New Zealand

Amazing 11-Day Tour of New Zealand including Eight-Day Cruise and One-Way International Flight

Experience the best New Zealand has to offer on this incredible 11-day tour that will take you from the bustling cities of Wellington and Auckland to the quiet serenity of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and everywhere in between. Get the best views of the country’s spectacular natural landscape with an eight-day cruise onboard the luxe Explorer Dream, with stops in Dunedin, Wellington and Gisborne, plus all-inclusive dining and entertainment while on board. Choose from a tour beginning in Sydney on 8th December and ending in Auckland, or a tour beginning in Auckland on 30 January 2020 and ending in Sydney. Enjoy seven-nights in an elegant Balcony Stateroom, three nights in Sky City Hotel in Auckland plus a one-way economy flight between Australia and Auckland.

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Package Options

11 Days
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Packages valid for one person, based on twin-share – you must purchase two packages, or else refer to Solo Traveller option listed in ‘Fine Print’ below
  • A one-way cruise on the Explorer Dream ship from Sydney to Auckland
  • A day cruising through New Zealand’s iconic Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound
  • A visit to Dunedin, a charming city with strong Scottish influence

New Zealand is an amazing country, home to majestic mountains, tranquil blue waters and charming towns with fascinating cultures. In this diverse land, there is a new surprise around every corner and spectacular views in every direction. Explore this incredible country during this fantastic 11-day tour, featuring an eight-day cruise through New Zealand’s most iconic destinations and three days in the lively city of Auckland. Choose from a tour beginning in Sydney on 8th December and ending in Auckland, or a tour beginning in Auckland on 30 January 2020 and ending in Sydney.

What You’ll Love…

The Tour – Journey through awe-inspiring fjords, picturesque towns and vibrant cities

Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s stunning landscape, unique history and rich culture during this 11-day tour, with an eight-day cruise and three nights in Auckland, plus a one-way flight.

Explore New Zealand’s picturesque towns and cities and learn what makes this country so enchanting. Spend a day in Dunedin, a city full of historic Scottish influence, where you will admire unique landscapes with rolling green hills and well-preserved Victorian architecture. You will also stop in Gisborne, the easternmost tip of the country. Famous for its rugged coastline, lush forests, surfing, fishing and fantastic wines, you’ll have plenty to do in this charming town. You will have the chance to see Wellington, a harbourside capital city that effortlessly combines nature with city life. Though small in size, Wellington offers fantastic food, wine, art and architecture, so it’s sure to be a highlight of your journey.

You will also be able to soak up the spectacular coastline and natural wilderness of New Zealand, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Spend a day cruising through Milford Sound, a breathtaking fjord carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Here you will see majestic mountains, jaw-dropping clifftops, deep indigo-blue waters and magnificent waterfalls. You will then cruise though Doubtful Sound, a serene fjord that offers even more spectacular views and wildlife like seals and penguins.

You will spend several days exploring Auckland, a city unlike any other. Within easy reach of the city centre are volcanic islands, world-class vineyards, lush rainforests and dramatic black-sand beaches. Here, you can do some souvenir shopping in chic boutiques, dine in cosmopolitan restaurants, sip on a craft beer in a local bar and see stunning natural wonders, all in one day.

The Ship – A stylish cruise ship with chic staterooms and fantastic facilities

The highlight of your adventure in New Zealand will be your cruise on board the state-of-the-art Explorer Dream. This stylish ship offers all-inclusive dining at select venues and nightly entertainment. Sit down in the elegant surrounds of the Pavilion Restaurant and dine on fabulous Chinese cuisine, or feast on delicious buffets at The Lido & Lido Grill where you can indulge in dishes from all over the world. During the day, you can relax by the Roman-themed Parthenon Pool or take in sweeping ocean views in the sophisticated Palm Court. Catch a Broadway-style show at Zodiac Theatre or for something a little different, why not try an augmented-reality experience at ESC EXPERIENCE LAB.

During your time onboard the Explorer Dream you will be able to kick back and relax in your Balcony Stateroom. This beautiful room offers a plush queen bed or two twin beds, a private en suite and a private balcony so you can step out and enjoy fresh ocean breezes from the comfort of your room.

Your Package Includes:

  • A one-way cruise on the Explorer Dream ship
  • A day cruising through New Zealand’s iconic Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound
  • A visit to Dunedin, a charming city with strong Scottish influence
  • A stop in Wellington, New Zealand’s beautiful capital
  • A stop in Gisborne, the easternmost tip of New Zealand
  • Accommodation in a stylish Balcony Stateroom while on the cruise
  • All meals and entertainment included while on the cruise
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Auckland
  • A one-way economy class airfare from Auckland to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or the Gold Coast OR from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or the Gold Coast to Auckland (see 'Fine Print' for details)

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following departure dates:

  • 8 December 2019 – Departs from Sydney and ends in Auckland.
  • 30 January 2019 – Departs from Auckland and ends in Sydney.

Please note: Your purchase does not complete your booking. A customer service agent will contact you via email for further booking details. BOOKINGS MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF PURCHASE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUND ANY BOOKING NOT COMPLETED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF PURCHASE.

Important: Please allow for travelling time. If choosing the tour that departs from Sydney on 8 December, please ensure you make your own travel arrangements and arrive in Sydney in time for your cruise departure.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional solo traveller surcharge will apply (see below). Solo travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Solo Traveller Surcharge: Solo travellers must pay a surcharge of AU$2000, payable directly to the tour operator.

Standard bedding configuration is one queen bed or twin beds.

Maximum Room Capacity: Maximum room capacity is two adults.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotel:

Sky City Hotel, Auckland.

Allocated hotel is subject to availability and may be replaced with a similar hotel depending on your chosen tour date.

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour operator.

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

All services are subject to availability.

Not Included:

  • Single supplements
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers in Auckland
  • Meals and sightseeing not mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional tours or shore excursions
  • Personal items
  • Tourist visas
  • Tips and gratuities - optional but recommended
  • Pre-assigned airline seating. Customers must go onto the airline website and prepay for preferred seats prior to departure. Otherwise seats will be allocated at time of check-in when online check-in opens 24-hours prior to departure.
  • Additional expenses

Flights: Tours departing 8 December 2019 from Sydney include a one-way economy class airfare from Auckland to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Gold Coast.

If you need a flight to Sydney to connect with the cruise please let your travel consultant know when they contact you after booking.

Tours departing 30 January 2020 include a one-way economy class airfare from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Gold Coast to Auckland.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply. Refer to website's terms and conditions.

Please note this tour is not operated by Luxury Escapes. You will be contacted post-purchase with further details.

Change of date fee is AU$150 per person plus any applicable additional airfare and taxes.

After airline tickets have been issued the package can only be changed by paying a AU$350 per person airline change fee plus any applicable airfares and taxes.

The Tour Operator will contact the customer with 72 hours of purchasing the package. The Tour Operator booking forms must be returned to the tour operator within 7 days of purchasing the package.

Reservations cannot be made until the booking form is returned to the tour operator.

Quotations for upgradeable airfares to premium economy, business class or your preferred airlines are only valid for 72 hours after you receive the quoted airfare.

The name of the tour package is not transferrable to any other person.

The tour order, itinerary, departure dates and airlines cannot be changed after the tour has been confirmed in writing to the customer. Any changes to confirmed reservations will required the customer to pay a AU$150 per person change fee.

Preferred Airline seating is the responsibility of the passenger. The customer will need to contact the airline to book and pay for any specific airline seats reservations. You will receive your booking number with your tour confirmation and then you can contact the airline. For those customers not wanting to prebook reserved seats, the airline will seat you accordingly at time of check in.

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