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Australia & New Zealand

22 days
Australia and New Zealand are a world away—but what a world it is. From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback, from the sheep-dotted New Zealand plains to the cliff-lined fjords, the land Down Under features a nonstop lineup of dramatic landscapes. In between outdoor adventures, you’ll discover surprisingly sophisticated, multicultural cities and an irresistible, carefree, carpe-diem spirit.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 19 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight2 nights

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled flight aboard an internationally recognized airline. Cross the International Date Line and “lose” a day.

Day 2

Your flight continues to Melbourne.

Melbourne3 nights Hotel info

Day 3

Included meals: Dinner

A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. You’re free to spend the remainder of the day as you wish, whether you want to catch up on your sleep or begin your own explorations of this diverse and exciting city. At an included dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Pronounced something like “Melbuhn” by Aussies, Melbourne is home to a beautiful collection of 19th-century architecture, trams, sprawling parks and charming suburbs. On today’s guided tour of the city, you’ll see Carlton Gardens, a World Heritage Site that features outstanding Victorian landscaping. The area is also home to the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum. Continue along Lygon Street to Melbourne’s own Little Italy and Collins Street, the city’s upscale center. You’ll also visit the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral and enter the Shrine of Remembrance. This evening, travel to nearby Phillip Island for a memorable optional excursion—the nightly “Penguin Parade” on Summerland Beach, when thousands of tiny penguins waddle up from the sea to nest.

Optional Excursion - Fairy Penguin Parade $149*pp Details

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.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to embark on your own exploration of Melbourne. You might wish to browse the stalls of the Queen Victoria Market or shop along South Bank, which houses the massive Crown Casino complex. Don’t miss venturing out to Melbourne’s eclectic suburbs—Carlton, Fitzroy, Richmond, South Yarra and St. Kilda. You’ll be rewarded with an international cuisine, unique architecture and a true small-town feel. Alternatively, join an optional Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain excursion to the Yarra Valley to taste the wines of the region. Also included in this optional excursion is a ride on the historic “Puffing Billy” steam train through the majestic Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Optional Excursion - Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain $189*pp Details

Embark on a journey to the Dandenong Ranges rainforest. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to feed some of the wild birds native to the area, including colorful parrots and cockatoos. Next, board the authentic “Puffing Billy” steam-powered train en route to Menzies Creek. Along the way, admire the mountain’s eucalyptus forest and fern gullies. After the scenic train ride, you’ll travel to a regional vineyard to enjoy an included lunch and wine tasting, followed by a visit to another local winery.

Alice Springs1 night Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of Air

Today, fly to the Northern Territory to Alice Springs, where you’ll learn about many institutions dating back to Australia’s colonial days, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of Air.

Ayers Rock1 night Hotel info

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Begin the day with an optional sunrise flight (and champagne breakfast) via hot air balloon over the Red Centre. Later this morning, journey by motor coach through the desert to the breathtaking Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where you’ll spend the night. This evening, enjoy a guided tour of Kata Tjuta, a stunning collection of 36 weathered rock domes also known as the Olgas.

Optional Excursion - Sunrise Ballooning $299*pp Details

Sail through the morning sky high above Alice Springs on this breathtaking excursion. Watch as kangaroos and wallabies greet another day in the Outback. Your balloon ride lasts 30 minutes, and upon landing, you'll enjoy breakfast accompanied by champagne. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Cairns3 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Visit magnificent Ayers Rock, located nearly 900 miles from the nearest city in the heart of the Australian outback and close to the Tropic of Capricorn. On a guided sightseeing tour, you’ll learn about the rock’s history. For 22,000 years, native Aboriginal tribes have worshiped this dramatic monolith (which they call Uluru). Hear their stories and visit the cultural center before boarding your flight to Cairns.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

One of the highlights of your stay in Cairns is this morning’s boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral bed. You may choose to view the coral’s brilliant colors from the underwater observatory, or get even closer with a snorkel. Enjoy an included lunch while out on the reef.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day at your leisure. Choose to go out on your own, discovering the cafes and shops of the wharf district or strolling along the harbor-side esplanade. You may also opt for a full-day guided tour of the village of Kuranda, set deep in the rainforest on the cusp of the Atherton Tablelands.

