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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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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.


      Trip type: Regional Explorer i

      Trip code: QCANA

      16 Nights

      accommodation

      28 Meals
      • 16 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 4 lunches (Including Be My Guest)

      • 8 dinners (Connect with Locals)

      On-trip Transport

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      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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      Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights)

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      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

      Day 1

      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

      Optional Experiences

      Phillip Island Penguins Kangaroos And Koalas

      Visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos and other animals. View Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. At the Penguin Parade witness the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests.

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      Phillip Island Penguins Up Late

      Travel directly to the Penguin Parade. Enjoy panoramic views of the French Island before witnessing the amazing nightly ritual. Watch penguins march up the sand to their nests and enjoy time browsing through the educational centre. Travel express back to Melbourne. (Operates Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat in Winter, Daily in Summer)

      Adult Price: $130.50
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      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

      Optional Experiences

      Spirit of Cairns

      A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Step aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns for a 2.5 hour cruise of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views. Throughout the evening you cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns, whilst enjoying fabulous dining, live music, and (optional!) dancing after dinner. (Operates Wednesday to Saturday)

      Adult Price: $95.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      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

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner, Belly Dancing And Nile Cruise

      Join us for a two hour cruise along the Nile river on a luxurious ship. You’ll be treated to dinner onboard and be entertained with a belly dancing show. During Ramadan there will be no alcohol or belly dancers.

      Adult Price: US$73.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Full Day Alexandria (Designed For Those Visitors With Extra Pre Or Post Trip Nights In Cairo)

      Join us for a visit to Egypt's second city, Alexandria. You’ll see its nineteenth-century architecture and stop at the National Museum, the catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa and Pompey's Pillar. You'll also enjoy great views from Fort Qaitbey, and stop at the Roman Theatre with its marble seating before returning to Cairo. This Optional experience is priced at $115 per person when there are two or more participants. If there is only one participant the cost is $230 per person.

      Adult Price: US$115.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Sound And Light Amongst The Pyramids

      Take an unforgettable trip to the marvellous site of the Pyramids and Sphinx, illuminated against the night sky, where you'll hear the story of the ancient days of the Pharaohs accompanied by a haunting musical score.

      Adult Price: US$42.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Cape Tribulation Day Tour

      Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

      Adult Price: $214.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Down Under Tours Kuranda Skyrail And Scenic Railway

      Join your luxury Down Under Tours coach for the journey to Caravonica Lakes. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the technology that has created the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. Stop at Barron Falls Station and learn more about this amazing Eco-system at the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. View the Barron Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the rainforest boardwalk. On arrival in Kuranda, the Village is yours to explore. The vibrant and colourful Heritage markets take place daily. Your return to Cairns is aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. Winding around curves, across bridges and through hand-hewn tunnels this amazing engineering feat is a tribute to our pioneers. Spectacular scenery is the order of the day before arriving at historic Freshwater Station, where you will board your coach back to your accommodation.

      Adult Price: $164.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      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

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner, Belly Dancing And Nile Cruise

      Join us for a two hour cruise along the Nile river on a luxurious ship. You’ll be treated to dinner onboard and be entertained with a belly dancing show. During Ramadan there will be no alcohol or belly dancers.

      Adult Price: US$73.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Full Day Alexandria (Designed For Those Visitors With Extra Pre Or Post Trip Nights In Cairo)

      Join us for a visit to Egypt's second city, Alexandria. You’ll see its nineteenth-century architecture and stop at the National Museum, the catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa and Pompey's Pillar. You'll also enjoy great views from Fort Qaitbey, and stop at the Roman Theatre with its marble seating before returning to Cairo. This Optional experience is priced at $115 per person when there are two or more participants. If there is only one participant the cost is $230 per person.

      Adult Price: US$115.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Cape Tribulation Day Tour

      Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

      Adult Price: $214.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Daintree walkabout

      After arriving at Mossman Gorge, you will be treated to a guided rainforest walk along private, easy graded tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over cool rainforest streams. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guides demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush tucker sources, share their dreamtime legends, explain the history of cave paintings and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationships within this unique tropical environment. After your 1.5hr walk, enjoy tea, damper and question time with guide. Later enjoy a fascinating hour cruising through this wildlife environment, which is home to birds, tree snakes, unique plants and the estuarine crocodile – a great photo opportunity. Enjoy afternoon tea after your cruise. Lunch included. (Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)

      Adult Price: $216.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Down Under Tours Kuranda Skyrail And Scenic Railway

      Join your luxury Down Under Tours coach for the journey to Caravonica Lakes. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the technology that has created the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. Stop at Barron Falls Station and learn more about this amazing Eco-system at the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. View the Barron Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the rainforest boardwalk. On arrival in Kuranda, the Village is yours to explore. The vibrant and colourful Heritage markets take place daily. Your return to Cairns is aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. Winding around curves, across bridges and through hand-hewn tunnels this amazing engineering feat is a tribute to our pioneers. Spectacular scenery is the order of the day before arriving at historic Freshwater Station, where you will board your coach back to your accommodation.

