We’ll meet you from Melbourne airport and drive you to your hotel in the heart of the city. On your first afternoon, tour Melbourne’s landmarks, including the Shrine of Remembrance and the thriving Arts Precinct. Later, gather for a laid-back welcome dinner: the perfect way to ease into Australian life.
Enjoy an exclusive excursion to Coliban Rural Farm, where you’ll be welcomed into the home of the Barber family. After a friendly morning tea, you’ll watch working dogs rounding up sheep, followed by a shearing skills workshop. After a scenic lunch, featuring the farm’s organic produce and wines, have a wander outside keeping one eye peeled for kangaroo.
Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock), and settle into your hotel. This afternoon, tour Kata Tjuta National Park (the Olgas). As evening approaches, enjoy a scenic sundowner with sparkling wine and canapés, watching the sunset at Uluru.
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 before continuing on to Port Douglas.
Travel to Mossman Gorge for a guided walk through this lush corner of Daintree National Park. Continue to an A&K exclusive visit of the Botanical Ark, a private ethnobotanical garden, for a chef ’s table lunch. Return to Port Douglas for time at leisure.
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, 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.
After a short flight your home for the next few nights will be the Four Seasons in Sydney. Next morning, a chartered tea cruise will take you on a tour of the blue waters of Sydney Harbour. Later you can see historic Sydney on a tour of the Rocks, Sydney's oldest neighbourhood.
Visit Sydney’s bustling Fish Markets in Pyrmont, before sinking your toes in famed Bondi Beach. Later, shop the boutiques of Paddington.
Ride like a local when you board a ferry to Taronga Zoo for a guided tour, visiting kangaroo, koala, wombat, dingo, echidna 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.
Situated between the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand's majestic Southern Alps, Christchurch has a lush landscape like no other. After you’ve settled into your hotel join your guide to explore this beautiful Garden City. Head out on a leisurely punt on the Avon River.
Board the famed TranzAlpine train to Greymouth, enjoying thrilling icy vistas along the Waimakariri River. In Greymouth, relax with lunch at a local brewery, before continuing on to Hokitika. Here, a carver will show you the local pounamu (jade). Listen as he explains the historic and cultural significance of this stone to the Maori people. Later, gaze out at the gleaming glacial landscapes from the Franz Josef hotel.
Led by a specialist-hiking guide, experience the Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic. Following the glacier's path through ice-ridden landscape, peer closely at the giant sheets of ice that form its forward face. Break for a packed lunch, before returning to your retreat for a leisurely afternoon.
Journey overland to Queenstown on a scenic drive along the majestic coastline, and then inland through mossy rainforests, past cascading waterfalls and breath-taking mountains. Stop for lunch in the picturesque ski town of Wanaka. Upon arrival in Queenstown, check in to your luxurious hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
This morning, fly to Milford Sound, taking in the stunning alpine views along the way. On arrival, board a spacious vessel for a tour of the sound’s awe-inspiring scenery, cruising New Zealand’s southern fjords amid towering cliffs, viewing sparkling waterfalls and watching for wildlife. Keep a lookout for seal basking on the rocks or dolphin frolicking in the water. Return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.
Tour quaint, picturesque Arrowtown and visit the Kawarau Bungy Bridge. Next, stop at a local Gibbston Valley winery for a wine tasting, followed by lunch. Return to Queenstown.
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.