New Years Eve Down Under


  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Active pace

Tour : PY

Overview

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in spectacular style by watching the skies above Sydney filled with fireworks from the boat in the harbour, then embark on a thrilling two-week tour of Australia and New Zealand. Snorkel alongside bright neon coral, stripy clownfish and giant clams in the Great Barrier Reef. Learn about indigenous culture directly from the Aboriginal people at Uluru (Ayers Rock). In Auckland, take a silent boat trip through the magical Glowworm Caves, where millions of tiny blue creatures create a living canopy of stars on the grotto ceiling. With such a vast array of natural wonders to discover, you’re in for the Down Under adventure of a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Sydney Guided sightseeing that includes Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Rocks; visit to Taronga Zoo; New Year’s Eve cruise in Sydney Harbour.
  • Cairns Skyrail trip over the rainforest; excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Uluru Guided tour of the rock base to discover its Aboriginal significance; trip to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); watch the sunset over Uluru with a drink.
  • Auckland Dinner at the Sky Tower, guided tour of the city, boat trip through the Glowworm Caves.
  • Rotorua Traditional Hangi dinner, cooked below ground, with authentic Maori performance; visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park.
  • Queenstown Cruise through Milford Sound to see wildlife, forests and glaciers; free time in Queenstown to experience a cable car ride, visit a vineyard or take a jet boat ride across the Dart River.

Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners

Sydney, Australia

Day
1

Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Later join a welcome briefing and dinner. This is a good time to meet your fellow travellers, get your questions answered, and prepare for your adventure.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Sydney

Day
2

Start your day with a city sightseeing tour, including such landmarks as the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theatres. See Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS and enjoy sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a walk around the Rocks, the site of the first European settlement in Australia, now home to shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Later, visit TARONGA ZOO with its 4,000 animals, including Australian native species such as kangaroo, wallaby, little penguin, and the Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a special guided AUSTRALIAN WALKABOUT TOUR which provides a unique opportunity to learn about some of Taronga Zoo’s most amazing residents.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sydney

Day
3

Today is at leisure. You may wish to spend some time in Darling Harbour with its many shops and restaurants or shop for a favourite souvenir. This evening, a special New Year’s Eve celebration awaits. First, take to the water on a HARBOUR CRUISE complete with canapés and a 4-course dinner followed by music and dancing. At the stroke of midnight, be treated to a champagne toast and some of the most amazing fireworks you’ll ever see. Here is your chance to ring in the New Year under Sydney’s world-famous fireworks. It will be a night to remember!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sydney

Day
4

Today, you can relax after your New Year’s Eve celebration. Perhaps venture to the nearby beaches of Manly or Bondi, explore the cobblestone streets of the Rocks, or stroll through one of the city’s many gardens. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional activities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sydney - Cairns

Day
5

Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Check in to your Cairns hotel for a 3-night stay. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Day
6

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you 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. During your time here, you may choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, watch a fish feeding, and enjoy a marine touch tank. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Cairns

Day
7

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. You may wish to visit nearby Cape Tribulation or Mossman Gorge, spend some time at the Cairns Lagoon, enjoy a stroll along the Esplanade, or shop for a bargain at the popular Cairns Night Market. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cairns - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Day
8

Fly this morning to Australia’s “Red Centre.” Enjoy a TOUR around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Visit KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendour of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, enjoy an amazing sunset and a celebratory DRINK as you watch the colours change on sacred Uluru.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Uluru - Alice Springs

Day
9

Today, fly to Alice Springs located in Australia’s Outback. Sightseeing includes a visit to the SCHOOL OF THE AIR to learn how the school was started, how classes are broadcast, and the difference it makes to children in remote regions of Australia. Also, visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION, the birthplace of Alice Springs, and discover the importance of this early settlement in connecting Australia to the rest of the world. Tonight, a unique OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring music, stargazing, a boomerang demonstration, and typical campfire fare. Relax underneath a chandelier of stars and enjoy this awe-inspiring Outback experience.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Alice Springs - Melbourne

Day
10

Today, fly to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital with Victorian-era architecture, extensive restaurants and shopping, arcades and lanes, and beautiful parks and gardens.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Melbourne

Day
11

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Federation Square, the Melbourne Museum, and beautiful FITZROY GARDENS. See Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Discover Victorian terraced homes in East Melbourne, and see the bustling streets of Chinatown and the Queen Victoria Market. With the remainder of the day at leisure, why not venture to Phillip Island to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Melbourne

Day
12

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city on your own. Spend time at the Old Melbourne Gaol, once home to legendary outlaw, Ned Kelly; sit at a café and enjoy a coffee; wander along the scenic Yarra River; or take an optional excursion to see the incredible Great Ocean Road. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Melbourne - Queenstown, New Zealand

