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New Zealand and the Circumnavigation of the South Island

Aboard the Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Small Ship LE LAPÉROUSE

Date: Tue, February 18, 2020 - Sun, March 1, 2020

Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Price: From $5,995 plus air

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Oceania

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

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Journey with us on this 10-night, custom-designed itinerary and circumnavigate the South Island of New Zealand to experience inimitable natural wonders that exist nowhere else on Earth. Cruise through the breathtaking scenery of the South Island for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Lapérouse—featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony, and the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first luxury, underwater Observation Lounge. Spend three nights in Auckland including an adventure to the Northland country to learn more about the important national tradition of sheep farming. Experience the genuine and uniquely friendly nature of New Zealand “Kiwis” and the rich Maori culture while admiring the varied and exceptional scenery simply everywhere. Tour charming Christchurch, where English influence persists in Victorian architecture and well-tended parks. Choose to extend your journey with our exclusive Pre-Program Option in Sydney, Australia, and Post-Program Option in Mt. Cook and Queenstown, New Zealand. 
Day     Destination
  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2. Cross the International Date Line
  3. Auckland, North Islandv1
  4. Auckland
  5. Auckland for Muriwai and Northland Country
  6. Auckland/Fly to Christchurch, South Island/Embark Le Lapérouse
  7. Dunedin
  8. Dusky Sound/Doubtful Sound
  9. Milford Sound
  10. Cruising the Tasman Sea
  11. Picton for Marlborough and Blenheim
  12. Wellington, North Island
  13. Christchurch, South Island/Disembark ship/Fly to Auckland, North Island/Depart for the U.S. or Canada/Cross the International Date Line/Arrive in the U.S. or Canada
*Itinerary is subject to change. 
  • Extraordinary 10-night program exploring the breadth of New Zealand’s natural wonders.
  • Three nights in picturesque Auckland, the “City of Sails.”
  • Seven-night circumnavigation of the South Island of New Zealand through the breathtaking natural scenery.
  • Zodiac excursions through the Fiordland’s Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound with an onboard naturalist.
  • Visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to a stunning collection of World War I and II aircrafts.
  • Visit to the Te Papa Tongarewa, the national Museum of New Zealand showcasing an impressive Māori art collection.
  • Travel through Wairau Valley, world-famous for its extraordinary wines.
  • Visit Blenheim—the most populous town in the renowned Marlborough District—for a wine tasting, tour and lunch.
  • Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five‑Star Le Lapérouse, launched in 2018, with only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi aboard ship.
  • Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge.
  • Three-night Pre-Program Option in spectacular Sydney, Australia; four-night Post-Program Option featuring scenic Mt. Cook and charming Queenstown, New Zealand.
Spectacular Sydney Pre-Program Option
Experience life “down under” in cosmopolitan Sydney. Enjoy the spectacular views of its harbor, considered the finest in the world and an exclusive tour of the celebrated UNESCO-designated Sydney Opera House. See the Royal Botanic Garden and take a leisurely walking tour of the historic “Rocks” district. Visit famous Bondi Beach, the Yiribana Aboriginal Art Gallery and the newly restored Dunbar House. Accommodations are for three nights in the Five-StarShangri-La Hotel Sydney.
New Zealand’s Southern Alps and The Remarkables
Post-Program Option
Extend your New Zealand experience in the Interior, fabled Mount Cook National Park located within the Te Wähipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area, and Queenstown located on Lake Wakatipu, framed by the soaring mountain peaks of The Remarkables. Enjoy an excursion by gondola to Bob’s Peak and an antique steamship cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Sample the acclaimed Otago region’s pinot noir (one of the top three in the world) during a wine tasting and visit delightful Arrowtown, rooted in the goldmining days of the 1860s. Enjoy one night in the deluxe Hermitage Hotel, surrounded by snow-capped alpine peaks, and three nights in the ideally located Hotel St. Moritz.
The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at travel@daa.duke.edu or 919-684-2988

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Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise

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