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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

22 Day Australia & New Zealand Tour

22 Days
2 Countries

Australia, New Zealand

11 Cities

Melbourne, Alice Springs, Uluru, Cairns, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

35 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 21 Breakfasts, 3 Be My Guests, 3 Regional Dinners, 4 Lunchs, 2 Dinners, 1 Farewell Dinner

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

Trafalgar

If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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Connect with the Outback, untamed fiords, and fascinating Māori legends as you explore the highlights of Australia and New Zealand - every bit as enchanting as looking up with a sense of awe and wonder at New Zealand's dark night sky.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Melbourne

Melbourne’s elegant façades and broad boulevards are your launchpad to an immersive encounter with the highlights of Australia and New Zealand (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). You'll be transferred and welcomed to your hotel on the banks of the city’s own Yarra River before getting to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers over a Welcome Reception at The General Assembly restaurant. At this modern pub you’ll feast on dinner with specialties such as Fisherman’s bend pie, schnitzel, and mac & cheese croquettes, washed down with your choice of beverage from local wines, you’ll find it hard to choose from one of the 15 beers on tap. The General Assembly’s waterfront setting on Yarra River’s South Wharf is a relaxing welcome to this cosmopolitan city.

Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Uncover Melbourne's Eclectic Laneways

Jump into city life joining your Travel Director on a walking tour admiring Melbourne’s Victorian architecture, arcades, and eclectic little laneways revealing some of the world’s most incredible street art. Encounter the aroma of Melbourne’s coffee culture around every corner. The rest of your day is free to take in Melbourne's well-known food and culture. Or join an Optional Experience such as a trip to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade. Wildlife fans won’t want to miss seeing the tiny penguins make their daily trip from the sea to their onshore burrows. It’s a fascinating experience to watch and only happens right here on Phillip Island.

Motorcycle in Laneways, Melbourne, Australia
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Little Penguins
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

Melbourne, It's All Yours

Enjoy a day exploring stylish Melbourne just the way you like, indulging in world class fare at one of the city's famous eateries and stopping in unique shops. Browse Brunswick Street’s quirky boutiques and pop into one of laneways’ cafes to people watch and refuel on a strong flat white coffee. Or, tick something else off your bucket list and join an Optional Experience to travel the Great Ocean Road - the ultimate road trip along a stunning coastline. You’ll learn how the jagged rocks were formed and stop at the world famous Twelve Apostles. Admire these towering limestone formations rising out of the sea against windswept cliffs. Take advantage of photo ops around every bend and stretch your legs in the seaside town of Apollo Bay. If you prefer to soak up the city life, perhaps explore the city on foot with a History and Donuts Walking Tour is more your thing. Wherever you chose to explore today, Melbourne and its surroundings are yours for the taking.

Twelve Apostles in Melbourne, Australia
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit The Twelve Apostles with Great Ocean Road drive in Melbourne, Australia
Great Ocean Road And Twelve Apostles

Take a breath and enjoy a relaxed and unhindered view of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge all before lunch, beating the tradit...

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History & Donuts Walking Tour

Discover the sweeter side of Melbourne on Fit City Tour’s History and Donuts Walking Tour. This two-hour walking tour is best started on an empty s...

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Day 4

A Town Called Alice

Experience a complete change of scenery on your Australia and New Zealand tour journeying to the heart of the continent. You’ll fly into Alice Springs over sparse, red sand desert, the MacDonnell Ranges looming in the distance, before making your first stop at the School of the Air. Here you’ll meet a Local Specialist and be guided through the school, see teachers in action, and learn how this massive remote school provides educational support to children in the surrounding communities. Your next stop is the birthplace of the Alice Springs township, the historic Telegraph Station. Hear about its origins in 1871 relaying messages between Darwin and Adelaide with a single wire and thus connecting Australia's north and south. Then you’re in for an immersive Outback experience at a Be My Guest dinner under a blanket of stars at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Your hosts are the famous Outback Paramedic brothers Tom and Danny Falzon who’ll share stories of ecology, culture, and the realities of life in the outback living working with wind and solar energy. Tour their farmstead, then settle in for your gourmet Australian style BBQ dinner, white tablecloths and all, with red dirt underfoot beneath a sweeping starry sky. The brothers will treat you to a star talk complete with telescopes, and even lead you on a fireside sing-along. A night to remember!

