DAY 1: Leave California
Flights to be announced by late November 2020 and to include an option in coach class and premium economy class with Air New Zealand out of Los Angeles and/or San Francisco.
DAY 3: ARRIVE-AUCKLAND
Arrive with our group flights or by your own arrangements. Meet and greet at the airport by our local team.
Enjoy a short Auckland orientation tour with a local guide – approximately 1 hour: Queen Street, The Viaduct, Auckland’s Waterfront.
You will then be transferred to your hotel for check-in, where you can enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure.
Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel with your fellow travelers. Auckland City Hotel Studio Room x 2 nights
DAY 4: AUCKLAND SIGHTSEEING (WAIHEKE ISLAND)
Meet your driver in the hotel lobby and transfer to the Downtown Ferry Terminal. Enjoy a leisurely 40-minute ferry ride to Waiheke Island where you will spend the day experiencing a taste of what the island has to offer. Exclusive Private Vehicle with a guide throughout the tour on Waiheke Island. Platter Lunch.
Wine Tastings at 2 vineyards included.
Option to zipline in the morning (approximate cost $50/person) or go to Onetangi beach and Peacock Sky for more wine tasting.
After our platter lunch, time to tour Oneroa village before the final wine tasting at Mudbrick.
Evening at leisure and dinner on your account.
Overnight at Auckland City Hotel.
DAY 5: LEAVE AUCKLAND – ARRIVE ROTORUA
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver/guide, you will leave Auckland for your journey to Rotoroa. Travel to The Red Barn, where you will experience a farm tour with morning tea included. A delightful authentic rural NZ experience on our fully functioning Dairy Farm in the heart of the Waikato. Upon completion continue to Rotorua, where you will enjoy an orientation tour of the city before checking-in at our hotel, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside. Time at leisure.
Late afternoon transfer to Te Puia. Discover Te Puia Thermal Reserve with a guided tour of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Venture into a landscape unlike any other, where you will see bubbling mud pools and active geysers. Watch the world-famous Pohutu geyser unleash vapor jets up to 30 meters high. Your guide will take you through the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.
Includes: Admission to Te Puia and the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, with a 90 minute guided tour.
This evening is your opportunity to indulge in a banquet of authentic Maori cuisine, watch the lifting of the hangi, visit the geothermal valley under lights, take part in a traditional welcoming ceremony and relax at your private concert performance.
Includes: Hangi Dinner, Maori Culture Performance, and chance to experience the Geothermal Valley under the stars. Upon completion, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel – Superior Room x 2 nights
DAY 6: IN ROTORUA
Enjoy a day of sightseeing around the Rotorua region including a 45 minute guided tour of Ohinemutu a living Maori village and a visit to the Redwood Forest Treewalk. This award-winning attraction is great for all ages and at 2300 feet long is one of a kind New Zealand tree-walk consisting of a series of 28 suspension bridges, which traverse between 27 majestic 117-year-old Redwood Trees. The tree walk sits at 65 feet above the forest at its peak and the walkway has been specifically designed and constructed to preserve the trees, plants, and the surrounding natural environment by using a uniquely constructed New Zealand-first technologically designed sling, which is suspended from the Redwood trees. This ecological walk is a perfect wet weather activity with the stunning colors of the forest coming to life in the rain. Enjoy at your own pace with no safety harnesses or training required and appreciate the peacefulness and spirit of this special forest.
Upon completion, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
One of today’s highlights is sure to be our Home Hosted dinner where you will make new friends and get familiar with the country.
DAY 7: ROTORUA – LAKE TAUPO – TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will be met by your Driver/guide, as you head out of Rotorua and on to the Tongariro National Park, via Lake Taupo.
Includes: Admission to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve Travel south to the stunning and powerful Huka Falls.
Then on to the Wairakei Thermal Power Station – which, since 1958, has been drawing steam from the geothermal fields of the Taupo Volcanic Zone to generate enough electricity to satisfy about 5% of the North Island’s power needs.
Continue your journey on to the beautiful vistas of Lake Taupo. Enjoy a stop for lunch in Taupo at the beautiful Edgewater Restaurant at the Millennium Hotel.
Savor award-winning local and international cuisine as you take in the fabulous lakeside views (buffet lunch included).
After lunch, you may want to take some time to wander around the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake.
