Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

22 Days

Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

22 Days Starting in Melbourne (VIC) and ending in Christchurch (Nz)

Visiting:

Melbourne

,

Uluru

,

Kata Tjuta

,

Field of Light

,

Cairns

,

Great Barrier Reef

,

Sydney

,

Auckland

,

Rotorua

,

Queenstown

,

Milford Sound

,

Lake Tekapo

,

Christchurch

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

Tour code:

IMZB22

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

Three World Heritage Sites on one tour? It’s a reality on this two-country adventure. Whether you’re drifting across the Great Barrier Reef, sailing Sydney Harbour, gazing at Uluru-Kata Tjuta or cruising through Milford Sound, this Melbourne to Christchurch tour has ‘pinch me’ moments abound. These moments come with experiences of Indigenous heritage, from Maori hangis in Rotorua to Aboriginal guides in the Red Centre.

Highlights

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    Melbourne Laneways Walking Tour

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    Great Barrier Reef Cruise

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    Sydney Harbour Cruise

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    Sydney Opera House Locally Guided Tour

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    Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Hatchery

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    Tamaki Maori Village, Cultural Performance & Dinner

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    Milford Sound Nature Cruise

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    Hobbiton tour and breakfast

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    Boatshed dinner in Queenstown

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    Dark Sky Project – Crater Experience

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

Location:

  Melbourne


Accommodation:

  Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne


Melbourne is known for its amazing food, as you’ll discover while meeting your fellow travellers tonight.

icon Day 2: Melbourne

Location:

  Melbourne


Get your Melbourne bearings on a city tour, but make sure you’re wearing comfy shoes for when you hit the streets to explore hidden alleys covered in eye-popping murals. Spot a jazz bar or restaurant you fancy? The afternoon is yours to indulge.

icon Day 3: Melbourne Free Time

Location:

  Melbourne


There are endless reasons to linger in Melbourne. But if you feel like exploring further afield, talk to us about a road trip along the Great Ocean Road (it deserves its name) or to Phillip Island. The penguins waddling from the ocean up the sand to their burrows is the cutest thing you’ll ever see.

icon Day 4: Melbourne – Uluru

Location:

  Uluru


Accommodation:

  Desert Gardens Hotel


The rusty red landscapes of Uluru beckon as you leave Melbourne for Ayers Rock Resort, your backdrop this afternoon is the world’s largest rock monolith. Follow your guide to the perfect perch to capture Uluru as the last of the day disappears, glass of bubbles in hand (of course).

icon Day 5: Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Location:

  Kata Tjuta


The only reason to get out of bed before dawn? For a magical Uluru sunrise. It’s a spiritual place, with stories of the Anangu, caretakers of this remote arid landscape revealed while you tour the base. The red desert follows you to Kata Tjuta, where nature humbles as you walk through the towering domes of this ancient rock formation. Cheers to the end of another amazing day.

icon Day 6: Uluru – Cairns

Location:

  Field of Light


Accommodation:

  Hilton Hotel Cairns


So the other reason to rise in the dark is to witness Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, an installation of 50,000 orbs blanketing the outback. This is the countryside that First Nations artists immortalise in their paintings – try your hand at creating one during an intro to Western Desert art. Head to your next stop in sunny Cairns.

icon Day 7: Cairns Free Time

Location:

  Cairns


Cruising with crocs, a scenic railway ride into World Heritage listed rainforest, a wander along the Cairns Esplanade? Today the choice is yours.

icon Day 8: Great Barrier Reef

Location:

  Great Barrier Reef


The world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, never fails to dazzle. Set out on a catamaran to explore a kaleidoscope of colour: over 1,500 species of fish, 215 different birds, 3,000 molluscs, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, and 30 species of dolphins and whales are residents. Strap on a snorkel or visit an underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft to take in the menagerie without getting your hair wet. Tonight, celebrate the end of an incredible day at dinner on Cairns’ waterfront at Salt House for regional seafood plucked straight from the ocean, highlighting fresh, local ingredients, and prepared on their custom-built Argentinian wood fired grill.

icon Day 9: Cairns – Sydney

Location:

  Sydney


Accommodation:

  Intercontinental Hotel Sydney


We hope you have a window seat, because the view of Sydney Harbour as you come in to land is one that postcards were made for. Join your Travel Director for a Highlight Dinner cruise around Sydney Harbour against the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

icon Day 10: Sydney

Location:

  Sydney


Bring your stamina: today is one of innumerable highlights. Go behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House, discovering its architectural and performance secrets. If these sails could talk. One icon to another: The world’s most famous beach beckons this morning, with your chance to pad along the sand at Bondi with Sydney’s beautiful people. From Worked up an appetite? A local Surf Life Saver will take you into the members-only Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club. Learn about this historic club and gain an understanding of the important work that is done here saving lives on this famous beach. Next, a Be My Guest lunch with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

icon Day 11: Sydney Free Time

Location:

