Tales of the Tasman

Tales of the Tasman

Discover the cities of New Zealand and Australia on this exciting journey aboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta. Begin your journey in Auckland, a stunning blend of urban bustle and breathtaking views. Cruise to the Bay of Islands, a group of nearly 150 undeveloped islands that serves as a popular destination for kayaking, fishing, diving, and parasailing. Next, head to Tauranga and discover its lush parks and hidden waterfalls, or venture south to the harborside city of Rotorua, a geothermal paradise with hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and spouting geysers. In Napier, visit world-class wineries or stroll through the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Journey to Wellington, well known as the site where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. Wander the 64-acre botanical garden or pop into a chic café for a slice of pavlova, the country’s national dessert. Then sail to Akaroa, a cozy fishing town distinguished by its winding streets, fine food, and serene setting. Experience the charm of Dunedin, a city overlooking the Otago Harbor that seamlessly blends nature and culture. Cruise the unforgettable fjords of Milford Sound, then head to Burnie, an artistic city on the northwest coast of Tasmania where you can look for platypus surfacing in the Fern Glade Reserve. Before ending your trip in Sydney, head to Melbourne to peruse its museums, galleries, and wineries.

Trip Itinerary:

January 17 Depart for New Zealand

January 18 In Flight

January 19 Auckland, New Zealand

Stretched between the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours is the spectacular city of Auckland. Within the city, the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Sky Tower offer breathtaking views. Enhance your experience with an optional Go Next Auckland Pre-Cruise Program.

January 20 Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Bay of Islands is a group of nearly 150 undeveloped islands that serves as a popular destination for kayaking, fishing, diving, and parasailing. First settled by the Maori in the tenth century, these islands are also home to a trove of cultural and historic sites.

January 21 Rotorua/Tauranga, New Zealand

Surrounded by lush parks, golden sand beaches, and hidden waterfalls, Tauranga is a paradise for those who wish to explore it. Just south of this harborside city is the popular town of Rotorua, a haven of Maori culture and a geothermal paradise with hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and spouting geysers.

January 22 Napier, New Zealand

The distinctive art deco style of Napier memorializes the city’s resilient rebuilding effort following a devastating earthquake and fire in 1931. Irresistibly delightful, the city features world-class vineyards, the shore-hugging Marine Parade, and the stingray-shaped National Aquarium of New Zealand.

January 23 Wellington, New Zealand

Well known as the site where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed, Wellington is celebrated for its chic culture and plentiful shops, galleries, and restaurants. Explore the 64-acre botanical garden or the Wellington Cable Car Museum, or perhaps stop in at a café for a slice of pavlova, New Zealand’s national dessert.

January 24 Akaroa, New Zealand

Nestled on the serrated coastline in the center of an extinct volcano is the cozy fishing town of Akaroa, which means “long harbor” in Maori. It is the only French settlement in New Zealand, and it’s distinguished by its winding streets, fine food,
and serene setting.

January 25 Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin seamlessly blends nature and culture from its perch on verdant hills overlooking the breathtaking Otago Harbour. Beyond its bustling city center, Dunedin is home to the yellow-eyed penguin—the world’s rarest penguin—and showcases ornate Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

January 26 Cruising the Fjords of Milford Sound

January 27 Cruising the Tasman Sea

January 28 Cruising the Tasman Sea

January 29 Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

On the northwest coast of Tasmania, discover Burnie, a seaside city undergoing an artistic revitalization. Taste locally made cheese or whisky, look for a platypus surfacing in the Fern Glade Reserve, or walk the gold beaches juxtaposed against bright ocean.

January 30 Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is a cultural mecca on the southern coast of Australia’s eastern seaboard. A balance of Victorian architecture, museums, and galleries line the Yarra River and create the city’s scenic splendor. Spend the day discovering wallabies and kangaroos at a nature reserve or stop in at one of the city’s many wineries.

January 31 Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is a cultural mecca on the southern coast of Australia’s eastern seaboard. A balance of Victorian architecture, museums, and galleries line the Yarra River and create the city’s scenic splendor. Spend the day discovering wallabies and kangaroos at a nature reserve or stop in at one of the city’s many wineries.

February 1 Cruising the Tasman Sea

February 2 Sydney, Australia

Disembark and extend your adventure with an optional Go Next Great Barrier Reef or Sydney Post-Cruise Program.


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