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    Mystery Island Drift Snorkel

    Mystery Island, Vanuatu

    Duration 1 1/4 hrs

    Snorkel a coral reef off Mystery Island, an ecologically protected area that is teeming with marine life. Chances are, you will have the reef pretty much to yourself as the island is uninhabited. In other words, it’s a tropical paradise where the natural world reigns supreme. ...
    Snorkel a coral reef off Mystery Island, an ecologically protected area that is teeming with marine life. Chances are, you will have the reef pretty much to yourself as the island is uninhabited. In other words, it’s a tropical paradise where the natural world reigns supreme. more...

    Snorkel a coral reef off Mystery Island, an ecologically protected area that is teeming with marine life. Chances are, you will have the reef pretty much to yourself as the island is uninhabited. In other words, it’s a tropical paradise where the natural world reigns supreme. While snorkeling the reef that lies just offshore, you can expect to see all sorts of brightly colored tropical fish, bizarrely shaped coral and perhaps a sea turtle or two.


    A guide will snorkel along with you to point out the more interesting marine species such as parrotfish. These neon-colored fish usually swim in schools and have the unique ability to change their color and even gender over their lifetime. You may also spot teeny, orange-and-white striped clown fish taking refuge in the tentacles of sea anemones. The gentle current around the reef will eventually nudge you toward the shore, allowing you to drift snorkel without expending much energy.


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    • Adult from: $85.00 USD
    • Child from: $85.00 USD
    DURATION 1 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    High Country Explorer

    Lyttelton, New Zealand

    Duration 8 hrs

    Treat your inner adventurer to an exhilarating multi-transport survey of the Southern Alps high country by coach, 4x4 touring vehicle and jet boat. ...
    Treat your inner adventurer to an exhilarating multi-transport survey of the Southern Alps high country by coach, 4x4 touring vehicle and jet boat. more...

    Treat your inner adventurer to an exhilarating multi-transport survey of the Southern Alps high country by coach, 4x4 touring vehicle and jet boat. It all starts sedately enough, as you head out by motorcoach into the fertile earthen patchwork of the Canterbury Plains – where the island grows its wheat and grazes its cattle. But don’t get too comfortable; the scenery changes dramatically as you reach Rubicon Station on the banks of the spectacular Waimakariri river gorge and make the switch into rugged 4x4 touring mode. Piloted with skill around Rubicon and Mt Torlesse Station, bouncing heartily across a spectacular landscape framed by jagged Southern Alp peaks and gorges, you’re bound to fill your camera with Facebook-likeable shots. A well-deserved stop for lunch provides a break from the action, but it won’t last. Soon enough, you’ll shift back into thrill gear as you board a lightning-fast jet boat capable of 360-degree spins and strap in for a ride up the steep-walled Waimakariri River gorge to Stair Case Viaduct. After that little jaunt, the coach drive back to Lyttelton will feel like slow motion.

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    • Adult from: $405.90 USD
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    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Hole in the Rock Cruise

    Bay of Islands, New Zealand

    Duration 3 hrs

    Cruise through the Bay of Islands, a collection of nearly 150 islands revered for their pristine beaches and dramatic natural beauty. ...
    Cruise through the Bay of Islands, a collection of nearly 150 islands revered for their pristine beaches and dramatic natural beauty. more...

    Cruise through the Bay of Islands, a collection of nearly 150 islands revered for their pristine beaches and dramatic natural beauty. Captain James Cook named the islands during his 1769 exploration of the area and the landscape has changed little since then.


    The blanketing forests are still impossibly lush and the turquoise waters remain among the world’s most gorgeous. As you sail on a sleek catamaran past one emerald island after another, you will see landmarks such as the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famed Hole in the Rock. The constant pounding of the sea carved the iconic hole out of the craggy rock at the end of Motukokako Island, and it is quite the sight.


    You will also enjoy a front-row seat to view the Grand Cathedral Cave, a large natural cavern in the island’s coastal cliff. Along the way, the guide will elaborate of the history of the Bay of Islands and the culture of the founding Maoris.


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    • Adult from: $196.90 USD
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    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Ice & Wings

    Lyttelton, New Zealand

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Tour a captivating museum filled with Royal New Zealand Air Force planes and memorabilia, then explore a one-of-a-kind experiential museum dedicated to all things Antarctic. ...
    Tour a captivating museum filled with Royal New Zealand Air Force planes and memorabilia, then explore a one-of-a-kind experiential museum dedicated to all things Antarctic. more...

