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Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand

18 Days 2 Countries 10 Cities

From a glacier in New Zealand, to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, explore the best of these two countries.

"Saw everything we wanted and more!"

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18 Days, 2 Countries, 10 Cities

Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand

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Starts

Melbourne, Australia

Ends

Christchurch (Nz), New Zealand

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    • Departures between 1 Nov 2016-31 Mar 2017 operate as per the 2016 brochure itinerary. Departures between 1 Oct 2017-31 Mar 2018 are subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification.
    • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: Day 3 from Melbourne to Cairns - QF702; Day 6 from Cairns to Sydney - JQ957; Day 9 from Sydney to Auckland - QF143; Day 12 from Rotorua to Christchurch - NZ5373. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
    • Why not book a night's accommodations in Melbourne before Day 1 of your trip, so you'll feel relaxed and unrushed.
    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
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    • Festive Season: Surcharge applies to Sydney hotel 29 December-2 January.
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About this trip

Geyser or glacier, Aboriginal philosophy or Maori culture, Melbourne's eclectic laneways or the natural beauty of Queenstown: the contrasts of two diverse nations are revealed, on this in-depth journey.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... lunching with Bondi Beach locals and discovering stories of surf and rescue at Australia's oldest lifesaving club. And being amazed by super-fast shearers and the drama of a live auction, at Agrodome Farm Show.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: QCANA

17 Nights

accommodation

30 Meals
  • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest).

  • 9 dinners (including 2 Be My Guests').

On-trip Transport

Internal flights not included.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

    • Cruise on Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound.

    • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

    • Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Te Puia Geothermal Valley.


What's Included

Dining

    • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest).

    • 9 dinners (including 2 Be My Guests').


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Travel Highlights

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    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage, local tips and charges

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

    • All hotel charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Day 1

Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

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Melbourne Sightseeing

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Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)

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Cairns Free Time

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Great Barrier Reef

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Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

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Sydney Sightseeing

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Sydney Free Time

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Sydney - Auckland (2 Nights)

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Auckland Sightseeing

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Auckland - Rotorua

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Rotorua - Christchurch

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Day 13

Christchurch - Franz Josef

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Day 14

Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights)

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Day 15

Milford Sound Cruise

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Queenstown Free Time

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Day 17

Queenstown - Christchurch

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Depart Christchurch

Day 1

Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

Hotel

Crowne Plaza

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Crowne Plaza

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
  • Dinner with wine

Day 1

Day 2

Melbourne Sightseeing Day 2 - Melbourne Sightseeing

Join your Travel Director for a Cultural Insight. Your city tour includes a private walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating street art. Then there's time to explore the city on your own.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights) Day 3 - Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)

This morning you will fly to Cairns. On arrival join your Local Specialist for a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. On a boat cruise you'll encounter koalas, wallabies, birds and of course, crocodiles! This evening dine at Salt House, overlooking the Cairns waterfront.

Hotel

Hilton

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Hilton

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 3

Day 4

Cairns Free Time Day 4 - Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to explore this tropical city. Consider an Optional Experience. You could visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture or journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway to the 'village in the rainforest'.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Great Barrier Reef Day 5 - Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5

Day 6

Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights) Day 6 - Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

Depart Cairns on your flight to Sydney. On arrival there's time to relax before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a two course à la carte Regional Meal and the mesmerising views of Sydney at night. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Hotel

Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 6

Day 7

Sydney Sightseeing Day 7 - Sydney Sightseeing

Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of Sydney Opera House with a Local Specialist. Later, your destination is famous Bondi Beach, for an iconic Australian experience. You'll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a Regional Meal at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen's Club. Your host, a Local Specialist, will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club for insight into the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later enjoy some free time to do as you please.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 7

Day 8

Sydney Free Time Day 8 - Sydney Free Time

The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a unique Be My Guest experience at Gardener's Lodge Café. Meet Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Beryl, for an intimate dining experience featuring fresh local produce with traditional bush flavours. Experience a traditional Aboriginal Welcome to Country ceremony, native bush foods and insight into traditional culture including storytelling, music and dance. It will be an evening to remember.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 8

Day 9

Sydney - Auckland (2 Nights) Day 9 - Sydney - Auckland (2 Nights)

It's farewell to Australia as you fly to Auckland, New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for a Regional Meal at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 9

Day 10

Auckland Sightseeing Day 10 - Auckland Sightseeing

A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a sightseeing tour. Later, you'll have free time to explore the city.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Day 11

Auckland - Rotorua Day 11 - Auckland - Rotorua

Join your Local Specialist for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto. Continue to Rotorua where a Local Specialist will accompany you at Te Puia Thermal Reserve. This evening join your travelling companions for a memorable Be My Guest dinner. Experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain a cultural insight into life in New Zealand before European settlement. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth.

