DEPARTURES | 2017: April 18 & September 26 | 2018: April 17 & September 25
Day 1 / Depart USA to Auckland, New Zealand
Today you fly from the USA on your overnight flight to Auckland.
Day 2 / Cross International Date Line En Route to South Pacific
Day 3 / Arrive Auckland & Transfer to Hotel
Today you arrive in Auckland, Kia Ora – welcome to New Zealand! Check into the first class Rose Park Hotel (or you may choose to upgrade to first class (3 star) CITY CENTER Best Western President or the deluxe (4 star) CITY CENTER Mercure Auckland). Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel and orientation briefing with your tour manager and fellow guests.
Day 4 / Auckland Sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and the historic Parnel Village. More than half of the entire population of the country lives in the capital and there are so many things to see and do.
Day 5 / Auckland – Waitomo - Rotorua
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, depart Auckland and travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Continue on to Rotorua for a leisurely 2-night stay. Check into the first class Holiday Inn Hotel (or you may choose to upgrade to first class (3 star) CITY CENTER Ibis Rotorua or the deluxe (4 star) CITY CENTER Novotel Hotel). Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight.
Day 6 / Rotorua, Excursion to Waimungu Volcanic Valley
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning. Travel to the nearby Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Waimangu in the Maori language means “black water,” and the area was once the location of the most powerful geyser in the world. The valley is not home to wonderful plant and bird life, thermal hot springs, steaming cliffs, and volcanic craters.
Day 7 / Rotorua – Fly to Christchurch
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you transfer to Rotorua Airport for your short flight from the North Island to the South Island. You arrive in lovely Christchurch. This city is the largest on the island and the most “English City” outside of the United Kingdom. Enjoy an orientation tour and learn about the rich history of this city. Check into the first class Academy Lodge Hotel (or you may choose to upgrade to first class (3 star) CITY CENTER Ibis Hotel or the deluxe (4 star) CITY CENTER Rendezvous Hotel).
Day 8 / Christchurch – Mount Cook National Park & Lord of The Rings
Breakfast at the hotel. Today your sightseeing is the incredible natural film sets made famous by the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies. Travel to Mount Cook National Park and enjoy a tour of “The Lonely Mountain”, glaciers and so much more. Check into the first class MacKenzie Country Inn in Twizel. (Note: because of remote National Park accommodations there are not upgrades available here.)
Day 9 / Mt Cook to Queenstown
Breakfast at the hotel this morning. Today you enjoy a scenic alpine trip south towards the magnificent “Southern Alps” and the QUEEN CITY of the Alps, Queenstown. Check into the first class Mercure Hotel (or you may choose to upgrade to first class (3 star) CITY CENTER Rydges Lakeland or the deluxe (4 star) CITY CENTER Novotel Hotel). Dinner included tonight at the hotel.
Day 10 / Queenstown at Leisure / Optional Tour to Milford Sound
Breakfast at the hotel. Your tour manager can assist you with an optional tour to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Here you can cruise on the fjord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths.
Day 11 / Queenstown – Tasman Sea Flight to Melbourne
Breakfast at the hotel. G’day – welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. You enjoy a leisurely 2-night stay. Check into the first class Miami Hotel (or you may choose to upgrade to first class (3 star) CITY CENTER Mercure Welcome Hotel or the deluxe (4 star) CITY CENTER Novotel Hotel). Welcome dinner is included tonight.
Day 12 / Melbourne Sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel. Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. See Fitzroy Gardens, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Center and other buildings of significance. Tonight you can take an optional excursion to the world famous Penquin Parade on Phillip Island.
Day 13 / Melbourne – Flight to Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Breakfast at the hotel each morning. Today fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Upon arrival you enjoy an orientation tour of this tropical paradise. Check into the first class Acacia Court Hotel (or you may choose to upgrade to first class (3 star) CITY CENTER Ibis Hotel or the deluxe (4 star) CITY CENTER Rydges Plaza). Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Day 14 / Cairns & Great Barrier Reef at Leisure
Breakfast at the hotel each morning. Today a full day at leisure. Your tour manager can assist you with a cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. You can explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. You can choose to Snorkel, take a semi-submersible or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.
Day 15 / Cairns – Flight to Sydney
Breakfast at the hotel each morning. Today fly to Sydney, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Upon arrival you are transferred for your leisurely 3-night stay. Check into the first class Ibis Sydney Hotel (or you may choose to upgrade to first class (3 star) CITY CENTER Ibis King Street or the deluxe (4 star) CITY CENTER Best Western Hotel Stellar). Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Day 16 / Sydney Sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel each morning. Today you explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the Sydney Opera House, UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the famous Botanic Gardens, and Harbor Bridge. No visit is complete without Bondi Beach and understanding the ‘outdoor’ lifestyle of this great city.
Day 17 / Sydney at Leisure
Breakfast at the hotel each morning. Today is a full final day in the South Pacific to enjoy this incredible city. Your tour manager will be able to assist with a wide variety of activities.
Day 18 / Travel to Sydney Airport & Fly Home
Breakfast at the hotel this morning. You are transferred to the Syndey airport for your flight home. Return with many wonderful memories of the best of Australia & New Zealand.
$4499 Per Person Double
$5999 Per Person Single
$4199 For the 3rd Guest (in the same room and check discount does not apply)
NOTE: Rates are valid for the October 4, 2016 departure. Please add $100 per person for the 2017 & 2018 departures
To these rates please add $299 in government taxes & fees.
Rates were valid on April 4, 2016 and are subject to change.
BEST OF RED CENTER & AYERS ROCK POST TOUR
Our 4 Day Best of Red Center & Ayers Rock Post Tour is a perfect compliment to your Australia & New Zealand trip. As other guests return home you fly deep into the center of Australia. Fly to Ayers Rock for a 2-night stay. Complete sightseeing of Red Center & Ayers Rock is included. You then fly to Sydney for one additional night to prepare for your flight back to North America. Legendary Journeys highly recommends this tour extension.
- 2 Nights Ayers Rock First Class (3 Star) Hotel Accommodations at the Ibis Outback Pioneer Hotel (or similar). (upgrade to Deluxe 4 star Novotel Desert Gardens Hotel (or similar) for $149 DBL / TPL; $298 Single) and 1 night at Sydney Ibis Hotel
- All Transfers while in Red Center & in Sydney
- Comprehensive escorted Red Center & Ayers Rock sightseeing tour
- Sightseeing as outlined in itinerary. You will also enjoy a varied selection of Optional Excursions that allows you to be as busy as you desire during free time.
$1099 Per Person Double / Triple
$1499 Per Person Single
$999 For the 3rd Guest
CHECK DISCOUNT: You may deduct $200 for this type of payment. (1st and 2nd guests only)
PAYMENTS: $1500 deposit due upon booking.
Final Payment due 120 days prior to departure.
Deposit is non-refundable
120 - 61 days prior 50%
60 - 31 days prior 75%
Within 30 days 100%.
CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.