On board MS EUROPA from Auckland to Sydney

A festive season amidst magnificent scenery

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Hollywood found inspiration in the country's green hills - this is where Tolkien's Middle Earth is brought to life. The Abel Tasman National Park, with rainforests stretching right down to the shore, also looks like something out of a film set. The beauty of the fjords is intoxicating - you will feel like you are dreaming when the EUROPA glides through the deep blue waters between steep cliffs. As a grand finale, Sydney is captivating with its magnificent sights to make it a truly great start to the year.

from Auckland to Sydney

Cruise dates:from 18.12.2014 to 06.01.2015 (20 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1500

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.

Highlights of this cruise

Highlights of your cruise:

  • UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites: Mount Cook National Park* and  Fjordland National Park*
  • Discover New Zealand on active tours*
  • On the TranzAlpine train* to Arthur’s Pass
  • Cruising in the Doubtful & Thompson Sound and Milford Sound
  • Christmas and New Year gala on board
  • On board: Peter Kraus and Marc Secara
  • New port: Port Golden Bay (Tarakohe)/New Zealand

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price.  The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.


Thu, 18.12.2014

Scheduled flight Frankfurt– Singapore

Fri, 19.12.2014

Connecting flight to Auckland

Sat, 20.12.2014

Transfer to embarkation on the EUROPA
Auckland/New Zealand, 21.00 hrs departure

Auckland/New Zealand
Enjoy our pre-cruise programme* at the exclusive Huka Lodge – Hideaway at Lake Taupo.

Sun, 21.12.2014

Mount Maunganui (Tauranga), 8.00 – 24.00 hrs

Mount Maunganui (Tauranga)/New Zealand
The natural landscape around the port in the Bay of Plenty is amazing. Bubbling sources and geysers fling water up into the air and are the main attractions in the Rotorua thermal centre*. Mount Maunganui* is now officially known by its Maori name Mauoa. On a walk* through the Waimangu Valley, you can enjoy the greenery and the fantastic views over the bay. Or explore The Shire from Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" - part of the trilogy was filmed in Matamata.

Mon, 22.12.2014

Cruising around White Island

Tue, 23.12.2014

Napier, 7.00 - 18.00 hrs

Napier/New Zealand
Following the 1931 earthquake, one of the most beautiful Art Deco cities in the world* emerged from the ruins. Hawke's Bay is also the oldest wine-growing region in the country and you can visit some vineyards* here to taste some first-class wines. A tour by all-terrain bus will take you to Cape Kidnappers*. This is home to an enormous gannet colony, which you can observe from the cape.

Wed, 24.12.2014

Wellington, 8.00 - 14.00 hrs

Wellington/New Zealand
From Mount Victoria you will have a wonderful view of New Zealand's capital city. And you can get to know Wellington* much better at the Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum. The Zealandia nature reserve* provides a sanctuary for native species of bird and small animals threatened with extinction. Here you can get an insight into 1,000 years of New Zealand's natural history.

Thu, 25.12.2014

Port Golden Bay (Tarakohe), 8.00 - 19.00 hrs
Kaiteriteri, 22.30 hrs arrival

Port Golden Bay (Tarakohe)/New Zealand
Go ashore in the place where James Cook dropped anchor and walk along the beautiful beaches of Golden Bay.  Perhaps you would also like to take a swim in the ocean.

Kaiteriteri/New Zealand
This charming resort is situated at the edge of a tropical paradise. The Abel Tasman National Park* is captivating with its picturesque beaches and green rainforest - it is perfect for discovering on foot*, by kayak* or by helicopter*.

Fri, 26.12.2014

Kaiteriteri, 10.00 hrs departure
Nelson, 12.30 - 20.00 hrs

Nelson/New Zealand
Many artists and soul-searchers are attracted to this colourful resort on Tasman Bay, which you can get to know on a diverse walking tour*.

Sat, 27.12.2014

Picton, 7.00 - 17.30 hrs

Picton/New Zealand
The head of the majestic Queen Charlotte Sound offers some amazing opportunities for enjoying the impressive landscape - walk along the Queen Charlotte track*, explore the natural landscape from the water by kayak* or fly over the inimitable Marlborough Sound by helicopter*.

Sun, 28.12.2014

Lyttelton (Christchurch), 8.00 - 18.00 hrs

Lyttelton (Christchurch)/New Zealand
This little port on the South Island is the perfect starting point to explore the green countryside - the TranzAlpine train* will take you up to Arthur’s Pass. Or you can set out on an off-road adventure* on tussock buggies over the hills and through the Waimakariri Gorge. A jet boat will take you along the Waimakariri River back to the Canterbury Plains.

Mon, 29.12.2014

Timaru, 8.00 - 18.00 hrs

Timaru/New Zealand
From the port in South Canterbury, the route takes you up to Mount Cook – New Zealand's highest mountain*. On the way, you will be able to admire Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. Find out about sheep shearing on a typical sheep farm*. Following refreshments of tea and cakes, you can walk through the historic centre of Omaru*.

Tue, 30.12.2014

Port Chalmers, 8.00 - 18.00 hrs

Port Chalmers/New Zealand
This little port is the gateway to the wild Taieri Gorge - for this is the destination on a wonderful train ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway* past farmland and forests and over cast-iron viaducts. A boat will take you to the Otago Peninsula*. This is home to the enormous royal albatross and rare yellow-eyed penguins.

Wed, 31.12.2014

Stewart Island, 7.00 - 14.00 hrs

Stewart Island/New Zealand
Many miles of footpaths cross the countryside of this sparsely populated island, which is home to New Zealand's national symbol, the Kiwi. The island is a lush green paradise, which you can discover at your own pace.

Thu, 01.01.2015

Cruising in the Doubtful & Thompson Sound
Cruising in the Milford Sound

Doubtful & Thompson Sound/Milford Sound/New Zealand
A day spent peacefully cruising through the sea - glide on the EUROPA through the quiet beauty of New Zealand's fjords.

Fri, 02.01.2015
- Sat, 03.01.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 04.01.2015

Sydney/Australia, 7.00 hrs arrival
Overnight stay on board

Explore the oldest and largest city in Australia on a tour* including a visit to the famous Opera House – or take off for a helicopter flight* over the coast, beaches and Harbour Bridge. Following an overnight stay on board, it will be time to begin your journey home. Unless you want to get to know Sydney – city of dreams on the water better on our post-cruise programme*.

Mon, 05.01.2015

Boat trip through the harbour,
Transfer to scheduled flight to Frankfurt

Tue, 06.01.2015

Arrival in Frankfurt

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German: