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Start your all-encompassing adventure of the lands down under with a cultural experience just outside of Sydney, where Aboriginal elders will introduce you to their way of life and spiritual beliefs, before getting your adrenaline pumping with a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. After exploring the beautiful Wolgan Valley, you’ll find yourself flying high above the Whitsundays in a private helicopter, before heading down to land- or sea – for a private charter.

After enjoying a road trip along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, you’ll then head over to New Zealand, the land of extraordinary scenery. There’s no better introduction to such scenery than a helicopter ride over the incredible Milford Sounds and Mount Tutoko. Taking flight once again, you’ll enjoy a spot of whale watching over Kaikoura before enjoying a scenic drive through the vineyards and a wine tasting at Hawke’s Bay.

You’ll then dive into Maori culture at Rotorua where a Maori guide shall walk you through the natural scenery and share stories, legends, history and songs. Finish this incredible adventure with a relaxing natural thermal pool experience by Lake Tarawera before challenging yourself with a hike to the summit of Mount Tarawera, to fly home feeling truly accomplished.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4

Sydney

Flights & Transfers

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Accommodation in Sydney

My Dreamtime ‘Ngurrumpaa’ Detour My Dreamtime ‘Ngurrumpaa’ Detour

Ngurrumpaa means ‘my relationship with my place and everything in my place’. During this unique experience, you’ll connect with the spirit of traditional Aboriginal life and culture. In the company of Aboriginal elders and passionate guides, you explore several dimensions and historical layers in the East Coast. Get an insight into how Aboriginal people lived in Australia for millennia, learning about spiritual and meaningful sites in the East Coast of Australia, discover a broad scope of Aboriginal people’s skills and talents, taste real ‘bush-tucker’ and connect to the ancient land.

Bridge Climb Twilight Bridge Climb Twilight

Gather at the BridgeClimb office for a safety briefing and get kitted out with safety overalls before setting out on your ascent of this iconic landmark as the sun sets. In groups of up to 14 people, set out along catwalks, up ladders, and steadily to the summit of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, 134m (440 feet) above Sydney Harbour.

The steady incline leaves you free to focus your attention on the view that encompasses 360° of Sydney, including the ocean to the east, the mountains to the west and the harbour city surrounds. At the summit photographs are taken, a group shot is included in the price and you may purchase others. The classic Bridge Climb will take approximately 3½ hours.

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Sydney Harbour Cruise on the Emma Mei Sydney Harbour Cruise on the Emma Mei

Enjoy sailing through one of the most beautiful harbours in the world aboard the Emma Mei yacht. Your skipper will guide you through Sydney’s intriguing history, explaining all about the city's waters, luxury homes, leafy parks, beaches and iconic landmarks.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel

Days 4-6

The Blue Mountains

Accommodation in The Blue Mountains

Days at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Days at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Sat between two national parks, the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone, the Wolgan Valley is a beautiful area ripe for exploring. Head out on nature walks, horse riding, mountain biking and game drives in search of local wildlife, or get involved with the reserve's conservation efforts. You can also learn about aboriginal and colonial history on heritage tours, hike into the surrounding mountains and experience the magnificent night sky around a campfire.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to the airport

Flight

Flight to Hamilton Island

Transfer

Boat launch to your hotel

Days 6-9

Whitsundays

Accommodation in Whitsundays

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Heart Reef and Whitehaven helicopter flight Heart Reef and Whitehaven helicopter flight

Experience the best views of the Whitsundays with a helicopter trip over Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef and various islands.

MV Savannah private charter MV Savannah private charter

A private charter round the outer reef is an experience not to be forgotten. You'll board the MV Savannah early in the morning and cruise for approximately two hours to a specially selected location on the outer ribbon reefs. Typically the visibility is excellent, the marine life abundant and the coral amazing as you immerse yourself in this extraordinary natural wonder. Guests are
encouraged to relax and enjoy the reef and gorgeous vessel. Lunch is served by your very own chef.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel

Flight

Flight to Melbourne

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Private transfer to your hotel

Days 9-11

Melbourne

Accommodation in Melbourne

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Day on the Great Ocean Road Day on the Great Ocean Road

Enjoy a day out on the Great Ocean Road. Known as the world’s most inspiring coastal drive, the Great Ocean Road stretches 550 km along the southern coast of Victoria. You follow its winding trail through the lush Otway rainforests, to the breathtaking, windswept drama of the Shipwreck Coast. For much of the way the road clings to the coastline, twisting and turning, every bend revealing a sight more spectacular than the last.

Get an insight into Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach, with rugged cliffs and big waves. Discover seaside villages such as the popular town of Lorne, where you can stroll on the stunning beach before stopping at Kennett River where high in the trees is a colony of wild koalas. See these creatures in their natural habitat, hanging from trees and looking after their young, oblivious to their human onlookers.

Head inland through the towering forests, your first stop, the Twelve Apostles, the central feature of the spectacular Port Campbell National Park. The dramatic and imposing limestone cliffs that are the backdrop to the Apostles tower up to 70m.

There will also be time to go to Loch Ard Gorge and hear stories from your guide about the tragic and romantic shipwreck whilst marvelling at the landmark. Visit the quaint seaside village of Port Campbell with sandy beaches and picturesque cliff tops before your journey home to Melbourne.

