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New Zealand Splendours

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Seabourn 15 Day Cruise on Seabourn Encore, Seabourn from £5,495 pp  

Departure 06 January 2020 | New Zealand Splendours

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  • Auckland
  • Russell (Bay Of Islands)
  • At Sea
  • Kingston
  • At Sea
  • Milford Sound
  • Oban (Halfmoon Bay)
  • Timaru
  • Lyttelton
  • Kaikoura
  • Wellington
  • At Sea
  • Matiatia Bay
  • Auckland

New Zealand Splendours

from £5,495 pp
Cruise offer
Free suite upgrades, £650 flight allowance and more

SET SAIL EVENT! Book by November 20, 2019 to take advantage of

  • Two Category Veranda Suite Upgrade
  • £650 Air Credit per person 
  • 300 Minute Internet Package per person

Book a Penthouse or Premium Suite and receive $1,000USD Shipboard Credit per Suite and an Unlimited Internet Package per Suite.

The Seabourn Difference

  • Intimate ships with a private club atmosphere
  • Intuitive, personalized service provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests expectations
  • Curated voyages to all seven continents delivering award-winning experiences
  • All ocean-front suites, luxuriously appointed
  • Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times
  • Welcome Champagne and complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences
  • Tipping is neither required, nor expected
  • Finest resorts at sea that are masterfully designed
  • World-class dining, further enhanced through a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas Keller
  • All dining venues are complimentary, dine where, when and with whom you wish
  • Seabourn Conversations, connecting with visionary experts
  • Ventures by Seabourn™, optional shore excursions, enhance and extend your experience in select destinations
  • Select purposeful and sustainable travel experiences in partnership with UNESCO
  • Spa & Wellness by Dr. Andrew Weil, featuring an exclusive mindful living program
  • An evening entertainment experience in collaboration with Sir Tim Rice
  • Committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability

An intensive exploration of the historic harbours and natural splendours on both islands of New Zealand, plus remote Norfolk Island.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 — Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Skyline

Auckland Skyline

Auckland is called the City of Sails, and visitors flying in will see why. On the East Coast is the Waitemata Harbour—a Māori word meaning sparkling waters—which is bordered by the Hauraki Gulf, an aquatic playground peppered with small islands where many Aucklanders can be found "mucking around in boats."Not surprisingly, Auckland has some 70,000 boats. At the geographical center of Auckland city is the 1,082-foot Sky Tower, a convenient landmark for those exploring on foot and some say a visible sign of the city's naked aspiration.  You can enjoy a well-made coffee in almost any café, or take a walk on a beach—knowing that within 30 minutes' driving time you could be cruising the spectacular harbor, playing a round at a public golf course, or even walking in subtropical forest while listening to the song of a native tûî bird.
Day 2 — Russell (Bay Of Islands), New Zealand

Waitangi is the location on the scenic Bay of Islands, in New Zealand’s North Island, where the historic Treaty of Waitangi was signed by representatives of Great Britain and the indigenous Maori people in 1840, founding the nation of New Zealand. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum tells the tale by means of a state-of-the-art Museum, with Maori treasures gathered from all over the country, and buildings including the so-called Treaty House and the Whare Runanga Maori Meeting House. In the latter building, visitors are treated to a thrilling and spirited haka ceremonial dance performance. Also on the grounds is a huge waka taua canoe carved from immense kauri logs.

Day 3 — At Sea
Day 4 — Kingston, Norfolk Island. Australia

Norfolk Island is a speck in the South Pacific Ocean east of Australia. It was occupied by Polynesians as early as 400 AD, then named and claimed by Captain Cook during his 1774 voyage. In 1788 the British created a penal colony to cultivate flax on the island, but that endeavor failed as the island was too far from the mainland and offered no safe harbors for shipping. The colonization which finally succeeded was a party of the families of Bounty mutineers who emigrated from the more remote Pitcairn Island in 1856. Kingston, and the nearby Arthurs Vale area, are included in the Australian Convicts Sites designation of UNESCO World Heritage Status. Museums, fortresses and other sites abound on the island. There are also lovely beaches like nearby Anson Bay, and a scenic Captain Cook memorial set among the distinctive Norfolk Island Pines. One unusual local site has a Seabourn connection. The Bottle House is a home built by hand in 1966 by then-21-year-old Pat Keough, using hand-mixed cement and over 40,000 glass beer bottles that had accumulated on the property over several decades. Today Pat is a world-renowned wildlife and nature photographer, who has participated in Antarctic voyages on Seabourn Quest along with his wife Rosemary, also a famous photographer.

