Soar across the South Pacific by private jet, discovering iconic sites, ancient cultures, and natural wonders across New Zealand, Australia, and Polynesia—from the Milford Sound and sacred Uluru to the vibrant cities of Christchurch and Adelaide, to the far-flung isles and reefs of the Cook Islands and Fiji.  

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 Australian Azure Kingfisher, Daintree Rainforest
 An Olive-backed Sunbird, Daintree Rainforest
 The Daintree Rainforest
 Daintree River and Rainforest
 Boardwalks in the Daintree Rainforest
 Sydney Opera House at night
 The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
 The Rose Garden at the Botanical Gardens, Christchurch
 Rarotonga, Cook Islands
 Beach in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
 Milford Sound
 Evening view of Queenstown
 Landscape around Christchurch
 Street scene in Sydney
 Landscape of Wolgan, Australia
 Wolgan Valley resort, Australia
 Adelaide coastline, Australia
 The sacred site of Uluru-Kata
 Great Barrier Reef
 Coral Reef, Great Barrier Reef
 Malolo Islands, Fiji
 Malolo Islands, Fiji
 Landscape of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu
 Sydney Opera House at night

Wonders of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific by Private Jet

23 days from $149,950

Soar across the South Pacific by private jet, discovering iconic sites, ancient cultures, and natural wonders across New Zealand, Australia, and Polynesia—from the Milford Sound and sacred Uluru to the vibrant cities of Christchurch and Adelaide, to the far-flung isles and reefs of the Cook Islands and Fiji.  

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Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active


Our Wonders of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific by Private Jet itinerary is an active and ambitious program that will be taken at a moderate pace with many early morning departures and longer days so you can experience the best of these incredible destinations. When we depart each destination, we'll fly during the day to allow for rest and overnight accommodations in the finest hotels and resorts available along our route. This trip will travel great distances and experience frequent time zone changes, which can affect energy levels. You should be physically active and in good general health, especially prior to departure. This trip will include plenty of physical activities—including walking, hiking, and snorkeling—in addition to activities designed to offer cultural or historical context. Each excursion offered will entail a different level of physical expectation, with many that will require walks from one to three miles and last from two to three hours. If you wish to avoid these excursions, alternative choices may be available. All excursions will take place rain or shine and most of the destinations will be warm with strong sun. In more remote spots, expect to walk and hike along groomed trails, some that can have steep inclines and declines. There may be trails and pathways that can be uneven and sandy or rocky, with uneven steps, pebbles, mud, and exposed roots or that will be slippery and muddy if it has recently rained. Specific inoculations will be required to take part in this journey. Details on how to prepare for this trip and information on each day’s activities, including weather, packing suggestions, and “what to expect” will be included with your Pre-Tour documents. Countries on this itinerary are not immune to events that could require an itinerary change. Weather, political occurrences, and visits by dignitaries can require extra flexibility to accommodate the unexpected event or events.  

This Private Jet Journey is appropriate for: Travelers who are reasonably fit and healthy, enjoy days full of discovery and adventure, and are comfortable with many early mornings to see the most of these destinations. *As part of registering for this trip, all participants will need to be evaluated by their private physician to be sure the program and pacing is suitable for them.  

For travelers who do require a slower pace, extra assistance, or the use of a cane or walking stick, arrangements can be made for private touring at each destination, if necessary, at the discretion of tour staff. Any extra cost for such arrangements will be the responsibility of the individual guest. 

The jet tour is operated by TCS World Travel. 


