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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Tour

Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Tour

The Highlights of Australia and New Zealand Tour is a fabulous tour of the land down under. You can expect exactly what the name of the tour says – all the highlights of these two great countries perfectly packaged into one amazing holiday.

When you think of New Zealand, its incredible pooling lakes, geysers and sky-high snow-capped mountains spring to mind. And you’ll be glad to hear that you’ll see them all as part of your New Zealand highlights tour.

But that’s only half of the adventure. Australia’s highlights tour includes the raw and rugged outback; the remote city of Alice Springs; the cosmopolitan city of Sydney; the spectacular sights of Uluru; tropical Queensland and of course, the breath-taking Great Barrier Reef.

Early Booking Offer – Save up to £392 per couple

When booking a Highlights of Australia & New Zealand holiday by the 31st August 2017, you will have an opportunity to take advantage of a two night stopover on your inbound journey for an amazing price – only £149 per person (£298 for single occupancy). This offer provides a saving of up to £392 per couple.


Highlights of Australia & New Zealand itinerary

Deciding between a holiday to Australia and a holiday to New Zealand is a difficult choice. So why not just do both? At Distant Journeys, we’ve taken all of Australia’s highlights, and all the highlights of New Zealand, and put them together to create the Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour.

You can look forward to seeing New Zealand’s sparkling lakes, gushing geysers and snow-capped mountains. Not to mention Australia’s spectacular outback, tropical Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, and cosmopolitan cities such as Sydney. And throughout each and every highlight, you’ll be guided by your experienced Distant Journeys Coach Captains and Tour Manager. This comes as standard on all of our Australia and New Zealand tours from the UK.


28-day Highlights of Australia and New Zealand, from only £4,995pp

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Day 1 – Depart UK
Depart from the UK airport most convenient for you – London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow – at no extra cost. You’ll fly with Qantas / Emirates,
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2 – Singapore, 2 nights
Arrive into the wonderful city of Singapore and transfer to the four star Copthorne Kings hotel, situated in an enviable position close to the banks of the Singapore River.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 3 – Singapore
This morning enjoy a city tour which includes a stop at the Merlion Park and the impressive views of Marina Bay, the historic Civic District, Thian Hock Keng Temple and the fabulous orchid gardens set within Singapore’s botanical gardens. Return to the hotel where the rest of your day is free to spend as you please.
Breakfast included

Day 4 – Depart Singapore
Enjoy spending the day exploring the city until it’s time to leave for the airport for your flight to Christchurch.
Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included

Alternative stopovers
We have based days 2 – 4 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. Alternatively you may choose to stop in Bangkok or Dubai for the same price. All stopovers include transfers to and from the hotel, daily breakfast and a city sightseeing tour. If choosing an alternative stopover, flight timings and inclusions vary – please speak with one of our personal travel experts for more details.

Day 5 – Christchurch, Overnight
Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand. Christchurch is a charming city renowned for its many gardens and parks. En route to our hotel we will take a short orientation tour. Enjoy an overnight stay at the Rendezvous Hotel.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 6 – Franz Josef, 2 nights
Following breakfast, we embark on one of the most stunning drives in New Zealand. Leaving Christchurch we travel through the patchwork fields of the Canterbury Plains, heading towards the imposing Southern Alps and across Arthur’s Pass. We make the spectacular descent down the western side of the Southern Alps, towards the rocky beaches of the untamed west coast. Our route takes us along striking wild scree-scarred terrain with forests of Crimson Rata and Kahikatea – and past Lakes Ianthe and Mapourika. We’ll then spend time sighting Franz Josef and the Westland National Park. Today is a true highlight of your trip to New Zealand. Your next two nights will be spent at the Franz Josef Glacier Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 7 – Franz Josef Freedom Day
Today is left completely free to absorb the beauty of Franz Josef. For those that so wish, we shall drive to the Franz Josef Glacier terminal where we will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier. Weather permitting we may also take an optional scenic flight (at an additional cost) over the awe-inspiring Alpine region.
Breakfast included

Day 8 – Queenstown, 3 nights
Witness incredible scenery today as we travel through Mount Aspiring National Park, and across the Haast River Bridge on one of the most exciting scenic roads ever built. We journey along the shores of Lake Hawea and Wanaka as we enter New Zealand’s Central Otago region. Later in the afternoon we arrive at the four star Millennium Hotel in the stunning alpine resort of Queenstown which will be home for the next three nights.
Breakfast included

Day 9 – Milford Sound
Today we travel to the magnificent Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, which will undoubtedly prove to be one of your tour highlights in New Zealand. The scenic drive takes us through a variety of landscapes – farmland, native tussock grasslands, lush beech forests and impressive glacial valleys – before arriving at Milford Sound to begin our cruise. Only when out cruising on Milford Sound can the sheer scale of the dramatic scenery be fully appreciated: towering peaks rise all around and spectacular waterfalls cascade into the calm waters below. Our cruise takes in the impressive Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls; and remember to keep a look out for dolphins as well as seals and penguins
Breakfast included

Day 10 – Queenstown Freedom Day
Your day is free to take advantage of the incredible variety of activities available in and around New Zealand’s most glamorous alpine resort. Maybe go horse riding or take a four-wheel drive safari over old mining tracks. For those requiring a more tranquil day, a stroll around this lovely township could be more suitable. There is also an opportunity to take an optional leisurely cruise (at an additional cost) across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage steamboat TSS Earnslaw. The cruise includes a visit to the Walter Peak Homestead and a sheep shearing show, before returning to Queenstown aboard Earnslaw.
Breakfast included

Day 11 – Rotorua, 2 nights
After breakfast we make our way to Queenstown Airport in time for our Jetstar flight to Auckland. Upon arrival we board the waiting coach and make our way to the world famous thermal region at Rotorua for our next two nights at the Distinction Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 12 – Rotorua
Sightseeing this morning takes us via Rotorua’s famous Bath House, a Tudor-style building situated within the Government Gardens. We continue to Te Puia including the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve with its spurting geysers and boiling mud pools. Your afternoon is at leisure to relax. For those that so wish, optional activities include a float plane journey departing Lake Taupo over Mount Tarawera, or perhaps an afternoon enjoying the healing properties of the thermal pools at the nearby Polynesian Spa may be more appealing? Rotorua is the heart of New Zealand’s rich Maori culture and this evening we attend a concert featuring traditional song and dance, including the world famous war dance – The Haka. Also included is a Hangi buffet dinner, cooked using traditional Maori methods.
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 13 – Auckland, 1 night
After breakfast it’s time to leave Rotorua as we make our way to the beautiful city of Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Our sightseeing tour this afternoon begins with a drive along the beautiful coastline of the famous Auckland harbour. In the distance you can see Rangitoto Island, an extinct volcano, dominating the horizon. We continue to the stylish Viaduct Harbour, host to many America’s Cup celebrations. Our final night in New Zealand is spent at the four star Amora Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 14 – Auckland Freedom Day – Melbourne, 3 nights
Enjoy a day at leisure in New Zealand’s largest city. Auckland boasts a beautiful waterside setting and an America’s Cup excursion (at your own expense) around Waitemata Harbour offers the fun and pleasure of a real sailing experience and at the same time providing magnificent views of the city’s skyline. Alternatively visit the boutique shops of nearby Parnell or take a trip to the top of Sky Tower. The panoramic views from the tallest building in the southern hemisphere are truly breath taking. We have arranged a late check-out from the hotel before our early evening flight to Melbourne. Once your luggage has been collected, you’ll meet your local Australian Tour Manager and transfer to the four star Rendezvous Hotel, where we spend three nights.
Breakfast included

Day 15 – Melbourne
We take our first look at Melbourne on a sightseeing tour. Sights include Captain Cook’s Cottage (optional entry at own expense), Victoria Markets, Federation Square, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena. We also head out of the city to see the waterside suburbs of St. Kilda and Port Melbourne. In the afternoon, why not take a trip to Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of Fairy Penguins, to view the ‘Fairy Penguin Parade’?
Boxed breakfast included

Day 16 – Melbourne, Freedom Day
This is your first Freedom Day in Australia, where you can choose to relax or explore as you please. You have the opportunity to enjoy an optional tour along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road. The full day optional tour begins in Torquay (home to the surfing paradise of Bells Beach) and meanders along the dramatic southwest coastline of Victoria to the impressive Twelve Apostles. Alternatively, take the Puffing Billy steam train through the Blue Dandenong Ranges.
Breakfast included

