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Silversea Expeditions
Dec 06, 2014 16 Days
Silver Discoverer 9420
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
December 06th, 2014 Saturday Dunedin   5:00 PM
December 07th, 2014 Sunday Ulva Island 6:30 AM 12:00 PM
December 07th, 2014 Sunday Stewart Island 1:30 PM 6:00 PM
December 08th, 2014 Monday Day at Sea    
December 09th, 2014 Tuesday Campbell Island 5:30 AM 5:30 PM
December 10th, 2014 Wednesday Day at Sea    
December 11th, 2014 Thursday Macquarie Island 6:30 AM  
December 12th, 2014 Friday Macquarie Island   6:30 PM
December 13th, 2014 Saturday Day at Sea    
December 14th, 2014 Sunday Enderby & Auckland Islands 6:30 AM 7:30 PM
December 15th, 2014 Monday The Snares 6:30 AM 5:30 PM
December 16th, 2014 Tuesday Cruising Dusky Sound 6:30 AM 6:30 PM
December 17th, 2014 Wednesday Cruising Milford Sound 6:30 AM 1:30 PM
December 18th, 2014 Thursday Day at Sea    
December 19th, 2014 Friday Ship Cove 6:30 AM 11:00 AM
December 19th, 2014 Friday Picton 1:30 PM 7:30 PM
December 20th, 2014 Saturday Kaikoura 6:30 AM 7:30 PM
December 21st, 2014 Sunday Akaroa 7:30 AM 4:30 PM
December 22nd, 2014 Monday Dunedin 7:00 AM  
Included in this Cruise
  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • 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 room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
Exclusive offer
Overnight in Port

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

This stylish hotel has a fresh contemporary design, with clean lines and dramatic features softened by natural elements such as timber and neutral tones. At once energetic, yet restful, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is well in tune with the beat of this vibrant city. Located in the heart of the city and just blocks from the Octagon, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions, great restaurants and shopping centres.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

This stylish hotel has a fresh contemporary design, with clean lines and dramatic features softened by natural elements such as timber and neutral tones. At once energetic, yet restful, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is well in tune with the beat of this vibrant city. Located in the heart of the city and just blocks from the Octagon, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions, great restaurants and shopping centres.

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Land Programmes

Start your adventure with a drive through the city of Dunedin and across the farmlands of Central Otago to the magnificent alpine resort centre of Queenstown.  Then drive up through the centre of the South Island to the Mount Cook National Park - a world heritage listed national park.  Take a thrilling flightseeing excursion to the Tasman Glacier where your plane lands on the glacier and you walk out on the glacier itself. Then see the glacier from a completely different perspective with a boat trip on the Tasman Glacial Lake.  Spend your last night in Christchurch, where building continues apace following the devastating earthquake of 2011.  A brief orientation tour of the city shows you the progress being made.  

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for New Zealand.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.  

Please note this program ends in Christchurch, New Zealand.


After disembarkation you are met at Port Chalmers and assisted to your waiting transportation and transferred into the city of Dunedin where a short orientation city tour is given.  Dunedin is renowned for its fine collection and Victorian and Edwardian buildings including the famous Railway Station, the Law Courts and The First Church of Otago where gold mining also was mined in substantial quantities during the 1860's.  Continuing into Queenstown, enjoy lunch en route near the town of Alexandra.  Queenstown has a magnificent setting on the shores of Laske Wakatipu overlooking the Remarkable Ranges.  Dinner tonight is at a well-known local restaurant.  

Overnight at the Sofitel (or similar), Queenstown, NZ


Following breakfast this morning, check-out of the hotel.  Meet your driver and begin the drive through up the centre of the South Island to Mt. Cook.  En route pass the vineyards of the Gibbston Valley & cross the Lindis Pass.  Stop for lunch at Omarama, a small town that is a mecca for fishermen and gliders.

Arriving in Mt. Cook head directly to the airport for a spectacular flightseeing experience.  You can leave your zoom lens behind as you soar past the highest peak in New Zealand, Aoraki/Mount Cook and your ski plane lands on the Tasman Glacier.  Step out onto the snow and breathe the fresh, clean air.  Listen carefully to the 'silence'.   Reboard your plane and continue on to the town of Mt. Cook.   Check-in to the hotel and take a few minutes to freshen up before gathering for dinner in the Panorama Room.

