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South Pacific Sampler

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): Australia   New Zealand  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: September - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4169 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4189 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1 Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand

Haere Mai—welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in.



Day 2 Auckland-Waitomo-Rotorua

This morning, enjoy sightseeing in Auckland before traveling 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. In the afternoon, continue over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Enjoy a traditional [LF] HANGI DINNER this evening followed by an authentic MAORI CONCERT. (B,D)



Day 3 Rotorua

This morning, start with a visit to the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa. (B)



Day 4 Rotorua-Queenstown

A flight takes you to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” This evening, CRUISE across Lake Wakatipu on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and take in the views of the rugged Southern Alps. Stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm for DINNER and a FARM DEMONSTRATION that provides a glimpse of life on the farm. (B,D)



Day 5 Queenstown. Cruise on 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 honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fjord with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. (B,L)


Day 6 Queenstown

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 a thrilling jetboat ride on the Kawarau and Dart Rivers. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. (B)



Day 7 Queenstown-Melbourne, Australia

This morning, board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne. Upon arrival stop at EUREKA SKYDECK 88, where you will ascend to the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere, for sweeping views of the city. (B, D)


Day 8 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. We also stop at one of the country’s leading OPAL COMPANIES to discover how the beautiful gems are mined. Then, enjoy a unique lunch experience on board the historic [LF] 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. (B,L)



Day 9 Melbourne-Cairns

Fly to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. (B)



Day 10 Cairns. Great Barrier Reef Excursion

Board a fast catamaran for a CRUISE to Green Island, one of the many tropical islands on Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef. Here you can choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS-BOTTOM BOAT TOUR, or walk through the island’s cool rainforest. This afternoon, your Tour Director can assist you with a variety of optional activities, including crocodile spotting. Tonight, join a unique dinner event at TJAPUKAI ABORIGINAL CULTURAL PARK for an interactive, entertaining portrayal of the culture, dance, and folklore of this indigenous tribe. (B,D)


Day 11 Cairns-Sydney

This morning, enjoy a special visit to CAIRNS TROPICAL ZOO for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. You’ll also enjoy breakfast in the park, a talk by a wildlife keeper, and will have the opportunity to have your picture taken with a koala! Later, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. (B)



Day 12 Sydney

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 theaters. 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 world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of [LF] BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Along the way, learn about the history of the club and enjoy a lifesaving demonstration! See some of the city’s suburbs and the historic Rocks area, home to Sydney’s original convicts. For a truly memorable experience, enjoy lunch as you CRUISE on Sydney Harbour. (B,L)


Day 13 Sydney

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps join our optional excursion to the Blue Mountains for a wilderness experience or to 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 have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT overlooking Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. (B,D)



Day 14 Sydney

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


Vacation Highlights

AUCKLAND
Sightseeing tour; visit the Sky Tower; welcome dinner

WAITOMO
Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

ROTORUA
Enjoy a Maori Cultural performance and [LF] Hangi dinner; visit Te Puia, the Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs

QUEENSTOWN
Cruise on Lake Wakitipu; dinner & farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country Farm; visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound

MELBOURNE
Sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens and an opal company; [LF] Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch

CAIRNS
Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; Aboriginal show and dinner; Cairns Tropical Zoo

SYDNEY
Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and [LF] Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; Sydney Harbour lunch cruise; farewell dinner at The Waterfront Restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour



Hotels

AUCKLAND SKYCITY Hotel (SF)
ROTORUA Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (SF)
QUEENSTOWN Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (F)
MELBOURNE The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure (MF)
CAIRNS Rydes Esplanade Resort (F)
SYDNEY The Menzies Sydney (SF)

Meals

American breakfast daily, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners including a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy land only prices vary on departure dates

Supplier Information
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Joined InfoHub: Feb 1999
Client Request Served: 1291

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