Day
13

This morning, bid farewell to Australia as you board your flight to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Queenstown. Excursion to Milford Sound

Day
14

Today, travel to FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board your ship and CRUISE on the fiord to witness some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. See sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls cascading into the sea, glaciers, and rainforest. Keep a lookout for fur seals, dolphins, and other wildlife. It will be a day you won’t soon forget!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Queenstown

Day
15

A full day at leisure for your own Queenstown discoveries. Consider a visit to a local vineyard to sample some of the prize vintages or a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River. Other options include a scenic ride across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship, shopping for souvenirs, or enjoying some fresh seafood at a local restaurant. This evening, take a scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown. Make sure to have your camera ready for fantastic photo opportunities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Queenstown - Mount Cook

Day
16

Today’s journey brings us to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK. Weather permitting, you may wish to join a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Mount Cook - Christchurch - Rotorua

Day
17

Travel to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, and then fly to Rotorua, the centre of the Maori culture. This evening, you may wish to join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs or massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rotorua

Day
18

This morning, visit RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife. Then, visit the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue to TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser and boiling mud pools. Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER, cooked beneath the ground with hot stones. Dinner is followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE of singing, dancing, and storytelling.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rotorua - Waitomo - Auckland

Day
19

Depart Rotorua and cross over the Mamaku ranges to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms. In the afternoon, travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to Auckland. This evening, why not enjoy a glass of New Zealand’s famous wine while dining at one of Auckland’s world-class restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Auckland

Day
20

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 the historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You can explore on you own or participate in a selection of optional activities. In the evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner atop Auckland’s SKY TOWER, where the dining room rotates once every hour providing a unique experience with amazing 360-degree panoramas of the city and harbour below. The perfect ending to your holiday!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Auckland

Day
21

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

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.

New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruise: an exclusion zone is assigned to cruise boats by NSW Roads and Maritime. The Captain makes every effort to position the vessel for optimum viewing of the fireworks display; however, the exact location of the vessel cannot be guaranteed due to the heavy traffic and congestion on the harbour.

Please note there is a strict minimum age of 18 years for the New Years Eve harbour cruise.

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

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.

Pre Tour

+4 days Fiji extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

Nadi, Fiji

Day
1

Fly to Fiji for three nights in this tropical paradise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Day
2

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the island. Visit the GARDEN OF THE SLEEPING GIANT to see a private collection of stunning tropical orchids and visit VISEISEI VILLAGE, where the Fijian people first landed centuries ago. Stop at the VUDA LOOKOUT, a tropical fruit farm perched on a cliff, where you’ll sample fruit and juice from the orchard. Visit a local market and explore the stalls selling fresh produce at NAMAKA MARKET; then stop at the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Hindu temple, SRI SIVA SUBRAMANIYA. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Day
3

A full day at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Day
4

Your Fiji extension ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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

Total meals included:

  • 19 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

Sydney

Day
1

This evening meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a briefing and welcome dinner.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Sydney

Day
2

Start your day with a city sightseeing tour, including such landmarks as the Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theatres. See Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens and enjoy sweeping views of the harbour, opera house, and harbour bridge. Enjoy a walk around the Rocks, the site of the first European settlement in Australia, now home to shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Later, visit Taronga Zoo with its 4,000 animals, including Australian natives such as kangaroos, wallabies, little penguins and Tasmanian devils. Enjoy a special guided AUSTRALIAN WALKABOUT TOUR which provides a unique opportunity to learn about some of Taronga Zoo’s most amazing residents.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sydney

Day
3

Today is at leisure. You may wish to spend some time in Darling Harbour with its many shops and restaurants or shop for a favourite souvenir. This evening, a special New Year’s Eve celebration awaits. First, take to the water on a harbour cruise, complete with canapés and a four-course dinner followed by music and dancing. At the stroke of midnight, be treated to a champagne toast and some of the most amazing fireworks you’ll ever see. Here is your chance to ring in the New Year among the world-famous Sydney fireworks. It will be a night to remember!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sydney

Day
4

Today, you can relax after your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Perhaps venture to the nearby beaches of Manly or Bondi, explore the cobblestone streets of the Rocks, or stroll through one of the city’s many gardens. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional activities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sydney – Cairns

Day
5

Fly to Cairns, ‘Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.’ Upon arrival, be whisked away on the Rainforest Skyrail that travels over Australia’s pristine tropical rainforest and offers incredible views of the valley below. Be sure to have your camera ready for incredible photo opportunities. Return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. The famous railway winds its way through the millions-of-years-old rainforest into the Barron Gorge, passing spectacular waterfalls. Check in to your Cairns hotel for a three-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cairns – Great Barrier Reef – Cairns

Day
6

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world, a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. During your time here, you may choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cairns

