Sydney to Queenstown

23 days from 7,549pp

Why choose between Australia and New Zealand? Experience both on an extraordinary 23-day adventure. Discover iconic Sydney, fashionable Melbourne, and welcoming Auckland; stand in the presence of sacred Uluru; explore ancient rainforests; and get your fill of city life, mountainscapes, glaciers, cultural moments, deserts, hot springs, and photo ops.
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23 days Sydney to Queenstown

From 7,549 per person

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Sydney

Arrive at any time.

Please make your own way to the joining hotel. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and enjoy exploring the city before joining the welcome meeting at 6pm.

If you arrive early enough, you’ll have time to head into the city to visit The Rocks neighbourhood, the Australian Museum, Bondi Beach, or Darling Harbour.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Optional Activities – Day 1

Sydney Opera House Visit
Sydney

37-165AUD per person

Stroll along the waterfront to admire Sydney’s most iconic landmark, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and opened by Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1973. Take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site to discover its history, folklore, and more.
Some two million people a year come to see concerts and cultural performances Opera House. Catch the boom of the grand organ–with more than 10,000 pipes, it took 10 years to build and is the largest mechanical organ in the world.

Day 2: Sydney

Enjoy a traditional Aboriginal welcome and a walkabout around The Rocks area and Sydney Harbour to learn the history of the Aboriginal people’s saltwater heritage and their spiritual connection to the area. In the afternoon, board a private yacht and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with a barbecue dinner. While navigating the bays and coves, sit back and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Metro
Sydney

Get around underground via public transit.

Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
Sydney3h

Board a private yacht and enjoy a three-hour cruise navigating the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Relax and enjoy the iconic scenery as our crew share stories of Sydney and its famed harbour. Enjoy a casual Aussie BBQ as the sun sets over the famed Harbour Bridge and Opera House and watch the city lights come alive across the water.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming and Welcome Tour

Enjoy a traditional Aboriginal welcome and acknowledgement of the Earth Mother in a clapstick ceremony. Continue on a walkabout around The Rocks area and Sydney Harbour to learn the history of the Aboriginal people’s saltwater heritage and their spiritual connection to the area. Our Aboriginal guide will explain how the cosmopolitan Sydney of today continues to weave the Dreamtime Southern X text into it’s modern environment. Explore how to experience contemporary Aboriginal society and ancient wisdom right in the heart of the city.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3: Sydney/Port Douglas

Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in the Daintree Rainforest. Continue on to the resort in Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights.

We catch a very early flight to ensure we make the most of the day.

Taxicab
Sydney30m-1h

Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

Plane
Sydney – Cairns3h

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Private Vehicle
Cairns – Port Douglas1h70km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Aboriginal Interpretive Walk
Mossman Gorge2h

Take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4: Port Douglas

Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach, or opt to go snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef.

Free Time
Port Douglas Full Day

Today is a free day, but we recommend going on an optional snorkelling or diving trip of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world.

Optional Activities – Day 4

Great Barrier Reef Diving from Port Douglas
Great Barrier Reef

301.50-450.00AUD per person

Experience the largest coral reef in the world from beneath the ocean’s surface on a scuba diving day trip. The Great Barrier Reef teems with 1500 species of tropical fish, as well as whales, dolphins and porpoises. Bring an underwater camera and go crazy!

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling from Port Douglas
Great Barrier Reef

246.50-355.00AUD per person

Don a mask and snorkel the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Say g’day to Nemo, the clown fish, and some of the 1,500 other species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm waters off Australia’s east coast.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Port Douglas/Cairns
Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvelous creatures. We’ll also hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.
Private Vehicle
Port Douglas – Cairns1h70km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
Cairns Evening

Free time to explore the famed city of Cairns.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: James Cook University Research Aquarium

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr. Jamie Seymour. Jamie has studied Australia’s venomous marine creatures for over 20 years. We’ll enjoy an exclusive tour of the facility (not normally open to the public), get an up-close look at some of these marvellous creatures, and hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Cairns

Enjoy a free day to relax at the beach. Opt to explore North Queensland’s tropical rainforests or get your adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or bungee jumping.

Carte Blanche
Cairns Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Cairns, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, whitewater rafting, and skydiving. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities – Day 6

Bungee Jumping
Cairns

179AUD per person

Leave your fears at home and prepare to have your breath taken away as you jump from 164ft. Now’s the time to release your inner daredevil – what are you waiting for?

