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Australia & New Zealand

22 days Nature & Wildlife
From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback and the sheep-dotted New Zealand plains to its cliff-lined fjords, the Land Down Under features a lineup of dramatic landscapes. In between outdoor adventures, you’ll discover sophisticated, multicultural cities and an irresistible, carpe diem spirit.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 31 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

  • 19 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 6 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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 3 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Arrival in Melbourne

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Melbourne! At an included welcome dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

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 $139pp* 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $149)

Day 5: Free Time in Melbourne

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain $165pp* 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $175)

Alice Springs 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Flight to Alice Springs

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory to learn about many institutions that date back to the country’s colonial days.

• Stop at Anzac Hill and take in sweeping views of the town and countryside

• Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of Air and the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Ayers Rock 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Alice Springs or add an excursion.

Then, journey through the desert to Ayers Rock (or “Uluru” to the locals) to begin your exploration of the park with a guided tour.

• View Kata Tjuta, the weathered rock domes also known as the Olgas 

• Watch the sun set over Ayers Rock

Optional Excursion - Sunrise Ballooning $239pp* 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $249)

Cairns 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Ayers Rock

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit magnificent Ayers Rock, the monolith that’s been worshipped by Aboriginal tribes for 22,000 years. Then, fly to Cairns, a coastal city in the state of Queensland.

Day 9: 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.

Day 10: Free Day in Cairns

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Kuranda Village Aboriginal Park & Rainforest $159pp* 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $169)

Sydney 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Arrival in Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Cairns, then fly to Sydney.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Pass Darling Harbor and the Royal Botanic Gardens

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

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

• Step inside the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide

Enjoy a free evening in Sydney or add an excursion.

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

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

Day 13: Free day in Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Optional Excursion - The Blue Mountains & Koala Park $129pp* 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 visit Scenic World to see the famed Three Sisters rock formation. See the historic township of Katoomba, then browse through the shops in the quaint village of Leura, where you’ll also have free time for lunch. Set out on a short bushwalk to Wentworth Falls and enjoy panoramic views of Jamison and Megalong Valleys. Stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can view koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles. You’ll even get the chance to feed kangaroos and wallabies. 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: $139)

Christchurch Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Arrival in the Christchurch Region

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Australia and fly to Christchurch, New Zealand, where you’ll enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a Kiwi family.

Queenstown 4 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Transfer to Queenstown

  Included meals: Breakfast

Pass through the Canterbury Plains and the sheep-farming region, some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes.

• Stop at the Tin Shed, a traditional barnyard-style country store featuring authentic New Zealand-made woollen goods

• Pass by beautiful Lake Tekapo and Mrs. Jones fruit orchard

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Queenstown

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

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

• Take the Gondola Aerial Cableway 1,500 feet up Bob’s Peak

• Visit the Gibbston Valley vineyard for a wine tasting

• Explore the gold rush settlement of Arrowtown

• See the Kawarau River and the bridge where bungy jumping was born

Enjoy free time in Queenstown or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Lunch $89pp* 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 barbecue lunch and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from May through September. In June and July, the TSS Earnslaw undergoes routine maintenance and is replaced by a launch boat for the cruise. 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: $99)

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $99pp* 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 barbecue dinner and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from October through April. 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 17: Milford Sound

  Included meals: Breakfast

Depart early this morning to see the breathtaking scenery of Fiordland.

• Travel through the Five Rivers farming region and past Lake Te Anau

• 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

Day 18: Free day in Queenstown

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Queenstown.

Rotorua 1 night Hotel info

Day 19: Arrival in Rotorua

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Rotorua, in the heart of the North Island’s Maori country. This evening, enjoy a traditional hangi feast with your group.

Auckland 2 nights Hotel info

Day 20: Transfer to Auckland via Kiwi Wildlife Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Learn about the region’s indigenous birds at the Kiwi Wildlife Park. Then, get to know Auckland, 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

• Pass the Auckland Harbor Bridge and the neoclassical Auckland Museum

• Explore Mission Bay Beach and the scenic suburb of Parnell

Day 21: 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 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.

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

Day 22: 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 $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.

Fiji 3 nights Hotel info

Day 22: Arrival in Fiji

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Nadi, Fiji, where you will be taken to your seaside hotel.

Day 23: Free day in Fiji

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day on Denarau Island.

