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Auckland to Sydney

New Zealand Adventure | 14 Nights | Departs Jan 6, 2015

 

Timaru, New Zealand

Ports:

Jan, 6

-Auckland, New Zealand

Jan, 7

-Tauranga, New Zealand

Jan, 8

-Napier, New Zealand

Jan, 9

-Picton, New Zealand

Jan, 10

-Akaroa, New Zealand

Jan, 11

-Timaru, New Zealand

Jan, 12

-Dunedin, New Zealand

Jan, 13

-Cruise Milford Sound

Jan, 14

-Cruise the Tasman Sea

Jan, 15

-Cruise the Tasman Sea

Jan, 16

-Hobart, Tasmania

Jan, 17

-Cruise the Bass Strait

Jan, 18

-Melbourne, Australia

Jan, 19

-Cruise the Coast of Australia

Jan, 20

-Sydney, Australia

Timaru, New Zealand-port

Scenically poised on the east coast of the South Island, Timaru is the gateway to New Zealand’s most majestic mountains, including its highest peak Mt Cook. Timaru has recaptured much of its Edwardian heritage with vibrant plantings of roses and trees, and a pedestrian-friendly landscape of paved areas, seating and vantage points from which to enjoy the city’s setting between ocean and alps. Tour the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden and stroll the striking piazza, with its stunning views across Caroline Bay, complemented by the numerous café-bars and restaurants.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Timaru Botanic Gardens & Aigantighe
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Road to Mesopotamia
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Central South Island Highlights
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Mount Cook National Park By Chartered Plane
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Timaru Botanic Gardens & Aigantighe

    Light Activity /Walking
    Duration: 3 1/2 hours
    Tour Code: tiu-002
    Price:

    Free

    Meander through the enchanted Botanic Gardens in the "Rose City" of Timaru and then discover the impressive Kiwi creativity at the Aigantighe Gallery and statue of Phar Lap.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, it's a brief yet scenic drive to the Botanic Gardens, where you'll be free to wander about the spectacular rose gardens, duck ponds and aviary under a canopy of mature trees. It's a wonderfully serene setting, where you may view some of New Zealand's endangered plants and perhaps learn how locally grown herbs and spices are used.

    From here, it's a picturesque drive past Timaru's verdant Centennial Park and historic district and on to the esteemed Aigantighe Art Museum. Founded in 1956 by a Scottish family, Aigantighe (pronounced "egg and tie") contains one of the South Island's largest art collections, dating from the 16th century to the present day. Even the museum, housed in a 1908 mansion, is a work of art, as is its surrounding sculpture garden.

    Continuing on, you'll next stop at a sculpture of great national pride dedicated to Phar Lap, a thoroughbred racehorse born in 1926 near Timaru. Affectionately known as "Big Red" because of the color of his coat, Phar Lap recorded an amazing 37 wins out of 51 starts, becoming one of the greatest world champions. The statue of the famed racehorse in full gallop is revered as a symbol of perseverance and excellence.

    Returning to the pier, you'll drive along the lively Caroline bay beachfront and see the historic Landing Service building that was originally was used for the unloading of ships around the 1870s. Today, it is the only remaining building of its kind in Australasia.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. Most areas are flat surfaces with a few slight inclines. While the bulk of the art collection at the art museum is located on the ground floor, those who wish to view the pieces on the second floor must negotiate a stairway. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited can vary.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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