Australia & New Zealand 2023
January 16 - February 5, 2023
Australia & New Zealand 2023
January 16 - February 5
Australia: 9 DAYS. Climb over Sydney Harbor Bridge. Watch surfers at Bondi Beach. Hold a koala. Go snorkeling at Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy spectacular sunset and sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock). Visit Victorian College for the Deaf, the oldest deaf school in operation since 1860, in Melbourne. See the penguin parade at Phillip Island.
New Zealand: 12 DAYS. Stunning natural wonders, charming towns, and more sheep than people on land. Be in awe of Queenstown and its surrounding landscapes. Learn about Maori culture. Visit Waitangi, the oldest settlement. See volcanoes, boiling mud and geysers near Rotorua. Feast your eyes upon glowworms inside Waitomo Caves.
DIVE INTO CULTURE
Learn more about Aboriginal culture in Australia, and Maori culture in New Zealand. Visit Victorian College for the Deaf in Melbourne. Meet and greet with local deaf people.
SEE ICONIC SIGHTS
The world famous Sydney Opera House. Uluru, an inselberg (island mountain) in “middle of nowhere.”
JUMP INTO ADVENTURE
Climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Go snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. Go skydiving or jet boating in Queenstown. See the glow worms while on a boat inside a cave.
GET CLOSE TO WILDLIFE
See koalas, Tasmanian devils, dingos, Flying Fox bats, kangaroos and wallabies up close. Experience the amazing penguin parade on Phillip Island.
21 DAYS / 20 NIGHTS
DAY 1 - 5
DAY 1 - Arrival into Sydney. Your guide will meet you at the airport, and take you to hotel to rest up. Welcome dinner. Stay in Sydney for 3 nights.
DAY 2 - We do a grand tour of Sydney, including the City Hall, Opera House, The Rocks, Darling Habour and boat tour around Sydney Harbour.
DAY 3 - Relax and explore Sydney with optional activities – shopping, Taronga Zoo, Surry Hill Galleries as well as Oxford and William Streets. Also a chance of swimming at Bondi Beach. OPTIONAL: Do the amazing BridgeClimb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (which would take approximately 3.5 hours).
DAY 4 - We fly west to Yulara. Walk around the sacred site of Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock). Evening sunset of Uluru. Weather permitting, we experience a 3 course dinner under the stars. Stay at Yulara.
DAY 5 - Rise early to see the sunrise of Uluru. Learn about Aborigines at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Then fly north to Cairns. Swim at the saltwater lagoon on the esplanade. Stay in Cairns for 3 nights.
DAY 6 - 10
DAY 6 - Ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda. Get the opportunity to hold a koala and see kangaroos. Return via Kuranda Scenic Railway.
DAY 7 - Today, we have some optional activities: 1) An all day catamaran boat trip to a floating deck at the Great Barrier Reef for some diving and/or snorkeling as well as riding in a semi-submersible. 2) Go skydiving. 3) Take a hike to Glacier Rock Lookout or Behana Gorge Waterfall. 4) Go sea kayaking. 5) Free leisure time.
DAY 8 - Fly down to Melbourne in the morning. Free time for lunch and shopping. By late afternoon, we head down to Phillip Island to see the penguin parade at dusk (as they arrive back to shore from spending all day feeding in the ocean). Stay in Melbourne for 2 nights.
DAY 9 - See the colorful bathing boxes at Brighton Beach. Visit the Victorian College for the Deaf, established by a deaf man in 1860. We leave our hotel around 12:30 pm for an amazing late lunch experience, which would take 2 hours.
DAY 10 - We fly out to Queenstown. Drive for 2 hours to Te Anau to check into hotel. Take a lakeside stroll to town for a pizza dinner. Stay in Te Anau.
DAY 11 - Rise up early and take a morning cruise at Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown. Be sure not to miss the one and the only Fergburger for dinner. Stay in Queenstown for 3 nights.
DAY 12 - Morning drive on breath-taking scenic Glenorchy route. Lunch at the quaint Glenorchy Cafe. OPTIONAL: thrilling ride on Shotover Jet boat, sky-diving, hot-air ballooning, trail-walking, fishing, shopping, bungee jumping, boating and more.
DAY 13 - Drive to visit two charming towns, Wanaka and Arrowtown. In the late afternoon, we take a Skyline gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with awe-spiring views as well as take up a thrilling luge ride (for all ages).
DAY 14 - We fly north to Auckland late in the morning. Then drive 1.5 hours south to Hamilton.
DAY 15 - After breakfast, we take a 1.5 hour drive to Otorohanga to see kiwi birds. Waitomo Caves and ride on an underground boat to see thousands of glowworms, then Ruakuri Cave. Drive 2 hours to Rotorua. Stay in Rotorua for 3 nights.
DAY 16 - See boiling mud and exploding geysers at Waiotapu. Then a scenic ride down south to visit beautiful Lake Taupo, including Aratiatia Rapids and Huka Falls. Eat huge prawns for lunch. Return to Rotorua. Experience an exciting Maori performance dinner.
DAY 16 - In the morning, we visit Hobbiton in Matamata. After lunch, we head back to Auckland. After dinner, attend a deaf club and mingle with Deaf Kiwis. Stay in Auckland.
DAY 16 - Ride to famous Northland area into seaside town, Paihia, in beautiful Bay of Islands. Visit historic site where Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Relax and explore Paihia and its surroundings. Stay in Paihia for 2 nights.
DAY 16 - Ride on the sandy 90 Mile Beach to the “Top of New Zealand” where the Cape Reinga lighthouse is. Go sandboarding. Marvel the unique seascape.
DAY 16 - After breakfast, we return to Auckland. Free time in afternoon in downtown Auckland. Dinner at a restaurant on North Wharf. Stay in Auckland for 1 night.
DAY 16 - Free time in the morning before our farewell lunch at Sky Tower. Then head to the airport for your evening flight destination.