Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

Highlights of Australia & New ZealandAustralia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia
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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 Kuala Lumpur to round off this incredible holiday.

    Please Note: 

    • The itinerary will vary for 2025 tours. 
    • Visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.
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    Trip Itinerary

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    Travel to Singapore

    1

    Travel to Singapore

    Depart for Singapore on this trip of a lifetime!

    Welcome to Singapore

    2

    Arrive in Singapore and transfer to hotel

    On arrival in Singapore, we meet with our local guide before transferring to our hotel, where we settle in for a relaxing evening and a chance to unwind after our journey.

    Singapore - Guided Excursion

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    Discover Singapore on a Half Day City Tour

    Time: MorningMorning

    Let’s 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, a hive of activity with its shops and markets, steeped in history and culture. Admire the views of Singapore River which was once a small fishing village and is now a world class port. Enjoy the serenity of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the “green lung” of the city centre.

    The afternoon is at leisure to explore this captivating city in our own time. Our local guide will be pleased to offer recommendations for sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment options.

    Fly to Australia

    4

    Depart Singapore and fly to Sydney

    Today we depart the vibrant Singapore and transfer to Singapore Airport for our flight to Sydney, Australia.

    Arrive in Sydney, Australia

    5

    Transfer by coach to hotel in Sydney

    Welcome to Sydney Australia! On arrival, we meet with our local guide before transferring to our hotel.

    The rest of our day is at leisure, to take a stroll and become familiar with our surroundings, stretch the legs and soak up the atmosphere.

    Uncover Sydney

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    Fall in love with Sydney on a Full Day Tour

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Today with our local guide we discover some of the most famous and important sites in Sydney on a full day tour by coach of this cosmopolitan city. Starting with the historical Rocks area, where the First Fleet landed in 1788, we then visit the iconic Sydney Opera House, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House, Darling Harbour, and Chinatown.

    We continue by coach through Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay and Watsons Bay, before stopping at the world-famous Bondi Beach!

    After lunch (not included) we fall in love with Sydney Harbour as we embark on a cruise, taking in beautiful sights 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 local atmosphere; try some Australian delicacies, sit in one of the trendy cafes and watch the world go by.

    Experience Sydney - Blue Mountains on a Guided Tour

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    Excursion to The Blue Mountains, Katoomba and The Three Sisters

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Discover the beauty of the Blue Mountains!  We take in the sights of natural bush land as we venture out of the bustling city on our full day guided excursion. We stop off for a visit to the Featherdale Wildlife Park to observe Australia's unique wildlife, including Kangaroos, Koalas and other marsupials, plus native reptiles and birds.

    We continue to the town of Katoomba and experience a thrilling ride on the world’s 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.

    Relax More in Sydney

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    At Leisure to Enjoy the Sights of Sydney

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Today we can explore this buzzing city at our own pace. Our local guide will be pleased to offer recommendations for sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment options.

    Sydney At Leisure - Savour a Wine Tour

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    Explore Sydney or Take an Optional Wine Tour

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Today is free to explore more of Sydney. We can take in some galleries, enjoy a day at the beach, or shop till we drop, Sydney has it all!  For those who want to savour the taste of Australia’s liquid gold, there will be 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 lunch at a café with seasonal fresh, local produce, followed by a delicious glass of wine. Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

    Note: This tour is operated on a minimum numbers basis and may be shared with other groups.

    Fly to Outback Australia - Ayers Rock

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    Experience Ayers Rock and the Sounds of Silence

    Time: MorningMorning

    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 driver/guide and transfer to our hotel.  Enjoy some downtime and soak up the Red Centre of Australia!

    Sounds of Silence Dinner Experience.

    Time: EveningEvening

    Tonight, we transfer to a desert dune and savour the special experience of “Sounds of Silence”, the quietest restaurant on earth!  Our outdoor gourmet barbecue dinner is served as we watch the sun set over the Olga Mountains.  After dinner, as the lights go down revealing a star-filled sky, the resident Astronomer will introduce us to the magnificent constellations, stars and planets that make up the skies of the Southern Hemisphere.

    Uncover Ayers Rock at Sunrise and Olgas (Kata Tjuta)

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    Experience a Sunrise Over Ayers Rock and See the Sacred Caves

    Time: MorningMorning

    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 for the local Aboriginal people.

    See More of the Olgas and Sunset over Uluru

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    In the afternoon, accompanied by a local driver/guide, we experience more of this dramatic landscape on a visit to the massive series of domes known as Kata Tjuta. We take in the scenery on a walking trail through the Olga Gorge between the two domes of Kata Tjuta.

    Enjoy free time to explore before arriving at the sunset viewing area, where we witness the striking colour changes that take place over Uluru.

