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28 Day Rainforests, Reef and Rock Formations

28 days 27 nights
Perth to Christchurch
from NZD$7,799pp
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This is an incredible 28 day antipodean adventure, exploring Australia and New Zealand. The trip begins in Perth, Australia, taking time to enjoy Western Australia's southern coastline, stopping in Margaret River to experience some of the country's best cuisine. Encounter Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, and Litchfield National Parks before hitting the east coast to experience lush rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.
In New Zealand, you will journey around the South Island, with spectacular scenery along the way. See mountains rise from the sea in Milford Sound, experience the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown, and finish with the iconic TranzAlpine Train back to Christchurch.

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Day One - G'day and welcome to Perth
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Private transfer from Perth Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and delivered to your Perth accommodation.

Arrive into Perth

Perth sits on the west coast and is Australia’s sunniest capital city. Soak up the sunshine at one of the white sand beaches, take a walk in leafy Kings Park - one of the world’s largest inner-city parks, or visit nearby Rottnest Island to meet the resident quokka. For a more cultural experience head to the museum and gallery precinct, or go a little further afield to Swan Valley to experience its vineyards, art, food and history.

Accommodation: Nesuto Mounts Bay Perth Apartment Hotel
Accommodation type: Apartments
Nesuto Mounts Bay Perth offers fully self-contained and well-furnished apartments. The apartments are situated in a village-style environment, in the secluded Mounts Bay Village. This sanctuary of landscaped gardens is complemented by swimming pools and tennis courts, with ample undercover parking within the complex.

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Day Two - Today, take a day trip to Rottnest Island to meet the friendly quokkas
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Discover Rottnest Tour with Rottnest Express

See the whole of Rottnest in a day with a return ferry trip combined with a full-island bus tour. The 90-minute tour visits the island’s most spectacular locations, with insightful commentary shining a light on "Rotto’s" unique flora, fauna, history, and culture. The bus stops at two key vantage points – Wadjemup Lighthouse and the rugged West End, where passengers can hop off, take a short walk, and soak up the views. You might even meet a quokka or two along the way.

Accommodation: Nesuto Mounts Bay Perth Apartment Hotel
Accommodation type: Apartments
Meals included: Lunch
Nesuto Mounts Bay Perth offers fully self-contained and well-furnished apartments. The apartments are situated in a village-style environment, in the secluded Mounts Bay Village. This sanctuary of landscaped gardens is complemented by swimming pools and tennis courts, with ample undercover parking within the complex.

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Day Three - Collect your car and drive to Margaret River, stopping on the way to visit the Busselton Jetty
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Collect your rental car

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. We have a fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige sedans and SUVs. Insurance can often be included with a small excess or deductible.

Perth to Margaret River via Busselton

The journey from Margaret River takes approximately three hours by car. Take the Kwinana Freeway out of Perth, this later becomes Forrest Highway. Head towards Bunbury, then onto Busselton.
Busselton's calm turquoise bay is the perfect place to stretch your legs. Take a walk or train ride over the Indian Ocean on the 1.8km (1.1 mile) long jetty - the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. Visit the Busselton Museum, Old Courthouse or the beautiful St Mary's Church for a taste of what the area was like in the 1800s, and then treat yourself to lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants before continuing on your drive. Margaret River is just 50km (31 miles) south of Busselton and when you start to see vineyards – you’re almost there.
Margaret River is one of Western Australia's most famous wine regions. Over the last 50 years, it has reached internationally-acclaimed status specialising in cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, with nearly 100 cellar doors to experience.

Underwater Observatory Tour at the Busselton Jetty

The Underwater Observatory tour starts with a relaxing train ride on the Stocker Preston Express along the length of the Jetty with 360-degree views across Geographe Bay. Descending 8 metres below the ocean's surface, this tour then explores the natural wonders that lie beneath the Jetty where it’s piles create Australia’s greatest artificial reef host to 300 different marine species with an inspiring forest of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.

Accommodation: Seashells Yallingup
Accommodation type: Apartments
Overlooking the beautiful Caves House heritage gardens, Seashells Yallingup is equipped to deliver a lush south west escape. Apartments are furnished with art déco touches and all have private balconies with garden views and a weekly housekeeping service.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 246 kms / 153 miles : 2.8 hours

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Day Four - Margaret River
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Explore Margaret River

The Margaret River Region is home to award-winning wineries, a thriving art scene, incredible hiking trails, and an abundance of local cuisine with a great respect for the land. It is surrounded by national parks with pristine coastlines and rugged granite outcrops and offers a myriad of activities, with popular surf breaks (frequented by pro surfers and dolphins alike), walking trails and caves to explore.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Eat Drink Explore Full Day Winery & Brewery Tour

Experience the very best of Margaret River on this complete tour. Discover the region's amazing food, wine and culture with time to relax and enjoy your favourite producers. Throughout the day, you will enjoy wine tastings at three amazing cellar doors, including some smaller, family-run boutique wineries where cellar door staff will guide you through some superb wines. Lunch is included at a local brewery, included with lunch a glass of beer or wine.

