Tour overview

Image_001 The Complete South Pacific

Your Tour at a Glance

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 three 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 two nights in Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland. Embrace Aboriginal and Maori traditions as you discover the intrinsic beauty of Australia and New Zealand.

DATES & PRICES
Dates Per Person Single Internal Air From

Jan 10, 2021 – Feb 5, 2021

$7,199

$9,699

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Jan 31, 2021 – Feb 26, 2021

 

$7,499

$9,699

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Feb 07, 2021 – Mar 5, 2020

$7,499

$9,699

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Feb 21, 2021 – Mar 19, 2021

$7,499

$9,999

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Feb 28, 2021 – Mar 26, 2021

$7,499

$9,999

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Mar 14, 2021 – April 9, 2021

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$7,499

$9,699

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April 18, 2021 – May 14, 2021

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$6,699

$9,499

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Sept 19, 2021 – Oct 15, 2021

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$6,999

$8,999

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Oct 3, 2021 – Oct 19, 2021

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$6,999

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Oct 24, 2021 – Nov 19, 2021

$6,999

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Oct 31, 2021 – Nov 26, 2021

$6,999

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Dec 26, 2021 – Jan 21, 2022

$6,999

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Jan 9, 2022 – Feb 4, 2022

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$6,999

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Jan 16, 2022 – Feb 11, 2022

$6,999

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Jan 30, 2022 – Feb 25, 2022

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Feb 13, 2022 – Mar 11, 2022

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Meals
36 Meals
24 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
10 Dinners
Tour Activity Level

Make More Of Your Tour:

Add more time to your trip with these options.  1-2 Nights Pre OR Post Night

Pre in Cairns/Post in Auckland

 

Included

  • Learn about the endangered Tasmanian Devil and the conservation efforts at its survival
  • See Koalas in their natural setting
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Savor a memorable bush dinner in the Australian Outback
  • Join a local Kiwi family for a home hosted dinner

Not Included

  • Visa
  • Travel Protection
  • International and internal airfare
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Roundtrip Hotel/Airport Transfers
  • Gratuities (Tour Manager/Driver/Hotel)
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Full Itinerary

Pre Night
Pullman International Cairns
Would you like to begin your vacation with an additional Hotel in Cairns?

Days 1 - 2
Depart from Home
Cross the International Dateline as you begin a comprehensive adventure through Australia and New Zealand.

Day 3
Dinner High 82° Low 65° 1" Pullman International Cairns
Cairns, 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 4
Breakfast High 82° Low 65° 1" Pullman International Cairns
Cairns
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 5
Breakfast & Lunch High 82° Low 65° 1" Pullman International Cairns
Cairns - 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 6
Breakfast High 77° Low 48° Desert Gardens
Cairns - 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 7
Breakfast & Dinner High 81° Low 53° Doubletree By Hilton Alice Springs
Uluru - 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 8
Breakfast High 81° Low 53° Doubletree By Hilton Alice Springs
Alice 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 9
Breakfast High 61° Low 44° 1" Crown Promenade Melbourne
Alice Springs - Melbourne
Transfer to the Alice Springs airport for your flight to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne.

Day 10
Breakfast High 61° Low 44° 1" Crown Promenade Melbourne
Melbourne
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 11
Breakfast & Dinner High 59° Low 42° 1" Hadley's Orient Hotel
Melbourne - 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 12
Breakfast High 59° Low 42° 1" Hadley's Orient Hotel
Hobart
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 13
Breakfast High 59° Low 42° 1" Hadley's Orient Hotel
Hobart
Enjoy a free day to explore Tasmania’s capital city. Indulge in the city’s up-and-coming café culture, meander along the lively harbour, or just take some time to relax.

Day 14
Breakfast & Dinner High 68° Low 50° 2" Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Hobart - 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 15
Breakfast High 68° Low 50° 2" Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Sydney
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 16
Breakfast High 68° Low 50° 2" Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Sydney
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 17
Breakfast & Dinner High 56° Low 37° 2" Heritage Queenstown Hotel
Sydney - Queenstown, New Zealand
Fly to one of the world’s best-kept secrets – New Zealand! Arrive in gorgeous Queenstown. Tonight gather for dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 18
Breakfast & Lunch High 56° Low 37° 2" Heritage Queenstown Hotel
Queenstown - 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 19
Breakfast High 60° Low 41° 3" Heritage Queenstown Hotel
Queenstown
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 20
Breakfast & Dinner High 57° Low 45° 8" The Hermitage
Queenstown - 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 21
Breakfast & Dinner High 61° Low 44° 2" Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square
Mt. 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 22
Breakfast & Dinner High 57° Low 49° 4" Novotel Wellington
Christchurch - 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 23
Breakfast High 57° Low 49° 4" Novotel Wellington
Wellington
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 24
Breakfast & Dinner High 63° Low 43° 5" Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Wellington - 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 25
Breakfast High 63° Low 43° 5" Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Rotorua
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 26
Breakfast & Dinner High 62° Low 52° 3" Rydges Auckland
Rotorua - 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 27
Breakfast
Auckland - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close in Auckland.

Post Night
Rydges Auckland
A refreshing haven from the bustle of downtown Auckland, Rydges Auckland has the heart of the city at its front door. With smiling, attentive staff who put your needs first throughout your stay, you are sure to enjoy a unique and refreshing hotel experience. The newly revitalised rooms at Rydges Auckland are designed to exude warmth and comfort. More than a just hotel, Rydges Auckland is a welcoming hub for your time in Auckland.

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