Gourmet Tour to New Zealand with Lyndey Milan

17
Nights
2019
Jan 14
From
$6500
Celebrity
Solstice
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment

This cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice will be a fantastic opportunity to enjoy luxurious ship-board life, see the sights of New Zealand and explore the food and wine of New Zealand with experienced and popular tour host, Lyndey Milan. Come along and join us.

Visiting Tauranga, Wellingotn, Akaroa, Dunedin, Bay of Islands, Auckland, Fiordland National Park, Hobart, Sydney.

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing tours in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Akaroa, Dunedin & Hobart
  • Ferry to Waiheke Island and visit three vineyards and enjoy a lunch at one of the vineyards
  • The spectacular Bay of Islands - comprising of 150 scenic islands
  • The local Farmers Market Tauranga
  • Visit local food producers Tauranga
  • See some of the natural volcanic wonders of Rotorua
  • Presentation on food by Lyndey Milan
  • A tasting tour of Wellington - boutique coffee roaster and stylish cafe, a renowned specialist in Fresh produce, gourmet food stores, and a unique contemporary chocolatier
  • Lunch with matched New Zealand wines at one of Wellington's top restaurants
  • Sample wines at local wineries of Picton and an included lunch
  • Local producers on the Banks Peninsula - Akaroa
  • The iconic Giants House gardens
  • German bakery selling organic breads and traditional biscuits - Dunedin
  • A tasting session at the Whitestone cheese factory
  • Spectacular scenery of Fiordland National Park
  • City tour of Hobart focusing on Tasmanian produce: stunning cheeses, sensational cool-climate wines, charcuterie, pastries and more
  • Famous MONA on the shores of the Derwent River
  • Explore Bruny Island, from a gourmet perspective
  • Luxury Cruising onboard Celebrity Solstice
Gourmet Tour to New Zealand with Lyndey Milan Map

Includes

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category
  • Flights to Auckland
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • Leadership and workshops by Lyndey Milan
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Auckland including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Akaroa, Dunedin & Hobart
  • Port and handling charges, cruise taxes and gratuities on Celebrity Solstice
  • Cruise & Tour Management by Travelrite International
  • Travelrite Travel bag
Celebrity Solstice Deck plans

Celebrity Solstice

Since Celebrity Solstice joined the Celebrity fleet, she has dazzled and amazed even the most welltravelled cruisers. She showcases spectacular vistas with 85% of all staterooms having sweeping balcony views. Celebrity Solstice hosts a variety of five star speciality restaurants including Murano a French restaurant, the Tuscan Grill, Silk an Asian restaurant and Qsine, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredible pampering services in AquaSpa, and you may never want to set foot on land again!

Lyndey Milan

Lyndey Milan OAM

Lyndey Milan is an experienced and popular tour host who devotes herself to her fellow travellers. Known as the Australian home-cook hero, she combines a thirst for life and a sense of fun with a love of good food and sparkling Shiraz. A familiar face on television and in print, she has been instrumental in changing the way Australians think and feel about food and wine for over thirty years. ‘Hospitality of the table’ is her catchphrase, evidenced in her numerous television appearances, best-selling books and at countless culinary events over the years, as she maintains her position at the forefront of Australian cuisine. She has written nine books and hosted eight television series, including Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia which won Best Food TV in the World and Best TV chef Cookbook at the Gourmand World Awards. She is a popular regular guest on morning television, travels frequently and has an extensive knowledge of food and wine and contacts in New Zealand. Her friendly personality makes her the ideal person to lead the Gourmet Tour of New Zealand. She is looking forward to meeting you.

Day 1 Monday 14 January, 2019 Auckland
Today we board flights to Auckland. Upon arrival we are transferred to our city hotel.

Day 2 Tuesday 15 January, 2019 Auckland
Auckland is the largest city and commercial centre of New Zealand. This morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour which takes in the main sights of Auckland, including the harbour bridge, which spans the beautiful Waitemata Harbour, and the quaint and stylish shopping area of Parnell.

Day 3 Wednesday 16 January, 2019 Auckland
This morning we will travel by ferry to Waiheke Island and visit three vineyards and enjoy a lunch at one of the vineyards. We will meet the owner and/or winemaker and enjoy jaw-dropping scenery and stunning vistas as we travel between vineyards.

Day 4 Thursday 17 January, 2019 Embarkation
Late in the morning we are transferred to the port to board Celebrity Solstice. Make sure you are up on deck as Celebrity Solstice slips her moorings and makes her way into the Hauraki Gulf to start our Gourmet Tour of New Zealand cruise.

Day 5 Friday 18 January, 2019 Bay of Islands
This morning we arrive in the spectacular Bay of Islands, one of the most historic areas in New Zealand, comprising of 150 scenic islands. We will have a gourmet tour of the region visiting a number of food producers before enjoying an included lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 6 Saturday 19 January, 2019 Tauranga
We arrive in Tauranga this morning and visit the local Farmers Market, showcasing food produce from the local area. The Bay of Plenty is famous for its kiwi fruit and Hass avocados and the landscape is dotted with both types of orchards, creating a scenic patchwork landscape. We will visit some local food producers and see some of the natural volcanic wonders of Rotorua.

Day 7 Sunday 20 January, 2019 At sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. Relax by the pool or day spa, take a class or listen to an informative talk. This afternoon Lyndey will make a presentation on food.

Day 8 Monday 21 January, 2019 Wellington
With more cafés and restaurants per capita than New York, Wellington’s known as the culinary, café and coffee capital for a good reason. Here’s a chance to sample it all with a half-day walking tour around Wellington’s downtown area. You’ll be joined by a knowledgeable foodie who knows some of the capital’s best food places and galleries. During the tour you will visit a boutique coffee roaster and stylish cafe, a renowned specialist in fresh produce, gourmet food stores, and a unique contemporary chocolatier. At the end of your tasting tour, you’ll walk on to one of Wellington’s top restaurants for a delicious and light tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines. In the afternoon you may like to visit the excellent Te Papa museum.

