Discover world-famous highlights of Australia and New Zealand on this epic 25-day adventure.
OUR ROCK SOLID GUARANTEES
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 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
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
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.
Dates and Prices
You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.
SUN 18 NOV 18
Sunday 18 November 2018
20:35 London (Heathrow)
17:30 Singapore (Changi)
Tuesday 11 December 2018
16:10 Los Angeles (Intl)
10:40 London (Heathrow)
Air New Zealand
Tuesday 11 December 2018
22:50 Auckland (Intl)
13:55 Los Angeles (Intl)
Air New Zealand
Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. 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.
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.
Sydney Bridge climb - Day climb
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 Bridge Climb cap, a certificate of achievement and a free pass to The Pylon Lookout.
***Please be advised that Sydney Bridge Climb has updated its pre-climb health & safety requirements for climbers over the age of 75. Climbers over the age of 75 can climb with a Certificate of Fitness, signed by your GP. You can get the form (which you need to take with you) and more details on their website on https://www.bridgeclimb.com/things-you-need-to-know-to-climb
Sydney Harbour Heli Flight - Sydney
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 to Sydney Harbour heads and the world’s largest and most beautiful natural harbour. Your experienced pilot will guide your aircraft through the magnificent Sydney Harbour giving you an unforgettable view of icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Manly Cove. 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 20 mins
Dart River - Queenstown
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
Jet Boat ride - Queenstown
If you are after an adrenaline rush then you must take a ride on the Kawarau Jetboat. From Queenstown a 50 min thrill of a lifetime jetboat ride cruising across Lake Wakatipu to the emerald green waters of the Kawarau River then onto the shallow, fast moving Shotover River. You will travel at speeds of up to 50mph, often in water only 4-6 inches deep.
45 Minutes - Unforgettable Experience
Walter Peak Cruise and Dinner - Queenstown
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
Sovereign Hill and Ballarat - Melbourne
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
Hobbiton - Rotorua
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
Phillip Island Penguin Parade - Melbourne
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
Sydney Harbour Cruise - Sydney
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
Stargazing, gondola ride and dinner - Queenstown
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.
Approx timing - 7pm - 11pm
Evening – Not to be missed experience
Kuranda Railway and Skyrail - Cairns
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
New Zealand - TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch
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
Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Magical Blue Mountains - Sydney
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
Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:
An Australasian Adventure with Cook Islands Add-on
Extend your holiday to 29 days from £1,149
Nov 2018 - Nov 2018 DeparturesExtend your New Zealand holiday with a four-night stay in Rarotonga, in the beautiful Cook Islands. This tropical paradise is blessed with a year-round idyllic climate and the South Pacific's most spectacular scenery. During your time here get out and about to explore native forests which ring to the sound of exotic birdsong, or spend your days lazing on the sand or snorkelling among the colourful coral reef. You will stay on a bed-and-breakfast basis at the 4-star Manuia Beach Resort, which sits right on the beach and has facilities including an open-air restaurant, a poolside bar and a beachside infinity pool. This add-on includes the services of a Local Representative.
That wonderful view of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the iconic Opera House-pinch yourself to ensure you are not dreaming.