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Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand

17 Days 2 Countries 8 Cities

The stillness of Milford Sound and ultimate glacier adventure dot your travels through New Zealand, but not before a brush with the surfing splendour of Aussie's Bondi Beach and the Great Barrier Reef.

 

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      • *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 - NZ5785. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, 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. 

      About this trip

      The stillness of Milford Sound and ultimate glacier adventure dot your travels through New Zealand, but not before a brush with the surfing splendour of Aussie's Bondi Beach and the Great Barrier Reef.


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      Trip code: QCANA

      16 Nights

      accommodation

      28 Meals
      • 16 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 4 lunches (Including Be My Guest)

      • 8 dinners (Connect with Locals)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch.

        • CRUISE on Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park

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

        • VISIT Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Queensland, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Te Puia Geothermal Valley in Rotorua


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 16 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 4 lunches
          (Including Be My Guest)

        • 8 dinners
          (Connect with Locals)


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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


       

      Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand

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      Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

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      Melbourne Sightseeing

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      Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)

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      Great Barrier Reef

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      Cairns Free Time

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      Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

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      Sydney Sightseeing

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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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      Christchurch - Franz Josef

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      Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights)

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      Milford Sound Cruise

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      Queenstown Free Time

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      Depart Queenstown

      Day 1

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

      Sophisticated Melbourne extends a warm welcome as your first stop on this epic adventure through Australia and New Zealand. On arrival, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Then it's on to the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant this evening for a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 2

      Melbourne Sightseeing Day 2 - Melbourne Sightseeing

      'Dive into Culture' and into the little lanes, arcades and café society of stylish Melbourne. Discover its edgy street art and immerse yourself in the robust aroma of coffee for which this city is so famous.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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

      We fly north to Cairns, where we'll meet a 'Local Specialist' for a private wildlife encounter at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Here the crocs are the star of the show as we take to Hartley's Lagoon to see them cruise the murky waters or laze on the bank. This evening, enjoy an evening at leisure to sample some of the city's famous seafood.

      Hotel

      Pacific Cairns

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Pacific Cairns

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Great Barrier Reef Day 4 - Great Barrier Reef

      Dip more than your toes in the tropical waters that surround the Great Barrier Reef - a full day to explore this underwater wonderland up close. Board a high-speed catamaran, then don your mask and fins for a leisurely snorkel (equipment provided) or stay dry in your semi-submersible craft to see the tropical species that live in the world's largest coral reef system. A tropical buffet lunch is served on board under the glorious Aussie sunshine before returning to Cairns.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Cairns Free Time Day 5 - Cairns Free Time

      Soak up the leisurely atmosphere of Cairns with a free day to explore the city and its surrounds on your terms. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Kuranda, travelling by Scenic Rail to the 'village in the rainforest' and return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This evening, 'Connect with Locals' at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where you'll hear stories of the Dreamtime and witness an entertaining high-impact performance by the indigenous dance group. Your Be My Guest dinner is served to the hypnotic sounds of the didgeridoo.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

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

      We leave the golden beaches of Cairns behind, bound for Sydney. Settle in to your splendid surrounds before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Watch day turn to night against the backdrop of the beloved Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as you enjoy a two course à la carte Regional Meal on the water.

      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

      Admire one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century during a guided sightseeing tour of the Sydney Opera House with a 'Local Specialist'. Later, rub shoulders with the bronzed, beautiful people of Bondi Beach as you visit the Returned Servicemen's Club for a Regional Meal. Join a local surf lifesaver who will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club and share insights into surf lifesaving and the history of Bondi, which has been welcoming beach-goers since 1882.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Sydney Free Time Day 8 - Sydney Free Time

      Indulge in a full day at leisure to connect with the energy of this vibrant harbour city or consider joining an Optional Experience to the nearby Blue Mountains. Watch as the shimmering blue haze on the horizon turns to a dense canopy of eucalyptus trees and see the Three Sisters that tower above Jamison Valley. This evening, join your travel companions for dinner in a waterfront restaurant.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 9

