Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

Tour Type: Regional Explorer
Brochure Type: GE The Australia & New Zealand Book 2023

Connect with the Outback, untamed fiords, and fascinating Maori legends as you explore the highlights of Australia and New Zealand - every bit as enchanting as looking up with a sense of awe and wonder at New Zealand's dark night sky.

Choice Highlights
Must-see Highlights
  • Explore Sydney Opera House, the National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua, Auckland, and the Dark Sky Reserve in Tekapo with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Melbourne, Sydney, Queenstown, and Christchurch
  • Visit Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Bondi Beach in Sydney, and Te Pa Tu Maori Experience in Rotorua
  • View the renowned Field of Light installation in Uluru
  • Scenic Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour, and Milford Sound
Be My Guest
  • Bondi Beach: Rub shoulders with the bronzed, beautiful people of Bondi Beach, as you join a surf lifesaver who will take you through the Members Only facility of Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club, followed by lunch with views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean.
  • Lake Tekapo: Join retired sheep farmers Angie and Stan Taylor at their home on Lake Tekapo for a barbecue lunch, and hear about their lifetime spent farming in the Southern Alps.
Trafalgar Difference
  • Lake Tekapo: This resort overlooks the pristine waters of Lake Tekapo in New Zealand's South Island.
  • Uluru: Discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre at Ayers Rock Resort. Revealing natural beauty of this unique landscape, the accommodation offer incredible views of towering gums, flowering native shrubs and flowing red dunes.
  • Rotorua: Visit the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa and learn about the work being done to save New Zealand's national bird.
  • Uluru: Explore the foundations of life and society of the local Aboriginal people in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Learn about the spiritual connection the local Anangu caretakers have with the land at Uluru.
  • Uluru: Your visit to Australia's National Parks helps contribute to protecting our wildlife and wilderness.
Dive Into Culture
  • Rotorua: Immerse yourself in Maori traditions at a fun and entertaining evening, including a cultural performance and traditional Hangi meal at Te Pa Tu Maori Experience.
  • Uluru: Join an Indigenous Anangu artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art.
Whats Included
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All land transport shown. All transfers shown
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Melbourne to Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Auckland, Auckland to Queenstown

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer valid through 6/30/2023
22 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1MelbourneWelcome to Melbourne: Melbourne's elegant facades and broad boulevards are your launchpad to an immersive encounter with the highlights of Australia and New Zealand (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). You'll be transferred and welcomed to your hotel on the banks of the city's own Yarra River before getting to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers over a Welcome Reception at The General Assembly. At this modern pub you'll feast on a three-course dinner with specialties such as Fisherman's bend pie, schnitzel, and mac & cheese croquettes, washed down with your choice of beverage from local wines, you'll find it hard to choose from one of the 15 beers on tap. The General Assembly's waterfront setting on Yarra River's South Wharf is a relaxing welcome to this cosmopolitan city.
Crowne Plaza
Day 2Melbourne's Eclectic LanewaysUncover Melbourne's Eclectic Laneways: Jump into city life joining your Travel Director on a walking tour admiring Melbourne's Victorian architecture, arcades, and eclectic little laneways revealing some of the world's most incredible street art. Encounter the aroma of Melbourne's coffee culture around every corner. Grab a cup and power on to the grand Federation Square, the events centre and cultural hub of the city filled with shops, galleries, and exhibits. View the neighbouring 19-century neo-gothic cathedral, St Paul's and see the famous Hosier Lane full of street art where you might even spot an artist whipping up a design while you are there. See something you like? The rest of your day is free to take in Melbourne's well-known food and culture or join an Optional Experience such as a trip to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade. Wildlife fans won't want to miss seeing the tiny penguins make their daily trip from the sea to their onshore burrows. It's a fascinating experience to watch and only happens right here on Phillip Island.
