Summary : Sailing from Brisbane in Queensland, cruise some of the most beautiful seascapes in the world. On this itinerary, not only will you sample the sights of the South Pacific but the tastes as well with a sensational onboard program of fine food and wine created by the guest chef. Cruise to the colonial attractions of Norfolk Island and on through New Zealand's magnificent Bay of Islands. Enjoy stunning signature dishes featuring the best South Pacific produce. Every day, the menus created by your guest chef and onboard galley staff will offer tantalizing surprises including fresh seafood, succulent New Zealand lamb and mouthwatering desserts. There's the opportunity to learn how to create these dishes in onboard gourmet workshops. Enjoy wine and cheese tastings and chat with like-minded travellers. And of course there will be plenty of adventures where you can work on your appetite. Norfolk Island is a historic attraction with its exotic connection to the mutineers from the HMS Bounty and the evocative convict ruins of the old penal settlement. In the Bay of Islands, there's the historic township of Russell, a peaceful retreat with old world charm. A coastline of bays and white sandy beaches and 150 islands is renowned for diving, yachting and deep sea fishing. And there are the archaeological sites, steep coastal cliffs, maritime pines and glorious lagoons of Roberton Island. Tasman Discoverer is a delight for those who enjoy fine food and wine as well as photographers and walkers all sharing a sense of adventure.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Snorkeling
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Situated midway up the east coast of Australia is Brisbane, capital city of Queensland. With the Gold Coast beaches to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, Brisbane is well situated to commence your journey and it is well worth arriving a few days prior to enjoy the city and surrounds.
Enjoy the time at sea to take advantage of onboard amenities, including a gym with sweeping ocean views, state-of-the-art lecture theater and Jacuzzi on the Sun Deck.
Norfolk Island is rich in history and culture from Captain Cook's discovery in 1774 to modern times. When the First Fleet arrived at Port Jackson in January 1788, Phillip ordered Lieutenant Philip Gidley King to lead a party of fifteen convicts and seven free men to take control of the island and prepare for its commercial development. They arrived on 6 March 1788. Although much of the land has been cleared for cropping and pasture, the once-dominant Norfolk Island pines remain a notable feature of the landscape. The island has a wide variety of flora and fauna including geckos, bats, turtles, plentiful fish and many seabird species.
Before European colonization, most of Norfolk Island was covered with subtropical rain forest, the canopy of which was made of Norfolk Island Pine. Historic attractions include museums, the penal settlement and the culture arising from the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives, who settled on Norfolk after the mutiny of the HMS Bounty.
Relax at sea while journeying from Norfolk Island to Russel, Bay of Islands. Enjoy learning more from your experienced expedition team, either at a formal lecture in the theater or over a gourmet meal in the dining room.
On the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, enjoy a fine taste of Aotearoa. Here a coastline of bays and white sandy beaches embraces a sea dotted with 150 islands. The Maoris believe that the Bay of Islands was originally discovered by their legendary navigator Kupe. This is where the Maoris first arrived, and not so long ago was a base for whalers, sealers and sailors, preparing the way for a fusing of Maori and European culture.
Today, explore the picturesque Bay of Islands town of Russell at your leisure, or join a guided historic tour of the township. This tour offers an insight into New Zealand’s earliest European history all in one memorable hour. Russell was originally named Kororareka by a Maori chief, it was renamed in 1844 and the town is very conscious of its unique heritage. Russell is a peaceful retreat with an old world charm, though it bristles in summer with vacationers, and crewmen from yachts and launches anchored off shore. A Zodiac transfer will be available to Waitangi (on the opposite side of the bay to Russell) for those who would like to visit this historic site.
Roberton Island, or Motuarohia, is steeped in Maori history with a number of archaeological sites. With steep coastal cliffs, extensive stands of maritime pines and two glorious lagoons, Roberton is a delight for photographers and walkers.
In the Maori language Auckland is known as Tamaki Makau Rau, the city of 100 lovers, having earned the name because it was a place desired by all and conquered by many. The setting is spectacular, the city being nestled upon three harbours - the Waitemata, the Manukau and the Kaipara. Don't miss the chance to dine out in Auckland as the city has perfected the style of cuisine called "Pacific Rim," blending Asian and Pacific flavors. Seafood features prominently on restaurant menus so be sure to try New Zealand green lipped mussels and succulent Clevedon Coast oysters - all matched with an excellent New Zealand wine.
Ports of call and itinerary may be subject to weather and tidal conditions, and is subject to change.
Accommodations as booked; cruise transportation; all meals onboard; 24-hour room service; entertainment and educational programs; use of ship's sporting equipment and facilities; port and handling charges; Zodiac excursions and tender transfers; access to the ship's library; government fees and taxes; services of 75 experienced crew.
Airfare; items of a personal nature, including but not limited to: travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, hair dressing and massage treatments, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges.