On board MS EUROPA from Auckland to Melbourne

Natural spectacles in the land of the Maori

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Experience New Zealand’s natural spectacles from within arm’s reach and discover the highlights of the North Island and South Island. The Australian island of Tasmania is in a world of its own and promises unforgettable memories with its unique flora and fauna.


from Auckland to Melbourne

Cruise dates:from 09.02.2019 to 01.03.2019 (20 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1903

17 days cruise only from € 8,541 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 10,661 per person

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

Highlights of this cruise

Begin your cruise in one of the best cities in which to live in the world: welcome to Auckland and to an exciting time in New Zealand. The geothermal region Rotorua* near TAURANGA promises to be a spectacular start to your cruise, and the colourful spectacle of bubbling mud pools and sputtering geysers will take your breath away. The smell of sulphur will be in the air on the following day as well as the EUROPA cruises off WHITE ISLAND. New Zealand’s only active volcano gives an impressive demonstration of how new land is created. The charming capital, WELLINGTON, is nestled between green hills. A ride in a nostalgic cable car which has connected the bustling Lambton Quay with the botanic gardens in Kelburn is a wonderful experience and you can enjoy breathtaking views of the bay.

The edge of South Island welcomes you with golden beaches, turquoise bays, primeval forests and the history of the Maori. Kaiteriteri is your gateway to the wonders of ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK and beautiful natural scenes – be it listening to the birds singing on a relaxed stroll* or enjoying the panoramic views on a kayak trip*. New Zealand is also famous for its sprawling fjord landscapes. The route to PICTON will lead the EUROPA through deep-blue waterways in which countless lush, green islands gleam in the sun. The legendary reputation of the Marlborough Sounds* precedes them. Captain Cook himself dropped anchor in the sheltered bays and marvelled at the green island scenery. LYTTELTON will provide you with more insights inland. The TranzAlpine Express* will be waiting at the station in Christchurch to take you up into the Southern Alps on a spectacular journey to Arthur’s Pass. Setting out from TIMARU, ascend even higher into the glacial landscape surrounding Mount Cook. The fascinating panorama of shimmering turquoise water and snow-covered slopes is particularly impressive on a boat ride* across one of the mountain lakes. For New Zealand’s final highlight, the EUROPA will spend one whole day cruising through the calm waterways of the Dusky and Breaksea sounds, finally leaving the coastlines of the green islands behind. The small island of Tasmania lies off the coast of Australia, unaffected by the hectic pace of the world. Most of the habitat of Tasmanian devils and wombats is a nature reserve. In HOBART, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look down on the primeval forests, moors and rugged mountain ranges from a propeller plane* and marvel at the wilderness in all of its beauty. Reflect on your diverse experiences during a relaxed day at sea before you arrive in MELBOURNE, where you will round off your cruise with numerous cultural sights. Spend hours experiencing different aspects of the city before heading home after one final overnight stay on board.

Itinerary

Sat, 09.02.2019

Scheduled flight from Germany to Dubai

Sun, 10.02.2019

Connecting flight to Auckland

Mon, 11.02.2019

Transfer to embarkation point
Auckland/New Zealand, departure 21.00 hrs

Tue, 12.02.2019

Mount Maunganui (Tauranga)/New Zealand , arrival 8.00 hrs

Wed, 13.02.2019

Mount Maunganui (Tauranga)/New Zealand, departure 8.00 hrs
Cruise around White Island

Thu, 14.02.2019

Napier/New Zealand , 7.00 – 17.30 hrs

Fri, 15.02.2019

Wellington/New Zealand , 8.00 – 19.00 hrs

Sat, 16.02.2019

Kaiteriteri/New Zealand , 7.00 – 9.00 hrs
Nelson/New Zealand, 11.30 – 19.00 hrs

Sun, 17.02.2019

Picton/New Zealand, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Mon, 18.02.2019

Lyttelton(Christchurch)/New Zealand , 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Tue, 19.02.2019

Timaru/New Zealand, 7.30 – 19.00 hrs

Wed, 20.02.2019

Port Chalmers/New Zealand , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Thu, 21.02.2019

Stewart Island/New Zealand , 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Fri, 22.02.2019

Cruising in the Dusky and Breaksea sounds

Sat, 23.02.2019
- Sun, 24.02.2019

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 25.02.2019

Hobart/Tasmania/Australia , 7.00 – 0.00 hrs

Tue, 26.02.2019

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 27.02.2019

Melbourne/Australia , arrival 8.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Thu, 28.02.2019

Transfer to a first-class hotel, day room
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany in the evening

Fri, 01.03.2019

Arrival in Germany

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.

