New Zealand's North and South Islands by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys
7 Jan - 16 Jan
9 Nights
6 Ports
Ponant

New Zealand's North and South Islands by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

7 January - 16 January 2025
From £6,278 pp

Duration

9 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

6 Ports

7 January

Setting sail from Lyttelton (Christchurch)

A garden city where punts glide down the Avon River, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were still in the UK when arriving into Christchurch, New Zealand's most English of cities. A gateway to the country's famously scenic South Island, its peaceful parks and quiet streets still show signs on the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 as the recovery continues. Lyttelton is just over 7 miles away; originally established as a landing point for Christchurch-bound seafarers, it serves the same purpose for visitors today.

Don't miss

Traverse the South Island's mighty Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Express, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, between Christchurch and Greymouth.

8 January

New Zealand: Dunedin

9-11 January

At sea

12 January

New Zealand: Picton

13 January

New Zealand: Napier

14 January

New Zealand: Whakatane (Bay of Plenty)

15-16 January

Arriving in Auckland

Auckland offers a buzzing waterfront and a vibrant arts scene, and provides a fascinating introduction to New Zealand's proud cultural heritage. The centre is home to excellent shopping and a number of fantastic restaurants, while the north of the city has a distinctly more laid-back vibe, and to the west is the city's oldest wine region.

Our tip

Standing 328 metres tall, the Sky Tower offers the best view of the city from the observation deck or from its two restaurants.

The Ship

Your home from home

Ponant Explorers - Le Bougainville in Norway
Ponant - Le Laperouse - Suite de l'Armateur
Ponant - Le Champlain pool

Sleek and stylish, Ponant's wonderful Explorer yachts blend luxury and intimacy with a discreet elegance and tasteful décor.

What we love

Named after six of France's most famous explorers, Le Champlain, Le Lapérouse, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont d'Urville, Le Bellot and Le Jacques Cartier offer exciting and adventurous itineraries in the utmost comfort. Technologically advanced, with the latest in environmentally friendly hardware, the new ships embody Ponant's trademark élan and flair, with just 92 spacious rooms and suites, a stylish pool deck and an intimate, refined onboard ambience.

Capacity 184 Guests
Crew 110 Staff
Style Refined with a wonderful mix of a modern super yacht and nautical tradition, all with a French flair.
Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All soft drinks
  • Tea, coffee and pastries
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Centre
  • Expedition by zodiac on selected sailings
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • One complimentary excursion per port beginning Winter 2024/25
More about Le Jacques Cartier

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Diamond Harbour Lodge, Lyttelton

Where to stay near Christchurch

In New Zealand it’s all about great B&Bs, so go for the lovely Diamond Harbour Lodge.

Queenstown bungee jumping, New Zealand

Make the most of the South Island

From dolphin spotting to bungee jumping, New Zealand’s South Island has so much on offer that we recommend you spend as much time there as you can.

The Langham Auckland

Where to stay in Auckland

There are some great luxury lodges within easy reach of the city. In the city itself we like the Langham.

Kayaking in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Around Auckland

About 3 hours north of the city is the Bay of Islands, an area of pristine islands and turquoise water as well as small towns of historic and cultural interest.

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New Zealand's North and South Islands by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

7 January - 16 January 2025
From £6,278 pp

Duration

9 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

6 Ports

Ship

Le Jacques Cartier of Ponant

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Why Mundy?

Who we are

Mundy Adventures is the intrepid little brother of Mundy Cruising plc, the UK's very first cruise specialist, and one of the leading companies in its field.

We specialise in travel by ship and have been doing so for over 50 years. By providing expert, personal service, insightful ideas and fascinating add-ons we aim to make your adventure holiday truly unique and special.

We're happy to do all of that on the telephone. But, if you prefer to chat face to face, then why not visit us at our comfortable offices on London's Russell Square - we'd be delighted to see you.

Mundy Adventures office, 48/49 Russell Square, London