New Zealand on Celebrity Solstice
With A Pre Night Stay in Auckland
14 Days | February 16-29, 2020
Starting At $3049
Sail Down Under on an over-the-top vacation that immerses you in cosmopolitan cities from Auckland to Sydney and natural wonders of the Milford Sound. This is a region of beautiful beaches, majestic fjords, fine wine, friendly people, and exotic wildlife. And with its opposite seasons, it’s the perfect place for those from the Northern Hemisphere to escape winter. From the iconic Sydney Opera House to the soaring green mountains of New Zealand – and every palm-fringed beach in between – this region offers modernity, tradition and the scenically sublime.
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Interior $3049 Double…..$5119 Single
Oceanview $3699 Double…..$6419 Single
Balcony $3969 Double…..$6959 Single
Day 1, February 16 Arrive Auckland, New Zealand
Upon arrival into Auckland Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city at your own pace. Overnight at your hotel in Auckland.
Day 2, February 17, Auckland, New Zealand
After breakfast, meet your tour guide in your hotel lobby and take in the highlights of New Zealand’s largest city on this tour of Auckland. From here, you’re transferred to the 1,075 foot Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. From the sky high observation deck, soak up the Auckland cityscape and harbor views, and discover the city’s history via audiovisual displays. Then visit Auckland Museum, housed inside one of the city’s beautiful heritage buildings. Experience a guided highlight tours to explore New Zealand’s diverse culture and rich heritage. Learn of the Polynesian voyagers who first populated these isolated islands many centuries ago. After the tour, you will be transferred to the cruise ship terminal to embark on your cruise.
This afternoon, board the Celebrity Solstice. The Solstice is one of Celebrity’s most decorated ships. It houses the “first Lawn Club” at sea. It also has the first Hot Glass Show. Their passion for outstanding cuisine takes the onboard dining experience to a whole new level. The ship will set sail at 6:00 p.m. (B, D)
Day 3, February 18 Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Discover indigenous New Zealand Maori culture in a land of sparkling seas and pristine beauty. Bay of Islands is a sub-tropical paradise of clear blue water, hundreds of undeveloped islands, diverse wildlife, and historical significance. The pristine oceans, warm weather, and many animal species attract nature lovers from around the globe. Take an eco-cruise and discover the area’s dolphins, penguins, marlins, whales, and bird life. Journey into a beautiful cave with majestic rock formations and glow worms. Kayak, sail, swim, or sunbathe on one of the many beaches. Those who love beaches consider these in Bay of Islands & New Zealand some of the world’s finest, with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water. And as tempted as you’ll be to pull up a lounge chair and soak in the surroundings, many consider a Bay of Islands cruise the ideal time to partake in more active pursuits, such as kayaking, mountain-biking, parasailing, swimming with dolphins and scuba-diving. (B, L, D)
Day 4, February 19 Tauranga, New Zealand
Explore this chic coastal town in the North Island and you’ll discover the land of the Māori. Tauranga’s white sand beaches offer something for everyone. Relax and sunbathe on one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and popular coasts. Take a dip in the ocean or immerse yourself in a lush waterfall swimming hole. Watch dolphins frolic in the waves or swim with these lovable creatures. Learn to sail, try surfing, take a diving lesson, or refine your fishing technique. Water activities abound in Tauranga. If you’re a landlubber, you can tee up at a golf course on your Tauranga cruise or stroll down The Strand where you can enjoy cafés and a vibrant nightlife. Journey to charming waterfalls or board one of the many eco-cruises available in the Bay of Plenty. Sometimes called the New Zealand Riviera, downtown Tauranga offers galleries, shops, history, and a vibrant café and restaurant scene. The culinary culture brings together innovative chefs working in diverse traditions. Enjoy Italian, Indian, Turkish, Thai, French, and fusion flavors. Sip a hand-crafted drink or enjoy fresh-caught seafood from the Bay of Plenty. From casual al fresco dining to sophisticated New Zealand Riviera gastronomy, Tauranga offers something to tantalize every taste. (B, L, D)
Day 5, February 20 Day At Sea
Cruising in Style while relaxing at sea, Modern Luxury Lives here (B, L, D)
Day 6, February 21 Akaroa, New Zealand
Visit the historic French-British settlement of Akaroa, 1.5 hours south of Christchurch, and explore the mountainous Banks Peninsula on which the town sits. The Akaroa Marine Reserve, at the mouth of Akaroa Harbor (once an active volcano) was created in 2013, and many species of its fauna and flora are still undescribed. During an Akaroa cruise, enjoy a boat ride around this harbor, stopping to take in the natural beauty and snap picturesque photos.
