Australia and the South Pacific Adventure Travel & Expeditions
The ultimate land of discovery, Australia and New Zealand offer the adventuresome traveler much to love. Whether your sights are set on the sub-Antarctic islands where few have visited before, New Zealand’s Fiordland World Heritage Park, the rugged Kimberly region of Australia or the incredible landscapes and wildlife of Tasmania, Australia and New Zealand adventure travel is the answer to your wanderlust. Rare photographic opportunities are sure to present themselves: legendary yellow-eyed penguins in the sub-Antarctic islands; elaborately painted Aboriginal caves on Bigge Island; Milford Sound, which Rudyard Kipling described as the “eighth wonder of the world;” and giant kauri tree forests. The land Down Under is a welcome mix of exotic environments and a friendly, comfortable ambience—making an Australia and New Zealand expedition one of the most enriching travel experiences on Earth. The itineraries we offer vary from year to year; below please find our upcoming Australia and New Zealand adventure travel expeditions.
Expeditions to Australia & the South Pacific
This Western Australia expedition takes you to The Kimberley, one of the most remote and captivating regions on earth—a land of towering cliffs, plunging waterfalls, ancient cultures, and exotic wildlife. The 65-guest Oceanic Discoverer easily navigates the mighty rivers and tiny inlets of the region throughout your Kimberley adventure travels.
This award-winning journey reveals the extraordinary diversity of Melanesia and its people. Idyllic islands and isolated villages offer unique time-honored traditions and ceremonies including hypnotic drumming, melodic bamboo panpipes, and elaborately-costumed dancers. Myriad natural wonders complement the culture and history of this adventure: exotic flora and endemic bird species on land, and colorful reefs teeming with fish beneath the warm sapphire waters. Melanesia Expedition Highlights:
Book-ended by the fabled islands of Fiji and Tahiti, this South Pacific expedition strings together a dazzling array of palm-fanned islands ringed in waters of incredible hues. From the jungle-draped volcanic mountains of Wallis & Futuna to the tiny, low-lying atolls of the Cook Islands, Tahiti adventure travel reveals a world of supreme natural beauty and people proud to share their ceremonial traditions of music and dance. Along the way discover seldom-visited Tokelau and search for endemic species in the lush rain forests of Samoa.
This voyage offers an exotic blend of culture and nature, showcasing the incredible diversity of enigmatic Indonesia. Excellent snorkeling and diving are highlights of this voyage with Bunaken National Marine Park, a World Heritage Site, and three full days exploring the Raja Ampat archipelago—considered to hold the richest variety of marine species on the planet. Enjoy numerous nature walks and Zodiac cruises which reveal stunning scenery, pristine beaches, and luxuriant tropical landscapes.
New Zealand adventure travel is invariably described as awe-inspiring—from the soaring mountains and glacier-carved waterways to islets teeming with seabirds, and flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. Add to this Milford, Breaksea, and Doubtful Sound tours, visits to gracious, British-flavored cities, and a fascinating cultural mix of hospitable people eager to share their history and tradition—all the makings of a truly memorable journey.
For many, Polynesia is the very definition of paradise; evoking classic images of palm-fanned beaches, azure lagoons, and exotic, flower-bedecked islanders. Begin in legendary Tahiti and continue east for a Marquesas tour, admiring their sky-piercing volcanoes, lushly-carpeted canyons, and chiseled bays. The low-lying Tuamotu Archipelago, whose remote atolls—mere rings of coral dotted by tiny islets enclosing aquamarine lagoons—offer some of the world’s most dazzling snorkeling and diving.