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Milford Sound Fiordland New Zealand Christmas Cruise 2016

2016 New Zealand Christmas Cruise

17 – 30 December 2016

14 Days – 4 Rounds of Golf

Forget the last minute shopping, slaving in a kitchen and hosting family. Replace all this with a luxury escorted New Zealand Christmas Golf Cruise where you will be entertained, pampered, enjoy great food (and no washing up!) and play 4 of New Zealand’s premier and most scenic courses.

Unpack once and wake up every day to a new destination! On this fully escorted golf cruise, playing golf is smooth sailing and getting to the golf courses is a breeze. After golf, return to the ship for 19th hole refreshments and prize presentations.

It’s easy to get into the Christmas spirit, as ships are trimmed from stem to stern in festive holidays decor, complete with wreaths, holly, mistletoe and , of course Christmas trees.

Sail away and cruise on the Golden Princess. Departing Melbourne on 17 December, tour with like-minded golf travellers and an affable host to experience the wonders of the ‘land of the long white cloud.’

You better be quick, Go Golfing’s annual Christmas cruise always sells fast. All Aboard!

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2016 New Zealand Christmas Cruise

17 – 30 December 2016

14 Days – 4 Rounds of Golf

DAY 1: Saturday, 17 December Melbourne
Please arrive before 1pm for your group transfer.

Fly into Melbourne before 11.30am for your group transfer to Melbourne’s International Passenger Terminal where you will board the Golden Princess. Settle in and make yourself at home. Your stateroom will be your home away from home while you’re on board. You’ll enjoy the trademark attentive service that will make everyday a wonderful escape from the routine. Unpack once and wake up everyday in a new port…

This evening we have exclusive use of Sabatini’s for a sumptuous welcome dinner with the twinkling lights of Melbourne and Port Phillip behind us. You’ll feel you’ve been transported to the Italian countryside. Enjoy specialties like roasted rack of veal, lobster cooked three ways and regionally inspired pastas. And the service is superb!

DAY 2-3-4: Sunday to Tuesday, 18 – 20 December
At sea

Out at sea, you’re free to relax and unwind…

Onboard this floating resort, there is something happening wherever you turn. Watch a Movie Under the Stars, laugh out loud at quick-witted comedians, and be dazzled by renowned illusionists. Enjoy creative multi-course dinners or Anytime Dining which lets you dine with whom you wish or when you wish. And nothing goes quite so well with a magical holiday moment like the perfect drink at one of the numerous bars – and here is a handy little tip: a drinks’ package will see you happily sip a different cocktail everyday. What indulgence and decadence!

Or why don’t you spoil yourself at the Lotus Spa, or stay in shape at the state of the art gymnasium or visit the art gallery? You’ll be surprised how quickly the days at sea will sail by.

DAY 5: Wednesday, December 21
Auckland – 10am to 8pm

By then, you’ll be ready for your first round of golf is at Gulf Harbour. It offers spectacular finishing holes, ocean views and rolling terrain, all of which combine to make it one of the most exciting golfing experiences in New Zealand. On the front nine holes, the course meanders through native grasses and vegetation. From the 12th tee, you will savour the very expensive Auckland harbour views. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. who commented that its beauty, challenge and enjoyment will delight all golfers.

After the golf, return onboard for some 19th hole fun and prize presentations.

DAY 6: Thursday, December 22
Tauranga – 9am to 8pm

Our second round is at Mount Maunganui, located in the picturesque Bay of Plenty. It is named after an extinct volcano that rises dominantly above the town – affectionately referred to by the locals as The Mount. The course is a beautiful links style course, embedded within the sand dunes of Mt Maunganui. Return onboard for 19th hole fun and prize presentations.

DAY 7: Friday, December 23 
Gisborne – 9am to 5pm

‘Gizzy’ to her friends, Gisborne is a pretty place, squeezed between surf beaches and a sea of chardonnay. It proudly claims to be the first city on earth to see a new dawn.

Today, golf takes a back seat in favour of touring Gisborne’s premier wineries. The mix of gentle sunshine, lush landscapes, fascinating history, a laid-back lifestyle and the exciting range of wines makes Gisborne a seductive destination. We stop at Watawhero winery, home of a particularly buttery chardy. Enjoy some delectable cheese accompanied by a flight of fine wines.

Day 8: Saturday, December 24
Wellington – 8am to 6pm

We’ve pulled some strings. Today you play the exclusive, members-only, Royal Wellington – proud host of 7 NZ Open Championships. The course is the first golf club to have received Royal status in NZ.

Sited on an ancient river bed, it weaves its way through cultivated parkland hosting thousands of mature native and exotic trees. Birdlife is abundant. Several creeks and a large lake are all in play and present a true challenge for the adventurers.

Return onboard for a refreshing Christmas Eve cocktail and some Secret Santa cheers. You’ll never think of Secret Santa the same way ever again!

DAY 9: Sunday, December 25
Akoroa – 8am to 6pm

This is a Christmas you’ll never forget…

Celebrate this special day in Akaroa. It’s a charming town with a French provincial village feel, down to the names of its streets and houses.You’ll find quaint shops, welcoming cafés and restaurants where you can indulge your appetite.

After a day ashore exploring the sights, join the group for a fun-filled Christmas dinner.

Day 10: Monday, December 26
Dunedin – 7am to 5pm

Next stop is Dunedin where we play Otago Golf Club, known locally as Balmacewen. Boasting a proud heritage, the golf course is one of the oldest in the Southern hemisphere and one of New Zealand’s finest. It offers a unique blend of links and parkland golf with expansive views of the city, Otago Peninsula and the surrounding hills.

