Join us and travel down under as we explore Australia and New Zealand on this trip of a lifetime. To break the journey and flights to Australia, we overnight in Los Angeles on the way out & return. We are offering a land tour ground package in Australia, allowing us deep into the heart of the country, followed by a Cruise to New Zealand to explore the Cities, Fjords and Sounds. We travel aboard Princess Cruise Lines, Golden Princess. This tour includes Breakfast at the Australian hotels and all meals aboard ship (New Zealand portion of the trip).
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 Fly from Rapid City to Los Angeles. Overnight Los Angeles (Airport Area)
Day 2 Fly Los Angeles to Cairns
Day 3 In Flight & Cross International Date Line
Day 4 Arrive Cairns Australia: Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical North Queensland. Its Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park tells the stories of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with music and dance. Cairns Esplanade, lined in bars and restaurants, has a saltwater swimming lagoon. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches. Overnight Cairns
Day 5 Full day trip to the Outer Barrier Reef - For your experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver’s wavepiercing catamaran and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Overnight Cairns
Day 6 Full day trip to the Rainforest by rail - When you arrive at Freshwater Station, we check in, in preparation for your wonderful scenic rail journey to Kuranda. You will enjoy this trip of a lifetime, through verdant rainforest, across stone bridges and past crystal clear waterfalls. Set against majestic mountains and deep ravines, this is some of the best scenery in the Far North. Enjoy free time in the mountain retreat of Kuranda, where artisan crafts are in abundance and the people friendly and welcoming. At a pre-determined time we return to sea level via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Aboard your 6-seater gondola cabin, you will skim the rainforest canopy by just metres. Amidst breathtaking scenery, you will make two stops, at Red Peak Station and Barron Falls, to enjoy a stroll on the forest floor and panoramic views of this outstanding World Heritage Listed area. Overnight Cairns
Day 7 Fly from Cairns to Sydney - Hailed by many seafarers as "the most beautiful harbor in the world." Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. There is a wealth of adventure waiting in Sydney - from its cosmopolitan city center to miles of beautiful beaches and the Blue Mountains. Australia's oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the "First Fleet" transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific. Overnight Sydney
Day 8 Late morning depart for cruise port & board the Golden Princess for 13 nights.
Day 9 At Sea
Day 10 At Sea
Day 11 Fiordland Scenic Cruising - New Zealand's largest national park was formed millennia ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast of New Zealand's South Island. At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound. Lined by cliffs that soar nearly a mile above its surface, Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps. Rainforest clings to the cliffs and graceful waterfalls plummet into the void. Mile-high Mitre Peak dominates the upper reaches of the sound.
Day 12 Dunedin - Perched on the hills above one of New Zealand's loveliest harbors, Dunedin is a Kiwi city with a Scottish heart. Hailed as the "Edinburgh of New Zealand," Dunedin is proud of its heritage. A statue of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns graces downtown, and the presence of New Zealand's only kilt maker and whisky distillery - as well as many bagpipe bands - keep Dunedin's ties to Scotland alive. The city also boasts a distinguished architectural and cultural history, a legacy of New Zealand's 1860s gold rush.
Day 13 Akaroa - On the eastern shores of New Zealand's South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair, its history steeped in legend. It lies on the volcanic Banks Peninsula, which the Maori believe was formed when a hero named Maui piled mountains upon a giant who threatened to eat his children. The same peninsula was purchased from the local Maori by a French whaler around 1838, and was later settled by both the French and the British, who had just signed the Treaty of Waitangi ensuring New Zealand's existence as a British colony.
Day 14 Wellington - New Zealand's capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian buildings. Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, "wonderful, windy Wellington" is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funnelling through Cook Strait. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot. Kelburn Cable Car, stairways and footpaths climb the slopes from the city center.
Day 15 Napier - Napier and Hawke's Bay have become New Zealand's premier lifestyle getaways. Located on the North Island's eastern coast, New Zealand's oldest wine-growing region boasts a superb Mediterranean climate and golden sand beaches. In recent years, Hawke's Bay has become a leading producer of fine olive oils and artisanal cheeses. Wildlife lovers and birders will flock to Cape Kidnappers in Southern Hawke Bay: the Cape is home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.In 1931, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake leveled Napier. The town rebuilt itself, and today Napier is hailed as the "Art Deco City" for its superb collection of Deco, Spanish Mission and Classical Revival buildings.
Day 16 Tauranga - New Zealand's natural bounty is always on display at the Bay of Plenty. It was Captain James Cook who in 1769 aptly named this bay, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua - a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture. A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand's primary tourist attraction. Your ship docks near the foot of Mt. Maunganui, which rises 761 feet above the bay. Across the harbor, Tauranga offers scenic tidal beaches at Omokoroa and Pahoia. The region boasts fine beaches, big-game fishing, thermal springs and seaside resorts.
Day 17 Auckland - Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand's former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interest and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Rangitoto, Auckland's largest and youngest volcano, sits in majestic splendor just offshore. Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill, once home to Maori earthworks, overlook the city. One of New Zealand's fine wine districts lies to the north of Auckland. Auckland served as New Zealand's capital from 1841 until 1865, when the seat of government moved to Wellington.
Day 18 Bay of Islands - The Bay of Islands offers more than broad vistas of sea and sky, more than beaches, boating, and fabulous water sports. The Bay is the birthplace of modern New Zealand. Here the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, establishing British rule and granting the native inhabitants equal status. Rich in legend and mystery, the Bay of Islands has age-old ties to the Maori and to whalers, missionaries and New Zealand's early settlers.The Bay of Islands has lured explorers for countless centuries. The Maori say that Kupe, the great Polynesian adventurer, came here in the 10th century. Captain Cook anchored offshore in 1769, followed by assorted brigands, traders, colonists and missionaries. Note: Bay of Islands is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.
Day 19 At Sea
Day 20 At Sea
Day 21 Arrive Sydney & overnight
Day 22 Touring Sydney & overnight - What's not to love about Sydney? Home to some of the friendliest people, countless museums, galleries, world-class restaurants, and of course, the sprawling Outback, Sydney is a true adventure wonderland that no one can resist
Day 23 Touring Sydney & overnight
Day 24 Sydney to Los Angeles – Cross International Dateline. Overnight Los Angeles
Day 25 Los Angeles to Rapid City. Tour ends at Rapid City Regional Airport
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