Experience the best of both Australia and New Zealand on this action packed itinerary. Starting in Australia you'll explore the iconic city of Sydney and the nearby Blue Mountains before taking in the majesty of Uluru/Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef. The second part of the trip will explore the highlights of New Zealand. Flying from Cairns to Auckland you'll begin your self-drive tour on the North Island exploring the geothermal landscape around Rotorua before heading to Wellington to catch the foot-ferry across to the South Island. Here you'll visit the winelands around Blenheim, visit the stunning Fox Glacier and Arthur's Pass before heading to Queenstown, completing your trip with a cruise around Doubtful Sound.
Explore Sydney's iconic highlights.
Watch the sunset over the magnificent Uluru/Ayers Rock.
Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
Explore New Zealand's rugged and mountainous landscape.
Visit world famous wineries in the Blenheim winelands.
Cruise the beautiful Doubtful Sound.
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- Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
- Palm Cove
- Fox Glacier
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Includes international flights from Ireland.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Sydney.
Day 2 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
On-board your international outbound flight to Sydney.
Day 3 Sydney
Day 4 Sydney
Day 5 Sydney
You will be collected this morning and taken on a small group tour to the Blue Mountains in a smart 4WD accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable guide. You will explore the flora and fauna, culture and history of this wonderful region while avoiding the busier tourists bottlenecks. Lunch is included at a beautiful lookout point.
Day 6 Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
Day 7 Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
Early this morning you will be collected from your hotel for a sunrise tour of the nearby Kata Tjuta rock formation. Your guide will teach you of the areas geological composition and its significance to the indigenous peoples of the area, whose mark is left by the intricate rock art found here. You will return to your hotel for lunch. This afternoon you will head out in the evening for a sunset tour of the fascinating Uluru, where you'll see ancient Aboriginal artwork as your guide teaches you all about the geological history of Uluru, as well as its cultural significance to the area's indigenous peoples.
Day 8 Palm Cove
Day 9 Palm Cove
This morning you will head into the ancient Daintree Rainforest on a small group 4x4 tour. Enjoy learning about aboriginal bush food and medicines, look out for saltwater crocodiles on the Daintree River and travel to the stunning Cape Tribulation lookout - the point where the Great Barrier Reef meets the rainforest.
Day 10 Palm Cove
Day 11 Palm Cove
Day 12 Auckland
This morning you will have an early start back to Cairns for your flight across to Auckland in New Zealand. Upon arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in the centre of the city. After you have settled into your hotel room you can head out into Auckland to explore. We recommend to take a boat ride around the harbour or visit the city's many shops and museums. In evening, the harbour area is a great place to find some excellent bars and restaurants.
Day 13 Rotorua
Day 14 Rotorua
Today enjoy all of Rotorua`s top attractions, from the breath taking geysers and mud pools of the Te Puia Cultural and Geothermal Center, to the soothing natural blessing of the Polynesian Spa pools. In the evening you will be collected from your accommodation and head to a local Maori cultural center. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi meal and cultural experience at the Mitai Maori Village. You will learn of New Zealand's indigenous culture, be treated to a Haka performance, and walk through the sacred Fairy Springs, which is a renowned spot for glow worms.
Day 15 Wellington
Day 16 Blenheim
Make your way to the ferry terminal this morning and board the InterIslander ferry across to Picton on the South Island. Upon arrival, collect your hire car and drive into the Blenheim and Marlborough winelands. Spend the afternoon exploring the vineyards around Blenheim either on your own or on an organised trip. A great option here is to hire a bike and visit the well known vineyards such as Cloudy Bay or Oyster Bay.
Day 17 Christchurch
Day 18 Fox Glacier
Christchurch , Greymouth , Fox Glacier
Today make your own way to the train station where you will board the TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps through Arthur's Pass National Park to Greymouth on the west coast. Upon arrival in Greymouth, collect your hire car and enjoy a leisurely drive to the stunning Fox Glacier where you will stay two nights.
Day 19 Fox Glacier
An early morning visit to nearby Lake Matheson to watch the sun rise is a must this morning - the reflection of Mount Cook in the lake's surface makes for some striking photographs. Follow this with a guided walk to the terminal face of Fox Glacier and if you have time, you can arrange to take a helicopter flight over Mount Cook and the Glaciers.
Day 20 Queenstown
Fox Glacier , Queenstown
Day 21 Queenstown
Today experience what is arguably New Zealand's most dramatic setting, the awe inspiring Milford Sound amongst the otherworldly Fjordlands. You will be collected from your hotel early this morning and will brought to the Sound on a coach bus, specially designed to provide passengers with panoramic views throughout the drive. Spend the day cruising the Sound, taking in its astounding cliffs, gorges and waterfalls. You will return to Queenstown via coach and brought back to your hotel.
Day 22 International return flight
Queenstown , International return flight
Day 23 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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