New Zealand South Island Expedition

from$ 9120 AUD

Note: Current p/p indicative rate. Final price may change due to currency fluctuations.

Coral Discoverer
Queenstown to Wellington


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.


  • 11 Days
  • Coral Discoverer

Cruise Itinerary

  • Queenstown (New Zealand)
  • Wellington (New Zealand)
  • New Zealand


Note: Current p/p indicative rate. Final price may change due to currency fluctuations.

Cruise Itinerary

A morning coach transfer from Queenstown to Milford South arrives for a 2:00pm boarding. Enjoy a scenic cruise through Milford Sound.

Explore Fiordland’s most spectacular waterway, as we cruise through a maze of hidden channels, home to myriad wildlife.

Dusky Sound is dramatic and remote. 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.

Explore the spectacular waterways including the fjord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy a multitude of interpreted explorations.

Kayaking and bushwalking in Abel Tasman National Park.

Return to the Marlborough Sounds for more discovery, with the interpretation of the Expedition Team.

Disembark in Wellington at 8:00am

This is a remote area expedition subject to last minute itinerary changes.

Coral Discoverer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 63 metres Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms) Built: 2005 / Refurbished: 2016 Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere. The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities. Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique. After the refurbishment, the Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment. Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer. The Coral Discoverer offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding. FACILITIES ON BOARD > Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating > Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck > Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished > Forward lounge > Reference library > Gift shop > Open bridge > Workout Area > Wireless internet available for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer > Limited laundry facilities available > SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)


• 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