New Zealand Getaway & East Coast Adventure

Join Travelmarvel for 29 days, enjoying a complete tour of New Zealand. Then explore Australia’s East Coast from Sydney to Cairns staying at Fraser and Hamilton Island.

Destination: Australia

Travel Dates: From 01-Apr-2018 to 31-Mar-2020

Duration: 29 days

Company: APT

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Inclusions

  • Captivating Lake Tekapo will astound you with its beauty
  • While here, visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd

  • Flight from Sydney to the Gold CoastImmersive Insider Experiences28 breakfasts, l lunch and 15 dinnersTravelmarvel Tour Director, plus expert local guidesOverseas transfers & luggage porterage

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Day 1: Arrive Auckland
Be met on arrival into Auckland and be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Auckland, Bay of Islands
Journey to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve. Continue to the Bay of Islands and get to know your fellow travellers as you enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 3: Bay of Islands
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the idyllic subtropical Bay of Islands. Perhaps relax on a beach, explore the stunning wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks, or set off into town and dine at a local restaurant.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 4: Bay of Islands, Auckland
The day begins with an Insider Experience to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock. This captivating coastline provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life, so keep a look out while enjoying the scenery. Continue to the Hole in the Rock, which defines this remarkable coast. Later, return to Auckland by coach.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 5: Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua
Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves. A special Insider Experience is yours to enjoy before continuing to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. You’ll also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 6: Rotorua
Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense).
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 7: Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington
Farewell Rotorua and enjoy the scenery as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia - and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. The evening has been left free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene on your own. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you’ll see that New Zealand’s wild and fresh produce is showcased on a plate here in Wellington.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 8: Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch
Enjoy your Insider Experience today. Weave through unspoilt islands by ferry, admiring coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Picton. Continue to Christchurch via Kaikoura.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 9: Christchurch, Fox Glacier
Commence your ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps. Be sure to keep watch for the icy crests of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers as you travel through Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Over thousands of years, these natural wonders have created immense valleys.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 10: Fox Glacier, Queenstown
Journey through Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the wonderful alpine resort of Queenstown. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class culinary scene and energetic nightlife. This evening, you may like to dine at one of the many local restaurants in town.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 11: Queenstown
With an entire day at leisure, you have the freedom to simply relax amid the beautiful lakeside setting or pursue your interests and choose one of our exciting select experiences. You may wish to step aboard the 100-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship for a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station, or perhaps take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). Alternatively, if you’re more of a gourmand, perhaps choose to set off into the Central Otago region independently - one of New Zealand’s foremost wine-producing areas.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 12: Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road, on one of the world’s best alpine drives. Afterwards, make your way to your hotel and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 13: Te Anau, Dunedin
Enjoy a tour of Dunedin, then head to the nearby hills to take a tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, it is filled with antiques and offers breathtaking views. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner this evening.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 14: Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo
See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Later, journey into Mt Cook National Park, then Lake Tekapo.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 15: Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling to Christchurch.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 16: Christchurch, Sydney
Board your flight to Sydney and, after an early check-in, enjoy free time to explore. (flight not included)
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 17: Sydney
On a guided tour of Sydney, see landmarks such as the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 18: Sydney, Gold Coast
Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your flight to the Gold Coast.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 19: Gold Coast
Explore the Gold Coast at your own pace.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 20: Gold Coast, Noosa
Pass Brisbane before heading to the Sunshine Coast. Continue north to Noosa.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 21: Noosa, Fraser Island
Travel north to join your cruise transfer to Fraser Island for a fabulous stay.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 22: Fraser Island
Set out on a half-day guided tour around Fraser Island, before time at leisure.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 23: Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton
Transfer to Hervey Bay by ferry before rejoining your coach. Travel through sugarcane country on your way to Rockhampton.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 24: Rockhampton, Hamilton Island
Tour Rockhampton before travelling to Airlie Beach, where you will cruise out to the Whitsundays.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 25: Hamilton Island
On your free day, enjoy a plethora of activities, or take some time to relax and unwind.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 26: Hamilton Island, Townsville, Mission Beach
Transfer by ferry to the Port of Airlie where your coach will take you to Townsville. After a city tour, travel to Mission Beach.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 27: Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns
Visit the Curtain Fig Tree, then board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 28: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef
Explore the Great Barrier Reef today. Back in Cairns, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai By Night.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 29: Cairns, Port Douglas
Today you will visit the picturesque town of Port Douglas, then depart the tour with a transfer to the airport.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Auckland, Bay of Islands
See a mighty Kauri tree and marvel at its size at the Matakohe Kauri Museum. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner this evening.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 3: Bay of Islands
Home to 144 islands, enjoy this aquatic playground with a full day at leisure. Perhaps relax on the beach, explore the wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks, or wander about the town.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 4: Bay of Islands, Auckland
The captivating coastline of the Bay of Islands provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life. Continue to the Hole in the Rock, a distinctive sandstone arch formation. Return to Auckland by coach and relax prior to dinner.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 5: Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua
Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Māori Arts & Crafts Institute. You will also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 6: Rotorua
Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Māori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on the Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world’s most active geothermal areas. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense).
