Explore New Zealand and Australia

from £5999
excluding flights *
21 nights Nov-May, Jul-Oct

Overview

There's no reason to have to choose between Australia and New Zealand on this small group escorted tour that allows you to experience both over 22 extraordinary days. Discover iconic Sydney, fashionable Melbourne, and welcoming Auckland. Stand in the presence of sacred Uluru, explore ancient rainforests and take in all the city life, mountain landscapes, glaciers, cultural moments, deserts, hot springs, and flat whites you can.

Highlights

  • Spend time exploring the wonders of Sydney on a Harbour Cruise and orientation walk
  • Take a walk with an Aboriginal guide through the Daintree Rainforest
  • Marvel at Uluru during a sunrise interpretative walk
  • Visit Waiheke Island on an exclusive winery tour
  • Meet a Maori elder and enjoy a cultural show and traditional Hangi meal
  • Enjoy a wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) on majestic Doubtful Sound

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Excursions as per the itinerary
  • Internal flights

Full description

As part of the National Geographic Journeys travel style collection this tour allows greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort. Quality accommodation is included throughout as well as more inclusions, such as meals, private transport and activities. Some light walking and hiking is involved, suitable for most fitness levels.

These group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

The tour starts in Sydney and ends in Queenstown. Highlights include a visit to spectacular Sydney, an Aboriginal walk through the Daintree Rainforest and a sunrise walk at majestic Uluru. Fly to Auckland from Melbourne for your New Zealand adventure which includes a winery tour on Waiheke Island, a visit to the glow-worm caves at Waitomo, a journey on the scenic TranzAlpine train and a Wilderness cruise in Fiordland National Park.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

Prices from £ per person

Departures Duration Twin Price (pp)
11 Jul 2018 21 nights £5,999
01 Aug 2018 21 nights £5,999
15 Aug 2018 21 nights £5,999
05 Sep 2018 21 nights £5,999
26 Sep 2018 21 nights £5,999
03 Oct 2018 21 nights £5,999
10 Oct 2018 21 nights £5,999
17 Oct 2018 21 nights £5,999
24 Oct 2018 21 nights £5,999
07 Nov 2018 21 nights £5,999
14 Nov 2018 21 nights £5,999
21 Nov 2018 21 nights £5,999
12 Dec 2018 21 nights £5,999

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night on a cruise boat (seasonal)
  • 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Sydney Harbour cruise and orientation walk
  • Aboriginal walk through the Daintree Rainforest
  • James Cook University Aquarium visit
  • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru
  • Melbourne foodie walk and three-course meal with culinary expert
  • Waiheke Island Winery Tour
  • Raglan Harbour cruise
  • Visit glow worm caves
  • Meet a Maori elder and enjoy a cultural show and meal
  • Orientation walk in Christchurch
  • Scenic TranzAlpine train
  • Queenstown Gondola ride
  • Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Services of group leader (Chief Experience Officer/CEO)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group Size:
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 16

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1 Sydney

Arrive at any time today. There are no activities until an evening welcome meeting so head out and enjoy the magical city of Sydney. Feel free to explore, but make sure you are back in time to meet the group at 19:00 hours. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Day 2 Sydney (B,D)

Explore Sydney Harbour today and walk to the iconic Opera House and the Rocks area. In the afternoon, board a private yacht and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with barbecue dinner. As you navigate the many bays and coves, sit back on your sunbed and relax and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Day 3 Sydney - Port Douglas (B)

Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in the Daintree Rainforest.

Day 4 Port Douglas (B)

Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach or opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 5 Port Douglas - Cairns (B)

National Geographic Exclusives: James Cook University Aquarium.
Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr. Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvellous creatures, and we'll hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.

Day 6 Cairns (B,L)

National Geographic Exclusives: Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest People . Travel to Tully for an authentic and interactive, Indigenous experience, supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a private lecture about the history and culture of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest people. Learn about their deep connection to the land and how they have continued for thousands of years, to live in harmony with nature. Our cultural immersion continues with a traditional lunch and participation in a painting class with Jirrbal Aboriginal artists.

Day 7 Cairns - Uluru (B)

Catch a flight to Uluru. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food and music before witnessing an incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.

Day 8 Uluru (B)

Wake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. Continue on with a guided Mala walk around the base of Uluru gaining insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food, and music. Later, take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 9 Uluru - Melbourne (B)

Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night.

Day 10 Melbourne (B)

Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne. You may like to visit nearby wineries, explore the Great Ocean Road, or discover hidden gems in the city's famous laneways.

Day 11 Melbourne (B,L)

Go on a guided foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne with a local author and culinary storyteller for a three-course progressive lunch. Later, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne or the many wineries in the area.

Days 12-13 Melbourne - Auckland (B)

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city. On your second day in the City of Sails cruise across Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to Waiheke Island and visit two local wineries to learn more about New Zealand's wine industry whilst sampling some of the local blends. Later, enjoy a short orientation walk and some free time to explore the city.

Day 14 - Auckland - Raglan (B,L)

Drive a scenic route, visiting an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy town of Raglan, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route, and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbour.

Day 15 Raglan - Rotorua (B,D)

Drive to Rotorua, stopping for an excursion at Waitomo Caves where you'll take a boat ride through the cave and see thousands of flickering glowworms lighting up the walls. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a “Kaumātua” (an elder in Māori society). After, enjoy an extravagant performance about local myths, and legends while dining on traditional Hangi cuisine.

Day 16 Rotorua - Christchurch (B)

Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with the CEO to get a feel for the city.

Days 17-18 Christchurch - Franz Josef (B)

Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine train, crossing the scenic Southern Alps to New Zealand's glacier region. Disembark and finish the journey over the highest pass in the Southern Alps in a private vehicle before transferring to a beautiful rainforest lodge, our home for two nights. The following day, options are plentiful. Choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery.

Day 19 Franz Josef - Queenstown (B)

Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views of the city.

Day 20 Queenstown - Fiordland National Park (B,D)

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound. Led by on-board naturalist guides we have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds and penguins and an option to kayak. Spend the night onboard in the comfortable cabins of the Fiordland Navigator, with time to relax on deck, stargaze and enjoy some New Zealand wine.

Day 21 Fiordland National Park - Queenstown (B)

Enjoy morning wildlife viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown for the final night.

Day 22 Queenstown (B)

Depart at any time today.

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