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Highlights of the South Pacific

Ready to wash that monotony right out of your hair? Head to the South Pacific and send it on its way. Combining fun, sun, glee, and the sea, this tour of Australia and New Zealand introduces you to the favorite features and creatures of both fascinating countries. Starting in New Zealand, you’ll witness Waitomo’s Glowworm Caves and Rotorua’s boiling mud pools before cruising through some of the coolest fiord scenery in the world in Queenstown’s Milford Sound. More uplifting sights await in the “Land Down Under” as you take a spin on Melbourne’s Star Observation Wheel, a dip in the colorful, coral-filled ocean at the Great Barrier Reef, and a ferry across Sydney Harbour to see the Opera House and other harmonious sights. While you’re sure to take plenty of pictures on this tour of the South Pacific, we’ll take one of you with a crocodile or koala for the ultimate souvenir.

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We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation--from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

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Highlights of the South Pacific

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Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select South Pacific dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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Highlights of the South Pacific


Great Barrier Reef|Sydney Opera House|Te Wahipounamu|Wet Tropics of Queensland


American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 dinners


Day 1

ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALANDWelcome to Auckland! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner. (D)

Day 2

AUCKLAND. EXCURSION TO WAIHEKE ISLAND AUCKLAND Guided sightseeing includes Queen Street, Auckland Domain (Auckland’s oldest park), and historic Parnell Village. Ferry crossing to Waiheke Island. Free time this evening.
WAIHEKE ISLAND Guided sightseeing of the island includes a visit to an olive grove, plus a tour, tasting, and lunch at a [LF] local vineyard. (B,L)

Day 3

AUCKLAND–WAITOMO–MATAMATA–ROTORUAScenic drive through the pastoral region of Waikato en route to Waitomo.
WAITOMO Sightseeing with Local Guide at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves includes a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto.
MATAMATA Guided tour of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Hobbiton movie set includes the hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, and structures built for the filming. Continue to Rotorua.
ROTORUA Free time this evening. (B)

Day 4

ROTORUA ROTORUA Guided sightseeing includes Te Puia with its geysers, boiling mudpools, and silica terraces. Enjoy a guided tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery. Free time this afternoon. In the evening, enjoy a traditional [LF] Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones), followed by an authentic Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance with singing, dancing, and storytelling. (B,D)

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Rotorua with a flightseeing excursion over volcanoes, lakes, and mountains. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 5

QUEENSTOWN A scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak includes dinner with amazing views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown. (B,D)

Day 6

QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUNDMILFORD SOUND Full-day sightseeing in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes a scenic cruise on Milford Sound with the chance to see marine wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforest. Late evening return to Queenstown. (B,L)

Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 7 depending on weather and road conditions today.

Day 7


Day 8

MELBOURNE Free time the remainder of the day. (B)

Day 9

MELBOURNEMELBOURNE Guided sightseeing includes Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. A ride on the [LF] Melbourne Star Observation Wheel includes a sparkling drink, appetizers, and views of Melbourne and the bay. Free time the remainder of the day. (B,L)

Day 10


Day 11

MELBOURNE–CAIRNS Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”
CAIRNS Visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures includes kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, and more native species. [LF] Have your photo taken with a koala or a crocodile. Dinner this evening at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 12

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding.
CAIRNS Free time this evening. (B,L)

Day 13


Day 14

SYDNEY Free time the remainder of the day. (B)

Day 15

SYDNEYSYDNEY Sightseeing includes a tour of the Sydney Opera House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a Local Guide. See the financial district, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Visit to world-famous Manly Beach includes free time, followed by ferry crossing to Sydney Harbour. Free time this evening. (B)

Day 16

SYDNEYSYDNEY Free day before a farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant this evening. (B,D)

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Sydney with a guided climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 17

SYDNEYYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2022-09-06 2022-09-08 2022-09-24 $5939 $0 $7127 PK20908 Not Available
2 2022-09-20 2022-09-22 2022-10-08 $5939 $0 $7127 PK20922 Not Available
3 2022-10-04 2022-10-06 2022-10-22 $6389 $0 $7577 PK21006K Not Available
4 2022-10-25 2022-10-27 2022-11-12 $5939 $0 $7127 PK21027 Not Available
5 2022-11-08 2022-11-10 2022-11-26 $6439 $0 $7627 PK21110K Available
6 2022-11-22 2022-11-24 2022-12-10 $6049 $0 $7237 PK21124 Not Available
7 2023-01-10 2023-01-12 2023-01-28 $5929 $0 $7141 PK30112 Available
8 2023-01-31 2023-02-02 2023-02-18 $6209 $0 $7421 PK30202K Available
9 2023-02-14 2023-02-16 2023-03-04 $5929 $0 $7141 PK30216 Not Available
10 2023-02-28 2023-03-02 2023-03-18 $5929 $0 $7141 PK30302 Available
11 2023-03-07 2023-03-09 2023-03-25 $6209 $0 $7421 PK30309K Available
12 2023-03-21 2023-03-23 2023-04-08 $5929 $0 $7141 PK30323 Available
13 2023-04-04 2023-04-06 2023-04-22 $5869 $0 $7081 PK30406 Available
14 2023-09-05 2023-09-07 2023-09-23 $5979 $0 $7191 PK30907 Available
15 2023-09-19 2023-09-21 2023-10-07 $5979 $0 $7191 PK30921 Available
16 2023-10-03 2023-10-05 2023-10-21 $6259 $0 $7471 PK31005K Available
17 2023-10-24 2023-10-26 2023-11-11 $5979 $0 $7191 PK31026 Available
18 2023-11-07 2023-11-09 2023-11-25 $6099 $0 $7311 PK31109 Available
19 2023-11-21 2023-11-23 2023-12-09 $6099 $0 $7311 PK31123 Available
20 2024-01-09 2024-01-11 2024-01-27 $6319 $0 $7590 PK40111 Available
21 2024-01-30 2024-02-01 2024-02-17 $6619 $0 $7890 PK40201K Available
22 2024-02-13 2024-02-15 2024-03-02 $6319 $0 $7590 PK40215 Available
23 2024-02-27 2024-02-29 2024-03-16 $6319 $0 $7590 PK40229 Available
24 2024-03-05 2024-03-07 2024-03-23 $6619 $0 $7890 PK40307K Available
25 2024-03-19 2024-03-21 2024-04-06 $6319 $0 $7590 PK40321 Available
26 2024-04-02 2024-04-04 2024-04-20 $6249 $0 $7520 PK40404 Available
27 2024-09-03 2024-09-05 2024-09-21 $6369 $0 $7640 PK40905 Available
28 2024-09-17 2024-09-19 2024-10-05 $6369 $0 $7640 PK40919 Available
29 2024-10-01 2024-10-03 2024-10-19 $6669 $0 $7940 PK41003K Available
30 2024-10-22 2024-10-24 2024-11-09 $6369 $0 $7640 PK41024 Available
31 2024-11-05 2024-11-07 2024-11-23 $6499 $0 $7770 PK41107 Available
32 2024-11-19 2024-11-21 2024-12-07 $6499 $0 $7770 PK41121 Available


# Name Description City Address Rating
1 SKYCITY Hotel This spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep! Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include a casino, spa services, and a fitness facility. This is a smoke-free property. Auckland Corner Victoria & Federal St. First-Class
2 Distinction Hotel Rotorua Situated adjacent to the Whakarewarewa Forest, Distinction Hotel Rotorua is located minutes away from the city center of Rotorua. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool and spa, underground private grotto spas, on-site restaurant and bar, laundry facilities and dry cleaning, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rotorua 390 Fenton St. PO Box 983 First-Class
3 Heritage Hotel Queenstown The Heritage Queenstown is a lodge-style hotel constructed from stone & cedar, standing proud above the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with views of the majestic Remarkables mountains. The hotel features coin-operated, self-service laundry, fitness room, on-site restaurant and bar, and pool. Queenstown 91 Fernhill Road Superior First-Class
4 Vibe Melbourne The Vibe Melbourne is currently under construction. Originally built in 1873 in the Renaissance Revival style, the Cobden Building that once served as offices for the maritime trade and later as the clothing manufacturer and retailer Fletcher Jones will be transformed into a stunning new 24-story glass-fronted hotel and residential tower. The hotel will take in views of the Yarra River and Southbank, all the way to Port Philip Bay. The new hotel, which will preserve its classic heritage, will feature 206 guestrooms, an indoor heated swimming pool and gym, and ground floor lobby and restaurant. Please check back for more information about the hotel's amenities. Updates will be made as information is received. Melbourne 1 Queen St. First-Class
5 Pullman Cairns International Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel exuding the architectural grandeur of the city's rich colonial past. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321-room hotel is perfectly positioned in the CBD to take advantage of all the city has to offer. After a great day of sightseeing, dine in Coco's Restaurant, grab a drink at the Lobby Bar, or pamper yourself at Vie Spa. Laundry is available through the hotel for a fee. Cairns 17 Abbott St Superior First-Class
6 Swissotel Sydney The Swissotel Sydney is surrounded by Sydney's most exclusive shopping centres, such as the beautiful Queen Victoria Building and iconic Westfield Sydney and is within walking distance to all of Sydney's famous landmarks and cultural attractions. Enjoy a seasonally inspired dinner menu at JPB or delight in a unique buffet high tea at Crossroads Bar. The hotel offers a wide choice of treatments at the Day Spa as well as a gym, heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Sydney 68 Market Street Deluxe
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