Best of Australia with Queenstown & Rotorua (IPGF)

19 Day Package from Sydney to Auckland

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Queenstown

Meals Included

American breakfast daily; 2 lunches

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018 / 2019

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Welcome to beautiful Sydney. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent activities.

DAY
2
SYDNEY

Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour that includes an Opera House and Harbour Bridge photo stop, and a visit to stunning BONDI BEACH, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Sydney. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
3
SYDNEY

Enjoy a full day at leisure in this beautiful city. Choose from our selection of optional excursions, including a cruise on Sydney Harbour and a climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
4
SYDNEY–CAIRNS

Fly to tropical Cairns.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
5
CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Cairns, where the evening is at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

DAY
6
CAIRNS

A full day at leisure to explore Cairns. Perhaps select an optional excursion to visit a zoo to see crocodiles, kangaroos, and koalas, or to the quiet mountain village of Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
7
CAIRNS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

Fly to Uluru. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
8
ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

This morning, rise early for an inspiring sunrise over Kata Tjuta. Witness incredible views over the dunes and stunning desert landscape. Continue to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, paintings and punu (woodwork) from the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Later this afternoon, visit “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK & CANAPES, and to witness the changing colors of the rock.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
9
ULURU (AYERS ROCK)–ALICE SPRINGS

Today, fly to Alice Springs. Then, enjoy guided sightseeing that includes visits to the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION, ANZAC HILL, SCHOOL OF THE AIR, and the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE.

NOTE:
From December through February, the included sightseeing in Alice Springs (Royal Flying Doctors, School of the Air, Anzac Hill & Telegraph Station) will only be offered on Monday, Thursday & Saturday due to operational changes with our vendor. Those arriving in Alice Springs on non-operational dates will visit Desert Park for a closer look into Australia’s deserts and enjoy a 2-course dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
10
ALICE SPRINGS–MELBOURNE

Today, fly to Melbourne, the cosmopolitan heart of Australia. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
11
MELBOURNE

Your morning guided sightseeing tour includes Federation Square, St. Patrick’s Park, Queen Victoria Market (when open), Albert Lake Park, the Shrine of Remembrance, and St. Kilda Beach. Your tour ends at the EUREKA SKYDECK for awe-inspiring views of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
12
MELBOURNE

Enjoy a full day at leisure for independent activities. You may want to join an excursion to Phillip Island to watch the world-famous Penguin Parade, travel the spectacular Great Ocean Road, or dine aboard a tramcar restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
13
MELBOURNE–QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

Today, fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
14
QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

Travel by motorcoach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK. View the Mirror Lakes as you pass through Eglinton Valley. From the Homer Tunnel, emerge into Cleddau Valley. Join your Milford Sound CRUISE for an unforgettable experience.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
15
QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy a full day at leisure in the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Perhaps choose an optional jetboat ride, visit a local winery, or tour some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
16
QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA

Fly to Rotorua. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
17
ROTORUA

This morning, enjoy guided sightseeing with visits to TE PUIA, RAINBOW SPRINGS, and the AGRODOME. This afternoon, explore this geothermal wonderland on your own. This evening, you may choose to join our optional Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
18
ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND

Today, head north for Waitomo, where you will take a boat trip through the WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Continue on to Auckland.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

DAY
19
AUCKLAND

Your stay in New Zealand ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Transportation

As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights (intra-vacation flights not included)

Included Hotels

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Sydney
Cairns
Uluru
Alice Springs
Melbourne
Queenstown
Rotorua
Auckland

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

176 Cumberland Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 11:00

The luxurious rooms and suites of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney are situated in the historic Rocks district in the heart of the city. The hotel has breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour encompassing the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Celebrate the end of a great day in their signature restaurant, bar or café.

Location & Highlights

Situated in the historic Rocks district in the heart of the city, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney has breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour encompassing the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
Luxuriously furnished, the Deluxe Grand Harbour View rooms offer breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. These rooms feature modern design and furnishings, triple-glazed soundproofed windows, plush duvets, iHome docks and bathrobes.

