January 6 - February 7, 2018
33 Days
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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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Tour Highlights

  • International & Domestic airfare
  • Deluxe, city center accommodations*
  • Best Class accommodations in Rural Areas
  • Meals as per itinerary * 30 Breakfasts *10 Lunches *17 Dinners
  • 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 06, 2018:  Sat - 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 07, 2018:  Sun - LOSE THIS DAY

Jan 08, 2018: Mon – 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 09, 2018:  Tue - 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. $130 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 10, 2018:  Wed– 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 11, 2018: Thu – TE ANAU ~ DUNEDIN, NZ
Traveling towards the Gore area, you visit a local dairy located in the rolling countryside.  Arrive into the Scottish city of Dunedin, home of the world’s steepest street, for the night.  Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. A visit and opportunity to climb Baldwin Street, the world's steepest residential street. [B/L/D]

Jan 12, 2018: Fri – DUNEDIN ~ RURAL FARM STAY / ASHBURTON, NZ
This morning, visit the "Moeraki Boulders", mysteriously spherical stones scattered across a beach.  Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres high.  Continue on to the Geraldine area, a beautiful, sub alpine village in Canterbury New Zealand.  Stop at the “Tin Shed”, probably New Zealand's most extensive range of quality New Zealand-made merino and merino possum garments (both on location and online), where you may wish to purchase woollen goods.  Travel to the agricultural center of Ashburton.  Meet your host farm family in the Ashburton area for an overnight stay and experience the hospitality of a working farm family. [B/D]

Jan 13, 2018:  Sat – ASHBURTON, 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.  This afternoon, a unique visit to a high country merino sheep and cattle station. You return back into Ashburton for an overnight stay in this vital agricultural area.          [B/L/D]

Jan 14, 2018:  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 15, 2018: 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 people use the hot water and steam to cook their food and heat their homes.  From there, a short drive to the “Agrodome”, for a show of sheep and sheep dogs demonstration.  Later this afternoon, visit “Rainbow Springs” to see the huge trout as well as get a glimpse of the elusive “Kiwi” bird.  Evening is free.  [B]

Jan 16, 2018:  Tue–ROTORUA ~  RURAL FARM STAY/CAMBRIDGE, NZ
This morning visit “Waitomo Glow Worm Caves”.   Meet your host families in the Cambridge area for a tour of their property including dinner and an overnight stay. [B/D]

Jan 17, 2018:  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 18, 2018:  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 19, 2018: Fri -AUCKLAND, NZ ~ SYDNEY, AU
This is a travel day as you depart Auckland, New Zealand and fly to Sydney, Australia for a 2-night stay.  Upon your arrival into Sydney clear Australian Customs then transfer to the famous “Sydney Opera House” for a walking tour of this fabulous facility. Check into your hotel, situated on the Darling Harbour, for a 2 night stay.  Darling Harbour is adjacent to the city centre of   Sydney. It is also a large recreational and pedestrian area. Dinner in the restaurant atop the   Sydney Tower, Sydney's tallest      structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere.  Breathtaking views will be a highlight this evening.   [IFM/D]

Jan 20, 2018:  Sat–SYDNEY, AU
Enjoy a morning cruise on the beautiful, world-famous Sydney Harbour. The beauty and splendour 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 at leisure to enjoy as you would choose.  [B]

Jan 21, 2018:  Sun –SYDNEY ~ BALLARAT, AU
From Sydney, fly to Melbourne, for a city tour and a visit to the “Victoria Market”, where you can explore on your own.  Queen Victoria Market is the heart and soul of Melbourne.  Eat, shop, explore and discover your way through iconic food halls and heritage sheds where the banter is as fresh as the produce. Or simply soak up the atmosphere of the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s no place like this Market. It’s an experience that engages all the senses.  You will then depart the city for the farming community of Ballarat.

Jan 22, 2018: Mon – BALLARAT, AU
Victoria's largest inland city, Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events and food and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop.  Today’s farm visits will include a visit to a cattle sales yard, and 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, a dramatic battle   between gold miners and Government forces, is retold tonight, Sovereign Hill’s acclaimed sound-and-light spectacular.  [B/D]

Jan 23, 2018:  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]

Jan 24, 2018:  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]

Jan 25, 2018:  Thu–MANNUM ~ ADELAIDE, AU    [B/L]
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 and visit the Whispering Wall at the Barossa Reservoir.

Jan 26, 2018: Fri – ADELAIDE ~ CAIRNS, AU
You depart Adelaide and fly to the tropical city of Cairns, Australia for a 4-night stay.  Visit “Tjapukai Aboriginal Park” for a dance and boomerang throwing performance.  It is both an entertaining spectacle, and an educational experience for everyone.  [B]
This is “Australia Day”.  

Jan 27, 2018: 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 enjoy a visit to the Kuranda village.  The picturesque mountain   retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25kmnorthwest of Cairns and is surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest.  Later on, board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the world’s longest gondola, for an epic aerial ride over the lush rainforest canopy as you make your way back to Cairns.  This evening, take time to explore the foreshore promenade and shop at local markets, eat tropical fruits and seafood.  Balance of day free. [B]

Jan 28, 2018: Sun – CAIRNS, AU
Ride the high speed catamaran to the tropical ‘atoll’ of “Green Island”, which is situated on part of the “Great Barrier Reef”.  Green Island is a beautiful 6000 year old coral cay and is the gateway to the adventure playground of the Great Barrier Reef - one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  A fast 45 minute catamaran ride will take you to beautiful Green Island to enjoy this unique coral reef.  Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride over the coral as well as lunch on the island before returning back to Cairns.  [B/L]  
*Snorkelling equipment included*

Jan 29, 2018: 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. Visit a mango and avocado farm before returning to Cairns later in the afternoon with free time to explore on your own. [B/L]

Jan 30, 2018: Tue – CAIRNS ~ DALBY, AU
Depart Cairns and fly to Brisbane then take a bus over the Great Dividing Range to the agricultural community of Dalby for a 2 night stay.  The region is renowned as a rich agricultural area, growing crops such as cotton, sorghum, wheat, barley, sunflowers, chickpeas, mung beans and corn, as well as the production of lamb, beef and pork.  This evening enjoy a typical Australian pub dinner.  [B/D]

Jan 31, 2018: Wed – DALBY, AU
Dalby is a town in the Darling Downs region and is approximately 208 kilometers west of the capital.  This 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]

Feb 01, 2018: Thu – DALBY ~ BRISBANE, AU
Travel back over the Great Dividing Range to Brisbane and a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where it is still possible to cuddle a koala and hand feed a kangaroo.  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 koalas.  Later this afternoon you will have time to explore the vibrant city of Brisbane.  [B]

Feb 02, 2018: - BRISBANE ~ ALICE SPRINGS*
Transfer to the Brisbane 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 rockwallaby colony.  Dinner at Overlander Steakhouse to enjoy the famous “Drovers Blowout” menu.  Overnight in Alice Springs.  [B/D]

Feb 03, 2018: 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/D]

Feb 04, 2018: AYERS ROCK / THE OLGAS*
A full day spent touring Ayers Rock and The Olgas. [B]

Feb 05, 2018: 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/D]

Feb 06, 2018: 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 $17,856.00 Including Air

Single Occupancy - ADD $4,470.00
Plus air/gov't taxes of $1,144.00 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, 2017
Final Payment per person is due before October 6, 2017

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.

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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.