Sign for Alice Springs, Australia
Accommodation Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
Be My Guest Meet the Falzon family for an outback dinner and show in Alice Springs, Australia
The Falzon Family in their Aussie Outback 'Office'

Meet the Falzon family, who have entertained and informed visitors for over 20 years in the outback of Australia, for a Be My Guest Outback Dinner ...

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Be My Guest

Day 5

Journey to Spiritual Uluru

The rusty red landscapes of Uluru beckon as we leave Alice Springs for Ayers Rock Resort, near the sacred ancient site of Uluru and your home for the next two days in Aussie’s cultural heartland. You’ll drive past dry salt lakes through red dirt on long roads past outback roadhouses before your first of many mesmerizing encounters with ‘the Rock,’ in Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. As the desert sun begins to set, you’re treated to a classic Uluru sundowner: nibbles and sparkling wine amidst the red dirt and blowing spinifex grasses as the Outback sky ignites in shades of red, yellow, and purple. Gazing at massive Uluru - which at 348 metres high is taller than the Eiffel Tower - you'll experience a kind of magical connection to the land. Relaxed and happy, you’ll make your way to the Desert Gardens Hotel for a Stays With Stories experience. Surrounded by desert trees and distant Uluru, this indigenous-owned hotel showcases the natural beauty of the landscape. Stay in this evening or, after sunset, join an Optional Experience Uluru BBQ Dinner as you watch the changing desert colours and are treated to an informative star talk in one of the best places to view the southern night sky.

View of Uluru, Australia
Accommodation Desert Gardens Hotel Ayers Rock
Included Meals Breakfast
Trafalgar Difference View of Uluru, Australia
Stay in the Heart of the Red Centre

Discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre at Ayers Rock Resort. Revealing natural beauty of this unique landscape, the accommodation offer incr...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a barbecue dinner in Uluru, Australia
Uluru Barbecue Dinner

After sunset continue to our exclusive dining venue with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. Relax in the company of friends and fellow travellers and...

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Day 6

Magical Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta

Watch night turn to day as you head to the National Park at dawn - hot cocoa in hand - to witness a magical sunrise as the dawn creeps across the desert and lights up Uluru. Then, day underway, at a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, hear stories about the Anangu, caretakers of this remote arid landscape, touring the base of Uluru to discover its ancient rock art with your Travel Director. You’ll be amazed at their deep knowledge and passion for this land through stories that enhance the natural beauty you surely can’t get enough of. Enjoy free time this afternoon relaxing by the pool or checking out the art galleries and Town Square shopping village before grabbing your walking shoes and continuing your journey through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta. Walk amidst its towering, mindboggling domes through Walpa (meaning “wind”) Gorge to a lookout. From sunrise to sunset, tonight you’ll marvel over a magnificent sunset over Kata Tjuta paired with sparkling wine. Without many of the crowds at Uluru, you may have the beauty of this hidden gem to yourself.

View of Kata Tjuta, Australia
Accommodation Desert Gardens Hotel Ayers Rock
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience sunrise and learn about the Anangu in Uluru, Australia
Uluru First Nations People

Explore the foundations of life and society of the local Aboriginal people in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Learn about the spiritual connection ...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Enjoy a scenic flight over Ayers Rock in Uluru, Australia
Uluru Scenic Flights

A 20 minute, fixed wing scenic flight is a great way to take in the amazing landscape of Uluru. This small plane operator offer extended flights th...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the air, Uluru, Australia
Helicopter Flights

Experience a unique view with a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the Air. You might choose the 15 minute flight to a...

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Day 7

Head to Tropical Cairns

Rise with the birds on an exclusive visit to the kaleidoscopic Field of Light art installation of artist Bruce Munro. Set against the darkened desert, walk through the lights and watch the changing colours of this innovative art bring the land to life, feeling as if you’re in a field of multi-coloured flowers against the backdrop of a magnificent Uluru sunrise. This eerily silent, soul-stirring start to your morning gives way to yet another exclusive experience on top of a sand dune to watch the desert awaken over Uluru with a hot drink in hand. That’s just the beginning of your day! Next up Dive Into Culture joining your Local Specialist Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art at Maruku Arts Dot Art Experience. Indigenous artists share meanings of the dot art before you get hands on crafting your story, painting your own piece of Australian aboriginal art as a memento. Learning from the artists and creating personalized art is an experience that will leave you enriched and enlightened as head to your next stop in tropical Cairns.

