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An Australasian Adventure

25 Days from £5,269

Discover world-famous highlights of Australia and New Zealand on this epic 25 day adventure.

Departure from: Feb 2018 - Nov 2018

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand
  • 2 nights in Singapore at a 4-star hotel
  • 10 nights room only in Australia in 3 to 4-star hotels
  • 9 nights in New Zealand in 3 to 4-star hotels plus 3 nights in flight
  • 14 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner 
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
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Included holiday highlights

  • Singapore sightseeing tour
  • Catamaran trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Discover Melbourne including Captain Cook's cottage
  • Sydney tour with views of the Opera House
  • Milford Sound cruise with lunch
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Christchurch orientation tour
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Maori concert with traditional 'hangi' dinner
  • Auckland tour
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves​

Your Itinerary

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DAYS 1 & 2 UK/Singapore

Depart on your scheduled flight to Singapore. On arrival on day 2, we will transfer you to your hotel.​

DAY 3 Singapore

This morning you'll head out to discover Singapore on a tour. Highlights will include Merlion Park, with the iconic Merlion statue, and the Thian Hock Keng Temple. The afternoon is yours to spend just as you wish. Most visitors to Singapore make a beeline for the famous Raffles Hotel to sample its signature cocktail, the Singapore Sling, why not join them.​

DAY 4 Singapore & Cairns

We'll enjoy a leisurely morning before we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cairns.

DAY 5 Cairns

We land in Cairns, the gateway to the incredible Great Barrier Reef, this morning. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing at your hotel or exploring at your own pace.

DAY 6 Cairns

A whole new world is waiting to be discovered today as we head off on an included trip by catamaran to the outer Great Barrier Reef. You'll see that marine life comes incredibly close to the platform and you'll also be able to view the reef from a semi-submersible. If you want to swim in this amazing underwater world, snorkelling equipment and guidance is provided on board, so off you go! Lunch is also included today.

DAY 7 Cairns

Cairns is all yours to discover as you wish today. However, if you want to join an organised trip, you can opt to take a journey aboard the Kuranda Railway. Or perhaps you'd like the chance to discover the tropical delights of Daintree Rainforest. Your Tour Manager will have all the details of the optional excursions on offer.

DAY 8 Melbourne

We'll fly to Melbourne today, where after checking into our hotel, we'll head off on a sightseeing tour. Highlights include the site of Captain Cook's cottage and the old gaol where the notorious outlaw Ned Kelly was executed.

DAYS 9 & 10 Melbourne

With two free days in Melbourne you will have plenty of opportunity to explore your own way. Nature-lovers may choose to join our optional excursion to Phillip Island to see the remarkable penguin parade. The sight of these adorable creatures emerging from the sea and waddling across the beach to their sand dune burrows is simply unforgettable!​

DAY 11 Sydney

After a morning at leisure we're going to fly to Sydney, which will be our base for four nights. Although this is Australia's biggest city, its centre is compact and easily explored on foot. Together we'll see highlights including the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Darling Harbour on today's tour.

DAYS 12-14 Sydney

You've got three days in this fabulous city to soak up as many sights as you like. There's an excellent range of optional excursions on offer, which your Tour Manager will tell you all about. You could take a thrilling helicopter ride over Sydney Harbour, of if you want to travel further afield, head to the Blue Mountains or Featherdale Wildlife Park. Here you can see Australia's famous residents, koalas, possums, wombats and kangaroos.

DAY 15 Queenstown

We'll leave Australia and board our flight to Queenstown, New Zealand today. An orientation tour of this lakeside town is the perfect introduction before we transfer you to your hotel.
A great way to spend the evening is aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship enjoying an optional dinner cruise on Lake Wakatipu.​

DAY 16 Milford Sound

Today is the day that you get to visit one of New Zealand's most beautiful locations, Milford Sound. On a full day out you'll take a cruise on this spectacular fjord, as long as the weather conditions are favourable.

DAY 17 Queenstown

Today is free for you to relax and simply enjoy your magnificent surroundings. For further mesmerising sights, you could join an optional stargazing experience this evening which includes dinner.​

DAY 18 Franz Josef Glacier

Your explorations of New Zealand take you into beautiful Westland National Park today. We'll head north, along one of New Zealand's most scenic roads to the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier regions.
If the weather allows, once you're here you can choose to take an optional helicopter flight for amazing views.

DAY 19 Christchurch

Christchurch is your next destination, and for spectacular views of the Southern Alps you may opt to take this journey aboard the TranzAlpine train. On arrival, get your bearings on a sightseeing tour before we transfer you to your overnight hotel.

