Welcome to Auckland

Tour begins 6:00 PM at Hilton Auckland. Transfer is included from Auckland Airport to Hilton Auckland, perched at the end of Princes Wharf with sweeping views of Hauraki Gulf and Rangatota Island.  Your hotel is in the business...


Explore Auckland

Drive along the rugged coastline of beaches, inlets, and dramatic cliffs to Bastion Point Lookout, where Savage Memorial offers stunning views of Waitemata Harbor; the cliffside gardens and mauseoleum are named for Michael Joseph Savage, the nation's...


Pleasures of Waiheke Island / Embark Le Laperouse

Sail by ferry to Waiheke Island, a picturesque haven of vineyards, wineries, and olive orchards.  New Zealand, with its moderate climate and diverse terroirs, is famous for its distinctive wines, and today you'll learn why at a visit to a winery...


Maori artisans and geysers at Rotorua

Sail to Tauranga, a city on the Bay of Plenty near Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano. Maunganui (also called Mauao, or The Mount) may be cold, but geothermal activity still rages under the earth in nearby Rotorua, steaming up from cracks, fault-lines,...


White Island... lava bombs and fumeroles

White Island is a live volcano 30 miles off the mainland. Most of it is underwater, so the rim of the crater is near the waterline (visit is weather-dependent). Land on the island by zodiac. Within the crater is a world of hissing and roaring vents,...


Napier and the wineries

Arrive in Napier, a coastal city on Hawke's Bay, North Island, where you have a choice of shore excursions. Napier was leveled by an earthquake in 1931 and completely rebuilt within two years, which accounts for its unparalleled wealth of Art Deco...


All about Wellington

New Zealand's capital city is also the nation's cultural heart, nestled in a sheltered harbor ringed by mountains at the southern tip of North Island.  The compact metropolis is an energetic hive of government and commerce, theatres, museums,...


Picton and the Marlborough Valley

Picton is a picturesque seaside town of cafes, restaurants, and galleries, where ferry service connects to the islands of Marlborough Sounds. Your choice of shore excursions today includes visits to Omaka Aviation Heritage Center, film director Sir...


A marvelous day at sea

Spend a day at sea as Le Laperouse sails from Picton up through the Marlborough Sounds, a network of submerged valleys, steep hills, and quiet bays, and down the western coastline of South Island, a showcase of seaside towns and national parks,...


Treasured sights on a day at sea in Milford Sound

Arrive in Milford Sound, a fjord of breathtaking cliffs, rain forests, black water and alpine mountains at the edge of Fjordland National Park. The Maoris call it Piopiotahi; Rudyard Kipling called it the Eighth Wonder of the World. Explorer James...


Fjords... colors and mist on a day at sea

Sail into Dusky Sound, a fjord that was once a popular whaling and seal-hunting ground, and humpback whales still frequent the waters, along with bottlenose dolphins and seals. The sound is one of New Zealand's most inspiring natural settings, and...


Experience Scottish Dunedin and on to Queenstown

Dock in Dunedin (du-NEE-din) on the Otago Peninsula. The city bears the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, while Otago takes its name from the Maori village, Otakou, which preceded it. Dunedin was settled by Scottish missionaries...


Jetboat... gondola... Arrowtown... Queenstown and more

Start the day with an adrenalin rush on a Thunder Jetboat ride through a river gorge, taking hairpin turns and skimming the water at speeds up to 95 mph (spray jackets and life jackets provided). Or, if you wish, ride a gondola high above Queenstown...


Fly to Melbourne, Australia

Fly from Queenstown, New Zealand, to Melbourne, Australia; you'll be crossing a time zone and adjusting your clocks when you arrive. Check into your elegant hotel in the heart of the city, and enjoy a taste of Melbourne this evening at one of a selection...


Discover the heart of Melbourne

Take a walking tour of Melbourne this morning and a motorcoach tour of its major landmarks, including Fitzroy Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Parliament House, and Olympic Drive. This afternoon, spend free time in Melbourne on your own. The city...


Cairns and crocodiles

This morning, fly to Cairns, a city surrounded by rainforests, where your first stop is Hartley's Wildlife Park, an award-winning, innovative ecopark of specially designed habitats that makes you feel like you're in the wild with crocodiles, lizards,...


A great day at the Great Barrier Reef

Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, with a biology presentation and a snorkeling demonstration en route. The coral reef is one of the world's great natural wonders, considered the largest living thing on the planet; more than 1,400 miles long, it is...


Fly to Sydney and do some exploring

Fly to Sydney, where sightseeing with a local guide includes The Rocks (a historic neighborhood of open-air markets and the city's oldest pubs), the Botanical Gardens, the Central Business District, Hyde Park, St. Mary's Cathedral, and the neighborhoods...


Sydney Opera House and more

Walk to the iconic Sydney Opera House for a tour with a local guide. Projecting into Sydney Harbor, the operahouse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an architectural masterpiece of interlocking shells (or sails) surrounded by terraces and pedestrian...


Journey Home

Tour ends Sydney, Australia. Fly home anytime; transfers are included from the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney or the InterContinental Sydney to Sydney International Airport.


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