Combining the iconic and the untamed, this unique journey showcases the dramatic diversity of a lost continent. Each destination dances for your camera with shimmering mountains, burning desert, famous cities, and volcanic wonders. A juxtaposition of shades and colors provide the backdrop while a compelling cast of residents offer a focal point. There's always a new angle as these 13-day Australia and New Zealand photography tour exemplifies the wonders of New Zealand and Australia.
Welcome to New Zealand
Auckland provides a sleepy welcome to the continent, with New Zealand's biggest city as tranquil as they come. You'll be picked up from the airport in a luxury sedan and transferred to your hotel. After getting settled, wander around the harbor and pick a route through the city's old colonial buildings, all the while settling into the country's enduringly laid-back atmosphere. This day is at your leisure, giving you the day to adjust to the time difference and slowly explore the cute city center.
A Journey Through Hobbiton
Geysers and Maori Culture in Rotorua
Serene Beauty in Queenstown
A Dazzling Journey into Milford Sound
City Sights and City Lights in Sydney
Winding Through the Blue Mountains
Sydney From the Water and the Bridge
Shimmering Sunset at Uluru
A Desert Sunrise and Onwards to Melbourne
Rolling Along the Great Ocean Road
Kangaroos and Koalas in the Wild
- Gasp in delight as you wander through Hobbiton, the famous movie set, even more evocative when experienced first hand
- Capture the volcanic landscapes of Rotorua and then switch to portrait mode as you're welcomed by an indigenous Maori tribe
- Document the dramatic Fjordlands National Park, first cruising through famous Milford Sound and then taking a helicopter across the glaciers
- Immerse yourself in the wonders of Sydney, including climbing the exposed archway of Sydney Harbour Bridge and taking a boat cruise through the city
- Attach the wide-angle lens as you discover the mystical haze of the Blue Mountains, a thousand juxtaposing colors dancing before your camera
- Journey to the red heartbeat of Australia, Uluru (Ayer's Rock), burning red as the sun begins to set, the Milky Way glowing white through the night, and Kata Tjuta shimmering at dawn
- Keep filling the memory cards as you weave along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at hidden bays, secluded beaches, and famous sights like the Twelve Apostles
- Soak up the charm of Melbourne as you finish your trip in this enchanting cultural hub
Australia and New Zealand offer an untamed playground for your camera, their compelling landscapes providing a stage for a photographic adventure that exudes diversity. Multiple colors dance before your lens on this Australia and New Zealand photography tour. Dramatic geology provides a visual feast while the inimitable residents ensure a rich focal point. Keep the camera ready at all times as you journey through the finest landscapes the Southern Hemisphere can offer. Just driving to a destination offers innumerable opportunities to focus and click, while both countries revel in their ability to throw in a surprise. Some scenes are tailor-made for the camera; burning red Uluru in the desert, subalpine lakes and mountains around Queenstown, or capturing Sydney from any angle. Others provide intrigue and challenge, contrasting colors requiring a good eye and careful manipulation.
It all starts in New Zealand, the volcanic North Island providing the backdrop for the first three days. After flying into Auckland, you'll be journeying back in time, descending on Middle Earth and the hypnotic Hobbiton movie set. It's quite a journey with every angle offering the iconic New Zealand countryside. Geothermal activity rumbles beneath your feet, bursting out of prehistoric looking rock in the Maori town of Rotorua. Capture the sudden explosions of water before switching to portrait mode as a Maori tribe provides a traditional greeting and evening of entertainment. Ruggedness and drama shape the South Island's landscape, your camera tested by snow-capped peaks, thunderous waterfalls, and immense fjords. And that's just when you journey to Milford Sound. Helicopter over the Fjordlands and land on an exposed glacier, and later soak up the serene beauty of Queenstown.
After five days in New Zealand, you cross the Tasman Sea and take in the vibrant cityscape of Sydney. With the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and surfers on Bondi Beach, there are plenty of iconic scenes to keep you clicking away. Compliment the city exploration with a meandering trip into the Blue Mountains, a World Heritage Site that defies the eyes. Uluru at sunset is equally iconic, but your trip into Australia's red center comes with added surprise. Open the shutter and capture the incredulous night sky, and wake before dawn to see sunrise between the domes of Kata Tjuta and the world's biggest monolith.
Each day is packed with action and intrigue, picturesque scenes greeting you from every angle. There's also plenty of time to rest and relax, after all, these countries are famed for their indelibly laid-back rhythm. Completing the itinerary are three days of unique experiences around Melbourne. Weave along the Great Ocean Road, each corner bringing countless opportunities for award-winning photos. Enjoy the scenery with rainforest tumbling into the ocean, hidden sandy bays, and cliffs cast adrift in the ocean; it's a day of disbelieving sights. Then again, so is your trip into the bush and an intimate experience with wild koalas and bouncing kangaroos.
This lost continent and tailored itinerary will excite every photographer. Combining the iconic and the unknown, this Australia and New Zealand vacation hones your skills for capturing the images that make most of the world drool.
$4,220 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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