South Island Expedition


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    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 the 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.

    Highlights

    • 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

    Itinerary

    DAY 1: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND
    A morning coach transfer from Queenstown arrives in Milford South for 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.

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