Silversea Luxury Cruises A TAURANGA (Bay Of Plenty)

TAURANGA (Bay Of Plenty)

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.

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SYDNEY A AUCKLAND
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    dic 06 2019
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    14 Días
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MELBOURNE A AUCKLAND
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    dic 08 2019
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    12 Días
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    feb 01 2020
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Excursiones en TAURANGA (Bay Of Plenty)

'Bay of Plenty' Foodie Tour

Explore the splendid flavours, beauty and history of the 'Bay of Plenty' during this half-day tasting and sightseeing excursion.


Mt. Maunganui Beachfront

Depart the pier for the scenic drive along the Mt. Maunganui beachfront en route to avocado and kiwifruit orchards. Along the way, discover where the local foodies dine, and what makes New Zealand cuisine so unique during this fun and interesting tasting and sightseeing tour.


Speciality Food Shops, Tastings of Local Specialities, Kiwifruit and Avocado Orchards

Visits are made to specialty food stores, 'hole-in-the-wall' food shops and out-of-the-way foodie venues, along with working kiwifruit and avocado orchards. From stop-to-stop, meet some of the local food heroes, learn why they decided to make this seaside destination home and taste their locally-made specialities. Depending on their seasonal availability, you might sample avocado or macadamia nut oils, famous fish and chips, kiwi fruit, avocado, baked goods, specialty ice cream, local cheeses, 'manuka' honey, and/or luscious berries among others.


Countryside Drive, Photo Stops, 'Bay of Plenty'

Your foodie excursion is not all about the food. After sampling a variety of local specialities, traverse some stunning countryside and stop for photos at panoramic vantage points. Along the way, see and learn about the history, development and culture of Tauranga and its surrounds, and the reason Captain Cook called it the 'Bay of Plenty'. At the conclusion of your tour, commence the approximately 30-minute drive back 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. This tour is not suitable for guests with food allergies. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Geothermal Wonderland

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 tour.


Rotorua

From Tauranga, it is a 90-minute drive to Rotorua with your driver-guide, beginning with a scenic journey inland through the kiwifruit country of 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.


Te Puia

Pass through 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, you will pass 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. Te Puia's Māori cultural performance will transport you back in time, beginning with a spine-tingling wero (challenge) from a Māori warrior followed by a traditional pōwhiri (welcome). You are then invited inside the beautifully carved wharenui (meeting house), to experience a traditional and unique Māori concert.


Afterwards, begin the approximately 90-minute drive back to Tauranga and your ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking with approximately one-half mile (800 metres) of pathway at Te Puia which is along paved and well maintained tracks. This tour is wheelchair accessible; however guests must be able to negotiate a few steps to get on/off the coach. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Indulge your senses with director Peter Jackson's cinematic tribute to writer JRR Tolkien during this fascinating excursion to the Hobbiton movie set. Originally constructed in 1999 for the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the movie set was rebuilt in amazing detail in 2010 for the filming of The Hobbit and its sequel.


Scenic Drive

Depart the pier with your driver-guide 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.


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 three 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. Following your guided tour, enjoy tea or coffee and a snack.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1 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. The tour sequence may vary.

Lake Rotoiti Kayaking

Get up close and personal with the natural surroundings of native New Zealand birdlife and fauna. Travel to Lake Rotoiti and kayak the calm lake's edge, enter the glow-worm cave and relax in the natural hot pools.


Lake Rotoiti

Depart the pier with your driver-guide for the approximately 1-hour drive to the lake. Enjoy a scenic sea-kayak experience past the cascading native bush including the Pohutukawa, New Zealand's native Christmas tree.

View classic kiwi holiday homes dotted amongst the cliffs and coves. Explore the quiet lake's edge with abundant birdlife before parting the bush to enter the glow-worm cave.


Hot Pools

Relax in the natural thermal hot pools as you reflect on your nature experience. Enjoy the myths and legends of the Maori people linked to Lake Rotoiti relayed to you by your guide.


Your tour concludes back at the pier after an approximately 1-hour drive.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of physical activity and is recommended for guests in good physical condition in order to operate their kayak. This is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The maximum weight limit is 308 pounds (140 kilograms/22 stones). Minimum age required is 8 years old. Jeans are not allowed, we recommend shorts or casual pants and a fleece or rain jacket depending on the weather. Approximately 2 hours in total of paddling. In the event of adverse weather conditions on Lake Rotoiti, for guests' safety and comfort an alternative location will be used. The alternative location does not include the glow worm cave. A picnic snack is provided. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour.

Sailing Lake Rotoiti

Take a relaxing sail aboard the 'Tuia", a beautiful 53-foot catamaran. You will discover Lake Rotoiti, one of the nine beautiful lakes in the Rotorua District.


Lake Rotoiti

Take a two and a half hour sailing trip on Lake Rotoiti, one of the most beautiful of the many lakes in the Rotorua region. Sail past the bubbling geothermal springs of Wharetata Bay and the small bush covered islands of Motumauri Islands teeming with native birds. 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. Enjoy a stop for a soak at the lake edge Manupirua geothermal hot pools. While on board a picnic style lunch will be served along with a selection of beverages. Your hospitable hosts will make your sail memorable.


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


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of activity, however it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those guests who utilise a wheelchair. Wear lightweight clothing and comfortable soft-soled footwear and we recommend bringing a swimsuit, towel, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Driver/Guide (Full Day)

Explore Tauranga 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 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 Tauranga. 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. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship for assistance with your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Driver/Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Tauranga 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 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 Tauranga. 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. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship for assistance with your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Driver/Guide (Full Day)

Explore Tauranga 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 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 Tauranga. Participation is limited to 6 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. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship for assistance with your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Driver/Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Tauranga 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 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 Tauranga. Participation is limited to 6 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. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship for assistance with your individual itinerary.

Tauranga Panoramic Drive

Discover the historic sites of scenic Tauranga during this delightful half-day orientation tour of the city. Tauranga is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. It was settled by Māori late in the 13th century and by Europeans in the early 19th century and was constituted as a city in 1963.


Tauranga

Depart the Port of Mount Maunganui with your driver-guide 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, with a guided visit to a kiwi fruit orchard. This will give you a chance to see and learn about the unique kiwifruit where the workings of the orchard will be fully explained. At the end of the tour you will be able to taste and sample the fruit and enjoy a freshly baked scone with kiwi jam and cream.


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

Volcanic White Island by Helicopter

Enjoy a breath-taking aerial journey to New Zealand's only active marine volcano on this tour. Land on White Island, don your safety gear and proceed on a guided walk with your pilot.


Pacific Ocean

From the ship, a short transfer brings you to the Tauranga Airport. Following a safety briefing, board your helicopter and depart on your 30 minute flight over the sparse, open expanses of the Pacific Ocean to White Island.


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 your helicopter for the scenic 30 minute flight back to Tauranga and your ship.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate 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 on board. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as guest safety and comfort, the maximum weight per passenger must not exceed 286 pounds (130 kilograms/20.43 stones). 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; there is a minimum/maximum amount to operate this tour, we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour.

‘The Mount’ Walking Tour

Discover the history, landmarks, wildlife habitats and archaeological sites of Mount Maunganui during this panoramic, half-day hiking excursion to its summit.


Tauranga Harbour, Mt. Maunganui Trek, Landmarks, Archaeological Sites, Wildlife Habitat

Depart the pier for the scenic, guided walking tour up nearby Mt. Maunganui en route to its summit, 'Mauao', commonly known as 'The Mount'. Along the way, take in spectacular panoramic vistas of your surrounds, and discover significant landmarks, archaeological sites, harbour activities and wildlife habitats. In addition, learn about this area's legends and historical events, including how the Mount Maunganui locals identify with Mauao, their mountain.


Mauao Summit, Panoramic Views of the Tauranga Region, Optional Saltwater Pools

Upon reaching the summit of Mauao, relax with light refreshments and take in spectacular panoramic vistas of the Tauranga region. Leaving the summit, descend the mountain and commence the short walk back to the pier through town, which features shopping and eateries. Alternatively, you may opt to take a soak in the unique, hot, saltwater pools located at the base of Mt. Maunganui, then walk back to the ship at your leisure.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 2.5 miles-3.1 miles (about four kilometres-five kilometres), at times over uneven and natural surfaces and hills, with approximately 150 steps at Mount Maunganui. This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable and layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking or hiking shoes, and bring sun protection and a walking pole (if owned) from the ship. Guests opting to take a soak in the hot salt water pools at Mt. Maunganui should also bring a towel, bathing suit and change of clothing from the ship. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Programas en tierra en TAURANGA (Bay Of Plenty)

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Maori Mysteries & Rotorua

Discover one of New Zealand's most fascinating geothermal and cultural regions. Take a guided walk through Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the world's newest geothermal system, visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake and world-renowned trout fishing capital. Explore Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lastly, no visit to this region would be complete without a tasting of superb local wines.


02MIDTRG-A Maori Mysteries & Rotorua

Departure: Tauranga, February 2, 2020

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

Re-join ship: Wellington, February 4, 2020

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. 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. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


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 before cruising.