Overnight at the Hermitage, Mt. Cook


Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before checking out.  Then set out for a cruise on the Tasman Glacier terminal lake.  Due to climatic changes, the glacier is retreating and the lake is increasing in size.  Spectacular icebergs are separating from the glacier.  With luck, you can approach one of the 'bergs where the incredible variety of different shades of blue will astound you.  

Return to the dock at the end of the cruise and continue across the rugged McKenzie Country to Lake Tekapo where lunch is served.  Then continue over Burkes Pass and the lovely farming countryside of South Canterbury.  Arrive in Christchurch during the late afternoon. Located in the heart of town, overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and Avon River, the George Hotel is Christchurch's top address for visitors.

Dinner is on your own arrangements.

Overnight at The George, Christchurch, NZ


After breakfast enjoy a short orientation tour of the 'Garden City' that was so damaged by the earthquake of 2011.  Impressive reconstruction has begun in the city centre.  Your tour finishes at Christchurch Airport.  Depart on your international flight.  Please note in the event of an early departing flight, your sightseeing of Christchurch will be done on Day 3 after arrival from Mount Cook.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises

Program Inclusions:

One night stay at the Sofitel Hotel or similar, Queenstown - Superior Room

One night stay at the Hermitage, Mt. Cook - Premium Room

One night stay at the George Hotel, Christchurch - Premium Room

Daily breakfast, three lunches and two dinners (lunches & dinners include local beer, wine and soft drinks)

All tours and admission fees as per itinerary

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (where appropriate)

Luggage Information:

All luggage will travel with you throughout this program.  Guests are advised to bring lightweight, comfortable clothing, sturdy, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera.  

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for New Zealand. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas on a timely basis before cruising.  


The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore we do not recommend this tour to those guests with limited mobility or those who rely upon a wheelchair.


Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.    

Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        

This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.

Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.

All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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.


Expedition: Wild New Zealand

Dunedin to Dunedin

December 6, 2014 | 16 Days | Voyage 9420


Expedition Highlights:

  • Take an exciting journey in Akaroa, as you off-road to the foothills of the majestic Southern Alps
  • Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Māori culture
  • Let the striking beauty of the peaks and waterfalls of Milford Sound and Dusky Sound take your breath away
  • Celebrate a myriad of rare animals, such as the smallest dolphin in the world, the Fiordland Penguins, and endangered sea lions
  • Spend two days discovering Macquarie Island, Australia’s Sub-Antarctic jewel
  • Visit the New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands, described by the United Nations Environment Programme as “the most diverse and extensive of all Sub-Antarctic archipelagos”; all five island groups were honoured with World Heritage status in 1998.
  • Look for some of the 126 bird species found in the Sub-Antarctic islands, of which, five breed nowhere else in the world; see the Southern Royal Albatross, the Yellow-Eyed Penguin and the New Zealand (Hooker) sea lion

Day 1 — Dunedin, New Zealand

Embark Silver Discoverer and depart on your exciting Silversea Expedition – “Wild New Zealand”. After settling in you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and attend a safety briefing. Tonight we invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in the Restaurant.

Day 2 — Ulva Island and Oban, Stewart Island, New Zealand

Ulva Island delivers a wonderful natural history encounter free of any invasive species. You’ll enjoy a spectacular walk while marvelling at the endemic plants and birdlife. Today, our natural history walks will go in search of endemic plants and birdlife in this world-renowned open bird sanctuary.

You will, of course, also have time to gain an insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community – you can explore Oban and the surrounding bays at your own pace or during the afternoon in one of the few modern coaches on the island. Local guides will enjoy sharing their knowledge and you will have time for photo stops and short walks.

Day 3 — At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Join the lectures and hear fascinating tales of adventure. Learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields.

