15 Day Wonders of New Zealand and Australia

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Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Auckland, Rotorua,...
Got your travel wish-list handy? You’re about to tick off a few ‘must dos’ across the Antipodes with this 15 day Brisbane to Rotorua tour. This is a journey of extremes, from the tropical islands of the Whitsundays to the cultural beacons of Sydney. Then on to NZ, where North and South islands beckon with thermal springs (Rotorua), fancy wining and dining (Auckland) and alpine adventures (Queenstown).
Start Location: Brisbane End Location: Rotorua
  • Food & Wine pairing at City Winery, Brisbane
  • Aboriginal Walking Tour of Meeanjin (Brisbane)
  • Australia Zoo visit
  • Koala Hospital at Australia Zoo
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Locally Guided Tour Our Big Kitchen, Bondi
  • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
  • TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak
  • BBQ Dinner Real Country Farm Experience (BMG)
  • Ruakuri Cave Tour, Waitomo Mitai Village, Concert and Dinner
  • Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Hatchery
Day 1: Welcome to Brisbane

The best way to make new friends? At a winery, of course. It turns out you don’t even need to leave Brisbane to do just that thanks to City Winery, and urban hub for delicious drops. Grapes are sourced from across the state then turned into wine you’ll enjoy under the guidance of a sommelier or vintner, plus your fellow travellers.
Overnight: Brisbane
Meals: Breakfast
Day 2: Brisbane

As the captivating sounds of the didgeridoo ring out, you’ll discover (Meeanjin) Brisbane’s First Nations history and art on a walking tour with an Aboriginal guide, whose ancestors inhabited the shores of the Brisbane River for over 40,000 years. You’ll need some time to digest the morning’s sights. The afternoon and evening are all yours - ask us for tips on where to drink and dine.
Overnight: Brisbane
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Brisbane - Hamilton Island

Get ready to set your body clock for ‘island time’. Arriving on Hamilton is quite the experience: you land on a tiny airstrip, then are told the only way to get around is in a golf buggy or foot. Do either or both, and then regroup for sunset cocktails at One Tree Hill with some of the best views over the Whitsundays.
Overnight: Hamilton Island, Whitsundays
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Great Barrier Reef

Did you know that the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, is home to 1,500 species of fish, 215 different birds, 3,000 molluscs, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, and 30 species of dolphins and whales are residents? Head out on a catamaran to swim and snorkel – or enjoy a bird’s-eye view of paradise on a scenic flight over Heart Reef.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5: Hamilton Island Free Time

After yesterday’s Great Barrier Reef overload, we wouldn’t blame you for sleeping in. But… there are so many other things to see and do around Hamilton, at your leisure. Enjoy brunch at the marina, or lace up your hiking boots and head up Passage Peak for unbroken views across the archipelago. Perhaps followed by a well-deserved dip at Catseye Beach or Coral Cove. The stretch of sand that’s regularly voted the most beautiful in the world, however, is Whitehaven – so high in silica, it squeaks underfoot. It’s a short boat-ride away, but we can help you get there.
Overnight: Hamilton Island, Whitsundays
Meals: Breakfast
Day 6: Hamilton Island - Sydney

One last Hamilton ocean swim? Why not. Touchdown Sydney and you have equally enticing views over Darling Harbour, where dinner is served. Is there any better way to end a day than this?
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Sydney

You might have seen Sydney Opera House from the outside, but have you ventured within? This incredible architectural feat holds many secrets, as your local guide will reveal. From harbour to beach – Bondi beckons. Stroll the promenade in the company of Sydney’s beautiful people – perhaps lingering for a coffee or spritz – before regrouping to help feed those in need via community organisation Our Big Kitchen
Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 : Sydney Free Time

Today is yours to get your final fix of Australia’s largest city. If you haven’t seen enough of the harbour, buckle in for a Sydney BridgeClimb, perhaps, before joining your companions for a sunset dinner cruise. What a way to end the day.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9: Sydney - Queenstown

It only takes three hours to travel from Sydney to New Zealand. But you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you arrive at former gold-mining town of Arrowtown.
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast
Day 10 : Queenstown

Flying over New Zealand, the first thing you’ll notice is that there’s a lot of farmland. It’s fitting, then, that one of the first people you’ll meet is southern girl Laura, who will introduce you to the sheep farm she was born and raised on. Come dusk, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw; the only thing more inspiring than the peaks of the Remarkables that surround is the festive atmosphere welcoming you to Walter Peak High Country Farm, where a gourmet barbecue at the Colonel’s Homestead awaits.
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Queenstown Free Time

You could spend a long time in and around Queenstown. But on your free day, we highly recommend either venturing into the end-of-the-Earth wilderness that is Milford Sound, to cruise past sheer cliffs, white-capped peaks and waterfalls. Or blissing out on an obligatory wine tour of the Otago region. It’s a difficult decision.
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast
Day 12: Queenstown - Auckland

Touching down in Auckland, you’ll immediately understand why it’s known as the ‘City of Sails’ – New Zealand’s largest city has two lovely yacht-filled harbours, which you can explore at our leisure this afternoon.
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast
Day 13: Auckland - Rotorua

Tonight, we experience Te Puia's world-famous hāngī buffet dinner. Enjoy spectacular geothermal views while dining on a range of delicious New Zealand flavours. The menu is smartly sophisticated – infusing Māori flavours, with an array of global cuisines and cooking styles. After dinner you will get to enjoy a cultural performance that will take place in their beautifully carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. Witness a pōwhiri (traditional welcome), waiata (song), mōteatea (traditional chant) poi and haka. The evening culminates with hot chocolate and steamed pudding surrounded by steam and the geyser terrace bathed in coloured light
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Rotorua

Cute and cuddly, NZ’s national bird, the kiwi, is also endangered. Go behind the scenes on a working kiwi nursery and hatchery to learn how breeding programs are helping the population thrive. The natural drama reaches boiling point at Whakarewarewa, a geothermal reserve and the country’s only living Māori village, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and the bubbling beauty of mud pools.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 15 : Farewell from Rotorua and Auckland

Most people travel for two weeks and don’t even scratch the surface, let alone enjoy cultural immersion across two countries. What a wild and wonderful ride.
Meals: Breakfast
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  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Fiordland National Park
  • Centrally located premium hotels
  • Airfare unless specified as included within the itinerary
  • Taxes as applicable
  • Travel Insurance and Cancellation Protection (strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)
  • Gratuities for Local Guides, Tour Managers, and/or Bus Drivers
  • Meals not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Items (attractions and sightseeing & entrance fees) not listed as included in the itinerary


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How physically demanding is this tour? Are you able to accommodate people with mobility restrictions/limitations?

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Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

Yes, we can certainly assist with booking additional nights of hotel accommodation for you before and after your fully escorted tour. This is available upon request and subject to availability. Please inquire for further information and prices.

How much luggage should I bring?

Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for baggage is 20 kilograms or about 40 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages but there may be places where you will be required to wheel in your bags for quicker access. Be sure to advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of a coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations guidelines.

I am a solo traveller. Is there a single surcharge?

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo travellers can choose to pay a Single Supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share with a co-traveller of the same gender, we have a Twin Share option that is offered for most tours where you share a hotel room with another same gender traveller. In this case, you will not be charged for Single Supplement.

Is it possible to book a triple share accommodation?

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Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals that are specified in the itinerary are included in the tour price. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 10-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Coach Driver (where appropriate) and Tour Director are entirely at your discretion. We recommend about CDN $5.00 per person, per day, for your Driver and CDN$7.00 per person, per day for your Tour Leader.


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