Sydney - Hotel Stay
Sydney is far more than the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and inviting beaches. Take a guided walk around the city’s Royal Botanic Garden and uncover the diverse plant-life. Wander the coastal, cliff-side paths, with rock pools and secluded bays, where you can watch surfers ride the waves.
Sydney - Embark Ruby Princess
From the moment you step aboard this jewel of the seas, you’ll experience a warm welcome that will make you feel right at home. This stunning ship, with its stylish décor and spacious public areas, features an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars®, and sumptuous dining choices from Crown Grill to the International Café.
Active guests have the opportunity to take advantage of real state-of-the-art fitness and sporting facilities, either at the superb gym, jogging tracks or with a game of paddle-tennis or basketball on the modern multi-sports court, while the serene Lotus Spa offers the chance to unwind in sumptuous surroundings.
Fiordland National Park
Cruise along spectacular natural fiords in South West New Zealand, where mirror-smooth waters reflect the nearby mountainous hills and powerful waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres from granite rocks into the deep lakes. In this important bird habitat you could spot a Fiordland penguin or two as you sail past breathtaking scenery.
A warm welcome awaits in Dunedin, where the locals are so proud of their Scottish heritage that they even have their own tartan. Don’t miss the themed gardens at Larnach Castle, including the Serpentine Walk, the Alice Lawn and a native plant trail; a true botanist’s dream. Dunedin is also a gateway to the beautiful Otago Peninsula, criss-crossed with hiking and cycling trails that reward you with sightings of albatross, sea lions and rare penguins.
Be charmed by Akaroa’s natural beauty and thriving artisan culture. The waters are home to rare Hector dolphins, the smallest in the world and a host of other marine life. As a former French settlement, you’ll find pretty French-named streets full of boutique shops, craft galleries and French bakeries and delis.
New Zealand's small capital city curls itself around the hillsides on the southern point of the North Island, looking out at the blustery Cook Strait. With a passion for coffee and craft beer, Wellington is bursting with energy and creativity and has a lively art, film and culinary scene. It’s also home to the much-loved ‘Te Papa’ museum with its fascinating and engaging interact exhibits.
Rebuilt following an earthquake in 1931, Napier is known as Art Deco City. Take a walk around the city centre to experience the world’s most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings with their geometric shapes and bold designs. Napier is also home to some of New Zealand’s oldest wineries, including the Mission Estate Winery producing a wide range of award-winning wines.
As you sail into Tauranga’s scenic harbour, you’ll pass the Bay of Plenty’s iconic Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano crossed with walking trails and dotted with hot saltwater pools. On arrival you’ll find many delights in this beachside city: art, culture, boutique shopping and delicious food. You could take an excursion to Rotorua to experience Maori culture or visit the ‘Hobbiton’ film set where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were made.
This charming city is set in the surroundings of skyscrapers, beautiful beaches, hiking trails and an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. Here you’ll find something for everyone, from walks in stunning countryside to lazing on the black sandy beaches. Wander down to the vibrant Viaduct Harbour for a bite to eat while watching the beautiful boats go by. A scenic ferry ride will reveal some of the 50 island gems in Auckland’s majestic Hauraki Gulf.
Bay of Islands
This stunningly beautiful bay is one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations and it’s easy to see why. Clear turquoise waters peppered with remote islands that are home to unspoilt beaches and an abundance of wildlife make it the perfect place for water-based activities such as kayaking, diving and sailing.
As day turns into night, fun on a Ruby Princess cruise is as varied as the tastes and interests of its diverse guests – and it’s all delivered in beautifully plush end exciting venues. Broadway-style music and comedy shows fill the stage with colour in the Princess Theatre with new productions to enjoy throughout your holiday.
Sydney - Disembark Ruby Princess and Hotel Stay
Today you’ll arrive back in Sydney and disembark Ruby Princess . You’ll enjoy a further two night stay in Sydney with plenty of time to explore this dynamic and exciting city. Embrace the city’s rich heritage and seek out the aboriginal rock carvings near Mackenzies Point or tour the Rocks and learn about Australia’s first European settlement. You could climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach or enjoy some drinks in Darling Harbour.
Sydney - Hotel Stay
As if Sydney’s glorious harbour and beaches weren’t stunning enough, this ambitious and energetic city adds extra wow factor with its exciting waterfront developments and glamorous nightlife. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle, take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly beach or head out of the Sydney’s cosmopolitan centre to the beautiful Blue Mountains and the Three Sisters rock formation.
Sydney - Embark Indian Pacific
Depart Sydney in the afternoon and start a true journey of contrasts - it will take you through the heights of the majestic Blue Mountains and across the barren expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, to lush vineyards and vast goldmines, and from cities of 4 million to ghost towns of just four citizens. Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth and Sydney, via Adelaide, in a spectacular 4352km journey.
Broken Hill and Adelaide
As the desert makes way for the rolling countryside, today you’ll experience Adelaide. During your off-train excursions you could visit the colourful Central Market or enjoy a highlights tour of the city. That afternoon you’ll head to Broken Hill, one of Australia’s legendary Outback bases.
Today you’ll arrive on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Following a leisurely breakfast, you’ll step off the train for a short stop in Cook. Once a bustling railway community, now effectively a ghost town, Cook gives new meaning to the expression “middle of nowhere”. Take some time to reflect on the changing landscapes in your journey and to enjoy the hospitality of the Outback Explorer Lounge as you travel across Australia’s longest single stretch of railway.
Perth - Disembark Indian Pacific and Hotel Stay
The Avon Valley beckons you this morning – the mild skies and cool green vales of this picturesque part of the world will truly delight. Arrive into the cosmopolitan western capital of Perth after lunch, having finished an epic Australian journey end-to-end. Admire the striking city skyline or take a picnic to the verdant Kings Park and Botanical Gardens. Take a whale watching tour, swim with wild dolphins or climb up to Reabold Hill Summit Boardwalk for stunning views.
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