11/22 - 12/06/2020

15-Day New Zealand & Australia Cruise

  • Day 1
    AUCKLAND - NEW ZEALAND
  • Day 2
    AUCKLAND - NEW ZEALAND
  • Day 3
    TAURANGA – NEW ZEALAND
  • Day 4
    AT SEA
  • Day 5
    PICTON - NEW ZEALAND
  • Day 6
    AKAROA – NEW ZEALAND
  • Day 7
    DUNEDIN – NEW ZEALAND
  • Day 8
    FJORD NATIONAL PARK - NEW ZEALAND
  • Day 9-10
    AT SEA
  • Day 11
    HOBART - AUSTRALIA
  • Day 12
    AT SEA
  • Day 13
    EDEN - AUSTRALIA
  • Day 14
    SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA
  • Day 15
    SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA

Tour Overview


What’s included in this cruise tour:

  • Tour manager throughout the trip
  • Cruise accommodation, meals, entertainment on board
  • Shore excursions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Taxes

Excludes

  • Onboard gratuities
  • Meals (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Personal expenditures

Tour highlights:

  • Visit Mount Eden, a volcanic cone to see the best views in Auckland
  • Visit the hot spring town of Tauranga and learn about the Maori culture and watch sheep shearing
  • Visit Picton, the northernmost tip of New Zealand’s South Island, enjoy the famous Marlborough steam train
  • Explore the Garden City of Christchurch, and and learn about the history of the Antarctic expedition
  • Visit Dunedin, and the steepest street in the world
  • Sail through the beautiful “Fjord National Park”
  • Explore Australia’s back garden and wildlife, Tasmania
  • Enjoy World Heritage Site Ben Boyd National Park in Eden, Australia
  • Visit Australia’s largest city, Sydney and see the beautiful Sydney Opera House

Offer ID: 1364649

Celebrity Solstice
Year Built: 2008
Refurbished: 2016
Tonnage: 122,000
Passenger Capacity: 2,850

