Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Cruise

From $2999 (was $3249)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

21 Days

Passport Required

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Australia & New Zealand Cruise Details

Say g’day to new experiences as you journey through the awe-inspiring landscapes and distinct cultures of Australia and New Zealand. Fall in love with these unique nations on this spectacular cruise tour through their most famous ports and cities.

Tour Includes

2 Countries
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Sydney
  • Eden
  • Burnie (Tasmania)
  • Milford Sound
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Lyttelton
  • Wellington 
  • Napier
  • Gisborne
  • Tauranga
  • Auckland
Cruise Accommodations
  • 15 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Holland America Cruise Line's ms Oosterdam
Hotel Accommodations
  • 3 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • 3 Breakfasts on land portion
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Easy going activity level

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Passports and Visas:

You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa to enter Australia. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Please visit www.eta.immi.gov.au to obtain this visa and for further information on Australia’s entry requirements. The current cost of the ETA is $20 AUD, however this is determined by the Australian government and is subject to change.

New Zealand
You must have a valid U.S. passport and submit an electronic entrance form to enter New Zealand. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to New Zealand for tourism purposes can obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) online for a small service fee. Please visit https://nzeta.immigration.govt.nz to submit your form and for further information on New Zealand’s entry requirements. The current cost of the NZeTA is $47NZD, which includes the cost of the International Visitor Conservation Levy (IVL). Requirements are determined by the New Zealand government and is subject to change.

Please Be Advised: These must be obtained at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy 2 days and an included tour in Sydney, Australia’s most populous city
  • Spend 15 nights in freestyle comfort aboard Holland America Cruise Line’s ms Oosterdam visiting some of Australia and New Zealand’s most popular ports
  • Visit Tasmania, an island off of Australia's southern coast
  • Take city tour of Auckland, New Zealand

Free Onboard Credit and Free Balcony Upgrade Set Sail Offers

*$50 per person Free Onboard Credit for all cabins. Free Balcony Upgrade available for Ocean View Cabins only. Balcony Upgrade valued at $1,000 per couple. Web prices reflect Instant Rebate pricing. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Click here to view additional offer details.

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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

Tours Starts: Sydney, Australia

Tours Ends: Auckland, New Zealand

Days 1 & 2

Depart for Sydney

Overnight in flight

Note: Depending on the departure time of your outbound flight, you may depart one day later

Day 3

Arrive in Sydney, Australia

Arrive in Sydney, Australia’s most populous city. If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, a YMT representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. This evening, relax on your own.

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 4

Sydney City Tour

Enjoy a city tour in the morning and visit The Rocks, Sydney's birthplace. See relics and buildings of the city's past, pass the picturesque Botanic Gardens, and take in the view of the Sydney Opera House before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Sydney Travelodge or similar


More than 60 years ago, Jorn Utzon designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. Your guide will take you on an emotional journey inside this modern masterpiece! $79 p/p.

Day 5

Embarkation in Sydney (Departs 5:00 PM)

Enjoy the day at leisure before boarding the ms Oosterdam. (B).

Day 6

Eden, Australia (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

The town’s name reflects what you will find inside this natural wonderland. Eden is nestled among national parks, wilderness areas, and enticing beaches. It’s considered one of Australia’s best locations for oyster farming, so bring your appetite. Eden and its surrounding landscapes offer an abundance of outdoor activities on the water and by land.

Day 7

At Sea

Day 8

Burnie (Tasmania), Australia (6:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

A collection of artisans on the northwest coast of the island of Tasmania, Burnie has a long history as a community of makers—enjoy locally crafted European-style cheeses, fine papers, ceramics, and single-malt whiskey.

Day 9

Melbourne (Port of Geelong), Australia (8:00 AM – Noon)

Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, with remarkable architecture, elegant galleries, and boutiques. Wave at a wallaby or say g’day to a dingo at one of the many local wildlife parks.

Days 10 & 11

At Sea

Day 12

Cruise Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features. Rugged cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, as mountain peaks scrape the sky and towering waterfalls cascade downwards.

Day 13

Fiordland National Park

Explore Middle Earth's mountains, lakes, rainforests, and fiords! The Lord of the Rings franchise was famously filmed in Fiordland

Day 14

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

This South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and history.

Day 15

Lyttelton (Christchurch), New Zealand (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Christchurch feels in many ways like a rural English village, with an abundance of lush green spaces, and Edwardian punting boats cruising gently along the Avon River. The scenic Canterbury region stretches from the ocean to the Southern Alps, offering phenomenal opportunities for wildlife viewing and winetasting. Thanks to its mild climate and rich soil, New Zealand’s many varieties of New World wines are especially good.

Day 16

Wellington, New Zealand (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

New Zealand's capital is located at the southern tip of the North Island and blessed with a beautiful waterfront, fresh seafood, and glorious views. Wellington is known for its unique culture and cuisine. Learn about New Zealand culture and Maori history at Te Papa, the national museum; go behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings movies; and sample the world-class dishes of New Zealand’s innovative chefs, brewers, bakers, and coffee roasters.

Day 17

Napier, New Zealand (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The coastal city of Napier is set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. It feels like an exotic re-imagining of the 30s in parts of Napier, with the era’s most iconic visual elements co-mingling with Maori motifs.

Day 18

Gisborne, New Zealand (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The Gisborne region, also known as Tairawhiti, is home to one of New Zealand’s largest populations of Maori people. These descendants of Polynesian settlers are exceptionally generous to visitors, and welcome guests to learn about their indigenous culture and art at the Tairawhiti Museum. Beyond Gisborne’s city limits, the area’s long stretches of sand and protected breaks draw surfers, swimmers, and sunrise watchers who want to be the first in the world to greet a new day.

Day 19

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand (7:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Discover Rotorua, known for its natural beauty. Visit Te Wairoa's Buried Village, a Pompeii-like town frozen in time after being smothered by a volcanic eruption in 1886. Look for Hell’s Gate, a geothermal park with boiling pools, geysers and mud baths.

Day 20

Disembarkation and Auckland City tour (Arrives at 7:00 AM)

After disembarking, enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore and the village of Davenport known for its chocolates, art, and cafes. Explore the Auckland Museum's collections on the history of New Zealand.

Grand Merucure or similar

Day 21

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Inside Cabin

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Ocean View - Partial Sea View

These expansive staterooms include include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Balcony Cabin

Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and bath tub with premium massage showerheads. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Holland America Line's ms Oosterdam Deck Plans

Click here to view ms Oosterdam's deck plans on the Holland America Line website. Content that you may read on Holland America Line's website may not be applicable to your tour, please speak with a YMT Travel Consultant for clarification.

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