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Tour Itinerary

Sun-lovers and adventure seekers will delight at the wonders of Australia and New Zealand on this two week tour. Tick off the Aussie east coast cities, dreamy Whitsunday islands and unique wildlife. Jump across to thrill-seeking Queenstown, the 'City of Sails' Auckland and culturally rich Rotorua in picture perfect New Zealand.

Countries Visited

Australia , New Zealand

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Brisbane
    Kick off your wondrous travels through Australia and New Zealand in sunny Brisbane. (Flights to arrive prior to 2pm). You have a free afternoon and evening, so why not explore some inner city Brisbane sights? You could walk to the hub of the city, Queen Street Mall, where rich heritage and modern retail collide. Perhaps venture into South Bank's Parklands (site of Expo 88). Or for an injection of culture and adventure, visit South Bank's Cultural Precinct. Later, kick off your trip meeting your Travel Director and traveling companions for a Welcome Reception.Accommodation: Royal on the Park Brisbane.
  2. Day 2
    Explore Brisbane and Beyond
    This morning, you’ll Dive Into Culture on a tour of Birrunga Gallery, Brisbane's Indigenous Gallery. You will be personally guided by one of our acclaimed First Nations artists to view the original work by resident artists, and to gain valuable behind-the-artwork insights and stories behind some of Australia’s leading contemporary Aboriginal art. The afternoon and evening is yours, to perhaps explore Queen’s Wharf or the trendy bars and restaurants of Brisbane’s South Bank. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations.Accommodation: Royal on the Park Brisbane.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Hamilton Island on the Coral Sea
    You’re off to paradise today in the very heart of Queensland’s Whitsundays, Hamilton Island. Drop right into relaxation mode and live the island life on ‘Hamo’ – as it’s known by locals - marvelling at its long white beaches and teal water brimming with marine life including Harlequin Sweetlips, Six Banded Parrot Fish, and even Green Turtles. Book your spot on a sun lounger at the pool, head out for a walk on one of the island’s many hiking trails, or grab a golf buggy to explore this car-free coastal wonderland at your own pace (driver’s licence still required). It’s pure relaxation as the sea eagles, kites, ospreys, and Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos fly overhead. This evening, enjoy sunset cocktails at One Tree Hill. Perched on a hilltop, this lookout has some of the best views over the Whitsundays and is the perfect spot to end your day. Grab dinner at your hotel before heading to bed, tomorrow is a bucket-list day of epic proportions.Accommodation: Reef View Hamilton Island
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef
    Continue your exploration of the Whitsundays’ island archipelago heading through its tropical gateway to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. You’ll sail across the impossibly blue waters of the World Heritage-listed marine park to explore the hidden corners and colorful depths of the reef. Make a stop at Whitsundays’ floating pontoon, the perfect platform to experience the amazing marine life and more than 1,400 species of coral of the Whitsundays. Swim or snorkel (equipment provided), before indulging in a lunch, while a world of Angelfish, Damselfish, and Parrotfish swim peacefully below. Or join an Optional Experience and get a bird’s eye view taking a scenic flight from the pontoon and soaring above the Great Barrier Reef, including the famous Heart Reef, a stunning composition of coral perfectly formed in the shape of a heart. However you choose to explore one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it’s a full day of breathtaking scenery and sensory experiences.Accommodation: Reef View Hamilton Island
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Hamilton Island is All Yours
    Hamilton Island is yours today to indulge in complete relaxation or continue adventuring through the natural beauty of the island. Enjoy a coffee at the marina, lace up your hiking boots, and head up Passage Peak for flagship views across the archipelago. Water lovers will want to don their swimming togs for a dip in the warm waters off Catseye Beach or go in search of Coral Cove, one of the island’s most secluded stretches of beach. Island life truly does not get better than this. You could also take it up a notch joining an Optional Experience on a catamaran cruise to Whitehaven–the most beautiful beach in the Whitsundays, all of Australia, and (voted by many) the world. Why so stunning? Its unspoiled sand is 98 percent pure white silica, showing off a brilliant color and a blindingly bright backdrop for the bay’s swathes of turquoise water. Whitehaven is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, and thus has also been voted the world’s top eco-friendly and Queensland’s cleanest beach.Accommodation: Reef View Hamilton Island
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Sydney, City on the Harbor
    Bid farewell to island life before you make your way to the big city. An easy start to the day gives you some more time to enjoy Hamilton Island. Savor a leisurely breakfast, sneak in one last swim, and soak up the views before boarding your flight to Sydney. Welcomed into this exciting city, check into your hotel and get acquainted with its location. This evening enjoy your perfect introduction to Sydney watching the city light up as you enjoy a Regional Dinner.Accommodation: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Must-See Sights of Sydney Make Travel Matter
    It’s the ultimate in Sydney sightseeing today as you join a behind-the-scenes Sydney Opera House Tour with a Local Specialist. Walk up the steps and under the ‘sails’ of this iconic building delving into the heart and history as you take in the Drama Theater, Playhouse, and spectacular Concert Hall before pausing on the lower concourse to watch the world go by. For a change of scene from city to sand, head to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach with time to wander along the strip, pop in the surf shops, grab a bite to eat at one of Bondi’s sidewalk cafés, or dip your toes into the warm Pacific Ocean. Active souls can follow the boardwalk as it twists and turns above sandstone cliffs past Australia’s oldest lighthouse for dramatic views across the ocean. This afternoon, get involved locally at Our Big Kitchen, a community organization encouraging individuals to help provide meals for those in need. Lend a hand in this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and feel good knowing that you’re giving back to the city that’s shown you so much of its beauty. This evening is free for you to explore Sydney’s vibrant CBD and Circular Quay.Accommodation: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Time to Relax in Sydney
    Get your final fix of Sydney with a full day to explore. Soak up incredible city views jumping on a ferry trip to Manly Beach, another of Sydney’s other famous beaches, grabbing lunch or an ice cream and going for a stroll along the water. See stunning local blooms at Sydney’s centrally located yet tucked away Royal Botanic Garden. Or, venture out of town on an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains, whose eucalypt haze you’ll see looming in the distance, for fresh mountain air and stunning natural scenery. Get your adrenaline racing with a thrilling walk up and over Sydney Harbor Bridge with an expert guide and team of fellow adventurers. With so much to see and do, you’ll want to make the most of every minute of your last day in town. This evening you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Farewell Dinner cruise around Sydney Harbor. Have your camera handy as you sail past the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, Shark Island, magnificent homes, beaches, and parkland - the perfect farewell to your week in Australia before jetting to New Zealand.Accommodation: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Queenstown, Adventure Playground
    It's time to say Hoo Roo Australia and Kia Ora New Zealand as you fly to Queenstown’s adventure capital. Take in its alpine, mountain town vibe, where the evening is free for you to enjoy one of its many lakefront restaurants and bars. Why not try some of the famous New Zealand lamb with a Pinot Noir from the local Otago wine region?Accommodation: Millennium
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Farm Life with Host Laura
    Get a feel for real New Zealand farm life with what awaits today. Begin the day meeting your host, Southern Girl Laura. Born and raised on a sheep and deer farm in the deep south of New Zealand, passionate Laura shares her story of her life growing up in the country before you have the chance to try your hand at sheep mustering, whip cracking, and the chance to feed and pet the sheep, horses, and goats. After this fun insight into the real New Zealand, you’ll leave feeling more like a local than a visitor and ready for a scenic afternoon. Jump right into your New Zealand travels visiting the historic gold mining heritage of Arrowtown. Learn the town’s history when in 1862 thousands flocked to Arrowtown to strike it rich in gold mining. Stroll through town admiring the dozens of buildings from the gold rush era and more recently restored historic cottages, churches, and new boutiques and shops. Don’t miss the Chinese Settlement at the edge of the Arrow River made of restored shelters and buildings originally constructed in 1868. The next part of our farming adventure, Dive Into Culture when it’s all aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw heading across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Dinner, piled high with ribs and salad. After dinner at this historic homestead, learn about life on the farm watching the sheep dogs in action, and even trying your hand at wool spinning before the scenic cruise back to your Queenstown hotel.Accommodation: Millennium
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Queenstown Yours to Enjoy
    Say ‘good morning’ to Queenstown with a full day of ways to play in this adventure capital. How about an Optional Experience of a thrilling, adrenalin-rush jet boat ride down the Shotover River or an excursion through Skipper's Canyon? If you’re looking for another type of adventure, consider an Optional Experience through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise on heritage listed national park Milford Sound/Piopiotahi past sheer cliffs, white-capped peaks, and waterfalls. This stunning landscape - shared by dolphins, penguins, and seals - showcases the beauty of New Zealand. Or tempt your taste buds on a wine tour of the Otago region renowned for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. You’ll visit and tour three premium boutique vineyards and enjoy a wine paired platter lunch. However you explore, there’s plenty of adventure to be had and shared with your travel mates after a full day.Accommodation: Millennium
