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Day 1 Auckland (Embark 8:00 pm)
Embark Celebrity Journey from 1:00PM until 6:00PM
Welcome Cocktails & Briefing for a chance to meet your fellow participants
With a population of 1.3 million people, including immigrants from all over the world and a heavy concentration of Polynesian people, Auckland is far and away New Zealand's largest and most cosmopolitan city. Called the 'City of the Sails' because of its beautiful location between two harbours and great weather, Auckland is a big fish on a small island and an opulent city in a rural country.
Day 2 Bay of Island (7:00 am arrival / 6:00 pm departure)
With its warm azure waters, golden beaches and some of the bluest skies on the planet, Bay of Islands is a magnet for the holiday-deprived. Some 150 isles, many still secluded, and a handful of coastal towns make up New Zealand's favourite holiday haven. Waitangi is your historic hotbed imbued with Maori myth and legends. Then there's Russell, the tranquil fishing town, Kerikeri with its wineries and orchards, and pretty Paihia, with its semi-central location – the perfect jumping-off point to everything the beautiful Bay of Islands has to offer.
Bay of Island sightseeing
First stop is at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves where an hour long guided tour will allow you to experience this magical glowworm experience.
From Kawiti the tour moves onto Kawakawa, also known as “Train Town” as the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street, from there it is then onto Puketi Forest, a 15,000 hectare forest, containing magnificient stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity.
The next stop is Kerikeri is also known for its successful horticulture, niche food products, fabulous chocolates, boutique vineyards, art galleries and crafts; a visit to Makana Chocolates has been arranged where you can watch the making of chocolates, taste a few samples and, of course, shop for some delicious treats. We will stop to see the “The Stone Store” New Zealand’s oldest building and the adjacent “Kemp House”.
Heading back to Paihia a stop will be made at the Haruru Falls, a breathtaking waterfall in a horseshoe shape – very rare and quite spectacular. Departing the Haruru Falls the final stop is at the Waitangi Look Out Loop which provides stunning views over Waitangi and the Bay of Islands.
Day 3 Tauranga (8:45 am arrival / 8:15 pm departure)
Tauranga is situated midway on the North Island’s eastern coast, and was settled by the Maori in the 13th century. It is now the most populous city in New Zealand’s renowned Bay of Plenty. A popular coastal town with a subtropical climate, Tauranga features beautiful golden beaches, lush parks, and a laidback atmosphere, while offering an array of adventures including dolphin watching, hiking, fishing, sailing, and diving.
Hobbiton & Rotorua
This is an opportunity to experience both Hobbiton and Rotorua . A full day tour from Tauranga travelling first to Hobbiton. The famous Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Movie set at Matamata just over the hills from Tauranga. An hours scenic drive brings you to the sheep farm selected by Peter Jackson for his movie masterpieces. A guided tour will bring to life the scenes from these box office hits. We will have lunch at the Green Dragon pub used in the movie.
From Hobbitton you will then travel through to Rotorua . Once in Rotorua and following sight seeing through the city you will visit Te Puia. In the geothermal valley here you will see the mud pools, the Pohutu geyser and the hot pools that make Te Puia unique. Your visit to Te Puia will also included a Maori Arts & Craft demonstration, an authentic Maori cultural performance in the Marae and the native Kiwi Bird in its nocturnal habitat.
The tour returns to Tauranga from Rotorua via some beautiful central North Island scenery, including, native bush, lakes and coastal scenery.
Day 4 Cruising at Sea
The first day at sea. No golf. No sightseeing. No worries. Here’s your chance to reset with the help of four restaurants plus cafes and lounges, a pool, sun decks, a spa, fitness center, jogging track, hair salon, shops, casino and cabaret lounge.
Day 5 Wellington (8:00 am arrival / 6:00 pm departure)
Wellington is located at the southwestern tip of the North Island of New Zealand and is often referred to as “the coolest little capital in the world”. It has fantastic nightlife, including renowned entertainment district of Courtenay Place as well as an internationally recognized coffee culture which has made Wellington both a cosmopolitan and relaxed city. From 19th-century wooden cottages to streamlined art deco structures, the city is filled with sculptures, fountains, and art galleries; be sure to visit The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum and art gallery. Take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car, enjoy stunning panoramic views from the top of Mount Victoria, or tour the famous Oscar-winning Weta Cave—home to props, collectibles, and souvenirs of such movies as Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Man of Steel, and Narnia.
Lord of Ring Wellington City Tour
This half day tour brings out the best locations in Wellington City and is the best way to see Wellington’s Lord of the Ring locations with a knowledgeable specialist guide. Around the city the tour takes in Courtenay Place and the Embassy Movie theatre where the world premier of some of the movies, including the Hobbit have been held. Then it up to Mt Victoria for some magnificent views of the city and harbour, on the drive down a stop will be made at ‘Green Belt’ a forest location where several of the movie scenes were shot. It is then off to ‘Wellywood’ the Wellington film studios and post production facilities, including the Weta Workshop. You will visit the brand new ‘Windows into Workshop’ exhibition. This is a guided tour of the physical prop-making and makeup side of the studio.
Day 6 Akaroa (7:00 am arrival / 6:00 pm departure)
Akaroa is named after the Māori word for “Long Harbor”, and is a village situated in the heart of an ancient volcano on the South Island of New Zealand. It’s waters are home to the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector’s Dolphin, and it is a haven for animal lovers. Spot New Zealand fur seals, little blue penguins, and various sea life. Take a tour of an Alpaca farm and get up close and personal with the unique animals. View the Colonial architecture, crafts, and cafés as you explore the Outer Bays. For some great surf, visit Le Bons Bay or Okains Bay beaches. The drama of the landscape allows you to slow down to take it all in.
