Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

22 day Escorted Tour - from £5295

With flights from £6399

Vastly different in size, and offering unique landscapes and experiences, Australia and New Zealand share a reputation for warm hospitality and great cuisine.


  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore Australia’s most iconic city, Sydney
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast
  • Cruise through the stunning Milford Sound
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Melbourne

Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively, you could take an optional trip along the renowned Great Ocean Road.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Alice Springs

Fly to Alice Springs this morning, and visit the School of the Air and the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family for a home-cooked Be My Guest gourmet barbecue dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 - Uluru

Travel through the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges to Uluru. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set over the world’s largest monolith.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Uluru & Kata Tjuta

Witness the magical Uluru sunrise, then tour the caves at the base of Uluru and marvel at the ancient rock art preserved there. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta, and take a walk through the towering domes of this majestic rock formation. Share a drink with your traveling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Cairns

Join an Indigenous artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and help you paint your own artwork. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns.

Hotel: Shangri-La Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Cairns

Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in vibrant tropical Cairns.

Hotel: Shangri-La Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. You can go snorkelling (equipment provided), or view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. Dine tonight at a restaurant on the waterfront.

Hotel: Shangri-La, Cairns
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Sydney

This afternoon you’ll fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure to explore this beautiful harbour city.

Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Sydney

Join a local guide for a tour of the Sydney Opera House before visiting legendary Bondi Beach. Prime your sea legs next as you board a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise. You’ll pass waterfront homes and the iconic sights for which Sydney is so famous. Enjoy lunch on one of Sydney Harbour’s most prestigious cruise vessels, and spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure.

Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 12 - Sydney

Enjoy a full free day to explore Sydney or perhaps consider an optional experience to the Blue Mountains to connect with nature. Celebrate your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director at a restaurant right on the waterfront.

Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 13 - Auckland

Fly across the Tasman Sea this morning to the island nation of New Zealand, and meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: The Grand by SkyCity, Auckland
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14 - Auckland

A morning city sightseeing tour and cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by free time to relax or explore Auckland, the largest city in the North Island.

Hotel: The Grand by SkyCity, Auckland
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 - Rotorua

You’re invited to a sumptuous country style Be My Guest lunch today on the beautiful Waikato farm of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. This evening, enjoy a traditional Māori Hangi Highlight Dinner and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 16 - Queenstown

Your day starts with breakfast at Hobbiton, experience the iconic rolling hills and green pastures of the Hobbiton Movie Set as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies before continuing to Auckland to board your flight to Queenstown. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Queenstown.

Hotel: Millennium, Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 - Milford Sound

Journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, over the Devil’s Staircase and along to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Experience magnificent scenery as you continue along this alpine highway to Fiordland National Park. Enjoy numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Hollyford Valley lookout (Pop’s view), Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards the iconic Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch and a cruise on this wonder of nature. Later, return to Queenstown for the evening.

Hotel: Millennium, Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 18 - Queenstown

Today choose from a range of optional sightseeing experiences. You could ride the world famous’ Shotover Jet or enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at the BoatShed. Set in the restored historic Railway Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables is the perfect venue for your highlight dinner.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Day 19 - Lake Tekapo

Today you will leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, traveling through Central Otago to the Mackenzie region with time along the way to stop in Arrowtown then Cromwell, situated next to the pristine Lake Dunstan and taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. Continue over the dramatic Lindis Pass before reaching the Starlight Highway and Tekapo’s world renowned UNESCO Aoraki McKenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. This afternoon enjoys the views of Mt Cook before heading to the iconic Church of the Good Shephard. This evening, see amazing constellations that can only be seen in the southern hemisphere, including the Southern Cross, to the Magellanic Clouds and the Milky Way. Your local specialist expert astronomy guide will enhance your knowledge and understanding of our Southern Skies as you admire and ponder the possibilities through our powerful optical telescopes.

Hotel: Peppers Bluewater Resort
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Day 20 - Christchurch

Enjoy a relaxed start before heading north through South Canterbury, visit the charming boutique village of Geraldine as you travel through to Christchurch.

Hotel: Distinction, Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast

Day 21 - Christchurch

This morning see how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, pop into the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral. It is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard! After a Christchurch city sights tour, you’re invited to a Be My Guest morning tea at the home of Tim and Isabelle Weston, owners of Britten Stables. Formerly a horse stables for nearby Mona Vale Gardens and following that, the birthplace of the world-record-setting Britten V1000 motorcycle designed and built in the garage by Isabelle’s late father, John Britten. The couple restored the original charm of Britten Stables and transformed it into the exquisite home that it is today. This evening, join your AAT Kings Travel Director and Driver, and your new-found friends for a farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Day 22 - Farewell from Christchurch

Your AAT Kings New Zealand holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. Your flights can depart any time today, and you will be transferred to Christchurch Airport.

22 day Escorted Tour - from £5295

With flights from £6399


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We are proud to partner with AAT Kings to provide first class touring across Australia. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your escorted tour includes:

  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury, air conditioned coach travel
  • En suite hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and meals shown
  • Extra night options
  • Return airport transfers

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