Wonders of Australia and New Zealand
 16 Days • 20 Meals
World Holiday
The Mayflower Tours Way Visit the other side of the world with our holiday to Cairns, Sydney, Queenstown, and more. Experience the Outer Barrier Reef, take a stroll through Australia’s modern cities and revel in the unspoiled natural beauty of New Zealand on this 16-day holiday.

 Highlights
  • 20 Meals (13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Tours
  • Experience cultural and craft demonstrations and hands-on activities at Tjapukai Aboriginal Park
  • Cruise and snorkel on Australia’s Outer Barrier Reef
  • Tour Sydney’s famed Opera House
  • Discover local history in two of Dunedin’s most popular museums
  • Enjoy a scenic train ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway in Dunedin
  • Explore the Otago Peninsula and visit New Zealand’s only breeding colony of Royal Albatross
  • Tour Larnach Castle, the only castle in the country
  • Cruise amongst the magnificent scenery and wildlife of Milford Sound on the historic TSS Earnslaw
  • Encounter the magic and mystique of the Glow Worm Grotto in Te Anau
  • Relax aboard a cruise on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown
  • $80 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1-2  Journey to Australia
Depart the USA on your transpacific flight to Cairns, Australia, crossing the International Date Line en-route.
Day 3  Cairns, Australia Upon arrival
Cairns, Australia Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 4   Cairns
Your first immersion into the ‘Aussie’ culture begins with a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where you’ll see demonstrations on hunting, local medicines, spear and boomerang throwing, traditional dances and other aspects of local life. Following an afternoon at leisure, dinner is included at a local restaurant. Meals: B, D
Day 5  Cairns
Discover the amazing underwater world of marine life on a full day excursion to the Outer Barrier Reef. See the colorful fish and coral through the glass bottom boat, watch a fish-feeding demonstration, snorkel, relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy a presentation about the Great Barrier Reef by the onboard Marine Biologist. Meals: B, L
Day 6  Cairns to Sydney
After a morning flight to Sydney, depart on a tour of this remarkable city built around one of the most spectacular harbors in the world. See the Rocks District, Circular Quay, Harbour Bridge and visit Sydney’s most recognized icon, the world-famous Opera House. During the guided visit of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, learn about the inspiration behind the masterful architecture and see areas inside the building that are usually off-limits to the general public. The city tour concludes at the hotel. Meal: B
Day 7  Sydney
The day is left free of planned activities for your independent exploration before an included sunset dinner cruise on Sydney Harbor. Relax as you enjoy dinner onboard and view the multi-colored sailboats, admire the unique skyline of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge and pass exquisite waterfront homes of the rich and famous. Meals: B, D
Day 8  Sydney
Enjoy a full day at leisure, or join an optional excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park on your final day in Australia. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, talk with the naturalist guides throughout the park, and see the native koalas! It’s the perfect place for up-close encounters with the abundant native wildlife. Meal: B
Day 9   Sydney to Christchurch, New Zealand
Depart Sydney on your flight to Christchurch. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight accommodations. Meals: B, D
Day 10   Christchurch to Dunedin
Begin discovering New Zealand’s South Island as you journey by coach to Dunedin, an endearing city known for its unspoiled architecture, coastal beauty, cultural heritage and vibrant city center. En-route, travel through the Canterbury Plains and Oamaru – one of New Zealand’s most charming and best-preserved towns with an impressive historic center boasting an incredible number of stunningly ornate colonial buildings.Meals: B, D
Day 11  Dunedin
Begin the day with visits to two of the city’s most popular museums. At the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, trace the fascinating journeys from the earliest settlers to the most recent arrivals. The Otago Museum tells stories of nature, culture and science with a collection of 1.8 million items. This afternoon it’s ‘all aboard’ the Taieri Gorge Railway for a ride on the historic train. Travel through the vivid landscapes and spectacular mountain scenery of New Zealand’s countryside and the Taieri Gorge before returning to Dunedin for an evening at leisure. Meal: B
Day 12   Dunedin to Te Anau
Before departing Dunedin, explore the Otago Peninsula – the wildlife capital of New Zealand. Visit the Royal Albatross Center, the island’s only breeding colony, where you learn about the fascinating story of the world’s largest seabird. Continue to Larnach Castle where magnificent architecture, an embellished interior, antiques, and spectacular views await as your guide tells of its tragic and scandalous history. Journey by coach to Te Anau, home of the serene, deep waters of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the island and second largest in the country. Meal: B
Day 13   Dunedin to Te Anau
Nestled on the edge of the lake, Te Anau is the ‘gateway to the fjords’ and perfect base for an excursion of Milford Sound. Following a scenic drive, embark on a cruise of this awe-inspiring fjord. See the breathtaking drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest as you keep an eye out for local wildlife… seals basking in the sun on the rocks or dolphins frolicking in the water. A picnic lunch is included during the excursion before returning to the hotel by coach. Meals: B, L
Day 14  Te Anau to Queenstown
A visit to the Te Anau’s mysterious Glow Worm Grotto, carved by the forces of nature, begins today’s adventure. Cruise across Lake Te Anau to the western shore where your nature guide awaits. Enter this magical underground world of limestone passages filled with the whirlpools and waterfalls of the Tunnel Burn Stream. Embark the small boats for a tranquil ride that drifts in a silent, hidden grotto along a stream of luminous shimmer as thousands of glow worms above emit incandescent light like twinkling stars in the sky. Departing Te Anau by coach, journey to Queenstown, one of the most scenic spots in the world. Meal: B
Day 15   Queenstown
Lying on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown abounds in natural beauty and is the perfect place to end your vacation. And what better way to enjoy seeing the snow-capped mountains, picturesque bays and all the scenic splendor than on an included relaxing cruise on this famous lake aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw, a coal-fired vintage steamship originally built in 1912. Afterwards, the remainder of the day is at leisure until the farewell dinner this evening. Meals: B, D
Day 16  Queenstown / USA
It’s time to bid ‘g’day’ to the lands ‘down under’ as you depart for the Queenstown Airport. Memories of the sites and experiences you encountered along with the hospitable ‘Aussies’ and ‘Kiwis’ you met along the way will be cherished for a lifetime. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 3-5   Pacific Hotel, Cairns, Australia
Days 6-8   Vibe Hotel*, Sydney, Australia
Days 9  Quality Hotel Elms**, Christchurch, New Zealand
Days 10-11  Distinction Hotel, Dunedin, New Zealand
Days 12-13   Distinction Luxmore***, Te Anau, New Zealand
Days 14-15  Rydges Queenstown, Queenstown, New Zealand
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Per Person Twin Room Single Room Status
March 28, 2019 $4,499 add $1,879 Available
May 16, 2019 $4,499 add $1,879 Available
September 5, 2019 $4,559 add $1,939 Available
October 17, 2019 $4,699 add $2,019 Available
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Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

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