The Best of New Zealand (Le Bellot)

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    On this cruise, PONANT invites you to discover New Zealand, a unique destination with a multitude of natural treasures.


    Day 1 Auckland
    Embarkation.  You will understand why Auckland is known as the city of sails 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.

    Day 2 White Island
    Located in the Bay of Plenty, White Island is an active volcano which has been built up by continuous volcanic activity over the past 150,000 years. The island has also been identified as an important bird area because of its breeding colony of Australasian Gannets.

    Day 3 Tauranga
    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.

    Day 4 At sea
    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board.

    Day 5 Wellington
    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 welcoming.

    Day 6 Picton
    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.

    Day 7 Lyttelton
    In this colourful port town full of history, you’ll be able to discover the Time Ball: constructed in 1876, it rang at 1.00 pm every day for 58 consecutive years to give Greenwich meridian time, enabling ship captains to set their chronometer and very precisely calculate their position.

    Day 8 Akaroa
    The beautiful port of Akaroa, where ships dock, is about 90 minutes drive from Christchurch on the Banks Peninsula.

    Days 9-10 Dunedin
    Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. The picturesque 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.

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