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Auckland to Papeete

Islands of the Pacific | 30 Nights | Departs Jan 6, 2015

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Dunedin, New Zealand

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Jan, 6

-Auckland, New Zealand

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-Tauranga, New Zealand

Jan, 8

-Napier, New Zealand

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-Picton, New Zealand

Jan, 10

-Akaroa, New Zealand

Jan, 11

-Timaru, New Zealand

Jan, 12

-Dunedin, New Zealand

Jan, 13

-Cruise Milford Sound

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-Cruise the Tasman Sea

Jan, 15

-Cruise the Tasman Sea

Jan, 16

-Hobart, Tasmania

Jan, 17

-Cruise the Bass Strait

Jan, 18

-Melbourne, Australia

Jan, 19

-Cruise the Coast of Australia

Jan, 20

-Sydney, Australia

Jan, 21

-Cruise the Coast of Australia

Jan, 22

-Brisbane, Australia

Jan, 23

-Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Jan, 24

-Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Jan, 25

-Champagne Bay (Espirito Santo), Vanuatu

Jan, 26

-Port Vila, Vanuatu

Jan, 27

-Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Jan, 28

-Lautoka, Fiji

Jan, 29

-Suva, Fiji

Jan, 30

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Jan, 31

-Date Line Going East, International Waters

-Apia, Western Samoa

-Pago Pago, Samoa

Feb, 1

-Cruise the Samoan Basin

Feb, 2

-Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Feb, 3

-Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Feb, 4

-Papeete, Tahiti

Dunedin, New Zealand-port

This charming city lies at the head of a fiord-like inlet and is surrounded by seven hills. In the early days, Dunedin was the largest and wealthiest city in the country, thanks mainly to the gold fields. It has been responsible for many firsts: the first to have gaslight, water mains, hydro power and steam trams. Discover the rugged, beautiful Otago Peninsula, filled with geological wonders, and gaze in awe at the great albatross with its ten-foot wingspan. Keep an eye out for fur seals on the rocks and perhaps some yellow-eyed penguins. Visit Larnach Castle, a historic 19th-century property surrounded by gardens and splendid views. It is often said that Dunedin is the most perfectly preserved Victorian City anywhere. Explore historic Dunedin with its splendid Victorian and Edwardian stone buildings. Look for delightful local crafts, artwork, wool and leather items among the souvenirs. Enjoy a wide variety of cuisines as well as lamb and seafood.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Dunedin Peninsula - Wildlife & Larnach Castle
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Dunedin
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Nature's Wonders Wildlife Safari
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Otago Harbor Wildlife Cruise
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Taieri Gorge Railway Experience
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity RequiredRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Dunedin Peninsula - Wildlife & Larnach Castle

    Light Activity /Walking Meal
    Duration: 5 1/2 hours
    Tour Code: dud-003

    Your tour starts with a picturesque drive past the charming towns of Sawyer's Bay, Roseneath and St. Leonard's, which all rest along the shores of beautiful Otago Harbor. Making your way into Dunedin, you'll enjoy a brief orientation tour of the city which includes a drive past the Botanical Gardens and the historic University of Otago before heading east from the city to the Royal Albatross colony at Taiaroa Head.

    Arriving at the Royal Albatross Center, your visit will begin at the Reception Center with an informative introduction to the colony before being escorted to the observatory. In order to ensure the birds are not unduly disturbed, access to the colony is strictly controlled and extensive measures have been taken to protect the birds' natural habitat. As you will learn, these incredible birds have a fascinating social and family life. While seeming so ungainly on the ground, they are truly magnificent to watch in flight. What an exhilarating experience it is to have one of these huge Albatrosses, with its incredible wing span of nearly 10 feet, glide smoothly and gracefully close by.

    Continuing on from here, you'll travel a short distance to Larnach Castle, an impressive stone mansion that was constructed between 1871 and 1885 by financier, businessman and politician, William Larnach. Set in a park-like setting amidst trees and colorful gardens, the castle boasts many elaborate features, a result of the many English and Italian artisans and craftsmen who worked on the home. A curving hanging staircase, carved ceilings and an array of wonderful antiques on display showcase the castle's exceptional design.

    Your time here will include a lovely luncheon and guided tour, and there will be some free time included for you to stroll the beautiful grounds.

    Following your visit to the Castle, your coach will return you directly to the ship.

    Please note: The majority of sites on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. The Castle has a number of stairs and there are no ramps or elevators. There is also a steep walk at the Albatross Center to the Observatory and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes and a light raincoat are recommended. The order of the sites visited may vary. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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