Travel 2 Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

Immerse yourself in a journey of a lifetime by exploring the magnificent sights of Australia, going on an adventure in New Zealand or travelling to one of the stunning islands in the South Pacific, there is sure to be something to tempt you. Whether it’s your first time or your third time, or you’re simply travelling with your family, there is something to be discovered around every corner. Here are some highly-recommended suggestions that will not disappoint. AUSTRAL I A , NEW ZEALAND, SOUTH PAC I F I C

FIRST TIME VISITORS

AUSTRALIA Australia is a vast country with magnificent sights and incredible experiences. Visit some of the highlights of Australia on your first trip, from the iconic city sites in cosmopolitan Sydney to the stunning vistas of Ayers Rock and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, where you will be truly amazed. These destinations are a popular triple-centre, which is commonly known as ‘Sydney, Rock and Reef’, a trip we highly recommend on your first trip to Australia. These areas provide a small glimpse of Australia and will create temptation to go back and experience more.

NEW ZEALAND Explore New Zealand, where you can venture through middle earth. One of the most popular ways to see and experience New Zealand is via a self-drive, where stunning sights can be seen around every corner. We recommend on your first trip to New Zealand to begin your journey on the North Island in Auckland and finish in Christchurch on the South Island with stops at Roturua, Napier, Wellington, Blenhiem and Kaikoura along the way, you will be truly amazed with the incredible sights and activities that can be seen and experienced during your journey! SUGGESTED ITINERARY 3 nights in Auckland staying at 3* Auckland City Hotel 2 nights in Rotorua staying at 3.5* Holiday Inn Roturua 1 night in Napier staying at 3.5* Quest Napier 2 nights in Wellington staying at 3.5* ibis Wellington 2 nights in Marlborough staying at 3* Scenic Hotel Marlborough

SUGGESTED ITINERARY 3 nights in Sydney staying at 3.5* Cambridge Hotel 2 nights in Ayers Rock at 3.5* The Lost Camel 5 nights in Port Douglas at 3.5* Bay Villas Resort

Optional Sightseeing • Captains Dinner Cruise from Sydney on page 54 • Sounds of Silence Dinner from Ayers Rock on page 129 • Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef from Port Douglas on page 93

1 night in Kaikoura staying at 3.5* The White Morph 2 nights in Christchurch staying at 3* ibis Christchurch

Optional Sightseeing • Auckland Bridge Climb from Auckland on page 202 • The Middle Earth Trilogy from Rotorua on page 210 • Akaroa Day Tour with Harbour Cruise from Christchurch on page 220

TOP TIPS • When driving between areas of New Zealand make sure you give yourself plenty of time as the roads can be unfamiliar and you’ll be surprised at how many times you want to stop and explore places • Travel from Wellington on the North Island to Picton on the South Island via a beautiful ferry journey, which is an experience in itself • Try local produce and sample fine wine at some of the many wineries available across New Zealand

TOP TIPS • Be sure to plan ahead and check the distances between places as they are sometimes further than you expect • Check the climate guides before you travel as Australia has two main climatic zones; tropical in the north and temperature in the south • Pre-book day tours to save disappointment • Don’t do too much in one trip as we know you’ll want to go back

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