Board your Holland America Line cruise ship in Auckland, and set sail onwards to Sydney
Journey to World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park, and choose from a wide range of activities
Discover the spectacular Bay of Islands region as you step aboard a catamaran and enjoy a cruise to Cap Brett and the Hole in the Rock
Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events
Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, attend a feature Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel ElmsDaily :
Perhaps take one of the world's most scenic rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine Train.(own expense) Must be pre-booked. Enquire for details.
Absorb the rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the towering Southern Alps. Continue along the coast to Westland Tai Poutini National Park and see Franz Josef Glacier.
Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox GlacierDaily :
Travel through the Southern Alps and spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown.
Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview or similarDaily :
Queenstown is perfect for adventurers and leisure-seekers alike. Today, during time at leisure, you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting optional experiences. These include a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station, a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown, or a thrilling Shotover Jet Boat ride for a different perspective on Queenstown - all at own expense.Daily :
Enjoy a special dinner showcasing the local produce.
Stay overlooking the shores of Lake Tekapo.
Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki - Mt Cook.
Travel through Mt Cook National Park to Lake Tekapo, a picturesque town in the heart of the spectacular Mackenzie district, famous for its bright blue lake.
Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater ResortDaily :
Head to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, and appreciate this spectacular setting. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the region and the azure waters of the lake. Later, travel to Christchurch airport for your afternoon flight to Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island.
Stay: Rydges AucklandDaily :
Journey north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve. Here, a short walk from the roadside will take you to the base of a giant kauri tree, called Tãne Mahuta or ‘Lord of the Forest’. Continue to the Bay of Islands.
Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of IslandsDaily :
The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands providing a stunning aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. After breakfast, you will enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the idyllic subtropical surrounds as you wish.Daily :
Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise around the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett. Keep a look out for wildlife and cruise through the Hole in the Rock.
Return to Auckland and enjoy a special feature Farewell Dinner at the hotel tonight as your land journey comes to an end.
Stay: Rydges AucklandDaily :
Enjoy a city sights tour, then transfer to the harbour this afternoon to be welcomed aboard your Holland America Line ship.
Stay: 15 Nights: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in an Ocean View StateroomDaily :
Arrive in Tauranga and transfer to Rotorua where you can select from a number of optional shore excursions. Visit the Hobbiton Movie set, learn about Maori culture at Maoria Marae, a traditional Maori meeting place, or see the geysers at Hell’s Gate Thermal Reserve. Others may prefer to enjoy a cruise on Lake Rotoiti.Daily :
This morning the ms Noordam arrives in the port of Napier in Hawke’s Bay. Known as the ‘art deco city’, Napier is famous for both its architecture, and as a centre for gourmet food and wine. You can learn more about this on an optional Art Deco Highlights tour, or perhaps you may choose to take a tour of Hawke’s Bay Wineries. Other optional shore excursions include a visit to a working sheep farm and a tour of the Tuki Tuki Valley and Te Mata Peak. Another possibility is a visit to the Clearview and Abbey Cellars where you can learn about the history of winemaking in the region and sample some of Hawke’s Bay’s finest wines at the cellar door.Daily :
This morning your ship will drop anchor in Wellington, New Zealand’s beautiful capital. Today’s 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 beauty of the south coast in a 4WD vehicle, driving along unpaved roads and beaches to where a large seal colony is situated.Daily :
Overnight your ship has crossed the Cook Strait and is now in the much colder waters of the South Island. You may choose to disembark in the port of Picton which is the gateway to New Zealand’s famous Marlborough wine-growing region. Today’s optional shore excursions include a spectacular Sounds Seafood Cruise or a Wines of Marlborough tour, showcasing the renowned wines of the region. Another option is to visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum.Daily :
Dock at the port town of Akaroa, gateway to Christchurch. Your optional shore excursions include a city tour of Christchurch, a Nature Cruise around the natural harbour of Akaroa, or a Scenic Helicopter Flight.Daily :
Perhaps disembark today in Port Chalmers for a scenic coach transfer to the city of Dunedin. Other optional excursions today include a visit to Larnach Castle, or a tour of the beautiful Otago Peninsula.Daily :
Today our ship enters the glacial-fed waters around Fiordland National Park.Daily :
Say goodbye to the Land of the Long White Cloud today as you leave New Zealand’s shores and head across the Tasman Sea.Daily :
Relax and enjoy the facilities of the ms Noordam as you cruise to Australia.Daily :
Upon arrival in Tasmania’s capital Hobart, you may wish to visit the Museum of Old and New Art, explore the city centre, or perhaps take a tour down to Port Arthur to learn about Tasmania’s convict past.Daily :
Relax aboard your ship today and enjoy another day at sea.Daily :
Today you will arrive in Melbourne. Perhaps head into the city to explore and take in the views from the Eureka Skydeck, or visit the famous Queen Victoria Market. Other options include a visit to the Dandenong Ranges or a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train.Daily :
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 :
Arrive 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 :
Today your epic voyage ends as the ms Noordam berths at Sydney Harbour. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport.Daily :
Enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables from your room at Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Lakeview
Enjoy a wholesome homemade dinner, cooked with fresh local produce, as the amazing views compliment your experience
Enjoy spectacular mountain views as you stay just off the shores of the crystal clear turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo
It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.