New Zealand and Australia cruise with 7 day land tour: Diamond Princess Cruise Review by irocks
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New Zealand and Australia cruise with 7 day land tour
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Ports of Call: We did private tours at each More stop.
Tauranga: We went with Terry Tours to Kiwi 360, Lake Rotorua, Ti Puia, Government Gardens and around Tauranga. John was very knowledgeable and professional. It was nice riding in his van with just 2 other couples.
Akaroa: We were originally suppose to port in Christchurch but due to the damage they have recently had we stopped at Akaroa instead. Akaroa was beautiful. Here we did the Eastern Bay Scenic Mail Run. We spent the day with the Mailman as he delivered mail all around the area. It was a lovely day with great scenery as Robin drove up and down narrow gravel roads. He is a former Conservation Ranger and gave interesting commentary.
Dunedin: We did not do a tour here but we probably would have enjoyed this stop more if we had. It was very chilly so our first stop was to buy hat and gloves. We walked through Olveston, which is a 35 room mansion, the train station and the Cadbury factory. We were scheduled to do an overland excursion with the ship to Queenstown and catch the ship at Milford Sound but due to rough water the ship could not go through the fiordland so this excursion was cancelled.
Tasmania: Due to rough seas and the ship having to change coarse we arrived here several hours late. I had booked an excursion with Judy at Eye See Personalized Tours. She was wonderful. She waited all morning for our ship to arrive and had made alternate plans for us. Since we did not arrive until 2PM we did not have time to go to Port Arthur. Instead we went to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Mt. Field Nat'l Park.
Melbourne: We did not book a tour here either and wished we had. We see so much more on a tour. We walked through the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Melbourne Goal and Queen Victoria Market.
The ships captain did a good job at keeping us informed about weather and safety.
When we arrived in Sydney we were picked up to begin our 7 day journey of Australia. Princess does these land tours right. All hotels and meals were wonderful and our guide Greg was fantastic!!! He kept us organized and laughing. I would highly recommend that if you are flying all the way to New Zealand and Australia you stay long enough to add on a land tour. Less