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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE -LUXURY RETREAT AUSTRALIAN BUSH

PRE -LUXURY RETREAT AUSTRALIAN BUSH

Recognized as the "Best Hotel in Australia" by Trip Advisor in January, 2013, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is a luxury conservation-based resort located in Australia's Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. The resort is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve where guests can enjoy absolute luxury, tranquility and connection with nature.

Nestled between two National Parks and spread out at the foot of towering sandstone cliffs, the homestead style resort occupies just two percent of the total land area of 4,000 acres. Up to 90 guests are catered for in 40 free-standing suites each with private swimming pool, a main homestead with luxury facilities and standalone Timeless Spa.

Guests are able to appreciate the very special natural, cultural and scenic values of the Wolgan Valley through a diverse range of nature based activities. You will be transferred one way by luxury 4 x 4 vehicle and one way by helicopter.

The below description is a sample itinerary. You may choose your activities when you are checked-in at the resort.

DAY 1

Following your flight into Sydney, you will travel in a luxury 4x4 vehicle to the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, which lies in a gorgeous valley at the foot of two towering sandstone cliffs. After settling in, you are free to enjoy the resort's spectacular facilities, which include restaurants, a spa and fitness center, shop and unique spaces such as the restored Heritage Homestead, which was built in 1832.

Should you choose, late in the afternoon, you candepart on a wildlife tour through the surrounding reserve, which is still inhabited by many of the same intriguing species that so fascinated Charles Darwin when he visited the Wolgan Valley. You may spot kangaroos, wallabies and countless indigenous birds such as peregrine falcons, while your field guide describes the environment and regales you with stories of the bush.

In the evening you will enjoy a leisurely 5-course dinner in the Wolgan Dining Room, whose stone fireplace, wooden flooring and leather furnishings lend the handsome setting an air of elegance.

Later, you will retire for the first of three evenings at the resort.

DAY 2

Following a hearty breakfast, the morning will be spent on a guided mountain bike tour or a trail ride on horseback. The bike trail is over mostly level terrain with only occasion hills. In all likelihood, you will pass a freshwater dam, where a variety of wildlife usually congregates. You will have plenty of chances along the way to stop for water and observe the stunning scenery. Similarly, the trail ride on horseback is a wonderful way to become familiar with the spectacular landscape. Still, each ride is unique, so there is no telling what you may experience or see with regard to wildlife.

Then, after lunch in the informal Country Kitchen, you will enjoy a Colonial Heritage Tour that departs from the original 1832 homestead. This tour explains the homestead's restoration and how the early settlers of the Wolgan Valley dealt with their harsh lifestyle. You will also learn about the adjacent kitchen garden and how it has been re-established to supply many of the resort's fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and herbs.

As an alternative to the Colonial Heritage Tour, you may join the Aboriginal Interpretative Tour and become immersed in centuries of Aboriginal culture. A field guide will describe how the seasons governed hunting, the medicinal use of plants, and the tools and weapons that the Aborigines used for survival and ceremony.

The day ends with dinner in the Wolgan Dining Room, or if you prefer, it will be served in the privacy of your suite.

DAY 3

Start the day with a casual breakfast before setting out on a bush walk. Hiking in the reserve brings the rich diversity of Australia's plant life front and center, and you may also observe wildlife along the way. If the experience piques your curiosity for more hiking, you can arrange for a bush walk in a different area of the reserve during free time.

Later, you will have lunch at the Country Kitchen or perhaps enjoy a gourmet picnic at a favorite spot in the reserve. Most of the afternoon will be devoted to free time, during which you may indulge in the resort's facilities, or whatever else you choose to do.

Following dinner, you will be invited to venture into the bush for nocturnal wildlife spotting and stargazing. A field guide will be on hand to point out the animals, which may include possums, wombats, wallaroos and owls. If the night sky is clear, you will see constellations such as the famed Southern Cross, which once served as a navigational beacon for sailors and played an important role in the spiritual beliefs of the Aboriginal people.

DAY 4

The morning and early afternoon is yours to do as you please, either at the resort or out in the bush on a self-guide hike or mountain bike excursion.

Then, you will depart in style, aboard a helicopter that will zip you to Sydney in approximately one hour. Expect fantastic views along the way and before long you will embark your ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Guests can choose to participate in as much or as little during their time at the resort. The below day by day is a sample itinerary. Times are subject to change. You may choose your activities when you are checked-in at the resort. You may also check on line ahead of time for other sample itineraries and activities: www.wolganvalley.com

Please see below on how to pack for this program.

DAY 1

Today's timing depends on your flight into Sydney International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the resort in a luxury 4x4 vehicle.

Additional Nights: Optional extra nights at the Four Seasons Hotel (Deluxe City Harbour View Room) can be purchased for guests wishing to arrive earlier than the program start date. Transfers are included when purchased through the cruise line. Please contact our Reservations Department for details.

Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided, and the cruise line needs to be informed of your hotel to arrange pick up on Day 1 of the program.

Arrive Transfer to the resort in a luxury 4x4 vehicle (3 hour journey)

3:00pm Official Check-in time.

7:30pm 5-course dinner at your leisure in the Wolgan Dining Room (from

7:00pm onwards)

Overnight at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

Note: Lunch is available at the resort from 12:45pm - 3:00pm for guests who may arrive in the afternoon.

DAY 2

6:00am Breakfast at leisure in the Wolgan Dining Room

8:30am Guided mountain bike tour or trail ride

12:00pm Lunch at leisure in the Country Kitchen

2:00pm Colonial Heritage Tour or Aboriginal Interpretive Tour

3:30pm Free time

7:30pm Dinner at leisure in Wolgan Dining Room, or perhaps in the privacy of your own suite.

Overnight at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

DAY 3

6:00am Breakfast at leisure in the Wolgan Dining Room

10:00am Guided bushwalk

12:00pm Lunch at leisure in the Country Kitchen or a gourmet picnic on your own

1:30pm Free time

7:00pm Dinner at leisure in the Wolgan Dining Room

9:00pm Nocturnal Wildlife Spotlighting & Stargazing

Overnight at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

DAY 4

6:00am Breakfast at leisure in the Wolgan Dining Room

8:00am Enjoy resort facilities, a self-guided or guided bush walk or mountain bike ride

11:00am Check out, and lunch at leisure followed by free time

2:00pm Fly by helicopter from Wolgan Valley to Sydney

3:00pm Drive from the airport to embark the ship

Expected Weather:

The average weather during the visiting time of year is a high of 77° Fahrenheit and a low of 55° Fahrenheit.

What to Bring:

Bring comfortable clothing for outdoor activities such as horseback riding and bush walking.

Currency:

Australian Dollars

Electricity:

In Australia 230 V sockets are used, and guests should bring an adaptor, if needed.

Luggage Information:

*Please advise your weights when booking this program as this is necessary to have ahead of time for the helicopter transfer as requested by our ground operator.

Personal luggage should be in one soft bag per person (maximum size of bag 65 X 40 X 30cm) and up to 15kg (33 lbs) per piece for helicopter transfers.

Extra luggage will be stored in Sydney free of charge. The maximum weight for two guests and their luggage is approximately 200kg (440lbs), but is at the discretion of the pilot.

You can carry one piece of hand luggage such as a laptop, handbag, or coat. The total weight of all your cabin baggage must not exceed 5kg (11lbs).

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Guests are required to check with their travel agent in regards to Visa requirements for Australia.

Accommodation:

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley, Lithgow NSW 2790

Tel: +61 2 6350 1800

All suites feature:

Separate living and bedroom, luxurious en suite bathroom with separate bath and shower, walk-in wardrobes ? central air-conditioning systems, verandah and courtyard, private temperature-controlled swimming pool, double-sided gas fireplace, LCD TV and DVD player in living room and bedroom, International TV channels, high-speed internet access, iPod docking station, hairdryer, daily housekeeping with evening turn-down, same-day laundry/dry-cleaning service, in-room safe, 24-hour room service, binoculars for wildlife viewing, two mountain bicycles

Please Note:

*Room service - 24-hour room service is available but will incur a surcharge on your

room account.

*Smoking - All indoor areas, including suites and public spaces, are strictly

non-smoking. Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas of the suites and the resort.

