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South Pacific Wonders with Collette

Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef and experience the beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand’s South Island with Collette Book by Oct 31, 2018

Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere – Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendour of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s northeast coast, to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand’s South Island, this journey to the lands "Down Under" brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace. Cruise Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound. Meet Australia’s wildlife up close. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Indulge in regional flavours at a wine tasting and experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

Tour Highlights

~ Come to know Australia’s people at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
~ Get up close and personal with cuddly koalas and native crocodiles at Hartley’s Croc Farm.
~ Take a guided tour of the fascinating Sydney Opera House.
~ Board a catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.
~ See where the original colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney.
~ Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
~ Visit a local winery to taste some of their famous wines.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1-2 Depart From Home
Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead. Travel on an adventure of a lifetime.


Day 3 Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site – the Great Barrier Reef. 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.

Meals: Dinner Hotel: Pacific International Cairns


Day 4 Great Barrier Reef
Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, an outer reef tour is also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Hotel: Pacific International Cairns


Day 5 Cairns
Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Here you’ll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and interpretation centre’s artifact collection. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up-close with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner High  Hotel: Pacific International Cairns


Day 6 Cairns - Sydney
This morning, create your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney.

Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour


Day 7 Sydney
Tour Sydney and discover where the original English colonists first settled in 1788. Other highlights include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Next, learn how raw opals are transformed into beautiful works of art at the National Opal Centre. This afternoon the choice is yours! Experience the area at your own pace with a 24 hour hop on hop off Sydney Harbour cruise pass. Hop off to explore places of interest or stay on and relax during a narrated cruise. Or choose to ascend the Sydney Tower Eye for incredible views and explore the renowned Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour


Day 8 Sydney
Embrace the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, say farewell to Australia by chatting with new friends and taking in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Hotel: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour


Day 9 Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as “the Garden City” is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Hotel: Pavilions Hotel


Day 10 Christchurch
This morning, visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for a guided tour focused on New Zealand’s wildlife and natural heritage. As you walk through the forest reserve, learn about conservation efforts dedicated to saving native species while viewing them in their natural habitat. Return to Christchurch with time for exploration. You may wish to visit the informative and interactive International Antarctic Centre to learn about the 7th continent, or simply relax and enjoy what the city has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast Hotel : Pavilions Hotel


Day 11 Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region - Queenstown
Traverse the spectacular countryside to Queenstown. Along the way, savor the chance to spot the highest peak in the Southern Alps, Mt. Cook, before stopping at a local fruit stand for an inside look at the produce of New Zealand. Arrive in Queenstown with time to explore before dinner this evening.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown


Day 12 Queenstown - Arrowtown - Queenstown
Set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next, explore the Central Otago region where many of New Zealand’s best wines are grown and produced. During a stop at a local winery, visit their storage cave for a tasting of some of their famous wines.

Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown


Day 13 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you will 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.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown


Day
14 Queenstown
A free day offers a variety of optional activities to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; partake in an optional, exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join the optional "Journey through Middle Earth" 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. This evening, take in the city of Queenstown from above. A breathtaking gondola ride takes you to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown


Day 15 Queenstown - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

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