Best of New Zealand

Best of New Zealand

AUCKLAND, ROTORUA, QUEENSTOWN and MOUNT COOK
10 DAY NEW ZEALAND GROUP TOUR

FARES FROM $2,545pp

WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • 9 Nights Accommodations

    • Daily Breakfast

    • 1 Dinner on Farewell Night

    • Sightseeing in Auckland & Rotorua

    • Domestic Economy Flight from Rotorua to Queenstown Included

    • Private Coach Transfers from Airport to Hotel

ITINERARY DAY ONE

Day 1: Arrive – Auckland

Auckland is the largest and most densely populated of New Zealand cities. It is located on the edge of the Hauraki Gulf and is often referred to as the “City of Sails” because of the number of sailboats using the harbour at the weekends. It is a cosmopolitan city with large Polynesian communities adding to the ethnic mix and creating a vibrant and multicultural city.
Arrive into Auckland and after completing customs and immigration you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Note: Hotel rooms will not be available until after 2.00pm
This evening there will be a Welcome wine and cheese reception at the hotel.
Stay Rydges Hotel or similar

ITINERARY DAY TWO

Day 2: Auckland Sightseeing then to Rotorua.

Full Breakfast in hotel.
A short sightseeing tour before departing the city of Auckland.
It is not long before you are in the rich farmlands of the Waikato. Continue onto Rotorua arriving early afternoon.
Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists. It is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the town lies. Rotorua is also the centre of the Maori Culture in New Zealand and there are many cultural experiences on offer.
On arrival in Rotorua undertake a short sightseeing tour of this city.
Stay Novotel Hotel or similar.

ITINERARY DAY THREE

Day 3: Rotorua – Free Day to Explore

Full Breakfast in hotel.
Today is free to explore Rotorua at your leisure.
Refer to Suggested Optional Tours.
Stay Novotel Hotel or similar.

ITINERARY DAY FOUR

Day 4: Rotorua – Free Day to Explore

Full Breakfast in hotel
Today is free to explore Rotorua at your leisure
Refer to Suggested Optional Tours/add-ons
Stay Novotel Hotel or similar.

ITINERARY DAY FIVE

Day 5: Rotorua to Queenstown

Full Breakfast in hotel.
-Transfer to Rotorua airport.
-Fly from Rotorua to Queenstown Air Fare included in Tour cost
-On arrival at Queenstown you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Queenstown’s stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.
Stay Rydges Hotel or similar – Lakeview rooms

ITINERARY DAY SIX

Day 6: Queenstown – Free Day to Explore

Full Breakfast in hotel
Today is free to explore Queenstown at your leisure
Refer to Suggested Optional/add-on Tours.
Stay Rydges Hotel or similar – Lakeview rooms

ITINERARY DAY SEVEN

Day 7: Queenstown – Free Day to Explore

Full Breakfast in hotel.
Today is free to explore Queenstown at your leisure
Refer to Suggested Optional /add-on Tours.

Stay Rydges Hotel or similar – Lakeview rooms

ITINERARY DAY EIGHT

Day 8: Queenstown – Free Day to Explore

Full Breakfast in hotel.
Today is free to explore Queenstown at your leisure
Refer to Suggested Optional /add-on Tours.
Stay Rydges Hotel or similar – Lakeview rooms

ITINERARY DAY NINE

Day 9: Queenstown to Mt Cook

Full Breakfast in hotel.
-Transfer by coach from Queenstown to Mt Cook, arriving early/mid-afternoon.
-Aorangi/Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak set in the midst of the great Southern Alps. From a visually stunning journey through glacial valleys to the splendour of Mount Cook the afternoon is free for you to explore this region.
-Have the afternoon at Mt Cook before travelling onto Lake Tekapo. Dinner is Included tonight.
Stay Peppers Resort Hotel – Lake View rooms

ITINERARY DAY TEN

Day 10: Lake Tekapo to Christchurch – Depart NEW ZEALAND

Full Breakfast in hotel
Transfer from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch airport where the tour will end.

TOUR INFO

OPTIONAL TOURS AND EXCURSIONS

Your Choice Tours Ltd Group Tours are unique in that they provide “stay put” opportunity so you can unpack and relax whilst still having access to all the major attractions in each area. A list of those is included below and can easily be added to your Tour booking either online or purchased during your stay at each destination. Some of the excursions are Free of Charge.
All costs shown are in USD, per Person and based on cash purchase. Payment by credit card (visa & master card only) will incur a 5% additional charge.
All cost shown include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax of 15%

ROTORUA

ROTORUA

Maori Evening Hangi and Concert – Outside of Hotel
A 3 hour journey into the heart of Maori Culture…an experience you will never forget!
The most award-winning Maori culture attraction in New Zealand…
Journey with us to the outskirts of Rotorua, to a Maori village nestled in an ancient forest.
There, after a formal and sacred ceremony of welcome, you’ll be welcomed through the fortifications and into the village.
As fires blaze, the entire village comes to life. See and learn about Maori art forms and Maori traditions. See Maori weaponry displays, watch women weaving and making Maori crafts, listen to villagers tell stories of their ancestors and history, experience traditional Maori tattoo, ancient horticultural practices and so much more.
Traditional songs and dances are also performed for you – experience the unique Poi dance, breath-taking harmonies and the famed, powerful Maori Haka.
The Tamaki Rotorua Maori Village experience culminates in a sumptuous 3-course feast. Tamaki Maori Village Rotorua offers visitors an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.
Hotel Pick up and Drop off
Cost: $82.00 USD

QUEENSTOWN

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, a must-see for any traveller. This is a small group tour for travellers seeking a personalized trip to Milford Sound. You will be transported in a modern, fully air-conditioned 8 seater coach. As you begin the tour out of Queenstown we will travel south along the side of the amazing “Remarkables” mountain range and New Zealand’s longest lake, Lake Wakatipu. From Te Anau the scenery really begins as we drive north along the lake. Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island.
From $171.00 USD

Walter Peak Cruise, Dinner and farm Show.

