|Saturday - Feb. 17, 2018
ARRIVE AUCKLAND Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand!
Upon arrival at Auckland International Airport, you will be met by our Tour representative and assisted to your private coach for your sightseeing tour of this beautiful city. Take in the local sights including the famous landmark of Mount Eden, a dormant volcano whose summit offers excellent panoramic views of the city and harbours. From this fantastic vantage point you will see evidence of Auckland's volcanic history; the most significant being the youngest volcano of Rangitoto Island at the entrance of the Waitemata harbour.
On tour you will also see the Harbour Bridge Auckland's most striking man-made landmark. It links the city with the North Shore suburbs across a 3,500 foot span. Enjoy a high flying bird's eye view down the length of the Hauraki Gulf - location of the America's Cup race.
The tour includes admission to Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World: Kelly Tarlton's is filled with a myriad of deep-sea creatures; it never fails to provide an entertaining, educational, and fascinating day out. Kelly Tarlton's is home to very vibrant and playful colonies of King and Gentoo Penguins. Be part of their Antarctic enclosure and experience how these amazing animals live and play in their natural habitat of snow, ice and very cold water when your clients travel through their enclosure on the Penguin Enclosure "Snowcat" journey. Ferocious Sharks, piranhas, turtles, crayfish, moray eels, brightly coloured and poisonous fish are all inches away on a specially created moving viewing platform, which travels under an ingenious acrylic tunnel. This makes the Underwater World experience a very real encounter with the most dangerous predators of the deep - Sharks.
Tour concludes at our hotel the Amora Hotel Auckland - Deluxe Spa Room (1 Night) Includes: Full breakfast and Porterage.
Sunday - Feb 18, 2018 DEPART AUCKLAND Transfer to the cruise ship terminal for your cruise embarkation.
Friday 02-March 2, 2018 ARRIVE SYDNEY
Welcome to Sydney! Meet our guide at the cruise ship dock and board your coach for a city sightseeing tour. Drive through the historic 'Rocks' area where Australia was first founded with its maze of terrace houses, restored warehouses, pubs and restaurants. Drive under the famous 'coat hanger', the Sydney Harbour Bridge and view Sydney's famous architectural masterpiece, the Sydney Opera House. Continue through the commercial area of the city passing the historical buildings of Macquarie Street – Parliament House, The Mint and Hyde Park Barracks. Alight at Mrs. Macquarie's Chair for breathtaking views of the city and harbour. Proceed through cosmopolitan Kings Cross and exclusive garden suburbs to the Gap on the ocean headland at Watsons Bay. Return to the city via famous Bondi Beach and Paddington, a Victorian suburb of restored terrace houses richly decorated with cast-iron lace.
Guided tour of The Sydney Opera House.. You will be guided into theatres, given a fascinating account of the history and architecture of the House and introduced to the magic of performance. With its white, sculptural 'shells' rising from the harbour foreshore at Bennelong Point, the Opera House is Sydney's most recognizable building and, officially, one of the seven wonders of the 20th century. Joern Utzon, the Danish architect who designed the Opera House, ascribed the inspiration for his masterpiece to the sails of yachts on the harbour. As the Opera House is first and foremost a performing arts centre, some areas may be restricted for viewing due to rehearsals and performances.
After the tour transfer to the hotel for check in. The Tank Stream Hotel - Deluxe Room (3 Nights). Includes: Full Breakfast daily and Porterage..
Later that evening we will make your way to Jetty 6, Circular Quay for your Captain Cook dinner cruise (within walking distance from your hotel). Cruise Sydney Harbour (Includes 3 Course a la carte dining Tea/coffee. This evening which most travel experts agree is one of the most scenic harbours in the world. You will see spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Opera House, Fort Denison, Point Piper, and Watson’s Bay. See Sydney's foreshore parkland and many stately homes. Disembarking at Circular Quay and make your way to the hotel.
Saturday - March 3, 2018 - FULL DAY BLUE MOUNTAINS TOUR
You will be collected from your hotel and taken on a Full Day Blue Mountains Tour. Today you will travel 100km west of Sydney to the Blue Mountains. Follow the trail of Australia's early explorers as the coach ascends into the Blue Mountains National Park. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park for a memorable and unique experience in a natural and well established bush setting. Featherdale has one of Australia's largest private collections of Australian animals. View Koalas, kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, fairy penguins and Australian reptiles. Travel through the historic townships of Blaxland, Springwood, Lawson and Wentworth Falls and view the National Trust township of Leura. Leura is a little town made up of cafes, craft shops, art galleries, tea houses and quaint boutiques. It is situated at the edge of the Blue Mountain National Park and has magnificent views of Mt Solitary. Continue along Cliff Drive to Echo Point to view the world famous "Three Sisters". Visit Scenic World, renowned for providing the ultimate Blue Mountains Adventure - from native birds and fresh air, to breathtaking views of the World Heritage-listed region including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls & Jamison Valley. The Unlimited Discovery Pass offers unlimited experience on the Railway, Skyway, Cableway and walkway. On your return to Sydney travel through Sydney Olympic Park before returning back at your hotel. Tour highlights in above itinerary maybe in different order due to traffic conditions.
Inclusions: Full day private coach charter with commentary driver guide.
Full day coach with driver and local guide.
Featherdale Wildlife Park - Admission.
Scenic World Blue Mountains - Unlimited Discovery Pass.
Free time for lunch
Sunday - March 4, 2018 DAY AT LEISURE - Enjoy a day exploring Sydney on your own.
Monday - March 5, 2018 DEPART SYDNEY - Transfer to the airport for your flight home.