Remote and secluded fiords, forgotten islands, precious wildlife sanctuaries and quaint towns feature on two, in-depth, small-ship exploration voyages along New Zealand’s intricate coast this November and next March.
Taking adventure-hungry, nature-loving guests far off well-beaten tourist trails, with opportunities daily for local forest and beach hikes, the two cruises with NZ-based Heritage Expeditions are on sale now through Australian small ship cruise specialist, Cruise Traveller, with complimentary flights to New Zealand and free hotel stays available for bookings made by May 30, 2022.
Cruise Traveller is offering two exclusive packages for November, 2022, and March, 2023:
New Zealand Coastal Odyssey – 11-night package – November 2022
Cruise Traveller’s 11-night ‘New Zealand Coastal Odyssey’ begins on November 14, 2022, with a complimentary flight from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Auckland for a night’s accommodation before a tour to Rotorua the following day and on to Tauranga to board Heritage Expeditions’ stylish, 140-guest exploration ship, Heritage Adventurer, for a nine-night cruise to Bluff. The ship offers a restaurant, bistro, pool, jacuzzi, observation lounge, library, theatre and a wellness centre with gym as well as a fleet of Zodiacs for complimentary, expert-led excursions ashore in every port.
Tracing the coastline of NZ’s three main islands the immersive, nine-night journey to Bluff visits Gisborne, the art deco town of Napier, the pristine Marlborough Sounds, the spectacular harbour of Akaroa, Scottish-laced Dunedin, the wildlife sanctuary of tiny Ulva Island off the South Island and Fiordland’s famous fiords Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. A complimentary night’s stay in Queenstown after the cruise ends the holiday, with a free flight from Queenstown back to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
Including complimentary Zodiac cruises and expert-led excursions ashore in every port, the 11-night ‘New Zealand Coastal Odyssey’ package is available from A$9595 per person, twin-share.  The complimentary flights and hotel stay apply to bookings made by May 30, 2022, and is subject to availability.
The Best of New Zealand – 15-night package – March 2023
Cruise Traveller’s second package – the 15-night ‘Best of New Zealand’ – begins on March 5, 2023, with a complimentary flight from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Queenstown including two night’s accommodation. Guests are then transferred to the coastal town of Bluff to board Heritage Adventurer for a 13-night cruise north to Auckland. The destination-rich voyage begins on a high with journeys deep into awe-inspiring Fiordland, the wildlife-rich islets and beaches off Stewart Island are next followed by Dunedin, Christchurch, the tranquil Marlborough Sounds, Nelson, uber-cool coffee Mecca, Wellington and the art-deco capital of Napier. At journey’s end in Auckland, a complimentary flight back to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane is offered.
Including complimentary Zodiac cruises and expert-led excursions ashore in every port, the 15-night ‘Best of New Zealand’ package is available from A$13,275 per person, twin-share.  The complimentary flights and hotel stay apply to bookings made by May 30, 2022, and is subject to availability.
* Visit www.CruiseTraveller.com.au/HeritageNZ or call Cruise Traveller on 1800 507 777.
Cruise Traveller is Australia’s premier, small ship cruise specialist, representing 54 boutique, luxury and expedition cruising operators around the world, including Heritage Expeditions Cruises.  www.cruisetraveller.com.au