Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Australia and New Zealand Splendour

Discover the many highlights of New Zealand on this amazing-value luxury cruise holiday visiting the art deco city of Napier, the geothermal activity and Maori culture of Rotorua, cosmopolitan Wellington and the serene fjords of Milford Sound, with 3-night hotel stays in Sydney and Auckland

Fly Cruise
22 nights from £6995pp

Luxury Holiday
  • Bay of Islands
  • Melbourne
  • Milford Sound
  • Bondi Beach
  • Dunedin
  • Rotorua
  • Sydney

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Exclusive Blue Water Package with 3-night Sydney hotel stay and 3-night Auckland hotel stay!

Australia and New Zealand Splendour Special Offer

Explore the lively cities and awe-inspiring scenery of Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand, with hotel stays in Sydney and Auckland on this 22-night luxury cruise holiday.

Enjoy a 3-night 5* hotel stay in Sydney, nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains and renowned for its iconic Opera House, before cruising the Gippsland Coast to spend two full days in the dynamic city of Melbourne. Visit the fabled island of Tasmania, named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and home to remarkable wildlife including Tasmanian devils and kangaroos. Beautiful Milford Sound fjord will take your breath away with its majestic cliffs that soar out of the dark waters and impressive waterfalls cascading down mountains.

See the sights of Dunedin, one of the best preserved Victorian cities in the world, experience the French ambiance in Akaroa and call at Wellington, New Zealand's fascinating capital bursting with culture and home to the Te Papa Tongarewa museum. Napier is full of art deco treasures, while Rotorua, sacred to the Maori, offers spectacular hot springs, dramatic spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools. A 3-night 5* hotel stay in Auckland gives ample time to take in the key sights including the quaintly restored Victorian buildings in the Parnell area, America’s Cup Yachting Village and the city’s highest point at Mount Eden.

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Australia and New Zealand Splendour Itinerary

Day 1 - UK to Sydney (Australia)

Fly from the UK to Sydney.

Day 2-4 - Sydney

Enjoy a 3-night hotel stay in Sydney. There is ample time to discover this laid-back city at your leisure, from the crooked streets of The Rocks, Sydney's historic district, to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and famous Bondi Beach. If you would like to venture further afield, the natural beauty of the Hunter Valley wine-growing regions and the spectacular Blue Mountains make a fascinating contrast to city life.

Day 5 - Sydney

Embark ship in Sydney.

Day 6 - Cruising the Tasman Sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day cruising the Tasman Sea.

Day 7-8 - Melbourne

The graceful city of Melbourne has a European atmosphere, with many green parks and public gardens creating delightful open spaces. Explore the city on guided tours with highlights including Fitzroy Gardens, Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance. Alternatively there are excursions out of the city to the verdant Sherbrooke Forest or through the surrounding countryside aboard a vintage narrow-gauge steam train.

Day 9 - Burnie (Tasmania)

The first settlers in Burnie carved out a village from rainforest and tea-tree swamps, which then prospered due to mineral deposits that were found in the area. Excursions today include a visit to a wildlife park to see Tasmanian devils and kangaroos, indulge in a tasting of some of the finest delicacies produced in the Burnie area, explore the underground world of Gunns Plains Caves or a drive along the scenic northern Tasmanian coastline.

Day 10-11 - Cruising the Tasman Sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days cruising the Tasman Sea.

Day 12 - Milford Sound (New Zealand)

Spend the day cruising the fjords of Milford Sound. Located in the Fjordland National Park, majestic cliffs soar out of the dark waters and impressive waterfalls cascade down mountains.

Day 13 - Dunedin

The region's cultural capital, Dunedin, was founded by Scottish settlers. Dunedin is actually the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. The city is one of the world's best preserved Victorian cities with stunning architecture, an example being the Dunedin Railway Station. There is the choice to go on a wildlife safari to see a breeding colony of cormorants, New Zealand fur seals and little blue penguins; sample unique beers on a local brewery tour; or join a wildlife cruise for the chance to spot penguins, dolphins and royal albatross.

