The best of New Zealand

10 days / 9 nights
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    Transfer included

    The best of New Zealand

    Transfer Queenstown / Milford Sound

    Pacific and Oceania

    from 22 January 2017 to 31 January 2017
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Milford Sound
    Arrival Port : Auckland

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : MA074 - A220117

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    We are offering you the opportunity to embark aboard le Austral for a cruise, a journey to discover New Zealand, a unique destination with a myriad of natural treasures.

    Aotearoa, “the Land of the Long White Cloud ”, raises from the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean, offering travellers an insular realm, a garden of Eden with an infinity of landscapes.

    Whereas the North Island is volcanic and home to tropical rainforests, romantic lakes, and hot springs with sulphurous geysers, the South Island boasts alpine peaks interlaced with fjords, snow-capped mountains and majestic glaciers that stretch out to meet vast green pastures.

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    In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
     
    A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
     
    You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

    Port of call & excursions

    22 January 2017 - Dusky Sound

    Milford Sound

    Emabarkation 22/01/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 22/01/2017 at 18H00 .

    Milford Sound fjord is among one of the most beautiful natural sites in New Zealand. So much beauty will quite simply take your breath away. Located on the south-west coast of South Island, in the Fiorldland National Park, this sumptuous inlet carved out by glaciers advances over at least 15 kilometres inland, in the Southern Alps. Majestic cliffs seem to surge out of the dark waters, rising several hundred metres high: an abrupt relief from where impressive waterfalls cascade.

    23 January 2017 - Dusky Sound

    23 January 2017 - Dusky Sound

    Arrival 23/01/2017 at 00H00 . Departure 23/01/2017 at 00H00 .

    24 January 2017 - Dunedin

    24 January 2017 - Dunedin

    Arrival 24/01/2017 at 09H00 . Departure 24/01/2017 at 19H00 .

    Located to the East of New Zealand’s South Island, the Victorian city of Dunedin blends natural beauty and a fascinating cultural history. Surrounded by spectacular hills at the foot of a long port, this city is part of the Otago Peninsula, a long strip of volcanic land shaped like a finger and displaying sumptuous undulating landscapes. Do not miss your chance to visit the Royal Albatross Center in Taiaroa Head, and to discover the tip of the peninsula, home to rare native animal species such as the blue penguins or the yellow- eyed penguins. Aboard a train, cross the fertile lands of the Taieri Gorge, famous for its sheer cliffs and spectacular ravines, as well as its railway, built by the first pioneers along the roughest of terrain.

    25 January 2017 - Akaroa

    25 January 2017 - Akaroa

    Arrival 25/01/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 25/01/2017 at 15H30 .

    Set on the east coast of South Island, Christchurch is New Zealandメ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 モthe garden cityヤ, 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

    26 January 2017 - Picton

    26 January 2017 - Picton

    Arrival 26/01/2017 at 07H30 . Departure 26/01/2017 at 19H00 .

    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 interweave of submerged valleys, making numerous different navigable routes, are among the most beautiful natural wonders of New Zealand.

    27 January 2017 - Wellington

    27 January 2017 - Wellington

    Arrival 27/01/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 27/01/2017 at 19H00 .

    Crowned with gentle green hills, Wellington harbour 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.

    28 January 2017 - Napier

    28 January 2017 - Napier

    Arrival 28/01/2017 at 12H00 . Departure 28/01/2017 at 19H00 .

    On the east coast of North Island, south of Hawke’s Bay, you’ll find Napier. Mostly destroyed by an earthquake in 1931, reviving from its ashes in less than two years, it grew into a magnificent Art Deco style city, very in-vogue at the time. With its pure lines mixed with traditional Maori designs, the singular New Zealand character of this city will intrigue you. You’ll discover all this extraordinary architectural heritage as you take a stroll the city. Wine lovers will be able to taste some of the best wines from the region, which is famous for its vineyards.

    29 January 2017 - At sea

    29 January 2017 - At sea

    Arrival 29/01/2017 at 00H00 . Departure 29/01/2017 at 00H00 .

    30 January 2017 - Tauranga

    30 January 2017 - Tauranga

    Arrival 30/01/2017 at 07H30 . Departure 30/01/2017 at 18H00 .

    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 centre 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.

    31 January 2017 - Auckland

    Auckland

    Disembarkation 31/01/2017 at 07H00 .

    Auckland is New Zealandメ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 harbours ヨ Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. Youメll understand why Auckland is known as モthe city of sailsヤ when you see the forest of masts in the marina. The 328 metre-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 give the city a vibrant atmosphere.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    Transfer Queenstown / Milford Sound

    Embarkation day                   Queenstown / Milford sound

     

    10:30am: Meet and greet by our local representative at the Queenstown Primary school.

    Please ask your driver to drop you off at the car park of the Queenstown Primary school, and to hold your luggage there. Snacks and water are available for sale by the YR 8 students of the school. Depart from Queenstown by coach for a 5 hours’ drive to Milford Sound. Settle back to watch the most amazing scenery unfold before you as you travel along the eastern shoreline of Lake Wakatipu, in the shadow of the Remarkable Range, to Kingston and continue to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland.  After a short stop, you will travel around the shores of Lake Te Anau into the rugged valley of the Eglinton River.  As the road passes Lakes Gunn and Fergus, beech-covered mountains frame the view of distant peaks. The road then enters the Hollyford Valley and climbs to the Homer Saddle.   After driving through the 1200-metre-long Homer Tunnel, the road drops down to follow the swiftly flowing Cleddau River into Milford Sound.

    Arrival in Milford Sound. The ship is an anchorage; you will be transferred to the ship by a local tender.

     

    Your program includes:

     

    • Group transfer as mentioned in the program
    • A local English-speaking driver / guide

     

    Your program does not include:

     

    • Tips for the driver and local guide
    • Personal expenses
    • Other services not mentioned in the program.

     

    Please note:

     

    • Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date.
    • New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere which means that summer is from December to February. Average temperature is 20°C or 68°F. The weather is warm and sunny, while the sea water temperature sits at 0°C or 32°F.
    • In summer a jacket and sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler. You can expect some rain, so include a light rainproof jacket.
    • New Zealand’s currency is based on dollars and cents.
    • Milford Sound infrastructures are very limited.

     

    Meeting point details:

     

     

    Queenstown Primary School

    Address: 20 Robins Rd, 9300 Queenstown

    Phone number: Paula Thomas +64 223 925 432

    A la carte Options

    1. After you cruise

      Explore beautiful Auckland (1 day)
      31/01/2017

      $213.00
      Per person, based on double occupancy

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    2. Before your cruise

      From Sydney to Milford Sound (4 days/ 3 nights)
      19/01/2017

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      From Sydney Airport to Milford Sound (2 days/1 night)
      21/01/2017

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    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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