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Australia & New Zealand Discovery

Discover the lands down under on this 23-day tour through Australia and New Zealand's greatest hits. Venture along Australia's east coast from Cairns to Sydney, stopping to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef and explore the caves of the Blue Mountains. Afterwards, jet over to New Zealand where you'll get a glimpse into Maori culture and satiate your adrenaline-seeking spirit in the birthplace of bungee jumping. Your bucket list will be significantly shorter once this tour is complete.

Australasia
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: OACQ/242150
  • Starts: Cairns, Australia
  • Finishes: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Cairns
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Airlie Beach
  • Byron Bay
  • Port Macquarie
  • Blue Mountains
  • Sydney
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Christchurch
  • Lake Ohau
  • Queenstown

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cairns

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Cairns/Cape Tribulation

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

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Day 3: Cape Tribulation

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.

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Day 4: Cape Tribulation/Cairns

Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.

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Day 5: Cairns/Airlie Beach

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town.

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Day 6: Airlie Beach

Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.

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Day 7: Airlie Beach/Byron Bay

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.

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Day 8: Byron Bay

Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like sea kayaking, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach.

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Day 9: Byron Bay/Port Macquarie

Hit the waves with an included surf lesson. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie.

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Day 10: Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains

Opt to visit a koala hospital before travelling to the Blue Mountains Region.

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Day 11: Blue Mountains

Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world.

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Day 12: Blue Mountains/Sydney

Travel to Sydney and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House.

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Day 13: Sydney

Get a feel for the city. Opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, zip through the harbour on a jet boat, or relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.

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Day 14: Sydney/Auckland

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city.

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Day 15: Auckland

Enjoy a free day to explore Auckland. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

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Day 16: Auckland/Rotorua

Visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities, and opt to take an excursion into the caves or explore the scenic area by foot. Continue to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture.

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Day 17: Rotorua

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set. This evening, learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner.

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Day 18: Rotorua/Christchurch

Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch on the South Island. Enjoy free time and get a feel for the city.

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Day 19: Christchurch/Lake Ohau

Enjoy a morning walking tour of the city from a G for Good-supported local nonprofit, focusing on history, nature, Maori culture, and the future for Chirstchurch. In the afternoon, drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at stunning Lake Tekapo along the way.

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Day 20: Lake Ohau/Queenstown

Set off for Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and spend the morning hiking the region surrounding Mt Cook, taking in the alpine scenery. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre. En route to Queenston, stop at a local vineyard for a wine tasting.

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Day 21: Doubtful Sound

Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Keep an eye out for the waterfalls and wildlife in this breathtaking area.

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Day 22: Queenstown

Enjoy a free day in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.

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Day 23: Queenstown

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
    • Guided rainforest walk
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
    • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
    • Scenic Railway
    • Jenolan Caves visit
    • Jamison Valley walk
    • Waitomo Caves visit
    • Maori cultural experience
    • Wine tasting
    • Aoraki/Mt Cook NP visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
    • Aoraki/Mt Cook NP Visitor's Centre visit
    • Fiordland NP visit
    • Doubtful Sound day cruise
    • Orientation walk in Sydney
    • Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, Sydney, Rotorua and Queenstown
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (20 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, sailboat, plane, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Go surfing in Byron Bay
  • Opt to visit Sydney's iconic Opera House
  • See glow-worms in the Waitomo Caves
  • Stargaze around Lake Tekapo