New Zealand & Maoris Cruise

Adventure Life
An aerial view of Queenstown
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Experience the local culture of New Zealand.
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A beautiful view of Milford Sound.
Windblown trees and sheep
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Auckland, the City of Sails
Erick Larrieu
Relax on the deck of the L'Austral.
Stunning views from the bar and lounge
Discover New Zealand's myriad of natural treasures on this unique cruise. Begin your cruise in Melbourne, and travel south across the Tasman Sea, before reaching Aotearoa, the "Land of the Long White Clouds." In new Zealand, the North Island is volcanic and home to tropical rainforests, romantic lakes, and hot springs with sulphurous geysers. Its South Island boasts alpine peaks interlaced with fjords, snow-capped mountains and majestic glaciers that stretch out to meet vast green pastures. You have time to explore both on your 13-day voyage.

Day 1

    Embark in Melbourne, Australia

    Embark your ship this afternoon between 4 and 5 PM. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.

    Day 2

      At Sea

      Continue to get to know your ship, her crew, and your fellow travelers as your ship sails southward to Tasmania.

      Day 3

        Hobart, Tasmania

        Explore the diverse beauty and topography of Australia during an optional orientation tour of Hobart, the Jewel of the South. Join a coach tour to gain a panoramic, introductory view of the city. Pass by the historic warehouse complex of Salamanca Place, which now houses charming shops and restaurants. Make a brief visit to the spectacular Royal Botanical Gardens, considered to be among Australia's finest. Continue on to Bonorong Wildlife Park where Tasmania's endemic species, including the famous Tasmanian devil, are sure to fascinate you. You may also see spotted quolls, pademelon, pottoroos, wombats and echidna. Alternatively, join an excursion to the summit of either Mount Wellington or Mount Nelson (depending on weather conditions), where you can take in panoramic views and photo opportunities of Hobart and southeast Tasmania. Then stop off at Salamanca Place to soak up the local atmosphere and colors, explore the area or relax with a drink in one of the local cafes or bars.

        Days 4-5

          At Sea

          You have two days to spend at your leisure as your ship crosses the Tasman Sea. Take advantage of your ship's luxurious amenities, spend time in the library, enjoy the sea breeze on deck, and prepare for your arrival in New Zealand.

          Day 6

            Milford Sound, New Zealand

            Located at the southern end of New Zealand, off the crystal-clear waters of the Tasman Sea, Milford Sound is an ancient glacial valley of remarkable pristine beauty. With its landscapes of rugged rocks, mirror lakes and virgin forests, the British author Rudyard Kipling described it as a "wonder of the world," full of a surprising variety of wildlife: penguin and seal colonies soaking up the sun on the surrounding shorelines, dolphins and whales playing on the water's surface. On your stop here, do not miss your chance to discover this Southern Hemisphere paradise where numerous scenes from the famous "Lord of the Rings" trilogy were filmed.

            Day 7

              At Sea

              Spend the day on deck and keep an eye out for marine and birdlife which may be following in your ship's wake.

              Day 8

                Nelson, New Zealand

                Nestled between the sea and mountains, Nelson is a special place where the sun shines year round. Located at the entrance to Cook Strait, its urban bohemian style is truly unique. Dotted with lakes, fertile land, and a seafront offering uninterrupted views over the region and its undulating hinterland, this coastal town is a small piece of heaven. Attracting artists on a quest for inspiration and young travelers seeking a gentle lifestyle, Nelson is sure to seduce you and it is a must-see destination on the way to the west coast glaciers. Take an optional scenic helicopter flight over the surrounding region. Board a local boat from port to reach the Spit Apple Rock, most famous in the world. You can also choose to enjoy a walk along beautiful bays lined with beaches of golden sand and crystal clear waters, lined with native tree covered hills.

                Day 9

                  Sailing Ship's Cove / Picton, New Zealand

                  This morning, spend the day on board as your ship navigates Ship's Cove. This afternoon, arrive in Picton. From here choose from two optional excursions to explore the area in greater depth. Choose the Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise, which brings you by catamaran to the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. The easternmost of the main sounds, Queen Charlotte is, like the other sounds, a drowned river valley. Alternatively, stay on land to learn about the area's history and culture. Marlborough is known as New Zealand's Gourmet Province and is the nation's leading producer of fine wines, garlic, olives, cherries, salmon and mussels. Start with a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center, a stunning complex best described as movie set with amazing exhibits of World War I aircraft skilfully brought to life. Then visit a French Winery and the township of Blenheim and have a walk through Pollard Park Gardens. The winding pathways lead you through trees and gardens of the contoured grounds, through which meanders a spring fed creek full of ducks. Return to Picton via Spring Creek and Tuamarina. Head through to Rarangi beach and enjoy a slow walk along the rugged coast of Cloudy Bay. Take an easy 10 minute walk to Monkey Bay where you have fantastic sweeping views down the coastline.

