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Overview

This epic 22 day escorted tour showcases the iconic landmarks and experiences of both Australia and New Zealand. Travel with like minded companions in the company of a dedicated driver and experienced guide. Start in Melbourne, finish in Christchurch and along the way indulge in exclusive drinks under the stars in the shadow of Uluru, take a journey on the iconic TranzAlpine railway through the Southern Alps, enjoy a private tour of the Sydney Opera House and take a snorkelling trip to the Great Barrier Reef. With lots of experiences included as well as free time to explore at your leisure this trip is sure to leave you wanting to see even more of Australia and New Zealand.

Day 1

Arrive Melbourne

Meet the Travel Director this evening and join the tour group for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Overnight – Crowne Plaza Hotel (Dinner included)

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Day 2 & 3

Melbourne

Explore Melbourne today starting with a morning city sights tour before discovering the gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant streets on a private walking tour. Day 3 is at your leisure to further explore Melbourne, maybe add on one of the optional experiences; Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos and Koalas.

Overnight – Crowne Plaza Hotel (Breakfast included)

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Day 4

Melbourne – Alice

Rise early for a morning flight to Alice Springs and spend time visiting the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening join the Falzon family for a home-cooked gourmet barbecue dinner (Be My Guest).

Overnight – Mercure Alice Springs Resort (Breakfast & Dinner included)

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Day 5 & 6

Uluru (Ayres Rock) – & Kata Tjuta

Travel though the West MacDonnell Ranges to Uluru. Enjoy sparkling wine as you watch the sun set over the world's largest monolith. The following morning enjoy the sunrise over Uluru then tour the caves at the base before carrying on over the red desert plains to Kata Tjuta. After walking through the towering domes of Kata Tjuta's majestic rock formation share drinks over another glorious sunset.

Overnight – Comfort Inn Bay of Isles (Breakfast included)

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Day 7

Uluru - Cairns

Rise before the sun and travel the short distance to Bruce Munro's Field of Light. Later join an Indigenous artist for an introduction to Western Desert Art. In the afternoon take a flight to Cairns for the next leg of your adventure.

Overnight – Shangri-La, The Marina, Cairns (Breakfast included)

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Day 8

Cairns

Today is free time for you to enjoy tropical Cairns choose to relax or maybe opt for one of the optional experiences including the Kuranda scenic rail, Cape Tribulation or Tjapukai Aboringinal Cultural Park. 

Overnight - Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns (Breakfast included)

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Day 9

Great Barrier Reef

This morning board the high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The trip will allow you to go snorkelling (equipment provided) or view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory. A tropical buffet lunch is included on board before heading back to Cairns. Dinner tonight is at a waterfront restaurant.

Overnight – Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

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Day 10

Cairns - Sydney

Today take an afternoon flight to Sydney and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight - Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (Breakfast included)

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Day 11 & 12

Sydney City Sights & Harbour Tour

See the sights of Sydney with a tour of the famous Opera House followed by a visit to the legendary Bondi Beach. Later on, gain an alternative view of the city on a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise. Your second day in Sydney is free for you to explore at your leisure, optional experiences options include a Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife trip or why not climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Overnight – Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (Day 11: Breakfast included, Day 12: Breakfast & Lunch included)

 

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Day 13

Sydney – Auckland

Leave Australia behind as you fly to New Zealand where you’ll spend the afternoon in Auckland at your own leisure before meeting the Travel Director for dinner.

Overnight - Stamford Plaza Auckland (Breakfast & Dinner included)

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Day 14

Auckland

A morning sightseeing tour is included today and then you have free time in the afternoon to relax or explore. Why not catch the ferry to Waiheke Island and sample some wine at the local vineyards.

Overnight – Stamford Plaza Auckland (Breakfast included)

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Day 15

Auckland - Rotorua

Leave Auckland behind and discover native flora and fauna at Rainbow Spring Nature Park. In the evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi Highlight Dinner and a concert at Tamaki Maori Village. 

Overnight – Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (Breakfast & Dinner included)

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Day 16

Rotorua - Queenstown

Today fly from the North Island to Queenstown in the South Island

Overnight – Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast included)

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Day 17

Milford Sound

Drive from Queenstown through the Fiordland National Park on to Milford Sound. Cruise among massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest, afterwards return to Queenstown late afternoon.

Overnight – Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast & Lunch included)

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Day 18

Queenstown

Relax and explore all Queenstown has to offer. This evening join the group for a highlight dinner at The Boatshed.

Overnight – Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast & Dinner included)

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Day 19

Queenstown – Franz Josef

Visit the gold-mining village of Arrowtown before enjoying delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. Journey on over Haast Pass and along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier

Overnight – Te Waonui Forest Retreat (Breakfast & Dinner included)

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Day 20

Franz Josef – Christchurch

This morning stop at Hokitika for a demonstration by master jade caver and take an unforgettable journey through the spectacular Southern Alps on the legendary TranzAlpine train to Christchurch.

Overnight – Distinction Christchurch Hotel (Breakfast included)

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Day 21

Christchurch

Meet hosts Isabelle and Tim Weston for a morning tea at their home, Britten Stables. A former horse stables which the couple have now restored and transformed into an exquisite home. Spend your last evening with your Travel Director and the group for a Farewell Dinner.

Overnight – Distinction Christchurch (Breakfast & Dinner included)

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Day 22

Depart Christchurch

Say farewell to New Zealand as your trip comes to an end today.

Breakfast included

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  • What's Included

Included
  • 21 nights’ accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Tours and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Experienced driver guide
  • All internal flights
Not included
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

What's Included

Included
  • 21 nights’ accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Tours and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Experienced driver guide
  • All internal flights
Not included
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

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