Be captivated by the mysterious Maori culture, Tolkien's "Shire", fabulous whale watching and the New Zealand fjords. This exceptional cruise is topped off by Sydney and one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.
Extend your stay with the previous cruise EUX2301 or with the subsequent cruise EUX2303 and save € 2,000 per person (applies to Categories 1 - 14).
Scheduled flight from Germany to Dubai
Connecting flight to Auckland
Transfer to embarkation point
Overnight stay on board
Auckland, departure 14.00 hrs
Mount Maunganui (Tauranga)/New Zealand , 8.30 - 22.00 hrs
The long expanses of its beaches make the Bay of Plenty a popular destination for surfers. Explore Rotorua*, the heart of Maori culture and a surreally beautiful geothermal region with bubbling geysers. Tolkien fans can opt for an excursion to the "The Shire"*. The EUROPA 2 will then cruise around White Island.
Cruising around White Island/New Zealand, around midday
Gisborne/New Zealand, 7.00 - 14.00 hrs
The EUROPA 2 is heading to the port of New Zealand's unofficial capital of Chardonnay and its impressive wine region* for the first time. Beautiful beaches and the heritage of the Maori people are also waiting to be discovered.
Wellington/New Zealand , 8.00 - 18.00 hrs
New Plymouth/New Zealand , 8.00 - 18.00 hrs
Experience another premiere as the EUROPA 2 sails to New Plymouth for the first time. Enjoy a hike* to see the waterfalls, swamps and rainforests of Egmont National Park, which stretches around volcanic Mount Taranaki.
Golden Bay (Tarakohe)/New Zealand , 8.00 - 18.00 hrs
This bay promises idyllic natural panoramas. Spend some peaceful hours on Tata Beach.
Kaiteriteri/New Zealand , 7.00 - 10.00 hrs
Nelson/New Zealand, 12.00 - 19.00 hrs
You'll head to Kaiteriteri in almost tropical climes. From here, explore the scenery of The Lord of the Rings films and marvel at the untouched mountain landscape that can also be seen in the famous trilogy with a helicopter flight* over the Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park, before rejoining the ship in Nelson.
The artistic city of Nelson with its numerous galleries and craft shops features pretty wooden houses dating back to colonial times and the Skywire flying fox*, a combination of a chair lift and rollercoaster, which takes you soaring above an impressive forest landscape at high speed.
Kaikoura Bay/New Zealand , 9.00 - 18.00 hrs
The former fishing village is the starting point for whale watching* by catamaran or helicopter. Alternatively, take a kayak trip* along the coast, where you might see fur seals, dolphins and albatrosses with a little luck.
Lyttelton (Christchurch)/New Zealand , 7.00 - 19.00 hrs
Timaru/New Zealand, 8.00 - 0.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea
Oban/Stewart Island/New Zealand , 7.00 - 18.00 hrs
Look forward to a varied boat trip* through the sweeping Paterson Inlet or explore the nature reserve on Ulva Island*.
Cruising in Thompson Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound/New Zealand, during the day
The fjord landscape is the most remote and most scenic region in New Zealand. Doubtful Sound is best known for its numerous waterfalls. Enjoy the view from the ship as the EUROPA 2 cruises through Thompson Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound.
Relaxation at sea
Sydney/Australia , arrival 8.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany
Arrival in Germany
* The pre- and post-cruise programmes and shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.
Our travel concierge would be happy to put together travel arrangements tailored to your very own preferences. Whether you’re interested in boutique hotels, luxurious beach resorts, theatre-ticket reservations or restaurant recommendations in the most exciting cities, you can find exclusive tips here and by visiting www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Our travel concierge will be at your service before the cruise and when on board, of course.
New Zealand is probably the furthest place from Europe where you can look forward to the opportunity for a round of golf. To make the most of this, some outstanding courses have been carefully selected on North Island and South Island, as well as in the south of Australia - for quality golfing down under.
Sun 22.01.2023 Mount Manganui (Tauranga), New Zealand - Mt Maunganui Golf Club
From above, this 18-hole course makes an unusual picture as the playing areas are laid out in parallel in a neat square. Despite the proximity to the next hole, the generous fairways offer plenty of space to achieve a good result. Meanwhile, there is a constant supply of spellbinding views of the Pacific.
Wed 25.01.2023 Wellington, New Zealand - Royal Wellington Golf Club
The "Windy City" is home to this traditional club, which was established in Wellington's hills in 1895. This 18-hole golfing adventure is designed as a parkland course and its location means it is often subject to strong wind. So, the very wide breadth and often highly modulated fairways help you along the way. The golf starter pays particular attention to players' footwear. Only white golf socks and shoes with soft spikes are permitted. However, white knee socks are preferred for guest golfers.
Thu 26.01.2023 New Plymouth, New Zealand - New Plymouth Golf Club - additional course
18 generous holes await with strong potential for distraction by the Tasman Sea in the west and the striking Mount Taranaki in the east. It will be hard to focus all your attention of the key task of the game. The predominantly straight fairways offer a very good chance of reaching the generously proportioned plateau greens with a convincing score from most positions.
Mon 30.01.2023 Lyttelton, New Zealand - Clearwater Golf Club
A course with high standards. Great expanses of water run alongside a total of eleven of the 18 holes, which lead to the extremely fast plateau greens. Most of the final playing areas are also guarded by well-placed bunkers. Players who can send their ball straight are at an advantage on this course. The tee boxes are raised, providing a clear view of play from the start.
Mon 06.02.2023 Sydney, Australia - Bonnie Doon Golf Club
Not far from the opera house and Bondi Beach, 18 parkland-style holes await. You can look forward to broad fairways, which are only partially edged by bunkers. There are also generously designed final landing areas, which are highly modulated in places. The 14th hole, a par 5 at 505 m (552 yards) for gentlemen and 435 m (476 yards) for ladies will be one to remember as a particular challenge.
After his time as an amateur and professional golfer, he was a full-time national trainer to the German men’s team from 1998 to 2004. His players have gained titles such as European vice-champion and have won more than 25 international championships all over Europe. He has been an instructor at Golfclub Hamburg-Ahrensburg since April 2004 and is one of the men’s co-trainers for the national Golf Team Germany. He is always pleased to share his experience with you through Golf & Cruise.