Small brown fur seal sits atop a smooth rock outcrop overlooking calm water at sunset with mountains in the distance.
Flock of white birds rest on shore under blue skies with 2 rubbing beaks, seen during the National Geographic New Zealand Cruise.
Kiwi bird with shaggy brown feathers points its long white beak at the rainforest floor, seen on the Nat Geo New Zealand Cruise.
Carved wood pillars with Maori faces in red & black, seen on the National Geographic New Zealand Cruise.
Royal albatross bird with seagull-like head & body but wide brown wings soars above turquoise water with hills in the distance.
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Asia / Pacific New Zealand Cruise

National Geographic New Zealand Cruise

Travel with Lindblad-National Geographic guides to New Zealand, an island nation best explored by small ship. On this 16- or 23-day expedition cruise, experience New Zealand’s highlights alongside lesser-known gems, with a flexible itinerary that capitalizes on weather and wildlife conditions along the way. Discover unique cultures, fascinating coastal geology and rare wildlife.

On all departures, navigate New Zealand’s verdant coastlines for Maori history and culture, celebrated wines and culinary specialties, ancient rainforest, pristine beaches, quiet coves, crystal-clear lakes and ocean waters filled with whales, dolphins and seals. The soaring peaks and countless waterfalls of the country’s dazzling fjords are at their jaw-dropping best in Fiordlands National Park. Ornithologists will appreciate some 300 species of birds. On special 22-day sub-Antarctic departures, add time exploring below the South Island in the Southern Ocean, where few humans have tread. Teeming with major populations of pelagic seabirds and animals, and plants found nowhere else in the world, they burst with thousands of seals and millions of penguins.

The 102-guest Nat Geo Orion acts as floating basecamp during the cruise. This small expedition ship is technologically advanced and equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including an ROV and enough kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time. Additionally, select cabins offer private balconies for special moments while taking in the awe-inspiring wilderness. The National Geographic Orion features a nearly 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, ensuring attentive service.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s New Zealand cruises and New Zealand trips.



Itinerary

Main Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound Itinerary

The main Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound cruise travels from the North Island to the South Island, focusing on New Zealand’s Eastern shoreline, including the Fiordlands of the South Island.

Route map of National Geographic Coastal New Zealand cruise from Auckland to Milford Sound, traveling the Eastern coastline.
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Days 1 - 3
Arrive Auckland, New Zealand

Depart on an overnight flight, crossing the International Date Line and losing a day. Arrive in Auckland, check in to the group hotel and join the welcome briefing to meet fellow travelers.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1-2); Hotel TBD (day 3)

Meals

n/a

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Day 4
Explore Auckland & Embark

Have breakfast at the hotel before joining a tour of this vibrant city center. Stop for lunch midday before embarking the ship in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is an area encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands, boasting an abundance of wildlife and fascinating history. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a place of immeasurable cultural, spiritual and historical significance, and learn of the historical events for which these grounds are remembered.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
Great Barrier Island & Exploring Coastal New Zealand

Stretch the legs today while exploring Great Barrier Island on exploratory walks and hikes. Continuing south along the North Island’s verdant coast, let nature be the guide as the captain and expedition leader choose the next site for exploration.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Gisborne

Discover rural life at a 110-year old New Zealand homestead and witness the daily process of sheep herding and sheering. Take in the greenery of a local arboretum, and cap the day off with a winery tour and tasting.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Napier

Spend the morning getting to know Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. Choose to discover the city’s unique architecture on an art tour or leave the city behind and join a Gannet Safari Tour for close encounters at a large Australasian gannet colony.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Exploring New Zealand's South Island

Today will be exploratory in nature, with time to discover the many hidden islands and treasures on the northern side of New Zealand’s South Island.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Kaikoura

In Maori, Kaikoura translates to “meal of crayfish.” The region’s abundance of crayfish and nutrient-rich marine system draw impressive quantities of whales, dolphins and fur seals to its waters. Today, venture out in search of various resident and migratory marine mammals as well as the impressive albatross.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
Dunedin

