Down Under Discovery

  • 23 Days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Active pace

An authentic and well-rounded journey to the heart of Australia and New Zealand, where you’ll meet native aborigines , barbeque in the outback, cruise into fjords and visit several major cities.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

  • Day 18

  • Day 19

  • Day 20

  • Day 21

  • Day 22

  • Day 23

of 23 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 04th April 2018

Meals included: 19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Overview

An authentic and well-rounded journey to the heart of Australia and New Zealand, where you’ll meet native aborigines , barbeque in the outback, cruise into fjords and visit several major cities.

At a glance

  • Auckland Visit Queen Street, the Sky Tower and other key highlights in the ‘City of Sails’
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves See thousands of glow-worms on a boat ride through the limestone passages
  • Cultural Evening Enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner and Maori performance
  • Mount Cook National Park Join an evening stargazing programme
  • Milford Sound Admire the scenery as you cruise into the country’s most famous fjord
  • Alice Springs Experience a traditional outback barbecue dinner
  • Ayers Rock Head to the Sunset Strip to witness its famous sunset
  • Great Barrier Reef Board a catamaran and cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Extensions

  • 3 nights beach stay in Fiji - post tour

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

In Flight

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Arrive Auckland.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your fellow travellers this evening for a welcome briefing.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Auckland

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of this vibrant city. You may want to visit the impressive Auckland Museum, take a trip to the top of Sky Tower for incredible views of the city and harbor below, or visit the trendy boutiques and cafés on Chancery and High Streets. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua

Depart Auckland and travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. In the afternoon, continue over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner this evening, followed by an authentic Globus Maori cultural performance.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Rotorua

This morning, visit Rainbow Springs to view native bush and wildlife, including a visit behind the scenes at the Kiwi Encounter to see each stage a kiwi chick goes through before being released into the national parks: incubation, hatching, and rearing. Kiwi Encounter is New Zealand’s largest and most successful Kiwi conservation center. Your visit here helps support the National Kiwi Trust. Then, visit the Agrodome to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Rotorua – Christchurch – Mount Cook

Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent Mount Cook National Park, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, you may wish to join an optional stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Mount Cook – Queenstown

Start the day with a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. You may wish to enjoy a scenic walk or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.”

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Milford Sound

Today, travel into Fiordland National Park through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise on the fiord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Queenstown

A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamship, and take in views of the rugged Southern Alps. Stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm for dinner and a demonstration that provides a glimpse of life on the farm.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Queenstown – Melbourne, Australia

This morning, board your flight to Melbourne. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Melbourne.

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, then drive past the Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll soon discover the different architectural influences of this city as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Our city tour ends at St. Kilda Beach, where you’ll learn about the area’s rich history, including Luna Park. Enjoy a unique lunch experience aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Melbourne

Full day at leisure in Melbourne.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Melbourne – Alice Springs

Today, fly to the Outback and visit the School of the Air to learn how education services are provided in remote regions. Also visit the Old Telegraph Station to discover how early settlers developed communications. Tonight, a unique outback barbeque features typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Meet members of the Warlpiri Aboriginal tribe this morning and learn about their history and culture as they introduce you to bush foods, Aboriginal weaponry, as well as their traditional paintings. Later, fly to the “Center of Australia.” Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. There is time to take photos before returning to “Sunset Strip” for a drink and the changing colors of the rock.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Cairns

Your Outback adventure continues this morning. Enjoy a tour around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. For an even more amazing view of Uluru, perhaps take an optional aircraft ride. Later, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Great Barrier Reef

Today board a catamaran and cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color 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
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 18

Cairns

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 19

Cairns – Sydney

This morning, enjoy a special visit to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. Later, fly to Sydney.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 20

Sydney

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s Botanic Gardens for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the historic North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a cruise on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 21

Sydney

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps join our optional excursion to the Blue Mountains for a wilderness experience or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even 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. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 22

Sydney - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 23

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Auckland: Skycity Hotel
  • Rotorua: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
  • Mount Cook Region: The Hermitage
  • Queenstown: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront
  • Melbourne: Novotel Melbourne on Collins
  • Alice Springs: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs
  • Ayers Rock: Desert Gardens Hotel
  • Cairns: Pullman Cairns International
  • Sydney: Swissotel Sydney.

Notes

Hotels as stated or similar.

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. 

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