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Australia & New Zealand

An Antipodean Adventure

22 days from only £6,389pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Stay in Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, and in Auckland, the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Queenstown, Franz Josef and Christchurch in New Zealand
  • Full-day catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Scenic rail journey and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in the Kuranda Rainforest in Cairns
  • Enjoy a guided walk of Sydney and the Sydney Opera House
  • A dinner cruise along spectacular Sydney Harbour
  • Discover the breathtaking landscapes and eucalypt forests of the Blue Mountains
  • See the world’s smallest penguins on Phillip Island
  • Experience the subtropical climate of the stunning Bay of Islands, including a dolphin watching cruise
  • Visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland
  • Enjoy a typical Māori feast in Rotorua
  • Explore Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, on a sightseeing tour
  • Stay three nights in Queenstown and enjoy the wonderfully scenic location
  • Cruise awe-inspiring Milford Sound
  • Cross the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine, one of the world’s great train journeys
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK, all domestic flights in Australia and your flight from Sydney to Auckland
  • Stay in hand-picked four-star accommodation, with daily breakfast and three meals
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout
 
At a Glance
4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Daily breakfast & 3 meals
Programme of daily tours & visits
Expert tour manager
Inclusive of all local taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

This is an opportunity to experience the best of both countries in one tour, at a time of the year when the temperatures are favourable for visiting each destination.Getting to the other side of the world can be a long and tiring journey, so we have chosen to fly using the multi-award-winning Singapore Airlines, who also offer an excellent premium-economy service. 

Our first stop is Cairns, the capital of the tropical north. Founded in 1876 to service the nearby goldfields, Cairns has evolved from a rough frontier outpost, where pubs nearly outnumbered people, to an international, cosmopolitan destination. Our stay here will include a scenic railway trip into the rainforest and a cruise to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, where you’ll learn about the conservation work on the reef and have the opportunity to snorkel or view the coral and multi-coloured fish from a glass-bottomed boat. 

From Cairns, we fly to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital. Our programme in the city includes visits to Federation Square and the 88th-floor Skydeck of the Eureka Tower for amazing views. We’ll head out to the nearby Phillip Island for its famous ‘penguin parade’.

From Melbourne we take the short flight to Sydney for three nights in this extraordinary city with a spectacular harbour setting. Our morning tour of the city will include the historic Rocks area, where a fleet landed in 1788 to establish Australia’s first British settlement. We also visit the Sydney Opera House, considered one of the greatest buildings of all time, and round off the day with a harbour dinner cruise. Our day out to the Blue Mountains includes an exploration of the rainforest by train and on the Scenic Cableway.

A three-hour flight across the Tasman Sea takes us to New Zealand, where we stay in Auckland for two nights. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the attractive waterfront area, and our included tour will visit the Auckland Domain Wintergardens and the Auckland Museum. We then travel to the subtropical Bay of Islands for two nights – a wonderful region of small historic towns, and a deeply indented coastline filled with golden sandy coves, a paradise for sailing and boating where you’re sure to enjoy our dolphin watching cruise. 

Rotorua is one of North Island’s greatest areas of geothermal activity with spectacular geysers, steaming hot pools and bubbling mud. It’s also a centre of Māori settlement, and in the evening you’ll attend a Māori hangi (feast) featuring a pōwhiri welcome ceremony, as well as traditional songs and dances reliving the stories of Māori myths and legends, followed by a meal of lamb, chicken and sweet potato cooked in a traditional way in an underground oven. 

We fly to Queenstown on South Island for three nights and enjoy some time at leisure in this scenic resort, known for its vast range of adventure activities. One of the highlights of South Island is Fjordland National Park and we’ll spend an amazing day out cruising along magnificent Milford Sound. Then we travel across Central Otago, through the Haast Pass to the West Coast – the scenery is simply stunning! We continue north through native forest to Franz Josef Glacier Village to view the huge rivers of ice, which flow from the vast snowfields of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. The final journey of the holiday is by coach via Greymouth to Arthur’s Pass National Park, where we board the TranzAlpine train for a scenic rail crossing of the Southern Alps, through spectacular gorges and river valleys to the garden city of Christchurch, where our journey concludes.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. 19 nights accommodation, with breakfast, three meals, scheduled flights to Cairns and from Christchurch via Singapore, domestic flights in Australia and flight from Sydney to Auckland, sightseeing, entrances and guided tours as described, all transfers, local taxes, hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person, and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Useful Information

Visa Information

New Zealand

British passport holders do not currently require a visa to either Singapore or New Zealand, as long as our passport is valid for at least six months after the intended return date.

Australia

All British passport holders need to obtain an Australian eVisitor visa prior to departure. By using the eVisitor system you will not need to send your passport away for a visa stamp or label. The eVisitor visa is free of charge and valid for a three-month stay within a twelve-month period from the date that the eVisitor visa is granted.

It may be applied for only online at http://www.border.gov.au. Click on to ‘ImmiAccount’ and follow the instructions. Once you have successfully completed the online application form, your approval should be received by email within 24 hours. You should print this and take it with you on holiday. When checking-in for your flight to Australia at the airport, airline staff will use your passport to electronically confirm that you have authority to travel to Australia prior to boarding.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

Fact File

  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Deposit: £500 per person
  • Flight times:
  • Outbound - London to Singapore approx. 13 hrs. Singapore to Melbourne approx. 7 hrs 20 mins. 
  • Inbound - Sydney to Singapore approx. 8 hrs 20 mins. Singapore to London approx. 14 hrs. 
  • Time zone: GMT+11
  • Country: Australia

Health

There are no current health requirements for Australia.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Cairns Airport Cairns 20 mins Christchurch Christchurch Airport 15 mins


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