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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

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Uluru & Kata Tjuta


I l ove a s u n b u r n t co u n t r y, A l a n d o f swe ep i n g p l a i n s O f ra g g e d m o u n ta i n ra n g es O f d ro u g ht s a n d f l o o d i n g ra i n s. I l ove h e r f a r h o ri zo n s I l ove h e r j ewe l - s e a , He r be a u t y a n d h e r te r ro r T h e wi d e b rown l a n d f o r m e! My Country  Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet 1908


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Our signature holidays Our small group experiences Bringing Australia & New Zealand to life Come & share Australia & New Zealand with us Travel in style Highlight experiences Included choice Indulge your tastebuds Stay in comfort Book with confidence/Travel essentials Ways to save

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Guided Holidays Tour

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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand 22 IMZB Contrasts of Australia & New Zealand 18 QCANA Australian Highlights 13 IMSE Sydney, Reef & Rainforest 10 QFSC Tastes of Southern Australia 11 ESMA Great Ocean Road & Kangaroo Island Escape 7 EMKA Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush 5 ESBM Outback Australia 11/15 NUAD/NAAD Perfect Tasmania 6/7/12 TLHH/THHL/THLH Untamed Kimberley & West Coast 21 WDBP Untamed Kimberley 11 WDB/WBD Best of New Zealand 18 ZABC/ZCBA New Zealand Splendour 15 ZAAC/ZCCA Contrasts of New Zealand 10 IZANB Southern Spectacular 10 ZCQR/ZRQC Northern Discovery 8 ZABW/ZWBA East Coast Islands & Rainforest 10/13 QBC/QSC East Coast Beaches & Reef 10/13 QCB/QCS Tasmanian Wonders 4/6/10 FLHH/FHHL/FHLH Western Wonderland 6/16 WPMP/WEMP South Western Escape 10 WPPP Spirit of New Zealand 18/21 LCQB/LCQA Kia Ora New Zealand 17 LABC/LCBA Southern Spirit 14 LCQW New Zealand Marvel 14 LCCA/LAAC Southern Spotlight 9 LCQR/LRQC Northern Spotlight 8 LABW/LWBA

Inspiring Journeys Small Group Tour

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Inspiring Australia 13 IJFLY The Long White Cloud 11/12/22 NZNI/NZSI/NZIJ Tasmanian Harvest 7 HCLL Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets 5 MNDD Outback Australia – The Colour of Red 5 CRUA/CRAU

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Day Tours

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Uluru Field of Light Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience Sydney by Night Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park Piti & Ochre Passes Sightsee ‘n’ Save Pass Red Centre Connections Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Alice Springs Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks Sydney & Melbourne Cairns & Port Douglas Adelaide & Kangaroo Island Perth, Brisbane & the Gold Coast

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Our signature holidays Whether you want luxury, adventure or an escape on a budget with expert commentary, we’ve got something for you. Our brilliant holiday experiences offer stress-free travel, luxury airconditioned vehicles and all the must-see highlights. And our friendly Travel Directors and Driver Guides will enhance your experience with stories, local knowledge and a sense of fun. On these pages you’ll find AAT Kings’ famous complete-package Guided Holidays, flexible Independent Touring with your choice of accommodation, and one or half day sightseeing Day Tours.

Litchfield National Park


Guided Holidays

Our fully-guided holiday experiences with definite departures We offer two standards of Guided Holiday to suit your budget. From 4 to 22 days, AAT Kings Guided Holidays fully explore each destination, so you can immerse yourself in its landscape, history and culture. Guided Holidays feature quality hotels, with porterage included. All breakfasts are included, plus up to half of your dinners, using quality local produce, and feature a ‘welcome reception’ and a ‘farewell dinner’. For other meals, we offer tips on where the locals eat.

Look out for these symbols on itinerary pages First Choice holidays offer premium accommodation in central locations, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique Be My Guest dining experiences. Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation with easy access to city centres and more free time.

Fiordland National Park

Independent Touring

2-19 day independent tour packages with your choice of accommodation Ranging from 2 to 19 days in length, Independent Tours combine the must-see highlights of a destination with your choice of accommodation, plus selected meals. Travel with different Driver Guides each day to benefit from their combined experience. Plus, you’ll meet a new group of likeminded travellers each day. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels to suit all kinds of budgets. Choose from a range of up to three accommodation standards.

See page 85 for more details or visit: aatkings.com/independent Uluru

Day Tours

Bondi Beach

One day or half day sightseeing tours If you’ve got a day to spare, AAT Kings offers one day and half day sightseeing tours across Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Darwin, Uluru, Alice Springs, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Leave the stress of driving in an unknown city to our friendly local experts and enjoy the stories they share along the way. We’ll show you all the must-see sights of the region and share our knowledge of its history and culture. We also offer free courtesy hotel pick-ups so all you need to do is relax and enjoy your day.

For our range of Day Tours visit: aatkings.com/daytours

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Our small group experiences Our small group holidays offer an intimate style of travel and take you off the beaten track for an authentic and immersive experience. Choose from our luxury boutique Inspiring Journeys or our fun and affordable Aussie Adventures. Queenstown


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Inspiring Journeys

Luxury boutique experiences On an Inspiring Journey we will take you off the beaten track with unique and immersive experiences in a boutique small group setting. You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with gourmet cuisine to match. We offer the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of holiday planning, with the flexibility to shape your journey with a choice of optional experiences. You’ll share your holiday with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers. Best of all our expert Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides will take care of everything else, so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey.

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Aussie Adventures

Uluru

Affordable, easy going small group adventures Aussie Adventures actively explore the great outdoors in a small group of fun and friendly travellers. You’ll experience the real Australia with our authentic and down-to-earth Driver Guides, uncovering hidden places and experiences that you’d miss if travelling on your own. We keep things simple, with a focus on real value for money, but we don’t skimp on the must-see highlights and excitement of travelling in Australia. Choose from a range of adventures in Sydney, Kangaroo Island, the Top End and the Red Centre. You’ll travel with approximately 20 guests.

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Kings Canyon

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Bri n g i n g Austra l i a & New Zea l a n d to l ife Our history

Our service

AAT Kings’ story began in 1912 when the Pyke family pioneered coach touring in Australia. Starting with selfdrive car hire in 7 seat vehicles in Sydney, we expanded to guided sightseeing tours. By the 1960s the company, known as AAT, had become Sydney’s largest tour operator. In the 1980s we teamed up with pioneering adventurer Bill King’s Northern Safaris, which led to the creation of what we know today as AAT Kings. We began operations in New Zealand in 1999. Connect to our history page: aatkings.com/history

At AAT Kings we pride ourselves on having the friendliest, happiest and most experienced Travel Directors and Driver Guides in Australia & New Zealand. You will hear fascinating stories and insights that will bring each destination you visit to life. We’ll provide advice, recommendations and directions and reveal ‘Hidden Gems’ you simply couldn’t experience if travelling on your own. Our number one goal, every day, is to share our love of travel and put a smile on your face.

And, of course, our destinations We have Australia & New Zealand covered, with a massive range of holidays and 88 comprehensive itineraries that take you to the heart of each destination. AAT Kings – bringing Australia and New Zealand to life.

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Come & share Australia & New Zealand with us

When you’re away from home, you need to know you can rely on someone who’ll look after all your needs. Our fantastic team of passionate Travel Directors, Driver Guides and guest service experts all work together to ensure your holiday runs smoothly. Come and meet the AAT Kings team – we’ll put a smile on your face!

New Zealand is full of ‘wow’ moments. For a small country, we pack a lot in - beaches, mud pools, mountains, rainforest and fabulous fiords. All this and soul stirring Maori culture makes New Zealand a destination above all others. Katie  Travel Director

Meet Sarah

Meet Nellie

Rotorua definitely holds a special place in my heart. It’s so rich and full of New Zealand’s culture and history. This geothermal city offers so many unique and special experiences that you just can’t find anywhere else in the world.

My passion is interacting with the people of this amazing land we travel through. I have been bringing guests to the Kimberley area for over 14 years and I especially love introducing guests to the indigenous people and stories.

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Travel in style

Uluru

Throughout your holiday your mode of transport will vary depending on the area we’re travelling in. The most common mode of transport is travelling in style and comfort on a luxury coach. All AAT Kings’ itineraries include scheduled and regular rest breaks.

Our fleet Our fleet of over 70 luxurious vehicles is the newest in Australia and New Zealand. Our fully air-conditioned coaches feature reclining seats with seat belts and footrests, panoramic windows, a restroom, twodoor access and state-of-the-art technologies, including DVD player, GPS and PA. Our fleet is supported by a network of depots across Australia.

Our fleet is supported by a network of depots across Australia & New Zealand, so all our vehicles are immaculately maintained & looked after with pride. Wellington  Alice Springs Mechanic

More ways to travel

Over the course of your holiday, depending on the itinerary or optional experience, you could also find yourself on scenic train rides and flights, helicopter and boat rides, river cruises, on foot or maybe even a camel.

Airport transfers All AAT King guests receive complimentary transfers between designated airports and AAT Kings’ hotels on the scheduled start and end day of Guided Holidays, Inspiring Journeys and Independent Touring, and on other days in conjunction with pre and post holiday accommodation booked with AAT Kings. See Booking Conditions page 111 >

Camels in Broome

Free WiFi All of AAT Kings’ coaches are equipped with charging points and free WiFi, to keep you in touch with the outside world (WiFi speed and reception may vary in remote areas). Join the conversation on social media by following AAT Kings on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube. Be sure to use our hashtag #smilekings when you post photos from your holiday. Facebook “f ” Logo

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Highlight experiences

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We’re always seeking new ways to delight and inspire our guests. Below is just a sample of some of the unique experiences our range of AAT Kings’ holidays offer.

Indigenous What an honour it is for our team to forge such strong relationships with indigenous communities throughout Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand the Maori culture is ever present throughout all our holidays, but a visit to the Tamaki Family Marae is an opportunity to get truly hands-on. Get a taste of weaving, carving, dancing and even train to be a Maori warrior, then whet your appetite with a traditional Maori hangi feast of food cooked in the ground, and wow, what an experience you’ll get if you join us in the Tiwi Islands! Tiwi Island people are some of the warmest, most smiling individuals you’ll cross paths with and how they openly share their stories and culture with guests is phenomenal. It’s also very hard to resist purchasing one of the amazing pieces of artwork as a memento of your visit, especially when you’ve watched them being painted or carved right before your eyes.

Tiwi Islands – Our little cover star ‘Nathan’ being painted up by his Mum before a ceremonial dance for our guests

Milford Sound Lodge

Sydney by Night

Nestled beneath the Darran Mountains, Milford Sound Lodge is a fantastic base to experience the beauty and majesty of Fiordland National Park/Te Wahipounamu. On an Inspiring Journey, you’ll experience this World Heritage destination in a more authentic, personal way, with many possibilities for relaxation or outdoor adventure right on your doorstep.

Featuring a fabulous double-decker with a clear roof, our evening tour invites you to experience all the excitement of Sydney’s night lights. From Circular Quay and the Opera House to Kings Cross and across the Harbour Bridge and back. Try an Aussie meat pie at world-famous Harry’s Café de Wheels, before a drink in a pub at The Rocks. Ask for more details or visit aatkings.com

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AAT Kings offers Included Choice options on selected First Choice Guided Holidays at certain destinations. Just choose an experience and your Travel Director will tailor your itinerary at on itinerary pages for Included Choice options. no extra cost. Look for this symbol

Australia Melbourne

Darwin

Hobart

Monkey Mia

Eureka Skydeck

Deckchair Cinema

Hobart History People & Places

Daytime Dreaming Bushwalking Tour

Visit Eureka Skydeck for fantastic bird’s eye views of Melbourne. With 360 degree floor to ceiling views, it’s the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform at 300 metres above sea level..

Laneways Walking Tour

Melbourne’s laneways hide many hidden treasures and a walking tour is the ideal way to discover the city’s quirkiest cafés, independent designers, street art, architecture and historical tales.

Hunt & Gather Food Tour

Join a Hunt & Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of this historic marketplace and taste your way around the market’s seemingly endless food stalls.

The outdoor Deckchair Cinema on Darwin Harbour is stunning – watch the sunset over the sea in a tropical garden setting, before the movie starts. A starry sky makes a great backdrop for those on the silver screen!

Crocosaurus Cove

Crocosaurus Cove allows visitors a unique up-close and personal view of the iconic saltwater crocodile and boasts the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles right in the centre of Darwin.

Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Enjoy cuisine from around the world, arts and crafts vendors peddling colourful wares, and entertainment from talented performers, as you wind your way through palm-lined boulevards.

New Zealand

This walking tour includes historic Hunter Street, the waterfront, Salamanca Place and other city locations. Hear stories about the explorers, entrepreneurs, villains and heroes of this convict-built city.

MONA Ferry to Hobart

After your visit to MONA, why not jump aboard the quirky MONA Ferry and cruise to Hobart along the Derwent River. You’ll be rewarded with picturesque views of Hobart and surrounds.

Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum ‘Gateway to Antarctica’ Explore a fascinating replica of historic huts in Cape Denison, Antarctica, constructed in 1911 for Dr. Douglas Mawson’s Australian Antarctic Expedition.

Learn why Shark Bay is a World Heritage listed area and use your senses to hear nature talk. Learn where to find bush tucker and how to use medicinal plants. Test yourself with the local language and discover how local Nhanda and Malgana Aboriginal people lived in Shark Bay for over 20,000 years.

Monkey Mia Sunset Cruise

Unwind under silent sail and soothing music as day becomes another night and Shotover conjures up magic from her Polynesian past. Absorb the tranquillity as the sun blends the sky into hues of blue and gold, and land and sea melt to ink. Join fellow adventurers in a relaxed mood for a memorable experience.

Queenstown

Dunedin

Rotorua

Bay of Islands

Shotover Jet

Larnach Castle Tour

Rotorua Skyline & Luge

Dolphin Eco Encounter

Wine Tastings

Taieri Gorge Railway

Hold on tight and experience a thrilling, high-speed adventure skimming on the Shotover River with its backdrop of mountains. Explore the vineyards of New Zealand’s premier wine regions – Queenstown and Central Otago. Sample wines at four wineries and taste local cheeses.

Golf in Queenstown

Play 9 holes at your choice of one of three spectacular golf courses in Queenstown.

Skyline Restaurant

Ride the gondola cableway 450 metres above Queenstown for a buffet dinner with breathtaking views.

Skippers Canyon

Travelling via 4WD mini-bus, the grandeur of this ancient canyon is a photographer’s delight.

Learn about Larnach Castle’s history and take in 360°views from the Tower, to Dunedin, Otago Peninsula and the Pacific. Take the Taieri Gorge Railway to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago. Cross magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts and tunnels.

Monarch Wildlife Cruise

Cruise the beautiful Otago Harbour and see albatross, fur seals and more.

Cadbury World Tour

A chocolate-lover’s dream, see the amazing one tonne chocolate waterfall.

Speight’s Brewery Tour

Discover the brewing secrets of Speight’s legendary ales on an interactive tour.

Take a Gondola ride 487 metres above sea level for panoramic views of Rotorua. At the top the Luge awaits. Part go-cart, part toboggan you’ll descend with tracks winding through Redwood Forest.

Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter A tour of New Zealand’s most successful kiwi conservation centre, kiwi-nursery and hatchery.

Te Puia

Take a range of 30-75 minute walks through New Zealand’s most diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction.

Agrodome Sheep Show

See live sheep shearing, an auction and farm dog trials. Visit the Nursery with 19 breeds of sheep!

Rotorua Duck

Jump on an amphibious vehicle and journey across Rotorua’s three lakes.

Watch or swim with the dolphins in the beautiful pristine waters of the famous Bay of Islands.

Kerikeri

Discover the new wine-producing region of Kerikeri.

Tall Ship Sailing

Sail to secluded islands and enjoy an antipasto platter and wine at sunset.

Russell Mini Tour

Visit the town’s historic icons including Flagstaff Hill, Christ’s Church and the Pompallier Mission.


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Gibbston Valley Winery

Indulge your tastebuds Australia and New Zealand are renowned for a diversity of fresh, quality, produce and an innovative approach to culinary experiences. We include a number of meals throughout your holiday with all breakfasts and some lunches and dinners included, depending on the itinerary.

Meals

Guided Holidays

Breakfast daily on all holidays

‘Highlight dinners’ & ‘Be My Guest’

Yarra Valley vineyards

On all AAT Kings Guided Holidays, Inspiring Journeys & Aussie Adventures a hearty breakfast is included every day.

Lunches & dinners On Guided Holidays, Inspiring Journeys & Aussie Adventures some lunches and many dinners are included. On selected First Choice Guided Holidays, dinners include wine. Check itinerary pages for details.

AAT Kings ‘First Choice’ Guided Holidays include special dining occasions like our ‘Highlight dinners’ and ‘Be My Guest’ local dining experiences. Encounters that capture the essence of a place through its history, its locals and its unique cuisine.

‘Welcome receptions’ & ‘Farewell dinners’

At the start of a Guided Holiday, your Travel Director gathers the group together to outline your holiday and introduce everyone. When travelling with people from around the world, it’s a great way to get to know your travelling companions. At the end of your holiday, you’ll also want to celebrate after experiencing so much together, with many laughs and smiles at a farewell dinner. It’s also a chance to exchange contact details, as many people make lifelong friends on an AAT Kings holiday.


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Stay in comfort AAT Kings’ accommodation has been selected for comfort, location and facilities. Our range includes brands like Crowne Plaza, Novotel, Millennium, Mantra and Stamford Plaza, and feature resorts like Hamilton Island, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Te Waonui Forest Retreat and Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, to name a few.

Upon arrival

When you travel with AAT Kings, we look after everything. When you arrive at your hotel for the night on our signature Guided Holidays and Inspiring Journeys, there’s no need to check-in. Your luggage will be taken straight to your room. Plus, we’ve already taken care of porterage and housekeeping tips as well.

Guided Holidays

Style, comfort & ease We look for great locations, great views and great service when choosing our Guided Holiday hotels.

Cradle Mountain Hotel Punakaiki Resort

Independent Touring Travelodge Mirambeena Resort, Darwin (Budget)

El Questro Wilderness Park Novotel Ningaloo Resort

Your choice of accommodation

With numerous standards of quality accommodation on offer, guests can choose an option that best suits their needs and budget. The Langham, Auckland (Superior)


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A night beneath the Outback stars is a night like nowhere else on earth. Ant  Managing Director

Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Inspiring Journeys

Boutique, unique, luxurious

Hand-picked for the unique elements available at each property, with personalisation of experiences at the fore, we have chosen the best boutique accommodation option available in each location.

Cicada Lodge, Katherine Gorge

Millbrook Resort, Queenstown

The Hermitage, Mt. Cook

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Aussie Adventures

Fun & affordable

Our Aussie Adventures guests want value for money, in central locations with a fun, social atmosphere. Done! Anbinik Kakadu Resort

Outback Pioneer Hotel


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Book with confidence

All definite departures

All AAT Kings Guided Holidays and Inspiring Journeys* in this brochure are definite departures, which means you can book with confidence for great early bird savings (see right). For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com *With the exception of Tasmanian Harvest (Code: HCLL) & Inspiring Australia (Code: IJFLY)

Travel essentials

Activate your registration

Register online from the comfort of your home to save time at the beginning of your holiday. This will help us gather all the essential information so we can better anticipate your needs during your holiday.

Please have the following information ready: • Your AAT Kings booking number and last name • Emergency contact details including email (should an unlikely event arise) • Passport details for international travellers for each guest on your booking)

It’s quick & easy to register online 1. Go to aatkings.com/registration 2. Enter your booking number & last name 3. Answer each question & click submit We recommend checking in as soon as possible after receiving your travel documents and more than 15 days prior to departure. Please note, if you check-in after this time we can’t guarantee your Travel Director will receive your details. Instead, please print your completed registration form and give it to your Travel Director at the start of your holiday. All of your details will be kept secure.

The finishing touches All guests on AAT Kings’ Guided Holidays receive a complimentary travel wallet and luggage tag. Plus, your Travel Director will give you a map of Australia or New Zealand to follow your journey as a lasting memento of your fabulous holiday.


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Ways to save Early payment discounts

Save 10 % when you pay in full by 31 January 2017

Save 7.5% when you pay in full by 28 April 2017

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Save 5% when you pay in full by 30 June 2017

Available on selected Guided Holidays (First Choice, Best Buys) and Inspiring Journeys – see itinerary pages. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the holiday. Can be combined with other discounts where applicable. The full amount must be paid by the designated date. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. For more info: aatkings.com/booking-conditions

Kings Club past guest discount

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Kings Club is for guests who have previously travelled with AAT Kings and our family of companies including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Uniworld. Membership is free and you’re automatically entitled to our Kings Club past guest discount of 5% off your next Guided Holiday.

2nd holiday discount Travelling alone?

2.5% off

Save when you book 2 or more 3 holidays at the same time.

3 sharing a room

5% off

Save 5% on the twin share price 4 when you book a triple room.

If you don’t want to pay the single supplement on Guided Holidays you can share with a guest of the same gender at no extra cost. If we fail to match you, we will accommodate you in a single room.

Young travellers Children 5-15 years of age receive a discount when sharing a room with an adult (limit of one discount per room), and a discount off the adult price of AAT Kings operated Day Tours.

Add an Independent Tour or Day Tour

10% off

Save 10% on AAT Kings operated Independent Touring & Day Tours when purchased with a Guided Holiday or Inspiring Journey.

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AAT Kings can also tailor an itinerary for you and your group. For specialised group bookings (15 people or more) ask your travel agent or email: groups@aatkings.com.au

Conditions

1.  Discounts apply only to the land component of the holiday (do not apply to pre or post accommodation, holidays incorporating rail or cruise components, or third party operated holidays/day tours). 2.  Kings Club Past Guest Discount – one discount will be available per person, per Guided Holiday. You must have travelled with us before you can redeem the discount. 3.  2nd holiday discount applies to AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays (First Choice, Best Buys) & Inspiring Journeys. Holidays must be booked at the same time and the discount is per person off the Land Only portion of the holiday with the shortest duration.

4.  The triple share discount is available when 3 guests share a twin or double room with an extra bed (foldaway, sofabed or rollaway). Triple share is not available at all hotels. 5.  Travelling alone discount applies only to AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays (First Choice, Best Buys). It does not apply to Inspiring Journeys, Independent Touring and Aussie Adventures. 6.  Group Travel option applies only to AAT Kings operated holidays. Please refer to aatkings.com/combined or call AAT Kings for a full list of which discounts can be combined.

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Gorge after gorgeous gorge, stunning waterfalls and billabongs so teeming with life you feel like you are in the middle of a wildlife documentary – and that’s just the northern part of the Northern Territory and the Kimberley. To be able to spend time introducing this amazing part of Australia to my guests from all over the world is a real honour that I enjoy every day I’m on the road. Liz  Travel Director

Katherine Gorge


Guided Holidays

Our famous fully-guided touring experiences We offer two standards of Guided Holiday to suit your budget. From 4 to 22 days, an AAT Kings Guided Holiday fully explores a destination, so you can immerse yourself in its landscape, history and culture. Guided Holidays feature quality hotels, with porterage included. All breakfasts are included, plus up to half of your dinners, using quality local produce, and feature a ‘welcome reception’ and a ‘farewell dinner’. For other meals, we offer tips on where the locals eat.

Look out for these symbols on itinerary pages First Choice holidays offer premium accommodation in central locations, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique Be My Guest dining experiences. Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation with easy access to city centres and more free time.

Learn more about AAT Kings Guided Holidays at aatkings.com

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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

22 days

Uluru sunset drinks

• Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways and arcades

• Enjoy an Aussie BBQ at Earth Sanctuary

• Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine

• Discover rock art at Uluru

• Hike through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

• Create your own dot painting

• Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef

• Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean on Bondi Beach • Experience the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour • Discover the glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

• Immerse yourself in rich Maori food, arts & culture

• Travel on the TranzAlpine Train

• Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (21)  B • Be My Guest lunch (1)  BG • Highlight lunch (1)  HL • Lunches (2)  L • Be My Guest dinners (2)  BG • Dinners with wine (4)  DW • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne On arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 3 nights. DW Day 2: Melbourne Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café society and street art on a private walking tour. The rest of your day is free. You may like to take an optional experience to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade or maybe you’d prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne’s well known food and culture. B Day 3: Melbourne ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take a full day optional experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theatre production or indulge in some world class fare at one of the city’s famous eateries. B Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs Today you fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the School of the Air and hear how this school delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you’ll learn about this facility that provides a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. This evening join Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a Be My Guest homecooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth

Sanctuary World Nature Centre. They’ll share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy, you’ll hear about their sustainable lifestyle, and they may even lead you on a sing-along with didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember. Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort. B BG

Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef Get ready for an experience of a lifetime – board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semisubmersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you’ll dine at Dundee’s Restaurant enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront. B L DW Day 9: Cairns ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to do as you choose! Perhaps take an optional experience to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for an insightful look at indigenous culture or journey to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. Or maybe travel to the ‘village in the rainforest’ on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. B

Day 6: Uluru and Kata Tjuta This morning view the magical Uluru sunrise. Afterwards, gain insight in to the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta and take a walk at Walpa Gorge. Later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles. B

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney This afternoon fly to Sydney where you will have a free evening to do as you please. Hotel: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney, 3 nights. B

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns Join an Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insight, explaining the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. B

Day 11: Sydney A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour city awaits! Join a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand at famous Bondi Beach. Take to the water on a Captain Cook highlight lunch cruise, sailing around the glistening harbour while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu.


It’s the perfect mix of modern cities and ancient landscapes. With gems like the amazing Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and breathtaking Milford Sound, paired with a world of ancient Aboriginal tradition in Australia’s Red Centre and the pounding Maori Haka in Rotorua.

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Guided Holidays 22 days from

$9125

CAIRNS 3

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Melbourne to Christchurch Code: IMZB  All dates are Definite Departures

1 ALICE SPRINGS 2 AYERS ROCK 2 AUCKLAND Waitomo Caves 1 ROTORUA

AUSTRALIA Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

NEW ZEALAND SYDNEY 3

MELBOURNE

Arthur’s Pass Hokitika TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Mt. Cook 1 1 Milford Sound

CHRISTCHURCH 3 QUEENSTOWN

3

$9325

$9775

$3190

$3305

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 02 Apr 16

End Apr 23 May 07

$9125

Per Person Twin Share

$3165

Single Supplement Option

Jun 04 Jul 02 Sep 03 Sep 17

Jun 25 Jul 23 Sep 24 Oct 08

Day 12: Sydney ‘Free Time’ Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an optional experience to the Blue Mountains or climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge on a ‘BridgeClimb’. Spend your last evening in Sydney together along with your Travel Director and companions in a local restaurant by the water. B DW Day 13: Sydney – Auckland This morning you say goodbye to Australia and fly to New Zealand! This evening meet your Travel Director for your highlight dinner at ‘Eight’ at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland, 2 nights. B HD Day 14: Auckland Sightseeing & ‘Free Time’ A morning city sightseeing tour is followed by a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Later, you’ll have free time to relax or explore. B Day 15: Auckland – Rotorua Join a guide for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Rotorua where a Maori guide will accompany you at Te Puia Thermal Reserve. This evening experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome at a By My Guest experience at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain a cultural insight into life in New Zealand before European settlement. Feast

Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25

$9525

Per Person Twin Share

$3265

Single Supplement Option

Apr 01 Apr 15

$3305

Oct 01 Oct 15 Nov 05 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 17

End Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 01 Apr 08 Apr 15

Per Person Twin Share

$9775

Oct 22 Nov 05 Nov 26 Dec 03 Dec 17 Jan 07

Single Supplement Option

Apr 22 May 06

$9325

Per Person Twin Share

$3225

Single Supplement Option

Jun 03 Jul 01 Sep 02 Sep 16 Sep 30

Queenstown Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or maybe even take an optional experience to see an opera under the famous sails of Sydney Opera House. B HL

Per Person Twin Share

on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. B BG

Day 16: Rotorua – Christchurch Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park and discover the native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life. Later, you’ll fly to Christchurch. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B Day 17: Christchurch – Franz Josef Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and live demonstration by a local greenstone carver. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW Day 18: Franz Josef – Queenstown Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls and a trio of lakes. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell then visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour. This evening join your Travel Director for a highlight dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive meal. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. B HD Day 19: Milford Sound Cruise Drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau then through the rainforest of Fiordland National Park. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to abundant photo

$9995

Per Person Twin Share

opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, on your way to Milford Sound to board your cruise. Return to Queenstown this afternoon. B L

Day 20: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Today you may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet, the most thrilling jet boat ride in the world! Perhaps join a wine tour at Gibbston Valley Winery or play a round of golf on one of Queenstown’s spectacular courses. This evening, consider taking the gondola ride to Bob’s Peak for dinner at the Stratosphere Restaurant. B Day 21: Queenstown – Christchurch Visit Lake Tekapo, stopping at   the Church of the Good Shepherd. You are welcomed by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor at Morelea Farm for a By My Guest lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Join your Travel Director this evening in Christchurch for a farewell dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B BG FD Day 22: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to   12 noon into Melbourne Airport Day 22 – F lights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Internal-holiday flights

Land Only price requires the following internalholiday flights to be purchased separately in order  to fulfil the holiday itinerary: Day 4 from Melbourne to Alice Springs – QF796 Day 7 from Ayers Rock to Cairns – QF1854 Day 10 from Cairns to Sydney – QF925 Day 13 from Sydney to Auckland – QF143 Day 16 from Rotorua to Christchurch – NZ5373 

Jun 24 Jul 22 Sep 23 Oct 07 Oct 21

$3315

Single Supplement Option

Oct 14 Nov 04 Nov 11 Nov 25 Dec 16 Dec 30

Nov 04 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 16 Jan 06 Jan 20

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/imzb 2016

Start Dec 04 Dec 18

End Dec 25 Jan 08

2017

Start Jan 01 Jan 15 Jan 22 Jan 29 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12 Mar 19

End Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12 Mar 19 Mar 26 Apr 02 Apr 09

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1000  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $750 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $500 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1500  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $1250 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $1000 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $1000  Save up to $500  Save up to $500

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.


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Contrasts of Australia & New Zealand

• Indulge in lunch overlooking spectacular Bondi Beach • Learn about Aussie surf culture at Bondi Beach

• Venture inside the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour

• Toast the sunset on a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room

• Discover native Australian animals at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

• Snorkel and cruise on the Great Barrier Reef

• Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways

• Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm

• Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise • View Franz Josef Glacier

• Visit a jade factory

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show

• Immerse yourself in rich Maori arts and culture with the Tamaki family over dinner • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (17)  B • Be My Guest lunch (1)  BG • Lunches (3)  L • Be My Guest dinners (2)  BG • Dinners with wine (3)  DW • Highlight dinners (3)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

18 days

Sydney Harbour Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 2 nights. DW Day 2: Melbourne Join your Travel Director for your city tour including a private walk through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways. You’ll discover the city’s eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating street art. Then there’s time to explore the city on your own. B Day 3: Melbourne – Cairns Say farewell to Melbourne as you fly to Cairns. On arrival join your local guide for a private wildlife journey at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds and of course, crocodiles! This evening feast on a delicious meal of fresh seasonal produce at Salt House with views of the Cairns waterfront. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. B DW Day 4: Cairns ‘Free Time’ Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an optional experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theatre, didgeridoo and fire-making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai dance. You could travel to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National

Park through some of the oldest rainforest in the world on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. B

Day 5: Great Barrier Reef Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. B L Day 6: Cairns – Sydney Depart Cairns and fly to Sydney. On arrival there’s time to relax before boarding a Captain Cook sunset highlight dinner cruise. Enjoy a two course à la carte dinner and the mesmerising views of Sydney at night. You’ll pass magnificent waterfront homes and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Hotel: Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, 3 nights. B HD Day 7: Sydney Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of Sydney Opera House with a local expert. Later board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Your destination is Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. This afternoon if you want to see Sydney from above, take the climb of

your life on Sydney Harbour Bridge ‘BridgeClimb’ (own expense). B L

Day 8: Sydney ‘Free Time’ The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an optional experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a unique Be My Guest experience at Gardeners Lodge Café. Join Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Beryl, for an intimate dining experience featuring fresh local produce with traditional bush flavours. It will be an evening to remember. B BG Day 9: Sydney – Auckland It’s farewell to Australia as you fly to Auckland, New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for a highlight dinner at ‘Eight’ at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland, 2 nights. B HD Day 10: Auckland A morning city sightseeing tour is followed by a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Later, you’ll have time to explore the city. B Day 11: Auckland – Rotorua Join a guide for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Rotorua where a Maori guide will accompany you at Te Puia Thermal Reserve. This evening feel the thrill of a heartpounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome at a By My Guest experience at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain a cultural insight into life


Contrast the secrets of Melbourne’s hidden laneways with a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Then there’s Bondi Beach where you’ll lunch with the locals and a Hangi feast that you’ll share with your Maori hosts in Rotorua. You’ll spot crocodiles and kiwis. It’s just a taste of what’s to come. Read on!

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Guided Holidays 18 days from

$7650

CAIRNS 3

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Melbourne to Christchurch

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Code: QCANA All dates are Definite Departures

AUCKLAND

AUSTRALIA Start End

$8295

$2710

$2825

Per Person Twin Share

2

Single Supplement Option

Waitomo Caves

1

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

$7850

ROTORUA

NEW ZEALAND

2017

Start Apr 06 Apr 20

End Apr 23 May 07

$7650

Per Person Twin Share

$2685

Single Supplement Option

SYDNEY 3

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1

Milford Sound

3

Jun 25 Jul 23 Sep 24 Oct 08

$8295

1 1

CHRISTCHURCH

MELBOURNE 2

Jun 08 Jul 06 Sep 07 Sep 21

QUEENSTOWN

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 04 Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 08 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 08 Mar 15 Mar 22

$7950

Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

$2770

Single Supplement Option

Apr 05 Apr 19

$2825

Oct 05 Oct 19 Nov 09 Nov 16 Nov 30 Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 28

Oct 22 Nov 05 Nov 26 Dec 03 Dec 17 Dec 31 Jan 07 Jan 14*

Franz Josef Glacier

End Jan 21 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 01 Apr 08

Single Supplement Option

Apr 22 May 06

$7750

Per Person Twin Share

$2730

Single Supplement Option

Jun 07 Jul 05 Sep 06 Sep 20

Jun 24 Jul 22 Sep 23 Oct 07

$8425

Per Person Twin Share

in New Zealand before European settlement. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. B BG

Day 12: Rotorua – Christchurch Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a local guide and discover the native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Next stop is the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life. Now you’ll fly to Christchurch. Hotel: Novotel Christchurch. B Day 13: Christchurch – Franz Josef Board the TranzAlpine train for your journey over the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory, to see a master carver at work. Travel along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier for a short walk to view the glacier and perhaps take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW Day 14: Franz Josef – Queenstown Enjoy a coastal drive with views of the Tasman Sea. Climb over the Haast Pass winding through Mount Aspiring National Park. Then your journey takes you past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and heads along the Kawarau River through the Kawarau Gorge. Finally you will visit the historic village of Arrowtown, before arriving in Queenstown. This evening join your Travel Director a highlight dinner at The Boatshed. Set in the restored historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed, with its spectacular

views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive meal with wine. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. B HD

Day 15: Milford Sound Cruise Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel en route to majestic Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch as you cruise with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you. B L Day 16: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Today you may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or just explore Queenstown on your own. This evening perhaps ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. B Day 17: Queenstown – Christchurch Stop to see the morning sun glisten   on Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Join your fellow travellers for a Be My Guest experience at Morelea Farm. You’re welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor for to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden and gain an insight into the day-to-day operation of farm life. Just wait until you try the Pavlova. In Christchurch this evening celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Novotel Christchurch. B BG FD

Day 18: Farewell from Christchurch Time to bid you farewell as we transfer you to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to   12 noon into Melbourne Airport Day 18 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Internal-holiday flights

Land Only price requires the following internalholiday flights to be purchased separately in order  to fulfil the holiday itinerary: Day 3 from Melbourne to Cairns – QF702 Day 6 from Cairns to Sydney – JQ957 Day 9 from Sydney to Auckland – QF143 Day 12 from Rotorua to Christchurch – NZ5379 

Optional Experience Day 4: Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Take in spectacular mountain views on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Explore the quaint ‘village in the rainforest’, including the Heritage Markets. Then board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your return journey, that glides silently over the rainforest. Ask your Travel Director for details.

$2820

Single Supplement Option

Oct 04 Oct 18 Nov 08 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27

Oct 21 Nov 04 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 16 Dec 30 Jan 06 Jan 13*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.  For additional departure dates and for the itinerary from Melbourne to Sydney (Code: ACANA) visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/qcana 2016

Start Dec 01 Dec 22 Dec 29

End Dec 18 Jan 08 Jan 15

2017

Start Jan 05 Jan 19 Feb 09 Feb 16 Mar 02 Mar 16

End Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 19 Apr 02

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $845  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $630 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $420 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1265  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $1050 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $840 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $845  Save up to $420  Save up to $420

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.


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Australian Highlights

13 days

Sydney Opera House Tour

• Indulge with a unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

• Discover Melbourne’s hidden laneways and arcades

• Savour a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary

• Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine

• Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise • Discover Aboriginal rock art and learn about sacred sites at Uluru

• Explore Kata Tjuta and hike through Walpa Gorge

• Interact with local Aboriginal artists and create your own dot painting masterpiece

• Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at famous Bondi Beach

• Experience the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (12)  B • Highlight lunch (1)  HL • Lunch (1)  L • Be My Guest dinner (1)  BG • Dinners with wine (2)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne On arrival at Melbourne Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Early evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, for what is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria’s history. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, you’ll enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 3 nights. DW Day 2: Melbourne Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café society and fascinating street art on your private walking tour. The rest of your day is free for you to do as you please. You may like to take an optional experience to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach or maybe you’d prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne’s well-known food and culture. B Day 3: Melbourne ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to explore the Uluru Barbecue Dinner (optional)

delights of Melbourne. You may like to take a full day optional experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theatre production or indulge in some world class fare at one of the city’s famous eateries. B

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs Today you fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the School of the Air and hear how it delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you’ll learn how this facility provides a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. This evening join Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a Be My Guest homecooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. They’ll share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy, you’ll hear about their sustainable lifestyle, and they may even lead you on a sing-a-long with didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember. Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort. B BG Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges and pause to

view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rocks Resort. B

Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) This morning experience the magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise. Afterwards, gain an insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Take a walk at Walpa Gorge and later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset while enjoying sparkling wine and nibbles. B Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns Join a local Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own


Diverse red desert landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef make this holiday one that ticks all the boxes. Wander through Melbourne’s eclectic laneways, meet the Falzon family in Alice Springs and feel the ancient heartbeat of the Red Centre, then snorkel on the reef and cruise around Sydney’s spectacular harbour.

CAIRNS

2

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Start End

1

Guided Holidays

3

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

AYERS ROCK

13 days from

$5225

ALICE SPRINGS

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Melbourne to Sydney

Code: IMSE All dates are Definite Departures

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

$5225

$5430

$1850

$1890

Per Person Twin Share

SYDNEY

Single Supplement Option

3

2017

MELBOURNE 3

painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. B

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef Get ready for an experience of a lifetime – board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semisubmersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you’ll dine at Dundee’s Restaurant on the Cairns waterfront. B L DW Day 9: Cairns ‘Free Time’ Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an optional experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theatre, didgeridoo and firemaking demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai dance. Or visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. You

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Uluru

could travel to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and experience the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway as you return to the lowlands above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. B

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney Today you’ll fly to Sydney. This evening is free for you to do as you wish. Your Travel Director will give you hints and tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner why not take a stroll along the beautiful waterfront. Hotel: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney, 3 nights. B Day 11: Sydney A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour city awaits! Join a local guide for a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Then take to the water on a Captain Cook highlight lunch cruise, sailing around the glistening harbour while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu. Spend the rest of your day Great Barrier Reef

seeing the sights of your choice or relax and take a stroll around the harbour front. Maybe even take an optional experience to see a performance under the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House. B HL

Day 12: Sydney ‘Free Time’ Enjoy a free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an optional experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. You’ll visit the charming village of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can pat a cuddly koala. You’ll also see our amazing Australian animals including kangaroos and crocodiles. Or if you’ve always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling ‘BridgeClimb’. Tonight celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a local restaurant by the water. B FD Day 13: Farewell from Sydney This morning after breakfast say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your memorable holiday throughout Australia comes to an end. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. B

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to   12 noon into Melbourne Airport Day 13 – Flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport

Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Internal-holiday flights

Land Only price requires the following internalholiday flights to be purchased separately in order  to fulfil the holiday itinerary: Day 4 from Melbourne to Alice Springs – QF796 Day 7 from Ayers Rock to Cairns – QF1854  Day 10 from Cairns to Sydney – QF925 

Start Apr 02 Apr 16 Jun 04 Jul 02 Sep 03 Sep 17 Oct 01 Oct 15 Nov 05 Nov 12 Nov 19 Nov 26 Dec 03 Dec 17

2018

Jan 07 Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18

End Apr 14 Apr 28 Jun 16 Jul 14 Sep 15 Sep 29 Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 01 Dec 08 Dec 15 Dec 29

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Apr 01 Apr 15 Jun 03 Jul 01 Sep 02 Sep 16 Sep 30 Oct 14 Nov 04 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 16

End Apr 13 Apr 27 Jun 15 Jul 13 Sep 14 Sep 28 Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 16 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 07 Dec 14 Dec 28

Jan 19 Jan 26 Feb 02 Feb 09 Feb 16 Feb 23 Mar 02 Mar 09 Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/imse 2016

Start Dec 04 Dec 18

End Dec 16 Dec 30

2017

Start Jan 01 Jan 15 Jan 22 Jan 29 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12 Mar 19

End Jan 13 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $525  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $390 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $260 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $785  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $650 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $520 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $525  Save up to $260  Save up to $260

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.


