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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Tour

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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.

Special Offer – Save up to £592 per couple

When booking a Highlights of Australia & New Zealand holiday by the 28th February 2019, you will have an opportunity to take advantage of a two night stopover on your inbound journey for an amazing price – only £49 per person (£98 for single occupancy). This offer is available on tours departing after the 1st September 2019 and provides a saving of up to £592 per couple.

As an alternative you may also choose Bali for a 3 night homebound stopover on tours departing after 1st Sept 2019. The price of the Bali stopover is also on special offer if booked by 28th February, at the reduced rate of £229 per person in a double and £458 if taking a room for single occupancy.

 

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.

29-day Highlights of Australia and New Zealand, from only £5,495pp

Please note, the itinerary below refers to our 2019/2020 departures. Please click here or the departures tab for departure dates and itineraries for 2018/19.

 

Day 1: Depart UK

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

Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights

Flights from London Heathrow may travel direct to Singapore. All UK regional flights will travel via Dubai. 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

Alternative Stopover: Dubai or Bangkok

Days 2-4 of this itinerary have been based on your stopover being in Singapore. However we also offer the choice of a stopover in either Bangkok or Dubai for the same price (flight timings vary). Included in the price of your stopover are transfers to and from the airport, hotel accommodation, daily breakfast and a sightseeing tour of your chosen city. For more details, talk to one of our personal travel experts, who will be happy to help.

Day 3: Singapore

Known as ‘the crossroads of Asia’, Singapore is a city where east meets west; a cosmopolitan melting pot with an inspirational identity. This morning enjoy a tour of this wonderful city. Included is a stop at Merlion Park with impressive views of Marina Bay. See 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 our day is free to spend as we please.
Breakfast included

Day 4: Depart Singapore

A day at leisure in Singapore until it’s time to leave for our evening flight to Auckland. Perhaps explore the impressive Gardens by the Bay or enjoy high tea at Raffles.
Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 5: Auckland, 2 nights

We change aircraft in Australia (Singapore Airlines passengers will fly direct to Auckland). On arrival into Auckland we meet our local Coach Captain, who will be our driver and guide during our time in New Zealand. Transfer to the Adina Apartment Hotel, Auckland, where we spend our first two nights in New Zealand.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 6: Auckland

This morning, we will take an orientation tour of the city. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland is New Zealand’s most populous city, with a beautiful waterside setting and a landscape dotted with volcanic hills. We drive along the beautiful coastline of the famous Waitemata Harbour. In the distance see Rangitoto Island, an extinct volcano, dominating the horizon. We continue to the stylish Viaduct Harbour, host to many America’s Cup celebrations. Your afternoon is free to enjoy as you please. Perhaps take a trip to the top of Sky Tower; the panoramic views from the tallest building in the southern hemisphere are truly breath-taking.
Breakfast included

Day 7: Rotorua, 2 nights

Departing Auckland this morning we travel to the world-famous thermal region of Rotorua. The next two nights are spent at the four star Distinction Hotel Rotorua, superbly situated close to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Later in the day we enjoy a welcome drink to become better acquainted with our fellow travelling companions.
Breakfast included

Day 8: Rotorua

Sightseeing this morning takes us to Te Puia, home to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, with its spurting geysers and boiling mud pools. Later we visit the Maori Arts and Crafts institute. In the early 1920’s traditional Maori art such as weaving and carving were in danger of extinction. Established in 1926 to protect and preserve this unique art form, today the institute provides a vital role in the teaching of these skills to the next generations. Your afternoon is at leisure to relax. For those that so wish, optional activities include a float plane flight over Mount Tarawera, or perhaps an afternoon enjoying the healing properties of the thermal pools at the Polynesian Spa may be more appealing? Rotorua is the heart of New Zealand’s rich Maori culture and this evening, at our hotel, 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 9: Christchurch, Overnight

After breakfast, we head to Auckland Airport in plenty of time for our flight to Christchurch. Considered the most English of New Zealand’s cities, today in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch is in the midst of an epic rebuild that has completely reconstructed the city centre. We view the key landmarks of the city centre, including the transitional ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ and the Botanic Gardens. We stay overnight at the Distinction Hotel Christchurch, ideally located in the heart of the city.
Breakfast included

Day 10: Franz Josef, 2 nights

Today we embark on one of the most stunning drives in New Zealand. Travel through 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. Pass Lakes Ianthe and Mapourika before entering the Westland National Park. Our next two nights are at the Scenic Franz Josef Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 11: Franz Josef

