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CONTENTS Australia...................................... 6-47 New South Wales.................... 14-21 Queensland............................. 22-32 Victoria & Tasmania................. 33-38 Northern Territory.................... 39-41 South & Western Australia....... 42-46 New Zealand............................. 48-65 North Island............................ 54-60 South Island............................ 61-65 Tahiti.......................................... 74-85 Fiji............................................ 86-101 Cook Islands......................... 102-110 General Conditions....................... 111

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER PROPERTIES In this brochure you will find a selection from our global portfolio of suppliers. At Worldwide Traveler, we hand-pick the hotels as well as the sightseeing and excursions we feature in order to ensure the quality of that particular component and the overall experience of your vacation. If you have a particular property or experience that you would like to include in your vacation plans, please ask your Travel Consultant.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER ITINERARIES At Worldwide Traveler, we understand that every traveler is different, and every traveler wants unique experiences to create a trip that they will remember for years to come. To that end, we have included a selection of suggested itineraries throughout this brochure to give you insight into what each destination has to offer. These itineraries have been created based on our years of experience in the industry.

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1/2 star indicates that the property meets all criteria of the assigned rating and exceeds in certain areas.

destination. Use the itineraries as a guide and as inspiration to create your own unique journey.

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choosing your airline The vacation destinations of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific richly reward visitors with a diversity of culture, mystery, history, and beauty. Now, there are more flights than ever to their capitals and largest cities, including several airlines offering direct nonstop service from the US with various amenities and comfort options to make a rather lengthy flight more pleasurable.

virgin australia Virgin Australia is bringing the romance and magic back to flying. With constant innovation at the heart of everything they do, their superior products and award-winning service, committed to providing a customer experience that is seamless, affordable, and inspiring, sets them apart from their competitors. So whether you’re flying for business or leisure, enjoy a world-class experience on every flight with over 3,000 flights per week to more than 30 Australian cities. In addition to their outstanding product offering, Virgin Australia boasts an extensive worldwide network with their alliance partners, offering customers access to over 400 destinations worldwide.

Passengers enjoy a choice of flying either: Cabin Classes International Long-Haul – Business Class • privacy and comfort with a fully horizontal lie-flat beds • duvets, pajamas, amenity kits, personal workstation

• sit-down boutique bar, delectable à la carte dishes inspired by internationally acclaimed chef Luke Mangan

International Long-Haul – Premium Economy Class • • •

seats with adjustable head and footrests and 9” recline personal workstation onboard boutique bar and a selection of fresh dining options paired with exquisite wines

International Long-Haul – Economy Class • • •

ergonomically designed seats with lumbar support, adjustable head and footrest personal video screen with a full audio/video on demand entertainment system onboard snack kiosk and in-flight food and drinks

Lounges

guests, Velocity Platinum and Gold members, and Virgin Australia lounge members. Indulge in complimentary benefits including business services, entertainment, and buffet items.

Velocity Frequent Flyer Program Velocity is the global frequent flyer program of Virgin Australia. Velocity members earn and redeem points to over 500 destinations worldwide when flying with some of the world’s finest airlines, including Virgin Australia and its partner airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways, and Delta Air Lines. Velocity members can also earn points with a wide range of program partners including credit cards, car hire, hotels, holidays and travel extras, shopping, dining, entertainment, utilities, insurance, and more.

Through its airline partners, Virgin Australia is pleased to offer pre-departure lounge access in conjunction with international services. Escape the stressors of flying with lounge access available to Business Class

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air new zealand Whether you’re sampling the award-winning innovations of Air New Zealand’s 777-300 services from Los Angeles to Auckland and London, or the best in class comfort on its 777-200 and 747 services, be prepared to forget everything you know about flying with Air New Zealand’s unrivaled long-haul travel experience. This international airline operates within a network of 52 cities in 16 countries. North American services include nonstop flights to New Zealand from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Vancouver BC, and Los Angeles nonstop to the Cook Islands and London. A proud member of Star Alliance, Air New Zealand customers enjoy reciprocal loyalty rewards, services, and greater connectivity through Star Alliance’s global network of airline partners. Air New Zealand was voted “Airline of the Year” in 2012 by Air Transport World. It was also a multiple awardwinner in 2011, being voted by the SkyTrax World Airline Awards as “Best Airline in Australia/Pacific,” “World’s

Best Premium Economy Class Airline” (B777-300), and “World’s Best Premium Economy Class Airline Catering” (B777-300).

Passengers choose from: • • •

New Business Premier (available on 777-300) New Premium Economy (available on 777-300) New Long-Haul Economy & Economy Skycouch (available on 777-300)

Frequent Flyer Program Airpoints™ is Air New Zealand’s frequent flyer program that invites you to make the most out of your travels with Air New Zealand. By joining Airpoints™, you will have access to a range of benefits including earning and redeeming points when flying with Air New Zealand.

Lounges Air New Zealand owns and operates lounges in New Zealand and at six international destinations.

fiji airways Fiji Airways, Fiji’s international airline, has been connecting the world to Fiji for over 60 years. With a route network that spans 15 destinations in 10 countries, the airline provides unequaled access through its hub in Nadi, Fiji, to destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, and other exotic Pacific islands. North American travelers will find convenient flights on Boeing 747-400, 737-800, and on a new fleet of Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Whether in Business or Economy Class, all passengers are treated to world-class service and all-inclusive experience: a choice of hot meals, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, entertainment, amenity kits, free checked baggage, and a gracious cabin crew.

Lounges Fiji Airways’ business passenger lounges include the Tabua Club Lounge in Nadi and shared lounges at select airports when departing on a Fiji Airways international flight. The Tabua Club Lounge in Nadi

offers a delicious selection of hot and cold savory bites and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks. With shower facilities and high-speed Internet access, the Tabua Club Lounge is a Fijian oasis.

Frequent Flyer Program Fiji Airways’ business travel membership and frequent flyer program offer valuable airline savings and VIP privileges from many of Fiji’s finest businesses. Members earn airline points for purchasing Air Pacific economy and business travel airfares. Members also receive: • • • • • • •

access to Tabua Lounge priority phone reservations upgrades to Business Class dedicated check-in at the Tabua Class counter express lane for security & boarding gate priority baggage tags, additional baggage allowance access to affiliated club lounges

air tahiti nui Air Tahiti Nui offers daily nonstop service to Tahiti from Los Angeles and Paris as well as flights to Auckland, Sydney, and Tokyo. This remarkable airline operates one of the youngest fleets of Airbus A340-300 aircraft in the world, rated as the quietest in the sky with added spaciousness and comfort. Celebrating their 15-year anniversary in November 2013, the fleet recently underwent a $17-million investment in the renewal of the cabin interiors. New seats and touchscreen in-flight entertainment systems make the journey even more enjoyable. Guests can choose from either Business Class Poerava or Economy Class Moana.

Cabin Classes Business Class Poerava • • • •

large shell seats for more space & privacy fully adjustable head & leg rests 160º lie-flat angled seat with 60” pitch choice of hot meals & free-flowing beverages

• electrical outlet & USB port at every seat • state-of-the-art 12” touch-screen with movies on demand

Economy Class Moana • • • •

light and spacious seats 118 º recline with a 32” pitch in-flight entertainment system with movies on demand choice of hot meals & free-flowing beverages

Frequent Flyer Program Earn miles each time you fly with Air Tahiti Nui with Club Tiare. They may be redeemed for a range of benefits across the airline’s entire network, such as award tickets, upgrades to business and first class, and for purchasing additional baggage allowances. Plus, exclusive access to special promotional airfare offers via membership mailings.

Air Tahiti Nui Lounges Business Class travelers with Air Tahiti Nui have access to full-service lounges around the world: in Paris, Auckland and Sydney, Tokyo, and Papeete.

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AMAZING LANDSCAPES, ANCIENT CULTURES, LIVELY CITIES, STUNNING BEACHES – ALL IN ONE AWESOME CONTINENT

GETTING AROUND Air

Australia is a continent, and a big one, making air travel perhaps the most efficient way of getting around. There are four domestic carriers operating jet service that links capital cities and major destinations, plus several other airlines serving regional destinations.

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Know Your Destination

Australia caters to all travel styles, from jet-setting sophisticates, to honeymooning newlyweds, to families on fun-filled vacations, to friends on adrenaline-jazzed outdoor adventures. Its most iconic attractions range from the instantly recognizable Sydney Opera House – the height of urban sophistication – to the sacred Ayers Rock, mighty symbol of the Outback.

Convenient, affordable, and scenic long-distance rail service exists mainly to link regional townships with state capitals, although cross-country lines run from Sydney-Perth as well as Darwin-Adelaide. (note: Tasmania has no passenger rail service.)

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That’s a ton of attractions, but still only a fraction of what makes Australia one of the world’s most desirable vacation destinations.

Bus travel – the most popular way to get around Australia – is cheap and convenient, although the distances involved can be daunting. Coaches go virtually everywhere, and many coach tickets allow you to hop on and off en route to your destination.

Car A rental car is an excellent way to travel, as Australia has a generally well-maintained system of roads and highways. (note: Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road, with the steering wheel on the right-hand side of the car.)

Transit All of Australia’s capital cities are served by a variety of public transit, including trains, buses, ferries, monorail, light rail, and trams.

The rugged Red Centre landscape. Thousands of miles of beaches. The stupendous Great Barrier Reef. Kangaroos and koala bears. Magnificent wine regions. Subtropical rainforests. Sprawling deserts…

Discover why residents and visitors alike consistently rate Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth among the best, most livable cities on the globe. Gregarious, open, and informal, with a refreshing lack of pretension, Australians welcome the opportunity to share with visitors the country’s abundant and wildly diverse range of attractions and pursuits. Oh, and you should expect to be called “mate” a lot…

Get In & Get Going Visiting Australia is easy: English is spoken, and the current prevailing dollar exchange rate is similar to Canada. Visitors must have a valid US passport and a visa to enter Australia; passports must have at least 6 months left before expiration when applying for a visa.

Take advantage of your Travel Consultant’s expertise and let them help you plan an amazing trip.

THE REGIONS

Visit New South Wales for its pristine beaches, breathtaking natural treasures, and one of the world’s most famous and vibrant cities. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take the ferry past the Opera House to Manly. Join a day tour of Hunter Valley vineyards or the romantic Blue Mountains… (see p. 14)

In Queensland, sun yourself on the golden sands of Surfers Paradise, and snorkel amid the technicolor treasures of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide, and board a catamaran to the unspoiled Whitsunday Islands. (see p. 22) Drive Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, hop onto Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for a rolling 5-course dinner, and catch exciting Australian Rules Football action at Etihad Stadium. Stroll Hobart’s cobblestone waterfront in Tasmania, and hike the spectacular Maria Island Walk. (see p.33) Fly to the Northern Territory and catch the eye-popping sunset colors blanketing Ayers Rock. Hike the rim of wondrous Kings Canyon. Savor exotic flavors at Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Market. (p. 39) In South Australia, sip your way through the many Barossa Valley wineries outside Adelaide, and immerse yourself in the Old World vibe of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Dip your toes into the white-sand beaches of Perth, capital of Western Australia, and tee off on the world’s longest golf course – 850-mile-long Nullarbor Links. (p. 42)

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DINE YOUR WAY ACROSS AUSTRALIA In the big cities and off the beaten path, to indulge in Australia’s tastiest cuisines and foodie experiences: • Chomp into a sandwich of toasted bread lathered with Vegemite, a savory spread and, without doubt, the most famous authentic Australian food product. • Sit down for some low-fat, high-protein kangaroo meat, fresh off the barbecue grill. • Don’t forget to sample Aussie meat pies, “bush tucker,” potato cakes, cheeses from King Island Dairy…

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• Australian equation: Sponge cake + chocolate + coconut = Lamingtons, the dessert of choice for millions of Aussies! • And hit the road for a tour of wineries, and sip some Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz from the celebrated wineries of the Hunter and Yarra Valleys.

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AUSTRALIAN HIGHLIGHTS 11 Days

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SYDNEY • AYERS ROCK • CAIRNS • PORT DOUGLAS

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Trip Highlights • Sydney hop-on/hop-off bus tour • Sydney Harbour dinner cruise • Blue Mountains National Park • Featherdale Wildlife Park • Sydney Opera House tour • Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb • Ayers Rock (Uluru) • Great Barrier Reef • Kuranda Village • Kuranda Railway & Skyrail

Day 1: Sydney

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You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your central Sydney hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore Sydney. Head down to Darling Harbour and Kings Wharf to check out Sydney’s entertainment hot spots.

Immerse yourself even deeper into the Outback on a day trip that takes you to not only Ayers Rock but The Olgas, a series of fascinating natural rock formations. The evening is at your leisure.

Day 2: Sydney

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns – Port Douglas

In the morning, board the hop-on/hop-off bus tour of Sydney, a fantastic opportunity to get your bearings and visit some of the city’s most spectacular sights. In the evening, explore Sydney Harbour on a dinner cruise, seeing this iconic city from a completely different perspective and getting up-close and personal with the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks.

In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef. Transfer to the resort town of Port Douglas, nestled between the rainforest, palm trees, and the golden sands of the Pacific Ocean, a perfect spot to explore the reef.

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Transfer to the marina for your trip to the Outer Barrier Timor Sea Reef, which you can explore by submarine, glass-bottom boat, scuba diving, snorkeling, or underwater viewing Indian Oceanexplore Port Douglas, perhaps platform. In the evening, sampling some of Australia’s local beers or the fresh seafood.

Venture outside of the city and head west to Blue Mountains National Park to explore some of Australia’s natural beauty. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and see iconic koalas and kangaroos, not to mention an array of other animals that call Australia home. The evening is at your leisure.

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In the morning, go behind-the-scenes on a tour of the Sydney Opera House, one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. Then, view Sydney from a very unique perspective: the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Join the team from BridgeClimb as they take you up to the top of the bridge through a series of ladders and walkways, a breathtaking experience.

Head to Kuranda, aPort small bohemian village on top of the Hedland Great Dividing Range Mountains, southwest of Port Douglas. Explore the local markets, stores, and restaurants, then Learmonth take a ride on the famous Kuranda Railway through the WESTERN rainforest and past spectacular waterfalls and vistas. Carnarvon AUSTRALIA Skim the tops of trees on the Kuranda Skyrail, making your way down the mountain range. The evening is yours to explore Port Douglas.

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MEET THE LOCALS 14 Days SYDNEY • MELBOURNE • AYERS ROCK • PORT DOUGLAS

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Trip Highlights • Sydney hop-on/hop-off boat tour • Taronga Zoo • Blue Mountains National Park • Melbourne • Great Ocean Road • Phillip Island Penguin Parade • Ayers Rock • Sounds of Silence dinner • Great Barrier Reef • Daintree Rainforest

Day 1: Sydney You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your central Sydney hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the city. Head down to Darling Harbour and Kings Wharf to check out Sydney’s entertainment hot spots.

Day 2: Sydney See Sydney by sea aboard the Harbor Hop-On/Hop-Off boat tour, checking out the coastline and sights while taking in the breathtaking views across the harbor. One of the stops is world-famous Taronga Zoo.

Day 3: Sydney Embark on a tour of Sydney’s northern beaches and suburbs. Dip your feet in one of the many saltwater swimming pools located at the beach or stroll the esplanade and have an ice cream while admiring the ever-changing landscape of Australia’s biggest city. The evening is at your leisure, perhaps explore The Rocks under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sample the local cuisine.

Day 4: Sydney Venture outside of the city and head west to Blue Mountains National Park to explore some of Australia’s natural beauty. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and see iconic koalas and kangaroos, not to mention an array of other animals that call Australia home. The evening is at your leisure.

Day 10: Ayers Rock – Cairns – Port Douglas In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef. Transfer to the resort town of Port Douglas, nestled between the rainforest, palm trees, and the golden sands of the Pacific Ocean, a perfect spot to Timor Sea explore the reef.

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Transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne, a multicultural melting pot with a truly cosmopolitan feel. The evening is at your leisure, perhaps roam the Queen Victoria Markets or head to Southbank for a selection of the city’s best restaurants and bars.

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local coffee. You’ll be picked up at your hotel for a visit to Phillip Island, about two hours south, where you can witness the famous Penguin Parade.

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Trip Highlights • Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa • private tour of Sydney • Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb at dawn • Sydney Opera House • Ayers Rock • Port Douglas • Great Barrier Reef • Hamilton Island

Day 1: Sydney – Wolgan Valley

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After arrival in Sydney, board a helicopter to the Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, hidden away in a private 4,000-acre conservation reserve – the ultimate way to unwind after a long flight and get up-close and personal with Australia’s natural beauty.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns, where you’ll be taken to the award-winning Coconut Grove in the heart of Port Douglas.

Day 2: Wolgan Valley After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, explore the reserve on your own, join one of the guided nature-based activities, or relax by your private pool.

Day 3: Wolgan Valley – Sydney Transfer by helicopter to Sydney and the Four Seasons Hotel. The concierge will assist in making restaurant reservations at one of Sydney’s gastronomic experiences.

Day 9: Port Douglas Board a helicopter for a view of the Great Barrier Reef and more. The afternoon is yours to explore Port Douglas at your leisure, perhaps to Four Mile Beach, a golden-sand beach lined by coconut trees.

Day 10: Port Douglas Explore the Great Barrier Reef up-close on the Timor Sea Silverswift, which makes stops at several different sites so you can see the diversity of one of the world’s Indian Ocean greatest natural wonders.

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Trip Highlights • Melbourne City tour • Great Ocean Road • Phillip Island • Port Douglas • Great Barrier Reef • Kuranda • Kuranda Railway • Kuranda Skyrail • Hop-on/hop-off tour of Sydney • Sydney Opera House • Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb • Sydney Harbour hop-on/hop-off boat tour • Taronga Zoo

Day 1: Melbourne After arriving at the airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure – If time permits, make a beeline for the Queen Victoria Markets just north of the city, then after dropping off all your shopping, head to Southbank for a selection of Melbourne’s best restaurants and bars.

Great Dividing Range Mountains, southwest of Port Douglas. Explore the local markets, stores, and restaurants, then take a ride on the famous Kuranda Railway through the rainforest and past spectacular waterfalls and vistas. Skim the tops of trees on the Kuranda Skyrail, making your way down the mountain range. The evening is yours to explore Port Douglas.

Day 2: Melbourne

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Join the Melbourne tour and get under the skin of this amazing city. The remainder of the day is yours to explore, perhaps stroll through the trendy neighborhood of St. Kilda.

The day is at your leisure.

Day 3: Melbourne In the morning, join a tour of the Great Ocean Road, a natural wonder on Victoria’s south coast. Watch the scenery change from the urban sights of Melbourne to rural Victoria on one of the most breathtaking coastal drives in the world.

Day 4: Melbourne The morning is at your leisure to explore the city before you get picked up for your visit to Phillip Island, about two hours south, where you can witness the famous Penguin Parade.

Day 5: Melbourne – Cairns – Port Douglas

Day 14: Sydney Southern Ocean Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

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In the morning, head to Sydney Opera House for an exclusive look behind-the-scenes of one of Derby the world’s most iconic buildings. After theBroome tour, stop at one of the local restaurants for breakfast. In the afternoon, climb Port Hedland the world-renowned Sydney Harbour Bridge and view Sydney from this breathtaking vantage point. The remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure, Learmonth perhaps visit Darling Harbor and Kings Wharf, and WESTERN AUSTRALIA explore theCarnarvon numerous shops, restaurants, and bars.

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In the morning, board the hop-on/hop-off bus tour of Sydney, a fantastic opportunity to get your bearings and visit some of the city’s most spectacular sights. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, where you’ll find one of the best views of Sydney. The evening is at your leisure, perhaps head to Woolloomooloo and try one of the amazing restaurants overlooking Timor Sea the harbor.

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Transfer to the marina for your trip to the Outer Barrier Reef, which you can explore by submarine, glass-bottom boat, scuba diving, snorkeling, or the underwater viewing platform. In the evening, explore Port Douglas, perhaps sampling some of Australia’s local beers or the fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants.

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In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef. Transfer to the resort town of Port Douglas, nestled between the rainforest, palm trees, and the golden sands of the Pacific Ocean, a perfect spot to explore the reef.

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Blue Mountains

Hunter Valley Sydney

VICTORIA

Canberra

Melbourne

Tasman Sea

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SYDNEY • MELBOURNE • ADELAIDE

Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island

Trip Highlights • Sydney • Sydney Opera House behind-the-scenes tour • Hop-on/hop-off tour of Sydney • Blue Mountains National Park • Taronga Zoo • Melbourne • Colonial Tramcar Restaurant • Phillip Island • Lorne • Great Ocean Road • Warnambool • Robe • Kangaroo Island • Adelaide

Day 1: Sydney After arriving at Sydney, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, and the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore Sydney – perhaps stopping at a bakery or convenience store to sample an Aussie meat pie and sausage roll.

Day 2: Sydney In the morning, head to Sydney Opera House for an exclusive look behind the scenes of one of the world’s most recognizable buildings. Next, jump on the Hop-On/ Hop-Off Bus Tour of Sydney, the perfect opportunity to see iconic landmarks.

Day 3: Sydney Venture outside of the city and head west towards the Blue Mountains National Park to explore some of Australia’s natural beauty. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and see koalas and kangaroos, not to mention an array of other animals that call Australia home. The evening is at your leisure.

Day 4: Sydney See Sydney by sea aboard the Harbor Hop-On/Hop-Off boat tour, checking out the coastline and sights while taking in the breathtaking views across the harbor. One of the stops is the world-famous Taronga Zoo. The evening is at your leisure, perhaps head to Woolloomooloo and try one of the amazing restaurants overlooking the harbor.

Day 5: Sydney – Melbourne

Not far after Lorne starts one of the most majestic drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road. Keep your eyes peeled as this road hugs the coast and around every bend is another amazing sight. The Great Ocean Road is home to natural wonders like the 12 Apostles, which should be explored on foot. Your stop for tonight is Warnambool at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Chill out, relax, and sample some of the local cuisine.

The 1852 Robe Obelisk, Robe

Day 9: Warnambool – Robe Continue on to Robe, a quaint fishing village with historic buildings and fascinating history. Be sure to try the local seafood – it doesn’t get any fresher than this!

Days 11 -12: Robe – Kangaroo Island Head to Cape Jervis on the coast, where you will take your car on the ferry to Kangaroo Island. The next two days are at your leisure. Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-biggest island, full of natural beauty, animals, and a great local gastronomy. Make sure to visit Seal Bay and sample the locally grown food and locally produced wine.

Day 13: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide

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Join the Adelaide tour to give you an insight into this city’s past, and where they are heading in the future. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure, perhaps head down to Glenelg and explore this fascinating seaside suburb.

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In the morning, stroll the streets of St. Kilda, check out the pastry shops on Acland Street, and sample some local coffee. You’ll be picked up at your hotel for a visit to Phillip Island, about two hours south, where you can witness the famous Penguin Parade.

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In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. In the early evening, board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for what is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria’s history. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines.

city. For dinner, head to Lygon Street, just north of the CBD, for excellent Italian food.

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NEW SOUTH WALES

Port Augusta

Great Australian Bight

Port Lincoln

Coffs Harbour

Blue Mountains Adelaide

KANGAROO ISLAND

Sydney

VICTORIA

Canberra

Melbourne

TASMANIA

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Tasman Sea

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ALL OVER DOWN UNDER 22 Days SYDNEY • MELBOURNE • AYERS ROCK • ALICE SPRINGS • DARWIN • PORT DOUGLAS

Trip Highlights • Hop-on/hop-off bus tour of Sydney • Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb • Blue Mountains National Park • Hop-on/hop-off harbor tour of Sydney • Taronga Zoo• Melbourne • Great Ocean Road • Phillip Island • Ayers Rock • Sounds of Silence dinner • Alice Springs • Darwin • Kakadu • Port Douglas • Great Barrier Reef • Kuranda • Kuranda Railway • Kuranda Skyrail

Day 1: Sydney

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After arriving at Sydney, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

The tour takes you around Ayers Rock to explore the intricate and historic Aboriginal paintings surrounding the base of the rock, then to The Olgas, a series of fascinating rock formations and wildlife. The evening will be at your leisure.

Day 2: Sydney In the morning, board the hop-on/hop-off bus tour of Sydney, a fantastic opportunity to visit some of the city’s most spectacular sights. In the evening, explore Sydney Harbour on a dinner cruise, seeing the city from a completely different perspective and getting up-close and personal with the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Day 3: Sydney Venture outside of the city and head west towards the Blue Mountains National Park to explore some of Australia’s natural beauty. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and see koalas and kangaroos, not to mention an array of other animals that call Australia home. The evening is at your leisure.

Day 4: Sydney See Sydney by sea aboard the Harbor Hop-On/Hop-Off boat tour, checking out the coastline and sights while taking in the breathtaking views across the harbor. One of the stops is the world-famous Taronga Zoo.

Day 5: Sydney – Melbourne Transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne. The evening is at your leisure, perhaps to roam the Queen Victoria Markets or head to Southbank for a selection of the city’s best restaurants and bars.

Day 6: Melbourne Join a tour of the Great Ocean Road on Victoria’s south coast. Watch the scenery change from the urban sights of Melbourne to rural Victoria, one of the most breathtaking coastal drives in the world.

Day 7: Melbourne In the morning, stroll the streets of St. Kilda, check out the pastry shops on Acland Street, and sample some local coffee. You’ll be picked up at your hotel to visit Phillip Island and see its famous Penguin Parade.

Day 15: Darwin In the morning, travel to Australia’s largest national park, Kakadu, and explore with the help of an experienced guide. After returning to Darwin, the evening is yours to sample local restaurants and the many pubs and bars.

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Day 16: Darwin Today is yours to explore or relax.

Day 17: Darwin – Cairns – Port Douglas In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, where you’ll be met and transferred to Port Douglas, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 18: Port Douglas Transfer to the marina for your trip to the Outer Barrier Reef, which you can explore by submarine, glass-bottom Timor Sea boat, scuba diving, snorkeling, or underwater viewing platform. In the evening, explore Port Douglas, perhaps Indian Ocean sampling some of Australia’s local beers.

Day 19: Port Douglas

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Alice Springs

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Learmonth Head to Kuranda, a small bohemian village on top of the Great Dividing Range Mountains. WESTERN Explore the town, Carnarvon AUSTRALIA then take a ride on the famous Kuranda Railway through the rainforest and past spectacular waterfalls and vistas. Skim the tops of trees on the Kuranda Skyrail, making Geraldton your way down the mountain range. The Kalgoorlie evening is yours to explore Port Douglas.

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In the early morning, you’ll be taken into the Outback to watch the sun rise over Ayers Rock, which will subsequently change colors throughout the morning. The afternoon is at your leisure, and in the evening, you’ll be picked up and taken further into the Outback to enjoy the Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars.

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Darwin, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore this historic city.

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In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ayers Rock, where you’ll be met and transferred to your resort. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

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Today is at your leisure, a perfect opportunity to explore Melbourne’s laneways and boutiques.

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Coffs Harbour

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VICTORIA

Canberra

Melbourne

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New South Wales BEACHES, BUSHWALKS, BARBECUES, BUZZ & AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST CITY

THE REGIONS Sydney Known for its beautiful beaches, sophisticated style, and iconic white-sailed Opera House, Sydney is your gateway to Australia. A vibrant culture, world-class dining and shopping, and striking architecture pair with national parks, day trips to Hunter Valley Wine Country, and a sun-kissed coast to place Sydney at the top of every savvy Australian itinerary.

Central Coast A mix of rural and beachside lifestyle, the Central Coast is just an hour north of Sydney and presents ample opportunities for fun, adventure, and relaxation with its bays and inlets, gorgeous beaches, state forests, and national parks. Bushwalk in Bouddi National Park, surf the waves at Avoca Beach, and cast a line at the quaint fishing village of Terrigal.

Blue Mountains/Hunter Valley Not far from the urban joys of Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a World Heritage Site full of craggy peaks, cliffs, forests, canyons, waterfalls, and magnificent vistas, one of the country’s largest tracts of protected bushland. And Hunter Valley, Australia’s most celebrated wine region, invites you to winery tours, tastings, gourmet feasts, and more.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Truly Manly Deeply You’ll be rewarded with spectacular vistas during the half-hour trip via the Manly Ferry from Sydney’s Circular Quay across the harbor to Manly’s tree-lined beaches.

Take It to the Bridge Get an outstanding view of the Sydney skyline from atop the Harbour Bridge. Escorted climbs are available by day, by night, at twilight, and at dawn.

Wine Time Take a tour of the finest of Hunter Valley’s numerous wineries and gourmet restaurants. There are also hot-air balloon rides, biking, and horseback trails.

Rhapsody in Blue Go hiking and biking, kayaking and canyoning, and off-roading and rappelling in the beautiful Blue Mountains, where you can also board the world’s steepest railway for the ride of your life!

Rock On Best explored on foot, The Rocks is one of Sydney’s original neighborhoods, lined with antiquated buildings, including two of the city’s oldest pubs.

High Times Sydney Tower SkyWalk lets you “walk on air” – 900 feet above the city! – with views to the horizon as well as through a glass-floored viewing platform to the streets below.

Bananarama Discover a whole bunch of family fun at the “Big Banana” in Coffs Harbour, encompassing a vast water park, rides, laser tag, ice skating, tobogganing, and more!

Canberra Salutes Pay your respects and discover what it means to be Australian in one of the world’s great museums, dedicated to the history of Australian involvement in conflict.

Walk the Walk Stroll the 3½-mile-long coastal promenade that leads from famous Bondi Beach along the cliffs to Tamarama (a/k/a “Glamarama”), Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach, and beyond.

Stage Door Experience the real-life drama of the Sydney Opera House – that is, the drama that plays out behind the curtains – with a backstage tour of the iconic performing arts center.

WEATHER CHART

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Avg. F° 72 73 70 65 60 55 53 55 59 64 67 71 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 4 4.5 5.2 4.2 3.9 5.2 2.5 3.2 2.2 3.1 3.4 3.1 Bondi Beach

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A SELECTION OF new south wales HOTELS THE DARLING AT THE STAR

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Luxurious accommodations, casino thrills, and live entertainment add up to a spectacular resort experience. Guest rooms have marble baths and superb views of Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Blue Mountains.

This sophisticated hotel in Sydney’s The Rocks historic district is close to shopping and other attractions. Large guest rooms have marble baths, the latest tech amenities, and skyline, Opera House, or Harbour Bridge views.

Positioned on the edge of the world’s most stunning harbor, this award-winning hotel is just minutes from the famous Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay, and exclusive shops. Unwind in the indoor heated pool.

• 171 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bars & lounges/sports bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • spa/salon • nightclub/live entertainment • casino

• 531 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/poolside restaurant • concierge/room service • outdoor heated pool/whirlpool • spa/24-hour fitness center/saunas • LCD-TV/DVD/iPod®-MP3 dock

• 509 ac rooms & suites • restaurant & bar • 24-hour room service/reception • indoor heated pool/fitness center & massage • Club International Business Center • mini-bar/LCD TV/in-room safe/coffee & tea maker

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Blending timeless elegance with legendary service, this stellar Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List 2013” resort enjoys a premium location in the heart of The Rocks in Sydney. After sightseeing, rejuvenate with sumptuous treatments at The Day Spa.

This intimate boutique-style hotel occupies a Heritage-Listed building in the center of downtown Sydney. Pamper yourself with a massage at the spa, relax in the steam room, and dip into the pool. Stylish rooms have the latest tech amenities.

Set in the heart of a luxury marina, entertainment, and apartment complex, this hotel is ideally located on the Wharf at Woolloomooloo and delivers spectacular views of the skyline, harbor, and Royal Botanical Gardens.

• 96 ac rooms • restaurant/brasserie/bar • concierge • indoor heated pool • The Day Spa/fitness center • tennis court

• 362 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/high tea • 24-hour room service & housekeeping • indoor pool • spa/fitness center/steam room • complimentary Internet access

• 100 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • indoor heated pool • fitness center • shopping & activities nearby

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON SYDNEY, DARLING HARBOUR

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Overlooking Darling Harbour, this refurbished oasis offers a quintessential Sydney experience in a central and convenient location surrounded by major tourist attractions, entertainment venues, and an array of restaurants, bars, and shopping districts.

