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A cruise to some of New Zealand's best ports proves that it’s oh-so-easy to love thy neighbour. If you love wine and cheese tasting, swimming with dolphins, shopping sprees, adventure sports, lush green countryside, art deco buildings, and World Heritage-listed wonders, then the land of the long-white cloud is for you.


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P&O Cruises 13 Night Kiwi Adventure


Day 1 Sydney
Depart: 16:00
Sydney is home to two of the world’s most famous landmarks – the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, both perfectly situated on the magnificent harbour.
Day 2 At Sea
Cruise away with P&O and discover a holiday Like No Place On Earth. Enjoy days and nights filled with entertainment, relaxation and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do but it’s your choice, to do it all or do nothing at all.
Day 3 At Sea
Cruise away with P&O and discover a holiday Like No Place On Earth. Enjoy days and nights filled with entertainment, relaxation and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do but it’s your choice, to do it all or do nothing at all.
Day 4 Bay Of Islands

Pack your bags and get ready for a journey to the exquisitely beautiful Bay of Islands, a journey to this incredible part of New Zealand is one you’ll never forget.

Things To Do*

  • Historic Waitangi & Kerikeri Tour - The unique Historic Waitangi & Kerikeri Tour cruise takes you to picturesque Kerikeri to visit the two oldest buildings in NZ – the Stone Store and Kemp House. Take in the views of the Waitangi River, and travel to the Waitangi Treaty House, where in 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Stroll across the Treaty Grounds and see the largest Waka (canoe) in New Zealand.
  • The Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock - The P&O Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock cruise takes you through the magnificent inner islands of the Bay, known for its incredible variety of marine life. You might even spot some local dolphins, seals, fairy penguins and whales! Pass the historic towns of Paihia and Russell before entering the Bay of Islands channel. As you cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, pass through the inner islands of the Bay to Motukokao Island and the famous Hole in the Rock. Your catamaran will expertly negotiate the channel, taking you through the Hole to the magnificent Grand Cathedral Cave beyond.
  • Haruru Falls Kayaking Tour - Enjoy a relaxed guided river kayak tour with experienced and friendly guides through the Waitangi Estuary and mangrove forest on the Haruru Falls Kayaking Tour. Paddle up the river to Haruru Falls, paddling under the waterfall or just relax and enjoy refreshments on the beach.
  • Glow Worm Cave & Puketi Kauri Forest Tour - Explore the natural wonders of the Bay of Islands and historic buildings on the Glow Worm Cave & Puketi Kauri Forest Tour. Witness a galaxy of glow-worm lights, impressive limestone walls and magnificent delicate stalactites and stalagmites at the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves. Travel to Kawakawa and Puketi Forest for a guided walk on a boardwalk and marvel at the massive kauri trees. Pass the oldest stone building, the Stone Store, and Kemp House, the oldest surviving house built of kauri.
  • Take a cruise - The area abounds in marine and bird life. Seals, dolphins and, sometimes whales can be spotted in the sparkling waters inside, and just off the bay. Cruise out of the bay to experience “the Hole in the Rock”.
  • See the giant Kauri trees - Just a 30-minute drive from the Bay of Islands you can find New Zealand’s magnificent, giant Kauri trees. Waipoua Forest is home to the largest and oldest living rainforest trees in the world, including the famous “Tane Mahuta”, which is believed to be over 2000 years old.
  • Catch a ferry to Russell - A quick ferry ride across the water from Paihia is the charming township of Russell. Once a shore-leave destination for sailors, whalers and traders, this tranquil place was known as “the hell hole of the Pacific”. Today it remains a favourite spot for boaties seeking safe anchorage, and is also a popular tourist destination. Discover its historic buildings, cafes, restaurants, art galleries, and beautiful colonial architecture.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 09:00, Depart: 18:00

Day 5 Auckland

Voted one of the world’s most liveable cities, Auckland’s natural setting includes volcano peaks, rainforests and a harbour with more boats per capita than any other. See unforgettable attractions including the Sky Tower, War Memorial Museum, art galleries, romantic panoramas and the adorably funky K Road.

