Down Under Discovery (PS) - 2015 / 2016

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19 Day Tour from Auckland to Sydney

Down Under Discovery
A pasture on the hillsides of New Zealand
A pasture on the hillsides of New Zealand
View of Sydney Harbour Bridge, the tallest steel arch bridge
Visit New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand’s beautiful coast
The Rotorua Museum of Art and History in New Zealand
Experience the beautiful island of New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

Dinner with a New Zealand Family Experience New Zealand's 'kiwi hospitality' and enjoy a traditional 3-course New Zealand meal accompanied by a glass of beer or wine. Enjoy a relaxed evening away from a restaurant or hotel meal. Enjoy intriguing conversation and the unique opportunity to dine with New Zealanders in their home. **Please book early, as space is limited.

Approximate value: $89 NZD per person

Mt Tarawera Volcano Floatplane Fly over Mt.Tarawera's Crater Rift and wonder at the massive destruction caused by the 1886 eruption. Continue south past the Steaming Cliffs and the hot lakes of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Approximate value: $215 NZD per person

Rotorua Duck Tour Discover Rotorua on a unique 90 minute sightseeing adventure onboard a WWII amphibious vehicle that travels on land and water.

Approximate value: $68 NZD per person

Rotorua Zipline and Canopy Tour High amongst ancient native trees deep in a 500 hectare forest, this 3 hour adventure combines fun and excitement with pristine natural beauty. This is the ONLY native forest zipline canopy tour in New Zealand and it is incredible - it's high, it's fun, it's beautiful, it's peaceful and you'll remember it for the rest of your life!

Approximate value: $139 NZD per person

Glacier Encounter Enjoy a scenic flight over the Tasman Terminal Lake and pass by the Horchstetter Icefall before landing on the blue ice and moraine rocks of the Tasman Glacier. Encounter the incredible vistas of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park with scenery beyond expectation!

Approximate value: $265 NZD per person

Kjet Thrill Ride Skim just above the deep crystal blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, Kawarau River and Shotover River, on this thrilling jet boat ride that's interjected with specifically designed, hair raising yet fun 360 degree spins.

Approximate value: $125 NZD per person

Panorama Evening Take a gondola ride to the summit of Bob's Peak. Enjoy a delicious dinner at Skyline Restaurant while absorbing the surrounding mountain scenery and the lights of Queenstown below.

Approximate value: $114 NZD per person

Safari of the Scenes Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle-earth in the incredibly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is the perfect tour for those that want the thrills of an off road adventure but also want to discover exciting Lord of the Rings film locations.

Approximate value: $178 NZD per person

Skyline Gondola & Two Luge Rides Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the gondola carries you 450metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak. Once up top, jump on your specialized luge cart, select your track, then take control as you zoom down the luge. Then catch the Luge chairlift back to the start zone and do it all over again - once is never enough!

Approximate value: $45 NZD per person

Wilderness Safari The Wilderness Safari takes you on a spectacular Jet Boat journey through the Dart's ever-changing braided river system. Awe-inspiring surroundings include breathtaking snow-capped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls and glacial valleys frozen in time. Your excursion includes an easy guided walk through the "Heritage Trail" at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enliven your walk with an informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest, the unique flora and fauna, as well as the fascinating Maori and colonial history of the area. You`ll also journey by 4WD coach via a scenic back-road route while hearing stories about the surrounding countryside and stopping to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for many international films, including "The Lord of the Rings".

Approximate value: $229 NZD per person

Wine & Food Sampler This unique food and wine experience delivers an authentic taste of Central Otago's wine region. Join a relaxed and leisurely tour amongst picturesque surroundings, and enjoy This tour is ideal for guests who may have a shorter time frame. This tour includes a gourmet winery lunch stop at Gibbston Valley Winery or Wild Earth.

Approximate value: $176 NZD per person

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience Nothing will prepare you for the awe inspiring view of Melbourne from this glass cube observation deck suspended 984 feet above the ground (that's almost as high as the Eiffel Tower in Paris).

Approximate value: $32 AUD per person

Great Ocean Road The Great Ocean Road drive, a haven of natural beauty, is on the bucket lists of many and guaranteed to take your breath away. Unwind as you journey through incredible panoramic views and magnificent natural wonders, including towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and stunning forest scenery. Pass Bells Beach, home to the annual World Surfing Championships and drive through the beautiful coastal towns of Anglesea, Lorne and Wye River. Arrive mid-day at the beautiful white sandy beaches of the scenic coastal town of Apollo Bay for an exclusive lunch with magnificent ocean views and country hospitality. Then head through the towering mountain-ash forests of the Otway National Park. See spectacular Cape Patton as well as the Twelve Apostles- limestone stacks rising dramatically from the Southern Ocean and enjoy a scenic walk to the lookouts. This road trip is truly one of the world's great scenic coastal drives.