DAY 20 Rotorua

The emerald-green North Island was shaped by the fire of volcanoes, and evidence of this remains in the thermal springs of Rotorua, which is where you head today.
We'll get together this evening to experience a couple of unique Maori traditions. Entertainment comes in the shape of a concert and your dinner is a 'hangi', where your food is cooked by steam underground.

DAY 21 Rotorua

A relaxed day is on the cards, with a range of optional excursions offered if you want to get out and see more. Possibilities include a helicopter ride to Mount Tarawera and, for film buffs, a tour of Hobbiton, the location created for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.

DAY 22 Auckland

Boiling mud pools and spouting geysers add a touch drama today as we visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve. We then head to Auckland, on North Island, but not before we've called at the world-famous Waitomo Caves. This labyrinth of limestone caverns is eerily illuminated by glow worms and provides a real spectacle. A tour of Auckland concludes a great day of discoveries.

DAY 23 Auckland

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and you've a free day to see as much as you can.

DAY 24 Auckland/UK

We'll take you to the airport today for your flight to the UK, via Los Angeles​.

DAY 25 UK

You'll arrive back in the UK today.​


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 2 - 3 :

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore by Shangri-La
Hotel Jen Tanglin by Shangri-La is a comfortable and modern hotel situated at the beginning of Orchard Road, near to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Rooms are furnished with free Wi-Fi, TV, electronic safe, tea & coffee making facilities & mini fridge. Hotel amenities include two restaurants, a bar & lounge, pool and fitness centre.

Day 5 - 7 :

Cairns Queenslander Hotel
The 3.5-star Cairns Queenslander Hotel is located in Cairns, in reach of the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Day 8 - 10 :

Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Set on the banks of the Yarra River, the Crowne Plaza Melbourne is centrally located with great transport links – perfect for exploring. The hotel offers a bar, restaurant, fitness centre & outdoor pool. Rooms are furnished with flat screen TV’S & Air Conditioning.

Day 11 - 14 :

Holiday Inn Old Sydney
Perfectly located for the best of Sydney''s attractions, the 4-star Holiday Inn Old Sydney effortlessly combines new and old world charm right in the historic Rocks District. The Rocks is a uniquely historical Australian quarter, where you can eat in restaurants located in some the oldest surviving buildings in Sydney.

Set only a street back from Sydney Harbour, Holiday Inn Old Sydney is just a short stroll from the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and hence ideally located for an unforgettable experience. Circular Quay is just a few minutes'' walk from the hotel, and you can catch a ferry across Sydney Harbour to view local and exotic wildlife at Taronga Zoo or over to Manly Beach. Native plants are on show at the 30-hectare Royal Botanic Gardens, located 300 metres away and stylish boutiques in the surrounding cosmopolitan Rocks precinct. Climb the outer arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge, metres away, for stunning views across the city.

Wireless internet is available from your guest room, our Lobby Lounge Bar and the rooftop terrace. They say a picture paints a thousand words and, by day or night, it is one of the hotels in Sydney with the most magnificent views of the world’s most beautiful harbour, Sydney Harbour. Each of the modern guestrooms come equipped with a choice of soft & firm pillows, flat screen TVs, mini fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, high speed internet access and comfortable en-suite facilities with dual pressure showerhead. Enjoy spectacular views to Sydney Harbour or an outlook onto the historic Rocks from the comfort of your room.

Day 15 - 17 :

Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road
The 3-star Holiday Inn Frankton Road in Queenstown has a peaceful setting amongst alpine scenery and picturesque lakes, yet it''s conveniently close to the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna and tennis court. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.

Day 18 :

Scenic Hotel Franz Joseph Glacier
The 4-star Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. The hotel offers facilities including a restaurant, The Moa Bar with an open fireplace, guest laundry, and complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. All 130 rooms feature en suite facilities, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, mini bar, heater and hairdryer.

Day 19 :

Elms Hotel Christchurch
The 3.5-star Elms Hotel is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.

Day 20 - 21 :

Sudima Lake Rotorua
The 3.5-star Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is set on the shores of the lake and close to Rotorua''s vibrant city centre.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe, refrigerator, iron, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.

Day 22 - 23 :

Crowne Plaza Hotel Auckland
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland is situated within walking distance from a range of shopping and dining options on Queen Street. It is also in close proximity to main sightseeing attractions of Auckland. Modern rooms feature en-suite facilities, flat-screen TVs and sleep-aid aromatherapy kits. Wi-Fi is also available for a fee. Other hotel facilities include gym, sauna, a lobby cocktail bar and a restaurant.


