NZ Discoverer - from Sydney
See New Zealand in style on a 23 day cruise and touring holiday. Your relaxing cruise aboard the Celebrity Solstice will take you from Sydney to Melbourne and across the Tasman Sea to the stunning coastal waters of New Zealand.
Enjoy visits to Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland before joining your luxury coach for the second half of your New Zealand experience.
UNFORGETTABLE SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES
- Sydney Harbour
- Cruise to Milford Sound
- City of Dunedin
- Akaroa volcanic region
- Wellington the nation's capital
- Beautiful Bay of Plenty
- Bay of Islands
- Cosmopolitan Auckland
- Geysers of Rotorua
- Scenery of the Southern Alps
- Beautiful Queenstown
- Franz Josef Glacier
- Tranz Alpine Rail Journey
- Traditional Maori feast and concert
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 a group welcome prior to dinner.
Overnight Celebrity Solstice. Dinner included
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. (B,L & D)
Day 3: Melbourne
Explore Melbourne, a cultural melting pot, that is host to major international events. (B,L & D)
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 17:00
Days 4 - 5: Cruising
Cruise acrsss the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud (B,L,D)
Day 6: Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound
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. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Dunedin
Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Akaroa
Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays and home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin. (B,L,D)
Day 9: 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. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Cruising
Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Tauranga
Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand. (B,L,D)
Day 12: 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. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Arrive Auckland - City of 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 including a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, see New Zealand’s unique aquatic life up close, including a large collection of sharks, gigantic stingrays, and beautiful seahorses. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.
Hotel: Skycity Hotel (B,D)
Day 14: 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.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights) (B,D)
Day 15: Bay of Islands
Today is free to 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. (B,D)
Day 16: Bay of Islands - Auckland
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. 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.
Hotel: Skycity Hotel (B)
Day 17: Auckland - Rotorua
Depart Auckland and travel to Waitomo for a tour of the Glow Worm Caves where tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light. Next visit Hobbiton for a barbecue 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.
Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) (B,L,D)
Day 18: Rototua
Today begins with a gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. Travel to the Agrodome where you see performing sheep, a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (B,D)
Day 19: 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.
Hotel: Millennium Queenstown (2 nights) (B,D)
Day 20: 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 get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening is free and you may wish to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for dinner at Walter Peak Station. (B)
Day 21: Queesntown - 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. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before continuing to Franz Josef.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Day 22: 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.
Hotel: Sudima Christchurch Airport (B,D)
Day 23: Depart Christchurch
Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)
23 Day Cruise & Tour from £5015
with flights from £5995
Prices include accommodation, touring and meals where shown – (B) breakfast (L) lunch (D) dinner. Ask your consultant for flight details and departure dates. Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar or higher standard if necessary. Departs 8th November 2018 and 31st January 2019
Cruise & Touring
A spectacular cruise and first class touring. Our experienced guides will make sure you don't miss a thing.
Your holiday 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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