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New Zealand Ocean Cruise Multi-Adventure Tour

Walk/Hike
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North & South Islands—Milford Sound to Auckland

From $8,798 - $9,098 pp dbl. occ. | 10 days / 9 nights

(+$1,300 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.

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New Zealand

Start Dunedin / End Auckland

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Highlights

  • Stroll with your expert Backroads Trip Leaders amid pristine coastal and mountain 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 lush foliage
  • Journey aboard a luxurious superyacht, discovering the South Island's scenic inlets where dolphins and penguins play
New Zealand

Start Dunedin / End Auckland

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Itinerary

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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Prices

From $8,798 - $9,098 pp dbl. occ.
10 days / 9 nights

(+$1,300 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Ship

Ponant Le Laperouse
Ponant Ship

Le Lapérouse (9 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in New Zealand

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Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Ponant Le Laperouse

Ponant Ship

Le Lapérouse (9 nights)

With just 92 staterooms, Ponant's Le Lapérouse has the intimacy and sophistication of a private yacht, including comfortable open-air lounge areas with panoramic views and elegantly designed staterooms. (pool, spa)

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Other Otago Peninsula Hike (4 Hours)
2 Other Cruise Dusky Sound
3 Other Cruise Milford Sound
4 Other Cruise Western Coast
5 Other Queen Charlotte Track Hike (5 Hours)
6 Other Te Papa Museum Visit (2 Hours)
Other Wellington Southern Walkway Hike (4 Hours)
7 Other Hawke's Bay Biking (3 Hours)
8 Other White Island Guided Walk (2 Hours)
9 Other Bay of Plenty Biking (2 Hours)
Kayaking on Tauranga Harbour (2 Hours)
10 Other Disembarkation
 

Note: The biking terrain on this trip ranges from flat to rolling. Please note that cars drive on the left in New Zealand, so we will also be riding on the left; this presents an additional challenge. Hiking routes consist of well-worn trails and are moderately hilly with some steeper sections.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Exclusive biking and hiking routes with multiple options at varied paces
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions
  • Wine included with all onboard meals

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Group Size

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 100- to 250-passenger ships are exclusive by ocean standards and are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.Due to the unique nature of our active Ocean Cruise trips, we welcome more guests on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders.With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

Itinerary

Our daily itinerary is subject to scheduled sailing times and as a result some days have limited or no access to shore. This sailing schedule allows us to view the expansive breadth and beauty of New Zealand, visiting places that would otherwise be a challenge to reach on non-cruise itineraries. Our time spent on land will be optimized and filled with active pursuits, but be prepared for full days at sea with decreased physical activity.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the Ponant ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Why Travel with Backroads in New Zealand

We Reinvented the Ocean Cruise

Backroads pioneered the active ocean trip, partnering with Ponant, the leader in ocean cruising, to create a new kind of travel experience featuring biking, walking and multi-adventure explorations from an elegant floating hotel.

The Best Leaders in New Zealand

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in New Zealand, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our New Zealand trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Group Size

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 100- to 250-passenger ships are exclusive by ocean standards and are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.Due to the unique nature of our active Ocean Cruise trips, we welcome more guests on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders.With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

Itinerary

Our daily itinerary is subject to scheduled sailing times and as a result some days have limited or no access to shore. This sailing schedule allows us to view the expansive breadth and beauty of New Zealand, visiting places that would otherwise be a challenge to reach on non-cruise itineraries. Our time spent on land will be optimized and filled with active pursuits, but be prepared for full days at sea with decreased physical activity.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the Ponant ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.
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