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South Pacific Wonders

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
15 days
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Highlights

  • Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • A New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner!
  • Visit a local winery to taste some of their famous wines.
  • Come to know Australia’s people at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center.
  • Get up close and personal with cuddly koalas and native crocodiles at Hartley’s Croc Farm.
  • Take a guided tour of the fascinating Sydney Opera House.
  • Board a catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • See where the original colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney.

Short Description

From the tropical splendor of the Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the ethereal beauty of New Zealand's glacial fjords, enjoy the best of two amazing countries.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
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3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
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Itinerary

Day 1 Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site - the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.

Day 13 Queenstown - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.

Day 3 Cairns

Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. Here you’ll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and interpretation center’s artifact collection. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up-close with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue.

Day 4 Cairns - Sydney

This morning, create your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney.

Day 5 Sydney

Tour Sydney and discover where the original English colonists first settled in 1788. Other highlights include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Next, learn how raw opals are transformed into beautiful works of art at the National Opal Centre. This afternoon the choice is yours! Experience the area at your own pace with a 24 hour hop on hop off Sydney Harbour cruise pass. Hop off to explore places of interest or stay on and relax during a narrated cruise. Or choose to ascend the Sydney Tower Eye for incredible views and explore the renowned Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

Day 6 Sydney

Embrace the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, say farewell to Australia by chatting with new friends and taking in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Day 7 Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand

Fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as “the Garden City” is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Day 10 Queenstown - Arrowtown - Queenstown

Set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next, explore the Central Otago region where many of New Zealand’s best wines are grown and produced. During a stop at a local winery, visit their storage cave for a tasting of some of their famous wines.

Day 11 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

Day 12 Queenstown

A free day offers a variety of optional activities to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; partake in an optional, exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join the optional "Journey through Middle Earth" tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. This evening, take in the city of Queenstown from above. A breathtaking gondola ride takes you to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains.

Day 2 Great Barrier Reef

Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, an outer reef tour is also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life.

Day 8 Christchurch

This morning, visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for a guided tour focused on New Zealand’s wildlife and natural heritage. As you walk through the forest reserve, learn about conservation efforts dedicated to saving native species while viewing them in their natural habitat. Return to Christchurch with time for exploration. You may wish to visit the informative and interactive International Antarctic Centre to learn about the 7th continent, or simply relax and enjoy what the city has to offer.

Day 9 Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region - Queenstown

Traverse the spectacular countryside to Queenstown. Along the way, savor the chance to spot the highest peak in the Southern Alps, Mt. Cook, before stopping at a local fruit stand for an inside look at the produce of New Zealand. Arrive in Queenstown with time to explore before dinner this evening.

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The Harbour Bridge Climb Experience - $250

Sydney
For an up close and personal view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge like no other, climb the bridge! This popular adventure takes you some 440 feet (134 meters) above sea level offering unsurpassed views of the famous Opera House and Sydney’s breathtaking harbor. Prepare on the climb simulator before the ascent. Don a specially designed “Bridge Suit” over your personal clothing. A special harness keeps you constantly attached to a safety line during the climb and a radio and headset keep you in contact with your Climb Leader. A professionally trained Climb Leader accompanies each group providing guidance on the climb and insight about the Harbour Bridge and the unforgettable Sydney sights. The Sydney Bridge Climb is centrally located within walking distance of all downtown hotels. Taxis are available at your own expense. Duration approximately 3.5 hour(s). Transportation is not included A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is weather permitting and based upon availability. This option is only available to purchase while on tour through your Tour Manager. All passengers will be breath-tested prior to climbing; passengers who have consumed any alcohol will not be allowed to do the climb. Absolutely no refunds will be authorized.

Antarctica - the Seventh Continent! - $45

Christchurch
Did you know that New Zealand is one of the primary departure points for Antarctica? Well, this makes it the perfect place to learn about the 7th continent! Step inside and be transported to the “white continent!” The awesome and magical beauty of Antarctica is recreated with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of the “Great White South.” See the seasons change before your eyes. Feel the chill of winter and watch daylight return as the Antarctic summer approaches. They’ll outfit you to experience the Polar Room, where you’ll find real snow and ice. Explore the snow cave or brave the wind chill machine. Every half hour an Antarctic storm blows through the Polar Room, with lightning, authentic Antarctic storm audio and 25 mile per hour winds. The Aquarium features amazing creatures found in McMurdo Sound. Experience the internationally acclaimed 4-D experience that takes you on a simulated journey through the notoriously rough Drake Passage to the shores of Antarctica. Get up close and personal with the amazing little blue penguin. This is as close to the seventh continent as you can get without going! Duration approximately 2.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.