Accommodation: Seashells Yallingup
Accommodation type: Apartments
Overlooking the beautiful Caves House heritage gardens, Seashells Yallingup is equipped to deliver a lush south west escape. Apartments are furnished with art déco touches and all have private balconies with garden views and a weekly housekeeping service.

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Day Five - Continue along the coast to Albany, stopping at Denmark to see the beautiful elephant rocks
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Margaret River to Albany via Denmark

Today's journey begins by heading inland to the old timber town of Nannup – famous for its gardens, spring wildflowers and craft shops. From here, head south to Pemberton, home to the Gloucester Tree - the world's tallest fire lookout tree. At 61m (200ft) the lookout platform is roughly the same height as the Sydney Opera House.
Continue on the Vasse and South Western Highway to Walpole and continue towards Denmark, stopping off at William Bay National Park, where the towering forest meets the Southern Ocean and you can take a short walk to see Greens Pool and the Elephant Rocks rock formations. Denmark has wineries and gourmet produce stores surrounding the town, so there's not shortage of great options in the cafes and restaurants to take a late lunch or grab a snack.
From Denmark, it is just 40 minutes to Albany, the place that the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia. Home to more than 50 heritage buildings and the Historic Whaling Station Museum at Discovery Bay, there is no shortage of history waiting to be discovered.

Accommodation: Quality Apartments Banksia Gardens
Accommodation type: Apartments
Award winning hotel Quality Apartments Banksia Gardens has a reputation for providing an exceptional experience for visitors to the Amazing South Coast.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 384 kms / 238 miles : 4.5 hours

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Day Six - Head north back to Perth through the Wheat Belt
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Albany to Perth

The drive from Albany to Perth is long, at around 420km (261 miles), but straightforward as you will stay on the Albany Highway through the Wheatbelt all the way to Perth.
About 2 hours into your journey is the town of Kojonup, where you can visit The Kodja Place. This Visitor and Interpretive Centre incorporates state of the art design and technologies with the simple directness of the traditional Noongar style of storytelling and also features the Australian Rose Maze. The town is also home to the Kojonup Military Barracks, built in 1845.
Continuing northwest for about an hour, you will come to Williams, one of the oldest settled towns in Western Australia. Stop in at the Williams Wool Shed where there is a cafe as well as a gift shop, art display, and sheep shearing demonstrations.
Continue through the Wheatbelt passing lush bushland as you continue to your destination, Perth.

Accommodation: Nesuto Mounts Bay Perth Apartment Hotel
Accommodation type: Apartments
Nesuto Mounts Bay Perth offers fully self-contained and well-furnished apartments. The apartments are situated in a village-style environment, in the secluded Mounts Bay Village. This sanctuary of landscaped gardens is complemented by swimming pools and tennis courts, with ample undercover parking within the complex.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 401 kms / 249 miles : 4.4 hours

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Day Seven - Fly to Yulara in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Depart Perth today

Explore more of Perth before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

Domestic Flight - Perth to Ayers Rock (Yulara)

This cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Hotel transfer Ayres Rock Airport to Hotel

A hotel transfer will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Accommodation: Voyages The Lost Camel
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
The Lost Camel Hotel is a contemporary and fun, boutique-style hotel conveniently located in the heart of Ayers Rock Resort, only 20 minutes from Uluru. Furnished in a stylish mix of Aboriginal and urban themes, The Lost Camel is a unique and edgy accommodation option.

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Day Eight - Today is yours to explore the 'Red Centre'
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Explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Discover the spiritual heart of the Australian Outback. Home to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Watarrka National Parks, this desert region is blessed with natural wonders, world-class dining experiences and rugged beauty.
Visit local galleries to discover local Indigenous art and culture, take a scenic flight, or choose from one of the established walks in the region, from short ones suitable for very young children to the full 10.6-km loop around the base of Uluru.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Uluru Sacred Sights Tour with Emu Run Experience

Uluru is more than a landmark. This world-heritage listed monolith has been a significant cultural site for the Aboriginal people for many centuries. Discover the stories intertwined with Uluru and its surroundings on this fascinating tour. Depart Ayers Rock mid-afternoon for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Learn the significance of ancient Aboriginal rock art, about the areas flora and fauna, and culture of its traditional owners, the Anangu. Enjoy guided walks of the Mala and Mutitjulu Waterhole sacred sites. View ancient rock art and hear stories of traditional Anangu life Learn the Tjukurpa (creation) story of Kuniya and Liru.

