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  • Cruise date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012.
  • Ports of Call: Sydney, Australia; Bay of Islands, New Zealand; Auckland, New Zealand; Tauranga, New Zealand; Napier, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand; Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand, New Zealand; Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand, New Zealand; Fiordland National Park, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia.

Cruise Itinerary - 13 Day roundtrip Sydney, Australia
DayPorts of CallArriveDepart
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Sydney, Australia -- 4:00 PM
Thursday, October 25, 2012 At Sea -- --
Friday, October 26, 2012 At Sea -- --
Saturday, October 27, 2012 Fiordland National Park, New Zealand 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2012 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Monday, October 29, 2012 Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Wellington, New Zealand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Napier, New Zealand 7:00 AM 02:00 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2012 Tauranga, New Zealand 7:00 AM 05:30 PM
Friday, November 2, 2012 Auckland, New Zealand 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2012 Bay Of Islands, New Zealand 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 4, 2012 At Sea -- --
Monday, November 5, 2012 At Sea -- --
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Sydney, Australia 7:00 AM --

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Princess Cruises Australia New Zealand shore excursions Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Port Highlights

New Zealand's largest national park was formed millennia ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast of New Zealand's South Island. At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound. Lined by cliffs that soar nearly a mile above its surface, Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps. Rainforest clings to the cliffs and graceful waterfalls plummet into the void. Mile-high Mitre Peak dominates the upper reaches of the sound.

The town of Te Anau in Fiordland National Park is also your gateway to the South Island's other natural wonders including Lake Wakitipu, the resort of Queenstown and Mt. Cook National Park.

    Popular Attractions
  • Queenstown.
    This resort town on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is famed for its adventure tourism including para sailing, ski fielding and bungee jumping.
  • Lake Wakatipu.
    The peaks of the Southern Alps and the Remarkable Ranges surround New Zealand's longest lake.

Princess Cruises Australia New Zealand shore excursions Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
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Perched on the hills above one of New Zealand's loveliest harbors, Dunedin is a Kiwi city with a Scottish heart. Hailed as the "Edinburgh of New Zealand," Dunedin is proud of its heritage. A statue of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns graces downtown, and the presence of New Zealand's only kilt maker and whisky distillery - as well as many bagpipe bands - keep Dunedin's ties to Scotland alive. The city also boasts a distinguished architectural and cultural history, a legacy of New Zealand's 1860s gold rush.

Port Chalmers, gateway to Dunedin, is located eight miles from the city center. Dunedin is a planned city: its streets and suburbs fan out from the city's octagon.

    Popular Attractions
  • Taieri Gorge Railway.
    Travel the fabled route of pioneers & prospectors through spectacular Taieri River Gorge. This historic railway, from the 1870s, boasts wrought iron viaducts, tunnels and modern and vintage carriages.
  • Larnach Castle.
    Enjoy spectacular tower views and beautiful gardens at this neo-Gothic estate. Commissioned by William Larnach for his beloved first wife, the home preserves the baronial lifestyle of the 1800s.
  • Olveston House.
    Designed by London architect Sir Ernest George and built in 1904-06 for David Theomin, a Dunedin importer, this magnificent 35-room Jacobean-style mansion tells the story of a gracious age.
  • Otago Harbour & Peninsula.
    Otago Peninsula is one of the South Island's most significant wildlife areas and boasts untamed landscape
  • Speights Brewery.
    Still on Rattray Street at the foot of City Rise, the same site it has occupied since 1876, Speight's Brewery brews the "Pride of the South," a favorite New Zealand beer.
  • Botanical Garden.
    Established in 1863, the lush Botanic Gardens boast rose, camellia, rhododendron and native plant displays. Also on site are a Glasshouse Garden, aviary, and convenient souvenir shop.
  • Otago Museum.
    The Otago Museum was founded in 1868 and has undergone many changes over the years. It is the largest cultural and heritage institution in Otago and has a collection of over two million natural science specimens and human history artifacts. The Museum is Dunedin's most visited attraction.
  • Dunedin Train Station.
    Dunedin's landmark railway station features an elaborate Victorian facade, extravagant tile floors and etched glasswork.

Princess Cruises Australia New Zealand shore excursions Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand
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Travel down the tree-lined Avon Rive, tour English-style gardens and drive past a Gothic cathedral. No, it's not England - it's Christchurch, New Zealand's most English city. The colonists who settled Christchurch transformed the treeless landscape by planting European trees and setting aside vast tracts as parkland. Today, parks dot the city, giving Christchurch an old-world ambience that belies its sophisticated style.