Enjoy the charm and character of this hotel in The Rocks, close to Circular Quay and perfectly located between the world-famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Check out the views of the world’s most stunning harbor from the rooftop pool and spa.

The Harbour, Opera House, The Rocks, Chinatown, and more of Sydney’s attractions are within a short walk of this stylish high-rise hotel. Guest rooms have the latest tech amenities and knockout views of Darling Harbour or the skyline.

• 683 ac rooms & suites • restaurant • 3 bars, including rooftop bar • concierge/room service • 24-hour fitness center • business center • complimentary internet access in lobby

• 175 ac rooms & suites • breakfast restaurant/lobby bar • concierge/ 24-hour room service • outdoor rooftop pool/spa tub

• 345 ac rooms & suites • Club Lounge • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/ 24-hour room service • fitness center/jogging track

RYDGES SYDNEY AIRPORT HOTEL

RYDGES WORLD SQUARE SYDNEY

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Modern luxury and ultimate convenience are the watchwords at this upscale airport hotel, just minutes from downtown Sydney’s many attractions. Retreat to contemporary-style guest rooms with the latest tech and entertainment amenities.

You’re just steps from Darling Harbour and more of Sydney’s major attractions at this modern luxury hotel. Contemporary rooms have the latest tech amenities and sweeping views of World Square. Unwind with a cocktail on The Deck.

Set in a Heritage-Listed 1854 building packed with modern conveniences, this classic boutique hotel welcomes guests into sleek rooms with city views and the latest tech amenities. Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and many of Sydney’s attractions are nearby.

• 318 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/café/sports bar • concierge/ 24-hour room service • 24-hour fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • complimentary shuttle between hotel & Domestic Terminals T2 &T3

• 452 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • fitness center • tour desk • Internet access available

• 166 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • Internet kiosk

For additional hotels and sightseeing in this destination please contact your Travel Consultant.

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An oasis in the middle of the lively Darling Harbour district, this Heritage-Listed former wool store cloaks the northern wing of the hotel in history. You’re just steps from some of Sydney’s best restaurants, theatres, and shopping complexes.

More than 300 cafés, clubs, restaurants, and entertainment venues in the lively Kings Cross district are within easy walking distance of this modern urban hotel. Step into contemporary guest rooms with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour.

Located in the heart of Sydney, this high-rise apartment hotel invites guests into sleek, modern accommodations with sterling city views. You’re just steps from the many dining and entertainment options in Darling Harbour.

• 346 ac rooms • restaurant & bar • fitness center/steam room/sauna/ whirlpool • baby-sitting

• 285 ac rooms & suites • restaurant & bar • 24-hour room service & front desk • fitness center • underground parking • business center

• 119 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • restaurant/café & bar • concierge/24-hour reception • indoor rooftop heated pool/Jacuzzi • fitness center/sauna/steam room

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Enjoy excellent value at this B&B-style hotel in Potts Point, close to major Sydney attractions such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Guest rooms and spacious Family Studios are modern respites after a day of sightseeing.

Set in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, this modern hotel is only minutes from some of the city’s best shopping, restaurants, and sightseeing, and just a short stroll from Darling Harbour. Guest accommodations have great city views.

Set on a spectacular cliff overlooking the Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains National Park and only a short drive from Sydney, this chic resort offers an incredible vacation experience. Savor modern Australian cuisine at Darley’s Restaurant.

• 117 ac rooms & studio apartments • restaurant/daily buffet breakfast room • concierge/room service • Internet kiosk in lobby with wireless access • tour desk • meetings & functions facilities

• 122 ac rooms & suites • 24-hour reception • rooftop terrace • outdoor rooftop pool/sundeck • Internet kiosk & Wi-Fi access ($) • parking ($)

• 85 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bars & lounge • outdoor & indoor pools • Lilianfels Day Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna • 24-hour reception & room service • free Wi-Fi Internet

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An ideal base for exploring spectacular Blue Mountains National Park, this apartment style hotel welcomes guests into modern furnished studios and one-and two-bedroom apartments with plush bedding and a private balcony or terrace.

Australia’s most environmentally responsible luxury resort is set within its own private conservation and nature reserve amid the stunning scenery of the rugged Greater Blue Mountains. Freestanding guest suites have spacious verandas.

Nestled in the picturesque Hunter Valley, this tranquil and indulgent escape is just minutes from Australia’s most famous wineries. Guest accommodations private balconies overlooking the golf course and verdant bushland.

• 68 ac studios & 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • guest parking (free) • laundry facilities • business services • Wi-Fi access ($)

• 40 ac suites • 2 restaurants/bar & terrace lounge & private dining • main outdoor pool • Timeless Spa • tennis courts/horseback riding • wildlife safaris/nature walks • free high-speed Internet

• 200 ac 1-, 2-, 3- & 4-bedroom suites & villas • restaurant/bar • room service • 3 outdoor pools (one heated)/sundeck/Jacuzzi/fitness center

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Escape to this locally owned lodge in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country. Gorgeous guest rooms have exposed timber cathedral ceilings and private balconies overlooking the surrounding countryside, vineyards, and mountains.

Situated amid landscaped gardens in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country, surrounded by wineries and acclaimed restaurants, this picturesque retreat invites guests into contemporary accommodations with spa baths and private terraces.

Close to the famous white-sand beaches and national parks of Jervis Bay, this unique eco-resort welcomes you into elegant safari-style tents with wraparound verandas. Indulge in great food, tranquil surroundings, and native wildlife!

• 35 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • Heavenly Hunter Spa • tennis/mountain bikes/horseback riding • winery/brewery/cooking school • golf, cheese factory & ballooning nearby

• 70 ac studios & 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • restaurant/covered BBQ • outdoor swimming pool • tennis court • Wi-Fi access ($) • guest parking (free)

• 12 safari-style tents • restaurant/coffee shop/bar/lounge • outdoor lazy river pool • spa services • canoes & bicycles • walking trails • complimentary Wi-Fi

For additional hotels and sightseeing in this destination please contact your Travel Consultant.

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a selection of New South Wales SIGHTSEEING AEA LUXURY TOURS

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

Sydney

BLUE DIAMOND TOURS

Sydney

Benefit from AEA Luxury Tours Australia’s 25 years experience in providing complete luxury small group tours across Australia. AEA Luxury Tours has continually set the benchmark for first-class itineraries, guides, and vehicle comfort that includes complimentary Wi-Fi. AEA Luxury Tours offers a complete range of day tours, short breaks, and private charters in New South Wales, including Sydney, Hunter Valley, and the Blue Mountains.

BLUE MOUNTAINS DELUXE DAY TOUR

Australia’s oldest museum and a world recognized cultural institution, the Australian Museum in Sydney takes you beyond art and artifacts to explore the diverse beliefs and cultures of Australia’s first peoples. Learn about animals unique to the continent, its minerals, gemstones, and fossils – and much more – through films, videos, and interactive exhibits.

BRIDGECLIMB SYDNEY

Sydney Blue Diamond Tours is a family-owned business that prides itself in providing personalized small group luxury tours to the Blue Mountains, ensuring that your one trip to the Blue Mountains is a memorable one. Recipient of TripAdvisor’s prestigious “Certificate of Excellence” for 2011-14, Blue Diamond Tours provides a local experience away from the crowds.

CAPTAINS DINNER CRUISE

Sydney / Full Day / AEA Luxury Tours

Sydney / Half Day

Sydney / 2.5-3.5 Hours / Captain Cook Cruises

Discover the unique Blue Mountains, from its temperate rainforests to its towering sandstone escarpments, with an informative and knowledgeable guide leading your small group deluxe tour. One of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains Area, a World Heritage Site, the Blue Mountains National Park is a wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines, and hazy blue eucalypt forests that boasts luxury retreats and the world’s steepest railway.

BridgeClimb provides the ultimate experience of Sydney, with guided climbs to the top of world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Choose from three amazing adventures – The Express Climb, The Discovery Climb, and The Bridge Climb. All climbs are available at dawn, daytime, twilight, and night, and you will be rewarded with spectacular 360° views of one of the most beautiful harbors in the world.

Cruise, dine, and dance aboard Sydney’s flagship MV Sydney 2000. The ship’s signature dining experience, the Captains Dinner, is a must for visitors to Sydney and those who love a great night out. Cruises include contemporary Australian threecourse dining, dancing, entertainment with the Sydney 2000 band, and Main Harbour sights.

COMBINATION 4 PASS

GRAY LINE SYDNEY

HISTORIC HUNTER VALLEY VINTAGE TOUR

Sydney / Merlin Entertainments Group

Sydney

Sydney / 9 Hours

See the best Sydney has to offer with entry to four must-see attractions: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience, and Madame Tussauds Sydney. Get up close to koalas and kangaroos, as well as iconic Australians with amazing wax figures of stars and celebs. Walk underwater with sharks, see a rare dugong, and experience the best views of Sydney. Pre-purchase this great value combination pass, and beat the queues!

Discover a new world, meet new people, and explore a different way of life. There are many who can take you sightseeing, but only with Gray Line Sydney will you feel like a local at each and every destination you visit. Full- and half-day tours introduce you to one of the world’s most exciting cities, its landmarks, natural wonders, culture, and much more. Professionally trained coach drivers and tour guides make sure you travel in safety and comfort, and enjoy world-class service.

Depart Sydney and pass by the leafy Northern Suburbs, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Hawkesbury River, and historic Wollombi to the Hunter Valley. Enjoy tastings at some of the boutique wineries, chat with the vintners, and admire their cottage locations. Sit down for lunch at one of the wineries, tasting different wines with each course. Spend the afternoon at the larger vineyards or the local cheese and chocolate shops. Return to Sydney via the scenic freeway.

HOP ON HOP OFF 24 HOURS PASS

HUNTER VALLEY BOUTIQUE WINE TOURS

LET’S GO SURFING - BONDI BEACH

Sydney / Captain Cook Cruises

Hunter Valley / Full Day

Sydney / 2 Hours

Explore the city at your leisure on this unlimited 24-hour pass hop-on/hop-off cruise along Sydney Harbour. Stay on board for a 90-minute guided tour of the city, or hop on/and off all day – it’s up to you! Make stops at up to seven must-see attractions, including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, and Luna Park, plus optional stops at Fort Denison, Shark Island, and Manly (fees apply).

For a personal, comprehensive and yet informal wine experience, Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Tours guides you around Australia’s premier growing region. Each tour includes a wine tutorial – learn the techniques of wine tasting – as well as private tastings at 4-5 cellar doors, delicious gourmet food samplings, and a full written itinerary with wine/food matches. Choose your lunch option from either antipasto platters or a full 4-course degustation with three wine matches per course.

Do what the locals do, and experience surfing on worldfamous Bondi Beach with year-round sun and the coolest beachside vibe anywhere! You’ll be riding the wave of your dreams in a small beginners group of five guests with the friendliest and most professional surf school in Australia. Lets Go Surfing Bondi is safe, easy, and fun – a must-do Sydney adventure! There are daily morning, noon, and afternoon sessions, with private lessons available.

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a selection of New South Wales SIGHTSEEING RED DIAMOND TOURS

SEA SYDNEY CRUISES

SYDNEY ATTRACTIONS PASS

Sydney

Sydney / Half Day / Small Group Cruising

Sydney / iVenture Card Australia

Red Diamond Tours is a family-owned business that prides itself in providing a True Aussie Experience to Tobruk Sheep Station to learn what it’s like to live and work on an Australian sheep station. You’ll be greeted by a Stockman on Horseback, enjoy a traditional Aussie “damper” with fresh Billy Tea, delight to whip cracking and boomerang throwing, watch dog mustering and sheep shearing, and enjoy a hot two-course alfresco gourmet lunch away from the crowds.

Cruise like a local aboard a 52-foot motor yacht against a backdrop of some of Australia’s most famous landmarks. Enjoy fantastic sightseeing, personalized commentary, and the opportunity to swim, fish, or even take the tender into the beach, before relaxing over a BBQ lunch with local beers and regional wines. Sunset and private cruises available upon request.

Save time and up to 50% on the best attractions! The Unlimited Attractions Pass (2, 3 or 7 consecutive days) includes entry to over 35 top attractions in Sydney, Manly, and the Blue Mountains; the Flexi Attractions Pass allows you to choose up to 7 attractions and visit within 3 months. Attractions include the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Oz Jetboating, Sydney Tower Eye, and much more, all on one smart card for one low price!

SYDNEY HARBOUR COFFEE CRUISE

SYDNEY IN STYLE

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Sydney / 2 Hours / Captain Cook Cruises

Sydney / Half Day / AEA Luxury Tours

Sydney

Sydney’s #1 sightseeing cruise, the Coffee Cruise shows you the Main Harbour sights, including beaches, cliffs, and palatial waterfront homes. The tour includes light morning or afternoon tea and full commentary with amazing views from every deck. Morning and afternoon cruises are available.

Board a luxury vehicle and take in Sydney city sights, spectacular harbor views, the beautiful local beaches, and historic places on this tour, a perfect balance of fantastic scenery, history, and fun times. Attractions include Sydney Harbour Bridge, picturesque Northern Suburbs, Warriewood Headland, Dee Why Beach, Curl Curl Headland, Manly Beach, Macquarie St., Bondi Beach, the Spanish Quarter, Darling Harbour, and the Opera House. Tour includes morning tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.

Sydney Opera House Tours & Experiences are for everyone. Through a variety of tours and experiences, you can discover the history and magic of this World Heritage Site and architectural icon. For the “seeker,” take the Sydney Opera House Tour; for the “storyteller,” take the Backstage Tour; for the “foodie,” experience the delicious Tour & Tasting Plate Package; and for the ultimate evening, take the Red Carpet Package, which combines the tour, dining, and show.

TARONGA ZOO

ULTIMATE SYDNEY SAILING

URBAN ADVENTURES

Sydney

Sydney / 7 Hours

Sydney

One of Sydney’s most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to almost 4,000 animals, including many species of Australian native wildlife and rare and endangered creatures. Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes from the city by ferry. Open every day of the year, the Taronga Zoo entry includes daily keeper talks, shows, and access to the Sky Safari cable car.

The ultimate way to experience the beauty of Sydney, travel by luxury vehicle around the historic Rocks district, Royal Botanic Gardens, and picturesque Eastern Suburbs, including Bondi Beach. Stop at a private yacht club for lunch overlooking the magnificent harbor. Later, board a stunning 44-foot yacht for your own private tour around Sydney Harbour. Discover hidden bays and beaches, and marvel at the beautiful waterfront properties before returning to your hotel.

Experience a new city like a local, or discover your city in a new way with Urban Adventures. Urban Adventures offers small personal group tours in Cairns, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. Specially crafted local itineraries show you the best a city has to offer and support local businesses, all delivered by passionate, knowledgeable local guides. And, most important, with Urban Adventures you’ll have your Best. Day. Ever. – in whatever city you’re in.

Kangaroos at Hunter Valley

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Great Barrier Reef

Queensland BRILLIANT BEACHES, ANCIENT RAINFORESTS & SUPER CITIES IN AUSTRALIA’S SUN & FUN CAPITAL

Brisbane Queensland’s capital and Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane is known for its laid-back ambiance, but it also has plenty of big-city drive. Dive into a world of great cuisine, shopping, and first-class museums, galleries, and performing arts centers. Take in the panoramic view from atop Story Bridge, explore the Southbank Parklands, and walk the Heritage Trail.

Cairns / Port Douglas Most area visits begin in Cairns, a thriving seaport and magnet for travelers that’s just a stone’s throw from the Great Barrier Reef. Get yourself to the Esplanade, an oceanfront promenade with restaurants, bars, and hotels, and a pedestrian/bike path. A lively city with a village feel, Port Douglas is the ideal starting point for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest.

Gold Coast With its sweeping beaches, the Gold Coast is Australia’s great playground. Excitement runs 24/7 at Surfers Paradise, where days on the beach give way to nights spent in the bars and clubs. North Gold Coast is home to enough theme parks to rival Orlando and, on South Gold Coast, you’ll find the posh restaurants and lounges of Broadbeach, as well as family-oriented spots like Mermaid Beach.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES

Kuddly Koalas Snuggle with one of nature’s cutest creatures at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in suburban Brisbane, the world’s first and largest reserve dedicated to Australian wildlife.

Surfin’ Safari

Fraser Down Under

At gorgeous, iconic Surfers Paradise, you can chill out, watch the action on the waves, or learn the sport at one of its numerous surfing schools.

Rent a 4WD vehicle and explore Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, and its freshwater lakes, seawater pools, rocky outcrops, and endless beach.

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Low Life

Bigger than several European countries combined, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, and a must-visit location for divers.

Grab your snorkeling gear for some of the greatest diving on the planet, just off Port Douglas at Low Isles, absolutely the poster child for your “typical island paradise”…

Into the Woods Lace up your hiking boots to explore the exotic Daintree Rainforest, home to the largest range of plants and animals on the planet, including 13 bird species found nowhere else.

I Can See Four Mile Stroll just a few minutes from Port Douglas center city, and you’re at Four Mile Beach, which stretches along the Coral Sea in a gentle curve of soft sands and swaying palms.

Art Scene Hop on the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns to the village of Kuranda, and check out the galleries and markets for authentic Aboriginal artwork, music instruments, etc.

A Month of Whitsundays If Whitehaven Beach looks familiar, that’s probably because it’s the most-photographed beach in Australia, a stunning swirl of white silica sand and turquoise waters on Whitsunday Island.

Gorge-ous! Hike through Daintree Rainforest to Mossman Gorge, the oldest continuously surviving rainforest on earth, and home to over 30,000 species of plants and animals. Photo: Tupungato/Shutterstock.com

THE REGIONS

WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 82 82 80 78 75 71 71 72 74 77 80 81 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 16 16.5 17 7.7 3.8 1.9 1.1 0.9 1.3 1.4 3.6 6.9

Surfers Paradise

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A SELECTION OF QUEENSLAND HOTELS HOTEL GRAND CHANCELLOR BRISBANE

MIDTOWN BRISBANE APARTMENTS

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This modern high-rise hotel stands on the highest point in the Brisbane CBD, overlooking the Roma Street Parklands with all rooms offering state-of-the-art tech amenities and breathtaking views of the CBD, Parklands, or Brisbane River.

Friendly personal service and an unbeatable location on Charlotte Street make this apartment hotel an ideal base for your Brisbane vacation! Accommodations feature fully equipped kitchens and private furnished balconies overlooking the city.

Brisbane’s best shops, bars, cafés, and restaurants are right outside the doors of this downtown luxury apartment hotel with resort-style facilities. Contemporary accommodations feature spacious living areas and private balconies with city and river views.

• 194 ac rooms & suites • restaurant & bar • 24-hour room service • outdoor rooftop pool/fitness center • meeting & event facilities • Spring Hill Loop bus service available

• 100 ac 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • restaurant & bar/grocery shopping service • tour booking service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center/ sauna • BBQ area

• 200 ac 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • BBQ • indoor lap pool/outdoor plunge pool/sundeck • fitness center/sauna • tennis court

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ROYAL ON THE PARK HOTEL BRISBANE

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Just minutes from top Brisbane attractions, this family-friendly apartment hotel is a great base for discovering the city’s many charms. Step into contemporary-style accommodations with expansive balconies and sweeping city and river views.

Located adjacent to the beautiful Brisbane Botanic Gardens, and only a short stroll from the CBD and shopping precinct, this modern high-rise hotel is ideally situated for business and leisure guests alike. Retreat to spacious rooms with panoramic views.

Set in the most beautiful location of scenic Cairns, this modern hotel is nestled at the doorstep of the spectacular Marina waterfront, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Rooms and suites capture the essence of Tropical North’s oceanside lifestyle.

• 401 ac 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • BBQ • outdoor plunge pool & heated lap pool/sundeck/hot tub • fitness center/sauna

• 153 ac rooms, deluxe rooms, spa suites & executive suites • restaurant/ lounge bar • 24-hour room service • outdoor pool/spa tub • fitness center • croquet • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 255 ac rooms • Horizons Club Level with private lounge • restaurant/ bar/pool bar • 24-hour room service • outdoor pool/children’s pool/ Jacuzzi • spa/fitness center/sauna • mini-bar/in-room safe

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Superbly located on the Cairns Esplanade, only a five-minute walk from city center, this posh hotel reflects the ambiance of the tropics with breathtaking views of the Coral Sea and mountains.

Set amid 30 acres of botanical gardens, this private beachfront property provides the ultimate Australian vacation experience, featuring detached private bungalows and a focus on environmental sensitivity, superb cuisine, and world-class service.

The best location in Cairns – downtown on the Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour, Marlin Marina, and Reef Fleet Terminal – makes this hotel an ideal base for touring, shopping, dining, and more.

• 237 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/24-hour room service • outdoor pool & whirlpool • high-speed Internet • mini-bar/tea & coffee facilities • flat-screen TV/in-room movies

• 50 ac suites & bungalows • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor free-form pools/private beach • White Lotus Spa/fitness center/nanny service • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 176 ac rooms with private balconies • restaurant/bar • room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • duty-free shopping adjacent • flat-screen TV/ tea & coffee facilities • high-speed Internet

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This beautiful tropical resort is nestled amid 11 acres of lush gardens and features three lagoon-style pools, spa, and tennis court for recreation. Sleek, modern guest rooms overlook the gardens and resort pool.

You’re just steps from the harbor, restaurants, Reef Casino, Marlin Marina, Cairns Convention Centre, and the Blue Sky Brewery when you stay at this modern boutique hotel. Guest rooms have private balconies with city or harbor views.

Unforgettable memories are created in the beautifully landscaped surroundings of this resort, overlooking the Coral Sea on the Cairns Esplanade. Enjoy superbly appointed rooms, outstanding dining, and myriad activities.

• 345 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars/café • concierge • 3 outdoor lagoon-style pools/children’s pool • spa/salon • tennis court • game room/children’s playground

• 73 ac rooms, 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • rooftop BBQ • outdoor rooftop pool/sundeck • Wi-Fi access ($) • tour desk • business services

• 240 ac rooms & 18 ac 2-bedroom apartments • restaurant/ convenience store/bar • 24-hour room service • 3 outdoor pools • fitness center/aerobics • 2 tennis courts • complimentary Wi-Fi

For additional hotels and sightseeing in this destination please contact your Travel Consultant.

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A SELECTION OF QUEENSLAND HOTELS PALM ROYALE CAIRNS

REEF PALMS MOTEL CAIRNS

CORAL SANDS BEACHFRONT RESORT

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Surrounded by lush landscaped gardens, this boutique-style resort hotel is Mediterranean at heart with a tropical ambiance. Featuring two magnificent swimming pools, it’s the ideal base for exploring the region’s natural wonders.

Presenting a relaxed tropical environment, this excellent value motel is centrally located in Cairns, tailor-made for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Guest rooms feature private balconies with garden views.

Opening directly onto warm sands, this modern resort on the Esplanade at Trinity Beach is the ideal vacation getaway. Step into spacious guest accommodations with full kitchens, plus furnished balconies and garden, pool, and ocean views.

• 150 ac rooms • café (breakfast) • guest lounge • 2 outdoor pools/spa tub • guest laundry/parking • airport transfers ($) • scheduled shuttle to City Center ($)

• 41 ac rooms • restaurant/BBQ area • room service • outdoor pool/children’s pool/spa tub • complimentary Wi-Fi • tour desk • complimentary shuttle bus to Cairns shopping

• 60 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • restaurant/2 BBQ areas • outdoor lagoon pool • tour desk • complimentary access to local fitness center

MANDALAY LUXURY BEACHFRONT APARTMENTS

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ON THE BEACH HOLIDAY APARTMENTS

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Experience a pleasurable, comfortable, and affordable vacation at this beautiful beachfront apartment hotel, close to Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, and Daintree Rainforest. Soak up the cool sea breezes on your private balcony!

With a walkway direct to Four Mile Beach, these self-catering apartments are located in quiet seclusion just minutes from shops and restaurants, the perfect address for those wishing to stay in an esteemed shore location with peace and tranquility.

Set amid lush tropical palms, this relaxed resort is close to Port Douglas and its many attractions, including Four Mile Beach. Guest rooms and villas have sleek designer bedrooms, private balconies, and garden or pool views.

• 43 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • BBQ area • 6 outdoor pools/ 2 Jacuzzis/sundeck • tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 42 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • 2 outdoor pools • tennis court • shopping, restaurants & bars nearby

• 170 ac rooms & 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • restaurant/cocktail bar/ swim-up bar • room service/24-hour reception/tour desk • lagoon pool • Sabaya Day Spa/fitness center/lap pool • tennis • outdoor cinema (seasonal)

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CAYMAN VILLAS PORT DOUGLAS

SHERATON MIRAGE PORT DOUGLAS RESORT

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Set in 363 acres of beachfront tropical gardens, this oasis stands between the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Dip into sparkling blue lagoons, explore four restaurants and bars, and tee off on the stunning golf course.

Gain a new perspective on the world from your secluded bungalow, set on stilts and nestled in a forest canopy at this refined and eco-friendly hotel set along private sandy beaches. You can arrange for a romantic picnic on the sands.

Fabulous Four Mile Beach, cosmopolitan Macrossan Street, and the Port Douglas Marina are all just a short stroll from this contemporary boutique hotel, ideal for a relaxing vacation or romantic getaway. Unwind around the horizon pool.

• 294 ac rooms, suites & villas • 2 restaurants/café/lounge/swim-up bar • 8 outdoor saltwater lagoon pools/spa tub • spa/fitness center/sauna • Sheraton Mirage Kidz Club • golf course/tennis

• 84 ac bungalows • restaurant/bar • 2 outdoor free-form pools • beauty & wellness studio/yoga • nature walks/turtle spotting/art gallery • mini-bar/coffee & tea maker/CD & DVD players

• 26 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom villas • poolside undercover BBQ • outdoor heated horizon pool/spa tub • 24-hour reception

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Step into newly upgraded studios and apartments at this contemporary boutique resort, ideal for adult singles and couples seeking a peaceful, relaxing getaway. You’re within walking distance of Four Mile Beach.

Adults Only Overlooking Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea, this modern, stylish haven for adults is the ultimate Tropical North Queensland escape. Contemporary open-plan suites feature large balconies or terraces, and beach and ocean views.

Within walking distance of the town and Four Mile Beach, this luxury resort offers boutique accommodations for couples seeking tranquility and comfort, including studio rooms and large one-bedroom apartments.

• 33 ac studio & 1-bedroom apartments • BBQ area • outdoor heated lagoon-style pool/sundeck/8 Jacuzzis • tour booking office

• 34 ac 3-bedroom suites • restaurant/bar/café/buffet breakfast • outdoor pool/sundeck/Jacuzzi • complimentary guest laundry & parking • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 54 ac studios & apartments • BBQ facilities • 2 outdoor heated lagoon-style pools • day spa/gym • complimentary Wi-Fi • free parking • golf nearby

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Located in the heart of Port Douglas, these resort apartments are within easy walking distance of Four Mile Beach, the marina, and boutiques and restaurants. Hide away in guest accommodations with full kitchenettes and private balconies.

Adults Only Located just steps from Four Mile Beach and Port Douglas’ best shopping and dining, this intimate apartment hotel delivers luxurious comfort and ultimate convenience. Spacious accommodations feature private balconies.

This tropical-style boutique resort is located at the quieter end of Port Douglas’ Macrossan Street, close to Four Mile Beach and Sunday markets. Accommodations have balconies plus outdoor Jacuzzis or indoor spa baths.

• 51 ac studio & 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments with full kitchenettes • outdoor free-form pool/2 hot tubs • spa & sauna • wireless Internet

• 19 ac 1-bedroom apartments • BBQ • concierge • outdoor heated saltwater pool/sundeck • tour desk • library

• 30 ac studios & 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • BBQ • outdoor solar-heated pool • Transit Lounge with free Internet • laundry facilities/ parking • tour desk

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LA GRANDE APARTMENTS BROADBEACH

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In the heart of Port Douglas, just a short stroll from Four Mile Beach, this boutique apartment hotel places all the city has to offer right at your door. Apartments with private balconies are set around a courtyard of verdant gardens.

Escape to a beachfront in the heart of the Gold Coast – a Mediterranean-inspired village in a prime location. Set amid tranquil surroundings and private courtyards, the contemporarystyle accommodations open to furnished balconies.

In the heart of Lamington National Park, a World Heritage Site, this century-old resort puts you into the center of the rainforest’s unmatched beauty. Step into accommodations with balconies or decks featuring stunning mountain or valley views.

• 40 ac 1- & 2-bedroom apartments with private balconies • poolside BBQ • 2 outdoor heated pools/spa tub • complimentary Wi-Fi • complimentary guest laundry & undercover parking • tour desk

• 60 ac 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • BBQ area • outdoor heated saltwater pool • spa/fitness center/sauna • tour desk

• 114 ac rooms, suites & villas • 2 restaurants/bar/lounge • outdoor infinity lap & plunge pools/hot tub • Lost World Spa/sauna • Discovery Program/children’s activities • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Opening directly onto the Esplanade along gorgeous Burleigh Heads Beach, this elegant apartment hotel is the ideal base for a great seaside getaway! Contemporary-style accommodations have full kitchens, private balconies, and great views.

This exclusive resort is the Gold Coast’s only hotel set right on the beach. Spacious rooms have Sweet Sleeper™ Beds, marble baths, and garden, lagoon, or ocean views. Recreation includes the Golden Door Spa, lagoon pool, and tennis.

Your ultimate beachfront escape, this elegant boutique resort is bounded by the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest World Heritage Site. Guest rooms have private balconies overlooking the Coral Sea and Family Islands.

• 80 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • poolside & rooftop BBQ areas • indoor pool/outdoor heated pool/children’s pool • spa/fitness center/ sauna/Jacuzzi • tour desk

• 295 ac rooms, suites & villas • 4 restaurants & bars • concierge/ 24-hour room service • outdoor heated pool/children’s pool/private beach • Golden Door Spa/fitness center/aerobics • 4 tennis courts

• 46 ac rooms & apartments • restaurant/bar • outdoor lap & leisure pool • Drift Spa Gym & Fitness • events center • tour desk

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AIRLIE BEACH HOTEL

CORAL SEA RESORT

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Positioned beachfront, this resort is just a short stroll from enchanting Airlie Beach resort village and Abel Point Marina. A nautical theme infuses spacious accommodations, and The Clipper Restaurant and Lounge offers daily alfresco dining.

These tranquil apartments are quietly nestled in the hillside amid lush tropical gardens, just a short walk from the center of the bustling village of Airlie Beach. Spacious apartments full kitchens, and outdoor balconies with sea views.

Located on the Esplanade in Airlie Beach, this boutique property boasts a village atmosphere and views of the Coral Sea coastline. Discover the Great Barrier Reef (ideal for snorkeling and diving) and the 74 islands of the Whitsundays with daily tours.

• 77 ac rooms, suites, apartments & penthouses • restaurant/bar • 82-foot pool/children’s wading pool • fitness center • private jetty/water sports • wedding chapel • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 49 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • restaurant/BBQ facilities/pool bar • outdoor pool/children’s pool • fitness center • à la carte in-room massage & facial treatments • Wi-Fi access

• 60 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants & bars • outdoor pool • complimentary Wi-Fi • tour desk

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Just a short walk from several area beaches, this family-friendly resort is a great choice for families, couples, and groups alike. After sightseeing or a day on the sands, retreat to contemporarystyle accommodations with breezy private balconies.

Unique and exceptional, this intimate resort – set in a national park – invites you to experience mountain views through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls of luxurious, modern individual cottages. You’re also just minutes from Steve Irwin’s famous Australia Zoo.

Opposite the beach on Mooloolaba Esplanade, this luxury resort offers panoramic ocean views from all of its stunning rooms. Enjoy deluxe in-room amenities like intelligent lighting, rainshowers, and original artwork.

• 179 ac studio, 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • restaurant/sports bar • outdoor pool/children’s interactive water park/hot tub • floodlit tennis court/beach volleyball • children’s playground

• 3 ac cottages • restaurant • outdoor pool • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 46 ac 2-, 3- & 4-bedroom suites & penthouses • outdoor heated pool & spa/children’s wading pool • fitness center/steam room • private cinema • daily maid service

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Hamilton Island

Adults Only Seamlessly integrated into its natural surroundings on the quiet north end of the island, this exceptional resort envelops you in luxury and sweet solitude. Spacious freestanding pavilions have sundecks or plunge pools, plus island or sea views.

