National Geographic Journeys: Explore Australia & New Zealand (OANNG)

Countries Visited: Australia, New Zealand
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
  • All the adventure you want, with a softer landing
  • Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services
  • Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time
  • More included meals, activities and transfers
    Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
    Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12.
    Meals Included: 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Highlights
    Enjoy a sunset cruise on a private yacht, Take an interpretive walk with an aboriginal guide, Get an exclusive tour of a research aquarium, Witness thousands of glowworms lighting up the scenery

    Description
    There's no reason to have to choose between Australia and New Zealand. Experience both over 22 extraordinary days. Discover iconic Sydney, fashionable Melbourne, and welcoming Auckland; stand in the presence of sacred Uluru; explore ancient rainforests; and take in all the city life, mountainscapes, glaciers, cultural moments, deserts, hot springs, and photo ops you can.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    22 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1SydneyDay 1 Sydney
    Please make your own way to the joining hotel. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and enjoy exploring the city before joining the welcome meeting at 6pm. If you arrive early enough, youll have time to head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House. Additional Notes: Please try to arrive before 6:00pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Want to start your Down Under adventure with an adrenaline rushs Add the Sydney Adrenaline Bundle or Sydney Bridge Climb extra to your tour. Get an incredible view of the iconic Sydney Harbour from the top of the Harbour Bridge, then zip through the waterways on a jet boat ride if you book the Adrenaline Bundle. PLEASE NOTE: if booking either of these extras a pre-night in Sydney is highly recommended as the Bridge Climb starts early in the morning on Day 1. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2SydneyDay 2 Sydney (1B, 1D)
    Explore Sydney Harbour and walk to the iconic Opera House and the Rocks area. In the afternoon, board a private yacht and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with barbecue dinner. Navigating the bays and coves, sit back on the sunbed and relax and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise Transport: Metro
    Day 3Port DouglasDay 3 Sydney/Port Douglas (1B)
    Transfer to our resort in Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights. Included Activities: Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport: Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours) Plane (3.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
    Day 4Port DouglasDay 4 Port Douglas (1B)
    Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach or opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
    Day 5CairnsDay 5 Port Douglas/Cairns (1B)
    Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr. Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvelous creatures, and well hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues. Included Activities: James Cook University Research Aquarium Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
    Day 6CairnsDay 6 Cairns (1B, 1L)
    Travel to Tully for an authentic and interactive, Indigenous experience, supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a private lecture about the history and culture of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest people. Learn about their deep connection to the land and how they have continued for thousands of years, to live in harmony with nature. Our cultural immersion continues with a traditional lunch and participation in a painting class with Jirrbal Aboriginal artists. Included Activities: Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest Cultural Experience Ingan Cultural Museum & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 140km) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 140km)
    Day 7CairnsDay 7 Cairns (1B)
    Cairns is the adventure capital of Queensland, and the day is yours with free time to explore. Opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, soar above the rainforest on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or explore this stunning coastal city.
    Day 8UluruDay 8 Cairns/Uluru (1B)
    Catch a flight to Uluru and witness the incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly. Included Activities: Sunset at Uluru Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s)) Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))
    Day 9UluruDay 9 Uluru (1B)
    Additional Notes: Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46øC (109-115øF) in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets. The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 36øC (98øF). During these hot months, we try to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the midday sun. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given days walk due to extreme heat. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Kata Tjuta National Park
    Day 10MelbourneDay 10 Uluru/Melbourne (1B)
    Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night. Transport: Plane Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)
    Day 11MelbourneDay 11 Melbourne (1B, 1L)
    Go on a guided foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne with a local author and culinary storyteller for a three-course progressive lunch. Later, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne or the many wineries in the area. Additional Notes: Occasionally Monique Bayer may not be available for the Melbourne Foodie Walk. In the event this happens, an equally qualified guide will lead the walk. Included Activities: Melbourne Foodie Walk
    Day 12AucklandDay 12 Melbourne/Auckland (1B)
    Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city. Transport: Plane (3.50-4.00 hours)
    Day 13AucklandDay 13 Auckland (1B)
    Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research boat in search of whales, dolphins and sea birds. After our cruise spend one-on-one time with one of the expert crew to allow a deeper discussion on marine wildlife and conservation. Later, enjoy a short orientation walk and some free time to explore the city. Additional Notes: The wildlife cruise of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is highly subject to weather and sea conditions and does on occasion get cancelled at the last minute. While unfortunate, this is completely outside of our control and we ask that you appreciate that this is entirely in consideration of passenger and crew safety. If the cruise is cancelled, your CEO will arrange an alternate activity for the group to enjoy. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Dolphin and Whale Experience
    Day 14RaglanDay 14 Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)
    Drive a scenic route, visiting an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy town of Raglan, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route, and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbour. Included Activities: Eel Farm Visit Bridal Veil Falls Walk Raglan Harbour Boat Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
    Day 15RotoruaDay 15 Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)
    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 fed by water coming directly from the natural springs. Included Activities: Waitomo Cave Excursion Meet a Maori Elder Tamaki Maori Village Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 100km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 140km)
    Day 16ChristchurchDay 16 Rotorua/Christchurch (1B)
    Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with the CEO to get a feel for the city. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle Flight (1.00-1.75 hours)
    Day 17Franz JosefDay 17 Christchurch/Franz Josef (1B)
    Transport: Train (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours, 240km)
    Day 18Franz JosefDay 18 Franz Josef (1B)
    Options are plentiful. Choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery.
    Day 19QueenstownDay 19 Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)
    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. Included Activities: Gondola Ride Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)
    Day 20Doubtful SoundDay 20 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound (1B, 1D)
    In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars. The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords. **Boat is subject to change Additional Notes: *Please note that the itinerary for this day varies in the winter: Winter Schedule 18 May - 20 Sept Doubtful Sound/Te Anau Drive the scenic route around Lake Wakatipu to the town of Manapouri. Travel by boat and bus to arrive at an eco cruise boat. Spend the afternoon cruising the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls. The boat offers excellent chances for wildlife viewing in the area. Dolphins, penguins, seals and a variety of birds are some examples of what you can hope to see. In the evening, head to Te Anau for the night. We take in a screening of the award winning `Ata Whenua - Shadowland` Fjordland on Film documentary at the local cinema before having a group meal. Included Activities: Doubtful Sound Overnight Wilderness Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)
    Day 21QueenstownDay 21 Doubtful Sound/Queenstown (1B)
    Kick off the day with a hearty cooked breakfast and spend the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. We then return to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri, returning to Queenstown late afternoon. Opt for a farewell dinner with your group. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)
    Day 22QueenstownDay 22 Queenstown (1B)
    For 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, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and sky diving are some of the activities available. Included Activities: Departure Day
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    10/25/2017$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: Waitlist Available; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    11/08/2017$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 5; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    11/22/2017$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 13; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/06/2017$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 11; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/20/2017$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 13; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/27/2017$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 10; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    01/10/2018$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 12; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    01/17/2018$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    01/31/2018$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 10; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    02/14/2018$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 13; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    02/28/2018$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 14; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    04/04/2018$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    05/16/2018$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: Not Bookable; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    07/11/2018$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    08/01/2018$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    08/15/2018$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    09/05/2018$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    09/26/2018$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    10/10/2018$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    10/24/2018$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    10/31/2018$7,699.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    11/14/2018$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    11/21/2018$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/12/2018$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/26/2018$8,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    Disclaimer

    Local Flights: All internal flights are included in this trip (including 1 flight between Australia and New Zealand) - Your CEO will give you your ticket on the day of flight.

    Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

    VERY IMPORTANT: 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.

    Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

    Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      
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