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Auckland to Dunedin - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Le Bellot
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Discover sublime New Zealand landscapes with an exceptional diversity. From Tauranga, explore many treasures: volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, rivers and gorges, and lakes that range in color from deep blue to orange-tinged. Then sail to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. This ancient site of the Maori people, as demonstrated by the Te Papa Tongarewa museum, perfectly combines local traditions and bustling nightlife. In Picton, discover the Marlborough region, famous for its vineyards and its submerged valleys. The Banks Peninsula will reveal wonderful landscapes of lush hills and rugged coasts during your calls in the bays of Lyttleton and Akaroa, two ancient flooded volcano craters. Finally, reach Dunedin. The Edinburgh of New Zealand is a lively student city, with a rich Scottish Heritage.  

 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Auckland, New Zealand | Embark
Day 2 : White Island
Day 3 : Tauranga
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Wellington
Day 6 : Picton
Day 7 : Lyttelton
Day 8 : Akaroa
Day 9 : Dunedin
Day 10 : Dunedin, New Zealand | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sail through New Zealand’s spectacular fjords, listed with UNESCO
  • Discover Dunedin and its historical heritage
  • Meet the Maori people, brave warriors with ancestral traditions and customs
  • Explore the incredible Te Papa Tongarewa museum in Wellington

Ship

Le Bellot

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A quiet morning near Dunedin Sheep on a hillside overlooking Marlborough Sounds Auckland, the City of Sails Beautiful view of Akaroa Experience the local culture of New Zealand.

Day 1 Auckland, New Zealand | Embark

Auckland is New Zealand's largest, most populated and busiest city. Located on an isthmus linking the peninsula of Northland to the expansive North Island, it seems to float between land and sea. It is one of ᅠthe few cities in the world to have two separate harbors. Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. The 328 meter-high Sky Tower offers splendid views of the city. Surrounded by dormant volcanoes such as Mt Eden, Auckland is noted for its abundant nature and magnificent black-sand beaches. A blend of Maori, European and Asian cultures gives the city a vibrant atmosphere.

Day 2 White Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the Bay of Plenty, White Island is an active volcano that has been built up by continuous volcanic activity over the past 150,000 years. It is possible to walk inside the main crater and experience nature's immense power, as gas and steam burst up from far below the Earth's crust. The smell of sulfur and the noise of steam emanating from the many fumaroles makes for an amazing sensory experience. The island has also been identified as an important bird area because of its breeding colony of Australasian Gannets. Depending on the level of volcanic activity and sea state, guests have an opportunity to land on White Island and take a guided walking tour through the crater and around the ruins of the old sulfur mine.

Day 3 Tauranga

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located to the north of Rotorua, Tauranga stretches the length of the Bay of Plenty, sheltered from the ocean by the island of Matakana. This coastal city boasts a flourishing economy thanks to its port and is a pleasant and pretty town with a peaceful, relaxed feel. The seafront area is contemporary and lively, dotted with cafés and restaurants. The town center reveals more picturesque charms, while the surrounding area is packed full of natural delights. Travel on to the town of Rotorua to visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland: a fantastic opportunity to experience an absolutely exceptional geothermal phenomenon.
 

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they are able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 5 Wellington

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Crowned with gentle green hills, Wellington harbor is located in the far south of North Island. This city offers a charming pell-mell of traditional and modern cultures, bestowing on the New Zealand capital, a unique atmosphere, at once friendly and avant-guard. Where some sites, like the large National Te Papa Tongarewa museum, reflect the city’s Maori past, others, like the many cafés and restaurants, affirm the inhabitants’ incredible lust for life.

Day 6 Picton

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A must-see entry point to South Island, Picton is a little coastal town girded by gentle hills, located on the south side of the Queen Charlotte inlet. The cafés and restaurants which border the charming waterfront give a very lovely view of the fjord. You can also decide to get some height above sea level and walk in the surrounding areas. However, Picton is above all an opportunity to explore the unique Marlborough fjords. This interweaves of submerged valleys, making numerous different navigable routes are among the most beautiful natural wonders of New Zealand.

 

Day 7 Lyttelton

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Lyttelton (or Te Whaka Raupo in the Maori language) served, thanks to its proximity with Ross Island, as the starting point for the British expeditions in the mythical age of the South Pole explorations. It takes its name from George Lyttelton (1709-1773), the aristocrat and colonial governor of South Carolina. In this colorful port town full of history, you’ll be able to discover the Time Ball: constructed in 1876, it rang at 1.00 pm every day for 58 consecutive years to give Greenwich meridian time, enabling ship captains to set their chronometer and very precisely calculate their position.

Day 8 Akaroa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set on the east coast of South Island, Christchurch is New Zealand's second-biggest city. You can soak up its easy-going atmosphere in one of the many parks and gardens that give Christchurch its nickname "the garden city", or dally a while in Cathedral Square to see how the city is transforming itself after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Attractions such as the International Antarctic Centre and Christchurch Gondola ride are as popular as ever, while pop-up cafes, the Cardboard Cathedral, and community art projects showcase the citizensメ resilience. The beautiful port of Akaroa, where ships dock, is about 90 minutesメ drive from Christchurch on the Banks Peninsula

Day 9 Dunedin

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. This city of the south wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The city contains some of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. The picturesque Silverpeaks hinterland to the North West provides a picturesque backdrop and The Otago Peninsula, which lies within the city boundaries, has internationally renowned wildlife reserves, including the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross.

Day 10 Dunedin, New Zealand | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and continue your independent trip back home. 

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27 m² area featuring, 6m² private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, 1 sofa, shower
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38 m² area featuring an 8m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower
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32 m² area featuring an 8m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower
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45 m² area featuring, 40m² private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Bathtub
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45 m² area featuring an 30m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower

Notes

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • 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)
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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