Known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and boasting the world’s only mainland albatross colony, Dunedin sits on the verdant southeast coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Discover the world’s smallest penguin, the little blue penguin, and its endangered cousin, the yellow-eyed penguin, on an excursion to the beaches of the Otago Peninsula. Visit the fragrant Dunedin Botanic Gardens, and explore the Otago Museum’s exhibits on nature, culture and science.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Stewart Island

Stewart Island, known in Maori as Te Punga o Te Waka a Maui, is positioned firmly at the heart of Maori mythology. Today, explore the island’s rare native birdlife as well as it’s well preserved podocarp forest. In the afternoon, discover Stewart Island’s nearby neighbor, Ulva Island, for hiking with naturalists to discover unspoiled rainforest.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 15
Dusky Sound & Doubtful Sound

Over the course of 2 days, explore Fiordland National Park, home to 14 individual fiords. Here, discover hundreds-meter high waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, and hope for a glimpse of Doubtful Sound’s resident bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Milford Sound, Transfer to Queenstown & Depart

Have breakfast aboard the ship before disembarking and transferring to Queenstown for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; immigration and passport fees; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
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 main Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound cruise begins in Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) and ends in Queenstown, New Zealand (ZQN). Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Miami, Florida (MIA). Disembarkation in Milford Sound is after breakfast on Day 16 of the outlined itinerary, followed by an overland transfer to Queenstown, New Zealand (ZQN). Departure times may vary depending on group flights. Inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

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.

Reverse Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound Itinerary

The reverse Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound cruise travels from the South Island to the North Island, focusing on New Zealand’s Eastern shoreline, including the Fiordlands of the South Island.

Route map of National Geographic Coastal New Zealand cruise from Auckland to Milford Sound, traveling the Eastern coastline.
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Days 1 - 3
Arrive Queenstown, New Zealand

Depart on an overnight flight, crossing the International Date Line and losing a day. Arrive in Queenstown, check in to the group hotel and join the welcome briefing to meet fellow travelers.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1 - 2); Hotel TBD (day 3)

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 4
Explore Queenstown, Transfer to Milford Sound & Embark

Have breakfast at the hotel before joining a tour and transferring to Milford Sound. Stop for lunch midday before embarking the ship in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Dusky Sound & Doubtful Sound

Over the course of 2 days, explore Fiordland National Park, home to 14 individual fiords. Discover hundreds-meter high waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, and hope for a glimpse of Doubtful Sound’s resident bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Stewart Island

Stewart Island, known in Maori as Te Punga o Te Waka a Maui, is positioned firmly at the heart of Maori mythology. Today, explore the island’s rare native birdlife as well as its well preserved podocarp forest. In the afternoon, discover Stewart Island’s nearby neighbor, Ulva Island, and hike with naturalists to discover unspoiled rainforest.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Dunedin

Known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and boasting the world’s only mainland albatross colony, Dunedin sits on the verdant southeast coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Discover the world’s smallest penguin, the little blue penguin, and its endangered cousin, the yellow-eyed penguin, on an excursion to the beaches of the Otago Peninsula. Visit the fragrant Dunedin Botanic Gardens, and explore the Otago Museum’s exhibits on nature, culture and science.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Kaikoura

In Maori, Kaikoura translates to “meal of crayfish.” The region’s abundance of crayfish and nutrient-rich marine system draw impressive quantities of whales, dolphins and fur seals to its waters. Today, venture out in search of various resident and migratory marine  mammals as well as the impressive albatross.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
Exploring New Zealand's South Island

Today will be exploratory in nature. Discover the many hidden islands and treasures on the northern side of New Zealand’s South  Island.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Napier

Spend the morning getting to know Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. Choose to discover the city’s unique architecture on an art tour or leave the city behind and join a Gannet Safari Tour for close encounters at a large Australasian gannet colony.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
Gisborne

Today delve into the cultural riches of Gisborne—the site of the first European landing place in New Zealand in 1769. The city’s warm, sun-filled climate reflects its disposition and complements its rich soils, bountiful islands, miles of sandy beaches and resource-rich oceans. Gain insight into the history and culture of the people of this region. In the afternoon, discover the greenery of a local arboretum, and cap the day off with a wine tour and tasting.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 13 - 14
Great Barrier Island & Exploring Coastal New Zealand

