New Zealand and Australia Vacation Package

A 14 day trip to Australia & New Zealand

Listen to the pulsing sounds of the Haka (traditional dance) rise into the air and the peaceful quiet of the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. See the shimmering skyline of Auckland and protestant art of Melbourne. From the majesty of nature to the magic of civilization, if you ve ever wanted to experience the best of Australia and New Zealand, this is the trip for you.

General Information

Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Auckland, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Melbourne, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda, Sydney, Blue Mountains

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1 The Beauty of New Zealand

Arrive in Auckland and watch the city s many sails flutter in to view. Sky Tower, the largest building in the Southern Hemisphere, ascends over the city and adds to the majesty of Auckland s skyline. Jump into the adventure and explore Auckland Harbour on a harbour cruise. The skyline drifts into the distance as you float under the skeletal structure of the Auckland Bridge, the salty smell of the sea in the air, the clear turquoise of the sea beneath you. Wave to the numerous lush islands that pass in the distance, some full of quaint towns and antique shops, others uninhabited and great for hiking. As the sun sets on the horizon Auckland glimmers in the city lights that reflect on the shoreline.

What s Included: Accommodation

Day 2 A Light in the Dark

On your way from Auckland to Rotorua you will stop at the Waitomo Caves to experience the brilliance of the Glowworm Grotto. Drift on the river, deeper into the cave where the light of glowworms speckles the darkness in green and gold light dangling from the ceiling.

Continue on to Rotorua, the Maori cultural capital of New Zealand. Witness the power and intimidation of a Haka, the traditional Maori war dance. The dancers voices scream out as they slap their chests, stick out their tongues, bulge out their eyes, and remind you how good it is not to be theopposing army. The air smells of roasted lamb and sweet potatoes from the hangi, a traditional Maori barbecue buried in the ground. The meat is succulent and the vegetables are tender, an incredible meal to end an incredible day.

What s Included: Accommodation Transfer, Tour, Dinner

Day 3 Discover Rotorua

Indulge in Rotorua, New Zealand s cultural capital. Start the day with a trip to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, created to preserve Maori s cultural and artistic traditions. Take a peek at the Wood Carving School where students learn how to record and preserve the history of their people. Similar carvings can be seen around New Zealand in Maori centers: meeting houses, canoes, weapons and jewelry, the better the carving the more prestigious the item.

Visit Rainbow Springs and see New Zealand s unique flora and fauna. The trees smell of cedar as you walk through the free-flight aviaries and stand among the flamboyant birds that soar through the air. You can even give the birds their morning feed. Rainbow Springs is also home to an abundance of kiwis, with long, thin beaks, and fluffy, round bodies; it s a wonder they can stand on their thin legs, let alone gain any speed to run.

What s Included: Accommodation, Tours

Day 4 A Queenstown Welcome

Depart Rotorua for beautiful Queenstown, an incredible lakeside town on the South Island. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the surrounding majestic Remarkables Range reflects in the pristine water. Take advantage of all Queenstown has to offer, no matter the season. The air is cool and crisp. Boats sail on the lake and laughter floats through the air. Take the Southern Hemisphere s steepest gondola ride to the top of Bob s Peak. Sit in comfort as all of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu unfold before you as you climb up almost into the clouds as New Zealand sits at your feet.

What s Included: Accommodation

Day 5 Luxurious Milford Sound

A cruise through Milford Sound will remind you of how magnificent New Zealand s natural wonders can be. The air smells of crisp, pure seawater. The water is pearl blue and cold to the touch. Mountains climb and sprawl around the sound with trees clinging to cliff faces and roots holding fast to the sediment. Stand at the rail and watch the waterfalls careen down the mountains splashing elegantly into the water, mist rising up and filling the air with a mixture of sea and melted snow. Listen to the barks of Fur Seals and the yip of dolphins that call the sound their home. No matter the season, Milford Sound has an unspoiled and unparalleled beauty; exploring Milford Sound is a wonderful and fitting way to spend your last day in New Zealand.

What s Included: Accommodation, Tour

Day 6 Australia Calling

Transfer to the Queenstown Airport and say goodbye to the incredible natural wonders of New Zealand. Fly over the frigid, still beauty of the Tasman Sea on your way to Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne is the cultural center of Australia, known for its art, food, street culture, and boutique shops. The bells of streetcars peal in the air along with the echo of heels thumping on cobblestone walkways. There is no shortage of nooks to explore while in Melbourne, where on many streets the smell of fresh pastries emanates from hidden alleyways. A walk through Fitzroy will bring you to the Bohemian center of the city, where the incense of second-hand-shops mixes with the lavish perfume of designer stores. Fitzroy is a wonderful place to wander and wonder.

What s Included: Accommodation

Day 7 Natural Melbourne

You will get to experience Australian farming first hand with a visit to the Warrook Cattle Farm. Take the opportunity to feed the lambs, learn how to milk a cow, and watch the ease and determination in which the experts sheer the fluff of a full-grown sheep. Learn about the hardships and pleasures of the Australian farming industry from the source, including watching the wildlife as emus, kangaroos, and wombats, scamper through the fields.

Indulge in a tour of tasty treats at Panny s Chocolate Factory on Phillip Island. Enjoy the rich taste of Panny s Secret Recipe white truffle upon your arrival, a tasty and luxurious introduction of the tour to come. Full of interactive machines to experiment with, Panny s is practically the Willy Wonka of Melbourne. Full of chocolate fun and facts, don t forget to take advantage of making your own chocolate on the tour, rich or sweet, dark or white, your choice for your taste.

