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Auckland
to Melbourne

Silversea Cruises
Feb 12, 2015 11 Days
Silver Spirit 5504
WAITLIST
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
February 12th, 2015 Thursday Auckland   10:00 PM
February 13th, 2015 Friday Tauranga 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
February 14th, 2015 Saturday Napier 1:00 PM 6:00 PM
February 15th, 2015 Sunday Picton 12:00 PM 5:30 PM
February 16th, 2015 Monday Akaroa 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
February 17th, 2015 Tuesday Port Chalmers (Dunedin) 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
February 18th, 2015 Wednesday Stewart Island 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
February 19th, 2015 Thursday Cruising the Milford & Dusky Sound 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
February 20th, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
February 21st, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
February 22nd, 2015 Sunday Melbourne 1:00 PM  
February 23rd, 2015 Monday Melbourne    
Included in this Cruise
  • Spacious suites – over 85% with private verandas
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
Gentleman Hosts
Bridge Sailing
Overnight in Port

Excursions

Join us on an exhilarating view of Auckland from the sea with time to explore the charming Victorian town of Devonport.


Begin with a 10-minute walk from the ship's pier to Pier 3A, where a 23-seater, 600-horsepower, turbo-charged jet boat will be waiting for you. A safety briefing will advise you on what to expect and how to make the most of your 35-minute jet boating experience.


Taking the vessel to speeds in excess of 50 knots, the skipper will show you a different side of the iconic harbour. See famous landmarks, such as the Chelsea Sugar Refinery built in 1882, and hear engaging commentary. In addition to becoming introduced to waterside Auckland, you will also feel the thrill of the ride. Hang on tight while your vessel throws in some 360 spins, power brakes and other tricks out in the wide open space of Waitemata Harbour.


Conclude your jet boat adventure as you return to shore and walk to the ferry terminal. You will be provided with a return ticket on the Fullers Ferry to Devonport, a 15-minute cruise.


On arrival in the charming Victorian suburb, explore Devonport's galleries, cafés, and bookshops on your own, with the flexibility to return on your own at a time of your choosing. Return ferry departures to Auckland city run every 30 minutes.


Once you have made your way back to Auckland via the ferry, enjoy the 10-minute stroll to your ship.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, approximately 450 yards (400 metres) with additional walking in Devonport at each guest's discretion.  Guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the boat and will be required to board the jet boat by negotiating four steps without handrails.  Due to the nature of the jet-boat ride, this tour is not recommended for guests with back or neck problems, limited mobility or those who utilise w wheelchair. Dress in comfortable clothing, bring a warm jacket and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The jet boat is chartered for Silversea and the ride is 35 minutes in duration.  The ferry is a public one and not exclusive to Silversea guests. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions and is very limited in space.  This tour is only available on February 12 for guests intransit from voyage 5503-5504.

Excursions

The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light within the country's world-renowned caves. Experience this delight of nature and geological wonder on this full-day excursion to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.


Departing the pier and the city area, sit back and enjoy a pleasant, three-hour drive over the Bombay Hills and through the lush dairy land of the Waikato Valley before arriving at the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto. Here, subterranean limestone formations have resulted in a series of spectacular caves.


Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto & Boat Ride

On arrival, leave your coach and begin a quarter-mile (400-metre) walk along a tanbark trail and up a flight of stairs into the caves. Once inside the cave marvel at the soaring ceilings and low passages which create interesting spaces and formations, including the Organ and the lofty chamber called The Cathedral. Stalagmites and stalactites abound, forming pillars and crooked fingers of calcite that, in the low light, take on either beautiful of monstrous proportions. Following your guide will lead you to your boat to enter the marvel of the glow worm grotto.  Here, the myriad blue fires of the glow worms form a brilliant canopy in this vast cave.  There is an eerie silence as your skilled boatman expertly manoeuvres your craft.


Other attractions of Waitomo include the caves themselves. Soaring ceilings and low passages create interesting spaces and formations, including the Organ and the lofty chamber called The Cathedral. Stalagmites and stalactites abound, forming pillars and crooked fingers of calcite that, in the low light, take on either beautiful of monstrous proportions.


Country Lunch

Following your visit, a short drive brings you to Crosshills, home of Fraser and Debbie Robertson, boasting a beautiful English-style country garden for a buffet lunch. Enjoy some salad and selection of barbecued meat with a glass of wine, as well as the warm hospitality of your hosts, before re-boarding the coach. A three-hour drive returns you to Auckland.


Please note: This tour is offered to in-transit guests continuing on to the next cruise. It requires a moderate amount of walking for a distance of approximately .75 miles (1.2 kilometres), some of which is over unpaved pathways. There are approximately 100 steps to climb and some steep inclines. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia, have limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. The driving distance between the pier and the Waitomo Valley is approximately three hours in each direction; coaches are not equipped with toilets. Dress in layers, bring a warm jacket and wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. A minimum number of participants is required for operation. This tour is only available on February 12 for guests intransit from voyage 5503-5504.

Excursions

Discover Auckland's newest shopping and dining district located in the most historic part of the city on this half-day Silver Shore Collection walking tour.


The area today known as Britomart was, until the 1870s underwater, when the land was reclaimed from the sea to improve the port facilities. The precinct became Auckland's first commercial center, housing a railway station, dozens of warehouses and trading premises. It has a rich history as Auckland's first mercantile centre and has the largest concentration of heritage buildings. Following a long period of neglect in the 1980s and 1990s the Britomart Group of companies transformed the area and now it is surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings and is full of eclectic cafes, restaurants, and cool bars making it the hippest new district in town. The beautiful Viaduct Harbour features many award winning restaurants and the revitalised Wynyard Quarter shows off its new eateries and bars, open picnic spaces and Auckland's Seafood Market.


On your walking tour, follow your guide as you wander through this bustling historic area. Along the way you will have several opportunities to taste items such as coffee, chocolates, baking treats, local produce, seafood, cheeses, ice cream and premium New Zealand wines. This is definitely a 'foodie's' dream tour.


Your tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note:  This Silver Shore Collection tour is operated entirely on foot.  Distance walked is approximately one mile (1.6 kilometres), mostly over flat surfaces, with a few steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight jacket. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. This tour is only available on February 12 for guests intransit from voyage 5503-5504.

Excursions

Rotorua is one of New Zealand's most popular tourist centres, made famous by its Maori culture and thermal waters. Discover New Zealand's natural marvels its geothermal system on this full-day Silver Shore Collection tour.


From Tauranga, it is a 90-minute drive to Rotorua, beginning with a scenic journey inland through kiwifruit country and past Te Puke, the 'Kiwifruit Capital of the World'. This small furry fruit, once known as the Chinese gooseberry, has done a great deal to boost the area's prosperity.


Rotorua Bath House

On arrival in Rotorua, visit the heritage-listed Rotorua Bath House, which lies next door to the Blue Baths and Government Gardens. This magnificent Tudor-styled building was built in the early 1900s by the government to entice overseas travellers to visit New Zealand. Today, it houses the impressive Rotorua Museum. See the old spa treatment rooms as well as the excellent Te Arawak Maori exhibition with its rich collections of carvings and cultural artefacts. Take in the exhibition of the Mt. Tarawera eruption of 1886 while an entertaining short film recreates some of the history of the area.


Re-board the coach for the short drive to Te Puia, located on the southern edge of Rotorua.


Te Puia

Pass through downtown Rotorua, to one of New Zealand's leading cultural and thermal attractions. See young Maori apprentices being taught the ancient art of carving and weaving before discovering the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Rotorua's largest and best known thermal area. Exploration of the site is on foot and via a small, you will past boiling mud pools and the soaring Pohutu geyser. This incredible display of nature's raw force provides insight into the awesome natural forces at work below. Keep an eye out for the native Kiwi bird, New Zealand's national symbol.


Your coach then takes you into the city, for a barbecue lunch at the stately Princess Gate Hotel, Rotorua's oldest established hotel.


Afterwards, begin the approximately 75-minute drive back to Tauranga and the ship.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a moderate amount of walking with approximately one-half mile (800 metres) of pathway at Te Pui which is along unpaved but well-maintained tracks. Therefore we do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. At the Rotorua Museum the seating for the short film simulates an earthquake. Guests with back problems should be aware before entering the theatre. Comfortable, flat shoes are suggested. Swimming is not possible on this tour. Please note the order of sights seen may vary.

Excursions

Discover the historic sites of scenic Tauranga during this delightful half-day orientation tour of the city.


Tauranga

Depart the Port of Mount Maunganui for the drive across Tauranga Harbour to Tauranga, the principal city of the Bay of Plenty. The city's founders, a group of 19th-century missionaries, left a legacy of well-planned parks and gardens for future residents and visitors to enjoy.


Elms Mission House

Next, pass by the Monmouth Redoubt en route to the Elms Mission House, built in 1847 by Archdeacon Brown. Upon arrival, the guide leads you through the historic home and lovely garden surrounding the Georgian-styled home.


Te Puke

From here continue to Te Puke, kiwifruit capital of the world, where a guided visit to Kiwifruit Centre 360, a leading orchard and processing plant that will give you a chance to see and learn about the unique kiwifruit. The workings of the orchard will be fully explained, while at the end of the tour you will be able to taste and sample the fruit.


Following your tour of the kiwi orchard, re-board the coach for the return drive across the Matapihi Road to Mount Maunganui and the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a panoramic drive with a moderate amount of walking at the mission house and orchard to explore fully. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.  Order of sights seen may vary.

Excursions

Indulge your senses with director Peter Jackson's cinematic tribute to writer JRR Tolkien during this fascinating, full-day excursion to the Hobbiton movie set.


Scenic Tauranga Drive

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive through Tauranga and across the Kaimai Range and Waikato Lowlands en route to the Hobbiton movie set. Located near Matamata, the set was originally constructed in 1999 for the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Directed by Peter Jackson, the movies starred Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Sir Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins, and Sean Astin as Sam Gamgee.


Hobbiton Movie Set

Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, which was completely rebuilt in amazing detail in 2010 for the forthcoming two films of The Hobbit. Along the way, stroll around the home of the hobbits, where Bilbo Baggins lived, and see the Party Tree, restored bridge and old pub.


Lunch & Sheep-Shearing Demonstration

Following your guided tour, enjoy a barbecue lunch accompanied by light refreshments, then take in a brief sheep-shearing demonstration. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 800 yards (about 731 metres) over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 10 steps at the venue. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Enjoy a breath-taking aerial journey to New Zealand's only active marine volcano on this Silver Shore Collection tour.