*Certain on-site activities may be cancelled without prior notice should it be deemed that prevailing climatic or other conditions would make the activity hazardous or uncomfortable. Participation in on-site activities shall be strictly at the client's own risk.

Program includes:

3 nights accommodation in a Heritage Suite at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort

Gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

Non-alcoholic beverages

A selected range of premium local wines and beer with meals

Two on-site nature-based activities per person per day

Luxury 4 x 4 vehicle transfer one way (may not be private)

Helicopter transfer one way (may not be private)

Meet and greet at the airport

Program excludes:

Additional activities

Private touring

Spa treatments

Additional beverages

Room service charges

Gratuities

Other hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$3,999 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE Sydney and Beyond

PRE CRUISE Sydney and Beyond

Tailor your experience to your personal preference on this unforgettable tour of Sydney. Explore Sydney’s famous beaches and view the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge on an exclusive cruise through Sydney Harbor. If you are drawn to nature, discover the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains by scenic railway. Marvel at the famous Three Sisters that tower over the Jamison Valley and explore charming Katoomba. If wine tasting appeals to your palate, enjoy a day touring Hunter Valley, famous for world-class wines and exquisite local handcrafted cheeses.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Guests arrive on their international flights and transfer to hotel

Guests will have the day at their leisure to enjoy Sydney sights. A hotel Hospitality desk will be able to assist with any additional touring options.

Overnight at the Four Seasons or similar with dinner on own

DAY 2

Breakfast on own – not included

10:30am Guests are met in the Hotel Lobby to walk to Circular Quay

11:00am Guests board an exclusive vessel for a Sydney harbor cruise including a buffet lunch

1:45pm Upon arrival to Manly guests will enjoy one hour free time to stroll the shops and beachfront

2:45pm Depart on a three and a half hour tour of the Northern Beaches and Sydney sights

6:15pm Arrive back at the hotel and enjoy the evening at own leisure

Overnight at the Four Seasons or similar hotel.

Dinner on own

DAY 3 - There will be an option to do one of two tours on day 3. Below are sample itineraries for the tour options. You will be asked when you arrive in Sydney which tour you will choose.

DAY 3 – If Blue Mountains option is chosen:

Breakfast on own – not included

8:00am Guests to be picked up from the hotel and depart for the Blue Mountains

10:00am Guests to enjoy the visit to the Three Sisters and Scenic Railway including free time to take in the sights and walk through the Forest

12:30pm Transfer to the lunch location

12:45pm Enjoy 2 course lunch

2:15pm Enjoy 30 minutes free time in the town of Katoomba

2:45pm Drive back to Sydney

5:00pm Arrive back at the hotel and enjoy the evening at own leisure

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Four Seasons or similar

DAY 3 –If the Hunter Valley option is chosen:

Breakfast on own – not included

8:00am Guests to be picked up from the hotel and depart for the Hunter Valley

10:00am Guests to enjoy a visit to the Cheese factory

11:15am Guests to transfer to the second location

11:30am Guests to enjoy a visit to a winery followed by lunch onsite

12:45pm Enjoy 2 course lunch

2:15pm Drive back to Sydney

4:45pm Arrive back at the hotel and enjoy the evening at own leisure

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Four Seasons or similar

DAY 4

Breakfast on own – not included

Guests will have the morning at their leisure to enjoy Sydney sights within walking distance from the hotel before being transferred to the ship for embarkation. Check out time is 12:00pm.

Expected Weather:

The weather in January is 18°C - 26°C or 64°F - 79°F

What to Bring:

The program is casual throughout. Warm clothing is recommended for the Blue Mountains as it is much cooler in the mountains than in the city.

Currency:

The Australian Dollar (AUD)

Electricity:

Australian electricity voltage for domestic use is 220-240 volts

Documents and Visa Requirements:

All guests must have an Australian tourist visa. You should check with your local Australian Embassy for entry requirements.

Accommodation:

Four Seasons or similar hotel

199 George Street Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: +61 (2) 9250-3100

*If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of similar ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

• Lunch on Day 2 and 3 – includes 1 beer or glass of wine as well as bottled water

• 3 nights at the Four Seasons or similar hotel - Deluxe City-View King Rooms

• Touring on Day 2

• One optional tour on Day 3(Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley)

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your arrival transfer can be arranged; however should you book any additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program does not include:

• All breakfasts and dinners are at the guests own expense

• Personal expenses

• Additional sightseeing and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

• Gratuities to drivers and tour guides

Information on the Scenic Railway (Blue Mountains Tour Option):

Discover the thrill of a 52 degree incline riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway. A whole new visitor experience awaits, with glass-roofed red carriages offering expansive views of the rainforest setting and spectacular Jamison Valley. Custom designed carriages allow passengers to choose their own adventure like never before, adjusting their seated position up to 20 degrees! Choose an adventurous ‘Cliffhanger’ ride at a steep 64 degree incline, or for those seeking a relaxed journey select the ‘Laid Back’ option. Of course, loyal fans can still ride the ‘Original’ at 52 degrees. The Railway experience descends 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel, emerging into ancient rainforest at the Jamison Valley floor.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,399 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Milford Sound to Dunedin Overnight

Milford Sound to Dunedin Overnight

Discover the South Island’s immense natural beauty and historic landmarks by driving through unspoiled parkland, exploring gold-rush towns, and riding a gondola to the top of one of the highest peaks.

Day 1 – February 20, 2015 – Milford Sound to Queenstown

Upon disembarking the ship you will tender over to Milford Wharf where you will be met by your driver-guide and depart for the drive south through magnificent Fjordland National Park en route to Te Anau.

If weather permits, you will stop for photos at the stunning Mirror Lakes

A stop for a light lunch will be made in Te Anau which is nestled at the southern shore of a lake bearing the same name, is New Zealand’s second largest lake and is the largest body of freshwater on the South Island. Following lunch, settle back to watch the most amazing scenery unfold before you as you drive through spectacular raw wilderness where nature truly reigns. Expect gorgeous views around every corner especially along the coast of Lake Wakatipu, the longest lake in New Zealand.

Next, you will proceed to Arrowtown where you will enjoy some free time to stroll along its quaint, tree-lined streets filled with galleries, cafes and shops. Gold was discovered here in 1861 and nearly 70 buildings still remain from that era.

A different view of the region awaits you in Queenstown, where you will ride the Skyline gondola to the top of majestic Bob's Peak, which soars nearly 1,500 feet above the city. If it's a clear day, you can see for miles, far beyond Queenstown and onto the aptly named Remarkable Mountains. In time, you will descend and check into your hotel for the evening.

Overnight in Queenstown.

Day 2 – February 21, 2015 – Queenstown to Dunedin

After breakfast depart for Dunedin. En route you will make a stop at the Kawarau Bridge Center. A.J. Hackett began the first commercial bungy operation here in 1988. If the timing is right, you may see some of the thrill-seekers taking the 120-foot plunge off the Old Kawarau Bridge, screaming excitedly on the way down.

Continue towards the Central Otago Township of Alexandra where a stop will be made for lunch at the Packing Shed Restaurant, formerly a fruit packing shed. Following lunch you will head into Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. Enjoy a brief orientation tour of the city. The first settlers from the British Isles arrived here in 1847 and before long, buoyed by the discovery of gold, Dunedin became one of the wealthiest and most populous areas in New Zealand. Along the way, you will see the exquisite stone buildings constructed during the city’s most prosperous period including the Law Courts, the First Church of Otago, the Otago Museum and Otago University.

Following your tour of Dunedin you will be transferred to Port Chalmers to re-join the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purpose and are subject to change.

