New Zealand Journey
Witness New Zealand by Cruise and Self-Drive
Cruise, Stay, Drive & Fly
08 November 2018
Package From
per person twin share
Based on Balcony Cabin ex SYD

Economy class airfare to Sydney from 4 Australian capital cities

Transfer from Sydney Airport to Sydney cruise terminal

 12-night New Zealand cruisewith Celebrity Cruises on board Celebrity Solstice

  4 nights accommodation in Auckland at Pullman Auckland (5-star)

Taste of Waiheke Tour

Auckland Sights tourincluding Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium

1 hour Economy Auckland Travelshoot photo shoot

 10 days car hire with pick up in Auckland and drop off at Christchurch Airport

Passenger fare and vehicle farefrom Wellington to Picton

  9 nights Go Kiwi Hotel Gold Pass (pre-booked)

Economy class airfare from Christchurch to 5 Australian capital cities


New Zealand offers a spectacular meeting of natural landscapes, engaging cities and a unique history and culture. It is a land filled with adventure and surprise, where breathtaking scenery begs for your attention at every turn. Enjoy up-close encounters of it all on a combined cruise and self-drive itinerary with plenty of time in Auckland too, including local experiences and a holiday photo shoot on location.

The journey begins in Sydney – step on board your cruise and soak up the atmosphere of Celebrity Solstice as you cross the Tasman. Arriving in New Zealand waters, you’ll cruise to beautiful highlights such as Milford Sound, Akaroa, the Bay of Islands, Wellington and more, before disembarking in buzzing Auckland. Exploring the city and then enjoy 10 days of freedom as you self-drive as you please from Auckland to Christchurch. The best part? The only flight you have to catch is the one-way ride back home to Australia once your incredible New Zealand holiday comes to an end.

CA Journeys Map NOV New Zealand
NZ Wellington
CEL Solstice
Cable Bay Landscape, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Auckland skyline, New Zealand


  • Make the cross-Tasman journey by cruise, while soaking up the facilities onboard Celebrity Solstice
  • Cruise into the beautiful, beach-lined Bay of Islands and Tauranga
  • Experience the history and charming French-British architecture of Akaroa
  • Cruise into the majestic surrounds of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Milford Sound
  • Explore beautiful seaside cities such as Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland
  • Enjoy 10 days to explore with a hire car and stop wherever you please en route from Auckland to Christchurch (including a hotel pass)
  • Enjoy an optional excursion to Hobbiton, where the Lord of the Rings was filmed
  • Cruise one-way to New Zealand and fly back to Australia


8 Nov 2018 - Cruise - Arrive in Sydney and transfer to Sydney cruise terminal

If you’re flying into Sydney this morning, you’ll be transferred by private vehicle from the airport to the cruise terminal to embark your 12-night cruise to New Zealand with Celebrity Cruises on board Celebrity Solstice. Ship highlights on Celebrity Solstice include one-of-a-kind features like the Lawn Club with its Country Club atmosphere, AquaSpa by Elemis, the Cellar Masters wine bar and the magnificent main dining room. It’s a modern luxury experience all round on this 122,000-ton, 2,850-passenger cruise ship, which flaunts many recreational facilities, specialty dining options and endless entertainment.

9 Nov 2018 - Cruise - At sea

Enjoy the ship facilities at your leisure.

10 Nov 2018 - Cruise - Melbourne, Australia

Dock into port at 8am. Step off to explore colourful and cultural Melbourne for the day. The city is home to many fascinating museums and galleries, dishes up an insatiable culinary scene and flaunts many stylish bars to choose from. Discover Gold-Rush-era buildings, beautiful green parks and colourful street art down hidden city laneways. Or, escape the city altogether to instead witness the natural beauty and famous icons on Melbourne’s doorstep.

11 Nov 2018 - Cruise - At sea

Enjoy the ship facilities at your leisure.

12 Nov 2018 - Cruise - At sea

Enjoy the ship facilities at your leisure.

13 Nov 2018 - Cruise - Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, New Zealand

Today, you’ll sail into the spectacular narrow fjords of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound all in one day. Be wowed by the natural drama that unfolds as cold mountain water cascades down the steep sides and keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife, from birds and dolphins to fur seals to two types of penguins. These beautiful landscapes have been carved over centuries and prove a sure highlight on any New Zealand itinerary.

14 Nov 2018 - Cruise - Dunedin, New Zealand

Dock into port at 9am. Step off in Port Chalmers to experience the beautiful city of Dunedin, on the Otago Peninsula. With scenery and architecture that looks as though it’s straight out of Scotland, you’ll enjoy wandering these city streets, a glimpse at the beach and the lush rolling hills of the peninsula. Another must-do attraction is Larnach Castle – New Zealand's only castle, which flaunts award-winning gardens and the only staircase of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere with magnificent woodwork.

