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£2,699*per person

Overview

With stays in Sydney or Auckland (or both) and amazing cruises around Australasia, these fantastic holidays to the Land Down Under give you the chance to explore incredible ports of call, see spectacular sights and sample sumptuous cuisine. Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House for a behind-the-scenes tour, marvel at the amazing scenery as you cruise through the New Zealand Fjords and finish by wandering along the Marina in Auckland. With multiple itineraries to choose from there truly is something for everyone.

Itinerary

  • Fly from London to Sydney overnight.
  • Arrive into Sydney. Private transfer to your hotel for three nights' stay.
  • Private transfer to the port and embark ship.
  • Relax and make the most of the myriad of facilities available on board the ship, from fantastic entertainment to delicious and diverse dining options.
  • Melbourne is consistently voted one of the world's most livable cities and for good reason. This is Australia's cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums, plus a dizzying range of restaurants, bistros, markets and bars. It's renowned for its sporting culture, home to the esteemed Melbourne Cricket Ground and Australian rules football teams.The famous laneways of Melbourne bustle with hidden bars and eateries, while myriad beaches and parks allow for the ultimate outdoor lifestyle and active things to do. It's a melting pot of cultures and a city of gourmands who demand excellent food and find it everywhere-from modern Australian cuisine and delicious Asian fusion fare to low-key cafe serving the best coffee you have ever tasted.If you want to leave the city, Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria's world-class wineries and spectacular coastline sights. Visit the famous penguins at nearby Phillip Island or feast on local produce in the picture-perfect Yarra Valley. Wherever you go in and around Melbourne, you'll be sure to understand why so many choose to call this beautiful corner of the world home.
  • Relax and make the most of the myriad of facilities available on board the ship, from fantastic entertainment to delicious and diverse dining options.
  • Tasmania, once the butt of many jokes, is finally cool. The little Australian island is home to stunning landscapes, old-growth forests and exceptional local produce. Lording over all this goodness is Hobart, the islands creative capital. Although its remoteness might once have made it feel provincial, the city has truly come into its own in recent years. Its got one of the worlds best museums of contemporary art, vibrant markets, a cosmopolitan dining scene and eclectic music festivals. Its also achingly beautiful, with a natural harbour setting and rugged Mount Wellington looming in the background.The city is compact enough to easily explore on foot. Start at the sandstone area of Salamanca Place with its hip galleries, artist studios and bustling cafes and bars, and then roam the quaint streets of Battery Point, one of Hobarts oldest neighborhoods. Immerse yourself in nature at the gorgeous Botanical Gardens or head out of town to learn more about Tasmania's dark but fascinating past. Fuel up on the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean down at the waterfront, or feast on gourmet Tassie produce at one of the many excellent restaurants in town. Whatever you choose to do, we promise you wont be bored.
  • Relax and make the most of the myriad of facilities available on board the ship, from fantastic entertainment to delicious and diverse dining options.
  • Every year, visitors flock to New Zealand in search of landscapes straight out of Middle Earth. They find what they're looking for in Fiordland National Park, on the southwestern coast of the South Island. This stunning 12,000-square-kilometer (4,633-square-mile) park encompasses mountains, lakes, fjords and rain forests. The area was once the home of Maori hunters; later, European whalers established small settlements here. But mostly, this region has seen a notable lack of human activity-the steep peaks and wet landscape deterred all but the hardiest people. That changed around the end of the 19th century, when travelers discovered the beautiful scenery of Fiordland. The national park was formally established in 1952.Countless plant and animal species find a haven here. Among the park's rare birds is the flightless takahe, thought for decades to be extinct until it was spotted in the area in 1948. The natural wonders continue offshore: Seals, dolphins and whales frequent these waters.
  • Much of New Zealand feels like England, by way of Polynesia. There are a few exceptions, though, such as the town of Akaroa, a former French settlement, and the distinctly Scottish city of Dunedin, named after the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh. After Dunedin was founded in 1848, city surveyor Charles Kettle attempted to impose Edinburgh's New Town grid plan on the growing city. But the Otago Peninsula's hilly landscape proved challenging-for evidence, note that Dunedin has one of the world's steepest streets (Baldwin Street). The volcanic remnants around the harbor make for a dramatic backdrop.Dunedin's prominence during the gold rush in the late 19th century resulted in many grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Thanks to the beautiful University of Otago (the country's oldest), there's a large student population to keep the city vibrant and modern. But Dunedin's heritage is always proudly on display: The magnificent Dunedin Railway Station and Larnach Castle have been restored to their full glory, and the fascinating Toitu Otago Settlers Museum provides a glimpse into the lives of early residents. Outside the city, the Otago Peninsula is lined with scenic beaches and home to rare birdlife like the royal albatross and yellow-eyed penguin.
  • The South Islands biggest city, Christchurch is now inextricably linked with the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, which leveled the planned city center and many historic buildings. The city has shown resilience and ingenuity by erecting new projects such as the Re:START mall, a shopping center and public space made up of colorful shipping containers outfitted as boutiques and cafes. Deserted buildings and gaping holes left by the quakes have been replaced by pop-up restaurants, art installations and even a cardboard cathedral. In spite of the many original buildings lost, Christchurch maintains its classic English feel, with lush botanical gardens and Edwardian punting boats cruising along the Avon River. Outside the city, the Canterbury region stretches from the ocean to the Southern Alps, with opportunities for adventure sports, wildlife viewing and winetasting. Whether you want to ski or swim, Christchurch is an ideal jumping-off point from which to enjoy all the South Island has to offer. Like Christchurch on the other side of the Port Hills, Lyttelton was devastated and redefined by earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. The historic port town is still reinventing itself as a sustainable community, with an eclectic mix of eateries and a lively Saturday farmers market. Historically, Lyttelton has served as a gateway to Canterbury and the South Island and as an important commercial seaport, and additionally as a launching point for expeditions to Antarctica.
