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South Pacific

FEATURING: AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, TAHITI, FIJI & MORE


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OUR HISTORY Worldwide Traveler is a part of the global travel company Flight Centre Travel Group, which operates in over 11 countries across the globe. Together with our sister company GOGO Vacations, which has been in operation for over 60 years, we are a travel wholesaler who distributes our locally sourced product solely through

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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. However, they are only suggestions and can be easily modified to fit your needs, desires, and expectations. Please note, these are not escorted tours; instead they are a collection of

CONTENTS AUSTRALIA..................................... 6 New South Wales......................... 14 Sydney......................................... 15 Blue Mountains & Hunter Valley... 16-17 NSW Coast ................................. 17 Queensland................................... 24 Greater Brisbane.......................... 26 Sunshine Coast & Fraser Coast.... 27 Gold Coast & Hinterland............... 27 Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest..... 29 Whitsundays............................. 29 Great Barrier Reef Islands.... 29-30

independent experiences that have been created to showcase the types of attractions in each

Cairns, Palm Cove & Beaches.. 30

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

Port Douglas............................ 31 Rainforest & Tablelands............ 31

My Time

Victoria & Tasmania...................... 42

Whenever you see the My Time icon it signifies unique recognition, special amenities, and

Melbourne............................... 43-44

services that go beyond your expectations — that’s what you get when you book a My Time

Tasmania...................................... 44

property.

Northern Territory......................... 49

Our My Time partners include some of the world’s most spectacular hotels, and you’ll be

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treated like a treasured guest with exclusive perks at no additional cost.

Darwin & Top End........................ 50

preferred partner

South Australia............................. 52 Adelaide....................................... 53

Hand-selected as the premiere accommodations in their destination, these are the places we

Regional South Australia.............. 53

stay when we take a vacation.

Western Australia......................... 56

Guide to ratings

Perth & Fremantle........................ 57 Coral Coast.................................. 57

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Broome & The Kimberley......... 57-58

Exceptional properties offering the finest accommodations and amenities with an outstanding

NEW ZEALAND............................. 68

variety of premium facilities and services.

North Island................................. 74

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South Island................................. 83

Excellent properties offering well appointed accommodations and amenities with a superior

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variety of excellent facilities and services.

French Polynesia.......................... 90

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Tahiti......................................... 94

Comfortable and appealing properties offering dependable accommodations and amenities with a variety of facilities and services. 1/2 star indicates that the property meets all criteria of the assigned rating and exceeds in certain areas.

Bora Bora............................ 94-95 Moorea..................................... 95 Fiji....................................... 102-108 Pacific Islands............................ 118 Cook Islands................... 120-121 New Caledonia................ 121-122 Samaoa.................................. 122 GENERAL CONDITIONS............ 127

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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 committed to bringing the romance back to flying. With constant innovation at the heart of everything they do, Virgin Australia’s superior products and award-winning service set them apart from their competitors and lets you enjoy a premium, stylish, and engaging flying experience. With daily flights from Los Angeles to Sydney and Brisbane, Virgin Australia’s seamless connections allow you to fly to over 40 destinations within Australia on its young fleet of stylish aircraft. Virgin Australia international flights offer three cabin classes to suit your needs, including luxurious new products coming in 2016 on International Long-Haul Business Class and International Long-Haul Premium Economy.

International Long-Haul Business Class (coming soon) • Premium services to breeze through airport formalities & lounge access • 80-inch fully reclining lie-flat bed

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In-flight dining by internationally acclaimed Australian chef Luke Mangan accompanied by premium Australian wines 18-inch touch screen In-flight entertainment with hundreds of hours of entertainment 1-2-1 seat configuration with more privacy & direct aisle access

International Long-Haul Premium Economy (coming soon) • • • •

19.5-inch wide seats for more comfort Seat pitch of 41 inches Premium In-flight dining inspired by Business Class Premium Pantry for self-service snacks & beverages

International Long-Haul Economy • • • •

In-flight dining with special meals available to order (prior to flight) Spacious 3-3-3 seat configuration On-demand In-flight entertainment Snacks available throughout flight from onboard snack kiosk

On Virgin Australia domestic flights, enjoy complimentary food, a checked baggage allowance of 50 lbs., and a selection of in-flight entertainment on your own device.

Lounges Enjoy access to Virgin Australia’s partner airlines lounges to work or relax before your flight. When departing Los Angeles, indulge in delicious dining options or a refreshing beverage at Star Alliance lounge for guests traveling Business Class.

Frequent Flyer Through Virgin Australia’s partner airlines, be rewarded for your travel with reciprocal frequent flyer programs eligible to earn points when travelling on eligible Virgin Australia tickets. So whether you’re flying for business or leisure, experience the difference with Virgin Australia.

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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 award-winner 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

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• 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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australia THE LAND DOWN UNDER OVERFLOWS WITH ATTRACTIONS, FROM CITIES TO LANDSCAPES TO BEACHES & BEYOND

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY 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 regional airlines.

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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.

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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.

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.)

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…

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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.

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

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Know Your Destination

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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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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

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11 Days 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 Reef, Timor Sea which you can explore by submarine, glass-bottom boat, scuba diving, snorkeling, or underwater viewing platform. Indian OceanPort Douglas, perhaps sampling In the evening, explore 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, Port a small bohemian village on top of Hedland the Great Dividing Range Mountains, southwest of Port Douglas. Explore the local markets, stores, and restaurants, then take Learmonth a ride on the famous Kuranda Railway through the rainforest andWESTERN past spectacular Carnarvon AUSTRALIA 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.

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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 5: Sydney – Melbourne

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 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 explore the reef. Timor Sea

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

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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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A TASTE OF LUXURY 14 Days SYDNEY • AYERS ROCK • PORT DOUGLAS • HAMILTON ISLAND

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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 Silverswift, Timor Sea which makes stops at several different sites so you can see the diversity of one of the world’s greatest natural Indian Ocean wonders.

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Transfer to the airport for a flight to Hamilton Island, where Learmonth you’ll be taken to the exquisite Qualia Resort, located at WESTERN the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef, close to Carnarvon AUSTRALIA some of the best beaches in the world.

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Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to see the sun rise. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore further. Get ready for the Sydney Opera House Experience, a dinner at a highly acclaimed local restaurant, and a performance inside the iconic Opera House.

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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

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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.

Head to Kuranda, a small bohemian village on top of the 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 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.

Day 9: Port Douglas The day is at your leisure.

Day 3: Melbourne

Day 10: Port Douglas – Sydney

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.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

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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.

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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.

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 Timor Sea at your leisure, perhaps head to Woolloomooloo and try Indian Ocean one of the amazing restaurants overlooking the harbor.

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15 Days SYDNEY • MELBOURNE • ADELAIDE

The 1852 Robe Obelisk, Robe

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 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

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 Kakadu days are at your leisure. Kangaroo Island is Australia’s Darwin National third-biggest island, full of natural beauty, animals, and a Park 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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Today is at your leisure, a perfect opportunity to explore Melbourne’s laneways and boutiques. Ascend to the top of the Eureka Tower in Southbank for a 360º view of the

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.

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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.

Pick up a rental car and drive south to Victoria’s south coast. Your first stop is the picturesque seaside town of Lorne, home to beautiful beaches and great surfing. Make sure to visit the Lorne Pub for some great Australian food.

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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

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Great Australian Bight

Port Lincoln

Coffs Harbour

Blue Mountains Adelaide

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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

Day 11: Ayers Rock

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

Day 12: Ayers Rock – Alice Springs

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Journey to Alice Springs with commentary from a guide that will give you a deeper understanding of life in a unique city in one of the most barren regions of the world.

Day 13: Alice Springs Today is at leisure to explore Alice Springs.

Day 14: Alice Springs – Darwin 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.

Day 15: Darwin

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.

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.

Day 5: Sydney – Melbourne

Day 17: Darwin – Cairns – Port Douglas

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 17: Darwin – Cairns – Port Douglas

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 20: Port Douglas

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New South Wales SUPER SYDNEY, PLUS GREAT BEACHES & THE COUNTRY’S MOST ACCLAIMED WINE REGION

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 sunkissed 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 halfhour 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!

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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.

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.

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Set in Sydney’s CBD within walking distance of the city’s many iconic attractions, this newly refurbished high-rise hotel is all about traditional personalized service. Retreat to spacious guest rooms and suites with the latest tech amenities and city views.

Part of The Star, Sydney’s premier entertainment venue, this sterling hotel puts you right in the center of the action and close to major attractions. Guest accommodations have contemporary style and private balconies with panoramic views.

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

• 415 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • indoor heated pool • Amora Day Spa/fitness center/steam room/sauna/ Jacuzzi • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 477 ac rooms, suites & apartments • 20 restaurants/8 bars & lounges • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor-outdoor heated pool • fitness center • nightclub/live entertainment • casino

• 171 ac rooms & suites • 20 restaurants/8 bars & lounges/sports bar • concierge/room service • outdoor infinity pool • spa/salon • nightclub/ live entertainment • casino

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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.

Located in the picturesque bayside village of Double Bay, this intimate new hotel offers luxury and privacy at its finest, only minutes from Sydney’s CBD. At sunset, head to the rooftop bar for cool cocktails and stunning harbor views.

• 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-hr room service/reception • indoor heated pool/fitness center & massage • Club International Business Center • mini-bar/LCD TV/in-room safe/coffee & tea maker

• 140 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge/bar • concierge • outdoor pool • Trumps Spa/fitness center

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RADISSON BLU HOTEL SYDNEY

STAMFORD PLAZA SYDNEY AIRPORT

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Channeling true modern luxury, this stellar hotel enjoys a premium location in the heart of The Rocks and offers the largest guest rooms in Sydney, all with balconies or terraces. 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.

Ultimately convenient, this modern hotel is just five minutes from the airport and provides easy access to all of Sydney’s many attractions. Soundproof rooms have contemporary style, plus views of the airport, Botany Bay, or Sydney skyline.

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

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

• 315 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi

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Overlooking Darling Harbour, this central and convenient hotel is the ideal base for exploring Sydney and its surroundings, offering contemporary dining, a rooftop bar, and newly refurbished guest rooms and suites with panoramic views.

Located in The Rocks historic district and nestled between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, this hotel combines Old World and New World charm. Check out the views of the world’s most stunning harbor from the rooftop pool and spa.

You’re just steps away from Sydney’s iconic attractions, and great nightlife and dining, when you stay at this contemporary luxury apartment hotel. Guest accommodations have openplan lounges, kitchens, and private balconies with city views.

• 648 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants • 3 bars including rooftop bar • concierge/room service • 24-hr fitness center • business center • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

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• 110 ac apartments • 24-hr concierge/room service • outdoor pool/ sundeck • fitness center • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

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, theaters, and shopping complexes.

It’s just steps to some of Sydney’s most alluring attractions – including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and The Rocks – from this luxurious grand hotel. Classic guest rooms feature high ceilings, marble baths, and city or park views.

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• 445 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars/piano bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • indoor heated pool • fitness center/sauna/whirlpool

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An excellent and convenient alternative to downtown Sydney hotels, this contemporary property is just five minutes from the airport and close to local attractions and recreation, including Cahill Park, Kartatak Raceway, and Allianz Stadium.

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.

Traditional Marriott service and a great location characterize this modern high-rise hotel in Sydney’s Circular Quay. Guest rooms have plush Revive® bedding, marble baths, high-tech amenities, and views of famous Sydney sights.

• 121 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • room service • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

• 550 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor saltwater pool • Level 4 Health Club Spa & Fitness Center • mini-bar/in-room service/coffee & tea maker

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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 on a spectacular cliff overlooking the Jamison Valley in 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.

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

• 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

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

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

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THE CARRINGTON HOTEL

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An ideal base to explore the world-famous Hunter Valley wine region, this standout resort welcomes you into guest accommodations with private balconies or courtyards with picturesque views. Play golf and tennis, rejuvenate at the spa, and much more!

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.

The original choice for accommodations in the Blue Mountains since 1880, this recently restored Heritage-Listed grand hotel is a local landmark, offering the elegance, luxury, and charm of yesteryear. Traditional style courses through the guest rooms and suites.

• 316 ac rooms, suites & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor pool/ sundeck • Ubika Spa/24-hr fitness center • 18-hole golf course/tennis • KidZone/teen lounge

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

• 65 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/4 bars/bottle shop/complimentary continental buffet breakfast • concierge • library/billiards room • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Providing a quintessentially Australian bush experience, this ultra-luxury conservation-based resort stands in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains on 7,000 acres of carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve.

Cocooned in a lush 45-acre rainforest just steps from Tallow Beach, this luxury resort is an ideal escape for relaxation and rejuvenation. Guest suites open to two enclosed balconies. Dip into the pool, play tennis on synthetic grass courts, and unwind with yoga.

Set on Newcastle’s iconic Honeysuckle harbor front, this modern luxury hotel puts you within steps of the promenade, cafés, restaurants, and other attractions. Guest suites, many with private balconies, have city or harbor views.

• 40 ac suites • 2 restaurants/bar & terrace lounge & private dining/ 24-hr room service • main outdoor pool • Timeless Spa • tennis courts/ horseback riding • wildlife safaris/nature walks • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 92 ac suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/ kids pool/sauna • spa/fitness center/yoga • tennis • mini-library & games • golf nearby

• 175 ac suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/ sundeck • Endota Spa/fitness center • bicycle rentals

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

BLUE DIAMOND TOURS

BLUE MOUNTAINS DELUXE WILDERNESS TOUR

Sydney

Sydney

Sydney / Full Day / AEA Luxury Tours

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.

Blue Diamond Tours offers a magical experience. Our boutique tour provides a more intimate touch in a luxury Mercedes-Benz, plus complimentary pick-up, morning tea, a hot lunch, and beer, wine, and non-alcoholic refreshments. Enjoy breathtaking lookouts with amazing views and photo opportunities of the Blue Mountains. Venture to Featherdale Wildlife Park for a professional photo of you with a koala to take home, followed by river cruise back to Circular Quay.

Discover the unique Blue Mountains, from temperate rainforests to 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, Blue Mountains National Park is a wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines, and hazy blue eucalypt forests. Your guide will take you off the beaten track and away from the crowds to discover this magnificent region.

BRIDGECLIMB SYDNEY

CAPTAINS CLUB DINNER

COMBINATION 4 PASS

Sydney / Half Day

Sydney / 2.5-3.5 Hours / Captain Cook Cruises

Sydney / Merlin Entertainments Group

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 aboard Sydney’s premier fleet, including the spectacular Sydney 2000 and/or John Cadman 2, both with million-dollar views and expansive cocktail decks. Air-conditioned restaurant decks, private dining rooms, and 360° open Star Deck are just a few of the features. The Captains Club Dinner offers a three-course contemporary Australian cuisine dining option and live entertainment. Enjoy fine dining on the most beautiful harbor in the world.

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!

CRUISE LIKE A LOCAL – LUNCHEON CRUISE

GRAY LINE SYDNEY

HOP-ON/HOP-OFF FERRY

Sydney / 4 Hours / Sensational Sydney Cruises

Sydney

Sydney / 1- or 3-Day / Captain Cook Cruises

Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour’s most sensational cruise, a unique, luxury four-hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group on a 52-foot motor yacht. Your captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour as you also take in the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Enjoy a three-course gourmet BBQ lunch with regional wines and local beers. Go swimming, fishing, and kayaking – or sit back, relax on the expansive sunbed, and do nothing at all.

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.

The 24-hour or three-day Sydney Harbour Explorer Pass experience is a state-of-the-art Hop-On/Hop-Off rocket ferry that features live guided commentary, with nine amazing stops such as Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly, Fort Denison, Shark Island, and Garden Island. Ferries depart the main tourist precincts of Circular Quay (The Rocks and Opera House) and Darling Harbour every 45 minutes, and from Manly every hour.

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a selection of New South Wales SIGHTSEEING LET’S GO SURFING – BONDI BEACH

OPERA AUSTRALIA

OZ WHALE WATCH

Sydney / 2 Hours

Sydney

Sydney / 4 Hours / Sydney Princess Cruises

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. Let’s 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.

Sydney Opera House was built for opera. To get the full benefit of this architectural wonder of the world, you need to climb the staircase, step inside those iconic sails, and experience an opera performance that’s unlike anywhere else in the world. Prepare for the most impressive night you’ve ever had. Dress up, have a glass of Champagne while looking over the harbor, and enjoy an exciting performance in the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

Experience the closest true wildlife experience in Sydney – whale watching. This unique cruise offers magnificent harbor sightseeing, a buffet luncheon, and whale watching in the Pacific Ocean. While on board Sydney’s most comfortable whale watching vessel, you’ll marvel at these creatures and enjoy the ever-changing moods of Sydney Harbour. Includes buffet lunch, full commentary on Sydney Harbour, and information on whale species and their migration patterns and lifestyle.