    Tour a captivating museum filled with Royal New Zealand Air Force planes and memorabilia, then explore a one-of-a-kind experiential museum dedicated to all things Antarctic. Located in Christchurch on the site of a former base, the Air Force Museum showcases the country’s long and valiant aviation history through hands-on exhibits – including dozens of vintage aircraft, WWI-era aviation barracks, rare uniforms and medals, and moving stories of the proud men and women who have served in the New Zealand and Allied flying services. After a leisurely guided visit, leave the museum behind as you move into cooler surroundings. Much cooler.


    At the International Antarctic Centre, you can actually experience an indoor blizzard, visit a snow cave, endure life at Scott Base and learn about other intrepid Antarctic explorers, even watch rescued Little Blue Penguins – smallest of their kind – cavort in a plush indoor/outdoor habitat. You can also take a virtual voyage down to Antarctica in the 4D Extreme Theatre and experience an epic thrill ride in the Hagglund, a genuine amphibious Antarctic transport that doesn’t let anything stand in its way. A drive back through central Christchurch reveals how well it’s recovered from the devastating 2011 earthquake.

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    • Adult from: $196.90 USD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Akaroa Highlights

    Akaroa, New Zealand

    Duration 4 hrs

    Here’s your opportunity to explore one of New Zealand’s most treasured destinations - Akaroa, the first town to be settled in the South Island. French colonists arrived here over 160 years ago and today their Gallic influence remains in the town’s architecture and street names. ...
    Here’s your opportunity to explore one of New Zealand’s most treasured destinations - Akaroa, the first town to be settled in the South Island. French colonists arrived here over 160 years ago and today their Gallic influence remains in the town’s architecture and street names. more...

    Here’s your opportunity to explore one of New Zealand’s most treasured destinations - Akaroa, the first town to be settled in the South Island. French colonists arrived here over 160 years ago and today their Gallic influence remains in the town’s architecture and street names.


    Start with a scenic 45-minute ride through the lush Akaroa countryside, with its picturesque bays, panoramic views of rolling hills and sheep grazing in the green fields. New Zealand is known for its sheep industry, as your first destination will show you.


    You'll arrive at Manderley Farm, one of many farms in this area of Canterbury, greeted by a friendly hello and a spot of morning tea. After your refreshment, experienced farm hands will then lead you to the sheep-shearing shed where you'll get to see a demonstration. Another key member of the sheepherding team is the dog. You'll marvel at the considerable talents of these four-legged herders as they perform a lively display of their abilities for you. See top New Zealand sheep dogs gather a mob of sheep from nearly hills herding them down for their master for your photo opportunity. These champion sheep dogs will take whistle commands from half a mile distance with speed and agility. Ross will talk about his life experiences farming the hills over the last 30 years.


    Leaving Manderley Farm, head back towards Akaroa and "The Giant's House." Originally known as Linton, the house is a unique part of the history of Akaroa – nestled in a secluded valley, it was built in 1880 for Akaroa's first bank manager. This grand house is reminiscent of the French style typical of Akaroa and features extensive use of native totara and kauri wood and has a magnificent imported staircase of mahogany and numerous classic features. The gardens are like a living art gallery with a sculpture mosaic garden that's colorful, exuberant, interactive, romantic, fun and full of surprises. Touches of whimsy create many magical moments and make for an unforgettable experience.


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    • Adult from: $174.90 USD
    • Child from: $119.90 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Clear Kayak & Snorkel

    Mystery Island, Vanuatu

    Duration 1 1/4 hrs

    Paddle across the shallow waters just off Mystery Island in a kayak with a glass bottom that will present a bird’s-eye view of the spectacle below the water’s surface. ...
    Paddle across the shallow waters just off Mystery Island in a kayak with a glass bottom that will present a bird’s-eye view of the spectacle below the water’s surface. more...

    Paddle across the shallow waters just off Mystery Island in a kayak with a glass bottom that will present a bird’s-eye view of the spectacle below the water’s surface.