Day 17 – Uluru (Ayers Rock), Overnight
Our morning Jetstar flight takes us from Victoria State to Uluru in the Northern Territory and Australia’s Red Centre. We will hopefully have the opportunity to view Uluru from the air prior to landing. Rising from the flat surrounding scrubland, Uluru is a site of deep cultural significance to the Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. It is the icon of Australia’s outback, and is also the world’s largest monolith. This afternoon we take a gentle stroll around certain areas of the rock to learn more about its historical and cultural importance, and then we have the opportunity to witness the changing colours with a glass of sparkling wine, as the sun begins to set. It’s truly a photographer’s delight. Overnight at the four star Desert Gardens Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 18 – Alice Springs, 2 nights
For early risers, an optional dawn visit to the rock has been arranged. Seeing Uluru at sunrise, from a different vantage point and in a different light, offers a totally new perspective on the ever changing colours and character of the rock. We return to the hotel for breakfast, and later, we visit the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas. Leaving Uluru, we head east through amazing outback landscapes as we journey along the scenic Lasseter and Stuart Highways as we make our way to Alice Springs. Later in the day we arrive at the four star DoubleTree by Hilton.
Breakfast included

Day 19 – Alice Springs Freedom Day
Our day is free to relax in the outback town of ‘Alice’. You may wish to take an optional hot air balloon ride over the outback. Alternatively a visit to the Western MacDonnell Ranges is an excellent opportunity to get a real picture of life in the outback. The full day excursion takes us through the wondrous and picturesque scenery of Simpson’s Gap and the towering granite walls of Standley Chasm.
Breakfast included

Day 20 – Cairns, 4 nights
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the outback’s largest town. Alice Springs was originally established in the 1870’s as a staging post for the overland telegraph line between Darwin and Adelaide. During our sightseeing tour we relive a bygone era at the Old Telegraph Station historic reserve, which faithfully recreates the settlement’s earliest years. Also included are the remarkable Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air. These unique institutions provide real insight into life in the vast Australian outback. This afternoon we leave for the airport in time for our flight to Cairns. Centrally located in the heart of Cairns, our home for the next four nights is the four star DoubleTree by Hilton.
Breakfast and in-flight drinks included

Day 21 – Great Barrier Reef
A holiday to Australia would not be complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Its vibrantly coloured marine life and breathtakingly beautiful coral make this World Heritage site a must see for all visitors. During your full day Great Barrier Reef excursion, we board a high-speed catamaran and journey out to the Marine World platform located on the Outer Reef. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, or if you prefer to stay dry, view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory. With five hours at the reef there is plenty of time to do it all. For the more adventurous, there are a number of activities available at an additional cost, including scuba diving (no experience necessary), joining the Marine Biologist on a guided snorkel safari, or soaring above the reef on a spectacular scenic helicopter flight. Today will be a truly exceptional highlight of your tour to Australia.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 22 – Cairns Freedom Day
Although today has been left free you may wish to take an optional trip to Kuranda. To begin the day, guests are able to immerse themselves in traditional aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Cultural Centre, with authentic music, dance and storytelling by the Tjapukai people.   We then take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a beautiful experience gliding over the rainforest canopy, to the picturesque market town of Kuranda, ‘the village in the rainforest’.  Kuranda is a lovely place to while away a few hours visiting the daily markets, the butterfly sanctuary or the Koala Gardens. The tour returns to Cairns by a scenic railway journey.
Breakfast included

Day 23 – Cairns Freedom Day
Today you have another free day to enjoy and relax in tropical northern Queensland. Surrounded by rainforest and mountains, Cairns boasts over 200 walking tracks; there are also numerous interesting museums and art galleries to explore. If you prefer to explore further afield, a day trip to the nearby World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, which is the oldest rainforest in the world, is a fascinating experience. The tour gives a wonderful insight into its unique flora and fauna, including a guided walk with an aboriginal guide and a cruise spotting saltwater crocodiles. Enjoy your day!
Breakfast included

Day 24 – Sydney, 3 nights
This morning we make our way back to Cairns airport in time for our flight to Sydney. Upon arrival we head to the North Sydney Harbourview Hotel. Sydney is a city that takes full advantage of its natural setting – its sparkling harbour is host to the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the spectacular Sydney Opera House. Sydney’s suburbs are blessed with lush native bushland and pristine sandy beaches. Add to this the excellent restaurants and cafes, endless shopping opportunities and a vibrant culture and it’s so very easy to understand why Sydney is one of the world’s favourite cities.
Breakfast included

