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Contrasts of Australia & New Zealand - 17 Days / 16 Nights

AAT Kings’ professionally guided 17 day Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand tour will certainly leave an impression! During your tour with us you will feast on a degustation of
mouth-watering treats in Auckland, immerse yourself in rich Maori
arts and culture with the Tamaki family over dinner, and experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Your visual journey continues with a trip over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train where you will visit a jade factory and marvel at artists at work, see the awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier and discover the spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise. Next, let your hair down & get adventurous in Queenstown before continuing to discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways. Experience an immersive Aboriginal Cultural Experience in Cairns and paint a souvenir Boomerang. Then it is off to snorkel and cruise on the Great Barrier Reef and cuddle a koala at Cairns Wildlife Dome. The adventure continues with a sail on Sydney Harbour and a toast to the sunset on a dinner cruise. Venture inside on a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director for a welcome reception and ‘highlight dinner’ at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts. Hotel: 2 nights
Accommodation: The Langham
Included Meals: HD

Day 2: Auckland Sights

A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a sightseeing tour including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour. Later spend some free time exploring on your own or relaxing at your hotel.
Included Meals: B

Day 3: Auckland – Rotorua

Travel into the Waikato region to visit the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto for a boat tour with a local guide and a walk through the limestone caves. Continue to Rotorua where you’ll visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and be accompanied by a local guide to view New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs.
‘You’re invited’ to the Tamaki Family Marae for an exclusive cultural evening. Experience a Haka challenge and a spine-tingling Karanga welcome and after a live show, join your hosts in a private dining room to feast on a traditional Hangi meal. Then why not take part in the Poi Dance or Haka for the men!
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Included Meals: B YD

Day 4: Rotorua – Christchurch

Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a local guide. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life. Later you’ll fly to Christchurch.
Accommodation: Novotel, Christchurch
Included Meals: B

Day 5: Christchurch – Franz Josef

Board the TranzAlpine train for your journey over the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika you’ll visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory to see the artists at work. Travel along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier for a short walk to view the glacier and perhaps take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting).
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Included Meals: BD

Day 6: Franz Josef – Queenstown

Enjoy a coastal drive with views of the Tasman Sea. Climb over the Haast Pass winding through Mount Aspiring National Park. Then your journey takes you past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and heads along the Kawarau River through the Kawarau Gorge. Finally you will visit the historic village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers, before arriving in Queenstown. Hotel: 3 nights
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Included Meals: B

Day 7: Milford Sound

Journey over the Devil’s Staircase along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll drive through the Homer Tunnel before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch and a cruise with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you. Later, return to Queenstown for the evening.
Included Meals: BL

Day 8: Queenstown Included Choice

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, play a round of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or explore Queenstown on a Segway.
Included Meals: B

Day 9: Queenstown – Christchurch

You’ll be awestruck by the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Later in the day continue on to see Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. ‘You’re invited’ to Morelea Farm, where you are welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan
Taylor to enjoy lunch in their 600 acre garden. Travel over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Accommodation: Novotel, Christchurch
Included Meals: B YL D

Day 10: Christchurch – Melbourne

This morning you will board your flight to Melbourne, Australia. Join your Australian Tour Director on a city sights tour including a private walk through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways. You’ll discover the city’s eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating shops. Your sightseeing concludes in Lygon St, Melbourne’s ‘Little Italy’, where you’re free to enjoy local cuisine at the restaurant of your choice. Hotel: 2 nights
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne
Included Meals: B

Day 11: Melbourne ‘Free Time’

Spend today as you wish. You may consider an Optional Experience to the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island or perhaps a trip along the spectacular Great Ocean Road.
Included Meals: B

Day 12: Melbourne – Cairns

This morning you’ll fly to Cairns. Visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, a celebration of the living history of the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Join an Aboriginal guide for a fun introduction to Indigenous art and see how Aboriginal culture is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own boomerang dot painting, which you can take home as a memento of your experience. Hotel: 2 nights
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel, Cairns
Included Meals: B

Day 13: Great Barrier Reef

his morning encounter unique Australian animals at the Cairns Wildlife Dome. Later, board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. See coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Enjoy a buffet lunch before returning to Cairns.
Included Meals: BL

Day 14: Cairns – Sydney

This morning you’ll fly to Sydney. On arrival there’s time to relax at your hotel or explore this exciting city before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a contemporary two course a la carte meal and the mesmerising views of Sydney at night. You’ll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Hotel: 3 nights
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour
Included Meals: BD

Day 15: Sydney Sights

Prepare yourself this morning for the spectacular views on the cliff-top coastal walk from Tamarama Beach. The walk features stunning vistas, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. Your destination is famous Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club where you’ll learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later, return to the city to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and see panoramic harbour views from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Top off this highlight day on a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide.
Included Meals: BL

Day 16: Sydney ‘Free Time’

Explore the beautiful harbour city of Sydney further. Make the most of your day and take an Optional Experience to the Blue Mountains. Gather together this evening to celebrate your vacation at a farewell dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends at Darling Harbour.
Included Meals: B FD

Day 17: Farewell from Sydney

Your vacation concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Sydney Airport for your onward flight.
Included Meals: B

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The Langham

Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Novotel, Christchurch

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Crowne Plaza, Melbourne

Hilton Hotel, Cairns

Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour


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