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Explore the top-rated New Zealand small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Dunedin, Auckland, Milford Sound, Dusky Sound, and Doubtful 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 New Zealand small ship cruises start at $3,265 for a trip of 6 to 34 days in 2022. Tell us about your dream New Zealand small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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Beautiful view of Akaroa
$7,875
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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 in:
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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Cascading waterfall in the Milford Sound
$9,815
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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 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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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 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 in:
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.
$7,875
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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 in:
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 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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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 in:
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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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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Cascading waterfall in the Milford Sound
$5,320
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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 in:
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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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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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 in:
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 in:
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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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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Beautiful view of Akaroa
$6,510
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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 in:
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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Queenstown, New Zealand
$5,075
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Unseen Fiordland, Stewart Island and The Snares: Exploring New Zealand's Remote Backyard

8 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Stewart Island's coast
  • Visit The Snares Island
  • Discover Ulva Island birdlife
  • Explore fiords wilderness
Starts/ Ends in:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Heritage Adventurer offers a unique, 8-day expedition to the special region of the New Zealand wilderness. Visit the remote ice-carved mountains, verdant forests, and winding fiords of Fiordland. Travel the calm waters of Fiordland and Stewart Island in solitude, away from the crowds, on the …
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$3,495
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Unseen Fiordland and Stewart Island: Exploring New Zealand's Remote Backyard

6 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Stewart Island
  • See different bird species
  • Discover Ulva Island.
  • Tour the stunning fiords
Starts/ Ends in:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Heritage Adventurer is a one-of-a-kind adventure to a remote part of New Zealand's wilderness. Visit Fiordland's lonely ice-carved mountains, beautiful forests, and flowing fiords. In isolation, away from the crowds, cruise the quiet seas of Fiordland and Stewart Island in search of …
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Explore the stunning Milford Sound
$5,325
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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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