Day 1

7:30am Disembark from the ship and transfer to Milford Sound Wharf

8:00am Join the tour coach and depart for Te Anau

11:30am Arrive in Te Anau for lunch

12:30pm Depart from Te Anau

2:45pm Visit Arrowtown

3:30pm Depart Arrowtown for Queenstown

4:00pm Ride the Skyline gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak

5:15pm Arrive at the hotel in Queenstown

Evening and dinner on own

Overnight stay at the Novotel Lakeside or similar

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel

9:30am Depart for the Kawarau Bridge Center

10:30am Depart from the Kawarau Bridge Center

11:45am Lunch at the Packing Shed restaurant in Alexandra

1:00pm Depart for Dunedin

4:15pm Arrive in Dunedin

5:00pm Arrive at Port Chalmers and re-join the ship

Expected Weather:

Queenstown – Dunedin Temp (C) Max 16 – Min 5

New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. The warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are in June, July and August. Regardless, on any given day the weather and temperature can change unexpectedly and sometimes dramatically. You should be prepared for that possibility, particularly if you are engaging in outdoor activities.

What to Bring:

Dress is informal and relaxed. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and night-spots. In summer, bring a jacket and sweater in case the weather turns cooler or you visit higher altitudes. You can expect some rain, so also include a light rainproof jacket or coat. If visiting between May and September, pack warm winter garments and layer your clothing

Currency:

New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Travelers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are widely available at banks, along main shopping streets and in malls. International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded.

Electricity:

Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts, 50 hertz. Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. Please note that power outlets only accept angled two or three pin Type I plugs (as also used in Australia) depending on whether an earth connection is fitted.

Luggage:

1 suitcase per person

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration web site http://www.immigration.govt.nz/

Alternatively, for Visa Free Countries see http://glossary.immigration.govt.nz/visafreecountries.htm

Accommodation:

•One-night accommodation in Queenstown at the Novotel Lakeside or similar hotel. We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

•Accommodation for one night

•One full breakfast and two lunches. Lunches include two glasses of house wine, local beer, soft drinks, bottled water, tea, or coffee.

•All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the program and the services of an experienced English-Speaking driver-guide

•Launch tender from Milford Wharf to ship

•Skyline cable car-ride to Bob’s Peak

Program does not include:

•Any meals, drinks or optional sightseeing not mentioned in itinerary above.

•Gratuities for drivers, guides, bellmen, porters, waiters

•Hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$849 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - New Zealand Countryside and Wineries

POST - New Zealand Countryside and Wineries

Experience life in the countryside surrounding Auckland by observing a gannet colony, watching a sheep-shearing demonstration at a working farm, and cruising to Waiheke Island for tastings of its distinct olive oils and wines.

DAY 1

After disembarking from the ship, you will enjoy a brief orientation tour of Auckland that includes driving along the waterfront. A stop will be made at Bastion Point for scenic views over the harbor before continuing to St Heliers Bay, through the eastern suburbs, and past the Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park.

Following your arrival at the Sky City Grand Hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Feel free to venture out, as your room may not be ready until 3pm. Dinner is on your own, and there are wonderful restaurants in the hotel and plenty of other fine choices nearby.

This will be the first of three evenings spent in the luxurious Sky City Grand Hotel.

DAY 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive into the fertile farmland and wine-growing areas of Kumeu and Huapai before reaching Muriwai Beach on the rugged west coast. Here, you will stop and walk approximately 250 meters (275 yards) to a special lookout above one of the world’s few mainland gannet colonies.

As you will be very close to the white seabirds, you will be able to watch them nesting, feeding and flying in the updrafts offshore. Their behavior will depend on the season and time of day, but regardless of what the activity, you can expect it to be hugely entertaining, especially if they are diving for fish. There should be hundreds, if not thousands of gannets in the colony, all of them clustered about the cliffs side by side.

Continuing on, you will travel through more beautiful countryside to Haumoana, a 200-acre working farm on the lovely Kaipara Peninsula. Situated high on a hill, the property offera splendid views over the rolling land and out to the harbor. The farm raises sheep and beef and supports a herd of friendly fallow deer that will usually come when called. It makes for an excellent photo opportunity.

Then, following a hearty lunch, you will watch a sheep-shearing demonstration. In the hands of a skilled farmhand, a sheep can typically be sheared head to tail in about three minutes.

After the demonstration, you will drive back to Auckland via a different route through farming areas, across the Auckland Harbor Bridge, and into the shopping district downtown. Upon arriving at the hotel, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure with dinner on your own.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive north towards Matakana, a small town in the heart of one of New Zealand’s newest wine regions. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit several distinct wineries for tastings and to discover how the various wines are produced on the gentle slopes throughout this region.