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Sydney, Reef & Rainforest

10 days

• Darling Harbour view from your Sydney hotel room

• Sail Sydney Harbour on a dinner cruise

• Discover the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour • Explore the Rocks Markets

• Learn about Surf Life Saving in Bondi and indulge in lunch overlooking Bondi Beach

• Free time to explore Sydney

• E xperience island life on Hamilton Island

• Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Whitsundays

• Dine with an Aussie family in Cairns

• Relax in the resort town of Port Douglas

• C  ruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef

• Explore the Daintree Rainforest

• Experience an Aboriginal smoking ceremony at Mossman Gorge

• Discover the village in the rainforest, Kuranda

• Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway high above Barron Gorge National Park

Sydney Harbour Day 1: Welcome to Sydney On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Then its off to the famous Rocks Markets. Held every weekend in the city where European settlers first stepped ashore on 26 January 1788. Explore the narrow lanes and cobblestone streets and traverse historic sandstone steps browsing the market stalls featuring jewellery, Indigenous artwork, evocative photography, gifts, souvenirs, homewares, sweet and savoury treats and arts and crafts. Now it’s time to find your sea-legs as you board a Captain Cook Cruise for your welcome reception and highlight dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. You’ll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Hotel: The Grace Hotel, Sydney, 3 nights. HD Day 2: Sydney Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Later, board your coach and head to Bondi Beach

• Indulge with a farewell dinner on the Cairns waterfront • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (9)  B • Be My Guest lunch (1)  BG • Lunch (1)  L • Be My Guest dinner (1)  BG • Dinner with wine (1)  DW • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Hamilton Island

for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a Be My Guest lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its uninterrupted views over the Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. This afternoon is free to do as you choose. To see Sydney from above, take the climb of your life with the Sydney Harbour Bridge ‘BridgeClimb’ or if you’ve always thought you’d love to see a famous opera under the sails of the iconic opera house, your Travel Director can help you arrange that too. B BG

Day 3: Sydney ‘Free Time’ Spend a free day in Sydney seeing the sights of your choice. Or perhaps take an excursion to view the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains and visit the charming village of Leura or the Jenolan Caves or take an interesting trip to Canberra, Australia’s capital. Or travel to the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier wine growing region, for a wineries tour. B

Day 4: Sydney – Hamilton Island This morning you’ll fly to Hamilton Island, one of the 74 sparkling islands in Queensland’s Whitsundays. You’re surrounded by pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure for you to explore or just enjoy the tropical sunset from your private balcony. Your stay is bound to be a highlight. Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights. B Day 5: Hamilton Island ‘Free Time’ Today in paradise it’s time to let your hair down and relax. You may like to take a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach or even strap on a snorkel and mask to spot turtles and other marine life on the fringing reef. You could choose to discover native Australian animals at the island’s wildlife park or grab a bite to eat at one of the island’s restaurant and watch the world go by. Whatever you do, at some stage relax by the resort pool with a good book. B Day 6: Hamilton Island – Cairns – Port Douglas Today fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns. Take a short journey to


City style meets sun, surf and natural beauty. Visit Sydney’s historic Rocks, dine on the iconic harbour, tour the Sydney Opera House and enjoy lunch at Bondi Beach. Enjoy tropical waters & sun on Hamilton Island and in Port Douglas. Experience Aboriginal culture in the Daintree, relax in Cairns, take the Kuranda Skyrail, and cruise on the Great Barrier Reef.

PORT 2 DOUGLAS CAIRNS 2

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Guided Holidays

10 days from

$3995

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

HAMILTON 2 ISLAND

Sydney to Cairns

Code: QFSC All dates are Definite Departures

$3995

$3995

$1500

$1500

Per Person Twin Share

Start End

29

Single Supplement Option

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

2017

Start Sep 10 Oct 08 Nov 05

End Sep 19 Oct 17 Nov 14

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 07 Jan 28 Feb 25 Mar 25

End Jan 16 Feb 06 Mar 06 Apr 03

$4125

Per Person Twin Share

$1520

Single Supplement Option

Sep 09 Oct 07 Nov 04

SYDNEY 3

Sep 18 Oct 16 Nov 13

Great Barrier Reef the resort town of Port Douglas, nestled between two World Heritage listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park. This afternoon explore the village, perhaps join one of the resort’s activities or just relax by the lagoon-style pool. This evening you may be tempted by a cocktail at Estilo lounge bar before dinner at Bazaar marketplace. Hotel: QT Port Douglas, 2 nights. B DW

Day 7: Great Barrier Reef Board a Quicksilver wavepiercing catamaran for your cruise to Agincourt Reef, at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The friendly professional crew will take you to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Choose to snorkel (equipment provided) or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish-feeding from the unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. A hot and cold tropical buffet including fresh prawns, meats, salads and

fruit is served before you return to Port Douglas this afternoon. B L

Day 8: Port Douglas – Cairns Your first stop is Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park for your Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk. In this hands-on experience you’ll learn about traditional plant use and your local Indigenous guide will identify bush food sources. They will provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. At the end of the journey enjoy traditional bush tea and damper (bread). Later, journey to Kuranda, where there’s time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ including the Heritage Village Markets. Return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. This evening join your companions for a special Be My Guest dining experience with a local family. Enjoy a great Aussie Barbecue dinner with your hosts in their home. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 2 nights. B BG

Day 9: Cairns ‘Free Time’ Spend today as you choose. Maybe take an optional experience to award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theatres, stages shows and demonstrations or spot crocodiles and birds in their natural habitat and learn about the fascinating harbour and its history on an afternoon cruise on Cairns Harbour. You could visit Cairns Tropical Zoo or Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to encounter an array of wildlife, including koalas, beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. This evening join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a farewell dinner at a restaurant on the Cairns waterfront. B FD Day 10: Farewell from Cairns Say goodbye to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of a memorable holiday. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight. B

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between January & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/qfsc 2017

Start Jan 29 Feb 26 Mar 26

End Feb 07 Mar 07 Apr 04

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $400  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $300 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $200 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $600  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $500 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $400 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Save up to $400  Save up to $200  Save up to $200

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 10.30am into Sydney Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport

Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Internal-holiday flights

Land Only price requires the following internalholiday flights to be purchased separately in order  to fulfil the holiday itinerary: Day 4 from Sydney to Hamilton Island – QF866   Day 6 from Hamilton Island to Cairns – QF2504


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Tastes of  Southern Australia

11 days

• Travel along the magnificent Great Ocean Road

• Visit the Twelve Apostles • Visit historic Berrima in the Southern Highlands

• Experience farm life at Gold Creek Sheep Station

• Enjoy a guided tour through impressive Parliament House

• Explore the Australian War Memorial

• Enjoy views over Canberra from Mt. Ainslie

• Discover historic Beechworth

• Visit Ned Kelly Country

• Throw a boomerang and taste bush tucker at Tower Hill Nature Reserve • Visit the Coonawarra for a wine tasting

• Indulge in food & wine in the Barossa

• Wine tour & tastings at The Lane Vineyard

• Visit a micro distillery on Kangaroo Island

• Explore seaside Victor Harbor

• Taste delicious local cuisine & wine on Kangaroo Island • Walk amongst Sea Lions at Seal Bay

• Explore picturesque Hahndorf

• Included Choice experiences in Melbourne • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (9)  B • Be My Guest breakfast (1)  BG • Be My Guest lunch (1)  BG • Highlight lunches (2)  HL • Dinners with wine (4)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Sydney – Canberra Welcome to your holiday! This morning begin your scenic journey to Canberra via the Southern Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture then visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr. Get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for an Aussie BBQ highlight lunch. Your destination is the country’s capital where you’ll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay to hear the evocative Last Post. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal. Hotel: Novotel, Canberra. HL DW Day 2: Canberra – Beechworth Before leaving Canberra this morning, you’ll visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie to take in views of the city and surrounding ranges from the lookout. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best preserved gold rush town for your unique overnight stay in one of the Bed and Breakfast properties. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with towering winter snow-capped mountains, treecovered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Why not grab a coffee and delicious treat from the legendary Beechworth Bakery! Tonight, if you’re feeling up to it, head

down to Hotel Nicholas for a good pub meal. The hotel was built in 1857 during the heady gold rush days and houses a great collection of local memorabilia. Hotel: Boutique Country Accommodation, Beechworth. B

Day 3: Beechworth – Melbourne This morning join your B&B host for a Be My Guest breakfast. Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for a sightseeing tour. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk along the Yarra River and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants at Southbank. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 2 nights. BG Day 4: Melbourne Included Choice Today Melbourne is all yours to explore! Choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne. With 360 degree floor to ceiling views, it’s the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. Maybe join a Hunt & Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of the historic marketplace and taste your way around the market’s seemingly endless food stalls. Or you may choose to discover the city’s famous laneways and arcades on a walking tour. These hidden laneways also house some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Treat yourself for dinner tonight. B Day 5: Melbourne – Warrnambool Hold on to your seats and make sure your camera is charged for one of the world’s great road trips – the Great Ocean Road! Enjoy spectacular scenery that never ends and the quaint seaside towns of Lorne and

Apollo Bay. Visit the amazing Twelve Apostles. These fascinating limestone formations tower 45 metres above the Southern Ocean. Later view Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge before arriving in Warrnambool. Hotel: Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa, Warrnambool. B DW

Day 6: Warrnambool – Naracoorte This morning visit Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill State Game Reserve. The area was a rich food source for the Koroit Gundidj people whose descendants retain links with this country. Your guide will provide you with an Aboriginal perspective about flora, wildlife, volcanic formations, bush existence and medicinal practices. Continue into Mt. Gambier to visit the mysterious Blue Lake and then travel on to the world renowned Coonawarra wine region. Stop at Brand’s Laira vineyard for a wine tasting. The vineyard’s first vines were planted in 1893 when an English Sea Captain purchased a plot of land in the Penola fruit colony, naming it ‘Laira’ after the ship that traded around the Australian and New Zealand coasts at the time. Afterwards you’ll continue to Naracoorte, your stop for the night. Hotel: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte. B DW Day 7: Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island Journey to the Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor at lunchtime. You might like to take the horse-drawn tram to Granite Island or just sit back and relax with some fish and chips on the beach. Yum! This afternoon board a ferry at Cape Jervis, bound for Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is famous for its unspoiled natural beauty and its fresh local produce.


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Leave no stone unturned when you explore country Victoria, cosmopolitan Melbourne and the spectacular coast and delicious produce of Southern Australia. Meet local farmers, wine makers and whisky distillers, and indulge in their delectable produce while you take in stunning scenery on the Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa.

Guided Holidays

Start End

2

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

The Barossa ADELAIDE

2 KANGAROO ISLAND

NARACOORTE 1

Sydney Berrima CANBERRA 1 Glenrowan 1

BEECHWORTH Great Ocean Mt. Road Gambier 2 MELBOURNE Tower Hill 1 Lorne WARRNAMBOOL

11 days from

$4550

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Sydney to Adelaide

Code: ESMA All dates are Definite Departures

$4550

$4550

$1165

$1165

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 18

End Apr 28

Single Supplement Option

$4675

May 09

May 19

$4550

Per Person Twin Share

$1165

Single Supplement Option

Day 8: Kangaroo Island Today explore Kangaroo Island! Visit spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery, where you may even spot koalas, wallabies and kangaroos. Later, join your fellow travellers for a Be My Guest lunch at Andermel Marron Farm, an experience that captures much that is special about the island. You’ll see the Marron (freshwater crayfish) tanks and enjoy a tasting of the farm’s very own Two Wheeler Creek wine and farm-produced bush tucker before

indulging in some marron for lunch. You can choose to try a hot or cold marron dish, or something else equally as delicious with a glass of wine. It’s up to you! Afterwards join a ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of sea lions. B BG

Day 9: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide This morning board a ferry to cross back to the mainland and travel to picturesque Adelaide. On arrival enjoy an orientation of the ‘City of Churches’ with your Travel Director, before checking in to your hotel. This afternoon you’re free to explore Adelaide and enjoy a meal at any of the wonderful local restaurants. Did you know that Adelaide boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia? You do now! Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide, 2 nights. B Day 10: The Barossa The rolling Adelaide Hills and Barossa lay ahead of you today and you’ll have the opportunity to taste a number of their world-renowned wines! First stop is picturesque Hahndorf. Experience its charm and

hospitality as you wander down the tree lined streets and take time to explore the quaint shops and even taste some of the town’s artisan produce. Enjoy a wine tasting overlooking the stunning vineyards before continuing to The Barossa for lunch at The Company Kitchen, part of the South Australian Company Store. At The Company Kitchen they believe in locally produced South Australian food and that a food experience is to be savoured and enjoyed. You’ll taste two local wines with canapés that feature fresh local produce, followed by a delicious main meal of your choice. Travel back to Adelaide through the Barossa’s rolling hills. This evening join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a farewell dinner. B HL FD

Day 11: Farewell from Adelaide After an indulgent time away, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast. You will be transferred to Adelaide Airport for your onward flight. B

Optional Experience Day 4: Penguin Parade Travel directly to the Penguin Parade. Enjoy panoramic views of French Island before witnessing the amazing nightly ritual. Upgrade to the viewing platform located in the ‘high penguin traffic area’ (K11P). Watch penguins march up the sand to their nests and enjoy time browsing through the educational centre. Café meals available (own expense). Travel express back to Melbourne. Ask your Travel Director for details.

2018

Per Person Twin Share

$1235

Kick off your island adventure with a visit to South Australia’s only boutique distillery to taste a selection of their handcrafted premium spirits. All the spirits are hand made in small batches onsite, so you’ll be able to smell the aroma of botanicals, citrus peel or even fennel lingering as you taste the award-winning Australian gin and delicious liqueurs. Finish up with a short journey to Kingscote, and rest up for the exciting day that awaits you tomorrow. Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island, 2 nights. B DW

Single Supplement Option

Start Jan 09 Jan 30 Feb 13 Mar 06 Mar 20

$4620

Historic Beechworth

Per Person Twin Share

Sep 05 Sep 26 Oct 17 Nov 07 Nov 28

Sep 15 Oct 06 Oct 27 Nov 17 Dec 08

End Jan 19 Feb 09 Feb 23 Mar 16 Mar 30

Per Person Twin Share

$1185

Single Supplement Option

Apr 17 May 08 Sep 04 Sep 25 Oct 16 Nov 06 Nov 27 Dec 18

Apr 27 May 18 Sep 14 Oct 05 Oct 26 Nov 16 Dec 07 Dec 28

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/esma 2016

Start Dec 20

End Dec 30

2017

Start Jan 10 Jan 31 Feb 21 Mar 14 Mar 28

End Jan 20 Feb 10 Mar 03 Mar 24 Apr 07

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $455  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $340 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $230 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $685  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $570 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $460 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $455  Save up to $230  Save up to $230

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport Day 11 – Flights to depart anytime from Adelaide Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.


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Great Ocean Road &  Kangaroo Island Escape

Embark on one of the world’s top ten greatest road trips along the Great Ocean Road and experience for yourself the dazzling scenery of Kangaroo Island and the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Meet local wine, whisky and marron producers and taste their specialities in the Coonawarra, on Kangaroo Island and in the Barossa.

2

KANGAROO ISLAND

Start End

ADELAIDE

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

1 NARACOOTE

Guided Holidays

$2950

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Great Ocean Road

Melbourne Lorne 1 Tower Hill WARRNAMBOOL

Mt. Gambier

Melbourne to Adelaide

Code: EMKA All dates are Definite Departures

$2950

$3025

$740

$750

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Great Ocean Road As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

• Travel along the magnificent Great Ocean Road

• Witness the amazing Twelve Apostles

• Experience Aboriginal culture at Tower Hill State Reserve • Enjoy Barossa food and wine • Wine tour & tastings at The Lane Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills

• Watch the Sea Lions play at Kangaroo Island

• Taste locally made spirits at a micro distillery

• Visit picturesque Hahndorf

• Indulge in local cuisine and wine on Kangaroo Island

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (6)  B • Be My Guest lunch (1)  BG • Highlight lunch (1)  HL • Dinners with wine (3)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Spend a day or two in Melbourne before your holiday Exploring Melbourne’s hidden secrets is a must! Or if you’ve always wanted to visit the Phillip Island Penguin Parade or indulge in the Yarra Valley, you can. Talk to us about staying a night or two before you begin your Guided Holiday. Ask us for details at time of booking.

Day 1: Melbourne – Warrnambool Welcome to your holiday! This morning make sure your camera is charged for one of the world’s great road trips – the Great Ocean Road! Enjoy spectacular coastal scenery and the quaint seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Visit the amazing Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge before arriving in Warrnambool. Hotel: Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa, Warrnambool. DW Day 2: Warrnambool – Naracoorte This morning visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve. Your guide will provide an Aboriginal perspective about flora, wildlife, volcanic formations, bush existence and medicinal practices in this dormant volcano. At Mt. Gambier visit the mysterious Blue Lake, then travel to the world renowned Coonawarra wine region. Stop at Brand’s Laira vineyard for a wine tasting. Afterwards you’ll continue to Naracoorte, your stop for the night. Hotel: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte. B DW Day 3: Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island Visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor at lunchtime. Why not relax with some fish and chips on the beach. Yum! This afternoon take a ferry bound for Kangaroo Island. Kick off your island adventure with a visit to South Australia’s only boutique distillery to taste a selection of their handcrafted premium spirits. All the spirits are hand made onsite, so you’ll be able to smell the aroma of botanicals, citrus peel or even fennel lingering as you taste the awardwinning Australian gin and delicious liqueurs. Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island, 2 nights. B DW Day 4: Kangaroo Island Today explore Kangaroo Island! Visit spectacular Remarkable Rocks and

7 days

7 days from

The Barossa 2

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Admirals Arch to enjoy the stunning coastal scenery, where you may even spot koalas, wallabies and kangaroos. Later, join your fellow travellers for a Be My Guest lunch at Andermel Marron Farm. Enjoy a tasting of the farm’s very own Two Wheeler Creek wine and farm-produced bush tucker before indulging in some marron for lunch. Try a hot or cold marron dish with a glass of wine and dessert. Afterwards join a ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of sea lions. B BG

Day 5: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide This morning board a ferry and return to picturesque Adelaide. On arrival enjoy an orientation of the glorious ‘City of Churches’ with your Travel Director, before checking in to your hotel. This afternoon you’re free to explore Adelaide and enjoy a meal at any of the wonderful local restaurants. Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide, 2 nights. B Day 6: The Barossa In the rolling Adelaide Hills and Barossa you’ll have the opportunity to taste world-renowned wines! First stop is picturesque Hahndorf. Enjoy a wine tasting overlooking vineyards before continuing to The Barossa for lunch at The Company Kitchen, part of the South Australian Company Store. They believe in locally produced South Australian food and that a food experience is to be savoured and enjoyed. You’ll taste two local wines with canapés that feature fresh local produce, followed by a delicious main meal of your choice. Travel back to Adelaide through the Barossa’s rolling hills. This evening join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a farewell dinner. B HL FD Day 7: Farewell from Adelaide After an indulgent week away, your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Adelaide Airport for your onward flight. B

Start Apr 22 May 13 Sep 09 Oct 30 Oct 21 Nov 11 Dec 02

2018

Jan 13 Feb 03 Feb 17 Mar 10 Mar 24

End Apr 28 May 19 Sep 15 Oct 06 Oct 27 Nov 17 Dec 08

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018 continued Start Apr 21 May 12 Sep 08 Sep 29 Oct 20 Nov 10 Dec 01 Dec 22

End Apr 27 May 18 Sep 14 Oct 05 Oct 26 Nov 16 Dec 07 Dec 28

Jan 19 Feb 09 Feb 23 Mar 16 Mar 30

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Looking for a winter escape? We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/emka 2016

Start Dec 24

End Dec 30

2017

Start Jan 14 Feb 04 Feb 25 Mar 18

End Jan 20 Feb 10 Mar 03 Mar 24

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $295  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $220 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $150 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $445  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $370 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $300 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $295  Save up to $150  Save up to $150

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Melbourne Airport Day 7 – Flights to depart anytime from Adelaide Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.


Southern Capitals  – City Meets Bush Cherish the contrasts that make Australia truly unique on this fabulous holiday. Visit historic Berrima and meet farmer Craig Starr at his sheep station, tour through Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial, enjoy a night out at a historic Aussie pub, then travel through Ned Kelly country on the way to thoroughly modern Melbourne. Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Sydney

Berrima CANBERRA 1 BEECHWORTH 1 Glenrowan 2 MELBOURNE

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5 days Guided Holidays

5 days from

$1875

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Sydney to Melbourne

Code: ESBM All dates are Definite Departures

$1875

$1875

$495

$495

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 18

• Experience farm life at Gold Creek Sheep Station

• Enjoy a guided tour through impressive Parliament House

• Explore the Australian War Memorial

• Enjoy views over Canberra from Mt Ainslie

• Discover the charm of historic Beechworth

• Stay in a Bed and Breakfast property in country Victoria

• Visit Ned Kelly Country

• Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways on a revealing walking tour • Included Choice experiences

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (3)  B • Be My Guest breakfast (1)  BG • Highlight Lunch (1)  HL • Dinner with wine (1)  DW

Optional Experience:

Great Ocean Road

Spend an extra night in Melbourne and travel along the 243kms of the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Stop Apollo Bay at lunchtime, view the Twelve Apostles, visit Loch Ard Gorge and take a break for afternoon tea in scenic Port Campbell. Ask your Travel Director for details.

Day 1: Sydney – Canberra Welcome to your holiday! This morning begin your scenic journey to Canberra via the Southern Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture, then visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr. Get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for a good Aussie BBQ lunch. Your destination is the country’s capital where you’ll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a passionate local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay for the evocative Last Post. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal. Hotel: Novotel, Canberra. HL DW Day 2: Canberra – Beechworth Before leaving Canberra this morning, you’ll visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie to take in views of the city and surrounding ranges from the lookout. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best preserved gold rush town. Your unique overnight stay is in one of the town’s quaint Bed and Breakfast properties. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with towering winter snow-capped mountains, tree-covered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Why not grab a coffee and delicious treat from the legendary Beechworth Bakery! Tonight, if you’re feeling up to it, head

down to Hotel Nicholas for a great pub meal. The hotel was built in 1857 during the heady gold rush and houses a great collection of local memorabilia. Hotel: Boutique Country Accommodation, Beechworth. B

2018

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

$1925

$565 As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Single Supplement Option

Start Jan 09 Jan 30 Feb 13 Mar 06 Mar 20

$1945

Gold Creek Station

• Visit historic Berrima in the Southern Highlands

End Apr 22

Per Person Twin Share

May 09

May 13

$1875

Per Person Twin Share

$495

Single Supplement Option

Sep 05 Sep 26 Oct 17 Nov 07 Nov 28

Sep 09 Oct 30 Oct 21 Nov 11 Dec 02

End Jan 13 Feb 03 Feb 17 Mar 10 Mar 24

Per Person Twin Share

$500

Single Supplement Option

Apr 17 May 08 Sep 04 Sep 25 Oct 16 Nov 06 Nov 27 Dec 18

Apr 21 May 12 Sep 08 Oct 29 Oct 20 Nov 10 Dec 01 Dec 22

Day 3: Beechworth – Melbourne This morning join your B&B host for a Be My Guest breakfast. Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for a sightseeing tour. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk along the Yarra River and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 2 nights. BG

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Day 4: Melbourne Included Choice Today Melbourne is all yours to explore! Choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne. With 360 degree floor to ceiling views, it’s the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. Maybe join a Hunt & Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of the historic marketplace and taste your way around the market’s seemingly endless food stalls. Or you may choose to discover the city’s famous laneways and arcades on a walking tour. These hidden laneways also house some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Treat yourself to dinner tonight. B

2016

Day 5: Farewell from Melbourne This morning bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast. B

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/esbm Start Dec 20

End Dec 24

2017

Start Jan 10 Jan 31 Feb 21 Mar 14 Mar 28

End Jan 14 Feb 04 Feb 25 Mar 18 Apr 01

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $190  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $140 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $95 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $285  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $235 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $190 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $190  Save up to $95  Save up to $95

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day prior – Flights to arrive anytime   into Sydney Airport Day 5 – Flights to depart anytime from Melbourne Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.


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Outback Adventure

• Join a food expert at Adelaide Central Market • Wine tasting in the Clare Valley

• Explore Wilpena Pound

• Discover opals at Coober Pedy • Sparkling wine while watching the magnificent Uluru sunset

• Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Learn about indigenous culture in the Red Centre • Climb Kings Canyon

• Meet the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary for a Be My Guest dinner

• Discover the Devils Marbles • Enjoy a refreshing ale at Daly Waters Historic Pub • Swim at Mataranka Thermal Springs

• Cruise on Katherine Gorge & discover ancient rock art

• Discover wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong

• View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu

• Swim beneath Litchfield’s pristine waterfalls

• Enjoy a Darwin Harbour dinner cruise

• Included Choice Experiences in Darwin • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (14)  B • Be My Guest dinner (1)  BG • Dinners with wine (8)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

11/15 days

Yellow Water Billabong Day 1: Welcome to Adelaide You’ll be transferred from Adelaide Airport to your hotel by private car. This afternoon explore the sights of the historic ‘city of churches’ then join a local food expert for a guided tour of 140 year old Adelaide Central Market. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, sample the culinary delights, meet the traders and share the history and secrets of the colourful marketplace. Relax with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a welcome reception and dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill. Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide. DW Day 2: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges Travel to the beautiful Clare Valley for a wine tasting at the Jesuit owned Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest existing winery in the region. Take a stroll through the vines before stopping in Clare at lunchtime. Later, travel through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares. Pass the intriguing ruins of deserted pastoral leases and keep an eye out for mobs of emus on the plains as dusk draws near. Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges. B DW Day 3: Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta Take a spectacular walk with your Travel Director to Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout for incredible views of Wilpena Pound. You’ll likely see wild emus and kangaroos grazing along the riverbank. Journey through Pitchi Richi Pass and historic Quorn on your way to Port Augusta. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre then venture to Cena on Chapel for a delicious dinner. Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments, Port Augusta. B DW

Day 4: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy Visit Woomera, then travel through salt lake country watching as the landscape changes near isolated Coober Pedy, Australia’s opal capital! Visit an underground church and home with a local guide and view an opal demonstration. Tonight enjoy dinner at Umbertos Restaurant. Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy. B DW Day 5: Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Enter the dual World Heritage listed National Park to enjoy nibbles and sparkling wine at the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip’. As the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. Guests join this afternoon in Ayers Rock (Code: NUAD). Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) See the Red Centre set alight by the morning’s first rays of sunlight. After sunrise tour the base of Uluru. You may like to take a self-guided stroll around the 11km base of ‘The Rock’ or enjoy a guided walk with your Travel Director to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Travel Director interprets their meaning and significance. Visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. This afternoon visit the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek bed between two of the main domes. Take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while you enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles. B

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon Travel to Kings Canyon Resort. On the way, marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder of Central Australia’ and stop for a lunch break at Kings Creek Station. Originally vacant crown land, the station now runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Learn the intriguing story of owners, Ian and Lynn Conway, and their dedication to Aboriginal children in the region’s remote communities. Why not taste one of their famous camel burgers for lunch? You don’t want to miss out! Now get ready for spectacular sightseeing. You’re off on a 6km rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, which will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is also available. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort. B DW Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Today we journey to Alice Springs. Travel across vast cattle properties and get a feel for just how expansive the outback is. In Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872. It first served for 60 years as one of 12 stations Adelaide Central Market


Discover the Australian Outback on a journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre to Darwin in the Top End. You’ll witness the stunning beauty of Australia’s vast and varied landscapes including the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park.

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Guided Holidays

Kakadu National Park DARWIN 2

1 JABIRU 1 KATHERINE

Litchfield National Park

Mataranka

Karlu Karlu KINGS CANYON 1

15 days from

1 TENNANT CREEK

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

2 ALICE SPRINGS

2

AYERS ROCK Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

$6275

COOBER PEDY 1

FLINDERS RANGES

Woomera

1

1

PORT AUGUSTA

1

Clare Valley ADELAIDE

Adelaide to Darwin

Code: NAAD All dates are Definite Departures

$6275

$6450

$1650

$1685

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 23 May 23

$6525

along the Overland Telegraph Line that stretched 3,000km to relay messages between Adelaide and Darwin. It later served as a school for Aboriginal children and was known as ‘The Bungalow’. Top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views over Alice Springs. Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights. B

Day 9: Aboriginal Culture Learn about the life and survival of the Arrernte People, including the search for water and bush food, from a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park. Visit the Nocturnal House and enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey presentation. Continue to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how the facility brings first class health services to people living in the bush. Join Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a home cooked gourmet Be My Guest BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy with the Falzon family and they may even lead you in a sing-a-long, accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember! B BG Day 10: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek Your first stop is the School of the Air. Witness a live class room lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres, to children living in remote locations who would otherwise have no access to public education. Later, travel north towards Tennant Creek stopping at interesting Wycliffe Well on the way to visit Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). You’ll have plenty of time to walk around the precariously balanced boulders.

Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Apr 03 Apr 24 May 22

Per Person Twin Share

$6725

Single Supplement Option

$1915

$1885

Jun 13 Jul 04 Jul 25 Aug 22 Sep 12 Sep 19

Kings Canyon

End May 07 Jun 06

Per Person Twin Share

Jun 27 Jul 18 Aug 08 Sep 05 Sep 26 Oct 03

End Apr 17 May 08 Jun 05

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Jun 12 Jul 03 Jul 24 Aug 21 Sep 11 Sep 18

Jun 26 Jul 17 Aug 07 Sep 04 Sep 25 Oct 02

Ayers Rock to Darwin End the day at Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town along the Stuart Highway. Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek. B DW

Day 11: Tennant Creek – Katherine Today you’ll travel north and visit eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a refreshing ale at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, ‘Land of the Never Never’. At Mataranka you can visit a replica of the original Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of ‘We of the Never Never’, an autobiographical film about Jeannie Gunn’s life in the Outback. Or, you may take the palm lined walkway for a swim in the famous thermal springs – a bit of a must do! Travel on to Katherine for the night. Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine. B DW Day 12: Katherine – Kakadu Join your local guide on a serene early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Discover the cultural significance of this ancient waterway to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn, and keep an eye out for the resident crocodiles. Continue to Kakadu National Park via Pine Creek. We recommend treating yourself to a mango smoothie along the way! Travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. You should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers. You’ll also see feared estuarine crocodiles basking in the muddy shallows. This afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru. B DW

Day 13: Kakadu – Darwin This morning visit Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views over the flood plains and escarpment country. You may recognise the location from the famous Australian film, Crocodile Dundee! This afternoon on arrival in Darwin, you can choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You could take the opportunity to visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market, where we’ll treat you to dinner and a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea, or visit Crocosaurus Cove at your leisure or even sit back and relax at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 2 nights. B Day 14: Litchfield National Park Today travel to Litchfield National Park. You’ll stop at the amazing Termite Mounds and then Florence Falls to view the famous plunge pool from a high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal clear waterhole before heading back to Darwin. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner on board a Darwin Harbour Cruise. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal as you watch the sun set over Darwin and the surrounding area – it’s time to celebrate your Northern Territory outback adventure. B FD Day 15: Farewell from Darwin Bid your fellow travellers goodbye when your incredible holiday concludes after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Darwin Airport for your onward flight. B

Code: NUAD  All dates are Definite Departures

$4675

$4825

$1155

$1170

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 27 May 27

End May 07 Jun 06

$4995

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Apr 07 Apr 28 May 26

Per Person Twin Share

$5150

Single Supplement Option

$1405

$1385

Jun 17 Jul 08 Jul 29 Aug 26 Sep 16 Sep 23

Jun 27 Jul 18 Aug 08 Sep 05 Sep 26 Oct 03

End Apr 17 May 08 Jun 05

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Jun 16 Jul 07 Jul 28 Aug 25 Sep 15 Sep 22

Jun 26 Jul 17 Aug 07 Sep 04 Sep 25 Oct 02

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $655  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $490 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $325 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $980  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $815 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $650 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $655  Save up to $325  Save up to $325

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Adelaide Airport (NAAD) Day 5 – Flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Ayers Rock Airport (NUAD) Day 15 – Flights to depart anytime   from Darwin Airport (NAAD, NUAD) Airfares are not included in the prices above.


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Perfect Tasmania

• Explore Hobart’s city sights

• Discover famous Salamanca Market

• Visit spectacular Russell Falls • Cruise on the Gordon River including a delicious lunch

• Step back in time on Sarah Island

• Hike around Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain

• Explore the town of murals – Sheffield

• Taste Tasmanian salmon at 41° South Salmon Farm

• Indulge in local cheeses at Pyengana Dairy Company

• Savour Tassie’s famous food and wine at Josef Chromy • Explore Launceston

• Visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate

• Cruise on Wineglass Bay

• Experience MONA

• Explore historic Port Arthur

• Visit Hellyers Road Distillery

• Be My Guest morning tea at Shene Estate • Included Choice experiences

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (11)  B • Be My Guest morning tea (1)  BG • Be My Guest lunch (1)  BG • Lunches (2)  L • Dinners with wine (7)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

6/7/12 days

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain Day 1: Welcome to Hobart On arrival at Hobart Airport you’ll be transferred by private car to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a tour of Hobart including Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens and Constitution Dock. The last stop is Mt. Nelson for amazing views of Hobart. Tonight you’ll get to know everyone at a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, 2 nights. DW Day 2: Salamanca Market A free morning to enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, colour and action of Salamanca Market. Explore the market stalls, wander through the historic sandstone warehouses discovering innovative Tasmanian arts and crafts and delight in the taste and aroma of freshly baked goods and local produce. Meet the friendly people who make or grow what they sell. Take a moment to sit back and relax at one of Salamanca’s cafés and watch the world pass you by with a cooling ale or locally produced cider. This afternoon choose one from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Maybe join a walking tour with a local expert for fabulous insight into Hobart’s history, people and places. Or perhaps visit Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum. They’ve left nothing to the imagination with the historic replication of the base Douglas Mawson built in Antarctica during his Australasian Antarctic expedition of 1911-14. Alternatively, you can use your Included Choice option on Day 10 to catch the quirky MONA Ferry back to Hobart, after you visit the museum. B Day 3: Hobart – Strahan This morning head west to New

Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park, Tasmania’s oldest, and location of the spectacular three-tiered Russell Falls. This afternoon visit the Wall in the Wilderness, a fascinating sculpture where artist Greg Duncan has hand-carved a collection of panels commemorating those who shaped the area’s past and present. Travel to Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and on to coastal Strahan. Hotel: Strahan Village. B DW

Day 4: Strahan – Cradle Mountain Start the day with a Gordon River cruise, where the wilderness comes to the water’s edge. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters reflecting the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island and discover the ruins of the penal colony. See Hell’s Gate and Heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine. Later pass the mining and hydro electric towns of Rosebery and Tullah, as you travel to Cradle Mountain National Park. Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel, 2 nights. B L DW Day 5: Cradle Mountain This morning it’s time to explore Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Travel Director for a guided walk around Dove Lake, then choose to meander through the forest and alpine heathlands on a purpose built board walk or for a more challenging hike, head to Marion’s Lookout. If a close up encounter with a Tasmanian Devil or a pampering spa treatment sounds more like you, your Travel Director can assist you to make a booking. B DW Day 6: Cradle Mountain – Launceston This morning you’ll visit Hellyers Road Distillery for a guided walk through the

working distillery to see ingredients and processes that deliver one of the finest single malt whiskys in the world. Next up you’ll visit Sheffield, town of the murals, before heading to 41° South Salmon & Ginseng Farm. Join the Pyka family to hear how they came to be salmon farmers when they arrived in Australia from Germany. Take a wander through their property to learn a little about aquaculture and feed salmon in the feeding ponds. Before you leave you’ll have the chance to taste their fresh smoked salmon and ginseng products. Continue through the Meander Valley to Tassie’s ‘northern capital’ Launceston. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston, 2 nights. B DW

Day 7: Launceston This morning you’ll visit Cataract Gorge before you take a scenic country drive through the Tamar Valley’s rolling hills. Following this you are welcome at Josef Chromy Wines for a delicious Be My Guest lunch. The views from the surrounding vineyards and lakes provide an idyllic location to enjoy tasting some of the estategrown cool climate wines and tucking in to some fresh local Tasmanian produce. This afternoon is free for you to relax or explore on your own. You may like to take an optional cruise on the Tamar River or even a tour through James Boag’s Brewery. Guests depart this afternoon in Launceston (Code: THHL). Guests join this afternoon in Launceston (Code: TLHH). B BG Day 8: Launceston – Bicheno Bridestowe Lavender Estate is your first stop today. It has been growing lavender since 1922 when a London perfumer planted lavender seeds from the French Alps on his family estate which he named after his wife’s birthplace in England. Try some


Experience what the island state is world renowned for – idyllic scenery, abundant wildlife, gourmet food and wine, art and friendly locals. Explore Hobart’s Salamanca, witness the stunning natural beauty of Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park and tantalise your taste buds with Tasmanian Salmon, local cheese and other delicious treats.

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Guided Holidays 12 days from

Start

Weldborough Pass

Burnie Sheffield CRADLE MOUNTAIN 2

$4925

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

41° South Salmon Farm

Queenstown STRAHAN 1 Gordon River Cruise Mt. Field National Park/ Russell Falls

MONA

St. Helens 2 LAUNCESTON

Josef Chromy Wines BICHENO 2 Ross Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park Shene Estate

Eaglehawk Neck HOBART 2 2 Port Arthur Isle of the Dead Cruise

Day 9: Freycinet National Park Discover the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay on a four hour lunch cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula with a local guide. Cruise from the gentle shores of Coles Bay along the Freycinet coast to one Freycinet National Park

Hobart return

Code: THLH All dates are Definite Departures

$4925

$5450

$1200

$1485

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Jan 06 Feb 17 Mar 24

End Jan 17 Feb 28 Apr 04

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Sep 22 Oct 13 Nov 24

End Oct 03 Oct 24 Dec 05

Jan 05 Feb 02 Feb 16 Mar 23

Jan 16 Feb 13 Feb 27 Apr 03

2018

Hobart to Launceston

Code: THHL  All dates are Definite Departures

$2995

$3095

$675

$740

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Jan 06 Feb 17 Mar 24

Bridestowe Lavender Estate of Bridestowe’s lavender products and treat yourself to their famous lavender ice-cream! Later, stop at the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, planted in honour of fallen WWI soldiers, then visit Pyengana Dairy Company. Learn about the history of the farm and cheese making in the Pyengana area before you taste a number of cheeses of different ages and flavours. After a lunchtime stop at St. Helens, follow the picturesque East Coast south to Bicheno. This evening you may like to take an optional tour to see Bicheno’s wild penguin colony as they emerge from the ocean for the night, or even take a tour to see Tassie Devils. Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno, 2 nights. B DW

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

End Jan 12 Feb 23 Mar 30

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Sep 22 Oct 13 Nov 24

2018

of the world’s best beaches. Later, experience breathtaking Freycinet National Park, with its pink granite mountains, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests. A guided walk will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Cape Tourville Lookout will amaze you. B L DW

Day 10: Bicheno – Hobart Journey to historic Ross, considered the finest nineteenth century village in Australia. Visit the exquisite Ross Bridge with its 186 carvings depicting Celtic symbols, flora, fauna and notable personalities of the day. As you travel south towards Hobart you’ll stop at Shene Estate, a reflection of early Australian architecture and the colonial era for a Be My Guest experience. A walking tour of this iconic property with a local expert is followed by a basket of home-made treats for morning tea. On the way to Hobart you’ll visit Australia’s largest privately funded museum,

the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), with its mix of ancient, modern and sometimes confronting contemporary art. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, 2 nights. B BG

Day 11: Port Arthur En route to Port Arthur cross Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula. Enjoy a fascinating guided walk of Port Arthur Historic Site and infamous convict prison and a cruise around the Isle of the Dead. View the rugged sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout, and feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole on your return to Hobart. This evening celebrate a wonderful holiday with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a farewell dinner. B FD Day 12: Farewell from Hobart Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. B

Optional Experience Day 8: Bicheno Penguin Tour

As the sun sets, delight as the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrows. Ask your Travel Director for details.

Jan 05 Feb 02 Feb 16 Mar 23

End Sep 28 Oct 19 Nov 30

Jan 11 Feb 08 Feb 22 Mar 29

Launceston to Hobart

Code: TLHH  All dates are Definite Departures

$2175

$2775

$540

$745

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Jan 12 Feb 23 Mar 30

End Jan 17 Feb 28 Apr 04

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Sep 28 Oct 19 Nov 30

2018

Jan 11 Feb 08 Feb 22 Mar 29

End Oct 03 Oct 24 Dec 05

Jan 16 Feb 13 Feb 27 Apr 03

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/09/17.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $550  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $410 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $275 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $825  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $685 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $550 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $545  Save up to $275  Save up to $275

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Hobart Airport (THLH, THHL) Day 7 – Flights to depart after 4.00pm from Launceston Airport (THHL) Day 7 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.30pm into Launceston Airport (TLHH) Day 12 – Flights to depart anytime from Hobart Airport (THLH, TLHH) Airfares are not included in the prices above.


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Untamed Kimberley  & West Coast

• Get up close to the dolphins at Monkey Mia

• Indulge in food and wine on Darwin’s waterfront • Visit fascinating Argyle Downs Homestead • Take a thrill ride on the Ord River

• Explore Hidden Valley (Mirima) National Park

• Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce

• Visit WA’s only rum distillery

• Relax on Chamberlain Gorge

• Take a hike to Emma Gorge • Tour Argyle Diamond Mine • Visit Yiyili Aboriginal Community & art gallery • Float down Geikie Gorge

• Visit Karijini’s waterholes

• Tour an Iron Ore mine

• Cruise on stunning Coral Bay

• Discover WA’s famous wildflowers at Kalbarri (seasonal)

• Explore the mystical Pinnacles • Delve into indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park • Walk along Shell Beach

• Included Choice Experiences in Monkey Mia • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (20)  B • Lunches (3)  L • Be My Guest dinner (1)  BG • Dinners with wine (15)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

21 days

Geikie Gorge Day 1: Welcome to Darwin On arrival at Darwin Airport you’ll be transferred by private car to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a tour of this tropical city. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening with your Travel Director. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin. DW

Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra’s Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley, Australia’s next ‘food bowl’. B BG

Day 2: Darwin – Katherine Travel south along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. This afternoon take a relaxing cruise on Katherine Gorge where you’ll really feel the spirituality of the land and learn about the history and culture of the Jawoyn people. Later on meet Tom Curtain and experience his spectacular Outback show, an experience you’ll never forget. Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine. B DW

Day 5: Kununurra – Emma Gorge First up visit Hoochery Distillery, makers of Ord River Rum, the only rum made in Western Australia. Travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the birdlife of this region. You’ll see egrets, herons, ibises, magpie geese and maybe even a few jabirus and lurking crocodiles. Continue to the Gibb River Road and travel to El Questro Wilderness Park for your stay at Emma Gorge Resort. Staying in safari style tented cabins, you really feel like you’re immersed in nature. Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro, 2 nights. B DW

Day 3: Katherine – Kununurra Watch the landscape transform as you journey into Western Australia. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum. The homestead was originally built in 1895 by the famous pioneering Durack family on Argyle Downs Station. Later, cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra. Experience a magical sunset on the water before you arrive in Kununurra. Hotel: Kununurra Country Club, Kununurra, 2 nights. B DW Day 4: Kununurra On your tour of the town today, visit Mirima National Park, which is home to a big variety of wildlife including many species of birds. Afterwards you’ll have time to view the town from Kelly’s Knob Lookout before a free afternoon. This evening, join your fellow travellers at a privately hosted Be My Guest dinner at the

Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park Travel across the Pentecost River to the hub of El Questro Wilderness Park for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. This evening after dinner, sit back with a drink and enjoy local entertainment. B DW Day 7: Emma Gorge – Halls Creek Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. An Indigenous guide will join you for a behind the scenes look at the diamond mining process and cultural significance of the mine site. Continue south to Halls Creek, a town rich in Aboriginal and European history and culture. Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek. B L DW

Day 8: Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing Travel through the Kimberley to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing. Stop at the Yiyili Indigenous community. The majority of the residents are Cox family members. You’ll get the chance to meet some of the family at Laari Gallery, an art gallery located at the community. This afternoon cruise with a local guide through Geikie Gorge, which was formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you. Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing. B L DW Day 9: Fitzroy Crossing – Broome Travel to the tropical resort town of Broome on the Indian Ocean. On arrival, enjoy a Broome city sights tour with your Travel Director, before sitting back and relaxing with a drink to watch the spectacular sunset over the ocean. Hotel: Cable Beach Resort & Spa, Broome 2 nights. B Day 10: Broome ‘Free Time’ You have a full day to explore this tropical hideaway. At some stage you may like to take a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and swim in the turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Wander through Chinatown or shop for pearls. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for dinner overlooking Cable Beach. B DW Day 11: Broome – Port Hedland Today head south to Western Australia’s famous Pilbara region. Skirting the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, cross vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands through Pardoo to Port Hedland. Port Hedland is a hub for major resource activity and


The contrasting landscapes of the rugged Kimberley will amaze you. Cruise on rivers and gorges, hike to waterholes, tour working mines, relax on sandy beaches and stay in safari-style accommodation. Discover the ocean at Broome, Coral Bay and Monkey Mia and the Outback scenery of the Kimberley and Pilbara.