Stretch the legs today while exploring Great Barrier Island on exploratory walks and hikes. Continue south along the North Island’s verdant coast and let nature be the guide as the captain and expedition leader choose the next site for exploration.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 15
Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is an area encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands, boasting an abundance of wildlife and fascinating history. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a place of immeasurable cultural, spiritual and historical significance, and learn of the historical events for which these grounds are remembered.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 16
Disembark Auckland, New Zealand

Have lunch aboard the ship before disembarking and transferring to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; immigration and passport fees; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
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 reverse Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound cruise begins in Queenstown, New Zealand (ZQN) and ends in Auckland, New Zealand (AKL). Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Miami, Florida (MIA). Disembarkation in Auckland is after lunch on Day 15 of the outlined itinerary. Departure times may vary depending on group flights. Inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

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.

Main Southern Odyssey: New Zealand & The Sub-Antarctic Islands Itinerary

The main Southern Odyssey: New Zealand & The Sub-Antarctic Islands cruise travels from the North Island to the South Island, including the Sub-Antarctic Islands. Focus on New Zealand’s Western shoreline, including the Fiordlands of the South Island.

Route map of National Geographic New Zealand & Sub-Antarctic Islands cruise, operating between Auckland & Dunedin, along the West coast.
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Days 1 - 3
Arrive Auckland, New Zealand

Depart on an overnight flight, crossing the International Date Line and losing a day. Arrive in Auckland, check in to the group hotel and join the welcome briefing to meet fellow travelers.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1-2); Hotel TBD (day 3)

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 4
Explore Auckland & Embark

Have breakfast at the hotel before joining a tour of this vibrant city center. Stop for lunch midday before embarking the ship in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 5 - 6
Exploring Coastal New Zealand

Continue south along the North Island’s verdant coast and let nature be the guide as the captain and expedition leader choose the next site for exploration.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Gisborne

Today, delve into the cultural riches of Gisborne–the site of the first European landing place in New Zealand in 1769. The city’s warm, sun-filled climate reflects its disposition and complements its rich soils, bountiful islands, miles of sandy beaches and resource-rich oceans. Visit a local Marae and gain insight into the history and culture of the people of this region. In the afternoon, discover the greenery of a local arboretum, and cap the day off with a wine tour and tasting.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Napier

Spend the morning getting to know Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. Choose to discover the city’s unique architecture on an art tour, or leave the city behind and join a Gannet Safari Tour for close encounters at a large Australasian gannet colony.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 9 - 10
Abel Tasman & At Sea

Today, arrive at the South Island of New Zealand where golden beaches and dense rainforests border the snow-capped Southern Alps. Begin discovering this stunning island in Abel Tasman National Park, exploring on hikes and walks with the ship’s naturalists. Spend the next day at sea, sailing south toward Fiordland National Park.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 11 - 12
Milford Sound & Dusky Sound

Over the course of 2 days, explore Fiordland National Park, home to 14 individual fiords. Here, discover hundreds-meter high waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, and hope for a glimpse of Doubtful Sound’s resident bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 13
Snares Islands

Located south of the New Zealand mainland in the remote Southern Ocean, today begin exploration of the wild and beautiful sub-Antarctic islands. These remote islands play host to abundant and unique wildlife, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. Two small rocky islands, North East and Broughton, comprise The Snares, the closest sub-Antarctic islands to New Zealand. The islands are covered with heavy tussock grass and wind-beaten forests of tree daisies. The Snares are home to huge numbers of breeding birds: the 99 recorded species include albatross, Antarctic terns and Snares crested penguins.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 15
Auckland Islands & At Sea

Spend the next several incredible days discovering New Zealand and Australia’s sub-Antarctic islands and their surrounding waters—the entire marine landscape designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ship has special permission to explore these strictly regulated islands, which are protected at the highest level of conservation status by the New Zealand government and considered bird central among top ornithologists around the world. Keeping a flexible weather-dependent schedule, plan to explore several intriguing islands.

