Get More from your NZ trip – Cruise Traveller

Get More from your NZ trip

Image: Nath Michel – PONANT Cruises

Adventure-hungry Australians can discover the wild and untouched beauty of the isolated and rarely visited SubAntarctic islands of Australia and New Zealand in 2023 or 2024, with small ship cruise specialist, Cruise Traveller, offering earlybird savings – as well as a free hotel stay – for bookings made by July 31, 2022.

Image: PONANT Cruises

Described as the ‘Galapagos of the Southern Ocean’, the remote outposts of Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, The Snares, Antipodes Islands and the Auckland Islands – all outlying territories of New Zealand and Australia – are among the world’s best preserved and protected environments, with natural features and wildlife seen nowhere else on Earth.

King Penguins in the SubAntarctic Islands – by Nath Michel – PONANT

More than 1.5 million penguins, 3.5 million seabirds and 80,000 elephant seals can be found on these lonely subantarctic islands half-way between Australia/New Zealand and Antarctica.

The most southern of the islands is Australia’s rugged Macquarie Island. The World Heritage-listed island is home to scores of seabirds, huge elephant seals and penguins of several varieties as well as an Australian base staffed by 30 scientists.

Guests arriving at Macquarie Island – Image: PONANT Cruises

Cruise Traveller has special offers on two round-trip, all-inclusive sailings from Dunedin, New Zealand, to the subantarctic islands in December, 2023, or January, 2024, aboard Ponant’s luxury exploration ship, Le Soleal.

The two, identical, 16-night packages begin with two complimentary nights in a deluxe Dunedin hotel before guests board Ponant’s luxury expedition ship, the 132-passenger Le Soleal, for a return voyage to the subantarctic islands south of NZ. Le Soleal boasts private balconies in all staterooms as well as a fine dining restaurant and grill restaurant, panoramic lounge, theatre, library, open-air bar, pool, an expert expedition team and personalised service.

The spectacular 14-night voyage takes in the famous fjords of NZ’s South Island, little-known Ulva Island and the remote subantarctic territories of Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, The Snares, Antipodes Islands and the Auckland Islands – all rich wildlife sanctuaries which guest can enjoy on Zodiac adventure.

Zodiac in the Snares – image by PONANT Cruises

Two departure dates are available – December 23, 2023, with a festivities-filled Christmas Day spent amongst the majestic splendour of NZ’s Fjordland and New Year’s Eve spent off Macquarie Island – and also January 4, 2024. Both voyages will see guests enjoy more than 17 hours of daylight each day.

Including two complimentary nights in Dunedin, complimentary beverages onboard the ship, expert-led Zodiac excursions and a polar parka to keep, the two 16-night packages are available from $14,880 per person, twin-share, in a Deluxe Balcony stateroom.   The discounts apply to bookings made by July 31, 2022, and are subject to availability, with early bookings recommended.