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Relaxing New Zealand Cruise with Luxury Coach Tour

Discover New Zealand by sea and land. Combine a cruise across the Tasman Sea while experiencing Sydney and Melbourne on board the regions highest rated cruise liner the indulgent Celebrity Solstice, combined with a luxury coach tour that take you to see the best of New Zealand’s iconic attractions and stunning scenery, giving you the complete New Zealand experience. An experienced friendly Guide will accompany you throughout the entire tour. They will set the scene and provide advice and recommendations along the way.

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Welcome to Sydney, Australia.

Arrive in Sydney where you will be met by your tour guide and welcomed aboard the Celebrity Solstice. Meet your travelling companions at a group welcome prior to dinner.

Sydney is Australia's oldest city and it's blessed with sun-drenched natural attractions, dizzy skyscrapers, delicious and daring restaurants, superb shopping and friendly folk. Sydney has a rough and ready energy, and offers an invigorating blend of the old and the new, the raw and the refined. While high culture attracts some to the Opera House, gaudy nightlife attracts others to Kings Cross. 

Dining Included (Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity SolsticeDeluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)

Port Times: Depart at 18:30

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CRUISING from Sydney to Melbourne

Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world class cuisine and the entertainment not to mention your deluxe balcony cabin. The ship offers plenty of daytime activities, from treatments at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub to cooking lessons and art classes. As far as dining goes, Celebrity Solstice boasts 10 restaurants, five of which are specialty spots Travelers can grab a quick, casual bite or sit down at the Grand Epernay Dining Room, which features a two-story glass wine tower. With a nearly 1-to-2 crew-to-passenger ratio, the ship allows for more attentive service. 

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity Solstice - Deluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)

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MELBOURNE - FREE DAY

Victoria's capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay and is very much about lifestyle. It is no huge surprise to residents that their city has been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Melburnians love the city's vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Melbourne has a population of 3.9 million people, is less than 200 years old and never sits still.  Spend your day exploring Melbourne, a cultural melting pot, that is host to major international events.

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity Solstice - Deluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)

Port Times: Arrive 08:00 am Depart 17:00 pm (5pm)

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CRUISING the Tasman Sea to New Zealand

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

There are a few ways that you can travel from Australia to New Zealand. You can cram into a full plane, you can be the second person to row over, you could be the first to paraglide there, or you can spend a few days of absolute leisure while you enjoy the open ocean and all the amenities of a world-class cruise liner. This ship has one of the best interior architecture designs around and passenger flow is excellent. Solstice is also an extremely easy ship to navigate, even for first-time cruisers. Everything is clustered: all the entertainment is forward; the food is aft; and the money (casino, reception, shops) is in the middle. Even the specialty restaurants are all clustered on a single deck.

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity SolsticeDeluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)

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MILFORD, DOUBTFUL & DUSKY SOUNDS

Sail into the narrow fiords of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Fiordland is the largest area of true wilderness remaining in our country, and it has a very special interface between the land and the sea. Its national and international importance is so significant that in 1986 it was given world heritage status by the World Conservation Union. Fiordland has ecological features that are absolutely unique, in the true meaning of that word. The World Heritage Area of Fiordland is one of New Zealand’s most breathtaking escapes. Deep fiords, towering peaks, and unyielding native rainforest define this dramatic region, captivating visitors from all over the world.

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity Solstice - Deluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)

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Dunedin - Scottish City of Grace and Grandeur

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens. It is for good reason that New Zealand's oldest city is known as the Edinborough of the South - 'Dunedin' comes from Dun Eideann the Scots-Gaelic name for Edinburgh, founded largely by Scottish immigrants, who raised the impressive buildings which now add much to the city's charm. These buildings incorporate a diverse array of styles from Tudor, Jacobean, Georgian, Carpenter, Gothic and Arts and Crafts styles also feature - to some very fine examples of Neo-Gothic. Dunedin is regarded as one of the best preserved Victorian cities in the Commonwealth.

Some activity options availiable in and around dunedin:

Speights Brewery Tour Cadbury Chocolate Factory Penguins and Albatross Tour
Taieri George Railway  Peninsula Wildlife Cruise Larnach Castle Tour
 

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity Solstice - Deluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)

Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 19:00

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Little France - AKAROA

In 1840, French settlers arrived at Akaroa and to this day Akaroa remains the ‘Little France’ of New Zealand with many streets have French names, and there are descendants of the original French families still living in Akaroa. Take a scenic cruise exploring the beautiful, sheltered harbours. You'll experience a rich variety of marine life including the unique and playful Hector's Dolphin and the rare Little Blue Penguin. This Riviera-style village has some wonderful colonial architecture, creative craft shops, intriguing galleries, delightful gardens, and excellent cafés, bars and restaurants.

Some suggested excursions from Akaroa.

Dolphin Swim Akaroa Christchurch City Tour Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Tour French Akaroa Akaroa Nature Cruise Hanmer Springs Private Tour

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity SolsticeDeluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)​

Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 18:00

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WELLINGTON - Our cool little Capital

Nestled between a dramatic harbour and bush clad hills, Wellington was recently dubbed as ‘the coolest little capital city in the world’.  The city is the country's centre for culture, politics, and home to the National Museum, Te Papa.  Wellington’s thriving cafe scene is globally recognised by coffee cognoscenti, and of course is a centre for movie production with Lord or the Rings taking centre stage.

