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20 Days (19 Nights) | From $4794

Day 1: Arrive Auckland (D)

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Your group will be met on arrival in Auckland by our local representative. Transfer from Auckland International airport to hotel by private coach and driver. Rooms are pre-registered for immediate check in. There is some free time at leisure to freshen up after the long flight.

Home to a population of more than one million people Auckland represents the largest urban city in New Zealand and is recognised as having the largest concentration of Polynesian people in the world. As an evolving modern city, Auckland has undergone a renaissance - with an ever-changing skyline, a pulsating waterfront and a new infusion of restaurants and bars, it has become a Mecca for nightlife, buzzing with an atmosphere of fun and excitement. With a quality of life ranked amongst the highest in the world, Auckland's blend of the Hauraki Gulf, rain forest and modern city environment creates an incomparable lifestyle which visitors are invited to enjoy. Auckland's temperate climate bodes well for outdoor dining and myriad of water-based activities.

This afternoon embark on a sightseeing tour of Auckland city including Queen Street, Americas Cup Viaduct, the panoramic view from Mt Eden, Parnell shops and Rose Gardens. Also included is entry to Kelly Tarltons Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter.

This evening enjoy a 3 Course dinner in Vertigo Restaurant at your hotel.  


Day 2: Auckland - Hamilton - Cambridge Farmstay (BLD)

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Depart Auckland and travel south to Villa Maria Winery for a 45 minute guided tour and tastings (you may wish to purchase a bottle of wine to share with your farm hosts this evening).

Villa Maria's Auckland winery is an architecturally award winning complex just minutes from Auckland International Airport, located on a picturesque vineyard park, planted with Chardonnay, Gewrüztraminer and Verdelho vines. The complex plays host to Villa Maria's Head Office, Vineyard Cafe, Cellar Door, bottling facility and Conference and Events Centre.

Continue on to Hamilton and a visit to a local Maize-growing farm near Matangi - details to be advised.

A 2 course local lunch is included before continuing on to Farmstay at Cambridge. Please prepare an overnight bag for farmstay as guests will be transferred to the individual farms by private car. There is a maximum of 4-6 guests per farm. Join in farm activities this afternoon before sharing a traditional Kiwi meal with your hosts.


Day 3: Farmstay - Matamata - Rotorua (BLD)

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Rejoin the coach and depart the short distance to Matamata and a fascinating 2 hour guided tour at Hobbiton Movie Set used for "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Discover "Middle-Earth" on the most picturesque private farmland in the North Island. There are spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm.

Afterwards continue on to Longlands Farm. Kerry Simpson, a third generation New Zealand farmer, with his German born wife Silvia, provide a specialised service to the inbound tour industry in New Zealand, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to view a working Dairy Farm. This offers visitors a chance to hear an enlightened commentary and to learn why New Zealand farmers are so efficient in the livestock and agriculture industry. Longlands Farm offers a unique combination of a working farm and country style restaurant specializing in delicious BBQ or buffet lunches for groups set amongst delightful gardens. The kitchen garden features a large selection of fresh herbs which are incorporated into the menus.

This afternoon continue on to Rotorua which is a driving distance of approximately one hour.

Upon arrival enjoy a visit to the highly entertaining Agrodome Farm Show, featuring 19 different breeds of sheep and the antics of working sheep dogs, followed by a tour of the working organic farm.

Experience the Authentic Working Farm Tour at the Agrodome. It is great fun, educational and very entertaining from start to finish! In one hour, you will tour our pure New Zealand farm in all-weather, all terrain vehicles. It offers a hands on experience with many exciting close encounters.... you'll meet animals of all descriptions, including Romney sheep, beef cattle, red and fallow deer, llamas, alpacas, ostrich and emus. The guided tour shows you all the ins and outs of our 160 hectare farm. We'll make regular stops along the way so you have a closer look. Your friendly, knowledgeable and experienced tour guide will explain everything and answer any questions you might have.

During the Farm Tour, you will also visit our Pure NZ Organic apple, mandarin orange, olive and kiwi fruit orchard. We'll stop at the Organic Education Centre for kiwifruit juice or wine and honey tasting. 100% pure, 100% New Zealand, not to be missed!

This evening you will enjoy a Maori cultural performance at your hotel, followed by a Maori Hangi dinner. Take a journey back in time to a Pre-European lifestyle experience of customs and traditions. Enjoy the night's festivities as you are treated to a banquet of succulent foods cooked the traditional Maori way.