Adults Only Set amid tropical gardens, this sophisticated adults-only resort opens onto Catseye Beach. Luxurious guest rooms have courtyards or private balconies facing the sands. The fun begins with complimentary water sports gear.

Spectacular views of the Coral Sea greet guests at this modern high-rise resort on Catseye Beach. Spacious accommodations open to private furnished balconies; suites also have their own outdoor spa tubs.

• 60 ac pavilions & beach house • 2 restaurants/2 bars/library • in-room dining • 2 outdoor pools • Spa qualia/fitness center • complimentary non-motorized watercraft • complimentary Internet access

• 57 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/24-hour room service • outdoor infinity pool • spa/fitness center/sauna • tennis/water sports/library • complimentary Internet access

• 381 ac rooms & suites with balconies or terraces • restaurant/lounge/ bar • outdoor pool/tennis • spa/fitness center • water sports • mini-bar/ in-room safe/coffee & tea maker

DAYDREAM ISLAND RESORT & SPA

GREEN ISLAND RESORT

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This award-winning resort in the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef offers a world of fun, adventure, romance, and relaxation. Indulge yourself at Rejuvenation Spa, go swimming and snorkeling, feed sharks and stingrays, and much more!

Located across the Coral Sea from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, this eco-sensitive resort features a unique blend of elegant accommodations and unparalleled access to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.

This iconic private island resort presents astonishing natural beauty, restorative peace, blissful indulgence, and exciting adventure. Hike, swim, play tennis, renew yourself at the spa, and explore the Great Barrier Reef.

• 296 ac rooms & suites • waterfront restaurants & bars • lagoon-style pools • Rejuvenation Spa/fitness center • tennis courts/mini golf/outdoor cinema • wedding chapel • mini-bar/coffee & tea maker

• 46 ac suites with private balconies • 2 restaurants/poolside bar • private outdoor pool • Arumi Massage & Beauty • water sports/dive shop • glass-bottom boat tour • welcome sunset drinks

• 160 ac rooms, suites & villas • 4 restaurants/3 bars • 3 outdoor pools • One&Only Spa/fitness center/yoga/Pilates • water sports • 4 tennis courts/golf lessons • KidsOnly Club

HERON ISLAND RESORT

LIZARD ISLAND RESORT

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TANGALOOMA ISLAND RESORT

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A nature lover’s haven, this resort is a true coral cay situated right on the Great Barrier Reef, and renowned for its abundance of birdlife, the delightful Green and Loggerhead turtles, and endless gardens of coral right off the beach.

All-Inclusive Acclaimed for its pristine wilderness with 24 powdery-white beaches, this resort offers luxuriously understated accommodations, the finest contemporary cuisine and Australian wines, and five-star service.

Located on beautiful Moreton Island, this resort caters to guests seeking unique adventure, education, and nature-based experiences. Hand-feed a pod of wild dolphins off the Tangalooma Jetty, and treat yourself to an indulgent massage at the spa.

• 109 rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • Aqua Soul Spa • scuba diving/snorkeling lessons & excursions • Heron Kids Junior Rangers Program • tea & coffee-making facilities • Internet access

• 40 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/beach dining/picnics • Azure Spa/fitness center • water sports/diving • Bose® sound system with CD player & iPod® connectivity • Wi-Fi Internet access (guest lounge)

• 306 ac rooms, suites, villas & apartments • 4 restaurants/café/2 bars • 2 outdoor pools • Tangalooma Massage & Beauty Centre • water sports • Marine Education & Conservation Centre

For additional hotels and sightseeing in this destination please contact your Travel Consultant.

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AUSTRALIA ZOO

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HHHH Townsville Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, this luxury resort overlooks Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay, and is just steps from Strand Beach. After a day of fun, sit down to fresh seafood, Australian specialties, and tropical fruits at the restaurant. • 70 ac rooms, suites & apartments • restaurant/bar/BBQ • room service • 2 outdoor saltwater lagoon pools/children’s wading pool • playground • golf & fitness center nearby

BILLY TEA SAFARIS

Brisbane

Brisbane / Half Day

Australia Zoo, one hour north of Brisbane in Queensland, was made famous by “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. This 100-acre zoo has over 1,200 native and exotic animals, including koalas, wombats, and kangaroos – there’s a stack to see and do! One of the highlights is the Wildlife Warriors show in the Crocoseum, showcasing snakes, free-flight birds, and massive crocodiles. Check out the world’s largest Wildlife Hospital, where you can see the vets saving endangered animals.

The XXXX Brewery Tours and Restaurant provides an unbeatable way to experience an Australian icon up-close and discover its proud legend. The Castlemaine Perkins Brewery was established at Milton, just west of Brisbane, way back in 1878. Fast-forward 135 years or so, and a visit to the brewery is your ticket to a rich taste of the science, art, and heritage behind these truly great beers.

CAIRNS NIGHT ZOO

CAPE TRIBULATION, DAINTREE & JUNGLE SURFING TROPIC WINGS

Cairns / Port Douglas / Full Day

Cairns / Port Douglas

Cairns / Port Douglas / Full Day

Enjoy a relaxing day with the longest established 4WD operator, touring the World Heritage Site of Daintree Rainforest, taking in magnificent rainforest landscapes, reef-fringed beaches, and breathtaking vistas. Includes Daintree River cruise, Cable Ferry Crossing, Alexandra Range, Cape Tribulation Beach and Botanical Boardwalk, 4WD Bloomfield Track, BBQ lunch, tropical fruit tasting, and more.

Visit Cairns Night Zoo for a fantastic night of great entertainment, including an Aussie-style BBQ dinner with complimentary drinks and guided wildlife tour. Enjoy some Billy Tea and damper around the campfire, plus live Aussie music and bush dancing. See koalas, wombats, kangaroos, and more!

Enjoy the scenic coastal drive to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas to see the endangered cassowary, tree kangaroos, and other local wildlife. Cross the Daintree River and arrive in Cape Tribulation for lunch. Join the guided Jungle Surfing tour, flying on zip-lines between tree platforms with spectacular views of the world’s oldest rainforest. Stop at Alexandra Lookout on your return, then spot crocodiles and birds as you journey through the mangroves on a Daintree River cruise.

CORAL PRINCESS CRUISES

FLAMES OF THE FOREST

AWD CAPE TRIBULATION DAINTREE & MOSSMAN GORGE

Cairns

Cairns / Port Douglas / 3 Hours

Cairns / Port Douglas / Full Day / Down Under Tours

For the ultimate Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and tropical island experience, join Coral Princess Cruises on a 3-, 4- or 7-night small-ship cruise. In the company of just 50 other guests, enjoy snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours over the very best parts of the reef. Join guided rainforest walks, and enjoy time to relax on secluded tropical islands, including Lizard, Dunk, Fitzroy, and exclusive Pelorus islands. All cruises depart from Cairns each week, year-round.

Immerse yourself in a magical place and delight in the sights and sounds of the tropical rainforest at night. Your evening features return hotel transfers and a sumptuous seven-course tropical banquet accompanied by Australian wines and beers while seated under a stunning black silk-lined marquee with sparkling handmade chandeliers. Explore the mysteries of time and Aboriginal culture with two indigenous brothers sharing their history through song, story, didgeridoo, and clapsticks.

Travel in air-conditioned comfort in a luxurious purpose-built AWD vehicle to Cape Tribulation through some of the world’s oldest rainforest. At Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre, enjoy a presentation by the traditional indigenous owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people. Dig into a delicious tropical lunch amid the rainforest, and take a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach. Finally, hop aboard a boat for a cruise along the Daintree River.

GREEN ISLAND ECO-ADVENTURE

HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURES

KURANDA & TJAPUKAI

Cairns / Port Douglas / Half Day

Cairns / Palm Cove / Port Douglas Full Day / Down Under Tours This tour offers the wonders of the rainforest and unique indigenous culture. An indigenous guide shows you the many attractions of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park before you glide over the rainforest on the Skyrail Rainforest cableway gondola. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway on a spectacular journey that delivers wonderful views as it winds its way over bridges and through tunnels.

Cairns / Palm Cove/ Port Douglas Half Day or Full Day / Quicksilver Group With the choice of three convenient departure times, the Green Island Eco-Adventure is perfect for visitors with limited time, offering half- or full-day experiences with a range of optional activities. You can design your own day, whether it’s adventurous activities or island relaxation. Choose from a glass-bottom boat coral reef viewing tour or snorkeling equipment to snorkel directly from the white-sand beaches.

Cruise through the Melaleuca Wetlands, and spot crocodiles while your guide feeds them, before attending the Crocodile Attack Show to see the infamous head shake and death roll. Don’t miss the Snake Show, along with the extensive range of wildlife, including wallabies, koalas, and cassowaries.

For additional hotels and sightseeing in this destination please contact your Travel Consultant.

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LIVEABOARD PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER COURSE

LOW ISLES & SUNSET SAILING

Cairns / Palm Cove / Port Douglas 3 Days / 2 Nights / Quicksilver Group Visit four easterly Outer Great Barrier Reef locations and participate in up to 11 dives (9 day & 2 night), or as a snorkeler, experience a large variety of fantastic outer reef locations. Sail aboard an 80-foot dive boat and stay in twin share or double cabins (available upon request). All major international scuba accreditations are accepted. All onboard meals are included. (daily exc. Tuesdays)

Cairns / Palm Cove / Port Douglas 3 Days / 2 Nights / Quicksilver Group Complete your PADI Advanced course with Pro Dive Cairns while visiting four easterly Outer Great Barrier Reef locations. (You must have a PADI open-water certificate or equivalent from another training agency.) Experience a total of 11 dives, five of them dedicated to Advanced Course training; the remaining six dives are recreational. The course includes all meals on the vessel, plus twin or double cabin accommodations.

Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing and relax in absolute luxury with a cruise to Low Isles, a protected coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. Explore white-sand beaches, snorkel amid magnificent coral gardens, and swim with turtles. Guided snorkel tours, glass-bottom boat, and catering provided. Also available, Sailaway Sunset Sail offers the peace and tranquility of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea with spectacular mountain views, plus music, drinks, and canapés.

OCEAN FREEDOM CRUISE TO UPOLU CAY REEF & THE OUTER EDGE UPOLU REEF

OCEAN SPIRIT CRUISE TO MICHELMAS CAY

POSEIDON OUTER REEF CRUISES

Cairns / Port Douglas Full Day / Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours Experience a truly personal Great Barrier Reef tour on the stylish Ocean Freedom. Snorkel, dive, and relax at two very different locations – the crystal clear waters and surrounding reef of Upolo Cay, and “Wonder Wall,” a magnificent snorkel and dive experience on the Outer Edge Upolo Reef. With minimal travel time, enjoy six hours to experience all activities. Glass-bottom boat, adventure drift snorkel tours, and food are included.

Cairns / Palm Cove / Port Douglas Full Day / Quicksilver Group Sail aboard a 105-foot luxury catamaran to Michaelmas Cay’s unique reef environment, a picturesque sand cay encircled by a spectacular fringing reef, an important protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Enjoy snorkeling, cruising in a semi-submersible, and taking a nature walk. Morning and afternoon tea, plus a delicious hot/cold buffet lunch are included.

Poseidon Outer Reef Cruises has been operating reef excursions since 1980 and are extremely experienced eco-tourism operators. Poseidon’s mission is to give visitors the best possible experience of the Great Barrier Reef through extensive knowledge of the top locations, reef interpretation, and personal customer service from experienced crew. Guided snorkel tours, reef interpretation talks, certified diving, and introductory diving are offered.

QUICKSILVER OUTER BARRIER REEF CRUISE

REEF CRUISE & HELICOPTER SCENIC FLIGHT

REEF MAGIC CRUISES

Cairns / Palm Cove / Port Douglas 6.5 Hours / Quicksilver Group For an experience of a lifetime, visit Agincourt Reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color. You’ll cruise in comfort aboard a sleek wave-piercing catamaran to a spacious activity platform. Snorkel and dive, explore from a semi-submersible and underwater observatory, or even take a scenic helicopter tour over the reef.

Cairns / Port Douglas / Full Day / GBR Helicopters

Cairns / Full Day

Cruise aboard a modern high-speed catamaran to the outer Great Barrier Reef platform of your choice and enjoy a variety of activities such as glass-bottom boat tours, semi-submersible coral viewing tours, underwater observatory, touch tank, snorkeling, and a delicious lunch. Lift off on an exhilarating helicopter scenic flight, and be inspired by views which can only be seen from above, then re-join the vessel and relax on your return cruise back to the marina.

Enjoy a full five hours exploring the premium outer edge of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site. The exclusive Marine World activity platform provides year-round comfort and reef access for all ages and swimming abilities. Snorkel, scuba dive, or take a coral viewing vessel and witness some of the reef’s 400 unique coral species, 1,500 varieties of colorful reef fish, plus turtles, rays, dolphins, giant clams, and much more!

SILVERSWIFT DIVE & SNORKEL ADVENTURES

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM

TJAPUKAI ABORIGINAL CULTURAL PARK

Cairns / Palm Cove / Port Douglas Full Day / Quicksilver Group Explore the spectacular Great Barrier Reef with Silverswift, custom-designed for small groups of adventure seekers. Enjoy five hours of aquatic fun at three different outer reef sites, where you will discover stunning coral formations and underwater gardens awash with vibrantly colored marine creatures. Experience up to three certified dives, introductory diving, and adventure snorkeling.

Cairns / Port Douglas

Cairns / Port Douglas / 3 Hours

Spirit of Freedom’s dive expeditions will take you to some of the most remote and spectacular dive locations on the Great Barrier Reef. On board this 125-foot luxury vessel you will enjoy spacious cabins, quality chef-prepared meals, and exceptional service. The 3-, 4- and 7-day itineraries offer amazing marine encounters, including Potato Cod feeding at the Cod Hole, swimming with Minke Whales (June-July), and diving with sharks at the offshore Coral Sea Reefs.

Embark on a journey through the creation of fire, and experience an incredible tradition handed down through many generations. Indulge in an unforgettable evening of music and dance unique to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures. Discover some of Australia’s unique bush foods as top chefs create a spectacular feast interspersing traditional restaurant flair with hints of native food. Tjapukai is conveniently located between Cairns and Palm Cove.

Cairns / Port Douglas / Half Day or Full Day / Sailaway

Cairns / Port Douglas

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Cairns / Palm Cove / Port Douglas 6.5 Hours / Quicksilver Group Board the Wavedancer luxury sailing catamaran to Queensland’s stunning Low Isles, a protected coral cay ideal for snorkeling, diving, and glass-bottom boat coral viewing. Take a guided beach walk with a trained marine biologist, enjoy morning and afternoon tea, and relax over a tropical smorgasbord lunch on board.

ZOOTASTIC 5

DAINTREE DREAMING DAY TOUR

Cairns / Palm Cove / Half Day or Full Day

Daintree / Full Day / Adventure North Australia

Zootastic 5 is an exciting new fully guided interactive wildlife tour operated by the acclaimed Cairns Tropical Zoo. The zoo’s experienced keeper leads a maximum of four participants to feed, pat, hold and/or cuddle some of Australia’s most amazing species, including koalas, wombats, cassowaries, crocodiles, beautiful parrots, and kangaroos. The tour is available as a self-drive or with transfers out of Cairns or Palm Cove.

Discover and experience the world’s oldest living culture amid the planet’s oldest rainforest as you connect with the culture, lives, and beliefs of the Kuku Yalanji people. Your day includes a two-hour coastal and mangrove walk, where you’ll learn to hunt and gather in the traditional way. Included is an Aboriginal art class (where you’ll leave with your own handmade souvenir), guided rainforest walk at Mossman Gorge, lunch, and optional Aboriginal guided Dreamtime Walk.

CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

REEFWORLD – GREAT BARRIER REEF ADVENTURES

WHITSUNDAYS SAILING ADVENTURES

Gold Coast

Whitsunday Islands / Airlie Beach / Cruise Whitsundays

Whitsunday Islands / Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has amazing Australian wildlife, including cuddly koalas, friendly kangaroos, and wild lorikeets, plus world-class wildlife presentations and more. Ride the miniature train, view the Wildlife Hospital precinct, Wild Island playground, and many more fun features! Immerse yourself in an engaging evening of indigenous Australian culture.

Cruise through the Whitsunday Islands National Park en route to the outer Great Barrier Reef, a must-see for any visitor to the region. Explore the underwater wonderland and enjoy a range of activities and facilities at the spacious reef pontoon, including an underwater viewing chamber, snorkeling, and semi-submersible boat rides. Optional activities include scenic helicopter rides, massage, and intro or certified diving. Departs Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach.

Sail crystal blue waters, dive or snorkel amazing coral reefs, and sink your feet into Whitehaven Beach on this tour from Whitsundays Sailing Adventures, which offers a range of quality crewed sailing, diving, and adventure vacations in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Whitsundays Sailing Adventures’ fleet of owner-operated vessels offer a high focus on vessel and crew standards, fantastic food, personalized service, and a truly individual and unique experience.

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

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Victoria & TAsmania BIG MELBOURNE, QUAINT VILLAGES, BROAD BEACHES, TANTALIZING TASMANIA & MORE

THE REGIONS Melbourne Discover the many allures in a thriving capital of culture with a diverse population – Melbourne, Australia’s second largest metropolis. In addition to riveting sports from tennis and cricket, to motor racing and Australian Rules Football, explore fashionable restaurants and shops, and a nightlife full of clubs, bars, music venues, and theaters.

Tasmania A destination for active vacationers in search of hiking, biking, diving, and fishing, Tasmania also has the charming city of Hobart to explore, with stone cottages and tea rooms, museums and harbor cruises, brewery tours and wine routes, and more. Head to Maria Island for a guided nature walk followed by fine food and wines!

Regional Victoria Outside of Melbourne, travel the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most scenic coastal routes, and see the magnificent 12 Apostles rock formations, pro surfers at Bells Beach, and a treasure trove of ancient Aboriginal culture. Get up close with the penguins of Phillip Island, and pan for gold at Ballarat, a beautifully preserved Victorian-era boomtown.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Road Trip

Shores & Stores Home of the world’s longest-running surfing competition, Bells Beach is just down the road from Torquay, shopping mecca of the Great Ocean Road.

Get an eyeful of koalas, limestone cliffs, dreamy beaches, surfer girls and surfer boys, mountain ranges, Aboriginal villages, and much more when you travel the Great Ocean Road.

V for Victorian

Phill ‘er Up

Water Feature

Discover Phillip Island’s amazing ocean vistas, motorcycle GP and World Superbike racing, and, of course, the nightly parade of penguins from water’s edge to their nests in the dunes.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of Hobart’s waterfront, all docks, boats, shops, cafés, and restaurants, plus the bustling Salamanca Marketplace.

Australian Rules Football Rules!

Get away from it all at Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania World Heritage Sites, which also encompasses Lake St. Clair, the Southern Hemisphere’s deepest glacial lake.

Head to Etihad Stadium or the “G” in Melbourne for a taste of Australian Rules Football, an exciting hybrid of soccer, American football, rugby, and, well, utter anarchy…

Pull off the Great Ocean Road for a round of antiquing, fish & chips, homemade ice cream, and more in the quaint Victorian seaside village of Queenscliff.

Rock the Cradle

Old Gold Stroll through Sovereign Hill’s restored and recreated historic Gold Rush town – and pan for gold yourself – at one of Victoria’s most popular attractions.

Melbourne Memories Make a beeline to iconic, century-old Luna Park amusement park in St. Kilda for old-fashioned fun, then unwind in one of the numerous cafes on nearby Acland Street.

Victoria WEATHER CHART

Avg. Rainfall (inches) 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.9 1.9 1.6 1.5 2 1.8 2.3 2.4 1.9

Tasmania WEATHER CHART

Tram Fare The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is exactly what it sounds like, so enjoy a great meal and quality Australian wines while cruising the streets of Melbourne in style.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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Avg. F° 62 62 59 55 51 47 46 48 51 54 57 60 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 1.9 1.5 1.8 1.9 1.8 2.2 2.1 1.9 2.1 2.3 2.4 2.1

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A SELECTION OF Victoria & TasmaNIa HOTELS CROWN METROPOLE MELBOURNE

CROWN TOWERS

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CROWN PROMENADE MELBOURNE

HHHHH Melbourne

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Located adjacent to the Crown Entertainment Complex, this elegant hotel redefines contemporary luxury. Dine at Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar, immerse yourself in the infinity pool on level 27, or relax on the indoor sundeck.

Lavishly appointed and offering impeccable standards of customer service and attention to detail, this hotel is a haven of rare luxury in the heart of Melbourne’s arts and leisure district. Oversize accommodations feature superb views.

This downtown hotel combines a relaxed business style with a contemporary feel. Enjoy natural light and bay or city views from spacious rooms and suites, which include Video on Demand interactive systems and iPod® docking stations.

• 658 ac rooms, studios, lofts, & apartments • 2 restaurants/bar/Sky Bar • 24-hour room service/concierge • infinity, plunge & deluge pools/ sundeck • Isika Spa/fitness center/steam rooms

• 481 ac rooms, suites & villas • 10 restaurants/9 bars/2 nightclubs • concierge service/24-hour room service • indoor heated pool/sun terraces • Crown Spa/fitness center • rooftop tennis courts

• 465 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hour room service/ concierge service • indoor infinity pool/2 sundecks • fitness center/ massage services • shopping

INTERCONTINENTAL MELBOURNE THE RIALTO

STAMFORD PLAZA MELBOURNE

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Melbourne

Melbourne

With its historic opulence and cutting-edge urban style, this hotel is nestled in the bustling Melbourne CBD, close to Southbank, Docklands, and the Yarra River. Sleek, modern guest rooms feature the latest tech amenities.

Melbourne’s best shopping, dining, and other attractions are right outside the doors of this luxury all-suite hotel. Contemporary guest suites have marble baths and city views. After sightseeing, stop by Harry’s Restaurant for regional cuisine.

It’s an easy walk from this modern hotel to dining and shopping as well as Melbourne’s biggest attractions. Hide away in modern accommodations with full kitchens, the latest tech and entertainment amenities, and great city views.

• 253 ac rooms & suites • Club InterContinental Lounge • 2 restaurants/ 2 bars/BBQ • concierge • indoor pool/Jacuzzi • 24-hour fitness center/ sauna • mini-bar/in-room safe/coffee & tea maker

• 283 ac suites • restaurant/bar/poolside bar • 24-hour concierge/room service • indoor-outdoor heated pool with retractable roof/Jacuzzi • fitness center/sauna • tour desk

• 380 ac apartments • restaurant/bar • indoor heated lap pool • fitness center/sauna/sundeck • complimentary Wi-Fi

OAKS ON WILLIAM

SEASONS HERITAGE MELBOURNE

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CAUSEWAY 353 HOTEL

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Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne

Step outside the doors of this downtown hotel and into a world of outstanding shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences. Accommodations feature full kitchens and private balconies with views of the skyline and Flagstaff Gardens.

This apartment hotel is located close to world-class shopping and entertainment at Albert Park Lake, home to the Australian Grand Prix. Accommodations feature chic style and state-of-the-art entertainment amenities.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, this hotel offers contemporary accommodations with a warm and inviting ambiance. Set amid an array of eateries, shops, and boutiques, it’s just a short distance from Melbourne’s many attractions.

• 220 ac studio apartments • café/bar • concierge • fitness center • tour desk

• 142 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • restaurant & bar • concierge/ 24-hour room service • fitness center • wireless Internet in guest rooms & public areas ($) • Heritage Suites available for weddings & honeymoons

• 142 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room • continental buffet breakfast daily • concierge/room service • fitness center/steam room • guest laundry • 24-hour business center

HOTEL CAUSEWAY

MELBOURNE SHORT STAY APARTMENTS

CITY TEMPO APARTMENTS

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Melbourne

These stylish furnished apartments are perfectly located near Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, just minutes from Etihad Stadium, great shopping, and popular tourist sights. Retreat to guest accommodations with the latest tech amenities.

A stylish boutique hotel appreciated for its warmth, charm, and prized location, this property offers spacious contemporary rooms with modern facilities. You’re surrounded by fashion boutiques, lively cafés, and great shopping.

Melbourne Make the most of your stay in Melbourne at these stylish and spacious apartments, all with full kitchens and laundries, large windows, the latest tech amenities, and private balconies with city views. It’s an easy walk to many of Melbourne’s top attractions.

• 110 ac studio & 1-bedroom apartments • café • rooftop terrace • fitness center/sauna • business center • high-security smartcard electric key access

• 45 ac executive & spa rooms • breakfast room • continental buffet breakfast daily • complimentary espresso in Howey Lounge • concierge/ room service • fitness center/steam room • guest laundry

• 120 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens • BBQ grills/convenience store • concierge • indoor pool • fitness center • tennis courts

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SOMERSET ON ELIZABETH MELBOURNE

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Located close to Albert Park and a short tram journey from Melbourne’s CBD and popular St. Kilda Beach, this modern apartment style hotel welcomes you into spacious contemporarystyle rooms with kitchenettes and apartments with full kitchens.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district, this modern apartment hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s major attractions. Accommodations have contemporary style and city views, plus the latest tech amenities.

Boasting comfortable contemporary style and affordable accommodations in the heart of Melbourne, this modern hotel is located on Bourke Street Mall, surrounded by fashion boutiques, cafés, and Melbourne’s famous laneways.

• 75 ac studio & 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • restaurant/café/bar • room service • Wi-Fi access ($) • laundry service • parking ($)

• 135 ac 1- & 2-bedroom apartments with full kitchens • daily breakfast/ BBQ area/meal delivery service • fitness center/sauna/jet pool/massage services • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 82 ac rooms • breakfast room & lounge • continental buffet breakfast daily • concierge • guest laundry/Internet kiosk • Internet access/in-room safe • limo & town car service

SOMERSET ON THE PIER HOBART

WREST POINT HOTEL

SAFFIRE FREYCINET

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Melbourne

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A brilliant modern lodge concept greets you at this luxury resort on the stunning Freycinet Peninsula. Hide away in deluxe suites with all the latest tech amenities, plus dreamy private courtyards and furnished decks with alluring views.

Housed in a 1930s building on the Hobart waterfront, this award-winning apartment hotel is close to restaurants, bars, cafés, and the city’s downtown attractions. After sightseeing, retreat to accommodations with modern conveniences.

A spectacular waterfront location, comfortable accommodations, big-name entertainment, a roaring casino, and more make this resort a natural choice for your Hobart vacation. Guest rooms in the landmark Tower have great river, city, or mountain views.

• 20 ac suites • restaurant/bar • Spa Saffire/fitness center/meditation classes • water sports/mountain biking • excursions • children’s activities • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 56 ac apartments with full kitchenettes • daily breakfast/meal delivery service/room service • massage services • complimentary Wi-Fi • DVD library • restaurants & bars nearby

• 269 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/6 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • indoor pool • fitness center/massage • 2 lighted tennis courts/9-hole golf course • casino/nightclub • tour desk

LEISURE INN PENNY ROYAL HOTEL & APARTMENTS

AUSTRALIAN WINE TOUR COMPANY

COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT

HHH Launceston This unique hotel constructed from reclaimed bricks of an 1840’s corn mill has well-appointed guest rooms and, in a nearby separate complex, furnished apartments. Close proximity to Kings Park, Launceston’s CBD and the famous Cataract Gorge. • 70 rooms & 1-, 2- & 3- bedroom apartments • restaurants & cafes close by • guest parking (free) • laundry & dry cleaning • Wi-Fi access ($)

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Melbourne / Full Day

Melbourne / 3 Hours

Take in some of Victoria’s best wineries in the stunning Yarra Valley, only one hour from Melbourne. Enjoy tutored tastings at four premium wineries, à la carte lunch at a winery restaurant including a glass of wine, and a glass of famous bubbly with a tasty light nibble platter at Domaine Chandon.

Board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for what is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria’s history. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne in style, enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines in an authentic vintage distinctive burgundy tram. The atmosphere is cozy, the service friendly. and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect. There are one lunch and two dinner sittings each day.

GREAT OCEAN ROAD CLASSIC TOUR

GREAT OCEAN ROAD ECO TOUR

Melbourne / 1 Hour

Melbourne / Full Day / Bunyip Tours

Melbourne / Full Day / Go West Tours

Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe-inspiring views of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. Eureka Skydeck 88 is home to the world’s only “Edge Experience,” a glass cube which projects ten feet out from the building – with you inside! Enjoy panoramic views and pinpoint key Melbourne landmarks with the viewfinders. Located in Southbank at the top of Eureka Tower, Skydeck 88 is an experience above all else.

Experience and enjoy the breathtaking Great Ocean Road with this eco-certified small group tour. Every twist and turn exposes you to stretches of broad, uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines, and the lush rainforests of the Otway Ranges. Visit mainland Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse, iconic Cape Otway, and enjoy a BBQ lunch. There are plenty of opportunities to see native wildlife in its natural habitat, including koalas and a variety of birds.

Enjoy all the amazing scenery of the Great Ocean Road with this small group day tour, including a guided eco-tour of the ancient rainforest in Great Otway National Park. Discover the iconic rock formations of Port Campbell National Park, including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and London Bridge. Stay connected throughout with free onboard Wi-Fi, and enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch.

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a selection of victoria & tasmania SIGHTSEEING GREAT OCEAN ROAD SURF TOURS

SECRETS OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY

Melbourne / Great Ocean Road Tours

Melbourne / Full Day / Great Ocean Road Tours

Melbourne

Join multi-award-winning Great Ocean Road Surf Tours on a single or multiple-day “learn to surf” adventure along the Great Ocean Road. Fully qualified, experienced surf gurus will have you riding waves in no time! With transport from Melbourne, plus morning tea, lunch, afternoon refreshments, and a visit to Bells Beach included, this hassle-free surf tour could not be simpler. All you need to worry about is your new obsession with surfing!

Secrets of the Great Ocean Road will take you on an adventure where you will discover hidden walkways along sand stone cliffs and deserted beaches. You will uncover secret foods from the region through a local produce gourmet lunch and learn about mysteries of the past as we share local stories to send a shiver up your spine – UFO abductions, ships and planes disappearing without a trace and buried pirate treasure. Join them if you dare to discover the Secrets of the Great Ocean Road.

Explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary. Meet iconic Australian animals, including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, dingoes, wombats, and emus, in their natural setting. Experience the daily Spirits of the Sky show, featuring remarkable bird life, and the new Tales of Platypus Creek show, the world’s first interactive platypus show. Visit the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, which treats more than 2,000 sick and injured native animals every year.

MELBOURNE ZOO

NATURAL TREASURES TOURS

PENGUINS KOALAS & WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE

Melbourne

Melbourne / 2-4 Days / Small Group Experiences

Melbourne / 9 Hours

You won’t believe how many animals are at the Melbourne Zoo! Over 320 species from around the world can be found in a natural setting just five minutes from city center. See unique native wildlife in an Australian bush setting, and discover an underwater world showcasing playful penguins and seals! Stroll through the lush rainforests where tigers roam and monkeys swing from tree to tree, see eye-to-eye with orangutans, and walk the trail of the elephants.

Relaxed itineraries and small groups combine with great food and stunning accommodations to give you the best possible experience of Australia’s iconic Great Ocean Road. Enjoy the stories and interpretations of your expert guide while visiting the natural treasures free from crowds.

The wildlife magic of Phillip Island comes alive on this exclusive tour! Embark on a scenic drive and stop for tea at a local farm before arriving at the Koala Conservation Centre. Hike through a nature reserve bushland and see wild koalas up-close, and visit the Nobbies, home to hundreds of native birds. At dusk, watch the famous “Penguin Parade” of the birds going home to their nests from a day of fishing in the sea. Enjoy dinner in Cowes before the return trip.

PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN PARADE TOUR

YARRA VALLEY GOURMET TOUR

WILDLIFE COAST CRUISES

Melbourne / Full Day / Go West Tours

Melbourne / Full Day / Go West Tours

Enjoy a guided “bush tucker” tour before visiting a boutique Gippsland winery where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre and experience the rugged rocky outcrops and panoramas of the Nobbies before heading to Summerland Beach for the highlight of the show – the internationally renowned Penguin Parade. This small-group tour includes a delicious lunch and free onboard Wi-Fi throughout your journey!

