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Remote New Zealand

Cruise New Zealand’s Rugged Coast Line

New Zealand’s 15,000 kilometres of meandering coastline makes it uniquely suited to small ship expedition cruising. Access glacial fiords, walk forested trails and visit isolated villages. Journey to remote locations including Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland and the charming towns of Napier, Kaikoura, and Dunedin. Hike through Waimangu Volcanic Valley, journey deep into quiet fiords and encounter striking Maori traditions in historical Gisborne. Discover the unique character of east coast towns, 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.

New Zealand Voyage Excerpts

Expedition Dispatch - Dusky Sound 2016

Milford Sound to Auckland

26 January 2016, Dusky Sound

“It was idillic summer weather as we cruised through Dusky Sound to our anchorage in Cascade Cove. In the Xplorer, we retraced Cook’s footsteps and explored Pickersgill Harbour. We journeyed between Crayfish Island and the mainland, the same route Cook’s Resolution was towed through in March 1773.”

Expedition Dispatch - Marlborough Sound 2016

Wellington to Milford Sound

17 January 2016, Marlborough Sound

“This morning we arrived at the entrance to Tory Passage. After the heavy fog dispersed we anchored in calm conditions. At 8:30am we boarded the Xplorer for a ride over to Resolution Bay to enjoy the long walk option to Ship’s Cove. Those who preferred a more relaxed option joined Jamie on an Xplorer cruise around the coast across to Long Island.”

Expedition Dispatch - Akaroa2 2019

Auckland to Milford Sound

1 December 2019, Akaroa

“This afternoon we enjoyed a nature cruise out to the heads, exploring our way slowly back down the Akaroa coast. We saw many seals, a variety of seabirds and also went in and out of some of the coastal caves.”

Coral Expeditions Ships In New Zealand

From the deck of Coral Geographer or Coral Adventurer, you will admire New Zealand’s captivating coastlines. These expedition ships are purpose-designed to access remote and wilderness shores. The wide open spaces on these vessels gives you ample viewing as you cruise past the NZ coastline. You will be in the company of no more than 120 passengers along with our expert expedition guides and crew as you explore this incredible region. Our lightweight dual Xplorer tenders, a trademark feature of all our vessels, extend the capabilities of the ship by allowing deeper exploration on shore excursions. These ‘safari jeeps’ of the sea are fast, sturdy, and comfortable and developed to allow easy boarding from the ship and walk-off disembarkation onto remote shores.

See New Zealand From A Different Perspective

Home to awe-inspiring coastal landscapes, more than 25 marine reserves, a vibrant Maori culture, quaint seaside towns and an abundance of unique wildlife, New Zealand is a truly remarkable destination. Its sprawling coastline is best accessed by small ship, revealing the dramatic beauty of Fiordland, remote Stewart Island and captivating Marlborough Sounds. It is flanked by the Pacific Ocean on one side with its white sand, bays and beaches, and the wild Tasman Sea on the west coast with rugged cliffs, weathered rocks and stretches of black sand. Get up close and personal on our expeditions with local wildlife including dolphins, seals, wekas, tuis and keas. Venture further south into the mysterious wildlife reserves of the sub-Antarctic and Auckland Islands.

Unwind and enjoy the adventure of an expedition voyage during the holiday season.
Spend your Christmas cruising the Bulu River spotting rare wildlife or uncovering ancient histories in the South Pacific, snorkelling at Tufi in Papua New Guinea or being immersed into the culture and flavour of New Zealand’s East Coast, even watching a Yacht Race from Sydney Harbour. We invite you to embark on a memorable voyage to celebrate the Christmas season on one of our expeditions departing December 2022 and 2023.

🎅 Discover Our Christmas Voyages on our website. 

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One of the highlights of our Expeditionary Voyage to Wallis & Futuna, is learning about the varied cultural influences and traditions of these remote island communities. Be one of few to visit Wallis and encounter the island’s multicultural history on our inaugural journey this December. 


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Expedition Leader Ash Peters shares her knowledge about the geology we will encounter on "An Expeditionary Voyage to Wallis & Futuna". This voyage will be sailing from Cairns to Auckland over 21 nights, departing 16 December 2022. 

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Expedition Leader Ash Peters shares her passion for expedition cruising, and excitement to visit the remote islands of Wallis & Futuna in December this year. 

Discover the voyage >

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📍 Wallis Island & The Kingdom of Tonga
Long disputed by the Samoans, the French and the Tongans, Wallis Island has historical ties with the Kingdom of Tonga. The Kingdom of Tonga became the only remaining kingdom in the Pacific in 1875, with the present king of Tonga, Tupou VI, beginning his reign in 2012. 
Some archaeologists surmise that Tonga’s settlement traces back at least 3,000 years and the that the first Polynesian arrivals occurred in circa 500 BC. When Captain Cook first discovered Tonga aboard HMS Endeavour, he coined the nickname for the region ‘the friendly islands’ in response to the welcoming nature of those he encountered while visiting. 