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

11 Jamison St
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

The award-winning luxurious Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney combines space, style and warmth to provide guests ultimate ambience. Their two restaurants and bar offer exceptional wining and dining experiences. A dedicated relaxation zone is available at the Amora Day Spa. Guests can also take advantage of the heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and gym.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Sydney's financial district, near the Opera House, Harbour Bridge & Circular Quay.

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
Rooms offer exceptional comfort and space with complimentary Wi-Fi and fitted to a high standard with all the latest amenities, including air-conditioning, cable TV, blackout shades, robes and slippers, complimentary toiletries, and mini-bar.

Rydges World Square

389 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

Feel right at home when checking into Rydges World Square and enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. After a great day of sightseeing, wine and dine in their Italian & Mediterranean-inspired Sphere Restaurant or relax while sipping a cocktail at the Cidery Bar and Kitchen with a great outside deck overlooking the World Square area.

Location & Highlights

Conveniently located in Sydney’s Central Business District, providing easy access to the Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Qantas Credit Union Arena and the city’s financial precinct.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Window Opens

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
Take advantage of modern comforts and thoughtful amenities. Guest rooms are well-equipped with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The cozy Rydges Dream Bed with crisp, white linens will have you sleeping soundly and waking fully refreshed. Guests also have access to 24-hour room service, minibar and tea and coffee maker.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

61-101 Phillip Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

Located in the heart of Sydney, the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is a 5 minute stroll from the Opera House, the Rocks, the Royal Botanical Garden, restaurants, nightclubs, and museums. The hotel features Club Sofitel, Sofitel Lounge, Library, Elix'r Health Club, and Lattouf Hair & Spa.

Location & Highlights

On Phillip Street in the financial heart of the Sydney Central Business District and just minutes from the Opera House, Circular Quay, the Rocks, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
All rooms are finished in rich contemporary yet classic tones, sympathetic to the history of this grand hotel. Design does not compromise your comfort; in fact, space has been optimized by furniture selection and layout. Guestrooms feature air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi access, coffee/tea maker, minibar, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and bath amenities.

Activities & Excursions

The following activities & excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Sydney
Cairns
Uluru
Alice Springs
Melbourne
Queenstown
Rotorua
Auckland

Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Take a climb over the famous arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a birds' eye view of the iconic city of Sydney.

Price Range: $$$$

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Enjoy a memorable experience with excellent cuisine and incomparable views from atop Sydney Tower.

Price Range: $$

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Take a walk on the wild side on this amazing discovery of Australia's incredible sealife and wildlife.

Price Range: $

Sydney Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Board your luxury Australian made catamaran for a one hour sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour.

Price Range: $

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

See the animals of the world including Wild Australia themed area at the zoo with a view!

Price Range: $

The Rock's Pub Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the Australia's early convicts, mischievous gangs and locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys and cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, legends and stories of Australia's first European settlement. Learn about the fight for the title 'Sydney's Oldest Pub', what is the 6 O'clock Swill, how beer quelled the rum rebellion, and more stories, myths, and legends that you can pack into two and a half hours of fun.

Price Range: $$

The Sydney Opera House Tour

See inside the world's most recognisable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering.

Price Range: $

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Discover Australia's oldest wine-producing area on this exceptional, full-day excursion to the Hunter Valley.

Price Range: $$$$

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Grab your camera and step aboard a luxury catamaran for a sumptuous seafood buffet lunch and relaxing cruise around Sydney Harbour.

Price Range: $$

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for an excursion to the famed Blue Mountains that is truly off the beaten track!

