Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience


Indulge in AquaClass ® on Celebrity Eclipse® and tour in ultimate style

Members from: $9,535 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $10,079 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    New Zealand South Pacific

  • Cruise Line

    Celebrity

  • Supplier

    Grand Pacific Tours

  • Booking Code

    UGPCN21

  • Departs

    15 January 2021


Includes


  • Celebrity Eclipse® AquaClass® stateroom

  • BONUS US$50 onboard credit per stateroom

  • Flight from Wellington to homeport^

  • Group meet and greet and welcome lunch in Melbourne

  • Hotel to airport transfer in Wellington, Day 21

  • Comprehensive documentation pack

  • World-class dining in a range of unique venues (breakfast, lunch and dinner daily)

  • Endless engaging and exciting activities

  • Ultimate small group tour coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full-size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows

  • Professional Coach Captain

  • Nine nights 4.5 star accommodation

  • Three two night stays

  • Nine cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua

  • Eight sumptuous dinners including three specialty dinners: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua; Winery Dinner, Napier; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Wellington

  • One shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton

  • Souvenir group photo


Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive Melbourne (L,D)

Arrive in Melbourne, where you will be met by your Grand Pacific Tours representative for a welcome lunch. Meet your fellow travellers before boarding the Celebrity Eclipse®.

Overnight Celebrity Eclipse®
Port times depart at 17:00

Day 2: Cruising (B,L,D)

The Celebrity Eclipse® offers an unparalleled wealth of dining. As an AquaClass® guest you have exclusive access to your own restaurant, Blu, which offers healthy and delicious breakfast and dinner choices.

Day 3: Sydney (B,L,D)

Considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers just about anything - from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. The day is yours to explore.

Port times Arrive: 08:00 Depart 22:00

Day 4 - 5: Cruising (B,L,D)

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Day 6: Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds (B,L,D)

Sail into the narrow fiords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising.

Day 7: Dunedin (B,L,D)

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens.

Port times arrive: 09:00 Depart: 17:00

Day 8: Christchurch (B,L,D)

In Christchurch you will see state-of-the art architecture, vibrant street art, bustling restaurants, laneways and green public spaces. Take time to explore the city by tram or Edwardian punt along the tranquil Avon River.

Port times Arrive: 07:00 Depart: 18:00

Day 9: Wellington (B,L,D)

Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington was recently named the ‘Coolest Little Capital’. On the waterfront is Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, one of the best interactive museums in the world.

Port times Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00

Day 10: Cruising (B,L,D)

Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment not to mention your AquaClass® balcony stateroom.

Day 11: Tauranga (B,L,D)

Located in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is situated at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand.

Port times: Arrive: 07:45 Depart: 18:45

Day 12: Arrive Auckland City sights tour (B,D)

This morning sail into the beautiful ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. Disembark the ship, meet your Ultimate Coach Captain and enjoy a city tour of Auckland. This afternoon visit Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre dinner drink at your hotel.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 13: Auckland Hokianga Bay of Islands (B,D)

Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel to Hokianga, home to some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. Join the unforgettable Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour, where a local guide will explain how these trees are intertwined with the lives of the local Mãori and the important role played in the ecosystem that is the Waipoua Forest. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (deluxe room two nights)

Day 14: Bay of Islands (Free Day) (B,D)

Today is free to choose from the many optional activities available. You may like to take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach, the Hole in the Rock Cruise, or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Coach Captain will be available to assist.

Day 15: Bay of Islands Auckland (B)

This morning join a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Mãori tribes and the British. Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei and Warkworth to Matakana to visit Sculptureum, an art experience that is internationally unique. Enjoy time to wander through the Garden of Creative Diversity and to view the hundreds of displayed works in the Galleries and garden all designed to amuse and inspire. Return to Auckland where this evening is free to dine at leisure.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 16: Auckland Rotorua (B,L,D)

Travel to Waikato’s most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. A guided tour will take you on a journey from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden. Next visit Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Day 17: Rotorua (B,Sd)

Today begins with a Gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Travel to Te Puia for a tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Mãori village for an interactive and educational experience which culminates with a cultural performance and traditional hãngi feast.

Day 18: Rotorua Napier (B,D)

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as the ‘The Art Deco Capital’, where the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world can be found. This afternoon relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (two nights)

Day 19: Napier (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is free to explore the city at leisure. Napier is home to many fine wineries, restaurants, bars and cafes. The Sea Walls collection of magnificent murals painted on more than 50 walls around the city is a must do. This evening you will dine at Mission Estate Winery, established in 1851 and known as New Zealand’s oldest winery and the birthplace of New Zealand wine.

Day 20: Napier Wellington (B,SD)

Travel south into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will showcase the history and culture. A highlight will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new friends.

Hotel: InterContinental Wellington (deluxe room)

Day 21: Depart Wellington (B)

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.


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Disclaimer


Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Airline taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking. At the time of booking a deposit of $200 per person is required. If the Tour Package includes flights, a further deposit to cover the airfare and taxes is also required at time of booking. The balance of payment, including any merchandise, is due 60 days prior to departure. Once the tour has been booked and confirmed cancellation fees will apply as per Terms and Conditions. Airfares The airlines require all Trans-Tasman flight bookings to have the air ticket issued within three to five days of confirmation of the airline reservation. As GPT offer a fully inclusive package price, the dollar difference between ‘Land Only’ price and ‘Package Price’ does not represent the airfare deposit amount due. Enquire with your Travel Agent as to the exact amount of airfare deposit and taxes required at the time of booking. Surcharges may apply over peak travel times. The Australian prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed to your Travel Agent at time of booking.