Optional Excursion - Kuranda Village Aboriginal Park & Rainforest $199*pp Details

At the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, meet your guide who will accompany you through the park. Along the way, you’ll learn how to make and play a didgeridoo, how to throw a spear and watch performances that celebrate the culture of the rainforest’s indigenous people. Next, you’ll take a scenic ride on the historic Kuranda Train before a leisurely lunch break. Take some free time to explore the Kuranda Village—discover treasures at the markets, visit an Aboriginal art gallery or hop on a river cruise. Before the end of your trip, take a ride on the Skyrail cable car, soaring high over the canopy of the forest. The cable car will stop along the way, giving you the chance to walk along a boardwalk through the rainforest floor.

Sydney3 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, fly to Sydney. Land in time to settle in to your hotel before enjoying an included dinner with the group.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Sydney Opera House

Sydney’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle and natural allure make it one of the world’s most pleasant cities. On your guided sightseeing tour, learn about the country’s first European settlers: convicted criminals who arrived in the late 18th century. Pass by Chinatown and the Royal Botanic Garden. See Darling Harbor, the Rocks, the Gap in Watsons Bay and world-famous Bondi Beach. Then, step inside the iconic Opera House for a guided tour. In the evening, opt for a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbor.

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

Take a dinner cruise through Sydney Harbor, 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.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day enjoying Sydney at your own pace. Alternatively, opt for an excursion to the Blue Mountains and the famous Three Sisters rock formation.

Optional Excursion - The Blue Mountains $159*pp Details

On a clear day, the Blue Mountains are imbued with an exquisite blue hue, the result of sunlight striking drops of eucalyptus oil hanging in the air. On this excursion, you'll pass by the Sydney Olympic Park, stop to feed kangaroos and wallabies at a wildlife park, enjoy an included lunch at Echo Point in the shadow of the famed Three Sisters and browse through the shops in the quaint village of Leura. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Christchurch Region1 night Hotel info

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Australia this morning by plane and touch down in Christchurch, New Zealand. Continue on to Ashburton for a special opportunity to become acquainted with a Kiwi family over an authentic dinner hosted in their own home.

Queenstown4 nights Hotel info

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes today. Pass through the Canterbury Plains and the sheep-farming region around Ashburton. Then, travel through Burton’s Pass into the high Mackenzie Country. After passing beautiful Lake Tekapo, follow the Kawarau River into Queenstown.

Day 16

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Gondola Aerial Cable

After a free morning in Queenstown, take the Gondola Aerial Cableway 1,500 feet up Bob’s Peak, which overlooks beautiful lakes and mountain scenery. This evening, take an optional steamship ride across Lake Wakatipu to visit the Walter Peak Sheep and Cattle Station and dine on local fare at the Homestead Restaurant (seasonal).

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak $99*pp Details

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 four-course dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before embarking on another scenic cruise back to Queenstown. Please note: In June and July, the TSS Earnslaw undergoes routine maintenance and is replaced by a launch boat for the return cruise. Additionally, a wind-and-waterproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Day 17

Included meals: Breakfast

Depart early this morning to see the breathtaking scenery of Milford Sound. The journey takes you through the Five Rivers farming region, around the shores of Lake Te Anau and into Fjordland National Park. After climbing to the Homer Saddle and driving through the Homer Tunnel, follow the beautiful Cleddau River into Milford Sound. You’ll cruise around the Sound, which was created during the Ice Age. The fjord knifes out into the sea, between native forests and sheer cliff faces. This is some of the most memorable scenery in the world, and the view of the mile-high Mitre Peak is truly unforgettable.

Day 18

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the morning as you’d like before embarking on a sightseeing tour of the Queenstown region. You’ll visit the Gibbston Valley vineyard for an included tasting in this famed wine region. Continue on to historic Arrowtown, a small settlement that was once the center of New Zealand’s gold rush days. Finally, you’ll witness the rushing Kawarau River from the Kawarau Bridge, the birthplace of bungy jumping.

