Australia & New Zealand

SYDNEY, GREAT BARRIER REEF, CAIRNS, MELBOURNE, QUEENSTOWN, MILFORD SOUND, AUCKLAND, & DUNEDIN

Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to Australia & New Zealand. Reserve by December 18, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

Experience Australia and New Zealand on this comprehensive, once-in-a-lifetime journey “down under”! Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound, explore the Great Barrier Reef aboard a high-speed catamaran, and visit the celebrated Sydney Opera House, among many other activities and sightseeing opportunities. Call smarTours today to book this incredible adventure!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Auckland
  • 3 nights in Queenstown
  • 2 nights in Dunedin
  • 1 night in Fairlie
  • 3 nights in Melbourne
  • 3 nights in Cairns
  • 4 nights in Sydney

 

  • Picturesque Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Farm Stay (Fairlie, NZ)
  • Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Harbor Bridge (Sydney)
  • Australian Wildlife Park (Sydney)
  • Round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles via Qantas Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South Pacific flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at deluxe and superior first class hotels
  • One night accommodation on a New Zealand Farm with dinner (D)
  • Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
  • A welcome dinner in Auckland (D)
  • Sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in itinerary
  • English speaking Tour Director and local guides

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Land + Air 

Tour cost airfare included

Depart

Return

Reserve by
Dec 18 2014

Reserve after
Dec 18 2014

2015

w/check 
discount

Sale

After Sale

Mar 3

Mar 23

$ 5299 $ 5399 $ 5699

Mar 17

Apr 6

$ 5199 $ 5299 $ 5599
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $1299.
Australia visa fee is not included
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating “Down Under” discovery begins today as you board your award-winning Qantas Airways flight.
Day 2
En route.
Cross the International Dateline and “lose” one day en route. You’ll “regain” this day when flying from Australia back to the USA at the conclusion of your journey!
Day 3
Arrive Auckland (New Zealand).
Afternoon arrival in the lively harbor city of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your upscale city-center hotel. Join your tour director for a welcome drink and a brief orientation walk. Crowne Plaza Hotel 
Day 4
Auckland.
On an included guided tour of “The City of Sails” drive via Parnell Village to Mission Bay, a delightful seaside suburb and journey along the picturesque waterfront. Travel to Bastion Point for spectacular city and harbor views. You’ll also visit the Auckland Museum and learn about the native Maori culture as you view the fascinating exhibits and enjoy a colorful Maori performance. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. This evening your join your fellow travelers for an included welcome dinner (B,D).
Day 5
Auckland/Queenstown.
Today fly to Queenstown, a splendid lakeside resort town on New Zealand’s stunning South Island, surrounded by the Southern Alps. This afternoon join your tour director for an orientation walk of this charming town. Your centrally located hotel is ideally situated near the shore of picturesque Lake Wakatipu. Novotel Lakeside Hotel (B)

