Experience New Zealand from a different perspective accessing remote and pristine wilderness areas, and encounters with Maori culture. Over 13 days voyage from Auckland on the North Island to the dramatic beauty of Fiordland on the South Island.
- Spend two days exploring less accessible and spectacular areas of the Marlborough Sounds
- Visit remote Stewart Island and encounter some of New Zealand’s iconic wildlife
- Take advantage of the open bridge policy allowing guests onto the bridge to observe and chat with the captain and crew
From Auckland, this cruise hugs the east coast of the North Island, via the volcanic White Island, the historical city of Gisborne where the first European settlers landed and the art deco architecture of Napier. Two days are spent cruising through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds which connects the North and South Islands, allowing time to take in less visited coves, islands and wildlife.
Now on the South Island, cruise through the waters of Kaikoura, rich in marine life and onwards to the pretty French colonial fishing town of Akaroa; the dramatic Southern Alps ranges visible at all times. The Victorian city of Dunedin is surrounded by rugged coastal beaches where penguins, seabirds and seal colonies reside. Next the country's third largest island; Stewart Island, home to a wild beauty and more kiwis than humans. There are surely few better places to end this cruise than the iconic glacier carved fiords of Milford, Dusky and Thompson Sounds.
Why Cruise New Zealand?
With over 7,000 kilometres of coastline, a cruise offers the chance to explore remote hidden coastal sounds, volcanic islands and marine reserves, away from other people. Special tender equipment and open deck space on board ensure up-close experiences with nature.
Guides and Specialists on board
The expedition team aboard Coral Expeditions are key to the success of their cruises and each voyage includes a mixture of full-time guides as well as guest lecturers with specific local knowledge. They will introduce you to the wildlife, geology, history and culture of the country.
Unique experiences on and off the ship
The city of Gisborne on the North Island has a strong colonial and indigenous history as well as some delicious food and wine.
As well as access to little-visited parts of the Marlborough Sound, Coral Discoverer also explores three iconic fiords within the Fiordland National Park; Thompson Sound, Dusky Sound and Milford Sound. There is also the chance to explore the tiny forested island of Ulva; located just off Stewart Island it is predator free, creating a sanctuary for many endangered birds.
Sustainable best practices
Coral Expeditions is accredited as an eco-tourism cruise operator with world-leading EcoTourism Australia. Ecotourism is defined as tourism in a natural area that offers interesting ways to learn about the environment with an operator that uses resources wisely, contributes to the conservation of the environment and helps local communities. They have a policy of no plastic straws on board any of their ships and are constantly seeking new ways to reduce plastic usage and be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Pre and post cruise suggestions
- Pick up a hire car and self-drive to Mount Cook National Park, spending a few nights exploring the spectacular mountainous scenery before flying out of Christchurch
- Start or end your trip in Australia’s New South Wales – perfect in November, explore the bright lights of Sydney, head into the Blue Mountains or treat yourself with a few nights on Lord Howe Island
- Fly to Fiji or the Cook Islands for some idyllic beach time
Two back-to-back cruises are operating in November 2019.
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