Itinerary

  • 1
    11/22 AUCKLAND - NEW ZEALAND
    We will arrive at the sailboat capital of New Zealand, Auckland. It is the first city of New Zealand’s North Island. You will be transferred to your hotel after your arrival.
    Hotel: Crowne Plaza or similar
  • 2
    11/23 AUCKLAND - NEW ZEALAND
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel and get ready to see the city of sailboats, Auckland. See the magnificent panoramic view of the city at the (Sky Tower), the highest man-made building in New Zealand at 328 meters high. Set foot on top of (Mount Eden) and see a beautiful 360˚ view of Auckland. Visit Auckland (Domain), one of the largest and oldest parks. Rare and spectacular flowers and trees in an ever-changing display can be seen in the (Winter Gardens), each of the two barrel vaulted Victorian style glass houses, designed by the British in the 1920s. After the tour, you will be transferred to the port to board Celebrity Solstice. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, fun entertainment, and much more.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    (Breakfast included)
  • 3
    11/24 TAURANGA – NEW ZEALAND
    Our cruise ship arrives in Tauranga, it is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Visit (Rotorua), known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand. Hot springs and geysers here have attracted tourists for over a century. First we will visit (Agrodome Farm), one of New Zealand’s most loved tourist attractions. The farm was established in 1972 and sits on 350-acres of land, home to a wide variety of animals. Enjoy the Agrodome Sheep Show, where you will be introduced to 19 different breeds of sheep, cow milking, lamb feeding, and dog demonstration. We will also visit (Te Puia), New Zealand’s living Maori cultural center. Here you can learn about Maori architecture, sculpture and the weaving culture. If you are lucky, you might even get to see New Zealand’s National Bird, the (Kiwi Bird.)
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 4
    11/25 AT SEA
  • 5
    11/26 PICTON - NEW ZEALAND
    Today our cruise ship arrives in New Zealand’s South Island, Picton. It is possibly considered New Zealand’s most beautiful seaside town. We will take the (Marlborough Train Tour) and enjoy the historic World War I Memorial Steam Train. The nearly one-hour journey will take you from Picton to (Blenheim.) You will have time to stroll along the river, buy souvenirs, enjoy a meal in one of the many gourmet restaurants, or sip on world famous wines of the region. Afterwards, we will take the steam train and return to Picton.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 6
    11/27 AKAROA – NEW ZEALAND
    Our cruise ship arrives in Akaroa, New Zealand. We will head over to (Christchurch), known as the Garden City, it is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. See the beautiful (Christchurch Botanic Gardens), founded in 1863 since the beginning of the planting an English oak tree. Visit the (International Antarctic Centre), here you can learn about the mysterious “White Continent,” the history of the Antarctic expedition and the knowledge of ecological protections. Experience the Antarctic storm as you enter the incredible indoor storm room.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 7
    11/28 DUNEDIN – NEW ZEALAND
    Today our cruise ship arrives in New Zealand’s most British colonial city Dunedin, known as the “southern hemisphere Edinburg” in the world. Visit the (Dunedin Botanic Garden), established in 1863, which houses over 6,800 kinds of plants. See (Dunedin Railway Station), an example of Scottish-style architecture, with luxurious classical interior design. Enjoy (Signal Hill), a prominent landform with uninterrupted views over the Pacific Ocean Coastline and Otago Harbour. See the world’s steepest residential street according to the Guinness World Records, (Baldwin Street.) It measures about 19° or 35% and was unintentional. Of course remember to get a photo of this bizarre optical illusion while you’re here.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 8
    11/29 FJORD NATIONAL PARK - NEW ZEALAND
    Our cruise ship sails along New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. This most amazing natural environment features beautiful fjords, spectacular waterfalls and snow capped peaks. (Dusky Sound) is the largest and deepest of the many fiords on this coast, with several large islands. It is also known for numerous marine life. Next see the breath-taking (Doubtful Sound), which was discovered by Captain Cook in 1770. Enjoy the quietness and beauty of this fiord, that only a bird or the rushing of a distant waterfall can break this beautiful silence. Last but not least, enjoy one of the most famous scenic destinations, (Milford Sound) which lies deep within Fiordland National Park. It is by far the best known of all fjords in all of New Zealand, with the peak standing at 1,692 meters above sea level, with a water level of 290 meters.
  • 9-10
    11/30-12/1 AT SEA
  • 11
    12/2 HOBART - AUSTRALIA
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Hobart, the capital of (Tasmania), known as the back garden of Australia. We will first visit the (Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary), which aims to rescue and heal the abandoned and injured wildlife and eventually return them to nature. You will have the opportunity to be up close and personal with these Australian wildlife animals. Next, we will visit the local (Oyster Farm), where you will have the opportunity to taste fresh oysters at your own expense. Last but not least, enjoy the city view and surrounding waters from (Mount Wellington) at 1,270 meters above sea level.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 12
    12/3 AT SEA
  • 13
    12/4 EDEN - AUSTRALIA
    Our cruise ship arrives in Eden, Australia. We will visit (Ben Boyd National Park), which spans over 47 km of rocky coastline and sheltered inlets on the far South Coast of Australia. The park has many historical aspects from Aboriginal middens to a heritage lighthouse. Beautiful natural stone arches and caves can be seen along the coast which have been formed due to erosion and weather for many centuries. See (Haycock Point), where you can enjoy the natural arched rock formation, scenic coastal views and beautiful wildlife.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 14
    12/5 SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Sydney, Australia. Enjoy breakfast on the ship and get ready for disembarkation. We will start our city tour by first visiting the (Sydney Opera House), which is Australia’s most recognizable building. This architectural gem is a great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbor. Today, it is a national cultural center that has gained widespread recognition and as a performing arts venue. See (St. Mary’s Cathedral), Australia’s second largest Catholic church. The church is built with golden sandstone, with pointed arches and Gothic architecture. Nearby is (Hyde Park), the heart of the park is a uniquely designed (Archibald Fountain), built to commemorate Australia’s contribution to the war. Stroll through (Sydney Fish Market), the largest market in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you will find Australian cuisine, Asian cuisine, and a variety of seafood. In the afternoon, we will see (The Gap), renowned for its amazing and breathtaking views, just a short windy drive from the city, also a famous filming location for the movie Mission Impossible II. (Bondi Beach) is one of Australia’s most famous beaches and among the world’s most well-known beaches, stretching about one kilometer long. This famous attraction is featured in more postcards, television shows, and films than any other place in Australia.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    Hotel: Rydges Sydney Central or similar
  • 15
    12/6 SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA
    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then head over to the airport for your safe flight back home.