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Cruise from lively Sydney to the highlights of Australia and New Zealand, visiting the geysers of Rotorua, the art deco masterpieces of Napier and the fragrant gardens of Christchurch, with return flights from the UK and shore excursions in every port

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Vineyards near Melbourne
  • Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
  • Old railway station, Dunedin
  • Dunedin
  • Christchurch
  • Tourist trolley in Christchurch
  • Wellington

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Australia and New Zealand Special Offer

This once-in-a-lifetime holiday takes in the lively cities and awe-inspiring scenery of Australia and New Zealand, with overnight stops in Sydney and Auckland.

Enjoy an overnight stop in Sydney, nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains and renowned for its iconic Opera House, before cruising the Gippsland Coast to the dynamic city of Melbourne. Visit the fabled island of Tasmania, named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and home to the UNESCO-listed former penal colony of Port Arthur.

See the sights of Dunedin, one of the best preserved Victorian cities in the world, soak up the English ambience of Christchurch, nicknamed the "Garden City", and call at Wellington, New Zealand's fascinating capital bursting with culture. Napier is full of art deco treasures, while Rotorua, sacred to the Maori, offers spectacular hot springs, dramatic spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools. An overnight stop in Auckland, the "City of Sails", gives ample time to take in the key sights.

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Australia and New Zealand Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Sydney (Australia)

Fly from the UK to Sydney.

Day 2 - Sydney

Arrive in Sydney and embark Viking Orion.

Day 3 - Sydney

Your day begins in the heart of this lively city at Sydney Cove. Explore the crooked streets of The Rocks, Sydney's historic district on an included walking tour. There is also the opportunity to climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, discover the natural beauty of the Hunter Valley wine-growing regions and visit famous Bondi Beach.

Day 4 - Gippsland Coast

Viking Orion cruises the waters off the Gippsland Coast. Boats piloted by Aboriginal Australians hunting for seals once frequented these waters. Today it is one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Take in the stunning views during a day at sea.

Day 5 - Melbourne

Melbourne, capital of Victoria, was once one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Join the guided city tour taking in the Victorian-era buildings and Fitzroy gardens, or perhaps fly over the Twelve Apostles on a thrilling helicopter ride or enjoy a food-inspired walking tour around the city.

Day 6 - Bass Strait

Cruise across the Bass Strait, named after explorer George Bass. This stretch of water separates Tasmania from Australia. Admire the 60 islands scattered along this strait from the Sun Deck or Explorers' Lounge.

Day 7 - Hobart (Tasmania)

Tasmania is the smallest state of Australia and was named after Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer. Its capital, Hobart, was once a penal colony but today is a beautiful city in an idyllic setting on the banks of the Derwent River. Perhaps visit the UNESCO-listed Port Arthur where you can learn about the relocation of convicts in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Day 8 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 9 - Forveaux Strait

Viking Orion cruises through the Foveaux Strait which is renowned for its oyster beds. Learn about Dunedin, tomorrow's port of call, during tonight's talk and enjoy a cocktail listening to jazz at Torshavn.

Day 10 - Dunedin (New Zealand)

Port Chalmer has a beautiful harbour which is overlooked by the magnificent hills of the Otago Peninsula. The region's cultural capital, Dunedin, was founded by Scottish settlers. Dunedin is actually the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. The city is one of the world's best preserved Victorian cities with stunning architecture, an example being the Dunedin Railway Station. Perhaps visit an albatross rookery, enjoy tasting at a local brewery or travel the Taieri Gorge on a vintage rail journey.

Day 11 - Christchurch

Located at the foot of the Southern Alps, Christchurch is a stunning city and a delight to explore. It blends British charm and striking scenery, and is home to several parks, hence its nickname the "Garden City". Head to the Container Mall and the Cardboard Cathedral as well as the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens. There will also be the opportunity to visit the International Antarctic Centre or explore the land of Lord of the Rings.

Day 12 - Wellington

Wellington is often referred to as "the coolest little capital in the world". It is home to several museums including the Museum of New Zealand. Enjoy a tour which takes in the key sights including the spectacular Wellington Cathedral and the neoclassical Parliament House. You'll also visit the Wellington Botanic Garden. Perhaps go seal watching along the coast or opt for a Lord of the Rings themed city tour.

Day 13 - Napier

Viking Orion cruises into Hawke's Bay, New Zealand's second largest wine-growing area. Discover Napier's magnificent art deco architecture on a fascinating city tour or take the opportunity to head further afield to sample renowned wines at the region's vineyards. Alternatively, go in search of the area's diverse birdlife including the iconic gannet.

Day 14 - Rotorua

Cruise into the Bay of Plenty to visit Tauranga, overlooked by the imposing Mt Maunganui, an extinct volcano. Join a walking tour which takes you to the summit of Mt Drury which is known to the Maori as Hopukiore. Alternatively, take the opportunity to explore the thermal region of Rotorua with its bubbling mud pots and dramatic geysers. This region is sacred to the Maori.

Day 15 - Auckland

Auckland is the cultural capital of New Zealand's North Island and known as the "City of Sails". The city has hosted two America's Cup challenges and its marinas are lined with luxury yachts. An overnight stay allows ample time to explore. Perhaps visit Albert Park, the neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum and Bastion Point. There will also be the opportunity to sample some of the region's acclaimed wines.

Day 16 - Auckland - UK

Disembark Viking Orion in Auckland and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 17 - UK

Arrive in the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 14-night full-board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional optional shore excursions
Map for Australia and New Zealand