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Australia and New Zealand Panorama

15 Days 2 Countries 7 Cities

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

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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 Queenstown - QF121; Day 12 from Queenstown to Rotorua - NZ646/5786. 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.
    • Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, they are committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy.
    • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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    • Double-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii 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 traveling as part of a family group. 
    • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.
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    Melbourne, Australia

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    Auckland, New Zealand

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    i Flights available

    Early payment discount

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    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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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 Queenstown - QF121; Day 12 from Queenstown to Rotorua - NZ646/5786. 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.
      • Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, they are committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy.
      • 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.
      • Double-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii 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 traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      The untamed, unspoiled natural splendour, sophisticated cities and bewitching landscapes of Australia and New Zealand take centre stage on this extraordinary discovery of two destinations unlike any other. Bask in the brilliance of Waitomo's glow worms, the dazzling hues of the Great Barrier Reef and watch the sun set over the Sydney Opera House.


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      Trip code: QPACA

      14 Nights

      accommodation

      23 Meals
      • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 2 lunches

      • 7 dinners (Including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland

        • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Sydney Harbour

        • Scenic drives past Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range

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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 2 lunches

        • 7 dinners
          (Including Be My Guest)


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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


       

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      Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

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      Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)

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      Great Barrier Reef

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      Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

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      Sydney - Queenstown (3 Nights)

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      Queenstown - Rotorua (2 Nights)

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      Rotorua Sightseeing

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      Rotorua - Auckland

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      Depart Auckland

      Day 1

      Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights) Day 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.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 2

      Melbourne Sightseeing Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights) Day 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!

      Hotel

      Pacific Cairns

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Pacific Cairns

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 4

      Great Barrier Reef Day 4 - 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 snorkelling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Cairns Free Time Day 5 - 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. This evening prepare for a very special Be My Guest dinner and show at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience a personal Welcome to Country ceremony, hear stories of the Dreamtime and witness an entertaining high impact performance by the indigenous dance group. Then enjoy dinner accompanied by the sounds of the didgeridoo.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights) Day 6 - Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

      This morning you'll fly to Sydney. On arrival there's time to relax 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.

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 7

      Sydney Sightseeing Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 8

      Sydney Free Time Day 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 dinner by the waterfront.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 9

      Sydney - Queenstown (3 Nights) Day 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.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 10

      Queenstown Free Time Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Queenstown Free Time Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Queenstown - Rotorua (2 Nights) Day 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.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      Day 13

      Rotorua Sightseeing Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 13

      Day 14

      Rotorua - Auckland Day 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.

      Hotel

      Stamford Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Stamford Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 15

      Depart Auckland Day 15 - Depart Auckland

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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Experience an evening of indigenous theatre, dance and music, including a Didgeridoo performance and a personal Welcome to Country ceremony at a privately hosted dinner at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns. In Rotorua, you're invited to the Tamaki Family Marae for an exclusive evening highlighting Maori culture and traditions. In the private dining room you'll enjoy a Hangi feast and then take part in the Poi Dance or the Haka for the men!

      • Cultural Insights
        Discover Melbourne's eclectic hidden lanes, arcades and fascinating street art. Visit the Agrodome Farm Show for live demonstrations and hands-on interaction with New Zealand farm life

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Sydney, Cairns and Rotorua

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland

        • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Sydney Harbour

        • Scenic drives past Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range

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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 2 lunches

        • 7 dinners
          (Including Be My Guest)


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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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      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 62 Reviews

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        Service:

        Service rating : Our flight to Australia was late, so the tour began without us. We also were without our luggage for 2 days. We felt our director didn’t take the effort to get us up to speed with the rest of the group. Our Be Our Guest dinner was so sub-par, I felt offended that this was offered

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        Service rating : The tour guides and coach drivers were excellent. However while in Queenstown, New Zealand for 2 full days Trafalgar did not have any excursions or tours included in our stay. There were many optional excursions available and based on the level of expectation of a Trafalgar

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        Service rating : I enjoyed the hotels selected. However, the buffet breakfasts for the last two were a bit scarce. There were a few too many excursions that included seeing koalas and kangaroos. There was a day when the itinerary was cancelled because we missed our flight. Spent half a day

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        Service:

        Service rating : They provided very good hotels to stay in. The breakfasts varied though and some could have been better. There was a problem in transportation one day and while it wasn't your fault, something should have been done to entertain your customers. Some of the included experiences

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        Service:

        Tour guides are excellent with their knowledge and the hotels are very good with good locations!

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