From the ship, a short transfer brings you to the Tauranga Airport. Following a safety briefing, board your helicopter and depart on your 35 minute flight over the sparse, open expanses of the Pacific Ocean to White Island. Set down on the floor of the crater and disembark for an hour-long exploratory walk with your guide around the volcano.


Enjoy the visual spectacle, surrounded by the constant noise of active fumaroles scattered throughout the confines of the crater. Then venture across the crater floor, crossing numerous small streams to stand on the edge of the crater-lake.


Finally, re-board the chopper for the scenic 35 minute flight back to Tauranga and your waiting ship.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a minimal amount of activity; however, it is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair or those with limited mobility.   Walking on White Island is on uneven and over undulating crater surfaces and guests may experience unpleasant volcanic steam venting from the crater.  Comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes and a warm jacket are recommended.  Breathing masks and helmet are provided.  Helicopter type is dependent on aircraft availability. Seating is at the discretion of the pilot and is based on weight and balance requirements. All guests are asked to submit their weights in advance to the Shore Concierge onboard. All seats are utilised and seating adjacent to a window cannot be guaranteed.  Price is per person.  Flight is subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled or altered at pilot's discretion.  Space is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

This excursion encapsulates the best of the Bay of Plenty Rotorua district with its prosperous Kiwifruit orchards, huge Pine plantations, active geothermal regions and Maori culture. Highlights include visiting Hells Gate - Rotorua's most active thermal reserve open to the public, which is Maori owned and sailing on Lake Rotoiti - one of Rotorua's most beautiful lakes.    


New Zealand is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire and on the Volcanic Plateau its geothermal activity is manifested in erupting geysers, steaming fumaroles, mud pools and hot geothermal waters.


Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve

From the pier a one hour motorcoach ride takes you south through the kiwifruit growing region of Te Puke to the active Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve.  Here on your one and half hour guided walk, pass steaming fumaroles, mud pools and hot geothermal waters in what is the most active thermal area open to the general public in New Zealand.  


Lake Rotoiti

Next take a two and half hour sailing trip on Lake Rotoiti, one of the most beautiful of the many lakes in the Rotorua region.  On your charter you will sail by Tapuaekura Marae and view this complex that is an integral part of the Maori community who live around the lake.  Cruise past other secluded bays with native bush clad shorelines and holiday cottages.  While on board a picnic style lunch will be served along with a selection of beverages. Your hospitable hosts Tina and Matt will make your stay memorable.


Return to the pier to where the ship will be waiting.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking approximately 800 steps.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Order of sights seen may vary.

Excursions

Hawke's Bay's history shares its early winemaking successes and stories as the oldest wine region in New Zealand and continues today with both classic wine styles and other experimental varieties. This picturesque drive takes you across the Heretaunga Plain to the Tuki Tuki Valley, visiting two boutique wineries, Abbey Cellars and Black Barn.


Depart the pier via coach and drive through the Art Deco district of downtown Napier before crossing the Heretaunga Plains to Abbey Cellars.


Abbey Cellars

This striking Gothic abbey building was built by owner Warren Haworth whose focus is to make small volume Bordeaux-style red blends, notably their Cabernet and Merlot.  Enjoy a wine-tasting with your hosts before re-boarding your coach for the next winery.


Black Barn's Riverside Retreat

Next visit the Black Barn's Riverside Retreat and enjoy a private tasting in a stunning setting, over-looking the Tuki Tuki Valley and river with Te Mata Peak as a backdrop.  Although a small producer, Black Barn has an enviable reputation for its range of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Bordeaux style - red rose.


Return to Napier down the Tuki Tuki Valley where you follow the coastline back to the port.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended. Minimum participant age is 21 years.

Excursions

Napier is blessed with a hinterland that is largely flat so cycle enthusiasts can cycle along the rotary pathway and discover the Napier area on this Silver Shore Expedition tour.


Depart the pier via the ship's shuttle to your cycle tour start point in the Sunken Gardens on Napier's Marine Parade. After a short briefing on how to use the gears and brakes, mount your Scott touring bike and join your guide in cycling south on the wonderful water trail, a dedicated walking and cycling path that follows the coast and forms part of the Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. Several stops will allow for time to enjoy the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the cliffs of Cape Kidnappers in the distance.    


After approximately 6 miles (10 kilometres), turn inland at Awatoto and cycle on a raised limestone trail through market gardening country following the Tutaekuri river to the suburb of Taradale.


From the trail you can view the vineyards, fruit trees and vegetable fields which represent an important part of the region's economy.  On reaching Taradale, make a short comfort stop at before ending your cycle on the banks of the Tutaekuri River.  From here you can see the remnants of the historic Otatara Maori Pa site high on the hill.  


Cool your feet in the water and enjoy a light refreshment before being transported back to the port via minivan.


Please note:  This Silver Shore Expedition tour is only recommended to those guests who are physically fit and able to cycle approximately 10 miles (16 kilometres) at a steady pace.  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.  Flat-soled shoes and a windbreaker are recommended.  Space is very limited; we suggest you reserve this tour in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Get a bird's eye view down on the Hawkes Bay region on this 30-minute Silver Shore Collection flight.


Your experience begins with a transfer to the heliport by vintage car, in keeping with the Art Deco Capital, Napier.  From there you will rise above the Port of Napier in a Robinson R44 helicopter, to begin your 30 minute flight over the beautiful province. The flight will take you along the coast of Hawkes Bay, giving you time to take in the vista of the coastal area between Mahia Beach and Cape Kidnappers.  


Following the coast, you will see the world class golf course perched on the Cape and then be astounded by one of the largest gannet colonies in the world. From here you will fly inland and over Te Mata Peak, Havelock North and Hastings, taking in the expanse of vineyards and orchards.  


Finally, heading to Napier, around Bluff Hill, returning you via Westshore beach and Ahuriri Marina.


After landing, return to the pier via vintage car.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a minimal amount of activity and is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Guests utilising a wheelchair must be able to transfer from the chair to the car, and to board the plane.  Helicopter type is dependent on aircraft availability but is generally a 3-seater heli. Seating is at the discretion of the pilot and is based on weight and balance requirements. All guests are asked to submit their weights in advance to the Shore Concierge onboard. All seats are utilised and seating adjacent to a window cannot be guaranteed.  Price is per person.  Flight is subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled or altered at pilot's discretion.  Space is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Experience this exclusive Silver Shore Collection tour in a classic Packard celebrating the Art Deco and Spanish Mission styles of architecture in Napier which in 1931 was almost totally destroyed in a major earthquake. Napier was rebuilt in these eye-catching styles by group of young architects. Few cities in the world have such a collection of rich buildings that display all the styles of the Art Deco form.


From the pier, the classic car takes you through the suburbs of Ahuriri and Marewa where you pass by some fine examples of domestic art deco architecture. The highlight of the area is wonderfully ornate entrance to the National Tobacco Company building, where a brief stop for photos is made. The car continues to the Art Deco Trust centre.


After, enjoy a video presentation at the Art Deco Trust centre, designed to acquaint you with the devastating earthquake. Stop for a cup of tea or coffee at the Art Deco Masonic Hotel.  Destroyed by fire and later by earthquake, the third rebuild is a charm. The 1932 Masonic Hotel was designed by Wellington architect W J Prowse. It is a simple symmetrical structure, enlivened only by its elaborate upper storey wooden pergola facing the sea and its conspicuous 'MASONIC' in Deco capitals of red lead light in the canopy at the entrance of the hotel.


Then, begin a one-hour guided walk of the Napier downtown Art Deco district, with its many wonderful art deco buildings including the ASB Bank, the Daily Telegraph, the Municipal Theatre and the Criterion Hotel. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the many different styles and forms of Art Deco architecture.


Re-board your classic car for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a walk of approximately one hour. Guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach via the bus steps. Tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.  The order of sights varies and the itinerary may operate in reverse order. Tour participation is very limited and guests should reserve this tour well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Cape Kidnappers, the site of the world's largest mainland gannet colony, lies about 18 miles (29 kilometres) southeast of Napier. Usually these large sea birds breed only on isolated islands; Cape Kidnappers provides a unique opportunity to see them up close.


Begin your excursion with a drive down Napier's beautiful Marine Parade, famous for its stand of Norfolk pines. Continue along the Hawke's Bay coast to Cape Kidnappers Sheep Station; from there, an unpaved road runs across rolling pastures, riverbeds and gullies.


Your adventure ride stops just a few yards (metres) from the gannet colony itself, affording a close-up look at the birds. The gannet is a member of the booby family, with a distinctive black eye marking and a pale gold crown. The birds arrive in the latter part of July; the chicks hatch in late November and December. Migration begins again in March. You may see gannets swooping and diving into the sea for food, while others preen themselves or perform the dance of the recognition ritual.  Whilst viewing enjoy light refreshments.


Following your gannet-watching experience begin your journey back to Napier. An orientation drive takes you through the Art Deco district en route to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however, guests must be able to climb in and out of the four-wheel-drive mini-coaches utilised on this tour. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility but is not wheelchair accessible. Driving is mainly on unpaved roads that are steep in some areas. Flat-soled shoes and a jacket or windbreaker are recommended. Space is very limited; we suggest you reserve this tour in advance to avoid

Excursions

Discover the rich traditions and history of the Maori family on this genuine culture and heritage tour held on ancestral lands, which have been set aside as a conservation reserve. Your Maori guide will enjoy sharing his/her rich and colourful heritage with you.


As you drive down picturesque Marine Parade, you will see Cape Kidnappers off in the distance. The scenic Hawke's Bay countryside will unfold as you travel through the Tuki Tuki Valley, passing farmland, orchards, and vineyards with iconic Te Mata Peak on the horizon. As you approach the coastal village of Waimarama, the dramatic coastal landscape appears with breath-taking views of Motu O Kura in the Pacific Ocean. During the hour long drive, your guide will entertain you with stories and legends of how their ancestors came to this land over 700 years ago.


Hakikino Ancestral Lands

Upon arrival at the Hakikino ancestral lands, a representative chosen by you will meet the warriors challenge and you will hear the welcome call echo across the hills and valleys. You'll be greeted in the outdoor arena of the 'Arch of the Ancestors' by the family and participate in the moving and powerful customs of the greeting ceremony.


After the traditional welcome, you will spend time with the family in small groups to be shown and to learn about their different crafts and customs. You will see demonstrations of some of the following various traditional activities; warrior fighting drills, the art and skill of poi, the importance of stones, ancient musical instruments, native eel in the natural wetland habitat, the history and method of tattooing and others.


Water and a kiwiana confectionary will be offered and a craft shop offers local Maori items. The traditional farewell includes action songs and performances by the family.


This is an intimate, personal and spiritual way to discover the ways of Maori people. Finally re-board the coach with your guide and relax, ask questions and enjoy the countryside views as the coach returns you to the pier and your waiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves a panoramic drive with a moderate amount of walking, some of which may be over unpaved surfaces, with some steps to climb at the ancestral grounds. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair.  Participation is limited; however, a minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour.  The drive to/from Waimarama is approximately one hour in each direction.

Excursions

Established in 1851 by the French Marist religious order, Mission Estate Winery is New Zealand's oldest winemaker and home to one Hawke's Bay's finest restaurants. This Silver Shore Collection tour for wine and food connoisseurs offers a true New Zealand gastronomy experience, with samples some of the finest local wines and produce, in a charming and elegant setting.


Mission Estate

From the Port of Napier, drive through the historic Art Deco area of downtown Napier to Mission Estate which is beautifully sited on a small hill overlooking the Heretaunga Plain. Housed in an elegantly restored historic seminary building with sweeping views of Napier, Mission Estate is the most visited winery in the country.


Upon arrival, the Estate guide welcomes you and leads you on a historic tour of the elegantly restored seminary building and the adjoining chapel, with its high vaulted ceilings, arched windows and French doors. A visit to the cellar door provides an opportunity to try the extensive range of wines. Enjoy a wine tasting led by one of the wine-makers, where a flight of seven wines are available for you to sample. Listen as they divulge details of the wine making process that commenced back in 1851 by the French Marist religious order.


Your Mission Estate experience is complemented with a four-course set menu luncheon, with a selection of wines matched to each seasonal dish, in their award-winning restaurant. Contemporary cuisine using only the freshest local produce is served. Afterwards, some free time is available for you to peruse the shop or to explore the gardens and soak up the ambience of the estate.


Then, begin the 30-minute drive back to the ship via the port suburb of Ahuriri.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair; however, guests must be able to embark and disembark the mini-coach via the vehicle steps. Little walking is required. Participation is limited; however, a minimum number of guests is required to operate. We suggest you reserve this tour in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

This pretty drive into the Blenheim's wine district takes you to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, one of the finest collections of World War I aircraft in the world. Stunningly staged and mounted, the exhibition takes you back to another era.


Visit a leading privately-owned winery and taste delicious chocolate, during this half-day excursion. From Picton, travel down to Blenheim to Omaka Airfield, Blenheim's original airfield built after WW1. Omaka is home to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, owned by leading Hollywood film director Peter Jackson.


Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

The facility presents lifelike displays comprised of a spectacular collection of static and airworthy aircraft. As you enter the Aviation Heritage Centre, step back into an era when aviation was a gentleman's sport; when the Knights of the Sky jousted above the clouds on horses made of cloth and wire. Learn about some of the famous aviation aces and their amazing machines and marvel at the early aircraft in which heroes of yesteryear braved the skies. See such rare planes as the Caproni CA 22 (the last one remaining in the world), the Fokker DR.1 tri-plane and the De Havilland D.H.4. Part of the memorabilia collection includes items from Germany's fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron).


Wine Tasting & Chocolates

Leaving Omaka, the coach takes you to Forrest Estate Winery where owners John and Bridget Forrest have gained a fine reputation for their finally crafted wines. Listen to their presentation and enjoy a sampling of their wines.


Your last visit before returning to Picton is to Makana Chocolates where you can view chocolates being hand-made. Be sure to sample the finished product - a local favourite is their macadamia-coated chocolate. Re-board the coach and return to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking for approximately 800 yards (750 metres) over flat, paved surfaces. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. All guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach via the bus steps. Due to the limited number of vehicles suitable for touring in this area, space is limited and all seats will be occupied. Minimum participant age is 21 years to sample wine.

Excursions

This off-the-beaten-track half day tour is designed for those who wish to see one of the most ruggedly beautiful harbours of New Zealand. Travelling by mini-coach, visit an area few New Zealanders get to see. The winding road will reward you with a glimpse of how the New Zealand countryside used to look a generation ago.


From Picton, drive out to nearby Karaka Point, and admire the panoramic views over Port Underwood during this photo stop. Steeped in early Maori and European history, Port Underwood was where the South Island Maori chiefs met to sign the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Later that same year, Anglican missionary Samuel Ironside established the second church mission here in the South Island. Whaling and fishing became the dominant industry of the Port Underwood area, and today, marine mussel farming is centred in Oyster Bay.


After about 40 minutes, the mini-coach brings you to Oyster Bay. Stop at a local cottage for refreshments and the opportunity of talking with the local people about life in Port Underwood. Continue on to Kakapo Bay and stop outside at the Guard Family cemetery, the oldest private cemetery in the South Island and whose descendants still live in Kakapo Bay.


Pass through Ocean and Robin Hood Bays before joining the main highway at Tuamarina to return to Picton.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking only; however, sites visited are not wheelchair accessible. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility, able to get on/off the coach via steps. The Port Underwood road is winding, with approximately 10 miles (25 km) of unpaved road. Therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from motion sickness. Due to the limited number of vehicles suitable for touring in this area, space is limited and all seats will be occupied.

Excursions

Experience the best in Marlborough wines and see one of New Zealand's 'Garden of Significance' gardens on this half-day excursion.


Marlborough is renowned for both its fine wines and its beautiful gardens, celebrated annually with its Marlborough Wine & Food Festival held in February, and Garden Marlborough in November.


From Picton, travel south to Blenheim, the largest centre of the Marlborough region to Wither Hills winery, a bold piece of modern architecture whose clean lines make it both spare and imposing, but undeniably New Zealand-designed with beautiful stone walls and native plant landscaping. Taste some of their recent wines before visiting Cloudy Bay Winery, whose French-Provincial-meets Italianate building fits perfectly with the peaceful surroundings.


Taste the outstanding Sauvignon Blanc and the Pelorus bubbly that many believe have endowed Cloudy Bay with title of Marlborough's benchmark winery. Lastly visit Upton Oaks, the English-inspired garden of Dave and Sue Monahan, developed around their restored 1911 South Pacific villa. The manicured grounds feature brick walls, ponds, perennial borders and a 17th-century-style Elizabethan 'knot' garden, divided into sections by colour.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking, for a distance of about 300 yards (280 metres) with some steps at Wither Hills. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair; however, guests must be able to embark and disembark the mini-coach via the bus steps. Due to the limited number of vehicles suitable for touring in the area, space is limited and all seats will be occupied. This tour must be reserved or cancelled no later than 48 hours of arrival in Picton.  Minimum participant age is 21 years to drink the wine.

Excursions

Explore Queen Charlotte Sound and see playful dolphins as you cruise down to Ship Cove where Captain James Cook anchored at in 1770.


Board a catamaran at the pier and set off on a tour that combines wild marine life and fascinating maritime history. Cruise Queen Charlotte Sound and watch for playful dusky, bottlenose and Hector's dolphins, as well as sea birds and fur seals. Then, cruise into magnificent Ship Cove and disembark at the pier.


This beautiful and slightly eerie place looks much the same as it did when Captain James Cook first sailed into the bay in 1770. The native bush-clad hills and pristine waterfront is forever preserved in its primal state. This is where Captain Cook encountered the Maori people who were to become both cherished and reviled by the man who is credited with mapping New Zealand, Antarctica and the Pacific. Ship Cove was Captain Cook's preferred place of refuge for his voyage-weary ships and crew.

        

Study the carefully placed and sensitively designed interpretive information to learn how Ship Cove is inextricably tied to both the European and Maori history of this young nation.  Optional walk through the native bush with your guide, and you will likely meet the local wekas (bush hens) who are very bold. Hold onto your belongings as they will shamelessly attempt to steal anything that resembles food. Take a few minutes to watch the colonies of oystercatchers and shell ducks on the beach before returning to Picton by boat.


Re-board your catamaran for the return sail to the pier in Picton.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking. Guests must walk from the gangway to the location where the catamaran awaits, a distance of approximately 100 yards (80 metres).  There are approximately 300 yards (274 metres) of walking at Ship Cove. Guests must be steady on their feet and able to manoeuvre on/off the catamaran. This tour is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair or with limited mobility. Flat-soled shoes, protection from the sun, and a windbreaker are suggested.   Although the sighting of marine life is a frequent occurrence, it cannot be guaranteed.  The catamaran cruise to/from Ship Cove is approximately 75 minutes in each direction.

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The wealth of the Marlborough region has been built up over many decades on the efforts of its early sheep farmers, but since the mid-seventies the wine industry has prospered. Now nearly 60% of New Zealand's grapes are grown in the Marlborough region grown mainly on the Wairau Plain and Awatere Valley, with Sauvignon Blanc making up 80% of total production.  Highlights include visiting a typical working sheep farm as well as one of Blenheim's leading boutique wineries.        


Wairau Valley

Enjoy the diverse changes in scenery from rugged steep forestry hill country to the flat fertile Wairau Valley, the home of the world famous Marlborough wine region.   Travelling through the wine region is stunning with row upon row of grapes as far as the eye can see, all set to the backdrop of the barren Wither Hills.  First stop is Kaituna Heights Sheep Station, a 1976 acre (800 hectare) sheep and cattle farm for a private sheep dog demonstration.  Watch as the shepherd and dogs work together to bring the sheep in from the paddocks into the pens and then watch a sheep shearing and wool carding demonstration.


Framingham Estate Winery

From the farm commence your drive into the wine region.  Arrive at Framingham Estate Winery, a wonderful small winery producing a wide range of award winning wines.  A great taste of Marlborough with world famous Sauvignon blanc along with the trio of Rieslings, a wonderful aromatic Pinot Gris and the option of a lighter style red - Pinot Noir or the deep, dark divine Montepulciano (a fabulous Italian variety grown in small quantities in Marlborough).  For the non-wine drinkers a nice walk around the rose gardens or the underground cellar can be enjoyed.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking.  It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair; however, guests must be able to embark and disembark the mini-coach via the bus steps.  Minimum participant age is 21 years to drink the wine.

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Explore three of the Akaroa area's best known attractions on this half-day excursion.


Depart the pier via coach for the short drive from Akaroa through Duvauchelles Bay towards the Hilltop Look out.


Hilltop Tavern

Spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour reward you from the Hilltop Tavern - a well-known resting point for well over a century when horse driven coaches travelled between Akaroa and Christchurch.  Relax over a light refreshment on what is one of the most iconic views in New Zealand.


Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum

Travel up onto the Summit Road for amazing views and great photo opportunities before dropping down into Okains Bay to visit the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum. Originally started as the private collection of Maori artefacts collected by a local resident, in 1968, the disused Okains Bay Cheese Factory was purchased and after many years of renovation, opened as a public Museum in 1977. The exhibits include a working Blacksmith's shop, a print shop, a saddlery, the restored school, Maori Meeting House and Colonial Hall, and the former Akaroa grandstand.


Giant's House

Next, make your way back into Akaroa for a visit to the famous Giant's House.  This mosaic and sculpture garden was created around the first Bank Manager's home in Akaroa, built in 1880 of Totara and Kauri timbers.  Admire a variety of unique garden artwork including mosaic steps, an extraordinary sculptural wall mosaic, welded steel sculptures and other creations. The garden, gallery and homestead are full of surprises.


Re-board the coach for the brief drive back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

Please note:  This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, including a steep driveway and steps to negotiate, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Order of sites seen may vary

Excursions

Take this opportunity of witnessing the rebuild of Christchurch after its disastrous earthquakes of 2011. Until recently, the centre of Christchurch was red-zoned, but in recent months the area has been re-opened and it is now possible to see many of the physical changes.  


Departing Akaroa, the coach makes its way across Banks Peninsula over Gebbies Pass, and continues on to the Port Hills. A short stop at the Sign of the Takahe offers breath-taking views over Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, and through to the Southern Alps.


Journey down to the city centre where you transfer to a classic 1960s London Routemaster Double Decker Open bus (weather permitting) for a fun and informative 45-minute tour. Discover first hand why Christchurch is known as 'The Garden City' and is considered one of the most English-styled cities outside England.  Learn about Christchurch's fascinating history from the pioneering days through to modern times.


On tour, view some of the areas affected by the earthquakes and learn how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings. Your guide will share aspects of the exciting vision and plans to rebuild and restore the inner city. The local guide offers full running commentary, interwoven with stories and information as you circuit the city and the expanse of Hagley Park.


Afterwards, spend some free time to explore at your leisure, shop, or sample some local fare from one of many restaurants and cafés (at guest's own expense). Time will also be available to browse the many boutique shops in the Restart Mall and surrounding streets before re-joining your coach and returning to your ship in Akaroa.


Your tour concludes with a transfer back to the pier in Akaroa.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, the majority of which is at each guest's discretion.  There are stairs to climb to reach the open deck of the double decker bus, if desired.  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.  Comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight jacket are recommended.  Bring local currency and/or credit card for any meal or souvenir purchases.  Lunch is not included.

Excursions

Indulge your senses with the splendid coastal beauty of New Zealand during this exclusive and intimate Akaroa harbour and nature cruise via catamaran.


Depart the pier aboard your comfortable catamaran, Into the Blue, and commence your approximately two-hour nature cruise around Akaroa Harbour. This harbour is host to amazing bird-life and sea mammals, including the Hector's dolphin, the smallest and rarest dolphin in the world. The area is also home to New Zealand fur seals, blue penguins, fascinating seabirds, salmon, and paua farms.


As you glide along Akaroa Harbour aboard your fast, stable and manoeuvrable catamaran, explore the sea caves, high cliffs and volcanic rock formations of this spectacular seascape. During this memorable cruise experience, relax with a refreshing beverage and home-made baked goods as your guide recounts the region's history, geology, ecology, and Maori heritage and traditions.


Your cruise concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to embark and disembark the catamaran. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair; guest must be able to manoeuvre on and off the boat. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, non-slip walking shoes and sun protection, do not forget to bring a light jacket. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Spend a half-day discovering the secrets of preparing Akaroan cuisine during this fun-filled and informative cooking class at the Akaroa Cooking School.


Depart the pier for the short walk to the Akaroa Cooking School. Upon arrival, meet Lou or Ant Bentley, your instructor for the day. The class showcases a number of outstanding dishes using only locally-caught fish and shellfish purchased from a local fisherman at the end of the wharf; just seconds from the cooking school. The dishes are complemented with a bounty of fantastic local produce available on Banks Peninsula, including the country's best olive oils, local honey, nuts, and fresh organic fruits and vegetables.


After a snack of tea or coffee served with freshly-baked pastries, your class begins with a lesson on how to source great fresh seafood, what to look out for when buying fish, diverse cooking techniques, cooking shellfish, and how to store your fish after purchasing or catching it. Next, you are then invited to assist in the preparation of the seafood dishes, which are served for lunch following the class. Each dish is matched with award-winning local wines that are also available for purchase.


At the conclusion of your cooking class, time is made available for shopping in scenic Akaroa before commencing the short walk back to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a minimal amount of walking for approximately 10 yards (9 metres) between the cooking school and the pier.  It is suitable for guests with limited mobility who are able to stand for periods at a time.  Flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended.  Guests must be 21 years of age to participate.  This tour involves a cooking demonstration with some hands-on participation; some dishes may have been partially prepared in advance. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Bring local currency for any cooking product purchases.

Excursions

Embrace the splendid beauty of Banks Peninsula during this memorable excursion to a traditional New Zealand hill country farm.


Scenic Coastal Drive & Akaroa

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Paua Bay Farm. En route, pass through the charming village of Akaroa, which was the first South Island settlement established by the French & British settlers in 1840. Their French and Victorian influences are reflected in Akaroa's quaint wooden houses and pretty gardens. Leaving Akaroa, take in panoramic views overlooking Akaroa Harbour, the Pacific Ocean, an extinct volcano and some of Banks Peninsula's hidden eastern bays before arriving at the Paua Bay Farm.


Paua Bay Farm Visit

Sixth-generation French descendants of the John's family welcome your arrival at Paua Bay Farm. Your visit to the farm begins with a picturesque and informative tour conducted by its owner, Murray Johns or a member of his family. During a visit to the shearing shed, learn about the family and farm history, and how modern-day farming has evolved since 1837.


Sheep-Shearing & Sheepdog Exhibitions

After a sheep-shearing exhibition, Murray's son William or one of the farm hands demonstrates how important sheepdogs are to the operation of the farm by having his expertly-trained dogs muster a mob of sheep over the steep hills and into the sheep yards. Here, you are invited to help separate the sheep before proceeding for a visit to the family homestead and its cottage gardens, which are surrounded by native bush.


Your tour concludes with refreshments served by Murray's wife, Sue, before re-boarding the minivan and commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility but is not wheelchair accessible. This tour is not suggested for guests with back and/or neck problems due to the winding slopes and uneven surfaces during the ride to/from the farm. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection, and bring a windbreaker or sweater in the event of rain. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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See one of New Zealand's most remote farm stations in the rugged hill country west of Christchurch. From the beautiful volcanic formed harbor of Akaroa, you will cross the Canterbury Plains to the foothills of the Southern Alps.


This adventurous off-the-beaten-track excursion will take you into pristine high country that even New Zealanders seldom see. By using various modes of transport this tour allows you to explore one of New Zealand's least- visited areas, in just a few hours, the rugged hill country of the Southern Alps, which stands in dramatic contrast to the flat Canterbury Plains.


Scenic Peninsula & Country Drive

Board the coach at Akaroa for the approximate 2.30 hour drive across Banks Peninsula to the fertile Canterbury Plains.

Jet Boat ride on the Waimakariri River

On arrival at the historic Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge board a Hamilton Jet powered river boat which was specially designed for New Zealand's shallow fast flowing rivers. Enjoy a thrilling ride deep into the heart of the Wamakariri Gorge, skimming over water - at times only centimeters deep.


4 x 4 Tussock Buggy Ride across Woodstock Station

Upon arrival at historic Kennebook you will switch transport modes again - this time to a 4x4 tussock buggy. From the river's edge, the buggy will take through bush-clad slopes up into the tussock-covered high country of Woodstock Station. Your journey through the vast property includes numerous stops for photos and a chance to appreciate the spectacular views of ricer gorges, rugged high country and the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps.


Learn about the colorful history of this remote area as your journey takes you along the original trail used by Maori, then later hand built into a road used by early pioneers to gain access to the gold fields of the west coast.


Lunch

Arrive at the Hamilton Hideaway, to relax and enjoy a three course lunch with refreshments overlooking the picturesque Waimakariri River.


After lunch re-board your coach and return to Akaroa via the Canterbury Plains and Banks Peninsula.


Please note: This tour involves a jet-boat ride 4x4 drive over rough and uneven terrain that can be at high-speed and result in bumpy, jerking motions. A moderate amount of walking is required, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and off-road vehicle, and embark/disembark the jet-boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with back and/or neck problems, limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection, and bring a windbreaker or sweater for the jet-boat ride. Space on this tour is very limited: we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.  Order of sights may vary.

  

Excursions

Otago Peninsula is renowned for its diverse marine wildlife and spectacular scenery. This tour offers the opportunity of seeing the Royal Albatross and Yellow Eyed Penguin.


From the pier in Port Chalmers, board the coach and head south along Otago Harbour to the city of Dunedin passing through the downtown area en route to Otago Peninsula. Your coastal 90-minute drive up the Otago Peninsula takes you past picturesque seaside communities, including Macandrew Bay and Portobello.


Penguin Conservation Reserve

Upon arrival at the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve, listen to an introductory talk on the penguins, before a mini-van takes you across farmland to the penguin reserve, located in the sand dunes behind the beach. Here, begin your guided walk through a unique system of hides and tunnels to experience and photograph undisturbed activity of the penguins. Re-board the mini-coaster for the brief drive to the Royal Albatross Colony.


Royal Albatross Colony

The famous Royal Albatross Colony is located at the tip of Taiaroa Head and is the world's only mainland breeding colony of these magnificent birds. A type of petrel, the Royal Albatross is one of nature's largest birds, with a wingspan of up to 10 feet (three metres). After the naturalist provides a brief lecture with a video presentation, head out to see the birds in their natural habitat from a special viewing station.


Lunch will follow at the Royal Albatross café (or similar) before transferring back to the pier in Port Chalmers.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking.  There is a steep paved path to the viewing station at the Albatross Centre and at Penguin Place, the path is a grassy surfaces, with up and down inclines in some areas and approximately 100 steps to climb. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.  Bring a warm jacket and wear flat, comfortable shoes.  Order of sites seen may vary.  Although the sighting of Albatross and Penguins is a frequent occurrence; it cannot be guaranteed.  

Excursions

Stunning scenery and viewing seals, penguins and other marine birds are the highlights of this Silver Shore Expedition off-road experience in a specially-designed six-seater Argo vehicle.  Argos are amphibious, all-terrain, off-road vehicles that venture into areas others cannot.


