New Zealand & Australia Cruise

New Zealand & Australia Cruise

January 10-24, 2020

Join the Purdue President’s Council on an all-inclusive 14-night cruise to the “Land Down Under” discovering Kiwi and Aussie splendors aboard Viking Ocean Cruises’ newest ship, the Viking Orion. Gain deep insight into the native and colonial cultures amid the sophisticated coastal cities of New Zealand and Australia.

Your participation supports

Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University

Your travel-package registration fee includes support for ongoing adventures, events, and lifelong educational opportunities with the President’s Council family.  As a part of your overall price, a $250-per-person, tax-deductible donation to the President’s Council Enrichment Fund helps underwrite the involvement of Purdue educators and administrators to enhance your personal travel experiences—a benefit exclusive to Purdue President’s Council members.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • 14-night, all-inclusive cruise to New Zealand and Australia aboard the 930-guest Viking Orion
  • Locally guided shore excursion is included in every port of call
  • Optional exclusive President’s Council shore excursions to be offered in select ports of call
  • Visit the vibrant harbor of Auckland, known as the “City of Sails”
  • Explore Tauranga with its rich Maori history, Napier’s eclectic art deco architecture, fragrant English gardens in Wellington and Christchurch, and the Victorian treasures of Dunedin
  • Discover Hobart’s charming colonial harbor
  • See cosmopolitan Melbourne with its history, culture, and unique shops
  • In Sydney, see the Opera House, Harbor Bridge, and Bondi Beach
  • Purdue President’s Council Welcome Reception

Onboard the Viking Orion:

  • Choice of 8 dining venues featuring fine dining, regional specialties, American classics, al fresco dining at sea, casual all-day deli, no-fee alternative restaurants, plus 24-hour room service
  • All-inclusive Silver Spirits beverage package with cocktails, spirits, beer, wine, soft drinks, specialty coffees, teas, and bottled water
  • Complimentary unlimited ship wide Wi-Fi
  • State-of-the-art Scandinavian style ship with a 3-deck atrium, 2-story panoramic lounge, 360° promenade walking deck, cabaret lounge, wintergarden sitting room, cinema, theater, infinity pool and main pool with retractable dome, sports deck, full service spa, fitness center, and self-service laundry
  • Purdue President’s Council and Global Tracks staff
  • Prepaid gratuities for all ship staff and port taxes included

Optional Pre-Cruise Package:

Auckland & Waiheke Island | January 9–10, 2020

Join the Purdue President’s Council and unwind after your long flight with a one- or two-night pre-cruise in Auckland, New Zealand. Cruising between New Zealand and Australia is the experience of a lifetime, and this is your opportunity to make the most of your time down under. Enjoy included tours and time to relax before embarking the Viking Orion.

Independent Post-Cruise Options:

Option 1 – Sydney Hotel Package | January 24–26, 2020

Spend two nights at the Marriott Sydney Circular Quay in the heart of the city and explore Sydney at your leisure.

Option 2 – Great Barrier Reef | January 24–27, 2020

Discover the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest while spending three nights in Cairns, Australia at Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort.

Please note these post-cruise options are independent programs and are not hosted by Purdue President’s Council or Global Tracks staff.

Cruise Itinerary:

Friday, January 10, 2020 | Auckland, New Zealand
Arrive in Auckland today and embark the Viking Orion. The cultural capital of New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is known as the “City of Sails” and enjoys a stunning setting between two harbors. This seafaring city has hosted two America’s Cup challenges; its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts.

Saturday, January 11, 2020 | Auckland, New Zealand
Take in Auckland’s beauty and history, touring the tree-lined Albert Park and the neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum. Cross the harbor bridge to enjoy sweeping views from Bastion Point and pass through Parnell Village, lined with upscale shops and cafés. If you wish, visit the region’s wine country this afternoon to sample some of its world-acclaimed vintages.