Great Barrier Reef Diving from Cairns
Great Barrier Reef8h-9h

245-289AUD per person

Experience the largest coral reef in the world from beneath the ocean’s surface on a scuba diving day trip. Packages vary and include 1, 2, or 3 dives in a day. The Great Barrier Reef teems with 1500 species of tropical fish, as well as whales, dolphins and porpoises. Bring an underwater camera and go crazy!

Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway
Cairns

111-124AUD per person

Settle into a comfortable 6 seat gondola for a ride with a spectacular view along the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Pass over the canopy one of Australia’s tropical rainforests, so close to the tree tops it’s as if you could reach out and touch the leaves. After, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through a lush tropical paradise framed by rugged mountains, waterfalls and ravines back to Cairns. Travel on authentic timber carriages via hand-hewn tunnels and across towering bridges, through the awe-inspiring Barron Gorge. Experience the exotic beauty of North Queensland’s tropical rainforests, marvelling at the incredible array of plants and animals encountered all along the way.

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling from Cairns
Great Barrier Reef8h-9h

174AUD per person

Don a mask and snorkel the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Say g’day to Nemo, the clown fish, and some of the 1,500 other species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm waters off Australia’s east coast.

Whitewater Rafting
Cairns12h-12h30m

138-210AUD per person

Put on a helmet, grab a paddle and raft the Class 3 & 4 rapids of the mighty Tully River, considered the best rafting river in all Australia & New Zealand.

Skydiving
Cairns2h-6h

310-400AUD per person

Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Cairns from an eagle’s perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high above the land and sea. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Cairns/Uluru

Catch a flight to Uluru. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food, and music before witnessing an incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.

Get a good nights sleep as our flight could be quite early today.

Plane
Cairns – Uluru3h

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Free Time
Uluru Full Day

Relax and watch the sunset over Uluru

Sunset at Uluru
Uluru1h-1h30m

Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine while watching the sunset over Uluru. Marvel at the changing colours over the desert and keep reminding yourself that yes, you really are there.

Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Uluru

Learn about the Aboriginal Australian culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and present-day life of the Anangu people. Discover the wild world of bush tucker (indigenous food), find out which plants are used in bush medicine, and hear creation stories.

Taxicab
Uluru30m

Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Uluru

Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. Continue on with a guided Mala Walk around the base of Uluru, gaining insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people.

Later, take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Uluru Mala Walk
Uluru1h-1h30m 2km

Walk along the northwest side of Uluru with your CEO to learn about the history of the area, stories of the Anangu people and these awe-inspiring uplifted sandstone rock formations.

Free Time
Uluru

Enjoy some time at leisure.

Kata Tjuta National Park
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga1h30m-2h

Take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park to explore the beautiful, red, domed rocks that comprise the site. While Uluru is the most famous landmark in the park, we explore a bit further afield to enjoy this stunning landscape.

Optional Activities – Day 8

Sounds of Silence Dinner
Uluru

195AUD per person

Enjoy a decadent three-course dinner while watching the sunset over Uluru. Try traditional bush tucker inspired food, including crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi, while listening to a didgeridoo performance as day turns to night. After dinner, learn more about the southern night sky during an astronomy tour with a local expert – prepared to be dazzled by the incredible clarity of the outback sky from this remote location.

Uluru Helicopter Flight
Uluru

150-285AUD per person

See some of the highlights of the red centre from a bird’s-eye view. Take to the air and choose between a 15-minute loop around Uluru, or opt to also see Kata Tjuta on a 30-minute flight.

Outback Astronomy Tour
Uluru

48AUD per person

Enjoy a tour of the night sky, learning how Aboriginals used the stars for mythology and seasonal predictions while getting a chance to stargaze through telescopes and binoculars. The Outback is one of the best places to stargaze, with low humidity and surrounding light – take a peek and see whats out there!

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9: Uluru/Melbourne
Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night.
Plane
Uluru – Melbourne

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Taxicab
Melbourne30m-1h

Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10: Melbourne

Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne. Opt to visit wineries, explore the Great Ocean Road, or discover hidden gems in the city’s famous laneways.

Free Time
Melbourne

Melbourne is full of things to do – take advantage of this free day and get out to explore!

Optional Activities – Day 10

Great Ocean Road Day excursion
Great Ocean Road12h-13h

144-195AUD per person

Enjoy an excursion along the Great Ocean Road showcasing some of Australia’s most scenic coastal views.

