Silversea - Auckland to Sydney (or vv)
Auckland • Tauranga • Wellington • Kaikoura • Akaroa • Dunedin • Stewart Island • Doubtful Sound • Milford Sound • Hobart • Melbourne • Sydney
From vibrant cities to awe-inspiring mountain views and culinary marvels, New Zealand is a magical place you may not have explored yet. Departing Auckland's harbour city, enjoy Tauranga beachside bliss and Wellington's colourful mix of urban and rural life. Discover the rugged coastline and its lovely towns, before rejuvenating yourself with the soothing waters of Milford and Doubtful Sound. Hobart, Tasmania, is a verdant and lively port of call, before you head for the metropolis of Melbourne and on to Sydney. This voyage also operates in the reverse direction.
Day 1: Auckland Blending beachy recreation with all the delights of a modern, diverse and thoroughly multi-cultural city, Auckland is known as the 'City of Sails', its two harbours will tempt you with waterfront walks, and the chance to breathe fresh sea air deep into your lungs while absorbing spectacular views of Auckland's harbour bridge. Take in the true scale of Auckland's magnificent cityscape by ascending 192 metres to the Sky Tower, and looking out over the city's gleaming silver towers, which reflect on the abundant waters below. Views over the bay and adjacent islands await, and you can share elegant cocktails at this dizzying height, above the glittering yachts of the Viaduct Harbour. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the area at Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki. New Zealand is world-renowned for its captivating natural scenery, and day trips across the sparkling bays, to nearby islands like Waiheke, Tiritiri Matangi, and Rangitoto, are always tempting. Discover lava caves, grape-laden vineyards and flourishing wildlife in the Hauraki Gulf's islands. You'll also find an exceptional 360-degree panorama over the city, to the horizon beyond, from the heights of ancient Mount Eden. The spectacular dormant volcano rises improbably from a city suburb, and also lends its name to Eden Park - home of the mighty All Blacks. Your cruise departs at 6:00pm.
Day 2: Tauranga Tauranga offers sun, wide sweeping beaches and surfers curling across cresting waves. An entry point to the vast indent of the Bay of Plenty, the volcanic peak of Mount Maunganui is a fittingly dramatic welcome. Climb to the top for spectacular views of the harbour, or walk winding coastal footpaths to explore the unfolding scenery. Brooding, geothermal energy creates spectacular natural attractions across this region, while plunging waterfalls, and fascinating Maori culture ensures that the Bay of Plenty has a lot to offer visitors. Said to receive New Zealand's highest amount of sunshine, the hanging kiwi, citrus fruit and avocados add an exotic touch to the area's landscape - especially around Te Puke. Vibrant teal and orange colours await at the stunning geothermal area of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, where mud pools bubble and steam rises from the earth. There are more hot pools, and some of the country's best scenery, at Lake Rotoiti - where you can kayak across the smooth surface and enter a cave that glows gentle blue, with its darkened roof illuminated by glittering glow worms. Enter New Zealand's fantasy world, with a visit to some of the country's celebrated filming spots - which have featured as doubles for JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth's fantasy settings.
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Wellington Wellington is a vibrant and energetic seaside capital. A compact, well-stocked city of buzzing bars and chatting cafes, New Zealand's capital is a bright and breezy place with an infectious, easy-going atmosphere. There are shows to see, art installations to enjoy, and rich flavours to savour here. The sounds of rare and beautiful birdlife fill the hills around the city, and the bush of the green belt provides easy-to-access sanctuary, strolls and cycle rides. The Botanical Gardens break up the buildings, even more, while an iconic, cherry-red cable car rumbles up Wellington's slope to the city's best viewpoint, looking out over the city's scenic harbour from above. Zealandia has provided an urban home for rare and endangered birdlife, bringing many species back from the brink. Varied museums cover everything from Maori traditions to earthquake simulations and even the real-life Kraken - a displayed colossal squid. Eminently strollable, you can stop in at countless cool cafes to top up your caffeine levels whenever your energy is flagging. The wines grown nearby are revered, and the city's craft beers are also making waves. Wander the breezy waterfront, and admire the surfers riding the wind-whipped rollers of the self-proclaimed 'coolest little capital in the world'.
Day 5: Kaikoura Lodged between high mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it is said that no two views in Kaikoura are the same. To the left are snow caped peaks and rolling meadows; to the right, seals hauling out on rugged shores. Look straight ahead and you'll see nothing except the wide expanse of the Pacific. Kaikoura's claim to fame is its rich abundance of marine life. Visitors have a 95% chance of spotting giant sperm whales, as well as dusky dolphins, orcas and humpback whales, regardless of whether you are travelling by boat or by air. Additionally, New Zealand Fur Seals live in the shallow waters of the town's peninsula, and surely there can be no greater experience than swimming alongside the playful marine mammal in its natural habitat. Very little is known about the town's Maori history, although the word "Kaikoura" translates in the Maori language as a 'meal of crayfish' ('kai' meaning 'food', 'koura' meaning 'crayfish').
Day 6: Akaroa With pretty painted cottages, overflowing verdant balconies and street names such as Rue Lavaud and Fleur Lane, you could be forgiven for thinking that you have stepped onto the streets of Provence upon arrival in Akaroa. And yet, here you are, in New Zealand's South Island, less than 50 km from Christchurch. The French connection stems from 1838, when Captain Jean Francois Langlois acquired the land for six British pounds (and questionable circumstances) from the Maoris. He then travelled home to France in order to bring back anyone who might want to join him in his new life. However, during his travels, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed (signatories included two Akaroa Maori chiefs) and New Zealand's first Governor, Hobson, declared sovereignty over the whole of New Zealand. Thus when Langlois and his settlers arrived back, they were faced with a choice: either return home to France or stay on. They chose the latter, and their legacy prevails.
Day 7: Dunedin (Port Chalmers) The south-easterly coast of the wild South Island is a haven for outdoor adventures, with masses of raw scenic beauty and thrilling coastline. Heading the Otago Harbour, Dunedin is a cosmopolitan city of culture and architectural splendour, with a distinctly tartan flare. Settled by the Scots in 1848, the romantically misty valleys and moody landscapes, continue to capture the hearts of visitors to these distant shores. Searing bagpipes echo down the streets in the Edinburgh of the South, which wears its Scottish origins proudly. Gothic revival architecture is scattered liberally, including the magnificent university - with its glorious clocktower - and the city's grand cathedral. Head to the elegant Octagon to see the statue to Robert Burns, whose nephew was a city founder. The railway station is perhaps the pick of this city's many artistic structures. Its glowing gardens and pretty mosaics add extra detail to the elegant, gingerbread building. It's also the perfect jumping-off point for romantic rail adventures along the coastline. The melodramatic coastline of the Otago Peninsula boasts dramatic cliffs and sea-sprayed beaches, as well as an abundance of animals. Explore cliffs laced with tunnels and hidden walkways, to get you up close and personal with Yellow-eyed penguins. Sea lions and seals also sprawl out on windswept beaches, drifting in and out of indulgent dozes. The south island's second-largest city regularly receives a top-up of youthful energy thanks to its healthy student population. Museums in the city tell of Chinese influences, as well as the stories of early Maori settlers. Round off an active day sampling a South Island institution - an icy beer from Speight's Brewery.
Day 8: Stewart Island Within touching distance of the South Island's southern tip, the majority of New Zealand's third-largest island is handed over to a beautiful sprawl of National Park. Taking its name from the Maori word 'Rakiura' which means 'land of the glowing skies' this is an island sanctuary of radiant beauty. Sunsets and sunrise are magical, but it's the swirling patterns of lights that dance across the heavens above that enchant above all else - as the southern hemisphere's version of the northern lights dazzles overhead. Slow the pace, on this island of leisurely fishing villages and swirling Maori legend. The majority of Stewart Island has been claimed by dense forests, which conceal wonderful wildlife watching opportunities, and reveal isolated coves and dramatic cliffs. Bring your hiking boots, as with only 15 miles of road, the best way to see the rugged beauty is by crunching along seaside trails. Coastal hikes along sweeping bays lead to viewpoints like Ackers Point, or you can take to the sea's waves to undulate gently offshore, admiring the island's coastline from the turquoise waters. Pleasure cruises along the scenic Paterson Inlet will take you out to islands teeming with life and animal activity. Stewart Island, and its scattered skerries, provide the perfect sanctuary for crowds of brilliant birdlife. Encounter everything from blue penguins to albatross and New Zealand's national icon - wild kiwis.