Get a taste of New Zealand farm life with dinner at Walter Peak Country Farm. Start the evening cruising from Queenstown on board the TSS Earnslaw, a 1912 vintage steam ship, Enjoy a selection of canapés as you cross the calm waters of Lake Wakatipu before arriving at Walter Peak Country Farm. Enjoy a buffet dinner in the Colonial Homestead, as the resident pianist provides background music during dinner. On cooler nights, the open fire creates a cosy atmosphere. After dinner, you have the option to watch a farm show or relax in the bar before returning to Queenstown on the TSS Earnslaw.
Cost: $86.00 USD

Wine Trail

Experience the beauty of Central Otago, its fine wines, rich gold history and welcoming people. The journey takes you into the heart of region through the picturesque valleys and rolling vine-clad foothills to taste some of New Zealand’s finest wines.
5 hour tour: $100.00 USD

Skippers Canyon

Nomad Safaris offers a complete 4WD tour into the historic Skippers Canyon. It is a half day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. Travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley as the guide navigates this awe-inspiring canyon. You will visit many historic sites such as the Skippers Suspension Bridge and the old township of Skippers. Visit the restored school house where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and histories of life in this tough environment. British Automobile Association voted Skippers Canyon Road as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world.
Half Day: $126.00 USD

Dart River Safari

Journey from Queenstown along one of the worlds’ Top 10 scenic drives to Glenorchy at the head of the lake. The Wilderness Safari is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. The sheer diversity of what’s on offer means you experience a unique combination of breath taking scenery matched with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier fed rivers. Highly informative guides add the personal touch, talking about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Maori legends. Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world.
Cost: $163.00 USD

Skyline Gondola

Located an easy five minute walk from central Queenstown, Skyline Queenstown offers awe-inspiring views of the region and an abundance of entertainment and adventure. Take the journey on the iconic Gondola up Bob’s Peak to enjoy award winning cuisine in the scenic restaurant, Kiwi Haka Maori culture performances and the Skyline Luge.
Skyline Queenstown also offers access to scenic walking tracks in the Ben Lomond Reserve; mountain bike trails in the Queenstown Bike Park and breath taking views from the viewing deck and market kitchen cafe, along with a stargazing tour in the evening. Skyline Gondola and Luge are a must see Queenstown attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand.
Cost: $20.00 USD for a return trip on the Gondola.

Shotover Jetboat.

From the moment the accelerator hits the floor; your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimetres of water along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. It’s an amazing white water ride, in crystal clear water as shallow as 10cm, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, the expert driver puts the ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat through its paces and skilfully whips it past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the dramatic and narrow canyons.
Cost: $96.00 USD

Routeburn Track Day Hike

Join us on the famous Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks! The guides will collect you from Queenstown and transfer you to the Routeburn Shelter, located in Mt. Aspiring National Park. Access to the track is via a swing bridge, where you are immediately immersed into stunning native beech forest.
The wide variety of flora and fauna on display is sure to impress the guides will share information about the historical significance of the Routeburn Track and how it was used by Maori and European pioneers. They will lead you across the spectacular Routeburn Canyon, where you may be lucky enough to spot some brave individuals taking an icy plunge!
There are plenty of waterfalls to enjoy and lots of places to rest along the river. The trail is moderately paced, rising gradually towards stunning snow-capped peaks. Enjoy your mouth-watering lunch consisting of fruit, sandwiches, energy snacks and drink in this beautiful NZ alpine setting.
Cost: $178.00 USD Full Day. (7 hours hiking)

Lake Sylvan Trail

The looped track of the Lake Sylvan Trail offers a beautiful half-day walk of easy grade in Mount Aspiring National Park. Surrounded by stunning native beech forest and inquisitive bird life, this relaxed 2.5hrs guided walk includes a fascinating look into early local history and Department of Conservation sustainability projects.
Located just beyond Glenorchy near to the start of the Routeburn Track, the only way to experience this unique and outstanding environment is to get up close and personal. While wandering among trees in the beech forest, exploring your surroundings and hearing the gentle sounds of the streams, trees and birds, you will be transported to a world of peace and tranquillity.
Along with entertaining and informative commentary, your guide will also provide trail mix snacks along with bottled water, and day packs, rain jackets and walking poles where required.
Cost: $97.00 USD half day departing morning and afternoon.

AORAKI / MOUNT COOK

Flights from Mt Cook – Fixed Wing and Helicopter

Mount Cook Ski Planes is the only company licensed to land in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park on the Tasman Glacier. The Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier in New Zealand and the closest scenic glacier landing site to Aoraki/Mount Cook.
All our landing flights allow you to experience the thrill of a Ski Plane glacier landing with 10 minutes on the snow to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps. After landing on the snow the engine is shut down so you can enjoy the natural quiet of the mountains.

Glacier Highlights

Be captivated by the rugged mountain terrain and ever changing glacial landscape of the Southern Alps. Discover the stunning ice formations of the Hochstetter Icefall as you fly beneath the east face of Aoraki Mount Cook and along the length of the Tasman Glacier. This flight allows you to truly savour the beautiful scenery and pristine alpine environment of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
Duration: 45 minutes. Includes Glacier / Snow landing
Cost: Ski Plane Option with minimum of 2 adults $315.00 USD per adult
Helicopter Option with minimum of 4 adults $315.00 USD per person.
Hotel pick up and drop off.

Grand Circle

Our premier flight! Fly the full length of the Tasman Glacier, crossing the main divide of the Southern Alps to view the pristine Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Your return flight through this alpine region takes in the majestic Aoraki/Mount Cook. Your glacier snow landing will be on one of these 3 spectacular glaciers.
Approximately 55 minutes – includes glacier snow landing.
Ski plane option with minimum of 2 passengers $415.00 USD per person
Helicopter Option available for a minimum of 4 persons $415.00 USD per person.
Hotel Pick up and Drop off

Alpine Wonderland

Experience the adventure of flying through the towering mountains of the Southern Alps and explore the flawless, snow covered Tasman Glacier. Fully appreciate this remote alpine landscape with panoramic views of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.
Duration: 35 minutes Includes Glacier snow landing
Ski Plane Option with minimum numbers: 2 adults $230.00 USD per adult
Helicopter Option with minimum numbers of 4 adults $230.00 USD per person
Hotel pick up and drop off
MOUNT COOK HELICOPTER FLIGHTS

Aoraki/Mt Cook Ultimate

This flight is the ultimate way to view Aoraki/ Mt Cook and the spectacular surrounding National Park. Flying around the top of Aoraki Mt Cook viewing the unbelievable scenery that unfolds from the top of New Zealand’s highest peak.
Combine this with landing on the Tasman Glacier and experiencing the “natural silence” of this very special place with so much to offer, hanging glaciers, rivers of ice and views of the incredible West Coast and Tasman Sea. Flying over the calved icebergs of the Tasman Terminal Lake on your return flight you will have experienced Aoraki Mt Cook at its finest. Doesn’t get any better than this!
Trip Duration: 55 Minutes
Landings: 1 Glacier snow landing
Minimum of 4 passengers required to operate
Hotel Pick up and Drop off
Cost: $430.00 USD

Big Sky Stargazing – Mt Cook

Mount Cook is far from the city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand – perfect for viewing the night sky! In June 2012 the Aoraki Mackenzie region, encompassing Mount Cook Village, was approved as one of only a few International Dark Sky Reserves (IDSR) worldwide. It is the world’s largest IDSR, and has achieved a gold rating, meaning the darkness of our night skies is almost unbeatable!
Begin with an introduction and orientation in the comfort of our Theatre Planetarium using a special live Digital Sky presentation highlighting unique features in our southern sky. Our informative astronomy guides then take you on a short drive (transport provided) to our outdoor stargazing site. Use state-of-the-art telescopes, high powered binoculars and the naked eye to put your newly acquired knowledge into practise, identifying and exploring different elements of the spectacular southern sky.
Departures:
Big Sky Stargazing tours depart every clear evening. Exact departure times vary depending on the time of year and you will be advised of the applicable departure time when you check-in to the hotel.
Weather Conditions:
If the night sky is clouded over and guides are of the opinion that conditions are not satisfactory for operation of the tour then a full refund will be provided. Alternatively you may proceed with the shorter planetarium component of the tour at a reduced price.
Important Info:
Due to uneven surfaces around the outdoor stargazing area flat soled shoes MUST be worn prior to boarding the bus.
Cancellation Policy:
Within 24 hours of departure – loss of 100% of the total price
Within 48 hours of departure – loss of 50% of the total price
Operates from Hotel
Cost: $49.00 USD

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe.
The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre’s 126-seat custom-designed theatre is the world’s only theatre with 2D, 3D and world-class definiti® Digital Dome Planetarium, contained within the same space. Cutting edge technology allows the 2D screen to rise up for storage while the 3D screen is in use and the Digital Dome Planetarium to lower into place when required. In the foyer of the theatre you’ll find our museum showcasing the history of the Mount Cook region through transport, climbing, The Hermitage Hotel and pioneer extraordinaire, Sir Edmund Hillary himself.
Open daily from 7.30am to 8.30pm (summer) and 8.00am to 7.00pm (winter)
(Seasonal hours may vary)
Within the Hotel
Cost $15.00 USD for a 24 hour unlimited access, including 3D Movie and Planetarium features

Glacial Explorers Tasman Glacier Explorer

Visit New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier terminal lake for a fascinating glacial encounter. Cruise the rapidly growing terminal lake taking in spectacular mountain views and scenery. Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the glacier allowing you to touch and taste the 300-500 year old glacial crystal
An amazing encounter with Tasman Glacier and its terminal lake. Depart from The Hermitage Hotel. The bus will take you to the Tasman Valley, followed by a 30 minute alpine walk through the moraine and National Park. Board your custom built MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing scenery, view the Tasman Glacier ice face from a safe distance and icebergs of all shapes and sizes with the opportunity to touch and taste the 300-500 year old ice crystals. From Mid September to Late May
Daily departures at: 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm & 5pm. Glacier Explorers generally operates from the middle of September to late May – the glacier lake freezes over winter so the start of the season is subject to the lake thawing.
Where:
Please check-in 30mins prior to your departure at the activities desk located inside The Hermitage Hotel, Terrace Road, and Aoraki Mount Cook Village.
Duration:
2.5 Hours total per trip
(45 minutes to 1 hour on the lake)
Cost: $115.00 USD

Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tour

Tasman Valley – 4WD & Argo Tours 4WD & Argo adventure tour that you won’t forget!
A unique 4WD & Argo adventure with magnificent views of the Tasman Glacier and its gigantic moraine walls. A short walk to a vantage point overlooking the Tasman Glacier and its terminal lake provides one of the most spectacular photographic opportunities in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
Trip departs daily year round at 9am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2.30pm and 4.00pm. 1 ½ hour trip duration
Your friendly guide is a real Mount Cook character, learn about the area and be entertained by their wealth of knowledge and local stories. As you travel up the Tasman Valley on a 4WD track you will be amazed at the awesome mountain scenery! During the spring and summer months you can see an abundance of Mount Cook Lilies, Celmesia Daisies, Golden Spaniard Spear Grass and many delicate mountain flowers. You may even catch a glimpse of the world’s only ‘mountain parrot’ – New Zealand’s cheeky Kea.
Pick up and drop off from The Hermitage Hotel. Check in required 20mins before scheduled departure at the Activities Desk located inside the lobby of The Hermitage Hotel
Cost: $63.00 USD

SYDNEY

OPTIONAL TOURS & ACTIVITIES

All costs shown are Per Person and based on cash purchase. Payment by credit card (visa & MasterCard) only will incur a 5% additional charge
All cost shown include Australian Goods and Services Tax of 10%

Blue Mountains & Featherdale

Just 1½ hrs from Sydney away we arrive in the heart of the Blue Mountains District, take in the scenery while indulging in life’s simple pleasures at Wentworth Falls. Enjoy freshly baked Scones with Jam & Cream with Homemade Dessert & Tea, Coffee . Visit Scenic World and start your adventure on Scenic Skyway. Experience the thrill of walking on air with a see through glass floor showing views of the valley 200m below.
Dare yourself to ride the steepest railway in the world, with an incline of 52 degrees the Mountain Devil is suitable for people of all ages. After enjoying a stroll through the ancient rainforest, ride the Scenic Cableway which is Australia’s steepest cable car. See spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison valley. Scenic World is an experience to remember with our guides providing an intimate touch into an unspoiled valley of natural wildlife and the glorious magnitude of the rainforest. (Rides at own expense). You will be able to witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley at Echo Point where you can feel the spiritual presence of the Three Sisters, hear the Dream Time Stories and experience for yourself the raw magic the Blue Mountains creates. Enjoy a hot filling lunch with many different options to choose from including vegetarian with a glass of Australian Beer, Wine, Soft Drink, Tea or Coffee.
On our way back to Sydney we will visit Featherdale Wildlife Park which is Sydney’s ultimate wildlife experience. The multi award-winning Park has the world’s largest collection of Australian native animals. Cuddle up to a Koala or feed the baby Wallabies. There are also Emu’s, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Crocodile & countless number of bird species. Featherdale Wildlife Park has gone out of their way to make their park unique, as it is so interactive. A perfect way to end a magnificent day interacting with Australia’s native animals.
Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a cruise on Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour Circular Quay. Enjoy a relaxing yet uplifting cruise as you view the Opera House and Harbour Bridge before disembarking at Circular Quay. Your tour will then conclude for the day at approximately 5:00pm giving you enough time to freshen up and enjoy the rest of evening in Sydney.
Pick up 7.00am (approx.) Luxury Mercedes Benz Max 14 People
Concludes 5.00 pm Circular Quay
Departs Tuesday – Sunday from all city hotels
Cost: $137.00 USD (Lunch included in cost.)

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour

Our flexible day tour itinerary ensures that you will enjoy 4 to 5 winery visits at a selection of wineries & cellar doors ranging from smaller boutique vineyards and cellar doors to the larger wineries, including the Hermitage Cellars, a wine outlet for 8-10 small wine makers in the Hunter area. You will taste approx. 6-8 wines at each winery. We have a list of 15-20 wineries we visit and the wineries we select varies from day to day. We often visit one of the larger wineries such as McGuigans or Tempus Two but it is not guaranteed on every tour.
We stop for lunch at The Hunter Resort, home to the Matilda Bay Brewhouse & Cafe Hunter Valley and San Martino Restaurant. Enjoy a restaurant lunch with a glass of wine at the Hunter Resort’s San Martino Restaurant. Spend enough time at the Hunter Resort to sample the popular Matilda Bay Brewhouse hunter Valley beers Visit the Smelly Cheese Shop or Hunter Cheese Factory Shop and try some of their vast range of local Australian & imported cheeses. Visit one of the Hunter chocolate shops and sample some of their tempting range of complimentary chocolate products.
Maximum 14 or 17 passengers. Travel in the latest Mercedes Benz mini-coaches
Hotel pIck up 7.00 am
Hotel Drop off 6.30 pm (approx.)
Cost: $112.00 USD (lunch included in cost.)

Port Stephens, Dolphin Watching & Sandboarding

Heading out over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, your Driver Guide will provide expert commentary as you travel through the beautiful Hawkesbury Ranges which is a haven from nature lovers. The Hawkesbury region is situated among Wollemi and Blue Mountains National Parks.
This morning your journey will take you through the evergreen landscape of its countryside and historic towns. One hour north of Sydney you’ll stop on the Central Coast to visit the Australian Reptile Park. Here you can really interact with the wildlife, including a walk with Hugo, a giant but gentle Galapagos tortoise. You can feed the friendly kangaroos and visit Elvis, a huge saltwater crocodile. For something a little more intriguing and less interactive, you can witness snake and funnel web spider milking – the park is the only supplier of many venoms that are critical in saving hundreds of lives each year.
On arrival in Port Stephens board your luxury boat and head out on the water in search of dolphins. The beautiful and gentle Bottlenose dolphins have several pods in the area so there is always a very good chance of seeing some. (Weather and dolphins permitting) The Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) is the largest sand dune system in Australia. Stretching for 32 kilometres, this surreal landscape is barren of vegetation and has dunes that climb up to 40 metres high. You’ll travel on a purpose built 4WD to Stockton Bight where you can sand-board at your own pace or experience the thrill of high speed down the enormous dunes.
Departs Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
8.00am Departure from hotel
7.30pm Drop off at hotel
Cost: $137.00 USD

Blue Mountains & Jenolan Caves with Lucas Caves Tour

Travel through the quaint mountain villages of Blaxland, Leura, Wentworth and Lawson. Katoomba which is the resort capital of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy the magnificent landscape scenery touring the Blue Mountains and witness the Three Sisters rock formation towering over Jamison Valley. Hear the intriguing Aboriginal story about the creation of the Three Sisters. Then visit Australia’s best known underground limestone cave system which is part of the Blue Mountains’ kaleidoscope of contrasts and colour. Experience the Jenolan Caves – one of the world’s finest cave systems with underground rivers and spectacular limestone formations.
The brilliance and timelessness of nature revealed as you are enthralled with the beauty of these ancient limestone caves. Enjoy a fully guided tour of the Lucas Cave – the tallest and widest chamber, beautiful decoration and the underground river are all seen on this tour. You can also take up the opportunity of a bonus self guided cave tour. There is free time to explore the picturesque surrounds before boarding your coach for the trip back to Sydney. Tour operates on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Hotel Pick up 8.00am Drop off 7.00pm
Cost: $120.00 USD

Captains Club Dinner Cruise

Cruise aboard Sydney’s premier fleet including the spectacular Sydney 2000 and John Cadman 2, both with million dollar views and expansive cocktail decks.. Air-conditioned restaurant decks, private dining rooms, expansive decks and 360 degree open Star Deck are just a few of the features. Dinner is a 3 course Contemporary Australian a la carte dining choice with great live music and dancing.
Special attention has been made to ensure fantastic views from every seat with below table height windows. Sydney 2000 operates on dining cruises most days however we do always reserve the right to amend vessels at any time. There is a dress code of smart and stylish for women and a collared shirt for men.
Departs 7.00pm Disembark 9.30pm Monday – Thursday
Disembark 10.30pm Friday and Saturdays
Circular Quay No 6 Jetty.
Cost: $103.00 USD (Additional $19.00 USD pp for a guaranteed window seat)

Sydney Opera House Tour

When the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 2007, it was hailed as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind”. Now it’s your turn to step inside this iconic landmark and discover the stories behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s remarkable achievement. What inspired him to base his revolutionary design on ships’ sails? How did he solve an engineering challenge considered one of the most difficult attempted anywhere in the world? You’ll find out on this very special one-hour guided tour into the intricate workings of a living, breathing Opera House.
You will explore the hallowed theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas and ballets take place each year and your experienced guide will be on hand to lead you through every aspect of the building’s 14-year creation and 58-year history. You’ll run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings of one of the biggest pillar-free chambers in the world.
Once you’ve visited areas off limits to the general public and captured photographs from rare vantage points inside the majestic Sydney Opera House, you’ll realise that from the outside you’re only getting half the story. There are over 200 stairs included on the tour; if you have limited mobility there is a daily 12pm Access Tour.
Tours run daily with duration of 1 hour
Cost: $28.00 USD

Add a Tasting Plate With Your Tour (Minimum 2 Persons)

You’ve just taken in all the mystery and majesty of a one-hour VIP Sydney Opera House Tour. You’re now privy to all the stories and secrets behind the commissioning, construction and controversy surrounding Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece. What’s left to do now but relax and enjoy a delicious tasting plate for two overlooking sparkling Sydney Harbour?
Book in for a Tour and Tasting Plate and you’ll find yourself seated at the al fresco Opera Kitchen, where Sydney’s finest culinary treats are coupled with one of the world’s best views. With a sumptuous three-tiered sample menu consisting of fresh sushi, succulent prawns, plank-roasted salmon, delicate mini wagyu and chicken burgers, dumplings and more, it’s the perfect end to your day of Sydney Opera House discovery.
Cost: $59.00 USD per person

