19 Day Australia & New Zealand Grand

11/16/2019 through 12/10/2020
10/11/2019 through 12/31/2020
Kensington Tours

19 Day Australia & New Zealand Grand
The very best of Australia and New Zealand combine in one whirlwind adventure, curated for the thrill-seeking globetrotter. Cross Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru off your must-do list, cruise New Zealand’s gorgeous Milford Sound, learn about indigenous and Maori culture, and experience an unforgettable journey of the two paradises across the Tasman Sea.

It all starts in Sydney, home to some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks and the incredibly photogenic capital of New South Wales. Discover the story of Sydney’s compelling capital on a private walking tour that introduces you to this incredible country. Later, cross Harbour Bridge to Featherdale Wildlife Park for a face-to-face encounter with kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies before heading deep into Blue Mountains National Park on the edge of town for a chance to witness the Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls, the Three Sisters rock formation, and other natural wonders. The adventure continues in Uluru, where you’ll meet the 36 incredible domes of Kata Tjuta, a collection of red rock formations whose color shifts as the sun moves across them. Close your eyes and see for yourself how the spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here. It all comes full-circle at night where, from a platform offering an incredible view of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park under a blanket of stars, you’ll experience the “Sounds of Silence Dinner,” an award-winning journey into Aboriginal culture featuring folktales and dance set to the haunting strains of a didgeridoo while savoring a meal of bush tucker-inspired cuisine.Your journey continues north to Palm Cove to explore its most famous attraction: the Great Barrier Reef. Swim and snorkel on this massive UNESCO-protected coral complex and discover a spectacular underwater wonderland.

From the Reef, you’ll then head south for Melbourne, the stylish and cosmopolitan capital of Victoria. A richly multicultural city, Melbourne radiates a decidedly European vibe, as you’ll discover on a private tour of its boutique-lined laneways and covered pedestrian arcades. Across the Tasman Sea lies your next stop, New Zealand’s South Island and Queenstown, regarded as the adventure capital of the world. Set sail for a cruise into Milford Sound, a positively breathtaking fjord the Maori claim was carved by Tu-te-raki-whanoa with a magical blade. You’ll then take to the skies for a scenic flight, boasting panoramic views of the spectacular alpine wonders. The adventure continues across the Cook Strait at Rotorua, the North Island’s famous geothermal area. Here you’ll explore the colorful hot springs and a moon-like landscape of Wai-o-Tapu and the historic Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Learn more of the Maori culture with a visit to Te Puia, nestled in the Whakarewarewa Valley, where a delicious and traditional steam-cooked Hangi dinner awaits you.

Last stop: Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Visit the magical Waitomo Caves which feature a stunning glowworm display, shimmering amid the darkness. Meander around the cave’s corner to discover the remains of one of New Zealand’s lost treasures – the ancient Moa, once the country’s largest bird that fell extinct almost 600 years ago. Finish your epic adventure with a tour of Auckland, nicknamed “The City of Sails” for its abundance of yacht marinas and its rich maritime history. Immerse yourself in the Aucklander experience as you meander through the entertainment district of buzzing Viaduct Harbour and witness the luxury super yachts of Silo Park. A blend of culture, adventure, and breath-taking scenery, this journey is sure to leave a lasting impression and satisfy your wanderlust.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

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Day 1 Sydney
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Day 2 Sydney
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Day 3 Sydney
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Day 4 Sydney To Ayers Rock
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Day 5 Ayers Rock
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Day 6 Ayers Rock To Cairns To Palm Cove
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Day 7 Palm Cove
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Day 8 Palm Cove
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Day 9 Palm Cove To Cairns To Melbourne
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Day 10 Melbourne
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Day 11 Melbourne
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Day 12 Melbourne To Queenstown To Welcome
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Day 13 Queenstown
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Day 14 Queenstown
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Day 15 Queenstown To Rotorua
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Day 16 Rotorua
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Day 17 Rotorua To Waitomo Caves To Auckland
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Day 18 Auckland
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Day 19 Auckland
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