Day 14 - Akaroa

Akaroa was settled by the French in 1840 and still has a French ambience today. Experience life on a traditional New Zealand sheep farm including a sheep-herding and sheep-shearing demonstration, or sail aboard a luxury catamaran or spectacular 50-foot ketch built in 1922 to view the natural wonders of Akaroa harbour including fur seals, yellow-eyed penguins and dolphins.

Day 15 - Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand's compact, cosmopolitan capital, nestled between the harbour and steep, forest-clad hills. Explore beautiful Wellington Harbour on a driving tour along the eastern shoreline for incredible views across Cook Strait and South Island or see the highlights of Wellington on a scenic orientation tour including a visit to Wellington botanical Gardens and a trip up to Kelburn via cable car. Alternatively there is a trip to the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum which showcases the history of New Zealand in many visually stunning and thought-provoking ways or a visit to Peter Jackson's special effects studio Weta Cave for a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of Lord of the Rings.

Day 16 - Napier

Napier grew into a magnificent Art Deco style city after an earthquake in the 1930s and is surrounded by colourful vineyards and orchards. Wine lovers will enjoy the Hawkes Bay wine trail excursion which includes a visit to Mission, Hawkes Bay's most iconic vineyard, for a tasting of its famous wines, and wildlife enthusiasts may prefer the trip by safari vehicle to Cape Kidnappers to see the gannet sanctuary which is home to 15,000 gannets. For an overview of Napier's attractions there is a trip downtown on board the Hawkes Bay Express sightseeing train, a leisurely coach drive through the city with a visit to the National Aquarium or a coach trip focusing on Napier's Art Deco highlights. Outside of the city there is visit to Wool World, set on large family-run sheep farm, for demonstrations of shearing and sheep dog trials followed by a drive to the summit of Te Mata Peak for amazing views over the Tuki Tuki River Valley and the cities of Napier and Hastings.

Day 17 - Tauranga for Rotorua

The thermal region of Rotorua with its bubbling mud pots and dramatic geysers is sacred to the Maori. Discover traditional Maori culture with a trip to a local tribal village to see the buildings that are adorned with intricate totem-like figures and watch the villagers create handmade crafts, or enjoy an orientation tour of Tauranga and wine tasting at Mills Reef Winery.

Day 18 - Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a superb maritime park with 144 islands, secluded bays and an amazing array of marine life. Kayak through the Waitangi Estuary to the spectacular Haruru Falls for a picnic lunch or board a 50 foot Maori canoe and paddle through the tranquil waters surrounding Waitangi. For a more relaxing experience there is a scenic drive to Kerikeri and Waitangi, a leisurely cruise to the historic town of Russell or a visit to a glow worm cave and a walk through Puketi Kauri Forest.

Day 19-21 - Auckland

Disembark ship in Auckland and transfer to your hotel for a 3-night hotel stay. Auckland is the cultural capital of New Zealand's North Island and known as the City of Sails. The city has hosted two America's Cup challenges and its marinas are lined with luxury yachts. Perhaps visit Albert Park, the neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum and Bastion Point, or sample some of the region's acclaimed wines. Further afield there are the spectacular Waitakere Mountains, the amazing Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Kumeu River Wines vineyards.

Day 22 - Auckland to UK

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

Day 23 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 14-night all-inclusive accommodation
  • 3-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Sydney on a B&B basis
  • 3-night post-cruise hotel stay in Auckland on a B&B basis
  • Return flights from a choice of UK airports
  • Private overseas transfers
  • Up to 38 free shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Unlimited beverages, including fine wines, beer and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, speciality coffees and tea served throughout the ship
  • Complimentary dining in specialty restaurants on board
  • In-suite mini-bar including soft drinks, beer and bottled water on board
  • Butler service in Penthouse Suites and above
  • 24-hour room service on board
  • Fitness programmes and use of sauna and steam rooms on board
  • Gratuities on board

