9 NIGHTS CRUISE THE BEST OF NEW ZEALAND IN LUXURY
Auckland - Whakatane - Tauranga - Wellington - Picton - Lyttleton - Dunedin
Ponant - Le Bellot
On this cruise, PONANT invites you to discover New Zealand, a unique destination with a multitude of natural treasures. Set sail aboard Le Bellot for a 10-day cruise from Auckland to Dunedin. Your ship will finally reach Dunedin. The Edinburgh of New Zealand is a lively student city, with a rich Scottish Heritage. Surrounded by the blue waters of the Pacific, the twin islands of New Zealand are the promise of an incredible mosaic of contrasting panoramas.
21 JANUARY 2021
21 JANUARY 2021 AUCKLAND
Embarkation 21/1/2021 from 16h00 to 17h00
Departure 21/1/2021 at 18h00
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest, most populated and busiest city. Located on an isthmus linking the peninsula of Northland to the expansive North Island, it seems to float between land and sea. It is one of the few cities in the world to have two separate harbours : Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. You will understand why Auckland is known as the city of sails when you see the forest of masts in the marina. The 328 metre-high Sky Tower offers splendid views of the city. Surrounded by dormant volcanoes such as Mt Eden, Auckland is noted for its abundant nature and magnificent black-sand beaches. A blend of Maori, European and Asian cultures give the city a vibrant atmosphere.
22 JANUARY 2021 WHAKATANE
Arrival 22/1/2021 midday
Departure 22/1/2021 late afternoon
Lying to the east of Tauranga, Whakatane stretches the entire length of the Bay of Plenty, protected by the outlying Matakana Island. Discovered in 1769 by James Cook, the Bay of Plenty is one of the jewels of the North Island. You can also reach the town of Rotorua and the unmissable thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu, combining volcanic valleys and geysers for an exceptional geothermic experience. Boasting a strong Maori culture, Whakatane will not fail to surprise you with its history and its authenticity.
23 JANUARY 2021 TAURANGA
Arrival 23/1/2021 early morning
Departure 23/1/2021 early evening
Located to the north of Rotorua, Tauranga stretches the length of the Bay of Plenty, sheltered from the ocean by the island of Matakana. This coastal city boasts a flourishing economy thanks to its port, and is a pleasant and pretty town with a peaceful, relaxed feel. The seafront area is contemporary and lively, dotted with cafés and restaurants. The town centre reveals more picturesque charms, while the surrounding area is packed full of natural delights. Travel on to the town of Rotorua to visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland: a fantastic opportunity to experience an absolutely exceptional geothermal phenomenon.
2 POSSIBLE STOPOVER TOUR OPTIONS
1. ROTORUA THERMAL WONDERLAND - 9h00
Join your coach and travel across the countryside for approximately 90 minutes from Tauranga to Rotorua towards Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Wai-O-Tapu (meaning “Sacred Waters”) is a world of its own - nestled in a natural bush setting, it has been sculptured over thousands of years by volcanic activity. With safety and the environment in mind, clearly defined tracks make up a series of walks. Visitors are provided with a detailed coloured guide map, which identifies the walks and provides easily understood information on each of the unique volcanic features and vistas. Translations of this map are available in French. Within the park and supplementing this information are well positioned displays providing depth to the geology of the area and information on some of its fauna and flora.
You will have enough time to complete Walk 1 (about 30 minutes), winding its way through the main geothermal activity. During your walk, see the brilliantly coloured “Champagne Pool”, renowned for its size, colour and texture, as well as steaming ground, huge volcanic craters, hot and cold coloured springs. The Devil's Bath, the last feature before returning to the Visitor Centre, has a water colour that has to be seen to be believed.
Reboard your tour coach and travel to Te Puia. Te Puia is home to the internationally renowned spouting Pohutu geyser and boasts silica terraces, pools of boiling mud and dramatic steams vents. You will enjoy an exclusive Maori performance in the sacred meeting house, and witness the Maori culture and traditions regarding visitors onto their land. The performance includes the world-famous haka, a war dance designed to frighten an enemy and intricate hand games that are used to train young warriors.
