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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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Auckland City Sights

    Explore Auckland's unique blend of modern cosmopolitan influences and Polynesian traditions during this scenic tour of the city.

    Depart the pier for the drive through the Auckland Domain, which consists of nearly 200 acres of parkland in the heart of the city. It encompasses ponds, statuaries, tropical glass houses, and a wide variety of trees. Nestled within this idyllic retreat you will find the Auckland Museum, which houses an impressive collection of Maori and Pacific artifacts that include a carved meeting house and impressive war canoe. During your visit, you will also see the Scars of the Heart exhibition on the 2nd floor, which depicts New Zealand's involvement in the major wars of the 20th century.

    Your tour will continue with a drive along beautiful Tamaki Drive through historic Parnell Village, and past the sandy beaches of Okahu Bay and Mission Bay. On your return to the city and ship, you will pass the former America's Cup Yachting Village, and take in panoramic views of the Westhaven Yacht Marina from the Auckland Harbor Bridge.

    Please note: This tour involves approximately 600 yards of walking. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Event - Auckland Lord of the Rings Dinner

    *** WORLD CRUISE EVENT ***

    Enter the mysterious world of hobbits and wizards! Auckland, home to the Lord of the Rings movie set, comes alive with these storybook characters as you enter the realm of your medieval feast! The Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland’s very first museum will be transformed to the Medieval setting of your fun-filled evening. Gollum, Hobbits and Elves will entertain you with their mischievous antics. Join in the lively fiddle music and Elves performances which complement the family style feast that awaits you. Take photos with the characters with several themed backdrops to capture special moments with friends.

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  • Auckland Countryside

    Enjoy the rare opportunity to view one of the few mainland gannet bird colonies in the world, followed by a tour of a working farm, where you'll be treated to a hearty barbecue lunch.

    Leaving the pier, you'll begin driving west, deep into the countryside, and then take an extraordinarily scenic route to the coast. Eventually, you will find yourself at the beautiful, black-sand Muriwai Beach where you will have a stop. This dramatic location is part of a park that was established in 1906 and a cliff-side overlook offers a literal bird's-eye view of the only gannet colony in the region.

    Thousands of gannets nest at Muriwai Beach, and you may observe them diving into the Tasman Sea for fish or greeting each other in an elaborate ritual. Mature gannets boast white plumage with black wing tips. The younger birds remain dark brown for the first year of their lives, until turning completely white by age five. It's fascinating to see how they interact in pairs and en masse as a colony.

    Continuing on, you'll drive to Haumoana, a wonderful working farm on the Kaipara Peninsula. After a traditional barbecue lunch that includes local wine, you'll sit in on a sheep-shearing demonstration and watch highly trained dogs skillfully herd the sheep just by following their master's hand movements and whistle commands. Llamas are also raised on the farm and you may see them grazing in the pastures. After an enjoyable visit of just over two hours, which includes a bit of free time, you'll re-board your coach and travel back to the pier in Auckland.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces; however, there is a gravel path to negotiate at Muriwai Beach. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate, casual clothing that should include a wind/waterproof jacket; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guest must be at least 21 years of age to be served any alcoholic beverages. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Devonport & North Shore

    Escape the bustle of Auckland in nearby Devonport, a historic waterfront village that exudes charm and celebrates its slower pace of life.

    Depart from the pier by coach and enjoy a scenic ride toward the lovely suburb of Devonport, which lies across the bay just north of Auckland. As an introduction to the historic village, you'll see it from two different, elevated perspectives: from the volcanic cone of Mount Victoria and also from North Head, another volcanically formed mountain. North Head was once a strategic military position, and there's still a large "disappearing" gun from 1886 on display there. The cannon-like gun was nicknamed for its powerful recoil, which pushed the gun underground completely out of sight, where it could be safely reloaded.

    Devonport is known for its easy pace and distinct historic character, as you'll soon discover upon arriving in its compact downtown. Driving about, you'll notice the many restored colonial villas from the late 1880s and early 1900s, most of which were built with timber from the native kauri tree, a species coveted because it grows straight and contains few knots. Devonport's waterfront is lined with stately houses and a prevalence of antique stores, inviting cafes and unusual boutiques, which lend the village its unmistakable charm.

    At the conclusion of your three-hour guided tour, you will have some free time to further explore on your own before returning to the pier in Auckland via public ferry. You may also elect to remain in Devonport and return by ferry (ferry tickets included) at your leisure.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability as walking around Devonport can be difficult. Weather appropriate, casual clothing that should include a wind/waterproof jacket; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Waiheke Island Wineries

    Ride the ferry to bucolic Waiheke Island, an esteemed wine-producing area where you will sample a fine selection of wines at two distinctive vineyards.

    A 15 minute walk from the ship brings you to the ferry that you will board for the scenic trip to Waiheke Island. During the 45 minute crossing, enjoy picturesque views of several idyllic, volcanically formed islands. One look at Waiheke’s stunning beauty and you will understand why it is New Zealand’s most populous island. It is an enchanting blend of pristine beaches, dense forests and fertile farmland, much of it devoted to grapes.

    As an introduction, you will stop for tea at a café on Onetangi Beach, an absolutely gorgeous stretch of sand. Onetangi means “weeping sands,” a reference to a great battle that the Maori waged here in the 1820s. The beach is also the site of an annual horse race that started more than 100 years ago.

    Continuing on, you will soon arrive at Stonyridge, a winery that only produces Bordeaux-style reds. During the tasting, you may sample the flagship Larose, a blend of at least five different varieties, or perhaps an inky-black Luna Negra with a lush berry nose, which is made solely from Malbec grapes.

    Your second tasting will be at nearby Batch Winery, which as its name implies produces small-batch boutique wines. While there are plenty of reds, such as the Cabernet Franc that is typically matured for two years in French oak, Batch also produces outstanding whites.

    Following your visit to Batch Winery, you will retrace your route back to the pier in Auckland.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes some sandy paths and steps to negotiate. Driving on the island can be bumpy at times. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Participants who suffer from motion sickness should take the appropriate measures prior to commencement of the tour. Guests must be a minimum of 18 years old to take part in the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour operates with a driver/guide and there will be no guide accompanying guests on the ferry portion of the tour.

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  • Mindful Movement and Meditation

    Enjoy the mental and physical benefits of yoga and meditation by practicing both on the observation deck of an events complex that overlooks beautiful Auckland harbor.

    After walking from the pier accompanied a yoga instructor, you will soon arrive at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, a complex built to the highest eco-friendly and sustainable standards. What an appropriate setting to find serenity through yoga and mindful meditation, especially from the observation deck, where you will enjoy a sweeping view of Auckland harbor.

    Guided by the instructor, you will assume a variety of yoga postures with the intent of achieving peace in body and mind. Through controlled breathing and stretching, you can expect to feel tensions release and awareness increase as you gently transition from pose to pose. The benefits of yoga, especially over an extended period of time, include better flexibility, greater muscle tone and improved mental clarity.

    Mindful meditation perfectly complements yoga and is highly beneficial, as well. The instructor will share meditation techniques that calm the mind, revitalize the body and increase positive energy. The goal is to become more aware of what you’re experiencing moment to moment, without judgments or any thoughts about past or future concerns.

    Following yoga and meditation, you will be served a cup of herbal tea and given time to reflect on the experience before walking back to the pier. As an alternative, you may remain in town to browse the waterfront shops and return to the pier on your own later.

    Please note: There is approximately 30 minutes of walking to the observation platform plus 20 steps. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable, flat walking shoes, light clothing is recommended. Guests will stretch and do yoga in their own clothing

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  • Scenic Cruise & Maritime Museum

    What better way to experience Auckland, the City of Sails, than by sailing around its harbor on a yacht and then touring a museum devoted to New Zealand's maritime history.