The Auckland Islands are the largest of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands, with the richest flora, prolific birdlife and an interesting human history. Conditions permitting, cruise in Zodiacs to Enderby Island to view a large New Zealand sea lion colony with pups all jostling for position. With luck, spot rare yellow-eyed penguins as they move to and from their nests in the forests beyond the beach.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 16 - 18
Macquarie Island, Australia & At Sea

Spend 2 days at remote Macquarie Island, a protectorate of Australia and a World Heritage site. Macquarie is home to a large variety of wildlife, including thousands of seals and millions of penguins. Four species of penguin breed here. The endemic royal penguin has a population estimated at 850,000. Gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins also breed here. And imagine landing on a single beach with 100,000 pairs of king penguins, the third largest such colony in the world!

With whales beneath and birds above, time at sea between islands presents an opportunity to head up to the bridge to spot marine life and watch the calm business of navigation. Or spend these days enjoying the ship’s spa and fitness center. Take some time to browse the library or play a board game in the glass-enclosed observation lounge. And listen to a variety of engaging talks from the staff, including photo talks.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 19 - 20
Campbell Island, New Zealand & At Sea

A large island, surrounded by four smaller islands and innumerable rocks and islets, the Campbell Island group is officially the southernmost territory of New Zealand. Covered with endemic grasses and thick vegetation and boasting steep terrain, Campbell is dramatic and beautiful. Here, find six species of albatross, an endemic duck (the Campbell Island teal) and an endemic snipe, as well as numerous songbirds and sea birds who breed on the island. Three species of penguin also make their home here, and southern right whales breed in the surrounding waters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 21
Stewart Island

Stewart Island, known in Maori as Te Punga o Te Waka a Maui, is positioned firmly at the heart of Maori mythology. Today, explore the island’s rare native birdlife as well as its well preserved podocarp forest. In the afternoon, discover Stewart Island’s nearby neighbor, Ulva Island, and hike with naturalists to discover unspoiled rainforest.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 22
Disembark Dunedin, New Zealand

Today, disembark on New Zealand’s South Island in Dunedin, known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Have breakfast aboard before transferring to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; immigration and passport fees; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
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 main Southern Odyssey: New Zealand & The Sub-Antarctic Islands cruise begins in Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) and ends in Dunedin, New Zealand (DUD). Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Miami, Florida (MIA). Disembarkation in Dunedin is after breakfast on Day 22 of the outlined itinerary. Departure times may vary depending on group flights. Inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

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.

Reverse Southern Odyssey: New Zealand & The Sub-Antarctic Islands Itinerary

The reverse Southern Odyssey: New Zealand & The Sub-Antarctic Islands cruise travels from the South Island to the North Island, including the Sub-Antarctic Islands. Focus on New Zealand’s Western shoreline, including the Fiordlands of the South Island.

Route map of National Geographic New Zealand & Sub-Antarctic Islands cruise, operating between Auckland & Dunedin, along the West coast.
Read More
Days 1 - 3
Arrive Auckland, New Zealand

Depart on an overnight flight, crossing the International Date Line and losing a day. Arrive in Auckland, check in to the group hotel and join the welcome briefing to meet fellow travelers.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1-2); Hotel TBD (day 3)

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 4
Fly to Dunedin & Embark

Have breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for a flight to Dunedin. Spend the day touring and stop for lunch midday before embarking the ship in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 5 - 6
Stewart Island & At Sea

Stewart Island, known in Maori as Te Punga o Te Waka a Maui, is positioned firmly at the heart of Maori mythology. Today, explore the island’s rare native birdlife as well as its well preserved podocarp forest. In the afternoon, discover Stewart Island’s nearby neighbor, Ulva Island, and hike with naturalists to discover unspoiled rainforest.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 7 - 8
Campbell Island & At Sea

A large island, surrounded by four smaller islands and innumerable rocks and islets, the Campbell Island group is officially the southernmost territory of New Zealand. Covered with endemic grasses and thick vegetation and boasting steep terrain, Campbell is dramatic and beautiful. Here, find six species of albatross, an endemic duck (the Campbell Island teal) and an endemic snipe, as well as numerous songbirds and sea birds who breed on the island. Three species of penguin also make their home here, and southern right
whales breed in the surrounding waters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 11
Macquarie Island, Australia & At Sea

Spend 2 days at remote Macquarie Island, a protectorate of Australia and a World Heritage site. Macquarie is home to a large variety of wildlife, including thousands of seals and millions of penguins. Four species of penguin breed here. The endemic royal penguin has a population estimated at 850,000. Gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins also breed here. And imagine landing on a single beach with 100,000 pairs of king penguins, the third largest such colony in the world!

