January 4 - February 6, 2019
33 Days
Tour Status - Guaranteed

This HOSTED agriculture tour with David & Brenda Layden of Select Holidays is our most popular tour to Australia & New Zealand, visiting the highlights of both countries and Select Holidays has much experience going to these wonderful countries.  For those looking for an escorted agriculture tour, this departure offers an excellent way to travel with others with similar interests.  New Zealand is a land of natural wonder.  Spectacular mountains, active volcanoes, picturesque lakes, streams and beaches, bubbling mudpools and geysers.  You will enjoy a unique Maori culture and warm hospitality as well as visit the Agrodome, where you will see a show of sheep and sheep dogs demonstration.  Australia is a fascinating island continent.  You will visit the Great Barrier Reef, see kangaroos, emus, koalas and other unique birds and animals you probably haven't even heard of!  You will also visit world-famous Sydney Opera House and enjoy a cruise on the Sydney Harbor.  Continue on to Ayers Rock,  one of the most impressive landmarks in Australia.  Join us on this memorable journey...

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The trip to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock was most enjoyable. The outback is amazing and very interesting to explore. This was a trip beyond our expectations.
— Les & Audrey, AB

Tour Highlights

  • International & Domestic airfare
  • Deluxe, city center accommodations*
  • Best Class accommodations in Rural Areas
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Rural Home Stays
  • City & area tours as per itinerary
  • Technical visits as per itinerary
  • Scenic Skyline Restaurant
  • Walter Peak Sheep Station
  • SS Earnslaw Lake Cruise
  • Milford Sound Luncheon Cruise
  • Cambridge Home Stay
  • Deer Farm Visit
  • Redwood Forest
  • Maori Feast & Concert
  • Maori Village Tour
  • Agrodome Sheep Show
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Auckland Sky Tower
  • Kelly Tarlton Underwater World & Penguin Display
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Lone Pine Koala Park
  • Darling Downs
  • Feed Lot Tour
  • Grain, Cotton & Dairy Farm
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Green Island & Barrier Reef
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Park
  • Kuranda Rail
  • Skyrail Tours
  • Sound of Light Show
  • Barossa Valley
  • Escorted by Select Holidays
  • Plus More...

Jan 04, 2019:  Fri - FLYING TO NEW ZEALAND
The tour begins with a flight from Canada/USA into New Zealand. You will cross the International Date Line and lose a day. [IFM]

Jan 05, 2019:  Sat - LOSE THIS DAY
This is a lost day because of the International Date Line.  You will cross over the International Date Line once more and gain a day back on your return home.

Jan 06, 2019: Sun – AUCKLAND ~ QUEENSTOWN, NZ
Upon arrival into Auckland International Airport on the North Island of New Zealand, clear New Zealand Customs.  Transfer to the Domestic Airport for a short flight to Queenstown on the South Island.  Check into a centrally located hotel for a 2-night stay. The balance of the afternoon is free to rest and relax before joining your fellow travellers for “Welcome Dinner” in the “Skyline Restaurant”. [IFM/D]

Jan 07, 2019:  Mon - QUEENSTOWN, NZ
This morning drive through the wine region & visit a fruit stand in the Cromwell district.  A stop will be made at the home of the original Bungee Jumping site, and the opportunity to take an optional jet boat ride (approx. $150 NZD) on the Shotover River.  Afternoon is free to explore on your own.  This evening, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the historic coal-fired steamer, the “SS Earnslaw”, crossing Lake Wakatipu to the “Walter Peak Sheep Station” for dinner and sheep dog demonstration.  Return to Queenstown for the night.   [B/D]

Jan 08, 2019:  Tue – QUEENSTOWN ~ TE ANAU, NZ
The journey today will follow along the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu and past sheep and deer farms on the way to Te Anau. From there, enter Fordland's National Park, crossing over mountain passes and through scenic valleys enroute to Milford Sound.  Enjoy a luncheon cruise in this breath-taking fjord, watch for numerous fur seals sunning themselves on the rocks and also view numerous waterfalls.  Return to Te Anau for an overnight stay.     [B/L]

