Natural Wonders of New Zealand
Onboard Princess - Sea Princess
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  • 4 nights pre-stay in Brisbane
  • 14 nights full board cruise onboard Sea Princess
  • Upgrade to an Ocean View Stateroom from only £199pp
Why book…
  • Take a trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can create unforgettable memories as you cuddle a koala
  • Head to Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, to explore the Scottish heritage and see sweeping scenery
  • Discover Wellington's golden-sand inner city beach at Oriental Bay
Overview Itinerary
The Ship
Sea Princess joined the Princess Cruises fleet in December 1998, but has since been refurbished in November 2007 to enhance guest experience with tantalising cuisine choices and an abundant range of entertainment and leisure amenities. This sensational cruise ship was designed to voyage the beauty of New Zealand and Australia, explore the treasures of Southeast Asia and provide passengers the tropical flavours of Hawaii, Tahiti and the South Pacific. Packed with 1,008 plentiful guest cabins, the fifteen decks are lined with luxurious guest cabins, tasty restaurants, chic bars and abundant entertainment and leisure amenities. Highlights such as the Vegas-style casino, Movie Under the Stars experience and the unique Chef's Table Experience all help to make your trip unforgettable. Make the most of a once in a lifetime journey and take full enjoyment in the on board luxuries. The Promenade Deck is the heartbeat of the ship, allowing for ultimate relaxation - whether it's spectating a live music acts in Vista Show Lounge, sampling an old-school cocktail at Crooners or catching an unforgettable live performance in the Princess Theatre. Explore the ship to discover a host of exciting things to do to keep yourself occupied on board for the dream getaway.

Sea Princess offers a host of restaurants and eateries, and combined, they deliver an array of international flavours to suit everyone. Terrace Grill presents sizzling burgers, hotdogs and chicken dishes served with crispy fries, which are all sure to fill you up. Settle your sweet tooth cravings with some hand-crafted treats packed with unique flavours with Princess Chocolate Journeys Program. For those with a smaller appetite, why not enjoy a light bite and a coffee at Horizon Court, La Patisserie or Amuleto Cafe? Specialty dining actions the opportunity to indulge in a juicy steak at Sterling Steakhouse or test out some frosty treats, including New Zealand natural premium ice cream. For a lavish touch try the Chef's Table Experience, which provides a personalised menu and intimate feel. To add some decadence to your voyage enjoy some succulent lobster tail in a private dining room with a view.

Discover a top-notch range of signature cocktails at Crooners, as you spectate a gripping pianist performance that will transfer you back to the classic Sinatra era. If you're more a fan of barley and grape-based drinks check out the Beer & Wine Festival, where the top deck of Sea Princess transforms into a bustling mini-festival to showcase a range of regional beers and wines. Sip a glass of rose as you wander the displays and listen to the live music.

