Visit New Zealand and circumnavigate the South Island, where inimitable natural history has followed a unique evolutionary path. Enjoy three nights in the vibrant harbor city of Auckland and experience the North Island’s captivating scenery, which shifts within moment from gently charming to ethereal majesty. Cruise the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage-designated Fiordland National Park and board Zodiacs for close-up views of nature’s sheer magnificence: glacier-cute fiords, cascading waterfalls, valleys hung with kapua whakapipi (cumulus clouds)- in spectacular Milford Sound, Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound.
Observe the rich endemic bird and marine life of pristine Queen Charlotte Sound and visit the world-famous Marlborough wine region. Immerse yourself in the unique Maori heritage and experience firsthand the welcoming Kiwi culture- a distinctive merging of the tangate whenua (indigenous) and Pakeha (European) traditions. Cruise for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, state-of-the-art, Five-Star Le Bellot, which can cruise into small ports and sounds inaccessible to larger vessels and alter course for marine life sightings.
Additionally available is a Pre-Program option to visit the dynamic world-class city of Sydney, Australia, or a Post-Program experience in New Zealand’s Southern Alps and remarkable Queenstowne, further enhancing your journey.
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