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14 Day New Zealand Cruise with Auckland Stay & Flights

Sydney - Hobart - Eden - Auckland - Tauranga - Picton - Akaroa - Port Chalmers - Dusky Sound - Doubtful Sound - Milford Sound

One-way flight to Auckland from Australia included*

12-night Auckland to Sydney cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice 

Book now with only 50% deposit 

November 2020 departure available!

From $1,999 Typically $2,499 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


Experience the incredible beauty & spectacular culture of New Zealand as you cruise from Auckland to Sydney on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship! Begin your trip with a night in Auckland, where you will have ample free time to explore the city on your own. Choose to discover the Auckland volcanic field, home to 48 extinct volcanoes or visit the modern waterfront district of Wynyard Quarter as you roll through the city and learn about Maori culture in New Zealand at Auckland Museum. Then, hop on your floating home for the next 12 nights and make your way through some of the most iconic locations such as Tauranga, Akaroa and Dunedin before taking in the magical sights as you cruise through the fiords of Milford Sound, Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound. Witness the rainforests and waterfalls which plummet down their sides before heading towards Sydney.

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14

Day 1

Australia Auckland 

Fly to Auckland today. 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. Once you arrive in Auckland, transfer to the hotel (own cost) and stay a night in this incredible city!

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel or similar, Auckland

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

New Zealand Cruise (Boarding in Auckland) 

Transfer to Auckland Cruise dock by taxi (own cost) to check-in for your 12-night cruise. The approximate departure time is 6:30 pm.

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: dinner

 

Day 3

Tauranga 

Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand. Explore this chic coastal town in the North Island and you’ll discover the land of the Māori. Tauranga’s white-sand beaches offer something for everyone. Relax and sunbathe on one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and popular coasts. Take a dip in the ocean or immerse yourself in a lush waterfall swimming hole. Watch dolphins frolic in the waves or swim with these lovable creatures. Learn to sail, try surfing, take a diving lesson, or refine your fishing technique. 

If you’re a landlubber, you can tee up at a golf course on your Tauranga cruise or stroll down The Strand where you can enjoy cafés and a vibrant nightlife. Journey to charming waterfalls or board one of the many eco-cruises available in the Bay of Plenty. Tauranga has a vibrant café and restaurant scene, so choose to 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. 

Arrive at port in Tauranga at 9:30 AM and depart at 4:15 PM. 

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 4

New Zealand Cruise - At Sea

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board until we arrive at the next amazing destination - Picton.

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5

Picton

A charming seaside town at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton was settled by early 19th century whalers. Today, it is a bustling seaport surrounded by award-winning restaurants, delightful local art galleries, water sports' activities plus beautiful yet challenging nature trails. Since the climate of Picton is always temperate, at any season, you can take in stunning costal views, mystical waterfalls and diverse wildlife.

Arrive into port in Picton at around 8 AM and depart at approximately 5 PM.

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Akaroa 

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 Hector’s dolphins, endemic to New Zealand and the smallest species, just 4-5 feet long. In Akaroa, you can enjoy heaps of water sports including kayaking and sailing or you can choose to head off on a hiking path or cycle tour.  During the Akaroa cruise, choose to add-on a boat ride around this harbour, stopping to take in the natural beauty and snap the picturesque views.

Arrive at port in Akaroa at 7 AM and depart at 6 PM.

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Port Chalmers (Dunedin) 

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 endeavour complete with the only staircase of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and magnificent woodwork.

You can also choose to take a harbour cruise to spot albatrosses, cormorants, and other sea birds. You might even see penguins, dolphins, and seals. In town, stroll the spectacular Dunedin Botanic Garden, discover ancient Maori artifacts in the Otago Museum, or learn all about beer at Speight’s Brewery.

Arrive at port in Dunedin at 7 AM and depart at 5 PM.

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound & Milford Sound - Cruising

Cruise through Dusky Sound between 8 AM and 9 AM. 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.

Next, cruise through Doubtful Sound between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. As cold mountain water cascades from the cliffs above Doubtful Sound, it creates an unusual phenomenon-a dual-layered marine ecosystem with fresh mountain water atop cold, heavy, saline water teeming with remarkable deep-sea species. This serves as a playground for a number of species, including fur seals and two types of penguins - the fiordland crested and blue penguin.

Then, head over to Milford Sound between 5 PM and 6 PM. 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.

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9

New Zealand Cruise - At Sea 

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination - Hobart.

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

 New Zealand Cruise - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities as you cruise towards Hobart, Australia.

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 11

Hobart

From your ship, stroll the historic waterfront, enjoying street entertainers and stopping into pubs in Hobart. Two historic pubs from the 1840s are the Customs House Hotel, a waterfront fixture, and the Shipwright Arms Hotel, at Battery Point. Blocks from the port, the Salamanca Arts Centre presents multiple artist studios, galleries, venues, and public spaces. Thirty minutes west of Hobart, be 4,170 feet above sea level on Mount Wellington. Take in the panoramic views of the city, harbour, and islands. Enjoy a picnic, then hike off on trails for all fitness levels. If you wish, an hour east of town, at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, meet animals found nowhere else, discover rare local plants, appreciate Tasmanian artwork, and help save endangered Tasmanian devils. 

Arrive at port in Hobart at 9 AM and depart at 5 PM. 

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 12

New Zealand Cruise - At Sea 

Enjoy the ship’s facilities as your cruise towards Eden, Australia.

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13

Eden

Eden is a coastal town in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. 

Arrive at port in Eden at 7 AM and depart at 4 PM. 

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14

Sydney (Disembark) 

Arrive in Sydney today and disembark from the cruise ship. 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 Aquariums underwater walkways or take it all in from above on a tour of the Sydney Tower.

Services end on disembarkment from the cruise ship.

Meals included: breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  •  One-way economy class airfare to Auckland from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide*, Perth*, Hobart*, Darwin* or Canberra* (*surcharges apply)
  • International flights with Qantas, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia or LATAM Airlines  (subject to availability)
  • 12-night Auckland to Sydney Cruise on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship in an Inside Cabin^ on a twin share basis (^Upgrade to Oceanview or Balcony Cabin, subject to availability)
  • 1-night accommodation in Auckland at the VR Queen Street Hotel on a twin share basis
  • Meals as indicated: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners
  • All entertainment onboard the cruise ship 
  • Gratuities included on the cruise

 

Accommodation

Auckland - VR Queen Street Hotel or similar

New Zealand Cruise - Celebrity Solstice ship in an Inside Cabin^ 

(^Upgrade to Oceanview or Balcony Cabin, subject to availability)

 

Cruise Cabin Upgrades

Cabin upgrades are subject to availability. Add to your booking on Checkout.

  • Oceanview Cabin (twin-share): $300 per person 
  • Oceanview Cabin (single): $600 per person 
  • Balcony Cabin (twin-share): $900 per person
  • Balcony Cabin (single): $1900 per person

Exclusions

  • ESTA and/or visas where required
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Airport and cruise port transfers
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Any additional requests
  • Tips

 

Child Policy

Children that are 2 to 11 years of age are eligible for a 10% discount. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $1700. 

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263.

 

Extra Service

Looking to arrive early or stay late post-tour? Call on 1300 350 263 or email us at info@traveldream.com.au to inquire.

More details also available under Extra Services during checkout.

 

Departure Dates


NOV 2020
22 nd
Sunday 22 Nov 2020  ‐  Saturday 05 Dec 2020
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