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Aboriginal Art, Fjords, Waterfalls

Australia & New Zealand—Two vastly distinct countries. Exceptional ways to explore them.

In Australia, discover a land so old that vast tracts predate fossils, and see it in the manner befitting its immense scale: by sea. See spectacular gorges formed by geological forces, extraordinary Aboriginal cave paintings, and remarkable wildlife. Then venture into Indonesia for exceptional snorkeling and diving and meet welcoming people who live close to their ancestral traditions. Plus, search for Komodo dragons, whales, and more.

And when a film script calls for a backdrop of stunning scenery, New Zealand steps up with its dramatic peaks, scenic fjords, and white-sand beaches. The last country to be inhabited by humans, New Zealand’s pristine landscapes impress with endemic flora and fauna. Add Māori culture, cities known for their quality of life, and celebrated wines and gastronomy, and it’s easy to understand the country’s longstanding appeal.

(5) Australia and New Zealand Itineraries

Australia and New Zealand

New and Noteworthy

New Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound

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Length

16 days

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Nov

From

$20,290

Prices are per person

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Highlights

Australia and New Zealand

New and Noteworthy

New Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound

Length

16 days

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Nov

From

$20,290

Top Highlights

  • On guided walks through a rare podocarp forest, a rainforest, botanical gardens, and arboretums, learn about the country’s fascinating plant life
  • Visit sites important to Maori history and culture, Napier’s well-preserved art deco city center, and cosmopolitan Auckland, “the City of Sails”
  • New Zealand’s celebrated wines and culinary specialties add to the many pleasures of this inspiring expedition

Special Offers

FREE BAR TAB AND CREW TIPS INCLUDED

Australia and New Zealand

New and Noteworthy

New Kimberley Expedition: Australia’s Wild Northwest

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Length

15 days

  1. Jul

From

$11,150

Prices are per person

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Highlights

Australia and New Zealand

New and Noteworthy

New Kimberley Expedition: Australia’s Wild Northwest

Length

15 days

  1. Jul

From

$11,150

Top Highlights

  • Zodiacs take you up the spectacular King George River, where you’ll feel dwarfed by the towering red rock canyon walls, then cooled by the mist of King George Falls.
  • View an outdoor Aboriginal art gallery, portraying images of the Wandjina spirits.
  • Take a scenic flight over the famous Bungle Bungle Ranges, a natural wonder.
  • Visit Montgomery Reef, where the tide drops so rapidly that waters trapped atop the reef create a raging torrent as they escape.

Special Offers

FREE BAR TAB AND CREW TIPS INCLUDED

Australia and New Zealand

Indonesia & Papua New Guinea

New and Noteworthy

New Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia

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Length

18 days

  1. Aug

From

$15,610

Prices are per person

Special Offers (1)
Highlights

Australia and New Zealand

Indonesia & Papua New Guinea

New and Noteworthy

New Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia

Length

18 days

  1. Aug

From

$15,610

Top Highlights

  • Zodiac up the King George River to explore it at water level and experience its towering red rock canyon walls.
  • Zodiacs land virtually anywhere and take you up close to the unique wildlife in this Region -- see crocodiles, migrating humpback whales, and endearing wallabies.
  • Visit the world-renowned Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to go in search of the legendary Komodo dragon.
  • Snorkel and dive remote reefs with galaxies of colorful fish in Indonesia and pristine Rowley Shoals in Australia.

Special Offers

FREE BAR TAB AND CREW TIPS INCLUDED

Australia and New Zealand

New and Noteworthy

New Southern Odyssey: New Zealand and the Subantarctic Islands

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Length

22 days

  1. Jan
  2. Nov
  3. Dec

From

$29,370

Prices are per person

Special Offers (2)
Highlights

Australia and New Zealand

New and Noteworthy

New Southern Odyssey: New Zealand and the Subantarctic Islands

Length

22 days

  1. Jan
  2. Nov
  3. Dec

From

$29,370

Top Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in unparalleled beauty: scenic beaches and lush native forests in the North Island and deep fjords and dramatic landscapes in the South Island.
  • Discover the history and dynamic culture of New Zealand and the Maori people.
  • Explore the sub-Antarctic islands which remain almost completely protected from human activity and are home to a diverse collection of endemic plant and animal species
  • Delve into New Zealand’s cultural riches – from Napier’s Art Deco architecture, to historical Maori sites.
  • Visit Abel Tasman National Park where we’ll discover its golden sand beaches, abundant bird and sea life and native forests.

Special Offers

  • FREE BAR TAB AND CREW TIPS INCLUDED
  • 4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE

Expedition Highlights

Part research vessel, part grand hotel, National Geographic Orion will be your base for these unforgettable expeditions. Travel to a part of the world where the landscapes are ancient, the air and water pristine, and the wildlife rare and abundant. The ship was purpose-built to explore the most remote places while providing maximum comfort and safety, and she provides the perfect “base camp” to discover all the nooks and crannies while enjoying the welcoming atmosphere she so readily fosters.

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We knew the country and fjords would be beautiful, but it was the people we fell in love with. The history of the Maori and the relationship between the native people and modern culture is inspiring.

Jennifer P.

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With deeply indented coastlines, unique cultures, varied coastal geology, and rare wildlife, New Zealand is perfect for exploring by expedition ship.

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