Grand Australia & New Zealand

Explore from the outback, reef, and cosmopolitan cities of Australia to the islands, fiords, and Maori culture of New Zealand on the most comprehensive of our Australia New Zealand tours.

A feast for the senses... this is what you'll discover throughout Australia and New Zealand. Witness the red rock monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) rising out of the desert Outback... bask in the pale glow of Sydney Harbour at sunset and sunrise... revel in the impossibly blue sky above Milford Sound and the green forests blanketing the ground below... go on a foodie tour for an Australian cuisine tasting experience, complete with multi-cultural influences... and then there are green-lipped mussels...

Exclusive business-class charter flights in Australia and New Zealand, Sydney Harbour cruise, foodie tour of Sydney, aboriginal cultural presentations, Jet Boat ride, eco-cruise to Agincourt Reef of the Great Barrier Reef, Maori cultural experience at Auckland Museum, luncheon cruise on New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds featuring wine and the delicate green-lipped mussels, Dinner with the Warbirds at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Tauck's exclusive charter flights in Australia and New Zealand mean more sightseeing and less waiting
  • Tauck Exclusive - Tour and 3-course Dinner with the Warbirds at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre featuring World War I and II aircraft owned by Sir Peter Jackson
  • Full-day eco-cruise to the Agincourt Reef - swim and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail, check out a crocodile farm and experience a special dinner that celebrates the culture of Australia's original people
  • Foodie Tour of Sydney
  • Private morning cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Luncheon cruise on New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds featuring wine and the delicate green-lipped mussels
  • A Maori cultural experience and music concert at the Auckland Museum
  • In Queenstown, a jet boat ride on the Shotover River rapids at Skippers Canyon, and a helicopter ride
  • Farewell cocktail reception and dinner at The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 43 meals (19 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 13 dinners); gratuities to local guides, service charges, taxes and porterage

  • Call (800) 979-2266 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14346764

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    Duration
    20 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1MelbourneArrive Melbourne

    Tour begins: 5:30 PM, The Langham Melbourne. A transfer is included from Melbourne Airport to The Langham Melbourne; you'll enjoy a river-view room. Your tour kicks off with a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel.

    Lodging:The Langham, Melbourne

    Meals: D
    Day 2MelbourneDiscover Melbourne's Charm

    Melbourne is brimming with Victorian-era charm and a distinctive European feel; today's sightseeing includes a guided walking tour to discover the real city (and its amazing coffee) along its distinctive laneways, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Spend the rest of the day at leisure among its elegant tree-lined boulevards and trams, and sample multicultural cuisine in its many cafes and restaurants.

    Lodging:The Langham, Melbourne

    Meals: B
    Day 3UluruOn to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    Take a morning private charter flight to the heart of Australia's desert Outback, arriving at Ayers Rock (Uluru) for lunch and an overnight stay at Sails in the Desert in the country's Red Centre. In the evening, the light of the setting sun bathes the mystical rock with a palette of ever-changing color... and you'll enjoy the natural show with canapes and champagne over looking the monolith.

    Lodging:Sails in the Desert

    Meals: B, L
    Day 4MossmanExplore the mysteries of Uluru, then fly to Queensland

    Aboriginal traditions define life in the Outback, especially at Uluru (Ayers Rock); learn about the dreamtime legends associated with this massive monolith on a guided tour this morning. Fly via private charter to Cairns in Queensland, gateway to the amazing Great Barrier Reef. Head to the mountain village of Kuranda, where you'll board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, taking you over and through the rainforest canopy. Continue on to Silky Oaks Lodge, your luxury eco lodge on the Mossman River adjacent to Daintree National Park, to begin a three-night rainforest resort stay.

    Lodging:Silky Oaks Lodge

    Meals: B, D
    Day 5MossmanCruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only living structure on Earth visible from the moon. Cruise to the Agincourt Reef today, at the edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, for a day of swimming, snorkeling and underwater discoveries. Dinner is back at your rainforest lodge.