Day 6
Milford Sound Excursion.
Today’s excursion is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world. Drive along Lake Wakatipu through dense forests and shimmering Lake Te Anau to Fiordland National Park and the Homer Tunnel en route to Milford Sound. Here you’ll board an unforgettable cruise through towering fjords and majestic waterfalls. Return to Queenstown early this evening. (B)
Day 7
At your own pace, enjoy the many exciting activities charming Queenstown offers. You may also visit famous Walter Peak Sheep Station across Lake Wakatipu. (B)
Day 8
Queenstown/Arrowtown/Dunedin.
After breakfast depart Queenstown to nearby Arrowtown, a quaint former gold-mining postbuilt on a rich history. Take some time to admire the well-preserved buildings and walk through the leafy streets while you learn about its history. As you proceed on your journey, stunning countryside vistas unfold as you travel via the Kawarau Gorge to Dunedin, a vibrant town located at the top of the Otago Peninsula with an impressive architectural heritage and wealth of diverse attractions. Arrive at your centrally located hotel. Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar (B)
Day 9
Dunedin.
This morning embark on an orientation tour of Dunedin. You’ll also enjoy a guided visit to Olveston House, an impressive mansion built in the early 20th century, filled with art and period furniture and surrounded by a marvelous garden. In its center, Dunedin assumes the character of a city of Spires; towers, gables, of roofs bristling with turrets and of solid, gracious, generally stone buildings that earn for Dunedin the title of the most Victorian City of New Zealand. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace or join an optional tour. (B)
Day 10
Dunedin/Mt. Cook Region/Fairlie.
After breakfast depart Dunedin and drive to the spectacular Mount Cook region, gateway to the imposing Southern Alps. Proceed to Fairlie, a thriving farming region in the heart of the sheep grazing pastures of the Canterbury Plains. You will spend the evening on a working farm where your hosts invite you for a delicious home cooked dinner and conversation. This is certain to be one of the highlights of your trip! Farm Stay (B,D)
Day 11
Depart New Zealand/Melbourne (Australia).
Following a hearty breakfast with your host family on the farm, proceed to the airport and board a flight across the Tasman Sea to Australia. Arrive in Melbourne, the stately capital of the State of Victoria noted for its vibrant culture, spacious parks and beautiful gardens. Transfer to your hotel, ideally located near the renowned Queen Victoria Market. Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Hotel. (B)
Day 12
On an included morning tour visit lovely Fitzroy Gardens and see City Square, the Victorian Art Center and the old Parliament House. Balance of the day is at leisure for independent exploration. You may opt to catch an award-winning performance or enjoy the delicious local cuisine and sample some of Australia’s renowned wines. (B)
Day 13
Day at leisure for independent exploration. Stroll along the riverside promenade and relax in one of the many inviting outdoor cafes. We recommend an optional excursion to Phillip Island, the world’s largest reserve of fairy penguins. Here, every evening at dusk, the Fairy Penguins come home from the sea to their burrows in the sand dunes. It is a nightly ritual that will enthrall you as you observe the “parade” from the elevated boardwalk. (B)
Day 14
Melbourne/Cairns.
Today fly northward to tropical Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Your centrally located hotel is close to the Esplanade and the ocean. Relax and enjoy your hotel’s swimming pool! Novotel Oasis Resort (B)
Day 15
Great Barrier Reef Excursion.
Board a high-speed catamaran for an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef cruise to the beautiful coral cay of Green Island. With its unique reef and rainforest environment, this beautiful island provides a superior tropical experience. Green Island is the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest growing on it! It is home to numerous native plant species, colorful bird life and is surrounded by magnificent coral gardens. Your visit to this coral paradise includes a thrilling glass bottom boat ride to view some of the world’s most spectacular coral and fish. There is plenty of time to swim and take a walk through the lush rainforest on the island. Return to Cairns later this afternoon. (B)
Day 16
A day at leisure. You may join an optional tour aboard a scenic skyrail to the aboriginal village of Kuranda. (B)
Day 17
Cairns/Sydney.
Today, fly to spectacular Sydney, Australia’s oldest and most vibrant city. Settle into your elegant hotel, ideally located in the city center near the scenic Sydney Harbor, the renowned Opera House and the enchanting Botanical Gardens. Later, join your tour director for an orientation walk. Menzies Hotel (B)
Day 18
This morning embark on an included guided tour that takes in the old and the new. See the impressive Harbor Bridge, Sydney’s famous beaches including Bondi Beach, the Botanical Gardens, the celebrated Opera House and the historic Rocks area. The balance of the day is at leisure for independent pursuits. (B)
Days 19 & 20
Two days at leisure to explore on your own. You may join an optional tour to the Australian Wildlife Park where you can hand-feed a kangaroo and cuddle a friendly koala! Consider a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House or a stroll along the waterfront towards the Rocks area. You may also join a Coffee Cruise or a splendid Sunset Dinner Cruise on the spectacular Sydney Harbor. (B)
Day 21
Sydney/USA.
Today, bid farewell to “Down Under” and board your return flight. Cross the International Dateline and regain the day “lost” in the beginning of the trip. Your magical journey ends as you arrive Los Angeles the same day. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance your visit to Australia and New Zealand you will be offered by your tour director several optional tours and   evening activities. All rates are approximates in US Dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Payment should be made in local currency by cash, Visa or MasterCard. Tours are subject to availability and minimum number of participants. Once confirmed, missed optional tours are non-refundable. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Queenstown
Queenstown by Night with Skyline Dinner ($65 per person, dinner included)
You’ll travel by Gondola (cable car) to the top of Bob’s Peak, overlooking Queenstown. Here, enjoy a lavish buffet dinner at the Skyline Restaurant while savoring the wonderful views of the town the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Queenstown
Walter Peak Farm Tour and Cruise ($64 per person)
Afternoon cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage steamship TSS Enslow takes you to Walter Peak Farm where you’ll enjoy afternoon tea, stroll around the beautiful lakeside gardens and see farm animals and work demonstrations. Cruise back to Queenstown later this afternoon.