$179 per person
3 hours // Active

Speed through the Hauraki Gulf on board an authentic America’s Cup racing yacht on this thrilling excursion. You will walk the short distance from the pier to the Viaduct Basin, where the America’s Cup yachts were formerly based. Here, you will be met by your expert crew, and provided with a safety briefing before boarding an America’s Cup yacht that was built for the 1995 challenge in San Diego. As you glide out into the waters of Auckland Harbor and the Hauraki Gulf, you will be encouraged to participate as a crew member. Take the helm, or if you are feeling energetic take charge of the grinders as you assist the crew on board. Winds permitting, you may reach speeds of up to 12 knots. After the thrill of sailing on a true racing yacht, you will return to your awaiting ship.

VIKING INCLUDED TOUR: New Zealand’s City of Sails–A Drive Around Auckland
2 hours // Easy

Enjoy a scenic drive through one of the world’s most picturesque cultural capitals. Drive across Auckland Harbor Bridge, with sweeping views of the spectacular waterfront and its many vessels. Visit Bastion Point, for views of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, and after, visit the charming suburb of Parnell. Later, drive into the business district, where modern skyscrapers stand beside restored Victorian buildings.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 | Tauranga, New Zealand
Sail into the turquoise waters of the Bay of Plenty to visit the port of Tauranga, watched over by the dramatic Mt. Maunganui, an extinct volcano that helped shape this spectacular region of white-sand beaches and azure waters. Discover the highlights of one of New Zealand’s main centers for business and culture. Or, you can explore the thermal region of Rotorua, sacred to the Māori for its hot springs, bubbling mud pools, geysers, and native kiwi birds.

$174 per person
9:00 am-2:00 pm (5 hours) // Active

Depart from the pier on a 45-minute drive through spectacular North Island scenery to the Hobbiton Movie Set and immerse yourself in a world of magic with a guided walking tour. This stunning 1,250-acre sheep farm was chosen by director Peter Jackson as the filming location for the Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Hear behind-the-scenes stories from your guide as you walk past notable areas on the set and have your photo taken in front of a hobbit hole. Take a break at the charming Green Dragon Inn with an included traditional beef & ale pie, Ploughman’s sandwich, fresh soup of the day or a sweet treat with your choice of beverage. Stop in the gift shop for a souvenir before heading back to the ship.

2.5 hours // Active

Explore the highlights of the harborside haven of Tauranga on the turquoise waters of the Bay of Plenty. Enjoy a scenic drive through this seaside city. Learn about the culture and history of the Māori people and experience the charm of yesteryear with a visit to a collection of original and replica buildings from the city’s early days, to offer you a glimpse into Tauranga’s rich past.

Monday, January 13, 2020 | Napier, New Zealand
Cruise into Hawke’s Bay today, New Zealand’s second largest wine-growing region. Explore Napier’s art deco architecture, built after much of the city was destroyed during a 1931 earthquake. Take it all in during a city tour, or venture farther afield to sample some of the region’s beloved wines at its vineyards or to seek out some of the bay area’s abundant birdlife, including the iconic gannet on nearby Cape Kidnappers.

$125 per person
12:45 pm-4:30 pm (3.5 hours) // Moderate

Enjoy a relaxed day out discovering Napier, the Art Deco Capital. Begin the tour at the pier and board the motor coach for a guided Art Deco Drive around Napier’s Art Deco Precinct. Pass by Ahuriri, the original site of Napier’s establishment and the Old Port. Stop to savor the taste of award-winning wines at Mission Estate Winery, New Zealand’s oldest winery established in 1851, followed by a visit to a boutique chocolate producer. Continue to the National Aquarium of New Zealand to enjoy the native marine life including Little Blue Penguins and New Zealand’s national bird, the Kiwi, before returning to the ship.

1.5 hours // Easy

Marvel at one of the world’s most spectacular collections of art deco buildings during a panoramic drive. Following the shore along the Marine Parade promenade admire the art deco buildings that adorn the city’s streets. In Marewa, see the many stylish homes and suburban gardens that dot the cityscape. Stop for photos at the Rothmans building in the port of Ahuriri before continuing over Napier Hill.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | Wellington, New Zealand
Visit Wellington today, hailed by many as “the coolest little capital in the world,” brimming with cultural institutions such as the Museum of New Zealand and the National Art Gallery. The political capital of New Zealand enjoys a splendid setting among mountains and the sea.

VIKING INCLUDED TOUR: Wellington Highlights
3 hours // Easy

See the architectural and cultural treasures of New Zealand’s spectacular capital including magnificent panoramas of the city and harbor from the top of Mt. Victoria, the New Zealand Parliament buildings, the Wellington Botanic Garden, the Wellington Cathedral, constructed entirely from New Zealand native timbers, and the bustling business district.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Christchurch, New Zealand
Explore the English-flavored city of Christchurch, spread at the feet of the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island. Today it is a stunning blend of British charm and natural beauty, with so many green parks that it has been nicknamed the “Garden City.” See firsthand how the city is creatively preserving its iconic heritage.

$130 per person
9:00 am-2:00 pm (5 hours) // Moderate

Experience life on a working New Zealand sheep farm. Depart the pier on a 1-hour drive to Benlea Sheep Farm, nestled among the stunning landscapes of Rakaia gorge. The 3,000-acre farm is home to 5,000 sheep and 400 cattle. Get a glimpse of the busy farming lifestyle as a Benlea family member escorts you via motor coach into the paddocks to observe the animals up close and observe the daily farm activities. After the tour, visit the farmhouse for a hot drink and some delicious home-baking. Enjoy free time to wander around the beautiful country garden or feed and pet the sheep before returning to the ship.

VIKING INCLUDED TOUR: Christchurch & its Botanical Gardens
3 hours // Moderate

Learn about the exciting vision underway to rebuild Christchurch after a 2011 earthquake. Drive past the Canterbury Museum, the Christchurch Art Gallery, Hagley Park, Cashel Street’s iconic Ballantynes department store, and the Container Mall, made up of colorful shipping containers. See the Cardboard Cathedral and Botanic Gardens to browse the footpaths among exotic and indigenous plants.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Dunedin, New Zealand
This charming city lies at the head of a fiord-like inlet and is surrounded by seven hills. It is often said that Dunedin is the most perfectly preserved Victorian City anywhere. Explore its splendid Victorian and Edwardian stone buildings adorned with spires, gables, and gargoyles. To admire the natural beauty of the region, head to the rugged Otago Peninsula, filled with geological wonders, and gaze in awe at the great albatross with its ten-foot wingspan. Keep an eye out for fur seals on the rocks and perhaps some yellow-eyed penguins.

$249 per person
5.5 hours // Easy

Follow the trail of 19th-century gold miners to the Central Otago goldfields on this iconic vintage rail journey. Combining spectacular scenery with a glimpse into Dunedin’s legendary past, this journey invites you to relive the Golden Age of train travel as you enjoy the ambience of your refurbished wooden rail cars. Ride beyond the Dunedin city limits, heading out across the fertile Taieri Plains and climbing into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep canyon carved out over eons by the ancient Taieri River. There will be photo stops to ensure full appreciation of the magnificent countryside, as well as morning tea and a box lunch served during the journey. At Pukerangi, you can stretch your legs while the train engines are repositioned for your return journey. On arrival at the magnificent Dunedin Railway Station, enjoy a short photo stop before returning to your ship.

2.5 hours // Easy

See a wealth of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, pass the Dunedin Botanic Garden and the Otago Museum, stop at the Dunedin Railway Station and the Octagon plaza overlooked by Dunedin Town Hall, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. You will also witness Baldwin Street, the steepest residential street in the world, and admire spectacular views from Signal Hill.

Friday, January 17, 2020 | Scenic Cruising: Foveaux Strait
Enjoy a leisurely day at sea as you cruise past the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island through Foveaux Strait, named after an early lieutenant-governor of New South Wales. Known for its oyster beds, the channel is less than 10 miles wide at its narrowest point and separates Stewart Island from South Island.

Saturday, January 18, 2020 | Cruising the Tasman Sea
Today, you will begin your crossing of the Tasman Sea. Just as many refer to an Atlantic journey as “hopping the Pond,” Kiwis and Aussies refer to this voyage as “crossing the Ditch.” Your day at sea provides the ideal opportunity spend the day enjoying the state-of-the-art amenities of the Viking Orion.

