Australia & New Zealand

22 days Nature & Wildlife, Multi-country
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.

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

  • 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 day 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: Sunset at 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 sunset 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: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return to magnificent Ayers Rock, the monolith that’s been worshipped by indigenous 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

Fly to Sydney this morning, then enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion.

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

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 12: 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 Gap in Watsons Bay

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

Day 13: 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

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)

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, locally 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 Skyline Queenstown Gondola 1,500 feet up to Bob’s Peak

• Visit the Gibbston Valley vineyard for a wine tasting

• Explore the gold rush settlement of Arrowtown

Enjoy free time in Queenstown or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $109pp* 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 along with beer or wine. Then, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown on a return cruise. 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: $119)

Day 17: Milford Sound

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Pass through beautiful beech forests, stopping to admire Te Anau Lake and the 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 or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Lunch $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 lunch along with beer or wine. Then, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown on a return cruise. 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: $109)

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

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

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 Harbour 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 Starting from $799 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.

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 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 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: 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 25: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 20 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 day 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: Sunset at 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 sunset 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: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return to magnificent Ayers Rock, the monolith that’s been worshipped by indigenous 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

Fly to Sydney this morning, then enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion.

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

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 12: 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 Gap in Watsons Bay

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

Day 13: 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

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)

Fiordland National Park Region 2 nights

Day 14: Transfer to the Fiordland National Park Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Australia and fly to Queenstown. Upon arrival, transfer to the town of Te Anau to take in some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes.

• Cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves

• Walk along subterranean boardwalks inside the caves to view glowworms

Day 15: Milford Sound Cruise

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• 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

Queenstown 2 nights

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Queenstown

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Pass through some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes as you make your way to Queenstown. Then, spend the day exploring the Queenstown area with your Tour Director.

• Explore the gold rush settlement of Arrowtown

• Visit the Gibbston Valley vineyard for a wine tasting

Day 17: Bob's Peak

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, take the Skyline Queenstown Gondola 1,500 feet up to Bob’s Peak. 

Then, enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Lunch $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 lunch along with beer or wine. Then, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown on a return cruise. 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: $109)

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $109pp* 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 along with beer or wine. Then, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown on a return cruise. 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: $119)

Rotorua 2 nights Hotel info

Day 18: Flight to 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.

Day 19: Rotorua Region

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Rotorua region. 

• With a local guide leading the way, learn about the region’s indigenous birds at the Kiwi Wildlife Park

• Visit the village of Whakarewarewa, which is home to thermal springs and bubbling hot pools 

• Join a local Whakarewarewa guide to learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the Maori people, who live in harmony with nature in the village 

• Visit Rotorua's Government Gardens, a public park and site of great historical importance to the local Maori people

Tonight, join a local Kiwi family for a home-hosted dinner of regional specialties.

Auckland 2 nights Hotel info

Day 20: Sightseeing tour of Auckland

  Included meals: Breakfast

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland this morning. 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 

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

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 Harbour 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 Starting from $799 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.

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 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 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: 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 25: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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 Nadi 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.
  • Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch and Queenstown to Rotorua, as well as a boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound, are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Auckland to Nadi.)
  • 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 choose to 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 may include train connections or 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 is very hot. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bug repellent is also useful, as there can be flies in the Outback 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.
  • 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 fish and seafood, excellent lamb and fresh fruits, including kiwi and passion fruits. For lunch, tea rooms serve savory meat pies, quiche and desserts.
  • On the tour extension, Fijian cuisine is traditionally healthy and fresh, incorporating local seafood, coconut, pineapple and tubers such as taro. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Australia and New Zealand (plus Fiji on the tour extension) operate on the standard 220-240 volts and use Types 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.
  • 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

  • You’ll travel through Australian Central Standard Time (14.5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and 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 1:30am in Ayers Rock, 2am in Cairns, 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 Fiji 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

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

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 Nadi 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.
  • Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch and Queenstown to Rotorua, as well as a boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound, are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Auckland to Nadi.)
  • 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 choose to 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 may include train connections or 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 is very hot. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bug repellent is also useful, as there can be flies in the Outback 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.
  • 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 fish and seafood, excellent lamb and fresh fruits, including kiwi and passion fruits. For lunch, tea rooms serve savory meat pies, quiche and desserts.
  • On the tour extension, Fijian cuisine is traditionally healthy and fresh, incorporating local seafood, coconut, pineapple and tubers such as taro. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Australia and New Zealand (plus Fiji on the tour extension) operate on the standard 220-240 volts and use Types 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.
  • 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

  • You’ll travel through Australian Central Standard Time (14.5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and 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 1:30am in Ayers Rock, 2am in Cairns, 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 Fiji 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

  • 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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Trip, but Exhausting

We had a wonderful itinerary and saw many incredible sites. The one criticism I have for GoAhead is that we had no idea how long the optional tours would take or how strenuous they would be before we signed up for them. The result is that we signed up for just about everything - thinking it would all fit into the schedule - and wound up having virtually no down time. We had never taken an accompanied before, but had been on many cruises. The cruise lines always say how many hours a tour will take, how strenuous it will be, and what time it will begin. That information would have been extremely helpful before we signed up for the optional tours. We were also under the impression from our previous tour experience that it was necessary to sign up for the optional tours early in order to have space on the tours. That was not the situation here. We could have decided after we arrived in Australia, but we did not know that. More information before the trip began would have been very welcome for first time GoAhead travelers.

