New Year's Eve Down Under (PY)

21 Day Tour from Sydney to Auckland

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Vibrant cities, spectacular scenery, unique and adorable animals, and the world-famous Sydney fireworks on New Year's Eve…this Australia and New Zealand tour has it all! You'll overnight in Sydney, Cairns, Uluru (Ayres Rock), Alice Springs, Melbourne, Queenstown, Mount Cook, Rotorua, and Queenstown. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing and free time in the cities, opportunities to learn about the local cultures, and visits to some of the world's most scenic areas.

Tour highlights include the amazing Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel, take a glass bottom boat tour, or learn about this underwater world that explodes with colors and beauty from a marine touch tank. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), where you'll witness an amazing sunset and watch the colors change on sacred Uluru (Ayers Rock). In New Zealand, take a cruise through some of the world’s most stunning scenery of Milford Sound at Fiordland National Park and marvel at sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforest. Witness breathtaking beauty at Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's tallest mountain, glaciers, and beautiful lakes.

To make your Australia and New Zealand tour unique, Globus has included many special experiences, including an Australian Walkabout tour at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. This fun opportunity lets you learn more about some of the zoo's resident animals. In New Zealand, a visit to Agrodome gives you a unique farm experience to learn about life on a New Zealand farm plus you’ll get to meet the friendly animals.

All of this and much more—including a New Year’s Eve cruise on Sydney Harbour with fireworks at midnight—are included on this once-in-a-lifetime tour through Australia and New Zealand!

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

SYDNEY
Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House and botanic gardens, enjoy a guided Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Australian Walkabout Tour at the Taronga Zoo; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite New Year’s Eve harbor cruise with fireworks
CAIRNS
Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities
ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Sightseeing tour around the base of the rock, visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast
ALICE SPRINGS
Sightseeing tour; visit the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Outback barbecue
MELBOURNE
Sightseeing tour including Fitzroy Gardens
QUEENSTOWN
Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for a scenic dinner
MOUNT COOK
Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park
ROTORUA
Enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner and Maori cultural performance; visit Rainbow Springs; visit the Agrodome and Te Puia
WAITOMO
Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves
AUCKLAND
Sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell dinner atop Sky Tower

Notes:

  • New Year’s Eve Harbor Cruise: an exclusion zone is assigned to cruise boats by NSW Roads and Maritime. The Captain makes every effort to position the vessel for optimum viewing of the fireworks display; however, the exact location of the vessel cannot be guaranteed due to the heavy traffic and congestion on the harbor.
  • Passengers must be 18 years of age or older.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Wet Tropics of Queensland

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 7 dinners including an Outback barbecue in Alice Springs, a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua, and a farewell dinner in Queenstown

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner. This is a good time to meet your fellow travelers, get your questions answered, and prepare for your adventure.

NOTE:
Early check-in does not include breakfast. You may purchase breakfast directly from the hotel at an additional cost.

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Day 2 SYDNEY

Start your day with a city sightseeing tour, including such landmarks as the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. See Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS and enjoy sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a walk around the Rocks, the site of the first European settlement in Australia, now home to shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Later, visit TARONGA ZOO with its 4,000 animals, including Australian native species such as kangaroo, wallaby, little penguin, and the Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a special guided Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite AUSTRALIAN WALKABOUT TOUR which provides a unique opportunity to learn about some of Taronga Zoo’s most amazing residents.

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Day 3 SYDNEY

Today is at leisure. You may wish to spend some time in Darling Harbour with its many shops and restaurants or shop for a favorite souvenir. This evening, a special New Year’s Eve celebration awaits. First, take to the water on a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HARBOR CRUISE complete with canapés and a 4-course dinner followed by music and dancing. At the stroke of midnight, be treated to a champagne toast and some of the most amazing fireworks you’ll ever see. Here is your chance to ring in the New Year under Sydney’s world-famous fireworks. It will be a night to remember!

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Day 4 SYDNEY

Today, you can relax after your New Year’s Eve celebration. Perhaps venture to the nearby beaches of Manly or Bondi, explore the cobblestone streets of the Rocks, or stroll through one of the city’s many gardens. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional activities.

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Day 5 SYDNEY–CAIRNS

Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Check in to your Cairns hotel for a 3-night stay. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

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Day 6 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 Outer 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. During your time here, you may choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, watch a fish feeding, and enjoy a marine touch tank.

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Day 7 CAIRNS

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. You may wish to visit nearby Cape Tribulation or Mossman Gorge, spend some time at the Cairns Lagoon, enjoy a stroll along the Esplanade, or shop for a bargain at the popular Cairns Night Market. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

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Day 8 CAIRNS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

Fly this morning to Australia’s “Red Center.” Enjoy a TOUR around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Visit KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, enjoy an amazing sunset and a celebratory DRINK as you watch the colors change on sacred Uluru.

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Day 9 ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS

Today, fly to Alice Springs located in Australia’s Outback. Sightseeing includes a visit to the SCHOOL OF THE AIR to learn how the school was started, how classes are broadcast, and the difference it makes to children in remote regions of Australia. Also, visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION, the birthplace of Alice Springs, and discover the importance of this early settlement in connecting Australia to the rest of the world. Tonight, a unique Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring music, stargazing, a boomerang demonstration, and typical campfire fare. Relax underneath a chandelier of stars and enjoy this awe-inspiring Outback experience.

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Day 10 ALICE SPRINGS–MELBOURNE

Today, fly to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital with Victorian-era architecture, extensive restaurants and shopping, arcades and lanes, and beautiful parks and gardens.