PANORAMIC SYDNEY

SPARKLING DIAMOND TOURS

SYDNEY ATTRACTIONS PASS

Sydney / 3.5 Hours / AEA Luxury Tours

Sydney / 4.5 Hours

Sydney / iVenture Card Australia

Visit The Rocks historic area, then enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Explore the shopping heart of the city, Queen Victoria Building, and Centrepoint (Sydney Tower). Visit the trendy new Oxford Street district and elegant Paddington with its terrace houses. At famous Bondi Beach, visit the beachfront promenade for Sydney’s best panoramic views before returning to city center via Double Bay, Kings Cross, and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point.

Sparkling Diamond Tours offers you a magical experience. Our boutique tour provides a more intimate touch in a luxury Mercedes-Benz or smaller VW Caravelle. You’ll be picked up at your Sydney CBD hotel and shown all the city’s highlights, plus South Head and Middle Head, with professional guides. The tour also includes a Rivercruise return from Taronga Zoo Terminal.

Choose your favourite must-see attractions, tours, wildlife parks, and experiences, all for up to 40% off general admission price. Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, take a thrilling jet boat ride, and more with an iVenture Card Gold Coast Attractions Pass, which allows you to pick and choose your experiences from a range of participating attractions with complete flexibility to enjoy them at any time within three months. Choose from Paradise Jet Boating, Catch a Crab, Aquaduck, and more.

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

SYDNEY SEAPLANES

TARONGA ZOO

Sydney

Sydney / 4 Hours

Sydney

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.

Sydney Seaplanes experiences feature the popular fly/dine packages to amazing waterfront restaurants such as Cottage Point Inn, Peats Bite, and Jonah’s Whale Beach, all offering world-class cuisine, service, and location. Scenic tours from Rose Bay fly in and around Sydney Harbour and beaches, while Sydney Seaplanes Charter service allows you to choose your destination, whether on land or water. Ideal for weddings, corporate events, and vacation transfers.

Sydney’s most famous attraction, Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife and endangered exotic animals. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes from the city by ferry. Open 365 days a year, admission includes daily talks and shows, and access to Sydney’s only cable car. Thrill-seekers find a challenge on Wild Ropes, the ultimate aerial adventure, and experience Taronga Zoo from a new perspective (additional cost).

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Great Barrier Reef

Queensland AUSTRALIA’S SUN & FUN CAPITAL, FROM ITS BEACHES TO ITS RAINFORESTS TO ITS SPARKLING CITIES

THE REGIONS 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 TOP EXPERIENCES Surfin’ Safari At the 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.

Great Big 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fraser Down Under 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.

Low Life 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”…

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.

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.

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON BRISBANE

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Brisbane

A world of five-star luxury and total indulgence awaits you at this contemporary high-rise tower in the heart of Brisbane, close to chic shopping, riverside dining, and the city’s cultural center. Luxurious guest rooms have stunning views.

Located right in the center of Brisbane’s CBD, this modern high-rise hotel is the perfect starting point to explore the city. Step into sleek, sophisticated guest rooms with the latest tech amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views.

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.

• 267 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • indooroutdoor connecting pool • The Dome Retreat, Brisbane Day Spa/fitness center/sauna • high-speed Internet access

• 246 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/café • concierge/24-hr room service • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

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

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NOVOTEL BRISBANE

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This family-friendly Brisbane hotel is located in the city’s entertainment district, a short walk from lush parklands, worldclass eateries, and stunning river views. After sightseeing, head to Nest Restaurant and Bar for fresh and tasty Asian Fusion cuisine.

Located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, this stylish, modern high-rise hotel welcomes guests into sleek rooms with the latest tech amenities, plus great city views. You’re close to Brisbane’s hottest dining, shopping, and attractions.

This modern hotel is just a short walk from Brisbane’s main shopping areas, including Queen Street Mall. Large guest rooms have contemporary flair, Sony PlayStations, floor-to-ceiling windows, and sweeping city views; suites also have balconies.

• 191 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/café/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 304 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 296 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center/sauna

OAKS CHARLOTTE TOWERS

OAKS FESTIVAL TOWERS

PUNTHILL BRISBANE

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Brisbane

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

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.

It’s only a few minutes walk to the heart of Brisbane’s CBD from this luxury boutique hotel. Stylish hotel apartments feature modern décor, kitchenettes, and private balconies with city views. You’re close to great shopping, dining, and sightseeing.

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

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

• 70 ac rooms • restaurant/lounge/café/BBQ • room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • open-air fitness center

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MANTRA MIDTOWN

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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.

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.

The river, Suncorp Stadium, great shopping, and other downtown attractions are just steps from this sleek, stylish apartment hotel. Accommodations have contemporary urban décor, fully equipped kitchens, and private balconies with city views.

• 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

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

• 112 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • outdoor heated pool • fitness center/sauna/whirlpool • tour desk

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GLASS ON GLASSHOUSE

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OCEANS MOOLOOLABA BEACH

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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 outside Brisbane invites you to experience mountain views through the floor-toceiling glass walls of luxurious, modern self-contained 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/kids interactive water park/hot tub • floodlit tennis court/ beach volleyball • kids playground

• 3 ac cottages • café • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

BEL AIR ON BROADBEACH

LA GRANDE APARTMENTS BROADBEACH

O’REILLY’S RAINFOREST RETREAT, VILLAS & LOST WORLD SPA

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The Gold Coast’s best beaches are just a few steps from this modern high-rise apartment hotel, featuring one-, two-, and three-bedroom accommodations with fully equipped kitchens, deep-soaking tubs, and private balconies with super views.

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.

• 140 ac penthouses & 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • café/BBQ • outdoor 2-tier pool/kids pool/sundeck/indoor heated pool • fitness center/sauna/whirlpool • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 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/kids activities • complimentary Wi-Fi

SHERATON MIRAGE RESORT & SPA GOLD COAST

CROWNE PLAZA SURFERS PARADISE

HILTON SURFERS PARADISE

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The Gold Coast’s only hotel set right on the beach, this exclusive luxury resort is surrounded by sparkling lagoons and tropical gardens. Dine at four restaurants and bars, dip into the outdoor heated pool, and shop at 80 specialty stores at Marina Mirage.

Located between the Surfers Paradise entertainment district and the beach, this modern hotel welcomes guests into spacious rooms with private balconies (most with ocean views). Dine in style at Four Winds 360°, Queensland’s only revolving restaurant.

Bringing style and sophistication to one of Australia’s most energetic cities, this modern hotel redefines the Gold Coast vacation experience. After a day of play at the beach, retreat to guest rooms with the latest tech amenities and ocean or city views.

• 295 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool/kids pool/private beach • Golden Door Spa/fitness center/aerobics • 4 tennis courts

• 374 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/sundeck/whirlpool • 24-hr fitness center • tennis

• 169 ac rooms & suites/250 ac residences • 2 restaurants/café/2 bars/ pool bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pools/kids pool/indoor heated pool/sundeck • eforea Spa/24-hr fitness center/sauna

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AIRLIE BEACH HOTEL

DAYDREAM ISLAND RESORT & SPA

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This beachfront Whitsundays resort is just a short stroll from enchanting Airlie Beach village and Abel Point Marina. Deluxe suites, penthouses, and 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments are spacious. Dine in the award-winning oceanfront restaurant.

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.

This award-winning resort in the heart of Queensland’s tropical Whitsundays 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!

• 77 ac rooms, suites, apartments & penthouses • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool/kids wading pool • fitness center • private jetty/water sports • wedding chapel • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

• 296 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool • Rejuvenation Spa/fitness center • tennis courts/mini golf/outdoor cinema • wedding chapel • live music nightly

BEACH CLUB

qualia, GREAT BARRIER REEF

REEF VIEW HOTEL

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Adults Only Set amid tropical gardens, this sophisticated adultsonly resort opens directly onto beautiful Catseye Beach. Hide away in luxurious, newly refurbished guest rooms with private balconies or courtyards facing the beach. Dive into numerous water sports!

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.

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.

• 57 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool • spa/fitness center/sauna/salon • tennis/water sports/library • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 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

• 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

ONE&ONLY HAYMAN ISLAND

FITZROY ISLAND RESORT

GREEN ISLAND RESORT

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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.

Opening directly onto a quiet shaded beach, this luxury resort welcomes guests into breezy Ocean Suites, Resort Studios, and Beach Cabins for the ultimate island vacation. Go hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and much more!

Located across the Coral Sea from Cairns, this eco-sensitive resort blends luxury, romance, and adventure on a beautiful Great Barrier Reef coral cay. Enjoy a host of complimentary activities including water sports and guided nature walks.

• 160 ac rooms, suites & villas • 5 restaurants/2 bars • 2 outdoor pools • One&Only Spa/fitness center/yoga/Pilates • water sports • 4 tennis courts/golf lessons • KidsOnly Club

• 99 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/general store/pool bar • outdoor pool/kids pool • water sports/PADI dive center • game room

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

HERON ISLAND RESORT

LIZARD ISLAND RESORT

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 deluxe island resort offers luxuriously understated accommodations, the finest contemporary cuisine and Australian wines, and five-star service.

Located on beautiful Moreton Island, just a short cruise from Brisbane and surrounded by two national parks, this resort is the perfect island getaway. The highlight of your stay will be the chance to hand-feed a pod of wild dolphins from the beach!

• 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

• 41 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/beach dining/picnics • outdoor pool • Ensentia 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 • kids club (seasonal)

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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, THE MARINA, CAIRNS

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Located amid the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, this secluded island hideaway – accessed only via helicopter – opens directly onto a gorgeous white-sand beach. Go swimming, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, and more!

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.

The Cairns Esplanade and a sandy Coral Sea beach are just a few steps from this modern apartment hotel amid tropical gardens. Retreat to spacious accommodations with two baths, full kitchens, and two private balconies with magnificent sea views.

• 14 ac rooms, suites & villas • restaurant/2 bars • 2 outdoor pools/sundeck • Gwandalan Day Spa • water sports/PADI dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 255 ac rooms • Horizons Club Level with private lounge • restaurant/bar/ pool bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • fitness center/ sauna • mini-bar/in-room safe • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 23 ac 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • BBQ/rooftop terrace • outdoor pool/ kids pool/whirlpool • sauna/steam room • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

KEWARRA BEACH RESORT & SPA

PACIFIC HOTEL CAIRNS

CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB RESORT

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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 sightseeing, shopping, dining, and more.

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

• 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 • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 345 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars/café • concierge • 3 outdoor lagoon-style pools/kids pool • Cavenous Spa/salon • tennis • game room/ kids playground

RYDGES ESPLANADE RESORT CAIRNS

BAY VILLAGE TROPICAL RETREAT

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

This Balinese-style boutique hotel offers a relaxed tropical atmosphere in the heart of Cairns. Savor traditional Balinese dishes like chicken curry and duck in banana leaf at Bayleaf Restaurant. The outdoor pool is perfect for beating the heat.

This Balinese-style boutique hotel offers a relaxed tropical atmosphere in the heart of Cairns. Savor traditional Balinese dishes like chicken curry and duck in banana leaf at Bayleaf Restaurant. The outdoor pool is perfect for beating the heat.

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

• 89 ac rooms & apartments • restaurant & bar • 2 outdoor pools • guest laundry • secure parking • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

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CORAL SANDS BEACHFRONT RESORT

ON THE BEACH HOLIDAY APARTMENTS

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Nestled between the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, this outstanding resort opens directly onto a sandy beach lined with swaying palms. Spacious suites have designer furnishings, fully equipped Miele kitchens, and private balconies or terraces.

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.

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!

• 61 ac suites • restaurant/bar/beach bar/BBQ • concierge/room service • 3 outdoor pools • Alamanda Spa/fitness center • water sports • tour desk/game room/media library • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

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

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A SELECTION OF queensland HOTELS NIRAMAYA VILLAS & SPA

QT PORT DOUGLAS

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A rainforest, lagoons, and fragrant gardens surround you at this blissful luxury retreat that welcomes guests into amazing villas with vaulted ceilings, full kitchens, outdoor showers, private courtyards, heated plunge pools with lounge pavilions, and more.

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.

This upscale luxury resort is located on famous Four Mile Beach, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, sparkling saltwater lagoon pools, and a golf course. Explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, and enjoy unrivalled beachfront access.

• 52 ac villas • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/ sundeck • Nirayama Spa & Beauty/fitness center/sauna • tennis/bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

• 294 ac rooms, suites & villas • restaurants/café/lounge/swim-up bar • 120-acre saltwater lagoon pools/spa tub • fitness center/sauna • 18-hole golf course/driving range/tennis

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FREESTYLE RESORT PORT DOUGLAS

MERIDIAN PORT DOUGLAS

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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.

It’s just a short stroll to palm-lined Four Mile Beach or to Port Douglas Village’s shops, restaurants, and galleries from this familyfriendly boutique resort. Colorful, spacious accommodations have contemporary style, full kitchens, and private balconies or patios.

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.

• 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

• 31 ac 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • BBQ • concierge • outdoor heated free-form saltwater pool/sundeck/whirlpool • library • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

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CLUB TROPICAL RESORT

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It’s just a few steps to the warm sands along the beautiful Coral Sea from these self-contained apartments on The Esplanade at Four Mile Beach. Spacious accommodations have contemporary style, full kitchens, and private balconies with pool or ocean views.

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 open-plan guest accommodations with kitchenettes and private balconies.

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.

• 17 ac 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • café/BBQ • outdoor pool/sundeck/ Jacuzzi • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 41 ac studio & 1-, 2- & 4-bedroom apartments with alfresco kitchenettes • outdoor free-form pool/2 hot tubs • spa & sauna • wireless Internet

• 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

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BILLY TEA SAFARIS

BREAKFAST WITH THE KOALAS AT HARTLEY’S

Brisbane

Cairns-Port Douglas / Full Day

Cairns-Palm Cove / 4 Hours

Australia Zoo, one hour north of Brisbane in Queensland, was made famous by “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. The 105-acre zoo is the most interactive conservation destination on the planet, where you can get up-close to animals, including koalas, wombats, and kangaroos! Watch a massive saltwater crocodile strike from the water’s edge in the daily Wildlife Warriors, and explore the world’s busiest Wildlife Hospital, where you can watch vets saving endangered Australian animals.

Enjoy a relaxing day with the longest established 4WD operator, touring the World Heritage Site of Daintree Rainforest, taking in magnificent rainforest landscapes, reeffringed 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.

Enjoy a hot Aussie breakfast in the company of a cute koala and its keeper. After Breakfast, a koala photo is available at our photo area (additional cost). Enjoy Hartley’ wildlife presentations, including a crocodile feeding show, lagoon boat cruise, and more. Departs Cairns and Palm Cove daily. Includes hotel transfers, breakfast, and wildlife activities.

CAPE TRIBULATION, DAINTREE & JUNGLE SURFING TROPIC WINGS

CAPE TRIBULATION, DAINTREE & MOSSMAN GORGE

CORAL PRINCESS CRUISES

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Cairns-Port Douglas / Down Under Tours Australia

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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, and spot crocodiles and birds in the mangroves on a Daintree River cruise.

Travel in air-conditioned comfort in a luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the world’s oldest rainforest. Included is a driver/guided tour and morning tea at Mossman Gorge Centre, a delicious tropical lunch amid the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation beach. Enjoy a cruise on the Daintree River before returning home.

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 44 other guests, enjoy unhurried 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 Island. All cruises depart from Cairns each week, year-round.

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GREEN ISLAND ECO-ADVENTURE

Cairns-Palm Cove-Port Douglas Half Day or Full Day / Quicksilver Group For a unique reef and rainforest experience, Great Adventures’ fast catamaran will whisk you away to beautiful Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef, just 45 minutes from Cairns. With a full- or half-day tour, choose your way to experience the reef – stay dry in a glass-bottom boat or snorkel from the white sandy beaches. Stroll in the lush rainforest, dip in the island swimming pool, or just relax on the beach.

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Feast on sumptuous local cuisine while enjoying quality Australian wines – all in the magnificent natural surroundings of the North Queensland rainforest. The only dining experience in the rainforest, your evening will be so relaxing and uplifting for your soul that you’ll never want to leave! Choose from either a cultural experience featuring two local Aboriginal brothers sharing their remarkable history through storytelling, didgeridoo, and song, or a romantic experience enjoying the dulcet tones of a solo acoustic guitarist.

Visiting cairns and want to know what to do while you’re here? Why not get the bigger picture from one of our smooth and comfy helicopters? We’ve got a range of great value reef packages with the best local operators at the best sites on the reef. Put this on your Cairns must-do list!

HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURES

HOT AIR BALLOON CAIRNS

KOALA & RIVER CRUISE

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Experience a day of adrenaline and adventure at the best place to see crocodiles and wildlife in the tropical north. Enjoy entertaining and educational wildlife presentations, including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, and quolls, plus crocodile feeding presentations and farm tours. Take a cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon, a beautiful melaleuca wetland, where you can watch crocodiles being pole-fed from the boats. Transfers are available from Cairns and Port Douglas.

Hot Air Balloon Cairns is the most popular ride in the Southern Hemisphere. Float up and over the Outback, and see kangaroos from your balloon. Every day is different! The fleet includes the koala and kangaroo, the Aussie, and many other colorful balloons. Door-to-door transfers are included, and ballooning before Skyrail or the Reef is an excellent combination.

