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Roots of the Pacific: Exploring New Zealand and Melanesia on National Geographic Orion

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Under The Southern Cross: New Zealand to Melanesia

Following in the wake of Captain Cook, we will journey from New Zealand’s North Island to the Solomon Sea. Delve into a fascinating history of intrepid explorers, convicts, and traders; and learn about the rich cultures of the Maoris and the Melanesians. Examine traditional carved houses and ancient caves and meet villagers on the some of the most remote islands of the South Pacific. Along the way, don your snorkel and fins to discover incredible coral reefs and lagoons.

Expedition Highlights

  • Encounter an impressive diversity of cultures from the Maori of the Bay of Islands to the spear dancers of the Solomons, and delve into their artistic and spiritual traditions.
  • Venture to the former penal colony of Norfolk Island, now a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting the unusual trees now called Norfolk Island pines.
  • See the stunning limestone geology of New Caledonia at Isle of Pines and visit a cave filled with primitive tree ferns.
  • Visit important World War II sites, including the wreck of the S.S. President Coolidge and the Battle of Guadalcanal.
  • Come ashore at Tikopia. Meet the local chiefs of the traditional villages and learn about the cyclone that almost devastated the island in 2002—without any loss of life.
  • See the fantastic fishing canoes of the people of Utupua and take a Zodiac ride along their mangrove-studded lagoon.
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About National Geographic Orion
About Lindblad Expeditions
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Going where awesome is for 50 years
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.

Teams that do whatever it take ...
Oct 09, 2024 through
Oct 23, 2024
Oct 5, 2024 7:00 PM
14 Nights from
$12,994.00 (USD)
Per Person
Cabin code: 01
Signature Collection
Dec 21, 2024 through
Jan 05, 2025
Dec 17, 2024 7:00 PM
14 Nights from
$13,786.00 (USD)
Per Person
Cabin code: 01
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Day Destination
1 Auckland, New Zealand
2 Auckland / Embark Ship
3 Bay of Islands
4 At Sea
5 Norfolk Island, Australia
6 At Sea
7 New Caledonia
8 Port Vila / Moso, Vanuatu
9 Ambrym
10 Espiritu Santo
11 Lo Island, Torres Group
12 Fenualoa, Solomon Islands
13 Utupua
14 Owaraha Island
15 Honiara / Disembark Ship / Nadi, Fiji
16 Nadi
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.