Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand [QCANA]
18 Days: Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand [QCANA]
Starting at
$5,895

Available Tour Dates

2021

Jan* 14, 21, 28
Feb* 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar* 4, 11, 18, 25
Apr 15
Jun 3
Jul 1
Sep 2, 16, 30
Oct* 14
Nov* 11, 18
Dec* 2, 16

2022

Jan* 13, 20, 27
Feb* 3, 17, 24
Mar* 3, 10, 17

*Price will increase due to seasonality

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • Fully escorted luxury coach travel
  • 4 – 5 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • Welcome Reception

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Melbourne – Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (2 Nights), Cairns – Hilton Hotel Cairns (3), Sydney – Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour (3), Auckland – Stamford Plaza Auckland (2), Rotorua – Millenium Hotel Rotorua (1), Queenstown – Millennium Hotel Queenstown (3), Franz Josef – Te Waonui Forest Retreat (1), Christchurch – Distinction Christchurch Hotel (2)
  • Meals – 17 Full buffet breakfasts, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ lunch, 2 lunches, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ morning tea, 5 Dinners with wine, 3 Highlight dinners, 1 Farewell dinner
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • International Flights – Los Angeles to Melbourne, Christchurch to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Internal Flights – Melbourne to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Auckland, Rotorua to Queenstown (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Melbourne: Hidden Laneways tour; Cairns: Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park; Sydney: Sunset Dinner Cruise, Opera House Tour, Returned Servicemen’s Club tour; Auckland: City Sights Tour; Rotorua: Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Tamaki Maori Village; Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise; Arrowtown Historic Village; Hokitika Greenstone Factory; Scenic Rail Journey on the TranzAlpine through the Southern Alps
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a riverside dinner. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone before your adventures.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (2 nights)

Dinner with wine included

Day 2: Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast included

Day 3: Melbourne – Cairns

Depart Melbourne by air this morning for Cairns, where you’ll join a local expert for a wildlife journey at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a cruise where you’re sure to encounter koalas, wallabies and crocodiles.

Hotel Hilton Hotel Cairns (3 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 4: Cairns – Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided), or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 5: Cairns

Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in this vibrant tropical city, or you may choose to visit Kuranda, ‘The Village in the Rainforest.’ This evening be prepared for a special Highlight 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.

Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included

Day 6: Cairns – Sydney

This morning you’ll fly to Sydney, where you’ll have time to relax or explore before boarding before boarding a Captain Cook vessel for a Sunset Dinner Cruise. Glide past magnificent waterfront homes, and of course the legendary Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Hotel Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour (3 nights)

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Day 7: Sydney

Enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House then head to Bondi Beach for lunch at an Australian institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club. Your host, a local surf lifesaver, will lead you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest lifesaving club. Your afternoon is free for exploring or shopping, enjoying an optional excursion, or maybe just taking a stroll along the Harbour front.

Breakfast & ‘Be My Guest’ Lunch included

Day 8: Sydney

Spend today as you please. Perhaps see the famous Three Sisters rock formation in the majestic Blue Mountains just outside the city or visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. If you’ve always wanted to climb Sydney Harbor Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling ‘Bridgeclimb’. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a dinner on the waterfront.

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Day 9: Sydney – Auckland

Fly across the Tasman Sea this morning to the island nation of New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.

Hotel Stamford Plaza Auckland (2 nights)

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Day 10: Auckland

A morning city sightseeing tour is followed by free time to explore the city.

Breakfast included

Day 11: Auckland – Rotorua

Discover New Zealand’s native flora and fauna, including the iconic kiwi, at Rainbow Springs Nature Park. This evening, enjoy a Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Hotel Millenium Hotel Rotorua

Breakfast & Highlight dinner Included

Day 12: Rotorua – Queenstown

There’s free time for an optional experience. Perhaps visit Te Puia, where a Māori guide will introduce you to their gift from the gods – mud pools, thermal springs and New Zealand’s largest geyser, Pohutu. This afternoon, board your flight to Queenstown.

Hotel Millenium Hotel Queenstown (3 nights)

Breakfast Included

Day 13: Queenstown – Milford Sound

Travel the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu this morning to Te Anau, then through the dense rainforest of Fiordland National Park. Traverse the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel for views of the Mirror Lakes, the Cleddau Valley and The Chasm, and continue to glorious Milford Sound, judged by many as the world’s top travel destination. Cruise among sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest as you enjoy lunch onboard. Return to Queenstown this evening.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 14: Queenstown

A full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. You could take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. Join your Travel Director for Dinner at the Boatshed, with its views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables.

Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included

Day 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, then indulge in some delicious stone fruit in Cromwell. Drive over the epic Haast Pass, past thundering waterfalls and ice-blue lakes. Continue to the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Breakfast & Dinner with wine included

Day 16: Franz Josef – Christchurch

Journey to Hokitika, known for its beautiful greenstone (jade) to witness a master carver at work. At Arthur’s Pass board the TranzAlpine for one of the world’s most scenic train rides through the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel (2 nights)

Breakfast

Day 17: Christchurch

Join Isabelle and Tim Weston, for a Be My Guest experience at their home, Britten Stables. Formerly horse stables, the couple restored the property and transformed it into the exquisite home it is today. Spend the last evening with your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

Breakfast, ‘Be My Guest’ Lunch & Farewell Dinner included

Day 18: Farewell from Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

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.