Then, enjoy canape's whilst overlooking the world famous Pohutu Geyser, before making your way to your Maori inspired lunch. After lunch, enjoy some time visiting Te Puia's Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Here, the students learn skills ranging from carving to weaving, along with creating flax skirts and patterned bodices, and you will see all this at close hand.
This tour involves walking on well-formed walking tracks. Some steps and gentle gradients at Waiotapu and Te Puia. Distance covers about 1.8 mile (3 km) at leisurely pace. Wear comfortable walking shoes, protect yourself from the sun and bring a light sweater. This tour is limited to 40 participants.
2. ROTORUA : VOLCANISM & GEOTHERMALISM - 9h00
Board your coach and travel across the countryside for approximately 90 minutes, from Tauranga to Rotorua, towards Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the world’s youngest geothermal valley.
A Result of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption in 1886, this dramatic landscape is home to spectacular volcanic craters, enormous hot water springs, beautiful geothermal features and rare plant life. The valley is also a protected scenic reserve and wildlife refuge set in native forest. Waimangu means "black water" in Maori and comes from the colour of the water that was thrown up by the famous Waimangu Geyser, which was blackened with mud and rocks.
You will follow your guide on a walk along unpaved paths, explore the geothermal wonders of Waimangu and enjoy a panoramic view over the valley. During your journey, you will learn more about the Southern Crater and the formation of the Cathedral Rocks, or the “Frying Pan” Lake, considered as the world’s largest hot spring. Waimangu and Lake Rotomahana, at the end of the valley, are fantastic examples of an ecosystem naturally re-establishing itself after a volcanic eruption.
Reboard your tour coach and travel to Te Puia. Te Puia is home to the internationally renowned spouting Pohutu geyser and boasts silica terraces, pools of boiling mud and dramatic steams vents. You will enjoy an exclusive Maori performance in the sacred meeting house, and witness the Maori culture and traditions reserved for visitors on their land. The performance includes the world-famous haka, a war dance designed to frighten an enemy and intricate hand games that are used to train young warriors.
Then, enjoy canapes whilst overlooking the world famous Pohutu Geyser, before making your way to your Maori inspired lunch. After lunch, enjoy some time visiting Te Puia's Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Here, the students learn skills ranging from carving to weaving, along with creating flax skirts and patterned bodices, and you will witness all this first-hand.
This tour involves walking on well-formed walking tracks. There are some steps and gentle gradients at Waimangu and Te Puia. You will cover a distance of about 1.8 miles (3 km) at a leisurely pace. Wear comfortable walking shoes, protect yourself from the sun and bring a light sweater.
24 JANUARY 2021 AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
25 JANUARY 2021 WELLINGTON
Arrival 25/1/2021 early morning
Departure 25/1/2021 late evening
Crowned with gentle green hills, Wellington harbour is located in the far south of North Island. This city offers a charming pell-mell of traditional and modern cultures, bestowing on the New Zealand capital, a unique atmosphere, at once friendly and avant-guard. Where some sites, like the large National Te Papa Tongarewa museum, reflect the city’s Maori past, others, like the many cafés and restaurants, affirm the inhabitants’ incredible lust for life.
2 POSSIBLE STOPOVER TOUR OPTIONS:
1. AROUND WELLINGTON - 3h30
From the ship, you will climb aboard your air-conditioned van at the pier and set out on a three and a half-hour adventure that will take you only 12 miles (20 km) out of Wellington but will feel like in another world.
After winding your way through the city streets and past Parliament buildings, enjoy a scenic view over the city and the harbour from Tinakori Hill. You will travel over farmland with fabulous views of Cook Strait and the South Island in the distance (weather permitting).
You will see along the way the Terawhiti Farm, one of the North Island's largest farms, with over over 3,000 wild goats, that has been in the same family since 1850. Learn about the fascinating history of the area and its connections to Wellington.
You will also discover New Zealand's largest wind farm. Get right up to the towering 367 feet (111 m) wind turbines, harnessing the wind to generate clean, renewable electricity.
A stop for refreshments will be made nearby New Zealand fur seals colony. While numbers fluctuate, seals are guaranteed year-round. Close to this colony, discover the Leaning Lighthouse, built in 1915. The 65-foot tall tower was one of New Zealand's first automated lighthouses.