Myki Explorer Public Transportation Pass
Melbourne

15AUD per person

From St. Kilda to Fitzroy, make the most of your time in Melbourne with a Myki Transportation Pass, giving you access to all tram travel throughout the city.

Yarra Valley Wine Tour
Melbourne

120-129AUD per person

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11: Melbourne

Go on a guided foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne with a local author and culinary storyteller for a three-course progressive lunch. Later, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne.

Free Time
Melbourne Afternoon

Free time to explore the city or take an excursion.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Melbourne Foodie Walk

Melbourne has long been considered a major centre for foodie culture in Australia. As home to many immigrant communities, the gastronomic expertise on offer here is both diverse and exciting. Explore this incredible city on a National Geographic Journeys-exclusive guided walk, led by local author and culinary storyteller, Monique Bayer. Enjoy lunch at three popular venues that showcase why contemporary dining in Melbourne is such a special experience. Through European flavours as well as those from across Asia, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the city’s history, its people, and its celebrated (and gorgeous) laneways.

Optional Activities – Day 11

Myki Explorer Public Transportation Pass
Melbourne

15AUD per person

From St. Kilda to Fitzroy, make the most of your time in Melbourne with a Myki Transportation Pass, giving you access to all tram travel throughout the city.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 12: Melbourne/Auckland

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city.

Plane
Melbourne – Auckland4h

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13: Auckland

Enjoy a morning orientation walk before catching a ferry to Waiheke Island. Visit two local wineries to learn more about New Zealand’s burgeoning wine industry and the history of wine production in the country while sampling some of the local blends, of course.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Waiheke Island Wineries

Catch the ferry to picturesque Waiheke Island to learn about New Zealand’s highly celebrated wine industry in its founding region. Tour a boutique vineyard and learn from our host about the process of making the syrahs, merlots, and chardonnays that the region is so well-known for. Enjoy a taste of the vineyard’s estate-grown olive and avocado oils. After, continue to one of Waiheke’s original wineries for a tour and tasting – while learning about the evolution of wine production in New Zealand. Return to Auckland this evening via a scenic ferry ride.

Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Optional Activities – Day 13

Maritime Museum Visit
Auckland1h-8h

20NZD per person

Tour the museum’s seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand’s relationship with the sea. Be inspired by the country’s most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake, and his many accomplishments, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14: Auckland/Rotorua

Drive to Rotorua, stopping for an excursion at Waitomo Caves where you’ll take a boat ride through the cave and see thousands of flickering glowworms lighting up the walls.

Rotorua sits over an active geothermal zone with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. This is a fascinating region with Maori history and culture tied directly to the geothermal aspects of the land.

Private Vehicle
Auckland – Rotorua6h-7h300km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Waitomo Cave Excursion
Waitomo Caves3h30m

Enjoy a peaceful boat ride through caverns covered with magical glowworms that are unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in underground caves carved by rivers and time. Take in more than 120 years of cultural and natural history on this unique excursion.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15: Rotorua

Enjoy a free day in Rotorua which sits over an active geothermal zone with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools. Opt to visit one of the geothermal sites, or go whitewater rafting. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a “Kaumātua” (an elder in Māori society). After, watch an extravagant performance about local myths and legends while dining on traditional Hangi cuisine.

Free Time
Rotorua Full Day

Enjoy free time to visit the geothermal sites around town.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet a Maori Elder

Enjoy a “mihi” (private welcome) in Tamaki Village from a “Kaumātua” (an elder in Māori society). Sit down to an exclusive talk with the elder and learn about the community’s traditions, myths, and legends, including the Sky Father and Earth Mother. You’ll also learn about the history of the Maori people and their deep connection to Rotorua landscape and its geothermal aspects.

Tamaki Maori Village
Rotorua3h-3h30m

Visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Receive the traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony followed by a captivating stage performance explaining Maori history, myths and culture. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi meal, similar to the Hawaiian Luau, with dishes cooked in the ground. Savour the taste of chicken, sweet potatoes, port and pudding wrapped in cabbage or banana leaves and steamed underground with the heat from lava rocks and wood. Yum!

Optional Activities – Day 15

Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village Visit
Rotorua1h30m-2h

35-60NZD per person

Visit an authentic Maori Geothermal Village. With a local guide, follow the path past bubbling mud pits and mineral pools with different fluorescent coloured water. Learn how geothermal energy is used around the village and hear the history of the area. Just try to ignore the sulfurous smell; that’s just Mother Earth making magma magic.

