On board MS BREMEN from Bluff to Auckland
Expedition to New Zealand – breathtaking wonders of creation
An elemental adventure: experience the home of the Maori first-hand. In the Land of the Long White Cloud, the BREMEN combines New Zealand’s highlights with plenty of seldom-visited locations. Look forward to mighty fjords, extraordinary wildlife sightings and hidden nature parks at the other end of the world.
from Bluff to Auckland
|Cruise dates:||from 26.02.2017 to 17.03.2017 (19 days)|
|Your ship:||MS BREMEN|
| Sun, 26.02.2017 |
Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Singapore
| Mon, 27.02.2017 |
Connecting flight to Christchurch
| Tue, 28.02.2017 |
Overnight stay with breakfast (mid-range hotel)
| Wed, 01.03.2017 |
Scheduled flight to Invercargill
| Thu, 02.03.2017 |
Fiordland National Park (cruising in Dusky and Breaksea Sound)
Right from the start of your expedition, you can expect overwhelming experiences on the South Island: the BREMEN will cruise through Fiordland National Park, one of the world’s greatest nature reserves. Thundering waterfalls flow into the fjords and imposing peaks are reflected in the deep-blue bays. Marvel at the evergreen slopes of Dusky and Breaksea Sound before the BREMEN heads for the famous Milford Sound, where it will spend plenty of time in order to provide intensive experiences of this unique natural wonder.
| Fri, 03.03.2017 |
Covered in overgrown rainforests, the escarpments rise more than 1,100 m out of the water, an almost magical fog floating between the mountain peaks. British writer Rudyard Kipling aptly described Milford Sound as the “eighth wonder of the world”.
| Sat, 04.03.2017 |
The mountainous national park on Stewart Island is just as outstanding. The natural canvas of dense forests and numerous bays will thrill you on a helicopter ride to explore Paterson Inlet from the air*. Or you can follow experienced rangers into the Ulva Island bird sanctuary*, delving into its dense forests in search of kiwis and bellbirds.
| Sun, 05.03.2017 |
- Thu, 09.03.2017
New Zealand’s South Island (Dunedin, Lyttelton, Kaikoura Bay , Kaiteriteri , Marlborough Sounds )
New Zealand’s rich bird life also awaits you in Dunedin, where you can watch southern royal albatrosses and yellow-eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula*. For many European immigrants, the small harbour of Lyttelton was their first point of call in their new home. For you, this will be the starting point for a cruise into New Zealand’s green beauty: the TranzAlpine train to Arthur’s Pass* takes you on an impressive ride, weaving through wide valleys and deep gorges. Alternatively, you can experience picturesque summit panoramas in a more active manner on a horse-riding excursion along the Rubicon Valley trail* – one of the world’s most beautiful riding routes.
Encounters with New Zealand’s natural wonders
Wild animals, untouched forests and majestic fjords: on Zodiac rides and other discovery tours, you will spend the coming days exploring breathtaking natural surroundings. Kaikoura Bay is a paradise for seals and sea lions. With a little luck, you might also see some whales. The most beautiful facets of nature will be revealed in Kaiteriteri on a hike in Abel Tasman National Park*. Rainforests and rugged granite cliffs give the park’s coastline its picturesque outline. Again and again, wonderful bays and fine, sandy beaches invite you to relax. Enjoy the many facets of the national park from an unusual perspective on a kayak tour*. An unforgettable expedition day also awaits you in the Marlborough Sounds, a sprawling labyrinth of waterways with countless islands and bays. Subject to official approval, follow in the footsteps of James Cook in Ship Cove, once the anchorage point for his vessel, the Endeavour, or – if the conditions are good – land on Motuara Island, home to numerous native species of bird. The BREMEN will then cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound to provide further impressive views.
| Fri, 10.03.2017 |
- Wed, 15.03.2017
New Zealand’s North Island (Wellington, Napier, cruising off White Island, Mount Maunganui, Whitianga )
Wellington will welcome you to New Zealand’s North Island. If the weather is good, discover the spectacular landscape around the capital on a helicopter flight*. Gain insights into the native bird life of the kakas and takahe in the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve*. In the style of art deco, Napier is a feast for the eyes, and not just for fans of architecture. A bicycle tour in Hawke’s Bay* will take you to the “Tuscany of New Zealand” with numerous wine-growing regions. The gannet colony on Cape Kidnappers*, the bizarre stretch of land at the southern end of Hawke’s Bay, is an eldorado for bird watching. You will also marvel at the drama of a pristine natural world when the BREMEN cruises as close as possible to White Island, New Zealand’s only volcanic island that is still active – with spectacular views from the deck. Similar primeval forces shape the view from Mount Maunganui of Rotorua, New Zealand’s thermal centre* with bubbling pools, steaming fissures and colourful lakes.
Look forward to an impressive premiere expedition when the BREMEN makes for Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula for the first time. A paradise of turquoise water, brilliant white beaches and untouched natural beauty – home and inspiration to many artists. Erosion has also created some true masterpieces here: from Hot Water Beach, embark on a hike to Cathedral Cove*, whose pointed ceiling will leave you astounded and reverent as though in a cathedral of natural stone. The finale to your fantastic New Zealand expedition could hardly be more heavenly.
| Thu, 16.03.2017 |
Auckland/New Zealand, arrival 6.00 hrs
| Fri, 17.03.2017 |
Arrival in Frankfurt
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
= at anchor
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:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: HIGHLIGHT OF THE NEW ZEALAND ALPS
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: AUCKLAND AND THE WILD WESTERN COAST
A biology specialist in the team of experts
Biologist Wolfgang Bittmann has travelled around the world over 100 times as a guide, diver and photographer. He lived on the Galapagos Islands for three years, he is a former national park guide, he has been involved in underwater TV documentaries, and he has published travel guides for nature lovers.