Accommodation: Voyages The Lost Camel
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
The Lost Camel Hotel is a contemporary and fun, boutique-style hotel conveniently located in the heart of Ayers Rock Resort, only 20 minutes from Uluru. Furnished in a stylish mix of Aboriginal and urban themes, The Lost Camel is a unique and edgy accommodation option.

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Day Nine - Fly north to Darwin to explore more of the Northrn Territory
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Hotel transfer Hotel to Ayres Rock Airport

A hotel transfer will meet you at your hotel reception and transfer you to the Ayres Rock Airport to meet your departing flight.

Domestic Flight - Ayers Rock (Yulara) to Darwin

This cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Collect your rental car

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. We have a fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige sedans and SUVs. Insurance can often be included with a small excess or deductible.

Accommodation: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin
Accommodation type: Apartments
With its CBD location and proximity to the waterfront, Mantra on the Esplanade offers a beautiful and unique location in Australia's Top End. It is just a short stroll to Mitchell Street, Darwin's restaurant precinct and within driving distance of Kakadu National Park.

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Day Ten - Today is yours to explore the 'Top End'
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Explore Darwin

Darwin has a fantastic mix of things to do, whether you are joining a tour or going the self-guided route. Make sure you head to Mindil Beach Sunset Market and wander the multitude of stalls. Join a sunset harbour cruise and soak up the sunset with drinks and canapes. Catch a film under the stars at the outdoor Deckchair Cinema (known as "The Deckie" to locals); all screenings start at 7:30pm and local eateries have food stalls to keep your hunger at bay.
There are more crocodiles in the Northern Territory than anywhere else in the world, so jump in a boat or visit Crocosaurus Cove and meet the real locals. If you're looking to stretch your legs, visit the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. These beautiful, exotically gardens are home to some spectacular plant species that provide a tropical oasis where you can learn about their natural and cultural history.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 3 Hour Gourmet Lunch Tour with Darwin Gourmet Tours

Darwin Gourmet Tours guides you to the best of Darwin’s food scene with an escorted 3-hour easy walking tour. Chefs and staff present tasting plates (degustation) with an emphasis on local produce and Aboriginal bush foods. The rotating roster of restaurants includes Hanuman, Phat Mango, Aboriginal Bush Traders, PepperBerry Restaurant at the Hilton, Little Miss Korea, Moorish, Ruby, Char, Snapper Rocks, Roma Bar, Chow, Bannsang and other top dining places. Coffee, tea and standard soft drinks are included. During the short walk the guide will also show you cultural and historic landmarks and Darwin’s vibrant street artworks, many showcasing futuristic augmented reality.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Charles Darwin Sunset Cruise with Darwin Harbour Cruises

Toast the top end’s legendary sunsets from a location like no other. On the city of Darwin’s doorstep, Darwin Harbour features incredible wildlife, historical landmarks, and unbeatable views of the tropical city. Sit back and soak up the water views and stunning sunset as you cruise in comfort. A range of delicious platters and beverages can be ordered throughout the two and a half hour cruise (at your own expense).

Accommodation: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin
Accommodation type: Apartments
With its CBD location and proximity to the waterfront, Mantra on the Esplanade offers a beautiful and unique location in Australia's Top End. It is just a short stroll to Mitchell Street, Darwin's restaurant precinct and within driving distance of Kakadu National Park.

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Day Eleven - Take a day trip out to Litchfield National Park
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Darwin to Litchfield National Park