Things To Do*

  • Escape to an island - With 50 islands scattered through the Hauraki Gulf it’s easy to escape. One of the most popular places to visit is Waiheke Island, which offers a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Activities on Waiheke include sightseeing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, vineyard tours, zip lining and much more.
  • Discover the local culture and heritage - Discover Auckland’s renowned museums, galleries and historical sites, or experience a ta Maori guided walk to learn about the many traditions and stories that have been handed down through the generations.
  • Visit stunning black sand beaches - Head out to Auckland’s rugged west coast, observing native flora and fauna in the Waitakere ranges along the way. Take a stroll along the black sand beaches, known for their surfing; and make sure you check out the gannet colony at Muriwai Beach, one of only two onshore gannet colonies in New Zealand.
  • Enjoy views from Auckland Sky Tower - Take in unparalleled views from the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere. Glass-fronted elevators will whisk you to the glass floored main observation deck where you’ll have stunning views literally at your feet.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 07:00, Depart: 17:30

Day 6 Tauranga

Tauranga, New Zealand is a thriving city built on lumber exports and farming, and is overflowing with stunning natural attractions - and a P&O New Zealand cruise can take you there! See stunning beaches, bushland and hot spring pools - and while you’re at it, why not pay a visit to the famous Lord of the Rings film location of Hobbiton?

The iconic peak guarding the harbour, mighty Mauao, holds special significance for local Maoris. Discover brilliant tracks for hiking with unsurpassed views of the Pacific. Rejuvenate inside a thermal hot pool or take in the views on a gondola ride – before you luge back down.

Things To Do*

  • Experience Rotorua - One hour south of Tauranga is Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s most famous cities. This fascinating place gets its effervescence (literally) from the region’s thermal wonders. Steam, boiling mud, hot springs and geysers pulsate from cracks in rocks. This remarkable thermal activity draws travellers from all over the world. Trout fishing, white water rafting, mountain biking and bushwalking are other popular pursuits.
  • Visit a traditional marae in Tauranga - A traditional meeting house (marae) is the focal point of Maori communities. Tauranga is the ideal place to visit an urban marae and learn about the fascinating Maori culture and how the modern Maori keep it alive.
  • Visit the unique Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools - The Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools are only a short 15-minute walk from the port gate. Many people choose to enjoy one of the stunning walkways up or around the mountain before taking a dip in the naturally heated springs. You will need your swimsuit. Towels can be hired from reception. Afterwards, enjoy a treat from one of the famous ice cream parlours, or indulge in some boutique shopping on your walk back to the ship.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 06:00, Depart: 17:15

Day 7 Napier / Gisborne

Cruise Departing 06 Nov'20 - Napier

Step back in time with a cruise or shore tour visit to Napier, known as the Art Deco capital of the world. Located in the sunny Hawke’s Bay region, this seaside city was rebuilt in the 1930s and has one of the best concentrations of original art deco, Spanish mission and stripped classical architecture in the world. The result is a colourful, truly charming town you’ll never forget.

Napier has great tourist attractions from shopping to delicious food - and its compact layout makes it very easy to get around. Thanks to its warm, dry weather, Hawke’s Bay is known as "the food bowl of New Zealand" and is home to the country's second-largest wine-producing region.

Things To Do*

  • Explore New Zealand’s Art Deco city - Take a walk, independently or guided, through Napier’s Art Deco district. This city is home to some of the best Art Deco buildings anywhere in the world.
  • Visit Cape Kidnappers - At nearby Cape Kidnappers you’ll find spectacular landscape scenery, one of the world’s top 50 golf courses as well as the world’s largest mainland gannet colony.
  • Spend the day in Ahuriri - Just five minutes drive from downtown Napier is Ahuriri, a charming seaside village with everything from a sandy beach and stunning boardwalk to cafes, galleries and boutique stores. It’s also home to the world famous Art Deco National Tobacco Building.
  • Travel to nearby Hastings - Hastings abounds with cultural attractions and outstanding examples of Spanish Mission architecture including the beautiful Hawke’s Bay Opera House. The city also has many art galleries and a collection of impressive public art adorning its city streets.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 12:30, Depart: 18:30

Cruise Departing 27 Feb'21 - Gisborne

If you’re interested in Maori culture, Gisborne, known as the City of Rivers, is a must. Oral history records Titirangi (Kaiti) Hill as the point of arrival for the migratory waka (canoe), Horouta, which brought the first Maori to this beautiful region of New Zealand.

