Price

$8549

Available: 7+ spaces

Secure your place on this trip with $350 deposit. Final payment due 60 days before departure.

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      The terms and conditions and cancellation policy for this Australia and New Zealand program are different from those of our standard programs. Please review these sections carefully to ensure you fully understand the specific requirements and rules that apply to this trip.

      Can't commit to the full journey? Choose between our separate Australia or New Zealand programs if you're short on time.

      • Hotels: Standard Class

      • 09/25/2025 - 10/23/2025

      • Max Participants: 16

      • 29 Days / 28 Nights

      Overview

      No one should ever have to choose between adventuring across Australia or New Zealand — so we are offering this 29-day program that hits the highlights of both. Featuring guided walks through the Daintree Rainforest, Doubtful Sound day-cruises in Fiordland National Park, a cultural experience and visit to a Maori village, and many other awesome experiences, this trip is proof you really can have the best of both worlds. Visit Australia and New Zealand with us, all while earning professional development credit with other educators.

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      This program has different terms and conditions than other GEEO programs. Please see the Details section for more information.

      What's Included:
      • Indigenous Peoples Interpretive Walk at Mossman Gorge
      • Whitsunday Islands boating excursion
      • Great Barrier Reef visit
      • Byron Bay surf lesson
      • Blue Mountains excursion
      • Blue Mountains scenic railway
      • Jamison Valley walk
      • Orientation walk in Sydney
      • Winery visit
      • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
      • Fiordland National Park visit with Doubtful Sound day cruise
      • Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
      • Free time in Rotorua, Wellington, Franz Josef, and Queenstown
      • Internal flights
      • G Adventures tour leader throughout, local guides
      • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners – allow $1,200-1,600 USD for meals not included
      • Hotels/motels (26nts), Rainforest cabin (2nts)
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities using private vehicle, boat, plane, and funicular
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Airport transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Cairns at any time. The closest airport is Cairns Airport (CNS). Due to the potential for flight delays or cancellations, we recommend that you arrive in Ireland at least a day in advance. This will also give you time to adjust to the time difference and overcome any jetlag. We can book extra hotel nights for you in Cairns before the trip. Hotel Check-in and Welcome Meeting: Day 1 is an arrival day with no scheduled activities. Check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. Your introduction meeting will begin around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. This meeting is important, as you will meet your tour leader and group and receive important tour information. If you are delayed, please notify us; your tour leader will leave instructions at the front desk regarding where and when to meet the following day. After the meeting, you might choose to get dinner at a nearby restaurant with your traveling companions and your tour leader to further get to know one another. Joining Instructions: Traveling to the hotel from the Cairns Airport by taxi will cost approximately $25-30 AUD. The Cairns Airport Shuttle is $20-25 AUD per person; shuttle buses leave the airport every 15-20 minutes. The airport information desk can assist with purchasing a ticket. Accommodation: Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns (or similar) * For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.

      Today we head north to Cape Tribulation. We will stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration, and sample some bush tea. Approximate travel time: 3.5 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Cape Tribulation Beach House (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

      With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park. See our optional activities section further below for more details. Accommodation: Cape Tribulation Beach House (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city. En route, stop by Port Douglas and opt to have lunch at a local market. Approximate travel time: 3.5 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town. Airlie Beach is a relaxed Australian resort town on Queensland's Whitsunday Coast. It's a gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Approximate travel time: 9-10 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Whitsunday Vista Holiday Apartments (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Enjoy a day out on the water amidst some of the 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday archipelago. The Whitsunday Islands are in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. When it gets too hot, pull on a mask and snorkel (provided free of charge) and dive overboard to check out the variety of brightly colored marine plants, coral, and fish that thrive in these warm tropical waters. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) Accommodation: Whitsunday Vista Holiday Apartments (or similar) Meals included: Lunch

      Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise. Approximate travel time: 2.5 hr by plane; 2-2.5 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Byron Beachcomber (or similar)

