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Amazing aerial view of Fiordland National Park on scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown, NZ

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Auckland - Queenstown - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Eclipse II
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Embark on a 13-day cruise aboard the Scenic Eclipse II. Discover New Zealand's World Heritage-listed natural wonders, award-winning wineries, exceptional cuisine, and charming towns. Travel from the North to the South Island, immersing yourself in the diverse beauty of the Land of the Long White Cloud.
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Highlights
  • Stroll through Wellington, the windiest city, known for its film industry and cultural attractions
  • Experience Gisborne, the first city to see the sunrise, known for exceptional food and wine
  • Discover Tauranga along the beautiful Bay of Plenty, bustling with cafes and restaurants
  • Explore the vibrant and modern city of Auckland, with two grand harbors
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Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Auckland, New Zealand | Embark

Welcome to New Zealand! Start your journey in Auckland, the country's largest city. Auckland is a vibrant and modern city situated around two grand harbors. Upon boarding the Scenic Eclipse II, you are welcomed with a glass of Champagne. Settle into your comfortable suites, meet your butlers and fellow travelers, and raise a toast to your exciting journey ahead.

Please book your flight to arrive in Auckland before 02:00 PM.

Day 2: Tauranga

Looping around the Coromandel Peninsula, you arrive in Tauranga (pronounced 'toe-run-gah') this morning. Set along the edge of the beautiful Bay of Plenty, this is New Zealand's busiest port, with its revamped waterfront packed with excellent cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Freechoice:
Kiwi Geysers & Maori Crafts at Te Puia: Explore Te Puia village and Whakarewarewa's geothermal valley, visit the Kiwi House, and enjoy a Maori lunch before returning via Bay of Plenty's agricultural heartland.

The Little Tribe That Could: Visit one of the local Maori Iwi at their marae. Be greeted by them, hear their history and legends, and join in a traditional Maori "hangi" style meal.

Truffle Farm Visit: Visit a boutique truffle farm. The owners will host you around their oak and hazel tree truffle orchard to teach you about the art of truffle cultivation.

Tauranga Highlights & Kiwifruit: Discover The Elms, a historic colonial house. Explore the agricultural heartland and learn more about the kiwifruit. End your day sampling local fruits at a community hall.

As New Zealand as it Gets: Explore Kevin McCardle's gallery and taste organic milk, fruits, and local produce at nearby farms and orchards. Dive into history at New Zealand's largest archaeological complex.

Day 3: Gisborne

Arrive in Gisborne at lunchtime so you have time for a leisurely breakfast on the Yacht Club Terrace, coffee on your suite's verandah, or even a swim in the Vitality Pool.

Known affectionately as Gizzy, Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sunrise. It has a reputation for exceptional food and wine, and the surrounding countryside is the third-largest wine-producing region in the country.

Freechoice:
Coastal Steam Train Sojourn: Board New Zealand's last WA Class Locomotive for a scenic steam train ride to Muriwai. Enjoy a welcome drink, commentary, and a Maori performance before returning to Gisborne.

East Cape Cycling Experience: Discover Gisborne, the "City of Rivers," on a historical tour. Cycle with your guide through landmarks, monuments, and historic sites, learning about its significance as the first place to greet Maori explorers and Captain James Cook.

A Taste of Gisborne: Join the fully guided 4.5 km tour around the port, rivers, and town beaches, connecting you to three great taste sites. Enjoy tasty morsels and history along the way.

Day 4: Napier

Wake up in Napier this morning and feel like you've stepped back almost 100 years into the past. In 1931, an earthquake razed the center of the town, which was then rebuilt in the Art Deco style of the day. Today, it retains all the charm and style of its heyday, with the most extensive collection of authentic Art Deco buildings.

Freechoice:
Cape Kidnappers & Gannet Safari: Drive along the Hawke's Bay coast to the Gannet colony. See them dive into the sea, perform ritual dances, and look for newly hatched chicks.

Hawkes Bay Express: Explore Nelson on a vintage train, traveling along Main Street, admiring early settler's homes, visiting the old port village, and hearing stories of the past.

A Tale of Two Hawkes Bay Wineries: Enjoy a panoramic drive through Hawke's Bay coast, stopping at two award-winning wineries.

Art Deco City Walking Tour: Discover Napier's Art Deco highlights, starting with a short film about the 1931 earthquake and a guided walking tour of the city center.

Food & Fibre: Meet the farmers of the beautiful Maraekakaho Valley, who produce honey, alpaca fiber, and alpaca meat, before enjoying a tasting at Hawke Ridge Wines.

Day 5: Wellington

Wellington, perched on the Cook Strait, is dubbed the windiest city. Stroll its walkable center, visit the iconic Beehive Parliament Building, and explore designer boutiques, galleries, and museums. Known as "Wellywood," it's also New Zealand's film hub, home to Weta Workshop, famed for "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" films.

Freechoice:
Sights of Wellington & Gallipoli Exhibition: A groundbreaking exhibition from Te Papa Museum and Weta Workshop, telling the story of New Zealanders in the Gallipoli campaign.

Sights of Wellington & Te Papa: This tour provides a colorful glimpse into Wellington's history and culture. It also includes a guided tour of New Zealand's Te Papa Tongarewa Museum.

E-bike Wellington City Tour: Experience the stunning Wellington Waterfront and surrounding bays on an electric bike tour while your guides share stories of Wellington's culture and history.

Wellington by Foot: This guided walk includes the historical district, Parliament Grounds, the National Library, and Wellington's iconic waterfront, which features stunning harbor views.

Enrich
Maori Cultural Performance: Take a quick trip from the Port of Wellington to the Whare Tapere Building, where you can receive a traditional Maori welcome. Enjoy Powhiri and Kapa Haka performances and learn about local history and legends.

Day 6: Kaiteriteri | Nelson

Scenic Eclipse II will call at two ports in Tasman Bay today. Kaiteriteri is arguably New Zealand's most beautiful beach, a perfect arc of golden sand fronting startlingly blue water. It's also the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park, a gorgeous coastal park known for its sea kayaking, walks, and wildlife.
It's just a short cruise to Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand. It's bursting with open-air cafes, bustling markets, breweries, cycling trails, and the pretty Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a late departure tonight, allowing you to experience Kiwi hospitality after dark.

Freechoice:
Kaiteriteri Cruise & 3hr Nature Walk: Cruise to Anchorage Beach in Abel Tasman National Park for a guided walk, learning about the park's wildlife and admiring coastal views.

Cruise & Beach Stop: Sail to Anchorage Beach in Abel Tasman National Park, meet your guide, enjoy bird songs, and trek to Pitt Head for coastal views. Transfer by coach to Nelson.

Nelson Walking Tour: Join a guided walk through historic Nelson, New Zealand's second-oldest city and cultural capital. Soak up the village atmosphere that makes it so popular.

Day 7: Picton

Wake up early this morning to experience the beauty of sailing into the Marlborough Sounds. Ask the butler to bring you coffee to your suite so you can soak it in from your private verandah.

Spend the morning in Picton, a picturesque small town that looks almost tropical with its towering palm trees and clear turquoise water. Wander the pretty waterfront promenade, lined with shops, cafes, and galleries, or visit the museum inside the Edwin Fox convict ship dry-docked offshore. Picton is a short drive from the famous Marlborough wine region, which produces around two-thirds of New Zealand's wine.

Freechoice:
Queen Charlotte Sounds Explorer: Cruise through the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound, enjoying commentary from your friendly guide, and explore Whekenui Bay.

Marlborough Sounds Link Pathway Walk: Follow the new Link Pathway on a guided walk. Admire views of Mhelarlborough Sounds and Queen Charlotte Sound, and look for native birds.

Essence of Marlborough: Discover New Zealand's wine country on a scenic tour from Picton. Enjoy stunning views and wine tasting in Koromiko and Wairau Valley.

Seafood Odyssea: Cruise Queen Charlotte Sound, enjoying local delicacies and scenic views. The expert crew will also teach you about the region's history and wildlife.

Day 8: Kaikoura

Sailing north along the island's east coast, and arrive in Kaikoura early this morning. This tiny town sits in a spectacular natural environment, flanked by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the snow-capped Seaward Kaikoura Range on the other. The town began life as a whaling station in the mid-1800s; visit the oldest surviving building, Fyffe House, or the Kaikoura Museum to learn more about its history.
It's an ideal place for wildlife encounters. Whales, fur seals, and dolphins live permanently in these waters, and an impressive array of seabirds, including the mighty albatross, fill the air.

Freechoice:
Kaikoura Whale Watch Cruise: Venture into the Pacific's depths for awe-inspiring encounters with magnificent sperm whales while expert guides share their insights.

Albatross Encounter Cruise: Discover Kaikoura's renowned birdlife on a 2.5-hour tour. Guides will throw chum into the water to attract albatross and more.

Kaikoura Sightseeing Overview: Explore dramatic coastal landscapes, visit a fragrant Lavender Farm, then see a large fur seal colony at Ohau Point on this 3.5-hour tour.

Kaikoura Coastal Panorama Walk: Join a half-day walk around the Kaikoura Peninsula, exploring the town streets, a beach, Fyffe House Whalers cottage, and the seal colony.

Day 9: Port Chalmers (Dunedin)

Wake up in Port Chalmers, the port for the city of Dunedin. The oldest European settlement in New Zealand was founded in 1848 and has a proud Scottish lineage, Dunedin, the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Stroll the well-preserved streets to admire the grand Victorian and Edwardian architecture built with funds from the area’s gold rush.
Outside town, the surrounding Otago Peninsula is considered one of the country’s top wildlife and eco-tourism destinations. Look out for the abundant birds, penguins, seals, and sea lions.

Freechoice:
Larnach Castle & Garden Tour with High Tea: Enjoy a guided tour of the 1871 Lanarch Castle, followed by tea. Meet the current owner for a walk through the stunning gardens.

Olveston Historic House & City Sights: An unforgettable tour for architecture enthusiasts. Marvel at magnificent stone structures and ornate facades from the city’s heydey.

Penguin & Wildlife Experience: A scenic one-hour tour along the shores of Otago Harbor, spotting wildlife like NZ fur seals. Visit a breeding colony of cormorants and penguins.

