Tauck providing seamless ways to explore Australia and New Zealand


By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva

Looking for some exotic experiences to put on your 2020 travel calendar? Who isn’t? Tauck has a few exciting options to consider.

Next year the company’s “Exotics’ journey collection features a 15-day tour of South Austalia and a two week adventure to New Zealand’s North and South Islands.

These are new excursions that visit out-of-the-ordinary sites along with some popular places.

Here’s a synopsis of what’s ahead:

Tauck’s new “Australia Adventure: Kangaroo Island, Tasmania & Sydney” limited to 18 guests per departure, this tour features multiple-night stays in Adelaide, on Kangaroo Island, and in Melbourne, Tasmania and Sydney.

It includes a Tauck-exclusive visit to a kangaroo sanctuary that ends with a sunset  cocktail and canapes reception. There’s also a a walk in a sea lion colony at Seal Bay led by a naturalist guide.

Additionally there’s a naturalist’s lecture on Kangaroo Island in a wildlife safari on Bruny Island. As well as a visit to a  wildlife rescue center where species ranging from Tasmanian devils to koalas are rehabilitated.

South Australia culture and cuisine

The tours also allow time to explore South Australia culture and cuisine at of Adelaide’s Central Market (one of the largest food emporiums in the Southern Hemisphere).

During those stops are visits to five different wineries (including a Tauck-exclusive wine-blending workshop at Jacob’s Creek Winery and a port tasting at Seppeltsfield Winery).

Other activities include guided tours of Sydney’s iconic Opera House and Tasmania’s infamous Port Arthur Prison, as well as an optional Segway tour of Adelaide.

Hotel stops

The Australia segments provide three-night hotel accommodations at  the Mayfair in Adelaide and Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island,  two nights at the Park Hyatt Melbourne, four nights at the MACq 01 Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania, and a final two-night stay at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor in Sydney.

Good on you

New Zealanders often great visitors by saying, “Good on you.” It took a second or two to catch on that they mean enjoy your day. Anyhow it’s a fun place to visit with really nice locals and sites to see.

Tauck’s “New Zealand: A North & South Island Adventure” includes stays in Christchurch, Aoraki / Mt. Cook National Park, Queenstown, Blenheim, Napier and Auckland.

Like the Australia trip, the New Zealand itinerary takes in  sites that explore the natural world and local culture.

Highlights include  Aoraki / Mt. Cook National Park and a flight y to Tasman Glacier. There’s also an excursion to the Tasman Valley on a 4X4 adventure.

Hog-sters will no doubt delight that Tauck is providing a chance to ride on the back of  a  Harley to Christchurch.

There also a chauffeured tour of  Napier in a vintage car. Guests can also go punting on the River Avon in Christchurch, take a jet boat ride along the Dart River, and enjoy a cruise of Marlborough Sounds.

Museum time

Gallery buffs get to explore the Quake City museum in Christchurch, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

And that’s not all.  Participants also get access to two additional museum experiences that are exclusive to Tauck along with  a private Maori performance at the Auckland Museum.

For fares and bookings contact a Pavlus travel specialist. Keep in mind that pricing is based on double occupancy and include air, transfers, most meals, tips and more. Just ask your Pavlus agent for details.

In addition to those two new tours, Tauck is doing a 20-day “Grand Australia & New Zealand” journey.  This popular itinerary features attractions and locations (such as Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, plus Te Anau and Fiordland National Park in New Zealand) not featured on either of the two new itineraries. Small group departures averaging 24 guests are also available.

To learn more about Tauck visit www.tauck.com or again check out Pavlus Travel.





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