Australia & New Zealand Honeymoon! FINAL

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Day 1

Upon arrival into Sydney at 6:45 AM, after completing immigration and customs formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. Here you will be met by a Star Alliance Limousines driver for your transfer to the Hyatt Regency Sydney where you will be staying for two nights.

At 1:10 PM, you will be picked up from your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour with Mount’n Beach Safaris. On tour, you’ll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city. Visit Sydney’s trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink. See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs. Macquaries Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city centre. This tour will conclude at one of two designated drop off locations – either Darling Harbour Region or Circular Quay Region.

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Day 2

After breakfast, at 7:30 AM, you will be collected for a Blue Mountains High Country Tour with Australian Luxury Escapes showing you the historical Rocks precinct and the birth place of Australia. Travel North across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia’s shortest freeway, continuing west to your first stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to some Australia’s favourite marsupials, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies & wombat – beating the crowd to get up close and personal with the amazing animals.

Later, heading for the Blue Mountains National Park, entering a little known hidden clearing to enjoy some home style morning tea. Roam the area and seek out the wild kangaroos and bird life that frequents National Park. Next stop is Kings Tableland with a breathtaking view looks out over the Jamison Valley, getting a firsthand look at the ruggedness and beauty that the Blue Mountains are famous for.

Lunch today is at a local café in the heart of the Blue Mountains. After lunch you will head to Wentworth Falls. Here you will be guided down a well worn path towards the falls and the stunning views. Experience the local flora and fauna up close as your guide informs you of the incredible geology of the Blue Mountains and how they were formed. Next you reboard the vehicle and skirt around the cliff drive towards the township of Katoomba. At Eagle Hawk lookout you will see the famous Three Sisters Rock formation and marvel at the stunning views of the Jamison Valley. From here we continue around Narrowneck Plateau for more incredible vantage points.

Arrive back at your hotel around 5:00 PM. 

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Day 3

After breakfast, you will be collected by a Star Alliance for your transfer to the airport where you will connect with your 9:45 AM flight to Hamilton Island. Upon arrival at 12:20 PM, you will be met by a hotel representative and taken to the Reef View Hotel where you will be staying for three nights.

 

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Day 4

After breakfast at 8:30 AM you will meet at Hamilton Island Marina, then cruise through the Whitsunday Islands with Cruise Whitsundays en route to Hardy Reef. Presentations will be made by a reef expert before arriving at the reef pontoon, this includes basic snorkelling instruction. Collect snorkelling gear and wetsuits on the pontoon then enter the water. Marvel at live coral formations and tropical fish. For a different perspective join a glass bottom boat, semi-submersible ride or walk downstairs to the underwater observatory. The pontoon features changing rooms, loungers and tables & chairs. A buffet lunch is served on board the vessel but can be taken on board the pontoon. 

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Day 5

Enjoy a full day excursion with Cruise Whitsundays.

Meet at Hamilton Island Marina at 7:50 AM.

Walk up to the Hill Inlet lookout, chill out on Whitehaven Beach and go exploring. 

Whitehaven Beach is a definite must see in the Whitsundays. The crystal clear waters and pristine white silica sand of Whitehaven stretch for over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday Islands National Park. Whitehaven is nature at it’s best. It is the most photographed beach in Australia and repeatedly voted one of the best beaches in the world.

Spend the whole day experiencing all the wonders of the magnificent Whitehaven Beach area. Indulge in the ultimate experience of Whitehaven Beach; from the Northern end exploring the spectacular Hill Inlet, to the Southern – swimming, hiking, sunbathing, soaking up the sun. No other day cruise offered allows you so much time to explore the wonders of Whitehaven Beach. Begin your Whitehaven experience ashore at the Southern end where our crew will advise of the times for the day’s activities – including the trip to Hill Inlet at the Northern end of the beach and the walking tours. These will vary depending on conditions.