With whales beneath and birds above, time at sea between islands presents an opportunity to head up to the bridge to spot marine life and watch the calm business of navigation. Or spend these days enjoying the ship’s spa and fitness center. Take some time to browse the library or play a board game in the glass-enclosed observation lounge. And listen to a variety of engaging talks from the staff, including photo talks.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Auckland Islands, New Zealand

Spend the next several incredible days discovering New Zealand and Australia’s sub-Antarctic islands and their surrounding waters—the entire marine landscape designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ship has special permission to explore these strictly regulated islands, which are protected at the highest level of conservation status by the New Zealand government and considered bird central among top ornithologists around the world. Keeping a flexible weather-dependent schedule, plan to explore several intriguing islands.

The Auckland Islands are the largest of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands, with the richest flora, prolific birdlife and an interesting human history. Conditions permitting, cruise in Zodiacs to Enderby Island to view a large New Zealand sea lion colony with pups all jostling for position. With luck, spot rare yellow-eyed penguins as they move to and from their nests in the forests beyond the beach.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Snares Islands

Located south of the New Zealand mainland in the remote Southern Ocean, today begin exploration of the wild and beautiful sub-Antarctic islands. These remote islands play host to abundant and unique wildlife, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. Two small rocky islands, North East and Broughton, comprise The Snares, the closest sub-Antarctic islands to New Zealand. The islands are covered with heavy tussock grass and wind-beaten forests of tree daisies. The Snares are home to huge numbers of breeding birds: the 99 recorded species include albatross, Antarctic terns and Snares crested penguins.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 16
Dusky Sound, Milford Sound & At Sea

Over the course of 2 days explore Fiordland National Park, home to 14 individual fiords. Here, discover hundreds-meter high waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, and hope for a glimpse of the Sounds’ resident bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Abel Tasman & At Sea

Today, arrive at the South Island of New Zealand where golden beaches and dense rainforests border the snow-capped Southern Alps. Begin discovering this stunning island in Abel Tasman National Park, exploring on hikes and walks with the ship’s naturalists. Spend the next day at sea, sailing south toward Fiordland National Park.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 18
Napier

Spend the morning getting to know Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. Choose to discover the city’s unique architecture on an art tour, or leave the city behind and join a Gannet Safari Tour for close encounters at a large Australasian gannet colony.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 19
Gisborne

Today, delve into the cultural riches of Gisborne–the site of the first European landing place in New Zealand in 1769. The city’s warm, sun-filled climate reflects its disposition and complements its rich soils, bountiful islands, miles of sandy beaches and resource-rich oceans. Visit a local Marae and gain insight into the history and culture of the people of this region. In the afternoon, discover the greenery of a local arboretum, and cap the day off with a wine tour and tasting.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 20 - 21
Exploring Coastal New Zealand

Continue south along the North Island’s verdant coast and let nature be the guide as the captain and expedition leader choose the next site for exploration.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 22
Disembark Auckland, New Zealand

Have lunch aboard the ship before disembarking and transferring to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

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Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

One-way charter flight from Auckland to Dunedin, New Zealand (inquire for pricing); immigration and passport fees; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
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 reverse Southern Odyssey: New Zealand & The Sub-Antarctic Islands cruise begins in Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) and ends in Dunedin, New Zealand (DUD). A group charter flight from Auckland to embark the ship in Dunedin, is required. Disembarkation in Dunedin is after breakfast on Day 22 of the outlined itinerary. Departure times may vary depending on group flights. Inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Auckland and Dunedin, New Zealand, is required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (8 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

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.

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Dec 27 - Jan 17, 2023
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