The Westland National Park has some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand and this morning we drive to the Franz Josef Glacier terminal where we will have the opportunity to walk towards the glacier. Weather permitting, we may also take an optional scenic flight (at an additional cost) over the awe-inspiring Alpine region. This afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy.
Breakfast included

Day 12: 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 Lakes 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 13: Queenstown Freedom Day

Our 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. Thrill-seekers amongst us may wish to try the Shotover Jet – an exhilarating boat ride amongst the crags and boulders of the Shotover River canyon. Wine-lovers may wish to follow Queenstown’s wine trail – an enjoyable afternoon of wine tasting and sightseeing.
Breakfast included

Day 14: Milford Sound Cruise

Today we travel to the magnificent Fiordland National Park and to Milford Sound, which will undoubtedly prove to be one of your tour highlights. 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. Remember to keep a look out for dolphins as well as seals and penguins.
Breakfast included

Day 15: Melbourne, 3 nights

This morning we take a tour to visit the nearby historic mining town of Arrowtown. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small town heritage buildings that stretch into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. Be sure to try a cream tea in one of the quaint tea rooms. It’s time now to leave New Zealand. We head for Queenstown Airport for our flight to Melbourne, Australia. Upon arrival, we meet our Australian Tour Manager and make our way to the centrally located four star Clarion Suites for the next three nights.
Breakfast included

Day 16: Melbourne

On our first day in Melbourne, we take in the city’s most notable sights with a sightseeing tour. Along the way, we will visit Captain Cook’s Cottage (with entry possible at own expense), the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Victoria Markets, Federation Square and the Rod Laver Area. As well as taking in the sights of the city centre, we also head out to St Kilda and Port Melbourne to discover these pretty waterside suburbs. In the afternoon, we travel to the nearby Phillip Island, where you can see the Penguin Parade, the world’s largest colony of adorable Little Penguins.
Breakfast included

Day 17: Melbourne Freedom Day

This is our first Freedom Day in Australia where we can spend the day in Melbourne as we wish. We will also be offering the opportunity to embark on two optional excursions, the first being a full day tour of the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most spectacular coastal roads. Leaving from Torquay, home of surfers’ paradise Bells Beach, this tour takes us along mile after mile of breath-taking coastline to our end destination, the Twelve Apostles. Another option is to travel through the Blue Dandenong Ranges aboard the Puffing Billy steam train, a truly memorable experience. In the evening, we can also arrange an optional dinner with a difference on a historic tramcar.
Breakfast included

Day 18: Cairns, 4 nights

This morning we return to the airport in time for our flight to Cairns where the afternoon is free to become acquainted with tropical Queensland. Centrally located in the heart of Cairns, our hotel for the next four nights is the four star DoubleTree by Hilton.
Breakfast included

Day 19: Great Barrier Reef

A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Barrier Reef is simply unmissable during your holiday to Australia. It’s undoubtedly one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, teeming with marine life and colourful coral beneath its clear blue waters. Our day here begins with a journey aboard a high-speed catamaran out to the Outer Reef’s Marine World platform. With five hours to spend here, you can see the reef and the underwater kingdom which lies beneath the waters in a variety of ways, from snorkelling in the coral lagoon to a scenic helicopter flight high above the coral reef. A number of activities are available for the more adventurous traveller at an additional cost, including scuba diving and a guided snorkel safari. For those who prefer to stay dry, you can still witness the full spectacle of the Great Barrier Reef either via a glass-bottomed boat, semi-submersible reef viewer or underwater observatory
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 20: Cairns Freedom Day

Today is another of our Freedom Days, though there is also the option to join us on an optional trip to Kuranda, a village in the heart of the rainforest, where we’ll take in the local wildlife, indigenous culture and wonderful scenery. This tour begins with a traditional performance of dance, music and storytelling from the Tjapukai people, a great way to begin the day before we travel to Kuranda. We travel to Kuranda via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which takes us way above the canopy, gliding over the endless stretch of rainforest. Once we arrive in the village, there are plenty of things to see and do, from the local markets to the butterfly sanctuary and Koala Gardens. Our journey back to Cairns will then be aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, crossing over 40 bridges and passing through 15 tunnels. There is also a unique section of track where it clings to the rockface along a narrow coastal strip: just one part of a railway journey to remember.
Breakfast included

Day 21: Cairns Freedom Day

Another day to spend either in Cairns exploring the many galleries and museums, on the nearby coastline or out in the surrounding rainforest. Today we are offering an optional day trip to another of tropical northern Queensland’s rainforests, the Daintree Rainforest. This World Heritage Site is the oldest rainforest in the world, with our tour taking in fabulous scenery as well as getting up close to the local flora and fauna. You’ll be able to enjoy a walk through the rainforest with an expert Aboriginal guide, as well as take a cruise where you will be able to spot saltwater crocodiles.
Breakfast included

