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Australia & New Zealand Inspiring Journeys 2016

Anangu Dot Painting, Uluru


Australia & New Zealand Travelling has the power to change us, to excite us and enrich our lives in so many ways. It’s not just about the places you go, it’s also about the people you go with, the experiences you share, the memories you create together and the stories you write along the way. We aim to do things a little differently to inspire you to return home with a new zest for life, a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Everyone has a story, we’d love you to start your next chapter on an Inspiring Journey.

Our Inspiring Journeys through Australia and New Zealand will take you off the beaten track with rich and immersive experiences in an intimate small group setting. You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with gourmet cuisine to match. We offer the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of holiday planning, and just enough flexibility to shape your journey with a choice of optional experiences. Our expert Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides will take care of everything so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey.


Our small group experiences offer an intimate style of travel.


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Your Journey Accommodation We’ve hand-picked accommodation that’s situated in both beautiful and unique locations where there is a real sense of connection between nature and the destination, like Cicada Lodge, Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge and the Henry Jones Art Hotel. Accommodation will vary from cabins and private safari quarters, to lodges and hotels, depending on the location. In some very remote areas where accommodation options are limited, the accommodation standard may be slightly lower but nonetheless we believe the quality of the experience and the remote nature of the destination far outweighs any material comforts.

Travel in Style You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles depending on the destination. Our fully air-conditioned modern fleet are equipped with reclining seats, seat belts and footrests, panoramic windows, an on-board restroom, two-door access, and state-of-the-art technology including DVD player, GPS and PA systems.

Meals On your Inspiring Journey you’ll enjoy a variety of quality fare, from specially tailored degustation menus, gourmet barbecues, picnic lunches and unique dining experiences. We guarantee you’ll experience innovative menus using local produce, and things you’ve never tried before. Breakfast is included daily, as are some lunches and most dinners. While many evening meals are included, we understand that on occasion you may prefer to seek out a local restaurant.

The Finishing Touches You’ll receive a travel wallet and luggage tag as you start your Inspiring Journey. Plus, we’ll give you a map to follow your journey as a memento of your vacation.

Complimentary Refreshments We’ve thought of everything to make your journey as comfortable as possible. You can help yourself to complimentary drinks and snacks on board as you please.

Transfers Complimentary arrival and departure transfers are provided between designated airports and AAT Kings hotels on scheduled start and end days of your Inspiring Journey.

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Our people connect you to the landscapes, stories and unique characters of each destination.

Your Group

Small Group When you start your Inspiring Journey, you’ll be welcomed into a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers, with no children under 12 years of age. Travelling in a smaller group allows our team to provide you with a more personalised service. It also means that we can take you to different areas and offer you unique experiences on your itinerary that may not otherwise be possible in a larger group. The people you meet on an Inspiring Journey will set the foundation for creating great memories. You’ll have plenty of time to strengthen existing friendships, as well get to know your fellow travellers, socialise and make new friends.

Your Experience

Our People Not only will you create long-lasting friendships with your fellow travellers, our experienced team will bring your journey to life. When you’re away from home, you need to know you can rely on someone with all the answers; someone who will look after all your needs. We pride ourselves on having the friendliest, happiest and most experienced Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides. Our people live and breathe the local culture and essence of each destination. With their unique personality, not only will they share their expert knowledge, their undeniable passion will inspire you. We’ll tell you fascinating stories which connect you to the distinct landscapes, diverse culture and local characters along the way.

Destinations We offer a variety of Inspiring Journeys that travel to various parts of Australia from the Top End to the Red Centre, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

Free Time We understand that you also need some time to yourself and for this reason we offer a slower paced itinerary with free time set aside for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Length of Journey Choose an Inspiring Journey that best suits the time you have available. Whether it’s a long weekend away or a once in a lifetime vacation, we offer a variety of journeys that range from 3 to 22 days.

Optional Experiences We offer the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of vacation planning, and just enough flexibility to shape your journey. We have carefully selected a range of optional experiences that we know will enrich your journey.


Australia

Kakadu’s

Ancient Secrets 5 days  |  MNDD  |  Darwin Return at Gunlom Falls • Swim overlooking Kakadu in a three course meal on • Indulge a Katherine Gorge dinner cruise in Mataranka’s natural • Soak Thermal Pool in luxury accommodation • Stay at Cicada Lodge Nourlangie for spectacular • Climb views over Kakadu National Park a stunning sunset • Experience at Ubirr in luxury at Wildman • Relax Wilderness Lodge a safari cruise on • Experience the Mary River

off road on the Marrakai • Get 4WD track off with a refreshing dip • Cool at Wangi Falls picnic lunches in secluded • Enjoy locations off the beaten track refreshments • Complimentary along the way • Small group experience • Maximum 20 guests From

$2595USD $3195 CAD

Per person twin share

Itinerary As this Inspiring Journey departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. Day 1: Darwin – Litchfield – Mary River Welcome to Darwin! This morning, meet your local Driver Guide and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to begin a journey of discovery in the Top End. Travel across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park. You’ll enjoy a swim to cool of f at tumbling Florence Falls and you’ll also visit Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom. Get ready for a cross-country journey via the unsealed Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible), through cattle stations and back country to the Mary River region. Late-afternoon you’ll arrive at Wildman Wilderness Lodge, where you’ll stay in private permanent safari tents. Situated in the Mary River Wetlands and renowned for its incredible wildlife, the property seamlessly combines comfort and chic with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The lodge is the definition of ‘outback luxury’. Enjoy a beverage while the sun sets over the floodplains and after dinner maybe sit back with a nightcap by the fire pit. Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River. L D Day 2: Mary River – Kakadu Wake up to the evocative sounds of the floodplains.


There’s something about the serenity of floating down the ancient waterways that cleanses the spirit.

