Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

15 days Nature & Wildlife, Multi-country
Journey from the Land Down Under to the Land of the Long White Cloud, taking in breathtaking natural wonders and iconic architecture as you go. From Australia’s vast Great Barrier Reef to New Zealand’s majestic peaks and sparkling lakes, there’s so much to marvel at in this far-away part of the world.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Australia and New Zealand

Overnight Flight 2 nights

Day 1: Travel day

Cross the International Date Line in flight and “lose” a day.

Day 2: Travel day

Your flight continues to Australia.

Melbourne 2 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Arrival in Melbourne

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Melbourne! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Melbourne

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of the city’s beautiful 19th-century architecture, historic landmarks and sprawling parks.

• Explore Carlton Gardens, home of the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum

• Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Shrine of Remembrance

• Pass the Yarra River and the Sports and Arts Precinct—site of the Australian Open—and stroll through Queen Victoria Market

Enjoy a free afternoon in Melbourne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Fairy Penguin Parade $125pp* Details

Fairy Penguins

Every night, the tiny Fairy Penguins of Phillip Island waddle ashore in an adorable parade. On this excursion, you’ll journey to Summerland Beach to see the penguins come home after a long day of fishing. They’re returning to feed their babies, and you’ll watch as the penguins arrive for dinner on the beach. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $135)

Cairns 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to Cairns

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Cairns, a coastal city in the state of Queensland, where you’ll enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own.

Day 6: The Great Barrier Reef

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a morning boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef. View the coral’s colors from the underwater observatory, glass-bottom boat or semi-submarine—or hop in the water with a snorkel.

Sydney 3 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Sydney this morning. Then, enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise $129pp* Details

Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise

Take a dinner cruise through Sydney Harbour, basking in views of the city’s famous bridge, opera house and twinkling cityscape at night. The MV Sydney 2000, one of Sydney’s most prestigious cruise ships, features multiple decks and live entertainment. Your dinner will be served on the Sky Deck, offering 360-degree views of the city.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $139)

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of one of the world’s most pleasant cities.

• Pass Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens

• Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair to take in views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

• See the Rocks neighborhood, National Opal Collection, Bondi Beach and the Gap in Watsons Bay 

• Step inside the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House with a local guide

Day 9: Free day in Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Sydney or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Featherdale Wildlife Park & Koala Visit $85pp* Details

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Make your way to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, a sanctuary dedicated to the protection and conservation of Australia’s native species. Here, you’ll learn about the park’s commitment to environmental education and the fascinating animals that call the country home, including kangaroos, crocodiles and an impressive variety of birds. Then, gather with your group to sip tea as you encounter the protected koalas up close and hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. If time permits, you’ll continue through Sydney Olympic Park on your way back to your hotel.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Queenstown 3 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Transfer to Queenstown & visit Bob’s Peak

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Queenstown, New Zealand this morning. Upon arrival, enjoy a free afternoon to get acquainted with the city. 

Tonight, take the Skyline Queenstown Gondola 1,500 feet up to Bob’s Peak, which offers panoramic views of the landscape below. At the top, watch the sunset as you admire the Remarkables, Walter Peak and Lake Wakatipu in the distance.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Queenstown

  Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting

Spend the day exploring the Queenstown area with your Tour Director.

• Explore the gold rush settlement of Arrowtown

• Visit the Gibbston Valley Winery for a wine tasting that includes a sample of the region’s famous pinot noirs

Enjoy free time in Queenstown or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $99pp* Details

Walter Peak Lake Cruise

Board the steam-powered TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Your destination is Walter Peak, one of New Zealand’s most famous sheep and cattle stations. There, you’ll enjoy a barbecue dinner and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheepdog show before heading back to Queenstown. Please note: A weatherproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 12: Milford Sound

  Included meals: Breakfast

Depart early this morning to see the breathtaking scenery of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park.

• Travel through the Five Rivers farming region and past Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island

• Pass through beautiful beech forests and by glittering mirror lakes

• Climb to the Homer Saddle and drive through Homer Tunnel

• Cruise around Milford Sound in view of Mitre Peak

Auckland 2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Auckland

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Auckland this morning. Then, get to know “The City of Sails” with your Tour Director in the lead.

• Take an elevator to the top of the 1,076-foot-high Sky Tower

• Stop at the city’s harbor and take a short walk to view the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Day 14: Free day in Auckland

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Auckland or add an excursion. 