This popular journey has been taking visitors to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for over 60 years. Cruise through Brisbane’s most historic landscapes, iconic attractions, and historical sites as you listen to an entertaining and informative commentary by the captain. The tour includes 2-1/2 hours to explore the sanctuary, where you can see more than 130 koalas, hand-feed kangaroos, spy on platypus swimming, and watch an incredible bird-of-prey show before a relaxing cruise back to the city.

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OCEAN FREEDOM CRUISE

OCEAN SPIRIT CRUISE TO MICHELMAS CAY

Cairns-Palm Cove-Port Douglas 5 Days-4 Nights / Quicksilver Group Combine the excitement of learning to dive with the adventure of a 5-day/4-night liveaboard trip with Pro Dive Cairns’ PADI Open Water Course. After two days learning the theory and underwater skills, it’s out to the Great Barrier Reef aboard a premium liveaboard boat. The first four dives will complete your training; then, as a certified diver, you’ll have up to five pleasure dives, including an exciting night dive.

Cairns-Port Douglas Full Day / Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours With a maximum of 25 guests, Ocean Free is a truly unique sail, reef, and island experience, and the most personal, customer-oriented reef tour in Cairns. The mooring at Pinnacle Reef is exclusive to us, and guests snorkel straight off the boat into a coral garden with an abundance of marine life. Spend 4-1/2 hours between the reef and island, and enjoy a real sail home!

Cairns-Palm Cove-Port Douglas Full Day / Quicksilver Group Experience a leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef when you set sail to picturesque Michaelmas Cay aboard the 105foot luxury sailing catamaran Ocean Spirit. Snorkel, cruise in the semi-sub for a diver’s view of the reef, and discover the cay’s sanctuary birdlife. For the more adventurous, optional introductory diving and marine biologist snorkel tours are available. Homeward bound, enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine under the sails.

POSEIDON CRUISES

PRO DIVE CAIRNS - 3 DAY / 2 NIGHT LIVEABOARD DIVE TO ADVENTURE

QUICKSILVER OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF CRUISES

Cairns-Port Douglas / Quicksilver Group Designed for personalized Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel adventures, the modern 79-foot catamaran Poseidon will take you to experience three different reef sites in the pristine marine wilderness of the Agincourt ribbon reefs. With clear outer reef waters, beautiful corals, and incredible marine life diversity, you can enjoy unlimited snorkeling while experienced divers and first-time divers can enjoy up to three dives. A marine biologist guided snorkel tour is also included.

Cairns-Palm Cove-Port Douglas 3 Days-2 Nights / Quicksilver Group The best way to really experience the Great Barrier Reef is to stay out there for a few days, giving you time to relax and enjoy more diving and snorkeling. Staying on a premium liveaboard boat with a maximum 32 passengers, certified divers can experience up to 11 dives including two exciting night dives on a variety of exclusive outer reef sites, each chosen for great visibility and variety of brilliant coral and marine life.

Cairns-Palm Cove-Port Douglas 6.5 Hours / Quicksilver Group For your experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver will take you to a spacious activity platform at the renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef with spectacular coral formations, myriad of marine life, and clear outer reef waters. Here, the widest range of activities for swimmers and non-swimmers awaits. Snorkel and dive, or stay dry and explore from the semi-sub and underwater observatory. Scuba and helmet diving, marine biologist snorkel tours, and helicopter flights are also available.

SILVERSWIFT

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM

TJAPUKAI & KURANDA

Cairns-Palm Cove-Port Douglas Full Day / Quicksilver Group Get set for an exhilarating day of fun, discovery, and adventure when you step aboard the ultramodern dive and snorkel catamaran Silverswift. Designed for small groups of adventure-minded people, you’ll have five hours to experience the thrill of diving and snorkeling at three different Outer Great Barrier Reef sites awash with spectacular coral gardens and colorful marine creatures. Enjoy unlimited snorkeling and the option of introductory diving, and up to three certified dives.

Cairns-Port Douglas Spirit of Freedom’s dive expeditions take you to some of the most remote and spectacular dive locations on the Great Barrier Reef. On board this 125-foot luxury vessel, 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.

Cairns-Palm Cove-Port Douglas Full Day / Down Under Tours This tour offers the wonders of the rainforest and unique indigenous culture. Enjoy the many attractions of Tjapukai before gliding over and through the World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Use your Kuranda Boarding Pass for discounted entry to select Kuranda attractions. Enjoy preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. This spectacular journey offers wonderful views as you wind your way over bridges and through tunnels to Kuranda.

TJAPUKAI ABORIGINAL CULTURAL PARK

ZOOTASTIC 5

CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Cairns-Port Douglas / 3 Hours

Cairns-Palm Cove / Half Day or Full Day

Gold Coast

Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. By day, learn how to throw a boomerang, and gain an understanding into bush foods and hunting techniques. See live performances by the worldfamous Tjapukai Dance Troupe and the Torres Strait Island Dancers. By night, be immersed in the mystical stories of the dreamtime and be included in a Fire ceremony with buffet dinner and a spectacular dance show.

This special experience gives you the opportunity to interact with our top five favorite wildlife encounters, which vary daily and may include koalas (feeding, cuddling & photos); wombats; cassowary feeding; pole-feeding the crocodiles; holding a baby crocodile, snake, or lizard; feeding colorful native birds, plus some very special time with wallabies in their enclosure – you’ll have them eating out of your hand. Daily admission to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and Zootastic 5 Experience (souvenir Koala Cuddle photo) included.

With over 1,000 native animals, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Australian wildlife. See many of these iconic species on display in their natural habitat. Cuddle a koala, hand-feed a kangaroo, get your picture taken holding a crocodile, and relax and watch one of the 13 daily shows, including the Aboriginal Dance Show.

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FULL DAY SWIM WITH WHALES

BRETT’S OUTBACK TASTING ADVENTURES

Kuranda / 4-8 Hours

Mooloolaba / Full Day

Port Douglas

This unique tour gives visitors the chance to explore a world of iconic Australian wildlife and magnificent native and exotic birds. At Birdworld Kuranda, there are Amazonian macaws, cassowaries, rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos, and more. Next door, Kuranda Koala Gardens is an award-winning attraction where you can hold a koala for a photo (extra cost), as well as pet and feed kangaroos, and see wombats, freshwater crocodiles, and reptiles amid a beautiful rainforest setting.

Hop on board Australia Zoo’s Croc One in search of the gentle giants of the deep – Humpback Whales – kitted out with mask, snorkel, and fins, and swim along a safety line to observe them. This “passive” approach is 100% on the whales’ terms and sparks their curiosity, which often results in the whales swimming closer to check out the visitors to their domain. Immerse yourself in an experience that will move you beyond words!

This all-day tasting tour begins with morning tea at Tjapukai Aboriginal cultural park. Then, sip tropical fruit wines at De Brueys Boutique Wines, and sit down to lunch at Mount Uncle Distillery, nestled amid coffee and banana plantations. Stop at Coffee Works for great locally grown coffees, liqueurs, and decadent chocolates, and at Emerald Creek Ice Creamery for ice cream and fudge tasting. Next, travel across the Outback to a unique Private Property for Malanda’s Gallo Dairyland cheeses, wines, and beer.

MORNING KAYAK/SNORKEL TOUR

SEALINK 1-NIGHT MAGNETIC ISLAND TOUR

GREAT BARRIER REEF ADVENTURES

Surfers Paradise Half Day / Australian Kayaking Adventures Paddle across the tranquil waters of the Broadwater, and spot dolphins, turtles, and humpback whales in winter. Visit two secluded islands, and enjoy a light continental breakfast on the beach. Snorkel with hundreds of sub-tropical fish right off the beach. Try and spot the Golden Wallaby, found only on South Stradbroke Island.

Townsville / 2 Days -1 Night / SeaLink Queensland

Whitsunday Islands-Airlie Beach / Cruise Whitsundays

From nature encounters, to on-water adventures, to relaxation, Magnetic Island has something for everyone, so why not escape for a one-night stay. Discover the relaxing paradise that is Magnetic Island, just a scenic 20-minute cruise by ferry, and you’ll feel a world away once you step onto this island. Choose from a range of accommodations to suit all needs, and see the sights at your leisure with a convenient all-day travel pass.

Cruise through the stunning Whitsunday Islands to our innovative pontoons in the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the underwater wonderland by snorkeling in azure waters with beautiful coral, or stay dry by viewing through the underwater viewing chambers or semi-submersible. Optional activities include intro or certified diving, heli-scenic flights, and massages. Buffet lunch and morning and afternoon tea are included, as well as snorkeling equipment and facilities.

WHITSUNDAYS SAILING ADVENTURES

Whitsunday Islands / Whitsundays Sailing Adventures 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.

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Melbourne

Victoria & TAsmania A WEALTH OF DIVERSE ATTRACTIONS IN PICTURESQUE VICTORIA, PLUS AUSTRALIA’S ONLY ISLAND STATE

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 like tennis, cricket, 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.

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Phill ‘er Up

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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

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Avg. F° 68 68 65 60 55 50 48 50 53 57 61 65 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.

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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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CROWN METROPOL MELBOURNE

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Located in Melbourne’s entertainment district, this unique, stylish hotel is an easy walk from the Royal Botanic Gardens and more of the city’s major attractions. Spacious, soundproof suites feature designer furnishings and private balconies with city views.

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, and 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.

• 209 ac suites • 2 restaurants/lounge • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center • bicycle rentals

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

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

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GRAND HYATT MELBOURNE

INTERCONTINENTAL MELBOURNE THE RIALTO

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Inspired by the contemporary Australian artist Adam Cullen, this one-of-a-kind hotel stands in Melbourne’s entertainment district, close to trendy boutiques, cafés, bars, restaurants, and nightlife. Retreat to soundproof suites with kitchenettes and city views.

Perfectly positioned in the heart of Melbourne’s fashion, dining, and theatre scene, this grand hotel is renowned for five-star service and luxurious facilities. Spacious guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular city views.

A unique combination of historic opulence and cutting-edge Melbourne style, this hotel incorporates exquisite guest rooms and suites within one of the city’s last remaining examples of 19th-century Victorian Gothic architecture.

• 118 ac suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center/salon

• 548 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • City Club Health & Fitness Center • Sanctuary Day Spa • tennis court/golf nets • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 253 ac rooms & suites • Club InterContinental Lounge • 3 restaurants/ 2 bars/BBQ • concierge • indoor pool/Jacuzzi • Botanica Day Spa/24-hr fitness center/sauna • mini-bar/in-room safe/coffee & tea maker

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CROWN PROMENADE MELBOURNE

OAKS ON WILLIAM

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Check in to this boutique hotel in the heart of Melbourne’s South Yarra, and you’re just steps from Chapel Street entertainment and shopping. After a day of sightseeing, retreat to soundproof guest suites with modern décor, kitchenettes, and city 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.

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.

• 229 ac suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Norbu Urban Retreat spa/fitness center • bicycle rentals

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

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

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This modern apartment hotel is ideally situated in the most vibrant part of Melbourne’s city center, close to restaurants, cafés, bars, boutiques, and the city’s funky laneways. Studio and one- and 2-bedroom accommodations feature full kitchens and city views.

Step outside of this luxury Chinatown apartment hotel and into a vibrant city full of attractions of all kinds, ranging from cuisine, to tennis, to art, to rugby, and much more! Stylish, spacious accommodations have kitchens and city views.

Melbourne Cricket Ground, the National Tennis Centre, the Yarra River, and more of Melbourne’s many attractions are right outside the doors of this luxury apartment hotel. After sightseeing, retreat to guest accommodations with full kitchens and city views.

• 60 ac apartments • café

• 71 ac rooms • restaurant • indoor pool • fitness center • Internet kiosk

• 46 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • concierge • fitness center/ whirlpool • tour desk

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CAUSEWAY 353 HOTEL

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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-ofthe-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.

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.

• 142 ac 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • restaurant & bar • concierge/ 24-hr 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-hr business center

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

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The most convenient hotel for travelers flying into Melbourne, this modern property welcomes guests into soundproof rooms featuring modern décor and large windows. Vargas Restaurant serves modern Australian fare and local wines.

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.

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.

• 207 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center

• 45 ac executive & spa rooms • breakfast room/continental buffet breakfast daily • concierge/room service • fitness center/steam room • rooftop terrace • 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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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.

An intimate boutique urban lodge, this stellar property is an elegant and gracious retreat in a charming and tranquil setting with sweeping Mt. Wellington views. Sumptuous guest rooms reflect an eclectic mix of rich Tasmanian history and contemporary elements.

Set in a century-old building, this deluxe hotel is centrally located in historic Sullivans Cove, close to Hobart’s city center and just a block from the majestic waterfront. Stockmans Restaurant serves Tasmanian cuisine and local wines

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

• 11 ac rooms • restaurant/bar & wine cellar/complimentary breakfast • concierge/room service • media library • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 242 ac rooms & apartments • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

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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.

Located in Launceston city center, this modern hotel is close to downtown shopping, James Boag’s Brewery, the Seaport, and beautiful Cataract Gorge. Set inside an actual tram, The Tram Bar Lounge gastropub specializes in fusion cuisine.

• 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

• 116 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

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a selection of victoria & tasmania SIGHTSEEING AUSTRALIAN WINE TOUR COMPANY

GREAT OCEAN ROAD

EUREKA SKYDECK 88

Melbourne / Full Day

Melbourne / Full Day / Bunyip Tours

Melbourne / 1 Hour

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.

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 rainforest of the Otway Ranges. Visit mainland Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse and iconic Cape Otway, and enjoy a BBQ lunch. Book the one-day Phillip Island tour at the same time and receive free entry to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and Eureka Skydeck 88.

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.

GO WEST – GREAT OCEAN ROAD DAY TOUR

GREAT OCEAN ROAD & PHILLIP ISLAND 2-DAY TOUR

GREAT OCEAN ROAD ECO TOUR

Melbourne / 13 Hours / Go West Tours

Melbourne / 2 Days-1 Night / Autopia Tours

Melbourne / Full Day / Go West Tours

Experience all the famous sights of the Great Ocean Road with this small group eco-tour. Enjoy the famous beaches and cliffside diving of the Surf Coast before exploring the cool temperate rainforest of Great Otway National Park. Wonder at the Port Campbell National Park’s amazing rock formations, including the 12 Apostles and Gibson Steps. Visit spectacular Loch Ard Gorge to hear the tragic tales of the Shipwreck Coast.

Spend more time exploring Victoria’s most beautiful natural attractions on this fully guided two-day tour including quality accommodations along the Great Ocean Road. Visit the rugged Shipwreck Coast with stunning rock formations, including the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Stroll along remote beaches and through the tall trees of the Otways rainforest. Take a ferry ride to Phillip Island and get your picture taken with a koala before watching the Penguin Parade.

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 on-board Wi-Fi, and enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch.

GREAT OCEAN ROAD SURF TOURS

HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY

LUXURY SMALL GROUP TOURING

Melbourne / Great Ocean Road Tours

Melbourne

Melbourne / Australian National Treasures Touring

Learn to surf along the Great Ocean Road with a multi-awardwinning surf company. Join Great Ocean Road Surf Tours on a full or multiple-day “learn to surf” adventure. Complete with Melbourne transfers, lunch and refreshments, surf equipment, progressive surf lessons, and coaching in a small and friendly group for a personalized service. Your trip to Australia is not complete until you have learned to surf, so jump on board for the ride of a lifetime.

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.

Australia is a big country. Our goal is to help you immerse for a short time rather than just whiz through. Join one of our small group tours (maximum 8 guests) and be treated to relaxed, informative, and indulgent touring. We have crafted journeys that avoid the crowds and focus on diverse and rewarding experiences with high-quality food and accommodations. Ask about our Great Ocean Road, Outback, and food and wine touring.

MELBOURNE ZOO

WILDLIFE COAST CRUISES

BAY OF FIRES LODGE WALK

Melbourne

Phillip Island

Tasmania / 4 Days-3 Nights / Tasmanian Walking Company

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.

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.

Located in northeast Tasmania, the magnificent wilderness coastline known as the Bay of Fires provides a dramatic landscape, ecology, and wildlife. Departing daily from October to May, the walk is a 4-day/3-night experience, led by wellinformed guides, where small groups of not more than 10 walkers can explore both the rich diversity of the beach environment and nearby woodlands.

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a selection of victoria & tasmania SIGHTSEEING CRADLE MOUNTAIN CANYONS

CRADLE MOUNTAIN HUTS WALK

4 & 5 DAY ICONS OF TASMANIA

Tasmania / 6-8 Hours

Tasmania / 6 Days-5 Nights / Tasmanian Walking Company

Tasmania / 4 or 5 Days / Premium Travel Tasmania

Canyoning is the most exciting way to experience the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and award-winning Cradle Mountain Canyons is the only organization to offer this amazing experience. Participants can test themselves with an actionpacked day of waterfall jumps, slides, and abseiling. Or take it a bit easier on the shorter Lost World Canyon tour. No experience is necessary, all equipment is provided, and two experienced and qualified guides accompany every tour.

