South Pacific Wonders

A 15-Day Collette Tours tour starting from $3,149

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Tour Length: 15 Days
Countries Visited: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand
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Tour Type:
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Tour Category: First Class
Tour Operator: Collette Tours
Tour Code: 3388
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Dream Big Down Under

Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere -- Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia's northern coast, to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand's South Island, this 16 day journey to the lands "down under" brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace. Cruise Sydney Harbor and Milford Sound. Meet Australia's wildlife-up close. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.5484Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere -- Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia's northern coast, to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand's South Island, this 16 day journey to the lands "down under" brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace. Cruise Sydney Harbor and Milford Sound. Meet Australia's wildlife-up close. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

 
 

Hotel Accommodations

  • Cairns: Novotel Oasis Resort and Pacific International Cairns

  • Sydney: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

  • Christchurch: Rydges Latimer Hotel

  • Queenstown: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

20 Meals: 12 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 6 Dinner

Sightseeing listed in the itinerary.
 
 
Day 1-2 Depart From Home Today you board your flight and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Crossing the International Dateline, you skip a day ahead.

Day3 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.

Day4 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, optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life.

Day5 Cairns Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. Here you’ll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and visit the interpretation center which houses a collection of interesting artifacts. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up close and personal with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. While visiting you also have the chance to meet some of the local koalas and have a private talk 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.

Day6 Cairns - Sydney Your morning is at leisure. Make your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney.

Day7 Sydney This morning, see where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during 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 Paddington. 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. Next, learn how raw opals mined from the depths of the Earth are transformed into beautiful works of art at the National Opal Centre. The evening is free to explore Sydney at your leisure…the opportunities are endless!

Day8 Sydney Take hold of the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, experience the best of Sydney. As you say your farewell to Australia, chat with new friends and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas the harbour has to offer including Sydney’s magnificent skyline and iconic attractions: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Day9 Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand Today you leave Australia behind and 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 during which you will make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Day10 Christchurch Enjoy some leisure time to explore Christchurch on your own. You may wish to visit the International Antarctic Centre to learn about the 7th continent, or simply relax and enjoy what the city has to offer.

Day11 Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region - Queenstown Traverse the spectacular countryside to New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mount Cook. Mt. Cook is one of the most impressive mountains in the world. En route, visit a Canterbury farmyard for a fantastic opportunity to learn how a New Zealand family farm operates. You may even catch a sheep shearing demonstration. Continue to Queenstown and enjoy a stop at a local fruit stand to gain an inside look at the produce of New Zealand. This evening, take in the city of Queenstown from above and soak in the breathtaking views during a gondola ride to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains.

Day12 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.

Day13 Queenstown Today Queenstown offers up several options to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; enjoy an optional and 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.

Day14 Queenstown - Arrowtown - Queenstown Enjoy a leisurely touring day as you 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.

Day15 Queenstown - Tour Ends Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.

 
         
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

 

  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise
    of Sydney Harbour.

  • Capture the amazing scenery of the New Zealand
    fjords on a cruise of Milford Sound.

  • Visit a Canterbury farmyard to observe a sheep
    shearing demonstration and learn how this New
    Zealand family farm works.
 

Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy.

Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions.

Government taxes and fees are additional.

Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit.

Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.

Airfare is available through Collette Vacations at an additional cost.

The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price. All air including internal flights can be purchased through us.

To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour.

If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers.

Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Due to changes in air schedules while on tour, the order of days in the itinerary may change.

Previous clients have indicated that a small gift from your area is appropriate and appreciated the night of your home hosted dinner in New Zealand.

This trip requires a passport and visa.

 
 

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