Take in the diversity of life on New Zealand’s South Island and in the teeming waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. An optional pre-tour extension in Auckland is offered (March 4-8), as is a post-tour extension to Ayers Rock (March 20).

The soaring peaks of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The primeval hum of the didgeridoo. The famous profile of Sydney’s Opera House. A brilliant orange flash and splash amidst turquoise waters. The range of sights and sounds “Down Under” is like no other on Earth and is opened up to you on this comprehensive itinerary, March 6-19, 2011, that offers the best of New Zealand and Australia—which also features the chance to snorkel for three days on the Great Barrier Reef.

Beginning on New Zealand’s South Island to enjoy its remote beauty, take in Queenstown’s spectacular vistas and explore Christchurch, where the Canterbury Museum demystifies Maori culture and art. Travel onward to Australia and sophisticated Sydney, a city renowned for its magnificent harbor setting, white sandy beaches, and brilliant architecture. Visit the famous Opera House and Yiribana Gallery, which houses an extensive collection of traditional and modern Aboriginal art.

A highlight of this Journey is the exclusive three-night cruise aboard the Coral Princess. Known for the warm hospitality of her crew and carefree ambiance, this stylish vessel moors at secluded reefs and islands allowing one to observe the drama of the underwater world from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat or while snorkeling.

Please note: Princeton travelers will share this Journey on land and sea with those from the Association of Yale Alumni.

About the Study Leader

Princeton University Professor Emeritus William Howarth will serve as Study Leader for this program.

Professor Howarth is an authority on the history and literature of travel, places, and nature. His many books and essays cover a wide range of topics, from the writings of Henry Thoreau and Rachel Carson to journeys across Europe, North and South America, and the amazing academic village of Princeton, NJ. He is former editor of The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau and former chair of the Center for American Places. A contributor to National Geographic, Smithsonian, and American Scholar, he continues to lead seminars on literature and history at Princeton. The 2009 recipient of Princeton’s Award for Excellence in Alumni Education, Professor Howarth has led over fifty previous alumni events, from on-campus seminars to Princeton Journeys. On this journey he will be joined by Anne Matthews '81, who has long taught environmental writing at Princeton. The pair will facilitate discussions on literary, artistic and scientific travelers who ventured past the “Roaring Forties,” including Darwin and Melville. Under the pen name of Dana Hand, they also collaborate on writing novels and films.

Trip Details

  • Dates: March 6-19, 2011
  • Cost: From $5,695 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $600 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Trip Resources

View photos of 2011 trip

View photos of 2007 trip to New Zealand

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