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New Zealand Getaway & East Coast Adventure

Auckland to Cairns
27 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NTTQ27
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Sparkling Waters

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

The One And Only Australia Zoo

Made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, this world-renowned zoo features many native species.

Australias great wonder

Experience the colourful coral and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef through a number of activities.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 26 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 15 dinners
  • Travelmarvel Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations
  • Overseas transfers & luggage porterage
  • 2020 season runs for 27 days (NTTQ27)

Map & Itinerary

APT AU/NZ 2021 NTTQ27
Auckland to Cairns

Designed exclusively for our guests

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events

Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

Journey north to Parry Kauri Park. Here you will see a mighty Kauri tree and marvel at its impressive size. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner this evening overlooking the spectacular Bay of Islands.

Stay: Two Nights, Bay of Islands, Copthorne Hotel and Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Aeriel view of the lush green of Bay of Islands, New Zealand

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.

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. This captivating coastline provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life. Continue to the Hole in the Rock, a distinctive sandstone arch formation.


After an exciting Insider Experience today, return to Auckland by coach and relax prior to dinner.

Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Māori Hāngī feast with performances of song and dance at Te Puia tonight. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.


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.

Stay: Two Nights, Sudima Rotorua

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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).

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  • Breakfast

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. Afterwards, take in a city sights tour. The evening has been left free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene of Wellington independently. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you will see that New Zealand’s vast choice of wild and fresh produce is showcased for you to experience here in Wellington.

Stay: Travelodge Wellington

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds.


Aboard the iconic Interisland ferry, admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Kaikoura. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Elms Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a two-night stay overlooking the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu.


Journey through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. The evening is yours to spend at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown and a delicious buffet lunch.


You have the freedom to relax or choose from one of our select experiences today. Perhaps step aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship for a cruise to Walter Peak Station or set off into the Central Otago wine region independently (both at own expense). Afterwards, a special Insider Experience awaits.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and surrounding mountains.


Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road, then enjoy an exciting Insider Experience. Afterwards enjoy dinner.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Cone shaped mountain peaks around the lake with a few clouds in the sky

Today, journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a guided tour then some time at leisure.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

View the spectacular Aoraki (Mt Cook).

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.


See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru. Later, journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park before arriving at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour tonight.


Board your flight to Sydney (own expense) and explore this stunning city on a half-day sightseeing coach tour this afternoon, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Stay: Sydney, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

Stay: voco Gold Coast

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.


Departing the Gold Coast this morning, you’ll head north to the Sunshine Coast. Here you will be given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of conservation and see many native Australian species up close. Continue to the Sunshine Coast and check in to your resort.

Stay: Sunshine Coast, Novotel Twin Waters Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a two-night stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island.


With some time at leisure this morning, perhaps enjoy the resort or take a stroll along the stunning beachfront. Later, travel to Hervey Bay and join your cruise transfer to the world’s largest sand island, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Here, settle in to your room at Kingfisher Bay Resort. This evening, enjoy dinner in the company of your fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights, Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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. Discover the island today with a half-day tour then enjoy 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).

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  • Breakfast

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.

Stay: Central Park Motel Rockhampton

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Realise your dreams of a tropical island paradise as you arrive at picturesque 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, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Here you will join a ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays to Hamilton Island. Here, enjoy dinner later this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Hamilton Island, Reef View Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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).

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  • Breakfast

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 and settle in before dinner.

Stay: Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Kuranda and ride above the treetops to Caravonica Lakes.


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. Arriving in Cairns this afternoon, enjoy city views from your room at Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel. Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own pace.

Stay: Two Nights, Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel

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  • Breakfast
Waterfalls surrounded by lush green vegetation, Queensland

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform on the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy five hours amid the coral and marine life.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

During an Indigenous 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.


After a day at the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai By Night.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Drive to the pretty coastal township of Port Douglas for a guided tour. Along the way, take in spectacular views as the coastal road winds its way from Cairns to Port Douglas. Your tour concludes as you arrive back into Cairns.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Hand-Picked Accommodation

Stay in Premium hotels perfectly positioned for you to relax in comfort and explore the local treasures.

Explore Hamilton Island

Part of the Whitsundays, the award-winning Hamilton Island offers pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of marine life.

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Enjoy million dollar views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as you devour a delicious dinner.

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary