Highlights of Australia and New Zealand
Days 1 -3
Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, take a morning tour of the city and see the Royal Botanic Gardens and Parliament House. You will also have a full day at leisure to explore the city. Perhaps visit Philip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade or enjoy a scenic ride on Puffing Billy, a century-old steam train.
Fly to Alice Springs for a tour of this unique outback town. Enjoy panoramic views from Anzac Hill and travel to a genuine outback homestead for an evening barbecue dinner.
Days 5 – 6
Morning visit to a camel farm before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Rise early to view Uluru at sunrise, with an option to climb to the summit. Tour the caves at the base of the rock before heading to Kata Tjuta, a sacred Aboriginal site of 36 colossal domes of red rock.
Days 7 – 9
Fly to Cairns. Cruise by high-speed catamaran to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, with time for scuba diving (extra cost), snorkelling and swimming. Enjoy a reef education presentation and tropical buffet lunch onboard the pontoon. Next day at leisure with option to take a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway ride above the rainforest canopy.
Days 10 – 12
Fly to Sydney. Next day visit the famous Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Stroll along Bondi Beach and enjoy a luncheon cruise at Sydney Harbour.
Days 13 – 14
Fly to Auckland, ‘city of sails.’ Take a morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour and visit the America’s Cup Village.
Head south for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Continue to Rotorua for a Maori guided tour of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert.
Visit Rainbow Springs before flying to Christchurch.
Board the famous TranzAlpine train, traversing the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Follow the coastal road through dramatic West Coast scenery to Franz Josef, home of the majestic glacier, with the opportunity to take a scenic flight.
Continue through Mount Aspiring National Park. Visit historic Arrowtown before travelling to Queenstown.
Discover the magnificent alpine scenery of Fiordland and journey through the Homer Tunnel. Stop briefly at the Chasm, en route to Milford Sound with iconic Mitre Peak and magical Bowen Falls high above you.
Day at leisure to explore Queenstown.
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park as you travel to Lake Tekapo. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing to Christchurch. Enjoy local hospitality with a delicious dinner in a local’s home.
Transfer to Christchurch airport for your return flight.
Visit Ayres Rock, Alice Springs, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef among others in Australia. See Auckland, the Glowworm Caves, Queenstown and the board the famous TranzAlpine Train.
4* in towns, 3* in some remoter areas.