Queenstown
Cruise on TSS Earnslaw and Dinner ($98 per person, dinner included)
Board the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamship for a voyage back in time across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Farm. After docking, proceed to one of the elegant dining rooms at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant overlooking the picturesque Beach Bay. You’ll be treated to a feast of real New Zealand country cooking. Sail back to Queenstown later this evening. 

Queenstown
Skippers Canyon Four-Wheel Drive Safari ($141 per person).
Visitors to the Queenstown area never fail to be amazed by both the man-made and natural features of the unusual landscape of Skippers Canyon. Following the Shotover River valley, the Skippers Road was hacked by hand through solid rock, and clings to sheer cliff sides with breathtaking drops into the river gorge below. You’ll take this route at every hairpin turn, across the spectacular Skippers suspension bridge built in 1900, to the old township of Skippers. This optional tour offers magnificent mountain scenery, rugged canyons, gold panning to gain a taste of New Zealand’s pioneer gold mining history, and the excitement of four-wheel driving in a safe environment. Refreshments are also included.

Dunedin
Otago Peninsula Afternoon Tour: Larnach Castle & Wildlife Cruise ($104 per person)
Embark on an exciting guided afternoon excursion to the scenic Otago Peninsula. Travel from Dunedin along the spectacular “High Road” offering amazing views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Otago Harbor en route to Larnach Castle, where you’ll  journey back in time with your guide, on a tour of New Zealand’s only castle built in 1871. Learn the scandalous, exciting and tragic history of Larnach Castle and why William Larnach took his own life. See the magnificent carved ceilings, antiques and craftsmanship. You will also have an opportunity to take photos of the Castle and gardens before continuing to Wellers Rock where you embark on a one hour wildlife cruise. Experience unrivalled viewing of the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head, the only mainland nesting place for the northern Royal Albatross in the world. The region is also home to fur seals and you may also see dolphins, sea lions and a fascinating array of rarely seen ocean birds including other species of albatross, penguins and marine mammals in their natural environment. Following the cruise, return to your hotel in Dunedin late this afternoon. 

Melbourne
Phillip Island and Fairy Penguins Express ($112 per person)
Depart your hotel this afternoon and travel to Phillip Island.  Here, every evening at dusk, the Fairy Penguins come home from the sea to their burrows in the sand dunes.  It is a nightly ritual that will enthrall you as you observe the “parade” from the elevated boardwalk. Return to the hotel in the late evening.

Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Adventure ($143 per person)
Experience some of Australia’s most fascinating and diverse coastal scenery on this full day excursion. The magical coastline will enchant you as you journey through Torquay, Lorne and onto Apollo Bay. There are many opportunities to photograph the stunning scenery including the Twelve Apostles.  The power and majesty of nature reign supreme in the awe-inspiring sea and landscape. National Park fees are included! Return to Melbourne this evening. 

Cairns
Cairns Night Zoo Plus BBQ Dinner ($120 per person, dinner included)
Start this unique “Australian Experience” evening with a delicious BBQ dinner complete with beer and wine. After dinner, grab a flashlight as an expert guide leads you to see the “creatures of the night”. You may spot crocodiles, snakes, possums and much more! Round out this unique Aussie experience with great local entertainment! 

Cairns
Great Barrier Reef “Upgrade” ($114 per person, lunch included)
Your included program features a full day cruise and visit to Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef. For those seeking a more adventurous experience you may change to a day-cruise to the “outer reef”. Snorkeling equipment and lunch are included.