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Day 11 MELBOURNE

This morning’s sightseeing includes landmarks such as Federation Square, the Melbourne Museum, and beautiful FITZROY GARDENS. See Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Discover Victorian terraced homes in East Melbourne, and see the bustling streets of Chinatown and the Queen Victoria Market. With the remainder of the day at leisure, why not venture to Phillip Island to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade?

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Day 12 MELBOURNE

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city on your own. Spend time at the Old Melbourne Gaol, once home to legendary outlaw, Ned Kelly; sit at a café and enjoy a coffee; wander along the scenic Yarra River; or take an optional excursion to see the incredible Great Ocean Road. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

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Day 13 MELBOURNE – QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

This morning, bid farewell to Australia as you board your flight to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” The remainder of the day is at leisure.

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Day 14 QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

Today, travel to FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board your ship and CRUISE on the fiord to witness some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. See sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls cascading into the sea, glaciers, and rainforest. Keep a lookout for fur seals, dolphins, and other wildlife. It will be a day you won’t soon forget!

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Day 15 QUEENSTOWN

A full day at leisure for your own Queenstown discoveries. Consider a visit to a local vineyard to sample some of the prize vintages or a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River. Other options include a scenic ride across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship, shopping for souvenirs, or enjoying some fresh seafood at a local restaurant. This evening, take a scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown. Make sure to have your camera ready for fantastic photo opportunities.

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Day 16 QUEENSTOWN–MOUNT COOK

Today’s journey brings us to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK. Weather permitting, you may wish to join a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

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Day 17 MOUNT COOK–CHRISTCHURCH–ROTORUA

Travel to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, and then fly to Rotorua, the center of the Maori culture. This evening, you may wish to join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs or massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.

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Day 18 ROTORUA

This morning, visit RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife. Then, visit the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue to TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser and boiling mud pools. Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER, cooked beneath the ground with hot stones. Dinner is followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE of singing, dancing, and storytelling.

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Day 19 ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND

Depart Rotorua and cross over the Mamaku ranges to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms. In the afternoon, travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to Auckland. This evening, why not enjoy a glass of New Zealand’s famous wine while dining at one of Auckland’s world-class restaurants..

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Day 20 AUCKLAND

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and the historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You can explore on you own or participate in a selection of optional activities. In the evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner atop Auckland’s Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SKY TOWER, where the dining room rotates once every hour providing a unique experience with amazing 360-degree panoramas of the city and harbor below. The perfect ending to your vacation!

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Day 21 AUCKLAND

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MARIE MARTINE SOPHIE LAMALETIE

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Escorting tours for more than 10

I really enjoy finding common ground with our guests. Traveling to new places often highlights differences which we can all learn from each other. As a guide, finding the common ground between our guests and the people and the places we visit is what I enjoy most about my job.

Tour Director - MARIE MARTINE SOPHIE LAMALETIE

 Accommodations

Sydney
Cairns
Uluru
Alice Springs
Melbourne
Queenstown
Mount Cook Region
Rotorua
Auckland

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional 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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Sydney
Cairns
Uluru
Melbourne
Queenstown
Rotorua

Sydney

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

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

Price Range: $$

The Rock's Pub Tour

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: $$

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

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: $

Cairns

Upgrade One-Way Helicopter Flight from the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns

Upgrade One-Way Helicopter Flight from the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns

After your time at the Great Barrier Reef, take a scenic flight back to Cairns.

Price Range: $$$$

Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef

Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef

Experience natures finest with Australia's best. Enjoy the exhilaration of flying over the 8th wonder of the world - The Great Barrier Reef. Flying low over the reef, our pilot will show you the wonders that live beneath the sea as you search for sea turtles, manta rays and the interesting marine mammal, the dugong. You will marvel at the sheer size of coral displays that form part of the Great Barrier Reef.

Price Range: $$$

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

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: $$

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

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

Price Range: $$$

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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

Price Range: $$

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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

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: $$$

Uluru

Ayers Rock Sunrise Camel Ride

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: $$

Harley Around the Rock

Harley Around the Rock

Are you a thrill seeker? Do you want to try something different? Like the feel of the open road and wind in your face? Now is your chance to experience all of these thing - see Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the back of a late model Heritage Softail Harley Davidson! This is a fun excursion for all ages!

Price Range: $$$

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

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

Price Range: $$$$

Melbourne

The Penguin Parade

The Penguin Parade

Make the most of your time in Melbourne and join this excurson eo enjoy Phillip Island's stunning landscapes and the famous Penguin Parade.

Price Range: $$$

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Nothing will prepare you for this awesome, bird's-eye view of Melbourne! Join us for a unique experience that will get your heart racing as you step out 984 feet above the ground (that's almost as high as the Eiffel Tower). Eureka Skydeck 88 takes you right to The Edge, a special glass cube observation deck that slides out from the building with you inside! It's a city view you'll never forget.

Price Range: $

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road

On this full day tour, you'll experience this majestic coastal drive in style, with time to relax and fully appreciate the wonders of this world famous route.

Price Range: $$$$

Yarra Valley Food & Wine Day Tour

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

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

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: $$$$

Queenstown

KJet Thrill Ride

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.

Price Range: $$

Rotorua

Dinner with a New Zealand Family

Dinner with a New Zealand Family

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

Price Range: $$

Mt Tarawera Volcanic Valley by Floatplane

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: $$$$

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