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18 Days
2 Countries

Australia, New Zealand

9 Cities

Melbourne, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

30 Meals

2 Welcome Receptions, 17 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs, 2 Dinners, 3 Regional Dinners, 2 Be My Guests, 1 Farewell Dinner

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Want a bit of everything? Sun, sand, city life, and wilderness all take center stage on this Australia and New Zealand tour. Find yourself gliding across the Great Barrier Reef and getting to know the cities before Queenstown, Milford Sound, and hearing tales of Maori Warriors in just 18 incredible days.

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Day 1

Welcome to Melbourne

Stylish and friendly Melbourne extends a warm welcome to your epic tour (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). You’ll soon see you’re staying right in the heart of the action on the banks of the Yarra River, the perfect springboard for your time in the city. After settling into your hotel, get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers over a Welcome Reception at The General Assembly. Perched on the Yarra River’s South Wharf, this modern pub is a great introduction to Melbourne’s cosmopolitan vibe. Relax and tuck into a three-course dinner with specialties such as Fisherman’s bend pie, schnitzel, and mac & cheese croquettes, washing it down with your choice of local wines and 15 beers on tap.

Bathing houses on Brighton Beach in Melbourne, Australia
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Uncover Melbourne's Laneways

Delve into the city this morning on a walk with your Travel Director to discover the little lanes, arcades, and café society of stylish Melbourne. View its famous, edgy street art - in the striking contrast to federation buildings and churches that Melbourne is known for - and immerse yourself in the city’s robust coffee aroma, admiring the exquisite Victorian façades lining grand boulevards. After your orientation, you have the rest of the day to get a feel for the city strolling or finding a spot on the Yarra River to grab a drink, taking advantage of the time to do a little souvenir shopping, relaxing back at your hotel, or choosing an Optional Experience such as the popular viewing of the daily sea-to-shore trek of the tiny, adorable penguins on Phillip Island. This rare wildlife encounter is a fascinating look at the penguins’ life and one you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

Motorcycle in Laneways, Melbourne, Australia
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Fairy Penguins on Phillip Island in Melbourne, Australia
Phillip Island – Penguins, Koalas & Wildlife

If you’re curious about our native wildlife or just love animals, we’ve got you covered today! You’ll get up close to Australian animals, including...

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Day 3

Cairns, in the Tropics

Get ready for a change of scenery and “locals” today as you fly north to Cairns. Then get right in the action meeting a Local Specialist for a private wildlife encounter at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures on a boat cruise through, where the crocs are the stars of the show popping up from the murky waters or lazing on the bank. Safe in your boat, your local guide will give you the inside scoop on the life and habits of these Cairns’ area locals. Inspired by your introduction to wildlife, you’ll love your next experience helping take part in a Rainforest Restoration project to protect the natural wonder of the nearby Notophyll Vine Forest, an area older than the Amazon. Your helping-hand planting trees supports the protection of this rare type of dry rainforest from development and restores it to its former glory as an important wildlife corridor rich with native birds - a mission you’ll feel good contributing to. Back in town, enjoy your evening on your own sampling some of the city’s famous seafood around the Cairns Marina or visiting the Cairns Night Markets, where you’ll find it hard to make a choice from over 70 open-air stalls of local specialities.

Rainforest in Cairns, Australia
Accommodation Hilton Cairns
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns in Australia
Dinner And Harbour Cruise On Spirit Of Cairns

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Step aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns for a 2.5 hour evenin...

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Day 4

View Colourful Coral and Tropical Fish

No matter where you hail from, today is a bucket list experience exploring the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef as we set sail on a high-speed catamaran —and you have a full day to do it. Kick off the day, then don your mask and fins for a snorkel (equipment provided) exploring this underwater wonderland up close. You’ll think you’re inside an aquarium as you wind your way through the rainbow of reefs and fish. Or, stay dry in your semi-submersible, air-conditioned craft with an underwater observatory to view the tropical species that live in the world’s largest coral reef system. Your local guide shares all their insights on the reef and its ecology. Learn about the colourful fish and plants that call the reef home and why it’s so important to protect this beautiful and fragile ecosystem. Refuel with lunch and afternoon tea and coffee under the glorious Aussie sunshine before you cruise back into the city, all smiles after an amazing day.

Turtle in The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Accommodation Hilton Cairns
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Experiences Enjoy an introductory dive in Cairns, Australia
Great Adventures Introductory Dive

For an underwater adventure to remember, experience an introductory dive! It’s fun and no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introd...

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Optional Experiences Take a 10-minute scenic flight to witness the iconic Great Barrier Reef from above in Australia
Nautilus Aviation

Take to the sky on a 10-minute scenic flight. You will have the best seat to witness the iconic Great Barrier Reef from above.

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Day 5

Cairns, it's All Yours

Soak up the atmosphere of sunny Cairns with a free day to explore the town, head further afield, or relax by your hotel pool. You can also choose to join a popular Optional Experience aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway through a lush forest past gorges, ravines, and waterfalls to Kuranda 'village in the rainforest.' Explore this quaint village of trails, wildlife sanctuaries, shops, and markets within a World Heritage rainforest before returning to the lowlands soaring above the canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Tonight, join the group to trade tales from the day at Ochre Restaurant. With views of the inlet and mountains, watch the boats come in over the Harbour Lights’ boardwalk as you enjoy Australian cuisine featuring the best local produce. Try their dry old Tablelands beef or Salt and Pepper Prawn with a craft beer, glass of wine from their extensive list, or cocktail highlighting their largest selection of Australian spirits in the region.

Explore picturesque Cairns, Australia
Accommodation Hilton Cairns
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Tour the Daintree Rainforest in Cairns, Australia
Daintree Dreaming

A cultural journey taking you from coast to rainforest experiencing natural beauty and ancient culture. Learn traditional hunting and gathering ski...

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Optional Experiences Board The Kuranda Scenic Rail for a tour in Cairns, Australia
Kuranda, Skyrail And Scenic Railway

Join your Down Under Tours coach transfer to Smithfield Station. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experien...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands in Cairns, Australia
Hot Air Cairns Classic Ballooning

Experience the fun & unique sensation of being in a Hot Air Balloon, flying gently high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. The balloon t...

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Day 6

Fly to Glorious Sydney

You're only six days into your Australia and New Zealand tour and the journey continues leaving the golden beaches of Cairns behind and heading to Sydney, Australia’s largest city, harbour, and fun-loving metropolis. Settle into your centrally located hotel before an afternoon and evening free to explore. You could soak up the incredible city views on a ferry trip to Manly, wander around the Royal Botanic Garden, or get your adrenaline racing with an Optional Experience thrilling climb up (and over) the Sydney harbour Bridge.

Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia
Accommodation Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 7

Savour the Sights of Sydney

It's the ultimate in Sydney sightseeing today when you join a behind-the-scenes Opera House Tour with a Local Specialist before exploring the city from another angle - aboard a harbour cruise, sailing past Circular Quay, Shark Island, magnificent homes, beaches, and parkland, and the iconic white sails of the Opera House. Cross the harbour Bridge, soaking in the beautiful blooms of Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay. At this tucked away retreat overlooking Sydney harbour, meet a local volunteer and learn the story of how the garden was transformed, beginning in 1992 from unused railway land at the foot of founder Wendy’s house into a beautiful, whimsical secret spot. Take a walk around the grounds among the shrubs, herbs, and towering trees lining meandering paths, eyes peeled for the resident parrots, gulls, kookaburras and wagtails. Take a moment to enjoy the serenity of the garden, knowing that your visit, proudly a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, helps by contributing to the ongoing maintenance by volunteer gardeners of this enchanting garden. After a big morning, the rest of the day is yours to check out the sites.

Behind the scenes tour of Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit Wendy's Secret Garden in Sydney, Australia
Visit Wendy's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay

You'll learn who was the inspiration behind this secret garden on the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

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Day 8

Sydney, It's Your Choice

Get your final fix of Sydney by checking out its sights and sounds anyway you want on this free day. You might choose to wander further afield on an optional experience to the Blue Mountains, wander along the harbor foreshore through the Royal Botanic Garden or board a ferry to the beachside suburb of Manly. On your last night in town, take one last walk around the harbour before sitting down to a Regional Dinner saying a fond farewell to Australia before experiencing a change of scenery on the next leg of your journey in New Zealand.

Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia
Accommodation Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Optional Experiences Three Sisters in The Blue Mountains, Australia
Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife

Explore the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains in style, starting with a visit to Sydney Zoo, Australia’s most advanced Zoo in the heart of Weste...

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Day 9

Kia Ora Auckland New Zealand

Say a fond hoo roo to Australia on your Australia and New Zealand tour as you board your flight to Auckland. Upon arrival, ease into the warm, welcoming embrace of the City of Sails before meeting your Travel Director for dinner at a restaurant right in the heart of the city, and no doubt full of anticipation for your first full day in New Zealand tomorrow.

Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand
Accommodation The Grand by SkyCity Auckland
Included Meals Breakfast, Welcome Reception

Day 10

Delve into Auckland

This morning, you’ll see how the city earned its name as the ‘City of Sails’ as you jump right in with a city sightseeing tour showcasing the beautiful waterfront of Mission Bay, historic overlook of Bastion Point, and spacious gardens and sunken pool at the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial offering sweeping views of Waitemata Harbour and the North Shore. You’ll pass the Auckland Museum located on the dormant volcano Pukekawa, meaning 'hill of bitter memories' referring to tribal battles fought on the site until 1828. Your afternoon free. Pop into one of their many chocolate cafes for a treat after a full morning of exploring. Or you could join the All Blacks Rugby Optional Experience or go for a sail on the Ted Ashby.

View, Auckland, New Zealand
Accommodation The Grand by SkyCity Auckland
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Enjoy All Black Rugby Experience in Auckland New Zealand
All Blacks Experience - Guided Tour & Interactive Zone

The All Blacks Experience is an introduction to “kiwi culture” through the lens of our national sport. An immersive and emotive state-of-the-art gu...

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Optional Experiences Ted Ashby Scenic Cruise in Auckland, New Zealand
Ted Ashby Scenic Cruise

Set sail on our heritage scow, TED ASHBY, for an hour-long cruise in Auckland's Harbour. See the city skyline, Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridg...

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Day 11

Rotorua, the Cultural Hub

Journey through the dramatic scenery and landscapes of Waikato, passing through Cambridge, on your way to New Zealand’s cultural capital, Rotorua. On Cambridge’s tree-lined main street, learn about the town’s claim to fame as the training grounds for thoroughbred racehorses and famous jockeys. Your time in Rotorua kicks off to an extra cute start with the first of two MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences today, visiting the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa for a tour with a Local Specialist. At this national leader in kiwi husbandry, learn about the work being done to save this rare native bird. Get up close and see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process, and even newly hatched kiwi chicks - leaving you with an appreciation for those trying to save New Zealand’s national bird. This evening, Dive Into Culture at a Regional Dinner at Te Pā Tū Māori Experience, where you’ll journey into the forest to a time of warriors and ancient traditions. You’ll be welcomed by their Poi and Haka dances (and have the chance to join in). Top off this fun night with forest kai horotai (seasonal canapés) and chef-choice aperitif followed by a seasonal three-course dinner and live music under the stars.

Poi performance in Rotorua, New Zealand
Accommodation Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the Kiwi bird in New Zealand
Your Visit goes towards Saving the Native Kiwi Bird

Visit the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa and learn about the work being done to save New Zealand's national bird.

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Dive Into Culture Poi performance in Rotorua, New Zealand
Te Pa Tu Maori Experience

Immerse yourself in Maori traditions at a fun and entertaining evening, including a cultural performance and three-course seasonal meal meal at Te Pa Tu Maori Experience.

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Dive Into Culture

Day 12

Adventure Capital Queenstown

Go from city to farm life today as you travel to the countryside for a dose of local hospitality at a Be My Guest experience in the Red Barn. Hear the history of this working dairy farm from local Dan, and get a feel for country life as you're invited to roll up your sleeves and make your own butter - butter churners, tiny mason jars and all! Later, sit down to a locally sourced farm to table morning tea prepared by the onsite chef. The feel-good vibes will follow you all the way to Queenstown, the self-proclaimed adventure capital of New Zealand. It makes perfect sense – there are ski fields, white-water river and bridges strapped with bungy cords wherever you turn. And then there’s the dining scene; Queenstown is home to some of the country’s most awarded restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for bulging burgers or lakeside tapas, ask us for recommendations on this leg of your Queenstown New Zealand tour.