Day 22: Alice Springs, 2 nights

This morning we make our way back to Cairns Airport in time for our flight to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and Australia’s Red Centre. Upon arrival, 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 is 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. Later in the afternoon we arrive at our hotel, the four star DoubleTree by Hilton.
Breakfast and in-flight drinks included

Day 23: 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 fiery red earth. 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 24: Uluru (Ayers Rock), Overnight

Leaving Alice, we head west through amazing outback landscapes as we journey along the scenic Lasseter and Stuart Highways and make our way to Uluru. 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. Later, 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 25: Sydney, 3 nights

For early risers, a 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 in time for breakfast. Afterwards, we visit the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas. Later this morning we must say a fond farewell to the Red Centre as we board our Jetstar flight to Sydney. After arriving in Sydney we transfer to our home for the next three nights, the four-star North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, which enjoys an excellent position overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour. This sparkling harbour is also home to two of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. You will also be well-placed to explore the rest of Sydney as you wish, whether you choose to visit the variety of shops and acclaimed restaurants in the city centre or the beautiful suburbs leading to lush bushland and perfect sandy beaches.
Breakfast included

Day 26: Sydney

Today we embark on a sightseeing tour of the city, taking in several of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks. The tour begins with a drive through some of Sydney’s prettiest inner-city suburbs before we reach the world-famous Bondi Beach. From here we head back into the city, via Hyde Park and Parliament House to the Royal Botanical Gardens, home to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Hand-carved by convicts in 1810 as a gift for Mrs Macquarie, the wife of an influential governor, this sandstone bench offers superb photo opportunities of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. We will also get to see these two iconic sights from the water with a relaxed luncheon cruise around Sydney Harbour: the perfect way to end our tour of the city. After the tour, the rest of the day is free to enjoy Sydney as you please.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 27: Sydney Freedom Day

Our first full Freedom Day in Sydney leaves you to enjoy the city as you please. If you wish, you can join us on an optional trip to the Blue Mountains, a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This National Park offers a landscape of iconic Australian bushland covered with eucalyptus trees, with towering peaks and deep gorges also punctuating the landscape. During our trip we will visit a series of lookouts to take in the dazzling panoramas, including Echo Point, where you can see the unique rock formation of the Three Sisters. We will also visit the village of Leura, home to a lively local arts scene and numerous garden festivals, as well as the stunning Wentworth Falls.
Breakfast included

Day 28: Depart Sydney

Our last morning in Sydney is yours to spend as you like until it’s time for our afternoon transfer to the airport. All flights back to the UK operate via Dubai, where there will be a change of aircraft.
Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks included

SPECIAL OFFER, SAVE UP TO £592 PER COUPLE

There’s no need to end the adventure just yet as we also have a wonderful offer on homebound stopovers in a number of exciting Asian cities, costing just £49 per person when sharing or £98 for single occupancy. Choose from a stopover in either Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong or Singapore, with return transfer flights, two nights in a four or five-star hotel and full daily breakfast all included.

Take a look at our departure dates and prices for full details, but you must book by 28th February 2019 to take advantage of this exceptional offer, applicable on tours leaving after the 1st August 2019.

A relaxing three-day retreat on the island of Bali is also possible at an excellent reduced rate of £229 per person (£458 for single occupancy). This also applies only to tours leaving after the 1st August 2019.

Day 29: Arrive UK

We arrive into our chosen airport (London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow) bringing to an end our 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 £592 per couple on a homebound stopover on tours departing after 1st August 2019.

 

Highlights of Australia & New Zealand departures

For details of the 2018/19 itinerary, please click here

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2019
16 January £5,995ON REQUESTCall for details
30 January SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
13 FebruarySOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
06 March£5,895ONLY 4 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
24 April£5,295ONLY 1 ROOM LEFTCall for details
13 September£5,995NEW DATE£49 stopover
11 October£6,195NEW DATE£49 stopover
08 November£6,195NEW DATE£49 stopover
2020
03 January £6,195NEW DATE£49 stopover
24 January £6,195HALF FULL£49 stopover
07 February£6,195NEW DATE£49 stopover
06 March£6,195NEW DATE£49 stopover
24 April£5,495HALF FULL£49 stopover

 

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

Single supplement for tours departing by April 2019:£1,745 (24th April 2019 £1,595)

Single supplement for tours departing after 1st September 2019: £1,795 (24th April 2020) £1,595

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.

