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14 Days - Australia & New Zealand

14 Days - Australia & New Zealand

15 Day tours covering the best of Australia & New Zealand

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland - Rotorua

On arrival at Auckland airport, after immigrations and baggage claim, meet your Tour Manager / Local Representative at the meeting point in the arrival hall at 1500 hrs (New Zealand Local Time). Board your coach and transfer to Rotorua. Late afternoon arrival in Rotorua. Evening at leisure.

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Day 2

Rotorua - Agrodome - Te Puia - Rotorua

This morning enjoy more of Rotorua sightseeing. We first visit the Agrodome Farm – a Unique New Zealand Farm Experience!. Here see our world-famous Farm Show starring a cast of talented animals. You also have an opportunity to see Valais black-nose sheep in New Zealand. Later visit Te Puia / Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, the centre of Maori art & culture and home to the world-famous Pohutu Geyser. Come face to face with Pohutu Geyser, jumping mud-pools, and live kiwi birds; watch master carvers and weavers at work, and hear stories passed down from their ancestors. Evening enjoy the famous Maori Show.

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Day 3

Rotorua - Waitomo Glow Worm Cave - Auckland

Proceed for Waitomo. Here you will visit the spectacular Glow worm caves. The Glow worm, is unique to New Zealand, thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light on the cave. Enjoy the famous boat ride (subject to operation) under thousands of magical glow-worms and become part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you’ll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way. Later continue your journey to Auckland. On arrival proceed on a orientation tour of the Auckland so see some of the main sites of the city.

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Day 4

Auckland - Queenstown

Today, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Queenstown. On arrival drive to Arrow Town. Here experience the ultimate Jet Boating experience with - the unique, breathtaking white water ride and adrenaline rush you’ll never forget. Later experience the Skyline Gondola ride to Bob Peak which gives amazing view of the city.

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Day 5

Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Milford Sound is simply stunning. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze and uttering incantations. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, a majestic presence dominating the skyline. The Milford Road is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. Upon arrival at Milford Sound board your vessel to enjoy a scenic Cruise the length of Milford Sound.

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Day 6

Queenstown - Wanaka - Mt. Cook National Park

Check out and proceed toward Mt. Cook National Park. En-route we make a stop at the beautiful Lake Wanaka. Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, Lake Wanaka region is one of the most outstanding natural beauty of New Zealand. Late afternoon arrive at your hotel. Here you can either take an optional excursion to the Glacier Lake - a pleasant trip to the Tasman Valley, followed by a 25 minute alpine walk through the National Park. Then board your MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing face of the Tasman Glacier lake and its icebergs or take a rugged back road 4WD adventure accessing awe inspiring views over the Tasman Glacier and its gigantic moraine wall. Stop at several vantage points to view some of the most spectacular photographic opportunities within the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Note : Excursion to Glacier Lake/Tasman Valley are subject to operation and can be covered on day 07.

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Day 7

Mt. Cook National Park - Christchurch

Morning at leisure to explore the beautiful surroundings on your own. Check out and drive to Christchurch. On the way, see the beautiful Lake Pukaki - the largest of three roughly parallel alpine lakes of the Mackenzie Basin and Lake Tekapo. After arrival in Christchurch, proceed on a short orientation tour of the city.

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Day 8

Christchurch - Melbourne - Philip Island

Early morning check out and proceed to the airport to board your flight to Melbourne. On arrival we proceed for a city tour to see some of the most important sites the city has to offer. See the Collins Street, Town Hall, Treasury House, Old Parliament House, Fitzroy Garden, Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, Arts Precinct, Shrine of Remembrance etc. After lunch drive to Phillip Island to visit the Penguin Reserve, witness the Penguin parade as they arrive at sunset and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows.

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Day 9

Melbourne - Great Ocean Road - Melbourne

After breakfast we shall proceed for a full day excursion to the Great Ocean Road- spanning 243 kilometres along the stunning coastline of Victoria’s south-west. Take in the panoramic views as the road winds along cliff tops, up to breath-taking headlands, down onto the edge of beaches. Enjoy splendid views of the towering 12 Apostles & the Loch Ard Gorge. Evening return to Melbourne.

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Day 10

Melbourne - Cairns

Check out and transfer to Melbourne airport for the flight to Cairns. Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. On arrival, transfer to Kuranda - a World Heritage Rainforest. Travel by the Kuranda Sky Rail, for a ultimate tropical rainforest experience. Enjoy free time at the Kuranda village to explore the surrounding or purchase local souvenirs and handicrafts. Later board your coach and drive to Cairns.

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Day 11

Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

Today we proceed to the Great Barrier Reef. One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. On arrival we experience great view of reef through glass bottom boat and explore the world of corals. Evening we return to Cairns.

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Day 12

Cairns - Sydney

After breakfast proceed to the airport to board your flight to Sydney. On arrival we visit the Sydney Tower for a breathtaking 360- degree view of the city. Sydney Tower is Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. The name Sydney Tower has become common in daily usage, however the tower has been known as the Sydney Tower Eye, AMP Tower, Centrepoint Tower or just Centrepoint. After dinner check in to your hotel.