Crowne Plaza
Day 3Melbourne, It's All YoursMelbourne, It's All Yours: Enjoy a day exploring stylish Melbourne just the way you like, indulging in world class fare at one of the city's famous eateries and stopping in unique shops. Browse Brunswick Street's quirky boutiques and pop into one of laneways' cafes to people watch and refuel on a strong flat white coffee. Or, tick something else off your bucket list and join an Optional Experience to travel the Great Ocean Road - the ultimate road trip along a stunning coastline. You'll learn how the jagged rocks were formed and stop at the world famous Twelve Apostles. Admire these towering limestone formations rising out of the sea against windswept cliffs. Take advantage of photo ops around every bend and stretch your legs in one of the seaside towns such as Lorne and Apollo Bay. If you prefer to soak up the city life, explore the Queen Victoria Market stopping for nibbles at one of the many stalls of this historic market. Wherever you chose to explore today, Melbourne and its surroundings are yours for the taking.
Crowne Plaza
Day 4UluruJourney to Spiritual Uluru Stays With Stories: The rusty red landscapes of Uluru beckon as we leave Melbourne for Ayers Rock Resort, near the sacred ancient site of Uluru and your home for the next two days in Aussie's cultural heartland. You'll fly over dry salt lakes and red desert before your first of many mesmerizing encounters with 'The Rock,' as you MAKE TRAVEL MATTER through your visit to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the desert sun begins to set, you're treated to a classic Uluru sundowner: nibbles and sparkling wine amidst the red dirt and blowing spinifex grasses as the Outback sky ignites in shades of red, yellow, and purple. Gazing at massive Uluru - which at 348 metres high is taller than the Eiffel Tower - you'll experience a kind of magical connection to the land. Relaxed and happy, you'll make your way to the Desert Gardens Hotel for a Stays With Stories experience. Surrounded by desert trees and distant Uluru, this indigenous-owned hotel showcases the natural beauty of the landscape. Stay in this evening or, after sunset, join an Optional Experience Uluru BBQ Dinner as you watch the changing desert colours and are treated to an informative star talk in one of the best places to view the southern night sky.
Desert Gardens
Day 5Uluru Sunrise and Kata TjutaMagical Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta: Watch night turn to day as you head to the National Park at dawn - hot cocoa in hand - to witness a magical sunrise as the dawn creeps across the desert and lights up Uluru. Then, day underway, hear stories about the Anangu, caretakers of this remote arid landscape, touring the base of Uluru to discover its ancient rock art with your Travel Director. You'll be amazed at their deep knowledge and passion for this land through stories that enhance the natural beauty you surely can't get enough of. Enjoy free time this afternoon relaxing by the pool or checking out the art galleries and Town Square shopping village before grabbing your walking shoes and continuing your journey through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta. Walk amidst its towering, mindboggling domes through Walpa (meaning 'wind') Gorge to a lookout. From sunrise to sunset, tonight you'll marvel over a magnificent sunset over Kata Tjuta paired with sparkling wine. Without many of the crowds at Uluru, you may have the beauty of this Hidden Gem to yourself.
Desert Gardens
Day 6Head to Tropical CairnsHead to Tropical Cairns Dive Into Culture Make Travel Matter: Rise with the birds on an exclusive visit to the kaleidoscopic Field of Light art installation of artist Bruce Munro. Set against the darkened desert, walk through the lights and watch the changing colours of this innovative art bring the land to life, feeling as if you're in a field of multi-coloured flowers against the backdrop of a magnificent Uluru sunrise. This eerily silent, soul-stirring start to your morning gives way to yet another exclusive experience on top of a sand dune to watch the desert awaken over Uluru with a hot drink in hand. That's just the beginning of your day! Next up Dive Into Culture joining your Local Specialist Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art at Maruku Arts Dot Art Experience. Indigenous artists share meanings of the dot art before you get hands on crafting your story, painting your own piece of Australian aboriginal art as a memento. Learning from the artists and creating personalized art is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience that will leave you enriched and enlightened as head to your next stop in sunny Cairns.
