Experience a luxury expedition cruise to & from Lyttelton this summer

    Here’s very exciting news from PONANT. The official announcement has been made that Le Laperouse has Govt approval and will be sailing to New Zealand waters to recommence luxury expeditions this summer!

    We are now taking expressions of interest on the brand new Fiordland, Snares and Ulva (Stewart) Island Expedition from Lyttelton on the 22nd February 2021. Spaces won’t be available for long so get in quick to secure your spot! We just need your names and cabin preference. You can read about the cabin categories here.


    LYTTELTON RETURN / 22 FEB – 1 MAR 2021 / 8 DAYS

    Pricing from NZD$5300 per person, twin-share for a Deluxe Stateroom.

    This expedition gives you a taste of everything New Zealand’s Southern Islands have to offer, starting with the breath-taking Fiordland and visits to Dusky, Doubtful & Milford Sounds. Then put your explorer hats on as you head out to the pristine wilderness of the Snares in the Subantarctic Islands for exceptional wildlife viewing, followed by Ulva Island (Stewart Island) – a birder’s paradise!

    See the full itinerary here Fiordland and The Snares Expedition – R220221.

    All listed itineraries will be on PONANT’s luxury yacht – Le Laperouse. The Explorer fleet combines the desire to explore the remotest regions of the planet with discreet luxury and comfort.  Check out this beautiful ship in this video.


    • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the
    day of disembarkation)
    • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
    • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands… list
    available upon request)
    • Evening entertainment and events
    • Room service 24h (special selection)
    • Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team on all cruises identified by
    “Expedition” logo
    • English speaking lecturer on selected sailings identified by “lecturer on board” logo
    • Park entry fees into protected areas


    •Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
    •Port and safety taxes and crew gratuities
    •Luggage handling
    •Beverages other than the ones mentioned
    •Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
    •Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
    •Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
    •Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
    •Optional activities as per the itinerary

    Happy Travels!

    Ian & Peter