Experience the diversity of New Zealand’s environment as you travel out to the Tongariro National Park. From the snow-capped mountains and dense forests to the dry desert-like tussocks of the Central Plateau, dominated in the background by the three peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro.
Make your way on to the beautiful park-like grounds of your accommodation for tonight – known simply as ‘The Chateau’.
This evening, enjoy a group dinner with your fellow travelers at your hotel.
Includes: 3-course dinner at the hotel restaurant – The Ruapehu Room.
DAY 8: TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK – WELLINGTON
Breakfast at the hotel is included this morning. You will be met by your Driver/guide, to begin your journey of the Central Plateau and down to the very bottom of the North Island onto New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.
Upon arrival in Wellington, enjoy a city sightseeing tour with a local guide – approx 3 hours.
Including: Courtney Place and the Embassy Theatre, Oriental Parade, Mt Victoria, War Memorial, Parliament, and the Beehive, Ride on the Wellington Cable Car, and stroll through the Botanical Gardens, Te Papa – New Zealand’s National Museum – 90-minute highlights tour.
Drop off at your hotel, Rydges Wellington – Superior Room x 1-night
Rest of the evening free.
DAY 9: WELLINGTON – QUEENSTOWN
Breakfast at your hotel and a leisurely morning in Wellington.
Mid/late morning (approx 10:45 AM) you will be met by your Driver/guide, to travel out to Wellington’s Airport.
Farewell the North Island, and begin your journey down to the heart of the South Island to Queenstown.
SUGGESTED FLIGHT: Wellington 1220p/145p Queenstown (latest current flight time) AIRFARE COST IS NOT INCLUDED – COUNT APPROX $75.00 MINIMUM
On arrival in Queenstown, you will be met by your South Island driver/guide and will be transferred into your Queenstown hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 10: QUEENSTOWN
Breakfast at your hotel and morning at leisure.
11:30 AM: Depart hotel.
12:15 PM Arrive at Gibbston Valley winery for a wine tasting.
1:00 PM: 2-course buffet lunch.
2:30 PM: leave to go back to Queenstown with a stop at the world-famous. AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge (43m) for optional Bungy jumping. Count Approximately $150/person.
Evening at leisure or option to participate at the Walter Peak Cruise and gourmet barbecue dinner. Count approximately $90/person (from 6P-10P).
Overnight at Hotel Rydges Queenstown.
DAY 11: QUEENSTOWN
08.00 Pick up from your hotel An adventure safari packed with breathtaking scenery, thrilling 4WD action whilst discovering LOTR filming locations.
Visit the filming locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), Gladden Fields, the Ford of Bruinen and more. Travel a historic gold mining road, following the Arrow River, stop for a refreshing tea and the opportunity to try your hand at gold panning. Take in the spectacular panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin.
Includes: Safari Of The Scenes Wakatipu Basin Tour: 12.15 Back at the hotel The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Late afternoon / early evening you will be transferred to Skyline Queenstown.
Includes: Skyline Queenstown – Return Gondola Ride and Farewell Buffet Dinner Return back to the hotel by private coach.
DAY 12: DEPART QUEENSTOWN – ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
After breakfast, private transfer to Queenstown airport for non-stop flight to Sydney Australia (flight time or cost TBA around late November 2020). Collect your luggage and make your way to the arrivals hall where you will be met by our local English Speaking Guide who will accompany you to your vehicle for a private transfer to your Sydney accommodation.
Check in to your hotel and evening at leisure.
ACCOMMODATION: RYDGES HOTEL SYDNEY CENTRAL (4*) Located only 200m from Central Station the hotel is the perfect gateway to the Central Business District, Entertainment Quarter, China Town, Surry Hills Eat streets, Darling Harbor, The International Convention Centre, and Australian Technology Park.
DAY 13: SYDNEY
Enjoy Full Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast, join your local Australia Tour Guide for a full-day tour of the city and surroundings by private vehicle. Experience the vibrancy of Sydney, one of the world’s most spectacular cities. See the Harbour Bridge, Botanic Gardens, and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for a photo stop at the spectacular harbor. Your guide will take you on a walk through the historic Rocks area you will hear the early convict stories the antics of sailors and rogues whilst weaving through the narrow alleyways and along charming cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards. Visit a gothic church and see quaint terrace cottages. Continue touring we pass Parliament House, St Mary’s Cathedral, cosmopolitan King’s Cross, and trendy Paddington with lace terraced houses. Arrive at the famous Bondi Beach for a stroll along the beachfront. See surfers, famous Aussie lifesavers, and Sydney’s most spectacular panoramic viewpoint continue to Sydney Heads lookout at Watsons Bay. Take a two-hour luncheon cruise by catamaran on Sydney Harbour.
