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Azamara Club Cruises

Journey to Middle Earth on this epic voyage, starting with a 2-night flight from the UK to Christchurch, New Zealand, and a 3-night stay in a 4-star hotel. Explore this welcoming city over two days, visiting the beautiful Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park. Then, embark on the first part of your Lord of the Rings tour to the spectacular Mt Potts high country station, which was transformed into Edoras for the trilogy. Enjoy an exciting four-wheel drive into the realm of Rohan, with exclusive access to photos of Edoras under construction and the chance to handle movie replicas including Aragorn's sword, Gimli's axe and Gandalf's staff.

Travel to the shimmering UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve of Lake Tekapo, where you can climb New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki (Mount Crook). Enjoy an optional helicopter or ski plane flight that will fully immerse you in this region's beauty before heading to the quaint village of Omarama, and ending your tour in Queenstown for a 3-night stay in a 5-star hotel.

During your stay, visit breath-taking filming locations such as Isengard, Lothlorien, Fanghorn Forest and the Ithilien Camp, as well as locations from Xmen Origins: Wolverine and the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Spend a day exploring Lake Wakatipu's coves and sightseeing in Queenstown, the ‘Global Adventure Capital', before flying to Auckland the next day for a 3-night stay at a 5-star hotel.

The final part of your Lord of the Rings tour concludes with a visit to the famous Hobbiton film set where you can see the original Hobbit houses and Green Dragon Inn, while listening to behind-the-scenes stories and facts from your guide. You can also visit the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves: twinkling limestone tunnels which light up with these insects, perfectly finished with a visit through Glowworm Grotto.

Transfer to Auckland and embark Azamara Quest, beginning your 15-night cruise sailing to Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington, Picton and Nelson, before sailing across to Australia. Here, see the sights of Sydney, Moolooaba, Hamilton Island, Townsville and Cairns, before flying home with unforgettable memories.

What´s included:

  • Flights.
  • Private overseas transfers.
  • 3-night 4-star hotel stay in Christchurch.
  • Full day Lord Of The Rings Edoras Tour worth £379 per couple
  • Full day Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook tour worth £429 per couple
  • 3-night 5-star hotel stay in Queenstown.
  • The Scenic Safari - Glenorchy Lord of the Rings tour worth £200 per couple
  • 3-night 5-star hotel stay in Auckland.
  • Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton tour worth £399 per couple
  • 15-night premium-luxury cruise.
  • Free upgrade from Interior to Balcony Stateroom.
  • Free AzAmazing evening - details TBC.

