Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
- Experience the best of Australia & New Zealand on this once in a lifetime 28-night guided holiday.
- Spend 11 nights exploring Australia staying in Sydney, Ayers Rock & Palm Cove.
- Stay 10 nights in New Zealand visiting Christchurch, Queenstown, Rotorua & Auckland.
- On your way, enjoy 2 nights in Singapore & 2 nights in Hong Kong with city tours & leisure time in each.
- Savour regional flavours with a gourmet dinner under the stars at the base of Ayers Rock.
- Discover the incredible Great Barrier Reef with a snorkelling excursion & helicopter tour.
- Enjoy a scenic journey across New Zealand’s Southern Alps aboard the TranzAlpine Express.
- Includes 24 nights on a bed and breakfast basis, 1 night on half board basis.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Australia and New Zealand
Travel with us on this exceptional 28-night holiday, incorporating the highlights of two countries that appear on every traveller's list: Australia and New Zealand. Our outbound journey is punctuated by a 2 night stopover in Singapore, where we’ll enjoy a half day city tour and free time to explore the city. Upon arrival in Sydney, we’ll enjoy a full-day guided tour of the city and its harbour, before travelling around the country to visit sites like the fabulous Blue Mountains, Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland. Then, it’s on to New Zealand to take a scenic train journey across the beautiful Canterbury Plains, visit the highlights of Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland and their surrounding areas. Our journey home includes a 2-night stopover in Hong Kong to round off this incredible holiday.
Please Note: Visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.
Activity Level: Busy
Travel to Singapore
Depart for Singapore on this trip of a lifetime!
Arrive in Singapore
Arrive in Singapore and transfer to Hotel
On arrival in Singapore, we meet with our local guide before transferring to our hotel. We settle in relax after a long journey and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Discover Singapore on a Half Day City Tour
Discover the highlights of Singapore on a half day guided tour including Chinatown with its unique shops, and the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore. Stroll along the vibrant streets of Little India, bustling with a hive of activity, shops, and markets, steeped in history and culture. Admire the views of Singapore River which was once a small fishing village and now a world class port. Enjoy the serenity of the Singapore Botanic gardens the “green lung” of the city centre. After our half day guided tour, the rest of the afternoon is free to further explore this fascinating city.
The afternoon is at leisure to explore this captivating city, our local guide will be pleased to offer recommendations for sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment options.
Fly to Australia
Depart Singapore and fly to Sydney
Today we depart the vibrant Singapore and transfer to Singapore Airport with guide assistance for our flight to Sydney Australia.
Arrive in Sydney
Transfer by coach to hotel in Sydney
Welcome to Sydney Australia! On arrival in Sydney, we meet with our local guide before transferring to our hotel.
The rest of our day is at leisure, take a stroll to become familiar with our surroundings, stretch the legs and soak up the atmosphere.
Fall in love with Sydney on a full day tour
Today with our local guide we discover some of the famous and most iconic sites in Australia on a full day guided tour by coach of this cosmopolitan city. Starting with historical Rock’s area, where the first fleet landed in 1788, a visit to the iconic Sydney Opera House, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House, Darling Harbour, and Chinatown.
We continue by coach through Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay, Watsons Bay before stopping at the world-famous Bondi Beach!
After lunch (not included) we fall in love with Sydney Harbour, embark on a cruise, taking in the beautiful scenery such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and much more, a great way to finish the tour!
The rest of the evening is at leisure to soak up the atmosphere, try some Australian delicacies, sit in one of the trendy cafes and watch the world go by.
Sydney - Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains, Katoomba and The Three Sisters
Discover the beauty of the Blue Mountains! Take in the sights of natural bush land as we venture of the bustling city by coach on our full day guided excursion. Stop off for a visit to the Featherdale Wildlife Park to observe Australia's unique wildlife including Kangaroos, Koalas and other marsupials, reptiles, and birds.
We continue to the town of Katoomba and experience a thrilling ride on the worlds steepest incline Railway that descends into the valley. A 900-foot boardwalk will take us to the base of the “Sceniscender”cable car for the trip back to the top, enjoying another perspective of the Blue Mountains!
After our thrilling ride we transfer to the Blue Mountains look out for a view of the famous “Three Sisters” rock formation.
We enjoy a scenic and relaxing transfer back to our hotel; the rest of the evening is at leisure.
At Leisure in Sydney
Today is at leisure to explore this buzzing city, our local guide will be pleased to offer recommendations for sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment options.
Sydney At Leisure
Explore Sydney or take an optional wine tour
Today is free to explore more of Sydney, take in some galleries, enjoy a day at the beach, or shop till you drop, Sydney has it all! For those who want to savour the taste of Australia’s liquid gold, enjoy an optional wine tour to Hunter Valley, famous for its wines.