DAY ONE - Sunday, February 2, 2020 - TAURANGA - ROTORUA

Meet your guide at the pier at approximately 8:30am, board your coach and travel through Te Puke, the heart of the kiwi fruit country, past beautiful rugged countryside and dense forest before reaching the famous geothermal area of Rotorua. On arrival at the Te Puia Thermal Reserve, you'll be welcomed by a Maori guide before being led on a walk through the thermal area past bubbling mud pools, natural springs and sprouting geysers. Further along, at the Maori Arts and Crafts center, you will be immersed in Maori culture as you watch the Maori carvers and weavers at work.


From Te Puia travel by way of the Government Gardens, dominated by the Tudor-style Bath House which is now a Museum. The Gardens are also noted for their bowling greens and croquet lawns which are well used by the local people. Leaving the Gardens the tour passes Queen Elizabeth Hospital, world renowned for its treatment of arthritic and rheumatic ailments, then follow the Rotorua Lakefront, where you may see duck, black swans and some sea birds.


After a short journey, you'll board an 8-seater aerial gondola for a leisurely scenic ride up Mount Ngongotaha to the Skyline Restaurant for lunch. As you gently ascend, you'll be rewarded with a 180° stunning panorama of Rotorua, the surrounding geothermal areas and lakes. At the summit, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in spectacular surroundings.


Return down the cableway and transfer to the hotel, where the rest of the afternoon is free to explore independently until the transfer to dinner this evening.


This evening transfer to Mitai for a Maori Concert and Hangi dinner. Located near the Rainbow Springs complex Mitai was started in 2003 for the express purpose of giving visitors a more personal, unique and authentic cultural experience. The show is held outdoors in the forest and the Hangi meal is provided at the completion of the show. Time is available for questions and photographs for those who wish to get up close and personal with the warriors.


The show is a raw, unembellished and enriching experience suited to the traveler who is looking for something a little bit more authentic than is provided elsewhere. Also included is a short bush walk to look at glow-worms in their natural surroundings. Following tonight's concert and dinner, you will be transferred back to your hotel.


Overnight at the Novotel - Rotorua or similar.


DAY TWO - Monday, February 3, 2020 - ROTORUA - TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK


Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning.


Depart from Rotorua and travel through the manmade pine Forest to Waimangu. This unique scenic reserve is the only large hydrothermal system in the world wholly formed in recent times and as the direct result of volcanic eruption. Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Lake Rotomahana were created on June 10, 1886 by the Tarawera Eruption, and their history is extremely well documented. This is one of the few places in the world that has had its development recorded and measured since the day it was created.


Waimangu Valley is a tranquil, uncrowded place with an easy walkway partly through bush. The pathways have been designed to allow intimate involvement with the outstanding geothermal features and plants. Often referred to by visitors as "the most beautiful place we have seen in New Zealand." You will see spectacular large craters filled with hot colored or clear water, silica terracing, hot running streams, fumaroles and hot springs.


Following the visit continue to Huka Falls. At the Huka Falls, the Waikato River which is normally 110 yards wide, is squeezed through a 20 yard wide gorge and over a 66 foot drop. Every second up to 7,800 cubic feet of water gushes through the gorge and shoots out over 26 feet beyond to create a beautiful blue/green pool. The name Huka is the Maori word for 'foam', which is appropriate as the falling water and rapids certainly resembles foam, especially under flooding conditions.


Continue to Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake and a world-renowned trout fishing site. Lunch is included in the Beach Brasserie at Manuel's Resort. This is right on the beach, and offers you a casual style restaurant featuring fresh New Zealand produce. Enjoy the fantastic menu options and relax as you take in the scenic lake views.

This afternoon, travel around the northern and eastern shores of Lake Taupo. Continue through the village of Turangi to enter the Tongariro National Park.


Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand. It has been acknowledged by UNESCO as a mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Site. The Park stretches around the massif of the three active volcanoes Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Tongariro. In 1886 in order to prevent the selling of the mountains to European settlers, the local tribe had the mountains surveyed in the Native Land Court and then set aside as a reserve in the names of certain chiefs one of whom was Te Heuheu Tukino IV (Horonuku), the most significant chief of the Maori Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe. Later the peaks of Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and parts of Mount Ruapehu, were conveyed to The Crown on 23 September 1887, on condition that a protected area was established there.


Whakapapa, on the northern side of Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand's Tongariro National Park, is one of the mountain's two commercial ski fields. Access to the ski field is by the 4 mile Bruce Road. A stop will be made at the 'Top o' the Bruce', for photographs before descending to your hotel.