Day 24: Free day in Fiji

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Optional Excursion - Fiji Village Visit $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 25: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Alice Springs, 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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was a wonderful trip and our Tour Director, Vic, was the absolute best. We traveled to Melbourne, Alice Springs, Uluru, Cairns, and Sydney. Then we flew to Christchurch and began our adventure through beautiful New Zealand. We saw so much, experienced different cultures and met the most friendly, delightful people in both countries. People have asked, "which country did you like best?" Our answer is "we liked them both because they are so different and unique that you can't really compare them". Our tour director, Vic, was off the charts. His expertise, knowledge and his willingness to make sure we thoroughly enjoyed and experienced a real Aussie and Kiwi adventure was remarkable. He was like a walking encyclopedia with his knowledge of the history, the people, cultures, plants, trees, stars and basically anything you wanted to know. We would not hesitate to recommend this trip to anyone and urge people to see both countries while you are there. We loved it. We also had a great group of people that traveled with us which made it even better.

 

Hi Cheryl! We’re happy to hear you had a wonderful time on tour. This is certainly an action-packed itinerary filled with amazing sites and stops spanning two countries. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed both Australia and New Zealand equally as much. We agree that you can’t really compare them! It’s great to know your Tour Director was a wonderful resource for you and that his expertise came in handy when you were learning about the culture, history, and flora among other things. We love that you would recommend this tour to others! Thank you for traveling with us, thank you for sharing your experience with others, and we hope to welcome you on the road again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best travel experience ever

What a wonderful experience GoAheadTours provided. It started with Sarah helping us organize our trip. Our tour guide, Sladjana Hidosan gave us a wealth of information and we all loved her "Peckish" treats. She was friendly, upbeat, and we came to love her as part of our family. Highlights of our trip were the penguin parade, holding a Koala, the family dinner in Christchurch,NZ. and bungy jumping off a bridge 147 feet! Fiji, with Dan as our escort, was a great way to relax and end our trip. We especially liked the Sofitel Hotel. Again THANK YOU Sarah, Sladj, and Dan for a truly remarkable vacation. You are the best!

 

Hi Paula! We’re glad you enjoyed your time in Australia and New Zealand. We’re also happy to hear that your Tour Director was a great resource for you. It sounds like you had many fabulous experiences, and we’re so glad you were able to have them! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 26, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 1/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous trip

The Australia, New Zealand and Fiji trip went well beyond our expectations. Even though there was a major delay with the airlines that Go Ahead did nothing to rectify, once we were there the trip was phenomenal. We saw everything we wanted to see and much more. From the Fairy Penguin Parade, to Alice Springs, Uluru and a trip in the bush everything was sensational. My personal favorites were swimming in the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbor, and most of New Zealand especially the shire set from the Hobbit. The only trip that I would skip was the one to Milford Sound. Long harrowing ride that took the entire day. Fiji was wonderful. Three relaxing days after 3 weeks of non stop touring. And Go Ahead out did themselves with the hotel. The Sofitel was excellent. Our guide for Australia and New Zealand was one of the best. Sladana was a wealth of knowledge and always upbeat and ready to go. She had lots of suggestions for different excursions and restaurants.

 

Hi Rosemary! We are glad to learn that your tour exceeded your expectations! It sounds like you had some incredible experiences in Australia and New Zealand. It also sounds like ending your tour in Fiji was a wonderful decision! Regarding your flight delay, one of our Quality Control members reached out to you today in hopes of discussing your experience. We regret the frustration your flight delay had caused you. We do have record of our Emergency Services team providing detailed instructions on how to proceed with your situation, such as arranging your re-booking directly with the airline. Unfortunately, Go Ahead is not able to arrange the re-booking on your behalf because the airline is the only party capable of accessing the flight programs. Please give us a call at 1-800-597-0350 if you’d like to discuss this matter further. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 31, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ranks Among the Best!