Day 9: Cruising Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound/Piopiotahi Doubtful Sound is a masterpiece of nature. The only way to reach it is by boat, crossing Lake Manapouri, so of the three Sounds (Dusky and Milford being the other two), Doubtful is the least touristy. Because of the Sound's inaccessibility, you'll encounter very few people as you float through the silent waterways. Animals, however, are a different matter. Because of the lack of human interaction, the dense forest is rife with wildlife and birdsong is a constant soundtrack (otherwise it is the sound of silence). In the water, you can expect to get up close and personal with fur seals, pods of bottlenose dolphins and some lucky souls have even sighted the occasional whale and albatross. Ornithologists will no doubt already know that Doubtful Sound is home to the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin, so be sure to keep your binoculars ready as it would be a shame to miss the once in a lifetime sighting. The region is famous for its seven meter annual rainfall, so do not be surprised if the sun isn't shining. Yet despite the potential mist, Doubtful Sound remains majestic. The waterfalls are more mesmerising, the glassy water more mysterious, and the mountains rising into the clouds more impressive. Expect to be both humbled and uplifted.
Named after Milford Haven in Wales, Milford Sound is not a sound but a fjord, yet the name has stuck. The local name refers to the extinct New Zealand Thrush (the piopio). Milford Sound sits within Fiordland National Park, one of the four national parks forming the UNESCO World Heritage site "Te Wahipounamu" - pounamu being the local greenstone highly estimated for carvings by the Maori. The fjord has a length of approximately 16 kilometers and a depth of more than 290 meters. Steep cliffs, several impressive waterfalls and dense rainforest characterize the fjord. Halfway down the fjord is Stirling Falls, the second tallest. Near the end of the sound the U-shaped Sinbad Gully and the famous Mitre Peak which rises to a height of 1,692 meters can be seen, while on the eastern side is Lady Bowen Falls, at 162 meters the tallest of the falls. The Piopiotahi Marine Reserve protects the flora and fauna in the water. Apart from bottlenose dolphins in the fjord, New Zealand fur seals can be seen resting on Seal Rock on the northern shore, while on the opposite side is a Fiordland Crested Penguin site.
Days 10 & 11: At Sea
Day 12: Hobart (Tasmania) Mount Wellington's looming, cloud-wisped form is an ever-present sight as you explore booming Hobart, the cosmopolitan capital of Australia's most southerly state. A former British penal colony, nowadays Australia's second-oldest city is a place to live the free and easy life. Encircled by dramatic cliffs, landscaped gardens and rolling vineyards, Hobart is also well stacked with cultural pursuits including museums, and respected - if controversial - galleries plastering new and old art to their walls. With fresh sea breezes and a fabulous location, Hobart is a creative place, where you can browse the produce of local artisans in Saturday's massive Salamanca Market - which draws visitors from all across Tasmania and beyond. Eat at waterfront restaurants, or rise up Mount Wellington's slopes to appreciate the remoteness of Hobart's location. From this elevated platform, you can look down across views of flowing forests, undulating mountains and endless ocean swallowing up the city. Further away, animal sanctuaries introduce you to the island's famous inhabitants, including the famous Tasmanian devil. Thirsty? Hobart has a long brewing tradition - so enjoy a refreshing ale poured from the country's oldest brewery. The climate's blend of generous sunshine and cool Antarctic breezes helps Hobart to produce its acclaimed wines, and thick clumps of pinot noir grapes hang from vineyards dotted along the valleys nearby. Taste the wines, accompanied by a platter of artisan cheese and sausage. Whiskey aficionados aren't left in the cold either, with international award-winning distilleries close by.
Day 13: At Sea
Day 14: Melbourne Australia's metropolitan cultural capital is a refined, contemporary and richly liveable city - which has a blend for every taste. The smells of freshly ground, artisan coffees fill the streets of this hip, youthful city, which is generously sprinkled with fine dining establishments, art galleries, and absorbing museums. With an airy outdoor lifestyle, Melbourne is a vibrant global hub of fashion, fun and festivities. Multicultural and diverse, Victoria's capital is crisscrossed by narrow alleys and splashed with street art. It's fair to say Melbourne's bearded baristas take their coffees seriously. Settle in to sample the unique coffee culture that is an essential part of Melbourne life. Looking for something a little stronger? The city's rooftop bars come alive with clinking cocktails as the sun sets. A world leader in culinary arts, take your seat at award-winning restaurants, and sample world foods alongside delicious wines, cultivated in the vineyards of the surrounding valleys. Savour a glass while cruising the arching Yarra River, for an unbeatable introduction to Melbourne. An outdoor city, it's no surprise that Melbourne is one of Australia's sporting giants. The vast bowl of Melbourne Cricket Ground serves as the city's sporting cathedral - squeezing in over 100,000 fans and hosting various sports on its hallowed, oval turf. Whether it's the rumble of hoofs during the Melbourne Cup, revs of engines during the Formula One, or thwacks of tennis balls during the Australian Open - few places can boast such a comprehensive list of high-profile sporting appeals.
