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Discover Australia and New Zealand

15 Days 2 Countries 7 Cities

This relaxed journey roams from Cairns to Queenstown via the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and the Red Centre.

"I had an amazing experience traveling with Trafalgar!"

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About this trip

Discover Australia and New Zealand at a relaxed pace, on a journey that roams from Cairns to Queenstown via the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and the natural wonders of the Red Centre. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... waking up to the majesty of Uluru and the Red Centre, with its gums, red sands and endless skies. And discovering the meaning behind the ancient rock art you see, as you explore this iconic landmark.


Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: CANZQ

14 Nights

accommodation

22 Meals
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

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

  • 2 lunches.

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Discover Australia and New Zealand

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Cairns (3 Nights)

Welcome to Cairns! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 2pm). This evening join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and delectable dinner at Salt House on the Cairns waterfront.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Hilton

2. 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

3. Cairns At Leisure

Today is all yours to relax or explore. Maybe take an Optional Experience to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture. Or visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter an array of wildlife including koalas, tropical birds, reptiles and insects.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

4. Cairns - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (2 Nights)

Today fly from Cairns to Ayers Rock. This afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Along the way you'll hear about the geological and cultural history of the area. Admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuta while you take in a magnificent outback sunset with nibbles and sparkling wine.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Desert Gardens Authentic Accommodation

5. Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sightseeing

View the magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise. Afterwards, gain a Cultural Insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru. This evening relax with nibbles and sparkling wine as you watch an Uluru sunset. Afterwards, enjoy an award-winning Uluru Barbecue Regional Meal. After dinner, gaze at the tremendous southern night sky as a Local Specialist gives you insight into the constellations.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

6. Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Sydney (3 Nights)

Join a Local Specialist Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. This afternoon you'll fly to Sydney. Your evening is free for you to explore. Your Travel Director can point you in the direction of some restaurants nearby your hotel. You'll be spoiled for choice.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
The Grace

7. Sydney Sightseeing

A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour awaits! Join a Local Specialist for a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House to take a sneak peek behind the scenes before discovering Sydney's Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Later, take to the water for a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise Regional Meal. Enjoy a fresh seasonal menu while you sail around the glistening harbour. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions. Then spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. This evening, why not experience a performance under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

8. Sydney At Leisure

The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. See the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. 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 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. It will be an evening to remember.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

9. Sydney - Auckland

Say goodbye to Australia and fly to New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for a Regional Meal 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
Regional Meal
Hotel
The Langham

10. Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow Worm Grotto on a boat tour with a Local Specialist. 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

11. Rotorua Sightseeing

A Maori Local Specialist will accompany you around the Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village. 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 a taste of farm life.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

12. Rotorua - Queenstown (3 Nights)

This morning you'll fly to Queenstown. On arrival explore the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before an orientation 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

13. Queenstown At Leisure

A free day to do as you choose in New Zealand's adventure capital. Why not take an Optional Experience through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound?

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

14. Queenstown At Leisure

Today you may like to relax or consider taking another of our Optional Experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or explore Queenstown on your own. This evening join your Travel Director for a Farewell 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 Farewell Dinner with wine.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

15. Depart Queenstown

Time to bid farewell as you are transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 3 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : We were very pleased with our recent trip with Trafalgar.Product : I would change the first day in Queenstown, New Zealand. Just a brief stop at the bungy jumping bridge and a longer time with on-your-own supper in Arrow Town. Our brief visit was a disappointment and

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Very professional and well organized. An actual perfect trip. Tour guides were excellent and showed a genuine concern for each individual. I will be looking at Trafalgar for future trips across the world.Product : Same as above. Home computer issues. Cannot send videos or

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : We had an amazing trip. Tour Director Christin Niederle (Australia) was so knowledgeable and caring about all of us that it made our experience even more enjoyable. Awesome Tour Director.... We were able to see and do soo much...we are still sorting pictures...In New Zealand,

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Desert Gardens Hotel - Ayers Rock You'll discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre from this Authentic Accommodation. Revealing the natural beauty of this unique landscape, the hotel offers incredible views of towering gums, flowering native shrubs, glowing red dunes and legendary Uluṟu.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    at Ayers Rock Resort.

  • 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 Insight
    Tour the caves at the base of Uluru.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialist
    at Sydney Opera House, Rainbow Springs Nature Park and a Geothermal Valley in Rotorua.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Sydney and Auckland.

    • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour.

    • View sunset & sunrise at Uluru.

    • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and the Agrodome Sheep Show in Rotorua.


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 6 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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    • Departures between 1 Oct 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 4 from Cairns to Ayers Rock - QF1851; Day 6 from Ayers Rock to Sydney - JQ661; Day 9 from Sydney to Auckland - QF143; Day 12 from Rotorua to Queenstown - NZ8742/641. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
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