The Cradle Mountain Huts six-day walk is a fabulous journey within Tasmania’s World Heritage Area. Following the famous Overland Track, the walk extends from Cradle Valley to St. Clair. Each evening’s accommodation is in private huts nestled just off the track. Each hut features hot showers, heating, twin-share rooms, and a hearth three-course dinner and Tasmanian wine.

This premium small group tour allows you to experience the magic of Australia’s island state by bringing you into contact with pristine wilderness, endemic wildlife, beautiful beaches, a sense of history, and the finest of contemporary Tasmanian hospitality. Designed by people who know and love Tasmania, this tour incorporates Tasmanian icons such as Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain, Tasmanian Devils, Port Arthur, Hobart, and Mount Field National Park. (The shorter 4-day tour excludes Cradle Mountain.)

GRAY LINE TASMANIA

WINEGLASS BAY SAIL WALK

THE MARIA ISLAND WALK

Tasmania

Tasmania / 4 or 6 Days / Tasmanian Walking Company

Tasmania – Hobart / 4 Days

Gray Line is Tasmania’s premium sightseeing operator, offering the widest range of half- and full-day touring options from Hobart and Launceston. Visit historic Port Arthur and enjoy a guided tour, see the sights of Hobart and its surroundings on a City Tour, or visit the MONA art gallery. Journey beyond to explore the Huon Valley, Cradle Mountain, and Russell Falls, or join the Bruny Island Wilderness Coast adventure.

Explore some of Tasmania’s most iconic east coast regions by foot and by sea. On our 4-day itinerary, visit the Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island. On our 6-day itinerary, you will also explore the Tasman Peninsula. Travel by sailboat from one stunning Tasmanian walking destination to another. Each night, retire to the uncomplicated luxury of Lady Eugenie, where guides will prepare a spectacular dinner served with Tasmanian wines; or enjoy a relaxed barefoot beach dinner.

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.

The Gardens, Bay of Fires Consevation Area

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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 Henleyon-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 and sightseeing CHIFLEY ALICE SPRINGS RESORT

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Set on the banks of the Todd River, this resort is a short walk from the town’s thriving shopping, dining, and entertainment, and a great base for exploring Ayers Rock and other Outback attractions. Retreat to contemporary guest rooms with private balconies.

Set beneath the stunning MacDonnell Ranges and along the banks of the Todd River, this lively resort keeps the action going with two bars, three restaurants, and an international casino. Hide away in contemporary guest rooms with furnished balconies or courtyards.

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.

• 139 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/pool bar • room service • outdoor pool • fitness center • bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 205 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars/sports bar/pool café • concierge/room service • outdoor heated pool/sundeck • 24-hr fitness center/sauna/personal trainers/salon • casino • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 228 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor pool • Red Ochre Spa • Mulgara Gallery • complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms

DESERT GARDENS HOTEL

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EMU WALK APARTMENTS

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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 over cocktails by the pool amid magnificent gardens.

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.

The awe and wonder of Uluru is just minutes away from this luxury apartment hotel in Ayers Rock Resort. Retreat to accommodations with Indigenous design elements showcased throughout the separate kitchen, living, and bedroom areas.

• 218 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Red Ochre Spa • tennis • short stroll to numerous outlooks • complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms

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

• 63 ac apartments • outdoor pool (at Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel) • complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms

OUTBACK PIONEER HOTEL & LODGE

DARWIN CENTRAL HOTEL

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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.

Blending contemporary apartment accommodation with resortstyle leisure amenities and a convenient location, this modern highrise hotel is the premier choice in Darwin. Sleek accommodations feature private balconies and city, harbor, or bay views.

• 167 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/bar/BBQ • outdoor pool • live entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms

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

• 301 ac rooms & apartments • restaurant/café/lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

OUTBACK BALLOONING

FIELD OF LIGHT

SEIT OUTBACK AUSTRALIA

Alice Springs / Half Day

Ayers Rock

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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.

The Field of Light art installation by international artist Bruce Munro is coming to Uluru. The largest Field of Light to date, with more than 50,000 stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres, will bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. Guests can immerse themselves in Munro’s grand-scale experiential artwork through a number of touring options, including the Field of Light Pass, Field of Light Star Pass, and A Night at Field of Light.

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.

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TALI WIRU EXPERIENCE

CROCOSAURUS COVE

Ayers Rock / Half Day

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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.

Crocosaurus Cove, located in the heart of Darwin city, allows visitors a unique up-close and personal view of Australia’s iconic Saltwater Crocodiles. Crocosaurus Cove is also home to the famous Cage of Death, the only cage in the world that brings you face-to-face with some of the largest Saltwater Crocodiles in captivity. Go it alone or grab a friend – this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the same environment of one of the world’s deadliest predators.

DARWIN AIRPORT SHUTTLE

SEALINK 1-DAY TIWI ISLAND TOUR

SEALINK 2-NIGHT 3-DAY TIWI ISLAND TOUR

Darwin

Darwin / Full Day / SeaLink Northern Territory

Darwin / 3 Days-2 Nights / SeaLink Northern Territory

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.

Your local Tiwi guide will show you their community on this walking tour. From the ferry landing, wander up to Tiwi Design for a cultural ceremony and morning tea. Visit the museum and historic mission precinct, where you will learn of the culture and history of the Tiwi People. After lunch, participate in a behind-the-scenes screen printing session with a local Tiwi artist to create your own print to take home. An authentic Tiwi experience!

Immerse yourself in remote island life in the Tiwi Islands, only a short distance from Darwin. Get to know the Tiwi people on the Ultimate Tiwi Islands experience, meet the artists at the art centers, hear the dreaming stories, follow the turtle tracks at sunset, and experience amazing bird, fish, and wildlife encounters in this beautiful, untouched country. Stay in comfort at the remote Bathurst Island Lodge. Meals, charter boat, and charter flights included.

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South Australia WINE COUNTRY, WILDERNESS & 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. On nearby Kangaroo Island, stroll amid majestic scenery and commune with native wildlife like sea lions, koalas, wallabies, penguins, and, of course, kangaroos.

Regional South – Barossa Valley From historic buildings to pristine islands, South Australia delivers a rich heritage and spectacular natural attractions. Bordering Adelaide to the north, east, and south, you’ll find rolling hills, verdant plains, and vineyards aplenty. And in the Barossa Valley, you’ll discover some of the best wines in the world – and more than half of all the wineries in Australia – plus traditional German-heritage food reflecting the Valley’s original settlers.

Regional South – Coober Pedy Hundreds of miles from the nearest settlement, Coober Pedy is self-described as the “opal capital of the world,” and the opals are the only reason why there is a town. The harsh summer temperatures and the dominant industry mean that most residents actually live underground, i.e., in caves bored into the rock of the hills around the town. Indeed, if you travel there, you can stay in an underground hotel!

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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.

‘Roo Zoo

Sea It All The seaside village of Glenelg is a hub for ocean adventures, including daytime or twilight cruises around Holdfast Bay, where bottlenose dolphins come out to play.

Plains Speaking Gain some insight into the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains, through their vibrant artworks at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, the country’s oldest Aboriginal-owned arts center.

Living Color Spend a day at the Flinders Ranges and watch as the mountains and cliffsides change colors, from the bluegray tones of dawn to the deep reds of dusk, as the sun bakes the land.

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 most unusual golf course, Nullarbar Links, stretching along the Eyre Highway and traversing two states!

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.

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In the Mood for Food

Follow the lead of top local chefs and scour the Adelaide Central Market for oysters, olive oils, cheeses, coffees, baked goods, seafood, and much more.

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A SELECTION OF South Australia HOTELS INTERCONTINENTAL ADELAIDE

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Located on the picturesque River Torrens and part of Adelaide’s spectacular new Riverbank promenade, this luxury high-rise hotel is adjacent to the Adelaide Casino and the Festival Centre. Spacious rooms have city skyline views.

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.

This modern hotel overlooks Adelaide’s picturesque South Parklands and is just steps from center city attractions. Contemporary rooms have private balconies with city views. Head to Zouk Restaurant for South Australian cuisine.

• 367 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool • spa/fitness center/sauna/whirlpool

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

• 138 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool • complimentary Wi-Fi

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SEA DRAGON LODGE

KANGAROO ISLAND SEAFRONT RESORT

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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.

Opening onto the pristine beach at Pink Bay, this intimate lodge offers a unique vacation experience, with spectacular views and amazing wildlife experiences. Hide away in exquisite accommodations with private furnished balconies.

Set on the esplanade in scenic Penneshaw, the gateway to Kangaroo Island, this intimate resort is just steps from the shore and a short walk from the ferry terminal and Penguin Centre. Revel in ocean views from your private balcony.

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

• 5 ac rooms & villas • restaurant/complimentary breakfast/BBQ • concierge/room service • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 28 ac rooms & villas • restaurant & lounge/BBQ • outdoor pool • mini-golf • complimentary Wi-Fi

KANGAROO ISLAND WILDERNESS RETREAT

HHHH Kangaroo Island Nestled on 113 acres of pristine bushland and adjacent to Flinders Chase National Park, this unique resort is the ideal base for exploring the island. Spot rare wildlife and trek across the cliffs by day, and feast on local produce and regional wines by night. • 32 ac rooms, suites & apartments • restaurant/lounge/BBQ • massage services • tours & excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi

RAWNSLEY PARK STATION ECO VILLAS

HHHH½ Wilpena Pound 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. • 8 ac 1- & 2-bedroom eco villas • restaurant/bar/general store • outdoor pool • mountain bikes • flights & day tours

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a selection of South AUSTRALIA SIGHTSEEING BAROSSA FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE

EXCEPTIONAL KANGAROO ISLAND

FLINDERS RANGES & OUTBACK – 3/5 DAY SAFARIS

Adelaide / Full Day / Adelaide Sightseeing

Adelaide

Travel in a small coach and enjoy a food and wine journey to South Australia’s premium Barossa Valley wine region. Take time to sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines and gourmet food that makes this wine region so special. On this tour you’ll visit four cellar doors, including the world-famous Wolf Blass Visitor Centre, and enjoy a two-course lunch at Saltram Wine Estate.

Imagine being able to find one place that condenses all of the Australian experiences you want to enjoy: getting up-close and personal with kangaroos, koalas, sea lions, wallabies in the wild; miles of spectacular coastline and deserted beaches; driving endless red dirt roads while your guide shares stories of life on the island, and eating fresh produce sourced right from the farm, accompanied by elegant local wines. Come explore Kangaroo Island with us!

Adelaide / 3- or 5-Days Heading Bush Outback Adventures Hop into a comfortable off-road vehicle and discover Mambray Creek, Flinders Ranges and Gammon Ranges National Parks, Wilpena Pound, Brachina Gorge, and more. View ancient fossils, visit Aboriginal rock paintings, and see kangaroos, emus, wedgetailed 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. The 5-day adventure also includes Arkaroola.

KANGAROO ISLAND DISCOVERY TOURS

MCLAREN VALE WINERY EXPERIENCE

ONE DAY KANAGAROO ISLAND EXPERIENCE TOUR

Kangaroo Island / 1 or 2 Days Kangaroo Island Discovery Tours KI Discovery Tours small group luxury tours are designed to bring you up-close and personal with Kangaroo Island. Your friendly experienced guide will impress you with their local knowledge of Kangaroo Island and the abundant wildlife. One-day/one-night and two-day/two-night packages are available; all meals and accommodations are included.

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

Adelaide / SeaLink South Australia

This tour takes the coastal route to the Fleurieu Peninsula, with its glistening vistas of the Gulf St. Vincent and pristine beaches, and McLaren Vale wine region. Pass through rolling vistas of vineyards to visit up to five beautiful wineries in the “Vale.” Each one is steeped in history, with friendly and knowledgeable staff who are happy to guide you through each wine tasting experience. A delicious restaurant lunch with wine is included.

Explore the highlights of South Australia’s premier naturebased 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 lunch in an Australian bush setting, followed by a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park.

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2-DAY HIGHLIGHTS OF KANGAROO ISLAND TOUR

Adelaide / Full Day / Adelaide Sightseeing

Adelaide / Full Day

Adelaide / 2 Days-1 Night / Kangaroo Island Odysseys

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.

A premium tour where you will enjoy local hospitality, great wine, and exceptional food. Begin with highlights of charming Adelaide and its surroundings, then 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.

Your local guide will take you on a personalized tour of Kangaroo Island to see sea lions, kangaroos, koalas, and native Australian birds in pristine wildlife settings. Travel to Seal Bay to witness a colony of Australian sea lions, and to Flinders Chase National Park to discover the awe-inspiring formations of Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. This two-day tour is a perfect way to experience Kangaroo Island, a natural wildlife haven and one of Australia’s iconic nature-based destinations.

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Cottesloe Beach, Perth

Western Australia AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST STATE IS MADE FOR FOODIES, WINE LOVERS, OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, AND SUN-WORSHIPPING

THE REGIONS 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 Margaret River Wine Country is not only more than 120 wineries (including Leeuwin Estate, Xanadu Wines, and Voyager Estate), but also artisan cheeses, local organic beef, handmade chocolates, and farmers’ markets. Many wineries offer a range of fine food and wine experiences from tastings to gourmet degustation dinners featuring seasonal menus. In addition, there’s also a thriving arts community of photographers, jewellers, painters, potters, glass blowers, furniture makers, and other artists.

The Kimberley You’ll be enthralled by the rugged gorges and chasms, spooky monoliths, epic waterways, and incandescent ocean of the Kimberley, in Western Australia’s northwest corner. At the doorstep of the Kimberley, Broome is a great launching pad for journeys deeper into the Outback. A historic town known for its pearl diving and farming, Broome is also famous for its gorgeous Indian Ocean beaches and unforgettable sunsets.

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES 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!

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.

Top This! Just over two hours from Perth, the lunar-like Pinnacles form one of Australia’s most unique and fascinating natural landscapes. Formed over millions of years, these tall limestone spires rise eerily out of the yellow desert sands of Nambung National Park.

Market News Perth’s Subiaco neighborhood is home to Rokeby Road’s fabulous summer markets, where you can browse for fresh local produce, homemade wares, arts & crafts, unique gifts, great street food, and more.

Here Comes the Sunset In Perth, take a dip or catch a wave at one of the 19 sensational beaches from Cottesloe to Two Rocks, relax at a beachside café, and catch one of Australia’s great sights as the sun sets over the golden Indian Ocean.

Gourmet Grounds You’ll find a diverse mix of new-style eateries and restaurants in the dynamic port city of Fremantle, from casual and fine dining, to street food, markets, and roving street trucks.

Grapevine Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays top the list of acclaimed offerings from Margaret River Wine Country’s 120+ wineries. (Best served with local chocolates and cheeses!)

Swan Dive Just outside Perth, check out some of Western Australia’s oldest vineyards, as well as award-winning wineries and microbreweries, in beautiful Swan Valley.

Margaret River Wine Country

All Four You

Western Australia WEATHER CHART

Fire up a 4WD vehicle for a 400-mile adventure through the vast Kimberley and see crocodiles, Mitchell Falls, Wandjina rock art, limestone reefs, Lennard Gorge, a working cattle station, and more offbeat sights.

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A SELECTION OF western australia HOTELS CROWN METROPOL PERTH

DUXTON HOTEL PERTH

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Set on the banks of the Swan River, overlooking the Perth city skyline, this sleek hotel redefines luxury accommodation with plush contemporary rooms. Dine at Perth’s outpost of the worldrenowned Nobu, from Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro.

Located in the heart of Perth, this modern high-rise hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from the city’s major shopping, entertainment, and restaurant district. Newly refurbished guest accommodations overlook the city or Swan River.

Set by the beautiful Swan River, this contemporary hotel is close to the major shopping, entertainment, and recreation. Spacious, airy guest rooms have plush bedding, the latest tech amenities, and views spanning the city, poolside, river, or Darling Ranges.

• 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

• 306 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool/sundeck/whirlpool • 24-hr fitness center/ sauna/steam room/spa services • bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 367 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars/café/pool bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Rose Moon Spa/24-hr fitness center • lighted tennis court/bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi

CROWN PROMENADE PERTH

QUALITY RESORT SORRENTO BEACH

GOODEARTH HOTEL

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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 with contemporary furnishings, 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-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • ISIKA Spa/fitness center • casino/ entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 80 ac studios & 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments with 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-hr reception/tour desk • day spa/beauty salon • complimentary Wi-Fi • Internet kiosk • movies on demand/Foxtel cable TV

PERTH AMBASSADOR HOTEL

TRADEWINDS HOTEL FREMANTLE

CLARION SUITES MULLALOO BEACH

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Mullaloo Beach

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.

Overlooking the tranquil waters of the Swan River just outside Perth, this warm and friendly resort combines a great location with a choice of spacious and comfortable accommodations.

You’re right across the road from picturesque Mullaloo Beach at this modern boutique apartment hotel. Guest accommodations feature spa baths, the latest tech amenities, and private balconies with uninterrupted views of the Mullaloo Beach sunset.

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

83 ac rooms & apartments • 2 restaurants/2 bars/beer garden • concierge/ room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/whirlpool/sundeck • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 12 ac apartments • 2 restaurants/bar/BBQ/picnic area • playground • complimentary Wi-Fi

NINGALOO REEF RESORT

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BAYSIDE HOLIDAY APARTMENTS

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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.