Field of light, Uluru, Australia
Accommodation Hilton Cairns
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Join an Indigenous Anangu artist for an introduction to Western Desert Art in Uluru, Australia
Paint An Aboriginal Artwork

Join an Indigenous Anangu artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art.

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Dive Into Culture

Day 8

Explore Cairns in Your Own Time

Ease into the laidback lifestyle of Cairns with a full free day to explore this tropical city or take your pick of the many tempting Optional Experiences. There’s something for everyone, no matter what you’re looking for. Take to the skies for a bird’s eye view with a balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands, the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere. Or, dive into nature learning traditional hunting and gathering skills as you search for bush tucker of mud crabs, fish, and mussels in the Daintree Rainforest. Taste and share your catch before a guided interpretive walk through the ancient rainforest. Another option is to take a historic rail journey winding across bridges and through tunnels to Kuranda village, nestled in a tropical rainforest to explore its colourful and interesting arts and crafts. Return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over and through the some of the oldest rainforest in the world. You can also choose to pair your trip to Kuranda with a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile for a wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands, the home of the saltwater crocodile. Top off your 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.

Kuranda Scenic Railway in Cairns, Australia
Accommodation Hilton Cairns
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Optional Experiences Enjoy the Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Tjapukai day tour Cairns, Australia
Down Under Tours: Kuranda, Scenic Rail Skyrail and Hartley's Crocodile (KHC)

Journey on the historical Scenic Railway to Kuranda, with breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kurand...

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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 Rainforest Cableway and marvel at the World's Most Beautiful...

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Optional Experiences
Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman

Travel in air-conditioned comfort to Cape Tribulation through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Enjoy morning tea at Mossman Gorge Cultur...

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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 9

Great Barrier Reef Up-Close

Get ready for a bucket list adventure today as you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s up to you how you’d like to experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site and underwater wonderland: Don your mask and fins (equipment provided) for an up-close encounter with a kaleidoscope of fishes and reef or stay dry and explore the world’s largest living reef system from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Whichever you choose, your local guide enhances your time on board with plenty of insights on the local ecology and the importance of preserving this fragile environment. Before your return to Cairns, you’ll enjoy an onboard tropical buffet lunch under the glorious Aussie sunshine.

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
Scenic Helicopter Flight on the Great Barrier Reef

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 10

Sparkling Sydney

We say farewell to Cairn’s flying south to Sydney and spend the rest of the day exploring the beauty of this harbour city. From your centrally located hotel, take a stroll around the waterfront Circular Quay, enjoying the peaceful Royal Botanic Garden. Whether you’re called by land or sea, Sydney city is walkable and offers something for everybody. Stopping for a bite is its own adventure, wining and dining in the famous Rocks District dating back to before the arrival of British settlers in the late 1700s, visiting Chinatown for some tasty yum cha, popping into one of city’s many craft breweries, or finding the perfect rooftop bar to sit back and take it all in.

Opera House in Sydney, Australia
Accommodation InterContinental Sydney
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 11

Must-See Sights of Sydney

A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour city awaits! Begin your day with a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a Local Specialist, delving into the story of a building 'that changed the image of an entire country' and learning the history of this iconic structure. Continue sightseeing for a Sydney harbour Lunch Cruise sailing past Sydney’s dazzling harbour sights enjoying million-dollar views and a menu focusing on local food and wine. Back on land, it's off to the beach to wiggle your toes in the sand at breathtaking Bondi, and where you are free to wander along the promenade, potter in and out of surf shops or grab a coffee at one of Bondi's sidewalk cafés.

Behind the scenes tour of Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
Accommodation InterContinental Sydney
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Sydney, the Choice is Yours

Enjoy a full free day to explore Sydney or consider joining an Optional Experience to discover even more further afield. Take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains, whose eucalypt haze you’ll see looming in the distance, for fresh mountain air and stunning natural scenery. You’ll see the famous Three Sisters rock formation - each of which stands over 900 metres high - and hear the Aboriginal legend behind these massive structures. Animal lovers will not want to miss a visit to the Sydney Zoo to see some of Australia’s unique native animals including the wombat, Tasmanian devil, and yes, the koala. You can even sign up for a special encounter to get up close to visit with some of the animals.