Approximate value: $185 AUD per person

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour Enjoy a casual stroll, with a passionate guide, through the back streets and beautiful historic lanes and arcades of Melbourne. Discover the architectural highlights, street art, and historical tales. Like many cities throughout the world there are fabulous malls and department stores, but Melbourne has a unique charm that is clearly evident. This tour is about seeing the smaller independent retailers that are often only found in the city. Hiding in basements or in seemingly private buildings are many of the country's emerging creative talents, where one off pieces are not uncommon. Melbourne is thriving with small businesses, and you will be amazed at what they offer - fashion, food, art, music, chocolate, accessories, vintage and more! A delicious morning tea or coffee is included, along with a souvenir bag, bottled water, map and special offers from local retailers.

Approximate value: $120 AUD per person

Penguins Up Late Head down to Summerland Beach to witness a Little Penguin magic. Just as the sun sets over the ocean, the Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrows. These Little Penguins are the smallest of the penguin species and Phillip Island is fortunate enough to be home to the largest colony in the world. From your viewing platform you are placed in the heart of 'penguin central' where a Local Guide is on hand to tell you all about these gorgeous little creatures and their lifestyle.

Approximate value: $159 AUD per person

Sports Lovers Tour with Rod Laver Arena Unique tour of Melbourne for the sports fan. Visit the venues that host Australia's favorite sporting events. Sit in the coach's box, media centers and exclusive member areas. Smell the liniment in the change rooms and walk on the hallowed turf. Visit Flemington racecourse, home of the Melbourne Cup- the race that stops the nation. Drive through the Commonwealth Games 2006 Village and around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit alongside Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre & Rod Laver Arena.

Approximate value: $115 AUD per person

Yarra Valley Wine Tour A perfect day trip from Melbourne - the Yarra Valley is one of Australia's premium wine regions. With its cool climate, the valley is perfect for high quality grape growing and the area is well known for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, and a wide range of varietals. Your small group tour with no more than 10 people is led by an experienced guide who will introduce you to the best the area has to offer. Along the way enjoy stunning scenery and visit a range of boutique wineries that dot the valley including tastings at five of them! A highlight is a stop at Domaine Chandon Winery, where you will sample sparkling wine and a tasting platter with several types of cheese. You will also enjoy an a la carte lunch (with a glass of wine of course!) at one of the wineries.

Approximate value: $195 AUD per person

Ayers Rock (Uluru) Scenic Flight Take in the mysterious grandeur of the Outback on a thirty 30 minute scenic flight. It's no secret that Uluru's beauty is ever changing depending on the angle and time of day in which you view, so why not take a look from high in the sky? During this excursion you'll also get an aerial peek at more than 36 massive rock formations including the famous, Kata Tjuta. The unmistakable beauty of Uluru and its accompanying rock formations is magnified when set against an otherwise flat backdrop providing a horizon extending far beyond your imagination.

Approximate value: $285 AUD per person

Camel Ride to Sunrise Enjoy a peaceful one hour camel ride among the red sand dunes in the cool, clear morning air and watch the dawn as it breaks over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta. Learn about the native flora and fauna as they wake to the rising sun, and finish the morning off right with a cup of Billy Tea or coffee and freshly baked beer bread with quandong jam.

Approximate value: $129 AUD per person

Stargazing in the Outback The Australian Outback is perhaps one of the best places on earth to explore the galaxy of stars in the night sky. The low humidity and minimal unnatural light in the Red Centre allow you to view the stars and planets like you've never seen them before. See the wide expanse of the Outback sky ablaze with countless stars as your star gazing tour guide takes you on a fact finding journey through the southern night sky, enhancing your knowledge of astronomy and its beginnings - guiding you through the evolution of the Universe.

Approximate value: $42 AUD per person

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour Enjoy a full day exploring the Daintree. Cruise along the backwaters for your chance to view crocodiles in their natural habitat before continuing on your guided walk through the rainforest. Later stop at Emmagen Creek for a refreshing swim in a rainforest stream prior to visiting Cape Tribulation for a stroll along the beach.

