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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand 2014

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Franz Josef Glacier, New ZealandMilford Sound, New ZealandUluru in the Northern Territory, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Uluru in the Northern Territory, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Australia and New Zealand 2014
  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: You’ll be spoilt for choice on this exciting tour of Australia and New Zealand. Watch spectacular sunsets at Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), board a catamaran for an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef cruise, learn about the sustainable lifestyle of the Falzon family at a Be My Guest barbecue dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre in Alice Springs and take home a piece of Aboriginal artwork that you’ve created yourself. Fly over the ditch to visit New Zealand, where you’ll tour the Glow Worm Grotto at Waitomo Caves, experience Maori culture at a Be My Guest Hangi feast and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae, journey on the famous TranzAlpine train through the spectacular Southern Alps and enjoy a majestic Milford Sound cruise.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    On arrival at Melbourne Airport you are transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 3pm). This evening meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception / Dinner)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Discover Melbourne's eclectic little laneways, arcades and café society on your Local Speciality private walking tour.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    A free day to do as you choose.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you'll hear from a Local Expert how this marvellous facility operates to provide a 'mantle of safety' to the people of the outback. Next stop is the School of the Air followed by the Telegraph Station. This evening join us on a discovery tour at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle the have established.

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

    Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Travel through rugged outback scenery to Ayers Rock Resort, your Authentic Accommodation. This evening enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine while watching the spectacular sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock).

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Desert Gardens (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    View sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock). Tour the caves at its base, hear stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime and gain a Unique Insight into local Aboriginal culture. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Walk through Walpa Gorge and later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with complimentary wine and nibbles.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Join a local Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art, a Local Speciality. Your Anangu artist will provide you with an introduction to their culture. You'll be assisted to complete your own painting, which you can take home as a memento of your experience. You'll then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairns.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton (D)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Board a high speed catamaran for the most unforgettable day on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy an informative reef education presentation by a Local Expert. See the fascinating coral formations and other exotic marine life from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. After a Highlight Lunch, there’s time to relax, snorkel some more or scuba dive (own expense).

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

  • Day 9


    Enjoy a free day to do as you choose.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10


    Spend time at the Cairns Wildlife Dome, where you’ll encounter unique Australian animals. We will transfer you to the airport to board your flight to Sydney, where you have free time this evening.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    See stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline on a sightseeing tour, before you join a tour of the Opera House with a Local Expert. Re-board your coach and see the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair and Kings Cross. You'll travel to Bondi Beach, where you can dip your toes in the cool clear water. Return to the city for a cruise on the glistening harbour. You'll then have the opportunity to learn about Australia’s national gemstone - the opal.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 12


    Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Spend your last evening in Sydney together along with your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant by the water.

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

  • Day 13


    You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Auckland and transferred to your hotel. Meet your new Tour Director for dinner at The Langham.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: The Langham (D)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a sightseeing tour.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 15


    Travel into the Waikato region to the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto for a boat tour with a Local Expert. Then continue to Rotorua where you'll visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and be accompanied by a Local Expert. This evening, enjoy a Be My Guest traditional Maori Hangi dinner with 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 16


    You will be transferred to the airport to fly 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 17


    Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train. At Hokitika visit a local greenstone (jade) factory, a Local Speciality. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 18


    Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital, a Local Speciality. Next visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in adventure-capital Queenstown.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Millennium (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 19


    An early start for Milford Sound. Drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau then through the rainforest of Fiordland National Park. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, en route to Milford Sound to board your cruise including a Highlight Lunch.

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

  • Day 20


    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 21


    Visit Lake Tekapo, stopping at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Join us at Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep 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. Join your Travel Director this evening in Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner.

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

    Hotel: Novotel (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 22


    You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your flight home (flights anytime).

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Dinner at Earth Sanctuary in the Red Centre.
  • Be My Guest Enjoy a Maori Hangi dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae.
  • Be My Guest Gain an insight into New Zealand country life with lunch on a working farm.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Join a walking tour through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways.
  • Local Speciality Take an Aboriginal Dot Painting class in Uluru.
  • Local Speciality Watch skilled artisans carving greenstone (jade) in Hokitka.
  • Local Speciality Taste the sumptuous stone fruit at Mrs. Jones’ Orchard at Cromwell.
  • Local Expert Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
  • Local Expert Discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Local Expert Journey through the Sydney Opera House.
  • Local Expert Tour the Waitomo Caves.
  • Local Expert Explore the geothermal valley at Te Puia.
  • Unique Insight Witness the deep connection the Aboriginal people have with Uluru (Ayers Rock).
  • Authentic Accommodation Experience the beauty of Central Australia with Uluru as your backdrop at Ayers Rock Resort.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Alice SpringsVisit the Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air.
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)Experience sunset and sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock).
  • Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)View the 36 domes of red conglomerate rock at sunset.
  • Great Barrier ReefGet up close to the colourful coral and tropical fish.
  • SydneyView the Opera House and Harbour Bridge on a harbour cruise.
  • AucklandCruise on Waitemata Harbour.
  • RotoruaVisit the Agrodome Sheep Show and Rainbow Springs and Te Puia Thermal Reserve.
  • TranzAlpine TrainJourney through the spectacular Southern Alps.
  • Franz JosefView the magnificent Glacier.
  • Milford SoundCruise on this natural wonder.


  • 21 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 3 lunches:
    • 1 Highlight Lunch on the Great Barrier Reef and 1 on Milford Sound.
    • Be My Guest lunch in Canterbury.
  • 7 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director in Melbourne.
    • 2 two or three-course dinners.
    • 1 Be My Guest dinner in Alice Springs and 1 with local wine in Rotorua.
    • 1 Farewell Dinner in Sydney at end of Australia trip and 1 in Christchurch.

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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