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South Island Explorer Expedition Cruise

Includes All Shore Excursions & Sightseeing

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Experience the wonders of New Zealand’s South Island during this unique coastal adventure, paired with hotel stays.

Explore New Zealand from a very different perspective during this unforgettable expedition cruise on board the brand-new Coral Geographer. This remarkable vessel has been built specially to venture into untouched destinations, bringing small numbers of like-minded guests closer to nature and fascinating cultures.

Begin your holiday with a hotel stay in the cultural capital of Wellington. Savour some of the city’s celebrated craft beers, explore the wealth of fascinating museums and enjoy a ride on the iconic cable car to admire spectacular views from the top.

From here, you’ll embark Coral Geographer. The 120-passenger ship takes you away from the tourist trails and offers access to remote and pristine wilderness areas, stunning coastal landscapes and small seaside towns. Visit the less accessible and remote areas of Marlborough Sounds, the beguiling Fiordland, and paradise Stewart Island. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife including New Zealand Fur Seals and penguins. Wake up to new vistas each day and relax in the comfort of life on board.

Cruising south west, you’ll begin your South Island expedition, discovering the country’s wealth of stunning natural landscapes, majestic wildlife and charming cities. Drink in the captivating sights of Marlborough Sounds before arriving in Kaikoura - known for its abundance of wildlife. Here you’ll witness the majestic views of sperm whales cresting the sapphire waters. Savour a series of tours in Akaroa and Dunedin, exploring beautiful landscapes and historical treasures. The alluring oasis of Stewart Island awaits. Escape into the rainforest wilderness of Ulva Island during a guided walk and relish a catamaran cruise at dusk.

Before disembarking in Queenstown, where you’ll bring your holiday to a close with a hotel stay; you’ll savour a scenic cruise through the Fiordland’s enchanting Sounds. Glide along, drinking in the mesmerising scenery of lofty forest-clad mountains beautifully reflected in the glossy emerald waters.

Package Includes

Hotel Stays

  • 1 night hotel stay at The Novotel in Wellington with breakfast
  • 1 night hotel stay at The Crowne Plaza in Queenstown with breakfast

Expedition Cruise

  • 8 night South Island expedition cruise on board Coral Geographer
  • All meals and selected wines, beers, juice and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • All excursions and sightseeing
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and Kayaks
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and ports
  • Covid SailSAFE Plan

Expedition Highlights

  • Experience the grandeur and remote beauty of Fiordland National Park
  • Kayak and bush-walk in National Parks less accessible by land
  • Visit remote Stewart Island, home to vast numbers of iconic native birds and wildlife
  • Spend two days exploring the more inaccessible and spectacular areas of Marlborough Sounds
  • Explore some of the beautiful and historic east coast cities such as Dunedin
  • Get close to marine wildlife on a whale-watching cruise to view the giant Sperm Whale in its natural environment

All flights, taxes & transfers

Cruising Holiday

At a glance

10 nights
Departing 22 Jan 22
All flights and taxes

Prices from

Coral Deck
$7,999 pp
Price based on 22 Jan 2022 departure
Promenade Deck
$9,499 pp
Price based on 22 Jan 2022 departure
Explorer Balcony
$11,999 pp
Price based on 22 Jan 2022 departure
Bridge Suite
$14,999 pp
Price based on 22 Jan 2022 departure

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Call to book:

(09) 941 2549

Holiday code:

REP2477

Opening hours:

Mon to Fri: 11am - 8pm | Sat & Sun: 11am - 6pm

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park is the pinnacle of New Zealand’s natural wonders and offers you a spectacular welcome to this beautiful country. Situated on the southwest coast of the South Island, this enchanting landscape is peppered with towering spires of rock, like the formidable Mitre Peak, and waterfall-streaked sheer cliff faces.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 | 22 Jan 2022
Wellington - Hotel Stay

Curving protectively around its harbour with a white lighthouse guarding the bay in the distance, New Zealand’s compact capital is a charming city to visit. Head to one of its many museums and art galleries, sample some of the city’s celebrated craft beers or embark on the historical Wellington Cable Car, an attraction widely recognised as a symbol of the city. Taking five minutes to reach the top, you’ll roll through the landscapes and capture fantastic views of the ocean and sprawling city below.

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DAY 2 | 23 Jan 2022
Wellington - Embark Coral Geographer

Today you’ll embark Coral Geographer, a brand-new, luxury Australian small ship purpose-built for expedition cruising and featuring an array of modern facilities and elegant décor throughout. Raise a glass to your adventure in the Explorer Bar on the sundeck – perfect for drinks over the views of the setting sun, lose yourself in fascinating topics from the onboard library and savour an after-dinner walk around the promenade deck, drinking in the panoramic views. With a capacity for 120 passengers, this ship boasts luxurious public spaces to unwind in whilst offering personal attention to detail and professional Australian service.

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DAY 3 | 24 Jan 2022
Marlborough Sounds (Scenic Cruising)

The stunning Marlborough Sounds area can be accessed by boats and offers fishing trips and picturesque secluded bays. Queen Charlotte Sound is ideal for water sports including kayaking, diving, hiking, cycling, fishing or just taking a scenic trip and admiring some of New Zealand’s most incredible natural areas. A boat trip around the picturesque harbour offers the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

DAY 4 | 25 Jan 2022
Kaikoura

A small coastal town on New Zealand’s South Island, Kaikoura is known for its abundance of wildlife and its sperm whale population. Spend time in captivating landscapes and savour unforgettable experiences with the region’s majestic wildlife. Embark on a specially designed, high-speed watercraft to seek out the astounding views of whales in their natural habitat, gently cresting waves. Back on dry land, you’ll enjoy an overview tour of this enchanting destination. Highlights include the beguiling view from the Kaikoura Peninsula Lookout area, the seal colony at Point Keen, Fyffe House – Kaikoura’s oldest surviving building, and the Lavender Farm.