DARWIN 1 KUNUNURRA

1

KATHERINE Lake Argyle 1 1 Bungle Bungle Range BROOME 2 Derby HALLS CREEK PORT HEDLAND Geikie Gorge 1 KARRATHA 1 EXMOUTH 1 KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK 2 Coral Tom Price Bay 1 CARNARVON Start

Kalbarri National Park

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GERALDTON 1 The Pinnacles

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops Optional experience

Yanchep National Park

PERTH 1 Emma Gorge is a powerhouse of the Australian economy. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. Hotel: The Esplanade Hotel, Port Hedland. B DW

Day 12: Port Hedland – Karijini Journey into the depths of the Pilbara to Karijini National Park. You’ll explore Fortescue Falls at Dales Gorge and take a walk to one of the park’s plunge pools. Stay tonight in safari-style eco tents. You can sit on your private deck with a good book and relax watching the sun set and fall asleep to the calming sounds of nature. Hotel: Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini. B DW Day 13: Karijini – Karratha This morning travel to Tom Price for a guided tour of Rio Tinto’s Open Cut Iron Ore Mine site. You will be amazed by the massive pit and see the huge machinery and trucks in action as you’re lead to the heart of the operation. In the afternoon you journey back to the spectacular waters of the West Coast to Karratha, another town supported by the mining industry. Hotel: Best Western, Karratha. B L DW Day 14: Karratha – Exmouth Today travel to North West Cape and Exmouth. When you arrive on the coast you’ll visit Vlaming Head Lighthouse for stunning views over Lighthouse Bay and enjoy a tour of the township with your Travel Director. Tonight stay just metres from the water, overlooking Exmouth Gulf. Hotel: Novotel Ningaloo Reef Resort, Exmouth, 2 nights. B DW Day 15: Exmouth ‘Free Time’ Today is yours to do as you choose. Why not marvel at the size, grace and beauty of the Whale Shark as you swim alongside them in the pristine waters of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

Guided Holidays

Katherine Gorge

EL QUESTRO 2 2 FITZROY CROSSING

MONKEY MIA 2

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21 days from

$10895

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Darwin to Perth

Code: WDBP All dates are Definite Departures

$10895

$11225

$3300

$3355

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2017

Start Jun 13 Jun 27 Jul 25 Aug 22 Sep 12

End Jul 03 Jul 17 Aug 14 Sep 11 Oct 02

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2018

Start Jun 12 Jun 26 Jul 24 Aug 21 Sep 11

End Jul 02 Jul 16 Aug 13 Sep 10 Oct 01

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Ways to Save Alternatively, you could take a stroll along the beach or relax by the hotel pool overlooking the water. B DW

Daytime Dreaming bush walking tour or unwind and watch the world go by on a sunset cruise. B

Day 16: Exmouth – Carnarvon Day 19: Monkey Mia – Geraldton Today, on a glass bottom boat, Venture into Kalbarri National Park MONKEY MIA 2 cruise over World Heritage listed and visit Red Bluff Lookout to view 1 KALBARRI Ningaloo Reef at Coral Bay to see the spectacular scenery of Murchison Newlagoon coral formations found River Gorge from the vantage point 1 in the GERALDTON Norcia gardens ofThe thePinnacles inner reef. It’s a of Hawks Head Lookout and keep 1 KALGOORLIE fantastic experience! an eye out for graceful Peregrine YanchepWe then make National the journey south Park to Carnarvon. Falcons hunting along the gorges and 1 PERTH On arrival you’ll visit the1Carnarvon cliffs. During wildflower season, Wave Rock Cape Le Grand FREMANTLE 2 Space and Technology Museum with the National National Park Park is abloom with 2 a variety of wildflower. You’ll plenty of time toBusselton explore. Hotel: many ESPERANCE Best Western, Carnarvon. spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and MARGARET RIVER 2B DW 1 Stirling Ranges more! On arrival in Geraldton you’ll Valley of the Giants National Park Day 17: Carnarvon – MonkeyALBANY Mia visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the Memorial and have the chance world’s best known colony of to discover the seaside township. Stromatolites. Dating back to the Hotel: Mantra Geraldton. B beginning of life on earth, while they Day 20: Geraldton – Perth may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists Visit Nambung National Park, home unravel the history of life on earth! of the marvellous Pinnacles, a series Later visit fascinating Shell Beach, of intriguing limestone formations. one of only two in the world, formed Afterwards stop at the seaside hamlet from billions of coquina bivalve shells of Lancelin at lunchtime. This up to ten metres deep. Continue afternoon visit Yanchep National to the crystal blue waters and Park where you’ll enjoy a fantastic the pristine white shell and sandy Aboriginal cultural experience in a beaches of Monkey Mia where bush setting. Meet your Aboriginal you’ll stay for the next two nights. guide who’ll share with you their Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, way of life and will treat you to the Monkey Mia, 2 nights. B DW enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It’s a hands-on experience where Day 18: Monkey Mia you’ll have the chance to touch Every morning, Monkey Mia’s wild and feel traditional Aboriginal tools dolphins swim to shore to be fed and it will have you rolling around and mingle with the people. After with laughter. Continue to Perth a leisurely breakfast overlooking and join your fellow travellers for a the calm waters of the bay, watch few laughs over a farewell dinner. the famous dolphins swim into Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Perth. B FD shore (Note: As dolphins are Day 21: Farewell from Perth wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Today, choose from This morning say goodbye to your two Included Choice sightseeing fellow travellers after breakfast when experiences. You may like to join a your holiday comes to an end. B

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1090  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $815 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $545 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1635  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $1360 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $1090 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $1090  Save up to $545  Save up to $545

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 1.30pm into Darwin Airport Day 21 – Flights to depart anytime   from Perth Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Optional Experience:

Swim With Whale Sharks

Marvel at the size, grace and beauty of the biggest fish in the world as you swim alongside it in the pristine waters of the Ningaloo Marine Park. Our friendly team will take you to Ningaloo Reef and to share their knowledge of whale sharks, the reef and its inhabitants, our indigenous Australians, and the absolutely fascinating history of the region in which we operate.


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Untamed Kimberley

• Cruise Katherine Gorge & see ancient Aboriginal rock art

11 days

Chamberlain Gorge

• Marvel at a Cable Beach sunset • Tour Darwin’s city sights

• Indulge in food and wine on Darwin’s waterfront

• Take in some history at Adelaide River War Cemetery

• Visit fascinating Argyle Downs Homestead

• Take a thrilling boat ride on the Ord River

• Explore Hidden Valley (Mirima) National Park

• Admire views of Kununurra from Kelly’s Knob Lookout

• Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce at a unique private dinner at Kununurra’s Sandalwood Factory • Travel on the Gibb River Road • Relax on Chamberlain Gorge with morning tea • Hike up Emma Gorge

• Tour Argyle Diamond Mine • Visit Yiyili Aboriginal Community & art gallery

• Float down Geikie Gorge

• Learn about the historic Boab Prison Tree at Derby

• Enjoy two nights in Broome

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (10)  B • Lunches (2)  L • Be My Guest dinner (1)  BG • Dinners with wine (7)  DW • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin On arrival in Darwin you’ll be transferred by private car to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a tour of this tropical city. See the mixture of old and new architectural styles and cultural influences including old Government House and the new Northern Territory Parliament building, and see for yourself some of the damage caused to the town during Cyclone Tracy of 1974. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at Wharf One with its spectacular views overlooking the Darwin waterfront. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin. DW Day 2: Darwin – Katherine Travel south along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. During WWII, Adelaide River was headquarters to a large military base, and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. This afternoon you continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Take a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge where you’ll really feel the spirituality of the land and marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Traditional Owners, the Jawoyn people. Later on you’ll meet Tom Curtain and experience his spectacular Outback show. It will be an experience you’ll never forget. Tonight you’ll have dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine. B DW Day 3: Katherine – Kununurra Watch the landscape transform as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands

into Western Australia. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum. The homestead was originally built in 1895 by the famous pioneering Durack family on Argyle Downs Station. It was faithfully removed brick by brick and reconstructed to become a museum when Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake was filled. Later, cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra. Prior to Lake Argyle being filled, the Ord River only flowed during the wet season between December and March. Now the permanent water supply supports an abundance of life including fish, birds, marsupials and amphibians. Experience a magical sunset on the water before you arrive in Kununurra. Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Resort, 2 nights. B DW

Day 4: Kununurra Today you can take an optional early morning scenic flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle beehive domes before a tour of Kununurra, or you may like to forgo your tour of Kununurra for a full day in-depth 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungle. Kununurra is the hub of local industry for agriculture, tourism and mining in the East Kimberley. On your tour of the town today you’ll visit Mirima National Park, which is home to a huge variety of wildlife including many species of birds, all manner of reptiles, wallabies, bats, dingoes and echidna. The National Park has great cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people and features intriguing natural rock formations. Afterwards you’ll have time to view the town from Kelly’s Knob Lookout before enjoying a free afternoon to relax and unwind. This evening, join your fellow travellers at a privately

hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra’s Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley, Australia’s next ‘food bowl’. B BG

Day 5: Kununurra – El Questro First up, visit Hoochery Distillery and meet the makers of the only rum produced in WA! Take a guided tour and try the famous Ord River Rum Cake for morning tea. Delish! Travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the birdlife of this region. Marglu Billabong is an important waterbird feeding and breeding area and it’s even a stop off point for migratory

Tom Curtain ‘horse whisperer’


Cruise on ancient waterways, hike to magnificent waterholes, discover the rich Ord River Valley and enjoy an exclusive dining experience and a tour of a rum distillery. Visit a remote indigenous community to meet the locals and relax while taking in a magnificent Cable Beach sunset in Broome.

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Guided Holidays

11 days from

DARWIN 1 KUNUNURRA

Katherine Gorge

1 KATHERINE

EL QUESTRO 2 2 Argyle Diamond Mine Lake Argyle Geikie Gorge Bungle Bungle Range 1 1 BROOME 2 Derby HALLS CREEK FITZROY CROSSING

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Optional experience

Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve birds that come from as far away as Siberia! You’ll see egrets, herons, ibises, magpie geese and maybe even a few jabirus and lurking crocodiles. Continue to the Gibb River Road and journey to El Questro Wilderness Park for your stay at Emma Gorge Resort. Nestled at the foot of the rusty red Cockburn Ranges, you won’t even know the resort is there as you approach down the dusty dirt road, but before you know it, an oasis of native pandanus and palms appear. Staying in safari style tented cabins, you really feel like you’re immersed in nature. It’s just magic! Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro, 2 nights. B DW

Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park This morning rise to the calls of native birds and head to the resort’s large verandah for a hearty breakfast with views of the surrounding ranges. Next up you’ll travel across the Pentecost River to the hub of El Questro for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. Afterwards, spend a little time at the station and grab a bite for lunch before it’s back to Emma Gorge Resort. This afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy your surrounds. Maybe take a dip in the resort pool, lay back with a good book on your cabin’s verandah or if you’re up for it, join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a dip in the crystal clear waterhole. This evening after dinner, sit back with a drink and enjoy local entertainment. B DW Day 7: El Questro – Halls Creek Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine. Located at the traditional Barramundi

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

$5775

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Darwin to Broome

Code: WDB All dates are Definite Departures

$5775

$5950

$1590

$1615

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start May 09 May 30 Jun 13 Jun 27 Jul 11 Jul 25 Aug 08 Aug 22 Sep 12

End May 19 Jun 09 Jun 23 Jul 07 Jul 21 Aug 04 Aug 18 Sep 01 Sep 22

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2018

Start May 08 May 29 Jun 12 Jun 26 Jul 10 Jul 24 Aug 07 Aug 21 Sep 11

End May 18 Jun 08 Jun 22 Jul 06 Jul 20 Aug 03 Aug 17 Aug 31 Sep 21

Broome to Darwin Dreaming site at Barramundi Gap, it’s the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. The mine has been operating since 1983 and has produced 800 million carats of rough diamond! A local indigenous guide will join you for an extensive behind the scenes look at the diamond mining process and cultural significance of the mine site. Continue south to the historic town of Halls Creek, situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, at the doorstep of the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. The town is rich in Aboriginal and European history and culture. It’s passed by Aboriginal songlines and trading paths stretching from coast to coast and is near the site where prospector Charlie Hall found a one kilogram gold nugget in 1885. Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek. B L DW

Day 8: Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing Travel through the Kimberley to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing. Stop at the Yiyili indigenous community. Yiyili is home to approximately 250 residents living scattered across Louisa Downs, a cattle property owned and operated by the community. In the late 80s the station was handed back to the Cox family and then leased by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) from the family on a 99 year lease. The majority of the residents are Cox family members. You’ll get the chance to meet some of the family at Laari Gallery, an art gallery located at the community. This afternoon cruise with a local guide through Geikie Gorge, which was formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. During

the wet season, the Fitzroy River rises over 16 metres, staining the limestone walls of the gorge and flooding the national park with seven metres of water. In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian Reef. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you. Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing. B L DW

Day 9: Fitzroy Crossing – Broome Travel to the resort town of Broome on the Indian Ocean. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the city with your Travel Director. See the sights including the Japanese Cemetery, which dates back to the pearling days and Gantheaume Point, whose deep red rugged rocks are in stark contrast to the striking blue Indian Ocean. Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights. B Day 10: Broome ‘Free Time’ You have a full day to explore this tropical hideaway. At some stage you may like to take a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and swim in the turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Perhaps wander through Chinatown or shop for pearls. This evening sit back and relax with a drink to watch the spectacular sunset over the ocean and join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a farewell dinner to share some laughs and relive all the stories from your journey across the Kimberley. B FD Day 11: Farewell from Broome Say farewell to your fellow travellers this morning when your holiday across the Kimberley concludes after breakfast. B

Code: WBD  All dates are Definite Departures

$5775

$5950

$1590

$1615

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start May 19 Jun 09 Jun 23 Jul 07 Jul 21 Aug 04 Sep 01

End May 29 Jun 19 Jul 03 Jul 17 Jul 31 Aug 14 Sep 11

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start May 18 Jun 08 Jun 22 Jul 06 Jul 20 Aug 03 Aug 31

End May 28 Jun 18 Jul 02 Jul 16 Jul 30 Aug 13 Sep 10

For additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Broome to Darwin (Code: WBD) visit: aatkings.com  Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $580  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $435 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $290 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $870  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $725 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $580 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $580  Save up to $290  Save up to $290

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Darwin to Broome (WDB) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 1.30pm into Darwin Airport Day 11 – Flights to depart anytime   from Broome Airport Broome to Darwin (WBD) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Broome Airport Day 11 – Flights to depart anytime   from Darwin Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.


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Best of New Zealand

18 days

• Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands • Discover Waitomo and its famous Glowworm Grotto

• Immerse yourself in Maori culture with the Tamaki family over dinner

• Journey through Mt. Ruapehu Tongariro National Park

• By My Guest at Shenandoah for an afternoon tea experience • Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand • Savour a delicious Kiwi BBQ at Morelea Farm

• Travel past magical glaciers, mountains and rainforest en route to Milford Sound

• Taste Central Otago stone fruits at a local orchard • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier

• Visit a jade factory and marvel at artists at work • Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

• Travel the TranzAlpine Train

• Included Choice experiences

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Breakfast of choice (6)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (11)  B • Be My Guest lunch (1)  BG • Be My Guest afternoon tea (1)  BG • Dinners with wine (7)  DW • Highlight dinners (4)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Tamaki Maori Village Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be met by private car and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Auckland. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and highlight dinner at The Langham. Your indulgent degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. HD Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands This morning travel north through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park, then it’s on to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand. This afternoon you’ll travel into the Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. The return trip to Paihia cruises through picturesque islands. Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Water View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW Day 3: Bay of Islands Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps go on a dolphin watching cruise, journey around Kerikeri on a wine tasting tour, or take a guided walk through Russell – New Zealand’s first capital. This evening sail aboard a historic tall ship as the sun sets, or glide down the Waitangi River for a sumptuous dinner cruise. BC Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland Before departing the Bay of Islands today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve, (own expense). This afternoon sit back

and relax as you make your way down through Northland’s lush farmland scenery. From fresh sushi to mouthwatering seafood, from authentic Indian curries to decadent desserts, your highlight dinner tonight at Eight Restaurant at The Langham will satisfy any and all dining cravings. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. BC HD

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua After a tour of Auckland, trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves to sail through the Glowworm Grotto and discover the limestone formations. From Waitomo to Rotorua, venture through the King Country. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert for an insight into Maori culture at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 6: Rotorua Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, see the Agrodome Farm Show. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline. Tonight you have the option of staying at your hotel or with a local family – see page 50. BC Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington View the mighty Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu.   This afternoon visit Shenandoah for a unique Be My Guest experience. The historic villa’s owners, Simon

and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife including friendly Highland cows. Continue along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington. BC BG DW

Day 8: Wellington – Blenheim This morning there’s time to visit the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians.  Later, you’ll visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Cruise the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound. The village of Picton is next, then it’s on to Blenheim for a city sightseeing tour. Tonight enjoy a 5-course highlight dinner prepared from local produce matched with wines of the Marlborough region, including selections from Villa Maria and Saint Clair wineries. Hotel: Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim. B HD Day 9: Blenheim – Christchurch En route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura, you’ll pass the Grassmere Salt Works and see New Zealand fur seals up close at Ohau Point. Travel to Christchurch and visit the Re:Start Mall, a project designed to breathe life back into the devastated Christchurch city centre, after the earthquake of February 2011. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B Day 10: Christchurch – Twizel Visit Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, where you’ll get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You’ll be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their beautiful 240 hectare garden. You’ll have the chance to


From the sandy white beaches of the North Island, to the snow-capped mountains and rugged coastlines of the South Island, explore every nook of New Zealand. A heart-pounding haka welcomes you to Rotorua for a taste of Maori culture. A world- renowned train journey tops-off your time in New Zealand with scenic splendour.

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Guided Holidays 18 days from

2 BAY OF ISLANDS

1 1

AUCKLAND

Waitomo Caves Mt. Ruapehu

2 ROTORUA Taupo

$7425

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Auckland to Christchurch

Code: ZABC  All dates are Definite Departures

$7695

$7995

$2300

$2455

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 22

Picton

1 WELLINGTON

Hokitika

A Pa rth ss ur’ s

PUNAKAIKI 1

1 BLENHEIM

TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF Mt. GLACIER 1 Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Haast 1 TWIZEL

Milford Sound

TE ANAU 1 Milford Sound

2 QUEENSTOWN 1 DUNEDIN

$7425

Per Person Twin Share

$2185

Single Supplement Option

Jun 03 Sep 09

Kaikoura

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End May 09

Jun 20 Sep 26

$7995

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$2455

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Oct 07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 02 Dec 16

Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 14 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 19 Jan 02*

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2018

Start Jan 06 Jan 20 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24

End Jan 23 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 20 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 20 Mar 27 Apr 03 Apr 10

$7675

Per Person Twin Share

$2330

Single Supplement Option

Apr 21

May 08

$7395

Per Person Twin Share

$2200

Single Supplement Option

Jun 02 Sep 08

Jun 19 Sep 25

$8195

Per Person Twin Share

$2475

Single Supplement Option

see sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a Be My Guest barbecue lunch and wait until you try Angie’s famous pavlova dessert! Later, see spectacular Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki and visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B BG DW

Day 11: Twizel – Dunedin View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. You’ll stop in at the gorgeous harbour town of Oamaru. Most well-known for its stunning 19th century white limestone architecture, Oamaru is also home to potters, painters, cheese-makers and many other artisans. On arrival in Dunedin, you may wish to take a wander around the beautiful grounds of New Zealand’s first university, Otago University. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW Day 12: Dunedin Included Choice – Te Anau This morning choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Or choose a tour of Cadbury World or Speight’s Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau. Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. B DW Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown You’ll be awestruck by the magnificence of the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. See rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on Milford Sound

will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown, where an orientation tour finishes this highlight day. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 14 : Queenstown Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf or take the gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. BC HD Day 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown then enjoy delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. See lakes Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls. Our final destination for today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. BC DW Day 16: Franz Josef – Punakaiki Discover temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Then explore Franz Josef Glacier – take a scenic flight or a glacier hike (both own expense). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort, right on the waterfront. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at

Oct 06 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 03 Nov 17 Dec 01 Dec 15

your hotel, while watching the surf thundering at your doorstep! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW

Day 17: Punakaiki – Christchurch Travel to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the word’s most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. Join your Travel Director this evening for a farewell dinner with wine. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B FD

Christchurch to Auckland

Code: ZCBA  All dates are Definite Departures

$7995

$7995

$2455

$2455

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 17

End Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 13 Jan 03*

Day 18: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 18 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $800  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $600 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $400 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1200  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $1000 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $800 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $800  Save up to $400  Save up to $400

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Oct 23 Oct 30 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 18 Jan 01*

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 14 Feb 11 Feb 25 Mar 11

End Jan 31 Feb 28 Mar 14 Mar 28

$8195

Per Person Twin Share

$2475

Single Supplement Option

Oct 28 Nov 11 Nov 25 Dec 16

Nov 14 Nov 28 Dec 12 Jan 02*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.   For additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Christchurch to Auckland (Code: ZCBA) visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/zabc 2016

Start Dec 03 Dec 17

End Dec 20 Jan 03

2017

Start Jan 07 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25

End Jan 24 Feb 04 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 07 Mar 21 Mar 28 Mar 04 Apr 11


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New Zealand Splendour

15 days

• Discover Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto

• Take your pick of a selection of included local highlight experiences at Rotorua • By My Guest at Shenandoah for an afternoon tea experience

• Wellington’s city sights and Mt. Victoria • Sail the Cook Strait to Queen Charlotte Sound

• Enjoy in a 5 course degustation dinner in Blenheim • Savour a delicious Kiwi BBQ at Morelea Farm

• Marvel at the clear waters of Lake Tekapo & Lake Pukaki • Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a cruise

• Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard

• Discover Franz Josef Glacier

• Visit a jade factory and marvel at artists at work

• Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Included Choice experiences in Queenstown

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Breakfast of choice (4)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (10)  B • Be My Guest lunch (1)  BG • Be My Guest afternoon tea (1)  BG • Dinners with wine (6)  DW • Highlight dinners (4)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Queenstown Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be met by private car and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Auckland. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception and highlight dinner at The Langham. Your indulgent degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. HD Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua After a tour of Auckland, trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves to sail through the fascinating Glowworm Grotto and discover the limestone formations. From Waitomo to Rotorua you’ll venture through the King Country. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert for an insight into Maori culture at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 3: Rotorua Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, see the Agrodome Farm Show. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline. Tonight you have the option of staying at your hotel or on a nearby farm – see page 50. BC Day 4: Rotorua – Wellington View the mighty Huka Falls and

drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu.   This afternoon visit Shenandoah for a unique Be My Guest experience. The historic villa’s owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife including friendly Highland cows. Continue along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington. BC BG DW

Day 5: Wellington – Blenheim Why not discover more of Wellington this morning. There’s time to visit the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians.  Later, you’ll visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Explore the exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae (Meeting House). Cruise the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound. The village of Picton is next, then it’s on to Blenheim for a city sightseeing tour. Tonight enjoy a 5-course highlight dinner prepared from local produce matched with wines of the Marlborough region, including selections from Villa Maria and Saint Clair wineries. Hotel: Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim. B HD Day 6: Blenheim – Christchurch En route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura, you’ll pass the Grassmere Salt Works and see New Zealand fur seals up close at Ohau Point. Travel to Christchurch and see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the earthquake of February 2011. Stop in and visit the

Re:Start Mall, a project designed to breathe life back into the city centre. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B

Day 7: Christchurch – Twizel Visit Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, where you’ll get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You’ll be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their beautiful 240 hectare garden. You’ll have the chance to see sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a Be My Guest barbecue lunch and wait until you try Angie’s famous pavlova dessert! Listen to the family’s story of growing up in rural New Zealand and their challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Later, see spectacular Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki and visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B BG DW Day 8: Twizel – Dunedin View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam located on the shores of New Zealand’s largest man-made lake, Lake Benmore. You’ll stop in at the gorgeous harbour town of Oamaru. Most well-known for its stunning 19th century white limestone architecture, Oamaru is also home to potters, painters, cheese-makers and many other artisans. And you may even spot an Oamaru Blue Penguin! On arrival in Dunedin, you may wish to take a wander around the beautiful grounds of New Zealand’s first university, Otago University. Dunedin, also known as the Edinburgh of the south, has strong connections to its northern hemisphere sister city, even down to sharing many of the street names.


So many adventures to be had from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South. Venture down into the depths of a glowworm grotto, experience the fun and frivolity of a sing-along on a cruise in Queenstown, then fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach outside your hotel in Punakaiki.

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Guided Holidays 15 days from

$6325

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

AUCKLAND 1

Auckland to Christchurch 2 ROTORUA

Waitomo Caves Mt. Ruapehu

Taupo

Code: ZAAC  All dates are Definite Departures

$6550

$6825

$1910

$2035

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 25

Picton

1 WELLINGTON

Hokitika

A Pa rth ss ur’ s

PUNAKAIKI 1

1 BLENHEIM Kaikoura TranzAlpine Train

FRANZ JOSEF 1 Mt. GLACIER Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Haast 1 TWIZEL

Milford Sound

TE ANAU 1

2 QUEENSTOWN 1

DUNEDIN

Start End Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End May 09

$6325

Per Person Twin Share

$1810

Single Supplement Option

Jun 06 Sep 12

Jun 20 Sep 26

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 09 Jan 23 Jan 30 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 20 Mar 06 Mar 13 Mar 20 Mar 27

$6825

$6595

$2035

$1935

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Oct 10 Oct 17 Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 19

Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 14 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 19 Jan 02*

End Jan 23 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 20 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 20 Mar 27 Apr 03 Apr 10

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Apr 24

May 08

$6250

Per Person Twin Share

$1835

Single Supplement Option

Jun 05 Sep 11

Jun 19 Sep 25

$6975

Rotorua thermal reserve

Per Person Twin Share

$2045

Single Supplement Option

This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW

Day 9: Dunedin Included Choice – Te Anau This morning choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Or choose a tour of Cadbury World or Speight’s Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake. Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. B DW Day 10: Te Anau – Queenstown You’ll be awestruck by the magnificence of the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you today as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown, where an orientation tour finishes this highlight day. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B Day 11: Queenstown Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf or take the gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD

minibus through Skippers Canyon. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your way back to Queenstown? BC HD

Day 12: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown then enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. See lakes Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls. Our final destination for today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to view the glacier on a helicopter flight (own expense). This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. BC DW Day 13: Franz Josef – Punakaiki It’s time for an exhilarating adventure among temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Explore Franz Josef Glacier – take a scenic flight or a glacier hike (both own expense). Then you’ll depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to coastal Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort, right on the waterfront. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel, while watching the surf thundering at your doorstep! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW

Day 14: Punakaiki – Christchurch Travel to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the word’s most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snowcapped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. Join your Travel Director this evening for a farewell dinner with wine. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B FD Day 15: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Oct 09 Oct 16 Oct 23 Oct 30 Nov 06 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 18

Christchurch to Auckland

Code: ZCCA  All dates are Definite Departures

$6825

$6825

$2035

$2035

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 17

End Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 10 Dec 31*

Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $680  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $510 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $340 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1020  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $850 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $680 Young traveller Save up to $685  Triple share Save up to $340  Kings Club Save up to $340 Church Good Shepherd All savings areof perthe person. For discounts see page 19.

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 14 Feb 11 Feb 25 Mar 11

End Jan 28 Feb 25 Mar 11 Mar 25

$6975

Per Person Twin Share

$2045

Single Supplement Option

Oct 28 Nov 11 Nov 25 Dec 16

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 15 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

Oct 23 Oct 30 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 18 Jan 01*

Nov 10 Nov 24 Dec 08 Dec 29*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.   For additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Christchurch to Auckland (Code: ZCCA) visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/zaac 2016

Start Dec 06 Dec 20

End Dec 20 Jan 03

2017

Start Jan 10 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 21 Mar 07 Mar 14 Mar 21 Mar 28

End Jan 24 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 07 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 04 Apr 11


46

Contrasts of New Zealand

10 days

• Explore Auckland & cruise on Waitemata Harbour

• Discover the fascinating glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

• Immerse yourself in Maori culture with the Tamaki family over dinner

• Spot the kiwi bird in Rotorua • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Visit a jade factory

• See Franz Josef Glacier

• Taste Central Otago stone fruits at a local orchard

• Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise

• Frolic in the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown • Marvel at the crystal clear waters of Lake Tekapo

• Learn about farm life on a working sheep farm

• Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm with a BBQ lunch • Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Breakfast of choice (3)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (6)  B • Be My Guest lunch (1)  BG • Lunch (1)  L • Dinner with wine (1)  DW • Be My Guest dinner (1)  BG • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be met by private car and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. You could visit the Sky Tower for spectacular views of the city, picturesque Viaduct Harbour and surrounding lush volcanic hills. Perhaps visit the Auckland Museum or go shopping in stylish Parnell. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and highlight dinner at The Langham. Your indulgent degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts. A selection of New Zealand wines is included with your dinner. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland, 2 nights. HD Day 2: Auckland Start the day with a sightseeing tour. You’ll see Bastion Point, the War Memorial, Viaduct Harbour, the Auckland Harbour Bridge and more. Later, board your cruise on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. Sit back and relax, the time is Be My Guest at Morelea Farm

yours; it’s the best way to see Auckland, the city of Sails! B

Day 3: Auckland – Rotorua Tour the amazing Glowworm   Grotto by boat with a local guide.   From here your journey continues to Rotorua, where you’ll visit Te Puia. A local Maori guide will escort you through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. This evening feel the thrill of a heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome at a By My Guest experience at the Tamaki Family Marae. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. B BG Day 4: Rotorua – Christchurch Your morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where with a local expert you’ll discover native bush, ferns and trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You may even spot a kiwi! Then visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for an insight into agriculture in New

Zealand. You’ll see the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. This afternoon you’ll fly to Christchurch Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B

Day 5: Christchurch – Franz Josef First up this morning you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you across the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later, visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier, a rare, still advancing glacier. You’ll have the opportunity to see it from the air on an optional scenic flight. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW Day 6: Franz Josef – Queenstown Get your camera ready today as you’ll experience some spectacular sights. Travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Next you’ll


Take in the contrasts of two distinct islands. From Auckland’s sparkling harbour, to Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland, across to the rugged beauty of the West Coast and the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, another snapshot of New Zealand’s natural splendour reveals itself around every corner.

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Guided Holidays 10 days from

$4125

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

AUCKLAND 2 Waitomo Caves

Auckland to Christchurch 1 ROTORUA

Code: IZANB All dates are Definite Departures

$4325

$4795

$1420

$1535

Per Person Twin Share

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

2017

Start Apr 14 Apr 28 May 19

A Pa rth ss u r’s

Start End

Single Supplement Option

Greymouth Hokitika TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Mt. Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Haast Milford Sound 3

QUEENSTOWN

Te Anau

End Apr 23 May 07 May 28

$4125

Per Person Twin Share

$1395

Single Supplement Option

Jun 16 Jul 14 Sep 15 Sep 29

Jun 25 Jul 23 Sep 24 Oct 08

$4795

Per Person Twin Share

$1535

Single Supplement Option

Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 08 Dec 22 Dec 29

Oct 22 Nov 05 Nov 26 Dec 03 Dec 17 Dec 31* Jan 07*

Mt. Cook stop to explore the historic goldmining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, once one of the world’s richest rivers. Top off your day with an orientation tour on arrival in Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring. This evening join your Travel Director for a highlight dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive meal. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. B HD

Day 7: Milford Sound Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 05 Jan 12 Jan 26 Feb 02 Feb 09 Feb 16 Feb 23 Mar 02 Mar 09 Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30

End Jan 14 Jan 21 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 01 Apr 08

$4325

Per Person Twin Share

$1455

Single Supplement Option

Apr 06 Apr 13 Apr 27 May 18

Apr 15 Apr 22 May 06 May 27

$4125

Per Person Twin Share

$1415

Single Supplement Option

Jun 15 Jul 13 Sep 14 Sep 28

Homer Tunnel to the numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching mystical Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature. Return to Queenstown this evening. BC L

Day 8: Queenstown Today you may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet, the most thrilling jet boat ride in the world! Perhaps join a wine tour at Gibbston Valley Winery or play a round of golf on one of Queenstown’s spectacular courses. Choose from the immaculately groomed greens of a resort course or a simple fairway with rugged mountain peaks as your backdrop. You could take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon alongside the Shotover River to Skippers Point in Mount Aurum Conservation Area. Or why not enjoy a relaxing spa. You’ll be pampered at one of Queenstown’s luxurious day spas. Sink into a therapeutic hot pool or treat yourself to a selection

of therapies at a local salon. This evening, consider taking the gondola ride to Bob’s Peak for dinner at the Stratosphere Restaurant. BC

Day 9: Queenstown – Christchurch You’ll be awestruck by the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Later, see Lake Pukaki, and at Tekapo you’ll stop to view the charming Church of the Good shepherd. Be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor for a Be My Guest barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden and gain an insight into the day to day operation of farm life. Just wait until you try the Pavlova! Then travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, where you’ll join your Travel Director and new-found friends this evening for a farewell dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. BC BG FD Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Jun 24 Jul 22 Sep 23 Oct 07

$4825

Per Person Twin Share

$1510

Single Supplement Option

Oct 12 Oct 26 Nov 16 Nov 23 Dec 07 Dec 21 Dec 28

Oct 21 Nov 04 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 16 Dec 30* Jan 06*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.   For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $480  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $360 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $240 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $720  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $600 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $480 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $480  Save up to $240  Save up to $240

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above

Internal-holiday flight

Land Only price requires the following internalholiday flight to be purchased separately in order  to fulfil the holiday itinerary: Day 4 from Rotorua to Christchurch – NZ5373

TranzAlpine Train Journey


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Southern Spectacular

10 days

Queenstown wine tour

• Visit a working sheep farm

• Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm for Be My Guest a BBQ lunch • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo

• Take your pick of a selection of included local highlight experiences at Dunedin

• Journey through spectacular Fiordland National Park with its magnificent scenery • Cruise on truly inspiring Milford Sound

• Visit historic Arrowtown

• See Franz Josef Glacier

• Visit a green stone factory • Walk around Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Included Choice experiences

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a welcome reception. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. Day 2: Christchurch – Twizel Visit Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, where you’ll get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You’ll be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their 240 hectare garden. You’ll have the chance to experience sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a Be My Guest BBQ lunch, and wait until you try Angie’s famous pavlova dessert! Listen to the family’s story of growing up in rural New Zealand and their challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. See Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki and visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B BG DW

• Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Breakfast of choice (2)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (7)  B • Be My Guest lunch (1)  BG • Dinners with wine (5)  DW • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

TSS Earnslaw

Day 3: Twizel – Dunedin Your day starts with a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. From the Waitaki Valley you’ll then travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and its famous white limestone buildings. This afternoon you’ll make your way down to the southern-most New Zealand city, Dunedin. With the rest of your afternoon at leisure why not take part in an optional experience to see more of the region. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW

Day 4: Dunedin Included Choice – Te Anau This morning choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Or choose a tour of Cadbury World or Speight’s Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s

largest lake. This evening enjoy   dinner with wine at your hotel.   Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. B DW

Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown You’ll be awestruck by the magnificence of the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you today as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown, where an orientation tour finishes this highlight day. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B Day 6: Queenstown Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, or play 9 holes of golf. Take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant


Indulge in a delicious home-cooked barbecue lunch when you visit Morelea Farm and meet the Kiwi farming family of Angie and Stan Taylor. Make sure you have your camera battery charged to capture magnificent sights as you journey down into Milford Sound. Watch as master carvers create works of art out of the blocks of Pounamu. Start

Guided Holidays 10 days from

$4250

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

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Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Christchurch return

PUNAKAIKI 1

Arthur’s Pass Hokitika TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF Mt. GLACIER 1 Cook 1 1 Haast CHRISTCHURCH 1 TWIZEL Milford Sound

$4450

$4675

$1270

$1360

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 30

End May 09

$4250

2 QUEENSTOWN

TE ANAU 1

Code: ZCQR  All dates are Definite Departures

Per Person Twin Share

Oamaru

$1195

Single Supplement Option

1 DUNEDIN

Jun 11 Sep 17

Jun 20 Sep 26

$4675

Per Person Twin Share

$1360

Single Supplement Option

Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 29 Nov 05 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 10 Dec 24

Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 07 Nov 14 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 19 Jan 02*

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 14 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25

End Jan 23 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 20 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 20 Mar 27 Apr 03

$4475

Per Person Twin Share

$1290

Single Supplement Option

Apr 01 Apr 29

Apr 10 May 08

$4250

Per Person Twin Share

$1205

Single Supplement Option

Jun 10 Sep 16

Jun 19 Sep 25

$4775

Road to Punakaiki

Per Person Twin Share

$1375

Single Supplement Option

for dinner, or take a 4WD minibus through spectacular Skippers Canyon. After a day of activity, enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Then enjoy an entertaining farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life. On the cruise back, join in a sing-along or a dance on the polished floors of the Earnslaw. B BC HD

Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, then enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. See lakes Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls. Then it’s on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible and still advancing glacier. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. BC DW Day 8: Franz Josef – Punakaiki It’s time for an exhilarating adventure among temperate

rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Explore Franz Josef Glacier – take a scenic flight or a glacier hike (both own expense). Then you’ll depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort, right on the waterfront. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel, while watching the surf thundering at your doorstep! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW

Day 9: Punakaiki – Christchurch Travel to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the word’s most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. Join your Travel Director this evening for a farewell dinner with wine. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B FD

Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Ways to Save

Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 11 Nov 25 Dec 09 Dec 23

Christchurch return

Code: ZRQC  All dates are Definite Departures

$4675

$4675

$1360

$1360

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 17

End Nov 07 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 26*

Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $470  Save up to $235  Save up to $235

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Not your typical jet boat ride. Stay warm and dry and soak up the incredible stories of the Haast region. JP Travel Director

Optional Experience Day 7: Haast River Safari

Complete your New Zealand holiday with the Haast River jet boating safari! Your boat is fully enclosed so you remain warm and dry, yet visibility is ensured. Learn from your experienced jet boat driver about this remarkable glacial valley and the Kiwi spirit that enabled the Haast community to survive on the edge of the wilderness. Ask your Travel Director for details.

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 14 Feb 11 Feb 25 Mar 11

End Jan 23 Feb 20 Mar 06 Mar 20

$4775

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $470  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $350 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $235 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $705  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $585 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $470

Oct 23 Oct 30 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 18 Jan 01*

Per Person Twin Share

$1375

Single Supplement Option

Oct 28 Nov 11 Nov 25 Dec 16

Nov 06 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 25*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.  For additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Christchurch return (Code: ZRQC) visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/zcqr 2016

Start Dec 11 Dec 25

End Dec 20 Jan 03

2017

Start Jan 15 Jan 29 Jan 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 12 Mar 19 Mar 26

End Jan 24 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 07 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 04


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Northern Discovery

• Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ on the spectacular Bay of Islands • Enjoy indulgent degustation feast in Auckland

• Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto

• Immerse yourself in Maori culture with the Tamaki family over dinner

• Choose from a selection of included enriching activities in Rotorua

• Be My Guest at Shenandoah for a unique private afternoon tea experience

• See a private Harley Davidson collection at Shenandoah • Journey through the spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park

• Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a guided tour • Explore the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa

• Included Choice experiences

• Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Breakfast of choice (4)  BC • Full buffet breakfasts (3)  B • Be My Guest afternoon tea (1) BG • Dinner with wine (1)  DW • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

8 days

Bay of Islands Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be met by private car and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. You could visit the Sky Tower for spectacular views of the city, picturesque Viaduct Harbour and surrounding lush volcanic hills. Perhaps visit the Auckland Museum or go shopping in stylish Parnell. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland over the Harbour Bridge then through Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Walk among

the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, and then it’s off to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Experience natural wonders and spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW

Day 3: Bay of Islands Included Choice This morning enjoy your breakfast of choice. Then choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to discover the new wine-producing region of Kerikeri or take a tour to historic Russell. Go sailing on a tall ship or dolphin-watching on the bay. Play a round of golf or enjoy a dinner cruise on the Waitangi River. BC

Meet with real Kiwi farming folk, who welcome you into their homes & family. Nathan  Driver Guide

Rural Homestay Included Choice: Day 6 A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to the way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, including sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings.

Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland After a morning of free time, enjoy the lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. Tonight’s highlight dinner is at The Langham. Your personal degustation menu is prepared for you from the freshest quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and desserts. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. BC HD Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves to sail through the fascinating Glowworm Grotto and discover the limestone formations. From Waitomo to Rotorua you’ll venture through the King Country. This area was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s, when colonial


Unearth cultural treasures and heartfelt moments as you travel across the North Island of New Zealand. Reveal the wonders of a meal cooked underground in a traditional Maori hangi, uncover a part of New Zealand’s war history and find new friends, both human and animal, on your visit to Shenandoah.

