Grade

Easy Garden Tours

Accommodation

Cat DD Cabin

Land Transportation

Executive Coach

Cost

6246

Flights

Excluded

Single Supplement

1975

Group

20-30

Tour Booklet

On Arrival

Dates

5-22 November 2020

Lunches

16

Breakfasts

17

Group Cocktails

1

Dinners

14

Ship

ms Oosterdam

At Sea Days

5

Upgrade - Verandah Suite

300

05 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2020

6,2468,521

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Tour Summary – What’s Included

  • Accommodation aboard the Ms Oosterdam in an outside cabin category DD.  Upgrades are available please contact us for further details.
  • Accommodation in Auckland & Sydney in good quality 4* hotels
  • 17 breakfasts; 16 dinners and 14 lunches
  • Comfortable executive coaching with an experienced driver during land excursions
  • Entrance fees for all gardens and venues visited
  • 24-hour emergency service

Your Accommodation

Tour Description

This wonderful 18 Day cruise will take you from Auckland (New Zealand) to Sydney (Australia).  You will be travelling in considerable style and comfort aboard Holland America Lines’ first Vista-class cruise ship, the Ms Oosterdam.  The Oosterdam recently emerged from dry dock with exciting updates—including completely refreshed suites, a new lounge, dining and entertainment venues.    At each port of call, we take you to sites of great cultural interest and visit some of the best gardens that each country has to offer.   Always accompanied by one of our experienced tour guides, this tour will be an unforgettable experience!

2020 is the third year that we run this extremely popular garden cruise and places are limited.   To avoid disappointment, early booking is advisable.   For more information about what to expect on board please read our dedicated FAQ page.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 – 5 NOVEMBER 2020 – ARRIVAL IN AUCKLAND

  • Check-in to the Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland and rest after your flight to New Zealand.  The hotel is in a great location and there are many restaurants in its immediate vicinity.
  • Dinner is at leisure (not included).

DAY 2 – 6 NOVEMBER 2020 –  AUCKLAND / OMAIO –  BREAKFAST & LUNCH INCLUDED

  • Following breakfast this morning we visit Omaio garden.  Set in 8 acres (7.28 hectares) and located on a cliff high above the sea you’ll have a beautiful view of Kawau Island.  We have reserved lunch here for you.  
  • After our visit, we return to our hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure.
  • Dinner is on your own (not included).

DAY 3 – 7 NOVEMBER 2020 – AUCKLAND / AYRLIES & EMBARKATION –  BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • After breakfast and check-out we travel to visit Ayrlies Gardens & Wetland, Beverly McConnell’s private garden.  Considered as one of the best in New Zealand, this garden has well-filled borders and attractive planting combinations.   With streams, ponds and views out towards the sea, water plays an important role in this garden which at now 50 years old, is reaching its prime.
  • We travel by coach back to Auckland and board our ship, the ms Oosterdam.  After check-in you’ll have plenty of time to explore the ship on your own.
  • Our cruise begins at 17.00 and you are invited for a welcome cocktail followed by dinner.

DAY 4 – 8 NOVEMBER 2020 – ROTORUA –  BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • We arrive at 08.00 in Tauranga and our coach will be waiting for us at the port.  
  • Our first stop will be Rotorua, an area of New Zealand famous for its hot springs, geysers and thermal mud baths.  Walking around you’ll be in awe of the forces of nature that you’ll witness here.  
  • We then go on to Te Puia to learn about ancient Maori culture and customs.
  • Afterwards, we’ll visit a Kiwi sanctuary and learn how they are striving to protect New Zealand’s endangered national bird.
  • We’ll have lunch before we move on to visit Rainbow Springs, a national nature reserve well known for its unique flora and fauna.
  • We return to our ship and board around 16.30 before a 17.00 departure.

DAY 5 – 9 NOVEMBER 2020 – NAPIER / GWAVAS GARDEN –  BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • We arrive in Napier around 12 noon today and our coach will be waiting for us at the port.
  • We depart for Gwavas garden, a beautiful forest garden on 9 hectares owned by Mr & Mrs Gibson.  Gwavas Garden is listed as having a registered group of historic trees by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. The garden is at its best in the Spring, with November being an ideal month to enjoy its colors and landscape.
  • We travel to Napier which in 1931 was destroyed by a violent earthquake.  Local officials at the time decided to rebuild the city in Art Deco style.  Since then, it has become known to connoisseurs as being the ‘Art Deco City’ par excellence.  You’ll have plenty of time to walk around and explore this delightful city at leisure.
  • We take the coach back to our ship and depart around 18.00 for Wellington.