This area is visited by Hector’s dolphins, endemic to New Zealand and the smallest species, just 4–5 feet long and 90–130 pounds in weight. Unlike the more common bottlenose dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin has a short beak, a rounded black dorsal fin, and elegant color variations from creamy white belly to dark gray extremities. Smaller species of whales also visit the reserve. Fur seals and white-flippered penguins hang out along the rocky platforms edging the harbor, where albatrosses, petrels, and other seabirds visit. Do some excellent bird watching with your binoculars on a cliff-side stroll—but remember to watch your step. (B, L, D)
Day 7, February 22 Dunedin, New Zealand
Here in this capital of architectural heritage, you might think your Dunedin cruise had taken you to Edinburgh. The architecture, scenery, and culture—if not the accents—borrow heavily from those in Scotland. Take a harbor cruise to spot albatrosses, cormorants, and other sea birds. You might even see penguins, dolphins, and seals. In town, stroll the spectacular Dunedin Botanic Garden, discover ancient Maori artifacts in the Otago Museum, or learn all about beer at Speight’s Brewery—touring, tasting, and shopping for beer gear.
Browse several engaging art galleries in the central Octagon neighborhood, also known for bars and cafés. Look for experimental exhibitions at Blue Oyster Gallery, bespoke jewelry at Chris Idour, old masters at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, heritage at Reed Gallery, and New Zealand artists at the De Novo and Milford galleries. Head inland aboard Taieri Gorge Railway, departing from the charming gingerbread Dunedin Railway Station, for a four-hour excursion past former gold-mining sites. Venture out to Otago Peninsula and visit 19th-century Larnach Castle—New Zealand’s only castle—perched on a hill overlooking the harbor. Hear stories of scandal, tragedy, and intrigue—all part of its lavish history. Top off your cruise to Dunedin with Highland dancers and bagpipers at Larnach. (B, L, D)
Day 8, February 23 Dusky Sound
Steep cliffs that have been carved over centuries by dozens of waterfalls surround the largest and most complex of the many fjords along the New Zealand coast, Dusky Sound. It’s also a wildlife paradise, with seals and dolphins patrolling the water, and birds like broad billed prions, mottled petrels and sooty shearwaters floating on the overhead thermals.
As cold mountain water cascades from the cliffs above Doubtful Sound, it creates an unusual phenomenon-a dual-layered marine ecosystem of fresh and saltwater. This serves as a playground for a number of species, including fur seals and two types of penguins – the fiordland crested and blue penguin.
As we sail into the narrow fjords of the Milford Sound, even your massive ship seems to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Situated within Fiordland National Park, this natural wonder is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site and is protected by its natural geography, which makes it a haven for all types of wildlife. (B, L, D)
Day 9, February 24 Day At Sea
Cruising in Style while relaxing at sea (B, L, D)
Day 10, February 25 Day At Sea
Cruising in Style while relaxing at sea (B, L, D)
Day 11, February 26 Sydney, Australia
Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers so much—from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Tour architectural marvels like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, view life below the surface from Sydney Aquarium’s underwater walkways, or take it all in from above on a tour of the Sydney Tower. You’re never far from nature in this thriving urban center. Well-known surf beaches, zoos, national parks, whale watching tours, bush tours, and the Royal Botanic Gardens—featuring over 7,500 plants—offer visitors a chance to enjoy the area’s sunshine, lush greenery, wildlife, and clear blue oceans. Sydney is not only Australia’s oldest city, it is also one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the globe, offering a wealth of cuisines, unique museums, and cultural opportunities. Explore lively pubs, shops, and historic buildings at The Rocks, located on Sydney harbor. (B, L, D)
Day 12, February 27 Sydney, Australia
Enjoy another full day in Sydney (B, L, D)
Day 13, February 28 Day At Sea
Cruising in style while relaxing at Sea (B, L, D)
Day 14, February 29 Melbourne, Australia
This morning, disembark in Melbourne. Depart for Home. (B)
(You may want to opt for an overnight stay in Melbourne. Call U S Tours for pricing and details).