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From the underwater splendour of the Great Barrier Reef to the towering peak of Mt. Cook – this is the South Pacific. Visit Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Spend 3 nights on the island of Tasmania and see the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Centre. Toast Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset with champagne. Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for a ride over the rainforest canopy. Tour the famous Sydney Opera House. Spend 2 nights in Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland. Overnight in Mt. Cook National Park under the shadow of New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Marvel at Milford Sound. Discover the intrinsic beauty of Australia and New Zealand.

Inclusions:
  • 24 night guided vacation
  • 24 nights accommodation in hand picked hotels
  • 37 Meals – 24 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • Domestic flights
  • Services of a qualified Travel Director, Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers

Must See & Do Inclusions

  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef from a glass bottom catamaran and choose from a collection of included activities
  • Tour the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta at the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • At sunset, enjoy a champagne toast while gazing at Uluru
  • Witness the little penguins on the beach of Phillips Island
  • Embark on an early morning walk in Hobart OR take an afternoon walking tour
  • Taste world-class wines during a private tour of Chateau Tanunda Winery
  • Join a local Kiwi family for a home hosted dinner
  • Learn about the endangered Tasmanian Devil
  • Visit a Koala Conservation center
Jan 7 – Apr 15, 2023 from $12069 tax included
Sep 16, 2023 from $11479 tax included
Oct 7, Nov 14, 2023 from $11879 tax included
Jan 6 – Apr 13, 2024 from $12169 tax included
Single Supplement Add $3000
Add 3 nights Fiji Extension from $820 more

Airfare additional, but can be added once available!
Plus add air & roundtrip airport transfers and sedan service to and from hometown airport is included (restrictions apply)

 

 

Pre Night: Optional to Add
Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
Would you like to begin your vacation with an additional Hotel in Melbourne?
Let us know and we can add that into your package

Day 1-2: Overnight Flight
Cross the International Dateline as you begin a comprehensive adventure through Australia and New Zealand.

Day 3: Melbourne, Australia – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Melbourne. Set upon the shores of Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, the city exudes a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Hotel: Citadines on Bourke Melbourne or similar (2 nights)

Day 4: Melbourne (B)
Set out on a panoramic city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens and Melbourne’s bustling “laneways.” After, enjoy time to explore this lively city on your own before heading to Phillip Island, where you’ll visit koalas in their natural setting at a conservation center. Continue to the nature reserve that houses the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows. Learn more about these inquisitive birds at the interpretation center.

Day 5: Melbourne – Hobart (B/D)
A flight to Hobart, Tasmania brings you to Australia’s second oldest city. An island state of Australia, Tasmania is surrounded by more than 300 scattered isles. Its rugged and pristine beauty provides the backdrop for your 3-night stay.
Hotel: Hadley’s Orient Hotel or similar (3 nights)

Day 6: Hobart (B)
Today, it’s your choice! Embark on an early morning walking tour of the city -OR- take the morning to relax and enjoy a walking tour in the afternoon. No matter how you start your day, visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Center and learn about this unique marsupial, its fight for survival, and the plan to save it from extinction. Tour the Port Arthur Historic Site, the best-preserved example of Australia’s original penal colonies. En route, witness the coastal rock formations of Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen, and the Blow Hole.

Day 7: Hobart (B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Tasmania’s capital city on your own. Perhaps you’ll indulge in the city’s up-and-coming café culture, meander along the lively harbor, or just take some time to relax.

Day 8: Hobart – Adelaide (B)
Fly to Adelaide, South Australia’s bustling cosmopolitan capital. Settle into your home for the next 2 nights.
Hotel: Pullman Adelaide or similar (2 nights)

Day 9: Adelaide – Barossa Valley – Adelaide (B/D)
Renowned among connoisseurs, Barossa Valley’s award-winning winemakers attract visitors from around the world. Start your day at the Chateau Tanunda Winery for a private tour and tasting of their world-class wines.