But it’s not just Gisborne’s cultural significance that’s unique. If you love food, wine and beaches, Gisborne has a million things to see and do. A great place to explore and unwind, the town is a popular holiday destination for those seeking sun and sand. Gisborne - aka Chardonnay capital of NZ - also has a wonderful wine trail leading to boutique wineries, producing internationally acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

Things To Do*

  • Leading Gisborne Wineries - Discover two of Gisborne’s best family-owned vineyards on Leading Gisborne Wineries, a half-day shore tour that delves into the local wine region. Enjoy the scenery as you travel to Bushmere Estate, a family-owned winery for over 40 years. Tour the vineyard and the cellars as you learn about the family’s winemaking venture. Sip the fruit of the vine, sample delicious antipasto. Then, visit Matawhero Wines, Gisborne’s oldest boutique winery. Learn the winery’s history and the family’s commitment to sustainable winemaking, explore the grounds and sample their varietals while nibbling on cheeses.
  • Gisborne Craft Beer Brewery & Lunch Tour - A culinary adventure awaits on the Gisborne Craft Beer Brewery & Lunch tour! Since 1989 Sunshine Brewery has made batch brewed beer using the finest natural ingredients. Take a guided tour and enjoy a tasting in the Taproom. Visit Smash Palace, a crazy junkyard hotel, with a DC3 plane crashed right in the middle of its outdoor beer garden. A feast for the eyes and the stomach, this quirky watering hole serves drinks in a very unusual setting. Enjoy lunch at Peppers Restaurant, a sunny café overlooking picturesque Midway Beach and the landmark Young Nicks Head. The food is as wonderful as the views.
  • Gisborne City Cycling Tour - Explore Gisborne by bicycle on our Gisborne City Cycling tour; discover the town’s heritage, culture and captivating attractions as you cycle as a group along the historic waterfront. A knowledgeable guide will provide a safety briefing, your helmet and some fascinating local facts. The 6.5 mile (10K) tour takes in the central city. See a memorial to Captain James Cook on the foreshore, where he made his first landing on Kaiti Beach. On the river cycle trail, you will learn more about the three waterways that converge here, earning Gisborne the nickname City of Rivers. Enjoy views of the lively harbour as well as the main beaches, Midway and Waikanae, frequented by surfers who flock to ride the “gnarly” waves.
  • Tatapouri Reef Walk & Stingray Feeding - Stingrays (whai), eagle rays and other reef dwellers come out to say hello when you explore the fascinating reef at Tatapouri Bay on the Tatapouri Reef Walk & Stingray Feeding shore tour. Your naturalist guide will meet you at Dive Tatapouri. Slip on waterproof waders and walk down to the water at low tide. Learn about the area’s rich marine life, which has been harvested by the local Maori for many years. You may see short-tail stingrays, eagle rays, octopus, conger eels, yellowtail kingfish and more. Your guide will attract the stingrays and eagle rays with food, for an up-close and personal encounter with these graceful creatures.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 08:00, Depart: 16:00

Day 8 Wellington

Head to Windy (but oh-so pretty) Wellington and discover a beautiful harbour, spectacular countryside, gourmet food, adventure tours, Lord of the Rings studios and a sophisticated city you’re sure to love.

Things To Do*

  • The Parliament precinct - The Parliament precinct includes the Edwardian Parliament House, the Neo-Gothic Library and the modern Beehive. Located just across the road are the National Library and National Archives where the original Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, is on display.
  • Wellington Cable Car and Botanic Gardens - Wellington Cable Car takes visitors from the Lambton Quay terminus up to the Wellington Botanic Gardens for great views over the city and harbour. Take a pleasant stroll downhill to the spectacular Lady Norwood Rose garden, or head to the nearby Cable Car Museum and Carter Observatory.
  • The National Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) - Located on Wellington’s waterfront, this interactive and extraordinary museum explains New Zealand’s rich cultural history by telling local stories. Incidentally, Te Papa is the most visited museum in Australasia.
  • Carter Observatory - Only a stone’s throw from the top of the Cable Car is New Zealand’s national observatory, where “Big Bang” science meets Maori mythology. Discover stories of Polynesian celestial navigation and check out New Zealand’s newest digital planetarium, focusing on the skies of the southern hemisphere.
  • Visit WETA Cave - Come face to face with characters, props and displays from your favourite movies, at WETA Cave – a fun concept store featuring a mini museum, theatre and shop. Lord of the Rings fans should not miss this. Combine a visit here with our “In The Footsteps Of The Lord Of The Rings” tour which takes in the scenes where the epic trilogy was filmed. With the amount of modern film releases to come out of Wellington recently, the locals now refer to their city as “Welly-wood”.
  • Get out of the city - See rugged beaches and seals with a tour along Wellington’s spectacular south coast, or visit Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary - a world-first conservation attraction. Another popular attraction on Wellington’s doorstep is Hutt Valley, which offers stunning scenery, breathtaking views, buzzing cafes, great shopping as well as leading museums and galleries.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 08:00, Depart: 18:00

Day 9 Akaroa / Christchurch

Cruise Departing 06 Nov'20 - Akaroa

There is so much to do and see in Akaroa, from colonial architecture, Middle Earth, and cottage rose gardens to amazing wildlife, local French cuisine, and fresh seafood - and a P&O Cruise is one of the best ways to travel there. Enjoy stunning views onboard, take a swim with dolphins, or take an invigorating bushwalk on arrival with a P&O shore tour - the choice is yours!