Day 1 — Kona, Hawaii

Arrive in Kona, on Hawaii’s Big Island, and settle into your resort on the spectacular Kohala Coast.  After time to enjoy the pristine beach and the surrounding black-lava landscapes, meet your fellow guests, tour staff, and Smithsonian Journeys Expert for a festive welcome dinner. (D) 

Days 2-3 — Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Your first flight by private jet brings you across the South Pacific to the Cook Islands, 15 tiny volcanic islands and atolls strung across a vast swath of ocean. Check into your resort on the largest island, Rarotonga—just four miles wide—and spend three days discovering this unspoiled Polynesian paradise of endless white beaches, coral reefs, and lush tropical forests. Set out on the Rarotonga Island Discovery tour to learn more about the natural, cultural, and political heritage which makes this place unique. Step into limestone churches and stroll through the Garden of Seven Stones, a monument to the seven waka, or canoes, that brought the first Maori settlers to the islands. Go snorkeling in lagoons and reefs rich with marine life, and enjoy a chance to swim with the many sea turtles that inhabit these waters. Then glide across the reefs on a glass-bottom boat cruise, watching a wide spectrum of tropical fish swim among the corals as the crew plays traditional ukelele songs.  (B,L,D) 

Pacific Resort Rarotonga or Nautilus Resort 

Days 4-7 — Christchurch, New Zealand

Fly to New Zealand, crossing the international date line and losing a day on the way. Land in the cultural hub of Christchurch, a city with English roots that has become a bastion of creativity and innovative architecture since an earthquake devastated its historic center in 2011. Delve into Christchurch’s thriving art scene—and its abundant green spaces—on a guided walking tour that will have you meandering through the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park and watching the punts on the River Avon. Admire the glass architecture of the Christchurch art gallery; pass beneath the Bridge of Rememberance; and see the iconic Cardboard Cathedral, hastily constructed after the earthquake using cardboard tubes and shipping containers. Explore the open-air art galleries that have made Christchurch into an exciting street art destination.  

Then choose from a variety of ways to experience more of the city and its surroundings. Take in bird’s-eye views of the city and the distant Southern Alps from the Christchurch Gondola, and encounter kiwis, wakas, and other unique New Zealand wildlife on a visit to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Travel to seaside Akaroa, where historic homes show the legacy of 19th-century French and British settlers, and embark on a harbor cruise for a chance to spot penguins and the rare Hector’s dolphin. Or enjoy an excursion to the Waipara wine region to sample its renowned pinot noirs and rieslings. (B,L,D) 

Days 8-10 — Queenstown and Milford Sound

Your next stop is Queenstown, New Zealand’s “adventure capital,” set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the heart of the stunning Southern Alps. From here, discover the glacier-carved fjords of the South Island on a thrilling helicopter flightseeing tour over the Milford Sound. Learn the Maori interpretations of this dramatic geography and touch down a top a glacier for an up-close view of the natural forces that shaped this land. Skim between the canyons of the Shotover River on an exhilarating jet boat ride, or tour local vineyards and stop for a tasting with the vintners. Alternatively, visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, a five-acre sanctuary dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of more than 20 native bird and reptile species. (B,L,D) 

Days 11-12 — Wolgan Valley, Australia

Fly across the Tasman Sea to Sydney, Australia, and split into two groups. One will travel by helicopter to Wolgan Valley west of Sydney; the other will drive. The valley is located in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains Area, a magnificent wilderness of rocky escarpments and slot canyons, wildlife-rich meadows and thick eucalyptus forests where rare species thrive. Nestled beneath a stunning stretch of cliffs, your lodge here is a 7,000-acre carbon-neutral wildlife reserve that has the atmosphere of a pioneer camp. Head out on nature walks to encounter the unusual creatures and the majesty of this rugged land—the quintessential Australian bush. Hear bush lore and history from your field guide, spot birds, and learn about the valley’s flora and fauna. Sip a sundowner while observing kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies and more at the day’s end.  

During your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a cleansing ritual with the Mingaan Wiradjuri people, who have inhabited the valley for millennia. Gain insight into their vibrant, ancient culture and the importance of the environment to their beliefs and way of life. (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Sydney

Return to Sydney today. Those who traveled to Wolgan Valley by helicopter will return by road, and those who drove will make the journey by helicopter. Delve into this exciting cosmopolitan city through your choice of activities. Follow a guide on a tour of the historic Rocks district, site of the first European settlement in Australia and now brimming with art galleries, heritage buildings, and cafes. Tour the Sydney Opera House for an intimate look at the legendary site. Take the ferry to the renowned Taronga Zoo and see a wide range of species—including koalas and kangaroos—with a private guide. Or challenge yourself with a climb up Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy panoramic views of the city and its harbor as your reward. (B,L,D) 

Days 14-16 — Adelaide and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Travel by private jet to Adelaide, a lively capital of art and cuisine on the Southern Ocean coast. Enjoy three nights in this captivating city and spend your days exploring on a range of excursions. Take a day trip by private jet to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where you’ll encounter the unusual domed rock formations of Kata Tjuta on a guided hike through Walpa Gorge. Admire extraordinary views of the sacred monolith of Uluru, and hear about the spiritual significance and natural history of these iconic sites. 

