New Zealand's Splendors (17 Days)

Cruise Line: Seabourn
Auckland, New Zealand to Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: 06 Jan 2019 - 22 Jan 2019

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
06 Jan 2019
Auckland, New Zealand
11:00 PM
DAY 2
07 Jan 2019
Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand, New Zealand
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 3
08 Jan 2019
Russel, New Zealand
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 4
09 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 5
10 Jan 2019
Kingston, Australia, Norfolk Island
7:00 AM 3:00 PM
DAY 6
11 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 7
12 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 8
13 Jan 2019
Milford Sound, New Zealand
7:00 AM 1:00 PM
DAY 9
14 Jan 2019
Oban, New Zealand
10:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 10
15 Jan 2019
Port Chalmers, New Zealand
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 11
16 Jan 2019
Akaroa, New Zealand
8:00 AM 7:00 PM
DAY 12
17 Jan 2019
Kaikoura, New Zealand
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 13
18 Jan 2019
Wellington, New Zealand
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 14
19 Jan 2019
Napier, New Zealand
10:00 AM 8:00 PM
DAY 15
20 Jan 2019
Gisborne, New Zealand
7:00 AM 2:00 PM
DAY 16
21 Jan 2019
Tauranga, New Zealand
7:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 17
22 Jan 2019
Auckland, New Zealand
7:00 AM
New Zealand's Splendors map

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PASSENGER(S) MAY SELECT ONE BENEFIT FROM EACH SET OF DATES:

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For 06 Jan 2019 - 22 Jan 2019
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Virtuoso Voyages Shore Experience - Tauranga - 2019 ( 6 Hours )
Tauranga, New Zealand | 21 Jan 2019

  • Meals: Lunch
  • Recommended Ages: All Ages
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Experience(s): Food & Wine • Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing

We are currently collaborating with Virtuoso’s expert On Site ground operators to design a unique and memorable shore experience for you on this cruise. Details of this special shore experience will be provided shortly.

This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to local conditions or other considerations. This Virtuoso Voyages Event is not transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with another sailing. This Virtuoso Voyages Event has no cash value, cannot be redeemed or refunded for cash. Credit will not be issued for unused services. Ground operators and other suppliers are independently owned and operated and are not controlled by Virtuoso. Your participation in this event served as your acknowledgement that Virtuoso is not responsible for the acts or omissions of these third parties.

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Credit may be applied by your Virtuoso travel Advisor toward the purchase of a private shore excursion created by a Virtuoso On-Site or another Virtuoso preferred product in conjunction with this cruise. Per person, based on double occupancy.

$150 USD Shipboard Credit Per Person

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What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations aboard ship l Onboard meals l Beverages including select wines, champagnes, and spirits  beer, soft drinks, bottled water l Onboard Staff Gratuities l Entertainment and onboard programs

Not Included

  • Airfare l Port Charges, Taxes, Security Fees and Fuel Surcharge l Shore Excursions l Personal expenses l Some premium wine, champagne, and spirit selections are not included in your fare l Anything not noted as included

About Us

At Seabourn, we are passionate about travel. We believe that traveling for pleasure has a redemptive power that enriches people’s lives. And we believe that people should travel well. Cruising on a Seabourn ship is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed -- elegant, yet casual -- sumptuous, yet understated. Our intimate ships visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow. Our ships attract interesting people, who seek to share experiences beyond the expected in places beyond the ordinary. Our acclaimed staff offers a unique style of heartfelt hospitality that is sincere, thoughtful and personal.

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

All fares are in U.S. dollars, cruise-only per guest, double occupancy, subject to availability. | Some suite categories may not be available. | Government fees and taxes are additional. | Fares are not combinable with any other offer, vary by sailing date, are capacity controlled, are subject to change without prior notice. | Seabourn reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement for all guests, without prior notice, if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70.00 per barrel, and may collect such a supplement even if the cruise fare has been paid in full. | Certain restrictions apply. | Information herein is accurate at time of printing. | Seabourn reserves the right to correct errors. | Offers are subject to availability and may be altered or withdrawn at any time without prior notice. | Ships' registry: Bahamas ©2015 Seabourn



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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Auckland, New Zealand - 06 Jan 2019

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Length: 10 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Beyond Auckland Combo Tour - Hobbiton Movie Set And Waitomo Caves
Within a day's journey we will bring you to two world famous attractions, New Zealand's famous Waitomo glowworm caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set.

After being picked up in your private vehicle, you will travel through the Waikato and King Country countryside. We will travel part of the famous Thermal Explorer Highway as far as Waitomo Caves, showing you some gorgeous New Zealand countryside along the way.

Once at Waitomo Caves, you will explore a natural landmark that has become a part of over 125 years of New Zealand history. A world-famous easy walk and boat ride through these amazing caves will show you the marvels of Mother Nature as thousands of remarkable Glowworms display themselves in what feels like a cinematic wonderland. A local guide will provide informative commentary on all aspects of the caves and how they have developed into what they are today. The Glowworms that line caves are unique to New Zealand and something you can't see anywhere else.

Next up is Middle Earth, the town of Matamata. It now more commonly known as "Hobbiton Movie Set" since Peter Jackson chose it to be the humble home of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Hobbits from "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" Movie trilogies.