 

Dear Traveler, We’re glad to learn that you had a wonderful time in Australia and New Zealand. Regarding your optional excursions, we regret that you would have liked more information prior to departure. A member of our Quality Control team has reached out to discuss this feedback with you. If you would still like to connect with someone from our team, please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350. Our goal is to provide as much detail as we can for each component of our tours, and therefore we will be sure share your feedback with our team responsible for producing itinerary descriptions. Regarding optional excursions, some optionals can be booked at any time, including on tour, while other optionals require advanced notice. The booking process is noted in each of the optional descriptions, as well as the $10.00 price difference between booking pre-tour and on-tour. Besides saving money, the advantage to booking prior to tour is that you know there will be enough space for you; whereas the advantage to booking on tour is you can see how you’re feeling in the moment and then make the decision. It really depends on your travel style and desired pacing. In the future, we encourage you to share your pacing preferences with our expert Sales Consultants and Customer Service team. They are a wonderful resource for constructing the perfect tour! We thank you for sharing this valuable feedback with us, and again, we’re delighted that you had a great time. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The trip of a lifetime!

This was a wonderful tour that hit all the must sees. Everything was just great. I wouldn't do the penguin optional again due to the fact that it's much to cold on those bleachers and very crowded. Didn't see any penguins. As far as the itinerary goes, it was great except for the day spent going South to Sydney and then another plane ride north to Cairnes. That was a day wasted in uncalled for travel.

 

Hi Jacqueline! We’re glad that you feel this tour covers all the major bases of Australia & New Zealand. We appreciate your feedback on your penguin excursion, and we regret that it didn’t meet your expectations. We also thank you for letting us know your thoughts on the itinerary logistics, as we are constantly using customer feedback to evaluate our tours. We’re happy that overall you had a great time on tour with us, and we thank you for writing a review. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 13, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Australia. New Zealand, Fiji Tour

I believe this was our ninth tour with Go Ahead. It was probably the longest in distance and days of travel. This tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji was a very wonderful and varied activity trip. We took advantage of all nine optional excursions and found them all very worthwhile. Our tour guide, Luke Bonney, was fantastic. He was full of historical and background information all through the tour, as well as the pertinent details of our traveling schedule. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in traveling to this part of our world.

 

Hi Lindsay! Thank you for recommending this tour of Australia & New Zealand! We're glad that your ninth Go Ahead tour proved to be interesting and varied in offerings. We're also pleased that your Tour Director's expertise came in handy and added value to your experience. Thank you very much for choosing Go Ahead. We hope to welcome you on your 10th Go Ahead tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fun Down Under

Tour was great overall. The people in the group were awesome though I do prefer smaller groups as it's easier to get to know everyone. Luke was a very knowledgeable guide who didn't overload us with information. The printed copy of each daily itinerary is brilliant. The only disappointment was the company who took us out to the Great Barrier Reef. I wanted to do the introductory dive and they kept me hanging about whether or not I could do it because I was taking an anti malarial. As a result, I did very little else as they kept saying they had to hear from a doctor. Should have just said I wasn't taking any meds. Both Australia and New Zealand are worth visiting. The pace was fast so I was so glad I took the 3 day Fiji extension. Relaxing at a resort with beach and pool was a perfect end to the trip

 

Hi Rita! We’re delighted that you had a great time and that you enjoyed the company of your group members. We’re also glad to learn that your Tour Director did an outstanding job providing you with just the right amount of information along the way. Regarding your time at the Great Barrier Reef, a member of our Quality Control team has reached out to learn more about your experience. If you would like to share additional feedback, please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350. Currently, Go Ahead does not recommend anti-malarial medication for this tour, nor does the Center for Disease Control. We regret that you had this experience, and we do hope we get the chance to speak with you and understand what happened. We’re glad that you enjoyed rounding off the trip with a stay in magical Fiji. We believe this is a great way to end the tour, and we’re glad you do, too! Thank you for sharing your experience, Rita. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 13, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

