Sun & Fun Down Under with Queenstown & Rotorua(IPLE)

17 Day Package from Sydney to Auckland

Sun and fun down under…sounds like bliss, doesn't it? And no one brings you sun and fun like Monograms! On this 17-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for your intra-vacation flights. Plus, you'll have a Monograms Local Host ®—someone who knows the ins and outs and is there to ensure your vacation goes smoothly—to answer your questions, arrange optional activities, and offer suggestions for shopping and dining.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Sydney, where we can seamlessly whisk you from the airport to your selected hotel. Your guided sightseeing in Sydney with a local expert includes photo stops at the world-famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. You'll also have a full day to explore Sydney on your own (with the support of your Local Host of course). You may want to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for amazing views; explore the cobblestone streets at the Rocks, the harborside area where the first convicts settled; or visit Hunter Valley to sample Australia wines.

Then, we'll take you to the airport so you can fly to the Gold Coast, a tropical paradise known for its white-sand beaches. From the Gold Coast, you'll take an included excursion to Mount Tamborine National Park, where a guided rainforest walk takes you to a tropical waterfall. Keep your eyes open for native wildlife. Monograms has also arranged a local wine tasting and a visit to the Gallery Walk, where local artists showcase their works. In your free time at the Gold Coast, you may want to soak in the sun on the white-sand beach, visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to feed a kangaroo or cuddle a koala, or enjoy the Gold Coast’s thriving food scene.

You’ll then fly to Cairns and be transported to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea. Here, you'll have the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. You can choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. This underwater world, with its brilliant colors and fish swimming around you, is nothing short of spectacular! With your two full days of leisure in Port Douglas, you may want to stroll on Four Mile Beach, browse the shops in downtown Port Douglas, or visit the Daintree Forest, the world's oldest living rainforest.

Finally, you’ll fly to New Zealand. From Queenstown, Monograms has arranged an excursion to Fiordland National Park, where you’ll enjoy an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound. With some of the world’s most stunning scenery, this cruise through the fjord is breathtaking! A full day in Queenstown gives you the opportunity to visit a local winery, marvel at the views from the Queenstown Gondola, or cruise across Lake Wakatipu. In Rotorua, your guided sightseeing includes Te Puia, where you’ll see New Zealand’s largest geyser and boiling mud pots; Rainbow Springs, where you’ll learn about New Zealand’s native kiwi; and the Agrodome. Plus, we’ll take you to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves for a must-see boat trip through the peaceful caves lit by thousands of tiny creatures radiating luminescent light.

With the time and hassles you save by letting Monograms take care of the details, all you have to do is enjoy this Australia and New Zealand vacation filled with fun, sun, and spectacular beauty.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

Sydney
Gold Coast
Port Douglas
Queenstown
Rotorua
Auckland

Meals Included

American breakfast daily; 2 lunches

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE.

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2019

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Arrive in Sydney, Australia’s largest city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to start exploring this vibrant city.

DAY
2
SYDNEY

Today’s included sightseeing features a photo stop at the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and a visit to world-famous BONDI BEACH. The afternoon is at your leisure. Your Local Host will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

DAY
3
SYDNEY

A full day to explore more of Sydney. You may choose from an array of optional excursions including a visit to Hunter Valley to sample Australia wines, the chance to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for amazing views of the harbor and city below, or a relaxing dinner atop Sydney Tower’s revolving restaurant.

DAY
4
SYDNEY–GOLD COAST

Fly to the Gold Coast, known for its laid-back lifestyle and incredible white sand beaches. Enjoy a 3-night stay in this tropical paradise.

DAY
5
GOLD COAST. EXCURSION TO MOUNT TAMBORINE NATIONAL PARK

This morning, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take a peaceful drive through the Gold Coast’s hinterland. Your guided sightseeing tour will take you on rainforest roads through MOUNT TAMBORINE NATIONAL PARK, where you will have your chance to spot native wildlife and visit a tropical waterfall after a guided rainforest walk. Indulge in a local WINE TASTING before visiting the Gallery Walk, where local artists showcase their arts and crafts. Return to the Gold Coast for your afternoon at leisure.

DAY
6
GOLD COAST

A full day at leisure. You may wish to spend the day on the white sands of Main Beach, or wander down the Esplanade taking in the stunning coastline. Other options include a visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can feed a kangaroo, get up close to a crocodile, or cuddle a koala; or take a trip to SkyPoint Observation Deck, the Gold Coast’s highest attraction with 360-degree views.