Day 10: Adelaide – Uluru (Ayers Rock) (B)
This morning, make your way to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback. Tour the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta and the beautiful area surrounding the base of “The Rock.” As the day draws to a close, sip a glass of champagne as Uluru’s hues change dramatically with the setting sun.
Hotel: Desert Garden or similar

Day 11: Uluru – Cairns (B)
Fly to Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). Before your departure, perhaps you will choose to partake in an optional excursion where you will enjoy a camel ride, taking in the magnificent Uluru at sunrise.
Hotel: Pullman International Cairns or similar (3 nights)

Day 12: Cairns (B/D)
Rise high on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride over the rainforest canopy. Embrace the opportunity to explore the forest floor up close with access to specially designed boardwalks. Your evening is at leisure to enjoy your tropical surroundings.

Day 13: Cairns – Great Barrier Reef – Cairns (B/D)
Board a glass-bottom catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to discover the aquatic realm of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day however you please, perhaps choosing from a selection of included activities. Maybe you’ll soak up the sun on a tiny remote island,* located along the outer reef, or consider snorkeling in the rolling waves, uncovering a pod of vibrant sea life. You can also meet with a marine biologist, or join an expert on a heritage trail walk along the island.

Day 14: Cairns – Sydney (B/D)
Fly to the dynamic city of Sydney. This evening, personalize your culinary experience with Diner’s Choice – choosing from a variety of local restaurants for an included dinner along bustling Darling Harbour.
Hotel: The Tank Stream or similar (3 nights)

Day 15: Sydney (B)
See where English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney, featuring Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Take an expert-led tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. You’ll have the chance to join a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. In the evening, consider an optional dinner and engaging performance at the famous Sydney Opera House.

Day 16: Sydney (B)
Enjoy a day at leisure. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbor showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. As the most populous city in Australia, Sydney is full of endless ways to spend your day.

Day 17: Sydney  – Auckland, New Zealand (B/D)
Fly to New Zealand and arrive in Auckland, the “City of Sails”. A city tour features the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, vibrant Queen Street, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and spectacular views from the harborside.
Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland or similar

Day 18: Auckland – Rotorua (B/D)
Head to Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscape. Find culture behind every corner – over one-third of Rotura’s population boasts Maori roots, making it known as the Maori capital of New Zealand.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar (2 nights)

Day 19: Rotorua  (B)
Discover Te Puia – New Zealand’s premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. Witness how the Maori keep their culture alive by teaching traditional carving and weaving. At the Agrodome, see a sheep-shearing demonstration and learn about the importance of agriculture to the nation.

Day 20: Rotorua – Wellington (B/D)
Make your way to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city and the world’s southernmost capital city. Built on the foreshore of a harbor and ringed by mountains, this gives the city the nickname “Windy Wellington.”
Hotel: Novotel Wellington or similar (2 nights)

Day 21: Wellington (B)
Come to know Wellington on a tour including the Beehive, New Zealand’s Parliament, historic St. Paul’s Church, and the Old Government Building – the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. Explore the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture.

Day 22: Welling ton – Picton – Christchurch (B/D)
Today, experience what has been called “the most beautiful ferry ride in the world” as you sail across the Cook Strait on your way to the historic city of Christchurch, the “Garden City.” Enjoy some free time to explore. Perhaps you’ll stroll through the city’s gardens or learn about its more recent history at the Quake City exhibition. This evening, join a local Kiwi family for a home-hosted dinner.
Hotel: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square or similar

Day 23: Christchurch – Mt. Cook National Park (B)
Experience New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Revel in the Alpine paradise of Mt. Cook – a larger-than-life experience. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting), or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.
Hotel: The Hermitage or similar

Day 24: Mt. Cook National Park – Queenstown (B)
Make your way to Queenstown, nicknamed the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Nestled on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is surrounded by stunning natural beauty.
Hotel: Heritage Queenstown Hotel or similar (3 nights)

Day 25: Queenstown (B/L)
Enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through a beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. Cruise the breathtaking Milford Sound and see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Following your cruise, consider returning to Queenstown via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

Day 26: Queenstown  (B/D)
A free day in Queenstown offers limitless activities set amidst breathtaking Alpine scenery. Today, you have the opportunity to partake in a tour through the charming Queenstown countryside, showcasing the filming locations of many blockbuster movies. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and toast to a fabulous trip.

Day 27: Queenstown – Tour Ends (B)
Your tour comes to a close in Queenstown.

