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Top New Zealand Cruises & Tours in 2022

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Lupines on the shore of Lake Tekapo
Auckland
  • 10 Cruises
Rottnest Island
Auckland Islands
  • 8 Cruises
Orion
Wandering albatross, Enderby Island
Campbell Island
  • 10 Cruises
Gentoo penguins greeting the Corinthian II
Dunedin
  • 13 Cruises
A quiet morning near Dunedin
Invercargill
  • 11 Cruises
Cruising Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound
  • 13 Cruises
Nathalie Michel
Milford Sound in New Zealand
The Snares
  • 10 Cruises
Clear Water and Tropical Island
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Take a cruise to New Zealand in 2022 on one of our hand-selected small ships exploring the best of Campbell Island, The Snares, Milford Sound, Invercargill, and Auckland. The most popular activities and experiences on small ship cruises to New Zealand in 2022 are small ship cruises, wildlife viewing, kayaking, village visits, and whale watching. Explore New Zealand's hot spots during the day and sail port-to-port on your comfortable small ship without repacking your suitcase. Savvy travelers know that small ship cruises offer an excellent balance of fewer crowds and access to small port towns, harbors, and coves that large cruise ships simply can't visit. Our cruises to New Zealand in 2022 range in price from $3,300 to $113,410 for expeditions of 7 to 34 days. Contact one of Adventure Life's expert New Zealand trip planners for help planning a seamless cruise to New Zealand in 2022.
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Cascading waterfall in the Milford Sound
$9,790
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Expedition to the Albatross Latitudes: The Subantarctic & Chatham Islands

17 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Explore Dusky and Doubtful Sounds
  • Discover Subantarctic islands
  • Spend time on Chatham Islands
  • Spot incredible wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Queenstown / Wellington
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
AboardCoral Geographer, discover why these islands are part of New Zealand’s Subantarctic UNESCO World Heritage site. Each wilderness experience is guided by our knowledgeable expedition team, as you spot rare birds, hike through wonderful fields of mega herbs and encounter numerous species …
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Coastal beauty of Dunedin
$29,370
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Southern Odyssey

Auckland to Dunedin - 20 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See New Zealand’s cultural riches
  • Explore Fiordlands National Park
  • Watch vibrant wildlife
  • Spot unique species
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Navigate New Zealand’s verdant coastlines to encounter pristine beaches, quiet coves, and waters filled with whales, dolphins, and seals. The soaring peaks and countless waterfalls of the country’s dazzling fjords are at their jaw-dropping best in Fiordlands National Park, where …
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Sea lion nestled in the seaweed.
$8,450
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Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: New Zealand and Australia's Subantarctic Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Macquarie Island
  • Venture on Zodiac excursions
  • View a vast array of endemic birds
  • Appreciate the rich biodiversity
  • Enjoy additional discovery by kayak
Starts/ Ends in:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on one of the most inspirational and educational expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that one may undertake around the globe. The Subantarctic Islands, located south of New Zealand, have long been recognized for their extraordinary biodiversity. They are UNESCO World Heritage …
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Sheep on a hillside overlooking Marlborough Sounds
$4,495
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New Zealand Coastal Odyssey: The Ultimate Expedition Cruise of the New Zealand Coast

11 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Experience the Maori culture
  • Explore Fiordland’s sounds
  • Encounter birds and marine wildlife
  • Visit Gisborne town
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On a spectacular 11-day expedition cruise of coastal New Zealand aboard Heritage Adventurer, explore the hidden gems of Aotearoa/New Zealand and its three major islands (the North Island, the South Island, and Stewart Island). From the dazzling lights of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, to …
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Bay of Islands
$3,955
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Islands of the Hauraki Gulf: Expedition Cruising the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Explore Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • Visit Great Barrier Island
  • Sail over to Mokohinau Islands
  • Discover Whangamumu Harbour cove
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Auckland
Activities:
Fishing, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore remote, hidden island paradises on foot, kayak, and on the luxurious expedition vessel Heritage Explorer as you sail through the Hauraki Gulf Islands. Take in lectures, learn about life above and below the water, and pick up pro tips during a photography masterclass led by one of New …
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New Zealand's remotest island.
$7,995
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Beyond Fiordland - New Zealand's Wildest Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Campbell Island
  • Visit Carnley Harbor
  • Zodiac cruise along Adams Island
  • Admire Stewart Island's beauty
Starts/ Ends in:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Spirit of Enderby is a one-of-a-kind journey to a remote region of New Zealand's wilderness. Visit Fiordland's lonely ice-carved mountains, beautiful forests, and flowing fiords; this incredible place inspires your desire to travel responsibly. Travel alone, away from the crowds, …
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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$5,330
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All of the Fiords: The Ultimate Fiordland Experience

10 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Discover New Zealand
  • Sail through Fiordland's waters
  • Explore North and South Port harbor
  • Visit the majestic fiord
Starts/ Ends in:
Te Anau / Te Anau
Activities:
Rainforest Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail for a 10-day exploration cruise of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, now over 1.2 million hectares in size and rightly famous for its epic, grand-scale scenery, untamed wilderness, and unique wildlife, including bottlenose dolphins, Fiordland crested penguins, and New Zealand fur …
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Stewart Island
$3,565
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Unseen Stewart Island: Pristine Wilderness and Wildlife Adventure

8 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Discover Halfmoon Bay
  • Enjoy the historic views
  • Visit Norwegian whaling station
  • Explore Port Pegasus
Starts/ Ends in:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience UnseenStewart Island/Rakiura and Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara on this 8-day adventure with Heritage Explorer, New Zealand's pioneering small ship expedition cruise ship. With only 25 kilometers of road, Stewart Island is best explored by sea, especially Ulva Island, where there are no …
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Marlborough Sounds
$3,300
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Discover Marlborough Sounds: An In-Depth Exploration of the Marlborough Sounds

7 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Explore Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Visit Tory Channel
  • Sail through d’Urville
  • Discover Pelorus Sound
Starts/ Ends in:
Blenheim / Blenheim
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Spend a week exploring the 1,500-kilometer-long Marlborough Sounds, which were carved out by submerged valleys 10,000 years ago. These destinations are renowned for their breathtaking natural beauty, which includes beautiful cobalt streams, classic vistas, thick indigenous forests, wildlife, and …
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Hiking in Antarctica is rewarded with spectacular views
$52,990
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Epic Antarctica: From the Peninsula to the Ross Sea & Beyond

34 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • Discpver four different regions
  • Encounter the big tabular icebergs
  • Explore New Zealand & Australia
  • Kayak in pristine bays
  • Observe abundant wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Port of Bluff
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This extraordinary new 34-day voyage is like a blockbuster film—the star is the seventh continent. And the co-stars are the big ice of remote West Antarctica, where we are sure to set foot on ice where no other humans ever have; the prolific wildlife and impressive ice shelf of the Ross Sea …
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Breathtaking landscapes of Antarctica
$21,370
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Scott & Shackleton's Antarctica - Ross Sea Expedition

Dunedin - Hobart - 23 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Spot incredible wildlife
  • Explore unique flora and fauna
  • Follow the paths of explorers
  • Marvel at pristine ice formations
Starts/ Ends in:
Dunedin / Hobart
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
An exciting voyage awaits those who dare to set foot in the rarely-visited Ross Sea and follow in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers. Set sail from Dunedin, New Zealand, and head south toward Antarctica to cruise the Ross Sea to learn about this interesting region, its history, and its …
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Clear Water and Tropical Island
$15,160
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Under the Southern Cross: New Zealand to Melanesia

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Experience culture of Maori
  • Venture to the Norfolk Island
  • Visit New Caledonia, Isle of Pines
  • Meet the people of Utupua
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Honiara
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Uncover the tropical beauty and important cultural history of the South Seas. Following in the wake of Captain Cook, we will journey from New Zealand’s North Island to the Solomon Sea. Delve into a fascinating history of intrepid explorers, convicts, and traders, and learn about the rich …
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Epic clouds over Te Anau
$3,530
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Northern Fiords Explorer: Expedition Cruising Fiordland's Northern Fiords

7 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Experience the primordial majesty
  • Enjoy the Eglington Valley drive
  • Explore Fiordland's history
  • Sail the calm waters of Fiordland
Starts/ Ends in:
Milford Sound / Milford Sound
Activities:
Fishing, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore more than 1.2 million hectares of the national park of Fiordland, founded in 1952 and home to bottlenose dolphins, Fiordland crested penguins, and New Zealand fur seals. Fiordland is also a treasure trove of natural history, geology, and important conservation and restoration activities. …
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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$10,670
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Expedition to New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands

Dunedin - Dunedin - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Explore the Snares Islands
  • Enjoy a guided walk on Ulva Island
  • View fur seals, sea lions, & seals
  • See Fiordland Crested penguins
Starts/ Ends in:
Dunedin / Dunedin
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Le Soleal hosts this 15-day New Zealand Subantarctic Islands cruise expedition that immerses you in an incredible world of wildlife and introduces you to the pristine grandeur of New Zealand's Fiordlands and Subantarctic Islands. This journey begins in Dunedin, New Zealand's Edinburgh, a …
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$12,875
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Birding Down Under: Subantarctic and Chatham Islands

17 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit the best islands for birding
  • See the Albatross Latitudes
  • Marvel at diverse seabird colonies
  • Learn about nature and history
Starts/ Ends in:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie, and the Chatham Islands are only a few of the names. They are a delight to 'Birders.' Except for the Chathams, these islands are probably more isolated than they were when they were discovered in the late 1700s and early 1800s and …
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Explore the wonder of coral reefs
$12,160
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An Expeditionary Voyage to Wallis and Futuna

22 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Learn culture and traditions
  • Enjoy water voyages
  • See local traditions
  • See the atolls of Niue
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Auckland
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Australia and New Zealand aboard the Coral Adventurer. The cruise ship will be cast off from Cairns for an inaugural expeditionary voyage to the remote islands of Wallis and Futuna, located 2,000 nautical miles into the South Pacific. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Samoan traders, …
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Queenstown, New Zealand
$4,875
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Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific: Subantarctic Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Discover remote New Zealand
  • Hike through windswept Rata forests
  • Visit abandoned WWII huts
  • Explore amazing wildlife reserves
  • Witness flowering megaherbs
Starts/ Ends in:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Adventure Options, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
You won't find them featured in a travel brochure, you won't find them in most guidebooks, you're unlikely to know anybody who has visited, and they don't even appear on some South Pacific maps - these are the 'forgotten islands'. Despite their modest profile, they are some …
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New Zealand Landscape
$3,625
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Southern Fiords Discovery: A Deep Exploration of Fiordland's Southern Fiords

7 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Experience the grand scale scenery
  • Tour unique parts of New Zealand
  • Explore Preservation Inlet
  • Navigate through Acheron Passage
Starts/ Ends in:
Doubtful Sound / Te Anau
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this seven-day journey across the Southern Fiords, take in the breathtaking landscape, untamed nature, ice-carved mountains, forests, sounds, and distinctive wildlife of Fiordland's Preservation and Chalky Inlets, as well as Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. With a wealth of natural history and …
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