Journey to New Zealand and Australia to explore some great icons of our planet; whale sharks and rumbling volcanoes, glowing deserts and snowy wonderlands are all found in these World Heritage sites. Landscapes are dominated by nature's drama, every angle one of surreal primitive beauty. Covering nine national parks and eight UNESCO sites, this unique tour envelops you in the wild wonders of New Zealand and Australia to connect the alpine to the marine with everything in between.
Taupo – Relaxed Volcanic Welcomes in New Zealand
Volcanoes circle New Zealand, hundreds of them crumble and explode as they cross the landscape; some stand with elegant cones that seem ready to erupt once more. Others are in decay, slowly fading into the lakes that fill the land. Tongariro provides an indelible impression of New Zealand's volcanic subtleties, the mountains evoking the wild appeal of the country. Fly to Taupo via Auckland, where the view from your hotel balcony is dappled with peaks, many of them reflected in the serenity of Lake Taupo. Today is left free to give you time to relax and recuperate after the flight. There is plenty to do if you are feeling adventurous; kayaks take you onto the lake while easy walking trails offer the views of volcanic legend.
Taupo – Maori History in Tongariro National Park
Queenstown – The Charms of Te Wahipounamu
Milford Sound – Lost in the Fjords
Franz Josef Glacier – Beneath the Southern Stars
Franz Josef Glacier – Walking Across the White Wonderland
Greymouth to Christchurch – New Zealand's Spectacular TranzAlpine Train
Sydney – A Performance at Sydney Opera House
Sydney – Exploring the Blue Mountains
Day 10 - 11
Fraser Island – The World's Largest Sand Island
Day 12 - 13
Cairns – Immersed in the Great Barrier Reef
Uluru – Sunset at the Iconic Rock
Uluru to Perth – The Flaming Rocks of Kata Tjuta
Day 16 - 17
Ningaloo – The Whales Sharks of the West Coast
Learmonth to Perth – Departure
- Explore rich Maori history in Tongariro National Park, a landscape of dramatic volcanoes and serene alpine lakes
- Cruise through the mystical waters of Milford Sound and spend the night on a boat beneath the fjord's cliffs
- Admire the southern stars from Mount Cook and wander across Franz Josef Glacier, two more unique snippets in Southwest New Zealand
- Ride the TranzAlpine train through Te Wahipounamu, losing yourself in towering cliffs, lakes, waterfalls, and forest
- Sydney offers two World Heritage Sites both imbued with drama; watch a performance at the Sydney Opera House and explore the eucalyptus and sandstone of the Blue Mountains
- Take a four-wheel drive across the world's largest sand island, the great Fraser offering two days of thrilling outdoor adventure
- Snorkel or dive beneath the surface and discover the world's most famous marine site: the Great Barrier Reef
- Watch the sun go down across Uluru and then watch it rise across the 36 red domes of Kata Tjuta
- Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, just one of the marine highlights in Western Australia
The list of Oceana's World Heritage sites is overwhelmingly the natural realm. A continent of surreal space and color, national parks stretch the boundaries of fiction. Alpine mountains framed by ancient volcanoes, glaciers tumble into the forest, great stretches of desert unveil a kaleidoscope of reds as the hues flicker when the sun crosses the sky. Vibrancy awaits in the ocean, everything from serene whale sharks to thousands of interconnected coral reefs. Sand islands, eucalyptus forests, snowy mountains and starry skies, Oceana offers an ode to nature's drama, every angle a unique showcase of an untamed continent.
This handcrafted luxury itinerary will inspire as you journey through the natural World Heritage sites in New Zealand and Australia to reveal a phantasmal blend of landscape and wilderness area. Start in Tongariro, the world's fourth oldest national park, and an expansive space of Maori history, volcanic relics, and pristine lakes. Southwestern New Zealand is one giant World Heritage site, and you'll spend several days to take in its intimate details. Spend the night on a boat in Fjordland, step across a glacier to strange ice sculptures, explore the night's sky, and take a train journey through a remarkable alpine world.
You will then reach Sydney, and the soothing natural realm is briefly interrupted by the drama of a performance at the Sydney Opera House. The next morning brings the Blue Mountains, a eucalyptus-clad forest with crumbling sandstone pinnacles. Fly up to the coast to Fraser Island for a huge expanse of sand and strange flora. Travel in a four-wheel drive vehicle into the wilderness, before the next day reveals the grandeur of the Great Barrier Reef. Then cross the desert and stop to admire the rocks of Uluru and Kata Tjuta to immerse yourself in all the enchantment of Australia's red center. Complete the itinerary with Ningaloo Reef, a remarkable marine world that allows you to swim with whale sharks and get close to the world's unusual underwater characters.
$5,845 per person (excluding international flights)
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