View of Queenstown, New Zealand
Accommodation Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
Be My Guest Join The O'Sullivan's for lunch on thieir farm in The Waikato District, New Zealand
Morning tea on a Dairy Farm with the O'Sullivan's

Retired champion jockey Lance O'Sullivan and his wife Bridgette are your hosts for a Be My Guest morning tea on their dairy farm in the North Island.

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Be My Guest

Day 13

Cruise Milford Sound

Rise and shine journeying through some of the best natural and dramatic landscapes you'll ever experience, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and over the Devil's Staircase to Te Anau. Pass Mirror Lakes. Emerge from the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards Mitre Peak - named after its resemblance to a bishop’s mitre headdress - and Lady Bowen Falls before reaching World Heritage listed national park, Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. You get to the experience this treasure on a scenic cruise getting up close to sheer cliffs, white-capped peaks, and waterfalls as you watch for dolphins, penguins, and seals. Take it all in as you learn how the dramatic landscapes of Milford Sound were carved out by the erosion of ancient glacial ice. After a day of natural beauty, return to Queenstown for a free evening to stay in and wind down or dine at one of the restaurants overlooking Lake Wakatipu.

View of Milford Sound, New Zealand
Accommodation Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Experiences Enjoy a scenic flight from Milford Sound to return back to Queenstown, New Zealand
Air Milford - Milford Sound Flight Back To Queenstown

A scenic flight from Milford Sound to return back to Queenstown. During the 35 minute flight take in panoramic views of spectacular scenery includi...

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Day 14

Indulge Yourself in Queenstown

It’s your final day in Queenstown and the world is your oyster. Oenophiles will want to join an Optional Experience touring three premium boutique vineyards in the famous Otago region known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. You’ll indulge in vineyard and barrel hall tours complete with early history of the region and, of course, plenty of tastings as well as a platter lunch with the vines as your backdrop. Perhaps cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for an authentic Kiwi Farming experience complete with a working sheep dog demonstration and gourmet barbecue lunch. With more sheep than people in New Zealand, you’ll know this is the real thing! This evening, we take a step back in time with our Travel Director over a Regional Dinner at the Postmasters Cottage built in 1907 in nearby historic Arrowtown. You’ll learn how after the cottage was almost demolished by developers, it was then saved and purchased by the passionate local community and ultimately restored and embellished with verandas and gardens. Lastly, sit down to fresh, local food and wines matched with friendly service that the kiwis are known for.

Pouring white wine in Queenstown, New Zealand
Accommodation Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Optional Experiences Vineyard in Queenstown, New Zealand
Appellation Central Wine Tours - Boutique Wine Tour

An afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over two contrasting w...

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Optional Experiences Visit the stunning locations from Lord of The Rings in Glenorchy, New Zealand
Pure Glenorchy - Lord Of The Rings Scenic Tour

Lord of The Rings Scenic Tour: Visit the stunning locations from The Lord of The Rings. Encounter lsengard, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains,...

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Optional Experiences Pouring white wine in Queenstown, New Zealand
Altitude Wine Tours - Queenstown Wine Sampler Tour

Did someone say Queenstown wine tour? It’s time to pinot! On this 6 hour tour travel in premium Mercedes vehicles visiting four of Central Otago’s ...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a jet trip into the Dart River Valley in Queenstown, New Zealand
Dart River Jet - Round Trip From Queenstown

A stimulating not-to-be missed journey into the Dart River Valley where mythology, heritage & fantasy meet reality. Our Jet trip is an exhilara...

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Optional Experiences Kiwi park Queenstown Wildlife Sanctuary, New Zealand
Kiwi Birdlife Park

The Kiwi Park is a wildlife sanctuary found in the heart of Queenstown. It holds and displays over 20 species of native NZ wildlife in a 5 acre par...

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Optional Experiences Kjet boat tour in Queenstown, New Zealand
KJet

Take on the mighty Shotover River with Kawarau Jet (KJet) – Queenstown’s original Jet boat ride. Only KJet offers a 60 minute Queenstown Jet boat e...

