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Australia and New Zealand | Exciting Exploration in Sydney, Cairns, Auckland and Rotorua

Sample Itinerary


Sydney, Cairns, Auckland, Rotorua

Trip Duration

11 nights / 12 days

Experience the best of Australia and New Zealand, from the Great Barrier Reef and city delights of Sydney to the geothermal and cultural wonders of Auckland and Rotorua.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.


Days 1 - 2: USA / Sydney |

Board your comfortable overnight flight to Australia. After arriving in Sydney, take in the sights aboard your private transfer . Check-in to your Hyde Park view room at Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park for four nights with daily breakfast. The next day, explore the city on a guided Sydney Essentials Excursion. Discover its convict built cottages, pubs and the first church in Australia before visiting Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, Hyde Park Barracks and St. Mary's Cathedral. Your narrated excursion continues with lunch on the harbor, a trip to Darling Harbor and concludes with an afternoon at Bondi Beach.

Day 3: Sydney |

Begin your day with a Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Experience. Discover the great halls and venues, stories and history of this magnificent World Heritage site. After exploring inside, dine at the Opera Kitchen, home to Sydney's best chefs, food artisans and producers, which magnificent panoramic views of the harbor and bridge. Savor a three-tier gourmet Tasting Plate with oysters, prawns and plank roasted salmon from Cloudy Bay Fish Co, mini wagyu burgers and chili crab burgers from Charlie and Co. dumplings and spring rolls from Misschu and much more. Spend the evening on one of Sydney's most popular attractions with the Sydney Night Bridge Climb. Walk across catwalks and ladders to the summit about 430 feet above the harbor. The display of city lights makes the night climb a truly magical experience.

Days 4 - 5: Sydney / Cairns |

Get ready for an exciting full-day eco-tour across the coastal plain to the Great Dividing Range of Australia on the Blue Mountains Deluxe Eco-Tour. Enjoy morning tea and lunch in charming Leura Village, be awe-struck at the views of views of the Three Sisters and trek through Jamieson Valley. The following day, relax in your private transfer as you head to the airport for your flight to Cairns.

Days 6 - 7:  Cairns |

Enjoy three nights in a Deluxe king room at Hilton Cairns, in the lush Tropical Zone of Northern Queensland. Cairns is the ideal launching pad to traveling deep in the Daintree Rainforest or heading out the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full-day Outer Great Barrier Reef Crusie, ideal for all ages, board a glass-bottom boat for reef activities, enjoy an underwater observatory, snorkel, swim, feed the fish and savor a full buffet.

Days 8 - 9: Cairns / Auckland |

Enjoy a full-day guided experience on the 4WD Cape Tribulation and Daintree Forest Excursion. Delight in a Daintree River Cruise before admiring the spectacular views from Alexandra Lookout, followed by lunch in a rain forest setting. Then discover Cape Tribulation Beach and Boardwalk and Mossman Gorge Centre including indigenous presentations. The following day, relax in your private transfer followed by a comfortable flight to Auckland, New Zealand.

Days 9 - 10: Auckland |

Arrive in the city of sails and transfer to your comfortable Premium luxury city view room at SKYCITY Grand Hotel for three nights. Explore the volcanic Mount Eden for panoramic views, Mission Bay and the Tamaki Waterfront. The following day, experience a full-day Auckland Maori Excursion, with an indigenous Maori guide, you'll learn about this unique culture on this interactive tour. Share the stories of the Maori people, learn about their language (te reo) and experience their culture (tikanga) while exploring the highlights of the Auckland region.

Day 11:  Auckland / Rotorua |

Board your luxury vehicle for a guided Auckland to Rotorua Excursion with stops at the Waitomo Caves with a silent boat ride and view of the Glowworm Grotto. Followed by a stop in Hobbiton where scenes from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were filmed. Then check-in to your Millennium Club room at Millennium Rotorua for your overnight stay.

Day 12: Rotorua / United States |

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua's iconic visitor attractions on a guided half-day Discover Rotorua Excursion. Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna as well as the New Zealand Kiwi. Then see New Zealand's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trails at the Agrodome. This evening, board your private transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home and begin preparing your next Down Under and Kiwi vacation.

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