Lots of cool information awaits, such as how this bucolic location, dotted with sheep farms, was chosen, how the sets were created and which scenes were filmed here. The inviting landscape makes you want to stay forever. You will thrill at the chance to see the Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn (where Samwise Gamgee wooed Rosie Cotton) the Mill, the famous Party Tree where Gandolf set off fireworks at Bilbo's birthday party. And, I've saved the best for last. You will also visit Bag End, with its curious, yet irresistible round door with the door knob right in the middle. This charming place was the home of Bilbo Baggins, then Frodo Baggins and eventually, home of Samewise Gamgee, his wife Rosie and their little Hobbits.

You will arrive back in Auckland, dreaming of Hobbits and savoring the memories of the day.

Departures:
08:00 AM, 09:00 AM, 07:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- This tour includes entrance fees, but does not include the cost of lunch or any additional snacks and beverages.
- Entrance to the Waitomo Caves includes a 45 minute guided tour with a guide at the Waitomo Caves as well as a boat ride at the end.
- Entrance to Hobbiton is included in the tour cost. This is a shared tour once there with a Hobbiton guide.
- Please note that this full day tour involves a lot of driving. The drive is approximately 2.5 hours to the Waitomo Caves, followed by one hour for lunch and another 1.5 hour drive to the Hobbiton Movie Set. From Hobbiton, your return to Auckland will be approximately 2.5 hours.

Offered by: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd.
Location: Auckland city, New Zealand
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Adventure • Cruises & Water Tours • Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Sightseeing • Walking & Biking
Central Auckland sample itinerary

Choose to start off your day with a bike ride around the city with Adventure Capital, where you will be able to take in some of Auckland’s most famous sights. If you are looking for a more relaxed morning in the city, join a Big Foody Tour, and visit some of Central Auckland’s top eateries and artisan producers while taking in the sights and learning some local history.

When it comes to lunch options, there are several locations in the central city where there are collections of fabulous restaurants. Britomart, Wynyard Quarter & the Viaduct are Auckland’s waterfront dining precincts, where you will be able to enjoy fabulous views, alongside your wonderful food.

For an afternoon in the city, there are options to suit any visitor. For those looking for a more culture-focused afternoon, the Auckland Museum offers a journey through the story of Aotearoa New Zealand and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

One of the more popular products in Auckland for visitors that like to be on the water is the America’s Cup Sailing. Enjoy the thrill of sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht by taking the helm to help steer or work hard to hoist the mainsail during this hands on sailing adventure on the Waitemata Harbour.

For those who are wanting to take in the beautiful scenery, look at the Auckland Bridge Climb experience. Visitors get the chance to walk to the top of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and take in the 360˚ views of the city.

Wow factor: Add a Bungy Jump to your Bridge Climb experience!

Top tip: Enjoy a Māori performance when visiting the museum

Offered by: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Adventure • Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Islands & Beaches • Romance & Honeymoons • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
Waiheke Island sample itinerary

Travel to the beautiful ‘Island of Wine’ in the Hauraki Gulf via a Fullers ferry. Only a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.

Start off your day with EcoZip Adventures! Ecozip offers state-of-the-art flying-fox ziplines over a working vineyard, and with views back to the city, followed by an eco-immersive forest walk, completing the perfect activity for adventure and nature lovers of all ages.

Another active option on Waiheke Island, is horse riding along Waiheke’s native bush trails and beautiful beaches. Stop off at a traditional Maori marae to learn about the island’s Maori culture and history.

The most popular option to enjoy lunch on the island, is to visit one of the wineries restaurants. Mudbrick Vineyard offers fantastic views back to the city, while at Tantalus Estate, you will be in the heart of the island’s wine growing valley.

Spend your afternoon on an island tour; sampling wines at various vineyards, taking part in an olive oil tasting at Rangihoua Estate, visiting quirky shops in Oneroa village, and taking in the islands numerous idyllic beaches.

Wow factor: Swap a ferry transfer for a glamorous helicopter or seaplane scenic flight to Waiheke Island. Include an overnight stay at the romantic Mudbrick Cottages or The Boatshed

Top tip: Your local guide can assist shipping your wine & olive oil purchases overseas

Offered by: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Adventure • Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
Matakana sample itinerary

Travel to the beautiful Matakana region, an easy one hour drive north of central Auckland. There are a range of operators that can help you plan your journey based on your interests.

Your morning activity will take you to Pariki, where you enjoy a scenic horse ride along the sparkling, pristine white sands of Pariki Beach.

An alternative option to horse riding, is paddling through Goat Island, New Zealand’s first marine reserve, in a clear kayak. These kayaks offer a pure, peaceful experience and the vision beneath you is amazingly clear and detailed.

Following your morning’s activity, you can choose to stop off for lunch at either Sawmill Brewery where you can taste the locals’ favorite beers, or visit the award winning Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail, offering fresh local produce, wine and art!

For art lovers, Matakana’s newest artistic offering, Sculptureum, is a must see. With carefully curated pieces gathered over the past decade, Sculptureum offers unique ways to view some truly rare and unique sculptures and paintings from artists around the world.

Wow factors:

-Enjoy a behind the scenes visit at Morris & James Pottery and get the chance to make your own tile!

-Include an overnight stay at Takatu Lodge and Vineyard, the area’s top accommodation option set within a working vineyard.

Top Tip:

-If visiting the region on a Saturday, a stop at the Farmers’ Market is a must! Local artisans, farmers and growers gather at the famous Matakana Farmers' Market from 8am to 1pm every Saturday. There's live music, organic specialties and delicious homemade baking. It’s a great place for clients to visit while in the area!

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