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Top Trip Memories

  • Touring Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, each urbanely beautiful but in different ways.
  • Sailing through French Polynesia -- Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, the Marquesas -- on a small ship.
  • Hiking the Milford or Routeburn tracks in New Zealand, followed by a cruise on scenic Milford Sound.
  • Riding a raft made of logs and palm leaves down a river, then hiking to a remote cave in Fiji to view the last bastion of cannibalism there in the 1860s.
  • Encountering long rows of giant stone money on the island of Yap in Micronesia, so heavy that no one bothers to move the “coins” when they change hands.
  • Marveling at the moai -- lines of huge statues -- on Easter Island, and visiting the quarry where they were fashioned before being transported for miles by still unknown means.
  • Viewing Uhuru (Ayres Rock), sacred to native Australians in the center of the Outback, as it glows red at sunset.
  • Exploring the lesser-known wildernesses of Australia’s Tasmania or New Zealand’s Stewart Island.
  • Experiencing the exotic on Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, or the Solomon Islands.
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Tour Tips

  • Australia and the Pacific is a huge region; each major island grouping deserves its own trip.
  • Though often combined, Australia and New Zealand  can each easily fill a tour of two weeks or more, so consider doing them separately.
  • Try to allow at least two or three weeks for a tour of the region if you are coming from the Americas or Europe, due to the long flights involved.
  • If you love scuba diving, try the islands of Yap and Palau in Micronesia, both for coral reefs and World War II undersea airplane wrecks.
  • Check with your tour operator to see if snorkeling equipment is included; pack your own if you’re difficult to fit.
  • Allow plenty of time to get your Australia visa  and check with your tour operator on visa requirements for other countries on your itinerary.
  • Keep in mind that it’s winter “Down Under” when it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and yes, it does snow on New Zealand’s South Island and southern Australia at that time.
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Australia & the Pacific Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.8 out of 5

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367 Reviews

  • Excellent 281
  • Great 85
  • Average 1
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 0

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.8
  • Guide
    4.8
  • Activities
    4.8
  • Lodging
    4.8
  • Transportation
    4.8
  • Meals
    4.8

Tour Reviews

The tour was amazing and we had such an incredible Tour guide.

Best of New Zealand

5.0
December 2016
G Adventures
Recommend: No
This was the best time of my live. We had an awesome time and i'm looking forward to my next G-trip. Our Tour guide did everything to make our tour perfect. We had so much fun with him and not a single problem. With him we truly lived the dream!

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Trekking in New Zealand

5.0
August 2016
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Excellent trip with varied iteniary with amazing landscapes
lots...trek in Tongariro national park, Milford Sounds, Mt Cook trek, Helicopter and jet boat rides , etc

Both island leaders were good. But Justine in south Island was exceptional . As an Ex Ranger who had also trekked extensively in his young age , he was full of knowledge as well as being very practical.

JUST DO IT as they say in the advert ! Dont take excess clothes as opportunity to dress smart for evenings is limited since itenary is packed so most of us just wore our clean trekking gear.
Also will need larger backpack for the couple of camping days because will need to carry spare clothes,sleeping bag and tent, and some food for cooking.

A long way away for us Brits but well worth it.

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trekking new zealand

Trekking in New Zealand

5.0
August 2016
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
A very well put-together trip with a variety of really interesting experiences
Seeing "Mount Doom" appear out of its cloud cap on the Tongariro crossing - on cue, during a snack break - and disappearing again the moment my wife had got her camera ready!
Helicopter trip into Siberia valley....

Linda (north island) - lovely Lady - felt very safe in her capable hands
Justin (South island) - a tireless bundle of energy, very knowledgeable and a great organiser.

Expect to go up to waist deep on the river crossings after any rain!

Thoroughly recommend this holiday,but if we were to travel to NZ again, we would break the journey with an overnight stop (or two) en route -maybe in Dubai.

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TREKKING IN NEW ZEALAND

Trekking in New Zealand

5.0
August 2016
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
A great way to see and do a LOT!
What to choose! Camping on the beach at Abel Tasman was beautiful, big sky, stunning sunset and dawn. The Red quarry on the Tongariro crossing was the most amazing sight, the colours in the rocks unlike anything I've ever seen, then there was Lake Crucible, the refelction of the glacier so clear and sharp. I guess if I had to choose one, the sky dive over Queenstown was the most spectacular experience, we were blessed with a clear, bright day, making the views quite magical.

Both guides were brilliant, Graham on North Island and Chris on South. They both delivered beyond the expectations and were extremely knowlegable and passionate about their country. Changing the itinerary at short notice due to adverse weather was much appreciated and made for a very enjoyable final day. Chris's Dad, supplier of delicious birthday cakes, much appreciated too.

This is a very full on trip, you need to be quite organised packing and unpacking every  night. It is absolutely worth the long flight and a fantasitc way to see a lot of New Zealand and I would do advise doing all the activities and options on offer, it's that kind of place!

Hiking New Zealand were fab hosts and could not have done more to ensure the best possible experience.