DAY
7
GOLD COAST–CAIRNS–PORT DOUGLAS

Transfer to the Gold Coast Airport or Brisbane Airport for your flight to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Continue to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea. Check in to your hotel for a 4-night stay.

DAY
8
PORT DOUGLAS. EXCURSION TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Port Douglas, where the evening is at leisure.

DAY
9
PORT DOUGLAS

With your day at leisure, you may wish to take a trip into the Daintree Forest, the world’s oldest living rainforest, and to beautiful Cape Tribulation, where the jungle meets the sea. Your Local Host will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

DAY
10
PORT DOUGLAS

Today is free to explore as you wish. You may want to take a stroll on Four Mile Beach, shop the unique boutiques and galleries in downtown Port Douglas, or just relax by your resort’s pool.

DAY
11
PORT DOUGLAS–QUEENSTOWN

Today, fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. The reminder of your day is at leisure.

DAY
12
QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

Travel by motorcoach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK. View the Mirror Lakes as you pass through Eglinton Valley. From the Homer Tunnel, emerge into Cleddau Valley. Join your Milford Sound CRUISE for an unforgettable experience.

DAY
13
QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy a full day at leisure in the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Perhaps choose an optional jetboat ride, visit a local winery, or tour some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

DAY
14
QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA

Fly to Rotorua. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

DAY
15
ROTORUA

This morning, enjoy guided sightseeing with visits to TE PUIA, RAINBOW SPRINGS, and the AGRODOME. This afternoon, explore this geothermal wonderland on your own. This evening, you may choose to join our optional Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner.

DAY
16
ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND

Today, head north for Waitomo, where you will take a boat trip through the WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Continue on to Auckland.

DAY
17
AUCKLAND

Your stay in New Zealand ends with breakfast this morning.

Transportation

As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights (intra-vacation flights not included)

Included Hotels

Sydney
Gold Coast
Port Douglas
Queenstown
Rotorua
Auckland

Travelodge Wynyard

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 11:00

Address:
7-9 York Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

The Travelodge Wynyard is ideally located adjacent to the Wynyard railway station and is a stones throw away from many major Sydney attractions including The Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the historical The Rocks area. The hotel features a restaurant, lounge, room service, fitness center, concierge service, internet access, and coin-operated, self-service laundry.

Location & Highlights

The Travelodge Wynyard is within 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) of Circular Quay, the Rocks, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House are 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) away. Restaurants, shops, and other attractions are a short walk.

Room Amenities

Rooms feature air-conditioning, cable tv, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker, bath amenities, hair dryer, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, and internet access.

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Sydney
Gold Coast
Port Douglas
Queenstown
Rotorua
Auckland

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

Check-in Time: 15:00
Check-out Time: 11:00

Address:
93 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Conveniently located in downtown Sydney steps from Sydney Harbour, Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is an elegant, European style hotel featuring eight open fire places, one of Australia's largest private collections of fine art, and 18th Century Louis XV and Georgian antique furniture. The hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar, high tea, fitness center, outdoor heated pool, sundeck, and sauna.

Location & Highlights

Located on Macquarie Street in downtown Sydney opposite the Botanical Gardens and nearby Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Room Amenities

Each of the 105 elegantly appointed guestrooms offer distinct design and décor to compliment the classical furnishings of the building. Guestrooms feature large marble bathrooms, in-room safe, tea and coffee making facilities, and bathrobe and slippers.

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Voicemail
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange

Rydges World Square

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 11:00

Address:
389 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Feel right at home when checking into Rydges World Square and enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. After a great day of sightseeing, wine and dine in their Italian & Mediterranean-inspired Sphere Restaurant or relax while sipping a cocktail at the Cidery Bar and Kitchen with a great outside deck overlooking the World Square area. The hotel features coin-operated, self-service laundry.

Location & Highlights

Conveniently located in Sydney’s Central Business District, providing easy access to the Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Qantas Credit Union Arena and the city’s financial precinct.

Room Amenities

Take advantage of modern comforts and thoughtful amenities. Guest rooms are well-equipped with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The cozy Rydges Dream Bed with crisp, white linens will have you sleeping soundly and waking fully refreshed. Guests also have access to 24-hour room service, minibar and tea and coffee maker.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Window Opens

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center

Vibe Hotel Sydney

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 11:00

Address:
111 Goulburn Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Perfectly positioned in the heart of downtown Sydney, Vibe Hotel Sydney features 191 spacious and well-equipped guestrooms, rooftop pool, sauna, gym, restaurant, bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Location & Highlights

Located in downtown Sydney nearby attractions such as Hyde Park, Chinatown, and Sydney Tower as well as some of Sydney's finest restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Room Amenities

Bright and comfortable guestrooms offer a variety of amenities including a separate sitting area, flat-screen TV, in-room safe, mini-bar, individual climate control, and coffeemaker.

