Down Under Discovery With Fiji & Hawaii Extensions
Experience the best of the South Pacific on this unforgettable Regional Discovery vacation! Begin with three nights in the tropical paradise of Fiji before continuing to Auckland, New Zealand for a visit to Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter. Also, see the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves en route to Rotorua. Here, experience ...Read Full Description
- Alice Springs, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Ayers Rock, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Christchurch, New Zealand; Fiji; Melbourne, Australia; Queenstown, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; United States
- Trip Length:
- 20 days
- Best Time to Go:
- July, August, September, October, November, December
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
Family Trip, Group Retreat, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
Experience the best of the South Pacific on this unforgettable Regional Discovery vacation! Begin with three nights in the tropical paradise of Fiji before continuing to Auckland, New Zealand for a visit to Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter. Also, see the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves en route to Rotorua. Here, experience the Te Puia thermal area and enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner. On to Queenstown for sightseeing and a cruise on Milford Sound. See New Zealand's highest peak at Mount Cook National Park, then continue to Christchurch for an overnight and sightseeing of the “Garden City." Fly across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne for a visit to Fitzroy Gardens and three overnights. Fly to Alice Springs to learn about life in the Outback and experience an Aboriginal Dreamtime Tour before traveling to fascinating Ayers Rock. From here, fly to Cairns for the highlight of your vacation—a full-day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef! Then, travel to the beautiful city of Sydney for a tour of the Opera House and a cruise on Sydney Harbour. Finally, fly to Hawaii and spend three relaxing nights, the perfect finale for your amazing South Pacific vacation.
Day 1 - On the Plane
Fly To Fiji.
Board your transpacific flight and skip a day as you cross the International Date Line.
Day 2 - On the Plane
Fly To Fiji.
Board your transpacific flight and skip a day as you cross the International Date Line.
Day 3 -5 - Fiji
Fiji is located at the crossroads of the South Pacific, where time stands still among palm-fringed beaches, fabulous coral gardens, and azure lagoons. Much of Fiji is still untouched by the outside world, and, in some places, life has changed very little for centuries. Whether you wish to explore the islands and cultures of this enticing archipelago or simply relax, Fiji offers an unforgettable experience.
Spend three nights at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa. Included in your stop are all transfers and breakfast daily. Services of Local Hosts are also available; they will provide you with any information that you require and will assist you with sightseeing to suit your interests.
Day 6 - Auckland
Arrival in Auckland, New Zealand.
Haere Mai—welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in.
This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special WELCOME DINNER. (D)
Day 7 - Auckland
Today, sightsee in this attractive city known as the “City of Sails,” situated on an isthmus between two magnificent harbors. From the top of Mount Eden you have a stunning view of Auckland as well as Rangitoto Island, the volcanic cone which dominates the inner harbor. Today’s highlight is a visit to KELLY TARLTON’S ANTARCTIC ENCOUNTER, where you will see colonies of penguins playing in real ice and snow. Then, travel beneath the ocean to see giant stingrays, moray eels, and come face-to-face with the awesome predators of the deep—sharks! The afternoon is free for you to enjoy this unique harbor city. Your Tour Director has suggestions for other activities. (B)
Day 8 - Rotorua
Leave Auckland and travel 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. Enjoy 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. On arrival, experience TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces.
Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER this evening, followed by an authentic MAORI CONCERT. (B,D)
Day 9 - Queenstown
This morning, visit the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s
major industries—sheep! Then on to RAINBOW SPRINGS, home to rainbow trout and the flightless kiwi bird in
its nocturnal “Kiwi House.” A flight takes you to Queenstown on the South Island, home base for discovering every type of adventure sport imaginable. See the sights of this popular resort town, nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Southern Alps.
This evening, enjoy breathtaking scenery in every direction as you CRUISE Lake Wakatipu on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.
