Highlights Of Australia & New Zealand
- Departs from Auckland, New Zealand
- On 8th Nov 2018 for nights
- Onboard Noordam
- Prices from AU $2,999*
Pricing per person
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HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
- One-way economy class airfare with full service carrier from Sydney to Auckland
- 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Auckland
- Afternoon Auckland City Express Tour^* - Experience Auckland With A Half Day Tour! Make the most of your time in Auckland by jumping on an express tour that will take you to the must see attractions in Auckland City.
- 14 night Ausralia & New Zealand cruise aboard ms Noordam from Auckland to Sydney
- All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
- All port/govt. charges
- BONUS!* US$50 per twin cabin ONBOARD CREDIT!
- BONUS!* Caneletto Dinner for Two (Specialty dining experience)
- Air taxes
14 Night Cruise sailing from Auckland to Sydney aboard Noordam.
Launched in 2006, the ms Noordam is the newest member of our renowned Vista-class ships. Named for the Northern compass point, she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod® propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability.
On board ms Noordam you will discover museum-quality paintings such as an oil painting of the city of Utrecht painted in 1842, as well as contemporary art like the series of photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and BB King. One of the most valuable pieces of furniture on board the ship is a remarkable inlaid chest flanked by carved wooden 17th-century Baroque columns. Made in Germany in 1885, the chest is inlaid with ebony and precious stones. Enjoy an onboard IPod® self-guided tour of the complete ms Noordam art collection. The ms Noordam exemplifies the classic style of ocean travel with contemporary amenities and modern enhancements.
Highlights of this cruise:
There is a point on the North Island of New Zealand where the land narrows to a thin strip between the islanded peninsula to the north and the mountainous, caved-addled terrain away south. On one side is Waitemata Harbour, on another is Manukau Harbour, and there are mountain ranges to the southeast and west. On this spot stands Auckland, one of the loveliest cities in the world, and according to many surveys, one of its most livable. Many of the old volcanoes that formed the terrain of the area are now grassy, hilly parks. Cruise visitors can climb one – Mount Eden, North Head, or One Tree Hill, say – and look toward the water. See why it's called the City of Sails?
Site of fierce Maori wars, Tauranga today is a peaceful city in the heart of kiwifruit-growing country. Farther afield: Rotorua, with its spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools, the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and nocturnal kiwi houses.
A city of vision, rebuilt in the striking, clean style of art deco after a devastating earthquake in 1931 and reinvented as a center for gourmet food and wines.
The Wellington Botanic Garden is 25 hectares of ponds, sculptures, and flora spread about a hillside above central Wellington. Walk its windy paths, stop to smell the rose gardens, and take in the view of the city and Wellington Harbour. When you're ready, ride the red Wellington Cable Car (a funicular, really) down to Lambton Quay, the city's main commercial street, and give the New Zealand capital a walking tour. Wellington has been called a lot of things, all good. And if the countryside looks familiar to cruise visitors, that's because many signature scenes from the "Lord of the Rings" movies were filmed nearby.
Tucked into the northeastern end of the South Island—just 29 kilometers north of Bleinheim and 109 kilometers east of Nelson—the petite and picturesque port town of Picton is your starting point for exploring the region of Marlborough. This seaside gateway with ferry service to the North Island connects the majestic maritime beauty known as Queen Charlotte Sound to the luscious wine country of Marlborough, heaven for sauvignon blanc lovers. From the gluttonous to the active, there’s something for everyone, be it traversing a portion of the 70-kilometer stretch of the extraordinary Queen Charlotte Track—New Zealand’s greatest coastal cycleway—on foot or by bike, going on a cycle winery tour or tasting the famous green-lipped mussels that are indigenous to Marlborough Sounds. Naturalists should dust off their binoculars and explore the nearby wildlife sanctuaries, or if inclined to luxury, get up close and personal to a falcon while sipping on a glass of wine at the Brancott Estate.Don’t neglect the tiny harbor town of Picton (population 4,000) itself either, which has quaint cafés and shops and boasts unique aquatic-themed museums, like the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, dedicated to a historic ship which has seen most of the world in its more than 150 years.
Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village and enjoy colonial architecture, art galleries, shopping and cafés.
Dunedin (Port Chalmers)
If you've ever been to Edinburgh, a cruise to Dunedin with Holland America Line may give you deja vu. The word “Dunedin” comes from the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, Dùn Èideann. Similarities to Scotland’s capital don’t end with the name, even though the two cities are as geographically distant from one another as they can be. Englishman Charles Kettle, the city’s original surveyor, gave instructions for builders to reproduce characteristics of the much-admired New Town precinct of Edinburgh. And a number of restaurants honor the city’s Scottish heritage, featuring items such as haggis, Cullen skink, and whiskey.
Tasmania, once the butt of many jokes, is finally cool. The little Australian island is home to stunning landscapes, old-growth forests and exceptional local produce. Lording over all this goodness is Hobart, the island’s creative capital. Although its remoteness might once have made it feel provincial, the city has truly come into its own in recent years. It’s got one of the world’s best museums of contemporary art, vibrant markets, a cosmopolitan dining scene and eclectic music festivals. It’s also achingly beautiful, with a natural harbor setting and rugged Mount Wellington looming in the background.The city is compact enough to easily explore on foot. Start at the sandstone area of Salamanca Place with its hip galleries, artist studios and bustling cafés and bars, and then roam the quaint streets of Battery Point, one of Hobart’s oldest neighborhoods. Immerse yourself in nature at the gorgeous Botanical Gardens or head out of town to learn more about Tasmania’s dark—but fascinating—past. Fuel up on the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean down at the waterfront, or feast on gourmet Tassie produce at one of the many excellent restaurants in town. Whatever you choose to do, we promise you won’t be bored.
Melbourne is consistently voted one of the world's most livable cities—and for good reason. This is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums, plus a dizzying range of restaurants, bistros, markets and bars. It's renowned for its sporting culture, home to the esteemed Melbourne Cricket Ground and Australian rules football teams. The famous laneways of Melbourne bustle with hidden bars and eateries, while myriad beaches and parks allow for the ultimate outdoor lifestyle and active things to do. It’s a melting pot of cultures and a city of gourmands who demand excellent food and find it everywhere—from modern Australian cuisine and delicious Asian fusion fare to low-key cafés serving the best coffee you’ve ever tasted.If you want to leave the city, Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria's world-class wineries and spectacular coastline sights. Visit the famous penguins at nearby Phillip Island or feast on local produce in the picture-perfect Yarra Valley. Wherever you go in and around Melbourne, you’ll be sure to understand why so many choose to call this beautiful corner of the world home.
Sydney is both timeless and protean. You'll meet with 50,000 years of Aboriginal history, and changes brought by the delivery of British convicts and the Rum Corps settlers. See a botanical wunderkammer eons in the making and feel the electric now-ness of one of the world's great cities. A cruise to Sydney with Holland America Line will bring you opera, here, as well as opals and koalas. The strands of culture and nature and art all braid together to form Sydney's brilliant, rugged transcendence.
|06/11/18||Fly Sydney to Auckland, own way to hotel|
|07/11/18||Afternoon Auckland City Express Tour|
|08/11/18||Own way to port, embark ms Noordam|
|08/11/18||Auckland, New Zealand||05:00PM|
|09/11/18||Tauranga, New Zealand||08:00AM||05:00PM|
|10/11/18||Napier, New Zealand||12:00PM||06:00PM|
|11/11/18||Wellington, New Zealand||10:00AM||11:00PM|
|12/11/18||Picton, New Zealand||08:00AM||03:00PM|
|13/11/18||Christchurch (Akaroa), New Zealand||08:00AM||07:00PM|
|14/11/18||Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand||08:00AM||06:00PM|
|15/11/18||Fiordland National Park, New Zealand||Scenic Cruising|
|18/11/18||Hobart, Tasmania, Australia||08:00AM||11:00PM|
|20/11/18||Melbourne, VIC, Australia||08:00AM||06:30PM|
|22/11/18||Sydney, NSW, Australia||07:00AM|