Dates and Prices

 
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SUN 25 FEB 18

London (Heathrow)

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£5,519

£5,269

Available

Outbound
Singapore Airlines

Sunday 25 February 2018

Departs

20:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

17:30 Singapore (Changi)

Operated by

Singapore Airlines

Inbound
Air New Zealand - NZ

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Departs

17:10 Los Angeles (Intl)

Arrives

10:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand - NZ

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Departs

22:50 Auckland (Intl)

Arrives

14:55 Los Angeles (Intl)

Operated by

Air New Zealand

SUN 18 NOV 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£5,719

£5,469

Available

Outbound
Singapore Airlines

Sunday 18 November 2018

Departs

20:50 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

16:55 Singapore (Changi)

Operated by

Singapore Airlines

Inbound
Air New Zealand - NZ

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Departs

16:10 Los Angeles (Intl)

Arrives

10:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand - NZ

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Departs

22:55 Auckland (Intl)

Arrives

14:10 Los Angeles (Intl)

Operated by

Air New Zealand

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Kuranda Railway and Skyrail - Cairns

FROM £114

A fantastic opportunity to see the Atherton Tablelands. Your first stop this morning will be Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you will glide over and through world heritage rainforest including time at the two rainforest mid-stations. After some free time in the village of Kuranda you will continue on the second part of your tour, the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You will spend time viewing the Barron Falls, a wonderful photo opportunity, before arriving at Freshwater Station.

Full Day – Scenic

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Sydney Harbour Cruise - Sydney

FROM £20

On any day the harbour is a vibrant blue and dotted with hundreds of sailing boats and the only way to fully enjoy the harbour and visit its many sights is to take a cruise.

Sydney Harbour is known to be one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and on this hour long cruise you will see why. You will see the beautiful parklands, reserves and gardens, not to mention the famous Sydney Opera House.

Hour Cruise – Not To Be Missed

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Jet Boat ride - Queenstown

FROM £72

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New Zealand - TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch

FROM £75

It's perhaps the most scenic train ride in New Zealand, and one of the most scenic train trips anywhere in the world. The TranzAlpine runs on the South Island's west coast, through the amazing misty mountain scenery of the Southern Alps. It's the highlight of any visit to New Zealand and you will be delighted by the majestic gorges and lush rain forest.

2 Hour Train Journey – Spectacular Scenery

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Dart River - Queenstown

FROM £145

This is a fantastic opportunity. After a Chinamans Bluff bush walk (a reasonable level of fitness is necessary for this walk) through ancient Beech forests, and a 4 wheel drive ride near the top of lake Wakitipu, you will get the chance to experience an exhilarating jet boat ride.

Please Note : We advise that you take warm clothes.

Full Day excursion – One hour Jet boat ride included – Moderate Walking

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Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Magical Blue Mountains - Sydney

FROM £92

At Featherdale wildlife park you will have the chance to see over three hundred species of Australian wildlife, from Koalas to Tasmanian Devils. You will then drive through the Blue Mountains to the Three Sisters and along the Jamieson Valley (Australia's Grand Canyon), before departing for Scenic World where you will have the chance to ride the worlds steepest incline railway (optional), and ride in the scenic cable car with views of the World Heritage listed Jamison Valley.

Full Day – Highly Recommended

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Sydney Harbour Icons Helicopter Ride

FROM £177

Your helicopter flight experience begins with a greeting and check-in from our friendly operations staff, followed by a thorough safety briefing in the comfort of our modern and spacious guest lounge. After the safety briefing, we will head out to the helicopter and use your own camera for some photos in front of your helicopter before boarding. Cameras and video recorders can be taken with you on the helicopter for more fantastic memories of your flight over picturesque Sydney Harbour and beyond. Upon take-off enjoy full panoramic views of the Sydney skyline, Pacific Ocean and the historic port of Botany Bay. Within minutes of departure your experienced and skilled pilot will have you above the glistening waters of Maroubra Beach and tracking north along the coast at 500 feet. You will contour fly the picturesque coastline of the Eastern Suburbs beaches including Coogee, Clovelly and also the world famous Bondi Beach, the aquamarine waters sparkling against the Sydney sun. Admire the spectacular houses of Dover Heights and Vaucluse perched on the chiselled sandstone cliffs as you continue northbound past Sydney Harbour heads to Manly Beach and Sydney's northern suburbs. Now tracking southbound, your experienced pilot will guide your aircraft over the magnificent waters of Sydney Harbour giving you a view of icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Manly Beach. Looking towards the horizon you can see the rest of Sydney stretching out towards the Sydney Olympic site and further afield to the foothills of the world renowned heritage listed Blue Mountains. As you start your return journey to the heliport you will fly past some of Sydney's great sporting arenas including the Sydney Football Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Ground, as well as Randwick Racecourse. Throughout the flight your pilot will be providing you with informative commentary via Bose voice activated headsets, you will also be able to talk with the pilot and your other passengers whilst on the helicopter.

