South Island New Zealand and Australia - 23 Days
These are Example Itineraries – there are no prices listed on these tours because just like every lid does not fit every pot, the same goes for the trip that is designed for you. We tailor-make tours to suit your own needs and the below is an example of what someone on a trip from Canada or the USA might experience with the same amount of time to see Australia and New Zealand when booking with an expert.
We were contacted by a couple in Toronto Canada who were in need of an Australia and New Zealand Expert to design them a unique itinerary that was based around beautiful scenery and culture. This layout shows some of the experiences they enjoyed.
Day 1 - Departure Day
Canada or the USA to Queenstown New Zealand.
Day 2 - Travel Day
Travel Day due to time zones.
Day 3 - Arrive Queenstown New Zealand
After clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be met by a driver who will be holding a sign with your name at the arrival hall and will transfer you to your accommodation.
Day 4 - Queenstown
Today you will be taken on a scenic tour that offers breathtaking mountain and forest views along the shores of Lake Wakatipu towards Glenorchy and on into Paradise. This tour includes the film locations of Isengard and Ithilien Camp, plus beech forests near those used for Lothlorien (Lord of the Rings).
Day 5 - Queenstown
Day 6 - Queenstown
Today you will enjoy a relaxed day of fine cuisine, good company, sampling local cheeses and tasting premium cool-climate wines. Your tour will consist of tasting at 5 vineyards.
Day 7 - Queenstown to Lake Moeraki
Today please make your way to the car rental office. A car has been reserved for you until drop off at Greymouth Railway Station. Please commence your drive to Lake Moeraki, this is a journey of approximately three hours and 20 minutes.
Day 8 - Lake Moeraki
Day at your leisure.
Day 9 - Lake Moeraki
Day at your leisure.
Day 10 - Lake Moeraki to Christchurch
Today make your way to Greymouth. On your arrival into Greymouth, return your Rental Car to the Greymouth Railway Station.
Depart Greymouth on-board the Tranzalpine train
Upon arrival at Christchurch Railway Station, you will be met & transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle.
Day 11 - Depart Christchurch New Zealand - Melbourne Australia
Day 12 - Melbourne Australia
This morning you will be collected for your half-day small-group city tour of Melbourne.
Enjoy a free afternoon to look around the city.
Day 13 - Melbourne Australia
This morning you will have an early start for your full day tour to the famous Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles. This is a long day but a must see when visiting this region.
Day 14 - Melbourne Australia
Enjoy a free morning before joining your transfer down to Philip Island. Upon arrival you will join a special small group tour with a local Penguin Ranger followed by viewing the beautiful Fairy Penguins coming to shore. Upon conclusion you will be transferred back to Melbourne to your hotel.
Day 15 - Melbourne to Cairns/Port Douglas Australia
Today be transferred to the Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns Australia.
Upon arrival into Cairns meet your transfer driver and be transferred approx. 1 hour north to Port Douglas.
Day 16 - Port Douglas Australia
This morning be collected for your tour to the Great Barrier Reef. Depending on what you wish to do out on the reef we will choose an appropriate tour company to match your needs.
Day 17 - Port Douglas Australia
This morning be collected on your full day small group tour to Mosman Gorge and Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy hunting for Crocs on the Daintree River as well.
Day 18 - Port Douglas - Cairns Australia
Enjoy a free morning in Port Douglas before being transferred to Cairns for 2 nights.
Day 19 - Cairns Australia
This morning you will be collected from your hotel to commence your tour to Kuranda. Enjoy the Skyrail up over the Rainforest and stop at boardwalks on the way. After visiting Kuranda you will then journey back down to Cairns on a beautiful old train.
Day 20 - Cairns to Sydney Australia
Be transferred to the airport for your flight to Sydney Australia. Upon arrival, you will be met by your transfer driver and transferred to your city hotel.
The rest of the day is free for your own enjoyment.
Day 21 - Sydney Australia
This morning you will be collected for your small group half day city tour of Sydney and its surrounding suburbs. This afternoon is free at your own leisure.
Day 22 - Sydney Australia
This morning make your way to the Sydney Opera House and enjoy your one hour tour. This afternoon make your way to the jetty to join your small group on a lazy afternoon cruising the Sydney Harbour.
Day 23 - Sydney Australia – North America
Today you will be collected and transferred to the Sydney International Airport to commence your flight home to Canada or the USA.