The Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Grand Adventure of the South Pacific: Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and French Polynesia Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti

Places Visited

Viti Levu, Cairns, Sydney, Daintree...

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Suggested Duration

18 Days

Embrace tropical paradise and ice tunnels, adventure and discovery, during your customizable South Pacific vacation. Witness rainbow hues on the Great Barrier Reef. Feel your heart race while snorkeling with sharks in Bora Bora. Walk along the frozen surface of Franz Josef Glacier. Listen to the stories of Dreamtime in the rainforest of Queensland. Search for penguins lounging on the rocks in a fjord and glide beneath the jungle...

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Trip Highlights

  • Relish the opportunity to swim with blacktip reef sharks and giant manta rays at a celebrated snorkel spot in the crystal clear waters of Bora Bora
  • Bask in a unique tour of Franz Josef Glacier, incorporating a helicopter ride and nice walk along the surface and through tunnels
  • Discover the unforgettable colors and abundance of marine life with a full-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Soar through the rainforest of Viti Levu, Fiji on a thrilling zip line excursion
  • Learn the intricacies and grand design of the Sydney Opera House with a private tour in and around the iconic structure
  • Cruise the pristine waters of Milford Sound in New Zealand to find waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, seals, and crested penguins
  • Journey on the TranzAlpine Train for a scenic ride through the remarkable scenery of New Zealand
  • View the unforgettable Punakaiki Pancake Rocks on the western shores of New Zealand’s South Island
  • Stroll down the oldest street in Australia and wander along the shops within a 19th-century antique arcade
  • Witness humpback whales breaching the South Pacific Sea as they migrate towards warmer waters

Detailed Description

The unique majesty of your South Pacific vacation encompasses exciting excursions and relaxing beaches, iconic architecture, and captivating scenery. Your 18-day grand adventure begins with your arrival on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. Your private transfer greets you at Nadi Airport and escorts you to a gorgeous resort overlooking the quiet lapping waters of the South Pacific Sea. The remainder of the day is yours to indulge in the tropical paradise of the island. Lounge on the private beach of your resort or dip into the pool. You could also visit the vibrant market in town for an immersive look at the important heart of any island. On the following morning, your guide greets you in the lobby and escorts you into the rainforest canopy for a fabulous zip line excursion through the trees. Continue deeper into Colo-i-Suva Forest Park to find a fabulous water hole.

You learn more about the culture of Fiji with a morning visit to the Pacific Harbour Arts Village. Continue with a stroll in the Gardens of the Sleeping Giant and walk along the Sigatoka Sand Dunes. Then, your private transfer leads you to the airport for your flight to Cairns, Australia. After settling into the comforts of your luxury hotel, you can walk along the promenade or visit the mangrove forest walkway. You board a boat and set out for a full-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Witness glowing corals and search for schools of rainbow-colored fish before returning to shore. Next, you travel into the historic Daintree National Forest to meet your Aboriginal guide. Explore the Mossman Gorge and learn about Dreamtime from the Kuku Yalanji peoples.

Board a flight to Sydney, Australia, meeting your private transfer upon your arrival at the airport. Your luxury accommodation overlooks the boats sailing along Sydney Harbour. You meet your guide in the lobby and set out on a half-day historical tour of the city, encompassing the antique neighborhood of The Rocks and George Street, the oldest street in Sydney. You have a sightseeing cruise around the canals and harbor before a private tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Continue to the white sands of Bondi Beach to enjoy the gorgeous waters and vibrant life along the shore.

Fly to Christchurch, New Zealand, where your private transfer escorts you to a hotel at the historic heart of the city. Enjoy a walking tour to view the vibrant history blending European charms with natural beauty, and learn how the vivacious ambiance of the city returned after the 2011 earthquake. Next, you board the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth, basking in the scenery along the way. Meet your private transfer at the train station and view the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks before making your way to Franz Josef. Relish an unforgettable excursion, combining a scenic helicopter tour over Franz Josef Glacier with a guided walk along the icy surface of the ancient frozen waterway.

Afterward, you take the scenic road to Queenstown, stopping along the way to view quiet towns, roaring waterfalls, and sprawling vineyards. After checking into your hotel, you can take the gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for a panoramic view of the lake and the Remarkables Mountains. Travel south to the shores of Milford Sound and board a luxury cruiser to explore the remarkable fjord. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere amongst the dramatic landscape to find seals and penguins before returning to Queenstown. Fly to Tahiti to bask in the return of the tropical warmth of the South Pacific.

You fly from Tahiti to the majestic island of Bora Bora. Travel by boat to your resort overlooking the lagoon. Welcome the island paradise with a 4x4 jeep safari around the rainforest at the heart of the island offering hidden histories and breathtaking panoramas. In the evening, you settle into the idyllic beauty during a Polynesian dinner, accompanied by a dance performance. You explore the lagoon on a private boat, visiting the coral gardens and snorkeling with sharks and manta rays.

Delight in a delicious lunch on a secluded islet before returning to the resort to have the remainder of the day at your leisure. Bask in the sands of a remote beach or hike through the Valley of the Kings. Traverse the circular road on the island with a bicycle or search the South Pacific Seas for humpback whales. The day is yours to relish the marvels of the island at your preferred pace. On the final day, your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to Bora Bora Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$6,439 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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