This small group tour provides a fine blend of the Yarra Valley region’s wines and gourmet produce. Enjoy a palate-cleansing fruit experience before your first wine tasting at iconic De Bortoli Winery. Sample a range of cheeses at Yarra Valley Dairy before enjoying a mini-degustation lunch at Rochford Wines. Explore the town of Healesville and its many gourmet delights, including chocolates, beer, and cider, before a final tasting at Oakridge Wines.

BRUNY ISLAND WILDERNESS COAST

THE MARIA ISLAND WALK

Phillip Island Wildlife Coast cruises operates boat tours at Phillip Island, including Seal Watching Cruises at Seal Rocks, relaxing twilight sunset cruises, and group charters and trips to Wilson’s Promontory (the southernmost tip of mainland Australia), among others. Scheduled cruises depart from Cowes Jetty on Phillip Island.

TASMAN ISLAND CRUISES

Tasmania – Hobart / Full Day

Tasmania – Hobart / 4 Days

Tasmania – Hobart / Full Day

Join Pennicott Wilderness Journeys for a coastal wilderness cruise along Bruny Island’s spectacular coastline, acclaimed as Tasmania’s best tourist attraction. Enter deep-sea caves and join in the search for wildlife such as seals, dolphins, and sea birds. The boat’s custom design features make it ideal for viewing the rugged coastline and its wildlife. Includes return guided bus tour from Hobart, three-hour cruise, morning tea, and lunch.

Tasmania’s award-winning Maria Island Walk is recognized as one of Australia’s outstanding walking experiences. Set on a beautiful island national park on the East Coast of Tasmania, this four-day walk is a delightful blend of rare wildlife, convict heritage, and elegant accommodations. Small groups of just ten guests and two guides enjoy gentle walking by day and candlelit gourmet dining by night.

Join the award-winning team at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys for a wilderness cruise along the Tasman Peninsula’s spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck. Enter deep-sea caves and join in the search for the abundant wildlife, such as seals, dolphins, and sea birds. Includes return guided bus tour from Hobart, three-hour cruise, three-hour visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site, morning tea, and lunch.

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Ayers Rock (Uluru)

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Northern Territory ABORIGINAL HISTORY, A SWIRL OF CULTURES AND CUISINES, AND A NATION’S ICONIC MONUMENT

THE REGIONS Ayers Rock Known as Uluru and considered sacred by the Aboriginal tribes who have lived here for more than 20,000 years, this massive sandstone formation is the Outback’s answer to the Grand Canyon. Climbing the rock is a sacrilege to indigenous Australians, so sign up for a base tour or trek to get a close-up look at the natural springs, caves, and ancient rock paintings.

Alice Springs “Capital of the Outback” and the vibrant hub of central Australia, Alice Springs – with a population of 25,000 and stylish shopping and dining facilities – provides a perfect base to access the Outback’s natural wonders, including Uluru, the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert, and the hiking trails and ghost towns of the MacDonnell Ranges.

Darwin Darwin, smallest of the capital cities, is one of the most diverse, shared by over 50 different cultures. The arts thrive here, with music, open-air cinemas, and Aboriginal art galleries topping the bill. For a taste of nature, head to nearby Litchfield National Park or Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage Site and Australia’s largest national park.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Dry Humor Catch one of the Outback’s oddest traditions, the Henley-on-Todd Regatta – a day of fun centering on mock “boat races” held on a dry riverbed!

Look Closely Watch as Ayers Rock appears to change color – various hues of red, purple, orange, gray, and yellow – depending on weather conditions, time of day, and your distance from it.

Back to the Garden Beneath the towering walls of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park, you’ll find the Garden of Eden, full of palm trees, lush vegetation, and tropical pools you can swim in.

Park Place Dip into a cool waterfall rock pool in Litchfield National Park, and take a bushwalk through the rainforest and savannah of Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage Site.

One Cool School Before there were online universities, there was radio’s School of the Air, an educational service based in Alice Springs that serves the far-flung children of the vast Outback.

Sounds Advice Dine under the canopy of the desert night while listening to a “star talker” decode the southern night sky at Ayers Rock Resort’s Sounds of Silence experience.

Hog Heaven Climb on the back of a Harley and groove to the views while a professional motorcycle pilot wheels you around Ayers Rock at sunrise, daytime, or sunset.

Magical Market Put together “shopping” with “hangin’ on the beach,” and you’ve got the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, a weekly evening of exotic food, live entertainment, and more, just a short stroll from downtown Darwin.

What a Croc! Just an hour from Darwin is Crocodile Central, and on a boat cruise along the Adelaide River you can watch saltwater crocs as they propel themselves high out of the water to snatch their prey.

Spring Ahead Dip into the ultimate soothing experience in Elsey National Park, where both Mataranka Hot Springs and Bitter Springs Thermal Pools flow at a constant 90º F and are still very much in their natural state.

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A SELECTION OF Northern Territory HOTELS LONGITUDE 131°

SAILS IN THE DESERT

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All-Inclusive Watch the sun rise over Ayers Rock from your luxurious and eco-friendly elevated tent, set on a sand dune near the border of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Dine under the starry southern sky at Table 131°.

Experience Uluru, Kata Tjuta, the Outback, and local culture at this premium hotel, named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof. In addition to the renowned Mulgara Gallery, the hotel showcases significant Aboriginal artwork throughout.

A comfortable hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, this property offers a range of appealing accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Uluru views. Unwind by the pool over cocktails amid magnificent gardens.

• 15 ac private luxury tents • restaurant/breakfast room/24-hour self-service bar • outdoor pool • tennis court • mini bar • turndown service • electronic bedside controls/Bose® CD player

• 228 ac rooms & suites • restaurants & bar • outdoor pool • Red Ochre Spa • Mulgara Gallery

• 218 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Red Ochre Spa/fitness center • tennis • short stroll to numerous outlooks

OUTBACK PIONEER HOTEL & LODGE

DARWIN CENTRAL HOTEL

KINGS CANYON WILDERNESS LODGE

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The perfect option for a memorable Outback experience, this exclusive property in set in Kings Creek Station, a fully operational cattle and camel station. Gourmet meals are served in the quaint dining area or under the Southern sky.

You’ll experience traditional Aussie hospitality at this comfortable resort. Taste Australia’s pioneering past as you enjoy a beer and regional delights at the do-it-yourself Outback BBQ. Sing along with the nightly entertainment.

This contemporary executive boutique hotel enjoys an unrivaled position in the heart of Darwin, within easy walking distance of entertainment venues, nightclubs, restaurants, and shopping. Step into modern guest rooms with city views.

• 10 ac tented cabins • dining/lounge area • campfire area • excursions

• 167 ac rooms • buffet restaurant & kiosk/BBQ & bar • outdoor pool • live entertainment

• 132 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants • 24-hour room service/24-hour reception & porterage • outdoor pool • shopping

Aboriginal rock art, Kakadu National Park

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a selection of Northern Territory SIGHTSEEING OUTBACK BALLOONING

SEIT OUTBACK AUSTRALIA

ULURU SUNSET AND BBQ DINNER

Alice Springs / Half Day

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock / Half Day / AAT Kings

Your adventure begins before dawn, as the balloon is inflated while the morning sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Float gently in the air and appreciate the vast remoteness and scenery of the Australian Outback, including big red kangaroos, as your balloon crosses spinifex grasses, mulga scrub, and cattle stations. The tour includes return transfers from any accommodation in Alice Springs, plus Champagne and refreshments.

Come SEIT Outback Australia! Discover the real deal in small group touring through exclusive and specialized experiences. Key philosophies embracing Spirit, Emotion, Intellect, and Task, SEIT Outback Australia invites guests to immerse themselves in the Australian Outback. SEIT Outback Australia offers touring with a difference to iconic, pioneering, and cultural locations, focusing on providing ultimate interpretive experiences.

Travel to the Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunset viewing area. Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of color for which Uluru is renowned. Travel to an exclusive venue to enjoy a barbecue dinner including steak, sausages, kangaroo meat, salads, and bread with sparkling wine. There is also time for stargazing (weather permitting).

SOUNDS OF SILENCE DINNER

THE TALI WIRU EXPERIENCE

DARWIN AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Ayers Rock / Half Day

Ayers Rock / Half Day

Darwin

Enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine while you watch the sun set over Uluru. As darkness falls to the haunting soundtrack of a didgeridoo, join your table for an unforgettable dining experience under the Outback sky while a storyteller shares tales as told in the stars. The buffet incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile and kangaroo. After dinner, listen to a local “star talker” decode the night sky.

“Tali Wiru” (meaning “beautiful dune” in local Anangu language) encapsulates the magic of fine intimate dining under the southern desert sky. Relax with Champagne and canapés while the sun sets. As day turns to night, stroll to the top of the dune for a table d’hote four-course dinner matched with premium Australian wines. After dinner, a local storyteller captivates you with stories of Aboriginal history, language, spirituality, land, and culture.

Darwin Airport Shuttle operates a professional, efficient, regularly scheduled service, with a commitment to delivering exceptional service and on-time arrival. Enjoy door-to-door transfers between all domestic and international flights at Darwin International Airport and Darwin city accommodations, 24 hours a day. Services run in conjunction with all flights, including delayed flights. Private transfers are available with sedans, 13-passenger commuter vehicles, and coaches.

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Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

South & Western Australia WINE COUNTRY, WIDE-OPEN SPACES & WORLD-FAMOUS HOSPITALITY

THE REGIONS Adelaide Adelaide, South Australia’s capital, caters to cultured travelers with colonial architecture, art exhibits, and pedestrian-friendly streets. Sample gourmet fare at the Central Market, peruse Aboriginal art at the South Australian Museum, and wander the surrounding parks.

Perth & Western Region Filled with green parks and waterways, Perth is the capital of Western Australia and features enough art galleries, historic buildings, and shops to engage you for days, not to mention the most restaurants per capita of any Australian city. Nearby are excellent beaches and Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine-producing region. Margaret River Wine Country is not only more than 120 wineries, but also artisan cheeses, local organic beef, handmade chocolates, and farmers’ markets.

Regional South – Barossa Valley / Coober Pedy From historic buildings to pristine islands, South Australia delivers a rich heritage and spectacular natural attractions. Visit world-famous wineries throughout the Barossa Valley region. A town that mostly lives and does business underground, unique Coober Pedy produces most of the world’s stock of opals.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Going Underground An isolated Outback burg, Coober Pedy is the world’s opal capital, and you can legally “fossick” (search) for opals amid waste rock and even stay overnight in a former opal mine!

Wine, All Wine Drive the food and wine trails of the Barossa Valley, home to some 150 wineries, source of seasonal produce and artisan food, and full of Old World charm.

Sehr gut! (Very good!) A little slice of Germany in Australia, Hahndorf is the continent’s oldest surviving German settlement. Soak up the scene in its museums, galleries, and Bavarian-style chalet restaurants.

Hill Thrill

Reef Madness The world’s easiest fringing coral reef to access – it’s barely 100 yards offshore in places – the Ningaloo Reef is home to over 500 species of colorful fish. Wade right in!

Roo Zoo See numerous species of native wildlife in their natural habitat in the ecological haven of Kangaroo Island, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, and bird life.

Watch This Drive It’s 18 holes. It’s a par-72 course. And it’s 850 miles long… Tee off on the world’s longest golf course, Nullarbar Links, stretching along the Eyre Highway and traversing two states!

Prison Furlough Take a walking tour of Perth landmarks built by convict labor in the mid-1800s, including Government House, Perth Town Hall, Freemantle Prison, the Western Australia Museum, and The Round House.

Pan for real gold at Sovereign Hill, an open-air museum in Ballarat that re-creates the scene from Gold Rush days in 1850s Australia.

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A SELECTION OF South & Western AUSTRALIA HOTELS THE PLAYFORD ADELAIDE

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Adelaide

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Adelaide

The perfect blend of classical style and contemporary luxury, this boutique hotel stands in the heart of Adelaide, close to shopping, dining, and major attractions. Sit down to South Australian fare and a renowned wine list at the restaurant.

This sophisticated hotel overlooking Victoria Square is adjacent to the vibrant Central Market and dining precinct. Executive Floor rooms include complimentary breakfast in a private lounge.

This Adelaide hotel is just steps from vibrant Rundle Street’s numerous bars, restaurants, and shops, as well as Adelaide’s main attractions. Step into spacious guest accommodations with the latest tech and entertainment amenities.

• 182 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • indoor heated pool • fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi/massage services

• 379 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge/bar • 24-hour room service • outdoor heated pool/spa tub • fitness center/sauna • tennis/ jogging track/golf nearby • live entertainment

• 120 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hour room service • fitness center/massage services • roof garden • business center • complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi

DESERT CAVE HOTEL

RAWNSLEY PARK STATION ECO VILLAS

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Wilpena Pound, South Australia

Perth

This stunning hotel, located in the sandstone surrounding downtown Coober Pedy, features underground rooms, dining, shopping, and gaming. Subterranean guest accommodations are carved from rock, with rough-hewn ceilings and walls.

Overlooking the south side of Wilpena Pound, this eco-resort provides the perfect base for exploring South Australia’s beautiful Flinders Ranges. Environmentally friendly villas have wide verandas with retractable ceilings.

Set on the banks of the Swan River, this sleek modern hotel invites you into contemporary rooms bathed in natural light and plush appointments. Recreation ranges from the casino and nightclub, to swimming and tennis, to world-class dining.

• 19 underground rooms & 31 aboveground rooms • restaurant/café/ underground bar • outdoor pool • underground gaming room • Opal World

• 8 ac 1- & 2-bedroom eco villas • restaurant/bar/general store • outdoor pool • mountain bikes • flights & day tours

• 391 ac rooms & suites • 12 restaurants/3 bars/snack bar/poolside bar & grill • 9 Lounge Executive Club • outdoor & indoor pools/water slides/ sundeck • ISIKA Spa/fitness center/sauna • casino/nightclub/game room

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QUALITY RESORT SORRENTO BEACH

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Located in the Burswood Entertainment Complex on the Swan River, this modern hotel is close to downtown Perth. Step into sleek guest rooms, many with river views. You’re surrounded by great dining and entertainment.

Step into sleek contemporary accommodations just steps from a golden beach at this apartment hotel just a few miles from Perth and close to Sorrento Quay. Spend your days on a breezy private balcony with endless horizon views.

The many attractions of Perth – including shopping, entertainment, and nightlife – are right outside the doors of this contemporary apartment hotel in the Perth CBD, just minutes from the Swan River. Enjoy a seasonal menu at Adelaide’s on the Terrace.

• 291 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/bar & lounge • concierge/ 24-hour room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • ISIKA Spa/fitness center • casino/entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 80 ac studios & 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments with private balconies • restaurant/BBQ & picnic area • outdoor/heated pool/sundeck/spa tub/ sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi • complimentary parking

• 180 ac rooms with fully-equipped kitchenettes • restaurant/bar • 24-hour reception/tour desk • day spa/beauty salon • complimentary Wi-Fi throughout • Internet kiosk • movies on demand/Foxtel cable TV

PERTH AMBASSADOR HOTEL

NINGALOO REEF RESORT

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You’re just minutes from the vibrant shopping, dining, nightlife, and cultural and historical experience of Perth City when you stay at this comfortable oasis near the Swan River. The menu at Café 196 is inspired by the best local produce.

Ideal for singles, couples, and families, this boutique resort stands amid Western Australia’s own tropical playground. Retreat to accommodations with kitchenettes and verandas. Go snorkeling in the world’s second largest fringing reef.

• 170 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hour reception/tour desk • fitness center/sauna • free Wi-Fi throughout • Foxtel cable TV/movies on demand

• 34 ac rooms & apartments • restaurant/coffee bar/lounge • outdoor pool/sundeck • live entertainment • Wi-Fi • tour desk

Whale shark, Ningaloo Reef

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a selection of South & Western AUSTRALIA SIGHTSEEING EXCEPTIONAL KANGAROO ISLAND

FLINDERS RANGES & OUTBACK – 3-DAY MOUNTAIN SAFARI

MCLAREN VALE WINERY EXPERIENCE

Adelaide

Adelaide / 3 Days/2 Nights / Small Group Eco Tour

Adelaide / Half Day / Adelaide’s Top Food & Wine Tours

Exceptional Kangaroo Island provides upscale small group and private experiences featuring the best of Kangaroo Island – great guides, inspired events, creative itineraries, good food and wine, and wildlife in its habitat. Ride in custom 4WD vehicles with local guides who share the real stories of the place they call home. Accommodation options range from country hotels, B&Bs, and deluxe farm stays, to private villas and luxury lodges.

Hop into a comfortable off-road vehicle and discover Mambray Creek and Flinders Ranges National Parks, Wilpena Pound, and Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges. View ancient fossils, visit Aboriginal rock paintings, and see kangaroos, emus, wedge-tailed eagles, and maybe a rare Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby. Enjoy a wine tasting in the Clare Valley. All meals are included, with accommodation options ranging from camping to four-star eco-villas.

This tour departs Adelaide to Glenelg, taking the coastal route to the Fleurieu Peninsula. Visit three charming wineries steeped in history before sitting down to lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a few treats before the drive though the “Vale” to visit two more cellar doors, passing rolling vistas of vineyards along the way. You’ll be given an informative commentary from your guide/driver.

ONE DAY KANGAROO ISLAND EXPERIENCE

A TASTE OF THE BAROSSA AND HAHNDORF

A TASTE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide / Full Day / SeaLink Kangaroo Island

Adelaide / Full Day / Adelaide Sightseeing

Adelaide / Full Day

Explore the highlights of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination, Kangaroo Island. Visit unique Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you’ll get up-close to nature as the wild Australian Sea-lions frolic and laze about on the stunning beach. Enjoy a 2-course lunch in an Australian bush setting, followed by a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park.

This full-day tour takes passengers to South Australia’s premium wine region to sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines, including world-famous Jacobs Creek Winery and Saltram Wine Estate. Enjoy a sumptuous two-course lunch, then wind your way through the picturesque Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement, where you’ll have free time to explore the many shops and galleries full of local arts, crafts, and produce. Operates Monday/Tuesday/Friday.

Enjoy local hospitality, great wine, and exceptional food on this tour, beginning with highlights of charming Adelaide and its surroundings. Venture out to the Barossa Valley to enjoy the best of the wineries, such as Peter Lehman and Two Hands. Indulge in regional food and wine for lunch. Your expert guide will accompany you through the Adelaide Hills for scenic views to enjoy wine and produce tastings.

BUSHTUCKER CAVE & CANOE TOUR

KANGAROO ISLAND DISCOVERY TOUR

TASTE BUD TOURS

Margaret River / 4.5 Hours / Bushtucker Tours

Penneshaw

Perth / Half Day

Meet your tour guide at the Margaret River mouth, then paddle down the Margaret River in a Canadian Canoe seating 2-5 people. Visit various sites along the riverbank, including an ancient island, go on a bushwalk and cave adventure, see wildflowers and wildlife, and listen to historical tales of the Aboriginals and early settlers. Finish the day with a canoe race, and enjoy a unique Australian lunch o n the river bank.

Depart on the Sealink Ferry from Penneshaw to Kangaroo Island, an unspoiled oasis with white-sand beaches, stunning coastlines, and an abundance of wildlife. Day tours and 1- or 2-night tours are available; stay in four-star accommodations.

Small personalized groups of 16 guests explore the award-winning Food & Wine Trail of the Swan Valley – Perth’s Valley of Taste – visiting nine delicious locations, enjoying 25+ different tasting experiences in a fun-filled half-day tour. Treats include exotic coffee, lavender scones, honey, chocolate, nougat, roasted nuts, ice cream, cheese, oils, dukkah, genuine Australian bush tucker, and premium wines.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth

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Pinnacles Desert, Perth Western Australia

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Nau mai! New Zealand

SMALL COUNTRY, BIG ATTRACTIONS – FROM ITS BREATHTAKING SCENERY TO ITS SOPHISTICATED CULTURE, AND MUCH MORE

GETTING AROUND Air

Domestic flights within New Zealand are often cheaper than driving or taking the train, especially if a crossing between the North and South Islands is required. Service is provided by JetStar and Air New Zealand.

Bus Buses are a relatively inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to get around, with convenient daily service throughout the country. InterCity Coachlines, New Zealand’s national coach company, connects over 600 destinations.

Rail There are three scenic passenger railways in New Zealand: The Northern Explorer from AucklandWellington; the Coastal Pacific on the South Island from Christchurch-Picton, and the famous TranzAlpine between Christchurch-Greymouth.

Boat To get your car between the North and South Islands, you need to take a ferry across Cook Strait (either Bluebridge or the Interislander). Commuter ferries also operate in Auckland and Wellington.

Car You can drive to all of New Zealand’s top attractions, however, weather extremes, the terrain, and narrow secondary roads and bridges require drivers to be very vigilant. As in Australia, traffic drives on the left in New Zealand.

Know Your Destination

Australia’s smaller neighbor Down Under, New Zealand is big on natural beauty, recreation, and culture. The last significant landmass discovered by humans, it is also one of travel’s best-kept secrets – although the hit The Lord of the Rings movies from the past decade have given impetus to more and more travelers to make their own discovery.

North & South The two islands, North and South, have surprisingly different characters. The North Island has dramatic volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches and excellent sailing, ancient indigenous forests, and a strong Maori cultural influence. The South Island has a slower pace of life dominated by the snow-covered Southern Alps and the spectacular scenery of the fjordlands, with its glaciers, deep lakes, and verdant forests.

Where the Action Is New Zealand offers a huge variety of action-packed and laid-back activities like bungee jumping, skiing, swimming with dolphins, and scenic boat cruises, as well as walking trails with unrivalled scenery. Alternatively, visitors can immerse themselves in the sophisticated culture of Auckland and the capital Wellington in the North, and Christchurch in the South. Beyond the mountains, lakes, glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, beaches, cities… The islands of New Zealand are sparsely populated, but easily accessible. Facilities for visitors are modern, and transport networks are reasonably developed.

Get In & Get Going

Visiting New Zealand is easy: English is spoken, and the country boasts a temperate climate. Every visitor must have a passport that is valid for 3 months beyond the date of departure, an onward/return ticket to a country you have permission to enter, and sufficient money to support yourself during your stay. Visas are not required for stays shorter than 3 months. Your Travel Consultant offers end-to-end travel planning for every kind of trip, no matter where you’re going or what you’re doing.

THE REGIONS Home to three-quarters of the population, the North Island has dramatic volcanic landscapes and highly active thermal springs and natural spas, long stretches of beautiful beaches, ancient indigenous forests, and a collection of easily reached smaller islands. Wilderness treks, tours of Hobbiton, Maori encounters, sailing, the best rugby matches on the globe, and adventure sports like caving and bungee jumping are among the top draws here. Its bustling modern cities include Wellington (the capital) and Auckland, the largest and most populous urban area in Polynesia. Vibrant Wellington, a harbor city that’s also the gateway to the South Island, teems with government and cultural activities. Auckland, at once sprawling and skyscraper-tall, captivates with its nightlife as well as proximity to vineyards, beaches, and island retreats. (see p. 54)

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Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, South Island

The landscapes here are more isolated and the cities smaller. In Christchurch, soaring cathedrals, arts centers and galleries, and beautiful parks and gardens abound. The South Island was made for active pursuits like cycling between vineyards, whale-watching on the east coast, close encounters with penguins and seals down south, jet-boating and glacier-trekking on the west coast, and more. (see p. 61)

Bay of Islands Kaitaia

Whangarei

Coromandel

DINE YOUR WAY ACROSS NEW ZEALAND

Whitianga Auckland

Waitomo Caves

Hokey Pokey ice cream, one of New Zealand’s most popular ice cream flavors, consists of plain vanilla ice cream dotted with small crunchy lumps of honey comb toffee.

• A top fingerfood delicacy at parties and events, white bait fritters are based on a small fish with a subtle taste, which are essentially cooked into a buttery omelette.

Rotorua Taupo

Tasman Sea

New Plymouth

Gisborne

Turangi Napier

New Zealand lamb is considered the best in the world, and the country also exports massive quantities of kiwifruit. The country’s wine industry is universally acclaimed. And in addition to Pavlova (a meringue-based dessert named after the dancer Anna Pavlova), there are singular treats that are not to be missed, such as: Marmite! The New Zealand version of Vegemite, Marmite is a yeast spread with a distinctive, powerful flavor, and a staple of kitchen cupboards since 1910. (Kiwis suffered through “The Year of No Marmite” after the manufacturer’s Christchurch plant was damaged in the November 2011 earthquake, shutting down production for months.

Whangamata Bay of Plenty Tauranga

Hamilton

With its primarily agricultural economy, New Zealand cuisine is based on local ingredients and seasonal variations, with products from both land and sea. Similar to Australian cuisine, it is diverse and contains elements of British, Mediterranean, and Pacific Rim influences.

Paihia

Palmerston North

NORTH ISLAND Nelson

Greymouth

Wellington Picton Blenheim

Hanmer Springs Kaikoura

Franz Josef Glacier

SOUTH ISLAND

Fox Glacier

Mt. Hutt

Christchurch Akaroa

Mt. Cook Milford Sound

Pacific Ocean

Queenstown Te Anau

Dunedin Invercargill

STEWART ISLAND

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SPECTACULAR NEW ZEALAND 11 Days AUCKLAND • WELLINGTON • CHRISTCHURCH • GLACIERS • QUEENSTOWN

Maori marae

Auckland

Trip Highlights • Auckland city highlights tour • Rotorua city & lakes tour • Napier • Wellington • Coastal Pacific train • Christchurch • TranzAlpine train • Franz Josef Glacier • Glacier Valley walk • Queenstown • Milford Sound

Day 1: Auckland You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Auckland In the morning, join an Auckland highlights tour and get a closer look at this amazing city, plus a harbor cruise to see the city from a completely different perspective.

Day 3: Auckland – Rotorua In the morning, pick up a rental car and drive south to the adventure playground of Roturua. Home to an array of geothermal wonders, strong Maori culture, and adventure-based activities, there’s always plenty to do. Join an afternoon city and lakes tour.

After arriving in Christchurch, the afternoon is at your leisure to explore the city.

Day 7: Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier Get on board for one of the most amazing train journeys in the world, the TranzAlpine train that crosses the country through the rugged countryside and mountain ranges. Upon arrival at Greymouth, pick up your rental car and drive south to the village of Franz Josef, gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 8: Franz Josef Glacier Join the Glacier Valley Walk to see Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 4: Rotorua – Napier

Day 9: Franz Josef Glacier – Queenstown

Continue your drive south to Napier, the home of New Zealand wine, where you’ll find the country’s oldest wineries. Explore a city filled with Art Deco style, and don’t miss the Marine Parade, a tree-lined oceanside boulevard.

In the morning, head south on the winding roads to the action-packed city of Queenstown, launching pad for some of the most adrenaline-filled sports known to man as well as some of the best skiing in the Southern Hemisphere. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 5: Napier – Wellington

Day 10: Queenstown

Continue your drive south to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Spend the day visiting the historic museums and memorials.

You will be picked up and taken to a cruise on Milford Sound. One of the most accessible fjords, Milford Sound remains quiet and still, bounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest. After arriving back to Queenstown, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 6: Wellington – Christchurch In the morning, take the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait to the South Island, then board the Coastal Pacific train that runs alongside the seaside to Christchurch.

Day 11: Queenstown

Milford Sound

Bay of Islands Paihia

NORTH ISLAND

Auckland

Coromandel Bay of Plenty Rotorua Taupo

Tasman Sea

Napier

SOUTH ISLAND

Nelson

Greymouth Franz Josef Glacier Fox Glacier

Wellington Picton

Kaikoura Christchurch

Milford Sound

Pacific Ocean

Queenstown

STEWART ISLAND

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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NEW ZEALAND ALL OVER 17 Days AUCKLAND • WELLINGTON • CHRISTCHURCH • GLACIERS • QUEENSTOWN

Franz Josef Glacier

Trip Highlights • Auckland city highlights tour • Paihia & Bay of Islands • Cape Reinga • Rotorua • Napier • Taupo • Wellington • Nelson • Golden Bay in a Day tour • Kaikoura • whale-watching • Swim with the dolphins • Christchurch • TranzAlpine train • Glacier Valley walk • Queenstown • Milford Sound

Day 1: Auckland

Day 9: Nelson

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Explore this breathtaking region in more detail on the Golden Bay in a Day tour.

Day 2: Auckland

Day 10: Nelson – Kaikoura

In the morning, join an Auckland highlights tour and get a closer look at this amazing city, plus a harbor cruise to see the city from a completely different perspective.

Head to the South Island’s eastern coast and Kaikoura, a small town with a rich history and culture to explore, plus lots of activities that cater to everyone.

Day 3: Auckland – Paihia

Day 11: Kaikoura

Pick up your rental car and head north to Paihia on the spectacular Bay of Islands. After arriving into Paihia, the afternoon is yours to explore the area.

In the morning, head out into the Pacific Ocean in search of whales. Back on land, there’s a short break before you return to swim with the dolphins. The afternoon is at your leisure, but be sure not to miss sampling the local specialty: freshly caught crayfish.

Day 4: Paihia You will be picked up and taken on an action-packed guided day trip from Paihia to Cape Reinga on the tip of New Zealand’s North Island. Drive down the rugged coastline of Ninety Mile Beach and also see the mystical kauri trees, go sandboarding, and dig for shellfish.

Day 12: Kaikoura – Christchurch Your journey continues as you head south to Christchurch. After dropping off your rental car, the afternoon is at your leisure to explore the city.

Day 5: Paihia – Rotorua

Day 13: Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier

Begin your journey south to Roturua, home to an array of geothermal wonders, strong Maori culture, and a number of adventure-based activities. The afternoon is yours to explore the city.

Get on board for one of the most amazing train journeys in the world, the TranzAlpine train that crosses the country through the rugged countryside and mountain ranges. Upon arrival at Greymouth, pick up your rental car and drive south to the village of Franz Josef, gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 6: Rotorua – Napier Continue your drive south to Napier, the home of New Zealand wine. On the way, pass through the historic city of Taupo, a perfect spot for lunch with some great restaurants serving locally grown produce. After arriving in Napier, take the afternoon to explore the Art Decoinspired city.

Day 7: Napier – Wellington Continue your drive south to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Drop off your rental car, then join the Maori Treasures Tour and gain some insight into the indigenous New Zealanders’ rich cultural history. After the tour, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 8: Wellington – Nelson From the Wellington Ferry Terminal, take the Interislander across the Cook Strait to the South Island, then pick up a rental car and head to Nelson – home to wineries, adventure sports, three national parks, and New Zealand’s newest culinary hot spots.

Whale watching

Day 14: Franz Josef Glacier

Queenstown

Bay of Islands Paihia

NORTH ISLAND

Join the Glacier Valley Walk to see Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 15: Franz Josef Glacier – Queenstown In the morning, head south on the winding roads to the action-packed city of Queenstown, launching pad for some of the most adrenaline-filled sports known to man as well as some of the best skiing in the Southern Hemisphere. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 16: Queenstown You will be picked up and taken to a cruise on Milford Sound. One of the most accessible fjords, Milford Sound remains quiet and still, bounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest. After arriving back to Queenstown, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 17: Queenstown

Auckland

Coromandel Bay of Plenty Rotorua Taupo

Tasman Sea

Napier

SOUTH ISLAND

Nelson

Greymouth Franz Josef Glacier Fox Glacier

Wellington Picton

Kaikoura Christchurch

Milford Sound

Pacific Ocean

Queenstown

STEWART ISLAND

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH 11 Days NELSON • CHRISTCHURCH • GLACIERS • QUEENSTOWN

Milford Sound

Lake Tekapo

Trip Highlights

Franz Josef Glacier

• Wellington • Golden Bay in a Day tour • Kaikoura • whale-watching • Swim with the dolphins • Christchurch • TranzAlpine train • Franz Josef Glacier • Glacier Valley walk • Queenstown • Milford Sound

Day 1: Auckland – Wellington – Nelson Upon your arrival in Auckland, board a connecting flight to Wellington, then transfer to the Wellington Ferry Terminal to continue the journey to New Zealand’s South Island. Here, pick up a rental car and head to Nelson – home to wineries, adventure sports, three national parks, and New Zealand’s newest culinary hotspots.

in the world, the TranzAlpine train that crosses the country through the rugged countryside and mountain ranges. Upon arrival at Greymouth, pick up your rental car and drive south to the village of Franz Josef, gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier.

