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Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand 2020

Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

The stillness of Milford Sound and ultimate glacier adventure dot your travels through New Zealand, but not before a brush with the surfing splendour of Aussie's Bondi Beach and the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 1 - Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)
Sophisticated Melbourne extends a warm welcome as your first stop. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). This evening enjoy a memorable Welcome Reception and Regional Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
Meals: Welcome Reception,

Day 2 - Melbourne Sightseeing
'Dive into Culture' and into the little lanes, arcades and café society of stylish Melbourne. Discover its edgy street art and immerse yourself in the robust aroma of coffee for which this city is so famous.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Fly from Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)
We fly north to Cairns, where we'll meet a 'Local Specialist' for a private wildlife encounter at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Here the crocs are the star of the show as we take to Hartley's Lagoon to see them cruise the murky waters or laze on the bank. Then, 'Join Trafalgar' and take part in a Rainforest Restoration project to protect this natural wonder.This evening, enjoy an evening at leisure to sample some of the city's famous seafood.
Accommodation: Hilton
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Great Barrier Reef
Dip more than your toes in the tropical waters that surround the Great Barrier Reef - a full day to explore this underwater wonderland up close. Board a high-speed catamaran, then don your mask and fins for a leisurely snorkel (equipment provided) or stay dry in your semi-submersible craft to see the tropical species that live in the world's largest coral reef system. A tropical buffet lunch is served on board under the glorious Aussie sunshine before returning to Cairns.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Cairns At Leisure
Soak up the leisurely atmosphere of Cairns with a free day to explore the city and its surrounds on your terms. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Kuranda, travelling by Scenic Rail to the 'village in the rainforest' and return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This evening, you'll witness a Welcome to Country ceremony, hear stories of the Dreamtime, and see a performance by an Indigenous dance group, followed by a Regional Dinner at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - Fly from Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)
We leave the golden beaches of Cairns behind, bound for Sydney. Settle in to your splendid surrounds before boarding a Magistic Cruise. Watch day turn to night against the backdrop of the beloved Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as you enjoy a two course à la carte Regional Dinner on the water.
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Sydney Sightseeing
Admire one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century during a guided sightseeing tour of the Sydney Opera House with a 'Local Specialist'. Later, rub shoulders with the bronzed, beautiful people of Bondi Beach and 'Connect With Locals' as you join a surf lifesaver who will take you on a 'Be My Guest' exclusive tour through the Members Only facility of Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club, which has been welcoming beach-goers since 1882, followed by lunch with views over the sparkling Pacific.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - Sydney At Leisure
Indulge in a full day at leisure to connect with the energy of this vibrant harbour city or consider joining an Optional Experience to the nearby Blue Mountains. Watch as the shimmering blue haze on the horizon turns to a dense canopy of eucalyptus trees and see the Three Sisters that tower above Jamison Valley. This evening, join your travel companions for a Regional Dinner at a waterfront restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 9 - Fly from Sydney - Auckland (2 Nights)
Say a fond hoo roo to Australia as you board your flight to Auckland, New Zealand. Ease into the warm, welcoming embrace of the City of Sails before meeting your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.
Accommodation: Stamford Plaza
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 10 - Auckland Sightseeing and At Leisure
Embark on a city sightseeing tour, starting your journey at the city's beautiful waterfront. Ascend to Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial for magnificent views of Waitemata Harbour, before the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Auckland - Rotorua
Cross the rolling hills of King Country to Rotorua. Encounter New Zealand's indigenous creatures that find sanctuary alongside the crystal-clear mineral springs of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Join a 'Local Specialist' who will help you spot shy kiwi amongst the native bush, ferns and trees. This evening, 'Dive into Culture' and gain a deeper understanding of Māori traditions, while enjoying a Regional Dinner at the Tamaki Maori Village.
Accommodation: Millennium
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 12 - Fly from Rotorua - Queenstown (3 Nights)
There's time this morning for an Optional Experience to visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see its bubbling geysers, mud pools and thermal springs. We fly to Queenstown next.
Accommodation: Millennium
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Milford Sound
Journey south, over the Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, the gateway to South Island's spectacular fiords. The ancient rainforests of Fiordland National Park provide a lush, green backdrop for our drive past glaciers and mountain ranges. Emerging from the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, we'll encounter the fragile beauty of Cleddau Valley and natural splendour Mirror Lake, the Chasm and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Take to its still waters for an exclusive nature cruise with lunch, filled with pinch-me moments. Return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 14 - Queenstown At Leisure
Your final day in Queenstown could see you take an Optional Experience on the Shotover Jet boat or a cruise on Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch. This evening, we take a step back in time with our Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic Railways Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, is the perfect venue for your exclusive Regional Dinner.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 15 - Queenstown - Franz Josef
On your way out of the Queenstown region, visit historic Arrowtown with its lovingly restored mining cottages and tree-lined streets that were once home to determined gold prospectors. Then indulge in some of the area's delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. Pass a trio of sparkling lakes and traverse the Haast Pass. Continue to the luminescent icy depths of the Franz Josef Glacier, which you may choose to explore by air on an Optional Experience scenic flight (weather permitting).
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 16 - Franz Josef - Christchurch (2 Nights)
Admire vivid hues of greenstone during a visit to a jade factory in Hokitika, where you'll witness first-hand a 'Local Specialist' master carver at work. Later, experience a Trafalgar highlight - a TranzAlpine train ride from Arthur's Pass through the snow-capped Southern Alps to Christchurch. This spectacular journey dates to 1914 and is rated as one of the world's most scenic train trips.
Accommodation: Distinction
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 - Christchurch Sightseeing
'Connect With Locals' Isabelle and Tim Weston for a 'Be My Guest' morning tea in their home, which was formerly a Horse Stables. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 18 - Depart Christchurch
Our journey together has sadly come to an end. Say farewell to newfound friends as we transfer you to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch.
  • CRUISE on Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park
  • VIEW Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
  • VISIT Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Queensland, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach

Dining Highlights

  • 17 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches (Including Connect With Locals)
  • 9 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.8
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
3.9
Repeat with Operator
3.7
Value for Money
3.2

Ratings based off 11 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

Overall good trip but a couple of the Accommodations were not up to standard I thought

The Tour Directors in New Zealand and Australia were excellent. They were knowledgeable,helpful and patient. Their support and advice made a great trip even better.


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