To enhance your amazing Australia and New Zealand vacation packages, 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 by Night with Skyline Dinner ($60 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.
Walter Peak Farm Tour and Cruise ($57 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.
Cruise on TSS Earnslaw and Dinner ($90 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.
Skippers Canyon Four-Wheel Drive Safari ($130 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.
Otago Peninsula Afternoon Tour: Larnach Castle & Wildlife Cruise ($98 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.
Phillip Island and Fairy Penguins Express ($96 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.
Great Ocean Road Adventure ($115 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.
Michaelmas Cay (Great Barrier Reef) “Upgrade” ($93 per person-lunch included)
Your smarTours program includes a cruise to Green Island on the inner Great Barrier Reef. If you wish, you can upgrade to sail aboard a 32 meter luxury catamaran to picturesque Michaelmas Cay for snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Michaelmas Cay is an isolated Great Barrier Reef sand island surrounded by magical coral gardens pulsating with marine life, and sanctuary to a host of over 20,000 seabirds – a remarkable, unforgettable experience. There is also plenty to do while staying dry! Explore the Cay and discover the island bird life, or hop into the semi-submersible and tour the underwater world with a Marine Biologist, or just relax on the beach or decks of the luxury catamaran. A delicious hot and cold buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and snorkeling equipment included.
Full Day Kuranda Village and Scenic SkyRail Excursion ($110 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.
Harbor Story Cruise ($29 per person)
Depart from Circular Quay on a leisurely norning or afternoon 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 except Sunday) or afternoon (2:15pm). Transfers to/from pier are not included.
Rocks Guided Walking Tour ($20 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 10:30am and 1:30pm and 2:30pm from a central point in the Rocks area and lasts about 1.5 hours (transfer from/to hotel on your own).
Australian Wildlife Park ($52 per person)
Depart Sydney this morning via the scenic Harbor Bridge 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, wallaby and emu. Do not miss an opportunity to have your photo taken with 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 Bridge Climb ($194 per person; daily between 9am 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’s Sunset Dinner Cruise ($59 per person, dinner included)
This is an ideal early dinner-cruise. Depart King Street Wharf at 5pm. you’ll sail on the magnificent harbor. A 3-course Contemporary Australian a la carte dinner (set entree) with local sparkling and still wine, beer and soft drinks will be served. Return to King Street Wharf at 6:30pm. Transfers to/from pier are not included.
Your flights 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.
2017: Sep. – Nov.
2018: Feb. – Apr.
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.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
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.
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.