24 Day New Zealand Voyager Itinerary

Explore New Zealand with this comprehensive luxury land journey and cruise. Highlights include Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier, Bay of Islands & Dunedin.

Day 1. Arrive Christchurch
Your journey begins today on arrival into Christchurch. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your stylish and comfortable hotel. Enjoy a City Sights tour this afternoon and a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Stay: The Commodore Christchurch
Daily Meals Included: • Dinner

Day 2. Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier
Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, before travelling across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being skilfully carved into ornaments or pieces of jewellery. Afterwards, continue along the dramatic New Zealand west coast to Franz Josef, where you’ll have the opportunity to take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the striking Franz Josef Glacier. Sitting at just 250 metres above sea level, Franz Josef is quite unique as it is one of just three glaciers in the world that descends into temperate rainforest. Its low altitude and mild climate creates a spectacular environment, where stunning ice formations are juxtaposed against the lush canopy of the surrounding forest. Continue on to our hotel set on the edge of Westland National Park. Tonight, enjoy a four-course degustation dinner.

Stay: APT HIGHLIGHT! Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 3. Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Freedom of Choice
Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River. Arrive in Queenstown, the country’s ‘adventure capital’, where you’ll choose from four tempting restaurants. Perhaps sample the delicious fresh produce at waterside Finz seafood restaurant, or take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant. You may prefer to cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or dine amid the stylish surrounds of your hotel’s restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights: Crowne Plaza, Queenstown, or similar
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 4. Queenstown, Freedom of Choice
Personalise your Queenstown experience today. Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour, and visit several local sites where the popular Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed as you discover the great affinity between the cinematic landscapes of New Zealand and that of Middle-earth. Thrill-seekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the shimmering waters of the Dart River. New Zealand is rightly famous for its many vineyards and rich wines, and a tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is a tempting option. Other activities include a bird walk through surrounding wilderness, or a leisurely cruise on shimmering Lake Wakatipu.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast

Day 5. Queenstown, Mt Cook. Freedom of Choice
This morning we journey north to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, where you can choose your activity. Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.

Stay: APT HIGHLIGHT! Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 6. Lake Tekapo, Christchurch, Auckland
Travel to picturesque Lake Tekapo today. Here, you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, travel through delightful scenery along Burkes Pass to Christchurch airport for your afternoon flight to Auckland.

Stay: Hilton Hotel Auckland
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 7. Auckland, Bay of Islands
Cross Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge this morning and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Maori people was signed. Here, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe.

Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with harbour views, or similar
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 8. Bay of Islands, Freedom of Choice
Today, discover this spectacular region with a choice of activities. Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point; experience life aboard a tall ship; embark on a dolphin watching adventure; take a mini-tour of Russell; or return to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for an enriching guided tour.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast

Day 9. Bay of Islands, Auckland
Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. In these deep-sea fishing grounds, dolphins are frequently seen. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the picturesque sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, and secluded bays.Return by coach to Auckland and enjoy a special dinner at your hotel to mark the end of the land tour.

Stay: Hilton Hotel, Auckland
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 10. Auckland, Freedom of Choice, Holland America Line Cruise
Enjoy a city sights tour this morning followed by select Freedom of Choice options (time permitting). This afternoon we say goodbye to our Tour Director as our land journey comes to an end. We arrive at Auckland Harbour to board our Holland America Line cruise ship, ms Noordam, our home for the next 14 nights.