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

      Say a fond hoo roo to Australia as you board your flight to Auckland, New Zealand. Ease into the warm, welcoming embrace of the City of Sails before meeting your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Stamford Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Stamford Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Auckland Sightseeing Day 10 - Auckland Sightseeing

      Embark on a city sightseeing tour, starting your journey at the city's beautiful waterfront. Ascend to Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial for magnificent views of Waitemata Harbour, which you'll have an opportunity to cruise on before the rest of the day at leisure.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Auckland - Rotorua Day 11 - Auckland - Rotorua

      Immerse yourself in New Zealand's horse racing culture during a visit to Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan's home. 'Connect with Locals' over a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. Later, 'Dive into Culture' and gain a deeper understanding of Māori traditions at the Tamaki Family Marae where you will enjoy a traditional Hangi Regional Meal and concert.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Rotorua - Christchurch Day 12 - Rotorua - Christchurch

      Keep a keen eye out for the shy kiwis that find sanctuary in the lush surrounds of Rainbow Springs Nature Park, joining your 'Local Specialist' for an immersive nature walk. Then, continue to Te Puia Thermal Reserve in Rotorua to see its bubbling geysers, mud pools and thermal springs in the company of a 'Local Specialist'. We fly to Christchurch next.

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 12

      Day 13

      Christchurch - Franz Josef Day 13 - Christchurch - Franz Josef

      Experience a Trafalgar highlight this morning - a TranzAlpine train ride through the snow-capped Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. This spectacular train journey dates to 1914 and is rated as one of the world's most scenic train trips, forging through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. Later, admire vivid hues of greenstone during a visit to a jade factory in Hokitika, where you'll witness first-hand a Local Specialist master carver at work. Journey along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier for a short walk to view the imposing glacier and perhaps an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel in the midst of a rainforest.

      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)

      Follow the Tasman Sea coastline en route to Queenstown. Continue over the Haast Pass, winding through Mount Aspiring National Park and past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before arriving in historic Arrowtown with its lovingly restored mining cottages and tree-lined streets that were once home to determined gold prospectors. Later, get your bearings during an orientation tour in Queenstown, then spend the rest of your evening at leisure.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 14

      Day 15

      Milford Sound Cruise Day 15 - Milford Sound Cruise

      Journey south, over the Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, the gateway to South Island's spectacular fiords. The ancient rainforests of Fiordland National Park provide a lush, green backdrop for our drive past glaciers and mountain ranges. Emerging from the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, we'll encounter the fragile beauty of Cleddau Valley and natural splendour Mirror Lake, the Chasm and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Take to its still waters for an exclusive nature cruise with lunch, filled with pinch me moments. Return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 15

      Day 16

      Queenstown Free Time Day 16 - Queenstown Free Time

      Push your boundaries today as you discover why Queenstown is New Zealand's adventure capital, joining one of Trafalgar's recommended Optional Experiences. Ride the Shotover Jet or take a 4WD mini-bus tour through Skippers Canyon. This evening, we take a step back in time with our Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic Railway Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, is the perfect venue for your exclusive Farewell Dinner.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 16

      Day 17

      Depart Queenstown Day 17 - Depart Queenstown

      Our journey together has sadly come to an end. Say farewell to newfound friends as we transfer you to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      • Connect with Locals
        Experience an evening of indigenous theatre, dance and music, including a Didgeridoo performance and a personal Welcome to Country ceremony at a privately hosted Be My Guest dinner at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland. (Day 5) In the Waikato region of New Zealand, join your hosts the O'Sullivans for a Be My Guest lunch at the Red Barn on their dairy farm. (Day 11)

      • Dive into Culture
        Discover Melbourne's eclectic hidden lanes, arcades and fascinating street art. (Day 2) Gain an insight into their indigenous culture and traditions at the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua. (Day 11)

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Sydney (Day 7), Rotorua (Day 12) and Hokitika (Day 13)

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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch.

        • CRUISE on Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park

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

        • VISIT Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Queensland, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Te Puia Geothermal Valley in Rotorua


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 16 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 4 lunches
          (Including Be My Guest)

        • 8 dinners
          (Connect with Locals)


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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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