Days 11-13

Mornington Peninsula

Accommodation in Mornington Peninsula

Days at Jackalope Hotel Days at Jackalope Hotel

Spend your time relaxing at the serene Jackalope Hotel, where you'll find an outdoor pool and a fantastic art gallery for your viewing pleasure.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to the airport

Flight

Flight to Queenstown

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Private transfer to your hotel

Days 13-16

Queenstown

Accommodation in Queenstown

Helicopter Experience: Milford Sound and Mt Tutoko Helicopter Experience: Milford Sound and Mt Tutoko

Explore Milford Sounds stunning fiord from the air. Fly the length of Milford Sound past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls, out to the Tasman Sea where we land on a wild West Coast beach. In Milford, enjoy a short nature walk and gain that iconic Mitre Peak photo. Enjoy an exhilarating flight past spectacular rivers, valleys and mountains with blue-green ice falls, and land upon Mt Tutoko glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park.

Central Otago Wine Tour Central Otago Wine Tour

Leave at 8:30 am for a relaxed one-hour drive over Queenstown Hill to Bannockburn in historic Central Otago. The first stop is Amisfield Estates for a 90-minute private behind-the-scenes tour with the winemaker, who will personally take you through the vineyard and winery to show you how they craft their award-winning wines from how they grow and harvest the grapes through to bottling. Continue on through Bannockburn’s rugged landscape to the Cellar Door at Mt Difficulty, located on famed Felton Road, to sample some more wines.

Heading back to Queenstown, stop in at a new boutique tasting room, Wet Jacket Cellar Door, which is located in a beautifully converted 150-year-old former wool shed. After enjoying the full range of Wet Jacket wines, which are only available here and in a few of the top restaurants in the country, duck around the corner for a late lunch at the multi-award winning Amisfield Bistro where William and Kate dined during their tour of New Zealand. Finally drive through Arrowtown, a historic gold mining town, before returning to your hotel.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to the airport

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Flight to Christchurch

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel

Days 16-18

Kaikoura

Accommodation in Kaikoura

Scenic whale watching flight Scenic whale watching flight

Whale watching by from the air offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to view whales and dolphins in their natural environment, experiencing the true magnitude of some of the world’s largest animals, and offering a fabulous view for photographers. This scenic flight lasts for around 30 minutes.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Road and boat transfer to hotel

Days 18-20

Marlborough Sound

Accommodation in Marlborough Sound

Queen Charlotte Track Queen Charlotte Track

Step ashore at Ship Cove, in the footsteps of explorer Captain Cook, for our this rightly popular 15km (9 miles) walk. Through magnificent virgin forest you’ll emerge at the ridgeline to breathtaking views of Cook Strait and Resolution Bay, before descending to the sheltered shoreline of Endeavour inlet.

Chartered boat through the Marlborough Sounds Chartered boat through the Marlborough Sounds

Enjoy an exclusive charter in beautiful Marlborough Sounds aboard the 75-year-old Kauri classic launch called Tutanekai. Explore Queen Charlotte Sound with Pete and Takutai, a Maori family who will share with you stories of the area and also do some shell fish gathering and eating on board.

Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful Ship Cove surrounded by virgin bush - Captain Cook's favourite anchorage in the South Pacific.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel

Flight

Flight to Hawke’s Bay

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Private transfer to your hotel

Days 20-22

Hawke’s Bay

Accommodation in Hawke’s Bay

Wine glass at a vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand
Progressive winery dinner Progressive winery dinner

Take a scenic drive through the vineyards as you learn about the region and its wines before enjoying a full interactive wine tasting alongside gourmet platters at Vidal Estate. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views from Te Mata Peak while enjoying a glass of bubbles as the sun sets from 399m above sea level (overlooking the glimmering lights of the Twin Cities in winter).

Proceed to Craggy Range or Elephant Hill for the main course served with wine. Finish the evening at the country’s oldest and grandest winery the Mission Estate for dessert and dessert wines.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel

Days 22-25

Rotorua

Accommodation in Rotorua

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Discovering Rotorua Discovering Rotorua

Meet with your Maori guide for a tour that combines the most colourful and active geothermal area with breathtaking scenery, and forest walks. This is all intertwined with Maori stories, legends, history and songs.

Solitaire Lodge: Hot pools experience Solitaire Lodge: Hot pools experience

This excur­sion starts with a 15-minute pri­vate launch and takes you to the other side of Lake Tarawera and near to the site of the now lost pink and white Ter­races. Geother­mal activ­ity in this area yields nat­ural ther­mal pools and a hot stream with bath tem­per­a­ture bathing - a spe­cial out­doors expe­ri­ence.

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Solitaire Lodge: 4WD and hike to summit of Mt Tarawera Solitaire Lodge: 4WD and hike to summit of Mt Tarawera

Your guide from the indigenous Ngati Rangitihi tribe, the Kaitiaki or ‘Guardians of the Mountain’, will drive you by private vehicle to the foot of the magnificent Mount Tarawera. There you will ascend part of the Maunga by 4WDrive, before beginning a hike to the 1111m Summit. Along the way, your guide will delight you with stories of the 1886 volcanic eruption and the area’s colourful Maori legends including the tale of the mysterious Phantom Canoe. Enjoy lunch on the peak followed by the descent into the crater before returning to the vehicle for return to the Lodge.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to airport

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