New Zealand Cruise - SS Volendam - January 2011

We departed Sydney Harbour on January 2, 2011 and arrived at the south end of New Zealand January 5, cruised along the east coast northward with 8 stops in ports and then returned to Sydney Harbour the early morning of January 16. Distance each way about 1350 miles

Departed Sydney - January 2, 2011 - Cruised the Tasman Sea

Arrived Milford Sound - January 5, cruised Fjordland

Stop 1 - Oban on Half Moon Bay - Stewart Island

Stop 2 - Dunedin - Scottish influence in city, took tour to view
nesting places of Albatross, Penguins and Sea Lions

Stop 3 - Christchurch - Hired car and drove west to the mountains

Stop 4 - Wellington - Capital City, took bus tour of city

Stop 5 - Napier, a Holiday area, Art Deco motif architecture

Stop 6 - Tauranga, Hired a car and drove south to Rotorura and the hot spring geyser area

Stop 7, Auckland, largest city in the country, walked the down town area

Stop 8 - Bay of Islands, Site of Treaty signed by the British and Maori in 1842.

Departed for Sydney on January 13 and arrived Sydney January 16.
Holland America’s Volendam - Our travelling hotel room - Very nice ship - Good Crew - Great Food
On the left, just on board in Sydney, relaxing with a few Stella Artois, on special. On the right, ship is leaving Sydney Harbour with the world famous Sydney Opera House prominent as always.

Milford Sound - Upper Left - The Volendam cruises through narrow steep cliffs. Upper right - A water falls fed by a glacier hidden behind the cliff face. On the left Gail watches for rocks from her verandah. And on the right Tracy poses against the scenic background.
We travelled over 1,000 miles by sea after leaving Sydney Harbour and a little over two days later we entered Milford Sound. The south west corner of New Zealand is referred to as Fjordland, and is considered similar to the fjords of Norway. I agree with this assessment and do not see as much resemblance to the West Coast of Canada as do some who have visited here.
Gail and I after we have climbed up out of the dock area with the small village of Oban over our shoulders to the left of the photo. From the rain gear we are wearing it is safe to assume it was a wet day.
The port of Oban, one of the southernmost villages in New Zealand. It is located on Stewart Island which lies off of the very south tip of the South Island of the country.
Tracy stands at the high point of the island and you can just see the Volendam anchored to the left centre of the photo.
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