Luxury Oceania & Pacific Cruises

Inspiring Escapes

In the South Pacific, discover a constellation of stunning islands so minuscule they barely register on a map, while in Australia and New Zealand explore vast expanses brimming with beautiful scenery and cosmopolitan cities. All share a reverence for the sea, which holds untold natural treasures along spectacular coral reefs that can stretch for hundreds of miles. Immerse yourself in the fascinating local cultures, perhaps experiencing Australia’s Aboriginal mysticism or the Polynesian traditions of New Zealand’s Maori. Reconnect with your true self on a beach blanketed with dove-white sand, your only companions the sun and the whisper of palm trees catching the breeze.

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Auckland Cruise

Auckland

Yachting Land Adventures | Voyages Enveloped around a glittering protected bay, New Zealand’s largest city is blessed with a natural setting as spectacular as its skyline. Superb cultural institutions are sprinkled throughout, including the illuminating New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa, which traces the maritime history of Auckland from its first Polynesian settlers to recent yacht racing victories. Visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum, housed in an imposing neoclassical structure, and study invaluable national treasures including an extensive collection of Maori artifacts. From the summit of Mount Eden, Maungawhau in Maori, absorb panoramas of the city and bay while standing on the rim of an extinct crater. Nearby islands also warrant exploration, including the dormant volcanic cone of Rangitoto Island, now covered in a lush forest, and Tiritiri Matangi Island, a wildlife sanctuary where threatened species of birds and reptiles thrive. On the country’s west coast, just a few miles away, alluring black-sand Piha Beach fascinates with striking volcanic formations such as commanding Lion Rock. Rise above it all at Auckland’s soaring Sky Tower, where you can take in 360-degree views of the city and watch thrill-seekers leap off on bungee cords.
Luxury cruise to Sydney

Sydney

Yachting Land Adventures | Voyages Glide into Sydney past the iconic silhouette of the Opera House, a bravura architectural statement recognizable the world over. If you can’t catch a performance in this UNESCO World Heritage site, take a tour of the equally astonishing interior. Soak up the sun on see-and-be- seen Bondi Beach and stroll along the Coogee Coastal Walk past several cozy beaches and rugged coastal scenery. At the venerable Royal Botanic Gardens, founded in 1816, delight in a dazzling variety of vegetation with the glittering harbor as a backdrop. Stroll along cobblestone lanes at The Rocks, Sydney’s first neighborhood and a wonderful assortment of historic buildings transformed into galleries, shops and bistros. Shed light on Australia’s origins as a penal colony at two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the enlightening Hyde Parks Barracks Museum and Cockatoo Island, which is reachable via vista-filled ferry ride. For a remarkable window into life in the 1830s, wander the house and gardens of the Elizabeth Farm, the country’s oldest homestead. Soar like a bird over the city on a seaplane tour or perch like one atop the Tower Eye, the highest observation platform in Sydney. At Circular Quay, sate your appetite at one of the world-class restaurants housed in this culinary hub while enjoying magnificent harbor views.
Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Yachting Land Adventures | Voyages When Rudyard Kipling navigated this breathtaking fjord in 1891, he declared it “the eighth wonder of the world.” Such a well-travelled man would surely know, and you’ll likely find yourself heartily agreeing. In Maori, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed region is known as Te Wahipounamu, which translates to the place of greenstone, although the vivid greens are mostly provided by the lush forests blanketing the granite peaks. These majestic mountains, which closely hug the sound, rise dramatically at steep angles and are frequently capped with virgin snow. Plunging waterfalls add to the spectacular panorama, with Lady Bowen Falls cascading 532 feet into the indigo waters below. Look to the sound’s surface for the appearance of fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, southern right whales and humpback whales, awe-inspiring creatures that thrive in this nutrient-rich environment. In the incredible Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, stay dry while viewing a teeming subaquatic world 33 feet beneath the surface. Hop into a kayak for an up-close exploration of the rocky shoreline and come across nesting grounds of the Fiordland crested penguin, whose vibrant blond crests are another fabulous highlight of stunningly beautiful Milford Sound.
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Komodo

Yachting Land Adventures | Voyages Komodo National Park includes 29 volcanic islands, encompassing varied terrains including red hillsides, tropical rain forests, grass and woodland savannah, and pristine white sandy beaches. It is home to a diverse array of mammals, birds and reptiles, including the star attraction, the Komodo dragon. The largest lizard on the planet, it can grow up to 8.5 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds. Not a very attractive creature, it has a flat head, long, thick tail and forked tongue. Despite its heavy body and bowed legs, it can run an impressive 12 miles per hour, swim even faster and has excellent distance vision. To the delight of divers and snorkelers, the surrounding marine environment is one of the world’s richest in flora and fauna. More than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral and 70 species of sponges inhabit these waters, as do dugongs, sharks, manta rays, whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. The waters are not deep, making for an easy dive through large schools of colorful fish.
Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Yachting Land Adventures | Voyages One of nature’s most extraordinary creations, the Great Barrier Reef is a 1,400-mile-long complex of more than 3,000 reef systems, the only living entity visible from space and a UNESCO World Heritage site for its immeasurable ecological value. With its sandy coral cays, aquamarine lagoons and paradisiacal islands, the view from the surface is glorious in itself, but it’s underwater that the real magic transpires. Hundreds of corals species layer one on top of the other, creating gorgeous natural sculptures in a riot of colors. Flitting among them, equally vivid tropical fish demand attention, including clownfish, angelfish, butterfly fish, damselfish and countless others. Six species of sea turtles also glide through these waters, gentle creatures you might encounter while exploring in diving or snorkeling gear. Visitors seeking a more relaxing experience can sightsee aboard a semi-submergible or on a glass bottom boat, but another terrific way to take in the area’s beauty is from an overhead flight, as the water is so alluringly translucent you can look right into the reefs. No matter how you choose to discover this natural wonder, you’ll come away inspired by the incomparably exquisite and fragile ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef.
Cairns, Australia

Cairns

Yachting Land Adventures | Voyages Cairns is celebrated as a jumping off point for the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose technicolor treasures lie just a few miles offshore. There’s plenty to do on land as well, since the city is enveloped by pristine rainforest also protected by UNESCO. Ride the 1891 Kuranda Scenic Railway into the thick jungle, passing through dozens of tunnels and over dramatic bridges that span deep ravines. For exceptional views over the rainforest canopy, take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, a quaint mountain village and a perfect spot to pick up a memorable souvenir. Fly even higher in a hot air balloon over the breathtaking landscape of the Atherton Tablelands, pastoral countryside ringed by lush mountains. For a refreshing escape, hike to the Crystal Cascades and swim in natural pools fed by several waterfalls. A mesmerizing array of exotic plant life awaits at the Cairns Botanical Gardens and, at the Tjapukai Cultural Park, the Aboriginal creation mythos is told through traditional performances and high-tech displays. With shops staying open until 11 pm, the Cairns Night Markets are the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat while absorbing the city’s dynamic atmosphere.

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