Price Range: $$$$

24 Hour Ferry Eco Hopper Pass

Experience the world's most beautiful harbour and some of its famous destinations. The Eco Hopper takes you to Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Bay, North Sydney, Fort Denison and Q Station. All on one 24 hour Hop-On-Hop Off Pass. Includes travel on Manly Fast Ferry, Harbour Beaches Sightseeing Ferry, Manley-Darling Harbour Ferry. Commentary and bar onboard.

Price Range: $

Sydney Tower Eye & 4D Experience

Stroll around the Observation Deck and take in 360 degrees of Sydney sights. Finish your visit to Sydney Tower with a 4D cinema experience showcasing footage from famous Sydney locations.

Price Range: $

Cairns

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Mix and mingle with the local wildlife of Tropical North Queensland including crocodiles, cassowaries, kolas and more!

Price Range: $$

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Daintree Rainforest region of far north Queensland.

Price Range: $$$

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Tropical North Queensland awaits on this memorable day trip that combines the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the world-famous Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Price Range: $$

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Experience the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. The Skyrail experience is a must do Cairns attraction spanning 7.5kms (4.6 miles) over pristine railforest, allowing you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.

Price Range: $$

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with Night Fire Dinner

Night Fire is Tjapukai's signature evening activity where you will meet the Indigenous rainforest people. Follow the Tjapukai warriors to a corroboree celebrating Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. You'll enjoy traditional Australian meats, seafood and an array of salads and desserts. Relax around the fire with the Tjapukai warriors where there is time for an intimate chat, an end to a night of cultural entertainment.

Price Range: $$$

Barron River Rafting

For an action packed afternoon of fun and adventure, raft your way through the world Heritage Listed rainforest of the stunning Barron Gorge! Grade 2-3 guided White Water Rafting with no experience necessary. Tea and coffee included.

Price Range: $$$

Uluru

Field of Light Uluru - Limited Time Special Exhibit

The Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist, Bruce Munro, has come home to the place that inspired it - Uluru. More than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted glass spheres bloom as darkness falls over Australias' spiritual heartland. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Price Range: $

Ayers Rock Express Camel Ride

Travel on a friendly camel into the red sand dunes of the Outback.

Price Range: $$

Sounds of Silence Dinner Experience

Enjoy an evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky.

Price Range: $$$$

Stargazing in the Outback

This star gazing tour will take you on a fact finding journey through the southern night sky, enhancing your knowledge on astronomy and its beginnings.

Price Range: $

Harley Around the Rock

Are you a thrill seeker? Do you want to try something different? Now is your chance - see Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the back of a late model Heritage Softail Harley Davidson.

Price Range: $$$$

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

Take in Ayers Rock and the stunning surroundings on an exciting helicopter journey.

Price Range: $$$$

Ayers Rock Sunrise Camel Ride

Experience the Red Centre the Australian way! In the company of an expert Local Guide, head out into the fresh morning air for a peaceful, one-hour camel ride through the red sand dunes of the Outback.

Price Range: $$

Alice Springs

Outback Barbecue Evening

A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian Outback. Highlights include a boomerang demonstration, bush damper cooking, star gazing, Aboriginal insights, and superb food from an array of unique Australian dishes.

Price Range: $$$

Alice Springs Desert Park

The Alice Springs Desert Park, a multi-award winning park, is the first of its kind in the world and showcases the plants, animals and landscapes of Australia's deserts and their traditional use by Aboriginal people.

Price Range: $

Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Plus

Enjoy a full afternoon and evening exploration of fascinating Phillip Island and its surroundings with the day's highlight being the fabuloulos Penguin Parade.

Price Range: $$$$

Yarra Valley Food & Wine Day Tour

Discover the flavors of the Yarra Valley on a full-day food and wine tour. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or simply would like to spend the day surrounded by beautiful, off-the-beaten-path scenery, this is the perfect day trip from Melbourne.