Jan 09, 2019: Wed – TE ANAU ~ DUNEDIN, NZ
Traveling towards the Gore area, you visit a local dairy located in the rolling countryside before continuing unto the Scottish city of Dunedin for an overnight stay.  Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin wears the country's Scottish heritage with pride. Dinner at the hotel this evening. [B/D]

Jan 10, 2019: Thu – DUNEDIN ~ MT COOK REGION, NZ
This morning you visit “Baldwin Street”, the world's steepest residential street with an opportunity to climb up the street if you so wish.   You then visit the "Moeraki  Boulders", mysteriously spherical stones scattered across a beach, and each weighing several tonnes and some up to two metres high.  A microbrewery lunch and tasting before and afternoon visit to a high country merino sheep and cattle station.   [B/L]

Jan 11, 2019: Fri – MT COOK REGION ~ ASHBURTON, NZ
Morning visit to view Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand.  Continue on to the Geraldine area, a beautiful, sub alpine village in Canterbury New Zealand.  Visit the “Tin Shed with probably New Zealand's most extensive range of quality New Zealand-made merino woolen products for sale.   Arrive Ashburton for an overnight stay in this vital agricultural area.   [B/D]

Jan 12, 2019:  Sat – ASHBURTON/RURAL HOME STAY, NZ
Today you visit a wheat and white clover farm in the morning on the Canterbury Plains, a major area utilizing irrigation farming and the bread bowl region of New Zealand.  A highlight also is lunch with a farm host.  Meet your host farm family in the town of Ashburton and travel with them for an overnight home-stay experience and the hospitality shown by the New Zealand people.           [B/L/D]

Jan 13, 2019:  Sun – ASHBURTON ~ ROTORUA,  NZ
Today travel to Christchurch for a short city tour and a visit to the Botanical Gardens.  Later you fly to Rotorua on the North Island and check into hotel for a 2- night stay.  This evening, enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast and Concert at your hotel.   [B/D]

Jan 14, 2019: Mon - ROTORUA, NZ
A morning visit to an authentic Maori Village for a guided tour with one of the elders.  See first hand how the local native Maori people use the natural hot water and steam from deep in the earth to cook their food and heat their homes.  From there, it is a short drive “Rainbow Springs” to see the huge trout as well as get a glimpse of the elusive “Kiwi” bird.  Then it is off to the “Agrodome”, for a show of sheep and sheep dogs demonstration and fare wagon tour to see kiwi fruit on the vine.  Rest of the day at leisure.  [B]

Jan 15, 2019:  Tue – ROTORUA ~ RURAL FARM STAY/CAMBRIDGE, NZ
This morning visit “Waitomo Glow Worm Caves”.  Visit a rural town and have lunch on your own before meeting your host families in the Cambridge area for a tour of their property including dinner and an overnight stay. [B/D]

Jan 16, 2019:  Wed – CAMBRIDGE ~ AUCKLAND, NZ
Visit a deer farm this morning then travel to a winery for lunch. Continue on to Auckland, known as the “City of Sails” and New Zealand’s largest city, for a two night stay.  [B/L]

Jan 17, 2019:  Thu - AUCKLAND, NZ
A morning visit to the “Kelly Tarlton Underwater World” with its live penguin and killer sharks display. Drive to Davenport, across the bay from the city of Auckland, for lunch and time on your own. Take a ferry back to the city center and make your own way back to the hotel;  balance of the afternoon is free to explore on your own before enjoying a “Farewell to New Zealand Dinner” at your hotel this evening.  [B/D]

Jan 18, 2019: Fri - AUCKLAND, NZ ~ CAIRNS, AU
This is a travel day as you depart Auckland, New Zealand and fly to the tropical city of Cairns, Australia for a 4-night stay.  Upon your arrival into Cairns clear Australian Customs then transfer to the hotel with the balance of the day at leisure to get acquainted with the hotel and enjoy the pool.  [B]