Sunday, January 19, 2020 | Hobart, Tasmania
Explore the fabled island of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state, named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. The capital, Hobart, was founded as a penal colony for some 300 inmates. Today, it is a charming city with a mild climate and a picturesque natural setting on the banks of the Derwent River. Its historic neighborhoods and traditional pubs are best explored on foot.

RECOMMENDED VIKING OPTIONAL TOUR: Richmond & Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
$79 per person
4 hours // Moderate

Explore the island state of Tasmania—a land rich in history, wilderness and wildlife. Depart the dock and enjoy a brief, yet scenic drive into the rugged countryside, traveling through Tasmania’s earliest settlements. You will cross the oldest bridge in Australia—Richmond Bridge, which was completed in 1825. Enjoy sweeping views of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, one reminder of the devout 19th-century settlers who brought Christianity to Tasmania. Little has changed since the historic town of Richmond’s beginnings more than 120 years ago, and you will get a glimpse into Australia’s early history as you stroll past the town’s quaint stores, charming tea houses and local art and craft shops. Next, you will continue on to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to see the famous Tasmanian devil. You will also have the chance to observe and learn more about the native wildlife, including wombats, emus and kangaroos before returning to your ship.

3 hours // Easy

Take in the sights of Tasmania’s capital city, and the stunning landscape of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Drive past the Anglesea Barracks—the oldest Australian army barracks. Journey through South Hobart to the gardens of the Cascade Brewery Company, located at the foot of Mt. Wellington. Continue to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens for free time to explore.

Monday, January 20, 2020 | Scenic Cruising: Bass Strait
Sail across the Bass Strait today. Named after its discoverer George Bass, the shallow stretch of water separates Tasmania from the Australian continent. Enjoy the Sun Deck or scan the horizon from the Explorers’ Lounge for one of the 60 islands that dot the strait. Your day at sea provides the ideal opportunity spend the day enjoying the state-of-the-art amenities of the Viking Orion.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Melbourne, Australia
Discover Melbourne, capital of the Australian state of Victoria. During its heyday, it was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world. Uncover the cultural and historic treasures of, by some accounts, the most livable city in the world during a tour of its highlights. View the city’s stately Victorian-era buildings and visit Fitzroy Gardens, where Cook’s Cottage graces the landscape. If you wish, join a visit to see some of Australia’s iconic wildlife, such as the koala, wombat, kangaroo, and wallaby.

VIKING INCLUDED TOUR: Melbourne Highlights
4 hours // Moderate

Take in the best of Melbourne’s beauty, culture and history on one panoramic tour. Drive to Fitzroy Gardens and pass Cook’s Cottage, the charming family home of Captain Cook, the fortress-like Old Treasury Building and Parliament House, the grand Windsor Hotel, the ornate Victorian Princess Theater and the marvelous string of high Victorian Gothic buildings along Collins Street. You will also visit the highly revered Shrine of Remembrance, one of the city’s most stunning landmarks.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Cruising the Gippsland Coast
Cruise the waters off the Australian coast of Gippsland today. This area was once plied by boats piloted by Aboriginal Australians hunting for seals. Today, it is one of the continent’s most scenic regions of stunning beaches, old-growth forest, and fertile farms. Spend the day enjoying the state-of-the-art amenities of the Viking Orion.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Sydney, Australia
Arrive in Sydney, the capital of Australian New South Wales celebrated for its magnificent natural harbor, the world’s largest. Begin your day in the heart of the city, at Sydney Cove. Explore the charming crooked streets of Sydney’s historic district of The Rocks, where some houses date back to the early days of European settlement. Or, start off your day touring the bustling fish market with a local chef and taking your “catch” on board a harbor sightseeing vessel. You might also explore the natural wonders of the nearby Blue Mountains. Or set out on your own, perhaps strolling to the famed Sydney Opera House on the stunning harbor.

