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Star Breeze, Australia & New Zealand Odyssey ex Cairns to Auckland

Cruise Star Breeze, Australia & New Zealand Odyssey ex Cairns to Auckland
Cruise Line Windstar Cruises
Ship Star Breeze
Destination Australia
Brief Description 27 Night Cruise sailing from Cairns to Auckland onboard Star Breeze.
Type of Cruise Luxury
Departure Date 09 Dec 2023
Cruise Description 27 Night Cruise sailing from Cairns to Auckland onboard Star Breeze.

Highlights of this cruise:

Cairns
Cairns is the gateway to tropical north Queensland and is a popular travel destination because of its tropical climate and proximity to many attractions. The Great Barrier Reef is only one-and-a-half hours away by boat. The Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation, about 130km north of Cairns, are popular areas for experiencing a tropical rainforest. It is also a starting point for people wanting to explore Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula, and the Atherton Tableland.

Cairns city itself is a modern, sophisticated city in the heart of the tropical north, with international standard restaurants, boutique shopping, modern art galleries and classy nightclubs to keep visitors entertained. Cairns also boasts outstanding hotels, offshore island resorts, big Reef-cruise catamarans in the harbor, and too many souvenir shops. The only beach right in town is a man-made 4,000-sq.-m saltwater lagoon and artificial beach on the Esplanade.

Fraser Island
Fraser Island, is an island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 300 kilometres (190 mi) north of Brisbane. It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world. It is also Queensland's largest island, Australia's sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia.

Fraser Island is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea-coloured and others clear and blue all ringed by white sandy beaches.

Melbourne
Melbourne, in Australia's state of Victoria (VIC), is home to an interesting mixture of historic Victorian architecture and breathtaking modern buildings. With a vibrant, street café culture and excellent shopping, Melbourne is also widely considered to be the dining capital of Australia, with an enormous selection of cuisine. It is a lively, exciting city with a friendly multicultural population.

Melbourne has an abundance of parks, wide roads, and boulevards and is also the cultural and sporting capital of Australia, with world class sporting facilities and an abundance of museums, galleries and theatres.

Lying directly on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne offers easy access to the many different areas including the the Victorian Alps in the east, the Grampians and Great Ocean Road in the west and the fertile river valleys of the Murray in the north, to name just a few.

Hobart
Hobart is situated on the island of Tasmania and is the southern most capital city in Australia. Straddling the breathtaking Derwent River, Australia's deepest harbour, Hobart is one of the most beautiful areas in both Tasmania, with nearby Mount Wellington dominating the city in the background.

The city of Hobart was founded in 1803 and has numerous heritage areas close to the city centre. There are many museums and galleries which provide interesting information on Hobart’s history. Some of the most popular landmarks in the Hobart area include the Tasman Bridge, Government House, the Port Arthur Historic Site, Richmond Bridge - one of the oldest stone bridges in the whole of Australia and Hobart's St. David's

Other world-class Hobart attractions include Derwent River, the Cadbury-Schweppes Chocolate Constitution Dock, Old Hobart Town Model Village, Bicentennial Park, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Salamanca Market - a lively flea market held in Hobart's Salamanca district, which attracts more than 10,000 bargain hunters each week.

Hobart regularly features many exciting festivals and events, including the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, a spectacular race which finishes at Hobart's waterfront at the end of each year in Hobart.

Oban
Oban is the principal settlement on Stewart Island, the southernmost inhabited island of the New Zealand archipelago and shows as a dot on the map (if it appears at all). Don't be fooled. Stewart Island is large, 64 km long, and 40 km across (at its widest point). It has a 700 km coastline, but there are only 20 km of roads!

Oban is located on Half Moon Bay and presents a vista of picturesque bays and coves. Houses nestle amid lush vegetation. The few buildings of the "Commercial Sector" are all within a five minute walk of the wharf, and each other.

You won't walk round the Island in a day. Even ten days tramping only skirts the northern third. Few people can claim to have seen anywhere near the whole of Stewart Island.

Terrain is rugged. Stewart Island is made of granite, some of the oldest rock in New Zealand. A wide range of minerals are present, though not in commercial quantities. Tin was mined at Port Pegasus for a few years in the 1890's. There's black iron sand on some beaches, others are white with quartz or red with garnet. Most beaches are gold, sparkling in the sun. Don't bother bring a gold-pan though - it's mainly "fool's gold"!

Paterson Inlet almost cuts the Island in half. This large expanse of water is popular for boat-trips and recreational fishing and diving.

Auckland
Auckland is located on the north island of New Zealand, situated between two magnificent harbours, the Waitemata and the Manukau. It is the largest city in NZ and is often referred to as the ‘City of Sails’ due to the large number of yachts which travel in its waters.

Auckland city has a great range of shops including designer boutiques, markets and stalls. It is also home to many fine galleries and museums including the Auckland Museum and the Auckland City Art Gallery. Restaurants in the waterfront suburbs such as Mission Bay or St Heliers and the inner city specialise in local seafood delicacies. There are also a number of attractive public gardens and reserves surrounding the city.

The large Polynesian population in Auckalnd include Maori, Samoan, Cook Island and Tongan people whom all contribute to the city's vibrant culture. Local markets and churches in particular provide an insight to the local cultures.
Sailing Dates
09 Dec 2023
Pricing
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Cruise Itinerary
Date Port Arrive Depart
9 Dec 2023 Cairns, Qld, Australia 6:00 PM
10 Dec 2023 Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia 6:00 AM 6:00 PM
11 Dec 2023 At Sea    
12 Dec 2023 Airlie Beach, Qld, Australia 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
13 Dec 2023 At Sea    
14 Dec 2023 Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
15 Dec 2023 Mooloolaba (Noosa), Queensland, Australia 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
16 Dec 2023 At Sea    
17 Dec 2023 Sydney, NSW, Australia 10:00 AM overnight
18 Dec 2023 Sydney, NSW, Australia 3:00 PM
19 Dec 2023 Eden, NSW, Australia 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
20 Dec 2023 At Sea    
21 Dec 2023 Melbourne, VIC, Australia 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
22 Dec 2023 At Sea    
23 Dec 2023 Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia 7:00 AM 10:00 PM
24 Dec 2023 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 7:00 AM overnight
25 Dec 2023 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 1:00 PM
26 Dec 2023 At Sea    
27 Dec 2023 At Sea    
28 Dec 2023 Doubtful Sound, New Zealand 1:30 PM
28 Dec 2023 Dusky Sound, New Zealand 8:00 PM
29 Dec 2023 Oban, Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 7:00 AM
30 Dec 2023 Oban, Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 5:30 AM 4:00 PM
31 Dec 2023 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
1 Jan 2024 Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
2 Jan 2024 Wellington, New Zealand 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
3 Jan 2024 At Sea    
4 Jan 2024 Tauranga, New Zealand 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
5 Jan 2024 Auckland, New Zealand 7:00 AM
All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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