Day 5 to 6 — At Sea
Day 7 — Milford Sound & Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, off the Tasman Sea. Part of the Fjordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site, it has been judged one of the world's top travel destinations in an international survey. Frequently visited by rain, the mountain peaks rising from the waters of Milford Sound are often softened by mist and an air of almost flawless and overpowering mystic calm. Acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination.

Cruising Fiordland Natl Park

New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park is the largest of the country’s 14 national parks, at 4,868 sq. mi./12,607 sq. km. Located on the southwest corner of the South Island, it was founded in 1904, to protect the natural environment for nature lovers and trekkers. It comprises a large portion of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site. The key features of the park are the mountain ranges of the Southern Alps, which rise to heights from 1,500 m/4,900 ft to over 2,500 m/8,200 ft., as well as the spectacular U-shaped glaciated fjord valleys that cut into the mountains as deeply as 25 miles from the sea. There are three major fjords that are navigable by your ships, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. Your exact itinerary will be determined by your captain depending on the weather and other conditions on the day. But whatever course you sail, you will be treated to spectacular waterways curving between sheer cliffs towering thousands of feet above the mirrored surface of the fjord. Depending on recent rainfall, waterfalls tumble down the rock faces from above. Many of the peaks have nicknames based on their resemblance to animals or other objects of previous observers’ imaginations. You are also likely to see seals, birds including fiordland penguins, bottlenose dolphins and possibly such other fauna as red deer or whales.

Day 8 — Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand
You might not realize that New Zealand has a third island. It hangs beneath the South Island and is just about the last inhabited place before Antarctica. The island itself is only about four percent inhabited, and that is its attraction. It is an unspoiled piece of primeval New Zealand. Oban is a very small town, about 800 souls. The phonebook is printed on a single sheet of A4 paper!
Day 9 — Timaru, New Zealand
South of the Canterbury Plain on the South Island, Timaru is built on the rolling volcanic hills surrounding Mt. Horrible. Originally a whaling station, it grew to serve the sheep stations in the surrounding countryside. Visit the South Canterbury Museum, filled with artifacts and information about the history of the region from the Maori arrival to the present day, and the Aigantighe Art Gallery, housed in a homestead dating from 1908.
Day 10 — Lyttelton (Christchurch), New Zealand


Known as the "Garden City" because of its beautiful parks and world-renowned gardens, Christchurch is also a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries, great shopping and award-winning attractions. Named after the college at the University of Oxford in London, Christchurch is often described as the most English of New Zealand's cities. Located in the city center is Christchurch Cathedral, an outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture. Other grey-stone nineteenth century buildings, tree-lined avenues and extensive leafy parks give the city its elegant, English atmosphere.
Day 11 — Kaikoura, New Zealand
The cape in Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura, New Zealand

The cape in Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Kaikoura draws visitors from all over the world for the prolific marine life in the surrounding waters. Whale (including sperm whales), dolphin and seal watching tours operate year-round. There is a scenic walkway from the town center out to Point Kean, and there are colonies of fur seals on the rocky shores. The Fyffe House is a 19th century home built on a foundation of whale bones, with a museum of whaling history. It’s also famous for fresh seafood including crayfish (known elsewhere as spiny lobsters) and the delicious Paua (also known as abalone.)

Day 12 — Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

Visually stunning, Wellington is nestled between a magnificent harbor and a natural amphitheatre of forest-clad hills. Its compact size, combined with cultural sophistication, makes it New Zealand's most inspiring urban destination. Wellington's cultural crowning jewel is Te Papa, a donation-only museum that celebrates Australasian natural history, science and culture. Exhibits include Maori artifacts, an extensive Pacific Cultures collection and interactive science exhibits. The city's art scene is flourishing, with numerous galleries and craft markets displaying the work of the country's top artists and craftspeople.
Day 13 — At Sea
Day 14 — Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waiheke is an upscale resort community offshore from Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf, with renowned wineries, olive groves, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. It is a favorite of affluent Aucklanders for weekend getaways and short vacations, just 35 minutes by ferry form the city. Seabourn called there years ago but has not been back for many years. It was a highlight during earlier visits.

Day 15 — Auckland
Auckland Skyline

Auckland Skyline

Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have harbors on two separate bodies of water. The central part of urban Auckland covers a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbor on the Tasman Sea, and the Waitemata Harbor on the Pacific Ocean. In addition, Auckland's diverse geography and warm, humid climate has inspired a lifestyle regularly ranked in the world's top ten. A half hour drive from the city there is an abundance of activities: sailing to a secluded island, trekking through the rainforest, picnicking on a volcano, sampling wines at a vineyard or exploring a black sand beach.

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