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Meals included: 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
Cruise into one of the world’s most spectacular fjords, glide through limestone caves and snorkel alongside rare marine turtles at the Great Barrier Reef on this full-packed adventure through Australia and New Zealand.
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On arrival transfer to your hotel. Meet your fellow travellers for a welcome meeting this evening.
This morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and the historic Parnell Village. Then, take a ferry to beautiful Waiheke Island, where we’ll visit a winery for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of Auckland.
This morning, 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. Next, stop at a picturesque farm near Matamata that was transformed into the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. During your visit, see the hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, and other structures built for the movies. Continue on to Rotorua for a 2-night stay.
This morning, travel to the nearby Waimungu Volcanic Valley . Waimangu in the Maori language means “black water,” and the area was once the location of the most powerful geyser in the world. The valley is now home to wonderful plant and bird life, thermal hot springs, steaming cliffs, and volcanic craters. Return to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hangi Dinner, followed by an authentic Maori Cultural Performance.
Fly to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Tonight, take a scenic Gondola Ride to the top of Bob’s Peak. Take in the spectacular mountain views and the lights of Queenstown below as you dine in the Skyline Restaurant.
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 honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise on the fjord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. Overnight in Queenstown.
Full day at leisure.
This morning, board your flight to Melbourne. On arrival transfer to your hotel.
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 lush 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. Next, enjoy a unique lunch experience on board the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant 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.
Full day at leisure.
Today, fly to Cairns, the “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” At Mossman Gorge, home to lush tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains, and colorful flora and fauna experience a dreamtime walk with a member of the local indigenous community. Hear stories and legends from a long time ago while your guide demonstrates traditional plant uses. At the end of the tour, enjoy traditional bush tea and damper. Continue to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea, for a three night stay.
Today board a catamaran and cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore 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.
Full day at leisure.
This morning, enjoy a special visit to the Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia.
Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 the 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 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.
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant with fantastic views of the highlights of Sydney.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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.
This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for- like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We've been creating holiday adventures since 1961. We are a member of ABTA and all our flight-inclusive holidays are fully protected by the CAA's ATOL scheme.