Australia & New Zealand – Viking Cruise

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Australia & New Zealand – Viking Cruise

Discover Aussie & Kiwi splendors

Gain deep insight into the native and European cultures of Australia and New Zealand. Hear about Sydney’s and Hobart’s penal past from a descendant of Australia’s first settlers. Admire the Victorian treasures of Dunedin, the fragrant English gardens of Christchurch and Wellington and the art deco glories of Napier. Enjoy the earthy sounds of the didgeridoo and the thrilling dances of the Maori. Only Viking brings you this close to the “Land Down Under.”

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*Expires 31st July 2024

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

Day 1: Sydney, Australia

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Sydney was founded as a penal colony in 1788 and is celebrated for its magnificent natural harbor. It has grown into the major cultural center of Australia, beloved for its all-embracing, free-spirited nature. The cultural jewel in its crown is the iconic Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled harborside like a gleaming white bird taking wing. Adjacent, the Royal Botanic Garden displays one of the world’s most important horticultural collections across its 70 acres of flora-lined pathways.

In the heart of Sydney, The Rocks is the city’s district of restaurants, galleries and shops. But its streets were not always so welcoming; during the 19th century, they were the haunt of ex-convicts and sailors who wandered among buildings made of clay and wood, thatched roofs or locally quarried sandstone—the district was named for the latter—looking for trouble. Many original structures have been razed and replaced, however one of the few to have survived in this is the Lord Nelson, Sydney’s oldest pub brewery that has been serving pints and other libations since 1841.

Shore Excursions

SYDNEY PANORAMA (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SCENIC DRIVE THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S CULTURAL CAPITAL
Be captivated by vibrant Sydney and take in the city sights in comfort on a scenic motor coach tour. Begin your journey to Circular Quay. Along the way, your guide will regale you with stories of Sydney’s past and present, and point out various sights around the city. Historically, some of its denizens were colorful characters who had moved to Sydney from elsewhere and were known to adopt a somewhat unconventional view of the law. Biographies of these immigrants make for entertaining stories today. Take in views of Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House across the water and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Then, step on the shores of the world-famous Bondi Beach and enjoy the stunning views. You may choose to return to your ship by coach or ferry; alternatively, explore more of Sydney at your leisure.

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Trace one of Australia’s most scenic regions along the southeastern shore of the continent on the Bass Strait. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Melbourne has been called the world’s most livable city. It enjoys a scenic setting on the large bay of Port Phillip. Soon after Queen Victoria declared it a city of the Crown in 1847, the rush to find gold in its rivers made it one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities. Today, it is celebrated as the country’s cultural capital of the arts and exudes a rich and lively British flair, from its narrow shopping lanes to the fanciful Victorian buildings along Collins Street. A literal slice of England can be found within 64 acres of beautiful blooms at Fitzroy Gardens.

Shore Excursions

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS VICTORIA & SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

HORTICULTURAL WORKS OF ART AND NATIONAL MONUMENT TO SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
Explore two of Melbourne’s most important sights and admire the city’s beauty, culture and history. You will visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, a striking green oasis in the heart of Melbourne. Covering 38 hectares, it features more than 31 collections of plants presented as living works of art. Take a guided tour, then enjoy free time to explore on your own. Cross the street to pay your respects at the revered Shrine of Remembrance, one of the city’s most stunning landmarks. Discover the real-life stories of Australians in wartime and view breathtaking vistas of the memorial gardens and the city. Afterward, set out on a scenic drive through Melbourne. Pass magnificent buildings, such as the fortress-like Old Treasury Building and Parliament House, and the marvelous string of High Victorian Gothic buildings along Collins Street while en route to your ship.

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Separating mainland Australia from the island of Tasmania, the Bass Strait was discovered by British explorers George Bass and Matthew Flinders in 1799. This discovery allowed merchants and explorers to cut 700 miles off their journeys from Europe or India. The largest archipelago in the waterway’s eastern reaches, the Furneaux Islands, once formed a land bridge between Tasmania and Australia. In the strait’s western region, King Island hosts several settlements and is on the migration route of several bird species.

Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state, was named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. Its capital, Hobart, was founded as a penal colony for some 300 inmates. Today, the charming city boasts the world’s second-deepest natural harbor, a mild climate and a picturesque setting on the banks of the Derwent River. Its remarkably preserved architecture dates to Georgian and Victorian times, and traditional pubs transport visitors back to Old England. Nearby, Port Arthur is an open air museum chronicling the relocation of convicts here by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Shore Excursions

HOBART SIGHTS (Include)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

TASMANIA’S CAPITAL CITY
Take in the sights of Tasmania’s capital city, and the stunning landscape of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney, Hobart offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, combining historic charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. Travel by coach through the city, enjoying the contrast of elegant sandstone alongside modern architecture. You will pass Anglesea Barracks—the oldest Australian army barracks, and one of Australia’s most significant historic military precincts. Journey through the suburb of South Hobart to the gardens of the Cascade Brewery Company, Australia’s oldest operating brewery, located at the foot of the majestic Mt. Wellington. Continue to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, where you will have some free time to explore the magnificent collection of conifers and cool temperate trees, and the extensive gardens that embrace the flora of the Southern Hemisphere.

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“Cross the ditch” as you sail today, a term coined to refer to a voyage on the Tasman Sea, just as many Americans and Europeans refer to a trans-Atlantic journey as “hopping the pond.” Admire the views as you sail today and enjoy an al fresco dining experience. The Aquavit Terrace serves a range of International fare and casual dining favorites, as well as a range of superb cocktails inspired by our destinations.

The narrow Foveaux Strait separates New Zealand’s South Island from Stewart Island, also known as Rakiura (or "the Land of Growing Skies") after its M?ori name. The small town of Bluff is the South Island’s southernmost settlement and is dominated by Bluff Hill to its west. With a permanent population of less than 400 people, Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third-largest island, ringed with bays and blanketed with lush forests.

Dunedin and Port Chalmers lie on the 12-mile-long Otago Harbour. At the heart of the city, Dunedin is home to New Zealand’s first university, built in 1871. This lively college town is one of the South Island’s cultural capitals. Neighboring Port Chalmers has a thriving arts scene, inspired by its setting. Across the water, the distinctive Harbour Cone summit rises on the Otago Peninsula. Together, this unspoiled region is a breathtaking vista of mountains and sea, and home to seals, penguins and seabirds, including the only mainland colony of albatross in the world.

Shore Excursions

DUNEDIN CITY TOUR (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

NEW ZEALAND’S VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN TREASURES
See the highlights of the best-preserved Victorian city in the world. Drive along scenic Otago Harbor to Dunedin, founded by Scottish settlers in 1848 and named after the Gaelic term for “Little Edinburgh.” Then enjoy a scenic drive past a wealth of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, richly festooned with spires, gables and gargoyles. Pass Dunedin Botanic Garden, the country’s oldest; and the Otago Museum, with its colonnaded entry; and the magnificent Dunedin Railway Station, a jewel in New Zealand’s architectural crown. Enjoy your journey around the Octagon, the eight-sided plaza overlooked by the Dunedin Town Hall, the twin-spired St. Paul’s Cathedral and a statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns. You will also see Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest residential street, and admire striking views from Unity Park before returning to your ship.

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Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Named after Christ Church College in Oxford by English pilgrims from Canterbury, it retains much of its original British flavor, from the Gothic Revival cathedral to the punting excursion boats on the tranquil Avon River. The city embraces another English tradition: it is home to so many green parks that it has been nicknamed the “Garden City.” Its lush Botanic Gardens ranks among the most important in the world, hosting plants from six continents, a rock garden and a water garden of lilies and irises.

Shore Excursions

CHRISTCHURCH & MONA VALE GARDENS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

INSPIRING VISIONS OF RESTORATION AND BEAUTY
See how Christchurch is preserving its rich heritage after the 2011 earthquake, then visit the Mona Vale gardens. As you drive to the English-flavored city, learn about the exciting vision underway to rebuild and restore it. Pass the Canterbury Museum, housed in a beautiful 19th-century stone building. See the modern, all-glass facade of the Christchurch Art Gallery and drive by Hagley Park, the city’s largest urban open space. View the Cardboard Cathedral, a transitional cathedral located several blocks away from the damaged Christchurch Cathedral. Next, take a leisurely stroll through the Mona Vale gardens—a serene setting enveloped by mature trees, sloping lawns and beautiful bedding displays. Among the lush greenery, you will find rhododendrons, camellias and a stunning iris garden. Walk along the Avon River, pass the water lily pond and view the Mona Vale homestead—recently restored to its former glory.

