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In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.
Port of call & excursions
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Transfer Queenstown / Milford Sound
Embarkation day Queenstown / Milford sound
10:30am: Meet and greet by our local representative at the Queenstown Primary school.
Please ask your driver to drop you off at the car park of the Queenstown Primary school, and to hold your luggage there. Snacks and water are available for sale by the YR 8 students of the school. Depart from Queenstown by coach for a 5 hours’ drive to Milford Sound. Settle back to watch the most amazing scenery unfold before you as you travel along the eastern shoreline of Lake Wakatipu, in the shadow of the Remarkable Range, to Kingston and continue to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland. After a short stop, you will travel around the shores of Lake Te Anau into the rugged valley of the Eglinton River. As the road passes Lakes Gunn and Fergus, beech-covered mountains frame the view of distant peaks. The road then enters the Hollyford Valley and climbs to the Homer Saddle. After driving through the 1200-metre-long Homer Tunnel, the road drops down to follow the swiftly flowing Cleddau River into Milford Sound.
Arrival in Milford Sound. The ship is an anchorage; you will be transferred to the ship by a local tender.
Your program includes:
- Group transfer as mentioned in the program
- A local English-speaking driver / guide
Your program does not include:
- Tips for the driver and local guide
- Personal expenses
- Other services not mentioned in the program.
- Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date.
- New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere which means that summer is from December to February. Average temperature is 20°C or 68°F. The weather is warm and sunny, while the sea water temperature sits at 0°C or 32°F.
- In summer a jacket and sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler. You can expect some rain, so include a light rainproof jacket.
- New Zealand’s currency is based on dollars and cents.
- Milford Sound infrastructures are very limited.
Meeting point details:
Queenstown Primary School
Address: 20 Robins Rd, 9300 Queenstown
Phone number: Paula Thomas +64 223 925 432
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