This tour is limited to 24 guests and involves minimal walking distance. Wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun and the wind.
2. WELLINGTON CITY SIGHTS - 4h00
Enjoy the best of Wellington on this scenic tour. Leaving the port, make your way to the Wellington Botanical Garden. Over 64 acres (26 ha) of unsurpassed views, unique landscape, exotic forests, native bush, colourful floral displays and gorgeous specialist gardens. Visit the Duck Pond, Begonia House or the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Many paths to choose from.
Continue on your scenic tour, taking in Wellington's impressive Parliament Buildings, known as the Beehive (photo stop). Your route will also take you to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Created in 2015 to enhance the setting for the National War Memorial, the park is a public gathering space for ceremonial occasions. The park is also a place for memorials from countries with which New Zealand has a shared military heritage and often described as an oasis of quiet reflection in the middle of our vibrant capital city of Wellington.
Have a brief stop here before continuing to Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand's innovative and interactive museum, located on Wellington's spectacular waterfront. With your knowledgeable Museum host, explore the great treasures and stories of this country, it's unique environment, the vitality of Maori culture and its dynamic art heritage. With the combination of latest technology and classic storytelling, Te Papa educates, entertains and inspires. You will have a 60-minute guided tour to discover the hidden treasures, or you can choose to stay here and return to the ship on your own.
This tour involves approximately 1.3 mile (2 km) of easy walking at an easy pace. This tour is limited to 40 participants.
26 JANUARY 2021 PICTON
Arrival 26/1/2021 early morning
Departure 26/1/2021 late afternoon
A must-see entry point to South Island, Picton is a little coastal town girded by gentle hills, located on the south side of the Queen Charlotte inlet. The cafés and restaurants which border the charming waterfront give a very lovely view of the fjord. You can also decide to get some height above sea level, and walk in the surrounding areas. However, Picton is above all an opportunity to explore the unique Marlborough fjords. This interweave of submerged valleys, making numerous different navigable routes, are among the most beautiful natural wonders of New Zealand.
4 POSSIBLE STOPOVER TOUR OPTIONS:
1. QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND CRUISE & TASTING - 3h00
The Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island are one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in New Zealand. Richly endowed with jewels of natural beauty, this intricate maze of waterways with its attractive beaches and lush greenery provides for the perfect nature experience.
Your excursion starts at Picton Marina, where you will board a catamaran and travel through Queen Charlotte Sounds. Queen Charlotte Sound is the easternmost of the main sounds of the Marlborough Sounds, in New Zealand's South Island. It is, like the other sounds, a drowned river valley (or ria).
Take in the natural beauty and tranquillity of this fantastic area and enjoy a commentary on the history of Marlborough Sounds and the pioneering people who have settled here over six generations. Among the variety of wildlife you may see terns, shags, blue penguins, and even dolphins and seals. The skipper will point these out as you cruise the Queen Charlotte Sounds.
During your journey, you will pass by a Salmon Farm and learn how this world class product is grown in the Marlborough Sounds. Depending on the sea conditions, guests may have the opportunity to step onto the Salmon Farm and feed the fish.
Marlborough is the Greenshell Mussel capital of the world, see what a Greenshell Mussel farm is and your boat captain will explain why this delicacy grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds.
Continue your cruise and enjoy a tasting of local salmon products served as nibbles and also try some fresh steamed NZ Greensheel Mussels which is matched with a crisp glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
This scenic boat tour involves very little walking. This tour needs a minimum of 12 participants and is limited to 19. Animals sightings, though frequent, cannot be guaranteed.
2. SHEEP FARM AND WINERY - 7h00
From the pier, board your coach for the one-and-a-half-hour drive to Kekerengu, located on the East Coast of the South Island. Your destination is Winterhome, a real working sheep and beef farm where 3,500 breeding sheep and 100 cattle are raised on this stunning coastal farm. Stop near the farm woolshed for a sheep dog demonstration, where the incredibly talented dogs skilfully muster a small flock of sheep under the guidance of the farm manager. Look on as an expert shearer delicately relieves an ewe of its pristine fleece in a matter of moments.
