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New Zealand Voyage

FROM $9,295

Join APT on a luxury escorted land journey followed by a premium Ocean cruise to see New Zealand from a different perspective.

  • DURATION 25 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY CRUISE JOURNEY
  • OPERATES 28 OCT, 27 NOV 2017
  • DEPARTS Christchurch

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Christchurch

Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening. (D)
Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel

DAY 2 Christchurch, TranzAlpine train, Franz Josef

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the TranzAlpine train this morning.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey towards the picturesque Franz Josef Glacier taking in the awe-inspiring natural surrounds.

Travel from Christchurch to Franz Josef this afternoon. Enjoy a delicious dinner after arriving in the stunning atmosphere. (BD)
Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

DAY 3 Franz Josef, Queenstown

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

Perhaps you’ll choose to dine aboard a vintage steamer, or take a magical gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant. Otherwise, you may choose the array of seafood at the waterfront Finz or simply your hotel’s restaurant.

Travel south along Haast River. This evening in Queenstown, choose from four restaurants. (BD)
Stay:Novotel Queenstown

DAY 4 Queenstown

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy a Dart River Safari adventure, a chance to see where scenes from The Lord of the Rings was filmed, a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, or a bird walk.

Explore Queenstown today with a diverse range of sightseeing inclusions. (B)
Stay:Novotel Queenstown

DAY 5 Queenstown, Mt Cook

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and enjoy a stargazing session with an astronomer, or immerse yourself in the region’s incredible native flora and fauna on a guided nature walk. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
Journey north to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and choose your activity. (BD)
Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel

DAY 6 Lake Tekapo, Christchurch, Auckland

Travel to Lake Tekapo and visit the stunning Church of the Good Shepherd, a treasure found between the lake and its many surrounding mountains. Later, travel to Christchurch airport for your onwards flight to Auckland. (BD)
Stay: Auckland, Crowne Plaza or Grand Millennium

DAY 7 Auckland, Bay of Islands

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds and discover New Zealand’s original founding document.

Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum, then continue to the Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.(BD)
Stay: Bay of Islands, Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 8 Bay of Islands

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

A tall ship sailing adventure with a barbecue lunch might be the ideal way to spend the day, or you might like to embark on a dolphin-watching cruise that’ll get you up close to these intelligent creatures. Perhaps you might cruise to Russell to see New Zealand’s first European settlement, or enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. There’s also the option of taking a day trip to the northernmost point of New Zealand at Cape Reinga. 

Discover this spectacular region with a range of included sightseeing activities.(B)
Stay: Bay of Islands, Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 9 Bay of Islands, Auckland

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step aboard a catamaran today and enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Cruise the shimmering waters as you hear about the ecology and history of the area, keeping an eye out for dolphins, and relaxing in a secluded bay.

After your Signature Experience, travel by coach to Auckland and enjoy a special dinner at your hotel. (BD)
Stay : Auckland, Crowne Plaza or Grand Millennium

DAY 10 Auckland, Embark Holland America Line Ship

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

You might enjoy a sail boat cruise on Waitemata Harbour, or a visit to the fascinating Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium where you can learn about sharks, eels and many varieties of fish. Other options include a visit to the historic Auckland Museum, a Bush & Beach Wilderness Adventure, or a Waiheke Wine Tour on Waiheke Island.

Enjoy a city sights tour this morning followed by select Freedom of Choice options. Say goodbye to your APT Tour Director and board the MS Noordam, our home for the next 15 nights. (BD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 11 Tauranga, Rotorua

Dock in the port of Tauranga and choose to transfer to Rotorua where you can select from various optional sightseeing tours. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 12 Napier

Today the ship arrives in the town of Napier. Optional shore excursions include a tour of Hawke’s Bay Wineries or an Art Deco tour. Perhaps explore the Tuki Tuki Valley and Te Mata Peak with panoramic views. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 13 Wellington

Arrive in Wellington and select from a range of optional excursions. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 14 Picton

This morning, your ship docks on the South Island for the very first time. Maybe explore Picton which lies in the upper reaches of the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 15 Akaroa, Christchurch

Arrive in the port town of Akaroa, known for its historic French and English colonial architecture and vibrant cafe culture. Here you will have the option to choose from a range of optional shore excursions. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 16 Port Chalmers, Dunedin

Port Chalmers is located at the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Its Victorian heritage is still proudly on display. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 17 Fiordland National Park

Today you’ll enjoy a breathtaking spectacle at the Fiordland National Park as the MS Noordam skirts surrounding waters.(BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 18 At Sea

Relax on board with oceanic surrounds.(BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

 

DAY 19 At Sea

Enjoy another day to relax and unwind. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 20 Hobart

By the morning, your ship will have crossed the Tasman Sea and arrived in Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, on the Derwent River. Perhaps visit the Museum of Old and New Art or tour Port Arthur. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 21 At Sea

Enjoy a day of rest as you sail to Victoria.(BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 22 Melbourne

Having crossed Bass Strait overnight, this morning you will be docked at Station Pier in Melbourne. You could take in the views of the city from the Eureka Skydeck or visit the famous Queen Victoria Market. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 23 At Sea

Enjoy the day at leisure. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 24 Eden

The ship will make its last port of call before arriving in Sydney. (BLD)
Stay: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom

DAY 25 Disembark Ship, Depart Sydney

Today your voyage ends as the MS Noordam enters Sydney Harbour. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport. (B)

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