Wonders of New Zealand & Australia

16 DAYS
FROM $4,999

Date

January 9-24, 2023

Activity Level

Moderate – High

Book By

9 / 11 / 2022

Group Limit

30

Pilgrimage Overview

Join us on a tour across New Zealand & Australia as we explore the ancient and beautiful wonders these countries have to offer.

Book With Confidence

Book With Confidence

All new travel bookings automatically come with our Book with Confidence Travel Plan*—free of charge. This plan gives pilgrims the ability to move their booking to another destination or simply a different available departure date in our vast travel portfolio, no questions asked. They just need to let us know 120 days* before departure and we’ll waive all penalties and get them booked on a new pilgrimage.

*The Book with Confidence Travel Plan allows for any new booking made with Holy Land Travel Center to be changed to a different destination or to another available departure date. Notice of change in travel plans must be given 120 days before departure; standard cancellation penalties will apply for full cancellation without rebooking or changes made within 120 days to departure. Applicable price and eligible promotions for the new tour will apply; if new trip is less expensive, a future travel credit will be issued for the difference in price. Cannot be applied to Passion Play Pilgrimages. No cash value. Credit is fully transferable. Offer reliant on space availability. Effective 10.7.2020. May be withdrawn at any time. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details.

Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1
Depart USA

Flights typically depart around 11PM

DAY 2
Overnight Flight

Flights cover multiple days due to Time change. Typical flight time is actually 14 Hours.

DAY 3
Arrive in Auckland

Flights arrive. Hotel check-in available upon arrival.

DAY 4
Auckland

Guided sightseeing includes Queen Street, Auckland Domain (Auckland’s oldest park), and historic Parnell Village. Ferry crossing to Waiheke Island. Free time this evening. WAIHEKE ISLAND Guided sightseeing of the island includes a visit to an olive grove, plus a tour, tasting, and lunch at a local vineyard. Overnight: Auckland (B, L)

DAY 5
Auckland

Scenic drive through the pastoral region of Waikato en route to Waitomo. WAITOMO Sightseeing with Local Guide at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves includes a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto. MATAMATA Guided tour of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Hobbiton movie set includes the hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, and structures built for the filming. Continue to Rotorua. ROTORUA Free time this evening. Overnight: Rotorua (B)

DAY 6
Rotorua

Guided sightseeing includes Te Puia with its geysers, boiling mudpools, and silica terraces. Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see native bush and wildlife including the shy Kiwi bird. Free time this afternoon. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones), followed by an authentic Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance with singing, dancing, and storytelling. Overnight: Rotorua (B, D)

DAY 7
Rotorua–Queenstown

Fly to Queenstown. In Queenstown we take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak includes dinner with amazing views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown. Overnight: Queenstown (B, D)

DAY 8
Queenstown

Full-day sightseeing in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes a scenic cruise on Milford Sound with the chance to see marine wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforest. Late evening return to Queenstown. Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 7 depending on weather and road conditions today. Overnight: Queenstown (B, L)

DAY 9
Depart New Zealand

Fly to Melbourne. Free time the remainder of the day. Overnight: Melbourne (B)

DAY 10
Melbourne

Guided sightseeing includes Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. A ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel includes a sparkling drink, appetizers, and views of Melbourne and the bay. Free time the remainder of the day. Overnight: Melbourne (B, L)

DAY 11
Melbourne–Cairns

Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” CAIRNS Visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures includes kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, and more native species. Have your photo taken with a koala or a crocodile. Dinner this evening at a local restaurant. Overnight: Melbourne (B, D)

DAY 12
Cairns

Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding. Free time this evening. Overnight: Cairns (B, L)

DAY 13
Cairns–Sydney

Free time the remainder of the day. Overnight: Sydney (B)

DAY 14
Sydney

Sydney Sightseeing includes a tour of the Sydney Opera House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a Local Guide. See the financial district, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Visit to world-famous Manly Beach includes free time, followed by ferry crossing to Sydney Harbour. Free time this evening. Overnight: Sydney (B)

DAY 15
Sydney

Free time on your own to explore Sydney Overnight: Sydney (B)

DAY 16
Depart Sydney
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. We gain a day on our return flight home and arrive in the US the same date we leave Australia. (B)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 4-5 Star Hotels
  • Roundtrip Flights
  • Air-conditioned Motor Coach
  • Professional Licensed Tour Guide
  • One Checked Bag
  • Accommodations (based on double occupancy)
  • Entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • Meals (per itinerary)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Passport and Visas (Refer to the section below for Passports or Visas help)
  • Gratuities

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