Later, say goodbye to your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Waiheke Island $115pp* Details

Board a ferry and settle in for a scenic cruise across the Auckland Harbor to Waiheke Island. Upon arrival at the wharf, a local guide will provide full commentary regarding the history of the island, the native flora and fauna, and tales of the region. Make your way to a boutique vineyard for a wine tasting before continuing to a bustling olive oil mill. With the beach close at hand, take some time after the tastings to explore the coast and soak in the spectacular views. Before boarding the ferry back to Auckland, you’ll have free time for lunch at a local cafe or restaurant.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Fiji.

Add Fiji Starting from $799 pp

Conjure up your fantasy of paradise on earth: you’re probably imagining Fiji. Gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, colorful coral reefs, lush tropical rainforests and majestic mountains—that’s what makes this island nation in the South Pacific one of the most enticing places on Earth. Paradise aside, perhaps the true allure of Fiji lies within the warmth of the people and the fascinating blend of cultures that has endured here for centuries.

Fiji 3 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Arrival in Fiji

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Nadi, Fiji, and transfer to your seaside hotel.

Day 16: Free day in Fiji

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day on Denarau Island or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tivua Island Sailing & Snorkeling $115pp* Details

Tivua Island

Set sail on a scenic cruise to Fiji’s Tivua Island, a small tropical paradise surrounded by stunning coral reefs. When you’re not enjoying afternoon tea or an included buffet lunch, the day will be yours to spend as you’d like. Soak up some sun on the white-sand beach or lounge in a hammock for the ultimate in relaxation. When you’re ready to cool off, paddle around the island in a kayak, board a glass-bottom boat with a marine biologist or hop in the water for guided snorkeling. Back on shore, there will be plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with local culture as you take part in a traditional Kava ceremony, watch a coconut husking demonstration or learn about herbal medicine on a nature walk. Please note: The Fijian sun is very hot and bringing a sun hat and sunscreen is recommended. If you’d like to enjoy the water, be sure to pack a towel and swimwear.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 17: Free day in Fiji

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend another free day on Denarau Island or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Fiji Village Visit: Indigenous Culture & Traditions $75pp* Details

Set off to Viseisei Village, one of the oldest settlements in Fiji. On the way, stop at Nadi Market for a guided walk through its fruit and vegetable stalls. Then proceed to your destination where you’ll be greeted with a traditional welcome ritual, including a taste of kava, a ceremonial beverage. After a walking tour of the village, learn to collect, husk and extract milk from coconuts during a hands-on demonstration. Finish your day with a farewell drink before you return to your hotel.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 18: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Australia and New Zealand (and the Republic of Fiji on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must purchase an individual visa from the Australian government’s Electronic Travel Authority website eta.immi.gov.au prior to departure.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter New Zealand.
  • U.S. and Canadian citizens are automatically issued a visa upon arrival in Fiji (on the tour extension).
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Melbourne and depart from Auckland (or Fiji on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Boat rides to the Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound are included in the price of your tour. 
  • Flights from Melbourne to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Queenstown and Queenstown to Auckland are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Auckland to Fiji.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which include flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • The Australian sun can be very hot. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bug repellent is also useful, as there can be flies during certain times of year.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Take particular care of sun exposure and drink plenty of liquids. If you choose to go swimming, be careful of powerful surf. Make sure to obey signs and lifeguards’ orders, and always swim between the marked flags.
  • Travelers prone to seasickness may want to take special precautions for the boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef and on Milford Sound.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Australian menus emphasize high-quality steaks and lamb chops, though meat pies are also popular. Regional specialties include shellfish (such as Sydney rock oysters and crabs) and smoked sausages brought to South Australia by German settlers. The national beverage is beer, and a visit to an Aussie pub is a popular pastime, but the country’s wines are also superb.
  • In New Zealand, there are many good local varieties of seafood, excellent lamb and fresh fruits, including kiwi and passion fruits. For lunch, tea rooms serve savory meat pies, quiche and desserts.
  • Fijian cuisine (on the tour extension) is traditionally healthy and fresh, incorporating local seafood, coconut, pineapple and tubers such as taro. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Australia, New Zealand and Fiji operate on the standard 220-240 volts and use Type I plugs with three large, flat pins set on an angle.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in South Pacific hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • On this tour, you’ll travel through Australian Eastern Standard Time (15 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time).
  • New Zealand is 17 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
  • Fiji is 16 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 3am in Melbourne and 5am in Queenstown (plus 4am in Fiji on the tour extension).

Currency

  • You will use the Australian dollar and the New Zealand dollar (plus the Fijian dollar on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

Tour Director on extension

  • Please note that you will have a different Tour Director for your tour extension in Fiji than on your main tour.

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