The Sisterhood has done it again! We’ve selected our annual group ocean group to the #1 bucket list destination for all of our Sisters…New Zealand!
We’ll be sailing on the gorgeous Royal Princess, roundtrip Auckland, from January 19 – February 1, 2024. Sisters can bring Misters! And…we have secured unbelievable EXCLUSIVE pricing for our Sisters who want to travel on this cruise.
Of course…you know Sisterhood Travels…we might have some surprises up our sleeve when you come onboard!
Don’t miss your opportunity to join Sisterhood Travels for this amazing cruise. We promise you lots of fun, laughs, spectacular sightseeing and most of all….the magic of Sisterhood!
Departing at 8 pm from Auckland, New Zealand
Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand’s former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interest, and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, and gardens. Rangitoto, Auckland’s largest and youngest volcano, sits in majestic splendor just offshore. Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill, once home to Maori earthworks, overlook the city. One of New Zealand’s fine wine districts lies north of Auckland.
The Bay of Islands from 7 am-5 pm
The Bay of Islands offers more than broad vistas of sea and sky; more than beaches, boating, and fabulous water sports. The Bay is the birthplace of modern New Zealand. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed, establishing British rule and granting the native inhabitants equal status. Rich in legend and mystery, the Bay of Islands has age-old ties to the Maori and to whalers, missionaries, and New Zealand’s early settlers. Note: This is a tender port. Wheelchair accessibility is limited.
Day at Sea
Day at Sea
Sydney, Australia, from 6 am-4 pm
As your ship passes Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney – hailed by many seafarers as “the most beautiful harbor in the world.” Two prominent landmarks, the Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. There is a wealth of adventure waiting in Sydney – from its cosmopolitan city center to miles of beautiful beaches and the Blue Mountains.
Day at Sea
Day at Sea
Fiordland National Park for Scenic Cruising from 7 am-4 pm
New Zealand’s largest national park was formed millennia ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast of New Zealand’s South Island. At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound. Lined by cliffs that soar nearly a mile above its surface, Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps. Rainforest clings to the cliffs, and graceful waterfalls plummet into the void. Mile-high Mitre Peak dominates the upper reaches of the sound.
Dunedin (Port Chalmers) from 8 am-5 pm
Perched on the hills above one of New Zealand’s loveliest harbors, Dunedin is a Kiwi city with a Scottish heart. Hailed as the “Edinburgh of New Zealand,” Dunedin is proud of its heritage. A statue of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns graces downtown, and the presence of New Zealand’s only kilt maker and whisky distillery – as well as many bagpipe bands – keep Dunedin’s ties to Scotland alive. The city also boasts a distinguished architectural and cultural history, a legacy of New Zealand’s 1860s gold rush. Port Chalmers, the gateway to Dunedin, is located eight miles from the city center. Dunedin is a planned city: its streets and suburbs fan out from the city’s octagon.
Christchurch (Lyttleton) from 8 am-6 pm
Travel down the tree-lined Avon Rive, tour English-style gardens, and drive past a Gothic cathedral. No, it’s not England – it’s Christchurch, New Zealand’s most English city. The colonists who settled in Christchurch transformed the treeless landscape by planting European trees and setting aside vast tracts as parkland. Today, parks dot the city, giving Christchurch an old-world ambiance that belies its sophisticated style.
Wellington from 8 am-6 pm
New Zealand’s capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes, and fine Victorian buildings. Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, “wonderful, windy Wellington” is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funneling through Cook Strait. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets, and a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco. Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot. Kelburn Cable Car, stairways, and footpaths climb the slopes from the city center.
Day at Sea
Tauranga from 6:30am-5:45pm
New Zealand’s natural bounty is always displayed in the Bay of Plenty. It was Captain James Cook who, in 1769, aptly named this bay, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center, and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua – a geothermal wonderland at the heart of Maori culture. A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand’s primary tourist attraction. Your ship docks near the foot of Mt. Maunganui, which rises 761 feet above the bay. Across the harbor, Tauranga offers scenic tidal beaches at Omokoroa and Pahoia. The region boasts fine beaches, big-game fishing, thermal springs, and seaside resorts.
Disembarkation begins at approximately 8 am. DO NOT BOOK FLIGHTS BEFORE 11 am