Australia & New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand offer unsurpassed natural beauty and lots of history. Mother Nature’s work in Australia, the world’s sixth-largest country and smallest of the seven continents, includes Ayers Rock, where the Aboriginals lived, Daintree National Forest, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney, ranked as one of world’s best cities based on its quality of life. Across the Tasman Sea lies New Zealand, a low-key paradise that offers attractions ranging from Victorian-era villages to caves, fjords and other natural wonders you can explore to breathtaking wildlife and delicious food, fresh from the farm or the ocean. Whatever your pleasure may be, you’ll find plenty to enjoy on your expedition to the southern hemisphere.

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Language

English

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Time Zone

Western Australia: GMT +8
South Australia: GMT +10:30
Eastern Australia: GMT +11
New Zealand: GMT +13

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Currency

Australian Dollar (AUD)
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

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Average Temp

59° F

Australia & New Zealand Expedition

From Kata Tjuta to Mt. Aspiring

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Arrive in Sydney

Private transfer to hotel

Half-day tour:

  • Sydney Harbor lunch cruise
  • Private “Rocks” walking tour

Accommodations: Park Royal Darling Harbour
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 – SYDNEY – BLUE MOUNTAINS

Choice of full day private excursion:

  • Hunter Valley Wine tour OR
  • Blue Mountains National Park tour

Accommodations: Park Royal Darling Harbour
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 – SYDNEY / AYERS ROCK – KATA TJUTA

Private transfer to airport for flight to Ayers Rock

Kata Tjuta Domes tour:

  • Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
  • Walpa Gorge
  • “Sounds of Silence” Dinner

Accommodations: Sails in the Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – AYERS ROCK – ULURU

  • Sunrise Trek around the base of Uluru
  • Dot painting workshop (supplement applies)
  • Sunset Camel trek

Accommodations: Sails in the Desert
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – AYERS ROCK / CAIRNS / PORT DOUGLAS

Private transfer to airport for flight to Cairns

Private transfer to Port Douglas

Accommodations: Pullman Sea Temple Port Douglas
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – PORT DOUGLAS – GREAT BARRIER REEF

Transfer to Port Douglas Marina for boat to Low Isles

Full day shared excursion:

  • Snorkeling (equipment included)
  • Coral viewing
  • Glass bottom boat

Accommodations: Pullman Sea Temple Port Douglas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 – PORT DOUGLAS

Choice of full day private excursion:

  • Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway OR
  • Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation & Mossman Gorge OR
  • Whitewater rafting on Barron River

Accommodations: Pullman Sea Temple Port Douglas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 – PORT DOUGLAS / CAIRNS / AUCKLAND, NZ

Transfer to airport for flight to Brisbane or Sydney to   

      connect with flight to Auckland

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Hotel Grand Windsor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – AUCKLAND

Private full day tour:

  • Victorian Village of Parnell
  • Mt. Eden Volcano – panoramic views
  • Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Sea Life Aquarium
  • Auckland Museum
  • Devonport Marine Village

Accommodations: Hotel Grand Windsor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 – AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA

Private transfer to Waitomo Caves

  • Glow-worm caves tour OR
  • Blackwater rafting (supplement applies)   

Private transfer to Rotorua

Accommodations: Pullman Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 – ROTORUA

Choose between two full day excursions:

Option 1 (shared): 

  • Scenic Drive – volcanoes, geysers, mud pools, hot springs
  • Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland – Lady Knox Geyser
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley – flora & fauna
  • Mt. Tarawera

Option 2 (private):

  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Māori Arts & Crafts Institute
  • Rainbow Springs Nature Park (shared)
  • National  Kiwi Hatchery Tour
  • Government Gardens 

Evening: Traditional Māori Hāngi dinner

Accommodations: Pullman Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 – ROTORUA / QUEENSTOWN

Private airport transfer for flight to Queenstown

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 – QUEENSTOWN

Choose between two full day excursions:

Option 1 – Private tour of Queenstown area:

  • Arrowtown – historic gold-mining town
  • Bob’s Peak – Skyline Gondola with views of Lake Wakatipu
  • Gibbston Valley Winery – wine-tasting & lunch

Option 2 – Shared guided walk

  • Routeburn Track – approx. 10 miles between Hollyford & Dart Valleys
  • View beech forests, waterfalls, native birds, mountain peaks & rock faces

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 – QUEENSTOWN – MT. ASPRING NATIONAL PARK OR WALTER PEAK

Choose between two full day shared excursions:

Option 1 – Mt. Aspiring National Park:

  • Dart River Wilderness – Jet boat tour
  • Greenstone trails, Māori legends

Option 2 – Mt. Nicholas:

  • Spirit of Queenstown cruise to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm on Lake Wakatipu
  • Walking & 4WD tour of Merino Sheep Farm

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 – QUEENSTWON – MILFORD SOUND

Milford Sound Nature Cruise (shared):

  • Waterfalls & Wildlife including Seals, dolphins & penguins

Scenic single-engine flight back to Queenstown:

  • Snowcapped peaks, glaciers, lakes, fjords

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16 – QUEENSTOWN / NELSON

Private airport transfer for flight to Nelson

Private afternoon scenic drive:

  • World of Wearable Arts Museum
  • Hoglund Handblown Art Glass
  • Neudorf Vineyard

Accommodations: Heritage Rutherford
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 – NELSON – ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Choose between two excursions:

Option 1: Abel Tasman Cruise & Walk (shared):

  • Cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve past Split Apple Rock & Seal Colony
  • Tonga Quarry Beach – hike Bark Bay Waterfall Trail
  • Medlands Beach

Option 2:  Abel Tasman Kayak Tour (shared):

  • Double Kayak from Kaiteriteri Beach
  • Blue Penguins & other sea birds

Accommodations: Heritage Rutherford
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18 – NELSON / AUCKLAND / HOMEWARD BOUND

Private transfer to airport for flight to Auckland or Christchurch to connect with flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $11,300 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

All in all, our trip to Chile and Easter Island was a huge success. Rarely have we seen such professionalism, and everything went just as you planned.  We will definitely recommend Nature Expeditions International to our friends and hope to again travel with your company.

Benton and Joseph M.
Columbus, GA

When to go:

Best times are from September to November & March to May

What to eat:

Barbecue, Meat Pies, Vegemite (AU) or Marmite (NZ) (yeast extract spread)

What to pack:

Long & short-sleeved shirts & t-shirts; trousers, jeans, shorts, skirts; jacket, sweater & rain jacket; layering & waterproof clothing; shawl or scarf; swimwear; comfortable walking & hiking shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; universal adapter

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