Day 4: Rotorua - Waitomo Caves - Auckland (BLD)

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This morning, after a sightseeing tour of the lakefront and Government Gardens, visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve for a 60 minute guided tour of the reserve featuring boiling mud pools and geysers as well as the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Depart Rotorua for Waitomo, a journey of approximately 2 hours. World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves occupy a high placing in almost everyone's New Zealand vacation wish-list. The Waitomo glow-worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance. Over your 45 minute guided tour, you'll take in the spectacular glow & worm Cave with its majestic and ornate cave decorations, the deep limestone shaft known as the Tomo and the equally magnificent Cathedral Cavern where New Zealand's own opera diva Kiri Te Kanawa once performed. Your tour guide will deliver an informative and entertaining commentary, sharing stories, cultural legends and the natural wonders of this living masterpiece. Your visit concludes with a brief, yet remarkably moving, boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto.

Enjoy a lamb spit roast lunch at Roselands Farm Restaurant before continuing on to Auckland, a driving distance of approximately 3 hours.

For a dining experience with magnificent views of Auckland, take a ride up the Sky Tower to the Observatory Restaurant. With the unique combination of sumptuous brasserie-style buffet, stunning seafood specialties and succulent specials - on top of spectacular views - we know you'll enjoy your experience here. Admission to the Sky Tower's Main Observation and the Sky Lounge Café and bar are complimentary for Observatory guests 45 minutes prior to dining and/or upon completion of dining. 


Day 5: Fly Auckland - Adelaide (airfare not included) (B)

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Transfer from hotel to Auckland International airport for departure flight. Upon arrival in Adelaide you will be met by our local English speaking guide and transferred to the hotel for check-in.

This afternoon we are meet at our hotel by our local Adelaide guide, where we depart for our walking tour of Adelaide. Today you will be introduced to the charm of the city, including the best places for shopping and dining. Adelaide, one of the best-planned cities in the world, proud of its relaxed lifestyle, colonial heritage and reputation as the arts capital of Australia. This personalised tour is designed for visitors to be introduced to the history and heritage of Adelaide. Highlights include visiting the city's square mile with its distinctive squares, and terraces, parks and gardens. Seeing the diverse residential architecture of North Adelaide with its bluestone mansions and row cottages. 


Day 6: Adelaide Sightseeing (BL)

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This morning, we depart our hotel and head out to the Barossa Valley, one of Australia's best wine producing region. The combination of suitable soils, warm summer sun and reliable winter rains makes for excellent grapes that are then processed into wine by the hands of German immigrants who arrived in the area generations ago. Today we find picturesque townships, scenic valleys and traditional wineries. Visit one of the Barossa's famous vineyards, that being the Seppeltsfield Winery for a private guided tour of the winery, followed by wine tasting. After this, some free time (about 15 minutes) will be available for those who would like to purchase some wines, before departing from Seppeltsfield for Angas Park Fruit, where we can view packaging process from behind glass and have the opportunity to purchase dried fruits direct from the manufacturer. Depart Angas Park Fruit and travel via Menglers Hill lookout to enjoy panoramic views of the area, before arriving at the award winning 1918 Bistro & Grill in Tanunda for lunch. After lunch, enjoy some free time to stroll around the quaint town of Tanunda. Stop at the Whispering Wall in Gawler, the oldest town in the state, before overnight in the Barossa Valley.


Day 7: Adelaide Sightseeing (BL)

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Full day to Kangaroo Island - Highlights Tour Sealink ferry to Island, flight to Adelaide tour. Enjoy our full day Kangaroo Island Highlights Tour, including return hotel transfers, return ferry to Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay guided tour, Koala Walk, Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Admiral's Arch and lunch. Your day begins at the Adelaide bus terminal for a scenic coach trip down through the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis. You'll then board Sealink's fast and comfortable ferry for the 45 minute crossing to Kangaroo Island. On arrival, settle back in the comfort of your Sealink coach and let the scenery slide past on your way to Seal Bay where you will enjoy a beach walk among a breeding colony of Australian sea-lions. Guided by a National Parks Guide, this really is the experience of a lifetime. Bring your camera! After a two course lunch we head on down to Flinders Chase National Park for the rest of the afternoon. Flinders Chase is internationally renowned as a sanctuary for a host of native Australian animals - kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, goannas and more. Walk along the rugged southern coastline (on specially constructed walkways to protect both you and the environment!) to Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch. Remarkable Rocks provides a spectacular backdrop for all you creative photographers so bring plenty of film. Admiral's Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to confront a spectacular rock arch and a nursery haven for fur seals. Watch the fur seals diving, playing or just lolling about on the undrenched rocks, warming up again after swimming in the surf. Your Kangaroo Island Highlights experience comes to a conclusion at the Kangaroo Island airport for your flight to Adelaide and transfer to the hotel. Special Notes: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A reasonable degree of fitness is required for walking at Seal Bay, Admiral's Arch and Remarkable Rocks.