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Day 15

Breathtaking Lake Tekapo

Leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown for Lake Tekapo, travelling through Arrowtown’s lovingly restored mining cottages, and Cromwell on the banks of Lake Dunstan. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped inside a painting as you see the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd perched on the shores of the lake and built with stones gathered within a five-mile radius. Then the night sky calls as you spend the evening stargazing in the world-renowned UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Your Local Specialist will show you the famous Southern Cross, Magellanic Cloud, and Milky Way as you gaze up in wonder and get a closer look using a powerful optical telescope. Cap off your adventures in this beautiful part of the world with an overnight at Peppers Bluewater Resort overlooking Lake Tekapo. Experience this location known for its bountiful stars strolling the sprawling grounds or from the comfort of your room.

Lupine field in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Accommodation Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Enjoy a 45-minute scenic glaier flight in Franz Josef, New Zealand
Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight

Explore the alpine wonderland of the Southern Alps’ highest peaks and glacial lakes on this 45-minute scenic flight, including Murchison Glacier, T...

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Day 16

Christchurch, the Garden City

Get an early start to watch the sun rise over the lake or sleep in before heading north through South Canterbury to Christchurch, a beautiful English city rich in history and thriving after rebuilding itself from the devastating 2011 earthquake. Everywhere you look you can easily see how it’s earned its name, the Garden City. Begin at the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral, to admire its colourful stained-glass windows and sustainable cardboard construction that gives it the nickname “The Cardboard Cathedral.” You’ll take a tour of the highlights of the city including Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Earthquake Memorial, Bridge of Remembrance, and see the English punting boaters in their striped hats along the Avon River.

River Avon in Christchurch, New Zealand
Accommodation Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 17

Meet a Local Farming Family

Travel through rolling countryside to Hurunui Hills, a hill-country farm in North Canterbury. Enjoy warm kiwi hospitality with the Bamford Family, who have been farming at Hurunui since 1884, with six generations focused on producing premium Merino sheep, wool, and Angus cattle. Soak up the stunning scenery while you enjoy morning tea, meet the farm animals, and discover what it is like to live off the land on this unique By My Guest experience. Then visit a local vineyard, Waipara Springs Winery, where it's time to relax over a platter-style lunch among the vines. A big day leads to a big evening, joining your Travel Director and travel mates for with a celebratory Farewell Dinner featuring produce from the Canterbury region.

Hurunui hills farm experience in New Zealand
Accommodation Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Be My Guest, Farewell Dinner
Be My Guest
Meet a farming family on their sheep and cattle farm

Step onto a working hill-country sheep farm. Experience what it is like to farm Merino sheep & Angus cattle in this beautiful part of the count...

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Be My Guest

Day 18

Farewell Christchurch

Your adventure sadly comes to an end this morning. Before your transfer you to the Christchurch Airport, enjoy one last breakfast with your travel mates reflecting on your adventure, food, and wildlife-filled experiences across Australia and New Zealand (flights anytime).

Cable Car in Christchurch, New Zealand
Included Meals Breakfast

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit Wendy's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay

You'll learn who was the inspiration behind this secret garden on the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Your Visit goes towards Saving the Native Kiwi Bird

Visit the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa and learn about the work being done to save New Zealand's national bird.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Te Pa Tu Maori Experience

Immerse yourself in Maori traditions at a fun and entertaining evening, including a cultural performance and three-course seasonal meal meal at Te Pa Tu Maori Experience.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Morning tea on a Dairy Farm with the O'Sullivan's

Retired champion jockey Lance O'Sullivan and his wife Bridgette are your hosts for a Be My Guest morning tea on their dairy farm in the North Island.

