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New Years Eve Down Under

Price per person
from £8,783

Price based on
London Heathrow
27th Dec 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 24 days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Vibrant cities, spectacular scenery, unique and adorable animals, and the world-famous Sydney fireworks on New Year's Eve…this Australia and New Zealand tour has it all! You'll overnight in Sydney, Cairns, Uluru (Ayres Rock), Alice Springs, Melbourne, Auckland, Rotorua, Mount Cook, and Queenstown. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing and free time in the cities, opportunities to learn about the local cultures, and visits to some of the world's most scenic areas.

Tour highlights include the amazing Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or learn about this underwater world that explodes with colours and beauty from a marine biologist. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), where you'll witness an amazing sunset and watch the colours change on sacred Uluru. In New Zealand, take a cruise through some of the world’s most stunning scenery of Milford Sound at Fiordland National Park and marvel at sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforest. Witness breathtaking beauty at Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's tallest mountain, glaciers, and beautiful lakes.

To make your Australia and New Zealand tour unique, Globus has included many special experiences, including an animal encounter at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. This fun opportunity lets you get close to some of the zoo's resident animals. In New Zealand, a kiwi encounter at Rainbow Springs gives you a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the life of New Zealand's iconic native bird before it is released into the wild.

All of this and much more—including a New Year’s Eve cruise on Sydney Harbour with fireworks at midnight—are included on this once-in-a-lifetime tour through Australia and New Zealand!

At a glance

Sydney Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House and botanic gardens, enjoy a guided Australian Walkabout Tour at the Taronga Zoo; New Year’s Eve harbour cruise with fireworks

Cairns Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sightseeing tour around the base of the rock, visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast

Alice Springs Sightseeing tour; visit the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station; Outback barbecue

Melbourne Sightseeing tour including Fitzroy Gardens; Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch

Queenstown Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for a scenic dinner

Mount Cook Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park

Rotorua Enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner and Maori cultural performance; visit Rainbow Springs; visit the Agrodome and Te Puia

Waitomo Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Auckland Sightseeing; farewell dinner atop Sky Tower

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Fiji extension

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

Vibrant cities, spectacular scenery, unique and adorable animals, and the world-famous Sydney fireworks on New Year's Eve…this Australia and New Zealand tour has it all! You'll overnight in Sydney, Cairns, Uluru (Ayres Rock), Alice Springs, Melbourne, Auckland, Rotorua, Mount Cook, and Queenstown. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing and free time in the cities, opportunities to learn about the local cultures, and visits to some of the world's most scenic areas.

Tour highlights include the amazing Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or learn about this underwater world that explodes with colours and beauty from a marine biologist. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), where you'll witness an amazing sunset and watch the colours change on sacred Uluru. In New Zealand, take a cruise through some of the world’s most stunning scenery of Milford Sound at Fiordland National Park and marvel at sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforest. Witness breathtaking beauty at Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's tallest mountain, glaciers, and beautiful lakes.

To make your Australia and New Zealand tour unique, Globus has included many special experiences, including an animal encounter at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. This fun opportunity lets you get close to some of the zoo's resident animals. In New Zealand, a kiwi encounter at Rainbow Springs gives you a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the life of New Zealand's iconic native bird before it is released into the wild.

All of this and much more—including a New Year’s Eve cruise on Sydney Harbour with fireworks at midnight—are included on this once-in-a-lifetime tour through Australia and New Zealand!

Total meals included:

  • 20 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

Depart UK

Days
1 - 2

Sydney, Australia

Day
3

On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Later join a welcome briefing and dinner. This is a good time to meet your fellow travellers, get your questions answered, and prepare for your adventure.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Sydney

Day
4

Start your day with a city sightseeing tour, including such landmarks as the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theatres. See Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS and enjoy sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a walk around the Rocks, the site of the first European settlement in Australia, now home to shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Later, visit TARONGA ZOO with its 4,000 animals, including Australian native species such as kangaroo, wallaby, little penguin, and the Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a special guided AUSTRALIAN WALKABOUT TOUR which provides a unique opportunity to learn about some of Taronga Zoo’s most amazing residents.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sydney

