Grand Australia & New Zealand

Grand Australia & New Zealand

The ultimate in Australia New Zealand tours, our 20-day adventure includes the desert Outback, tropical rainforests, coral reefs, glacier-capped mountains, dramatic fjords, and cosmopolitan cities. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the amazing sights of the Great Barrier Reef, the dramatic waters of Milford Sound, and the setting sun on Uluru (Ayers Rock). From a “Foodie Tour” of Sydney to a green-lipped mussel cruise, jet boat, sky tram and helicopter rides, a day in the Outback, a special Maori cultural experience, and “Dinner with the Warbirds” in Blenheim, this comprehensive trip “down under” – enhanced by exclusive charter flights in Australia and New Zealand – has it all!

Travelling Well Includes:

  • Tauck’s exclusive charter flights in Australia and New Zealand mean more sightseeing and less waiting
  • Tauck Exclusive – Tour and 3-course “Dinner with the Warbirds” at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre featuring World War I and II aircraft owned by Sir Peter Jackson
  • Full-day eco-cruise to the Agincourt Reef – swim and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail, check out a crocodile farm and experience a special dinner that celebrates the culture of Australia’s original people
  • “Foodie Tour” of Sydney
  • Private morning cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Luncheon cruise on New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds featuring wine and the delicate green-lipped mussels
  • A Maori cultural experience and music concert at the Auckland Museum
  • In Queenstown, a jet boat ride on the Shotover River rapids at Skippers Canyon, and a helicopter ride
  • Farewell cocktail reception and dinner at The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 43 meals (19 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 13 dinners); gratuities to local guides, service charges, taxes and porterage

Prices are in Australian Dollars

Date Triple Double Single
February 9, 2019 $17,741 + $4,380 = $22,121 $18,610 + $4,380 = $22,990 $22,439 + $4,380 = $26,819
March 14, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
March 18, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
March 25, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
April 4, 2019 $12,211 + $4,130 = $16,341 $12,860 + $4,130 = $16,990 $16,116 + $4,130 = $20,246
April 15, 2019 $12,211 + $4,130 = $16,341 $12,860 + $4,130 = $16,990 $16,116 + $4,130 = $20,246
April 22, 2019 $12,211 + $4,130 = $16,341 $12,860 + $4,130 = $16,990 $16,116 + $4,130 = $20,246
May 6, 2019 $12,211 + $4,130 = $16,341 $12,860 + $4,130 = $16,990 $16,116 + $4,130 = $20,246
May 20, 2019 $12,211 + $4,130 = $16,341 $12,860 + $4,130 = $16,990 $16,116 + $4,130 = $20,246
August 12, 2019 $12,211 + $4,130 = $16,341 $12,860 + $4,130 = $16,990 $16,116 + $4,130 = $20,246
September 2, 2019 $12,211 + $4,130 = $16,341 $12,860 + $4,130 = $16,990 $16,116 + $4,130 = $20,246
September 23, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
September 30, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
October 5, 2019 $17,741 + $4,380 = $22,121 $18,610 + $4,380 = $22,990 $22,439 + $4,380 = $26,819
October 7, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
October 12, 2019 $17,741 + $4,380 = $22,121 $18,610 + $4,380 = $22,990 $22,439 + $4,380 = $26,819
October 21, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
October 26, 2019 $17,741 + $4,380 = $22,121 $18,610 + $4,380 = $22,990 $22,439 + $4,380 = $26,819
October 28, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
November 4, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
November 11, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
November 25, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
December 2, 2019 $12,618 + $4,380 = $16,998 $13,360 + $4,380 = $17,740 $16,885 + $4,380 = $21,265
December 12, 2019 $18,833 + $4,380 = $23,213 $19,710 + $4,380 = $24,090 $23,728 + $4,380 = $28,108
December 16, 2019 $13,058 + $4,380 = $17,438 $13,860 + $4,380 = $18,240 $17,572 + $4,380 = $21,952
December 24, 2019 $15,305 + $4,380 = $19,685 $16,860 + $4,380 = $21,240 $22,663 + $4,380 = $27,043

Note: The total price does not include the Sydney – Wellington trans-Tasman flight on Day 10, which must be purchased with your international air ticket.

Hot Air Balloon Option, Day 6 – add AUD $300 per person (ask at booking)

Note: Activities marked with an asterisk (*) are at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required.

All 2019 Small Group Departures of Grand Australia & New Zealand will stay at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne nights 1 & 2.

For further detail on this or any other packages, please contact us on 1300 968 787

Day 1 Melbourne and the start of your Australia tour

Tauck's tours to Australia and New Zealand begin at 5:30 PM at The Langham Melbourne. A transfer is included from Melbourne Airport to The Langham Melbourne, where you'll enjoy a river-view room. Welcome to Tauck's grand Australia tour, where friendly g'days greet you from arrival to departure! Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight as you meet your travelling mates.

MEALS : D
LODGING : THE LANGHAM, MELBOURNE

You’ll see a lot of Melbourne on a sightseeing tour of the city, including a guided walking tour to discover the real city (and its amazing coffee) along its distinctive laneways, the Shrine of Remembrance, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The rest of the day and evening are yours to spend as you please in Melbourne; enjoy lunch and dinner on your own today.

MEALS : B
LODGING : THE LANGHAM, MELBOURNE

Take a morning private charter flight to the heart of Australia’s desert Outback, arriving at Ayers Rock (Uluru) for lunch and an overnight stay at Sails in the Desert in the country’s “Red Centre". In the evening, the light of the setting sun bathes the mystical rock with a palette of ever-changing color... and you'll enjoy the natural "show" with canapés and champagne over looking the monolith.

MEALS : B, L
LODGING : SAILS IN THE DESERT

Aboriginal traditions define life in the Outback, especially at Uluru (Ayers Rock); learn about the "dreamtime" legends associated with this massive monolith on a guided tour this morning. Fly via private charter to Cairns in Queensland, gateway to the amazing Great Barrier Reef. Head to the mountain village of Kuranda, where you'll board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, taking you over and through the rainforest canopy. Continue on to Silky Oaks Lodge, your luxury eco lodge on the Mossman River adjacent to Daintree National Park, to begin a three-night rainforest resort stay.

MEALS : B, D
LODGING : SILKY OAKS LODGE

Spend a full day exploring one of Earth's most incredible "living" sites, the Great Barrier Reef – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only living structure on Earth visible from the moon. You’ll cruise to the Agincourt Reef today, at the edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf. Enjoy unbelievable swimming, snorkeling and marine views with superb underwater visibility. Spend the evening at leisure back at your rainforest lodge.

MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : SILKY OAKS LODGE

Early risers may choose to soar over the Atherton Tablelands on an optional hot air balloon ride* at dawn (an additional AUD $290 per person). The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish at your rainforest resort and spa, or explore the area as you please. Enjoy a special themed dinner tonight at the lodge.

MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : SILKY OAKS LODGE

Learn all about crocodiles at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures; have a meet and greet with a crocodile and blue tongue lizard and snake... visit a private enclosure where you might come across Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Agile Wallabies, Pademelons, Koalas, Wombats and more – you'll also have an opportunity to hold a koala and have your photo taken... attend a tour and feeding presentation... and take an exclusive boat cruise on the lagoon. After lunch, fly to Sydney via private charter for a four-night stay in the city’s heart at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.

MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SYDNEY

A private cruise on Sydney Harbour – complete with morning tea – is a fabulous way to introduce yourself to this extraordinary city, taking a good look at some of its landmark sites from the water. Accompanied by an informative, knowledgeable local guide, taste your way through some very cool culinary nooks and crannies on a Sydney “Foodie Tour” focusing on cultures that have emigrated to Sydney over the past decades, presenting their history through food. Check out (and sample) a variety of local eateries including an Italian deli, gelato shop, fish market, a 150-year-old pub (with a craft beer tasting), and a post-WWII pie-cart-turned-café. Sydney sightseeing continues as you view The Rocks, Kings Cross and other highlights on a city tour; spend the rest of the day exploring as you please. You may enjoy an included dinner tonight (or tomorrow night) at Australian celebrity chef Peter Gilmore's Bennelong restaurant at the Sydney Opera House.

MEALS : B, D
LODGING : SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SYDNEY

One of Australia's most famous iconic sights takes center stage today when you visit the amazing Sydney Opera House on a personally guided tour. Afterwards, return to your hotel; the remainder of the day and evening are yours to spend as you wish in remarkable Sydney.

MEALS : B
LODGING : SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SYDNEY

Bid Australia a fond farewell this morning and board a flight across the Tasman Sea, bound for New Zealand! First stop is Wellington, New Zealand’s intimate waterfront capital with an impressive artistic and cultural edge. Accommodations for the next two nights are at the Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay; enjoy a 3-course dinner at the hotel this evening.

