This tour begins in Sydney and ends in Auckland.
B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner
JANUARY 15 • • •
Arrival into Sydney. Your guide will meet you at the airport, and take you to hotel to rest up. Welcome dinner. Stay in Sydney for 3 nights. D
JANUARY 16 • • •
We do a grand tour of Sydney, including the City Hall, Opera House, The Rocks, Darling Habour and boat tour around Sydney Harbour. B
JANUARY 17 • • •
Relax and explore Sydney with optional activities – shopping, Taronga Zoo, Surry Hill Galleries as well as Oxford and William Streets. Also a chance of swimming at Bondi Beach. OPTIONAL: Do the amazing BridgeClimb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (which would take approximately 3.5 hours). B
JANUARY 18 • • •
We fly west to Yulara. Walk around the sacred site of Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock). Evening sunset of Uluru. Weather permitting, we experience a 3 course dinner under the stars. Stay at Yulara. D
JANUARY 19 • • •
Rise early to see the sunrise of Uluru. Learn about Aborigines at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Then fly north to Cairns. Swim at the saltwater lagoon on the esplanade. Stay in Cairns for 3 nights.
JANUARY 20 • • •
Ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda. Get the opportunity to hold a koala and see kangaroos. Return via Kuranda Scenic Railway.
JANUARY 21 • • •
Today, we have some optional activities: 1) An all day catamaran boat trip to a floating deck at the Great Barrier Reef for some diving/snorkeling as well as riding in a semi-submersible. 2) Go skydiving. 3) Take a hike to Glacier Rock Lookout or Behana Gorge Waterfall. 4) Go sea kayaking. 5) Free leisure time.
JANUARY 22 • • •
Fly down to Melbourne in the morning. Free time for lunch and shopping. By late afternoon, we head down to Phillip Island to see the penguin parade at dusk (as they arrive back to shore from spending all day feeding in the ocean). Stay in Melbourne for 2 nights. D
JANUARY 23 • • •
See the colorful bathing boxes at Brighton Beach. Visit the Victorian College for the Deaf, established by a deaf man in 1860. We leave our hotel in the late afternoon for an amazing early dinner experience, which would take 1.5 hours. D
JANUARY 24 • • •
We fly out to Queenstown. Drive for 2 hours to Te Anau to check into hotel. Take a lakeside stroll to town for an awesome pizza dinner. Stay in Te Anau. D
JANUARY 25 • • •
Rise up early and take a morning cruise at Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown. Be sure not to miss the one and the only Fergburger for dinner. Stay in Queenstown for 3 nights. B,D
JANUARY 26 • • •
Morning drive on breath-taking scenic Glenorchy route. Lunch at the quaint Glenorchy Cafe. OPTIONAL: thrilling ride on Shotover Jet boat, sky-diving, hot-air ballooning, trail-walking, fishing, shopping, bungee jumping, boating and more. L
JANUARY 27 • • •
Drive to visit two charming towns, Wanaka and Arrowtown. In the late afternoon, we take a Skyline gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with awe-spiring views. OPTIONAL: thrilling luge rides (for all ages) at Bob’s Peak. D
JANUARY 28 • • •
We fly north to Auckland late in the morning. Then drive 1.5 hours south to Hamilton.
JANUARY 29 • • •
After breakfast, we take a 1.5 hour drive to Otorohanga to see kiwi birds. Waitomo Caves and ride on an underground boat to see thousands of glowworms, then Ruakuri Cave. Drive 2 hours to Rotorua. Stay in Rotorua for 3 nights. B
JANUARY 30 • • •
See boiling mud and exploding geysers at Waiotapu. Then a scenic ride down south to visit beautiful Lake Taupo, including Aratiatia Rapids and Huka Falls. Eat huge prawns for lunch. Return to Rotorua. Experience an exciting Maori performance dinner. B,D
JANUARY 31 • • •
Early in the morning, we drive for 1.5 hours to Whakatane for a 5 to 6 hour adventure to explore New Zealand’s only active marine volcano on White Island. L
FEBRUARY 1 • • •
In the morning, we visit Hobbiton in Matamata. After lunch, we head back to Auckland. After dinner, attend a deaf club and mingle with Deaf Kiwis. Stay in Auckland.
FEBRUARY 2 • • •
Ride to famous Northland area into seaside town, Paihia, in beautiful Bay of Islands. Visit historic site where Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Relax and explore Paihia and its surroundings. Stay in Paihia for 2 nights.
FEBRUARY 3 • • •
Ride on the sandy 90 Mile Beach to the “Top of New Zealand” where the Cape Reinga lighthouse is. Go sandboarding. Marvel the unique seascape.
FEBRUARY 4 • • •
After breakfast, we return to Auckland. Free time in afternoon in downtown Auckland. Dinner at a restaurant on North Wharf. Stay in Auckland for 1 night. D
FEBRUARY 5 • • •
Free time in the morning before our farewell lunch at Sky Tower. Then head to the airport for your evening flights. L
$6,470 USD per person/double occupancy (for a group of 10 persons)
Plus approximately $1,400 USD for 5 domestic airfares
$500 USD deposit per person is required to reserve space on a first come, first serve basis.
The remaining balance must be paid in full 90 days before the first day of the tour.
Small tour group size.
Total of 21 nights in 3 or 4 star accommodations.
Total of 18 meals: Breakfast (5); Lunch (2); Dinner (9)
Services of a deaf group leader on call 24 hours a day.
Services of local deaf guide(s).
All local transportation expenses connected with the tour itinerary.
All admission fees for attractions and museums mentioned in the itinerary.
Most tips connected with the tour itinerary, except for your group leader.
Informative travel preparation packet.
Pre-tour and/or post-tour itinerary consultation.
$100 credit off your next full tour with Hands On Travel.
International airfares at the start and end of the tour are not included.
Domestic airfares are not included.
Please inquire on costs for optional activities.
Purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance is highly recommended.
All other meals not mentioned in the itinerary and personal expenses are not included.
Please consult the HOT terms and conditions before booking.
Substantial amount of walking expected during the tour. Appropriate physical fitness is needed.
Tour itinerary and price are subject to change due to fluctuating rates, booking availability, inclement weather, holiday(s) and other unforeseen circumstances.
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Dan has been to 83 countries including Bolivia, Cuba, Morocco, Myanmar, North Korea and Oman. He has also presented at Deaf Youth Leadership Camps in Germany and Thailand as well as team-coordinating an exchange program between two deaf schools in Kentucky, USA and Kamensk, Russia.SEE DAN'S TOURS