A Blaze of Glory on the Shotover River! - $115

Queenstown
Zoom through the sheer canyons of the Shotover River on this thrilling ride. Shotover Jet boats race along in mere centimeters of the glacial water which flows down from the Southern Alps, providing an exhilarating, but safe and enjoyable ride for all ages. You may get a little wet, but it is a unique and fun way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the South Island of New Zealand and absorb a little of the spirit that has made Queenstown a world center for adventure tourism. Many people think adventure is only for the young. Guests on these jet boats consistently illustrate otherwise – this adventure is perfect for the young at heart! Duration approximately 1.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Weather may be cold (boat has heated handlebars) and you may get wet during this option. Actual high speed boating time is 25 minutes.

Journey Through Middle Earth - $140

Queenstown
Embark on a 4WD adventure into the primeval, mystical landscapes where the powerful "Lord of the Rings" trilogy inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien was filmed. The vast panoramas of unspoiled wilderness and awesome grandeur of New Zealand’s South Island provided the ideal setting to bring these beloved adventures to life. Trek into the Remarkable Mountains and travel to the entrance of Skipper Canyon. As well as locations where scenes from the movies were filmed, this safari will introduce you to the gold mining heritage of the area – you can even try your hand at gold panning as you enjoy morning refreshments by the Arrow River. Duration approximately 4 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Option to cancel is available up until 24 hours before start date of tour. If you choose to cancel within 24 hours of the tour, you will still be liable for payment.

Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown - $300

Queenstown
Soar over the plunging cliffs, snowfields and alpine lakes of the pristine Southern Alps on a flightseeing plane that carries you back from Milford Sound to Queenstown. Seeing Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park from the air will give you a whole new perspective on the overwhelming beauty of this region. You’ll be captivated by 9,000 foot peaks and frozen lakes that can only be seen from above. Enjoy amazing views and skip the lengthy return coach ride to Queenstown. A truly spectacular trip! Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Availability for flightseeing is limited. This option is only available to purchase while on tour through your Tour Manager. This option operates on a weather permitting basis only. Duration: 40 minutes. This option does have a weight restriction, which your Tour Manager will advise as it varies by aircraft type.

Hot Air Ballooning Adventure - $180

Cairns
Float in a hot air balloon over blue gum and paperbark trees and experience the wide open spaces of the Atherton Tablelands in the beautiful early morning light. Watch in wonder as the balloons inflate and rise into the sky. Don’t forget your camera to capture dawn’s light on the lush rainforest and pastureland below you. Keep an eye out for the birds and wildlife that are so active in these dawn hours. Duration approximately 4.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Actual balloon flight time is 30 minutes. This option is only available to purchase while on tour through your Tour Manager. Time is seasonal. This option will begin approximately one hour before sunrise. This option requires riding in a basket which does not have an entrance. To enter, passengers will need to step up and over into the basket. This option operates on a weather permitting basis only.

Take a Steamship to Dinner - $120

Queenstown
Step back in time when you board the TSS Earnslaw, the beloved steamship that has been transporting goods and people on Lake Wakatipu since 1912. Nicknamed "The Lady of the Lake," she is the only coal-fired steamship still in operation in the southern hemisphere. Embark on a leisurely cruise across the pristine waters to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy the hospitality of the Colonel’s Homestead at an impressive buffet where you can indulge in the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, fresh vegetables and garden salads. You are sure to find the house dessert specialties hard to resist! An after-dinner visit to the farm provides an entertaining glimpse into farming life in the high country. Cruise back to Queenstown, relaxing or joining in the revelry of the lively sing-along. Duration approximately 4 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available from July through April as it is drydocked during the other months of the year. When the TSS Earnslaw is undergoing maintenance, the Cruise Lake Wakatipu to Dinner option will be made available to purchase.

Cruise Lake Wakatipu to Dinner - $100

Queenstown
All aboard! Board a Fiordlander and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Country Farm. Enjoy the hospitality of the Colonel’s Homestead at an impressive buffet where you can indulge in the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, fresh vegetables and garden salads. You are sure to find the house dessert specialties hard to resist! An after-dinner visit to the farm provides an entertaining glimpse into farming life in the high country. Cruise back to Queenstown, relaxing or joining in the revelry of the lively sing-along. Duration approximately 4 hour(s). Transportation is not included A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available from May 11 through July 2 while the TSS Earnslaw is undergoing yearly scheduled maintenance.

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