From the beautiful beaches and famous harbour sites of Sydney, the lush hinterlands and northern temperate forests, to the sparkling waters nestling stunning islands and enticing reefs, the sights and experiences on this tour are colourful and diverse - An Ideal family holiday ! Discover Australia's cities, from Sydney's famous harbour to the islands, rainforest and tropical reef in Cairns and Gold Coast's glitz and glamour ambience.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Brisbane - Gold Coast
On arrival in Brisbane, board your coach for your transfer to your hotel in Gold Coast. Check in to the hotel. You have the rest of the day free to explore your surroundings and visit nearby shopping areas. Overnight stay at the hotel in Gold Coast.
Day 2: Full Day Sea World
Today after breakfast proceed for a full day tour to Sea World. Get below the surface to discover a world of fun and adventure at Sea World. Flip in and out with the dolphins; seal this new friendship with a kiss or dare to dive with the predators of the undersea! Dive into the Sea World, as you are transported to the wonderful underwater world of Bikini Bottom that comes to life right before your eyes with extravagant floats, stunning water displays and spectacular thematic boats in the world’s first SpongeBob parade! Later, sing and dance to an educational stage show, as you help Dora the Explorer and friends find each other in a delightful live show ‘Dora’s Best Friends Adventure’. Scale new heights at Castaway Bay – the World’s best adventure playground. Enter the amazing frozen world of Penguin Encounter, home to the King Penguin. Be enchanted by the charm and beauty of the iconic Sea World dolphins in their new show ‘Imagine’ while the clever and hilarious Sea Lions will have you in stitches in their new show ‘Fish Detectives’. With a host of exciting rides, shows and attractions, Sea World offers a complete day of fun. Return back to your hotel in the evening for overnight stay.
Day 3: Full Day Movie World
Today after breakfast proceed for a full day tour to Movie World. Experience the magic and excitement of a world where everyone’s a star at Warner Bros- Movie World! Experience the fun and thrill of a galactic proportion as you take on the steepest drop in the world. The amazing new Green Lantern Rollercoaster ride is in a league of its own! While you’re here, get lost in a world of fantasy and fun, meet your favourite stars and super-heroes and experience the exhilaration of world-class adventure rides and movie attractions including the awesome Batwing Spaceshot and the adrenalin pumping Superman Escape. Kids will love the colourful Kids’ WB! Fun Zone takes you into a magical cartoon world for the young and for the young at heart! Other not-to-miss attractions include, the multi-million dollar live action stunt show ‘Hollywood Stunt Driver’, presented by Castrol Edge and the spectacular Star Parade. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4: Transfer From Gold Coast To Cairns
After a sumptuous breakfast at hotel, check out of the hotel and board your coach for your transfer to Brisbane airport. Board your flight for Cairns. On arrival in Cairns, board your coach for your transfer to your hotel. Check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to explore Cairns on your own.
Travel from Gold Coast to Cairns
Fly from Gold Coast
Bus to Brisbane, fly
Day 5: Big Cat Green Island Cruise
Morning Breakfast at Hotel. Pick up from Hotel to Reef Terminal for Full Day Green Island Cruise modern air-conditioned catamaran. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where you spend 4 hours viewing the coral reef and fish life, relaxing on the white sandy beach and exploring the walking tracks that lead through the National Park. Underwater reef viewing in a semi-submarine, Choice of a glass bottom boat tour or the use of snorkelling gear for the day (both options available at extra cost). (Snorkelling gear deposit required). Return back to Hotel by 6 pm. Overnight at Cairns.
Day 6: Transfer From Cairns To Sydney
After breakfast depart for Cairns Airport and transfer for your onward flight. Arrive at Sydney Airport within 20:00 hrs and transfer to your hotel. Check-in and rest of the day is free for you to explore Sydney on your own.
Travel from Cairns to Sydney
Day 7: Sydney City Tour + Wildlife And Sealife Aquarium
Morning Breakfast at Hotel. Pick up from Hotel or nearby Point for Seat In Coach Half Day Sydney City Tour - Manly view Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, stopping at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy time at Manly beach suburbs of Neutral Bay and Mosman. Tour concludes drop off at King Street Wharf . Visit Combination 2 ticket (any 2 Sydney attractions: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye) make your way to Hotel. Overnight at Sydney.
Day 8: Full Day Blue Mountains Tour
Morning Breakfast at Hotel. Pick up from Hotel or nearby Point for SIC Full day tour to the Blue Mountains. Enjoy a stop at Echo Point to view famous three Sisters rock. Arrive at Scenic World rides - Scenic Railway, Cableway or Skyway. Arrive at Leura village for lunch (own expense) then enjoy some free time at Leura. Afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park and have your photo taken with a cuddly koala, see kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and little penguins. Travel back to Sydney at approximately 6.00pm. Overnight at Sydney Hotel.
Day 9: Transfer From Sydney To Auckland
After a sumptuous breakfast at hotel, check out of the hotel and board your coach for your transfer to the Sydney airport. Board your flight for Auckland. Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand, the youngest country on Earth! On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', you will be welcomed by our Cox and Kings representative and transferred to your hotel. Auckland is a blend of islands, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city and discover why it is one of the best places in the world to visit.
