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Botanica

Botanical Discovery of New Zealand by Small Ship

Auckland to Queenstown

Trip Code: BTNZC12
12 Days
31 Meals
2019

Trip Highlights

New Zealand's Other Islands

Explore Stewart Island and White Island, New Zealand's most active volcano.

Private NZ Gardens

Accompanied by Botanical Guide Sophie Thomson, you'll visit some of New Zealand's private gardens and meet their owners.

Zodiac Adventures

Enjoy zodiac rides in the remote and beautiful Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, exploring areas rich in unique flora.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director, local guides & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
  • 2 Nights in good quality, centrally located hotels
  • 9 Nights onboard the MS Caledonian Sky
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard your ship
  • 31 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Garden visits dependant on individual flight times
  • This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
New Zealand Map BTNZC12 2019-21
Auckland to Queenstown

Arrive Auckland and be transferred to your hotel for a Welcome Dinner to meet your fellow travellers and Botanical Guide.

Stay: Auckland, Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar

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  • Dinner

This morning we head north to visit private gardens in the Coatesville and Albany region. Meet the garden owners and share their gardening journey. Later this afternoon we arrive at our elegant Small Ship, the MS Caledonian Sky, your home for the next nine nights. Set sail on your journey as you enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Drinks and a dinner on board tonight.

Stay: Nine Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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From our berth in Tauranga, you’ll explore the Bay of Plenty region and visit two gardens and again learn some of New Zealand’s gardening challenges and joys from the garden owners. We enjoy lunch at a local winery.

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This morning, arrive at the remote and volcanic White Island. Weather permitting, you’ll board a Zodiac and take a guided tour to explore New Zealand’s most active volcano, identifiable by the plume of steam continually spouting from its crater. The sights are surreal; the main crater with towering walls, steaming vents, glittering yellow sulphur crystals, bubbling mud pots and a spectacular steaming lake. Later, enjoy an afternoon at sea as we make our way to Napier.

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By the morning, your ship will have arrived in the beautiful, sunny town of Napier. Here, you’ll join a sightseeing tour of this affluent coastal city. Rebuilt after the devastating 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake in the popular architectural style of the time, Napier’s amazing art deco facades and streetscapes are truly unique. You’ll also visit a private garden.

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Situated at the southern stretch of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is often celebrated as the country’s creative, culinary and cultural capital. This afternoon we visit a delightful private garden in Upper Hutt and you can then explore Wellington on your own from our central berth.

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On the south east of the Banks Peninsula, Akaroa is a delightful village settled by the French. From here we will explore three fascinating and very different gardens with our Botanical Guide.

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This morning, you’ll dock in Dunedin. Known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin both boasts Victorian and Edwardian architecture, as well as picturesque landscapes that are surrounded by dramatic hills and rugged beaches. Join a guided tour of the city’s 19th century buildings and the beautiful botanical gardens, which contain over 6,800 plant species. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this wonderful city.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast this morning, discover Stewart Island, New Zealand’s third-largest island and a wonderfully tranquil destination abundant with wildlife. Board a Zodiac and take in a morning on Ulva Island, enjoying a guided walk through dense native vegetation of the open island sanctuary with your Expedition Team. Known as Stewart Island’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’, the island is completely predator free for rare and endangered native birds. Land at Oban with the chance to wander amongst the shops and see the Rakiura Museum. Alternatively, join a drive to Observation Rock, which boasts views over Iona and Ulva Island and the pristine beaches of the east coast.

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Today we explore the incredible fiords of the South West corner of the South Island. This area is rich in history, majestic scenery and wildlife and can only be described as ‘nature’s garden’. Only accessible by sea, it is the most remote region of New Zealand. Our Zodiacs allow us to explore this area rich in flora and fauna. Prepare to feel humbled by the physical grandeur and powerful atmosphere both complex fiords exude.

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This morning, wake in the spectacular Milford Sound. A simply breathtaking world-renowned natural wonder, Milford Sound is described by some as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. With soaring cliffs rising from dark waters, and mammoth glaciers and mountain peaks painting the horizon, you’ll never want to close your eyes. Following breakfast this morning, disembark the MS Caledonian Sky for our spectacular alpine drive to picturesque Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown, Hilton Hotel or similar

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This morning we visit a beautiful private garden in a spectacular setting before going to the airport for our flight home.

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sightseeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.

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