Best of Australia & New Zealand (IPOE)

15 Day Package from Cairns to Auckland

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Your Local Host

What is the Role of a Local Host?

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cairns. 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 Cairns and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Cairns insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

Sonia

Hi, I'm Sonia. Having traveled all over the world, I enjoy sharing my knowledge of what guests can experience in Australia and in Cairns. I love the laid-back lifestyle and the international cuisine found in Cairns. I suggest enjoying some fresh local seafood, a glass of wine, and watching the sunset.

Guides


In Cairns, Sydney & Queenstown

Meals


American breakfast daily; 2 lunches

Day-By-Day 2020 / 2021

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

Local Host

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

1-Jan-2021

Welcome to tropical Cairns. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
2
CAIRNS EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

2-Jan-2021

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran 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 Cairns, where the evening
is at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
3
CAIRNS

3-Jan-2021

A full day at leisure to explore more of Cairns. Perhaps select an optional excursion to see crocodiles, kangaroos, and koalas, or to the quiet mountain village of Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Other options: try your luck at fishing, visit the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, or check out the many shops and galleries along Cairns’ famous Esplanade.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
4
CAIRNS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

4-Jan-2021

Today, fly to Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
5
ULURU

5-Jan-2021

This morning, rise early for an inspiring sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Witness incredible views over the dunes and stunning desert landscape. Continue to Walpa Gorge for a guided walk through Kata Tjuta. Later this afternoon, visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, paintings, and punu (woodwork) from the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Finish the day at “Sunset Strip” for a drink & canapes, and to witness the changing colors of the rock.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
6
ULURU–SYDNEY

6-Jan-2021

Fly to beautiful Sydney, Australia’s largest city. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
7
SYDNEY

7-Jan-2021

Your morning guided sightseeing tour includes a photo stop at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and a visit to Bondi Beach, one of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this vibrant city. You may want to enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour to admire stunning views of the city from the water; visit Taronga Zoo to see some of Australia’s native animals, such as koalas, kangaroos, and platypuses; shop for souvenirs; or relax on nearby Manly Beach. Your Local Host will have suggestions for sightseeing, dining, and shopping.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
8
SYDNEY

8-Jan-2021

A full day at leisure in this beautiful city. Choose from a selection of optional excursions, including a cruise on Sydney Harbour and a climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
9
SYDNEY–QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

9-Jan-2021

Today, fly to Queenstown, New Zealand’s “Adventure Capital.” The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
10
QUEENSTOWN EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

10-Jan-2021

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Milford Sound. Travel by motorcoach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. Marvel at the Mirror Lakes as you pass through Eglinton Valley. From the Homer Tunnel, emerge into Cleddau Valley and join your Milford Sound cruise for an unforgettable experience. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as dolphins and penguins, and enjoy the breathtaking waterfalls and scenery. Return to Queenstown in the evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
11
QUEENSTOWN

11-Jan-2021

Enjoy a full day to explore more of Queenstown. Perhaps choose an optional visit to a local winery to sample some of New Zealand’s best wines, take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River, or tour some of the sites used in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Your Local Host will be available to make shopping and dining recommendations.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
12
QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA

12-Jan-2021

Fly to Rotorua, known for its hot springs, geysers, and fascinating Maori culture. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
13
ROTORUA

13-Jan-2021

This morning, your guided sightseeing features a visit to Te Puia to see the thermal wonders and to learn about the Maori culture. At Rainbow Springs Nature Park, learn about New Zealand’s fascinating history and get close to the creatures that call this land home. Finally, at the Agrodome, enjoy a unique farm experience. This afternoon, explore this geothermal wonderland on your own. This evening, consider joining our optional Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones).

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
14
ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND

14-Jan-2021

Today, head north for Waitomo, where you will take a boat ride through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Continue to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
15
AUCKLAND

15-Jan-2021

Your stay in New Zealand ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.


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

Hotels

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.

