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Highlights of OZ and NZ

22 days from $7350 per person

ayers-rock-pictures-3Only our best Tour Directors are selected to escort this 22 day premium tour of Australia and New Zealand. Stay in first class accommodations whilst enjoying amazing highlight meals as you travel in luxury touring vehicles experiencing all the must do and see activities that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.

Included Highlights:

  • Discover Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Cruise the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Tour the Waitomo Caves
  • Famous TranzAlpine Train
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Maori cultural experience
  • 'You are invited' experience

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne
On arrival at Melbourne Airport you'll be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant with your Tour Director and travelling companions.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza. 
Meals: Dinner.

Day 2: Melbourne Sights
See the city sights this morning, including Melbourne's eclectic little laneways, arcades and café society, on your private walking tour.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 3: Melbourne 'Day at Leisure'
Enjoy a day at leisure in cosmopolitan Melbourne. You may like to join an optional tour to the wineries in the Yarra Valley or tour along the famous Great Ocean Road to see the stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs
You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your early morning flight to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how this marvellous facility operates to provide a 'mantle of safety' to the people of the outback. Next stop is the School of the Air, which provides an educational facility for children living in remote areas. Then visit the historic Telegraph Station. You're invited this evening to experience the Aussie outback at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy a barbecue dinner and hear from Tom and Danny Falzon about the sustainable lifestyle they have established. They may even lead on you a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar.
Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort.
Meals: Breakfast and Your invited Dinner.

Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock
Travel through rugged outback scenery to Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy complimentary wine and canapés while watching sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Rise early to view Uluru at sunrise. Tour the caves at the base and hear stories of the Dreamtime. This afternoon travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Enjoy sunset here with complimentary sparkling wine and nibbles.
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Cairns
This morning interact with local Aboriginal artists at a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your host will introduce you to Anangu culture and show how this is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. Later you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef
Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the colourful coral and tropical fish from a semi-submersible vessel. Snorkelling gear is included (extra charge for scuba). Enjoy a reef education presentation on this living wonder and a tropical buffet lunch on board the pontoon.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns.
Meals: Breakast and Lunch.

Day 9: Cairns 'Day at Leisure'
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cairns. You may like to join an optional tour to Kuranda. Board the train for a historic journey through the scenic countryside behind Cairns. Return by the Skyrail Cableway that takes you above the canopy of the tropical rainforest.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney
Spend time at the Cairns Wildlife Dome where you'll encounter unique Australian animals. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 11: Sydney Sights
This morning see the sights of Sydney. Tour the Sydney Opera House with a local guide. See the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair and Kings Cross. Your next destination is Bondi Beach, where you can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the cool clear ocean. Then return to the city for a cruise on Sydney Harbour. Later, you'll have the opportunity to learn about Australia's national gemstone – the opal.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 12: Sydney 'Day at Leisure'
A full day to explore Sydney, your way. Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Sydney Farewell Dinner.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour.
Meals: Breakfast and Farwell Dinner.

Day 13: Sydney – Auckland
You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Auckland and transferred to your hotel. Meet your new Tour Director for dinner at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.
Hotel: The Langham.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14: Auckland Sights
A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a city sightseeing tour.
Hotel: The Langham.
Meals: Breakfast. 

Day 15: Auckland – Rotorua
Travel into the Waikato region to visit the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto for a guided boat tour. Continue to Rotorua and visit Te Puia with a local guide. You're invited to a traditional Maori Hangi dinner accompanied by local wine, and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Your invited to Dinner.

Day 16: Rotorua – Christchurch
Today you'll fly to Christchurch. On arrival board your coach for a tour to see how the city is slowly being rebuilt as a consequence of the devastating earthquake of February 2011.
Hotel: Novotel.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 17: Christchurch – Franz Josef
Board the famous TranzAlpine train and travel over the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. At Hokitika visit a local greenstone (jade) factory then follow the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier, where you may take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting).
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 18: Franz Josef – Queenstown
Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Next visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in adventure-capital Queenstown.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 19: Milford Sound
Super highlight day! Discover the stunning scenery of Fiordland. Drive through the Homer Tunnel and stop briefly at the Chasm en route to Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise with lunch on the waters of this natural wonder, with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you. 
Hotel: Millennium Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 20: Queenstown 'Day at Leisure'
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Queenstown. Take it easy with a wine or garden tour, or walk on the wild side with a jet boat ride.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 21: Queenstown – Christchurch
Travel past Mount Cook National Park. Stop at Lake Tekapo and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. You're invited to lunch at Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, to discover an authentic taste of country life. This afternoon continue to Christchurch. Celebrate your holiday this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Director.
Hotel: Novotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Your invited to Lunch and Farwell Dinner.

Day 22: Farewell from Christchurch
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.
Meals: Breakfast.

First Choice Holiday Inclusions:

  • Tour by luxury air-conitioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Professionally Guided
  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Accommodation in twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels
  • Meals Include 21 Full Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 'You are Invited Lunch', 2 'You are invited Dinner', 2 Farewell Dinners and 2 Hotel Dinners
  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel wallet and map
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • Hotel porteage included. 

Flight Information:
Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client's expense and are not included in the land content price.
Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Melbourne
Day 4: Flights to arrive prior to Midday into Alice Springs from Melbourne
Day 7: Flights to depart after midday from Ayers Rock into Cairns
Day 10: Flights to depart after Midday from Cairns into Sydney
Day 13: Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland from Sydney
Day 16: Flights to depart after Midday from Rotorua to Christchurch
Day 22: Flights anytime from Christchurch

Prices:

Valid: 8 November 2015 - 18 September 2016
Departs On: Price Per Person from: 
8, 15 & 29 November 2015 $7750.00
20 December 2015 $8390.00
3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January 2016 $7595.00
7, 14, 21 & 28 February 2016 $7595.00
6 & 13 March 2016 $7595.00 
3 & 17 April 2016 $7550.00 
5 June 2016 $7350.00
3 July 2016 $7495.00
14 August 2016 $7495.00
4 & 18 September 2016  $7495.00

Single traveller accommodation supplement from $2455.00 - $3310.00
Triple discount - Save $370.00-$390.00
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Note: Departure dates subject to avalibility. Dates will be confirmed when booking. 

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