Just a 1.5-hour drive from Darwin lies Litchfield National Park. Get up early and pack a picnic and your swimwear to make the most of your day by exploring the highlights of this incredible national park.
Heading towards Batchelor, your first stop will be one of Litchfield’s most impressive sights, the Magnetic Termite Mounds. These stand up to two metres (6.5 feet) high and can be more than 100 years old. Stop by the nearby information centre to learn about the fascinating creates that build these natural structures.
Just ten minutes further down the road will bring you to Florence Falls, your first chance to pop in for a swim or to dip your feet in the refreshing water today. From the Florence Falls car park, walk just three minutes to a viewing platform that offers breathtaking views over the gorge and pools below. Continue down the staircase to be met with a crystal-clear plunge pool, along with two cascading waterfalls – they’re especially impressive after the wet season ends in April.
From Florence Falls, choose between driving a few minutes down the road, or taking the 3.2-kilometre (two-mile) walking track that connects to Buley Rockhole. Buley Rockhole is a series of natural pools that flow from one to the next.
The next stop is the one waterfall not to be missed in Litchfield, Wangi Falls. Located 25 minutes drive from Buley Rockhole, the falls are home to a picnic area and a café, but what makes this place a must-do is its incredible natural beauty. Two breathtaking waterfalls plunge over the rock escarpments and splash into the waterhole below. From Wangi it is a one and a half hour drive back to Darwin.

Accommodation: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin
Accommodation type: Apartments
With its CBD location and proximity to the waterfront, Mantra on the Esplanade offers a beautiful and unique location in Australia's Top End. It is just a short stroll to Mitchell Street, Darwin's restaurant precinct and within driving distance of Kakadu National Park.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 279 kms / 173 miles : 3.5 hours

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Day Twelve - Head east to Kakadu National Park and take a Yellow River Cruise
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Darwin to Cooinda Lodge via Burrungkuy

Set off from Darwin eastbound towards Humpty Doo and keep an eye out for the Big Boxing Crocodile as you travel along the highway. After about 32km, you will reach the town of Wak Wak, where you can join a Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Seize the opportunity to get up close and personal with these giant, prehistoric creatures from the safety of your boat. This one hour cruise will take you out on the Adelaide River and entice crocodiles up to 6 metres long to jump.
If you're interested in learning more about the local culture, head down the road to the family-run Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours where you will learn about local bush food and medicine, weaving, spear throwing, and playing the didgeridoo.
When you are ready, continue travelling east on Arnhem Highway. Mary River National Park is a beautiful wetland reserve located down the road from Wak Wak. Bird lovers will be spoiled with the diversity of species living here and will have plenty of opportunities to spot them while cruising the billabongs. For the anglers out there you can also enjoy world-class fishing, with the opportunity to catch barramundi, getting up to 1.4m in length!
From here it is a very straightforward drive to Jabiru, the main township of Kakadu National Park. Before leaving town, stroll down the Bowali Track to the Bowali Visitor Centre and get some great local tips on what you can do and see in the region. There is also some beautiful art on display at the Marrawuddi Gallery before journeying south to explore the Yellow Water and Mary River regions of Kakadu.
Your first stop is to Burrungkuy (Nourlangie), where you will find a painting of the culturally important creation ancestor Namarrgon (Lightning Man). From the carpark, take the walking track to see the painting. If time allows, explore some of the other scenic walks that showcase the biodiversity and beautiful landscapes that make up this part of the Arnhem Land escarpment.
Continue on the Kakadu Highway towards Cooinda Lodge. If you have extra time in the region and you are looking for some hikes to do, the Mirrai Lookout Trail is not far from Burrungkuy but it is a steep and challenging track. Those who complete it will be rewarded with some expansive 360 degree views of the park. The 2km track takes a moderately fit person 1.5 hours to complete. Be sure to have adequate sun protection, sturdy footwear, and lots of water as it can get very hot here, particularly in October and November leading up to monsoon season.
While you are here, doing a Yellow Water Cruise is a must-do. Cruising along the beautiful billabong to find sea eagles, jacanas, brolgas, crocodiles, and buffalo.

Yellow Water Cruise

Cruise Kakadu's most famous wetland and see the billabong come alive. Located at the end of the Jim Jim Creek, Yellow Water is part of the South Alligator River system. This river system is unique as it is included in its entirety within a UNESCO World Heritage listed National Park.
Kakadu is home to over 280 different species of birds being around a third of the bird species found in Australia. Kakadu National Park has such a large footprint that multiple ecosystems and habitats exist within its border providing a home for the many species that live in the Park.

Accommodation: Cooinda Lodge
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
The village-style property is located beneath a canopy of trees beside Yellow Water Billabong, home to world-renowned Yellow Water Cruises, where crocodiles and birds are seen on the flood plain amongst Paperbark, Pandanus, and Fresh Water Mangroves. With its oasis style atmosphere, Cooinda Lodge offers an inviting shaded swimming pool, bistro-style dining, bars, petrol station, and a store that offers locally-made crafts as well a wide range of essentials for touring.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 315 kms / 195 miles : 3.4 hours

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Day Thirteen - Drive back to Darwin today
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Cooinda to Darwin

Head north back to Jabiru, before turning off to go west on the Arnhem Highway past the Mamukala Wetlands and Mary River National Park as you head towards Darwin. If you're interested in learning more about the local culture, head down the road to the family-run Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours where you will learn about local bush food and medicine, weaving, spear throwing, and playing the didgeridoo.
Your journey ends in Darwin, a city full of contrasts with Asian-influenced food and its unique tropical lifestyle. While you're here, take time to learn about the history of Darwin's recovery after it was bombed in 1942 during World War II, and when Cyclone Tracy ripped through the city in 1974.

