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22 Day Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
22 Day Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
Exclusive experiences and quality hotels are the order of the day on a comprehensive trip taking in the sights of both Australia and New Zealand, from the cosmopolitan surroundings of Melbourne to the outback at Ayers Rock, and from snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef to cruising the Milford Sound fjord on New Zealand’s South Island
Tour highlights
  • Take in the sights around the bustling city of Melbourne
  • Snorkel in the clear waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef
  • Take a tour of Sydney Opera House and wander along Bondi Beach
  • Discover native flora and fauna at Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • See firsthand how Christchurch continues to recovery from the 2011 earthquake
  • Enjoy a picturesque cruise on Milford Sound during a visit to Fiordland National Park
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Day 1: Arrive Melbourne
Meet the Travel Director this evening and join the tour group for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Melbourne (D)
Days 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.

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Melbourne (B)
Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs
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).
  • Mercure Alice Springs Resort (B,D)
Days 5 & 6: Uluru (Ayers 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.
  • Desert Gardens Hotel - 2 nights (Day 5: B Day 6: B)
Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – 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.
  • Shangri-La, The Marina, Cairns (B)
Day 8: Great Barrier Reef
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. 
  • Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns (B)
Day 9: Cairns
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.
  • Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns (B,L,D)
Day 10: Cairns – Sydney
Today take an afternoon flight to Sydney and enjoy an evening at leisure.
  • Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (B)
Days 11 & 12: Sydney City sights & Harbour Cruise
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. 
  • Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (Day 11: B - Day 12: B,L)
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.
  • Stamford Plaza Auckland (B,D)
Day 14: Auckland
A morning sightseeing tour is included today and then you have free time in the afternoon to relax or explore.
  • Stamford Plaza Auckland (B)
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. 
  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (B,D)
Day 16: Rotorua – Queenstown
Today fly from the North Island to Queenstown in the South Island
  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (B)
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.
  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (B,L)
Day 18: Queenstown
Relax and explore all Queenstown has to offer. This evening join the group for a highlight dinner at The Boatshed.
  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (B,D)
Day 19: Queenstwon - 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.
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B,D)
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.
  • Distinction Christchurch Hotel (B)
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 restored and transformed into an exquisite home. Spend your last evening with your Travel Director and the group for a Farewell Dinner.
  • Distinction Christchurch (B,D)
Day 22: Depart Christchurch
Say farewell to New Zealand as your trip comes to an end today.
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  • 21 nights accommodation in hotels as specified
  • Meals as specified: 21 breakfasts, 1 morning tea, 3 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Touring by luxury air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Services of qualified English-speaking guide throughout
  • Airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (excl. optional items)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Internal flights under any price option

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