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Take in the best of Australia and New Zealand—destinations of thrilling contrasts and incredible scenery—with sun-kissed golden beaches, lush green valleys, laid-back coastal towns, majestic fjords, and energetic urban landscapes. Depart Sydney for Eden, a sleepy seaside town that’s home to the fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum, and sail to Melbourne, a dynamic cultural and sporting capital full of chic art galleries and gardens. Continue to Burnie to explore its many wilderness areas including the renowned Burnie Penguin Observation Centre. Then, navigate one of the world’s most exquisite fjords, Milford Sound, with its dramatic cliffs, verdant forests, and staggering waterfalls. Look for sunbathing fur seals and yellow-eyed penguins in Dunedin and stroll Akaroa’s streets framed by Colonial architecture. Discover the thriving art scene in Wellington and view art deco architecture in Napier. Take a stroll through Gisborne and find celebrated boutique wineries, surf beaches, and one of the largest Māori meeting houses in New Zealand. Before ending your adventure in Auckland, visit Tauranga, rich with Māori culture, or discover the geothermal wonders of Rotorua.
Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.
Depart for Australia
Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
Cruising the Tasman Sea
Cruising the Tasman Sea
Cruising the Fjords of Milford Sound
Dunedin, New Zealand
Akaroa, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Napier, New Zealand
Gisborne, New Zealand
Rotorua, Tauranga, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Meet Your Trip Host
Anne Ruggles Gere is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English and Gertrude Buck Collegiate Professor of Education. She was honored as 2018 Professor of the Year by the Michigan Association of State Universities. State University Association and in 2019, she received the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize. Former leader of three professional associations, including the Modern Language Association, and author of a dozen books and over 100 articles, she recently completed a term as director of the Sweetland Center for Writing. Her current projects include a book about Native American women who taught in boarding schools.
Her family has a strong Go Blue tradition. Anne received her PhD and her son his BA from U-M, and her daughter is currently a sophomore on the Ann Arbor campus. She and her husband Brewster (Budge), who will join her, are world travelers and enjoy meeting people. They look forward to sharing Outrageous Outback with you.
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