Uncover the core of Maori culture in New Zealand. Dive into the unparalleled Outback of Australia. This is Oceania, a paradise in the South Pacific. Cruise through the dramatic Milford Sound and the organic splendor of Abel Tasman National Park. Join a local Kiwi family for a home cooked dinner in Queenstown. Tour the Sydney Opera House to get a glimpse of the action behind the scenes. Admire the striking essence of Uluru (Ayers Rock) as you dine under the stars. Choose how you spend the day discovering the legendary Great Barrier Reef – by snorkeling, hiking, relaxing or learning. From sparkling coastlines to age-old traditions, take in the natural beauty and engaging society of these captivating countries.

Our prices start from

$ 5,999 LAND ONLY

22 Days • GUIDED • 31Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 19 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 19 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1- 2 - Overnight Flight

Encounter the untamed vitality and the captivating culture of New Zealand and Australia – a perfect blend of wildlife and urban energy that is rooted in tradition but is ever evolving with the Outback air. Delve into the South Pacific heritage and get a close look at New Zealand's Maori lifestyle and the roots of Australia's Aboriginal groups.

Day 3 - Wellington, New Zealand - Tour Begins

Rydges, Wellington

Your journey starts in New Zealand. Feel the ever-present heartbeat of Maori culture on this set of islands. Comprised of natural beauty and striking contrasts, live the Kiwi lifestyle for the next 10 days. Say hello to Wellington, the colorful capital city of New Zealand. Take in the gourmet eats, seaside charm, and scenic coastline as you feel the warm ocean breeze of the "Windy City."

Day 4 - Wellington

Taste Maori culture at a Hangi lunch.

Rydges, Wellington

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Jump right into Maori culture with a traditional powhiri, an elaborate ceremony for welcoming guests. Marvel at the carved wakas, sleek canoes of intricate design, at a Maori culture center. Get exclusive access to an archaeological site not open to the public during a guided exploration of a waterfront pa (Maori for village). Taste Maori heritage in a Hangi dish and discover the roots of the culture at the Te Papa Museum. Admire the rolling waves as you share conversation, connecting over dinner. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included..

Day 5 - Wellington - Nelson

Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

Breakfast Included

Surrounded by green slopes and rolling mountains, the Cook Strait will offer a picturesque landscape as you cruise over the stunning waters on your way to the South Island. Visit Nelson, the oldest city on the island. Enjoy an evening at leisure to experience this coastal hub, full of local works and a trending foodie scene. This local art hub highlights works from the area, artisan food markets, and sparkling waters. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 6 - Nelson - Abel Tasman National park - Nelson

Explore New Zealand's pristine wilderness and coastlines on several easy walks.

Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Explore the open-air Nelson Market, featuring delicious foods and goods. Chat with artisans as you walk along the spirited stalls and peruse an ever-evolving library of Kiwi crafts. Venture on to Kaiteriteri, a coastal paradise where you'll set sail through the graceful natural beauty of Abel Tasman National Park. Coast over the crystal-clear waters and pass reaching trees huddled along the shore. A picnic lunch awaits at the Anchorage, a scenic bay set amongst gentle waves and sandy coasts. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 7 - Nelson - Hokitika

Beachfront Hotel, Hokitika

Breakfast, Dinner Included

This morning meet with a local artist at his studio to learn about New Zealand greenstone carving. Then, venture to the natural phenomenon of Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks. Feel the spray of the ocean crashing against these unique limestone formations with a flapjack façade. Tonight, dine at your beachfront hotel, a natural haven of craggy peaks and lively waterspouts. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8 - Hokitika - Franz Josef

Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef

Breakfast Included

Wake up in Hokitika, better known as a "cool little town." Head to Hokitika Gorge for a taste of New Zealand's beloved West Coast nature. Return to town for a tour, ending with a walk along the beach and some free time to explore on your own. Make your way to Franz Josef, New Zealand's glacier country. Discover the area's seaside allure by combing the beach in search of New Zealand jade or perhaps you'll explore the shops and eateries in town. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9 - Franz Josef

Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef

Breakfast Included

Choose how to start your day because it's your choice! View the Franz Josef Glacier with a local guide, traversing an exclusive trail not open to the public -OR- get a glimpse of kiwis at the West Coast Wildlife Centre, where you'll learn more about conservation and rehabilitation of this national icon. Enjoy free time to relax. Perhaps you will step into the rainforest and soak in the steamy thermal waters of the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 10 - Franz Josef - Queenstown

Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Breakfast Included

Journey through the thick rainforest and emerge on the "wild" west coast. With cliffs and beaches on your right and the southern snowcapped Alps on your left, there will be no shortage of riveting landscapes to capture your eye. Pause in Wanaka, a slice of tranquility nestled along a mountain-lined lake. Continue to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, and settle into your home for the next 3 nights. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 11 - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Cruise through the dramatic Milford Sound.

Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley and cross through an ancient red beech forest. Cruise along the waters of the dramatic Milford Sound, taking in the natural splendor around you. With cliffs rising up to nearly 4,000 feet, you'll see why this is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Following your cruise, you may choose to return to Queenstown via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 12 - Queenstown

Join a local Kiwi family for a home cooked dinner.

Peppers Beacon, Queenstown

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Today is yours! Explore the adventure capital whichever way your heart desires. Perhaps you'll choose an optional tour to Mt. Nicholas Farm, where you'll get a hands-on experience with merino wool. Or you might choose to experience the thrill of a jetboat ride on the Shotover River. Tonight, gather around the table as a welcomed guest when you join a local Kiwi family for a home cooked dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 13 - Queenstown - Sydney, Australia

Mantra 2 Bond, Sydney

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Wish New Zealand goodbye and enter Australia, home to expansive Outback and lively waterfront cities. Start your Aussie adventure in Sydney, the country's largest city. Acquaint yourself with the streets on an orientation tour, gathering your bearings and getting a glimpse at the highlights. As the sun sets, admire the city skyline on a dinner cruise through Sydney Harbour and watch the sky transform into a myriad of pinks and oranges over the iconic Sydney Opera House. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 14 - Sydney

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House.

Mantra 2 Bond, Sydney

Breakfast Included

Take a step into the past and explore the historic Rocks neighborhood, situated along the edge of Sydney Harbour. Continue along to the port Circular Quay before strolling through the winding paths of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Here, you'll delve into Aboriginal culture by learning about native plants and foraging for traditional foods. Go behind the scenes of the Sydney Opera House on an expert-led guided tour of this legendary venue. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 15 - Sydney

Mantra 2 Bond, Sydney

Breakfast Included

Make the most of your final day in Sydney with a full day at leisure! You may choose to go on an optional Sydney Foodie Safari or take in a performance at the Sydney Opera House. Included harbor ferry passes will help you get around. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 16 - Sydney - Adelaide - Hahndorf

The Manna of Hahndorf, Adelaide

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Set off on a short flight to Adelaide, the cosmopolitan hub of South Australia. Indulge in a wine tasting at d'Arenberg Cube, home to eccentric architecture and vibrant surroundings, and discover why the wine maker is referred to as the "Willy Wonka of Wines." Visit Hahndorf, a charming village in the Adelaide Hills and the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia. Get a taste of German cuisine and local flavors at tonight's dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 17 - Hahndorf - Barossa Valley - Hahndorf

Sip lavender tea and enjoy culinary treats at a lavender farm in Barossa Valley.

The Manna of Hahndorf, Adelaide

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Treat your taste buds to a full-day exploration of the Barossa Valley's fine food and wine. Breathe in the calming essence of lavender at Lyndoch Lavender Farm, joining an expert on a guided tour of the estate. Savor a light lunch during a lavender tea party, featuring flavorful bites and lavender sweets. Your vintner voyage continues at the famous Seppeltsfield Winery, one of the oldest in the Barossa Valley. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 18 - Hahndorf - Adelaide - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Your adventure continues to Uluru (Ayers Rock). After your flight from Adelaide, relish in free time this afternoon before gathering for an unforgettable evening set in the backdrop of this Aboriginal destination. Experience the Sounds of Silence dinner, a gourmet meal overlooking the glowing Uluru. As the sun drops behind the horizon and the Milky Way starts to twinkle, relax as you eat dinner under a bed of stars, overlooking Australia's greatest natural wonder. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 19 - Ayers Rock - Cairns

Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns

Breakfast Included

Get a close look at the iconic, monstrous red rocks emerging from the earth, sprung up as if beckoned toward the clouds. On a guided tour of Uluru's base and the neighboring Kata Tjuta rock formations, discover the heritage of Australia's Aboriginal people. Fly to Cairns and enjoy an evening at leisure, getting to know this gateway to an underwater paradise. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 20 - Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

Spend the day at the Great Barrier Reef at leisure – with included options to snorkel, hike, or chat with a marine biologist.

Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Board a glass-bottom catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to discover the aquatic realm of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day however you please, perhaps choosing from a selection of included activities. Maybe you'll soak up the sun on a tiny remote island*, located along the outer reef. Or consider snorkeling in the rolling waves, uncovering a pod of vibrant sea life. You can also meet with a marine biologist, or join an expert on a heritage trail walk along the island. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 21 - Cairns

Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax or explore the tropical city of Cairns. Toast to the end of your journey at a farewell dinner, reflecting on your Outback escapade. Today breakfast and dinner will be included

Day 22 - Cairns- Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Your tour of New Zealand and Australia comes to a close today. Today breakfast will be included.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on May 31, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $1,400. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021 – April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..

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