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New Zealand East Coast Expedition

Come and join us in 2019 and experience New Zealand from a very different perspective. The Coral Discoverer avoids well trodden tourist trails and offers you access to remote and pristine wilderness areas, and encounters with Maori culture.

With over 7000 km of stunning coastline to be explored, you will cruise the sheltered sounds, volcanic islands and marine reserves and arrive in the dramatic beauty of Fiordland. Our expert expedition guides and local rangers will introduce you to wildlife including dolphins, seals, kiwis and keas.

26 November, 2019 to 08 December, 2019 Make a booking request for New Zealand East Coast Expedition, departing on 26 November, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Main Deck B £ 6095 GBP pp
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category B) staterooms are 18sqm (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.
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Main Deck A £ 6265 GBP pp
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (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.
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Promenade B £ 6609 GBP pp
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Promenade A £ 6835 GBP pp
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our twenty spacious Promenade Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (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.
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Bridge Deck Balcony £ 8545 GBP pp
Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our five spacious Bridge Deck Balcony staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade B Single Use £ 9909 GBP pp
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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New Zealand East Coast Expedition itinerary:

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DAY 1: AUCKLAND
Embark Coral Discoverer in Auckland at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure.
DAY 2: WHITE ISLAND
Enjoy a guided walk to the crater of this active volcano, and see the build-up of gas and steam escaping from the earth.
DAY 3: GISBORNE
Gisborne was the first European landing place in New Zealand. At a small marae, experience a Maori welcome, and Kapa Haka cultural show.
DAY 4: NAPIER
View the famous art deco architecture of this east coast city.
DAY 5 & 6: MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
Spend two days exploring the spectacular waterways including the fjord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy a multitude of interpreted explorations.
DAY 7: KAIKOURA
Join a special whale-watching cruise to view the giant Sperm Whale in its natural environment, along with fur seals and dolphins.
DAY 8: AKAROA
Discover the French history of this scenic village. Optional activities include swimming with the rare Hector’s Dolphin (optional extra).
DAY 9: DUNEDIN
Cruise Otago Harbour, before visiting Dunedin. Spend the day exploring all that the city has to offer, including its beautiful architecture, art galleries, and botanical gardens.
DAY 10: STEWART ISLAND
Stewart Island is almost totally wilderness, and home to vast numbers of seals, birds and other wildlife. A guided walk discovers native birds such as the weka, tui, and kiwi.
DAY 11: DUSKY SOUND
We enter Fiordland National Park at the dramatic Dusky Sound. Cruise among the sheer cliffs and explore the inlets.
DAY 12: DOUBTFUL SOUND / THOMPSON SOUND
Explore Fiordland’s most spectacular waterway, as we cruise through a maze of hidden channels, home to myriad wildlife.
DAY 13: MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN
Cruise the length of Milford Sound and view iconic Mitre Peack, towering some 1600 feet. Disembark at 8:00am before coach transfers to Queenstown.
Please Note:
This is a remote area expedition subject to last minute itinerary changes.

New Zealand East Coast Expedition reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
This is a remote area expedition subject to last minute itinerary changes.
Cruise the length of Milford Sound and view iconic Mitre Peack, towering some 1600 feet. Disembark at 8:00am before coach transfers to Queenstown.
Explore Fiordland’s most spectacular waterway, as we cruise through a maze of hidden channels, home to myriad wildlife.
We enter Fiordland National Park at the dramatic Dusky Sound. Cruise among the sheer cliffs and explore the inlets.
Stewart Island is almost totally wilderness, and home to vast numbers of seals, birds and other wildlife. A guided walk discovers native birds such as the weka, tui, and kiwi.
Cruise Otago Harbour, before visiting Dunedin. Spend the day exploring all that the city has to offer, including its beautiful architecture, art galleries, and botanical gardens.
Discover the French history of this scenic village. Optional activities include swimming with the rare Hector’s Dolphin (optional extra).
Join a special whale-watching cruise to view the giant Sperm Whale in its natural environment, along with fur seals and dolphins.
Spend two days exploring the spectacular waterways including the fjord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy a multitude of interpreted explorations.
View the famous art deco architecture of this east coast city.
Gisborne was the first European landing place in New Zealand. At a small marae, experience a Maori welcome, and Kapa Haka cultural show.
Enjoy a guided walk to the crater of this active volcano, and see the build-up of gas and steam escaping from the earth.
Embark Coral Discoverer in Auckland at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure.
* = Indicative
Map for New Zealand East Coast Expedition
Coral Discoverer, the ship servicing New Zealand East Coast Expedition

Coral Discoverer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 63 metres

Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms)

Built: 2005

Onboard Accommodation

Onboard accommodation comprises 36 spacious modern staterooms. You can select from Bridge, Promenade or Main Deck staterooms offering a choice of twin through to junior king-size doubles. All staterooms have an ocean view, en-suite facilities, settee, large wardrobe, desk, luggage storage, individual air-conditioning control, and are serviced daily.

Onboard Facilities

What you would expect of a much larger cruise ship:

  • Large sundeck
  • Spa Pool
  • Guest computer
  • Comprehensive reference library
  • Phone and fax facilities
  • Lecture lounge with large plasma screen
  • Limited laundry facilities
  • Two fully stocked cocktail bars
  • Boutique and dive shop
  • Air-conditioned public areas

 Coral Discoverer is equipped with the latest technology active stabilizers and is fitted with state-of-the-art safety and navigational equipment and is the only Australian passenger ship registered with full SOLAS compliance allowing opportunities to explore a multitude of international voyages.

Dining

All meals during the cruise are included. Breakfast and lunch are served in the Dining Room located on the Main Deck and are buffet-style while dinner is table d’hote. Coffee and tea is available 24 hours. Standard hours are breakfast from 7:00-8:30am, lunch at 12:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm however meal times may vary according to the day's activities. Meal times will be advised in the onboard daily bulletins.

Excursion Boats And Zodiacs

The "Xplorer" is a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel used for the majority of our excursions. This vessel has high horsepower engines and will accommodate all passengers at one time. The "Xplorer" will be used for landings and for extensive exploration of rivers and tributaries. For your added convenience and comfort, the "Xplorer" is equipped with an awning and toilet.

We also carry two inflatable landing craft (Zodiacs). Designed for expedition work, these large and heavy-duty inflatables are extremely safe. Separate air compartments retain a large reserve of buoyancy even if the boats damaged. The flat bottom design permits these crafts to land directly onto the beaches. Expect nonetheless to wade through shallow water to reach the shore. See photo below (right)

 

Oceanic Discoverer loungeXplorer on beach

Cabin layout for Coral Discoverer
• 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

• Spend two days exploring the more inaccessible and spectacular areas of Marlborough Sounds

• Encounter the Maori culture and learn about New Zealand’s history and landscape
Enquire now about New Zealand East Coast Expedition

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