Day 7CairnsExplore Cairns in Your Own Time: Ease into the laidback lifestyle of Cairns with a full free day to explore this tropical city or take your pick of the many tempting Optional Experiences. There's something for everyone, no matter what you're looking for. Take to the skies for a bird's eye view with a balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands, the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere. Or, dive into nature learning traditional hunting and gathering skills as you search for bush tucker of mud crabs, fish, and mussels in the Daintree Rainforest. Taste and share your catch before a guided interpretive walk through the ancient rainforest. Another option is to take a historic rail journey winding across bridges and through tunnels to Kuranda village, nestled in a tropical rainforest to explore its colourful and interesting arts and crafts. Return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over and through the some of the oldest rainforest in the world. You can also choose to pair your trip to Kuranda with a visit to Hartley's Crocodile for a wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands, the home of the saltwater crocodile. Top off your day with an Optional Experience dinner at Ochre Restaurant enjoying local fare using native ingredients.
Day 8Great Barrier Reef Up-CloseGreat Barrier Reef Up-Close: Get ready for a bucket list adventure today as you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. It's up to you how you'd like to experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site and underwater wonderland: Don your mask and fins (equipment provided) for an up-close encounter with a kaleidoscope of fishes and reef or stay dry and explore the world's largest living reef system from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Whichever you choose, your local guide enhances your time on board with plenty of insights on the local ecology and the importance of preserving this fragile environment. Before your return to Cairns, you'll enjoy an onboard tropical lunch under the glorious Aussie sunshine. This evening, celebrate the end of an incredible day at a Regional Dinner on Cairns' waterfront at Salt House for a regional seafood plucked straight from the ocean highlighting fresh, local ingredients and prepared on their custom-built Argentinian wood fired grill.
Day 9SydneySparkling Sydney: We say farewell to Cairn's flying south to Sydney and spend the rest of the day exploring the beauty of this harbour city. From your centrally located hotel, take a stroll around the waterfront Circular Quay enjoying the peaceful Royal Botanic Garden, visit of one of the city's many museums viewing aboriginal artefacts, or go local checking out the Paddington and Surry Hills and wander the cute collections of boutique shops and little cafes. Whether you're called by land or sea, Sydney is walkable and offers something for everybody. Stopping for a bite is its own adventure, wining and dining in the famous Rocks District dating back to before the arrival of British settlers in the late 1700s, visiting Chinatown for some tasty yum cha, popping into one of city's many craft breweries, or finding the perfect rooftop bar to sit back and take it all in. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Regional Dinner cruise around Sydney Harbor against the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Day 10Discover SydneyDiscover Sydney Connect with Locals: A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour city awaits! Begin your day with a behind-the-scenes (entering through the stage door!) guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a Local Specialist, delving into the story of a building 'that changed the image of an entire country' and learning the history of this iconic structure. Now it's off to the beach to wiggle your toes in the sand at breathtaking Bondi, checking out the iconic Bondi Icebergs ocean pools as the surf rolls in. A local Surf Life Saver will take you into the members-only Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club. Connect with Locals as you learn about this historic club and gain an understanding of the important work that is done here saving lives on this famous beach. Next, A Be My Guest lunch with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Day 11SydneySydney, the Choice is Yours: Enjoy a full free day to explore Sydney or consider joining an Optional Experience to discover even more further afield. Take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains, whose eucalypt haze you'll see looming in the distance, for fresh mountain air and stunning natural scenery. You'll see the famous Three Sisters rock formation - each of which stands over 900 metres high - and hear the Aboriginal legend behind these massive structures. Animal lovers will not want to miss a visit to the Sydney Zoo to see some of Australia's unique native animals including the wombat, Tasmanian devil, and yes, the koala. You can even sign up for a special encounter to get up close to visit with some of the animals. This evening, spend some time getting to know this spectacular city. Keep it close to the hotel and dine overlooking the sparkling harbour, or ask your TD for something else, depending on how you're craving. Love a good view? Head to SkyFeast at Sydney Tower. On this sky-high dining experience, you'll indulge in international cuisine while seeing the city from 82-floors up with rotating, 360-degree views.
