Auckland to Sydney Ft. Azamara Club Cruises

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Australia, New Zealand

Best time to go: February to March

19 Nights | from £9,980pp

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Holiday type: Group departure

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Overnight stays in Auckland and Sydney before and after the sailing will enable you to explore each city in depth
  • Delve into New Zealand’s fascinating Maori culture at Waitangi and Tauranga
  • Explore the neighbourhoods of the world’s ‘coolest little capital’ Wellington
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  • By booking this sailing with our pre and post cruise options guests will receive exclusive A&K benefits

Pre Cruise Days 1-2 UK/Auckland (overnight flight)
Depart the UK for Auckland, arriving the following morning when a member of the A&K team will transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Take the opportunity to explore the City of Sails, a lively hub with a selection of waterfront restaurants and cafes that enjoy good views over the harbour. Trips outside the city take in the nearby wine-growing region.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Auckland/Embarkation
Today a member of the A&K team will transfer you to the port for embarkation. Don’t miss the views of Auckland from the revolving restaurant at the top of the Sky Tower, which rises to more than 1,000ft, or from the ferries that criss-cross the harbour. History buffs should make a beeline for the National Maritime Museum, one of the city’s main attractions.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 

Day 4 Waitangi, Bay of Islands/Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Get to grips with ancient Maori culture at the very place where tribal chiefs signed the 1840 accord with the British Crown at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Regarded as New Zealand’s most historic site, this is where you’ll be immersed in Maori traditions. From touching noses to say ‘hongi’ or hello, to watching the Haka war dance (more commonly associated with the All Blacks rugby team) in cultural and musical displays. Nearby is the town of Russell, whose attractive streets and natural attributes hide a somewhat torrid past. It was New Zealand’s first European settlement and seaport, but descended into lawlessness and debauchery and became known as the ‘hellhole of the Pacific’.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 

Day 5 Tauranga, New Zealand
This seaside city on the Bay of Plenty offers a plethora of sights and activities. It has been blessed with natural harbours and unspoilt beaches popular with water sports enthusiasts and ideal for dolphin-spotting trips. Within the city, the Strand waterfront buzzes with cafes, restaurants and pubs, but some of the most fascinating draws lie outside the city, notably the thermal springs of the Rotorua region where the Pohutu geyser sends spouts 100ft into the air and mud pools bubble. Visitors can relax in the thermal pools and visit the Pikirangi Maori village to learn more about this ancient culture.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 

Day 6 Napier, New Zealand
This popular tourist town on the east coast of North Island is known as one of New Zealand’s Bay Cities, along with the inland town of Hastings. Having been destroyed by an earthquake in 1931, Napier was rebuilt in the style of the time, and now its streets of classic Art Deco style bring alive the era of the Great Gatsby. But there’s a contemporary side too which can be seen on walking tours. One of the country’s most photographed tourist attractions is also here, a statue of the mythical Maori figure Pania of the Reef.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 

Day 7 Wellington, New Zealand
Windy Welly, as it is sometimes affectionately called, is often described as the world’s ‘coolest little capital’ thanks to its engaging mix of lively nightlife and vibrant cultural scene, along with attractive architecture. This laidback cosmopolitan city is full of fountains, art galleries and sculptures with an entertainment district at Courtenay Place and chic shopping at Lambton Quay. The Kelburn cable car, which swoops over the city, guarantees bird’s-eye views of the 19th-century wooden cottages and Art Deco buildings scattered throughout the streets. Film fans can visit the Oscar-winning Weta Cave, home to souvenirs and props from movies such as Lord of the Rings and Avatar.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 

Day 8 Picton, New Zealand
The seaside town is an ideal launch pad for exploring the Marlborough Sounds, a haven for outdoor activities where visitors can do everything from swimming and fishing to bird-watching or visiting the resident seal colony. Walkers are drawn to the area’s hikes and trails – particularly the Snout walking track across an untamed peninsular between Picton and Waikawa Bay. Wine-lovers can visit the famous Marlborough wine region, less than 30 minutes from Picton, where producers range from small family concerns to international operations.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 

Day 9 Akaroa, New Zealand
Set in the heart of an old volcano and on the edge of waters that are home to the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, this village is a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts. Blue penguins, seals and a plethora of marine life can be spotted on harbour boat trips. Akaroa means long harbour in Maori, but the settlement was actually founded by a group of French pioneers and their descendants still live here, giving the colonial streets a distinctly French flair. The surrounding countryside is noted for its beauty, while the dramatic coastline and rolling waves draw keen surfers.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 

Day 10 – 11 Dunedin, New Zealand
The spirit of Scotland runs through this South Island city and there’s even a statue of Robbie Burns at its civic heart. This reflects Dunedin’s founding by Scottish settlers and the maintaining of its Celtic roots with haggis, bagpipes and even its own tartan. Known as the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin is also home to New Zealand’s oldest university and even boasts the steepest street in the world - Baldwin Street. In addition to distinctive Flemish architecture, Dunedin is close to the Otago Peninsula, famous for its rich variety of wildlife.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 

Day 12 Milford Sound – New Zealand
Known as New Zealand’s Fjordland, this unspoilt region is said to have been created, according to Maori legend, by a mythical creature who carved the dramatic peaks and valleys with a magical steel blade. The effect is spectacular with a rugged landscape of fjords, mountains and rocky cliffs that make it arguably the country’s biggest natural draw. Cruising through Milford Sound affords some of the best vantage points to appreciate the scenery and spot the resident seals and penguins too.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 

Day 13-14 At Sea
Cruising the Tasman Sea to Australia.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 


Day 15 Sydney, Australia
This cruise ends on a high as you sail into Sydney Harbour, under its famous bridge and past the iconic Opera House. You will have a day to explore this exciting city as passengers spend their last night on-board before disembarking. From the ship’s mooring point, it’s easy to take a trip on one of the ferries that cross the harbour to explore the different neighbourhoods. Manly Beach is a good place to go with its resort feel and white sand beaches. Darling Harbour is another easy place within easy reach. Here you’ll find The Rocks, the city’s historic heart, with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes.
Azamara Quest | Meals: Fully Board, including drinks and gratuities 

Day 16 Sydney, Australia/Disembarkation
This morning, a member of the A&K team will transfer you to the stylish Four Seasons hotel for a three-night stay. Located in the Rocks district, overlooking the harbour, it is well positioned for exploring some of Sydney’s top sights. A private guide will help you uncover the city’s natural and manmade attractions
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney | Meals: Breakfast

Day 17-18 Sydney, Australia
Make the most of this vibrant city to explore everything it has to offer, from climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and touring the Sydney Opera House to browsing the upmarket boutiques or simply soaking up the laidback Aussie lifestyle. Explore the streets that contain historic buildings reflecting the country’s colonial past, including Parliament House, Sydney Town Hall and the Australian Museum. If you’re keen to explore beyond the city limits, you can even take a trip into the Blue Mountains.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney | Meals: Breakfast

Day 19 Sydney/UK
Today a member of the A&K team will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Pricing
At A&K all our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 20 day suggested holiday will cost from £9,980 per person, economy flights, pre and post accommodation as suggested. On board based on two sharing a Veranda Suite, including international flights, gratuities, service charges, all dining, premium standard alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

All our pre- and post-cruise options are tailor made to suit your tastes, check out our Australia itineraries for inspiration and further information.

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Schedule of travel 

  • This cruise forms part of our tailor-made itinerary and pre and post cruise options can be tailored to your interests
  • Other similar cruises are available 
  • Booking now for 2018 will ensure the best rates
Feb 20th 2018 UK / Auckland (overnight flight)
Feb 21st 2018 Auckland
Feb 22nd 2018 Auckland / Embarkation
Feb 23rd 2018 Waitangi, Bay of Island / Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Feb 24th 2018 Tauranga, New Zealand
Feb 25th 2018 Napier, New Zealand
Feb 26th 2018 Wellington, New Zealand
Feb 27th 2018 Picton, New Zealand
Feb 28th 2018 Akoroa, New Zealand
Mar 1st 2018 Dunedin, New Zealand
Mar 2nd 2018 Dunedin, New Zealand
Mar 3rd 2018 Milford Sound – New Zealand
Mar 4th 2018 At Sea
Mar 5th 2018 At Sea
Mar 6th 2018 Sydney, Australia
Mar 7th 2018 Sydney, Australia
Mar 8th 2018 Sydney, Australia
Mar 9th 2018 Sydney, Australia
Mar 10th 2018 Sydney / UK

 


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Useful info

Best time to be there

All year round; many parts of the country are perfect, even in the middle of the year. The climate ranges from tropical (Darwin) to semi-desert (Alice Springs), humid temperate (Brisbane and Sydney), cool temperate (Melbourne and Hobart) and Mediterranean (Perth and Adelaide).

Fly to

Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Darwin (British Airways/Qantas/Emirates/Etihad Airways)

flying time

17-21 hours 30 minutes, one refuelling stop

time difference

GMT +8 - +10 hours

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


Best time to be there

Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.

Fly to

Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)

flying time

26 hours, one stop

time difference

GMT +12 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


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