      Spend the morning down at the beach for a surf lesson with a trained surf instructor. Spend some time in the water getting familiar with the waves, practice paddling, and then pop up to balance on the wider, softer beginner boards. You will have the afternoon free in Byron Bay. One option is to pre-book the "Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking" activity. Slice through the waters of the iconic Byron Bay on this half-day kayaking adventure. Paddle past the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, see the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, and ride the waves into shore. On top of it all, keep a close eye out for dolphins and whales (in season) who call these waters home. You can book this by emailing GEEO at least 60 days before departure. You could also take a walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, 3km (1.9 mi) northeast of Byron Bay. The popular white structure emits the most powerful light of all working lighthouses in the country, and it's also located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. Head up to the top of the tower to scan the ocean for whales (the Southern Cross University's Whale Research Centre is located here). Accommodation: Byron Beachcomber (or similar)

      Spend your free time in the morning at Byron Bay wandering the town to check out the local shops or have one last coffee on the beach. Then head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie. Approximate travel time: 5 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: El Paso Motor Inn (or similar)

      Today we travel from Port Macquarie to the Blue Mountains. These mountains in Australia are best known for their soaring sandstone ridges. As you drive, pass by charming mountain towns, ancient Aboriginal rock art, lush green valleys, and loads of craggy cliffs. It doesn’t matter if the journey is shrouded in clouds or glowing in the sinking sun, you’ll still spot beauty around every turn. Approximate travel time: 6-7 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Leisure Inn Spires (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      With charming Leura as our base, we will explore the major attractions of the Blue Mountains from sightseeing to bushwalking to cafés and more. As a group, we will take in some amazing lookouts over the Jamison Valley, via the iconic Three Sisters. Descend down the 900-step giant staircase to the valley floor. Walk amongst the beautiful forest to the steepest incline railway in the world, the Katoomba Scenic Railway. This railway is steep and plunges into the rainforest and through the valley. Opt to ride its 52-degrees angle, or take the Scenic Cableway. If you're keen for more walking, and time permitting, take the 900 stairs back up. Accommodation: Leisure Inn Spires (or similar)

      This morning, leave the Blue Mountains behind and continue onward to Sydney. Once you arrive, head out for a group orientation walk before taking advantage of some free time to keep exploring. Opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Rydges Sydney Central (or similar)

      You will have this whole day free to explore Sydney as you choose. See our optional activities list further below. Accommodation: Rydges Sydney Central (or similar)

      Say goodbye to Australia and hop on a flight to Auckland, New Zealand. After transferring from the airport, enjoy some free time to explore this vibrant city.

      Enjoy a free day to explore Auckland. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island. If you are interested in visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set while in New Zealand we suggest you pre-book before arriving in New Zealand. We do not currently offer this as a tour add-on. Hobbiton is accessible as a day trip from Auckland or Rotorua. Check out other optional activities at the bottom of this page. Accommodation: Nesuto Stadium Hotel & Apartments (or similar)

      Drive to the lakeside town of Rotorua, situated over an active geothermal zone and known for its volcanic features and rich Maori heritage. Stop en route at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you enjoy a peaceful boat ride through 30-million-year-old caverns covered with magical glowworms that are unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in underground caves carved by rivers and time. Approximate travel time: 7-8 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua (or similar)

      Rotorua sits over an active volcano and is home to a number of amazing geothermal parks with bubbling mud pits and multi-colored pools. Opt to visit one of the sites, like Hell's Gate, or go whitewater rafting nearby. Visit the Mitai Maori Village and learn the story of Tamatekapua's migration to Aotearoa via the Te Arawa canoe and the Māori/Pasifika connection told in dance form. Enjoy a delicious Hangi meal, similar to a Hawaiian lūʻau, with dishes such as chicken, sweet potato (kumara), and lamb steamed over heated rocks. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

