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Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand 2014

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Agrodome Sheep Show, New ZealandFranz Josef Glacier, New ZealandMilford Sound, New ZealandMount Cook, New ZealandSydney, Australia
Agrodome Sheep Show, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Mount Cook, New Zealand
Sydney, Australia
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Australia and New Zealand 2014
  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Welcome Down Under! In New Zealand, tour the Glow Worm Grotto at Waitomo Caves, journey on the spectacular TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps, view the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier and take a Milford Sound cruise. Share in a traditional Maori Hangi Be My Guest feast at the Tamaki Family Marae in Rotorua and experience local life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on a sheep farm. Hop over the ditch to Australia and get up-close to the colourful coral and tropical fish on a Great Barrier Reef cruise. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at Bondi Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean and gain an insight into Australian indigenous culture at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 to Day 2


    You will fly over the international date line on your way to Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Day 3


    On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and ‘Highlight Dinner’ at The Langham.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception / Dinner)

    Hotel: The Langham (D)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a sightseeing tour including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour, home to the 2000 America’s Cup. Spend some free time exploring on your own or relaxing at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    Travel into the Waikato region to explore the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto at the Waitomo Caves by boat with a Local Expert. Continue to Rotorua to visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve. You’ll be accompanied by a Local Expert to view New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. This evening, enjoy a Be My Guest traditional Maori Hangi dinner accompanied by local wine and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Millennium (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a Local Expert. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Christchurch. On arrival board your coach for a tour to see how the city is slowly being rebuilt as a consequence of the devastating earthquake of February 2011.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Board the TranzAlpine train in Christchurch for your journey over the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika you’ll visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory, a Local Speciality. Travel along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier for a short walk to view the glacier and perhaps take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting).

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Enjoy a coastal drive with views of the Tasman Sea. Climb over the Haast Pass winding through Mount Aspiring National Park. Then your journey takes you past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and heads along the Kawarau River through the Kawarau Gorge. Finally you will visit the historic village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers, before arriving in Queenstown.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Millennium (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Journey over the Devil’s Staircase along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll drive through the Homer Tunnel before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy a Highlight Lunch and cruise with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you. Later, return to Queenstown.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

  • Day 10


    A full day to explore Queenstown, your way. Go wild with a jet boat ride or white water rafting or take it easy on a wine or garden tour.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11


    You may wish to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Later in the day continue on to see Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Join us for a visit to Morelea Farm. You are welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in their 600 acre garden. Travel over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining / Dinner)

    Hotel: Novotel (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    This morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Melbourne, Australia. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore, before meeting your Travel Director.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    Enjoy a morning city sightseeing tour with your Travel Director including a private walk through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways, a Local Speciality. You'll discover the city’s eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating shops. The remainder of the day is at leisure so you may consider an excursion to the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 14


    This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, a celebration of the living history of the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Discover the medicinal values of bush tucker and enjoy professional theatre incorporating traditional Aboriginal dance, fire making and storytelling. Join an Indigenous staff member for a fun introduction to Aboriginal art and see how Aboriginal culture is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own boomerang dot painting, which you can take home as a souvenir of your Local Speciality experience.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton (D)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 15


    Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy an informative reef presentation with a Local Expert. See coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Enjoy a Highlight Lunch then return to Cairns in the late afternoon.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

  • Day 16


    This morning encounter unique Australian animals at the Cairns Wildlife Dome. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or explore.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 17


    This morning enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a Local Expert. Later, board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Your destination is famous Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a Be My Guest lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Return to the city for a cruise on the beautiful harbour and then you'll have the opportunity to learn about Australia’s national gemstone - the opal.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 18


    Spend the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. Celebrate this evening at a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant by the water with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 19


    Time to bid farewell as we transfer you to Sydney Airport for your flight home (flights anytime).

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a Maori Hangi dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae.
  • Be My Guest Gain an insight into New Zealand farm life with lunch on a working farm.
  • Be My Guest Feel the sand between your toes when you visit Bondi Beach for lunch at an Aussie institution with views over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Watch skilled artisans carving greenstone (jade) in Hokitka.
  • Local Speciality Taste the sumptuous stone fruit at Mrs. Jones’ Orchard at Cromwell.
  • Local Speciality Discover Melbourne’s hidden laneways.
  • Local Speciality Join an Aboriginal artist to paint your souvenir boomerang at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
  • Local Expert Explore the geothermal valley at Te Puia.
  • Local Expert Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park.
  • Local Expert Experience the Agrodome Sheep Show.
  • Local Expert Tour the Waitomo Caves.
  • Local Expert Discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Local Expert Journey through the Sydney Opera House.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • AucklandCruise on Waitemata Harbour.
  • Waitomo CavesTake a guided boat tour through the Glow Worm Grotto.
  • RotoruaVisit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome Sheep Show.
  • TranzAlpine TrainJourney through the spectacular Southern Alps.
  • Franz JosefView the magnificent glacier.
  • Milford SoundCruise on this natural wonder.
  • Mt. CookSee the National Park and New Zealand’s highest peak.
  • Lake TekapoView the Church of the Good Shepherd.
  • Great Barrier ReefGet up close to the colourful coral and tropical fish.
  • SydneyView the Harbour Bridge and Opera House on a harbour cruise.


  • 16 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 lunches:
    • 1 Highlight Lunch cruising Milford Sound and 1 on the Great Barrier Reef.
    • 1 Be My Guest lunch in Canterbury and 1 in Sydney.
  • 5 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director in Auckland.
    • 2 two or three-course dinners.
    • Be My Guest dinner with local wine in Rotorua.
    • Farewell Dinner in Sydney.

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day, Conditions apply.

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