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Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand

17 Days 2 Countries 6 Cities

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

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17 Days 2 Countries 6 Cities

Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand

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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.
    • 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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    • 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. 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. 

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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.
      • 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.
      • 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 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

      Turn a corner, discover yet another spellbinding wonder. The eerie stillness of the Milford Sound, ultimate glacier adventure and Angie's famous Pavlova in the Southern Alps 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: QCAN

      16 Nights

      accommodation

      28 Meals
      • 16 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 8 dinners (Including Be My Guest)

      • 4 lunches (Including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland

        • 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

        • 8 dinners
          (Including Be My Guest)

        • 4 lunches
          (Including Be My Guest)


      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

        • 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

      Your Itinerary

      1. Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

      Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director 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.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Crowne Plaza

      2. Melbourne Sights

      Join your Travel Director for a city sights tour that 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. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, enjoy an optional experience or simply relax and watch the world go by.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      3. Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)

      This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival join a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds, crocodiles and more! This evening is free for your to choose from the numerous restaurants that Cairns has to offer.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Pacific Cairns

      4. Great Barrier Reef

      Get ready for an experience of a lifetime - 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, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch

      5. Cairns Free Time and Be My Guest Dinner

      Today is a free day to do as you choose. A great option is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, be amazed as you travel over and through World Heritage rainforest, explore quaint Kuranda village and later board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for this historic rail journey. If you'd prefer to spend the day relaxing by your hotel pool or sitting back at a local café you can do that too! In the evening rejoin your travelling companions for a Be My Guest dining experience at Tjapukai Cultural Park. Hear dreamtime stories, witness a high impact dance performance and enjoy dinner with your local host to the sounds of the didgeridoo.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Be My Guest Dining

      6. Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

      This morning you'll fly to Sydney! On arrival there's time to relax at your hotel or explore this exciting city before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a contemporary two course a la carte meal and the mesmerising views of Sydney at night. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Regional Meal
      Hotel
      Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)

      7. Sydney Sightseeing

      Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House. Later, your destination is famous Bondi Beach, for an iconic Australian experience. You'll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before enjoying a delicious 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 and share with you the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later enjoy some free time to do some shopping, enjoy and Optional Experience or maybe just take a stroll along the harbour front.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Highlight Lunch

      8. Sydney Free Time

      Today is free for you to do as you choose. Why not take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains for fresh mountain air and stunning scenery. You'll visit the charming village of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Park to get up close and personal to some of Australia's cuddly native animals. If you've always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling 'BridgeClimb'. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell to Sydney with dinner on the harbourfront.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner with wine

      9. Sydney - Auckland (2 Nights)

      On arrival in Auckland, you are transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception followed by dinner at your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Stamford Plaza

      10. Auckland Sightseeing and Free Time

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

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      11. Auckland - Rotorua

      You're invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. This evening you're guests at the Tamaki Family Marae for a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Be My Guest Dining
      Regional Meal
      Hotel
      Millennium

      12. Rotorua - Christchurch

      This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two! Next visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve where you'll be accompanied by a Local Guide to view New Zealand's biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs before flying 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. Later, continue to your hotel. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Christchurch's inner city.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Distinction

      13. Christchurch - Franz Josef

      First up this morning you will board the TranzAlpine train and head out through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the world's most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. At Hokitika you'll visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory. 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). Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Te Waonui Forest Retreat

      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 on the Arrow River, previously one of the world's richest rivers, before arriving in Queenstown. An orientation tour completes your day.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Millennium

      15. Milford Sound Cruise

      Journey over the Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the mumerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop's lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch and a cruise on this wonder of nature. Later, return to Queenstown for the evening.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch

      16. Queenstown Free Time

      Today is a full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. Choose from a range of optional experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, Perhaps, take a 4WD through Skippers Canyon, or enjoy a cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw over to Walter Peak Station for a BBQ lunch and farm show. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at the Boatshed. Set in the restored historic Railway Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed wth its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, it is the perfect venue for your exclusive Farewell Dinner.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Farewell Dinner

      17. Depart Queenstown

      Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Throughout today you will be transferred Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

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

      • Cultural Insight
        Discover Melbourne's eclectic hidden lanes, arcades and fascinating street art. Gain an insight into their indigenous culture and traditions at the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua.

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Sydney, Rotorua and Hokitika

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland

        • 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

        • 8 dinners
          (Including Be My Guest)

        • 4 lunches
          (Including Be My Guest)


      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

        • 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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