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  • Hotel stays in Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland.
  • Lord of the Rings tours to see filming locations from Christchurch and Queenstown.
  • Full day trip to Hobbiton including Waitomo Caves.
Club Oceanview Stateroom
Club Balcony Stateroom
Club Continent Suite
Club Spa Suite
Club Ocean Suite
Your itinerary:
Fly from the UK over two nights to Christchurch, New Zealand.
10 February 2019
On arrival, transfer from the airport to a 4-star hotel for a 3-night stay
12 February 2019
This city is welcoming, vibrant and resilient, having recovered from devastating earthquakes just seven years ago. Stroll streets where the urban sprawl is broken up by lush trees, and visit countless sights. Notable galleries, the beautiful Botanic Gardens and tranquil Hagley Park are the perfect places to immerse yourself in the city's cultural scene and natural beauty.
Lord of the Rings tour - part one
14 February 2019
Today, you will head out on the first leg of your Lord of the Rings tour. Your first stop is the beautiful Mt Potts high country station: a spectacular mountain landscape that was transformed into Edoras, in the kingdom of Rohan. Immerse yourself in the unspoiled natural beauty of sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh mountain air. Tour highlights include an exciting four-wheel drive adventure into the heart of Edoras, an introduction to set replicas like Aragorn’s Sword and Gimli's axe, and a champagne picnic lunch.
Lake Tekapo tour
15 February 2019
Though not Lord of the Rings-related, today's tour is no less memorable. You will travel to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the remote Church of the Good Shepherd and marvel at the spectacular Southern Alps mountain range. Next, you will head for New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Aoraki/ Mount Cook, where you will stop for lunch among majestic scenery. Enjoy an optional helicopter or ski plane flight (additional cost), before heading to Mackenzie Country with a stop in the quaint village of Omarama.
Your tour ends in Queenstown, where you will spend 3 nights in a 5-star hotel.
Lord of the Rings tour - part two
16 February 2019
Today’s tour is for true Lord of the Rings fans. You will head for Glenorchy, stopping at breath-taking filming locations along the way. Follow the Dart River to Isengard, discover Lothlorien and head towards Queenstown, stopping at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp. Along the way you will also come across filming locations from Xmen Origins: Wolverine, and the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Day at leisure in Queenstown
17 February 2019
Explore Queenstown, where Lake Wakatipu’s meandering coves hint at the town’s tranquil side. However, this is also the place for adrenalin junkies. Discover why Queenstown is known as the ‘global adventure capital’ by bungee jumping or sky diving. Or, if you want to enjoy the town at a slower pace, visit a vineyard, hit one of the five fantastic golf courses or simply sit on a lakeside bench and wait for the spectacular sunset.
Transfer from the hotel to Queenstown airport for a direct flight to Auckland
18 February 2019
On arrival, transfer to a 5-star hotel for a 3-night stay. There is no shortage of things to do in the city. Visit the countless museums and galleries, eat in the delectable restaurants and enjoy the natural delights of the region. Enjoy the emerald waters and balmy microclimate of Waiheke Island; tour the region’s volcanic sites; and climb the Sky Tower for unforgettable views over the city.
Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour
19 February 2019
Today, take a day trip to two stunning North Island attractions – Waitomo Caves and the famous Hobbiton film set. In Hobbiton you will see the quaint hobbit houses, Green Dragon Inn and more, as well as listen to fascinating behind-the-scenes commentary from your guide that explains how the Lord of the Rings films were brought to life. Afterwards, you will head for the stunning Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where a network of limestone tunnels twinkles with the light from thousands of insects. A breath-taking boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto is a magical highlight.
Transfer from the hotel to Auckland port and embark Azamara Quest.
21 February 2019
Tauranga, New Zealand
22 February 2019
Situated in the heart of the sunniest region of the North Island, Tauranga is a popular seaside getaway for locals and visitors alike. Initially settled by the Māori in the 13th century, the Bay of Plenty area has an abundance of things to see and do. Relax on one of the many golden beaches that make this area popular with surfers, sailors and divers. Venture out on the water for dolphin watching, or even a jet boat ride if you have a need for speed. Grab a bite to eat and a refreshing glass of New Zealand vino on the Strand: a waterfront area filled with restaurants, cafés and pubs, which is also the perfect location for people watching. Head just outside of town to the site of Te Puia, which includes a thermal valley, the Pohutu geyser, mud pool, and the Pikirangi Māori village. Soak your tired limbs in the rejuvenating thermal pools and then learn more about Māori culture at the carving and weaving schools. And if your timing is right, you just might get to witness the spectacular sight of the Pohutu geyser shooting nearly 100 feet into the air.
Gisborne, New Zealand
23 February 2019
