On board MS BREMEN from Singapore to Auckland

In the Land of the Maori

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Mighty fjords, dense forests, an abundant flora and fauna - New Zealand's nature by far exceeds even the greatest expectations. On this expedition, you will experience the wonders in the "land of the long white cloud“ as intensively as is only possible with the BREMEN and her Zodiacs.

from Singapore to Auckland

Cruise dates:from 01.03.2013 to 20.03.2013 (20 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1304

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]


Fri, 01.03.2013

Scheduled flight Frankfurt - Singapore

Sat, 02.03.2013

Connecting flight to Christchurch

Sun, 03.03.2013

Overnight stay with breakfast

Mon, 04.03.2013

Scheduled flight to Invercargill
Bluff/New Zealand, departure 19.00 hrs

Tue, 05.03.2013
- Wed, 06.03.2013

Fjordland National Park
(cruising in Dusky, Breaksea and Milford Sound)

It is one of the most magnificent nature reserves in the world - marvel at the evergreen hillsides of Dusky and Breaksea Sound as we cruise through the Fiordland National Park. The BREMEN will be spending a considerable amount of time in the famous Milford Sound. The steep rock faces overgrown with rainforest rise out of the crystal-clear water to heights of up to 1,200 m, the fog almost magically hovers between the mountain peaks. The terrific landscape is crowned by the craggy Mitre Peak. With the BREMEN, you will experience these miracles of nature as intensively as possible. If the weather is favourable, you will even set out directly from the ship on unforgettable helicopter flights* to enjoy the mountain world from a bird's eye view. 

Thu, 07.03.2013

Stewart Island

The helicopter will also enable you to discover New Zealand's presumably best-kept secret Stewart Island when you explore Paterson Inlet from above*. Alternatively, you may wish to head for the bird sanctuary Ulva Island* in the company of experienced rangers - the lush green rainforest is home to a large number of representatives of New Zealand's abundant bird world. 

Fri, 08.03.2013

Dunedin, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs

You can continue to watch the latter as you set out from Dunedin, a city with gorgeous architecture, to see the royal albatrosses and yellow-eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula*.

Sat, 09.03.2013

Lyttelton (Christchurch), from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

The port of Lyttelton is a flooded volcanic crater, and the Banks Peninsula, which you will get to know on the excursion Picturesque Akaroa*, also owes its idyllic green landscape to volcanic eruptions. In the sheltered bay with the turquoise blue sea, you may catch sight of sea lions and dolphins. Or you enjoy the spectacular countryside on the way to Arthur's Pass* as well as magnificent views across the mountains and the highland while travelling on the legendary TranzAlpine train.

Sun, 10.03.2013

Kaikoura Bay

Unforgettable moments in fantastic natural settings also await you in the course of the following days with numerous Zodiac rides and tours of discovery. Start out by discovering Kaikoura Bay where, besides seals and dolphins, you may also spot whales with a little luck. 

Mon, 11.03.2013

Abel Tasman National Park

In the small, but impressive Abel Tasman National Park, the local conditions determine our activities - the options range from a walk through the park with its extensive forests via a hike along the coast to relaxed hours on the beach. 

Tue, 12.03.2013

Marlborough Sounds

Eventually, you will reach the Marlborough Sounds, a huge and complex labyrinth of waterways with countless islands and bays - virtually made for an exciting expedition day with intense experiences. For instance when you follow the traces of James Cook in Ship Cove, where his "Endeavour" once lay at anchor, or, given favourable conditions, you land on Motuara Island, which is home to New Zealand fur seals and endemic birds. For further unforgettable sights, the BREMEN will subsequently cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound.

Wed, 13.03.2013

Wellington, from 8.00 to 20.00 hrs

If you wish to experience the breathtaking landscape from yet another perspective, you can set out from Wellington, New Zealand's snug capital, on a helicopter flight to the Marlborough Sounds*. Victorian buildings and the marvellous view from Mount Victoria will captivate you on the excursion Wellington presents itself*. Or you could join a hike in the natural paradise Kapiti Island*, where you will look out for rare native birds together with the experts. 

Thu, 14.03.2013

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 15.03.2013

Napier, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs

For further bird observations at close range, you may wish to visit the famous gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers*, to which you will travel from Napier. Why time in the latter does not seem to have begun until the 1930s although it is significantly older is something you will learn on the walk through the Art Deco district*.

Sat, 16.03.2013

Cruising off White Island

In the language of the Maori, White Island is called "dramatic volcano" - and you will immediately understand why as we cruise off the coast of the country's only still active volcanic island. 

Sun, 17.03.2013

Tauranga, from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs

Starting out from the popular holiday resort Tauranga, you will explore Rotorua - New Zealand's thermal centre*. There, bubbling mud pools and steaming crevices provide graphic evidence of the force of nature.

Mon, 18.03.2013

Great Barrier Island
Auckland/New Zealand,
arrival 22.00 hrs, overnight stay on board

An ideal destination for discoverers awaits you when the BREMEN sets course for Great Barrier Island for the very first time. Broad beaches, pristine forests and hot springs make up the setting for rivetting and flexible expedition experiences - the magnificent finale of an even more magnificent cruise.

Tue, 19.03.2013

Scheduled flight Auckland - Singapore - Frankfurt

Wed, 20.03.2013

Arrival in Frankfurt

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities
listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German: