2021 Exploring Australia & New Zealand

March 22 – April 12, 2021
Trip Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $9,184 (airfare included)
Trip Length: 22 days
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The Lands Down Under and small group trips – limited to 24 travelers – make for a perfect combination on this journey from Australia’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef, the storied Outback, and Ayers Rock to sophisticated Sydney; from New Zealand’s towering Mt. Cook and breathtaking Milford Sound to high-spirited Queenstown and nautical Auckland.

The 22-day journey begins in Cairns with a ride on the historic railway to Kuranda, then a descent via a Skyrail gondola.  Swim and snorkel at the colossal Great Barrier Reef during a day-long excursion.  With two nights in Alice Springs, embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour to learn about the Walpiri tribespeople’s ancient culture, and enjoy a traditional “bushman’s” dinner.  At Ayers Rock, watch the sun set over this fabled monolith.  Highlights of a three-night Sydney stay include a catamaran cruise around Sydney Harbour; Featherdale Wildlife Park, where koalas roam; and the iconic Opera House; along with ample leisure time to get better acquainted with this fascinating city.

Discover Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City,” with a tour, then stop at a local farm to see sheepdogs work.  Spend two nights in splendid Mt. Cook National Park.  On a day-long Milford Sound excursion, cruise through the stunning fjords.  Explore Queenstown, New Zealand’s “adventure capital.”  In geothermal Rotorua, experience Maori culture at a traditional hangi dinner and see kiwis at a nature park.  The journey ends with a two-night stay and sightseeing in vibrant Auckland.  Enjoy additional time in the sparkling “City of Sails” with an optional 3-day/2-night post-trip extension.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Cairns
  • Day 3 : Cairns
  • Day 4 : Cairns | Kuranda
  • Day 5 : Cairns
  • Day 6 : Alice Springs
  • Day 7 : Alice Springs
  • Day 8 : Alice Springs | Ayers Rock
  • Day 9 : Ayers Rock | Sydney
  • Day 10 : Sydney
  • Day 11 : Sydney
  • Day 12 : Sydney | Christchurch
  • Day 13 : Christchurch | Mt. Cook National Park
  • Day 14 : Mount Cook
  • Day 15 : Mount Cook | Queenstown
  • Day 16 : Milford Sound
  • Day 17 : Queenstown
  • Day 18 : Queenstown | Rotorua
  • Day 19 : Rotorua
  • Day 20 : Rotorua | Auckland
  • Day 21 : Auckland
  • Day 22 : Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2021 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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