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 7: Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington
Farewell Rotorua and enjoy the scenery as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia - and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. The evening has been left free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene independently. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you will see that New Zealand’s wild and fresh produce is showcased on a plate here in Wellington.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 8: Wellington, Cook Strait, Blenheim
This morning take in a city sights tour which includes Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards, admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Blenheim.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 9: Blenheim, Kaikoura, Christchurch
This morning, head to Kaikoura. Delight in the chance to embark on a whale watching cruise, where you may catch a glimpse of the arc of a tail, or a spouting fountain from a blowhole. Here is one of the few areas on Earth where sperm whales can be sighted all year round thanks to the deep Kaikoura Canyon that runs along the coast. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 10: Christchurch, Fox Glacier
Absorb the rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps to Westland Tai Poutini National Park. This evening, enjoy dinner.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 11: Fox Glacier, Queenstown
Journey through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class food scene and nightlife. This evening, during time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many restaurants in the town centre.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 12: Queenstown
With the entire day to spend as you please, you have the freedom to simply relax or pursue your interests and choose one of our exciting select experiences. Perhaps step aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship for a cruise to Walter Peak Station, or take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). Or, if you’re more of a gourmand, perhaps choose to set off into the Central Otago region independently - one of New Zealand’s foremost wine-producing areas.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 13: Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road, then enjoy an exciting Insider Experience. Afterwards, make your way to your hotel and enjoy dinner.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 14: Te Anau, Dunedin
Today, journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a guided tour then head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, it is filled with magnificent antiques and offers breathtaking views. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner this evening.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 15: Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo
See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 16: Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling to Christchurch.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 17: Christchurch, Sydney
Board your flight to Sydney (Flight not included). Enjoy an early check-in, before exploring this stunning city on a half-day sightseeing coach tour this afternoon, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 18: Sydney, Gold Coast
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Gold Coast, famous for its uninterrupted coastline fringed by vibrant communities and lush wilderness areas. After settling in, perhaps stroll along the famous soft golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach, before enjoying the evening at leisure.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 19: Gold Coast
Today you have a full day to explore at your leisure. With 52 kilometres of golden beaches at your doorstep, you won’t have trouble finding a patch of sand. Perhaps learn to surf, see what’s on the menu at one of the restaurants along the waterfront or head into the lush hinterland for a day amidst the subtropical wilderness.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 20: Gold Coast, Noosa
Pass Brisbane before heading to the Sunshine Coast. Continue north to Noosa.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 21: Noosa, Fraser Island
With some time in Noosa, perhaps head into town or take a stroll along the stunning waterfront. Later, travel to Hervey Bay and join your cruise transfer to the world’s largest sand island, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. This evening, enjoy dinner in the company of your fellow travellers.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 22: Fraser Island
Located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is a rare and inviting paradise. The untamed wilderness will entice you from the moment you arrive, providing adventure and excitement, but also a relaxing atmosphere from your base here at the eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort. Discover the island today with a half-day tour. With some time at leisure this afternoon, slip into island living and perhaps explore the hundreds of walking trails which criss-cross the island. Immerse yourself in the ancient rainforests or explore the coloured sand cliffs on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Perhaps visit the wreck of the Maheno, a liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935 (own expense).
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 23: Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton
A morning ferry takes you across Hervey Bay, where you will discover why this special place is often referred to as the jewel in Queensland’s crown. The journey concludes back on the mainland where you will rejoin your coach to continue heading north. Travel through sugarcane country, crossing some of the many narrow-gauge railway lines that transport sugarcane from the field to processing plants in town, an iconic sight of rural Queensland. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 24: Rockhampton, Hamilton Island
Explore the charming historical town of Rockhampton, known as the gateway to the coast and the Outback. Founded in 1853, the city is home to historic heritage architecture and a rich, fascinating history. Then, travel to Airlie Beach and enjoy one of the region’s most immaculate beaches. Here you will join a ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays towards Hamilton Island. Here, enjoy dinner later this evening.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 25: Hamilton Island
You have the entire day at leisure to do as little or as much as you like. Perhaps snorkel off the beach; enjoy a round of golf or hire a buggy to explore this island paradise (all at own expense).
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 26: Hamilton Island, Townsville, Mission Beach
Take an early morning ferry transfer, gliding from Hamilton Island to the Port of Airlie, where you will reboard your coach and travel to Townsville. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the city. Continue to Mission Beach, the destination where two of the most stunning World Heritage-listed areas meet; the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at your beachfront escape, Castaways Resort and Spa, where the only thing between you and the golden beach is a grassy lawn and a line of coconut palms. Complete with a secluded rainforest swimming area, it won’t be long before you discover why Mission Beach has earned its reputation as a haven for rest and relaxation.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 27: Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns
As you continue your journey north, you will discover the lush Atherton Tablelands. This region is part of the Waterfalls Circuit, including magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, known to be some of the most photographed falls in Australia. As you journey towards Cairns, you will visit the Curtain Fig Tree, a natural Australian icon. Arrive in Cairns this afternoon.Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own pace.
Meals Included
Breakfast
Day 28: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef
During an Aboriginal cultural dinner and performance, you will discover the spiritual concept known as Dreamtime, witness a corroboree, then be guided along a flame-lit pathway to a dinner of local produce.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 29: Port Douglas, Cairns
Drive to the pretty coastal township of Port Douglas for a guided tour. This patch of tropical paradise is the meeting point of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Return to Cairns where you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals Included
Breakfast

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