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Guided Holidays 8 days from

$3295

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Auckland to Wellington Code: ZABW  All dates are Definite Departures

2 BAY OF ISLANDS

1 1 AUCKLAND Waitomo Caves Mt. Ruapehu

Start End

$3450

$3650

$1000

$1050

Per Person Twin Share

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 22

End Apr 29

$3295

Per Person Twin Share

2 ROTORUA

$970

Single Supplement Option

Taupo

Jun 03 Sep 09

Jun 10 Sep 16

$3650

Per Person Twin Share

$1050

Single Supplement Option

Oct 07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 02 Dec 16

1 WELLINGTON

Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 11 Nov 25 Dec 09 Dec 23

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 06 Jan 20 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24

End Jan 13 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31

$3550

Per Person Twin Share

$1010

Single Supplement Option

Apr 21

Apr 28

$3350

Per Person Twin Share

$970

Single Supplement Option

Jun 02 Sep 08

Jun 09 Sep 15

$3725

Tamaki Maori Village

Per Person Twin Share

$1055

Single Supplement Option

forces invaded the Waikato region. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert for an insight into Maori culture at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

Day 6: Rotorua Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, see the Agrodome Farm Show. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline. Tonight you have the option of staying

at your hotel or with a local family – see previous page. BC

Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington View the mighty Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Discover the spectacular alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the rolling dairy farms of Manawatu. This afternoon visit Shenandoah for a unique Be My Guest experience. The historic villa’s owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife including friendly Highland cows. Continue along

the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. See the city from Mt. Victoria on your sightseeing tour. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel. Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington. BC BG FD

Day 8: Farewell from Wellington This morning visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure. Later you will be transferred by private car to Wellington Airport for your onward flight. B

Flight information

Oct 06 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 03 Nov 17 Dec 01 Dec 15

Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 03 Nov 10 Nov 24 Dec 08 Dec 22

Wellington to Auckland Code: ZWBA  All dates are Definite Departures

$3650

$3650

$1050

$1050

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Nov 08 Nov 22 Dec 06 Dec 27

End Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 13 Jan 03*

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 24 Feb 21 Mar 07 Mar 21

End Jan 31 Feb 28 Mar 14 Mar 28

$3725

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 8 – Flights to depart after 2.00pm from Wellington Airport

Per Person Twin Share

$1055

Single Supplement Option

Nov 07 Nov 21 Dec 05 Dec 26

Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Nov 14 Nov 28 Dec 12 Jan 02*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details. For additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Wellington to Auckland (Code: ZWBA) visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Rotorua geothermal valley

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $370  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $275 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $185 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $555  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $460 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $370 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $365  Save up to $185  Save up to $185

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/zabw 2016

Start Dec 03 Dec 17

End Dec 10 Dec 24

2017

Start Jan 07 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Mar 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25

End Jan 14 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 01


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East Coast Islands  & Rainforest

10/13 days

Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island

• Tropical paradise Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach

As this guided holiday departs at 7.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

• Visit Australia Zoo, home of the Irwin family

Day 1: Sydney – Port Macquarie Welcome to Sydney! Travel to the Hunter Valley for an exclusive wine tasting and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious lunch at a local winery. Continue north to picturesque seaside Port Macquarie. This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception. Hotel: Waters Edge, Port Macquarie. L

• Enjoy a delicious winery lunch and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley

• See the cute koalas at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

• Let your hair down in the ultimate holiday town of Noosa

• Take an exciting 4WD tour on Fraser Island

• Visit a working cattle property, Langmorn Station

• Stop at the Sarina Sugar Shed for a guided tour and lunch at a miniature sugar mill

• Stay on Hamilton Island – everyone has a view over the Whitsundays from their balcony • Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls in World Heritage listed rainforest

Day 2: Port Macquarie – Gold Coast Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views over the Pacific Ocean from Australia’s easternmost point. At the right time of year you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales frolicking off the coast. For lunch we recommend fresh fish and chips on the beach at Byron Bay – there’s nothing more Australian! Continue to the famous holiday destination, the Gold Coast, where you’ll stay for the next two nights. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Gold Coast, 2 nights. B Day 3: Gold Coast ‘Free Time’ Today is yours to do as you choose. You may like to take an optional experience to the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland to discover the

• Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (12)  B • Lunches (4)  L • Dinners (3)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Gold Coast

rainforest and the picturesque village of Mt. Tamborine or just take the opportunity to relax and unwind with a stroll along famous Surfers Paradise beach. B

Day 4: Gold Coast – Noosa Guests join this morning in Brisbane (Code: QBC). After a short tour of buzzing Brisbane, visit Australia Zoo made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how AAT Kings works with the Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. Catch one of the many shows and wander through the zoo’s fascinating grounds. Later travel to the resort town of Noosa for a relaxing stay. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner at a restaurant with views over the beach. Hotel: The Sebel Noosa, 2 nights. B D Day 5: Noosa ‘Free Time’ Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy, spectacular walk along the headland through Noosa National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to hire a stand-up paddle board or even

take a boat ride through the incredible Noosa Everglades, one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas. You’ll love the dark waterways and myriad of wildlife along the Noosa River – it’s truly spectacular! This evening choose one of the town’s eateries and dine on inspiring local delights. B

Day 6: Noosa – Hervey Bay A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Your 4WD tour takes you to the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tidal) and beyond. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees and enjoy a delicious lunch before arriving in Hervey Bay. Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay. B L Day 7: Hervey Bay – Rockhampton Stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. A member of the Creed family will treat you to a guided tour of the property including their original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy afternoon tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! Cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Your night is free so why


Explore the glittering coastline of Eastern Australia. Travel from Sydney to Port Macquarie and the Gold Coast. From Brisbane it’s off to relaxing Noosa and pristine Fraser Island. Tour a Rockhampton cattle station. Explore Hamilton Island and the exquisite Whitsundays, then head to tropical Cairns for a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Guided Holidays

13 days from

CAIRNS 2

Atherton Tablelands

$5375

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

1 MISSION BEACH Townsville 2 HAMILTON ISLAND Airlie Beach

Sydney to Cairns

Code: QSC All dates are Definite Departures

Sarina

$5375

$5525

$1395

$1415

Per Person Twin Share

ROCKHAMPTON 1 HERVEY BAY 1 Start End

Single Supplement Option

2017

Fraser Island

Start Jul 24 Sep 18 Oct 16 Nov 13

2 NOOSA

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Brisbane

2018

2 GOLD COAST

Jan 08 Feb 05 Mar 05

Byron Bay

Single Supplement Option

2018 continued Start Apr 30 Jul 23 Sep 17 Oct 15 Nov 12

End May 12 Aug 04 Oct 29 Oct 27 Nov 24

Jan 20 Feb 17 Mar 17

Brisbane to Cairns

PORT MACQUARIE 1 Hunter Valley Sydney

Fraser Island Ulysses Butterfly while you’re there. Continue to Kuranda where you’ll stop around lunch time. Enjoy some free time to explore ‘the village in the rainforest’. You may choose to journey to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Cairns, 2 nights. B

Australian Wildlife Park, Hamilton Island not try some local beef at one of the town’s steakhouses. Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent, Rockhampton. B

views over the waters and islands of the Coral Sea. This afternoon you’re free to enjoy paradise. B

Day 8: Rockhampton – Hamilton Island Travel north to the sugar town of Sarina for a guided tour through a miniature sugar mill. Discover the growing, harvesting and crushing processes of sugar cane. See how it’s turned into a tantalising array of handmade and sugar-inspired boutique products. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down to a light lunch. Continue past Mackay to Airlie Beach to catch a ferry to Hamilton Island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll be surrounded by pristine beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights. B L D

Day 10: Hamilton Island – Mission Beach This morning you’ll board a ferry back to the mainland and continue north along the Bruce Highway for a stop at lunchtime in Townsville, when you’ll have the opportunity to take a stroll along the Strand with views to Magnetic Island. Your destination for the night is Mission Beach where you’ll stay with views over the ocean. Magic. Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach. B D

Day 9: Hamilton Island Take a cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach, voted Australia’s best! Feel the sand between your toes and if you’re up to it, take a walk to a lookout for

End Aug 05 Sep 30 Oct 28 Nov 25

Per Person Twin Share

Day 11: Mission Beach – Cairns This morning there will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes before you depart Mission Beach. Today you’ll travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and see the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular

Day 12: Great Barrier Reef Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world heritage listed reef is the only living organism you can see from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up-close (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. This evening join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, where you’ll get the opportunity to taste traditional Australian bush flavours. B L FD Day 13: Farewell from Cairns Your wonderful holiday concludes after breakfast when you bid farewell to your new-found friends. B

Flight information

Sydney to Cairns (QSC) Day prior to Day 1 – Flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport Day 13 – Flights to depart anytime   from Cairns Airport Brisbane to Cairns (QBC) Day 3 – Flights to arrive anytime into Brisbane Airport Day 13 – Flights to depart anytime   from Cairns Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Code: QBC All dates are Definite Departures

$4525

$4650

$1100

$1115

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Jul 27 Sep 21 Oct 19 Nov 16

2018

Jan 11 Feb 08 Mar 08

End Aug 05 Oct 30 Oct 28 Nov 25

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018 continued Start May 03 Jul 26 Sep 20 Oct 18 Nov 15

End May 12 Aug 04 Oct 29 Oct 27 Nov 24

Jan 20 Feb 17 Mar 17

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Looking for a winter escape? We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/qsc or qbc Code: QSC 2016

Start Dec 13

End Dec 25

2017

Start Feb 07 Mar 07

End Feb 19 Mar 19

Code: QBC 2016

Start Dec 15

End Dec 25

2017

Start Feb 09 Mar 09

End Feb 19 Mar 19

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $540  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $405 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $270 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $810  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $675 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $540 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $540  Save up to $270  Save up to $270

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.


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East Coast Beaches  & Reef

10/13 days

Great Barrier Reef

• Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef & see colourful coral • Tropical paradise Hamilton Island & Whitehaven Beach

• Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls in World Heritage listed rainforest

• Visit Australia Zoo, home of the Irwin family

• See the cute koalas at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital • Let your hair down in the ultimate holiday town of Noosa

• Take an exciting 4WD tour on Fraser Island

• Visit a working cattle property, Langmorn Station, and meet Helen Creed and her family

• Stop at the Sarina Sugar Shed for a guided tour and lunch at a miniature sugar mill

• Stay on Hamilton Island – everyone has a view over the Whitsundays from their balcony

• Enjoy a delicious winery lunch and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (12)  B • Lunches (3)  L • Dinners (4)  D • Farewell lunch (1)  FL

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an orientation tour of the laid back tropical city. This evening get to know each other over a drink and delicious meal featuring fresh seasonal produce at a local restaurant. Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Cairns, 2 nights. D

for a chance to explore ‘the village in the rainforest’. Continue to the Atherton Tablelands where lush rainforests, waterfalls and lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree. Keep an eye out for the spectacular Ulysses Butterfly! There will be time to take a walk along the shore and feel the golden sand between your toes when you arrive in Mission Beach this afternoon. Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach. B D

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The world heritage listed reef is the only living organism you can see from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder upclose (equipment provided) and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. You have a free evening to do as you choose. Why not take a stroll along the esplanade and check out the Cairns Night Markets. B L

Day 4: Mission Beach – Hamilton Island Travel down the coast towards tonight’s stopover in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on spectacular Hamilton Island. You’ll visit Townsville, where there’s time for a stroll along the Strand, then travel to Airlie Beach to catch the ferry to the island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll be surrounded by pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights. B D

Day 3: Cairns – Mission Beach This morning travel through the high tropical plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands to Kuranda

Day 5: Hamilton Island This morning you’ll cruise to spectacular Whitehaven Beach, voted the number one beach in Noosa Main Beach

Australia! Take a walk and feel the sand between your toes and if you’re up to it, take a walk to Hill’s Inlet for views over the Whitsunday islands and sparkling waters. This afternoon is yours to relax in paradise. B

Day 6: Hamilton Island – Rockhampton Return to the mainland and travel south through Mackay, Australia’s sugar capital, to Sarina for a guided tour through a miniature sugar mill. On your tour you’ll get a peek into sugar cane processing and witness sugar processing and distilling equipment in action. Afterwards you can taste some of the products made on site before sitting down to a light lunch. Continue to Rockhampton, Australia’s beef capital. Your night is free so why not try some local beef at one of the town’s steakhouses. Hotel: Quality Regent, Rockhampton. B L Day 7: Rockhampton – Hervey Bay Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. A member of the Creed family will treat you to a guided tour of the property including their original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy morning tea in Australia Zoo


Start your journey in tropical Cairns before boarding a high speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. Swim at inviting Mission Beach and stay at Hamilton Island. Next explore Sarina, a cattle station at Rockhampton, pristine Fraser Island and Noosa. You even have the option to extend your trip to end in Sydney via Port Macquarie.

CAIRNS 2

Atherton Tablelands

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

$5375

1 MISSION BEACH Townsville 2 HAMILTON ISLAND Airlie Beach

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Cairns to Sydney

Code: QCS All dates are Definite Departures

ROCKHAMPTON 1 HERVEY BAY 1 End

Guided Holidays

13 days from

Sarina

Start

55

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Fraser Island Brisbane

2 GOLD COAST

2018

Jan 21 Feb 18

Sydney

Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

$1415

Start Jul 09 Oct 01

Hunter Valley

Day 9: Noosa ‘Free Time’ Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy, spectacular walk along the headland through Noosa National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to hire a stand-up paddle board or even take a boat ride through the incredible

$1395 2017

PORT MACQUARIE 1

Day 8: Hervey Bay – Noosa A day of discovery lies ahead as you cross by ferry to explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Enjoy lunch before your 4WD tour takes you to the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach (tidal) and beyond on to the Sunshine Coast resort town of Noosa. This evening choose one of the town’s eateries and dine on inspiring local delights. Hotel: The Sebel Noosa, 2 nights. B L

$5525

Single Supplement Option

Byron Bay

the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! Continue to Hervey Bay, gateway to Fraser Island. Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay. B

$5375

Per Person Twin Share

2 NOOSA

The Whitsundays Noosa Everglades, one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas. You’ll love the dark waterways and myriad of wildlife along the Noosa River – it’s truly spectacular! This evening relax and enjoy dinner at Noosa Surf lifesaving Club with views over the beach. B D

Day 10: Noosa – Gold Coast Visit Australia Zoo, made world famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin and Bindi. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how AAT Kings works with the Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. Catch a show in the world famous Crocoseum and wander through the zoo’s fascinating grounds. It’s bound to be a wildlife experience you’ll never forget. Later, you travel to Brisbane for a sightseeing tour then continue to the Gold Coast. Guests depart this afternoon in Brisbane (Code: QCB). Tonight is free for you to dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Gold Coast, 2 nights. B

Day 11: Gold Coast ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to do as you please. You may like to take an optional experience to the Gold Coast Hinterland to visit Mt. Tamborine village and discover the surrounding rainforest, or simply relax and unwind with a stroll along famous Surfers Paradise Beach. B Day 12: Gold Coast – Port Macquarie Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views from Australia’s eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. At the right time of year you may be lucky enough to spot migrating whales frolicking off the coast. Afterwards spend time discovering the relaxed bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. Continue to picturesque seaside Port Macquarie for the evening. Hotel: Waters Edge, Port Macquarie. B Day 13: Port Macquarie – Sydney Travel to the premier wine producing region of the Hunter Valley to enjoy exclusive tastings at McGuigan Wines, plus a farewell lunch at another local winery. Learn about the wine industry from a local expert, before continuing to Sydney where your holiday concludes in the late afternoon. B FL

Flight information

Cairns to Sydney (QCS) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport Day 13 – Flights to depart after 8.00pm from Sydney Airport Cairns to Brisbane (QCB) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart after 6.00pm from Brisbane Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

End Jul 21 Oct 13

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2018 continued Start Apr 15 Jun 10 Sep 30

End Apr 27 Jun 22 Oct 12

Feb 02 Mar 02

Cairns to Brisbane

Code: QCB All dates are Definite Departures

$4525

$4650

$1100

$1115

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2017

Start Jul 09 Oct 01

2018

Jan 21 Feb 18

End Jul 18 Oct 10

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018 continued Start Apr 15 Jun 10 Sep 30

End Apr 24 Jun 19 Oct 09

Jan 30 Feb 27

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Looking for a winter escape? We also have Guided Holidays departing between January & February 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/qcs or qcb Code: QCS

Code: QCB

2017

2017

Start Jan 22 Feb 19

End Feb 03 Mar 03

Start Jan 22 Feb 19

End Jan 31 Feb 28

Ways to Save Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $540  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $405 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $270 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $810  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $675 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $540 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $540  Save up to $270  Save up to $270

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.


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Tasmanian Wonders

4/6/10 days

Hobart from Mt. Wellington

• Explore Hobart’s iconic sights

• Visit spectacular Russell Falls • Cruise on the Gordon River including a delicious lunch

• Discover Cradle Mountain National Park on a guided tour • See ‘The Nut’ at Stanley

• Experience Burnie’s Makers’ Workshop

• Indulge in local cheeses at Pyengana Dairy Company

• Explore Launceston

• Taste fresh berries at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

• Discover Bridestowe Lavender Estate and the delicious lavender ice cream • Spectacular views from Cape Tourville Lookout • Step back in time at historic Port Arthur

• Explore Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (9)  B • Lunch (1)  L • Dinners (4)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Day 1: Welcome to Hobart On arrival at Hobart Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Your afternoon sightseeing tour of Australia’s southern-most capital takes in Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, and Mt. Nelson for amazing views overlooking Hobart. Tonight you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner with fabulous water views of Hobart. Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart. D Day 2: Hobart – Queenstown Head west to New Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park. Tasmania’s oldest National Park is the location of the spectacular three-tiered waterfall, Russell Falls, which is surrounded by ancient and towering swamp gums. You’ll then take the winding journey to rugged Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park – a magnificent part of the world. Hotel: West Coaster Motel, Queenstown. B D

Day 3: Queenstown – Cradle Mountain A spectacular Gordon River cruise is the highlight today. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters, stained amber by buttongrass tannins, reflecting the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island for insight into Tasmania’s lesser known convict history, the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement. See Hell’s Gate and Heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine. Pass the towns of Rosebery and Tullah as you travel to your hotel on the boundary of sensational Cradle Mountain National Park. Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel. B L D Day 4: Cradle Mountain – Smithton This morning it’s time to explore the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. We’ll take you to gorgeous Dove Lake for spectacular views of Cradle Mountain – make sure the camera’s charged, this is a scenic highlight, and the air – there’s none fresher! You’re likely to spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and

pademelons grazing through the alpine heathlands. Picture rolling green hills and Friesian cows – this afternoon you’ll think you’re in a butter commercial as you make your way past Table Cape, home of tulips, for views of Bass Strait, the lighthouse and coastline. Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west with a view of ‘the Nut’ and a chance to explore. Your final destination is Smithton. Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton. B D

Day 5: Smithton – Launceston Stop in Burnie for a guided tour of the Makers’ Workshop, a place that honours Burnie’s history, innovators and artists. Later, travel east along the coast through Penguin and Ulverstone then south to Sheffield for a wander through this town with its colourful wall paintings that adorn the town’s buildings. En route to Launceston you’ll visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for a delicious afternoon tea featuring raspberries fresh as they come – yum! Hotel: Best Western Plus, Launceston, 2 nights. B

Add on accommodation to visit Salamanca Market Book an extra night of accommodation so you don’t miss out on Salamanca Market. Over 300 stallholders sell fresh and gourmet produce, arts, crafts and handiwork crafts from all over Tasmania, interstate and overseas. Renowned as one of the top attractions in Tasmania, the Salamanca Market is another good reason to make your stay in Hobart last a little longer.

Port Arthur


It’s time to tick Tassie off your bucket list! Get amongst the idyllic scenery of Russell Falls, the Gordon River, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park, then step back in time at Port Arthur and in Hobart. We won’t let you leave without sampling local cheese, boutique wine, delicious fresh picked berries and more!

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Guided Holidays 10 days from

$3225

Stanley ‘the Nut’ 1

Burnie Devonport

SMITHTON CRADLE MOUNTAIN Tullah Rosebery Strahan

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Weldborough Pass St. Helens

Sheffield

2 LAUNCESTON

1

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

1 QUEENSTOWN

Gordon River Cruise Mt. Field National Park/ Russell Falls

Day 7: Launceston – Bicheno Guests join this morning in Launceston (Code: FLHH). Bridestowe Lavender Estate is your first stop today. Bridestowe has been growing lavender since 1922 when a London perfumer planted lavender seeds from the French Alps on his family estate which he named after his wife’s birthplace in England. Try some of Bridestowe’s lavender products and treat yourself to their famous lavender ice-cream! Later make a stop at the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, planted in honour of fallen WWI soldiers, then visit Pyengana Dairy Company. Learn about the history of the farm and cheese making in the Pyengana area before you taste a number of cheeses of different ages and flavours. Yum! After your lunch time stop at St. Helens, follow the picturesque East Coast south to Bicheno. This evening you may like to take an optional tour to see Bicheno’s wild penguin colony

Code: FHLH All dates are Definite Departures

$3225

$3395

$900

$965

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

BICHENO 1

Freycinet National Park

Start Jan 04 Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 21 Feb 01 Feb 08 Feb 11 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 04 Mar 15 Mar 22 Apr 05 Apr 12 May 10

End Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 27 Jan 30 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 20 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 13 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 14 Apr 21 May 19

Eaglehawk Neck HOBART Port Isle of the Arthur Dead Cruise 1 2

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2017 continued Start Sep 13 Oct 04 Oct 18 Oct 28 Nov 08 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 27

2018

Jan 03 Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 20 Jan 31 Feb 07 Feb 10 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 03 Mar 14 Mar 21 Apr 04 Apr 11

End Sep 22 Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 06 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 08 Dec 15 Dec 22 Jan 05

Jan 12 Jan 19 Jan 26 Jan 29 Feb 09 Feb 16 Feb 19 Mar 02 Mar 09 Mar 12 Mar 23 Mar 30 Apr 13 Apr 20

Hobart to Launceston

Cradle Mountain Day 6: Launceston This morning travel through the rolling hills and vineyards of the Tamar Valley to Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Beaconsfield has a long rich gold mining history. Your expert guide will bring to life the mine’s extraordinary past and tell you of incredible engineering feats, the town’s heritage and the dramatic events of the 2006 rock fall and mine rescue. This afternoon is free for you to explore Launceston. Maybe take a tour of Boag’s Brewery! Guests depart this afternoon in Launceston (Code: FHHL). B

Hobart return

Code: FHHL All dates are Definite Departures

as they emerge from the ocean for the night, or even take a tour to see Tassie Devils. Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno. B

Day 8: Bicheno – Hobart Get your camera ready for the spectacular and breathtaking – Freycinet National Park. You’ll take a walk that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Cape Tourville Lookout is magic! Travel through Swansea and Orford, then chart a course for Hobart. Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart, 2 nights. B Day 9: Port Arthur Explore Port Arthur Historic Site today. Cross Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula and enjoy a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walk of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison. You’ll have time to wander the site at your leisure before you leave. See rugged sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout, and feast your eyes on the vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole on the drive back to Hobart. This evening celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner at one of Hobart’s favourite restaurants. B FD Day 10: Farewell from Hobart Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. B  

$2025

$2095

$500

$545

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Pyengana Dairy Company

Flight information

Hobart return (FHLH) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Hobart Airport

Start Jan 04 Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 21 Feb 01 Feb 08 Feb 11 Feb 22 Mar 01 Mar 04 Mar 15 Mar 22 Apr 05 Apr 12 May 10

End Jan 09 Jan 16 Jan 23 Jan 26 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 16 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 09 Mar 20 Mar 27 Apr 10 Apr 17 May 15

Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime   from Hobart Airport Hobart to Launceston (FHHL) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Hobart Airport Day 6 – Flights to depart after   5.00pm from Launceston Airport Launceston to Hobart (FLHH) Day 6 – Flights to arrive anytime into Launceston Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart anytime   from Hobart Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $340  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $255 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $170 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $510  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $425 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $340 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $340  Save up to $170  Save up to $170

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Sep 13 Oct 04 Oct 18 Oct 28 Nov 08 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 27

2018

Jan 03 Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 20 Jan 31 Feb 07 Feb 10 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 03 Mar 14 Mar 21 Apr 04 Apr 11

End Sep 18 Oct 09 Oct 23 Nov 02 Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 11 Dec 18 Jan 01

Jan 08 Jan 15 Jan 22 Jan 25 Jan 05 Feb 12 Feb 15 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 08 Mar 19 Mar 26 Apr 09 Apr 16

Launceston to Hobart

Code: FLHH All dates are Definite Departures

$1250

$1550

$315

$415

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 27 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 17 Feb 28 Mar 07 Mar 10 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 11 Apr 18 May 16

End Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 27 Jan 30 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 20 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 13 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 14 Apr 21 May 19

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017 continued Start Sep 18 Oct 09 Oct 23 Nov 02 Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 04 Dec 11 Dec 18 Jan 01

2018

Jan 08 Jan 15 Jan 22 Jan 25 Jan 05 Feb 12 Feb 15 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 08 Mar 19 Mar 26 Apr 09 Apr 16

End Sep 22^ Oct 13^ Oct 27^ Nov 06^ Nov 17^ Dec 24^ Dec 08^ Dec 15^ Dec 22^ Jan 05^

Jan 12^ Jan 19^ Jan 26^ Jan 29^ Feb 09^ Feb 16^ Feb 19^ Mar 02^ Mar 09^ Mar 12^ Mar 23^ Mar 30^ Apr 13^ Apr 20^

^Departures from September 2017 are one day longer. For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/09/17.


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Western Wonderland

6/16 days

Lucky Bay

• ‘Surf’ Wave Rock

• Indulge in Margaret River food and wine

• Get up close to the dolphins at Monkey Mia

• Perth city sights touring

• Discover white sandy beaches near Esperance

• Walk high above the trees at Valley of the Giants

• Chocolate tasting in Margaret River

• Explore cosmopolitan Fremantle & its market • Discover WA’s famous wildflowers (seasonal) • Experience Kalbarri National Park

• Walk spectacular Shell Beach • Learn about Hamelin Pool’s ancient Stromatolites

• Visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial in Geraldton

• Marvel at the Pinnacles

• Delve into indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (15)  B • Lunch (1)  L • Dinners (9)  D • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Day 1: Welcome to Perth This afternoon when you meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at your hotel, set off on a city tour of Perth including a visit to Kings Park where you can see the broad expanse of the Swan River and wander around the Anzac Memorial and wildflower gardens. You’ll also see the many public art installations around the city and get a feel for the different precincts surrounding the CBD. Tonight, dine out and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious meal. Hotel: Travelodge Perth. D Day 2: Perth – Wave Rock Today journey through the Golden Outback to Hyden. This morning you’ll join a local guide on a tour of Boddington Gold Mine. Continue to Wave Rock. This magnificent rock formation resembling a gigantic wave was formed over three million years ago. Explore the formation then take a short walk to discover Hippo’s Yawn, another fascinating rock formation. Afterwards you may like to wander through the visitor centre’s eclectic collection of lace and the largest collection of toy soldiers in the world, or even take a tour of Hyden Wildlife Park. This evening dine at your hotel. Hotel: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden. B D Day 3: Wave Rock – Kalgoorlie This morning you’ll take an exclusive farm tour to hear about life in the outback with Wave Rock local, Sheena. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in the morning cattle feed then explore a private collection of vintage cars. Continue through the outback through former ghost town of Coolgardie on your way to Kalgoorlie. This town in the gold

fields is surrounded by some of the most dazzling spring wildflowers (seasonal). Famous Super Pit gold mine produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year. After a visit to Super Pit lookout for views in to the open cut mine, discover the character and stories of this historic town on an orientation tour. Dinner this evening will be at Kalgoorlie’s iconic pub, the Exchange Hotel. Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie. B D

Day 4: Kalgoorlie – Esperance Today visit Cape Le Grand National Park for breathtaking views of the wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks and sweeping heathlands. Stop at awe-inspiring Thistle Cove and marvel at its jaw dropping white sand and crystal clear blue water. At Lucky Bay, one of the most unique and stunning bays in Australia, you may see grey kangaroos that like to laze on the pristine beach. Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, Esperance. B D

National Anzac Centre which opened in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first WWI convoys departing Australia. This evening the night is free for you to do as you choose. B

Day 7: Albany – Margaret River Visit Valley of the Giants to explore the canopy of the Tingle forest along the beautiful Tree Top Walk. Stop in Nannup at lunch time with time to explore. This afternoon visit Cape Leeuwin, where the Indian and Great Southern Oceans meet. You may like to take a guided tour to the top of the famous lighthouse. Continue to Margaret River, one of Australia’s premier wine producing regions. The region’s scenery and fresh air will leave you invigorated. Hotel: Quality Inn Margaret River, 2 nights. B D

Day 5: Esperance – Albany See the mysterious Pink Lake and travel through Ravensthorpe and the Fitzgerald Biosphere to Bluff Knoll Lookout to witness the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park. The National Park is one of the most abundant areas for flora in the world. Continue to Albany, rich in Anzac history, and settle in to your hotel for the night. Hotel: Dogrock Motel, Albany, 2 nights. B D

Day 8: Margaret River Get ready for a day that will delight your taste buds! Margaret River is known not only for its fabulous wine but also for its fresh produce and boutique producers. First up you’ll visit Vasse Virgin, where you’ll have the chance to learn about all things olive oil, taste gourmet produce and sample beauty products made on-site. Continue to Laurance Wines for tastings and lunch prepared using only fresh local produce. Next you’ll be treated to a delicious afternoon tea in a picturesque forest setting surrounded by karri trees. Your evening is free to do as you please. B L

Day 6: Albany This morning enjoy free time to explore the historic town. In 1914, 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left Albany bound for WWI. This afternoon visit the

Day 9: Margaret River – Fremantle On arrival in Fremantle you’ll have the afternoon to explore this wonderful town. You may like to visit the colourful Fremantle Markets. There are 150 stalls under one roof


Explore cosmopolitan Perth before heading inland to Wave Rock, then watch in awe as the landscape changes and you discover crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and ancient forests. Taste Margaret River’s renowned food and wine, venture to seaside Fremantle and spend time discovering wildflowers and frolicking with dolphins at Monkey Mia.

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Guided Holidays 16 days from

Wildflowers (seasonal)

$5995

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Perth return

Code: WEMP All dates are Definite Departures

$5995

$6150

$1800

$1825

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

2 MONKEY MIA 1 KALBARRI

Start End

GERALDTON 1 The Pinnacles Yanchep National Park PERTH 1 1 FREMANTLE 2 Busselton MARGARET RIVER 2 Valley of the Giants

and you’ll have a chance to purchase local arts and crafts and taste local delights. We recommend taking a wander along the Fremantle foreshore to discover the impressive fishing fleet and enjoy a refreshing ale at Little Creatures Brewery. Whatever it is you choose to do, you’re bound to enjoy every second. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at your hotel. Hotel: Esplanade Hotel by Rydges, Fremantle, 2 nights. B D

Day 10: Fremantle Join a local guide for a private tour of Fremantle Prison. Step inside and take a journey back in time where you can view life as it was for prisoners and discover how time was passed in the yards, while marvelling at original prisoner works of art. From its convict origins in the 1850s until its closure as a maximum-security gaol in 1991, your entertaining guide will show you the lighter side of prison humour. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you please. Maybe take a boat trip to Rottnest Island or a ride on the historic Fremantle Tram. B Day 11: Fremantle – Geraldton Guests join this morning in Fremantle (Code: WPMP). Today you’ll travel along the rugged West Australian coastline to the port of Geraldton. Heading north to Yanchep National Park, you’ll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience in a bush setting. Meet your Aboriginal guide who’ll share with you their way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It’s a hands-on experience where you’ll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools and it will have you rolling around with laughter. Continue along the

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

1 KALGOORLIE

Cape Le Grand National Park

Wave Rock 1

ESPERANCE 2 Stirling Ranges ALBANY National Park

Day 12: Geraldton – Monkey Mia Visit the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre. Its state of the art displays, including soundscapes, historical and contemporary film footage, interactive multimedia and objects of rare scientific and historical significance, take you on the most amazing journey around Shark Bay and across time, in company and conversation with those who have been part of this extraordinary place. Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of Stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth! Later visit fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten metres deep. Continue to the crystal blue waters and the pristine white shell and sandy beaches of Monkey Mia where you’ll stay for the next two nights. Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Monkey Mia, 2 nights. B D Day 13: Monkey Mia ‘Free Time’ Every morning Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins swim to shore to be fed and mingle with the people. After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the bay, watch the

End May 28 Jul 23 Aug 27 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 22 Nov 05

Single Supplement Option

2018

Start May 12 Jul 07 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 01 Sep 08 Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 29 Oct 06 Oct 20

End May 27 Jul 22 Aug 26 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Nov 04

Fremantle to Perth

1

coast to the seaside hamlet of Lancelin at lunchtime and then to Nambung National Park, home of the marvellous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. On arrival in Geraldton you’ll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and have the chance to discover the seaside township. Hotel: Mantra Geraldton. B

Start May 13 Jul 08 Aug 12 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 21

Per Person Twin Share

famous dolphins swim into shore (Note: As dolphins are wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Today is yours to do as you choose. Why not take a scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park or after a lazy morning take an afternoon wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran to spot sea creatures great and small. In the evening, there’s nothing like sitting back with a cocktail or a cool beer watching the world go by as the sun goes down over the water. B

Day 14: Monkey Mia – Kalbarri Today travel to Kalbarri. Venture into Kalbarri National Park and visit Red Bluff Lookout to view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge from the vantage point of Hawks Head Lookout and keep an eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons hunting along the gorges and cliffs. During wildflower season, the National Park is abloom with many a variety of wildflower. You’ll spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Best Western Kalbarri Edge Resort. B D Day 15: Kalbarri – Perth Today return to Perth. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. What a great opportunity to share a few laughs as you recount stories of your holiday together! Hotel: Travelodge Perth. B FD Day 16: Farewell from Perth Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Perth Airport for your onward flight. B

Code: WPMP All dates are Definite Departures

$2375

$2450

$710

$725

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start May 23 Jul 18 Aug 22 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 03 Oct 10 Oct 17 Oct 31

End May 28 Jul 23 Aug 27 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 22 Nov 05

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start May 22 Jul 17 Aug 21 Sep 04 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep 25 Oct 02 Oct 09 Oct 16 Oct 30

End May 27 Jul 22 Aug 26 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Nov 04

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $600  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $450 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $300 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $900  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $750 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $600 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $600  Save up to $300  Save up to $300

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Perth return (WEMP) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Perth Airport Day 16 – Flights to depart anytime   from Perth Airport Fremantle to Perth (WPMP) Day 10 – Flights to arrive anytime into Perth Airport Day 16 – Flights to depart anytime   from Perth Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Monkey Mia Sunset Cruise (optional)


South Western Escape

60

10 days

Wave Rock

• • • •

• • • • • •

‘Surf’ ‘Surf’ Wave Wave Rock Rock Spot kangaroos Lucky Bay Perth city sightsat touring

Perthacity Tour goldsights minetouring with a local guide from Admire the views Kings Park lookout Discover life on an outback Tour the farm Super Pit gold mine Explore historic Kalgoorlie Taste beer at a boutique brewery

• Spectacular Cape Discover theviews whiteat sandy Le Grandnear National Park beaches Esperance

• Enjoy whiteabove sandythe trees Walk high beaches Esperance at Valleynear of the Giants • Stroll Visit pristine Thistle along Busselton Jetty Cove & Lucky Bay • Indulge in Margaret • River View food the mysterious and wine Pink Lake • Discover WA’s famous • wildflowers Tour the National Anzac (seasonal) Centre in Albany • Stroll along Busselton Jetty • Indulge in Margaret River • Discover food andcosmopolitan wine Fremantle • Enjoy cosmopolitan • Fremantle Visit Fremantle Prison & tour its for a guided tour historic prison • Discover Journey through the • WA’s famous Golden Outback wildflowers (seasonal) • Fremantle Markets • Explore Walk high above the trees at Valley of the Giants

• Discover cosmopolitan Fremantle

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (9)  B • Lunch (1)  L • Dinners (7)  D

Day 1: Welcome to Perth This afternoon when you meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at your hotel, set off on a city tour of Perth including a visit to Kings Park, where you can see the broad expanse of the Swan River and wander around the Anzac Memorial and wildflower gardens. You’ll also see the many public art instillations around the city and get a feel for the different precincts surrounding the CBD. Tonight, dine out and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious meal. Hotel: Travelodge Perth. D Day 2: Perth – Wave Rock Today journey through the Golden Outback to Hyden. This morning you’ll join a local guide on a tour of Boddington Gold Mine. Continue to Wave Rock. This magnificent rock formation resembling a gigantic wave was formed over three million years ago. Explore the formation then take a short walk to discover Hippo’s Yawn, another fascinating rock formation. Afterwards you may like to wander through the

visitor centre’s eclectic collection of lace and the largest collection of toy soldiers in the world, or even take a tour of Hyden Wildlife Park. This evening dine at your hotel. Hotel: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden. B D

Day 3: Wave Rock – Kalgoorlie This morning you’ll take an exclusive farm tour to hear about life in the Outback with Wave Rock local, Sheena. You’ll have to opportunity to take part in the morning cattle feed then explore a private collection of vintage cars. Continue through the Outback through former ghost town of Coolgardie on your way to Kalgoorlie. This town in the Gold Fields is surrounded by some of the most dazzling spring wildflowers (seasonal). The famous Super Pit gold mine produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year. After a visit to Super Pit lookout for views into the open cut mine, discover the character and stories of this historic town on an orientation tour. Dinner this evening will be at Kalgoorlie’s iconic pub, the Exchange Hotel. Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie. B D Perth

Day 4: Kalgoorlie – Esperance Today visit Cape Le Grand National Park for breathtaking views of the wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks and sweeping heathlands. Stop at awe-inspiring Thistle Cove, a beautiful bay with a spectacular coastal outlook and a ‘whistling’ rock. Marvel at its jaw-dropping white sand and crystal clear blue water. At Lucky Bay, one of the most unique and stunning bays in Australia, you may see grey kangaroos that like to laze on the pristine beach. Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, Esperance. B D Day 5: Esperance – Albany See the mysterious Pink Lake and travel through Ravensthorpe and the Fitzgerald Biosphere to Bluff Knoll Lookout to witness the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park. The National Park is one of the most abundant areas for flora in the world. Continue to Albany, which is rich in Anzac history, and settle into your hotel for the night. Hotel: Dog Rock Motel, Albany, 2 nights. B D

Valley of the Giants tree top walk


Outback, forests and coast, this trip has it all! ‘Surf’ Wave Rock, see gold rush ghost towns on route to Kalgoorlie and experience coastal Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park. View the stunning Stirling Ranges, take the Valley of the Giants tree top walk, then indulge your palate at Margaret River, walk Busselton Jetty and relax in Fremantle. Start

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Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

KALGOORLIE 1

PERTH 1 FREMANTLE 1 Busselton MARGARET RIVER 2 Valley of the Giants

10 days from

Norseman

1

Wave Rock 1

Cape Le Grand National Park

ESPERANCE 2 Stirling Ranges National Park ALBANY

$3795

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Perth to Fremantle

Code: WPPP All dates are Definite Departures

$3795

$3895

$1080

$1095

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start May 13 Jul 08 Aug 12 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 07 Oct 21

Thistle Cove Day 6: Albany This morning enjoy free time to explore the historic town. In 1914, 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left Albany bound for WWI. This afternoon visit the National Anzac Centre which opened in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first WWI convoys departing Australia. This evening is free for you to do as you choose. B Day 7: Albany – Margaret River Visit the Valley of the Giants to explore the canopy of the Tingle forest along the beautiful Tree Top Walk. Stop in Nannup at lunch time with plenty of time to explore. This afternoon visit Cape Leeuwin, where the Indian and Great Southern Oceans meet. You may like to take a guided tour to the top of the famous lighthouse. Continue to Margaret River, one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions. The region’s scenery and fresh air will leave you invigorated. Hotel: Quality Inn Margaret River, 2 nights. B D

Day 8: Margaret River Get ready for a day that will delight your taste buds! Margaret River is known not only for its fabulous wine but also for its fresh produce and boutique producers. First up you’ll visit Vasse Virgin where you’ll have the chance to learn about all things olive oil and sample beauty products made on-site. Continue to Laurance Wines for tastings and lunch prepared using only fresh local produce. Next you’ll visit a berry farm for a delicious afternoon tea in a picturesque forest setting surrounded by karri trees. Your evening is free to do as you please. B L Day 9: Margaret River – Fremantle On arrival in Fremantle you’ll have the afternoon to explore this wonderful town. You may like to visit the colourful Fremantle Markets. There are 150 stalls under one roof and you’ll have a chance to purchase local arts and crafts and taste local delights. We recommend taking a wander

Super Pit gold mine

along the Fremantle foreshore to discover the impressive fishing fleet and enjoy a refreshing ale at Little Creatures Brewery. Whatever it is you choose to do, you’re bound to enjoy every second. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at your hotel. Hotel: Esplanade Hotel by Rydges, Fremantle. B D

Day 10: Farewell from Fremantle Join a local guide for a private tour of Fremantle Prison. Step inside and take a journey back in time where you can view life as it was for prisoners and discover how time was passed in the yards, while marvelling at original prisoner works of art. From its convict origins in the 1850s until its closure as a maximum-security gaol in 1991, your entertaining guide will show you the lighter side of prison humour. Your holiday concludes at midday, when you’ll be transferred to Perth Airport for your onward flight. B

Margaret River food & wine

End May 22 Jul 17 Aug 21 Sep 04 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep 25 Oct 02 Oct 09 Oct 16 Oct 30

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start May 12 Jul 07 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 01 Sep 08 Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 29 Oct 06 Oct 20

End May 21 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 03 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 29

For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $380  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $285 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $190 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $570  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $475 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $380 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $380  Save up to $190  Save up to $190

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Perth Airport Day 10 – Flights to depart after 3.00pm from Perth Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Stay an extra night in Fremantle Why not stay an extra night or two in historic and cosmopolitan Fremantle. Discover the vibrant colourful marketplace, indulge in some delicious seafood overlooking the colonial harbour and its fishing fleet or sit back with a pale ale or two at Little Creatures Brewery. You won’t be short of things to do. Ask us for details at the time of booking.


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Spirit of New Zealand

18/21 days

Mirror Lakes, Fiordland National Park

• Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo

• Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound • Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown

• Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak

• Explore the Glowworm caves at Te Anau by boat • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika

• Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks & Blowholes • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand

• Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & Concert

• Explore the geothermal valley at Te Puia in Rotorua

• Relax in the Bay of Islands • Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (20)  B • Lunch (1)  L • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Dinners (12)  D

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama Board your coach to see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, travelling over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin Travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a tour of the city. Then you’ll have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle. Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel, Dunedin. B D Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound Be awestruck by the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. You’ll see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and drive through the Homer Tunnel. Pass Lake Matheson, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise. (Cruise does not operate 21 May-15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown). Cruise: Overnight Milford Sound. B D

Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown This morning depart for Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau. Explore the famous Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat with a local guide, before travelling to the adventure-capital Queenstown. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B D Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way. You may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon or explore Queenstown on your own. This evening why not consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead? An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Then join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown. B Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Another action-packed day or time to relax. Tonight you’ll ride the gondola to Bob’s Peak for a highlight dinner at the Skyline Restaurant. B HD Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, on the Arrow River. Second stop is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D

Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki You can see Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration. Later travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort . B D Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. This afternoon you’ll visit the amazing World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars, where you will experience unforgettable garments from the gala award shows held each year. Hotel: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort, Nelson, 2 nights. B D Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’ On this day at leisure, you’ll have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. Or perhaps take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the many arts and craft galleries. B Day 12: Nelson – Wellington Visit the seaside village of Picton and cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, before you head across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before you visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington, 2 nights. B D


Venture into parts less travelled. Indulge in a little star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin for your overnight stay on Milford Sound. Journey out to Abel Tasman National Park and take a stroll along seemingly untouched golden beaches. Hear how the coastal city of Napier was rebuilt in Art Deco style after the earthquake of 1931.