MEALS : B, D
LODGING : COPTHORNE HOTEL WELLINGTON ORIENTAL BAY

Discover Wellington on a tour that begins city center with a cable car ride up to the city’s Botanic Garden to see the award-winning rose garden and great views of the city, harbour, and Parliament Buildings. Next up is Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, where you’ll have a guided orientation to its five floors focusing on the country’s exceptional nature, art, history, the Pacific and Maori culture. Touring its exhibits is like actually experiencing thousands of years of New Zealand's history in person, as motion simulators and interactive exhibits include you in the journey. Dinner tonight is a "dine-around" from a choice of Wellington restaurants.

MEALS : B, D
LODGING : COPTHORNE HOTEL WELLINGTON ORIENTAL BAY

Tauck puts a charter plane at your service today for a flight to Blenheim on New Zealand's South Island, and a two-night stay in the heart of the Marlborough wine country. Upon arrival, head off on a visit to the Marlborough Sounds. Besides producing great wine, this region is one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in the country, and boasts delectable freshly caught seafood, including green-lipped mussels; sample them, along with local wines, on a luncheon cruise that celebrates New Zealand's bounty. Following your cruise, drive to your home for the next two nights, the 5-star Chateau Marlborough in Blenheim, where you'll enjoy dinner at your leisure this evening.

MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : CHATEAU MARLBOROUGH

A memorable day in the Blenheim area begins with a visit to a working private farm for a sheep shearing demonstration and sheep dog experience; morning tea at the homestead with the farmer and his family; and a walk through their extensive gardens. Continue on to Brancott Winery for a wine tasting and three-course lunch with matching wines at the Brancott Heritage Centre, followed by a stop for a chocolate tasting en route to the hotel for some free time. Join us this evening for a Tauck Exclusive event: a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre – which displays an incredible collection of World War I and II aircraft and memorabilia owned by film director Sir Peter Jackson – for “Dinner with the Warbirds,” featuring a tour of the museum’s “Knights of the Sky” and “Dangerous Skies” exhibitions, and a three-course dinner showcasing seasonal Marlborough produce and a selection of quality Marlborough wines.

MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : CHATEAU MARLBOROUGH

Today, depart Blenheim and fly off aboard Tauck's charter to Manapouri (Te Anau) in the magnificent Fiordlands region, for two nights at an ideally located hotel. Dinner at your leisure at the hotel is included tonight.

MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : DISTINCTION TE ANAU HOTEL & VILLAS

Take a dramatic drive through the unparalleled scenery of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, then set off aboard a private boat (with a naturalist onboard) for a scenic nature luncheon cruise among the sheer cliffs and glacier-hewn inlets of beautiful Milford Sound. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening as you please at your hotel.

MEALS : B, L
LODGING : DISTINCTION TE ANAU HOTEL & VILLAS

Make your way across more beautiful South Island landscapes to Queenstown, where you'll have lunch at the Amisfield Winery, set in an iconic stone building with gorgeous mountain views and known for its Pinot Noir. Your accommodations at the Sofitel Queenstown exude French-inspired sophistication in the heart of the city.

MEALS : B, L
LODGING : SOFITEL QUEENSTOWN HOTEL AND SPA

Even if you're not all that adventurous, today's thrilling high-speed jet boat ride* through the rapids and narrow gorges of Skippers Canyon on the Shotover River – followed by a helicopter ride* – will both be memorable highlights of Tauck's tours to Australia and New Zealand! Head back down the mountain via Skyline gondola to spend the rest of the day and evening as you wish in Queenstown.

MEALS : B
LODGING : SOFITEL QUEENSTOWN HOTEL AND SPA

Travel via Tauck's private charter flight from Queenstown to Auckland today for a two-night stay, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Auckland Museum with a Maori cultural presentation and music concert. Have dinner at your hotel tonight.

MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : SOFITEL AUCKLAND VIADUCT HARBOUR

Depart from Auckland’s Ferry Terminal and head to nearby Waiheke Island, a mecca of farmland, forest and beaches – and vineyards; enjoy some sightseeing and a unique wine tasting and lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard. Ferry back to Auckland for some leisure time. Then join us this evening for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your hotel in the heart of the city, a fitting finale to Tauck's ultimate tours to Australia and New Zealand!

MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : SOFITEL AUCKLAND VIADUCT HARBOUR

Our tours to Australia and New Zealand end in Auckland. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Sofitel Auckland at Viaduct Harbour to Auckland Airport. You should allow three hours for check-in at the airport.

MEALS : B

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