Asia / Pacific New Zealand Cruise

New Zealand by Sea: East Coast Expedition

With its 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. On this 11- or 13-day cruise aboard the 72-guest Coral Discoverer, experience New Zealand from a very different perspective. The longer itinerary out of Auckland offers a comprehensive trip to both the North and the South Islands, while the shorter route departing Milford Sound focuses on the South Island.

With over 4,350 miles of stunning coastline to be explored, enjoy cruising the sheltered sounds, volcanic islands and marine reserves and arrive in the dramatic beauty of Fiordland. Expert guides and local rangers will introduce you 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. Visit White Island and enjoy a guided walk to the crater of this active volcano. 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 wet suits, is provided. 

Your small expedition ship avoids well-trodden tourist trails and offers access to 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 Discoverer, featuring a uniquely South Pacific atmosphere with stylish furnishings, generous decks and the latest of modern facilities. Activities are made efficient by the ship’s onboard Zodiacs and an Xplorer tender, as well as her water-activity platform. 

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

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s New Zealand cruises.