Price Range: $$$

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

Discover just what makes Melbourne so enchanting on this excursion that reveals the city's hidden gems. We'll pair you up with a passionate expert guide for a casual stroll through the city's back streets and beautiful old lanes and arcades. Discover the architectural highlights, street art, historical tales, and small, independent retailers found only in the city. Hiding in basements or in seemingly private buildings are many of the country's emerging creative talents, where one-off pieces are not uncommon. You will be amazed at what these small businesses offer: fashion, food, art, music, chocolate, accessories, vintage items, and more! A refreshing morning tea or coffee is included, along with a souvenir bag, bottled water, map, and special offers from local retailers.

Price Range: $$

Kangaroos & Koalas in the Wild

Walk through natural bushland and experience Australia's wildlife up close, led by an experienced Wildlife Guide. On this one day Melbourne wildlife tour, you'll not only gain some great experiences, but you'll also be contributing to the health and wellbeing of Australia's native animals.

Price Range: $$$$

Great Ocean Road Adventure

Experience the majestic Great Ocean Road in style, with time to really appreciate the wonders of Australia's most scenic drive. Be sure your camera battery is fully charged, because there's plenty to see and photograph throughout the day. In the company of an expert Local Guide, watch for animal life, including whales, dolphins, echidnas, and bandicoots. Stroll along the beaches or grab a coffee at the striking Split Point Lighthouse, and take in the awe-inspiring scenery. Next, stop at Apollo Bay, a tranquil seaside town.Gain exclusive access to the Great Ocean Ecolodge's eucalyptus forest for close encounters with koalas, kangaroos, and native birds. Your adventure concludes with a visit to the ancient Twelve Apostles rock formations and dramatic Loch Ard Gorge.

Price Range: $$$

Queenstown

Upgrade One-Way Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown

After your cruise of Milford Sound, take a scenic flight back to Queenstown.

Price Range: $$$$

Station to Station Bike Ride

The perfect half day - an independent cycling trip experiencing the best that Queenstown has to offer. Enjoy a Spirit of Queenstown cruise to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm, stopping at Bob's Cove to view flora and fauna up close and spectacular views towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, the Southern Alps and The Remarkables mountain range. Disembark the vessel and journey between Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak (high country farms) located on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu as you cycle along a quiet country road through open farm land at your own pace. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, watch the landscape unfold and take in the panoramic alpine views while cycling 14 kms (8.6 miles) along a remote but public, shingle road to Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak. Then, enjoy a BBQ lunch at Walter Peak before boarding the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise to Queenstown. What a perfect way to see the best of Queenstown!

Price Range: $$$

Discover Arrowtown and Wanaka

Discover the beauty of Arrowton and Wanaka with a half day tour exploring these stunning towns. Experience Arrowtown's charming streets, journey over the Crown Range (New Zealand's highest main road), and learn the histiory of the area and take in breathtaking view at every turn.

Price Range: $$$

Rotorua

Dinner with a New Zealand Family

Experience kiwi hospitality and a traditional 3-course dinner on this authentic New Zealand dining experience.

Price Range: $$

Mt Tarawera Volcanic Valley by Floatplane

Near the northeast coast of the North Island is Mount Tarawera, the volcano whose massive eruption in 1886 destroyed the famed Pink and White Terraces and buried three Maori villages. This exciting flight-seeing excursion includes the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake.

Price Range: $$$$

Rotorua Duck Tours

Get a unique view of Rotorua's geothermal wonders on this fun excursion by Duck! Discover historic sights, Maori culture, and incredible natural beauty on this sightseeing adventure aboard a WWII amphibious vehicle that travels on both land and water.

Price Range: $

Rotorua Zipline and Canopy Tour

Soar along 500-year-old Mamaku Forest on New Zealand's only native forest zipline canopy tour. Set in a 1,200-acre forest, this 3-hour adventure combines heart-racing fun and pristine natural beauty as you switch between six zipline cables suspended 72 feet above the ground. Keep your eyes open for bellbirds, whiteheads, fantails, and many other native bird species. This is an experience of a lifetime!