Christchurch Sightseeing with Farm Tour
You will be collected from Akaroa and travel through picturesque Banks Penninsula to Christchurch then head north to visit a working sheep farm set in a tranquil location.
Enjoy the experience of watching sheep dogs work, rounding up the flock and penning them for you to touch, examine and photograph. A shearing demonstration has been arranged for you.
Day 7 Denedin (7:00 am arrival / 5:00 pm departure)
Dunedin is located on the southwest coast of the South Island of New Zealand, bordered by the Tasman Sea. The gold rush in the early 1860s made it the richest province in the country, and brought people from far and wide in search of wealth. Settled by Scotland, a statue of the poet Robbie Burns looks over the Octagon in the city’s center. Take a guided tour around the city and view the Flemish architecture and the Otago Peninsula. Stroll along one of the many beautiful, white sandy beaches. View some of the wildlife unique to the area, like the Northern Royal Albatross, the Little Blue Penguin, and the Kiwi. Learn more about local culture at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, where you’ll discover the story of the people who settled here.
Taieri Gorge Railway & City Sightseeing
Experience the unique Taieri Gorge Railway with its numerous viaducts and tunnels, rated as one of the top rail journeys in the world. In the afternoon, prior to rejoining your cruise ship enjoy a comprehensive city sightseeing tour of Dunedin City together with its interesting hill and beach suburbs.
Day 8 Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound
We make our dramatic arrival to the South Island of New Zealand with a scenic cruise of the majestic Milford Sound on New Zealand’s south west corner. Guests remain on board. Return to sea in the late morning as we cruise the south New Zealand coast en route for Melbourne
Dusky Sound 8:00am - 9:00am
Doubtful Sound 11:00am - 12:30pm
Milford Sound 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Day 9 Cruising at Sea
Enjoy a full day at sea on board Celebrity Journey
Day 10 Cruising at Sea
Enjoy a full day at sea on board Celebrity Journey
Day 11 Melbourne (8:00 am arrival / 6:00 pm departure)
Day 12 Cruising at Sea
Day 13 SYDNEY (Disembark 8:00am)
Enjoy a full day at sea on board Celebrity Journey
The whole world's in love with Sydney. It's stylish, it's sophisticated, it's home to some of the friendliest people on the planet. And yes, a few koalas, if you know where to look. What's not to love? This gateway to the Outback has it all: Endless outdoor adventure around the harbour or in spots like the Blue Mountains. Golden sandy beaches named Bondi, Bilgola and Coogee (which are not only beautiful but also fun to say). A bustling art and entertainment scene. Countless museums, galleries and excellent restaurants where the dishes far exceed the local Vegemite.
Sydney City Sightseeing Tour
This essential Sydney city tours offer to see and whether you would like to enjoy classic Sydney sightseeing like The Gap Park, Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach,Watson's Bay, Chinese Garden, Kings Cross etc.
post cruise accommodation at Langham/Shangri-la or equivalent
Melbourne is Victoria’s state capital city and sits around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Widely considered the cultural capital of Australia, it is the hub of the film and television industry, and also has been named a UNESCO City of Literature. Take in the restored 19th-century architecture, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition building, much of which was built following the Victorian gold rush. Stroll through Melbourne’s interconnected arcades and laneways, filled with vibrant street art, boutiques, restaurants and cafes, or enjoy a leisurely walk through the heart of the city center at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Sovereign Hill Tour
Today you’ll step back in time to the era of the Victorian gold rush. First you’ll head out over the West Gate Bridge, en route to the beautiful town of Ballarat. Sit back and relax with entertainment introducing you to Sovereign Hill, a wonderful outdoor museum exhibiting in ‘real life’ the story of Australia’s gold rush history
Day 14 SYDNEY (Farewell)
Transfer to the airport after breakfast
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Australia's Best Cruise Ship 2015
12N Celebrity Solstice Cruise (Balcony stateroom - upgrade/downgrade available upon request)
Return transfer between the airport and the cruise terminal
7 Shore excursions for disembarkation days
Electronic cart hire or pull buggy when a cart is not allowed at the course
Use of on board entertainments, activities and kid club
All meals within the itinerary including disembarkation days
1 N post-cruise accommodation at 5 star hotel in Sydney, Shangri-la or Langham equivalent
Daily onboard newspaper announcing daily activities and entertainments
Cruise gratuities on board
Port fees & taxes
Chance to win a complimentary tour certificate
International, Domestic airfare.
Sweepstakes Draw at Gala Dinner
1 x Cruise Voucher $1000
2 x Cruise Voucher $500
3 x Cruise Voucher $300
* Price is per person based on double occupancy and price for 3rd and 4th person in the same stateroom will be quoted upon request.
* Price quoted is based on Balcony stateroom category and upgrade or downgrade to a different category will be quoted upon request.
* The desired cabin category may not be able to book subject to availability of the cruise lines thus it is always recommended to plan and book early.
* Guaranteed departure for 12 or more travelers
* Scheduled tours may be alternated with another tours of similar level subject to local conditions.
* Cancellation Terms
More than 120 days prior to sailing - deposit
120-91 days prior to sailing - 25% of total price
90-61 days prior to sailing - 50% of total price
60-31 days prior to sailing - 75% of total price
30 days or less prior to sailing - 100% of total price