    After a briefing on how best to maximize your kayaking adventure, you will paddle to the coral reef that surrounds the small island. These are protected waters teeming with marine life, so you can be sure that there will be plenty to see through the glass bottom of the kayak. What could be easier than just looking down into a veritable living aquarium of brightly colored fish? You might see jewel damsels, lemonpeel angelfish and long-bodied trumpetfish. Sea turtles also inhabit the reef and watching one up close is a real treat.


    After kayaking, feel free to snorkel the crystal-clear waters surrounding Mystery Island for a different perspective of the marine life. Or you can simply swim and relax on the beach.


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    • Adult from: $95.00 USD
    • Child from: $75.00 USD
    DURATION 1 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Journey into Middle Earth

    Lyttelton, New Zealand

    Duration 9 hrs

    Journey to a stunning and recognizable Lord of the Rings filming location in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, then enjoy a central Christchurch orientation drive. ...
    Journey to a stunning and recognizable Lord of the Rings filming location in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, then enjoy a central Christchurch orientation drive. more...

    Journey to a stunning and recognizable Lord of the Rings filming location in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, then enjoy a central Christchurch orientation drive. Departing Lyttelton by panoramic coach, you’ll travel through the patchwork green farmland of the Canterbury Plains, stopping in a country town for morning tea. Heading inland into the heart of the Alps, you’ll pause for a photo opp at Lake Clearwater, where the views across the lake to the mountain range that forms the South Island’s backbone are outstanding on a clear day. But that’s before you encounter this tour’s true showstopper vista – the terrain at remote and beautiful Mt Potts High Country Station. The moment you set eyes on this location you’ll understand why it was chosen as the setting of Edoras in the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Even if you’re not a Tolkien aficionado, you’ll be taken breathless by the unspoiled beauty of this landscape of rugged mountain ranges, sparkling lakes, blue rivers and brisk alpine air. After free time to explore and photograph this magical place, you’ll relax over a rustic lunch before heading for Christchurch city and an orientation drive covering its must-see sights.

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    • Adult from: $346.50 USD
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    DURATION 9 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Glass Bottom Boat

    Mystery Island, Vanuatu

    Duration 1 hr

    Settle into a seat on a glass-bottom boat and observe the marine life that inhabits the coral reef surrounding Mystery Island. The reef is teeming with tropical fish, and the glass-bottom boat will literally offer you a window to the underwater wonders. ...
    Settle into a seat on a glass-bottom boat and observe the marine life that inhabits the coral reef surrounding Mystery Island. The reef is teeming with tropical fish, and the glass-bottom boat will literally offer you a window to the underwater wonders. more...

    Settle into a seat on a glass-bottom boat and observe the marine life that inhabits the coral reef surrounding Mystery Island. The reef is teeming with tropical fish, and the glass-bottom boat will literally offer you a window to the underwater wonders.


    From the comfort of the boat, you can see the abundant sea life without getting wet. Another benefit to cruising on a glass-bottom boat is that the guide can explain what you’re seeing in detail. You might find out how oriental sweetlips got their name, what butterfly fish like to eat and how clown fish live in the venom-filled tentacles of sea anemones without getting stung.


    The reef itself is a living organism not a plant, and there is plenty to discover about how it formed on the ocean floor, what it eats and its incredibly slow growth at little more than a quarter inch each year. Considering the size of the reef, you can imagine how old it is.


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    • Adult from: $65.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 1 hr
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Swim with the Dolphins

    Akaroa, New Zealand

    Duration 3 hrs

    There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with hector’s dolphins and that is the sheltered Akaroa Harbor. ...
    There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with hector’s dolphins and that is the sheltered Akaroa Harbor. more...

    There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with hector’s dolphins and that is the sheltered Akaroa Harbor. Make a date with the world’s smallest, rarest, and friendliest dolphin. Akaroa’s harbor- a sea-invaded crater- boasts stunning coastal scenery and is home to a plethora of marine species, including the very rare hector’s dolphins.


    Enjoy a two hour cruise onboard a jet-powered boat where you’ll have the opportunity to swim with these friendly mammals in the open sea. All crew onboard are highly trained and will provide a briefing on how best to interact with the dolphins while in the water. If you are new to snorkeling and the use of a wetsuit, the crew will be on hand to help you out.


