to Sydney, 30 Oct 2017
2 nights post-cruise accommodation in Auckland, 11 - 13 Nov 2017
Encounter all that New Zealand has to offer, by sea and land. Observe the breathtaking scenery of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. Explore pristine coastal bays, and exciting seaports brimming with history and natural wonders. Then, immerse yourself in the Maori culture as you take your own self-drive holiday from Auckland to Christchurch.
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 9 day self driving holiday, ending in Christchurch! Included in your package is your airfares, cruise, 2 nights post-cruise accommodation in Auckland, car hire and accommodation passes so you can get off the beaten track and explore at your leisure.
30 Oct 2017 - 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!
31 Oct 2017 - At Sea
1 Nov 2017 - 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.
2 Nov 2017 - At Sea
3 Nov 2017 - At Sea
4 Nov 2017 - Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Be in awe of the striking mountain peaks, and vivid 100,000-year-old glaciers, as you sail through the world-famous Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds.
5 Nov 2017 - 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.
6 Nov 2017 - 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.
7 Nov 2017 - 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.
8 Nov 2017 - At Sea
9 Nov 2017 - 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.
10 Nov 2017 - 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, para-sailing, swimming with dolphins and scuba-diving.
11 Nov 2017 - Auckland, New Zealand - Disembark Cruise Ship
On arrival at the Auckland Cruise Terminal, make your way to the Grand Chancellor, situated only a 2 minutes walk from the port. Enjoy 2 night’s post-cruise accommodation in downtown Auckland and visit its many well-known landmarks, including the iconic Sky Tower.
Includes: 2 nights accommodation at the Hotel Grand Chancellor
12 Nov 2017 - Auckland, New Zealand.
Explore all that Auckland has to offer from fantastic food and wine, world-class shopping and exciting adventure activities. Get out on the harbour, check out the galleries or hop on a day tour to explore.
Includes: Accommodation at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Auckland
Make your way to P/U Downtown Auckland to begin your 8 night self-driving tour of New Zealand! Head south through lush Waikato farmland and make a stop at the infamous Hobbiton. Explore the volcanic attractions of Rotorua, then cross the Cook Strait on the Inter-islander Ferry to arrive in Picton. If time permits make a stop in Waipara Valley for some wine tasting.
Includes: Toyota Corolla or similar, 8 nights Gold accommodation pass twin share, Wellington to Picton Ferry transfer 2 adults and 1 car.
21 Nov 2017 - Farewell from Christchurch
Upon returning your car to D/O Christchurch Airport 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.
- 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
- 9 days car-hire with unlimited kilometres
- 8 nights Golden Chain Studio Accommodation Pass
- Interislander ferry crossing from Wellington to Picton
- All domestic & international economy class airfares
- Domestic airfares to Sydney
- International airfares from Auckland to Australia*
- Arrival transfer from Port to Auckland Hotel
- 2 nights post-cruise accommodation at the Grand Chancellor Auckland
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