The breadth of New Zealand’s natural wonders is explored on this extraordinary 10-night program. Dubbed the “City of Sails,” spend three nights in picturesque Auckland. Aboard the newly-launched Le Lapérouse, witness the breathtaking beauty of the country. Spend two days cruising through the UNESCO World-Heritage-designated Fiordland National Park, composed of sheer cliffs, lush forests, deep fjords, untamed gorges and glacier-grooved landscapes—including Milford Sound, Rudyard Kipling’s “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Watch for an array of wildlife in a diverse panorama of ecosystems—albatross, sea lions, kiwi, penguins and rare dolphin and whale species.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Jan 14, 2023 - Jan 25, 2023
Pre-tour – Sydney, Australia
January 11 to 16, 2023
Enjoy a three-night immersion into cosmopolitan Sydney. Begin with a walking tour through the historic “Rocks” district, which marks the place where Australia was first founded. Savor stunning harbor views throughout the trip as you visit the iconic Sydney Opera House; the Royal Botanic Garden; the Yiribana Aboriginal Art Gallery; the famous Bondi Beach; and the dramatic cliffs of Gap Park.
Accommodations at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel Sydney.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,495
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $2,195
January 25 to 28, 2023
Discover New Zealand’s interior in Queenstown with a dynamic three-night tour extension. Enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Southern Alps on the Skyline Gondola from Bob’s Peak. Continue to the historic mining settlement of Arrowtown and step into the days of the 1860 Gold Rush. In the Lakes District Museum, see exhibits that celebrate the region’s early Maori life and settler days. Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the legendary T.S.S. Earnslaw, a classic, coal‑powered steamship.
Accommodations are in the the deluxe Hotel St. Moritz.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $2,095
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $2,495
> Grace Gary’s relationship with the National Trust began when, while in graduate school, she was chosen as a National Trust Maritime Intern. She’s hard to pin down on how many years ago that was, but she admits to having served as a lecturer on more-than fifty Trust tours over a span of more-than thirty years. She is also the author of two titles in the Trust’s “Information” series and served as director of the Trust’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. She also served as executive director of Preservation Pennsylvania, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg’s Tourism Leadership Program, and Nemours Mansion and Gardens. While at Nemours she oversaw an $80 million restoration program, which received the highest award from the AIA ever bestowed on a restoration project. She and fellow National Trust Tours lecturer Dwight Young also co-authored “Nemours: A Portrait of Alfred I. DuPont’s Home,” which was published by Rizzoli. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and has a Master’s in architectural history from the University of Virginia, where she had the privilege of living on the Range in one of the original, Thomas Jefferson-designed rooms.
No cancellation fees for new bookings until 96 days prior to trip departure.
Depart the U.S.
Depart home city and cross the International Date Line.
Arrive in Auckland/Embark Le Lapérouse
Arrive in Auckland and enjoy time at leisure before boarding Le Lapérouse.
See modern skyscrapers juxtaposed with restored Victorian buildings on a panoramic drive through downtown Auckland, known as the “City of Sails.” Stop to take a photo at Bastion point with views of the city and harbor. Visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum, dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives for their country, and see its collection of collection of Polynesian artifacts. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the ship.
Tauranga for Rotorua
Journey to the “thermal city” of Rotorua to experience rich Maori culture and other spectacular marvels. Visit Te Puia, located in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, to see the boiling mud pools and cascading Pohutu geyser that make Rotorua famous. Finish your tour with a lively Maori performance, including the world‑famous haka.
Travel to Marewa, a tiny suburb that showcases Napier’s homes from the 1930s and 1940s, noted for their use of modern geometrical designs, and see its iconic Art Deco Precinct. The township was originally laid out in the 1850s, but most of the town center was destroyed in 1931 by the Hawke’s Bay earthquake. Some of the architectural landmarks on your walking tour include the Municipal Theatre, the former Hotel Central, and the Masonic Hotel. Return to the Art Deco Trust building where you will see a short movie documenting the journey through the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and the determination that resulted in the city being rebuilt over the course of two years.
Wellington is the world’s southernmost capital city and New Zealand’s center of government and kiwi culture. On a panoramic drive, see the Wellington waterfront, the Beehive (which houses the executive wing), and Oriental Bay. Visit Old St. Paul’s Cathedral and Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum of New Zealand. The Maori name literally translates as “container of treasures.”
Day at Sea
Cruise the Tasman Sea and attend educational lectures on board the ship.
Milford, Doubtful, and Dusky sounds comprise Fiordland National Park, which is part of Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Look for New Zealand fur seals, the Bottlenose Dolphin and the Little (Blue) Penguin from the ship. See spectacular scenery as the ship enters Milford Sound—which author Rudyard Kipling referred to as the Eighth Wonder
of the World.
Cruise through Dusky Sound for views of dramatic wilderness, cliffs, sheer cliffs, and tumbling waterfalls. Look for cormorants, seagulls and New Zealand fur seals on Zodiac excursions. In 1773, the British navigator James Cook spent a few weeks at Dusky Sound, which is noted by a plaque that can be seen at Astronomer’s Point.
Soak up the grandeur of Dunedin’s architecture, lively business district, and famous Octagon city center with a panoramic drive that includes stops at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the First Church of Otago, and the Dunedin Rail Station. Visit Olveston House, a 35-room, early 20th century Jacobean-style mansion, and Larnach Castle on the crown of a wooded hill overlooking Otago Harbour—formed by a violent volcano more than 10 million years ago. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening.
Christchurch/Return to U.S.
Drive to Hagley Park to visit the Mona Vale Gardens, whose grounds include a lily pond, rose garden, and fern conservatory. See areas affected by the 2011 Canterbury earthquake and discover how they are rebuilding the city. Visit the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial, which includes the Memorial Wall and the Bridge of Remembrance along the River Avon, and continue your tour to Regent Street, where you will walk to Cathedral Square in the city center. After lunch transfer to the Christchurch airport for your flight home.
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