On the water’s edge along Roebuck Bay, this contemporary luxury resort is a short walk from Broome’s restaurants and entertainment. Contemporary-style guest suites have kitchens, patios or balconies, and bay, pool, or garden views.

It’s a short walk to Roebuck Bay or the center of Broome from this tranquil, family-friendly boutique hideaway. Guests also have access to all facilities at Moonlight Bay Suites complex, including a fitness center, Kiva Beauty & Relaxation, and more.

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

• 50 ac suites • restaurant/bar/BBQ • room service • outdoor lagoon pool • Kiva Day Spa/fitness center • tour desk • complimentary rounds at Broome Golf Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 12 ac apartments • BBQ/picnic area • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center nearby • complimentary rounds at Broome Golf Course

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A SELECTION OF western australia HOTELS and sightseeing THE BERKELEY RIVER LODGE

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A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this exclusive resort – accessible only by air – epitomizes refined indulgence in one of the last true wilderness areas on the planet. Private villas feature dramatic glass walls with ocean or river views.

An oasis in the rugged Outback landscape, this stylish rustic resort is just a short walk from Halls Creek town center. Guest rooms have patios or balconies with deep-soaking tubs. Sportsmans Bar Lounge serves up sports action on a massive projector screen.

An ideal base for exploring the rugged East Kimberley region, this excellent value resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and conveniently located in the heart of Kununurra. Sit down to Modern Australian cuisine at Zebra Rock Bar and Restaurant.

• 20 ac villas • restaurant/lounge • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fishing/guided hikes

• 80 ac rooms & apartments • restaurant/3 bars • room service • outdoor pool/sundeck

• 50 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars/bottle shop/BBQ • room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • game room

ADAMS 4WD PINNACLES KOALAS & SANDBOARDING

MARGARET RIVER WINE, CAVE & LIGHTHOUSE

PERTH SIGHTSEEING PACKAGES

Perth / Full Day / Adams Pinnacle Tours

Perth / Full Day / Adams Pinnacle Tours

Perth / Adams Pinnacle Tours

This fabulous day out explores the world-renowned Pinnacles Desert, an amazing moon-like landscape. Visit Caversham Wildlife Park to view koalas and hand-feed the kangaroos, and travel along quiet back roads to the lobster-fishing town of Cervantes for a picnic lunch. Continue to the mystical Pinnacles Desert for an easy-paced walk through the fascinating landscape before trying the thrilling experience of sandboarding and four-wheel driving over the vast sand dunes of Lancelin.

Margaret River, Australia’s finest wine region, is stunningly beautiful. Stop at iconic Busselton Jetty, and head to one of the region’s oldest breweries for a gourmet platter lunch of local produce, with beer and cider tastings. Continue south for wine tastings, visit Mammoth Cave, and pass through the Boranup Forest to be captivated by the karri trees. Proceed to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, then stop at Margaret River township to stroll the main street.

Explore the many attractions of Perth and Fremantle on exclusive half-day and full-day tours, including Perth city, Kings Park Botanical Gardens, Cottesloe Beach, and Fremantle. Buy your pass prior to arrival in Perth; advise us of your arrival details for airport-to-hotel transfers, and choose your tour; and call our Reservations Team at least 48 hours prior to confirm.

TASTE BUD TOURS

DOLPHIN, PENGUIN & SEA LION ADVENTURE CRUISE

SWIM WITH WILD DOLPHINS

Perth / Half Day

Perth / 3 Hours / Rockingham Wild Encounters

Perth / Full Day / Rockingham Wild Encounters

Small personalized groups of 16 guests explore the awardwinning Food & Wine Trail of the Swan Valley – Perth’s Valley of Taste – visiting 10 delicious locations, and enjoying 25+ different tasting experiences. Treats may include exotic coffees, herbal teas, lavender scones, honey, chocolate, nougat, roasted nuts, ice cream, cheeses, olives, oils, dukkah, genuine Australian bush tucker, local seasonal produce, and premium wines, beer, and cider.

Get up-close and personal with Australia’s most fascinating creatures on this adventure-style cruise. See wild dolphins in their natural habitat, visit Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, including the sea lion colony at Seal Island, ospreys nest at Gull Rock, and the pelican rookery at Penguin Island. Entry into Discovery Centre on Penguin Island is included, and you have free time for swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing, a nature trail walk, or enjoying a picnic lunch.

Have you ever dreamed of swimming with wild dolphins? Experience it today with Australia’s original and award-winning wild dolphin specialists. We offer visitors a unique opportunity to interact with these fascinating creatures in their natural environment. You may see mothers nursing calves, discover how they use stingrays to catch their dinner, or watch the boys showing off for the ladies. It’s the ultimate wildlife encounter!

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New Zealand AN ABUNDANCE OF CLEAN FRESH AIR, SOPHISTICATED URBAN CULTURE, AWESOME SCENERY, THRILLING RECREATION & MORE

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Domestic flights within New Zealand are often cheaper than car or train, especially crossing between the North and South Islands. Service is provided by JetStar and Air New Zealand.

Bus Buses are a relatively inexpensive way to get around, with daily service throughout the country. InterCity Coachlines 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 Car ferries operate between the North and South Islands across Cook Strait.

Car You can drive to all of New Zealand’s top attractions, however, weather extremes, the terrain, and narrow secondary roads require drivers to be very vigilant. (note: traffic drives on the left side of the road.)

IN-TOWN Transit There are a variety of ways to get around Auckland and Wellington, including bus, commuter train, taxi, and ferry.

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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.

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Lake Tekapo, 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.

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.

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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:

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.

• 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.

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Palmerston North

NORTH ISLAND Nelson

Greymouth

Wellington Picton Blenheim

Hanmer Springs Kaikoura

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SOUTH ISLAND

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Mt. Hutt

Christchurch Akaroa

Mt. Cook Milford Sound

Pacific Ocean

Queenstown Te Anau

Dunedin Invercargill

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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.

Christchurch. 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

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Bay of Islands Paihia

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Auckland

Coromandel Bay of Plenty Rotorua Taupo

Tasman Sea

Napier

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Pacific Ocean

Queenstown

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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.

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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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Milford Sound

Lake Tekapo

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • 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.

Day 2: Nelson Explore this breathtaking region in more detail on the Golden Bay in a Day tour.

Day 3: Nelson – Kaikoura 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 4: Kaikoura 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 5: Kaikoura – Christchurch

Franz Josef Glacier

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.

Bay of Islands Paihia

Kaitaia

Whangarei

Day 7: 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.

NORTH ISLAND

Day 8: Franz Josef Glacier – Queenstown

Tasman Sea

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.

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 10: Queenstown

Day 6: Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Explore Queenstown at your own leisure.

Day 11: Queenstown

Hamilton Waitomo Caves

Tauranga Rotorua Taupo Gisb Turangi

New Plymouth

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Napier

Palmerston North

SOUTH ISLAND Nelson

Picton

Wellington

Blenheim

Day 9: 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.

Coromandel Whitianga Bay of Plenty Whangamata

Auckland

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

Haruru Falls, Paihia

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.

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

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

Napier

Palmerston North

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

SOUTH ISLAND Nelson

Day 5: Paihia – Rotorua Begin your journey south to Roturua, home to an array of geothermal wonders, strong Maori culture, and a number

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Kaitaia

Picton

Wellington

Blenheim Greymouth Franz Josef Glacier Fox Glacier

Mt. Hutt

Hanmer Springs Kaikoura Christchurch Akaroa

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North Island MOVIE-SET MARVELOUS, FROM ITS VIBRANT CITIES TO ITS OTHERWORLDLY RURAL COUNTRYSIDE

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.

Bay of Islands

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

JET PARK AIRPORT HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTRE

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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. FISH serves fine seafood and a variety of inspired dishes.

Just a few minutes from the airport, this modern hotel is also close to Auckland’s many attractions as well as several golf courses. Dip into the pool, and work out in the gym. Awardwinning Te Maroro Restaurant serves superb seasonal dishes.

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 exploring Auckland, take a dip in the indoor pool.

• 165 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 222 ac rooms, suites & apartments • restaurant/lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • complimentary gym/bicycle rentals • complimentary 24-hr shuttle • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

BEST WESTERN PRESIDENT HOTEL AUCKLAND

COPTHORNE HOTEL & RESORT BAY OF ISLANDS

SUDIMA HOTEL HAMILTON

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Auckland

Bay of Islands

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.

An iconic 1876 building sets the scene for this elegant hotel, next door to Sky City Casino and close to restaurants, pubs, cafés, and shops. Step into modern rooms and apartments with kitchenettes. It’s a great base for visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set.

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

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

• 69 ac rooms & apartments • bar • guest laundry • conference facilities

SCENIC HOTEL TE PANIA

HILTON LAKE TAUPO

SCENIC HOTEL BAY OF ISLANDS

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Auckland

Hamilton

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Lake Taupo

Paihia

Styled to complement its remarkable location on the edge of the beautiful Hawke’s Bay, this luxury boutique resort hotel offers an unmatched level of service. Contemporary-style guest rooms face out to the bay with large windows that slide open.

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 patios or balconies with garden or lake views. The menu at Bistro Lago matches its stunning views!

Island-influenced architecture, beautifully landscaped grounds, and light airy rooms make this resort hotel an ideal choice. Set at the southern entrance to Paihia, it’s an ideal base for exploring the picturesque Bay of Islands region.

• 113 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • complimentary access to Ocean Spa Gym • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 113 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge • concierge/room service • outdoor heated pool/kids pool/thermal spa pool • fitness center/sauna/ steam room • tennis courts • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

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

PRINCES GATE HOTEL

TREETOPS LODGE & WILDERNESS ESTATE

MILLENNIUM HOTEL ROTORUA

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Rotorua

Rotorua

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

This outstanding resort is nestled in 2,500 acres of forest on the edge of the Mamaku Plateau, amid a game reserve, trout streams, lakes, and miles of hiking trails. Individually decorated lodge rooms have spa baths, and villas have lavish lounges with fireplaces.

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 Wi-Fi

• 12 ac suites & villas • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Rituals Spa/fitness center • fishing & hunting/water sports/bicycles • kids club • library • 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course

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

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CHATEAU TONGARIRO HOTEL

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WHITE ISLAND RENDEZVOUS

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Ruapehu

Whakatane

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.

Located in Whakapapa Village in the heart of Tongariro National Park, this historic 1929 jewel greets guests with a timeless elegance. Step outside the hotel and go skiing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, golfing, and more four-season fun!

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!

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

• 106 rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars/café/high tea • concierge/room service • indoor pool • fitness center/sauna/salon • 9-hole golf course

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

AUCKLAND ALL INCLUSIVE FULL DAY TOUR

AUCKLAND JET BOAT TOURS

BUSH & BEACH

Auckland / Full Day / TIME Unlimited Tours

Auckland / 1 Hour

Auckland

Experience the very best of Auckland – be amazed by Auckland’s many volcanoes, the marine village of Devonport, and the famous black-and-white beaches on the West Coast. See spectacular ocean vistas, dramatic views of volcanoes, iconic landmarks, native rainforest with ancient Kauri trees, plus unique indigenous flora and fauna. A very personal tour with 11 guests maximum in a top-end Mercedes and passionate, highly qualified guide. Includes lunch.

Enjoy the best adventure Auckland has to offer, a thrilling 45-minute jet boat trip around the beautiful Hauraki Gulf combined with 360° spins and wave riding. See all the fantastic landmarks from a few different angles aboard Auckland’s only Twin V8 Scream Machine!

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 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.

MAGIC BROOMSTICK SEGWAY TOURS

7-DAY NORTH ISLAND ADVENTURE TOUR

16-DAY AMPLIFIED NEW ZEALAND TOUR

Auckland

Auckland / 7 Days-6 Nights/ Haka Tours Ltd.

Auckland / 16 Days-15 Nights/ Haka Tours Ltd.

The worldwide phenomenon of Segway tours is here in Devonport, Auckland. Enjoy the sense of satisfaction as you master the art of riding a Segway. The sheer joy of it will keep you smiling for hours. From the volcanic cones of Devonport, the 360° views of Auckland, “The World’s Most Liveable City,” will leave you gob-smacked! We have a wide variety of tours and rides to suit both young and old.

You’ll see it all in the ultimate week-long North Island holiday: volcanoes, beautiful beaches, glowworm caves, Lord of the Rings locations, bubbling mud pools, and rich forests, while learning about our proud Maori culture. This tour explores all must-see locations in the North Island, including Auckland, the Coromandel, Waitomo, Rotorua, Taupo, and the nation’s capital, Wellington.

Our most popular trip offers you a jam-packed experience across New Zealand’s top destinations in just over two weeks. Golden beaches, Maori culture, surreal landscapes, and a big dose of adventure is all yours. Includes transportation, accommodations, breakfast, passionate local guide, and more. Customize your vacation by adding from a range of activities.

KIWI EXPERIENCE

HELICOPTER WHITE ISLAND TOUR

HELLS GATE

Auckland / Tourism Holdings Ltd.

Rotorua / 3 Hours / Volcanic Air

Rotorua

Kiwi Experience is New Zealand’s original adventure travel bus network. Kiwi Experience offers flexible guided tours so passengers can see the country at their own pace with other like-minded travelers – the most convenient way to see the country. Learn from our experienced driver guides who will look after you along the way and explore with other adventure seekers. On Kiwi Experience you’ll meet travelers of all ages, from all over world, and make friends and memories for a lifetime.

Walk to the edge of an active crater lake, over hot streams, past steaming volcanic vents and colorful sulphur formations, before viewing this privately owned volcano’s long abandoned mining ruins. This somewhat-lunar experience on New Zealand’s only permanently active offshore volcano is breathtaking when combined with helicopter flights above the lakes district and Bay of Plenty in a unique and surreal lifetime experience.

Rotorua’s most active geothermal park features boiling mud pools, steam sulphur pools, an active 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.

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a selection of North island SIGHTSEEING MITAI MAORI VILLAGE

NEW ZEALAND RIVERJET

RIVER RATS RAFT & KAYAK

Rotorua / 3 Hours

Rotorua

Rotorua / Half Day

Mitai Maori Village will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture, leaving you amazed and in awe. Witness warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe. View glowworms in their natural habitat. Marvel at our sacred Fairy Spring flowing directly from earth. See your traditionally earth-cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. Enjoy a rich and powerful cultural performance that’s educational and fun.

Choose from three thrilling rides. The Squeeze is a 45-minute scenic ride; enjoy wildlife and the magnificent Tutukau Gorge on the Waikato River as you hear the stories of the area; enjoy canyoning in warm water, native bush, waterfall, and natural hot pool. Scenic Blast is a 50-minute thrill ride on the Waikato River. Riverjet Thermal Safari is a 45-minute scenic ride including entrance into Orakei Korako Geothermal Park, with mud pools, geysers, and silica terraces.

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. Major 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.

ARANUI CAVES

RUAKURI CAVES

WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES

Waitomo / 1 Hour / Tourism Holdings Ltd

Waitomo / 2 Hours / Tourism Holdings Ltd

Waitomo / 45 Min. / Tourism Holdings Ltd

Experience magnificent Aranui Cave, set within a natural forest reserve. Explore ancient cave formations, high chambers, and huge stalactites and stalagmites. See stunning cave formations with magnificent white, pink, and brown stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstones. Learn about New Zealand trees and plants on the easy and enchanting forest walk, and get off the beaten track and discover one of Waitomo’s best-kept secrets!

Discover spectacular Ruakuri Cave, full of legends and tales. Your two-hour trip will include an intimate and educational experience in small tour groups. See breathtaking cave formations, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries created over millions of years. See glowworms up-close and learn about their fascinating life. With easy access for everyone, Ruakuri Cave is one of the few wheelchair and pushchair accessible caves in the world.

Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you glide silently by boat in the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Many of our current guides are descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original, iconic New Zealand attraction.

FLAT EARTH NEW ZEALAND EXPERIENCES

MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND TE PAPA TONGEREWA

WELLINGTON ROVER TOURS LTD.

Wellington

Wellington

Wellington / Full or Half Day

Join hosted luxury full- and half-day tours in greater Wellington, with small, friendly groups in custom-fitted vehicles. Film Location Tours visit many of the Lord of the Rings filming locations and the Weta Cave. Wild Wellington Tour introduces you to Wellington’s extraordinary natural features, flora, and fauna. Wellington City Tour is an enjoyable journey around the city’s dramatic highlights. Wine Tours visit Martinborough. Private/custom tours are also available.

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.

We are Wellington’s Lord of the Rings specialists, with full-day and half-day film location tours led by professional guides exploring the natural wonders of Middle Earth. Both tours include the Workshop Tour at the Weta Cave and souvenir map. Our highly trained local guides have extensive knowledge of the people, places, culture, and history of Wellington. Tour groups are small, which ensures a personal and unique experience.

WHITE ISLAND TOURS

Whakatane / Half Day 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.

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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 purpose-built carriages with enormous panoramic windows, an onboard licensed café, and open-air viewing carriage. KiwiRail Scenic Journeys operates three unique train services across the North and South Islands – the Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific, and TranzAlpine.

