New Zealand has long been a favourite destination for Australian cruisers. Now you can embark on a magical 12-night cruise to the Land of the Long White Cloud on Cunard’s stately Queen Elizabeth to experience its stunning scenery, fabulous cuisine and picture-perfect sandy beaches.

Not only that – you will also savour a free one- night hotel stay in Sydney with free flights.

Queen Elizabeth Cruises into Sydney
Queen Elizabeth in Sydney harbour

Imagine Holidays has put together the ultimate 13-night New Zealand package with a royal twist on board one of the line’s most luxurious vessels for just $2,299 per person, departing January 31, 2024. To book, call Imagine Holidays on (02) 7254 2124. For more, see Imagine Holidays – Luxury Cunard Highlights of New Zealand Voyage.

Immerse yourself in the delights of Iconic City with its unbeatable Sydney Harbour Bridge, shimmering waters and vibrant cafes around the Opera House during your one-night stay before boarding Cunard’s charming Queen Elizabeth for a spectacular voyage to take in the breathtaking natural beauty of New Zealand as you cruise the amazing fjords in the spellbinding UNESCO Fiordland National Park.

Imagine Holidays Queen Elizabeth

Onboard Queen Elizabeth, you will discover Cunard’s sense of occasion and grand heritage from glamorous ballroom dancing at the Queens Room, lawn bowls on the open deck to traditional afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters.

Dining onboard Queen Elizabeth
Dining onboard Queen Elizabeth

Dine like a King or Queen at three main gourmet restaurants, watch a polished Broadway show at the Royal Court Theatre or chill out at the tranquil spa to switch off your mind and body during a therapeutic massage at the hands of an expert masseuse.

Wake up early the next day with a camera on hand ready to capture the special moments when Queen Elizabeth sails through mirror-smooth waters where you can spot spectacular fiords in the South Island which are in sharp contrast to the majestic mountains rising in the Fiordland National Park. Keep a look out for wildlife such as the Little Blue penguin, resident fur seals and dolphins as waterfalls crash down sheer cliffs into the still, deep waters. It will be one of the most Instagrammable moments to capture.

You will reach your first port of call at Dunedin, the gateway to Otago Peninsula. Here you will meet locals steeped in Scottish heritage with their homegrown tartan. The city with its mix of Scottish, Maori, Victorian and Edwardian architecture will be interesting to explore as you visit the themed gardens at Larnach Castle. Keep a look out for wildlife such as sea lions, albatrosses and rare penguins.

Cruise on Queen Elizabeth from Melbourne to New Zealand with free flights and free hotel stay
Take a ride on the historical Wellington Cable Car

Queen Elizabeth will then head to Wellington, renowned for its art galleries and museums. Take a ride on the historical Wellington Cable Car to the top and be rewarded with magnificent views of the ocean and city.

On sea days, you will have plenty of opportunities to share cocktails with new friends at different bars such as the Gin & Fizz or the Golden Lion Pub. If you are a big jazz fan, head to the Yacht Club.

Your next port of call is Auckland, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world with Maori street names and statues dotted all over the city. You can take a ferry ride to the inspiring Hauraki Gulf or simply wander around the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain.

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The beautiful Bay of Islands

The next day you will experience the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands with unspoilt beaches where you can kayak, dive and sail. If time permits, take a boat to the biggest island, Urupukapuka, a bird sanctuary with lots of walking trails.

Queen Elizabeth will take two days sailing back to Sydney so you can spend your time enjoying the service and activities onboard from watching dazzling West End-style musicals, and Shakespearean plays to stand-up comedians at the Royal Court Theatre.

When the ship docks at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Sydney Harbour, it is time to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth.

Your holiday package includes:

Full-board cruise

  • 12-night full-board cruise onboard Queen Elizabeth
  • Overnight in port of Wellington

FREE hotel stay

  • 1-night four-star hotel stay in Sydney’s Parkroyal Darling Harbour with breakfast

FREE flights & taxes

For more details see Imagine Holidays – Luxury Cunard Highlights of New Zealand Voyage


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Imagine Holidays Queen Elizabeth