The Complete South Pacific

From the underwater glory of the Great Barrier Reef to the towering peak of Mt. Cook - this is the South Pacific. Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for a ride over the rainforest canopy. Toast Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset with champagne. 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 Center. Tour the famous Sydney Opera House. Marvel at Milford Sound. Overnight in Mt. Cook National Park under the shadow of New Zealand's tallest mountain. Spend 2 nights in Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland. Embrace Aboriginal and Maori traditions as you discover the intrinsic beauty of Australia and New Zealand.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2020
Duration
25 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1 and Day 2CairnsDepart from Home: Cross the International Dateline as you begin a comprehensive adventure through Australia and New Zealand.
Day 3CairnsCairns, Australia - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world's most spectacular natural attractions - the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). 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 4CairnsCairns: 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 5CairnsCairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns: Board a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Choose how you want to spend your day in paradise by making your time as educational or as laid back as you like. Perhaps you will relax and independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny island located on the outer reef. Maybe you are a bit more adventurous and choose to snorkel, revealing a wealth of vibrant sea life. Or you may opt to join an expert for a walk along the beach and heritage trail. You also have the opportunity to meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation.
Day 6CairnsCairns - Uluru (Ayers Rock): Fly 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.' Later, witness a stunning sunset over a glass of champagne as the Rock's hues change dramatically with the setting sun.
Day 7UluruUluru - Alice Springs: Hop over the 'Red Centre' on a short flight to Alice Springs. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture with a memorable bush dinner, set against the unique environment of the Outback desert.
Day 8Alice SpringsAlice Springs: Access the history and culture of the Aboriginal people during a "Dreamtime Tour.' A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life, even providing a taste of the native cuisine. Your glimpse into the culture continues with a tour of the area. Visit the School of the Air to find out more about how the Australian educational system serves students living in remote areas of the Outback. Learn how people once communicated in the remote Outback at the Old Telegraph Station, dating back to the 1800s.
Day 9Alice SpringsAlice Springs - Melbourne: Transfer to the Alice Springs airport for your flight to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne.
Day 10MelbourneMelbourne: Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens and bustling 'laneways' of Melbourne. There is time at leisure to explore the city independently. Later, arrive at Phillip Island to see koalas in their natural setting during a stop at a koala conservation center. Continue to the renowned nature reserve and home of 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 in the dunes. At the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the region.
Day 11MelbourneMelbourne - Hobart: A flight to Hobart, Tasmania brings you to Australia's second oldest city. The rugged and pristine beauty of Tasmania provides the backdrop to your 3-night stay.
Day 12HobartHobart: Visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Center and learn about this unique marsupial, its fight for survival, and the efforts in place to save it from extinction. Later, take a guided tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site, the best-preserved example of Australia's original penal colonies and home to stabilized ruins and restored buildings dating back to 1833. En route, witness the spectacular coastal rock formations known as Tasman Arch, Devil's Kitchen and the Blow Hole.
Day 13HobartHobart: Enjoy a free day to explore Tasmania's capital city. Indulge in the city's up-and-coming cafe culture, meander along the lively harbour, or just take some time to relax.
Day 14HobartHobart - Sydney: Return to mainland Australia today and arrive in the bustling city of Sydney. This evening, its Diner's Choice: choose from a variety of local restaurants along bustling Darling Harbour.
Day 15SydneySydney: See where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover one of the world's most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you're in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. In the evening, you may go on an optional excursion which includes dinner and a once-in-a-lifetime performance at the famous Sydney Opera House.*
Day 16SydneySydney: Enjoy a day at leisure. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney's magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Day 17SydneySydney - Queenstown, New Zealand: Fly to one of the world's best-kept secrets - New Zealand! Arrive in gorgeous Queenstown. Enjoy dinner overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains.
Day 18QueenstownQueenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown: En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through a beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound, you'll 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 19QueenstownQueenstown: A free day in Queenstown offers limitless diversions set amidst breathtaking Alpine scenery. Shop in the charming village center or enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River. Or, perhaps you will join an optional tour through the charming Queenstown countryside, which showcases the filming locations of many blockbuster movies.
Day 20QueenstownQueenstown - Arrowtown - Mt. Cook National Park: Set out for the beautiful turn-of-the-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next, follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in 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.
Day 21Mount CookMt. Cook National Park - Christchurch: Travel to the historic city of Christchurch, the 'Garden City'. Enjoy some free time to explore. Perhaps you'll stroll the city's magnificent 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.
Day 22ChristchurchChristchurch - Picton - Wellington: On your journey to Picton, admire the coastal views, scenic river valleys and vineyards. From there, sail across Cook Strait to experience what has been called 'the most beautiful ferry ride in the world.' Your final destination is Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.
Day 23WellingtonWellington: Come to know Wellington on a tour viewing the Beehive, New Zealand's Parliament; historic St. Paul's Church; and the Old Government Building - the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. Later you will have the opportunity to explore the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture.
Day 24WellingtonWellington - Rotorua: Drive to Rotorua with its dramatic geothermal landscape. Over one-third of its population boasts Maori roots making it known as the Maori capital of New Zealand.
Day 25RotoruaRotorua: Discover Te Puia - New Zealand's premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. Witness how the Maori keep their culture alive by teaching the tribal youth traditional carving and weaving. Enjoy the chance to see the Kiwi bird and learn about the preservation efforts to remove this iconic creature from the endangered species list. At the Agrodome, see a sheep shearing demonstration and learn about the importance of agriculture to the nation. Meet the skilled carvers who work with pounamu, New Zealand greenstone, at a jade factory.
Day 26RotoruaRotorua - Auckland: Travel through the majestic countryside of the North Island, arriving in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, "The City of Sails." A panoramic city tour features the America's Cup Village, the War Memorial, vibrant Queen Street, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and spectacular views from the harbourside. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a fabulous trip!
Day 27AucklandAuckland - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close in Auckland.
Dates/Pricing

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Lodging
Melbourne Hotel Melbourne, Australia
Heritage Queenstown Hotel Queenstown, New Zealand
The Hermitage Mount Cook, New Zealand
Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs Alice Springs, Australia
Rydges Auckland Auckland, New Zealand
Desert Gardens Ayers Rock, Australia
Novotel Wellington Wellington, New Zealand
Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Christchurch, New Zealand
Hadley's Orient Hotel Hobart, Australia
Millennium Hotel Rotorua Rotorua, New Zealand
Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel Cairns, Australia
West Hotel Sydney Sydney, Australia
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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  • The Complete South Pacific

    From the underwater glory of the Great Barrier Reef to the towering peak of Mt. Cook - this is the South Pacific. Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for a ride over the rainforest canopy. Toast Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset with champagne.

 
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