Sun & Fun Down Under with Queenstown & Rotorua (IPLE)

17 Day Package from Sydney to Auckland

Sun and fun down under…sounds like bliss, doesn't it? And no one brings you sun and fun like Monograms! On this 17-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for your intra-vacation flights. Plus, you'll have a Monograms Local Host ®—someone who knows the ins and outs and is there to ensure your vacation goes smoothly—to answer your questions, arrange optional activities, and offer suggestions for shopping and dining.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Sydney, where we can seamlessly whisk you from the airport to your selected hotel. Your guided sightseeing in Sydney with a local expert includes photo stops at the world-famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. You'll also have a full day to explore Sydney on your own (with the support of your Local Host of course). You may want to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for amazing views; explore the cobblestone streets at the Rocks, the harborside area where the first convicts settled; or visit Hunter Valley to sample Australia wines.

Then, we'll take you to the airport so you can fly to the Gold Coast, a tropical paradise known for its white-sand beaches. From the Gold Coast, you'll take an included excursion to Mount Tamborine National Park, where a guided rainforest walk takes you to a tropical waterfall. Keep your eyes open for native wildlife. Monograms has also arranged a local wine tasting and a visit to the Gallery Walk, where local artists showcase their works. In your free time at the Gold Coast, you may want to soak in the sun on the white-sand beach, visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to feed a kangaroo or cuddle a koala, or enjoy the Gold Coast’s thriving food scene.

You’ll then fly to Cairns and be transported to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea. Here, you'll have 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. You can choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. This underwater world, with its brilliant colors and fish swimming around you, is nothing short of spectacular! With your two full days of leisure in Port Douglas, you may want to stroll on Four Mile Beach, browse the shops in downtown Port Douglas, or visit the Daintree Forest, the world's oldest living rainforest.

Finally, you’ll fly to New Zealand. From Queenstown, Monograms has arranged an excursion to Fiordland National Park, where you’ll enjoy an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound. With some of the world’s most stunning scenery, this cruise through the fjord is breathtaking! A full day in Queenstown gives you the opportunity to visit a local winery, marvel at the views from the Queenstown Gondola, or cruise across Lake Wakatipu. In Rotorua, your guided sightseeing includes Te Puia, where you’ll see New Zealand’s largest geyser and boiling mud pots; Rainbow Springs, where you’ll learn about New Zealand’s native kiwi; and the Agrodome. Plus, we’ll take you to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves for a must-see boat trip through the peaceful caves lit by thousands of tiny creatures radiating luminescent light.

With the time and hassles you save by letting Monograms take care of the details, all you have to do is enjoy this Australia and New Zealand vacation filled with fun, sun, and spectacular beauty.


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Your Local Host

What is the Role of a Local Host?

Monograms 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 insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

Vic

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 its small (and interesting) beginings to the bustling city it has grown into.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

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DAY
1
ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

7-Dec-2019

Arrive in Sydney, Australia’s largest city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to start exploring this vibrant city.

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
2
SYDNEY

8-Dec-2019

Today’s included sightseeing features a photo stop at the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and a visit to world-famous BONDI BEACH. The afternoon is at your leisure. Your Local Host will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B)

Excursions Available:

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Price: Starting From: $209/person

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Get ready for the climb of your life! This exhilarating excursion at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a unique way to enjoy incredible views of the city and its beautiful harbor.

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

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

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Price: Starting From: $34/person

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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.

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

Price: Starting From: $30/person

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Taronga Zoo - General Entry

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

The Rocks Pub Tour

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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The Rocks 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. A unique, fun tour that highlights the history, stories, and characters that helped shaped Sydney.

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DAY
3
SYDNEY

9-Dec-2019

A full day to explore more of Sydney. You may choose from an array of optional excursions including a visit to Hunter Valley to sample Australia wines, the chance to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for amazing views of the harbor and city below, or a relaxing dinner atop Sydney Tower’s revolving restaurant. (B)

Excursions Available:

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Price: Starting From: $209/person

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Get ready for the climb of your life! This exhilarating excursion at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a unique way to enjoy incredible views of the city and its beautiful harbor.

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

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

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Price: Starting From: $34/person

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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.

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

Price: Starting From: $30/person

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Taronga Zoo - General Entry

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

The Rocks Pub Tour

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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The Rocks 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. A unique, fun tour that highlights the history, stories, and characters that helped shaped Sydney.

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Price: Starting From: $187/person

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Hunter Valley Wine Tour

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

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

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

The Sydney Opera House Tour

Price: Starting From: $29/person

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The Sydney Opera House Tour

See inside the world's most recognizable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering while learning the history of this iconic landmark.

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Price: Starting From: $200/person

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Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for a full day excursion to the famed Blue Mountains, a journey into the heart of a unique UNESCO World Heritage Region.

Bondi Beach Like a Local Tour

Price: Starting From: $217/person

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Bondi Beach Like a Local Tour

Join your friendly local Bondi Surf instructor and experience Australia's most beautiful beach... the way the locals do!

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DAY
4
SYDNEY–GOLD COAST

10-Dec-2019

Fly to the Gold Coast, known for its laid-back lifestyle and incredible white sand beaches. Enjoy a 3-night stay in this tropical paradise. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
5
GOLD COAST EXCURSION TO MOUNT TAMBORINE NATIONAL PARK

11-Dec-2019

This morning, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take a peaceful drive through the Gold Coast’s hinterland. Your guided sightseeing tour will take you on rainforest roads through MOUNT TAMBORINE NATIONAL PARK, where you will have your chance to spot native wildlife and visit a tropical waterfall after a guided rainforest walk. Indulge in a local WINE TASTING before visiting the Gallery Walk, where local artists showcase their arts and crafts. Return to the Gold Coast for your afternoon at leisure. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
6
GOLD COAST

12-Dec-2019

A full day at leisure. You may wish to spend the day on the white sands of Main Beach, or wander down the Esplanade taking in the stunning coastline. Other options include a visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can feed a kangaroo, get up close to a crocodile, or cuddle a koala; or take a trip to SkyPoint Observation Deck, the Gold Coast’s highest attraction with 360-degree views. (B)

Excursions Available:

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Price: Starting From: $48/person

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

See Australia's native animals at this iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary. See koalas, dingos, echidnas, wombats, colorful parrots and more!

Learn to Surf

Price: Starting From: $49/person

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Learn to Surf

Australia is renowned as one of the world's premier surfing destinations and is part of the Aussie lifestyle. Here's your chance to learn to surf at one of Australia's iconic surf destinations. The surf lesson is safe, fun, and an exciting experience that everyone can enjoy - young, old, experienced or not. Why not come and try your hand at one of Australia's iconic activities?

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DAY
7
GOLD COAST–CAIRNS–PORT DOUGLAS

13-Dec-2019

Transfer to the Gold Coast Airport or Brisbane Airport for your flight to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Continue to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea. Check in to your hotel for a 4-night stay. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
8
PORT DOUGLAS EXCURSION TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

14-Dec-2019

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 Port Douglas, where the evening is at leisure. (B,L)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
9
PORT DOUGLAS

15-Dec-2019

With your day at leisure, you may wish to take a trip into the Daintree Forest, the world’s oldest living rainforest, and to beautiful Cape Tribulation, where the jungle meets the sea. Your Local Host will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B)

Excursions Available:

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Price: Starting From: $153/person

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Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Spend the day exploring the Daintree Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel on a custom built 4WD vehicles with a maximum of 16 passengers per vehicle. Your naturalist guide has extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure your day, will be a memory of a lifetime.

Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

Price: Starting From: $119/person

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Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

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

Rainforest River Drift Snorkeling

Price: Starting From: $72/person

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Rainforest River Drift Snorkeling

Within an ancient rainforest, step into the cool, crystal clear river and drift with the current as you explore life under the water's surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. This family friendly tour is a perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics and is a great introduction to snorkelling.