    Later, we return to our hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening at leisure.

    Fly to Cairns

    12

    Transfer to Cairns or Palm Cove

    Today we transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for an internal flight to Cairns. On arrival we meet with our local guide and driver and transfer to our hotel in Palm Cove (2024).  Let’s settle in and recharge, before tomorrow’s adventure to the Great Barrier Reef!

    Tonight, we join our fellow travellers for dinner (included) at a local restaurant.

     

    2025

    Please note 2025 we stay in Cairns.

    Fall in Love with the Great Barrier Reef

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    Full Day Excursion - Great Barrier Reef Cruise

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    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! We transfer by coach to the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns 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.

    From here we can explore this 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 to our hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening at leisure.

    See More With Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail

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    Guided Tour - Kuranda Scenic Rail, Rainforest adventure and Dreamtime

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    This morning we depart our hotel for another full day of discovery. Fall in love with the views! We transfer to Freshwater train station and board the Kuranda Scenic Rail, considered one of the world’s most scenic rail routes; we travel through tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges, taking in the breath-taking views!

    First stop is at Barron Gorge to admire the Falls before arriving at Kuranda Station where we take a short coach transfer and begin our rainforest adventure. All aboard! We travel aboard the amphibious Army Duck and experience the different perspectives of the rainforest, learning about tropical fruits, plants, and native animals of this area.

    Join us as we go on a Dreamtime Walk, to learn about ancient Aboriginal history and way of life and try our hand at throwing a boomerang! Uncover more local culture with a Pamagirri Dancers performance in the Rainforest Amphitheatre, before a barbecue lunch (included).

    Experience the Scenic Kuranda Skyrail

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    Next, we return to Kuranda and board the Skyrail cable car, discovering more of this beautiful countryside. We skim through the canopy and marvel at the rainforest below, enjoying stops along the way before arriving at Caravonica Lakes.

    After our thrilling adventure, we transfer back by coach to our hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

    Relax in Palm Cove or Cairns

    15

    Day of Leisure

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Palm Cove 2024

    Today is free to relax, recharge the batteries and enjoy the laid-back pace of life. Soak up the atmosphere on our last day in Australia.

    Cairns 2025

    Today is free to relax, recharge the batteries and enjoy the laid-back pace of life. Soak up the atmosphere on our last day in Australia.

    Fly to New Zealand

    16

    Arrive in Christchurch, South Island.

    Today we conclude our Australian adventure as we depart Cairns Airport for Christchurch New Zealand, via Sydney.  On arrival in Christchurch, we will be met by our new local guide before being transferred to our hotel.

    Transfer from Christchurch to Franz Josef

    17

    Discover the Scenic Southern Alps via Arthur’s pass by coach

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    This morning we transfer by coach to Queenstown (approximately 427km). Sit back and relax as we take in the beautiful scenic Southern Alps. We drive through the lush forests of Arthurs Pass National Park and enjoy a brief stop in the village of Arthurs Pass. Keep an eagle eye out for those cheeky native Kea birds, colourful characters found in this area.

    We make our way through the panoramic countryside to our hotel in the village of Franz Josef.

    Transfer from Franz Josef Village to Queenstown

    18

    Scenic Transfer to Queenstown by coach

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    This morning we leave Franz Josef for Queenstown (approximately 404km), but not before making a stop to view Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier along the way (conditions permitting). The glaciers have receded over the years due to climate change, and on a clear day they can be seen in the distance.

    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 at Queenstown, a popular tourist destination.  

    This evening, take a stroll along the picturesque waterfront, sit in one of the cafes enjoying a refreshing hot drink and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

    Queenstown, Arrowtown and Remarkable Mountain Range Excursion

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    Discover Queenstown and a Gondola Ride to Bob's Peak with Magnificent views

    Time: MorningMorning

    Today we discover Queenstown and more, on a half day guided tour. Take in the beauty of Queenstown on a scenic tour, as we drive to the historic gold rush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy views of Lake Hayes and the rugged Shotover River. After we drive out to Kawarau Bridge to see dare devil’s bungee jumping from the original AJ Hackett site. Next, we savour a visit to a small winery in Central Otago and sample some wine, which New Zealand is renowned for some of the best white wines in the world.

    Uncover more as we experience an aerial gondola ride to Bob's Peak taking in the panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain range - the backdrop to several scenes in The Lord of the Rings.

    At Leisure and an evening Cruise on Lake Wakatipu

    Enjoy the rest of our afternoon at leisure before our evening excursion; stroll the lake side town or hike up the hill for a stunning view over Queenstown. Now is the time to try some Kiwi delicacies; Pavlova, pies, sweet cakes and pastries, or sample some of the local wines and beers for which New Zealand is famous!

