New Zealand's sheer beauty and visual diversity is postcard perfect. From the rolling country mountain ranges, the spectacular glaciers & fjords to the active volcanoes, hot springs and mud pools, the diversity of this spectacular country is what makes it the ultimate holiday destination.
Your incredible journey starts the moment you step aboard the award winning Celebrity Solstice a ship that combines modern design with a touch of luxury promising a cruising experience you will not find on any other line. Spend your days at sea exploring the ship, relaxing, pampering yourself or dining at one of the many specialty restaurants onboard.
Once arriving into New Zealand waters Celebrity Solstice will take you on an adventure sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. Showcasing the very best that New Zealand has to offer you will visit 7 ports of call on your way to Auckland, including the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. With stunning fjords, cascading waterfalls and snow-capped peaks this is a photographer’s paradise.
Once in Auckland you will have the next 3 days to discover, explore and experience the top attractions of the North Island. Included in your package is an action-packed Bay of Islands day tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise and a Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves tour.
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Bid farewell to Sydney, as you sail past the iconic Sydney Opera House and begin your 11 night voyage on the stunning Celebrity Solstice.
Have your camera at the ready as you cruise through some of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand. This remarkable natural environment features stunning fiords, spectacular waterfalls and snow-capped peaks.
Dunedin is famous for exquisite architecture, impressive gastronomic experiences and boasts the world's steepest residential street the famed Baldwin Street. It is also famous for it's peculiar wildlife, including penguins, fur seals and albatross.
Akaroa means 'long harbour' in Maori and is the only French settlement in New Zealand. It's romantic feel is created by it's many secluded bays and inlets, perfect for beach side walks and wildlife spotting.
New Zealand's vibrant capital city has a spectacular harbour surrounded by rugged coastline and boasts over 300 cafes, bars and restaurants. Whether you are into arts, heritage or culture, Wellington has it all! Its no wonder Lonely Planet named it as 'The Coolest Little Capital in the World'.
If its stunning vintage architecture and wine you are after than Napier is the place for you. Known as the Art-deco capital of the world this quiet coastal city's style stems from a total city rebuild following an earthquake in 1931. The area also boasts the largest wine producing regions in the country and some of the oldest wineries in New Zealand.
The stunning resort town of Tauranga is a flourishing cultural hub with a diverse mix of bars, restaurants, galleries and shopping options. It is also the gateway to the world famous Rotorua.
The Bay of Islands are made up of over 440 islands in the Northland region of the North Island. From here visitors can go diving, snorkeling, kayaking and swimming with dolphins near the famous Whole in the Rock at Piercy Island.
It is here in Auckland that your cruise journey comes to an end. Upon disembarkation you will make your way to your hotel where you have time to explore dramatic coastlines and golden beaches. Auckland is a nature lovers paradise, no less than 48 volcano cones dot the surrounding area and provide stunning views of the City of Sails and Waitemata Harbor.
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.
Sadly your journey comes to an end as you depart Auckland homeward bound to Australia.