Next, a short coach ride will bring you to Winterhome Garden where you will be met by your hosts, the Macfarlane family. Stroll through the unique, large scale formal garden and take in the many different vistas, including local mountains and a rugged coastline. Its formal structure is of world-class design and the garden's intersecting axes take visitors in many unexpected directions, past fish ponds, water features, a citrus grove, floral avenues, and even an avocado orchard.
Lunch will be served at The Store – a true Kaikoura Coast icon and a highly regarded café with breath-taking views which serves fresh food. Your local country-style lunch will be accompanied by award winning Black Cottage wine.
On your return trip to the ship, stop at Hans Herzog winery for an informative tour and tasting. Hans Herzog is regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest world-class wine destinations. The stylish Cellar Door offers the largest and most eclectic selection of wines and grape varieties in New Zealand, all created from grapes of their ‘Grand Cru’ organic estate vineyard. Herzog Estate is the only winery where you can stroll along stunning gardens, get to see a beautiful organic vineyard and a fully equipped winery with the most beautiful barrel hall.
At the end of your visit re-board your coach for the scenic drive back to port.
This tour involves some walking (mostly at the Garden), however extended periods of standing may be necessary. Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is limited to 30 participants.
3. UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY AND MARINE LIFE - 3h00
Open yourself to the magic of the Marlborough Sounds at Lochmara. Set on the tranquil shores of the Queen Charlotte Sound, Lochmara captures the spirit and character of the sounds: unique scenery, a passion for the natural environment and the unique sounds lifestyle.
From the pier at Picton Marina, you will embark on a 30-minute boat ride to Lochmara. Upon arrival, you will walk to the Marine Research and Education Centre, also known as the Reef Project, where your guided tour will begin.
You will have the chance to head below sea level to the Underwater Observatory where you can view New Zealand’s marine life in its natural habitat. You may have the opportunity to see carpet sharks, stingrays, crayfish, blue cod, terakihi, conga eels and diving shags.
If you don’t mind your feet getting wet, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a close encounter with the friendly short-tail stingrays and feed them by hand. Of course, watching them is also an option, if you don’t want to go in the water.
From Lochmara, self-guided nature walks are available, and you will be able to enjoy a nice hike in the 10-acre (4 ha) property, offering wonderful views over the sound, and interact with New Zealand’s native flora and fauna.
At the end of your tour, you will have some time at leisure to enjoy a rest at the beach or a drink at the bar of the lodge (at your expense), before re-embarking on your boat to Picton.
We recommend you wear comfortable shoes, bring your swimsuit if you want to feed the stingray and use an insect repellent.
4. QUEEN CHARLOTTE CRUISE & WALK - 3h30
Enjoy a bush hike of approximately one and a half hour on an easy to moderate trail.
Your excursion begins with a 15-minute walk to the wharf, from where you will take a 45-minute cruise across the Queen Charlotte Sound. You will cruise across to Mistletoe Bay, where you will disembark with your guide. Your 1 ½-hour walking tour will follow a trail which loops around a peninsula with spectacular coastal views. The loop is part of the renowned Queen Charlotte Track system that attracts visitors from all over the world.
The trail leads through regenerating native forest, with some large stands of tree ferns, manuka and beech trees. Some sections may be somewhat steep, rough or muddy therefore strong footwear is necessary. The song of native birds will be the only sound to disturb the peaceful surroundings. Nearby you will be able to venture into a fully protected “James Vogel” reserve section of native rainforest to experience what the forest on the peninsula will be like in hundreds of years to come.
On your return journey, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit while exploring some secluded bays only accessible by boat.
This tour involves 1 ½ hour walking over uneven terrain with exposed roots. Wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. This tour is limited to 30 participants.
27 JANUARY 2021 LYTTELTON
Arrival 27/1/2021 midday
Departure 27/1/2021 late evening
On the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Lyttelton (or Te Whaka Raupo in the Maori language) served, thanks to its proximity with Ross Island, as the starting point for the British expeditions in the mythical age of the South Pole explorations. It takes its name from George Lyttelton (1709-1773), aristocrat and colonial governor of South Carolina. In this colourful port town full of history, you’ll be able to discover the Time Ball: constructed in 1876, it rang at 1.00 pm every day for 58 consecutive years to give Greenwich meridian time, enabling ship captains to set their chronometer and very precisely calculate their position.
