New Zealand Discovery with Sydney

From $2499 (was $2749)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

18 Days

Passport Required

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This program is currently sold out but new dates are coming soon! Call 877-332-6185 for more details.

Introduction

Take an unforgettable trip “down under” as you travel to New Zealand and Australia for this amazing 18-day cruise tour through the must-see sights of some of the world’s most historically, culturally, ecologically and environmentally unique places.

Trip Includes

Sightseeing
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga (Rotorua)
  • Napier
  • Picton
  • Akaroa
  • Dunedin
  • Milford Sound
  • Sydney
Cruise Accommodations
  • 10 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jewel
Hotel Accommodations
  • 5 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • All meals onboard ship
  • Daily Breakfast on land portion
Service
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Relaxed
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Passports and Visas

You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa to enter Australia. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Please visit www.eta.immi.gov.au to obtain this visa and for further information on Australia’s entry requirements. The current cost of the ETA is $20 AUD, however this is determined by the Australian government and is subject to change. PLEASE BE ADVISED: This must be obtained at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Trip Highlights

  • 2 days and included city tour in Auckland, New Zealand’s delightful city between 2 harbors
  • 10 nights of freestyle comfort aboard NCL’s spacious Jewel, visiting 6 of Australia and New Zealand’s most popular ports
  • Visit New Zealand's North and South islands
  • 3 days and included city tour in Sydney, Australia’s cultural epicenter
  • Add 2 nights in Cairns to see the Great Barrier Reef (additional cost)

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*Web prices reflect instant rebate pricing. Free beverage or internet package for Balcony cabins only. Free Balcony upgrade from Ocean View Cabin only. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Please follow the steps below to price your vacation with YMT. When you complete all the steps, please click "Reserve" next to the date.

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This cabin type is sold out, but other cabin types are still available. Please select a different cabin type or call a travel consultant at 877-332-6185 to book this tour.
This cabin type is sold out, but other cabin types are still available. Please select a different cabin type or call a travel consultant at 877-332-6185 to book this tour.
This cabin type is sold out, but other cabin types are still available. Please select a different cabin type or call a travel consultant at 877-332-6185 to book this tour.

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New Zealand Discovery with Sydney

Tours Starts: Auckland, New Zealand

Tours Ends: Sydney, Australia

Days 1 & 2

Depart for Auckland, New Zealand

Overnight in flight Note: Depending on the departure time of your outbound flight, you may depart one day later.

Day 3

Arrive in Auckland

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. Get to know your fellow travelers and learn about the days ahead over an included dinner this evening. (B, D)

Mercure Auckland or similar

Day 4

Auckland City Tour

Today starts with a sightseeing tour of Auckland. Cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore and the quaint village of Davenport, which is known for fine chocolates, art, and many bustling cafes. Explore the Auckland Museum, then take the afternoon to explore at your own pace; perhaps visit the Sky Tower or Mount Eden for stunning views of the city, or take a stroll on Queen Street, the main shopping area. (B)

Mercure Auckland or similar

Day 5

Embarkation in Auckland (Departs 6:00 PM)

Auckland floats on two glistening harbors, Waitemata and Manukau, both of which are gloriously speckled with large ferries, luxury yachts, smaller boats that voyage to nearby islands and waterside towns. Enjoy “The City of Sails” on your own this morning and early afternoon before traveling to Queens Port to board the Norwegian Jewel.

Day 6

Bay of Islands (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

The Bay of Islands is a vibrant enclave, encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands, next to New Zealand's North Island. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, big-game fishing, and Maori cultural artifacts. The Bay of Islands is also home to the 19th-century whaling port of Russell, whose waterfront promenade is lined with remnants from its time as the country’s first colonial capital.

Day 7

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand (7:45 AM–5:30 PM)

Discover Rotorua, known for its stunning natural beauty and 18 lakes. Visit Te Wairoa's Buried Village, a Pompeii-like town that was frozen in time after being smothered by a volcanic eruption in 1886. Another popular attraction is Hell’s Gate, an aptly named geothermal park with boiling pools, fantastic geysers, and mud baths, the largest of which is Poutamu, “the stairway to heaven.”

Day 8

Napier, New Zealand (9:00 AM–4:30 PM)

This coastal city lies in the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, it's known for art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. It feels like a re-imagining of the 30s in parts of Napier, with the era’s most iconic visual elements co-mingling with Maori motifs and Louis Hay buildings.

Day 9

Picton, New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

Picton is a picturesque town located in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand's South Island. Small but bustling, it is known as the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, and is the perfect place to taste local wines. The Sauvignon blancs, especially, are widely considered some of the best in the world.

Day 10

Akaroa, New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

Tiny penguins rule the roost in this historic settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Akaroa is New Zealand’s lone French settlement, which you may notice in the scenic small town’s shops, cuisine, and architecture.

Day 11

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

This dramatic South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and fascinating history. Rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and the Royal Albatross all call Dunedin home; and Larnach Castle sits high above the city, offering sweeping views from its gardens.

Day 12

Cruise Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the “eighth wonder of the world,” it features rugged cliffs rising from the dark waters, mountain peaks scraping the sky, and towering waterfalls cascading downwards.

Days 13 & 14

At Sea

Day 15

Disembark in Sydney (6:00 AM)

Welcome to Sydney! Admire the skyline, cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, lounge on the world-famous Bondi Beach, or visit the picturesque Blue Mountains.