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Cairns
Uluru
Sydney
Queenstown
Rotorua
Auckland

Cairns

Cairns Botanic Gardens

The lush tropical flora of Cairns can’t be beat and a trip to the Cairns Botanic Gardens invites you to explore the beauty of its tropical flowers, trees, and ferns. Home to approximately 4,000 species of plants, you’ll want more than a day to capture it all, which can be easy to do, since admission is free. Buses run to the Botanic gardens from the Cairns city center, departing roughly every 25 minutes.

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours

Many rainforest animals are nocturnal and difficult to spot during the day. If you’re a little nocturnal yourself, consider one of these tours designed to maximize wildlife encounters. They start at 3:00 pm and end around 11:00 pm.

Fishing Cairns

Cairns is the black marlin capital of the world. Whether you want to reel in one of these giant fish or try your skill against a barracuda or a tiger shark, this outfit can get you to the secret spots.

Cairns Esplanade

Get a taste of local life as well as a little exercise at this Cairns focal point. Go for a morning jog, join families flying kites, or take a swim in the lagoon.

Reef House Day Spa

Visit this spa in the Sebel Reef House Hotel for a little rejuvenation. The Kodo Body Massage—a rhythmic massage using ancient Aboriginal techniques—should do the trick.

Cairns Night Markets

These markets are somewhat of an institution, popular with both locals and visitors alike. Located on the Esplanade, they offer everything from souvenirs, home wares and gifts to tattoos, crocodile skins and pearls. They are open every night from 5 pm and offer casual dining in a well-serviced food court.

Port Douglas

If you find yourself with a free day, Port Douglas, located an hour’s drive north of Cairns, is a lovely place to spend your time. Wander the shops and art galleries, see St. Mary’s by the Sea wooden chapel, or enjoy a drink on the balcony of the Courthouse Hotel or in the uniquely Australian Ironbar.

Cairns Dinner Theatre

Cairns Dinner Theatre is the only interactive dinner show in Cairns and offers great theatrical productions from comedies to musicals ensuring everyone from all ages is having fun. It’s an ideal get together for locals as well as visitors that makes fora very unique evening in the heart of Cairns.

Uluru

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Ayers Rock. 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 Ayers Rock and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Ayers Rock insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Shop for Aboriginal Art

Want something unique to take home to remember your trip down under? Stop by the cultural center or one of the shops within the resort to purchase original, unique art created by aborigines.

Relax by the pool

Your free time is limited but in the harsh climate of the Outback, cooling off in the pool is a good way to spend the afternoon! The Bunya bar at the Desert Gardens Hotel has just the answer to finish off a relaxing afternoon.

Mulgara Gallery

Located in the foyer of Sails in the Desert Hotel, the gallery offers superb selection of Australian hand-crafted glassware, pottery, textiles, metal and leather work, featuring renowned artists.

Star Gazing

The Australian Outback is perhaps one of the best places to explore the galaxy of stars in the night sky. The low humidity and minimal unnatural light in the Red Centre allows you to view the stars and planets like you've never seen them before.

Sydney

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 Mondays and Tuesdays.

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 Wednesdays, make sure to check out their contemporary art after dark when the galleries, cafe, and store are all open until 9 pm.

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.

Thai Town

Thai Town, located in Haymarket on Campbell Street bordering Chinatown, is a neighborhood in Sydney with a Thai theme. While not as elaborate as Sydney's Chinatown, it has quickly become to best place to go in Sydney for great Thai Restaurants as well as Thai grocery stores.

Queenstown

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

Charming and quirky, this delightful gold rush village is 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.

Rotorua

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Rotorua, 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 Rotorua and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Rotorua insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting memories on your New Zealand vacation.

Hell’s Gate

This unique thermal park features the only hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. The on-site spa specializes in traditional Maori massage (Mirimiri) and mud baths.

Whakarewarewa Forest

Located just five minutes from downtown Rotorua, this pristine forest is highlighted by a grove of Californian Redwoods. Rent a bike and ride on one of the many world-class trails, take a hike, or trek through the forest on horseback.

Kuirau Park

New Zealand’s only geothermal public park features beautiful gardens, a crater lake, mud pools, hot springs, free thermal foot baths, BBQs and picnic tables, children's playground, and food market held every Saturday from 6 am to 1 pm. Admission is free.

Auckland

New Zealand Maritime Museum

The 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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