AU2 Australia & New Zealand

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Melbourne: City Tour & Yarra Valley; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise; Darwin & Kakadu National Park; The 'Red Centre'; Waitomo Caves; Rotorua: Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve; Wellington: Te Papa Museum; Doubtful OR Milford Sound overnight cruise; Mt Cook scenic overflight

Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner or lunch daily (hotels and local restaurants); lunch on overnight cruise. All land / water transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. This tour is based on an air pass that MUST be booked by us in conjunction with your international air tickets. Flights between Australia and New Zealand included for land & air customers. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuity, most lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Australia-NZ flights for land only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.

ATTENTION: This tour is based on a Qantas air pass that MUST be booked by Adventures Abroad in conjunction with Qantas international air tickets. If you intend to secure your own international air a SURCHARGE (approx 600-1000 USD) will apply. If you book your own flights, the air between Australia and New Zealand must be booked and paid for separately.

Seasonality and Weather

AUSTRALIA: There are two climatic zones: the tropical zone (in the north above the Tropic of Capricorn) and the temperate zone. The tropical zone (consisting of 40 percent of Australia) has two seasons: summer (wet) and winter (dry) while the temperate zone has a four seasons. Nov-Mar (spring/summer) Warm or hot everywhere, tropical in the north, and warm to hot with mild nights in the south. Out tour covers a huge area with varied weather-you must be prepared for a wide range of conditions.

KAKADU: Oct-Dec: pre-monsoon season of hot weather, which becomes increasingly humid. Along the creeks of Kakadu, the air is heavy with the scent of blossoming paperbark trees, which in the evenings attract colonies of feeding fruit bats. Feb/March: time of thunderstorms and rich plant and animal life. Most plants are fruiting and animals are caring for their young. Expanses of water recede and streams run clear.

NEW ZEALAND: Subtropical in the north and temperate in the south. The warmer months (Oct-Mar) are the most pleasant, though you must be prepared for a wide range of conditions.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Transportation throughout via a/c private motor coach; all flights booked in economy class. Australia is BIG; some journeys are long but frequent stops are made for photos and refreshment. In New Zealand we have a private air-conditioned motorcoach and one flight.

Accommodation

Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available at hotels though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at train stations and airports.

The sound that we cruise can vary depending on space availability and other scheduling considerations. We board either the Fiordland Navigator (Doubtful Sound) or the Milford Mariner (Milford), both of which feature private twin-bedded cabins and operated by our partners, Real Journeys (view the full itineraries and vessel descriptions at www.realjourneys.co.nz).

Our hotels in Australia and New Zealand are chosen primarily for location, cleanliness, security, and comfort. We regret that mid-range hotels in the region do not generally provide free wifi; it is available, but it may be costly.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader, coach captains, local step-on guides in several locales.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader)


AU2 TRIP DETAILS

DURATION31 days

TOUR STARTMelbourne

TOUR ENDChristchurch