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Our journey begins on New Zealand’s North Island in cosmopolitan Auckland — affectionately dubbed the “City of Sails”. From here, set sail aboard the Azamara Onward for the golden beaches, tranquil waters, and sun-drenched shores of Tauranga. The following day, it’s off to wine country and the Art Deco streetscapes of Napier, where a late stay allows ample time to savor the region’s vibrant viticulture.

Venture onward to the capital of Wellington and our second late-night stay, before arriving in the seaside town of Picton. Known as the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, this quaint city is a haven for wine-lovers and outdoor adventurers alike. From here, it’s onward to the Garden City of Christchurch. Take in spectacular, 360-degree views from the dizzying heights of the Christchurch gondola before we depart for the fine wines and fabulous Flemish architecture of Dunedin.

Another restful night at sea has us depart New Zealand’s South Island for the shores of Oban, the only inhabited settlement on remote Stewart Island. While here, do as the locals do and enjoy a laid-back lunch of cod and chips (plus breathtaking views of Thomson Bay) at the South Sea Hotel. Two more days at sea offer plenty of opportunity for rest and relaxation as we cruise through the towering peaks and plunging sea cliffs of Milford Sound. This leg of our journey concludes with an exciting overnight stay in our final port and the most iconic metropolis: Sydney.

  • 12 night luxury all-inclusive cruise aboard Azamara Onward
    Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
    Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
    Self-service laundry
    Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
    Complimentary AzAmazing Evening event
  • Book by Feb 23: Reduced rates, plus receive $750 USD onboard credit per cabin! (price reflects discount)
February 8, 2025 Cruise Only
Inside $5369 $4299
Oceanview* $6179  $4939
Veranda $7789  $6229
Taxes & Fees $400

*Oceanview may be obstructed view
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  • Take a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Enjoy a rejuvenating thermal soak in the Manupirua Hot Springs on the scenic shores of Lake Rotoiti in Tauranga.
  • Savor the many flavors of New Zealand’s Windy City on a craft beer, coffee, and chocolate tour through Wellington.
  • Pay tribute to literary greats on the Writers’ Walk in Dunedin, one of the few cities in the world to receive the UNESCO City of Literature distinction.
  • Celebrate New Zealand’s maritime heritage at the National Maritime Museum in Auckland.
  • Immerse yourself in Stewart Island’s rich Māori and nautical history with a visit to the Rakiura Museum in Oban.

Date Ports Arrive Depart
Saturday, 8 Feb 25
4:00 PM
Sun, Feb 09, 2025 AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND 6:00 PM
Mon, Feb 10, 2025 TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Tue, Feb 11, 2025 NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND 11:00 AM 6:00 PM
Wed, Feb 12, 2025 PICTON, NEW ZEALAND 11:30 AM 6:00 PM
Thu, Feb 13, 2025 CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Fri, Feb 14, 2025 DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Sat, Feb 15, 2025 STEWART ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
Sun, Feb 16, 2025 MILFORD SOUND, NEW ZEALAND 7:00 AM 10:00 AM
Mon, Feb 17, 2025 AT SEA, CRUISING
Tue, Feb 18, 2025 AT SEA, CRUISING
Wed, Feb 19, 2025 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 7:00 AM
Thu, Feb 20, 2025
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (Disembarkation)
7:00 AM


Canadians must be in possession of an Australian visa (Electronic Travel Authority – ETA) prior to departure from Canada. Ensure that you travel with the same passport used to apply for your visa. The ETA can only be secured via an application installed on your cell phone.

Step-by-step instructions are available via the following link: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/electronic-travel-authority-601#HowTo

Please ensure you are applying for the correct visa – for example a land holiday vs a cruise. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder

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