My husband and I have traveled a great deal but, for me, this tour is right at the top! The Aussies and Kiwis are polite, accommodating and friendly and have a delightful sense of humor. One of my favorite places was Uluru, but only because of the rain which transformed the rock into a wonderland of cascading waterfalls and deep, rich colors. Otherwise, the flies and the heat were a lot to cope with. Melbourne was a pleasant surprise and we enjoyed exploring the city,riding the free trams and strolling through many of the parks. Sydney was spectacular with its harbor views and, of course, the beautiful Sydney Opera House. We were not disappointed; only awed. It was everything and more than we expected. Cairns was lovely and the huge fox bats were incredible. We'd never seen anything like that before. New Zealand was awesome, from South to North! We loved our dinner in Christchurch with John and Helen, local residents who treated us to a lovely evening of food and conversation. The scenery between Christchurch and Queenstown was breathtaking, as was the day trip to Milford Sound. Queenstown was great fun because there was so much to see and do in this party town. We loved the steamboat ride across Lake Wakatipu and the lovely evening at the sheep and cattle station. We enjoyed exploring Auckland with its many hills, the harbor and the Sky Tower. A highlight was the day tour on Waiheke Island which has awesome views in every direction. Tiggy, our tour director, and all of our bus drivers were top notch! They brought everything to life for us and were definitely the frosting on the cake. Well done Go Ahead Tours, you really nailed this one!!

 

Hi Carolyn! It’s fantastic to hear that this tour provided an exceptional experience for both you and your husband. It sounds like you saw and did a lot – and had some special surprises along the way, such as watching the rain cascading down Uluru. That must have been a beautiful sight! Between the gorgeous harbor views of Sydney and seeing the fox bats of Cairns, it also seems like you had some very cool city experiences. We’re so glad you enjoyed your home-hosted dinner in Christchurch. That’s one of our favorite components of this tour, as it connects travelers with locals so as to gain a deeper understanding of the local culture of New Zealand. Besides the beautiful culture, the natural beauty of the country is indeed breathtaking, as you say. We’re so happy you were able to take in all the beauty! It’s great to hear you felt your Tour Director and bus drivers did a great job of running your tour. We will be sure to communicate that feedback to our team here. Thank you for sharing your experience, Carolyn! We hope to welcome you on tour again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Picking Three

Picking three favorite things on our trip to Australia and New Zealand is difficult. Being able to go through the Sydney Opera House was a wonderful fulfillment of a longtime goal. What a beautiful building! Our group was fortunate enough to be at Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) after a thunderstorm. Seeing the falls coming from the rock was phenomenal. Our driver said he had seen it four times in thirty years. What a wonderful experience. The third one is where it gets difficult. We had a wonderful manager, Tiggy, who ran a great tour. Cairns, Auckland and Queensland were wonderful. Melbourne with the free trams was a great surprise and fun. Having a dinner with Helen and John in Christchurch was relaxing and a pleasant break. But my third has to go to the Maori village and dinner in Rotorua. The evening was educational, the show was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the bus driver was crazy.

 

Hi Raymond! Wow – you listed so many amazing experiences! We’re so glad you were able to have them. It sounds like you also had luck on your side with seeing the falls coming from the rock. That’s incredible! Thank you for your fabulous review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 29, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 1/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director & Itinerary

First off, we want to commend Sally, in going the extra mile to make our tour top notch. She was unbelievable: she is smart, knowledgeable, informative, kind, helpful, fun, smart, and wonderful. She is definitely an asset to your company. You would be smart to keep her employed often, giving Go Ahead Tours an excellent rating. We were happy with all the dinners that were provided and liked the ability to go off on our own to different restaurants when we had free time. Our planes went mostly on schedule and were comfortable and accommodating. The itinerary was wonderful. We loved Melbourne, an amazing architectual delight of a city, and especially enjoyed a Great Ocean Road tour that we took with another tour company. Perhaps you should include that in your itinerary instead of the winery tour that we heard was not that good. We liked the Alice Springs and Ayers Rock itineraries, both were excellent and unforgettable. Sipping champagne while watching the sunset over Uluru is something that will remain in our minds forever. Cairns is a magnificent city on the ocean, loved, loved, loved the Great Barrier Reef tour and Kuranda Village tour,(holding a koala was awesome) couldn’t have been better. We loved Sydney, and were impressed by the Night River Cruise in Sydney Harbor and especially the tour of the Sydney Opera House, magnificent buildings. We loved New Zealand as well, with scenery so different than Australia. However, we have one suggestion. Omit the one night in Christchurch. This town is on the cusp of the earthquake activity in New Zealand, which is dangerous in itself, and seeing the devastation of the city is not necessarily enjoyable. We enjoyed our “home dinner” hosted by the citizens of Christchurch, but there is much more to see in New Zealand, rather than Christchurch. We absolutely loved Queenstown, NZ, as there were so many activities available there, and would have actually loved another day there. Rotorua was very interesting, loved the mud baths and Hobitton, both spectacular sites to visit. Another added day there as well should be considered by Go Ahead. Auckland was a lovely city, and we are so glad we opted to go to Waiheke Island, a beautiful, interesting island off the coast of Auckland. Lastly, Fiji was even better than expected. We loved the Fijian Village that Dan set up for us, it was informative and the Fijians were most gracious to us. For those who stayed only on the resort, they missed out on what Fiji is really like, by taking a boat ride to see some of the 333 islands of white powder sand, surrounded by the bluest /green water with over-the-water bures(cabins) at beautiful resorts. Fiji is truly paradise. All in all, our trip was more than fantastic; it was surreal, fun, amazing and makes us want to take many trips given by Go Ahead Tours. You do a FANTASTIC JOB of arranging your trips. Rose & Lou S.