Optional Excursion to Hunter Valley
Escape the city and enjoy an optional excursion into the wine region of Hunter Valley, combining world-renowned wines, with tasty local produce and a stunning countryside backdrop, for this full day trip.
Hunter Valley, two hours north of Sydney, offers a relaxing countryside journey into some of Australia’s best boutique wineries, where wine making is more than just a passion. On this excursion you will visit three local wineries, partake in some wine tasting, and enjoy a tasty two course meal with seasonal fresh, local produce, followed by a delicious glass of Hunter wine. Return to our hotel in the afternoon.
Please note this is not a private tour and there is a minimum number of persons for the tour to operate.
Fly to Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock and Sounds of Silence
Today we say farewell to Sydney and transfer to Sydney airport for a short internal flight to Ayers Rock in the centre of Australia. On arrival we meet with our new local guide and coach driver and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy some down time and soak up the Red Centre of Australia!
Sounds of Silence dinner experience.
Tonight, we transfer by coach and savour a special experience of “Sounds of Silence” the quietest restaurant on earth! We spend the evening under the stars for our outdoor gourmet barbecue dinner. Served while watching the sun set over the Olga Mountains, dinner will be followed by a late-night guided talk from the resident Astronomer about the Southern constellations, enjoying the brilliant clear sky from city light pollution.
Ayers Rock at Sunrise and Olgas (Kata Tjuta)
Experience a Sunrise Over Ayers Rock and See the Sacred Caves
We start with an early departure to take in the beautiful sunrise of Uluru, (Ayers Rock), soaking up the beauty of this natural wonder in the stark harsh outback. After, we discover sacred Aboriginal caves which hold a special significance to the local Aboriginal people.
See more of the Olgas and Sunset over Uluru
In the afternoon accompanied by a local guide we experience more of this stark scenery on a visit to the massive series of domes known as Kata Tjuta the Olgas. We take in the scenery on a walking trail through the Olga gorge between the two domes of Kata Tjuta.
We have free time to explore before we arrive at the sunset viewing area, where we witness the striking colour changes that take place over Uluru.
After we return to our hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening at leisure.
Fly to Cairns
Transfer from Cairns to Palm Cove
Today we transfer to Ayers Rock airport for an internal flight to Cairns. On arrival we meet with our local guide and coach driver and transfer to our hotel in Palm Cove. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, recharge for our next adventure tomorrow, soak up the sun, relax and unwind.
Join us for dinner! Tonight, we join our fellow travellers for dinner (included) in our hotel.
Great Barrier Reef
Full Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise
This morning we pack our swimmers and sun cream as we embark on an adventure to see one of Australia’s most precious and natural wonders! Transfer by coach to and set sail on our high-speed catamaran to the Marine World pontoon - a purpose-built two storey platform on the outer Great Barrier Reef a natural world wonder.
From here we can explore this spectacular and unique marine area of extraordinary beauty, with time to swim, snorkel or travel in a semi-submersible boat. Get a bird's eye view of the turquoise water and magnificent coral formations as we soar through the air on a helicopter flight over the reef. What a way to end this day!
We return by coach back to our hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening at leisure.
Experience the Kuranda Scenic Railway
This morning we transfer to Freshwater Station for a full day’s adventure. We board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for the spectacular journey from Cairns to Kuranda taking in the stunning scenery of North Queensland. Experience the Queensland rainforest from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which skims through the canopy as we marvel at the rainforest below.
Lunch is included today. After our scenic experience we return to our hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Today is free to relax, recharge the batteries and enjoy the laid-back pace of life in this beautiful beach community. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere for our last day in Australia.
Fly to New Zealand
Arrive in Christchurch, South Island.
Today we say farewell to our Australian adventure as we depart Cairn’s airport for Christchurch New Zealand via Sydney. On arrival in Christchurch airport, we will be met by new our local guide before being transferred to our hotel.
Transfer from Christchurch to Franz Josef
Experience the Tranz Alpine Express and Arthur’s pass
This morning we transfer by coach to Christchurch station. All aboard! We experience the Tranz Alpine rail Express, a highlight and one of the best ways to enjoy a scenic journey across the stunning Canterbury Plains and into the heart of the Southern Alps.
Travel across towering viaducts, through spectacular gorges and river valleys and into the lush forest of Arthurs Pass National Park. We disembark at Arthur's Pass for our coach transfer to Franz Josef. Keep an eagle eye out for those cheeky native Kea birds, colourful characters found in this area. We continue your journey to our hotel in the village of Franz Josef, home to one of New Zealand’s famous glaciers.
Franz Josef Glacier & Queenstown
Franz Josef Glacier and transfer to Queenstown
This morning we leave Franz Josef, but not before taking in the views of the Franz Josef Glacier, the glacier has been receding over the years, if weather conditions permit, we will have a view of this famous glacier, a huge river of snow and ice that flows from vast snowfields high in the Alps, almost to sea level.