Your first stop is Omaha Bay, a family-owned, fourth-generation boutique vineyard and winery overlooking the bay of the same name. Omaha Bay is known for its classically herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc, densely colored Syrah and spicy, full-bodied Montepulciano.

Next, you will visit nearby Mahurangi River Winery, which produces a number of handcrafted wines that include Malbecs, Merlots and Syrah Viogniers. Although the oldest vines are Chardonnay and Bordeaux, the vineyard has added plantings that are somewhat novel in New Zealand in hopes of producing even more unique wines.

Continuing on, you will enjoy lunch and a tasting at Ascension Winery, which sits on a steep north-facing hillside of iron-rich clay that yields small crops of intensely flavored grapes. The exact wines in the tasting will be determined once you arrive, but they may include a popular Merlot-dominant red blend known as Epiphany and a soft, light-bodied Viognier.

Following this extended visit, you will drive on toward Auckland, pausing along the way for yet another tasting at Ransom Wines. The family-owned and operated winery produced its first vintage in 1996 and has since grown to become one of the area’s most revered brands. Some of its wines are made with Albarino white grapes, which are Spanish in origin and were planted at Ransom in 2009.

After departing from Ransom, you will return to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure with dinner on your own.

DAY 4

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport based on your flight schedule.

Land Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timws indicated are only approximate, are given here for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.

DAY 1

9:00am Disembark from the ship and enjoy a brief city tour

11:15am Arrive at the Sky City Grand Hotel

3:00pm Check-in at the Sky City Grand Hotel

Remainder of the day is at your leisure

Overnight at the Sky City Grand Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart for the Auckland countryside

10:15am Stop at a seaside gannet colony

11:15am Depart for Haumoana farm

11:45am Arrive at Haumoana farm

1:45pm Depart for Auckland

3:00pm Arrive back at the Sky City Grand Hotel

The remainder of the day is at leisure with dinner on your own

Overnight at the Sky City Grand Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Depart for Matakana wine region

10:00am Visit Omaha Bay Winery

10:45am Depart Omaha Bay Winery

11:15am Visit Mahurangi River Winery

12:00pm Depart Mahurangi River Winery

12:30pm Lunch and tasting at Ascension Winery

2:00pm Depart Ascension Winery

2:15pm Tasting at Ransom Wines

3:00pm Depart Ransom Wines

4:30pm Arrive back at the Sky City Grand Hotel

The remainder of the day is at leisure with dinner on your own

Overnight at the Sky City Grand Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 4

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and prepare for a 12:00 pm/noon check out. Your transfer to the airport will be arranged according to your flight schedule. Should you have a late flight, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Additional Nights: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as additional activities are on your own, after the program ends on the morning of Day 4.

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Expected Weather:

New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are June, July and August.

What to Bring:

Dress is informal and relaxed. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and nightspots. Men are not expected to wear suits and ties, except in a few of the premier formal bars and restaurants.

In the summer, bring a light jacket or sweater in case the weather turns cooler or you visit higher altitudes. You can expect some rain, so include a light waterproof jacket or coat and an umbrella.

Currency:

The New Zealand Dollar is the currency. All major international credit cards can be used in New Zealand and Travelers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores. If your credit card is encoded with a PIN, you will be able to withdraw cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs) at most banks and shopping centers.

Electricity:

Electricity throughout New Zealand is 230/240 volts (50 hertz), although most hotels and motels provide 110-volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only.

For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option. Power outlets only accept flat three-pin or two-pin plugs, depending on whether an earth connection (ground) is fitted.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A valid passport is required. International guests are required to check with their travel agent in regards to Visa requirements.

Accommodation:

Sky City Grand Hotel

90 Federal St Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Phone: +64 9-363 6000

If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program includes:

3 Nights at the Sky City Grand Hotel or similar Hotel, including breakfasts

Touring as outlined above

Lunch on Day 2 and Day 3

Wine tasting on Day 3

English-speaking driver and guide

Program excludes:

Any meals not listed above

All beverages

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Other hotel incidentals and personal expenses

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$1,499 Per Guest



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