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Papeete, Tahiti
to Auckland

Silversea Cruises
Feb 03, 2015 8 Days
Silver Spirit 5503
US$3,550
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
February 03rd, 2015 Tuesday Papeete, Tahiti   6:00 PM
February 04th, 2015 Wednesday Bora Bora, Society Islands 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
February 05th, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
February 06th, 2015 Friday Rarotonga 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
February 07th, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
February 08th, 2015 Sunday Date Line lose a day    
February 09th, 2015 Monday Day at Sea    
February 10th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
February 11th, 2015 Wednesday Bay of Islands 1:30 PM 8:00 PM
February 12th, 2015 Thursday Auckland 7:00 AM  
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

Excursions

Look beyond the traditional glass bottom boat cruise to the sharks and sting rays that dance beneath the surface.  Combine wildlife viewing from the boat with snorkelling on this lagoon adventure.


Depart from the tender pier and meet your boat captain at the nearby wharf.  Board the covered, 12-passenger glass bottom boat and begin your adventure as you cruise into the lagoon. As you journey to deeper waters, listen as your guide tells you about the legendary animals of the sea. After about 10 minutes, your boat will stop in 25-foot-deep (eight-metre-deep) waters where shark are known to frequent.  The boat has sections of glass below the waterline, providing views far better than simply looking in the water from above.  The covered boat offers protection from the sun and eliminates glare, allowing you to take better photos.  The most commonly sighted shark is the blacktip reef shark but lemon shark as also often seen here.


Your next stop is designed to give you the opportunity to view the "ballet" of the sting ray both from the boat and from within the water. A 30-minute snorkelling visit gives you the chance to swim with the stingray and explore the surrounds from a more up-close vantage point.


Afterwards, the glass bottom boat returns you to the wharf.  From there, you are assisted to the tender pier.


Please note: This tour requires a limited amount of walking; however, guests physically fit, able to swim and agile and able to manoeuvre in and out of the boat using a two-step ladder.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.  Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with non-slip, rubber-soled shoes or aqua shoes, and bring a towel, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, bottled water and a camera from the ship. Snorkels and masks are available for guest use; however, we recommend you bring your own equipment.  Glass bottom boat seats up to 12 guests and is covered; all seats are utilised. As with all creatures in their natural environment, we cannot guarantee the presence of fish and animals

Excursions

Bora Bora's famous multi-coloured lagoon is world famous for many things, including its scuba diving. Explore the depths below on this morning two-tank dive.


Meet your escort on the pier and after a brief transfer, arrive at the dive shop.  The dive boat may collect you from the tender pier. Once you are given your equipment and complete the necessary paperwork, climb aboard your dive boat.  Motor out into the lagoon and head for the site of your first dive.  Following a thorough safety briefing by your PADI Dive Master, don your equipment. Then, plunge in to the awaiting beauty beneath the surface.


The area's natural conditions create plentiful and regular growth of marine plankton in parts of Bora Bora's famous lagoon. The largest of the world's rays, the Manta Rays, are plankton eaters, and thus regularly reside in the waters of the lagoon, as well as outside in the open sea. Various other ray species such as leopard, bat, and eagle, and stingrays, are also common in Bora Bora waters.  Tapu is one of the better known dive sites, and conditions permitting, head here. The coral drop off reveals lemon sharks, blacktip sharks, humphead maori wrasses, moray eels, and sea turtles.  A variety of fish and coral offer a colourful backdrop to it all.


Following your first dive, re-board the boat for a surface interval and as your captain skilfully manoeuvres the boat to your second dive site. With sufficient surface time allowed, get suited-up for your next dive.


The dive boast then returns you to the pier..

Please note:  This adventure tour for certified divers only requires an extensive amount of activity. It must be reserved or cancelled a minimum of four days prior to arrival in Papeete to avoid penalties. Guests must have been diving within the last year; please bring your dive log.  You must present your certification card to participate and be able to complete a required medical questionnaire and liability waiver. The tour includes all scuba equipment, including wet suit.  You may wish to bring your own mask and snorkel.  Nitrox is available upon request. The actual dive site will be determined by the captain/dive master based on weather and sea conditions.  The dive profile will be determined by the dive master.  All dive activities are guided by a certified PADI Dive Master and or PADI Scuba Instructor.  Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, plenty of sun protection and bring a towel and bottled water from the ship. The sighting of specific marine life cannot be guaranteed. A minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour.