To complete the day on a tasty note, try dinner at Golden Fields, an Asian Fusion restaurant in the St. Kilda district. Set on mixing Asian flavors with international palates, the chef s interpretation of a lobster roll is made with the decadence of local, poached crayfish and Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise; an unforgettable meal for an unforgettable day.

What s Included: Accommodation, Tours

Day 8 Journey North

Depart Melbourne for the northern delights of Cairns, Australia, and the unforgettable beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Wander along the Esplanade and the sea-salt lagoon that decorates the walkway. Metal fish fly in through the air, people splash through the water, ankle deep, as the sun settles warm in the sky making the cool water a welcome escape.

What s Included: Accommodation

Day 9 Cruising the Reef

Cruise to the edge of the continental shelf exploring the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. The blend of pink coral, orange fish, and purple anemones swirl together under the magnifier of clear water. Watch the world from the dry comforts of a glass-bottom boat or dive into the water and watch the hidden gems of the world up close. The giant clam of Agincourt s exterior makes people mistake the mollusk as coral, until its mouth drifts apart revealing its almost neon purple and blue streaked insides. If you re lucky you may see the gentle magnitude of a whale shark as it floats along the reef, its wide mouth and spotted skin meandering through the water in a calm and unaggressive way. As the sun sets, the reef almost glows in the darkening orange that sets the water on fire.

What s Included: Accommodation, Tour

Day 10 From Seas to Trees

Journey from the pearl blue water through the lush green rainforest on the Kuranda Railway. One of the most scenic railways in the world, you will travel through hand hewn tunnels and across open bridges while the luster of the rainforest splays out for as far as the eye can see. Barron Falls sprawls over the edge of the mountain and thunders down into the valley below, mist rising from the rapids and filling the air with damp forest. View the falls from the comforts of the train-car or from the viewing platform where you can feel the mist rising from the valley below.

The train stops in Kuranda, a forest town full of antique shops and Aboriginal culture. Set in the seclusion the rainforest offers, Kuranda is a combination of eccentric local character and the natural wonders of its surroundings. Pay a visit to the Butterfly Sanctuary (the largest in Australia) where you can stand amidst nature as it literally flutters around you. Be sure to walk along the wooded path so the butterflies can flit around you, often times landing on people s shoulders and hands, when held steady. The Ulysses Swallowtail has black tipped wings as the bright blue flutters so fast it s like a blue strobe light flying past you in the brush. Learn about the butterfly s lifecycle and their inhabitation of Australia. At the Butterfly Sanctuary, you don t just see the exhibit, you are a part of it.

What s Included: Accommodation, Tours

Day 11 Northern Trees to Southern Sails

Depart Cairns for Sydney, Australia and watch the sails of the Sydney Opera House come into view as the plane descends. The city by the sea contains all that Australia has become known for: beaches, cuisine, and a city of international cosmopolitanism. Venture through the neighborhoods to experience the local delights.

Newtown is home to Sydney s largest concentration of artists, along with galleries, studios, and shops. The streets practically smell of fresh paint and imagination as you wander the neighborhood and run into shops like All Buttons Great and Small, a store dedicated to the collection and selling of all types of buttons. Almost like a museum, the store offers and creates various outlets for its buttons, including incredible displays.

What s Included: Accommodation

Day 12 - Inside the Harbour

Look around and inside the sails that decorate the Sydney Harbour. Experience the Sydney Opera House with a tour of more than just the outside esplanade. The outside looks like a ship, with bright white, wide sails ready to float into the sea at any moment. The inside of the Opera House looks like a gilded clam, layered and ornate, with acoustics that can make a whisper echo through the chamber.

The journey through Sydney Harbour continues with a cruise on the water. Surf along the waterfront with the sails of the Opera House shrinking in the distance, while the skeletal frame of the Harbour Bridge looms overhead; Sydney s skyline dims to a distant silhouette in the sun. Watch the seaside houses peek from the tree line and decorate the shores of Sydney s waterway suburbs. The smell of coffee from the boat mixes with the sea and the smoke of barbeques on the shore. The sun sets as the lights of the skyline shine bright and call you back to land.

What s Included: Accommodation, Tour, Cruise

Day 13 Sydney s Natural Surroundings

Visit Sydney s award winning Featherdale Wildlife Park, known for its conservation efforts and incredible collection of Australia s unique fauna. Cassowaries look practically prehistoric in their size, similar to an ostrich. The males are colorful with deep blue skin around their neck and a Mohawk topped proudly on their heads, while Kookaburras are famous for their territorial squawk that sounds like a high-pitched laugh ringing through the trees.

Enjoy the fluffy cuddles of a koala as it slowly wraps its paws around your shoulders. Snap a photo so everyone at home will believe you had the chance to cuddle a koala. Linger among the kangaroos as they lounge in the shade, shielding themselves from the sun. On your last day in Australia, you can reach out and touch the continent, like the continent has no doubt touched you.

What s Included: Accommodation, Tours

Day 14 On Your Way

You will transfer to the Sydney Airport to depart for the US. Though the trip has ended, there will be plenty of time to reminisce, thoughts of the mountain ranges that hovered within the clouds, the smells of the hangi, the sounds of the haka, the colors of the Reef, and the cuddly fur of the koala. The trip has ended but the memories never will.



orient recommends the following guidelines for customized Australia and New Zealand tour packages, excluding international flights:

  • 5-star: USD $350 - $1,000+ per person per day
  • 4-star: Minimum USD $300 per person per day
  • 3-star: Minimum USD $250 per person per day

The customized package will include accommodations, airport transfers and other transportation within Australia and New Zealand, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip.

Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final accommodation choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.