Explore the land “down under” on this 15-day journey, featuring 3 nights in cosmopolitan Sydney, Australia, and a 9-night cruise of New Zealand's North and South Islands. Immerse yourself into the heart of cosmopolitan Sydney and see inimitable natural wonders that exist nowhere else on the planet as you cruise New Zealand’s North Island and circumnavigate the South Island. Savor stunning harbor views when you visit the iconic Sydney Opera House; the Yiribana Aboriginal Art Gallery; the famous Bondi Beach; and The Gap at Sydney Harbour National Park. Continue to New Zealand to experience Māori culture in the “thermal city” of Rotorua and enjoy an excursion in the city of Napier. Cruise for 2 days through Fiordland National Park for up-close views of deep fjords, untamed gorges, and the glacier‑grooved landscapes of Milford Sound and Dusky Sound. Enhance your voyage with the Great Barrier Reef Pre-Program Option and/or the Queenstown Post-Program Option.
- Uniquely designed 12-night land and cruise itinerary featuring 3 nights in cosmopolitan Sydney, Australia, and a 9-night, 5-star cruise
of New Zealand's North and South Islands aboard the 5-star Le Lapérouse.
- Included airfare from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand.
- Explore Sydney, Australia, on a full-day excursion, including guided visits to the Yiribana Aboriginal Gallery and New South Wales Art Gallery.
- Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House to bask in its rich, storied history with a guided tour underneath the famous sails.
- Enjoy panoramic views of magnificent fjords as the ship cruises through Milford Sound and Dusky Sound in UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Fiordland National Park.
- Tour Napier and visit the Art Deco Trust building where you can opt to see a short movie documenting the journey of how the city was rebuilt
in 22 months, after the Napier Earthquake of 1931.
- Discover the historical city of Dunedin to see the architectural marvels of the Dunedin Railway Station and visit Olveston Historic Home
and Larnach Castle.
- Zodiac excursions to view the extraordinary flora and fauna of the incredibly diverse South Island.
- City tour of Christchurch, including the beautiful Mona Vale Gardens, the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial, and Cathedral Square.
Day 1 - Depart home city
Day 2 - Cross the International Date Line
Day 3 - Sydney, Australia
Day 4 - Sydney, Australia
Day 5 - Sydney, Australia
Day 6 - Sydney/Fly to Auckland, New Zealand (airfare included)/Embark Le Lapérouse
Day 7 - Auckland
Day 8 - Whakatane/Rotorua
Day 9 - Napier
Day 10 - Picton, South Island
Day 11 - Cruising the Tasman Sea
Day 12 - Milford Sound
Day 13 - Cruising Dusky Sound
Day 14 - Dunedin
Day 15 - Lyttleton/Christchurch/Auckland/Return to home city
Exclusively Chartered, 5-star Luxury Small Ship
Le Lapérouse, launched in 2018, ushers in a new generation of five-star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. All staterooms and suites feature private balconies. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.
Great Barrier Reef Pre-Program Option
Begin your journey with a three-night stay on Queensland, Australia’s tropical north coast, which includes a full day at the UNESCO-designated Great Barrier Reef—a natural wonder like no other. Explore a virtual kaleidoscope of marine life with a variety of water activities on the edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, from pontoon snorkeling to an underwater observatory. Continue the adventure with either a rain forest excursion to see crocodiles, snakes, and birds along the Daintree River or a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Accommodations are in Thala Beach Nature Reserve Resort. Passengers will be staying in a Jungle Walk bungalow overlooking a Nature Reserve with complimentary Nature Reserve tours, Star Gazing experience, Coconut Tour, guided Garden walk, a Bird & Butterfly walk for guests and a Treetop Restaurant! Cairns to Sydney airfare is included in your Pre‑Program package price.
Queenstown, New Zealand Post-Program Option
Discover New Zealand’s interior in Queenstown with a three‑night tour extension. Enjoy views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Southern Alps on the Skyline Gondola from Bob’s Peak. Continue to the historic mining settlement of Arrowtown, once rich with gold, for a glimpse into the town’s 1860s Gold Rush days. Visit the Lakes District Museum to see exhibits that celebrate the region’s early Maori life and settler history. Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the legendary T.S.S. Earnslaw, a 1912 coal-powered steamship, to visit the Walter’s Peak high country sheep station. Accommodations are in the centrally located, luxury hotel, St. Moritz.
Christchurch to Queenstown airfare is included in your Post‑Program package price.
The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
Nova Peris is an Australian treasure, renowned for both athletics and politics. She was not only the first Aboriginal Australian to win Olympic gold but one of the elite few athletes to represent their country in two different sports (hockey and athletics) in separate Olympic Games. Peris also served as the first Olympic torchbearer for the Sydney 2000 Games. A passionate campaigner for Aboriginal rights and reconciliation in Australia, Peris became the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Federal Parliament in 2013, serving as Senator for the Northern Territory. She is the author of two books, Nova-My Story, and Nova-Finding My Voice.
Ngahihi o te ra Bidois
New Zealand native Ngahihi o te ra Bidois is a modern‑day warrior who translates ancient wisdom from his Maori culture into modern solutions. Often referred to as “The Face of New Zealand,” this former businessman embraced the Maori culture in his 20s and shifted his focus to indigenous education and health care. An award‑winning inspirational speaker, Ngahihi o te ra is currently chair of New Zealand’s Eastern Fish and Game Board and Manager of a large Maori Land Trust. His book Ancient Wisdom Modern Solutions outlines his “why” for helping people on their journeys.
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