Day 4 — Campbell Island, New Zealand, Sub-Antarctic Islands

Campbell Island is about 700 kilometres southeast of South Island, and is New Zealand’s southernmost sovereign territory. High and rugged in the south (up to 1,867 feet), it slopes off more gently to the north where smoothed ridges and open valleys suggest considerable recent glaciation. Farmed since 1894, Campbell Island was used for sealing and whaling, wartime coastal defence, and meteorological observation. Becoming a nature reserve in 1954, it is now an uninhabited and a World Heritage site administered by the Department of Conservation.

Day 5 — At Sea

Your day at sea is yours for the taking. Enjoy everything the ship has to offer to your hearts content. Relax on the open decks, visit the gym, and listen to lectures preparing you for the visit to Australia’s Subantarctic Macquarie Island.

Days 6 & 7 — Macquarie Island, Australia

Accidentally discovered by the Australian/Briton Frederick Hasselborough on 11 July 1810, Macquarie Island lies in the southwest corner of the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica. Macquarie Island, known as Australia’s Sub-Antarctic jewel, is home to a large variety of wildlife, including thousands of seals and millions of penguins, and has been designated a World Heritage site. Since 1948 the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has maintained a permanent base, the Macquarie Island Station, on the isthmus at the northern end of the island at the foot of Wireless Hill. The population of the base, the island’s only human inhabitants, usually varies from 20 to 40 people over the year.

The island has an approximate length of 34 km (21 mi) and a width of 5 km (3 mi), with an area of 128 km2 (49 sq. mi). Weather and tides will play heavily on the decisions made by the Captain and Expedition Leader to make the most of our two days visiting the island. We hope to visit a King Penguin colony of more than 200,000 pairs, and see colonies of Rockhopper, Royal and Gentoo Penguins. In addition we hope to see some of the 72 species of birds including the Wandering, Black-browed, Grey-headed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross. Not forgetting the several types of seals such as the elephant, leopard and fur seals that can be found on the island. Two days might just not be enough…

Day 8— At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Perhaps you’ll join a lecture, reflect on your travels thus far or meet with new friends and share your stories. Whatever you find on your personal agenda, know that our personable staff is at the ready to serve you.

Day 9 — Enderby Island & Auckland Island, New Zealand, Sub-Antarctic Islands 

Enderby Island is perched on the Campbell Plateau and is composed of eroding volcanic remains, much like the main Auckland Island whose volcanic remains are thought to have come from eruptions that occurred between 25 and 10 million years ago. Under New Zealand’s ecological management, which included the removal of all introduced mammals, the rata forests are regenerating and there is a resurgence of herbaceous plants. Enderby Island is also home to the rare Yellow-Eyed Penguin, New Zealand Bellbirds and Red-Crowned Parakeets, as well as Southern Royal Albatross that nest on the plateau.

Auckland Island has an abundance and diversity of seabirds, namely Gibson’s Albatross and White-Capped Mollymawks. It is also the primary breeding ground for the most rare and endangered sea lions in the world, the New Zealand (Hooker) sea lion, and the breeding ground for 30% of the world’s population of the Yellow-Eyed Penguin.

Day 10 — The Snares, New Zealand

The Snares is a small island group at approximately 200 kilometres south of New Zealand’s South Island and covers a total of approximately 3.5 square kilometres.
Unlike other Sub-Antarctic islands that were greatly affected by the whaling and sealing industry in the nineteenth-century, The Snares remains one of the last near pristine areas in New Zealand. Using the fleet of Zodiacs on board Silver Discoverer we go in search of some endemic bird species such as the Snares Crested Penguin, the Snares Island Snipe, the Snares Fernbird and the Snares Black Tomtit, as well as several endemic invertebrates.

Days 11 & 12 New Zealand Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park is a World Heritage Site and includes Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds, which will take two days to explore.

Dusky Sound, New Zealand 
The Fiordland National Park awaits your arrival. Today you will explore Dusky Sound. While seals and dolphins are often sighted in these waters, you may be witness to the occasional visiting whale. However, keep your eye on land as well, as this is a prime-breeding site for the Fiordland Penguins.

Of historical interest is Captain Cook’s stay at Pickersgill Harbour, he actually moored his bark HMS Resolution for a month at a small promontory in 1773. Slightly further inland is Lake Forster, as well as Cook Stream and Astronomer Point -reminders of the scientific members and observations of Cook’s second voyage.