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Guided Holidays 21 days from

2 BAY OF ISLANDS

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

AUCKLAND 1 1

Christchurch to Auckland Matamata

ROTORUA 2 Start

Taupo

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

NAPIER 1 Picton

Buller Gorge

PUNAKAIKI 1

2

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Haast

MILFORD SOUND 1

1

Code: LCQB  All dates are Definite Departures

$6595

$7425

$2310

$2600

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 13

2 WELLINGTON

NELSON

Hokitika Mt. Cook

$6275

End May 03

3 QUEENSTOWN

2018

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

$6795

Jun 15 Aug 31

$2425

$6275 $2185

Jul 05 Sep 20

End Jan 24 Feb 21 Mar 07 Mar 21 Apr 04

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Per Person Twin Share

Apr 12

Single Supplement Option

Per Person Twin Share

$2600

Oct 12 Nov 09 Dec 07 Dec 21

OMARAMA

Single Supplement Option

Start Jan 04 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 15

$7425

1 CHRISTCHURCH

Per Person Twin Share

Nov 01 Nov 29 Dec 27 Jan 10*

May 02

$6450 $2245

Single Supplement Option

Jun 14 Aug 30

Jul 04 Sep 19

$7625

Te Anau

Per Person Twin Share

1 DUNEDIN

$2640

Single Supplement Option

Mt. Cook

Oct 11 Nov 08 Dec 06 Dec 20

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’ You have a free day to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament, a Lord of the Rings movie tour or a cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. B Day 14: Wellington – Napier Travel through the vineyards of the Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay to Napier. Enjoy a city walking tour with a local guide and learn how Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier. B D Day 15: Napier – Rotorua Travel to Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Visit mighty Huka Falls on route to Rotorua. Take a sightseeing tour with views of Lake Rotorua. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture followed by a delicious buffet highlight dinner at the Tamaki Maori Marae. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 16: Rotorua Visit Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where you’ll see demonstrations of wood carving and weaving. Then tour the geothermal valley and hear about its importance to the Maori people. B Day 17: Rotorua – Auckland Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show to

gain an insight into agricultural life in New Zealand. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and a sheep auction. Visit the Matamata to experience a farming demonstration before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm. Continue to Auckland for a city sightseeing tour. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B L

Day 18: Auckland – Bay of Islands Guests depart this morning in Auckland (Code: LCQA). Depart Auckland over the Harbour Bridge through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, and then it’s off to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Enjoy a scenic cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ . Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D Day 19: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin-watching, take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic 90 Mile Beach, a day of sailing on a tall ship or take a tour to historic Russell. Ask your Travel Director about optional experiences. B

Rural Homestay Option: Day 16 Stay with a Kiwi family on a rural homestay. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the warm company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings. Additional cost per person $70.

Day 20: Bay of Islands – Auckland Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. Later, return to Auckland. Celebrate your holiday at a dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D Day 21: Farewell from Auckland Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B

Flight information

Christchurch to Auckland (LCQB) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 21 – Flights to depart anytime   from Auckland Airport Christchurch to Auckland (LCQA) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 18 – Flights to depart anytime   from Auckland Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Ways to Save

Oct 31 Nov 28 Dec 26 Jan 09*

Christchurch to Auckland Code: LCQA All dates are Definite Departures

$5695

$6450

$1995

$2285

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 13

End Apr 30

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Per Person Twin Share

Start Jan 04 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 15

Single Supplement Option

$5895

$5450 $1880

Jun 15 Aug 31

Jul 02 Sep 17

Per Person Twin Share

$2110

Single Supplement Option

$6450

Per Person Twin Share

$2285

Single Supplement Option

Oct 12 Nov 09 Dec 07 Dec 21

End Jan 21 Feb 18 Mar 04 Mar 18 Apr 01

Oct 29 Nov 26 Dec 24 Jan 07*

Apr 12

Apr 29

$5595

Per Person Twin Share

$1935

Single Supplement Option

Jun 14 Aug 30

Jul 01 Sep 16

$6625

Per Person Twin Share

$2320

Single Supplement Option

Oct 11 Nov 08 Dec 06 Dec 20

Oct 28 Nov 25 Dec 23 Jan 06*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.   For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $745  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $555 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $370 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1115  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $925 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $740 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $745  Save up to $370  Save up to $370

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/lcqb or lcqa


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Kia Ora New Zealand

• Cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands and through ‘Hole in the Rock’

• Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto

• Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family

• Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture • Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington

• Visit Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand

• Set sail on Queen Charlotte Sound

• Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura

• See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau • Cruise on breath-taking Milford Sound

• Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique highlight dinner • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Visit a green stone factory and watch the jade artists at work

• Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (16)  B • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Dinners (9)  D

17 days

Hongi greeting, Tamaki Maori Village Day 1: Welcome to Auckland After your airport transfer to your hotel, explore Auckland your way. This evening enjoy a welcome reception with your Travel Director. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the ‘Hole in the Rock’. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays. Keep your eyes peeled for the marine life. Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D Day 3: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ Explore the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a ferry to Russell, go sailing on a tall ship, dolphin-watching on the bay or play a round of golf or enjoy a dinner cruise on the Waitangi River. B Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmlands on your way back to Auckland. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua After an Auckland city sights tour you’ll trace the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing Glowworm Grotto by boat. Then arrive in Rotorua for an orientation tour. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert, for an insight into Maori culture, at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD Day 6: Rotorua Visit the Agrodome Sheep how, then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the Geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers. B Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington

This morning depart Rotorua travelling south to Wairakei and on to Taupo, in the very heart of the North Island. Stop to view mighty Huka Falls before following the eastern shoreline of Lake Taupo. Continue through rich farming lands into the capital city Wellington. This evening celebrate your holiday at

Rural Homestay Option: Day 6

A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings. Additional cost per person $70.

dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D

Day 8: Wellington – Picton This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Take in the panoramic views from the top of Mt. Victoria. There will be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa, the  Museum of New Zealand and  explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae or Maori Meeting House. Cruise the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound and Picton. Hotel: Beachcomber, Picton. B D Day 9: Picton – Christchurch Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point, watch whales at Kaikoura, (optional scenic whale-watching flight is available) and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B Day 10: Christchurch – Omarama Free time to relax this morning. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good


Begin your New Zealand story with a cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands. Continue the narrative with the arts and traditions of Maori culture, and the sweeping vistas of the Marlborough Sounds. Conclude your epic narrative with tales of intrepid settlers in Central Otago, and thrills in Queenstown, the adventure capital.

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Guided Holidays 17 days from

2

BAY OF ISLANDS

1 1 AUCKLAND

$4895

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Auckland to Christchurch

Waitomo Caves

2 ROTORUA Taupo

Mt. Ruapehu

Code: LABC All dates are Definite Departures

$5195

$5750

$1680

$1800

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 22

PICTON Hokitika

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Haast

Milford Sound

TE ANAU 1 Bay of Islands

Arthur’s Pass

1

1 WELLINGTON

$4895

Per Person Twin Share

$1630

Single Supplement Option

Kaikoura

TranzAlpine Train Mt. Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH

Jun 03 Sep 09 Sep 30

Jun 19 Sep 25 Oct 16

$5750

Per Person Twin Share

$1800

Single Supplement Option

1 OMARAMA

2 QUEENSTOWN

Oamaru

1 DUNEDIN

End May 08

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Oct 14 Oct 28 Nov 11 Dec 09 Dec 23 Dec 30

Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 27 Dec 25 Jan 08* Jan 15*

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 06 Jan 20 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 03 Mar 24

End Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12 Mar 19 Apr 09

$5375

Per Person Twin Share

$1740

Single Supplement Option

Apr 21

May 07

$5095

Per Person Twin Share

$1675

Single Supplement Option

Jun 02 Sep 08 Sep 29

Jun 18 Sep 24 Oct 15

$5850

Per Person Twin Share

$1820

Single Supplement Option

Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional Mt. Cook scenic flight is available). Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D

Day 11: Omarama – Dunedin Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, where you’ll tour the city. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D Day 12: Dunedin – Te Anau After a free morning, you’ll cross sheep-filled farming land to the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau, where tonight you can take a Glowworm Caves tour (own expense). Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown Journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. See Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown for a sightseeing tour on arrival. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights. B Day 14: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore thrilling Queenstown your way – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw,

to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown? B HD

Day 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef The first stop is historic Arrowtown. Next is Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Hawea, Wanaka before you travel through Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Our final destination today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier (an optional scenic flight is available). Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D Day 16: Franz Josef – Christchurch You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration first up then travel to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at a dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B D Day 17: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 10 Dec 08 Dec 22 Dec 29

Optional Experience Day 15:

Haast River Safari

Complete your Kiwi holiday with the Haast River jet boating adventure! Your boat is enclosed so you remain warm and dry. Learn from your experienced jet boat driver how Haast community survived on the edge of wilderness in this glacial valley. Ask your Travel Director for details.

Christchurch to Auckland Code: LCBA All dates are Definite Departures

$5195

$5750

$1680

$1800

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 10

End Apr 26

Auckland to Christchurch (LABC) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 17 – Flights to depart anytime   from Christchurch Airport Christchurch to Auckland (LCBA) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to   4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 17 – Flights to depart anytime   from Auckland Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $580  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $430 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $290 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $870  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $720 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $580 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $575  Save up to $290  Save up to $290

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Single Supplement Option

Start Jan 01 Jan 08 Jan 15 Jan 29 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 26 Mar 12

Jun 19 Aug 28

$5375

$4895

Per Person Twin Share

Flight information

Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 24 Jan 07* Jan 14*

$1630

Jul 05 Sep 13

$5750

Per Person Twin Share

$1800

Single Supplement Option

Oct 02 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Dec 11

Oct 18 Nov 01 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 27*

End Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 14 Mar 28

Per Person Twin Share

$1740

Single Supplement Option

Apr 09

Apr 25

$5095

Per Person Twin Share

$1675

Single Supplement Option

Jun 18 Aug 27

Jul 04 Sep 12

$5850

Per Person Twin Share

$1820

Single Supplement Option

Oct 01 Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Dec 10 Dec 17 Dec 31

Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 14 Nov 28 Dec 26 Jan 02* Jan 16*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.   For additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Christchurch to Auckland (Code: LCBA) visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/labc or lcba


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Southern Spirit

14 days

Mirror Lakes

• Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo

• Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound • Explore the Glowworm caves at Te Anau by boat

• Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown

• Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak

• See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika

• Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

• Set sail on Queen Charlotte sound

• Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand • Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour

• Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (13)  B • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Dinners (9)  D

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D

white limestone buildings to Dunedin, for a sightseeing tour of the city. There’s the opportunity to visit New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle and its stunning gardens. Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel, Dunedin. B D

you’ll explore the Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat with a local guide, before continuing to Queenstown,   the adventure-capital, for your   3 night stay. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B D

Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama Board your coach to see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, travelling over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D

Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by the great sights of Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your magical overnight cruise. (Cruise does not operate 21 May-15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown). Cruise: Overnight Milford Sound. B D

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous

Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown This morning depart for Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. Here

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way. You may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort, go horse riding or explore Queenstown on your own. This evening why not consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead? An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Then join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown. B

Church of the Good Shepherd

Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ You have another day to relax

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki


Take a wander through the city of Christchurch and stop for a photo at the world’s only Cathedral built entirely of cardboard. Enjoy dinner with a spectacular view in Queenstown. Stay in the pretty seaside village of Picton then travel across the Cook Strait to the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington.

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Picton

2 WELLINGTON NELSON 2 Buller Gorge PUNAKAIKI 1 Hokitika

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Mt.

Cook

Haast

MILFORD SOUND Te Anau

1

1 CHRISTCHURCH

1 OMARAMA 3 QUEENSTOWN 1

DUNEDIN Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

$4275

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Christchurch to Wellington Code: LCQW All dates are Definite Departures

$4450

$5095

$1555

$1815

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 13

End Apr 26

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Per Person Twin Share

Start Jan 04 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 15

Single Supplement Option

$4625

Jun 15 Aug 31

$1655

$4275 $1445

Jun 28 Sep 13

$5095

Per Person Twin Share

$1815

Single Supplement Option

Oct 12 Nov 09 Dec 07 Dec 21

Oct 25 Nov 22 Dec 20 Jan 03*

End Jan 17 Feb 14 Feb 28 Mar 14 Mar 28

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Apr 12

Apr 25

$4395

Per Person Twin Share

$1495

Single Supplement Option

Jun 14 Aug 30

Jun 27 Sep 12

$5225

Per Person Twin Share

$1840

Single Supplement Option

Overnight cruise on Milford Sound and enjoy the many scenic delights of Queenstown. Tonight you’ll ride the gondola to Bob’s Peak for a highlight dinner at the Skyline Restaurant. B HD

Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. Second stop is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki You can see Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration. Later travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering

Oct 11 Nov 08 Dec 06 Dec 20

surf at your doorstep! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B D

Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. This afternoon you’ll visit the World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars. Hotel: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort, Nelson, 2 nights. B D Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’ You’ll have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. Or perhaps take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the many arts and craft galleries. B Day 12: Nelson – Wellington Visit the seaside village of Picton and cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before a guided tour of Te Papa, the Museum of New

Oct 24 Nov 21 Dec 19 Jan 02*

Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington, 2 nights. B D

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.   For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’ You have a day at leisure to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament, one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours or even a cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. Ask your Travel Director for details. B

Looking for a winter escape?

Day 14: Farewell from Wellington Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Wellington Airport for your onward flight. B

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/lcqw 2016

Start Dec 22

End Jan 04

2017

Start Jan 05 Feb 02 Feb 16 Mar 02 Mar 16

End Jan 18 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 29

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $510  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $380 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $255

Wellington

Optional Experience Day 6: Shotover Jet Boat Queenstown

The Shotover Jet takes you on a breathtaking ride through narrow spectacular canyons. It’s an amazing white water ride as your expert driver puts your Jet Boat through its paces and skilfully whips it past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Ask your Travel Director for details.

Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $765  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $635 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $510 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $510  Save up to $255  Save up to $255

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 14 – Flights to depart anytime from Wellington Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.


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New Zealand Marvel

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train

• Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier

• Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown

• Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown

• Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique highlight dinner

• Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound

• Cruise on mystical Milford Sound

• Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo

• Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto

• Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family • Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (13)  B • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Dinners (8)  D

14 days

Mirror Lakes Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Perhaps take a walk along the Avon River before a welcome reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef This morning you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular railway takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later, visit Hokitika home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit to see local artists at work. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic Franz Josef Glacier flight available). Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D Day 3: Franz Josef – Queenstown Travel through the Haast Pass. See Thunder Creek Falls, take a rainforest walk and then it’s a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next up try sumptuous stone fruit at a Cromwell orchard. Later, you’ll visit historic gold mining

Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. On arrival in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure-capital, you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown, 2 nights. B

opportunities at the Chasm, Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you’ll have the option to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D

Day 4: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate! This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining afterdinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. B HD

Day 6: Te Anau – Dunedin Cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin for a city tour. With ‘Free Time’ this afternoon, consider a wildlife cruise to see Penguins and Royal Albatross, a visit to the Cadbury Factory or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D

Day 5: Queenstown – Te Anau Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awe-struck by the great sights of Fiordland National Park on your journey to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you’ll take a spectacular cruise on this natural wonder. En route you’ll have abundant photo

Rural Homestay Option: Day 12

A warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings. Additional cost per person $70.

Day 7: Dunedin – Omarama This morning, you have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Later, travel through Oamaru, famous for its limestone buildings, passing the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama. Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D Day 8: Omarama – Christchurch Soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight available). See Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, visit the Church


From the impressive display of the glaciers of the West Coast, to the sensational alpine landscape of Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park, right up to the extraordinary geysers of Rotorua and the dramatic underground caverns of the Waitomo Caves, there is an abundance of spectacular natural sights to take your breath away.

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Guided Holidays 14 days from

$4075

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

AUCKLAND 1

Waitomo Caves

Christchurch to Auckland 2 ROTORUA Taupo

Mt. Ruapehu

Start

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 1 Haast Milford Sound

$1370

$1480

Start Apr 10

Arthur’s Pass

1 WELLINGTON

Kaikoura

TranzAlpine Train

Mt. Cook 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH

End Apr 23

Oamaru

$4475

$1330

Jul 02 Sep 10

$4825

Per Person Twin Share

$1480

Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 24

Day 10: Picton – Wellington Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city tour before ‘Free Time’ and then you’ll visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D Day 11: Wellington – Rotorua Travel along the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park and discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu.

$1420

Single Supplement Option

Apr 09

Apr 22

$4225

Per Person Twin Share

$1355

Single Supplement Option

Jul 01 Sep 09

$4895

Per Person Twin Share

$1490

Single Supplement Option

Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert and gain an insight into Maori culture. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

limestone caves. Later you’ll follow the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland, to enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s largest city. This evening celebrate your holiday at a dinner with your Travel Director. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D

Day 12: Rotorua Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a sample of farm life where you’ll gain an exciting and informative insight into agriculture in New Zealand. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – perhaps visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi, or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers. B

Day 14: Farewell from Auckland Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B

Day 13: Rotorua – Auckland This morning travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glowworm Grotto by boat and walk through the

Flight information

Christchurch to Auckland (LCCA) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport Day 14 – Flights to depart anytime   from Auckland Airport Auckland to Christchurch (LAAC) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to   4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 14 – Flights to depart anytime   from Christchurch Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Oct 01 Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Dec 10 Dec 17 Dec 31

Oct 14 Oct 28 Nov 11 Nov 25 Dec 23 Dec 30* Jan 13*

Auckland to Christchurch Code: LAAC All dates are Definite Departures

$4325

$4825

$1370

$1480

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 25

End May 08

$4075

Per Person Twin Share

$1330

Single Supplement Option

Jun 06 Sep 12

Jun 19 Sep 25

$4825

Per Person Twin Share

$1480

Single Supplement Option

Oct 03 Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 14 Dec 12 Dec 26

Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 27 Dec 25 Jan 08*

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 02 Jan 09 Jan 23 Jan 30 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 20 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 27

End Jan 15 Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12 Mar 19 Apr 09

$4475

Per Person Twin Share

$1420

Single Supplement Option

Apr 24

May 07

$4225

Per Person Twin Share

$1355

Single Supplement Option

Jun 05 Sep 11

Jun 18 Sep 24

$4895

Per Person Twin Share

$1490

Single Supplement Option

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $480  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $360 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $240 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $720  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $600 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $480 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

TSS Earnslaw

End Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 11 Mar 25

Per Person Twin Share

Jun 18 Aug 27

Tamaki Family Village

Day 9: Christchurch – Picton Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales (optional whale watching flight is available). Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point. Pass the Grassmere Salt Works then travel to the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton for an orientation tour. Hotel: Beachcomber, Picton. B D

2018

Jun 19 Aug 28

Per Person Twin Share

1 DUNEDIN

of the Good Shepherd and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch to explore the rebuild of this fascinating city. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B

Single Supplement Option

Single Supplement Option

$4075

Oct 02 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Dec 11

2 QUEENSTOWN

Per Person Twin Share

Start Jan 01 Jan 08 Jan 15 Jan 29 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 26 Mar 12

Single Supplement Option

1 OMARAMA

TE ANAU 1

$4825

Per Person Twin Share

2017

PICTON 1

Hokitika

$4325

Single Supplement Option

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

End

Code: LCCA All dates are Definite Departures

Save up to $485  Save up to $240  Save up to $240

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Oct 02 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Dec 11 Dec 25

Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 24 Jan 07*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.   For additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Auckland to Christchurch   (Code: LAAC) visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/lcca or laac


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Southern Spotlight

• Journey past crystal clear lakes and towering mountains through Mt. Cook National Park

• Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo

• Stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau

• Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound

• Cruise on mystical Milford Sound

• Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown

• Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw

• Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak

• Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown

• Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit at an orchard

• Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass

9 days

Mt. Cook Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel. There will be a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers in the evening. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama You have time at leisure this morning. Why not head travel around the city on board the Christchurch Tram, and hear how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Later, travelling over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, for a city tour. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau After a morning of time to yourself, during which you might like to tour New Zealand’s historic Larnach Castle and its stunning gardens, you’ll head off across South Otago’s fertile, sheep-filled rolling farming land en route to Te Anau, on the shores of beautiful Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on New Zealand’s South Island. Tonight you may choose to travel by boat to the famous Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D

Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown Today is a feast for the senses. You’ll be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest, to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see rainforests, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Along the way you’ll see the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. A sightseeing tour on arrival in Queenstown will complete this highlight day. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights. B Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Explore the adventure capital, Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides, from 4WD tour safaris to white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise

• Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work

Optional Experience Day 6: Skipper’s Canyon Queenstown

Dining

Located in Queenstown’s back country, Skippers Canyon is one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. You will travel on Skippers Road alongside the Shotover River at a leisurely pace. You’ll then reach Skippers Point in the Mount Aurum Conservation Area and enjoy morning tea. Ask your Travel Director for details.

• Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier

• Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

• Full buffet breakfasts (8)  B • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Dinners (5)  D


Tick all the boxes of must-dos in the South Island. Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train, have a night out at a High Country Station in Central Otago, cruise down the still waters of Milford Sound, and roam through the stone-hewn campus of New Zealand’s oldest university in Dunedin.

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Hokitika

FRANZ Arthur’s Pass JOSEF TranzAlpine GLACIER Train Mt. 1 Cook 1 1 Haast CHRISTCHURCH Milford Sound 1 OMARAMA 2 QUEENSTOWN 1 TE ANAU 1 DUNEDIN

End

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Christchurch return

Code: LCQR All dates are Definite Departures

$2825

$3125

$875

$950

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 02 Apr 30

Oamaru

Start

$2695

End Apr 10 May 08

Single Supplement Option

2018

Single Supplement Option

Start Jan 07 Jan 14 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 04 Mar 11

Jun 11 Sep 17

$2895

$2695

Per Person Twin Share

$845

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Per Person Twin Share

Jun 19 Sep 25

$3125

Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

$910

Single Supplement Option

Apr 01 Apr 29

$950

Oct 08 Oct 22 Nov 05 Nov 19 Dec 17 Dec 31

Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 27 Dec 25 Jan 08*

End Jan 15 Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12 Mar 19

Single Supplement Option

Apr 09 May 07

$2750

Per Person Twin Share

$865

Single Supplement Option

Jun 10 Sep 16

Jun 18 Sep 24

$3175

Milford Sound

Per Person Twin Share

$960

Single Supplement Option

and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown. B HD

Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef First stop is the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, on the Arrow River. Second stop Cromwell, to taste its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of beautiful lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, you view mighty Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a tranquil rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier. Take the opportunity for an optional scenic flight over the TranzAlpine train journey

Oct 07 Oct 21 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 16 Dec 30

glacier (own expense). Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, (Graham Wing) Franz Josef. B D

Day 8: Franz Josef – Christchurch You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Travel through Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast, to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B D Day 9: Farewell from Christchurch Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 24 Jan 07*

Christchurch return

Code: LRQC All dates are Definite Departures

$2825

$3125

$875

$950

Per Person Twin Share

Arrowtown

Single Supplement Option

2017

2018

Christchurch return (LCQR) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport

$2695

Single Supplement Option

Day 9 – Flights to depart anytime   from Christchurch Airport

Jun 19 Aug 28

$2895

Christchurch return (LRQC) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to   4.00pm into Christchurch Airport

Per Person Twin Share

Day 9 – Flights to depart anytime   from Christchurch Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

End Apr 18

Single Supplement Option

Start Jan 01 Jan 08 Jan 15 Jan 29 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 26 Mar 12

Flight information

Start Apr 10

Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

$845

Jun 27 Sep 05

$3125 $950

Single Supplement Option

Oct 02 Oct 16 Oct 30 Nov 13 Dec 11

Oct 10 Oct 24 Nov 07 Nov 21 Dec 19

End Jan 09 Jan 16 Jan 23 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 20 Mar 06 Mar 20

Per Person Twin Share

$910

Single Supplement Option

Apr 09

Apr 17

$2750

Per Person Twin Share

$865

Single Supplement Option

Jun 18 Aug 27

Jun 26 Sep 04

$3175

Per Person Twin Share

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $310  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $235 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $155 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $465  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $390 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $310 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $315  Save up to $155  Save up to $155

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

$960

Single Supplement Option

Oct 01 Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Dec 10 Dec 17 Dec 31

Oct 09 Oct 23 Nov 06 Nov 20 Dec 18 Dec 25* Jan 08*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.   For additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Christchurch return (Code: LRQC) visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details visit aatkings/com/lcqr or lrqc


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Northern Spotlight

8 days

Traditional Maori dancers

• Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ to Cape Brett

• Relax in the Bay of Islands

• Explore Auckland’s city sights

• Discover the fascinating Glowworm Grotto at Waitomo Caves • Explore ancient limestone caves

• Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & concert

• Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show

• View mighty Huka Falls

• Marvel at crystal clear Lake Taupo

• Journey through spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park

• Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour • Breathtaking views over Wellington from Mt. Victoria

• Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (7)  B • Highlight dinner (1)  HD • Dinners (3)  D

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore Auckland. You could visit the Sky Tower, for extensive views of greater Auckland including visual and audio displays detailing the history of New Zealand’s largest city. Or visit the Viaduct Harbour waterfront region, and enjoy an afternoon drink at one of the many popular restaurants with stunning views out over Waitemata Harbour. Perhaps visit the Auckland Museum or go shopping in stylish Parnell. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland and travel through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Take a walk among the Kauri trees a Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, and then it’s off to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise through game fishing

waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands – see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for marine life. Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D

Reserve which is of great historical importance. This is where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. You’ll see highlights such as the Maori War Canoe and Meeting House (Marae). This afternoon enjoy the lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D

Day 3: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin watching, or take a coach trip to Cape Reinga, via idyllic 90 Mile Beach. You could enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship or discover the historic township of Russell, New Zealand’s first capital. Or you may want to sample local wine and chocolate on a tour around Kerikeri. This evening, there is also the option to dine on a cruise down the Waitangi River. Ask your Travel Director about optional activities. B

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Auckland then journey south through the Waikato district. Experience a guided tour of the famous Waitomo Caves and discover the incredible Glowworm Grotto on an underground boat trip. This afternoon travel to Rotorua. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture, followed by a delicious buffet dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland This morning, there is time for an optional visit to the Waitangi Treaty

Day 6: Rotorua Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a sample of Kiwi farm life. See the

We are so proud to show our guests our native

namesake, the kiwi. Our visits help support their

conservation and breeding programs. We get up close and personal with this amazing bird.

Bruce  General Manager Operations

Optional Experience Day 6: Rainbow Springs Nature Park Nestled amongst a spectacular native bush setting with spring fed pools of Rainbow trout, take a guided tour through a huge array of native flora and fauna including Tuatara – the magnificent living dinosaur! Ask your Travel Director for details.


Follow the path of pioneers as you travel across the North Island of New Zealand. From the first European settlements on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Islands, to Rotorua – rich in Maori culture and traditions, down to the modern capital city of Wellington.

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Guided Holidays 8 days from

$2275

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Auckland to Wellington Code: LABW All dates are Definite Departures

2 BAY OF ISLANDS

$2395

$2695

$730

$765

Per Person Twin Share

AUCKLAND 1 1

Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 22

Waitomo Caves Mt. Ruapehu

End Apr 29

$2275

2 ROTORUA

Per Person Twin Share

$735

Single Supplement Option

Taupo

Start End

Jun 03 Sep 09 Sep 30

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Jun 10 Sep 16 Oct 07

$2695

Per Person Twin Share

$765

Single Supplement Option

1 WELLINGTON

Oct 14 Oct 28 Nov 11 Dec 09 Dec 23 Dec 30

Oct 21 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 16 Dec 30* Jan 06*

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start Jan 06 Jan 20 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 03 Mar 24

End Jan 13 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 03 Mar 10 Mar 31

$2525

Per Person Twin Share

$750

Single Supplement Option

Apr 21

Apr 28

$2375

Per Person Twin Share

$735

Single Supplement Option

Jun 02 Sep 08 Sep 29

Jun 09 Sep 15 Oct 06

$2725

Hole in the Rock

Per Person Twin Share

$775

Single Supplement Option

art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Then there is the opportunity to visit Rainbow Springs, where, with a local guide, you will discover native bush, ferns and trees, all growing around crystal clear mineral water springs filled with trout. You may even spot a kiwi, New Zealand’s national icon. Or head out to Te Puia, for a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, home to Rotorua’s famous Pohutu Geyser, mud pools and then watch carvers at work in the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. B

Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington This morning depart Rotorua, travelling south to Wairakei and on to Taupo, in the very heart of the North Island. Stop to view mighty Huka Falls before following the eastern shoreline of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu,

Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 10 Dec 08 Dec 22 Dec 29

Tongariro National park and then continue through the rich farming lands of the Manuwatu, into the capital city, Wellington. This evening celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D

Day 8: Farewell from Wellington This morning you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington.   Take in the panoramic views   from the top of Mt. Victoria. There   will be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae or Maori Meeting House. Later you will be transferred to Wellington Airport to connect with your onward flight. B

Oct 20 Nov 03 Nov 17 Dec 15 Dec 29* Jan 05*

Wellington to Auckland Code: LWBA All dates are Definite Departures

$2395

$2695

$730

$765

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2017

Start Apr 19

Glowworm Grotto

Flight information

Auckland to Wellington (LABW) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport Day 8 – Flights to depart after   2.00pm from Wellington Airport Wellington to Auckland (LWBA) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to   4.00pm into Wellington Airport Day 8 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

End Apr 26

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Single Supplement Option

Start Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 24 Feb 07 Feb 14 Feb 21 Mar 07 Mar 21

Jun 28 Sep 06

$2525

$2275

Per Person Twin Share

$735

Jul 05 Sep 13

$2695

Per Person Twin Share

$765

Single Supplement Option

Oct 11 Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 22 Dec 20

Oct 18 Nov 01 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 27*

End Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 14 Mar 28

Per Person Twin Share

$750

Single Supplement Option

Apr 17

Apr 25

$2375

Per Person Twin Share

$735

Single Supplement Option

Jun 26 Sep 04

Jul 04 Sep 12

$2725

Per Person Twin Share

$775

Single Supplement Option

Rotorua thermal reserve

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $270  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $200 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $135 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $405  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $335 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $270 Young traveller Triple share Kings Club

Save up to $270  Save up to $135  Save up to $135

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Oct 10 Oct 24 Nov 07 Nov 21 Dec 19 Dec 26

Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 14 Nov 28 Dec 26* Jan 02*

*Festive season surcharge applies. Ask us for details.   For additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Wellington to Auckland (Code:LWBA) visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18.

Looking for a winter escape?

We also have Guided Holidays departing between December 2016 & March 2017. Prices and itinerary may vary from those quoted on this page. For details Auckland visit aatkings/com/labw or lwba


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From Bruny Island in Tasmania to the Mary River Wetlands in the Top End and the majesty of New Zealand’s fiordlands in the South Island, to the spectacular Bay of Islands in the North . . . these amazing destinations speak for the themselves. But what truly brings Australia and New Zealand to life are its people and the rich indigenous culture that tell the ancient stories of these Southern lands. I invite you to come and experience all of this with us. Fleur Ulbrick  Head of International Sales

Tropical North Queensland


Inspiring Journeys Immersive & boutique small group journeys If you’re after unique, rich and immersive experiences, all in an intimate small group, Inspiring Journeys are for you. You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with great cuisine to match. Our expert guides will take care of everything, leaving you free from the stress of holiday planning but also allowing you the flexibility to choose from a wide range of hands-on experiences. Best of all, you’ll share your holiday with an average sized group of up to 20 like-minded travellers, giving you the chance to really get to know each other and create incredible holiday memories together.

Learn more about AAT Kings Inspiring Journeys at aatkings.com

Affordable, easy going small group adventures Aussie Adventures actively explore the great outdoors in a small group of fun and friendly travellers. You’ll experience the real Australia with our authentic and down-to-earth Driver Guides, uncovering hidden places and experiences that you’d miss if travelling on your own. We keep things simple, with a focus on real value for money, but we don’t skimp on the must-see highlights and excitement of travelling in Australia. Choose from a range of adventures in Sydney, Kangaroo Island, the Top End and the Red Centre. You’ll travel with approximately 20 guests.

Learn more about AAT Kings Aussie Adventures at aatkings.com

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Inspiring Australia

13 days

Alamanda Palm Cove

• Experience an exclusive dinner under the stars

• Sail an America’s Cup yacht on Sydney Harbour

• Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine • Taste your way through the Hunter Valley • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon

• Explore the domes of Kata Tjuta

• Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef

• Hunt for mud crabs using traditional methods

• Indulge in lunch overlooking Sydney Harbour

• Take a bush walk through the Blue Mountains

• Explore spectacular Sydney

• Luxury small group experience

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns Sit back and relax while you’re transferred in a private car to your resort. This afternoon meet your Travel Director and join them for a cocktail reception and dinner overlooking the stunning crystal clear water of the Coral Sea. Dine on award winning modern Australian cuisine using only the freshest local produce at the ultimate tropical beachfront restaurant. Hotel: Alamanda Palm Cove, Cairns, 3 nights. DW Day 2: Daintree and Culture Today will be one to remember. Join your Aboriginal guide on an exclusive journey to discover the Daintree and gain insight into the deep relationship the local Kuku Yulanji people have with their land. Learn about cultural traditions, bush foods and traditional medicine and experience traditional hunting techniques and have a go at spear throwing and if you are lucky, catch a mud crab. Enjoy a lunch in a tranquil and relaxing rainforest setting in the Daintree. This evening relax and dine at your leisure. B L Day 3: Great Barrier Reef Discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef on a cruise that will take

• Small vehicle with no more than 20 guests

• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (12)  B • Lunches (7)  L • Dinners with wine (5)  DW • Highlight dinners (2)  HD

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

you to three secluded outer reef dive sights. Take to the water and discover spectacular coral formations and a world of unique marine creatures. Snorkel around underwater gardens or maybe take the opportunity to take a dive or relax while you bask in the sun on deck. Enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on board the boat in air conditioned comfort before returning to Palm Cove. B L

Day 4: Cairns – Alice Springs Today fly from Cairns to Alice Springs. This afternoon you’ll take a tour of Alice Springs to discover what life is like in an isolated Australian town. We’ll visit School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, that provides a lifeline of essential medical support for people living in remote Australian communities. Tonight you’ll enjoy an incredible dining experience in a bush setting. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and feature some traditional bush foods. Your host Bob will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way. Hotel: Lasseters Hotel, Alice Springs. B HD

Day 5: Alice Springs – Kings Canyon First up you’ll travel to the Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve, formed when a meteor hit the earth’s surface 4,700 years ago. Though most of the craters have eroded and become lined with plant life, their footprints create an interesting diversion from the surrounding flat Australian desert landscape. Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, this afternoon enjoy a relaxed walk along the Creek Bed of Kings Canyon. This evening you’re treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms. B L HD Day 6: Kings Canyon – Uluru At sunrise you’re off on a 6km Rim Walk of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you explore the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’ and a stop at Cotterill’s Lookout. Or you can opt for an easier shorter walk along the canyon creek bed. Visit Curtin Springs Station at lunch time. It’s been home to the Severin family since 1956 when Peter Severin arrived with his young wife Dawn, their toddler son Ashley and 1,500 head of cattle! Sit down to a barbecue lunch and meet one of the locals, as you hear about the Severin family and the logistics of running a million acre cattle property. This afternoon we enter


Feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair as you delight your senses on a journey from the Tropical North, to Central Australia’s spiritual heartland and on to spectacular Sydney. Experience ancient culture, uncover stunning scenery, indulge in gourmet produce and meet local characters whose warmth you’ll remember forever.

KINGS CANYON AYERS 1 1 ALICE SPRINGS ROCK 2 Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Inspiring Journeys

13 days from

CAIRNS

3

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

$8250

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Cairns to Sydney Code: IJFLY

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

$8250

$8250

$10965

$10965

Per Person Twin Share

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

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HUNTER VALLEY THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

1

1 1 2

SYDNEY

Per Person Twin Share

Single*

2017

Start Apr 11 Oct 10 Nov 07

Single*

2018

End Apr 23 Oct 22 Nov 19

Start Feb 06 Mar 06

End Feb 18 Mar 18

*Single traveller must pay the single price.  For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com

Ways to Save Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park to witness a spectacular Uluru sunset. Enjoy sparkling wine while you watch Uluru change colour as the sun sets below the horizon. Hotel: Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B L

Day 7: Uluru & Kata Tjuta Start this highlight day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta and Uluru from the dune viewing area. Then it’s off to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. Having lived in and looked after the Uluru and Kata Tjuta region for tens of thousands of years, the Anangu (traditional owners) have a strong connection with this land. Then you’re off to the domes of Kata Tjuta to join your Travel Director for a walk through Walpa Gorge. The large, steep dome-like formations are amazing and have great cultural significance for the Anangu people. This afternoon take a walk around the base of Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, an historical water source for the area. This evening you’ll dine at Ilkari Restaurant at your hotel. The resort’s chefs are continually finding new ways to incorporate local native ingredients to create world-class Indigenous bush-tucker-inspired outback fare. So you’ll find a unique variety of herbs and spices creatively incorporated into the dishes, such as Native Basil, Lemon Myrtle and Wattle Seed. B DW Day 8: Ayers Rock – Sydney Sleep in and relax before your flight to Sydney. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, join a dot painting workshop, book a massage or just relax with a good book. In the afternoon fly to Sydney and on arrival at your

harbour side hotel, enjoy a drink and some canapés overlooking Walsh Bay. Hotel: The Langham, Sydney. B

Day 9: Sydney – Blue Mountains Head off on a day of discovery to the million acre World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. Breathe the pristine air and discover the Three Sisters at Echo Point and Govett’s Leap Lookout to see spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Then with your Travel Director you delve deeper, travelling off the well-worn track to secluded lookouts and peaceful short bushwalks where we may be the only ones around. You’ll be rewarded with views across the valleys as far as the eye can see and picture perfect memories to take away. This afternoon arrive at your hotel and after taking the time to relax, enjoy a delicious meal featuring produce sourced from local Blue Mountains suppliers. Hotel: Parklands Country Garden & Lodges, Blue Mountains. B L DW Day 10: Blue Mountains – Hunter Valley Travel to the wine region of the Hunter Valley for a day of good food, great wine and beautiful scenery. You’ll indulge with private wine tastings at boutique vineyards and sit down to an exceptional lunch before spending the afternoon doing as you wish at your hotel. You may like to sit in your private courtyard with a good book and bottle of wine. Tonight enjoy dinner at the resort. Hotel: The Sebel Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley. B L DW Day 11: Hunter Valley – Sydney Get ready for a day of sailing on Sydney Harbour. Become part of a big boat sailing crew on board an America’s Cup yacht. You can take

the helm, work the grinders or simply sit back and relax as you sail past the harbour’s iconic sights like the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the Rocks district and small secluded coves surrounded by multi-million dollar waterfront homes. It’s a day you’ll remember for years to. This evening is free for you to explore and discover one of Sydney’s incredible restaurants. Hotel: The Langham, Sydney, 2 nights. B

Day 12: Sydney Sightseeing A day of sightseeing around the city awaits! Explore the famous Eastern Suburbs, taking a stroll along the coastal walk for incredible views over the Pacific Ocean and wild coastal cliffs. Join a VIP guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House then enjoy a shared tasting lunch at Opera Kitchen overlooking the sparkling harbour. After a free afternoon to explore, meet up with your Driver Guide and fellow travellers for one last meal together as your holiday draws to an end. B L DW Day 13: Farewell from Sydney Your Inspiring Journey concludes this morning when you’ll be transferred by private car to Sydney Airport. B

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $825  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $620 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $415 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1240  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $1035 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $830 Kings Club

Save up to $415

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport Day 13 – Flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Internal-holiday flights

Land Only price requires the following internalholiday flights to be purchased separately in order  to fulfil the holiday itinerary: Day 4 from Cairns to Alice Springs – QF1949  Day 8 from Ayers Rock to Sydney – JQ661 

Blue Mountains

The Sebel Kirkton Park


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The Long White Cloud

11/12/22 days

• Stay in chalets and cruise on stunning Milford Sound for a once-in-a-lifetime experience

• Kayak on Milford Sound

• Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train

• Discover the fascinating Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki • Visit a jade factory

• Walk above the lush rainforest on the Treetop Walkway

• Experience Franz Josef Glacier

• Explore historic Arrowtown

• Ride a gondola to Bob’s Peak for stunning views

• Immerse yourself in the untouched Stewart Island

• Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a guided tour

• Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show

• Discover the glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

• Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands

• Hand-picked accommodation • Intimate small group experience

• Small vehicle with fewer than 20 guests

• Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (21)  B • Lunches (3)  L • Dinners with wine (9)  DW • Dinner (1)  D • Highlight dinners (2)  HD • Farewell dinner (1)  FD

Tamaki Family Marae Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch Upon arrival in Christchurch, spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner and a welcome drink. Hotel: The George, Christchurch. DW Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki The TranzAlpine is rated as one of the world’s top ten scenic railway journeys. Travel across the Canterbury Plains through the spectacular Southern Alps. Then re-join your coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort. B DW Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef Today visit Hokitika for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration by a local carver. Then visit the West Coast’s Treetop Walkway, where you may take a stroll through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Stop at the gold-mining town of Ross en route to Franz Josef, where you’ll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier with a local expert glacier guide. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not treat yourself to Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage. Dinner is at the retreat. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B D Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown See the glacier from the air on an optional scenic flight. Later today, travel over the Haast Pass and along

the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora at lunchtime. Stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring. You’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps. Hotel: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B DW

Day 5: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure-capital. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in a spa treatment. Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the awesome Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. B HD Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery or take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River (both own expense). Tonight you can dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés in town, or simply relax at your resort. B Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the amazing Mirror Lake. Afterwards, walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak this majestic fiord, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tonight stay at the magical

Milford Sound Lodge, with views right onto the Sound. Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge. B DW

Day 8: Milford Sound – Stewart Island This morning we board the Southern Discoveries for a breakfast cruise on Milford Sound, before departing for Stewart island. This afternoon it’s on to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. Board a ferry at Bluff and cruise to Stewart Island. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, flora and fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse of an enviable slower lifestyle. Dine at one of the cafés or meet the locals at the hotel. Hotel: Bay Motel, Stewart Island, 2 nights. B Day 9: Stewart Island This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you’ll see many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation. B L Day 10: Stewart Island – Mt. Cook Board a ferry to the mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland as you travel back towards Queenstown. Travel over the Lindis Pass and into the MacKenzie high country, along the shores of Lake Pukaki to the foothills of Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere. Tonight enjoy dinner with a mountain view. Hotel: The Hermitage, Mt. Cook. B DW


Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand with a small group of explorers. Combine natural beauty with creature comforts as you overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef at the foothills of Mt. Cook, sleep among the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges and journey into the deep south to the wild and pristine landscapes of Stewart Island.

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Inspiring Journeys

22 days from

2

$10995

BAY OF ISLANDS AUCKLAND 1 1 COROMANDEL 1 RANGES

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Christchurch to Auckland

Code: NZIJ All dates are Definite Departures

2 ROTORUA Waitomo 1 TAUPO Caves

Start Jan 16 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 13

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PUNAKAIKI 1

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Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch Travel to Lake Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, join us at the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Then travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how the city is being rebuilt after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Hotel: The George, Christchurch. B L Day 12: Christchurch – Wellington Guests depart this morning in Christchurch (Code: NZSI). Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales. See New Zealand’s fur seals at Ohau Point, then travel to seaside Picton. Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a sightseeing tour. Guests join this afternoon in Wellington (Code: NZNI). Hotel: Museum Art Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights. B DW Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’ Today is at leisure. Perhaps join an optional Lord of the Rings movie tour, or even a cruise to Somes Island. B Day 14: Wellington – Taupo Travel the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park to the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Taupo. B DW Day 15: Taupo – Rotorua Explore the township of Taupo or try your hand at trout fishing before continuing to Rotorua. Gain an insight into local Maori culture and history at the Tamaki Family Marae, where you’ll experience customs like the Hongi

Day 16: Rotorua You’re off to the highly entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show. Witness the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog trials, cow milking and even a sheep auction. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park, set around a crystal clear mineral spring. You might even spot a kiwi or two! To complete your day you’ll visit the geothermal Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Maori life. B Day 17: Rotorua – Coromandel Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive   5 star Eco Glow Worm experience. See the amazing glow worms, cave formations and the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Next up is Matamata before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm country-style restaurant. Now you’re off to the Coromandel to Puka Park Resort, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set among the native bush. Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel Ranges. B L DW Day 18: Coromandel – Auckland After a leisurely breakfast, travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. After a sightseeing tour, you’re at leisure to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B Day 19: Auckland – Bay of Islands Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Then continue to the Waipoua Forest, home to the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). You’ll

2018

Start Jan 15 Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Mar 05 Mar 19

Per Person Twin Share

$12675

Single*

$16495

Oct 16 Dec 11

Nov 06 Jan 01

End Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12 Mar 26 Apr 09

Per Person Twin Share Single*

Nov 19 Dec 10 Dec 17

Dec 10 Dec 31 Jan 07

Christchurch to Christchurch Code: NZSI All dates are Definite Departures

$6295

$6875

$8250

$8855

Per Person Twin Share

Milford Sound Lodge greeting and learn some traditional words. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam. Hotel: Regent of Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

End Feb 06 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 20 Mar 27 Apr 03

$16140

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

STEWART ISLAND

Per Person Twin Share Single*

$12375

Kaikoura

TranzAlpine Train FRANZ JOSEF 1 GLACIER 1 1 CHRISTCHURCH Lake Arrowtown 1 Tekapo MT. COOK MILFORD 1 SOUND 3 QUEENSTOWN

Bluff

$16140

2017

2

Lindis Pass

$14525 Single*

Picton WELLINGTON

Te Anau

$12375

Per Person Twin Share

Mt. Ruapehu

Hokitika

$10995

take a break before a Maori guide walks you through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Then head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the Bay of Islands and tonight it’s dinner at the resort. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW

Day 20: Bay of Islands This morning you’ll take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand. A local guide will also take you on a walking tour of the town. The rest of the day is at your leisure. B Day 21: Bay of Islands – Auckland You’re off to the Bay of Islands, where you’ll take a cruise to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’; see historic Cape Brett as you explore some of the 165 islands in the bay. Later, you’ll have some time in Paihia for you to check out the local craft shops, go for a walk along the beachfront or just relax over a coffee with friends. Celebrate tonight at a farewell dinner in Auckland. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B FD Day 22: Farewell from Auckland Your Inspiring Journey comes to an end as we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. B

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport (NZIJ, NZSI) Day 12 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport (NZSI) Day 12 – Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Wellington Airport (NZNI) Day 22 – Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport (NZIJ, NZNI) Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Single*

2017

Start Jan 16 Feb 06 Feb 13 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 13

Per Person Twin Share Single*

End Jan 27 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24

$6875

2018

Start Jan 15 Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 19 Mar 05 Mar 19

Per Person Twin Share

$7025

Single*

$9030

$8855

Oct 16 Dec 11

Oct 27 Dec 22

End Jan 26 Feb 02 Feb 16 Feb 23 Mar 02 Mar 16 Mar 30

Per Person Twin Share Single*

Nov 19 Dec 10 Dec 17

Nov 30 Dec 21 Dec 28

Wellington to Auckland

Code: NZNI All dates are Definite Departures

$4925

$5725

$6500

$7575

Per Person Twin Share Single*

2017

Start Jan 27 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24

Per Person Twin Share Single*

End Feb 06 Feb 27 Mar 06 Mar 20 Mar 27 Apr 03

$5725

2018

Start Jan 26 Feb 02 Feb 16 Feb 23 Mar 02 Mar 16 Mar 30

Per Person Twin Share

$5875

Single*

$7755

$7575

Oct 27 Dec 22

Nov 06 Jan 01

End Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12 Mar 26 Apr 09

Per Person Twin Share Single*

Nov 30 Dec 21 Dec 28

Dec 10 Dec 31 Jan 07

*Single traveller must pay the single price.   For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com  Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/17.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1240  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $930 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $620 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $1860  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $1550 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $1240  Kings Club

Save up to $620

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.


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Tasmanian Harvest

• Stay in luxury boutique accommodation

• Immerse yourself in evocative art at MONA

• Taste delicious local wine at Moorilla Estate

• Enjoy a degustation at The Source Restaurant

• Explore Salamanca Market • Indulge your senses on Bruny Island

• Step back in time at historic Shene Estate

• Visit World Heritage listed Brickendon Estate • Enjoy a country picnic at Quamby Estate

• Taste 41° South Salmon produce

• Visit 7 Sheds micro brewery • Experience a Hunter and Gatherer dinner at Quamby Estate

• Hike around Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain

• Enjoy complimentary refreshments along the way

• Taste whisky at Hellyers Road Distillery

• Luxury small group experience

• Small vehicle with no more than 16 guests

• Experienced Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (6)  B • Lunches (4)  L • Dinners (3)  D • Highlight dinner (1)  HD

7 days

Gourmet indulgence Day 1: Welcome to Hobart On arrival in Hobart you’ll be transferred by private car to The Henry Jones Art Hotel. Designed by award-winning architects, the hotel is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, standing proudly on Hobart’s glorious waterfront. A handsome row of historic warehouses dating from the 1820s (the former IXL jam factory) have been creatively transformed into this superb first class hotel that seamlessly combines antique and ultra modern styling and showcases the work of Tasmania’s visual artists. At Henry Jones, they’ve thought of everything! Meet your Driver Guide and travelling companions before setting out on your journey to discover Tasmania’s world class produce, culture and natural beauty. Cruise down the Derwent River for an afternoon of wine tasting and cultural regeneration at Hobart’s most fascinating and confronting cultural attraction, MONA. You’ll taste Moorilla Estate’s fine wines from the tank on a private tasting experience and Moo Brew Brewery’s famous beers before letting loose in the evocative MONA gallery. After discovering David Walsh’s famous collections, get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious 3 course degustation at The Source restaurant where Head Chef Phillipe Leban and his team have designed an ever evolving menu featuring seasonal produce from Tassie and beyond. Hotel: The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart, 3 nights. D Day 2: Salamanca Market This morning is all yours, free to enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, colour and action of Salamanca Market. Explore the market stalls, wander

through the historic sandstone warehouses discovering innovative Tasmanian arts and crafts, and delight in the taste and aroma of freshly baked goods and local produce, meeting the friendly people who make or grow what they sell. Take a moment to sit back and relax at one of Salamanca’s cafés and watch the world pass you by with a cooling ale or locally produced cider. This afternoon you’ll have a unique opportunity to delve in to Tasmania’s unique history from its convict past to modern day when you join a walking tour with a focus on Hobart’s early colonial days and the fascinating role alcohol consumption played. You’ll taste wines from several Tasmanian wine regions at the Gasworks Cellar Door, sample some fine Tasmanian Whisky and finish off with a cooling cider from a local craft cider house. B

Day 3: Bruny Island Discover the best of Bruny Island to experience the spectacular landscapes, gourmet produce and inspiring local people. After a short ferry ride to the secluded island, your first stop will be the Bruny Island Cheese Company where you’ll taste a selection of gourmet cheeses in a beautiful bush setting, along with fresh sourdough bread, baked onsite in the baker’s outdoor wood fired

oven. Next it’s on to Get Shucked to sample freshly shucked pacific oysters. Delicious!   If you thought that was enough   eating for now, next up enjoy an   al fresco morning tea. Bruny Island truly does provide Tasmania’s ultimate wilderness experience so you’ll have the opportunity to see white wallabies, native wildlife and birds in their natural habitat and take a beach walk to enjoy the fresh unspoiled air. Visit Australia’s southern most vineyard at lunch time to sample the premium wines with lunch then top off the day with a little locally made fudge and a visit to Bruny Island House of Whisky before you take the ferry back to the mainland. It’s sure to be a day to remember. B L

Day 4: Hobart – Launceston Today is all about grand estates and bygone eras. This morning take a short trip to Pontville to visit Shene Estate. Shene’s custodian, Anne Kernke will give you exclusive access to the country estate’s iconic colonial buildings including the main homestead where Anne lives with her family, the stables, barn, dairy and outbuildings. Anne and her family are incredibly passionate about sharing the rich and colourful past by throwing open and inviting you to look, touch and be inspired

Moorilla Estate


Only the best of the best will do! It’s all about fresh local produce and superb boutique accommodation. From Hobart to Cradle Mountain, explore Bruny Island, visit country estates and taste your way around the Meander Valley. Cruise to MONA, taste local whisky and wines and indulge with gourmet picnics and degustation dinners.

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Inspiring Journeys

Burnie Seven Sheds Brewery Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

Launceston

2

CRADLE 1 41° South QUAMBY MOUNTAIN Salmon Farm ESTATE Start End

Brickendon Estate

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

7 days from

$3775

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Hobart to Launceston Code: HCLL

Shene Estate

$3775

$3995

$4920

$5245

Per Person Twin Share Single*

MONA HOBART 3

2017

Start Feb 24 Mar 24 Apr 21

Single*

End Mar 02 Mar 30 Apr 27

Start Sep 15 Oct 13 Nov 17

Jan 12 Feb 16 Mar 23 Apr 27

End Sep 21 Oct 19 Nov 23

Jan 18 Feb 22 Mar 29 May 03

*Single traveller must pay the single price.   For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com   Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/09/17.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

41 ° South Salmon Farm

2017 continued

2018

Bruny Island

by the stunning property. It’s not uncommon to be strolling around the property when something shiny catches the eye and you realise you’ve uncovered more history in the form of antiquities, broken china or even decades-old horse shoes from the property’s polo days of old. Sit down with a warm cup of tea or coffee and a light bite to eat then continue north through the Midlands. Very different to Shene is World Heritage listed Brickendon Estate. While Shene was owned by gentry, Brickendon is an original convict working farm and is still, 7 generations on, owned and operated by the Archer family. The stunning grounds are reminiscent of a quaint English garden with ducks and geese waddling their way around the original timber barns and cottages. You’ll take a guided stroll with one of the Archer family around the property including the magnificent gardens that Angela Archer has been tending for the last 30 years. You’ll stay for the next two nights at Quamby Estate, an iconic country manor situated on 150 acres of picture perfect landscape. The estate dates back to 1828 and was formerly the ancestral home of Tasmania’s first local born Premier, Sir Richard Dry. At Quamby, the elegance lets you know you’re staying at one of Tasmania’s most prestigious properties and

Per Person Twin Share

blends old world charm with modern touches. Quamby has rediscovered the lost art of picnics! On arrival, grab a picnic blanket and a basket full of goodies and take yourself off to a private patch of paradise with nothing between you and your partner but countryside. Just magic! This afternoon you may like to wander around the property, play a game of tennis or even grab a bicycle and take a ride down the surrounding country lanes. Hotel: Quamby Estate, Launceston, 2 nights. B L D

Day 5: Meander Valley Today’s journey will take you through the Meander Valley, known for its produce and farm gate sellers. You’ll visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm to enjoy a morning tea featuring the farm’s fresh raspberry creations, then 41° South Salmon & Ginseng Farm where you’ll join the Pyka family to hear how they came to be salmon farmers when they arrived in Australia from Germany. Take a wander through their property to learn a little about aquaculture and feed the salmon that have been reared in cold pristine waters sourced from Montana Falls. Before you leave, you must try the fresh smoked salmon. Next it’s off to a little town called Railton, known as the Town of Topiary, to visit Willie Simpson and Catherine Stark at their micro brewery. Enjoy a guided tour through their Seven Sheds Brewery and hop garden and hear how they use fresh local produce to create great flavours in the beer brewed on site. Before you leave you can taste their craft creations on tap in the tasting room. Back at Quamby Estate, tonight you’ll sit down to a special Hunter and Gatherer dinner crafted by the

estate’s Executive Chef to highlight the surrounding local produce. B HD

Day 6: Launceston – Cradle Mountain This morning it’s time to explore the pristine inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Driver Guide for a walk around Dove Lake before choosing how you spend your afternoon. For those that who want a more challenging hike, head to Marion’s Lookout and Wombat Pool, or if you’d like a leisurely meander back to Cradle Mountain lodge through the wild ancient forests and alpine heathlands you can follow the purpose built boardwalks and spot grazing wallabies, pademelons and echidna along the way. If horse riding or a pampering Vichy Shower spa treatment are more your thing, your Driver Guide can assist you in making a booking. Tonight have a delicious meal at the lodge in Highland Restaurant. Afterwards, sit back by one of the log fires and sip a warming whisky nightcap. Hotel: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. B L D Day 7: Farewell from Launceston Today you head towards Launceston via Tasmania’s rugged North Coast. In Burnie you’ll stop at Hellyers Road Distillery for a Whisky Walk. You’ll ramble through the working distillery where you’ll be shown the ingredients and processes that deliver one of the finest boutique single malt whiskys in the world. After a lunch stop, continue along the coast with views of Bass Strait before you arrive in Launceston where your indulgent Inspiring Journey concludes. We know you’ll have plenty of wonderful tales to tell when you head home, and no doubt your friends and family will want to follow in your footsteps! B L

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $400  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $300 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $200 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $600  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $500 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $400 Kings Club

Save up to $200

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12.00pm into Hobart Airport Day 7 – Flights to depart after 5.00pm from Launceston Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)


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Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets Travel in a small group and stay in luxury accommodation in idyllic settings like Cicada Lodge in Nitmiluk National Park and Wildman Wilderness Lodge on the Mary River. Swim in nature’s infinity plunge pool at Gunlom Falls and see Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Cruise ancient waterways, spot native wildlife, and enjoy first class fare along the way.

5 days

Inspiring Journeys 5 days from

Darwin Wangi Falls

Kakadu National Park MARY RIVER Ubirr 1 JABIRU 1 Nourlangie

Litchfield National Park Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Gunlom Falls 2 KATHERINE

GORGE Mataranka

Katherine Gorge As this Inspiring Journey departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

• Swim atHouse Gunlom Falls Sydney Opera overlooking Kakadu

• Indulge in a three course meal on Katherine Gorge

• Discover WWII history at Adelaide River War Cemetery

• Stay in luxury accommodation at Cicada Lodge

• Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over the National Park

• Learn about Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr

• Relax in luxury at Wildman Wilderness Lodge

• Cruise the Mary River on a safari cruise

• Get off road on the Marrakai 4WD track

• Cool off with a refreshing dip at Wangi Falls

• Enjoy picnic lunches in secluded locations off the beaten track

• Enjoy an exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience

• Canoe on the Katherine River

• Luxury small group experience

• Small vehicle with no more than 20 guests

• Experienced Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (4)  B • Lunches (5)  L • Dinners with wine (4)  DW

Day 1: Darwin – Mary River Welcome to Darwin! This morning, meet your local Driver Guide and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to travel to Litchfield National Park. You’ll enjoy a swim at Florence Falls and you’ll also visit Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest. Get ready for a crosscountry journey via the Marrakai Track to the Mary River region. Lateafternoon you’ll arrive at Wildman Wilderness Lodge, where you’ll stay in private permanent safari tents. Enjoy a beverage while the sun sets over the floodplains and after dinner maybe sit back with a nightcap by the fire pit. Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River. L DW Day 2: Mary River – Kakadu Wake up to the evocative sounds of the floodplains. Head out to enjoy a wonderful wildlife cruise. You’ll join a local guide on a safari-style boat to see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning region. Next stop is Australia’s largest National Park – Kakadu, World Heritage listed, as both a cultural and natural sanctuary. Check in to your hotel where the buildings are shaped to represent a crocodile – the region’s most famous resident! Relax and unwind before you join your Driver Guide on a sunset walk at Ubirr rock art site. You’ll see ancient rock art and take a walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands. An Ubirr sunset is something that has to be seen to be believed. You will remember it forever. Hotel: Mercure Crocodile Kakadu, Jabiru. B L DW Day 3: Kakadu – Katherine Gorge If you’re an early riser there’s a chance to take an early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land (own expense).

This morning you’ll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art. Later you’ll veer off the sealed road for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls. You’ll have time to hike to the top of the falls for a splash in picturesque natural plunge pool. Take in the natural beauty of the area while you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park. Hotel: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights. B L DW

Day 4: Katherine Today meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional song on the didgeridoo. He’ll share with you stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up your inner artist and paint your own masterpiece to take home! Later, journey to Mataranka for a swim in the relaxing natural spring fed thermal pool. This evening, relax on a special dinner cruise along Katherine River. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance during the candle-lit three course dinner cooked on board your boat. B L DW Day 5: Katherine – Farewell from Darwin This morning, either have a lie in or take the opportunity to grab a canoe for a paddle on the river (seasonal). Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Edith Falls along the way for a relaxing dip. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was headquarters to a large military base, and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin. B L

$3225

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Darwin return

Code: MNDD All dates are Definite Departures

$3225

$3295

$4190

$4275

Per Person Twin Share Single*

2017

Start Apr 23 May 07 May 21 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 02 Jul 09 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 10 Sep 24

Per Person Twin Share Single*

End Apr 27 May 11 May 25 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 06 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 14 Sep 28

2018

Start Apr 22 May 06 May 20 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 09 Sep 23

End Apr 26 May 10 May 24 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 05 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 27

*Single traveller must pay the single price.   For additional departure dates visit: aatkings.com Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $320  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $240 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $160 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $480  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $400 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $320 Kings Club

Save up to $160

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Day Prior – flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport Day 5 – flights to depart after 8.00pm from Darwin Airport Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Optional Experience:

Nitmiluk Scenic Flight

Whether it’s a 3 gorge buzz or a flight over all 13 gorges, it’s definitely worth seeing Nitmiluk’s varied scenery from the air. You can even choose to land at a remote site for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity. Ask your Travel Director for details.


Outback Australia – The Colour of Red Explore the highlights and mind-blowing hidden treasures of the Red Centre on our small group journey. Immerse yourself in local culture and ancient traditions and come away with a deeper understanding of what makes the Red Centre so unique and inspiring. Get all of this and first class dining experiences along the way.

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5 days

Inspiring Journeys

5 days from

$2625

Per Person Twin Share Land Only Angkerle (Standley Chasm) Simpsons Gap ALICE SPRINGS 2 KINGS CANYON 1 Rainbow Valley AYERS ROCK 1 Henbury Meteorites site Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Uluru (Ayers Rock) Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Kings Canyon

• Explore the domes of Kata Tjuta

• Hike through Walpa Gorge • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine

• Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise

• Discover Aboriginal rock art at Uluru

• Learn about Uluru’s sacred sites

• Dine ‘Under a Desert Moon’ at Kings Canyon Resort

• Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for magnificent views • Visit Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve • Taste traditional bush foods in Alice Springs • Take a dip in Ellery Creek Big Hole

• Explore fascinating Standley Chasm

• Wander into Simpsons Gap

• Visit School of the Air & the Royal Flying Doctor Service

• Luxury small group experience

• Small vehicle with no more than 20 guests

• Experienced Driver Guide

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (4)  B • Lunches (3)  L • Dinners with wine (4)  DW

Ayers Rock to Alice Springs All dates are Definite Departures Code: CRUA

$2625

$2695

$3290

$3370

Per Person Twin Share Single*

2017

Start Apr 18 May 02 May 16 May 30 Jun 13 Jun 27

Single*

End Apr 22 May 06 May 20 Jun 03 Jun 17 Jul 01

$2725 Day 1: Welcome to Ayers Rock This afternoon you’ll meet your Driver Guide and fellow travellers then take a drive to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. You’ll learn about Tjukurpa, the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the local Aboriginal people and their ancestors. Travelling to the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta, you’ll take a guided walk through Walpa Gorge. Later enjoy nibbles and sparkling wine at the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip’. This evening get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious meal at Ilkari Restaurant at your hotel. Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort. DW Day 2: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the fantastic Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. From here it’s off to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for breakfast and an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. Take a walk at the base of Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, once an important water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. Visit Curtin Springs Station, home to the Severin family since 1956. Sit down to a BBQ lunch and meet one of the locals as you hear about the Severin family and the logistics of running a million acre cattle property. Next, view Atila (Mt. Conner), then head towards Kings Canyon, stopping briefly at Kings Creek Station. This evening you’re treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon. Set in the wilderness under a canopy of the southern night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music, the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms. B L DW

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Today you’re off on a 6km sunrise rim walk exploration of spectacular Kings Canyon. If you’d prefer a more relaxed walk you can opt for a walk along the creek bed. Later we’re off the beaten track, travelling to the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve. The 12 fascinating craters were formed when a meteor hit the earth’s surface 4,700 years ago. Continue to Alice Springs. Hotel: Lasseters Hotel, Alice Springs, 2 nights. B L DW Day 4: West MacDonnell Ranges The West MacDonnell Ranges are the ideal place to experience the geology, land forms and variety of native flora and fauna. Take a walk to dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. There’ll be time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole. This afternoon you’ll also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service before an incredible dinner experience in a bush setting. Dinner will be prepared in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and features some traditional bush food. Your host, Bob, will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way. B L D Day 5: Farewell from Alice Springs Before your trip comes to an end, visit the School of the Air to learn how children living in the far reaches of the Outback receive an education over the air waves. Also visit the Overland Telegraph Station, once a school for Aboriginal children and was known as ‘The Bungalow’. Your Colour of Red Inspiring Journey concludes in the late morning. B

Per Person Twin Share

$3490 Single*

Jul 11 Jul 25 Aug 08 Aug 22 Sep 05 Sep 19 Oct 03

Per Person Twin Share

2018

Start Apr 17 May 01 May 15 May 29 Jun 12 Jun 26

End Apr 21 May 05 May 19 Jun 02 Jun 16 Jun 30

$2825

Per Person Twin Share

$3600 Single*

Jul 15 Jul 29 Aug 12 Aug 26 Sep 09 Sep 23 Oct 07

Jul 10 Jul 24 Aug 07 Aug 21 Sep 04 Sep 18 Oct 02

Jul 14 Jul 28 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 08 Sep 22 Oct 06

Alice Springs to Ayers Rock All dates are Definite Departures Code: CRAU

$2625

$2695

$3290

$3370

Per Person Twin Share Single*

2017

Start May 12 May 26 Jun 09 Jun 23

Per Person Twin Share Single*

End May 16 May 30 Jun 13 Jun 27

2018

Start May 11 May 25 Jun 08 Jun 22

$2725

$2825

$3490

$3600

Per Person Twin Share Single*

Jul 07 Jul 21 Aug 04 Aug 18 Sep 29

End May 15 May 29 Jun 12 Jun 26

Per Person Twin Share Single*

Jul 11 Jul 25 Aug 08 Aug 22 Oct 03

Jul 06 Jul 20 Aug 03 Aug 17 Sep 14 Sep 28

Jul 10 Jul 24 Aug 07 Aug 21 Sep 18 Oct 02

*Single traveller must pay the single price.   For additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Code: CRAU) visit: aatkings.com  Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/18.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $275  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $205 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $135 Kings Club early payment discount  Pay by 31 Jan 2017 Save up to $410  Pay by 28 Apr 2017 Save up to $340 Pay by 30 Jun 2017 Save up to $270 Kings Club

Save up to $135

All savings are per person. For discounts see page 19.

Flight information

Ayers Rock to Alice Springs (CRUA) Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to   12.30pm into Ayers Rock Airport Day 5 – Flights to depart after 2.00pm from Alice Springs Airport

Airfares are not included in the prices above.


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Red Centre  Escape

Ultimate Top  End Escape

Aussie Adventures

Aussie Adventures

Ubirr

Mary River Darwin

KINGS CANYON AYERS ROCK 1 Uluru Start End

1

Litchfield National Park

Kata Tjuta

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Start End

Kings Canyon

Highlights

• Drive around Uluru • Mutitjulu aboriginal rock art • Experience an Uluru sunrise • Hike to the Valley of the Winds • Climb Kings Canyon You can also start this Aussie Adventure in Alice Springs (Code: AAA3). Ask us for details.

Day 1: Welcome to Ayers Rock On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive by 1.30pm). This afternoon join your Driver Guide and travel in to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park for a drive around Uluru. Later you’ll take a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Along the way you’ll view ancient rock art and learn more about the Aboriginal and European history of the region. Continuing to Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, you’ll have the opportunity to see Aboriginal arts and crafts before heading to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Relax with a glass of sparkling wine and nibbles as you watch the rock change colour as the sun sets below the western horizon. It’s a spectacular sight you’ll never forget. After sunset you’ll travel back to Ayers Rock Resort where you can grab yourself a bite to eat from the Outback Pioneer using your dinner voucher. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Lodge (dormitory, shared facilities). D Day 2: Kata Tjuta – Kings Canyon Rise early and travel to the Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing Area for spectacular panoramic views. See the morning’s first rays of sun set the Red Centre alight while you enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee and a light breakfast. On arrival at Kata Tjuta you’ll start the walk to the Valley of the Winds, heading first to the Karu Lookout. With views across the many domes of Kata Tjuta and out into the sacred Anangu men’s area, you’ll be in awe of this natural wonder. Next stop is the Karingana Lookout. This walk can be a little challenging, but well worth

1 KAKADU

Wangi Falls

ALICE SPRINGS

Gunlom Falls Pine Creek Katherine

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Kakadu National Park 2

KATHERINE GORGE Mataranka

Gunlom Falls

Departs

Friday 3.00pm (Apr-Oct) and 3.30pm (Nov-Mar)

Concludes 

7.00pm in Alice Springs the effort. It takes you down into a timeless haven within the domes through trickling creek beds. The views are breathtaking and worth every effort. Depart Ayers Rock in the late morning and travel to a local cattle property, Curtin Springs Station, for a light lunch. Continue to Kings Canyon Resort for your overnight stay. On the way, marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder of Central Australia’. Keep a look out for wildlife including camels, kangaroos, brumbies and dingoes. Tonight enjoy a pizza dinner at the Thirsty Dingo Bar with your fellow travellers and listen to some live music (AprOct). Hotel: Kings Canyon Lodge (dormitory, shared facilities). B L D

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Travel to Kings Canyon to hike to the top of the rim. The six kilometre Rim Walk is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Climb up a 100 metre cliff face and experience breath taking views of sandstone walls, grottos, chasms and cliffs and the Garden of Eden, a natural spring waterhole surrounded by local and exotic plants. The walk will take up to three hours and is only for those with a good level of fitness. You may prefer to explore the boulderstrewn creek bed, an easier shady walk following the trail between the two sheer walls of the canyon. After your walk, travel to Kings Creek Station for lunch. Kings Creek Station is a working cattle station as well as the largest exporter of camels in Australia. Sit back and relax and admire the outback scenery as you head to Alice Springs, where your Aussie Adventure comes to an end. B L As this Aussie Adventure concludes after 7.00pm, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for tonight.

Highlights

• Cruise the Mary River Wetlands • Discover rock art at Ubirr • Swim at waterfalls in Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks • Canoe in Katherine Gorge As this Aussie Adventure departs at 8.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu Hit the road along the Arnhem Highway to the Mary River for an exciting safari cruise on the wetlands. Your expert guide knows where to spot crocs and birdlife, as he navigates a custom-made boat through the rich waters and lily pads. Continue on to Kakadu National Park, stopping for lunch along the way. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre to view informative displays on the Park’s flora and fauna before you travel to Ubirr to see ancient Aboriginal rock art. Your Driver Guide will interpret the meaning of the x-ray style paintings as you walk through open air galleries. Ubirr’s art depicts creation ancestors and animals from the surrounding floodplain such as Barramundi, goannas and long-necked turtles. For the fit, a climb to Nadab Lookout rewards you with views over the floodplain and escarpment country. Settle-in for the night and make sure your camera batteries are charged for tomorrow’s adventure. Hotel: Anbinik Kakadu Resort (shared facilities), Kakadu. L D Day 2: Kakadu – Katherine This morning travel to Gunlom Falls for the chance to swim in a natural infinity pool. You have the option to take a steep but rewarding climb to the top of the falls (an easier walk with plunge pool access is available). Cool down when you reach the top and take a dip in the serene plunge pools surrounded by gum trees with unbeatable views over the National Park. Afterwards continue to the small township of Pine Creek for lunch, then stop for an afternoon swim beneath the cascading

Departs  

Monday 8.00am (May-Oct)

Concludes  

7.30pm in Darwin

waterfall at Edith Falls. Pass through the township of Katherine before you arrive at Nitmiluk Campground. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers before heading off to your permanent tent for the night! Hotel: Nitmiluk Permanent Tents (no power in tent/torch provided, shared facilities), Katherine, 2 nights. B L D

Day 3: Katherine First up is a tasty pancake breakfast before a day exploring the Katherine region and what it has to offer. Enjoy a leisurely morning canoeing through Katherine Gorge. You’ll be amazed by the glass-like reflections of the gorge and experience the beauty of the ancient waterway up close. Later, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at Mataranka Hot Springs. Afterwards, take a relaxing swim in the warm thermal pool and crystal clear streams or head off for a short bushwalk to check out the Roper River and Mataranka Falls. Return to the campground for dinner. B L D Day 4: Katherine – Darwin Wake to the sounds of native birds and wildlife. After breakfast, depart Katherine and travel to Litchfield National Park. Cool down at Buley Rockhole, a series of plunge pools that cascade down the hillside. After a quick bite to eat at the Wangi Falls Café, enjoy a dip at Wangi Falls. Head back to Darwin and stop off at the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Enjoy the amazing sunset while you are entertained by buskers, bands and performers and don’t forget to taste the sensational food on offer and take home a handmade souvenir. Your Aussie Adventure concludes this evening in Darwin. B L You may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

Ayers Rock to Alice Springs  |  3 days  |  Code: AAY3

Darwin return  |  4 days  |  Code: KNL4

$575 adult  Per Person Land Only

$1025 twin  $1250 single*  Per Person Land Only

Low Season

High Season

01 Apr 17 – 30 Jun 17 & 01 Nov 17 – 31 Mar 18

01 July 17 – 31 Oct 17

$585 adult  Per Person Land Only

01 May 17 – 09 Oct 17  *Single traveller must pay the single price.


Independent Touring

Great Ocean Road

2-19 day breaks with your choice of accommodation Independent Holidays combine the must-see highlights of a destination with your choice of accommodation. With 60 packages to choose from, you can discover the Red Centre, Top End, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Kangaroo Island, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Milford Sound and Queenstown. You can take one standalone, combine them together to create your very own travel experience or add them as a pre/post to any of our Guided Holidays. On each day you could be joined by a different Driver Guide so you can benefit from the breadth of their combined knowledge and years of experience. They’ll reveal so much more than you could learn if travelling on your own – they do what a guidebook can’ t! If you’re after a fully guided experience with the same Travel Director and/or Driver Guide to accompany you throughout your holiday, choose from our Guided Holidays, Inspiring Journeys or Aussie Adventures on pages 22-84.

To see all of AAT Kings Independent Holidays visit aatkings.com

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Best of Australia

• Travel along the magnificent Great Ocean Road and visit the Twelve Apostles

Sydney Harbour

• Walk amongst a colony of Sea Lions at Seal Bay

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city. Hotel: Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard) or Crowne Plaza (superior), Melbourne, 2 nights.

• Taste delicious local produce and marvel at spectacular scenery on Kangaroo Island • Discover Standley Chasm • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine

• Feast on a delicious Aussie BBQ dinner at Uluru

• Climb spectacular Kings Canyon • Learn about Aboriginal sacred sites & see rock art at Uluru

• Discover the wilderness of Kakadu National Park • View Aboriginal Rock Art at Ubirr and Nourlangie’s open air galleries • Discover wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong

• Cruise the East Alligator River

• Snorkel and cruise on the Great Barrier Reef

• Experience the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

• Journey above tropical rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway

• Sail around Sydney Harbour on a lunch cruise • A different experienced Driver Guide each day

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (17)  B • Boxed breakfast (1)  B • Lunches (7)  L • Dinner (1)  D

Day 2: Great Ocean Road View the popular coastal townships of Torquay and Lorne. See fern filled gullies and river inlets along the way. Travel the length of the Great Ocean Road passing towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and stunning forest scenery. See the amazing Twelve Apostles. These limestone stacks rise dramatically from the Southern Ocean. Enjoy the scenery from various viewing platforms along the boardwalk. See Loch Ard Gorge and be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the Loch Ard. Discover the tragic history of over 50 ships wrecked along this rugged coastline before continuing beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge. B Day 3: Melbourne – Adelaide Discover the charm of Melbourne. See Cook’s Cottage, Queen Victoria Market, Fitzroy Gardens and Albert Park, home to the Australian Grand Prix. Stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens; see the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Federation Square. Visit the Shrine of Remembrance and see the Southbank waterfront precinct. See some of the city’s architecture including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Princess and Regent Theatres. This afternoon fly to Adelaide. Hotel: Chifley on South Terrace (standard) or Stamford Plaza (superior), Adelaide. B

Day 4: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island Enjoy a scenic drive to Cape Jervis to board the ferry to Kangaroo Island. First stop is Clifford’s Honey Farm, followed by a walk among the nation’s most accessible colony of Australian sea lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park with a local guide. Witness the Birds of Prey freeflight show and see the pelicans being fed at Kingscote. Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel (standard or superior), Kangaroo Island. B L Day 5: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery and later Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, where you can feed kangaroos. At Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary explore the nocturnal world of koalas, echidnas, bats and possums. In Flinders Chase National Park marvel at the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch and observe a colony of New Zealand fur seals. Return to Adelaide late evening. Hotel: Chifley on South Terrace (standard) or Stamford Plaza (superior), Adelaide. B L Day 6: Adelaide – Alice Springs This morning you’ll fly to Alice Springs. Tour the sights of ‘the Alice’ including the historic Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre where you can see unique central Australian reptiles. Stop for a panoramic view of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill. Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton (standard) or Chifley Alice Springs Resort (superior), Alice Springs, 2 nights. B Day 7: West MacDonnell Ranges Travel through outback scenery and experience the grandeur of the West MacDonnell Ranges. First

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stop is Angkerle (Standley Chasm), where you can walk along the stony watercourse and admire the rich plant and birdlife. Witness the amazing geology at Ellery Creek Big Hole. Explore the Ochre Pits and learn about ochre’s importance, having been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal people for medicinal and magical purposes. Visit Ormiston Gorge, then sip on a glass of wine and enjoy a Ploughman’s lunch at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge with time to visit Glen Helen Gorge. Top off the day with a visit to incredible Simpsons Gap. Walk through the Gap to the waterhole, keeping an eye out for the elusive black-footed rock wallaby. Enjoy the late afternoon sun reflecting on the MacDonnell Ranges as you return to Alice Springs. B L

Day 8: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock Journey south through the MacDonnell and James Ranges to Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area and enjoy sparkling wine as the sun sets over the western horizon. Continue to our exclusive


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Perfect for the independent traveller intent on discovering every hidden corner of the land down under. Visit Melbourne, Kangaroo Island for spectacular scenery, the Red Centre to be immersed in ancient Indigenous culture, the Top End for incredible wildlife and the East Coast for the wonders that are the Great Barrier Reef and the harbour city, Sydney. 19 days from

$5079

KAKADU 1 1 1

DARWIN

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Great Barrier Reef Cruise Kuranda

Melbourne to Sydney

3

Code: MS19

CAIRNS

Accommodation Code

ALICE SPRINGS AYERS ROCK

2

Low Season

2

Standard Superior

Kings Canyon Uluru (Ayers Rock)

High Season Standard Superior

Start End

1

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

5079 5750

6849 8130

MS19R MS19S

5315 6039

7285 8775

Low Season  01 Apr 17 – 31 May 17 and 01 Dec 17 – 31 Mar 18 High Season  01 Jun 17 – 30 Nov 17

Departs: Daily (Apr-Nov), Mon (Dec-Feb) and Mon & Fri (Mar)

1

KANGAROO ISLAND 1

MS19R MS19S

*Single traveller must pay the single price.

SYDNEY 3

ADELAIDE

$ Price $ Price Per Person Per Person Twin Share Single*

Flight information

MELBOURNE 2

The Twelve Apostles

Kings Canyon

Day 1 – flights to arrive anytime into Melbourne Airport Day 19 – flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport

Airfares are not included in the prices above.

Internal-holiday flights

venue for an Aussie barbecue dinner. There is time for stargazing (weather permitting). Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel (standard) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (superior), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B D

Day 9: Kings Canyon Drive through sandhill country into Watarrka National Park. Now get ready for spectacular sightseeing. You’re off on a 6km rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, which will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. You’ll be able to see as far as the horizon and get a real feel for the grand scale of this natural wonder. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is also available. B Day 10: Ayers Rock – Darwin Travel to the sunrise viewing area at Uluru and watch the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert plains. Afterwards, you’ll fly to Darwin, where the rest of your day is free for you to do as you choose. Hotel: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (standard) or Mantra on the Esplanade (superior), Darwin. B Day 11: Darwin – Kakadu Travel via the meandering Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains deep into Kakadu National Park to board a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong with our local guide to spot crocodiles and prolific bird life. This afternoon you’ll stop at Nourlangie to view its Aboriginal rock art. Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (standard) or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (superior), Jabiru. B L Day 12: Kakadu – Darwin Travel to Ubirr for a guided walk to see Aboriginal rock art

and later, visit the Bowali Visitor Centre. Then join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River in search of saltwater crocodiles. Hotel: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (standard) or Mantra on the Esplanade (superior), Darwin. B L

Day 13: Darwin – Cairns Transfer to Darwin Airport for your flight to Cairns. Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton (standard) or Hilton Hotel (superior), Cairns, 3 nights. B Day 14: Great Barrier Reef Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef for an unforgettable day. See a myriad of coral and tropical fish from an underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. There’s the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns. B L Day 15: Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life in a rainforest setting. Learn about this ancient culture through theatres, shows and dance demonstrations. Travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway high above the canopy of the rainforest to the picturesque village of Kuranda, where you’ll have free time to stroll through the Kuranda Heritage Markets. Board the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for a breathtaking rail journey over the Barron Gorge, through the coastal sugarcane fields to Freshwater Station. B Day 16: Cairns – Sydney Transfer to Cairns Airport for your

flight to spectacular Sydney. This evening is free for you to relax or explore. Hotel: Vibe Hotel (standard) or Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (superior), Sydney, 3 nights. B

Day 17: Sydney This morning cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and stop at Milsons Point to photograph fabulous views of the city skyline. Visit Manly surf beach and return to the city for a Sydney Harbour cruise including a delicious buffet lunch. Later, see the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair and Kings Cross. Top off the day with a visit to famous Bondi Beach, where you can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the cool ocean before returning to the city. B L

Land Only price requires the following internalholiday flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the holiday itinerary: Day 3 from Melbourne to Adelaide – Flights anytime Day 6 from Adelaide to Alice Springs – QF723 Day 10 from Ayers Rock to Darwin – QF1940 & QF1936 Day 13 Darwin to Cairns – Flights anytime Day 16 from Cairns to Sydney – Flights anytime

Day 18: Sydney ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to explore Sydney or perhaps shop for last minute souvenirs in the historic Rocks district. B Day 19: Farewell from Sydney Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Sydney Airport to connect with your onward flight. B Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Alice Springs


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Australian Icons

• Marvel at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade – so cute!

• Travel along the magnificent Great Ocean Road and visit the Twelve Apostles

• Meet the Red Centre’s wildlife in Alice Springs

• Enjoy wine while watching the beautiful Uluru sunset • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise

• Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Uluru and learn about sacred sites

• Snorkel and cruise on the Great Barrier Reef • Experience Aboriginal culture in Cairns

• Ride Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

• Discover the village in the rainforest, Kuranda

• Journey through tropical rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway

• Sail around Sydney Harbour on a lunch cruise • Feel the sand between your toes on Bondi Beach

• Marvel at spectacular views in the Blue Mountains

• Get up close and personal to cuddly Australian wildlife • A different experienced Driver Guide each day

Dining

• Full buffet breakfasts (12)  B • Lunches (3)  L • Dinner (1)  D

13 days

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this cosmopolitan city. Hotel: Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard) or Crowne Plaza (superior), Melbourne, 3 nights.

days fishing and waddle across the sand to their dune burrows. B

Day 2: Great Ocean Road Admire the panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline as you depart the city. Travel along Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road through the coastal towns of Anglesea and Wye River before arriving at the beautiful white sandy beaches of Apollo Bay. The rugged splendour of the approaching Twelve Apostles is breathtaking. These incredible limestone rock formations of up to 45 metres high are the result of erosion that began up to 20 million years ago. Enjoy the amazing shipwreck story of survival of the Loch Ard and visit its famous Gorge and Razorback Lookout. View the rock known as London Bridge, parts of which collapsed in recent years. B

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs This morning you’ll fly to Alice Springs. Tour the sights of this outback town including the School of the Air, which provides education to school children living in remote areas. Hear how this essential service is delivered via satellite across more than one million square kilometres. Stop at the historic Telegraph Station which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote outback. Also stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can get up close to enormous goannas and frill-neck lizards. The tour concludes with a panoramic view of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill. Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton (standard), or Chifley Alice Springs Resort (superior), Alice Springs. B

Day 3: Melbourne & Penguins Experience the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne. See Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. Travel to the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and other native animals. View the Nobbies rock formations overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. If you think the koalas are cute, just wait until you see the Little Penguins on Phillip Island. Head down to Summerland Beach and just as the sun sets, the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard

Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock Depart early for Ayers Rock Resort, stopping at a camel farm where you can take an optional ride. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some

locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region Enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles this evening, while watching the sunset change the colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the special viewing area known as the ‘sunset strip’. Travel to our exclusive venue to enjoy an Aussie barbecue dinner. There is time for stargazing too (weather permitting). Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel (standard) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (superior), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B D

Day 6: Uluru (Ayers Rock & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Rise early to travel through the desert plains to experience sunrise at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Commence a 2-3 hour walk to the Valley of the Winds with your guide. With views across many of the domes of Kata Tjuta and out into the sacred Anangu men’s area, you’ll be in awe of natural and cultural wonder. B Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Cairns This morning you are free to enjoy the facilities of Ayers Rock Resort or just relax. This afternoon you’ll to Cairns. Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton (standard) or Hilton Hotel (superior), Cairns, 3 nights. B Day 8: Great Barrier Reef Board your high speed catamaran for your cruise to the world famous Great Barrier Reef. The friendly, professional crew will take you to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Enjoy a reef education presentation by a marine naturalist. Choose to snorkel (equipment provided) or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one metre


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From Melbourne, through the Red Centre, on to tropical Cairns and Sydney, you’ll see Phillip Island’s famous little penguins, discover ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and float high above the canopy to Kuranda on board Skyrail Cableway. All this is topped off with a visit to spectacular Sydney! 13 days from

$3375

Per Person Twin Share Land Only

Great Barrier Reef Cruise Kuranda

Melbourne to Sydney

3

Code: MS12

CAIRNS

Accommodation Code

AYERS ROCK Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

2

1

Low Season

ALICE SPRINGS

Standard Superior

High Season

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Standard Superior

$ Price $ Price Per Person Per Person Twin Share Single*

MS12R MS12S

3375 3845

4615 5455

MS12R MS12S

3750 4295

5080 6175

*Single traveller must pay the single price.