Excursions

This tour is ideal for guests who are curious of the underwater life that surrounds Bora Bora but who prefer to stay dry.  View the richness of Polynesian sea life without getting wet from the comfort of a glass bottom boat on the scenic cruise.


Meet your guide on the pier and your glass bottom boat.  Begin your cruise into the Bora Bora lagoon with a view of the marina below.  The boat has sections of glass below the waterline, providing views far better than simply looking in the water from above.  The covered boat offers protection from the sun and eliminates glare, allowing you to take better photos.  


Become acquainted with parrot fish, snappers, trigger fish and other coral life.  While the main focus is the underwater sightseeing, the view from the boat of the lagoon and the island is outstanding.  


Returning to the island, the glass bottom boat takes you to the tender pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of activity and is suitable for guests with limited mobility, able to climb 2 steep steps in and out of the boat. It is not wheelchair accessible. Lightweight clothing and non-slip soled shoes are suggested.  Remember to bring protection from the sun, bottled water and you camera from the ship.  Glass bottom boat seats up to 22 guests and is covered; all seats are utilised. As with all creatures in their natural environment, we cannot guarantee the presence of fish and animals.

Excursions

Experience Bora Bora's scenic beauty and historic past during this orientation tour of the island.


Depart the pier via a colourful, open-air Le Truck bus for the narrated drive to the district of Faanui and a photo stop at scenic Faanui Bay.


Faanui Marae

Continue on to the ancient ceremonial site of the Faanui marae, or Farerua. It is Bora Bora's biggest temple and Polynesian gods and idols were worshipped here in ancient times. This marae's raised altar, or ahu, stands within a wall of large slabs of sandstone and coral.


Photo Stops

Next, your drive passes by the American bunkers, reminders of the South Pacific's role in World War II, then proceeds to the Belvedere Lookout for stunning views over the lagoon. Heading toward the village of Anau and Matira Beach, stop to take in the scenic vistas and photo opportunities of Mount Otemanu and Matira Beach.


Bloody Mary Restaurant & Bar

Your drive then takes you for a photo stop at the world-renowned Bloody Mary Restaurant & Bar, where the rich and famous have gathered for decades. If the bar is open, you may wish to have a quick drink before re-boarding the Le Truck.


Your tour concludes with a return drive back to the tender pier in Vaitape.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and some driving on bumpy roads. Guests must be able to climb in and out of the touring vehicles. This tour is not suggested for guests with back or neck issues, limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight clothing, protection from the sun and closed-toe comfortable shoes are recommended. As the bar at Bloody Mary cannot be guaranteed to be open, drinks have not been included in the price of this tour. Guests wishing to purchase food or drinks at Bloody Mary must settle the bill directly with the restaurant.

Excursions

Experience Bora Bora's spectacular beauty and famous Blue Lagoon from a unique perspective during this exhilarating flight-seeing tour via helicopter.


Depart the pier via mini-bus for the transfer to the airport, and your awaiting helicopter. After a safety briefing by your pilot and lift-off, your helicopter excursion begins.


During your 15-minute flight, the helicopter performs a broad sweep around the island, and flies over the reef low enough for you to spot rays and sharks skimming through the water. At one point, the aircraft climbs up and over the velvety green peaks, providing incredible vistas and photo opportunities en route. The translucent lagoon, tinged with myriad hues of blue and turquoise, also offers an abundance of splendid photo opportunities. The lagoon is enclosed to the east by motus and to the west by a reef, providing only one opening to the ocean.


Commentary by the pilot via headphones will further enhance this exciting excursion; a breath-taking flight-seeing experience.


Upon landing back at the helipad, re-board your awaiting transfer vehicle for the return drive to the pier.


Please note:  This tour must be reserved or cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival in Bora Bora to avoid penalties.  It involves a 15 minute flight in a 5-passenger helicopter with a four-guest minimum per heli.  A minimal amount of walking and two big step up and down to get into the helicopter are required.  This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair and those under the age of 8 years.  Operation of this tour is weather dependent and it may be cancelled on short notice.  Flight time and sights may vary depending on weather conditions.  Due to balance and weight limitations, as well as individual safety and comfort, guests must provide their body weight to the Shore concierge office a minimum of 48 hours prior.  Seating is based on weight distribution and assigned at the pilot's discretion.  Remember to bring your camera and sunglasses.

