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Perth - Hotel Stay
Fly to Perth for a four night hotel stay. Laidback Perth is one of the most isolated major cities on Earth and an ideal base from which to explore the vineyards of the picturesque Swan Valley. 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.
Embark Indian Pacific - Perth to Kalgoorlie
Take your last breath of Indian Ocean air as you board the Indian Pacific. Your comfortable cabin awaits as does the elegantly-appointed restaurant car. All food is included, even the delicious rack of lamb and lime lamington dessert, paired with a Margaret River sauvignon blanc. As the views transform before your eyes, get ready for your first off train excursion in the wild west town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It’s long and fascinating history means there's plenty to see, learn and do.
Cook and The Nullarbor
As you wake, you’ll find yourself on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Vast horizons and big blue skies await and the ancient stillness of the desert landscape is only broken by a mob of friendly kangaroos or the occasional circling bird of prey. After 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".
Adelaide and Broken Hill
By morning, desert views give way to the rolling South Australian countryside. You’ll enjoy an entertaining stop in the beautifully-designed Adelaide, renowned for arts festivals, pop-up bars, and laneway restaurants. Over lunch, watch as pastures dissolve into tough mallee scrub on approach to Broken Hill, one of Australia’s legendary outback bases. Here, you can visit the late Pro Hart's art studio or head for the Miners' Memorial where the stark reality of working in Broken Hill's mines is laid bare.
Sydney - Disembark Indian Pacific and Hotel Stay
Winding your way through the magnificent Blue Mountains provides ample opportunity to kick back and reflect upon this unforgettable journey as you approach Sydney. You have just travelled from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, through some of the most striking landscapes on Earth. You’ll disembark here for a three night hotel stay to explore the city.
Sydney - Hotel Stay
Sydney is far more than the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and inviting beaches. Take a walk around the city’s Royal Botanic Garden; wander the coastal, cliff-side paths, with rock pools and secluded bays; embrace the city’s rich heritage and seek out the aboriginal rock carvings or tour the Rocks and learn about Australia’s first European settlement.
Sydney - 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.
Take your time to get to know your beautiful home for the next 14 nights. 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.
Milford Sound - Scenic Cruising
The breathtaking and unique landscape of Milford Sound will lodge long in the memory. Peaceful, mysterious and haunting, deep mirror-still waters reflect imposing granite hills climbing magically from the earth. Powerful waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres down into deep lakes. In this important marine life habitat you could spot a Fiordland penguin, and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to wave at dolphins and seals.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Auckland - Disembark ms Noordam
Today you’ll disembark the ms Noordam in Auckland for your flight home.
Other regional airports may be available*