Rotorua1 night Hotel info

Day 19

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, fly to Rotorua, set in the heart of the North Island’s Maori country. This evening, enjoy a Maori hangi feast with your fellow travelers.

Auckland2 nights Hotel info

Day 20

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the city of Auckland for an afternoon sightseeing tour. Known as the City of Sails, Auclkand was built upon two natural harbors, the Waitemata and the Manukau. You’ll have the opportunity to behold the cityscape from atop the harbor bridge.

Day 21

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take advantage of a free day to see more of Auckland, or opt to join an excursion to Waiheke Island. Take a scenic ferry ride to the island, where a local guide will share insight on the history, flora and fauna of island. Sample the local wine and olive oil before stopping at one of the island’s beaches. Tonight, join your travel companions for a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Waiheke Island $115*pp 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 local 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.

Day 22

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Today, transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue onto Fiji. By recrossing the International Date Line, you’ll reclaim the day you lost on departure, arriving home on Day 22.

Add Fiji $749 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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 with the warmth of the people and the fascinating blend of cultures that has endured for centuries.

Fiji3 nights Hotel info

Day 22

Included meals: Breakfast

Depart from Auckland and fly to Fiji. A Go Ahead representative will escort you from the airport to your hotel on Denarau Island.

Day 23

Included meals: Breakfast

Today you’re free to enjoy Fiji’s many outdoor activities, including snorkeling and scuba diving.

Day 24

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your last day in Fiji, you may choose to see the beautiful frescoes of the Church of St. Xavier in the town of Navuibutu, visit the sugar plantations in Ba or stroll through the marketplaces in Tabua. The Mamanuca Islands off the west coast of Viti Levu offer some excellent diving and beautiful scenery. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 25

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 19 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight2 nights

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled flight aboard an internationally recognized airline. Cross the International Date Line and “lose” a day.

Day 2

Your flight continues to Melbourne.

Melbourne3 nights Hotel info

Day 3

Included meals: Dinner

A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. You’re free to spend the remainder of the day as you wish, whether you want to catch up on your sleep or begin your own explorations of this diverse and exciting city. At an included dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Pronounced something like “Melbuhn” by Aussies, Melbourne is home to a beautiful collection of 19th-century architecture, trams, sprawling parks and charming suburbs. On today’s guided tour of the city, you’ll see Carlton Gardens, a World Heritage Site that features outstanding Victorian landscaping. The area is also home to the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum. Continue along Lygon Street to Melbourne’s own Little Italy and Collins Street, the city’s upscale center. You’ll also visit the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral and enter the Shrine of Remembrance. This evening, travel to nearby Phillip Island for a memorable optional excursion—the nightly “Penguin Parade” on Summerland Beach, when thousands of tiny penguins waddle up from the sea to nest.

Optional Excursion - Fairy Penguin Parade $149*pp Details

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.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to embark on your own exploration of Melbourne. You might wish to browse the stalls of the Queen Victoria Market or shop along South Bank, which houses the massive Crown Casino complex. Don’t miss venturing out to Melbourne’s eclectic suburbs—Carlton, Fitzroy, Richmond, South Yarra and St. Kilda. You’ll be rewarded with an international cuisine, unique architecture and a true small-town feel. Alternatively, join an optional Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain excursion to the Yarra Valley to taste the wines of the region. Also included in this optional excursion is a ride on the historic “Puffing Billy” steam train through the majestic Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Optional Excursion - Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain $189*pp Details

Embark on a journey to the Dandenong Ranges rainforest. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to feed some of the wild birds native to the area, including colorful parrots and cockatoos. Next, board the authentic “Puffing Billy” steam-powered train en route to Menzies Creek. Along the way, admire the mountain’s eucalyptus forest and fern gullies. After the scenic train ride, you’ll travel to a regional vineyard to enjoy an included lunch and wine tasting, followed by a visit to another local winery.