The Rocks Walking Tour

The Rocks Walking Tours is Sydney’s longest established walking tour company and offers the ‘original’ guided walking tour of The Rocks. There is no better way to get up close and personal with the living history and heritage of Sydney than on foot with Sydney’s foremost team of friendly and enthusiastic guides at The Rocks Walking Tours. The Rocks may be Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood but it’s lost none of its zest for life. The stories are alive in the sandstone!
The Rocks Walking Tours has long been introducing travellers and locals alike to the fascinating story of this unique place in Sydney’s history. Hear how The Rocks was inhabited by that First Fleet of convicts arriving as they did into Sydney Cove in 1788 thus impacting forever on the local Indigenous people’s way of life. Up onto the rocky land that human cargo was disgorged and so began the British Australian story.
The story unfolds with many rich accounts of the antics of sailors, larrikins and rogues as they roamed the rugged rocks seeking the haunts of entertainment and friendly company. Still to be seen today are the storehouses, pubs and working class cottages from the time when this place took on all of the characteristics of a dockside area and a disease ridden slum. Today, The Rocks is renowned for having the oldest streets in Sydney which are dotted with beautifully restored nineteenth century buildings. Our groups weave their way through hidden narrow alleyways, along charming cobbled lanes and into shady courtyards, linger by quaint terrace cottages and visit a gothic church. These enjoyable aspects of a visit to The Rocks could be easily overlooked by the casual unguided visitor.
Tours depart every day at 10:30am and 1:30pm
Depart from The Rocks Walking Tours’ office located at Shop 4a – Clocktower Square Argyle and Harrington Streets, The Rocks
Tours last approximately 1½ hours and covers two kilometres at a moderate walking pace.
Cost: $19.00 USD

Sydney Harbour Story Cruise

Discover the stories of Sydney Harbour under the spell of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. This quality sightseeing cruise includes a fun and personalised commentary of the sights, people, land, history and development of the world’s most beautiful harbour city, with a choice of refreshments. Enjoy a quality sightseeing cruise experience aboard premium sightseeing vessels with a personalised commentary of the stories of Sydney. Unlimited self-serve coffee, tea and biscuit selection
Tours depart Circular Quay Wharf 6
Duration 1½ – 2 ¼ hours
· 10.00am – 12.15pm (Mon-Sat)
· 2.30pm – 4.00pm (Daily)
Cost: $29.00 USD per person
Upgrade to: Harbour Story Premium Cruise
The Harbour Story Cruise experience with premium inclusions:
Glass of sparkling wine
Vittoria coffee or a selection of fine teas
Captain’s plated morning/afternoon tea including a seasonal selection of cakes, macaroons or cheeses
Cost: $37.00 USD per person

CAIRNS

OPTIONAL TOURS & ACTIVITIES

All costs shown are Per Person and based on cash purchase. Payment by credit card (visa & MasterCard) only will incur a 5% additional charge
All cost shown include Australian Goods and Services Tax of 10% Kuranda

Half Day (PM) Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Tour

Located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna.
Enjoy the entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more. Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland. Learn about sustainable use and conservation on our Crocodile Farm tour.
Take the scenic drive to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.
After arrival, there is then plenty of free time to explore the remainder of the park, including the unique eco experience of the Wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands; the domain of the saltwater crocodile. Explore the rest of the park with its abundance of wildlife including water birds, turtles, wallabies and cassowaries. See the notorious head shake and death roll of a huge crocodile at the Crocodile Attack Show, also the opportunity to hold a crocodile for a photo (own expense). Discover the world’s most venomous snakes at the Snake Show before your return transfer departs at 4.50pm.
Your Itinerary includes:
12 noon Depart Cairns
2.00pm Snake Show
2.30pm Wetlands Cruise
3.00pm Crocodile Attack Show
3.45pm Digital Crocodile Photos (own expense) *
4.15pm Cassowary Feeding
4.30pm Koala Feeding
Transfer to Hotel 4.40pm – arrives Cairns 5.30 pm (approx.)
* Optional – at own expense
Hotel Pick up at 12 noon and Drop off at 5.30pm
Cost: $72.00 USD

Kuranda & Skyrail & Scenic Rail

Depart Cairns around 8.30am and transferr to Freshwater Station for check-in. Then move to Smithfield Terminal to board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your journey to Kuranda. Once aboard you will be amazed as you glide silently over the rainforest. There are two stations enroute where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre.
Upon arrival in Kuranda, it’s time to explore this fascinating village. You will have 3 hours in Kuranda. The Heritage Markets operate 7 days a week and are full of colourful and interesting arts and crafts. You might also like to visit Birdworld, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens – own expense.
At the scheduled time, board the world famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for your return journey to Cairns. Wind through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and around curves, all the time appreciating what an amazing engineering feat it is. Upon arriving at Freshwater Station, our coach will transfer you at 3.30pm to your accommodation.
Hotel pick up at 8.30am (approx.) and drop off at 4.00pm (approx.)
Cost: $124.00 USD includes hotel pick up and drop off.
Full Day: The Ultimate Kuranda Experience (Lunch Included)
The best way to maximise your Kuranda and Australian Experience, where you’ll get to explore indigenous culture, native wildlife and World Heritage Rainforest all in one day full of fun!
Kuranda Scenic Railway: Wind through tunnels and over bridges on this magnificent journey, passing Stoney Creek and Barron Falls.
Kuranda Village: Wander through the picturesque Village in the Rainforest.
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary: Marvel at the largest butterfly flight aviary in the country, with a guided tour through the landscaped gardens.