Day 25 – Sydney Sightseeing
This morning’s sightseeing tour begins with a drive through some of Sydney’s most fashionable inner city suburbs en route to Bondi Beach. Travel by Double Bay and Rushcutters Bay as we make our way back to the city centre. Travel via Hyde Park and Parliament House to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanical Gardens, where we stop for the ‘classic’ photo opportunity of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. We complete our tour in the best possible way – enjoying a lunch cruise around Sydney’s beautiful harbour. The views of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the many dream homes nestled along the edge of the water are truly amazing. The afternoon has been left free for you to spend as you please.
Breakfast included

Day 26 – Sydney Freedom Day
Today has been left free but for those that so desire, we shall be taking an optional trip to the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains are a perfect example of native Australian bushland, with gum trees, majestic peaks and deep gorges stretching as far as the eye can see. Experience the panoramas from a series of lookouts, including Echo Point – the prime position to view the Three Sisters rock formation. The excursion also visits Wentworth Falls and the pretty village of Leura, famous for its annual garden festivals and playing host to many of the region’s local artists.
Breakfast included

Day 27 – Depart Sydney
The morning is yours until it’s time to depart for the airport, soon after lunch. Our flights to your chosen airport operate via Dubai where there will be a change of aircraft.
Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included


If you would like to stopover on your way home, we have an amazing offer on a selection of stopovers for you to choose from: Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Dubai.

The price is only £149 per person if sharing a twin or double and £298 for single occupancy.

Included are return airport transfers and two nights accommodation in a four or five star hotel with full daily breakfast. Please see the departure dates and prices for full details. All you need to do is book by 31st August 2017.

Day 28 – Arrive UK
This morning you arrive at your chosen airport (London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow) bringing an end to your incredible adventure.
In-flight meals and drinks included


Departure dates & prices

There’s a lot to experience in these two fantastic countries. So you’ll be glad to know that the Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour already includes so much for its exceptional price.

That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, perfectly located hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local tour managers and knowledgeable guides, and many amazing excursions.

What is more, you will also save up to £392 per couple on an inbound stopover.

2017 / 18 Highlights of Australia & New Zealand departures

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
04 October£5,595ON REQUEST £149 stopover
01 November£5,595ONLY 4 ROOMS LEFT £149 stopover
31 January£5,695HALF FULL £149 stopover
07 March£5,495ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFT £149 stopover
25 April£4,995ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT £149 stopover


Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single supplement:

Happy to Share: Single Travellers taking our Happy to Share option will share a room on holiday with a single traveller of the same gender and will avoid paying a single room supplement. Simply choose our Happy to Share option at the time of booking, and if there isn’t another single traveller of the same gender on your departure, you’ll enjoy a single room on your own at no extra cost.

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

Visa: £25 per person. To enter Australia, you need an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). We will obtain this on your behalf and the cost will be added to your confirmation invoice.

Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

Exceptional value inclusions

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights with Qantas / Emirates
  • Depart from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow at no additional cost
  • All domestic flights within New Zealand and Australia
  • Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are available on selected international routes for a supplement

Great choice of included stopovers

  • Your choice of two night outbound stopover in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai
  • Your stopover includes airport transfers, accommodation, daily breakfast and a sightseeing tour

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations as detailed in the itinerary

Many meals included

  • Daily breakfast included, worth £409 per person
  • Maori Hangi Dinner in Rotorua
  • Buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour

Unforgettable experiences included

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore, Christchurch, Rotorua, Auckland, Melbourne, Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Full day excursion and cruise on Milford Sound
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
  • Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Ayers Rock at sunset and sunrise
  • Full day on the Outer Barrier Reef
  • Luncheon cruise around Sydney Harbour

We include even more…

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Managers and Coach Captains
  • All hotel porterage
  • All overseas transfers and transport in modern air-conditioned coaches
  • All airport charges, security charges and applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • ATOL protection for your holiday

Carefully selected hotels

To complement the amazing destinations you’re visiting, we work hard to find the hotels in Australia and New Zealand that are perfectly placed for you to really make the most of your visit. And of course, the accommodation we choose is of fantastic quality too.

