Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand summer 2018

Tour Type: Regional Explorer
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2018

Turn a corner, discover yet another spellbinding wonder. The eerie stillness of the Milford Sound, ultimate glacier adventure and Angie's famous Pavlova in the Southern Alps dot your travels through New Zealand, but not before a brush with the surfing splendour of Aussie's Bondi Beach and the Great Barrier Reef.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland
  • Cruise on Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park
  • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
  • Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Queensland, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Te Puia Geothermal Valley in Rotorua
Dining Highlights
  • 17 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 5 lunches (Including Be My Guest)
  • 9 dinners (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 800-660-7595 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13704335

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2018
Duration
17 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, cafe 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 why not dine at one of the many local restaurants.Buffet Breakfast
Pacific Cairns
Day 4Great Barrier ReefGreat 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 5CairnsCairns Free Time: Today is free for you to explore this tropical city. Consider an Optional Experience. You could journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway to the 'village in the rainforest' and return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This evening be prepared for a special Be My Guest dinner at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience a personal Welcome to Country ceremony, hear stories of the Dreamtime, witness an entertaining high impact performance by the indigenous dance group and enjoy dinner accompanied by the sounds of the didgeridoo.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
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 a 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 to see the Three Sisters. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for dinner in a restaurant on the waterfront.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 9AucklandSydney - Auckland (2 Nights): It's farewell to Australia as you fly to Auckland, New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Stamford Plaza
Day 10AucklandAuckland Sightseeing and Free Time: 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: Today you're invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm (from Apr 1 2018). This evening join your travelling companions for a memorable Regional Meal. 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, Regional Meal
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! Continue to Rotorua to visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, accompanied by a Local Specialist. 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 (Distinction from April 1 2018)
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 15Milford Sound CruiseMilford Sound Cruise: Journey over the Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. Travel through the rainforest of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to numerous photo opportunities before reaching Milford Sound. Cruise the magnificent fiord 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 17Depart QueenstownDepart Queenstown: Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Farewell Dinner
Novotel (Distinction from April 1 2018)
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
04/05/2018$5,995.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
04/19/2018$5,995.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
05/17/2018$5,995.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
06/07/2018$5,675.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
07/05/2018$5,675.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
08/16/2018$5,675.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
08/23/2018$5,675.00* (USD) / Land Price - On RequestQuote
09/06/2018$5,925.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
09/20/2018$5,925.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
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