PONANT invites you to experience a brad-new 14-day cruise aboard Le Lapérouse, for an exceptional journey to discover New Zealand and New Caledonia’s natural jewels. Surrounded by the blue waters of the Pacific, the twin islands of New Zealand are the promise of an incredible mosaic of contrasting panoramas.
You will board Le Lapérouse in Lyttleton. You will then set sail to Picton, and you will discover the Marlborough region, famous for its vineyards and its submerged valleys.
Le Lapérouse will also sail to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. This ancient site of the Maori people, as demonstrated by the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, perfectly combines local traditions and bustling nightlife.
From Tauranga, you can discover the many treasures of Rotorua: volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, rivers and gorges, and lakes that range in colour from deep blue to orange-tinged
On Waiheke Island, opposite Auckland, you will be enchanted not only by the pretty villages nestled at the heart of vineyards but also by the attractive coastline which forges the outlines of its many idyllic beaches.
In the far north of New Zealand, you will also fall under the charm of the Bay of Islands, where you will have the opportunity to witness a Maori ceremony.
You will call at the Australian island of Norfolk whose deserted beaches line the magnificent Emily Bay Lagoon.
Then your ship will set sail towards The Great Southern Lagoon, one of the six lagoons in New Caledonia that are UNESCO World Heritage sites, on the way to your port-of-call, Isle of Pines, known as the “Jewel of the Pacific”.
Le Lapérouse will finally take you to the sublime island of Lifou with its picture-postcard landscapes of white-sand beaches and tropical vegetation, located in the Loyalty archipelago.
Your trip will end in Noumea, capital of New Caledonia.