Excursions

Discover Vaitape, Bora Bora, the 'Pearl of Polynesia', in an exciting new way during this exhilarating off-road island adventure. Vaitape is characterised by the towering peaks of three mountains and is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon. In addition to breath-taking panoramic vistas, this 4X4 trip features remnants of early Polynesian life and relics of the World War II presence of American forces.


Depart the pier at Vaitape with your driver/guide and follow along a trail to a pair of World War II cannons left by the U.S. military. Along the way, the guide elaborates on the presence of American forces on Bora Bora during World War II.


Next, proceed driving through the Faanui Valley to view the lush, tropical nature of the island's interior. Photo stops en route allow you to take in spectacular vistas and learn about local customs, flora and fauna.


This scenic journey carries on through in the northern part of the island and the district of Fitii in the east. Heading toward the south side, the drive takes you past coastal hotels and up Pahonu Hill. Along the way, your guide points out sights of interests and stops are made for photo opportunities of the spectacular lagoon.


Time permitting, conclude this Bora Bora off-road adventure with a stop at a black pearl farm before returning to the pier at Vaitape.


Please note: This tour involves travel over bumpy, uneven terrain, and is not suitable for guests with back and neck problems. A minimal amount of walking is required; however, guests must be able to climb in and out of the vehicles. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Light-weight, comfortable clothing with closed-toe shoes for protection is suggested. Bring protection from the sun and insect repellent if susceptible to bites. Operation of this tour is subject to minimum participation; each vehicle carries a minimum of 6 guests. Weather and/or resulting adverse road conditions may affect tour routing and stops.

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Discover the underwater world of Bora Bora on this Silver Shore Expedition Aqua Safari.  Wearing a wetsuit and helmet, walk on the ocean floor and take in the sites only usually seen by divers.


Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the Aqua Safari base.  Here you are fitted with a wet suit and specially-designed helmet.  After a safety information session and boat ride to the dive location, enter the water.  The weighted helmet with piped in oxygen is lowered onto your head before you submerge. Due to the buoyancy of the water, the helmet weight is hardly noticeable underwater.


Walk along the sandy ocean floor just as if you were on dry land; there is no swimming required. You are approximately 10-20 feet (3.5-6 metres) below the surface as you explore this incredible marine wonder. The crew accompany the group as your presence attracts the myriad of multi-coloured tropical fish in the area and are there to offer you any assistance.  The dive site boasts a variety of fish and coral as you walk in a defined area. Your underwater experience is approximately 30 minutes, and time permitting you may have an opportunity to snorkel either before or afterwards.


Come to the surface and cruise the lagoon back to the dock before returning to the pier.


Please note:  This Silver Shore Expedition tour is recommended to guests who are physically fit and do not suffer from a heart condition, breathing issues such as asthma, claustrophobia or difficulties manoeuvring in or out of a boat using a ladder.  It is suitable for those who cannot swim; however, it is not recommended for pregnant women.  There is a moderate amount of walking required and this tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Wear a bathing suit under a cover-up and aqua shoes and bring a towel and sun protection from the ship.  All equipment is provided but guests may wish to bring their own mask and snorkel. Guests must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Guides speak English and French and some may be available to provide commentary in Spanish and Portuguese.  If you require assistance in a foreign language, please advise the Shore Concierge onboard.  Itinerary and order of sites visited may change and operation of this tour is dependent upon favourable weather and sea conditions.  It can be cancelled on short notice.  We highly recommend you bring a waterproof disposable camera with you from home. Aqua Safari may offer a DVD of your underwater experience for an additional charge.  If the photographer was accompanying the group, you may purchase this directly (US dollars, credit card, Pacific francs). Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Discover the exquisite beauty of Bora Bora's Blue Lagoon, considered to be the world's most beautiful lagoon, during this snorkelling adventure and motu picnic outing.


Depart the pier aboard a private lagoon boat for a scenic cruise across Bora Bora's Blue Lagoon. The lagoon is three times larger than the island's land mass and offers an incomparable range of azure and turquoise colours.


Your cruise proceeds along the island's West Coast, giving you superb views of Bora Bora's mountains. At a spot near the barrier reef, you can observe an unusual spectacle as the boat crew attracts and feeds harmless blacktip reef sharks and friendly rays. The show can be observed from the boat or by snorkelling in a completely safe environment.


Leaving the reef area, your cruise continues on to a private coral atoll, or motu, for a picnic-style lunch of local fare, followed by an opportunity to relax and unwind amidst this beautiful South Seas setting. After lunch, you can swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters and watch a pareo-tying demonstration.


Your blue lagoon and motu picnic concludes with the boat ride back to the tender pier.


Please note: This tour requires a limited amount of walking; however, guests must be agile and able to manoeuvre in and out of the boat using a two-step ladder. Those wishing to snorkel must be able to swim. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with non-slip, rubber-soled shoes or aqua shoes, and bring a towel, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, bottled water and a camera from the ship. The size of the boat used will depend on participation, but a minimum number of guests are required to operate this tour. A limited number of snorkels and masks are available for guest use, however, we recommend you bring your own equipment, particularly fins/flippers.

Excursions

Explore Bora Bora's Blue Lagoon in a unique new way during this fun-filled and exciting submersible scooter excursion.


Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the Hilton Hotel pontoon. Upon arrival, receive your safety and operating instructions before starting your private, 30-minute aquabike journey below the surface of the beautiful lagoon.


The underwater scooter has a transparent glass airlock with constant air supply, making it easy to breathe and captain this unique vehicle. During your undersea experience, view a myriad of tropical fish, coral and marine life. Following the aquabike portion of the tour, a stop is made for snorkelling and exploring more of the lagoon.


Your tour concludes with a transfer back to the pier. En route, your captain regales you with stories about Polynesian geology, myths and the lifestyles of the local denizens.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach or embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with reef or water shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour, and at least 16 years old to drive the sub-scooter. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

Excursions

Embrace the exquisite natural beauty of Rarotonga during this unforgettable flight-seeing adventure.


Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the airport. After checking-in at the Air Rarotonga airport counter, receive your safety and tour instructions before boarding your aircraft, a high-winged Cessna 172.


Next, begin your fully-narrated, 30-minute flight-seeing excursion. Marvel at spectacular panoramic views of volcanic cliff-faces, fly through valleys and see remote villages, and take wonderful aerial photographs of the island.


Following your flight-seeing tour, return to the airport and re-board your coach for the brief 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 and aircraft.  Guests must be agile enough to climb in and out of a small plane and bend down low to get into their seat. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however, it is not wheelchair-accessible nor recommended for guests with a fear of heights or small aircraft. Total flying time is approximately 30 minutes.  Due to limited space on the aircraft, no carry-on luggage is permitted except for a hand-held camera or video camera. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection is recommended. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.  The aircraft can accommodate two to three guests only; several departures are offered.  Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather and flying conditions; it may be cancelled on short notice.

Excursions

Experience the splendid beauty, culture and history of the Cook Islands during this picturesque excursion through Rarotonga and its environs.


Avarua Sightseeing Drive

Depart the pier for a scenic orientation drive through the main township of Avarua. Along the way, see the historic Banana Court and CITC Department Store, the Empire Theatre, Avatiu & Avarua wharves, National Police Headquarters, the wreck of the SS Matai, coconut trees, the Civic Centre, and the Perfume Factory. From here, continue past the Muri Beachcomber Resort, Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church, Takamoa Theological College, National Auditorium, and Cook Islands Library and Museum before turning onto Ara Metua.


Ara Metua, Avana Passage & Papaaroa Beach

Built in 1050 A.D., Ara Metua is also known as the 'Road of Toi'. Pass by ancient maraes and ceremonial sites that include Arai Te Tonga, as well as old church buildings and verdant plantations. Next, a photo stop is made at the Avana Passage before driving past the Sailing Club, 'Fruits of Raro' marine conservation area and the Maire-Nui Botanical Gardens. Following a brief photo stop at the Titikaveka Cook Islands Christian Church, proceed to Papaaroa Beach for a coconut demonstration and spectacular panoramic views.


Needle Lookout & Arorangi

Leaving Papaaroa Beach, take in breath-taking views from the Needle Lookout in the mountains and pass by the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa. Your tour concludes with a drive through the district of Arorangi. Here, learn about the legend of Raemaru Mountain, pass by the Arorangi Cook Islands Christian Church and Primary School, Tinomana Palace, the Village Hall and Prison, then head to the Black Rock ancient burial site.


After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and pass by the Weather Office and Parliament buildings en route to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 50 yards (about 46 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, sturdy walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Excursions

Experience the exquisite beauty and marine life of the Muri Lagoon during this relaxing, half-day snorkelling cruise with lunch.


Rarotonga Lagoon and Glass-Bottom Boat Cruise

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to Captain Tama's Aqua Sports Centre, located next to the Sailing Club on Muri Beach. Upon arrival, embark a glass-bottom boat for a lagoon-cruise on the eastern side of Rarotonga. Large areas of the Rarotonga Lagoon have been placed under a traditional Raui Conservation System, which bans fishing in these protected waters. Along the way, marvel at the black pearl farm, giant clams, and abundant tropical fish and coral beds of the inner-reef area.


Rarotonga Lagoon Snorkelling

During this tour, a special area located directly across the road from the Fruits of Raro has been set aside for snorkelling. Although it is accessible from the beach, the easiest way to access the snorkelling area is via boat. The water is approximately 15 feet (about 4.6 metres) deep, with rows of tall coral heads surrounding the snorkelling spot. Here, you can swim amongst schools of colourful butterfly fish and hand-feed them. The crew provides assistance on the boat and in the water, and a snorkelling course is available for beginners.


Koromiri Island

Next, head over to Koromiri Island, which is located just offshore of the Pacific Resort at Muri Beach. During your visit, you can take in splendid views and photo opportunities, explore a 'motu', swim or sunbathe on the idyllic beach whilst your barbecue fish lunch is prepared. After lunch, embark the boat for the return ride to the mainland and a brief transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, a few steps to get on/off ladder on the boat cruiser, and a brief walk to/from the coach and boat. Guests must be able to swim to participate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection, a change of clothing and a towel from the ship. Safety gear, snorkels and goggles are provided. Operation of this tour is subject weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Experience a side of Rarotonga not typically seen by most visitors to the island during this picturesque, off-road sightseeing excursion.


Avatiu Valley

Depart the pier in a Jeep with your guide for the scenic drive up towards the Avatiu Valley. En route, receive your safety and tour briefing, and take in stunning vistas of the terrain valleys, lush, tropical lagoons, inland villages and secluded areas. At a height of approximately 984 feet (about 300 metres) above sea level, a breath-taking panoramic views of the rainforest unfolds.


Island Sightseeing & Wigmore's Waterfall

Next, traverse the rugged, steep back roads, and stop off at the top of a hill for more stunning views. From here, ride back down the hill towards the west side of the island. En route, travel inland to Wigmore's Waterfall and stop for photos before making a comfort stop at Papaaroa Beach.


Avana & Maraes

Your drive continues on towards Seven Rocks and the vaka-canoe departure point. Afterward, proceed for a photo stop at Avana, then turn inland to Arai Te Tonga. Here, see and learn about 'maraes', and take in spectacular views of your surroundings.


Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the scenic, approximately 35-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of off-road travel and a moderate amount of walking over bumpy, uneven terrain, with four steps to negotiate to get on/off the Jeep. This tour is not suitable for guests requiring a wheelchair, those with back and/or neck problems, limited mobility or pregnant women. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes and sunscreen are recommended.

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Explore the unique culture, traditions and beauty of Rarotonga through the eyes of a traditional medicine man during this memorable eco-tour.


Avarua Township & Pa's Residence

Depart the pier with your guide, Pa, a renowned local medicine man, for a narrated sightseeing drive to his residence on the eastern side of the island. En route, Pa takes you through Avarua Township and discusses the history of the area whilst passing by old Colonial churches, plantations and graveyards. Upon arrival at Pa's residence, he leads you on a guided tour of his residence and gardens. View the medicinal plants, learn about their health benefits and observe a demonstration of medicinal solutions using a variety of natural remedies.


Nature Hike & Scenic Island Drive

Next, relax with a platter of seasonal tropical fruit before joining Pa for a guided nature hike into the lush interior. Along the way, Pa introduces you to the many varieties of local flora and fauna as taught to him by his grandmother, and passed down from generation-to-generation. He also explores their medicinal uses, the history of Polynesia and spiritual beliefs of his people.


