Luxury Small Group Journeys –Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under 2017

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Australia, New Zealand

Best time to go: January to May, September to December

19 Nights | from £11,885pp

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Australia and New Zealand, The Lands Down Under, Luxury Small Group Journeys with A&K

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Observe native Australian species first hand, including koalas, platypuses, Tasmanian devils and kangaroos at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo
  • Experience the wonders of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on a full-day excursion on a sailing vessel
  • Explore the best of Sydney — tour the magnificent Sydney Opera House, cruise on Sydney Harbour, bask on Bondi Beach and tour the famed Rocks District
  • Get a feel for authentic Aussie rural life on an A&K-exclusive visit to a working sheep farm
  • Cruise through New Zealand’s spectacular Milford Sound and view the stunning Franz Josef Glacier on a guided walk
  • Enjoy sparkling wine and canapes as you watch the sunset at Uluru in the Australian Outback


Day 1 Melbourne, Australia | Welcome to Australia
Arrive in Melbourne, Australia, where you are met by a member of the A&K team and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. This afternoon, tour Melbourne’s landmarks, seeing the Shrine of Remembrance and the thriving Arts Precinct. Later, gather for your welcome dinner.
Park Hyatt Melbourne | Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Melbourne | A&K-Exclusive Sheep Farm Experience
Today, travel to Keeyuga Farm on a private A&K-exclusive experience, where you are personally welcomed into the home of the Thomson family to learn a little of what it is like to be an Aussie family “living off the land.” After morning tea, head out to the stockyards to watch the working dogs bring in a herd of sheep, followed by a demonstration of shearing skills. Next, travel to a scenic location for a lunch featuring local organic farm produce and wines. Afterward, explore this tranquil property, perhaps sighting a mob of kangaroos.
Park Hyatt Melbourne | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 Uluru | An Undeniable Presence
Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock), and settle into your hotel. This afternoon, tour Kata Tjuta National Park (the Olgas). And, as evening approaches, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapes, watching the sunset at Uluru.
Sails in the Desert | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Uluru / Port Douglas | A Spiritual Sojourn
Rise early to see Uluru at sunrise, as the sun’s morning glow brings the desert to life. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later, visit the base of the monolith with your guide who shares the cultural and geological significance of this sacred ceremonial site, which is part of the belief system of one of the oldest human societies. Fly to Cairns and continue to Port Douglas.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Daintree Rainforest | Exclusive Botanical Ark Visit
Travel to Mossman Gorge for a guided walk through this lush corner of Daintree National Park. Continue to an A&K-exclusive visit to the Botanical Ark, a private ethnobotanical garden, for a Chef’s Table lunch. Return to Port Douglas for time at leisure.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Great Barrier Reef | Exploring Underwater Gems
Embark on a full-day exploration of the Great Barrier Reef aboard a beautiful sailing vessel. Visit the Low Isles, with their white-sand beaches, coconut palms and coral gardens. Enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch while moored in the sheltered blue lagoon. Relax on the island, join a guided snorkel tour or take a trip on a glass bottom boat before an exhilarating sail back to port.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Days 7 - 8 Sydney | Harbour Cruise & Dreamtime Tour
Fly to Sydney and settle into your hotel near the historic Rocks area. Tonight, dine at Pei Modern in the Four Seasons. In the morning, embark on a chartered morning tea cruise of stunning Sydney Harbour. Back onshore, stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and then go on a walking tour in the historic Rocks District, Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (Day 7); Breakfast and Lunch (Day 8)