Hot Springs
Rotorua

30-50NZD per person

Soak tired muscles in the area’s natural hot springs and let the mineral water work its magic. Rotorua is home to a number of amazing geothermal parks – be sure you don’t miss the healing and relaxing benefits of the city’s naturally heated waters.

Whitewater Rafting
Rotorua

89NZD per person

Get your adrenaline fix on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don’t forget to paddle!

Mountain Biking
Rotorua2h-4h

35-130NZD per person

Head out on an exhilarating cycling adventure. Explore the stunning Redwood Forest on two wheels on what some call the world’s best mountain biking trails. Whether you’re a beginner or expert mountain bike enthusiast there’s sure to be a trail perfect for you.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 16: Rotorua/Christchurch

Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with your CEO to get a feel for the city.

With free time in Rotorua this morning, opt to relax in one of the hot pools fed by water coming directly from the natural springs.

Private Vehicle
Rotorua Morning

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Plane
Rotorua – Christchurch1h-1h30m

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Optional Activities – Day 16

Hells Gate Geothermal Park
Rotorua

35-90NZD per person

Hot Springs
Rotorua

30-50NZD per person

Soak tired muscles in the area’s natural hot springs and let the mineral water work its magic. Rotorua is home to a number of amazing geothermal parks – be sure you don’t miss the healing and relaxing benefits of the city’s naturally heated waters.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 17: Christchurch/Franz Josef

Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine train, crossing the scenic Southern Alps to New Zealand’s glacier region. Disembark and finish the journey over the highest pass in the Southern Alps in a private vehicle before transferring to a beautiful rainforest lodge, our home for two nights.

Train
Christchurch – Arthur’s Pass2h30m

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Private Vehicle
Arthur’s Pass – Franz Josef3h-3h30m240km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 18: Franz Josef

Options are plentiful. Choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in hot pools among stunning scenery.

Free Time
Franz Josef

Opt for various hiking adventures in the area, the most popular being trekking to view Franz Josef glacier. If relaxing is more your style, there are shorter day hikes and bush walks or local hot pools to take a dip.

Optional Activities – Day 18

Franz Josef Quad Bike
Franz Josef

65-160NZD per person

Hop aboard the two-seater ATV quad and drive along ancient glacial pathways carved into the landscape by ice and water. Be amazed at what lies around every twist and turn as you are guided through rainforests, riverbeds, grasslands, sand and mud. Feel the thrill of fresh air in your face and the excitement of riding in the wild.

Helicopter Hike
Franz Josef3h-4h

459-539NZD per person

Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride high up on Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool!

Franz Josef Kayaking
Franz Josef3h-4h

99-129NZD per person

Explore the stunning Lake Mapourika by kayak. This lake was created as the Franz Josef glacier retreated 14,000 years ago, and the still water has created a natural mirror allowing you to soak in the incredible panoramic views.

Ice Explorer Guided Hike (Heli Transfer)
Franz Josef

379-409NZD per person

The sheer size and power of Franz Josef is something you need to see to believe. Board a chopper for a leisurely flight over the glacier before landing directly on the ice. From there, get up close and personal on a three-hour guided hike past towering peaks and stunning blue ice. The constantly shifting ice flows and crevices ensure your visit will be one-of-a-kind!

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Franz Josef

79NZD per person

Enjoy spectacular views on a guided interpretive walk that follows a riverbed along the Franz Josef Glacier’s retreat. At the end, you’ll be rewarded with a great view of the glacier off in the distance.

Hiking
Franz Josef30m-8h 3-17km

Free

Take your pick of many scenic and memorable treks in Franz Josef – a true hiker’s haven. Get prepared before heading out, and be mindful of signs along the track. See majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, and amazing views that you’ll definitely want your camera on hand for.

Horseback Riding
Franz Josef

65-150NZD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Franz Josef’s amazing glacier landscape on horseback. Ride amid rainforests and mountain scenery, and enjoy fresh open air and natural beauty on this unforgettable trip.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 19: Franz Josef/Queenstown

Take a stunning scenic drive through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown.

Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right, you can get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some short walks and waterfall visits.

Private Vehicle
Franz Josef – Queenstown8h-9h365km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 20: Queenstown/Fiordland National Park

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through Fiordland National Park. Led by onboard naturalist guides, we have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds, and penguins, with the option to kayak. Spend the night onboard in comfortable cabins (seasonal) with time to relax on deck and stargaze.

In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar (additional price) and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.