You’ll feast on a seafood buffet while cruising Sydney Harbour in a luxury air-conditioned catamaran – an unforgettable dining experience! You’ll see all the sights of Sydney Harbour from the catamaran’s extensive decks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Fort Denison.
The buffet lunch, freshly prepared onboard features hot & cold dishes, a selection of salads, fresh fruit, and tea or coffee.
After your lunch cruise, disembark the vessel and join your Tour Manager for a leisurely walk to the Sydney Opera House for a one hour guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House was destined for greatness ever since it opened in 1973, and today it is one of Australia’s most recognizable icons. Your guide will bring to life the amazing stories behind this miracle of architecture and engineering on your one-hour tour. You’ll visit one of the major concert halls (subject to availability), where over 1,500 performances are staged each year, and immerse yourself in the dramatic world of Australia’s premier performing arts center Return to your hotel this afternoon for the evening at leisure.
DAY 14: SYDNEY
Enjoy Full Breakfast at the hotel.
The day is at leisure in Sydney to relax or participate in optional excursions (optional tour costs TBA around Summer 2021).
Here are some of the options that will be offered :
- Full Day Blue Mountains & Wildlife Tour Including lunch
- Bridge climb – The experience of a lifetime to climb the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge
- Sydney Harbor Bridge Bike Ride – You’ve seen it – you may have climbed it – but have you ridden it yet?? Head out over the fantastic Sydney Harbor Bridge, take in its amazing views, and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of Sydney’s North Shore exploring this interesting area
- Jetboating on Sydney Harbor – A 30-minute THRILL or 45-minute EXTREME ride with amazing stunts and wild spins through Sydney Harbor get set for slides, twists, wave riding, power brake stops, and sweeping fishtails!
- Sailing – Explore Sydney Harbor on our three-hour sailing experience – the best way to see the beautiful bays and the harbor foreshores. Be part of the crew or sit back and relax. Get a taste for sailing whilst seeing the sights all in one go.
- Full-Day Hunter Valley Winery Tour. (9-10 hour day). Explore Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region. It’s a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150 top-class wineries, 65 indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries.
Evening and night at leisure.
DAY 15: LEAVE SYDNEY – ARRIVE CAIRNS
This morning after breakfast meet your local guide in the hotel lobby before departing by private coach for a transfer to Sydney Domestic Airport for your departure flight to Cairns (schedule and price TBA by late November 2020).
On arrival at Cairns Domestic Airport, you’ll be met by your local guide and escorted by a private air-conditioned coach to your Cairns hotel.
At the heart of Tropical North Queensland, Cairns sits on the coast between the World Heritage-listed rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns Plaza is ideally located, we are just footsteps from the waterfront and a short stroll from the Central Business District, shops, restaurants and the world-famous Cairns swimming lagoon.
All room types offer large private balconies. Spend balmy tropical days and nights relaxing by the pool. Rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Overnight at the Cairns Plaza Hotel.
DAY 16: CAIRNS and OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF
Enjoy Full Breakfast at the hotel. Wait at the hotel front entrance for your courtesy shuttle transfer to Cairns Marina from where you will depart for a full day cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Michaelmas Cay was formed by the accumulation of broken coral, shells, and remains of calcareous algae continually washed over the reef by currents. Seeds deposited by visiting birds over time and the resulting vegetation helped to stabilize the cay. The formation of beach rock (sand and other reef remnants cemented into a rock by the action of algae) further stabilized the cay. The seeds carried in by the birds and the waves help vegetation flourish which in turn provides an ideal habitat for the seabirds to roost and nest. The Cay is rich with a myriad of sea life including green sea turtles (which occasionally nest on the cay), mollusks and invertebrates of all kinds, and hundreds of species of tropical reef fish including Humphead Maori Wrasse. The reef surrounding the Cay is especially renowned for its abundance of giant clams. The reef lagoon offers excellent swimming and snorkeling areas, quality snorkeling equipment is provided free of charge and the Marine Biologists on board can introduce you to a whole new world. For the more adventurous, SCUBA diving on the Great Barrier Reef is amongst the best in the world, both introductory dives for the beginner and guided dives for the certified diver are available, both incur an additional cost, and provided you have obtained diving certifications prior.
