Waltzing Matilda: Holiday of a Lifetime
Travel dates range between January through April, 2019...
Embark on an unforgettable journey across Australia and New Zealand with the Waltzing Matilda Holiday of a Lifetime. Waltzing Matilda showcases the icons of two remarkable nations, taking you from the twin harbours of Auckland to the Outback and Uluru/Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef and finally to cosmopolitan Sydney.
This 20-day fully-escorted Holiday of a Lifetime is very different from the other programs we offer to Australia and the South Pacific.
You Holiday of a Lifetime begins in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, where you’ll tour the waterfront and climb Mt. Eden to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city and its gorgeous twin harbours. Head south and stop off at the Hobbiton Movie Set to explore all things Lord of the Rings. Continue along to Waitomo, where you’ll pass into the magical Glowworm Caves where thousands of bioluminescent glowworms light up the caves like the night sky. Arrive at your destination, Rotorua, a natural marvel known for its geothermal activity, including boiling hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and exploding geysers. Rotorua is also one of New Zealand’s Maori cultural centres; you’ll enjoy a traditional Maori evening of food and entertainment and a sheep shearing exhibition during your stay.
Fly to the South Island and Queenstown, a lovely resort town and the nation’s adventure capital, where you can indulge your inner daredevil by bungee jumping or sky diving. From Queenstown, you’ll also take a day trip to the magnificent fjord, Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise and take in the majesty of towering Mitre Peak. Continue overland, driving through some of New Zealand’s most picturesque countryside on the way to Christchurch, known as the Garden City and often described as the most English city outside of England. Close out your time in New Zealand in Christchurch.