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Embark on a journey to the enchanting shores of New Zealand, where the marine world beckons with its majestic inhabitants on our 10 awe-inspiring whale watching tours for 2024. New Zealand's waters are a sanctuary for these gentle giants, offering a rare opportunity to witness their grace in the wild. As you traverse the South Island's picturesque coastline or delve into the remote beauty of the Chatham and Subantarctic Islands, each day unfolds with the possibility of encounters that resonate with the soul. From the snow-capped peaks of Kaikōura to the rich biodiversity of the Southern Ocean, these tours promise an intimate connection with nature's wonders. With activities ranging from urban exploration to kayaking amidst icebergs, the diversity of experiences is as vast as the ocean itself. Starting at $7,315, set sail on a voyage that not only showcases whale watching but also immerses you in the splendor of wildlife viewing and adventure options. To weave these unforgettable marine narratives into your own tapestry of travel memories, contact one of Adventure Life's New Zealand specialists for help planning your next seamless trip.
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Lake and mountains in Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
$7,315
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South Island & Fiords of New Zealand

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Spot Solander Island's Wildlife
  • Explore Fiordland National Park
  • Sight whales at Kaikoura
  • See Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls
Starts / Ends:
Port of Bluff / Wellington
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Sailing, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 13-day expedition cruise aboard Coral Adventurer to explore the stunning Fiordland of New Zealand and its surrounding islands. Set sail from Bluff and cruise past Solander Island, an Important Bird Area rich in wildlife, including penguins and albatrosses. Explore Fiordland's iconic …
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Snares Penguin on The Snares Island
$15,295
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Subantarctic Discovery

Roundtrip Dunedin - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Douglas Mawson
  • Cross the Drake Passage
  • Explore Antarctic wildlife
  • Explore Antarctic Peninsula
  • Attend lectures
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Dunedin
Activities:
Adventure Options, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a15-day Subantarctic Discovery Expedition Cruise roundtrip Dunedin, New Zealand aboard Douglas Mawson to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Australian and New Zealand Subantarctic Islands. Discover the rugged beauty and rich wildlife of Stewart and Ulva Islands. Observe endemic …
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Sea lion nestled in the seaweed.
$9,990
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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:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Adventure Options, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
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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$10,725
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Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: New Zealand and Australia's Subantarctic Islands

Hobart - Queenstown - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Macquarie Island
  • Venture on Zodiac excursions
  • View a vast array of endemic birds
  • Appreciate the rich biodiversity
  • Discover Campbell Island
Starts / Ends:
Hobart / Queenstown
Activities:
Adventure Options, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on this 13-day cruise aboard the Heritage Adventurer and discover breathtaking destinations with a team of highly knowledgeable and passionate experts. This expedition is an exceptional opportunity to explore the Southern Ocean ecosystem, which is both educational and inspiring. The …
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Coastal beauty of Dunedin
$31,495
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Ross Sea Odyssey

Roundtrip New Zealand - 25 Day Itinerary aboard Douglas Mawson
  • Explore the deep South
  • Encounter subantarctic wildlife
  • Traverse the Antarctic Circle
  • Cruise along Victoria Land Coast
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Dunedin
Activities:
Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 25-day Ross Sea Odyssey Expedition Cruise roundtrip Dunedin, New Zealand aboard Douglas Mawson, and delve into one of the most remote and historic regions of the deep South. Witness yellow-eyed penguins amidst ancient rātā forests and royal albatrosses nesting in sprawling megaherb …
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$31,500
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In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton: Ross Sea Antarctica

28 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit the Ross Sea region
  • Experience nature on a grand scale
  • View relics of early exploration
  • Observe penguins, seals, and whales
  • Enjoy shore landings on islands
Starts / Ends:
Port of Bluff / Port of Bluff
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
The Ross Sea region of Antarctica is one of the most remote places on Planet Earth and one of the most fascinating places in the continent's human history. With shipping restricted by impenetrable pack ice to just two brief months each austral summer, few people have ever visited this strange …
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A remote Chilean naval base found during an Antarctica tour
$42,495
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Epic Antarctica: Crossing the 7th Continent

New Zealand - Argentina - 34 Day Itinerary aboard Douglas Mawson
  • Expedition across southern seas
  • Follow in footsteps of explorers
  • Uncover mysteries of Ross Sea
  • Explore the beauty of the Peninsula
Starts / Ends:
Dunedin / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an unparalleled 34-day expedition across the vast southern seas from Dunedin, New Zealand to Ushuaia aboard the Douglas Mawson ship on the Epic Antarctica: Crossing the 7th Continent Expedition Cruise. This journey is perfect for pioneers, history buffs, and adventure enthusiasts, and it …
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Emperor penguins in Antarctica
$30,595
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Mawson’s Antarctica

Australia - New Zealand - 24 Day Itinerary aboard Douglas Mawson
  • Cruise through Antarctica
  • Witness Adélie and emperor penguins
  • Explore Commonwealth Bay
  • Encounter New Zealand wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Hobart / Dunedin
Activities:
Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join a 24-day adventure to explore the remote East Antarctica, tracing Sir Douglas Mawson's historic Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Cruise the pack ice, see towering ice cliffs and icebergs, and watch Adélie and emperor penguins along the icy shores. Explore Mawson's primary base …
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New Caledonia
$11,695
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Grand Pacific Odyssey - Extension

25 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Sail through Hauraki Gulf
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Visit the remote Bonin Islands
  • Experience Bougainville Island
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Osaka
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Join the Grand Pacific Odyssey, a 25-day cruise from New Zealand to Japan aboard Heritage Adventurer. This adventure balances remote island visits, coral reef snorkeling, cultural exchanges, and wildlife encounters. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site Norfolk Island, French-influenced New Caledonia, …
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Colorful trees in Osaka
$11,695
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Western Pacific Odyssey - Extension

25 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Sail through Hauraki Gulf
  • Explore Norfolk Island's birds
  • Rare seabird and marine sightings
  • Visit rainforests and beaches
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Osaka
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 25 day expedition from Auckland to Kavieng with Heritage Adventurer, a birdwatcher's dream come true. Explore the Mokohinau Islands, Norfolk Island, and New Caledonia, encountering rare seabirds like the New Zealand Storm Petrel and Kagu. Immerse yourself in the rich history of …
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