18 Days: Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand [QCANA]
Starting at
$5,795

Available Tour Dates

2017

Jan SOLD OUT
Feb SOLD OUT
Mar 2*
Apr 6*,20*
May 18*
Jun 8*
Jul 6*
Aug 17*, 24*
Sep 7*, 21*
Oct 5*, 19*
Nov 9*, 16*, 23*, 30*
Dec 7*, 14*, 21*, 28*

2018

Jan 4*, 11*, 18*, 25*
Feb 1*, 8*, 15*, 22*
Mar 1*, 8*, 15*, 22*
Apr 5*, 19*
May 17*
Jun 7*
Jul 5*
Aug 16*, 23*
Sep 6*, 20*
*Seasonality supplements apply

18 Days: Contrast the secrets of Melbourne’s hidden laneways with a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Then there’s Bondi Beach where you’ll lunch with the locals and a Hangi feast that you’ll share with your Maori hosts in Rotorua. You’ll spot crocodiles and kiwis. It’s just a taste of what’s to come.

Tour departs from Melbourne and returns to Christchurch.

Itinerary is valid 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017
Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Premium holiday inclusions

Transportation

  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows

Professionally Escorted

  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver

Accommodation

  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels

Dining Inclusions

  • Full buffet breakfasts (17)
  • ‘You’re invited’ lunches (2)
  • Lunches (2)
  • You’re invited’ dinner (1)
  • Dinners with wine (4)
  • Highlight dinners (3)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

Plus

  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel wallet and map
  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel porterage included
  • Included Choice experiences

Spectacular sightseeing experiences

  • Indulge in lunch overlooking spectacular Bondi Beach
  • Learn about Aussie surf culture at Bondi Beach
  • Venture inside Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
  • Toast the sunset on a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room
  • Discover native Australian animals at Hartley’s
  • Crocodile Adventures Snorkel and cruise on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways
  • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm
  • Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise
  • View Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a jade factory and marvel at artists at work
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show
  • Immerse yourself in rich Maori arts and culture with the Tamaki family over dinner

Itinerary

Days 1-3 in Melbourne

2 Nights, Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. 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.

Dinner with wine included

Day 2: Melbourne

Join your Travel Director for your city tour including 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.

Breakfast included

Day 3: Melbourne – Cairns

Say farewell to Melbourne as you fly to Cairns. On arrival join your local guide for a private wildlife journey at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds and of course, crocodiles! This evening feast on a delicious meal of fresh seasonal produce at Salt House with views of the Cairns waterfront.

Breakfast & Dinner with win included

Days 3 – 6 in Cairns

3 Nights, Hilton Hotel Cairns

Day 4: Cairns ‘Free Time’

Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an optional experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theatre, didgeridoo and firemaking demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai dance. Or visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. You could travel to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park through some of the oldest rainforest in the world on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Breakfast included

Day 5: Great 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.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 6: Cairns – Sydney

Depart Cairns and fly to Sydney. On arrival there’s time to relax before boarding a Captain Cook sunset highlight dinner cruise. Enjoy a two course à la carte dinner and the mesmerizing views of Sydney at night. You’ll pass magnificent waterfront homes and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included

Days 6 – 8 in Sydney

3 Nights, Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour

Day 7: Sydney

Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of Sydney Opera House with a local guide. Later board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair.  You’re invited’ to Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. This afternoon if you want to see Sydney from above, take the climb of your life on Sydney Harbour Bridge ‘BridgeClimb’ (own expense).

Breakfast & “You’re Invited” Dinner included

Day 8: Sydney ‘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 fellow travellers for a stroll to Darling Harbour to enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the city’s waterfront. Dine on fresh seasonal produce when you indulge in a selection of signature dishes that are bound to create a memorable dining experience.

Breakfast & Dinner with win included.

Days 9 -11 in Auckland

2 Nights, The Langham Hotel

Day 9: Auckland

It’s farewell to Australia as you fly to Auckland, New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for a highlight dinner at ‘Eight’ at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.

Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included

Day 10: Auckland Sightseeing

A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a city sights tour. Later, you’ll have time to explore the city.

Breakfast included

Day 11: Auckland-Rotorua

Join a guide for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Rotorua where a Maori guide will accompany you at Te Puia Thermal Reserve.  ‘You’re invited’ this evening to 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.

Breakfast & “You’re Invited” Dinner Included

Days 11 – 12 in Rotorua

1 Night, Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Day 12: Rotorua – Christchurch

Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a local guide and discover the native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a 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.

Breakfast Included

Days 12 -13 in Christchurch

1 Night,  Novotel Christchurch

Day 13: Christchurch – 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 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).

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Days 13 – 14 in Franz Josef

 1 Night, Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.

Day 14: Franz Josef – Queenstown

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 a highlight 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 meal with wine.

Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included

Days 14 – 17 in Queenstown

3 Nights, Millennium Hotel,

Day 15: Milford 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.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 16: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Today you may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or just explore Queenstown on your own. This evening perhaps ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner.

Breakfast included

Day 17: Queenstown – Christchurch

Stop to see the morning sun glisten on Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd.  ‘You’re invited’ to join us for a visit to Morelea Farm. You’re welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor for to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden and gain an insight into the day-to-day operation of farm life. Just wait until you try the Pavlova. In Christchurch this evening celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Breakfast, “You’re Invited” Lunch & Farewell Dinner included

Days 17 -18 in Christchurch

1 Night, Novotel Christchurch

Day 18: Farewell from Christchurch

Your Vacation concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. 

Breakfast included

 

All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are not included in the land content price. We will include the price of all flights in your custom quote.

Single supplements apply. Triple share is available.