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Day 13

Sydney

This morning after breakfast, proceed on a city tour. First visit the iconic Opera House from inside. The Opera House is one of the most distinctive and famous 20th-century buildings, and one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world. Then continue your tour to see the Harbour Bridge, the famous Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour and other important sights of the city. Later enjoy the Sydney Show-boat Dinner Cruise along with Dance Show and get an amazing view of the Sydney Harbour and Sydney’s amazing skyline.

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Day 14

Departure Sydney

After breakfast check out and proceed to the airport for your return flight back home. Group departure pick up time from hotel will be at 0800 hrs (am).

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2019 USD Dates & Prices

 

Departure Dates

From $3655

Adult

Child

2-11 years

Oct - 19

$3655

$2890

Nov - 09, 23

$3655

$2890

Dec - 07, 21

$3655

$2890

Jan (2020) - 18

$3655

$2890

Feb (2020) - 08

$3655

$2890


Price per person based on 2/3 adults sharing a room

Child 2 - 11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

Infants 0 - 23 months price is $695 for a seat in coach only

Max occupancy per room is 3 person (excluding infants )

Single supplement will be an additional $755

 

Early bird Offer

Book 12 weeks in advance and

 get $140 OFF per adult and child

Book 8 weeks in advance and

 get $85 OFF per adult and child


 

Country Details

 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

Australia

Canberra

AUD

Yes

UTC +7 TO +11

220V,

50Hz

+61

New Zealand

Wellington

NZD

Yes

UTC + 13

230V,

50Hz

+64

 

Currency

 

Australia

 

Australia’s national currency is the Australian dollar (AUD).  Any trip to Australia will require Australian currency, even if you plan to use your credit or debit card to pay for most things. You can obtain Australian money in the UK, U.S. or in Australia.

 

New Zealand

 

The New Zealand dollar, code: NZD, is the official currency and legal tender of New Zealand. Within New Zealand, it is almost always abbreviated with the dollar sign ($), with "NZ$" sometimes used to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies.

 

Additional Excursions

 

We design our itineraries so that all the necessary excursions and places of interest are included to give the passenger the best possible holiday at an affordable price. However, often, the tour representative or local ground operator will offer passengers additional excursions that are designed to enhance the holiday experience and are not included in the tour cost.

 

Food

 

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yoghurt.

 

Passengers can choose from vegetarian, or non-vegetarian (Jain or Halal will not always be available) meals. The meals are pre-set buffet, and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with tap water only.

 

Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour representative if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

 

Foreign Office Travel Advice

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

UK Residents

USA Residents

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc. in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer/kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hairdryer etc., as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

Some hotels will provide two single beds put together as a Double occupancy room, as this sort of configuration allows the hotel to use a room for multi-use, we do contract with such hotels, and you should be prepared for such eventualities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or mini-bar or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s) excluding infants.

 

Other Advisories

 

General

 

Once in Australia and New Zealand, you must carry your passport with you at all times.

 

High Altitude

 

You should only make trips to high altitudes if you feel healthy. The following recommendations apply:

 

Advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication, the altitude is not a concern. Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack. Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

 

Pregnant women: There may be a certain risk for pregnancy even without pre-existing diseases over 2500-3000 metres. Caution is therefore advised if in doubt, please consult your doctor in advance.

 

Infants: Short-term stays at the mountain tops are unproblematic. Infants and young children are often unable to equalise pressure during descent and are therefore increasingly at risk of ear irritation. Regular swallowing (drinking, sucking on a bottle) during the descent can prevent the occurrence of irritation.

Because children can chill faster than adults, always pay attention to sufficient protection from the cold at high altitude. Sunglasses and a good sunscreen are necessary on the glaciers!

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not to stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severely impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude. Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude. Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

 

Do not stay at high altitude after having striated muscles or a stroke.

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

Passengers should arrive at the airport where flights are done by Star Tours at the allocated time. If you are doing your own flights, then you will need to meet the tour rep directly at the arrival terminal at the destination.

 

You will be sent an ATOL certificate if your flights are done with Star Tours.

 

You should always follow the protocol for flights as set out by the airline. You should check the board at the airport for any flight delays, change of gate number or any other useful information provided by the airline.

 

Visas & Passports

 

Australia

 

UK and USA passport holders need a visa to travel to Australia. British citizens can get the following types of electronic visitor visa:

• eVisitor visa direct from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection. There is no visa application charge or service fee for this;

• Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) via your travel agent or airline. There is no visa application charge, but a service fee of AUD 20 applies

 

New Zealand

 

British passport holders can enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months on arrival without a visa, provided you can satisfy an Immigration Officer that you meet the requirements of the immigration rules. Visitors must have an onward ticket.New Zealand’s immigration rules are strict, particularly regarding employment. Visitors cannot work in New Zealand.

 

All other nationals should check with the relevant embassy.

 

Weather

 

Australia

 

Summers are warm to hot and winters are mild, with rainfall spread fairly evenly throughout the year. In summer (December - February), average maximum temperatures are around 26°C. It can also be humid at this time with an average humidity of 65 per cent. 

 

New Zealand

 

New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as – 10°C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.

 

Wheelchairs

 

We will accept lightweight manual wheelchair for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the vehicle. It is also essential that a family member is also on tour to push the wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed.

 

For us to request a wheelchair for you with the airline, this request should be made to us in writing at the time of booking. The allocation of the wheelchair will be at the discretion of the airline/airport.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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