In Depth ANZ

This tour offered an in depth look at these countries. Many locals we met had not been to all the sites visited. Breakfast was the only regularly included meal and was always a great start to the day. Tour meals were good. All hotels were quite good, if not upper end luxury. Our tour director had fabulous suggestions for the many free meals. We actually enjoy this option to order what we want-often fish that is not a tour standard. It is an active tour with limited down time if you take all the optional tours that I would recommend. The basic tours were great overviews of the various destinations. There were unique features, such as dinner with a local family in NZ that added value. Our veteran Aussie tour director, Luke, with experience as a cruise director, had developed the ability to both keep people very enthusiastic. He also shared much of what it means to be an Australian, teaching us to sing "Waltzing Matilda" among other bonuses. He, of course, saw we received great services. He even arranged for those interested a special tour of the Hobbiton movie set in NZ.

 

Hi Bill! We’re glad that you feel this tour provides an in-depth exploration of both countries. That was certainly our goal when designing it! We’re happy you enjoyed the various coordinated aspects of the tour, such as the meals and accommodations. We’re also glad that you recommend the optionals offered, as we often hear from travelers what a great value they add to their overall experience. Regarding your Tour Director, we’re thrilled that his enthusiasm and knowledge about the region shone through, and we’re especially glad you could sense his care and concern for your group. We will be sure to share your kind feedback with him. Thank you for taking the time write a review. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 13, 2016

2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 10/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

Australia, New Zealand and Fiji

Unfortunately, an overpriced tour to be sure!! Had two hotels on this tour which were far less than desirable (one hotel I had to beg for shampoo, soap and washcloths). Was put on a substandard airline by Go Ahead which had horrible service, horrible food, horrible fees and horrible baggage handling (they actually broke my large suitcase which is less than two years old. Itinerary way too fast paced, 13-14 hour days sometimes which made one feel absolutely exhausted - I started to call this tour the "Sleep Deprivation Tour". Very bad porterage during this tour. When arriving to a hotel, 9 out of 10 times it turned out to be a "Do It Yourself Experience". You ran so much on this tour that you could not see the forest for the trees!!! Am I glad I saw the above listed countries - Yes!!! Would I do it again with Go Ahead Tours if given the chance - NO!!!

 

Dear Traveler, We regret that this tour did not meet your expectations. We are glad you were able to speak with a member of our Quality Control team, so that we could learn more about your experience. Regarding your accommodations, we are sorry you didn’t feel they were always satisfactory. We will communicate that to our Operations team, so that they can use it to evaluate these hotels for future departures. Regarding your flight experience, we regret that Virgin Australian’s service did not meet your expectations and that one of your suitcases was damaged in transit. As a company of travelers, we understand how frustrating this can be, and we’re sorry that you had to experience that. Regarding the itinerary pace, we appreciate your feedback that you felt it was too demanding. This tour does cover quite a bit of ground, so we can understand your perspective. We will be sure to let our Product Development team know that you felt the itinerary was too fast-paced and they can then use that feedback to evaluate this tour for future departures. Regarding porterage, we always try to secure it when possible. However, we cannot guarantee it because in some cases it is unavailable. Again, we are sorry that this tour did not meet your expectations, but we are truly grateful you decided to share your experience with us because we take your feedback very seriously. We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!

Just returned from our tour 'down under'. What a fabulous time we had in Australia & New Zealand. Our Go Ahead tour guide, Anya was excellent in her knowledge, expertise, and guidance through our amazing trip. The tour and optional events were well planned. It also was a pleasure to experience this with a great group of people. We would highly recommend this exceptional tour so that you also can make beautiful memories!

 

Hi Bobbie! We're thrilled that you had a wonderful time 'down under!' Thank you for your feedback and recommendation. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

Australia and New Zealand are places my husband and I had wanted to visit for a long time. To finally go and be so lucky to have Sladj as our tour director was the ultimate experience. The itinerary of this trip covered all the high points. We found the pace of the trip just right, with enough time to see the highlights of each place we visited. Sladj was always there to give us insight and to help us appreciate the history of the places we visited. Her knowledge was invaluable in making this trip the perfect one for us. I cannot say enough about the sites we visited and the people we met. We came home with memories that we would rate as five star.

 

Hi Mary! We're thrilled that you and your husband were finally able to make it to Australia and New Zealand. What an incredible corner of the world! We're glad you felt satisfied with the itinerary, as well as the pacing. We will be sure to let our Product Development team know. It's also great to know that your Tour Director brought the history of the countries to life and added value to your overall experience. We will be sure to let her know. Thank you for your wonderful review, and we hope you will travel with us again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 22, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Experience

We were fortunate to have an experienced, knowledgeable tour director, Sladjana Hidosan. The details and options that she provided us added so much to our experience. The itinerary was well paced and well planned. I would highly recommend this tour.