Day 8: Farmstay (BLD)

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We depart Adelaide by charter coach and informative driver for our 2 day Farmhost Tour from Adelaide to Melbourne. We travel via the rural city of Murray Bridge, underpinned by the agricultural sector with dairying, irrigated horticulture and dryland farming. Lunch will be taken at Bordertown, also known as the birthplace of Mr Bob Hawke, a former Prime Minister of Australia. Later we visit Dimboola, a town surrounded by fields of wheat and cereal crops, as well as some sheep farms. These are industries which have been the lifeblood of the town back to the mid 1800's. This evening we meet our host farms for overnight stay. Dinner with host family.


Day 9: Arrive Melbourne (BL)

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After breakfast we transfer back to our meeting point in Hamilton, where we regroup and continue touring to Ballarat for lunch. The outskirts of Ballarat are used for agriculture including wine growing and animal husbandry. The Ballarat Livestock Selling Centre is the largest cattle exchange in regional Victoria. Market days vary but if dates coincide, a visit is recommended. Continue travel to Melbourne and check-in at hotel.


Day 10: Melbourne Sightseeing (BD)

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This morning we enjoy a Melbourne City Tour. We see Bourke Street Mall and tree-lined Collins Street, the ultimate shopping strip and business centre. See premier examples of Melbourne Victorian architectural splendour including St. Paul's Cathedral, Princess and Regent Theatres, Melbourne Town Hall, Parliament House, the Treasury Building, the Royal Exhibition buildings and the Queen Victoria Markets. Time permitting pass by Albert Park Lake, Melbourne's spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens, the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens, the Cook's Cottage and the historic Shrine of Remembrance located amidst the peaceful Kings Domain Gardens; also the world-renowned sporting arenas including the MCG and Melbourne Park (home of the Australian Tennis Open) and see Southbank-a world of waterfront shopping, dining and arts, incorporating the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct and Crown Entertainment Complex (Melbourne's casino). Arrive back at our hotel for afternoon at leisure.

Tonight, depart our hotel to Tram Stop 125 for our 3 course dinner onboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, including selected beverages, and coffee or tea. Dine on the converted 1927 tram that has become the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. As they cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy our fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines or make a selection from our fully stocked bar at a fully inclusive price. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant officially commenced operation in August 1983 and has since become a star attraction and tourist symbol for the city of Melbourne. Dining aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not only a culinary delight, but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. On completion of dinner we transfer back to our hotel.


Day 11: Great Ocean Road (B)

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Enjoy one of the world's great coastal drives with dramatic scenery of striking contrasts. Admire views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from the West Gate Bridge. See Lorne, Torquay and some of Victoria's magnificent surf beaches, including famous Bells Beach. Discover the legends of 'The Shipwreck Coast' at Port Campbell National Park, and tour the spectacular Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Enjoy a traditional Aussie billy tea while taking in the views. The mighty Twelve Apostles are world-recognised icons of the Great Ocean Road. These giant rock stacks soar from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean and are a central feature of the spectacular Port Campbell National Park that extends from Princetown to Peterborough. The dramatic and imposing limestone cliffs that are the backdrop to the Apostles tower up to 70 metres, while the tallest of the rock stacks is around 45 metres high. The Apostles had their beginnings up to 20 million years ago with the forces of nature attacking the soft limestone of the Port Campbell cliffs. The limestone was created through the build up of skeletons of marine creatures on the sea floor. As the sea retreated, the limestone was exposed. The relentless, stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs. The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed, rock islands up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore. This has created the Twelve Apostles and a host of other stunning natural features along this truly remarkable stretch of coastline. Among them are Pudding Basin Rock, Island Arch, the Razorback, Muttonbird Island, Thunder Cave, the Blowhole, Bakers Oven, London Bridge and the Grotto. Extensive boardwalks and viewing platforms ensure visitors experience sweeping, awe-inspiring vistas. While anytime of day provides great views, sunrise and sunset are particularly impressive for the blazing hues created.


Day 12: Fly Melbourne - Cairns (airfare not included) (B)

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Transfer from hotel to Melbourne domestic airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival in Cairns transfer from the airport to your hotel for check in.


