New Zealand Mosaic
** NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT **
On this cruise, PONANT invites you to discover New Zealand, a unique destination with a multitude of natural treasures.
Set sail aboard Le Soléal for an 8-day brand-new cruise from Dunedin to Auckland.
From Dunedin, also called the Edinburgh of New Zealand, the Banks Peninsula will reveal wonderful landscapes of lush hills and rugged coasts during your call in the bay of Akaroa, an ancient, flooded volcano crater.
In Picton, you will discover the Marlborough region, famous for its vineyards and its submerged valleys.
You will also sail to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. This ancient site of the Maori people, as demonstrated by the Te Papa Tongarewa museum, perfectly combines local traditions and bustling nightlife.
From Tauranga, you can discover the many treasures of Rotorua: volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, rivers and gorges, and lakes that range in colour from deep blue to orange-tinged.
Then your ship will cruise towards Auckland, your port of disembarkation.
Surrounded by the blue waters of the Pacific, the twin islands of New Zealand are the promise of an incredible mosaic of contrasting panoramas.
- 7 night cruise on Ponant's Le Soleal from Dunedin to Auckland
- All meals on board
- Open bar including mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, spirits, tea, coffee (excludes premium brands)
- 24 hour room service
- Guest speaker on board
- Port taxes
PLUS! Ultimate Cruising guests also receive
- 1 night accommodation pre-cruise
- $500 air credit per booking
- €150on board credit per booking
- Chauffeur driven luxury car transfers from your home to the airport and return (within 35km).
Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. This city of the south, wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The city contains some of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. The Silverpeaks hinterland to the North West provides a picturesque backdrop and The Otago Peninsula, which lies within the city boundaries, has internationally renowned wildlife reserves, including the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross.
Set on the east coast of South Island, Christchurch is New Zealand'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 "the garden city", 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' resilience. The beautiful port of Akaroa, where ships dock, is about 90-minute drive from Christchurch on the Banks Peninsula.
A must-see entry point to the 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 Sounds. This interweaving of submerged valleys in this area, has creating numerous navigable routes, wich are among the most beautiful natural wonders of New Zealand.
Crowned with gentle green hills, Wellington Harbour is located in the far south of the North Island. This city offers a charming mix of traditional and modern cultures, bestowing on the New Zealand capital, a unique atmosphere, both 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.
On the east coast of the 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 through the city. Famous for its vineyards, wine lovers will be able to taste some of the best wines from the region.
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.
Departure Dates & Pricing
Departs Dunedin 24 February 2022.
Pricing starts from A$4,690 per person share twin. Pricing is subject to availability and subject to change at any time. Please ask us for best available pricing at time of booking.
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- Luxury Expedition
- 24 Hr Room Service
- Boutique &/or Salon
- Drinks All Day
- On-Board Lecturer
- Pool &/or Spa
- Shore Excursions
- Solo Traveller Friendly