Silversea Luxury Cruises A TAURANGA (Bay Of Plenty)

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Tauranga, New zeland

Tauranga is New Zealand’s sunny capital – with wide sweeping beaches and surfers curling across cresting waves. Climb to the top for spectacular views of the natural harbour, or take winding coastal footpaths to explore the unfolding scenery. An entry point to the vast indent of the Bay of Plenty, the volcanic peak of Mount Maunganui is a fittingly dramatic welcome. Brooding, geothermal energy creates spectacular natural attractions across this region, while plunging waterfalls, and fascinating Maori culture ensures that the Bay of Plenty has a lot to offer visitors. View more

Said to receive New Zealand’s highest amount of sunshine, the hanging kiwi, citrus fruit and avocados add an exotic touch to the area’s landscape - especially around Te Puke. Vibrant teal and orange colours await at the stunning geothermal area of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, where mud pools bubble and steam rises from the earth. There are more hot pools, and some of the country’s best scenery, at Lake Rotoiti - where you can kayak across the smooth surface and enter a cave that glows gentle blue, with its darkened roof illuminated by glittering glow worms. Enter New Zealand’s fantasy world, with a visit to some of the country's celebrated filming spots - which have featured as doubles for JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth's fantasy settings. Offshore, the wonderful White Island’s volcanic cone peeks from the waves, and New Zealand's most active volcano certainly knows how to put on a show, belching out smoke across the water.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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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.

Flavours of the Waikato Region

Experience the farm-life and flavours of the Red Barn in an interactive new way during this scenic and fun-filled, full-day excursion with lunch.


Countryside Drive, Livestock, Waikato District, Rock Springs Farm, Red Barn

Depart the pier with your guide for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Red Barn. En route, traverse the beautiful countryside, see paddocks full of sheep, horses, beef cattle and dairy cows, and enjoy informative commentary about the history of the region. Located on the Rock Spring Farm, a stunning working dairy farm in the Waikato region, the Red Barn was well-known at the turn of the 20th century for being a livery stable. Stagecoaches stopped at the Red Barn during long journeys to exchange their tired horses, then carried on with their voyage across the greater Waikato.


Scenic Farm Drive, Red Barn, Interactive Butter-Making and Tasting

Upon arrival, take a short sightseeing drive through the picturesque farm, then proceed to the Red Barn. Following a welcome refreshment and comfort stop, learn about the history of the Rock Spring Farm and Red Barn, then try your hand at making your own butter during an interactive butter-making experience. Once churned, you can sample it on fresh, locally-baked breads.


Interactive, Six-Course Degustation Lunch, Free Time, Park-Like Grounds

Next, proceed for a six-course degustation lunch with wine. During lunch, you are invited to participate in the preparation of one of the courses, and enjoy a 'sensory' experience between courses three-and-four. The chefs also share stories of the fresh, locally-sourced ingredients used for each dish, from the buttermilk of the farm's dairy cows to the fish from area lakes and rivers. After lunch, some free time is made available to stroll about the property and relax in the park-like grounds, and even take some photos whilst seated on 'Bertie', the vintage tractor. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and gravel surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the entrance to the Red Barn. Walking at the Red Barn is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. This tour does not operate on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. 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.

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.

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.

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.


Depart the pier with your driver-guide for the approximately 1-hour drive to the lake.

Lake Rotoiti

Upon arrival, embark upon 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.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1-hour drive back to the pier.

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.

‘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.


Programas en tierra en TAURANGA (Bay Of Plenty)

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: North Island’s Maori Heritage & Natural Wonders

Immerse yourself in New Zealand's Maori Culture and breathtaking natural beauty of the North Island. Discover one of New Zealand's most fascinating geothermal and cultural regions. Visit Rotorua and its famous geothermal parks and enjoy a Maori performance and traditional 'hangi' dinner. Continue to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake and world-renowned trout fishing capital and finally explore Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


02MIDTRG-B North Island's Maori Heritage & Natural Wonders

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Departure: Tauranga at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Re-join ship: Wellington at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Land Adventure is a small group luxury tour, providing bespoke cultural and sightseeing experiences. We limit the tour to a small group in order to ensure your experience is a high-quality one. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. If the program fills up, you'll be accommodated on a space-available basis. Advanced booking is required at least 90 days prior to sailing date via Silversea Reservations. We suggest booking early to secure your spot(s).

