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Max Passengers: 18
Ship Type: Expedition Cruise Ship
Operated by: Heritage Expeditions

Heritage Explorer, a New Zealand-built expedition yacht, joins Heritage Expeditions' small ship fleet, bringing new exploration opportunities throughout New Zealand's coasts. Traveling in New Zealand has never been more luxurious or personalized than aboard the Heritage Explorer, which has a maximum capacity of just 18 passengers.

The Carey's Boatyard in Picton produced the 30-meter, four-deck New Zealand flagged Heritage Explorer in 2004. A well-considered design that is both forward-thinking and demonstrates an intelligent combination of privacy, comfort, spaciousness, and agility. It was renovated in Cairns in late 2007 for Sir Peter Barter's Melanesian Tourist Services in Papua New Guinea


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Heritage Explorer Buller's cabin
Located on the Lower Deck, the Buller's cabin features one bunk (one upper and one lower berth), ample storage with wardrobe and drawers, TV, PABX satellite telephone, private en suite and a porthole.
Heritage Explorer Salvin's cabin
Located on the Lower Deck, Salvin’s Double cabins feature a double bed, ample storage with wardrobe and drawers, TV, PABX satellite telephone, private en suite and a picture porthole.
Heritage Explorer Wandering cabin
Located on the Lower Deck, Wandering cabins feature one lower single berth, ample storage with wardrobe and drawers, TV, PABX satellite telephone, private en suite and a porthole.
Heritage Explorer Royal cabin
Located on the Bridge Deck, our Master Suite features a spacious bedroom with a queen-sized bed, ample storage with wardrobe and drawers, mirror and washbasin, private en suite, personal climate control, TV, PABX satellite telephone, window and French doors opening out on to the covered Bridge Deck.


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Heritage Explorer Cabins, Staterooms & Decks

New Zealand is regarded as the world's albatross capital. The master suite and cabins of the legacy explorer are named after albatross species that are endemic to New Zealand. Tastefully created, Heritage Explorer's modern wood interior has ten luxurious cabins across three decks. 

With a private en suite, queen-sized bed, abundant closet and drawer space, mirror and washbasin, and access to the covered Bridge Deck via the Royal Master Suite on the Bridge Deck, you'll have everything you need for a comfortable stay.

A double bed or two lower sleepers are available in Salvin's cabins, located on the ship's lowest deck. In both, you'll find a spacious wardrobe and drawers, as well as a TV and a PABX satellite phone.

There is one lower single berth, extensive storage with wardrobe and drawers, TV and PABX satellite phone in the Wandering cabins, a private en suite, and a porthole on the lower deck cabins.

The Buller's cabin is located on the lower deck and contains a bunk (one upper and one lower sleeper), plenty of storage with a closet and drawers and TV, PABX satellite phone, private en suite, and porthole.

Food & Dining

Heritage Explorer offers a dining room with 180-degree views and theater capabilities and lounge and bar areas loaded with regional New Zealand wines, beers, and spirits. Featuring an open bridge policy and a full commercial kitchen, a professional chef is in charge of showcasing local produce and any guest catches of the day. 

Amenities Onboard

The Bridge Deck offers plenty of shaded space for expeditioners, while the Sun Deck is a great place to take in the scenery, whether it's wildlife sightings, sunrises, sunsets, or just watching the action as it unfolds. When the ship is at sea, passengers can use kayaks, fishing gear, and excursion tenders, a hallmark of all Heritage Expeditions excursions.

New Zealand Itineraries

Many places to visit in New Zealand are ideal for expedition cruising, sailing, and private yacht charters. Dolphin and whale watching, as well as outstanding birding and birdwatching, are all available to anyone in search of an exhilarating trip and close encounters with nature in New Zealand.

Itineraries include Fiordland, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Dusky Sound, with its sunken valleys and towering mountains; the Bay of Islands, with its crystal-clear waters and golden beaches and coves; the Hauraki Gulf, with its rich marine life; and the Marlborough Sounds, with Queen Charlotte Sound, Kenepuru Sound, and Pelorus Sound, with its scenic playground. 

About Heritage Expeditions

Heritage Expeditions is a Russ family-run expedition cruise company that has been in business since 1985. Operating from its purpose-built offices in Christchurch, New Zealand, Heritage Expeditions has a well-deserved reputation for delivering premium expedition cruises to Antarctica, the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand, and AustraliaIndonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu with a unique collection of vessels. 

Its other small ships are 140-guest expedition ship Heritage Adventurer, 18-guest expedition yacht Heritage Explorer, and 50-guest Polar Research vessel Spirit of Enderby (Professor Khromov)

Heritage Expeditions maintains the highest standards of the environment under the guidance of strict environmental policies and procedures. The company supports many conservation organizations, including Greenpeace and WWF.

Heritage Explorer Reviews

Guests are pleased with Heritage Explorer's truly remarkable and well-organized expedition. A travel company that makes expedition cruising available to remote places lets them experience the incredible wildlife and friendly indigenous people. 

It's not too early to reserve your spot on this magnificent ship. Call Adventure Life New Zealand experts today!



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