East Coast Explorer Cruise

Cruise along New Zealand's east coast from Auckland to the South Island.

Deal Details

Travel Dates

26 November 2020

Sale Ends

Nov 26, 2020

Priced From

$10,960

Trip Information

Experience New Zealand from a very different perspective. The Coral Discoverer takes you away from the tourist trails and offers access to remote and pristine wilderness areas, and encounters with Maori culture. With over 7000 km of stunning coastline to be explored, you will cruise the sheltered sounds, volcanic islands and marine reserves and arrive in the dramatic beauty of Fiordland. Our expert expedition guides and local rangers will introduce you to wildlife including dolphins, seals, kiwis and keas.

Start: Auckland

Finish: Queenstown


What's included:

  • All meals, and house wines, beer and spirits with lunch and dinner.
  • Barista-style coffee and tea.
  • Shore excursions daily (excluding optional activities/sea days) guided by expert expedition team.
  • Explorer and zodiac vessels, snorkelling equipment, glass bottom boats (on selected itineraries), kayaks.
  • Lectures and Presentations.

No tipping is required.

Itinerary 

DAY 1: AUCKLAND

Embark Coral Discoverer at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure.

DAY 2: WAIMANGU VALLEY

Enjoy views of mysterious and beautiful Inferno Crater which rises and falls as it heats and cools.

DAY 3: GISBORNE

Gisborne was the first European landing place in New Zealand. At a small marae, experience a Maori welcome, and Kapa Haka cultural show. Optional extra excursions available.

DAY 4: NAPIER

Admire the famous art deco architecture of this east coast city. Optional extra excursions/tours available.

DAY 5 & 6: MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

Explore the spectacular waterways including the fjord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy many interpreted explorations.

DAY 7: KAIKOURA

Join a special whale-watching cruise to view the giant Sperm Whale in its natural environment, along with fur seals and dolphins. Optional extra excursions available.

DAY 8: AKAROA

Discover the French history of this scenic village. Optional activities include swimming with the rare Hector’s Dolphin. Optional extra excursions available.

DAY 9: DUNEDIN

Cruise Otago Harbour, before visiting Dunedin. Spend the day exploring all that the city has to offer, including its beautiful architecture, art galleries, and botanical gardens. Optional extra excursions available.

DAY 10: STEWART ISLAND & ULVA ISLAND

Stewart Island and Ulva Island are almost totally wilderness, and home to vast numbers of seals, birds and other wildlife. A guided walk discovers native birds such as the weka, tui, and kiwi. Optional extra excursions available.

DAY 11: DUSKY SOUND

We enter Fiordland National Park at the dramatic Dusky Sound. Cruise among the sheer cliffs and explore the inlets.

DAY 12: DOUBTFUL SOUND / THOMPSON SOUND

Explore Fiordland’s most spectacular waterway, as we cruise through a maze of hidden channels, home to myriad wildlife.

DAY 13: MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN

Cruise the length of Milford Sound and view iconic Mitre Peak, towering some 1600 feet. Disembark at 8:00am before coach transfers to arrive in Queenstown at 1:30pm.

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