MILFORD SOUND DAY TOUR

NZONE SKYDIVE

PARAMOUNT NEW ZEALAND 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

Queenstown / Full Day / Great Sights New Zealand

Queenstown / Half Day

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.

It takes a certain kind of person to jump out of an aircraft at 15,000 feet into thin air. It takes courage. Harnessed to an experienced Jumpmaster, expect sensory overload as you step out of the aircraft door, and for some 60 seconds freefall 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.

North & South Islands 10 Days-9 Nights / Discover New Zealand 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.

SKYLINE QUEENSTOWN

SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

WAITOMO & HOBBITON EXPERIENCE

Queenstown

South Island 10 Days-9 Nights / Discover New Zealand Capture the true spirit of the South Island in 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.

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.

Located at the top of the Skyline Gondola, Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a sumptuous lunch, dinner, or sunset cocktail. From fresh New Zealand seafood to delectable desserts, the delicious fare is matched by stunning views. A visit to Stratosfare is a unique and memorable experience.

Auckland / Great Sights New Zealand

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Mount Cook/Aoraki, and Lake Tekapo

South Island GREAT ADVENTURES BEGIN IN THIS ISLAND’S AWESOME LANDSCAPE OF MOUNTAINS, GLACIERS & FJORDLANDS

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 bushclad 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.

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.

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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!

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HERITAGE CHRISTCHURCH

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Christchurch

Christchurch

The essence of supreme comfort, this luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch is known for its personalized service and attentive staff. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it’s a peaceful retreat close to the cultural district and key attractions.

This century-old heritage-listed hotel, a restored Italian Renaissance-style building, stands in Christchurch’s city center, close to shopping and entertainment. Guest suites have traditional style, full kitchens, and the latest tech amenities.

Located at Christchurch Airport, 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 warm up by the fireplace with cocktails.

• 53 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • 24-hr room service • complimentary off-site fitness center access • mountain bikes • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 35 ac suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • indoor heated pool/whirlpool • 24-hr fitness center/sauna • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 158 ac rooms • restaurant & bar • 24-hr room service • complimentary airport shuttle • complimentary parking

SCENIC HOTEL SOUTHERN CROSS

CAMP ESTATE AT LARNACH CASTLE

DISTINCTION FOX GLACIER TE WEHEKA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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Christchurch

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Dunedin

Fox Glacier

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.

Nestled beneath the towering Southern Alps, this quiet hotel is the ideal base for exploring the magnificent Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. After a day of adventure, relax by the roaring fireplace in the lounge or on your own private balcony.

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

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

• 20 rooms with balconies • restaurant/lounge • Internet kiosk • library & lounge • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

TE WAONUI FOREST RETREAT

BELLA VISTA MOTEL FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

SCENIC HOTEL FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

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Franz Josef

Franz Josef

This stunning lodge-style resort is surrounded by native rainforest on the South Island’s beautiful West Coast. Guest rooms have the latest tech amenities, plus private balconies. The Canopy restaurant serves fresh local produce and boutique New Zealand wines.

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.

• 100 ac rooms • restaurant & lounge • concierge/24-hour room service & reception • Amaia Luxury Spa • complimentary guest valet parking • designated tour group booking • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

• 130 rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • 4 whirlpool tubs • tourist information & booking service • conference facilities • complimentary Wi-Fi

HILTON QUEENSTOWN RESORT & SPA

THE REES HOTEL QUEENSTOWN

CROWNE PLAZA QUEENSTOWN

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Queenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown

On the shores of Lake Wakatipu, this top-flight resort defines rustic elegance and showcases panoramic views over the mountains and waterfront. Spacious guest rooms feature fireplaces, separate lounge areas, and private balconies or patios.

Showcasing breathtaking panoramic lake and alpine views, this resort is set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, an easy walk from Queenstown’s town center. Quiet, private, and sophisticated, it epitomizes Southern hospitality at its finest.

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.

• 220 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/café/bar • indoor heated pool/sauna/ steam room/hot tub • eforea:spa/fitness center • complimentary shuttle to town • complimentary Wi-Fi • complimentary self-parking on-site

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

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

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MILLENNIUM HOTEL QUEENSTOWN

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Queenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown

Set against a spectacular mountain backdrop, the stylish hotel is all about guest comfort. Rooms feature separate lounge areas, kitchenettes, and large windows with views of the mountains or lake. Me & Mee Restaurant swerves modern Chinese-inspired dishes.

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!

Just minutes from lively downtown Queenstown, this lodge-style resort puts you close to all the action, from skiing, to trekking, to the Shotover Jet. After a day of play, head to Rafters Restaurant for international cuisine and local New Zealand wines.

• 98 ac rooms • 4 restaurants/café/bar/wine bar • room service • indoor pool ($) • fitness center/bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi • complimentary self-parking on-site • complimentary shuttle to town

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

• 75 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • bowling alleys/game room • complimentary area shuttle • complimentary Wi-Fi

DISTINCTION TE ANAU HOTEL & VILLAS

INTERNATIONAL ANTARCTIC CENTRE

TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY

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

ALBATROSS ENCOUNTER

Christchurch

Dunedin / Half Day

The International Antarctic Centre is your destination for an authentic, exciting experience of Antarctica that’s fun for all ages. You’ll visit “Antarctica” the Snow & Ice Experience, survive an Antarctic Storm, learn about life in modern-day Antarctica, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins! There’s also the famously exciting Hagglund ride, a simulated 4D cruise, Happy Feet 4D, plus heaps more. It’s quite possibly the closest you’ll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!

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.

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.

CRUISE & KAYAK MILFORD SOUND

MILFORD SOUND ENCOUNTER NATURE CRUISE

DART RIVER FUNYAK

Milford Sound / Half Day / Southern Discoveries

Milford Sound / 2 Hours / Southern Discoveries

Queenstown / 6 Hours / Ngai Tahu Tourism

Experience natural wonders and enjoy excellent up-close viewing of wildlife on your Milford Sound cruise, where specialist nature guides share lively and informative commentary. Disembark at Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory and descend beneath the water to view rare black coral and colorful sea creatures. Then gaze through crystal-clear waters as you kayak with a specialist guide in an intimate nature experience before returning to Milford wharf. The ultimate Milford experience.

Get up-close to nature on the longest small-boat nature cruise in Milford Sound. This interactive and personal cruise offers an intimate Milford experience and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Specialist nature guides share their knowledge with lively and informative commentary that delves into the history, geology, and wildlife of Milford. The wheelhouse is open to speak with the skipper. With raincoats on board, there’s a chance to taste glacial water straight from the waterfalls.

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.

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a selection of south Island SIGHTSEEING DART RIVER WILDERNESS

DOUBTFUL SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE

DOUBTFUL SOUND WILDERNESS DAY CRUISE

Queenstown / 6 Hours / Ngai Tahu Tourism

Queenstown / 1 Day-1 Night / Real Journeys

Queenstown / 13 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.

Explore Doubtful Sound with an overnight cruise on board the Fiordland Navigator. Following the crossing of Lake Manapouri and Wilmot Pass, passengers board the Fiordland Navigator. In addition to cruising the hidden arms of Doubtful Sound, there is plenty of time to explore by kayak and tender craft with the nature guide. Wildlife sightings are a highlight. Evening buffet and breakfast included. Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections available. Daily departures, Sept.–May.

Cruise across island-studded Lake Manapouri and ride a coach over Wilmot Pass. Then explore Doubtful Sound on a three-hour cruise with our nature guide on board the modern catamaran Patea Explorer. Wildlife sightings are likely to include dolphins, seals, and penguins. Discover the “sound of silence,” rugged peaks, and explore the waterways of this serene and isolated fjord. Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections available. Daily departures, all year.

HOLLYFORD TRACK

MILFORD SOUND FLY/SCENIC/FLY

MILFORD SOUND HELI/CRUISE/HELI

Queenstown / 3 Days-2 Nights / Ngai Tahu Tourism

Queenstown / 4 Hours / Air Milford

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.

Board a plane for a spectacular flight into Milford Sound. The 35-minute flight is the ultimate way to experience New Zealand’s vast and most dramatic scenery. Once you land, enjoy a short bush walk before boarding a vessel for a nature cruise through this spectacular fiord with excellent up-close viewing of wildlife. Upon disembarking at Milford wharf, you’ll be escorted back to the airport for your return flight to Queenstown. Airport transfers included.

Queenstown / 4 Hours Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters Queenstown Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters is renowned as the aerial filming company for The Lord of the Rings movies, but equally for scenic helicopter trips around “Middle Earth.” Join us to explore wilderness forests, pristine lakes, majestic waterfalls, and jagged mountain peaks. Our intimate Milford Sound tour includes a helicopter flight over Fiordland National Park, including a glacier landing and scenic boat cruise in Milford Sound.

MILFORD SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE

MOUNT NICHOLAS HIGH COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

QUEENSTOWN WINE TRAIL

Queenstown / 1 Day-1 Night / Real Journeys

Queenstown / 4 Hours / Southern Discoveries

Queenstown / 5 Hours

An overnight cruise exploring the magnificent Milford Sound is a unique experience. With our nature guide and friendly crew, cruise the full length of this spectacular fjord out to the Tasman Sea. Keep a lookout for Fiordland wildlife, especially fur seals basking on the rocks. Evening buffet, breakfast, and kayaking/ tender craft trips all included. Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections available. Daily departures, Oct.–May.

Cruise to Mount Nicholas Farm on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu and enjoy spectacular views towards the Southern Alps and Remarkables mountain ranges. Disembark and join the farm guide on a tour of this authentic, working high-country farm. See the farm guide round up sheep and meet working farm animals. Then watch the landscape unfold as you travel by 4WD vehicle to spectacular vantage points. Enjoy morning/ afternoon tea before the return cruise to Queenstown.

Making Wine Personal... join Queenstown’s original wine tour. Have a fun and relaxed afternoon touring wineries accompanied by our knowledgeable wine guides. Discover the reasons why Central Otago has become one of the world’s premium wine regions, taste some great local wines, and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Whether your palate is well developed or simply enthusiastic, as long as you love wine, our tours will delight!

SHOTOVER JET

ZIPTREK ECOTOURS

GO MILFORD DAY TRIP FROM TE ANAU

Queenstown / 1.5 Hours / Ngai Tahu Tourism

Queenstown / 2 Hours

Te Anau / 9 Hours / Southern Discoveries

The ultimate jet boat experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over three million people since 1965, 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.

Ziptrek Ecotours is New Zealand’s #1 original zip-line tour, and is a spectacular and fun eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, situated on Skyline Gondola Hill. Ziptrek runs all year round and is stunning whatever the weather. With two tours to choose from, it is suitable for everyone, from an introduction into Queenstown adventure (Moa 4-Line Tour) to a gripping eco-exhilaration (Kea 6-Line Tour), including the steepest tree-to-tree zip-line in the world.

Travel in comfort with this small, personalized group trip on a modern 22-seater coach with leather seats. Sit back and enjoy the views as drivers provide informative commentary with stops for photos and short walks. Enjoy a nature cruise to explore the beauty of the fiord where specialist nature guides offer informative commentary. Then visit Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory to see black coral and colorful sea creatures before returning to Te Anau.

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FRENCH POLYNESIA / TAHITI FALL IN LOVE WITH THE MOST ROMANTIC ISLANDS ON THE PLANET

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…

Moorea

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 familyowned farms. Pedal a bike around Huahine and be put under the spell of its fragrant vanilla plantations.

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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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Bora Bora

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Special Delivery For a unique romantic experience, there are some resorts that will have breakfast delivered directly to your overwater 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

RAIATEA

Faaie

FAKARAVA

Maroe Tefarerii

Parea

Papetoai Paopao Haapiti

TAHITI

Maharepa Vaiare

Mahina Papeete

Afareaitu

Tiarei

Mahaena

Fetuna

SOCIETY ISLANDS

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Papara Mataiea

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SHOW ME MOOREA 8 Days TAHITI • MOOREA

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.

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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.

Ancient stone carving, Moorea

MOOREA Maharepa

Papetoai Paopao Haapiti

Vaiare Afareaitu

Mahina Papeete

TAHITI Tiarei

Mahaena

Papara Mataiea

Afaahiti

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LOST IN PARADISE 8 Days TAHITI • BORA BORA

Snorkeling with butterfly fish

Tahiti

Mt. Otemanu, Bora Bora

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.

Bora Bora

BORA BORA

MOOREA

Faanui Fare Piti Anau Nunue Vaitape Taurere

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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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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, the natural white-sand beach, and lush tropical gardens.

With a great location and stunning views of Moorea, this is the perfect place to begin or end your stay in Tahiti. Get pampered at Deep Nature Spa, snorkel in the Lagoonarium, take in a Tahitian dance show, and enjoy a romantic dinner in the over-water restaurant.

On the west coast of Tahiti, this contemporary resort is perched on the edge of a lagoon and faces the island of Moorea. Sleek guest rooms feature traditional Polynesian décor and open to private furnished terraces or balconies with sweeping sea views.

• 149 ac rooms & bungalows (12 over-water) • 2 restaurants/2 bars/coffee shop/pool bar • outdoor sand-bottom freshwater pool • water sports • live entertainment • art & cooking lessons

• 245 ac rooms & bungalows (32 over-water) • 2 restaurants/3 bars/swim-up bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor infinity pools • Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm/fitness center/sauna • water sports • wedding services

• 121 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor infinity pool • Manea Spa/fitness center • water sports • excursions

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ROYAL HUAHINE

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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.

Located on the stunning pink-sand atoll of Tikehau, this boutique resort features genuine Polynesian style and a serene atmosphere. Relax with massage therapy in the spa’s beach bungalow, kayak in the lagoon, and swim with the rays!

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.

• 91 ac rooms, suites & premium floors • restaurant/bar • outdoor infinity pool • Le Spa Well-Being Center/fitness center/sauna/hammam • free Internet access • free shuttle & activities • boutiques

• 37 ac suites, over-water & beachfront bungalows • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Manea Spa • water sports/ Jet-Skis/PADI dive center

• 17 ac garden, 11 ac beach & 11 ac over-water bungalows • 2 restaurants/ 2 bars • outdoor freshwater pool • Royal Huahine Spa • water sports • boutique/library • baby-sitting services on demand

MAITAI LAPITA VILLAGE HUAHINE

HILTON BORA BORA NUI RESORT & SPA

INTERCONTINENTAL BORA BORA RESORT & THALASSO SPA

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Bora Bora

Bora Bora

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!

This resort blends Polynesian authenticity with a luxurious setting and unspoiled nature. The resort is uniquely located on its own islet facing Bora Bora’s most stunning lagoon of multiple shades of blue, and offers space, comfort, and well-being.

This chic resort is unique in every way, from the full-time wedding planner to the mineral-rich seawater in the spa. Spacious over-water villas feature incomparable views of the lagoon and Mt. Otemanu, while family villas nestle in a coconut grove on the islet.

• 32 ac bungalows • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • spa services/fitness center • water sports • public lounge & game room • tour desk • Lapita Maohi Museum

• 122 ac villas & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor infinity pool • Hina Spa/fitness center • live entertainment/Polynesian shows/free daily activities • wedding chapel • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 80 ac over-water villas & 2 ac family villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor infinity pool/water sports/tennis • Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm/fitness room • wedding planning • coral garden & ray feeding • complimentary Wi-Fi

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SOFITEL BORA BORA PRIVATE ISLAND

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HHHHH Bora Bora

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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.

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.

Live a timeless experience and enjoy tailor-made service at the only luxury boutique resort on Bora Bora. Within this iconic property nestled in the heart of Bora Bora’s sparkling lagoon, intimacy and tranquility are the keys to an unforgettable stay.

• 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

• 89 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 • kids program • wireless Internet access

• 31 ac over-water bungalows, lodges & villas • restaurant/bar/room service • complimentary American breakfast • spa • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi & mini-bar • access to facilities at Sofitel Marara

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Bora Bora

Bora Bora

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.

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At this intimate hideaway, air-conditioned bungalows nestle on the white-sand beach and float over the flawless lagoon of Matira Beach. Unforgettable honeymoons are made here! The concierge can organize any activity, including world-class scuba diving.

Contemporary and welcoming, this quintessential Bora Bora resort invites you to the “Pearl of the Pacific.” In the heart of one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world, the resort offers a colorful atmosphere, ideal for families, with a wide range of activities.

• 30 ac garden pool & beach bungalows & 50 ac over-water bungalows • 3 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • outdoor freshwater pool • Manea Spa & Fitness Center • water sports/tennis • coral nursery • PADI dive center/snorkeling

• 64 ac bungalows (14 beach & 50 over-water) • 2 restaurants/poolside bar • concierge/24-hr room service/activity desk • outdoor freshwater infinity pool • Deep Ocean Spa • water sports/PADI dive center • weddings

• 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

MAITAI POLYNESIA BORA BORA

HILTON MOOREA LAGOON RESORT & SPA

SOFITEL MOOREA IA ORA BEACH RESORT

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Bora Bora

Moorea

Moorea

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.