Otago Harbour

Depart the pier via coach, travel from Port Chalmers along the shore Otago Harbour and Sawyers Bay to Dunedin. From there, continue out to Otago Peninsula and along the pretty coastline to Taiaroa Head. Taiaroa Head is unique for the diversity of wildlife which abounds on this small headland and includes the only mainland albatross colony in the world. Historically, the headland was in use by the Maori as a defensive retreat, long before being fortified by European settlers in the 1880s.


Taiaroa Head

At Taiaroa Head, board an Argo vehicle for a special one-hour tour to view the many wildlife inhabitants in the area. Highlights of the journey are the New Zealand fur seals that live on the rocks and the sea lions that are naturally sand dwellers. Experience the thrill of the ride on the Argo that takes you places other vehicles would find difficult to access.


Re-board the coach and return to the ship via the Otago Peninsula's High Road.


Please note:  This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves off-road exploring in an all-terrain vehicle, over undulating, unpaved tracks.  The ride will be rough and guests may experience bumpy, jerking motions. This tour is not recommended for guests with back/neck problems, limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The drive to the Otago Peninsula is approximately one hour. Flat-soled shoes and a windbreaker are recommended. Rain jackets if needed are available at the vehicle station. Remember to bring your camera.  Argo vehicles are not air-conditioned. Sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

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Relive the elegance and comfort of the sixties in a classic/contemporary Jaguar or Daimler automobile during this heritage tour of Dunedin.


Sightseeing in these splendid vehicles is a unique experience. The tour provides an in-depth introduction to New Zealand's oldest university town and its impressive landmarks. View Victorian and Edwardian buildings commissioned by merchants when the city was New Zealand's most prosperous. Although Dunedin's era of wealth is a thing of the past, it has left a legacy of extraordinary architecture.


Mount Cargill

Departing Port Chalmers, your classic car weaves its way up to a panoramic viewpoint, overlooking the city and the harbour. Continue to Dunedin, passing the Botanical Gardens at the northern end of the city and on the lower slopes of Signal Hill.


Historic District

During the city sightseeing drive, your guide will point out New Zealand's first university and the old railway station, an elegant construction of iron latticework and blue stone emblazoned with lions. Travel past the Municipal Chambers, Law Courts and the brick Victorian police station. A refreshment stop will be made at Speight's Brewery to enjoy a local lager before continuing on to Olveston.


Olveston

Stop at First Church - Dunedin's earliest house of worship, built in 1873. It is one of New Zealand's finest examples of Gothic architecture, complete with a 185-foot spire. Then, enjoy a visit to the Olveston Mansion, a 35-room residence that offers a glimpse of gracious living in a bygone era. Built for a wealthy and well-travelled local businessman, the Jacobean-style house was completed in 1906 and stands on an acre of landscaped grounds. A showplace of Edwardian grandeur, the house contains antique furniture, paintings and household articles acquired from various parts of the world.


Following your visit, continue sightseeing along Queen's Drive for a fine panoramic view of the city before heading back to Port Chalmers.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. All areas visited are wheelchair accessible; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the vehicle by themselves. There are approximately 90 stairs to climb at Speight's Brewery and Olveston and a lift is available at the brewery only. Participating guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair may not be able to access all aspects of the venue. The order of sites may vary. Participation is limited due to the number of classic and contemporary Jaguar cars available; price is per person. We suggest you book this tour well in advance, to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

A ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway is rated as one of the great scenic train journeys. The refurbished carriages are superb examples of Victorian railway engineering and reminiscent of Dunedin's unique heritage.


The train is made up of refurbished older-style wooden cars, which brings to life Dunedin's unique heritage, as well as offering you some truly spectacular sightseeing. You board alongside the ship at Port Chalmers and follow the shoreline of Otago Harbour to Dunedin. South of Dunedin city you cross the fertile Taieri Plains and enter the breath-taking Taieri Gorge.


A special highlight stop is made inside the Gorge for you to enjoy the views and take photographs. Morning tea and lunchboxes accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine, soft drinks or local beer are served on-board the train.


Upon reaching the tiny settlement of Pukerangi there is time to stretch your legs before returning to Dunedin. The train returns down the same line.  On arrival at Dunedin's gorgeous Edwardian-style railway station there will be a short photo stop. Don't miss the stunning stone work on the outside of the building and the custom-designed New Zealand Railways mosaic tiles in the main lobby.


The train then returns you to the pier area. If time permits and you wish, leave the tour at the Dunedin stop and return to the ship via the Silversea shuttle that departs every 30 minutes from the Octagon. Please see the shuttle schedule on-board.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking, with 3 steps to get on/off the train carriage and coach.  It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a folding wheelchair. The train carriages are not air-conditioned, seating is not assigned and there are no toilets onboard. A sweater or light jacket is recommended as it can be cool at the gorge. A minimum number of participants are required to operate this tour.

Excursions

This half-day Silver Shore Expedition kayaking adventure offers a fun experience along the scenic Otago Peninsula coastline.


From Port Chalmers, travel along the eastern shores of the Otago Harbour to Dunedin city. Turning to the western shores, proceed along Otago Peninsula towards the small settlement of Portobello.


After a safety briefing, all necessary equipment, including a life jacket, is distributed. Then, begin paddling along the rugged but beautiful coastline, making a beach stop en route to stretch your legs and to enjoy some light refreshments. Along the way, you may see many forms of marine life including royal albatross, yellow-eyed penguins, New Zealand fur seals and cormorants.


Upon the conclusion of your sea kayak adventure, re-board the mini-coach for the hour's return to the ship.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves approximately one hour of kayaking; it is only recommended to those guests who are physically fit. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The drive to the Otago Peninsula is approximately one hour. Participation is limited; however, a minimum is required to operate. Sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed, but we do recommend you bring a water-proof camera in addition to warm clothing, a towel and swimwear. Operation is subject to favourable weather. In the event of rough sea conditions at the head of Otago Harbour, an alternative area for kayaking around St Martins Island will be substituted.

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Hike Mount Cargill, the most prominent peak in Dunedin and home to the amazing Organ Pipes, the basalt columns formed 10 million years ago during the area's volcanic eruptions. For a limited few, this trekking adventure offers a look at one of the natural wonders of southern New Zealand.


Mount Cargill

From Port Chalmers, transfer by mini-van to the base of the Mount Cargill Walkway, the starting point of your hike. Begin by hiking through a forest of secondary growth, up the steep and undulating unpaved trail. At the viewpoint, you are rewarded with superb vistas - look out over Otago Harbour, Mihiwaka, Mount Kettle, Blueskin Bay, and the Silver Peaks.


Next, your trail takes you into Mount Cargill's native bush, containing broadleaf, tree fuchsia, pepperwood, mountain cedar and emergent totara and many lush ferns.


A highlight of your guided walk is a stop to see the incredible Organ Pipes, the 10-million-year-old basalt formations created during the volcanic activity that formed Otago's Harbour. Once past the Organ Pipes, you will notice the vegetation becomes sparser and stunted as you ascend the pathway, which provides ever-expanding views. Wander through manuka, kanuka and dracophyllum scrub, finally emerging at Buttars Peak, which rises to an elevation of over 2,000 feet (609 metres) above sea level..


Savour light refreshments as you take in the panoramic views around you, before descending down the same track. Return to Port Chalmers via Dunedin and stop briefly in the Octagon, the centre of Dunedin before arriving at the pier. Guests wishing to remain in the city may opt to take the last shuttle bus back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, especially in the early stages of the climb where about a half mile (800 metres) involves trekking up steep and undulating, unpaved tracks. Total walking distance is 1.86 miles round-trip (3 kilometres). Guests must be at least 10 years of age, physically fit and in good health to participate. This tour is not recommended to guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring a warm jacket. Space is very limited; we suggest you book this tour well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Explore Dunedin at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 3 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program.

Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Dunedin at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 3 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program.

Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Dunedin at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guest per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program.

Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Dunedin at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guest per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme.

Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

On this short overview tour, experience some of the special atmosphere of the island as you drive along almost all of its 12 miles (20 kilometres) of roads.


Halfmoon Bay

After tendering to Golden Bay Wharf, you are met and transferred to the tiny settlement of Halfmoon Bay, or Oban as it was formerly known. Here, you find a general store, a hotel, a couple of cafés and retail stores. Continue with your drive to Lee Bay, for a photo stop. Travel past the golden stretch of Butterfield Beach and Horseshoe Bay. From the lookout point on Petersen Hill, enjoy panoramic views of both Halfmoon Bay and the Paterson Inlet.


At the completion of the tour, you may opt to explore the village on your own or continue to Golden Bay Wharf. One of the places worthwhile visiting in Halfmoon Bay is the Rakiura Museum or the Department of Conservation Centre. The best place to meet the locals is at the South Seas Hotel.


Afterwards, return to the pier.  Please note if you do stay on in Oban, at the completion of the tour, you will need to walk back to the Golden Bay Wharf to catch the tender back to the ship. The walk is approximately 700 yards, over one hill and takes approximately 15 minutes.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Those who utilise a wheelchair must be able to embark and disembark the coach via the bus steps and manoeuvre in and out of the tender at the wharf. Tour operates in mini-coaches with scheduled tender departures from the ship. Participation is limited and all seats may be utilised. We suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

With over 115 miles (184 kilometres) of coastline and many small islands, Paterson Inlet is one of the most beautiful harbours in New Zealand. Native forest extends down to the waterline in many places, while the coastline is a rugged mix of rock and sandy beaches. Its pristine condition is evident in the clarity of the water, where it is possible to see the bottom of the harbour, 30 feet (about ten metres) below. In an area renowned for its marine life, over 200 species of red and brown seaweed thrive in these waters.


This excursion provides the opportunity of cruising in comfort around Paterson Inlet where the rich fauna and flora, as well as the heritage of the area, will be explained by the knowledgeable captain.


Paterson Inlet

After tendering to Golden Bay Wharf, board your chartered launch and commence your cruise around Paterson Inlet. See Big Glory Bay, where salmon marine farms have been operating for over 20 years. At Prices Inlet, the Captain points out the remains of a Norwegian whaling repair base. Here, for eight years in the mid-1920s, a number of Norwegian whale chaser boats would be repaired during the winter months, while the mother ships returned to Norway with the oil extracted from the whales.