Settled under the auspices of the Church of England in the mid-1800s, Christchurch is a planned city that flourished with New Zealand's agriculture and sheep industry. At the heart of the city lies Christchurch Cathedral, a Gothic cathedral built of local stone. The port of Lyttelton serves as your gateway to Christchurch.

    Popular Attractions
  • Canterbury Museum.
    The museum opened in 1870 and is world-renowned for its natural and human history collections. Don't miss the outstanding Maori exhibits, Victorian Christchurch Street, and vast Antarctic collection.
  • Arts Centre/Christchurch Art Gallery.
    This exciting venue hosts to a huge range of New Zealand-made art and crafts, shopping, education and entertainment. It's also one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the country.
  • Christchurch Cathedral.
    This neogothic Cathedral is the imposing midtown landmark. Climb the North tower's 133 steps for a bird's-eye view of the entire city. The Cathedral Square is considered the city's lively center.
  • Botanic Gardens.
    Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English Oak tree to commemorate the marriage of Queen Victoria's son, the lush Gardens feature one of the finest collections of plants found in New Zealand.
  • International Antarctic Centre.
    Experience what it's like in the Antarctic. This interactive center lets you see, touch and feel what it takes to survive the "South Pole." See penguins, climb into an igloo, and ride the hagglund.
  • Christchurch Tramway.
    These vintage trams offer a unique way to travel about and see the city. The tram tour travels a loop throughout the town, making 11 stops along the way at many of the major attractions.
  • Akaroa & The Banks Peninsula.
    Banks Peninsula was formed by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. Originally a French whaling port, the historic town of Akaroa offers Victorian cottages, great dining and "The Giant's House."
  • Tranz Alpine Railway.
    A two-hour trip aboard New Zealand's famous train travels the Canterbury Plains to Arthur's Pass National Park in the heart of the Southern Alps

Princess Cruises Australia New Zealand shore excursions Wellington, New Zealand
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New Zealand's capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian buildings. Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, "wonderful, windy Wellington" is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funnelling through Cook Strait. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco.

Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot. Kelburn Cable Car, stairways and footpaths climb the slopes from the city center.

    Popular Attractions
  • Wellington Botanic Garden/Lady Norwood Rose Garden.
    The Wellington Botanic Garden features over 61 acres of landscapes, protected native forest, conifers, and special floral collections including the lovely 3,000 rose-filled Lady Norwood Rose Garden.
  • Cable Car.
    This 110-year-old landmark rises 390 feet from the heart of the city and offers spectacular views at the top. From here, it's an easy walk to the Botanic Gardens, Carter Observatory and Cable Car Museum.
  • Te Papa Museum.
    New Zealand's national museum is dedicated to the country's culture and environment with a special emphasis on the Maori. Fascinating displays include the colossal squid; at over 1,000 pounds, it's renowned as the world's heaviest.
  • Wairarapa.
    Called the "land of glistening waters" by the ancient Maori, this beautiful rural area not only offers abundant lakes, bays and rivers, it's also at the heart of New Zealand's wine trail.
  • Zealandia: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.
    A 550-acre eco-sanctuary home to New Zealand's rarest and endangered native animals including the tuatara lizard, little spotted kiwi, saddleback and hihi birds, and the giant weta insect. Their 500 year plan is to return the sanctuary to its pre-human origins.
  • Lord Of The Rings Tour.
    An exhilarating journey through the Wellington and Wairarapa regions, where visitors can see locations used in the filming of the blockbuster award-winning movies.
  • Outdoor Adventures.
    New Zealand abounds with spectacular scenery and activities.
  • Tranz Alpine Railway.
    A two-hour trip aboard New Zealand's famous train travels the Canterbury Plains to Arthur's Pass National Park in the heart of the Southern Alps

Princess Cruises Australia New Zealand shore excursions Napier, New Zealand
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Port Highlights

Napier and Hawke's Bay have become New Zealand's premier lifestyle getaways. Located on the North Island's eastern coast, New Zealand's oldest wine-growing region boasts a superb Mediterranean climate and golden sand beaches. In recent years, Hawke's Bay has become a leading producer of fine olive oils and artisanal cheeses. Wildlife lovers and birders will flock to Cape Kidnappers in Southern Hawke Bay: the Cape is home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.

In 1931, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake leveled Napier. The town rebuilt itself, and today Napier is hailed as the "Art Deco City" for its superb collection of Deco, Spanish Mission and Classical Revival buildings.