Head out to Corroboree Billabong and enjoy a wonderful wildlife cruise. You’ll join a local guide on a safari-style boat to see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles. Next stop is Australia’s largest National Park – Kakadu. World Heritage listed, as both a cultural and natural sanctuary, Kakadu National Park is an Australian icon. Visit park headquarters, Bowali Visitors Centre then check in to your hotel where the buildings are shaped to represent a crocodile – the region’s most famous resident! Relax and unwind with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s shaded outdoor pool or even wander through the on-site art gallery before you join your Driver Guide on a sun set walk at Ubirr rock art site. You’ll see ancient rock art and take a walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point, Nadab lookout. An Ubirr sunset is something that has to be seen to be believed, you will remember it forever. Return to your hotel for a delicious dinner. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru. B L D Day 3: Kakadu – Katherine Gorge If you’re an early riser there’s a chance to take an early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land, or perhaps you might just want to sleep in before your day of activities. This morning you’ll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art. You’ll also hear first-hand from your Driver Guide a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich

Aboriginal culture as you explore various outdoor ‘galleries’. Later you’ll veer off the sealed road and onto a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls. You’ll have time to take a hike to the top of the falls for a splash in the natural plunge pool where you’re rewarded with spectacular views over the National Park. This afternoon you continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park. Hotel: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights. B L D Day 4: Katherine Today meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional song on the didgeridoo. Manual was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He’ll share with you stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up the inner artist within you and paint your own masterpiece to take home! Journey to Mataranka for a swim in the relaxing natural spring fed thermal pool. The pool is said to have the power to soothe your aches and pains and bubbles up at a fairly constant 34 degrees. Just glorious! This evening, relax on a special dinner cruise along Katherine River. You’ll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people.

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Enjoy the peaceful ambiance during the candle-lit three course dinner cooked on board your boat. B L D Day 5: Katherine – Farewell from Darwin This morning, either have a lie in or grab a canoe for a paddle on the river (seasonal). It’s the most relaxing way to experience the National Park, completely immersed in nature in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Edith Falls for a relaxing dip. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was headquarters to a large military base and a cemetery was created for those who gave their lives in the service of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin (flights to depart after 8:00pm). B L Why not link your Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets journey with our Colour of Red journey in the Red Centre? The perfect 10 days away! Ask your Travel Agent for details.

$2595 / $3195 USD /CAD Per Person Twin Share

$3440 / $4240 Single

2016

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End Apr 28 May 12 May 19 May 26 Jun 02 Jun 09 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30

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Dates are also available for 2017. Ask your Travel Agent for details.


Feel the sacred heartbeat of Australia as it echoes across the red desert plains.

The Colour of Red

5 days  |  CRUA  |  Ayers Rock to Alice Springs

• Explore the domes of Kata Tjuta • Hike through Walpa Gorge Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet • canapés and wine • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise • Discover Aboriginal rock art at Uluru about Uluru’s sacred sights with • Learn an Aboriginal Guide ‘Under a Desert Moon’ at Kings • Dine Canyon Resort to the top of Kings Canyon for • Hike magnificent views Henbury Meteorites • Visit Conservation Reserve • Discover Rainbow Valley • Visit the Ochre Pits • Take a dip in Ellery Creek Big Hole

Available in reverse direction Code: CRAU

• Explore fascinating Standley Chasm an exclusive dining • Experience experience under the stars at Simpsons Gap

School of the Air & the • Visit Royal Flying Doctor Service traditional bush foods & • Taste experience a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony in Alice Springs

• Small group experience • Maximum 20 guests From

$2175 USD $2695 CAD Per person twin share

Itinerary Day 1: Welcome to Ayers Rock On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 1.00pm). This afternoon you’ll meet your Driver Guide and fellow travellers and then take a short drive to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. You’ll learn about Tjukurpa, the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the Anangu (traditional owners) and their ancestors. Travelling to the domes of Kata Tjuta, you’ll join your Driver Guide for a walk through Walpa Gorge. The large, steep dome-like formations of Kata Tjuta are amazing to walk through and have great cultural significance for the Anangu people. As the sun sets, enjoy sparkling wine and gourmet canapés at Uluru. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at Ilkari Restaurant. Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort. D Day 2: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon Begin the day with a sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the fantastic Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. Then it’s time to get orientated with Uluru on a drive around the ancient monolith, listening to your Driver Guide’s insights. Take a walk around the base, where you’ll hear timeless stories, see rock art and visit Mutitjulu


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Waterhole, once a water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. As the heat of the day begins to approach, we’ll head towards Kings Canyon and view the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia – Atila (Mt. Conner). Stop at Kings Creek Station. Established in 1982 by Lyn and Ian Conway, it runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. This evening you’re treated to the unique dining experience, ‘Under a Desert Moon’, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the southern night sky (weather permitting). Enjoy sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four course meal, a truly unique dining experience. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort. B D

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, today you’re off on a 6km Kings Canyon sunrise rim walk. If you’d prefer a more relaxed pace, you can opt for a walk along the canyon creek bed. Afterwards it’s off the beaten track, travelling to the Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve. Next stop is Rainbow Valley, famous for its sandstone bluffs and cliff faces that form part of the James Range. Continue to Alice Springs. Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights. B L D Day 4: West MacDonnell Ranges The West MacDonnell Ranges are the ideal place to

experience the geology, land forms and a variety of native flora and fauna. You’ll take a walk to dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. There’ll be time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole and to explore the Ochre Pits. Learn about ochre’s importance, having been used for thousands of years by the Aboriginal people for medicinal and magical purposes. This afternoon you’ll also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this facility provides medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia. Tonight you’ll enjoy an incredible dinner experience in a bush setting. Have a drink and walk around before dinner as the sun is setting, changing the colours of the rock. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and features some traditional bush food. Your host, Bob, will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way. B L D

of Red Inspiring Journey comes to an end. You’ll be transferred to Alice Springs Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 12.30pm). B

Day 5: Farewell from Alice Springs Alice Springs has a really interesting heritage and your Driver Guide will share what life is like in such an isolated Australian town. Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station before your Colour

Jul 12 Jul 16 Jul 26 Jul 30 Aug 09 Aug 13 Aug 23 Aug 27 Sep 06 Sep 10 Sep 20 Sep 24 Oct 04 Oct 08

Why not link your Colour of Red journey with our Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets journey in the Top End? The perfect 10 days away! Ask your Travel Agent for details.

From Ayers Rock Code: CRUA

From Alice Springs Code: CRAU

Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

$2175 / $2695 USD /CAD $2730 / $3380 USD /CAD Single

2016

Start Apr 19 May 03 May 17 May 31 Jun 14 Jun 28

End Apr 23 May 07 May 21 Jun 04 Jun 18 Jul 02

$2275 / $2795 USD /CAD Per Person Twin Share

$2905 / $3575 USD /CAD Single

$2175 / $2695 USD /CAD $2730 / $3380 USD /CAD

Single

2016

Start Apr 15 May 13 May 27 Jun 10 Jun 24

End Apr 19 May 17 May 31 Jun 14 Jun 28

$2275 / $2795 USD /CAD Per Person Twin Share

$2905 / $3575 USD /CAD Single

Jul 08 Jul 12 Jul 22 Jul 26 Aug 05 Aug 09 Aug 19 Aug 23 Sep 02 Sep 06 Sep 16 Sep 20 Sep 30 Oct 04 Oct 14 Oct 18

Dates are also available for 2017. Ask your Travel Agent for details.


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Tasmanian Harvest

7 days  |  HCLL  |  Hobart to Launceston in luxury boutique • Stay accommodation yourself in MONA’s • Immerse evocative art delicious local wine at • Taste Moorilla Estate • Explore colourful Salamanca Market • Discover the alcohol history of Hobart • Taste fresh shucked oysters • Indulge your senses on Bruny Island back in time at historic • Step Shene Estate World Heritage listed • Visit Brickendon Estate a country picnic at • Enjoy Quamby Estate • Taste 41˚ South Salmon

• Visit 7 Sheds micro brewery a Hunter and • Experience Gatherer dinner around Dove Lake at • Hike Cradle Mountain whisky at Hellyers • Taste Road Distillery complimentary • Enjoy refreshments along the way • Small group experience • Maximum 16 guests From

$3075 USD $3825 CAD

Per person twin share

Itinerary Day 1: Welcome to Hobart Welcome to Hobart (flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm). You’ll be transferred to The Henry Jones Art Hotel, a superb first class hotel that seamlessly combines antique and ultra-modern styling and showcases the work of Tasmania’s visual artists. Meet your Driver Guide and travelling companions before setting out on a cruise down the Derwent River for an afternoon of wine tasting and cultural regeneration at Hobart’s newest and most fascinating attraction, MONA. You’ll taste Moorilla Estate’s fine wines from the tank before letting loose in the evocative MONA gallery. Afterwards, get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious 3 course degustation dinner at The Source Restaurant. Hotel: The Henry Jones Art Hotel, 3 nights. D Day 2: Salamanca Market – Hobart Sights This morning is all yours, free to enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, colour and action of Salamanca Market. Explore the market stalls, wander through the historic sandstone warehouses discovering innovative Tasmanian arts and crafts, and delight in the taste and aroma of freshly baked goods and local produce. This afternoon you’ll join a walking tour with a focus on Hobart’s early colonial days and the fascinating


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Tassie will delight your senses and leave you spellbound with its fresh country air, opulent grand estates and exquisite local produce.

role alcohol consumption played. You’ll taste wines from several Tasmanian wine regions at the Gasworks Cellar Door, sample some fine Tasmanian Whisky and finish off with a cooling cider from a local craft cider house. B

Day 3: Bruny Island Discover the best of Bruny Island on a tour of the spectacular landscapes, gourmet produce and inspiring local people. After a short ferry ride, your first stop will be the Bruny Island Cheese Company. Next it’s on to Get Shucked to sample freshly shucked pacific oysters, followed by an al fresco morning tea. Bruny Island truly does provide Tasmania’s ultimate wilderness experience. You’ll have the opportunity to see white wallabies, native wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. Take a beach walk to enjoy the fresh unspoiled air before visiting Australia’s southern-most vineyard at lunch time with a visit to Bruny Island House of Whisky, before you take the ferry back to the mainland. It’s sure to be a day to remember. B L Day 4: Hobart – Quamby Estate Today is all about grand estates and bygone eras. This morning take a short trip to visit Shene Estate. Shene’s custodian, Anne Kernke, is incredibly passionate about sharing the rich and colourful past of the estate by throwing open the doors and inviting you to look, touch and be inspired by the

stunning property. Very different to Shene is World Heritage Listed Brickendon Estate, an original convict working farm, and 7 generations on is still owned and operated by the Archer family. Take a walk through the stunning grounds, reminiscent of a quaint English garden, with ducks and geese waddling their way around the original timber barns and cottages. Spend the next two nights at Quamby Estate, an iconic country manor situated on 150 acres of picture perfect landscape. Quamby has rediscovered the lost art of picnics! On arrival, grab a picnic blanket and a basket full of goodies and take yourself off to a private patch of paradise. Just magic! Hotel: Quamby Estate, 2 nights. B L D

Day 5: Meander Valley Today’s journey will take you through the Meander Valley, known for its produce and farm-gate sellers. You’ll visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for morning tea then 41° South Salmon & Ginseng Farm, where you’ll join the Pyka family to hear how they came to be salmon farmers when they arrived in Australia from Germany. Next it’s off to a little town called Railton, to visit Willie Simpson and Catherine Stark at their micro-brewery and enjoy a guided tour through their 7 Sheds Brewery and hop garden. Back at Quamby Estate, tonight you’ll sit down to a special Hunter and Gatherers dinner crafted by the estate’s Executive Chef. B D

Day 6: Cradle Mountain This morning it’s time to explore Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Driver Guide for a walk around Dove Lake before choosing how you spend your afternoon. For those that want a more challenging hike, head to Marion’s Lookout, or if you’d like a leisurely meander back to Cradle Mountain Lodge through the wild ancient forests, you can follow the purpose built boardwalks. Tonight have a delicious meal at Highlands Restaurant. Hotel: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. B L D Day 7: Farewell from Launceston Today you head towards Launceston via Tasmania’s rugged North Coast. In Burnie you’ll stop at Hellyers Road Distillery for a Whisky Walk. After a lunch stop, continue along the coast with views of Bass Strait before you arrive in Launceston, where your indulgent Inspiring Journey comes to an end. You’ll be transferred to Launceston Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 5.00pm). B L

$3075 / $3825 USD/CAD

$3125 / $3875 USD/CAD

$4020 / $4995 USD/CAD

$4080 / $5055 USD/CAD

Per Person Twin Share Single

2016

Start End Feb 26 Mar 03 Apr 01 Apr 07

Per Person Twin Share Single

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Start End Sep 16 Sep 22 Oct 21 Oct 27 Nov 25 Dec 01 Dates are also available for 2017. Ask your Travel Agent for details.