Day 9 Tuesday 22 January 2019 Picton
Today we arrive in Picton in New Zealand’s celebrated Marlborough wine region, where phenomenal wines, stunning landscapes and mouth-watering gourmet treats await us. We will enjoy marvellous views of the rolling hill ranges and contrasting market gardens, vineyards and farms from high vantage points. As New Zealand’s largest wine producer renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the Marlborough region takes pride in its highly acclaimed wines. Sample some of the distinctive wines that a few local wineries have specialised in such as Viognier, Gewurztraminer, Gruener Veltliner, Arneis, Riesling and Merlot, along with a variety of wines that grow well in the region. We will have a gourmet tour of the region and an included lunch.

Day 10 Wednesday 23 January 2019 Akaroa
Today we call in to the village of Akaroa. Originally founded by the French, it is now a delightful town, still retaining the ambience of France. We visit some local producers on the Banks Peninsula and the iconic Giants House gardens before we enjoy a fantastic meal.

Day 11 Thursday 24 January, 2019 Dunedin
We arrive in Dunedin this morning. Originally founded by Scottish settlers and known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, it consists of beautifully preserved buildings overlooking parklands. On our tour today we will travel north to Oamaru, with a spectacular collection of Victorian buildings, which have been restored to their original glory. We will visit a German bakery selling organic breads and traditional biscuits in this heritage area. For cheese connoisseurs, we will enjoy a tasting session at the Whitestone cheese factory – be sure to try the award-winning Windsor Blue. South of Oamaru is Moeraki, where the main attraction is a beach strewn with giant spherical boulders. We will enjoy a seafood lunch that’s fresh off the fishing boats.

Day 12 Friday 25 January, 2019 Fiordland National Park
Today we cruise through some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand as we visit Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. Fiordland National Park will be a highlight of the cruise, with spectacular scenery and fascinating wildlife. We will have another class available this afternoon.

Day 13 Saturday 26 January, 2019 At sea
Today Lyndey will run a cooking demonstration for the group on our day at sea.

Day 14 Sunday 27 January, 2019 At sea
A day at sea to enjouy the facilities of the ship.

Day 15 Monday 28 January, 2019 Hobart
This morning we will take a city tour focusing on Tasmanian produce: stunning cheeses, sensational cool-climate wines, charcuterie, pastries and more. Soak in the city’s history as we stroll between outstanding local businesses meeting local industry professionals and finding out Hobart’s secret ingredients – the produce, the culture, and the people. In the afternoon we visit the now famous MONA on the shores of the Derwent River.

Day 16 Tuesday 29 January, 2019 Hobart
Today we will explore Bruny Island, from a gourmet perspective, on this day trip from Hobart. After the ferry ride to the island, we admire natural sights like the Mount Mangana rainforest and Adventure Bay view points, and take leisurely walks to look for wallabies and other island animals. On the culinary side, we get to know the island’s food scene with tastings of cheese, chocolate, cider and berries, plus a lunch of local produce.

Day 17 Wednesday 30 January, 2019 At sea
Today Lyndey will give a presentation on food. You might like to enjoy some of the many activities available aboard Celebrity Solstice.

Day 18 Thursday 31 January, 2019 Sydney
This morning we cruise into Sydney Harbour and after breakfast we disembark and tour activities conclude.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
10 Inside 8,9 $5,625 $7,450
9 Inside 9,10,11 $5,699 $7,590
2C Deluxe Balcony 6 $6,600 $9,250
2B Deluxe Balcony 6, 7 $6,680 $9,375
1C Deluxe Balcony 8 $6,870 $9,750
1B Deluxe Balcony 8,9 $6,935 $9,875
1A Deluxe Balcony 6,7,8,9 $6,989 $9,980
C3 Deluxe Balcony 9,10 $7,210 $10,420
Included port and handling charges and gratuities $238 $476
Included air taxes as at 1/2/18 $75 $75

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category
  • Flights to Auckland
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • Leadership and workshops by Lyndey Milan
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Auckland including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Akaroa, Dunedin & Hobart
  • Port and handling charges, cruise taxes and gratuities on Celebrity Solstice
  • Cruise & Tour Management by Travelrite International
  • Travelrite Travel bag

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship

Availability:

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

Extending

You can stay longer in New Zealand for minimal additional cost. Please contact Travelrite on 1800 630 343 for more information

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TOUR OPERATOR:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Celebrity Solstice is operated by Celebrity Cruises and cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Celebrity Cruises brochure. All passengers must complete the Celebrity Cruises online check in and a Travelrite International booking form.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete the Celebrity Cruise on-line check in. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the Solstice cruise. A 1% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or Mastercard and 3% for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

Number of days before sailing.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
91 days or more Loss of deposit
90 - 61 days 50% of full fare
61 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

REFUNDS:
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International regarding visa requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc. BAGGAGE: Baggage is a at owners’ risk throughout the cruise.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
The cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 92 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd ATAS accredited A10538 is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these cruises, shall act only as agents for the passenger in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in cruises, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of these cruises and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any cruise and/or make such changes in the cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the Celebrity Solstice cruise passage contract with Celebrity Cruises as detailed on the back of the Celebrity Cruises reservation form. If you do not have a copy of this form please contact us and we will send one to you.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:

Travelrite International Pty Ltd 423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Toll free: 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au

ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 29 years and operating in Victoria for more than 36 years. It has two fully accredited (ATAS No.A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont which are also accredited with IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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