$220 per person
6:30 pm-10:30 pm (4 hours) // Easy

Depart the ship in the evening for a group transfer to the Sydney Opera House, one of the most recognizable buildings of the twentieth century. Enjoy the love story of La Bohème in your B Reserve Seats at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, located under the second largest sail of the Opera House. Set in 1930’s Berlin, the two and a half hour, four-act opera La Bohème is one of the Sydney Opera Houses’ most popular productions. Following the performance, return to the ship via group transfer.

VIKING INCLUDED TOUR: Panoramic Tour of Sydney
3.5 hours // Easy

Be captivated by vibrant Sydney and take in the city sights in comfort on a scenic motor coach tour. Begin your journey to Circular Quay. Take in views of the Sydney Opera House across the water and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Then, step on the shores of the world-famous Bondi Beach and enjoy the stunning views.

Friday, January 24, 2020 | Sydney, Australia
Disembark the Viking Orion, and transfer to the Sydney Airport for your flight home.

President’s Council Rates:

Category Double
Per person
Veranda and Deluxe Veranda | 270 sq. ft.
V2   Deck 3 | Aft $7,438   $14,137
V1   Deck 3 | Forward $7,538   $14,337
DV6   Deck 3 | Forward/Aft $7,738   $14,737
DV5   Deck 4 | Forward/Aft $7,838   $14,937
DV4   Deck 4 | Midship $7,938   $15,137
DV3   Deck 5 | Forward/Aft $8,038   $15,337
DV2   Deck 5, 6 | Midship $8,138   $15,537
DV1   Deck 3, 4, 5, 7 | Midship/Aft $8,438   $16,137
Penthouses and Premium Suites
PV3   Penthouse Veranda | 338 sq. ft. | Deck 4 | Forward – waitlisted $9,038   $17,337
PV2   Penthouse Veranda | 338 sq. ft. | Deck 5 | Forward – waitlisted $9,238   $17,737
PV1   Penthouse Veranda | 338 sq. ft. | Deck 5, 6 | Forward/Aft – waitlisted $9,438   $18,137
PS3   Penthouse Junior Suite | 405 sq. ft. | Deck 6 | Forward – waitlisted $10,738   $20,737
PS2   Penthouse Junior Suite | 405 sq. ft. | Deck 7 | Forward – waitlisted $11,038   $21,337
PS1   Penthouse Junior Suite | 405 sq. ft. | Deck 8 | Forward – waitlisted $11,438   $22,137
ES3   Explorer Suite | 757+ sq. ft. | Deck 3 | Forward/Aft – waitlisted $13,738   $26,737
ES2   Explorer Suite | 757+ sq. ft. | Deck 4, 5, 6 | Aft – waitlisted $14,438   $28,137
ES1   Explorer Suite | 757+ sq. ft. | Deck 4, 5 | Forward – waitlisted $15,738   $30,737

Double pricing is based on double occupancy or two people per stateroom
Single pricing is based on one person per stateroom and is capacity-controlled by Viking and subject to change

Cancellation Schedule: Cancellation penalties apply once deposit is paid, so please review policy below.


Reservation Booking Terms and Conditions:

Payment: Full payment required upon registration.

Viking Custom Air Plus: Viking offers economy and business class airfare from 165 gateways inclusive of airport/ship transfers.

Call for pricing as airfare is subject to change and fares are not guaranteed until purchased.

Viking Explorer Society member benefits apply.

Additional savings apply if final payment is made by check. Ask for details!

Passports: Passports are required for all guests and must be valid for six months after the end of the cruise.

Travel Insurance:  Global Tracks offers optional travel insurance. Purchase within 15 days of deposit for additional benefits.

Cancellation Penalties: All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel Insurance and Airfare are non-refundable once ticketed. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms.

From time of deposit until September 4, 2019 $100 per person penalty
From September 5, 2019, to October 4, 2019 15% of total package price penalty
From October 5, 2019, to November 4, 2019 35% of total package price penalty
From November 5, 2019, to December 4, 2019 50% of total package price penalty
After December 4, 2019, to departure 100% of total package price penalty