  • Tucked into the northeastern end of the South Islands just 29 kilometers (18 miles) north of Bleinheim and 109 kilometers (68 miles) east of Nelson's the petite and picturesque port town of Picton is your starting point for exploring the region of Marlborough. This seaside gateway with ferry service to the North Island connects the majestic maritime beauty known as Queen Charlotte Sound to the luscious wine country of Marlborough, heaven for sauvignon blanc lovers. From the gluttonous to the active, there is something for everyone, be it traversing a portion of the 70-kilometer (43-mile) stretch of the extraordinary Queen Charlotte Track New Zealand's greatest coastal cycleway on foot or by bike, going on a cycle winery tour or tasting the famous green-lipped mussels that are indigenous to Marlborough Sounds. Naturalists should dust off their binoculars and explore the nearby wildlife sanctuaries, or if inclined to luxury, get up close and personal to a falcon while sipping on a glass of wine at the Brancott Estate.Don't neglect the tiny harbor town of Picton (population 4,000) itself either, which has quaint cafés and shops and boasts unique aquatic-themed museums, like the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, dedicated to a historic ship which has seen most of the world in its more than 150 years.
  • New Zealand's cool little capital is located at the southern tip of the North Island, meaning it's blessed with a beautiful waterfront, fresh seafood and unpredictable weather. So famously tempestuous is Windy Welly that visitors quickly learn not to go outside without an umbrella and will spend more time than usual talking about the weather. Politics is a hot topic too, with government workers buzzing about the Beehive, as the distinctive Parliament building is colloquially known.Wellington is also known for culture and cuisine. Learn about Maori history and Kiwiana at Te Papa, the national museum; go behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings movies made in Wellywood; and wash down a plate of chilled bluff oysters with a crisp sauvignon blanc at a Cuba Street restaurant.Gourmands are spoiled for choice with the city's many coffee microroasteries, craft breweries, innovative chefs and artisanal markets. Fortunately for your waistline, it is also a terrific city for walking, hiking and cycling, with a compact historic core hugged by green hills and dotted with impossibly perched houses. They say you can't beat Wellington on a good day-but visitors will soon discover that even if it's wet and windy, it's always a good day to be in Wellington.
  • The Southern Hemisphere's answer to Miami Beach at least when it comes to Art Deco architecture Napier has a perfect mix of natural and manmade beauty. The historic district, which was mostly constructed in the 1930s after a massive earthquake and subsequent fires destroyed the city in 1931, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. As a delicious bonus, there's a thriving food and wine scene, too. Surrounded by the rolling vineyards of the Hawke's Bay wine region and edged by pristine waters, Napier has attracted a host of culinary innovators that has put it on the foodie map over the past two decades. Nature lovers, too, are drawn by this North Island city's scenic splendor and abundant wildlife. Down the coast, colonies of Australasian gannets thrive at Cape Kidnappers. Within the city, Norfolk Island pines line the seafront Marine Parade, a half dozen parks and gardens bloom from September to March (spring and summer Down Under), there are forested hiking trails and active pursuits range from cycling to golf. It's easy to enjoy yourself while soaking up Hawke's Bay's spectacular landscape.
  • The curved shoreline of the Bay of Plenty known in Maori as Te Moana-a-Toi is home to incredible surfing, white-sand beaches and New Zealand's only active marine volcano. Tauranga, with 130,000 residents, is the largest city on the Bay of Plenty and fifth largest in New Zealand. The city offers visitors a number of water-focused activities, like sailing and kayaking, as well as drier alternatives such as shopping and people-watching at a cafe in the Historic Village.Tauranga is also a great jumping-off point for exploring nearby beaches and Te Puke, the kiwifruit capital of the world, as well as a wealth of Maori cultural sites. The world-famous geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, nicknamed Sulfur City, has been a major Polynesian spa resort town since visitors first arrived in the late 1800s. In Maori, roto means lake and rua means two, but Rotorua actually comprises 18 lakes plus an incredible redwood forest. For the best views, take the gondola up to Skyline Rotorua, a recreation complex atop Mount Ngongotaha. Other day trips you should consider are a boat ride through the incomparable glowworm caves of Waitomo or an unforgettable tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata a must for all Tolkien fans.
  • Disembark ship for your three night hotel stay. New Zealand's biggest city deserves more than a layover. Auckland is multicultural and cosmopolitan, with sizeable Polynesian, Asian and Maori populations enriching its history and broadening the palate. Internationally known chefs and fashion designers have made neighborhoods like Ponsonby, Newmarket and Parnell world-class destinations for shopping and dining.You're never far from water attractions in New Zealand and this is especially true in Auckland where it's not unheard of for downtown workers to go kayaking on their lunch break. The once-gritty port has been transformed into inviting public spaces and buzzing nightclubs, with sailboat charters and regular ferry connections waiting to whisk visitors around the harbor for sightseeing.Start your day sipping a flat white while you plan your explorations: art gallery crawl, winery tour or volcano hike? It's possible to do all three without losing sight of the Sky Tower, one of Auckland's top tourist attractions, from which you can get a bird's-eye view of the gateway to Aotearoa.
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK
  • Arrive back into the UK