  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 11:00

Address:
61-101 Phillip Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Located in the heart of Sydney, the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is a 5 minute stroll from the Opera House, the Rocks, the Royal Botanical Garden, restaurants, nightclubs, and museums. The hotel features Club Sofitel, Sofitel Lounge, Library, Elix'r Health Club, and Lattouf Hair & Spa.

Location & Highlights

On Phillip Street in the financial heart of the Sydney Central Business District and just minutes from the Opera House, Circular Quay, the Rocks, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Room Amenities

All rooms are finished in rich contemporary yet classic tones, sympathetic to the history of this grand hotel. Design does not compromise your comfort; in fact, space has been optimized by furniture selection and layout. Guestrooms feature air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi access, coffee/tea maker, minibar, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and bath amenities.

  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage

Activities & Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following activities & excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Sydney
Gold Coast
Port Douglas
Queenstown
Rotorua
Auckland

Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Take a climb over the famous arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a birds' eye view of the iconic city of Sydney.

Price Range: $$$$

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Enjoy a memorable experience with excellent cuisine and incomparable views from atop the famous Sydney Tower.

Price Range: $$

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Take a walk on the wild side on this amazing discovery of Australia's incredible sealife and wildlife.

Price Range: $

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

See the animals of the world including the Wild Australia themed area at the zoo with a view!

Price Range: $

The Rock's Pub Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the Australia's early convicts, mischievous gangs and locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys and cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, legends and stories of Australia's first European settlement. Learn about the fight for the title 'Sydney's Oldest Pub', what is the 6 O'clock Swill, how beer quelled the rum rebellion, and more stories, myths, and legends that you can pack into two and a half hours of fun.

Price Range: $$

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Grab your camera and step aboard a luxury catamaran for a sumptuous seafood buffet lunch and relaxing cruise around Sydney Harbour.

Price Range: $$

The Sydney Opera House Tour

See inside the world's most recognisable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering.

Price Range: $

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for an excursion to the famed Blue Mountains, a journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region.

Price Range: $$$$

Gold Coast

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

See the native Australian animals on display at this iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.

Price Range: $$

Learn to Surf

Learn to surf at one of Australia's iconic surf destination. The surf lesson is safe, fun and an exciting experience that everyone can enjoy.

Price Range: $$

Port Douglas

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Enjoy a full day exploring the Daintree Rainforest by 4WD!

Price Range: $$$$

Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

This package combines Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for a full day tour experience.

Price Range: $$$$

Jungle Surfing Zipline Adventure

Fly through the rainforest canopy on a jungle canopy tour offering spectacular views of the Coral Sea.

Price Range: $$$$

Queenstown

Upgrade One-Way Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown

After your cruise of Milford Sound, take a scenic flight back to Queenstown.

Price Range: $$$$

Wilderness Safari

Take a spectacular jet boat journey along the Dart's ever-changing braided river system. Awe-inspiring surroundings include breathtaking snowcapped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls, and glacial valleys frozen in time. Your excursion includes an easy guided walk through the Heritage Trail at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enhance your experience with informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest, the unique fauna, amazing history, and fascinating Maori legends. You'll also ride aboard a 4WD coach along a scenic backroad route to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings movies.

Price Range: $$$$

KJet Thrill Ride

KJet offers 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world's most stunning locations.

Price Range: $$$

Cruise onboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship

It's New Zealand's most iconic boat and one of Queenstown's most historic destinations.The leisurely cruise across beautiful Lake Wakatipu showcases some of Queenstown's spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece of Queenstown's living history - the 105 year old TSS Earnslaw.

Price Range: $$

Queenstown Wine Trail Tour

Take this tour and experience the true flavor of the local pinot noir and other wine varietals at three premium vineyards.

Price Range: $$$

Helicopter Flight over the Remarkables Mountains with Landing

See Queenstown's most famous and iconic mountain range from one mile high. This "Remarkable" excursion takes you towards the South Eastern shores of Lake Wakatipu where the Remarkables stand tall over Queenstown - one of only two Mountain ranges in the world that run directly North to South. Soar straight to the top and take in the views of the incredible alpine environment. On the top, we make a landing and shutdown the helicopter to allow you to take in the grandeur scale of the Wakatipu Basin. Take the ultimate photograph, breathe in the southern fresh air and you may even be lucky enough to enjoy some fresh snow. From there, your helicopter will take off and make its way back to base, showing off the picturesque scenery of Queenstown on the way down.