Back in Adelaide, browse the rich plant collections at the Adelaide Botanic Garden, and journey to the rolling hills of Barossa Valley, South Australia’s renowned wine region. Here, pay a visit to the Hutton Vale Farm, a family-owned winery and estate established in 1843. Learn about the area’s agricultural history and sit down to lunch in this rustic setting. Enjoy another perspective on wine making at Torbreck, a more modern winery, and sample their premium vintages. In the Adelaide Hills wine region, go on a tasting tour of the Shaw & Smith winery, known for its cool-climate whites, and take part in a cheesemaking class with an expert. Gather at the renowned Penfold’s Magill Estate Winery—which dates back to 1844—for an unforgettable evening of world-class food and wine. (B,L,D) 

Mount Lofty House or Sequoia Lodge

Day 17 — Hobart, Tasmania

Lying 150 miles from Australia’s southeastern coast, the island of Tasmania boasts a unique culture and history as well as stunning landscapes. Land in Hobart, once a British penal colony and later a center for the Southern Ocean whaling and sealing trade. Immerse yourself in Hobart’s art scene on a walking tour, and explore the narrow lanes of the city’s earliest settlement at Battery Point. Meet with a keeper for a private tour of the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and an insider’s perspective on efforts to protect and rescue species such as wombats and Tasmanian devils. Or attend a moving performance of Her Story, which traces the real-life story of a female convict imprisoned on Tasmania in the 1830s. A private ferry brings you to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in the evening for a private visit of the collection and a specially arranged dinner. (B,L,D) 

Days 18-19 — Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Fly north across the continent to Cairns and transfer to the town of Port Douglas, your base for discovering two legendary World Heritage sites: the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree Rainforest. Cruise to the remote northern reaches of the world’s largest coral reef system and encounter astonishing marine life on a snorkeling or diving excursion. Keep an eye out for exotic marine life such as sea turtles, clown fish, feather stars, and reef sharks. Or venture into the Daintree Rainforest with a Kuku Yalanji guide, and experience a unique Aboriginal interpretation of the flora, fauna, and geography of this ancient ecosystem. Gain insight into local culture and the Dreamtime tradition, and learn about the everyday life of the contemporary Kuku Yalanji people. (B,L,D) 

Days 20-22 — Malolo Island, Fiji

Your next flight brings you to Fiji, an archipelago of 300 islands and atolls surrounded by the largest reef system in the southwest Pacific and home to incredibly rich marine biodiversity. Land in Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu, and continue to Malolo, a tiny isle in the Mamanuca archipelago. Your home here is an idyllic resort on the edge of a turquoise lagoon that offers a wide range of activities as well as an up-close look at efforts to preserve Fiji’s ecosystems. Spend your time here snorkeling the island’s fringing reef, windsurfing, or kayaking along the edges of the aquamarine lagoon; or simply relax on a secluded beach. Sail a catamaran to nearby islands, or follow walking trails into Malolo’s lush interior, perhaps hiking to the island’s highest point to the remains of an American fort from World War II.  Get acquainted with local culture and everyday island life on visits to nearby villages, or take a tour of the resort’s iguana sanctuary, where extensive conservation work is ensuring the survival of the endangered Fijian crested iguana and its dry forest habitat. (B,L,D) 

Days 22-23 — Kona, Hawaii/Return Home

On your final flight back to Hawaii, gain a day crossing the international date line and arrive in Kona on the evening of November 19. Gather to celebrate your South Pacific sojourn at a farewell dinner and return home on independent flights the next day. (2B,L,D)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

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