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See New Zealand & Melanesia from a New Perspective

New Zealand’s 15000 km of meandering coastline make it uniquely suited to small ship expedition cruising. Coral Adventurer takes you deep into the intriguing history, vibrant culture, and rare wildlife of South Island. Journey to remote locations including Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland and the charming towns of Napier, Kaikoura, and Dunedin. Hike through Waimangu Volcanic Valley, admire lazing seals, pods of friendly dolphins and perhaps even the rare yellow-eyed penguin. Return to your ship after the day’s excursions to sample the country’s famed produce and wine.

Our Melanesian voyage is a unique expedition to a different world. Spend 21 unforgettable days exploring the vast arc of the Melanesian region, visiting Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Sail into a legendary volcanic cone, walk through an ancient penal colony, and swim with dugongs, while hearing the remarkable stories and experiencing the isolated beauty of the South Pacific.

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Our New Zealand & Melanesia Cruises:

To the Islands of Melanesia for Christmas | Cairns - Auckland | 21 Nights

To the Islands of Melanesia for Christmas

Departing Cairns, spend 21 unforgettable days exploring the vast arc of the Melanesian region, stepping ashore at Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Listen to the sounds of a water music performance at Ureparapara, discover the culture of the volcanic islands of Ambrym and stroll through island markets. Witness volcanic activity at Mt Yasur, sail into a legendary volcanic cone and swim with dugongs in a coral atoll. Enjoy guided interpretation of the marine species at Arnavon Island, an important conservation area. Hear remarkable stories and discover the beauty of isolation on this brand-new voyage to the South Pacific.

> Departing 16 December 2022
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New Zealand’s East Coast | Auckland - Milford Sound | 12 Nights

Explore over 7,000km of New Zealand’s spectacular coastline while experiencing vibrant Māori culture and discovering wildlife thriving in their natural habitats. From Auckland, this voyage takes you to the pastoral wine country of Hawke’s Bay which gives way to the wild coastlines of the South Island, where our journey continues to the deep and quiet fiords of Murihiku (Southland).

> Departing 7 January 2023 & 23 December 2023
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Fiordland & The South Coast | Milford Sound - Wellington | 8 Nights

Fiordland & The South Coast

Discover the captivating coastline of New Zealand’s South Island teeming with marine life, as we make our way to the deep and quiet fiords of Murihiku (Southland). This 8 night journey explores New Zealand’s charming east coast towns while discovering wildlife and legions of bird species in their natural habitats along the way.

> Departing 19 January 2023
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Expedition to the Albatross Latitudes | Milford Sound - Wellington | 16 Nights

New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Coral Expeditions

Journey into the wilds of New Zealand’s Southern Ocean from the deep and quiet fiords of Murihiku (Southland) to the mysterious and protected wildlife reserves and still remote landscapes of the subantarctic Campbell and Auckland Islands. Hike through colourful fields of mega herbs, visit the ‘world loneliest tree’, learn the histories of the land and meet with locals to encounter vibrant cultures along the way. See diverse and rare endemic wildlife up close including albatross, penguins, seabirds and the New Zealand sea lion. A small ship expedition to these islands is an education in pristine isolated environments and a glimpse into an unspoiled natural world.

> Departing 4 January 2024
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Fiordland, Snares & The South Coast | Wellington - Milford Sound | 10 Nights

DOUBTFUL SOUND Fiordland National Park

Discover the captivating coastline of New Zealand’s South Island teeming with marine life, as we make our way to the deep and quiet fiords of Murihiku (Southland). This 10 night journey explores New Zealand’s charming east coast towns while discovering wildlife and legions of bird species in their natural habitats along the way.

> Departing 21 January 2024
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NewZealand & South Pacific Highlights

Travel Update - Covid Page

It is our priority to keep our guests and crew safe while travelling with us, and our SailSAFE Plan will ensure we operate responsibly in the new environment that COVID-19 has created. Remote, nature-based expeditions with Australian and New Zealand crew, and small groups less than 120 guests provides a lower-risk environment. The addition of our approved SailSAFE COVID response plan, as well as our thorough pre-cruise testing model, create additional confidence when sailing with us. We have partnered with Respond Global, a specialist medical advisory agency, to assist us in developing these protocols that are among the most thorough in the world. With a focus on prevention, to target a 100% COVID free environment when we set sail, we have a three-tiered medical screening system in place before boarding. This prevention protocol is supported by onboard mitigation actions and a thorough and compassionate response plan.

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Australian Hospitality at Sea

On board, you will discover a personalised style of cruising. With a maximum of 120 guests, there is no need for queues, waiting, or assigned seating. Instead, an intimate, convivial atmosphere shared with other likeminded travellers makes you feel at home. Our Australian and New Zealand crew share their passion for our destinations and the explorer’s life. Join our engine room tours, watch our chefs at work in the open galley, and chat with our Captain or officers on the bridge – they will be delighted to have your company. Our chefs, inspired by destination flavours, prepare cuisine from fresh regional produce. Our wine cellars hold a curated selection of Australian wines, beers and spirits. Our guests love to mingle over drinks as the sun sets, enjoy daily educational presentations by our lecturers, participate in stargazing sessions after dark, or simply find a quiet corner on deck and enjoy the solitude.

The Expedition Experience

We explore remote locations that are hard to reach or not often touched by tourists, with shore excursions that promote environmental and cultural appreciation. Our small group sizes ensure that your experience is
personal, with minimal impact on the communities and environments we visit. Enjoy excursions or activities each day, guided by expert Expedition Leaders and lecturers who provide commentary on culture, history, and the region’s unique geology, plants and wildlife to help you connect with these special places. Our ships are built for environmentally responsible small ship cruising, with refined navigation and nimble Xplorer
tenders to bring you close to remote coastlines.

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