Australia & New Zealand Cruises 2018 -2019
What better way to explore the Land Down Under than on an Australia & New Zealand cruise?
What better way to explore the land down under than on a magnificent cruise to Australia? From exotic wildlife and untouched nature to urban hubs and cultural capitals, Australia is a destination that has fascinated adventure-seekers for decades. Fly to Australia and sail along the coast, or combine it with a trip to New Zealand, Tasmania, or southeast Asia on a repositioning cruise. Stick to the mainland, or explore the numerous islands located just off Australia's coast.
Australia has no shortage to offer nature lovers. Boasting some of the most unique wildlife on Earth, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with a koala, or see a kangaroo in its natural habitat, during an exciting shore excursion. Scuba divers won't want to miss an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef, and water-lovers will enjoy swimming, snorkeling and surfing along the sandy beaches. Take in the stunning natural landscapes of New Zealand's Fjordland National Park, or explore the manmade wonder of the Sydney Opera House.
The vibrant cultural capital of Australia, Sydney is a must-see city for anyone visiting the Land Down Under. From the silhouette of its iconic opera house perched on the edge of the water to the idyllic green hills of the Blue Mountains sprawling from the city, Sydney is guaranteed to capture your heart. With its pristine beaches, landmark architecture, and charming islands, you may never want to leave Sydney Harbor - but venture outside the city and you'll be rewarded with a world of incredible nature just waiting to be discovered.Highlights of Sydney
- Take a ferry through the harbor to see Sydney’s photogenic skyline
- Spend the day shopping, strolling, or sunbathing at the famous Bondi Beach
- Take an excursion to nearby Royal National Park, where you’ll see lush rainforests, towering cliffs, and wild bushlands
New Zealand is home to more than just beautiful landscapes and hobbits. A melting pot of different cultures, its blend of European, Pacific Islander, and indigenous Māori heritage give the island its unique charm. To get a real sense of the colonial, geographic, and indigenous forces that have shaped this city, be sure to check out the Auckland Museum, located in the heart of the city. Nature lovers might find themselves more drawn to the volcanoes, beaches, and caves nearby.Highlights of Auckland
- Visit one of the many nearby volcanoes, such as the famous One Tree Hill
- Experience New Zealand’s indigenous culture on a guided tour by a Maori guide
- Step into the magical Shire at the Hobbiton movie set – a must-see for Lord of the Rings fans!
A colorful subtropical city, Brisbane is the perfect gateway to both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. The capital of Queensland, it’s a cultural hub full of hip bars, charming art galleries, and museums. To truly take in the city, climb the nearby Kangaroo Point cliffs, where you’ll be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the Brisbane city skyline. If you’re staying a bit longer, there are plenty of nearby islands, forests, and vineyards just waiting to be explored.Highlights of Brisbane
- Spend the day at Stadbroke Island and get a glimpse of the marine life
- Explore the city’s scenic waterways from the deck of a CityCat Ferry
- Cuddle up with Australia’s cutest marsupial at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Once a Victorian seaside resort, Melbourne has evolved into a hip capital of culture where the party never stops. Its world-famous arts scene means it’s home to multiple exhibits and festivals each year. History buffs won’t want to miss out on historical landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, an Art Deco cinema called The Astor, or the Old Melbourne Gaol, a former prison for convicts. Those more interested in the 21st century will delight in the numerous art galleries, cocktail bars, and cafes just waiting to be discovered. And to keep its residents fueled up for all-night parties and high energy festivals, Melbourne reportedly has the best coffee in the world.Highlights of Melbourne
- Browse the stalls of the Queen Victoria market for fresh fruits and souvenirs
- Take a historic train on a tour around downtown
- Visit the hip seaside neighborhood of St. Kilda
Tauranga is a booming port city surrounded by stunning nature. Its bustling waterfront is full of diverse restaurants and pop-up shops that are popular among tourists and locals alike. Nearby, some of New Zealand’s greatest natural wonders are just waiting to be discovered. From the nearby Mount Maunganui to the hot springs of Rotorua to the marine life living just offshore, Tauranga is the perfect launching point to discover New Zealand’s bay of Islands.Highlights of Tauranga
- Hike Mount Maunganui and be rewarded with sweeping views of the city and the bay
- Explore the historical site Monmouth Redoubt to learn the local history between the Māori and the early colonists
- Take an excursion to the island of Rotoua, bathe in the volcanic geysers and enjoy a Polynesian spa experience
The capital of New Zealand, Wellington is a charming, coastal city with a number of cultural centers and landmarks disproportionate to its size. Its picturesque crescent-shaped harbor is the perfect place for a pleasant walk on a calm day, or you can explore the surrounding countryside on a guided tour – a landscape you just might recognize from New Zealand’s most famous fantasy film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.Highlights of Wellington
- Immerse yourself in Middle Earth on a Lord of the Rings tour. Visit Weta Studios with its collections of sets, props, and costumes, or tour the locations where the movies were filmed on-site.
- Stroll around the city center and take in historical landmarks such as The Beehive, the National War Memorial, and the National Library
- Check out the native wildlife at Zealandia or the Wellington Zoo
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