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PIKC

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4 days, ex Alice Springs Departs every Friday in season

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ITINERARY... Day 1 Alice Springs/Wallace Rockhole/Glen Helen Leave Alice Springs behind and journey to the Aboriginal community at Wallace Rockhole. View amazing Indigenous rock art before joining a dot painting class to learn about traditional techniques used. Arrive at Standley Chasm in the Western MacDonnell Ranges in time to see the midday sun cast a red glow on its sandstone walls. Keep eyes peeled for rock wallabies that

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are often seen in this area. Continue on to the gum tree-lined

With big blue skies, immense red deserts, snow-capped peaks and lush green rainforests, Australia and New Zealand are diverse, bold and full of contrasts.

Ellery Creek and the nearby Ochre Pits, which have been used for generations by the local Aboriginal people as a mine for this colourful mineral. Finally, reach the outback motel that will be home for the night and toast a day well spent with a cold beer on the back veranda of this restored homestead. Day 2 Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)/Kings Creek Station Travel into the breathtaking Watarrka National Park, home of Kings Canyon. Slip on comfortable shoes for an unforgettable hike around its rim. Discover the Lost City and the Garden of Eden.

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Spend the night at a wilderness lodge at Kings Creek Station, a fully operational cattle and camel station. Be treated to a three-course gourmet outback dinner - camel, kangaroo and barramundi may

Alice Springs

• Get creative in a dot painting class • Wait for the midday sun to light up Standley Chasm • Enjoy a beer on the back veranda • Take a wander around Kings Canyon • Spend time exploring Watarrka’s Lost City • Indulge in a delicious outback feast • Learn of an ancient culture at Uluru • Have a special moment as the sun rises at Kata Tjuta

be on the menu. Later, sit back and relax around the campfire with a glass of wine and soak up the sights and sounds of the Outback.

AUSTRALIA

69 Northern Territory

Iconic Central Australia

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (1 nt), motel (1 nt), permanent tented camping lodge (1 nt) TRANSPORT Air-conditioned all-terrain safari vehicle GROUP SIZE Max 20 MEALS 3 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Fri from Jul-Dec & selected Fri from Jan-Jun GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 634 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. This trip starts at 6.00 on day 1 and finishes at 17.00 on day 4. Please consider this when booking flights and accommodation. Start Finish 2011 01 Apr 04 Apr 15 Apr 18 Apr 29 Apr 02 May 06 May 09 May 20 May 23 May 03 Jun 06 Jun 17 Jun 20 Jun 01 Jul 04 Jul 08 Jul 11 Jul

15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Jul 05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Aug 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep

18 Jul 25 Jul 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 29 Aug 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Sep

30 Sep 07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Oct 04 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nov 25 Nov 02 Dec 09 Dec

03 Oct 10 Oct 17 Oct 24 Oct 31 Oct 07 Nov 14 Nov 21 Nov 28 Nov 05 Dec 12 Dec

16 Dec 23 Dec 2012 06 Jan 20 Jan 03 Feb 17 Feb 02 Mar 16 Mar 30 Mar

19 Dec 26 Dec 09 Jan 23 Jan 06 Feb 20 Feb 05 Mar 19 Mar 02 Apr

Above: MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia - Sally Johnson Below: Kings Canyon rim walk, Northern Territory, Australia

Day 3 Uluru (Ayers Rock) Pass through red sand dunes and desert oak country on the way to Yulara, the base for exploring Uluru (Ayers Rock). Discover caves, view impressive art and learn about the oldest culture on earth on a guided walking tour around

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Uluru’s base. And as the sun sets, prepare to be awed by the magical sight of the changing colours of this ancient rock. Day 4

Sydney

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)/Alice Springs Get up before the sun and head to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Watching the sun rise over the

Auckland

Tasmania

36 domes here is a moving experience. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the beauty of this area as dawn breaks. Then, on a guided

NEW ZEALAND

walk, discover some of Kata Tjuta’s unique flora and fauna and learn about the fire management procedures adopted by this park. After

Hobart

pictures have been taken and vistas sufficiently soaked up, return back to Alice Springs where the adventure comes to an end.

Dianne, New Zealand Travelled on the PIKC

N ORTH E R N TERRI TO RY Glen Helen Watarrka NP (Kings Canyon) Kings Creek Station

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Western MacDonnell Ranges

Wallace Rockhole

Alice Springs

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Uluru Sunset

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Spirit of New Zealand page : 71, PIKZC

Iconic Central Australia page : 69, PIKC

Spend an unforgettable night under ancient kauri trees as privileged guests of a Maori guide. Be enchanted on a twilight walk through the forest.

Watch Uluru change colour each minute during a spectacular sunset. Take a guided walk around the rock’s base to learn about its spiritual importance.

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trip code

PJAM PPKT

Spirit of New Zealand

COMFORT

Launceston

Bay of Fires

Cradle Mountain

7 days, ex Hobart

Bicheno

Strahan

ITINERARY... Day 1 Hobart/Port Arthur Meet endangered Tasmanian Devils at a wildlife sanctuary, then head south to the

Lake St Clair

Freycinet NP

TA S MAN IA

Hobart

photogenic Tasman Peninsula. Learn about convict life on a visit to the historic Port Arthur area. Use free time to explore the buildings

Bruny Island

Port Arthur

Freycinet Peninsula. Don’t miss the optional walk to Wineglass Bay, voted one of the world’s top beaches. Afterwards, travel to Bicheno where there’s a chance to encounter penguins at dusk - an unforgettable experience. Day 3 Bay of Fires/Launceston Soak up the scenery on a walk through the stunning Bay of Fires. Enjoy lunch at the charming fishing village of St Helens, before heading to picturesque Launceston to visit Cataract Gorge. Day 4 Cradle Mountain Spend the day at scenic Cradle Mountain, taking in the lush forests, sparkling lakes and spectacular mountains of this pristine World Heritage-listed national park. Day 5 Strahan Indulge in Tassie’s famous oysters in the seaside town of Strahan. Day 6 Lake St Clair/Hobart Enjoy time exploring peaceful Lake St Clair, home to an amazing array of native wildlife including the ACCOMMODATION Hotel/motel (6 nts) TRANSPORT Minibus, boat, ferry GROUP SIZE Max 21 MEALS 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat from Oct-May GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 NOTES Trip begins at 7.30 on day 1 and finishes on arrival into Hobart around 18.00 on day 7. Please take this into consideration when booking any flights in and out of Hobart. TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Tasmanian devil, Tasmania, Australia - Tom Brakefield

elusive platypus. In the afternoon, travel through the Derwent Valley back to Hobart. Day 7 Bruny Island/Hobart Board a boat and take in the rugged coastline around Bruny Island. An abundance of wildlife such as seals, dolphins, whales, albatross and other seabirds live here. Enjoy lunch at Adventure Bay, then relax on the beach before returning to charming Hobart.

PIKZC PJAM

COMFORT

17 days, Auckland to Christchurch ITINERARY... Day 1 Auckland/Waipoua Kauri Forest Leave the big city behind and head north. Drop in at the Kauri Museum before joining a local guide to visit Tane Mahuta, the ‘Lord of the Forest’, in the Waipoua Kauri Forest. After, enjoy a guided twilight rainforest walk. Days 2-3 Paihia/Bay of Islands Travel to Paihia

and chilling prison ruins before returning to Hobart for the night. Day 2 Freycinet National Park/Bicheno Discover the beautiful

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• Delve into Port Arthur’s convict history • Admire Freycinet National Park’s jagged peaks • Experience stunning Wineglass Bay • Explore the diverse and rugged beauty of Cradle Mountain • Relax in the charming town of Strahan • Spot seals sunning themselves along the coast of Bruny Island

to explore the gorgeous Bay of Islands. There are many optional activities to be enjoyed here. Take a dip with the dolphins, hike to the Haruru Falls, or perhaps catch the ferry to New Zealand’s oldest settlement, Russell. Days 4-5 Rotorua With bubbling mud pools, exploding geysers, hot springs and multi-coloured mineral terraces, Rotorua never fails to enthrall and excite. From mountain biking to rafting, mud baths to Maori village visits, the range of optional activities are endless. Day 6 Tongariro National Park Admire Lake Taupo, then cross the vast volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park. The three mountains at the heart of the park,

trip code

PEAS

COMFORT

3 days, ex Sydney Departs daily

hills and perched on a picturesque harbour, Wellington is bound to impress. Enjoy a guided tour through the impresive Te Papa Tongarewa museum. Days 8-9 Nelson Cross Cook Strait passing the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. Continue to Nelson, known for its wineries, breweries and arts and crafts community. Day 10 Punakaiki Nestled in the foothills of the Paparoa National Park and boasting spectacular views of the wild west coast beaches, Punakaiki’s location is unbeatable. Day 11 Fox Glacier Clamp

this thrillseekers’ mecca, then change pace with a cruise on Lake

penguins. Overnight in Te Anau. Day 16 Lake Ohau Journey through Lord of the Rings territory to this lakeside settlement on

