Australia New Zealand Vacation: Romantic Vacation – Hayman Island & New Zealand

This Australia New Zealand vacation was planned for an ultra-hip New York honeymoon couple who were looking for a cosmopolitan vacation coupled with a relaxing stay on an island. They loved the attention to detail and lots of extra touches to make it extra special. For their Australia New Zealand vacation, we started them with a massage on a table in the ocean at the One&Only Hayman Island.  They then went on to explore the Great Barrier Reef and deserted islands nearby in a seaplane.  To give them their cosmopolitan experience, we sent them to savor the European flair of Melbourne.  While in Melbourne, they strolled through the city and then did a wine tasting tour of the Yarra Valley.   The couple then traveled to absorb the urban sophistication of Sydney, where they did a VIP Tour complete with a performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House.  They then went on to the rugged natural beauty of Queenstown, New Zealand where they road a helicopter onto a glacier for a romantic picnic, with gorgeous views of the area. And then for their Australia New Zealand vacation, they continued north to Waiheke Island, one of New Zealand’s hidden gems where they explored the chic villages, beautiful beaches, and wonderful vineyards on the idyllic island.  Suggested Length: 17 Days

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Starting at $6999 per person
Suggested Length 17 days
Our Reference D158

Day 1
Arrive into Australia, and connect on to your flight and short boat trip to the iconic Hayman Island Resort, your paradise for the next four nights. This five-star resort will take you into an exclusive realm of unsurpassed luxury, total relaxation, indulgent dining, leisurely island activity, fascinating Great Barrier Reef adventure and breathtaking scenery. Hayman Island Resort is truly one of Australia’s exclusive resorts with perfect access to Whitehaven beach.
4-star resort on Hayman Island

Day 2
A gift from us: Enjoy an Ocean Massage for two. It is the ultimate sensorial spa experience in the most beautiful of settings; let yourself drift away to a world of total relaxation and comfort in tranquil waters surrounded by gentle tides and tropical fish in the warm Whitsunday sun. Balance out the day with a picnic on the beach or a hike into the rainforest. Or simply lay beside Hayman Island’s iconic pool and be waited upon. The newly refurbished resort has extensive dining options.
4-star resort on Hayman Island

Day 3-4
Days at leisure to enjoy this beautiful Hayman Island. Ideas include a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. A visit to Whitehaven Beach is a must-do during your stay at one of Australia’s exclusive resorts. Fly by helicopter, take a seaplane and snorkel heart reef (a natural reef in the shape of a heart). A romantic picnic on Whitehaven is a Top 10 experience for Australia vacations.
4-star resort on Hayman Island

Day 5
Your romantic vacation continues to Australia’s “second city,” and the hub of chic style and delicious food, Melbourne. Explore the café culture and St. Kilda. Additional touring suggestions: A relaxing day being pampered in a spa, the scenic drive along Australia’s Great Ocean Road, delighting in the sight of Little Blue Penguins in their natural habitat, a visit to Healesville Sanctuary to pet a koala and feed a kangaroo, a flight to King Island for a day tasting gourmet cheeses and wines, hiking in Australian National Parks, helicopter flights over the Twelve Apostles.
4-star boutique hotel in central Melbourne

Day 6
Explore the delicious wines and lush surroundings on a private tour of the beautiful Yarra Valley. Just a 45- minute drive from downtown, this is Melbourne’s premier wine region. Home to acres of vineyards and 40 cellar doors – the bushland is dotted with vines and mountain ash forests for as far as the eye can see. Spend your day stopping off at vineyards to find out how the wine is crushed, fermented, and bottled, and get a peek behind the scenes with the people who make it. Combine vineyards with a lunch of spectacular local produce and visits to artisan producers of cheese and more for the perfect gourmet getaway.
4-star boutique hotel in central Melbourne

Day 7
Today is at your leisure to explore the laneways and arcades that make Melbourne so unique. Explore the hidden cafe’s and boutique shops that lines these walkways. A way to see the city like a local. Ask us for our favorite hidden gems, the best places to grab a latte and watch the world go by, or the pub in the middle of the river with amazing views of the city.
4-star boutique hotel in central Melbourne