Alice Springs1 night Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of Air

Today, fly to the Northern Territory to Alice Springs, where you’ll learn about many institutions dating back to Australia’s colonial days, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of Air.

Ayers Rock1 night Hotel info

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Begin the day with an optional sunrise flight (and champagne breakfast) via hot air balloon over the Red Centre. Later this morning, journey by motor coach through the desert to the breathtaking Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where you’ll spend the night. This evening, enjoy a guided tour of Kata Tjuta, a stunning collection of 36 weathered rock domes also known as the Olgas.

Optional Excursion - Sunrise Ballooning $299*pp Details

Sail through the morning sky high above Alice Springs on this breathtaking excursion. Watch as kangaroos and wallabies greet another day in the Outback. Your balloon ride lasts 30 minutes, and upon landing, you'll enjoy breakfast accompanied by champagne. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Cairns3 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Visit magnificent Ayers Rock, located nearly 900 miles from the nearest city in the heart of the Australian outback and close to the Tropic of Capricorn. On a guided sightseeing tour, you’ll learn about the rock’s history. For 22,000 years, native Aboriginal tribes have worshiped this dramatic monolith (which they call Uluru). Hear their stories and visit the cultural center before boarding your flight to Cairns.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

One of the highlights of your stay in Cairns is this morning’s boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral bed. You may choose to view the coral’s brilliant colors from the underwater observatory, or get even closer with a snorkel. Enjoy an included lunch while out on the reef.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day at your leisure. Choose to go out on your own, discovering the cafes and shops of the wharf district or strolling along the harbor-side esplanade. You may also opt for a full-day guided tour of the village of Kuranda, set deep in the rainforest on the cusp of the Atherton Tablelands.

Optional Excursion - Kuranda Village Aboriginal Park & Rainforest $199*pp Details

At the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, meet your guide who will accompany you through the park. Along the way, you’ll learn how to make and play a didgeridoo, how to throw a spear and watch performances that celebrate the culture of the rainforest’s indigenous people. Next, you’ll take a scenic ride on the historic Kuranda Train before a leisurely lunch break. Take some free time to explore the Kuranda Village—discover treasures at the markets, visit an Aboriginal art gallery or hop on a river cruise. Before the end of your trip, take a ride on the Skyrail cable car, soaring high over the canopy of the forest. The cable car will stop along the way, giving you the chance to walk along a boardwalk through the rainforest floor.

Sydney3 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, fly to Sydney and enjoy a free night in the city.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Sydney Opera House

Sydney’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle and natural allure make it one of the world’s most pleasant cities. On your guided sightseeing tour, learn about the country’s first European settlers: convicted criminals who arrived in the late 18th century. Pass by Chinatown and the Royal Botanic Garden. See Darling Harbor, the Rocks, the Gap in Watsons Bay and world-famous Bondi Beach. Then, step inside the iconic Opera House for a guided tour. In the evening, opt for a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbor.

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

Take a dinner cruise through Sydney Harbor, 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.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring Sydney at your own pace. Alternatively, opt for an excursion to the Blue Mountains and the famous Three Sisters rock formation. Then, celebrate your last night in Australia with a group dinner.

Optional Excursion - The Blue Mountains $159*pp Details

On a clear day, the Blue Mountains are imbued with an exquisite blue hue, the result of sunlight striking drops of eucalyptus oil hanging in the air. On this excursion, you'll pass by the Sydney Olympic Park, stop to feed kangaroos and wallabies at a wildlife park, enjoy an included lunch at Echo Point in the shadow of the famed Three Sisters and browse through the shops in the quaint village of Leura. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Christchurch Region1 night Hotel info

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Australia this morning by plane and touch down in Christchurch, New Zealand. Continue on to Ashburton for a special opportunity to become acquainted with a Kiwi family over an authentic dinner hosted in their own home.

Queenstown4 nights Hotel info

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes today. Pass through the Canterbury Plains and the sheep-farming region around Ashburton. Then, travel through Burton’s Pass into the high Mackenzie Country. After passing beautiful Lake Tekapo, follow the Kawarau River into Queenstown.