 

Hello! We're so glad you enjoyed your tour and Tour Director! Thank you for your recommendation, and we look forward to seeing you on the road again.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Worth the long flight to get there!

Looking back on my trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, I cannot believe the value of the trip for the money spent. Everything was flawless. From the flights, bus transportation, ease of hotel check-in, luggage porter to our rooms, restaurant accommodations for a large group, etc. Go Ahead had everything arranged to the point that all we had to do was wake up when we were told and enjoy the sights! Our tour director, Sladjana, was professional, knowledgeable, and personable. She went over and beyond to make sure we got to see and do everything we had imagined doing while we were there. There were quite a few very early morning wake up calls but I didn't mind because I wanted to see/do as much as I could while I was there. You can sleep at home! Also, pack light. Almost every hotel had laundry facilities. That means more room in your suitcase for souvenirs! I would highly, highly recommend this trip.

 

Hi Shannon! We're glad that you feel this tour provides a great value and that everything went off without a hitch. We love taking care of the details, while you relax and soak in your new surroundings! We're delighted to learn that your Tour Director went the extra mile for your group and that her assistance was useful and enjoyable. We will be sure to let her know. You offer a great suggestion to pack light -- you certainly want to have space for souvenirs! Thank you for recommending this tour. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Experience

We had such a terrific experience traveling through Australia, New Zealand and Fiji with Go Ahead. Our guide, Ronin, was excellent as were all of the bus drivers (especially Kimberly in the Outback.) We enjoyed all of the excursions, the food was excellent, and the accommodations comfortable. Our highlights were the kangaroo sanctuary, sundown at Uluru, home hosted dinner in Christchurch, our entire stay In Queenstown, and the spa treatments in Fiji. Great trip!

 

Hi Christine! It’s wonderful to hear that your tour went off without a hitch. Between all the optionals and the expert guidance of your Tour Director, it sounds like you had a thrilling and seamless journey. It’s great to know what the highlights of the trip were for you, such as viewing the sunset at Uluru and visiting the kangaroo sanctuary. Thank you for your review. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

AAustralia & New Zealand

The trip was on my bucket list and GoAhead lived up to my wishes. The tour director Simon was terrific and gave us a great education in both Australia and New Zealand. The tour covered all the great spots with every day filled with fantastic sights and fun things to do. My only complaint was not enough time in Sydney; perhaps the tour could be a few days longer

 

Hi Wilson! We’re so glad this bucket list trip satisfied your hopes and wishes! It’s wonderful to learn that your Tour Director made a positive impact on your experience and that the itinerary delivered all the lovely sights you were hoping to see. We appreciate your suggestion to include more time in Sydney and we will be sure to share that with our team for consideration. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Enjoyable trip

This was our first trip down under, so everything was a first time experience. It was a busy trip with lots to see and many connections to make, but our tour guide, Luke, was the best and was able to get us to where we needed to be each day. We learned a lot and saw a lot of beautiful scenery and other things. Everything was very well organized. The trip was very worthwhile and we can recommend it highly to others.

 

Hi Richard! We’re delighted to learn that your first trip down under was a success! We appreciate your feedback on both your Tour Director, as well as the organization and execution of the itinerary. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on a second tour!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WOW

What a complete tour! Roman was as complete a tour director as we could request. Please emphasize all the added tours, they were truly fantastic. Ronan added several special Rex's which were unbelievable. This is a "bucket list" tour. What is tops, "ALL". Thank you for fulfilling my dreams for our family of four!!!

 

Hi Tony! We agree that this is a 'bucket list' tour! We're so glad you and your family had a wonderful time exploring Australia & New Zealand. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

See Australia and New Zealand in 3 weeks

Our tour consisted of 26 people! Without the AMAZING ability of our Go Ahead tour guide, Sally, this could have been a disaster. Sally was able to assist ill passengers, informed the group of other available options when weather or other extremes went south, and continued to communicate with us every day. Lost items...no problem, need to find the best place to eat...no problem, want to hug a koala or ride a camel...no problem. Thank you Go Ahead for a terrific experience.

 

Hi Marlene! We’re delighted to learn that your Tour Director played a key role in the success of your tour. We will be sure to share this wonderful feedback with her, as well as her supervisor. Thank you for the great review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Australia/New Zealand

This was our first trip w GoAhead tours and loved it! Well paced, cultural, exciting opportunities along the way. Our Tour Director was knowledgeable, extremely helpful and giving of his time beyond the given itinerary. All the lodging was very nice and some places exceptional! All flights were on time and often group check ins. Very smooth trip. We traveled with a great group of people!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director

Luke, by far was an outstanding tour guide. Very knowledgeable and informative. Highly recommend

 

Hi Michael! We’re so glad you enjoyed your Tour Director. Thank you for your recommendation. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

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