Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand 2017

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

Geyser or glacier, Aboriginal philosophy or Maori culture, Melbourne's eclectic laneways or the natural beauty of Queenstown: the contrasts of two diverse nations are revealed, on this in-depth journey.You'll enjoy Insider moments like... lunching with Bondi Beach locals and discovering stories of surf and rescue at Australia's oldest lifesaving club. And being amazed by super-fast shearers and the drama of a live auction, at Agrodome Farm Show.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.
  • Cruise on Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound.
  • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.
  • Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Te Puia Geothermal Valley.
Dining Highlights
  • 17 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 13066950

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Duration
18 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1MelbourneArrive Melbourne (2 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 and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.Welcome Reception, Dinner with wine
Crowne Plaza
Day 2MelbourneMelbourne Sightseeing: Join your Travel Director for a Cultural Insight. Your city 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. Then there's time to explore the city on your own.Buffet Breakfast
Day 3CairnsMelbourne - 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! This evening dine at Salt House, overlooking the Cairns waterfront.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Hilton
Day 4CairnsCairns Free Time: Today is free for you to explore this tropical city. Consider an Optional Experience. You could visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture or journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway to the 'village in the rainforest'.Buffet Breakfast
Day 5CairnsGreat Barrier Reef: 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.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6SydneyCairns - Sydney (3 Nights): Depart Cairns on your flight 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 and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)
Day 7SydneySydney Sightseeing: Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing 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. Your host, a Local Specialist, will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club for insight into the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later enjoy some free time to do as you please.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 8SydneySydney Free Time: The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. 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. Experience a traditional Aboriginal Welcome to Country ceremony, native bush foods and insight into traditional culture including storytelling, music and dance. It will be an evening to remember.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day 9AucklandSydney - Auckland (2 Nights): It's farewell to Australia as you fly to Auckland, 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.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
The Langham
Day 10AucklandAuckland Sightseeing: A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a sightseeing tour. Later, you'll have free time to explore the city.Buffet Breakfast
Day 11RotoruaAuckland - 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
Millennium
Day 12ChristchurchRotorua - 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. Now you'll fly to Christchurch. See how the city is slowly being rebuilt as a consequence of the earthquake of February 2011.Buffet Breakfast
Novotel
Day 13Franz JosefChristchurch - Franz Josef: Board the TranzAlpine train for your journey over the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. At Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory, to see a Local Specialist master carver at work. Travel along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier for a short walk to view the glacier and perhaps take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting).Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Day 14QueenstownFranz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights): Enjoy a coastal drive with views of the Tasman Sea. Climb over the Haast Pass winding through Mount Aspiring National Park. Then your journey takes you past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and heads along the Kawarau River through the Kawarau Gorge. Finally you will visit the historic village of Arrowtown, before arriving in Queenstown. 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
Millennium
Day 15QueenstownMilford Sound Cruise: Journey over the Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel en route to majestic Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch as you cruise with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 16QueenstownQueenstown 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.Buffet Breakfast
Day 17ChristchurchQueenstown - Christchurch: Late morning see Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you'll stop to view the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd. Then join us for a visit to Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, where you'll get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You're welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. You'll have the chance to experience sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a Be My Guest barbecue lunch, and wait until you try Angie's famous pavlova dessert! Listen to the family's story of growing up in rural New Zealand and their challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand's Southern Alps. In Christchurch this evening celebrate your trip at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Farewell Dinner
Novotel
Day 18Depart ChristchurchDepart Christchurch: Time to bid farewell as we transfer you to Christchurch Airport for your flight home (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
11/09/2017$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
11/16/2017$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
11/30/2017$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
12/14/2017$6,350.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
12/21/2017$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure - On RequestQuote
12/28/2017$6,550.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
01/04/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
01/11/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - On RequestQuote
01/18/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - On RequestQuote
01/25/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
02/01/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - On RequestQuote
02/08/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
02/15/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - FullQuote
02/22/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/01/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/08/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - On RequestQuote
03/15/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land Price - On RequestQuote
03/22/2018$6,350.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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