DAY 11: Tuesday, December 27
Fiordland National Park – 5am

Today the ship will wind its way through the mythical Fiordland National Park. It is New Zealand’s largest and most impenetrable wilderness. It forms a jagged and densely forested landmass ribbed with deeply recessed fiords cutting through towering mountains. It is awe inspiring and an all day scenic cruise experience.

Wake up as the ship enters the Dusky Sound with its beautiful landscape of sheer rocky cliffs anchored in indigo waters. At the heart of Fiordland National Park lie Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Lined by cliffs that soar nearly a mile above its surface, Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps. Rainforest clings to the cliffs and graceful waterfalls plummet into the void. Mile-high Mitre Peak dominates the upper reaches of the sound.

DAY 12-13: Wednesday, 28 & Thursday, 29 December 2016
At sea

Time flies when you’re having fun and today we head for home.  Perhaps it is time to settle into a cosy lounge chair by the pool and finish that novel you’ve been reading. Or you can let Princess take you back to some fun filled disco dancing.

On our last night, we celebrate our champions and toast new friendships with a farewell dinner in Crown Grill where you” dine on eye fillet, lobster tails – as many as you like.

DAY 14: Friday 30 December 2016
Melbourne – 7am

Welcome back to Melbourne. This morning we disembark the Golden Princess and take with us great memories. Join your group transfer to Melbourne airport and we recommend flights after 12 midday.

2016 New Zealand Christmas Cruise

17 – 30 December 2016

14 Days – 4 Rounds of Golf


  • 13 nights accommodation in your choice of Stateroom
  • Return group transfers from Melbourne airport to ship
  • All-inclusive onboard meals at selected restaurants (B,L,D)
  • World class entertainment & activities
  • 4 rounds of golf with shared carts:
    • Gulf Harbour
    • Mount Maunganui
    • Royal Wellington
    • Otago GC
  • Exclusive welcome dinner with drinks
  • Christmas Eve cocktail

  • Christmas Day onboard celebrations
  • Exclusive farewell presentation dinner with drinks
  • Individual and randomly drawn teams competition
  • Fiordland National Park Scenic cruising
  • Private winery tour
  • Return golf transfers from all ports
  • All government taxes and port fees
  • Fully escorted by Go Golfing’s experienced tour host
  • Commemorative tour polo shirt
  • Pre-paid tips & gratuities
  • Tour Handbook with informative commentary on the destination attractions.

Peace of Mind

From travel insurance to flights and hotels, we'll do all the organising, scheduling and booking.

Clubs Fly Free

GO GOLFING EXCLUSIVE: Golf clubs fly FREE when you book Virgin Australia domestic flights with us.

Smooth Sailing

Do what you love, we do the rest. Playing golf at each port of call is smooth sailing. Getting to and from courses is a breeze.

Christmas New Zealand Golf Cruise Pricing
Twin Share Package (Prices Per Person)

Ocean View Stateroom Golfer* – from AUD 5,064

Ocean View Stateroom Non Golfer* – from AUD 4,045

Upgrade to a Balcony* from only AUD 799

Single Package Supplement

Ocean View Stateroom Single Supplement* – from AUD 2,387

Upgrade to a Balcony* from only AUD 1,161 

*Book Early: Prices will vary depending on cabin category availability

** Other room categories available on request.

Deposits and Final Payments
  • Initial deposit of AUD 2,000 per person must accompany your booking form (non-refundable)
  • Final Payment (inc. optional extras) is due and payable before 26 September 2016*

*Please be aware that if full payment is not received by the final payment due date, your booking may be cancelled by the supplier. GGT has the right to recalculate tour costs and late payment fees may apply.

2016 New Zealand Christmas Cruise

17 – 30 December 2016

14 Days – 4 Rounds of Golf

Your Ship: The Golden Princess
Something to Satisfy Any Mood

You’re on holiday, go ahead and indulge your appetite. Because whatever your pleasure, whatever the time, you’ll find something to savour.

Three main dining rooms, Sabatini’s – Italian restaurant, Crown Grill – Steak and seafood, International Café, Vines – Wine Bar, Horizon Court – Buffet restaurant, Trident Grill – Burger & hot dog grill, Prego Pizzeria – Poolside pizza, Sundaes ice cream bar, Ultimate Balcony Dining, 24-hour room services

Guest Services

The Sanctuary, Movies Under the Stars poolside screen, Lotus Spa and Fitness Center, Piazza-style Atrium, Kid’s and Teen’s Centers, Wedding chapel, Grand Casino, Lawn Court – golf putting and lawn games, Sports Deck, Internet Café, Library, Art Gallery, Photo/Video Gallery, Duty-free Boutiques, Video arcade, Guest Services Desk, Shore Excursions Desk, Medical Center

Music, Laughter & Dancing – Day or Night

Explore the ship anytime day or night and you’ll discover there is something happening everywhere you turn.

Days are filled with possibilities – enriching multi-media presentations and classes, entertainers performing in the Atrium, ship tours and sports competitions, live music out by the pool. In the evening, there’s a feature film playing poolside under a star-filled sky, an amazing specialty performer in the Wheelhouse Bar and an electrifying original in the Princess Theatre. Top 40 hits and timeless classics beckon in the nightclub, cheers emanate from the Casino, and there’s always a cosy bar or lounge, where you can share stories over a colourful cocktail, coffee or glass of wine.

Princess Theater, Vista Show Lounge, Explorer’s Lounge, Wheelhouse Bar, Skywalkers Nightclub, Player’s Cigar Bar, Promenade Lounge and Bar.

If you are single and interested to twin share, please leave your details on our singles registry and we’ll contact you.