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Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, enjoys a splendid setting and is hailed by many as the “coolest little capital in the world.” Its history is embodied in a rich collection of architecture, from classic weatherboard wooden cottages and the clean lines of art deco to Edwardian and postmodern wonders. The city’s neoclassical Parliament House stands out and is listed as a Heritage New Zealand building for its history and cultural significance. The city hosts an array of arts and cultural institutions, including museums, symphonies, ballet and film.

Shore Excursions

TE PAPA & HIGHLIGHTS OF WELLINGTON (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

VISIT THE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND AND EXPLORE CONTEMPORARY DISPLAYS
Take in the sights of New Zealand’s capital during a panoramic drive and visit the Te Papa Museum. Meet your guide and set off by motor coach, passing the 19th-century Parliament buildings. During your ride, your guide will explain the history of the buildings and the city’s culture. Arrive at the waterfront Te Papa Museum and step inside to explore a celebration of New Zealand’s diverse landscape, cultures and nature. After an introduction, you will enjoy time to explore the museum at your leisure. Impressive exhibits highlight the natural world and geology of New Zealand’s islands, as well as the M?ori culture and traditions. View interactive displays that educate, inspire and showcase the unique aspects of New Zealand and its history through storytelling and the latest technology. After your visit, return to your awaiting ship.

BOTANIC GARDENS & CABLE CAR RIDE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

VISIT HILLTOP GARDENS AND ADMIRE STUNNING VISTAS
Take a trip by cable car for views over Wellington and its harbor and take a stroll around the botanical gardens. Meet your guide and embark on a drive along Bowen Street, passing the 19th-century Parliament buildings. During your ride, your guide will explain the history of the buildings and the city’s culture. Arrive at the cable car station and step on board this more than 100-year-old historic rail car for a ride to the summit. From the top, you will admire sweeping views over the Storm Coast and Wellington Harbour. Take a walk around the botanical gardens and admire the lush native forest, plant collections and seasonal displays. You may also visit the small Cable Car Museum, set in the original winding house which was operational from 1902 until 1978. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

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Napier is an impressive cityscape of art deco architecture often compared to Miami Beach for its splendor. Built after much of the city was destroyed during a 1931 earthquake, the stunning “main street” design and art deco flair combine to create a city unlike any other in the world. The National Aquarium, one of the finest in New Zealand, can be found in Napier. Nearby, Hawke’s Bay boasts more than 70 vineyards. The first ones were introduced by French missionaries during the mid-19th century. The city also holds claim as the largest wool center in the Southern Hemisphere.

HAWKE’S BAY WINE TASTING (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES

SAMPLE VARIETALS FROM ACROSS THE REGION
Taste a selection of wines from the renowned Hawke’s Bay region, one of the “Great Wine Capitals” of the world. At the historic Hawkes Bay Club, meet a Hawke’s Bay wine representative who will provide a brief overview of this diverse wine-growing region, best known for its Merlot-Cabernet blends, Syrah and Chardonnay. You will receive your complimentary tasting glass, along with detailed notes of the vintages presented by the eight winemakers in attendance, then begin your tasting journey. Sample up to three varietals from various regions across Hawke’s Bay; once you have discovered your favorite, you will have the option to purchase and send a supply to stock your own cellar, ready for your return home. In the Heritage Room, local artisan producers will be offering a selection of delicacies; try a tasty treat before you depart and return to your awaiting ship.

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Tauranga, nestled on the Bay of Plenty, is watched over by the dramatic Mt. Maunganui, an extinct volcano that helped shape this spectacular region of white-sand beaches and azure waters. The M?ori arrived here in the 13th century, followed by the British 600 years later. Today, the city is home to a thriving cultural scene and stunning vistas of mountains rising from the surrounding waters. Tauranga is best known as the gateway to the bubbling mud pools and thermal fields of Rotorua. The local M?ori believe this cauldron-like region to be a gift of fire from the gods.

