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Welcome to Auckland

Tour begins at 6:30 PM at the Hilton Auckland. A transfer is included upon arrival from Auckland International Airport to the Hilton Auckland hotel where we have arranged an early check-in for a restful start...


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Highlights of Auckland

Become better acquainted with Auckland’s abundant cosmopolitan charms today on an orientation tour of the city, including the waterfront neighborhood of Westhaven, and guided visits to the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Kelly Tarleton Aquarium....


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From a Waiheke Island ferry to your yacht

Take a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland to nearby Waiheke Island for tours and tastings of local wines and olive oil at a vineyard and an olive estate, followed by a scenic drive and lunch at the acclaimed Mudbrick Winery. A return ferry ride to...


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Tauranga & Rotorua, “thermal” New Zealand

Sun, sea and surf rule in Tauranga, the perfect port of call for a day filled with outdoor discoveries on the North Island of New Zealand, where thermal discoveries heat up the day. Visit the Elms Mission Settlement, recalling the missionary and European...


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A relaxing day of coastal cruising

Spend the day indulging in seafaring pleasures aboard L'Austral as she steams along the North Island coast toward Napier, New Zealand’s Art Deco showcase. Shipboard amenities include three lounges and bars, an outdoor swimming pool,...


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Napier, a little city reborn

Rebuilt in the then-popular Art Deco style and expanded after suffering through New Zealand's worst earthquake in 1931, Napier has been called “the prettiest little city in New Zealand.” Guided sightseeing includes a ride on the Hawke’s...


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Discovering wonderful Wellington

New Zealanders call Wellington the capital of cool; as the seat of the country’s government, it’s all that and more. Your shore tour of Wellington includes a cable car ride to the Botanic Garden to see the award-winning rose garden and...


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A taste of Marlborough wine country

Rise early today to enjoy the quiet beauty of the inlets and narrow passages of Queen Charlotte Sound – one of the four Marlborough Sounds – as L'Austral cruises to Picton for a day ashore in the Marlborough wine region. A wine...


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Treasured finds in Akaroa

In Maori, “akaroa” means “long harbor” and that’s what comes to mind as you first step ashore today to discover the sights of this French-inspired South Island town. Guided sightseeing includes visits to the pretty village...


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An adventurous day in Dunedin

New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin, on the South Island, is home to a fascinating mix of natural and historic sights. Home to rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the world’s only mainland albatross colony, Dunedin boasts a rich legacy...


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Cruising Fiordland National Park

A full day at sea onboard your yacht is a delightful way to take in the stunning scenic sights of Fiordland National Park. The author of the book “Mountains of Water – The Story of Fiordland National Park” called the place you’re...


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Disembark in Milford Sound; on to Queenstown

You'll want to be on deck for our arrival into Milford Sound; the glacier-hewn scenery will take your breath away. Bid L'Austral farewell today as you disembark at Milford Sound and drive to Queenstown, stopping for lunch at Te Anau in the...


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Jet boating & a flight to Melbourne

Start your day with a jet boat adventure* on the Shotover River and a visit to artsy Arrowtown. Fly across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne, Australia, for a two-night stay. Enjoy dinner tonight in one of Melbourne's top-rated restaurants.


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The magic of Melbourne

Explore Melbourne this morning on a city tour that showcases Fitzroy Gardens, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Victorian Parliament House. Visit the Shrine of Remembrance before enjoying the remainder of the day as you choose.


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Fly to Cairns and meet the crocs

Welcome aboard Tauck’s charter flight as we wing our way to Cairns. First stop is a wildlife park for a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon and a barbecue lunch. Crocodiles are an integral part of the waterscapes here; see them during a guided...


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A great day at the Great Barrier Reef

Step outside on the dock of your hotel and board our waiting boat for a cruise to one of the world’s true natural wonders. Home to more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef teems with marine life; it...


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The rainforest canopy and a flight to Sydney

Experience World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, including time at two mid-stations for views of Barron Falls and other inspiring sights. Touch down for a flight to Sydney aboard Tauck’s private charter. Spend the next two...


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A g’day in Sydney

Begin a memorable day in world-renowned Sydney with a tour of city sights, including an insider visit to the iconic Sydney Opera House and a delightful cruise around Sydney Harbour. Spend the remainder of the day enjoying the city as you please; join...


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Journey home

Tour ends in Sydney. Fly home anytime. Your New Zealand cruise adventure ends today with an included transfer to the Sydney Airport from the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. Allow a minimum of three hours for your flight check-in.


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