New Zealand Cruise from Adelaide

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17 days | Departs 8 Jan 2020 –
Join us on our popular 17 day cruise to New Zealand! Discover all the highlights, including Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin & the Fiordland National Park.

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Highlights
  • Spend 2 days exploring the city of Melbourne
  • Cruise around the spectacular Fiordland National Park
  • Explore the Scottish city of Dunedin
  • Discover Akaroa, a city with a distinctly French flair
  • Spend a day in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital
  • Explore the Art Deco city of Napier
  • See New Zealand’s natural bounty in the Bay of Plenty
  • Discover the beautiful city of Auckland
Inclusions
  • Return transfers to the Outer Harbour Passenger Terminal in Adelaide
  • 17 nights aboard the Golden Princess
  • 8 days in port, 1 day of scenic cruising & 7 days at sea
  • 17 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches & 17 dinners (D)
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Day 1 – Depart Adelaide (D)

Your holiday begins with a transfer to Adelaide’s Outer Harbour Passenger Terminal in time for the start of your New Zealand cruise.

❱ Ocean cruise: Golden Princess (17 nights)

Day 2 – At sea (BLD)

Enjoy a full day at sea as you sail around the Australian coast towards Melbourne.

Day 3 – Melbourne (BLD)

Victoria may be Australia’s smallest continental state, but Melbourne, its capital, is big on everything. With a population of 4.25 million people living in 59 separately named communities within 715 square miles, Melbourne is a sprawling city offering culture, art, fashion and friendly, sports-minded Australians. It is also an easy city to explore. At the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city’s governmental and commercial center, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theaters.

Days 4 & 5 – At sea (BLD)

Relax onboard the Golden Princess as it sails across the Tasman Sea for 2 days.

Day 6 – Fiordland National Park Scenic Cruising (BLD)

New Zealand’s largest national park was formed millennia ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast of New Zealand’s South Island. At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound. Lined by cliffs that soar nearly a mile above its surface, Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps. Rainforest clings to the cliffs and graceful waterfalls plummet into the void. Mile-high Mitre Peak dominates the upper reaches of the sound.

Day 7 – Port Chalmers, Dunedin (BLD)

Perched on the hills above one of New Zealand’s loveliest harbors, Dunedin is a Kiwi city with a Scottish heart. Hailed as the “Edinburgh of New Zealand,” Dunedin is proud of its heritage. A statue of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns graces downtown, and the presence of New Zealand’s only kilt maker and whisky distillery – as well as many bagpipe bands – keep Dunedin’s ties to Scotland alive. The city also boasts a distinguished architectural and cultural history, a legacy of New Zealand’s 1860s gold rush.

Port Chalmers, gateway to Dunedin, is located eight miles from the city center. Dunedin is a planned city: its streets and suburbs fan out from the city’s octagon.

Day 8 – Akaroa (BLD)

On the eastern shores of New Zealand’s South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair, its history steeped in legend. It lies on the volcanic Banks Peninsula, which the Maori believe was formed when a hero named Maui piled mountains upon a giant who threatened to eat his children.

The same peninsula was purchased from the local Maori by a French whaler around 1838, and was later settled by both the French and the British, who had just signed the Treaty of Waitangi ensuring New Zealand’s existence as a British colony.

With French-named streets leading to restaurants serving French cuisine and colonial architecture all around, Akaroa’s heritage as the only French-founded community in New Zealand is unmistakable. Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse array of marine life, including rare Hector’s dolphins, and visitors are lured by the area’s secluded beaches and quaint boutiques.

Day 9 – Wellington (BLD)

New Zealand’s capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian buildings. Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, “wonderful, windy Wellington” is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funnelling through Cook Strait. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco.

Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot. Kelburn Cable Car, stairways and footpaths climb the slopes from the city center.

Day 10 – Napier (BLD)

Napier and Hawke’s Bay have become New Zealand’s premier lifestyle getaways. Located on the North Island’s eastern coast, New Zealand’s oldest wine-growing region boasts a superb Mediterranean climate and golden sand beaches. In recent years, Hawke’s Bay has become a leading producer of fine olive oils and artisanal cheeses. Wildlife lovers and birders will flock to Cape Kidnappers in Southern Hawke Bay: the Cape is home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.

In 1931, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake leveled Napier. The town rebuilt itself, and today Napier is hailed as the “Art Deco City” for its superb collection of Deco, Spanish Mission and Classical Revival buildings.

Day 11 – Tauranga (BLD)

New Zealand’s natural bounty is always on display at the Bay of Plenty. It was Captain James Cook who in 1769 aptly named this bay, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua – a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture. A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand’s primary tourist attraction.

Your ship docks near the foot of Mt. Maunganui, which rises 761 feet above the bay. Across the harbor, Tauranga offers scenic tidal beaches at Omokoroa and Pahoia. The region boasts fine beaches, big-game fishing, thermal springs and seaside resorts.

Day 12 – Auckland (BLD)

Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand’s former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interest and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Rangitoto, Auckland’s largest and youngest volcano, sits in majestic splendor just offshore. Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill, once home to Maori earthworks, overlook the city. One of New Zealand’s fine wine districts lies to the north of Auckland.

Auckland served as New Zealand’s capital from 1841 until 1865, when the seat of government moved to Wellington.

Days 13 to 15 – At sea (BLD)

Relax onboard the Golden Princess as it sails across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne over 3 days.

Day 16 – Melbourne (BLD)

Enjoy a second day in Melbourne, with a full day in Victoria’s capital city.

Day 17 – At sea (BLD)

Enjoy a final full day at sea as the Golden Princess sails back to Adelaide.

Day 18 – Arrive Adelaide (B)

Arrive back at Adelaide’s Outer Harbour Passenger Terminal this morning. Adelaide travellers will be transferred to their home address, and all other travellers will be transferred to Adelaide Airport in time for their flight home.

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08 Jan 2020

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Virgin Australia ‘Q’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    61 to 90 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    31 to 60 days before departure – 75% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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