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Auckland, New Zealand-port

Auckland, “The City Of Sails”, is spread over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours on New Zealand’s North Island. It earns its sobriquet from having more boats per capita than any other city in the world. The first settlers here were the Maori, and are still a vibrant component of its cosmopolitan population. Auckland offers the visitor all the amenities of a world-class city. Browse the shops of Queen Street or the Parnell area with its galleries and boutiques in quaintly restored Victorian buildings. For a magnificent panorama of the city travel to Mount Eden, the city’s highest point, or visit the Skytower for loftier views. Minutes from downtown you can relax on a black sand beach, or explore the America’s Cup Yachting Village. Further afield there are the spectacular pine-clad Waitakere Mountains, the amazing Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the verdant vineyards of Kumeu River Wines.

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POST - NEW ZEALAND COUNTRYSIDE & WINERIES 2017

Code: AKLL10

Experience life in the countryside surrounding Auckland by observing a gannet colony, watching a sheep-shearing demonstration at a working farm, and wine tasting in one of New Zealand’s newest wine regions north of Auckland.

DAY 1

After disembarking from the ship, you will enjoy a brief orientation tour of Auckland that includes driving along the waterfront. A stop will be made at Bastion Point for scenic views over the harbor before continuing to St Heliers Bay, through the eastern suburbs, and past the Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park.

Following your arrival at your hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Feel free to venture out, as your room may not be ready until 3pm. Dinner is on your own, and there are wonderful restaurants in the hotel and plenty of other fine choices nearby.

DAY 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive into the fertile farmland and wine-growing areas of Kumeu and Huapai before reaching Muriwai Beach on the rugged west coast. Here, you will stop and walk approximately 250 meters (275 yards) to a special lookout above one of the world’s few mainland gannet colonies.

As you will be very close to the white seabirds, you will be able to watch them nesting, feeding and flying in the updrafts offshore. Their behavior will depend on the season and time of day, but regardless of what the activity, you can expect it to be hugely entertaining, especially if they are diving for fish. There should be hundreds, if not thousands of gannets in the colony, all of them clustered about the cliffs side by side.

Continuing on, you will travel through more beautiful countryside to Haumoana, a 200-acre working farm on the lovely Kaipara Peninsula. Situated high on a hill, the property offera splendid views over the rolling land and out to the harbor. The farm raises sheep and beef and supports a herd of friendly fallow deer that will usually come when called. It makes for an excellent photo opportunity.

Then, following a hearty lunch, you will watch a sheep-shearing demonstration. In the hands of a skilled farmhand, a sheep can typically be sheared head to tail in about three minutes.

After the demonstration, you will drive back to Auckland via a different route through farming areas, across the Auckland Harbor Bridge, and into the shopping district downtown. Upon arriving at the hotel, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure with dinner on your own.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive north towards Matakana, a small town in the heart of one of New Zealand’s newest wine regions. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit several distinct wineries for tastings and to discover how the various wines are produced on the gentle slopes throughout this region.

Your first stop is Omaha Bay, a family-owned, fourth-generation boutique vineyard and winery overlooking the bay of the same name. Omaha Bay is known for its classically herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc, densely colored Syrah and spicy, full-bodied Montepulciano.

Next, you will visit nearby Mahurangi River Winery, which produces a number of handcrafted wines that include Malbecs, Merlots and Syrah Viogniers. Although the oldest vines are Chardonnay and Bordeaux, the vineyard has added plantings that are somewhat novel in New Zealand in hopes of producing even more unique wines.

Continuing on, you will enjoy lunch and a tasting at Ascension Winery, which sits on a steep north-facing hillside of iron-rich clay that yields small crops of intensely flavored grapes. This winery is a small taste ot Tuscany where things are doine the Old European way, everything possible is done by hand including bud rubbing, picking and pruning. The exact wines in the tasting will be determined once you arrive, but they may include a popular Merlot-dominant red blend known as Epiphany and a soft, light-bodied Viognier.

Following this extended visit, you will drive on toward Auckland, pausing along the way for yet another tasting at Ransom Wines. The family-owned and operated winery produced its first vintage in 1996 and has since grown to become one of the area’s most revered brands. Some of its wines are made with Albarino white grapes, which are Spanish in origin and were planted at Ransom in 2009.

After departing from Ransom, you will return to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure with dinner on your own.

DAY 4

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport based on your flight schedule.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

DAY 1

9:00am Disembark from the ship and enjoy a brief city tour

11:15am Arrive at your hotel

3:00pm Check-in

Remainder of the day is at your leisure

Overnight at the Pullman Auckland Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart for the Auckland countryside

10:15am Stop at a seaside gannet colony

11:15am Depart for Haumoana farm

11:45am Arrive at Haumoana farm

1:45pm Depart for Auckland

3:00pm Arrive back at your hotel

The remainder of the day is at leisure with dinner on your own

Overnight at the Pullman Auckland Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Depart for Matakana wine region

10:00am Visit Omaha Bay Winery

10:45am Depart Omaha Bay Winery

11:15am Visit Mahurangi River Winery

12:00pm Depart Mahurangi River Winery

12:30pm Lunch and tasting at Ascension Winery

2:00pm Depart Ascension Winery

2:15pm Tasting at Ransom Wines

3:00pm Depart Ransom Wines

4:30pm Arrive back at your hotel

The remainder of the day is at leisure with dinner on your own

Overnight at the Pullman Auckland Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 4

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and prepare for a 12:00 pm/noon check out. Your transfer to the airport will be arranged according to your flight schedule. Should you have a late flight, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Additional Nights: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as additional activities are on your own, after the program ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected Weather:

New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are June, July and August.

What to Bring:

Dress is informal and relaxed. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and nightspots. Men are not expected to wear suits and ties, except in a few of the premier formal bars and restaurants.

In the summer, bring a light jacket or sweater in case the weather turns cooler or you visit higher altitudes. You can expect some rain, so include a light waterproof jacket or coat and an umbrella.

Currency:

The New Zealand Dollar is the currency. All major international credit cards can be used in New Zealand and Travelers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores. If your credit card is encoded with a PIN, you will be able to withdraw cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs) at most banks and shopping centers.

Electricity:

Electricity throughout New Zealand is 230/240 volts (50 hertz), although most hotels and motels provide 110-volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only.

For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option. Power outlets only accept flat three-pin or two-pin plugs, depending on whether an earth connection (ground) is fitted.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A valid passport is required. International guests are required to check with their travel agent in regards to Visa requirements.

Accommodation:

Pullman Auckland Hotel

Corner Waterloo Quadrant and Princess Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Phone: +09 353 1000

If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards and guests will be notified of any changes.

Program includes:

3 Nights at the Pullman Auckland Hotel or similar Hotel, including breakfasts (Superior Room)

Touring as outlined above

Lunch on Day 2 and Day 3

Wine tasting on Day 3

English-speaking driver and guide

Program excludes:

Any meals not listed above

All beverages

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Hotel incidentals such as mini bar and room service

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.