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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Ride aboard vintage Kuranda steam train and Skyrail gon­dolas
  • Great Barrier Reef excursion
  • Aboriginal “dreamtime” experience
  • Sunset at Ayers Rock
  • Sydney touring and Harbour cruise
  • Leisure time in Sydney
  • Christchurch touring
  • Two-night stay at Mt. Cook National Park
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Geothermal Rotorua
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Auckland touring
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Depart U.S. for Cairns, Australia

Day 3: Arrive Cairns This afternoon we arrive in Cairns, gateway to Australia’s Far North and the Great Barrier Reef. We transfer to our hotel where tonight we enjoy a briefing and dinner. D

Day 4: Cairns/Kuranda We take an orientation tour of Cairns then board an historic railway to the mountain village of Kuranda. After time to explore here, we descend via the gondolas of Skyrail. We return to our hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Cairns independently. B

Day 5: Great Barrier Reef This morning we board a boat for a day-long excursion to the Great Barrier Reef, at 1,200 miles long the world’s largest living organism and richest marine resource. We pull up at Michaelmas Cay where we can swim, snorkel, or view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel. B,L

Day 6: Cairns/Alice Springs We take a morning flight to Alice Springs, where we see the Anzac Hill Monument to Australian and New Zealand soldiers, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and School of the Air, which provides schooling to widely scattered Outback children. Tonight we enjoy a traditional dinner in the “bush.” B,D

Day 7: Alice Springs This morning we embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour, to meet Walpiri tribespeople and learn about their ancient culture. Then we visit Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm, where we enjoy a picnic lunch and see the sheer rock walls aglow in reflected sunlight. B,L

Day 8: Alice Springs/Ayers Rock We reach our Ayers Rock hotel early afternoon. After lunch on our own, we visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the traditional land of the Anangu Aboriginal peoples and home to the Olgas rock formations and Uluru (Ayers Rock). We watch the sun set over this fabled sandstone monolith that rises to a height of 1,114 feet. B,D

Day 9: Ayers Rock/Sydney This morning we visit the base of Uluru and the interesting museum here. Mid-day we fly to Sydney, arriving late afternoon. B,D

Day 10: Sydney Today’s tour features the breathtaking Royal Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbour and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, Rose and Watson’s bays, and popular Bondi Beach. Then we board a catamaran for a lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour. B,L

Day 11: Sydney This morning we tour Featherdale Wildlife Park, where wombats, dingos, and koalas reside. Then the afternoon is at leisure; tonight we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 12: Sydney/Christchurch, New Zealand After a late morning tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, this afternoon is free for independent exploration. This evening we board a flight to Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City.” B

Day 13: Christchurch/Mt. Cook National Park This morning’s orientation tour features the acclaimed Botanic Gardens and “Re:START Mall,” the vibrant civic area that rose from the rubble of the 2011 earthquake. Then we board our motorcoach for the journey south to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, in the Southern Alps. We dine tonight at our hotel. B,D

Day 14: Mount Cook This morning’s tour of alpine Mount Cook Village includes a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center, where we see a 3D planetarium movie about the region. We also visit the Hillary Gallery, commem­orating Sir Edmund’s achievements, including the first ascent of Mount Cook’s difficult South Ridge in 1948 (at 12,316 feet, Mount Cook is New Zealand’s tallest mountain). After time in the village for lunch on our own, this afternoon is at leisure to relax amid the breathtaking scenery, hike, or take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). B,D

Day 15: Mount Cook/Queenstown We depart this morning for Queenstown, stopping en route in historic Arrowtown for lunch on our own followed by a visit to Kawarau Bridge Bungy, the world’s first bungy jump operation open to the public. Mid-afternoon we reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s “adventure capital.” We dine tonight at our hotel. B,D

Day 16: Milford Sound Our day-long excursion to Milford Sound includes a nature cruise through the breathtaking fjords. We have lunch on board then later have the opportunity to return to Queenstown on an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). B,L

Day 17: Queenstown We board the Spirit of Queenstown this morning for a scenic cruise to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm. At this working ranch, we watch a sheepdog demonstration and learn about the wool industry then explore on foot and on a four-wheel drive excursion into the breathtaking high country. B