      Pack a book and download your favorite podcasts in preparation for a long travel day on the North Island to the capital, Wellington. Approximate travel time: 7-8 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Take a brief orientation walk in Wellington with your tour leader. After the orientation walk, enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to take the cable car up to the botanical gardens or visit the Te Papa Museum, home to historical Maori artifacts and modern exhibits. Find the stairwell just outside the entrance and descend into the foundations of the building to see how the museum is constructed on shock absorbers to withstand New Zealand’s many earthquakes. If you opt for a guided tour of the Weta Workshop, you will get a unique behind-the-scenes look at how the workshop helps design some of the world’s biggest films. Get up close and personal with props from The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. Accommodation: Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington (or similar)

      Fly from Wellington to Christchurch on the South Island, then travel by bus to Kaikoura, known for its diverse marine life. Approximate travel time: 1 hr by plane, 3 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: The White Morph (or similar) Meals included: Dinner

      During a free morning in Kaikoura, opt to follow in the path of Paikea, the Maori "whale rider," and head out to the open seas in search of Giant Sperm Whales as they spray and dive their way through the waters off Kaikora. Or search for wild dusky dolphins; depending on conditions, most groups have 20-40 minutes of swim time with the dolphins. Next, travel to Hanmer Springs, stopping en route for a wine tasting at a local winery. Upon arrival in Hanmer Springs, opt to take a soak in the hot springs. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Drifters Inn Hanmer Springs (or similar)

      Stretch out and enjoy the stunning scenery while traveling across the Southern Alps from Hanmer Springs to Franz Josef. The Southern Alps mountain range extends along much of the length of New Zealand's South Island. Franz Josef is in the rugged and remote West Coast, where you will stay in the rainforest near the world's fastest-moving glacier. The Māori refer to the area as Waiau. Approximate travel time: 8 hrs by private vehicle (including stops) Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      There are plenty of optional activities in the area to suit just about any budget and preference. Feel free to relax, or try optional activities like heli hiking, glacier valley walking, quad biking, lake kayaking, or a hot pool visit. Your tour leader has more ideas if you need them. Just ask! During a helicopter hike, you can take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride high up on Franz Josef Glacier, and then hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Or you can take a guided interpretive walk that follows ancient glacial pathways carved into the landscape by ice and water along the Franz Josef glacier's retreat. If you'd rather ride than walk or fly, a two-seater ATV quad bike is a great way to explore rainforests, riverbeds, grasslands, sand, and mud. You can also explore the stunning Lake Mapourika by kayak; the lake was created as the Franz Josef glacier retreated 14,000 years ago. Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Continue to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. With beautiful scenery and tons of activities, there's something for everyone. Enjoy the great nightlife. Approximate travel time: 8-9 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

      During you free time in Queenstown, opt to go bungee jumping ("bungy" in New Zealand, its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking, or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak. Opt to pre-book a Queenstown jet boating activity along the Shotover River ahead of time. Imagine a fast-paced whitewater ride with sharp turns and spins expertly navigated by a trained driver. Just email travel@geeo.org after booking to sign up. If you prefer a slower pace, discover the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a traditional steamship that was first launched in 1912. This 90-minute cruise highlights the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds Queenstown and lets you check out the views while relaxing on deck. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Cruise through the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. The only way to get here is by boat across Lake Manapouri, then bus across Wilmont Pass to Doubtful Sound. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls, and keep an eye out for area wildlife: dolphins, penguins, seals, and a variety of birds. This isolated part of New Zealand is truly a special place! Take in the waterfalls and wildlife, then return to Queenstown for the night. Approximate travel time: 6 hrs (Queenstown - Doubtful Sound round-trip) by private vehicle Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

      Head through the center of the South Island New Zealand's highest peak, Mt. Cook. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park visitor centre. Aoraki/Mount Cook is both a village, a national park, and the name of New Zealand's highest mountain. Located in central South Island, the park includes a mix of rocks and glaciers, as well as alpine plants including the world's largest buttercup, the Mount Cook lily. There are several short hikes that offer spectacular views. Approximate travel time: 5 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Godley Hotel (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Travel to the Garden City of Christchurch, a little piece of England in New Zealand, still recovering from a devastating earthquake. Once in Christchurch, take a brief orientation walk with your tour leader, and enjoy free time with your travel companions on your last night in New Zealand. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Bealey Quarter (or similar)