Shore Excursions

SCENIC BAY OF PLENTY (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

ROLLING FARMLAND AND KIWIFRUIT ORCHARDS
Take in the beautiful scenery of the Bay of Plenty as you discover more about the kiwifruit capital of the world. Meet your guide and board your motor coach as you set off through Tauranga, crossing the city’s harbor to Te Puke. Pronounced “tay-pookey,” this is New Zealand’s premier region for the production of the nation’s namesake fruit. During your panoramic ride, you will learn more about the orchards that pepper the surrounding landscape. At a local village community hall, enjoy refreshments and a taste of locally picked kiwi, along with free time to browse for kiwi-inspired products and mementos at a boutique marketplace. Members of the local M?ori tribe will welcome guests, then provide entertaining insight into their culture. Reboard your coach for a drive along Marine Parade, with panoramic views over Ocean Beach and the Bay of Plenty, before arriving back at your ship.

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Cultural capital of New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is known as the “City of Sails” for its residents’ love of boating. This seafaring city has hosted three America’s Cup challenges, and its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts. In tree-lined Albert Park, flower beds and towering palms point the way to a cast-iron central fountain. The neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum chronicles the nation’s history within its edifice-like walls. The observation deck of the Sky Tower offers breathtaking bird’s-eye views of Auckland’s cityscape.

Shore Excursions

HIGHLIGHTS OF AUCKLAND (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

VIEW NORTH ISLAND LANDMARKS AND VISIT THE AUCKLAND MUSEUM
Enjoy a panoramic drive of Auckland’s major sights and visit the Auckland Museum to learn about M?ori culture. Meet your guide at the pier and embark on a narrated drive, passing many of the city’s landmarks. Amid its bustling streets, modern skyscrapers stand beside restored Victorian-era buildings, coexisting in perfect harmony. In the charming suburb of Parnell, pass quaint colonial-style shops. By the Central Business District lies the Auckland Domain, the city’s largest park. Within its 75-hectare grounds is the Auckland Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of M?ori and Polynesian artifacts, including an 82-foot-long M?ori canoe carved from a single tree. Here, you will have time to explore the museum’s exhibits on your own, and pay your respects at the War Memorial, located just outside. Afterward, return to your awaiting ship.

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Straddling a narrow isthmus on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland enjoys a picturesque setting between two harbors: Waitemat? and Manukau. This cosmopolitan city of outdoor enthusiasts is a vibrant marine hub. One of the great pleasures of exploring the city by foot is witnessing countless masts bobbing with the tide at the city’s marinas and jet-setting yacht clubs, and marveling at the many full-blown sails as they traverse glittering waters in the distance. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

Pre & Post Cruise Extensions

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.
Pre & Post Cruise Extensions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

2024 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON
Dec-13 Auckland to Sydney FROM FROM
AU$10,595 AU$11,595
Dec-23 Sydney to Auckland FROM FROM
AU$11,495 AU$12,495
Dec-27 Sydney to Auckland FROM FROM
AU$11,895 AU$12,895
2025 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON

Jan-06

Auckland to Sydney FROM FROM
AU$11,995 AU$12,995
Jan-10 Auckland to Sydney FROM FROM
AU$11,995 AU$12,995
Jan-24 Sydney to Auckland FROM FROM
AU$12,595 AU$13,595
Feb-07 Auckland to Sydney FROM FROM
AU$12,895 AU$13,895
Feb-21 Sydney to Auckland FROM FROM
AU$14,495 AU$15,495
Nov-30 Sydney to Auckland FROM FROM
AU$10,495 AU$11,495
Dec-02 Sydney to Auckland FROM FROM
AU$9,995 AU$10,995
Dec-14 Auckland to Sydney FROM FROM
AU$8,995 AU$9,995
Dec-16 Auckland to Sydney FROM FROM
AU$9,295 AU$10,295
Dec-28 Sydney to Auckland FROM FROM
AU$9,995 AU$10,995
2026 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON

Jan-11

Auckland to Sydney FROM FROM
AU$10,995 AU$11,995
Jan-25 Sydney to Auckland FROM FROM
AU$11,995 AU$12,995
Jan-30 Sydney to Auckland FROM FROM
AU$11,995 AU$12,995
Feb-08 Auckland to Sydney FROM FROM
AU$10,995 AU$11,995
Feb-13 Auckland to Sydney FROM FROM
AU$11,295 AU$12,295

 

*Cruise only offers, save up to AU$2000  per couple

*All prices are in Australian dollars, per-person, based on double occupancy and reflect our current offers. Strikeout prices reflect brochure pricing.

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Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

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