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Tour Itinerary

Your perfect two-week introduction to all the must-sees awaits on this Australia and New Zealand tour. Get out on the water at the Great Barrier Reef. Explore wildlife sanctuaries and scenic rainforests topped off with moving Maori villages, glittering glowworm caves, and a Queenstown adrenaline rush in epic New Zealand.

Countries Visited

Australia , New Zealand

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Melbourne
    Begin your Australia and New Zealand tour discovering the style and spirit of Melbourne, your launch pad to an epic adventure through Australia and New Zealand (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel on the Yarra River before celebrating the beginning of your journey at a Welcome Reception at The General Assembly. Located on the Yarra River, this restaurant is known for its modern pub fare such as buttermilk fried chicken burger, Hopkins River Scotch fillet, and beer and miso lamb ribs. Dive in and raise your glass to the adventure. Cheers!Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
  2. Day 2
    Discover the Magic of Melbourne
    There’s so much to see both in and out of the city and you’ll get a jump on it this morning, joining your Travel Director for an exploration of Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways. Discover the city's eclectic arcades, café society, and vivid street art Melbourne is famous for. See something you like? The rest of your day is free in town or to take an Optional Experience to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade watching the little guys emerge from the sea and waddle their way home to their beach burrows. If you’d prefer to stay in town and soak up city life, explore the galleries and museums such as the Centre for the Moving Image, poke around the Queen Victoria Market where vendors have been selling fresh goods since 1878, or experience some of Melbourne's celebrated eateries and sample the area’s world-class wines.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    North to Sunny Cairns
    From city life to sunshine state of mind, today you’ll fly to laid-back Cairns. Get right into the action and meet your Local Specialist for a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Your boat cruise will take you through the woodlands and rainforest that provide sanctuary to koalas, tropical birds and, of course, crocodiles. See what critters are out today as your local guide shares their in-depth knowledge of the wildlife that call the sanctuary home. Continue your exploration of wildlife and wild places taking part in a Rainforest Restoration project to protect the natural wonder of Notophyll Vine Forest. Join in and plant a tree knowing that your visit is part of a larger scale effort to restore the rainforest since the land was cleared and overgrazed. Your contribution to the revitalization of this rare dry rainforest will help to bring back its native plants and birds. After a big day, enjoy an evening dining in one of the many restaurants in the nearby Cairns Marina. Or, pop into the Cairns Night Markets, choosing your favourite dinner option from over 70 local vendors.Accommodation: Hilton
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    A Natural Wonder, the Great Barrier Reef
    On a bucket-list, day-long excursion, immerse yourself in Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef boarding a high-speed catamaran for this underwater wonderland and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The choice is yours on how to explore: view the iridescent coral formations and colourful marine-life from your semi-submersible craft or get your feet wet and have an up-close encounter snorkelling with a rainbow of fish and coral (equipment provided). Whichever you chose, you’ll enjoy a full day of wildlife, insights from your local guide, and a tropical lunch as you bask in the glorious Australian sunshine. You’ll return to Cairns after a day of sun and fun with a greater appreciation for this beautiful and fragile part of the world.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Time to Explore Tropical Cairns
    Spend the day soaking up the sun discovering Cairns on your own terms. Relax in town or at the hotel pool or consider joining an Optional Experience such as the Scenic Rail journey to Kuranda to explore the remote and fascinating 'village in the rainforest'. All aboard as your day begins taking a historic train through the rainforest rich with gorges and waterfalls to Kuranda. The views alone are worth the trip, but you’ll also have time to explore this village’s unique shops and markets or experience more of this World Heritage rainforest taking to the trails or visiting a wildlife sanctuary. The adventure’s not over yet as your return trip has you soaring above the forest canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Tonight, join your travel mates for a Regional Dinner at Ochre Restaurant for views of the inlet and mountains as you enjoy Australian cuisine featuring the best local produce and maybe a cocktail highlighting their largest selection of Australian spirits in the region.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Set your Sights on Sydney
    Say farewell to Cairns and fly to Sydney this morning for the next leg of your Australia and New Zealand tour. You’ll have some time to settle in your hotel in lively Darling Harbour before experiencing the beauty of the city aboard a Harbour Cruise. As the sun sets, you’ll sail past Circular Quay, Shark Island, magnificent homes, beaches, and parkland and the iconic white sails of the Opera House. Whether you take it all in from one of the many spacious decks or inside the expansive windows, every view is a good one. During your cruise, sit back and enjoy a Regional Dinner against the backdrop of the city’s beloved Harbour Bridge. Both an icon and opportunity for adventure, on your tour you also have the option to climb the bridge!Accommodation: Hyatt Regency
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Sydney's Eclectic Sights