 

 

 

 

Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia
Accommodation InterContinental Sydney
Included Meals Breakfast
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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Optional Experiences
Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3.5 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks ...

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Optional Experiences Tour of Daves Pub in Sydney, Australia
The Rocks Pub Walk

Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between water...

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Day 13

Hoo Roo Sydney - Kia Ora Auckland

Set your sights on New Zealand as you fly to Auckland, the City of Sails. You’ll see how the city got its nickname as you fly in over the islands and boats in the harbour. In fact, one in four New Zealanders owns a boat! On land, Auckland is known for being built on 53 dormant volcanoes (two of which you have the opportunity to see!) Enjoy dinner at The Grill, celebrating Aotearoa's culinary treasures. Expect the finest quality grassfed steaks, from 100% New Zealand owned and operated suppliers, and sustainable line-caught fish.

Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand
Accommodation Horizon by SkyCity Auckland
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14

Sights of Auckland, City of Sails

Start your first full day in New Zealand getting lay of the land on a city sightseeing tour viewing the beautiful waterfront of Mission Bay, historic overlook of Bastion Point, and spacious gardens and sunken pool at the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial showing off views of Waitemata Harbour and the North Shore. You 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. You have the afternoon free to explore. How about going behind the scenes of the All Blacks, one of the world's legendary rugby teams? The interactive All Blacks Experience explores an introduction to the game as a part of New Zealand culture. Or perhaps stroll along Queen Street to find the perfect waterfront restaurant in Viaduct Harbour to enjoy water views while enjoying local oysters, crayfish, or New Zealand’s native green lip mussels with a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Then stretch your legs popping into the many boutique shops.

Pouring white wine in Queenstown, New Zealand
Accommodation Horizon 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 Bridge from the sea.

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Day 15

Rotorua, Cultural Capital

Begin your journey to Rotorua through the dramatic scenery and landscapes of Waikato, passing through Cambridge, ‘The Town of Trees and Champions.’ Learn about Cambridge’s claim to fame as the training grounds for thoroughbred racehorses and famous jockeys as you cruise along its tree-lined boulevards. Then arriving in Rotorua, you’ll tour the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, a leader in kiwi husbandry, with a Local Specialist spotting shy kiwi amongst the native bush learning about the rarity of New Zealand’s national bird and the work being done to save this iconic animal during this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. You’ll be amazed as you see eggs being incubated, the hatching process, and even newly hatched kiwi chicks. This evening, Dive into Culture at a Regional Dinner at the Te Pa Tu Maori Experience where you’ll journey into the forest to a time of warriors and ancient traditions. Hear about Maori history, traditions, and future aspirations across an evening of celebration and feasting. Enjoy a forest kai horotai (seasonal canapés) and chef choice aperitif followed by a seasonal three-course dinner.

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
The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa

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

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

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 16

Take off to Adventure in 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 that endure 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
Visit a Waikato Dairy Farm

Get a feel for country life at a Be My Guest morning tea on a dairy farm in the North Island.

 

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Be My Guest

Day 17

Cruise on Magical Milford Sound

Journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and over the Devil's Staircase to Te Anau. Experience magnificent scenery afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Emerge from the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. Take to its still waters for a cruise filled with pinch-me moments. Return to Queenstown for a free evening. Speak to your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Queenstown.

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 18

Your Choice in Queenstown

The day is yours to explore Queenstown as you like, and good news...you have plenty of options to choose from. Take to the water riding the thrilling Skippers Jet boat through cliffs and gorges. Or explore a slice of Kiwi farming history and soak in the views cruising Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm where you’ll be treated to a farm tour and morning or afternoon tea. Tonight, exchange stories of your Queenstown adventures as you join your Travel Director and group for a Regional Dinner at the historic Postmasters Cottage, built in 1907, in nearby Arrowtown. Hear the history of this quaint house that was almost demolished by developers and then saved and purchased by the passionate local community. The community continued to rally together restoring the cottage’s verandas and adding charming gardens and paths. Stroll the grounds before sitting down to dinner with a focus on fresh, local food and wines.

