Highlights of New Zealand and Australia

February 18, 2020 to March 7, 2020

Experience the best of Australia and New Zealand on an unforgettable tour filled with fascinating wildlife, dramatic scenery, and the region’s favorite cities. From the South Pacific’s must-sees to its hidden gems, this Australia and New Zealand tour is a dream vacation!

In New Zealand, float by boat through the Waitomo caves under the brilliance of thousands of glowworms, visit the picturesque farm that brought the Hobbiton movie set of The Lord of the Rings trilogy to life, and find inspiration from the majestic beauty of Fiordland National Park, where you’ll cruise the stunning Milford Sound.

Dine aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the city streets of Melbourne and lose yourself in the city’s boutiques and decadent food and wine scene. From the laid-back seaside town of Port Douglas, a full-day excursion takes you to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel or to take a semi-submersible watercraft tour of the famous underwater world that explodes with color and marine life. You’ll also go behind the scenes at the world-famous Opera House in Sydney and enjoy a spectacular harbor cruise.

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Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select pick up points to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your flight to Auckland, New Zealand. You’ll pass over the International Dateline and arrive two days later. Or use your own air and meet us in Auckland.

Kia Ora—welcome to New Zealand! Upon arrival in Auckland you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. This evening join your local Tour Director for a welcome briefing.

Hotel: SkyCity Hotel (or similar)

This morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and the historic Parnell Village. Then, take a ferry to beautiful Waiheke Island, where we’ll visit a WINERY for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of Auckland.

Hotel: Sky City Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning depart Auckland and travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Next, stop at a picturesque farm near Matamata that was transformed into the HOBBITON MOVIE SET from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. During your visit, see the hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, and other structures built for the movies. Continue on to Rotorua for a 2-night stay.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Rotorua (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

This morning visit TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. Next visit RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife including the shy Kiwi bird. This evening, enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Rotorua (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Tonight, take a scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak. Take in the spectacular mountain views and the lights of Queenstown below as you dine in the Skyline Restaurant.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fiord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages—or maybe take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

This morning, board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne.

Hotel: Novotel Melbourne on Collins (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll soon discover the different architectural influences of this city as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Next, enjoy a unique lunch experience on board the historic COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.

Hotel: Novotel Melbourne on Collins (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”

Hotel: Novotel Melbourne on Collins (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Today, fly to Cairns, the “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Continue to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea. Enjoy a 3-night stay in this tropical paradise. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Oaks Resort Port Douglas (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

Hotel: Oaks Resort Port Douglas (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

A full day at leisure. You may wish to take a trip into the Daintree Forest, the world’s oldest living rainforest and to beautiful Cape Tribulation. Other activities include hiking, relaxing by your resort’s pool, or window shopping at the unique boutiques and art galleries in downtown Port Douglas, where you are sure to find a favorite souvenir.

Hotel: Oaks Resort Port Douglas (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

This morning enjoy a special visit to the HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURES for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia.

Hotel: Swissotel Sydney (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous MANLY BEACH with time to explore the shops or perhaps go for a stroll on the beach. Afterward, take a FERRY back to Sydney Harbour and enjoy some of the city’s best views. Make sure to have your camera ready!

Hotel: Swissotel Sydney (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of the highlights of Sydney.

Hotel: Swissotel Sydney (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Unfortunately, our South Pacific adventure ends today. Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the Sydney Airport for your flight home to Chicago

Meal: Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package Inclusions

  • Round trip air from Chicago to Auckland, New Zealand and return from Sydney, Australia
  • Roundtrip motorcoach to Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points
  • Round-trip airport/hotel motorcoach transfers including baggage handling when purchasing included group air

Included Hotel Accommodations

  • Seven nights’ First Class hotel accommodations in New Zealand including:
    • Two nights in Auckland
    • Two nights in Rotorua
    • Three nights in Queenstown
  • Nine nights’ First Class hotel accommodations in Australia including:
    • Three nights in Melbourne
    • Three nights in Port Douglas
    • Three nights in Sydney
  • All hotel taxes, resort fees, baggage handling for one bag per person

Tour Services

  • Internal New Zealand and Australia air flights
  • Professional driver and guide for transfers and included excursions
  • Luxury air-conditioned coaches for transportation and sightseeing
  • Professional local Tour Director
  • Professional driver and guide for transfers and included excursions
  • Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful planning information

Included Sightseeing Experiences

  • Orientation tour of Auckland and Waiheke Island and winery visit
  • Visit to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Visit the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Visit Te Puia and Rainbow Springs
  • Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner
  • Queenstown Gondola ride and visit to Fiordland National Park with Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Melbourne sightseeing tour with visit to Fitzroy Gardens
  • Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch
  • Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities
  • Visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures in Cairns
  • Sydney Sightseeing tour
  • Visit to the Sydney Opera House and botanic gardens
  • Sydney Harbour cruise

Included Meals

  • Daily Breakfast
  • Four lunches
  • Four dinners including a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua, and a farewell dinner in Sydney
* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination

Land Only Package

Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air Inclusive Package

Airfare From Chicago O'Hare
Bus to Chicago from Select Cities
Based on double occupancy

Single Occupancy Surcharge: $2,105

Deposit: $700 per person. Deposits are non-refundable. Please complete the Fox World Travel Registration form online.

Final Payment: Due no later than November 15, 2019

Not Included: Airline flights on land-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Pricing includes current air taxes and fees of $245.16 per person and are subject to change. 

*You have the option of taking the land only price which means you book your own airfare.  Do not book airline tickets until you have been given confirmation from Fox World Travel that the tour will operate. A minimum number of guests is needed to operate this tour.

Early Booking Discount: Book and deposit by October 30, 2019 and receive a $289.00 discount per person

Discounts are subject to change at any time.

Round-trip Airfare from Chicago O’Hare

*Flights from Chicago are pending: The air-inclusive package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date

*Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference.  Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. 

Passport & Visa Information:

A valid passport with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip is necessary.  A Tourist Visa is not needed for New Zealand.  Citizens of the United States wishing to visit Australia are eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority, or ETA.  Fox World Travel will handle the ETA’s on the client’s behalf.  At the time of travel to, and entry into, Australia, all holders of an ETA must be free from tuberculosis and must not have any criminal convictions for which the sentence or sentences (whether served or not) total 12 months or more.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From the time of booking to November 15, 2019 – Deposit non-refundable
  • November 16 to December 13, 2019 – 50% per person penalty plus applicable airline fees
  • December 14, 2019 – January 18, 2020 – 75% per person penalty plus applicable airline fees
  • January 19, 2020 to date of departure – No refund

Note: Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference.  Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. 

 

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