Price Range: $$$

Hangi Dinner & Maori Concert

Meet New Zealand's indigenous people during this fascinating and entertaining evening.

Price Range: $$

Redwoods TreeWalk at Night

The TreeWalk consists of 21 suspension bridges traversing between 22 Californian coastal redwoods. It gives walkers a unique view of the native undergrowth below from up to 12 meters (40 feet) above the ground. The TreeWalk allows plenty of time to appreciate the beauty of the forest that is quite different from what you experience on the ground. In the evening, the forest and ferns are illuminated by 30 suspended lanterns designed by David Trubridge and multiple colored spot lights. A truly unique night time experience!

Price Range: $

Scenic Crater Lakes Flight by Floatplane

Take a scenic floatplane trip over the hidden lakes district.

Price Range: $$$

Mt Tarawera Volcano Landing by Helicopter

Fly to and land on the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand's living memory. Standing on Mount Tarawera offers a privileged view of spectacular craters and domes formed by the 1886 eruption. Here you will enjoy an interesting commentary based on the region's history, culture and geology. Land and explore the volcano on food with our guide. Flights to and from the volcano take in expansive views of the stunning Lakes District and a view of Mount Tarawera from above! Have your cameras ready!

Price Range: $$$$

Auckland

Sky Tower

Enjoy incredble views of Auckland and the harbor from atop Sky Tower. Spot the key landmarks, a number of volcanoes and historical locations within the greater Auckland area.

Price Range: $

Auckland Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a unique dining experience on Auckland's magnificent Waitemata Harbour.

Price Range: $$

Insider

Sydney
Cairns
Uluru
Alice Springs
Melbourne
Queenstown
Rotorua
Auckland

Sydney

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Sydney, AustraliaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sydney. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Sydney and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Sydney, Australia insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Sydney

Hi, I'm Vic. With 25 years as a Tour Director, I love presenting the beauty of Australia to visitors from all over the world. I enjoy helping Monograms guests create long-lasting memories. One of my favorite recommendations is a visit to the Rocks to learn about Sydney's early history.

I love sharing my local knowledge, from it’s small (and interesting) beginings to the bustling city it has grown into.

Manly Beach

Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to this iconic Sydney beach. Stroll through the corso while enjoying an ice-cream or treat yourself to a beer at the Hotel Steyne overlooking the ocean. You may wish to walk along the beachfront to Little Manly Beach.

Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Enjoy spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and the city surrounds as you take an easy stroll across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and back.

Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade

These shopping arcades are both architectural beauties in their own right. Even if you aren’t interested in shopping, they are worth a glimpse.

Clifftop Coastal Walk

This walk hugs the coastline from Bondi to Coogee and is 6 kms in length. Walk all or part of it for amazing views and perhaps stop for a swim at one of the beaches along the way.

Altmann & Cherny Opal Store

Located on Pitt St. at Circular Quay, this family-owned and operated business offers an impressive range of opal jewelry.

Paddy’s Market

If you want to bring home inexpensive, kitschy souvenirs, this Chinatown market is the place. Kangaroo oven mitts and Opera House shot glasses abound.
Note: Paddy's Market is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Stroll the MCA and experience the work of today’s artists from across Australia and around the world on your own or take part in one of the free daily guided tours. Getting hungry? Stop at the MCA Cafe on Level 4 for spectacular harbor views, site-specific art and a fresh daily menu. On Wednesdays, make sure to check out their contemporary art after dark when the galleries, cafe, and store are all open until 9 pm.

Sydney Opera Bar

Found at the water’s edge of the Sydney Harbour and base of the famous Sydney Opera House, the Opera Bar promises an experience to remember. Toast to unforgettable views, new friends and new experiences in the afternoon sun.

Explore The Rocks

Get a sense of Sydney's past exploring The Rocks' cobbled laneways, cozy cafés and oldest pubs in the country. Major highlights within this area are: Sydney Observatory, Argyle Gallery, Cadman's Cottage, Sydney Theatre Company, Lord Nelson Brewery, and The Rocks Markets where Sydneysiders flock to on Fridays and over the weekend.