Day 13: Great Barrier Reef (BL)

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This morning, we depart our hotel by Quicksilver Connections and drive north along the scenic Cook's Highway, passing some of the most beautiful beaches in the world to Port Douglas where we embark on the Quicksilver Wavepiercer catamaran and journey to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the most spectacular undersea garden in the world. At the Reef, we are at a large platform or raft where we can view the coral in a number of ways. There is a semi-submarine, an underwater viewing platform, an optional helicopter ride or the option of trying a scuba dive (with tank). For most of the group, we strongly recommend that you at least get into the water and try to snorkel. There is nothing more thrilling than being in the sea at the Great Barrier Reef, looking at the colourful fish and coral. The closer you are to reef, the better you are able to enjoy it - brighter colours, etc. The snorkel equipment is free and the staff will assist you in getting fitted and a short "how to" lesson - they provide flotation devices so that even those who don't swim can enjoy this experience. A buffet lunch will be served during the time you are at the reef. Arrive back at Port Douglas Marina, on arrival back at Port Douglas we have a limited amount of time at the Marina before travelling back down the coast line by water on the Quicksilver Wavepiercer, to arrive at Marlin Marina Wharf Cairns, from here we can take an easy walk back to our hotel.


Day 14: Farm Visits (B)

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Enjoy a full day visiting a variety of farms including sugar cane, fruit, vegetable or livestock.


Day 15: Cairns at Leisure (B)

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Spend the day at leisure in Cairns to enjoy your surroundings or take an optional tour.


Day 16: Fly Cairns - Sydney (airfare not included) (B)

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Transfer from hotel to Cairns airport for your flight to Sydney.

Upon arrival in Sydney you will be met by your driver for a guided tour of Sydney enroute to the hotel. Enjoy a Sydney city tour. This afternoon we depart the hotel for our Sydney City Sights Tour including the city area and Bondi. Driving through the city centre, we will see many contrasts - from the traditional Victorian architecture of the Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building (worth an interior visit on your own) to the modern skyscrapers of the business district; from the sweeping design of the Opera House to the modern developments of Darling Harbour. Drive through the Botanic Garden to Lady Macquarie's Chair (for views of the harbour and the Opera House and bridge) and then head out to the exclusive eastern suburbs, passing Kings Cross en route to Vaucluse and Double Bay. Continue to the Heads, famous Bondi Beach and historic Paddington with its iron railed town houses, arriving at the Sydney Opera House for a guided tour.This 60 minute tour offers the opportunity to experience the Sydney Opera House in its daily operation. Be guided through theatres, giving a fascinating account of the history & architecture of the House. On completion of the guided tour, transfer to our hotel. 


Day 17: Farmstay (BLD)

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Commence overland touring to Hawkesbury Region to visit a large Grain Farm for lunch and activities followed by home hosted dinner and overnight accommodation at an alternative property. Enjoy home hosted dinner this evening.


Day 18: Sydney Surrounds Sightseeing (BL)

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After breakfast with your host families and morning activities we meet back at a central point with the rest of the group and continue touring to the Blue Mountains before returning to Sydney.

From the quaint little village of Leura we skirt around Cliff Drive to Katoomba where you will find yourself looking out over the magnificent Jamieson Valley (Australia's Grand Canyon) & the Three Sisters. Enjoy lunch at Skyway Brasserie. The Skyway Brasserie offers quality meals with Australian flavours, and is fully licensed, seating up to 200 people. After lunch, ride on the Scenic Railway or Sceniscender down into the rainforest. Our tickets entitle us to one way Scenic Railway and one way Sceniscender. From there we can enjoy a walk in the forest and views of the beautiful Three Sisters, before heading back into the city, enroute we will go via Sydney Olympic Park to view Stadium Australian to experience the most advanced sporting Stadium in the world. From here we travel back to our hotel.


Day 19: Sydney at Leisure (B)

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Spend the day at leisure in Sydney.


Day 20: Depart Sydney (B)

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Transfer from your hotel to Sydney International airport for your departing flight.


Package Includes:

  • 19 nights of accommodation as specified
  • 36 meals: 19 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Deluxe Coach Transportation
  • Professional Commentary Driver
  • Hotel porterage where available
  • English speaking meet & greet assistance in Adelaide on arrival
  • All sightseeing and transportation as specified

Pricing:

From Pricing: Double '' ''Single
Min 15 Paying Passengers $5,485 '' ''$6,964
Min 20 Paying Passengers $4,965 '' ''$6,444
Min 25 Paying Passengers $4,794 '' ''$6,273


Pricing is per person in Canadian Dollars plus GST

Note: The above pricing and itinerary is subject to seasonal surcharges and operational dates for the suppliers. Please contact our office for an updated pricing and itinerary for your specific travel date.


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