Accommodation: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin
Accommodation type: Apartments
With its CBD location and proximity to the waterfront, Mantra on the Esplanade offers a beautiful and unique location in Australia's Top End. It is just a short stroll to Mitchell Street, Darwin's restaurant precinct and within driving distance of Kakadu National Park.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 292 kms / 182 miles : 3.1 hours

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Day Fourteen - Day 14
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Depart Darwin today

Explore more of Darwin before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

Domestic Flight - Darwin to Cairns

This cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Private transfer from Cairns Airport to your accommodation

A private transfer will meet you on arrival at the airport and transfer you to your Cairns accommodation.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise

A Cairns dinner cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Board the sailing catamaran and enjoy an evening of calm water cruising on Trinity Inlet, taking in the sights and sounds of this tropical port city and its surrounds as they transition from day to night.

Accommodation: Jack & Newell Holiday Apartments
Accommodation type: Apartments
Jack & Newell provide an ideal base for staying in Cairns and exploring Tropical North Queensland. Large bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, large living areas, laundry facilities, and private, spacious patios provide a cosy home-away-from-home while you explore the hundreds of exciting things to do and see in Cairns and the region.

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Day Fifteen - Day 15
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Explore Cairns and surrounds

Cairns is a laid back city with plenty of opportunities for adventure. You can take the Skyrail or Scenic Railway to Kuranda to explore the world's oldest continually surviving rainforest; journey by boat to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef to visit the largest coral reef system in the world, jump on a river rafting trip to get an adrenaline rush, visit one of the nearby islands, or simply relax and enjoy the Cairns Esplanade.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is one of the longest continually operating tourist attractions in Australia. The business began in 1934 as a roadhouse for weary motorists. Legend has it the original owner Pop Evans entertained motorists by feeding Charlie the crocodile, while scones cooked in the woodstove. Eight decades later, Hartley’s world-famous Crocodile Attack Show is as popular as ever with daily presentations that strike a perfect balance between entertainment and education.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Daintree, Cape Trib & Bloomfield Day Tour with Billy Tea Safaris

Sit back and relax in comfort in a custom-built 4WD air-conditioned vehicle while listening to informative and entertaining commentary by your local naturalist guide. Group size is limited for a more personalised experience.
Spot crocodiles on a Daintree River cruise, learn about flora, fauna, and the history of the Daintree on a guided boardwalk tour, take a 4WD ride through a World Heritage-listed rainforest on the rugged Bloomfield Track, savour a traditional Aussie barbecue, sample traditional ‘Aussie’ billy tea, damper and tropical fruits in the company of wallabies and enjoy a homemade Daintree ice-cream on your journey home.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Chillagoe & Outback Tour with Billy Tea Safaris

Explore the Chillagoe Caves, Granite Gorge and other highlights of Tropical North Queensland on this full-day tour from Cairns. Ascend the McAllister Ranges looking for many different species of bush birds, including emus, wedge-tail eagles, squatter pigeons, kangaroos, and frilled neck lizards along the way to the first stop at Skybury Coffee Plantation in Mareeba for morning tea.
Travel out to Chillagoe while listening to the informative commentary by your guide who will share information about the region's wildlife, history, and aboriginal culture. Explore the Chillagoe-Mungaga Caves National Park with an expert local guide, travel through historic mining towns and small outback communities, see the Chillagoe Smelter Ruins, visit Balancing Rock for an amazing photo opportunity, see and learn about aboriginal rock art and visit Granite Gorge to see the wallabies. You'll also be treated to an Aussie outback pub lunch and tropical fruit tastings for afternoon tea.

Accommodation: Jack & Newell Holiday Apartments
Accommodation type: Apartments
Jack & Newell provide an ideal base for staying in Cairns and exploring Tropical North Queensland. Large bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, large living areas, laundry facilities, and private, spacious patios provide a cosy home-away-from-home while you explore the hundreds of exciting things to do and see in Cairns and the region.

