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Australia & New Zealand Cruise: 15 Days Sydney to Auckland

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,381

Embark on Downunder cruise vacation that takes you Australia and New Zealand’s most appealing ports including Melbourne, Picton, Dunedin, and of course, the magnificent Fjordland National Park. It all begins in Sydney, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the land Downunder’s most recognisable city.


Beginning in Sydney, Australia, this 15-day cruise offers a superb introduction to New Zealand’s most attractive coastal cities, its most famous wine region, and its most iconic natural landmark.

Your journey begins in Sydney, Australia’s most recognisable and beautiful city. An afternoon panoramic city tour takes you to many of the city’s most impressive sights, including world famous Bondi Beach, Circular Quay, spectacular harbour views at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, and the Queen Victoria Building, Australia’s most beautiful shopping mall.

Then board the Norwegian Jewel bound for the appropriately named Eden. Surrounded by national park, this is Australia’s capital of oyster farming with a wide range of activities to enjoy. Sail on then to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital and an urban explorer’s paradise packed with cafes, laneways and arcades to explore. Then sail on to Burnie, an artisan community on the northwest coast of Tasmania where you can sample locally produced cheeses and whiskey, pick up handcrafted souvenirs, and even keep an eye out for little penguins and wild platypus.

A luxurious two day voyage takes you to New Zealand, where the biggest attraction in more ways than one, Milford Sound is the awesome centrepiece of Fjordland National Park. You’ll spend a full day cruising the (often misnamed) fjords, including Milford, Doubtful Sound, and Dusky Sound. Even as you admire the peaks surrounding you, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife both on shore and swimming alongside ship.

The South Island adventure continues in Dunedin, New Zealand’s most Scottish settlement, crackling with both Gold Rush history and the energy of a modern day university town. Then sail on to Akaroa, just outside the city of Christchurch. This historic peninsula has become a haven for little penguins as well as a delightful small town in its own right, with open air cafes, galleries, and shops lining its streets.

The Bay of Plenty, watched over by the city of Tauranga, is a popular kiwi vacation spot and your next destination, showcasing why New Zealand is considered one of the world’s most liveable countries. Then explore New Zealand’s stunning Bay of Islands. Untouched by development, the entire bay preserves nature at its purest, offering kayaking, fishing, wildlife watching and more. The bay also has a fascinating human history as the first site of British settlement.

Dock in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, which offers the perfect mix of big city sophistication and outdoor appetite. You may wish to stay on a few days to explore the highlights, including the city’s picturesque university and inner city park, the Domain. Having explored the City of Sails, set sail yourself, returning to Sydney for one last night Downunder… or extend your stay. Nobody will blame you.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,381

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Day 1

Sydney Domestic Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Travelodge Wynyard

Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated next door to all of Sydney's wonderful attractions, whether you are looking for an exciting day in the city, to experience the lifestyle, or a sensational night out on the town. See the Opera House, historical Rocks area, Darling Harbour, many theatres, a variety of restaurants, and a great selection of major shopping outlets. The property features 277 rooms that are warm, welcoming and well equipped.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Travelodge Wynyard

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    Travelodge Wynyard



    Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated next door to all of Sydney's wonderful attractions, whether you are looking for an exciting day in the city, to experience the lifestyle, or a sensational night out on the town. See the Opera House, historical Rocks area, Darling Harbour, ...

    Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated next door to all of Sydney's wonderful attractions, whether you are looking for an exciting day in the city, to experience the lifestyle, or a sensational night out on the town. See the Opera House, historical Rocks area, Darling Harbour, many theatres, a variety of restaurants, and a great selection of major shopping outlets. The property features 277 rooms that are warm, welcoming and well equipped.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Afternoon Panoramic Sydney Sights

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you'll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centre point.

Visit Sydney's trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.

Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights.

Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie's Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city centre.

Passengers can join our optional harbour lunch cruises, seaplane tours or return directly to their hotels.

The designated harbour lunch cruise drop-off point is Darling Harbour (adjacent to the aquarium).

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

City Hotel to Overseas Passenger Ship Terminal

Duration30 Minutes

Sydney, Australia

Sydney's harbour is the hub from which there's much to see and do. You'll want to explore this area, home of the iconic Opera House. Admire the skyline, swim at a harbour beach or cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Want to see surfing? Grab your sunblock and towel and spend the day on world-famous Bondi Beach, or take a scenic walk on the coast from Bondi to Coogee Beach. The Rocks district is a shopper's mecca offering a wide variety of goods, from woodcrafts and unique art to outback fashions.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration12 Nights
Accommodation

Norwegian Jewel

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    Norwegian Jewel



    As the namesake of our "Jewel Class" cruise ships, you can bet she's got it all. As well as offering some of the largest suites at sea, there are staterooms to accommodate every style. When it comes to entertainment, this ship's filled with excitement: 16 ...

