Australia and New Zealand Highlights

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Dates
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  • Cruise Sydney Harbour
  • Take a luxury catamaran on The Great Barrier Reef and snorkel the reef itself
  • Discover Melbourne on a walking tour
  • Enjoy dinner at Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Toast an Uluru sunset
  • Savour a unique Aussie BBQ
  • See a Red Centre sunrise
  • Meet Aboriginal artists and create a dot painting
  • Visit the school of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art and learn about sacred sites at Uluru
  • Explore Kata Tjuta and hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Take a city sightseeing tour and cruise on Waitemata Harbour in Auckland
  • Visit Waikato farm
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi Highlight Dinner and a concert
  • Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Uncover geothermal wonderland Te Puia
  • Ride the TranzAlpine train
  • View the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown
  • Guided tour of Queenstown
  • Cruise Milford Sound
  • 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners included
From Aboriginal to Maori culture and Ayers Rock to Rotorua this tour will uncover Australia and New Zealand and give you everything from the big sights to local life. Journey from the stunning desert landscapes of Australia’s Red Centre to the shimmering moody mists of Milford Sound.

Excursions

Selected Destination: Franz Josef Glacier

At 12km long, Franz Josef Glacier is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. There is an opportunity to get up on the glacier for a closer look at this stunning landscape which changes daily due to the glacier’s slow moving nature. The landscape at the top is stunning with views down the glacier's valley and along the Waiho River to the Tasman Sea.


Selected Destination: Bay of Islands

A beautiful part of New Zealand’s North Island is characterised by stunning islands with clear blue seas, beautiful green woodland and perfect white sandy beaches. We stay in the town of Paihia, probably the best place to be based for exploring this stunning landscape. The town has a reputation for its great restaurants and traditional shorefront pubs and the opportunities for cruises out onto the water discovering the wildlife including dolphins that inhabit the bay.


Selected Destination: Sydney

The oldest, largest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia enjoys a fantastic reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and habitable. Of course the view over Sydney Harbour is one of the best in the world and something not to be missed with the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour bridge dominating the vista. For a different side to the city head to one of its many beaches to see how the locals spend their leisure time, Bondi and Manly are the most popular, or head to Tamarama or Bilgola for a less busy and more scenic experience.


Selected Destination: Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest coral formation is also one of its most diverse ecosystems with a huge array of marine life inhabiting the incredible reef. Above the water the scenery is just as stunning with islands dotting the landscape featuring white sand beaches, forests, mountain peaks and amazing resorts. We’ll cruise the seas here discovering all this amazing area has to offer.


Selected Destination: Uluru

Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta have both been important Aboriginal sites for thousands of years, appearing in their mythology and being considered sacred places in their culture. It is easy to see how this place has inspired such feeling when you visit, the rocks seem to glow red against the dim light of the sunrise and sunset and there is an air of magic in the quiet, remoteness of the place. While here why not discover some of the fascinating stories that Uluru and Kata Tjuta have inspired in ancient aboriginal folklore.

Destinations
  • New Zealand
  • Christchurch (Nz)
  • Milford Sound
  • Queenstown
  • Franz Josef
  • Rotorua
  • Auckland
  • Australia
  • Sydney
  • Cairns
  • Kata Tjuta
  • Uluru
  • Alice Springs
  • Melbourne
  • Australasia
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Scenic
  • History
  • City
  • Foodie
  • Cultural
  • Wildlife


Days 1 to 3: Melbourne

On arrival transfer to the hotel and enjoy dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. On the next day, we take a walking tour of Melbourne to begin exploring the city. In the afternoon, join an optional tour of Philip Island to see its famous penguin parade. On day three enjoy free time in Melbourne or join an optional full-day tour along the Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles. (Dinner • Breakfast • Breakfast)
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Melbourne



Day 4: Melbourne to Alice Springs

Fly to Alice Springs and visit the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening enjoy a barbecue dinner and hear cultural stories at a sing-along. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort



Day 5: Alice Springs to Uluru

Travel through stunning outback to the Ayers Rock Resort. After free time, witness Uluru at sunset while enjoying canapes and wine. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel



Day 6: Uluru to Kata Tjuta

View magical Uluru at sunrise. Then learn about the traditional owners of Uluru, the Anangu, as you tour nearby caves. Travel to Kata Tjuta and walk Walpa Gorge, before experiencing the beautiful sunset with wine and nibbles. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel



Day 7: Kata Tjuta to Cairns

Join an Aboriginal artist’s introduction to Western Desert Art. Providing cultural insights before assisting you in a painting to take home as a memento. In the afternoon fly to Cairns. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Hilton Cairns



Day 8: Cairns

Enjoy free time in this cosmopolitan seaside city. Explore the surrounding rainforest or sample the bars and restaurants along the esplanade. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Hilton Cairns



Day 9: Great Barrier Reef

Board a luxury catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel or explore the reef from a semi-submersible craft then enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning. This evening enjoy a waterfront dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Hilton Cairns



Day 10: Cairns to Sydney

This afternoon fly to Sydney where you will have a free evening to explore the city. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth



Days 11 and 12: Sydney

Our first day in Sydney includes a sightseeing tour. We visit Bondi Beach and Sydney Opera House before a lunch cruise on the harbour. In the afternoon, choose an optional excursion climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge. The following day is free, with an optional excursion to the Blue Mountains available. (Breakfast, Lunch • Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth



Day 13: Sydney to Auckland

Fly to New Zealand arriving in Auckland where you’ll meet your travel director before enjoying a welcome reception and dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: Stamford Plaza



Day 14: Auckland

This morning take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, followed by a sightseeing tour including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the city. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Stamford Plaza



Day 15: Auckland to Rotorua

Travel into the Waikato region and the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto for a boat tour. Continuing to Rotorua, we visit the famous Agrodome Sheep Show. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner with local wine, and a concert. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Millennium Hotel



Day 16: Rotorua to Christchurch

We visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park discovering beautiful flowers and Kiwi birds. On to Te Puia Thermal Reserve accompanied by a local guide to view New Zealand’s biggest geyser. We fly to Christchurch, taking a tour of the city before transferring to your hotel. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square



Day 17: Christchurch to Franz Josef

Board the TranzAlpine train to Arthurs Pass, one of the world’s most scenic trips. At Hokitika, visit a jade factory before travelling to the Franz Josef Glacier where you can take an optional scenic flight. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: Te Waoni Forest Retreat



Day 18: Franz Josef to Queenstown

Climb through Mount Aspiring National Park, along the Kawarau River visiting historic Arrowtown, before arriving in Queenstown where we take a short tour. Join us for dinner at the Boatshed with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown



Day 19: Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Journey along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park, through Homer Tunnel passing beautiful landscape before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch and a cruise on this wonder of nature. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown



Day 20: Queenstown

Explore Queenstown at leisure. Choose from optional experiences including the Shotover Jet, wine tour, gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner, enjoy a 4X4 drive through Skippers Canyon, a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw and an evening dinner and show. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown



Day 21: Queenstown departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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