Accommodations as booked; expert expedition team; daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow; all meals; 24-hour coffee and tea; showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service; excursions and sightseeing; captain’s welcome and farewell events; guided sightseeing in each destination; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; pre-cruise transfers from Queenstown to Milford Sound.
Travel insurance and insurance of any kind; airfare; post-cruise transfers; various optional extra activities at some destinations; entry visas or travel permits; optional scuba diving costs (contact AdventureSmith for pricing); items of a personal nature including but not limited to: phone and internet communications, bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), souvenir purchases, and laundry and internet charges (added fee).
Payment & Cancellation
Prices are based on exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. Pricing may vary based on the exchange rate, and will be calculated at the time of final payment. AdventureSmith’s USD conversion rates are based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. A $200 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
Terms & Conditions
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.
Arrival & Departure
The New Zealand by Sea: East Coast Expedition Cruise begins in Auckland, New Zealand (AKL), and ends in Queenstown, New Zealand (ZQN). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Auckland by 12:00pm noon on day 1 of the itinerary for a 4:00pm embarkation. Plan flights to depart Queenstown no earlier than 2:00pm on day 13. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.
Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, land treks, whale watching, wildlife observation, diving (added cost), city exploration and cultural visits.
Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate; ask your Adventure Smith Specialist for details. Bookings made via the solo use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.
If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.
Families & Children
Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.
Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.