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Wonders of Australia and New Zealand

Operated by: Trafalgar

15 Days from $8,130 per person
APR 2023 - MAR 2024
Australia Lake Tekapo

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Queenstown, Auckland, Rotorua ...more Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Queenstown, Auckland, Rotorua
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Brisbane Connect with Locals

    Kick off your wondrous travels through Australia and New Zealand in sunny Brisbane. (Flights to arrive prior to 2pm). You’re off to a celebratory start as you meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions and head to a palate-pleasing Be My Guest experience at City Winery, Brisbane’s first urban winery. You’ll Connect With Locals as your Group Sommelier or Winemaker shows you which styles of wines work with different types of food as well as the inner workings of this micro-winery. Put your newfound knowledge into practice over a tasty wine and food masterclass featuring six dishes paired with their artisan, small-batch, handmade wines from Shiraz and Grenache to Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. It’s the perfect introduction to Brisbane’s modern, vibrant, and generous spirit.

    meals Be My Guest
    hotel Royal on the Park Brisbane.
  2. Day 2 Explore Brisbane and Beyond Dive Into Culture

    This morning, you’ll Dive Into Culture on an indigenous walking tour of Brisbane. As the captivating sounds of the Didgeridoo ring out, you’ll uncover the fascinating history, art and rich cultural heritage of Meeanjin (Brisbane City) with an Aboriginal Local Specialist, whose ancestors inhabited the shores of the Brisbane River for over 40,000 years. The afternoon and evening is yours, to perhaps explore the Queen Street Mall, Queen’s Wharf or the trendy bars and restaurants of Brisbane’s South Bank.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Royal on the Park Brisbane.
  3. Day 3 Hamilton Island on the Coral Sea

    You’re off to paradise today in the very heart of Queensland’s Whitsundays, Hamilton Island. Drop right into relaxation mode and live the island life on ‘Hamo’ – as it’s known by locals - marvelling at its long white beaches and teal water brimming with marine life including Harlequin Sweetlips, Six Banded Parrot Fish, and even Green Turtles. Book your spot on a sun lounger at the pool, head out for a walk on one of the island’s many hiking trails, or grab a golf buggy to explore this car-free coastal wonderland at your own pace (driver’s licence still required). It’s pure relaxation as the sea eagles, kites, ospreys, and Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos fly overhead. This evening, enjoy sunset cocktails at One Tree Hill. Perched on a hilltop, this lookout has some of the best views over the Whitsundays and is the perfect spot to end your day. Grab dinner at your hotel before heading to bed, tomorrow is a bucket-list day of epic proportions.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Reef View Hamilton Island
  4. Day 4 Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef

    Continue your exploration of the Whitsundays’ island archipelago heading through its tropical gateway to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. You’ll sail across the impossibly blue waters of the World Heritage-listed marine park to explore the hidden corners and colourful depths of the reef. Make a stop at Whitsundays’ floating pontoon, the perfect platform to experience the amazing marine life and more than 1,400 species of coral of the Whitsundays. Swim or snorkel (equipment provided), before indulging in a lunch, while a world of Angelfish, Damselfish, and Parrotfish swim peacefully below. Or join an Optional Experience and get a bird’s eye view taking a scenic flight from the pontoon and soaring above the Great Barrier Reef, including the famous Heart Reef, a stunning composition of coral perfectly formed in the shape of a heart. However you choose to explore one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it’s a full day of breathtaking scenery and sensory experiences.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Reef View Hamilton Island
  5. Day 5 Hamilton Island is All Yours

    Hamilton Island is yours today to indulge in complete relaxation or continue adventuring through the natural beauty of the island. Enjoy a coffee at the marina, lace up your hiking boots, and head up Passage Peak for flagship views across the archipelago. Water lovers will want to don their swimming togs for a dip in the warm waters off Catseye Beach or go in search of Coral Cove, one of the island’s most secluded stretches of beach. Island life truly does not get better than this. You could also take it up a notch joining an Optional Experience on a catamaran cruise to Whitehaven–the most beautiful beach in the Whitsundays, all of Australia, and (voted by many) the world. Why so stunning? Its unspoiled sand is 98 percent pure white silica, showing off a brilliant colour and a blindingly bright backdrop for the bay’s swathes of turquoise water. Whitehaven is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, and thus has also been voted the world’s top eco-friendly and Queensland’s cleanest beach.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Reef View Hamilton Island
  6. Day 6 Sydney, City on the Harbour

