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Grand Tour of Australia & New Zealand with The Zoomer Travel Club

22 days
22 days
Group size00 travelers

5 out of 5 stars

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Australia and New Zealand—a world away.

From the Great Barrier Reef and the rugged Australian Outback to New Zealand’s sheep-dotted plains and cliff-lined fjords, the South Pacific features a lineup of dramatic landscapes. In between outdoor adventures, you’ll discover sophisticated, multicultural cities and an irresistible, carpe diem spirit.

Your tour package includes

  • 19 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 19 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 6 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
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Included highlights

  • Uluru
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Glowworm Caves
  • Milford Sound
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight2 nights
Day 1: Travel day

Cross the International Date Line in flight and “lose” a day.

Day 2: Travel day

Your flight continues to Australia.

Melbourne3 nights
Day 3: Arrival in Melbourne
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Melbourne! Gather with your Tour Director and fellow travellers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Melbourne
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a guided tour to discover the city’s beautiful 19th-century architecture, historic landmarks, and sprawling parks.

• Explore Carlton Gardens, home of the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum

• Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Shrine of Remembrance

• Pass the Yarra River, the Sports and Arts Precinct—site of the Australian Open­—and stroll through Queen Victoria Market

Enjoy a free afternoon in Melbourne or add an excursion.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade

From $225 per person

Day 5: Brighton Beach boxes & Chapel Street
Included meal: Breakfast

Visit the iconic Brighton Beach boxes with your Tour Director and enjoy time to photograph the colourful boat sheds that line the beach. Then, take a guided walk down trendy Chapel Street followed by free time to shop and eat lunch.

Alice Springs1 night
Day 6: Flight to Alice Springs
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory to learn about many institutions that date back to the country’s colonial days.

• Stop at Anzac Hill and take in sweeping views of the town and countryside

• Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of Air, and the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Uluru Region1 night
Day 7: Sunset at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Alice Springs or add an excursion.

Then, journey through the desert to Uluru to explore the park on a guided tour.

• View Kata Tjuta, the weathered rock domes also known as the Olgas 

• Watch the sun set over Uluru

Australian Hot Air Balloon Ride

From $409 per person

Great Barrier Reef Region3 nights
Day 8: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Return to Uluru, the monolith that’s been worshipped by indigenous Aboriginal tribes for 22,000 years. Then, fly to Cairns, a coastal city in the state of Queensland.

Day 9: The Great Barrier Reef
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a full day at the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. 

• Head to Cairns Marina to board a boat out into the Coral Sea

• View the coral’s colours from the underwater observatory, glass-bottom boat or semi-submarine—or hop in the water with a snorkel

Day 10: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Included meal: Breakfast

At the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, meet your guide who will accompany you through the park. 

• Learn how to make and play a didgeridoo, how to throw a spear, and watch performances that celebrate the culture of the rainforest’s indigenous people 

• Take a scenic ride on the historic Kuranda Train before a leisurely lunch break

• Spend free time exploring the Kuranda Village, discovering treasures at the markets, visiting an Aboriginal art gallery, or hopping on a river cruise

• Ride the Skyrail cable car, soaring high over the canopy of the forest

Sydney3 nights
Day 11: Flight to Sydney
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Sydney this morning, then enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion.

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

From $205 per person

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Sydney
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of one of the world’s most pleasant cities.

• Pass Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens

• Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair to take in views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

• See the Rocks neighbourhood, National Opal Collection, Bondi Beach, and Gap in Watsons Bay

• Step inside the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House with a local guide

Day 13: Free day in Sydney
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Sydney or add an excursion.

Featherdale Wildlife Park

From $115 per person

Fiordland National Park Region2 nights
Day 14: Flight to the Fiordland National Park Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Australia and fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. Upon arrival, transfer to the town of Te Anau to take in some of the region’s most captivating landscapes.

Day 15: Lake Te Anau cruise, Glowworm Caves & Milford Sound cruise
Included meal: Breakfast

Depart early this morning to see the spectacular scenery in Fiordland National Park. 

• Cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves

• Walk along subterranean boardwalks inside the caves to view glowworms

• Pass through beautiful beech forests and by glittering mirror lakes 

• Climb to the Homer Saddle and drive through Homer Tunnel 

• Sip on a glass of wine as you cruise around Milford Sound, in view of Mitre Peak

Queenstown2 nights
Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Queenstown & Bob’s Peak
Included meal: Breakfast

Pass through some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes as you make your way to Queenstown. Then, explore Queenstown with your Tour Director.

Tonight, take the Skyline Queenstown Gondola 1,500 feet up to Bob’s Peak, which offers panoramic views of the landscape below. At the top, watch the sun set as you admire the Remarkables, Walter Peak, and Lake Wakatipu in the distance.

Day 17: Sightseeing tour of Arrowtown
Included meal: Breakfast

Visit Arrowtown, a gold rush settlement, with your Tour Director this morning.

Enjoy free time in Queenstown or add an excursion.

Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner

From $169 per person

Rotorua2 nights
Day 18: Flight to Rotorua
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Rotorua, in the heart of the North Island’s Maori country. This evening, enjoy a traditional hāngi feast with your group.

Day 19: Rotorua Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Rotorua region. 

• With a local guide leading the way, learn about the region’s indigenous birds at the Kiwi Wildlife Park

• Visit the village of Whakarewarewa, which is home to thermal springs and bubbling hot pools 

• Join a local Whakarewarewa guide to learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the Maori people, who live in harmony with nature in the village 

• Visit Rotorua’s Government Gardens, a public park and site of great historical importance to the local Maori people

Tonight, join a local Kiwi family for a home-hosted dinner of regional specialties.

Auckland2 nights
Day 20: Transfer to Auckland & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland this morning. Then, get to know Auckland, “The City of Sails,” with your Tour Director in the lead. 

• Take an elevator to the top of the 1,076-foot-high Sky Tower 

• Stop at the city’s harbour and take a short walk to the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Day 21: Waiheke Island
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a ferry and settle in for a scenic cruise across the Auckland Harbour to Waiheke Island.

• Learn about the history of the island, the native flora and fauna, and tales of the region from a local guide

• Visit a local boutique vineyard for a wine tasting before continuing to a bustling olive oil mill

Later, celebrate your trip with your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 22: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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5 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 5 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Adventures in Australia & New Zealand.
    2/20/19 by 1st-time traveler Sharon

    Accommodation and Meals: These were top notch. Hotels are all Four Star or higher. We did have a problem with the A/C units in both Alice Springs and Yalara where they would not shut off. (The temperature was 40 degrees C) We did not complain as they provided extra blankets to keep you cozy at ...

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    Go Ahead Tours replied on 4/11/19

    Dear Sharon, At Go Ahead, we work hard to provide ...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Moat amazing trip of my life
    2/20/19 by 1st-time traveler Patricia

    This tour of Australia and New Zealand could not have been better planned. We visited most of the major cities and points of interest. Our tour guide, Ben Powney was helpful and knowledgeable and helped us in so many ways. It was also a pleasure to get away from winter weather for 22 days! We were a...

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    Go Ahead Tours replied on 3/18/19

    Dear Patricia, We work hard to create smooth and s...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.


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