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Itinerary As this Inspiring Journey departs at 8.15am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. Day 1: Hobart – Freycinet National Park Depart Hobart for the scenic journey from Hobart to Coles Bay, taking in wide panoramas of the Freycinet Peninsula across Great Oyster Bay. A morning tea break is taken at the historic Spiky Bridge near Swansea. On arrival at Coles Bay board the Naturaliste for a spectacular sea cruise down the western length of the peninsula to Schouten Island, the southern-most part of Freycinet National Park (weather permitting). After a picnic lunch, there is a walk up Bear Hill for magnificent views, or fishing for flathead in Schouten Passage with our coxswain Shep. The boat returns to Coles Bay and you’ll be transferred to Friendly Beaches Lodge to relax and enjoy a dinner of fresh fish and fine wine, all to the rhythm of the waves on Friendly Beaches. Hotel: Friendly Beaches Lodge, 3 nights. L D

Tassie Trails Freycinet Experience Walk 4 days  |  HFEW  |  Hobart Return

• World class guided hiking depth exploration of Freycinet • InNational Park • Luxury lodge accommodation • Scenic boat cruises • Delicious food & wine transfers to and • Daily from walking locations • Small group experience • Maximum 10 guests

Level: Moderate • Fitness Walk up to 15kms daily • Experienced eco guides

From

$ 1919 USD $2379 CAD Per person twin share

Day 2: Freycinet National Park Take a peaceful walk from Bryan’s Beach, through sclerophyll forests to the renowned Wineglass Bay. Here you can enjoy a swim in the crystalline waters before climbing to the bay’s lookout for spectacular views. Back at the lodge, you’ll enjoy refreshing hot showers before drinks and dinner. B L D Day 3: Freycinet National Park Today explore the fascinating geology of White Water Wall and little Bluestone Bay, climbing to the bay’s cliff tops and walking through pristine bushland. This headland is home to native plants including the giant Xanthorea. Walk along the white sands of Friendly Beaches before returning to the lodge. B L D Day 4: Freycinet National Park – Farewell from Hobart Take an optional walk along the fossil-rich ridgeline of Mt. Mary to Saltwater Lagoon, a nesting ground for black swans and pelicans. After brunch you’ll arrive at Isaac’s Point via Friendly Beaches for the trip back to Hobart, where your Inspiring Journey concludes. You’ll be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 6.30pm). B L Departs November – April Tuesday & Friday Single price is available on request.

This itinerary is operated by a third party.


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Itinerary As this Inspiring Journey departs at 7.50am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. Day 1: Launceston – Forester Beach Camp After introductions you’ll journey to Mt. William National Park to begin your walk at Boulder Point. Eat lunch in the company of native birds, interesting shells and marine artifacts on one of the pristine beaches nestled into the coastline. Spend this evening in semi-permanent tents. Enjoy dinner on the deck while soaking up the atmosphere of the idyllic location. Hotel: Forester Beach Camp. L D Day 2: Bay of Fires Walk south in the solitude, absorbing the magnificent coastal panorama. Walking along ridgelines of sanddunes, enjoy views across heathlands and to the east, the ocean. Lunch is at a sheltered cove behind the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. Spend time in the seclusion of beaches and coves that lead to the majestic Bay of Fires Lodge. This evening relax at the lodge, where your meals, prepared by your hosts, are accompanied by fine Tasmanian wine and beer. Hotel: Bay of Fires Lodge, 2 nights. B L D

Tassie Trails

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk 4 days  |  BOFW  |  Launceston Return

• World class guided hiking • Luxury lodge accommodation • Delicious food & wine the length of the • Hike Bay of Fires • Kayak on Ansons Bay • Tamar Valley wine tasting • Small group experience • Maximum 10 guests

Level: Moderate • Fitness Walk up to 14 kms daily • Experienced eco guides

From

$1999 USD $2485 CAD Per person twin share

Day 3: Bay of Fires ‘Free Time’ Experience the many native birds accompanying the dawn, and if you’re lucky, watch whales glide down the coast or dolphins surfing waves. Or you can sleep in and be woken by the aromas of a hot-cooked breakfast and freshly brewed coffee. During the day you can choose to kayak down the Ansons River and experience the riparian ecology of this winding river. Other options include fishing, snorkelling, exploring the nearby shell coves or relaxing around the lodge. B L D Day 4: Bay of Fires – Farewell from Launceston There’s time for a morning swim or walk through eucalypt forests and coastal heathland. After lunch, your return trip to Launceston takes you through the picturesque Pipers Brook wine region, stopping at Dr. Andrew Pirie’s vineyard. Your Inspiring Journey concludes this afternoon in Launceston (flights to depart after 7.30pm). B L

Departs October – May Daily Single price is available on request. This itinerary is operated by a third party.


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Itinerary As this Inspiring Journey departs at 7.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. Day 1: Melbourne – Twelve Apostles Lodge The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk uncovers the last half of the coastal trail known as the Great Ocean Walk and is complemented by three nights of eco-chic pampering at Twelve Apostles Lodge. Travel to the Lodge for a briefing and gear fit-out before commencing the 11km walk at Castle Cove. The afternoon begins amongst tea-trees with stunning ocean vistas before entering an enchanting grass tree forest. Continue to Johanna Beach for a 2km soft sand walk followed by a stroll back to the Lodge. Hotel: Twelve Apostles Lodge, 3 nights. L D Day 2: Johanna Beach – Moonlight Head Today you’ll be rewarded with the most visually spectacular and isolated sections of the Great Ocean Road. Walk to beautiful Milanesia Beach. After a beach stroll, take a trail dissected by gullies before an ascent of 138 steps. The trail continues with views of the coast to both Cape Volney and Cape Otway. B L D

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk

4 days  |  GORW  |  Melbourne Return

• Twelve Apostles helicopter flight • World-class hiking • Travel the Great Ocean Road • Delicious food & wine • Small group experience • Maximum 10 guests

Level: Moderate • Fitness Walk up to 15kms daily • Experienced eco guides From

$ 1745 USD $2159 CAD

Per person twin share

Day 3: Moonlight Head – Princetown Meander through native forest before opening on to the Gables lookout, then enjoy lunch with views of the Apostles in the distance. Stunning coastal views to the west get you through the afternoon as we walk to Gellibrand lookout. The walk ends with a swim at Princetown (weather dependent). Your driver will meet you at the river and transfer you back to the lodge for a well-deserved dinner and a relaxing final evening. B L D Day 4: Princetown – the Twelve Apostles – Melbourne Start a walk that will see the Apostles emerge as the trail rises and falls along the coastline. Stop at a lookout exclusive for walkers and continue to Gibson Steps – you’ve made it! Now take to the skies on a helicopter flight for unparalleled views of this amazing coast, before lunch at Port Campbell and a transfer to Melbourne where your Inspiring Journey concludes (flights to depart after 6.30pm). B L

Departs September – May Approximately every three days Please ask us for dates. Single price is available on request. This itinerary is operated by a third party.


