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The Complete South Pacific (25 Days, Standard)

Code: CV-105-S-25

A 25-Day Collette Tours tour starting from $6,999.00

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All prices are per person, double occupancy, subject to availability and are quoted in U.S. Dollars. These pages are not endorsed or supported by the tour operator in any way. All information presented is based on promotional material provided by the tour operator. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time by the tour operators. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. The prices on this website are not guaranteed. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in pricing. Please call us toll free at 1-800-942-3301 to confirm availability and pricing.

Escorted Tour Highlights

Countries Visited:

Australia, New Zealand

Cities Visited:

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Sightseeing Highlights

Cairns
Cairns is a regional city in the far north of Queensland, Australia. The city was founded in 1876 and named after the then governor of Queensland. The region of Cairns ranks as the 4th most popular destination for international travelers in Australia. The city serves as a gateway point for those visiting the Great Barrier Reef. While being a gateway to Australia’s surrounding ocean, Cairns is also surrounded by rainforest, and also serves as a gateway to destinations like Daintree.

Great Barrier Reef
Experience one of the seven wonders of the natural world when you climb aboard a high speed catamaran and set off for the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest living organism, you’ll find over 2,800 individual coral reef systems which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Their bright colors look remarkable against the turquoise waters. Jump in the water to snorkel and really experience the Reef in an immersive way! Stroll along the walking trails with a reef expert, simply relax on the beach, or meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation. It’s a truly good day at the Reef, mate.

Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock is a large, sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory of central Australia. It lies 208 miles southwest of the nearest large town, Alice Springs. The rock is one of Australia’s most recognizable natural landmarks and stands at 1,142 feet tall and is 2,381 feet above sea level.

Alice Springs
Alice Springs is the third largest town in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is situated in the geographic center of Australia neat the southern border of the Northern Territory. The region around the area is referred to as the Red Center. This indigenous area is filled with endless desert landscapes and much aboriginal culture of the past.

Darwin
Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia. It is the largest city in the sparsely populated North Territory, but the smallest of the Australian capital cities. It is the northern most city in the territory, which is situated on the Timor Sea. Because of Darwin’s proximity to South East Asia, it serves as a gateway to the continent of Asia. Darwin is recognized for its multiculturalism as over 50 different nations and cultures make up the population.

Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is a protected area in the Northern Territory of Australia, about 100 miles east of Darwin. It is the largest national park in Australia covering 7,646 square miles, and measuring nearly 125 miles from north to south and 62 miles from east to west. The park is roughly half the size of Switzerland. Kakadu features many diverse landscapes perfect for outback adventure travel, nature activities and experiencing aboriginal culture.

Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populated city in Australia. It is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip. The city was founded on August 30th 1835. Melbourne is often referred to as Australia’s cultural capital because it is a major center for the performing and visual arts. Melbourne is said to be the birthplace of Australian dance styles, the Australian film industry, Australian impressionist art and the Australian television industry.

Little Penguins
The little penguin is the smallest species of penguin. They are found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand. In Australia they are often called fairy penguins and in New Zealand they are known as little blue penguins or blue penguins.

Tasmania
Tasmania is an island state a part of the Commonwealth of Australia located 150 miles south of the Australian mainland separated by the Bass Strait. The state includes in the island of Tasmania and the surrounding 334 islands. Tasmania is promoted as a natural state with 45% of Tasmania being reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites. In 1856 it became a self-governing colony and was renamed Tasmania, and in 1901 became part of Australia.

Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is situated on Bennelong Port in Sydney Harbour, adjacent to Sydney’s Central Business District and the Royal Botanical Gardens. The facility opened on October 20th, 1973. The opera house comprises several performance venues which together make one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world hosting 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people. More than 7 million people visit the opera house each year.

Sydney Harbour Cruise
Sydney Harbour by night....it doesn't get any better than this. Enjoy million dollar views and expansive viewing decks...it's an experience not to be missed! 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.

Queenstown
Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. The city is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu and has spectacular views of nearby mountains and the Southern Alps. The town was founded in the 1860s and is now known for commerce-based tourism, especially adventure and ski tourism, boasting over 200 adventure tourism activities to take part in.

Skyline Restaurant
Hop into a cable car to ascend a beautiful mountainside in Queenstown, New Zealand for a dinner at the world-famous Skyline Restaurant. Feast on spectacular cuisine as you look out to enjoy sweeping views of the valley.

