Australia and New Zealand Panorama - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

13 days

from R46350 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Mar 2016.
"Great people and exciting places"
Christopher , Jul 2014

This nicely paced journey gives you glow worms, geysers and Maori culture in New Zealand; in Australia the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne's local secrets, the Sydney Opera House and Aboriginal art.

It's Insider moments like… meeting the locals of Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao and seeing how the villagers use the hot springs around them for cooking. It's feeling the ground shake beneath the haka war dance, and sharing an earth-oven cooked Hangi meal with your Maori hosts. In Melbourne you'll explore eccentric corners of the hidden laneways, while in Cairns the Aboriginal people treat you to a cultural feast of music, dance and art – and you learn the symbolism of paintings while decorating your own boomerang.

Trip type:
At Leisure
Trip code:
QPACA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE AUCKLAND

    On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). See the sights of Auckland on a city tour. This evening meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and 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)

    Welcome Reception,Dinner

    Hotel

    The Langham

  • 2.

    AUCKLAND - ROTORUA (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow Worm Grotto on a boat tour with a Local Expert. This evening experience the traditional world of Maori in a 200 year old Tawa setting. Share the Powhiri, an ancient ceremony of welcome. Enter the Meeting House and witness a powerful and entertaining cultural performance. This is followed by a Maori Hangi Be My Guest dinner accompanied by local wine and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Millennium

  • 3.

    ROTORUA SIGHTSEEING

    A Maori Local Expert will accompany you around the Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village, where you'll gain an insight into 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 Expert. You may even spot a kiwi! Then visit the Local Specialty Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a taste of farm life.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 4.

    ROTORUA - QUEENSTOWN (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. On arrival explore the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world's richest rivers, before an orientation tour of Queenstown and surrounds. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables Mountain Range and the home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Millennium

  • 5.

    QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

    A free day to do as you choose in New Zealand's adventure capital. Why not take a day trip to mystical Milford Sound? You will travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake then through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, en route to Milford Sound to board your cruise for an unforgettable experience.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    QUEENSTOWN - MELBOURNE (2 NIGHTS)

    You will be transferred to Queenstown Airport to board your flight to Melbourne, Australia. On arrival you are transferred to the hotel. Join your Travel Director on a city sights tour including a private walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways, a Local Specialty. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating shops. Your sightseeing concludes in Lygon St, Melbourne's ‘Little Italy', where you're free to enjoy local cuisine at the restaurant of your choice.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Crowne Plaza

  • 7.

    MELBOURNE AT LEISURE

    The day is at leisure. You may consider an Optional Experience to the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island or a trip along the spectacular Great Ocean Road.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    MELBOURNE - CAIRNS (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, a celebration of the living history of the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Discover the medicinal values of bush tucker and enjoy professional theater incorporating traditional Aboriginal dance, fire making and storytelling. Join an Indigenous staff member for a fun introduction to Aboriginal art and see how Aboriginal culture is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own boomerang dot painting, which you can take home as a souvenir of your Local Specialty experience.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hilton

  • 9.

    GREAT BARRIER REEF

    First up today you'll visit the Cairns Wildlife Dome to encounter crocodiles, koalas and other unique Australian animals. Then get ready for an experience of a lifetime - board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy an informative reef education presentation with a Local Expert. 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 meter underwater. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet Regional Meal before you return to Cairns.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 10.

    CAIRNS - SYDNEY (3 NIGHTS)

    This morning you'll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight 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 harbor attractions including the Harbor Bridge and Opera House.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbor

  • 11.

    SYDNEY SIGHTSEEING

    Prepare yourself this morning for the spectacular views on the cliff-top coastal walk from Tamarama Beach. The walk features stunning vistas, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. 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 sparkling Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club where you'll learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving, a Local Specialty. Later, return to the city to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and see panoramic harbor views from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. Top off this highlight day on a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a Local Expert.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 12.

    SYDNEY AT LEISURE

    Spend a free day in this exciting city. Why not take an Optional Experience to the famous Blue Mountains and see some of Australia's native wildlife at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Or take the climb of your life with the Sydney Harbor Bridge 'BridgeClimb'. Gather together this evening with your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant by the water.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 13.

    DEPART SYDNEY

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy a Maori Hangi dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae in Rotorua.
  • Hidden Treasure

    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert

    Explore the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto and Limestone Caves.
    Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park.
    Experience Whakarewarewa Thermal Village.
    Discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Journey through the Sydney Opera House.
  • Local Specialty

    See the art of sheep shearing at the Agrodome sheep Show in Rotorua.
    Discover Melbourne's hidden laneways on a walking tour.
    Join an Aboriginal artist to paint your souvenir boomerang at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

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What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney.
  • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbor.
  • Orientation of Queenstown.
  • Scenic drive past lakes and mountain ranges in Queenstown.
  • See coral, tropical fish and native Australian animals in Queensland.
  • Views of native flora and fauna at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
  • Visit the Glow Worm Grotto at Waitomo Caves, a thermal valley in Rotorua, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns Wildlife Dome, Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.

Dining

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners

    (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 1 two course dinner and Farewell Dinner).
  • 2 Regional Meal lunches.

Travel Highlights

  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

We offer a range of Optional Experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited, these can be paid with cash or credit card. We are sorry but at this time we are unable to display all optionals for this trip. Where available, these Optional Experiences will be added to our website shortly.

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