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Itinerary As this Inspiring Journey departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. Day 1: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island This morning travel to Cape Jervis for the crossing to Kangaroo Island. On arrival at Penneshaw your island nature experience begins! Kangaroo Island is a haven for Australian wildlife, which exist in its natural habitat without the threat of introduced predators. As you travel the island keep an eye out for echidnas, wallabies, reptiles and wildflowers. At Seal Bay, your guide will escort you on a walk among the Australian sea-lion colony as they bask on the beach. Enter an exclusive heritage-listed bush property to enjoy a gourmet picnic style lunch with South Australian wine. Following lunch take a pleasant bushwalk looking out for koalas and explore the spectacular beaches of the north coast. Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Seaview Room, Kangaroo Island, 2 nights. L

Kangaroo Island

Food, Wine & Wilderness 3 days  |  KI33  |  Adelaide Return

• Gourmet lunches with wine • Local farm gate tastings • Swim with dolphins • Walk amongst Sea Lions • Tastings at a micro distillery • Small group experience • Maximum 12 guests

From

$ 1669 USD $2069 CAD Per person twin share

Day 2: Kangaroo Island Today you’ll explore Flinders Chase National Park, which incorporates almost 20% of the island. Discover the Remarkable Rocks. These large granite boulders balance dramatically on the cliff edge, which plunges 75 metres into the turbulent Southern Ocean below. Your next stop is Admirals Arch. A boardwalk takes you down the rugged cliff face to reveal the spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for the 10,000 New Zealand fur seals that frolic in the ocean and sunbake on the rocks. Afterwards, a delicious picnic style lunch will be served complete with wine. By special permit, you’ll enter the Kelly Hill Conservation Park to see kangaroos and other native wildlife emerge from the safety of the bush land to graze on the open plains. B L Day 3: Kangaroo Island – Farewell from Adelaide This morning board the Island Explorer for a half day Dolphin Experience Tour. Discover remote beaches and a host of Australian marine creatures with a chance to swim with the dolphins under strict guidelines. After lunch travel to Island Pure Sheep Dairy for a tour and tastings and then on to Kangaroo Island Spirits, a micro distillery. Continue to Island Beehive for tastings of the organic Kangaroo Island honey and then taste some of the island’s local wine at Bay of Shoals Wines. Afterwards you’ll be transferred for your ferry ride back to the mainland then travel by coach to Adelaide where your Inspiring Journey concludes. B L As this Inspiring Journey concludes after 10.40pm, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for tonight. Departs November 2015 – December 2016

Monday, Wednesday & Friday Single price is available on request.

This itinerary is operated by a third party.


New Zealand

The Endless

Shores

11 days  |  NZNI  |  Wellington to Auckland

through New Zealand’s • Roam capital Wellington on a

the marine wildlife, • Discover clean, clear blue water and

the spectacular alpine • See scenery of Mt. Ruapehu Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s • Visit largest lake, and the mighty

through ‘Hole in the Rock’ • Cruise in the Bay of Islands Travel Director • Experienced & Driver Guide • Small group experience • Maximum 20 guests

guided tour

Huka Falls

on a Maori Hangi at a • Feast unique dinner experience with

the Tamaki family Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show Spot New Zealand’s famous kiwi bird in Rotorua Discover the fascinating glow worms of Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

• • •

secluded beaches of Russell

From

$3925 USD $ 4875 CAD Per person twin share

Itinerary Day 1: Welcome to Wellington On arrival at Wellington Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). Spend time at leisure to relax or explore. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome drink and dinner. Hotel: Museum Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights. D Day 2: Wellington ‘Free Time’ Today is at leisure. Perhaps take one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours, or even a cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. This evening why not venture down to the harbour to dine at one the many local restaurants. B Day 3: Wellington – Taupo We’ll travel along the Kapiti Coast past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park to discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Taupo. B D Day 4: Taupo – Rotorua There’s time to explore the township of Taupo, or perhaps try your hand at trout fishing before continuing to nearby Rotorua. Now it’s time to gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with our special Maori show, where you’ll experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting


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Twirling poi, heart-pounding hakas, colour and song invigorate your mind

and lift your heart.

and learn some traditional words to take home with you. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner, a meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam. Hotel: Regent of Rotorua, 2 nights. B D

Day 5: Rotorua We’re off to see the entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show. You’ll witness the art of sheep shearing, and even a sheep auction. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Here you’ll discover native trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You might even spot a kiwi or two! To complete our day, we visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Maori life and how they interact with the geothermal activity. B Day 6: Rotorua – Coromandel We make our way to the famous Waitomo Caves to visit Cave World, for an exclusive 5 star Eco Glow Worm experience. You will see glow worms and cave formations up close and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Next stop is the farming community of Matamata to experience a dairy farming demonstration and a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm. Now we’re off to the Coromandel Ranges to Puka Park Resort, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set amongst the native bush. Hotel: Puka Park Resort, Coromandel Ranges. B L D

Day 7: Coromandel – Auckland After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Auckland. We’ll take an afternoon sightseeing tour then the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene. Be sure to ask your Travel Director for some recommendations. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B Day 8: Auckland – Bay of Islands Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. We then continue through to the Waipoua Forest, a sanctuary that is home to many native trees including the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). We’ll take a short picnic break before a Maori guide walks us through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. We’ll then head to our waterfront resort in the heart of the Bay of Islands and tonight it’s dinner at the resort. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D Day 9: Bay of Islands This morning you’ll take a ferry across the bay to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand. A local guide will also take us on a walking tour of the town. The rest of the day is at your leisure. B

Day 10: Bay of Islands – Auckland Journey into the Bay of Islands aboard a cruise to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’; see historic Cape Brett as we explore some of the 165 islands in the bay. Later, you’ll have some time in Paihia for you to check out the local craft shops, do a spot of shopping, go for a walk along the beachfront or just relax over a coffee with friends before heading back to Auckland. We’ll celebrate tonight at a farewell dinner. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B D Day 11: Farewell from Auckland Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end with your transfer to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$4795 / $5225 USD/CAD

$3925 / $4875 USD/CAD

$6380 / $6940 USD/CAD

$5180 / $6435 USD/CAD

Per Person Twin Share Single

2016

Jan 22 Jan 29 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 01

Feb 01 Feb 08 Feb 22 Feb 29 Mar 07 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 04 Apr 11

Per Person Twin Share Single

2016 continued Start Oct 28 Nov 25 Dec 23

End Nov 07 Dec 05 Jan 02

Dates are also available for 2017. Ask your Travel Agent for details.


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The Southern

Drift

12 days  |  NZSI  |  Christchurch Return

• Journey on the TranzAlpine Train the fascinating Pancake • Discover Rocks at Punakaiki along the spectacular • Travel wild West Coast a Pounamu factory and • Visit marvel as artists hand carve unique jade designs

high above the lush rainforest • Walk on a Treetop Walkway • Experience Franz Josef Glacier past spectacular rivers, • Journey waterfalls and the Haast Pass

rainforest Let your hair down in the adventure capital, Queenstown Ride a gondola to Bob’s Peak for stunning views

• •

in a feast of local produce for • Indulge dinner overlooking Queenstown on Milford Sound for a once • Cruise in a lifetime overnight sailing trip • Kayak on Milford Sound yourself in the untouched • Immerse beauty of Stewart Island Travel Director • Experienced & Driver Guide • Small group experience • Maximum 20 guests From

$ 4995 USD $ 6250 CAD

Per person twin share

Per person twin share

Itinerary Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome drink and dinner. Hotel: The George, Christchurch. D Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki First up it’s all aboard the famous TranzAlpine train to journey across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. Reboard your coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks. Tonight you’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B D Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef This morning visit the small town of Hokitika, for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration by a local carver. Next stop is the West Coast Treetop Walkway, where you may take a leisurely stroll high above the canopy of lush rainforest. Now you’re off through the gold-mining town of Ross before arriving in Franz Josef, where you’ll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. Dinner tonight is at the retreat. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B D


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Indulge in lashings of local produce and deep glasses of celebrated New Zealand wines to warm your soul.

Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown You’ll have the opportunity to see the glacier on a scenic flight (own expense). Later today, travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora at lunchtime. You’ll also stop to explore historic Arrowtown followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Tonight you’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps. Hotel: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B D Day 5: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure-capital. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in spa treatment at your resort. Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with a view overlooking Queenstown. B D Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Make the most of your stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery, a jet boat ride down the Shotover River or get wet white water rafting down the Kawarau River! (all own expense). B Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Afterwards, you’ll walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most famous destination,

considered by many as the eighth wonder of the natural world. As the sun sets you can kayak this majestic Fiord. Tonight it’s a magical dinner on your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. You’ll cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea with plenty of time to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Cruise: Milford Mariner, Milford Sound. B D

Day 8: Milford Sound – Stewart Island Enjoy the many early morning activities on board. This afternoon it’s back to Te Anau then later on to Invercargill. You’ll board a ferry at Bluff to cruise to Stewart Island. With its clear, clean waters, and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse into an enviable slower lifestyle. Hotel: Bay Motel, Stewart Island, 2 nights. B Day 9: Stewart Island This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a cruise on Paterson Inlet. Stop at Ulva Island and take a tour with the Department of Conservation at Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. You’ll learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation. B L Day 10: Stewart Island – Mt. Cook

Board a ferry to the mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland as you travel back towards

Queenstown. Travel over the Lindis Pass and along the shores of Lake Pukaki to the foothills of Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere. Tonight enjoy dinner with a mountain view. Hotel: The Hermitage, Mt. Cook. B D

Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch See Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. You’re welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Then travel to the Garden City of Christchurch. Hotel: The George, Christchurch. B L Day 12: Farewell from Christchurch Say farewell as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end with your transfer to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$6095/ $6625 USD /CAD

$4995 / $6250 USD/CAD

$8050 / $8745 USD /CAD

$6555 / $8190 USD /CAD

Per Person Twin Share Single

2016

Jan 11 Jan 18 Feb 01 Feb 08 Feb 15 Feb 29 Mar 07 Mar 14 Mar 21

Jan 22 Jan 29 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 01

Per Person Twin Share Single

2016 continued Start Oct 17 Nov 14 Dec 12

End Oct 28 Nov 25 Dec 23

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The Long White

Cloud

22 days  |  NZIJ  |  Christchurch to Auckland

• Journey on the TranzAlpine Train the fascinating Pancake • Discover Rocks at Punakaiki a Pounamu factory and marvel as • Visit artists hand carve jade designs high above the lush rainforest on • Walk a Treetop Walkway • Experience Franz Josef Glacier a gondola to Bob’s Peak for • Ride stunning views on Milford Sound for a once in a • Cruise lifetime overnight sailing trip • Kayak on mystical Milford Sound yourself in the untouched • Immerse beauty of Stewart Island a delicious meal on a Paterson • Savour Inlet lunch cruise

on a Maori Hangi at a unique • Feast dining experience farm life at the Agrodome • Experience Sheep Show the glow worms of Waitomo • Discover Glow Worm Grotto through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ • Cruise in the Bay of Islands Travel Director • Experienced & Driver Guide • Small group experience • Maximum 20 guests From

$ 8825 USD $10975 CAD Per person twin share

Itinerary Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome drink and dinner. Hotel: The George, Christchurch. D

Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki

All aboard the famous TranzAlpine train! Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. Re-join your coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your door step! Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B D

Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef First up it’s Hokitika for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration. Then visit the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Perhaps take a stroll through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Travel through the gold-mining town of Ross en route to Franz Josef where you’ll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty glacier. This evening, why not treat yourself to Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B D


Just stop. Breathe deeply... and savour the slower pace and untouched natural beauty of Stewart Island. Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown You’ll have the opportunity to see the glacier from the air on a optional scenic flight. Later travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lake Wanaka, stopping at Makarora at lunchtime. Also stop to explore historic Arrowtown, followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring and revitalising. You’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps and framed by the Remarkables Mountain Range. Hotel: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B D Day 5: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure-capital. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in a spa treatment at your resort (both own expense). Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. B D Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery for a tour and visit to Amisfield Champagne House. Or jump on a jet boat ride down

Shotover River (both own expense). Tonight you can dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés in town. B

Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. B L

Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges to the amazing Mirror Lake. Afterwards, walk to see the Chasm on your way to Milford Sound and as the sun sets you can kayak this majestic fiord. Tonight it’s a magical dinner on your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. You’ll cruise the length of the Sound to the Tasman Sea past waterfalls, mountains and wildlife. Cruise: Milford Mariner, Milford Sound. B D

Day 10: Stewart Island – Mt. Cook Board a ferry to the mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland as you travel back towards Queenstown. Travel over the Lindis Pass and along the shores of Lake Pukaki to the foothills of Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere. Tonight enjoy dinner with a mountain view. Hotel: The Hermitage, Mt. Cook. B D

Day 8: Milford Sound – Stewart Island Enjoy early morning on-board activities then it’s on to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. Board a ferry at Bluff and cruise to Stewart Island. With its clean waters and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse of an enviable slower lifestyle. Dine at one of the cafés or meet the locals at the hotel. Hotel: Bay Motel, Stewart Island, 2 nights. B Day 9: Stewart Island This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the

Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch Travel to Lake Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, join Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Then travel to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how the city is being rebuilt after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Hotel: The George, Christchurch. B L Day 12: Christchurch – Wellington

Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales. See New Zealand’s fur seals at Ohau Point, then travel to Picton. Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city sightseeing tour. Hotel: Museum Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights. B D Continued over page >


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Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’ Today is at leisure. Perhaps take an optional Lord of the Rings movie tour, or even a cruise to Somes Island. B Day 14: Wellington – Taupo

Travel the Kapiti Coast to Tongariro National Park to discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Taupo. B D

Day 15: Taupo – Rotorua There’s time to explore the township of Taupo or try your hand at trout fishing before continuing to Rotorua. Gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village. You’ll experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting as well as learn some traditional words. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi meal cooked in t he ground using geothermal steam. Hotel: Regent of Rotorua, 2 nights. B D Day 16: Rotorua You’re off to the Agrodome Sheep Show, then Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs. To complete your day you’ll visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village. B

Day 17: Rotorua – Coromandel Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves to visit Cave World, for an exclusive 5 star Eco Glow Worm experience. Next up is the farming community of Matamata before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm country-style restaurant. Now you’re off to the Coromandel to Puka Park Resort, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set amongst the native bush. Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel Ranges. B L D Day 18: Coromandel – Auckland

You’ll have a leisurely breakfast then travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. After a sightseeing tour the rest of the day is free for you to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B

Day 19: Auckland – Bay of Islands Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Then continue to the Waipoua Forest, home to the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). You’ll take a break before a Maori guide walks you through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Then head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the Bay of Islands. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D

Day 20: Bay of Islands

This morning you’ll take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand. A local guide will also take you on a walking tour of the town. B

Day 21: Bay of Islands – Auckland

Cruise to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’; see historic Cape Brett as you explore some of the 165 islands in the bay. Later, you’ll have some time in Paihia for you to check out the local craft shops, go for a walk along the beachfront or just relax over a coffee with friends. Celebrate tonight at a farewell dinner in Auckland. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B D

Day 22: Farewell from Auckland Say farewell as we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

$10775 / $11695 USD/CAD

$8825 / $10975 USD/CAD

Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

Single

Single

$14310 / $15535 USD/CAD 2016

Jan 11 Jan 18 Feb 01 Feb 08 Feb 15 Feb 29 Mar 07 Mar 14 Mar 21

Feb 01 Feb 08 Feb 22 Feb 29 Mar 07 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 04 Apr 11

$11640 / $14475 USD/CAD 2016 continued Start Oct 17 Nov 14 Dec 12

End Nov 07 Dec 05 Jan 02

Dates are also available for 2017. Ask your Travel Agent for details.


Booking Conditions Large print version available at aatkings.com/booking-conditions All references to tours in these booking conditions, refer to all Inspiring Journeys. Passports, Visas and Airfares

Check with your travel professional regarding current passport and visa requirements. Special airfares for travel within Australia and New Zealand are available to international visitors, in conjunction with their international air tickets. Again, your travel professional will have details.

Bookings and Conditions

To confirm your reservation, a non-refundable deposit of USD200.00/CAD200.00 per person, per tour is required. Reservations will be held for 7 (seven) days only. Balance for payment for your vacation is to be paid in full 45 days prior to departure. Once deposit is accepted by our office, the price for the coach content will guaranteed.

Departure Guarantee

Occasionally airlines and tour operators are forced to reschedule departure dates. At AAT Kings we appreciate the inconvenience this may cause you. Therefore, we guarantee no AAT Kings operated inspiring Journey vacation will be rescheduled within 45 days of the published departure date.

Prices and Concessions

Prices are quoted in USA and Canadian currency, and include Australian Goods & Services Tax (GST). The prices are for coach content only (unless stated otherwise), all prices are subject to change without notice and may be affected by currency exchange rate fluctuations, fuel and hotel surcharges and legislative changes that include changes to any taxes to be paid. This clause does not apply if the booking was made within 10 weeks of travel. All prices in this brochure are valid as of 01 November 2015 for current pricing and availability please call 866 240 1659. Prices should be checked before making final payment. Children on AAT Kings Inspiring Journeys: Children under 15 years of age are not eligible to travel on any AAT Kings Inspiring Journey. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Accommodation

Run of house rooms are used at all hotels featured in this brochure, unless otherwise specified.

Single Rooms

• is unable to cope with the requirements of coach tour travel or who may need or require services or facilities that are not available • fails to comply with the reasonable instructions of AAT Kings personnel • engages in illegal or undesirable behaviour or interferes with the enjoyment of or jeopardises the safety of other participants

You agree that AAT Kings is released from all liability for, and you agree not to hold AAT Kings responsible for termination of your tour arrangements in accordance with the previous conditions, or any decision made by AAT Kings or by any service provider who refuses to provide you with special accommodation facilities or services that are not available or who refuses to carry you by reason of any disability or medical condition. You agree that our AAT Kings Travel Director or Representative may take photographs and videos of you while you are on vacation and that these may be used in our brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films.

Airfares

Please note that AAT Kings does not incur any liability for airfares purchased by travel agents or guests online via the internet, in the unlikely event that a tour is cancelled, AAT Kings cannot be held responsible for airfare conditions when the airfare is purchased via the internet or by travel agents. All such risk, loss and expense must be borne by the travel agent or guest.

Refunds and Penalties

Illness or Absenteeism: in the event of your withdrawal from a tour after commencement for reasons of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including but not limited to, missed meals or sightseeing. AAT Kings makes no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursement of funds paid by you under any insurance claim

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended that all clients take out comprehensive travel insurance including international air, cancellation and medical cover. This may be arranged through your travel agent or credit card company.

Vacation Inclusions

Transportation, entrance fees and boat cruise prices as per itinerary, services of a Travel Director and/or Driver Guide and meals as specified. Accommodation on a twin share basis (unless otherwise specified). On some occasions, coach restrooms may be inaccessible depending on operational conditions.

Special meals

Please advise AAT Kings of any special dietary requirements at least 14 days before departure. Note that any special meal requirements will be on a request basis only. AAT Kings cannot guarantee the availability of special meal types.

Where single rooms are available, an additional charge applies. Refer to individual programs. Single rooms in some remote locations cannot always be guaranteed and in some cases, the single charge is obligatory.