    Lodging:Silky Oaks Lodge

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6MossmanOptional balloon ride and a day at leisure

    Early risers may choose to soar over the Atherton Tablelands on an optional hot air balloon ride* at dawn (an additional charge per person; see pricing details). The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish at your rainforest resort and spa, or explore the area as you please. Enjoy a special themed dinner tonight at the lodge.

    Lodging:Silky Oaks Lodge

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7SydneyCrocodile adventures and on to Sydney

    Learn all about crocodiles at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures; have a meet and greet with a crocodile and blue tongue lizard and snake... visit a private enclosure where you might come across Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Agile Wallabies, Pademelons, Koalas, Wombats and more - you'll also have an opportunity to hold a koala and have your photo taken... attend a tour and feeding presentation... and take an exclusive boat cruise on the lagoon. After lunch, fly to Sydney via private charter for a 3-night stay in the city's heart at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.

    Lodging:Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8SydneySydney Harbour cruise & a Foodie Tour

    A private cruise on Sydney Harbour - complete with morning tea - is a fabulous way to introduce yourself to this extraordinary city, taking a good look at some of its landmark sites from the water. Accompanied by an informative, knowledgeable local guide, taste your way through some very cool culinary nooks and crannies on a Sydney Foodie Tour focusing on cultures that have emigrated to Sydney over the past decades, presenting their history through food. Check out (and sample) a variety of local eateries including an Italian deli, gelato shop, fish market, a 150-year-old pub (with a craft beer tasting), and a post-WWII pie-cart-turned-cafe. Sydney sightseeing continues as you view The Rocks, Kings Cross and other highlights on a city tour; spend the rest of the day exploring as you please. Dinner this evening will be a dine-around from your choice of several select local restaurants.

    Lodging:Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

    Meals: B, D
    Day 9SydneySydney Opera House & the city at leisure

    One of Australia's most famous iconic sights takes center stage today when you visit the amazing Sydney Opera House on a personally guided tour. Afterwards, return to your hotel; the remainder of the day and evening are yours to spend as you wish in remarkable Sydney.

    Lodging:Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

    Meals: B
    Day 10SydneyG'day to Australia, hello to New Zealand

    Bid Australia a fond farewell this morning and board a flight across the Tasman Sea, bound for New Zealand! First stop is Wellington, New Zealand's intimate waterfront capital with an impressive artistic and cultural edge. Accommodations for the next two nights are at the Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay; enjoy a 3-course dinner at the hotel this evening.

    Lodging:Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

    Meals: B, D
    Day 11WellingtonWonders of Wellington

    Discover Wellington on a tour that begins city center with a cable car ride up to the city's Botanic Garden to see the award-winning rose garden and great views of the city, harbour, and Parliament Buildings. Next up is Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand's national museum, where you'll have a guided orientation to its five floors focusing on the country's exceptional nature, art, history, the Pacific and Maori culture. Touring its exhibits is like actually experiencing thousands of years of New Zealand's history in person, as motion simulators and interactive exhibits include you in the journey. Dinner tonight is a dine-around from a choice of Wellington restaurants.

    Lodging:Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

    Meals: B, D
    Day 12WellingtonTo Blenheim & the Marlborough Sounds

    Tauck puts a charter plane at your service today for a flight to Blenheim on New Zealand's South Island, and a two-night stay in the heart of the Marlborough wine country. Upon arrival, head off on a visit to the Marlborough Sounds. Besides producing great wine, this region is one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in the country, and boasts delectable freshly caught seafood, including green-lipped mussels; sample them, along with local wines, on a luncheon cruise that celebrates New Zealand's bounty. Following your cruise, drive to your home for the next two nights, the 5-star Chateau Marlborough in Blenheim, where you'll enjoy dinner at your leisure this evening.

