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Explore the top-rated Milford Sound small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Milford Sound, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to exploring on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access. The cost of Milford Sound small ship cruises start at $4,495 for a trip of 8 to 20 days in 2022. Tell us about your dream Milford Sound small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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Cascading waterfall in the Milford Sound
$9,265
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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:
Queenstown / Wellington
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, 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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Beautiful view of Akaroa
$7,435
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New Zealand's East Coast

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Enjoy a New Year’s Eve cruise
  • Experience the Maori culture
  • Explore Fiordland’s sounds
  • Encounter birds and marine wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
AboardCoral Geographer, experience New Zealand from a different perspective, as free time and the ability to customize your expedition from a choice of experiences in historic cities is contrasted with wilderness experiences guided by the knowledgeable expedition team. By small ship, enjoy access …
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Beautiful view of Akaroa
$6,185
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Fiordland, Hautere and the South Coast

Wellington to Bluff - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Sample wines from Hawke's Bay
  • Explore four of Fiordland’s sounds
  • Discover Southland's wildlife
  • Stroll around Rakiura
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Milford Sound
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Coral Geographer on an 11-day expedition cruise from New Zealand's South Island to the deep and secluded Murihiku fiords. Observe the vast variety of aquatic life that calls the area home (Southland). This voyage takes you through New Zealand's picturesque east coast towns, where you …
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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:
Auckland / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, 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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A quiet morning near Dunedin
$6,650
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The Best of New Zealand

10 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • Sail through New Zealand’s fjords
  • Explore Dunedin the oldest city
  • Meet the Maori people's culture
  • Discover Te Papa Tongarewa museum
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Port of Lyttelton
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this cruise,PONANTinvites you to discoverNew Zealand, a unique destination with a multitude ofnatural treasures.Set sail aboardLeLap.érousefor a10-daycruisefrom Lyttelton to Auckland.FromDunedin, the Edinburgh of New Zealand is a lively student city, with a rich Scottish Heritage. Explore …
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A beautiful view of Milford Sound.
$7,435
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New Zealand's East Coast

Auckland - Milford Sound - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Walk in Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Experience the Maori culture
  • Explore Fiordland’s sounds
  • Encounter birds and marine wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
AboardCoral Adventurer, experience New Zealand from a different perspective, as free time and the ability to customize your expedition from a choice of experiences in historic cities is contrasted with wilderness experiences guided by the knowledgeable expedition team. By small ship, enjoy access …
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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:
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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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$20,290
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Coastal New Zealand: Auckland to Milford Sound

14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore New Zealand’s diverse coast
  • See botanical gardens
  • Learn about Maori culture
  • Admire Napier's architecture
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the National Geographic Orion on this unforgettable 14-day expedition. New Zealand’s unparalleled natural beauty beckons with soaring peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and swathes of white-sand beaches. Travel through scenic fjords, bays, and sounds, witness plunging waterfalls and an …
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Beautiful view of Akaroa
$6,345
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The Best of New Zealand: An Intimate Exploration Cruise of New Zealand's Islands

15 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Experience the Maori culture
  • Explore Fiordland’s sounds
  • Encounter birds and marine wildlife
  • Explore Gisborne town
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Aboard Heritage Adventurer, discover the hidden jewels of Aotearoa/New Zealand and its three main islands (the North Island, South Island, and Stewart Island) on this amazing 15-day thrilling adventure of coastal New Zealand. From the ‘World's Coolest Little Capital' (Wellington) to …
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Cascading waterfall in the Milford Sound
$5,055
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Fiordland and the South Coast

Milford Sound - Wellington - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Go birdwatching in Rakiura
  • Discover Fiordland
  • Observe Southland
  • Encounter wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Milford Sound / Wellington
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Learn about New Zealand's South Island's stunning shoreline and abundant marine life as you sail to Murihiku's deep and secluded fiords aboard Coral Adventurer (Southland). As you make your way through New Zealand's eastern towns, be treated to an abundance of wildlife, including …
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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:
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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The ultimate marine experience of whale watching
$8,400
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Ancient Fjords and Unspoiled Islands of Southern New Zealand

Dunedin-Dunedin - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover Ulva Island
  • Visit the Sound of Silence
  • Encounter seals and sea lions
  • Learn New Zealand's history
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience a remarkable 12-day expedition aboard Le Soleal to discover the natural treasures of New Zealand's South Island, from ancient fjords to rare bird species and volcanic landscapes. Learn about the historic center of Akaroa, a former French colony, and its picturesque bays, formed by …
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$7,590
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Natural treasures of New Zealand

Auckland - Dunedin - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover New Zealand landscapes
  • Explore the Fiordland National Park
  • Meet the Maori people's culture
  • Visit Te Papa Tongarewa museum
  • Explore the Marlborough region
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Auckland
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail from Auckland to Dunedin aboard Le Soléal for a 13-day cruise. From Tauranga, discover Rotorua's many wonders, including volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, rivers, gorges, and lakes ranging from deep blue to orange-tinged. Sail to Wellington, New Zealand's capital, to discover …
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Beautiful view of Akaroa
$7,100
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New Zealand’s Fiordland

Wellington - Dunedin - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • Visit the ‘Sound of Silence’
  • Marvel at Fiordland National Park
  • Discover and explore New Zealand
  • Enjoy the marine life of Kaikoura
  • Encounter Hector’s Dolphins
Starts / Ends:
Wellington / Dunedin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Spa Relaxation, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an 8-day adventure trip aboard Le Laperouse to explore New Zealand's South Island, home to some of the world's most pristine wildlife and enchanting landscapes. Departing roundtrip from Wellington, cruise to the magnificent Fiordland National Park, an integral part of Te …
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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$4,935
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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:
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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Lake and mountains in Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
$9,999
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New Zealand & Australia II

17 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Odyssey
  • Explore Tauranga's volcanic feature
  • Tour Dunedin's historic buildings
  • Cruise Fiordland National Park
  • Explore Milford Sound
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Sydney
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Rainforest Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take a stroll through the glow-worm caves and under the ancient kauri trees. Enjoy geothermal hot springs and a white-knuckle jet boat ride through a spectacular river gorge. Explore picturesque arcades and alleys, observe Australian shepherds herding sheep, and shuck your own rock oysters. A trip …
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Cityscape image of Sydney, Australia with Harbour Bridge and Sydney skyline during sunset
$8,499
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Australia & New Zealand

17 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Odyssey
  • Explore Dunedin
  • Admire the Milford Sound fjord
  • Visit Wellington
  • Explore Fiordland National Park
Starts / Ends:
Sydney / Auckland
Activities:
Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Visit famous Australian landmarks and explore New Zealand’s volcanic landscapes and glaciers on this 17-day exploration cruise. Experience the cosmopolitan and multicultural city of Sydney. See some Koalas on Phillip Island. Proceed to Melbourne, a center for commerce, industry, and culture. …
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Geothermal area in Rotorua, Te Puia
$8,999
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New Zealand & Australia

17 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Odyssey
  • Learn Maori art of carving
  • See Milford Sound
  • See Melbourne, a top livable city
  • Attend a penguin parade at sunset
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Sydney
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the wonders of New Zealand and Australia on this 16-day journey from Auckland to Sydney. Experience the city of two harbors in Auckland with its abundance of activities, from sailing to trekking. Learn about the Maori culture in Te Puia, where young Maori apprentices are taught the ancient …
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