New Zealand Ocean Cruise Multi-Adventure Tour
North & South Islands—Milford Sound to Auckland
From $8,098 - $9,099 pp dbl. occ. | 10 days / 9 nights
(+$1,200 to $1,400 for sgl. occ.)
Discover an island paradise in the South Pacific. A pristine ocean perfect for a swim, or for kayaking alongside ancient settlements. But it's mountainous too. Experience the dramatic cliffs of Milford Sound, then cruise past penguins in breathtaking fjords. The journey continues in sensational wine country, tasting Hawke's Bay's full-bodied cabernet along the way. Paradise awaits. Come sail away to New Zealand.
- Stroll with your expert Backroads Trip Leaders amid pristine landscapes—we share our favorite hikes outside the cruise's reach
- Pedal Backroads custom titanium bikes along the vineyard-clad routes of Hawke's Bay, tasting outstanding North Island wines
- Cruise through dramatic Milford Sound beneath soaring cliffs adorned by waterfalls and blanketed in lush foliage
- Journey aboard a luxurious superyacht, discovering the South Island's scenic inlets where dolphins and penguins play
Day 1 Hike on the Otago Peninsula, where sheer bluffs plummet to the sea at Lovers Leap | Meet the locals: hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins), kekeno (fur seals) and rāpoka (sea lions) | Splendid Dunedin, the main city in the Otago region, delights with Scottish charm and architecture.
Day 2 Cruise along the Dusky Sound, one of the most stunning and complex fjords on the coastline | Follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook's famous 1773 voyage | Catch a glimpse of sunbathing Fiordland penguins.
Day 3 Sail through the extraordinary Milford Sound beneath towering cliffs laced with waterfalls and covered with dense foliage | Native birdlife abounds amid beech forests, scrubland and alpine tarns.
Day 4 Kick back on the ship's sundeck for a relaxing day at sea | Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins as you sail along the western coast.
Day 5 Hike on Queen Charlotte Track, a favorite trail for locals and visitors alike | Discover the rich Maori culture | Journey from New Zealand's South to North Island.
Day 6 New Zealand's fascinating history is on display at Te Papa Museum | Soak up stunning scenery—from a peaceful forest canopy to sweeping harbor and city views—on Wellington's Southern Walkway.
Day 7 Pedal through Hawke's Bay, a wine region known for its luscious cabernet | Follow the Tukituki River to Havelock North, a thriving arts community.
Day 8 Cruise to volcanic White Island and marvel at its steaming fumaroles | If the volcanic activity cooperates, take a guided walking tour of the crater and old sulfur mine.
Days 9-10 Bike along the banks of the Bay of Plenty | Kayak the tranquil waters of Tauranga Harbour for a closer look at ancient Maori settlements | Bid farewell to the ship in picturesque Auckland, set among volcanic mountains, islands and harbors dotted with sailboats.
Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.
PORTS OF CALL Dunedin | Dusky Sound | Milford Sound | Western Coast | Picton | Wellington | Napier | White Island | Tauranga | Auckland
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