Photo credit: Bernard Spragg
After a two-day voyage from Australia, continue your relaxing cruise along the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Experience the rural and urban beauty all across this country without the tedium of long coach rides and changing hotels each night. Learn about the indigenous Maori people as well as the history of the Scottish, French, and British settlers. Daily excursions suit a variety of activity levels and interests—from nature, history, and wine to animals, architecture, and the local foodie scene. You can even explore a Lord of the Rings movie set or cruise through underground caves lit by thousands of tiny glowworms.
New Zealand Cruise, February 11 -24, 2020
escorted by Audrey Voth Petkau
Can be paired with the Australian Adventure Tour, January 31 – February 11, 2020
Fare per person for 14-day tour:
Category ID: Double Occupancy $1, 846 USD / $2,386 CAD Single occupancy $2,914 USD/ $3,767 CAD
Category BD: Double Occupancy $2,650 USD / $3,426 CAD Single Occupancy $4,523 USD/ $5,847 CAD
Category BC: Double Occupancy $2,720 USD / $3, 517 CAD Single Occupancy $4,664 USD/ $6,029 CAD
Tour Fare includes:
- All accommodations onboard ship
- Group airport transfers
- All meals onboard ship
- All entrance fees included in the itinerary
- Expert tour leaders and knowledgeable local guides
Tour Fare excludes:
- International airfare
- Independent airport transfers if separate from group
- Optional activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary
- Gratuities for shipboard staff
- Port charges ($246.38 USD / $318.52 CAD)
- Travel medical (out-of-country emergency) and cancellation/interruption insurance
Travel medical (out-of-country emergency) insurance and cancellation/interruption insurance are not mandatory but are highly recommended.
All rates shown are in effect at time of printing (January 2019). Although every effort is made to maintain the prices as established, TourMagination does reserve the right to adjust prices on this tour should it become necessary. The published price is guaranteed when paid in full. We accept check/cheque payments, and credit card payments. Please note that payments made using credit cards will be charged a 3% fee.
Wednesday-Thursday, February 12-13, At Sea
After embarking your ship in Sydney, enjoy entertainment and a variety of amenities aboard a fully equipped cruise ship as you traverse the ocean between Australia and New Zealand.
Friday, February 14, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Arrive in New Zealand at Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest national park. Admire the spectacular forested cliffs and graceful waterfalls of Milford Sound as you cruise through this ancient landscape.
Saturday, February 15, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
Today’s port of call is Dunedin, perched on the hills above one of New Zealand’s loveliest harbours. Discover Dunedin’s Scottish history as well as the legacy of the gold rush of the 1860s as you explore the town. Optional excursions include a guided coach tour of the city, a visit to the historic landmarks Larnach Castle and Olveston House, or an exploration of the city’s Scottish roots at a museum, church, and gardens.
Sunday, February 16, Akaroa, New Zealand
Akaroa is the only French-founded community in New Zealand and its heritage is unmistakable. Akaroa’s harbour, formed by a collapsed volcanic crater, is also home to a diverse array of marine life including dolphins, fur seals, and penguins. Optional excursions here include a nature cruise of the harbour, a tour to a picturesque town called Little River which is home to a thriving community of artisans, or a visit to a farm for a taste of the rural lifestyle including a sheep shearing demonstration.
Monday, February 17, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, first settled in 1840. It offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes, and fine Victorian buildings. At this port of call, your optional excursions include a guided tour of Te Papa Museum and a ride on the 111-year-old Wellington Cable Car, a waterfront cycling tour, or a behind-the-scenes look at the Lord of the Rings trilogy in a visit to Weta Workshop.
Tuesday, February 18, Napier, New Zealand
Located in New Zealand’s oldest wine-growing region, Napier boasts a superb climate and golden sand beaches as well as world-renowned Art Deco architecture. Today’s optional excursions include the opportunity to discover the rich traditions and history of the Maori people while guided by a knowledgeable local Maori, a tour of three of the region’s acclaimed wineries, or an Art Deco focused tour of the city.
Wednesday, February 19, Tauranga, New Zealand
Tauranga, the chief city of the Bay of Plenty, is a bustling port and a popular seaside resort with scenic tidal beaches, thermal springs, and big-game fishing. Your optional excursions include a gold discovery experience at Waihi, an exploration of geothermal activity at Rotorua including geysers and hot pools, and a scenic local foodie tour of Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.
Thursday, February 20, Auckland, New Zealand
Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, Auckland boasts scenic beauty, historical interests, and cosmopolitan bustle. On an optional excursion today, you could choose to discover Auckland’s sailing history at the National Maritime Museum and on a harbour cruise, take flight on a breathtaking eco-adventure as you zipline over the forest of Waiheke Island, visit Waitomo to cruise down an underground river magnificently illuminated by glowworms, and much more.
Friday, February 21, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
The birthplace of modern New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, guaranteeing the native inhabitants of New Zealand equal status with the British. The Bay of Islands is rich in legend and history, with ties to the Maori, whalers, missionaries, and New Zealand’s early settlers. Optional excursions include walking in the footsteps of Maori chiefs and English settlers with a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and a visit to the Maori Meeting House and Treaty House, taking a boat ride to the wilder side of the outer islands to explore deep caves and majestic cliffs, or kayaking through the sheltered waters of a mangrove forest with all its wondrous wildlife to the base of Haruru Falls.
Saturday-Sunday, February 22-23, At Sea
On your way back to Sydney, relax aboard ship and reminisce with your fellow travellers about all you’ve seen and experienced in Australia and New Zealand over the past weeks.
Monday, February 24
Arrive in Sydney this morning and disembark your cruise ship. Transfer to the airport for flights home.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.