  Sydney


The hardest decision you have to make today: explore more of Sydney, or head to the Blue Mountains, 11,400 square kilometres of World Heritage listed wilderness, a place where sandstone escarpments appear to cleave off the edge of the Earth and waterfall-cooled valleys of rainforest slip dreamily from the pages of a fairytale? The choice is yours.

icon Day 12: Sydney Free Time

Location:

  Sydney


Now you’ve found your bearings in Sydney, why not linger around the harbour – perhaps it’s time to glimpse it from above on a Sydney BridgeClimb? This bird’s-eye view certainly puts things in perspective. Back at ground level, you’re in the heart of the Rocks, the city’s original colonial settlement and a place of cobbled alleys and private galleries. Finally, a Highlight dinner back in the shadow of the Opera House at Portside Restaurant. Because you’ll never tire of glimpsing this beauty.

icon Day 13: Sydney – Auckland

Location:

  Auckland


Accommodation:

  The Grand by SkyCity


All you have to do today is sit back and enjoy the view as you cross the Tasman to embark on your next adventure.

icon Day 14: Auckland

Location:

  Auckland


We’ll take you out to Mission Bay and Bastion Point – have your camera poised – and then leave you to your own devices in the afternoon. Need suggestions? How about a cruise to Waiheke Island for a wine tour?

icon Day 15: Auckland – Rotorua

Location:

  Rotorua


Accommodation:

  Millennium Hotel, Rotorua


Cute and cuddly, NZ’s national bird, the kiwi, is also endangered. Go behind the scenes on a working kiwi nursery and hatchery to learn how breeding programs are helping the population thrive. This evening your Highlight Dinner is prepared in an earthen hangi at the Te Pa Tu Maori Experience. It’s an eye-opening (and tasty) introduction to Māori culture.

icon Day 16: Rotorua – Queenstown

Location:

  Queenstown


Accommodation:

  Millennium Hotel, Queenstown


Ever wondered what it’s like to be a film star? Today you’ll get a taste of celebrity lifestyle when you sit down to breakfast in the village of Hobbiton, the movie set of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Take a guided tour past Hobbit Holes and the Mill, and wave to your fans.

icon Day 17: Milford Sound Cruise

Location:

  Milford Sound


Sheer cliffs, thundering waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest – if there’s a destination more inspiring than Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, we’re yet to find it. After a cruise here (look out for dolphins and sea lions), we’re sure you’ll agree.

icon Day 18: Queenstown Free Time

Location:

  Queenstown


Today is all yours. Love adventure? Ride the Shotover Jet. Oenophile? Arrange a tour to Otago wineries. Regroup for a Highlight Dinner at the historic Postmasters Cottage.

icon Day 19: Queenstown – Lake Tekapo

Location:

  Lake Tekapo


Accommodation:

  Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo


Arrowtown and Cromwell are known for their natural drama; just as enticing is the tasty stone fruit. Take a bite. Arriving at Lake Tekapo, you’re far from anywhere. Which practically guarantees dazzling stargazing in the UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

icon Day 20: Lake Tekapo – Christchurch

Location:

  Christchurch


Accommodation:

  Distinction Christchurch Hotel


Ever wondered what life on the land is like? Meet Angie and Stan Taylor, who have farmed this countryside for more years than they care to remember. The stories you’ll hear over lunch.

icon Day 21: Christchurch

Location:

  Christchurch


Community spirit is strong in Christchurch; not only has the city rebuilt since the devastating 2011 earthquakes, but it’s thriving, with architectural innovations like the world’s first church built of cardboard. Take in the sights with an in-the-know local. Tonight, raise a glass to your travels at a Farewell Diner.

icon Day 22: Farewell from Christchurch

Location:

  Christchurch


How did three weeks disappear like that? Re-live all the memorable moments on your way home.

What's Included

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    Quality accommodation

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    Travel in luxury coach

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    Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

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    Airport Transfers (see flight information below)

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    Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

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    Local Specialists (Guides)

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    Centrally located premium hotels

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    Up to 60 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 59 days before tour starts: 30% of tour cost.

    At 15 days before tour starts: 50% of tour cost.

    At 7 days before tour starts: 90% of tour cost.

    At 1 days before tour starts: 100% of tour cost.

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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

22 Days Starting in Melbourne (VIC) and ending in Christchurch (Nz)

Visiting:

Melbourne

,

Uluru

,

Kata Tjuta

,

Field of Light

,

Cairns

,

Great Barrier Reef

,

Sydney

,

Auckland

,

Rotorua

,

Queenstown

,

Milford Sound

,

Lake Tekapo

,

Christchurch

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

Tour code:

IMZB22

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