Day 18: Queenstown/Rotorua We depart today for the Maori center of Rotorua, with its geysers, bubbling mud pools, and hot thermal springs. Upon arrival, we take a panoramic tour of this city on the shores of Lake Rotorua. This evening we visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and Cultural Centre for a traditional hangi dinner and Maori performance. B,D

Day 19: Rotorua This morning we visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, a popular showcase of native flora, fauna, and birdlife, and where we also tour the National Kiwi Trust, which rehabilitates injured kiwis, the national bird. B

Day 20: Rotorua/Auckland En route to Auckland, we stop this morning at Ruakuri Caves to see the unique glowworms that illuminate the underground grottoes and caves. We reach Auckland late this afternoon; we’re on our own for dinner tonight. B

Day 21: Auckland Our half-day tour of this city set atop 48 volcanic hills features glittering Auckland Harbour and the America’s Cup Village. We also visit the War Memorial Museum, with its prized Maori and Pacific Islander collections. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at our hotel. B,D

Day 22: Depart for U.S. Very early this morning we depart for the airport for the flight to Los Angeles (via Sydney) and our return flights home. B

Please note: This trip involves full days of sightseeing and significant amounts of walking on stairs and uneven surfaces. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 19 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 33 meals: 19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018/2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Sep 8
Sep 15

May 4
May 11

Sep 22
Sep 26
Oct 6, 10
Nov 3*
Nov 17
Nov 24

Apr 1, 3
Apr 10

Oct 17, 20
Oct 27

Feb 2, 9
Feb 16
Feb 20*
Feb 27*
Mar 2, 9
Mar 13*
Mar 20


Jan 5
Jan 12
Jan 19
Jan 26*

Los Angeles$8,684$8,984$9,184$9,484
Dallas, Houston,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle
Atlanta, Boston,
Chicago, Cleve,
Denver, Detroit,
Miami, Minn,
Orlando, Tampa
Balt, Charlotte,
Cinc, New York,
Phil, Washington, DC

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $389, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,995. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2018/2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

*Accommodations in Queenstown: Millennium Queenstown

Airline upgrades on round-trip Trans-Pacific flight: Business Class – $6,995 per person; Premium Economy – $2,995 per person

Post-Tour Auckland Extension: $325. Single Supplement: $145 Sep-Nov; $245 Jan-May

A visa is required for this tour. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.

    Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns / Days 3-5 / Deluxe 

    Located in the heart of Cairns overlooking Trinity Bay, the 128-room Pullman Reef Hotel Casino offers three restaurants, a café, and three bars; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; health club with hot tub, spa, and massage; unheated rooftop swimming pool; jogging track; casino; and gift shop. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly Crowne Plaza), Alice Springs / Days 6-7 / Superior First Class 

    Adjacent to the Alice Springs Golf Course and a 10-minute walk to “Alice’s” major sights, the 236-room DoubleTree by Hilton offers two restaurants and a bar, gym, tennis courts, sauna and whirlpool, outdoor pool, internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, and phone. Please note that while the DoubleTree by Hilton is one of the best in Alice Springs, it may not meet the standards of the other hotels on your tour.

    Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock / Day 8 / Superior First Class 

    Part of the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort complex, the 228-room Sails in the Desert celebrates Aboriginal heritage and culture through its décor and the on-site Mulgara Gallery of native art and crafts.  Hotel amenities include several restaurants and bars, an outdoor pool, spacious grounds, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services, while the greater resort complex offers a host of amenities, from three additional swimming pools and two tennis courts to a shopping complex, hair salon, and visitors’ center.  A free shuttle bus operates continuously around the property.  Spacious air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, private balcony or verandah, minibar, TV, and phone. 

    Sir Stamford, Sydney / Days 9-11 / Deluxe 

    Sir Stamford at Circular Quay stands in the heart of Sydney on historic Macquarie Street and in close proximity to the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Sydney Harbour. Built in the late 1800s, the 120-room hotel features 18th-century Louis XV and Georgian antiques. Amenities include a restaurant and bar, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, sun deck, sauna, and outdoor heated pool. Comfortable guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Rydges Latimer Christchurch, Christchurch / Day 12 / Superior First Class 

    Completely rebuilt, the Rydges Latimer Christchurch reopened in 2013. The 138-room hotel’s amenities include a restaurant and a bar/lounge, fitness center, and sauna. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, in-room safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, mini-bar, ironing facilities, TV, and phone.