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TREKKING IN NEW ZEALAND

Trekking in New Zealand

5.0
August 2016
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
A well-organised, varied and very enjoyable trip with great leaders and nice group members which did what it said on the tin.  A good mix of travel and walking and other outdoor activities - a perfect first taste of NZ.
Difficult to say - the immediate immersion into the relaxed NZ vibe after the stresses of the UK pre-Christmas rush, the amazing volcanic landscapes round Rotorua, fabulous lake-side accommodation at Lake Taupo, the bizarre lunar landscape on the Tongariro crossing, the remote windswept beaches of the west coast of South Island, the lush greenery and deep inlets of Fjordland, the majesty of (unfortunately mist-shrouded) Mount Cook - the list goes on.   

Graham and Chris (respective group leaders for North and South Island parts of the trip) were both very capable and efficient as well as being friendly, impeturbable and very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and history of NZ.  They worked really hard to ensure we had the best holiday possible and to facilitate group members contributing as well ot the experience. I really don't think they could have done any more than they did and indeed they exceeded our expectations e.g. Chris invited us to his house for a buffet lunch on Christmas Day.  

If you want to get a general overview of New Zealand in as short a time as realistically possible, with a bit of walking and other outdoor activities throughout, I can highly recommend this trip.

I understand that Exodus is thinking about changing the local agent, Trek New Zealand.  From my experience Trek New Zealand provide a really excellent service which leads to satisfied clients who will therefore be more inclined to go on other Exodus trips.  So changing the local agent could prove to be a false economy.      

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Australia & the Pacific Trips & Tour Advice

All the way from Australia east to Easter Island, which lies off the west coast of South America, the Pacific islands possess a mystique like few others in the world. Tahiti, Bora Bora and other Pacific paradises are almost synonymous with “escape.”  The painter Paul Gauguin, who spent years in French Polynesia and is buried in the Marquesas islands, certainly thought so, as did the writers Herman Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, among others.

Australia and New Zealand

Australia, the island continent, and its neighbor, New Zealand, are on a good many bucket lists, and deservedly so.

Australia is amazingly diverse -- from its well-populated east and southeastern coasts, with world-class cities like Sydney and Melbourne beckoning, to its arid outback (which constitutes much of the country), from its northeastern rainforests to its southeastern mountains, from its trendy vineyards to its frontier-style cattle ranches, from its icons (urban and rural) like the Sydney Opera House and Uluru (also known as Ayres Rock), to its often-overlooked far-western and far northern cities like Perth and Darwin.

And of course there is its wildlife -- bounding kangaroos, shy koalas, and the impossible-to-make-up duck-billed platypus, which scientists once thought must be a hoax -- as well as its colorful history as a repository for English criminals, from whom many modern-day Australians are descended. Native aborigines, much in evidence in some parts of the country, add further to the Australians’ reputation as a yet-untamed, fiercely independent people.

Much of New Zealand is flat-out gorgeous,.with tropical beaches in the north and glacier-cut valleys in the south, mountain ranges and rainforest, fjords and caves lit by glow worms. The South and North islands are like two different worlds, and little Stewart Island to the far south adds a third. This is a place for nature lovers, for hikers who want to conquer some of the world’s most famous trekking trails (called “tracks”), and anyone who wants to enjoy the type of dramatic scenery filmed in The Lord of the Rings series.

Micronesia and Melanesia

The stars of Micronesia in the far west Pacific are the islands of Palau and Yap. Palau is known for its Rock Islands, hundreds of little forested islands with beautiful beaches and some of the world’s best diving spots. Little Yap to the north is equally prized for its diving spots among World War II wrecks. Palau is where men from Yap once quarried the stone used in their unique stone money; the more men who died in the treacherous canoe trips back to Yap, the more value the heavy rounded stones became.

Fiji, the centerpiece of Melanesia, is a lush island where beach resorts exist side by side with plenty of opportunities for adventurous hikes, canoe rides, waterfall swims, snorkeling, diving, and small-ship trips to some of the hundreds of out islands. About half the population is East Indian, having come here in the 19th century to work the fields.

Polynesia

Polynesians have populated much of the south and eastern Pacific over the centuries, ofren setting off in rafts and navigating by the stars to discover new islands, ranging from Tahiti to Easter Island and north to Hawaii. French Polynesia is the land of Bali Hai and bungalow resorts built on poles over the warm turquoise waters of Bora Bora and Moorea. Tahiti remains beautiful, if heavily populated in the Papete area.

The best way to explore the islands -- and those of the remote Marquesas, also part of French Polynesia -- is by small ship. Both luxury ships and semi-cargo vessels ply these waters.

Easter Island is the farthest east, and its prime attraction are the moia -- the huge, multi-ton stone statues of ancestors that were somehow transported from the central quarry to outlying areas around the island. Some tours of Chile, to which Easter Island belongs, include a stop here, several hundred miles out into the Pacific. It’s one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences.

Related Guides

Countries:

Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea

Attractions:

Fiji Island; Great Barrier Reef, Australia; Uluru Ayers Rock, Australia; Sydney Opera House, Australia; Tahiti and Many More

Top Activities:   

Scuba diving & Snorkeling, Wildlife viewing,  Nature Viewing & Relaxing Retreat

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