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22 Days, Sydney to Queenstown
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IS THIS Comfort TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Prefer meaningful small group travel with a little more polish and extra frills
    • Are eager to get off the tourist trail and connect with local people
    • Are excited by the prospect of handpicked hotels and guesthouses
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 21 Nights accommodation with breakfast (Comfort hotels (19 nts), local holiday home (1 nt), cruise boat (1 nt)).
  • 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Mini-bus, flight, train, boat, walking).
  • Private yacht sailing on the Sydney harbour and Sydney orientation walk.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway to Queensland rainforest with canopy tour on a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
  • Aboriginal dreamtime walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge.
  • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru.
  • Walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta.
  • Melbourne orientation walk and dinner on the historic Colonial tramcar restaurant.
  • Visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls.
  • Dinner cruise on Raglan harbour.
  • Visit a geothermal Maori village with a local guide.
  • Enjoy traditional Maori hangi feast and entertainment.
  • Orientation walk in Christchurch.
  • Ride the scenic TranzAlpine Train.
  • Queenstown gondola ride.
  • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight wilderness cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 840-1095 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Sydney
Day 2 Sydney
Day 3 Sydney/Port Douglas
Day 4 Port Douglas
Day 5 Port Douglas/Cairns
Day 6 Cairns
Day 7 Cairns/Uluru
Day 8 Uluru
Day 9 Alice Springs
Day 10 Alice Springs/Melbourne
Day 11 Melbourne
Day 12 Melbourne/Auckland
Day 13 Auckland
Day 14 Auckland/Raglan
Day 15 Raglan/Rotorua
Day 16 Rotorua/Christchurch
Day 17 Christchurch/Franz Josef
Day 18 Franz Josef
Day 19 Franz Josef/Queenstown
Day 20 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound
Day 21 Doubtful Sound/Queenstown
Day 22 Depart Queenstown
Departures
  • Start
  • Finish
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Sydney
  • Port Douglas
  • Cairns
  • Uluru
  • Alice Springs
  • Melbourne
  • Auckland
  • Raglan
  • Rotorua
  • Christchurch
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Onboard The Cruise
  • DAY 1 Arrive Sydney

    Arrive at any time.

    Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

    If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    19:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Sydney

    Explore Sydney Harbour and walk to the iconic Opera House and the Rocks area. Enjoy an early lunch then board a sleek former America's Cup racing yacht for a thrilling sailing adventure on one of the world's finest harbours.
    Meet in the early evening for an optional drink or dinner. We may head beachside to Bondi where there are plenty of excellent dining options.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Sailing in Sydney Harbour
    Set sail in Sydney Harbour on one the America's Cup racing yachts. Wave to other passing ferries, take photos of the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour bridge and let the sun and wind invigorate your senses.

    Metro
    Sydney
    Get around underground via public transit. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Sydney/Port Douglas

    Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in the Daintree Rainforest.

    Transfer to Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights at a local resort.

    Taxicab
    Sydney 30m-1h
    Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

    Plane
    Sydney - Cairns 3h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Cairns - Port Douglas 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Aboriginal Interpretive Walk
    Mossman Gorge
    Take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Port Douglas

    On Day 4, opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.

    Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, window-shopping on your way.

    Free Time
    Port Douglas Full Day
    Today is a free day, but we recommend going on an optional snorkelling trip of the Great Barrier Reef - the largest coral reef system in the world.

    Optional Activities
    Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

    Great Barrier Reef 8h-9h
    159 AUD per person
    Don a mask and snorkel the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Say g'day to Nemo, the clown fish, and some of the 1,500 other species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm waters off Australia's east coast. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Port Douglas/Cairns

    Return to Cairns, with free time to enjoy this tropical city.

    Private Vehicle
    Port Douglas - Cairns 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Cairns Full Day
    Free time to explore the famed city of Cairns.

    Optional Activities
    Skydiving

    Cairns 2h-6h
    249-334 AUD per person
    Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Cairns from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high above the land and sea. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Cairns

    Take an excursion to the UNESCO-designated Queensland rainforest on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and explore the canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

    Kuranda Scenic Railway
    Kuranda
    Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway, through a lush tropical paradise framed by rugged mountains, waterfalls and ravines. Travel on authentic timber carriages between Cairns and the village of Kuranda, via hand-hewn tunnels and across towering bridges, through the awe-inspiring Barron Gorge. Experience the exotic beauty of North Queensland's tropical rainforests, marvelling at the incredible array of plants and animals encountered all along the way.

    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
    Kuranda National Park
    Settle into a comfortable 6 seat gondola for a ride with a spectacular view. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway passes over the canopy one of Australia's tropical rainforests, so close to the tree tops it's as if you could reach out and touch the leaves. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Cairns/Uluru

    Catch a flight to Uluru and witness the incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.