    Enjoy a relaxing morning before exploring the local side of Sydney. In Newtown you’ll be greeting with vibrant and interesting street art before making your way to Marrickville, recently named the 10th “coolest” and most liveable neighbourhood in the world. Foodie travellers will delight when we Connect With Locals at our next stop for a Be My Guest lunch at Dear Delicious Café. Greg the owner will show you around his sustainable garden and tell you all about how he’s brought urban farming to the community. Make your visit complete as you sit down to lunch featuring his fresh, local produce including beets, kale, and aromatic mushrooms. Your foodie tour continues at Batch Brewery where you’ll meet the founder Andrew and join a masterclass learning how his team creates inspired limited release batches like Mole Poblano Choco Chilli Stout using sustainable practices. Try one of their specialties like Pash the Magic Dragon or Tasman Tango South Pacific Ale. After a full day feasting and touring, the evening is yours to explore a bit more of the city. Take a stroll around the harbour or find a spot by the Opera House and perhaps raise a glass as you watch the sunset over the bridge.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    A Different View of Sydney
    Indulge in your last day in Sydney visiting Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay, a peaceful hideaway overlooking Sydney Harbour with a special history, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. You’ll be welcomed by a local volunteer who’ll share the story of how the garden was transformed from unused railway land at the foot of the founder’s home into a whimsical, tucked away retreat. Wind your way through the garden’s nooks and crannies where shrubs, herbs, and towering trees line meandering paths keeping an eye out for the parrots, gulls, kookaburras and wagtails who call the garden home. Find a quiet spot for and savour its beauty knowing your visit provides a contribution to the ongoing maintenance by volunteer gardeners of this enchanting garden. On your last night in town, enjoy one last walk around the harbour before sitting down to a Regional Dinner on the waterfront Portside Sydney Opera House beneath the sails of the Opera House showcasing views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and city skyline. After so many incredible experiences in Australia, get excited for the next leg of your journey in New Zealand.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Fly into Fun in Queenstown
    New Zealand’s adventure capital beckons as you fly to Queenstown this afternoon for the next leg of your journey. After arriving head straight out, with your perfect introduction to the region starting in gorgeous, quaint Arrowtown, a riverside town that boomed during the gold mining era of the mid-1800s. You’ll feel like the clocks been turned back as you stroll among the pioneer-constructed cottages, churches, as well as the boutique shops, art galleries, and cafes. Be sure to have a look at the Chinese Settlement at the edge of the Arrow River made of restored shelters and buildings originally constructed in 1868. After this afternoon of “time travel,” head back to Queenstown to get your bearings around town, including your first views of stunning Lake Wakatipu which frames the town. Reminiscent of alpine village, you’ll love the mountain-town vibe of this adventure hub. Lucky for you the evening is free to explore the many walkable bars and restaurants before resting up in the cosy and contemporary central Millennium Hotel.Accommodation: Millennium
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Say Hello to Laura on Her Farm
    An insider's look at New Zealand rural life awaits as you Connect With Locals, and your host, Southern Girl Laura. Born and raised here in Central Otago, Laura will share her story of hunting, fishing, horse riding, and growing up on a family farm in the deep south of New Zealand at this immersive experience. Hear how after working in the corporate world, Laura traded her stilettos for gumboots and returned to her country roots. Now it’s your turn to have some fun as you have a go at sheep mustering, whip cracking, and the chance to feed and pet the sheep, horses, and goats. With Laura’s warm welcome and love of the land, know that you’ve experienced ‘the Real New Zealand.’ From land to water, sit back on a scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw before arriving at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Dinner, piled high with ribs and salad. After dinner at this historic homestead, learn how it all comes together over a shearing demonstration, watching the sheep dogs in action, and even trying your hand at wool spinning before cruising back to your Queenstown hotel.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Queenstown to Spend as You Wish
    Good morning, Queenstown! You have a final day in New Zealand's adventure capital and the choice is yours on how to spend it. Nature lovers can take advantage of an Optional Experience on a cruise of breathtaking Milford Sound. Experiencing this world heritage listed national park and majestic fiord carved by glacial ice will bring you up close to sheer cliffs, white-capped peaks, and waterfalls. Each turn of the boat will have you “oohing” and “aahing” at this dramatic landscape but be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins, penguins, and seals. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land sample flavours of this world-renowned wine region, join an Optional Experience touring three premium boutique vineyards in the Otago region. You’ll enjoy vineyard and barrel hall tours complete with early history and, of course, tastings of the area’s famous Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc paired with a platter lunch.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Fly North to Auckland
    Today you’ll say farewell to Queenstown as you fly north to Auckland, the 'City of Sails'. You’ll easily see how the city got its nickname soaring in over the islands and boats in the harbour. In fact, one in four New Zealanders owns a boat! Auckland is also known for being built on 53 dormant volcanoes each rich with Maori history for you to uncover. And if you’re seeking a cosmopolitan vibe, Auckland will not disappoint. The city’s melting pot of cultures means there are a variety of restaurants, from the glamorous to the local hot spots, for you to sample both international and New Zealand fare. This evening is free and this is your chance to explore the city, so why not dine in the heart of the city Federal Street, a hotspot for food lovers right on your doorstep?Accommodation: The Grand by SkyCity