Approximate value: $220 AUD per person

Great Adventure Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Full Day Upgrade The complete reef and island experience awaits with this exciting cruise. A fast 45 minute catamaran ride will take you to beautiful Green Island to enjoy 2 hours on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay. A day of adventure and discovery continues on the spacious activity platform moored on the majestic Outer Great Barrier Reef. Here you'll have three hours to snorkel (gear included), visit the underwater observatory, take a guided tour or choose from a host of other fun activities to take advantage of the Great Barrier Reef. Refuel at a hot and cold buffet lunch and reminisce about your day during afternoon tea and coffee, return to Cairns on a fast and air-conditioned catamaran. Passengers can also choose to add one or more of the below options on the day of travel (prices and availability are subject to change). Guided snorkel tour (approx. AUD 56pp). Scenic helicopter flight (15 min)- subject to min. passenger requirements & weather conditions (approx. AUD 255pp). Introductory scuba diving (approx. AUD 152pp) and scuba-doo scooter (approx. AUD 150pp) may be available for purchase through the vendor- on the day of travel.

Approximate value: $156 AUD per person

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail - Private Excursion This excursion package combines the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway. The Skyrail will take you on an amazing adventure above the World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy. The duration of the Skyrail experience is approximately one and a half hours and includes spending time at the two rainforest mid-stations where you can participate in a Ranger guided boardwalk tour, visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre or take in the vistas from one of the lookout areas. The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway was built over 100 years ago and winds its way through the tropical mountain ranges between Cairns and Kuranda. This package includes time to explore Kuranda 'The Village in the Rainforest'. There are rainforest walks, markets, cafes, restaurants, and galleries for you to visit.

Approximate value: $145 AUD per person

Sunset Cruise A sunset cruise is the perfect way to start your evening. Soak in the beautiful views of the Trinity Inlet waterways, mangroves and mountains in the magical early evening sun.

Approximate value: $44 AUD per person

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour Your off the beaten track Blue Mountains experience starts with a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park (before other tourists arrive) where you can meet all the native Australian animals and feed a kangaroo. Continue on to Blue Mountains National Park and enjoy the stunning views of the remote region. Breathe the fresh air during a leisurely 30 minute round trip walk to Wentworth Falls and gaze at the spectacular views over Jamison Valley. Visit Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters. Dine on a two course lunch at the friendly Blackheath Golf Club, then spend the afternoon visiting a unique selection of lookouts including the famous Govetts Leap. Toast to all the beauty with a glass of sparkling wine at Mt. Wilson, and top off the day at the delightful Mt. Tomah Botanic Gardens for sweeping views of Sydney before returning to your hotel.

Approximate value: $208 AUD per person

Hunter Valley Wine Experience Indulge in a day filled with Hunter Valley's fine wine and gourmet cuisine with stunning vineyards as your backdrop. Your experience starts at Drayton's Wines, a pioneering wine-making company that is family-owned and operated. Taste their award-winning wines and experience over 150 years of wine-making excellence. Visit Lindeman's Winery, where the first humble crop of vines planted in 1984 comprised of Riesling, Verdhelo and Shiraz. Meet the cellar-master in a private tasting of a range of Lindeman's fine wines. Settle into a secluded country inn for lunch and treat your tastebuds to local seasonal produce paired with wine tastings that complement the meal. Stop at the boutique Bluetongue Brewery and head to McGuigan Wines for tastings from one of the most respected industry pioneers, Top off the day at Hunter Valley Gardens Village a beautiful spot, brimming with boutique stores and majestic gardens (entry to Hunter Valley Gardens is not included).

Approximate value: $185 AUD per person

Revolving Restaurant Dinner 360 Bar and Dining is the preeminent restaurant space in Sydney Tower boasting unsurpassed 360 revolving views of the Sydney skyline. With dark mahogany wood finishes and soft ambient lighting, 360 Bar and Dining provides a breathtaking setting with an unbeatable backdrop a perfect compliment to the excellent Modern Australian cuisine.

Approximate value: $95 AUD per person

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb The Bridge Climb is a 3 1/2 hour climb where you will ascend 4 ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the hum and buzz of Sydney's traffic. With the summit in your sight, your journey continues along the Bridge's outer arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top. After a summit celebration with your group, you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side and make your descent.

Approximate value: $262 AUD per person

Taronga Zoo - Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Take a journey through Taronga Zoo through the perspective of an Aboriginal guide. See Australia's amazing animals in a new light, as you discover the binding relationships between flora and fauna and hear stories of the Dreaming - describing creation of creatures and the landscape. Learn the centuries-old traditional uses of plants for food and medicine while enjoying interactive experiences with unique Australian wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and a vast array of Australia's birds.

Approximate value: $99 AUD per person