Highlights of the South Pacific

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Ready to wash that monotony right out of your hair? Head to the South Pacific and send it on its way. Combining fun, sun, glee, and the sea, this tour of Australia and New Zealand introduces you to the special features and creatures of both fascinating countries. Starting in New Zealand, you’ll witness Waitomo’s Glowworm Caves and Rotorua’s boiling mud pools ...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Auckland : Orientation; excursion to Waiheke Island with winery visit and lunch
    • Waitomo: Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Matamata: Visit the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings trilogy
    • Rotorua: Visit Waimungu Volcanic Valley; enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner
    • Queenstown: Gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for dinner; visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound
    • Melbourne: Sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch
    • Mossman gorge : Dreamtime walk with indigenous guide
    • Port douglas : Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities
    • Cairns: Visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
    • Sydney: Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House; botanic gardens; and Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; farewell dinner at Waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

What's this trip about?

    Ready to wash that monotony right out of your hair? Head to the South Pacific and send it on its way. Combining fun, sun, glee, and the sea, this tour of Australia and New Zealand introduces you to the special features and creatures of both fascinating countries. Starting in New Zealand, you’ll witness Waitomo’s Glowworm Caves and Rotorua’s boiling mud pools before cruising through some of the coolest fiord scenery in the world in Queenstown’s Milford Sound. More uplifting sights await in the “Land Down Under” as you take a spin on Melbourne’s Star Observation Wheel, a dip in the kaleidoscope of coral-filled ocean at the Great Barrier Reef, and a ferry across Sydney Harbour to see the Opera House and other harmonious sights. While you’re sure to take plenty of pictures on this tour of the South Pacific, we’ll take one of you with a crocodile or koala for the ultimate souvenir.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
End CitySYDNEY

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Attractions

  • Auckland
  • Cairns
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Melbourne
  • Milford Sound
  • Queenstown
  • Rotorua
  • Sydney
  • Waitomo

Activities

  • Culture

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Kia Ora! Welcome to Auckland! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in order to attend the evening’s welcome meeting and dinner. Enjoy 360-degree views of Auckland below as you dine atop SkyCity at the Orbit Restaurant. (Dinner)

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Day 2: AUCKLAND. EXCURSION TO WAIHEKE ISLAND

New Zealand Treasures Enjoy an orientation tour of Auckland, including bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and the historic Parnell Village. Then, take a ferry to beautiful Waiheke Island, where we’ll visit an olive grove and a [LF] winery...

Day 3: AUCKLAND–WAITOMO–MATAMATA–ROTORUA

Home, Hobbits, Home Depart Auckland and travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as yo...

Day 4: ROTORUA

The Living Earth This morning visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. Next, visit Agrodome to experience New Zealand’s sheep industry. There’s time to watch a sheep shearing demon...

Day 5: ROTORUA–QUEENSTOWN

Adventure Awaits! Fly to Queenstown, the “Adventure capital of the World.” In addition to the non-stop action available in Queenstown, you’ll find top-notch restaurants and cafes, art galleries, shopping, spas, and wine tasting rooms. Dinner tonight is served with a ...

Day 6: QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

Fjords, Forests & Falls Today, travel into scenic Fiordland National Park. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was famously described by author, Rudyard Kipling...

Day 7: QUEENSTOWN

Vineyards & Views A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. (Breakfast)

ENHANCED FREE TIME EXPLORE MORE with an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages – or maybe take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. This ...

Day 8: QUEENSTOWN–MELBOURNE

Australia Bound This morning, board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne. Enjoy three nights in the city often referred to as Australia’s cultural capital. Melbourne is a blend of world-class restaurants, museums, shopping, and interesting hidden laneways. (Breakfast)

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Day 9: MELBOURNE

Sights & Heights Today’s sightseeing includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Drive past the lush Royal Botanical Gardens and then enjoy a [LF] guided tour of beautiful Fitzroy Gardens and a v...

Day 10: MELBOURNE

Cosmopolitan Cool Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. (Breakfast)

ENHANCED FREE TIME EXPLORE MORE in Melbourne with a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular ...

Day 11: MELBOURNE–CAIRNS

Koalas, Crocs, & Roos, Oh My! Today, fly to Cairns, the “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Upon arrival, a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure introduces you to Australia’s native species. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant. (Breakfast,Dinner)

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Day 12: CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

Under The Sea Prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of coral and sea creatures. Retu...

Day 13: CAIRNS

Sights & Bites Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore more of Cairns. (Breakfast)

ENHANCED FREE TIME EXPLORE MORE with a trip into the Daintree Forest, the world’s oldest living rainforest and to beautiful Cape Tribulation. Other activities include a ride...

Day 14: CAIRNS–SYDNEY

Aussie Adventures Today, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest and oldest city. Known for its beautiful harbor, superb beaches, and iconic Opera House; Sydney is a city that dazzles. From its convict history to modern skyscrapers, you’ll discover a city with hidden gems...

Day 15: SYDNEY

Spectacular Sydney Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interiors and theaters. Travel to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s Botanic Garden for a great photo opportuni...

Day 16: SYDNEY

Celebration in Sydney Enjoy a full day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a waterside restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour. (Breakfast,Dinner)

ENHANCED FREE TIME EXPLORE MORE in Sydney with an optional excursion to the Blue Mountains or t...

Day 17: SYDNEY

Until We Meet Again! Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. You may also choose to extend your time in Sydney and explore more on your own. Extra nights are available for purchase. (Breakfast)

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