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DAY
10
PORT DOUGLAS

16-Dec-2019

Today is free to explore as you wish. You may want to take a stroll on Four Mile Beach, shop the unique boutiques and galleries in downtown Port Douglas, or just relax by your resort’s pool. (B)

Excursions Available:

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Price: Starting From: $153/person

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Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Spend the day exploring the Daintree Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel on a custom built 4WD vehicles with a maximum of 16 passengers per vehicle. Your naturalist guide has extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure your day, will be a memory of a lifetime.

Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

Price: Starting From: $119/person

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Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

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

Rainforest River Drift Snorkeling

Price: Starting From: $72/person

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Rainforest River Drift Snorkeling

Within an ancient rainforest, step into the cool, crystal clear river and drift with the current as you explore life under the water's surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. This family friendly tour is a perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics and is a great introduction to snorkelling.

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DAY
11
PORT DOUGLAS–QUEENSTOWN

17-Dec-2019

Today, fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. The reminder of your day is at leisure. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
12
QUEENSTOWN EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

18-Dec-2019

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. (B)

Excursions Available:

Upgrade One-Way Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown

Price: Starting From: $267/person

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Upgrade One-Way Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown

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

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DAY
13
QUEENSTOWN

19-Dec-2019

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. (B)

Excursions Available:

Walter Peak Evening Dinner

Price: Starting From: $94/person

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Walter Peak Evening Dinner

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the 103-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship to enjoy a popular dinner excursion at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy great scenery, a delicious meal, and learn more about life on a New Zealand farm.

Wilderness Safari

Price: Starting From: $167/person

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Wilderness Safari

Take a spectacular jet boat journey along the Dart's ever-changing braided river system. Awe-inspiring surroundings include breathtaking snowcapped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls, and glacial valleys frozen in time. Your excursion includes an easy guided walk through the Heritage Trail at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enhance your experience with informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest, the unique fauna, amazing history, and fascinating Maori legends. You will also ride aboard a 4WD coach along a scenic backroad route to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings movies.

KJet Thrill Ride

Price: Starting From: $87/person

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KJet Thrill Ride

KJet offers 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world's most stunning locations.

Cruise onboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship

Price: Starting From: $45/person

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Cruise onboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship

It is New Zealand's most iconic boat and one of Queenstown's most historic destinations. The leisurely cruise across beautiful Lake Wakatipu show cases some of Queenstown's spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece of Queenstown's living history - the 105-year-old TSS Earnslaw.

Queenstown Wine Trail Tour

Price: Starting From: $106/person

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Queenstown Wine Trail Tour

Take this tour and experience the true flavor of the local pinot noir and other wine varietals at three premium vineyards.

Helicopter Flight over the Remarkables Mountains with Landing

Price: Starting From: $174/person

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Helicopter Flight over the Remarkables Mountains with Landing

See Queenstown's most famous and iconic mountain range from one mile high. This "Remarkable" excursion takes you towards the South Eastern shores of Lake Wakatipu where the Remarkables stand tall over Queenstown - one of only two Mountain ranges in the world that run directly North to South. Soar straight to the top and take in the views of the incredible alpine environment. On the top, we make a landing and shutdown the helicopter to allow you to take in the grandeur scale of the Wakatipu Basin. Take the ultimate photograph, breathe in the southern fresh air and you may even be lucky enough to enjoy some fresh snow. From there, your helicopter will take off and make its way back to base, showing off the picturesque scenery of Queenstown on the way down.

Walter Peak Farm and BBQ Lunch

Price: Starting From: $81/person

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Walter Peak Farm and BBQ Lunch

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the 103-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship to enjoy a popular lunch excursion at the historic Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy great scenery, a delicious meal, and learn more about life on a New Zealand farm.

Station to Station Bike Ride

Price: Starting From: $158/person

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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 with incredible views, a bike ride along country roads and through farmlands, followed by a buffet lunch at Walter Peak farm. Return to Queenstown on the vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw. A perfect way to see the best of Queenstown!

