Discover New Zealand Cruise & Self-Drive
Combining the relaxation and wonder of a cruise with the excitement and adventure of a road trip, the 22-night Discover New Zealand Cruise & Self-Drive voyage is the ultimate way to experience this amazing country.
Departing from Sydney with Celebrity Cruises for 12 nights, you can enjoy a quick stop in Melbourne before making your way to some of New Zealand’s most popular destinations. Starting in Auckland, you’ll have the freedom to explore at your own pace for eight nights before returning to beautiful Christchurch.
Below, we’ve profiled some of the places that will wow you on this trip.
Fiordland National Park
Situated in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, Fiordland National Park is well known for its incredible vistas of towering mountain peaks and 100,000-year-old glaciers. Here, passengers can experience the beauty of the famous Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds and explore mountain, lake, fiord and rainforest ecosystems. The park was established in 1952 and covers over 1.2 million hectares.
Filled with fascinating cultural history and scenic landscapes, stunning Dunedin will win over passengers in no time. Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, the city’s Scottish heritage is evident in its well-preserved architecture. In the easternmost part of Dunedin, guests can also discover the magical views of the Otago Peninsula and visit the country’s only castle, Larnach Castle.
There is much to see and do at the seaport of Wellington. The National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa will fascinate and educate while Mount Victoria provides plenty of striking panoramic views, and the city’s historic Cable Car is a fun way to get about.
New Zealand’s capital is also known for being a creative hub and is home to a range of dining and drinking venues offering wine, fine food, craft beer and more. Movie buffs will also enjoy a trip to the Weta Cave museum, where the wizardry behind special effects is unveiled. Lastly, a Lord of the Rings location tour is an absolute must for fans of the book and movie series.
Bay of Islands
Consisting of 144 islands and featuring white-sanded beaches with crystal-clear water, the Bay of Islands is a veritable paradise. To discover all this micro-region has to offer, travellers can kayak, mountain-bike, para-sail, scuba-dive, walk and swim to their hearts’ content. The resident wildlife includes penguins, whales, gannets, marlin and dolphins.
With all the hallmarks of a world-class city and boasting natural wonders nearby, Auckland captures the essence of why New Zealand is the perfect tourist destination. Start the day with a few hours of shopping before embarking on a rainforest hike, kayaking to a volcano or exploring vineyards. In the evening, make the most of Auckland’s vibrant nightlife, endless dining options and five-star accommodation.
Love the idea of cruising and driving your way around New Zealand? To discover more about this wonderful itinerary, contact us on 1300 954 661 today. We can book your voyage and assist you with all your travel needs and questions.
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