Other highlights of this tour include the scenic cruising of Kidney Fern Arm and Kaipipi Bay. During the cruise, coffee, tea and biscuits are served. At the end of your cruise, the launch returns you to Golden Bay where you tender back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Guest utilising a wheelchair must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the boat, where caution is advised. The boat has covered space in case of rain. We recommend wearing flat, rubber-soled shoes and bringing a warm, waterproof jacket. Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Enchanting Ulva Island, near the inlet entrance, has long been recognised for its special beauty and abundance of bird and plant life. The island is managed by the Department of Conservation as an 'open sanctuary' where native birds can be seen at close quarters.


After a short tender ride ashore, meet your guide at the tender pier. Then, commence your guided walk, which takes you over much of the island. Listen as the guide proffers details highlighting the rich bird and plant life and early Maori and European history. Keep your ears and eyes open for some of New Zealand's native birds, such as the Kaka or forest parrot, the native wood pigeon or the energetic weka, which looks similar to the kiwi.


At the end of your two-hour walking tour, tender back to the ship from Ulva Island Wharf.


Please note: The walk on Ulva Island is approximately two hours in duration. The trails are well maintained and are only moderately undulating. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend bringing a warm, waterproof jacket and wearing sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. Participation is limited.

Excursions

Cruise the pristine waters of Paterson Inlet and learn about the marine life and history of the area.


Mutton Bird Islands

After tendering ashore to Golden Bay Wharf, board the catamaran Aurora and set off on your two hour cruise out to the Mutton Bird Islands to view New Zealand fur seals and a variety of sea birds including Buller's albatross, White-capped albatross, several varieties of penguins, petrels and terns, and the Sooty Shearwater or Titi Mutton birds as they are known to local Maori. The Sooty Shearwater breed on these small off-shore islands and Rakiura Maori carry out traditional harvesting of the chicks for a limited period in the autumn. The adult birds migrate to Alaska during the New Zealand winter, returning in the early summer to nest in the same place at Stewart Island, year after year. After viewing the seabirds, cruise back in to Paterson Inlet where dolphins often follow the launch into Big Glory Bay where salmon, mussels and oysters are all farmed in the pristine waters.


Marine farming is confined to this one area to minimise any visual or environmental impact, while the remaining areas of Paterson Inlet are managed as a Mataitai reserve to preserve native fish stocks. Pass Ulva Island, a protected sanctuary for native birds and also visit Whalers Bay at Prices Inlet to view the remains of the former Norwegian Base which flourished for a short time in the 1920's until it closed in 1932.


Your tour concludes back at the tender pier Golden Bay Wharf.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Guest utilising a wheelchair must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the catamaran, where caution is advised. We recommend wearing flat, rubber-soled shoes and bringing a warm, waterproof jacket.

Excursions

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Stewart Island with this walk to Ackers Point which will provide you with an unforgettable insight into the diversity and beauty of this island sanctuary.


After tendering to Golden Bay Wharf, you are met and transferred to the tiny settlement of Halfmoon Bay. Your guided walk includes a visit to Ackers Point lighthouse and to Ackers Cottage, Stewart Island's oldest cottage and hand made by an early American settler who married a local Maori women.  Throughout your walk you will be told about Stewarts Island's unique cultural and natural heritage with particular reference to the diverse plant and bird life. The coastal views are superb while it's likely you will see muttonbirds or sooty shearwaters returning to their nesting sites


Your tour concludes at Golden Bay Wharf where you will take the tender back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires extensive amount of walking, approximately 1.5 hours in duration. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend bringing a warm, waterproof jacket sunglasses and wearing sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. Participation is limited.  Wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Excursions

Discover the stunning Botanical Gardens with a local gardens guide and enjoy Melbourne by bike, including a stop at St Kilda for coffee and cake.


Departing the pier via coach, drive along St Kilda Road and stop at the impressive Kings Domain parklands. Here, on top of a gentle hill,  discover the green heart of Melbourne overlooking the city's business centre and skyscrapers.


Your guide will be waiting at the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens Visitors' Centre to accompany you on a discovery walk through the celebrated Gardens, providing an insightful commentary on their history and vast native plant collection. Re-board your coach from the other side of the gardens. Transfer a short distance across the river to meet your cycling guide, Murray Johnson, a journalist,  photographer and cycle shop owner.


After being fitted with your bicycle and safety helmet, depart by bicycle for a personalised, healthful and entertaining tour of this great city. Melbourne has compelling appeal in its gardens, history, character and its charm, and Murray's tour will include a unique mix of orientation and exercise with a few historical yarns and some great sights.  Cycle along the Yarra River to explore the city riverbanks before you coast around Albert Park Lake and experience the track which is home to the Australian Grand Prix in March each year. Finally, enjoy coffee, cakes and a chat where the locals hang out at St Kilda Beach. Then explore the famous beach, pier, Esplanade and town of Port Melbourne as you cycle back along the shore to your ship.


Please note:  This tour requires an extensive amount of activity and guests must be in good physical condition and be able to cycle approximately 8.5 miles (14 kilometres) on even surfaces. It is not suitable for guests utilising a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes, lightweight clothing, a hat and sunglasses are recommended. Minimum age for participants is 8 years.  For the call on 23 February 2015, tour will be available to guests only in transit to the next cruise and will be subject to minimum participation.

Excursions

Relax and take in the scenic sights of Melbourne, visiting the Eureka Skydeck and the Shrine of Rembrance.


This half-day tour is a perfect way to discover Melbourne from the comfort of a coach. Take in notable sights, landmarks, buildings, and parks and learn about the city and its history and culture. A stop at the beautiful Botanical Gardens is a highlight of a wonderful journey through Melbourne, the Garden Capital of Australia.


Depart the pier for the scenic drive into Melbourne, which is renowned for its grace, Old World charm, and the magnificent parks and gardens that surround the city. Upon arrival, the coach travels along the Esplanade and past St. Kilda and Elwood, two of Melbourne's interior seaside beaches. Continue on through the residential suburbs of South Yarra and Toorak, home of Melbourne's elite and many enchanting antique shops and boutiques.


From outer Melbourne, proceed by the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne University and the Carlton District, to admire the abundance of fascinating terrace homes. Afterwards, stop at the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll independently and take in wonderful displays of flora, lakes, and rolling lawns.


Then re-board your coach for the transfer back to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking as is it primarily a panoramic coach tour. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair and able to embark/disembark the coach via steps. Order of sights seen may vary.  For the call on 23 February 2015, tour will be available to guests only departing to the airport and who have flights after 3pm and will be subject to minimum participation.

Excursions

Travel to Phillip Island and visit the stunning Nobbies Centre, home to a colony of seals and the Penguin Visitor Centre. The fascinating penguin parade delights all who watch as groups of penguins swim ashore nightly and waddle up the beach, onto the sand dunes.


Phillip Island

Depart the pier in the late afternoon for the scenic, two-hour drive from Port Melbourne to Phillip Island. Stop briefly to admire the view from the boardwalk at the resident Nobbies (seals), before continuing on to the Phillip Island Nature Reserve. The Reserve, covering an area of approximately 45 square miles (116.5 square kilometres), is home to seals, koalas, mutton birds and the largest colony of little penguins in existence. Spend some free time in the Nobbies Centre, watching these playful marine creatures.


Upon your arrival at the Phillip Island Nature Reserve (Nobbies Centre), a casual, barbecue, buffet-style dinner is served. Afterwards, there is a short transfer to the penguin parade observation area.


Penguin Parade

Penguins are unique to the Southern Hemisphere, and at Phillip Island, the 13-inch (33-centimetre) penguins you will encounter are the smallest of the 17 different species of penguins. Each evening, these fascinating creatures swim ashore and march up the beach to their burrows in the sand. Witness them in their natural habitat from the boardwalks and viewing platforms, and marvel at one of nature's most intriguing wonders. A special exclusive viewing area has been set aside for Silversea guests and park rangers are on hand to assist and explain the interesting life of the world's smallest penguin.


Following your visit to Phillip Island, return to Melbourne late in the evening, after a two-hour drive.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over wooden planking and rough stones, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We highly recommend you bring warm jacket, hat and scarf to protect against the cold sea breeze. The distance between the pier and Phillip Island is approximately a two-hour drive. This tour is designed specifically to enable you to see the penguin parade and does not offer the opportunity to view all areas of the park. Due to time constraints, a casual, self-serve, Aussie BBQ accompanied by juices, coffee and tea is offered at Nobbies Centre. With regret, no photography is permitted at the penguin parade as advised by park officials. Neither wildlife sightings nor the volume of penguins that come ashore on any evening can be guaranteed. Although a minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour, space is limited.





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Excursions

Discover Melbourne's ever growing popular café culture that the locals partake in on a daily basis.


Depart the pier via tram with your local guide who will escort you into the city. Once there begin your walking tour a series of laneways. Newer or less frequented ones have been given a lighter touch on the fashion side, but now are a breeding ground for cafes, and tiny coffee stops. During your informative walking tour, explore the fascinating alleyways and glorious arcades of downtown Melbourne. Hear stories and discover the history of the local area Melbourne is certainly known for its coffee culture, as well as the local  people who are making Melbourne abuzz  in the café culture of the city.


Share some of the adventures of the early adopters of the dark bean, and taste some fabulous bites of food along the way - perfect for any social caffeine fiend, or those looking for some taste sensations in small bites.This is a something for everyone experience and a chance to know Marvellous Melbourne along the way.


At the end of your tour, you will receive a souvenir coffee bag and coffee cup will be presented to each participant. You may opt to remain in town at the end of the tour and find your own way back or return to the ship with your guide on the tram.


Please note:  This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3 hours. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair.  Closed, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen are recommended. For the call on 23 February 2015, tour will be available to guests only in transit to the next cruise and will be subject to minimum participation.

Excursions

Explore Melbourne at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 3 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should request the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested onboard the ship. This tour is only available on February 23 for guests intransit from voyage 5504-5505.

Excursions

Explore Melbourne at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 3 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should request the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested onboard the ship.

Excursions

Explore Melbourne at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should request the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested onboard the ship. This tour is only available on February 23 for guests intransit from voyage 5504-5505.

Excursions

Explore Melbourne at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme.  Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should request the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested onboard the ship.

Excursions

Relax and take in the scenic sights of Melbourne, visiting the Eureka Skydeck and the Shrine of Rembrance.


This half-day tour is a perfect way to discover Melbourne from the comfort of a coach. Take in notable sights, landmarks, buildings, and parks and learn about the city and its history and culture. A stop at the beautiful Botanical Gardens is a highlight of a wonderful journey through Melbourne, the Garden Capital of Australia.