Island hopping on Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour Islands Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat, and Cockatoo are among some of Sydney's most popular natural attractions. Catch one of the regular ferry services from Circular Quay during summer and take in the sparkling scenery.

Thai Town

Thai Town, located in Haymarket on Campbell Street bordering Chinatown, is a neighborhood in Sydney with a Thai theme. While not as elaborate as Sydney's Chinatown, it has quickly become to best place to go in Sydney for great Thai Restaurants as well as Thai grocery stores.

Cairns

Cairns, Australia Must See SightsMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cairns, Australia. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Cairns and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Cairns insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Cairns

Hi, I'm Sonia. Having traveled all over the world, I enjoy sharing my knowledge of what guests can experience in Australia and in Cairns. I love the laid-back lifestyle and the international cuisine found in Cairns. I suggest enjoying some fresh local seafood, a glass of wine, and watching the sunset.

Cairns Botanic Gardens

The lush tropical flora of Cairns can’t be beat and a trip to the Cairns Botanic Gardens invites you to explore the beauty of its tropical flowers, trees, and ferns. Home to approximately 4,000 species of plants, you’ll want more than a day to capture it all, which can be easy to do, since admission is free. Buses run to the Botanic gardens from the Cairns city center, departing roughly every 25 minutes.

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours

Many rainforest animals are nocturnal and difficult to spot during the day. If you’re a little nocturnal yourself, consider one of these tours designed to maximize wildlife encounters. They start at 3:00 pm and end around 11:00 pm.

Fishing Cairns

Cairns is the black marlin capital of the world. Whether you want to reel in one of these giant fish or try your skill against a barracuda or a tiger shark, this outfit can get you to the secret spots.

Cairns Esplanade

Get a taste of local life as well as a little exercise at this Cairns focal point. Go for a morning jog, join families flying kites, or take a swim in the lagoon.

Reef House Day Spa

Visit this spa in the Sebel Reef House Hotel for a little rejuvenation. The Kodo Body Massage—a rhythmic massage using ancient Aboriginal techniques—should do the trick.

Cairns Night Markets

These markets are somewhat of an institution, popular with both locals and visitors alike. Located on the Esplanade, they offer everything from souvenirs, home wares and gifts to tattoos, crocodile skins and pearls. They are open every night from 5 pm and offer casual dining in a well-serviced food court.

Port Douglas

If you find yourself with a free day, Port Douglas, located an hour’s drive north of Cairns, is a lovely place to spend your time. Wander the shops and art galleries, see St. Mary’s by the Sea wooden chapel, or enjoy a drink on the balcony of the Courthouse Hotel or in the uniquely Australian Ironbar.

Cairns Dinner Theatre

Cairns Dinner Theatre is the only interactive dinner show in Cairns and offers great theatrical productions from comedies to musicals ensuring everyone from all ages is having fun. It’s an ideal get together for locals as well as visitors that makes fora very unique evening in the heart of Cairns.

Uluru

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Ayers Rock. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Ayers Rock and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Ayers Rock insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Shop for Aboriginal Art

Want something unique to take home to remember your trip down under? Stop by the cultural center or one of the shops within the resort to purchase original, unique art created by aborigines.

Relax by the pool

Your free time is limited but in the harsh climate of the Outback, cooling off in the pool is a good way to spend the afternoon! The Bunya bar at the Desert Gardens Hotel has just the answer to finish off a relaxing afternoon.

Mulgara Gallery

Located in the foyer of Sails in the Desert Hotel, the gallery offers superb selection of Australian hand-crafted glassware, pottery, textiles, metal and leather work, featuring renowned artists.

Star Gazing

The Australian Outback is perhaps one of the best places to explore the galaxy of stars in the night sky. The low humidity and minimal unnatural light in the Red Centre allows you to view the stars and planets like you've never seen them before.

