Wildlife & Wines of New Zealand
 
11 DAYS
Star Breeze
Lyttlelton (Christchurch) to Auckland
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Price from $5,699 USD per guest
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Lyttlelton (Christchurch) to Auckland
From subtropical Northland to the snowcapped fjords of the South Island, this exceptional ten-day cruise along New Zealand’s scenic island coasts contrasts contemagreedporary Kiwi culture with authentic Maori traditions. Stroll vineyard grounds and sample crisp Chardonnay and fruity Cabernet Franc in the cellars of a Hawke’s Bay Winery in New Zealand’s oldest and most acclaimed wine growing region. Search the waves for bobbing penguins against precipitous cliffs and snow-dusted ranges during a scenic cruise of picturesque Fjordland National Park. Indulge in famed hokey-pokey ice cream, a sweetly indulgent culinary Kiwi hallmark consisting of rich vanilla blended with honeycomb toffee chunks, and uncover the legends of Tangaroa, the Maori god of the sea, as you feed friendly stingray along the warm shorelines near Gisborne.
 
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Day 1: Lyttlelton (Christchurch)
Established as a landing point for colonial settlers on their way to Christchurch, Lyttelton has been known as the “Gateway to Canterbury.”  It is only 7 miles (11.8 km) from Christchurch. Take a double-decker bus in Christchurch to the Botanic Gardens, the International Antarctic Centre, Canterbury Museum or North Hagley Park. There are plenty of eclectic shops, cafes and bars on your way.
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Day 2: Dunedin (Port Chalmers)
A description of Dunedin would include its Scottish and Maori heritages, its Victorian and Edwardian architecture, its dramatic landscape that encourages hiking and cycling and a large student population. The nearby Otago Peninsula is home to colonies of albatross, sea lions and the rare yellow-eyed penguins. Dunedin has one of the world’s steepest streets – Baldwin Street and is a UNESCO designated City of Literature.
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Day 4: Cruising Dusky Sound
Be out on deck to experience the beauty of Dusky Sound in Fiordland National Park, the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand.  It is a major part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO site. Two rare bird species live here – the Takahe, thought to be extinct was found in the mountains here, and the Kakapo, the world’s only flightless parrot has refuge here as well
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Day 4: Cruising Doubtful Sound
Be out on deck to experience the beauty of Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park, the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand.  It is a major part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO site. Two rare bird species live here – the Takahe, thought to be extinct was found in the mountains here, and the Kakapo, the world’s only flightless parrot has refuge here as well
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Day 5: Oban
The main settlement of Stewart Island is a haven for bird life like kaka, parakeets, tui and New Zealand’s national bird, the kiwi.  Pleasantly located on a vista of picturesque bays and coves with lush vegetation, activities around Oban include hiking, sea kayaking, diving, or take one of New Zealand’s Great Walks to Maori Beach, the site of a 1913 lumber mill.
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Day 7: Picton
Picton is the starting point for exploring the Marlborough region of New Zealand and their delicious sauvignon blanc wines.  Tiny and picturesque, Picton is ideal for the naturalist or the foodie. Hike or bike along the 43-mile Queen Charlotte Track, explore the nearby wildlife sanctuaries, indulge your taste buds with refreshing white wine and taste the famous green-lipped mussels indigenous to Marlborough Sounds.
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Day 8: Wellington
The inviting compact capital of New Zealand has a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, an interesting working harbor and colorful wood houses in the surrounding hills. Strong winds frequently through the strait here have given it the nickname “Windy Wellington.” Work in a visit to Te Papa, an interactive and innovative national museum that showcases Maori culture, art heritage and the fascinating history of New Zealand.
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Day 9: Napier
The small, charming and lively seaside resort of Napier is famous for its Art Deco architecture like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building and the nearby fruit and Hawke’s Bay wine-growing region. It is the largest wool-exporting port in New Zealand with a lovely tree-lined waterfront promenade, home of the Pania of the Reef statue of a Maori maiden, the symbol of the city.
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Day 10: Gisborne
Known for its surf beaches, like Makorori or Midway, and wineries, the unofficial “Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand,” Gisborne has a delightful wine trail that leads to boutique wineries. Maori culture can be seen here at the Tairawhiti Museum, Titirangi Reserve and Te Pho-o-Rawiri. Gisborne is also known for some amazing food.
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Day 11: Tauranga
Beautiful Tauranga with its sparkling harbor, warm climate and blue skies is New Zealand’s fifth largest city and is known for the relaxed lifestyle there.  Among the attractions is the Waitomo Glowworm Caves where a glowworm species exclusive to New Zealand can be found. This is also the home of The Hobbit on the movie set where many scenes from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed.
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Day 12: Auckland
The first thing to notice when you see Auckland is the 1,076-foot-high Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere offering amazing panoramic views.  The area was settled by the Maori around 1350 and was settled by Europeans in the early 1800s.  The land here is rich and fertile and the economy is good.  Take a ferry to Waiheke Island, known for its beaches, forests, vineyards and olive groves or stroll along Ponsonby Street known for arts, cafes, culture and historic villas.
Popular Highlights
Dunedin
Stroll Baldwin Street, the steepest residential street in the world found in Dunedin, designated a UNESCO City of Literature
 
Gisborne
Look for influence of the Maori culture and the wine trail walking through Gisborne
 
Napier
Find some beautiful Merino wool in Napier
 
Oban
Have your binoculars out in Oban to look for the variety of birdlife found here – kaka, kiwi and oystercatchers
 
Picton
Sample the exceptional wines of New Zealand’s Marlborough region from Picton
 
Wellington
Visit Te Papa in Wellington, an interactive Maori cultural museum
 
The Windstar Life
The Windstar staff-to-guest ratio is 1:1.5, and it shows.The moment you board you’ll feel it: an ever-attentive crew at your service, providing you with what you want and need, when you want and need it.
Cooking Demonstrations
Open Bridge
Friendly and Relaxed Atmosphere
Local and Live Performances
Signature Sail Away
Crew Talent Show
Enjoy regionally inspired treatments at World Spa by Windstar
Take In The Sun
Complimentary 24 Hour Room Service
Relax at the Pool or Hot Tub
Relax With A Morning Yoga Session
Genuine and Thoughtful Crew
Signature Onboard Barbecue
Shopping With The Chef
Watersports Platform
Accommodations & Pricing
This all-suite ship will complete renovation as part of the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative to provide more of what our guests love.
Star Porthole Suite
Star Porthole Suite
These rooms represent a nod to the sailing tradition of porthole windows. And while sailors might have had cramped quarters, your 277 square foot stateroom is wonderfully spacious and furnished with all the modern amenities and comforts of home.
$5,699 per guest
Ocean View Suite
Ocean View Suite
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$5,899 per guest
Ocean View Suite 1
Ocean View Suite 1
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$5,999 per guest
Star Ocean View Suite 1
Star Ocean View Suite 1
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
$6,199 per guest
Ocean View Suite 2
Ocean View Suite 2
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$6,299 per guest
Ocean View Suite 3
Ocean View Suite 3
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$6,499 per guest
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$7,499 per guest
Star Balcony Suite
Star Balcony Suite
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
$7,699 per guest
Balcony Suite 1
Balcony Suite 1
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$7,799 per guest
Star Balcony Suite 1
Star Balcony Suite 1
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
$7,999 per guest
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
Relax in 400 to 530 spacious square feet. Your living area offers beautiful views from the forward-facing window and French doors onto your private veranda. Two spacious closets give you plenty of room to unpack.
$9,199 per guest
Classic Suite
Classic Suite
Relax in 400 to 530 spacious square feet. Your living area offers beautiful views from the forward-facing window and French doors onto your private veranda. Two spacious closets give you plenty of room to unpack.
$9,699 per guest
Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite
With 575 square feet, your Owner’s Suite offers separate living room and dining areas. A veranda, two flat-screen TVs and DVD players, and a full master bath and separate powder room indulge you in spacious comfort. 
$11,199 per guest
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
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Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
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Star Breeze
Carrying only 312 guests, Star Breeze still tucks into small ports like Le Lavandou and Wrangell or narrow waterways like the Corinth and Keil Canal. Learn more about the newly renovated ship and the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative.
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