Explore a host of wonders across Australia and New Zealand—from the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru to the Milford Sound; and gain insights into the ancient cultures of Australia's Aboriginal people and the Maori of New Zealand.

Starting at: $10,784 * Price includes special offer * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Sydney Opera House at night
 Australia's Great Barrier Reef
 The Great Barrier Reef
 Masked Butterfly Fish, the Great Barrier Reef
 Swimming with tortoise, Great Barrier Reef
 Tropical fish and coral, the Great Barrier Reef
 Sea fans
 A colorful starfish found at the Great Barrier Reef
 Tropical fish and coral of the Great Barrier Reef
 Daintree River and Rainforest
 Flora in the Daintree Rainforest
 Boardwalks in the Daintree Rainforest
 Australian Azure Kingfisher, Daintree Rainforest
 A rare Southern Cassowary in the Daintree Rainforest
 Uluru or Ayers Rock
 The Olgas at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
 Sunset over Uluru
 Night sky in Australia
 Sydney skyline, early evening
 The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
 Koala
 Wallabies
 Looking out over Queenstown. Credit: Chris Sisarich/Tourism New Zealand
 Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables
 View from Mt. Cook. Credit: Hannah Coles
 Dramatic Milford Sound with Mitre Peak. Credit: Rob Suisted/Tourism New Zealand
 Wines of New Zealand. Credit: Chris McLennan/Tourism New Zealand
 Maori sculpture
 Maori woman with traditional tattoos. Credit: James Heremaia/Tourism New Zealand
 Traditional Maori greeting, or <i>Hongi</i>. Credit: Chris SisarichTourism New Zealand
 Maori Haka performance. Credit: James Heremaia/Tourism New Zealand
 Traditional Maori meeting house
 Rotorua's Te Puia. Credit: Eric Lindberg/Tourism New Zealand

Splendors of Australia and New Zealand

22 days from $10,784 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore a host of wonders across Australia and New Zealand—from the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru to the Milford Sound; and gain insights into the ancient cultures of Australia's Aboriginal people and the Maori of New Zealand.

or Call 855-330-1542

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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

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Pullman Reef Hotel 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 ten-minute walk to “Alice’s” major sights, the 236-room DoubleTree by Hilton offers two restaurants and a bar, gym, tennis courts, sauna and whirlpool, outdoor pool, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, and phone. Please note that while the DoubleTree by Hilton 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

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. Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, this is Voyages Ayers Rock Resort's premium hotel. The interior décor focuses on Aboriginal heritage and culture, with a gallery in the lobby and significant artwork featured throughout the public areas and in the private rooms. 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. Other hotel amenities an outdoor pool, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services, while the greater resort complex offers a host of amenities, from three additional swimming pools and two tennis courts to a shopping complex, hair salon, and visitors’ center. A free shuttle bus operates continuously around the property. Spacious air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, private balcony or verandah, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

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

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Christchurch, New Zealand

The only hotel located within Christchurch's cultural and restaurant district, Rydges sits in the heart of the city by the River Avon and offers easy walking access to major sights, shopping, and restaurants. The 208-room hotel offers a restaurant and a bar, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath, in-room safe, Internet access, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 1

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

Hotel St. Moritz

Queenstown, New Zealand

Set against the stunning backdrop of The Remarkables mountain range and overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Hotel St Moritz reflects the idyllic nature of its surroundings. Elegantly furnished interiors are decorated with inspired works of art. Take in the tranquility of the mountain scenery from outdoor hot tubs, rejuvenate at the gym and sauna, or sample local wine varieties at the Lombardi Dining Room and Bar. 

Number of nights: 3

Regent of Rotorua

Rotorua, New Zealand

The Regent of Rotorua is an intimate boutique hotel with just over 20 guest rooms located just steps from the Rotorua’s waterfront. Rooms range from spacious and elegant suites to cozy “cutie” rooms, each featuring designer décor and plenty of amenities. The hotel features a heated swimming pool and a mineral pool, a small gym, a lounge and wine bar, outdoor dining and lounging areas, and an award-winning restaurant.

Number of nights: 2

Grand Millennium Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

The Grand Millennium Auckland sits in the heart of Auckland’s central business district, just a few blocks from Waitemata Harbour and a few minutes’ walk to the High Street shopping district and SkyCity casino. The bright, contemporary hotel features a soaring, light-filled lobby area, two restaurants and a bar; fitness center with indoor pool, steam room, and gym; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee). Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, minibar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

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