15 Nov 2018 - Cruise - Akaroa, New Zealand

Dock into port at 7am. Akaroa is a beautiful and historic French-British settlement, not far from Christchurch. Step off to explore the tranquil bays of Banks Peninsula, visit wineries, check out seal colonies, and, maybe, be lucky enough to spot some rare Hector's Dolphins.

16 Nov 2018 - Cruise - Wellington, New Zealand

Dock into port at 8am. Step off to admire all that makes Wellington live up to its big reputation. Ride the cable car, explore the interesting shopping and thriving café scene, and be sure to pop into the world-class National Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington is full of city sights sure to delight.

17Nov 2018 - Cruise - At sea

Enjoy the ship facilities at your leisure.

18 Nov 2018 - Cruise - Tauranga, New Zealand

Dock into port at 8am. Step off to explore this chic coastal town in the land of the Māori and Middle Earth. Flaunting white sand beaches, it’s a water playground and full of water activities to enjoy – you might even find yourself swimming alongside dolphins. You could also play golf, hop on board an eco-cruise or journey to charming waterfalls in lush surrounds. Downtown Tauranga offers galleries, shops, history, and a vibrant café and restaurant scene to explore. Or, for Lord of the Rings fans, join a guided tour to Hobbiton – the actual movie set – complete with a picture in front of Bilbo Baggins’ Hobbit Hole.

19 Nov 2018 - Cruise - Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Dock into port at 8am. Step off to see up-close this sub-tropical paradise of clear blue water, beautiful islands, diverse wildlife and historical significance. Join an eco-cruise to get up close to dolphins, penguins, marlins, whales and bird life, journey into caves touting majestic rock formations and glow worms, or simply relax on the sublime white-sand beaches complete with crystal-clear waters. For the active, kayak, sailing, parasailing, scuba diving and mountain-biking are also on offer.

20 Nov 2018 - Stay - Disembark your cruise and check in to Pullman Auckland, Auckland

Arrive into port at 6.30am. Disembark your ship this morning and make your way to the 5-star Pullman Auckland hotel (a seven minute taxi ride from the port) where you’ll spend the next four nights.

21 Nov 2018 - Stay - Taste of Waiheke Tour

Join a day tour to taste the best of Waikheke Island – a popular and beautiful island that is just a 35-minute ferry ride across the water from Auckland. A haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, you’ll visit some of the island’s iconic stops while also sampling the local wines, olive oil and fresh produce.

22 Nov 2018 - Stay - Auckland Sights tour

Today you’ll join a city tour to experience Auckland’s history, culture and scenic highlights, followed by a trip to Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium.

23 Nov 2018 - Stay - Auckland Travelshoot photo shoot

Today you’ll also enjoy a Travelshoot Economy 1 hour photo shoot with beautiful Auckland as your backdrop. Your one-hour photo shoot includes one Auckland location and 20 gorgeous edited photos to remember your holiday by.

24 Nov 2018 - Drive - Pick up your hire car for the next 10 days

For the next 10 days, embark on a self-drive journey from Auckland to Christchurch. Enjoy 10 days’ car hire and a 9-night Go Kiwi Hotel Gold Pass (pre-booked) for all your accommodation requirements. The passenger and vehicle fare for the Wellington to Picton ferry ride is also included. This 10-day self-drive element of your New Zealand holiday offers the freedom to explore and stop along the way as you please.

3 Dec 2018 - Fly - Drive to Christchurch Airport, drop off hire car and board flight

Make your way to Christchurch Airport and drop off hire car in time to board your flight back to Australia.


Cruise Inclusions
  • Private Transfer from the airport to Cruise Terminal
  • 12 Night cruise onboard Solstice based on twin share, departing Sydney, Australia
  • All main meals & entertainment onboard
  • Port charges & government fees
Airfare Inclusions
  • Return economy class airfares with flights departing Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth on 8 November 2018
  • Flights arrive in Sydney and depart from Christchurch
Pre-Cruise Tour Inclusions
  • 4 Nights twin share accommodation at the Pullman Auckland
  • Taste of Waiheke Tour
  • Auckland Sights tour including Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium
  • 10 Day Car Hire, pickup in Auckland and drop off at the Chirstchurch airport. 
  • Ferry from Wellington to Picton
  • 9 Nights accommodation with the Go Kiwi Hotel Gold Pass
Other Inclusions
  • Travelshoot Economy 1 Hour Shoot (1 Location + 20 Edited Photos)
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