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DAY 5 | 26 Jan 2022
Akaroa (Christchurch)

Set against a stunning backdrop of green hills and rolling countryside, Akaroa a beautiful location. Begin your day exploring the region’s beautiful Paua Bay Hill Country Farm, where you’ll be introduced to the unique environment, the farm and its family. From here, you’ll embark on a discovery tour of Akaroa’s beautiful landscapes. Stop at the Hilltop Tavern for panoramic views, delve into the delights of Little River and indulge in cheese tastings. Your day ends with an unforgettable experience swimming with the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin in the beautiful sheltered setting of Akaroa Harbour.

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DAY 6 | 27 Jan 2022
Dunedin

Begin your day with a historic tour, which will introduce you to a city blessed with scenery and a rich history. Visit Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world, witness views from the Signal Hill lookout and admire Dunedin Railway Station, the most photographed building in the southern hemisphere. Next, relish a city and Otago Peninsula tour. Head through scenic inlets where you’ll spot a variety of penguins and fur seals and wander the beautiful gardens of Larnach Castle. Bring your day to a close with a rail journey through the spectacular Taieri Gorge.

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DAY 7 - 8 | 28 - 29 Jan 2022
Stewart Island

Enjoy a slower pace of life on the paradise island of Stewart Island. A destination in rhythm with the sea and balanced with the natural beauty of bush and beaches. Escape into the wilderness of Ulva Island where you’ll savour a guided walk through the lush forest. You’ll then explore Oban and the surrounding bays. This evening, you’ll embark a catamaran for a cruise to Little Glory Cove. Savour a walk through the native forest, guided by magical star light, to Ocean Beach. Here you’ll get to see the Southern brown kiwi searching for food.

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DAY 9 | 30 Jan 2022
Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Milford Sound (Scenic Cruising)

You’ll cruise through spectacular natural fjords in South West New Zealand, where mountain peaks are reflected in mirror-smooth waters. In this important wildlife habitat, you could spot a Little Blue penguin or two, as well as resident fur seals and playful dolphins, as you sail past breathtaking scenery where waterfalls plummet down sheer cliffs into still, deep waters. This unspoilt and rugged landscape will captivate even the most experienced traveller.

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DAY 10 | 31 Jan 2022
Milford Sound - Disembark Coral Geographer & Queenstown Hotel Stay

Following your captivating cruise through Milford Sound, you’ll disembark your superb ship and transfer to Queenstown, where you’ll enjoy an overnight hotel stay. Poised on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, and set against the impressive Southern Alps, Queenstown is renowned for adventure sports, lush vineyards and historic mining towns. For those who seek adventure, explore the surrounding area during a jet boat ride. Culture lovers can embark on a wine tour or pay a visit to the picturesque Queenstown Gardens, home to a variety of native and exotic flora.

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DAY 11 | 1 Feb 2022
Queenstown - Fly Home

Your epic expedition complete, today you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Welcome aboard the Coral Geographer

Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime on board the brand-new Coral Geographer, arriving in 2021. Sister ship to Coral Adventurer, this remarkable ship will remain true to Coral Expeditions nature of authentic expedition experiences. She’ll also feature all the same comfortable Australian interiors, Xplorer tender mechanism, intimate guest experience, and personalised service to help make you feel right at home. Sleek and modern, this ship steers away from glitz and glamour and focuses on remaining small enough to venture into untouched destinations and bringing small numbers of guests closer to nature and fascinating cultures. The 120-passenger ship boasts luxurious public spaces to unwind in whilst offering personal attention to detail and professional Australian service. On board you’ll find a range of superb entertainment, accommodation and dining facilities including a well-equipped gym, a curated wine cellar and a library.

SailSAFE Plan is Coral Expeditions priority to keep their guests and crew safe while travelling. Partnered with Respond Global, a specialist medical advisory agency, to assist in developing these protocols that are among the most thorough in the world. With a focus on prevention, to target a 100% COVID free environment when we set sail, they have a three-tiered medical screening system in place before boarding.

SailSAFE Plan is Coral Expeditions priority to keep their guests and crew safe while travelling. Partnered with Respond Global, a specialist medical advisory agency, to assist in developing these protocols that are among the most thorough in the world. With a focus on prevention, to target a 100% COVID free environment when we set sail, they have a three-tiered medical screening system in place before boarding.

Lecture Lounge

Soak up a wealth of knowledge in the lecture lounge where you’ll enjoy daily expedition briefings and expert presentations.

Dining

Savour single seating dining with a communal table which serves buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners.

Open Bridge

Discover the navigator lounge for the vantage point of ship operations. Or embark on an engine room tour and enjoy the high level of interaction from the crew.

Prices & Departures

  All flights included
regional flights available at a supplement
Departing
Departing 22 January 2022
Coral Deck
Coral Deck $7,999
Promenade Deck
Promenade Deck $9,499
Explorer Balcony
Explorer Balcony $11,999
Bridge Suite
Bridge Suite $14,999
Departing
Departing 22 January 2022
Coral Deck
Coral Deck $7,999
Promenade Deck
Promenade Deck $9,499
Explorer Balcony
Explorer Balcony $11,999
Bridge Suite
Bridge Suite $14,999
Departing
Departing 22 January 2022
Coral Deck
Coral Deck $7,999
Promenade Deck
Promenade Deck $9,499
Explorer Balcony
Explorer Balcony $11,999
Bridge Suite
Bridge Suite $14,999

CALL TO BOOK: (09) 941 2549

HOLIDAY CODE: REP2477