hi Aussie from Canberra,
We are going on the same cruise from sydney to auckland jan 9th, 2006. My hubby, daughter and I also cannot wait and are counting down the days. We are staying in Auckland for 4 nights post cruise at the Duxton, not sure what it will be like, is 4 star and close to the city, but not right in the city. We are also staying 2 nights pre cruise in sydney at the Old Sydney Holiday Inn,at the Rocks, so will be looking for things to do there also. I am hoping the ship docks nearby as we have a roof top pool and spa with a view of the bridge and opera house, and would like to see it come into the harbour. Have you booked any shore excursions? We are looking at that now, so many things to chose from!