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16 Day New Zealand & Australia

FROM $15,002

Seabourn’s ultra-luxury cruises Down Under explore the coastlines of both islands of New Zealand. An astonishing variety of sights await you: towering peaks, steaming geysers and sprawling vineyards, mighty fjords and quaint villages, vivid coral reefs and — yes — koalas, kiwis and kangaroos.

 Auckland, New Zealand  |  Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand  TC |  Wellington, New Zealand  |   Picton, New Zealand  |    Kaikoura, New Zealand  TR  |  Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand  TR  |  Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand  |   Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand  TR  |   Melbourne, Australia  VX  |   Geelong, Australia  TR VX  |   Sydney, Australia  TC VX

  • DURATION 16 DAYS
  • TYPE CRUISE
  • OPERATES 18 FEBRUARY 2017
  • DEPARTS Auckland, New Zealand

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have harbors on two separate bodies of water. The central part of urban Auckland covers a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbor on the Tasman Sea, and the Waitemata Harbor on the Pacific Ocean. In addition, Auckland’s diverse geography and warm, humid climate has inspired a lifestyle regularly ranked in the world’s top ten. A half hour drive from the city there is an abundance of activities: sailing to a secluded island, trekking through the rainforest, picnicking on a volcano, sampling wines at a vineyard or exploring a black sand beach.

DAY 2 Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand TC

Tauranga, the principal city on the Bay of Plenty, is the largest export town in New Zealand. Its name, fittingly enough, means “resting place for canoes”, as this was the landing place of some of the first Maoris to arrive in New Zealand. The 19th-century missionaries left a legacy of well-planned parks and gardens for today’s residents and visitors to enjoy. Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s primary kiwi fruit and orchard regions, and the gateway to the geothermal park, Rotorua.

DAY 3 At Sea

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DAY 4 Wellington, New Zealand

Visually stunning, Wellington is nestled between a magnificent harbor and a natural amphitheatre of forest-clad hills. Its compact size, combined with cultural sophistication, makes it New Zealand’s most inspiring urban destination. Wellington’s cultural crowning jewel is Te Papa, a donation-only museum that celebrates Australasian natural history, science and culture. Exhibits include Maori artifacts, an extensive Pacific Cultures collection and interactive science exhibits. The city’s art scene is flourishing, with numerous galleries and craft markets displaying the work of the country’s top artists and craftspeople.

DAY 5 Picton, New Zealand

Picton sits at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound and the sail into and out of town will reveal some classic New Zealand scenery. The town offer access to the Marlborough wine country, other spectacular sounds and lots of outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, trekking and cycling.

DAY 6 Kaikoura, New Zealand TR

Backed by a range of the Southern Alps and fronted by a magnificent stretch of sea coast, Kaikoura on the eastern shore of New Zealand’s South Island is a wonderful place in which to contemplate nature. It is famous for whale- and Dolphin-watching, and for the large colony of Southern Fur Seals found nearby. The coastal areas also draw many pelagic seabirds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters close to shore.

DAY 7 Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand TR

Port Chalmers is the main port for the city of Dunedin. Situated in a natural amphitheater at the head of a long fjord-like inlet, Dunedin was the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand, founded in 1848. Not long afterwards, gold was discovered in the region, and the province quickly became the richest and most influential in the colony. While Christchurch is New Zealand’s most English town, Dunedin is its most Scottish; the name Dunedin is the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Numerous distinctive and historic buildings remain from the time of its predominantly Scottish settlers, preserving its architectural heritage

DAY 8 Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

Port Chalmers is the main port for the city of Dunedin. Situated in a natural amphitheater at the head of a long fjord-like inlet, Dunedin was the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand, founded in 1848. Not long afterwards, gold was discovered in the region, and the province quickly became the richest and most influential in the colony. While Christchurch is New Zealand’s most English town, Dunedin is its most Scottish; the name Dunedin is the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Numerous distinctive and historic buildings remain from the time of its predominantly Scottish settlers, preserving its architectural heritage.

DAY 9 Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand TR

You might not realize that New Zealand has a third island. It hangs beneath the South Island and is just about the last inhabited place before Antarctica. The island itself is only about four percent inhabited, and that is its attraction. It is an unspoiled piece of primeval New Zealand. Oban is a very small town, about 800 souls. The phonebook is printed on a single sheet of A4 paper!

DAY 10 Cruising Fiordland Natl Park CO WC

DAY 11 At Sea

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DAY 12 At Sea

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DAY 13 At Sea

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DAY 14 Melbourne, Australia VX

Located at the mouth of the Yarra River, Melbourne was founded by free settlers in 1835, 47 years after the first European settlement in Australia. Transformed rapidly into a major metropolis by the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s, Melbourne became Australia’s largest and most important city, and by 1865 was the second largest city in the British Empire. Today, Melbourne is a major center of commerce, industry and cultural activity, and is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world.

DAY 15 Geelong, Australia TR VX

Victoria’s second-largest city burgeoned during the Gold Rush starting with the discovery of the Ballart fields in 1851. Discover the scenic beauty of the Bellarmine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road, including the iconic Twelve Apostles rocks standing just offshore at Apollo Bay. In Geelong, marvel at the Wool Museum, housed in an historic bluestone Woolstore, and the fully restored, 1892 steam-driven carousel with its hand-carved horses and chariots.

DAY 16 At Sea

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DAY 17 Sydney, Australia TC VX

Sydney is a cosmopolitan, multicultural city surrounded by golden sand beaches, World Heritage areas, lush national parks and acclaimed wine regions. Sydney owes much of its splendor to its magnificent harbor. Arriving by ship provides an unequaled impression, showing off the city’s famous landmarks: the dramatic white sails of the iconic Opera House and the celebrated Harbor Bridge, looming over the skyline.

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