Depart the pier for the scenic drive into Melbourne, which is renowned for its grace, Old World charm, and the magnificent parks and gardens that surround the city. Upon arrival, the coach travels along the Esplanade and past St. Kilda and Elwood, two of Melbourne's interior seaside beaches. Continue on through the residential suburbs of South Yarra and Toorak, home of Melbourne's elite and many enchanting antique shops and boutiques.


From outer Melbourne, proceed by the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne University and the Carlton District, to admire the abundance of fascinating terrace homes. Afterwards, stop at the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll independently and take in wonderful displays of flora, lakes, and rolling lawns.


Then re-board your coach for the transfer back to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking as is it primarily a panoramic coach tour. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair and able to embark/disembark the coach via steps. Order of sights seen may vary.  For the call on 23 February 2015, tour will be available to guests only departing to the airport and who have flights after 3pm and will be subject to minimum participation.

Excursions

Discover Melbourne's ever growing popular café culture that the locals partake in on a daily basis.


Depart the pier via tram with your local guide who will escort you into the city. Once there begin your walking tour a series of laneways. Newer or less frequented ones have been given a lighter touch on the fashion side, but now are a breeding ground for cafes, and tiny coffee stops. During your informative walking tour, explore the fascinating alleyways and glorious arcades of downtown Melbourne. Hear stories and discover the history of the local area Melbourne is certainly known for its coffee culture, as well as the local  people who are making Melbourne abuzz  in the café culture of the city.


Share some of the adventures of the early adopters of the dark bean, and taste some fabulous bites of food along the way - perfect for any social caffeine fiend, or those looking for some taste sensations in small bites.This is a something for everyone experience and a chance to know Marvellous Melbourne along the way.


At the end of your tour, you will receive a souvenir coffee bag and coffee cup will be presented to each participant. You may opt to remain in town at the end of the tour and find your own way back or return to the ship with your guide on the tram.


Please note:  This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3 hours. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair.  Closed, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen are recommended. For the call on 23 February 2015, tour will be available to guests only in transit to the next cruise and will be subject to minimum participation.

Excursions

Explore Melbourne at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 3 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should request the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested onboard the ship. This tour is only available on February 23 for guests intransit from voyage 5504-5505.

Excursions

Explore Melbourne at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should request the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested onboard the ship. This tour is only available on February 23 for guests intransit from voyage 5504-5505.

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Land Programmes

Discover one of New Zealand's most fascinating geothermal and cultural regions, Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, and explore the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, boiling mood pools and soaring geysers.  Take a guided walk through Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the world's newest geothermal system, cruise Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotomahana and savour an authentic Maori dinner with a cultural performance.



01MIDTRG-A  Maori Mysteries & Rotorua

Departure: Tauranga, February 13, 2015

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night

Re-join ship: Napier, February 14, 2015

Reserve by: November 14, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 14, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure offers you a great chance to see and experience the raw power of nature, in what is one of the world's most active and accessible geothermal regions. Gain an appreciation on the Maori culture in Te Pua, see Rotorua's largest and best-known thermal area, and gaze at the beauty of Lake Taupo.


Discover some of New Zealand's most amazing geothermal attractions while also hearing about the Maori people - the original settlers of the country. Visit the shores of Lakes Tarawera, Rotorua and Lake Taupo, while in Napier you will see wonderful examples of art deco & Spanish Mission architecture.    


DAY ONE - February 13, 2015 - Tauranga/Rotorua/Whakarewarewa

Depart Tauranga and travel south through the rich kiwi fruit growing region of Te Puke, past numerous pine plantations to the Rotorua Lake district. After approximately one hour, arrive at the shores of Lake Tarawera.  Stop to take photos before visiting The Buried Village of Te Wairoa, which was flattened by the great Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption of 1886. Walk around and note how carefully the village has been excavated. A superb collection of early 1880 Victorian photos detail the tourist activity of the area, made famous by the pink and white terraces that were destroyed by the eruption.  


Re-board the van and continue on to Rotorua, where lunch is served at a local restaurant. Afterward, make your way to Te Puia, a leading cultural and thermal attraction, where the Maori Arts& crafts Institute and the thermal reserves are centred.  The Maori show you how apprentices are taught the ancient art of carving and weaving, then discover the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Rotorua's largest and best-known thermal area. Exploration of the site is on foot and via a small, covered trolley taking you past boiling mud pools and the soaring Pohutu geyser. This incredible display of nature's raw force provides insight into the awesome natural forces at work below. Keep an eye out for the native Kiwi bird, New Zealand's national symbol. Return to Rotorua and check-in to the Novotel Lakeside Rotorua Hotel with the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure.  Dinner is on your own this evening to allow you the opportunity to explore independently.


Overnight at the Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Rotorua or similar.



DAY TWO - February 14, 2015 - Wai-O-Tapu/Lake Taupo/Napier

After breakfast depart for Napier on the east coast, crossing one of the North Island's remotest areas over the Volcanic Plateau. Head towards Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Thermal Reserve, renowned for its extraordinary colours, silica terracing and hot mud pools.  Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu offers a uniquely different natural landscape - the key to what you see lies below the surface - one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand.  Walk along clearly defined tracks to see unique volcanic vistas.  If timing permits, you may see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt.


Leaving Wai-O-Tapu, a 30-minute drive, passing the mighty Huka Falls where the Waikato River plunges over a narrow chasm brings you to Taupo.  This town of approximately 20,000 persons is beautifully situated on the north eastern corner of Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake and the size of Singapore.  Enjoy lunch at Huka Lodge before continuing on to Napier, for approximately a two-hour drive.


See vast tracts of pine forest and rugged hill country. As you move closer to Napier, sheep farms and vineyards appear on the horizon. On arrival in Napier see some of the city's decorative art deco buildings, which were built in the years following the great Napier earthquake of 1931.


Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes with the drive to the ship, arriving in time for sailing.


Please note:   This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It requires walking for more than two miles (3.5 kilometres) to see all the sites. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. This Land Adventure involves touring in the outdoors and guests should expect to be exposed to changing and/or wet weather; please pack accordingly. We recommend bringing a sweater or windbreaker and wearing sturdy shoes. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and sun protection. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions. A minimum number of participants is required for this programme's operation.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Novotel Lakeside Hotel - Rotorua

·        One breakfast, two lunches (lunch includes choice of two beverages - soft drinks, mineral water or wine)  

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary with a driver/guide


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.



All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Discover the raw beauty and natural wonders of South Island and the 'Southern Alps', with an overnight stay at Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy city tours of Dunedin and the areas around Christchurch, as well as scenic drives through the lovely countryside.  Highlights include a spectacular ski plane flight and landing on the Tasman Glacier.        

  

01MIDAKA-A  Spectacular Mount Cook

Departure: Akaroa, February 16, 2015

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night

Re-join ship: Port Chalmers, February 17, 2015

Reserve by: November 14, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 14, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.


​Located in the centre of New Zealand's South Island, Mount Cook is home to breath-taking landscapes and the kiwi spirit of adventure. Experience turquoise lakes, snow-capped mountains and New Zealand's highest peak,  Mount Cook Amongst the highlights are a spectacular ski plane flight with a landing on the Tasman Glacier (weather permitting), a stay at the charming Mount Cook Hermitage Hotel, and seeing the giant boulders strewn along Moeraki Beach. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure includes an overview of Dunedin and Christchurch and scenic drives through lovely countryside.


DAY ONE - February 16, 2015 - Christchurch/Mount Cook National Park  

Departing from Akaroa, begin your adventure with an orientation tour of Christchurch. From the Sign of the Takahe you can enjoy panoramic views across Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. Then visit the historic Arts Centre during a brief stop, with an opportunity for some shopping.


Leaving Akaroa, continue driving south over the rich Canterbury Plains to the pretty town of Geraldine and lunch at a private home.


After lunch, your journey takes you inland via Burkes Pass to stunning Lake Tekapo in the centre of the South Island. Surrounded by mountains, the lake is a breath-taking site. From the small stone Church of the Good Shepherd you can enjoy magnificent views across the lake to Mount Cook. Arriving at the Mount Cook Airport, get ready for an exciting 40-minute ski plane flight over the Mount Cook National Park, including a landing on one of the park's many glaciers. (The flight is subject to weather conditions.)


Next proceed to the Hermitage Hotel for check-in. Located deep within the Mount Cook National Park, the hotel is surrounded by the silent splendour of the Southern Alps and within sight of majestic Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain at over 12,000 feet. Dinner is served at the hotel's Panorama Room.


Overnight at the Hermitage Hotel.


DAY TWO - February 17, 2015 - Mount Cook National Park/Moeraki Boulders/Dunedin

After breakfast, depart the hotel and heading out of the national park, your route follows the eastern shoreline of Lake Pukaki before entering the McKenzie Basin and the town of Omarama. After a brief stop, continue down the Waitaki Valley, passing the historic town of Oamaru en route to the small fishing village of Moeraki, most famous for its geological wonder scattered across its beaches and dramatic coastal scenery.


Walk down to the beach to see the Moeraki Boulders, huge spherical stones classed as septarian concretions that were formed in ancient sea floor sediments some 60 million years ago. The three-ton boulders give the appearance of turtle shells.  Lunch is served at a local café.


Your drive continues to the city of Dunedin, commonly known as the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Here, an orientation tour takes you to the eight-sided 'Octagon', a plaza in the city centre faced by several of Dunedin's most significant buildings, including St. Paul's Cathedral. After a brief stop, your sightseeing drive ends with your arrival at Port Chalmers, where the ship welcomes you back.


Please note:         This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. This programme involves long drives and requires a moderate amount of walking. Guests must be able to get in and out of the Cessna ski planes at Mount Cook. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions.  Guests should be aware that the success of this tour depends on weather conditions, especially the flight on Mount Cook.  This Land Adventure involves touring in the outdoors and guests should expect to be exposed to cold and/or wet weather; please pack accordingly. We recommend bringing a sweater or windbreaker and wearing sturdy shoes.  Guiding is conducted by a driver/guide who provides a general overview of the sights seen along the route.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Mount Cook Hermitage Hotel (or similar)

·        Entrance to Mount Cook National Park

·        One breakfast, two lunches, one dinner (lunch and dinner include choice of 2 beverages - soft drinks, mineral water or wine)  

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary with driver/guide


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Combine two of our more popular Land Adventures and explore the South Island in-depth.  Take in the wonder of the alpine scenery with drives through its two famous national parks - the Mount Cook and the Fiordland National Park - both heritage listed with UNESCO. See New Zealand's highest peaks and longest glaciers along with many of its most beautiful lakes. Memorable highlights include a ski plane flight to the Tasman Glacier, a cruise on Lake Tasman and a jet boat excursion on the Shotover River.