Additional Information

  • FREE shore excursions (subject to change)
  • Melbourne
  • - Experience the beauty of Melbourne's surrounding countryside on board a vintage, narrow-gauge steam train.
  • - Discover the unique wildlife of Sherbrook Forest and visit the charming township of Olinda.
  • - Explore the highlights of Melbourne by coach, including the famous Shrine of Remembrance
  • - Learn about Melbourne past and present on a scenic orientation tour of the city
  • - Visit Fitzroy Gardens and enjoy unparalleled views from the Level 88 Skydeck viewing point.
  • Burnie
  • - Walk through Gunns Plains Caves and visit Wing's Wildlife Park to see unique Tasmanian wildlife.
  • - Enjoy the lovely Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden and search for Tasmanian devils at Wing's Wildlife Park.
  • - Sample epicurean delicacies produced in the Burnie area with visits to a cheese factory, sweet shop and boutique winery.
  • - Visit Wing's Wildlife Park to see animals including Tasmanian devils and kangaroos.
  • - Take a scenic drive along the northern coastline of Tasmania for amazing views of rugged cliffs and sandy beaches.
  • - Discover the history of Burnie with visits to a museum and an artists' workshop, and sample cheese produced in the local area.
  • Dunedin
  • - Enjoy a wildlife safari on board an 8-wheel drive vehicle to see a breeding colony of cormorants, New Zealand fur seals and little blue penguins.
  • - Explore the highlights of Dunedin on a coach tour with a visit to the Botanical Gardens.
  • - Drive through Dunedin to the Royal Albatross Center and enjoy a guided tour of elaborate Lanarch Castle.
  • - Cruise around Otago Harbor for close-up views of marine wildlife including seals, cormorants, albatross and dolphins.
  • - Sample unique beers at Speight's Brewery and learn about the history of the area at the Otago Museum.
  • Akaroa
  • - Watch a sheep-shearing and sheep-hearding demonstration at Manderley Farm and visit The Giant's House.
  • - Board a luxury catamaran for a cruise around Akaroa Harbor to see its impressive marine life.
  • - Experience life on a traditional New Zealand sheep farm at Paua Bay Farm.
  • - Sail around Akaroa Harbor on a marine sightseeing cruise on board a spectacular 50-foot ketch built in 1922.
  • Wellington
  • - Explore Wellington Harbor on a scenic drive with a visit to Pencarrow Lodge for a sheep-herding demonstration.
  • - Discover the historic sites of Wellington on a scenic orientation tour of the city with a visit to Wellington Botanical Gardens.
  • - Learn more about Maori culture at Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum of New Zealand.
  • - Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Lord of the Rings films by visiting director Peter Jackson's special-effects studio Weta Cave.
  • Napier
  • - Travel by coach to Mission, Hawkes Bay's most iconic vineyard, for a wine tasting.
  • - Visit the gannet sanctuary at Cape Kidnappers Station on board a safari vehicle.
  • - Visit Wool World for demonstrations of shearing and sheep dog trials, and enjoy amazing views from the summit of Te Mata Peak.
  • - Admire the Art Deco highlights of Napier on a coach trip and guided tour.
  • - See the highlights of Napier aboard the Hawkes Bay Express, a unique sightseeing train that travels through the streets instead of on rails.
  • - Drive through downtown Napier and visit the National Aquarium, home to incredible marine life.
  • Rotorua
  • - Experience traditional Maori life in a local tribal village; listen to storytellers, watch crafts being made by hand, and enjoy a cultural performance.
  • - Discover the historic sites of Tauranga and taste award-winning New Zealand wines at Mills Reef Winery.
  • Bay of Islands
  • - Admire the spectacular display of glowworms in the Kawati Caves and walk through Puketi Forest with its towering kauri trees.
  • - Paddle along a river on board a 50-foot Maori canoe and learn about the local tribe's history and culture.
  • - Enjoy a leisurely cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands to the historic port of Russell.
  • - Kayak along the Waitangi Estuary past unique mangrove trees to the spectacular Haruru Falls.
  • - Learn about New Zealand's historic Maori and European influences on a scenic journey to Kerikeri and Waitangi.
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