4 POSSIBLE STOPOVER TOUR OPTIONS:
1. DISCOVER LYTTELTON - 3h30
From the pier, you will board your coach and make your way up to the Summit Road, offering stunning views into Lyttelton Harbour, before heading into Christchurch.
Upon your arrival in the city, you will see areas affected by the Canterbury earthquakes in 2011 and learn about the exciting rebuild that is now taking place in Christchurch. Your local guide will inform you on all aspects of Christchurch, from the early pioneering days through to the modern day. You will see the key central city landmarks including the Earthquake Memorial Wall, the Cathedral Square, the Margaret Mahy Playground, the Avon River, the Transitional Cardboard Cathedral and much more.
From the city centre, you will then make your way to the Mona Vale Gardens. Historic Mona Vale features 5.5 hectares of established gardens, sweeping manicured lawns and impressive heritage buildings and structures. The homestead and gate house are both listed as heritage buildings. You will spend time wandering through the Mona Vale Gardens.
After this visit, you will drive to the Sign of the Takahe, another heritage listed building. From here, you will take a short walk to a viewing platform where you will get to enjoy amazing views overlooking Christchurch, the Canterbury plains and all the way out to the Southern Alps.
Then, you will drive back to the pier in Lyttelton.
This is a panoramic tour which involves a small walking distance during the Mona Vale Gardens visit.
2. RIVER AND GARDENS OF CHRISTCHURCH - 3h00
From the pier, you will board your coach for a 30-minute narrated drive to Christchurch.
Your first stop will be made next to the iconic Avon River, which meanders through the city. You will have the opportunity to see Christchurch from the riverside. Board a punt, a flat-bottomed boat, and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Avon River. Sink back into the velvet cushions of your boat as a skilled punter in traditional Edwardian attire gently glides you down the river.
After your punting experience, you will walk to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, where you can stroll the footpaths among exotic and indigenous plants. Founded over 150 years ago, it is the green heart of the “Garden City”, a title given by New Zealanders but also people from all around the world to identify Christchurch. Here you will board the “Caterpillar”, an electric open-sided trolley bus that will take you on a guided tour through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Admire these wonderfully impressive gardens with their mixture of seasonal colours and array of plant life. You will have the opportunity to view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens was chosen as the location for New Zealand’s World Peace Bell, when, in 2002, Christchurch was declared the first “Peace City” in New Zealand. You will see this massive 365 kg bell, cast from coins and medals donated by UN member countries, symbolic of the world being one.
At the end of your Botanical Garden visit, you be transferred by coach to the pier in Lyttelton.
This tour involves only a short walking distance during the Botanical Gardens visit on mainly flat sidewalks.
3. WINERY VIP TOUR BY HELICOPTER - 6h00
From the pier, start your tour with a private pickup and enjoy a 40-minute scenic drive to the helicopter base in Christchurch, where your pilot will be waiting to take you on an unforgettable journey. After a quick safety briefing, enjoy a flight North towards Pegasus Bay Winery. Your pilot will thrill and entertain you along the way with facts about the region and local Maori tales as you sit back and enjoy the views of mighty glacier-fed rivers and the sandy beaches of Pegasus Bay.
Pegasus Bay Winery is rated one of New Zealand’s top five wineries and was the winner of the 2012 Cuisine Magazine New Zealand Winery Restaurant of the year. Pegasus Bay’s spectacular location sets it apart. It sits amongst sweeping lawns, beautiful gardens and has an ornamental lake to stroll around. The building is welcoming and full of character with warm wood and an abundance of natural light.
You will have the chance to sample a wide selection of estate grown Pegasus Bay wines, including several of their flagship 'reserve' wines. Take in views of the barrel hall and cellars while tasting.
You will head through to the restaurant to enjoy your lunch, consisting of an Entree and Main Course of your choice, with a glass of wine, or a Main Course and Dessert, with your choice of wine. The restaurant won the 2012 Cuisine Magazine New Zealand Winery Restaurant of the Year.
The winery has an emphasis on freshness and simplicity, using predominantly local and home-grown ingredients. The menu is created around their wine list, each dish being matched with a suggested wine. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is warm, and contemporary works from some of New Zealand’s leading artists hang on the walls. There is also an extensive outdoor area with breathtaking gardens and unique wetlands with several lakes.
