Australia & New Zealand In-Depth
20 days | Melbourne to Auckland
Explore desert Outback, tropical rainforests, coral reefs, glacier-capped mountains, dramatic fjords, and some of the world’s most popular cosmopolitan cities on this 20-day Grand Australia & New Zealand in-depth exploration from Tauck.
Keep your camera at the ready to capture the amazing sights of the Great Barrier Reef, the dramatic waters of Milford Sound, and the setting sun on Uluru (Ayers Rock). From a “Foodie Tour” of Sydney to a green-lipped mussel cruise, jet boat, sky tram and helicopter rides, a day in the Outback and a special Maori cultural experience, this comprehensive trip down under will create memories of a lifetime.
This vacation is available as a Tauck Classic Tour Small Group Tour (limited to 24 guests).
Peace of Mind Travel: Each Tauck tour is focused on the health and safety of its guests. All aspects of each vacation will incorporate CDC recommendations as well as local health regulations.
Three-course “Dinner with the Warbirds” at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre featuring World War I and II aircraft, owned by Sir Peter Jackson
Jet boat ride on the Shotover River rapids at Skippers Canyon followed by helicopter sightseeing
Full-day eco-cruise to the Agincourt Reef, swim and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
Visit World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail
Private cruise on Sydney Harbour and Foodie Tour
Luncheon cruise on New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds featuring wine and the delicate green-lipped mussels
Maori cultural experience at the Auckland Museum
Itinerary at a Glance
DAY 1: Arrive Melbourne, Australia
Transfer from Melbourne Airport to your hotel. Your journey begins with a welcome cocktail reception followed by dinner at the hotel. (D)
DAY 2: Victorian Charms | Melbourne
Guided sightseeing tour of Melbourne in the morning. The rest of the day and evening is on your own. (B)
DAY 3: Ayers Rock & the Outback | Uluru
Board a private charter flight to the heart of Australia’s desert Outback, arriving at Ayers Rock (Uluru) for lunch and an overnight stay at Sails in the Desert. In the evening, enjoy the every-changing colors of the sunset on the Rock with canapés and champagne. (B, L)
DAY 4: Mysteries of Uluru & Flight to Cairns
Guided tour of Ayers Rock in the morning, followed by a private charter flight to Cairns, gateway to the amazing Great Barrier Reef. Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, disembarking in the mountain village of Kuranda and on to the Silky Oaks Lodge, adjacent to Daintree National Park, for a three-night stay. (B, D)
DAY 5: Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Spend a full day exploring one of Earth’s most incredible “living” sites, the Great Barrier Reef – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only living structure on Earth visible from the moon. Activity choices include a catamaran cruise to the Agincourt Reef; an adventure boat trip for scuba divers and snorkelers; a helicopter ride over the reefs; or a relaxing spa day at the lodge. (B, L, D)
DAY 6: Day at Leisure | Optional Balloon Ride
The day is free to spend at the rainforest resort and spa or to explore the area. Early risers may choose an optional hot air balloon ride at dawn over the Atherton Tablelands (additional charge per person; see Pricing). (B, L, D).
DAY 7: Crocodile Adventures & Flight to Sydney
It’s all about crocodiles at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures; have a meet and greet with a crocodile and blue tongue lizard and snake. Visit a private enclosure where you’ll have an opportunity to hold a koala and have your photo taken. Take an exclusive boat cruise on the lagoon. After lunch, fly to Sydney via private charter. (B, L, D)
DAY 8: Sydney Harbour Cruise & Foodie Tour
Morning cruise on Sydney Harbour complete with spectacular views of Sydney landmarks. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, taste your way through culinary nooks and crannies on a Foodie Tour. Continue with a guided city tour. Dinner will be a “dine-around” from your choice of several select local restaurants. (B, D)
DAY 9: Sydney Opera House
One of Australia’s most famous iconic sights takes center stage today when you visit the amazing Sydney Opera House on a personally guided tour. The remainder of the day and evening are yours to spend as you wish. (B)
DAY 10: G’day to Australia, Hello to New Zealand
Bid Australia a fond farewell this morning and board a flight across the Tasman Sea for New Zealand. First stop is Wellington, New Zealand’s intimate waterfront capital with an impressive artistic and cultural edge. (B, D)
DAY 11: Wonders of Wellington
Discover Wellington on a tour that begins with a cable car ride up to the city’s Botanic Gardens and great views of the city and harbor. Next up is Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, where you’ll learn about the country’s exceptional nature, art, history, and the Pacific and Maori culture. (B)
DAY 12: Blenheim & the Marlborough Sounds
Take a charter flight to Blenheim on New Zealand’s South Island for a two-night stay in the heart of the Marlborough wine country, one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in the country. Sample freshly caught green-lipped mussels along with local wines on a luncheon cruise. (B, L, D)
DAY 13: Farm Life & “Dinner with the Warbirds”