Start End

Overnight stays Sightseeing stops

Low Season  01 Apr 17 – 31 May 17 and 01 Dec 17 – 31 Mar 18 High Season  01 Jun 17 – 30 Nov 17

Departs: Daily (Apr-Nov & Mar) & Mon, Wed & Fri (Dec-Feb)

SYDNEY 3

Flight information

MELBOURNE 3

The Twelve Apostles

Cairns

Day 1 – flights to arrive anytime into Melbourne Airport Day 13 – flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport

Airfares are not included in the prices above.

underwater. Watch the fish- feeding from the unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. A tropical buffet lunch is served before returning to Cairns this afternoon. B L

Day 9: Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life in a rainforest setting. Learn about this ancient culture through theatres, shows and dance demonstrations. Travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway high above the canopy of the rainforest to the picturesque village of Kuranda, where you’ll have free time to stroll through the Kuranda Heritage Markets. Board the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for a breathtaking rail journey over the Barron Gorge, through the coastal sugarcane fields to Freshwater Station. B Day 10: Cairns – Sydney You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney,

The Twelve Apostles

where the remainder of your day is at leisure to explore on your own. Hotel: Vibe Hotel (standard) or Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney, 3 nights. B

Day 11: Sydney This morning cross over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and stop at Milsons Point to photograph fabulous views of the city skyline. Next is North Head lookout for a spectacular panorama of the Sydney Harbour and beyond. See Sydney’s white sandy northern beaches including Curl Curl and Freshwater then feel the sand between your toes on Manly Beach. Return to the city for a buffet luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour, and this afternoon see the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Finish your day with a visit to famous Bondi Beach, where you’ll have time to wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the clear cool water. B L Day 12: Blue Mountains Head west to the Blue Mountains

and drive through the tourist town of Katoomba. At Scenic World enjoy 360° views of the Jamison Valley. Ride the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway (own expense). From Echo Point you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of the famous Three Sisters. According to Aboriginal legend, this unusual rock formation represents three sisters who were turned into stone. Next stop is the quaint village of Leura for lunch. This picturesque spot will take you back in time and is famous for its antique shops and of course its Candy Store! On your way back down the mountain, you’ll visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can pat a cuddly koala. See our amazing Australian animals including kangaroos, crocodiles, goannas and possums. B L

Internal-holiday flights

Land Only price requires the following internalholiday flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the holiday itinerary: Day 4 Melbourne to Alice Springs – QF796 Day 7 Ayers Rock to Cairns – Flights anytime Day 10 Cairns to Sydney – Flights anytime

Day 13: Farewell from Sydney Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Sydney Airport to connect with your onward flight. B Sydney Opera House

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Uluru Unearthed

2 days  |  code: AY74

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Kings Canyon & Uluru Explorer 3 days  |  code: AK40

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Walpa Gorge

Uluru sunset drinks

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Uluru sunset

Kings Canyon

Highlights

Departs

Highlights

Departs

• • • •

Uluru sunrise and sunset Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Walk through Walpa Gorge Ancient Aboriginal rock art

Daily 7.00am

• • • •

Concludes

10.30am (Oct-Mar) and 11.00am (Apr-Sep)

Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Walk through Walpa Gorge Spectacular Kings Canyon Experience Uluru sunrise & sunset

Daily 7.00am

Concludes

10.30am (Oct-Mar) and 11.00am (Apr-Sep)

As this Short Break departs at 7.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

As this Short Break departs at 7.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base Tour & Sunset Travelling south you’ll stop to visit a camel farm where there is time for a short camel ride (own expense). Later stop to view Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon, join your Driver Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you will be guided to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. See Aboriginal rock art and hear about the Aboriginal and European history of the area. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Late afternoon, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort.

Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base Tour & Sunset Travelling south you’ll stop to visit a camel farm where there’s time for a ride on one of these ‘ships of the desert’ (own expense) and later stop to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner), before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon join your Driver Guide for a tour around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you’ll be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View ancient rock art and learn about the Aboriginal and European history of the area. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Late afternoon witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta – Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock) Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set Uluru and the Red Centre alight. Make your way to the viewing platform to see many kilometres into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity. Later, travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta. Continue to the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through the gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport. Flights to depart after 12.45pm (Nov-Mar) & 2.30pm (Apr-Oct).

Field of Light Extend your stay in Uluru to experience artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, one of his most beautiful and emotive installations to date. Ask us about our Sunrise Field of Light to see this creative wonder. See page 106 >

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 645 659 675 719 729 779

Low 815 875 989

Single*

High 845 959 1085

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).

Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $144. See AK43 on page 91. Day 2: Kings Canyon Drive through sandhill country towards Kings Canyon, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon and be rewarded with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed, an easier walk. After lunch (own expense) return to Ayers Rock Resort. B Day 3: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta – Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock) Watch the gorgeous sunrise at Uluru then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Return to Ayers Rock Resort before transferring to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight. Flights to depart after 12.45pm (Nov-Mar) & 2.30pm (Apr-Oct). Why not extend your stay in Uluru to experience the Sunrise Field of Light. See AY74 at left.

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 959 989 995 1079 1115 1195

Single* Low 1235 1325 1545

High 1289 1475 1705

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).


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Red Centre Experience

Uluru & Kings Canyon Discovery

3 days  |  code: AY46

3 days  |  code: AK43

Sounds of Silence Dinner

Kuniya Walk

Highlights

• • • •

Sounds of Silence Dinner Uluru sunrise and sunset Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole

Kings Canyon

Walpa Gorge

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Departs

Highlights

Departs

Daily 7.00am

• • • •

Concludes

Morning of day 3

Discover Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Marvel at an Uluru sunrise Toast the sunset at Uluru Hike at Kings Canyon

Daily 7.00am

Concludes

7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep)

As this Short Break departs at 7.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

As this Short Break departs at 7.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base Tour & Sunset Travelling south you’ll stop to visit a camel farm where there is time for a short camel ride (own expense). Later stop to view Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon, join your Driver Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you will be guided to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. This waterhole was a key source of water for the Aboriginal people in the area and had been in use for many thousands of years. See Aboriginal rock art and hear about the Aboriginal and European history of the area. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. It houses an amazing collection of original paintings and punu (woodwork) that provide an insight into the unique and spiritual culture of the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Late afternoon, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base Tour & Sunset Travelling south you’ll stop to visit a camel farm where there is time for a short camel ride (own expense). Later stop to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner), before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon join your Driver Guide for a tour around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you’ll be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View ancient rock art and learn about the Aboriginal and European history of the area. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Late afternoon witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort.

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Sounds of Silence Dinner Rise early and travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight. Later, continue to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Walk through Walpa Gorge, where the trail follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This evening dine under a millions stars at the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet buffet of Australian delicacies accompanied by fine Australian wines, then sit back and relax as a startalker takes you on a tour of the southern night sky (weather conditions permitting). D Before you depart tomorrow why not rise early and experience artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Light. See page 106. Day 3: Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock) Your short break concludes this morning at Ayers Rock Resort. You will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 979 999 1029 1099 1129 1215

Low 1255 1359 1559

Single*

High 1299 1495 1725

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).

Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $144. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting). Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Kings Canyon Watch the sunrise set Uluru alight, while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views on the south side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. This afternoon travel to Kings Canyon. Hotel: Standard Rooms (B & R) or Deluxe Spa Rooms (S), Kings Canyon Resort. Day 3: Kings Canyon – Farewell from Alice Springs Join a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park (for those with a good level of fitness). An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is also available. This afternoon travel on to Alice Springs, where your short break concludes. As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for tonight.

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 1135 1209 1165 1265 1269 1379

Low 1450 1509 1725

Single*

High 1595 1705 1929

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).


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Alice Springs & Rock Escape

Alice Springs to Uluru Discovery

4 days  |  code: ARR6

4 days | code: AA42

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Alice Springs from Anzac Hill

Uluru sunrise

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Highlights

Departs

Highlights

Departs

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Alice Springs highlights tour Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Sunrise and sunset at Uluru View Aboriginal rock art

Daily (Apr-Nov & Mar) and Mon, Thu & Sat (Dec-Feb) 1.45pm

Concludes

Morning of day 4

Day 1: Welcome to Alice Springs On arrival at Alice Springs Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12 noon). See the sights including the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Hotel: Aurora Alice Springs (B), Lasseters Hotel (R) or Chifley Alice Springs Resort, River Gum Rooms (S), Alice Springs. Day 2: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base Tour & Sunset Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges. Visit a camel farm, where there is time for a short camel ride (own expense). View majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art. Late afternoon witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $144. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting). Day 3: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Rise early this morning to travel to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight. Then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. Return to Ayers Rock Resort. Day 4: Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock) You’ll be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

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Adult Twin Low High 895 939 975 1045 1099 1185

Low 1239 1389 1635

Single*

High 1315 1525 1799

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).

• Alice Springs highlights tour • Uluru sunrise and sunset • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Daily (Apr-Nov & Mar) and Mon, Thu & Sat (Dec-Feb) 1.45pm

Concludes

Morning of day 4

Day 1: Welcome to Alice Springs On arrival at Alice Springs Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12 noon). Tour the sights of ‘The Alice’ including the historic Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air and the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Hotel: Aurora Alice Springs (B), Lasseters Hotel (R) or Chifley Alice Springs Resort, River Gum Rooms (S), Alice Springs. Day 2: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base Tour & Sunset Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges. Visit a camel farm where there is time for a short ride (own expense). Later view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Late afternoon witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort. Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $144. See ARR6 at left. Day 3: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Alice Springs Watch the gorgeous sunrise at Uluru, then travel to Kata Tjuta and walk through to Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual rock formations. This afternoon travel to Alice Springs. Hotel: Aurora Alice Springs (B), Lasseters Hotel (R) or Chifley Alice Springs Resort, River Gum Rooms (S), Alice Springs. Day 4: Farewell from Alice Springs Your short break concludes this morning in Alice Springs. You will be transferred to Alice Springs Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 1029 1065 1099 1145 1199 1255

Single* Low 1329 1465 1675

High 1395 1555 1775

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).


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Red Centre Highlights

4 days | code: AK48 

5 days  |  code: AA62

Kings Canyon

Uluru sunrise

Highlights

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Exclusive Uluru Barbecue Dinner Uluru sunrise and sunset Visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole View Aboriginal rock art

Uluru Barbecue Dinner

Uluru sunrise

Kings Canyon

Departs

Highlights

Departs

Daily 7.00am

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Concludes

7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep)

As this Short Break departs at 7.00am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Sunset Depart Alice Springs, stopping at a camel farm, where there’s the opportunity to ride one of these ‘ships of the desert’ (own expense). View Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Marvel at the unique flora while you take in a magnificent outback sunset while enjoying sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Uluru Barbecue Dinner Watch the gorgeous sunrise at Uluru, then travel to Kata Tjuta and on to Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and its unusual rock formations. This afternoon join your Driver Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you’ll be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View ancient rock art and learn about the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Late afternoon witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset with nibbles and sparkling wine. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers, garlic prawns and a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting). D Day 3: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kings Canyon After a morning at leisure, drive through sand hill country to Kings Canyon. Hotel: Standard Rooms (B & R) or Deluxe Spa Rooms (S), Kings Canyon Resort. Day 4: Kings Canyon – Farewell from Alice Springs Climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park or you may wish to explore the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed, an easier, shady walk. Travel back to Alice Springs, where your short break concludes. As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for tonight.

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Uluru Barbecue Dinner

Adult Twin Low High 1415 1495 1465 1589 1615 1750

Low 1839 1939 2239

Single*

High 1995 2185 2505

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).

Uluru sunset and sunrise Exclusive Uluru Barbecue Dinner Magical Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Spectacular Kings Canyon

Daily

Concludes

Morning of day 5

Day 1: Welcome to Alice Springs On arrival in Alice Springs you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel: Aurora Alice Springs (B), Lasseters Hotel (R) or Chifley Alice Springs Resort, River Gum Rooms (S), Alice Springs. Day 2: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kata Tjuta Sunset Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges. Visit a camel farm for the chance to ride one of these ‘ships of the desert’ (own expense) and later stop to view Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy a leisurely drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) to take in a magnificent outback sunset, while enjoying sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. Day 3: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta – Uluru Base Tour & Sunset – Barbecue Dinner Watch the gorgeous sunrise at Uluru, then travel to Kata Tjuta and walk through Walpa Gorge. This afternoon join your Driver Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you’ll be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Late afternoon witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset with nibbles and sparkling wine. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers, garlic prawns and a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting). D Day 4: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kings Canyon – Alice Springs An early start from Ayers Rock Resort should reward you with a desert sunrise en route to Kings Canyon. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for breathtaking views of Watarrka National Park and into the canyon itself. If time permits you can make the descent into the ‘Garden of Eden’. The climb is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Or you may wish to explore the boulder-strewn creek bed, an easier shady walk. Travel on to Alice Springs. Hotel: Aurora Alice Springs (B), Lasseters Hotel (R) or Chifley Alice Springs Resort, River Gum Rooms (S), Alice Springs. B Day 5: Farewell from Alice Springs You’ll be transferred to Alice Springs Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 1350 1395 1439 1515 1589 1675

Low 1759 1935 2235

Single*

High 1845 2079 2399

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).


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Red Centre Explorer

2 days | code: RA01 

Uluru & Kings Canyon Unearthed 3 days | code: YK43

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Uluru sunrise

Uluru sunset drinks

Kings Canyon

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Highlights

Departs

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Departs

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Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Walk through Walpa Gorge Uluru sunrise & sunset Visit Mutitjulu Waterhole

Daily 2.30pm (Apr-Oct) and 3.00pm (Nov-Mar)

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Concludes

7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep)

Day 1: Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Base Tour & Sunset On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the resort (flights to arrive prior to 1.30pm). This afternoon join your Driver Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you’ll be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View ancient rock art and learn about the flora and fauna and the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to see Aboriginal arts and crafts. Late this afternoon travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort. Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $144. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting). Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Farewell from Alice Springs Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. After the gorgeous sunrise at Uluru, travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This afternoon travel through beautiful and rugged scenery, as your Driver Guide talks about key landmarks, while sharing some local history and stories on the many sights you’ll pass en route. You’ll be amazed at the sight of Atila (Mt. Conner). Often mistaken for Uluru, it’s a distinctive flat-topped mountain that rises 300 metres above the desert sand. There’s time for an afternoon tea break (own expense) at Erldunda Roadhouse before arriving in Alice Springs. As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for tonight.

Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Celebrate an Uluru sunset Experience sunrise at Uluru Explore Kings Canyon

Daily 2.30pm (Apr-Oct) and 3.00pm (Nov-Mar)

Concludes

7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep)

Day 1: Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Base Tour & Sunset On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the resort (flights to arrive prior to 1.30pm). This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Travel to the sunset viewing area to enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles and watch the effect of the setting sun on the colour of Uluru. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert (S), Ayers Rock Resort. Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $144. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting). Day 2: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Kings Canyon Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set Uluru and the Red Centre alight. Later, travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. This afternoon travel to Kings Canyon. Hotel: Standard Rooms (B & R) or Deluxe Spa Rooms (S), Kings Canyon Resort. Day 3: Kings Canyon – Farewell from Alice Springs This morning join your Driver Guide for the rocky climb to the canyon rim for superb views of Watarrka National Park (for those with a good level of fitness). Alternatively explore the canyon creek bed, for an easier, shady walk. Travel through the desert to Alice Springs, where your short break concludes. As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for tonight.

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 645 659 675 719 729 779

Low 815 875 989

Single*

High 845 959 1085

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 975 1045 999 1099 1109 1215

Single* Low 1019 1345 1565

High 1429 1539 1765

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).


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Uluru Highlights

Centre Highlights

2 days | code: YY43

3 days  |  code: YA62

Uluru sunset drinks

Walpa Gorge

Highlights

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Explore Kata Tjuta’s Walpa Gorge Uluru sunset and sunrise Discover Uluru’s sacred sites View Aboriginal rock art

Uluru Barbecue Dinner

Mutitjulu Waterhole

Kings Canyon

Walpa Gorge

Departs

Highlights

Departs

Daily 2.30pm (Apr-Oct) and 3.00pm (Nov-Mar)

• • • •

Concludes

10.30am (Oct-Mar) and 11.00am (Apr-Sep)

Day 1: Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Base Tour & Sunset On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the resort (flights to arrive prior to 1.30pm). This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip,’ and relax with sparkling wine and nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort. Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $144. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting).

Exclusive Uluru Barbecue Dinner Uluru sunset and sunrise Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) sunset Climb Kings Canyon

Daily 75 minutes prior to sunset

Concludes

7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep)

Day 1: Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Sunset On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the resort (flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm). This afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive out to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Along the way your Driver Guide will explain the geological and cultural history of the area. Take in a magnificent outback sunset while enjoying sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Uluru Base Tour & Sunset – Barbecue Dinner Rise early to watch the sunrise at Uluru then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip,’ and relax with sparkling wine and nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. Travel to our exclusive venue to enjoy our delicious award-winning barbecue dinner and stargazing (weather permitting). Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival and dine on a meal of steak, lamb sausages, skewered chicken, garlic prawns and a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. D

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock) Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This afternoon you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport. Flights to depart after 12.45pm (Nov-Mar) & 2.30pm (Apr-Oct).

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Farewell from Alice Springs Rise early for your drive through sandhill country towards Kings Canyon, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station. Climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park (for those with a good level of fitness). Or enjoy a more leisurely 1 V hour walk along the boulder-strewn creek bed. This afternoon travel on to Alice Springs where your short break concludes. B

Why not extend your stay in Uluru to experience the Sunrise Field of Light. See page 106.

As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the night.

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 465 479 495 535 555 599

Low 635 695 815

Single*

High 665 775 899

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 1050 1079 1099 1175 1199 1285

Low 1325 1429 1629

Single*

High 1379 1569 1795

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).


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Uluru & Kings Canyon Explorer

Red Centre Sights & Sounds

3 days | code: YK41

3 days  |  code: YY47

Kings Canyon

Sounds of Silence Dinner

Red Centre sunset

Kuniya Walk

Aboriginal Dot Painting

Highlights

Departs

Highlights

• • • •

Walk through Walpa Gorge View ancient Uluru Rock Art Spectacular Kings Canyon Sunrise & sunset at Uluru

Daily 2.30pm (Apr-Oct) and 3.00pm (Nov-Mar)

• • • •

Concludes

10.30am (Oct-Mar) and 11.00am (Apr-Sep)

Day 1: Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Base Tour & Sunset On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 1.30pm). This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip,’ and relax with sparkling wine and nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $144. See YY43 on page 95. Day 2: Kings Canyon Rise early to drive through sandhill country towards Kings Canyon, stopping for a breakfast at Kings Creek Station. In Kings Canyon make the rocky climb with your guide to the rim of the canyon to be rewarded with marvellous views over Watarrka National Park. Or you may wish to explore the boulderstrewn canyon creek bed, an easier walk. Return to Ayers Rock Resort. B Day 3: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock) Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This afternoon you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport. Flights to depart after 12.45pm (Nov-Mar) & 2.30pm (Apr-Oct).

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

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Adult Twin Low High 789 819 850 895 925 995

Low 1065 1155 1269

Single*

High 1119 1229 1399

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).

Kings Canyon

Enjoy the Sounds of Silence Dinner Experience Uluru sunrise & sunset Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Walk through Walpa Gorge

Departs

Daily 75 minutes prior to sunset

Concludes

Morning of day 3

Day 1: Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Sounds of Silence Dinner On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the resort (flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm). This evening dine under a million stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet buffet of Australian delicacies accompanied by fine Australian wines, then sit back and relax as a star talker takes you on a tour of the night sky (conditions permitting). Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. D Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Uluru Base Tour & Sunset Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set Uluru and the Red Centre alight. Then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Walk through Walpa Gorge, where the trail follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip,’ and relax with sparkling wine and nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. Before you depart tomorrow why not rise early and experience artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, one of his most beautiful and emotive installations to date. Under the cover of darkness, wander the pathways through 50,000 magical spheres of light, then make your way to the Dune Top viewing area. Then, as the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert sky, gaze in awe as the sun rises in the distance behind Uluru and far off Kata Tjuta. See page 106. Day 3: Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock) Your short break concludes this morning You’ll be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 799 829 849 925 939 1029

Single* Low 1075 1179 1355

High 1129 1319 1535

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Dec 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Nov 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111).


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Kakadu & East Alligator River

Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks

2 days | code: DK40

3 days  |  code: DK48

Nourlangie

Kakadu National Park

Highlights • • • •

Discover Kakadu National Park Nourlangie & Ubirr rock art Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong East Alligator River cruise

Yellow Water Billabong Cruise

Guluyambi Cultural Cruise

Wangi Falls

Nourlangie

Departs

Highlights

Departs

Daily (Apr-Nov) and Mon & Thu (Dec-Mar) 6.30am

Concludes

7.30pm approximately

• • • •

Nourlangie & Ubirr rock art Guluyambi Cultural Cruise Crocodile spotting cruise Litchfield’s magnificent waterfalls

Daily (Apr-Nov) and Mon & Thu (Dec-Mar) 6.30am

Concludes

6.00pm approximately

As this Short Break departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

As this Short Break departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, the national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment that is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to the floodplains that are abundant with wildlife. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong Cruise. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (B), Aurora Kakadu (R) or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (S), Kakadu. L

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong Cruise. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (B), Aurora Kakadu (R) or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (S), Kakadu. L

Add-on 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment for $198. Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Farewell from Darwin This morning head off with your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin, where your short break concludes. L As this Short Break concludes at 7.30pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

Add-on 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment for $198. Day 2: Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Darwin This morning stop at Ubirr with a short walk to view Aboriginal rock art. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River in search of saltwater crocodiles. You’ll have an Aboriginal guide with you and with the special permission of the local people, you’ll be able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin. Hotel: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (B), Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (R) or DoubleTree Esplanade (S), Darwin. L Day 3: Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Farewell from Darwin Follow the Stuart Highway to Litchfield National Park. View Florence Falls before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below with an opportunity to swim. Visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole below. Venture to Wangi Falls for another opportunity for a swim. You’ll stop for a picnic lunch. A great day also for taking many interesting photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds. Return to Darwin, arriving early evening, where your short break concludes. L As this Short Break concludes at 6.00pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 615 665 625 685 650 735

Low 689 705 750

Single*

High 785 819 919

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Oct 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111). In April & November to March if weather conditions preclude access to East Alligator region, alternative touring will be arranged on day 2.

$ Prices Budget  B Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 885 949 899 979 915 1050

Low 1039 1069 1095

Single*

High 1169 1229 1375

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Oct 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111). In April & November to March if weather conditions preclude access to the East Alligator region, alternative touring will be arranged on day 2.

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Kakadu & Katherine Gorge

Tropical Top End

Katherine Gorge Cruise

Kakadu National Park

3 days | code: DG42/52

4 days  |  code: DG45/55

Edith Falls

Jumping Crocodile Cruise

Ubirr

Jim Jim Falls

Highlights

Departs

Highlights

Departs

• • • •

Jumping Crocodile Cruise Yellow Water Billabong Cruise Cruise on Katherine Gorge Refreshing swim at Edith Falls

Mon & Thu (Apr & Nov-Mar) 6.30am and Tue & Sat (May-Oct) 7.15am

Concludes

6.00pm (May-Oct) and 8.30pm (Apr & Nov-Mar)

• • • •

Jumping Crocodile Cruise Nourlangie & Ubirr rock art Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong Litchfield’s magnificent waterfalls

Mon, Thu & Sat (Apr & Nov), Mon & Thu (Dec-Mar) 6.30am and Tue & Sat (May-Oct) 7.15am

Concludes 6.00pm approximately

As this Short Break departs at 6.30am/7.15am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

As this Short Break departs at 6.30am/7.15am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Darwin – Jumping Crocodile Cruise – Kakadu National Park Cruise on the Adelaide River, home to over 1,600 crocodiles, on the Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Then you’ll travel into Kakadu National Park. It’s home to a myriad of animals, hundreds of bird species and thousands of different insects and plants. After lunch, stop at Bowali Visitor Centre. Continue to Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries to the lookout for a spectacular view over the surrounding wetlands. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu. L

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Join the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Travel into Kakadu National Park for lunch and visit Bowali Visitor Centre. View ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a guided walk to the top of Ubirr for magnificent views. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu. L

Add-on 30 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment for $119. Day 2: Kakadu – Nourlangie – Yellow Water Billabong Cruise – Katherine You’ll be mesmerised as you wander around the Nourlangie rock art site. It has provided shelter to the indigenous people for many thousands of years, and while taking shelter, the rock evolved into a canvas that illustrates the traditional owners’ very deep spiritual culture. The Bininj people are the traditional custodians of Kakadu and now you’ll visit Warradjan Cultural Centre where you’ll be introduced to their way of life. Later, join your local guide for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland. The picturesque yellow waters are home to thousands of saltwater crocodiles and up to 60 species of colourful birdlife. This afternoon travel to Katherine. Hotel: ibis Styles, Katherine. L Day 3: Katherine – Farewell from Darwin Enjoy an early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge. One of the most visited sites in Australia’s Top End, it is a stunning network of thirteen gorges carved from billion year old sandstone that are home to many rapids and falls, flowing from the Katherine River. Next stop is Leliyn (Edith Falls). The paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at base of the falls is suitable for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting). Return to Darwin stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many of those killed in the World War II air raids on Darwin. Your short break concludes this evening. B As this Short Break concludes at 6.00pm/8.30pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

$ Prices Superior 

low 950

Adult Twin mid 1075

high 1159

low

1130

Single* mid 1255

high 1425

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017 & 01 Nov 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. Mid season: 01 May 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Oct 2017 – 31 Oct 2017. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111). Green season itinerary (Code: DG52) operates April & November to March. Day 2 overnight in Darwin instead of Katherine.

Add-on 30 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment for $119. Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Katherine Take a guided walk at Nourlangie to view Aboriginal rock art. Continue to Warradjan Cultural Centre, before a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong to observe saltwater crocodiles and prolific wildlife. This afternoon travel via Pine Creek to Katherine. Hotel: ibis Styles, Katherine. L Day 3: Katherine Gorge Cruise – Darwin Enjoy a morning cruise through Katherine Gorge and watch for crocodiles basking in the sun. Then proceed to the informative Nitmiluk Visitor Centre for an opportunity to look around, before continuing to Edith Falls. The paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls is safe for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting). Stop at Adelaide River War Cemetery, en route to Darwin. Hotel: DoubleTree Esplanade, Darwin. B Day 4: Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Farewell from Darwin Follow the Stuart Highway via Batchelor to Litchfield National Park. View Florence Falls before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below with an opportunity to swim. Visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole below. Venture to Wangi Falls for another opportunity for a swim in the large crystal-clear pool and an optional steady climb through the rainforest to the top of the falls. You’ll stop for a picnic lunch. A great day also for taking many interesting photos, including the amazing stands of termite mounds. Return to Darwin, arriving early evening, where your short break concludes. L As this Short Break concludes at 6.00pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

$ Prices Superior 

low

1125

Adult Twin mid 1379

high

1469

low

1305

Single* mid 1695

high

1869

Low season: 01 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017 & 01 Nov 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. Mid season: 01 May 2017 – 31 May 2017 & 01 Oct 2017 – 31 Oct 2017. High season: 01 Jun 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 111). Green season itinerary (Code: DG55) operates April & November to March. Day 2 overnight in Darwin instead of Katherine.


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Sydney & the Blue Mountains

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Highlights • • • •

Sydney Harbour lunch cruise Manly and Bondi Beaches The Blue Mountains Featherdale Wildlife Park

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4 days  |  code: SSFW

4 days  |  code: SS11

Blue Mountains

Sydney’s Food & Wine Discovery

Hunter Valley wine tasting

Captain Cook cruise

Bondi Beach

Sydney Harbour

Departs

Highlights

Departs

Daily

• • • • •

Concludes

Morning of day 4

Day 1: Welcome to Sydney On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll through the historic Rocks and Circular Quay. Or take a walk to the Sydney Opera House. Hotel: Vibe Hotel (R) or Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (S), Sydney, 3 nights. Day 2: Sydney Sights & Harbour Cruise Lunch Travel to Manly Beach for a stroll along The Corso to see the beach that has made Manly famous. On your way you’ll view Darling Harbour and then cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stop at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. At North Head Lookout admire a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy time at Manly Beach before heading back to the city. Board a Captain Cook cruise for lunch on Sydney Harbour. Take in the stunning harbour views and listen to informative commentary while you enjoy a buffet lunch of fresh seafood, tender prime meats and seasonal fruit. This afternoon drive through the historic Rocks area and then see the Opera House, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the colourful Royal Botanic Gardens on your way to visit The Gap and enjoy its stunning views. Stop at world-famous Bondi Beach, where you’ll have the chance to wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the clear cool water. Re-board the coach for your return to the city. B L

See Sydney’s iconic city sights Sydney Harbour lunch cruise Visit world-famous Bondi Beach Dinner at Sydney Tower Restaurant Enjoy Hunter Valley food & wine

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun

Concludes

Morning of day 4

Day 1: Welcome to Sydney On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel: Vibe Hotel (R) or Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (S), Sydney, 3 nights. Day 2: Sydney Sights & Dinner at Sydney Tower After time at leisure board your Captain Cook cruise for lunch on Sydney Harbour. Listen to informative commentary and take in the stunning harbour views while you enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Later, join your Driver Guide onboard your coach to see the sights of the city. Travel through the historic Rocks district, a lively and popular spot brimming with boutique stores, art galleries and restaurants. Next stop is Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens, for spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House. Continue east to the entrance of Sydney Harbour, known as the Gap, which will give you breathtaking views of the coastline. Your destination is Bondi Beach. You can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the cool clear water. Return to the city where early evening you’ll dine in the heart of downtown CBD at the Sydney Tower Restaurant. Enjoy banquet-style dining experience with uninterrupted revolving views of one of the world’s most picturesque cities. After dinner you are free to do as you choose. B L D

Day 3: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park Head west to the iconic Blue Mountains. From Echo Point you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of the Three Sisters. At Scenic World enjoy 360° views of the Jamison Valley. Why not purchase the Unlimited Discovery Pass to ride the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway, the Cableway and Skyway. Ask us for details. Next stop is picturesque Leura for a 2 course lunch. This beautiful village will take you back in time and is famous for its antique stores and its Candy Store. This afternoon visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. Pat a cuddly koala and see kangaroos, crocodiles, goannas and possums. Why not take an optional cruise down the Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour. Ask us for details. B L

Day 3: Hunter Valley Wineries with Lunch You’ll be treated to magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River on your way to explore the fertile Hunter Valley and taste award-winning regional food and wine. Enjoy private vineyard inspections and learn of the winemaking process. Purchase some wines or just enjoy the beautiful Australian countryside. At the first vineyard experience a guided tour to learn about the winemaking process, while sampling some of their award-winning wines. Then visit Hunter Resort and enjoy a presentation on how the winery operates. Your two-course lunch will be complemented with specially chosen wines. Further tastings include a visit to McGuigan Wines, with its history in wine-making dating back to the 1800s. Your last stop is the Hunter Valley Gardens Village, a quaint little township within the Hunter Valley, where you’ll have free time to explore its many hidden delights. You also have the opportunity for tastings at the Hunter Valley Cellars. B L

Day 4: Farewell from Sydney Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Sydney Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Day 4: Farewell from Sydney Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Sydney Airport for with your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 855 925 1150 1250

Low 1195 1710

Single*

High 1325 1900

Low season Standard: 01 Apr 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. Low season Superior: 01 Apr 2017 – 06 Oct 2017 & 16 Dec 2017 – 21 Jan 2018. High season: 07 Oct 2017 – 15 Dec 2017 & 22 Jan 2018 – 31 Mar 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin Low High 899 965 1185 1275

Low 1239 1745

Single*

High 1365 1925

Low season Standard: 01 Apr 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. High season: 01 Oct 2017 – 31 Mar 2018. Low season Superior: 01 Apr 2017 – 06 Oct 2017 & 16 Dec 2017 – 21 Jan 2018. High season: 07 Oct 2017 – 15 Dec 2017 & 22 Jan 2018 – 31 Mar 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price. Thursday & Saturday departures visit Hunter Valley on Day 2 and City Sights/Sydney Tower Dinner on Day 3.


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4 days  |  code: MM11

The Twelve Apostles

Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef 4 days  |  code: CC11

Great Barrier Reef

Penguin Parade

Melbourne

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Highlights

Departs

Highlights

Departs

• • • •

Melbourne city sights tour Native Australian animals Little Penguins on Phillip Island View the Twelve Apostles

Daily

• • • •

Concludes

Morning of day 4

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Hotel: Mercure Hotel Welcome (R) or Crowne Plaza (S), Melbourne, 3 nights. Day 2: Melbourne Sights & Penguin Parade Experience cosmopolitan Melbourne. See Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Phillip Island is home to an array of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony, the Little Penguins and cuddly koalas. Along the way view the powerful southern coastline with its clean, sandy beaches and rocky shores. Visit Maru Koala & Animal Park, for up close and personal encounters with koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and much more. There’s the opportunity to pat and feed kangaroos, wallabies and a host of Australian wildlife. View spectacular coastal scenery at the Nobbies, two rocky outcrops abundant in marine life. Browse through the educational Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre. Learn about the Little Penguins and life on this stunning island. Watch the Little Penguins as they battle the surf and make their way to their dune burrows to greet their young families, and then learn of the environmental and conservation methods that are initiated to ensure the wildlife and vulnerable geology of Phillip Island remains protected. Upgrade to the Penguin Parade Viewing Platform for a premium position. Ask us for details. B Day 3: Great Ocean Road Admire panoramic views of the Melbourne city skyline before travelling along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. See the quaint coastal towns of Lorne and Wye River, Cape Patton, and the white sandy beaches of Apollo Bay. Drive through lush tree-fern gullies and towering mountain-ash rainforests of Otway National Park. The splendour of the approaching Twelve Apostles is breathtaking. These limestone rock formations up to 45 metres high are the result of 20 million years of erosion. From the cliff top viewing area absorb the grandeur of this iconic site. Stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery from various viewing platforms. See Loch Ard Gorge and be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the Loch Ard. Explore Port Campbell National Park. Discover the tragic history of over 50 ships wrecked along this rugged coastline. Continue beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge. B

Great Barrier Reef Cruise Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Ride Kuranda Scenic Railway

Daily

Concludes

Morning of day 4 Operated by Great Adventures

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton (R) or Hilton Hotel (S), Cairns, 3 nights. Day 2: Great Barrier Reef Board a high speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Covering approximately 35 million hectares, it is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. View the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns early evening. B L Day 3: Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Australia’s largest indigenous cultural park which has been built in a spectacular rainforest setting. Discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations, movie theatres, fire making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Skyrail takes you over and through the breathtaking World Heritage of the Barron Gorge National Park. There are two rainforest stations where you can enjoy a ranger guided boardwalk and observe this ancient rainforest from spectacular lookouts. On arrival in Kuranda there is free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. After exploring, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a historic journey travelling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls your journey winds through man-made tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station. B Day 4: Farewell from Cairns Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Day 4: Farewell from Melbourne Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$ Prices

Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin

Single*

795

1079

849

All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

1165

$ Prices

Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin 729 795

All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

Single* 999

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Port Douglas & Reef Retreat

Tropical Reef & Rainforest

6 days | code: PDCE

4 days  |  code: PD11

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Mossman Gorge

Highlights • • • • •

Discover Mossman Gorge Visit Daintree & Cape Tribulation Great Barrier Reef cruise Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway

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Port Douglas

Great Barrier Reef

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Kuranda Heritage Markets

Departs

Highlights

Departs

Daily

Concludes

Morning of day 6 Operated by Down Under Tours

• Great Barrier Reef cruise • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park • Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway • Kuranda Scenic Railway

Daily

Concludes

Morning of day 4 Operated by Down Under Tours

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns – Port Douglas On arrival at Cairns Airport you’ll be transferred to your resort in Port Douglas (flights anytime). The rest of the day is yours to explore or relax in this tropical paradise. Hotel: QT Port Douglas (R & S), 2 nights.

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns – Port Douglas On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Port Douglas (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore Port Douglas. Hotel: QT Port Douglas, Port Douglas, 3 nights.

Day 2: Cape Tribulation & Daintree Journey through the rainforest and awe-inspiring landscapes of Cape Tribulation. Visit Mossman Gorge and enjoy an indigenous presentation by the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, before a guided walk in this enchanting rainforest. Wind through the Alexandra Range and stop at a spectacular lookout for views of Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea before a Daintree River cruise. B L

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef An experience of a lifetime today – cruise out to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance – Agincourt Reef at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf. It is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. You can dive, snorkel or just stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver’s unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before returning to Port Douglas. B L

Day 3: Great Barrier Reef – Cairns An experience of a lifetime today – cruise to an underwater world that is a kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance on an Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise to Agincourt Reef. Dive, snorkel or just stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-submersible craft. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before heading to Cairns for the next 3 nights. Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton (R) or Hilton Hotel (S), Cairns, 3 nights. B L Day 4: Kuranda Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for an amazing journey, as you travel on one of the world’s most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges, to the picturesque village of Kuranda. On arrival there’s free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets full of colourful and interesting arts and crafts. Afterwards, board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and travel high above the Barron Gorge National Park through some of the oldest rainforest in the world, on your way back down to Cairns. B Day 5: Cairns ‘Free Time’ Today, relax and unwind or discover any of a number of Cairns’ hidden gems. Visit Cairns Wildlife Dome, the new Cairns Zoom for an adventure or stroll through the Cairns Night Markets. It’s up to you! B

Day 3: Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Australia’s largest indigenous cultural park which has been built in a spectacular rainforest setting. Discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations, movie theatres, fire making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This will take you directly above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. En route to Kuranda, there are 2 stations where you can enjoy a walk through the rainforest and observe its beauty from spectacular lookouts. On arrival there is free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. After exploring, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a historic journey travelling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls your journey winds through man-made tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station. B Day 4: Farewell from Port Douglas You will be transferred from Port Douglas to Cairns Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Day 6: Farewell from Cairns Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$ Prices

Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin 1259

1289

All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

Single* 1725

1779

$ Prices Superior

Adult Twin

Single*

969

1279

All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

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Perth & Rottnest Island

Kangaroo Island Discovery

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4 days | code: PP11 

2 days | code: ZZ22 

Rottnest Island

Remarkable Rocks

Perth

Fremantle

Kangaroo Island

Kingscote

Highlights

Departs

Highlights

Departs

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Perth city highlights tour Explore historic Fremantle Cruise on the Swan River Discover Rottnest Island

Concludes

Morning of day 4 Operated by Pinnacle Tours

Day 1: Welcome to Perth On arrival at Perth Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel: Travelodge, Perth, 3 nights. Day 2: Perth – Cottesloe – Fremantle Take in the must-see sights of Perth and Fremantle with visits to Kings Park Botanic Garden and Cottesloe Beach, passing Perth’s exclusive suburbs. Start at Kings Park, the lush green heart of the city and one of the world’s biggest inner city parks. Walk through the tree canopies on the Tree Top Walkway for views of the Perth city skyline and see the 750 year old Boab tree. Keep your eyes peeled for vibrant birdlife and be sure to listen out for the merry laugh of the native Australia Kookaburra. Next enjoy a picturesque drive along Cottesloe beach, or ‘The Cott’, one of the most popular Australian west coach beaches. Wander the streets of historic Fremantle, a centre of cosmopolitan cafés and restored old buildings. Relax on a cruise along the Swan River via some of Perth’s most exclusive suburbs and as you near Perth city you’ll cruise past Royal Perth Yacht Club and the University of WA. B Day 3: Rottnest Island Cruise along the Swan River to Fremantle before heading to Rottnest Island. Located 19 Kilometres off the mainland, the car-free island is an A class nature reserve and home to spectacular white sandy beaches, secluded bays, unique wildlife, shipwrecks, and a fascinating and colourful history. Enjoy a comprehensive coach tour and a full circumnavigation of the island with expert driver commentary. You’re sure to encounter a Quokka! Stop at some of Rottnest’s most spectacular locations, including the Wadjemup Lighthouse and the majestic lookout point at the rugged West End. Enjoy Lunch at Rottnest Lodge. Later, there is time at leisure before re-boarding your ferry for your return to Perth. B L Day 4: Farewell from Perth Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Perth Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime). B

• • • •

Seal Bay Conservation Park Free-flight Birds of Prey Show See kangaroos & koalas Wander around Remarkable Rocks

Daily 6.45am

Concludes

10.40pm approximately Operated by SeaLink

As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island Travel to Cape Jervis via the Fleurieu Peninsula. Board the SeaLink ferry for the 45 minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Here you will board your coach and your local Driver Guide will take you on a tour of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Your first stop is Clifford’s Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tastings and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Then travel on to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious two course lunch. Afterwards, visit Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided beach walk with a National Park Ranger among a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian Sealions. You’ll then visit the fascinating Birds of Prey free-flight demonstration, an interactive and educational display of native Australian birds and raptors. From here you’ll travel to Kingscote to watch the pelican feeding. The pelican man provides you with an entertaining and informative talk about the pelicans, while encouraging their participation with fish treats. Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Room (R) or Executive Seaview Room (S), Kangaroo Island. L Day 2: Kangaroo Island – Farewell from Adelaide Your touring begins at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, an interesting bush engineered distillery that makes the most of its environmental resources. After testing and tasting the eucalyptus products, travel to the centre of Kangaroo Island to the Wildlife Park where you can feed kangaroos and have your photograph taken with a koala. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to look for koalas nestled up in the eucalypts, followed by a two course lunch at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat. After lunch travel to Flinders Chase National Park. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves or resting on the rocks. Return to Penneshaw Ferry Terminal for the return journey to Adelaide. Hotel drop-offs are available for city-centre hotels. B L As this Short Break concludes after 10.40pm, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the night.

$ Prices Superior

Adult Twin

Single*

695

969

All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

$ Prices

Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin

Single*

675

869

685

All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

889


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Spectacular Bay of Islands

Rotorua Discovery

4 days  |  code: ZB4

4 days  |  code: ZR5

Hole in the Rock

Waitangi Treaty Reserve

Highlights

Te Puia Thermal Reserve

Auckland

Waitomo Caves

Maori culture

Departs

Highlights

Departs

Daily 6.45am

• Cruise in Bay of Islands • Dolphin & whale spotting • Hole in the Rock • Visit Waitangi Treaty Reserve

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• Waitomo Glowworm Grotto • Explore Maori culture at Te Puia • Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show • Enjoy a Maori Hangi & Concert

Concludes

Morning of day 4

Operated by Great Sights

Daily 6.45am

Concludes

Morning of day 4

Operated by Great Sights

As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Auckland – Bay of Islands Depart Auckland by coach for the Bay of Islands. On arrival in Paihia visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. You’ll have time on your own to learn about New Zealand’s early Maori and European history and take in highlights such as the Maori War Canoe (Waka) and Meeting House (Marae). Then board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose-built catamaran, and meet your experienced local skipper for a cruise through the beautiful clear waters. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic ‘Hole in the Rock’. You’ll be holding your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space. Take in the unique sights of Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Garden View (R) or Copthorne Resort, Water View (S), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. D

Day 1: Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua Travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. Later, travel on to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Rotorua, 2 nights.

