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  • 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!

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New Zealand - Aotearoa - The Natural Elements

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Watching whales up close, wonderful holiday on such a small vessel June 2018

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Adventure Smith arranged this ltrip of a life time to The Sea of Cortez, Baja California aboard Westward..
Far away from people, so close up to wild life. Nothing was too much trouble for the crew of three on a boat holding max 12 people. Swimming with sea lions pups, whale sharks, five types of whales, kayaking, stand up paddle board, hiking in cactus islands, bird watching. This must be one of the smallest most personal cruises . Adventure Smith can tell you all the details and you will stil be surprised and delighted.
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A fun trip! August 2015

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The folks at Adventuresmith make planning a trip almost as much fun as the trip itself. They enthusiastically and efficiently helped us create two different adventures that I felt they would be thrilled to go on themselves. It is always very satisfying to find people who love what they do and are eager to provide the best possible service for their customers.
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Incredible trip to the Costa Rican jungle! August 2015

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My family and I just returned from an incredible trip to the Costa Rican jungle with AdventureSmith. Our trip was well planned, flawless and felt very personalized. We stayed first at the Tortugero Lodge in Tortuguero and had a great experience seeing the jungle there. Our guides were very knowledgable and welcoming. The lodge was beautifully laid out, had amazing food and was situated nestled in the jungle so we could enjoy the sounds of the jungle while we slept in luxurious open air bungalows. We took boat tours of the jungle and got to kayak up small waterways so we had the crocodile eye view! Next we transferred to the Oso peninsula via a thrilling Cessna ride through clouds to stay at Lapa Ríos, another jungle lodge surrounded by monkeys. The guides here were also fun, knowledgable and great with the kids. Best hike was the waterfall hike. So much adventure on this vacation, we all slept great each night! This was our second trip with AdventureSmith and I can't wait to book our next. They really know how to set you up for exactly what you want, even if you don't know exactly what you want. Can't recommend them enough!
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Very happy with AdvetureSmith. August 2015

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We've booked two trips through AdventureSmith and wouldn't consider any other company for our trips. The service we've received and the ease of the process have been great. I can't recommend the company highly enough.
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I just got back from one of the easiest hassle-free vacations I’ve ever taken and it all started with a single call to Adventuresmith. They exceeded all of my expectations and a would use them again in a heartbeat. I had only a few weeks to plan a trip to the Galapagos that I’d promised my wife. I was pretty certain I’d procrastinated to the point that a trip – especially during Spring Break/Easter week wouldn’t even be possible without settling on quality or paying through the nose. I searched on line for “Galapagos tours” and came up with three companies that seemed to be able to do what I needed. It was after business hours but I needed to get things going so I called anyway, planning to leave a voicemail messages to start the process. One company never did call me back. Another called me back the next day and said “I don’t know if we can find anything for you but we’ll see what’s available and get back to you in a few days.” The third was Adventuresmith. About 10 minutes later, again, after business hours, I got a call from Andrew, one of Adventuresmith’s travel specialists. He asked me for the dates I could travel, the type of boat (luxury, moderate or economy) I was looking for and my budget. The next morning, which was a Saturday, I got an e-mail with a detailed list of available cruises. I used the Adventuresmith website to research the details of each ship – including deck plans and detailed photographs, itineraries and reviews. I didn’t find any other website that was as comprehensive or as easy to use. The following Monday, Andrew and I spoke by phone and he answered all of my questions about the different boats, the different itineraries, the anticipated weather and sea conditions, and much more. We narrowed the list to a couple of cruises and he went to work – callin g each company directly to check on availability rather than relying on e-mail or web-based reservation systems due to the last-minute nature of the trip. On Tuesday morning, he’d found an available cabin that met all of our expectations – the last available cabin – so he booked it for me and negotiated a 24-hour hold to be sure the price was okay with me and that I could get air reservations. He told me exactly how to arrange the travel days and times so I would have virtually no risk of problems from delayed or cancelled flights. On Wednesday, I e-mailed him that I’d found suitable air reservations and he had my trip confirmed within an hour or so. He reassured me that I’d chosen one of the few boats he could enthusiastically recommend which I found very comforting, given the expense of the trip. He told me he’d be the one coordinating all of my trip details from that point forward and that he would be available to me for any questions or problems, by phone or e-mail throughout the entire trip, right up to my return. He e-mailed me a bunch of articles about the Galapagos and how to get the most out of a trip there, and he sent very clearly and well-organized information about what to pack, what to expect, how to tip, and much more. He offered a very well priced land package that included hotel rooms for all over-night stop overs, transfers to and from hotels and airports with a private Spanish-speaking guide who would help us navigate immigration services, the airport, and hotel check-in, a guided tour of our stop-over city, buffet breakfasts, and round-trip airfare to and from the Galapagos islands from mainland Ecuador. He explained in detail the relative advantages and disadvantages of using Guayaquil vs. Quito as our stopover city in Ecuador. I could not possibly have matched the price of that package by arranging everything myself and I expended exactly zero effort to make it all happen. The trip ran like clockwork. We were perfectly prepared based on Adventuresmith’s expert write-ups for pre-trip planning, and had an extraordinary trip. It was, by far, the easiest trip I’ve ever arranged – basically two phone calls and an e-mail or two to Adventuresmith and the rest was done. We didn’t have a single issue or problem but it was very nice to know Adventuresmith provided 24/7 support if we did. I’ve never had a travel company offer that before.
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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

Price From

$ 5,990

Price Per Day:

$ 461 per day
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
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
End City
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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