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New Zealand | Milford Sound - Wellington | 10 Nights


South Island Expedition of New Zealand

With its stunning coastal landscapes, small seaside townships and an abundance of marine life, New Zealand is uniquely suited to be explored on a small ship expedition. Join us on Coral Discoverer as we cruise to the less accessible and remote locations the South Island has to offer. Visit the magnificent Marlborough Sound, the glassy Fiordland, and the little known Stewart Island. Get up close to wildlife with our Expedition Team, take guided bush walks, and explore by kayak. Wake up to new vistas each day and relax in the comfort of life on board.

Adjoining Cruise: East Coast Expedition: Auckland to Milford Sound. 12 nights, departs 26 November 2020. Save 10% off both cruises when you take an adjoining cruise.

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Expedition highlights:

  • Experience the grandeur and remote beauty of Fiordland National Park
  • Kayak and bush-walk in National Parks less accessible by land.
  • Spend two days exploring the more inaccessible and spectacular areas of the Marlborough Sounds
  • Visit remote Stewart Island and encounter some of New Zealand’s iconic wildlife
  • Explore some of the beautiful and historic east coast cities such as Dunedin
  • Get close to marine wildlife in their natural environment in Akaroa, Kaikoura, and Fiordland



Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $12,780 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category A) $10,960 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category B) n/a $15,105
Main Deck (Category A) $9,680 n/a
Main Deck (Category B) $9,120 n/a

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.  *Limited sole use occupancy available.


The Itinerary

Embark: Board at Milford Sound Harbour at 2:00pm for 3:00pm departure (transfer from Queenstown in the morning).
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at CentrePort Wellington at 08:00am.

Coral Expeditions New Zealand

Our itinerary is crafted to be flexible, allowing the Captain and Expedition Team to respond quickly to favourable weather conditions, and immerse you in the very best of New Zealand’s flora, fauna and wild coastline.

Sightseeing is included in your Coral Discoverer cruise, and in key locations, there are opportunities for guests with special interests to enhance their cruise experience through the purchase of additional shore excursions.

The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

Queenstown & Milford Sound

Transfer from Queenstown to Milford Sound via the morning coach to board Coral Discoverer at 2:00 pm. Departing at 3:00 pm making our way through the iconic Milford Sound with its spectacular mirror images of the towering Mitre Peak. Take in the sites while enjoying the Captain’s Welcome Drinks and meeting the crew and your fellow passengers.

Doubtful Sound & Thompson Sound

Wake up to the magnificent scenery of Doubtful Sound. This morning we explore the most spectacular and deepest waterway in Fiordland. Join guest lecturers aboard the Xplorer and cruise through a maze of hidden channels home to a myriad of wildlife including dolphins, seals and penguins. We sail from Doubtful Sound into Thompson Sound to discover more isolated scenes of breathtaking wilderness in these ancient glacial fiords.

Dusky Sound & Pigeon Island

We depart Fiordland National Park via the dramatic Dusky Sound, stopping at Pigeon Island. You will be in awe of the sheer rugged beauty of Fiordland. We cruise among towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, pass some of the 365 small islands and explore the depths of the inlets in the zodiacs.

Stewart & Ulva Islands

Stewart Island (Rakiura) is New Zealand’s little known third island. There is a very small settlement of people on the island, but most ‘mainland’ New Zealanders have never ventured to the curious wild land. Ulva Island is also found within the Rakiura National Park, offering a predator-free environment for rare and endangered birds including South Island Saddleback, Yellowhead, Rifleman, Stewart Island Robin, and the iconic Kiwi; the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi birds are known to venture out in daylight. On Ulva Island, we take a guided walk to encounter this vast array of birdlife and hopefully spot a few fur seals lazing on the shore during the tour.

An optional tour can be taken ashore Stewart Island at additional cost.


Before docking in Dunedin, we are welcomed to Otago Peninsula with sights of the world’s only mainland breeding colony of northern royal albatross. We may also see a colony of the world’s rarest penguin, the yellow-eyed penguin and various other unique species. Dunedin City is regarded as New Zealand’s architectural heritage capital. There will be time to explore all that the city has to offer including the Victorian and Edwardian structures, art galleries and botanical gardens.


Today we sail into the Banks Peninsula, named for ‘first fleet’ botanist Joseph Banks, and discover the history of Akaroa. This scenic village, built on the edge of a sunken volcanic crater, was once a bustling French colonised whaling community. A leisurely walk through the village to discover its obscure French history, friendly cafes and great craft stores. Optional shore excursions are offered at Akaroa, such as swimming with the smallest and rarest dolphin – the Hectors Dolphin.


The picturesque town of Kaikoura is located between rugged mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean. Renowned as possibly the best whale watching destination in the world, Kaikoura is one of the very few places it is possible to observe the Giant Sperm Whale. Aboard a small specialised boat, we explore the ocean in search of the Giant Sperm Whale.

Marlborough Sound

Today, explore the spectacular waterways of Marlborough Sounds including the fjord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. We will retrace the path of Captain Cook’s three exploratory voyages, including a stop at Ships Cove.

Day 11: Wellington

We say farewell and disembark at 8:00 am in New Zealand’s capital city Wellington.

December 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
08 December 2020 08 Dec 2020 18 December 2020 18 Dec 2020 $9,120 to $12,780 $9,120 to $12,780 Coral Discoverer Available Book


    • Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer as described in itinerary
    • Expert Expedition Team
    • Daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
    • All meals, prepared fresh by our chefs
    • Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
    • 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
    • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
    • Guided sightseeing in each destination
    • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
    • Pre-cruise transfers from Queenstown to Milford Sound


      • Travel insurance
      • Flights
      • Post-cruise transfers
      • Various optional extra activities at some destinations
      • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
      • Internet services (available at a cost)
      • Laundry service (available at a cost)
      • Entry visas or travel permits
      • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted) laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Tipping not required

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email

Travel Insurance

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.

We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave. SureSave, is an Australian company who specialise in travel insurance designed for travellers. SureSave provides world assistance through a customer support team, a claims team and an in-house 24/7 Emergency Assistance division. Underwritten by Lloyds of London, you get peace of mind knowing your security is guaranteed. Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.