Spirits of the No.8 Family Distillery: Discover the secret of artisan spirits on a distillery tour. See the process and taste different award-winning spirits.

Day 10: Oban, Stewart Island

Stewart Island sits 30 kilometers off the southern tip of the South Island. It is one of the last inhabited outposts before you reach Antarctica, with its only settlement, the tiny village of Oban, clinging bravely to the northern shore.

Remarkably remote, Steward Island is also a place of spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. The island is a haven for many birds, including the cute and curious brown kiwi, who outnumber humans and are active day and night. The Maori name for Stewart Island is Rakiura, which means the land of glowing skies.

Freechoice:
Southern Coastal Wildlife Cruise: Board a 75-foot high-speed catamaran to explore the beautiful Paterson Inlet, admiring Big Glory Bay, Kaipipi Bay, native forest, and rugged beaches.

Ulva Island & Guided Walk: Explore Ulva Island wildlife sanctuary, known for its rare bird and plant species. You may even catch glimpses of the secretive kaka or wekas.

Day 11: Scenic Cruising Milford Sound

Discover the unparalleled beauty of Milford Sound, nestled in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park. Marvel at the sheer grandeur of this natural wonder as you cruise along its pristine waters, surrounded by towering cliffs that rise hundreds of meters high. Prepare to be enchanted by the mesmerizing sight of cascading waterfalls and the captivating beauty of this majestic landscape carved by ancient glaciers.

Weather and conditions permitting, you might have a chance to book an optional flightseeing helicopter tour and soar above Fiordland National Park, sighting Milford Sound, dubbed "the eighth wonder of the world."

Day 12: Bluff | Disembark | Queenstown

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise ends today in Bluff, the first European settlement in New Zealand. Disembark after breakfast as you say farewell to the crew and new friends. Transfer to Queenstown for your overnight stay.

Day 13: Queenstown

  • 1 Breakfast
After spending your final night in Queenstown, it’s time to leave this wonderful island nation. Or extend your journey to explore New Zealand’s outdoor and adventure capital.

As you head home, take fond memories of your time in the Land of the Long White Cloud and the most indulgent moments on board Scenic Eclipse II.

Flights on board the two helicopters are at an additional cost, subject to availability and regulatory approval, weight restrictions, medical approval, and weather conditions. Spa treatments at additional cost. 

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Scenic Eclipse II

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2 for 1 Fares + Free Air 25051
Book your Scenic Eclipse cruise for select 2024-2026 departures by September 30, 2024, and enjoy 2-for-1 fare on your cruise pricing.

An additional bonus of up to $2,000 Scenic select savings per suite on select departures. Savings vary by departure.

Free air offers are also available based on suite category and destination when you pay in full 10 months prior to departure. If sailing is within 10 months, you can pay in full within 30 days to receive these offers or 120 days prior to departure - whichever is soonest. Bonus savings options are available in lieu of air with the same payment terms. Amount varies by region.

Single Supplement: A free single supplement is available on select 2024 departures. Full payment is required. Other departure dates may have a 45% single supplement. Single supplement offers do not apply to  GP, OP, OT, SB, SA, S, or P cabin categories.

Flexible Booking Plan allows you to defer your booking to an alternative date or cancel your journey until 120 days prior to departure. Enjoy a Future Travel Credit to use on an alternate tour/cruise, valid for 24 months. The offer is valued at $250 per person—no substitutions, no cash value.

Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact us for details.
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$27,390 2-3 travelers
Rates are dynamic and fluctuate based on capacity. Contact us for a specific quote.
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D Verandah
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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DA Deluxe Verandah
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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DB Deluxe Verandah
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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DD Grand Deluxe Verandah
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, located on Deck 5, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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C Verandah
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Deck 6, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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CA Deluxe Verandah
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 6, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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CD Grand Deluxe Verandah
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, located on Deck 6, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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GP Grand Panorama
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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B Verandah
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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BA Deluxe Verandah
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Decks 6, 7 or 8 provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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BD Grand Deluxe Verandah
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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A Verandah
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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AA Deluxe Verandah
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Decks 6, 7 or 8 provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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AD Grand Deluxe Verandah
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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S Spa
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will
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P Panorama
1,184sqft. Located at the front of the yacht on Deck 8 these opulent suites feature spacious curved terraces, a king-sized bed, full bath with steam shower and additional features and services.
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SA Spa
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services
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SB Spa
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services
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OP Owner's Penthouse
2,099sqft. The oversized Owner’s Penthouse Suites are the ultimate indulgence. Located on Deck 9 and elegantly appointed with spacious curved terraces featuring a private Jacuzzi and the best views onboard, you will never want to leave.

Notes

All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Wifi
  • Porterage
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Complimentary beverages
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Select drinks including a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits are not included in the package and may be available at an additional charge
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • All travel invoice risks. We strongly recommend you to take out comprehensive travel insurance with a reputable insurance company to cover you against risks associated with your tour. Including cover for loss of luggage, medical expense, and cost and expenses incurred due to cancellations, delays, or other disruptions

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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