Fiordland National Park Overnight Wilderness Cruise
Fiordland National Park24h

Cruise through stunning Fiordland National Park, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. Depending on the departure, the cruise will be in either Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound – two of the most stunning regions within the park. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls, and keep an eye out for area wildlife: dolphins, penguins, seals, and a variety of birds. Want to get closer to the water? Feel free to use one of the boats’ sea kayaks to explore the area more in-depth.

After the day, moor at a secluded bay for the night, and sit back and relax on the spacious viewing decks.

Private Vehicle
Queenstown – Fiordland National Park3h250km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 21: Fiordland National Park/Queenstown

Enjoy early morning wildlife viewing along the fiord as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown.

Private Vehicle
Fiordland National Park – Queenstown3h250km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 22: Queenstown

Enjoy a free day to explore on your own, visit a winery, or cruise on a historic steamship. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Opt to go bungee jumping, jet boating, skydiving, paragliding, or mountain biking. This evening enjoy a gondola ride with spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape.

Free Time
Queenstown

There’s plenty to see and do in Queenstown, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like mountain biking, bungee jumping, and jet boating. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Gondola Ride
Queenstown1h-2h30m

Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220º view of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables mountain range, and Lake Wakatipu below.

Optional Activities – Day 22

Vineyard Tour
Queenstown5h-7h

185-230NZD per person

Visit vineyards in New Zealand’s fastest growing wine region. Taste some of Queenstown’s finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Sample local cheeses and learn more about the grape varietals that flourish here. Pick up a few bottles to savour back home.

Lord of the Rings Horse Riding Tour
Queenstown

165-325NZD per person

Escape New Zealand and head to Middle-earth on a horseback riding tour of sites used in the Lord of the Rings films. Take in the breathtaking views and see if you can spot places where the films were shot.

Earnslaw Steamship Cruise
Queenstown

55-95NZD per person

Discover the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a 103 year old traditional steamship. This 90 minute cruise highlights that stunning alpine scenery that surrounds Queenstown, and lets you check out the views while relaxing on deck.

Bungee Jumping
Queenstown1h30m-4h

175-510NZD per person

Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world’s original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort of solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.

Skydiving
Queenstown

299-439NZD per person

Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle’s perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

Shotover Jet Boating
Queenstown2h-3h

149NZD per person

Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity— go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.

Paragliding
Queenstown15m-30m

210NZD per person

Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky.

Ziptrek
Queenstown

120-170NZD per person

Canyon Fox
Queenstown

165NZD per person

Canyon Swing
Queenstown

205NZD per person

Get your heart racing as you launch yourself from the world’s highest canyon swing. Free fall for 60m before a 200m swing across Shotover Canyon. See you at the other side!

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 23: Queenstown

Depart at any time.

For more time to explore Queenstown, we recommend booking post nights with your agent if you are interested in the countless adrenaline-packed activities in the town known as the “adventure capital of the world.” Jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and sky diving are some of the activities available.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Optional Activities – Day 23

Bungee Jumping
Queenstown1h30m-4h

175-510NZD per person

Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world’s original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort of solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.

Shotover Jet Boating
Queenstown2h-3h

149NZD per person

Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity— go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.

Earnslaw Steamship Cruise
Queenstown

55-95NZD per person

Discover the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a 103 year old traditional steamship. This 90 minute cruise highlights that stunning alpine scenery that surrounds Queenstown, and lets you check out the views while relaxing on deck.

Vineyard Tour
Queenstown5h-7h

185-230NZD per person

Visit vineyards in New Zealand’s fastest growing wine region. Taste some of Queenstown’s finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Sample local cheeses and learn more about the grape varietals that flourish here. Pick up a few bottles to savour back home.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming and Welcome Tour, Sydney
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: James Cook University Research Aquarium
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Melbourne Foodie Walk, Melbourne
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Waiheke Island Wineries, Waiheke Island
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet a Maori Elder, Rotorua
  • Sydney Harbour Aboriginal Walk
  • Sydney Harbour cruise
  • Aboriginal walk through the Daintree Rainforest
  • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru
  • Melbourne orientation walk
  • Visit glowworm caves
  • Orientation walk in Christchurch
  • Scenic TranzAlpine train
  • Queenstown Gondola ride
  • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) in Fiordland National Park
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotel (21 nts), cruise boat (1 nt, seasonal).

Meals

22 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Allow USD925-1205 for meals not included.

Transportation

Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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