Enjoy the spectacular views again on your flight back to the helicopter base where your transfer will take you back to the ship in Lyttelton.
The wine tasting consists of over 7 varieties of wine. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes, a warm jacket and protect yourself from the sun.
28 JANUARY 2021 AKAROA
Arrival 28/1/2021 early morning
Departure 28/1/2021 late afternoon
Set on the east coast of South Island, Christchurch is New Zealand's second-biggest city. You can soak up its easy-going atmosphere in one of the many parks and gardens that give Christchurch its nickname "the garden city", or dally a while in Cathedral Square to see how the city is transforming itself after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Attractions such as the International Antarctic Centre and Christchurch Gondola ride are as popular as ever, while pop-up cafes, the Cardboard Cathedral and community art projects showcase the citizens' resilience. The beautiful port of Akaroa, where ships dock, is about 90-minute drive from Christchurch on the Banks Peninsula
4 POSSIBLE STOPOVER TOUR OPTIONS:
1. MARINE LIFE OBSERVATION CRUISE - 2h00
From the pier in Akaroa, you will embark on a luxury boat for a 2-hour scenic tour in the Banks Peninsula, formed by three massive volcanic eruptions. A large Marine Mammal sanctuary surrounds much of the peninsula, with the aim to protect the Hector’s dolphin, the smallest of all dolphin species.
During the cruise in the deep blue waters, your guide will tell you about its fascinating geological history along with its rich marine life. You may see native fur seals and the playful Hector’s dolphin, which enjoy riding the bow waves of the launch.
A highlight of this scenic cruise will be Cathedral Cave, with its massive sea walls that are home to many sea birds, including the spotted shag and the little blue penguin.
On your return trip to Akaroa, you will pass the Akaroa Salmon Farm.
During the cruise, wildlife sightings are likely, but are not guaranteed. You will find on board an open top deck, a protected seating area and toilets. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes, a jacket (there may be a cool sea breeze blowing) and protect yourself from the sun (hat and sunglasses). There is a minimum of 40 participants required to run this tour.
2. MANDERLEY FARM TOUR - 3h30
Departing the Akaroa Wharf, enjoy an introductory tour of picturesque Akaroa on a fully narrated drive through this historic French settlement. Your bus will take you for a drive along Beach Road and travels through the township around the bay, passing Daly's Wharf and Jubilee Park. Your journey takes you past the French named streets in the township passing churches and historic buildings and an eclectic collection of specialty shops. Then continue on for a scenic 45-minute ride through the lush Akaroa countryside, with its picturesque bays, panoramic views of rolling hills and sheep grazing in the green fields. New Zealand is known for its sheep industry, as you will learn at this working farm will show you.
You will arrive at Manderley Farm, one of many farms in this area of Canterbury, greeted by a friendly hello and a spot of morning tea. After your refreshment, experienced farm hands will then lead you to the sheep-shearing shed where you will get to see a demonstration. Another key member of the sheepherding team is the dog. Witness the considerable talents of these four-legged herders as they perform a lively display of their abilities for you. These champion sheep dogs will take whistle commands from half a mile distance with speed and agility. Ross will talk about his life experiences farming the hills over the last 30 years.
After one and half hour on the farm, leave Manderley for the Banks Peninsula. This was formed by three massive volcanic eruptions occurring millennia ago. The peninsula's two main harbors - Akaroa and Lyttleton - are the exploded remains of shield volcanoes. Continue to Hilltop, a scenic overlook perched atop the rim of the caldera forming Akaroa Harbor. Stop with some time to admire the panoramic views.
Return back to Akaroa passing along Rue Jolie.
This tour is operated by bus and includes 2 hours of scenic drive including a photo stop at Hilltop.
29 JANUARY 2021 30 JANUARY 2021 DUNEDIN
Arrival 29/1/2021 early morning
Disembarkation 30/1/2021 at 07h00
Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. This city of the south, wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The city contains some of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. The picturesque Silverpeaks hinterland to the North West provides a picturesque backdrop and The Otago Peninsula, which lies within the city boundaries, has internationally renowned wildlife reserves, including the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross.
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