Exploring Cultural New Zealand

15th Dec 2021 13 nights Sails from Auckland Boudicca D2128
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This discovery of popular cities, iconic waterways and a few lesser-known gems will have you fully immersed in the diverse culture and beauty of New Zealand. There’s a visit to Tauranga, for tours to Rotorua’s Maori villages, to experience the ancient traditions of tribal warrior life; and in Auckland, you can learn about the mighty ‘All Blacks’, their celebrated rugby history and the origins of the legendary Haka. Enjoy a taste of wine culture too; Picton is your gateway to the Marlborough wine region, famed for its Sauvignon Blanc.

Feel the buzz of energetic Wellington amongst the city’s artisan cafés, award-winning bars and restaurants and fine historic architecture, and perhaps capture the capital’s beauty via the cable car; and revel in the scenery and maritime history of charming Bluff, a maiden Fred. Olsen call. Visit Christchurch from Lyttleton, perhaps to take a punt along the Avon River and explore famous Botanical Gardens; uncover Dunedin’s delights, its Maori heritage, European influences and spectacular landscapes; and experience the unspoilt serenity of the fjord-like Dusky, Doubtful and Milford sounds from the comfort of smaller-sized Boudicca.

Your Itinerary

  • This discovery of popular cities, iconic waterways and a few lesser-known gems will have you fully immersed in the diverse culture and beauty of New Zealand.
  • Experience ancient Maori traditions on tour from Tauranga; learn about the history of the ‘All Blacks’ and the Haka in Auckland; and tour from Picton to a region famed for its Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Full the buzz of energetic Wellington and Christchurch; absorb the history of Bluff; and cruise beautiful Dusky, Doubtful and Milford sounds.
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Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal Fred. Olsen service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 


We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.


We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.


We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.