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Luxury

Natural Wonders of Australia's East Coast & Tasman Explorer

Port Moresby to Auckland
38 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBCPA38
  • Expedition Cruise
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Fraser Island

Explore World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island on Earth.

Steams of White Island

Explore volcanic White Island, with plumes of steaming vents, glittering yellow sulphur crystals and bubbling mud pots.

A Jewel in the Crown

Enjoy a guided walk through Stewart Island, a sanctuary completely predator free for rare and endangered native birds.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 34 destinations
  • Expert services of an Expedition Leader and Team
  • 37 nights aboard the elegant MS Caledonian Sky
  • Finest dining - a total of 108 meals
  • Beverages served at your discretion on board your ship
  • Return airport transfers, porterage, park fees and tipping

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map NOBCPA38 2019

Port Moresby to Auckland

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

On arrival be transferred to your small ship. This evening, get to know your fellow passengers during a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: 18 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board a Zodiac and explore Duke of York Island, whose surrounding waters was the site where the HMAS AE1, the first allied vessel, went missing in World War I. Your special guest, Peter Briggs, will also offer first-hand insight into how he led the search to its discovery 103 years later.


Spend the day at sea. Relax out on the Sun Deck, or attend a lecture in the lounge.

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Arrive at Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Board a coach for a tour, which includes a visit to Green Hill Fort. In the underground tunnels, visit the Torres Strait Museum. Continue to the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and be immersed in Torres Strait myths and legends through local art. Back on board, head to Cape York where, weather permitting, you'll land on the northernmost tip of Australia.

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Skirting the Cape York Peninsula, arrive at Piper Islands National Park. Board a Zodiac and explore the coastline, eyes trained to the skies in search for black noddy and beach-stone curlews. Your Zodiac delivers you to shore, where you will set out for a nature walk. These shores are also an important hawksbill and green turtle nesting area.

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Drop anchor in Bathurst Bay this morning. Board a Zodiac to Cape Melville National Park, one of the country's most remote national parks. Go in search of Godmans rock wallaby, endemic lizards and red-tailed black cockatoo. This afternoon, perhaps swim or snorkel in one of the nearby reefs.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You may like to follow the island's trails on a nature walk, snorkel to the magical Clam Garden, or those feeling active may trek to Cook's Look.


First visited by Captain Cook in 1770, Lizard Island was aptly named due to the large number of lizards roaming about. Choose your own sightseeing experience this afternoon.

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Arrive at Cooktown, where the first recorded meeting between the Indigenous Australians and Captain Cook took place. Visit the James Cook Museum and the botanical gardens.

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Awake to a tropical paradise at Dunk Island. Here, embark on a nature walk through a eucalyptus forest. Cruise to Hinchinbrook Island and take a Zodiac through the mangrove-lined channel, home to snubfin dolphins and dugongs.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Follow a guide through the forest in search of wildlife or relax on the beach.


Explore the Whitsundays, renowned for white sandy beaches and home to the Great Barrier Reef. Choose your sightseeing experience.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Embark on a bushwalk, snorkel in the reef, or bask in the sun on the beach.


Land at Great Keppel Island where you may choose your sightseeing activity.

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Welcome to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island on Earth. Discover this natural phenomenon for yourself with island drives and walks.

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Spend the day aboard your ship as it cruises towards New South Wales.

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Conditions permitting, board a Zodiac to Trial Bay, site of the 1886 gaol.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Head inland to visit a vineyard and sample the renowned Hunter Valley Semillon. Or, you might prefer to explore Newcastle and its historic sites.


Arrive at Newcastle, the gateway to the Hunter Valley, one of the finest wine regions in New South Wales. Once ashore, select your sightseeing activity.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Embark on a bushwalk through Mogo State Forest, or take a full day tour to Canberra.


Cruise up Clyde River into Batemans Bay. Look out for kangaroos, sea eagles and rainbow-bright parrots. Visit Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens and a Mogo village. Later, select the sightseeing activity of your choice.

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Make port at Eden. At Ben Boyd National Park, enjoy a nature walk. You may also like to visit Boyd's Tower for views over the Pacific Ocean. With time at leisure, visit the Killer Whale Museum, or sample the region's oysters.