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Day Sixteen - Cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef
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Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with Quicksilver Cruises

This is an experience of a lifetime! Quicksilver’s wave-piercing catamaran and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance.
Choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one meter underwater. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver’s unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. Whichever way you choose, you’ll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Accommodation: Jack & Newell Holiday Apartments
Accommodation type: Apartments
Jack & Newell provide an ideal base for staying in Cairns and exploring Tropical North Queensland. Large bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, large living areas, laundry facilities, and private, spacious patios provide a cosy home-away-from-home while you explore the hundreds of exciting things to do and see in Cairns and the region.

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Day Seventeen - Fly south to Australia's largest city, Sydney
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Private transfer from your accommodation to Cairns Airport

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to the airport in time for your departing flight.

Domestic Flight - Cairns to Sydney

This cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Private Transfer from Sydney Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, a private transfer will collect you from Sydney Airport and transfer you to your accommodation.

Arrive into Sydney

Sydney is Australia's most famous city and with almost 20% of the country's population, is also Australia's largest city. Situated on the east coast of Australia it has beautiful white sand beaches, including the famous Bondi Beach and Manly Beach as well as the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and of course, the Sydney Opera House. Rich in history, art, and food Sydney has something for everyone.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Evening Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Sydney harbour is like a sunset painting in progress. The aquamarine colours of Summer give way to the warm orange hues of Autumn before deepening to a magical Winter twilight blue. Year-round, sun-up or sun-down and everything in between, the colours of Sydney Harbour will welcome you onboard the evening Dinner Cruise. This is the perfect start to an evening or stunning end to an amazing day in the greatest city in the world.

Accommodation: Mantra 2 Bond Street Sydney
Accommodation type: Apartments
Sydney is yours for the taking when you stay at Mantra 2 Bond Street. With tourist attractions like Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour right on your doorstep. Take it all in as you overlook the Harbour from the rooftop's heated pool and spa.

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Day Eighteen - Today is yours to explore Sydney
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Explore Sydney

Often mistaken as Australia's capital city, Sydney is a vibrant coastal city with plenty to see and do. Wander around Circular Quay for great views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge; explore the Royal Botanic Gardens, get your science and culture fix at the Powerhouse Museum, Maritime Museum or the Sydney Observatory; take a ferry and explore the Harbour, Luna Park or Taronga Zoo, or simply shop til you drop in the city centre. With plenty of great bars and restaurants, there is no shortage of things to see, do, eat and drink!

Sydney Opera House Tour

Step inside an iconic landmark. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks and this is your chance to truly get up-close. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Watch unforgettable moments from past Concert Hall performances, learning about the history and future of this world-famous hall in an immersive digital experience. Experience the future within a  purpose-built venue that boasts heritage-inspired interiors, and state-of-the-art technology, including 270-degree visuals and surround sound.
From the jaw-dropping sweep of the sails to our soaring cathedral interiors, it is impossible to complete a tour of the Sydney Opera House without being compelled to look up.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Hidden Bars of Sydney Walking Tour with Depot Adventures

In 2014, the government of New South Wales introduced lockout laws, which forever changed Sydney’s bar scene. Suddenly, club-hopping was no more in a city known for some of the best nightlife in Australia.
In a story of unintended consequences, a new kind of bar started to appear in the city — one that you could settle into for the night with a small group of mates. Sydney’s speakeasies came roaring into fashion, and now hidden bars behind pizza shops, dumpling halls and back laneways are all the rage.
Join a local guide and discover the incredibly new and exciting trend in Sydney’s hospitality scene.

Accommodation: Mantra 2 Bond Street Sydney
Accommodation type: Apartments
Sydney is yours for the taking when you stay at Mantra 2 Bond Street. With tourist attractions like Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour right on your doorstep. Take it all in as you overlook the Harbour from the rooftop's heated pool and spa.

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Day Nineteen - Another full day at your leisure, head out to explore or relax at one of the city's iconic beaches
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Another day to explore Sydney

There's so much to see and do in and around Sydney that it isn't possible to fit it into just one day. Today, you might wish to explore Sydney's Aboriginal history or venture further afield to go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley or explore the Three Sisters and the Blue Mountains. If you are visiting between May and October, you can even head out on a whale watching cruise.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Canberra, Australia's Capital Tour with Gray Line

The nation's capital - a purpose built city, ultra modern with imposing architecture yet a rural charm of lakeside, gardens and open spaces. This hi-tech city is the seat of Parliament and home of superb national monuments, museums and galleries.
On this day tour, you will visit the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, and Parliament House. You will also pass by “The Lodge” – residence of the Prime Minister, the Captain Cook Memorial Fountain, National Library, the Carillion Bell Tower and the High Court of Australia.

