New Zealand Vista - from Sydney

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Cruise from Sydney to Auckland, stopping at many spectacular places along the way including Melbourne, Milford Sound, Wellington and finally Auckland.  From here pick up a scenic coach tour and get a more intimate look at New Zealand, taking in many unforgettable experiences such as Queenstown, Rotorua, Hobbiton and travelling on the TranzAlpine. Finally concluding your tour in Christchurch.

UNFORGETTABLE SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES

  • Sky Tower
  • Kauri Museum
  • Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Zealong Tea Estate
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers
  • Tamaki Maori Experience
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City sights tour of Auckland

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Sydney
Arrive in Sydney where you will be met by a Grand Pacific tours Guide aboard the Celebrity Solstice. Meet your travelling companions at dinner.
Overnight Celebrity Solstice (D)

Port Times Depart at 18:30

Day 2: Cruising
Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment not to mention your deluxe balcony cabin. (BLD)

Day 3: Melbourne - Free Day
Arrive into Melbourne, Victoria’s coastal capital, where a short tram ride will take you into the city. At its centre is the strikingly modern Federation Square with bars and restaurants. (BLD)

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Day 4: Cruising
Cruise across Bass Strait and enjoy a day at sea to further explore this luxurious ship. You may like to schedule a massage or join a class in the fitness centre with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea. (BLD)

Day 5: Hobart
Docking in Hobart gives you immediate access to Mount Wellington and its incredibly beautiful surrounds. From there you can look out over the busy harbour and yachts from all over the world. (BLD)

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Day 6 & 7: Cruising
Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud. (BLD)

Day 8: Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds
Sail into the narrow fiords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising. (BLD)

Day 9: Dunedin
Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens. (BLD)

Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 19:00

Day 10: Akaroa
Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays and home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin. (BLD)

Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 18:00

Day 11: Wellington
Locals are particularly proud of the National Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa. Loosely translated as ‘our place’ from the native Maori tongue, the museum is one of the world’s largest and most progressive (optional). (BLD)

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Day 12: Napier
The beautifully preserved 1930s Art Deco architecture is Napier’s special point of difference. The best way to enjoy the streetscape is on a self-guided walk. (BLD)

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Day 13: Cruising
Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand. (BLD)

Day 14: Bay of Islands
The beaches in this region are considered some of the world’s finest with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water. (BLD)

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00

Day 15: Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour
This morning arrive into the beautiful ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. Disembark the ship, meet your Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden, Bastion Point and the America’s Cup Village. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. (BD)

Hotel Skycity Hotel

Day 16: Auckland - Hokianga - Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel north through Dargaville to the unforgettable Footprints Waipoua encounter, home to some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. A local guide will explain how these trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. (BD)

Hotel Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights)

Day 17: Bay of Islands
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. The rest of today is free. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Hole in the Rock Cruise, a relaxing luncheon cruise or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Tour Guide & Coach Captain will be available to assist. (BD)

DAY 18: Bay of Islands - Auckland
Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland for some free time. This evening is also free for you to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. (B)

Hotel Skycity Hotel

Day 19: Auckland - Rotorua
Depart Auckland and travel to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation for a tour & tasting. Next visit Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. (BLD)

Hotel Millennium Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 20: Rotorua
Today begins with a Gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Travel to Te Puia for a tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Maori Village for an interactive and educational experience which culminates with a cultural performance and traditional hangi feast. (BD)

Day 21: Rotorua - Auckland – Queenstown
Travel to Auckland Airport where you will board a local flight to the resort town of Queenstown, located in the South Island. Meet your South Island Coach Captain and enjoy a tour of historic Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel. (BD) 

Hotel Millennium Queenstown (2 nights)

Day 22: Queenstown (Free Day)
Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for gourmet BBQ at Walter Peak Station (optional). (B)

Day 23: Queenstown - Franz Josef
Depart Queenstown and travel via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. (BD)

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 24: Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch
Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive viaducts before completing your journey at Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. (BD)

Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

Day 25: Depart Christchurch
Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

 

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Cruise and Luxury Tour

First class cruising and touring with like minded travellers. Experienced guides will make sure you don't miss a thing.

Your cruise and tour includes:

  • Luxury accommodation on the Celebrity Solstice
  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air conditioned coach travel
  • En suite hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and meals shown
  • Return airport transfers

 

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