= at anchor
= golf course

Price specials

Extended fun

Extend your stay with the previous cruise EUR1902 and save € 1,500 per person or with the subsequent cruise EUR1904 and save € 2,500 per person (applies to categories 1 – 11).

Please note that our cruises are conducted in German.

¹ You pay only the guaranteed price for double occupancy shown here. Accommodation will be provided in a suite in category 1 to 6, subject to availability. If you book a combination of several cruises in a guaranteed suite, it will be necessary to change suites after each individual cruise. Continuous occupancy of the same suite throughout the cruises is not possible. You will receive your exact suite number at the time of embarkation on board (limited allotment).

More travel information can be found in the General Information section.

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:

EXCLUSIVE PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME IN NEW ZEALAND


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: AUCKLAND


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: AUCKLAND AND WINE


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MELBOURNE


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: AYERS ROCK


INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – AUSTRALIA

Golf cruise

Tue 12.02 TAURANGA – FAIRVIEW COUNTRY CLUB (ADDITIONAL COURSE 1)
Founded in 1904, this club has moved three times within the local area. The existing 18 holes were redesigned in 1968 by the legendary architect Robert Trent Jones to fit the current terrain. Some of the beautifully tended fairways are lined with mature trees. The extremely wide, rather strongly modulated fairways do not always work in your favour. On the second nine fairways, long, accurate shots are required. All in all, a course that demands concentration and skill.

Thu 14.02 NAPIER – CAPE KIDNAPPERS GOLF COURSE
This course requires a great deal of concentration from players. The 18th hole is situated high up on a plateau, right on the east coast of the North Island. The holes were designed to fit the local terrain. Each ball position gives rise to new, spectacular views, which can easily distract players from the task at hand. As well as a few extra balls, make sure you pack your camera!

Fri 15.02 WELLINGTON – ROYAL WELLINGTON GOLF CLUB
Situated in the uplands of the “Windy City”, this city course was opened in 1895 and redesigned in 2013. This 18-hole parkland golfing adventure is often exposed to the wind. The extremely wide, rather strongly modulated fairways do not always work in your favour. The round is traditionally opened by a starter who keeps an eye on the players’ feet. Only white golf socks and shoes with soft spikes are permitted. However, white knee socks are preferred.

Sat 16.02 KAITERITERI/NELSON – NELSON GOLF CLUB (ADDITIONAL COURSE 2)
This classic links course, which challenges players with some remarkably long holes, is situated next to Tasman Bay between the city of Nelson and the local airport. Due to its exposed location right next to the sea, a third natural factor – the wind – often comes into play.

Mon 18.02 LYTTLETON – CLEARWATER GOLF CLUB
This is a demanding parkland course. Eleven of the fairways are bordered by water. In addition, most of the fast plateau greens feature various bunkers. But players who manage to play with straight shots can expect a very enjoyable round of golf. The teeing grounds overlooking the fairways provide clear orientation, so players are aware of the course of play from the beginning.

Wed 20.02 PORT CHALMERS – CHISHOLM PARK GOLF CLUB
This links course on the west coast of the South Island could almost be Scottish and seems to defy the forces of nature. Concentrated play is challenging due to the many breathtaking views along the course, so it is important to manage your game well.

Mon 25.02 HOBART – ROYAL HOBART GOLF CLUB
The Royal Hobart Golf Club is not far from the capital. First laid out in 1916, this 18-hole course has undergone complete modernisation – most recently in 1997. Nowadays, wide fairways, large, fast greens and 80 strategically placed bunkers await players. This is the course where Jack Nicklaus won the Australian Open in 1971. Play takes place between bushland and the Indian Ocean. It is likely to appeal to ambitious golfers!

Wed 27.02 MELBOURNE – HUNTINGDALE GOLF CLUB
This undulating 18-hole parkland course in the Australian outback has strict rules. Right from the first tee, the starter checks that players are complying with the local regulations. Both men and women must wear their golf shirt tucked into their trousers or shorts. Shorts must be knee-length – shorter or longer lengths are not permitted. Men should wear knee socks – or white socks, at least – with nothing printed or embroidered on them. After this initial check, things get better, with generous, wide fairways (rather undulating in some places) that end in similarly generous greens. Provided that you adhere to the club’s rules, you can expect a very relaxing round of golf.