DAY 6 – 10 NOVEMBER 2020 – WELLINGTON / BUSH NATIVE BOTANIC GARDEN, WELLINGTON BOTANIC GARDEN  – BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • We arrive in Wellington harbor around 09.00 and our coach will be waiting for us at the port.
  • Today we’ll visit Otari-Wilton’s Bush Native Botanic Garden and the Wellington Botanic Garden.   In both, we’ll see native New Zealand plants.   We have reserved lunch for you.  
  • In the afternoon, we take the Wellington Cable car to the top of the mountain to enjoy the great views over the surrounding hills and bay of Wellington.
  • We return to our ship and board around 18.00.

DAY 7 – 11 NOVEMBER 2020 – CHRISTCHURCH / OHINETAHI, THE GIANTS HOUSE  –  BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • We arrive in Akaroa (Christchurch) port around 07.00 when our coach will be waiting for us.
  • We depart for Governors Bay and Ohinetahi.  Considered to be one of New Zealand’s finest gardens, it was once owned by Thomas Potts, New Zealand’s first conservationist who as early as 1865 planted trees here.
  • After our visit we’ll have lunch outside in the garden of Governors Bay Hotel.
  • Afterwards we depart for The Giants House, a historic house surrounded by a mosaic sculpture garden.  On our arrival we will be greeted by its owner, the artist Josie Martien.  After a short introduction, you’ll have an opportunity to walk around the garden, admire its sculptures and visit the house which was built in 1880 in the French style.
  • We return to Akaroa port around 18.00 in time for a scheduled departure at 19.00.

DAY 8 – 12 NOVEMBER 2020 – PORT CHALMERS / LARNACH CASTLE, GLENFALLOCH –  BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • Our coach will be waiting for us as we arrive in Port Chalmers (Dunedin) at 08.00 .
  • This morning we travel to the Otago Peninsula and Taiaroa Head to visit the Royal Albatross Center , which is the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world.  Here we will learn more about these majestic monarchs of the sea from an expert guide.
  • We depart for Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens where we have reserved lunch for you.  After lunch you’ll have plenty of time to stroll among the rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, fuchsias and discover native ferns and indigenous New Zealand trees in this wonderful garden.  Don’t miss the panoramic views over the port of Taiaroa Head!
  • Before returning to our ship we visit  Lanarch Castle and its 100 year old garden. Owned by Mrs. Margaret Barker,  these castle gardens are full of interest and are of international significance.  There is a Patterned Garden, a Lost Rock Garden, a Serpentine Walk, a Rain Forest, a South Seas Garden, a Laburnum Arch and Green Room, all of which you which you can explore at leisure this afternoon.
  • At around 16.30 we’ll return to our ship in time for its scheduled departure at 18.00.

DAY 9 – 13 NOVEMBER 2020 –  SCENIC CRUISING & SEA –  BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

DAY 10 – 14 NOVEMBER 2020 – AT SEA – BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • Today is spent at sea.  Relax or enjoy one of the many on board activities.   We have reserved dinner for us all together this evening.

DAY 11 – 15 NOVEMBER 2020 – AT SEA – BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • Today is spent at sea.  Relax or enjoy one of the many on board activities.   We have reserved dinner for us all together this evening.

DAY 12 – 16-17 NOVEMBER 2020 –  HOBART / SALLY JOHANNSOHN’S GARDEN, CRAWLEIGHWOOD – BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • We arrive in Hobart, Tasmania around 08.00 and travel a short distance to Neika.
  • Our first visit this morning is to Sally’s Johannsohn’s Garden & Nursery.  Plantswoman Sally Johannsohn has created a 2-acre, contemporary perennial garden to complement her nursery called Plant Hunters.  Sally was ‘guest gardener’ at Chanticleer, one of America’s most imaginative and exciting public gardens in 2014 and since then has concentrated on succession planting, adding more bulbs and annuals to extend the flowering season. The garden has rich basalt soils supporting many unusual perennials and shrubs from Asia, North America’s woodlands and Europe, which show the beauty and variety of ornamental plants.
  • After lunch we visit Crawleighwood, at Nicholls Rivulet in the Huon Valley. Here, Penny Wells and Pavel Rusicka have created a 2-hectare garden comprising rhododendrons, Japanese maples, woodland perennials, rain forest species and native Tasmanian plants. Crawleighwood contains at least one specimen of each Tasmanian conifer, including the iconic Huon pine.
  • We return for dinner aboard our ship.  We depart around 04.00 on the 17th to our next port of call.

DAY 13 – 17 NOVEMBER 2020 –  PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE – BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • We arrive in Port Arthur, Tasmania around 08.00 and depart by coach to visit Port Arthur.
  • Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site Port Arthur t is one of the most important historical locations in Australia.  We’ll have a guided tour but you’ll have ample opportunity to explore the area using one of the buggies provided free of charge or for the more energetic, on foot.  We have reserved lunch here for you.
  • We return to our ship and depart around 1800 for our next destination – Melbourne.