Afterwards, we travel onwards by coach crossing Haast Pass, past the picturesque Lake Wanaka and cross into Central Otago, sheep, and cattle country. We drive through the Kawarau gorge and arrive to the hot spot of Queenstown, a popular tourist destination.
The evening is at leisure, take a stroll along the picturesque waterfront, sit in one of the cafes enjoying a hot refreshing drink and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Queenstown, Arrowtown and Remarkable Mountain Range
Today we discover Queenstown and more on a half day guided tour. Take in the beauty of Queenstown on a scenic tour, we drive to the historic gold rush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy views of Lake Hayes and the rugged Shotover River. We experience an aerial gondola ride to Bob's Peak to taking in the panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain range - the backdrop to several scenes in The Lord of the Rings.
After we drive to Kawarau Bridge to see dare devils Bunjy jumping from the original AJ Hackett site before returning to our hotel.
Enjoy the rest of our day at leisure, stroll the lake side town, hike up the hill for a stunning view over Queens town. Now is the time to try some of the Kiwi delicacies on offer, Pavlova, meat pies, sweet cakes and pastries, or sample some of the local wines and beers on offer for which New Zealand is famous for!
Free Time in Queenstown
Today is free to explore the beautiful alpine resort of Queenstown. An adrenaline junkies' paradise, there is also plenty to do at a more relaxed pace including walking, golf, sailing and fishing, our local guide will be pleased to offer recommendations for sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment options.
Transfer by coach to Christchurch
Transfer to Christchurch
Today we travel north by coach, through the rugged Kawarau Gorge, across the distinctive Central Otago countryside to Lindis Pass. We pass through many small towns and continue to Lake Tekapo to view the Church of the Good Shepard and the famous bronze statue of the sheep dog, an Instagram moment! We continue over Burkes Pass and on to Christchurch.
Join us for dinner! Tonight, we enjoy dinner together after our long journey.
Fly to Rotorua- North Island
Rotorua, Te Puia and Whakarewarewa
Today we transfer by coach to Christchurch airport for our flight from the South Island to Rotorua in the North Island. On the way to our hotel, we discover why Rotorua is famous, taking in a tour of Te Puia, and a visit to Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Experience the boiling mud pools, steaming terraces and geyser activity. We also see more at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts institute.
Transfer to our hotel where the rest of our day is at leisure. Take time out and enjoy one of the local Spas or stroll the government gardens.
Rotorua Sightseeing Tour
See more of Rotorua on a sightseeing tour by coach, although a little smelly due to all the geothermal activity, it is a popular tourist destination set on the shores of Lake Rotorua. We visit the Agrodome and Rainbow Springs to see huge trout, the New Zealand national emblem and rare Kiwi bird and the ancient Tuatara lizard and much more.
The afternoon is at leisure, shop till you drop, indulge in a spa treatment, or take a walk along the lake shore.
Transfer by coach to Auckland
Mamaku Ranges, and Waitomo Caves
Depart Rotorua and travel across the Mamaku Ranges and through picturesque farmlands to the Waitomo Cave region.
En-route, enjoy a guided tour of the famous limestone caves including a silent boat ride on an underground river into the astonishing Glowworm Grotto, one of the natural top wonders of the world, a must see for any trip to New Zealand!
Visit to Hamilton Gardens and transfer to Auckland
After we travel onwards to Hamilton and enjoy some free time at the Hamilton Gardens! Take a self-guided tour taking in the beauty of this once rubbish tip, turned into an award-winning garden. Fall in love with the Italian Renaissance Garden and an Indian Char Bagh Garden and much more. We spend an hour here before transferring to Auckland.
Auckland - Evening at Leisure
On arrival in Auckland, we spend the rest of our evening at leisure, our guide will be happy to tell us of places of interest.
Auckland Sightseeing Tour
We enjoy sightseeing tour of the 'City of Sails', including the harbour views from Bastion Point, the Maori and Pacific Islands Court at the Auckland Museum, waterfront drive, and the trendy Parnell Village. After our tour we have the rest of the day to explore, shop for last minute souvenirs or take in some of the local sites as we enjoy our last day in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Fly to Hong Kong China
Depart Auckland for Hong Kong
We say farewell to New Zealand as we depart early by coach to Auckland airport for our flight to Hong Kong. On arrival in Hong Kong, we will be met by our local guide before being transferred to our hotel.
Hong Kong Sightseeing Tour
Today we discover some of the highlights of Hong Kong on a half-day city tour of this bustling and vibrant city, including Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, and Hollywood Road. Enjoy some free time before transferring to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore, a great time to shop till you drop for those last-minute bargains!
Depart Hong Kong
Today we depart Hongkong for our journey home.
Arrive home with fond memories, newfound friends from this once in a lifetime experience.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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