      There are no planned activities today, so you may depart Christchurch at any time. The nearest airport is Christchurch Airport (CHC). If you wish to extend your stay in Christchurch, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is usually mid-morning, but luggage storage services are available at the reception desk. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can work with you to find a trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but we can still offer you and your travel companions a discounted educator price on any additional tours that you book. Meals included: Breakfast


      *Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

      Details

      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please read our general FAQs, where you can find essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about Australia and New Zealand
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      The terms and conditions for our Australia and New Zealand program have earlier payment requirements than our standard programs. Here are our standard Terms and Conditions. For Australia and New Zealand, we will charge an initial deposit of $350 upon booking. Then, on March 29th we will charge 50% of the remaining balance. On May 28th we will charge the final balance. There are also different cancelation terms for Australia and New Zealand, which can be seen below.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 12 participants for this GEEO program. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 14 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 12 people are booked and again once 14 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation Policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
      • If you cancel 181 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel between 180 and 120 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel within 120 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use

      Trip Notes & Expectations
      Before you decide to travel to with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program contained on this page. Our programs are quite adventurous, and we find that clients who read the trip details in full are happier with their experiences.
      1. ACCOMMODATION: The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air-conditioned.
      2. TRANSPORTATION: We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
      3. WIFI/INTERNET ACCESS: Please be aware that WiFi and internet access is not as readily available in Australia and New Zealand as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.
      4. LUGGAGE/PACKING: You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
      5. ACTIVITY LEVEL & HEAT: This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. In the cities, you can split apart from the group to go at your own pace. Getting on and off transport and walking with luggage requires some physical effort. Some optional tours may include hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking. Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
      6. FOOD: We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
      7. TOUR LEADER: Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.

      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org to request a single room.
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so that they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Local Office and after office hours emergency number From outside Australia: +61 49 768 1378 From within Australia: 049 768 1378 If for any reason you are unable to reach the G Adventures local office, please call the numbers listed below to connect with their Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this program. Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers. The max luggage allowance on the internal flights is 1 checked bag (20 kgs) and 1 carry on (7 kgs) per person. Suggested Checklist
      • Windproof/waterproof rain jacket (very important)
      • Personal clothing for hot (Cairns) to cool (Blue Mountains and Sydney) weather – we recommend packing 8 or 9 days of outfits, though you will need to do laundry
      • Bathing suit and small quick-dry towel
      • Packable winter coat – it gets cool at night (upper 40s) in the Blue Mountains
      • Light hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
      • Daypack
      • Sunblock (the sun is very strong in Australia!)
      • Sunglasses
      • Sun hat
      • Water bottle
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Toiletries
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
      • Ziplock bags
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • Travel insurance ID card
      • Flight itinerary/boarding pass(es)
      • USD/EUR cash
      • Credit/debit card
      • G Adventures vouchers
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent a few days before departure
      Laundry
      Laundry facilities are offered at some of our hotels for a charge, or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is located.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double-check the information we provide below by searching here. Americans need an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to travel to Australia. They cost $20 Australian dollars and can be easily purchased here: https://www.eta.homeaffairs.gov.au/ETAS3/etas. U.S. citizens traveling to New Zealand must obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before departure. You can apply for an NZeTA via the official New Zealand Immigration website or their mobile app. The cost of an NZeTA is NZD $12 if applied through the app and NZD $9 if applied via the website, plus an additional International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy of NZD $35, which is paid during the application process. For more detailed information, please check the US State Department’s travel pages and the New Zealand Immigration webpage on the NZeTA. GEEO travelers who are not U.S. citizens should check with their government to determine visa requirements.
      Money Exchange
      The local currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD), and in New Zealand it is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently.
      Tipping
      It is not customary in Australia nor New Zealand to tip service providers. Unless specifically asked to do so (by your tour leader), do not tip your local guides. At the end of your program, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, you may consider a small tip – but it certainly isn’t expected.
      Vaccinations
      GEEO cannot provide any medical advice, so it is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. We recommend contacting Passport Health (http://www.passporthealthusa.com/), which has travel clinics located throughout the United States. You can also check the CDC's recommended vaccinations for your destination. Please take this seriously!
      Flights
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. This program begins in Cairns and ends in Christchurch. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Cairns. You may want to arrive in Australia one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Christchurch any time on the final day of the program, or stay later to see more of the city.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S. Australia and New Zealand both use a Type I plug, which has 2 or three angled flat prongs so you will need a plug adaptor. The voltage is mostly 230V. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Weather
      In late September, Northern Australia enjoys the tail end of its ‘dry season’ with warm temperatures and sunny days, ideal for outdoor activities. As the tour heads into Australia’s southern regions, expect spring conditions with mild and pleasant days. In New Zealand, the weather will shift towards cooler spring temperatures in October. The North Island, including places like Auckland, will have mild weather with occasional rain showers, while in the South Island temperatures can be cooler especially in mountainous areas like Fiordland National Park and Queenstown. Pack layers that include warm clothing, and be prepared for variable weather as you enjoy the beauty and outdoor adventures in both countries.