03MIDAKA-L New Zealand Explorer

Departure: Akaroa, February 16, 2015

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights

Re-join ship: Milford Sound, February 19, 2015

Reserve by: November 14, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 14, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.


DAY ONE - Monday, February 16, 2015 - Akaroa/Mount Cook National Park

The first destination on your exploration of New Zealand's South Island is spectacular Mount Cook National Park.  Departing from Akaroa, drive over the fertile Canterbury Plains to Geraldine, a pretty farming centre in South Canterbury. Here, enjoy lunch in a private residence.  Afterwards, your journey takes you inland via Burkes Pass to stunning Lake Tekapo in the centre of the South Island. Surrounded by mountains, the lake is a breath-taking site. From the small stone Church of the Good Shepherd you can enjoy magnificent views across the lake to Mount Cook.


Arriving at Mount Cook Airport, board a ski plane flight to the Tasman Glacier where a short landing will be made high in the Southern Alps. Over ten of New Zealand's highest peaks lie within the Mount Cook National Park including Mount Cook at over 12,000 feet (3,658 metres). (The flight is subject to weather conditions.)


Back on terra firma, make your way to the Hermitage Hotel for check-in. Located deep within the Mount Cook National Park, the hotel is surrounded by the silent splendour of the Southern Alps and within sight of majestic Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain at over 12,000 feet. Dinner is served at the hotel's Panorama Room.


Overnight at the Hermitage Hotel - Mount Cook National Park


DAY TWO - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Mount Cook/Queenstown

After breakfast at the hotel, take a boat excursion on the Tasman Glacier lake that has only formed in recent years with the retreating glacier due largely to global warming. Cruise up close to ice bergs that have broken off from the glacier. Afterwards, return to the hotel, check-out and begin the journey to Queenstown.


Departing Mount Cook, leave the national park and follow a southerly route along the eastern shoreline of Lake Pukaki before entering the McKenzie Basin and the town of Omarama. After a brief stop, continue down the Waitaki Valley, passing the historic town of Oamaru After lunch at a local restaurant proceed over the Lindis Pass into Central Otago, following the Kawarau River to the popular alpine resort of Queenstown. It is a premier holiday destination of South Island lies nestled in a curve of Lake Wakatipu with a backdrop of steep mountains providing a dramatic setting. A ride on the chairlift or gondola will carry you up to Bob's Peak, from where stunning panoramic views across Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Ranges are enjoyed.


Arriving at the St Moritz Hotel, check-in and make your way to your room.  Situated in the heart of Queenstown, the hotel features classic lodge facilities usually found in an upscale modern mountain lodge. There will be time to freshen up before setting out for dinner at a leading local restaurant within walking distance.


Overnight at the St. Moritz Hotel - Queenstown.


DAY THREE - Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - In Queenstown

After breakfast at the hotel, begin your day by exploring the Queenstown area, renowned for its outdoor activities. Nearby is quaint Arrowtown, a former gold mining town and living historic settlement dating from the 1860s. Surrounded by breath taking scenery, Arrowtown retains its historic character and boasts numerous restored buildings from the 19th century. Take time to wander its narrow streets, walk along the banks of the Arrow River or browse in shops offering a wide range of high quality New Zealand made merchandise.


Then visit the old Kawarau Bridge where commercial bungee jumping first commenced in the 1980s.  You may be lucky to see someone leaping 120 feet (36 metres) to the river's edge. Continue onto the Gibbston Valley where lunch will be served at a leading local winery. Finish your sightseeing with an exciting jet boat excursion on the Shotover River.


For dinner tonight you will be taken across Lake Wakatipu on board the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Sheep Station, where dinner will be served in the Colonels House. Before sailing back to Queenstown, there will be a short farm show where the sheep dogs will muster a flock of sheep and a sheep will be shorn.


Return to the hotel and overnight at the St. Moritz Hotel - Queenstown.


DAY FOUR - Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Queenstown/Milford Sound

After breakfast depart for Te Anau driving for approximately two hours to the south eastern end of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston then across the North Southland Plain to Te Anau. The township overlooks Lake Te Anau, the second largest lake in New Zealand, which is also the gateway to the impressive Fiordland National Park.


After lunch at a local Te Anau hotel, travel north for approximately 2.5 hours through the scenic wonders of the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park. The park's rugged wilderness and splendid mountain views will delight even the most jaded traveller. Weather permitting, several photo stops are made before arriving at Milford Sound. Here you are tendered to the ship by a privately chartered boat.          


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires a moderate amount of walking with some steps to climb. It involves fairly long drives (200 miles/302 kilometres) from Dunedin to Queenstown and about the same distance Queenstown/Milford Sound. A driver/guide provides some commentary. The alpine portion requires guests to be physically fit and able to get in and out of the Cessna ski planes and a jet boat. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions.  Guests should be aware that the beauty of touring in an alpine region depends on weather conditions, especially the flight on Mount Cook.  As guests must return to the ship via tender, should negative sea conditions prevail, this overland could be cancelled on short notice This Land Adventure involves touring in the outdoors and guests should expect to be exposed to cold and/or wet weather; please pack accordingly. We recommend bringing a sweater or windbreaker and wearing sturdy shoes. Remember to bring your camera, binoculars and protection from the sun and carry local currency/credit card for any purchases.  Although a minimum number of guests are required to operate this tour, space is limited.  



Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Hermitage Hotel - Mount Cook National Park

·        Two-nights' stay at the St. Moritz Hotel (or similar) - Queenstown  

·        Three breakfasts, four lunches and three dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, or house wines, juice or soft drinks, tea/coffee)

·        Shotover Jet boat excursion

·        40-minute ski plane flight over the Mount Cook National Park (weather permitting)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary with a driver/guide


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

          

Land Programmes

Discover the beauty and natural wonders of majestic Fiordland National Park on New Zealand's South Island. Its most scenic stretch is the 75-mile (120-kilometre) Milford Road from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Your mid-cruise adventure trip culminates as you re-join the ship in Milford Sound, often touted as the Eighth Wonder of the World.         

  

01MIDPCH-A  Southern Island Alpine & Fiordlands

Departure: Port Chalmers, February 17, 2015

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

Re-join ship: Milford Sound, February 19, 2015

Reserve by: November 14, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 14, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.



Behold the beauty and magnificence of the South Islands alpine and lake scenery with a drive through its most famous national park - the  Fiordland National Park - heritage listed with UNESCO. Memorable highlights of this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure also include the rugged Central Otago landscapes, historic Arrowtown, the original bungee bridge, the beautiful Gibbston Valley renowned for its vineyards, the exciting jet boat excursion on the Shotover River, two nights at charming Queenstown, hub of the Southern Lakes District, and dinner across Lake Wakatipu at Walter Peak Sheep Station. At Milford wharf, a chartered launch awaits to carry you to the ship anchored in Milford Sound.


DAY ONE - February 17, 2015 - Port Chalmers/ Dunedin/Queenstown

Departing from Port Chalmers, begin your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure by driving down the Otago Harbour coastline to the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin, often called the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Dunedin is renowned for its fine collection of Victorian & Edwardian architecture. Enjoy a photo stop outside The Dunedin Railway Station and The First Church of Otago, before making a short stop in the Octagon - the centre of Dunedin.


Leaving the city, head south east for Central Otago where lunch will be served at a local restaurant called The Packing Shed. Continue up to Queenstown via Cromwell and the Kawarau River.  At mid-afternoon you will arrive at the popular alpine resort of Queenstown. The premier holiday destination of South Island lies nestled in a curve of Lake Wakatipu with a backdrop of steep mountains providing a dramatic setting.


Arriving at the St Moritz Hotel, check-in and make your way to your room.  Situated in the heart of Queenstown, the hotel features classic lodge facilities usually found in an upscale modern mountain lodge. There will be time to freshen up before setting out for dinner at a leading local restaurant within walking distance.


Overnight at the St. Moritz Hotel - Queenstown.


DAY TWO - February 18, 2015 - Queenstown

After breakfast at the hotel, begin your day by exploring the Queenstown area, renowned for its outdoor activities. Nearby is quaint Arrowtown, a former gold mining town and living historic settlement dating from the 1860s. Surrounded by breath taking scenery, Arrowtown retains its historic character and boasts numerous restored buildings from the 19th century. Take time to wander its narrow streets, walk along the banks of the Arrow River or browse in shops offering a wide range of high quality New Zealand made merchandise.


Then visit the old Kawarau Bridge where commercial bungee jumping first commenced in the 1980s.  You may be lucky to see someone leaping 120 feet (36 metres) to the river's edge. Continue onto the Gibbston Valley where lunch will be served at a leading local winery. Finish your sightseeing with an exciting jet boat excursion on the Shotover River.


For dinner tonight you will be taken across Lake Wakatipu on board the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Sheep Station, where dinner will be served in the Colonels House. Before sailing back to Queenstown, there will be a short farm show where the sheep dogs will muster a flock of sheep and a sheep will be shorn.


Return to the hotel and overnight at the St. Moritz Hotel - Queenstown.


DAY THREE - February 19, 2015 - Queenstown/Milford Sound

After breakfast depart for Te Anau driving for approximately two hours to the south eastern end of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston then across the North Southland Plain to Te Anau. The township overlooks Lake Te Anau, the second largest lake in New Zealand, which is also the gateway to the impressive Fiordland National Park.


After lunch at a local Te Anau hotel, travel north for approximately 2.5 hours through the scenic wonders of the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park. The park's rugged wilderness and splendid mountain views will delight even the most jaded traveller. Weather permitting, several photo stops are made before arriving at Milford Sound. Here you are tendered to the ship by a privately chartered boat.          


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires a minimal amount of walking with some steps to climb. It involves fairly long drives (200 miles/302 kilometres) from Dunedin to Queenstown and about the same distance Queenstown/Milford Sound. A driver/guide provides some commentary. This excursion is suitable for guests with limited mobility but cannot accommodate guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend packing overnight essentials into carry-on size luggage and bringing a sweater or windbreaker and your camera. The operation and enjoyment of the tour are largely dependent on weather conditions. As guests must return to the ship via tender, should negative sea conditions prevail, this overland can be cancelled on short notice.


Programme Includes:

·        Two-nights' stay at the St. Moritz Hotel (or similar) - Queenstown  

·        Two breakfast, three lunches and two dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, or house wines, juice or soft drinks, tea/coffee)

·        Shotover Jet boat excursion

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary with a driver/guide


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.