AU4 Australia & New Zealand

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Flashy, historic Sydney; Ayer's Rock and the Red Centre; Great Barrier Reef cruise; Auckland city tour; Rotorua thermal springs and geysers; Scenic Queenstown; Stunning Doubtful Sound cruise

Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner or lunch daily (hotels and local restaurants); lunch on overnight cruise. All accommodation, air, land / water transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. This tour is based partly on a Qantas air pass that MUST be booked by us in conjunction with your international air tickets.

Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers.

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. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping.

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.

Seasonality and Weather

This trip is offered twice a year: in early and late austral summer. That said, many regions covered do not have 4 distinct seasons like most places in North America. This itinerary covered a huge area and weather conditions experienced will be extremely varied.

AUSTRALIA: Generally warm or hot everywhere; tropical at Cairns, and warm to hot with mild nights in the southeast. It'll be just plain hot in the centre.

NEW ZEALAND: Again, quite varied north to south, depending on proximity to the sea. Generally milder than Australia, though we can still experience some heat. November is pleasant for wildflowers and green landscapes, while Feb-March will feature late summer conditions, perhaps with the start of some fall colour.

Transport and Travel Conditions

We shrink the greater distances with scheduled flights on local carriers (Qantas & Air New Zealand). Locally, ground transport is provided by private air-conditioned motor coach.

This is not a strenuous tour though it is busy, with plenty of moving around, full days of travel and / or sightseeing, and local city and town walking tours done at a leisurely pace. Though porters are available to assist with baggage at hotels, you must be independent with your luggage at airports.

Accommodation

Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range (3-star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only). Single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than doubles.

in New Zealand, 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 Sound), 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


AU4 TRIP DETAILS

DURATION17 days

TOUR STARTSydney

TOUR ENDChristchurch