departing 27 November 2016*
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Embark on a journey of a lifetime with a 12 night cruise from Sydney to Auckland onboard the Celebrity Solstice taking in the incredible sights of New Zealand. From Auckland, you will have all the freedom you want to explore the heart and soul of New Zealand on an 8 day self driving holiday! Included in your package is car hire and accommodation passes so you can get off the beaten track and explore at your leisure.
Experience all that New Zealand has to offer by land and sea! See breathtaking fjords, float by the Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its spectacular and untouched natural beauty and visit charming port cities as you cruise from Sydney to Auckland. By land, you'll have the opportunity to explore the heart and soul of New Zealand on your own self driving holiday from Auckland to Christchurch.
27 Nov 2016 - Transfer to Circular Quay and board Celebrity Solstice
When you arrive in Sydney, make your way to Circular Quay where you will embark on your 12 Night Cruise onboard Celebrity Solstice. Relax, unwind & experience award-winning dining, exceptional entertainment and activities, world-class spa and fitness facilities and truly extraordinary accommodation!
28 Nov 2016 - At Sea
29 Nov 2016 - Melbourne
A city brimming with character, Melbourne isn’t short on attractions. Discover inner-city laneways lined with chic cafes, fine dining restaurants and hidden bars. Venture to trendy suburbs like Fitzroy and Carlton to explore galleries and fashion boutiques.
30 Nov 2016 - At Sea
01 Dec 2016 - At Sea
02 Dec 2016 - Milford Sound, New Zealand
As we sail into the narrow fjords of the Milford Sound, even your massive ship seems to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Situated within Fiordland National Park, this natural wonder is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site and is protected by its natural geography, which makes it a haven for all types of wildlife.
02 Dec 2016 - Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
As cold mountain water cascades from the cliffs above Doubtful Sound, it creates an unusual phenomenon-a dual-layered marine ecosystem of fresh and saltwater. This serves as a playground for a number of species, including fur seals and two types of penguins - the fiordland crested and blue penguin.
02 Dec 2016 - Dusky Sound, New Zealand
Steep cliffs that have been carved over centuries by dozens of waterfalls surround the largest and most complex of the many fjords along the New Zealand coast, Dusky Sound. It's also a wildlife paradise, with seals and dolphins patrolling the water, and birds like broad billed prions, mottled petrels and sooty shearwaters floating on the overhead thermals.
03 Dec 2016 - Dunedin, New Zealand
Were it not for the absence of the Scottish brogue, you might think you'd landed in Edinburgh. Both the scenery and the architecture borrow heavily from Scotland. You can even shop for kilts or dig into a piece of fresh haggis. Dunedin is also home to New Zealand's only castle, a 15-year construction endeavor complete with the only staircase of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and magnificent woodwork.
04 Dec 2016 - Akaroa, New Zealand
Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays, French and English colonial history, even the largest little penguin colony on the mainland. It's also home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin and lots of water sports-kayaking, sailboats, also hiking paths and cycle tours. Pick up a unique souvenir from one of the many local craft shops and boutiques.
05 Dec 2016 - Wellington, New Zealand
From the new to the old, Wellington offers a bit of everything. 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. A great way to explore the city is on the restored cable cars, which traverse the shopping district. And if you want to experience it all from above, take in the panoramic views from Mount Victoria.
06 Dec 2016 - At Sea
07 Dec 2016 - Tauranga, New Zealand
Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbors in New Zealand. You can take a ride on a bush jet boat, go white-water rafting on the Rangitaiki River, or dine on the freshest fish and chips you’ll ever taste, served al fresco. If you’re looking for a more exotic counter, travel to the Mount Mauganui Hot Salt Water Pools.
08 Dec 2016 - Bay Of Islands, New Zealand
Those who love beaches consider these some of the world’s finest, with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water. And as tempted as you’ll be to pull up a lounge chair and soak in the surroundings, many consider this the ideal place to partake in more active pursuits, such as kayaking, mountain-biking, parasailing, swimming with dolphins and scuba-diving.
09 - 17 Dec 2016 - Self Drive Holiday from Auckland to Christchurch
On arrival at the Auckland Cruise Terminal you will be transferred to GO Rentals to begin your self-driving tour of New Zealand! Travelling from Auckland to Christchurch you will have the opportunity to experience highlights like the rolling rural countryside of Hamilton, the maori culture and geothermal wonders of Rotorua, the Classic Wine Trail from Hawkes Bay to Wairarapa, the gourmet delights of Marlborough, the healing thermal waters of Hanmer Springs and the stunning vistas where the Southern Alps rises from the patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains.
17 Dec 2016 - Farewell from Christchurch
Upon returning your car to GO Rentals your tour sadly comes to an end. You will be transferred to the Christchurch Airport for your flight home, taking home memories that will last a lifetime.
Inclusions: Full buffet breakfast
- 12 night cruise on the Celebrity Solstice
- All main meals and entertainment on board
- Port charges and government fees
- Onboard gratuities
- US$50 onboard spending money (per cabin)
- All domestic & international economy class airfares
- Transfer from Cruise Terminal to Car Rental
- Transfer to Christchurch Airport
- Airport/port transfers
- 9 days hire of a GO Rentals Toyota Aurion or similar
- Unlimited kilometres
- 8 nights accommodation in GO Kiwi Silver Standard Properties
- Interislander ferry crossing from Wellington to Picton for 2 people and vehicle
- FREE entry to a Deluxe Private Pool at the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua
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