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    Culture Capital Rotorua
    Begin your dive into the rich culture and natural beauty of Rotorua journeying through King Country, the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s, to the starry wonderland of Waitomo’s Ruakuri Caves. Your underground exploration begins joining a Local Specialist to descend a spiral staircase past curving limestone formations and crystal tapestries as you listen to the distant waterfalls. In the cave, you’re enveloped in a galaxy of twinkling green and blue glowworms lighting up the walls - a dazzling and unforgettable experience you’ll carry with you outside of this magical cave. This evening you'll Dive Into Culture at the Mitai Maori Village for a Regional Dinner and cultural performance. You’ll be welcomed with a heart-pounding wero (challenge) during the moving Powhiri ceremony. Watch Maori warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient ‘whaka’ canoe, hear the songs of the Pacific and Maori, and be amazed at the incredible, fiery Haka war dance. Capping it all off over a Regional Dinner feast of meat and vegetables cooked in a Hangi Pit, you’ll love learning about Maori customs and history in this enriching cultural experience.Accommodation: Millennium
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Delve into Maori Culture
    It may be the last day on tour, but there’s still so much more to see. Begin the last day visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa with a Local Specialist. You’ll love this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, learning all about New Zealand’s national bird and the work being done by this leader in kiwi husbandry to save the iconic creature. See kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process, and newly hatched kiwi chicks as you get an insider’s look at this fascinating bird. Next up is the Living Maori Village Whakarewarewa where you’ll gain an even deeper insight into the lives of the Māori and the special bond they share with this ancient land. You’ll learn about the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people who lived on top of a volcanic crater since 1886. Explore the trails winding through geothermal fields past steaming lakes and watch the Kapa Haka group in a moving experience of traditional songs and dances. Later, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at Terrace Kitchen on the lakefront, an airy, sunlit, greenery-filled restaurant with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Pop up to their special tonic bar to grab a drink and toast to your adventures.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Farewell Rotorua and Auckland
    Your Australia and New Zealand tour concludes this morning after breakfast. Savour one hearty breakfast in this beautiful place and say farewell to your newfound friends before your transfer from Rotorua to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 2pm).
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Melbourne and Sydney
  • Explore Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Cairns, Sydney, and Rainbow Springs Nature Park in Rotorua with a Local Specialist
  • Scenic Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, and on Sydney Harbour
  • Scenic Drive through Queenstown with views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range
  • View Darling Harbour from your hotel room, Sydney Harbour Bridge, a Maori cultural performance
  • Visit Wendy's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay, and a geothermal valley at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua
  • Connect With Locals Eat well. Feel well. This lunch is made up of simple honest ingredients, nothing to hide.
  • Dive into Culture Enter the world of Mitai and learn about the history of the area. Be captivated by an entertaining cultural performance, complete with fiery Haka, followed by a traditional Hangi meal.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa and learn about the work being done to save New Zealand's national bird.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® You'll learn who was the inspiration behind this secret garden on the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 5 Regional Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Melbourne to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Queenstown, Queenstown to Auckland
  • All land transport shown. All transfers shown
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Health and Safety Protocols for Trafalgar Tours

Trafalgar has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Trafalgar and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Trafalgar is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Trafalgar will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Trafalgar have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Trafalgar is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Trafalgar does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Trafalgar only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Trafalgar is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

Question: What is the dress code for most of the stops or dining?

The dress code is casual to business casual throughout as no formal nights are planned on any of the dining venues.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

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.

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We had a wonderful vacation and hit the highlights we wanted to experience. We had two different tour guides, both of whom were very knowledgeable.However one was quite young and needed to work on people skills, knowing his audience and organization. He was also the pushier of the two guides to get us to book extra excursions.

The trip's itinerary was altered slightly do to various reasons including a holiday.


A very pleasant experience. I have recommended this trip to my brother.

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