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Welcome to Melbourne

Tour begins 6:00 PM.  Transfer is included from Melbourne Airport to Park Hyatt Melbourne or Sofitel Mebourne on Collins in the heart of the shopping, dining, and theatre district. Join us this evening for a welcome reception...


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The Heart of Melbourne

Take a walking tour of Melbourne this morning, with a motorcoach tour of major landmarks, including Fitzroy Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Parliament House,  and Olympic Drive.   Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, one of Melbourne's...


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Fly to Cairns and meet the crocs

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


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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...


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Sydney rocks

Fly to Sydney, where sightseeing with a local guide includes The Rocks (an 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...


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A g’day in Sydney

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...


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Fly to Queenstown and take a jet boat ride

Fly to Queenstown and check into your hotel on the scenic shores of Lake Wakitipu. You will have crossed a time zone, so turn your clocks ahead two hours. Get an adrenalin rush on a Thunder Jetboat ride through a river gorge, taking hairpin turns and...


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Arrowtown and free time in Queenstown

Explore Arrowtown, a historic gold-mining town on the Arrow River which retains much of its original character and charm. Then return to Queenstown for free time on your own; relax at the hotel, enjoy the spa, go hiking, or explore Queenstown, which...


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Dunedin / embark Le Laperouse

Drive to 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...


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

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


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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 peaks at the edge of Fjordland National Park. The Maoris call it Piopiotahi; Rudyard Kipling called it the Eighth Wonder of the World. Explorer James Hingston,...


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A marvelous day at sea

Spend a day at sea as Le Laperouse sails up the western coastline of South Island, a showcase of seaside towns and national parks, swaths of pristine wilderness and Southern Alps. There are videos and documentaries on the region available. ...


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Picton and 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...


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In and around 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, galleries,...


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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...


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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. Our visit is weather-dependent. Land on the island by zodiac. Within the crater is a world of hissing and roaring vents,...


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Maoris artisans and geysers in 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,...


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All about Auckland

Arrive dockside in 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...


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Pleasures of Waiheke Island

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 Batch Winery...


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Journey home

Tour ends: Auckland. Fly home any time; transfers are included from Hilton Auckland to Auckland International Airport.


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