Things To Do*

  • Enjoy water-based pursuits - Akaroa is home to the world’s rarest dolphins, the Hector’s dolphin, who you can swim with. There are also fur seals, little blue penguins and a myriad of bird life. You can experience these incredible marine attractions on the Akaroa Harbour Swim with the Dolphins Shore Tour and the Akaroa Habour Nature Cruise.
  • Take a look around town - Those who enjoy walking will find charming lanes, colonial architecture, cottage rose gardens and stunning views. Boutique art and craft shops show off superb local works including crafts and jewellery. Make sure you sample the local French cuisine and seafood.
  • Go for a bush walk - There are some beautiful hiking tracks surrounding the village, suitable for all fitness levels. Hiking maps are available at the Akaroa Visitor Centre in the middle of town.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 08:00, Depart: 18:00

Cruise Departing 27 Feb'21 - Christchurch

Christchurch (Lyttelton), the second largest city in the South Island, is a beautiful garden city with an array of wonderful things to see and do. Christchurch’s stunning gothic architecture and blooming gardens were hit hard by the devastating 2011 earthquake - but today, after revitalization and growth, much of the damaged areas have transformed into modern and beautiful outdoor public art galleries.

From vineyards and mountains to sparkling sea, you’ll find a bustling mix of creativity and innovation, unique sights and experiences on a P&O cruise through Christchurch. Visit Canterbury Museum, punt on the Avon River, stroll through the Botanical Gardens or visit the iconic Ballantynes department store in the Cashel Street Mall.

Things To Do*

Christchurch Tramway & Gondola

Explore Christchurch inner city by historic tram on the Christchurch Tramway & Gondola shore tour and see a wonderful mix of both old and new - from Cathedral Junction and the Gothic-style Arts Centre, to Canterbury Museum, New Regent and more.

Next, climb into an enclosed aerial gondola and gently lift off for a soaring ride to the summit of the Port Hills. The comfortable, four-person cabin travels almost 500 metres above sea level to disembark at viewing decks to take in breathtaking scenery from the summit. See stellar views of the cityscape of Christchurch, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps, the beaches of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Banks Peninsula, Lake Ellesmere and Lyttelton Harbour.

Waipara Valley Wine Tasting

Just over an hour’s drive north of Christchurch, the Waipara Valley region is ideal for producing exceptional wines and has a rich history of viticulture. Home to over 75 vineyards, Waipara wineries are famous for producing Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc.

On the Waipara Valley Wine Tasting shore tour, your knowledgeable local driver and guide will provide lively commentary throughout the day as you travel through one of New Zealand's most internationally renowned wine regions. Visit three different wineries, taste a variety of wine styles and options, and enjoy a platter style lunch at one of the beautiful wineries.

Quail Island Kayaking Adventure

See the remains of shipwrecks, visit a reconstructed leper's hut, swim at a stunning beach and more on the P&O Quail Island Kayaking Adventure shore tour. This pristine, uninhabited island is rich in history - formerly the home of a quarantine station, a leper colony and an influenza hospital for early European settlers. Antarctic explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton even trained their sled dogs and ponies here. Today, Quail Island charms with its scenic beauty, endemic vegetation and abundance of native birds.

Kayak from Lyttelton Harbour, an extinct volcanic crater, and into waters where Hector's dolphins, the world's smallest and rarest, often frolic. Overhead, gulls swoop in the sunlight as you make your way to beautiful Quail Island, home to shipwrecks, colourful native birds, volcanic cliffs, vast grasslands, hidden caves, a heritage centre and spectacular natural scenery. A guided walk along a loop track covers much of the island. Birdwatchers will enjoy the many native species found on Quail Island, including the fantail, kingfisher, and silvereye, as well as the rare white-flippered penguin.

Pioneers House and Homestead Experience

Travel back to bygone days during the P&O Pioneers House and Homestead Experience shore tour. Visit the pioneering Deans family’s exquisite Victorian/Edwardian homestead, Riccarton House, on Canterbury Plains. This sprawling 12-hectare compound showcases heritage buildings and manicured grounds overlooking the beautiful Avon River, while surrounding bush forest is populated with 600-year-old kahikatea trees.