Guided snorkeling tours are also available (at additional cost).
Or you can choose to stay dry and explore the stunning reef world one meter underwater from the semi-submersible vessel or an underwater observatory.
Return hotel shuttle transfers and a tropical smorgasbord lunch are included.
Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Overnight at hotel Cairns Plaza.
DAY 17: CAIRNS
Enjoy Full Breakfast at the hotel.
The day is at leisure in Cairns to relax or participate in optional excursions (optional tour costs TBA Summer of 2021).
- Full-Day Kuranda Rainforest Tour Including Skyrail Railway, Wildlife, and Lunch.
- Aboriginal Cultural Park & Crocodile Adventure Including Lunch.
Spend the morning being immersed in the world’s oldest living culture from the Tjapukai people with interactive activities including didgeridoo playing, boomerang throwing, and spear throwing. Be mesmerized watching a traditional song and dance corroboree in a spectacular outdoor natural rainforest amphitheater. There is time to browse the gallery with authentic Aboriginal artifacts. Your day continues traveling to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to see crocodiles and local wildlife in their natural environment. Timber boardwalks and pathways will lead you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you will see tropical birds, reptiles, and native fauna. Take a lagoon boat cruise down Hartley’s Lagoon to gain an insight into the behavior of crocodiles and appreciate the role they play in the coastal wetlands of North Queensland. Enjoy a delicious Barbeque lunch. After lunch, there are wildlife presentations on Cassowary’s and Koala’s with the rangers/keepers before returning to Cairns in the early evening.
- Daintree & Cape Tribulation National Parks Including Lunch (small groups only due to special vehicle access to the sites.)
Travel by special vehicle into the Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Parks exploring the rainforest and its amazing landscapes. Crossing the river, we join a calm water cruise and keep your eyes peeled for the elusive and fearsome estuarine saltwater crocodile! Enjoy spectacular views over the Daintree River estuary and the Coral Sea. Stroll down Cape Tribulation Beach while your guide explains the rich history of the area. Walk the beach or boardwalk and enjoy this tranquil setting. After lunch, travel to the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and enjoy an indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people. Join a guided rainforest walk with an Aboriginal guide and be treated to a 1½ hour walk along private, easy graded tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters, and over cool rainforest streams. Return to Cairns in the early evening. Later this evening, meet your local guide in the hotel lobby before taking a leisurely walk (approximately 400 meters or a 4-minute walk) to Cairns Aquarium for a spectacular 3-course farewell dinner. As the sun goes down on the Great Barrier Reef, a whole new world awakens. Corals glow, colorful reef fish seek shelter and nocturnal predators begin their night hunt. At the same time, coastal forests stir with life, as reptiles, amphibians, and insects emerge from their burrows to seek out food in the safety of the shadows.
Your unique farewell dinner this evening is inside the Cairns Aquarium and begins with an exclusive guided tour of the aquarium. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner including a beer, wine, or soft drink and appetizers on arrival, followed by main and dessert served after your tour in the aquarium restaurant, whilst you enjoy the sea-life dancing through the spectacular floor to ceiling window into the Barrier Reef Display as your backdrop.
After dinner, return to your hotel on foot for the remainder of the evening at leisure.
DAY 18: LEAVE CAIRNS
After breakfast, meet your local guide in the hotel lobby before departing by private coach for a transfer to Cairns International Airport.
Time and group flight TBA -Or own arrangements home.
END OF OUR SERVICES
- April 17 – May 04, 2022
- from $4,249.00 per person, double occupancy
- single supplement $1,479
- Hotel accommodations as described in program or similar (16 nights)
- Meals as described in program (15B, 3L, 6D)
- Transportation by private air conditioned motor coach with English speaking driver guide throughout the tour
- All sightseeing as described in the program including entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- The assistance of an Alpine Adventures host throughout and a local guide when needed (Auckland, Wellington, Sydney)
- Porterage at all hotels
- All air transportation (international and domestic)
- Electronic visa fees (both can be obtained online easily)
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
- All meals not mentioned in the program
- All drinks
- All personal expenses
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- 2nd deposit no later than August 01, 2021: $1000.00 + air deposit
- 3rd deposit no later than November 01, 2021: $1500.00
- Final balance for land arrangements and airfare no later than February 15, 2022.
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