New Years in Australia & New Zealand

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From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback, from the sheep-dotted New Zealand plains to its cliff-lined fjords, the Land Down Under features a lineup of dramatic landscapes. In between outdoor adventures and celebrating the new year, you’ll discover sophisticated cities and an irresistible spirit.
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Joining in on one of the southern hemisphere’s best New Year’s Eve celebrations
    • Melbourne and Sydney’s sparkle and sophistication
    • The underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef
    • Intriguing Aboriginal and Maori culture
    • Iconic Ayers Rock
    • New Zealand’s fabulous fjords and mighty mountains

What's this trip about?

    From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback, from the sheep-dotted New Zealand plains to its cliff-lined fjords, the Land Down Under features a lineup of dramatic landscapes. In between outdoor adventures and celebrating the new year, you’ll discover sophisticated cities and an irresistible spirit.

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Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 20 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CitySydney
End CityFiji

Travel Themes

  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Festivals & Special Events


  • New Zealand
  • Antarctica


  • Auckland
  • Melbourne
  • Queenstown
  • Sydney


  • Festivals & Special Events
  • Nature
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • 19 nights in handpicked hotels
    • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 7 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting
    • A special New Year’s Eve dinner and Champagne toast
    • Expert Tour Director
    • Private deluxe motor coach
    • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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Day 1: Travel day
Cross the International Date Line in flight and “lose” a day.

Day 2: Travel day
Your flight continues to Australia.

SYDNEY 3 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Arrival in Sydney

Included meals:
Breakfast, Dinner Welcome to Sydney! At an included welcome dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Sydney

Included meals:
Breakfast Take a guided tour of one of the world’s most pleasant cities. Pass Darling Harbor and the Royal Botanic Gardens Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair to take in views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge See the Rocks neighborhood, the Gap in Watsons Bay and Bondi Beac...
Day 5: Free day in Sydney & New Year’s Eve celebration

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances:
Champagne toast Enjoy a free day in Sydney or add an excursion. Tonight, enjoy a celebratory dinner and a Champagne toast to welcome the new year.

Optional Excursion - The Blue Mountains & Koala Park $129pp* Details

On a clear day, the Blue Mountain...

ALICE SPRINGS 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Alice Springs

Included meals:

This morning, take a scenic drive through the Outback, stopping at a camel farm for a ride. Then, continue on to Alice Springs for a guided sightseeing tour.

Stop at Anzac Hill and take in sweeping views of the town and countryside Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of Air and the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station

MELBOURNE 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Flight to Melbourne

Included meals:
Breakfast Spend a free morning in Alice Springs or add an excursion. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne.

Optional Excursion - Sunrise Ballooning $239pp* Details

Sail through the morning sky high above Alice Springs on this breat...

Day 13: Free day in Melbourne

Included meals:
Breakfast, Dinner Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne or add an excursion. Tonight, enjoy dinner in Melbourne with your fellow travelers.

Optional Excursion - Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain $165pp* Details

Embark on a journey to the Dandenong Ranges ...

CHRISTCHURCH REGION 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Arrival in the Christchurch Region

Included meals:
Breakfast, Dinner Say goodbye to Australia and fly to Christchurch, New Zealand, where you’ll enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a Kiwi family.

QUEENSTOWN 4 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Transfer to Queenstown

Included meals:
Breakfast Pass through the Canterbury Plains and the sheep-farming region.. Stop at the Tin Shed, a traditional barnyard-style country store featuring authentic New Zealand-made woolen goods Pass by beautiful Lake Tekapo and the popular Jones’s Fruit Stall

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Queenstown

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances:
Wine tasting Spend the day exploring the Queenstown area with your Tour Director. Take the Gondola Aerial Cableway 1,500 feet up Bob’s Peak Visit the Gibbston Valley vineyard for a wine tasting and explore the gold rush settlement of Arrowtown and see the bridge whe...
Day 17: Milford Sound

Included meals:
Breakfast Depart early this morning to see the breathtaking scenery of Fiordland. Travel through the Five Rivers farming region and past Lake Te Anau Pass through beautiful beech forests and by glittering mirror lakes Climb to the Homer Saddle and drive through Homer Tunnel Cruise around Milford Sound, in view of Mitre Peak

Day 18: Free day in Queenstown

Included meals:
Breakfast Enjoy a full free day in Queenstown.

ROTORUA 1 night Hotel info

Day 19:

Arrival in Rotorua

Included meals:
Breakfast, Dinner Fly to Rotorua in the heart of Maori country and enjoy a traditional hangi feast.

AUCKLAND 2 nights Hotel info

Day 20: Transfer to Auckland via Kiwi Wildlife Park

Included meals:
Breakfast Learn about the region’s indigenous birds at the Kiwi Wildlife Park. Then, get to know Auckland, the City of Sails, with your Tour Director in the lead. Take an elevator to the top of the 1,076-foot-high Sky Tower Pass the Auckland Harbor Bridge and the neoclassical Auckland Museum Explore Mission Bay Beach and the scenic suburb of Parnell

Day 21: Free day in Auckland

Included meals:
Breakfast, Dinner Enjoy a full free day in Auckland or add an excursion.  Later, say goodbye to your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Waiheke Island $115pp* Details

Board a ferry and settle in for a scenic cruise across the Auckl...

Day 22: Departure

Included meals:
Breakfast (excluding early morning departures) Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Fiji.

Add Fiji $749 pp

Conjure up your fantasy of paradise on earth: you’re probably imagining Fiji. Gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, colorful coral reefs, lush tropical rainforests and majestic mountains—that’s what makes this island nation in the South Pacific one of ...

FIJI 3 nights Hotel info

Day 22: Arrival in Fiji

Included meals:
Breakfast Fly to Nadi, Fiji, where you will be taken to your seaside hotel.

Day 23: Free day in Fiji

Included meals:
Breakfast Enjoy a full free day on Denarau Island.

Day 24: Free day in Fiji

Included meals:
Breakfast, Dinner Spend another free day on Denarau Island or add an excursion. Optional Excursion - Fiji Village Visit $75pp* Details

Set off to Viseisei Village, one of the oldest settlements in Fiji. On the way, stop at Nadi market for a guided walk through its fru...

Day 25: Departure

Included meals:
Breakfast (excluding early morning departures) Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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