Milford Sound, New Zealand
Tucked away in the Fiordland National Park, you’ll immerse yourself in the breath-taking views of Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori). The majestic carved peaks and dramatic waterfalls will leave you in awe as you marvel at the striking figure that is Mitre Peak.
A jaunt away is the subdued, Doubtful Sound. The rounded hills put up a greater resistance to glaciation, making its appearance seem softer and less dramatic. However, the sight is still inspiring as wildlife is slightly more abundant. Here you have a greater chance of seeing the resident pod of dolphins, penguins and seals.

Using Zodiacs and the ship to explore, your Captain and Expeditions Leader work together to create the perfect schedule for your day.

Day 13 — At Sea

The day at sea is yours to enjoy. Visit our spa and relax with a well-deserved treatment. Once done, you might find yourself sipping on afternoon tea or listening to another interesting talk by one of our lecturers preparing you for an encounter with the people that settled “Aotearoa” –the land of the long white cloud (New Zealand)- or about Captain Cook’s visits to New Zealand.

Day 14 — Ship Cove and Picton 

Captain Cook visited ‘Ship Cove’ on many occasions during his three voyages into the Pacific. Ship Cove actually was his favourite New Zealand base where he spent a total of 170 days. A memorial and informative panels have been set up here. You can walk over uneven terrain to a small waterfall or hike the first metres of the famous Queen Charlotte Track – which has its northern starting point here.

Silver Discoverer will relocate to the picturesque seaside town of Picton. Here we will take a scenic drive through rolling hills into the Marlborough wine region and the town of Blenheim. At the Marlborough Vintners Hotel we will enjoy a fabulous wine and food experience. Weather permitting we will enjoy a selection of wines from Forest Estate Winery and locally brewed beers from the Moa Brewery outside on the veranda and on the lawn under cherry trees. Canapés will be served throughout the afternoon. There will be educational wine tasting and the possibility for food and wine pairing. Enjoy the local seafood of Greenshell Mussels and Regal King Salmon, local lamb, venison dishes and vegetarian options with the right wines or beers.

Day 15 — Kaikoura, New Zealand

Step into the rich culture of the Māori as you learn their history in the Kaikoura area from the Tangata Whenua, the people of the land. You’ll have the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of being Māori in their modern day world, while discovering how their past has helped them cultivate a fundamental relationship with the environment.

Visit the once fortified villages of pre-European days known as the Pa sites. Hear how they were settled – often in battle – and see the stories the land still tells today. Be guided into one of the indigenous forest walkways to learn about the trees and plants, and their traditional uses as food and medicine.

Participate in customs while learning Māori Protocol and key values. Learn a waiata – a song that holds within its words the key philosophy of the Māori. During this tour guests will partake in light refreshments and receive a small memento to remember this wonderful cultural experience by.

Day 16 — Akaroa, New Zealand

This morning we arrive in Akaroa, a drowned volcanic crater that is surrounded by hills and rugged cliffs. Akaroa Harbour is a designated mammal sanctuary and home to the most rare and smallest dolphin in the world – the Hector’s dolphin.

Embrace your spirit of adventure during this exclusive full-day, off-road journey to the high country of the Southern Alps. This exhilarating tour will take you off the beaten path by three different modes of transportation: coach, tussock buggy, and jet boat. Throughout, you’ll get an in-depth look at sites that even New Zealanders seldom see, namely the rugged Canterbury High Country at the base of the majestic Southern Alps, a visit to the spectacular Waimakariri Gorge, and the vast 35,000 acre Flock Hill Station.

Alternatively join your Silversea Expeditions on-board marine biologist on a sailing adventure along Akaroa’s pristine coastline. Sail with dolphins, see wildlife and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery of Banks Peninsula. Here is your chance for an up-close and personal encounter with wildlife on New Zealand’s oldest ketch, Fox II. Learn about local history and even help crew if you want; with six sails, there is always a halyard to hoist or a sheet to be pulled.

Day 17 — Dunedin, New Zealand

Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.