Not Included in Your Price

Hotel Check-in/Check-out

Luggage Allowance

Check-in time at most hotels is 3pm. If you are arriving early into a city, you may wish to request an early check-in to your hotel room, so as to allow for immediate check-in. An additional night’s charge will apply.

Amendment fees

Each amendment or modification after your booking has been confirmed is subject to USD/CAD 35.00 charge. A change to tour date or tour itinerary within 45 days of tour departure be will treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply, except when the change is to an earlier tour departure of equivalent or greater value, in which case a USD/CAD 50.00 per person amendment fee will be charged.

If You Have to Cancel

Cancellation fees will be levied relative to the amount of notice given as follows (minimum USD/CAD200.00 per person):

AAT Kings operated Inspiring Journeys More than 1o weeks 70-45 days prior to departure 44-22 days prior to departure  21-8 days prior to departure  7-1 days prior to departure Less than 24 hours prior to departure

Full refund Deposit forfeited 25% of tour price 30% of tour price 50% of tour price 100% of tour price

Important Note: Freycinet Experience Walk, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk and Kangaroo Island Food, Wine & Wilderness Inspiring Journeys charge their own Cancellation Fees. Please ask at time of booking. See Travel Insurance clause.

Tour Participation, Exclusion and Release

Clients with disabilities are welcome on AAT Kings tours provided they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from AAT Kings personnel. You must advise AAT Kings at the time of booking if you are affected by an condition, medical or otherwise, that may affect your enjoyment of the tour or its enjoyment by others. Failure to do so may result in the termination of your travel arrangements without any liability on the part of AAT Kings. AAT Kings reserves the right at its discretion to exclude from a tour, or to terminate the travel arrangements during the course of the tour without refund, of anyone who:

Airfares (unless stated), airport taxes, travel insurance and personal items. Any new or additional government taxes or charges. One medium size suitcase per person plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on board the coach. Please note that hand luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments of the vehicle and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of the suitcase not to exceed 50lbs (23kg). We are required by strict Government vehicle weight regulations to enforce and adhere to this limit. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest that you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (e.g. railway stations and cruise terminals). Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airlines/s directly for their most current baggage regulations and related fees. AAT Kings is not responsible for additional fees imposed by carriers in regard to luggage. All luggage and personal effects are at all times, and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Luggage insurance is strongly recommended.

Smoking & Seat Rotation

Government regulations prohibit smoking inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route. To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, guests change seats daily during the course of the tour.

Wi-Fi

Complimentary WiFi service is available in many hotel guest rooms and/or the public areas of most hotels. Complimentary WiFi is also provided on-board most of our touring coaches. WiFi on coaches uses a mobile/cellular network and as a result the connection will be slower than regular broadband and at times may not be available in some areas. Please note that WiFi may not be available on transfer coaches and other local services.

Complaints

If an issue arises or you need assistance, you should immediately inform the relevant supplier (for example the hotel) and your Travel Director or our local representative who will endeavour to assist you. Prompt action will assist the supplier of the services to rectify the situation and ensure enjoyment of your vacation. It is a legal requirement that you advise the supplier of any issues you may have whilst on tour. If you fail to give the supplier and/or AAT Kings the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint at the time, this may affect your rights under this contract if your complaint cannot be resolved locally or through our office (detailed below). You should make contact with the travel agent with whom

you booked your vacation who will contact us to advise of the problem so that we may endeavour to resolve it. Should a problem remain unresolved, we request that a complaint be made in writing within 28 days of completion of your tour to: Guest Relations Department AAT Kings Tours (USA) 801 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA, 92805

Protection of Funds

AAT Kings shares coverage under Trafalgar Tours’ USTOA Active Membership and $1 million letter of credit, posted with the United States Tour Operators Association, in the unlikely event of the company’s insolvency AAT Kings Tours (USA) Inc., is a registered seller of travel with the Attorney General of the State of California pursuant to section 17550.20 of the California Business and Professions Code CST#2019957-20

Responsibility

1. This brochure represents the entire agreement between the guest and AAT Kings Tours International Ltd., who is the product owner. 2.A AT Kings and its agents (collectively ‘AAT’) act only as agent for the guest and upon express condition that AAT Kings shall not be liable or responsible for any direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damage, injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity of any kind, which may be occasioned by reason of any act, or omission of any third party (including without limitation, any act, inaction or breach of contract of any third party, which is to or does supply any goods or services for this tour). Without limiting the foregoing, AAT Kings does not own or operate any third party suppliers of services such as hotels, restaurants, transportation companies, sightseeing companies or local tour operators. It is not responsible for any injury, death, loss or expense due to overbooking of accommodations, default of any third parties, sickness, weather, strikes, acts of God, Government, acts of terrorism, criminal activity, war, quarantine, force majeure events or any other cause beyond its control. All such risk, loss and expense must be borne by the guest. 3. Most coach tours are subject to a minimum number of guest bookings. Where this is not reached, we endeavour to give ample notice and suggest suitable alternatives. Any additional costs incurred are the responsibility of the guest. 4. Legal proceedings against the company may be instituted only in a State or Federal Court within the State of California, or in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The applicable law shall be the law of the State of California. 5. We reserve the right to change the hotels and vehicles used, if operational considerations require this.

Photography

A selection of images in this brochure have been supplied by Hamilton Island Resort, South Australia Tourism Commission, Tourism Australia, Destination New South Wales, Tourism Northern Territory, Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Tasmania, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Tourism Western Australia, Visions of Victoria, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, Wildlands Cruises, Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Te Puia, Real Journeys, Tamaki Maori Village, Destination Queenstown, Destination Rotorua.

Validity Dates

01 November 2015 – 31 December 2016 AAT Kings Tours Pty. Ltd., (ABN) 97 079 722 464 Level 7, 35 Grafton St, Bondi Junction, NSW, Australia 2022 Website: www.aatkings.com Email: reservations@aatkings.com

The

$1 Million

Travellers Assistance Program AAT Kings Tours shares the coverage available under the $1million assistance program with affiliates of Trafalgar Tours who, as an Active Member of the USTOA is required to post $1millionwith USTOA to be used to reimburse , in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of AAT Kings Tours customers in the unlikely event of Trafalgar Tours bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1million posted by Trafalgar Tours may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by AAT Kings Tours. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and the list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York, 10001, or by email: information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website www.USTOA.com AAT Kings Tours USA Inc United States Tour Operator (USTOA) Member #138 Address: 801 East Katella, Anaheim CA 92805 T: + 1 1866 240 1659


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