    Bid farewell to island life before you make your way to the big city. An easy start to the day gives you some more time to enjoy Hamilton Island. Savour a leisurely breakfast, sneak in one last swim, and soak up the views before boarding your flight to Sydney. Welcomed into this exciting city, check into your hotel in iconic Darling Harbour and get acquainted with its ideal location. Browse nearby Harbourside’s boutique shopping centre with rooftop bars or relax before your first night in town. This evening enjoy your perfect introduction to Sydney, catch the sunset from Darling Harbour, watching the city light up as you enjoy a Regional Dinner at Nick’s waterside restaurant showcasing the flavours of the Adriatic coast including fresh locally caught seafood, rotisserie meats, and pasta specialities.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Hyatt Regency
  7. Day 7 Must-See Sights of Sydney Make Travel Matter

    It’s the ultimate in Sydney sightseeing today as you join a Behind the Scenes Sydney Opera House Tour with a Local Specialist. Walk up the steps and under the ‘sails’ of this iconic building delving into the heart and history as you take in the Drama Theatre, Playhouse, and spectacular Concert Hall before pausing on the lower concourse to watch the world go by. For a change of scene from city to sand, head to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach with time to wander along the strip, pop in the surf shops, grab a bite to eat at one of Bondi’s sidewalk cafés, or dip your toes into the warm Pacific Ocean. Active souls can follow the boardwalk as it twists and turns above sandstone cliffs past Australia’s oldest lighthouse for dramatic views across the ocean. This afternoon, get involved locally at Our Big Kitchen, a community organisation encouraging individuals to help provide meals for those in need. Lend a hand in this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and feel good knowing that you’re giving back to the city that’s shown you so much of its beauty. This evening is free for you to explore Sydney’s vibrant CBD, Darling Harbour, and Circular Quay.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hyatt Regency
  8. Day 8 Time to Relax in Sydney

    Get your final fix of Sydney with a full day to explore. Soak up incredible city views jumping on a ferry trip to Manly Beach, another of Sydney’s other famous beaches, grabbing lunch or an ice cream and going for a stroll along the water. See stunning local blooms at Sydney’s centrally located yet tucked away Royal Botanic Garden. Or, venture out of town on an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains, whose eucalypt haze you’ll see looming in the distance, for fresh mountain air and stunning natural scenery. Get your adrenaline racing with a thrilling walk up and over Sydney Harbour Bridge with an expert guide and team of fellow adventurers. With so much to see and do, you’ll want to make the most of every minute of your last day in town. This evening you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Farewell Dinner cruise around Sydney Harbour. Have your camera handy as you sail past the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, Shark Island, magnificent homes, beaches, and parkland - the perfect farewell to your week in Australia before jetting to New Zealand.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Hyatt Regency
  9. Day 9 Queenstown, Adventure Playground

    It's time to say Hoo Roo Australia and Kia Ora New Zealand as you fly to Queenstown’s adventure capital. Jump right into your New Zealand travels travelling to the historic gold mining heritage of Arrowtown. Learn the town’s history when in 1862 thousands flocked to Arrowtown to strike it rich in gold mining. Stroll through town admiring the dozens of buildings from the gold rush era and more recently restored historic cottages, churches, and new boutiques and shops. Don’t miss the Chinese Settlement at the edge of the Arrow River made of restored shelters and buildings originally constructed in 1868. After this step back in time, journey back to Queenstown to take in its alpine, mountain town vibe where the evening is free for you to enjoy one of its many lakefront restaurants and bars. Why not try some of the famous New Zealand lamb with a Pinot Noir from the local Otago wine region?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Millennium
  10. Day 10 Farm Life with Host Laura Connect with Locals Dive Into Culture

    Get a feel for real New Zealand farm life with what awaits today. Begin the day meeting your host, Southern Girl Laura. Born and raised on a sheep and deer farm in the deep south of New Zealand, you'll Connect With Locals as passionate Laura shares her story of her life growing up in the country before you have the chance to try your hand at sheep mustering, whip cracking, and the chance to feed and pet the sheep, horses, and goats. After this fun insight into the real New Zealand, you’ll leave feeling more like a local than a visitor and ready for a scenic afternoon. The next part of our farming adventure, Dive Into Culture when it’s all aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw heading across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Dinner, piled high with ribs and salad. After dinner at this historic homestead, learn about life on the farm with a shearing demonstration, watching the sheep dogs in action, and even trying your hand at wool spinning before the scenic cruise back to your Queenstown hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Millennium
  11. Day 11 Queenstown Yours to Enjoy

    Say ‘good morning’ to Queenstown with a full day of ways to play in this adventure capital. How about an Optional Experience of a thrilling, adrenalin-rush jet boat ride down the Shotover River or an excursion through Skipper's Canyon? If you’re looking for another type of adventure, consider an Optional Experience through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise on heritage listed national park Milford Sound/Piopiotahi past sheer cliffs, white-capped peaks, and waterfalls. This stunning landscape - shared by dolphins, penguins, and seals - showcases the beauty of New Zealand. Or tempt your taste buds on a wine tour of the Otago region renowned for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. You’ll visit and tour three premium boutique vineyards and enjoy a wine paired platter lunch. However you explore, there’s plenty of adventure to be had and shared with your travel mates after a full day.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Millennium
  12. Day 12 Auckland, New Zealand's Largest City