Stay: 14 Night Cruise: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 11. Tauranga, Rotorua
This morning your ship docks in the port of Tauranga. Once the site of fierce Maori wars, today it is a peaceful city in the heart of kiwi fruit growing country. After breakfast, you may choose to transfer to Rotorua where you can select from various sightseeing tours. Perhaps visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and gain an enthralling insight into the making of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other options include learning about Maori culture at Maoria Marae, a traditional Maori meeting place, or witness the thrilling sight of erupting geysers at Hell’s Gate Thermal Reserve. Others may prefer to relax and enjoy the scenery on a cruise on Lake Rotoiti, one of nine beautiful lakes in the district.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 12. Napier
Today the ship arrives in the town of Napier. Known globally as ‘the art deco town’, Napier was rapidly rebuilt in the prevailing style of the 1930s after a devastating earthquake in 1931. Today’s optional shore excursions include a tour of Hawke’s Bay Wineries, or an Art Deco Highlights tour. Perhaps visit Clifton Station, a working sheep farm and a tour of the Tuki Tuki Valley and Te Mata Peak where you will have panoramic views over Hawke’s Bay. Another option is a visit to the Clearview and Abbey Cellars where you can learn about the history of wine-making in the region and sample some of Hawke’s Bay’s finest wines at the cellar door.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 13. Wellington
Arrive in New Zealand’s capital today, which is famous for its Botanic Gardens which feature 25 acres of ponds, sculptures and beautiful native flora on a hillside overlooking the city and harbour. Wellington is also famous for its Cable Car, that runs from Kelburn hill overlooking the city, down to Lambton Quay, the main shopping street. Optional shore excursions include a Lord of the Rings tour where you will visit some of the locations featured in the famous film trilogy or a Seal Coast Safari to discover the rugged and unique beauty of the south coast in a 4WD vehicle, driving along unpaved roads and beaches to where a seal colony is situated.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 14. Picton
This morning your ship berths on the South Island, in the port of Picton, which lies in the upper reaches of the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. Picture perfect in every way, Picton is the gateway to New Zealand’s famous Marlborough wine growing region. Shore excursions include a spectacular Sounds Seafood Cruise, or perhaps sample some of the region’s famous Sauvignon Blancs on a Wines of Marlborough tour. Another option is to visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum and see its stunning display of World War I aircraft.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 15. Akaroa, Christchurch 
This morning ms Noordam arrives in the port town of Akaroa, known for its historic French and English colonial architecture and vibrant café culture. Perhaps take a Nature Cruise around the beautiful natural harbour that was formed by an ancient cataclysmic volcano eruption. Learn about the fascinating geological history along with its rich marine life. Another option is to take a Scenic Helicopter Flight and view the stunning scenery of the coast and countryside from above. You may also choose to visit the nearby city of Christchurch, which is continuing its recovery from the devastating earthquake of 2011, and is known as a city of ‘arts, adventure and optimism’.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 16. Port Chalmers, Dunedin
This morning we arrive in Port Chalmers at the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island, close to the city of Dunedin. Known as the Edinburgh of the south, this former gold-mining town was once New Zealand’s largest city, and its Victorian and Edwardian heritage is still proudly on display. This vibrant university town features many examples of its heritage architecture including the famous, historic railway station, the town hall, the municipal chambers and St Paul’s Cathedral. Optional excursions today include a visit to the historic Larnach Castle or a tour of the beautiful and wildlife abundant Otago Peninsula.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 17. Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
Today marks the most spectacular day of your cruise. Nothing can prepare you for the magnificence of Milford Sound, star of Fiordland National Park. As the ms Noordam glides through this pristine natural wonderland you will be mesmerised by the sight of towering mountains including the famous Mitre Peak, and see waterfalls plunging from the sheer fiord walls. The bottomless depths of the Sound are home to bottlenose and dusky dolphins and watch out on the shores for Fiordland crested penguins and fur seals.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 18. At Sea
Today the ms Noordam leaves New Zealand’s shores and heads west across the Tasman Sea. Between sumptuous meals you may decide to relax in your cabin or by the Lido Pool. The more energetic might spend some time in the fitness centre or take part in one of the many onboard activities that are available.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 19. At Sea
Another day at sea to spend relaxing and enjoying the facilities of the ms Noordam. Perhaps attend a cooking class or demonstration at the Culinary Arts Centre or visit the ship’s art gallery which contains some interesting and original artworks.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 20. Burnie or Hobart
This morning your ship has crossed the Tasman Sea and depending on your particular cruise, has either arrived in the Port of Burnie in North Western Tasmania, or the state’s capital Hobart, on the Derwent River. If in Hobart, you may wish to visit the renowned Museum of Old and New Art, or perhaps take a tour down to Port Arthur to learn more about Tasmania’s convict past.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 21. Melbourne
The ms Noordam has crossed Bass Strait overnight and will be docked at Station Pier in Melbourne. Perhaps venture into the city and discover its unique cafe and arts culture. You could take in the views of the city from the Eureka Skydeck or visit the famous Queen Victoria Market. Other options include a visit to the Dandenong Ranges or take a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 22. At Sea
The ms Noordam has left Port Phillip Bay and will make its way east then north along the New South Wales coast. Perhaps spend some time before the holiday’s end relaxing in the ship’s luxurious spa.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 23. Eden
The ship will make its last port of call, before arriving in Sydney, in the southern New South Wales fishing town of Eden. Perhaps visit the Killer Whale Museum or learn more about the town’s seafaring past including its whaling industry and its many shipwrecks.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 24. Arrive Sydney
Today your epic voyage ends as the ms Noordam enters Sydney Harbour and berths at Circular Quay. After breakfast on board you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast

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