Day
5

Today is at leisure. You may wish to spend some time in Darling Harbour with its many shops and restaurants or shop for a favourite souvenir. This evening, a special New Year’s Eve celebration awaits. First, take to the water on a HARBOUR CRUISE complete with canapés and a 4-course dinner followed by music and dancing. At the stroke of midnight, be treated to a champagne toast and some of the most amazing fireworks you’ll ever see. Here is your chance to ring in the New Year under Sydney’s world-famous fireworks. It will be a night to remember!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sydney

Day
6

Today, you can relax after your New Year’s Eve celebration. Perhaps venture to the nearby beaches of Manly or Bondi, explore the cobblestone streets of the Rocks, or stroll through one of the city’s many gardens. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional activities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sydney - Cairns

Day
7

Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Check in to your Cairns hotel for a 3-night stay. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Day
8

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. During your time here, you may choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, watch a fish feeding, and enjoy a marine touch tank. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Cairns

Day
9

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. You may wish to visit nearby Cape Tribulation or Mossman Gorge, spend some time at the Cairns Lagoon, enjoy a stroll along the Esplanade, or shop for a bargain at the popular Cairns Night Market. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cairns - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Day
10

Fly this morning to Australia’s “Red Centre.” Enjoy a TOUR around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Visit KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendour of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, enjoy an amazing sunset and a celebratory DRINK as you watch the colours change on sacred Uluru.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Uluru - Alice Springs

Day
11

Today, fly to Alice Springs located in Australia’s Outback. Sightseeing includes a visit to the SCHOOL OF THE AIR to learn how the school was started, how classes are broadcast, and the difference it makes to children in remote regions of Australia. Also, visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION, the birthplace of Alice Springs, and discover the importance of this early settlement in connecting Australia to the rest of the world. Tonight, a unique OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring music, stargazing, a boomerang demonstration, and typical campfire fare. Relax underneath a chandelier of stars and enjoy this awe-inspiring Outback experience.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Alice Springs - Melbourne

Day
12

Today, fly to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital with Victorian-era architecture, extensive restaurants and shopping, arcades and lanes, and beautiful parks and gardens.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Melbourne

Day
13

This morning’s sightseeing includes landmarks such as Federation Square, the Melbourne Museum, and beautiful FITZROY GARDENS. See Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Discover Victorian terraced homes in East Melbourne, and see the bustling streets of Chinatown and the Queen Victoria Market. Next, enjoy a unique lunch experience aboard the historic COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. With the remainder of the day at leisure, why not venture to Phillip Island to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Melbourne

Day
14

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city on your own. Spend time at the Old Melbourne Gaol, once home to legendary outlaw, Ned Kelly; sit at a café and enjoy a coffee; wander along the scenic Yarra River; or take an optional excursion to see the incredible Great Ocean Road. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Melbourne - Queenstown, New Zealand

Day
15

This morning, bid farewell to Australia as you board your flight to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Queenstown. Excursion to Milford Sound

Day
16

Today, travel to FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board your ship and CRUISE on the fiord to witness some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. See sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls cascading into the sea, glaciers, and rainforest. Keep a lookout for fur seals, dolphins, and other wildlife. It will be a day you won’t soon forget!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Queenstown

Day
17

A full day at leisure for your own Queenstown discoveries. Consider a visit to a local vineyard to sample some of the prize vintages or a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River. Other options include a scenic ride across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship, shopping for souvenirs, or enjoying some fresh seafood at a local restaurant. This evening, take a scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown. Make sure to have your camera ready for fantastic photo opportunities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Queenstown - Mount Cook

Day
18

Today’s journey brings us to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK. Weather permitting, you may wish to join a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Mount Cook - Christchurch - Rotorua

Day
19

Travel to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, and then fly to Rotorua, the centre of the Maori culture. This evening, you may wish to join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs or massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rotorua

Day
20

This morning, visit RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife. Then, visit the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue to TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser and boiling mud pools. Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER, cooked beneath the ground with hot stones. Dinner is followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE of singing, dancing, and storytelling.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rotorua - Waitomo - Auckland

