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15 Day tours covering the best of Australia & New Zealand
Return transportation & transfers in a private coach with AC
14 nights accommodation in a 3/4* hotel with buffet breakfast
13 Indian dinners, 1 Continental dinners & 3 Indian vegetarian Indian lunches & 2 Continental vegetarian lunches
Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in Tour Highlights
All taxes and service charges
Premium service of a Star Tours Tour Manager or experienced local ground operator
International air tickets: To Sydney return from Christchurch
Domestic air tickets, flights required are:
- Sydney Cairns
- Cairns Melbourne
- Melbourne Auckland
- Rotorua - Queenstown
Tips to tour manager and driver
City tour with local guide
Guided tour of Sydney Opera House
Scenic drive through Blue Mountains
Entrance to Featherdale Wildlife Park
Entrance to Scenic World
Entrance to Rain forestation
Skyrail from Kuranda
Visit to Green Island
Guided city tour
Visit Bourke Street Mall
St. Pauls Cathedral
Princess and Regent Theatres
Melbourne Town Hall
Visit to Koala Sanctuary
Auckland - Panoramic tour
Hobbiton - Movie set tour
Rotorua - Visit to Thermal Reserve, visit to Agrodome
Queenstown - Tour of Arrowtown, Tour of Milford Sound with a scenic cruise
South Westland National park Scenic drive, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier
Hokitika - Visit a local factory to see the Greenstone carving, Otira Gorge, Arthurs Pass
Christchurch City tour, visit Hagley Park, Avon River, Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, International Antarctic Centre with entrance
Scenic Fight - Franz Josef Glacier
Tranz Alpine Scenic train - Arthurs Pass-Christchurch
Day 1: Arrive Sydney
On arrival at Sydney International airport, be greeted by a local professional representative and transfer to hotel. (Check in is usually after 2.00pm). Remainder of day is at leisure.
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Day 2: Sydney
This morning we meet our local guide for a city tour, which will include: Sydney Harbour with a lunch cruise and guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Evening at leisure.
Day 3: Sydney
This morning we depart for the Blue Mountains excursion including Featherdale Wildlife Park, we will also visit Scenic World, where you can enjoy a cable car ride and glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway! Suspended 270 metres above ancient ravines, the Skyway provides a unique thrill as breathtaking views are revealed beneath your feet through the electro-glass cabin floor. With 360° views, the 720 metre journey provides the best views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Jamison Valley stretching to the horizon. Ride the Scenic railway and discover the thrill of a 52 degree incline on the steepest passenger railway in the world, this unforgettable experience offers glass-roofed carriages with expansive views of the rainforest setting.
Day 4: Sydney - Cairns
Check out and transfer to Sydney airport for the flight to Cairns. On arrival, proceed to Kuranda including entrance to Rain forestation featuring Australia Wildlife, we also visit, Aboriginal Dancers. Travel from Kuranda by Skyrail, transferring to our hotel on completion of Skyrail.
Day 5: Cairns - Green Island
This morning we proceed to Cairns Marina where we travel across to Green Island, a coral cay 27 km's offshore from Cairns and located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park World Heritage Area. The island is surrounded by coral reef. Take in the semi-submarine and enjoy the beauty of the Island. Early evening return to hotel.
Day 6: Cairns - Melbourne
We check out and transfer to Cairns airport for the flight to Melbourne. On arrival, we proceed to our hotel for check in.
Day 7: Melbourne
On the morning tour, we see Bourke Street Mall and tree-lined Collins Street, the ultimate shopping strip and business centre. See examples of Melbourne Victorian architectural splendour including St. Paul's Cathedral, Princess and Regent Theatres, Melbourne Town Hall, Parliament House, Treasury Building, Royal Exhibition buildings and the Queen Victoria Markets. Later we depart for Phillip Island. We first arrive at the Koala Sanctuary where we join our ranger for a tour of the Sanctuary, come 'face-to-face' with koalas in their natural habitat. From here we depart for the Penguin Reserve, witness the Penguin parade and the world's smallest Penguins - Little Penguins, as they arrive at sunset and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows. Late evening return to our hotel.
Day 08: Melbourne - Auckland
Check out and proceed to Melbourne airport for the international flight to New Zealand. Upon arrival at Auckland, clear customs and Immigration, then proceed for a panoramic city tour. Auckland is home to a population of more than one million people, represents the largest urban city in New Zealand and is recognised as having the largest concentration of Polynesian people in the world.
Day 09: Auckland - Hobbiton - Rotorua
Enjoy a journey through the lush countryside through to one of New Zealand's most famous attractions at Matamata. Arrive at Shire's Rest for a tour of the Hobbiton movie set. Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland in the North Island. The set is as it was seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges, which is still a working sheep farm. Later continue on to Rotorua, surrounded by the unmistakable smell of bubbling sulphuric geysers, Rotorua is a hydrothermal experience of a lifetime. Commence sightseeing of lakefront and Government Gardens. At Te Puia, enjoy a short tour of the Thermal Reserve - see boiling mud pools and mighty geysers followed by the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute - see Maori carving and weaving demonstrations.
