13 Night Coastal New Zealand Scenic Fjords Maori History and Abundant Wildlife and Land Tour

From Auckland to Dunedin

National Geographic Orion

Lindblad Expeditions
4 Stars
  • Cruise #: 9736341
  • Departs: Mon, Nov 4, 2024
  • Returns: Sat, Nov 16, 2024
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    Itinerary Summary

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    Land Segment of Itinerary

    Sunday - Nov 3, 2024
    Auckland, New Zealand
    • Auckland, New Zealand
    Arrive in Auckland and transfer to your hotel. Join a welcome briefing this evening to meet your fellow travelers.
    Monday - Nov 4, 2024
    Auckland, New Zealand
    • Auckland, New Zealand

    Cruise Segment of Itinerary

    Day 2 - Monday - Nov 4, 2024
    Cruise Begins
    • Cruise Begins
    • Auckland, New Zealand
    Have breakfast at the hotel before joining a tour of this vibrant city center. We'll stop for lunch midday before embarking National Geographic Orion in the late afternoon.
    Tuesday - Nov 5, 2024
    Bay of Islands, New Zealand
    • Bay of Islands, New Zealand
    The Bay of Islands is an area encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands, boasting an abundance of wildlife and fascinating history. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a place of cultural, spiritual, and historical significance, and learn of the historical events for which these grounds are remembered. ...
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    Wednesday - Nov 6, 2024
    Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
    • Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
    Thursday - Nov 7, 2024
    Coastal Navigation, United States
    • Coastal Navigation, United States
    Stretch your legs today as we get to know Great Barrier Island on exploratory walks and hikes. As we continue south along the North Island's verdant coast, we let nature guide us as our captain and expedition leader choose our next site for exploration.
    Friday - Nov 8, 2024
    • Gisborne, New Zealand
    Today, we delve into the cultural riches of Gisborne, where the first Europeans went ashore in New Zealand in 1769. The city's warm, sun-filled climate reflects its disposition and complements its rich soils, bountiful islands, miles of sandy beaches, and resource-rich oceans. Discover rural life at a 110-year-old New Zealand homestead and witness the daily process of sheep herding and sheering. Take in the greenery of a local arboretum, and cap the day off with a winery tour and tasting. ...
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    Saturday - Nov 9, 2024
    Napier, New Zealand
    • Napier, New Zealand
    Sunday - Nov 10, 2024
    At Sea
    • At Sea
    Spend the morning getting to know Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. Choose to discover the city's unique architecture on an art tour, or leave the city behind and join a gannet safari tour where we have close encounters at a large Australasian gannet colony.
    Monday - Nov 11, 2024
    Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
    • Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
    Tuesday - Nov 12, 2024
    At Sea
    • At Sea
    Explore this beautiful island where dense rainforests border the snow-capped Southern Alps. Visit Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand's smallest national park, renowned for its golden sand beaches and rugged granite cliffs that kiss the shoreline. Hike or kayak with the naturalist guides or just relax at the beach. Spend a day at sea getting to know your fellow travelers as we scout for local wildlife and attend briefings and lectures from our staff. Enjoy views of New Zealand's southern island as we cruise to our next stop. ...
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    Wednesday - Nov 13, 2024
    Cruising Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
    • Cruising Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
    Over the course of two days, we explore Dusky and Milford sounds in Fiordland National Park, home to fourteen individual fiords. Here we discover towering waterfalls and snowcapped peaks.
    Thursday - Nov 14, 2024
    Cruising Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
    • Cruising Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
    Friday - Nov 15, 2024
    Stewart Island, New Zealand
    • Stewart Island, New Zealand
    • Ulva Island, New Zealand
    Stewart Island, known in Maori as Te Punga o Te Waka a Maui, is positioned firmly at the heart of Maori mythology. Today, we explore the island's rare native birdlife as well as its well-preserved podocarp forest. In the afternoon, discover Stewart Island's nearby neighbor, Ulva Island, where we hike with naturalists to discover its unspoiled rainforest. ...
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    Saturday - Nov 16, 2024
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    • Dunedin, New Zealand
    After breakfast, disembark National Geographic Orion. Enjoy a city tour and an included lunch on the way to the airport.

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