Whangarei

Day 7: Franz Josef Glacier

Day 2: Nelson

Join the Glacier Valley Walk to see Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Explore this breathtaking region in more detail on the Golden Bay in a Day tour.

Day 8: Franz Josef Glacier – Queenstown

Head to the South Island’s eastern coast and Kaikoura, a small town with a rich history and culture to explore, plus lots of activities that cater to everyone.

In the morning, head south on the winding roads to the action-packed city of Queenstown, launching pad for some of the most adrenaline-filled sports known to man as well as some of the best skiing in the Southern Hemisphere. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 4: Kaikoura

Day 9: Queenstown

In the morning, head out into the Pacific Ocean in search of whales. Back on land, there’s a short break before you return to swim with the dolphins. The afternoon is at your leisure, but be sure not to miss sampling the local specialty: freshly caught crayfish.

You will be picked up and taken to a cruise on Milford Sound. One of the most accessible fjords, Milford Sound remains quiet and still, bounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest. After arriving back to Queenstown, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 3: Nelson – Kaikoura

Day 5: Kaikoura – Christchurch

Day 10: Queenstown

Your journey continues as you head south to Christchurch. After dropping off your rental car, the afternoon is at your leisure to explore the city.

Explore Queenstown at your own leisure.

Day 6: Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier

Bay of Islands Paihia

Kaitaia

Day 11: Queenstown Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Coromandel Whitianga Bay of Plenty Whangamata

Auckland

NORTH ISLAND

Hamilton Waitomo Caves

Tauranga Rotorua Taupo Gisb Turangi

Tasman Sea New Plymouth

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Napier

Palmerston North

SOUTH ISLAND Nelson

Picton

Wellington

Blenheim Greymouth Franz Josef Glacier Fox Glacier

Mt. Hutt

Hanmer Springs Kaikoura Christchurch Akaroa

Mt. Cook

Milford Sound Queenstown Te Anau

Pacific Ocean Dunedin

Invercargill

STEWART ISLAND

Get on board for one of the most amazing train journeys

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THE CULTURAL NORTH 8 Days AUCKLAND • PAIHIA • ROTORUA • NAPIER • WELLINGTON

Bay of Islands

Champagne Pool, Rotorua

Auckland

Trip Highlights • Auckland city highlights tour • Paihia & Bay of Islands • Cape Reinga • Rotorua • Napier • Taupo • Wellington

Day 1: Auckland You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Auckland In the morning, join an Auckland highlights tour and get a closer look at this amazing city, plus a harbor cruise to see the city from a completely different perspective.

Day 3: Auckland – Paihia Pick up your rental car and drive north to Paihia on the spectacular Bay of Islands. After arriving into Paihia, the afternoon is yours to explore the area.

Day 4: Paihia You will be picked up and taken on an action-packed guided day trip from Paihia to Cape Reinga on the tip of New Zealand’s North Island. Drive down the rugged coastline of Ninety Mile Beach and also see the mystical kauri trees, go sandboarding, and dig for shellfish.

number of adventure-based activities. The afternoon is yours to explore the city.

Day 6: Rotorua – Napier Continue your drive south to Napier, the home of New Zealand wine. On the way, pass through the historic city of Taupo, a perfect spot for lunch with some great restaurants serving locally grown produce. After arriving in Napier, take the afternoon to explore the Art Decoinspired city.

Maori carving

Bay of Islands Paihia

Kaitaia

Whangarei

Day 7: Napier – Wellington Continue your drive south to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Drop off your rental car, then join the Maori Treasures Tour and gain some insight into the indigenous New Zealanders’ rich cultural history. After the tour, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Coromandel Whitianga Bay of Plenty Whangamata

Auckland

NORTH ISLAND

Hamilton Waitomo Caves

Tauranga Rotorua Taupo Gisborne Turangi

Tasman Sea New Plymouth

Day 8: Wellington Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Napier

Palmerston North

Day 5: Paihia – Rotorua

SOUTH ISLAND Nelson

Begin your journey south to Roturua, home to an array of geothermal wonders, strong Maori culture, and a

Picton

Wellington

Blenheim Greymouth

Hanmer Springs Kaikoura

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Christchurch

Mt. Hutt

Akaroa


Wellington

North Island BUSTLING CITIES, DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES, AND A WEALTH OF LOCAL CULTURES

THE REGIONS Auckland & Wellington The harborside capital city of Wellington hosts Parliament and government ministries and departments, as well as a thriving arts scene, café culture, and nightlife. Auckland – New Zealand’s largest urban area – is a mecca for foodies and shoppers, as well as the sailboat capital of the Pacific.

Bay of Islands Located in the Northland region of the North Island, the Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular vacation sites in New Zealand, combining outdoor recreational activities with some of New Zealand’s most significant historic attractions. Renowned for its big-game fishing, this is also the place for chartering a yacht, diving and snorkeling, paddling a kayak in and out of the islands, and swimming with the dolphins.

Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay & Hobbiton Known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand, Rotorua is home to hot springs and geysers that have attracted visitors for a century, as well as a hotspot for fishing, boating, and white-water rafting. Hawke’s Bay is the center of New Zealand’s oldest wine region; its main urban area, Napier, is a revelation of original 1930s Art Deco architecture and design. A huge tourism draw, the Hobbiton™ Movie Set near Matamata is the stand-in for Middle-Earth in filmmaker Peter Jackson’s series of The Lord of the Rings movies.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Sweet & Glow Hop into a boat and watch as thousands of tiny glow worms radiate their unmistakable luminescent light inside Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Bay Day

Enduring Traditions Join a tour to an authentic Maori village near Rotorua, discover their art forms, ancient rituals, and traditions, and share in a celebratory hangi feast with your hosts.

Water World Hop on board for a boat tour of Auckland’s scenic Waitemata Harbour and great views of the skyline, Bean Rock Lighthouse, Devonport Naval Base, Rangitoto Island, and more.

Grab some beach time, meet some dolphins, and cruise under the iconic 60-foot-high “Hole in the Rock” on a boat cruise through the Bay of Islands.

Boiling Mud Get a snootful of the distinctive aroma of volcanic activity in the form of steaming sulphur pits, found near Rotorua at Wai-O-Tapu.

Dinner at Eight (Bells) Enjoy a dinner cruise with tasty New Zealand fare and a stunning sunset while floating in a sailboat in Auckland’s magnificent harbor.

Good for Wellington Get familiar with such landmarks as Mt. Victoria, Old St. Paul’s, the Parliament buildings, Te Papa, and more during a comprehensive tour of Wellington’s highlights.

Hawking Wine Learn all about the Wine Country’s best products – like chocolate and cheese – and sample both reds and whites on a food-centric tour of Hawke’s Bay wineries.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula

WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F°

67.6 68.5 65.8 61.3 57.2 53.2 51.6 52.9 55.4 58.1 61.2 64.9

Avg. Rainfall (inches) 2.8 3.4 3.1 3.8 4.5 5 5.2 4.4 3.7 3.7 3.2 3.1

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A SELECTION OF North island HOTELS HILTON AUCKLAND

CROWNE PLAZA AUCKLAND

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SUDIMA AUCKLAND AIRPORT

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Auckland

Auckland

Auckland

Perched at the tip of Princes Wharf and surrounded by Waitemata Harbour, this contemporary boutique hotel welcomes guests into stylish rooms that open to balconies with harbor or city views. White serves New Zealand cuisine and wines.

This upscale high-rise hotel is ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub, and offers superior comfort, personal service, and contemporary style. Spacious guest rooms feature state-of-the-art tech amenities.

This new contemporary hotel is conveniently located close to Auckland Airport. Guest rooms have modern style, plush bedding, and a range of tech amenities. After a day of sightseeing, take a dip in the indoor pool.

• 165 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor heated pool • spa/fitness center

• 352 ac rooms & suites • Executive Club rooms with private club lounge • restaurant & bar/24-hour in-room dining • 24-hour fitness center & sauna • wireless connectivity in all rooms & public areas

• 153 ac rooms • restaurant & bar • 24-hour room service • indoor heated pool • fitness center • airport shuttle service available • complimentary parking

THE QUADRANT HOTEL & SUITES

BEST WESTERN PRESIDENT HOTEL AUCKLAND

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COPTHORNE HOTEL & RESORT BAY OF ISLANDS

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Bay of Islands

This modern, family-friendly hotel is the ideal base for exploring downtown Auckland, close to the amazing Sky Tower and other attractions. Soundproof guest accommodations have full kitchens, the latest tech amenities, and superb city views.

Located in Auckland city center, this family-friendly high-rise hotel is perfect for exploring the city’s many attractions. After sightseeing, retreat to sleek, modern guest rooms with city views.

Embracing a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, and surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens and the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, this modern resort showcases stunning uninterrupted bay views.

• 277 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hour concierge/room service • spa/fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 120 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/coffee shop • concierge/room service • fitness center/spa tub/steam room • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 180 ac rooms & suites • restaurant & lounge/café bar/24-hour room service • outdoor lagoon pool/spa tub • Pure Bliss Spa • tennis/mountain bike hire • water sports & golf nearby • courtesy shuttle to downtown Paihia

MARINA PARK APARTMENTS

HILTON LAKE TAUPO

Auckland

Worldwide Traveler Select

MARINE RESERVED APARTMENTS

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Worldwide Traveler Select

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Coromandel Peninsula

Coromandel Peninsula

Lake Taupo

This modern apartment hotel is only a stone’s throw from the stunning golden sands of Whangamata Beach and a short stroll from the town and its numerous cafés, restaurants, and bars. Accommodations have private furnished balconies.

An ideal base to explore the beautiful, lively Coromandel Peninsula, this apartment complex is adjacent to picturesque Whitianga Marina and just steps from restaurants, bars, and cafés. Open-plan living areas, full kitchen facilities, and private balconies.

This deluxe resort hotel commands magnificent views over New Zealand’s largest lake and is close to Taupo’s famous hot springs. Rooms open to balconies with garden views. The menu at Bistro Lago matches its stunning views!

• 17 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments with full kitchens • water sports & golf nearby

• 62 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • outdoor heated pool/whirlpool • fitness center

• 113 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge • concierge/room service • outdoor heated pool/children’s pool/thermal spa pool • fitness center/ sauna/steam room • tennis courts

EDGEWATER PALMS APARTMENTS

THE WATERFRONT SUITES, BAY OF ISLANDS

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SCENIC HOTEL BAY OF ISLANDS

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Paihia

Paihia

Paihia

Paihia’s restaurants, cafés, and bars – not to mention the beach! – are right outside the doors of this luxury apartment hotel. Accommodations have full kitchens, the latest tech amenities, private balconies or patios, and luscious sea views.

Secluded, peaceful, and luxurious, this all-suite resort invites you into elegant, modern accommodations with private balconies and ocean or pool views. You’re within easy walking distance of Paihia’s dining, shopping, and wharf.

Enhanced by beautiful subtropical gardens, this resort hotel is located at the southern entrance to Paihia, an ideal base for exploring the picturesque Bay of Islands region. Retreat to guest rooms with state-of-the-art tech amenities.

• 34 apartments with full kitchens • restaurant/bar • room service • outdoor infinity pool/sundeck • complimentary Wi-Fi • water sports rentals/tour desk

• 29 one-, two & three-bedroom suites with full kitchens • breakfast available/BBQ • concierge • outdoor heated lap pool • tour desk • water sports & golf nearby

• 114 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • 24-hour reception/room service • outdoor pool • wireless Internet throughout • tourist information & booking service

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a selection of North Island hotels and SIGHTSEEING PRINCES GATE HOTEL

SOLITAIRE LODGE

HHHHH Rotorua

Worldwide Traveler Select

MILLENNIUM HOTEL ROTORUA

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Rotorua

Rotorua

Centrally located and overlooking the beautiful Government Gardens and New Zealand Art Gallery, this elegant, one-of-akind 1897 heritage hotel combines boutique accommodations, old-fashioned service, and classic style.

Set on a private peninsula overlooking Lake Tarawera, this exclusive resort invites you into luxurious suites with 180º views of the glassy lake and magnificent Mount Tarawera volcano. Discover world-class trout fishing and natural geothermal bathing.

Overlooking mystical Lake Rotorua, this expansive hotel lures guests with outstanding service, luxurious accommodations, and a spa that’s tailor-made for indulgence. Guest rooms, many with private balconies, have marble baths and superb lake views.

• 50 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • thermally heated pools • sauna/plunge pools • conference rooms • complimentary wireless Internet in lobby & bar

• 10 ac suites • restaurant/bar • lake beach • spa/natural thermal bathing in lake waters • helipad • motorized dinghies & kayaks • boating excursions

• 227 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • indoor pool • spa/fitness center/sauna

SUDIMA HOTEL LAKE ROTORUA

MARAMA RESORT

INTERCONTINENTAL WELLINGTON

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Worldwide Traveler Select

Worldwide Traveler Select

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Rotorua

Wellington

Set right on the shores of gorgeous Lake Rotorua, this elegant resort hotel is close to Rotorua’s vibrant city culture and many attractions. After a day of sightseeing or recreation, hide away in contemporary-style guest rooms, many with lake views.

Opening directly onto the shores of Lake Rotorua, this boutique resort invites you into spacious individual villas and chalets with breezy balconies, some dotted along private waterways. You’re just minutes from town, dining, and shopping.

Stay in authentic luxury adjacent to the harbor in the heart of New Zealand’s capital. A knowledgeable concierge will connect you to the arts, shopping, and culinary culture, creating a memorable Wellington experience.

• 250 rooms • restaurant & bar • 24-hour room service • indoor heated pool & 3 private spa tubs • daily cultural show & feast • complimentary parking

• 22 ac 2- & 3-bedroom apartments with full kitchens • café/bar/BBQ • outdoor pool • fitness center • tennis court/water sports/fishing/boat ramp

• 238 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge • concierge/24-hour room service • indoor heated pool • spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna • meeting rooms

RYDGES WELLINGTON

LEISURE INN WELLINGTON HOTEL

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WHITE ISLAND RENDEZVOUS

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Wellington

Whakatane

Ideally located in the heart of the capital, this modern high-rise hotel is within walking distance of Wellington’s major attractions. Contemporary-style guest rooms feature kitchenettes and the latest tech amenities, plus views of the inner city or harbor.

Centrally located in the heart of the Cuba Street district of Wellington, this modern hotel is just a short walk from local attractions, dining, and shopping. Retreat to well-appointed guest rooms with amenities and facilities suited for a relaxing stay.

Experience the relaxed coastal atmosphere at this modern hotel, set opposite scenic Whakatane Wharf and just steps from the town center. Hop on a cruise to White Island and experience an active volcano right at the crater’s edge!

• 280 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/breakfast buffet • concierge/ 24-hour room service • indoor lap pool • sauna/spa tub/cardio room/ access to off-site fitness center • game room

• 90 ac rooms • concierge • 24-hour reception • guest parking (free) • Wi-Fi access ($)

• 27 ac studios, apartments & villas • café/room service • tour desk/gift shop • complimentary Wi-Fi

BRITZ CAMPERVANS

BUSH & BEACH

Auckland

Auckland

A campervan vacation gives you access to hundreds of campgrounds in beachfront locations or among the trees, beaches, and forests of Australia and New Zealand. Britz campervans is Australasia’s largest campervan operation and has vehicles that suit every need, fully equipped with all bedding and linen, kitchen, and general living equipment.

Bush and Beach is an award-winning sightseeing company that has been showing Auckland and its environs to guests since 1984. Fully guided daily tours create unforgettable memories of unique, untamed New Zealand. Escape to the unique rainforest and black-sand surf beaches just 30 minutes from downtown Auckland. Enjoy panoramic views, walk in primeval rainforest, and learn the history of this area with our knowledgeable guides.

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Auckland / 9 Days/8 Nights / Leisure Time Tours From the North Island’s gateway city of Auckland, travel north to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands and as far south as Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, and also include a night in Napier, the “Art Deco Capital of the World.” The key highlights of this tour include Maori Culture in Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, and Hole in the Rock Cruise to Cape Brett; city tours are included in Rotorua, Napier, and Wellington.

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ZEST FOOD TOURS OF NEW ZEALAND

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Auckland / Great Sights New Zealand

Auckland & Wellington / 3-4.5 Hours

Rotorua

Travel to Waitomo, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour through the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Explore underground caverns and learn how stalactites, stalagmites, and other limestone structures were formed over millions of years. Next, travel to Hobbiton to a picturesque 1,250-acre farm where The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. You’ll see Hobbit holes, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn, and other structures created for the films.

Experience gourmet walking tours with Zest Food Tours of New Zealand on the Auckland City Tastes tour, the Wellington Walking Gourmet tour, and Capital Tastes tour. Enjoy sightseeing with great food as your local guide shares insights into the food, culture, and sights of each region. Join small exclusive groups to sample the best food and meet the passionate producers behind them.

Rotorua’s most active geothermal park features boiling mud pools, steam sulphur pools, a mud volcano, and the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Guided tours, interactive experiences, and geothermal mud experiences include genuine Geothermal Mud Spa Bathing, Mud Facials, Mud Body Scrubs, and more. A complimentary shuttle runs from Rotorua three times daily.

MITAI MAORI VILLAGE

RIVER RATS RAFT & KAYAK

HELICOPTER WHITE ISLAND TOUR

Rotorua / 3 Hours This evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture. See warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient canoe down the Wai-o-whiro Stream, and watch your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During a cultural performance, you’ll learn about Maori history, carvings, and tattoo art.

WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES

Rotorua / Half Day

Rotorua / 3 Hours / Volcanic Air Safaris

Situated in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve, the Grade 5 Kaituna River features the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, the awesome Tutea Falls. Although this trip provides full-on action, it is suitable for beginners. Makor rapids are followed by calm pools, making it a very forgiving Grade 5 river. For those who prefer a quieter ride, there’s the Rangitaiki Grade 3-4 rapids or Rangitaiki Grade 2 rapids, suitable for participants as young as five years old.

Your scenic flight from the Rotorua City lakefront takes you north over Hell’s Gate Thermal Valley to the Pacific Ocean coastline and the active volcano of White Island. Land at the crater’s rim and spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this fascinating natural attraction. Experience the volcanic fury of the main White Island craters, and view sulphur deposits and the remains of the old sulphur mine.

MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND TE PAPA TONGEREWA

WHITE ISLAND TOURS

Waitomo

Wellington

Whakatane / Half Day

World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high place on the New Zealand vacation wish-list. The glow-worm (Arachnocampa luminosa) is unique to New Zealand and a must-see. Enjoy the world-famous boat ride under thousands of magical glow worms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.

Te Papa is New Zealand’s innovative and interactive national museum, located on Wellington’s spectacular waterfront. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country – the unique natural environment, and the vitality of Maori culture and its dynamic art heritage and fascinating history.

Cruise across the pristine waters of the Bay of Plenty to White Island, New Zealand’s most spectacular volcano. After donning hard hats and gas masks, guides will lead you on an exploration of the crater. Experience roaring fumaroles, sparkling sulphur chimneys, bubbling pools of mud, and the awesome crater lake. Enjoy lunch aboard the boat before the return journey, which often provides the opportunity for dolphin watching.

MAUI MOTORHOME RENTALS

North & South Islands Maui is an experienced and trusted campervan hire and car rental brand in New Zealand and Australia, delivering great self-drive holidays for more than 25 years. They are focused on a continual quest for design enhancement and innovation to ensure that all travelers, just like you, experience the very best in campervan vacations with stylish interiors and spacious design right down to warm personalized service. Champagne Pool

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a selection of North & south Island SIGHTSEEING AJ HACKETT BUNGY NEW ZEALAND

INTERISLANDER

KIWIRAIL SCENIC JOURNEYS

Auckland & Queenstown

Wellington

North & South Islands

AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand is a leader in adventure tourism. In Queenstown, go for a water touch at the Kawarau Bridge, jump or swing 1,200 feet above Queenstown at the Ledge, or head to the Nevis and take on Australia’s highest bungy and the world’s biggest swing. AJ Hackett Bungy also offers exclusive access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Interislander travels the 57 miles between the North and South Islands of New Zealand in three hours, one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. Interislander operates three vehicle ferries up to 11 times a day, so you’ll always have a wide choice of travel times. Once you’re on your Interislander journey, you can take a stroll on the decks, enjoy a meal and drink, or just relax and take in the breathtaking views.

Discover the heart of New Zealand when you travel by train. There’s a spectacular range of scenery waiting for you – rugged coastlines, winding rivers, towering mountains, and untouched alpine landscapes. Watch it all roll by in new carriages with enormous panoramic windows and an onboard licensed café. KiwiRail Scenic Journeys operate three unique services across the North and South Islands; the Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific, and TranzAlpine.

NZONE SKYDIVE

PARAMOUNT NEW ZEALAND 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

Queenstown / Half Day

North & South Islands / 10 Days/9 Nights / Tourmasters

South Island / 10 Days/9 Nights / Tourmasters

It takes a certain kind of person to jump from an aircraft at 15,000 feet into thin air. It takes courage. Harnessed to an experienced qualified Jumpmaster, you will step out of the aircraft door, and for some 60 seconds free-fall toward the ground at 124mph, terminal velocity. Expect sensory overload as your mind, body, and soul fight against every natural self-preserving urge. Achievement doesn’t come sweeter. Maximum weight limit of 220 pounds applies.

This complete New Zealand experience includes stunning Mount Cook, the majesty of Milford Sound, and the excitement of Queenstown. Marvel at the massive glaciers of the South Island, then join the TranzAlpine train, perennially rated one of the top 10 train journeys in the world. Then head to the North Island with its thermal wonderland, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and Maori culture.

Capture the true spirit of the South Island on a magical experience, seeing the best it has to offer. Experience beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, visit Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, take a guided walk to awe-inspiring glaciers, choose from the array of activities in the alpine resort of Queenstown, journey to majestic Milford Sound, and visit New Zealand’s highest peak, Mount Cook.

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Mitre Peak

South Island MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAINS, GLACIERS, AND FJORDLANDS – A GREAT BASE FOR GREAT ADVENTURES!

THE REGIONS Christchurch & Kaikoura Gateway to the South Island, Christchurch is home to soaring cathedrals, arts centers and galleries, and beautiful parks and gardens, and is the gateway to the South Island’s wineries, sports and recreation, wildlife, glaciers, and other natural attractions. Kaikoura invites you to relax – or to go kayaking, white-water rafting, quad biking, surfing, fishing, horseback riding, biking, hiking, skydiving, and a zillion other pursuits!

West Coast Glaciers & Milford Sound The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, massive remnants of the Ice Age, cascade down from the vast snowfields of the Southern Alps, but are easily accessible to mountaineers and hikers (as well as unforgettable scenic flyovers from helicopters and other aircraft). The definition of “awesome,” Milford Sound astounds with gorgeous waters, stunning Mitre Peak, rare marine life, and raw unspoiled beauty.

Nelson Region Visit wineries and three national parks, and dive into adventure sports and New Zealand’s newest culinary hot spots in Nelson. “Superyachts” line up at the new water front along the picturesque town of Picton, the access point to Queen Charlotte Sound and the Marlborough Sounds. Queen Charlotte Sound is dominated by bush-clad shorelines, deep bays, and coves, ideal for exploring by sea kayak.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Sound Advice It may be the world’s most beautiful 45-mile hike: The Queen Charlotte Track, from Ship Cove to Anakiwa, with its variety of landscapes and unsurpassed views.

Blanc Generation Tour the picturesque rolling hills of Marlborough, New Zealand’s flagship wine region, and be sure to sample a Sauvignon Blanc, the wine that made the region famous.

Fjord Fiesta Cruise the length of the spectacular glacial fjord of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea, and explore its stunning waterfalls, sheer rock faces, mountain peaks, rainforests, and wildlife.

Ski Do! June to October is “peak” season in Queenstown, and you can ski or board at four ski areas featuring slopes for all levels (including extreme), plus cross country trails and more.

Edge of Encounter Get up-close and personal with whales, dolphins, albatross, fur seals, and other wildlife at the small coastal town of Kaikoura, also known for its tasty locally caught crayfish!

All Aboard! Hop onto the TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth, winding through the spectacular Southern Alps, one of the most scenic train trips in the world.

Nice Ice See both Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers in their massive, magnificent glory from the best possible vantage point – a helicopter hovering above Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.

Adrenaline Rush Get your fill of thrills in Queenstown, the premier fourseason adventure and sports destination, from bungee jumping, jet boating, skiing, and hang-gliding, to biking, hiking, off-roading, and canyoning, and much more!

Marlborough vineyard

WEATHER CHART

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A SELECTION OF south island HOTELS VINTNERS RETREAT

WEST FITZROY APARTMENTS

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Christchurch

Marlborough’s hilly wine country is the setting for this elegant boutique hideaway, consisting of spacious, individual European-style villas nestled in park-like grounds. You’re just minutes from superb restaurants and sterling wineries.

The best of Christchurch is right outside your door at this modern upscale apartment hotel, close to Canterbury Museum, the Botanic Gardens, and other attractions. Step into courtyard or balcony accommodations with full kitchens.

The closest hotel to Christchurch Airport (and only a few minutes from city center), this property represents ultimate convenience and comfort. After a day of sightseeing, repair to the Lobby Lounge to catch up with colleagues and warm up by the fireplace.

• 14 ac 2- & 3-bedroom villas • continental breakfast/BBQs • outdoor heated pool • tennis courts • bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 70 studio, 1- & 2-bedroom apartments with full kitchens • breakfast available • fitness center • library • tour desk • golf nearby

• 208 ac rooms • restaurant & bar • 24-hour room service • complimentary airport shuttle • complimentary parking

SCENIC HOTEL SOUTHERN CROSS

CAMP ESTATE AT LARNACH CASTLE

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HOTEL ST. CLAIR

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Dunedin

Dating back to 1883, this historic hotel in the center of Dunedin is close to Cadbury World and other attractions. Spacious guest rooms have sleek contemporary style and city views. Carlton Restaurant’s superb dishes feature locally sourced ingredients.

Set on the magnificent grounds of Larnach Castle, this historic guest house is located on the beautiful Otago Peninsula outside Dunedin. Spacious guest rooms are decorated in Neo-Classical style and feature fireplaces and views of the countryside.

Located in a charming seaside town just outside Dunedin, this fabulously modern beachside hotel places a premium on luxurious surroundings, attentive service, and exceptional cuisine. Exceptional guest rooms have ocean views.

• 178 rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/café/bar • 24-hour room service • fitness center • tour desk • Dunedin Casino • golf nearby

• 5 rooms • restaurant & lounge • room service • complimentary wireless Internet access • tour desk

• 26 ac studios & 1-bedroom suites with balconies • restaurant/café/bar • concierge/room service

PARK REGIS DUNEDIN HOTEL

DISTINCTION FOX GLACIER TE WEHEKA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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Fox Glacier

Set in a Victorian-era building in the heart of Dunedin, this elegant boutique hotel is close to Speight’s Brewery and The Octagon shopping and entertainment district. After sightseeing, sit down to authentic regional specialties at the stylish Relish restaurant.

Nestled beneath the towering Southern Alps, this quiet boutique hotel is the ideal base for exploring the magnificent Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, both just minutes away. After a day of adventure, relax by the roaring fireplace in the lounge.

This stunning lodge-style resort is surrounded by verdant native rainforest on the South Island’s beautiful West Coast. Guest rooms have the latest tech amenities, plus private balconies. You’re just minutes from the glaciers.

• 48 rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • tour desk • Wi-Fi ($)

• 20 rooms with balconies • restaurant/lounge • Internet kiosk • library & lounge • tour desk

• 100 ac rooms • restaurant & lounge bar • concierge/24-hour room service & reception • high-speed Internet access • complimentary guest valet parking • designated tour group booking

BELLA VISTA MOTEL FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

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Franz Josef

SCENIC HOTEL FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

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Set in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier Village, this excellent value resort is close to the Wilderness Centre, hot pools, walking paths, and more local recreation. Retreat to modern studio and family-size accommodations.

Just minutes from spectacular Franz Josef Glacier, this deluxe resort makes the most of its alpine location. Set in two wings, guest rooms have contemporary style; rooms in the Graham Wing also have private balconies.

This boutique hideaway stands amid the breathtaking landscape of Glacier Country in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, close to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Luxurious two-bedroom chalets have kitchens and complimentary Wi-Fi.

• 18 rooms • restaurant/BBQ area • complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms • DVD library • 8 restaurants nearby, including Asian & Indian cuisines

• 177 rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • 4 spa pools • wireless Internet access • tourist information & booking service • conference facilities

• 9 chalet apartments with full kitchens • complimentary continental breakfast/BBQ/room service • media library • complimentary Wi-Fi • tour desk

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A SELECTION OF south island HOTELS HAPUKU LODGE & TREE HOUSES

WAVES ON THE ESPLANADE

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Kaikoura

Lake Wanaka

A unique resort in a spectacular setting between the mountains and the ocean, this exceptional property invites you into singular accommodations, all with custom handmade furniture, European-style baths, and unparalleled views.

It’s just a few steps to the beach and an easy walk to town from this modern apartment complex overlooking the ocean. Enjoy private furnished balconies and outdoor dining in spacious accommodations, which also have full kitchens.

Just steps from Wanaka village and lakefront, this apartment hotel is an ideal base for your active summer and winter sports getaways! Modern accommodations have the latest tech amenities, plus great lake or mountain views.

• 12 suites & tree houses • restaurant/bar • outdoor heated pool & lap pool/whirlpool/pool house • spa/sauna • deer farm & olive tree grove • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 11 ac 2-bedroom apartments with full kitchens • BBQ • outdoor whirlpool • bicycles & kayak • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 24 ac apartments • tour desk • restaurants & bars nearby • water sports nearby

THE HERMITAGE HOTEL

THE GLEBE APARTMENTS, QUEENSTOWN

PARK REGIS PICTON HOTEL

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Picton

Queenstown

A Kiwi icon since 1884, this rustic-modern hideaway is set in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a wilderness playground of mountainous terrain, glaciers, and New Zealand’s highest peak. Choose from numerous excursions and adventures!

This contemporary hotel enjoys spectacular views of Marlborough Sound, Picton’s harbor, and the surrounding wine region. Guest rooms have private balconies with pool or ocean views. After sightseeing, sit down to a locally-inspired menu at The Chartroom.

It’s just steps to the heart of Queenstown from this luxury apartment hotel, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Step into stylish, spacious accommodations with courtyard, lake, or mountain views.

• 216 ac rooms & chalets • 4 restaurants/2 bars/café • tours & excursions • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

• 48 ac rooms & apartments • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge • outdoor pool • guest parking (free) • Wi-Fi ($)

• 36 ac 1- to 4-bedroom apartments • BBQ/private chefs/catering • fitness center/sauna • tour desk/underground parking • child care • golf nearby

HILTON QUEENSTOWN

MATAKAURI LODGE

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On the shores of Lake Wakatipu, this top-flight resort defines rustic elegance and showcases panoramic views over a world-famous landscape. Spacious guest rooms feature schist fireplaces, soulful interiors, and separate lounges.

Spectacularly situated, only 7 minutes from Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu, this sterling Relais & Châteaux gem offers 12 luxurious suites and a new 4 Bedroom Owner’s Cottage, each overlooking a dramatic Queenstown lakeside with mountain views.

Boasting gourmet cuisine, a superb collection of fine wines, and chic, spacious accommodation options, this acclaimed resort on the shores of Lake Wakatipu epitomizes true Southern hospitality at its finest.

• 178 ac rooms & suites • restaurants/bars • outdoor pool/sauna/steam room/hot tub • eforea:spa • gym • complimentary shuttle service to town • 5 minutes from airport

• 12 ac suites with private terraces/4-bedroom cottage • restaurant/ private dining available • outdoor heated infinity pool/Jacuzzi • Matakauri Spa/fitness center/sauna • horseback riding & other tours available

• 60 rooms & 90 apartments (1-3 bedrooms) • restaurant/wine cellar • concierge/24-hour room service • Body Sanctum Wellness Room/fitness center • library/observatory • private jetty for water taxi & jet boat pickup

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MILLENNIUM HOTEL QUEENSTOWN

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This chic, modern lakefront hotel stands in the heart of Queenstown, close to restaurants, bars, and nightlife. Rooms have designer furnishings, the latest tech amenities, and private balcony or courtyard access.

Graceful and sophisticated, this hotel offers guests unrivaled luxury against a stunning alpine backdrop. The Observatory Restaurant features contemporary New Zealand cuisine paired with local wines. Wake up in classically elegant accommodations!