    Plane
    Cairns - Uluru 3h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Sunset at Uluru
    Uluru
    Enjoy a glass of champagne while watching the sunset over Uluru. Marvel at the changing colours over the desert and keep reminding yourself that yes, you really are there.

    Free Time
    Uluru Full Day
    Relax and watch the sunset over Uluru (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Uluru

    Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and take the informative Mala Walk around part of Uluru's base.

    Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. The Mala Walk around the base of Uluru provides insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food and music. The afternoon is at your leisure.

    Uluru Mala Walk
    Uluru 2km
    Walk along the northwest side of Uluru with your CEO to learn about the history of the area, stories of the Anangu people and these awe-inspiring uplifted sandstone rock formations.

    Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit

    Learn about the Aboriginal culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and present-day life of the Anangu people. Discover the wild world of bush tucker (indigenous food), find out which plants are used in bush medicine, and hear stories from the Dreaming.

    Free Time
    Uluru
    Enjoy some time at leisure. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Alice Springs

    Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru, then take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. Continue to Alice Springs for the night.

    Kata Tjuta National Park
    Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
    Take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park to explore the beautiful, red, domed rocks that comprise the site. While Uluru is the most famous landmark in the park, we explore a bit further afield to enjoy this stunning landscape.

    Minibus
    Uluru - Alice Springs 6h 470km
    It's bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Alice Springs/Melbourne

    Catch a flight and arrive in the afternoon. This evening, board the historic colonial tramcar diner for a fun meal while cruising around the city streets.

    Taxicab
    Alice Springs - Alice Springs Airport 30m
    Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

    Plane
    Alice Springs - Melbourne
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Taxicab
    Melbourne 30m-1h
    Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

    Historic Colonial Tramcar Dining ----(kindly confirm about the Melbourne orientation walk which is mentioned under the inclusions.)
    Melbourne
    Board the historic colonial tramcar diner for a fun meal while cruising around the city streets of Melbourne. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Melbourne

    Enjoy a free day with option to explore the Great Ocean Road or the many wineries in the area.

    Free Time
    Melbourne Full Day
    Free time to explore the city or take an excursion.

    Optional Activities
    Great Ocean Road Day excursion
    Great Ocean Road 11h 30m-12h
    150-195 AUD per person
    Enjoy an excursion along the Great Ocean Road showcasing some of Australia's most scenic coastal views. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Melbourne/Auckland

    Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy an orientation walk with the CEO.

    Plane
    Melbourne - Auckland 4h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Auckland

    Enjoy a free day with option to embark on a dolphin and whale watching boat excursion (seasonal) or explore the city.

    Free Time
    Auckland Full Day
    Enjoy the city or choose from the many day excursions available.

    Optional Activities
    Dolphin and Whale Watching Boat Excursion

    Auckland
    160 NZD per person
    Leave the city behind and head out into the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, with more than 30 major island groups, it is visited by one third of all the types of marine mammals found on earth. Take your seasickness meds and scan the horizon for some of the 22 species of whales and dolphins, including the Bryde's whale, Fin Whales, Blue Whales, Southern Right, and False Killer Whales. Look down toward the bow of the boat and you may just discover dolphins riding the wave. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Auckland/Raglan

    Take the scenic route to an artsy beach town, visiting scenic Bridal Veil Falls en route. That evening, enjoy a dinner cruise on the harbour. Options to try bone carving with local Maori, surf lessons, stand-up paddleboard lessons or sea kayaking, or simply explore the arts and crafts shops.

    Travel through the world's most productive dairy farming country then head towards to the arts and surf town of Raglan for the night.

    In the evening, enjoy a special included dinner cruise in the harbour. Overnight in a holiday home overlooking one of the world's most famous surf breaks.

    Private Vehicle
    Auckland - Raglan 3h 180km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Bridal Veil Falls Walk
    Bridal Veil Falls
    Enjoy a scenic trek to Bridal Veil Falls, a plunge waterfall located along the Pakoka River in the Waikato area of New Zealand. Relax on arrival and enjoy the waterfall's breathtaking natural beauty. The waterfall is 55m (180 ft) high, and, over time, has caused the formation of a large pool at its base.

    Dinner Cruise on Raglan Harbour
    Raglan
    Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the Raglan Harbour with stunning views of ancient limestone rock formations and local wildlife. Keep an eye out for dolphins and (fingers crossed!) and whales.

    Optional Activities
    Bone Carving

    Raglan 3h-4h
    89 NZD per person
    Make your very own pendant (and souvenir) at this bone carving class. Learn the cultural significance of this craft and follow expert instruction to make a traditional Maori carving using a grinder and template.

    Surf Lessons
    Raglan
    89 NZD per person
    Learn how to catch a wave in this 3-hour surf lesson. Start with instruction on dry land before heading into the surf. Take advantage of the large soft boards used in class (they help everyone stand up).

