Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

Highlights of Australia and New Zealand
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Connect with the Outback, untamed fiords and fascinating Māori legends, every bit as enchanting as an epic Alpine journey through New Zealand's majestic snow-capped Southern Alps.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland
  • CRUISE on Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour, Auckland Harbour, Milford Sound
  • VIEW Sydney Harbour Bridge on your city tour
  • VISIT Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Te Puia Thermal Valley, Franz Josef Glacier
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Australasia
Tour Types
  • Country Explorer
Day 1 Arrive Melbourne (3 Nights)
On arrival in Melbourne, you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Later, meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception and dinner to kick off your holiday.
Meals: Welcome Reception, Dinner with wine
Locations: Melbourne

Day 2 Melbourne Sightseeing
Admire the city's Victorian architecture, arcades and eclectic little laneways revealing some of the world's most incredible street art as you 'Dive into Culture' on a private walking tour of the city - encounter the aroma of Melbourne's coffee culture around every corner.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Phillip Island

Day 3 Melbourne Free Time
Enjoy a free day to explore stylish Melbourne or consider an Optional Experience along the Great Ocean Road.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: The Twelve Apostles

Day 4 Melbourne - Alice Springs
Journey to the heart of the continent, the gateway to central Australia's soul-stirring landscapes. On our first stop, we join 'Local Specialists' to delve into the support that the School of the Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service provide to isolated communities. Later, we 'Connect with Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, where we'll meet the famous Outback Paramedic Falzon brothers and learn about the sustainable lifestyle they've established.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Alice Springs

Day 5 Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (2 Nights)
The rusty red landscapes of Uluru beckon today and we leave Alice Springs bound for Ayers Rock Resort. This evening, watch as the Outback sky ignites in shades of red, yellow and purple - the perfect backdrop for Uluru sundowners. Our home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' - the Desert Gardens Hotel which reveals the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Uluru

Day 6 Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Watch night turn to day as you witness a magical sunrise over Uluru. 'Dive into Culture' and hear stories about the Anangu, caretakers of this remote arid landscape, touring the base of Uluru to discover its ancient rock art. Continue your journey through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and enjoy a walk amidst its towering domes through Walpa Gorge. Admire yet another magnificent sunset paired with sparkling wine.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Kata Tjuta

Day 7 Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns (3 Nights)
Put paint to canvas this morning as you join your 'Local Specialist' Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Learn the meanings behind the Anangu totems and craft your own story as a memento of the experience. Fly to Cairns after your soul-stirring encounter with the Outback.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Cairns

Day 8 Cairns Free Time
Ease into the laidback lifestyle of Cairns - a full free day to explore this tropical city or consider an Optional Experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Barron Gorge National Park

Day 9 Great Barrier Reef
Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Don your mask and fins for an up-close encounter with this natural wonderland (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the world's largest living reef system from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Before your return to Cairns, you'll enjoy a tropical buffet lunch under the glorious Aussie sunshine. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner at the Cairns waterfront.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
Locations: Great Barrier Reef

Day 10 Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)
Fly south to Sydney and spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the beauty of this harbour city.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Sydney

Day 11 Sydney Sightseeing
Delve into the story of a building 'that changed the image of an entire country' joining a 'Local Specialist' for a guided tour of Sydney Opera House. Dip your toes in the Pacific waters of Bondi Beach, then board a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise for a Regional Meal as you sail past Sydney's iconic harbour sights.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Locations: Royal Opera House, Bondi Beach

Day 12 Sydney Free Time
Enjoy a full free day to explore Sydney on your terms or consider joining an Optional Experience to the Blue Mountains to connect with nature. Admire the small-town atmosphere of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Park to get up close to some of Australia's cuddly creatures. Spend your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director and companions at a waterfront restaurant.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Locations: Sydney (NSW), Blue Mountains, Three Sisters

Day 13 Sydney - Auckland (2 Nights)
Set your sights on New Zealand as you fly to Auckland, where this evening you'll join your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Locations: Auckland

Day 14 Auckland Sightseeing and Free Time
Explore the iconic sights of Auckland during a sightseeing tour, followed by a cruise on Auckland Harbour where you'll learn why New Zealand's capital deserves its status as the City of Sails.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Auckland, Waitemata Harbour

Day 15 Auckland - Rotorua
Savour traditional Kiwi hospitality today when you 'Connect with Locals' over lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Indulge in sumptuous country-style flavours in a beautiful farm setting, then journey to Rotorua for a memorable encounter with Maori culture. 'Dive into Culture' and visit the Tamaki Family Marae for a traditional Hangi Regional Meal and insights into life in new Zealand before European settlement.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Meal
Locations: Rotorua, Waitomo

Day 16 Rotorua - Christchurch
Keep a keen eye out for shy kiwi and learn about the endemic flora and fauna of this land during a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a 'Local Specialist'. More feats of Mother Nature are revealed at Te Puia Thermal Reserve, where you'll be accompanied by a 'Local Specialist' on a guided tour through this geothermal valley. Later, you'll fly to Christchurch.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village

Day 17 Christchurch - Franz Josef
Embark on one of the world's most scenic train rides through the snow-capped Southern Alps, then journey to Hokitika, famous for its native greenstone (jade). Visit a local factory and witness first-hand a 'Local Specialist' master carver at work before continuing to the imposing Franz Josef Glacier.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Locations: Franz Josef, Arthur's Pass

Day 18 Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights)
Traverse Haast Pass and travel past Thunder Creek Falls and a trio of lakes before a pit-stop at Cromwell to indulge in some of the area's delicious stone fruit. Our next stop is the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before we arrive in Queenstown for an orientation tour.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Thunder Creek Fall, Arrowtown

Day 19 Milford Sound Cruise
Prepare for a day filled with pinch me moments as you journey over Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, the gateway to South Island's fiordland. Glaciers and snow-capped peaks emerge from the dense rainforests as we travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park en route to Cleddau Valley. Capture the splendid natural beauty of Mirror Lake, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls on camera before reaching Milford Sound. Slice through its gleaming still waters, almost entirely surrounded by mountains that dwarf your cruise boat. After a soulful encounter with epic natural surrounds, return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Locations: Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound

Day 20 Queenstown Free Time
Discover why Queenstown justifiably earns its reputation as the adventure capital of New Zealand on one of Trafalgar's recommended Optional Experiences. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at the restored Boatshed, set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office built in 1936. Toast to a journey filled with Trafalgar highlights against the backdrop of beautiful Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Locations: Gibbston Valley Winery, Skippers Canyon Jet

Day 21 Depart Queenstown
Bid farewell to your newfound friends as your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Queenstown

Dining Highlights

  • 20 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 3 lunches (including Connect with Locals)
  • 9 dinners (including Connect with Locals)

First class travel Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage, local tips and charges
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

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

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