New Zealand« All Oceanic Discoverer cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Main Deck B||Main Deck A||Promenade Deck B||Promenade Deck A||Bridge Deck|
A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “twin share” program. Book a cabin at the posted fare and the Oceanic Discoverer will attempt to match you with another solo traveler of the same gender. If not possible, enjoy the sole use of the cabin at the twin share price.
Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian or New Zealand Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.
Day 1 Auckland, New Zealand – Embark
Boarding at 4:00pm, depart the "City of Sails" at 5:00pm and enjoy the view of the city and Hauraki Gulf as you begin your 13 day New Zealand expedition cruise. Spend the late afternoon cruising through the beautiful Hauraki Gulf and amongst its many islands before joining the Captain and his crew at the Captain's Welcome Cocktails. Then, enjoy the first of many delicious dinners aboard Oceanic Discoverer.
Day 2 White Island
Following breakfast, subject to weather, embark on an excursion to explore this active volcano, identifiable by the plume of steam continually spouting from its crater. Following a landing with the "Xplorer" spend approx three hours on a guided walk to the crater returning to Oceanic Discoverer for lunch before cruising southwards along the coast to Whangara, a small Maori settlement made famous following the filming of the movie Whale Rider.
Day 3 Gisborne
This morning, subject to weather, land on Whangara Beach for your exclusive Maori cultural experience including a traditional welcome, Kapa Haka cultural show and tour of the Marae by the elder of the Ngati Konohi people.
Following your visit cruise to Gisborne, the first European landing place in New Zealand. Captain Cook first landed here in 1769 and a European settlement was established in 1831. Today enjoy the opportunity to explore the region. Whether your interest is the history, the renowned wines and vineyards, short or long walks or beautiful gardens, this region offers you a multitude of guided or self-discovery options.
Day 4 Napier
An earthquake in 1931 led to the unique rebuilding of this city. The rebuild followed the flourishing art deco trend in America and Europe at that time, and offers a wonderful heritage of art deco architecture. Spend the morning enjoying the sights of the city or embark on an optional adventure tour to Cape Kidnappers Gannet Sanctuary, the world's largest mainland gannet colony.
Days 5-6 Marlborough Sounds
Spend two days exploring an array of spectacular waterways including the fiord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. Retracing the history of Captain Cook visit Ships Cove a regular stop for Captain Cook on his voyage of discovery and the place where he careened his vessel the Endeavour. The days offer a multitude of explorations aboard the Xplorer and inflatable Zodiacs under the guidance of your Expedition Leader and with interpretation from your experienced Guest Lecturers. Subject to timing you have the option to spend time ashore in Picton. Guided visits to Moturoa Island are offered where you will enjoy an abundance of bird life. Bid farewell to the dark green hills and blue-green waters of the Sounds with an evening cruise through the scenic Tory Channel as we continue the journey southwards.
Day 7 Kaikoura
Today is dedicated to the ultimate marine experience of whale watching with the spectacular backdrop of the Kaikoura coastline. Kaikoura is one of the few places in the world to experience the giant sperm whale in its natural environment. Joined by dusky dolphins, seabirds, fur seals and other migratory whale species this promises to be an experience never forgotten.
Day 8 Akaroa
This morning cruise to the secluded Akaroa Harbor. This picturesque' bay hosts a myriad of wildlife including penguins and dolphins. For a special nature experience, you have the opportunity to swim with one of the smallest and rarest dolphins - the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin. The town originally settled by the French in the early 19th century, retains its Gallic heritage and ambiance.
Day 9 Dunedin
The Otago Harbour welcomes you as your ship cruises past the world's largest mainland albatross colony at Tairoa Heads. It is also home of the world rarest penguin, the Yellowed Eyed Penguin. Of Scottish heritage, Dunedin offers a great diversity of experiences from the abundant wildlife to the historic Edwardian and Victorian architecture, the Otakou Maori marae, the famous Speights brewery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Settlers Museum and New Zealand's oldest botanical gardens. Spend a full day in port providing you the option explore areas of interest at your leisure.
Day 10 Stewart Island
Cruise to Stewart Island, a large island that is almost totally wilderness and home to a vast number of seals, birds and other wildlife. Here spend a day of discovery and exploration through the Paterson Inlet and surrounding areas. Either encounter includes guided "Xplorer" and/or Zodiac excursions to maximize the experience to it fullest. Walks ashore under the guidance of your experienced naturalists encounter native birds such as the Weka, Tui, Bellbird, Kaka, Karikari and more.
