New Zealand & Australia

All Experience Levels
Various Lodges & Hotels
September 2023 - full dates TBD

Explore the best of the land down under on this trip that covers glaciers, mountains, beaches, and pristine reef systems. 

Trip Leader: Kathy Gagliardo

Ocean First embarks on a new adventure to the land down under, New Zealand and Western Australia, for an action-packed expedition! This new trip covers the best attractions in New Zealand and continues to Perth and Exmouth in the western half of Australia.

Our group of intrepid explorers will spend time in Christchurch before traveling south to Arthur’s Pass and Fox Glacier where if weather permits we will fly high over the Southern Alps via helicopter! The thrill continues as we move south to Franz Josef Glacier and Queenstown where a private 4WD takes us to the land of the Lord of the Rings.. you might be the lucky one who sees a hobbit! No trip to Queenstown is complete without a cruise through the Milford Sound and a stop at a winery for lunch!

The adventure is only beginning as we depart New Zealand for Perth and the mystery of Western Australia. We will spend one evening exploring Perth before moving onto Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef area. The exquisite wilderness camp of Sal Salis will be our home for 4 nights where luxury tents, 5 star meals, and miles of unexplored territory await. This is humpback whale season so chances of snorkeling with these gentle giants is very good! The adventure wraps up with 6 nights at Ningaloo Reef, a pristine reef system that is infrequently visited. Our lucky divers will experience dive sites that most travelers never get to see, making this a truly special expedition!


  • 7 nights in New Zealand
  • Touring throughout New Zealand
  • 1 night Perth
  • 4 nights Sal Salis Wilderness Resort
  • 1 Humpback whale swim at Sal Salis
  • 6 nights Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
  • 5 days of 2 dives/day Ningaloo
  • Most meals
  • Private transfers throughout
  • Ocean First trip leader

Not Included:

  • Airfare: Denver - Christchurch/Queenstown - Perth/Perth - Exmouth roundtrip/Perth - Denver
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Crew gratuities
  • Baggage fees
  • Any unforeseen cost at the time of booking
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended) 

Trip Cost: 

  • $14,850 double occupancy
  • $18,450 single occupancy
  • Australia portion only: $10,250 based on double occupancy
  • New Zealand portion only: $6,250 based on double occupancy

Payment Schedule:

  • Nonrefundable deposit to reserve: $2,500
  • $3,500 due by 8/1/2020
  • $3,500 due by 2/1/2021
  • Final payment due by 7/1/2021
  • Passport must be valid for 6 months after departure date

Cancellation Policy:

  • Changes made to the reservation may result in additional fees.
  • Cancellation 180 days or more: refund given based on reselling the space, minus the initial deposit.
  • 179 - 120 days: payments made to date are forfeited as well as any vendor fees.
  • 119 days or less or a no-show: no refunds given.

We strongly recommend securing trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment in the unlikely event you need to cancel your trip. Our preferred provider is DAN Trip Insurance.

Standard Recommended Accessories:

  • GoBe S500 LED light
  • Safety sausage w/ whistle (SMB)
  • Squeeze Lock knife
  • Reefsaver

Trip Specific Recommendations: 

  • Primary dive light
  • Hood and/or hooded vest
  • Night & Limited Visibility certification
  • Waves, Tides and Currents certification
  • Fish ID certification
  • Deep Diver certification
  • Nitrox certification
  • Manta & Ray Ecology (coming soon)