Visit a working private farm for a sheep shearing demonstration and enjoy morning tea with the farmer and his family. Continue on to Brancott Winery for a wine tasting, followed by a three-course lunch with matching wines at the Brancott Heritage Centre. In the evening, enjoy a Tauck Exclusive Event – a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and “Dinner with the Warbirds”. Includes a three-course dinner featuring Marlborough produce and wines and a tour of the museum, which houses an incredible collection of World War I and II aircraft and memorabilia. (B, L, D)
DAY 14: Fly to Manapouri (Te Anau)
Today, depart Blenheim on a charter flight to Manapouri (Te Anau) in the magnificent Fiordlands region. After lunch, the rest of the day is on your own. (B, L)
DAY 15: Fjordland National Park & Milford Sound
Take a dramatic drive through New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, then set off aboard a private boat (with a naturalist onboard) for a scenic nature luncheon cruise among the sheer cliffs and glacier-hewn inlets of beautiful Milford Sound. (B, L, D)
DAY 16: Drive & Winery Lunch in Queensland
Enjoy beautiful South Island landscapes on your drive to Queenstown, where you’ll have lunch at the Amisfield Winery. Set in an iconic stone building with gorgeous mountain views, it is known for its Pinot Noir. (B, L)
DAY 17: Jet Boat & Helicopter Rides
Today’s thrilling high-speed jet boat ride through the rapids and narrow gorges of Skippers Canyon on the Shotover River, followed by a helicopter ride, will be memorable highlights of Tauck’s tours to Australia and New Zealand. Head back down the mountain via Skyline gondola to spend the rest of the day as you wish. (B)
DAY 18: Flight to Auckland & Maori Culture
Travel via private charter flight from Queenstown to Auckland, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Auckland Museum with a Maori cultural presentation. (B, L, D)
DAY 19: Wine Tasting on Waiheke Island
Take a ferry ride to nearby Waiheke Island, a mecca of farmland, forest, beaches, and vineyard. Enjoy a unique wine tasting and lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard. In the evening, enjoy a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your hotel. (B, L, D)
DAY 20: Depart Auckland
A transfer is included from the hotel to Auckland Airport. You should allow three hours for check-in at the airport. (B)
The Langham | Melbourne, Australia
A landmark hotel overlooking the Yarra River, with legendary service, exceptional dining experiences and a rejuvenating spa amidst panoramic views of the city and river.
Sails in the Desert | Ayers Rock, Australia
Named for the white sails atop its roof, Sails in the Desert is the premier hotel in the vast Ayers Rock Resort complex and is a luxurious oasis in Australia’s Outback.
Silky Oaks Lodge | Mossman, Australia
Premier lodge in tropical North Queensland on the Mossman River adjacent to Daintree National Park and within easy access to Cairns, Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour | Sydney, Australia
Located in the heart of Sydney with views of Darling Harbour, Sofitel is a tranquil haven above the city with bespoke French amenities and French-inspired cuisine prepared with locally sourced produce.
InterContinental Wellington | Wellington, New Zealand
Centrally-located five-star hotel in New Zealand’s capital city. Tauck guests enjoy special amenities such as access to the private Club InterContinental Lounge.
Chateau Marlborough | Blenheim, New Zealand
Five-star luxury hotel centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of the Marlborough wine region, just steps from Seymour Square and minutes from the Millennium Art Gallery.
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas | Te Anau, New Zealand
Beautiful luxury property on the shores of Lake Te Anau within sight of the Fiordland ranges, yet is only a short walk from the Te Anau town center.
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa | Queenstown, New Zealand
Refined 5-star experience in the heart of the Queenstown just steps from the beauty of Lake Wakatipu and the dining district. The hotel’s LeSpa offers a range of unique Maori rituals, signature European massage and beauty treatments, and traditional hammam.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour | Auckland, New Zealand
Located in the heart of Auckland’s thriving waterfront, Sofitel is a unique luxury experience in the city’s leading commercial, dining and entertainment precinct.
Dates and Pricing
2022 Departures | From $13,990 per person
(Small Group Tours from $18,990 per person)
Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published, and subject to availability. Price includes private charter flights in Australia and New Zealand, but doesn’t include Sydney to Wellington trans-Tasman flight on Day 10, which must be purchased with international air ticket. Optional hot air balloon ride on Day 6 is an additional $239 per person.
Contact us for more information about specific pricing, dates, and availability.
- English-speaking Tauck Tour Director and expert Local Guides
- Six private charter flights in Australia and in New Zealand
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
- Meals as listed in itinerary; gratuities to local guides and drivers, service charges, taxes and porterage
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