Day 8
A short one-hour flight to Sydney, a must stop for any romantic vacation. Cosmopolitan and well landscaped, Sydney is a feast for the eyes with plenty to offer any type of traveler. Your five-star hotel awaits in just a stones throw from Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House and harbour bridge. Enjoy beautiful views of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the harbour as you enjoy cocktails and canapes in the exclusive club lounge of your accommodation.
5-star hotel in downtown Sydney

Day 9
A day at absolute leisure to explore Sydney. Some ideas we can arrange for you: romantic seaplane flight to a restaurant for lunch, a surfing lesson at Bondi beach, a bike tour of the city highlights or a historical walking tour of The Rocks precinct. Have lunch at the alfresco cafes along Darling Harbour or see Australia’s wildlife. This evening we have arranged a show package at the world famous Sydney Opera House. This VIP evening includes the best seats in the house, a three-course romantic dinner, and an intimate tour of this architectural icon.
5-star hotel in downtown Sydney

Day 10
Explore the most popular city in Australia. Touring suggestions: Seaplane flights to deserted beaches, explore the Blue Mountains by 4WD, journey to Hunter Valley for a day tasting premium wines, sea kayak to brunch, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and delight in a day sailing in a yacht on Sydney Harbour. If food is your passion we can arrange an exclusive behind the scenes tour at Sydney’s Fishmarket auction. The second largest auction of its kind in the world.
5-star hotel in downtown Sydney

Day 11
Today you depart Australia and travel to Queenstown, New Zealand, a stunning alpine village. A delight for scenery lovers and adrenaline junkies alike, Queenstown is the outdoor adventure capital of the country. The feeling is that of a frontier town, with stunning mountains surrounding it and placid Lake Wakatipu alongside. Touring suggestions: jet boating; wine tasting; exploration of Milford or Doubtful Sound; golf; hike; bike.
4.5 – star boutique hotel in central Queenstown

Day 12
Your romantic vacation continues today with a one of a kind, helicopter picnic on a peak with your loved one. Helicopter to a secluded and remote area and enjoy a leisurely champagne lunch in the isolated wilderness of this stunning locale.
4.5 – star boutique hotel in central Queenstown

Day 13
Day at absolute leisure to explore beautiful Queenstown and her surrounds. We will match a suggestion today with your travel style.
4.5 – star boutique hotel in central Queenstown

Day 14 -16
Private transfers and a brief flight take you today to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. These remaining few nights will be spent on Waiheke Island, a favorite among locals and a real hidden gem. This island is a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. While visiting, enjoy a great range of activities including sightseeing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, vineyard & winery tours and more. Or just relax on the beautiful beaches and take in the stunning scenery. Our extra special inclusions include welcome wine upon arrival, a romantic dinner, a relaxing massage for two, and breakfast daily.
4.5 – star boutique hotel on Waiheke Island

Day 17
Today it is time to say goodbye to your romantic vacation of Australia and New Zealand, and begin your journey home. Take the short ferry ride to the mainland, where a private car will be waiting to take you to your international flight.

  • Hayman launch transfers – roundtrip
  • 4 nights Hayman Island Resort
  • 2 x 60 min spa treatment
  • Private airport transfers
  • 3 nights in a 4 star hotel in Melbourne
  • Yarra Valley Tour
  • 3 nights in a 5 star hotel in Sydney
  • Sydney Opera House Tour + performance + 3 course dinner
  • 3 nights in a 4.5 star hotel in Queenstown
  • Helicopter picnic on peak
  • Transfers to Waiheke Island – roundtrip
  • 3 nights in a 4.5 star hotel on Waiheke Island
  • Tantalising massage for 2 at Waiheke Island hotel
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

While in Melbourne be sure to check out the lane ways, especially Degraves for breakfast or lunch. Spend the morning getting your bearings by traveling on the free 35 City Circle Tourist Tram. You can hop on and off and the conductor will give you a running commentary along the way. There is always something fun going on at Federation Square (opposite the main train station – Flinders Street Station). You will also find a tourist information point there and someone to help you plan your day. Spend the evening at the popular restaurant Movida Next Door (crn Flinders St and Hosier Lane) where you can try their delicious Spanish menu and tapas. They don’t take reservations, so get there early to avoid lining up!
-Emily, Down Under Endeavours