Day 12SydneySydney Through Your Eyes: Now you've found your bearings in Sydney, you have a final day in the city for more sightseeing. Perhaps begin in the Rocks District, dating to before the arrival of British settlers in the late 1700s, to explore the historic buildings or view Aboriginal artefacts at one of the city's museums? Consider joining an optional experience climbing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Guided by a professional Climber Leader, you'll ascend 134 metres above Sydney Harbour for priceless views at the top. Spend your last evening in Australia enjoying a Regional Dinner at Portside Restaurant where, under the sails of the Opera House, you'll recap your favourite sights in Australia before embarking on tomorrow's next leg of your travels on your Australia and New Zealand tour.
Day 13Hoo Roo Sydney - Kia Ora AucklandHoo Roo Sydney - Kia Ora Auckland: Set your sights on New Zealand as you fly to Auckland, the City of Sails. You'll see how the city got its nickname as you fly in over the islands and boats in the harbour. In fact, one in four New Zealanders owns a boat! On land, Auckland is known for being built on 53 dormant volcanoes (two of which you have the opportunity to see!) And if you're seeking a cosmopolitan vibe, Auckland will not disappoint. The city's melting pot of cultures means there are a variety of restaurants, from the glamorous to the local hot spots, for you to sample both international and New Zealand fare. Enjoy simple and classic Italian fare at Gusto at the Grand this evening joining your Travel Director for an introduction to this colourful city.
The Grand by SkyCity
Day 14Sights of Auckland, City of SailsSights of Auckland, City of Sails: Embark on a city sightseeing tour this morning including Mission Bay, Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial to New Zealand's first Labour Prime Minister. Admire the sunken pool and landscaped gardens as you're treated to sweeping views of Waitemata Harbour and the North Shore. After getting your bearings, you have the afternoon to explore. Stroll along Queen Street to find the perfect waterfront restaurant in Viaduct Harbour to enjoy water views while enjoying local oysters, crayfish, or New Zealand's native green lip mussels with a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Then stretch your legs popping into the many boutique shops. If you are seeking adventure further afield, join an optional experience to Waiheke Island by ferry for a wine and island tour, or - if you have a sweet tooth - join an ice cream experience to visit the Willy Wonka of ice cream at Giapo's trying one of their inventive creations like the Selfie Cone or Steamed Pudding Cone.
The Grand by SkyCity
Day 15Rotorua, Cultural CapitalRotorua, Cultural Capital Make Travel Matter Dive Into Culture: Begin your journey to Rotorua through the dramatic scenery and landscapes of Waikato, passing through Cambridge, 'The Town of Trees and Champions.' Learn about Cambridge's claim to fame as the training grounds for thoroughbred racehorses and famous jockeys as you cruise along its tree-lined boulevards. Then arriving in Rotorua, you'll tour the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, a leader in kiwi husbandry, with a Local Specialist spotting shy kiwi amongst the native bush learning about the rarity of New Zealand's national bird and the work being done to save this iconic animal during this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience. You'll be amazed as you see eggs being incubated, the hatching process, and even newly hatched kiwi chicks. This evening, Dive into Culture at a Regional Dinner at the Te Pa Tu Maori Experience where you'll journey into the forest to a time of warriors and ancient traditions. It's a feast for the senses watching their Poi and Haka dance plus an authentic Hangi (cooked underground) dinner of kumara (Maori for sweet potato), potatoes, carrots, lamb, beef, and steamed pudding, finished with New Zealand's national dessert, Pavlova.