Perched on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, Gisborne is a place of rich history, beautiful uncrowded beaches, and legendary wines. You might also say it’s a city of firsts. It is where the first Māori migratory canoes landed, where British explorer Captain James Cook first came ashore on Kaiti Beach in 1769, and, since it’s also the most easterly point in the world, it is the first city in the world to see the sun rise each day. Gisborne, or Gizzy as it’s affectionately known, is a vibrant town with unique buildings and shops full of New Zealand culture and life, and great photo opportunities such as the Town Clock and the Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana, a large contemporary sculpture that celebrates early Māori explorers. You’ll find a profound amount of Māori culture and history in Gisborne, due in part to its large Māori population— 48.9% —well above to the national average of 14.9%. The incredible beaches in the Gisborne area may be best known for surfing, but you don’t need to catch a legendary wave to enjoy them. Watch the sun rise high over the Pacific Ocean at Gisborne Beach or perhaps do some walking, swimming, surfing, fishing and horseback riding at Wainui Beach, recommended by locals. Snorkel, swim with, and even feed stingrays out on the reef at Tatapouri or venture to majestic 660-meter-long Tolaga Bay Wharf for some fishing and an incredible view. Beautiful and remote, Gisborne is a little less explored and a little less well known than other cities, so you can be among the first to discover its charms. Known as Tairawhiti, the light shines on the water, and it does seem like the sun is always shining on Gisborne.
Wellington, New Zealand
24 February 2019
Often referred to as 'the coolest little capital in the world', Wellington sits on the southwestern tip of New Zealand’s North Island. For such a small city, Wellington packs a huge punch. With its fantastic nightlife and renowned entertainment district of Courtenay Place, as well as an internationally recognised coffee culture, the city is both cosmopolitan and relaxed. Browse the shops on chic Lambton Quay and then get a lay of the land by taking a ride on the iconic Kelburn cable car. Soaring high above the city, enjoy panoramic views before being dropped off at the doorstep of the Botanic Gardens. Pack a picnic to enjoy when you get there to take part in a favourite local pastime. From 19th-Century wooden cottages to streamlined art deco structures, Wellington is filled with sculptures, fountains and art galleries; be sure to visit The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: the national museum and art gallery. Film buffs will want to tour the famous Oscar-winning Weta Cave, home to props, collectables and souvenirs of such films as Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Man of Steel and Narnia.
Picton, New Zealand
25 February 2019
A seaside town situated close to the head of Queen Charlotte Sound on the South Island, Picton is a great jumping off point for exploring the Marlborough Sounds. Like most of New Zealand, this area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Choose your own adventure and go fishing, swimming, bird watching, or visit the playful fur seal pups at their colony near the waterfall at Ohau Point. Bring your walking shoes and walk to the Snout, located between Picton and Waikawa Bay; a wild and untamed peninsula. There are tracks and trails for all abilities, from a few minutes-long stroll to a full-scale hiking adventure. Oenophiles will also be interested to know that Picton is less than half an hour away from the world famous Marlborough wine region. Explore more than 35 cellar doors, from small family producers to international operations. Pair a glass of acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc with another regional delicacy: greenshell mussels. And when it’s time to wave goodbye to Picton, be sure to stay above deck to see the incredible sights of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Sailing through should be a bucket-list item for any world-traveller.
Nelson, New Zealand
26 February 2019
Nestled on the shores of Tasman Bay at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, Nelson is also known as the top of the south. It is also the geographical center of New Zealand, marked by a landmark on a hilltop near the center of the city. Climb up to point zero and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the area—two massive bays surrounded by hills and mountains. An area of extraordinary beauty, the Nelson Tasman region is home to several film locations from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Named after explorers Abel Tasman and Lord Horatio Nelson, the region is steeped in Māori history. But it’s also a vibrant urban hub where you’ll find boutiques, art galleries, alfresco dining, and hundreds of retail outlets. Take your time exploring the quaint heart of the city and its tree-lined streets. Climb the steps of the Christ Church Cathedral, which overlooks the city, and stroll along Wakefield Quay, Nelson’s picturesque waterfront. Discover native flora and fauna and rare species such as kiwi, tuatara and kakapo at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary near the city center. Nelson is also the creative center of New Zealand. Home of the internationally acclaimed Hoglund Art Glass studio and more than 300 working artists—painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, potters, glass blowers, jewelers, and writers drawing inspiration from the spectacular surroundings. Nelson is also an outdoor adventurer’s haven. Kayak sheltered coves, catamaran to remote beaches. Go hiking, biking, or even skydiving. Try horseback riding along endless stretches of gorgeous beaches. Nelson isn’t a place to visit, it’s a way to live.
Day at sea
27 February 2019
Day at sea
28 February 2019
Sydney, Australia
01 March 2019
Head Down Under to the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia, the one and only Sydney. With a sunny attitude and a climate to match, Sydney is a vibrant place that combines the best of the beach with the convenience of the city. Your first stop should be the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Sydney Opera House. Snap a picture of this iconic building that is a prominent feature of Sydney’s famous skyline for the folks back home. Get out and explore the streets to shop, dine, and view spectacular architecture and heritage buildings including Parliament House, Sydney Town Hall, and the Australian Museum. For a chance to feel like you are away from the city without having to travel very far, hop on the ferry and head to Manly Beach to enjoy miles and miles of white sand and turquoise water. In nearby Darling Harbour you can visit The Rocks, where much of Sydney’s past is hidden in plain sight alongside hip restaurants, cafés and shops, not to mention spectacular views of Sydney’s other iconic landmark, the Harbour Bridge.
Day at sea
02 March 2019
Mooloolaba, Australia
03 March 2019
Nestled in the heart of the dreamily named Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba is a former sleepy surf town that has recently become a popular beach destination. In fact, it was even featured on the popular reality TV series The Amazing Race. Mooloolaba Beach is one of the most famous and popular beaches on Australia’s east coast, so no visit would be complete without a trip to bury your toes in the powdery-white sand. Take to the water in a cruise on the canals, snorkeling in the sea, or diving with sharks. Head inland to swim below one of the secluded waterfalls in the area, and take in the tranquillity that surrounds you. Dine on world-class cuisine at the Mooloolaba Esplanade area overlooking the beach. Prawns are by far the most famous dish here, and whether you throw them on the barbie, sauté them in garlic and butter, or enjoy them in a fusion taco, you will be tempted to go back for seconds. And no journey to Mooloolaba would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. With lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) there are all kinds of exotic creatures to see.
Day at sea
04 March 2019
Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Australia
05 March 2019
We know a place where no cars go—Hamilton Island. Perfectly placed on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef among the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island affords visitors the opportunity to explore immaculate beaches and coral reefs unlike any other. As long as you are willing to travel by foot or golf cart, since cars are prohibited on this tiny isle. Whether it is a romantic getaway or an outdoor adventure that brings you here, the natural beauty of Hamilton Island is sure to dazzle. Hit the golf course and play among ocean breezes on neighbouring Dent Island. Charter a boat to go island-hopping and sail the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef, or charter a kayak and circumnavigate the island at your own pace. Swim, snorkel, scuba dive and surf—Hamilton Island is a true ocean playground. And once you are done for the day, pull up a seat at one of the islands many fine restaurants. Enjoy a fine glass of Australian wine, a meal of fresh seafood, and watch the spectacular sunset.
Townsville, Australia
06 March 2019
With an average of 320 days of sunlight every year, we can think of just as many reasons to visit Townsville. Situated on the shore of Cleveland Bay in Queensland, Townsville borders the central section of the Great Barrier Reef and enjoys warm temperatures all year round—reason enough to visit! But if you still need some convincing, there is no shortage of things to see and do. Visit the Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium; the Museum of Tropical Queensland for famous shipwrecks; head to The Strand, a tropical beach with features like gardens and a rock pool, as well as restaurants and cafés; go for a stroll along the Riverway or head to the top of Mount Stuart for spectacular panoramic views of Townsville and the surrounding area. Another reason to mark Townsville at the top of your must-see list is Maggie—more properly known as Magnetic Island. This national park is filled with rocky landscapes, coral reefs and an abundance of animal life, including wallabies and koalas.
Cairns, Australia (overnight on-board)
07 March 2019
Cairns is the gateway to many of northern Australia’s natural attractions. Wetuit up and head offshore to explore the incredible world beneath the waves at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Great Barrier Reef. Filled with incredible beaches, coral reefs and turquoise blue waters, you can swim, snorkel, dive, and enjoy a living masterpiece that is so big it can be seen from outer space. Head inland to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Daintree Rainforest, the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Or the tranquil village of Kuranda—which is home to colourful parrots, butterflies, platypuses and fresh water crocodiles—just a short, scenic railway journey from Cairns. If you are looking to climb higher, head to the cool yet tropical Atherton Tablelands, a mountain retreat with rolling plateaus averaging 700 meters above sea level. But even though Cairns is so close to so many fantastic attractions, don’t be so quick to be on your way once you arrive. The city’s relaxed ambience and year-round tropical climate means it is a destination in its own right.
Disembark and transfer to Cairns airport for an overnight flight to the UK.
08 March 2019

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