Cruise to the land of the long white cloud
IT'S A unique way to enjoy New Zealand from top to bottom this November.
Cruise Express is offering this November an 18-day top to bottom coach tour of New Zealand bookended by two luxury cruises between Australia and the land of the long white cloud.
The 30-night Ultimate New Zealand package offers two free joy flights - a helicopter ride over Christchurch and a seaplane flight from Auckland - as well as iconic experiences such as a cruise on spectacular Milford Sound and a journey across the mountains of the South Island aboard one of the world's most scenic rail trips - the TranzAlpine train.
Departing Australia on November 22, 2017, the most extensive NZ itinerary Cruise Express has ever offered begins with a five-night cruise from Sydney to Auckland via Tauranga aboard Holland America Line's 1200 passenger ship, Maasdam.
After two nights in Auckland, the 18-day coach tour commences with a drive to the beautiful Bay of Islands where guests will learn about the history of the Maori people from a local, indigenous guide before returning to Auckland to visit the 328-metre- high Sky Tower - the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.
The geothermal wonders of Rotorua follow, with its famous geysers, steaming mud pools and craters.
The tour then heads south to Wellington, stopping at Napier along the way.
An inter-island ferry will transfer guests across to the South Island, taking in views of Wellington city and its hillside suburbs, before making their way to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its therapeutic thermal pools.
On the South Island, the tour takes in Christchurch, NZ's highest snow-capped peaks at Mt Cook National Park, a traditional Scottish haggis ceremony in Dunedin, a visit to the country's only castle - the haunted Larnach Castle, a cruise on world-famous Milford Sound, which featured in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, the alpine resort town of Queenstown and a trip back to Christchurch aboard the scenic TranzAlpine train.
At the end of the coach tour in Christchurch, a bonus, 20-minute helicopter ride over Christchurch will showcase the region's majestic alpine scenery before guests fly back to Auckland for a three-night stay.
In Auckland, the itinerary includes a half-day winery tour by ferry to Waiheke Island, an idyllic land of farms, vineyards, forests and seaside villages, plus a complimentary, 15-minute seaplane flight above Auckland as well as the craters of the Rangitoto Island and Brown Island volcanoes.
Guests then reboard ms Maasdam in Auckland for a relaxing, four-night cruise back to Sydney via the Bay of Islands, returning to Australia just before Christmas on December 23, 2017.
Including the two cruises, coach tour, accommodation, extensive sightseeing and 64 meals, the 30-night 'Ultimate New Zealand' cruise tour is available from $9990 twin share.
For more information call Cruise Express on 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.