at Cadman’s Cottage - Sydney’s oldest house - for a walking tour through some of Australia’s best pubs in Sydney’s Rocks precinct. With convict-built lanes and cobblestone alleys, this is the location

acquainted with the well-heeled North Shore. Jump on a ferry at Circular Quay and travel across the harbour to Taronga Zoo. Take a relaxed walk along the scenic coastline past the historic Georges Head cannons, which defended Sydney during wartime. Hear stories of Indigenous and maritime history, then stop off for a ‘cuppa’ in Balmoral before taking the bus back. Spend the rest of the day exploring more of the city. Day 3 Depart Sydney Saddle up for a half-day cycle through the streets of this great city. Head back through the historic Rocks area, past the iconic ACCOMMODATION Hotel (2 nts) TRANSPORT Bus, ferry, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 2 Breakfasts BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Daily GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed NOTES Please note that this trip is available in a basix, original or comfort style of accommodation. Please enquire at time of booking. Photo Competition, Harbour Bridge, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - Donna Stockton

Harbour Bridge and Opera House for views that are nothing short of sublime. Continue on through the Royal Botanic Gardens, discovering hidden treasures along the way. Finish with a cold drink at a local pub. This is a city that truly makes the most of its natural setting and is the perfect destination for two-wheel exploration.

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• Enjoy high-country hospitality • Cruise the length of Milford Sound

Our leader’s dedication, humour, enthusiasm and sense of adventure was infectious. If you want a fantastic holiday in NZ we totally recommend doing this trip. Carissa & Belinda, Australia Travelled on the PIKZC

This trip also operates northbound from Christchurch to Auckland. Please see trip code PIKRC.

the outskirts of Mt Cook National Park. Day 17 Christchurch Visit

a tasty meal at one of the local restuarants. Day 2 Sydney Get

• Explore action-packed Queenstown

Travel in reverse...

Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo before heading to Christchurch.

history of this area while sipping a local brew. Cap off the day with

• Trek across stunning Fox Glacier

Traverse Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound and take an

this sensational harbourside city. Later, meet up with a local guide

explored on foot. Visit the oldest pub in Sydney and discover the

• Take a tour through Te Papa Tongarewa

of high-country hospitality. Day 15 Milford Sound/Te Anau unforgettable cruise – be on the lookout for dolphins, seals and

ITINERARY... Day 1 Arrive Sydney Enjoy free time to explore

city’s last remaining historical centres and its small alleys are best

• Relax in the sublime Bay of Islands

Wakatipu and a visit to the Colonel’s Homestead for an evening

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

whalers and questionable figures, the Rocks is now one of the

• See ancient kauri trees with a Maori guide

the Maori people. Day 7 Wellington Surrounded by rolling green

Days 12-14 Queenstown Have an adrenaline rush on a visit to

SHORT BREAK

of Sydney’s first European settlement. Once the home of sailors,

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Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, have great significance for

on some crampons for a guided hike across ancient ice and rock.

Experience Sydney

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70 Tasmania & New South Wales

Tasmania Wild

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ACCOMMODATION Hotel (13 nts), lodge (3 nts) TRANSPORT Minibus, boat, ferry GROUP SIZE Max 14 MEALS 16 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Fri from Aug-Apr GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 199 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. This trip starts at 7.00 on day 1 and finishes at 18.00 on day 17. Consider this when booking flights and accommodation. 2. This trip runs in reverse. See trip code PIKRC.

• Find your very own ‘local’ in the historic Rocks precinct

Start 2011 28 Jan 04 Mar 01 Apr 15 Apr

• Enjoy a drink at the oldest pub in Sydney

Above: Photo Competition, Colourful Rotorua, New Zealand - Hayley Anderson Left: Glacier trekking, New Zealand - Cameron Gaze

• Take a ferry across the picturesque harbour • Uncover the city’s wartime history • Cycle past the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge • Soak up up the natural beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens

Finish 13 Feb 20 Mar 17 Apr 01 May

29 Apr 05 Aug 19 Aug 02 Sep 30 Sep 14 Oct

15 May 21 Aug 04 Sep 18 Sep 16 Oct 30 Oct

04 Nov 18 Nov 09 Dec 23 Dec 2012 13 Jan

27 Jan 17 Feb 02 Mar 23 Mar

12 Feb 04 Mar 18 Mar 08 Apr

29 Jan

Paihia/Bay of Islands

Waipoua Kauri Forest

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20 Nov 04 Dec 25 Dec 08 Jan

Rotorua Tongariro NP

Nelson

Wellington

Punakaiki Fox Glacier

Christchurch

Lake Ohau Milford Sound Queenstown Te Anau

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