Rainforestation Nature Park:

Transfer to this award-winning attraction and experience:
Army Duck Rainforest Tour with Tropical Fruit Orchard: Travel deep into the rainforest on both land and water as your guide explains different species of flora and fauna.
Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience: Watch the Pamagirri Dancers and join the Dreamtime Walk – learn to throw a boomerang and watch spear-throwing and didgeridoo playing.
BBQ Lunch: Enjoy a delicious hot buffet and a wide selection of salads, cheeses and fruits.
Koala & Wildlife Park: Join a guided tour, and see crocodiles, wombats, snakes, dingoes and a cassowary, and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. You’ll have the opportunity to have your photo taken cuddling a koala or holding a small crocodile (optional extra).
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Glide over the canopy of pristine World Heritage Rainforest with stops at Barron Falls and Red Peak Stations before returning to Cairns.
Itinerary may run in reverse
Hotel Pick up at 8.30 am and Drop off at 6.00pm (approx.)
Cost: $192.00 USD

Full Day Cruise to Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef (Lunch Included)

Over many years of operation our passengers have exclaimed – We run the best reef cruise out of the area! Here are some of the reasons for elevating us to the number one position:
•We cruise to an exclusive beach – Michaelmas Cay ‘Nature’s Own Pontoon’, Snorkel & dive from the beach rather than a pontoon into deep waters, Large sailing catamaran at low speed assures maximum comfort at sea, Spacious wide open foredeck perfect for sun bathing, Comfortable lounge seating rather than ferry style seating, Environmentally friendly sailing catamaran with low fuel consumption, Visit the largest protected bird sanctuary on the reef, Lunch Menus are freshly prepared on board during the cruise, No overcrowding – only 150 guests each day, Best reef experience for non-swimmers
Your Tour Includes…
Return 8 hr cruise to the reef on a luxury sailing vessel, Four full hours on the reef.
Morning & afternoon refreshments, Superb hot & cold buffet (including seafood) freshly prepared on board.
Use of all snorkelling equipment, Snorkelling demonstrations and tuition.
Informative tours on our air-conditioned semi-submersible, Use of flotation vests.
Informative ecological presentations by our qualified Marine Biologists.
Guided nature tours of the island & bird sanctuary.
Please Bring…
•Your camera
•Towel, swimmers, hat & comfortable shoes
•Sunscreen (SPF 30 +) & sunglasses
•Cash / credit card for on board purchases
•Change of clothes
Departure Pier – Walking distance from Hotel.
Cost: $147.00 USD

Full Day Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and 4WD Bloomfield Track (Lunch Included)

Small personalised tours with custom built 4WD vehicles, and your naturalist guides have extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure you day, will be a memory of a life time.
The Tour
We drive north along the scenic coastal route along the Captain Cook Highway learning about the history of the area and admiring spectacular views of the coast line and Coral Sea. Our first stop is at the Majestic Daintree River for Morning Tea before enjoying an informative guided River Cruise on the Daintree River.
Relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and endemic wildlife, this is nature at its best! From here we ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage, Wet Tropics, and Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on one of our guided elevated National Park Boardwalks.
Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna will be given with ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this particular habitat.
We now make our way to Lync Haven which is an animal refuge centre where you have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo get up close to some of Australia’s wildlife, see “Boris” the crocodile, and enjoy delicious gourmet barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads in a beautiful rainforest setting restaurant, (we also cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements upon notification) enjoy a cold drink from the bar. Our tour does a little more.
It takes us beyond the famous Daintree Tea Plantation, past spectacular mountains and through spectacular World Heritage Rainforest as we pass Cape Tribulation and continue along the 4WD Bloomfield Track through to pristine Emmagen Creek. Billy Tea Safaris is the only tour operator that goes to this secret Jewel in the Rainforest, and now it is time for a refreshing rainforest stream swim, in crystal clear freshwaters and without the crowds of people.
We then make our way to Cape Tribulation Beach after most of the crowds are gone, there is a little time to swim in the Coral Sea (seasonal) or stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers’ platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the ‘Rainforest meets the Reef’ Time permitting we stop at Daintree’s hidden secret, the Daintree Ice Cream Factory. Your taste buds will be tantalized with exotic tropical fruit homemade ice cream. Sample unique flavours, such as Black Sapote, Soursop, Wattle Seed, Jackfruit, and Coconut just to name a few. All the fruits used to make the ice cream have been locally grown on the property and for $6.00 you can taste up to four different flavours. (Price is subject to change without notice) After a short afternoon refreshment stop, we cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin our homeward journey somewhat wiser for our ‘Total Rainforest Experience’.
7.00 am Hotel Pick up
6.30 pm Hotel drop off (approx.)
Cost: $172.00 USD

Full Day Chillagoe Caves and Outback Tour (Lunch Included)

Departing Cairns around 6.45am ascend the McAllister Ranges and head west through dirt tracks via the little town of Biboorha, looking for many different species of bush birds, including Emus, Wedge Tail Eagles, Squatter Pigeons and Kangaroos, Frilled Neck Lizards, before reaching our first stop. Mareeba Wetlands for morning tea and a twenty minute cruise in an environmentally friendly and quiet electric boat.
This is a magnificent setting and to see the Giant Lotus Lilly’s up close and also many different Water Birds as well. You will learn about the fragile Eco System of this wonderful reverse and also see the Rare Gouldian Finch breeding programme.
From here we board the custom built 4WD vehicle and travel through the back blocks of this wetland area viewing Wallabies, Emus and other wildlife and then along the agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, where you will have a chance to see, Paw Paw, Lychee, Longen, Mangoes, just to name a few eventually crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed, we are now in the Australian Outback. (We may sometimes have to take our Wet Weather alternate from the Wetlands when the road is impassable, we will then visit Granite Gorge) Take a step back in time as we travel through historical towns and rolling hills rich in mineral eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe Township. Here we delve into the history of the copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon.
We visit the remains of the once mighty smelters to ponder what it was like working there…. Now it’s time for a wonderful lunch at a true Australian Outback Pub built back at the turn of the century, before setting off to have a look at this historical town on route to our National Parks guided cave tour where you will take a step back in time and be inspired by the knowledge of your guide as he explains about the fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs some 400 – 420 million years old, with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like our own Great Barrier Reef. This was once the inland sea. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations and caves are nothing short of spectacular.
After the cave tour, we head back towards the east coast, stopping at Mt Uncle Distillery; this is the only Distillery North of Bundaberg. Here you have the choice of a wonderful Devonshire tea or a cold beer or wine in Bridges Cafe (own cost) this beautiful rustic Cafe is made of recyclable timber from the old Walsh River Bridge which was built back at the turn of the century, or you may wish to indulge in the liqueur or spirit tasting of some of their international award winning Spirits and Liqueurs (own cost) Mt Uncle Distillery is also nestled at the foot Hill of Mt Uncle hence where the name came from, which was named after the Uncle of one of the early explorers of the Atherton Tablelands John Atherton. This lovely property is also rich Agriculture area and they grow Lady Finger Banana’s, Avocados, Macadamia Nuts. The tour then returns back down the range arriving back in Cairns at approximately 6.30pm.
Operates Monday. Wednesday and Friday only.
Please ensure that you wear closed in footwear for the cave tour please. No open or High Heels on this tour.
Hotel Pick up at 6.45am and Drop off around 6.30pm
Cost: $180.00 USD

