Dutcher Crossing Wine Cruise
Catles Along the Rhine

Itinerary

There isn’t a way to go further down under than this – but after seeing the incredible landscapes, cliffs, and fiords, you’ll want to try. This voyage begins in dramatic fashion departing from scenic Sydney Harbour. In Hobart, Tasmania, you can go shopping in Salamanca Place, where many of the old warehouses once used by whalers have been converted into delightful shops.

A day in Milford Sound captures New Zealand in all of its lush green glory, followed up with an overnight stay in historic Dunedin. A shore excursion to see the iconic Flemish architecture there is one possibility. Or visit the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum and immerse yourself in local Kiwi culture. Or both. That’s what more time in port is for.

Wine lovers can raise a toast in the Marlborough wine country near Picton. And architecture enthusiasts will have plenty of photos to take while walking the Art Deco–clad streets of Napier. Before your final stop in Auckland, stop in Tauranga to see why Peter Jackson chose the area to film The Lord of the Rings. Those hobbits are Destination Immersion® experts.

Castles Along the Rhine - Itinerary

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THU 8-FEB – Sydney, Australia (Depart 6:00 PM)

Head Down Under to the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia, the one and only Sydney. With a sunny attitude and a climate to match, Sydney is a vibrant place that combines the best of the beach, with the convenience of the city.


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FRI 9-FEB – At Sea

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SAT 10-FEB – Hobart, Tasmania (Arrive 1 pm)

The first thing you notice when you step ashore in Hobart, Tasmania is the crystal clear fresh air. And with the abundance of national parks, forests, lakes, beaches, waterfalls, and mountains found in this tiny island state, it’s easy to see why.


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SUN 11-FEB – Hobart, Tasmania (Depart 2 pm)

The capital and most populous city in Tasmania, Hobart is filled with old world charm. Stroll along the historic waterfront—famous for its Georgian architecture—and take in the sights. Make your way to Salamanca Place filled with rows of sandstone buildings. Be sure to check out the market, if you happen to arrive on a Saturday. The buildings are filled with bars and restaurants, shops and boutiques, and galleries and craft shops—the perfect place to pick up a souvenir for your friends and family back home handmade by one of Hobart’s many local artisans.


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MON 12-FEB – At Sea

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TUE 13-FEB – At Sea

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WED 14-FEB – Milford Sound - New Zealand

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THU 15-FEB – Dunedin, New Zealand (Arrive 9:30 am)

Located on New Zealand’s South Island, Dunedin is sure to be a pleasant chapter in your voyage. Known both as a City of Literature, and the Edinburgh of the South, it’s no surprise that there’s a statue of Robbie Burns in the heart of town. Though a Scottish influence can be felt throughout town, Dunedin is still distinctly Kiwi.


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FRI 16-FEB – Dunedin, New Zealand (Depart 6:30 pm)

Take a guided coach tour around the city and view the Flemish architecture or explore the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of the Otago Peninsula. Stroll along one of the many beautiful, white sandy beaches. View some of the wildlife unique to the area, like the Northern Royal Albatross, the Little Blue Penguin, and the Kiwi.


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SAT 17-FEB – Akaroa, New Zealand (Arrive 7 am – Depart 6:30pm)

Named for the Māori word for “Long Harbor”, Akaroa is a village situated in the heart of an ancient volcano on the South Island of New Zealand. With waters that are home to the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector’s Dolphin, Akaroa is a haven for animal lovers. Be sure to take a dolphin sighting tour where you can also spot New Zealand fur seals, little blue penguins, and various other forms of sea life in and around the sheltered harbor.


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SUN 18-FEB – Picton, New Zealand (Arrive 9 am – Depart 7 pm)

A seaside town situated close to the head of Queen Charlotte Sound on the South Island, Picton is a great jumping off point for exploring the Marlborough Sounds. Like most of New Zealand, this area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Choose your own adventure and go fishing, swimming, bird watching, or visit the playful fur seal pups at their colony near the waterfall at Ohau Point.


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MON 19-FEB – Napier, New Zealand (Arrive 1 pm)

Located on the east coast of the North Island, Napier is a popular tourist town, and together with inland Hastings, are known as “the Bay Cities of New Zealand”. After Napier was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1931, the city rebuilt in spectacular Art Deco style that Mr. Gatsby himself would approve of. Take a stroll through the streets and you’d swear you can hear the clink of glasses and the faint notes of jazz music in the air.


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TUE 20-FEB – Napier, New Zealand (Depart 1 pm)

Even though the past is still very much present in Napier, there are plenty of contemporary delights, too. Make a pilgrimage to Pania of the Reef, a statue of a figure of Māori mythology, and one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country. Take a guided walk around the city, or visit the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Spend a day testing out the local vineyards, or stop by the Napier farmers’ market for fresh artisan products.


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WED 21-FEB – Tauranga, New Zealand (Arrive 9 am – Depart 6:30 pm)

Take a guided coach tour around the city and view the Flemish architecture or explore the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of the Otago Peninsula. Stroll along one of the many beautiful, white sandy beaches. View some of the wildlife unique to the area, like the Northern Royal Albatross, the Little Blue Penguin, and the Kiwi. Learn more about local culture at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, where you’ll discover the story of the people who settled here.


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THU 22-FEB – Aukland, New Zealand (Arrive 7 am)

The only city in the world built on an active basaltic volcanic field, Auckland is located on the North Island of New Zealand. With a warm, costal climate, you can surf at black-sand beaches, enjoy picnics in secluded coves, or go horseback riding nearly year round.