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Auckland to Papeete

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

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Picton, New Zealand

Ports:

Jan, 6

-Auckland, New Zealand

Jan, 7

-Tauranga, New Zealand

Jan, 8

-Napier, New Zealand

Jan, 9

-Picton, New Zealand

Jan, 10

-Akaroa, New Zealand

Jan, 11

-Timaru, New Zealand

Jan, 12

-Dunedin, New Zealand

Jan, 13

-Cruise Milford Sound

Jan, 14

-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

-Cruise the Pacific Ocean

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

Picton, New Zealand-port

Located in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, the town of Picton is near the head of Queen Charlotte Sound on the South Island. The town is named after Sir Thomas Picton, the military associate of the Duke of Wellington, who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo. The Edwin Fox Maritime Centre features the Edwin Fox, the only surviving ship that transported convicts to Australia, which is undergoing preservation and restoration.

 

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
  • Green-Shell Mussel Cruise
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity RequiredRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Iconic Wines of the Marlborough
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Marlborough Gourmet Wine & Food
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Marlborough Memories
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Queen Charlotte Sounds Round the Bays
    Seated Tour
  • The Queen Charlotte Track & Scenic Cruise
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Green-Shell Mussel Cruise

    Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity RequiredRegent ChoiceMeal
    Duration: 6 hours
    Tour Code: pic-005

    Sail a catamaran around the breathtaking sounds surrounding Havelock, the "Green-shell Mussel Capital of the World," and then sample the tasty mollusks at a mussel farm.

    Depart from the pier and begin a picturesque journey due west along Par Road, known as the Golden Mile in regards to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Along the way to the tiny seaside town of Havelock, you'll pass native forests, lovely bays, secluded beaches and coastal plains, a lovely prelude to your arrival at Havelock Marina.

    After boarding a catamaran at the marina, you'll set-off on a scenic cruise along the main channel of Pelorus Sound and one of its major arms, Kenepuru Sound. Both are part of Marlborough Sounds, a system of river valleys that filled with water during the end of the last ice age, approximately 10,000 years ago. While cruising, you'll learn about the area's history, the hardy pioneers who settled it, and its economically important green-shell mussel industry.

    These elongated mollusks bear a distinct greenish color around the outer lip and inside rim. They possess a sweet flavor and tender, juicy texture, which make them extremely popular among gourmands. You'll have the opportunity to taste these succulent mussels at a farm where they're aqua-cultured on a rope suspended in a natural water environment. Your green-shelled mussels will be freshly steamed and paired with a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc, another signature product made in the Marlborough region. Afterwards, rejoin your coach and enjoy a relaxing drive back to Picton and your awaiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking/standing. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the tastings of any alcoholic beverages. The sequence of the tour may vary.

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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