East Coast Adventure & Grand Kiwi
Ultimate road trips in Australia and New Zealand!
Book now for £199
Trip code: ECGK
Duration: From 8 weeks
Explore Australia and New Zealand on this action-packed combo package. Bringing together our comprehensive 6-week Australia East Coast Adventure and our super-popular Grand Kiwi, you’ll discover the very best of these two wonderful countries. Enjoy exciting activities and excursions in Australia as you travel from Sydney to Cairns. Go surfing in Byron Bay, camp on Fraser Island, snorkel by the Great Barrier Reef and much more! Then hop over to New Zealand and explore top Kiwi highlights including Auckland, Rotorua, Tongariro National Park, Kaikoura, Queenstown, & more!
- Enjoy two popular Australasian trips in one epic travel package
- Spend 6 weeks in Australia discovering the finest destinations on the East Coast
- Experience epic excursions, including a Whitsundays cruise, a 4x4 trip on Fraser Island & more
- Explore New Zealand on an exciting 17 day group tour
- See top Kiwi destinations, including Tongariro National Park, Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Fox Glacier, & many more!
See it all in Australia and New Zealand! Begin with an action-packed 6-week tour on Australia’s sparkling East Coast and then hop over to New Zealand for an exciting 19-day group tour!
Australia East Coast Adventure (6 weeks)
Your tour begins in the buzzing city of Sydney. After an included airport transfer, you’ll meet your group and enjoy a city tour, a trip around Sydney harbour on board a private catamaran, a 2-day getaway on Bondi Beach, a Sydney bar crawl and a walk from Coogee to Bondi, one of the world’s most beautiful coastal walks.
In week 2, the road trip begins! Your first stop is Byron Bay, where you’ll enjoy surf lessons and yoga sessions. You’ll then crawl up to Surfers Paradise for beach bliss and water sports. Your third week sees you touring around Brisbane and enjoying a getaway in the lush forests of Noosa. The week ends on Rainbow Beach, where you’ll hit the waves on a dolphin spotting cruise!
Weeks 4 + 5 are dedicated to unique experiences. First, you’ll enjoy a 4x4 camping adventure on the glorious sands of Fraser Island. Then, after a brief rest in the town of 1770, you’ll enjoy a cruise around the gorgeous Whitsundays Islands on board a sailing yacht. You’ll then chill out on Airlie Beach and Magnetic Island. Your final week includes a stop off on the golden sands of Mission Beach and 5 days in Cairns, where you’ll enjoy a day-trip to the dramatic Atherton Tablelands and a snorkelling boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef.
Your Australia East Coast Adventure highlights include:
- Sydney harbour cruise
- Rainbow Beach Dolphin-Spotting
- Fraser Island 4x4 Island Driving and Beach Camping
- 2-night Whitsunday Island Cruise
- Atherton Tablelands excursion
- Great Barrier Reef snorkelling
- & more!
Please note: A 5 week option is also available. The 5 week option does not include the first week of activities in and around Sydney. Your tour will begin on week 2 of the itinerary given here. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Flights between Australia and New Zealand are not included. Contact our fantastic flights team to get a great quote for this journey.
Grand Kiwi (17 days)
Head from north to south on this fantastic group tour through New Zealand! You’ll meet Maori elders in Rotorua, hike through Tongariro National Park, see snowy mountains reflected in Lake Ohau, and get adventurous in Queenstown. This epic 17-day tour has it all!
After meeting in Auckland, you’ll travel north to a traditional Maori Marae, where you’ll spend the night and watch a traditional tribal performance. Next up, you’ll discover the thermal waters of Rotorua and the dramatic landscapes of Tongariro National Park.
After a brief stop in Wellington, you’ll cross over to the South Island of New Zealand and explore Nelson, Kaikoura and Christchurch. Journey through the Southern Alps to incredible Fox Glacier and then hit the adventure capital, Queenstown. Enjoy a few days of optional adventure activities and then discover stunning Milford Sound on an included boat cruise. After a chilled day by the waters of Lake Ohau, you’ll return to Christchurch where your tour ends.
Your Grand Kiwi highlights include:
- A night in a traditional Maori Marae
- Wine tasting in Marlborough
- Milford Sound cruise
- Ferry crossing from North to South Island
- Free time in adventurous Queenstown
- & more!
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Your tour begins at around 11:30am on day 1 in Sydney. Due to this early start time, we recommend you arrive into Australia the day before and book an extra night of accommodation in Sydney. An airport transfer is included.
If you want to arrive a few days earlier into Sydney or book extra nights at the starting accommodation, we will be happy to help you organise any additional accommodation you may need (at extra cost). Please contact us for further details.
On your end date the tour will finish in the morning in Cairns. A return airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange locally.
You will need to arrange your own travel into Auckland where the tour begins. The tour departs at approximately 8:30am on day 1, so we recommend you arrive one day earlier. We can help you arrange accommodation for the pre-tour night if you wish. Your tour ends in Christchurch on day 19. Please contact us for more details.
42 nights of accommodation are included on this group tour. This will mainly be in mixed hostel dorms, sleeping between 4 and 12 people. Two nights will be spent on overnight transport. Two nights will be spent camping on Fraser Island, and two nights will be spent on board a maxi yacht.
Some meals are included on this tour (see the trip notes for details). You will need to purchase the majority of meals yourself. Each stop will have a great range of restaurants and backpacker bars where you can find tasty meals. We recommend budgeting around AUD30-50 per day for food and drink.
16 nights’ accommodation is included as part of this Grand Kiwi adventure. This is on a multi share basis, in a range of hotels, hostels, motels, cabins and 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae. Accommodation is based on four people sharing in same-sex dorms. Twin or double rooms are available at an extra charge.
Some but not all meals are included during this 17 day tour. You will have a total of 16 continental style breakfasts included along with 2 lunches and 5 dinners.
The minimum age to join this combo trip is 18.
Australia: All visitors to Australia (excepting those from New Zealand) will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out here you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. If you are just heading to Australia for fun however, an ETA will suffice. Both visas can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information.
New Zealand: UK citizens don’t need a visa for New Zealand and can stay in the country for up to six months. If you are planning on working at all during your time in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa (available to 18-30 year olds) and can do this by visiting the New Zealand Immigration website.
Visitors who are transitting through or entering New Zealand as tourists will need to hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to New Zealand. Tourists will also need to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) alongside the ETA. People entering New Zealand on a working holiday visa do not require an ETA.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.