      Costs

      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      • Tour Company Fee: See our price in the top right corner
      • Optional Activities: $300-1,200 USD
      • International Airfare from the United States: Roughly $1,200-2,000 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      • Airport Transfers: $50-100 USD
      • Insurance: $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
      • Tipping: Tipping is optional and not expected, but we recommend $40-50 for budgeting purposes.
      • Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary: $1,200-1,600 USD
      • Visa: $20 AUD for an ETA and approx. $47 for a New Zealand NZeTA
      • Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.: Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      • Vaccines: Variable. Please consult your doctor.
      • Souvenirs: Variable. At your personal discretion.
      • Non-Educator Donation: $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      AUSTRALIA
      Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking: $53 USD *Please contact travel@geeo.org to book this activity. It must be booked in advance. Slice through the waters of the iconic Byron Bay on this half-day kayaking adventure. Paddle past the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, see the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, and ride the waves into shore. On top of it all, keep a close eye out for dolphins and whales (in season) who call these waters home.
      CAIRNS
      Bungee Jumping: 179 AUD per person Leave your fears at home and prepare to have your breath taken away as you jump from 164ft. Now’s the time to release your inner daredevil – what are you waiting for? Minjin Swing: 129 AUD per person Soar through the rainforest on the fastest jungle swing in the world. Suit up and be pulled to 150 ft above the ground before flying over the canopy at a heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping 120 km/hr. We can already hear your screams! Skydiving: 2h-6h, 399 AUD per person Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Cairns from an eagle’s perspective. Suit up, get briefed, and board the prop plane to soar high above the land and sea. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like! Whitewater Rafting: 12h-12h30m, 138-210 AUD per person Put on a helmet, grab a paddle and raft the Class 3 & 4 rapids of the mighty Tully River, considered the best rafting river in all of Australia and New Zealand. Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway: 116-171 AUD per person Settle into a comfortable 6-seat gondola for a ride with a spectacular view along the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Pass over the canopy of one of Australia’s tropical rainforests, so close to the treetops it’s as if you could reach out and touch the leaves. After, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through a lush tropical paradise framed by rugged mountains, waterfalls, and ravines back to Cairns. Travel on authentic timber carriages via hand-hewn tunnels and across towering bridges, through the awe-inspiring Barron Gorge. Experience the exotic beauty of North Queensland’s tropical rainforests, marveling at the incredible array of plants and animals encountered all along the way.
      CAPE TRIBULATION
      Great Barrier Reef Visit: 209 AUD per person Hop on a boat and head out to sea to reach the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Don a mask and opt to snorkel the largest coral reef in the world. Say g’day to Nemo the clownfish and some of the 1,500 other species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm waters off Australia’s east coast. Daintree National Park Visit: Free Step back in time in this lush tropical rainforest, reported to be more than 110 million years old! Bring your binoculars to spot some of the 430 species of birds, including the buff-breasted paradise kingfisher and flightless cassowary. On the ground, look for possums, bandicoots, echidna, and musky rat kangaroos. Discover why the Aborigines consider this a spiritual place. Daintree Rainforest Night Walk: 45 AUD per person Once the sun goes down, grab a torch and head out into the jungle for a guided night walk. With your guide, you’ll spot various critters who call this region home. Keep your eyes peeled for sleeping bats, birds, lizards, and spiders as you listen to the sounds of the rainforest at night. Cape Tribulation Horseback Riding: 2h-2h30m, 110 AUD per person Hop in the saddle and explore the rainforest on your trusty steed. Ride through lush canopy floors and crystal clear streams, ending up on the stunning Myall beach. Cap off this adventure by galloping through the ocean spray!