Alice Springs

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Alice Springs. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Alice Springs and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Alice Springs insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Alice Springs Golf Club

One of the finest desert golf courses in the world, manicured greens contrast vividly with the surrounding desert and MacDonnell Ranges.

Yubu Napa Art Gallery

Shop for unique artwork painted by aborigines as well as beautifully handcrafted souvenirs and gift ideas. There is an onsite artist studio offering visitors an opportunity to meet the artist and hear stories of the artwork firsthand. Open at the iconic Panorama Guth Building in Hartley Street.

Olive Pink Botanic Garden

The Olive Pink Botanic Garden opened to the public in 1985, and offers a unique garden experience that celebrates the region’s native flora. There are over 600 central Australian plants represented in the garden, with 145 of these occurring naturally within the rocky hill habitat. Spot the 40 rare or threatened species present by the two horizontal lines on their label. Entry to the Garden is by donation.

Melbourne

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Melbourne, AustraliaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Melbourne. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Melbourne and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Melbourne insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Melbourne

Hi, my name is Sandi, and I'm Melbourne born and bred. My love of travel started early in life and is the reason I chose to work in the tourism industry. I love my job as a Monograms Local Host as I get to meet the most interesting people and share my knowledge and love of Melbourne. I feel one of the must-do activities while in Melbourne is a visit to the Queen Victoria Market.

The Block Arcade

Step back in time as you stroll the beautiful shops of the Block Arcade. Perhaps enjoy afternoon tea at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, where the Victorian Ladies’ Work Association ran a small tea room from 1893-1907.

Old Melbourne Gaol

More than 100 hangings took place at this former prison, including that of Australia’s equivalent to Jesse James—hero and bandit Ned Kelly. The collection of artifacts and death masks are most interesting. For a truly chilling experience, take one of the night tours.

Cook’s Cottage

Built in 1755 by Captain Cook’s parents in Yorkshire, England, this cottage was moved in crates and barrels to Melbourne in 1934. The cottage provides a glimpse into Captain Cook’s world voyages as well as insight into 18th- century English family life.

Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne is Australia’s melting pot, and this open-air market offers a true taste of the ethnic mix. Among hundreds of stalls, you’ll find everything from fresh produce and wine to handicrafts and bargain clothes. Closed Mondays & Wednesdays.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Witness a local icon originally built in 1853. If you’re unable to see a cricket match or Australia Rules Football, visit the National Sports Museum located at the ground. Or perhaps venture to nearby Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament.

Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Find art, fashion and food on Melbourne's Soho strip. Boredom isn't an option on Brunswick Street, the vibrant Melbourne strip where people from all walks of life go to shop, eat, drink, meet and dance. And it’s a popular spot for filming several TV shows.

Queenstown

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Queenstown, New ZealandMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Queenstown, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Queenstown and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Queenstown insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Queenstown

I'm Honor and I've been a Queenstown local of over 20 years, I enjoy all the outdoor activities the region offers. I love helping arrange activities for Monograms guests so they can make the most of their time while in Queenstown. I recommend visiting some of the nearby wineries that offering tastings and also delicious food.

Mt. Difficulty Wines

With the smoothest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Merlot, you won’t find anything difficult about sampling the vintages at this winery.

Queenstown Underwater Observatory

View into the depths of Lake Wakatipu for a glimpse at the underwater inhabitants who call the lake home. The Observatory is conveniently located at the Main Town Pier (just look out for the yellow KJet sign).

Visit Arrowtown

Charming and quirky, this delightful gold rush village is nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. Stop by at the award winning Lakes District Museum for a historical lesson of this enchanted town.

Bonz Gallery

Queenstown has an excellent selection of sheepskin and wool products. The Bonz Gallery features original designs—everything from sweaters to jackets—in 100% merino wool.

