Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Discovery Cruise


  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Active pace

Cruise : 3355

Overview

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Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, discover ancient Aboriginal rock paintings and watch the sunset in the outback on this Southern Hemisphere adventure that explores the highlights of Australia and New Zealand.

Highlights

  • Melbourne Explore the key cultural attractions of Australia's largest city on a guided tour.
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) Enjoy champagne and canapes as you admire the changing colour of this prestigious rock at sunset.
  • Great Barrier Reef Swim, snorkel or ride a glass-bottomed boat to the reef from Green Island
  • Sydney Cruise along Sydney Harbour and enjoy uninterrupted views of the city skyline.
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Dunedin
  • Akaroa
  • Wellington
  • Napier
  • Tauranga
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands

Cruise itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners

Melbourne

Day
1

Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring this vibrant city.

Melbourne

Day
2

This morning begins with a city sightseeing tour which includes landmarks such as Flinders St. Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens, the Botanic Gardens, and the Shrine of Remembrance. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Melbourne

Day
3

A full free day to explore more of Melbourne on your own. You may wish to consider a day tour to the scenic Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles” or travel to Phillip Island and see the famous Penguin Parade.

Melbourne - Alice Springs

Day
4

Today, fly to the Outback and visit the School Of The Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn how education and medical services are provided in remote regions (subject to opening times). Also, visit the Old Telegraph Station to discover how early settlers developed communications.

Alice Springs - Uluru

Day
5

Today, journey through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “Brumbies.” Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendour of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, visit the Sunset Strip, where you will enjoy a champagne toast while experiencing one of the world’s greatest spectacles—Uluru at sunset.

Uluru - Cairns

Day
6

Enjoy a tour around the base of Uluru, the extraordinary monolith whose circumference is studded with caves decorated with Aboriginal paintings. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Australia's tropical rainforests.

Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

Day
7

The world’s largest coral reef, made up of over 3,000 individual reefs and over 1,250 miles long, is one of our planet’s most amazing natural wonders. Board a catamaran and cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Experience this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Lunch

Cairns

Day
8

Today is yours to relax and explore. Set amongst lush rainforests, soaring peaks, and the ocean, Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. It has many attractions including a scenic railway, which runs to the picturesque market town of Kuranda and a cable car that glides over Australia’s World-Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy.

Cairns - Sydney

Day
9

Board your flight to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

Sydney

Day
10

Sydney boasts one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, home to the instantly recognizable Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world-famous architectural wonder—the Sydney Opera House. This morning, your sightseeing tour will take you through the commercial and shopping heart of Sydney. End the day with a cruise along Sydney Harbour for uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

Sydney

Day
11

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. You may wish to wander the cobblestone streets of the Rocks district, explore vibrant Darling Harbour, or climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city.

Sydney

Day
12

Your tour ends today.

Sydney to Embark

Day
13

Transfer to the cruise port to embark your cruise ship for your 13-night New Zealand cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

At Sea

Days
14 - 15

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fiordland National Park

Day
16

At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies the stunning natural attraction, Milford Sound. Cruise to this spectacular fiord, bound by dense rainforest and steep cliffs that soar dramatically out from the water’s surface. If you’re lucky to experience this area in the rain, you will see the number of waterfalls multiply. Look out for wildlife as you survey the area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Port Chambers (for Dunedin)

Day
17

Disembark the cruise ship at Port Chalmers and transfer to Dunedin. Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South' because of its strong Scottish connections, Dunedin has preserved many of its grand Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings. Spend the day exploring the area. Perhaps pay a visit to the 1906 Flemish Renaissance railway station or New Zealand’s oldest university.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Akaroa

Day
18

Today you have the opportunity to explore Akaroa. Situated on the eastern shores of New Zealand's South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair. Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse range of marine life, including rare Hector's dolphins. Visitors are lured by the area's secluded beaches and quaint boutiques.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Wellington

Day
19

Arrive in New Zealand's small but bustling capital city, Wellington. Nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour, Wellington has a vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot. Take a walk and people-watch on lively Courtenay Place, or perhaps you can pay a visit to the Museum of New Zealand to learn more about the country’s Māori heritage.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

At Sea

Day
20

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tauranga

Day
21

Continue your journey to the coastal city of Tauranga, situated on New Zealand’s North Island. With its golden beaches and well-kept parks, Tauranga is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities. Sit and people-watch at a waterfront cafe, take a dip in the sea or take the opportunity to try your hand at a new water sport.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Auckland

Day
22

Situated between the mighty Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, Auckland’s waterside location has earned it the nickname ‘The City of Sails'. Discover the city at your own pace today. You may want to explore the shops and restaurants along the harbour or visit one of the city’s beautifully-kept parks.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bay of Islands

Day
23

Consisting of more than 140 subtropical islands, the stunning Bay of Islands enclave is located next to New Zealand's North Island. Visitors flock here for its untouched beaches, fishing trips and excellent water sports. Enjoy a full day to discover its natural wonders for yourself.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

At Sea

Days
24 - 25

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sydney

Day
26

After breakfast, disembark your ship.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

Day 6: The School of Air and the Royal flying doctor service is subject to opening times.

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

The cruise itinerary is subject to change.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Cruise only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All port taxes

Cruise with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport and port taxes

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