Duration 25 mins.

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade - Melbourne

FROM £75

Join us on an afternoon into evening excursion to Phillip Island, home to the largest colony of Little Penguins. The visit sees us cross the Narrows Bridge onto the island and stop at one of the island’s towns for a stroll and early dinner. Then, as we drive around part of the coastline, we may see wallabies or fur seals but importantly can admire the views of the rugged terrain and wonder at the arduous journeys the penguins have to make to and from their burrows. The highlight of the tour is our time at the Penguin Parade centre; we take up position to await the penguins’ return from their fishing expeditions, their unsteady gait as they waddle up the beach with full bellies is a delight. It really is a natural wonder.

Extended Afternoon Excursion – Nature Interest

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Sovereign Hill and Ballarat - Melbourne

FROM £90

After a short tour of Ballarat, the original site where gold was discovered in 1851, you will visit Sovereign Hill open air museum. The museum depicts Ballarat’s first decade after the gold was found. The museum has become one of Victoria ’s most popular attractions. You will also have a tour of the mines before some free time to look around the town. You will also have the chance to visit the gold museum before departing.

Full Day – Historical Interest

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Hobbiton - Rotorua

FROM £64

You will be transported to the Hobbiton Movie set tour which is a visitor experience based at the original location where Hobbiton was created for the filming of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. It offers an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set and a special insight into rural life. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1.250 acre sheep farm with its spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created.
Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Specially brewed beverages are available at The Green Dragon Inn as you complete your tour.

Note: Tours run in all weather conditions. Umbrellas are provided in the event of rain however it is recommended you take comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.

Please note: due to a wide selection of excursions available, you may choose either the Hobbiton excursion or the Rainbow Springs and Gondola ride excursion due to time restraints.

4 and a half hours – Moderate Walking - Must do opportunity

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Walter Peak Cruise and Dinner - Queenstown

FROM £76

A return scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm onboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. On disembarking at Walter Peak, guests are welcomed and escorted through the lakeside gardens to the Colonel’s Homestead where they are seated for dinner. Our colonial homestead features a stately ballroom and finely appointed rooms each featuring a roaring open fire to evoke a cosy atmosphere on colder evenings. The Gourmet BBQ menu, designed by Kiwi Celebrity Chef Josh Emett, incorporates the fresh seasonal produce and locally hunted game and seafood so famous in the Central Otago region and surrounding coastal areas. All meat and seafood is cooked on the outdoor BBQ and rotisserie, in front of guests and served immediately. A locally influenced wine list and other beverages are also available to purchase at the bar. Following dinner, visitors have the option of a brief farm show or relaxing at the bar before returning onboard the TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown. A tradition is the TSS Earnslaw’s sing-along around the piano on the return journey.

Scenic Cruise – Dinner Included – Not to be missed

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Stargazing, gondola ride and dinner - Queenstown

FROM £80

Marvel at the stunning views as you ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the must-do activities in Queenstown!
Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak. Enjoy the clear, unpolluted skies of Queenstown which are the perfect setting for your stargazing experience.
Perched high above Queenstown and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, keen stargazers have the opportunity to access a 'hidden world' not seen by the naked eye, and impossible to see in many other locations around the world.
To end the evening enjoy dinner at the restaurant, located at the top of the Gondola. The menu is inspired by iconic New Zealand cuisine and infused with international influences, and offers something for everyone - from fresh seafood and delectable desserts to an array of vegetarian dishes.

Evening – Not to be missed experience

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Sydney Bridge climb – Day Climb

FROM £182

Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on our original Climb experience. Like an exposed spine, the outer rim delivers you to the peak, as the sky remains just beyond your outstretched fingertips.
The Journey - Latching on in the Climb Base below the Bradfield Highway, you will walk on catwalks below the road-deck until you reach the South-East Pylon. Here you will ascend 4 ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the hum and buzz of Sydney's traffic. With the summit in your sight, your journey continues along the Bridge's outer arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top. After a summit celebration with your group, you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side to make your descent to our Climb Base. Every ticket to the top includes a Climb group photograph, a BridgeClimb cap, a certificate of achievement and a free pass to The Pylon Lookout.

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Local Knowledge

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Favourite Moments

That wonderful view of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the iconic Opera House-pinch yourself to ensure you are not dreaming.