We were looking forward to the Solstice as not previously been on this ship, but on other Celebrity Ship.
Weather was not too kind to us, mostly rain or wind or cold, no laying around on desk this cruise.
Ship is good size and has lots of good features, however it seems very sterile with not much colour.
We flew into Wellington and boarded the Northern Explorer to Auckland train, it was a full day and was excellent value, we organised.
Walked up Mt Manganui as usual, then took the free shuttle to Tauranga for a walk around.
Rained most of the day, took the free shuttle into town and went to Museum's etc with lots of walking. Lovely city.
We walked up the hill to the towers for the view's, then back to ship for lunch then out again for walks along beach roads and boardwalks.
Took the local bus into Dunedin ( $6 each way) shuttle was $20 direct, local bus went into other towns etc, much more interesting. Took local bus No.8 out the Baldwin St ( steepest street in the world) and walked up and down. Then back into town and walked around the local areas just out of main area for some more interesting sites as been here 4 times .
Just walked around the port area and up and down the city area for a few hours.
Next day took the local bus over the bridge to Rosny to walk up the lookout hill, then walked along the waterfront walk that goes for a few kilometers. Even seen a large rare dolphin just off shore. Then walked into large shoppping centre for lunch etc, then bus back to city for another walk around to see Museum's etc.
Always lovely going through the fiords. Some rain but still great.