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Auckland, New Zealand's Largest City
    With fond memories of your time in Queenstown and its surrounds, it's a change of scene today departing Queenstown and flying north to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails.’ As you fly in over the harbor, admire the city’s namesake sailboats and get excited for Auckland’s rich Maori history paired with its cosmopolitan vibe. Settle into your hotel in the heart of the city’s Federal Street - a hotspot for food lovers offering plenty of options. The evening is yours to enjoy in Federal Street or to head downtown for waterfront dining. You could even choose to dine in the towering Skytower for rotating, 360-degree views across the city.Accommodation: The Grand by SkyCity
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    Cultural Capital Rotorua
    Get ready for an immersive, culture-filled day as we make our way to New Zealand’s cultural capital, Rotorua. You’ll begin journeying through King Country, the center of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s, en route to the Ruakuri Cave in Waitomo. Join a Local Specialist as you descend a staircase past curving limestone walls to a cavernous, starry wonderland. Inside the cave you’ll be delighted by a glittering galaxy of twinkling green and blue glowworms. Take a selfie with the sparkling glowworms or stand back in awe of their splendor. From one amazing experience to another, this evening you'll Dive Into Culture at Te Puia for an eye-opening performance and Regional Dinner. Your dinner, succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a Hangi, hot chocolate and steamed pudding, is served while you overlook the spectacular geothermal valley. Cap it off with a moving M?ori cultural performance in the beautifully carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. It’s an insightful and fun evening that will surely leave you with a newfound understanding and love for New Zealand.Accommodation: Millennium
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Nature and Culture in Rotorua
    It’s you’re final full day on your tour and it’s a big one. Begin at the National Kiwi Hatchery to learn everything about the New Zealand’s national bird, the kiwi a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Watch kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process, and newly hatched kiwi chicks. Your Local Specialist will tell you all about their kiwi bird breeding program, 'Operation Nest Egg' and how your visit contributes to it. After a morning learning about the kiwi, you’re off to Dive Into Culture at the Living M?ori Village Whakarewarewa for more insights into the M?ori people. Soak in this beautiful land of geothermal fields and steaming lakes that the T?hourangi Ng?ti W?hiao people have been living on since 1886. Take the trails and gain an appreciation of the M?ori’s connection to this land. You’ll cap off your day joining your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner at Poco Tapas & Wine, where the menu is designed for sharing.Accommodation: Millennium
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Farewell Auckland
    Savor your last morning of your epic Australia and New Zealand tour over a final delicious breakfast with your travel mates. Then bid farewell as you are transferred from Rotorua to the Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 2pm).
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 14 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 4 Regional Dinner (RD)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Queenstown: Come and meet your host 'Southern Girl' Laura on her farm in the South Island, when she will share her fascinating story of growing up on a sheep and deer farm.

Dive Into Culture

  • Brisbane: Join an Aboriginal artist for a guided tour of an Indigenous Art Gallery in Meeanjin (Brisbane City).
  • Walter Peak: Get up close to farmyard animals on a guided walking tour at Walter Peak on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the New Zealand high country.
  • Rotorua: Enter Te Puia for an evening of Maori culture and connection. A traditional Hangi meal is followed by a captivating cultural performance.
  • Rotorua: Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village for insights into the lives of the Maori community and their special bond they share with their country, Aotearoa.


  • Sydney: Join the team members at Our Big Kitchen, a community organization that encourages individuals to help provide meals for those in need.
  • Rotorua: Visit the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa and learn about the work being done to save New Zealand's national bird.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Sydney Opera House, Ruakuri Cave in Waitomo and the National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Brisbane, Sydney, Rotorua and Queenstown
  • : Visit the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, a geothermal valley at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua
  • : Scenic Cruise in the Whitsundays and on Sydney Harbor

Whats Included

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

Whats Included

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

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: 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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