Highlights of the South Pacific

  • 20 Days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Steady pace

Cruise into one of the world’s most spectacular fjords, glide through limestone caves and snorkel alongside rare marine turtles at the Great Barrier Reef on this full-packed adventure through Australia and New Zealand.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

  • Day 18

  • Day 19

  • Day 20

of 20 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 10th April 2018

Meals included: 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Overview

Cruise into one of the world’s most spectacular fjords, glide through limestone caves and snorkel alongside rare marine turtles at the Great Barrier Reef on this full-packed adventure through Australia and New Zealand.

At a glance

  • Waiheke Island Enjoy wine-tasting and lunch at a winery.
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves Take a boat through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern.
  • Rotorua Tuck into a traditional Hangi dinner while watching a Maori cultural performance.
  • Milford Sound Cruise into Fiordland National Park and witness its world-famous fjords.
  • Dreamtime Walk Explore the lush rainforest at Mossman Gorge with a member of the indigenous community.
  • Great Barrier Reef Board a catamaran to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
  • Sydney Explore the highlights of one of Australia's largest cities with an experienced guide.

Extensions

  • 3 nights beach stay in Fiji

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

In flight

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Arrive in Auckland

On arrival transfer to your hotel. Meet your fellow travellers for a welcome meeting this evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Auckland - Waiheke Island - Auckland

This morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See 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 a winery for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of Auckland.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Auckland – Waitomo – Matamata – Rotorua

This morning, 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 you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Next, stop at a picturesque farm near Matamata that was transformed into the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. During your visit, see the hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, and other structures built for the movies. Continue on to Rotorua for a 2-night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Waimungu Volcanic Valley

This morning, travel to the nearby Waimungu Volcanic Valley . Waimangu in the Maori language means “black water,” and the area was once the location of the most powerful geyser in the world. The valley is now home to wonderful plant and bird life, thermal hot springs, steaming cliffs, and volcanic craters. Return to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hangi Dinner, followed by an authentic Maori Cultural Performance.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Rotorua – Queenstown

Fly to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Tonight, take a scenic Gondola Ride to the top of Bob’s Peak. Take in the spectacular mountain views and the lights of Queenstown below as you dine in the Skyline Restaurant.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Milford Sound

Today, travel into Fiordland National Park through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise on the fjord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. Overnight in Queenstown.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Queenstown

Full day at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Queenstown – Melbourne, Australia

This morning, board your flight to Melbourne. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Melbourne

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll soon discover the different architectural influences of this city as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Next, enjoy a unique lunch experience on board the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Melbourne

Full day at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Melbourne – Cairns – Mossman Gorge – Port Douglas

Today, fly to Cairns, the “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” At Mossman Gorge, home to lush tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains, and colorful flora and fauna experience a dreamtime walk with a member of the local indigenous community. Hear stories and legends from a long time ago while your guide demonstrates traditional plant uses. At the end of the tour, enjoy traditional bush tea and damper. Continue to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea, for a three night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Great Barrier Reef

Today 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 colour and brilliance. Choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Port Douglas

Full day at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Port Douglas – Cairns – Sydney

This morning, enjoy a special visit to the Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Sydney

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s Botanic Gardens for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit the world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a cruise on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 18

Sydney

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant with fantastic views of the highlights of Sydney.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 19

Sydney - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 20

Home landing in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Auckland: Skycity Hotel;
  • Rotorua: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside;
  • Queenstown: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront;
  • Melbourne: Novotel on Collins;
  • Port Douglas: QT Port Douglas;
  • Sydney: Swissotel Sydney.

Notes

Hotels as stated or similar.

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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