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Be My Guest
Meet a farming family on their sheep and cattle farm

Step onto a working hill-country sheep farm. Experience what it is like to farm Merino sheep & Angus cattle in this beautiful part of the count...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
All land transport shown. All transfers shown
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Melbourne to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Auckland, Auckland to Queenstown

What to expect

Explore National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua, and Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve in Lake Tekapo with a Local Specialist
Discover Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Queenstown, and Christchurch
Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Cairns, Wendy's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay and The Hobbit Trilogies movie set
View Mt. Cook, and Church of the Good Shepherd in Tekapo
Scenic Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef, Milford Sound

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Phillip Island – Penguins, Koalas & Wildlife

If you’re curious about our native wildlife or just love animals, we’ve got you covered today! You’ll get up close to Australian animals, including...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner And Harbour Cruise On Spirit Of Cairns

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Step aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns for a 2.5 hour evenin...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Great Adventures Introductory Dive

For an underwater adventure to remember, experience an introductory dive! It’s fun and no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introd...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Nautilus Aviation

Take to the sky on a 10-minute scenic flight. You will have the best seat to witness the iconic Great Barrier Reef from above.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Daintree Dreaming

A cultural journey taking you from coast to rainforest experiencing natural beauty and ancient culture. Learn traditional hunting and gathering ski...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Kuranda, Skyrail And Scenic Railway

Join your Down Under Tours coach transfer to Smithfield Station. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experien...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hot Air Cairns Classic Ballooning

Experience the fun & unique sensation of being in a Hot Air Balloon, flying gently high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. The balloon t...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife

Explore the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains in style, starting with a visit to Sydney Zoo, Australia’s most advanced Zoo in the heart of Weste...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
All Blacks Experience - Guided Tour & Interactive Zone

The All Blacks Experience is an introduction to “kiwi culture” through the lens of our national sport. An immersive and emotive state-of-the-art gu...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ted Ashby Scenic Cruise

Set sail on our heritage scow, TED ASHBY, for an hour-long cruise in Auckland's Harbour. See the city skyline, Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridg...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Air Milford - Milford Sound Flight Back To Queenstown

A scenic flight from Milford Sound to return back to Queenstown. During the 35 minute flight take in panoramic views of spectacular scenery includi...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Appellation Central Wine Tours - Boutique Wine Tour

An afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over two contrasting w...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pure Glenorchy - Lord Of The Rings Scenic Tour

Lord of The Rings Scenic Tour: Visit the stunning locations from The Lord of The Rings. Encounter lsengard, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains,...

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Additional Cost Applies
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Australia & New Zealand: English the official language of Australia & New Zealand.
  • Currency used in Australia & New Zealand: The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar ($) and the currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar ($).
  • Capital Cities:: Canberra (Australia) and Wellington (New Zealand).
  • Time Zone(s) in Australia & New Zealand: The main time zones in Australia are Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). It's important to note that these time zones can vary during Daylight Saving Time (DST) when some states or territories adjust their clocks forward by one hour. New Zealand operates on New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) during most of the year. During daylight saving time, the clocks are advanced by one hour, and the time zone is known as New Zealand Daylight Time (NZDT).

 

USA passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Australia or New Zealand.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Australia has a diverse climate due to its size and geographical features. In general, it experiences a range of climates, including tropical, desert, Mediterranean, and temperate. The northern regions have a tropical climate with high temperatures and wet summers, while the central part of the country is dominated by arid or desert conditions with hot days and cool nights. The southeastern and southwestern coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild winters and warm summers. However, Australia & New Zealand is also prone to extreme weather events such as bushfires, droughts, and cyclones, which can significantly impact its weather patterns.

New Zealand has a temperate maritime climate, characterized by mild temperatures and high rainfall throughout the year. The country experiences four distinct seasons, with summer lasting from December to February and winter from June to August. The North Island tends to be warmer and milder than the South Island. The country is influenced by the prevailing westerly winds, resulting in varied weather patterns and rapid changes in conditions. The diverse geography of New Zealand contributes to a wide range of microclimates, from the subtropical climate in the north to the alpine climate in the Southern Alps.

Luggage on Tour

Traveling with GET entitles each guest to travel with one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and weight not exceeding 50 lbs due to the limited space on the coach. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment.

For safety reasons, small rolling suitcases are not permitted inside the coach. As our coaches have large windows, there is minimal space to store them securely overhead or under the seat. The suggested carry-on is a soft-sided bag similar to a backpack, tote bag, etc.

So your driver and the hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances.