Day 15 - Jan 19, 2019: Sat – CAIRNS, AU
Following breakfast, travel to “Freshwater Train Station” to board the “Kuranda Rail” for a scenic train journey up the mountainside to “Kuranda   Station” and  a visit to the Kuranda village.  The picturesque mountain village is surrounded by the “World Heritage Rainforest”.  Later, board the “Skyrail Rainforest Cableway”, the world’s longest gondola, for an epic aerial ride over the rainforest canopy as you make your way back down the mountain and Visit “Tjapukai Aboriginal Park” for a dance and boomerang throwing performance.  It is both an entertaining spectacle, and an educational experience for everyone.  This evening, take time to explore the foreshore promenade and shop at local markets, eat tropical fruits and seafood.  [B]

Day 16 - Jan 20, 2019: Sun – CAIRNS, AU
A fast 45 minute catamaran ride will take you to beautiful Green Island to enjoy this unique coral reef, which is situated on part of the “Great Barrier Reef" - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.  Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride over the coral as well as a lunch on the island before returning back to Cairns.  [B/L] 
*Snorkeling equipment included*

Day 17 - Jan 21, 2019: Mon – CAIRNS, AU
A morning visit to a local market showcasing exotic fruits and vegetables grown in the region.  Drive onto the “Atherton Tablelands” where sugarcanes, bananas, tea and peanut farms supply the main income.  Visit the “Giant Fig Tree” followed by lunch at Lake Barrine, formed by an extinct volcano.  Visit a mango and avocado farm before returning to Cairns later in the afternoon with free time to explore on your own [B/L]

Day 18 - Jan 22, 2019: Tue – CAIRNS - BRISBANE, AU
Depart Cairns and fly to Brisbane.  Free time in afternoon to explore Brisbane on your own.  [B]

Day 19 - Jan 23, 2019: Wed – BRISBANE - DALBY, AU
Visit the “Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary this morning  where you can cuddle a koala or feed the kangaroos. Depart the sanctuary and drive west, over the Great Dividing Range to the agricultural community of Dalby for a 2 night stay.  Dalby is a town in the Darling Downs region and is approximately 208 km west of  Brisbane. This area is where wheat, sorghum, cotton and pulse crops are grown as well as the production of lamb, beef and pork.  This evening enjoy a typical Australian pub-style dinner.    [B/D]

Day 20 - Jan 24, 2019: Thu - DALBY, AU
The Dalby area is where wheat, sorghum, cotton and pulse crops are grown.  Visit a feedlot and a grain farm plus other agriculture sights.  The evening is free to explore on your own. [B/L]

Day 21 - Jan 25, 2019: Fri – DALBY - SYDNEY, AU
Travel to Toowoomba, situated at the top of the Great Dividing Range to fly to Sydney, the vibrant capital of New South Wales. Take a tour of the world-famous “Sydney Opera House” before checking into the hotel, situated on the Darling Harbour, for a 2-night stay.  [B]

Day 22 - Jan 26, 2019: Sat – SYDNEY, AU
Enjoy a morning cruise on the worlds most beautiful Harbour, Sydney Harbour. The beauty and splendor of Sydney Harbour is something that has to be experienced first-hand - no picture or video can do justice to it. The afternoon and evening is free to explore on your own. [B]
Please Note  This is “Australia  Day” and tonight there will be fireworks and entertainment on the harbour.

Day 23 - Jan 27, 2019: Sun – SYDNEY - MELBOURNE/BALLARAT, AU
From Sydney, fly to Melbourne and  transfer to the farming community of Ballarat and check into the hotel for a 2-night stay.  Ballarat is Victoria's largest inland city, a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events and food and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop.   [B/D]

Day 24 - Jan 28, 2019: Mon – BALLARAT, AU
Today’s farm visits will include a visit to a cattle sales yard as well as a potato farm.  Enjoy the Sound and Light “Blood on the Southern Cross” dinner show this evening at historic Sovereign Hill. The story of the Eureka Rebellion of 1854, between gold miners and Government forces, is retold tonight in an, acclaimed sound-and-light spectacular.   [B/D]

