Seabourn Cruise

14-Day New Zealand Splendours

 
 
14-Day New Zealand Splendours
Starting from $7,999*

Auckland, New Zealand to Auckland, New Zealand


Ship: Seabourn Encore


Departure Date :

Jan 06 2020

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Auckland, New Zealand
Departs 05:00 PM
"New Zealand's biggest city deserves more than a layover. Auckland is multicultural and cosmopolitan, with sizeable Polynesian, Asian and Maori populations enriching its history and broadening the palate. Internationally known chefs and fashion designers have made neighborhoods like Ponsonby, Newmarket and Parnell world-class destinations for shopping and dining.

You're never far from water attractions in New Zealand—and this is especially true in Auckland where it's not unheard of for downtown workers to go kayaking on their lunch break. The once-gritty port has been transformed into inviting public spaces and buzzing nightclubs, with sailboat charters and regular ferry connections waiting to whisk visitors around the harbor for sightseeing.

Start your day sipping a flat white while you plan your explorations: art gallery crawl, winery tour or volcano hike? It's possible to do all three without losing sight of the Sky Tower, one of Auckland's top tourist attractions, from which you can get a bird's-eye view of the gateway to Aotearoa. "
Auckland, New Zealand
 
 
Day Russell (Bay of Islands), New Zealand
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
The idyllic Bay of Islands is a popular vacation area for New Zealanders. Unassuming Russell holds a premier position in the nation’s history. It was at nearby Waitangi that the Maori chieftains signed a treaty in 1840 ceding their lands to the British Crown. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds remains an important national landmark. Strolling Russell’s tidy streets today, it is difficult to imagine that in the 19th century, this was called the “hellhole of the Pacific” -- a nearly lawless outpost for whalers, sailors and ambitious traders flooding the new imperial frontier. Popular excursions from Russell include surveys of the surviving forests of ancient kauri trees, many well over a thousand years old, and the phantasmagorical formations of volcanic basalt rock; kayaking the crucial mangrove forests of the estuaries; and visiting a traditional Maori marae, or meetinghouse, to learn about the indigenous people’s heritage. Other recreational alternatives include the spectacular 18-hole Kauri Cliffs golf course, rated as the best in the world by Golf Digest.
Russell (Bay of Islands), New Zealand
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Kingston, Norfolk Island, Australia
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 03:00 PM
Norfolk Island is a speck in the South Pacific Ocean east of Australia. It was occupied by Polynesians as early as 400 AD, then named and claimed by Captain Cook during his 1774 voyage. In 1788 the British created a penal colony to cultivate flax on the island, but that endeavor failed as the island was too far from the mainland and offered no safe harbors for shipping. The colonization which finally succeeded was a party of the families of Bounty mutineers who emigrated from the more remote Pitcairn Island in 1856. Kingston, and the nearby Arthurs Vale area, are included in the Australian Convicts Sites designation of UNESCO World Heritage Status. Museums, fortresses and other sites abound on the island. There are also lovely beaches like nearby Anson Bay, and a scenic Captain Cook memorial set among the distinctive Norfolk Island Pines. One unusual local site has a Seabourn connection. The Bottle House is a home built by hand in 1966 by then-21-year-old Pat Keough, using hand-mixed cement and over 40,000 glass beer bottles that had accumulated on the property over several decades. Today Pat is a world-renowned wildlife and nature photographer, who has participated in Antarctic voyages on Seabourn Quest along with his wife Rosemary, also a famous photographer.
Kingston, Norfolk Island, Australia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Milford Sound, New Zealand
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 01:00 PM
"Milford Sound, or Piopiotahi (its name in Maori), sits on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island and was first called the Eighth Wonder of the World by none other than Rudyard Kipling, who had seen some pretty wonderful places. As you sail up the 15-kilometer-long (nine-mile-long) sound, with soaring snow-topped peaks looming above—the tallest reaches an altitude of 1,517 meters (4,977 feet)—you'll understand Kipling's enthusiasm. Although it is called a sound, it is technically a fjord—a narrow inlet created by glacial erosion over thousands of years. While its geological history is long, its human history is not. It is believed that the Maori first explored the sound, and the rest of the area that is now part of Fiordland National Park, around 1,000 years ago; Captain Cook followed in 1770. But neither Maori nor Europeans created permanent settlements of any significance, and the land was pristine when Fiordland National Park, New Zealand's largest national park, was established in 1952. While many walking trails cross the park, the most breathtaking views are arguably those from the water, with the sheer rock faces looming above your ship as you sail through this majestic landscape. "
Milford Sound, New Zealand
 
