February 10 - March 4, 2024

Australia &
New Zealand

A Journey to the Lands Down Under

Escorted By: Catherine Semler

24 Days

40 Meals


CT Rating

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Join us on our most popular tour of the past three decades!

Designed with leisure in mind, our itinerary features two or three-night stays, allowing for in-depth experiences in these fabulous lands. The tour moves at a comfortable pace while providing a host of special outings and meals. 

From the moment of your arrival in Auckland to the dramatic lands of the South Island and through the vast outback, you will find that every detail has been carefully arranged to provide a truly insightful visit of both New Zealand and Australia. Quality hotels, warm friendly people, and a carefully planned itinerary, combine to make this the journey of a lifetime!


This journey involves extensive travel with long flights and travel days. Temperatures will range from comfortable to very hot and humid. Travel in the Outback can be strenuous, involving rough roads and hot conditions. Hotels are comfortable and the locals are very friendly.

Tour Highlights

  • 2 nights in Rotorua and Ayers Rock, the Outback 4 nights in Sydney
  • 3 nights in Cairns and Queenstown (New Zealand’s premier resort)
  • Full day excursion to Milford Sound with lunch
  • Full day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Rainforest experience in Kuranda by rail and Skyrail
  • Auckland Harbourside Restaurant dinner reception, “Hangi” dinner and Maori show in Rotorua, Cruise and gourmet BBQ dinner at Walter Peak, Bush BBQ lunch in Kuranda, Lunch cruise to Great Barrier Reef, Field of Light dinner in Uluru, and more!

Inclusive Features

  • Return airfare to / from Australia and New Zealand plus domestic flights within each country with Air New Zealand and Virgin Airlines
  • First class hotels, as indicated or similar
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as described
  • 40 meals included as noted in the itinerary (B - 21 breakfasts, L - 7 lunches, D - 12 dinners) plus in flight meals
  • Services of your Canadian journey leader and / or expert local driver / guides in each area visited
  • All gratuities, surcharges, taxes and fees for included services
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare
  • Rooms confirmed for early arrival in Auckland, with 2 nights to enjoy the delights of this city


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Have any questions? Contact Joilyn at jdoucette [at] craigtravel.com or call 1-800-387-8890

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Tour Cost in Canadian Dollars Per Person

Land Only* (Join / Leave Hotel)
Calgary / Edmonton
Toronto / Ottawa / Montreal
Regina / Saskatoon / Winnipeg
Halifax **
Saint John ** / St. John’s

To reserve your spot on this tour, please complete the enrollment form, indicating the tour you wish to join and your home city, and forward it with your deposit to:

1092 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON M4P 2M6
416-484-0926 | 1-800-387-8890


Enrollment Form

Deposit will be $800 per person. Final payment will be due November 7, 2023.

**Members joining from these cities may receive an overnight hotel stay in lieu of home city transfers.  *Land only clients join at the hotel in Auckland and leave at the hotel in Sydney. Airfares and air carriers are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Refer to inclusive features for details. Land only price includes flight segments to and from the Outback and excludes all other flights. Tour price is based on sharing a twin-bedded room at hotels. Prices are based on a minimum 20 members and on rates, taxes and fees effective June 2023 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control. Group to be escorted with a minimum 20 group members.

Visa Requirements: Travellers will need to apply online for e-visas for New Zealand ($58 NZD) / Australia ($20 AUD). Cost is subject to change. Craig Travel will provide assistance whenever possible.

Insurance is NOT INCLUDED but is highly recommended. Premiums are calculated based on the individual’s age, destination (country), trip length, and trip booking window – please contact our staff to receive a quote. Your coverage starts on the effective date of your confirmation of coverage. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to terms and conditions for more details.

Cathy Semler

Journey Leader

Cathy Semler retired as a High School Principal after devoting 35 years to the teaching profession. She is a seasoned traveller who loves the opportunity to learn from new adventures. Her travel has taken her to places like Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, India, Costa Rica, Ireland and many places in Europe. She enjoys visiting cities like Paris, Amsterdam and London as well as hiking in the mountains and cruising to different countries. Cathy is looking forward to this wonderful adventure to Australia and New Zealand with you. 



Frequently Asked Questions

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Check out some of our frequently asked questions before booking your journey.

What are Craig Journeys all about?

Our goal is to offer meaningful authentic experiences that inspire a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit. Through immersive sightseeing and engaging interactions with local people and cultural sites, we strive to foster a greater appreciation of our global community.

We go to great lengths to ensure the physical comfort of our members, providing excellent accommodations, delicious cuisine, comfortable transportation, and more. At the same time, we encourage them to embrace and engage with local customs.

Why should I book with Craig Travel?

All of our tours are carefully planned to provide a comfortable pace, quality accommodations, in-depth sightseeing, and fully inclusive pricing. We encourage you to compare our offerings with other tours available. Check to see exactly what is included and what extras you may be required to pay.

What do you mean by 'Fully Inclusive' pricing?

Almost all Craig Tours and Cruises include all prepaid costs, encompassing airfare and related taxes, hotel accommodations and/or cruise expenses with taxes and service fees, most meals as described for each departure, sightseeing with entrance fees, gratuities for included services (such as guides, drivers, hotel staff, porters), and even airport transfers. For those residing in southern Ontario, we provide transfers between your home and the airport in most areas, while other passengers receive a special credit or an overnight stay at an airport hotel, depending on the circumstances.

Not included in the published prices are personal services and items such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, and beverages with meals or otherwise (according to local customs; for example, beverages like water, tea, and coffee are typically not included in Europe except during breakfast). Shore excursions on ocean cruises are not included unless specified.

While taxes and fees are included in our prices, they always remain subject to change. Consequently, we may need to collect supplements to cover tax and fee increases that cannot be absorbed.