Discover Arrowtown and Wanaka

Price: Starting From: $109/person

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Discover Arrowtown and Wanaka

Discover the beauty of Arrowtown 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 history of the area and take in breathtaking views at every turn.

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DAY
14
QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA

20-Dec-2019

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

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
15
ROTORUA

21-Dec-2019

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. (B)

Excursions Available:

Mt Tarawera Volcanic Valley by Floatplane

Price: Starting From: $171/person

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Mt Tarawera Volcanic Valley by Floatplane

Near the northeast coast of New Zealand's 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.

Rotorua Duck Tours

Price: Starting From: $49/person

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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.

Rotorua Zipline and Canopy Tour

Price: Starting From: $103/person

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Rotorua Zipline and Canopy Tour

Soar along 500-year-old Mamaku Forest on New Zealand's only native forest zipline canopy tour. This is an experience of a lifetime!

Hangi Dinner & Maori Concert

Price: Starting From: $84/person

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Hangi Dinner & Maori Concert

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

Dinner with a New Zealand Family

Price: Starting From: $68/person

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Dinner with a New Zealand Family

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

Redwoods TreeWalk at Night

Price: Starting From: $19/person

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Redwoods TreeWalk at Night

The TreeWalk consists of 21 suspension bridges traversing between 22 Californian coastal redwoods. In the evening, the forest and ferns are illuminated by 30 suspended lanterns and multiple colored spotlights. It is a truly unique nighttime experience!

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DAY
16
ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND

22-Dec-2019

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

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
17
AUCKLAND

23-Dec-2019

Your stay in New Zealand ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

Hotels

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.

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Auckland

Sydney

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.

Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

If you’re looking for a gift or one-off piece, the markets are your one-stop-shop, with friendly stallholders always on hand to chat about the ‘how,' 'what,' and 'why' of their wares. Open each Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday night from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club

Enjoy a meal with picturesque views of the ocean while mixing with the locals.

Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre

Take the free shuttle bus to factory outlet shops to buy yourself a bargain. The shuttle operates twice per day, 7 days-a-week with shuttle pick-up points located at four convenient locations in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

Clock Hotel

Enjoy the sunset on the balcony level with a drink of your choice. Relax and take in the atmosphere.

Theme Parks

The Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia with Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Wet’n’Wild Water World, Warner Bros. Movie World, and Sea World.

Springbrook National Park

A perfect day trip to escape to the outdoors in the Gold Coast hinterland to take a pleasant walk through the forest wilderness formed by the eruption of a volcano 23 million years ago.

Byron Bay

Take a day trip to the popular seaside resort town and explore Cape Byron Lighthouse which sits on Australia’s most easterly point.

Port Douglas

Ironbar Restaurant

Locally owned and operated since 1994, The Ironbar Restaurant’s rustic Australiana theme and lively atmosphere make it a hit with locals and tourists alike. For a fun night out, check out their live and local music talents on stage each night.

Four Mile Beach

No visit to Port Douglas is complete without a walk along Four Mile Beach. Listen to the palm trees in the breeze as you walk along four miles of white sandy beach without a hint of civilization in sight. Choose to laze in the sun on the warm sand, swim in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, or gaze along the coastline for spectacular views of the ocean and rainforest.

Bally Hooley Steam Railway

Meet Speedy and Bundy, two 55 year old coal-fired steam locomotives - the very last ones used by the Mossman Sugar Mill before switching to diesel locomotives for hauling the sugar cane from the fields to the region's mill. Take a ride on these historic little steam trains on a track that has been in existence for over a century. Train operates daily 9:30 am to 3:30 pm including most public holidays.

Fine Dining by the Sea

The Reef Marina offers a diverse range of dining options. Overlooking the magnificent Coral Sea, this is the perfect place to unwind even further and take in the atmosphere of this stunning seaside town.

The Clink Theatre (Douglas Theatre Arts Group)

Filled with history and life, this beautiful auditorium, with perfect acoustics, and the best little bar in town, plays host to local and travelling artists alike and makes for a great night on the town.

Queenstown

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

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.

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