Day 16QueenstownTake off to Adventure in Queenstown: Step into the land of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies as you spend an unforgettable morning in the charming village of Hobbiton. Your big day begins over breakfast 'on set' at Hobbiton before a guided tour where you'll be mesmerized by the rolling green hills and lush landscape surrounded by the distant Kaimai Range, feeling as if you're right there in the movies. Get an inside peek at the places and people that made Hobbiton famous as you're guided through the 12-acre set stopping in the Alexander family sheep farm, past Hobbit Holes, and the Mill. Learn how the movie was made, spot famous locations, admire the sets' artistic details, and even have your photo taken outside of Frodo's house. Even if you've never seen the films or read the books, you'll be entranced by the site of a worldwide sensation. After your time in the countryside, you'll return to Auckland to board your flight to Queenstown, adventure capital of the world. Settled in Queenstown, speak with your Travel Director about the best dining spots in town.
Day 17Cruise on Magical Milford SoundCruise on Magical Milford Sound: Journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and over the Devil's Staircase to Te Anau. Experience magnificent scenery afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Emerge from the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. Take to its still waters for a cruise filled with pinch-me moments. Return to Queenstown for a free evening. Speak to your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Queenstown.
Day 18Your Choice in QueenstownYour Choice in Queenstown: The day is yours to explore Queenstown as you like, and good news...you have plenty of options to choose from. Take to the water riding the thrilling Shotover Jet boat through cliffs and gorges. Or explore a slice of Kiwi farming history and soak in the views cruising Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm where you'll be treated to gourmet BBQ lunch and sheep shearing demonstration. Tonight, exchange stories of your Queenstown adventures as you join your Travel Director and group for a Regional Dinner at the historic Postmasters Cottage, built in 1907, in nearby Arrowtown. Hear the history of this quaint house that was almost demolished by developers and then saved and purchased by the passionate local community. The community continued to rally together restoring the cottage's verandas and adding charming gardens and paths. Stroll the grounds before sitting down to dinner with a focus on fresh, local food and wines.
Day 19To Turquoise Lake TekapoTo Turquoise Lake Tekapo Stays With Stories: Today you say farewell to Queenstown as you make your way to another beautiful destination, Lake Tekapo. The journey alone will have you falling in love with the South Island as you travel to Cromwell on the banks of Lake Dunstan. On arrival in Tekapo you'll be greeted by the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd for a photo opportunity of this lakefront stone church. As the sun sets your journey continues with a tour of the night sky at the world-renowned UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with a Local Specialist. Look up in awe as your stargazing guide points out the Southern Cross, Magellanic Cloud, and Milky Way. You even have the chance to take a closer look using a powerful optical telescope. Complement your discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere's sky with your Stays with Stories accommodation on the shores of Lake Tekapo.
Peppers Bluewater Resort
Day 20Innovative ChristchurchInnovative Christchurch Connect with Locals: Connect With Locals and enjoy some warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea, the home of Angie and Stan Taylor. Indulge in a Be My Guest barbecue lunch and hear about a lifetime spent in farming in New Zealand. You'll also get to witness Angie preparing her famous pavlova dessert. After soaking up country life, you'll arrive in Christchurch, a fascinating city rebuilding itself after the devastating 2011 earthquake and coming back to life in a whole new way.
Day 21Sights of Creative ChristchurchSights of Creative Christchurch: Start your day in Christchurch with a sightseeing tour including the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Earthquake Memorial, Bridge of Remembrance, and many streets lined with bars, cafes, and riverside markets. Stop at the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral. Admire its colourful stained-glass windows and sustainable cardboard construction giving it the nickname 'The Cardboard Cathedral' and a striking example of the city's revitalizing rebuild. All good things must come to an end and you'll spend your last night with your Travel Director and the group raising a glass to your travels at a three-course Farewell Dinner showcasing food from the Canterbury region.
Day 22ChristchurchFarewell Christchurch: Bid farewell to your newfound friends as your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast as you're transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. You'll surely leave with plenty of stunning photos and, most importantly, memories of this beautiful part of the world (flights anytime).

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