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AUCKLAND To DUNEDIN (South Island)

NEW ZEALAND expedition cruise Silver Explorer

Aotearoa or New Zealand, one of the world’s most isolated countries is also one of the greatest. Its small compass houses an amazing range of scenery, incorporating just about every natural phenomena that you can think of - geysers, volcanoes, fjords, mountains and stunning wildlife. Yet this is not only a voyage of unforgettable landscapes, expect also sophisticated cities and architectural jewels along the way.
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Cruise itinerary

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Auckland is called the City of Sails, and visitors flying in will see why. On the East Coast is the Waitemata Harbour—a Māori word meaning sparkling waters—which is bordered by the Hauraki Gulf, an aquatic playground peppered with small islands where many Aucklanders can be found "mucking around in boats."Not surprisingly, Auckland has some 70,000 boats. About one in four households in Auckland has a seacraft of some kind, and there are 102 beaches within an hour's drive; during the week many are quite empty.

The population center of the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is one of New Zealand's fastest-growing cities. Along with its neighbor, Whakatane, this seaside city claims to be one of the country's sunniest towns. Unlike most local towns, Tauranga doesn't grind to a halt in the off-season, because it has one of the busiest ports in the country, and the excellent waves at the neighboring beach resort of Mount Maunganui—just across Tauranga's harbor bridge—always draw surfers and holiday folk.

The earthquake that struck Napier at 10:46 am on February 3, 1931, was—at 7.8 on the Richter scale—the largest quake ever recorded in New Zealand. The coastline was wrenched upward several feet. Almost all the town's brick buildings collapsed; many people were killed on the footpaths as they rushed outside. The quake triggered fires throughout town, and with water mains shattered, little could be done to stop the blazes that devoured the remaining wooden structures.

The maritime township of Picton (population 4,000) lies at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound and is the arrival point for ferries from the North Island, as well as a growing number of international cruise ships. It plays a major role in providing services and transport by water taxi to a multitude of remote communities in the vast area of islands, peninsulas, and waterways that make up the Marlborough Sounds Maritime Park. There's plenty to do in town, with crafts markets in summer, historical sights to see, and walking tracks to scenic lookouts over the sounds.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
New Zealand fiord country along with Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand's premier attractions. Incredibly beautiful, wild and remote, the region is an intriguing combination of rugged mountain ranges, dense rainforest, solitary alpine lakes, sparkling rivers and splashing waterfalls. Much of Fiordland is virtually unexplored wilderness and still the habitat of rare birds. As the ship cruises the beautiful Doubtful, Dusky and Milford Sounds, experience the majestic fiordland of South Island's western coast.
Despite being discovered by Cook more than 240 years ago, Dusky Sound is one of the few truly untouched destinations left on earth. Found on the southwest corner of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, Dusky Sound has the auspicious title of “titanic mason” given to it by the Maoris, as no other explanation seems to fit; it is almost impossible to comprehend the sheer breadth of geological events that created this seemingly perfect sculpture, as the sheer cliffs that rise vertically upward from the ocean dwarf the ship.
The most southernmost town in New Zealand, Bluff (or The Bluff as it is locally known) is perhaps the most European of all the settlements in the country. Called Campbelltown until 1917, the city was officially renamed after the 265 meter conical hill that towers above it. One of the farthest corners of the British Empire, the inaugural Royal Tour of New Zealand by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, concluded at Bluff in January 1954. Nowadays however, it is the Bluff oysters that are the stars of the show.
Clinging to the walls of the natural amphitheater at the west end of Otago Harbour, the South Island's second-largest city is enriched with inspiring nearby seascapes and wildlife. Because Dunedin is a university town, floods of students give the city a vitality far greater than its population of 122,000 might suggest.

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 16,830 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 14,580 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 13,320 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 12,510 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 10,710 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 7,830 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 7,560 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 7,020 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 6,750 with early booking bonus
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Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 16,830 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 14,580 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 13,320 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 12,510 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 10,710 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 7,830 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 7,560 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 7,020 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 6,750 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

2 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Join us for an exciting journey around New Zealand, seeing natural marvels such as geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, fjords and mountains. During our semi-circumnavigation we will meet Maori and see the traditional and modern face of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Native wildlife and architectural jewels will round up our experiences.
Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife and history of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

 

Voyage Highlights:

Tauranga (for Lake Rotorua), New Zealand
We drive inland to Lake Rotorua and Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Valley through kiwi-growing country of the aptly named Bay of Plenty. Wai-o-Tapu is a geothermal active area south of Rotorua with many hot springs, mud pools and famous Lady Knox Geyser. The area is also a Maori stronghold and there will be a welcome ceremony and a guided walk through a Maori village to introduce the Maori way of life.

White Island, New Zealand
Depending on permits and conditions we plan to use our Zodiacs to land on White Island and set off on foot across the crater floor of New Zealand’s only active volcano. The sights are surreal: the main crater with towering walls, steaming vents, and hissing fumaroles, glittering yellow sulphur crystals, bubbling mud pots and a spectacular steaming lake. Near the landing site are the remains of an old sulphur‐mining factory, abandoned because of a devastating explosion in 1914. About 70% of the volcano remains under the sea, making this massive volcanic structure the largest in New Zealand.

Napier, New Zealand
Napier is the starting point to reach the iconic Cape Kidnappers, home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony. Hawke’s Bay’s vineyards are home to some of New Zealand’s ultra-premium wines. Some of the most sought-after wines New Zealand has to offer are produced here and the country’s oldest winemaking region is renowned for its award-winning red wines, fresh produce and artisan food producers.
Since Napier claims to be the “Art Deco Capital of the World”, a visit to the art deco district to admire the world‐class collection of architecture is a must.

Ship Cove and Motuara, New Zealand
Captain Cook visited Ships Cove on many occasions during his three voyages into the Pacific, and a memorial has been set up here. A landing will permit to walk to a small waterfall or hike the first metres of the famous Queen Charlotte Track –which has its northern starting point here.
Nearby Motuara, an Island Bird Sanctuary free of predators, shows Yellow-crowned Parakeets, South Island Saddlebacks, South Island Robbins, bellbirds, and sometimes even Little Blue Penguins can be seen with a little luck. For better viewing group sizes on Motuara are restricted.

Fiordland, New Zealand
We will explore Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Site that includes among others Milford and Doubtful Sounds. The breath-taking views of Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) and the majestic carved peaks and dramatic waterfalls are awe-inspiring as one marvels at Mitre Peak’s striking figure. Using Zodiacs and the ship to explore, the Captain and Expedition Leader will work together to create the perfect schedule for the visit in Fiordland National Park and to see the resident pod of dolphins, penguins and seals.

Stewart Island and Ulva Island, New Zealand
To gain an insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community one can explore Oban and the surrounding bays at one’s own pace. Neighbouring Ulva Island is a world renowned open bird sanctuary looked after by the Department of Conservation. Small groups of not more than 12 guests will be led by professional local guides to ensure a maximum experience of natural history. As Ulva has no invasive species, the walk through the natural forest will be a wonderful opportunity to see the endemic plants and birdlife.

Cultural Highlights:

  • Learn about the Maori and Aotearoa
  • Explore the Art Deco capital of the world

 

Wildlife Watch List:

  • Fiordland and Little Blue Penguins
  • Humpback whales, Minke whales, sei whales, fin whales, pilot whales
  • Birds of note: Albatross, mollymawks, prions, petrels,  Australasian Gannets, Yellow-crowned Parakeets, Kakariki (Red-crowned Parakeets), South Island Saddlebacks, South Island Robbins, Tui, Kaka, tomtits, Grey Warblers, New Zealand Wood Pigeons, bellbirds

 

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.

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restaurants & public areas

Your time on board will be time well-spent. Discover the dining options where you'll savour culinary excellence, and the exciting venues where you'll mingle with international travellers while enjoying our all-inclusive lifestyle.