Save 10% on the complete South Pacific with Collette

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Enjoy an unforgettable 27-day journey through Australia and New Zealand!

Save 10% on the complete

South Pacific

Starting from $9089 CAD per person

LIMITED OFFER CODE: SAVE2AUSNZ

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Toast Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset with champagne
  • Spend two nights on the Australian island state of Tasmania and visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Centre
  • 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
  • Explore the waters of Kakadu National Park, home of the fearsome saltwater crocodile
  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour and choose how to best explore this amazing city
  • Discover the colourful world of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Marvel at New Zealand’s majestic fjord, Milford Sound
  • Spend two nights in Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland
  • Enjoy a home stay and dinner with a New Zealand family
  • Throughout your adventure explore Aboriginal and Maori traditions

OFFER DATE: September 18, 2018 to September 30, 2018 ONLY

Use offer code "SAVE2AUSNZ" to save 10 percent on land portion of tours to Australia and New Zealand. Offer valid on bookings made 9/18/18-9/30/18 for specified departures in 2019. Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings, or combinable with any other offer, excluding member benefits. Other restrictions may apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Call for details.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Cairns, Australia

Cross the International Dateline (skipping a day ahead) as you begin a comprehensive adventure through Australia and New Zealand.

Day 2: Cairns, Australia

Cross the International Dateline (skipping a day ahead) as you begin a comprehensive adventure through Australia and New Zealand.

Day 3: Cairns, Australia

Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). 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.

Day 4: Cairns, Australia

Board a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Choose how you want to spend your day in paradise by making your time on the reef as educational or as laid back as you like. Perhaps you will relax and independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny sand island located on the outer reef. Or maybe you are a bit more adventurous and will go snorkelling, revealing a wealth of vibrant sea life. You also have the opportunity to meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation. Or you may also opt to join an expert for a beach and heritage trail walk along the island.

Day 5: Cairns, Australia

Rise high on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride over the rainforest canopy. Embrace the opportunity to explore the forest floor up close with access to specially designed boardwalks. Your evening is at leisure to enjoy your tropical surroundings.

Day 6: Cairns - Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

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.” Later, witness a stunning sunset over a glass of champagne as the Rock’s hues change dramatically with the setting sun.

Day 7: Uluru - Alice Springs, Australia

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, dating back to the 1800s. Visit the School of the Air to find out more about the educational system of the Outback. There’s even a chance of witnessing a class in session! Become locally invested as you have the opportunity to 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.

Day 8: Alice Springs - Darwin - Kakadu National Park, Australia

Access the history and culture of the Aboriginal people during a "Dreamtime Tour.” A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. You’ll even taste native cuisine. Later, board your flight to the city of Darwin on the northern edge of Australia and drive into the heart of Kakadu National Park.

Day 9: Kakadu National Park, Australia

Soak in the natural beauty of the “Top End.” Kakadu National Park is home to crocodiles, wallaroos and wallabies, monitors and lizards, and birds of every imaginable variety. Witness artwork dating back thousands of years as you view Nourlangie Rock. During an afternoon cruise, be on the lookout for crocodiles as they bask in the sun, as well as waterfowl such as jabiru, egrets, herons and eagles.

Day 10: Kakadu National Park - Darwin - Melbourne, Australia

Transfer to Darwin for your flight to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne.

Day 11: Melbourne, Australia

Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens and the bustling “laneways” of Melbourne. There is time at leisure to explore the city independently. Later, see koalas in their natural setting during a stop at a koala conservation centre before arriving at Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation centre, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the region.

Day 12: Melbourne, Australia - Hobart, Tasmania

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.

Day 13: Hobart, Tasmania

Brace yourself for the Tasmanian Devil! Visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Centre 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, the best-preserved example of Australia’s original penal colonies and home to stabilized ruins and restored buildings dating back to 1833. En route, witness the spectacular coastal rock formations known as Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blow Hole.

Day 14: Hobart, Tasmania - Sydney, Australia

Return to mainland Australia today and arrive in the bustling city of Sydney. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Sydney, birthplace of modern-day Australia. Highlights include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Marvel at one of the world’s most fascinating architectural wonders during a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Next, you’re in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice as you choose from a variety of local restaurants along bustling Darling Harbour.

Day 15: Sydney, Australia

Enjoy a morning at leisure to discover the wonders of Sydney. Stroll through the city streets, visit the historic Rocks area or simply relax. 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, you may choose to visit two of Sydney’s unique attractions…ascend the Sydney Tower Eye for incredible views before exploring the renowned Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

Day 16: Sydney, Australia

Enjoy a day at leisure. This evening, say your farewell to Australia while 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.

Day 17: Sydney, Australia - Queenstown, New Zealand

Fly to one of the world’s best-kept secrets – New Zealand! Arrive in gorgeous Queenstown. Dinner is at the famous Skyline restaurant overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains.

Day 18: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown, New Zealand

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

Day 19: Queenstown, New Zealand

A free day in Queenstown offers limitless diversions set amidst breathtaking Alpine scenery. Shop in the charming village centre or enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River. Or, perhaps you will 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.

Day 20: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand

Set out for the beautiful turn-of-the-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next, follow the Kawarau River and cross the Lindis Pass as you set foot in New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) before arriving to your hotel at the base of the mountain. Upon arrival the choice is yours: visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and learn how the story of the Mt. Cook region intersected with the exploits of one of the twentieth century’s greatest explorers or, very late that evening, participate in stargazing with a naturalist under the pristine Southern skies.

Day 21: Mt. Cook - Christchurch, New Zealand

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.

Day 22: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington, New Zealand

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.

Day 23: Wellington, New Zealand

Come to know Wellington on a tour 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 National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongawera, a fascinating centre dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture.

Day 24: Wellington - Rotorua, New Zealand

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. You’ll feel right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for the night!** This is sure to be an unforgettable experience as you make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Day 25: Rotorua, New Zealand

Discover Te Puia – New Zealand's premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. Witness how the Maori keep their culture alive by teaching the tribal youth traditional carving and weaving. Enjoy the chance to see the Kiwi bird and learn about the preservation efforts being made to remove this marvellous creature from the endangered species list. 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.

Day 26: Rotorua - Auckland, New Zealand

Travel through the majestic countryside of the North Island, arriving 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 travellers at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a wonderful trip!

Day 27: Auckland, New Zealand

Your tour comes to a close in Auckland.

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