Explore Australia and New Zealand's stunning landscapes—from the Great Barrier Reef and the Australian Outback to the renowned Milford Sound and Rotorua's geothermal features. Plus gain insights into traditional cultures such as Australia's Aboriginal people and New Zeland's Maori people.

Starting at: $10,184 * 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 $10,184 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore Australia and New Zealand's stunning landscapes—from the Great Barrier Reef and the Australian Outback to the renowned Milford Sound and Rotorua's geothermal features. Plus gain insights into traditional cultures such as Australia's Aboriginal people and New Zeland's Maori people.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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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.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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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 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 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

Located on a hillside, the alpine-lodge style 134-room Hotel St. Moritz is just minutes walking distance from prime dining and shopping areas.  Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning facilities, fitness center, sauna, and hot tubs.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, mini-bar, ironing facilities, TV, and phone. 

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

Tour Extension

Auckland Post-Program Option  3 Days, 2 Nights

Enjoy the sparkling “City of Sails” at your own pace. Your tour extension price includes:

  • Two (2) nights accommodations at the Grand Millennium Auckland (Superior First Class) 
  • Two (2) breakfasts
  • Transfer to the airport

Grand Millennium Auckland

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 hairdryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, minibar, TV, and phone.

Activity Level

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active


Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Testimonials

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.
Reading List

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In a Sunburned Country
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The Songlines (Penguin Classics)
By: Bruce Chatwin
For its twenty-fifth anniversary, a new edition of Bruce Chatwin's classic work with a new introduction by Rory StewartPart adventure, part novel of ideas, part spiritual autobiography, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin's most famous books. Set in the desolate lands of the Australian Outback, it tells the story of Chatwin's search for the source and meaning of the ancient "dreaming tracks" of the Aborigines—the labyrinth of invisible pathways by which their ancestors "sang" the world into existence. This singular book, which was a New York Times bestseller when it was published in 1987, engages all of Chatwin's lifelong passions, including his obsession with travel, his interest in the nomadic way of life, and his hunger to understand man's origins and nature.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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