The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. An optional self-guided walk is available should you wish to the Taranaki Falls. This is a great afternoon walk. The falls tumble over the edge of a large lava flow, which erupted from Ruapehu 15,000 years ago, then plunges into a boulder-ringed pool. From below the falls there are fabulous views into the water-worn gorges of the Wairere Stream. This is a loop track of less than 4 miles and will take about 2 hours.


Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.

Overnight at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel.


DAY 3 - Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK - MOUNT BRUCE - WELLINGTON


Start your day with a good breakfast at the hotel.


On leaving the hotel, retrace yesterday's route to join Highway 1 at Rangipo. The Rangipo Desert receives 59-98 inches of rainfall per year, but resembles a desert because of a poor soil quality and drying winds, and also due to the mass sterilization of seeds during a series of violent eruptions, particularly ignimbrite flows about 20,000 years ago. The vegetation is low and sparse, consisting of mainly tussock and snow grasses. The headwaters of many small streams, which later turn into large rivers, gouge deep serrated valleys through the unconsolidated ash and pumice-rich earth. The climate here is harsh and alpine as much of the desert lies at an altitude of over 3,300 feet above sea level.


Continue south, with the volcanos of the Tongariro National Park to your right, to Waiouru, where the New Zealand Army's largest military establishment and training grounds is located. Descend from the Volcanic Plateau through a number of small settlements to Woodville before passing via Pahiatua and Eketahuna to Mount Bruce.


Puhaka Mount Bruce is New Zealand's National Wildlife Centre for conservation of some of the most endangered wildlife. It is also a center for environmental education and an eco-tourism destination. Kiwi, kokako, kaka and other wildlife are now being restored to the forest with the support of the local community. It is here that you will become knowledgeable about New Zealand's unique conservation history. Interactive displays in the visitor center are fascinating and fun for children and adults alike. Intriguing stories are told about Mount Bruce and its vision, challenges and achievements via interpretation displays. The National Wildlife Centre at Puhaka Mount Bruce is a nationally and internationally recognized captive breeding facility for a number of threatened bird species. Join a Department of Conservation Guide for a walk around through the ancient lowland pod carp forest and learn about the species recovery program.


A light lunch will be included today at Mount Bruce.


Departing from Mount Bruce continue to Masterton and through the Wairarapa farmlands to Greytown. Greytown was first settled on 27 March 1854 under the Small Farms Association Settlement Scheme and was named after Governor Sir George Grey, who arranged for the land to be bought from local Maori. There is a short time to browse the main street stores in Greytown with their Victorian architecture before travelling to Martinborough. John Martin is regarded as the town's founder and set out the first streets in the pattern of the Union Flag in the 19th century. Many of the town's streets are named after foreign cities visited by Martin.


A tasting of local wines is included at Murdoch James wines. Roger and Jill Fraser first planted Pinot Noir and Syrah on the river-stone terraces of the region with the focus on producing wines of distinction. Today, Roger's son Carl Fraser is a winemaker. The lime based soils of their Blue Rock Vineyard allow Murdoch James Estate to create white wines that combine vibrant fruit flavours with a long, lingering minerality, and red wines of complexity and character.


From Martinborough the route is through Upper and Lower Hutt, skirting the western shore of Wellington Harbour to the city itself. The capital, at the southern tip of the North Island, is a cosmopolitan center of government and commerce. It is known for its winds, its winding streets, its homes clinging to the hillsides, but above all - its harbor. Wellington has one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. It became the capital in 1865 when the seat of government was transferred from Auckland.

On arrival undertake a tour of the city which will include Oriental Bay, Mount Victoria and the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Begonia House. The tour will end upon your return to the ship at approximately 6:45pm.


Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at Novotel Rotorua (twin standard room)

· One-night stay at Chateau Tongariro (twin standard room)

· Two Breakfasts

· Three Lunches and Two Dinners including 2 drinks per person (NZ wine, beer, juice or soft drink). Except at the Pukaha Mt. Bruce café where no alcoholic beverages are offered.

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary by private vehicle with the services of a driver and an experienced English-Speaking guide.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves a moderate amount of activity - some uneven surfaces, stairs and periods of standing. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. This programme will be accompanied by a driver and a separate guide. Guests are advised to bring a raincoat and dress in layers as weather is subject to change quickly. Guests are advised to wear flat, closed-toe comfortable walking shoes, and bring medication, camera, charger and adapter from the ship. Make sure hiking boots/shoes are totally clean and free of dirt on souls before leaving the ship. Customs officers may check and could issue fine. No food may be taken ashore. The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Program details are subject to change. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The local currency is New Zealand Dollar; credit cards are accepted; local ATMs are available in most locations visited.


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 program 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 program. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

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