Australia & New Zealand
Our suggested itineraries:
AUSTRALIA - Our Australia Specialist Adele suggests the following...
Day 1- Singapore
Arrive in Singapore for two nights rest before travelling onwards to Australia. This modern city is home to around 5.5 million people of a range of ethnicities and cultures including Chinese, Malaysia, Indian, and Eurasian. Singapore’s top attractions can consist of Marina Bay Sands, Bukit Timah and Singapore Zoo.
Day 3 – Perth
Arrive in Perth and spend five nights in the largest city in Western Australia. Within this city you can enjoy a variety of history, entertainment and scenery. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a ferry trip over to Rottnest Island and take a bicycle ride around the area where you can see beautiful beaches and furry Quokkas. On another day you can catch a train to Fremantle and enjoy this pretty seaside town full of history and some brilliant marketplaces.
Day 8 – Sydney
Fly from Perth to Sydney and spend four nights here. See iconic sights such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, or Sydney Opera House from a cruise out of the harbour. Take a stroll on Bondi Beach which is known as one of the world’s best beaches for its great waves and surf clubs. Don’t forget the great shopping and dining options available in this amazing city!
Pick up your car and travel towards Brisbane stopping at a few delightful places on the way.
This ‘Blue Water Paradise’ is a glorious place to stop for a day as it has almost twenty miles of clean white sandy beaches and great opportunities for fishing and relaxing. The area is made of eight seaside villages and is full of variety. Why not get adventurous and try some Blue Water Sea Kayaking on the great waters in the area.
Day 14 – Coffs Harbour
This coastal town located between mountains and the sea is another great place to see for scenery and marine wildlife. You can do things like try out a SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) on the water, take a guide tour of the Aboriginal culture or go on a wine tasting experience!
Day 15 – Byron Bay
Stop for a night in Byron Bay which is famous for its beaches, surfing and whale watching! The coastal town is full of local markets and bohemian themes throughout the town. This is also a great place for experienced scuba divers as the bay has a variety of marine life within it. If you fancy a bit of an adventure, Nightcap National Park is within easy reach of the town and hosts glorious rainforests and falls.
Day 16 – Brisbane
Spend a night in Brisbane where you can enjoy the urban atmosphere whilst still being surrounded by beautiful hills and tropical rainforests. This sunny city always has something going on from sport events, to art and heritage exhibits. Some great things to see include Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and the Botanic Gardens.
Day 17 – Cairns
Fly to Cairns and travel 47 miles to Port Douglas where you will stay for the final five nights. This popular port town has a great blend of both modern and original town architecture, and has some brilliant fine dining on offer to enjoy. Previously known for gold mining this is now one of the best places to go to explore the Great Barrier Reef, with scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing on offer. You can also visit Mossman Gorge and get a guided tour by an indigenous person who will educate you on the gorge, river and rainforest.
Day 22 – Fly home to the UK.
NEW ZEALAND - Our New Zealand Specialist Anita suggests the following...
Day 1 – Christchurch
Leave the UK for Christchurch, New Zealand
Day 3: Arrive Christchurch
Arrive into Christchurch and explore one of the most English areas of New Zealand. You can explore this town on foot with a variety of things to see including the beautiful Cathedral. Some great attractions to see include the International Antarctic Centre, the vibrant Arts Centre and the charming Botanic Gardens.
Day 4: West Coast Glaciers
Today, board the TranzAlpine Train, this amazing rail journey, will take you across the Canterbury Plains to Arthur’s Pass. After this, travel through the Otira Tunnel and arrive in Greymouth. Collect your car at the station and drive down to the West Coast Glaciers.
Day 5: Franz Josef - Queenstown
Travel past a mixture of lakes and great mountains with waterfalls streaming down from above. Upon leaving this rainforest, you will go past the great Lake of Wanaka before arriving in Queenstown. Queenstown is a beautiful town set in a beautiful background of mountains and Lake Wakatipu. The area has a colourful history of gold mining and hunting, and is best known today for its brilliant outdoor adventure opportunities. What’s stopping you from trying a bungee jump or a spot of sky diving.
Day 6: Milford Sound
Enjoy the sights of Milford Sound on a cruise today. This will allow you to experience the uniqueness of 5000ft rock faces, waterfalls and marine life.
Day 7: Queenstown
Explore Queenstown fully today and try a safari tour where you can experience some of Queensland’s best scenery. You may recognise some of the landscape from scenes in the famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ films. During the tour you will find out about the history of the area and also current attempts in preservation.
Day 8: Dunedin
Drive east today through the awe inspiring Kawerau Gorge and relax in the area before travelling onwards to Clutha River.
Day 9: Lake Tekapo / Mount Cook
This morning head North and drive along the Waitaki River until you arrive at the aqua blue Lake Tekapo. In this lake you can see the reflection of the mountains above and notice in the waters the fine particles of rock that create its turquoise colour.
Day 10: Christchurch
Travel over Burkes Pass and arrive in the small village of Geraldine. Cross the Canterbury Plains and arrive back in Christchurch. Drop your car off and enjoy this city once more.
Day 11: Wellington
Today take a seat on the Coastal Pacific Train and enjoy the views whilst heading to Kaikoura. Next, head north through the Valley to Marlborough’s wine capital, Blenhiem. Get on board a ferry and take a cruise through the peaceful Marlborough Sounds and on to Wellington. Collect your next car from the Terminal.
Day 12: Wellington
You are free today to explore the capital city which hosts a setting of modern city buildings, hilly suburbs and a extraordinary harbour. This city is known for its great arts and culture scene and is home to a variety of theatres, historical buildings and also the National Museum for New Zealand. There are a variety of ways to explore the city, but the best way is through a walking tour where you can take time to enjoy the attractions and atmosphere to its full quality.
Day 13: Tongariro National Park
Drive towards the fields of Manawatu today and on to the Volcanic Plateau in the centre of the Island. You can also explore the Whakapapa Village laid at the bottom.
Day 14: Lake Taupo
Explore the region of Tongariro National Park today with short walks available around the area and a mountain pass to the ‘Top of the Bruce’. Later, enjoy a descent driving down the Plateau towards Lake Taupo.
Day 15: Rotorua
After exploring Taupo head through the earth’s biggest man-made forest to the unique geothermal city of Rotorua. Rotorua is the centre of the North Islands’ geothermal activity, and is full of glistening lakes, bubbling pools of mud and steaming geysers. This is also an area of great Maori tradition.
Day 16: Rotorua
Today visit Rotorua’s best attractions. Take a tour of Te Puia and the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute… Visit Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, take a ride on the gondola cable and enjoy the international day spa and hot mineral baths.
Day 17: Auckland
Leave Rotorua and travel through the Mamaku Ranges to Waitomo Caves. These caves have been created by centuries of water erosion, and are decorated by millions of tiny lights, lighting the way over head. Spend the evening exploring Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Head down to Queen Street and you will find a range of entertainment and shopping opportunities upon Auckland’s golden mile. If you have time in the afternoon it is also worth visiting the inner suburbs with a great choice of local boutiques and cafes.
Day 18: Fly home to the UK
Drop the car off at Auckland Airport and head home after a great adventure!
Day 19: Arrive UK