Day 16

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Gondola Aerial Cable

After a free morning in Queenstown, take the Gondola Aerial Cableway 1,500 feet up Bob’s Peak, which overlooks beautiful lakes and mountain scenery. This evening, take an optional steamship ride across Lake Wakatipu to visit the Walter Peak Sheep and Cattle Station and dine on local fare at the Homestead Restaurant (seasonal).

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak $99*pp Details

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 four-course dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before embarking on another scenic cruise back to Queenstown. Please note: In June and July, the TSS Earnslaw undergoes routine maintenance and is replaced by a launch boat for the return cruise. Additionally, a wind-and-waterproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Day 17

Included meals: Breakfast

Depart early this morning to see the breathtaking scenery of Milford Sound. The journey takes you through the Five Rivers farming region, around the shores of Lake Te Anau and into Fjordland National Park. After climbing to the Homer Saddle and driving through the Homer Tunnel, follow the beautiful Cleddau River into Milford Sound. You’ll cruise around the Sound, which was created during the Ice Age. The fjord knifes out into the sea, between native forests and sheer cliff faces. This is some of the most memorable scenery in the world, and the view of the mile-high Mitre Peak is truly unforgettable.

Day 18

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the morning as you’d like before embarking on a sightseeing tour of the Queenstown region. You’ll visit the Gibbston Valley vineyard for an included tasting in this famed wine region. Continue on to historic Arrowtown, a small settlement that was once the center of New Zealand’s gold rush days. Finally, you’ll witness the rushing Kawarau River from the Kawarau Bridge, the birthplace of bungy jumping.

Rotorua1 night Hotel info

Day 19

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, fly to Rotorua, set in the heart of the North Island’s Maori country. This evening, enjoy a Maori hangi feast with your fellow travelers.

Auckland2 nights Hotel info

Day 20

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the city of Auckland for an afternoon sightseeing tour. Known as the City of Sails, Auclkand was built upon two natural harbors, the Waitemata and the Manukau. You’ll have the opportunity to behold the cityscape from atop the harbor bridge.

Day 21

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take advantage of a free day to see more of Auckland, or opt to join an excursion to Waiheke Island. Take a scenic ferry ride to the island, where a local guide will share insight on the history, flora and fauna of island. Sample the local wine and olive oil before stopping at one of the island’s beaches. Tonight, join your travel companions for a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Waiheke Island $115*pp 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 local 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.

Day 22

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Today, transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue onto Fiji. By recrossing the International Date Line, you’ll reclaim the day you lost on departure, arriving home on Day 22.

Add Fiji $749 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 with the warmth of the people and the fascinating blend of cultures that has endured for centuries.

Fiji3 nights Hotel info

Day 22

Included meals: Breakfast

Depart from Auckland and fly to Fiji. A Go Ahead representative will escort you from the airport to your hotel on Denarau Island.

Day 23

Included meals: Breakfast

Today you’re free to enjoy Fiji’s many outdoor activities, including snorkeling and scuba diving.

Day 24

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your last day in Fiji, you may choose to see the beautiful frescoes of the Church of St. Xavier in the town of Navuibutu, visit the sugar plantations in Ba or stroll through the marketplaces in Tabua. The Mamanuca Islands off the west coast of Viti Levu offer some excellent diving and beautiful scenery. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 25

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Alice Springs, Australia
  • Ayers Rock, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Australia and New Zealand (as well as 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. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must purchase an individual visa from the Australian government’s Electronic Travel Authority website prior to departure. When entering Fiji, U.S. and Canadian citizens are automatically issued a visa upon arrival. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Airport & Departure Taxes

All airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total trip cost printed on your invoice.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

In the tropics, lightweight clothing is suitable year-round. Farther south in Australia, a jacket is needed for the cooler evenings in the southern summer (December-February). During the southern winter (June–August), warmer clothing is advised, as is rainwear for the South Island of New Zealand. Sneakers, a sun hat and sunscreen are recommended for exploring reefs and beaches, as are a sun hat and sunscreen. There will rarely be an occasion for formal attire.

