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Our very popular highlight tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Day 1  Sydney Australia
Upon arrival in Sydney, meet, assist and transfer to your hotel for 3 nights accommodation.

Day 2  Sydney
Morning city tour of the historical Rocks area, the Opera House, Parliament House, Darling Harbor and Chinatown. Continue on the coach tour to Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay nd Double Bay. Visit Watson's Bay and the world famous Bondi Beach. Return to the Circular Quay for the luncheon cruise on magnificent Sydney Harbour.  (BL)

Day 3 Sydney
Full day coach tour to the Blue Mountains. Visit the Koala Wildlife Sanctuary and have lunch before continuing on to the Blue Mountains. (BL)

Day 4  Ayers Rock
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Ayers Rock.  On arrival meet and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon visit Mt Olga to view the spectacular rock formations. Return to Ayers Rock in time for the magnificent sunset. (B)

Day 5  Alice Springs
Rise early this morning to watch the beautiful desert sunrise over Ayers Rock.  Board the coach for the journey to Alice Springs (approx. 5 hours) On arrival, one night accommodation. (B)

Day 6 Cairns
Morning Aboriginal Dreamtime and Bushtucker Tour.  Learn how to throw a boomerang and spear, try some bush food. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel for 4 nights accommodation. (B)

Day 7  Cairns
Full day outer Barrier Reef tour. Take a high speed catamaran to the reef and explore the magic there.  Swim, snorkel or ride in a semi submersible coral viewer. (BL)

Day 8  Cairns
Full day Kuranda Scenic Rail, sky rail, and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. (B)

Day 9  Daintree Rainforest Tour
Drive alongside the Marlin Coast's idyllic deserted beaches, cross the river by cable ferry and travel on into the primeval junble of the Daintree rainforest to Cape Tribulation. Feel the majic of the oldest rainforest on planet earth. After lunch board a river boat to cruise on mangrove lined jungle creeks, see and photograph crocodiles in the wild.  (BL)

Day 10  Christchurch, New Zealand
Transfer to the airport for flight to New Zealand. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the "garden city" of Christchurch. Overnight. (B)

Day 11  Queenstown
Full day by coach (487km) travelling across the Canterbury Plains. Travel through Burkes Pass, and alongside Lake Tekapo. Drive around glacially formed lakes. On a clear day see Mt. Cook at the head of lake Pukaki.  Accommodations for 3 nts in Queenstown. (B)

Day 12  Queenstown
Morning sightseeing tour includes the Skyline Gondola to Bob's Peak, historic Arrowtown, lovely lake Hayes and the Gibbston Valley Winery to sample some of the excellent local wines. Afternoon free for own activities.  Why not visit Walter Peak Farm? (B)

Day 13  Queenstown
Full day Milford Sound tour including cruise. (BL)

Day 14  Rotorua
Transfer to the airport for flight to Rotorua. Meet on arrival and transfer to your hotel for 2 nights accommodation. Afternoon at leisure, evening Hangi dinner and concert of Maori song and dance at the hotel. (BD)

Day 15  Rotorua
Morning sightseeing tour including a guided tour of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.  Also visit Rainbow Springs to see the trout and rare kiwi birds and the Arodome sheep show. Afternoon at your leisure.(B)

Day 16  Auckland
Full day tour by coach travelling across picturesque farming country and over the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Waitomo. At Waitomo, a guided tour of the famous limestone caves including the Glowworm Cave. Contine on through Hamilton City and the Waikato Valley before crossing the Bombay Hills to arrive into Auckland. (B)

Day 17  Depart New Zealand
Morning sightseeing tour includes the Museum, Parnell village, the Rose Gardens, Waterfront Drive and Underwater World. Tour ends at the airport for your departure flight. (B) 

Group departure dates:
Depart the U.S. on a Sunday for arrival into Sydney on a Tuesday.
April 7,21; May 5,19; June 9,23; July 7,21; Aug. 11,25; Sept 15,29; Oct. 13,27; Nov.10,24 and Dec 15,29. In 2003: January 12,26; February  9,23; March 9, 23.

Important!!  International and domestic Australia and New Zealand flights are not included.

Land only rates: $2,475.00 per person, double occupancy.

This tour can be taken on anyday with a minimum of 2 persons.

What Else!

Design Travel & Tours will customize any tour to Australia and New Zealand that you may want.

We also have many coach tours from which to choose ranging from just a few days to a month or more! These all inclusive tours are great for those who have more time to spend in this wonderful part of the world.

Contact us for all your needs.

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