With its stunning coastal landscapes, small seaside towns and an abundance of charismatic marine life, New Zealand is uniquely suited to be explored on a small ship expedition. Join us aboard Coral Discoverer and see a different side of New Zealand’s South Island. Visit the less accessible and remote areas of Marlborough Sounds, Fiordland, and Stewart Island. Get up close to wildlife with our expedition team. Wake up to new vistas each day and relax in the comfort of life on board.
- Coach transfer to meet the Coral Discoverer at Milford Sound.
- 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.
Guests arrive in Queenstown one day prior to departure.
DAY 1: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND
A morning coach transfer from Queenstown to Milford Sound arrives for a 2:00pm boarding. Enjoy a scenic cruise through Milford Sound.
DAY 2: THOMPSON SOUND / DOUBTFUL SOUND
Explore Fiordland’s most spectacular waterway, as we cruise through a maze of hidden channels, home to myriad wildlife.
DAY 3: DUSKY SOUND/ PIGEON ISLAND
Dusky Sound is dramatic and remote. Cruise among the sheer cliffs and explore the inlets.
DAY 4: STEWART ISLAND & ULVA ISLAND
Stewart Island is almost totally wilderness, and home to vast numbers of seals, birds and other wildlife. A guided walk on Ulva Island discovers native birds such as the weka, tui, and kiwi. Optional extra excursions available.
DAY 5: 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 6: AKAROA
Discover the French history of this scenic village. Optional activities including swimming with the rare Hector’s Dolphin. Optional extra excursions available.
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: MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
Explore the spectacular waterways including the fjord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy a multitude of interpreted explorations.
DAY 9: TASMAN BAY / GOLDEN BAY
Kayaking and bush-walking in Abel Tasman National Park. DAY 10: MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS Return to the Marlborough Sounds for more discovery, with the interpretation of the Expedition Team.
DAY 11: WELLINGTON
Disembark in Wellington at 8:00am