Explore New Zealand and Australia

from £6499
excluding flights *
22 nights Year round

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 23 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
  • 22 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 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)
24 Apr 2019 22 nights £6,949
08 May 2019 22 nights £6,649
10 Jul 2019 22 nights £6,499
14 Aug 2019 22 nights £6,499
11 Sep 2019 22 nights £6,799
23 Oct 2019 22 nights £6,799
06, 13, 20 Nov 2019 22 nights £6,949
04, 18 Dec 2019 22 nights £6,949
08, 15, 22, 29 Jan 2020 22 nights £6,949
05, 12, 19, 26 Feb 2020 22 nights £7,099
04, 18, 25 Mar 2020 22 nights £6,949
15 Apr 2020 22 nights £6,949
20 May 2020 22 nights £6,649
24 Jun 2020 22 nights £6,499
15 Jul 2020 22 nights £6,499
05, 26 Aug 2020 22 nights £6,499
16 Sep 2020 22 nights £6,799
07, 21 Oct 2020 22 nights £6,799
04, 11, 18, 25 Nov 2020 22 nights £6,949
02, 09, 16 Dec 2020 22 nights £6,949
06, 13, 20, 27 Jan 2021 22 nights £6,499
03, 10, 17, 24 Feb 22 nights £6,499
03, 17, 24 Mar 2021 22 nights £6,499
14 Apr 2021 22 nights £6,499
19 May 2021 22 nights £6,499
23 Jun 2021 22 nights £6,499
14 Jul 2021 22 nights £6,499
04, 25 Aug 2021 22 nights £6,499
15 Sep 2021 22 nights £6,499
06, 20 Oct 2021 22 nights £6,499
10, 17, 24 Nov 2021 22 nights £6,499
01, 08, 15 Dec 2021 22 nights £6,499
05, 12 Jan 2022 22 nights £6,499

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 22 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Sydney Harbour cruise and orientation walk
  • Aboriginal walk through the Daintree Rainforest
  • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru
  • Melbourne foodie walk and three-course meal with culinary expert
  • Waiheke Island Winery Tour
  • Visit glow worm caves
  • Orientation walk in Christchurch
  • Scenic TranzAlpine train
  • Queenstown Gondola ride
  • Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound (summer months) or wilderness day cruise (winter months)
  • Internal flights
  • James Cook University Aquarium visit
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 - Rotorua

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.

Day 15 Rotorua

Enjoy a free day in Rotorua which sits over an active geothermal zone with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools. Opt to visit one of the geothermal sites, or go whitewater rafting. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a “Kaumātua” (an elder in Māori society). After, watch an extravagant performance about local myths and legends while dining on traditional Hangi cuisine.

Day 16 Rotorua - Christchurch

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

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

Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown.

Day 20 Queenstown - Fiordland National Park

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through Fiordland National Park. Led by onboard naturalist guides, we have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds, and penguins, with the option to kayak. Spend the night onboard in comfortable cabins (seasonal) with time to relax on deck and stargaze.

Day 21 Fiordland National Park - Queenstown

Enjoy early morning wildlife viewing along the fiord as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown.

Day 22 Queenstown

Enjoy a free day to explore on your own, visit a winery, or cruise on a historic steamship. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Opt to go bungee jumping, jet boating, skydiving, paragliding, or mountain biking. This evening enjoy a gondola ride with spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape.

Day 23 Queenstown

Today your journey comes to an end. Depart at any time.

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