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Te Anau

Surrounded by colorful gardens along the shores of Lake Te Anau, this deluxe boutique hotel is a short stroll from the town center. After a day of sightseeing, unwind in the pool, rejuvenate in the spa, and enjoy uninterrupted lake views.

Worldwide Traveler Select

• 139 ac rooms with private balcony or courtyard access • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service & reception • fitness center • Wi-Fi throughout • valet parking available ($)

• 220 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • 24-hour room service • spa/fitness center/sauna • landscaped garden • free shuttle service to Town Center

• 112 rooms & villas • restaurant/bar/coffee shop/BBQ grills • room service • outdoor pool/children’s pool/sundeck • Fiordland Massage Clinic/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi • tour desk

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a selection of south Island SIGHTSEEING INTERNATIONAL ANTARCTIC CENTRE

9 DAY SOUTHERN SPECTACULAR ESCORTED COACH TOUR

TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY

Christchurch

Christchurch / 9 Days/8 Nights / Leisure Time Tours

Dunedin / Half Day

A visit to the International Antarctic Centre is a must-do experience and fantastic family day out. It snows every six minutes, and you can play in real snow and ice. “Survive” an authentic Antarctic storm, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins! Take a ride on the famously exciting amphibious Hagglund vehicle, experience an awesome simulated 4D Extreme cruise, watch a stunning HD movie on a massive screen, learn about life and science in modern-day Antarctic, and more.

The South Island boasts spectacular mountain ranges along its Southern Alps, which have been uplifted by extraordinary geological forces over the years and can be seen from all corners of this untouched landscape. Key highlights include the famous TranzAlpine train journey, the rugged West Coast home to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, Milford Sound cruise, Queenstown (“Adventure Capital of the World”), Dunedin, and Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.

A highlight of your visit to Dunedin is a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway, one of the world’s great train trips and one of Dunedin’s top attractions. Departing daily from downtown Dunedin into the Taieri Gorge, this trip travels through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and ever-changing scenery which cannot be seen by road! With sightseeing stops, the onboard café, and outside viewing platforms, it’s the perfect all-weather activity.

ALBATROSS ENCOUNTER

DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER

WHALE WATCH® KAIKOURA

Kaikoura / 2.5 Hours / Encounter Kaikoura

Kaikoura / 3.5 Hours / Encounter Kaikoura

Kaikoura / 3.5 Hours

The sight of a majestic albatross coming into view and landing very close to your boat is an inspiring and truly memorable experience. Kaikoura is regarded as the best place in the world to see albatross and many other seabird species. Up to ten different species of albatross are commonly sighted, including mollymawks, petrels, shearwaters, terns, and occasionally penguins. Kaikoura is also a paradise for wildlife photography enthusiasts.

Since 1990, Dolphin Encounter has been operating tours to swim with or watch the acrobatic and graceful dusky dolphins. Purpose-built vessels are designed to offer easy access to the water for swimmers, and the outside decks offer good viewing of the action for those who wish to join the tour to watch. All equipment to snorkel with the dolphins is supplied. Tours operate year-round, and superb photography opportunities are guaranteed.

Whale Watch is located in the town of Kaikoura, a scenic 2.5-hour drive north of Christchurch. Towering snow-covered peaks fall to the ocean here, while just offshore a deep undersea canyon attracts an extraordinary abundance of marine life. Purpose-built vessels with outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities.

DART RIVER WILDERNESS JET

DART RIVER FUNYAK

DOUBTFUL SOUND WILDERNESS DAY CRUISE

Queenstown / 6 Hours / Ngai Tahu Tourism

Queenstown / 6 Hours / Ngai Tahu Tourism

Queenstown / 12.5 Hours / Real Journeys

Explore a spectacular World Heritage Site park on the area’s longest jet boat journey. Take an informative guided ancient forest walk and then travel a backcountry route through scenery that has formed the backdrop for movies such as The Lord of the Rings. Specialist guides bring to life the variety of landscapes, vegetation, and wildlife within this unique area, as well the captivating stories of the original Maori and early pioneers.

This adventure combines exhilarating wilderness jet boating with unique “Funyak” inflatable canoes to explore this World Heritage Site wilderness. Professional guides take you to explore the Dart River’s shimmering channels, hidden side streams, rock pools, and dramatic chasms. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and return via a backcountry route through scenery that has formed the backdrop for many international movies, including The Lord of the Rings.

Explore stunning Doubtful Sound, a massive wilderness of rugged peaks, rainforest, and twisting hidden fjords deep in the heart of the Fiordland National Park. Depart Queenstown by luxury coach, cruise the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri, and cross through dense rainforest to Deep Cove. Finally, board a catamaran to explore the waterways of this serene and isolated fjord.

HOLLYFORD TRACK

MILFORD SOUND DAY TOUR

MILFORD SOUND NATURE CRUISE

Queenstown / 3 Days / 2 Nights / Ngai Tahu Tourism Located in Fiordland National Park, the Hollyford Track is one of the greatest guided walks in New Zealand. You’ll be transported from the wilderness to the sea, traversing the valley by foot, jet boat, and helicopter. Your expert guide brings to life the diversity of landscape, vegetation, and wildlife, as well as captivating stories of early Maori and pioneering families. Enjoy first-rate cuisine and personal service in comfortable private lodges.

Queenstown / Full Day / Great Sights New Zealand The pristine fjord of Milford Sound is hidden deep within Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Site famed for its remote atmosphere and rugged beauty. Discover a world of cascading waterfalls, sheer rock faces, dense rainforest, and native wildlife, including penguins, seals, and dolphins. Although it is accessible by road, Milford Sound remains quiet and still. Visit this dramatic landscape and experience New Zealand’s unspoiled natural beauty for yourself.

Queenstown / 13 Hours / Real Journeys See stunning Milford Sound’s luxuriant rainforest, sheer rockwalled waterfalls, and imposing Mitre Peak. Onboard nature guides share the fjord’s natural beauty and detail its flora and fauna. Explore points of interest, view stunning scenery, and keep an eye peeled for wildlife, including seals, dolphins, and penguins.

For additional hotels and sightseeing in this destination please contact your Travel Consultant.

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south Island SIGHTSEEING SHOTOVER JET

Queenstown / 1.5 Hours / Ngai Tahu Tourism The ultimate jet boat experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over three million people since 1970, and now it’s your turn! Take a unique breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown’s only full 360° spins with the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.

TSS/WALTER PEAK EVENING DINING & FARM SHOW

Queenstown / 4 Hours / Real Journeys Cruise across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Station aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. In the Colonel’s Homestead, enjoy a gourmet BBQ dinner designed by Kiwi chef Josh Emett that incorporates fresh seasonal produce and local game and seafood. A locally influenced wine list and other beverages are also available for purchase. After dinner, there’s the option of a brief farm show or relaxing in the bar before returning to Queenstown.

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Australia & new Zealand Group Touring WE’LL BRING AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND TO LIFE

The AAT Kings & Worldwide Traveler Partnership

AAT Kings provides such a high level of quality touring and customer service that Worldwide Traveler is proud to have them as part of its Worldwide Traveler Select program. The Worldwide Traveler team has access to AAT Kings’ entire product portfolio in Australia and New Zealand, and both teams work closely together to ensure that every client has the experience of a lifetime. When you book an AAT Kings tour through Worldwide Traveler, you will experience not only a seamless booking experience, but an amazing time exploring Australia and New Zealand.

AAT Kings

Day Tours

Representing the very best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer, AAT Kings has been operating for over 85 years. Today, more than 250,000 passengers experience award-winning AAT Kings tours every year. AAT Kings offers a variety of tour styles, all guaranteeing comfortable transport, a selection of accommodation options, and the insights of an experienced AAT Kings crew.

Join full- and half-day sightseeing tours across Australia and New Zealand, including Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Uluru, Alice Springs, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, and Gold Coast. We’ll show you all the must-see sights of the region and share our knowledge of its history and culture.

Inspiring Journeys Guided Vacations An AAT Kings 5-22 day Guided Vacation lets you fully explore a destination and immerse yourself in its landscape, history, and culture, with friendly guides to enhance your experience. First Choice vacations offer centrally located premium hotels, more meals and sightseeing, and unique dining experiences; Best Buys vacations offer great value, comfortable accommodation close to city centers, and more free time.

Short Breaks Ranging from 2-9 days, short break packages combine the must-see highlights of a destination with your choice of accommodation along with selected meals. You’ll travel with a different AAT Kings guide each day, and discover destinations like the Red Centre, Sydney, Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, Perth, Adelaide, Rotorua, Milford Sound, and more.

Traveling as an intimate group, you’ll stay in spectacular retreats, lodges, and resorts with great cuisine to match. Discover the rich and immersive experiences you’d expect from Australia and New Zealand’s guided vacation specialist. We offer the perfect balance of planning your days while allowing enough flexibility for you to shape your journey.

Aussie Adventures Head off the beaten path and actively explore the great outdoors in your small group of adventure seekers, experiencing the real Australia with our authentic and down-to-earth guides. Destinations include the Red Centre, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, and more.

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SYDNEY FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE PLUS 4 Days NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

Trip Highlights • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise • Stroll along Bondi Beach •Sydney Tower Dinner • Hunter Valley Wineries Lunch

Day 1: Sydney

Day 3 Hunter Valley

On arrival at Sydney Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Early this evening, it’s time to find your sea legs as you board a Captain Cook Harbour Dinner Cruise. You’ll pass all the main harbor attractions including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and witness spring twilight, summer evenings, autumn sunsets, or winter city lights while enjoying a delicious contemporary Australian menu.

Visit Drayton’s Family Wines, one of the Hunter Valley’s pioneering wine-making companies; Lindeman’s, where you’ll be hosted by the cellar-master in a private tasting of a range of fine wines; and McGuigan Wines, with its history in wine-making dating back to the 1800s. At the Hunter Resort, enjoy a tasting platter lunch of seasonal local produce and a range of wines to complement the food. Your final stop is the Hunter Valley Gardens Village, where there’s time for shopping or browsing.

Day 2: Sydney After a morning at leisure, board your coach to see the sights of the city. Travel through the historic Rocks district, where you’ll get a stunning view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Head to Chinatown, with its bustling restaurants, noodle bars, and bargain shopping. Next stop is Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens for a birds-eye view of the Sydney Opera House. Continue east to the entrance of Sydney Harbour, known as the Gap, where you’ll find breathtaking views of the coastline. At Bondi Beach, wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the clear waters. Return to the city, where you’ll dine in the heart of downtown CBD at the Sydney Tower Restaurant. Enjoy a buffet dinner with over 40 freshly prepared dishes from a range of cuisines.

Day 4: Sydney Transfer to Sydney Airport for your onward flight.

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ULURU & KINGS CANYON PLUS 4 Days NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA

Trip Highlights • Magical Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Walk through Walpa Gorge • Uluru Sunset & Sunrise • Visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole • Ancient Aboriginal Rock Art • Spectacular Kings Canyon • Watarrka National Park

Day 1: Uluru (Ayers Rock) On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport, you’ll be transferred to the resort. In the afternoon, travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and continue to the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and unusual conglomerate rock formations. Next, continue to the Uluru sunset viewing area to witness the striking color changes of Uluru while enjoying complimentary wine. There is an optional Aussie Barbecue Dinner with Uluru as your backdrop.

Day 2: Uluru – Kings Canyon Rise pre-dawn to watch the first rays of sun alight on Uluru from the viewing platform. After sunrise, join your guide for a drive around the base of Uluru, then travel by coach to Mutitjulu Walk, where you’ll be escorted to Mutitjulu Waterhole, a key source of water for the local Aboriginal people. Check out the Aboriginal rock art, and learn about the history of the area; your guide will point out native flora and fauna. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to see local arts and crafts, plus an amazing collection of original ceramics, paintings, and punu (woodwork) of the Anangu people, traditional custodians of Uluru. Next, head to Kings Canyon,

stopping at Kings Creek Station before spending the night at Kings Canyon Resort.

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs In the morning, join your guide for the rocky climb to the canyon rim for superb views of Watarrka National Park. (The climb may take up to 3 hours and is recommended only for those people with a good level of fitness; supportive footwear is essential.) Alternatively, take the less strenuous walk to explore the boulder-strewn canyon floor. Later, continue on to Alice Springs.

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Day 4: Alice Springs Transfer to Alice Springs Airport for your onward flight.

OPTIONAL ADD-ON Day 1: AAT Kings Aussie Barbecue With a stunning Uluru sunset as backdrop, enjoy an exclusive dining experience, including sparkling wine on arrival followed by a classic BBQ menu of steak, lamb, sausages, chicken skewers, and garlic prawns (or even kangaroo), plus a selection of fresh salads and tasty desserts.

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EAST COAST TROPICAL DISCOVERY 12 Days AUSTRALIA

Atherton Tablelands

Snorkelling Great Barrier Reef

Trip Highlights • Cape Byron Lighthouse • Visit Australia Zoo • Relax in Noosa • Fraser Island by 4WD • Explore the Whitsundays • Stay on Daydream Island • Visit Millaa Millaa Falls • Ancient Rainforests • Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Day 1: Sydney – Coffs Harbour

Day 7: Rockhampton – Daydream Island

Depart Sydney and follow the scenic New South Wales coastline, stopping at Port Macquarie on the way to the resort town of Coffs Harbour. Enjoy a reception and dinner with your Tour Director.

Travel north through Mackay, Australia’s sugar capital, to Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Take a ferry to Daydream Island in the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.

Day 2: Coffs Harbour – Gold Coast

Explore Daydream Island at your leisure, including the beautiful bays, islands, and beaches, on an optional cruise to Whitehaven Beach. Take a rainforest walk, play beach volleyball, tennis, and water polo, and go snorkeling or kayaking – or just laze by one of the pools or on the beach, or replenish body and soul at the Daydream Rejuvenation Spa.

Journey to the Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy superb views from Australia’s easternmost point. Stop in Byron Bay for lunch (free time) before following the lush Tweed River Valley to the famous Gold Coast. Dine on your own at one of the Gold Coast’s many restaurants and cafés.

Day 3: Gold Coast – Noosa

Day 8: Daydream Island

Travel to Brisbane for a scenic city tour. Visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. Enjoy a sneak peek of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, and catch a show in the world famous Crocoseum. Continue to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.

Day 9: Daydream Island – Mission Beach

Day 4: Noosa

Day 10: Mission Beach – Cairns

Explore Noosa on your own. Swim at Noosa Main Beach, walk along the breathtaking headland to Noosa National Park, or take a boat ride through the Noosa Everglades, full of pristine beaches, lakes, wetlands, mangroves, and diverse flora and fauna.

Climb the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, waterfalls, and lakes abound. Visit the iconic Millaa Millaa Falls and the famous Curtain Fig Tree, then continue on to Cairns.

Day 5: Noosa – Fraser Island – Hervey Bay

Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reef education presentation, and view spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Don snorkeling gear and view this natural living wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns. Join your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for dinner.

Explore the wonders of Fraser Island, a World Heritage Site, on a 4WD tour. Visit Rainbow Beach’s colored sands before heading by ferry or barge to Fraser Island. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station, and visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent whitesand beaches. Enjoy a BBQ lunch, then transfer by ferry to the mainland for your overnight stay at Hervey Bay.

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Return to the mainland and further into Tropical Queensland. Stop in Townsville, overlooking Magnetic Island, with time for a stroll along the Strand. Stay overnight in a resort on the waterfront at Mission Beach.

Day 11: Great Barrier Reef

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Day 6: Hervey Bay – Rockhampton

Day 12: Cairns

Journey to Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia! En route, stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station, for afternoon tea at the homestead, a restored “Queenslander” built in 1873. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and continue to Rockhampton, on the Fitzroy River.

In the morning, explore Cairns before your transfer to Cairns Airport for your onward flight.

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MELBOURNE FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE 4 Days VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Yarra Valley Vineyards

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Trip Highlights • Melbourne City Sights Tour • Colonial Tramcar Dinner • Ride Puffing Billy Steam Train • Yarra Valley Wineries Lunch

Day 1: Melbourne

Day 3: Yarra Valley

On arrival at Melbourne Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Drive through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, and take a break to enjoy some traditional Aussie “Billy Tea” at Grant’s Reserve. Hand-feed Australian birds such as the Crimson Rosella, cockatoo, and Galah. Next stop is Belgrave, where you’ll board the Puffing Billy Steam Train for a journey back in time through the heart of the rainforest. When you arrive in Victoria’s premium winegrowing region, visit Rochford Winery for lunch. Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch in the courtyard overlooking the vines, and sip a glass of one of their top blends. Later, visit estates such as Dominique Portet or Domaine Chandon to taste their selection of Australian wines.

Day 2: Melbourne See the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne, including the fine cathedrals and theaters, Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the Shrine of Remembrance. Stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens, and drive over the Bolte Bridge for panoramic views of the skyline and bayside suburbs. The afternoon is at leisure. In the early evening, board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for what is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria’s history. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines. The trams have been carefully refurbished to provide all the modern conveniences you’d expect from a first-class restaurant; comforts such as plush velvet seats, beautiful brass fittings that cast a cozy glow, and background music enhance your dining experience.

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Day 4: Melbourne After breakfast, transfer to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight.

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AUSTRALIAN HIGHLIGHTS 13 Days AUSTRALIA

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Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

Trip Highlights • Melbourne City Sights • Alice Springs Sights • Historic Telegraph Station • Sunrise & Sunset at Uluru • Walk through Walpa Gorge • Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Great Barrier Reef Cruise • Relax in Tropical Cairns • See Sydney Harbour Bridge • Tour Sydney Opera House • Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Day 1: Melbourne

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns

On arrival at Melbourne Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a reception and dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant with your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions.

In the morning, interact with local Aboriginal artists at a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. Transfer for your flight to Cairns.

Day 2: Melbourne

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef

See the city sights in the morning, including Melbourne’s eclectic little laneways, arcades, and café society, on your private walking tour. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the colorful coral and tropical fish from a semi-submersible vessel. Snorkeling gear is included (extra charge for scuba). Enjoy a reef education presentation on this living wonder and a tropical buffet lunch on board the pontoon. Return to Cairns in the late afternoon.

Day 3: Melbourne Explore Melbourne on your own, from its cafés, galleries, and museums, to its markets, restaurants, laneways, and parks. Join an optional tour to the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, or journey along the Great Ocean Road to the famous Twelve Apostles. Visit Yarra Valley wineries, the Dandenongs, Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, and Puffing Billy Steam Train, or Sovereign Hill’s gold mine.

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

Day 9: Cairns Spend the day at leisure. Relax by the hotel pool, go shopping, or join an optional tour to Kuranda. Take a scenic rail journey on the Kuranda Train, ride the Skyrail Cableway above the canopy of the rainforest, or try hot-air ballooning over the Atherton Tablelands.

Transfer for your flight to Alice Springs, where you’ll visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air, and historic Telegraph Station. Experience the Aussie Outback at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, then join a sing-a-long with didgeridoo and guitar.

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock

In the morning, see the sights of Sydney. Tour the Sydney Opera House with a local guide, and see the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, and Kings Cross. At Bondi Beach, wander the shoreline and dip your toes in the ocean. Back in the city, cruise Sydney Harbour and visit the historic Rocks district.

Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges, and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. The afternoon is at leisure. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area to witness the striking color changes while enjoying sparkling wine and canapés.

Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Rise early to view Uluru at sunrise. Tour the caves at the base of Uluru and hear stories of the Aboriginal “Dreamtime.” Later, visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Take a walk through Walpa Gorge and celebrate the glorious sunset at Kata Tjuta with sparkling wine and nibbles.

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In the morning, encounter unique Australian animals at Cairns Wildlife Dome. Later, transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney, transfer to your hotel. The evening is free to explore.

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Day 12: Sydney Explore Sydney further or take an optional tour to the Blue Mountains. In the evening, gather for a farewell dinner with your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions.

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TASSIE’S EAST COAST HIGHLIGHTS 4 Days TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Trip Highlights • Tour Port Arthur Historic Site • Visit Bridestowe Lavender Farm • Cruise the Isle of the Dead • Freycinet National Park Tour

Day 1: Launceston – Bicheno Depart Launceston for the Bridestowe Lavender Farm. Continuing on, you’ll see the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees in honor of fallen WWI soldiers and the old mining town of Derby, then drive through the lush myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass. Visit St. Helens Park at lunchtime, then get your camera ready for the spectacular and breathtaking Freycinet National Park. Take a guided walk with a National Park Ranger and discover astonishing views across brilliant blue waters, forest, and golden beach. The vistas from Cape Tourville will astound. In the evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a reception and dinner.

and prison. There’s also an optional lantern-lit “Ghost Tour” of Port Arthur.

Day 3: Port Arthur – Hobart After breakfast, depart for Hobart. On the way, feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen, and the Blowhole. Drive through the Coal River Valley to the historic sandstone village of Richmond, site of Australia’s oldest operational road bridge and a perfect spot for lunch. Cross the Derwent River on your way into Hobart, with free time before dinner with your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions.

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Day 4: Hobart Transfer to Hobart Airport for your onward flight.

Day 2: Bicheno – Port Arthur

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En route to your morning tea destination of Sorell, travel through Swansea and Orford. Next, chart a course for Port Arthur along an impressive cliff-lined coast. Cross the 100-year-old Denison Canal and the historic once-guarded checkpoint of Eaglehawk Neck. On arrival in Port Arthur, cruise around the Isle of the Dead and then take a fascinating guided walk of the Historic Site

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ADELAIDE & KANGAROO ISLAND 4 Days SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Trip Highlights • Barossa Wine Tastings • Explore Seal Bay Conservation Park • Wander around Remarkable Rocks • View Admiral’s Arch Fur Seals

Day 1: Adelaide On arrival in Adelaide, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: The Barossa

the nation’s most accessible colony of sea lions with a local guide at the popular Seal Bay Conservation Park. Your last stop is Kingscote Wharf to see the daily pelican feeding.

In Barossa Valley, Australia’s largest wine-producing region, sample wines at Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre. Travel to Mengler Hill Lookout for sweeping views over the valley, and then continue to Saltram Wine Estate to taste some of their quality wines. Visit the South Australian Company Store and Kitchen for a delicious two-course lunch and tastings from two boutique wineries. Wind your way through the picturesque hills to Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement, with free time to explore the shops and galleries. Return to Adelaide in the afternoon.

Day 4: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide

Day 3: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island

Transfer to Adelaide Airport for your onward flight.

Enjoy a scenic coach drive to Cape Jervis to board the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper and sample some honey ice cream. Continue on to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious two-course lunch. Walk among

First stop is the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, where you can test the fascinating eucalyptus-based products. Visit Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to feed kangaroos, see koalas at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and enjoy a delicious two-course lunch at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat. Later, walk around the Remarkable Rocks and continue to Admiral’s Arch to see playful New Zealand fur seals resting on the rocks below. Return to Adelaide in late evening.

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NEW ZEALAND SPLENDOUR 15 Days NEW ZEALAND

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Queenstown Wine Trail

Trip Highlights • Tour the Waitomo Caves • Maori Hangi & concert • Thermal Reserve Rotorua • Visit Te Papa Museum • Cruise on Milford Sound • Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw • View Franz Josef Glacier • West Coast Treetop Walk • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks • Famous TranzAlpine Train

Day 1: Auckland

Day 9: Dunedin – Te Anau

On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a reception and “Highlight Dinner” at The Langham.

Choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences: Larnach Castle, Taieri Gorge Railway, Monarch Wildlife Cruise, and either Cadbury World or Speight’s Brewery. Travel across sheep-filled farmland to Te Anau.

After a tour of Auckland, head south to trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves for a boat tour through the grotto. On arrival in Rotorua, take in views of Lake Rotorua. In the evening, enjoy a Maori Hangi feast at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Day 3: Rotorua Choose from a range of Included Choice experiences: Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Maori culture at Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, hot mineral pool, or spa treatment. The evening is on your own, or join a small group for a local farm tour.

Day 4: Rotorua – Wellington View Huka Falls, drive along the shores of Lake Taupo, discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park, visit the historic villa Shenandoah, and join a short wildlife tour. Continue to Wellington for a sightseeing tour.

Day 5: Wellington – Blenheim Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, and cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. Visit the seaside village of Picton is next, and tour the city of Blenheim. In the evening, enjoy dinner with local wines.

Day 6: Blenheim – Christchurch En route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura, pass the Grassmere Salt Works and see New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point before reaching Christchurch.

Day 7: Christchurch – Twizel Enjoy a country BBQ lunch on a working sheep farm. En route to Twizel, see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, the Church of the Good Shepherd, and Mount Cook National Park.

Day 8: Twizel – Dunedin View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam, then join a sightseeing tour of Dunedin.

Day 10: Te Anau – Queenstown See rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges, and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, and the Chasm. Cruise on Milford Sound past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil’s Staircase along Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown for an orientation tour.

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Day 11: Queenstown Choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences: Thunder Jet on Lake Wakatipu, wine tour, gondola ride to Skyline Restaurant for dinner, 4WD minibus ride through Skippers Canyon, and more. In the evening, cruise aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a “Highlight Dinner.”

Day 12: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, and enjoy delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. See a trio of lakes – Dunstan, Hawea, and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls, then continue on to Franz Josef Glacier.

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Day 13: Franz Josef – Punakaiki Waitomo Caves

See Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional), followed by a canopy tour at the West Coast Treetop Walk. Depart for Hokitika, home of greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewelry demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks.

Day 15: Christchurch

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HIGHLIGHTS OF Australia & New Zealand 22 Days AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Trip Highlights • Discover Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Cruise the Great Barrier Reef • Sydney Opera House • Cruise on Sydney Harbour • Tour the Waitomo Caves • Famous TranzAlpine Train • Franz Josef Glacier • Cruise on Milford Sound • Church of the Good Shepherd • Maori Cultural Experience

Days 1-3: Melbourne

Days 11-12: Sydney

Day 17: Christchurch – Franz Josef

On arrival at Melbourne Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a reception and dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant with your Tour Director and traveling companions. On your second day, see the city sights in the morning, including Melbourne’s eclectic little laneways, arcades, and café society, on a private walking tour. Enjoy your third day at leisure in cosmopolitan Melbourne. Join an optional tour to Yarra Valley wineries or tour along the famous Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles.

In the morning, see the sights of Sydney. Tour the Sydney Opera House with a local guide, then see the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, and Kings Cross. At Bondi Beach, wander the shoreline and dip your toes in the ocean. Return to the city for a cruise on Sydney Harbour. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Australia’s national gemstone – the opal. On your second day, explore Sydney at leisure. Join your Tour Director and fellow travelers in the evening for a farewell dinner.

Board the famous TranzAlpine train and travel over the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika, visit a local greenstone (jade) factory, then follow the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier, where you may take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting).

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

Day 13: Sydney – Auckland

Transfer to your early morning flight to Alice Springs, where you’ll visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, followed by the School of the Air and the historic Telegraph Station. In the evening, experience the Aussie Outback at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy a BBQ dinner and learn about the Centre’s sustainable lifestyle, then join a sing-a-long accompanied by didgeridoo and guitar.

Transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight to Auckland and your hotel. Meet your new Tour Director for dinner at The Langham.

Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock

Travel into the Waikato region to visit the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto for a guided boat tour. Continue to Rotorua and visit Te Puia with a local guide. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner accompanied by local wine, and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Travel through rugged outback scenery to Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy complimentary wine and canapés while watching the sunset at Uluru.

Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Rise early to view Uluru at sunrise. Tour the caves at the base and hear stories of the “Dreamtime.” In the afternoon, travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta. Enjoy the sunset here with complimentary sparkling wine and nibbles.

Day 18: Franz Josef – Queenstown Enjoy the taste of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Next, visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in the adventure capital of Queenstown.

Day 19: Milford Sound Discover the stunning scenery of Fiordland. Drive through the Homer Tunnel and stop briefly at the Chasm en route to Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise with lunch on the waters of this natural wonder, with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you.

Day 14: Auckland A morning cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by a city sightseeing tour.

Day 20: Queenstown

Day 15: Auckland – Rotorua

Day 16: Rotorua – Christchurch Board a flight to Christchurch. On arrival, board your coach for a tour to see how the city is slowly being rebuilt as a consequence of the devastating earthquake of February 2011.

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Queenstown. Take it easy with a wine or garden tour, or walk on the wild side with a jet boat ride.

Day 21: Queenstown – Christchurch Travel past Mount Cook National Park, stop at Lake Tekapo, and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. Enjoy lunch at Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, and discover an authentic taste of country life. In the afternoon, continue to Christchurch, and celebrate this evening at a farewell dinner with your Tour Director.

Day 22: Christchurch Transfer to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Day 7: Uluru – Cairns In the morning, interact with local Aboriginal artists at a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your host will acquaint you with Anangu culture and show how it is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. Later, transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns.

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the colorful coral and tropical fish from a semi-submersible vessel. Snorkeling gear is included (extra charge for scuba). Enjoy a reef education presentation on this living wonder and a tropical buffet lunch on board the pontoon.

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Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cairns. Join an optional tour to Kuranda aboard the train for a historic journey through the scenic countryside beyond Cairns. Return by the Skyrail Cableway that takes you above the canopy of the tropical rainforest.

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney Spend time at the Cairns Wildlife Dome, where you’ll encounter unique Australian animals. Transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney.

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FRENCH POLYNESIA / TAHITI LUSH, UNAPOLOGETIC BEAUTY AND HYPNOTIC VIEWS TO THE BLUE HORIZON…

Know Your Destination

The largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia, Tahiti is one of the most beautiful in all the South Pacific.

Bora Bora

Dive into Tapu’s (Bora Bora) underwater sanctuary.

Exotic French Polynesia’s dramatic mountain ridges, European flair, and luxurious over-water bungalows lure visitors eager to experience serenity and sophistication in equal measure. Discover romance in five-star resorts that open directly onto gleaming beaches and clear blue waters. And keep a sharp eye peeled for international celebs.

Romance

Paradise Found

Rest your towel on a perfect patch of sand on Moorea’s Temae Plage Publique.

It’s easier and more affordable than ever to tuck a tiare (fragrant white flower) behind your ear, pack your pareu (sarong) and swimsuit, and head off to find your own idyllic piece of Polynesian paradise. Each of the many islands is a tiny jewel, often appearing as though it is barely floating above the breaking waves…

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Best Beaches for… Swimming

Plunge into Tahiti’s Le Plage de Maui, Bora Bora’s Matira Beach, and Maupiti’s Plage Tereia.

Adventure

Top pros surf the challenging waves of Tahiti’s Teuhupo’o (7 surf breaks).

Remember how it all began on Bora Bora’s secluded talcum-soft beaches. Note: It is acceptable and quite common to go topless on beaches in Tahiti, though nudity is not as common.

Blessed with a balmy tropical climate, the Tahitian islands are also drenched in French culture, including the language (although English is widely spoken, especially among hotel staff).

Get In & Get Going Every visitor to French Polynesia must have a valid passport; a return airline ticket to their resident country or to at least two more continuing destinations; and sufficient funds to cover their planned stay.

Surrounded by a lagoon and barrier reef, Bora Bora is one of the natural world’s unique creations, dominated by the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. It is the undisputed heavyweight champion of over-water bungalows, which were invented in the French Polynesian islands.

Just a few miles from Tahiti, Moorea epitomizes the fabled South Seas paradise, its landscape a broad brushstroke of mountains, waterfalls, lagoons, beaches, meadows, and simple villages. Grab your snorkeling gear and head for the channel between Fareone and Tiahura motus, or rest your towel on a perfect patch of sand on romantic Temae Plage Publique.

Other Islands Divers, head to Rangiroa, the world’s second largest atoll, for unparalleled underwater exploration. Taha’a is the place to find perfect black pearls from one of the family-owned farms. Pedal a bike around Huahine and be put under the spell of its fragrant vanilla plantations.

THE REGIONS Tahiti Get ready to be dazzled with crystalline waters, perfect sandy beaches, a friendly local vibe, and what may be the world’s most concentrated collection of elite resorts.

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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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Bora Bora and Mount Otemanu

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Special Delivery For a unique romantic experience, there are some resorts that will have breakfast delivered directly to your over-water bungalow – via canoe!