Alice Springs DoubleTree by Hilton at dusk

Alice Springs, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Situated between the Todd River and Alice Springs Golf Club, the DoubleTree by Hilton is a luxury resort awarded for its environmentally friendly innovations, offering stunning views of the MacDonnell Mountain Ranges. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance… Find out more >
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Auckland, Amora Hotel

The Amora Hotel, centrally located amongst splendid park surroundings, is ideally positioned within walking distance of the major shopping and entertainment areas of Auckland. To relax and unwind, take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool and wellness centre. Guest rooms… Find out more >
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Ayers Rock, Desert Gardens Hotel

Welcome to the Desert Gardens Hotel – a magnificent sanctuary surrounded by towering ghost gums and flowering native shrubs among the red dunes. During your time at the Desert Garden Ayers Rock Resort, relax in the comfort of your own… Find out more >
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Cairns, DoubleTree by Hilton

Centred around a unique rainforest atrium, the charming DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns offers the most incredible views. Set within tropical gardens, the oceanfront hotel is just a short walk away from the city centre and entertainment districts. In your free time,… Find out more >
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CHC Rendezvous lobby

Christchurch, Rendezvous Hotel

Within walking distance of Cashel Street’s trendy Re:START mall, the Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is amongst Christchurch’s most desirable accommodations. Its central location puts the best of Christchurch within easy reach including Cathedral Square. Dining Start your evening with a pre-dinner… Find out more >
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Franz Josef Glacier, Scenic Hotel

Situated on the edge of the Franz Josef Glacier, one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is an accommodation highlight. Staying in the Graham Wing in a light and airy room, you’ll enjoy the… Find out more >
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SYD North Sydney Harbourview

North Sydney Harbourview Hotel

As the name suggests, the North Sydney Harbourview hotel boasts an excellent location overlooking the Harbour Bridge on the north side of Sydney Harbour and is just minutes away from the main shopping areas, the Botanic Gardens, the Opera House… Find out more >
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MEL Rendezvous- Grand Vestibule

Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is an elegant, stylish hotel built in 1913, and is situated on Flinders Street in the heart of Melbourne’s city centre. It has a great location, overlooking the Yarra River, and is in easy walking distance of… Find out more >
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Rotorua, Distinction Hotel

The Distinction Rotorua Hotel is situated just a few minutes drive from the centre of Rotorua, in a peaceful garden setting adjacent to the Whakarewarewa Forest. Rotorua's best golf course is just across the road and there is a heated… Find out more >
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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand – Freedom Days

When it comes to exploring your destination and discovering new things, it’s important to find the right balance between ensuring you see all the best bits, and still finding time to do the things that interest you. That’s why you have Freedom Days – days which you can spend as you please, with a range of included activities to choose from.

And you don’t have to decide everything before you leave the UK – you can choose many of the excursions as late as the day before, and your local Tour Manager will make all the arrangements for you.

Simply click on the description of each excursion available in the various destinations to read more about it.


