The best of New Zealand

10 days / 9 nights
    Close departure
    Transfer included

    The best of New Zealand

    Transfer Milford Sound / Queenstown

    Pacific and Oceania

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

    Departure Port : Auckland
    Arrival Port : Milford Sound

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : AM105 - A310117

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    We are offering you the opportunity to embark aboard 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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    Deluxe Stateroom

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 passengers per cabin
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Book now now and get the guaranteed best price. 5%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy
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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 passengers per cabin
    • Private balcony
    •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Book now now and get the guaranteed best price. 5%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 passengers per cabin
    • Private balcony
    •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Book now now and get the guaranteed best price. 5%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy
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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 37 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 passengers per cabin
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Book now now and get the guaranteed best price. 5%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy

    L'AUSTRAL

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    L'AUSTRAL

    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

    31 January 2017 - Tauranga

    Auckland

    Emabarkation 31/01/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 31/01/2017 at 18H00 .

    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.

    1 February 2017 - Tauranga

    1 February 2017 - Tauranga

    Arrival 01/02/2017 at 07H30 . Departure 01/02/2017 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.

    2 February 2017 - At sea

    2 February 2017 - At sea

    Arrival 02/02/2017 at 00H00 . Departure 02/02/2017 at 00H00 .

    3 February 2017 - Napier

    3 February 2017 - Napier

    Arrival 03/02/2017 at 07H00 . Departure 03/02/2017 at 14H00 .

    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.

    4 February 2017 - Wellington

    4 February 2017 - Wellington

    Arrival 04/02/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 04/02/2017 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.

    5 February 2017 - Picton

    5 February 2017 - Picton

    Arrival 05/02/2017 at 07H30 . Departure 05/02/2017 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.

    6 February 2017 - Akaroa

    6 February 2017 - Akaroa

    Arrival 06/02/2017 at 11H00 . Departure 06/02/2017 at 18H30 .

    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

    7 February 2017 - Port Chalmers-Dunedin Harbour

    7 February 2017 - Port Chalmers-Dunedin Harbour

    Arrival 07/02/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 07/02/2017 at 18H00 .

    8 February 2017 - Dusky Sound

    8 February 2017 - Dusky Sound

    Arrival 08/02/2017 at 00H00 . Departure 08/02/2017 at 00H00 .

    9 February 2017 - Milford Sound

    Milford Sound

    Disembarkation 09/02/2017 at 09H00 .

    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.

    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 Milford Sound / Queenstown

    Disembarkation day               Milford Sound / Queenstown

     

    The ship is an anchorage.

    You will be transferred to the wharf by local tenders.

    09:30 Meet and greet by our local representative, you will board a chartered motor coach and drive south from Milford Sound, passing through the magnificent Fiordland National Park. Pass through the 1200-metre-long legendary Homer Tunnel and travel over the Homer saddle before entering the Eglinton Valley where beech-covered mountains frame the view of distant peaks. Pass Lakes Fergus and Gunn before arriving at Te Anau. After a short stop, continue for Queenstown, crossing the North Southland Plains to Kingston; then continuing along the eastern shoreline of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown.

    14:30 Approximately - arrive at the Queenstown Primary school.

     

    Please note that times are subject to change

     

    What is included:

     

    • Group transfer port 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.

    A la carte Options

    1. Before your cruise

      Explore beautiful Auckland (1day/1night)
      30/01/2017

      $500.00
      Per person, based on double occupancy

      More information

    2. After you cruise

      From Milford Sound to Auckland airport (2 days/1 night)
      09/02/2017

      $664.00
      Per person, based on double occupancy

      More information

    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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