By Harry CHRISTENSEN , Photos Nathalie MICHEL On our journey from New Zealand to New Caledonia, we traversed extraordinary submarine seabed geology. The archipelago of New Caledonia is part of a complex zone consisting of oceanic & thinned continental crust basins, largely submerged continental strips, & volcanic ridges or arcs located between the [...]Read more about "AUSTRAL, February 20th, 2017, At Sea"
By Mark WATSON Today is the first day of this exciting adventure from the cooler climates of New Zealand to the tropical climates of Vanuatu. Our first stop on this expedition is the tranquil waters of the Bay of islands on the very northern tip of New Zealand and indulge ourselves in the [...]Read more about "AUSTRAL, February 19th, 2017, Bay of Islands, New Zealand"
By Cécile MANET , Photos , Nathalie MICHEL Today as we sail towards Lyttelton, life goes on quietly onboard L’Austral. After breakfast, the dancers offer a stretching lesson followed by a morning gym session for the more courageous of our passengers. Then there are a couple of compulsory meetings to attend before [...]Read more about "AUSTRAL, January 6th, 2017, At sea"
By Cécile MANET , Photo credit , Nathalie MICHEL This morning was bound to be exciting! Indeed, L’Austral sailed into the Bay of Plenty early in the morning to reach White Island (or Whakaari as the Maori name goes). After discovering Mount Yasur on Tanna Island in Vanuatu, everybody was quite excited to have [...]Read more about "AUSTRAL, January 5th, 2017, White Island, New Zealand"
By Harry CHRISTENSEN About 700 years ago, the Mataatua, one of the large Māori migration canoes which journeyed to New Zealand from Hawaiki, was sailed to the Bay of Islands (from the Bay of Plenty) by Puhi, a progenitor of the Ngāpuhi iwi (tribe) which today is the largest in the country. Māori [...]Read more about "AUSTRAL, January 4th, 2017, Bay of Islands, New Zealand"