The Complete South Pacific

Meet a koala, enjoy a bush dinner in the Outback, cruise the pristine waters of Milford Sound – do it all on The Complete South Pacific, an unforgettable 27-day journey through Australia and New Zealand.

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  • $50 per person optional tour excursion credit

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Highlights

  • Toast Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset with champagne.
  • Spend two nights on the Australian island state of Tasmania and visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Center.
  • Visit the Phillip Island nature preserve to learn about the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins.
  • Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride over the rainforest canopy.
  • Discover the beautiful city of Darwin.
  • Take in a dinner and unforgettable performance at the famous Sydney Opera House.
  • Discover the colorful world of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Marvel at New Zealand’s majestic fjord, Milford Sound.
  • Spend two nights in Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Day 2: Depart from Home

Cross the International Dateline as you begin a comprehensive adventure through Australia and New Zealand.

Day 3: 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). Today dinner will be included.

Day 4: Cairns

Rise high on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride over the rainforest canopy.  Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5: Great Barrier Reef

Board a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 6: 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.” Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: Uluru – Alice Springs

Hop over the “Red Centre” on a short flight to Alice Springs. Tour the area and learn how people once communicated in the remote Outback at the Old Telegraph Station and visit the School of the Air. Meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme. Supported by the Collette Foundation,* Drum Atweme is a musical group comprised of at-risk youth from the local community. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Alice Springs – Darwin

Access the history and culture of the Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour.”  Later, board your flight to the city of Darwin on the northern edge of Australia. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Darwin

Learn about Darwin’s history during World War II at the Military Museum, stroll along the esplanade, and experience a thrilling up close and personal experience with Australian saltwater crocodiles! Today breakfast will be included.

Day 10: Darwin – Melbourne

Transfer to the Darwin airport for your flight to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 11: Melbourne

Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens and bustling “laneways” of Melbourne. Later, see koalas in their natural setting during a stop at a koala conservation center before arriving at Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 12: 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 2-night stay. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 13: 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. En route, witness the spectacular coastal rock formations known as Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blow Hole. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 14: Hobart – Sydney

Return to mainland Australia today and arrive in the bustling city of Sydney. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice as you choose from a variety of local restaurants along bustling Darling Harbour. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 15: Sydney

Take 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. Later this evening, take in dinner and a once-in-a-lifetime performance at the famous Sydney Opera House.** Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 16: Sydney

Enjoy a day at leisure. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 17: Sydney – Queenstown, New Zealand

Arrive in gorgeous Queenstown. Enjoy dinner overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 18: Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. Enjoy a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound. 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. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 19: Queenstown

A free day in Queenstown offers limitless diversions set amidst breathtaking Alpine scenery. Perhaps you will join the optional “Gold Seeker – Metal and Movie Discovery” tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 20: Queenstown – Arrowtown – Mt. Cook National Park

Set out for Arrowtown. Next, follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. 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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 21: Mt. Cook – 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 at the Re:Start Mall. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 22: 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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 23: Wellington

Tour Wellington, 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. Explore the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 24: 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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 25: Rotorua

Discover Te Puia – New Zealand’s premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. Next, meet the skilled carvers who work with pounamu, New Zealand greenstone, at a jade factory. At the Agrodome, see a sheep shearing demonstration and learn about the importance of agriculture to the nation. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 26: Rotorua – Auckland

Arrive 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! Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 27: Auckland – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close in Auckland. Today breakfast will be included.

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