New Zealand and Tasmania (13Days & 12Nights)
Auckland, Taupo, Queenstown, Hollyford Track, Hobart, Cradle Mountain & Launceston Immerse yourself in the wonders of New Zealand and Australia's island state of Tasmania on this exciting journey through some of the world's most scenic landscapes. From the volcanic terrain of Tongariro National Park and the otherworldly splendor of the Milford Sound to historic Hollyford Track and wild Cradle Mountain National Park, you'll engage in outdoor adventures while experiencing legendary hospitality. Along the way, explore an incredible cave system, visit Tasmania's former convict settlement and take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Shotover River.
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Upon arrival in Auckland, you will be met and escorted to your hotel.
Hotel Debrett - 1 Night
Day 2 To Taupo
After breakfast this morning, embark for the journey to Ruakiri Cave. Walk and float on an innertube through an incredible underground river system, which is home to a spectacular collection of stalactites and stalagmites as well as a colony of glowworms. Later this afternoon, continue your journey to Taupo.
Acacia Cliffs Lodge - 2 Nights (B)
Day 3 Taupo
Spend the day at Tongariro, New Zealand’s oldest national park, as you set out on the Tongariro Crossing, which provides an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic volcanically active areas of the park. You’ll walk from the Magatepopo Valley to the summit of Mount Tongariro, stopping for a picnic lunch on the shores of the beautiful Emerald Lakes.
Acacia Cliffs Lodge (B, L)
Day 4 To Queenstown
Fly to Queenstown this morning. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you’ll have some time to prepare for this afternoon’s adventure on the Shotover River. Board your jetboat and speed through the towering, rocky canyons of the “river of gold.”
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa - 1 Night (B)
Day 5 To Hollyford Track
Pass along the shores of lovely Lake Wakatipu on your way to the Hollyford Valley to begin your two-day trek that retraces the footsteps of the early explorers along the Hollyford River.
Pyke River Lodge - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 6 Hollyford Track
Begin your day with a short walk to Lake Alabaster. Cross Fiordland’s longest swing bridge and then enjoy a captivating jetboat journey down the Hollyford River and across Lake McKerrow to the historic site of Jamestown. Walk through an ancient forest of pines before arriving at your lodge.
Martins Bay Lodge - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 7 To Queenstown
Walk through the forest of Jerusalem Creek and visit the fur seal colony at Long Reef. Travel by jet boat to the beach and explore the sand dunes and lagoon. Enjoy a scenic flight to Milford Sound, with views of the Track route, Hollyford Valley and Mt. Tutoko, Fiordland’s highest peak. Return to Queenstown this evening.
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa - 1 Night (B, L)
Day 8 To Hobart, Australia
After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight to Tasmania. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel Grand Chancellor - 3 Nights (B)
Day 9 Hobart
Join your private guide for a full-day tour of the rugged coastline of the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site, which houses the remains of Tasmania’s famous convict settlement. In the afternoon, travel to the historic village of Richmond before meeting Tasmanian’s enigmatic character, the Tasmanian Devil.
Hotel Grand Chancellor (B, L)
Day 10 Hobart
Traverse the southern shores of Hobart to the seaside township of Kettering. Depart via vehicle ferry for a full day on Bruny Island, where you may sample a variety of local produce and take in the fascinating scenery. Spot a variety of Southern Ocean marine wildlife and marvel at the impressive coastal geology on an unforgettable cruise. In the afternoon, return directly to the Hobart waterfront via a scenic seaplane flight.
Hotel Grand Chancellor (B, L)
Day 11 To Cradle Mountain
Explore the Cradle Mountain–Lake St. Clair National Park wilderness area today. Spend some time exploring the many trails on the lower slopes of the mountain while admiring its craggy reflection in the waters of pine-fringed Dove Lake.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge - 2 Nights (B)
Day 12 Cradle Mountain
Spend the day exploring the grounds of the lodge on guided walks, or engage in some of the other optional activities available such as mountain biking, fly fishing or canoeing.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (B)
Day 13 Depart Launceston
You will be escorted to the Launceston Airport for your onward flight.