January 11 - February 01, 2019
22 Days
Tour Status - Guaranteed

This HOSTED agriculture tour with David & Brenda Layden of Select Holidays is a rural and cultural tour, visiting many highlights in both countries.  You are in for an incredible "down under" farm tour with many extras included.

 

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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 11, 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 12, 2019:  Sat- LOSE THIS DAY

Jan 13, 2019:  Sun– ROTORUA,  NZ
Arrive in Auckland and 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 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 15, 2019:  Tue – ROTORUA ~ RURAL HOME 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 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 ~ 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 19, 2019:  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 20, 2019:  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 for a 2-night stay.  [B/D]

Jan 21, 2019: 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. ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ is an explosive multi-million dollar sound-and-light show like nothing you’ve ever seen before! The story of the Eureka Rebellion, a dramatic battle between gold miners and Government forces at Ballarat on 3 December, 1854, is retold tonight, Sovereign Hill’s acclaimed sound-and-light spectacular.  [B/D]

Jan 22, 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 with lunch.  Later on 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.  After the goldrushes the town continued to prosper as a major service centre.  The surrounding area is ideal wool and wheat country. [B/L/D]

Jan 23, 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.  Mannum is a historic town on the west bank of the Murray River in South Australia, 84 kilometres east of Adelaide.  Mannum also enjoys some of the best cruising waters on the entire Murray system and a number of houseboat operations are based in the town.  [B/D]

Jan 24, 2019: Thu – MANNUM ~ ADELAIDE, 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 and visit the Whispering Wall at the Barossa Reservoir.  [B/L]

Jan 25, 2019: Fri – ADELAIDE ~ CAIRNS, AU
You depart Adelaide and fly to the tropical city of Cairns, Australia for a 4-night stay.  Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical North Queensland.  Visit “Tjapukai Aboriginal Park” for a dance and boomerang throwing performance.  The park showcases the 40,000-year-old Aboriginal culture through dance and song. It is both an entertaining spectacle, and an educational experience for everyone.  [B]

Jan 26, 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 enjoy a visit to the Kuranda village.  The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25km northwest 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]
This is “Australia Day”.

Jan 27, 2019: 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 28, 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.  The Atherton Tablelands is home to World Heritage listed rainforests, national parks, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls.  Visit the “giant Fig Tree” followed by lunch at Lake Barrine.  Lake Barrine is something special as it is actually a water filled crater left by a volcanic eruption approximately 10,000 years ago.  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 29, 2019: 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 Great Dividing Range of Australia is so called because it forms a watershed. Rivers on the east side flow from the highlands toward the Pacific Ocean; on the west side they flow toward the central lowlands. In southern New South Wales and Eastern Victoria are the Australian Alps, the continent's tallest mountains.  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 30, 2019: Wed – DALBY, AU
Dalby is a town in the Darling Downs region and is approximately 208 kilometres 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]

Jan 31, 2019: 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 01, 2019: Fri - END OF TOUR
This morning, transfer to the Brisbane International Airport for the flights back to North America.  [B/IFM]

PER PERSON, DOUBLE - from $12,568.00 INCLUDING AIR

Single Occupancy - add $3,140.00
Plus Air/Gov't Taxes of $988.00 per person
INITIAL DEPOSIT - $2,000.00 at time of booking
Second deposit per person is DUE before June 29, 2018
FINAL PAYMENT per person is due before October 5, 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.

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, for an additional $1,940 per person.  Limited seating available.

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

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, for an additional $4,975 per person.  Limited seating available.

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