    Lodging:Chateau Marlborough

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 13Te AnauFarm life, a winery lunch & Dinner with the Warbirds

    A memorable day in the Blenheim area begins with a visit to a working private farm for a sheep shearing demonstration and sheep dog experience; morning tea at the homestead with the farmer and his family; and a walk through their extensive gardens. Continue on to Brancott Winery for a wine tasting and three-course lunch with matching wines at the Brancott Heritage Centre, followed by a stop for a chocolate tasting en route to the hotel for some free time. Join us this evening for a Tauck Exclusive event: a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre - which displays an incredible collection of World War I and II aircraft and memorabilia owned by film director Sir Peter Jackson - for Dinner with the Warbirds, featuring a tour of the museum's Knights of the Sky and Dangerous Skies exhibitions, and a three-course dinner showcasing seasonal Marlborough produce and a selection of quality Marlborough wines.

    Lodging:Chateau Marlborough

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 14Te AnauFly to Te Anau

    Today, depart Blenheim and fly off aboard Tauck's charter to Manapouri (Te Anau) in the magnificent Fiordlands region, for two nights at an ideally located hotel. Dinner at your leisure at the hotel is included tonight.

    Lodging:Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 15QueenstownFiordland National Park & Milford Sound

    Take a dramatic drive through the unparalleled scenery of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, then set off aboard a private boat (with a naturalist onboard) for a scenic nature luncheon cruise among the sheer cliffs and glacier-hewn inlets of beautiful Milford Sound. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening as you please at your hotel.

    Lodging:Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

    Meals: B, L
    Day 16QueenstownTo Queenstown and lunch at a winery

    Make your way across more beautiful South Island landscapes to Queenstown, where you'll have lunch at the Amisfield Winery, set in an iconic stone building with gorgeous mountain views and known for its Pinot Noir. Your accommodations at the Sofitel Queenstown exude French-inspired sophistication in the heart of the city.

    Lodging:Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa

    Meals: B, L
    Day 17QueenstownAdventures by jet boat & 'copter in Queenstown

    Even if you're not all that adventurous, today's thrilling high-speed jet boat ride* through the rapids and narrow gorges of Skippers Canyon on the Shotover River - followed by a helicopter ride* - will both be memorable highlights of Tauck's tours to Australia and New Zealand! Head back down the mountain via Skyline gondola to spend the rest of the day and evening as you wish in Queenstown.

    Lodging:Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa

    Meals: B
    Day 18AucklandCharter flight to Auckland & Maori culture

    Travel via Tauck's private charter flight from Queenstown to Auckland today for a two-night stay, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Auckland Museum with a Maori cultural presentation and music concert. Have dinner at your hotel tonight.

    Lodging:Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 19AucklandA wine tasting & more on Wahiheke Island, and a farewell evening in Auckland

    Take a ferry to nearby Waiheke Island, a free-spirited mecca of farmland, forest and beaches - and boutique vineyards. A sightseeing drive around the island takes you to Mudbrick Vineyard for lunch and a wine tasting, before returning to Auckland by return ferry. Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner at your hotel as we share memories of our journey in the lands down under.

    Lodging:Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 20AucklandJourney Home

    Tour ends: Auckland. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Sofitel Auckland at Viaduct Harbour to Auckland Airport. You should allow three hours for check-in at the airport.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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    08/12/2019$13,590.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    09/16/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    09/23/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    09/30/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    10/03/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    10/05/2019$18,390.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    10/07/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    10/10/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    10/12/2019$18,390.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    10/19/2019$18,390.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    10/24/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    10/28/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    10/31/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    11/07/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    11/11/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    11/25/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    12/02/2019$14,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    12/09/2019$14,590.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    12/12/2019$19,290.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    12/16/2019$14,590.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    12/19/2019$14,590.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    12/24/2019$16,990.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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    • Grand Australia & New Zealand

      From $13,590.00 (USD)

      Explore from the outback, reef, and cosmopolitan cities of Australia to the islands, fiords, and Maori culture of New Zealand on the most comprehensive of our Australia New Zealand tours.A feast for the senses...

     
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