The lost islands of Australasia reveal the aesthetic excess of Mother Nature. Each island is different, from the exotic white sands of the Cook Islands to the dramatic mountains and glaciers of New Zealand's South Island (Te Waipounamu). On this unique itinerary, explore four of the region's most untrammeled islands and archipelagos and adventure through landscapes that remain wild and dramatic. Blend beach with adventure for this vacation that takes you far from the beaten trail.
Rarotonga – Welcome to the Cook Islands
A series of volcanic peaks rise rugged in the South Pacific; the slopes are painted with rainforest and their coastlines dominated by tropical reefs. Rarotonga is the largest, encircled by a coral reef that glows a hue of flaming orange, its interior blossoms skyward with a rich display of green. The view from the plane window thrills as you see an island paradise so far from the rest of the world. Touch down on Rarotonga and transfer to an exclusive resort on the island's rim, a journey made by boat as the interior is thick and without direct roads. Breakers roll beyond the nearby reef and crash like distant thunder to bely the serenity of the turquoise lagoon before you. A couple of steps from your villa and you are on a beach that sparkles with white sand. Wander a little further, and the warm, shallow waters enable you to look back on the real drama of the interior. Relax, wallow in the tropics, and savor the scene.
Rarotonga – Exclusive Yacht Cruise to Uninhabited Islands
Rarotonga – Remote Island Bliss in the Pacific
Queenstown – Lost Amidst Lakes and Mountains
Queenstown – Exploring the Fjords
Westland Tai Poutini National Park – Wandering Across the Glaciers
Westland Tai Poutini National Park – Snowy Peaks and Hidden Lakes
Cradle Mountain – Welcome to Tasmania
Cradle Mountain – An Iconic Wilderness Experience
Freycinet National Park – White Beaches and Pink Granite Mountains
Freycinet National Park – Lost in the Colors of Tasmania
Whitsunday Islands – An Archipelago of Empty Sand
Day 13 - 14
Whitsunday Islands – Private Yacht Cruising through the Pacific
Whitsunday Islands – Departure
- Savor the languid atmosphere of the Cook Islands and spend days amongst its white tropical beaches and lush landscapes
- Spend a day on a private yacht, sailing to uninhabited islets within the Cook archipelago and dining beneath the moonlight
- Surround yourself with the mountains and fjords of New Zealand's Te Waipounamu (South Island), admiring how snow-capped peaks and glaciers tumble into the ocean
- Walk along a glacier and cruise through the waters of Doubtful Sound, two examples of the South Island's majestic beauty
- Enjoy several days in Tasmania, an understated Australian island where half the land is gazetted as national park
- Explore a remarkable range of Tasmanian landscapes, from pink granite mountains to deserted white beaches and serene lakes
- Complete the itinerary by sailing through the Whitsunday Islands, an archipelago of islets and sandbanks that unveil the exotic reverie of Australasia
- Take two helicopter excursions and marvel at the scale of these lost islands, including an elegant landing in the snow and a journey across the rainforest
Hundreds of islands are dotted across the South Pacific, each as compelling and contrasting as the next. There is no natural blueprint as some rise with volcanic grandeur, home to wild mountain chains and shimmering glaciers. Others are tropical, framed by white sand and softly lapping waters. Each overflows with indigenous nature; huge swathes set aside as national park and World Heritage sites. This handcrafted itinerary connects the untouched islands of the region to reveal nature's spell in all its eclectic variations. This itinerary is a journey into the wilderness and one of the sublime landscapes on seen on a staggering scale. This vacation imbues exclusivity and takes you to destinations with an untouched appeal.
Start in the Cook Islands with a private yacht charter and uninhabited islets and the quintessence of beach escapism are yours. Gaze at the water from the white sand, and there is no land for thousands of miles, just turquoise waters and playful marine residents. A classic destination in the tropics, it’s all about lounging around and indulging. Fly to Te Waipounamu, New Zealand's South Island, where the mountain landscape couldn't be more dramatic. Glaciers and fjords roll down the coastline to create an enormous World Heritage Site and an expansive landscape of adventure. Helicopter to hidden plateaus, cruise along majestic fjords, and walk across glaciers to sculpted ice formations. There's an incredible sense of the unexplored as it’s clear that nature’s rule has never been challenged.
Surrounding mainland Australia, learn more about how Australia was before the Europeans arrived, islands that reveal indigenous flora and the antics of marsupials. Expansive and evocative, Tasmania is an almost entirely national park, an island of kaleidoscope tones and hues with pink mountains, white beaches, thick mangroves and blue lakes. Your days in Tasmania immerse you in World Heritage landscapes and a staggering array of colors. Complete the itinerary with the Whitsundays, a series of sandy uninhabited islets that you access on a private yacht. After the drama of Te Waipounamu and Tasmania, these final three days are all about the soft charms of the beach.
$3,745 per person (excluding international flights)
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