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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. 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.
Sydney - Embark Ovation of the Seas®
Today you’ll embark Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas®, one of the world’s most innovative ships, for your cruise back to Australia. You’ll have plenty of days at sea to make the most of the incredible range of entertainment, activities and facilities on board.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options on board Ovation of the Seas®. From authentic New York pizza and dry-aged steaks to Asian flavours and restaurants designed by celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver, there’s something to suit every taste and occasion.
Bay of Islands
This stunningly beautiful bay is one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations and it’s easy to see why. Clear turquoise waters peppered with remote islands that are home to unspoilt beaches and an abundance of wildlife make it the perfect place for water-based activities such as kayaking, diving and sailing.
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.
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. On arrival you’ll find many delights in this beachside city: art, culture, boutique shopping and delicious food. You could take an excursion to Rotorua to experience Maori culture or visit the ‘Hobbiton’ film set where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were made.
After your offshore excursions, you could enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Float away on a cloud of bliss at the on board spa with a range of treatments including facials, massages and body wraps. Or sit back on a lounger around one of the fabulous pools and unwind in one of the four whirlpools on board.
New Zealand 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 interact exhibits.
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.
Milford / Doubtful / Dusky Sound (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.
A couple of days at sea gives you the chance to explore some of the activities on board. Head to the SeaPlex for some retro-fun at the roller disco or on the dodgems. If you fancy trying something new, join the Circus school to learn acrobatic skills or take up surfing on the Flowrider®. Reach new heights at the rock climbing wall, or take the North Star to rise 300 feet in the air for jaw-dropping views.
Sydney - Disembark Ovation of the Seas® and Hotel Stay
Today you’ll arrive back in Sydney and disembark Ovation of the Seas. You’ll enjoy a further three night stay in Sydney with plenty of time to explore this dynamic and exciting city.
Sydney - Hotel Stay
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.
Indian Pacific Rail - Sydney to Adelaide
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.
Indian Pacific Rail - 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.
Indian Pacific Rail - 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
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.
Perth - Hotel Stay
Perth combines sophisticated attractions and cultural events with beautiful shores and an easy going attitude to create one of Australia’s most liveable cities. 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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