Tasman Sea Treasures: New Zealand Fiords & Southern Australia
 
Melbourne to Auckland
Thu Dec 21, 2023 - Fri Jan 5, 2024,
 15 days
 on Star Breeze
?All-inclusive from
$8,534
?Cruise Only From
$7,199
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Melbourne to Auckland
Wines, wilderness and wildlife—iconic hallmarks throughout Australian and New Zealand scenic coastlines—are yours to explore during this 2-week cruise crossing the Tasman Sea. Browse specialty food shops and sample seasonal fruit and artisan cheeses at popular local eateries during a Tauranga foodie tour. Glide a sleek sea kayak amid seals and aquatic birds in the stunning natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds near Picton. Venture among The Lord of the Rings film settings during a tour outside Wellington. Savor bright, South Island Sauvignon Blanc white wines and the red fruit flavors of Waipara Pinot Noirs while taking in vineyard views during a wine tour outside Lyttelton. Sail across Halfmoon Bay to the remote Mutton Bird Islands for glimpses of terns, yellow-eyed penguins and curious seals near Oban. Nibble on local chocolates, cheeses and truffles while admiring local artisan artistry on a delicious Tasmanian tour of Hobart’s seaside shops. Depart from convenient Melbourne, but not before capturing a penguin parade on Phillip Island.
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Day 1: Melbourne
The capital and most populated city of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is located on the large natural bay of Port Philip. The abundance of parks and gardens here has resulted in Melbourne being referred to as Australia’s “Garden City.”  The Story of the Kelly Gang, the world's first feature film, was shot in Melbourne in 1906 and On the Beach was filmed here in 1959. The city’s delightful mix of architecture includes the UNESCO-listed Royal Exhibition building, the Venetian-gothic style Old Stock Exchange, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Flinders Street Station.
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Day 2: Burnie
Encircling Emu Bay on Bass Strait, Burnie is known for delicious cheese and whisky and claims to have the best milk in the world for cheese making. Even with only 20,000 residents Burnie has a delightful number of restaurants and cafes to tempt you. The area around Burnie is rich with impressive gardens and parks and lovely beaches.
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Day 3: FREYCINET NATL PARK, COLES BAY, Australia
Freycinet National Park, which consists of pink granite mountains surrounded by secluded azure bays, like Coles Bay, and white-sand beaches, protects a delightful array of plants and animals including black swans. These pristine waters provide an excellent opportunity for activities like swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and diving.
 
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Day 4: Hobart
Be prepared for an island setting of stunning landscapes, old-growth forests, picturesque harbor and the rugged Mount Wellington in Hobart’s background.  Hobart offers excellent local produce, interesting Tasmanian wines and eclectic art in the galleries. The capital of Tasmania is not only an Antarctic gateway, but also the gateway to the UNESCO Tasmanian wilderness.
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Day 5: Hobart
Be prepared for an island setting of stunning landscapes, old-growth forests, picturesque harbor and the rugged Mount Wellington in Hobart’s background.  Hobart offers excellent local produce, interesting Tasmanian wines and eclectic art in the galleries. The capital of Tasmania is not only an Antarctic gateway, but also the gateway to the UNESCO Tasmanian wilderness.
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Day 8: Cruising Doubtful Sound
Be out on deck to experience the beauty of 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 8: Cruising Dusky Sound
Dusky Sound is 25 miles (40 kilometers)in length and 5 miles (8 kilometers) wide at its widest point and over 300 islands in this Sound. Keep an eye out for the endangered Fiordland Penguin with its distinctive wild yellow-striped eyebrows.
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Day 9: Bluff
This small town is the country's closest port to Australia, making it an access point for immigrants: something that may account for the hint of a Scottish burr in the local dialect. World famous for Bluff Oysters, the city is also the gateway to Stewart Island with its rare kiwis.
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Day 10: 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 11: Port Chalmers (Dunedin)
Scottish Dunedin offers the best of both worlds. Take in grand Victorian and Edwardian building like the iconic Railway Station and New Zealand's only castle. Head to the Otago Peninsula to see rare yellow-eyed penguins. Or ride a historic train through spectacular Taieri Gorge.
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Day 12: Lyttelton (Christchurch)
If Dunedin is a bit of Scotland then Christchurch is a bit of England, right down to the Avon River flowing through the city and its plethora of parks and gardens. The Botanical Garden is well worth a trip, or set your sights on a different terrain. This city has been a gateway to the Antarctic since the early 1900s and you can gain insight into the frozen frontier at the International Antarcrtic Center.
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Day 13: 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 15: 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 16: 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
Christchurch
Sights to see in Christchurch include Hagley Park, Willowbank, and the Cardboard Cathedral
Dunedin
Stroll Baldwin Street in Dunedin, the world’s steepest street in the designated UNESCO City of Literature
 
Hobart
Check out the eclectic art, excellent produce and interesting Tasmanian wines found in Hobart
 
Picton
Sample the exceptional wines of New Zealand’s Marlborough region from Picton
 
Tauranga
Experience the local foodie delights of Tauranga
 
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 completed 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.
? Cruise only from $7,199 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $8,534 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.
? Cruise only from $7,399 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $8,734 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.
? Cruise only from $7,499 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $8,834 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.
? Cruise only from $7,699 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $9,034 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.
? Cruise only from $7,799 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $9,134 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.
? Cruise only from $7,999 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $9,334 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.
? Cruise only from $8,999 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $10,334 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.
? Cruise only from $9,199 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $10,534 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.
? Cruise only from $9,299 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $10,634 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.
? Cruise only from $9,499 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $10,834 per guest
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
Brand new Deluxe Suites welcome you with 468 square feet of casually elegant living space and an ocean viewing French balcony. All these suites feature 3rd berths, and a sleep-inducing queen bed easily converted to twins.
? Cruise only from $12,199 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $13,534 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.
? Cruise only from $13,399 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $14,734 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, Interactive TVs and a full master bath and separate powder room indulge you in spacious comfort. 
? Cruise only from $13,699 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $15,034 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
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