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

When packing for a guided tour, it's essential to consider the local climate, cultural norms, and the activities you'll be engaging in. Here's a suggested packing list:

Clothing

  • A range of shoes. Australia and New Zealand offer a vast array of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is important to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling busy city streets to exploring vineyards, hiking in the mountains to a night at the Sydney Opera House and even enjoying sandy beaches. We suggest comfortable walking shoes, flip flops for beach days, a formal pair for nights out, and good hiking boots if you plan on hiking in these gorgeous countries.
  • Lightweight, breathable, all-climate clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter. It's important to remember that both countries are in the Southern Hemisphere. So, when it’s winter here, it’s summer there. Make sure you pack accordingly.
  • Layers: To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. We also suggest packing a portable umbrella or light rain jacket to prepare you for unexpected rain showers.
  • Modest attire: Sometimes modest clothing is required. For women especially, we suggest packing a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when/if necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable attire for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.

Accessories

  • Sun Protection & Reef-safe Sunscreen: As Australia and New Zealand are known for their harsh sun, we always recommend carrying sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses, and UV-protective clothing. Make sure to bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Reef-safe sunscreens should also be biodegradable and free from chemicals that can harm marine life. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure their environmental friendliness.
  • Daypack or tote bag: A small backpack or tote bag will be handy for carrying essentials during your explorations.
  • Travel adapter, voltage converter, and charger: Ensure you have the appropriate adapters for power outlets and a charger for your electronic devices. (See Electricity, Adapters & Air Conditioning

Miscellaneous Items

  • A camera: You’ll see some of the world’s most extraordinary sites in Australia and New Zealand. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. You can also use the camera on your phone, but you might want to zoom in or capture moving objects. A camera is your best bet for this.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • A small travel alarm
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed
  • A washcloth and carry bag
  • A travel pillow

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110 volts, while the standard voltage in Australia and New Zealand is 230-240 volts at 50 hertz (Hz).
  • Both Australia and New Zealand primarily use Type I power outlets. Type I outlets have three flat pins in a triangular pattern, and the plugs are specific to this region.
  • For US travelers, a travel converter or adapter is necessary to use their electrical devices in Australia and New Zealand.
  • A travel adapter allows you to physically plug your devices into the Type I outlets. However, it does not convert voltage. Most modern electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and cameras, are dual voltage, which means they can support both 110-120V and 230-240V. In such cases, you won't need a voltage converter, but you will still need an adapter to fit the power outlets.
  • For devices that are not dual voltage (e.g., some hairdryers, curling irons, and electric shavers), you will also need a voltage converter to adjust the voltage from 230-240V to the voltage supported by your devices (usually 110-120V). It's essential to check the voltage specifications on your electronic devices' labels or in the user manuals before traveling to Australia and New Zealand.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you specifically need a hair dryer during your trip, but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in Australia or New Zealand hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1-2 per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if a charge needs to be added to the bill.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, November 6, 2022
Service
Barb Gardner was good to work with and made it easy to book the trip. But the GET department handling flight schedules dropped the ball and did not book us Business class round trip. Nor did they get us direct flights out of New Zealand back to Los Angeles. We had to spend hours extra hours on flights going through Sydney, the wrong direction. Overall, the Australia and New Zealand experience with the Travel Directors and sights were great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment with your flight arrangements. Our Air Department always books the most direct flights at the time you book your tour based on airline schedules and availability. Airlines are just now starting to come back to their full flying schedules after the pandemic so options may have been limited. We are glad to see that you arrived safely and enjoyed the trip.
Monday, November 7, 2022
Vacation
Wonderful Travel Directors. Great sights. Very memorable experiences. Well worth the trip.
James Mackenzie
Review date: Monday, December 9, 2019
Service
They answered my questions about the tour. Worked out payment schedules to suit our finances.
Vacation
Great tour directors on both tours. We would have preferred a smaller tour group, but the tour directors handled everything just fine.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Trusted Customer
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: Friday, May 18, 2018
Service
Guides were courteous, knowledgeable and very professional.
Vacation
Outstanding. Will travel with your organization again.
Louise Sincaglia
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: Friday, July 29, 2016
Service
Booking process was easy.
Vacation
Had 2 great guides, Kyle and Marti. Hotels and excursions were all excellent.
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