Health

There are no health risks associated with traveling to Australia and New Zealand. Travelers should 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 lifeguard orders, and always swim between the well-marked flags. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest health updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Australia’s culinary traditions show a British influence, tending to be hearty and filling. The emphasis is on high-quality steaks and lamb chops, which are often barbecued. Meat pies, made in a variety of flavors, are also popular. Local specialties include shellfish, such as Sydney rock oysters and crabs, and the fish and chips often rival those in the United Kingdom. The national beverage is beer, and a visit to an Aussie pub is a popular pastime. Wines (especially from South Australia and Victoria) are superb. In New Zealand, there are many good local varieties of fish and seafood, excellent lamb and fresh fruits, including kiwi and passion fruits. For lunch, tea rooms serve savory meat pies, quiche and desserts.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Melbourne and leave from Auckland (or Nadi on the extension). Flights are also included from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch and Queenstown to Rotorua. All other transfers are serviced by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the locations via public transport. In Melbourne, the Metro (M) transportation system covers tram, train and bus travel. The tram is an easy way to see the city. You can purchase tickets in singles or in bulk at shop vendors, Flinders Street Station and Southern Cross Station. In Sydney, buses run frequently. One of the best ways to see Sydney is by ferry, which you can board at  Circular Quay near the Opera House. Christchurch is easily accessed by bus and is also ideal for cycling. In Auckland, ferry, rail and bus lines are now connected by the new Britomart Interchange, completed in 2003.

Electricity

Australia operates on 220 and 240 volts, and New Zealand and Fiji operate on 240 volts.

Time Zones

Australia has three separate time zones. On your tour, you’ll encounter Australian Eastern Standard (15 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard) and Australian Central Standard (14.5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard). During the summer daylight-saving period, things get more complicated: The state of Queensland is then one hour behind that of New South Wales and Victoria. New Zealand is 17 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard.

Currency

The units of currency you’ll be using on your tour are the Australian and New Zealand dollars (and Fiji dollars on the tour extension). Better rates of exchange are found in those countries. We recommend taking a combination of ATM/bank cards and credit cards, which can be exchanged for local currency as needed. All are widely accepted. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Alice Springs, Australia
  • Ayers Rock, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Australia and New Zealand (as well as 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. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must purchase an individual visa from the Australian government’s Electronic Travel Authority website prior to departure. When entering Fiji, U.S. and Canadian citizens are automatically issued a visa upon arrival. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Airport & Departure Taxes

All airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total trip cost printed on your invoice.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

In the tropics, lightweight clothing is suitable year-round. Farther south in Australia, a jacket is needed for the cooler evenings in the southern summer (December-February). During the southern winter (June–August), warmer clothing is advised, as is rainwear for the South Island of New Zealand. Sneakers, a sun hat and sunscreen are recommended for exploring reefs and beaches, as are a sun hat and sunscreen. There will rarely be an occasion for formal attire.

Health

There are no health risks associated with traveling to Australia and New Zealand. Travelers should 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 lifeguard orders, and always swim between the well-marked flags. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest health updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Australia’s culinary traditions show a British influence, tending to be hearty and filling. The emphasis is on high-quality steaks and lamb chops, which are often barbecued. Meat pies, made in a variety of flavors, are also popular. Local specialties include shellfish, such as Sydney rock oysters and crabs, and the fish and chips often rival those in the United Kingdom. The national beverage is beer, and a visit to an Aussie pub is a popular pastime. Wines (especially from South Australia and Victoria) are superb. In New Zealand, there are many good local varieties of fish and seafood, excellent lamb and fresh fruits, including kiwi and passion fruits. For lunch, tea rooms serve savory meat pies, quiche and desserts.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Melbourne and leave from Auckland (or Nadi on the extension). Flights are also included from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch and Queenstown to Rotorua. All other transfers are serviced by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the locations via public transport. In Melbourne, the Metro (M) transportation system covers tram, train and bus travel. The tram is an easy way to see the city. You can purchase tickets in singles or in bulk at shop vendors, Flinders Street Station and Southern Cross Station. In Sydney, buses run frequently. One of the best ways to see Sydney is by ferry, which you can board at  Circular Quay near the Opera House. Christchurch is easily accessed by bus and is also ideal for cycling. In Auckland, ferry, rail and bus lines are now connected by the new Britomart Interchange, completed in 2003.

