants, stylish bars and hearty pubs, all amidst some of the oldest surviving buildings in Sydney. One moment you’ll be touring historic Cadman’s Cottage, and the next you’ll find yourself amongst the eclectic shopping, artisan markets and glitzy galleries that make The Rocks the engaging destination that is it today.
Day 14 Sydney
Day 15 End tour

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    Day 15 Start extension to Honolulu
    Fly to Honolulu
    Meet your tour director and check into hotel
    Honolulu guided sightseeing tour
    'Iolani PalaceKawaiaha?o ChurchKing Kamehameha statueCity HallMission Houses MuseumPearl Harbor visitPunchbowl National Cemetery
    Details: Sydney free time
    Spend time exploring Australia's most sophisticated, dynamic, and elegant city on your own.
    Details: Pearl Harbor visit
    When Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, the enormous U.S.S. Arizona sunk completely within nine minutes. With a licensed local guide, see the battleship, still beneath the water, and the memorial built to honor those who died in the attack. Though normally serene, the area buzzed with activity when scenes from the Blockbuster movie “Pearl Harbor” were filmed here in the spring of 2000.
    Day 16 Honolulu beach time
    Honolulu beach time
    Day 17 End tour
    Map of the New Zealand & Australia in depth tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 12 overnight stays (14 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Buffet-style breakfast daily
    • Dinner included as per itinerary
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
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    5371.00 total fee
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