Sea Quest Explore the brilliant and colorful undersea world to depths of 15 feet with Snuba, a version of scuba diving that uses an air hose instead of a tank.

Catch Some Rays

Snorkelin’ Safari

4x4+U

Don your snorkeling gear and join an underwater safari to Opunohu Bay, where you’ll get a fascinating view of exotic fish and brilliant corals.

Head off the beaten path in a 4x4 and discover relics of the early Polynesian era and WWII artillery left behind by American GIs, plus pearl farms and vanilla plantations.

Sea & Ski

Slow Ride

Grab the controls of a Jet Ski and cruise Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay for a different perspective on the island of Moorea.

The Turtle Sanctuary at Le Méridien Bora Bora invites you to meet, greet, and learn about marine turtles in their natural environment.

I Sea Food…

Wade into a shallow lagoon, and hand-feed raw fishes to three-foot-wide southern stingrays, which are gentle and playful enough to touch!

No surprise that seafood is a Tahitian staple, so try some exotic local dishes such as parrotfish, barracuda, octopus, sea urchin, and river prawns (also known as chevrettes).

TIKEHAU

BORA BORA

TUAMOTU ISLANDS RANGIROA

Faanui Fare Piti Anau Nunue Vaitape Taurere

MANIHI

HUAHINE Patio Tiva

TAHA’A

Maeva Fare Fiiti

Faaaha Haamene

Haapu Uturoa Avera Tevaitoa Opoa

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Faaie

FAKARAVA

Maroe Tefarerii

Parea

MOOREA

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Maharepa Vaiare

Mahina Papeete

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Tiarei

Mahaena

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SHOW ME MOOREA 8 Days

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TAHITI • MOOREA

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Mount Rotui, Moorea

Cook’s Bay, Moorea

Trip Highlights • Historic & cultural tour of Tahiti • 4x4 safari adventure to Papenoo Valley • Land & sea activities in Moorea

Day 1: Tahiti

Day 4: Moorea

Welcome to Tahiti! You’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your resort. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the resort or venture out further to immerse in the French Polynesian culture.

This morning you’ll be transferred to the Marina for your ferry ride to Moorea, home to amazing marine life and aquatic activities, where you can get up-close to nature. You will be picked up from the Marina and transferred to your resort. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Tahiti The island of Tahiti is blessed with spectacular experiences, where you’ll get a true feel of life on the island. Today you will join an enlightening tour on the history of the island, how the people of Tahiti live, and take you to some of the most breathtaking natural wonders. The evening is at your leisure.

Days 5-7: Moorea

Day 3: Tahiti

Day 8: Moorea – Tahiti

Today is your chance to unleash your adventurous side on a 4X4 safari ride into Tahiti’s inner island. Expect to see fascinating archeological sites, cascading waterfalls, and the majestic Papenoo Valley. After returning to the resort, take the afternoon to relax and sip a refreshing cocktail before dinner.

Unfortunately, the time has come to say farewell. You will be transferred to the Marina for your ferry ride back to Tahiti, where you’ll be transferred to the airport for your departing flight.

Moorea invites you to explore and experience its unique wonders with an array of exhilarating land and sea activities. Or you can simply relax on the powdery sands and cherish some of the most beautiful views on the planet.

4 x 4 safari excursion

MOOREA Maharepa

Papetoai Paopao Haapiti

Vaiare Afareaitu

Mahina Papeete

TAHITI Tiarei

Mahaena

Papara Mataiea

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LOST IN PARADISE 8 Days

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TAHITI • BORA BORA

Photos courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Snorkeling with butterfly fish

Photos courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Tahitian safari excursion

La Diademe Mountain Peaks, Tahiti

Trip Highlights • Historic & cultural tour of Tahiti • Resort activities in Bora Bora • Stingray & blacktip shark cruise in Bora Bora • Exploring Bora Bora & beyond

Day 1: Tahiti After arriving in the enchanted island of Tahiti, you’ll be met and transferred to your resort. The remainder of your day is yours to explore at leisure. Relax at the resort or venture out to become acquainted with the French Polynesian culture.

Day 2: Tahiti The island of Tahiti is blessed with spectacular experiences, where you’ll get a true feel of life on the island. Today you will join an enlightening tour on the history of the island, how the people of Tahiti live, and take you to some of the most breathtaking natural wonders. The evening is at your leisure.

Day 3: Bora Bora This morning you’ll be met and transferred to the airport for your short flight to Bora Bora. Bora Bora is the most iconic out of all of Tahiti’s islands and is continuously the backdrop of many movies, TV shows, and of course, celebrity sightings. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel on a boat. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

senses with a revitalizing massage at the spa, sip a refreshing cocktail by the pool, or read a book on the beach… the options are endless.

Day 5: Bora Bora Today is an opportunity for you to get up-close-andpersonal with some of the inhabitants of Bora Bora. You’ll be picked up and taken on a cruise of-a-lifetime to swim with and touch the graceful stingrays that reside in the lagoon. You’ll then head outside of the lagoon, where you will get the chance to swim with blacktip sharks while enjoying the stunning coral surroundings. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Outrigger canoe racing

BORA BORA

MOOREA

Faanui Fare Piti Anau Nunue Vaitape Taurere

Maharepa

Papetoai Paopao Haapiti

Vaiare Afareaitu

Days 6-7: Bora Bora Take the opportunity to enjoy your resort’s facilities or maybe even take a ride onto the main island and explore the local life.

Mahina Papeete

TAHITI Tiarei

Mahaena

Day 8: Bora Bora Today you’ll be transferred to the airport by boat for your departing flight to Tahiti and your onward flight.

Papara Mataiea

Afaahiti

Day 4: Bora Bora The day is yours to unwind and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Perhaps you may want to balance your

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INTERCONTINENTAL TAHITI RESORT

RADISSON PLAZA RESORT TAHITI

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Entirely redesigned with a contemporary style that retains an authentic Polynesian touch, this resort’s spacious rooms and over-water bungalows offer exceptional views of the lagoon, a natural white-sand beach, and lush tropical gardens.

This premier resort features breathtaking scenery and upscale accommodations showcasing locally inspired décor. Explore the underwater world of the Lagoonarium. The over-water Le Lotus restaurant is a must for a romantic gourmet dinner.

Experience the true meaning of paradise at this unique luxury resort on Tahiti’s East Coast. Guest rooms and suites combine contemporary style with Polynesian influences, and have large furnished balconies with views of Matavai Bay.

• 149 ac rooms & bungalows (12 over-water) • 2 restaurants/2 bars/ coffee shop/pool bar • outdoor sand-bottom freshwater pool • complimentary water sports • live entertainment • art & cooking lessons

• 257 ac rooms & bungalows (32 over-water) • 2 restaurants/2 bars/swim-up bar • concierge/24-hour room service • 2 outdoor infinity pools • Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm/fitness center/sauna • water sports • tennis

• 91 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • outdoor infinity pool • Le Spa Well-Being Center/fitness center/sauna/hammam • free Internet access • free shuttle & activities • boutiques

ROYAL HUAHINE

MAITAI LAPITA VILLAGE HUAHINE

MAITAI RANGIROA

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Facing Raiatea and Taha’a and accessible only by boat, this secluded resort is the only hotel on Huahine with over-water bungalows, ideal for snorkeling off your own private deck. Spacious accommodations have Polynesian design.

Located on an ancient archaeological site between a freshwater lake and a stunning blue lagoon, this great value resort is the perfect spot for a memorable Huahine vacation! Go swimming and snorkeling, then relax and watch the world’s best sunset!

Escape to one of the biggest and most beautiful lagoons in the world at this lively resort. Hide away in sumptuous bungalows nestled in colorful gardens or along the beach. Swim, dive, and visit a local village or pearl farm!

• 40 ac garden, beach & over-water bungalows • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge • outdoor freshwater pool/cabanas • Reva Spa • water sports • boutique/library • baby-sitting services

• 32 ac bungalows • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • spa services/fitness center • water sports • public lounge & game room • tour desk • Lapita Maohi Museum

• 38 ac bungalows • restaurant/beachside bar • outdoor pool • spa services • water sports • excursions • Polynesian night with entertainment

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Set on French Polynesia’s breathtaking private atoll of Tetiaroa, this deluxe all-inclusive resort welcomes guests into individual villas, each with its own private beach area and plunge pool. Dine on Polynesian and French cuisine.

Experience a legendary South Seas escape at this intimate resort designed in traditional Polynesian village style, applauded on Travel+Leisure’s 2013 “T+L 500” list of the world’s best hotels. Dip into the wave-shaped pool.

Winner of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 “Readers’ Choice Awards,” this Polynesian dream resort unfolds between turquoise waters and limitless skies on a private island. Go scuba diving, and unwind with delicious spa massages.

• 35 ac villas • 2 restaurants/bars • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool/lagoon • Varua Polynesian Spa/fitness center • tennis • luxury pearl shop/gift shop • special celebrations

• 107 ac bungalows & 2- or 3-bedroom villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool/children’s pool • spa/fitness center • water sports/tennis • children’s program

• 122 ac villas & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor infinity pool • Hina Spa/fitness center • live entertainment/ Polynesian shows • boat transfers from airport

INTERCONTINENTAL BORA BORA RESORT & THALASSO SPA

LE MÉRIDIEN BORA BORA

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Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List 2014” hails French Polynesia’s first resort with all over-water bungalows and the world’s first resort with an over-water glass-bottom wedding chapel. Feel the benefits of marine elements at the healing spa.

Completely renovated in an elegant contemporary style, this luxury resort sits on a magnificent islet surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and offers stunning views of Mount Otemanu. Step into over-water bungalows with the largest glass floors in Bora Bora.

Bora Bora Set on 44 acres of lush landscaping edged by white sands and a shimmering lagoon, this resort on Travel+Leisure’s 2014 “T+L 500” epitomizes carefree elegance. Exquisite villas showcase exotic woods, handwoven fabrics, and views of Mt. Otemanu.

• 80 ac over-water villas & 2 ac family villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor infinity pool/water sports/tennis • Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm/ fitness room • wedding planning • coral garden & ray feeding

• 99 ac over-water bungalows, beachfront bungalows & pool-beach villas • 2 restaurants/bar • 2 outdoor infinity pools • Manahau Wellness Center • complimentary water sports • Bora Bora Turtle Center Sanctuary

• 100 ac villas & over-water bungalows • 4 restaurants/2 bars • 2 outdoor pools/water sports/private lagoon • Miri Miri Spa by Clarins/fitness center/ tennis courts • children’s program • wireless Internet access

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BORA BORA PEARL BEACH RESORT & SPA

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Find intimacy, romance, and natural beauty at the only luxury boutique resort on Bora Bora. Embark on an unforgettable honeymoon or the vacation of a lifetime. Enjoy 360º views of Mount Otemanu and the blue horizon.

Set amid the gentle beauty of the reef that crowns the island, this member of The Leading Hotels of the World offers an authentic Polynesian experience coupled with luxurious accommodations, gastronomy, and service.

Opening onto the white sands of Matira Point, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, this luxury resort on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List 2014” surrounds you with a boutique ambiance. Learn to scuba dive and snorkel!

• 20 ac over-water bungalows/10 ac lodges/1 ac villa • restaurant/bar/ room service • complimentary American breakfast • spa • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi & mini-bar • access to facilities at Sofitel Marara

• 30 ac suites & 50 ac over-water bungalows • 3 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • outdoor freshwater pool • Manea Spa & Fitness Center • water sports/tennis • PADI dive center/snorkeling

• 63 ac bungalows (14 beach & 50 over-water) • 2 restaurants/poolside bar • concierge/24-hour room service/activity desk • outdoor freshwater pool • Deep Ocean Spa • water sports/PADI dive center

MAITAI POLYNESIA BORA BORA

HILTON MOOREA LAGOON RESORT & SPA

SOFITEL BORA BORA MARARA BEACH RESORT

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Moorea

A quintessential Bora Bora resort set in gorgeous Matira Bay, the luxury property sits on a sparkling beach with lush grounds dotted by hibiscus flowers and tropical blossoms. Plush guest accommodations have private terraces with stunning views.

In a protected bay on the southeast end of Bora Bora sits this budget-friendly, comfortable Tahitian-style resort. With a gorgeous location, authentic Polynesian décor, and close proximity to local villages, it is an ideal spot to discover Bora Bora.

Applauded on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List 2014,” this luxury resort opens onto a private white-sand beach between two bays on the heart-shaped island of Moorea. Retreat to bungalows with private terraces and plunge pools.

• 55 ac bungalows (garden, lagoon, beach & over-water) • restaurant/bar • complimentary American breakfast • outdoor pool/private beach/Jacuzzi • holistic spa • activities center/water sports • live entertainment

• 74 ac rooms, villas & over-water bungalows • 2 restaurants/2 bars/ beach bar • water sports • live entertainment daily • lounge & game room • access to spa at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

• 104 ac bungalows • 3 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor infinity pool • Moorea Lagoon Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center/ children’s activities • live entertainment/Polynesian shows

SOFITEL MOOREA IA ORA BEACH RESORT

INTERCONTINENTAL MOOREA RESORT & SPA

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A rare and refined sophistication in the heart of paradise, this exclusive resort stands at the edge of an infinite white-sand beach on a magnificent lagoon with views over the island of Tahiti. Dive into motorized and non-motorized water sports.

Opening onto a private white-sand beach where the mountains rise above the lagoon, this luxury resort stands amid 17 acres of lush trees and gardens. Dip into two infinity pools, go scuba diving, swim with dolphins, and thrill to a Polynesian dance show.

Accommodations at this luxury Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List 2013” resort include plush over-water bungalows as well as deluxe garden bungalows with private plunge pools. Snorkel and scuba dive in crystal-clear waters.

Worldwide Traveler Select

• 73 ac bungalows, 39 ac over-water bungalows & 1 ac 2-bedroom villa • 2 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor pool/private beach • spa/Jacuzzi • PADI dive center/water sports/snorkeling • Polynesian dance shows nightly

• 144 ac rooms & junior suite bungalows (50 over-water) • 3 restaurants/ 2 bars/swim-up bar • 2 outdoor infinity pools • Helene Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • tennis • Moorea Dolphin Center

• 94 ac rooms, suites & bungalows (50 over-water) • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor infinity pool • Manea Spa • PADI dive center/snorkeling • coral nursery

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Bula Fiji

ENDLESS VISTAS, SPARKLING BEACHES, CLOUDLESS SKIES, WARM WELCOMES… IT’S THE VERY DEFINITION OF EXOTIC!

Best Beaches for… Swimming

Rediscover yourself on Yasawa Island, lined with swimmable white-sand beaches including Yawini Beach and Paradise Beach. Take a dip into Coral Coast’s pristine Natadola Beach.

Adventure Snorkel through rainbow-hued coral gardens on secluded Sovi Bay on Viti Levu’s famous Coral Coast.

Know Your Destination

other outlying island chains. The south coast of the island is known as the Coral Coast, nexus of resorts, adventure sports, and cultural arts.

A stunning archipelago with over 300 islands, all surrounded by dreamy beaches, vibrant coral reefs, shimmering sapphire waters, and views to an infinite horizon, Fiji is, hands down, simply one of the most exotic places in the world, a sensory journey where coconut-scented trails lead you to the gentle lapping of the waves and awaken you to otherworldly sights and sounds. It’s a life-defining vacation destination.

Mamanuca Islands

Dive deep into the waters of the Pacific Harbour and explore the different species of sharks and their way of life.

Expect to be entranced by some of the world’s best accommodations, from five-star resorts, to eco-resorts, to hidden finds, all accentuated by authentic smiles, plus a provocative landscape that lures both adventureseekers and those looking for the utmost quietude.

Romance

Get In & Get Going

Take a barefoot stroll hand-in-hand on tiny Malolo Lai Lai in the Mamanuca Islands off Viti Levu, with hypnotic sunset views as your backdrop.

All visitors to Fiji must have a passport valid for 6 months beyond their visit, plus an onward or return airline ticket; visitor permits, good for stays of up to 4 months, are issued upon arrival.

Recline on a hammock at any resort and meditate to the inspiring view of the Pacific horizon. Note: Nude sunbathing (and topless sunbathing for women) is illegal in Fiji.

You’ll find it easy to get around, shop, enjoy cultural experiences, and more. English is spoken, and public transportation is easy to navigate in Viti Levu, with airconditioned buses, taxi service, and rental car availability.

A volcanic archipelago of 20 different islands, the Mamanucas (just off the coast of Denarau) are all about beautiful beaches, lagoons, and crystal-clear waters, untouched natural wilderness, and unbeatable diving and water sports action, from Vomo to Malolo.

Yasawa Islands One of Fiji’s most stunning regions, this chain of 20 ancient volcanic islands northwest of Viti Levu presents white-sand beaches and dramatic monoliths surrounded by picture-postcard lagoons straight out of your most blissful dreams. Go hiking in gorgeous mountain terrain, hit the surf for kayaking and snorkeling, and stroll the warm sands on the beaches at the edge of the world…

Vanua Levu Whether touring the Snake Temple near Labasa, diving to see the soft corals, or just exploring along the Hibiscus Highway, Vanua Levu has lots to offer. Fiji’s second largest island, it’s less tourist-oriented than Viti Levu, but there’s still lots to see and do for the more adventurous traveler.

THE REGIONS Viti Levu Viti Levu is Fiji’s largest island, home of Suva, the capital city, and Nadi, Fiji’s main international gateway and transit point for other Fiji destinations. Denarau, a private upscale island, is lined with luxury resorts and is the jumping-off point for the Mamanucas, Yasawas, and

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Kava Jive Explore the beautiful Mamanuca Islands aboard the classic schooner Seaspray, including a traditional kava ceremony at the Fijian island village on Yanuya.

Finding Nemo’s Twin

The Only Way to Fly

Spa in Paradise

Maximize your “island time” by arriving at your resort via seaplane or helicopter transfer, available from multiple operators.

There may be nothing more Fijian than indulging at the spa at your resort, which range from open-air bures, to cabanas overlooking the lagoon, to plunge pools with waterfalls, and beyond.

Live to Dive

Meet the superstar known as Nemo – or at least one of the anemone fish or “clownfish” on which he’s based – when you snorkel in the florid reefs off Taveuni.

There’s too many great dive spots to list, so flip a coin or just explore… Rakiraki, on the north coast of Viti Luvu, where you’ll find chromatic pristine reefs and an abundance of fish.

Hit the Surf Catch a wave, or more, off the southernmost Mamanucas around Tavarua and Namotu, as well as off the Coral Coast near Pacific Harbour.

Wet Set Parasailing, Jet-Skiing, game fishing, surfing, diving, swimming, water-skiing, kayaking, sailing… There’s no end to the water sports fun you can enjoy in Fiji!

Cave to Your Desires The Naihehe Cave seems even eerier when you realize that it’s a fortress of one of Fiji’s last cannibal tribes, and contains a ritual platform and cannibal “oven.”

Pacific Ocean Labasa

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Yasawa Island

Botaira Island Tokoriki Island Matamanoa Island Mana Island Castaway Island Malolo Island Plantation Island & Musket Cove

Matangi Island Savusavu Taveuni

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Vomo Island

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Beachcomber Island Treasure Island Bounty Island Navini Island Nadi

Rakiraki Naigani Island

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VITI LEVU

Denarau

Toberua Island Nakelo

Sigatoka The Coral Coast Korolevu

Vatulele Island

Koro Sea

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Royal Davui Island

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Trip Highlights • Cultural tour of Sigatoka Valley • Traditional Kava ceremony • Exploring Denarau Island • Seaspray sailing adventure to Monuriki Island • Water sports & land activities

Day 1: Nadi – Coral Coast Welcome to Fiji! You’ll be met by our representative at the airport and transferred to your resort on the Coral Coast.

Denarau to your resort, where you will be welcomed onto the island by the resort staff. This afternoon is yours to explore the resort and get acquainted with your new surroundings.

Days 2-4: Coral Coast

Days 6-8: Mamanuca Islands

Over the next 3 days you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself into the laid-back Fijian way of life. Relax at the resort, soak up the warm rays on the beach, explore the local villages, or try your hand at one of the many water sports available at the resort. Join a cultural tour of Fiji’s picturesque Sigatoka Valley and explore the rich history of the island and its people. After experiencing a traditional Kava ceremony, you will be taken to the extensive Naihehe cave network for an afternoon of light adventurous exploring.

Snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, sunbathing…the options are endless. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to do as little or as much as you want while exploring one of the world’s most majestic destinations. Take the Seaspray sailing adventure out into the ocean and explore the nearby islands, together with a visit a local traditional Fijian village. Be sure not to get left behind on Monuriki Island, made famous by Tom Hanks in Cast Away.

Day 5: Mamanuca Islands

Unfortunately the time has come to say goodbye to this slice of paradise. A ferry will pick you up at your resort and take you back to Port Denarau, where a driver will meet you and transfer you back to the airport.

This morning you will be picked up and taken to Port Denarau, gateway to Fiji’s closest island group, the Mamanuca Islands. A ferry will take you from Port

Day 9: Mamanuca Islands

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Botaira Island

Tokoriki Island Matamanoa Island Mana Island Castaway Island Malolo Island Plantation Island & Musket Cove

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Vomo Island

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Beachcomber Island Treasure Island Bounty Island Navini Island

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Sigatoka The Coral Coast Korolevu Vatulele Island

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Trip Highlights • Exploring Denarau Island • Tour of Lautoka & Ba • Meet local schoolchildren • Seaspray sailing adventure • Water sports & land activities

Day 1: Denarau Welcome to Fiji! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your resort on Denarau Island. The island is technically called “an island” and is connected to the mainland by a short bridge. Denarau is home to golf courses, several luxurious resorts, and the Marina, gateway to the islands.

Day 2: Denarau Today is a perfect opportunity for you to enjoy the resort by going for a swim in one of the pools, enjoying some of the water sports and activities, or simply relaxing and relishing the surrounding beauty.

Day 3: Denarau Today you will head into Fiji’s countryside for a peek into Fiji’s last remaining traditional village. After taking in the sights of Lautoka and Ba, you will be welcomed into the village with a customary Kava ceremony. After touring the village, take the opportunity to meet the local schoolchildren and learn about Fiji’s educational lifestyle.

Days 4-6: Mamanuca Islands This morning you will make the short journey to the Marina, where you will board the ferry to your island resort. Keep

an eye out as you head past some of Fiji’s majestic islands. After arriving in the afternoon, the following days are at your leisure except for your sailing adventure. Join the Seaspray sailing adventure out into the ocean and explore the nearby islands, along with a traditional Fijian village visit. Be sure not to get left behind on Monuriki Island, made famous by Tom Hanks in the Hollywood blockbuster Cast Away.

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VANUA Yasawa Island

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Botaira Island

Days 7-8: Mamanuca Islands After a relaxing morning, check out of your hotel, and explore another Fijian gem. Jump aboard the ferry that will take you to your next island destination. You’ll be greeting with a traditional welcome and after checking in, the remainder of your time at the resort is at your leisure. With a host of water sports and land activities, the options are endless.

Day 9: Mamanuca Islands Take a walk along the powdery sands of your island retreat before your ferry arrives to transfer to the Marina to meet your transfer to the airport.

Tokoriki Island Matamanoa Island Mana Island Castaway Island Malolo Island Plantation Island & Musket Cove

The Sunshine Coast

Vomo Island

Rakiraki

Beachcomber Island Treasure Island Bounty Island Navini Island

Nadi

Natovi

Naigani

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Denarau

Nakelo

Sigatoka The Coral Coast Korolevu Vatulele Island

Suva

Royal Davui Island

Pacific Ocean

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RADISSON BLU RESORT FIJI DENARAU ISLAND

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SOFITEL FIJI RESORT & SPA

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Denarau Island

Denarau Island

Effortless luxury defines this evolving beachfront resort, a favorite of couples and families. Take in glorious ocean views through your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Some accommodations have access to a private or shared plunge pool.

Nestled around lush tropical gardens and opening directly onto a white-sand beach, this sterling resort is ideal for family getaways and pure relaxation. Dip into four lagoon pools, including adults-only and children’s pools.

Minutes from Nadi Airport, this modern beachside resort is the ultimate fully-integrated destination. Every room faces the ocean, and you’re close to a spectacular lagoon pool and a range of great restaurants including the award-winning Salt.

• 273 ac villas • 2 restaurants/deli/bar • 7 outdoor pools/separate adults-only & family pool zones • spa/fitness center • water sports/ complimentary kids club • golf nearby

• 270 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar • 4 outdoor lagoon pools/ adults-only & children’s pools • Harmony Retreat Day Spa • complimentary non-motorized water sports/Kids Koro • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 296 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 bars/24-hour room service • lagoon pool • spa/gym • PADI dive center/water sports • wedding chapel • adjacent to Denarau Golf & Racquet Club • free Wi-Fi

TOBERUA ISLAND RESORT

LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT

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TADRAI ISLAND RESORT

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Lomaiviti Group

Mamanuca Islands

Mamanuca Islands

Step into traditional bures for an unforgettable Fijian vacation at this unique resort, set on its own private island and blending Pacific and contemporary style. Go swimming and diving, catch the breezes from your private deck, and refresh at the spa.

Adults Only This resort is a haven of subtle luxury for adults only, the first and only Fiji resort with over-water bures. Accommodations have private courtyards with outdoor showers, plus spacious decks with ocean views.

All-Inclusive / Adults Only Live your dreams at this all-inclusive adults-only resort along Selena Cove on Mana Island. Retreat to stunning beachfront villas with private plunge pools, tropical outdoor showers, and personal butlers.

• 15 bures • restaurant/bar/room service • outdoor saltwater pool/ sundeck • spa/fitness center • complimentary water sports gear • PADI dive center • 9-hole reef golf (low tide only) • excursions

• 45 ac bungalows (10 over-water & 35 beachfront) • restaurant/lounge/ bar • infinity-edge pool/spa pools • Tatadra Spa/fitness center • snorkeling/ water sports • island nature trails

• 5 ac villas • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service/butler service • outdoor infinity pool • Wai Siliva Spa • water sports/PADI dive center/beach activities • Wi-Fi throughout

VOMO FIJI ISLAND RESORT

TOKORIKI ISLAND RESORT

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CASTAWAY ISLAND, FIJI

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Mamanuca Islands

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Mamanuca Islands

All-Inclusive A destination for couples and families alike, this luxury boutique resort is renowned for its long white-sand beaches, acclaimed cuisine, numerous activities, and personal service unsurpassed in the South Pacific.

Secluded on the most northern of the Mamanuca Islands, this boutique luxury couples retreat celebrates all things indulgent. Step into bures and villas with contemporary style, Fijian design, and South Pacific sunset views.

This iconic private island resort attracts romantic couples of all ages, offering spacious yet secluded traditional thatched Fijian-style bures with unrivaled warmth and hospitality. Enjoy creative Pacific Rim cuisine and a myriad of water sports.

• 28 ac villas & 2 ac residences • restaurant/2 bars • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center • water sports/fishing • tennis/9-hole golf course • PADI dive center • kids club/Vomo Turtle Protection Program

• 24 ac beachfront bures/4 ac beachfront pool bures/8 ac villas with private pools • restaurant/bar/live entertainment • outdoor horizon pool • Senikai Spa • water sports/PADI dive center • tennis/volleyball

• 66 ac bungalows (bures) • 4 restaurants/4 bars/live entertainment • award-winning chef & restaurant • 2 outdoor pools/tennis/water sports • PADI 5-Star Gold Palm dive center • complimentary kids club (ages 3 & up)

LOMANI ISLAND RESORT

MANA ISLAND RESORT & SPA

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MATAMANOA ISLAND RESORT

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Mamanuca Islands

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Mamanuca Islands

Adults Only “Lomani” in Fijian means love, and you’re sure to feel the romance at this adults-only boutique resort. Pedal a bike around the island, kayak the stunning shoreline, or simply dig your toes into powdery white sands.

Situated on 300 acres of tropical paradise, this intimate resort opens onto white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters in the Mamanuca Islands. Explore 42 dive sites with the pros from the PADI dive center.

Adults Only Opening directly onto a white-sand beach in the Mamanuca Islands, this intimate adults-only boutique resort caters to couples in spacious new villas with plunge pools, beachfront bures, and resort rooms amid tropical gardens.

• 26 ac suites & beachfront bures • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor freshwater pool • Lomani Spa/fitness center • island activities/offshore excursions

• 152 ac oceanfront suites & beachfront & honeymoon bures • 2 restaurants/ coffee & snack bar/4 bars/happy hour • 2 outdoor freshwater pools/ 4 beaches • Mana Spa • water sports/tennis • kids club/wedding chapel

• 20 ac villas & bures/13 ac resort rooms • restaurant/lounge • concierge • outdoor freshwater pool • spa services • water sports/PADI 5-Star dive center • tennis

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TROPICA ISLAND RESORT

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MALOLO ISLAND RESORT

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Mamanuca Islands

Mamanuca Islands

Mamanuca Islands

Featuring luxury bures, this popular and lively resort occupies its own island atoll amid a stunning marine sanctuary. Go swimming and snorkeling, play tennis and learn to scuba dive, and unwind at the sensual spa.

Adults Only Ideal for honeymooners, couples, and wedding groups, this adults-only boutique resort stands along a beach in a sheltered bay. Go swimming and snorkeling, and refresh yourself at the spa.

This intimate rustic resort invites you to escape the stress of modern living and relax amid golden-sand beaches, coral reefs, swaying palms, and azure seas. Colonial-style bures have spacious verandas with ocean views.

• 66 ac bures • restaurant/bar • 3 outdoor pools/sundeck • Senikai Spa • motorized & non-motorized water sports/PADI dive center • live entertainment/cultural activities & classes/kids club

• 30 ac rooms & bures • restaurant/bar/beach bar • outdoor horizon pool/sundeck/private beach • spa • water sports • cultural activities • nightly entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 45 ac bures • 3 restaurants/bar • 2 outdoor pools/swim-up bar/ entertainment lounge • Leilani’s Spa • snorkeling/windsurfing • daily activities program

BEACHCOMBER ISLAND RESORT

QAMEA RESORT & SPA, FIJI

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ROYAL DAVUI ISLAND RESORT, FIJI

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Mamanuca Islands

Qamea Island

Royal Davui Island

All-Inclusive This great value resort opens directly onto a glistening white-sand beach and borders a marine sanctuary with a delightful Turtle Project breeding program. Dive into game fishing, dance contests, and cocktail mixing classes.

Adults Only Winner of the World Travel Awards’ 2012 “Fiji’s Leading Spa Resort,” this exclusive boutique property is ideal for adults seeking a truly authentic Fijian island experience. Accommodations have full ocean views.

Adults Only Set in Fiji’s spectacular Beqa Lagoon, this exclusive adults-only resort delivers an unbeatable level of luxury, elegance, and privacy. Sail a catamaran, go scuba diving, and unwind with soothing spa treatments.

• 22 bures & 16 lodge rooms • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • water sports/PADI 5-Star dive center • daily entertainment & activities

• 17 ac bures & villas • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Jungle Spa • water sports/PADI 5-Star dive center • weddings & honeymoons

• 16 ac private villas with plunge pools • restaurant/bar • concierge/ room service • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • nightly entertainment

SONAISALI ISLAND RESORT

MATANGI PRIVATE ISLAND RESORT

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PARADISE TAVEUNI FIJI

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Taveuni

Taveuni

The experience of a lifetime awaits you at this striking resort, set on a private island with 24-hour complimentary boat transfers. Retreat to deluxe oceanfront rooms, traditional ocean-view bures, and romantic beachfront spa bures.

All-Inclusive Perfect for honeymooners and anniversaries, this secluded and romantic resort occupies a private island in the lush tropical northern part of the Fiji Islands. Laze on white-sand beaches, and learn to scuba dive.

Perfectly positioned between the Pacific Ocean and an extinct volcano, this resort on Taveuni’s western coast is one of the world’s most coveted deep-water scuba diving locations. Bures have outdoor showers, Jacuzzis, and breezy private terraces.