Electricity

Australia operates on 220 and 240 volts, and New Zealand and Fiji operate on 240 volts.

Time Zones

Australia has three separate time zones. On your tour, you’ll encounter Australian Eastern Standard (15 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard) and Australian Central Standard (14.5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard). During the summer daylight-saving period, things get more complicated: The state of Queensland is then one hour behind that of New South Wales and Victoria. New Zealand is 17 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard.

Currency

The units of currency you’ll be using on your tour are the Australian and New Zealand dollars (and Fiji dollars on the tour extension). Better rates of exchange are found in those countries. We recommend taking a combination of ATM/bank cards and credit cards, which can be exchanged for local currency as needed. All are widely accepted. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Awesome Tour of Down Under

Everything went off without a hitch. The flights were good, coaches were good, drivers were good, and the Tour Director was totally Fantastic! I had never been on a organized guided tour such as this before, but can say that if I go on one again it will have a hard time to match this tour. In three weeks we saw so much. At times tiring as some early wake-up calls were required to get the day In, but looking back it was not a big deal as we did not go there to sleep anyway.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was a "bucket list" trip for me, and it did not disappoint. Besides seeing everything I could possibly hope to see in the amount of time we had, our tour director, Simon, made the trip easy and enjoyable. He went out of his way to be helpful. and was one of the funniest people I have ever met. His knowledge of the area was invaluable, and he made all the members of the tour group feel like family. I would definitely recommend this trip and I am glad I included the extra time in Fiji. This was a once in a lifetime experience.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great experience!

I'd recommend the Australia/New Zealand Go Ahead Tour to anyone. The value is great, hotels and breakfast buffets first-class, important sights covered, and the tour director was excellent. Pleasant, mostly professional (teachers, doctors, etc.) fellow travelers. Our tour director, Vic, was enthusiastic, likeable, helpful and went the extra mile for us. He re-routed us quickly when a plane was grounded due to snow. Everything was very well organized, with no disappointments. Since this was my first guided tour of more than 4 days, I became sick after 2 weeks on the coach. According to our tour director, this can happen frequently during longer tours with people breathing the same air for hours on a bus. Also, frequent very early wake times (5 - 7 a.m.) meant that it was hard to get enough sleep, which can run a person down. Those susceptible to colds may not want to join a lengthy tour. But except for this, it was a wonderful experience. We nearly always travel on our own, but the sheer size of Australia (as big as the U.S.) and many flights needed to cover it, meant that logistics were better handled by a tour company. Everything was very efficiently planned and all activities were well-thought out.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

South Island magnificence

Overall the tour was very enjoyable. I originally thought Australia would be the highlight reel, and much was fascinating and interesting, but New Zealand's scenery and physical beauty knocked my socks off. I would have liked less "shopping" and more culture and arts such as museum visits and music/theater performances. There were plenty of photo ops and interesting sidelights, but much of what was conveyed was hard to comprehend because of the throat problem of the tour director, the accents needing getting used to and the road noise because we were in smaller conveyances with only 13 of us. Must sees: Melbourne Museum and botanical gardens, Penguin Parade, School of the Air, Uluru and the Olgas, Great Barrier Reef, rain forests (both tropical and temperate), sheep farm, Maori culture demonstrations, Rotorua hot springs, and Milford Sound, without exageration, the most spectacular scenery of the itinerary and one of the top sites I have ever witnessed! We were very fortunate the weather was great and May is a perfect time because it wasn't too hot in the desert nor too cold in southernmost latitudes. It would have been helpful if we were told the specific restraint (7 kilograms; ~15#) on carry-on baggage before we left the U.S. so one could plan better.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/31/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Down under !