Day 25 - Jan 29, 2019: Tue – BALLARAT - BORDERTOWN, AU
A morning visit to a sheep sales yard before traveling through the region, known as the “Victorian Wheat Belt”.  Visit a local agriculture farm store and lunch then visit a carrot farm followed by a large scale cereal grain operation then travel into the small farming community of Bordertown for an overnight stay.    [B/L/D]

Day 26 - Jan 30, 2019: Wed – BORDERTOWN - MANNUM, AU
This morning, visit a seed cleaning operation then continue through Murray Bridge where you will visit an onion farm before arriving into the historic riverside village of Mannum, situated on the banks of the Murray River, the largest river in Australia, for an overnight stay. [B/D]

Day 27 - Jan 31, 2019: Thu – MANNUM - BAROSSA VALLEY, AU
Today continue to the renowned Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, to enjoy a tasting and luncheon in this exquisite surroundings.  See the German influenced in the architecture throughout this area.  Enjoy a “Farewell Luncheon” at one of the wineries before an overnight stay in the Barossa Valley.  Balance of the day is free to explore on your own and re-pack your bags for your flights back to North America.   [B]

Day 28 - Feb 01, 2019: Fri -ADELAIDE ~ ALICE SPRINGS
Transfer to the Adelaide Airport for a flight to Alice Springs.  Afternoon sightseeing to the West MacDonnell ranges that inspired the great Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira.  Visit Standley Chasm and the Simpsons Gap to see the rock wallaby colony.  Dinner at Overlander Steakhouse to enjoy the famous “Drovers Blowout” menu.  Overnight in Alice Springs.   [B/D]

Feb 02, 2019:  Sat - ALICE SPRINGS to AYERS ROCK
This morning visit the Alice Springs School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  Travel through the vast cattle stations, through red sand dune country seeing Lake Amadeus and Mt. Connor on the way to Uluru.  This evening travel out to sunset strip to see the changing colors of Uluru at sunset while enjoying drinks and nibbles.  Spend two nights here. [B]

Feb 03, 2019:  Sun - AYERS ROCK / THE OLGAS
A full day spent touring Ayers Rock and The Olgas.  Tonight you will enjoy dinner in the desert, a “Sound of Silence” evening.  [B/D]

Feb 04, 2019:  Mon - AYERS ROCK~SYDNEY
A free morning to enjoy Ayers Rock.  Maybe do an optional scenic flight over the area.  Transfer to airport for your flight to Sydney.  [B]

Feb 05, 2019: Tue - END OF TOUR
Flight back to North America.  [IFM]

*The Ayers Rock/Alice Springs portion of the tour is operated by one of our Travel Partners.

Per Person, Double - from $18,680.00 Including Air

Single Occupancy - ADD $4,620.00
Plus air/gov't taxes of $1,094.00 per person
Initial Deposit - $2,000.00 per person at time of booking
Second Deposit of $2,000.00 per person is due before August 4, 2018
Final Payment per person is due before October 6, 2018

Enjoy more legroom with the largest seat pitch in its class and relax with 50% more recline than Economy.  Air New Zealand has customised a beautifully comfortable ink coloured luxury leather seat with generous armrests, a leg rest and foot support. Seats have a 41” pitch, 9” recline and width of 19.3” with a 5” wide armrest.

Premium Economy

Upgrade to "Premium Economy Class" for the long haul flights, from Vancouver to Auckland, New Zealand, as well as from Auckland, New Zealand to Vancouver, from an additional $1,940.  Limited seating available.

Gallery

Relax in comfort while you enjoy the special features of the Business Premier seat. The seat is a luxurious 22" wide leather armchair with separate ottoman footrest that doubles as a visitor's seat. When it's time to sleep, it converts to a 6'7.5" bed with your own large cotton pillow, duvet and sleep sheet.

Business Class

Upgrade to "Business Class" for your whole journey, on international flights where "Business Class" service is offered, from an additional $4,975 per person. Limited seating available.