    Evening

    We gather this evening to enjoy a relaxing cruise across Lake Wakatipu. We disembark and discover one of the first farms to set up in the region the Walter Peak High Country Farm, in the ambience of the Colonel’s Homestead we enjoy a barbeque dinner. Next, we experience some farm life with a sheep shearing demonstration.

    We finish our adventure with a cruise across the lake enjoying the fresh crisp evening and return to our hotel.

    Please note if the vintage TSS Earnslaw is not running due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the cruise will be on a non heritage vessel.

    2025 the cruise across Lake Wakatipu is on a non heritage vessel.

     

    At Leisure in Queenstown

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    Discover Queenstown's charms - at Leisure

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Today is free to explore the beautiful alpine resort of Queenstown. Although 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 other activities.

    Scenic Transfer by Coach to Christchurch via Lindis Pass and Lake Tekapo

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    Transfer to Christchurch with a stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd - Lake Tekapo

    Time: MorningMorning

    Today we travel north, 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 Shepherd and the famous bronze statue of the sheep dog; an Instagram moment! We continue over Burkes Pass and on to Christchurch (approximately 490km).

    Join us for dinner! Tonight, we enjoy dinner together after our long journey.

    Fly to Rotorua - North Island - Discover Whakarewarewa

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    Experience a Guided Excursion to 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.  Witness the boiling mud pools, steaming terraces and geyser activity. We also see more at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts institute.

    After check in at our hotel, the rest of our day is at leisure, we can take time out and enjoy one of the local spas, or stroll in the Government Gardens.

    Experience Rotorua and Discover New Zealand's National Treasure the Kiwi

    23

    Rotorua Sightseeing Tour

    Time: MorningMorning

    See more of Rotorua on a sightseeing tour by coach. Admittedly 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 The National Kiwi Hatchery. Here we learn about the treasured and national emblem from conservation, incubation to the hatchlings and see first hand the rare and endangered Kiwi bird. 

    The afternoon is at leisure. We can shop till we drop, indulge in a spa treatment, or take a walk along the lake shore.

    Transfer by coach to Auckland, including the Natural Wonder - Waitomo Caves

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    Mamaku Ranges, and the Magnificent Waitomo Caves

    Time: MorningMorning

    Depart Rotorua as we make our way to Auckland (approximately 352km) travelling 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 as you immerse yourself in the beauty of this former rubbish tip, transformed into an award-winning garden. Fall in love with the Italian Renaissance Garden, an Indian Char Bagh Garden and much more. We spend an hour here before transferring to Auckland.

     

     

    Evening at Leisure in Auckland - City of Sails

    On arrival in Auckland, we can enjoy an evening at leisure.

    Discover Auckland on a Guided Excursion

    25

    Auckland Sightseeing Half Day Tour

    Time: MorningMorning

    We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the 'City of Sails', including the harbour views from Bastion Point, the Maori and Pacific Islands Court at the Auckland Museum, the 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 (the Maori name for New Zealand).    

    Fly to Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia 2023 & 2024

    26

    Depart for Malaysia 2023 & 2024

    We say farewell to New Zealand as we depart to Auckland Airport for our flight to our next destination and final stop over (pending your chosen date). 

     

    2023 & 2024 - Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

    On arrival in Kuala Lumpur, we will be met by our local guide before being transferred to our hotel.

     

     

    Discover Kuala Lumpur on a Guided Tour

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    Uncover Kuala Lumpur on a City Tour

    Time: MorningMorning

    2023  & 20024 Kuala Lumpur

    Let's discover Kuala Lumpur on a half day guided city tour. During our tour we will be passing some iconic sites and will enjoy some time to experience some of the highlights this dynamic city has to offer. Let's see more! Our visit includes Chan See Shu Yuen Clan House, China Town, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple (Hindu Temple), Central Market build in 1930, Jamek Mosque (from the outside) and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building (from the outside).

    After our guided excursion we enjoy the rest of the day free to explore this fascinating city. Perhaps visit the iconic Petronas towers, the views on a clear day are well worth the heights! Take a stroll in the KLCC park with all the lush green trees, lake and wide open spaces.

    For those who love to shop until you drop, look no further this city has many shopping opportunities from KLCC Suria Shopping Centre, Central Market, China Town's Petaling Street etc, you will be spoilt for choice for those last minute bargains!

     

     

    Return Home

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    Depart Kuala Lumpur

    2024 Kuala Lumpur 

    Today we depart and say a fond farewell to Kuala Lumpur and our adventures throughout Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and start our our journey home.

    Arrive Home

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    Arrive Home

    Arrive home with fond memories and newfound friends from this once in a lifetime experience.

    * We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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