Day 11 Dusky Fiord
Your first experience of the deep Fiordland waterways begins as you enter Dusky fiord. Spend the day in awe of the spectacular and dramatic natural wilderness while cruising past the sheer cliffs and tumbling waterfalls of this beautiful landscape. Enjoy the view from the Oceanic Discoverer or choose to explore the inlets on the "Xplorer" or Zodiacs. Rejoin Oceanic Discoverer and head north to Doubtful fiord to anchor for the evening.
Day 12 Doubtful Sound
Another day awakens to the magnificent scenery of Fiordland. Doubtful fiord the deepest of the fiords will not disappoint. Aboard the "Xplorer" or inflatable Zodiacs join your informative Guest Lecturers on conduct guided excursions through the maze of spectacular waterways. This evening enjoy the Captains Farewell Cocktails whilst engulfed by the dramatic scenery.
Day 13 Milford Sound
Farewell and disembarkation at 8:00am. A complimentary coach transfer to Queenstown is available on the morning of arrival.
Itinerary NotesThis itinerary is an indication of the destinations hoped to visit and activities on offer. Whilst every effort will be made to follow this itinerary the Oceanic Discoverer reserves the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may effect the operation of the vessel.
Cruise fare includes:
- Coach transfers from Queenstown Hotels to to Oceanic Discoverer on Day 1 of the Queenstown to Auckland cruise and also from Oceanic Discoverer to Queenstown Hotels on Day 13 of the Auckland to Queenstown cruise
- Accommodation charges on board
- Services of expedition staff including lectures
- Briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities
- Group transfers during the cruise
- All meals
- 24 hour tea/coffee station
- Landing fees
Cruise fare excludes: Pre and Post flights; fuel surcharges where applicable, personal items such as telephone, internet, facsimile charges, laundry, bar charges, travel insurance, optional shore excursions in Dunedin, Napier, Akaroa, Gisborne and Stewart Island. Optional shore excursions are booked on board the ship.
Important Fare Information:
Fares are posted off of current exchange rates from the New Zealand Dollar. Please contact us for current exchange rates.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is 15%-25%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 70 days days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or AmEx. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|70 days or more||Deposit|
|69-30 days||55% cruise fare|
|29-0 days||100% cruise fare|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 72
- Luxury Expedition Ship
The Oceanic Discoverer is an expedition style cruise ship large enough to provide all the comforts of a larger cruise ship, yet small enough to enable access reef and island sites inaccessible to other vessels. Accommodating a maximum of just 72 guests, your environmental experience will be both personal and memorable.
This multi-million dollar ship has recently been built at NQEA Australia in Cairns. The ship accommodates guests in 36 cabins and has a cruising speed of 14 knots. The shallow draft of the 63m ship allows it to access the isolated places.
What you would expect of a much larger cruise ship:
- Large sundeck
- Spa Pool
- Wireless internet available for laptops, PDAs and onboard computer
- Comprehensive reference library
- Phone and fax facilities
- Lecture lounge with large plasma screen
- Limited laundry facilities
- Two fully stocked cocktail bars
- A range of souvenirs and personal items are available for purchase
- Air-conditioned public areas
Oceanic Discoverer is also 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.
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.
Onboard accommodation comprises of 36 spacious modern staterooms. You can select from Bridge, Promenade or Main Deck staterooms offering a choice of twin or junior king bedding. All staterooms have an ocean view, en-suite facilities, a settee (except Promenade B Staterooms), large wardrobe, desk, luggage storage, individual air-conditioning control, and are serviced daily.
Excursion Boats And Zodiacs
The "Xplorer" is a specially designed aluminum excursion vessel used for the majority of 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.
Two inflatable landing craft (Zodiacs) are also carried. 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.
|Main Deck B|
Main Deck, 17.5-18.5 sqm, with either junior king or twin bedding.
|Main Deck A|
Main Deck, 18 sqm, with either junior king or twin bedding.
|Promenade Deck B|
Promenade Deck, 14-16 sqm, junior king bedding.
|Promenade Deck A|
Promenade Deck, 16-17.5 sqm, junior king bedding.
Bridge Deck, 17-18 sqm, junior king or twin bedding.