Visit Homebush Family Farm, a working sheep and cattle farm with 1,350 acres, first planted in the 1850s. The farm contains 250 acres of magnificent trees, many registered for their significance. Original farm structures remain, including stables, woolshed and apple house, classified as Category One by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Watch sheep-shearing and spinning demonstrations, walk through heritage gardens and immerse yourself in the farming culture of yesteryear.

Finally, a short tour of Christchurch will show the city’s amazing efforts to rebuild since the 2011 earthquake. View top attractions like Cathedral Square, the Avon River, the Margaret Mahy Family Playground, the Earthquake Memorial Wall, the Transitional Cardboard Cathedral and many more.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 08:00, Depart: 16:00

Day 10 Dunedin - Port Chalmers

What’s not to love about gorgeous Dunedin? Set inside an extinct volcano and the site of a gold rush, Dunedin is one of the most important cities in New Zealand’s history - and there’s an endless list of things to do while visiting on a P&O New Zealand cruise. Admire the highlights in high style at a collection of glorious mansions dating back to the Victorian era. Take a shore tour in the comfort of a sleek 1960s Jaguar or Daimler.

Glimpse the Otago Peninsula wildlife, including the splendid northern royal albatross, while kayaking Otago Harbour, or step back in time with one of the finest collections of Maori artefacts on display at the Otago Museum.

Things To Do*

  • Beauty and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula - The Otago Peninsula is arguably New Zealand’s most renowned eco-tourism area. There are unique opportunities to view a range of wildlife including royal albatross, blue penguins and the rare yellow-eyed penguins, as well as a variety of seals and land and water birds. There are a number of wildlife and scenic tours available, either by land or harbour cruise.
  • Learn about the heritage of the region - Dunedin is a picture postcard of historic buildings and houses. The city is widely regarded as having the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage architecture in the southern hemisphere. Its many stunning buildings include Dunedin Railway Station, the most photographed building in New Zealand; Olveston, a historic home that provides an intimate glimpse into Dunedin lifestyle during the Edwardian era; the magnificent 130-year-old stone buildings of the University of Otago, and Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle.
  • Baldwin Street - Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world. One part of the upper section has a gradient of 1 in 2.86, which tilts it at an angle of 19 degrees! There is a souvenir shop in the 1914 former Post Office where you can buy a certificate acknowledging your achievement of conquering the world’s steepest street, signed by the mayor.
  • Tour a chocolate factory or brewery - Those of you with a sweet tooth will be thrilled to learn that Cadbury’s New Zealand factory is located in Dunedin... and it’s open to the public! Alternatively, step back in time with a Speight’s brewery tour, dating back to 1876.
  • Stroll through Dunedin’s beautiful Botanic Gardens - Wander across rolling lawns and through aromatic herb gardens to the spectacular rose gardens in Dunedin’s Botanic Gardens, founded in 1868. This is a tranquil and very civilised way to take a break from the hustle and bustle.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 08:00, Depart: 18:00

Day 11 Fiordland National Park (Scenic Cruising)

On a P&O Cruise to New Zealand you’ll enjoy scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park. Fiordland is New Zealand’s largest national park and is comprised of 1.2 million hectares of breathtaking natural beauty. With soaring snow-capped mountains, glassy lakes, ice-carved fiords and lush rainforests, this stunning landscape is largely inaccessible - so the best way to appreciate it is by cruise.

On this unforgettable scenic cruise, sit back and admire some of the world’s most spectacular vistas and make sure you have your camera ready - these are once in a lifetime, breath-taking views, especially when seen by sea. A Fiordland adventure with P&O is definitely not to be missed.

The National Park is one of New Zealand’s most cherished wonders and a major part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It was formed millions of years ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast of New Zealand's South Island. The Fiordland crested penguin and southern brown kiwi are almost exclusively found within the park.

At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound which is lined by cliffs that soar nearly a mile above its surface. Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps. Rainforest clings to the cliffs, while waterfalls plummet into the void. Mile-high Mitre Peak is located on the shore of Milford Sound.

Arrive: 09:00, Depart: 17:00

Day 12 At Sea
Cruise away with P&O and discover a holiday Like No Place On Earth. Enjoy days and nights filled with entertainment, relaxation and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do but it’s your choice, to do it all or do nothing at all.
Day 13 At Sea
Cruise away with P&O and discover a holiday Like No Place On Earth. Enjoy days and nights filled with entertainment, relaxation and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do but it’s your choice, to do it all or do nothing at all.
Day 14 Sydney
Arrive: 06:00
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