Milford Sound
Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island. The sound runs inland for over 490 feet from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 3,900 feet on either side. Among the peaks are The Elephant at 4,977 feet, said to resemble an elephants head, and The Lion, at 4,272 feet, in the shape of the crouching lion. It is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination.

Mt. Cook
Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand at 12,218 feet in height. It lies in the Southern Alps, which is a mountain range that runs the length of the South Island. The mountain is a part of Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park. Mt. Cook is a popular challenge for mountain climbers and is a popular destination for tourists.

Christchurch
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the county’s third most populous urban area and is located one third down the South Island’s eastern coast. Christchurch officially became a city on July 31st, 1856, making it the oldest established city in New Zealand. Christchurch is known as the Garden City due the large number of public parks and residential gardens.

Wellington
Wellington is located on the southwestern tip of the North Island. It is the world's southernmost capital city as well as being the most populous and remote as it is the furthest away from any other capital. Being built on the foreshore of a harbor and ringed by mountains, this gives the city the nickname Windy Wellington.

Rotorua
Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, on New Zealand’s North Island, and is in the heart of the North Island located 140 miles southeast of Auckland. The area is known for its geothermic activity and features geysers and hot mud pools as the town lies on the Rotorua caldera which is where the thermal activity is from. The tourism industry is by far the largest industry in Rotorua and is popular with both domestic and international tourists.

Auckland
Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and is the largest and most populous area in the country. Roughly one third of New Zealand’s population resides here. Dating back to the year 1350 when the Maori people founded the land, known for being rich and fertile. It is now known for its parks, nature, and volcanic fields as well as rich culture, many festivals and a good quality of living.

Choice on Tour
Choose to take a cruise around Sydney Harbour by high-speed boat to stop and explore a variety of great spots like beach resorts, historic Fort Denison or Taronga Zoo. If you’d rather relax and enjoy a narrated cruise, you can do that too. Or ascend the Sydney Tower Eye for unparalleled 360 degree views of Sydney. After your incredible view from up high, visit the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium to see some of the world’s most incredible aquatic animals.

Choice on Tour
Choce to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center and learn how the story of the Mt. Cook region intersected with the exploits of one of the 20th century’s greatest explorers. Or, go stargazing with a naturalist under pristine Southern skies late evening.

Overview

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 25-day journey through Australia and New Zealand. 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. 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 colorful 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.

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The Complete South Pacific (25 Days, Standard)

Day 1: 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). 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)

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef
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 snorkeling, 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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3: Cairns
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.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 4: 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.” Later, witness a stunning sunset over a glass of champagne as the Rock’s hues change dramatically with the setting sun.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 5: 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, 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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6: Alice Springs - Darwin - Kakadu National Park
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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: Kakadu National Park
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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8: Kakadu National Park - Darwin - Melbourne
Transfer to Darwin for your flight to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 9: Melbourne
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 center 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 center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the region.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 10: 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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11: Hobart
Brace yourself for the Tasmanian Devil! 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, 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.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 12: Hobart - Sydney
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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13: Sydney
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.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 14: Sydney
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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 15: Sydney - 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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 16: 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. 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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 17: Queenstown
A free day in Queenstown offers limitless diversions set amidst breathtaking Alpine scenery. Shop in the charming village center 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.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 18: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Mt. Cook National Park
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 Center 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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 19: 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.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 20: 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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 21: Wellington
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 center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 22: 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. 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.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 23: Rotorua
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 marvelous 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.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 24: Rotorua - Auckland
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 travelers at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a wonderful trip!
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 25: Auckland - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close in Auckland.
(Meals: Breakfast)

All prices are per person, double occupancy, subject to availability and are quoted in U.S. Dollars. These pages are not endorsed or supported by the tour operator in any way. All information presented is based on promotional material provided by the tour operator. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time by the tour operators. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. The prices on this website are not guaranteed. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in pricing. Please call us toll free at 1-800-942-3301 to confirm availability and pricing.

Collette Tours

•   24 nights accommodations<BR>

• Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home. <BR>

• Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling. <BR>

• A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip. <BR>

• Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours. <BR>

• Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the “must-sees.” <BR>

• Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life. <BR>

• Private climate-controlled motor coach enhances your tour. <BR>

• Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-exclusive Collete tour(within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway). <BR>

• 17 meals. Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties. <BR>



All prices are per person, double occupancy, subject to availability and are quoted in U.S. Dollars. These pages are not endorsed or supported by the tour operator in any way. All information presented is based on promotional material provided by the tour operator. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time by the tour operators. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. The prices on this website are not guaranteed. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in pricing. Please call us toll free at 1-800-942-3301 to confirm availability and pricing.

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