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 11

Day 12

Rotorua - Christchurch Day 12 - Rotorua - Christchurch

Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a Local Specialist and discover the native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Farm Show for a Cultural Insight and taste of farm life. Now you'll fly to Christchurch. See how the city is slowly being rebuilt as a consequence of the earthquake of February 2011.

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 12

Day 13

Christchurch - Franz Josef Day 13 - Christchurch - Franz Josef

Board the TranzAlpine train for your journey over the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. At Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory, to see a Local Specialist master carver at work. 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).

Hotel

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 13

Day 14

Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights) Day 14 - Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights)

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, before arriving in Queenstown. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed. Set in the restored historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive Regional Meal with wine.

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 14

Day 15

Milford Sound Cruise Day 15 - Milford Sound Cruise

Journey over the Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel en route to majestic Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch as you cruise with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 15

Day 16

Queenstown Free Time Day 16 - Queenstown Free Time

Today you may like to consider taking one of our Optional Experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet, the most thrilling jet boat ride in the world! Perhaps join a wine tour at Gibbston Valley Winery or play 9 holes of golf on one of Queenstown's spectacular courses. Choose from the immaculately groomed greens of a resort course or a simple fairway with rugged mountain peaks as your backdrop. You could take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon alongside the Shotover River to Skippers Point in Mount Aurum Conservation Area. Or why not enjoy a relaxing spa. You'll be pampered at one of Queenstown's luxurious day spas. Sink into a therapeutic hot pool or treat yourself to a selection of therapies at a local salon. This evening, consider taking the gondola ride to Bob's Peak for dinner at the Stratosphere Restaurant.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 16

Day 17

Queenstown - Christchurch Day 17 - Queenstown - Christchurch

Late morning see Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you'll stop to view the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd. Then join us for a visit to Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, where you'll get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You're welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. You'll have the chance to experience sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a Be My Guest barbecue lunch, and wait until you try Angie's famous pavlova dessert! Listen to the family's story of growing up in rural New Zealand and their challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand's Southern Alps. In Christchurch this evening celebrate your trip at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 17

Day 18

Depart Christchurch Day 18 - Depart Christchurch

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 18

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    at an entertaining indigenous evening in Sydney, at a barbecue lunch on a New Zealand farm with your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and at a Maori Hangi feast and concert in Rotoura.

  • Cultural Insight
    Visit Melbourne's hidden laneways.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialist
    at Sydney Opera House, Rainbow Springs Nature Park and a jade factory in Rotorua.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

    • Cruise on Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound.

    • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

    • Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Te Puia Geothermal Valley.


What's Included

Dining

    • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest).

    • 9 dinners (including 2 Be My Guests').


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Travel Highlights

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    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage, local tips and charges

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

    • All hotel charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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    Service rating : I love Trafalgar and will definitely use some form of their services again! My Australia trip was everything I could have imagined and then some... New Zealand was good , all the amazing sites were too spread out and there was too much time on the bus for my likingProduct : We

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    Both tour directors were excellent in their knowledge and how they conducted themselves.

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    Service rating : Good activities.Product : Australia was great. New Zealand too much bus time and not enough free time.

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    Service rating : Excellent tour guides; hotels first rate and the food at the hotels was wonderful. Yes, we would definitely take another Trafalgar tour. Only negative was the size of the group during the NZ portion of the trip; 49 people is too largeProduct : The sites we visited were all very

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    The tour covered pretty much everything I wanted to do and see in Australia and New Zealand at a reasonable price. The places we stayed at were excellent and in great locations. The guides in Australia and New Zealand were knowledgable and attentive to our needs.

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