Please be advised that a minimum number of participants is required for this program to run as described. In rare cases when the minimum number of participants is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at an increased rate based on private arrangements or to cancel your specific departure for a refund. The self-cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, is 90 days or sooner to initial sailing date at the rate of 100% program fare per person. The payment for your Land Adventure is due in full on the same date as your final payment due for your cruise. Per Silversea's general payment terms, bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner.

All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 120 days of sailing, with the exception of cancellation by Silversea. Our family-friendly land programs require adult accompaniment of any guests under the age of 18. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your land program runs as described. Our local operators reserve the right to modify tour sequence, sites visited and venues mentioned due to operational reasons.

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.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

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


DAY ONE - Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - Tauranga/Rotorua


Meet your guide at the pier at approximately 8:30 a.m., 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 will 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, board an aerial gondola for a leisurely scenic ride up Mount Ngongotaha to the Skyline Restaurant for lunch. As you gently ascend, you will 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 get a personal, unique and authentic cultural experience at Mitai for a Maori Concert and Hangi dinner.

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.


Please note: Maori Concert and Hangi Dinner are not exclusive for Silversea guests. A hangi dinner is cooked in the ground, taken out in baskets and served Buffet style.

DAY TWO - Thursday, February 4, 2021 - Rotorua/ Huka Falls/ Lake Taupo/Tongariro National Park


Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning.


Depart from Rotorua and travel inland to Tongariro National Park. En route Jet boat down the Waikato River through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. See abundant bird life, pine forests, steaming volcanic river banks and trout feeding areas on your way to Orakei Korako. Leave your Jet Boat and take a guided tour of the brightly coloured silica terraces, boiling mud pools and hidden caves. Enjoy some time walking around Orakei Korako before re-joining your coach for the drive 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 the town of Taupo situated on the edge of the Lake, New Zealand's largest lake and a world-renowned trout fishing site. Lunch is included at a casual style restaurant featuring fresh New Zealand produce. Enjoy the fantastic menu options and relax as you take in the scenic lake views.


Afterwards, travel around the northern and eastern shores of Lake Taupo 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.


Your exploration of New Zealand isn't complete until you have experienced the ride through the sky on the largest gondola in the country. Journey over waterfalls and ancient lava flows and take in the majestic scenery of Mt Ruapehu and its neighboring volcanoes, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.


The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. An optional self-guided walk is available should you wish walk to the Taranaki Falls. 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 - Friday, February 5, 2021 - Tongariro National Park/Greytown/Wellington


Start your day with a good breakfast at the hotel.


Today will be an extremely busy day with many miles to cover but the highlights on the way are not to be missed.

After your check-out, depart from your hotel with a special guide for the next couple hours who will help you understand the legends, history and facts of the Tongariro region as you embark on the highlights of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park.

Leaving the park, travel south and pass by the site of the Tangiwai Train disaster of 1953 where at 10.21 p.m. on Christmas Eve the bridge was washed away and the train was lost over the edge. The carriages can still be seen on the sides of the river. A brief photo stop will be made here before heading for lunch to Thyme Estate, a real contrast from some of the moonscape type scenery you have passed through. This is a typical farmers place and many of the ingredients come from the beautiful gardens that surround the home. Take a stroll in the gardens and enjoy the beautiful views, before it is time to say goodbye and continue on with your journey.

Greytown is one of the prettiest towns in the North Island with its Victorian buildings, tree-lined streets and surrounding rural landscape speckled with rivers, olive groves and farms. But it is also one of New Zealand's premiere shopping and food destinations thanks to its designer boutiques, specialist shops, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy a glass of wine with cheese at a very special place before your drive to Wellington.

Pass through magnificent farming countryside including vineyards as well as sheep farms, steep hills and ever changing scenery before entering Wellington. Pass by Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Begonia House, the Beehive (home to the NZ Government Oriental Bay), and Mount Victoria. Wellington is known for its winds, its winding streets, its homes clinging to the hillsides, but above all - its harbour. Wellington has one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and you will drive along it before your return to the ship at approximately 7:30 pm.

Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at Novotel Rotorua (Superior King/twin room)

· One-night stay at Chateau Tongariro (Superior King/twin room)

· Two Breakfasts, Three Lunches and Two Dinners with drinks included

· 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.

Not Included:

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

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.