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22 Day Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

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22 Day Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

Australia's Outback and Aboriginal culture await you, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbor. Then the Maoris of New Zealand, lake and glacier, Auckland and Christchurch. It's Insider moments like… the unforgettable taste of your Outback barbecue at the sustainable Earth Sanctuary, where ecology, culture and astronomy come together to a backdrop of the Outback's East MacDonnell Ranges. Learning from local artists the beauty and meaning behind Aboriginal dot paintings, then creating your own to take home. Following delicious smells through Melbourne's hidden laneways as you meet the eccentric inhabitants of this cultural hotspot.

Our adventure map

Day by day

First Day Arrive in Melbourne 

On arrival at Melbourne Airport you are 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.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza

Second Day enjoy Melbourne Sightseeing and Free Time

Discover Melbourne on a city sights tour then explore its eclectic little laneways, arcades and café society on your Local Specialty private walking tour.

Third Day more Melbourne Free Time

Enjoy a free day to do as you choose.

Fourth Day Fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you'll hear from a Local Expert how this marvelous facility operates to provide a 'mantle of safety' to the people of the outback. Next stop is the School of the Air followed by the Telegraph Station. This evening join us on a discovery tour at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Center. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Fifth Day Journey from Alice Springs to Uluru, Ayers Rock

Travel through rugged outback scenery to Ayers Rock Resort, your Authentic Accommodations. This evening enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine while watching the spectacular sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Hotel: Desert Gardens Authentic Accommodations

Sixth Day Travel to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

View sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock). Tour the caves at its base, hear stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime and gain a Unique Insight into local Aboriginal culture. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Walk through Walpa Gorge and later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with complimentary wine and nibbles.

Seventh Day go from Uluru to Ayers Rock and Cairns 

Join a local Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art, a Local Specialty. Your Anangu artist will provide you with an introduction to their culture. You'll be assisted to complete your own painting, which you can take home as a memento of your experience. You'll then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairns.

Hotel: Hilton

Eighth Day its onto Great Barrier Reef

Join your Travel Director for an indigenous experience to introduce you to the significance of art in Aboriginal culture. Later, board a high speed catamaran for the most unforgettable day on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy an informative reef education presentation by a Local Expert. See the fascinating coral formations and other exotic marine life from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. After a tropical buffet Regional Meal there's time to relax, snorkel some more or scuba dive (own expense).

Ninth Day enjoy Free Time in Cairns 

Enjoy a free day to do as you choose.

Tenth Day see Cairns then Fly to Sydney 

Spend time at the Cairns Wildlife Dome, where you'll encounter unique Australian animals. We will transfer you to the airport to board your flight to Sydney, where you have free time this evening.

Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbor

Eleventh Day take some Sightseeing in Sydney 

Prepare yourself this morning for spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean on the cliff-top coastal walk from Tamarama Beach. The walk features stunning vistas, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. When you arrive at Bondi Beach you can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the cool clear water. Later, see stunning views of Sydney Harbor and the city skyline on a sightseeing tour. Drive through the Royal Botanic Gardens to visit Mrs. Macquarie's Chair then join a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a Local Expert. Top off this highlight day with a cruise on the glistening harbor.

Twelfth Day more Sydney Free Time

Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Spend your last evening in Sydney together along with your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant by the water.

Thirteenth Day Fly from Sydney to Auckland 

You'll be transferred to the airport to board your flight to New Zealand. On arrival in Auckland, you are transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious dessert.

Hotel: The Langham

Fourteenth Day enjoy Free Time and Sightseeing Auckland  

A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a sightseeing tour including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Fifteenth Day Journey from Auckland to Rotorua

Travel into the Waikato region to the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto for a boat tour with a Local Expert. Then continue to Rotorua where you'll visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and be accompanied by a Local Expert. This evening, enjoy a Be My Guest traditional Maori Hangi dinner with local wine, and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Hotel: Millennium

Sixteenth Day travel from Rotorua to Christchurch

Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a Local Expert. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life. Later, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Christchurch.

Hotel: Novotel

Seventeenth Day go from Christchurch to Franz Josef

Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train. At Hokitika visit a local greenstone (jade) factory, a Local Specialty. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

Eighteenth Day Drive from  Franz Josef to Queenstown 

Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital, a Local Specialty. Next visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in adventure-capital Queenstown.

Hotel: Millennium

Nineteenth Day its onto Milford Sound

An early start for Milford Sound. 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, including lunch.

Twentieth Day Exploring Choice in Queenstown 

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Thunder Jet on Lake Wakatipu, join a wine tour, play a round of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or explore Queenstown on a Segway.

Twenty-First Day Travel from Queenstown to Christchurch

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

Hotel: Novotel

Twenty-Second Day Depart Christchurch

You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your flight home (flights any-time).

Whats included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Melbourne, Alice Springs, Sydney and Auckland
  • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Sydney Harbour, Waitemata Harbor in Auckland and Milford Sound
  • Scenic drive through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train, the rugged Australian outback, the rainforest of Fiordland National Park
  • See coral and tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef and native animals in Australia and New Zealand
  • View Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House on a harbour cruise, the Glow Worm Grotto at Waitomo Caves and jade carving in Hokitika
  • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) at sunset, the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach, thermal valley in Rotorua and glacier at Franz Josef


21 hot buffet breakfasts, 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 2 Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners and 2 Farewell Dinners). 3 lunches (including Regional Meal, 1 lunch and Be My Guest)

Optional Extras

We offer a range of Optional Experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited, these can be paid with cash or credit card. We are sorry but at this time we are unable to display all optionals for this trip. Where available, these Optional Experiences will be added to our website shortly.

 Where you stay

All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.

Travel Highlights

  • A travel wallet with your documentation
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
  • Part of the Trade Right Foundation

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