    With fond memories of your time in Queenstown and its surrounds, it's a change of scene today departing Queenstown and flying north to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails.’ As you fly in over the harbour, admire the city’s namesake sailboats and get excited for Auckland’s rich Maori history paired with its cosmopolitan vibe. Settle into your hotel in the heart of the city’s Federal Street - a hotspot for food lovers offering plenty of options. The evening is yours to enjoy in Federal Street or to head downtown for waterfront dining. You could even choose to dine in the towering Skytower for rotating, 360-degree views across the city.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Grand by SkyCity
  13. Day 13 Cultural Capital Rotorua Dive Into Culture

    Get ready for an immersive, culture-filled day as we make our way to New Zealand’s cultural capital, Rotorua. You’ll begin journeying through King Country, the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s, en route to the Ruakuri Cave in Waitomo. Join a Local Specialist as you descend a staircase past curving limestone walls to a cavernous, starry wonderland. Inside the cave you’ll be delighted by a glittering galaxy of twinkling green and blue glowworms. Take a selfie with the sparkling glowworms or stand back in awe of their splendour. From one amazing experience to another, this evening you'll Dive Into Culture at the Mitai Maori Village for an eye-opening performance and Regional Dinner. Watch your Māori hosts heart-pounding wero (challenge) during the Powhiri ceremonial welcome, hear the songs of the Pacific and Maori, be impressed by their incredible, fiery Haka war dance, and learn their history before feasting on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in the underground Hangi pit. It’s an insightful and fun evening that will surely leave you with a newfound understanding and love for New Zealand.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Millennium
  14. Day 14 Nature and Culture in Rotorua Make Travel Matter Dive Into Culture

    It’s you’re final full day on your tour and it’s a big one. Begin at the National Kiwi Hatchery to learn everything about the New Zealand’s national bird, the kiwi a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Watch kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process, and newly hatched kiwi chicks. Your Local Specialist will tell you all about their kiwi bird breeding programme, 'Operation Nest Egg' and how your visit contributes to it. After a morning learning about the kiwi, you’re off to Dive Into Culture at the Living Maori Village Whakarewarewa for more insights into the Māori people. Soak in this beautiful land of geothermal fields and steaming lakes that the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people have been living on since 1886. Take the trails and gain an appreciation of the Maori’s connection to this land. Then enjoy the Kapa Haka group’s performance of traditional songs and dances. You’ll cap off your day joining your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner at Terrace Kitchen on the lakefront. Enjoy this airy restaurant’s open plan kitchen to have a peek at the prep of dishes highlighting New Zealand cuisine featuring ingredients just picked from their onsite garden.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Millennium
  15. Day 15 Farewell Auckland

    Savour your last morning of your epic Australia and New Zealand tour over a final delicious breakfast with your travel mates. Then bid farewell as you are transferred from Rotorua to the Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 2pm).

    meals Breakfast
Wonders Australia New Zealand Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • 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: Brisbane to Hamilton Island, Hamilton Island to Sydney, Sydney to Queenstown, Queenstown to Auckland

Dining Summary

  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 14 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 4 Regional Dinner (RD)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Brisbane: Learn about the inner workings of a micro-winery in Brisbane and then join the group sommelier or winemaker for an exclusive Be My Guest experience featuring food and wine pairing.
  • Queenstown: Come and meet your host 'Southern Girl' Laura on her farm in the South Island, when she will share her fascinating story of growing up on a sheep and deer farm.

Dive Into Culture

  • Brisbane: Meet an Aboriginal guide for First Nations walking tour of Brisbane to discover Meeanjin (Brisbane City) history, art and rich cultural heritage.
  • Walter Peak: Get up close to farmyard animals on a guided walking tour at Walter Peak on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the New Zealand high country.
  • Rotorua: Enter the world of Mitai and learn about the history of the area. Be captivated by an entertaining cultural performance, complete with fiery Haka, followed by a traditional Hangi meal.
  • Rotorua: Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village for insights into the lives of the Maori community and their special bond they share with their country, Aotearoa.


  • Sydney: Join the team members at Our Big Kitchen, a community organisation that encourages individuals to help provide meals for those in need.
  • Rotorua: Visit the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa and learn about the work being done to save New Zealand's national bird.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Sydney Opera House, Ruakuri Cave in Waitomo and the National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Brisbane, Sydney, Rotorua and Queenstown
  • : Visit the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, a geothermal valley at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua
  • : Scenic Cruise in the Whitsundays and on Sydney Harbour

Whats Included

  • : 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: Brisbane to Hamilton Island, Hamilton Island to Sydney, Sydney to Queenstown, Queenstown to Auckland

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