Highlights
  • Enjoy breathtaking alpine scenery and pass through the remarkable 1,200 metre Homer Tunnel before emerging to unforgettable views of Milford Sound’s Mitre Peak
  • The deepest of the sounds, Doubtful was named by Captain Cook in 1770 and is often described as Fiordland’s most spectacular waterway
  • The expedition crew on an exploratory cruise through rarely visited Dusky Sound, among an array of islands, marine and bird life
  • Discover the natural delights and scenic beauty of Stewart Island, a large island that is almost totally wilderness and home to a vast number of seals, birds and other wildlife
  • Dunedin offers a great diversity of experiences from abundant wildlife to the historic Edwardian and Victorian architecture, the Otakou Maori Marae, the famous Speights Brewery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Settlers Museum and New Zealand’s oldest botanical gardens.

The New Zealand - Aotearoa small ship cruise explores the coastline between Milford Sound and Auckland over 13 or 9 days. The pristine landscapes and stunning natural features of the Land of the Long White Cloud are timeless attractions. Spouting geysers, bubbling thermal pools, fjords, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, rivers and sweeping stretches of white sandy beaches enshrine the country's natural heritage, forever protected in 14 national parks.

New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. Its society is diverse, sophisticated and multicultural. The honesty, friendliness and openness of Kiwis will impress you, as the Maori people (Pacific Islanders) are happy to share their living culture with like-minded visitors. The great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural and artistic landscapes are so close to each other. New Zealand is a country that will welcome you gladly!

Destinations
Cities & Attractions
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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Ship Name
  • Coral Discoverer

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New Zealand - Aotearoa - The Natural Elements

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Itinerary

Day 1: Wellington

Day 2: Marlborough Sound

Day 3: Kaikoura Whalewatching

Day 4: Gallic Akaroa

Day 5: Discover Dunedin

Day 6: Stewart Island

Day 7: Dusky Sound

Day 8: Doubtful Sound

Day 9: Milford Sound & Queenstown

Dates & Pricing
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Price From

$ 5,990

Price Per Day:

$ 461 per day
 
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Details
Ship Name

Coral Discoverer

Ship Stats
  • 72 guests
  • Year Built: 2005
  • 20 crew members
  • Length: 207 feet
  • Beam: 43 feet
  • Draft: 10 feet
  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots
Ship Description

The state-of-the-art Coral Discoverer, formerly known as Oceanic Discoverer, is the newest small ship operating in Australia and the South Pacific. Launched in 2005 and purpose-built for cruising in the tropical regions of the southern oceans, guests will enjoy a uniquely Australian onboard atmosphere, with stylish furnishings, generous decks and the latest of modern facilities.

Coral Discoverer accommodates just 72 guests in 36 spacious staterooms and has a cruising speed of 14 knots. Her shallow draft allows her to access even the most isolated and remote locations of the South Pacific, beyond the reach of other ships.

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications by NQEA shipyard in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind: to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience in the South Pacific. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest-technology navigation and communications equipment and is actively stabilised to ensure comfortable cruising in open seas.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Coral Discoverer Deck Plan

Bridge Deck

Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, 5 spacious Bridge Deck staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade Deck A

Encircled  by a full-ship promenade, 20 spacious Promenade Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade Deck B

Located in the bow of the ship and encircled  by a full-ship promenade, two Promenade Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 160 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Main Deck A

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Main Deck B

Located close to the Dining Room, 6 spacious Main Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 195 square feet in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Trip Includes
  • Accommodations on board
  • All meals onboard 24-hour tea/coffee station
  • Post mix soft drinks
  • Services of expedition staff including lectures
  • Briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities
  • Group transfers during the cruise landing fees.
  • Included coach transfers are from Queenstown Hotels to to Oceanic Discoverer on Day 1 of the Queenstown to Auckland cruise and Day 1 of the Queenstown to Wellington cruise and also from Oceanic Discoverer to Queenstown Hotels on Day 13 of the Auckland to Queenstown cruise and Day 9 of the Wellington to Queenstown cruise.
Trip Excludes
  • Pre and post flights
  • Fuel surcharges where applicable
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal items such as communications and bar charges, laundry
  • Optional shore excursions in Dunedin, Napier, Akaroa, Gisborne and Stewart Island.
  • Optional shore excursions are booked on board the ship.
  • Tipping is not required and is completely optional.
Meals Included:

12 Breakfast, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinner

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Queenstown
End City
Auckland
Cancellation Policy:

Prices for the New Zealand - Aotearoa Cruise aboard the Oceanic Discoverer are in Australian dollars. US conversion rates are based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total amounts. All conversions will be made at time of payment. For today's exchange rate visit USD to AUD. To secure your reservation, a deposit of 10% of the fare is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. A $200 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

Up to 60 days - forfeit your deposit

30 to 59 days - forfeit 50% of the fare

1 to 29 days - forfeit 100% of the fare

Additional Information:

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.

Arrival & Departure

The New Zealand - Aotearoa 13-day cruise begins in and ends in either Auckland or Queenstown/Milford Sound. Boarding commences at 4:00pm in Auckland for a 5:00pm departure; you will need to organize a taxi or hotel transfer to the dock. The cruise concludes in Milford Sound at 8:00am and a courtesy coach transfer to Queenstown arrives at around 1:30pm. For the Milford Sound departures, join the chartered coach in Queenstown at approximately 7:30am for the scenic drive to Milford Sound and board Oceanic Discoverer in Milford Sound at 2:00pm for a 3:00pm departure. This cruise concludes in Auckland at 8am and guests will provide their own transfer to hotel or airport. In Auckland, Oceanic Discoverer departs from either Princes Wharf or Queens Wharf; notification will be provided of the exact wharf on guest documentation. Oceanic Discoverer departs from the Milford Sound Wharf in Milford Sound. A complimentary coach transfer from Queenstown to Milford Sound is available on departure day for the itinerary departing from Milford Sound. Disembarkation is after breakfast on final day at 8:00am. Please schedule flights accordingly.

Room Configuration

Single travellers will pay a single supplement fee of 50% and the rate is valid for all cabins type except the Bridge Deck.

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