November: Australia & New Zealand
November: Australia & New Zealand
Australia November 15th-26th
New Zealand November 26th - December 4th
$4000 all inclusive from TPE, LAX, CHI, and NYC*
New Zealand (only)
$4000 all inclusive from TPE, Chicago and NYC*
$3500 all inclusive from LAX*
Australia & New Zealand
$4500 all inclusive from LAX and TPE*
$4700 all inclusive from NYC*
$4800 all inclusive from CHI*
Australia - Introduce your family to the breathtaking landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and unique culture of Australia. Explore the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Area and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Plant a native tree in the Skyrail’s “rain forest regeneration corridor,” and learn about the preservation of Australia’s tropical forests. Encounter the giant red domes of Kata Tjuta (formerly called the Olgas) during a fun hike, and dine in the bush with an astronomer, who will help you spot the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Spend time with the Kuku Yalanji people, following in the footsteps of their ancestors, and take part in a spiritual cleansing ceremony.
- Snorkel in a magical world of rainbow-colored fish, turtles, starfish, and sponges at the Great Barrier Reef.
- Go spearfishing with members of the Kuku Yalanji people, and learn about their ancient heritage while cooking up the day’s catch.
- Get up close to kangaroos, emus, and wallabies at a wildlife park, and even have a chance to feed them.
- In the heart of the outback, venture into sandstone canyons beneath towering red rocks, and enjoy dinner under the desert stars with an astronomer.
New Zealand (or Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud), truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island nation of just over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The two main islands are divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait.
New Zealand is located approximately 1,500km east of Australia and about 1,000km from the Pacific Islands. Due to its relative remoteness and being water locked, New Zealand was one of the last countries to be found and settled.
The country is made up of some of the worlds most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.
- Luging downhill on a mountain in Queenstown on a race to the end with you and your friends
- Ride the skyline Gondola and view the picturesque mountains and river views of New Zealand
- Take a boat cruise in the infamous Milford Sound
- Go bungy jumping overlooking a fresh water river off the tallest bungy jumping point New Zealand has to offer.
*All inclusive is the total price that you would pay over time with the CP Travels payment plan option. It includes flights, room, Milford Sound Cruise(NZ), and ground transportation.
**Full itinerary below
Day 1 — Cairns, Australia/Port Douglas
Arrive in Cairns and transfer to Port Douglas in time for a welcome dinner.
Day 2 — Great Barrier Reef
Your adventure kicks off with a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Spot parrotfish, starfish, and turtles while snorkeling, and explore the island along rain forest boardwalks.
Day 3 — Cooya Beach
North of Port Douglas, Cooya Beach is an ancestral fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji people. Meet members of the Kuku Yalanji and set off across mud flats and around mangroves to hunt for crabs, mussels, and clams, and try your hand at traditional spearfishing.
Day 4 — Kuranda/Cairns
This morning, visit the village of Kuranda and Australia’s largest butterfly sanctuary. After lunch, soar above Queensland’s tropical tree canopy on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, with stops to explore the rain forest at ground level. Plant a native tree in the Skyrail’s “rain forest regeneration corridor,” and learn about the preservation of Australia’s tropical forests. Then travel to Cairns on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, passing waterfalls and stunning gorges. Take a walking tour of Cairns and then enjoy an evening to explore on your own.
Days 5 & 6 — Uluru and the Outback
Fly to the heart of the Australian outback and settle into our hotel in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home to colossal sandstone formations dating back millions of years. Encounter the giant red domes of Kata Tjuta (formerly called the Olgas) during a fun hike, and dine in the bush with an astronomer, who will help us spot the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Then visit Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock), the largest monolith on Earth. Learn about its spiritual significance to the Aboriginal people while exploring canyons and caves adorned with ancient rock paintings.
Days 7 & 8 — Sydney
Fly to Sydney and tour the city, including the historic Rocks district, Bondi Beach, and the Sydney Opera House.
Days 9 & 10 — Sydney/Blue Mountains
Get up close to kangaroos, emus, and koalas at a wildlife park. Venture into the Blue Mountains to discover geologic wonders such as the iconic Three Sisters. Our adventure concludes with a farewell dinner cruise in beautiful Sydney Harbour.
Day 1 — Queenstown
Get settled into our vehicle and accommodation. Enjoy a welcome dinner then explore the nightlife of Queenstown.
Day 2 — Queenstown
In the morning we will begin with adventures at Skyline. We'll take a gondola up to it's highest peak to observe the captivating scenery that New Zealand has to offer. While up so high a fun filled Luge racing adventure will also be a part of the experience. Not up for luging, then take the gondola all the way up and cycle back down. For true thrill seekers, zip-lining over the mountains is also an option.
About 30 minutes drive from Queenstown is the second highest bungee jumping facility in the world. Even if you aren't up for it, which you should be, the view itself is worth the trip. Across from the bungee facility we'll visit a hip winery called Charm Farm were we will reflect on our mind blowing bungee jumping experience. We'll wind down by visiting the beautiful lakes with the option to jet boat and historical scenery in the Queenstown area.
Day 3 — Milford Sound
It'll be an early start as we'll have a four hour drive to head to Milford Sound. Bounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest, Milford Sound is by far the best known of all the fiords in New Zealand. It stands 1,692 above sea level and offers many cruises of the wondrous fiord. Whether you want to enjoy a cruise along the water, explore the underwater observatory, or kayak in Milford sound, all these options are available and more. We'll head back toward Queenstown to enjoy dinner and an adventure at an Ice bar.
Day 4 — Lake Tekapo / Mount Cook
Drive to the beautiful and historic Lake Tekapo. Sporting pristine turquoise blue waters it is indeed a very popular destination in New Zealand. The water is so pure and clean that you can drink it with no reservation. Be sure to bring your empty water containers. From their Mount Cook is our next stop. We'll road trip for about thirty minutes to that destination. We'll do a short walk of the mountainous area the first night, and prepare for our next day of full exploration.
Day 5 — Mount Cook
Hiking Mount Cook, the highest mountain peak in New Zealand, to see the glaciers up close and personal is a once in a life time opportunity. If you want to get even closer and have a truly breathtaking experience, you can take a helicopter ride to the top, or do a Glacier lake cruise which allows you to touch the glaciers while floating on the lake at the base of the mountain.
Day 6 — Mount Cook / Lake Wanaka / Queenstown
We'll drive back from Mount Cook and stop at a salmon farm to have fresh salmon for brunch. We'll drive to the clay cliffs to explore that region of New Zealand. Then we'll cruise to Lake Wanaka to view one of the largest natural lakes in New Zealand. In Wanaka there is also a sky diving option for anyone looking to end one of their last nights in New Zealand with a bang! As we head back to Queenstown we'll stop by the many lookouts to capture to essence and beauty of New Zealand.
Day 7 — Queenstown
Our last day in Queenstown will be spent kayaking, paddle boarding, and a number of other water activities that the city has to offer. We'll end with dinner with one of our local CP Travels team member at one of the best dining facilities in the area.
Depart for home.