Barbara Smith Gallery

If you never want to forget the beauty of Milford Sound or Fiordland National Park, visit this gallery and take home one of the artist’s magnificent oil paintings depicting New Zealand’s landscapes.

Coronet Peak

Skiers around the world head to Queenstown from early June to early October to ski. Rent a pair of skis and join them on the slopes of Coronet Peak.

Onsen Hot Pools

The Onsen Hot Pools experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown's spectacular scenery. Immerse yourself in the views, the pure waters, and the fresh mountain air, as your mind and body surrenders to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of their private pools.

Rotorua

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Rotorua, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Rotorua and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Rotorua insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting memories on your New Zealand vacation.

Hell’s Gate

This unique thermal park features the only hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. The on-site spa specializes in traditional Maori massage (Mirimiri) and mud baths.

Whakarewarewa Forest

Located just five minutes from downtown Rotorua, this pristine forest is highlighted by a grove of Californian Redwoods. Rent a bike and ride on one of the many world-class trails, take a hike, or trek through the forest on horseback.

Kuirau Park

New Zealand’s only geothermal public park features beautiful gardens, a crater lake, mud pools, hot springs, free thermal foot baths, BBQs and picnic tables, children's playground, and food market held every Saturday from 6 am to 1 pm. Admission is free.

Auckland

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Auckland, New ZealandMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host ®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Auckland, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Auckland and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Auckland insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting memories on your New Zealand vacation.

Meet a Local Host® in Auckland

I'm Caroline and I'm a Monograms Local Host. I enjoy meeting the people who come to my beautiful country of New Zealand. I enjoy giving suggestions for sightseeing, the best places to eat, and where to shop for New Zealand made products. I suggest a visit to nearby Waiheke Island for beautiful beaches and local wineries.

New Zealand Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum is a place of stories, ambition, courage, exploration, and amazing journeys. Discover how the nation’s relationship with the sea has shaped the New Zealand identity; from stories of the Polynesian people’s epic migration to Aotearoa, to early European exploration then settlement and modern-day yachting successes.

Devonport, New Zealand

Take a ferry from downtown Auckland direct to Devonport or drive over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The historic seaside village of Devonport has a charming and relaxed atmosphere. Stroll around the village at your leisure and visit some of its attractions including the many art galleries, historic points of interest and lookouts. Galleries are scattered throughout the village with a range of art by specialists in glass, ceramics, painting, sculpture and jewelry. Take a break at one of the many cafes or indulge at the renowned Devonport Chocolates.

Victoria Park Market

Auckland's historic market has many shops to browse around, and a New Zealand Walk of Fame. Walk across to the nearby Victoria Park, where you may catch some locals engaged in a game of cricket.

Auckland Bridge Climb

Admire the expansive city and harbor views as you climb over (and under) Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Beautifully situated in the Domain and occupying one of Auckland’s finest heritage buildings, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a key destination for those wishing to experience New Zealand’s cultural and spiritual history. Exciting stories of the Pacific, the people, and the flora, fauna and landforms of New Zealand’s unique islands are told within a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for New Zealand.

The Museum is home to a valuable collection of Maori taonga (treasures) and the daily cultural performances provide a warm, vibrant and entertaining glimpse into Maori culture through song and dance. The cultural experience includes the opportunity to meet, talk, and take photos with the performers.

Ponsonby

Visit the trendy suburb of Ponsonby and enjoy delicious cuisine, superb lattes or cocktails if more to your taste! For the younger travelers, this is a popular place for nightlife.

Viaduct Harbour

This is the perfect spot to take a leisurely stroll and watch the activity in and around the harbor. After you admire the super yachts and launches in the water there are many bars to choose from where you enjoy the views while sipping on fine, local wine.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy; single rooms are available at a supplement; triple rooms are available at a reduction. For singles traveling alone, a supplement will be quoted at the time of booking.

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in August 2018.

NOTE:

  • During the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, certain activities may not be available. A different activity may be substituted or a refund offered if your included activity is not available.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).