New Zealand by Land & Sea - a Family Voyage December 17, 2008 - January 03, 2009

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Children under 18 travel at 50% discount when travelling with a full-paying adult.

This amazing country is one of striking contrasts: glacier-carved fjords and beech forests, thermal hot springs and coastal rainforests, British charm and ancient Maori culture.

Make the trip in luxury aboard the 118-passenger ‘Clipper Odyssey.

WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17-19
Depart USA/Auckland, New Zealand/Queenstown
Board your overnight flight and cross the International Dateline, losing one day en route. Your room is ready for immediate occupancy when you arrive on Friday. The remainder of the day is free to relax and see some of the sights of Queenstown. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20
Queenstown/Milford Sound/Embark ‘MV Clipper Odyssey’

Depart on the scenic drive to Milford Sound and stop en route for an al fresco lunch in this stunning alpine setting. Later, board ‘Clipper Odyssey.’ MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21
Milford Sound

Explore Milford Sound by Zodiac and on nature hikes. Gaze in awe at waterfalls that cascade from soaring vertical cliffs, shrouded in lush greenery. This afternoon, view life under the sea at the Underwater Observation Station. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

MONDAY - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22-23
Fjordland National Park

Spend two full days exploring Fjordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site created 14,000 years ago when retreating glaciers carved out a coastline with plunging fjords, mist-shrouded mountains, cascading waterfalls and vast beech forests. Planned expedition stops include Dusky and Doubtful Sound, Seal Rocks and Bradshaw Sound. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24
Muttonbird and Stewart Islands

Be on deck early as ‘Clipper Odyssey’ passes the vast bird colonies at Muttonbird Island. Spend the day at Stewart Island, New Zealand’s southernmost inhabited outpost, and visit the tiny village of Oban. Hike Ulva Island with your guide and observe the red crowned oyster-catcher and indigenous weka, bellbird, kakariki and kereru. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25
Dunedin

Spend Christmas Day in the charming village of Dunedin. You may attend morning church services, then stroll through this quaint village. Later, explore the Otago Peninsula to view the abundant wildlife: fur seal, yellow-eyed penguin, cormorant and northern royal albatross. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26
Akaroa

If weather conditions permit, you have the opportunity to swim with Hector dolphin at Akaroa. Join your guide this afternoon for a walk through town, passing local artists’ shops and studios, with a stop to see the mosaic masterpiece The Giant’s House. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27
Lyttleton/Christchurch

Dock in Lyttleton and depart for Christchurch and the surrounding areas. Join a local historian for a private tour of Christ College and the city. Explore the unique Canterbury Museum and the Art Center’s crafts and food stands. Continue to Flaxton Farm for a private farm tour and sheep-shearing demonstration, followed by a country barbecue lunch. Later, tour Christchurch’s famed gardens. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28
Kaikoura

Join your guides to spot orca and sperm whale in the nutrient-rich waters. This afternoon, tour the Maori village of Kaikoura. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

MONDAY, DECEMBER 29
Queen Charlotte Sound

Explore the scenic Queen Charlotte Sound: Ships Cove and Motuara Island. Then stop at Blenheim and Montana Brancott winery for a tour and tasting. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30
Wellington

See the capital city by cable car, stopping at the parliament buildings and Botanic Gardens. Visit Stansborough, the setting for much of the Lord of the Rings saga, then explore the Maori Te Papa Museum. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31
Napier

Join your guide for an art deco walking tour with morning tea at the Hawkes Bay Club. This afternoon, view the gannet colonies or visit a local vineyard for a food and wine tour. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2009
Whakatane/White Island

Board excursion boats to explore the volcanic White Island, first discovered in 1769 by Captain Cook. MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

FRIDAY, JANUARY 2
Tauranga

Travel to Rotorua to visit Rainbow Springs Trout Hatchery. Then stop at Whakarewarewa thermal village (a living Maori village) for a traditional hangi lunch, a flax weaving demonstration and a Maori concert. Drive through Redwood Forest on the way back to ‘Clipper Odyssey.’ MV ‘Clipper Odyssey’

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3
Auckland/ Return Home
After a city tour of Auckland and lunch, transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. Cross the International Dateline and arrive home on the same day. B

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