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Orion Expedition Cruises - New Zealand and Sub Antarctica

Orion Expedition Cruises - New Zealand and Sub Antarctica

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Come and join Orion Cruises and discover the beautiful landscapes & wildlife that both New Zealand & Antarctica offer for your self.

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7 NIGHT TASMAN DISCOVERER - Brisbane to Auckland

2013 Departure - 13 December

This Orion adventure, in the spirit of the explorer Abel Tasman, includes some of the most spectacular sights of the South Pacific. Balls Pyramid is a jagged basalt spire spearing 552 metres out of the sea. Formed about 7 million years ago, windswept and inhospitable, it is regarded as the world’s tallest sea stack. If conditions permit, we’ll take a Zodiac exploration for a close-up view of this pinnacle and the surrounding islets of this mythological seascape. Sailing from Brisbane to Auckland, there will be the opportunity to visit the historic township of Russell, a peaceful retreat with old world charm in New Zealand’s magnificent Bay of Islands, a coastline of bays, white sandy beaches and 150 islands, renowned for diving, yachting and deep sea fishing. Here the Maoris first arrived; later a base for whalers, sealers and sailors. Without doubt, one of the most beautiful and peaceful seascapes in the world.

Lord Howe Island Norfolk Island

ITINERARY Enquire Now Expedition Fares: Ctgy Type Price - 2013
(AU$ per person)
  • Deluxe Stateroom B - Stateroom - N/A
  • Oceanview Stateroom A - Stateroom - $6,225
  • Junior Suite JS - Junior Suite - $7,395
  • Deluxe Suite DS - Deluxe Suite - N/A
  • French Balcony Suite BS - Balcony Suite - $9,665
  • Owners Suite OS - Owners Suite - $11,225
    * Prices are valid till 13 December 2013
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  • Day 1 - Brisbane, Australia
  • Day 2 - At Sea
  • Day 3 - At Sea
  • Day 4 - Norfolk Island
  • Day 5 - At sea
  • Day 6 - Russell, Bay of Islands
  • Day 7 - Roberton Island
  • Day 8 - Auckland, New Zealand
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14 NIGHT EXPLORATION OF THE ANTIPODES - Auckland to Dunedin

2013 Departure - 20 December

Isolated, windswept, beautiful and fragile, New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands are unique and irreplaceable, a privileged visit. Described by the United Nations Environment Program as "The most diverse and extensive of all sub-Antarctic archipelagos", all five island groups - the Bounty Islands, the Antipodes Islands, the Snares Islands, the Auckland Islands and Campbell Island - were honoured with World Heritage status in 1998. These locations are a birders and photographers paradise. The New Zealand sub-Antarctic islands are blessed with the most significant populations of many species, such as the Southern Royal Albatross, the Yellow-Eyed Penguin and the New Zealand Sea Lion. They are particularly notable for the large number and variety of pelagic seabirds and penguins that nest there. There are 126 bird species in total, including 40 seabirds, five of which breed nowhere else in the world. The sub-Antarctic islands are located in the Southern Ocean, south east of New Zealand in the stormy latitudes of the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties, also known as the Albatross Latitudes. Much like Orion's Antarctic explorations, itineraries, landings and access to these areas will be influenced by permits and prevailing weather conditions.

Orion Macquarie Island
Map of 14 Night Exploration of the Antipodes ITINERARY
  • Day 1 - Auckland, New Zealand
  • Day 2 - At Sea
  • Day 3 - At Sea
  • Day 4 - Chatham Islands
  • Day 5 - At Sea
  • Day 6 - Bounty Islands
  • Day 7 - Antipodes
  • Day 8 - At Sea
  • Day 9 - Campbell Island
  • Day 10 - At Sea
  • Day 11 - Macquarie Island
  • Day 12 - At Sea
  • Day 13 - Auckland Islands
  • Day 14 - At Sea
  • Day 15 - Dunedin, New Zealand
Expedition Fares: Ctgy Type Price - 2013
(AU$ per person)
  • Deluxe Stateroom B - Stateroom - N/A
  • Oceanview Stateroom A - Stateroom - N/A
  • Junior Suite JS - Junior Suite - N/A
  • Deluxe Suite DS - Deluxe Suite - N/A
  • French Balcony Suite BS - Balcony Suite - N/A
  • Owners Suite OS - Owners Suite - $24,700
    * Prices are valid till 20 December 2013
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14 NIGHT NZ + SUB-ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION - Dunedin to Dunedin