Ideal for guests seeking a high-end resort with privacy, exceptional service, and a relaxing environment in harmony with the Polynesian culture, this property fronts the island’s lushest coral garden and features beautiful views of the lagoon.

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.

• 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/3 bars • outdoor infinity pool • Moorea Lagoon Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center/kids activities • live entertainment/Polynesian shows • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 113 ac bungalows, over-water bungalows & villas • 2 restaurants/ 2 bars • outdoor pool/private beach • spa/Jacuzzi • PADI dive center/water sports/snorkeling • Polynesian dance shows nightly

INTERCONTINENTAL MOOREA RESORT & SPA

MOOREA PEARL RESORT & SPA

LE TAHA’A ISLAND RESORT & SPA

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Moorea

Moorea

Set on 17 lush acres between the mountains and the lagoon, this luxury resort invites you to do everything – or nothing at all. Swim with dolphins and rays. Enjoy a Polynesian massage. Search for treasures at a nearby gallery.

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.

Proud member of the Relais & Châteaux collection, this deluxe resort welcomes you to a world of pristine beauty and barefoot sophistication. Accommodations open to the beach or are perched above the lagoon.

• 144 ac rooms & junior suite bungalows (50 over-water) • 3 restaurants/ 3 bars/swim-up restaurant-bar • 2 outdoor infinity pools • Hélène Spa/ fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • tennis

• 94 ac rooms & bungalows (28 over-water) • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/ room service • outdoor infinity pool • Manea Spa • PADI dive center/ snorkeling • coral nursery

• 57 ac suites & villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • floodlit tennis court

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Fiji THE WORD “EXOTIC” WAS PRACTICALLY INVENTED TO DESCRIBE ITS UNIQUE ISLAND CHARMS

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 coconutscented 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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Avg. F° 80 80 80 78 76 74 73 73 74 75 77 79 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 11.4 10.7 14.5 12.2 10.1 6.7 4.9 8.3 7.7 8.3 9.8 12.5

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Tropical lagoon, Fiji

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

VANUA LEVU

Yasawa Island

Malolo Island Plantation Island & Musket Cove

Taveuni

Bligh Water

Botaira Island Tokoriki Island Matamanoa Island Mana Island Castaway Island

Matangi Island Savusavu

Vomo Island

The Sunshine Coast

Beachcomber Island Treasure Island Bounty Island Navini Island Nadi

Rakiraki Naigani Island

Natovi

VITI LEVU

Denarau

Toberua Island Nakelo

Sigatoka The Coral Coast Korolevu

Vatulele Island

Koro Sea

Levuka

Suva

Royal Davui Island

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FIJI CORAL & SAND 9 Days FIJI

Navala village

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.

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 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 Denarau to your resort, where you will be welcomed

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Day 9: 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.

Pacific Ocean

VANUA Yasawa Island

Bligh Water

Botaira Island

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

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denarau and the northern islands 9 Days FIJI

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Exploring Denarau Island • Tour of Lautoka & Ba • Meet local schoolchildren • Water sports & land activities

Day 1: Denarau

Days 4-8: Denarau – Savu Savu

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.

This morning you will make the short journey to Nadi, where you will board your short flight to Vanua Levu and Savu Savu, and then transfer to your resort. Be sure to take full advantage of your resort’s extensive water sports and other recreation options! Aside from the 9-hole golf course and dreamy spa treatments, there’s an ocean full of fun like snorkeling, sailing, water-skiing, kayaking, and more.

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 the last remaining traditional village. After taking in the sights of Lautoka and Ba, you’ll 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.

Separately, you can take a leisurely cruise around the island, as well as visit the traditional village of Nukubalavu, wander the nearby rainforest with its picturesque waterfall, tour a pearl farm at the bay, learn about the mangroves from a marine biologist, and explore the bustling and vibrant farmers market in town.

Day 9: Savu Savu

Pacific Ocean Denerau Harbour & Marina

VANUA Yasawa Island

Bligh Water

Botaira Island

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

Naigani

Natovi

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VITI LEVU

Denarau

Transfer to the airport to meet your departing flight.

Nakelo

Sigatoka The Coral Coast Korolevu Vatulele Island

Suva

Royal Davui Island

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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.

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, a range of great restaurants, and the new adults-only beach club.

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.

• 273 ac villas • 2 restaurants/deli/bar • 7 outdoor pools/separate adultsonly & family pool zones • spa/fitness center • water sports/complimentary kids club • golf nearby

• 296 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/4 bars/24-hr room service • lagoon pool/adults-only pool area • spa/fitness center • water sports • wedding chapel • adjacent to Denarau Golf & Racquet Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 16 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

LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT

VOMO FIJI ISLAND RESORT

TOKORIKI ISLAND RESORT

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Lomaiviti Group

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Mamanuca Islands

Mamanuca Islands

Mamanuca Islands

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 A destination for couples and families alike, this luxury boutique resort is renowned for its long whitesand beaches, acclaimed cuisine, numerous activities, and personal service unsurpassed in the South Pacific.

Adults Only Secluded on the most northern of the Mamanuca Islands, this luxury boutique resort delivers exceptional Fijian warmth and hospitality. Freestanding beachfront bures and villas have contemporary style, Fijian design, and South Pacific sunset views.

• 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

• 28 ac villas & 2 ac residences • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • 3 outdoor pools • spa/fitness center • water sports/fishing • tennis/9-hole golf course • PADI dive center • kids club/Vomo Turtle Protection Program

• 18 ac Beachfront Bures/8 ac Beachfront Pool Bures/10 ac Sunset Pool Villas • restaurant/bar/live entertainment/concierge • outdoor horizon pool • Senikai Spa • water sports/PADI 5-Star dive center • tennis/volleyball • complimentary Wi-Fi

CASTAWAY ISLAND, FIJI

LOMANI ISLAND RESORT

MANA ISLAND RESORT & SPA

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Mamanuca Islands

Mamanuca Islands

Mamanuca Islands

Surrounded by white-sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs, this iconic private island resort is ideal for romantic couples. Stylish bures are set at water’s edge and throughout lush gardens. Enjoy creative Pacific Rim cuisine and a myriad of water sports.

Adults Only You’re sure to feel the romance at this adultsonly boutique resort, featuring a tranquil atmosphere, warm Fijian service, and complimentary extras such as guaranteed ocean views, snorkelling, village tours, and more.

Set on 300 acres of tropical paradise, this intimate resort offers long white sandy beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, and an abundance of marine life. There’s a new infinity pool, swim-up bar, private cabanas, and a variety of new restaurants.

• 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 • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 24 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 • 4 restaurants/ coffee & snack bar/4 bars • 2 outdoor pools/4 beaches • Mana Spa • water sports/tennis • entertainment • kids club • wedding chapel

MATAMANOA ISLAND RESORT

TREASURE ISLAND FIJI

TROPICA ISLAND RESORT

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Mamanuca Islands

Adults Only Opening directly onto a private white-sand beach in the Mamanuca Islands, this intimate adults-only boutique resort caters to couples in stunning beachfront villas and beachfront bures with plunge pools and cabanas.

Ideal for families, couples, and honeymooners, this popular resort occupies its own island atoll amid a stunning marine sanctuary. Go swimming and snorkeling, play tennis, and unwind at the sensual spa. Retreat to luxurious traditional bures.

Adults Only Ideal for honeymooners, couples, and small 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. Beachfront bures feature outdoor river-rock showers.

• 46 ac villas, bures & resort rooms • restaurant/lounge • concierge • outdoor freshwater pool • Vendomoni Spa • water sports/PADI 5-Star dive center • tennis

• 68 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

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FUNKY FISH BEACH & SURF RESORT

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Mamanuca Islands

Mamanuca Islands

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.

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.

This small, friendly island resort opens onto a white-sand beach on the majestic island of Malolo in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands. Beachfront bures feature kitchenettes and private decks. Hit the beach for the best surfing in Fiji!

• 45 ac bures • 3 restaurants/bar • 2 outdoor pools/swim-up bar/ entertainment lounge • Leilani’s Spa • snorkeling/windsurfing • daily activities program

• 54 bures & lodge rooms • 2 restaurants/deli/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Senibua Spa • water sports/PADI 5-Star dive center • daily entertainment & activities • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 23 rooms • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa • water sports • game room/tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Adults Only Winner of the World Travel Awards’ 2014 “Fiji’s Leading Spa Resort,” this exclusive boutique property is ideal for adults seeking a truly authentic Fijian island experience with a touch of luxury. 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.

All-Inclusive Catering to a maximum of 12 couples seeking natural beauty and offering fine dining, superb snorkeling, and premier scuba diving, this adults-only boutique private island resort is located in the lush tropical northern part of Fiji.

• 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 • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 12 bungalows & treehouses 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

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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.

All-Inclusive Welcome to one of South Pacific’s gems. Relax, explore authentic Fijian culture, experience legendary person service, and engage with the unspoiled environment at this multi-award-winning luxury resort.

All-Inclusive This ultra-all-inclusive resort offers the utmost in exclusivity, privacy, and luxury for the ultimate experience. Idyllically set in 525 acres of oceanfront rainforest, this property invites you into exquisite accommodations with stunning views.

• 10 bures & 6 ac vales • restaurant/bar • outdoor horizon-edge pool • PADI dive center • cultural activities

• 24 bures with ceiling fans/1 ac villa • adult & family restaurant/lounge • pools • Oceanfront Day Spa • marine biologist • private island • nanny service • PADI 5-Star dive center • zip line & treehouse

• 19 ac bures & villas • restaurant/bar/wine cellar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools • Namale Spa Sanctuary/fitness center • water sports/PADI 5-Star dive center • tennis courts/live entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi

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OUTRIGGER FIJI BEACH RESORT

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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.

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.

This authentic Fijian-style all-villa beachfront resort is acclaimed for its contemporary luxury, exquisite cuisine, and personalized service. Step into spacious accommodations with Balinese design, private pools, and private terraces with ocean views.

• 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

• 252 ac rooms & suites with balconies/47 ac bungalows with verandas • 5 restaurants/6 bars/live entertainment • 2 outdoor lagoon pools • Bebe Spa/fitness center • adults-only Vahavu Pool & Bistro • kids club

• 28 ac suites & villas • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service/ butler & nanny service • outdoor infinity pool • Lomana Spa/fitness center • water sports • kids club

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FIJI HIDEAWAY RESORT & SPA

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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.

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 open to balconies with ocean or garden views; villas have their own kitchen, dining area, and private pool.

• 34 ac bures • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • Wai Spa • water sports/ PADI dive center • tennis/tours & excursions

• 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 • Dream On Spa • live entertainment • complimentary kids club/kids activities/kids stay free 16 and under • marina

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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 who love snorkeling, game fishing, kayaking, and more.

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.

Experience the best of Fiji at this intimate hillside boutique resort that welcomes guests into breezy guest accommodations featuring jetted tubs and private balconies with mountain or ocean views. After a day of play, rejuvenate at the spa.

• 11 ac studio vales & 9 Vale Balavu rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • outdoor pool/sundeck • day spa • reception & boutique • water sports/ SSI & PADI dive center • game & deep sea fishing

• 30 bures • restaurant/bar/swim-up pool bar • concierge • outdoor beachfront lagoon pool • spa services • water sports/PADI dive center • outdoor cinema

• 50 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • Senibua Spa • water sports/ PADI dive center • kids playground & activities

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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.

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.

• 18 ac bures • restaurant/bar/private dining • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Baravi Beachfront Spa • PADI dive center/water sports • kids club (special weeks only)

• 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

• 4 villas & 8 bures • restaurant/bar • massage services • water sports/ PADI dive center nearby • hand line fishing/cave trips/excursions

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Take a magical journey aboard the Fiji Princess through the stunning Yasawa Islands. This boutique cruise lets you see the ‘real’ Fiji, where you’ll visit a traditional Fijian village, swim in crystal clear lagoons and gaze out on idyllic tropical scenes you previously thought only existed in the movies! All shore excursions and meals are included.

Fiji’s premium helicopter and charter airline service, Island Hoppers specializes in efficient and reliable air transfers for passengers to maximize their “Island Time.” Meet and greet with private lounge facilities offering Wi-Fi and cold drinks. Board a scenic flight to your destination in the Mamanucas, Coral Coast, Yasawas, and beyond. Fixed-wing flights to Savusavu and Taveuni in the Northern Islands offer leather seats, air conditioning, and large passenger windows for another great scenic flight over Fiji.

Pacific Island Air offers helicopter, seaplane and airplane services from Nadi Airport to all Fiji islands. Flights operate daily on a per seat basis to the Mamanucas, Yasawas, and Coral Coast; all other destinations are on private charter only. Flights operate during daylight hours only. Scenic flights, day trips, and medivac services are also provided.

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SEASPRAY FULL DAY SAILING ADVENTURE

SOUTH SEA ISLAND

Denarau / Captain Cook Cruises

Denarau / 9 Hours / South Sea Cruises

Denarau / Half Day or Full Day / South Sea Cruises

Captain Cook Cruises transforms Fiji vacations into voyages of discovery. The Fiji islands offer tropical beauty and diversity, and there are 330 islands to discover! Learn to dive, swim in the blue lagoon, discover ancient limestone caves, snorkel spectacular coral reefs, visit traditional villages and meet the locals with four different itineraries for three, four, or seven nights aboard Reef Endeavour, a 130-passenger mini cruise ship.

Explore the beautiful beaches, lagoons, and crystal waters of the Mamanuca Islands aboard the magnificent classic schooner Seaspray. Wander the uninhabited island of Modriki 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.

Board a high-speed catamaran and enjoy a full or half day on a private, uninhabited South Sea 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.

SUNSET DINNER CRUISE

TIVUA ISLAND DAY CRUISE

GIANT ZIP LINE FIJI TOUR

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Denarau / 4 Hours / Pacific Destinations

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.

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.

Jump into high-flying adventure at Fiji’s famous Sleeping Giant Mountain in Sabeto Valley, where you can soar on five zip-lines ranging from 250-500 feet. The course is created to fill the senses with anticipation and excitement in a safe and fun environment for the whole family. This eco-friendly adventure park features amazing waterfalls, ancient rain trees and jungle vines, lacy ferns, wild coffee plants, tropical fruit trees, beautiful butterflies, and colorful orchids and parrots.

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pacific Islands

cook islands / new caledonia / samoa / tonga LET THE PRISTINE CHARM OF THESE ISLANDS CAPTURE YOUR SPIRIT AND WARM YOUR HEART

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 • Snorkel and get up-close with humpback whales in Tongan waters. • Paddle out at Aganoa Beach (Savaii, Samoa), and challenge the waves just 50-100 yards from shore!

Romance •

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.

• 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.

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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. 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.

Get In & Get Going 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.

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.

Local Flavor Rise early and visit the Maketi Fou on Fugalei Street in Apia, Samoa, to sample local flavors and enjoy a refreshing tropical juice.

Umu for 2 In Tonga, sit down for succulent local fresh vegetables, cooked in earth ovens called umus, and served with, of course, kava…

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Avg. Rainfall (inches) 9.8 9 10.6 7.3 6.3 4.3 4.2 4.9 4.6 4.9 6 8.7

Explore beyond the protected marine sanctuary in Port Vila to see impressive wrecks, such as the

Star of Russia, the Konanda, an ex-Qantas Sandringham “flying boat,” and the luxury liner SS President Coolidge.

Walk the Walk 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.

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Wallis Islands Futuna

Espiritu Santo

VANUATU Efate Port Vila

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VANUA LEVU

Savai’i Upolu APIA

Niuafo’ou

Pacific Ocean

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AITUTAKI LAGOON RESORT & SPA

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Aitutaki

Discover a sanctuary of romance, refinement, and luxury at this boutique resort on the sandy white shores of breathtaking Aitutaki Lagoon. Secluded beachfront hideaways feature marble tiled bathrooms, and front porches directly on 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 horizons – the quintessential South Pacific experience.

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.

• 27 ac bungalows • restaurant/bar • room service • outdoor infinity pool • Tiare Spa • complimentary kayaks & snorkeling gear • life enrichment activities

• 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

• 22 ac bungalows • restaurant/2 bars/beach bar/weekly BBQ • 2 outdoor freshwater pools/sundeck • water sports • cultural entertainment

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ATIU VILLAS

RUMOURS LUXURY VILLAS & SPA

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Atiu

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Stroll out onto a white-sand beach with views to the blue horizon at this intimate, exclusive resort on Aitutaki Island. Spacious bungalows feature high ceilings and open onto private lanais. Go kayaking and paddle boarding, and soak up the glorious sun!

It doesn’t get much more exclusive than this intimate resort on Atiu Island, a quiet and relaxing environment amid tropical gardens. Individual villas are built of native timbers and open onto private verandas. It’s a short walk to the beach of your dreams.

Discerning travelers find ultimate seclusion and exclusivity at this stunning resort that opens onto one of the world’s great beaches. Step into elegant villas with four-poster beds, marble baths, full kitchens, private pools, courtyards, and private decks.

• 12 ac bungalows • restaurant/lounge • water sports • tour desk

• 6 villas • restaurant/lounge • outdoor saltwater pool • tennis/snorkeling/ bicycle rentals • tour desk

• 7 ac villas • complimentary breakfast/BBQ • room service • Waterfall Spa • water sports • tour desk

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TE VAKAROA VILLAS

SEA CHANGE VILLAS

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Rarotonga

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.