Day 9 Sydney | City Highlights & Bondi Beach
Visit Sydney’s bustling Fish Markets in Pyrmont, before sinking your toes in the sand at iconic Bondi Beach. Later, stroll the boutique shops of Paddington.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney | Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Sydney | Native Species & Opera House Tour
This morning board a ferry to Taronga Zoo for a guided tour, visiting kangaroos, koalas, wombats, dingoes, echidnas and Australian birds. Next, enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by lunch on its lower concourse. Tonight, sit down to your final dinner in Australia.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Christchurch, New Zealand | The Garden City
This morning, fly to Christchurch, New Zealand. On arrival, join your guide to explore this beautiful Garden City situated between the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand’s majestic Southern Alps. Then, embark on a leisurely punt on the Avon River. Tonight, enjoy a Chef’s Table dinner at the Curator’s House, situated in the scenic Botanical Gardens.
The George Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Franz Josef Glacier | The Story of Pounamu
Board the famed TranzAlpine train to Greymouth, enjoying thrilling vistas along the Waimakariri River. In Greymouth, relax with lunch at a local brewery before continuing to Hokitika. Once there, meet a carver who introduces you to the local pounamu (jade). Discover its historic and cultural importance to the Maori people on this fascinating artisan visit. Continue to your hotel, in picturesque Franz Josef.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Franz Josef Glacier | Glacier Valley Walk
Today, experience the Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic, led by your specialist hiking guide. Follow the glacier’s path through the remarkable landscape for an up-close look at the giant sheets of ice that form its forward face. Break for a packed lunch, and then return to your retreat for an afternoon at leisure. Dine at a local restaurant.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Franz Josef to Queenstown | Scenic Drive
Journey overland to Queenstown on a scenic drive along the majestic coastline, and then inland through mossy rainforests, past cascading waterfalls and breathtaking mountains. Stop for lunch in the picturesque ski town of Wanaka. In Queenstown, ride the Skyline Gondola and enjoy a cocktail at the top before checking in to your accommodations. Tonight, dine at your luxurious resort.
Millbrook Resort | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 Queenstown | Magnificent Milford Sound
This morning, fly to Milford Sound, taking in the stunning alpine views along the way. On arrival, board a spacious ship for a tour of the sound’s awe-inspiring scenery, sailing New Zealand’s southern fjords amid towering cliffs, viewing sparkling waterfalls and watching for the wildlife onshore. Keep a look out for seals basking on the rocks or dolphins frolicking in the water. Return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.
Millbrook Resort | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 16 Queenstown | Wine Tour and Tasting
Tour quaint, picturesque Arrowtown and visit the Kawarau Bungy Bridge. Next, stop at Gibbston Valley Winery, one of the pioneers of this region’s wine industry for a wine tasting, followed by lunch. Return to Queenstown.
Millbrook Resort | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Days 17-18 Depart Auckland
Fly to Auckland, where you visit the Auckland Museum to enjoy a cultural performance and a He Taonga Maori Gallery Tour. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a special farewell dinner. The next day, transfer to the airport and depart.
SKYCITY Grand Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (Day 17); Breakfast (Day 18)

Back to Australia


Accommodation

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates Per Person from
8th, 22nd Jan, 12th, 26th Feb*, 5th Mar, 12th Mar, 15th Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov £12,115Book now
16th Apr, 10th Sep £11,885Book now
10th* and 17th Dec* £12,650Book now
   
   
   
   
   

 

The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
Minimum age is 10 years.
Uluru touring on Days 3 & 4 may be altered due to the variation in sunrise and sunset times.
Tasmania Pre-Tour Extension 4 days from £2580pp available on the 22nd Jan, 5th Mar, 16th Apr, 29th Oct, 10th and 17th Dec departures

 


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Useful info

Best time to be there

All year round; many parts of the country are perfect, even in the middle of the year. The climate ranges from tropical (Darwin) to semi-desert (Alice Springs), humid temperate (Brisbane and Sydney), cool temperate (Melbourne and Hobart) and Mediterranean (Perth and Adelaide).

Fly to

Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Darwin (British Airways/Qantas/Emirates/Etihad Airways)

flying time

17-21 hours 30 minutes, one refuelling stop

time difference

GMT +8 - +10 hours

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


Best time to be there

Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.

Fly to

Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)

flying time

26 hours, one stop

time difference

GMT +12 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


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