Some suggested outings. 

National Museum - Te Papa Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve  Wellington Cable Car
 
Carter Observatory 

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity Solstice - Deluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)​

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

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CRUISING the east coast to Tauranga

Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand. Celebrity Solstice is one of the more decorated ships at sea. So it's no wonder that it's full of "firsts." Like the first Lawn Club at sea and The first Hot Glass Show. Some other things that set her apart are the dining venues - distinctive in cuisine, design and service. The food and the overall dining experience is taken to a whole new level in the cruising world. Once aboard you will discover why Celebrity Solstice is Australia and New Zealand's highest rated cruise ship.

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity Solstice - Deluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)

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Telax in TAURANGA - The Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty aptly named by Captain James Cook for its abundance in food, lush soils, sheltered harbours and beauty. 'The Mount' rises abruptly at the entrance to Tauranga Harbour. It is an extinct volcanic cone that towers over the idyllic Ocean Beach, a summer mecca for thousands of sun, sea, surf and sand worshippers. Mt Maunganui is synonymous with New Zealand's love of long summer days and balmy evenings on beaches and barbecue areas. By contrast, just two hundred metres away on the harbour, is a placid beach, which is safe for young children. As a main centre for summertime activities, 'The Mount' hosts everything from surf lifesaving events to beach volleyball, parasailing, sandcastle building and surfing contests.

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity SolsticeDeluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

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Beautiful Bay of Islands

The beaches in this region are considered some of the world’s finest with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water. Rich in culture, history and natural resources, Paihia is the place of friendly locals, happy cafes and people enjoying life whether it is swimming with dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy, bush walking or just lazing on the beach. The Bay of Islands, with shimmering safe waters and superb beaches has plenty of recreational activities in among the 144 islands: sail, fish, swim, dive, snorkel, charter a launch or paddle a sea kayak around the islands. Paihia is the perfect stepping stone into the Bay of Islands, and a wonderful place for people of all ages to visit.

Excursions available around the Bay of Islands

Historical Island Cruise Diving Rainbow Warrior 4WD Adventure Cape Reinga
Sailing the Islands Dolphin Swimming Giant Kauri Forest Walk
Cultural Tour of Waitangi Golf at Kauri Cliffs Sea Kayaking the Bay
 

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity Solstice - Deluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00

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Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour

This morning arrive into the beautiful ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. Disembark the ship, meet your Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour including a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, see New Zealand’s unique aquatic life up close, including a large collection of sharks, gigantic stingrays, and beautiful seahorses. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Celebrity Solstice - Deluxe Balcony Cabin (Vista Deck 8)

Accommodation Auckland 1 Night Hotel Skycity Hotel (or similiar)

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Auckland - Hokianga - Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel north through Dargaville to the unforgettable Footprints Waipoua encounter, home to some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. A local guide will explain how these trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Dining Included (Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation Paihia 2 Nights Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similiar)

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Bay of Islands

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. The rest of today is free. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Hole in the Rock Cruise, a relaxing luncheon cruise or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Tour Guide & Coach Captain will be available to assist.

Dining Included (Breakfast,Dinner)

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Bay of Islands - Auckland

Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland for some free time. This evening is also free for you to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Some activities and sightseeing options available are:

Explore Waiheke Island Island Kayaking Adventure America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach

 

Dining Included (Breakfast)

Accommodation Auckland 1 Night: Hotel Skycity Hotel or similar

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Auckland - Glowworms - Rotorua

Depart Auckland and travel to Waitomo for a tour of the Glow Worm Caves where tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light. Next visit Hobbiton for a barbecue lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Dining Included (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner))

Accommodation Rotorua 2 Nights: Hotel Millenium Rotorua (or similiar) 

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Rotorua - The Cultural and Geothermal Centre

Today begins with a Gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

Dining Included (Breakfast, Special Dinner)

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Queenstown Central Otago

Todayboard a local flight to the resort town of Queenstown, located in the South Island. Meet your South Island Coach Captain and enjoy a tour of historic Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel.

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and ringed by towering mountains, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s ultimate holiday destinations. It may be the adventure capital of the world, but it’s also home to an excellent food and wine scene as well as great shopping, hiking and endless opportunities to relax. It’s just as easy to go fishing, golfing, gold panning or wine tasting as it is to bungy jump or sky dive. Famed for its international winter skiing profile and outdoor beauty, Queenstown is a brilliant destination to visit year-round. One thing is certain here, you won’t run out of things to do.  

Dining Included (Breakfast, Dinner)

Accommodation Queenstown 2 Nights: Hotel Millenium Queenstown (or similiar) 

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Queenstown at Leisure

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening is also free and you may wish to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for dinner at Walter Peak Station (optional).

Other Recommended Excursions in Queenstown:

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail
 

Dining Included (Breakfast)

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Glacier Country

Depart Queenstown and travel via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Dining Included (Breakfast, Dinner)

Accommodation Franz Josef 1 Night: Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) or similar

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Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board The TranzAlpine Train, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive viaducts before completing your journey at Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Dining Included (Breakfast, Special Dinner)

Accommodation Christchurch 1 Night: Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel (or similar)

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Homeward Bound

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

There maybe time for some last minute excursions or shopping before making your way for your outbound flight. We know you will enjoy the Ultimate New Zealand 'Coach and Cruise' and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.