Highlights of Australia and New Zealand 2017

Tour Type: Regional Explorer
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2017

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.

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.
Dining Highlights
  • 21 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 9 dinners (including 2 Be My Guests').
  • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest).
First class 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

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13066904

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
22 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1MelbourneArrive 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.Welcome Reception, Dinner with wine
Crowne Plaza
Day 2MelbourneMelbourne 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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 3MelbourneMelbourne 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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 4Alice SpringsMelbourne - 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.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Chifley Alice Springs Resort
Day 5Uluru (Ayers Rock)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.Buffet Breakfast
Desert Gardens Authentic Accommodation
Day 6Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 7CairnsUluru (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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 8CairnsGreat 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.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
Day 9CairnsCairns 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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 10SydneyCairns - 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.Buffet Breakfast
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Day 11SydneySydney 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.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 12SydneySydney 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.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 13AucklandSydney - 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.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
The Langham
Day 14AucklandAuckland 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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 15RotoruaAuckland - 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.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day 16ChristchurchRotorua - 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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 17Franz JosefChristchurch - 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.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Day 18QueenstownFranz 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.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 19QueenstownMilford 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.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 20QueenstownQueenstown 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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 21ChristchurchQueenstown - 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.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Farewell Dinner
Day 22Depart ChristchurchDepart 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).Buffet Breakfast

Click Quote or call us to get additional information on your chosen travel date. Special offers or competitive pricing may be available!

DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
03/25/2018$7,575.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
- These prices are correct at the time of the website going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.
- All tour information is correct at time of tours going live, however is subject to change, please confirm all details at time of booking.
- For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Conditions page.
- Hotel Class Key: D: Deluxe SF: Superior First Class F: First Class
Online Agency Travel Websites