Australia New Zealand Honeymoon Packages – Adventure

Many of our honeymoon couples ask us for a vacation where they can hit the high points in Australia and New Zealand and get a real local flavor of the culture, the food and the locals in each country. This is one of those Australia New Zealand honeymoon packages. It was created for a couple from Portland.  They started their adventure with snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef,  and for some more adventure they did a combination of horse back riding and quad biking in the oldest rainforest in the world, the Daintree Rainforest.  Then onto cosmopolitan Sydney, where they did the bridge climb, and then braved the tank with Great White Sharks at Manly Beach and enjoyed one of the best beaches, Bondi Beach in Australia.  Next on their Australia and New Zealand Honeymoon, the couple moved on the New Zealand South island, where they did bunjy jumping, jetboating and surfing on Kawarau river.  They also traveled up to the Pancake Rocks and Abel Tasman National Park for kayaking with the seals.  In addition, for this best of Australia New Zealand honeymoon packages, we gave this couple the secrets to local gems for restaurants and night life so that they truly got a feel for the local culture, afterwards they came back to their fabulous room with a view. Suggested Length: 18 Days

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Starting at $6749 per person
Suggested Length 18 days
Our Reference D157
Destinations

Day 1
Arriving in Cairns your charming beach resort is a haven for romantics, outdoor cafés and a laid-back vibe, and the closest nice beach to Cairns. Relax and unwind. Stroll down on to the beach with a bottle of wine for a romantic sunset cocktail.
4-star beachside resort north of Cairns

Day 2
Your adventure travel begins with a full day out on the Great Barrier Reef with a small group for reef interpretation and a guided snorkel tour. Spectacular drop-offs and coral pinnacles await you. Scuba divers are most welcome.
4-star beachside resort north of Cairns

Day 3
It’s a trip into the rainforest today, as you venture on horseback and ATV through the backwaters of Queensland! Horseback through beautiful bushland and rainforest, before lunch. Then zig zag your way through adventure trails on a quad bike or ATV. All tuition is covered.
4-star beachside resort north of Cairns

Day 4
Today is absolute leisure to enjoy the northern tropical beaches and your luxury resort. We can arrange a private dinner along the beach or in the canopy of the rainforest if this is a special romantic trip just for two. Or, try a 4WD into Daintree Rainforest and waterfalls; bungy jumping or excellent whitewater rafting.
4-star beachside resort north of Cairns

Day 5
Your Australia & New Zealand honeymoon continues to cosmopolitan Sydney. Your hotel is a delight with a spectacular view of the Harbour and Opera House right outside your window. The location of your hotel can’t be beat, as it’s within walking distance of everything you’d ever want to do in Sydney.
5-star hotel in the Sydney city center

Day 6
Today you’ll head to Manly where you will gear up for a shark dive in an aquarium! Take the plunge into the waters and come face-to-face with huge sharks, turtles, stingrays, and fish. We can even add a shark feeding experience. Tonight you’ll head up for a Harbour BridgeClimb at twilight to see the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Tower Eye, and the rest of the skyline from an all new 360-degree perspective.
5-star hotel in the Sydney city center

Day 7
Today you’ll join a small group as you cycle around Sydney’s major sites on a bike tour, introducing you to the parts of Sydney that you saw from above the evening before. Your expert guide will escort you to plenty of great attractions. You’ll even stop at a pub for a pint at the half-way point through this four-hour tour, but not for long, because there is so much to see!
5-star hotel in the Sydney city center

Day 8
The last exciting activity scheduled for your time in Sydney is a two-hour group surfing lesson at Bondi Beach, home of muscles and teensy weensy bikinis… and plenty of beginners to experienced surfers.
5-star hotel in the Sydney city center