    The Hermitage Hotel, Mt. Cook / Days 13-14 / First Class 

    Located inside Mt. Cook National Park, The Hermitage Hotel offers a range of options for enjoying the park, from hiking to flightseeing. The recently refurbished (2011) 162-room hotel, which is part of the Aoraki Mount Cook Village of several hotels, has two restaurants, café, and lounge; Internet access; gift shop featuring native Maori crafts; and laundry facilities. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Hotel St. Moritz, Queenstown / Days 15-17 / First Class 

    Nestled on a hillside overlooking Queenstown’s breathtaking lake and mountains, the alpine-lodge style 134-room Hotel St. Moritz is located just a few minutes’ walk from prime dining and shopping areas. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning facilities, fitness center, sauna, and spa. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, mini-bar, ironing facilities, TV, and phone.

    Regent of Rotorua, Rotorua / Days 18-19 / First Class 

    The newly refurbished Regent of Rotorua is a boutique-style accommodation located in the center of Rotorua, close to the city’s restaurants and pedestrian shopping street. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar, mini fitness center and spa, heated outdoor pool, indoor thermal mineral pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Each of the 35 air-conditioned guest rooms have mini-bar, in-room safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, microwave, TV, phone, and luxury linens and robes.

    Stamford Plaza Auckland, Auckland / Days 20-21, Extension / Superior First Class 

    The Stamford Plaza Auckland sits in the heart of Auckland’s central business district just one block from Waitemata Harbour and a few minutes’ walk to the High Street shopping district, and SkyCity casino.  The 286-room hotel features three restaurants and a bar; gift shop; fitness center with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and gym; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in the business center; and laundry and dry cleaning services.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, minibar, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Auckland – On Your Own

3 days/2 nights for $325 total price
Single Supplement: $145

Enjoy additional time in the sparkling “City of Sails,” at your own pace.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Stamford Plaza (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Hayley Anderson

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director


Peter Brose

“We have taken many tours and Peter is the best tour director that we’ve had by far.”
Mariann & Paul Springer
Encino, CA

Patricia Fouracres

“Based on our 10+ years of overseas tours, we rate Ms. Fouracres as ‘the best of the best’ because of her capable attention to all tour members.”
Joe & Susan Yea
San Jose, CA

Roxanne Garner

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director


Sharron Hickman

“Sharron was outstanding – very thorough and knowledgeable. She was extremely helpful with free time.”
Pat Torres-Smith & Clay Smith
Centennial, CO

David Hill

“David was erudite, extremely articulate, and amazingly knowledgeable about all aspects of New Zealand … [He] ensured an optimal travel experience.”
Pamela G. Schaffer
Annapolis, MD

Patricia Johnston

“Patricia was fabulous in every way. Helpful, friendly, knowledgeable. She went way above the call of duty.”
Carolyn McClurkan
Bremerton, WA

Matt Kay

“Great sense of humor, handled some difficult situations very well; worked to see that everyone was taken care of at all destinations. We very much enjoyed his services.”
Les & Tyree Wieder
Chatsworth, CA

Allan McKay

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director


Chas Morris

“In my 16 trips with Odysseys, the tour directors have been outstanding, but Chas stands out as the best of the best! The breadth and depth of his experience and knowledge was amazing. He handled the details of the trip effortlessly and made sure we all had a good time. And all with good humor.”
Edythe Holubec
Taylor, TX

Warren Phelan

“Warren was a superb guide – his sense of humor, attitude, and helpfulness were outstanding. His knowledge of Australia and New Zealand was obvious.”
Helen L. Rangel
Edmond, OK

Rosie Stewart

“… her enthusiasm was so infectious!! As a native-born ‘kiwi,’ she has an immense knowledge of the land and seems to know everyone on both the North and South islands!”
Christina & Michael Davis
Houston, TX

Elizabeth Tobin

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director


Leigh Tymms

“Leigh should give classes to other tour directors. He is efficient, courteous, friendly, humorous, and very knowledgeable.”
Doame Chism
Hampton Bays, NY

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