Price Range: $$$$

Discover Arrowtown and Wanaka

Discover the beauty of Arrowton and Wanaka with a half day tour exploring these stunning towns. Experience Arrowtown's charming streets, journey over the Crown Range (New Zealand's highest main road), and learn the histiory of the area and take in breathtaking view at every turn.

Price Range: $$$

Rotorua

Mt Tarawera Volcanic Valley by Floatplane

Near the northeast coast of the North Island is Mount Tarawera, the volcano whose massive eruption in 1886 destroyed the famed Pink and White Terraces and buried three Maori villages. This exciting flight-seeing excursion includes the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake.

Price Range: $$$$

Rotorua Duck Tours

Get a unique view of Rotorua's geothermal wonders on this fun excursion by Duck! Discover historic sights, Maori culture, and incredible natural beauty on this sightseeing adventure aboard a WWII amphibious vehicle that travels on both land and water.

Price Range: $$

Rotorua Zipline and Canopy Tour

Soar along 500-year-old Mamaku Forest on New Zealand's only native forest zipline canopy tour. Set in a 1,200-acre forest, this 3-hour adventure combines heart-racing fun and pristine natural beauty as you switch between six zipline cables suspended 72 feet above the ground. Keep your eyes open for bellbirds, whiteheads, fantails, and many other native bird species. This is an experience of a lifetime!

Price Range: $$$

Hangi Dinner & Maori Concert

Meet New Zealand's indigenous people during this fascinating and entertaining evening.

Price Range: $$$

Dinner with a New Zealand Family

Experience New Zealand "Kiwi" hospitality and a traditional 3-course dinner on this authentic New Zealand dining experience.

Price Range: $$

Redwoods TreeWalk at Night

The TreeWalk consists of 21 suspension bridges traversing between 22 Californian coastal redwoods. It gives walkers a unique view of the native undergrowth below from up to 12 meters (40 feet) above the ground. The TreeWalk allows plenty of time to appreciate the beauty of the forest that is quite different from what you experience on the ground. In the evening, the forest and ferns are illuminated by 30 suspended lanterns designed by David Trubridge and multiple colored spot lights. A truly unique night time experience!

Price Range: $

Auckland

Auckland Dinner Sail

Enjoy a unique experience on Auckland's magnificent Waitemata Harbour.

Price Range: $$$

Sky Tower

Enjoy incredble views of Auckland and the harbor from atop Sky Tower. Spot the key landmarks, a number of volcanoes and historical locations within the greater Auckland area.

Price Range: $

Insider

Sydney
Queenstown
Auckland

Sydney

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Sydney, AustraliaMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sydney. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Sydney and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Sydney, Australia insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Sydney

I love sharing my "insider knowledge", the cultural idiosyncrasies, history and people, as well as the landscape, plants and animals we encounter. I hope this extra knowledge allows guests to appreciate their destination on a deeper level, and leave feeling they were honorary locals for a little while!

Manly Beach

Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to this iconic Sydney beach. Stroll through the corso while enjoying an ice-cream or treat yourself to a beer at the Hotel Steyne overlooking the ocean. You may wish to walk along the beachfront to Little Manly Beach.

Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Enjoy spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and the city surrounds as you take an easy stroll across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and back.

Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade

These shopping arcades are both architectural beauties in their own right. Even if you aren’t interested in shopping, they are worth a glimpse.

Clifftop Coastal Walk

This walk hugs the coastline from Bondi to Coogee and is 6 kms in length. Walk all or part of it for amazing views and perhaps stop for a swim at one of the beaches along the way.

Altmann & Cherny Opal Store

Located on Pitt St. at Circular Quay, this family-owned and operated business offers an impressive range of opal jewelry.

Paddy’s Market

If you want to bring home inexpensive, kitschy souvenirs, this Chinatown market is the place. Kangaroo oven mitts and Opera House shot glasses abound. Note: Paddy's Market is not open on Monday's and Tuesday's.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Stroll the MCA and experience the work of today’s artists from across Australia and around the world on your own or take part in one of the free daily guided tours. Getting hungry? Stop at the MCA Cafe on Level 4 for spectacular harbor views, site-specific art and a fresh daily menu. On Thursdays, make sure to check out their contemporary art after dark when the galleries, Cafe and Store are all open until 9pm.

Sydney Opera Bar

Found at the water’s edge of the Sydney Harbour and base of the famous Sydney Opera House, the Opera Bar promises an experience to remember. Toast to unforgettable views, new friends and new experiences in the afternoon sun.