2014 Departure - 3 January

Orion will explore this amazing landscape of New Zealand's South Island. The beauty of magnificent fiords and lush tropical rainforests are sure to take your breath away. You'll see abundant wildlife as well as majestic mountains and waterfalls that spill from the towering cliffs. From the natural beauty of Milford Sound to the spectacular NZ sub-Antarctic Islands, you will experience the best that this sought after destination has to offer.

Milford Sound Doubtful
Map of 14 Night NZ and Sub-Antarctic ITINERARY
  • Day 1 - Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Day 2 - Snares Island
  • Day 3 - Dusky & Doubtful Sounds
  • Day 4 - Milford Sound
  • Day 5 - Dusky & Doubtful Sounds
  • Day 6 - Stewart Island
  • Day 7 - Auckland Islands
  • Day 8 - Campbell Island
  • Day 9 - At Sea
  • Day 10 - Akaroa
  • Day 11 - Kaikoura
  • Day 12 - Marlborough Sounds Maritime Park
  • Day 13 - Picton
  • Day 14 - At Sea
  • Day 15 - Dunedin, New Zealand
Expedition Fares: Ctgy Type Price - 2014
(AU$ per person)
  • Deluxe Stateroom B - Stateroom - $12,975
  • Oceanview Stateroom A - Stateroom - $14,995
  • Junior Suite JS - Junior Suite - $17,890
  • Deluxe Suite DS - Deluxe Suite - $19,590
  • French Balcony Suite BS - Balcony Suite - $23,390
  • Owners Suite OS - Owners Suite - $27,170
    * Prices are valid till 03 January 2014
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14 NIGHT WILDLIFE ADVENTURE - Dunedin to Christchurch

2014 Departure - 28 February

Protected by the Southern Ocean, secluded and seldom visited, the Australian and New Zealand sub-Antarctic Islands, recognised by UNESCO as one of the worlds’ precious regions of unique biodiversity, will be visited by Orion.

Home to over half of the world’s seabirds, some of which exist nowhere else, this wildlife paradise contains 40% of the world’s albatross species and 50% of the world’s penguin species including the endangered yellow-eyed penguin, plus hundreds of thousands of other endemic birds - petrels, prions and cormorants.

Enderby Island Macquarie Island
Map of 13 Night Sub-Antarctic ITINERARY
  • Day 1 - Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Day 2 - Milford Sound
  • Day 3 - Dusky & Doubtful Sounds
  • Day 4 - Dusky & Doubtful Sounds
  • Day 5 - Stewart Island
  • Day 6 - Snares Islands
  • Day 7 - Auckland Islands
  • Day 8 - Campbell Island
  • Day 9 - At Sea
  • Day 10 - Macquarie Island
  • Day 11 - Macquarie Island
  • Day 12 - At Sea
  • Day 13 - At Sea
  • Day 14 - At Sea
  • Day 15 - Christchurch, New Zealand
Expedition Fares: Ctgy Type Price - 2014
(AU$ per person)
  • Deluxe Stateroom B - Stateroom - N/A
  • Oceanview Stateroom A - Stateroom - N/A
  • Junior Suite JS - Junior Suite - N/A
  • Deluxe Suite DS - Deluxe Suite - N/A
  • French Balcony Suite BS - Balcony Suite - N/A
  • Owners Suite OS - Owners Suite - $24,700
    * Prices are valid till 28 February 2014
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King Penguin Colony Milford Sounds Seals at Macquarie Island

CRUISE FARE – WHAT’S INCLUDED

Included in your cruise fare are accommodations as booked, cruise transportation, all meals onboard, 24-hour room service, entertainment and educational programmes, use of ship's sporting equipment and facilities, port & handling charges, Zodiac excursions and tender transfers, access to the ship's library, Govt. Fees & Taxes. Fares also include the services of 75 experienced crew.

CRUISE FARE – WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

Fares do not include 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.

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