Australia and New Zealand by Private Jet

  • Trip Type: Private Jet
  • 17 Days | Sydney to Queenstown
  • Group Size: Max 45

National Geographic Experts

 

A world-class team of experts will accompany this expedition to share their knowledge and insights with you and bring each destination to life. Listed below are the experts joining this trip.

Kristofer Helgen
Biologist

Zoologist Kristofer Helgen is a National Geographic Explorer who has led research expeditions to remote areas on almost every continent in his search for undiscovered species. From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the slopes of the Andes, Kris has identified some 100 new mammal species and documented viable populations of animals previously thought to be in major decline or even extinct. Kris is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Adelaide and has served as curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

Departure Dates
  • Apr 11 - 27, 2018
  • Apr 01 - 17, 2019

Jason Edwards
Photographer

National Geographic's Jason Edwards has been at the forefront of natural history photography for two decades. A passion for animals and the environment defines his extensive career. Since embarking on that career at the Royal Melbourne Zoo, Jason has been recognised globally for his contributions to science, the environment, and the arts. Among other accolades, he is a two-time winner of the Eureka Prize for Science Photography, three-time winner of Communication Arts Photography Annual, two-time winner of the ProMax Golden Muse, and winner of the Australian Geographic Society's Pursuit of Excellence Award, among others. Through his commissioned work and as the face of the National Geographic Channel’s Pure Photography, Jason has taken his storytelling to dozens of countries and to every continent. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications including National Geographic magazine, BBC Wildlife, Australian Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Condé Nast Traveler, and The New Yorker. Jason is also an author of science education books, and his imagery has appeared in everything from environmental campaigns to Hollywood blockbusters.

Departure Dates
  • Apr 11 - 27, 2018
  • Apr 01 - 17, 2019

Kennedy Warne
Author, Editor

Kennedy Warne co-founded New Zealand Geographic magazine in 1988, and served as editor until 2004, when he stepped down to pursue his own writing and photography. He has written 14 stories for National Geographic since 2000, including four on New Zealand. He writes mostly about natural history subjects, and specializes in underwater assignments. His work for National Geographic has taken him from the sea ice of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the mangrove swamps of Bangladesh, from the rainforests of Fiordland to the coral reefs of Arabia. He lives in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, but prefers to spend his time in the overlooked and undiscovered parts of his country, especially its forests, mountains, and multitude of islands.

Departure Dates
  • Apr 11 - 27, 2018

David Silverberg
Conservationist, Geographer, Geologist

Geographer David Scott Silverberg (Ph.D. MIT, postdoc Harvard) has traveled extensively in Australia, studying the biodiversity of this island continent. He has also worked throughout New Zealand researching the geologic development of its Southern Alps, and conducting fieldwork with the New Zealand Department of Conservation on its South Island Kiwi restoration project. He has joined numerous expeditions for travelers to both countries. David has served as executive director for Research at EarthWatch Institute and helped launch AmeriCorps’ environmental programs. He is a fellow of the Explorers Club, the Royal Africa Society, the Royal Geographical Society, the Australian Royal Geographic and the Royal Asia Society.

Departure Dates
  • Apr 01 - 17, 2019