Small Ship Cruising New Zealand
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Small Ship Cruising New Zealand

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Soak up vast scenery, legendary hospitality and unique Maori culture while exploring the adventure capital of the world on a small ship cruise around New Zealand. Diverse landscapes ranging from alpine mountains and sandy beaches to subtropical forests mean travelers never tire of views from the ship’s bow and experiencing the near-tangible magic of these incredible islands.

AdventureSmith Explorations offers the largest selection New Zealand small ship cruises. Small group sizes ensure personalized attention, while flexible schedules enhance opportunities for wildlife viewing and natural interaction with local people along the way. Explore up close off the ship in the company of expert local guides. Hike along famous tracks, kayak in calm scenic fjords, reach remote offshore islands full of wildlife while avoiding busy ports and tourist crowds.

Local New Zealanders, or Kiwis, named after the endearing flightless bird, are renowned for their hospitality, charm and sense of adventure and welcome travelers to their unique islands. A diverse array of environmental features and 4,350 miles of coastline create plenty of opportunities for adventure and nature exploration on a small ship cruise.

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New Zealand Small Ship Cruises

The island nation of New Zealand, with endless bays, fjords and coastline is perfectly suited to exploration by small ship. See more of this unforgettable land than the average traveler while aboard a New Zealand cruise. Small ships sail along the dramatic coastlines of both North and South Islands for a comprehensive New Zealand experience.

We offer the largest selection of New Zealand small ship cruises available with popular routes such as Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Doubtful Sound, Bay of Islands and Abel Tasman. We also offer smaller, more intimate New Zealand cruise and yacht options that are off the radar of most travelers. We are New Zealand small ship cruise experts—here to help you research, select, book and prepare for your expedition with firsthand insight.

While small ship cruising New Zealand, take advantage of unique opportunities to visit uncommonly explored islands like Stewart Island with its diverse bird watching and famed kiwis, and White Island’s active volcano. Sail up close to roaring waterfalls, walk in native bush and primal forests that bring Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life. See more of this unforgettable land than the average traveler while aboard a New Zealand cruise.

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11 - 13 Day Cruise
New Zealand by Sea: East Coast Expedition

On this 11- or 13-day cruise aboard the 72-guest Coral Discoverer, explore New Zealand's entire eastern coastline, accessing remote sounds, volcanic islands and marine reserves, including Stewart Island.

From $7755USD
Nov Dec
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7 Day Cruise
Preservation Inlet Discovery

The 7-day Preservation Inlet Discovery expedition cruises Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, as well as Preservation and Chalky Inlets. Experience New Zealand's Fiordland region, its wildlife, beauty and fascinating history from aboard the 32-guest, purpose-built Milford Wanderer, with an exciting helicopter ride included!

From $2565USD
Sep Oct
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4 - 11 Day Cruise
Affinity Fiordland Cruises

This cruise aboard the 16-guest Affinity explores the more untouched Fiordland region south of Milford Sound, including explorations in remote Doubtful Sound, New Zealand’s second most popular destination that’s only accessible by sea.

From $1095USD
Jun Jul Aug
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