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Auckland • Queenstown • Sydney • Great Barrier Reef • Cairns
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In a Vantage Adventures small group, we have greater access to people and places, which means you’ll enjoy more intimate glimpses and a more rewarding journey. Here are some Vantage Adventures highlights hand-picked by our adventure specialists, each one based on their intimate knowledge of their destinations.
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the less-visited outer reef, with a marine biologist presentation and swimming, snorkeling and an underwater observatory
Ascend Bob’s Peak for sweeping views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains
Tour the cultural capital of Australia, with a stop at the world-famous Opera House
Join a local Aborigine for a fascinating and enlightening cultural tour in Mossman Gorge
Experience traditional Maori culture during a special concert at the Auckland Museum
Sample the vintages of Gibbston Valley Winery, home of New Zealand’s largest wine cave
Take in the scenic splendor of this pristine wonderland during a full-day excursion with lunch
See one of the world’s most beautiful cityscapes from the water during a Sydney Harbor coffee cruise
Join local Kiwis as you’re invited into the home of an Auckland, New Zealand family for dinner
Discover little-known spots & hear local lore on a guided walking tour of The Rocks & Sydney Harbor
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The wine in this region – and particularly on New Zealand’s South Island – is among its many splendors. The delightful vintages are reason enough to visit, but the breathtaking beauty of the wine regions add an entire other dimension to your experience.
Queenstown: We’ll visit Gibbston's Winery today, getting an opportunity to immerse ourselves in wine culture while also sampling some wines here. While on this excursion, we’ll also get a chance to admire the beauty here, as we pass vast fields of vineyards in the Central Otago wine region amidst dramatic slopes.
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Natural splendor abounds in Australia and New Zealand. From the rugged expanses of Australia’s Red Center and its kaleidoscopic Great Barrier Reef to the breathtaking silhouette of Mount Cook and the Edenic beauty of Milford Sound, this region is teeming with postcard-perfect vistas and is home to a culture that embraces exploration.
Mount Cook: You’ll set off on a walking tour of Mount Cook National Park, home to the highest mountain in New Zealand. We’ll walk to Kea Point for uninterrupted views of the spectacular slopes of the distinctive peak and neighboring Mount Sefton.
Cairns: Embark on a walk through the rainforest in Mossman Gorge, learning about how some of the plants are used by the local indigenous people. Here in a peaceful natural setting, we’ll gain some insights about the Kuku Yanlanji people that live here.
We’ll also enjoy a 90-minute cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, where we’ll have a chance to swim, snorkel, or simply watch the colorful fish and coral from the underwater viewing platform.
Milford Sound: We set out on a full-day excursion to magnificent Milford Sound, the Southern Hemisphere’s longest fjord and truly one of its most beautiful settings. A cruise will take you past rocky peaks and silvery waterfalls as you glide along the shimmering waters.
Cairns: The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure, made up of nearly 2,900 individual reefs and stretching more than 1,600 miles. We’ll set off on a 90-minute cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a lesser-visited section), where we’ll have a chance to swim, snorkel, or simply watch the colorful fish and coral from the underwater viewing platform.
Ayers Rock: On an optional extension, you can experience Ayers Rock (also known as Uluru to the locals). Marvel at the world's largest monolith while sipping champagne at sunset as the rock’s red sandstone takes on ever-changing hues.
For people who love the outdoors, Australia and New Zealand are ideal destinations –especially for those who enjoy biking. The great weather and scenery make biking a wonderful way to experience Australia and New Zealand. Your Adventure Leaders suggest three locations where you can go for a spin during your free time.
Queenstown: As you would expect in the adventure capital of Queenstown, there are cycling options for riders of all levels – whether you are up for heli-biking or just an easy pedal along Lake Wakatipu. The popular Queenstown Trail links a series of paths from Queenstown Bay to the historic gold-mining town of Arrowtown to the Gibbston wine region.
Sydney: Australia’s most famous city offers flat, dedicated paths in its stunning Centennial Park. Located in the heart of the city, it’s dotted with facilities for picnics, entertainment, and sports. The beautiful Bay Run stretches from Birkenhead Point to Rozelle. You can even cycle over two of Sydney’s most recognizable landmarks, the ANZAC and Harbor bridges.
Cairns: In Cairns, the lovely Walking and Cycling Circuit takes in the Esplanade Lagoon, Botanic Gardens, and mangrove boardwalks. Let your Adventure Leader point you in the right direction during your New Zealand and Australian vacation.