On arrival at Walter Peak you will be served dinner at Colonel’s Homestead. (B,D)
Day 10 - Queenstown
Cruise on Milford Sound. More beautiful scenery today as you 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 the elite status of belonging to UNESCO’s World Heritage Parks. CRUISE on the fiord with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. (B,L)
Day 11 - Queenstown
A full day at leisure for your own discovery. 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 Shotover Rivers. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. (B)
Day 12 - Christchurch
Motor north to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, choose to take an optional ski-plane flight that actually lands on the 18-mile-long Tasman Glacier or a thrilling helicopter ride. Later in the day, leave this alpine wonderland and drive to Lake Tekapo to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Cross the patchwork Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, the “Garden City.” (B)
Day 13 - Melbourne
Sightseeing starts with a drive up the winding Summit Road for views of Lyttleton Harbor, then past Christchurch’s old stone buildings, the charming Avon River, and acres of green parks. On the way to the airport you have the option to visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to give a “firsthand” experience of Antarctica, before your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne, Australia. (B)
Day 14 - Melbourne
G’day and welcome to Australia! Today’s sightseeing 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 Botanical 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 a HISTORIC TRAMCAR restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous penguin parade is highly recommended. (B,L)
Day 15 - Melbourne
Full day explororation.
Enjoy a full day for you to explore on your own. Perhaps join our optional tour on the Great Ocean Road. (B)
Day 16 - Alice Springs
Today we fly to the Outback. Here, visit the historic OLD TELEGRAPH STATION to discover how the locals live in this remote area and the history of how the early settlers developed communications. On to Anzac Hill, a tribute to Australia and New Zealand’s war heroes. Then, visit the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE to appreciate how medical service is provided to those living in remote regions. A highlight of your day is the opportunity to ride a camel, the transport of the desert, at the CAMEL FARM.
This evening, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience, an OUTBACK BARBEQUE that features a meal of typical campfire fare, fascinating tales of the Outback, and Aboriginal folklore. (B,D)
Day 17 - Ayers Rock
Alice Springs–Ayers Rock.
Today, experience an ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME TOUR and learn more about this important native culture from your Local Guide. Later, fly to “The Center of Australia.” Travel past Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the magnificent KATA TJUTA (THE OLGAS), some 30 brilliant monoliths. There is time for a walk to the Olga Gorge before returning to “Sunset Strip” for a drink and the changing colors of the Rock. (B)
Day 18 - Cairns
This morning your Outback adventure continues as you enjoy a TOUR around the base of Uluru, learning of its significance in Aboriginal “Dreamtime” mythology. For an even more amazing view of Ayers Rock, perhaps take an optional aircraft ride. Later, fly to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Tonight, 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 19 - Cairns
Great Barrier Reef Excursion.
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. (B)
Day 20 - Cairns
A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. (B)
Day 21 - Sydney
Fly to Australia’s largest city, Sydney. (B)
Day 22 - Sydney
Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the OPERA HOUSE for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. A highlight is a stop at the world famous TARONGA ZOO, where a Local Guide will introduce you to Australia’s unique fauna, including kangaroos, koalas, wombats, dingoes, and the famous Tasmanian Devil. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, located in the city’s BOTANICAL GARDENS, for a great photo opportunity offering sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Feel like a local while touring the world-famous BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB and enjoy a lifesaving demonstration! See some of the city’s original suburbs and the historic Rocks area, home to Sydney’s original convicts.
For a truly memorable experience, enjoy a scenic CRUISE on Sydney Harbour. (B)
Day 23 - 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 an excursion to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! The choice is yours, and 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 a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. (B,D)
Day 24 -26 - United States
Our Hawaii stopover is the perfect way to enjoy a tropical paradise after returning from your South Pacific vacation. Hawaii is known for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear Pacific waters, balmy tropical breezes, and spectacular sunsets. Why not visit to rejuvenate?
Spend three nights at the beautiful Sheraton Waikiki, offering experiences to suit all tastes and ages. Located on the world-famous Waikiki Beach, all rooms offer views of the Pacific Ocean, the Ko’olau Mountains with their majestic silhouettes, or Honolulu’s whirling constellation of lights. Amenities include three restaurants, a beachfront nightclub, and two swimming pools. In addition, the hotel is within walking distance of worldclass shopping and ideally located for water sports and sightseeing.
Included in your stop are all transfers, a lei greeting, and breakfast daily. Services of Local Hosts are also available to provide you with information and to assist with arranging sightseeing.
Day 27 - United States
Your homebound flight arrives the same day.
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