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Day Tour

Tjapukai by Day is a traditional Aboriginal Culture which celebrates the living history of the Indigenous people of the Rainforest. Learn to play the didgeridoo, discover the medicinal values of bush tucker, also learn how to throw a spear and enjoy professional theatre incorporating traditional Aboriginal culture with dancing, fire making and storytelling. New to Tjapukai Aboriginal Park is a genuine cultural and visual Australian journey featuring the didgeridoo plus an expansion of the Cultural Village’s program to include hunting and ochre demonstrations.
Tjapukai by Day includes:
NEW Didgeridoo – A Journey. A unique theatre experience blending contemporary modern Australian music. Learn how to make and play a didgeridoo before a live performance with the haunting sounds of the traditional instrument complementing iconic images of a flight over the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Outback in a state-of-the-art studio with a twinkling, starry night sky.
NEW Hunting & Weapons Demonstration. Learn first hand from a Tjapukai warrior how the Aboriginal culture uses traditional tools and weapons which were used 40,000 years ago by the Indigenous people.
Magic Space. Authentic stone-age artefacts once used by the Tjapukai people have been returned from the Queensland Museum to their traditional owners and are now on display in Tjapukai’s museum art space. Large murals by Tjapukai’s foremost artists are visual stories of the Dreamtime and a documentary of the impact of modern man on Indigenous life during the past 120 years can be watched at your leisure.
Creation Theatre. The Indigenous Culture brings alive Giant holograms reminiscent of the spirit world which add a mesmerising quality to the live performance of the Dreamtime story of the Aboriginal Cultural people of Tjapukai.
Dance Theatre. An Aboriginal Cultural corroboree, song and dance are part of the award-winning Indigenous culture of traditional Tjapukai which shows in a spectacular outdoor theatre set in a natural rainforest amphitheatre.
Bush Foods & Medicine Demonstration. The rainforest is a rich food source for the Tjapukai people, but many of its foods are toxic and require special preparation. Watch how it is done, learn how the land provides medicinal remedies and enjoy the opportunity to touch, taste and feel local bush tucker.
Spear & Boomerang Throwing. A Tjapukai Aboriginal warrior will show you how to use the traditional spear throwing instrument, a Milay, and help you master the technique of the returning boomerang.
Optional Extras:
Your will collected from your hotel between 8 and 9am for your transfer to Tjapukai. Your return transfer leaves Tjapukai at 12.15pm to drop you back at your hotel at approximately 12.45pm.
Cost: $67.00 USD

Night Tour Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Aboriginal Dance Show & Dinner Included
Feel the powerful spirit of Indigenous Australia vibrate through your body as you embark on a mysterious journey into the ancient Tjapukai culture by night. The Quinkan spirit comes to life and takes you through the story waters into the Dreamtime for an evening of entertainment celebrating the unique customs of the people of the rainforest.

Tjapukai by Night includes:

Welcome . Meet the Tjapukai Aboriginal performers before the show and enjoy your choice of a welcome drink (sparkling wine or juice) in the Retail Gallery where authentic Aboriginal art including didgeridoos and boomerangs can be purchased.
Magic Space Cultural Initiation. After your welcome drink, it is time for your journey into the world of the rainforest people. The Tjapukai Aboriginal performers will lead you into the Magic Space for an emotive didgeridoo blessing ceremony and the mystical Quinkan spirit performance. Your initiation continues with traditional face painting as the Tjapukai performers escort you to the lake.
Lakeside Ceremony. With clapsticks in hand you add to the pulsating rhythm of the corroboree while Tjapukai Aboriginal warriors use traditional fire sticks to create fire. Suddenly a spear is launched and a spectacular fire ball explodes into the night sky.
Four-course Buffet Dinner. Enjoy dining in the Boomerang Restaurant with an international buffet of hot and cold dishes plus delicious desserts freshly made by Tjapukai’s pastry chef.
Live Cultural Performance. Relax after dinner while the world famous Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers perform live on stage. Join the cultural celebrations and learn traditional dances from the people of the rainforest.
Camp Fire Session (Optional). After the show catch up with the performers around the camp fire for an informal session where you can ask them questions.
6.15 pm Hotel Pick
10.00pm Hotel drop off
Cost: $114.00 USD

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