View of Lake Wakatipu, 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 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 19

To Turquoise Lake Tekapo

Today you say farewell to Queenstown as you make your way to another beautiful destination, Lake Tekapo. Visit Mrs. Jones' Fruit Stall to taste of some of the town's juicy stone fruit including apricots, nectarines, peaches, and plums. The journey alone will have you falling in love with the South Island as you travel to Cromwell on the banks of Lake Dunstan. On arrival in Tekapo you’ll be greeted by the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd for a photo opportunity of this lakefront stone church. As the sun sets your journey continues with a tour of the night sky at the world-renowned UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with a Local Specialist. Look up in awe as your stargazing guide points out the Southern Cross, Magellanic Cloud, and Milky Way. You even have the chance to take a closer look using a powerful optical telescope. Complement your discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere's sky with your Stays with Stories accommodation on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

Lupine field in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Accommodation Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Trafalgar Difference Stay at Peppers Bluewater Resort in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

This resort overlooks the pristine waters of Lake Tekapo in New Zealand's South Island.

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Trafalgar Difference

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 20

Innovative Christchurch

Start your day in Christchurch with a sightseeing tour including the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Earthquake Memorial, Bridge of Remembrance, and many streets lined with bars, cafes, and riverside markets. Stop at the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral. Admire its colourful stained-glass windows and sustainable cardboard construction giving it the nickname “The Cardboard Cathedral” and a striking example of the city’s revitalizing rebuild.

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

Day 21

A Taste of Farm Life

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 and enjoy a platter-style lunch among the vines. All good things must come to an end and you’ll spend your last night with your Travel Director and the group raising a glass to your travels at a three-course Farewell Dinner showcasing food 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
Visit a 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 22

Farewell Christchurch

Bid farewell to your newfound friends as your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast as you're transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. You’ll surely leave with plenty of stunning photos and, most importantly, memories of this beautiful part of the world (flights anytime).

Cable Car in Christchurch, New Zealand
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Be My Guest
The Falzon Family in their Aussie Outback 'Office'

Meet the Falzon family, who have entertained and informed visitors for over 20 years in the outback of Australia, for a Be My Guest Outback Dinner ...

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Trafalgar Difference
Stay in the Heart of the Red Centre

Discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre at Ayers Rock Resort. Revealing natural beauty of this unique landscape, the accommodation offer incr...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Uluru First Nations People

Explore the foundations of life and society of the local Aboriginal people in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Learn about the spiritual connection ...

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Dive Into Culture
Paint An Aboriginal Artwork

Join an Indigenous Anangu artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa

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

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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.

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Be My Guest
Visit a Waikato Dairy Farm

Get a feel for country life at a Be My Guest morning tea on a dairy farm in the North Island.

 

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Trafalgar Difference
Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

This resort overlooks the pristine waters of Lake Tekapo in New Zealand's South Island.

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Visit a 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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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Porterage where hotels provide this service
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 Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Auckland, Auckland to Queenstown

What to expect

Explore Alice Springs, Sydney Opera House, National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua, and the Dark Sky Reserve in Tekapo with a Local Specialist
Discover Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Arrowtown, Queenstown, and Christchurch
Visit Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Bondi Beach in Sydney, and Te Pa Tu Maori Experience in Rotorua
View the renowned Field of Light installation in Uluru
Scenic Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour, and Milford Sound

Optional Experiences

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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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Great Ocean Road And Twelve Apostles

Take a breath and enjoy a relaxed and unhindered view of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge all before lunch, beating the tradit...

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History & Donuts Walking Tour

Discover the sweeter side of Melbourne on Fit City Tour’s History and Donuts Walking Tour. This two-hour walking tour is best started on an empty s...

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Uluru Barbecue Dinner

After sunset continue to our exclusive dining venue with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. Relax in the company of friends and fellow travellers and...

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Uluru Scenic Flights

A 20 minute, fixed wing scenic flight is a great way to take in the amazing landscape of Uluru. This small plane operator offer extended flights th...

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Helicopter Flights

Experience a unique view with a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the Air. You might choose the 15 minute flight to a...

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Down Under Tours: Kuranda, Scenic Rail Skyrail and Hartley's Crocodile (KHC)

Journey on the historical Scenic Railway to Kuranda, with breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kurand...

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Kuranda, Skyrail And Scenic Railway

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

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Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman

Travel in air-conditioned comfort to Cape Tribulation through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Enjoy morning tea at Mossman Gorge Cultur...

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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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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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Scenic Helicopter Flight on the Great Barrier Reef

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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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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Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3.5 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks ...

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The Rocks Pub Walk

Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between water...