      Adult Price: $164.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Hot Air Cairns 30 Minute Flight

      Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere. *Additional $30.00 insurance levy to be paid direct to Hot Air Cairns applies. Prices from:

      Adult Price: $230.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Ochre Restaurant 2 Course Dinner

      Ochre Restaurant has created a whole new Australian Cuisine utilising the abundant and, until recently, untapped traditional native fruits, berries, game meats and seafood, as well as the best of Australian wines and beers.

      Adult Price: $50.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      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

      Optional Experiences

      Sydney Tower Restaurant Dinner

      Enjoy a memorable evening perched high above the city with uninterrupted panoramic views. This delicious buffet dinner includes over 40 freshly prepared dishes, from a range of cuisines including Australian, Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese and a selection of fresh seafood. Prices from:

      Adult Price: $75.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      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

      Optional Experiences

      Blue Mountains And Australian Wildlife

      Discover the spectacular Blue Mountains and see native wildlife whilst you explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Pass by Homebush Bay, site of the 2000 Olympics. Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. Stop at Echo Point and see the famous Three Sisters rock formation. See Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Visit Scenic World for a chance to ride the steepest railway in the world (own expense). Enjoy an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Have your photo taken with a cuddly koala. See kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins.

      Adult Price:
      (Price is subject to change)

      Bridge Climb

      The Bridge Climb is a 3 1/2 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. In Climb groups of up to 14 people, you’ll be led by one of BridgeClimb’s professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world’s most recognisable Bridge. Prices from:

      Adult Price:
      (Price is subject to change)

      Sydney Heli Tours

      This is the best way to see Sydney in all its glory. See full panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Manly Cove and Sydney’s spectacular Harbour and city skyline. This tour will leave you breathless! Great Views, Great Flight! After a safety briefing, we will use your own camera for some happy snaps in front of your helicopter to begin the memories of a sensational Heli Tour. Within 5 minutes your professional pilot will have you over the harbour flying past icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Manly Cove. Throughout the flight your pilot will be providing you with expert commentary via voice activated headset.

      Adult Price: $220.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      The Rocks Pub Walk

      Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in 4 of Sydney’s oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys & cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, shouts and stories of Australia’s first European settlement. Tour includes: A choice of a beer (285ml/10oz), house wine or soft drink at each pub. 2.5 hours in duration. The Rocks Pub Walk runs 11:30am and 2:30pm daily (except Friday nights). Commences from Harts Pub, Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks.

      Adult Price: $90.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 8

      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

      Optional Experiences

      Haast River Safari

      Travel on a purpose built fully enclosed river jet boat with front-loading access. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy.

      Adult Price: $109.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight

      Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on this 40-minute scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook.

      Adult Price: $460.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Twin Glacier Flight

      From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

      Adult Price: $320.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      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

      Optional Experiences

      Milford Sound Flight Back To Queenstown

      A scenic flight from Milford Sound to return back to Queenstown. During the 35 minute flight take in panoramic views of spectacular scenery including glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforest.

      Adult Price: $420.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Shotover Jet

      Enjoy a 30-minute jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon with the only company permitted to operate in this area. A major highlight is experiencing the famous “Shotover Jet Turn” where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees turn. Includes return transfers from Queenstown. (Duration: 1.5 hours in total)

      Adult Price:
      (Price is subject to change)

      Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour and Jet Boat Ride

      Skippers Canyon Jet are the only company to offer a complete 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon and access to the unique mining relics available in the Sainsbury gold claim museum. Following the winding, yet majestic Skippers road, which carves its way down from the Coronet Peak ski road, over the saddle and down “Long gully” through to Skippers Canyon; your guide will detail the history of the road, hardships of the miners and how many miners were killed building the road over a century ago.

      Adult Price: $195.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Tss Earnslaw Cruise And Walter Peak Dinner

      Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise on Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. The TSS Earnslaw makes several trips daily across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shores. A cruise on this gracious heritage vessel is the perfect way to experience Queenstown’s magnificent alpine scenery. Upon reaching Walter Peak High Country Farm, you can disembark for an insight into New Zealand’s farming lifestyle. Enjoy an evening dining at the Colonel’s Homestead followed by an entertaining Sheep Show!

      Adult Price: $145.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      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

      Day 17

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-sg/tours/contrasts-of-australia-and-new-zealand for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • 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)

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      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


      Why Trafalgar?

      The Trafalgar Experience

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      Enjoy

      Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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      "Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


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      Meet

      Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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      Taste

      Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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      Unwind

      Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


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