New Zealand Coastal Discovery
Day 1-2 UK - In flight
In flight. Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Sydney.
Day 3 Sydney
An early morning arrival in Sydney, New South Wales, where our coach will transfer you to our hotel, the well-appointed Parkroyal Darling Harbour (4-star), for the next two nights. The hotel is close to Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay and the main shopping areas and is well placed to walk to the old Rocks area, a cluster of some of the country’s oldest buildings in quaint streets of small houses with plenty of cafés to refresh the explorer. The remainder of the day is free. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Day 4 Sydney
This morning you will enjoy an orientation tour of Sydney, taking in some of the city’s famous icons including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge before returning to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to make your own discoveries of this cosmopolitan and colourful city with its beautiful landscape and wealth of culture.
Day 5 Sydney
A leisurely start to the day, to further explore and perhaps visit the famous Bondi Beach before we transfer to embark Maasdam (4-star) this afternoon, with plenty of time to settle into your cabin before dinner this evening. Be sure to be up on deck when we set sail early this evening, passing the iconic Opera House with fantastic photo opportunities.
Day 6 At sea
Day 7 Port Arthur - Hobart, Tasmania (overnight)
Dive into a day of discovery in Port Arthur. Best known for its past as a penal colony, you can spend the day uncovering the history and culture of Tasmania - and Australia. The convict centre here incarcerated exiled prisoners between the 1830s and 1877, but today is one of several fascinating UNESCO-listed Australian Convict Sites on Tasmania. Wander the town and soak up the ambience - the one-time whalers, miners, farmers and bushrangers who lived here have given way to artists, foodies and rock climbers. The landscape is dominated by towering sea cliffs and peppered with wineries and distilleries. Continue to Hobart this evening.
Day 8 Hobart, Tasmania
There will be a choice of excursions available for you to discover the diversity and beauty of Australia’s only island state, including the UNESCO World Heritage area that contains Tasmania’s most famous crag - Cradle Mountain.
Days 9-10 At sea
Day 11 Milford Sound - Cruising Fiordland National Park
The region of New Zealand’s ice-formed fiords has a natural magic with cascading waterfalls, luxuriant forests and towering peaks that rise dramatically out of the water. We spend our day gently cruising these waters and experiencing the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife including the majesty of Milford Sound, towering Mitre Peak, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins.
Day 12 Oban (Halfmoon Bay)
As we arrive on Stewart Island, look up: thousands of birds live in the protected nature reserves around Oban. Look to the ground and you might be lucky enough to spot an elusive kiwi - 15,000 of the birds call this area home. History lovers can indulge in the town’s stone cottages dating back to 1835 and the old lighthouse with stunning coastal views.
Day 13 Port Chalmers (Dunedin)
Early arrival in Port Chalmers for Dunedin, the friendly city of slate and tin-roofed houses, spires, chimneys and glorious Victorian and Edwardian buildings that lie at the head of a long fiord. Perhaps visit the Royal Albatross Centre, where these huge seabirds rest lazily on the wind like kites. Early evening sailing.
Day 14 Akaroa (Christchurch)
Today we arrive in Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch, with a distinct French colonial history. Keep an eye out for the penguins, fur seals and rare Hector’s Dolphin that reside in the area. Early evening sailing.
Day 15 Wellington
We arrive in New Zealand’s compact, cosmopolitan capital, nestled between the harbour and steep, forest-clad hills. The revamped waterfront area leads from the cruise dock at the eastern end of town to the ‘must-see’ Te Papa museum in the west, which showcases the history of New Zealand in many visually stunning and thought-provoking ways.
Day 16 Napier
We arrive in Napier this morning, famed for its Art Deco buildings which were built following a great earthquake and fire in 1931. It sits on the coastline of Hawkes Bay, one of New Zealand’s leading wine-producing regions, with more than 50 leading wineries, including the Mission Estate.
Day 17 Tauranga (Rotorua)
We arrive this morning in Tauranga, the fastest growing provincial area in New Zealand, boasting an abundance of pristine beaches, blooming orchards and prominent hills. The region is rich in Maori history. The hot springs of Rotorua, originally used for cooking and healing, can be visited on an optional excursion. Early evening sailing.
Day 18 Crusing Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula
Marvel at the dramatic volcanic formations, sweeping white-sand beaches and abundance of birdlife and marine animals as we cruise the Bay of Plenty. Then, as we sail west into the Coromandel Peninsula, you’ll see the landscape take a whole new perspective from the deck of our ship. This rugged finger of volcanic rock, lush rain forest and golden sand lies of New Zealand’s North Island, luring visitors with its misty hiking trails and array of beaches.
Day 19 Auckland - In flight
We enjoy a brief coach orientation of Auckland, known to Aucklanders as the ‘City of Sails’ bounded by two harbours, the Waitemata and Manukau. We continue to the airport for a flight to Melbourne or Sydney and onward flight to the UK.
Day 20 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.