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Sydney, Australia
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Napier, New Zealand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Our Price Includes

  • Return flights from London and all transfers
  • Three nights' four-star room-only accommodation in Sydney (In featured hotel or similar)
  • 14-16 nights' premium full-board cruise accommodation onboard Westerdam
  • Three nights' four-star room-only accommodation in Auckland (on selected dates) (In featured hotel or similar)
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Accommodation

The York By Swiss-Belhotel, Sydney -

★★★★

Set in the Central Business District, this 1850s Beaux Arts hotel next to Wynyard Station is an 18-minute walk from Sydney Opera House. The airy, modern rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Suites add iPod docks, balconies, whirlpool tubs and/or separate living areas. Room service is available. There's an elegant restaurant and a chic bar. Breakfast (fee) is served in a refined dining room. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub and a sauna, plus a spa and a fitness centre.

Auckland City Hotel -

★★★★

Set in a 1912 townhouse with a modern addition, this casual hotel in the Auckland city centre is 5 minutes' walk from Sky Tower and 12 minutes from both the Auckland Art Gallery and the shops of Karangahape Road. The straightforward rooms and suites have flat-screen TVs, sofas, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Limited free Wi-Fi is available. Upgraded rooms have kitchenettes, and suites add separate living rooms. Amenities include an airy restaurant and laundry service. Parking is free.

Ship Information


Cruise Overview
One of the four 1,848-passenger Vista-class ships, the 2004-built Westerdam and her sisters share a similar design to Carnivals Spirit-class ships. Touches of whimsy pop up here and there via bright colors and the odd funky piece of art or furniture style. Overall, though, the ships are casually elegant and spacious. Funkier contemporary spaces include the piano bar, sports bar and top-of-the-ship Crows Nest, an observation lounge during the day and nightclub/disco at night. The Queens Lounge puts on cabaret-style acts evenings and by day is the Culinary Arts Center for cooking demos. Among the most popular spots on the ship is the Explorations Cafe, a combo coffee shop and Internet center with a well-stocked library as one of the best at sea. For the little ones, the KidZone and WaveRunner children/teen centers are roomy and bright.
Cabin Details
Cabins are among the industry's largest, with insides and outsides ranging from 185 to 200 square feet and all of them having a small sitting area and a tub in the bathroom, plus a flatscreen TV and DVD player, makeup mirror, massage shower head, bathrobes, and super comfy bedding. The deluxe veranda suites and cabins in the stern are among the most appealing rooms because of the views and extra deep balconies. All suites guests are privy to private concierge lounge.
Dining Details
When it comes to mealtime, options include the glam two-deck main Vista Dining Room. The smaller and more intimate Pinnacle Grill, the place for steaks and fish, has lovely marble floors, gorgeous Bulgari place settings, and ornate sculpture-like chairs. For casual dining, head to the Lido buffet restaurant, which also has a new Italian section called Canaletto.
Activities Details
Lovely old-world-style rooms include the Explorers Lounge for low-key musical performances, drinks and high tea. The cozy Atrium Bar on the Main Deck has the feel of a romantic 1930s nightclub while the popular Ocean Bar is also a throw-back and wraps around three-deck atrium with its Waterford crystal chandelier. The large Greenhouse Spa boasts a thermal suite (a series of saunas and other heat-therapy rooms) and a hydrotherapy pool for relieving muscle tension. Up on deck are two swimming pools the main one with a retractable roof and a couple of hot tubs. The pool at the stern has great views.
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Holiday code

J435

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