Sea Princess hosts a wide range of options for entertainment, so you'll never be hit with boredom. Chill out and revel in a low-key kind of evening by catching a world-class live singing act in Vista Show Lounge and soak up the sophisticated atmosphere. If you're a fan of quality live performances then check out the original music productions of the Princess Theatre, or get yourself involved in the lively music and dancing activities. Get a glimpse of the featured guest entertainers who will make your on board experience fabulous, including comedians, magicians and singers. Alternatively, for a completely relaxed evening get caught up in a storyline at the open-air Movie Under the Stars experience. Guests can also revel in on board internet access at the library, show their competitive streak in the sports court, shop 'til they drop with the duty-free offers or gamble at the Vegas-style casino. Work up a sweat at Lotus Spa Fitness Centre and then enjoy a dip in the fresh-water pool or hot tub. Get more out of your travels with the Discovery at SEA Programs - enjoy a show or stargaze on the top deck.
Day 1: UK to Brisbane, Australia
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Brisbane. On arrival be privately transferred to your four-star hotel for your four-night stay.
Day 2 - 4: Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and combines a modern and vibrant atmosphere with a sub-tropical climate and unique natural beauty. Take a trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can create unforgettable memories as you cuddle a koala. In the South Bank cultural precinct you'll discover top attractions including Queensland Museum, Sciencentre, and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Explore the colourful flora and fauna at Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens or indulge in retail therapy at the Queen Street Mall. If you're feeling adventurous, why not abseil down the descent of the iconic Story Bridge?
Day 5: Brisbane, Australia (Embarkation Day)
After check out, be privately transferred to the port to board Sea Princess for your ten-night cruise to New Zealand.
Day 6 - 8: At Sea
Day 9: Fjordland National Park (Scenic Cruising)
Day 10: Dunedin (for Port Chalmers), New Zealand
Surrounded by dramatic hills, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. Discover the spectacular landscape on a mountain biking expedition; the countryside offers five trail networks. Dunedin is known as the Edinburgh of the New Zealand so head to Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, to explore the Scottish heritage and see sweeping scenery. Drive up the Otago Peninsula and marvel at the magnificent views and rugged beaches. Discover incredible wildlife in Dunedin; the world's rarest penguin colonies can sometimes be spotted close by and the Royal Albatross Centre at the foot of Taiaroa is the only mainland place in the world where you can view the Northern Royal Albatross in its natural habitat.
Day 11: Akaroa, New Zealand
Be entranced by the historic beauty of Akaroa from the moment you arrive. Explore on foot and see the magnificent sights. Visit the museum and learn about the local culture through displays and audio visual presentations. Take a wildlife cruise from the harbour and catch a glimpse of dolphins, penguins, and fur seals. Akaroa is the most French town in New Zealand; a location where French settlers lived in the 19th century. Akaroa's French street names and charming colonial cottages are their legacy. Experience French cuisine in the local restaurants, or head to Barry’s Bay Cheese and see their award-winning cheeses being made.
Day 12: Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand's capital city is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills. Situated at the southern end of the North Island, the city is renowned for its heritage, culture, art and beauty. Discover Wellington's golden-sand inner city beach at Oriental Bay. There's a pulsing cultural vibe in Wellington, with an array of museums, art galleries and theatre shows to explore. Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand's national museum, is located on the waterfront; learn about the country at one of the best interactive museums in the world. If you're into adventure, discover the great outdoors on a mountain bike ride or go sea-water kayaking. Take a walk around the stunning harbour or trek up Makara Peak to experience spectacular views. A must for any Lord of the Rings fans; visit Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop and discover a behind-the-scenes experience.
Day 13: Napier, New Zealand
Set amid New Zealand's renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay; Napier was rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake and is known for art deco landmarks including the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. Climb to the top of Te Mata Peak to reveal views of Hawke's Bay and beyond. Learn about the local marine life and get a close-up look at sharks through an underwater glass tunnel at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. See a live performance, film screening, or local exhibition at MTG Hawke's Bay or honour Maori heritage and admire the striking bronze Pania of the Reef Statue surrounded in peaceful gardens. Drive to Bluff Hill Lookout and be rewarded with expansive views across the beautiful port - the perfect place to relax with a picnic.
Day 14: Tauranga, New Zealand
Explore Tauranga, a harbour side city in the Bay of Plenty region, and one of New Zealand's main centres for international trade and culture. Climb the extinct 232 metre-tall Mount Maunganui volcano and admire spectacular views of the city and the harbour below. Enjoy a picturesque stroll to Tauranga Harbour and look out to sea, or take a boat tour to Mayor Island and watch the sunset. Pay a visit to Taupo Volcano Zone and admire the pools of colourful bubbling water at the Waiotapu active geothermal area. Thrill-seekers can venture to Waimarino Adventure Park and take part in a range of water activities and finish with a picnic or a BBQ. Those seeking tranquillity need look no further than Kaiate Falls which features a picnic area along with a swimming hole and beautiful scenic views.
Day 15: Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand's largest city of Auckland is an urban jungle with natural beauty on its doorstep. Auckland is packed with things to see and do; discover lush green rainforests and dramatic black sand beaches in the west and golden sandy beaches sheltered by red-flowering trees in the east. The rolling hills and country gardens are met by the 48 volcanic cones dotted around the Auckland region. Each provides spectacular panoramic views of the city and harbour, Rangitoto Island is the most iconic and an ideal location for day trips. The city centre is a shopaholic's paradise with its diverse range of boutiques and markets. The nightlife is buzzing at city centre hotspots such as Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour and the Britomart precinct, where you'll also find a variety of restaurants which offer cuisines from around the world.
Day 16 - 18: At Sea
Day 19: Brisbane, Australia
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be privately transferred back to airport for your flight back to the UK.
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September 2020 - 18 Nights - Flying from selected UK airports to Brisbane
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