Day 15: At Sea
Day 16: Sydney Arrive 7:30am. With its glorious harbour, lavish golden beaches and iconic landmarks, Sydney is Australia's showpiece city. Creative and curious, discover the world-class cuisine, indigenous culture, and irresistible beach life that make Sydney one of the world's most dynamic, exciting destinations. Sydney's sparkling harbour is the heart of a richly cultural city. Overlooked by the metallic curves of the masterpiece of an Opera House, and that grand arched harbour bridge. Take it all in from the water, and admire the iconic landmarks, which are set before the city's gleaming skyline backdrop. If you're feeling adventurous, take the legendary climb up the smooth curve of the bridge - nicknamed the Coathanger - to soak in the shining city's spread from a unique perspective. Spread out to tan on one of the world's most famous stretches of sand - Bondi Beach. Restaurants and bars burble away in the background, while the sun beams down, and surfers curl and leap over pure rollers. Swim in spectacular salty ocean pools, or wander the beautiful Bondi to Coogee coastal walk for more of this sun-gorged stretch of prime coastline. Leaving the thrills of Australia's largest city behind is surprisingly simple - take to the skies to be flown above skyscrapers and rippling ribbons of waves, out to majestic peaks, sheer cliffs and iconic rock formations - like the Three Sisters of the Blue Mountains. Or, drop in on wildlife sanctuaries caring for the country's animals - from hopping kangaroos to adorably cute, cuddly koalas.
• Spacious suites, over 80% with private verandas • Butler service in every suite • Unlimited free wifi • All onboard meals, with multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine and open-seating dining • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits • 24-hour dining service • Onboard entertainment • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports • Onboard gratuities
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Departs Sydney to Auckland
17 Dec 2021 Auckland to Sydney
3 Jan 2022
18 Jan 2022
3 Feb 2022
5 Mar 2022
20 Dec 2022
23 Jan 2023
3 Feb 2022
18 Feb 2022
29 Mar 2022
8 Jan 2023
8 Feb 2023
Sydney to Auckland
17 Dec 2021
Auckland to Sydney
3 Jan 2022
Booking conditions • Prices quoted refer to the lead-in cabin category, share-twin - please enquire for other cabin categories and single rates
• Prices quoted reflect a 10% Early Booking Bonus, which applies when booked and paid in full by 31 May 2021. Exceptions are the 3 Feb 2022 Sydney to Auckland and 18 Feb Auckland to Sydney voyages which reflect a 20% saving. Covid-19 Terms and Conditions
• Silversea have very strict health and safety protocols to protect guests
• If Silversea cancel a cruise, you get a 110% cruise fare refund in the form of a future cruise credit, which is valid for two years, and can be transferred to friends or family (or a 100% cash refund)
• You may cancel up to 30 days prior and receive a 100% future cruise credit NB: All standard Silversea terms and conditions apply
• Prices quoted refer to the lead-in cabin category, share-twin - please enquire for other cabin categories and single rates • Prices quoted reflect a 10% Early Booking Bonus, which applies when booked and paid in full by 31 May 2021. Exceptions are the 3 Feb 2022 Sydney to Auckland and 18 Feb Auckland to Sydney voyages which reflect a 20% saving.
Covid-19 Terms and Conditions • Silversea have very strict health and safety protocols to protect guests • If Silversea cancel a cruise, you get a 110% cruise fare refund in the form of a future cruise credit, which is valid for two years, and can be transferred to friends or family (or a 100% cash refund) • You may cancel up to 30 days prior and receive a 100% future cruise credit
NB: All standard Silversea terms and conditions apply
Not included • Airfares
• Shore excursions, of which there is a variety to choose from
• Airfares • Shore excursions, of which there is a variety to choose from