For those who value independence and privacy while relaxing and enjoying luxury surroundings, this exclusive villa complex opens onto white-sand Muri Beach. Set in tropical gardens, guest suites and villas have private pools.

This secluded property is set directly on Muri Beach, with unsurpassed views of Muri Lagoon and beyond to the South Pacific. Villas have Polynesian décor, plush bedding, full kitchens, large private verandas, and the latest tech amenities.

• 9 ac villas • water sports/bicycle rentals • tour desk

• 13 ac suites & villas • concierge • outdoor pool/sundeck • Te Manava Spa • water sports • access to facilities at Pacific Resort Rarotonga including kids club

• 6 ac 1- & 2-bedroom villas • complimentary breakfast daily • outdoor infinity pool • beachfront Jacuzzi & day bed gazebo • complimentary beach activities

NAUTILUS RESORT RAROTONGA

LITTLE POLYNESIAN RESORT

CROWN BEACH RESORT & SPA RAROTONGA

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Set on a pristine white-sand beach, this boutique resort is ideal for honeymooners and couples. Retreat to exquisite villas with modern Polynesian ambiance. Dine in two familystyle restaurants and dip into the freshwater pool.

This eco-friendly boutique beachfront resort is set against a beautiful mountain backdrop that melts into a crystal-clear lagoon. Retreat to premium luxury accommodations with saltwater plunge pools, outdoor stone showers, kitchens, and private decks.

Adults Only Nestled on the southern tip of Rarotonga overlooking the azure lagoon, this adults-only resort is a sophisticated playground. Serenity is certain, seclusion guaranteed, and romance everywhere. It’s unpretentious luxury on an idyllic beach.

• 36 ac villas & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor freshwater pool/sundeck • Spa Akiri/fitness center • dive center • daily entertainment

• 17 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Polynesian Spa • water sports • tour desk • kids concierge

• 14 ac rooms & bungalows • restaurant/bar/complimentary breakfast • concierge/room service • outdoor saltwater infinity pool/sundeck • water sports • close to cultural attractions, shops & restaurants

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MANUIA BEACH RESORT

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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.

Adults Only This adults-only boutique resort, with all the trimmings, is set on stunning Muri Beach with amenities and facilities designed to pamper! Take advantage of the spa, onsite shopping, tour desk, yoga, manager’s cocktail reception, and more.

• 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 • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa/salon • water sports • nightly entertainment • walking distance to cafés, shops, restaurants & cultural center

PACIFIC RESORT RAROTONGA

THE RAROTONGAN BEACH RESORT & SPA

SANCTUARY RAROTONGA – ON THE BEACH

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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 veranda with a sunset cocktail. Renowned for romantic sunset beach weddings.

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.

• 64 ac rooms, suites & villas • restaurant/café/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids 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

• 48 ac suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • outdoor pool • SpaPolynesia Luxe@Lime Blossom Villa/sauna/Jacuzzi • complimentary stand-up paddle boarding/snorkeling/kayaks/tennis/cultural activities • Wi-Fi

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SUNHAVEN BEACH BUNGALOWS

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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.

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.

An ideal getaway for couples seeking an intimate atmosphere, this adults-only resort opens directly onto the beach you’ve always dreamed about. Retreat to individual bungalows with kitchenettes and 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

• 22 ac bungalows • open-air restaurant/bar • Friday night happy hour/ Sunday BBQ • concierge • outdoor freshwater pool • motorbike rentals/ complimentary snorkels & kayaks • Wi-Fi access • guest laundry

• 8 rooms, suites & bungalows • BBQ • room service • outdoor freshwater pool/sundeck • water sports • library

LAGOON BREEZE VILLAS

CHÂTEAU ROYAL BEACH RESORT & SPA

ESCAPADE ISLAND RESORT

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New Caledonia

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.

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 heavenly lagoons. Go swimming and snorkeling, and rejuvenate at the spa!

Turquoise waters and white sands equal a South Seas dream at this secluded resort on Maitre Islet, featuring the only overwater bungalows in New Caledonia. Romantic bungalows have private balconies.

• 18 ac villas • breakfast café/bar/happy hour/3 BBQ areas • daily complimentary tropical breakfast • outdoor pool/kids pool • kayaks/ snorkeling gear • kids playground • Wi-Fi access

• 108 ac suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars/swim-up bar • outdoor pool/ sundeck • Aqua Royal Spa & Aquatonic Pool/24-hr fitness center • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 69 beach & over-water bungalows • restaurant/bar/pool bar • room service • outdoor pool/sundeck/private beach • spa services • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi

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A SELECTION OF Pacific Islands HOTELS and sightseeing HILTON NOUMEA LA PROMENADE RESIDENCES

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Directly across from l’Anse Vata Bay, this modern luxury apartment hotel is within easy walking distance of Nourmea’s restaurants and entertainment. Settle in to accommodations with private furnished balconies and spectacular lagoon views.

Surrounded by picturesque coconut palms and banyan trees, this deluxe boutique resort near Poindimie opens directly onto a dreamy beach. Drift away in a South Pacific reverie on the sands, and retreat to exquisite accommodations with private balconies or terraces.

Located on l’Anse Vata Bay opposite the beach, this multi-resort complex comprises three different wings (Le Parc, Nouvata, and Le Pacifique) surrounding a huge swimming pool. Spacious rooms, most with furnished balconies, overlook the pool or ocean.

• 160 ac suites • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool/sundeck • concierge/ room service • Olaxis Women’s Wellbeing Center/massage services/fitness center/Pilates • baby-sitting services • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 49 ac rooms & bungalows • restaurant/bar • room service • outdoor pool • massage services/salon • water sports/diving center • activity center/tennis/bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 303 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge • 2 outdoor pools/ kids pool/sundeck • salon • water sports/dive shop • complimentary Wi-Fi

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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.

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 luxurious oceanfront bungalows with private decks. Sip a cocktail while gazing at amazing sunsets.

• 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

• 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 • ocean view restaurant/2 bars • outdoor freshwater pool/sundeck • media & game room • facial/massage services • water sports/fishing/tours • Wi-Fi available

PUNAREI CULTURAL TOUR

VAKA CRUISE

CAPTAIN TAMA’S LAGOON CRUIZES

Aitutaki / 4 Hours

Aitutaki / 6 Hours

Rarotonga / 4.5 Hours

This is a unique opportunity for you to learn about the ancient culture, myths, legends, and traditional ways of the island of Aitutaki. The tour offers an interactive cultural experience, including a 4x4 safari tour of Aitutaki, traditional weaving and arts, and a traditional “umu” (earth oven) feast prepared by you before you head out on the island tour.

Cruise beautiful Aitutaki Lagoon on aboard beautiful Titi ai Tonga to three fantastic remote islets and a snorkeling area where you can feed tropical fish and see giant clams. Visit Akaiami, Moturakau, and One Foot Island. Relax, enjoy warm tropical waters, and be amazed by the natural beauty of Aitutaki’s world-famous lagoon.

Discover the protected lagoon of Rarotonga. Join the professional crew of Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruizes on board one of their glass-bottom boats and cruise out over the renowned Muri Lagoon to the inner reef area, teeming with tropical marine life. The cruise is followed by a BBQ fish lunch on Koromiri Island in Muri Lagoon. Tour guides entertain you during lunch with a pareu tying demonstration and some of the local traditions.

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RARO SAFARI TOURS

SAMOA SCENIC TOURS

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Rarotonga / 4 Hours

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Highland Paradise Cultural Centre is a cultural feast of Cook Islands entertainment and spiritual experiences. Visit authentic historical sites in this mountain village refuge that lay forgotten for 150 years. Restored sacred areas and traditional buildings recreate the ambiance and spirituality of the place where our ancestors lived, loved, fought, and died. Enjoy an experience of drumming, singing, dancing, storytelling, and umu (underground oven) feasts just as they were more than 600 years ago on this very site.

Join an exciting adventure into the interior of the island of Rarotonga and visit some of the island’s more remote places. This must-do tour is a great way to really get a feel for the lay of the land. Take the 4WD safari tour on the inland roads and to the heights of Rarotonga for breathtaking views and scenery. Your tour guides provide commentary on historic, cultural, and traditional uses of flora and fauna.

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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australia/fiji combo tour 13 Days / 12 Nights AUSTRALIA • FIJI Day 7: Phillip Island Join a small group eco tour to explore Phillip Island’s natural attractions. Learn about native bush tucker on a guided walking tour before enjoying your delicious lunch. Visit the acclaimed Koala Conservation Centre, and also sample the region’s finest wines plus a selection of the finest Gippsland cheeses at the Phillip Island Winery. Head to the island’s coast to 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, where you will enjoy upgraded viewing at the exclusive Penguins Plus boardwalk.

Day 8: Melbourne Discover the charm of Melbourne on a city tour that includes Captain Cook’s Cottage, Queen Victoria Market, Fitzroy Gardens, and Albert Park, home to the Australian Grand Prix. Stroll the Royal Botanic Gardens, and see the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Federation Square. Visit the Shrine of Remembrance and see the Southbank waterfront precinct, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Princess and Regent theatres. Cross the Bolte Bridge for great city views. Hop on board a Melbourne River cruise and experience the sights of Melbourne from the beautiful Yarra River. Cruise past picturesque gardens and parklands, plus some of the famous sporting arenas.

Day 9: Melbourne – Fiji Arrive at Fiji’s Coral Coast.

Day 10: Fiji

Sydney Harbour Bridge at dusk

Relax on the beach or take a zip-line adventure!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Sydney city tour • Sydney Opera House tour • Great Barrier Reef cruise & fly • Daintree Rainforest • Phillip Island Penguin Parade • Melbourne city tour • Sigatoka River Safari • Mamanuca Islands boat tour

Day 1: Sydney

Day 4: Great Barrier Reef

On arrival at Sydney Airport, transfer to your hotel. Use your 24-hour Hop-On/Hop-Off Harbour Explorer Day Pass to enjoy the complete Sydney Harbour experience, with freedom to disembark and explore up to seven famous city attractions, or take the 1-1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary. Afterwards, you’re free to wander around Darling Harbour and have dinner at one of the many restaurants.

Join a cruise/fly tour of this World Heritage Site, and take a luxury catamaran to the platform for a semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour, reef presentation by a marine biologist, buffet lunch, fish feeding, snorkeling, and more. Return to Port Douglas via scenic helicopter flight.

Day 2: Sydney In the morning, take the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb to the summit of this iconic structure for awesome views of the harbor and city. The, join the Bondi Beach and Sydney Sights tour through The Rocks and take in views of the Opera House, Hyde Park, St Marys Cathedral, Parliament House, and the Art Gallery, as well as stop at Mrs Macquaries Chair for more magnificent views. Then, stop off at Bondi Beach for a magnificent sunny afternoon on the sands! Then, enjoy dinner in The Rocks.

Day 3: Sydney – Port Douglas Tour the Sydney Opera House in the morning, then fly in the afternoon to Cairns and transfer to Port Douglas for your hotel.

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Day 5: Daintree Rainforest Embark on a tour of the breathtaking Daintree Rainforest; your guide will explain the history of the rainforest and the importance of its diverse wildlife. Join the Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Walk at Mossman Gorge, followed by lunch at Silky Oaks Lodge. Embark on a Daintree River cruise, then explore Port Douglas on a short tour. Morning and afternoon refreshments are included.

Day 6: Port Douglas – Melbourne Fly to Melbourne in the afternoon, then proceed to soak up a spectacular aerial view with a visit to Eureka Skydeck 88, the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. You’ll see Port Phillip Bay and the rolling Dandenong Ranges in the distance. You can upgrade to experience “The Edge,” a moving glass-bottomed cube that lets you hover over the city streets 88 floors below!

Day 11: Fiji Gear up for Fiji’s original jet-boat safari, the Sigatoka River Safari, and enjoy a half-day adventure into the heart and soul of Fiji aboard a custom-built safari jet boat. Travel along the Sigatoka River to visit authentic Fijian villages and experience a day in the life of the real kaiviti (Fijian). To bring the safari to life, a driver/guide is assigned to each group and introduces passengers to the rich culture of the Fijian people, and shares the history, customs, and legends of the area.

Day 12: Fiji Board the magnificent classic 83-foot schooner Seaspray for a day exploring the crystal-clear waters, beautiful beaches, and lagoons of the Mamanuca Islands. Help set the sails, take the helm, or just laze around on deck. You’ll anchor off Modriki, where you can go ashore to explore this uninhabited island with magnificent beaches and snorkeling. On Yanuya, visit a traditional Fijian island village. You’ll be welcomed ashore with a Kava ceremony, then have the chance to explore the village and meet the locals. Passengers travel to and from Mana Island onboard the fast catamaran (where you transfer directly to Seaspray) so as to maximize the sailing time amongst the most beautiful island areas.

Day 12: Fiji Spend the morning in the spa or at the beach before an evening flight back to the USA.

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new zealand/cook islands combo tour 13 Days / 12 Nights NEW ZEALAND • COOK ISLANDS tourist destination. Travel in comfort through rugged mountain terrain past the quiet town of Te Anau. The glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the skyline. Journey through the Southern Alps and along the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls, and one of only a few roadaccessible glacier valleys in New Zealand. You’ll also see stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain. Travel through the Homer Tunnel, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids. Next, set off on a scenic catamaran cruise on Milford Sound. Travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls as well as dramatic Mitre Peak. After the cruise, board a coach to Te Anau.

Day 7: Queenstown Explore Queenstown on your own, then take a journey up the Skyline Gondola to the restaurant lounge, where you’ll be greeted by an experienced stargazing guide. After a quick orientation, the tour will begin with a short walk to the star-viewing platform on top of Bob’s Peak.

Day 7: Queenstown – Rarotonga (Cook Islands) Fly from Queenstown to Rarotonga – due to the Cook Islands’ location next to the International Date Line, on most flights you’ll actually arrive the day before you left!

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Auckland city tour • Waitomo Glowworm Caves • Rotorua tour • Queenstown cruise on Lake Wakatipu • Milford Sound coach tour & cruise • Queenstown Skyline Gondola • Rarotonga island tour & cruise • Aitutaki lagoon & cruise • Honeymoon Island & One Foot Island

Day 1: Auckland On arrival at Auckland Airport, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Auckland Get acquainted with Auckland on a half-day tour starting in the city center and traveling along famous Queen Street to eclectic and historic Karangahape Road and through fashionable Ponsonby Village. Cross over the famous Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline. Visit Viaduct Harbour before continuing to Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park. Explore Parnell Village, where historic buildings have been transformed into trendy boutiques and specialty shops. Travel along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, and drink in panoramic views of the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland city, and Waitemata Harbour before returning to downtown Auckland.

Day 3: Auckland – Rotorua Travel from Auckland and into the rich farmlands of the Waikato and King Country Regions. You’ll see Rangiriri, site of a historic Maori Land Wars battle site, and Ngaruawahia, home to the Maori King. Upon arrival at Waitomo, enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Glowworm Caves. The tour continues with a boat ride through

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the Glowworm Grotto. Then, pass through beautiful Fitzgerald Glade and the quaint town of Tirua. A delicious picnic-style lunch is served on the bus as you make your way to Rotorua.

Day 4: Rotorua Join a guided tour of Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. At Rainbow Springs Nature Park, enjoy a guided tour showcasing native wildlife including the New Zealand Kiwi. Finally, get a glimpse into New Zealand’s proud agricultural heritage at the Agrodome with an entertaining sheep show including a shearing display and sheepdog trial.

Day 5: Rotorua – Queenstown Board the modern, spacious, purpose-built catamaran Spirit of Queenstown for a premium cruising experience on Lake Wakatipu, and enjoy a return cruise to Mt. Nicholas High Country Station. Stop at Bob’s Cove to view flora and fauna up-close, and enjoy spectacular views looking up towards Glenorchy, Mt. Earnslaw, the Southern Alps, and the Remarkables mountain range.

Day 6: Queenstown Depart Queenstown for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most famous

Day 7: Rarotonga Spend the day at the beach, or join a scuba excursion.

Day 8: Rarotonga Join the Island Explorer tour, with your choice of an adventurous 4x4 or cycling tour – or relax on the coach as you explore the scenery. Cap off the perfect day with a sunset cruise.

Day 9: Rarotonga – Aitutaki Fly from Rarotonga to Aitutaki. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 10: Aitutaki Board a cruise boat to visit Honeymoon Island, a long stretch of white sand with young coconut trees taking growth at its highest point. It’s a magical spot with picture postcard views of the lagoon and the main island. You can hand-feed schools of banded damsels and butterfly fish, and see giant clams in their natural habitat. Continue on to One Foot Island, where you’ll enjoy a fresh fish BBQ lunch. Here you can also mail postcards from what is the world’s only registered post office that’s located on an uninhabited island. Also, bring your passport and have it stamped with the One Foot Island stamp.

Days 11-12: Aitutaki Spend your days in the sun on some of the world’s great beaches!

Day 13: Aitutaki Fly home or to your next destination.

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