Highlights of the South Pacific

Offer

Price per person
from £5,674

Price based on
London Gatwick
13th Nov 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any 2018 worldwide tour or cruise and pay just £99 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 20 days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Steady pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

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.

What's included

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

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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.

Total meals included:

  • 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

No meals included

Auckland

Day
2

On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Meet your fellow travellers for a welcome meeting this evening.

No meals included

Auckland - Waiheke Island - Auckland

Day
3

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

Auckland – Waitomo – Matamata – Rotorua

Day
4

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

Waimungu Volcanic Valley

Day
5

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

Rotorua – Queenstown

Day
6

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

Queenstown

Day
7

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

Queenstown

Day
8

A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider 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. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Queenstown – Melbourne, Australia

Day
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Melbourne

Day
10

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

Melbourne

Day
11

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Melbourne – Cairns – Mossman Gorge – Port Douglas

Day
12

Today, fly to Cairns, the “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” At Mossman Gorge, home to lush tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains, and colourful 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

Port Douglas

Day
13

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

Port Douglas

Day
14

A full day at leisure. You may wish to take a trip into the Daintree Forest, the world’s oldest living rainforest and to beautiful Cape Tribulation. Other activities include hiking, relaxing by your resort’s pool, or window shopping at the unique boutiques and art galleries in downtown Port Douglas, where you are sure to find a favourite souvenir.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Port Douglas – Cairns – Sydney

Day
15

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

Sydney

Day
16

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 interior and theatres. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s Botanic Gardens for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit 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

Sydney

Day
17

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a Waterfront Restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sydney

Day
18

Your tour ends today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

UK

Day
19

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

No meals included

Home landing in the UK.

Day
20

No meals included

Things to note

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.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • 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.

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