Australia consists of the mainland continent as well as the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Indigenous Australians (aboriginals) inhabited the area for more than 38,000 years before Australia was "discovered" by Dutch explorers in 1606. The country has six states and several territories, each one different than the others, offering a whole new world of exploration. See what Australia has to offer. Browse our selection of cruise excursions.
New Zealand is made up of two main landmasses, the North and South Islands, and many smaller islands. It lies 900 miles east of Australia and approximately 600 miles south of the Pacific Islands of Fiji. The islands were first settled sometime around 1300AD by Polynesians known as the Maori. They reached New Zealand 300 years before the Europeans. The influence of the two cultures and the countries' distinctive biodiversity of both animal and plant life, make up a dazzling tapestry that is more than just beautiful to the eye.
"Nice way to see Auckland. Picked the aquarium for first stop and it was great."
"Very pleased with our tour. It was exactly as advertised. The guide was excellent and provided lots of historical, cultural, and local insights. Because this was a smaller tour with a smaller vehicle we were able to take a more scenic route than the big buses which really added to the experience. The geothermal area is interesting, and the Maori cultural performance and tour is excellent and obviously unique to New Zealand."
"It was a great day out!"
"Although this group was larger than we usually experience with your company, it was manageable and courteous. We found we were rushed at the museum, but the tour of Christchurch damage was extensive."
"The Skyrail and train combo trip to Kuranda was a great little adventure. We got the glass-bottom skyrail car, though you don't really need to have it. The birds eye views are incredible! We stopped at one of the stops and were lucky to run into a Ranger and joined his tour. We say a python in the rainforest and he explained in detail about the flora and fauna.
The train ride down, though interesting and historical, was a bit long for us. The train is a beautiful piece of history, but on a hot/humid day, it doesn't offer any air conditioning so it was very hot and sticky. We got to hear a lot about the history of the train and the railway while riding, so that was a bonus. I am glad we did the combo, but if we were to do it again, I would take the Skyrail both ways."
"The hop on hop off experience was a great treat. We stopped at the various locations we wanted to take the time to see and the drivers were very friendly and knowlegeable."
"The Ticket taker for "The Edge" was a little hesitant on the ticket that I gave her. She had to double check on it. It worked but maybe she never heard of Shore Excursion Group. I only travel out of the state of California only about once every five years!"
"It was long bus trip and we were very tired towards the end. But we got to see beautiful countrysides. I felt that Christchurch was just another huge city. But the stop at the botanical gardens was nice. I wished that we could have stayed there for a longer period of time."
"Capt was very informative. Great experience. The wind got up and the waves very high on our way back in but he handled it very well."
"Fabulous opportunity to see the rainforest up close on the skyrail and at the two stops along the way. The train ride was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure - like going back in time. Excellent tour which we highly recommend to everyone!"
"Dunedin is a charming town, but you could easily walk around it in an hour or so self-guided. The real value of this tour is to see the peninsula and its beautiful beaches and local wildlife. That is mostly birds, although sea lions and sometimes penguins are there as well. It's just very beautiful, a small van with excellent guides and enough leisurely walking to feel as if you were not just captive on a buss."
"Instructions on where to meet were very straight forward and clear. Guide was excellent. Van was very comfortable. Tour was excellent. Got to hand feed kangaroos."
"Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and had such passion for the region. Made you want to return to find out more. A person you would want to make as a long time friend"
"This tour packs a lot of different things in one day and was quite enjoyable"
"Enjoyed the walking tour"
"Tour of the Maori village was one of the highlights of our trip."
"A friend told us about this company--so much cheaper than the cruise lines; right on time going and coming; guides were friendly; full coverage of intended tour!! Will definitely use again."
"Did the best with the limitation of the three sites due to the need for the sites to be brought back to original condition after filming. Big flat screen in van allowed us to view movie clips related to visited sites. Nice narration and hosting by driver/guide. But, you had to use your imagination a bit at the sites. Cute props to take photos with. Guide provided lots of time and interesting narrations with movie stills. Park had nice signs associated with Rivendell shooting. Beautiful day for a drive out of Wellington and fresh lunch from Subway. Small group of fun younger tourists from Germany, Argentina and UK. Really had a nice time. Our portion of the full day tour (with appropriate lower rate) got us back to the ship on time, but we were not able to take advantage of the extended tour which visited the Weta Workshop."
"The group was a little larger than I thought it would be, but it was very organized. We were able to see everything and then some. Our bus driver/guide was very knowledgeable of the area."