Made up of a north and south island and separated by the Cook Strait, New Zealand is a paradise for those who love the outdoors and find fascination in spectacular landscapes. A New Zealand holiday offers so much to so many.
The North Island is home to Auckland whose Harbour Bridge and huge marina illustrates the importance of water to the Kiwis. Other areas worth visiting are at the north of the North Island where the beautiful Bay of Islands is situated.
Boasting lovely beaches, beautiful bays and inlets, and impressively rolling hills, this area is perfect for those wishing to relax and unwind. Rotorua is the place to experience Maori culture and the fascinating geothermal parks full of hot springs and geysers. For fine dining and wine, Hawkes Bay has a range of picturesque rural guesthouses.
The South Island is more rugged. Mount Cook and Franz Josef Glacier are accessible from the west side of the island and you can, if you wish, walk on the glacier. Further south is Queenstown, situated on Lake Wakatipu.
Not only is this wonderful town a restful retreat, but it is also the adventure capital of New Zealand (and arguably the world) with bungee jumping, jetboating and parachuting to name but a few of the high adrenalin options.
Highlight of the South Island is a trip to Milford Sound - judged by one international survey as the world's top travel destination. This remarkable fjordland is a must for any visit to New Zealand and is often featured on cruises to New Zealand. Dunedin and Christchurch are charming cities on the west side of the island which are featured on more in-depth itineraries. At the north of the South Island is the Marlborough Region, home of New Zealand's world famous wineries.
As New Zealand is such a distance from the UK, a New Zealand holiday visiting both islands should be considered. New Zealand also covers a vast geographical space, so a New Zealand cruise takes all the stress out of travelling these distances.
Day 1 – Fly London to Auckland.
Day 2 – Arrive Auckland. Transfer to your hotel for a 2 night stay
Day 3 – At leisure to explore Auckland
Day 4 – Fly Auckland to Dunedin. Embark Orion
Day 5 - Milford Sound. Includes glacial carved hanging valleys, the iconic 1600 metre high Mitre Peak and magnificent Stirling Falls.
Day 6 - Dusky & Doubtful Sounds. Experience spectacular cruising through pristine wilderness in the very heart of Fiordland National Park, the largest in New Zealand and one of the largest in the world.
Day 7 - Dusky & Doubtful Sounds. Experience spectacular cruising through pristine wilderness in the very heart of Fiordland National Park, the largest in New Zealand and one of the largest in the world.
Day 8 - Stewart Island. Anchor in Paterson Inlet to visit the quaint fishing village of Oban in Halfmoon Bay
Day 9 - Snares Island. You will enjoy Zodiac exploration of the coastline with our Expedition Team looking out for the numerous bird species along the way.
Day 10 - Auckland Islands. Cruise in Zodiacs in Sandy Bay on Enderby Island at the northern end of Auckland Island, to view a large Hooker Sea Lion colony with pups all jostling for position.
Day 11 - Campbell Island. Campbell is a volcanic island with fascinating rock formations.
Day 12 - At sea
Day 13 - Macquarie Island. Home to 20,000 breeding pair of royal penguins, king penguins, rock hopper penguins, gentoo penguins and elephant seals
Day 14 - Macquarie Island. home to 20,000 breeding pair of royal penguins, king penguins, rock hopper penguins, gentoo penguins and elephant seals
Day 15 - At sea
Day 16 - At sea
Day 17 - At sea
Day 18 - Christchurch, New Zealand. Disembark. Fly Christchurch to London
Day 19 – Arrive London
Beginning in the Southern Hemisphere the best time to plan a trip to New Zealand is during their summer time (Northern Hemisphere winter).
Due to the size of New Zealand weather conditions will vary from North Island to South Island, so packing layers of clothing and waterproof jacket is advisable. Due to the nature of New Zealand, walking boots are also recommended. Dress code onboard is smart casual and during the day, comfortable clothing is recommended.