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Australia and New Zealand Panorama 2014

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Agrodome Sheep Show, New ZealandAuckland, New ZealandQueenstown, New ZealandSydney, AustraliaGreat Barrier Reef, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia
Agrodome Sheep Show, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand
Sydney, Australia
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Brochure: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2014
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    At Leisure 2014
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  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Can't decide between a holiday in New Zealand or Australia? Then go to both! This exciting journey will take you from Auckland and Rotorua, to Queenstown and then onto Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney. Visit New Zealand's Glow Worm Grotto at Waitomo Caves and see the home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge. Be welcomed by the Tamaki Family for a Be My Guest traditional Maori Hangi feast in Rotorua. In Australia, cruise to the colourful Great Barrier Reef on a catamaran and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean at Sydney's Bondi Beach.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE AUCKLAND

    On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). See the sights of Auckland on a city tour. This evening meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception at your hotel and dinner at the top of the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Auckland’s Skytower at Orbit, a revolving restaurant with 360 degree views of the city.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception / Dinner)

    Hotel: SKYCITY Grand (D)

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  • Day 2

    AUCKLAND - ROTORUA (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow Worm Grotto on a boat tour with a Local Expert. This evening experience the traditional world of Maori in a 200 year old Tawa setting. Share the Powhiri, an anicent ceremony of welcome. Enter the Meeting House and witness a powerful and entertaining cultural performance. This is followed by a Maori Hangi Be My Guest dinner accompanied by local wine and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.


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

    Hotel: Millennium (MD)

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  • Day 3

    ROTORUA SIGHTSEEING

    A Maori Local Expert will accompany you around the Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village, where you’ll gain an insight into Maori culture. See New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a tour with a Local Expert. You may even spot a kiwi! Then visit the Local Speciality Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a taste of farm life.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    ROTORUA - QUEENSTOWN (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. On arrival explore the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers, before an orientation tour of Queenstown and surrounds. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables Mountain Range and the home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Millennium (MD)

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  • Day 5

    QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

    A free day to do as you choose in New Zealand’s adventure capital. Why not take a day trip to mystical Milford Sound? You will travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake then through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, en route to Milford Sound to board your cruise for an unforgettable experience.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    QUEENSTOWN - MELBOURNE (2 NIGHTS)

    You will be transferred to Queenstown Airport to board your flight for Melbourne, Australia. On arrival you are transferred to the hotel. This rest of the day is free to explore this cosmopolitan city, before meeting your Travel Director.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza (MD)

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  • Day 7

    MELBOURNE SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE

    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 8

    MELBOURNE - CAIRNS (2 NIGHTS)

    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)

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  • Day 9

    GREAT BARRIER REEF

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


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

  • Day 10

    CAIRNS - SYDNEY (3 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Cairns Wildlife Dome to encounter crocodiles, koalas, wallabies, possums and other unique Australian animals. Later, you'll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll through Darling Harbour or wander down to the historic Rocks district at Circular Quay for a panoramic view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour (MD)

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  • Day 11

    SYDNEY SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE

    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 sparkling 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. Then you will have the opportunity to learn about Australia’s national gemstone - the opal.


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

  • Day 12

    SYDNEY AT LEISURE

    Spend a free day in this exciting city. Why not take an excursion to the famous Blue Mountains and see some of Australia’s native wildlife at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Or you could visit the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier wine-growing region. Gather together this evening with your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant by the water.


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

  • Day 13

    DEPART SYDNEY

    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 in Rotorua.
  • 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 See the art of sheep shearing at the Agrodome sheep Show in Rotorua.
  • Local Speciality Discover Melbourne's hidden laneways on a walking tour.
  • Local Speciality Join an Aboriginal artist to paint your souvenir boomerang at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
  • Local Expert Explore the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto and Limestone Caves.
  • Local Expert Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park.
  • Local Expert Experience Whakarewarewa Thermal Village.
  • Local Expert Discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Local Expert Journey through the Sydney Opera House.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Waitomo CavesTake a guided boat tour of the Glow Worm Grotto.
  • RotoruaDiscover Whakarewarewa Village, Rainbow Springs Nature Park and the Agrodome Sheep Show.
  • QueenstownSpend a free day in New Zealand’s adventure capital.
  • MelbourneSee the Royal Botanic Gardens and Queen Victoria Market.
  • Great Barrier ReefGet up close to the colourful coral and tropical fish.
  • SydneyView the Harbour Bridge and Opera House on a harbour cruise.

Dining

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 2 lunches:
    • Highlight Lunch on the Great Barrier Reef.
    • Be My Guest lunch in Sydney.
  • 3 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director in Auckland.
    • 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.

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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