Sail from the granite cliffs of Milford Sound on New Zealand’s South Island to Auckland, its capital city on the North, marveling at the diverse landscape that includes glacial fjords and wide, sandy beaches. Known as “God’s own country,” New Zealand’s wilderness is home to exotic flora and fauna—from the pohutukawa tree with its bright red flowers to the flightless kiwi, yellow-eyed penguin and royal albatross. Throughout your journey across this isolated Pacific nation, enjoy a fascinating mix of British and European influences and indigenous Maori tribal culture. On Stewart Island/Rakiura, known for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, explore the pristine, primeval terrain of Rakiura National Park, home to rare native birds.
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- Experience luxury accommodations on the newly renovated expedition ship, Caledonian Sky
- Take naturalist-led Zodiac expeditions
- Visit “Operation Deep Freeze,” the headquarters of U.S. missions to Antarctica
- Celebrate during a unique Maori welcome ceremony featuring tribal dances
Smith Faculty SpeakerJohn Brady, Smith Professor of Geosciences
- Duration: 14 days
- Activity Level: Moderately active
- Cost: From $8,990 per person, based on double occupancy
- Single Supplement: From $16,290 per person
- Deposit: $1,000 per person, payable to Criterion Travel
- Optional Extensions: A post-tour extension to Sydney, Australia, is available
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