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Exploring Australia & New Zealand 2025

February 14 - March 07, 2025
Length: 22 days
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Travel from Australia’s sophisticated Sydney, sacred Uluru, and the wondrous Great Barrier Reef to New Zealand’s towering Mt. Cook, breathtaking Milford Sound, high-spirited Queenstown, and nautical Auckland.

Operated by Odysseys Unlimited

Tour Highlights

  • With three nights in cosmopolitan Sydney, see the city’s sights, including popular Bondi Beach and the Rocks historic neighborhood.
  • Enjoy a catamaran cruise with lunch around Sydney Harbour.
  • Tour the iconic Opera House and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park.
  • Visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the traditional land of the aboriginal peoples and home of Uluru (Ayers Rock).
  • Watch the sun set over the fabled sandstone monolith of Uluru and then dine under the stars.
  • Participate in a traditional Aboriginal dot painting experience and learn about the Anangu culture and way of life.
  • In tropical Cairns enjoy a day-long excursion to the Great Barrier Reef with opportunities to swim, snorkel, or view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel.
  • In Mossman Gorge embark on a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk.
  • Travel to the mountain village of Kuranda and descend via Skyrail gondolas.
  • Travel via Sydney to Christchurch, New Zealand’s English-accented “Garden City,” for a two-night stay.
  • Enjoy a Christchurch city tour featuring the acclaimed Botanic Gardens and Cathedral Square.
  • Journey south by motorcoach to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
  • Tour Mount Cook Village, including the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Optional activities here include hiking and scenic flights.
  • En route to Queenstown, visit historic Arrowtown and the famous Kawarau Bridge Bungy.
  • Take a day-long excursion to stunning Milford Sound that includes a nature cruise through the breathtaking fjords.
  • In geothermal Rotorua, visit Paradise Valley Springs, which showcases native flora and wildlife.
  • Visit the National Kiwi Trust, dedicated to rehabilitating injured kiwis, the national bird of New Zealand.
  • At the Te Puia Thermal Reserve and Cultural Centre enjoy a traditional hangi dinner and Maori performance.
  • En route to Auckland stop at the Ruakuri Caves to see the unique glowworms.
  • On a city tour of Auckland, see the stunning harbor and the America’s Cup Village.
  • Enjoy additional time in Auckland, the “City of Sails,” on a 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

If you would like to view a digital copy of this trip’s brochure, please click on the words “Digital Brochure” under Additional Resources (follows directly below Itinerary at a Glance) on this webpage.

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