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Discover the rugged coastal forests of Wilsons Promontory. After landing directly on the beach thanks to your Zodiac, embark on a nature walk led by your Expedition Team.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Discover the Great Ocean Road, home to the Twelve Apostles, with a treetop walk at the Otway Rainforest. Or, visit Cloude Hill Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges.


The day is yours to craft with a choice of sightseeing activities.

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After breakfast, have time to explore Melbourne at leisure before re-joining the ship.

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Join a tour of the King Island's largest town, Currie, which includes the 1870 Currie Lighthouse. Here, Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Seal Rocks State Reserve and Lavinia Nature Reserve. Foodies will relish a visit to the King Island Dairy to sample award-winning specialty cheeses.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Join a morning tour to the historic Makers Workshop, Emu Valley Rhodedendron Gardens, Fern Glade Nature Reserve and the Hellyers Whiskey distillery, before an afternoon at leisure. Or, embark on a full day tour to Cradle Mountain National Park. Those feeling active may like to tackle the summit for sweeping views.


Drop anchor at Burnie. The entire day is yours to shape with a choice of sightseeing.

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Discover Launceston's sites on a tour. After, cruise down the Tamar River and through Cataract Gorge. En route to your ship, pause at a vineyard in Tamar Valley for a tasting.

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Arrive in the fishing village of Bicheno, gateway to Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. Later, head to the beach to catch a glimpse of fairy penguins coming ashore.

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Hurry on deck as your ship cruises by Iles de Phoques, a haven for Australian fur seals. Continue to Maria Island National Park. You might like to join a nature walk led by the island's ranger. Weather permitting, board a Zodiac to cruise to the Painted Cliffs.

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In Port Arthur, a full-day tour includes the historic penitentiary. After, drive to Hobart, passing Eaglehawk Neck, Tasman's Arch, Tessellated Pavement and Devil's Kitchen.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Discover the city's convict history on a tour. Ascend Mt Wellington and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. Taste the local brew at Cascades Brewery. Or, wander Mount Field National Park.


Choose your own discovery of Hobart with a range of sightseeing options.

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Spend time aboard your ship as it crosses the Tasman Sea to New Zealand.

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It is late morning when you arrive at Stewart Island. Board a Zodiac to go ashore to nearby Ulva Island to uncover pristine bushland and birdlife on a guided walk. On Stewart Island, wander the shops and museum in the town's centre, or join an excursion to Observation Rock for views over Ulva Island.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Go ashore in Dunedin for a guided tour. Or, drive to the Otago Peninsula to visit Penguin Place and learn about the breeding and conservation programs.


In Dunedin, select your sightseeing activity. Later, perhaps board the Taieri Gorge Railway (own expense).

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Search for the rare Hector's dolphin aboard a local boat. Join a historic guided walk through the city and the Garden of Tane. Visit a working farm for a sheep shearing demonstration before afternoon tea. Or, simply relax and wander about the town.


In Akaroa, choose your sightseeing activity.

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A morning tour includes St Paul's Cathedral, the parliament buildings, the botanical gardens and Te Papa National Museum

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Keen walkers may enjoy a hike to Ship Cove along the Queen Charlotte Track. Or, view the Captain Cook monument. Perhaps opt to walk a forest trail to a nearby waterfall.


Your ship sails through the Marlborough Sounds toward Resolution Bay. Here, select your sightseeing activity. Spend the afternoon at sea.

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Discover the Art Deco buildings of Napier on a tour. Walk along Marine Parade, see the Botanical Gardens and ascend Bluff Hill Lookout. Savour a tasting of Hawkes Bay's famous wines. Later, perhaps visit the gannetry at Cape Kidnappers (own expense).

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Your ship charts a course for White Island. Weather permitting, join an excursion and follow the plumes of steam to explore the active volcano on the island.

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Make port at Tauranga, and journey inland to the famous thermal springs at Rotorua. Discover Wai-O-Tapu, then visit a Māori Marae and enjoy a Māori welcome and lunch.

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Disembark after breakfast in Auckland and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Travel & Accommodation

Aerial view of large ship near a tropical island
Your Boutique Expedition Ship

APT's MS Caledonian Sky offers the ultimate expedition cruising experience with exclusive access to remote locations.

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Zodiac Excursions

Land ashore or venture out on a Zodiac to explore the landmarks and hidden gems on your expedition cruise.

Immersion into Local Culture

Immerse yourself in Maori culture with a visit to a local Maori Marae and take in a traditional welcome ceremony.

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary