Cruise & Tour New Zealand, Tasmania & Australia

17 days

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New Zealand made up of two islands, North and South, is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, a paradise for nature lovers with stunning attractions including glowworm caves, active geysers, dramatic mountains and deep fiords.

Australia, the fifth continent, is a paradise for lovers of open spaces and natural landscape. Although this is the smallest continent, it is impossible to visit all sights during one trip.

Australia and New Zealand have it all: Cosmopolitan cities like Sydney and Auckland, the Blue Mountains and many of the world‘s best beaches; the Great Barrier Reef, the most extensive collection of coral on earth, and a selection of native animals such as the cute koalas, bounding kangaroos, curious emus and diminutive kiwis.

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Day 1, Monday: Auckland
Arrival to Auckland. Upon arrival we will have a guided tour of the city. We will ascend to see the city from the Sky Tower, the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere with a height of 328 meters. From it we will see the city and its surroundings. We will also visit the botanical gardens and the city museum. We will also visit the Jewish community, see the Synagogue and learn about their lives.

Day 2, Tuesday: Auckland
We drive to the Harbor and board our luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship Ms. Noordam and settle-in for an unforgettable 14 night voyage.

Ship: Ms. Noordam

Our meals are Glatt Kosher provided by Webermans Traditional Foods

Health and Fitness
* 3 pools – Sea View pool, Lido pool, Oasis pool * 3 Jacuzzis * Gym Greenhouse * Spa Aerobics studio * Beauty salon * Thermal suite * Basketball court * Practice tennis court * Lower Promenade deck walk

* Van Gogh theater * Casino * Crow’s Nest lounge/nightclub * Explorations library/internet cafe * Explorer’s lounge * Culinary Arts center * Neptune lounge * Hudson card room * Club HAL kids club * Club HAL games room * The Loft teens club * The Oasis teens deck

Other Facilities
* Shopping arcade * Art gallery * Launderette * Half Moon meeting room * Medical center

Day 3, Wednesday: Tauranga (Rotorua)
Today we visit Rotorua, which has been called the “Sulphur City” is located in an area that has an abundance of geothermal activity. We will tour Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a preserve of geothermal activity that has made this area and the Maori village, Te Puia, adjacent to it famous. In this geothermal reserve, we will see hot bubbling mud and eruptions of geysers. The land here moves and bubbles and boils and steam rises from it. The people of the Te Arawa came to New Zealand in the middle of the 14th century from the birthplace of the Maori, Hawaiki and settled in Rotorua.
Now the Maori people are trying to preserve their heritage and share it at every opportunity with tourists with warmth and good humor. We will enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. We finish the tour with a boat ride through the ‘Glowworm Grotto’ – a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms.

Day 4, Thursday: Napier
A city of vision rebuilt in the striking, clean style of art deco after a devastating earthquake in 1931 and reinvented as a center for gourmet food and wines.

Day 5, Friday: Wellington
Today we will go by cable car to Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of Wellington and its port. We will visit sights in the city such as the Old Parliament, the port, and the botanical gardens. After our visit return to the ship and start preparing for Shabbat.

Day 6, Shabbat: at sea
After Shabbat morning services and our Shabbat meal we will enjoy some interesting lectures.

Day 7, Sunday: Akaroa (Christchurch)
After breakfast we visit Christchurch City. Places of interest include the Canterbury Museum, punting on the Avon River, the Botanic Gardens, the Events Village in Hagley Park and the shopping precinct.

Day 8, Monday: Port Chalmers (Dunedin)
If you are interested in architecture, don’t miss this memorable tour highlighting the major landmarks of Dunedin. You will see splendid stone buildings in Victorian and Edwardian style, built by wealthy merchants at a time when Dunedin was New Zealand’s most prosperous city. Although Dunedin’s times of rapid growth and great wealth are now firmly in the past, they have left a legacy of elaborate architecture. The highlight of your tour is a visit to Olveston. This is a magnificent Edwardian-era mansion built in Jacobean style. Offering you a glimpse at the life of a prosperous local merchant at the turn of the century, this house is a treasure trove of the gleaming antique furniture, silverware, priceless porcelain, paintings, ivory and crystal collections of a man who travelled the world in search of beauty. Enjoy a ride along Queen’s Drive, with its delightful panoramic view of the city from the hills.

Day 9, Tuesday: Cruising Fiordland National Park
Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of Milford Sound, star of Fiordlands National Park. New vistas mesmerize at each turn – towering Mitre Peak, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins.

Day’s 10-11, Wednesday-Thursday: At sea
We will spend the following days relaxing as we cruise towards Australia. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

Day 12, Friday: Hobart, Tasmania
This morning we visit the capital of Tasmania. Hobart lies along the Derwent River and is dominated by the breathtaking Mount Wellington. We will stroll the harbor side docks to browse artist studios, see the local cafés, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and visit the local market. At the end of the tour we will return to our ship and prepare for Shabbat.

Day 13, Shabbat: at sea
After Shabbat morning services and our Shabbat meal we will enjoy some interesting lectures.

Day 14, Sunday: Melbourne
Today we visit Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia. We’ll tour the green city that is situated on the shores of the Yarra River. The center of the city is made up of a grid of roads. The center of the city contains: Flinders Street Station that has recently been refurbished, Parliament House, Fitzroy Gardens, and Captain Cook’s Cottage. We will visit the Great Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, and the Anzac monument. At the end of the tour we will return to our ship.

Day 15, Monday: at sea
Today is a day of relaxation as your cruise sails towards New Zealand. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

Day 16, Tuesday: Sydney
Today we disembark in Sydney. Sydney, established in 1788 is built around Port Jackson, the largest natural harbor in the world. There are numerous small inlets creating small harbors and enchanting beaches. The sea plays an important part in the lives of the residents and sea sports are enjoyed by a large part of the population. The two most famous beaches are Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The port, from which the ferries sail in addition, is located nearby the famous Sydney Opera House. During our visit we will see Darling Harbor, Hyde Park, The Cathedral of Saint Mary, and the Parliament House. In the afternoon we will visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbor, the Gardens occupy one of Sydney’s most spectacular positions. Established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in the country and is home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas. From the provocative rare and threatened plants of the world to the romantic rose garden, the themed garden areas show the diverse beauty of nature. Special features include: Cadi Jam Ora – First Encounters is a garden display that remembers and acknowledges the Cadigal – the original inhabitants of Sydney’s city center – and their relationship with this land.

Day 17, Wednesday: Sydney- home gateway
Today our tour ends…. We travel to the airport in Sydney and fly back home.

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**

* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room

* Price of tour is subject to changedue to change in air fare.


Need to Know

All the cruises including mashgiach all the way.

Price Includes:

  • Air-conditioned tourist coach
  • Kosher half board & lunch packs daily
  • Glatt Kosher full board during the cruise provided by Webermans Traditional Foods
  • English-speaking local guides and a professional experienced guide from the staff of Shai Bar Ilan
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • first class hotels throughout
  • Outside cabins with window
  • All shore excursions
  • Tips for local service providers

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Airport and security tax
  • Travel Insurance (For details see General Conditions)
  • Visa fee (approx. $230)
  • Personal expenses and services
  • Tips during the cruise $155 per person
  • Tip for Israeli guide (Recommended: $3-$4 per person per day)

Important to Know:

  • There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $300 + $100 per passenger
• 60-30 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

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