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 16

Sydney City Tour

Enjoy a city tour in the morning and visit The Rocks, Sydney's birthplace. See fascinating relics and buildings of the city's turbulent past, pass the picturesque Botanic Gardens, and take in the view of the Sydney Opera House before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 17

Sydney Leisure Day

Enjoy one final leisure day to enjoy this beautiful coastal city with new friends.

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 18

Depart for Home or Add 2 nights in Cairns (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

(Click the map to enlarge)

New Zealand Discovery with Sydney

Tours Starts: Auckland, New Zealand

Tours Ends: Cairns, Australia

Days 1 & 2

Depart for Auckland, New Zealand

Overnight in flight Note: Depending on the departure time of your outbound flight, you may depart one day later.

Day 3

Arrive in Auckland

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. Get to know your fellow travelers and learn about the days ahead over an included dinner this evening. (B, D)

Mercure Auckland or similar

Day 4

Auckland City Tour

Today starts with a sightseeing tour of Auckland. Cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore and the quaint village of Davenport, which is known for fine chocolates, art, and many bustling cafes. Explore the Auckland Museum, then take the afternoon to explore at your own pace; perhaps visit the Sky Tower or Mount Eden for stunning views of the city, or take a stroll on Queen Street, the main shopping area. (B)

Mercure Auckland or similar

Day 5

Embarkation in Auckland (Departs 6:00 PM)

Auckland floats on two glistening harbors, Waitemata and Manukau, both of which are gloriously speckled with large ferries, luxury yachts, smaller boats that voyage to nearby islands and waterside towns. Enjoy “The City of Sails” on your own this morning and early afternoon before traveling to Queens Port to board the Norwegian Jewel.

Day 6

Bay of Islands (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

The Bay of Islands is a vibrant enclave, encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands, next to New Zealand's North Island. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, big-game fishing, and Maori cultural artifacts. The Bay of Islands is also home to the 19th-century whaling port of Russell, whose waterfront promenade is lined with remnants from its time as the country’s first colonial capital.

Day 7

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand (7:45 AM–5:30 PM)

Discover Rotorua, known for its stunning natural beauty and 18 lakes. Visit Te Wairoa's Buried Village, a Pompeii-like town that was frozen in time after being smothered by a volcanic eruption in 1886. Another popular attraction is Hell’s Gate, an aptly named geothermal park with boiling pools, fantastic geysers, and mud baths, the largest of which is Poutamu, “the stairway to heaven.”

Day 8

Napier, New Zealand (9:00 AM–4:30 PM)

This coastal city lies in the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, it's known for art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. It feels like a re-imagining of the 30s in parts of Napier, with the era’s most iconic visual elements co-mingling with Maori motifs and Louis Hay buildings.

Day 9

Picton, New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

Picton is a picturesque town located in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand's South Island. Small but bustling, it is known as the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, and is the perfect place to taste local wines. The Sauvignon blancs, especially, are widely considered some of the best in the world.

Day 10

Akaroa, New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

Tiny penguins rule the roost in this historic settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Akaroa is New Zealand’s lone French settlement, which you may notice in the scenic small town’s shops, cuisine, and architecture.

Day 11

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

This dramatic South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and fascinating history. Rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and the Royal Albatross all call Dunedin home; and Larnach Castle sits high above the city, offering sweeping views from its gardens.

Day 12

Cruise Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the “eighth wonder of the world,” it features rugged cliffs rising from the dark waters, mountain peaks scraping the sky, and towering waterfalls cascading downwards.

Days 13 & 14

At Sea

Day 15

Disembark in Sydney (6:00 AM)

Welcome to Sydney! Admire the skyline, cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, lounge on the world-famous Bondi Beach, or visit the picturesque Blue Mountains.

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 16

Sydney City Tour

Enjoy a city tour in the morning and visit The Rocks, Sydney's birthplace. See fascinating relics and buildings of the city's turbulent past, pass the picturesque Botanic Gardens, and take in the view of the Sydney Opera House before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 17

Sydney Leisure Day

Enjoy one final leisure day to enjoy this beautiful coastal city with new friends.

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 18

Fly to Cairns

Take a flight from Sydney to Cairns and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before your amazing adventure to the Great Barrier Reef tomorrow.

Pacific Hotel or similar

Day 19

Included Day Trip to Great Barrier Reef

This morning head over to the Reef Fleet Terminal and board the Reef Magic Cruises catamaran to experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. The all-weather marine world platform caters to all activity levels. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving (no experience necessary) or enjoy the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory. (B, L)

Pacific Hotel or similar

Day 20

Depart for Home

It is time to bid farewell! Your flight home will give you time to reflect on all the fabulous places you visited and the memories and friends you made. (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Inside Stateroom

With room for up to four guests, these Inside Staterooms come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate two more. These staterooms are mid-ship, so you'll have easy access to everything on board. Accommodates: 2 - 4 Total Approx. Size: 138 - 143 sq. ft

Oceanview Picture Window Stateroom

These Oceanview Staterooms have enough room for up to three guests. Includes two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate one more guest. You'll also have an amazing view to enjoy from your big picture window, along with room service and many more amenities. Accommodates: 2 - 4 Total Approx. Size: 155 - 161 sq. ft.

Balcony Stateroom

These Norwegian Jewel mid-ship staterooms sleep up to three guests and come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and a convertible sofa pulls out to sleep two more. Also includes a sitting area and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony with a great view. Because they are mid-ship, you'll have easy access to everything on board. Total Approx. Size: 205 sq. ft.

Norwegian Jewel Deck Plans

Click here to view Norwegian Jewel's deck plans on Norwegian's website. Content that you may read on Norwegian's website may not be applicable to your tour, please speak with a YMT Travel Consultant for clarification.



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