Splendors of Australia and New Zealand


Explore Australia and New Zealand's stunningly diverse landscapes and wildlife—from the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens to renowned Milford Sound.

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 Sydney Opera House with the sun setting behind it  Sydney Opera House at night  Traditional Maori meeting house  The dramatic Milford Sound with Mitre Peak in the center. Credit: Tourism New Zealand, Rob Suisted  Panoramic view of Queenstown  Looking out over Queenstown. Credit: Tourism New Zealand, Chris Sisarich  Wines of New Zealand. Credit: Tourism New Zealand, Chris McLennan  Traditional Maori greeting, or <i>Hongi</i>. Credit: Tourism New Zealand, Chris Sisarich  Young Maori woman with traditional Moko tattoos. Credit: Tourism New Zealand, James Heremaia  Maori Haka performance. Credit: Tourism New Zealand, James Heremaia  Rotorua's Te Puia. Credit: Tourism New Zealand, Eric Lindberg  The Po Hutu Geyser in Rotorua  Traditional Maori carving  Australia's Great Barrier Reef  Fish and coral found along the Great Barrier Reef  Panoramic view of Sydney  Sydney Opera House at dusk  Koala
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TOUR BROCHURE

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Smithsonian Journeys tours always have unique interesting itineraries and always have a very interesting like-minded set of other traveling companions. The lecture information always help better understand the countries and geology better. 


Previous Journeys Traveler

This was the very best trip I have ever taken. I will travel with Smithsonian Journeys again and again! Thank you so much. 


Previous Journeys Traveler

This was the only tour we found that went to every place we wanted to visit in Australia and New Zealand (including the outback!). 


Richard S.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Pullman Reef Casino

Cairns, Australia

Located in the heart of Cairns overlooking Trinity Bay, the 128-room Pullman Reef Casino offers four restaurants and three bars, health club with hot tub, spa, and massage; rooftop swimming pool; and casino. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, wireless Internet access, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3



Doubletree by Hilton

Alice Springs, Australia

Adjacent to the Alice Springs Golf Course and a 10-minute walk to "Alice's" major sights, the Crowne Plaza offers an outdoor pool, fully equipped gym, sauna and whirlpool, two restaurants and a bar, and laundry and dry cleaning service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, Internet access, TV, and phone. Please note that while the Crowne Plaza Hotel is one of the best in Alice Springs, it may not meet the standards of the other hotels on your tour.

Number of nights: 2

Sails in the Desert

Ayers Rock, Australia

Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, this is Voyages Ayers Rock Resort's premium hotel. The interior decor focuses on Aboriginal heritage and culture, with a gallery in the lobby and significant artworks featured throughout the public areas and in the private rooms. Slip into comfort right in the heart of the central Australian outback at Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel. Relax in beautifully appointed rooms, enjoy a cocktail in the lovely grounds, or sit back and relax under the magnificent white sails. The Hotel also features the acclaimed Mulgara Gallery, the lively, buffet-style Winkiku Restaurant, tapas-style cuisine by the pool at Rockpool (seasonal), and the award winning signature restaurant of Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Kuniya Restaurant.

Number of nights: 1

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

Sydney, Australia

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay stands in the heart of Sydney on historic Macquarie Street and in close proximity to the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Sydney Harbour. Built in the late 1800s, the hotel features 18th-century Louis XV and Georgian antiques. Amenities include a restaurant and bar, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, sundeck, sauna, and outdoor heated pool. Comfortable guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, television, mini-bar, safe, and phone.

Number of nights: 4

The Hermitage Hotel

Mt. Cook, New Zealand

Located inside Mt. Cook National Park, the newly refurbished Hermitage Hotel offers a range of options for enjoying the park, from hiking to flight seeing. The hotel, which is part of the Aoraki Mount Cook Village of several hotels, has several restaurants, gift shop featuring native Maori crafts, and laundry facilities. Guest rooms have private bath, coffee- and tea-making facilities, refrigerator, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Queenstown St. Moritz

Queenstown, New Zealand

Nestled on a hillside overlooking Queenstown's breathtaking lake and mountains, the alpine-lodge style Grand Hotel St. Moritz is centrally located just a few minutes' walk from prime dining and shopping areas. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3



Regent of Rotorua

Rotorua, New Zealand

The newly refurbished Regent of Rotorua is a boutique-style accommodation located in the center of Rotorua, close to the city's restaurants and pedestrian shopping street. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar, mini fitness center and spa, heated outdoor pool, indoor thermal mineral pool, and Internet access. Each of the 15 air-conditioned guest rooms have mini-bar, in-room safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, microwave, TV, phone, and luxury linens and robes.

Number of nights: 2

Pullman Auckland Hotel

Auckland, New Zealand

The 340-room Pullman Auckland sits in the heart of Auckland across from the University of Auckland and a few minutes’ walk from the Queen Street shopping district, Sky City casino, and other attractions.  Fully renovated in 2009, the hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge; fitness center with pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room; spa with massage treatments; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2