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Auckland to Sydney

NEW ZEALAND ADVENTURE | 14 Nights | Departs Jan 6, 2015

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Akaroa, New Zealand

Ports:

Jan, 6

-Auckland, New Zealand

Jan, 7

-Tauranga, New Zealand

Jan, 8

-Napier, New Zealand

Jan, 9

-Picton, New Zealand

Jan, 10

-Akaroa, New Zealand

Jan, 11

-Timaru, New Zealand

Jan, 12

-Dunedin, New Zealand

Jan, 13

-Cruise Milford Sound

Jan, 14

-Cruise the Tasman Sea

Jan, 15

-Cruise the Tasman Sea

Jan, 16

-Hobart, Tasmania

Jan, 17

-Cruise the Bass Strait

Jan, 18

-Melbourne, Australia

Jan, 19

-Cruise the Coast of Australia

Jan, 20

-Sydney, Australia

Akaroa, New Zealand-port

Set on a beautiful, sheltered harbor and overlooked by craggy volcanic hills, Akaroa is a popular resort town on Banks Peninsula in New Zealand. The name Akaroa means “Long Harbor.” Sailors from the HMS Britomart proclaimed British sovereignty for the land in 1840, but French settlers also settled in the area that year. There is still a heavy French influence found on the island, including many French local names.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Tranzalpine Experience
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • High Country Explorer
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Ice & Wings
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Traditional Akaroa Farm Experience
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Akaroa Harbor Nature Cruise
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • The Fox II Nature Sail
    Seated Tour
  • Christchurch Punting & Wine
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Tranzalpine Experience

    Light Activity /Walking Regent Choice
    Duration: 9 hours
    Tour Code: aka-001
    Price:

    $399.00

    View the hauntingly beautiful New Zealand countryside by both motor coach and aboard the Tranzalpine, a train ride voted one of the world's top rail journeys.

    Depart from the pier via motor coach and drive inland through some of New Zealand's most gorgeous countryside. Every time you think it can't get any more beautiful, it does, especially upon reaching the Southern Alps. At Arthur's Pass, the highest pass in the mountain range, you'll board the Tranzalpine, an award-winning train featuring rail cars with expansive windows for the ultimate panoramic views.

    You'll ride through the very heart of the South Island, viewing not only the vast Canterbury Plains but also seeing snow-mantled mountains, native rainforest, alpine meadows and deep river gorges. Ancient glaciers formed much of the remote landscape, and the terrain remains extremely rugged. While there are villages throughout the Southern Alps, for many years only the native Maori hunting parties traversed the passes because of the harsh conditions in the upper elevations. During the rail portion of your trip, a light boxed lunch will be served on board the train.

    This spectacular excursion is particularly memorable because you'll travel by two modes of transportation, allowing you to see areas that just one or the other couldn't reveal. Rejoining your coach at Arthur's Pass, you'll begin your descent past lakes and ski fields, stopping along the way at a colonial-style homestead in Darfield, where you'll enjoy a traditional tea. Eventually, you'll find yourself back at the pier in Akaroa, having seen New Zealand in all its glory.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops; however, it is a long journey by both rail and motor coach. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and participants should have full mobility. Casual clothing which should include a light jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour may operate in reverse order.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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