Australia & New Zealand Panorama Tour

15 days,

14 nights |

from $8120 per person*


Just how many legendary Antipodean attractions can you tick off in one journey? This comprehensive Melbourne to Auckland tour does both Australia and New Zealand justice. There’s the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics of Queensland, Sydney Opera House, electric Melbourne lanes, Queenstown’s Remarkable Range, Rotorua’s steamy thermals and Auckland’s just-as-hot restaurants, just to name some highlights… phew!

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Tour Highlights

  • Connect with locals and learn about country life
  • Discover customs and traditions at the Mitai Māori Village
  • Meet native wildlife close-up, such as kiwis and koalas
  • Visit the famous of Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach

Flight Information

Flights are not included in the tour price; please call our team for the current flight prices. Any flights referred to in the itinerary are an additional expense.

Additional Departure Dates

28 Dec 2023 – from $8035/person based on double occupancy

11 Apr 2024 – from $8175/person based on double occupancy

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

November 30, 2023

Valid for travel between:

23 November 2023, 30 November 2023, 18 January 2024; 1 February 2024, 15 February 2024, 7 March 2024

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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Day 1 Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival in Melbourne you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Early evening, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner. Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 2 nights Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2 Melbourne

Today, reach for rainbows in Melbourne’s eye-popping street art. Follow the lead of a local to discover alleys emblazoned with murals by some of the world’s greatest aerosol artists. Take note of the hidden bars and restaurants you pass – we can help you make a booking for tonight. Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Melbourne – Cairns

Koalas, birds, wallabies, crocodiles – oh my! They all live side by side at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures in Cairns, as you’ll discover on a boat cruise you’ll with a private guide through this wilderness reserve. The Daintree Rainforest here is part of the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics of Queensland, and you’ll help protect it on a restoration project.  Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 3 nights Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Great Barrier Reef

Did you know that the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is home to 1,500 species of fish, 215 different birds, 3,000 molluscs, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, and 30 species of dolphins and whales are residents? Get ready for an experience of a lifetime when you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Strap on a snorkel and mask to view this marine menagerie up close and personal.  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Cairns Free Time

If you’re in the habit of getting up early now, you may wish to begin your day with a horizon-bending hot-air-balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands. Prefer to stay grounded? Sign up for a guided walk through the Daintree Rainforest, or surround yourself with nature riding the Scenic Railway to Kuranda returning on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Tonight, join your companions for dinner, with native ingredients highlighted at Ochre Restaurant on the waterfront. . Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest dinner

Day 6 Cairns – Sydney

You flew over Sydney Harbour to get here from Cairns; tonight you enjoy a front-row seat on a sunset cruise that takes you past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge. Talk about a mesmerizing way to end a day. Hotel: Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney, 3 nights Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 7 Sydney

Discover one of the great highlights of Sydney, the beautiful Sydney Opera House with a guided tour inside this iconic building. If there was ever a place that slipped from the pages of a fairy-tale, Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay is it. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, this pocket of floral paradise is explained by a local volunteer – did you know this was once unused wasteland? Your visit provides a contribution to the ongoing maintenance of the enchanting garden. Explore Sydney’s inner west and enjoy a lunch with the locals at the pub. Then drive through Sydney’s hip Inner West to Batch Brewery where you will take part in a masterclass and learn how they combine creatively inspired limited release batches with sustainable practices. . Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Sydney Free Time

The day is yours to explore at your leisure or book one of our hand-crafted selection of optional experiences. There are so many sights and activities to be had in this city and further afield. Enjoy your farewell Dinner tonight with your fellow travellers. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 9 Sydney – Queenstown

It only takes three hours to travel from Sydney to New Zealand. But you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you arrive at former gold-mining town of Arrowtown.. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Queenstown Free Time Flying over New Zealand, the first thing you’ll notice is that there’s a lot of farmland. It’s fitting, then, that one of the first people you’ll meet is southern girl Laura, who will introduce you to the sheep farm she was born and raised on. Think sheep mustering and whip cracking as well as the chance to feed and pet the farm animals.  Come dusk, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw; the only thing more inspiring than the peaks of the Remarkables that surround is the festive atmosphere welcoming you to Walter Peak High Country Farm, where a gourmet barbecue at the Colonel’s Homestead awaits.  Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 11 Queenstown Free Time

OYou could spend a long time in and around Queenstown. But on your free day, we highly recommend either venturing into the end-of-the-Earth wilderness that is Milford Sound, to cruise past sheer cliffs, white-capped peaks and waterfalls. Or blissing out on an obligatory wine tour of the Otago region. It’s a difficult decision.  Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Queenstown – Auckland

Touching down in Auckland, you’ll immediately understand why it’s known as the ‘City of Sails’ – New Zealand’s largest city has two lovely yacht-filled harbours, which you can explore at our leisure this afternoon.  Hotel: The Grand by SkyCity, 2 nights Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Auckland – Rotorua

Journey through King Country, which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s. Join a Local Specialist in in a starry wonderland – a cavernous galaxy of twinkling glowworms, in shades of iridescent green and blue, lighting up the Ruakuri Caves in Waitomo. From overhead attractions to those on the ground. Tonight, you’ll experience Te Puia’s world-famous hāngī buffet dinner. Enjoy spectacular geothermal views while dining on a range of delicious New Zealand flavours. The menu is smartly sophisticated, infusing Māori flavours, with an array of global cuisines and cooking styles. After dinner, enjoy a cultural performance in the beautifully carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. Witness a pōwhiri (traditional welcome), waiata (song), mōteatea (traditional chant), poi and haka. The evening culminates with you relaxing with a hot chocolate and steamed pudding, while you’re surrounded by steam and the geyser terrace bathed in coloured light.  Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 14 Rotorua

Cute and cuddly, NZ’s national bird, the kiwi, is also endangered. Go behind the scenes on a working kiwi nursery and hatchery to learn how breeding programs are helping the population thrive. The natural drama reaches boiling point at Whakarewarewa, a geothermal reserve and the country’s only living Māori village, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and the bubbling beauty of mud pools. Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 15 Farewell from Rotorua and Auckland

Two countries, multiple adventures, an abundance of new friends… Just how do you say goodbye to a journey like this? . Included Meals: Breakfast

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*Terms & Conditions: Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting for travel during specified travel dates. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Airfare is not included unless indicated. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. Airline and hotels frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices may increase before full payment for those and other reasons. Package is not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Package is strictly subject to availability, not retroactive and not combinable with any other special or vacation package offer. Minimum night stays or required room types may apply. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. CST#2001136-20

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