Day
21

Depart Rotorua and cross over the Mamaku ranges to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms. In the afternoon, travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to Auckland. This evening, why not enjoy a glass of New Zealand’s famous wine while dining at one of Auckland’s world-class restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Auckland

Day
22

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and the historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You can explore on you own or participate in a selection of optional activities. In the evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner atop Auckland’s SKY TOWER, where the dining room rotates once every hour providing a unique experience with amazing 360-degree panoramas of the city and harbour below. The perfect ending to your holiday!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Auckland - UK

Day
23

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
24

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Nadi, Fiji

Fly to Fiji for three nights in this tropical paradise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the island. Visit the GARDEN OF THE SLEEPING GIANT to see a private collection of stunning tropical orchids and visit VISEISEI VILLAGE, where the Fijian people first landed centuries ago. Stop at the VUDA LOOKOUT, a tropical fruit farm perched on a cliff, where you’ll sample fruit and juice from the orchard. Visit a local market and explore the stalls selling fresh produce at NAMAKA MARKET; then stop at the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Hindu temple, SRI SIVA SUBRAMANIYA. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

A full day at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Your Fiji extension ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruise: an exclusion zone is assigned to cruise boats by NSW Roads and Maritime. The Captain makes every effort to position the vessel for optimum viewing of the fireworks display; however, the exact location of the vessel cannot be guaranteed due to the heavy traffic and congestion on the harbour.

Please note there is a strict minimum age of 18 years for the New Years Eve harbour cruise.

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Sydney - Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

The award-winning luxurious Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney combines space, style and warmth to provide guests ultimate ambience. Their two restaurants and bar offer exceptional wining and dining experiences. A dedicated relaxation zone is available at the Amora Day Spa. Guests can also take advantage of the heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and gym.

  • Location

    11 Jamison Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Cairns - Pacific Hotel

The Pacific Hotel boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambience, befitting a bygone era - an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Ideal for visitors who wish to explore all the attractions Cairns has to offer with shopping and dining right at the hotel's front door.

  • Location

    Corner Esplanade & Spence Street Cairns, QLD Australia

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Desert Gardens Hotel

Centrally located to all resort facilities the hotel offers a range of accommodation, outdoor pool, and the popular Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.

  • Location

    Yulara Drive Uluru, NT Australia

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Alice Springs - Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs

Experience this eco-friendly hotel and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the hotel is only 15 minutes' drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Friendly staff and the signature, warm DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie will welcome you when you check-in. Swim in the heated outdoor pool overlooking the lush garden landscape, unwind in the inviting Lobby Bar or enjoy lunch in the bistro-style restaurant.

  • Location

    82 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Melbourne - Novotel Melbourne on Collins

Located in the heart of Melbourne, the contemporary Novotel Melbourne on Collins is perfectly positioned on stylish Collins Street. From streetside dining and Federation Square to shopping at Bourke Street Mall the hotel offers easy access to all the city has to offer.

  • Location

    270 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Queenstown - Heritage Queenstown Hotel

The Heritage Queenstown is a lodge-style hotel constructed from stone & cedar, standing proud above the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with views of the majestic Remarkables mountains.

  • Location

    91 Fernhill Rd, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Mount Cook - The Hermitage

A haven for adventurous travellers for more than a century, the world-renowned Hermitage Hotel in the heart of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a complete year-round alpine retreat.

  • Location

    Mount Cook National Park, Mount Cook, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Rotorua - Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Next to mystical Lake Rotorua and just a brief stroll from the city centre, Millennium Hotel Rotorua is an eco-friendly hotel. Perhaps its most unique feature is that its heating is provided by harnessing the hotel's natural geothermal resource. The hotel's amenities include a heated pool, spa, two restaurants, a lounge, and room service.

  • Location

    1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Auckland - Skycity Hotel

This spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep! Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include a casino, spa services, and a fitness facility. This is a smoke-free property.

  • Location

    Corner Victoria & Federal Street, Auckland, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool