New Zealand / Australia Cruise


New Zealand / Australia Cruise

13 Day Cruise

02/09/2024 - 02/20/2024

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Portrait of Daniel Peterson, Maxwell Institute.

August 17, 2006

Photo by:  Kaitlyn Pieper/BYU

Copyright BYU Photo 2006
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Daniel Peterson
Small Group Tour – 30 Spots

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. This is a small-group tour limited to 30 people so you will want to book soon.

Explore Auckland Museum with its amazing Polynesian artifacts as well as Harbour Bridge, Viaduct Basin and Westhaven Marina. 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. From Picton, take a small boat wildlife tour to Marlborough Sounds and visit Motuara Island, a kiwi nursery and bird sanctuary. Along with its beautiful city center, Wellington offers Te Papa—New Zealand’s National MuseumZealandia and the Karori Sanctuary. Visit Larnach Castle, the Toitú Otago Settlers Museum and the Royal Albatross Centre in Dunedin. 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.

Small Group Tour: Group Size Limited to 30 People – Book Soon!


Day 1 : Sydney, Australia

February 9, 2024 (Friday)

Day 2 : Day at Sea

February 10, 2024 (Saturday)
Lectures by Dan Peterson

Day 3 : Day at Sea

February 11, 2024 (Sunday)
Lectures by Dan Peterson

Day 4 : Bay of Islands

February 12, 2024 (Monday)
Often described as the Cradle of the Nation, our visit to the Bay of Islands is sure to be memorable. We visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with its elaborate Treaty House. In Kerikeri, we visit Kemp House and the Stone Store. We take a ferry to Russell which was the first permanent settlement and sea port in New Zealand.

Day 5 : Auckland, New Zealand

February 13, 2024 (Tuesday)
Auckland has a plethora of great museums and galleries and is a melting pot of cultures with a large Polynesian and Asian population. Highlights of our city tour include the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Viaduct Basin and Westhaven Marina, Auckland Domain, Tamaki Drive, and Mission Bay. A visit to the Auckland Museum with its excellent display of Polynesian artefacts, completes our tour.

Day 6 : Napier, New Zealand

February 14, 2024 (Wednesday)
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 7 : Picton, New Zealand

February 15, 2024 (Thursday)
Take a small-boat wildlife tour of the outer Marlborough Sounds and spot penguins and shags as well as dolphins in Queen Charlotte Sound. Explore Motuara Island, a kiwi nursery and bird sanctuary.

Day 8 : Wellington, New Zealand

February 16, 2024 (Friday)
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 9 : Dunedin, New Zealand

February 17, 2024 (Saturday)
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 10 : Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

February 18, 2024 (Sunday)
Free day to enjoy the Sounds and Devotional

Day 11 : Day at Sea

February 19, 2024 (Monday)
Lectures by Dan Peterson

Day 12 : Return to Sydney, Australia

February 20, 2024 (Tuesday)


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 $1,274
Outside $1,424
Balcony $2,064
Taxes & Govt. Fees $311.93 per person

Terms and Conditions: Advertised rates INCLUDE port charges but DO NOT INCLUDE shore excursions, airfare, or gratuities.

Deposit:  A $450 deposit per person is required to confirm your booking. Final payment is due November 2, 2023. 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.

Covid Requirements:


a.Proof of completed series of one-dose or two-dose primary vaccination regimen at embarkation.


Must present one of the following:

1. Negative COVID-19 antigen test within 24 hours of the embarkation date.
2. Negative NAAT test (i.e., PCR) within 48 hours of embarkation date.


Daniel Peterson
Small Group Tour – 30 Spots
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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