New Zealand's spectacular geography and natural phenomena, the geysers, thermal springs and boiling mud, not to mention the gorgeous lakes, were forged by volcanoes and tectonic movements. They fish for trout in the North Island's biggest crater lake, Taupo. You sail the famous fiordlands carved by glaciers, trek over Fox Glacier and explore Abel Tasman National Park. The Fiordlands are becoming popular with Australian families and US tourists who are now looking for icy adventures beyond the Alaskan wilderness.
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In comparison to the snow peaks looming over Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds, your ship will suddenly appear quite small - even Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas, a premium luxury ship which takes 2500 passengers. Smaller expedition ships based in New Zealand, such as Coral Princess Cruises' Oceanic Discoverer, has shore excursions in the World Heritage wilderness.
P&O Cruises' White Cloud Wonders takes you on a 13-day cruise return to Sydney with shore excusions to a glow worm grotto, food & wine trails, nature trips and thrill-seeking adventure. For premium luxury, Princess Cruises has three ships, including the Diamond Princess, sailing between Australia and New Zealand this summer - but there's no nature stops in the Fiordlands. If you're the kind of traveller who likes to get down and dirty with nature then Coral Princess Cruise's Journeys of Discovery are for you. Naturalists lead guided bush walks to see native birds such as the bellbird or the kiwi and you explore the shorelines and inlets in inflatible Zodiacs.
If you are an eco-conscious traveller then there's also the Orion, an ice-reinforced Berlitz oceanliner, and Orion II, a yacht-like expedition ship, which have highly commended Bronze Status Earth Check qualifications for water saving, recycling and community commitment.
December - February.
Temperatures will range from 20-30°C in summer. Weather is changeable in some areas with possible rain in higher altitudes.
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