Day 10 : Rotorua Sightseeing - Queenstown
This morning enjoy more of Rotorua's sightseeing. Agrodome, the Unique New Zealand Experience! A must do during your New Zealand experience. Agrodome gives international visitors an extraordinary, real hands-on, live experience of farming and a total interaction with our commercially farmed animals such as sheep, goats, cattle, deer, alpacas and ostriches, plus the world famous sheep show! Later, bid farewell to your North Island tour and check in for the flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival on the South Island, proceed for a sightseeing tour of the historic gold mining township of Arrowtown en route. Queenstown has captured hearts since the first Maori came in search of pounamu (greenstone or jade) and to hunt the giant Moa bird.
Day 11: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Milford Sound is simply stunning. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze and uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Whatever the fiord's mood, teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water, it will inspire you. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, a majestic presence dominating the skyline. The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand's alpine zone. Upon arrival at Milford Sound board your vessel to enjoy a scenic Cruise the length of Milford Sound. After the cruise, return to Queenstown.
Day 12: Queenstown - Lake Wanaka - Haast Pass - Fox Glacier -Franz Josef Glacier
Depart for Franz Josef Glacier via tranquil Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and the Haast Pass. Travel through the lush rainforests of South Westland National Park to Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Upon arrival view the glacier - there is a self-guided walking track from the glacier car park or take the Additional Excursion for the scenic flight to view the glaciers with a snow landing. Flights are dependent on availability and weather conditions on the day.
Day 13: Franz Josef - Hokitika - Arthurs Pass - Christchurch
Today we proceed to Hokitika. Visit a local factory to see the Greenstone carving (New Zealand jade). Continue the stunning scenic journey over the Otira Gorge and Arthurs Pass to the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch. Alternatively, join the Additional Excursion, to board the famous "Tranz Alpine" scenic train from Arthurs Pass to Christchurch. (Must be pre-booked well in advance.)
Day 14: Christchurch
This morning enjoy a tour of Christchurch - the Garden City, featuring Hagley Park, Avon River, Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum and the panoramic view from the Cashmere Hills. We also visit the International Antarctic Centre to view the Blue Penguins, ride a Hagglund vehicle and view the exciting 4D Theatre Extreme. Afternoon is at leisure for relaxing or some last minute shopping.
Day 15: Christchurch - Flight out
Today we check out of the hotel and bid farewell to the group before arriving at Christchurch airport for the international flight home.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Australia is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, "the bush", and "the Outback". Australia is one of the world's most highly urbanised countries; it is well known for the attractions of its large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Australia is the sixth-largest country by land area. It is comparable in size to the 48 contiguous United States.
Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) Australia Visa Required
Green Card Holders
Single Entry Australian Visa
Single Entry New Zealand Visa
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Single Entry New Zealand Visa
Cost Of Above Mentioned Visas Is Not Included In Your Tour Price.
Electrical sockets (outlets) in the Commonwealth of Australia usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.
Australia is so large that its climate varies widely. The greater part of the continent is desert or semi-arid. Only the south-east and south-west corners have a temperate climate and moderately fertile soil. The northern part has a tropical climate, varied between tropical rainforests, grasslands, and part desert.
Generally, the north is hot and tropical, while the south tends to be sub-tropical and temperate. Most rainfall is around the coast, and much of the centre is arid and semi-arid. The daytime maximum temperatures in Darwin rarely drop below 30°C (86°F), even in winter, while night temperatures in winter usually hover around 15-20°C (59-68°F). Temperatures in some southern regions can drop below freezing in winter and the Snowy Mountains in the South East experiences metres of winter snow. Parts of Tasmania have a temperature range very similar to England.
As Australia is in the southern hemisphere the winter is June-August while December-February is summer. The winter is the dry season in the tropics, and the summer is the wet. In the southern parts of the country, the seasonal temperature variation is greater. The rainfall is more evenly distributed throughout the year in the southern parts of the East Coast, while in the rest of the south beyond the Great Dividing Range, the summers are dry with the bulk of the rainfall occurring in winter.
Baggage allowance will normally be 20kg this will be dependent on the airline you are travelling with. Please ensure you adhere to current aviation regulations. Please remember that passengers will have to carry their luggage to and from the coach to the hotel room.
During summer months, it is advisable to wear light garments and perhaps keep a light jacket or sweater handy. It is advisable to carry a light waterproof jacket or umbrella, as well as a hat or cap.
For tours including excursions to mountaintops, it is advisable that passengers carry appropriate clothing warm waterproof jacket and extra layers of clothing.
Passengers should also carry travel adapters so they can charge their electronic items in their hotel room (as the sockets in Australia and elsewhere vary from those in the UK).
Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron, hair dryer, kettle etc, as many hotel rooms will not have these facilities.
Your mobile phone may be able to receive calls whilst on holiday, you can check with your network operator to switch on the roaming feature of your mobile, there is usually an additional charge to receive incoming calls whilst aboard.
Please ensure you carry all medication you will need on tour as well as names and doses of medications you are taking or copies of prescriptions.
The Australian dollar (AUD) is the currency of the Commonwealth of Australia. Passengers should exchange any spending money for their holiday before they actually travel. Whilst on tour it is very inconvenient and not all places you will visit will have ATM machines or accept credit/debit cards.
Star Tours strongly recommends you purchase travel insurance. Passengers are advised not to carry unnecessary valuables and to be vigilant at all times as tourist spots are well known targets for pick pockets. It is advisable to make copies of your visas and passports prior to travel.
Please note that if you for any reason need to cancel you tour, please let us know as soon as possible, this will help reduce the amount of cancelation charges you may have to pay. Cancelation charges will be as per the terms and conditions which you can find on our website or brochure.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
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