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South Pacific Wonders - Australia and New Zealand


September 1, 2018 | View PDF

AAA Travel invites you to explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere – Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia's northeast coast, to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand's South Island and Maori cultural and geothermal wonders on New Zealand's North Island, this journey "Down Under" brings you the best of both countries. Cruise Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound and meet Australia's wildlife up close and personal. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture and experience an authentic Hangi dinner celebration. Visit the Agrodome and observe a sheep shearing demonstration. Indulge in regional flavors at a wine tasting and experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

This tour will start in Cairns, Australia a modern city and an ideal base to explore the Great Barrier Reef. The reef contains an

abundance of marine life and comprises of over 2,800 individual reef systems. Board a catamaran for an exciting excursion

to the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy many experiences including snorkeling, scuba diving, glass-bottomed rides and whale watching.

Next, we will travel to Sydney and discover one of the world's most fascinating architectural sights during a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. The Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center and one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings.

Get to know Auckland during an exciting panoramic city tour. Then travel to the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua known as the Maori capital of New Zealand, over one-third of Rotorua's population has Maori roots dating back over 1,000 years. Experience an authentic Hangi dinner celebration and enjoy an immersive experience featuring authentic Maori entertainment such as the poi dance

and the famous "Haka" war challenge.

Witness a landscape of erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools and other geothermal wonders in Te Puia, New Zealand's premier

Maori cultural and geothermal experience. Then, visit the Agrodome where you will see a fun sheep shearing demonstration and

learn about the importance of agriculture to the nation.

A short flight brings you to the historic city of Christchurch. Experience Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for a guided tour focused on New Zealand's wildlife and natural heritage. As you walk through the forest reserve, learn about conservation efforts dedicated to saving

native species while viewing them in their natural habitat.

Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the "Kiwis," and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Queenstown sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and set against the beautiful Southern Alps. Cruise the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound and see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away.

AAA Travel makes sure your trip is highlighted with authentic experiences and great values to engage you more personally in the cultures and landscapes of these two amazing countries. Your AAA Travel Consultant can give you the full details.

Let your journey begin!


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