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    • Adult from: $295.90 USD
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    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Lyttelton Discovery Cruise

    Lyttelton, New Zealand

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Board a catamaran for a refreshing discovery cruise around scenic Lyttelton Harbour, an extinct volcanic crater and gateway to the Antarctic. Your vessel skims the seas gracefully as your skipper provides fascinating commentary about the sights you’re seeing and their ties to the region’s earliest Maori and European settlers. ...
    Board a catamaran for a refreshing discovery cruise around scenic Lyttelton Harbour, an extinct volcanic crater and gateway to the Antarctic. Your vessel skims the seas gracefully as your skipper provides fascinating commentary about the sights you’re seeing and their ties to the region’s earliest Maori and European settlers. more...

    Board a catamaran for a refreshing discovery cruise around scenic Lyttelton Harbour, an extinct volcanic crater and gateway to the Antarctic. Your vessel skims the seas gracefully as your skipper provides fascinating commentary about the sights you’re seeing and their ties to the region’s earliest Maori and European settlers. Sip a warming cup of tea or coffee, learn of the legends of Ripapa Island, and go in search of playful Hector’s dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest oceanic dolphin – only found in New Zealand. Gray with black-and-white markings, these petite cetaceans are often seen leaping and frolicking around these waters.


    You’ll also see ample evidence of the harbor’s violent, volcanic origins. This entire sheltered body of water lies in the caldera of an extinct volcano. Your journey will reveal that much of the jagged coastal terrain left behind now serves as nesting habitat for marine birds such as spotted shags, white-fronted terns and several species of gulls. After about two hours on the water, you’ll return to the pier with a keen understanding of this scenic New Zealand seaport.

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    • Adult from: $108.90 USD
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    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Modern Village

    Mystery Island, Vanuatu

    Duration 2 hrs

    Get a candid glimpse into daily life in a small village on the island of Aneityum by visiting with a local family. ...
    Get a candid glimpse into daily life in a small village on the island of Aneityum by visiting with a local family. more...

    Get a candid glimpse into daily life in a small village on the island of Aneityum by visiting with a local family.


    When Europeans first landed on volcanically formed Aneityum in 1793, the island’s population was well over 10,000. In time, the Europeans built a trading station to export sandalwood and timber from the indigenous kauri pines, and whalers set up a base of operation. The population is a fraction of what it was, with the inhabitants now living in small villages. One of the local families will show you around and describe their daily routine.


    You may learn about the island folklore, the differing roles of men and women in modern times and how plants are used for medicinal purposes. Aneityum has more species of orchids than any other island in Vanuatu, and you can expect to see them flourishing. Your hosts may also demonstrate how the villagers prepare and cook traditional dishes.


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    • Adult from: $75.00 USD
    • Child from: $55.00 USD
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Christchurch Town & Country

    Lyttelton, New Zealand

    Duration 4 hrs

    On this panoramic voyage, you’ll circle volcanic harbors and lakes, cross the Canterbury countryside, visit a working sheep farm, and see the sights of urban Christchurch. ...
    On this panoramic voyage, you’ll circle volcanic harbors and lakes, cross the Canterbury countryside, visit a working sheep farm, and see the sights of urban Christchurch. more...

    On this panoramic voyage, you’ll circle volcanic harbors and lakes, cross the Canterbury countryside, visit a working sheep farm, and see the sights of urban Christchurch. It all begins with a spin around Lyttelton Harbor – the massive caldera of an ancient volcano – then winds past idyllic Governors Bay on the Banks Peninsula before entering the lush patchwork landscape of Canterbury Plains, where white sheep dot the green hills. New Zealand is famed for its sheep farms and at Manderley Farm, you’ll get the chance to tour one up-close. After a warm greeting and morning tea, farm hands will lead you to a demonstration at the shearing shed and a lively performance by the operation’s most dedicated herders – its talented sheepdogs. Marvel at their talents and agility as they gather a flock from nearby hills, bringing the sheep down to their master and responding to whistled commands from great distances away. Your return journey traces the shore of vast Lake Ellesmere en route to Christchurch for an orientation drive through areas damaged by the 2011 earthquake as you see how the city is rebuilding and restoring some of its most iconic heritage buildings.

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    • Adult from: $137.50 USD
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    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

Photographs are for illustration purposes only used to represent the excursion experience and may not accurately depict the excursion, location, or activity indicated.

Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.