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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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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 Bridge from the sea.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Australia & New Zealand

  • 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 Tourist Visa is required to enter Australia and New Zealand. Learn more about obtaining a visa for Australia and 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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Paula Jones
Review date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Service
Very professional. Answered all my questions
Vacation
Great tour guides. Interesting places to go. Lots of options.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so pleased to hear that you enjoyed Australia and New Zealand. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Billy Watkins
Review date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Service
Good Morning! Again I had a wonderful trip. However, there were things I need to bring to your attention. We discussed the delay in my pickup at the airport for nearly 45 minutes and the charge for baggage few in Sydney and New Zealand. I assume this occurred because of the change from business to premium economy. In future please explain this to cients and don't rely on them reading the fine print which doesn't give good explanations. :-) The IMPORTANT issue! I departed Sydney on Quantas flight Q073 at 12:40PM on 4/13/2019. I arrive in San Francisco on 4/13/2019 around 2:00 PM. I thought I was returning on premium economy but was placed in basic economy seat 53C. There was a y0ung lady sitting in seat A, B was vacant and the door closed. The flight attendant (female) escorted a young blonde haired lady to seat B. She chatted with me briefly. Dinner was served she and I had beef and I fell asleep afterwards. I woke up some time later and it appeared I had thrown up in my sleep (this has never happened before and I thought it strange. The flight attendant was there when I woke up. She told me to go clean up and she would bring me some pajamas. I did. She said she would lock the restroom to protect my belongings. I went to my sleep dazed and fell back to sleep. When I awoke the plan was landing in SFO. I realized I didn't have my wallet. I told the flight attendant. As we were landing she made me remain seated to everyone left. I checked the restroom and nothing was there. The flight attendant took me to a different restroom where I found my clothes and the seat covering. There was no wallet. I told the flight attendant someone stole my wallet. She looked at me with a smile on her fce and said as I departed. "you just can't trust some people". There I was going through custom in Quantas pajamas and no wallet. Once I made it through customs, I changed my clothes. Eventually I arrived home. No money, no credit cards, I manged to get from the airport to the train station, figure out how to pay for the ride and my parking. Once home I started the process of getting my life back together. I thought about what happened and determined that I was drugged and robbed. I was probably targeted for being a single black man traveling alone. I am not filing any kind of report but this is something you may want to investigate to see if it is occurring with others. I will never fly Quantas again and will tell others. Thanks!
Vacation
Good Morning! Again I had a wonderful trip. However, there were things I need to bring to your attention. We discussed the delay in my pickup at the airport for nearly 45 minutes and the charge for baggage few in Sydney and New Zealand. I assume this occurred because of the change from business to premium economy. In future please explain this to cients and don't rely on them reading the fine print which doesn't give good explanations. :-) The IMPORTANT issue! I departed Sydney on Quantas flight Q073 at 12:40PM on 4/13/2019. I arrive in San Francisco on 4/13/2019 around 2:00 PM. I thought I was returning on premium economy but was placed in basic economy seat 53C. There was a y0ung lady sitting in seat A, B was vacant and the door closed. The flight attendant (female) escorted a young blonde haired lady to seat B. She chatted with me briefly. Dinner was served she and I had beef and I fell asleep afterwards. I woke up some time later and it appeared I had thrown up in my sleep (this has never happened before and I thought it strange. The flight attendant was there when I woke up. She told me to go clean up and she would bring me some pajamas. I did. She said she would lock the restroom to protect my belongings. I went to my sleep dazed and fell back to sleep. When I awoke the plan was landing in SFO. I realized I didn't have my wallet. I told the flight attendant. As we were landing she made me remain seated to everyone left. I checked the restroom and nothing was there. The flight attendant took me to a different restroom where I found my clothes and the seat covering. There was no wallet. I told the flight attendant someone stole my wallet. She looked at me with a smile on her fce and said as I departed. "you just can't trust some people". There I was going through custom in Quantas pajamas and no wallet. Once I made it through customs, I changed my clothes. Eventually I arrived home. No money, no credit cards, I manged to get from the airport to the train station, figure out how to pay for the ride and my parking. Once home I started the process of getting my life back together. I thought about what happened and determined that I was drugged and robbed. I was probably targeted for being a single black man traveling alone. I am not filing any kind of report but this is something you may want to investigate to see if it is occurring with others. I will never fly Quantas again and will tell others. Thanks!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. Our Guest Relations team will be getting in touch with you directly.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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