      AIRLIE BEACH
      Whitsunday Islands Snorkeling: Free Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask, and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere to local coral conservation efforts.)
      BYRON BAY
      Cape Byron Lighthouse Visit: 30m-2h, Free Cape Byron Lighthouse is about 2 miles northeast of Byron Bay. The popular white structure emits the most powerful light of all working lighthouses in the country, and it’s also located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. Head up to the top of the tower to scan the ocean for whales (the Southern Cross University’s Whale Research Centre is located here).
      SYDNEY
      Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach Coastal Walk: Free Go for a walk along one of the most iconic trails in Australia. Pass by secluded beaches, massive cliffs, and more breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean than imaginable – all before arriving at the world-famous Bondi Beach. From May to December, keep a keen eye on the ocean to try and spot migrating humpback whales. Sydney Opera House Visit: 43-185AUD per person Stroll along the waterfront to admire Sydney’s most iconic landmark, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. Take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site to discover its history, folklore, and more. Some two million people a year come to see concerts and cultural performances at the Opera House. Catch the boom of the grand organ–with more than 10,000 pipes; it took 10 years to build and is the largest mechanical organ in the world.
      NEW ZEALAND
      AUCKLAND
      Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience (Pre Tour): $230 USD per person As part of the boat crew, you'll work together with your teammates to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour in this competitive yacht. Either take the helm and participate or sit back and enjoy the spectacle - the choice is yours. Maritime Museum: 20 NZD per person Tour the museum’s seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand’s relationship with the sea. Be inspired by the country's most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake, and his many accomplishments, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.
      WAIHEKE ISLAND
      Waiheke Island Excursion: 45-130 NZD per person Take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island for a quick, fun getaway. Swim or kayak at white-sand beaches in the Hauraki Gulf. Tour the island's tracks and bush reserves, or sample your way through some of the island’s 19 boutique wineries (the island produces some of New Zealand’s finest reds).
      HAHEI
      Hahei Boat Cruise: 105 NZD per person Hop on board and cruise the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Check out caves, and an impressive blowhole, and enjoy views of stunning Cathedral Cove from the water. Keep on the lookout for marine life such as dolphins, seals, and seabirds. Sea Kayaking: 135 NZD per person Head out by kayak to experience the Coromandel from sea level.
      ROTORUA
      Whitewater Rafting: 109 NZD per person Get your adrenaline fix on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don't forget to paddle! Hot Springs: 30-50 NZD per person Soak tired muscles in the area's natural hot springs and let the mineral water work its magic. Rotorua is home to several amazing geothermal parks – be sure you don't miss the healing and relaxing benefits of the city's naturally heated waters. Mountain Biking: 35-130 NZD per person Head out on an exhilarating cycling adventure. Explore the stunning Redwood Forest on two wheels on what some call the world's best mountain biking trails. Whether you're a beginner or an expert mountain bike enthusiast there's sure to be a trail perfect for you. Zorbing: 35-50 NZD per person Hop into a giant inflatable ball and take a thrilling ride down Mt Ngongotaha. This outrageously fun and bizarre ride is a must-do when in Rotorua, so don't miss out!
      WELLLINGTON