    As the namesake of our "Jewel Class" cruise ships, you can bet she's got it all. As well as offering some of the largest suites at sea, there are staterooms to accommodate every style. When it comes to entertainment, this ship's filled with excitement: 16 dining options, 15 bars and nightclubs and that's just the beginning.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Dining facilities
    • Lounge
    • Spa and Fitness
    • Sports facilities

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Day 4

Eden, Australia

The town's name reflects what you will indeed find in Eden - a beautiful natural wonderland. Situated on the rugged coastline of Australia's New South Wales, Eden is nestled among national parks, wilderness areas and enticing beaches. It's considered one of Australia's best locations for oyster farming, so bring your appetite. Eden and its surrounding landscapes offer an abundance of outdoor activities on the water and by land.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Melbourne, Australia

Once the richest city in the world thanks to a gold rush, Melbourne is Australia's cultural capital with striking architecture, chic galleries and boutiques. Wave at a wallaby or get close to a koala at a wildlife park. Feel closer to the land on a ride on the Puffing Billy steam locomotive through the mountains and countryside. Back in the city, explore a different culture and visit Chinatown - the oldest one in the West.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Burnie (Tasmania), Australia

A community of artisans on the northwest coast of Tasmania, Burnie has long a history as a community that makes things, with locally crafted European-style cheeses, fine papers, ceramics and single-malt whisky. Surrounded by accessible wilderness areas, in Burnie you can still get a glimpse of little penguins and the platypus, a duck-billed mammal, in the wild. The vibrant shopping district spills onto the beach where you can sit down at a café and watch the world slow down for a little while.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

At Sea

Today is a day at sea. From top to bottom and from bow to stern, the Norwegian Jewel has enough onboard activities - and relaxation options - to fill every minute of your cruise. Indulge in a refreshing swim, cocktail or ice cream treat at the Oasis Pool. Feeling lucky? Bet it all at the award-winning Casino at Sea. Hungry or thirsty? Choose from sixteen delicious dining options and fifteen bars and lounges. And when you need a break from it all, enjoy a pamper session at Mandara Spa. With so much to do, Norwegian Jewel will always have you coming back for more.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Days
Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Cruise Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound

Spend today cruising Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound in Fiordland National Park. Fiordland is the most popular tourist destination in New Zealand. The Park is over 1.2 million hectares in size and encompasses mountain, lake, fiord and rainforest environments and is home to a diverse range of flora, fauna and fabulous landscapes.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand

This dramatic South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and fascinating history. Rare, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the Royal Albatross all call Dunedin home. Equally impressive is the Victorian and Edwardian architecture that dates from its days as a gold rush town. New Zealand's only castle sits high above the city and offers sweeping views from its famous gardens. Shop for a locally made souvenir, with crafts, artwork, wool and leather items being popular.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Akaroa, New Zealand

Tiny penguins rule the roost in this historic settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. With a balmy, year-round climate, these famous foot-tall residents are certainly not snowbirds. The spectacular surroundings offer a wealth of outdoor activities, both in the sheltered harbour and on dry land. Cafes open onto streets and exquisite local boutiques and galleries offer superb local works. Be sure to sample the fine fudge and traditional cheeses.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Tauranga, New Zealand

Built around a sheltered harbour, Picton is lined with cafés and restaurants for you to choose from (we suggest the fish and chips). Popular attractions in Picton include a maritime museum and an aquarium. But this town is not short on recreational activities. Some of Picton's favourite pastimes include fishing, dolphin watching and sea kayaking. Walk or bike the Queen Charlotte Track or spend the day exploring the scenic Marlborough Sounds. Check out one of the many wine tours (probably after biking the track). Then relax as you browse the local shops that offer a wide range of trinkets, including handmade jewelry, paintings from local artists and woodcarvings. Before leaving Picton, it's time for more fish and chips along the shore. It's the Picton way!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

Napier, New Zealand

Napier calls itself the Art Deco capital of the world, but it's also a leading wine-travel destination. Levelled by an earthquake in 1931, Napier was rebuilt in Art Deco style. Along with Miami Beach, Napier is one of the best examples of this style, with many of its structures well preserved. Take a walk down Marine Parade, a tree-lined ocean boulevard with fountains and gardens, or go out to the country to enjoy the lovely vistas, tour superb area vineyards and relax with a glass of wine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

Tauranga, New Zealand

Go walk-about and explore Tauranga, set on the beautiful Bay of Plenty. And indeed there are plenty of things to do. Head to the beach or discover Tauranga's lovely parks and rich history. Visit a village buried by a volcanic eruption and captured in a moment of time - a fascinating yet moving experience. Take a selfie at Hell's Gate, an aptly named geothermal park with boiling pools, fantastic geysers and mud baths, the largest of which is Poutamu, "the stairway to heaven."

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

Auckland, New Zealand

Surrounded by tranquil golden beaches, lush forests and dramatic coastal trails, Auckland is a nature lover's paradise. The 48 volcanic cones that dot the surrounding area provide stunning panoramic views of the city and harbour. New Zealand's largest city is also a shopper's paradise offering everything from top designers to local open-air markets. Learn about the indigenous Maori and take home some native art pieces or jewelry. The fine, locally produced woolens also make excellent gifts.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: 21 Jan 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival airport transfer from Sydney Airport to Sydney Hotel
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Sydney
  • Panoramic City Sightseeing Tour
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines Australia & New Zealand Cruise with accommodation
  • Meals shown in the Itinerary
  • Complimentary ship amenities
  • GOWAY BONUS (Guests can choose from two of the following offers)
    • Ultimate Beverage Package - 1st and 2nd guests only
    • Internet Package - per cabin
    • Commitment Ceremony,
    • $50USD Per Port Shorex Credit - per cabin - max of 4 ports, 
    • Dining Package - 1st and 2nd guests only
    • 20 Photo Package - per cabin,
    • $75USD OBC - per cabin

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Transfer from Pier to Airport or city hotel
  • Certain onboard restaurants
  • Shore excursions. Various options available
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and available

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