Price pp in Australian Dollars (AUD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Franz Josef
Heliservices – 20 min, one glacier with snow landing$225£122
Heliservices – 30 min, twin glacier with snow landing$300£163
Heliservices – 40 min, glaciers, Mount Cook & snow landing$440£239
Helicopter Line -20 min, Neve Discoverer/snow landing$240£130
Helicopter Line – 30 min, Twin Glacier/snow landing$310£168
Helicopter Line – 40 min, Mt Scenic Spectacular/snow landing$450£245
Franz Josef Glacier Valley guided walk$75£41
Haast River Safari$109£59
TSS Earnslaw Cruise, farm visit & barbecue lunch$105£57
Jetboat Ride – Shotover Canyon$145£79
Kawarau Jetboat Ride (from main town pier)$129£70
Dart River Safari – Jet Boat, 30-40 min walk plus 4WD$239£130
Queenstown Wine Trail – wineries, cheese tasting & lunch$182£99
Skippers Canyon – scenic tour and jet boat ride$195£106
4WD Nomad Safari to Skippers Canyon$270£147
Southern Discoveries – cruise, High Country Station & Walk$75£41
Milford Sound
Oneway flight back from Milford Sound$399£217
Mt Tarawera Volcano by Floatplane (30 min)$215£117
Mt Tarawera Volcano by Helicopter (50 min)$385£209
Crater Lakes by Floatplane (15 mins)$165£90
Crater Lakes by Helicopter (15 mins)$195£106
White Island Active Volcano by Floatplane (1hr)$595£323
White Island Active Volcano by Helicopter (3hr)$865£470
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour$110£62
Polynesian Spa$27£15
Pride of Auckland – Harbour sailing dinner cruise$130£71
Auckland Sky Tower$28£15
Americas Cup Sailing$170£92
Great Ocean Road (full day tour – 0800hrs to 1830hrs)$200£116
Phillip Island and Penguin Parade including premium viewing 1315-2200hrs (approx)$179£103
Puffing Billy, including lunch and winery tour (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) 0800-1745hrs$206£119
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 1745-1915hrs 3 courses including wine*$85£49
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Sun, Thu*$130£75
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Fri – Sat *$145£84
Sportslovers’ Tour – full day including National Sports Museum & Rod Laver Arena$135£78
Sunrise Balloon Flight over Melbourne (1 hour flight)$440£254
Alice Springs
Outback hot air ballooning – 30 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration $295£171
Outback hot air ballooning – 60 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration $390£225
Bush BBQ and show – BBQ Scotch fillet steak, drinks & transfers incl, Boomerang throwing, Cattlemans talk, Bush Balladeer and Star Gazing talk$159£92
Western MacDonnell Ranges day excursion
including Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, Lunch (0800-1700hrs)
Ayers Rock
Fixed wing flights over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (Olgas) 40min $230£133
Helicopter Flight over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta 30min$285£165
Sounds of Silence – Dinner at Uluru under the stars, drinks and Star talk included 1700-2230hrs*$199£115
Field of Light Pass (Available from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017) *$39£23
Field of Light Star Pass (Available from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017) *$85£49
A Night at the Field of Light (Available from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017) *$245£142
Hot Air Balloon over Atherton Tablelands including insurance and transfers, 0400-0930hrs $290£168
Day Excursion Daintree National Park incl Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman Gorge, Lunch 0645-1900hrs $208£120
Kuranda Daytrip: Historic Rail, Sky Gondola, Tjapukai Centre (Butterfly /Koala Park pax own cost) 0800-1730hrs $211£122
Stunning Rainforest Dinner incl drinks Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) incl transfers 1830-2330$234£135
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures incl admission and return transfers from Cairns$77£45
Great Barrier Reef
10 minute helicopter flight from the pontoon $175£101
One way helicopter flight from Cairns to the pontoon$395£228
Snorkel safari (approx. 50mins) $45£26
Introductory dive (no experience necessary) $125£72
Helmet dive to 3 metres without getting head wet $125£72
Sydney Floatplane plus 3 course lunch at Cottage Point in Kuringai National Park from 1130hrs, allow 4 hours$625£361
Sydney Secrets Floatplane 30 minute flight from Rose Bay. Coastal flight up to Palm Beach and return$315£182
Sydney Helicopter scenic flight over Sydney 20min including return Sydney City Hotel transfers$199£115
Day Trip to Blue Mountains including Wentworth Falls,
3 Sisters, Govetts Leap, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Lunch
Hunter Valley Day Tour (Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun 0800-1830hrs) including gourmet lunch and wine tastings $189£109
Bridge Climb, twilight (peak time, other times of day less)*$378£218
Sydney Opera House tour, dinner and show – price depends on type of performance and quality of seating $238 to $455£136 to £261
Sydney Opera House tour with 3 tiered tasting plate $80£46
Americas Cup Yacht Sailing 1300-1600hrs from Darling Harbour, no transfers included $129 to $169£74 to £97

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 30 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you.

Optional excursions for stopover destinations

If you’ve taken advantage of one of our two night stopovers on your journey home from Australia or New Zealand you may want to make the most of your short stay in these exciting destinations by taking an optional excursion or two.

After all, who could visit Singapore without a trip to the world-famous and historic Raffles Hotel for afternoon tea or a Singapore Sling? Or if you’re in Bangkok, the Grand Palace with its beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a must-see. Explore Hong Kong and learn about its fascinating history. And if Dubai is where you’ll spend the last two nights of your holiday, why not enjoy one of them feasting Bedouin-style on a Desert Safari?

