Experience the geographically blessed city of Auckland with its vibrant Polynesian culture and passion for great food. Within 30 minutes of beautiful beaches, visitors will enjoy amazing food and wine along with world class shopping.
You will have ample time to discover, explore and experience the top attractions of this great city including an action-packed Bay of Islands day tour, Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise, visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves tour.
Once you are acquainted with the City of Sails, as Auckland is affectionately known, it is time to embark on an unforgettable and truly relaxing cruise 'across the ditch'. With an endless array of activities for all ages, and a staggering variety of dining and entertainment options this holiday is sure to satisfy the whole family.
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Bid farewell to Australia as you board a plane for your flight from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney to Auckland.
Today you will journey north from Auckland passing through native bush and lush farmland, as you travel to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands for a half-day cruise around its waters. Once there you can explore this picturesque region with it's quaint islands, sheltered waters and abundant marine life. Take a stroll around the town, before boarding your Bay of Islands cruise on the Dolphin Seeker catamaran.
Sail around the islands and out along the Cape Brett Peninsula to the Hole in the Rock on Motukōkako Island.Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, seals and birds along your journey. Enjoy amazing views from the large outdoor viewing decks on board and if conditions are ok, your skipper will take the boat through the hole!
After returning to shore, it's time to head back to Auckland, arriving in the evening.
Board your coach in Auckland and travel south to the small town of Matamata, passing by the picturesque countryside along the way. Just outside the town is a 1,250 acre farm, spotted by Sir Peter Jackson and transformed into a filming location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Here you will take a guided tour of the magical Hobbiton Movie Set, one of New Zealand top, must-see attractions.
On your guided tour you can walk through the village of Hobbiton that was carefully built and decorated for the films. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other set items, and might even spill some secrets about how the movie magic was made.
At the end of your tour, feast on a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn before boarding your coach and heading to Waitomo.
Waitomo Caves, is a network of underground caverns and tunnels carved out of limestone by flowing water.During your Waitomo Caves tour you will see stalactites, stalagmites, columns and pillars and visit the amazing Cathedral cave, before taking a short underground boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto to witness them twinkling overhead in the darkness.
At the end of your Waitomo Caves tour, return to Auckland, arriving in the early evening.
Today you will bid farewell to Auckland and embark on your fabulous journey across the Tasman onboard Pacific Jewel.
Take advantage of the onboard activities today. Why not try your luck in the Casino, relax by the pool or pamper yourself in the Spa.
Discover bargains galore aboard this floating marketplace taking advantage of Tax & Duty free shopping and save up to 50% off the recommended retail price!
It is time to let the kids spend time with their new friends and mingle in the kids club and really get some time to yourself. The Oasis is a peaceful, child free refuge that allows you to treat yourself to a glass of something special. It is the perfect place to soak up the sun and settle into your deck chair with your favorite book.
Today marks the end of your fantastic getaway as you dock in Brisbane feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Guests from Sydney or Melbourne will head to the airport for their flight back home.