DAY 14 – 18 NOVEMBER 2020 – AT SEA – BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

DAY 15 – 19 NOVEMBER 2020 – MELBOURNE / ALOWYN GARDENS, ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS – BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

  • We arrive in Melbourne port around 0800 where our coach will be waiting for us.
  • We travel to the Yarra Valley near Melbourne to visit Alowyn Garden.  Alowyn Garden is designed along strong symmetrical lines within an area of approximately 4 acres. There are 5 clearly defined areas within the gardens, a perennial border, designed to display color from Spring to Autumn, a silver birch forest, an edible garden of generous proportions, a parterre garden and a number of display gardens.  We have reserved lunch for you here.
  • In the afternoon we visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, the most beautiful and largest botanical garden in Australia.  With 38-hectares, we’ll take a hop on and off tour here and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the stunning views as you travel around the garden.
  • Around 1700 you will return to the ship for embarkation at 1730.  Today the ship will depart at 1830.

DAY 16 – 20 NOVEMBER 2020 – AT SEA – BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

DAY 17 – 21 NOVEMBER 2020 – SYDNEY – END OF THE CRUISE / BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANIC GARDEN – BREAKFAST & LUNCH INCLUDED

  • Our arrival at 07.00 in Sydney marks the end of our cruise.  Checkout at 08.30 and make your way to the coach that will be waiting for us at the port.
  • This morning we visit The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden located 1000 meters above sea level on Mount Tomah.   The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is the only botanic garden anywhere in the world located within a United Nations World Heritage site.  There are various woodland gardens including rhododendrons, magnolias and other acid-loving planting as well as a formal garden, a rock garden and a bog garden and much more.   We have reserved lunch for you here.
  • After lunch we travel to our city hotel for the last night of the tour.  Dinner is on your own.

DAY 18  – 22 NOVEMBER 2020 – DEPARTURE OR EXTEND YOUR STAY – BREAKFAST INCLUDED

  • After breakfast, check out of your hotel in time for your onward journey or contact us to extend your stay at this hotel.

 

  • Days
    18
  • Nights
    17
  • Start Date
    05/11/2019
  • End Date
    22/11/2020
  • Accommodation
    Cat DD Cabin
  • Land Transportation
    Executive Coach
  • Cost
    6246
  • Flights
    Excluded
  • Single Supplement
    1975
  • Group
    20-30
  • Tour Booklet
    On Arrival
  • Dates
    5-22 November 2020
  • Lunches
    16
  • Breakfasts
    17
  • Group Cocktails
    1
  • Dinners
    14
  • Ship
    ms Oosterdam
  • At Sea Days
    5
  • Upgrade - Verandah Suite
    300

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What's Not Included

  • Flights to Auckland, New Zealand
  • Flights from Sydney, Australia

For More Information

For practical information concerning this cruise please visit our dedicated FAQ page and read our Bookings Conditions.  Please Contact Us if you have any questions or comments or visit our Home page for more of our superb garden tours.  
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  • Double Cat DD Cabin - €6,246
  • Single Cat DD Cabin - €8,221
  • Double Verandah Suite - €6,546 per person
  • Single  Verandah Suite €8,521

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1. Pay a Refundable 20% Deposit Now:

If you want to secure you place on this tour you can choose to pay a 20% refundable deposit now and the remaining balance later.
  • Step 1: Please select the correct amount and departure date above. The higher of the two prices displayed includes the single supplement and should be chosen if you are travelling alone.  If you are a couple or group travelling together select the lower of the two amounts.  You can change the number of people travelling together on the next screen and the price will be recalculated automatically.
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We accept all major credit cards.  Before you go ahead and book your tour online, please carefully read our Booking Conditions. Once we have the required numbers to run your tour we will send you an invoice for the remaining balance.  We need to receive your final payment at least 6 weeks before the departure date.  In the unlikely event that your tour will not proceed, we will refund your deposit IN FULL.  

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If you want to secure you place on this tour you can choose to pay now in full.
  • Step 1: Please select the correct amount and departure date above. The higher of the two prices displayed includes the single supplement and should be chosen if you are travelling alone.  If you are a couple or group travelling together select the lower of the two amounts.  You can change the number of people travelling together on the next screen and the price will be recalculated automatically.
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We accept all major credit cards.  Before you go ahead and book your tour online, please carefully read our Booking Conditions. Once we have the required numbers to run your tour you will receive further information from us.  In the unlikely event that your tour will not proceed, we will refund your payment IN FULL.

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