Click on any of the descriptions below to find out more about any of the optional excursions in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Price pp in Thai Baht (THB)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Damnern Saduak Floating Market (Half Day) 1,100£24
Grand Palace (half day)1,200£27
Temples & City (half day) tour1,150£26
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Dubai – Sightseeing tours
Traditional Dubai City Tour$45£35
New Dubai City Tour$96£76
Dubai – Excursions
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$108£85
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$136£107
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$163£128
Price pp in Singapore Dollars (SGD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Singapore Night Safari$96£54
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories and OCBC Skyway$38£21
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories$30£17
Afternoon Tea at Raffles *  Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018$73£41
Footsteps of Raffles – including Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel * Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018$109£61
Singapore by night – including Singapore Sling at Raffles (Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018)$65£37
Price pp in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island Tour *$400£41
Lantau Island tour with lunch *$850£87
Macau Tour with lunch *$995£102
Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights*$750£77

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 30 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you.

Early booking offer – save up to £392 per couple

Having experienced first-hand the long journeys required to reach the far flung corners of the globe, we appreciate that the more relaxing and manageable the journey, the better. For this reason, we include a two night stopover on the way out to your Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour. With this, your airport transfers, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and even a city tour is included. Even better, where your stopover will be is down to you. Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore – you decide!

In addition to your included stopover on the way out, right now we’re offering two-night homebound stopovers for just £149 per person (£298 for single occupancy). This amounts to a saving of up to £392 on the normal price. To take advantage of this special offer price, all you need to do is book by 31st August 2017.

The offer is subject to availability of flights and accommodation at the time of booking. Your special offer homebound stopovers are Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai. The offer includes return transfers and accommodation for two nights including full breakfast. The Happy to Share option is not available on the homebound stopover, and guests will be charged the single occupancy price of £298.

Wat Arun temple is the famous sightseeing place in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Offer, Arnoma Hotel

Welcoming more visitors than any other city in the world, Bangkok should be on your list of must-see places to visit. Here you can experience things you simply can’t do in most cities, like sailing on a longtail boat through…

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Singapore Skyline and view of Marina Bay

Copthorne Kings Hotel in Singapore - Stopover Offer

There’s just so much to do and see in Singapore, that no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find yourself wanting to go back again. Maybe it’s the myriad of cultures coming together to create such a unique…

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Camel at the urban background of Dubai.

Dubai Offer, Marriott al Jaddaff

Stay in style at the five star Marriott al Jaddaff when you visit the gateway to Arabia. The numerous malls and labyrinth-like souks are enchanting to explore. And you really can’t complain about the year round sunshine, which you can make…

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Hong Kong Temple

Hong Kong Offer, Regal Kowloon

Hong Kong oozes energy. Even if you’re feeling a little tired after your travels, it’s guaranteed to perk you up again. While its skyline of sky scrapers is impressive, you simply need to look across the harbour to see the…

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4.9 out of 1 - 5 based on 43 user ratings
This holiday exceeded our expectations in every way possible. The itinerary, and the included extras were excellent in every way. Hotels were all excellent and well located with included breakfasts. Excellent value throughout.
Mr & Mrs Bull, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
Our tour group gelled almost immediately and were a lot of fun, so together with such a wonderful itinerary of magical places, this made for a holiday that will live long in the memory. Thank you so much for arranging this all so well for us.
Mr & Mrs Denman, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
We have just returned from The Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour and it was absolutely brilliant.  Robin, our tour guide on the South Island was fantastic.  He had a great sense of humour and was highly organised and knowledgeable about the whole area.
Mrs Kearney, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

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  • This holiday exceeded our expectations in every way possible. The itinerary, and the included extras were excellent in every way. Hotels were all excellent and well located with included breakfasts. Excellent value throughout.
    Mr & Mrs Bull, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
  • Our tour group gelled almost immediately and were a lot of fun, so together with such a wonderful itinerary of magical places, this made for a holiday that will live long in the memory. Thank you so much for arranging this all so well for us.
    Mr & Mrs Denman, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
  • We have just returned from The Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour and it was absolutely brilliant.  Robin, our tour guide on the South Island was fantastic.  He had a great sense of humour and was highly organised and knowledgeable about the whole area.
    Mrs Kearney, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
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