Your tour concludes with a one-hour narrated sightseeing drive around the island before returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and walking for approximately 104 yards (about 95 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with four steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes and sunscreen are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

This half-day tour provides a good introduction to the Bay of Islands area and its Maori and European history. It was here that many of New Zealand's formative events occurred. After tendering ashore, meet your Maori guide and board the coach for the drive to Kerikeri via Paihia.


Kerikeri

Visit New Zealand's oldest building, the Kemp House dating from 1822 and the adjacent Stone Store built in 1832. It was at Kerikeri where the Church of England missionaries established their second mission station in 1819. Continue with your drive to the Waitangi Golf Course Lookout for a fine view over the area. Then, a short distance farther, arrive at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.


Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Visitors to this historic place become acquainted with the signing of the most significant pact between the Maori and Great Britain on February 6, 1840. See the historic Treaty House before strolling through the beautiful grounds and admiring an elaborately carved Marae (Maori meeting place), as well as a waka, a huge canoe that required over 70 warriors to paddle.


From here, head back to Waitangi Wharf, and tender back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, approximately 500 yards (460 metres) downhill at the Treaty Grounds, with a few steps to climb. Participating guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair, able to get on and off the coach via steps, may not be able to access all of the sites. The order of sites seen may vary.

Excursions

Experience the pristine natural beauty of the Bay of Islands during this scenic kayaking excursion amidst the calm waters of the Waitangi Estuary.


Waitangi Estuary Kayaking Tour

After tendering ashore, meet your kayaking guide and walk across the Waitangi Bridge to the Coastal Kayakers base. Following your safety and kayaking instructions, board your two-passenger kayak and commence your guided kayaking excursion in the beautiful Waitangi Estuary.


Mangrove Trees

Along the way, pass by an abundance of mangrove trees. The lifeblood of the estuary, this unique tree features an extensive root system protruding out from under the water and is a favourite breeding-ground for many small fish.


Haruru Falls

At the end of the Waitangi Estuary is Haruru Falls, which are surrounded on one side by the beautiful Waitangi Forest. Although not especially high, the Haruru Falls are a spectacular sight nonetheless, especially after any recent rainfall. After a stop for light refreshments in a park-like setting near the falls, commence the return ride back to the kayak launching area.


Upon arrival, walk back across the Waitangi Bridge and tender back to the ship.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves an extensive amount of activity, including walking for approximately 700 yards (about 640 metres) and two hours of kayaking.  It is recommended for guests in good physical condition and is not suitable for pregnant women or guests with back and/or neck, heart and/or respiratory problems, limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair.  Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach shoes and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship.  Lifejackets are provided.  The maximum weight to participate on this tour is 220 pounds (about 100 kilograms/15.7 stone).

Excursions

Explore this region's geological wonders dating back 300 years and see heaps of stalactites and stalagmites within limestone caves covered with millions of glow worms at the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves. Get close enough to see the actual body of the glow work and its blue/green tail light.


Kawiti Glow Worm Caves

Depart the pier for a scenic drive into the countryside to the Kawiti Caves, which to this day are still owned by the Kawiti family, whose early forbears fought against the British army. Follow your guide along a wooden boardwalk through a 655-foot (200-metre) limestone cave system.  As you wonder at the glow worms above, your  guide will explain the life cycle of the New Zealand glow worm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) and the intricate webs used to catch their prey (mosquitoes and midges).  You will get close enough to see the actual body of the glow worm with its blue/green tail light, before making the return bushwalk walk through a natural corridor of karst rock formations and pristine rainforest. Re-board the coach for the short drive to Kawakawa, the quintessential New Zealand town.


Kawakawa

Next, visit nearby Kawakawa which still has a railway line running down the middle of its main street. However, its claim to fame is its public toilets designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the famed Austrian architect and artist. With a thatched roof and a living tree, gold balls, mosaic tiling and bottle-glass windows all integrated into the structure, the colourful toilets are the unmistakable hallmarks of the Austrian-turned-New Zealand artist. They are without doubt the most photographed toilets in the world.


Re-board the coach for the drive back to the pier, travelling via the scenic village of Paihia.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for a distance of approximately a half mile (1.2 kilometres) over undulating unpaved paths, with approximately 200 steps.  Portions of the walk are on steep inclines and can be strenuous. Guests should be in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia, have limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress in layers, bring a warm jacket and wear flat, comfortable walking shoes.

Excursions

An opportunity to explore the unique and stunning coastline surrounding the Bay of Islands region and flying over the "Hole in the Rock" at Cape Brett.


The Bay of Islands offers some of the best coastal and island scenery in New Zealand so this helicopter scenic flight offers exceptional views of these beautiful islands leading to the infamous "Hole in the Rock".


Join your minivan for a short transfer from Waitangi Wharf to the beachfront helipad in Paihia. Your flight heads across Russell with views over to Opua and surrounds before tracking along the stunning peninsula coastline to Cape Brett and it's lighthouse where you will experience an exciting turn to fly around the Hole in the Rock and its remote coast line on the Eastern side on the Cape Brett Peninsula.  The return portion of the flight flies directly over the main islands of the area with birds eye views of their white sandy beaches.  Before coming into land you will see views of the Kerikeri Peninsula then past the Waitangi Treaty grounds and Paihia township before landing back at Paihia, where awaiting is your return transfer to Waitangi Wharf.


This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is not recommended who utilise a wheelchair.  Guests must be able to embark and disembar the mini van and helicopter with minimal assistance.  It operates in a chartered, 5-seater Longranger Helicopter, and minivan vehicles.  A minimum/maximum of 4 guests is required for operation; space is very limited.  Total flying time is approximately 30 minutes. Guests cannot exceed 297 lbs (135 kilograms/21 stone) and all members of your party are required to submit their weight information to the Shore Concierge once on board. Seating is at the discretion of the pilot based on weight.   Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather and wind conditions and may be cancelled by the pilot on short notice.

Excursions

An informative introduction to the history of New Zealand can be experienced on this tour as you hear both the Maori & European stories of their early beginnings. Other highlights include visiting the historic Kerikeri Basin, walking among some huge Kauri trees and being welcomed onto a traditional Maori Marae (Meeting House), where the customs of the local tribe will be explained.


Kerikeri

Get acquainted with the rich traditions and culture of the Maori people, who have lived in this area for more than 800 years.  After tendering to Waitangi's wharf, you will be welcomed by your Maori guide and transfer to nearby Kerikeri. Stop for photos of the historic Kerikeri Basin, where two of New Zealand's oldest buildings are located-Kemp House and the Stone Store. Continue through the pretty town of Kerikeri, well known for its citrus orchards, to the beautiful Puketi Forest. Enjoy a short walk in the forest, which has many towering kauri trees-the largest of New Zealand's native trees.  Once covering the whole of Northland, the kauri was grossly exploited for building timber in the late 19th century and there are now very few fine specimens of this gigantic tree still around. A special highlight will be a visit to a traditional Maori marae or meeting place. You will drive through the lush green Northland countryside to the Mangamuka Marae.  Here you will experience a traditional Maori welcome before entering the richly carved meeting house of the Maori people. The elders of the tribe will explain the carvings and the traditions of the Maori people to you. They trace their ancestry back to the Maori voyages to New Zealand from Polynesia, approximately 800 years ago. Coffee or tea will be served at the marae.


Return to the Bay of Islands via Waimate North where, for a short time in the late 1830s and early 1840s, the influential Anglican Church established its New Zealand headquarters.  Finally, visit the many locations around Paihia and the Waitangi Reserve where Maori ancestors fiercely debated the Treaty of Waitangi-New Zealand's founding document-and to a viewpoint overlooking the grounds, before returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, approximately 500 yards (457 metres), with a few steps to climb. Participating guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair, able to get on and off the coach via steps, may not be able to access all of the sites. The order of sites seen may vary.  If there is a tangi (funeral) the guests may visit a different Marae.

Excursions

This outing provides a good introduction to New Zealand's largest city, often referred to as the 'City of Sails'. With its magnificent harbour, reminiscent of Sydney, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Cape Town, Auckland is regarded as one of the world's most exciting cities.


Board the coach and get acquainted with this sprawling metropolis and its attractions.


Michael Savage Memorial

Your first stop is at the Michael Savage Memorial. This site commands lovely views of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto Island.  After time for photos, re-board the coach.