Day
7

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. You may wish to visit nearby Cape Tribulation or Mossman Gorge, spend some time at the Cairns Lagoon, enjoy a stroll along the Esplanade, or shop for a bargain at the popular Cairns Night Market. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cairns – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Day
8

Fly this morning to Australia’s ‘Red Centre’, Uluru (Ayers Rock). Enjoy a tour around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendour of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, enjoy an amazing sunset and a celebratory drink as you watch the colours change on sacred Uluru.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Uluru – Alice Springs

Day
9

Today, fly to Alice Springs in Australia’s Outback. Sightseeing includes a visit to the School of the Air to learn how the school was started, how classes are broadcasted, and the difference it makes to children in remote regions of Australia. Also, visit the Old Telegraph Station, the birthplace of Alice Springs, and discover the importance this early settlement has with connecting Australia to the rest of the world. Tonight, enjoy a unique outback barbecue featuring music, stargazing, a boomerang demonstration, and typical campfire fare. Relax underneath a chandelier of stars and enjoy this awe-inspiring Outback experience.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Alice Springs – Melbourne

Day
10

Today, fly to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital with Victorian-era architecture, extensive restaurants, shopping arcades and lanes, and beautiful parks and gardens.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Melbourne

Day
11

This morning’s sightseeing includes landmarks such as Federation Square, the Melbourne Museum, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. See Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Discover Victorian terraced homes in East Melbourne, and see the bustling streets of Chinatown and the Queen Victoria Market. Next, enjoy a unique lunch experience aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. With the remainder of the day at leisure, why not venture to Phillip Island to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Melbourne

Day
12

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city on your own. Spend time at the Old Melbourne Gaol, once home to legendary outlaw, Ned Kelly; sit at a café and enjoy a coffee; wander along the scenic Yarra River; or take an optional excursion to see the incredible Great Ocean Road. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Melbourne – Auckland, New Zealand

Day
13

This morning, bid farewell to Australia as you board your flight to Auckland. This evening, join us atop Auckland’s Sky Tower, where the dining room rotates once every hour, providing a unique experience with amazing 360-degree panoramas of the city and harbour below.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Auckland

Day
14

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 the historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You can explore on your own or participate in a selection of optional activities. In the evening, why not enjoy a glass of New Zealand’s famous wine while dining at one of Auckland’s world-class restaurants?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua

Day
15

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 take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms. In the afternoon, continue over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner, cooked beneath the ground with hot stones. Dinner is followed by an authentic Maori cultural performance of singing, dancing, and storytelling.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rotorua

Day
16

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 in the national parks. 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 to Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser and boiling mud pools. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a seaplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs or massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rotorua – Christchurch – Mount Cook

Day
17

Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island; then travel south to magnificent Mount Cook National Park. Weather permitting, you may wish to join a stargazing programme this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world – perfect for viewing the southern stars.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Mount Cook – Queenstown

Day
18

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

Queenstown

Day
19

Today, travel to Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board your ship and cruise through Milford Sound to witness some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. See sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls cascading into the sea, glaciers and rainforest. Keep an eye out for fur seals, dolphins, and other wildlife. It will be a day you won’t soon forget!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Queenstown

Day
20

A full day at leisure for your own Queenstown discoveries. Consider a trip on the Skyline Gondola, the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere, where you’ll enjoy amazing views of the area and Lake Wakatipu below. Other options include a visit to a local vineyard to sample some of the prize vintages or a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamship to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy a farm demonstration that provides a glimpse of life on the farm followed by a festive farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director. The perfect ending to your South Pacific holiday.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Queenstown

Day
21

Your tour ends today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

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.

New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruise: an exclusion zone is assigned to cruise boats by NSW Roads and Maritime. The Captain makes every effort to position the vessel for optimum viewing of the fireworks display; however, the exact location of the vessel cannot be guaranteed due to the heavy traffic and congestion on the harbour.

Please note there is a strict minimum age of 18 years for the New Years Eve harbour cruise.

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

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.

Pre Tour

+4 days Fiji extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

Nadi, Fiji

Day
1

Fly to Fiji for three nights in this tropical paradise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Day
2

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the island. Visit the GARDEN OF THE SLEEPING GIANT to see a private collection of stunning tropical orchids and visit VISEISEI VILLAGE, where the Fijian people first landed centuries ago. Stop at the VUDA LOOKOUT, a tropical fruit farm perched on a cliff, where you’ll sample fruit and juice from the orchard. Visit a local market and explore the stalls selling fresh produce at NAMAKA MARKET; then stop at the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Hindu temple, SRI SIVA SUBRAMANIYA. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Day
3

A full day at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Day
4

Your Fiji extension ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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

What's included

Tour 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

Tour with flights

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

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals

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