January 10 - 31, 2020
22 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.  Join us on this memorable journey...

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This trip went beyond our expectations. There is a lot of variety of landscapes, urban/rural settings and very organized.
— 2019 ~ Siebren & Jannie, ON

Tour Highlights

  • International & Domestic airfare

  • Deluxe, city center accommodations*

  • Best Class accommodations in Rural Areas

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • Air conditioned transportation

  • Rural Home Stay

  • City & area tours as per itinerary

  • Rural visits as per itinerary

  • Deer Farm Visit

  • Winery visit & Lunch

  • Maori Feast & Concert

  • Maori Village Tour

  • Agrodome Sheep Show

  • Waitomo Caves

  • Kelly Tarlton Underwater World & Penguin Display

  • Sydney Harbour Cruise

  • Sydney Opera House Tour

  • Lone Pine Koala Park

  • Darling Downs

  • Feed Lot Tour

  • Grain, Cotton & Fruit 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...

Day 01 - Jan 10, 2020:  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]

Day 02 - Jan 11, 2020:  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.

Day 03 - Jan 12, 2020:  Sun – ~ NAPIER,  NZ
Upon arrival into Auckland International Airport in New Zealand, clear New Zealand customs.  Transfer to the Domestic Airport for the short flight to Napier, located in Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of the North Island. Balance of day is at leisure. Overnight in this unique city.   [B]

Day 11 - Jan 13, 2020: Mon - NAPIER ~ ROTORUA, NZ
A morning visit to a local fruit market before making your way into the Lake Taupo region.  Lake Taupo is in the caldera of the Taupo Volcano and is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand. Later you arrive 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]

Day 12 - Jan 14, 2020: Tue - 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]
For those wanting to visit Hobbiton Movie Set, this can be arranged this day at an additional cost, forfeiting all activities listed this day. Advise Select Holidays at time of booking as these arrangements must be booked in advance.

Day 13 - Jan 15, 2020:  Wed – 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]

Day 14 - Jan 16, 2020:  Thu – 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]

Day 15 - Jan 17, 2020:  Fri - 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]

Day 16 - Jan 18, 2020: Sat - 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 17 - Jan 19, 2020: Sun – 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 18 - Jan 20, 2020: Mon – CAIRNS, AU
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, a lake 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 19 - Jan 21, 2020: Tue – 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 20 - Jan 22, 2020: Wed – CAIRNS - BRISBANE, AU
Depart Cairns and fly to Brisbane.  Free time in afternoon to explore Brisbane on your own.  [B]

Day 21 - Jan 23, 2020: Thu – 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 22 - Jan 24, 2020: Fri - DALBY, AU
Visit a feedlot and a grain farm plus other agriculture sights.  The evening is free to explore on your own. [B]

Day 23 - Jan 25, 2020: Sat – 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 24 - Jan 26, 2020: Sun – SYDNEY, AU
Enjoy a morning cruise on the world's 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.

Day 25 - Jan 27, 2020: Mon– SYDNEY - MELBOURNE/BALLARAT, AU
From Sydney, fly to Melbourne and  transfer to the Yarra Valley for a wine tasting & lunch. Later this afternoon, continue into 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/L/D]

Day 26 - Jan 28, 2020: Tue – BALLARAT, AU
Today’s farm visits will include a visit to a sheep sales yard as well as a potato farm.  Enjoy a dinner show this evening at historic Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! It’s just like stepping back in time.   [B/L/D]

Day 27 - Jan 29, 2020: Wed – BALLARAT - BORDERTOWN, AU
Travel through the region, known as the “Victorian Wheat Belt”.   This afternoon visit to a carrot farm followed by a visit to a large scale  cereal grain operation. The small farming community of Bordertown is home base for the night.  [B/L/D]

Day 28 - Jan 30, 2020: Thu – BORDERTOWN - MANNUM, AU
This morning, visit a seed cleaning operation then continue into Murray Bridge. This afternoon, a planned farm visit 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 29 - Jan 31, 2020: Fri – MANNUM - ADELAIDE, AU - END OF TOUR
This morning, transfer to the Adelaide International Airport for the flights back to North America.  [B/IFM]

Per Person, Double - from $13,880.00 Including Air

Single Occupancy - ADD $3,580.00
Plus Air/Gov't Taxes of $845.00 per person
Initial Deposit - $2,000.00 per person at time of booking
Second Deposit of $2,000.00 per person is due before June 28, 2019
Final Payment per person is due before October 4, 2019

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 Premier

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