Travel from Sydney to Auckland
Day 10: Half Day Auckland City Sights
Today morning proceed for a half day tour of Auckland. Travel through the city centre, including Auckland's famous Queen Street, Karangahape Road with its chequered past and eclectic vibe and fashionable Ponsonby. Cross over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline, and visit the Viaduct Harbour and the revitalised Silo Park waterfront precinct. See historic buildings around the University of Auckland before continuing over Grafton Bridge to the Auckland Domain. The Domain is the city's oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. After visiting the Domain, the tour continues through the boutique shopping area of Parnell Village, where you will make a brief morning tea stop, and along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive. Just above Mission Bay is one of the scenic highlights of your tour: Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park. Named after one of New Zealand's most revered Prime Ministers, the park, with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere, offers stunning views over the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour. Return back to your hotel by afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city and discover why it is one of the best places in the world to visit. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Transfer From Auckland To Rotorua (Via Hobbiton Movie Set)
This trip from Auckland to Rotorua includes the Hobbiton movie set tour. Departing from Auckland city at 7am, this is a wonderful way to get to Rotorua and include a magical journey through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton movie set from “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films. Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. Your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching the Shire. On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the gate to Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn where you can enjoy a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer. At the end of your Hobbiton movie set tour you will travel on to Rotorua, arriving at approximately 1.15pm.
Travel from Auckland to Rotorua
Fly to Rotorua
Fly to Tauranga, bus
Day 12: Full Day Waitamo Caves And Gloworm Tour With Te Puia Thermal Reserve
Today experience the natural wonders and cultural highlights of Waitomo Caves and Rotorua with an action-packed full day sightseeing tour. Travel north into the King Country region, home of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Travel through these underground limestone caverns on a 45-minute guided tour and hear how the amazing stalactites, stalagmites, and other weird and wonderful rock formations were formed over 30 million years. The magical Glowworm Grotto is a highlight – travel by boat along an underground stream, while above you thousands of tiny glowworms illuminate the cavern. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch served on board the coach (vegetarian and other dietary options available on request) as you return to Rotorua.On the outskirts of the city, get a taste of New Zealand's farming industry with a four-wheel drive tour of the Agrodome, a working organic farm. You'll also witness an entertaining farm show, including sheep-shearing and a sheep dog trial. Continue to Te Puia where you will enjoy a performance of Māori culture including singing and dancing, followed by a guided tour of the neighbouring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley where you will see the mighty geysers and boiling mudpools, Return back to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Transfer From Rotorua To Queenstown - Evening Skyline Gondola
In the morning check-out from your hotel and you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown, you will be transferred and check-in to your hotel. In the evening make your way to the base of the Queenstown gondola, located within walking distance from downtown. Take a seat on the gondola for an exciting ascent to Bob's Peakat Skyline where the Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar awaits. During the ride, soak up the magnificent mountain views of the Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Queenstown and the aquamarine waters of Lake Wakatipu — part of Southern Lakes region of New Zealand's South Island. On arrival at the skyline restaurant, fill your plate with a delicious buffet, with your choice of 4-course lunch or 6-course dinner. Sink your teeth into local favorites including South Island salmon, seafood, salads, roast meats and desserts. Return back to your hotel for overnight stay.
Travel from Rotorua to Queenstown
Fly from Rotorua
Bus to Auckland, fly
Drive, car ferry
Day 14: Full Day Milford Sound Cruise
Today take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. You'll experience the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory – surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Leaving Queenstown, travel in comfort along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and into southern farmland to Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. After a morning tea stop (own expense), travel along the lake and into Fiordland National Park. Enter the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand, and take advantage of the photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain. Your glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the dramatic skyline as you cross the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, with stunning mountain peaks all around. Stop at Monkey Creek and sample some of the purest water in the world (but watch out for cheeky kea - native mountain parrots!). Travel under the mountains through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid rock, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids. At Milford Sound, board your 1 hour 45 minute cruise and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the 'eighth wonder of the world'. Travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Lush native forest clings to steep cliffs, while wildlife including seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters. After your cruise, return to Queenstown by coach for overnight stay.
Day 15: Transfer From Queenstown To Christchurch (Via Mount Cook)
Take a day trip from Queenstown to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain. Setting off from Queenstown, travel by luxury air-conditioned coach through ruggedly beautiful landscape and over the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country. We enter the amazing Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain, where there is time to stop for lunch and a chance to enjoy the amazing alpine scenery. During your stop at Mount Cook Village, choose to enjoy a delicious lunch (optional extra) at the famous Hermitage Hotel. In the afternoon, travel past Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd against the backdrop of this vivid blue glacier-fed lake. We then continue through the diverse farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, the Garden City, where your tour concludes.
Travel from Queenstown to Christchurch
Bus Newmans Coach Lines
Day 16: Departure From Christchurch
Today morning check-out from your hotel. You will be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight back home. Your tour ends with happy memories.