 
Day Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand
Arrives 10:00 AM Departs 07:00 PM
You might not realize that New Zealand has a third island. It hangs beneath the South Island and is just about the last inhabited place before Antarctica. The island itself is only about four percent inhabited, and that is its attraction. It is an unspoiled piece of primeval New Zealand. Oban is a very small town, about 800 souls. The phonebook is printed on a single sheet of A4 paper!
Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand
 
 
Day Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
"Much of New Zealand feels like England, by way of Polynesia. There are a few exceptions, though, such as the town of Akaroa, a former French settlement, and the distinctly Scottish city of Dunedin, named after the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh. After Dunedin was founded in 1848, city surveyor Charles Kettle attempted to impose Edinburgh's New Town grid plan on the growing city. But the Otago Peninsula's hilly landscape proved challenging—for evidence, note that Dunedin has one of the world's steepest streets (Baldwin Street). The volcanic remnants around the harbor make for a dramatic backdrop. Dunedin's prominence during the gold rush in the late 19th century resulted in many grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Thanks to the beautiful University of Otago (the country's oldest), there's a large student population to keep the city vibrant and modern. But Dunedin's heritage is always proudly on display: The magnificent Dunedin Railway Station and Larnach Castle have been restored to their full glory, and the fascinating Toitu Otago Settlers Museum provides a glimpse into the lives of early residents. Outside the city, the Otago Peninsula is lined with scenic beaches and home to rare birdlife like the royal albatross and yellow-eyed penguin. "
Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand
 
 
Day Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 07:00 PM
Set on a beautiful, sheltered harbor and nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is a popular resort village. Located 50 miles southeast of Christchurch, this quaint seaside town is situated on the southern side of the Banks Peninsula and has a distinct French flavor to it. Many street names are of French origin because of its French Whaling and colonial history. One of the first settlements in the Canterbury region of the South New Zealand Island, the town has a rich Maori and British heritage, as well as its French history. Today, the town center is dotted with colonial architecture, and the harbor area is lined with boutiques and cafes.
Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand
 
 
Day Kaikoura, New Zealand
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Backed by a range of the Southern Alps and fronted by a magnificent stretch of sea coast, Kaikoura on the eastern shore of New Zealand’s South Island is a wonderful place in which to contemplate nature. It is famous for whale- and Dolphin-watching, and for the large colony of Southern Fur Seals found nearby. The coastal areas also draw many pelagic seabirds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters close to shore.
Kaikoura, New Zealand
 
 
Day Wellington, New Zealand
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
"New Zealand's cool little capital is located at the southern tip of the North Island, meaning it's blessed with a beautiful waterfront, fresh seafood and unpredictable weather. So famously tempestuous is Windy Welly that visitors quickly learn not to go outside without an umbrella and will spend more time than usual talking about the weather. Politics is a hot topic too, with government workers buzzing about the Beehive, as the distinctive Parliament building is colloquially known. Wellington is also known for culture and cuisine. Learn about Maori history and Kiwiana at Te Papa, the national museum; go behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings movies made in Wellywood; and wash down a plate of chilled bluff oysters with a crisp sauvignon blanc at a Cuba Street restaurant. Gourmands are spoiled for choice with the city's many coffee microroasteries, craft breweries, innovative chefs and artisanal markets. Fortunately for your waistline, it’s also a terrific city for walking, hiking and cycling, with a compact historic core hugged by green hills and dotted with impossibly perched houses. They say you can't beat Wellington on a good day—but visitors will soon discover that even if it's wet and windy, it's always a good day to be in Wellington. "
Wellington, New Zealand
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Waiheke is an upscale resort community offshore from Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf, with renowned wineries, olive groves, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. It is a favorite of affluent Aucklanders for weekend getaways and short vacations, just 35 minutes by ferry form the city. Seabourn called there years ago but has not been back for many years. It was a highlight during earlier visits
Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
 
 
Day Auckland, New Zealand
Arrives 07:00 AM
"New Zealand's biggest city deserves more than a layover. Auckland is multicultural and cosmopolitan, with sizeable Polynesian, Asian and Maori populations enriching its history and broadening the palate. Internationally known chefs and fashion designers have made neighborhoods like Ponsonby, Newmarket and Parnell world-class destinations for shopping and dining.

You're never far from water attractions in New Zealand—and this is especially true in Auckland where it's not unheard of for downtown workers to go kayaking on their lunch break. The once-gritty port has been transformed into inviting public spaces and buzzing nightclubs, with sailboat charters and regular ferry connections waiting to whisk visitors around the harbor for sightseeing.

Start your day sipping a flat white while you plan your explorations: art gallery crawl, winery tour or volcano hike? It's possible to do all three without losing sight of the Sky Tower, one of Auckland's top tourist attractions, from which you can get a bird's-eye view of the gateway to Aotearoa. "
Auckland, New Zealand
 
 
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