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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

22 Days 2 Countries 11 Cities

Uncover the real Australia and New Zealand on this Regional Explorer trip. Visit Sydney, Auckland and more.

"I loved both Australia and New Zealand"

Joanne

About this trip

You'll discover all the highlights on this journey, which roams from the Outback to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and takes in New Zealand's fiords, wilderness and Maori legends. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... the unforgettable taste of your Outback barbecue at the sustainable Earth Sanctuary, where ecology, culture and astronomy come together against a backdrop of the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: IMZB

21 Nights

accommodation

34 Meals
  • 21 hot buffet breakfasts.

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

  • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Melbourne (3 Nights)

Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). This evening join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

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

2. Melbourne Sightseeing

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour and discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, cafe society and street art on your Cultural Insight private walking tour. The rest of your day is free. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

3. Melbourne Free Time

Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take an Optional Experience along the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

4. Melbourne - Alice Springs

Today you fly to Alice Springs. Visit School of the Air and hear from a Local Specialist how this school delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you'll join a Local Specialist to learn about this facility that provides a 'mantle of safety' to the people of the Outback. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Hotel
Chifley Alice Springs Resort

5. Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (2 Nights)

Journey to Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy nibbles and sparkling wine as Uluru (Ayers Rock) changes colour when the sun dips below the western horizon.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Desert Gardens Authentic Accommodation

6. Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

This morning 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 discovering ancient rock art. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Take a walk at Walpa Gorge and later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset while enjoying sparkling wine.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

7. Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns (3 Nights)

Join your 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. In the afternoon you will fly to the tropical city of Cairns.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Hilton

8. Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime when you 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. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you'll dine at Dundee's Restaurant overlooking the Cairns waterfront.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner with wine

9. Cairns Free Time

Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for an insightful look at indigenous culture. Journey to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals or travel to the 'village in the rainforest' on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands over the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

10. Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

Today you will fly to Sydney. This evening is free for you to do as you wish. Your Travel Director will give you hints and tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner why not take a stroll along the beautiful waterfront.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

11. Sydney Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist for a guided tour of Sydney Opera House before putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Then, take to the water on a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise Regional Meal, sailing around the glistening harbour while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

12. Sydney Free Time

Enjoy a free day in exciting Sydney or perhaps take an Optional Experience to the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters. Celebrate your last evening in Sydney at dinner with your Travel Director and companions at a local restaurant by the water.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

13. Sydney - Auckland (2 Nights)

This morning say goodbye to Australia and fly to Auckland, New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for your 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

14. Auckland Sightseeing and Free Time

A morning city sightseeing tour is followed by a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Later, you'll have free time to relax or explore.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

15. Auckland - Rotorua

Join your Local Specialist for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto. Continue to Rotorua where a Local Specialist will accompany you at Te Puia Thermal Reserve. 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 a cultural 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

16. Rotorua - Christchurch

Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a Local Specialist and discover the native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Farm Show for a Cultural Insight and taste of farm life. Later, you'll fly to Christchurch.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Novotel

17. Christchurch - Franz Josef

Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration by a Local Specialist. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier.

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

18. Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights)

Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls and a trio of Lakes. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell then visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed. Set in the restored historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, 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

19. Milford Sound Cruise

Drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau then through the rainforest of Fiordland National Park. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, en route to Milford Sound to board your cruise. Return to Queenstown this afternoon.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch

20. 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 Skyline Restaurant.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

21. Queenstown - Christchurch

Visit Lake Tekapo, stopping at the Church of the Good Shepherd. You are welcomed by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor at Morelea Farm for a Be My Guest lunch in their 600 acre garden. Join your Travel Director this evening in Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Novotel

22. Depart Christchurch

Bid farewell to your new-found friends when your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

    • Cruise on Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour, Waitemata Harbour and Milford Sound.

    • View Sydney Harbour Bridge on your city tour.

    • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Te Puia Thermal Valley, Franz Josef Glacier.


What's Included

Dining

    • 21 hot buffet breakfasts.

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

    • 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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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.


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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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.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 13 Reviews

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    Service:

    Service rating : Fantastic tour guides in both Australia as well as New Zealand. Tour coaches superb. Hotels and meals above average .Product : Auckland could have been missed and not regretted. Alice Springs/ Ayers Rock could have been compressed/was one day too many. New Zealand.. Too many one

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    excellent

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    Service rating : Overall, we were very pleased with the service.Product : Very pleased with itinerary - however, trip did cost us about $1200 more than original quote because of optional tours. Other tour companies which at first seemed more expensive actually would have come out to about the

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    I think that Trafalger Nellie was absolutely great. Mark did a heck of a job.The combination of Australia and New Zealand on a bus though was rather long

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    Outstanding

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22 Days, 2 Countries, 11 Cities

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Melbourne, Australia

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Christchurch (Nz), New Zealand

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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.
    • Festive Season: Surcharge applies to Sydney hotel 29 December-2 January.
    • *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 Melbourne to Alice Springs - QF796; Day 7 from Ayers Rock to Cairns - QF1854; Day 10 from Cairns to Sydney - QF925; Day 13 from Sydney to Auckland - QF143; Day 16 from Rotorua to Christchurch - NZ5373. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
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