• 123 ac rooms & bungalows • 2 restaurants/4 bars/swim-up bar • concierge/24-hour room service • lagoon pool/Jacuzzi • Frangipani Spa • water sports/PADI dive center/kids club • nightly entertainment

• 10 bures & 3 tree houses with outdoor stone showers • restaurant/ lounge • outdoor pool• Ocean Spa • water sports/PADI dive center • daily excursions • Stay 7/Pay 5 All Year, No Blackouts, All Bure Categories

• 10 bures & 6 ac vales • restaurant/bar • outdoor horizon-edge pool • PADI dive center • cultural activities

JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU RESORT FIJI

NAMALE RESORT & SPA

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KORO SUN RESORT

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Vanua Levu

Vanua Levu

Vanua Levu

All-Inclusive Relax, explore authentic Fijian culture, and engage with the unspoiled environment at this award-winning boutique resort, overlooking Savusavu Bay and surrounded by coral reefs, marine sanctuary, and secluded beaches.

All-Inclusive Designed for guests who are used to the finer things in life, this award-winning all-inclusive luxury boutique resort is located at a place where the rainforest meets the ocean. Retreat to spacious rooms with garden or sea views.

All-Inclusive Embrace a warm and friendly Fiji island experience at this deluxe all-inclusive resort, featuring adventure, rejuvenation, and romance. Private, exclusive accommodations offer vivid views of the ocean and reefs beyond.

• 24 bures with ceiling fans & 1 ac villa • restaurant/lounge • concierge/ room service • oceanfront day spa • nanny service • separate family facility with pools & zip-line • children’s activities

• 19 ac bures & villas • restaurant/wine cellar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Fiji Spa & Sanctuary/fitness center • water sports/PADI 5-Star dive center • tennis courts/live entertainment

• 30 ac bures & 4 ac rainforest villas • 2 restaurants/lounge • outdoor beachfront infinity pool • Rainforest Spa • water sports/PADI dive center • tennis/9-hole golf course • Koro Sun Movie Theatre/kids club

For additional hotels and sightseeing in this destination please contact your Travel Consultant.

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WARWICK FIJI RESORT & SPA

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WANANAVU BEACH RESORT

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Viti Levu

Viti Levu

Reminiscent of a traditional Fijian village, this luxury resort delivers sweeping ocean views in an exquisite tropical landscape on a white-sand beach. Most accommodations feature signature VIP Talai butler service.

Sunny days, balmy nights, and warm hospitality greet you at this popular resort overlooking a tranquil lagoon amid tropical gardens along a white-sand beach. Treat yourself to Premium Warwick Room accommodations, which include special amenities.

Situated on the northernmost point of Fiji’s main island at Viti Levu, this sterling resort combines the convenience of the mainland with the idyllic isolation of an island retreat. Learn to dive with the PADI dive center pros, and unwind at Wai Spa.

• 205 ac rooms & suites with balconies/47 ac bungalows with verandahs • 5 restaurants/6 bars/live entertainment • 2 outdoor lagoon pools • Bebe Spa/fitness center • adults-only Vahavu Pool & Bistro • kids club

• 248 ac rooms & suites with balconies • 5 restaurants/4 bars/2 pool bars/ themed buffet • Club Lounge/cultural dinner show • spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • tennis/mini-golf • children’s program

• 34 ac bures • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • Wai Spa • water sports/ PADI dive center • tennis/tours & excursions

FIJI HIDEAWAY RESORT & SPA

FIRST LANDING BEACH RESORT

VOLIVOLI BEACH RESORT FIJI

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Viti Levu

Viti Levu

An idyllic stretch of white-sand beach and palm trees is right outside the doors of this spectacular resort, an ideal getaway for couples and families alike. Step into bures and villas that open onto breezy private terraces with stunning views.

Treat yourself to the greatest sunsets on the planet at this exclusive resort, set on a white-sand beach on Fiji’s main island. Accommodations, set amid gardens or along the beach, open to balconies with ocean or garden views.

Step into the heart of Fiji at this family-owned and operated resort, home to some of the world’s best soft coral diving and a mecca for water sports enthusiasts into snorkeling, game fishing, kayaking, and more.

• 96 ac bures & villas • 2 restaurants/coffee shop/café/bar/ pool bar • outdoor pool • spa/lava rock sauna/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • Fijian Kids Club/live entertainment

• 40 ac bures & villas • restaurant/2 bars/pool bar/room service • outdoor freshwater pool/sundeck • Dream On Spa • life enrichment classes/live entertainment • children’s activities • marina

• 11 ac studio vales & 9 Vale Balavu rooms • restaurant/bar/pool bar • outdoor pool/sundeck • day spa • reception & boutique • water sports/ SSI & PADI dive center • game & deep sea fishing

CRUSOE’S RETREAT

RAFFLES GATEWAY HOTEL

UPRISING BEACH RESORT

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Viti Levu

Viti Levu

Viti Levu

Nestled in tropical gardens along a palm-lined beach and stunning lagoon, this intimate traditional Fijian resort embodies all that is wonderful about the islands. Retreat to bungalows with superb views.

Conveniently located within walking distance of Nadi International Airport, and just a few miles from Nadi Town, this is the ideal transit hotel for Fiji island resorts. Spend your days drifting in two sun-drenched swimming pools.

Stylishly nestled on a palm-lined beachfront, this friendly resort offers adventure, relaxation, and sheer natural beauty all in one stunning location. Relax on the beach or by the pool, or take advantage of the many land and water sports activities on offer.

• 28 cures (ac in Deluxe SeaSide Bures) • restaurant/bar/pool bar/ entertainment • outdoor freshwater pool • Coco’s Spa • PADI dive center/ water sports • tennis/volleyball/Fijian cultural activities

• 92 ac rooms with balconies • 2 restaurants/pool bar/coffee bar • concierge/24-hour room service • 2 outdoor pools • fitness center/ tennis • nightly entertainment • wireless Internet

• 23 bures & villas (deluxe rooms) • beachside restaurant & bar • concierge/ room service • outdoor freshwater pool • complimentary non-motorized water sports • jet-skis/excursions & cruises • Wi-Fi throughout

MANGO BAY RESORT

YASAWA ISLAND RESORT & SPA, FIJI

VIWA ISLAND RESORT

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Viti Levu

Yasawa Islands

Yasawa Islands

Set amid a lush tropical landscape along the Coral Coast, this exclusive resort overlooks a bay and stunning white beach. Relax in the oceanfront lagoon pool, and stake out a prime spot for the sunset bonfire.

All-Inclusive Indulge in sweet seclusion on one of the most remote islands of Fiji, in a spectacular setting with pristine private beaches and crystalline waters. Traditional thatched beachfront bures are truly luxurious.

Adults Only This intimate adults-only resort occupies its own private island, surrounded by a colorful coral reef and bordered by a spotless white-sand beach. Traditional bures have thatched roofs, high vaulted ceilings, covered verandas, and ocean views.

• 30 bures & cabins • restaurant/bar/swim-up pool bar • concierge • outdoor beachfront lagoon pool • spa services • water sports/PADI dive center • Tadra Nightclub/outdoor cinema

• 18 ac bures • restaurant/bar/private dining • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Baravi Beachfront Spa • PADI dive center/water sports • kids club

• 11 ac bures • restaurant/bar/nightly entertainment • outdoor pool/ water sports • massage services • PADI dive center • handline fishing/ deep sea fishing • village visits & cultural activities

For additional hotels and sightseeing in this destination please contact your Travel Consultant.

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HHH½ Yasawa Islands A secluded paradise on the northern tip of Nanuya Lai Lai Island – fringed by palm trees, a white-sand beach, and azure waters – this exclusive resort welcomes guests into deluxe villas near the beach and traditional hillside bures. • 4 villas & 8 bures • restaurant/bar • massage services • water sports/ PADI dive center nearby • hand line fishing/cave trips/excursions

BLUE` LAGOON CRUISES

Fiji / 3, 4 or 7 Days Take a magical voyage aboard the MV Fiji Princess through the breathtaking Yasawa Islands, renowned for their tranquil lagoons, picturesque beaches, and tropical charm. Take advantage of plenty of opportunities to go ashore and experience the beauty first-hand, or just laze onboard and admire the views. The beautiful private island Nanuya Lailai is available exclusively for your enjoyment. Shore excursions and all meals are included.

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PACIFIC ISLAND AIR & SEAPLANES

Fiji

Fiji’s leading helicopter and charter airline service, Island Hoppers specializes in efficient and reliable air transfers for passengers to maximize their “Island Time.” Take a scenic flight from Nadi or Denarau over the Mamanuca Islands to your destination or further to the Coral Coast or Yasawas. Specialized scenic tours are available over the Mananucas and Mount Evans Ranges – a great way to see the majesty of Fiji!

SOUTH SEA ISLAND

Pacific Island Air & Seaplanes operates both fixed-wing and floatplane services from Nadi Airport to the Fiji Islands, flying to the Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands as well as Savusavu and Labasa Airports on Vanua Levu, Taveuni, and Kadavu. Landing in the sea and stepping out of your aircraft onto a pristine beach is a great way to arrive at your island resort! Alternatively, you can fly to airstrips located near the resorts on many of the islands.

SUNSET DINNER CRUISE

Denarau / Half Day or Full Day / South Sea Cruises Board a high-speed catamaran and enjoy a full or half day on a private, uninhabited South Seas island near Denarau. On the island, enjoy snorkeling, sailing, and kayaking; relax with a massage; dip into a swimming pool; stroll the white-sand beach; and explore beneath the waves in a semi-submersible vessel. A tasty BBQ and salad lunch is served, and beer, wine, and soft drinks are included while you are on the island.

Denarau / 3 Hours / Captain Cook Cruises Cruise into the Pacific Island sunset with a complimentary welcome drink and a great BBQ dinner. Fijian cultural entertainment and spectacular scenery round-off a perfect evening on the water. Complimentary transfers are available from Nadi hotels.

SEASPRAY DAY SAILING ADVENTURE

Denarau / 9 Hours / South Sea Cruises Explore the beautiful beaches, lagoons, and crystal waters of the Mamanuca Islands aboard the magnificent classic schooner Seaspray. Wander the uninhabited island of Mondriki with its stunning beaches and snorkeling. Visit a traditional Fijian island village on Yanuya, and be welcomed ashore with a kava ceremony. Morning and afternoon tea and a delicious BBQ lunch are provided, as well as all drinks (soft drinks, wine, and beer) while on board.

TIVUA ISLAND DAY CRUISE

Denarau / Full Day / Captain Cook Cruises Set sail aboard the tall ship Ra Marama or sailing catamaran Fiji One, departing Denarau daily and cruising to Tivua Island, a paradise ringed by a white-sand beach and 500 acres of coral gardens. The cruise includes snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours; a tropical buffet lunch; morning and afternoon tea; beer, wine, and soft drinks on Tivua Island; kava ceremony and entertainment; volleyball, and use of canoes and snorkeling gear.

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Afio mai One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Cook Islands

vanuatu / new caledonia / samoa / tonga / niue

ULTIMATE SERENITY, UNOBSTRUCTED VISTAS & UNSPOILED SEASCAPES AT THE SOUTH PACIFIC’S BEST-KEPT SECRET

Best Beaches for… Swimming

Swim in the celestial waters of one of Atiu Islands’ untouched beaches, tucked in a secluded corner of paradise. (Cook Islands) Become one with nature on Champagne Beach, on Vanuatu’s Espiritu Santo Island.

Adventure

Know Your Destination

The South Pacific is a smattering of islands that, while small in size, are big on enjoyment. Samoa, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Niue add up to a hearty serving of flawless beaches, secluded island hideaways, and adrenaline-fueled action against dramatic natural backdrops.

Paddle out at Aganoa Beach (Savaii, Samoa), and challenge the waves just 50-100 yards from shore!

While the official languages of countries such as New Caledonia (French), Samoa (Samoan), and the Cook Islands (Maori) are “foreign,” English is widely understood and spoken in all of these islands, especially by people in the tourism industry.

Romance

Get In & Get Going

Whisper sweet-nothings on Hufangalupe Beach— a stretch of white sands and stunning turquoise waters— one of Tongatapu Island’s (Tonga) most dreamily scenic areas.

It’s a snap to visit all of the South Pacific islands, as the entry requirements for these destinations are generally the same: visitors need passports that are valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay, plus onward/ return tickets. In all cases, visas are not required for stays up to 30 days.

Snorkel and get up-close with humpback whales in Tongan waters.

Rediscover your love as you take a stroll on the powdery sands of Vanuatu’s Tamanu Beach. Note: Nude bathing is not permitted in Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Topless sunbathing is permitted on the beach at Noumea in New Caledonia. There are no nude or topless beaches in the Cook Islands.

THE REGIONS Cook Islands Settle beneath the shade of a palm tree and let the sand sift through your fingers – the Cook Islands are the ultimate island escape. Unhurried and uncrowded, this spray of tiny Pacific islands lures visitors with wide, secluded beaches, endless shimmering seascapes, and the promise of total relaxation. Striking Rarotonga serves as the gateway to the rest of the islands.

Vanuatu

Idyllic beaches, balmy breezes, spectacular reefs, and friendly locals make Vanuatu “the happiest place on earth”. Find peace and adventure in equal measures in this chain of 83 islands in the southwest Pacific, famous for the world’s most accessible active volcano, located on Tanna Island, and for its picturesque scenery and perfect diving conditions in calm, crystal-clear waters.

New Caledonia Sun, sand, sea, and exquisite cuisine together create the ultimate island vacation in New Caledonia, renowned for its fusion of French and Melanesian cultures that co-exist in serene tropical surroundings that seem almost too good to be true. Dine on food and wine that would be at home in the finer precincts of Paris!

Samoa Fall in love with one of the smallest countries on the planet… Samoa. Rainforests, waterfalls, caves, blowholes, lava fields, and stunning beaches are your playgrounds. Join in a kava ceremony, get an authentic Samoan tattoo, go scuba diving, catch a game of “kilikiti” (sorta like cricket), and unwind on beaches that face endless horizons.

Tonga Very little has changed since Captain Cook “discovered” Tonga over 200 years ago – and that’s a good thing! Recognized as a prime destination for whale-watching, Tonga’s tiny island also impresses with shipwreck dive sites, ethereal lagoons, and stunning coral reefs. Visit charming fishing villages with traditional customs, and revel in all sorts of water sports, like kayaking, surfing, and more.

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Niue No crime, no traffic lights, no crowds, no lines… Niue is one of the smallest countries on the planet, and has one of the highest standards of living per capita of the Pacific Islands. All you need to bring is an adventurous attitude – it’s a must in Niue to get the most out of your time here. Gear up for world-class diving, fishing, caving, and swimming with whales and dolphins.

Rise early and visit the Maketi Fou on Fugalei Street in Apia, Samoa, to sample local flavors and enjoy a refreshing tropical juice.

Walk the Walk

Umu for 2 In Tonga, sit down for succulent local fresh vegetables, cooked in earth ovens called umus, and served with, of course, kava…

WEATHER CHART

Star of Russia, the Konanda, an ex-Qantas Sandringham “flying boat,” and the luxury liner SS President Coolidge.

Local Flavor

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Arrive & Dive

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Explore beyond the protected marine sanctuary in Port Vila to see impressive wrecks, such as the

The variety of walks in Niue will leave you breathless. From virgin rainforest, to dramatic caves, to rugged coastlines, you’ll stumble onto spectacular views, hidden swimming coves, and surprises around every corner.

Surfin’ Samoa For prime surfing thrills, head to Upolu’s southern shores at A’ufaga Village, or put your skills to the test at the famed Plum Pudding Rock, Solosolo.

COOK ISLANDS FUNAFUTI

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Wallis Islands Futuna

Espiritu Santo

VANUATU Efate Port Vila

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VANUA LEVU

SAMOA

AMERICAN SAMOA (USA)

Savai’i Upolu APIA

Niuafo’ou

Pacific Ocean

SOUTHERN GROUP PALMERSTON

AITUTAKI

MANUAE

Niuatoputapu

MITIARO TAKUTEA

Suva

TONGA

NUKU’ALOFA

Tongatapu

NIUE

ATIU

MAUKE

RAROTONGA MANGAIA

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PACIFIC RESORT AITUTAKI

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AITUTAKI LAGOON RESORT & SPA

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Perfect for romantic getaways, the wedding of your dreams, or a gathering of family and loved ones, this awesome resort – with its private villas set at the edge of stunning Aitutaki Lagoon – is renowned for authentic Polynesian luxury.

The island’s first deluxe boutique hotel, this romantic resort commands a half-mile stretch of white-sand beach. Spacious bungalows have thatched roofs, hardwood floors, marble baths, and front porches facing the beach.

Adults Only Serene and sublime, the only private island resort set directly on Aitutaki Lagoon, boasting overwater bungalows with expansive views of one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons. The quintessential South Pacific experience.

• 3 ac 1- & 2-bedroom villas • daily tropical & self-cook breakfast items delivered to villa • off-site restaurant meal plans • concierge • complimentary bicycles, kayaks & snorkeling equipment

• 22 ac bungalows • restaurant/2 bars • outdoor pool • Tiare Spa • complimentary kayaks, rowboats & snorkeling gear

• 36 ac bungalows & villa • 2 restaurants/2 bars/room service • outdoor pool • SpaPolynesia/gym • complimentary stand-up paddleboards/ kayaks/snorkeling/cultural activities • wedding planner • Wi-Fi

TAMANU BEACH

Worldwide Traveler Select

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Aitutaki

Aitutaki

SEA CHANGE VILLAS

TE VAKAROA VILLAS

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Aitutaki

Rarotonga

Rarotonga

Located on the western coast of Aitutaki, this boutique resort invites guests into deluxe bungalows nestled amid tropical gardens. Go kayaking and snorkeling, and pull up a chair for Polynesian specialties at the restaurant.

Discover the ultimate South Pacific vacation experience at this luxury retreat, known for personalized service and sumptuous accommodations. Step into spacious villas with ocean, lagoon, or mountain views.

This secluded property is set directly on Muri Beach, with unsurpassed views of Muri Lagoon and beyond the reef to the South Pacific. Villas have Polynesian décor, plush bedding, full kitchens, large private verandas, and the latest tech amenities.

• 22 ac bungalows • restaurant/bar/beach bar/weekly BBQ • 2 outdoor freshwater pools/sundeck • cultural entertainment

• 9 ac villas • breakfast restaurant • concierge/room service • spa services • water sports/bicycle rentals • excursions/eco-tours

• 6 ac 1- & 2-bedroom villas • restaurant/complimentary breakfast daily • room service • outdoor infinity pool • beachfront Jacuzzi & day bed gazebo • complimentary beach activities

CROWN BEACH RESORT & SPA RAROTONGA

LITTLE POLYNESIAN RESORT

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SANCTUARY RAROTONGA – ON THE BEACH

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Rarotonga

Rarotonga

Welcome to Rarotonga’ s leading full-service beachfront boutique resort, set amid lush tropical gardens with individual villa-style accommodations with modern Polynesian ambiance. Sip cocktails at sunset, and unwind with soothing spa treatments.

Adults Only Nestled on its own white-sand beach on the southern tip of Rarotonga, this adults-only resort is a sophisticated playground where serenity is certain, seclusion is guaranteed, and romance is everywhere.

Adults Only Indulge in this leading boutique beachfront resort with a distinctive South Pacific ambiance, secluded white sands, crystal-clear blue lagoon marine reserve, and even a unique swim-up bar. Be pampered at the spa.

• 36 ac villas & suites • 2 restaurants/bars • concierge/room service • outdoor freshwater pool • Spa Akiri/fitness center • dive center • daily entertainment

• 14 ac rooms & bungalows • restaurant/bar/complimentary breakfast • concierge/room service • outdoor saltwater infinity pool/sundeck • water sports • close to cultural attractions, shops & restaurants

• 48 ac suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • outdoor pool • SpaPolynesia Luxe@Lime Blossom Villa/sauna/Jacuzzi • complimentary stand-up paddleboards/snorkeling/kayaks/tennis/cultural activities • Wi-Fi

MAGIC REEF BUNGALOWS

MANUIA BEACH RESORT

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MURI BEACH CLUB HOTEL

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Rarotonga

Rarotonga

Located along a white-sand beach on the western side of beautiful Rarotonga, this resort is the ultimate getaway for those wanting a romantic and peaceful escape. Hide away in Polynesian-style bungalows with furnished balconies.

Experience the magic of a true Polynesian paradise at this excellent value resort! Step into newly refurbished accommodations – only steps away from the sparkling blue ocean – featuring island-style décor and furnished verandas.

Rarotonga

Adults Only Boasting an enviable location on the best stretch of beach facing famous Muri Lagoon on Rarotonga, this adults-only boutique resort is perfect for couples seeking a romantic escape. Dine on gourmet Pacific cuisine.

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• 9 ac standalone bungalows • BBQ facilities • outdoor pool • complimentary snorkeling gear • Wi-Fi available • free onsite parking

• 24 ac suites & bungalows • restaurant/bar/tropical buffet breakfast/daily happy hour • outdoor freshwater infinity pool • water sports/snorkeling • complimentary cultural activities • Wi-Fi access

• 30 ac rooms with balconies • restaurant/bar • room service • spa/ salon • water sports • nightly entertainment • walking distance to cafés, shops, restaurants & cultural center

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THE RAROTONGAN BEACH RESORT & SPA

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myTime / Worldwide Traveler Select

ROYALE TAKITUMU

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Rarotonga

Rarotonga

Set in an unrivaled location on the white sands of Muri Beach, this premium Rarotonga resort blends modern comforts and traditional island hospitality. Retreat to intimate guest rooms, suites, and villas with garden or ocean views.

This iconic full-service resort opens onto the beachfront on the shores of Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve, Rarotonga’s best snorkeling spot. Relax on your private verandah with a sunset cocktail. Renowned for romantic sunset beach weddings.

It’s just a few steps to the pristine Titikaveka Lagoon from your intimate private villa at this luxury boutique resort. Individual thatched-roof villas have kitchens, jetted tubs, and private furnished terraces with breathtaking views.

• 64 ac rooms, suites & villas • restaurant/café/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • spa • water sports • kids club

• 110 ac rooms, suites & bungalows • 2 restaurants/snack bar/bar • outdoor waterfall pool • SpaPolynesia LUXE@Lime Blossom Villa/gym • beach chapel • Wi-Fi • extensive complimentary activities

• 10 ac thatched-roof villas • breakfast/BBQ/convenience store • outdoor freshwater pool/whirlpool • spa treatments • water sports • library/tour desk • restaurants & activities nearby

THE EDGEWATER RESORT & SPA

MOANA SANDS BEACHFRONT HOTEL & VILLAS

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myTime / Worldwide Traveler Select

PALM GROVE RAROTONGA

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Rarotonga

Rarotonga

This elegant resort offers a tropical island escape in a relaxed, comfortable, and friendly environment, with a white-sand beach, picturesque blue lagoon, and spectacular sunsets. Hide away in accommodations with furnished balconies.

Located on a white-sand beach along Rarotonga’s stunning southern coast, this great value resort welcomes into breezy guest rooms with island-style décor, kitchenettes, and patios or balconies with views of the lagoon, reef, and ocean.

With bungalows on the beach or amid flower gardens on the enchanting southern coast, this resort is an intimate, friendly piece of paradise. The water sports are superb on one of the island’s best beaches. Bungalows have private verandas.

• 280 ac rooms, suites & 3-bedroom villas • 2 restaurants/bar/happy hour • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • spa/salon • tennis/daily cultural activities • Coconuts Kids Club • Wi-Fi throughout

• 23 ac studios & villas • restaurant/BBQ/bar • complimentary kayaking & snorkeling gear • tour desk

• 26 ac bungalows • open-air restaurant/bar • Friday night happy hour/ Sunday BBQ • concierge • outdoor freshwater pool • motorbike rentals/ complimentary snorkels & kayaks • Wi-Fi access

RAINA LAGOON VILLAS

SUNSET RESORT RAROTONGA

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LAGOON BREEZE VILLAS

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Rarotonga

Rarotonga

Rarotonga

With deluxe bungalows perched on a beachfront or nestled in a tropical garden, this intimate hideaway provides seclusion and excitement day and night. Admire spectacular tropical sunsets from your bungalow’s private balcony.

Adults Only Idyllically set on the shores of a sheltered lagoon, fronting a sandy palm-fringed beach, this intimate adults-only resort boasts stunning South Pacific sunsets. Unwind on your room’s private balcony.

Nestled amid four acres of lush gardens, this relaxed resort is situated across the road from its own white-sand beach. Guest villas feature kitchens and private balconies. Unwind in the large swimming pool and children’s pool.

• 6 ac bungalows • complimentary tropical breakfast/BBQ area/restaurants nearby • kayak & snorkeling gear available • Wi-Fi available

• 35 ac studios & suites • restaurant/2 bars/happy hour/pool bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools • spa • complimentary snorkeling gear & scuba lessons • Wi-Fi ($)

• 18 ac villas • breakfast café/bar/happy hour/3 BBQ areas • daily complimentary tropical breakfast • outdoor pool/children’s pool • kayaks/ snorkeling gear • children’s playground • Wi-Fi access

PUAIKURA REEF LODGES

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The sheltered southwestern coast of Rarotonga is home to this hidden gem, just across the road from a stunning white-sand beach offering safe snorkeling and swimming. Step into modern accommodations with private patios. • 13 studios, 1-bedroom units, suites & bungalows • BBQ area • concierge/reception & tour desk • outdoor pool • snorkeling gear • scooter/car rental • Wi-Fi access

For additional hotels and sightseeing in this destination please contact your Travel Consultant.

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NAMUKULU COTTAGES & SPA

HOLIDAY INN RESORT VANUATU

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Niue

Niue

Vanuatu

This contemporary resort blends into a natural environment of coral outcrops, coconut trees, palms, ferns, and tropical flowers. The stunning multi-level timber deck affords a great vantage point for spotting whales and dolphins.

Located in totally tranquil tropical surroundings where you can just relax and let your mind wander, this intimate resort personifies a peaceful environment. Guest cottages are located in a secluded setting overlooking the Pacific.

Overlooking the serene waters of the Erakor Lagoon, this relaxed beachside resort is set in vibrant natural surroundings. Retreat to the balcony of your room or over-water villa for garden, lagoon, or golf course views.

• 44 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/pool bar • 2 outdoor freshwater pools • live entertainment • weekly cultural show & Niuean buffet • sea track to Niue’s surrounding reef & snorkel pools

• 4 cottages • outdoor pool • day spa • free Wi-Fi • snorkeling gear/ mountain bikes • free transfers & breakfast starter pack

• 153 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge/pool bar • concierge • 2 outdoor pools • Namele Day Spa/fitness center • 9-hole golf course • water sports/tennis courts • Totel Kids Club • casino

BOKISSA PRIVATE ISLAND RESORT

POPPY’S ON THE LAGOON RESORT

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LE MÉRIDIEN ILS DES PIN

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Vanuatu

Vanuatu

New Caledonia

All pristine beaches and tropical rainforest, an entire 175-acre private island off Vanuatu is yours to explore and savor at this exclusive boutique resort. Stroll out of your bungalow directly onto the sands and into the Pacific! Learn to scuba dive.

This resort is set on the shores of Erakor Lagoon and provides superior self-contained accommodations. Designed to take advantage of the cooling South Pacific trade winds, guest accommodations have private balconies or terraces.

Secluded in a century-old coconut grove on the southern tip of New Caledonia, this boutique resort stands along the turquoise lagoon and powdery sands of magnificent Oro Bay. Retreat to a private terrace with bay views.

• 16 ac bungalows • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor freshwater pool • massage services • water sports/PADI dive center • rainforest walks/bird watching

• 28 studios, suites, bungalows & villas with private balconies • restaurant/ convenience store/bar/room service • 3 outdoor pools/beach • spa • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi • tour desk/wedding packages

• 39 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • spa • water sports/bike rental • billiards room

LE MÉRIDIEN NOUMEA

CHÂTEAU ROYAL BEACH RESORT & SPA

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ESCAPADE ISLAND RESORT

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New Caledonia

New Caledonia

New Caledonia

Overlooking the lagoon and the idyllic beach at Anse Vata, this upscale resort captures the cosmopolitan, energetic spirit of Noumea. Contemporary-style guest accommodations feature private balconies with magnificent views.

Escape to an idyllic hideaway at this elegant resort, located directly on l’Anse Vata Beach. Guest accommodations overlook one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons. Go swimming and snorkeling, and rejuvenate at the spa!

Adults Only The only over-water bungalows in New Caledonia are at this secluded adults-only resort on Maitre Islet, a short boat ride from Noumea. Romantic bungalows have direct lagoon access and private balconies.

• 245 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor lagoon-style pool • spa • water sports/tennis • running track • casino • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 108 ac suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars/swim-up bar • outdoor pool/ sundeck • Aqua Royal Spa & Aquatonic Pool/24-hour fitness center • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 69 beach & over-water bungalows • restaurant/bar/pool bar • outdoor pool/sundeck/private beach • spa • water sports

HILTON NOUMEA LA PROMENADE RESIDENCES

LE PARC HOTEL

LE NOUVATA

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New Caledonia

New Caledonia

New Caledonia

Directly across from l’Anse Vata Beach, this modern luxury resort hotel is within easy walking distance of Nourmea’s restaurants and entertainment. Settle in to accommodations with private furnished balconies and spectacular lagoon views.

One of Noumea’s original hotels, this great value resort stands just across the promenade from beautiful l’Anse Vata Bay. Retreat to spacious guest rooms with private balconies overlooking the pool or lagoon.

Ideally located on l’Anse Vata Bay, this resort hotel offers a mix of sophistication and elegance, with all rooms having their own private balconies overlooking the spectacular pool or stunning lagoon. It’s a short walk to the beach.

• 160 ac suites • outdoor pool/sundeck • concierge/room service • Olaxis Women’s Wellbeing Center/fitness center • baby-sitting services • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 73 rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/ sundeck • fitness center/aerobics/salon • complimentary Wi-Fi • tour desk

• 110 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center/massage services • complimentary Wi-Fi • water sports center nearby

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A SELECTION OF Outlying Islands HOTELS and SIGHTSEEING LE PACIFIQUE

SINALEI REEF RESORT & SPA

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AGGIE GREY’S LAGOON, BEACH RESORT & SPA

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New Caledonia

Samoa

Samoa

This excellent value resort hotel stands across the promenade from the white-sand beach at l’Anse Vata Bay, a mecca for water sports enthusiasts. Guest rooms feature kitchenettes plus pool or ocean views. A world of water sports is just steps away!

Surrounded by tropical gardens, the ocean, and white-sand beach, where the irresistible beauty of nature enchants you, this resort welcomes guests into tranquil hideaways with garden, ocean, or beachside settings.

Set amid 224 acres of gardens and swaying palm trees, and overlooking the romantic island of Savaii and the Pacific Ocean, this stylish resort entertains guests with five restaurants, three bars, a kids club, spa, tennis, golf, and more.

• 120 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/convenience store/pool bar • concierge/ room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center/sauna/aerobics/ massage services

• 29 ac fales • 2 restaurants/bar/poolside bar • outdoor freshwater lagoon pool • The Spa at Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa • game fishing/kayaking/ surfing • tennis/9-hole golf course • conference facilities

• 140 ac rooms with ocean views • 5 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/ 24-hour room service • outdoor lagoon pool • Manaia Polynesian Spa/fitness center/sauna • water sports/PADI dive center/tennis • free kids club

COCONUTS BEACH CLUB RESORT & SPA

LE VASA RESORT

SAMOA SCENIC TOURS

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Worldwide Traveler Select

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Samoa

Samoa

Embodying all that’s unique and wonderful about culturally rich Samoa, this boutique luxury resort sits on Upolu’s southern coast, boasting awesome sunrise and sunset views. Retreat to Samoa’s only over-water fales.

Escape to a secluded oceanfront resort in a tropical paradise with stunning views of Manono and Savaii islands. Experience absolute luxurious oceanfront bungalows with private decks. Sip a cocktail while gazing at amazing sunsets.

• 22 ac suites & fales • restaurant/lounge/swim-up bar • outdoor pool • Coco Beach Spa/yoga • water sports • activity center & tour desk • honeymoon bonus

• 13 ac oceanfront villas • restaurant/bar • outdoor freshwater pool/ sundeck • media & game room • massage services • water sports/ fishing/tours • Wi-Fi available

Apia, Samoa A Samoan-owned company, Samoa Scenic Tours opens the gateway to Samoa! We are, for many people, the first interaction that visitors have with our culture. We’re guardians of both our country and, of course, our guests. We are an essential part of your journey and represent “Fa’a Samoa” (The Samoan Way) as we guide you through the many rewarding experiences and rich sensations to be found on our treasured islands.

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