Today is New Zealand’s Independence Day, and to celebrate we’re highlighting Holland America Line’s unique cruise itineraries, EXC Tours and our Signature Experience in Auckland that give our guests an in-depth exploration of a remarkable destination.
From October 2018 though May 2019, Noordam sails regular itineraries Down Under, while Maasdam’s EXC In-Depth Voyages provide immersive explorations with a variety of themes on board and ashore, including Photography; Nature and Science; Food, Wine & Spirits; History and Perspective; Arts and Culture; and Active Exploration.
With 29 regions that stretch more than 994 miles across two main islands, “The Land of the Long White Cloud” (a translation of Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand) is ready to enchant you.
FOUR UNIQUE ITINERARIES:
12-day New Zealand & Beyond
If you’re looking for a comprehensive New Zealand experience, this fall embark on our 12-day EXC In-Depth Voyage aboard Maasdam. The EXC In-Depth Voyages are designed for seasoned travelers who are curious, thoughtful and eager to find new ways to experience the world. Using world-renowned experts, local scholars and customized Zodiac tours* to immerse guests in the experience, EXC In-Depth Voyages allow guests to explore through the prism of their own personal interests and passions. This roundtrip sailing from Auckland cruises up to Norfolk Island before hopping along the country’s eastern coast, providing guests with endless opportunities to discover the many sides of this magical country. Don’t miss the new Zodiac tour in Tauranga!
13-day New Zealand Panorama
Cruise your way down the eastern coast of New Zealand and cross the Tasman Sea to Sydney on Maasdam’s 13-day EXC In-Depth Voyage this winter on Maasdam. Begin at Auckland before partially circumnavigating North Island and heading to South Island to explore Christchurch, Dunedin and Fiordland.
28-day Pacific Treasures, Australia & New Zealand Collector
Start 2019 with an epic 28-day round trip Sydney journey on Noordam that explores Melanesia, New Zealand and Tasmania. The cruise heads to New Caledonia and Vanuatu before returning to Australia to explore Tasmania and New Zealand, including six calls in the country and scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park. These unique islands and landscapes are waiting to be explored.
14-day Australia & New Zealand
While this cruise departs from Sydney, Australia, the sailing is heavily focused on discovering the many sides of New Zealand. Plan ahead and celebrate the new year on this 14-night cruise to complete one of the most comprehensive explorations of New Zealand’s two main islands, while also experiencing some of Australia and Tasmania.
ONE TRULY ‘SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE’ IN AUCKLAND
If you want to add a two-night experience prior to your cruise, reserve your space on our Signature Experience in Auckland. During this exclusive tour, guests will immerse themselves in Maori culture during a private after-hours event at the Auckland Museum. Cruisers will be able to experience a traditional Maori welcome, including a version of the iconic haka, the vigorous Maori war dance. After a brief tour of the museum, which focuses on the history of Auckland and New Zealand, enjoy refreshments in the museum’s stunning foyer. The Maori group will be on hand, offering guests the perfect photo opportunity and a chance to learn more about Maori history and culture.
NATURE, CULTURE & FOOD: THREE EXC TOURS TO COMPLETE YOUR KIWI EXPERIENCE
Milford Sound to Dunedin – Double Overnight
Travel from Milford Sound to Dunedin to take in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy a unique glimpse at the New Zealand way of life during this two-day EXC Tour. The excursion begins with a motor coach tour of the magnificent Fiordland National Park before reaching Lake Wakatipu for an evening cruise on the 1913 steamship TSS Earnslaw. The second day of the excursion provides another chance to witness jaw-dropping nature at Kawarau Gorge and Dunedin, known as the Edinburgh of the South.
A Taste of Hawke’s Bay
On this EXC Tour created in partnership with FOOD & WINE Magazine, begin by exploring the beautiful Hawke’s Bay province, which is a land of serious beauty and fun foodie experiences. The excursion will be led by Juliet Harbutt, an award-winning food writer and world-class cheese expert, who will take you on a hunter-gatherer exploration of artisanal food producers and local food markets.
From Tauranga, you’ll embark on a complete cultural experience of the country. Explore Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park to view huge trout and the national bird, the kiwi. Visit the Agrodome — an outstanding exhibit that will introduce you to the many aspects of New Zealand’s sheep industry, including sheepdogs, working stock, sheep shearing and champion rams. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and a traditional Maori concert performance at a local hotel. At Te Puia, apprentices are taught the ancient art of carving and weaving. From here, you will begin a walking tour through Rotorua’s largest geothermal reserve, Te Whakarewarewa. The spectacular geothermal activity in this area has made Rotorua one of New Zealand’s greatest attractions.
If you’re looking to embark on a cruise to Middle Earth, be inspired by New Zealand’s Independence Day and book a cruise to this magical region today.
*Zodiacs will be offered starting on the November 11 cruise.