Day 9
Ride in your escorted town car back to the airport today for a flight to the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Queenstown. A delight for scenery lovers and adrenaline junkies alike, Queenstown is the outdoor adventure capital of the country, if not the world. There is an endless supply of activities to fully experience the stunning natural landscape and to get your adrenaline flowing. Your room will have a stunning view of Lake Wakatipu.
4-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 10
What better way to welcome you to Queenstown than by doing a bungy jump in the place where bungy originated: the Kawarau Bridge. Take some time to recover and grab lunch, because this afternoon is a jet boat ride on one of Queenstown’s most exciting and scenic rivers. A jet boat is a lightweight motorboat with very powerful motors that can make quick stops and starts, and can even do famous 360 degree turns that dowse the passengers in water.
4-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 11
Try something new today, surfing on the Kawarau River. Big fast flowing rapids, standing waves, boils, whirlpools and a finish with a flat section to catch your breath and see the great scenery. The afternoon is yours at leisure. Some additional recommended activities: sky diving, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking, zip-lining, canyon swinging, luging, and skiing in season.
4-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 12
Drive through the most scenic part of New Zealand alpine scenery today as you make your way over the Haast Pass and its swimmable waterfalls to the rugged West Coast and the glacier region. Tiny townships near the coast, Fox and Franz Josef Glacier towns are havens for the outdoors enthusiast with the only glaciers that slide through temperate rainforest in the world.
3.5-star hotel in Fox Glacier

Day 13
This morning you’ll board a helicopter to the top of Fox Glacier, and then have half a day to hike around on the ice. With crampons on the bottom of your boots and an ice pick in your hand, you’ll wander through blue ice crevasses and icy caves guided by an expert in glacial ecology and hiking. Spend the rest of your day doing any number of additional activities: soaking in hot pools, viewing real live kiwi birds in a nocturnal kiwi house, hiking, horseback riding, or just enjoying the rugged feel of this remote town.
3.5-star hotel in Fox Glacier

Day 14
It’s a drive up the rugged West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island today, past windswept beaches, stark sea cliffs dropping into the roaring ocean, and hazy fog that hangs over the alps to your right as you navigate this thin strip of land between the ocean and the mountains. The drive gets better and better the farther north you drive.
3.5-star seaside hotel near Pancake Rocks

Day 15
Drive further north today, through the stunning Buller River Gorge and past Abel Tasman National Park to Pohara Beach, an amazingly large, shallow beach with sand that seems to stretch for miles. Well off the beaten path, this area of Golden Bay, New Zealand is beyond where most of the tourists travel.
4-star hotel at Pohara Beach

Day 16
Drive all the way to the tip of Golden Bay today for a three-hour horseback ride on wind-swept white-sand Wharariki Beach at the edge of the world. Ride through the caves and watch the seals and their babies play in the rock pools. Spend a couple of hours after your ride exploring Puponga Farm Park, either by hiking or just viewing Farewell Spit from the lighthouse — an unbelievably long, narrow, curving spit that borders Golden Bay.
5-star lodge outside Nelson

Day 17
Today you’ll travel into Abel Tasman National Park by scenic water taxi to Tonga Island Marine Reserve in the heart of the park. Then it’s into the water in a kayak. Enjoy the antics of the cheeky fur seals as they swim around (sometimes onto!) your kayak, and watch sea birds working the shoals of fish or resting on rocky outcrops. Then travel back to your lodge for a multi-course gourmet dinner to celebrate your final night.
5-star lodge outside Nelson

Day 18
A flight from Nelson to Auckland, and then from Auckland home completes your Australia New Zealand honeymoon adventure today.

  • Private airport transfers
  • 10 days rental car
  • 4 nights north of Cairns
  • 4 nights Sydney
  • 3 nights Queenstown
  • 2 nights Fox Glacier
  • 1 night Pancake Rocks
  • 1 night Pohara Beach
  • 2 nights outside Nelson
  • Great Barrier Reef snorkel cruise
  • Horseback riding near Cairns
  • ATV riding near Cairns
  • Shark dive at Manly Oceanworld
  • Twilight Harbour BridgeClimb
  • Sydney bike tour
  • Surf lesson at Bondi Beach
  • Bungy jump in Queenstown
  • Jetboat ride in Queenstown
  • River surfing in Queenstown
  • Heli hike on Fox Glacier
  • Horseback ride in Golden Bay
  • Kayaking in Abel Tasman Nat’l Park
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 24-hour local assistance for all your needs while traveling
  • Australian visa processing for US citizens

Queensland is one of the only states in Australia where you can cuddle a koala. Make sure you go to Cairns Tropical Zoo where you can cuddle a Koala and get up close to Australia’s unique wildlife. -Emily, Down Under Endeavours