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Auckland - Hotel Stay
This charming city is set in the surroundings of skyscrapers, beautiful beaches, hiking trails and an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. Here you’ll find something for everyone, from walks in stunning countryside to lazing on the black sandy beaches. Wander down to the vibrant Viaduct Harbour for a bite to eat while watching the beautiful boats go by. A scenic ferry ride will reveal some of the 50 island gems in Auckland’s majestic Hauraki Gulf.
Auckland - Embark ms Noordam
Today you’ll embark Holland America’s ms Noordam. With all the elegance of traditional cruise sailing, yet offering a few state-of-the-art surprises, this beautiful cruise ship is an ideal choice for passengers of all ages. On board ms Noordam you’ll discover museum-quality paintings, as well as contemporary art, including the photographs of music greats, Dizzy Gillespie and BB King.
As you sail into Tauranga’s scenic harbour, you’ll pass the Bay of Plenty’s iconic Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano crossed with walking trails and dotted with hot saltwater pools. Savour the many delights in this beachside city: art, culture, boutique shopping and delicious food. Or visit the ‘Hobbiton’ film set where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were made.
Rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake, Napier is known as Art Deco City. Take a walk around the city centre to experience the world’s most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings with their geometric shapes and bold designs. Napier is also home to some of New Zealand’s oldest vineyards, including the Mission Estate Winery, where you can taste a stunning range of award-winning wines.
New Zealand's small capital city curls itself around the hillsides on the southern point of the North Island, looking out at the blustery Cook Strait. With a passion for coffee and craft beer, Wellington is bursting with energy and creativity and has a lively art, film and culinary scene. It’s also home to the much-loved ‘Te Papa’ museum with its fascinating and engaging interactive exhibits.
A picturesque seaside town in the heart of Marlborough Sounds, Picton will charm you with its buzzy bars and cafés, and art galleries. Sit down with friends and share a drink in one of Picton’s waterside eateries, while admiring the views of the palm tree-lined promenade. Then go kayaking in the peaceful waters of the sheltered harbour, before a visit to the floating maritime museum or aquarium.
Be charmed by Akaroa’s natural beauty and thriving artisan culture. The waters are home to rare Hector dolphins, the smallest in the world, and a host of other marine life. As a former French settlement, you’ll find pretty French-named streets full of boutique shops and craft galleries. It’s only human to be tempted by the sumptuous cakes and pastries in the town’s boulangeries and delicatessens.
A warm welcome awaits in Dunedin, where the locals are so proud of their Scottish heritage that they even have their own tartan. Don’t miss the themed gardens at Larnach Castle, including the Serpentine Walk, the Alice Lawn and a native plant trail; a true botanist’s dream. Dunedin is also a gateway to the beautiful Otago Peninsula, criss-crossed with hiking and cycling trails that reward you with sightings of albatross, sea lions and rare penguins.
Fiordland National Park (Scenic Cruising)
Cruise along spectacular natural fiords in South West New Zealand, where mirror-smooth waters reflect the nearby mountainous hills and powerful waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres from granite rocks into the deep lakes. In this important bird habitat you could spot a Fiordland penguin or two as you sail past breathtaking scenery.
The ms Noordam offers attractive and luxurious spaces for you to relax between ports of call on your New Zealand cruise. And there’s a wide range of activities to keep you entertained: you can work out in the Fitness Centre, be pampered in the Greenhouse Spa or get creative in the Culinary Arts Centre.
Tasmania’s capital has bags of sea-salty charm and a gourmet food scene. The buzzing waterfront precinct sits in the shadow of stunning Mount Wellington. You can hike or drive to the summit and enjoy spectacular views of Hobart and far out to the east and west. Head for Salamanca Place, Hobart’s historic, creative and cultural heart, and do some bargain-hunting in Australia’s best outdoor market.
Many passengers enjoy the company of fellow guests in the cruising tradition of set-time dinner sittings. This dining format is available in the gorgeous two-tier Vista restaurant, but you can also opt for a walk-in and be seated at a time of your choosing. Whichever you prefer, you can be assured of exceptionally friendly and efficient service and the very finest international cuisine.
Melbourne is famous for its markets, where you’ll find everything from local produce to arts and crafts and vintage fashion. The inner city’s leafy sections have a European feel, alongside New York-style 1950s art deco high-rises. Away from the bustle, you’ll find nearby Yarra Valley, where you could taste world-class wines and walk through lush forests.
When it comes to activities on board ms Noordam, much-loved favourites such as the Greenhouse Spa and fitness centre will ensure guests are well looked-after, while more recent introductions such as informative digital workshops and the brilliant Culinary Arts Centre add a new twist to the cruise holiday experience.
Sydney - Disembark ms Noordam and Hotel Stay
Today you’ll arrive in Sydney and disembark ms Noordam. You’ll enjoy a further night in Sydney with plenty of time to explore this dynamic and exciting city. Embrace the city’s rich heritage and seek out the aboriginal rock carvings near Mackenzies Point or tour the Rocks and learn about Australia’s first European settlement. You could climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach or enjoy some drinks in Darling Harbour.
Sydney - Hotel Stay
Sydney is far more than the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and inviting beaches. Take a guided walk around the city’s Royal Botanic Garden and uncover the diverse plant-life. Wander the coastal, cliff-side paths, with rock pools and secluded bays, where you can watch surfers ride the waves.
Sydney - Embark Indian Pacific
Depart Sydney in the afternoon and start a true journey of contrasts - it will take you through the heights of the majestic Blue Mountains and across the barren expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, to lush vineyards and vast goldmines, and from cities of 4 million to ghost towns of just four citizens. Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth and Sydney, via Adelaide, in a spectacular 4352km journey.
Adelaide and Broken Hill
As the desert makes way for the rolling countryside, today you’ll experience Adelaide. During your off-train excursions you could visit the colourful Central Market or enjoy a highlights tour of the city. That afternoon you’ll head to Broken Hill, one of Australia’s legendary Outback bases.
Cook and The Nullarbor
Today you’ll arrive on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Following a leisurely breakfast, you’ll step off the train for a short stop in Cook. Once a bustling railway community, now effectively a ghost town, Cook gives new meaning to the expression “middle of nowhere”. Take some time to reflect on the changing landscapes in your journey and to enjoy the hospitality of the Outback Explorer Lounge as you travel across Australia’s longest single stretch of railway.
Perth - Disembark Indian Pacific and Hotel Stay
The Avon Valley beckons you this morning – the mild skies and cool green vales of this picturesque part of the world will truly delight. Arrive into the cosmopolitan western capital of Perth after lunch, having finished an epic Australian journey end-to-end. With an overnight hotel stay you have time to admire the striking city skyline or take a picnic to the verdant Kings Park and Botanical Gardens. Take a whale watching tour, swim with wild dolphins or climb up to Reabold Hill Summit Boardwalk for stunning views.
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