So much included

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Qantas / Emirates from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow
  • Flights between New Zealand and Australia
  • All domestic flights in Australia
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

 

Choice of outbound stopover

  • Flexible outbound stopover; choose from Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai

 

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

 

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £407 per person
  • Dinner in Rotorua
  • Buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour

 

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore (or Bangkok or Dubai),
  • Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown, Melbourne, Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Maori concert
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Experience Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise
  • Full day on the Great Barrier Reef, including lunch
  • Luncheon cruise around Sydney Harbour

 

On the ground

  • Services of experienced Coach Captain in New Zealand and Tour Manager in Australia
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

 

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

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.


Adina Apartment Hotel, Auckland

Adina Apartment Hotel, Auckland Britomart

Everything you could wish to explore and visit in central Auckland is right on the doorstep of Adina Apartment Hotel. A stone’s throw away is the Britomart precinct, where you can find a variety of places to eat and drink… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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AKL Amora Pool

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 >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 3.5
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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 >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 3.5
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MEL Clarion Entrance

Clarion Suites Gateway, Melbourne

Your room at Clarion Suites Getaway is perfectly positioned for your time exploring Melbourne. Whether you want to experience the hustle and bustle of the city, or enjoy a relaxing stroll along the banks of the Yarra River, you’re just… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4.5
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  • Star Rating 4
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Ayers Rock resort + Uluru

Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock

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 >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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ROT Distinction hotel exterior

Distinction Hotel, Rotorua

Imagine waking up with the most enchanting forest on your doorstep. Well, that is exactly what will happen when you stay at The Distinction Rotorua Hotel. Adjacent to the hotel is the Whakarewarewa Forest which is home some of the… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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Alice Springs DoubleTree by Hilton at dusk

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Alice Springs

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 >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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CNS Doubletree exterior

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cairns

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 >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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ZQN Millennium garden

Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

Timeless elegance meets luxury accommodation at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown. The hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after an exciting day sightseeing in New Zealand's adventure capital. Millennium Hotel Queenstown is only minutes from Queenstown's central shopping,… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4.5
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  • Star Rating 4
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SYD North Sydney Harbourview

North Sydney Harbourview Hotel

When it comes to staying in the heat of the action, with views of some of the country’s most famous landmarks, North Sydney Harbourview Hotel is the place to stay in Sydney – the views of the harbour make its… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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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 >
  • Star Rating 4.5
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  • Star Rating 4
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FRJ Scenic Hotel Exterior

Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier

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 >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 3.5
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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£162
Heliservices – 40 min, glaciers, Mount Cook & snow landing$440£238
Helicopter Line -20 min, Neve Discoverer/snow landing$245£132
Helicopter Line – 30 min, Twin Glacier/snow landing$315£170
Helicopter Line – 40 min, Mt Scenic Spectacular/snow landing$460£249
Franz Josef Glacier Valley guided walk$79£43
Haast
Haast River Safari$109£59
Queenstown
TSS Earnslaw Cruise, farm visit & barbecue lunch$105£57
Jetboat Ride – Shotover Canyon$149£81
Kawarau Jetboat Ride (from main town pier)$129£70
Dart River Safari – Jet Boat, 30-40 min walk plus 4WD$259£140
Queenstown Wine Trail – wineries, cheese tasting & lunch$189£102
Skippers Canyon – scenic tour and jet boat ride$195£105
4WD Nomad Safari to Skippers Canyon$295£159
Southern Discoveries – Cruise & Mount Nicholas Farm (4hrs)$78£42
Milford Sound
Oneway flight back from Milford Sound$415£224
Rotorua
Mt Tarawera Volcano by Floatplane (30 min)$235£127
Mt Tarawera Volcano by Helicopter (50 min)$395£214
Crater Lakes by Floatplane (15 mins)$165£89
Crater Lakes by Helicopter (15 mins)$195£105
White Island Active Volcano by Floatplane (1hr)$595£322
White Island Active Volcano by Helicopter (3hr)$895£484
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour$114£62
Polynesian Spa$29£16
Auckland
Pride of Auckland – Harbour sailing dinner cruise$140£76
Auckland Sky Tower$29£16
Americas Cup Sailing$180£97
Melbourne
Great Ocean Road (full day tour – 0800hrs to 1830hrs)$202£116
Phillip Island and Penguin Parade including premium viewing 1315-2200hrs (approx)$187£107
Puffing Billy, including lunch and winery tour (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) 0800-1745hrs$215£124
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 1745-1915hrs 3 courses including wine* (Not operating until July 2019)$90£52
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Sun, Thu* (Not operating until July 2019)$130£75
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Fri – Sat * (Not operating until July 2019)$150£86
Sportslovers’ Tour – full day including National Sports Museum & Rod Laver Arena$135£78
Sunrise Balloon Flight over Melbourne (1 hour flight)$480£276
Alice Springs
Outback hot air ballooning – 30 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$295£170
Outback hot air ballooning – 60 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$390£224
Bush BBQ and show – BBQ Scotch fillet steak, drinks & transfers incl, Boomerang throwing, Cattlemans talk, Bush Balladeer and Star Gazing talk$165£95
Western MacDonnell Ranges day excursion
including Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, Lunch (0800-1700hrs)
$132-$172£76-£99
Ayers Rock
Fixed wing flights over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (Olgas) 40min$240£138
Helicopter Flight over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta 30min$285£164
Sounds of Silence – Dinner at Uluru under the stars, drinks and Star talk included 1700-2230hrs*$210£121
Field of Light Pass*$42£24
Field of Light Star Pass*$90£52
A Night at the Field of Light*$250£144
Cairns
Hot Air Balloon over Atherton Tablelands including insurance and transfers, 0400-0930hrs$290£167
Day Excursion Daintree National Park incl Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman Gorge, Lunch 0645-1900hrs$214£123
Kuranda Daytrip: Historic Rail, Sky Gondola, Tjapukai Centre (Butterfly /Koala Park pax own cost) 0800-1730hrs$215£124
Rainforest Dining Experience incl drinks in Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) with Aboriginal Cultural programme, incl transfers (Tue, Thu only), 1830-2300hrs ** Not recommended for vegetarians **$235£135
Stunning Rainforest Dinner incl drinks Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) incl transfers 1830-2330*$202£116
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures incl admission and return transfers from Cairns$80£46
Great Barrier Reef
5 minute helicopter flight$113£65
10 minute helicopter flight$189£109
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
Sydney Helicopter scenic flight over Sydney 20min including return Sydney City Hotel transfers$229£132
Day Trip to Blue Mountains including Wentworth Falls,
3 Sisters, Govetts Leap, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Lunch
$215-$295£124-£170
Hunter Valley Day Tour (Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun 0800-1830hrs) including gourmet lunch and wine tastings$194£111
Bridge Climb, dawn (peak time, other times of day less)*$388£223
Sydney Opera House tour, dinner and show – price depends on type of performance and quality of seating*$346 to $585£200 to £338
Sydney Opera House tour with 3 tiered tasting plate$82£47
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.

Please note, if paying by Visa or Mastercard in Australia there will be an additional 2.2% card charge applied.

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)
Bangkok
Damnern Saduak Floating Market (Half day)$1,300£31
Grand Palace (Half day)$1,250£30
Temples & City tour (Half day)$1,150£28
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Dubai
Traditional Dubai City Tour$51£40
New Dubai City Tour*$101£80
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$108£85
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$172£135
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$194£153
Price pp in Singapore Dollars (SGD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Singapore
Singapore Night Safari$96£56
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories and OCBC Skyway$38£22
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories$30£17
Afternoon Tea at Raffles *  Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – early 2019$98£57
Footsteps of Raffles – including Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel * Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – early 2019$109£61
Singapore by night – including Singapore Sling at Raffles (Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 -early 2019)$65£38
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
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Bali
Kecak at Uluwatu & BBQ seafood dinner$67£53
Mengwi Temple, Monkey forest & Tanah Lot$58£46
Bali Hai dinner cruise$66£52
Jatiluwih & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour$48£38
Balinese Purifying$56£44

*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 £592 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 £49 per person (£98 for single occupancy) on tours departing after 1st August 2019. This amounts to a saving of up to £592 on the normal price. To take advantage of this special offer price, all you need to do is book by 28th February 2019.

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.

As an alternative you may also choose Bali for a 3 night homebound stopover on tours departing after 1st August 2019. The price of the Bali stopover is also on special offer if booked by 28th February, at the reduced rate of £229 per person in a double and £458 if taking a room for single occupancy.


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The name Bali conjures up thoughts of an exotic tropical paradise, and the reality is every bit as wonderful.  Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches and the warm hospitality of the Balinese people await you in this blissful beachfront sanctuary.…

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Busy, lively, colourful and above all welcoming, 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 floating markets. Make…

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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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Stay in style at the five star Marriott al Jaddaf 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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‘A fabulous holiday which delivered on itinerary, accommodation, travel and value for money. Would certainly use Distant Journeys in the future and recommend to all’  Mr & Mrs Barber, Derbyshire
Mr & Mrs Barber, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
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
From booking to returning home this company does it all. Nothing is too much trouble and booking is very straightforward, as a customer we felt very valued’ Mr & Mrs Gunn, Hampshire
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