Enjoy a leisurely cruise, in our smaller Whitehaven based vessel, along the full length of Whitehaven and across Hill Inlet to the landing point. From here a guided walk following the path and history of the Whitsunday traditional owners, the Ngaro people, will lead you to the lookout and that picture postcard view. There are informative displays along the way that will provide an insight into the history, flora and stories of this picturesque area. A leisurely pace ensures all fitness levels are catered for, and guests take the time to enjoy this superb spiritual place. Walk past impressive grasstrees, cycads and rock fern, with beautiful views over Solway Passage, Pentecost and Haslewood islands. Once at Solway Circuit, there is the option to continue on the walk to beautiful Chance Bay and is a leisurely 90 minutes return. Walk through Whitsunday Island’s forest and woodlands to a secluded beach at Chance Bay. On arrival, you’ll have time to have a swim before the return walk. If you’re after the relaxing option; wander back to Whitehaven Beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the beach or cool off in the azure waters for the afternoon.

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Day 6

After a leisurely morning, you will be transferred by a hotel representative to the airport for your 3:20 PM flight back to Sydney. Upon arrival at 5:40 PM, at the airport you will be met by a Star Alliance vehicle for your transfer to the Hyatt Regency Sydney where you will stay for one night.

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Day 7

After breakfast, you will be transferred by Star Alliance Limousines to the airport for your 9:25 AM flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival at 2:30 PM, you will make your way to Thrifty Car Rental where you will pick up your rental car. Drive to Kinross Vineyard Cottages where you will stay for two nights.

 

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Day 8

At 2:00 PM, you have a pool visit booked at Onsen Hot Pools.

Onsen Hot Pools is located high on a cliffside overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon, providing views over breathtaking alpine scenery and the perfect vantage point to watch the Shotover Jet jetboats on the river below.

Later, at 7:30 PM enjoy an evening of stargazing from a gondola. 

Explore the Milky Way and encounter neighbouring stars, nebulae and clusters. See the Southern Cross and famous constellations such as Orion and Great Hunter. Look into our past and catch a glimpse of the centre of the universe.

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Day 9

At 4:30 PM, you will depart from the Milford Visitor Centre and enjoy your overnight cruise aboard the Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise.

This overnight cruise through the heart of Fiordland provides astonishing views and the ultimate Milford Sound experience. You’ll start by departing from the Milford Sound wharf in the late afternoon before cruising through Milford Sound accompanied by our specialist nature guide. They’ll explain the history and geology of the area and be on hand to answer your questions. This cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife – you’re bound to encounter seals and, if you’re lucky, maybe dolphin and penguins too. The Milford Mariner then anchors in a sheltered cove. From here you can join the guide and explore in the vessel’s tender craft (small boat) or kayaks. If you prefer, you can simply relax on deck and soak in the beauty of this amazing place. If you’re feeling brave there’s always the option of refreshing swim too. As evening falls, you’ll enjoy a delicious carvery buffet in the dining saloon – a feast prepared freshly by our on-board chef. Then it’s time to relax in the company of your fellow traveler, indulge in some star-gazing and story-sharing or simply retire to your private cabin. The next day you’ll be able to dig into a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) and exploring more of the fiord.

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Day 10

After disembarking your overnight cruise, you will drop off your rental car the Queenstown Airport in time for your 1:30 PM flight to Auckland where you will connect with your 4:15 PM flight to Rotura. On arrival, at 5:00 PM make your way to the Thrifty Car Rental to collect your new rental card that you will have for the rest of your trip. 

Drive to Regent of Rotura where you will be staying for two nights. 

Later, drive to the Polynesian Spa where you have a private pool with panoramic views booked at 8:15 PM. 

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Day 11

Enjoy a full day of activities. 

After breakfast, enjoy a Redwoods Treewalk with Redwoos Outdoor Activities. Then at 12:00 PM check in for your White Island Active Volcano by Helicopter Tour with Volcanic Air Safaris. At 5:20 PM, you will be picked up for a Maori Village Tour that includes a Cultural Performance & Hangi. 

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Day 12

After breakfast, drive to the Coromandel Peninsula and 970 Lonely Bay where you will be staying for two nights. 

 

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Day 13

Enjoy the day at your leisure to explore and relax. 

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Day 14

After breakfast, drive to the Auckland Airport for your 1:30 PM departure flight.  Return home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible vacation!

Included

  • Luxury Trip’s local reps available 24/7 while traveling;
  • Services of local guides and staff;
  • Air/ground transfers as specified;
  • Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Government Sales Tax (GST)
  • All accommodation as specified;
  • Excursions/activities as specified;
  • Luxury Trip’s final documentation.

Excluded

  • Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified;
  • Any scheduled flights and related taxes not specified;
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
  • Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
  • International airfare