Scenic Sydney & South Island Serenity

from 

AU$2,424

per person
 
Duration: 14 Nights
Destination: New Zealand
Region: New Zealand
Deal Code: PA14YB69

 

 

Description

Surrender to the serenity of New Zealand’s South on your 11 night cruise. Explore the Fiordland National Park with it’s majestic mountains and wonderful wildlife. Enrich your cultural experiences and historical knowledge by visiting some of the most notable towns and cities of New Zealand. But don’t forget to explore the beautiful scenery Sydney has to offer before embarking on this overseas adventure. Sip wine, savour local cuisine and wander through the Blue Mountains that brim with native flora, fauna and wildlife.

Your Holiday Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights accommodation in Sydney
  • 1 Day Blue Mountains Sunset & Wilderness Tour
  • Hunter Valley Scenic Wine & Dine Tour with Lunch
  • 11 Night cruise to South Island, New Zealand on board Ovation of the Seas
  • All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
  • A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
  • Port charges & prepaid gratuities onboard your cruise

Date

Destination

Arrive

Depart

29OCT22

Sydney, Australia

 

6:45pm

30OCT22 – 31OCT22

At Sea

 

 

01NOV22

Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound & Dusky Sound, New Zealand

8am

5pm

02NOV22

Dunedin, New Zealand

9am

7pm

03NOV22

Lyttleton - Christchurch, New Zealand

8am

6pm

04NOV22

Wellington, New Zealand

8am

6pm

05NOV22

Napier, New Zealand

8am

5pm

06NOV22

Picton, New Zealand

8am

5pm

07NOV22 – 08NOV22

At Sea

 

 

09NOV22

Sydney, Australia

 

 

***Rate is based on twin share for travel 26 October - 9 November 2022.***


Hunter Valley Scenic Wine & Dine Tour with Lunch
Head out over the famous Harbour Bridge north toward the luscious fertile lands of the Hunter Valley, one of the most famous wine-growing regions in Australia. This unique exploration of the Hunter Valley region provides a variety of food and wine experiences to showcase the best of the regions local produce. Famous for its Semillon, the region produces more than 20 varieties of wine including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho. We will also visit some of the bespoke collection of boutique shops, galleries and sample more of the local produce in the area, such as the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company, The British Lolly Shop, Kissofire Hunter Valley Liqueurs or The Garden.

1 Day Blue Mountains Sunset & Wilderness Tour
Explore the changing moods of the Blue Mountains in the late afternoon sunlight and capture the sunset over the rugged ranges and valleys. Just 50 kilometres from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, and rich in Aboriginal heritage. A rugged mountain range of unique sandstone formations and steep cliffs, the Blue Mountains is known for its dramatic landscape. Surrounded by giant eucalyptus trees which creates a blue haze that lives up to its name. After a delightful picnic lunch, we’ll continue to explore the amazing Jamison Valley. Get up close to the storied sandstone formation, the iconic Three Sisters. Hike along some impressive bush trails toward one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in New South Wales then settle in to watch the sun sink behind the distant mountains casting shadows over the rock formations and eucalyptus forests. On the journey home, take a quick break to grab some dinner before we go kangaroo spotting!

Milford Sound
Mountains and waterfalls abound in South Island's Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's top attractions and a site of otherworldly beauty. Called the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling, the sound (technically a fjord) is part of Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. Take in the surrounding water and nature on your Milford Sound cruise, passing by green cliffsides and plummeting waterfalls like Lady Elizabeth Bowen Falls. Along the way, take in the famous Milford Track: Suspension bridges, boardwalks and mountain passes take you past stunning vistas of emerald green mountains and valleys, as well as Sutherland Falls, the tallest waterfall in New Zealand.

Doubtful Sound
Situated in Fiordland National Park, Doubtful Sound is the deepest and second-largest fjord in New Zealand. It was named by Captain Cook, the first European here, because he was doubtful that he would be able to sail his ship, the Endeavor, back out of the sound due to the westerly winds. Look for the area's towering waterfalls: See 619-meter Browne Falls in Hall Arm and 220-meter Helena Falls at Deep Cove. Try to spot dolphins, penguins and fur seals in the waters and shoreline below.

Dusky Sound
Dusky Sound lies among the grand fjords of Fiordland National Park in the southwest part of New Zealand's South Island. Named by Captain Cook when he sailed by at dusk on his first voyage in 1770, this spot holds one of the area's largest fjords, at almost 25 miles long. During the rainy season, you can spot hundreds of waterfalls splashing down from the verdant green hills into the dark deep waters. Keep an eye out for sunbathing seals in repose on Seal Rock. Look out for Astronomer's Point, a former observatory dating back to 1773 that overlooks the dramatic fjord.

Dunedin
On the southeast coast of New Zealand's South Island, on the Otago Peninsula. The city basks in its Scottish heritage — its name is actually the Gaelic word for Edinburgh. No Scottish city would be complete without a castle: Explore Dunedin's Larnach Castle and Gardens, a Gothic Revival mansion surrounded by impeccably manicured rows of rhododendrons, azaleas and Scottish heathers. Then, check out Baldwin Street, the world's steepest residential street. Explore St. Paul's Cathedral in the city's center, the Octagon. Or head to Taiaroa Head at the end of the Otago Peninsula, where unique wildlife abounds: Spot the rare yellow-eyed penguin, New Zealand fur seals and royal albatross.

Lyttleton, Christchurch
Lyttelton lives up to the quaintness implied by its name, with a population of just under 3,000 people – but the welcoming town is home to big travel attractions and major beauty. Head into downtown Lyttelton to explore independent boutiques and a lively arts scene: Pop in for an afternoon theatre performance at the popular Lyttelton Arts Factory. Christchurch is just a 20-minute drive from the Lyttelton cruise port. Visit Christchurch and stroll through beautifully manicured Hagley Park or see Maori artefacts at the Canterbury Museum.

Wellington
New Zealand's capital, sits at the southern tip of the North Island, roughly the middle of the country. According to Maori legend, New Zealand's two main islands are associated with the god Maui; the South Island is his canoe and the North Island is the fish he caught. Wellington sits in that fish's mouth. Wellington is New Zealand's second-biggest city, after Auckland. Despite its smaller size, it has an abundance of cultural attractions like the National Library, National Archives, theaters and excellent museums. The city is also home to the country's film industry and is nicknamed Wellywood.

Napier
On the eastern side of New Zealand's North Island sits Napier, in Hawke's Bay. The entire city was rebuilt in the Art Deco style following an earthquake in 1931, giving Napier the best collection of authentic Art Deco buildings on the planet. Known for its wine, Napier boasts a cafe culture enjoyed year-round thanks to its sunny, Mediterranean-like climate. Nearby you can find the world's largest colony of gannets – a sleek, white sea bird known for its dramatic plunge-dive fish-catching technique – which can be viewed on a hike or a tractor ride on the beach.

Picton
Picton, on the northeast corner of New Zealand's South Island, provides access to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and to New Zealand's most famous wine region, Marlborough, home to the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. Known as the sunniest place in the country, this small town of about 3,000 is named for Sir Thomas Picton, who fought at the Battle of Waterloo. The pretty harbour town has several cafes and shops, plus a market when cruise ships are in port. The area is home to five different types of dolphins, orca and rare birds.

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Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 01 November 2021 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated.  Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included. Flights are not included. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.