Southern New Zealand Sights & Highlights
6 Day Tour + 4 Night Cruise + Flights + 1 BONUS Night & Incl. $2000 BONUS Value
Deal Code: MC-77055
- 6 Day Tour
- 4 Night Cruise
- Return Flights
- 5 Nights Accommodation on Tour
- All Onboard Meals
- Activities & Entertainment Onboard
- Port Charges & Taxes Included
Exclusive Bonus Value
- 1 BONUS Night in Auckland
- BONUS Scenic Rail Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
- BONUS Glacier Hot Pools Entry in Franz Josef
- BONUS Milford Sound Nature Cruise
- BONUS Return Transfers In Christchurch
- BONUS Prepaid Gratuities Onboard
- BONUS Exclusive My Cruises Package Savings
- EXCLUSIVE 4 Night cruise departure from Auckland to Sydney onboard Celebrity Solstice in an Interior Cabin
- Economy Class flight from Sydney to Christchurch including checked luggage
- Economy flight from Christchurch to Auckland including checked luggage
- 6 Day Great Sights independent touring – Glacier, Queenstown, & Milford Sound Highlights
- 5 Nights NZ South Island accommodation including breakfast whilst independently touring
- Economy Class flight from Sydney to home capital city in New Zealand
- All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues, & selected non-alcoholic beverages
- A wide range of onboard activities, & entertainment
- All port taxes & charges included
- BONUS 1 Night, pre-cruise accommodation in a centrally located hotel in Auckland
- BONUS TranzAlpine scenic rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth*
- BONUS Glacier hot pools entry in Franz Josef*
- BONUS Milford Sound nature cruise onboard Milford Mariner (from Queenstown)*
- BONUS Return transfers from & to Christchurch Airport/hotel
- BONUS Prepaid gratuities included onboard Celebrity Solstice
- BONUS Exclusive My Cruises Package Holiday Savings
*During independent touring.
General Sail Date Information
Set Sail on Monday, October 12, 2020.
*Surcharges may apply
Day 1: Christchurch, New Zealand
Welcome to Christchurch! When you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by a private driver then transferred to your accommodation. YDay 2: Christchurch — Greymouth — Franz Joseph, NZ
This morning is your TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey. Considered one of the world's great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the West Coast glaciers. This afternoon, your coach to Franz Josef Glacier departs from the Greymouth Railway Station. The journey to the Glaciers is southward through the lush bush covered landscape at the base of the Southern Alps. A refreshment stop in Hokitika allows you to stretch your legs around the town centre. Further south you pass through the township of Ross which was the centre of one of New Zealand's richest alluvial goldfields in the late 1800s. Further along, travelling down the West Coast enjoy the beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow-capped mountains before arriving into the small village of Franz Josef. From here you can explore the world famous Franz Josef Glacier. Included today is the Glacier Hot Pools. Nestled within the lush rainforest surrounds, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of tranquility. Unwind in one of the three main pools. Temperatures range from 36 to 40 degrees and the water comes directly from a glacial stream. Wash off the day and rejuvenate in this unique forest paradise.Day 3: Franz Joseph — Queenstown, NZ
Today travel from the isolated beauty of Franz Josef to the exciting resort town of Queenstown on a full-day sightseeing tour. Leave the small village of Franz Josef, access point to the world famous Franz Josef Glacier, and journey through the remote and rugged landscape of the West Coast. This is New Zealand at its purest and most untamed, see moody mountain ranges, thick native rainforest and wild rocky shores as you travel in comfort, enjoying the commentary from your local driver guide. Cross over to the East Coast through the Haast Pass, the southernmost pass in the Southern Alps. On the other side, enjoy picture-postcard views of vibrant blue lakes like Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka and Lake Dunstan as you make your way into scenic Queenstown, arriving in the late afternoonDay 4: Queenstown — Milford Sound Nature Cruise — Queenstown, NZ
Today is your return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with an extended two hour Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On board a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rain forests, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the onboard nature guide. Includes picnic boxed lunch.Day 5: Queenstown — Christchurch, NZ
Today travel to the foothills of New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook, on a full-day sightseeing tour from Queenstown to Christchurch. Setting off from Queenstown, travel through ruggedly beautiful landscape and over the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country. Enter the amazing Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain, where there is time to stop for lunch and a chance to enjoy the amazing alpine scenery. During your stop at Mount Cook Village, enjoy a delicious lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel. In the afternoon, travel past Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd against the backdrop of this vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Then continue through the diverse farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, the Garden City, where your tour concludes.Day 6: Christchurch, NZ — Auckland, NZ
Today fly from Christchurch to Auckland and enjoy your BONUS night in Auckland before embarking on your cruise journey. Auckland is surrounded by 48 erupted volcanic structures which are spread around the city and present some stunning views. This is also the best spot for the shop-a-holics on-board, spanning from luxury brands to open-air markets. If you’d prefer something involving nature, Auckland also has lush rain forests, coastal trails and sparkling beaches!Day 7: Auckland, New Zealand
Jump onboard the Celebrity Solstice and begin your cruise to Sydney, Australia.Day 8: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Bay of Islands is the first place in New Zealand to be settled by the Europeans. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as dolphins and other marine life are often spotted in this area! Walk through the forest to visit caves full of glow worms, go kayaking through the mangroves or take a historical tour of Kerikeri and Waitangi.Day 9 - 10: At Sea
Your full day at sea will allow you to take full advantage of everything your ship has to offer. Seek out hidden treasures and make the most of the facilities onboard. If you packed full of fun activities then be sure to refer to the ship’s daily newsletter to keep up to date on everything offered onboard. If relaxation is on your mind then your sea day will allow you to sit back, soak in ship life and watch the world as it floats by you.Day 11: Sydney, Australia
Explore the famed Opera House and drive across the Sydney Harbour Bridge right next door! Sydney is one of the highlights of the world; mixing museums, Michelin Star restaurants, galleries and beautiful beaches. The city is full of wondrous sights so you’ll certainly be kept busy for the day.
Celebrity Solstice is the star ship of the Solstice Class and was christened in November 2008. Known for her modern luxury, Solstice offers some very unique features including a real-grass deck, glassblowing studio and a 12 level high atrium as her focal point. The ship can accommodate for 2,852 passengers, 1,250 staff with a length spanning 315 metres.
Enjoy some of the finest cuisine at sea, paired with a Cellar Masters wine tasting session, view the stars at the Sky Observation Lounge, sit in awe under the astonishing chandelier in the Main Restaurant and learn the centuries old profession of Hot Glass Blowing. There is always something to do on board Solstice and plenty of relaxing activities such as the day spa treatment.
Travel based on sail date, 12 October 2020.
Prices are per person twin share in NZD based on travel from Auckland, and subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Pricing is subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Surcharges may apply.
Flights may not be direct or operate daily.
Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change. Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur.
Accommodation is subject to change and availability.
Shore excursions and other items such as alcoholic beverages & laundry are an additional cost.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be onboard 2 hours before sailing.
Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.
All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from New Zealand.
Please check Visa requirements for all countries visited on this itinerary.
China, Russia, India, Canada and the USA require visas to be arranged prior to sailing for all Australian passport holders.
For Non-Australian passport holders please check with the appropriate embassy.
- Scenic TranzAlpine rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
- Overnight stay at Franz Josef Glacier - including hot pools entry
- Cruise the pristine waters of Milford Sound
- Luxury 5* cruising experience onboard Celebrity Solstice on an EXCLUSIVE sailing from Auckland to Sydney
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