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

From Queenstown to Auckland

National Geographic Orion

Lindblad Expeditions
4 Stars
  • Cruise #: 8874216
  • Departs: Mon, Nov 4, 2024
  • Returns: Mon, Nov 18, 2024
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    Itinerary Summary

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    Land Segment of Itinerary

    Tuesday - Nov 5, 2024
    Day
    1
    Queenstown, New Zealand
    • Queenstown, New Zealand
    Depart on an overnight flight, cross the International Date Line, and arrive in Queenstown, where we check into our hotel. Join us for a welcome briefing this evening to meet your fellow travelers.
    Wednesday - Nov 6, 2024
    Day
    2
    Queenstown, New Zealand
    • Queenstown, New Zealand
    • Bus Travel

    Cruise Segment of Itinerary

    Day 2 - Wednesday - Nov 6, 2024
    Day
    2
    Cruise Begins
    • Cruise Begins
    • Dunedin, New Zealand
    Have breakfast at the hotel before joining a tour and transfer to Dunedin. We'll stop for lunch midday before embarking National Geographic Orion in the late afternoon.
    Thursday - Nov 7, 2024
    Day
    3
    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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    Friday - Nov 8, 2024
    Day
    4
    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. 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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    Saturday - Nov 9, 2024
    Day
    5
    Cruising Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
    • Cruising Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
    Sunday - Nov 10, 2024
    Day
    6
    At Sea
    • At Sea
    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. 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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    Monday - Nov 11, 2024
    Day
    7
    Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
    • Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
    Tuesday - Nov 12, 2024
    Day
    8
    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. ...
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    Wednesday - Nov 13, 2024
    Day
    9
    Napier, New Zealand
    • Napier, New Zealand
    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.
    Thursday - Nov 14, 2024
    Day
    10
    • 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. Gain insight into the history and culture of the people of this region. In the afternoon, discover the greenery of a local arboretum, and cap the day off with a wine tour and tasting. ...
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    Friday - Nov 15, 2024
    Day
    11
    • Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
    Saturday - Nov 16, 2024
    Day
    12
    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.
    Sunday - Nov 17, 2024
    Day
    13
    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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    Monday - Nov 18, 2024
    Day
    14
    Auckland, New Zealand
    • Auckland, 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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