    Stand Up Paddle Lesson
    Raglan
    79 NZD per person
    Enjoy fantastic scenery and a great workout while stand up paddle boarding in the Raglan harbour. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 15 Raglan/Rotorua

    Drive to Rotorua and opt to enjoy a dip in the geothermal hot pools at the hotel. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village to learn about local myths, and legends while dinning on traditional Hangi cuisine.

    Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. This is a fascinating region with Maori history and cultured tied directly to the geothermal aspects of the land. Relax in one of the hot pools at the hotel fed by water coming directly from the natural springs.

    Private Vehicle
    Raglan - Rotorua 3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Tamaki Maori Village
    Rotorua
    Visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Receive the traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony followed by a captivating stage performance explaining Maori history, myths and culture. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi meal, similar to the Hawaiian Luau, with dishes cooked in the ground. Savour the taste of chicken, sweet potatoes, port and pudding wrapped in cabbage or banana leaves and steamed underground with the heat from lava rocks and wood. Yum!

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Rotorua
    Free
    Soak tired muscles in the area's natural hot springs and let the mineral water work its magic. Rotorua is home to a number of amazing geothermal parks - be sure you don't miss the healing and relaxing benefits of the city's naturally heated waters. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 16 Rotorua/Christchurch

    This morning visit Whakarewarewa, a Maori village with a local guide who explains the geothermal aspects of the region and enjoy a light lunch of corn cooked in a natural hot pool and a traditional hangi pie. Fly to Christchurch and take an orientation walk with the CEO.

    Private Vehicle
    Rotorua Morning
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Whakare warewa Geothermal Village Visit
    Rotorua Morning
    Visit an authentic Maori Geothermal Village. With a local guide, follow the path past bubbling mud pits and mineral pools with different fluorescent coloured water. Learn how geothermal energy is used around the village and hear the history of the area. Just try to ignore the sulfurous smell -- that's just Mother Earth making magma magic.

    Flight
    Rotorua - Christchurch 1h-1h 30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 17 Christchurch/Franz Josef

    Enjoy one of the world's great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine Train to New Zealand's glacier region.

    Board the TranzAlpine train, considered to be one of the world's great train journeys. It crosses the stunningly scenic Southern Alps, traversing the entire country. Disembark the train and transfer to a beautiful rainforest lodge for the night.

    Train
    Christchurch - Greymouth 4h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Greymouth - Franz Josef 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 18 Franz Josef

    Options are plentiful, choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery.

    Opt for various hiking adventures in the area, the most popular being a glacier trek. If relaxing is more your style, there are shorter day hikes and bush walks or local hot pools to take a dip.

    Free Time
    Franz Josef Full Day
    Choose from a variety of available optional activities

    Optional Activities
    Franz Josef Quad Bike

    Franz Josef
    65-160 NZD per person
    Hop aboard the 2-seater ATV quad and drive along ancient glacial pathways carved into the landscape by ice and water. Be amazed at what lies around every twist and turn as you are guided through rainforests, riverbeds, grasslands, sand and mud. Feel the thrill of fresh air in your face and the excitement of riding in the wild.

    Helicopter hike
    Franz Josef 3h-4h
    325-429 NZD per person
    Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 19 Franz Josef/Queenstown

    Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views of the city and option to eat dinner at a skyline restaurant.

    Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right, you can get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some short walks and waterfall visits.

    Private Vehicle
    Franz Josef - Queenstown 5h 365km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Gondola Ride
    Queenstown
    Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220o view of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu below. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 20 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound

    Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through Doubtful Sound with the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds and penguins and an option to kayak. We spend the night onboard in comfortable cabins with time to relax on deck, stargazing and enjoying some New Zealand wine.

    Drive the scenic route around the lake to the town of Manapouri, to arrive at an eco cruise boat which will be our home for the next 24 hours. After an afternoon of stunning scenery, spend the night moored in a secluded bay (seasonal), with time to stargaze from the deck with a glass of New Zealand wine

    Private Vehicle
    Queenstown - Doubtful Sound 3h 250km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Doubtful Sound Overnight Wilderness Cruise
    Doubtful Sound
    Cruise through the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls, and keep an eye out for area wildlife: dolphins, penguins, seals, and a variety of birds. Want to get closer to the water? Feel free to use one of the boats' sea kayaks to explore the area more in-depth.

    After the day, moor at a secluded bay for the night, and sit back and relax. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old-world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon/fully licensed bar, an observation lounge, and nature guides. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 21 Doubtful Sound/Queenstown

    Cruise back to port, enjoying the stunning views then return to Queenstown for the final night.

    Enjoy the morning on the boat before return to Queenstown late afternoon and opt for a farewell dinner with your group.

    Private Vehicle
    Doubtful Sound - Queenstown 3h 250km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 22 Depart Queenstown

    Depart at any time.

    If you want more time to explore Queenstown, we recommend booking post nights with your agent if you are interested in the countless adrenaline-packed activities in the town known as the 'adventure capital of the world'. Jet boating, bungy jumping, mountain biking, and sky diving are some of the activities available.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 840-1095 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.


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