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Australia & New Zealand Cruise: 15 Days Sydney to Auckland

Duration
15 Days
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US$ 2,731

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$ 2,731

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Day 1

Sydney International 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.

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. All guests must be onboard the ship no less than two hours from the ship's scheduled departure time.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration12 Nights
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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.

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    • 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

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
Day 6

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
Day 7

Cruise Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound

Cruise Milford Sound
Explore the best of Fiordland National Park with its sheer rock walls rising straight out of the sea. The best known natural attraction is Milford Sound, an amazingly dramatic and striking fjord and a must inclusion on all New Zealand tours. Cruise on the Sound watching seals, dolphins and penguins while sailing past flowing and cascading waterfalls.

Cruise Doubtful Sound
Although technically not a sound (it's a fjord), Doubtful Sound is the second longest in New Zealand-and the country's second most famous tourist attraction. It does, however, capture the top spot for being the deepest, at over 1,300 feet. Doubtful Sound sits at the far southwest corner of the country and winds its way for 24 miles, past small islets and lush mountains covered in dense, native rainforest. With a staggering amount of precipitation, up to 240 inches, it's no wonder that it's so verdant, and also why most days are wet and misty with low-lying clouds. But where there is rain, there are rainbows, which makes for spectacular scenes, especially at the many waterfalls, some of which fall over 2,000 feet. Doubtful Sound is also home to fur seals, crested penguins, bottlenose dolphin and whales. Black coral even grows here at relatively shallow depths (35 feet) thanks to the sunlight's inability to penetrate the top layer of freshwater, stained heavy with tannins from the forests.

Cruise Dusky Sound
At 25 miles in length, and five miles wide at its broadest, Dusky Sound is the largest and most spectacular fjord in Fjordland National Park. Captain Cook named Dusky Sound in 1770, as he sailed past its entrance at twilight. Three years later, he returned and stayed 47 days as his crew repaired and replenished his ship, Resolution, after sailing 11,000 nautical miles from Cape Town. You can still see evidence of his landfall at Astronomer's Point, an overlook where the crew removed trees, so the ship's astronomer could get a reading on the stars. Dusky Sound is only accessible by boat or plane making its remoteness a haven for birds and a breeding site for Fjordland crested penguins. These endangered creatures are easy to spot with their bright yellow eyebrows. Other wildlife to look for include sunbathing seals on Seal Rock and southern right whales at Preservation Inlet. Upon entering Dusky Sound, it's customary to make a resolution as you sail past Resolution Island, named after Cook's ship.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

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.

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Day 9

Lyttelton, New Zealand

Just 20 minutes from the centre of Christchurch city, Lyttelton is a charming port town with a long history. Back in 1850, the first European settlers landed in Christchurch before heading over the Port Hills to establish their new home. Today, Lyttelton is accessed by an impressive road tunnel. It's a vibrant town, home to a small community of 3,000 residents, filled with bohemian artists, cafés, restaurants and unique shops to discover.

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Day 10

Wellington, New Zealand

Travel to a Victorian past as you stroll by the city's Victorian Gothic buildings. Take the cable car up the mountain for a fantastic view, or grab some sunscreen and head to the beach. Great views abound in Wellington: Journey around the spectacular harbour and enjoy its amazing views. See some of the sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Shopping opportunities are plentiful, with arts and crafts, jewelry, fine woolens and leather goods on offer.

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Day 11

Marlborough (Picton), 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!

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Day 12

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.

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Day 13

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 14

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

This subtropical region of around 150 undeveloped islands is known for its stunning beauty and history. From kayaking to fishing to wildlife watching, it's a water enthusiast's paradise. You'll want to have your camera ready for an abundance of sea life, from dolphins that fly to penguins that dress in blue. The site of New Zealand's first British settlement, it offers numerous historic sites as well. Meet local artists while shopping for paintings, pottery, textiles and woodcarvings.

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Day 15

Auckland, New Zealand

Disembark today, the ship is due to arrive in Auckland at 7.00am. 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:

2021 Norwegian Jewel: Feb 1 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival airport transfer from Sydney Airport to Sydney Hotel and Sydney Hotel to Overseas Shipping Terminal
  • 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

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Transfer from Pier to Airport in Auckland
  • 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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