                  Day 10

                    Wellington, New Zealand

                    Capital of New Zealand since the 19th century and ancestral homes to generations of Maori tribes, as confirmed by the many historical sites in the city, Wellington perfectly combines local traditions and a bustling nightlife. Avant-garde and friendly, skilfully blending history and modernity, the city is as startling as it is nonconformist. Its climate adds to its charm, giving it a unique atmosphere that is bound to surprise you during your stop here. Close by, the Zealandia Nature Reserve gives you the opportunity to visit several hundred hectares that are home to some of the country's rarest animals, such as the kiwi, the famous little wingless bird with a long bill that is emblematic of New Zealand.

                    Day 11

                      At Sea

                      Spend your last day at sea on deck, enjoying the sea breeze, Maybe even crack open that book you haven't had time to read, or reflect on your adventure so far while you prepare for the last leg of your trip.

                      Day 12

                        Tauranga / Rotorua, New Zealand

                        Today arrive on the North Island, known as "the smoking island." From your port of call in Tauranga to the edges of Rotorua, set out to discover the protected forests, whose thick mantle conceals an astonishing landscape: volcanoes, hot springs, spouting geysers, rivers and gorges, and lakes that are sometimes deep blue, sometimes tinged in orange. Wonder at this land of a thousand and one colors, birthplace of the Maori culture. Rotorua is nestled on the shores of the lake bearing the same name. In the heart of a majestic volcanic setting, Rotorua is considered to be home to New Zealand's most atypical forests and cultivated lands, a chain of fifteen lakes dots the landscape like pearls on a dazzling necklace. Details of your excursions today are forthcoming.

                        Day 13

                          Disembark in Auckland, New Zealand

                          If Paris is considered to be the City of Love, Auckland is surely the city of lovers - if you are to believe its Maori name "Tamaki Makaurau," Long coveted, envied, and fought over for its riches, the city offers visitors a combination of natural beauty and sophistication. Disembark following breakfast and transfer to the airport for your homeward flights, or spend time exploring this exiting city independently.
                           Superior StateroomDeluxe StateroomPrestige Stateroom - Deck 4Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6Deluxe SuitePrestige Suite - Deck 5Prestige Suite - Deck 6Owners Suite
                          2015-Feb-03$6,550$7,560$7,930$8,290$8,710$9,820$10,380$10,920$19,540
                          Please note: Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.
                          2015-Jan-22*$6,000$6,910$7,240$7,560$7,940$8,930$9,430$9,910$19,540
                          Please note: Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.
                          * Itinerary operates in reverse.
                          2015-Jan-10$6,820$7,890$8,280$8,660$9,100$10,270$10,850$11,430$19,540
                          Please note: Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.
                          Not included in rates:
                          - Air transportation and airport taxes
                          - Port and safety taxes
                          - Gratuities
                          - Optional shore excursions -booked onboard. (Except Antarctic & Arctic voyages)
                          - Personal expenses onboard
                          - Personal insurance

                          Children welcome:
                          - Flexible, or connecting staterooms
                          - Baby-sitting service on request
                          - Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
                          - Special kids' rates

                          Please note:
                          Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.
                          Fare Includes:
                          - English speaking lecturer
                          - All meals while on board the ship (from adinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
                          - Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
                          - Tea, filter coffee, water, a selection of cruise wines white, red and rosé offered during meals; afternoon tea
                          - Evening entertainment and events
                          - Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
                          - Room service 24h (special selection)
                          - Water sports activities using the ship's equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
                          - Park entry fees into protected area

                          Fare Does Not Include:
                          - Airport taxes (subject to modification)
                          - Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
                          - Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
                          - Optional shore excursions
                          - Beverages other than the ones mentioned
                          - Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
                          - Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
                          - Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
                          - Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

                          Deposit & Payment

                          Initial deposit is 30%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.

                          Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AmEx.

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                          Cancellation Policy

                          Days Prior to departureFee
                          Antarctic & Arctic Cruises
                          91 days or more$450
                          90-61 days30% cruise cost
                          60-46 days55% cruise cost
                          45-31 days80% cruise cost
                          30-0 days100% cruise cost
                          All other Cruises
                          45 days or more$450
                          44-31 days55% cruise cost
                          30-0 days100% cruise cost