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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

Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice - Deluxe Balcony Cabin - 11 Nights

Port Times: Depart at 18:30

When you step aboard you will discover why Celebrity Solstice is Australia and New Zealand's highest rated cruise ship. 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.
Celebrity Solstice

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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


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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.

Port Times: Arrive 08:00 am Depart 18:00 pm (6pm)

Dining Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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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


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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


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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

Port Times: Arrive 09:00 Depart 19:00 (7pm)


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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


Port Times: Arrive 07:00 Depart 18:00 (6 pm)

Dining Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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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

Port Times: Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00 (6 pm)


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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


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RELAX 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.

There are also a host of day excursions to visit places like 'Geothermal Rotorua' or perhaps you would like to visit Hobbiton the set for the Lord of the Rings Trilogies - there is plenty to do - just ask.

Port Times Arrive: 08:00 Depart 19:00 (7pm)

Dining Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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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


Port Times: Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00 (7pm)

Dining Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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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 which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden and Bastion Point. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure. 

Dining Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Auckland  - 1 Night

Accommodation:
The modern and spacious Skycity Hotel Auckland is located right in the CBD and allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right at your doorstep. Each air-conditioned room includes a private bathroom, minibar, satellite TV, including CCTV channels, and 24-hour room service. All rooms have a view of the courtyard, city skyline or Auckland Harbour.
Skycity Hotel - Auckland

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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: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Bay of Islands  - 2 Nights

This four star hotel offers uninterrupted Bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens and the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. It features a spectacular, lagoon style swimming pool and rock pools of cascading water. The hotel’s 180 guest rooms have individual patios or balconies from which to enjoy the water or garden views. Taking inspiration from nature, rooms have been designed to blend into the natural environment whilst offering a serene escape.
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

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BAY OF ISLANDS

Today is free to choose from the many optional activities available. You may like to take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach, the Hole in the Rock Cruise, or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Tour Guide & Coach Captain will be available to assist. . 

Dining Included: Breakfast and Dinner


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BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND

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

Some Activities and sightseeing options if you have time:

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 

Accommodation:
The modern and spacious Skycity Hotel Auckland is located right in the CBD and allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right at your doorstep. Each air-conditioned room includes a private bathroom, minibar, satellite TV, including CCTV channels, and 24-hour room service. All rooms have a view of the courtyard, city skyline or Auckland Harbour.
Skycity Hotel - Auckland

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Hobbiton & ROTORUA

Travel to the Hamilton Gardens for a guided tour that will take you on a journey from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden.

Next visit Hobbiton for 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.  Rotorua.


Dining Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 Nights

Accommodation:

Set in a magnificent location on the shores of Mystical Lake Rotorua the Sudima Hotel Lake Front Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none. Enjoy a swim in the geothermal heated pools or relax in the spa complex. Adjacent to the renowned, Polynesian Spa and offering beautiful vistas across the lake, this well-appointed Qualmark 4-star hotel is just a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant CBD.

Sudima Hotel Lake Front, Rotorua

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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

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is only minutes from Queenstown central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities and offers a peaceful haven from the variety of activities in this lively city. With many guest rooms and suites to choose from the centre boasts a gym, sauna, spa, bar and restaurant, feature contemporary city-inspired designed. Many of our rooms also offer scenic views of the city and mountains, providing the perfect backdrop to your journey.

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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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 Day Walk Highest Bungey Jump Explore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
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

Situated on the very edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier will welcome you in true New Zealand style. The Hotel makes the most of its alpine location and is only moments from spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. The highly regarded Hot Pools are within walking distance. Featuring patios or balconies, the simple, warmly decorated rooms and suites include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Suites add living areas. (formerly known as the Scenic Circle Franz Josef Glacier Hotel) has quality rooms with balcony views and special access.
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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TRANZALPINE TRAIN JOURNEY - 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

Located just two minutes from Christchurch International Airport this hotel offers the ideal place to rest and rejuvenate. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool or relax with your favourite drink in the Lobby Bar.All rooms offer en suite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, direct dial phone, high speed internet access, Flat screen TV, including Sky TV and CNN, safety deposit boxes, refrigerator, 24 hour reception and room service.

Sudima Hotel Christchurch

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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.


 


NOTES

INCLUSIONS

 

TRAVEL SERVICES

  • Tour Guide
  • Internal flight from Auckland to Queenstown^
  • Hotel to airport transfer in Christchurch, Day 23
  • GST (Goods & Services tax)
  • Port taxes
  • Comprehensive Documentation Pack

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE (DAY 1 - 12)

  • BONUS US$50 onboard credit per stateroom
  • Deluxe Balcony Cabin 
  • Group meet & greet + welcome dinner
  • World-class dining in a range of unique venues (Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily)
  • Awesome entertainment
  • Inspiring activities such as cooking classes and wine tasting
  • Ports of call:
    - Sydney /Melbourne, free time to explore
    - Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound, Fiordland National Park
    - Dunedin, Edinburgh of the South
    - Akaroa, French inspired village
    - Wellington, Coolest Little Capital
    - Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    - Bay of Islands
    - Auckland, ‘City of Sails’
  • Gratuities on board

SCENIC COACH TOUR (Day 13 - 23)

  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • 10 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 3 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 10 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  •  8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch
  • 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Sky Tower
  • Kauri Museum*
  • Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour*
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
  • Hamilton Gardens*
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Tamaki Maori Experience
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City sights tour of Auckland

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

**Port Stops for 31 Jan 2019 departure in Bay of Islands and Tauranga differ from itinerary outlined above. 


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What suzie says about this tour: I recommend this tour for guests wanting a relaxed tour taking in cosmopolitan Australian cities with a luxury trans-Tasman cruise and coach around New Zealand's iconic destinations. Fully guided and with world class food and beverages, this is certainly a 23 day treat.
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