Discover New Zealand Cruise & Tour
Nights
21
Journey
Fly, Cruise, Stay & Tour
Departing
27 November 2016
Package From
$6,945
per person twin share
Based on Balcony Cabin ex Sydney

Return economy class airfares departing 27 November 2016*

12 night cruise with Celebrity Cruises departing Sydney, 27 November 2016

9 night tour with AAT Kings departing Auckland, 9 December 2016
 

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Enjoy cruising on the Celebrity Solstice from Australia to New Zealand taking in the magnificent scenery New Zealand has to offer. Enjoy the majestic Milford and Doubtful Sounds, the historic town of Akaroa and the cosmopolitan cities of Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. By land you will discover the amazing Maori Culture, visiting a thermal reserve, a marae and enjoying a traditional hangi. You will also enjoy the breathtaking scenery aboard the TranzAlpine train to Franz Joseph. You will fall in love with the beauty of New Zealand’s many landscapes and its generous people.

Highlights

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 Auckland's city sights, Enjoy a Maori dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae, ride the TranzAlpine Train, See the awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier plus much more! 

 

Itinerary

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 Dec 2016 - Disembark from cruise & transfer to your accommodation in Auckland

On arrival at the Auckland Cruise Terminal you will be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore the beautiful city of Auckland.  This evening meet your Tour Director for a welcome reception and ‘highlight dinner’ at The Langham.
Inclusions: Highlight dinner & overnight at the Langham Hotel, Auckland

10 Dec 2016 - Auckland, New Zealand

Start the day with a sightseeing tour then cruise on Waitemata Harbour.
Inclusions: Full buffet breakfast & overnight at the Langham Hotel, Auckland

11 Dec 2016 - Auckland to Rotorua

Tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto by boat with a local guide. From here your journey continues to Rotorua, where you’ll visit Te Puia. A local Maori guide will escort you through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. ‘You’re invited’ to the Tamaki Maori Marae for a very personal and exclusive cultural evening. Enjoy a Maori Hangi feast with local wine and a concert in their private dining room.
Inclusions: Full buffet breakfast, ‘You’re invited’ dinner & overnight at the Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

12 Dec 2016 - Rotorua to Christchurch

Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. You may even spot a kiwi! Next up is the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, which offers an insight into agriculture in New Zealand. In the afternoon you’ll fly to Christchurch. 
Inclusions: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine, flight to Christchurch & overnight at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat

13 Dec 2016 - Christchurch to Franz Josef

Journey on the TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration. Next you’ll arrive at Franz Josef Glacier.
Inclusions: Full buffet breakfast & overnight at the Novotel, Christchurch

14 Dec 2016 - Franz Josef to Queenstown

Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell – the stone fruit capital. Next you’ll visit historic gold mining Arrowtown on the Arrow River, before arriving in Queenstown, where an orientation tour completes your day.
Inclusions: Full buffet breakfast & overnight at the Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

15 Dec 2016 - Milford Sound

Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature.
Inclusions: Breakfast of choice and lunch & overnight at the Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

16 Dec 2016 - Queenstown Included Choice

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD tour, relax with a spa treatment or enjoy dinner at the Skyline Restaurant.
Inclusions: Breakfast of choice & overnight at the Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

17 Dec 2016 - Queenstown to Christchurch 

Be awestruck by the alpine beauty of Mt. Cook National Park. Later, continue to Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. ‘You’re invited’ to Morelea Farm, home of Angie and Stan Taylor, to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden and to gain insight into farm life. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Join your Tour Director and new-found friends this evening for a farewell dinner.
Inclusions: Breakfast of choice, ‘You’re invited’ lunch, farewell dinner & overnight at the Novotel, Christchurch

18 Dec 2016 - Farewell from Christchurch

After breakfast your tour sadly comes to an end. You will be transferred to the Christchurch Airport for your flight home, taking home memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Inclusions: Full buffet breakfast

 

Inclusions

Cruise Inclusions
  • 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)
AAT KingsTour Inclusions
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced tour director and driver guide
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 4 dinners including New Zealand wines
  • Tour the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto
  • Traditional Maori hangi and concert
  • Scenic TranzAlpine Train ride to Arthur’s Pass and Franz Josef Glacier
  • ‘You’re Invited’ lunch at a working farm
 
Other Inclusions
  • All domestic & international economy class airfares
  • Transfer from Cruise Terminal to accommodation
  • Transfer to Christchurch Airport 
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