My tour down under was all that I expected! Our director, Erica made the trip exciting, fun, and interesting. Our group was made to feel comfortable doing what we choose to do individually or as a group. We didn't miss a thing that was available. I took in everything and enjoyed being thrust into as much as I could handle. I would recommend this tour to others who are interested in seeing and doing it all, knowing you my never get another chance to return.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/31/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WOW!!!!!

This trip exceeded our expectations by 200%. Our tour guide Erica was superb, from our first meeting in Melbourne to saying farewell in Auckland, she had Everything covered and much more. The trip was very fast paced, but we saw and did so much. Each day is a new adventure, from touring across the outback to a home hosted dinner in New Zealand ( which we found to be a highlight of the total adventure). The optional excursions were great and all the "fun stuff" was a probably even better. We met so many fellow travelers and we became a real team, I can't even begin to highlight just one area as the whole trip was just wonderful. We can't say enough about Erica and the bus drivers we had, they all were great. Very informative.One note: pack light as possible, laundry facilites are offered along the way Overall, a trip of our lifetime!! AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Aussie New Zeal snd Fiji

My objectives for going on this trip were : to try new experiences , see as many new animals as possible, fill each day with tours to new parks , new cities , new country side. This 3-country vacation was wonderful, I learnt so much about these countries- the Tour Director was so informative and a very caring person. The tour was very busy with all sorts of travel by every type of transportation. New experiences included riding a camel , paragliding down a mountain, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and taking under-water photographs of fish and coral, zoo visits - had a small python around my neck , and a koala on my lap. A dinner cruise around Sydney harbour under the bridge and past the famous Opera House was wonderful. Waterfalls, rainforest , famous NZ mountains , Ffords were some of the sites. Meeting aboriginal groups in every country was interesting to learn about their cultures.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

SLADANA

We were very happy with our tour to Australia and New Zealand. Our tour director, Sladana, went above and beyond to give our group the best trip possible and make everything go very smooth at the airports. Each day we were given a "day sheet" telling us what we were going to do and what the weather would be like. She also planned extra side trips on her own that we could take if we liked which made the trip very enjoyable.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

This trip was absolutely fantastic. We were on the move, guided by the best tour guide, and thus we saw and did a great many things. From penguins, to roos, to hot air balloons over the outback, a helicopter over the great barrier reef, holding a koala, the fiords in New Zealand, and mud baths on the North Island of NZ. Don't miss this trip to Down Under. I was not familiar with Go Ahead, but they offered what I wanted to see, and they did a great job of bringing it to life. Thank you Sladj (Our Tour Director) and thanks to Graham (our KNOWLEDGEABLE & COMICAL bus driver). Just perfect...Plus I did the three day "add on" to Fiji, another "don't miss."

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/29/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Across Oceania!

Traveled about a year ago and now can reflect on the tour with nostalgia. A wonderful long trip that didn't seem that long even though it lasted about a month. A wonderful mix of culture, history, information, and most important to me...the natural world. So many special moments from Uluru, to feeding rock Wallabies, snorkeling the Barrier Reef, which was indeed Great! Lovely hotels in good locations. Most of all I appreciated that our truly excellent tour guide, Luke had the perfect combination of providing information, leading us, and then giving us freedom to explore ourselves. He was calm, friendly, organized, knowledgeable, and professional. He seemed unflappable, even in the face of the occasional "hot messes" that are part of almost any group travel experience. Kudos to him! Luke also gave us freedom with a little advice, to venture out on our own as we wanted to go off the program itinerary for a day. While the rest of the group explored an old New Zealand town, we went on our own to a cave with glow worms (Te'Anu). So cool and definitely a highlight as well. I'm grateful Luke didn't fret or restrict us because it was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Didn't really like Fiji, but that is just a preference for disliking humid weather in a place where the military has taken over and political forces conspire to get native and immigrants factions to scapegoat each other. However, in our slice of resort Fiji, you'd never guess that was happening and it was totally safe and free from that reality. Thanks for a lovely trip!

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