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New Zealand South Island Expedition

With its stunning coastal landscapes, small seaside provinces and an abundance of charismatic marine life, New Zealand is uniquely suited to be explored on a small ship expedition.

Join us aboard Coral Discoverer and see a different side of New Zealand’s South Island. Visit the less accessible and remote areas of Marlborough Sound, Fiordland, and Stewart Island. Get up close to wildlife with our expedition team. Wake up to new vistas each day and relax in the comfort of life on board.

08 December, 2019 to 18 December, 2019 Make a booking request for New Zealand South Island Expedition, departing on 08 December, 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 £ 5075 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 £ 5275 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 £ 5525 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 £ 5695 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 £ 7119 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 £ 8285 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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08 December, 2020 to 18 December, 2020 Make a booking request for New Zealand South Island Expedition, departing on 08 December, 2020

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 £ 5199 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 £ 5519 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 £ 5745 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 £ 6249 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 £ 7285 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 £ 8615 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 South Island Expedition itinerary:

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DAY 1: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND
A morning coach transfer from Queenstown to Milford South arrives for a 2:00pm boarding. Enjoy a scenic cruise through Milford Sound.
DAY 2: THOMPSON SOUND / DOUBTFUL SOUND
Explore Fiordland’s most spectacular waterway, as we cruise through a maze of hidden channels, home to myriad wildlife.
DAY 3: DUSKY SOUND/ PIGEON ISLAND
Dusky Sound is dramatic and remote. Cruise among the sheer cliffs and explore the inlets.
DAY 4: 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 5: 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 6: AKAROA
Discover the French history of this scenic village. Optional activities include swimming with the rare Hector’s Dolphin (optional extra).
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: MARLBOROUGH SOUND
Explore the spectacular waterways including the fjord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy a multitude of interpreted explorations.
DAY 9: TASMAN BAY / GOLDEN BAY
Kayaking and bushwalking in Abel Tasman National Park.
DAY 10: MARLBOROUGH SOUND
Return to the Marlborough Sounds for more discovery, with the interpretation of the Expedition Team.
DAY 11: WELLINGTON
Disembark in Wellington at 8:00am
Please Note:
This is a remote area expedition subject to last minute itinerary changes.

New Zealand South Island Expedition reverse itinerary:

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This is a remote area expedition subject to last minute itinerary changes.
Disembark in Wellington at 8:00am
Return to the Marlborough Sounds for more discovery, with the interpretation of the Expedition Team.
Kayaking and bushwalking in Abel Tasman National Park.
Explore the spectacular waterways including the fjord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy a multitude of interpreted explorations.
Join a special whale-watching cruise to view the giant Sperm Whale in its natural environment, along with fur seals and dolphins.
Discover the French history of this scenic village. Optional activities include swimming with the rare Hector’s Dolphin (optional extra).
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.
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.
Dusky Sound is dramatic and remote. Cruise among the sheer cliffs and explore the inlets.
Explore Fiordland’s most spectacular waterway, as we cruise through a maze of hidden channels, home to myriad wildlife.
A morning coach transfer from Queenstown to Milford South arrives for a 2:00pm boarding. Enjoy a scenic cruise through Milford Sound.
* = Indicative
Map for New Zealand South Island Expedition
Coral Discoverer, the ship servicing New Zealand South Island 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)

 

Cabin layout for Coral Discoverer
• Experience the grandeur and remote beauty of Fiordland National Park

• Visit remote sections of Abel Tasman national Park with options for kayaking and bushwalking

• Visit remote Stewart Island, home to vast number of iconic native birds and wildlife

• Spend two days exploring the more inaccessible and spectacular areas of Marlborough Sounds
Enquire now about New Zealand South Island Expedition

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