Auckland Museum

Next, visit this outstanding museum and view its extensive display of Maori artefacts and culture. Prize exhibits include a magnificent 82-foot (25-metre) -long war canoe and a carved meeting house. The museum also contains a fine collection of objects from the South Pacific and the 'Scars of the Heart' exhibition commemorating New Zealand's involvement in all the major wars of the 20th century.


Panoramic Sightseeing

Re-join the coach for a drive through Parnell, one of Auckland's oldest districts. Remarkable restoration created an upscale shopping area that retains the charm of a small village. Continue along Tamaki Drive to Okahu Bay, where some of Auckland's finest residential homes can be seen.


Returning to the city, travel past the former America's Cup Yachting Village and then across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, built in 1959 to link the North Shore suburbs to Auckland. The coach then returns you to the ship.


Please note: This tour is offered to in-transit guests continuing from the previous cruise. It requires a moderate amount of walking; most areas visited are wheelchair accessible. It is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair; however, guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach via the bus steps. Order of sights may vary; tour itinerary can be reversed.  

Excursions

This outing provides a good introduction to New Zealand's largest city, often referred to as the 'City of Sails'. Designed for guests disembarking the ship with flights after 4:00 p.m. this tour concludes at the airport.


Board the coach pier-side and get acquainted with this sprawling metropolis and its attractions. With its magnificent harbour, reminiscent of Sydney, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Cape Town, Auckland is regarded as one of the world's most exciting cities.


Michael Savage Memorial

Your first stop is at the Michael Savage Memorial. This site commands lovely views of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto Island.  After time for photos, re-board the coach.


Auckland Museum

Next, visit this outstanding museum and view its extensive display of Maori artefacts and culture. Prize exhibits include a magnificent 82-foot (25-metre) -long war canoe and a carved meeting house. The museum also contains a fine collection of objects from the South Pacific and the 'Scars of the Heart' exhibition commemorating New Zealand's involvement in all the major wars of the 20th century.


Panoramic Sightseeing

Re-join the coach for a drive through Parnell, one of Auckland's oldest districts. Remarkable restoration created an upscale shopping area that retains the charm of a small village. Continue along Tamaki Drive to Okahu Bay, where some of Auckland's finest residential homes can be seen. Returning to the city, travel past the former America's Cup Yachting Village and then across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, built in 1959 to link the North Shore suburbs to Auckland.


In-transit guests conclude their tour back at the ship. Then, for those disembarking guests continuing on to Auckland International Airport, the coach brings you to the departure drop-off area at the airport, where you collect your luggage and independently head to check-in for your flight. Arrival at the airport is approximately 13:30.


Please note: This tour is offered to guests disembarking the ship with flights after 4:00 p.m. and the tour will end at the airport. It requires a moderate amount of walking; however, most areas visited are wheelchair accessible. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair; however, guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach via the bus steps. Operation is subject to minimum participation. This tour may briefly return to the pier before continuing to the airport only to allow accompanying in-transit guests to disembark the coach.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Silversea is proud to include this property as part of our Grande Hotel program.  Accommodations, breakfast, taxes, one private transfer (between hotel & airport) and a small group transfer (between hotel and pier) are included.


InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa has long been rated the top hotel on the island of Tahiti.

It is located alongside the lagoon with a view of Tahiti's sister island, Moorea.

It's the perfect place to begin a visit to French Polynesia. Tahiti is the largest of the French Polynesian islands and the gateway to the archipelago. Nestled in a sumptuous garden setting coverning 12 hectares, the resort boasts two superb infinity pools and offers an extensive range of activities.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa has long been rated the top hotel on the island of Tahiti.

It is located alongside the lagoon with a view of Tahiti's sister island, Moorea.

It's the perfect place to begin a visit to French Polynesia. Tahiti is the largest of the French Polynesian islands and the gateway to the archipelago. Nestled in a sumptuous garden setting coverning 12 hectares, the resort boasts two superb infinity pools and offers an extensive range of activities.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Discover an oasis of luxury in the heart of Auckland's vibrant city. Indulgent, comfortable, sophisticated and restful. The Qualmark rated 5-star SKYCITY Grand Hotel offers a range of facilities and services unparalleled in Auckland. With over 20 bars, restaurants and cafés, a world-class Casino (R20), the iconic 328 metre Sky Tower and the luxurious East Day Spa, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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