Be one of few to visit Wallis and encounter the island’s multicultural history on our inaugural journey into the South Pacific, ‘An Expeditionary Voyage to Wallis and Futuna’. 🗺️

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Have you heard of remote Wallis Island dotted in the South Pacific Sea? 🏝 It is believed that Wallis islands’ civilisation was of Austronesian origin due to archaeological excavation discoveries dating back to 1400 B.C. It is understood that, during the 15th century, settlements from Tonga arrived at the island and the legendary battles of the Tu’i Tongan warriors took place. Later, in 1767, Captain Samuel Wallis’ visit aboard HMS Dolphin marked the European discovery of Wallis – and earned the island its name. It wasn’t until the 1820s that contact with Europeans began taking place on the island. 

Join us in December to explore the rarely visited island of Wallis, home to vibrant Polynesian culture and remarkable historic and archaeological sites set against a pristine natural backdrop.

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New Release: This December, Coral Adventurer will 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. 

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Join us in New Zealand to kick off the new year as we explore over 7,000km of New Zealand’s spectacular coastline while experiencing vibrant Maori culture & discovering wildlife species in their natural habitats.

Our New Zealand Voyages >

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NEW RELEASE: New Zealand 2021/22 season aboard Coral Geographer.

We have developed 3 new itineraries to showcase remote attractions of the region including exploration of rarely seen Subantarctic islands: Snares, Auckland & Campbell.

View itineraries on our website. 

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During WWI, ANZAC biscuits were baked in the thousands for fundraising efforts on the home-front. The oaty biscuits became a symbol of the resilience of our Australian and New Zealand soldiers and the love and support for them at home. Baked at this time each year they are one of the ways we remember the spirit and sacrifice of the soldiers who inspired their name.
Lest we forget.
👨🏼‍🍳 Baked by Steve onboard Coral Discoverer.
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We are thrilled to be awarded @cruisecritic Australia’s Best For Adventure for the 2nd consecutive year! After 35 years of pioneering expedition cruises, adventure is in our DNA. 🗺️ @cruisecritic Australia’s Managing Editor, Louise Goldsbury comments: “This year saw the launch of one of the world's most beautiful, spacious and accessible small ships, Coral Adventurer, with a lovely crew, professional expedition leaders and an extensive enrichment program of guest speakers. Intriguing itineraries are offered in remote Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, with free scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and hiking. The line works closely with local communities to create respectful, unforgettable experiences.” Our guests continue to tell us that they love our authentic expedition experiences. Our new fleet of expedition vessels are opening up new adventures across the small islands and coastal corners of the Southern Hemisphere. These are exciting times and this type of recognition fuels our passion.

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Check out these posers!

New Zealand Fur Seals are found on rocky shores around the mainland, Chatham Islands and the subantarctic islands including Macquarie Island. They are also found much further afield in South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. They have long pale whiskers and a body covered with two layers of fur.

Join us to encounter amazing New Zealand wildlife

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See New Zealand from a new perspective.

Awe-inspiring landscapes, indigenous Maori culture, and an abundance of unique wildlife. With over 7000km of coastline to be explored, you will sail into sheltered sounds and glacial fjords, visit an active volcanic island, and appreciate native flora and fauna. Get up close to wildlife with our expedition team, enjoy guided bush walks, or indulge in a kayaking adventure. > Auckland to Milford Sound, 12 Nights, 26 November 2019 > Milford Sound to Wellington, 10 Nights, 08 December 2019 > Open Passage Wellington to Sydney, 6 Nights, 18 December 2019

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An exciting year awaits the team at Coral Expeditions in 2019 with the arrival of our new vessel, Coral Adventurer. 
Other highlights we are looking forward to include;

Returning to New Zealand with 2 departures aboard the Coral Discoverer in November and December.

Our inaugural expedition voyage to Ningaloo and the rarely seen reefs and islands of the West Australian coast in September.

Two new voyages to the Solomon Islands in October aboard the Coral Discoverer

An extensive series of new sailings to rarely seen regions of Papua New Guinea and the Spice Islands aboard the Coral Adventurer.

To all our guests, we wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to welcoming you on your next expedition adventure in 2019.

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Articles About New Zealand

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An Unforgettable Christmas Expeditions to Wallis & Futuna

22nd August 2022
Far off the radar in every sense, these islands boast a rich history and culture that matches the dramatic natural landscape.
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