Explore The Rocks

Get a sense of Sydney's past exploring The Rocks' cobbled laneways, cozy cafés and oldest pubs in the country. Major highlights within this area are: Sydney Observatory, Argyle Gallery, Cadman's Cottage, Sydney Theatre Company, Lord Nelson Brewery and The Rocks Markets where Sydneysiders flock to on Fridays and over the weekend.

Island hopping on Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour Islands Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo are among some of Sydney's most popular natural attractions. Catch one of the regular ferry services from Circular Quay during summer and take in the sparkling scenery.

Queenstown

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Queenstown, New ZealandMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Queenstown, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Queenstown and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Queenstown insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Queenstown

Welcome to New Zealand. I'm Judy, and I look forward to showing you everything I love about this great country. With over 19 years of experience in the travel industry, I'm passionate about New Zealand and excited to share my intimate knowledge of the history, culture and attractions of the country. I want to make sure your visit is not only enjoyable but also informative.

Mt. Difficulty Wines

With the smoothest pinot noir, chardonnay, Riesling, pinot gris, and merlot, you won’t find anything difficult about sampling the vintages at this winery.

Queenstown Underwater Observatory

View into the depths of Lake Wakatipu for a glimpse at the underwater inhabitants who call the lake home. The Observatory is conveniently located at the Main Town Pier (just look out for the yellow KJet sign).

Visit Arrowtown

A charming and quirky – a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. Stop by at the award winning Lakes District Museum for a historical lesson of this enchanted town.

Bonz Gallery

Queenstown has an excellent selection of sheepskin and wool products. The Bonz Gallery features original designs—everything from sweaters to jackets—in 100% merino wool.

Barbara Smith Gallery

If you never want to forget the beauty of Milford Sound or Fiordland National Park, visit this gallery and take home one of the artist’s magnificent oil paintings depicting New Zealand’s landscapes.

Coronet Peak

Skiers around the world head to Queenstown from early June to early October to ski. Rent a pair of skis and join them on the slopes of Coronet Peak.

Onsen Hot Pools

The Onsen Hot Pools experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown's spectacular scenery. Immerse yourself in the views, the pure waters, and the fresh mountain air, as your mind and body surrenders to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of their private pools.

Auckland

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Auckland, New ZealandMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host ®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Auckland, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Auckland and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Auckland insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting memories on your New Zealand vacation.

Meet a Local Host® in Auckland

I'm Sharron and I've been involved in tourism since 1990. I strive to ensure that visitors experience the major tourist activities in each destination along with some of the "off the beaten track" highlights. My extensive knowledge of the country and friendly approach means that visitors to New Zealand always take home fond, long-lasting memories.

Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

Voyager Maritime Museum is a place of stories, ambition, courage, exploration and amazing journeys. Discover how the nation’s relationship with the sea has shaped the New Zealand identity; from stories of the Polynesian people’s epic migration to Aotearoa, to early European exploration then settlement and modern-day yachting successes.

Devonport, New Zealand

Take a ferry from downtown Auckland direct to Devonport or drive over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The historic seaside village of Devonport has a charming and relaxed atmosphere. Stroll around the village at your leisure and visit some of its attractions including the many art galleries, historic points of interest and lookouts.

Galleries are scattered throughout the village with a range of art by specialists in glass, ceramics, painting, sculpture and jewelry. Take a break at one of the many cafes or indulge at the renowned Devonport Chocolates.

Victoria Park Market

Auckland's historic market has many shops to browse around, and a New Zealand Walk of Fame. Walk across to the nearby Victoria Park, where you may catch some locals engaged in a game of cricket.

Auckland Bridge Climb

Admire the expansive city and harbor views as you climb over (and under) Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Beautifully situated in the Domain and occupying one of Auckland’s finest heritage buildings, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a key destination for those wishing to experience New Zealand’s cultural and spiritual history. Exciting stories of the Pacific, the people, and the flora, fauna and landforms of New Zealand’s unique islands are told within a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for New Zealand.

The Museum is home to a valuable collection of Maori taonga (treasures) and the daily cultural performances provide a warm, vibrant and entertaining glimpse into Maori culture through song and dance. The cultural experience includes the opportunity to meet, talk and take photos with the performers.

Ponsonby

Visit the trendy suburb of Ponsonby and enjoy delicious cuisine, superb lattes or cocktails if more to your taste! For the younger travelers, this is a popular place for nightlife.

Viaduct Harbour

This is the perfect spot to take a leisurely stroll and watch the activity in and around the harbor. After you admire the super yachts and launches in the water there are many bars to choose from where you enjoy the views while sipping on fine, local wine.

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