Australia and New Zealand (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Orion
Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia
Auckland, New Zealand

Arrive in Auckland today and embark your ship. The cultural capital of New Zealand's North Island, Auckland is known as the "City of Sails" and enjoys a stunning setting between two harbors. This seafaring city has hosted two America's Cup challenges; its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts.

Auckland, New Zealand

Take in Auckland's beauty and history, touring the tree-lined Albert Park and the neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum. Cross the harbor bridge to enjoy sweeping views from Bastion Point and pass through Parnell Village, lined with upscale shops and cafés. If you wish, visit the region's wine country this afternoon to sample some of its world-acclaimed vintages.

Tauranga, New Zealand

Sail into the Bay of Plenty to visit the port of Tauranga, watched over by the dramatic Mt. Maunganui, an extinct volcano that helped shape this spectacular region of white-sand beaches and azure waters. A walking tour introduces you to the relaxed city by bringing you to the summit of Mt. Drury, known to the Māori as Hopukiore. Or, you can explore the thermal region of Rotorua, sacred to the Māori for its bubbling mudpots, spewing geysers, silica terraces, and fumaroles.

Napier, New Zealand

Cruise into Hawke's Bay today, New Zealand's second largest wine-growing region. Disembark to explore Napier's stunning art deco architecture, built after much of the city was destroyed during a 1931 earthquake. Its stunning mix of "Main Street" design and art deco flair combine to create a city unlike any other in the world. Take it all in during a city tour, or venture farther afield to sample some of the region's beloved wines at its vineyards or to seek out some of the bay area's abundant birdlife, including the iconic gannet on nearby Cape Kidnappers.

Wellington, New Zealand

Visit Wellington today, hailed by many as "the coolest little capital in the world", brimming with cultural institutions such as the Museum of New Zealand and the National Art Gallery. The political capital of New Zealand enjoys a splendid setting among mountains and the sea. Enjoy a tour of its main sites, including the summit of Mt. Victoria, the Wellington Cathedral, and the New Zealand Parliament's four buildings—including Parliament House, a dramatic neoclassical wonder, and the Executive Wing, known as the "Beehive" for its shape. You will also see the renowned Wellington Botanic Garden, home to the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden. If you'd like, join our Privileged Access visit to the Museum of New Zealand, or join a city tour fashioned for fans of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Lyttelton, New Zealand

Explore the English-flavored city of Christchurch, spread at the feet of the Southern Alps on New Zealand's South Island. Today it is a stunning blend of British charm and natural beauty, with so many green parks that it has been nicknamed the "Garden City". See firsthand how the city is creatively preserving its iconic heritage. Visit the Container Mall, a series of stores set up in giant shipping containers, and the Cardboard Cathedral, welcoming worshippers until the Christchurch Cathedral is repaired. You will also visit the lush Christchurch Botanic Gardens, one of the world's most important of its kind. If you wish, explore the International Antarctic Center, where you can experience life in the continent's harsh climate and meet some resident penguins.

Port Chalmers, New Zealand

Call on scenic Port Chalmers today, whose harbor is faced by the hills of the Otago Peninsula. You will visit the region's cultural capital of Dunedin, founded in 1848 by Scottish settlers who gave it the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Nestled among rolling green hills that drop sharply into the sea, it is one of the best preserved Victorian cities in the world and home to a wealth of Edwardian and Victorian buildings, including the stunning Dunedin Railway Station. You might alternately join an excursion to view one of the world's most accessible albatross rookeries, where you can observe these magnificent birds in their rich natural habitat.

Foveaux Strait, New Zealand

Enjoy another leisurely day at sea as you cruise past the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island through Foveaux Strait, named after an early lieutenant-governor of New South Wales. Known for its oyster beds, the channel is less than 10 miles wide at its narrowest point and separates Stewart Island from South Island. Learn more about tomorrow's port at tonight's port talk and later enjoy a cocktail over the strains of jazz at Tórshavn.

Tasman Sea (Cruising)

Today, you will begin your crossing of the Tasman Sea. Just as many refer to an Atlantic journey as "hopping the Pond", Kiwis and Aussies refer to this voyage as "crossing the Ditch". Your day at sea provides the ideal opportunity to read about your upcoming ports in the Library and to perhaps make an appointment at The Salon for a hair treatment, manicure, or shave.

DAY 10
Hobart, Australia

Explore the fabled island of Tasmania, Australia's smallest state. It was named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. The capital, Hobart, was founded as a penal colony for some 300 inmates. Today, Hobart is a charming city with a mild climate and a picturesque natural setting on the banks of the Derwent River. Its historic neighborhoods and traditional pubs are best explored on foot. You might wish to tour the former penal colony of Port Arthur, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an open-air museum chronicling the relocation of convicts here by the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.

DAY 11
Bass Strait (Cruising)

Sail across the Bass Strait today. Named after its discoverer George Bass, the shallow stretch of water separates Tasmania from the Australian continent. Enjoy the Sun Deck or scan the horizon from the Explorers' Lounge for one of the 60 islands that dot the strait. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or take in a recent movie in one of our three theaters—two indoor and one under the stars on the Main Pool Deck.

DAY 12
Melbourne, Australia

Discover Melbourne, capital of the Australian state of Victoria. During its heyday, it was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world. Today, you can uncover the cultural and historic treasures of, by some accounts, the most livable city in the world during a tour of its highlights. View the city's stately Victorian-era buildings and visit Fitzroy Gardens, where Cook's Cottage graces the landscape. Constructed in England by the parents of famed explorer Captain Cook, it was deconstructed brick by brick and reassembled here to celebrate the centenary of the city's founding. If you wish, join a visit to see some of Australia's iconic wildlife, such as the koala, wombat, kangaroo, and wallaby.

DAY 13
Scenic Cruising

Cruise the waters off the Australian coast of Gippsland today. This area was once plied by boats piloted by Aboriginal Australians hunting for seals. Today, it is one of the continent's most scenic regions of stunning beaches, old-growth forest, and fertile farms. During your relaxing day at sea, you can learn more about Australia during informative lectures, attend a port talk to familiarize yourself with upcoming destinations, and enjoy the many amenities on board. Relax in The Spa, browse the onboard art throughout the ship, or settle in the Living Room with a book from the ship's library.

DAY 14
Sydney, Australia

Arrive in Sydney, the capital of Australian New South Wales, celebrated for its magnificent natural harbor, the world's largest. Begin your day in the heart of the city, at Sydney Cove. Explore the charming crooked streets of Sydney's historic district of The Rocks, where some houses date back to the early days of European settlement. Or, start off your day touring the bustling fish market with a local chef and taking your "catch" onboard a harbor sightseeing vessel. Fabulous food and wine and good company enhance this scenic outing. You might also explore the natural wonders of the nearby Blue Mountains. Or, set out on your own, perhaps strolling to the famed Sydney Opera House on the stunning harbor.

DAY 15
Sydney, Australia

Disembark in Sydney today, home to the famed Sydney Opera House and countless other cultural institutions beloved by Aussies. You may transfer to the airport for your flight home or explore more of this spectacular city.

Australia and New Zealand map

About the Ship

Viking Orion

Viking Ocean Cruises boasts a fleet of new, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships. Each identical sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” the fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

What's Included


  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi

  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

  • Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining

  • 24-hour room service, specialty coffees, teas & bottled water

  • Top-rated spa and state-of-the-art fitness center access

  • Self-service launderette with iron/ironing board

  • All port taxes and fees

  • Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with purchase of Viking Air

  • Included features valued at $203 per person, per day

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