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Cox & Kings Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
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  • Location
    New Zealand, Australasia and Pacific
  • Board Basis
    Selected Meals Included
  • Duration
    22 Days
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Discover outback life, Aboriginal culture and history, and view native wildlife on this introductory non-exclusive group tour to Australia. Watch the sun set and rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and take a catamaran cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef where you can snorkel amid the colourful corals. Tours and time at leisure in the cosmopolitan cities of Melbourne and Sydney are also included.

What's Included
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  • 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions available
  • Experienced travel director & driver guide
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Maximum of 46 passengers
Tour Highlights
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  • Learn about outback life at the School of Air and Royal Flying Doctors Service
  • Enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta rock formations
  • Snorkel over the Great Barrier Reef or see its colours from a semi-submersible
  • View native wildlife at the Cairns Wildlife Dome
  • Enjoy lunch while cruising in Sydney Harbour
  • Guaranteed departures and early booking discounts available
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation throughout
  • Small group size - maximum 46
Tour Itinerary
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Day 1: Melbourne 

On arrival in Melbourne, you will be met and transferred to the Crowne Plaza for 3 nights. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. 

Day 2: Melbourne

Morning walking tour taking in Melbourne’s eclectic little alleyways, arcades and cafe society. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 3: Melbourne

Day at leisure in Melbourne. Optional excursions to Yarra Valley, Mornington peninsula, Phillip Island or the Great Ocean Road can be booked locally. 

Day 4: Fly to Alice Springs

Morning flight to the outback town of Alice Springs. On arrival, visit the School of the Air, which provides an educational facility for remote families of the outback. Continue to the Royal Flying Doctors Service and historic Telegraph Station. Stay overnight at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort. Barbecue dinner at the Earth Sanctuary Nature Centre.

Day 5: Uluru

In the morning, travel to Uluru via the MacDonnell and James ranges. En route, view the majestic Attila, a distinctive mountain which, in pioneering times, was often mistaken for Uluru. On arrival, transfer to the Desert Gardens Hotel for 2 nights. Late afternoon excursion to view the striking colour changes of Uluru as the sun sets.

Day 6: Uluru • Kata Tjuta

Early morning sunrise tour of Uluru, where you will learn about the significance and history of the site to local Aboriginal tribes. Afternoon visit to the rock formations known as Kata Tjuta for a walk along the creek bed between two of the tallest domes, before watching the sun set over them with a glass of sparkling wine.

Day 7: Fly to Cairns

Join a local artist for an introduction to the indigenous art of the Western Desert. Afternoon flight to Cairns, then transfer to the Hilton Cairns for 3 nights. 

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef

Day at leisure in Cairns. Optional excursions may be booked locally and include a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands or a visit to the mountain retreat of Kuranda.

Day 9: Cairns

Travel out to the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef on board a catamaran to a pontoon situated on the reef. During the day, there will be opportunities to go snorkelling and also view the reef from a semisubmersible.

Day 10: Cairns • Fly to Sydney

Morning visit to the Cairns Wildlife Dome to view native wildlife. Afternoon flight to Sydney. On arrival, transfer to the InterContinental Sydney for 3 nights.

Day 11: Sydney

Morning tour of Sydney, including visits to the Sydney Opera House, Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Bondi Beach. Return to the city for a cruise with lunch in Sydney harbour. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. 

Day 12: Sydney

Day at leisure in Sydney. Optional excursions may be booked locally and include visits to the Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner. 

Day 13-14: Fly to Auckland

Transfer to Sydney airport and fly to Auckland. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Cordis Auckland for 2 nights. Dinner at Eight restaurant, featuring eight different kitchens. (B, D) Morning cruise the following day in Waitemata harbour, followed by a city tour. 

Day 15: Rotorua

Continue to Rotorua with a stop for a countrystyle lunch at a Waikato farm en route. Evening Maori hangi (food cooked using heated rocks) and concert. Stay 1 night at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua.

Day 16: Fly to Christchurch

Explore the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, including Te Puia Thermal Reserve for a guided tour of the bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Afternoon flight to Christchurch and stay overnight at Distinction Christchurch.

Day 17: Franz Josef

Morning rail journey aboard the TranzAlpine through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass, followed by a factory visit at Hokitika, the home of native greenstone (jade). Continue by coach to Franz Josef glacier and stay overnight at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat.

Day 18: Arrowtown • Queenstown

Travel to Queenstown, visiting Arrowtown en route, a historic gold-mining settlement. Stay 3 nights at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown. Dinner at The Boatshed. 

Day 19: Milford Sound cruise

Travel to Milford Sound for a nature cruise. Return to Queenstown.

Day 20: Queenstown

Day at leisure to relax and this evening there will be a farewell dinner. 

Day 21:Onward travel

Transfer to Queenstown airport to fly home, or continue your holiday.

Accommodation
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Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Melbourne

Situated on the Yarra river, the Crowne Plaza Melbourne is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and attractions of the city.

Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

A superior 4.5 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort and touring facilities, it is only a short stroll to Desert Gardens' numerous lookouts, where you can view one of Australia's best sunsets, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Hilton Cairns

The Hilton Cairns is located right on the waterfront with spectacular water views of Trinity Inlet and the surrounding mountains. The 264 rooms and suites all have private balconies with either water, city or mountain views. 

InterContinental Sydney 

The InterContinental Sydney, once Australia’s Treasury Building, has been resorted using a fusion of colonial and contemporary architecture. Located adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens in the heart of Sydney city centre, the Opera House and Circular Quay, the Art Gallery of NSW and the historic Rocks area are all within easy reach.

Mecure Alice Springs Resort 

Chifley Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of the property, situated on the banks of the famous Todd river with its magnificent river red gums.

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4-star Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown close to the central shopping and entertainment area. 

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

The Millennium Hotel Rotorua is located on Lake Rotorua, near to the thermal pools at Polynesian Spa. The 227 rooms all have modern decor and amenities.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef

Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a 5 star hotel located amongst the native west coast rainforest at Franz Josef. Designed to be sensitive to the surrounding environment, guests at the property are encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury. 

The Cordis Hotel Auckland, Auckland

Situated in the heart of this vibrant city, The Langham Hotel Auckland is a luxurious hotel within walking distance of Auckland's spectacular waterfront, nearby fashion houses and tourist attractions.

Price Information
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Prices are per person for tour only based on 2 people sharing.

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

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