 

Hi Rose! Thank you for your detailed review! It’s wonderful to know that your Tour Director went the extra mile for your group and that you found her presence added value to your tour. Our Tour Directors are true experts and they certainly care about our travelers. We’re also thrilled you thought the itinerary was well designed and that you experienced smooth transit to and from your destinations. You’re right that the scenery in New Zealand and Australia differ greatly, and we’re so glad you were able to explore both countries on this tour. We appreciate your feedback on minor changes to the itinerary and will be sure to communicate that to our Product Development team. Regarding Christchurch, we understand how seeing parts of the city that were affected by the major earthquake can be difficult. However, our tours have an educational focus, and by stopping in Christchurch, travelers are able to witness the resilience of the Kiwis and how they’ve rebuilt since that tragedy. Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and offers a lot of history and culture. Unfortunately, natural disasters can be a risk in many places travelers visit each year. We are glad, though, that you found the home-hosted dinner in Christchurch to be enjoyable. We’re happy to see you decided to add Fiji at the end of your trip. It really is paradise, as you say! Again, we thank you for your glowing review, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 1/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Our best tour ever!

It was a vacation of lifetime! The itinerary was great including all the optional tours. Our tour director Simon was very friendly, caring and knowledgeable. Kundan & Rekha

 

Hello! Thank you for your review. We're so glad you had a great time on tour, and we hope to welcome you on another soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 11, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 1/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Well organized and executed

All our tour travel plans were well organized, communicated and executed by Go Ahead tours. All flights and ground travel were flawless. Accommodations were ideally located and very acceptable. Hotel breakfasts were excellent and accommodated most diets. All sightseeing excursions were awesome. We wanted to arrive one day early before the tour started to accommodate any jet lag and after the tour terminated we returned to Australia from New Zealand for 16 days of self touring. All flights changes outside of Go Ahead Tours for our flights there and back home were organized and executed without incident by Go Ahead Tours. The return trip from North America and all internal tour flights consisted of 7 flights totalling 22,000 miles or 35,000 Km. We went to Australia to find gems and opals. We did. Our tour director "Sally". On a scale of 1-10 she gets an eleven. She has a very bubbly personality. She is very direct and honest. She knows her job. Hats off to all "on line or 1-800 people. You guys "rock". Great service. Great patience.

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Hi Monty! Thank you for your glowing review! We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tour and found it to be well-organized and executed. We’re glad your Tour Director made a positive impact on your experience, and we’re also happy to know that you found the gems and opals you were looking for. Thank you so much for your kind words about our Customer Service Team. We will be sure to let them know of your high praises! Again, we thank you for taking the time to share your experience, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 26, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 1/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: UT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

My Best Tour

This is the best tour I have taken. The number of days, the sights and stays, and the tour director exceeded all others I have be experienced. The optional tours were appreciated because I could decide whether I wanted, or needed, a day to just do my own exploring, or to take the additional add-on. The tour director was not only personable but helpful and informative about the add-on tours which helped me get the most out of this tour. I would recommend this tour and this tour director to anyone interested in seeing some of the most beautiful country in the world!

 

Hi Judy! We’re thrilled to hear this is the best tour you’ve taken. It’s great to know the itinerary and Tour Director exceeded your expectations. We’re honored that you recommend this tour, and we hope to welcome you on another soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 25, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 1/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great tour director

Sally,the tour director was very good and knowledgeable about the countries.She bent over backward to help us out.She was on top of things.

 

Hi Harshi! Thank you for your review. We are so glad your Tour Director had a positive impact on your experience. We are very proud to work with such knowledgeable and passionate Tour Directors. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 23, 2016

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