On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). You’ll have free time to relax before a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director this evening.(Welcome Reception / Dinner)
CHRISTCHURCH - FRANZ JOSEF (2 NIGHTS)
Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), a Local Speciality, for a factory visit and demonstration before continuing south along the rugged coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
FRANZ JOSEF SIGHTSEEING
Today you’ll explore Franz Josef Glacier with a Local Expert on an interpretive tour. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers and Mt. Cook (weather permitting). This evening, why not dine at one of the local cafés.(Buffet Breakfast)
FRANZ JOSEF - WANAKA
Travel along the coastal road with the towering mountains on your left and the Tasman Sea on your right. Climb over the Haast Pass to view Thunder Creek Falls and travel through dramatic mountain and forest scenery. You’ll stop for a ride on the Haast River Safari, a unique covered jet boat experience, with a Local Expert. Later you’ll arrive at Lake Wanaka.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN (3 NIGHTS)
This morning pass Lakes Hawea and Dunstan. Journey through the Kawarau Gorge. Stop at Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit, a Local Speciality. Enjoy a visit to Arrowtown, a colourful old gold-mining township steeped in local history, before continuing to Queenstown for your three night stay.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
MILFORD SOUND CRUISE
Today is a feast for the senses. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake. You’ll be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest, to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you’ll drive through the hand-made Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. In the late afternoon return to Queenstown, where you’ll have a free evening.(Buffet Breakfast)
QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Free time today gives you the opportunity to sample the many scenic delights of Queenstown. Perhaps take a jet boat ride or try white water rafting. For the less adventurous there are garden and wine tours. This evening ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for a delicious buffet Highlight Dinner while taking in stunning views of Queenstown. Experience a Kiwi Haka Maori Show as well, a Local Speciality!(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
QUEENSTOWN - CHRISTCHURCH
Travel past Mt. Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). This afternoon stop at Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd and then continue over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner together with your travelling companions and Travel Director.(Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).(Buffet Breakfast)
Christchurch See how the city is being rebuilt after the earthquake of February 2011.
TranzAlpine Train Journey through the spectacular Southern Alps.
Franz Josef Glacier View the magnificent glacier.
Haast River Safari Ride the Haast River on our own Jet boat.
Arrowtown Explore this historic gold mining town.
Queenstown Spend three nights in New Zealand’s adventure capital.
Check in to your hotel and head straight out into Sydney. From the high-energy downtown area to its popular beaches, Sydney has something for everyone.
This evening, meet up with the other Contiki Travellers and your Tour Manager. Get to know them all over a welcome drink and then an included dinner. But don’t stop there; explore Sydney’s legendary nightlife in a fun night out with the group.
Meals: Dinner (1) day
Sydney is known for its fantastic lifestyle. Serving up an urban mix of cafes, galleries and shops, it also sports a gorgeous harbour. Get familiar with the city as your Tour Manager shows you around its iconic sites. Visit the historic Rocks area and see the sails of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House and the iconic Harbour Bridge.
Tonight, experience New Year Sydney-style with a cruise across the harbour to watch the city’s famous fireworks display. Board the boat, enjoy a welcome drink and some tasty nibbles as you soak up the buzzing harbour atmosphere. There’s even a DJ on board, so you can dance the night away with your new friends. Later, you’ll ring in the new year with a bang as you see the icons of Sydney lit up with a light display and fireworks, with an amazing Harbour Bridge backdrop. This view from the harbour is a fantastic way to start the new year. Later, keep it moving on land - there’s so much to see and this city is pumping. Wander around Oxford Street, an area buzzing with nocturnal activity, or discover the cute side streets crammed with pubs, restaurants and clubs.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
In your free time hit the shops – from funky threads to designer labels, Sydney has it all. Get some tips from your Tour Manager before you splurge. Otherwise get a feel for the sun and surf lifestyle of Bondi Beach, catch some rays and hang out among the locals.
Sydney has an amazing food scene and is known as one of the world’s restaurant capitals. Try out its incredible and affordable ethnic cuisine. Take your pick from Greek, Italian, Indian, Turkish, Japanese and Vietnamese to name a few.
There’s an optional trip to the fabulous Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest and most well-known wine producing area. Swirl and sip on some local wines and really unwind. Or else, head to the Blue Mountains or Port Stephens dolphins for a day away from it all.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Your New Year’s adventure ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to you new friends.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
City sightseeing tour to see the Sydney Opera House, historic Rocks area & Harbour Bridge
Cruise on Sydney Harbour, one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.
Day 1 Alice Springs/Coober Pedy
The outback town of Alice Springs is a travel hub for visitors setting off to the explore the sensational range of natural wonders the Red Centre has to offer. The opal capital of the world, Coober Pedy is a fascinating mining town where many residents live underground to escape the heat - there are also underground hotels, restaurant and bars.
Day 2 Adelaide
Known as the 'City of Churches', Adelaide is a picturesque city of gardens and historic buildings, surrounded by some of the world's finest vineyards.
Day 1 Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands.We start our trip together in Auckland, the jewel of the North Island, heading north around the picturesque harbour. First stop is Parry’s Kauri Park to visit an impressive example of a Kauri tree. Then it’s on to the seaside town of Paihia, nestled amongst the breathtaking Bay of Islands – a beautiful locale of 144 islands with quiet bays and plenty of marine life. Once we’ve sorted our accommodation, relax by the pool or grab a meal in town. Optional Upgrade to ‘Rock the Boat’ Overnight.Day 2 Paihia, Bay of Islands.You’ve got a free day to explore some of what the Bay of Islands has to offer! And trust us when we say there’s a wealth of optional activities. Drive along 90 Mile Beach all the way to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific and try boarding down the towering sand dunes is a great rush! Cruise around the inner Bay aboard a catamaran and spot some dolphins, or just paddle through the mangroves to Haruru Falls by kayak. You may wish to learn a little of the region’s history with a visit to Russell (NZ’s oldest settlement) or the Waitangi Treaty House. Maybe you’d just like to get back to nature with a hike to Haruru Falls through the gorgeous natural landscape. We’ll regroup for dinner and share the day’s experiences! (B, D)Day 3 Bay of Islands to Auckland.Our travel direction turns southwards, and we visit the stunning Whangarei Falls if the weather’s on our side. From here, it’s a short hop back to Auckland, the City of Sails, where our quick jaunt together comes to a close. (B)
Adelaide/Grampians National Park
Leave Adelaide city behind and head out across its hills and the Murray River into Victoria. Enter the Grampians National Park and learn about the land's cultural significance to the local indigenous people. Then check out either McKenzie or Silverband Falls on a short nature hike and overnight in Halls Gap.
Great Ocean Road/Melbourne
Start the onwards journey to the Great Ocean Road. Savour the ever-changing but always stupendous coastal vistas offered by the route, culminating in arrival at the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Stop off briefly to see some koalas in Kennett River and the world famous Bells Beach surf break in Torquay, then hit the highway – final destination, Melbourne.