Post Night: Optional to Add
Stamford Plaza Auckland
Would you like to end your vacation with an additional night in Queenstown? Or experienced travelers will tell you, “don’t pass up once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.” You’ve come so far; now complete your tour with an incredible 3 night Fiji Extension. Escape into a tropical paradise. Relax with a fresh fruit drink, read a book, go for a swim —you won’t regret adding three nights on this stunning archipelago.

Let us know and we can help you complete your South Pacific Tour however you like.

Outer Reef Experience – $206 pp

Cairns

Duration: 9 Hours

Your transportation is included

Jump in and explore the vibrant, colorful world teeming with life at the Agincourt Reef at the very edge of the Continental Shelf of the Great Barrier Reef. This massive reef system, the largest in the world, can actually be seen from space. Cruise across the water by catamaran to the Quicksilver pontoon where a diverse, bountiful ecosystem is yours to discover. You may enjoy the fish feeding from the unique underwater platform. You’re sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring one of the seven natural wonders of the world.


A Camel Ride, the Rock and a Sunrise – $179 pp

Yulara

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Your transportation is included

Experience the majesty of sunrise on Ayers Rock from a unique vantage point – the back of a camel! A peaceful one-hour camel ride brings you across the red sand dunes in the cool, clear morning air. Watch the sunrise over Ayers Rock bring the warm hues of the monolith alive. Learn about the flora and fauna of this UNESCO World Heritage site from your friendly cameleer. After the ride, enjoy fresh-baked damper bread and hot, fresh tea and coffee.

During winter months this option may not be available due to timing of sunrise. Due to the nature of this option, we require advance notice for any guest weighing 100kg/220lbs or more. Please enquire at time of booking.

Vendor requires advance notice of any passenger over 100 kg/220 lbs.


Dinner and Performance at the Sydney Opera House – $384 pp

Sydney

Duration: 4 Hours

Your transportation is included

Enjoy a world-class experience featuring a 3-course dinner at a waterfront restaurant with views of Sydney Harbour. Following dinner, take in a dazzling performance at the famous Sydney Opera House – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most distinctive buildings built in the 20th century.

Must be pre-booked at least 45 days prior departure. This optional is non-refundable at 30 days prior to service date. Performance will be a Symphony, Opera or Ballet, but specific show will not be available until closer to departure date.

To get to the seating of the theaters in the Sydney Opera House, passengers may experience flights of stairs or narrow seats. If there are any passengers that have mobility issues or need special seating, they need to be brought up in advance. It is the client’s responsibility to notify Collette prior to the purchase of this option. Collette will notify the Sydney Opera House and make proper arrangements and seating for the passenger.


Bruny Island Gourmet Adventure – $206 pp

Hobart

Duration: 10 Hours

Your transportation is included

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce of Bruny Island. On this journey, you’ll enjoy “seven courses” around the island, going from delicious stop to delicious stop, all led by a local guide. Visit the Bruny Island Cheese Co. for handcrafted cheese and locally brewed ales, and meet the artisans who make it. Taste fresh oysters straight from the shell at Get Shucked Oysters. Stop at Bruny Island Cruises Café for tea at a beachfront café while you’re regaled with tales of early island explorers and whalers. Taste wines from Australia’s southern-most vineyard at Bruny Island Premium Wines, and satisfy your sweet tooth at the Bruny Island Chocolate Company and Bruny Island Honey. Sample a Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky and Gin at the Bruny Island House of Whisky. Along your tour, you’ll be immersed in the scenery of the island, with deserted beaches and verdant rainforest home to the incredibly rare white wallaby.

This tour starts at 7:45 AM and ends at 5:30 PM.


Gold Seeker – Metal and Movie Discovery Tour – $206 pp

Queenstown

Duration: 4 Hours

Your transportation is included

Embark on a 4WD adventure through the primeval, mystical landscapes of the New Zealand high country. In the vastness of an unspoiled wilderness, become lost in the grandeur of New Zealand’s South Island – a world immortalized on film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Trek to the place where the word “otherworldly” was tailor-made, the Remarkable Mountains, and the entrance to Skipper Canyon. Across roads created by pioneers 150 years ago, follow the miner’s old wagon trail along the Arrow River, and stop to try your hand at panning gold. Discover something incredible around every dramatic turn, narrow and twist of this thrilling safari tour.

If you choose to cancel this option within 48 hours of the excursion date, payment is non-refundable.

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