Highlights of New Zealand and Australia

February 19, 2019 to March 9, 2019

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.

Throughout this Australia and New Zealand tour, we’ve arranged out-of-the-ordinary adventures to make your vacation unique and to give you a lifetime of memories!

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: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

This morning, travel to the nearby WAIMANGU VOLCANIC VALLEY. Waimangu in the Maori language means “black water,” and the area was once the location of the most powerful geyser in the world. The valley is now home to wonderful plant and bird life, thermal hot springs, steaming cliffs, and volcanic craters. This evening, enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE.

Hotel: Novotel Rotorus Lakeside (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and 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.” At MOSSMAN GORGE, home to lush tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains, and colorful flora and fauna experience a DREAMTIME WALK with a member of the local indigenous community. Hear stories and legends from a long time ago while your guide demonstrates traditional plant uses. At the end of the tour, enjoy traditional bush tea and damper. We continue to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea. Enjoy a 3-night stay in this tropical paradise.

Hotel: QT 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: QT 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: QT 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 Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.

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

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. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motocoach will drop you at your original pick up location.

Meal: Breakfast


Included Airfare

  • Round trip air from Chicago to Auckland, New Zealand and return from Sydney, Australia
  • Internal New Zealand and Australia air flights

Included Hotel Accomodations

  • 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

Highlights and 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 Waimungu Volcanic Valley and 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
  • Mossman Gorge Dreamtime walk with indigenous guide
  • 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
  • Six lunches
  • Four dinners including a farewell dinner in Sydney

Included Transportation

  • Motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare from select locations
  • Round-trip airport/hotel motorcoach transfers including baggage handling when purchasing our air-included package
  • Professional driver and guide for transfers and included excursions
  • Luxury air-conditioned coaches for transportation and sightseeing

Included Tour Guides/Materials

  • 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
*A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination. Hotels, tour itinerary and tour inclusions are subject to change.

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: $2,010

Triple Reduction: $60 per person, triple occupancy

Deposit: $700 per person. Deposits are non-refundable. Please complete the Fox World Travel Registration form online.
Final Payment: Due no later than November 16, 2018

Not Included: Gratuities for the coach driver, tour director or guides; meals, other than those specifically mentioned; beverages, other than included dinners; airline baggage fees; items of a personal nature such as internet/phone, laundry, passport fees, optional trip insurance, anything not specifically listed as included in the package price.

*Above prices are per person based on double or single occupancy.  Economy class flights are included in the air-inclusive pricing. All taxes and fees of $245.16 are included and 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 September 15, 2018 and receive a $270.00 discount per person

Welcome Back Past Passenger Discount: Book to receive a $150.00 discount per person

*Must have traveled with Globus, Cosmos or Avalon with the last five years to qualify for past passenger discount.

Discounts are subject to change at any time.

Round-trip Airfare from Chicago O’Hare

Departure flight from Chicago (February 19)

Flight details are still pending

Flight from Rotorura to Queenstown (February 25)

Flight details are still pending

Flight from Queenstown to Melbourne (February 28)

Flight details are still pending

Flight from Melbourne to Cairns (March 3)

Flight details are still pending

Flight from Cairns to Sydney (March 6)

Flight details are still pending

Return flight from Sydney (March 9)

Flight details are still pending

Air Taxes & Fees: Current airline taxes & fees are included in the above pricing and are subject to change. Inter-Island air costs are subject to change.

*Flight schedules are subject to change. FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 seats are needed to confirm group air from the United States and return. Tickets will be non-refundable once issued.

Passport & Visa Information:

Your vacation will require a valid passport with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.  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 provide you with the information on how to apply for the ETA. 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 16, 2018 – Deposit non-refundable
  • November 17 to December 14, 2018 – 50% per person penalty plus applicable airline fees
  • December 15, 2018 to date of departure – No refund

Note: Air is non-refundable once ticketed. 

 

To talk to a travel specialist or book your trip, please call 1-888-369-8785