Cairns
Full Day Kuranda Village and Scenic SkyRail Excursion ($133 per person)
Begin this fascinating day filled with authentic Australian experiences with a scenic drive to Rainforest Station Nature Park where you’ll learn about the flora and fauna of the thick rainforest on a guided ride aboard an original amphibious army duck! You’ll also experience the Aboriginal culture as you attend a colorful dance performance of native Pamagirri Dancers and join a Dreamtime walk for an insight into this unique culture. You’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at boomerang and spear throwing. Travel to the nearby quaint village of Kuranda, famous for its elaborate craft markets where you’ll have some free time to explore the market, shops and art galleries on your own. This afternoon depart Kuranda for a thrilling ride aboard the SkyRail, the world’s longest cable car. Marvel at the layers of vegetation as you travel across the canopy of the rainforest, stopping at an interpretive center for a visit and a short stroll before reaching the Skyrail final station where you’ll embark the coach and travel back to your hotel. 

Sydney
Harbor Coffee Cruise ($43 per person)
Depart from Circular Quay on a leisurely two-hour cruise through the magnificent Sydney Harbor. You’ll see the Opera House, the city’s skyline and the Harbor Bridge, while listening to interesting commentary and enjoying complimentary coffee. This cruise is available in the morning (10am) or afternoon (2:15pm). Transfers to/from pier are not included.

Sydney
Rocks Guided Walking Tour ($43 per person)
This fascinating guided walking tour brings alive the history of the early convict settlement while entertaining with stories of Rascals, Rats and Restoration. Your expert Rocks guide will lead you through the fascinating area and show you some of Sydney’s earliest buildings, homes of “well-to-do” and the quaint cottages of the working class. You’ll also see historic pubs, once frequented by locals and sailors alike. Guided walk starts at 2:30pm from a central point in the Rocks area and lasts about 1.5 hours (transfer from/to hotel on your own).  

Sydney
Australian Wildlife Park ($62 per person)
Depart Sydney this morning via the scenic Harbor Bridge to and head west of the city to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Here,  enjoy a close up look at some of Australia’s unique native animals including koalas, kangaroos and wallaby  and emu. Do not miss an opportunity to have your photo taken cuddling a koala and hand feed kangaroos. You’ll also come face to face with an amazing range of birds and many species of reptiles. On the way back to the city, drive through Sydney’s Olympic Park. Return to your hotel around lunch time. (This tour requires a minimum of 15 participants to operate) 

Sydney
Sydney Bridge Climb ($210 per person; daily between 5am and 5pm subject to availability)
The climb of your life!!! A professional team will take you on an exhilarating climb all the way to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge where you pause for unforgettable views. A complimentary souvenir photo of the climb is included!

Sydney
Sydney’s Sunset Dinner Cruise ($84 per person, dinner included)
This is an ideal early dinner-cruise. Depart Circular Quay at 5pm. you’ll be welcome aboard with a glass of champagne and canapés and sail into the magnificent harbor. A 2-course dinner with wine will be served. Return to Circular Quay at 6:30pm (or the Opera House at 6:15pm). Transfers to/from pier are not included

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and back are on Qantas Airways.  Your flight schedules are below. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure.

Departure Date

Depart

Return            

Oct. 14 & Oct. 28, 2014

10:00PM

10:00AM

Nov. 18, 2014

11:30PM

10:00AM

Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17 & Mar. 3 (all in 2015)

10:00PM

6:30AM

Feb. 24 & Mar. 17, 2015

11:30PM

6:30AM

 Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Qantas Airways does not take seat requests in advance. smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the travel date. American citizens require a visa to Australia. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.  If you failed to submit a copy of your passport with your deposit, you will need to mail smarTours one photocopy of your passport with your final payment.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

Weather conditions will vary widely in the areas covered on this tour. Generally speaking, seasons “down under” are the reverse of our seasons. (When it is summer here it is winter “down under”). Cairns enjoys tropical weather with hot temperatures during their summer (Dec-Feb). Sydney’s weather is mild with highs varying from the 60’s in their winter to 80’s during their summer. The South Island of New Zealand will be mild during their summer (60’s and low 70’s) and cool in their winter (high in the 40’s). It is always a good idea to dress in layers.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

 

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