Accommodation: Mantra 2 Bond Street Sydney
Accommodation type: Apartments
Sydney is yours for the taking when you stay at Mantra 2 Bond Street. With tourist attractions like Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour right on your doorstep. Take it all in as you overlook the Harbour from the rooftop's heated pool and spa.

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Accommodation: Mantra 2 Bond Street Sydney
Accommodation type: Apartments
Sydney is yours for the taking when you stay at Mantra 2 Bond Street. With tourist attractions like Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour right on your doorstep. Take it all in as you overlook the Harbour from the rooftop's heated pool and spa.

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Day Twenty one - Cross the Tasman and arrive into the 'Garden City' of Christchurch
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Private Transfer from Sydney Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, a private transfer will collect you from Sydney Airport and transfer you to your accommodation.

International Flight - Sydney to Christchurch

This cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Private transfer Christchurch Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your Christchurch accommodation.

Welcome to Christchurch City

Christchurch, New Zealand's self proclaimed garden city is a bright and vibrant destination. Known for its large green belt, the wide tree lined avenues and lush gardens make for a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Take the double decker hop on/hop off bus for an easy way to see the sights, or ride a historic tram across town to the renowned botanic gardens and the unique cardboard Transitional Cathedral.

Accommodation: Quest Cathedral Junction
Accommodation type: Apartments
Quest Cathedral Junction serviced apartment style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Christchurch accommodation experience. Quest Cathedral Junction is located within the Christchurch CBD, only a short walk to Cathedral Square, New Regent Street Entertainment Precinct, Isaac Royal Theatre, Botanic Gardens.

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Day Twenty two - Collect your rental car this morning, then you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
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Collect your rental car

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. We have a fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige sedans and SUVs. Insurance can often be included with a small excess or deductible.

GPS navigation system

Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions including street name announcement. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park

Today you'll drive through the heart of the South Island, crossing the vast Canterbury plains. Catch your breath in Geraldine before continuing through Fairlie. Ascending Burkes pass you'll come to the picturesque lakeside town of Tekapo.
Follow the road and take in the view of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand's tallest mountain) from the shores of Lake Pukaki, known for its glacier fed turquoise blue color. Continue along the lake to your final destination Mt Cook Village. Please note there are no food or shops at Mount Cook you will need to stock up prior to arriving in Mount Cook if you wish to self cater.

Accommodation: Aoraki Court Motel
Accommodation type: Motels - premium
This motel accommodation is located right in Mt Cook Village. Well equipped units all within walking distance of the village facilities and nearby restaurants.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 350 kms / 217 miles : 4.1 hours

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Day Twenty three - Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown
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Aoraki / Mt. Cook National Park to Queenstown

Leaving the alpine region of Mount Cook, you'll travel through the lakeside town of Twizel, then a little further to Omarama - the gliding capital of New Zealand. Continue on over the Lindis Pass, one of New Zealand's highest roads with a summit of 971 metres. Arrive in the quaint village of Tarras, then continue on a short way to the historic Bendigo Reserve, one of Otago's original gold mining settlements.

Follow the road to Cromwell, and keep going through the sheer cliffs of the Kawarau Gorge towards Gibbston, one of New Zealand's premier wine growing regions. See the historic Kawarau Bridge where you can bungy jump or relax and watch others take the plunge. Approaching Queenstown, the Remarkables mountain range comes into view as you arrive into the adventure capital of New Zealand.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Skyline Gondola Queenstown and 3 Luge Rides

In the heart of Queenstown, located 450 metres above town in the Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve is the Skyline Complex. A gondola ride to the summit makes for awe-inspiring views of the city surround. Arrive at the complex and wander the outside viewing decks for a picture perfect outlook. Then onto the Luge! The 800 metre luge track offers an exhilarating journey through banked corners, tunnels and dippers.

Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge
Accommodation type: Motels - economy
Blue Peaks Lodge offers well equipped self contained rooms with a fantastic location overlooking Queenstown and is just an easy five minutes walk to the Queenstown lakefront.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 257 kms / 159 miles : 3.0 hours

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Day Twenty four - Let someone else do the driving today as you head south to Fiordland to discover Milford Sound
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Milford Sound Cruise and coach tour from Queenstown

Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with a 1 hour 40 minute Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On boarding a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown or Te Anau, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the modern, spacious vessel for a leisurely cruise in the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and the wildlife. During the cruise your friendly crew provide commentaries in several languages and point out the sights such as Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier.

Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge
Accommodation type: Motels - economy
Blue Peaks Lodge offers well equipped self contained rooms with a fantastic location overlooking Queenstown and is just an easy five minutes walk to the Queenstown lakefront.

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Day Twenty five - Today is yours to explore Queenstown's adventure and scenery
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Explore Queenstown and surrounds

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders.
Head down the Gibbston wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw -  to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett's ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown.
Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country - or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that - if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or Heli-ski.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Shotover Jet Canyon Jet Boat Ride

Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the Shotover River Canyons. It's a thrilling ride! Skim past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds. And a major highlight - hold tight for the world-famous Shotover Jet full 360-degree spins!

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour

Enjoy a scenic cruise from central Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the historic steamship, TSS Earnslaw. On disembarking, you'll be welcomed and escorted through the beautiful lakeside gardens to the Colonel's Homestead for dinner. Here, you’ll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which your chef will prepare as you watch. Choose from the  seasonal menu which includes an expansive array of New Zealand meats and produce, followed by a delicious array of desserts, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea & coffee. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration offers you a glimpse of life in the high country. On the magical night-time cruise home, you can enjoy the camaraderie of a singalong with the ship’s pianist or breathe in the fresh night air on the moonlit decks as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump

Queenstown is where bungy jumping was pioneered by AJ Hackett and the first commercial jump started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge (on the main road into Queenstown from the east). If a bungy jump is on your 'to do' list them Queenstown is the place and the Kawarau Bridge  is a 43 metre jump from an historic bridge with an optional 'dip' in the Kawarau River.

Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge
Accommodation type: Motels - economy
Blue Peaks Lodge offers well equipped self contained rooms with a fantastic location overlooking Queenstown and is just an easy five minutes walk to the Queenstown lakefront.

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Day Twenty six - Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
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Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier (via Wanaka)

From Queenstown you'll cross the Crown Range - the highest sealed road in New Zealand - to arrive in the Alpine town of Wanaka, gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park. Skirting the shores of both Lake Wanaka and Hawea, you will enter the small town of Makarora. Stop at Blue Pools for a 1 hour return walk through native beech forest to a glacier-fed swimming hole. Continue on through the remote seaside settlement of Haast before heading up the wild West Coast - a 600 km stretch of bush and native rainforest. Fox Glacier welcomes you first, then comes your destination for the night - Franz Josef township.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Twin Glacier Scenic Helicopter Flight with The Helicopter Line

Take a spectacular scenic flight over two of New Zealand's most famous glaciers. Land at the head of one and view the incredible sight of this frozen river as it winds its way through ancient carved valleys. Should weather not be suitable to take this flight you are able to transfer your booking onto a similar tour on any of the Helicopter Line's operations in Queenstown or Mt Cook.

Accommodation: Aspen Court Franz Josef
Accommodation type: Motels - premium
Aspen Court Franz Josef is set amongst native bush providing a very peaceful ambience. Internally the motel units are large, practical and modern with all containing quality furnishings and fittings.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 350 kms / 217 miles : 4.6 hours

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Day Twenty seven - Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
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Franz Josef to Greymouth Train Station

Today you’ll head north through the historic gold mining region of Hokitika. Known for its Greenstone (Pounamu) this seaside town has a rich history dating back to the 1860’s. Head to the coast and take in the endless sea-views or pick up a souvenir at one of the many craft shops. Continue on to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast and the starting point for the next leg of your journey - the TranzAlpine Scenic Train. Drop your rental car at the Greymouth Train Station depot located inside the train station building before boarding your train to Christchurch.

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Greymouth to Christchurch

Considered one of the world's greatest train journeys, the TranzAlpine scenic train travels both ways from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you'll see the vast windswept Canterbury Plains, spectacular gorges, river valleys and native beech rainforest. A highlight for many is the crossing of the Southern Alps, passing through Arthur's Pass National Park, before descending to the Canterbury Plains and arriving in Christchurch.

Private Transfer Christchurch Train Station to your accommodation

On arrival at the Christchurch train station, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Quest Cathedral Junction
Accommodation type: Apartments
Quest Cathedral Junction serviced apartment style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Christchurch accommodation experience. Quest Cathedral Junction is located within the Christchurch CBD, only a short walk to Cathedral Square, New Regent Street Entertainment Precinct, Isaac Royal Theatre, Botanic Gardens.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 170 kms / 106 miles : 2.1 hours

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Day Twenty eight - Depart Christchurch today
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Private transfer accommodation to Christchurch Airport

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to Christchurch Airport in time for your departing flight.

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