New Zealand & Australia – March 2019

 Join us for a cruise in the land down under as we embark on a 14 night journey from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia

Auckland, New Zealand – Day 1 – Friday Mar 29

Your official welcome to New Zealand comes by way of a bustling harbor. Step ashore and into a surprisingly cosmopolitan environment. And once you venture inland, even more surprises await, including a total of 48 dormant volcanoes, a lush, leafy urban cityscape filled with beautiful parks, and a number of renowned art galleries.

We suggest arriving 1-2 days early and venturing to the exciting wine region of Waiheke Island – just a 40 minute ferry boat ride from downtown Auckland

Tauranga, New Zealand – Day 2 & 3  – Sat Mar 30 – Sun Mar 31

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 encounter, travel to the Mount Mauganui Hot Salt Water Pools.

at sea – Day 4 – Monday Apr 1

Cruise in style, while relaxing at sea.

Wellington, New Zealand – Day 5 – Tuesday Apr 2

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.

Akaroa, New Zealand – Day 6 – Wednesday Apr 3

Cruise in modern luxury to the historic French-British settlement of Akaroa, New Zealand, just 75 kilometers away from Christchurch. 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.

Dunedin, New Zealand – Day 7 – Thursday Apr 4

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.

Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, New Zealand – Day 8 – Fri Apr 5

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

at Sea – Day 9 – Sat Apr 6

at Sea – Day 10 – Sun Apr 7

Hobart, Tasmania – Day 11 – Mon Apr 8

 

Docking in Hobart gives you immediate access to Mount Wellington and its incredibly beautiful surroundings. From there you can look out over the busy harbor, which plays host to yachts from all over the world. The Salamanca Arts Centre also puts the region’s incredible artwork on display, including some stunning Aboriginal pieces. Or, if you’re looking for something less formal, just wander the historic waterfront listening to street entertainers, or stop into a pub and sample local wines, beers or whiskies.

at Sea – Day 12 – Tues Apr 9

Melbourne, Australia – Day 13 – Weds Apr 10

Europeans and Asians each have put their stamp on this amazing city and turned Melbourne into a cultural melting pot of Greek, Chinese, Italian, English and Irish, and host to major international events. From the Old World architecture and a cricket field at the center of the city, to the abundance of Australia’s unusual animals found at the Melbourne Zoo, this city never ceases to amaze.

at Sea – Day 14 – Thurs Apr 11

Sydney, Australia – Fri Apr 12

Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers just about anything—from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Tour architectural marvels like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, view life below the surface from Sydney Aquarium’s underwater walkways, or take it all in from above on a tour of the Sydney Tower.