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The Very Best of Australia and New Zealand with Scenic Tours
27 days Melbourne to Auckland

Day 1 - UK to Melbourne

Day 2 - Welcome to Melbourne. You will be met at the airport by a Scenic Representative and transferred to your hotel for a three-night stay.

Day 3 - Melbourne
Spend your first day however you please. Why not visit one of the city’s many art galleries and museums, or head to Federation Square? Discover the rare and beautiful plants, breath-taking landscapes and iconic buildings on a guided tour through the Botanical Gardens, before enjoying a welcome dinner. Explore behind the scenes and gain access to the national Herbarium and Melbourne Observatory.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Melbourne
Choose from a selection of excursions, including a trip to Phillip Island and see the penguin parade, take a ride down the Great Ocean Road, or explore the city’s treasures on a guided walking tour of the city. Explore the delights of Yarra Valley on a wine tasting tour or enjoy a Yarra River Cruise.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Melbourne > Alice Springs
Today, fly to Alice Springs and begin your adventure through the 'Red Centre' of Australia. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn about medical services in the outback. Tonight, stay at Alice Springs.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Alice Springs > Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Travel through Australia’s desert landscape before arriving at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for a one-night stay at your hotel, a unique luxury retreat. Tonight, you’re invited to a dining experience set amidst an outdoor exhibit called Field of Light. The mesmerising artwork, created by Bruce Munro, will be created from thousands of bulbs planted in the desert surrounding Uluru in the outback. As the sun sets and the lights twinkle, you’ll enjoy canapés, complimentary drinks and authentic Australian cuisine.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Uluru > Cairns
After watching the sun rise over Uluru, you’ll take a base tour of the gargantuan spectacle, which includes the Mala Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Later, fly to Cairns for a four-night stay in the Tropical North of Australia. The first two-nights will be at Cairns.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Cairns
Soar over the Atherton Tablelands on a hot air balloon flight at sunrise, or journey through magnificent rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway before returning by Skyrail. Alternatively, enjoy an Australian wildlife experience at Hartley’s Crocodile adventures or a day trip to Cape Tribulation and experience the world’s oldest rainforest. Tonight, enjoy the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Cairns > Great Barrier Reef > Port Douglas
Travel to Port Douglas and take a catamaran to the Outer Barrier Reef. Snorkel amidst the labyrinth of coral with an instructor and enjoy underwater observatory on a semi-submersible boat. Afterwards, a delicious lunch will be served on the pontoon. Your home for the next two nights will be Port Douglas. One of the highlights of your trip will be taking to the skies for a short helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef. A bird’s eye view really puts this striking phenomenon into perspective, offering unrivalled views of the extensive network of coral below.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 - Port Douglas
Relax today and enjoy the resort lifestyle of Port Douglas.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Port Douglas > Brisbane
Travel back to Cairns to fly to Brisbane. Check into your hotel for a two-night Special Stay. Feel free to peruse the city at your leisure. You’ll find yourself perfectly located, just a short stroll from the Brisbane river and not far from the heritage-listed Anzac Square. Spend the evening indulging in Japanese cuisine in the hotel’s Kabuki Teppanyaki restaurant as you taste the TSUBAKI set menu. Alternatively, enjoy a delicious three-course menu at the hotel’s The Brasserie or experience the Spirits of the Red Sand Aboriginal show and dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Brisbane
Take the Croc Express to Australia Zoo, or cruise along Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. If you’d prefer, visit Lamington National Park and experience a thrilling Tree Top Canopy Walk at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Brisbane > Sydney
Welcome to Sydney, upon arrival visit the famous Bondi Beach and then take a guided tour of Sydney’s most famous house, the Opera House, and discover the stories, history and magic behind this iconic landmark. Later check in for a three-night stay. Enjoy its central location, close to the shopping district and Hyde Park of Sydney.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 - Sydney
Visit Taronga Zoo, wander around Sydney’s Botanical Garden or take a day trip to the Blue Mountains discovering some local wildlife along the way. Alternatively travel to the Hunter Valley and enjoy a taste of Its world-famous wines or maybe a walking tour through the Rocks district to discover the stories of Sydney from its early beginnings.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 - Sydney
Discover the city independently. Stroll the famous Bondi and Bronte beaches or bush-walk through Sydney Harbour National Park. Take a fabulous cruise, which includes dinner, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks, dine at the hotel restaurant Feast, or enjoy a seafood platter for two at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Darling Harbour.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 - Sydney > Queenstown, New Zealand
Early this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. Enjoy a three-night stay. The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure, taking in the magnificent views of the lake and the Remarkables Mountains.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17 - Queenstown
Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet or tour local wineries. Alternatively feel exhilarated on the Shotover jet, a 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings film set. Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18 - Queenstown
Journey to Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound. The sublime landscape is an isolated utopia, carved by ancient glaciers.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19 - Queenstown
Today is yours to spend at your leisure, taking in the magnificent views of the lake and the Remarkables Mountains.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 20 - Queenstown > Franz Josef
Travel to the West Coast via the picturesque town of Wanaka. Arrive in Franz Josef and stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever changing face. Enjoy an overnight stay. Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of landing in this natural alpine landscape. (Additional expense).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21 - Franz Josef > TranzAlpine > Christchurch
Visit the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone, Hokitika. Join the TranzAlpine this afternoon for your rail journey across the Southern Alps back to Christchurch, considered one of the top six train journeys in the world. Enjoy a two-night stay at your hotel, situated just moments from Cathedral Square and Hagley Park. This evening, you’re invited to dinner at your hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 22 - Christchurch
Go punting on the tranquil River Avon or explore the nearby Botanical gardens. Visit the award-winning Antarctic Centre for a truly immersive experience, or if you’d prefer, embark on an open top bus tour of the city.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 23 - Christchurch > Rotorua
After transferring to the airport and flying to Auckland in the North Island, you’ll travel to Rotorua for a two-night stay.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 24 - Rotorua
Be amazed by Rotoura’s unique geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia. See the rare Kiwi at Rainbow Springs, or embark on an amphibious duck tour of Rotoura’s city and lakes. If you’d prefer, you can relax in the region’s famous geothermal pools on a Polynesian Spa Day or enjoy a ride on the gondola to Skyline with an opportunity to taste local wines.
This evening, you’ll be warmly welcomed at Tamaki Village by local Mãori people, who will put on an insightful cultural show before telling stories of their ancestors. A delicious dinner will then be served, which has been cooked using a traditional Hangi.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 25 - Rotorua > Auckland
Discover the award-winning Hobbiton on a guided tour with lunch. Later, continue to Auckland for a two-night Special Stay.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 26 - Auckland
Today, Auckland is yours to discover. Explore Waiheke Island’s history, nature, beaches and cuisine or join an America’s Cup sailing experience. Alternatively, you can visit the Waitakere Ranges, walk the rainforest and stroll the black sand beaches, or explore the city of Auckland on a guided tour.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 27 - Auckland
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast

The above itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above.

27 days Melbourne to Auckland, departing 12th November 2021, returning 8th December 2021.
£8,695 per person based on 2 sharing.

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12th November 2021



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