Asia / Pacific New Zealand Cruise

New Zealand by Sea: East Coast Expedition

With stunning coastal landscapes, small seaside provinces and an abundance of charismatic marine life, New Zealand is uniquely suited to be explored on a small ship expedition. Cruise aboard the 120-guest Coral Geographer or Coral Adventurer sister ships, between 13 and 17 days, to experience New Zealand from a very different perspective. The 13-day itinerary out of Auckland offers a comprehensive trip to both the North and the South Islands, while all other routes focus on the South Island.

With over 4,350 miles of stunning coastline to be explored, enjoy cruising sheltered sounds, volcanic islands and marine reserves alongside the dramatic beauty of Fiordland. Expert guides and local rangers introduce everyone on board to wildlife including dolphins, seals, kiwis and keas. Visit remote areas including Marlborough Sounds, Fiordland and Stewart Island. Experience the grandeur and remote beauty of Fiordland National Park. Encounter the Maori culture and learn about New Zealand’s history and landscape.

SCUBA dive (additional cost) with highly qualified, experienced and popular dive Instructors who provide an outstanding service to all guests. Dive Instructors patiently guide those who have never dived before through a resort dive program and expertly guide certified open-water divers to quality dive sites. A comprehensive range of dive equipment, including wetsuits, is provided.

In addition to the main 13-day itinerary, a longer 17-day itinerary explores the Fiordlands before leaving the South Island to explore New Zealand’s Subantarctic UNESCO World Heritage islands in earnest, including the Snares, Auckland Islands, Campbell Islands, Antipodes and Bounty Islands, featuring incredibly rare birdlife and select penguins.

Aboard a small expedition ship, avoid well-trodden tourist trails and access remote and pristine wilderness areas. Get up close to wildlife with the expedition team. Wake up to new vistas each day and relax in the comfort of life on board Coral Geographer or Coral Adventurer, sister ships that each feature a uniquely Australian atmosphere and particular attention to food and wine. Activities are made efficient by each ship’s onboard Zodiacs and Xplorer tenders. 

Awe-inspiring landscapes, indigenous Maori culture and an abundance of unique wildlife all combine to make New Zealand a remarkable expedition destination, and these itineraries showcase remote attractions best accessed by small ship.

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