Bucket list-worthy islands, a trip across the International Date Line, and otherworldly New Zealand are the stars of this 16-night South Seas voyage with Azamara Journey®. Beginning in Papeete, Tahiti, spend some time perusing pearls and sampling local cuisine at Les Roulottes before we leave port later at night. Our first stop is Bora Bora, a place that might lack in size but makes up for in overwhelming “no-you’re-not-dreaming” natural beauty, with serene lagoons and soaring mountain peaks.
After a day at sea it’s on to Rarotonga, where a bus tour along the scenic road that rings the island with an entertaining local driver is the best way to see all this tiny treasure has to offer. Settle in on board for four relaxing days at sea, perfect to savor specialty dining or to treat yourself to some spa time. Do a little time traveling as we cross the International Date Line and arrive in New Zealand.
Take a first class wine tour, sipping your way through sublime Chardonnay in Gisborne, world-renowned Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay, and Pinot Noir in the famous Wairarapa region. Sip a perfectly crafted cup of coffee in Wellington, and enjoy the seaside town of Picton. We stay late in both ports, so there’s plenty of time to explore.
Shop for one-of-a-kind pieces in the artist’s haven of Nelson, visit vestiges of ancient volcanoes in New Plymouth, and ring in Waitangi Day (a holiday celebrating the country’s founding) at sea before ending with an overnight in Auckland. With late stays in almost every New Zealand port, you’ll be feeling part Kiwi by the time you depart.
- Airfare to Papeete and return from Auckland
- 16 night cruise aboard Azamara Quest
- Round trip transfers from airport to pier and pier to airport
- INCLUSIVE AMENITIES FOR ALL GUESTS:
-Complimentary AzAmazing Evenings® event (on most voyages)
-Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
-Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
-Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
-Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
|January 22, 2020||Vancouver|
|Taxes & Fees||$998|
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|Date||Ports of Call||Arrival Time||Departure Time||Activity|
|Thu 23Jan2020||Papeete, Tahiti||–||8:00 PM||Boarding|
|Fri 24Jan2020||Bora Bora, French Polynesia||8:00 AM||6:00 PM||Docked|
|Sun 26Jan2020||Rarotonga, Cook Islands||8:00 AM||6:00 PM||Tendered|
|Tue 28Jan2020||International Dateline||–||–||Cruising|
|Sat 01Feb2020||Gisborne, New Zealand||8:00 AM||3:00 PM||Docked|
|Sun 02Feb2020||Wellington, New Zealand||1:00 PM||11:00 PM||Docked|
|Mon 03Feb2020||Picton, New Zealand||8:00 AM||10:00 PM||Docked|
|Tue 04Feb2020||Nelson, New Zealand||8:00 AM||8:00 PM||Docked|
|Wed 05Feb2020||New Plymouth, New Zealand||9:00 AM||6:00 PM||Docked|
|Fri 07Feb2020||Auckland, New Zealand||8:00 AM||–||Docked|
|Sat 08Feb2020||Auckland, New Zealand||–||–||Departure|
Papeete, meaning water basket, was where Tahitians once traveled to fill their calabashes full of fresh water. Today, it is where visitors from all over the world travel to experience the best of Tahiti. Here, learn the history of black pearls, snorkel in blue lagoons, hike through lush tropical valleys, and take a world tour of culinary delights with the city’s iconic food caravans.DAY 2 Bora Bora French Polynesia
Warm, gorgeous lagoons, lush jungle canopy, and bright white sands circle two majestic mountainous peaks on this incredible island of aquatic discovery. Savor succulent seafood, shop for fine black pearls, or simply gaze in any direction for serene “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” natural beauty. Bora Bora is unquestionably one of the most beautiful island destinations on Earth.DAY 3 At Sea
Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at our fitness center, or lounge the day away on our sunny pool deck.In the evening, savor inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina, or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C. Plus, you’ll find plenty of exciting evening entertainment, from thrilling shows at Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.DAY 4 Rarotonga Cook Islands
Sure, Rarotonga may be the largest of the 15 Cook Islands. But with a circumference of just 20 miles (32 kilometres)—and a population that tops out at around 11,000—it remains one of the South Pacific’s most charming, friendly, and easy-to-explore places you could ever hope to discover, with beautiful beaches, warm turquoise waters, and a bus service that runs clockwise and anti-clockwise.DAY 5 At SeaDAY 6 International Dateline
DAY 7-9 At Sea
Relax and reflect on your journey thus far with a few days of fun at sea. Get a behind-the-scenes look at life onboard with an Insider’s View Tour, attend a destination lecture to learn more about your next port-of-call, or try your luck at our onboard casino.
Want to really unwind? Watch the world go by and sip a complimentary drink poolside, or say “ahh” with a visit to Sanctum Spa.
DAY 10 Gisborne New Zealand
Perched on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Gisborne is a place of rich history, beautiful beaches, and legendary wines. It’s also a city of firsts. It’s where the first Māori migratory canoes landed, where British explorer Captain James Cook first came in 1769, and, since it’s also the most easterly point in the world, it is the first city in the world to see the sun rise each day.
DAY 11 Wellington New Zealand
Take a ride on the Kelburn cable to and get to know Wellington, the coolest little capital in the world. Situated on New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is known for its art deco structures, the Botanic Gardens, and its wonderful museums. During your adventure, be sure to tour the Weta Cave, where you’ll find memorabilia from films shot in the area, including Lord of the Rings and Avatar.
DAY 12 Picton New Zealand
Like most of New Zealand, this area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Bring your walking shoes and walk to the Snout—a peninsula that’s still wild and untamed. After your hike, be sure to explore more than 35 cellar doors in the Marlborough wine region. And when it’s time to wave goodbye to Picton, be sure to stay above deck to see the incredible sights of the Queen Charlotte Sound.
DAY 13 Nelson New Zealand
A haven for artists and outdoor enthusiasts, Nelson is a sunny, stunning, and sophisticated city in the centre of New Zealand. Marked by beautiful beaches, national parks, wineries, and other charms, Nelson is also home to buzz-worthy local music and arts scenes. Take in a show, shop for one-of-a-kind art, and then escape to the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary near the city centre.
DAY 14 New Plymouth New Zealand
Under snow-capped Mount Taranaki unfolds the vibrant city of New Plymouth. Midway between Auckland and Wellington, this active center of the Taranaki region offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure from its crowning peaks to its coastal plains. Vast and breathtaking, get a taste of the wild meets the wonderful contrast that is New Zealand.
DAY 15 At Sea
DAY 16-17 Auckland New Zealand
Explore the eye-catching black sand beaches of “The City of Sails” and take a trip to the top of the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building for sweeping panoramic views. Outside the city, immerse yourself in Maori culture, embark on an unforgettable outdoor adventure, or discover the region’s stunning wine country.