Australia and New Zealand: Antipodean delights
Day 1-3 Sydney
Stroll through Australia’s best loved city. Its Opera House is instantly recognisable by people the world over; its beloved Harbour Bridge the backdrop for New Year fireworks and climbers year round. Take a ferry across to Taronga Zoo or travel out to Bondi Beach to surf or swim in this city that values the outdoors as much as its indoor attractions.
Transfers to Cairns 27h00m3h10m
Day 4-5 Cairns
Make Cairns your base for exploring the colourful corals of the Great Barrier Reef. This charming city is also the jumping off point for the ancient Daintree Rainforest or lakes, craters and lava tubes of the Atherton Tableland.
Transfers to Palm Cove 0h30m
Day 6-7 Palm Cove
Escape the hustle and bustle at Palm Cove, a beach town renowned for serenity and seclusion. Seize the opportunity to catch giant trevallies and mackerels or stroll along the “paperbark” tree-lined promenade. Close to both reef and rainforest, Palm Cove's luxurious resorts are ideal for those looking for the essential Australia package.
Transfers to Auckland 4h35m
Day 8-9 Auckland
Sail away into the sunset in New Zealand’s largest city, known as the City of Sails. Landlubbers will enjoy the city’s thriving social scene, boutique shops and historic neighbourhoods. Climb the Sky Tower for a bird’s eye view of Auckland and its dramatic setting, overlooked by ancient volcanic cones and surrounded by islands.
Transfers to Rotorua 2h48m
Day 10-11 Rotorua
Explore the geothermally active landmarks of the Rotorua region, the highlight of which is the spectacular Pohutu geyser which erupts into a thirty metre column of steam with impressive regularity. Nearby, visit the eerie Craters of the Moon park lost in the mist or atmospheric Orakei Korako with its plopping mud pools and kaleidoscopic rivulets.
Transfers to Wellington 5h38m1h20m
Day 12-13 Wellington
Stroll along Wellington's famous waterfront promenade, where you can enjoy sampling delicious seafood and some of the many excellent local wines Wellington manages to perfectly balance small town charm and capital city attitude.
Transfers to Picton 3h47m
Day 14-15 Picton
Schedule a visit to the picturesque seaside town of Picton, the South Island hub for ferry services that link New Zealand’s two main islands. Take a guided dive in the Marlborough Sounds or head to Queen Charlotte Sound, where you can visit underwater shipwrecks and reserves thronging with marine life.
Transfers to Blenheim 0h25m
Day 16-17 Blenheim
Enjoy an outside-the-box beach day at Blenheim with the addition of whale watching and the opportunity to swim with dolphins. Declared New Zealand's sunniest town but known locally for its many excellent vineyards, Blenheim is a favourite not only of in-the-know wine buffs but also water skiers, fishing aficionados, and kayakers.
Transfers to Christchurch 4h27m0h50m4h46m
Day 18-19 Christchurch
Step back in time to a city that feels almost English but is Kiwi through and through. Regeneration after the devastating earthquake has brought a plethora of pop ups: museums, restaurants and arts projects. When you’re done with the city, ride the TranzAlpine train across picturesque Arthur’s Pass to open up a landscape of lakes and mountain peaks only New Zealand can deliver so accessibly.
Transfers to Queenstown 6h01m0h55m