      Te Papa Museum: Free Visit this must-see museum, home to displays of historical Maori artifacts and modern exhibits. See how the museum is constructed on shock absorbers to withstand New Zealand’s many earthquakes – find the stairwell just outside the entrance and descend into the foundations of the building. Wellington Cable Car: 4-7.50 NZD per person Zealandia: 9-95 NZD per person Martinborough Wine Tour: 199 NZD per person Weta Workshop Tour: 50-90 NZD per person This 2 to 3-hour guided tour will give you a unique behind-the-scenes look at how the Weta workshop helps craft and create the imaginary realities of some of the world’s biggest films. Get to see creativity in action as the workshop crew members practice their trade and get up close and personal with props from The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and so much more!
      KAIKOURA
      Scenic Flight: 190 NZD per person Take a 30-minute flight and set off to search for whales, dolphins, and other marine life. On land, you'll see Maori sites, Kaikoura town, and New Zealand's southern fur seals. Hiking: Free Set off along one of many hiking trails to take in the beautiful scenery along the Kaikoura Peninsula walkway. Whale Watching: 145 NZD per person Follow in the path of Paikea, the Maori "whale rider", and set out in search of Giant Sperm Whales as they spray and dive their way through the waters off Kaikoura. Swimming With Dolphins: 220 NZD per person Hop aboard a boat and head out to the open seas to search for wild dusky dolphins. Depending on the conditions, most groups have 20-40 minutes of swim time with the dolphins.
      FRANZ JOSEF
      Helicopter Hike: 589 NZD per person Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride high up on Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool! Ice Explorer Guided Hike (Heli Transfer): 670 NZD per person The sheer size and power of Franz Josef is something you need to see to believe. Board a chopper for a leisurely flight over the glacier before landing directly on the ice. From there, get up close and personal on a three-hour guided hike past towering peaks and stunning blue ice. The constantly shifting ice flows and crevices ensure your visit will be one-of-a-kind! Kayaking: 99-129 NZD per person Explore the stunning Lake Mapourika by kayak. This lake was created as the Franz Josef glacier retreated 14,000 years ago, and the still water has created a natural mirror allowing you to soak in the incredible panoramic views. Hiking: Free) Take your pick of many scenic and memorable treks in Franz Josef – a true hiker’s haven. Get prepared before heading out, and be mindful of signs along the track. See majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, and amazing views that you’ll definitely want your camera on hand for.
      QUEENSTOWN
      Gondola Ride: 35-56 NZD per person Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220º view of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables mountain range, and Lake Wakatipu below. Bungee Jumping: 165-205 NZD per person Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort of solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss. Vineyard Tour: 185-230 NZD per person Visit vineyards in New Zealand's fastest-growing wine region. Taste some of Queenstown's finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, and learn more about the grape varietals that flourish here. Pick up a few bottles to savor back home. Ziptrek: 120-170 NZD per person Earnslaw Steamship Cruise: 55-95 NZD per person Discover the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a traditional steamship that was first launched in 1912. This 90-minute cruise highlights the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds Queenstown and lets you check out the views while relaxing on deck. Shotover Canyon Swing/Shotover Canyon Fox: 169-299 NZD per person Scenic Horse Riding Tour: 165-325 NZD per person Head out on a scenic horse ride and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the southwest of New Zealand. Take in the breathtaking views on your journey of discovery through the magnificent Dart Valley - the backdrop for many famous film locations. Queenstown Shotover Jet Boating: $102 USD per person It's a jet boat ride along the Shotover River of Queenstown — need we say more? Okay, how about this, imagine a fast-paced whitewater ride with sharp turns and spins expertly navigated by a trained driver. So strap in and get ready to get wet. Skydiving: 329 NZD per person Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed, and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath, and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!