    Popular Attractions
  • Art Deco City Tour.
    World-renowned as the "Art Deco City," visitors can leisurely stroll, take an antique car ride or jump on the Deco bus to view some of the most revered architectural gems in Hawke's Bay.
  • Wine Tasting.
    New Zealand's oldest wine region, Hawke's Bay is home to over 140 vineyards and 70 wineries. Visit a tasting room or take a wine tour to broaden your knowledge while taking in the spectacular scenery.
  • Cape Kidnappers.
    Home to a top-ranked golf course, spectacular ocean views, and geological cliff formations, this promontory is also home to the Gannet Reserve, the world's largest gannet nesting place.
  • Te Mata Peak.
    Majestically rising over 1,300 feet above sea level, Te Mata is the highest peak in the area, making it a favorite spot for paragliding and hang gliding, hiking and mountain biking.
  • National Aquarium.
    New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life features an Oceanarium tank filled with an amazing array of sharks, stingrays, porcupine fish, eels, snappers and more; plus there's a touch pool and a kiwi environment.
  • Silky Oaks Chocolate Company & Pernel Fruit World.
    Silky Oaks specialized in handmade chocolates using couverture- chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa butter. Watch the chocolate making process, sample a handmade chocolate and tour the Chocolate Museum. Pernel Fruit World, family-owned orchard produces award-winning apples and stone fruit. Board a wagon for a tractor-drawn tour of the orchards.
  • Moana Winery.
    This privately owned, boutique winery is in pursuit of creating New Zealand's finest wines which pays homage to some of the very best viticulture sites throughout New Zealand.

Princess Cruises Australia New Zealand shore excursions Auckland, New Zealand
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    Popular Attractions
  • Auckland Museums
    A trio of exceptional museums displays the unique natural culture of the area. The Maritime Museum focuses on nautical treasures, the War Memorial on native origins and the Art Gallery on visual mediums.
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge
    An Auckland icon, the Harbor Bridge stretches over the sparkling Waitemata Harbor, dotted with colorful yachts. Unparalleled city views of the city, Rangitoto Island, Devonport and the Waitakere Ranges can be seen from its heights.
  • Waiheke Island
    A charming blend of farmland, beaches, forest and vineyards, Waiheke Island, a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, is a picturesque area for sightseeing, winery tours, and a host of outdoor activities.
  • Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World
    A world-class aquarium created by renowned New Zealand oceanographer Kelly Tarlton, this underwater adventure land includes thrilling interactive displays and viewing stations offering a unique perspective on New Zealand Pacific oceanic history.
  • Devonport
    A charming seaside village just minutes from Auckland, Devonport is nestled on the North Shore. Pristine beaches, colonial architecture and a wonderful array of specialty shops make this historic maritime village a delightful destination.
  • Sky Tower
    The tallest man-made structure in New Zealand, take a transparent elevator to a glass-floored observation deck, towering 1,072 feet in the air. Panoramic views and a 360-degree revolving restaurant greet you at the top.
  • Waitomo Grotto
    Sail quietly through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto an underground cave of historical and geological significance. Tiny phosphorescent glowworms light the way through the ornate limestone caverns.
  • Countryside/Wineries
    Travel through the picturesque countryside on an excursion to New Zealand's premier wineries, acclaimed for their Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noir. Guided vineyard tours and tastings are available.

Princess Cruises Australia New Zealand shore excursions Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Princess Cruises Australia New Zealand shore excursions
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The Bay of Islands offers more than broad vistas of sea and sky, more than beaches, boating, and fabulous water sports. The Bay is the birthplace of modern New Zealand. Here the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, establishing British rule and granting the native inhabitants equal status. Rich in legend and mystery, the Bay of Islands has age-old ties to the Maori and to whalers, missionaries and New Zealand's early settlers.

The Bay of Islands has lured explorers for countless centuries. The Maori say that Kupe, the great Polynesian adventurer, came here in the 10th century. Captain Cook anchored offshore in 1769, followed by assorted brigands, traders, colonists and missionaries.

    Popular Attractions
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
    It was here in 1840 that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown. This historic site offers a commanding view of history and the Bay of Islands.
  • Kerikeri Mission Station.
    Also known as Kemp House, Mission Station is New Zealand's oldest kauri building, completed in 1822. Nearby sits the Stone Store, a former trading post and New Zealand's oldest stone building.
  • Bay Cruise.
    A cruise aboard a catamaran sets the stage for fun in the sun. Sail through the Hole in the Rock, a 210-foot hole carved by wind and waves, and make a stopover at Otehei Bay for swimming and hiking.
  • Puketi Forest.
    An ancient kauri forest located in the heart of the Bay of Islands, Puketi spans 37,000 acres, dotted with kauri, hardwood trees and 370-recorded species of plants.

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