Day 2: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ Today is a free day for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps head back out on to the water and go on a dolphin-watching cruise, or take a coach trip up to Cape Reinga, the very top of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Experience a day of sailing aboard a historic tall ship, or enjoy wine tasting around Kerikeri. Tonight you’re free to dine as you wish. You may want to experience a ‘Kiwi tradition’ – fish and chips on the beach, or glide down the Waitangi River on board the Ratanui for a dinner cruise (all own expense). B Day 3: Bay of Islands – Auckland This morning why not spend time in a local café or perhaps take a ferry to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy a relaxing journey back to Auckland, through lush farmland scenery and past stunning coastal vistas, over the harbour bridge into the city. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B

Day 2: Rotorua Sightseeing Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua’s iconic visitor attractions. Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Then enjoy a demonstration of New Zealand’s agricultural industry with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae. B D Day 3: Rotorua – Auckland Spend a day at leisure in Rotorua. Late this afternoon travel through forests and lush Waikato farmlands on your way to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B Day 4: Farewell from Auckland Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Day 4: Farewell from Auckland Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin 2017/1 2017/2 2017/18 2018 1019 1225

1019 1139

1045 1245

1019 1155

Single* 2017/1 2017/2 2017/18 2018 1295

1609

1295

1485

1319

1645

1285 1555

2017/1: 01 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017. 2017/2: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. 2017/18: 01 Oct 2017 – 30 Apr 2018. 2018: 01 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin 2017/1 2017/2 2017/18 2018

Single* 2017/1 2017/2 2017/18 2018

1495

1879

1339

1289 1455

1350 1519

1300 1479

1615

1525

1795

1625

1925

1529

1829

2017/1: 01 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017. 2017/2: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. 2017/18: 01 Oct 2017 – 30 Apr 2018. 2018: 01 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.


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Adventure to Middle-Earth

Bay of Islands & Rotorua Unearthed

Hobbiton

Bay of Islands

4 days  |  code: ZRH4

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7 days  |  code: ZBR5

Maori culture at Te Puia

Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

Hole in the Rock

Agrodome Sheep show

Highlights

Departs

Highlights

Departs

• Visit Lord of the Rings film locations • See Waitomo Glowworm Grotto • Experience Maori culture at Te Puia • Maori Hangi Feast & Concert

Daily 6.45am

Daily 6.45am

• Cruise in the Bay of Islands • Day at leisure in the Bay of Islands • Visit Waitangi Treaty Reserve • Visit Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

Concludes

Morning of day 4 Operated by Great Sights

Concludes

Morning of day 7 Operated by Great Sights

As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

As this holiday departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Auckland – Rotorua Travel through the lush farmland past Rangiriri, the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the worldfamous Waitomo Caves. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny Glowworms. Later cross the Central North Island and enter Middle-earth! Just outside the rural township of Matamata is the private farm that was transformed into The Shire for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Visit Hobbiton, home to Bilbo, Frodo and friends, for a guided tour and find out how the sets were created. You’ll get the chance to see Hobbit holes, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and many other structures created for the films. Afterwards, continue to Rotorua. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Rotorua, 2 nights. L

Day 1: Auckland – Bay of Islands Travel to the Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve to learn about New Zealand’s early Maori and European history. Then board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose-built catamaran, and meet your skipper for a cruise through the beautiful clear waters. Watch for bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Cruise past Cape Brett Lighthouse to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Garden View (R) or Copthorne Resort, Water View (S), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. D

Day 2: Rotorua Sightseeing Your first stop is Te Puia, one of New Zealand’s foremost cultural venues. Immerse yourself Maori tradition, see master carvers and weavers at work, then enter the neighbouring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, an extraordinary landscape of geysers, steam and bubbling pools of boiling mud. At Rainbow Springs Nature Park see kiwi in the nocturnal viewing house and learn about conservation efforts to protect these endangered birds. You can also get up close to a wide range of native and exotic birds, fish and reptiles. Then get a taste of New Zealand’s agricultural industry at the Agrodome, a working farm where you can see all kinds of rural action! Your tour concludes with a one hour lunch cruise around Lake Rotorua on board the historic paddle boat, the Lakeland Queen. Take in the sights of Sulphur Bay, Hinemoa’s Point, Mokoia Island and Kawaha Point. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi feast and concert on a local Marae. B L D Day 3: Rotorua – Auckland Spend a free day in Rotorua before returning through lush forests to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B Day 4: Farewell from Auckland You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin 2017/1 2017/2 2017/18 2018 1480 1655

1440 1605

1520 1705

1465

1659

Single* 2017/1 2017/2 2017/18 2018 1755

2035

1675

1945

1795

2105

1695

2009

2017/1: 01 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017. 2017/2: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. 2017/18: 01 Oct 2017 – 30 Apr 2018. 2018: 01 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

Day 2: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ The day is at leisure. Perhaps take a coach to Cape Reinga, via Ninety Mile Beach, enjoy a day of sailing, or even a guided sea-kayaking trip. B Day 3: Bay of Islands – Auckland This morning relax in the Bay of Islands before returning to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B Day 4: Auckland – Waitomo Glowworm Caves – Rotorua Travel to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, to tour its amazing limestone formations. Take a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a cavern lit by thousands of tiny Glowworms. Later, travel to the Maori heartland of Rotorua. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Rotorua, 2 nights. B Day 5: Rotorua Sightseeing Experience Te Puia, Maori cultural centre and a thermal wonderland of geysers and mud pools. Discover Rainbow Springs Nature Park’s native flora and fauna. Then at Agrodome Sheep Show see a sheep shearing display and dog trials. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae. B D Day 6: Rotorua – Auckland Spend a day at leisure, then we return to Auckland through lush farmlands. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B Day 7: Farewell from Auckland You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$ Prices

Adult Twin 2017/1 2017/2 2017/18 2018

Standard R 2330 Superior  S 2665

2255 2535

2340 2679

2275

2545

Single* 2017/1 2017/2 2017/18 2018 2875

3439

2745 3221

2889 3489

2769 3255

2017/1: 01 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017. 2017/2: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. 2017/18: 01 Oct 2017 – 30 Apr 2018. 2018: 01 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.


Queenstown, West Coast & TranzAlpine

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5 days  |  code: ZWC5

Queenstown

TranzAlpine train journey

TSS Earnslaw

Highlights

• Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw • Dinner at a sheep station • Free day in Queenstown • Discover the wildlife

Departs

• Explore Franz Josef Glacier • Travel through spectacular countryside • Journey on the TranzAlpine

Daily

Penguins. This afternoon there’s free time to explore Franz Josef township. Perhaps take a scenic flight over the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier or over Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere or a valley walk with a local glacier guide (all own expense). Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. Take the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking options. Tonight you’ll enjoy a special West Coast dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Graham Wing (R) or Douglas Wing (S), Franz Josef. B D

Day 2: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to explore at your leisure. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in a spa treatment. Why not take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River or get wet white watering rafting down the Kawarau River. Tonight you can dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés in town or simply relax at your hotel. B

Day 4: Franz Josef – TranzAlpine – Christchurch This morning, continue to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast. Here you’ll board the world famous TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. It is truly one of the world’s great scenic train trips through the dramatic contrast of and lush green landscapes on one side of the Alps and dry beech forests and tussock landscapes on the other. Your train departs Greymouth and climbs into the Southern Alps before descending the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. There are 19 tunnels and four viaducts, with Staircase Viaduct being 73 metres high. Dinner is at your hotel. Hotel: Ibis Hotel (R) or Novotel (S), Christchurch. B D

$ Prices Standard R Superior  S

Adult Twin 2017/1 2017/2 2017/18 2018 1479 1075

1425 1595

1619

1865

1529 1729

Day 5: Farewell from Christchurch Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Single* 2017/1 2017/2 2017/18 2018 1965 1739

1869 2155

2129

2565

Morning of day 5 Operated by Great Sights

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown On arrival at Queenstown Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). The remainder of your day is free to take in the many scenic vistas. Tonight, make your own way to the Steamer Wharf for your cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining sheep show between courses provides a glimpse into high country farm life. Later, return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown, 2 nights. D

Day 3: Queenstown – Franz Josef Glacier Travel along the rugged West Coast Road and over the Haast Pass. Discover the rich alpine rainforest as you journey through this historic region. Through the Gates of Haast is a lost world that’s so spectacular and remote UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area. From Haast to Jackson Bay there are empty shingle beaches, dunes, lakes and wetlands, all with the soaring backdrop of the Southern Alps making it an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. There is an abundance of wildlife so keep a careful look out for fur seals, Hectors Dolphins and Fiordland Crested

Concludes

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2017/1: 01 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017. 2017/2: 01 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017. 2017/18: 01 Oct 2017 – 30 Apr 2018. 2018: 01 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveller must pay the single price.

Awe inspiring! Within a few minutes, we leave rainforest and are transported above the clouds to the top of the glaciers and Mt. Cook. Simply stunning and one of the most memorable flights I have ever taken!

Heather  Senior Sales Manager UK

Optional Experience Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier Scenic Helicopter Flight Explore these massive rivers of ice on a spectacular 30-minute scenic helicopter flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. Ask your Travel Director for details.


Day Tours

Got a day or half day to spare? Add-on an AAT Kings Day Tour. Choose tours in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs, the Red Centre, the Top End, Perth or Cairns. See the must-see sights, learn about a specific destination’s history and culture. We also offer free hotel pick-ups, so all you need do is relax. To see our full range of Day Tours visit aatkings.com/daytours

Field of Light 

Tour departs from Ayers Rock Resort. *National Park Entry Fee is not included. See page 111 > Half

Day  |  Code: FOL

Departs: Daily 105 minutes Experience a once-in-a-lifetime Uluru event! Acclaimed prior to sunrise artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, is one of his most beautiful and emotive installations to date. Travel to Uluru Concludes: 30 minutes after sunrise and under cover of darkness, wander through 50,000 Inclusions: Tea, coffee or hot magical spheres of light, before making your way to the chocolate at sunrise Dune Top viewing area. Watch amazing colour changes as the desert awakens. Then, as the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert sky, gaze in awe as the sun rises in the behind Uluru, with Kata Tjuta in the distance.

$69*adult

Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience

$295 adult

Sydney By Night 

Be led by a friendly Tiwi Indigenous guide through the progressive community of Nguiu. Enjoy billy tea and damper with some Tiwi Ladies as they weave and paint, perform totemic dances, and bless the visitors with a smoking ceremony. At the Museum view art and displays of Tiwi ‘dreamtime’ stories. Explore the Early Mission Precinct and learn how the Tiwi blended their culture with Christianity. Visit the Tiwi Arts & Crafts Centre where you can buy arts and crafts at Island prices.

Full Day  |  Code: TFER Departs: 7.30am Thu & Fri (Apr,

May, Sep, Oct, Nov) and Mon, Thu & Fri (Jun, Jul, Aug) from Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, Darwin Returns: 5.00pm approximately Inclusions: Return ferry from Darwin to Bathurst Island, morning tea & museum entry

Half Day  |  Code: J5

Tour departs from Sydney

Departs: Daily 7.00pm Discover Sydney by night on this 3 hour tour. Explore Circular Quay and Macquarie Street, then for dinner enjoy Concludes: 10.00pm one of 'Sydney's Best Pies' at the iconic Harry’s Café De Inclusions: One meat pie and a soft Wheels in harbourside Woolloomooloo. Discover Chinatown drink for dinner & one before crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Milsons Point drink at a Sydney pub for stunning views over the harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Your final stop is the city’s historic Rocks district. Finish with a refreshing drink with million dollar views from The Glenmore Hotel’s famous rooftop bar.

$79 adult

Piti & Ochre Sightseeing Passes (Uluru & Kata Tjuta)

The Piti & Ochre Sightseeing Passes offer great value for money for guests wanting to experience the complete wonders of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park.

$265

Code: Y3

Piti

How it works

• Freedom to travel on your day of choice • The pass is valid for 3 consecutive days from the start of your first tour • You may travel once on each included tour

Ochre

Includes: Uluru Sunrise & Guided Walk, Uluru Sunset Kata Tjuta Sunrise & Valley of the Winds Kata Tjuta Sunset  

$ 439 

Code: Y5

Pass

Includes: Uluru Sunrise & Kata Tjuta Uluru Base Tour & Sunset

Pass

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• Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park Entry Fee is included • Due to seasonal conditions, please book as far in advance as possible

Sightsee ‘n’ Save Pass Purchase a Sightsee ‘n’ Save Pass before you go and save up to 35% on over 60 selected Day Tours. Only available for purchase prior to arrival in Australia, each pass contains 4 coupons.

The benefits • No need to pre-book Day Tours before leaving home. Simply book your tours in Australia • Courtesy pick-ups are available from most hotels

• On all tours, seats are guaranteed 24 hours prior to departure. Due to seasonal conditions, please book as far in advance as possible • No extra fees

Half coupon

Full coupon

Double coupon

$419


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Red Centre Connections Travel between Ayers Rock, Alice Springs or Kings Canyon Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Transfer Code: A6 Departs Daily 7.00am on one of our luxury coach transfers with informative Arrives 1.00pm approx. commentary from your Driver Guide along the way. Ayers Rock to Alice Springs Transfer 

$175 adult

Code: Y6

Departs Oct-Mar Daily 12.30pm Arrives 7.00pm approx. Departs Apr-Sep Daily 1.00pm Arrives 7.30pm approx.

Kings Canyon to Ayers Rock Transfer 

$145 adult

Code: Y22

Departs Oct-Mar Daily 11.45am Arrives 5.00pm approx. Departs Apr-Sep Daily 11.15am Arrives 5.30pm approx.

Uluru & Kata Tjuta Uluru Sacred Sites & Sunset

$139*adult

Half day  |  Code: Y14 Departs Daily 90 minutes prior to sunrise Concludes 11.00am approximately

Uluru Morning Guided Base Walk

Half day  |  Code: Y40 Departs Daily 60 minutes prior to sunrise Concludes adult 11.00am approximately

Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon Transfer

$145 adult

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs Transfer

$175 adult

From

Y11

Y11B

$69*adult $213*adult

$69*adult

$159*adult

$105 adult Half day  |  Code: A3

• Experience Uluru sunrise • Enjoy tea or coffee Half day  |  Code: Y9 • Panoramic views Departs Daily 90 minutes prior to sunrise Concludes 75 minutes after sunrise approximately

Half day  |  Code: Y50 Departs Daily 90 minutes prior to sunrise Concludes 12 noon approximately

Palm Valley Outback Safari by 4WD Departs Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun (Apr-Nov & Mar) 7.30am  Concludes 6.00pm approximately

• Visit the School of the Air • History of Alice at the Telegraph Station • Explore the Royal Flying Doctor Service • Spot crocodiles & thorny devils • Vistas over Alice Springs

• Small group experience

$165 adult Full day  |  Code: A5

• 4WD rugged Australian Outback • Travel the bed of the Finke River • Oasis of rock pools & palm trees • Stop by an Aboriginal community

Tours depart from Darwin. Or earlier from your hotel.

$259 adult Full day  |  Code: D4

• View Aboriginal rock art • Bird life in Kakadu wetlands • Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong • Learn about the Bininj people

*National Park Entry Fee is not included. See page 111 >

From

Tours depart from Alice Springs. Or earlier from your hotel.

Kakadu & Litchfield

Departs Daily 6.30am from Darwin Concludes 7.30pm approximately

• Discover Anangu culture • Delight at Uluru’s changing colour at sunset • Enjoy sparkling wine • ^Add on Uluru BBQ

Kata Tjuta Sunrise & • Sunrise at Kata Tjuta of the Winds Valley of the Winds • • Valley Learn about geology

• Walk 11 kilometres around the base of Uluru • Aboriginal rock art • Small group experience

A Town Like Alice

Half day  |  Code: Y11/ Y11B^ Departs Daily 75 minutes prior to sunset  Concludes 30 minutes after sunset approximately

Uluru Sunrise

• Experience Uluru sunrise • Scenic outback drive • Discover Kata Tjuta • Walk in Walpa Gorge

Alice Springs

Kakadu National Park Explorer

Code: A39

Departs Oct-Mar Daily 11.45am Arrives 7.00pm approx. Departs Apr-Sep Daily 11.15am Arrives 7.30pm approx.

Uluru Sunset

• Tour the base of Uluru • Kuniya Walk & Aboriginal rock art • Experience the Uluru sunset • ^Add on Uluru BBQ

$149*

Departs Daily (Apr-Nov & Mar) and Mon, Thu & Sat (Dec-Feb) 2.00pm  Concludes 6.00pm approximately

Code: Y23

Departs Oct-Mar Daily 12.30pm Arrives 5.00pm approx. Departs Apr-Sep Daily 1.00pm Arrives 5.30pm approx.

Tours depart from Ayers Rock Resort. *National Park Entry Fee is not included. See page 111 >

Half day  |  Y17/ Y17B^ Departs Daily 2.30pm (Apr-Oct) and 3.00pm (Nov-Mar) Y17 Y17B Concludes Y17 30 minutes after $125*adult $269*adult sunset, Y17B 2V hours after sunset

Uluru Sunrise & Kata Tjuta

$175 adult

From

$185 adult Litchfield National Park Waterfalls Departs Daily 7.15am from Darwin Concludes 6.00pm approx.

• Litchfield’s scenic waterfalls • Swim at Florence Falls • Interpretive vine-forest walk • Photograph the amazing termite mounds

Full day  |  Code: D5


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Sydney

Tours depart from Sydney. Contact us about our hotel pick-up locations.

Blue Mountains & Australian Wildlife

Melbourne

Full day  |  Code: J15/J15C^

J15 $155 adult

J15C $167 adult

From

$165 adult

Magnificent Melbourne Tour

Departs Daily 8.15am Concludes 5.45pm approximately

Departs Daily 8.10am Concludes 11.45am approximately

• Stroll along Manly & Bondi Beaches • Harbour views from Milsons Point • Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge • All the must-see sights of Sydney

• Australia’s architectural & shopping capital • Stroll the Botanic Gardens • See Cook’s Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens • Shrine of Remembrance • Pass famous sports venues • Amazing views of the city • ^Add on Yarra River cruise

Half day  |  Code: K1/K1C^

K1

$69 adult

K1C

$95 adult

Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience

Phillip Island Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas

Departs Tue, Fri & Sun 8.00am Concludes 6.45pm approximately • See stunning Hunter Valley vistas • Guided winery tours and tasting • Hunter Resort lunch & wines • Explore the quaint Hunter Valley Gardens Village

Departs Daily 1.15pm Concludes 9.30-10.30pm (Apr-Sep) & 10.30-11.30pm (Oct-Mar) • Get up-close to koalas & kangaroos • See the Nobbies rock formations • Witness the Penguin Parade • Learn about life on Phillip Island • ^Upgrade to viewing platform

Full day  |  Code: J14

K10

K10P

$165 adult $190 adult

Kuranda, Skyrail & Tjapukai

Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Departs Daily 8.15-9.00am from Cairns or Port Douglas  Concludes 4.50pm in Cairns or 5.20pm in Port Douglas approximately

Departs Daily 9.00am from Cairns or Port Douglas  Concludes 5.30pm in Cairns or Port Douglas approx.

• Ride the Scenic Railway • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway • Visit Kuranda Heritage Markets • Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Full day  |  Code: CRMC/PGBR

From CRMC

PGBR

$215 adult $260 adult

Adelaide & Kangaroo Island

Perth

Kangaroo Island Experience

Ultimate Adelaide & Hahndorf

Departs Daily 6.45am Concludes 10.40pm at ACBS

Departs Daily 9.15am  Concludes 5.15pm at ACBS

• Scenic coastal drive & sea-lion guided walk • 2 course lunch in the bush • See koalas in their natural habitat at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary • Marvel at Remarkable Rocks & Admirals Arch

• Discover the sights of Adelaide • Morning Tea at Haigh’s Chocolates • Views from Mount Lofty Scenic drive over rolling hills & valleys • Afternoon Tea or Beer Tastings in Hahndorf

Full day  |  Code: AS12

Tours depart from Perth. Or earlier from your hotel.

4WD Pinnacles, Koalas & Sand Dunes

$123 adult

Brisbane & Gold Coast

Crocodile Express & Australia Zoo Full day  |  Code: B7/G7 Departs Daily 8.45am from Brisbane & 7.30am from the Gold Coast  Concludes Daily 5.30pm in Brisbane & 6.30pm on the Gold Coast

Full day  |  Code: P4L

Departs Daily 8.00am Concludes 7.30pm approximately

$215 adult

• Cruise the Reef on a high-speed catamaran • Enjoy a reef presentation • View sealife from a From semi-submersible craft • Go snorkelling • Enjoy a buffet lunch

Tours depart from Adelaide Central Bus Station. Or earlier from your hotel.

Full day  |  Code: HTCC

$283 adult

From

Tours depart from Cairns or Port Douglas. Or earlier from your hotel.

Full day  |  Code: KQST/PKQST

PKQST

From

Full day  |  Code: K10/K10P^

Cairns & Port Douglas

KQST

Departs Daily 8.00am Concludes 8.00pm approximately • See seaside Apollo Bay • View the Twelve Apostles • Marvel at Loch Ard Gorge & collapsed London Bridge • Visit Port Campbell shops & galleries

Spectacular Sydney

$129 adult

$211 adult $225 adult

Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles Full day  |  Code: K4

Departs Daily 8.00am Concludes 6.00pm approximately • Take in spectacular views • Breathtaking panoramic vistas • Admire the Three Sisters • Discover Leura Village • Explore Featherdale Wildlife Park • ^Add-on Parramatta River cruise

Full day  |  Code: J63

$195 adult

Tours depart from Federation Square. Or earlier from your hotel.

• See koalas & kangaroos up-close in Caversham Wildlife Park • Enjoy lobster for lunch • Stroll through Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park • Thrilling 4WD on sand dunes

B7 G7 $139 adult $149 adult

• See Steve Irwin’s amazing Australia Zoo • Step aboard Steve’s Safari Shuttle • Get your adrenalin pumping at the world-famous Crocoseum show

From


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Why not stay a little longer?

Sails in the Desert  Ayers Rock

Henry Jones Art Hotel  Hobart

Sofitel  Auckland

QT  Port Douglas

Booking pre and post accommodation is easy

James Cook Hotel  Wellington

Cable Beach Club Resort  Broome

Australian hotels

New Zealand hotels

Our special discounted rates make adding days either before or after your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. To extend your stay, simply choose the number of extra nights and ask your travel agent to reserve the additional accommodation at the time of booking. It couldn’t be any easier. Prices are per person per night and include breakfast, or room only where indicated.

City

Adelaide

Hotel

Chifley on South Terrace Stamford Plaza

YHA Alice Springs Dormitory

Aurora Alice Springs (Standard) Room only

Alice Springs

Lasseters Hotel Room only

Cairns

230

85

36 59

36

204

Outback Pioneer Lodge Dormitory

45

45

Desert Gardens Hotel Room only

Desert Gardens Hotel

Sails in the Desert Hotel

Novotel

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort DoubleTree by Hilton Hilton Hotel

125

187

187 215

374

245

489

309

618

302

369

545

678

147

269

109

198

113

219

250 93

255

480

97

195

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (Standard) Room only

112

224

152

304

125

250

Gold Coast Hotel Grand Chancellor Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel

157

286

250

465

Hobart

Hotel Grand Chancellor (Mountainside)

169

Best Western Plus

105

DoubleTree Esplanade Room only

159

Mantra on the Esplanade

160

Mantra on the Esplanade Room only

Fremantle

Launceston Melbourne Perth Port Douglas

Sydney

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Wrest Point (Tower)

The Henry Jones Art Hotel

65

131

215

Hotel Grand Chancellor

139

Crowne Plaza

140

Mercure Hotel Welcome

Travelodge

Crowne Plaza

QT Port Douglas

Vibe Hotel

Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour

110

100

The Langham

290

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

262

136

199 272

The Langham

163

285

Sofitel Auckland

184

368

Ibis Hotel

136

272

Novotel

168

336

The George

296

546

Copthorne Hotel & Resort

122

244

Millennium Hotel

153

306

Travelodge

112

209

James Cook Grand Chancellor

133

240

Museum Art Hotel

158

316

229

296 384 188

244

200 255 174

307

225

117

VR on Queen

125

153

250

Scenic Hotel

285

265

The Grace Hotel

Wellington

$ Single

287

135 117

Queenstown

$ Twin

185

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (Motel) Room only

Vibe Hotel

Christchurch

Hotel

475

Alamanda Palm Cove

Darwin

Auckland

119

102

107

City

138

Chifley Alice Springs Resort Room only

Lasseters Hotel Premium Room

Sails in the Desert Hotel Room only

Broome

115

160

Outback Pioneer Hotel Room only

Brisbane

$ Single

80

Chifley Alice Springs Resort (River Gum)

Ayers Rock

$ Twin

211

450 485 524

580

All prices for these hotels are based on High Season. Low Season prices are available on request.

Important: Breakfast is not included in pre/post tour accommodation on Northern Territory Independent Holidays. Only AAT Kings clients qualify for the above accommodation and prices. Surcharges may apply.


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We care

Here at AAT Kings we encourage the sustainable development of tourism in partnership with the Treadright Foundation – a not-forprofit organisation established by The Travel Corporation and its family of brands. The foundation has helped support more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Specifically within Australia and New Zealand AAT Kings is proud to support a number of important projects with a focus on wildlife conservation.

Tassie Devils

AAT Kings has joined forces with The Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal to protect them from the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) epidemic. Our donation supports the husbandry (management, care and feeding) of five Devils in critical vaccine research undertaken by the University of Tasmania, Menzies Institute for Medical Research.

Kiwi birds

AAT Kings supports the conservation of New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the endangered kiwi. We contribute to the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Breeding Program in Rotorua to hatch and raise chicks, perform health checks, daily monitoring, and research into kiwi incubation and rearing. We help Rainbow Springs raise awareness of the protection of these precious birds and play a vital role in their survival.

Little Penguins

AAT Kings supported the world’s leading research facility for Little Penguins on Phillip Island in Victoria, including the purchase of a weighbridge to monitor penguin health and habits. Interpretive signs were also erected to educate visitors about the environment of this important penguin colony.

Koalas

We’ve teamed up with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors to support the Koala Rehabilitation Project at their Wildlife Hospital – the country’s busiest wildlife facility. Along with koala rehabilitation, we support the building of ecofriendly habitats to protect the sick and orphaned. We even have an AAT Kings Mascot, ‘Koala Sam’.

Our ecofriendly coaches

Taking a coach is an environmentally sustainable means of transportation. Coaches use significantly less fuel per person than an average sized car or hybrid. One coach can displace up to 56 cars from the road.

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111 AAT Kings Tours (UK) Limited Association of British Travel agents (ABTA) Membership Number – V0584 Address: 15 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1 X7HH T: + 44 20 8225 4220

Booking Conditions

These booking conditions together with the specific information about your confirmed booking form the basis of your contract with AAT Kings Tours (UK) Ltd, of 15 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HH, which is registered in England under company number 2813876. AAT Kings Tours (UK) Ltd is a tour operator and member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), and fully bonded for financial security in accordance with requirements of ABTA (Membership Number V0584). Please read the booking conditions carefully as they set out your respective rights and obligations.

How to make a booking

You can make your booking through your local travel agent, who will contact AAT Kings in order to ascertain if the arrangements you require are available. When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. A contract will exist. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you wish to do so. If you had not seen these terms and conditions when you made your booking and you are not happy to proceed now that you have seen them, please return all documentation to us or to your travel agent, within 7 days of the booking having being made and the invoice issued. Your booking will be cancelled and your monies will be returned in full, provided you have not commenced your travel. This clause does not apply if the booking was made within 10 weeks of travel. Please check the details of your Confirmation/Invoice carefully and advise us immediately if anything appears to be incorrect. All monies paid to your travel agent are held on your behalf until we issue our Confirmation/Invoice. Thereafter, your travel agent holds all monies on our behalf.

Payment terms

Provided you book at least 8 weeks in advance of our tour departure date, you must pay a deposit of $150 per client per tour (with the exception of day tours where no deposit is required) and the final balance must be paid no later than 56 days before the departure date. If you book within 8 weeks of the tour departure date, you must pay the total price at time of booking. Please note that we do not issue reminders. If you fail to pay by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and retain your deposit.

The price of your tour is fully guaranteed

When you have booked your tour and paid your deposit, the total tour price as shown on your Confirmation/Invoice is fully guaranteed and will NOT be subject to any surcharges, and any subsequent increases are at our expense, excluding any imposed currency fluctuation, fuel surcharge or changes in statutory taxes or charges. However, there will be no change within 30 days of your tour departure date. All prices are subject to change but we will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your tour cost, you will be charged for the amount over and above that, plus an administration charge of $1 per person together with an amount to cover agent's commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your tour, you will have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days of the issue date printed on your final Confirmation/Invoice. Should the price of your tour decrease due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your tour cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your tour due to contractual and other protection in place. All prices printed in this brochure are subject to change without notice. The price will be confirmed at the time of booking and of course, you are free to decline the offer of a booking if a price has changed from that published. The prices in this brochure are based on the Australian Dollar exchange rate as at 29 June 2016. Brochure Publication Date: 26 September 2016 Brochure Edition: V1 2017/18

Children

Children 2-15 years of age are entitled to the child price on half day and one day tours as well as on Independent Tours that include overnight accommodation when sharing with at least 1 adult (unless stipulated otherwise). Guided Holidays: children 5-15 years are entitled to the child rate (unless stipulated otherwise).

Amendments of bookings by you

a) If you amend your booking before a Confirmation/Invoice has been issued no contract has been entered into and there is no charge. b) If, after a Confirmation/Invoice has been issued, you wish to alter your tour arrangements or to change the departure date we shall do our utmost to make the changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to your touring/travel arrangements must be received by AAT Kings from the person who originally made the booking or from your travel agent at least 8 weeks before the departure date of the tour. This will incur an administration fee of $65 per person. c) If you amend your booking within 8 weeks of the departure date of your tour, this will be treated as a cancellation and a new booking, incurring cancellation charges as set below in addition to the cost of your new tour booking.

Cancellation of bookings by you

You or any member of your party may cancel your booking at any time, providing that the cancellation is advised to AAT Kings in writing by the person who made the initial booking or from your travel agent. Cancellation will be effective from the date AAT Kings receive the written notification. Cancellation fees are as follows:

AAT Kings Guided Holidays, Independent Touring, Inspiring Journeys & Aussie Adventures

PERIOD OF NOTICE More than 45 days prior to departure 44-22 days 21-8 days 7-1 days Less than 24 hours

AAT Kings Day Tours

PERIOD OF NOTICE More than 6 days prior to departure 6-1 days Less than 24 hours

Illness or absenteeism

CANCELLATION FEE Deposit forfeited 27.5% of tour price 33% of tour price 55% of tour price 100% of tour price CANCELLATION FEE No fees 50% of tour price 100% of tour price

In the event of your withdrawal from a tour after commencement for reasons of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of your insurance claim. We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including but not limited to missed meals or sightseeing. AAT Kings makes no representation or guarantee concerning reimbursements of funds paid by you under any insurance claim.

Accommodation

Run of house rooms are used at all hotels featured in this brochure unless otherwise specified. A twin room generally means a room with two single beds but some hotels may offer one double bed or include a bunk bed within the room. We cannot guarantee room configurations in advance. In triple share rooms the third bed may be a 'foldaway', 'sofa bed' or a 'roll away' which can sometimes reduce the amount of available space in a room. No child rate is available when booking a triple room; all guests will be charged the triple rate irrespective of age. Quad share rooms are not available and clients are required to book two rooms. Inter-connecting rooms are available on request and subject to availability. Generally hotel rooms will be available from 3pm and are to be vacated by 10am, irrespective of your arrival or departure time. Should you wish your room to be available prior to 3pm on your day of arrival or available after 10am the day you depart it may be possible to reserve the room for the cost of an additional night. In some instances on Aussie Adventure

Tours only shared bathroom facilities will be available. In Milford Sound we cannot guarantee private facilities on the overnight cruise. Occasionally, alternative land accommodation may be substituted.

Solo Travellers

If you are travelling solo on a First Choice or Best Buys Guided Holiday and do not wish to pay the single supplement, AAT Kings will ensure that you share a room with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender. If we fail to find a suitable match we will provide you with a single room at no extra cost. Please request at time of booking. Does not apply to Small Group Tours or Independent Touring.

Airfares

Airfares are not included in the price of your holiday. Where we have specified a particular date, time and flight number, these items could be subject to alteration at the time of booking, so please check with your travel agent. Please note that AAT Kings does not incur any liability for airfares purchased by travel agents or clients via the internet, in the unlikely event that a tour is cancelled. AAT Kings cannot be held responsible for airfare conditions. All such risk, loss and expense must be borne by the travel agent or client.

Luggage allowance

One medium size suitcase per person plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on board the coach. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead vehicle compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of the suitcase is not to exceed 23kgs. We are required by strict Government Vehicle Weight Regulations to enforce and adhere to this limit. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest that you have wheels on your suitcase as there are certain places where assistance is not available (eg. Railway stations and cruise terminals). Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airline(s) directly for the most current baggage regulations and related fees. AAT Kings is not responsible for additional fees imposed by carriers regarding luggage. All luggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Luggage insurance is strongly recommended.

Smoking and seat rotation

Government regulations prohibit smoking inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route. To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying front seats, clients change seats daily during the course of the tour.

Wifi

Complimentary Wifi service is available in many hotel guest rooms and/or the public areas of most hotels. Complimentary Wifi is also provided on-board most of our touring coaches. Wifi on coaches uses a mobile/cellular network and as a result the connection will be slower than regular broadband and at times may not be available in some areas. Please note that Wifi may not be available on transfer coaches and other local services.

Independent Touring

Please note companies other than AAT Kings operate some of the touring in this brochure.

Uluru – Kata Tjuta and Kakadu National Parks Entry Fees

The entry fee for Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park is $25 per adult & $12.50 per child and is valid for 3 consecutive days. When taking multiple Short Breaks or Day Tours over 3 consecutive days in Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park you only need to pay the fee once. The entry fee for Kakadu National Park is $40 per adult (Apr-Oct) & $25 per adult (Nov-Mar); $20 per child (Apr-Oct) & $12.50 per child (Nov-Mar) and is valid for 7 consecutive days. This is an additional compulsory Government charge and is subject to change without notice. Child age is 5-15 years. You must carry your entry ticket with you every time you enter the National Parks or you will be required to purchase another.

Complaints

ABTA Statement – AAT Kings Tours (UK) Ltd is a Member of ABTA with membership number V0584. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ. Telephone: 020 3117 0500 or www.abta.com ABTA's strict joining criteria for members, code of conduct, customer helpline and approved ADR scheme to resolve complaints are all there to give you confidence and peace of mind when booking your travel arrangements. If an issue arises or you need assistance, you should immediately inform the relevant supplier (for example the hotel) and your Travel Director or our local representative who will endeavour to assist you. Prompt action will assist the supplier of the services to rectify the situation and ensure enjoyment of your holiday. It is a legal requirement that you advise the supplier of any issues you may have whilst on tour. If you fail to give the supplier and/or AAT Kings the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint at the time, this may affect your rights under this contract if your complaint cannot be resolved locally or through our Australian head office (detailed below). You should make contact with the travel agent with whom you booked your holiday who will contact us to advise of the problem so that we may endeavour to resolve it. Should a problem remain unresolved, we request that a complaint be made in writing within 28 days of completion of your tour to: Guest Relations Department AAT Kings Tours (UK) Limited 15 Grosvenor Place London, SW1 X7HH It is unlikely that you will have a complaint that cannot be settle amicably between us. However disputes that arise out of, or in connection with, this contract which cannot be amicably settled may be referred to arbitration, if you so wish, under a special scheme arranged by the ABTA and administered independently. The scheme provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than $5,000 per person or a total of $25,000 per booking. Neither does it apply to claims solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of $1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. The application for arbitration and Statement of Claim must be received by ABTA within 18 months of the date of return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the Scheme may still be available if the company agrees, but the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you may wish to use the ABTA Mediation Procedure. This is a voluntary scheme and requires your tour operator to agreement for mediation to proceed. Details on request or from ABTA.com

Tour participation, exclusions and release

Children under five (5) years of age are ineligible to travel on Guided Tours. Children under fifteen (15) years of age are ineligible to travel on any AAT Kings Inspiring Journey. Children under eighteen (18) years of age must travel with and be accompanied by an adult. Clients with disabilities are welcome on AAT Kings tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all assistance required, and do not require special assistance form AAT Kings personnel. You must advise AAT Kings at the time of booking if you are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that may affect your enjoyment of the tour or its enjoyment by others. Failure to do so may result in the termination of your tour arrangements without any liability on the part of AAT Kings. AAT Kings reserves the right at its discretion to exclude from a tour or to terminate travel arrangements during the course of the tour without refund of anyone who: · is unable to cope with the requirements of coach tour travel or who may need or require services or facilities that are not available · fails to comply with the reasonable instructions of AAT Kings personnel · engages in illegal, unreasonable, or undesirable behaviour or interferes with the enjoyment of or jeopardises the safety of other tour participants Anyone so excluded will be required to disembark at a safe public location, transport from which will be wholly their responsibility. You agree that AAT Kings is released from all liability for, and you agree not to hold AAT Kings responsible for termination of your travel arrangements in accordance with the previous condition, or any decision made by AAT Kings or by any service

provider who refuses to provide you with special accommodation facilities or services that are not available or who refuses to carry you by reason of any disability or medical condition. You agree that our AAT Kings Travel Director or Representative may take photographs and film of you while you are on tour and that these may be used in our brochures and/or advertising or publicity material/collateral without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or film.

Our responsibilities

(a) We accept responsibility for ensuring that your tour arrangements, which you book with us, are supplied as described in our tour brochure/ travel documents. If any part of your tour arrangements are not provided as promised due to the fault of our employees, agents or suppliers we will pay you appropriate compensation subject to paragraph (b) below our liability in all cases shall be limited to a maximum of two times the cost of you tour/ travel arrangements. (b) We accept responsibility for death, injury or illness caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of our employees or agents, our suppliers and sub-contractors, whilst acting within the scope of, or in the course of their employment in the provision of your tour/travel arrangements. We will accordingly pay to you such damages as might have been awarded in such circumstances under English Law or the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland as chosen by you. (c) Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your tour package holiday provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with AAT Kings. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision or operation by the operator.

Alterations by AAT Kings to your tour arrangements

It is unlikely that we shall have to make any changes to your tour, as we do plan tour arrangements many months in advance. Occasionally changes may be made and we reserve the right to make them at any time as necessary. Most of these changes are of a minor nature and we shall advise you or your travel agent at the earliest possible date. If a major change is necessary, we will inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible, if the necessary time is available prior to the commencement of your tour. Some tours however, involve travel in 'outback' remote and/or regional areas and AAT Kings reserves the right to alter itineraries or accommodation as necessary due to weather, road and other operational conditions at the time each tour takes place. Please note surcharges and minimum night stays may apply, and itineraries may vary due to special events, New Year's Eve, Christmas, Easter and other local events and/or holidays. Subject to a minimum number of guests, AAT Kings reserves the right to operate any touring on a smaller vehicle with a Driver Guide. We reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your tour. As is normally the case with group tours, a minimum number of guests is required in order for a tour departure to be financially viable and for there to be a pleasant group atmosphere. In the event that adequate guest numbers cannot be achieved on any scheduled departure, it may be necessary for AAT Kings to cancel a scheduled departure. Except for reasons of 'force majeure' or failure on your part to pay the final balance of your owing on your tour, we shall not cancel your First Choice or Best Buys tour less than eight (8) weeks before the scheduled departure date. If we are unable to provide the tour booked, we will offer the nearest possible available tour (if it is more expensive you will have to pay the difference, but if it is cheaper we will process the appropriate refund) or if this is unacceptable, a full refund of monies paid for your tour. If there is the need, except for reasons of 'force majeure', for such a major change to your tour arrangements within eight (8) weeks of the tour departure date, we will offer you additional compensation where deemed appropriate. The compensation we offer would not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.

Force Majeure

Force majeure' is a legal term meaning unusual and unforeseen circumstances such as but not limited to war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, epidemic or pandemics, unavoidable technical problems with transport or similar events which are beyond our control. Clients should ensure that they have adequate insurance to cover changes caused by 'force majeure'.

Conditions of carriage

When you travel with a carrier, the conditions of carriage of that carrier apply, some of which may limit liability. This brochure is the responsibility of AAT Kings Tours. It is not issued on behalf of and does not commit any airline whose services are used in the course of the tour. The tours advertised in this brochure are operated by AAT Kings Tours Pty Ltd on behalf of AAT Kings International Ltd.

Airport transfers

Where indicated in this brochure, complimentary arrival and departure shuttle transfers are provided between designated airports and AAT Kings hotels on the scheduled start and end day/date of your tour only. Complimentary transfers are also included with pre/post tour accommodation booked through AAT Kings. All flight information must be provided to AAT Kings 45 days prior to your departure date, if this information is not received we are unable to guarantee the transfer/s. These complimentary transfers are dependent on flight arrival/departure times and in certain circumstances, such as early or late arrival/departure, a transfer will not be possible. There is no recompense if AAT Kings are unable to provide either an arrival or departure transfer.

Passports, visas, health requirements

All requirements should be checked in advance with the relevant Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or government body. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel due to you having not complied with these requirements. You should also take advice on your specific needs regarding vaccinations or health measures you should take due to any stopovers en route to Australia or New Zealand that you may take.

Travel advice

We recommend that you check the Foreign & Commonwealth (FCO) website at www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo, for information and advice on visiting other countries.

Insurance

It is recommended that you ensure that you have adequate insurance. Your travel agent will be able to assist you with this.

Brochure validity 01 April 2017 – 31 March 2018

This brochure supersedes all other issues. Although we cannot confirm bookings at the prices outside of the brochure validity period, we will accept advance registrations on payment of our standard deposit. Deposits on advance registrations are refundable if we are subsequently unable to confirm the tour at the provisional price quoted. AAT Kings Head Office AAT Kings Tours Pty Ltd (ABN) 97 079 722 464 82-86 Bourke Road, Alexandria, NSW, 2015, Australia

Data protection statement

Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect personal booking information held by us. This information will be provided to the principal and relevant suppliers of your tour arrangements. Full details of our data protection policy are available upon request

Important notice

Unfortunately it is inevitable that some of the prices or details published within this AAT Kings brochure may have changed since the brochure was printed. You will be informed of any changes to any of the relevant details when you book either with your travel agents or with AAT Kings. This is part of our ongoing commitment to quality guest service. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this brochure at the time of going to press; however AAT Kings cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances.

Photography

A selection of images in this brochure have been supplied by Australia's Coral Coast, SkyScans, South Australia Tourism Commission, Tourism Australia, Destination New South Wales, Tourism Northern Territory, Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Tasmania, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Tourism Western Australia, Visions of Victoria, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, Wildlands Cruises, Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Te Puia and Real Journeys.


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