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Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand

Operated by: Trafalgar

18 Days from $6,506 per person

Countries Visited

Australia, New Zealand ...more Australia, New Zealand

Locations Visited

Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown Nz, Arthurs Pass, Franz Josef ...more Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown Nz, Arthurs Pass, Franz Josef
  1. Day 1 Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

    Sophisticated Melbourne extends a warm welcome as your first stop. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). This evening enjoy a memorable Welcome Reception and Regional Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

    meals Welcome Reception, Regional Dinner
    hotel Crowne Plaza
  2. Day 2 Melbourne Sightseeing

    'Dive into Culture' and into the little lanes, arcades and café society of stylish Melbourne. Discover its edgy street art and immerse yourself in the robust aroma of coffee for which this city is so famous.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)

    We fly north to Cairns, where we'll meet a 'Local Specialist' for a private wildlife encounter at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Here the crocs are the star of the show as we take to Hartley's Lagoon to see them cruise the murky waters or laze on the bank. Then, 'Join Trafalgar' and take part in a Rainforest Restoration project to protect this natural wonder.This evening, enjoy an evening at leisure to sample some of the city's famous seafood.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton
  4. Day 4 Great Barrier Reef

    Dip more than your toes in the tropical waters that surround the Great Barrier Reef - a full day to explore this underwater wonderland up close. Board a high-speed catamaran, then don your mask and fins for a leisurely snorkel (equipment provided) or stay dry in your semi-submersible craft to see the tropical species that live in the world's largest coral reef system. A tropical buffet lunch is served on board under the glorious Aussie sunshine before returning to Cairns.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day 5 Cairns At Leisure

    Soak up the leisurely atmosphere of Cairns with a free day to explore the city and its surrounds on your terms. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Kuranda, travelling by Scenic Rail to the 'village in the rainforest' and return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This evening, you'll witness a Welcome to Country ceremony, hear stories of the Dreamtime, and see a performance by an Indigenous dance group, followed by a Regional Dinner at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  6. Day 6 Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

    We leave the golden beaches of Cairns behind, bound for Sydney. Settle in to your splendid surrounds before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Watch day turn to night against the backdrop of the beloved Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as you enjoy a two course à la carte Regional Dinner on the water.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)
  7. Day 7 Sydney Sightseeing

    Admire one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century during a guided sightseeing tour of the Sydney Opera House with a 'Local Specialist'. Later, rub shoulders with the bronzed, beautiful people of Bondi Beach and 'Connect With Locals' as you join a surf lifesaver who will take you on a 'Be My Guest' exclusive tour through the Members Only facility of Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club, which has been welcoming beach-goers since 1882, followed by lunch with views over the sparkling Pacific.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  8. Day 8 Sydney At Leisure

    Indulge in a full day at leisure to connect with the energy of this vibrant harbour city or consider joining an Optional Experience to the nearby Blue Mountains. Watch as the shimmering blue haze on the horizon turns to a dense canopy of eucalyptus trees and see the Three Sisters that tower above Jamison Valley. This evening, join your travel companions for a Regional Dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  9. Day 9 Sydney - Auckland (2 Nights)

    Say a fond hoo roo to Australia as you board your flight to Auckland, New Zealand. Ease into the warm, welcoming embrace of the City of Sails before meeting your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Stamford Plaza
  10. Day 10 Auckland Sightseeing and At Leisure

    Embark on a city sightseeing tour, starting your journey at the city's beautiful waterfront. Ascend to Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial for magnificent views of Waitemata Harbour, before the rest of the day at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  11. Day 11 Auckland - Rotorua

    Cross the rolling hills of King Country to Rotorua. Encounter New Zealand's indigenous creatures that find sanctuary alongside the crystal-clear mineral springs of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Join a 'Local Specialist' who will help you spot shy kiwi amongst the native bush, ferns and trees. This evening, 'Dive into Culture' and gain a deeper understanding of Māori traditions, while enjoying a Regional Dinner at the Tamaki Maori Village.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Millennium
  12. Day 12 Rotorua - Queenstown (3 Nights)

    There's time this morning for an Optional Experience to visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see its bubbling geysers, mud pools and thermal springs. We fly to Queenstown next.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Millennium
  13. Day 13 Milford Sound

    Journey south, over the Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, the gateway to South Island's spectacular fiords. The ancient rainforests of Fiordland National Park provide a lush, green backdrop for our drive past glaciers and mountain ranges. Emerging from the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, we'll encounter the fragile beauty of Cleddau Valley and natural splendour Mirror Lake, the Chasm and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Take to its still waters for an exclusive nature cruise with lunch, filled with pinch-me moments. Return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  14. Day 14 Queenstown At Leisure

    Your final day in Queenstown could see you take an Optional Experience on the Shotover Jet boat or a cruise on Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch. This evening, we take a step back in time with our Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic Railways Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, is the perfect venue for your exclusive Regional Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  15. Day 15 Queenstown - Franz Josef

    On your way out of the Queenstown region, visit historic Arrowtown with its lovingly restored mining cottages and tree-lined streets that were once home to determined gold prospectors. Then indulge in some of the area's delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. Pass a trio of sparkling lakes and traverse the Haast Pass. Continue to the luminescent icy depths of the Franz Josef Glacier, which you may choose to explore by air on an Optional Experience scenic flight (weather permitting).

