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Australia and New Zealand Panorama

15 Days 2 Countries 6 Cities

We take you from Auckland and Rotorua, to Queenstown and then onto Melbourne on this At Leisure trip.

"Great people and exciting places"

Christopher

About this trip

Australia and New Zealand are revealed on this trip, which joins the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne's local secrets and Sydney's Opera House with geysers, adventure playgrounds and Maori traditions.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... getting up close and personal with some of Australia's most legendary native animals - including crocodiles, koalas and wallabies - on an in-depth wildlife adventure with an expert naturalist.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: QPACA

14 Nights

accommodation

23 Meals
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

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

  • 2 lunches.

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Australia and New Zealand Panorama

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Early evening join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, for what is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, you'll enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines. 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 Sightseeing

Join your Travel Director for a Cultural Insight. Your city sights 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. Spend the rest of the day as you choose.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Hilton

4. Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to discover Cairns. Perhaps take one of our Optional Experiences. You could journey on the Scenic Railway to Kuranda, where there's time to explore the 'village in the rainforest' including the Heritage Village Markets. Then return to the lowlands high above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park through some of the oldest rainforest in the world on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

5. Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime when you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Covering approximately 35 million hectares, it is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. View the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. You'll have the opportunity to go snorkeling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch

6. Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

This morning you'll fly to Sydney. On arrival there's time to relax or explore 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, 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 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, with its views over the Pacific Ocean. Your host, a Local Specialist, will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club for an insight into the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later spend free time exploring or shopping, enjoy an Optional Experience or maybe just take a stroll along the harbour front.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

8. Sydney Free Time

The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters. 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

9. Sydney - Queenstown (3 Nights)

This morning say farewell to Sydney and fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. On arrival explore the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, before an orientation tour of Queenstown and surrounds. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Millennium

10. Queenstown Free Time

You have a free day to do as you choose in New Zealand's adventure capital. Why not take an Optional Experience to breathtaking Milford Sound for a cruise on the majestic fiord.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

11. 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

12. Queenstown - Rotorua (2 Nights)

Fly from Queenstown to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand. 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 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.

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

13. Rotorua Sightseeing

This morning a Maori Local Specialist will accompany you around the Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village, where you'll gain an appreciation of Maori culture. See New Zealand's biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a tour with a Local Specialist. You may even spot a kiwi! Then visit the Agrodome Farm Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a Cultural Insight and taste of farm life.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

14. Rotorua - Auckland

Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow Worm Grotto and Limestone Caves with a Local Specialist. You'll take a silent boat ride through the subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glow worms. Later, on arrival in Auckland you'll see the sights on a city tour. This evening join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
The Langham

15. Depart Auckland

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    at a Maori Hangi feast at the Tamaki Family Marae in Rotorua and at an entertaining indigenous evening at Gardener's Lodge in Sydney.

  • Cultural Insights
    Discover Melbourne's hidden laneways and learn about farm life in New Zealand.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    with a lifesaver at Bondi Beach and guides at Sydney Opera House and Waitomo Caves.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

    • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour.

    • Scenic drives past Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

    • View Darling Harbour from your hotel room and Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House on your city tour.

    • Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and a geothermal valley in Rotorua.


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

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

    • 2 lunches.


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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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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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 17 Reviews

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    Service rating : I enjoyed all the services. My first experience so nothing to compare to. I had a nice timeProduct : Nice trip. Nice tour guides who knew the lau of the land. Very informative

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    Very knowledgeable guides and good with all people.

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    Very good with the exception of the change in travel that our guide didn't tell us about.

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    Service rating : Not too goodProduct : my wife and I traveled to New Zealand and Australia on March 13 for 2 weeks. Arrived in Auckland on March 15 and transferred to hotel and met our tour guide Mr. Ted Ratahi. this hotel was very good and up to our expectation.We did not enjoyed the rest of

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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 Queenstown - QF121; Day 12 from Queenstown to Rotorua - NZ636/5378. 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 refreshed.
    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
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