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New Zealand

The adventure capital of the world boasts diversity from alpine mountains and glaciers to subtropical forest and beaches. Swim with dolphins or sea lions, soak in natural hot springs, kayak fantastic archipelagos, hike on a glacier and trek famous alpine routes. New Zealand travel offers incredible adventure and legendary "Kiwi" hospitality.

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Our selection of New Zealand cruises are truly representative of local "Kiwi" culture. We offer only the finest small ships and accommodations, chosen for their proximity to nature, commitment to sustainable tourism and excellent service.

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We are a company founded by guides and believe that a professional, knowledgeable and personable guide is the key to a successful adventure travel experience. You will travel with veteran naturalists and adventure leaders whose experience and insight invariably becomes the most appreciated aspect of the journey.


New Zealand - Aotearoa - The Natural Elements
From $5990
9 days
Travel Season
Jan

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New Zealand - Aotearoa - The Natural Elements

This journey of discovery into New Zealand’s heart and soul follows the east coast of both the North and South Islands, affording many opportunities to explore the land, meet the people and interact with some of the unique native wildlife of this amazingly diverse and ultimately satisfying destination.
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New Zealand is an adventure travel and small ship cruising paradise, packed with magnificent raw scenery, craggy coastlines, sweeping beaches, primeval forests, snow-capped alpine mountains, bubbling volcanic pools, fast-flowing rivers and glacier-fed lakes, all beneath a brilliant blue sky.

Local New Zealanders, or Kiwis, named after the endearing flightless bird, are renowned for their hospitality, charm and sense of adventure.

Opportunities for adventure and exploration include walks on isolated beaches, multi day treks over alpine passes, hiking across active glaciers, sea kayaking remarkable archipelagos, swimming with dolphins or sea lions, soaking in hot thermal springs, white-water rafting through scenic gorges and exploring cave systems illuminated by glow worms.

Our small ship programs lead fun and exciting activities that provide unparalleled access to New Zealand's natural landscape while emphasizing the regions nature, wildlife, history and culture. Small group sizes ensure a high guide-to-client ratio and personalized attention while flexible schedules enhance opportunities for wildlife viewing and natural interaction with local people along the way.

Known to indigenous Maori as Aotearoa, or the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand boasts a variety of unique ecosystems featuring numerous endemic species found nowhere else on earth. 120 million years of isolation from the super continent Gondwana has resulted in a mythical and ancient character where birds have evolved to fill the niches of mammals, and primal forests remind us of Tolkein's Middle Earth. Wildlife viewing is exceptional with opportunities for up-close experiences with birdlife, seals, dolphins and whales.

New Zealand Travel Map

Located in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand has seasons that are opposite to those in North America. The most popular time to travel is during November through April, when temperatures are warmer and rainfall is less.

As New Zealand is an island in the South Pacific, with miles of ocean in every direction, a maritime climate prevails bringing warm summer months (Dec-March) and mild winters (Jun-Aug). Weather patterns are strongly affected by the prevailing westerly breezes, which bring moisture from the Tasman Sea to the western side of both islands. Regional variations can be considerable, with the North being subtropical and the South temperate. Mountain ranges running north to south along both islands, cast long rain shadows over the country, making the eastern side considerably drier than the wetter west coast.

New Zealand Average Temperature & Rainfall

Queenstown

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. Temp. (F) 63 63 60 55 55 44 44 46 50 50 58 61
Rainfall (Inches) 2.2 1.7 1.9 1.9 2.6 2.8 2.7 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.9 2.2

 

Christchurch

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. Temp. (F) 62 62 59 52 45 40 40 42 47 51 56 59
Rainfall (Inches) 3.1 2.8 2.9 2.8 2.5 2.3 2.3 2.5 2.6 3.0 2.5 2.4

 

Hikitika

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. Temp. (F) 60 61 58 55 50 46 45 47 50 52 55 58
Rainfall (Inches) 10.2 7.4 9.3 9.2 9.5 9.0 8.5 9.3 8.8 11.4 10.4 10.2
Oceanic Discoverer

Oceanic Discoverer

Launched in 2005, the 72-guest Oceanic Discoverer sets a new benchmark standard for luxury small ship cruising in Australia and the South Pacific.
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Orion

Orion

106-guest Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. Small ship cruises aboard the Orion offer a luxurious exploration of Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Antarctica.
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