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat
  16. Day 16 Franz Josef - Christchurch (2 Nights)

    Admire vivid hues of greenstone during a visit to a jade factory in Hokitika, where you'll witness first-hand a 'Local Specialist' master carver at work. Later, experience a Trafalgar highlight - a TranzAlpine train ride from Arthur's Pass through the snow-capped Southern Alps to Christchurch. This spectacular journey dates to 1914 and is rated as one of the world's most scenic train trips.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Distinction
  17. Day 17 Christchurch Sightseeing

    'Connect With Locals' Isabelle and Tim Weston for a 'Be My Guest' morning tea in their home, which was formerly a Horse Stables. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest, Farewell Dinner
  18. Day 18 Depart Christchurch

    Our journey together has sadly come to an end. Say farewell to newfound friends as we transfer you to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

    meals Breakfast
Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 17 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches (Including Connect With Locals)
  • 9 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch.
  • CRUISE on Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park
  • VIEW Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
  • VISIT Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Queensland, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach

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Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Monday, April 1, 2019
Service
Responded quickly to questions, very helpful with flights (made sure our Global Entry Numbers were submitted), had useful advice for the trip.
Vacation
The Australian portion of the trip was very good. Our travel director was very knowledgeable and helpful, and there weren't too many people booked on the trip. Optional experiences were also good. There were way too many people on the New Zealand portion of the trip and the day we flew to New Zealand was horrible. We spent the entire day waiting or traveling. We had to leave at 5:30 to pick up another group of tourists at a different hotel and ended up waiting forever at the airport for some of the others. Although our experiences in New Zealand were wonderful and the travel director was helpful, he talked WAY too much on the coach. Information about the country, it's people, plants, animals, landscape, etc. is VERY much appreciated, but jokes and personal information are not, nor were we interested in watching commercials. The sound system on the coach was way too loud and there was no way to tune them or the travel director out. Fewer people and less talk would have made the experience much more enjoyable. Both countries are amazing and we are glad we went.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for the detailed feedback. We will be sure to share your comments with the Quality Control team at Trafalgar and ask for immediate improvement. We are glad to see that you enjoyed both countries despite the issues you encountered.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Ahsanuddin Ansari
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Service
Very helpful, took care of all the details, provided detailed and complete documents. Had to change my departure day due to bad weather and flight delays. Worked with me to make sure I had the right connections and all flights were confirmed. Notified the Tour Director in Australia that my wife and I will be joining the group a day late.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your weather delay, but glad to see that you arrived safely and were able to join the group and enjoy the rest of your trip.
Monday, March 4, 2019
Vacation
Felt a little too pricy since didn't realize that the airfare within Australia/New Zealand were not included in the advertised price, which probably was just the land tour price. A little misleading.
Jack Jimenez
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Service
the guides were good-Marty was flatout outstanding in every way. The accomadations and food were very good We saw a lot . I would recommend Get to everyone.
Vacation
excellent in all ways - highly recommend
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 18, 2018
Service
Guides were courteous, knowledgeable and very professional.
Vacation
Outstanding. Will travel with your organization again.
Louise Sincaglia
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Service
Very helpful. answered every question making you feel very comfortable.
Vacation
The trip was well planned and covered everything I wanted to see.
Cheryl Huffman
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Service
The experiences Trafalger put together on this trip were wide and varying. Guides were excellent (Australia) and good (New Zealand).
Vacation
For the price, I expected a smaller (30-35) group. A FULL bus load, matched with the time of year (i.e. Chinese New Year) ensured CROWDS in every venue we traveled.
Dorothy Englund
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Service
THE HOTELS, FOOD, PLACES I VISITED WERE EXCEL;ENT. I ENJOYED THE OTHER EOPLE ON THE TOUR. THEY WERE FRIENDLY AND INCLUDED MEISINCE I WAS TRAVELING ALONE. THE TOUR GUIDES WERE KNOWLEDGABLE AND HELPFUL ESPECIALLY ALAN. IT WAS A GREAT TRIP AND I AM GLAD I WENT. IT WAS THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME BECAUSE I WILL NEVER GO AGAIN.
Vacation
I LIKED NEW ZEALAND THE BEST.
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 29, 2016
Service
Booking process was easy.
Vacation
Had 2 great guides, Kyle and Marti. Hotels and excursions were all excellent.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Service
I was traveling alone. When I met the "GET" group in Auxland. NZ, I was the ONLY person from that group. No one ever informed me of that before I left.
Response from Grand European Travel:
This trip was operated by our sister company Trafalgar Tours/AAT Kings. We do try to be clear in our brochure, payment receipts and travel documents and arrival instructions, highlighting the operating company. If we did not communicate this properly to you, please accept our apologies. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Vacation
The hotels, except the Four Points in Sydney were way nicer than I anticipated. The Treafalgar tour guide in Auatrlia was very good. How did i ever end up with agroupd named Big Journey and AAT Kings?
Trusted Customer
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Service
This is why we keep coming back. The only problem that we had with communication was that our hotel in Sydney closed down the last day we were there for renovations. Therefore, we lost our full day to sight see because we had no where to keep our luggage.We were in the airport until our flight left at 9:30.
Response from Grand European Travel:
So sorry to hear about the Sydney hotel closing on you. We're happy to see that despite that glitch, you were able to enjoy your trip. We appreciate your feedback! Dee-Grand European Travel
Monday, February 2, 2015
Vacation
Excellent
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