    Follow your escort on a leisurely walk over to Auckland's Waitemata Harbour where you will board one of the Pride of Auckland yachts for an interactive harbor cruise. Enjoy Auckland’s unique landscape from the water, on this relaxed sailing experience. Sail where the wind takes the yacht on Auckland’s stunning harbor, taking in the volcanic peaks and city skyline from the best view point in town. Feel the wind fill the sails and guide you under the harbor bridge and back past Auckland's landmarks. Auckland is New Zealand's most populous city with more sailboats per capita than any other place in the world, so you're sure to see plenty of magnificent vessels.

    You can take a rope or steer the helm and help the crew sail this harbor cruising yacht or simply sit back and enjoy the views.

    After sailing for approximately an hour and a half, you'll disembark and walk the short distance to the Voyager Maritime Museum (tickets provided) for a self-guided tour. Through its innovative exhibitions and displays, the museum celebrates the area's maritime heritage. You might watch a short film about the first settlers to sail to New Zealand, see a 1840s steerage cabin that rocks to simulate what it was like to travel by sea at the time, and marvel at the artwork in the maritime gallery that includes detailed scrimshaw and wooden figureheads.

    Spend as much time as you want at the museum and afterwards, stroll back to where your ship is docked or stay in the area to explore on your own.

    Please note: This tour is not available to wheelchair guests as wheel chairs cannot be accommodated on the vessel. Weather appropriate clothing that should include a wind proof jacket; sun protection and non-slip flat shoes are recommended; high heels are not allowed on vessel.

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  • Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World

    Get a rare, up-close look at Antarctic's native wildlife without enduring the rigors of their icy domain, and then enjoy a bird's-eye view of Auckland from its soaring Sky Tower.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will first drive to Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium. Named for a well-known Kiwi diver and adventurer, this enlightening attraction replicates life in the Antarctic, both above and below the icy waters. A moving walkway will transport you through clear acrylic underwater tunnels, revealing all sorts of marine life. You may see sharks being hand-fed, massive short-tail stingrays and delicate seahorses among the various exhibits. There's also a colony of King and Gentoo penguins that may be frolicking in the water or playing in the snow. And be sure to see the replica of Captain Robert Scott's hut from his ill-fated 1911 polar exploration.

    Continuing on, your tour next travels to Auckland's soaring 1,072-foot Sky Tower, the tallest manmade structure in New Zealand. Step inside one of the glass-fronted elevators and you'll be whisked to the top, where on a clear day you can see more than 50 miles in every direction. The Sky Tower is an engineering marvel built of high-strength, high-performance concrete and steel so strong it can withstand winds gusting up to 125 mph. To ensure that the tower remained perfectly straight during construction, seven global positioning satellites were used to confirm its exact position.

    Following your visit to the Sky Tower, you'll rejoin your coach and transfer directly back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes just over 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability and the tour is not recommended for those who suffer from a fear of heights. Weather appropriate, casual clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

    Since Victorian times, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves have attracted visitors from around the world. Join us on this full day excursion to Waitomo that takes you into the central heartland of the North Island.

    Leaving the city, enjoy a pleasant three-hour drive south over the Bombay Hills and through the lush dairy land of the Waikato Valley, before arriving at the Waitomo Caves. Here, subterranean limestone formations have resulted in a series of spectacular caves.

    At the Waitomo Caves, walk into a cave with soaring ceilings and low passages, where striking limestone formations include the famous Organ and the lofty chamber called The Cathedral. Stalagmites and stalactites abound, forming pillars and crooked fingers of calcite deposits that, in the low light, take on beautiful or monstrous proportions. In the caves, you will board a boat for a ride in complete silence along an underground river in pitch darkness. Look up and you will see the millions of bio-luminescent glow worms that stick to the cave. Because the worms extinguish their lights when disturbed, silence is mandatory.

    Following your visit, a short drive will bring you to Crosshills Farm where a tasty finger food buffet lunch will be served.

    Afterward, you will re-board your coach for the 3-hour return drive to the pier in Auckland.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate to strenuous walking over a natural trail and includes approximately 100 steps into the cave and about 50 steps to exit. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate, casual clothing that should include a wind/waterproof jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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