New Zealand / Australia Cruise


New Zealand / Australia Cruise

13 Day Cruise

01/29/2024 - 02/09/2024

0608-26 Peterson, Daniel

Portrait of Daniel Peterson, Maxwell Institute.

August 17, 2006

Photo by:  Kaitlyn Pieper/BYU

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Daniel Peterson

Sail with Daniel Peterson as he enlightens and uplifts our group with his informational lectures on sea days. Join our private tours at the ports to make the most of this incredible journey. Visit Larnach Castle, the Toitú Otago Settlers Museum and the Royal Albatross Centre in Dunedin. From Christchurch, we head to the International Antarctic Center to experience an ‘Antarctic Storm’ followed by a visit to Hagley Park—home of the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. Along with its beautiful city center, Wellington offers Te Papa—New Zealand’s National MuseumZealandia and the Karori Sanctuary. Learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city of Napier in 1931 and discover the unique Art Deco style they used to rebuild this unique city. Savor onboard evening shows, endless gourmet delights, and private lectures from Dan. Join our adventurous LDS group as we create memories to last a lifetime.

Join us for a 2-night pre-cruise tour in Sydney!


Day 1 : Sydney, Australia

January 29, 2024 (Monday)

Day 2 : Day at Sea

January 30, 2024 (Tuesday)
Lectures by Dan Peterson

Day 3 : Day at Sea

January 31, 2024 (Wednesday)
Lectures by Dan Peterson

Day 4 : Picton, New Zealand

February 1, 2024 (Thursday)

Day 5 : Napier, New Zealand

February 2, 2024 (Friday)
We start the day with a guided Art Deco Walking Tour. Take an entertaining look at the unique 1930’s architecture as we wander through the streets with our local guide. En-route we learn about the 1931 earthquake that destroyed the city, hear about the people that led the rebuild, and discover the unique Art Deco style of this unique city. Afterwards, enjoy free time to walk through the city before reboarding our coach and returning in the early afternoon to the ship.

Day 6 : Wellington, New Zealand

February 3, 2024 (Saturday)
We board our coach for a full day of sightseeing in Wellington City. Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, clings to steep hillsides around a magnificent harbour at the southern tip of the North Island. City highlights include Lambton Quay located in the heart of Wellington’s shopping and business district, Old St Paul’s Church which is one of New Zealand’s finest examples of colonial Gothic architecture, the magnificent Parliament Buildings, and the iconic ‘Beehive’—the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Government.

Day 7 : Christchurch, New Zealand

February 4, 2024 (Sunday)
We take the tender to the dock where we meet our private driver/guide on the Akaroa Wharf. We then travel for about 50 miles through the scenic countryside to Christchurch (about 1.5 hours) as they elaborate on the history of the area. When we arrive in Christchurch, we have the opportunity to join a local ward for Sacrament Meeting. After church, we travel into the city center for a break for lunch. Along the way, we see Hagley Park—the Christchurch Botanical Gardens and the Avon River. Christchurch, “the most English city outside England,” grew out of a planned Anglican settlement in the 1850’s. The city has beautiful urban parks and formal gardens shaded by oaks and willows.

Day 8 : Dunedin, New Zealand

February 5, 2024 (Monday)
Today we travel into Dunedin and enjoy the views of the harbour from the hill suburbs. See the distinctive Dunedin Railway Station and then the University of Otago with its historic blue stone buildings on the banks of the Leith River. Travel through the CBD along George and Princes Streets and through the Octagon, which features the historic Town Hall and St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral and a statue of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns. We then head to Otago Peninsula and Taiaroa Heads, which is renowned for wildlife living in the area. We then head to Otago Peninsula and Taiaroa Heads, which is renowned for wildlife living in the area. Finally, we return to Dunedin and enjoy free time in the Otago Early Settlers Museum.

Day 9 : Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

February 6, 2024 (Tuesday)

Day 10 : Day at Sea

February 7, 2024 (Wednesday)
Lectures by Dan Peterson

Day 11 : Day at Sea

February 8, 2024 (Thursday)
Lectures by Dan Peterson

Day 12 : Return to Sydney, Australia

February 9, 2024 (Friday)


Ship Information: Ovation of the Seas


Pioneer America’s Last Frontier onboard Ovation of the Seas®, one of the biggest, boldest ships to ever sail New Zealand.

Go scenery scoping from the unrivaled perspective of the North Star®, the highest vintage point on any cruise ship. Gaze at the gorgeous mountaintops and stunning foliage from the pool deck as you sail through New Zealand.


All Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Call for rates on 3rd and 4th persons in same cabin.

Inside w/ Virtual Window $1,112
Outside $1,271
Balcony $1,666
Taxes & Govt. Fees $310.55 per person

Terms and Conditions: Advertised rates INCLUDE port charges but DO NOT INCLUDE shore excursions, airfare, or gratuities. We will be happy to book your air if you would like–air is available at all major gateways. A $250 deposit per person is required to confirm your booking. Final payment is due 30 days prior to sailing. Deposit is refundable prior to final payment without penalty. Within three months of the cruise, the tours and cruise are non-refundable. Space can be recalled at anytime before the sail date so BOOK EARLY!

Check Your Invoice Names: Please check to see that your names are spelled correctly. Your first and last names must appear as they appear on your passport for International travel and Driver’s License for domestic tours.

PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED and should be valid 6 months after the end of the tour.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb stairs and walk unassisted at a moderate pace. 

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.


Daniel Peterson
Daniel C. Peterson is a religious educator and professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. He received a bachelor’s degree in Greek and Philosophy from BYU and, after several years of study in Jerusalem and Cairo, earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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New Zealand / Australia Cruise - 13 Day Cruise


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