FLY FREE!* New Zealand Coastal Odyssey 2022 – 14 Nov 2022 – Cruise Traveller

FLY FREE!* New Zealand Coastal Odyssey 2022

Cruise Line
Heritage Expeditions
Ship
Heritage Adventurer
Package Departs
14 Nov 2022
Package Duration
11 Nights
Embark Ship
Auckland, New Zealand
Disembark Ship
Bluff, New Zealand
Deck 4 Superior - Oceanview Deck 5 Superior - Oceanview Main Deck Single - Oceanview
AU $9,595
per person
AU $10,225
per person
AU $12,495
per person

Package Duration: 11 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package Starts: 14th November 2022 – with flight from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane
Cruise Starts: 15th November 2022 – from Tauranga
Cruise Ends: 24th November 2022 – into Port of Bluff
Package Ends: 25th November 2022 – with flight back to Australia

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Discover the hidden gems of Aotearoa/New Zealand and its three main islands (the North Island, South Island, and Stewart Island) on this unforgettable 11-day expedition cruise of coastal New Zealand. From the bright lights of New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, Dunedin`s avant garde fashion labels and the adventure playground of Queenstown this is the ultimate Kiwi adventure to experience it all.

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NEW ZEALAND COASTAL ODYSSEY Fly-Cruise-stay package prices include:
– FREE* Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Auckland and ex Queenstown on return inc. tax
– FREE* one way transfer from Auckland airport to hotel
– 1 nights hotel accommodation in Auckland with group dinner and breakfast
– One way transfer from the hotel to the port in Tauranga with touring enroute at Rotorua
– 9 night expedition cruise aboard the Heritage Adventurer (140 guests) from Tauranga to the Port of Bluff
– All shipboard main meals
– All expedition shore excursions
– Landing fees of $500 per person
– One way transfer from the Port of Bluff to Queenstown hotel after disembarkation
– FREE!* 1 nights accommodation in Queenstown with breakfast
– FREE* one way transfer from Queenstown hotel to airport

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD (unless stated as single), based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (01Apr22). Some cabins may have obstructed views. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Transfers only included if guests are arriving/departing by air at specific airports on exact package dates. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Gratuities are not included in the prices listed here, currently, the suggested amount for gratuities is USD $7.00 per person per day at the discretion of the guest. Offer ends 30May22 or until sold out/withdrawn. Hotel and airline is at cruise line/agent discretion. Varying cancellation conditions apply to hotel and cruise portions of this package.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 01 Apr 2022 to 30 May 2022 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
14 Nov 2022 Fly FREE* from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Auckland
14 Nov 2022 Arrive Auckland, Transfer to hotel, Group dinner in evening

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
14 Nov 2022
Auckland, New Zealand
Hotel
15 Nov 2022
Tauranga, New Zealand
Embark
16 Nov 2022
Gisborne, New Zealand
17 Nov 2022
Napier, New Zealand
18 Nov 2022
Marlborough Sounds
19 Nov 2022
Akaroa New Zealand
20 Nov 2022
Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
21 Nov 2022
Ulva Island, New Zealand
22 Nov 2022
Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
23 Nov 2022
Dusky Sound, New Zealand
24 Nov 2022
Bluff, New Zealand
Disembark

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
24 Nov 2022 Transfer to hotel, Queenstown at leisure
25 Nov 2022 Transfer to airport, Fly Queenstown to Syd/Bne/Mel

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Deck 4 Superior
   
Deck 5 Superior
   
Main Deck Single
   
Worsley Suite
   
Heritage Suite
   

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Day 1: Auckland
Guests should make their way to the designated hotel where we will spend the first night of the expedition. This evening there will be an informal get-together at the hotel for dinner; an excellent opportunity to meet fellow adventurers on your voyage and some of our expedition team.

Day 2: Rotorua & Tauranga
This morning, following breakfast at the hotel, we depart Auckland and travel south passing the rich horticultural region of the Bombay Hills before crossing through the verdant farmland of the Waikato as we travel to the Geothermal Heartland of Rotorua. This afternoon marvel at the abundance of steam vents, geysers and bubbling mud pools as we explore one of the most geologically active regions on the planet accompanied by expert local guides. Later this afternoon arrive in Tauranga where the Heritage Adventurer awaits.

Day 3: Gisborne
Despite being named “Poverty Bay” by Captain Cook, the region is endowed with an exceptional climate and rich soils meaning it is one of New Zealand’s most renowned fruit and vegetable growing regions. A visit to Eastwoodhill Arboretum in the hills behind the town is not to be missed; the result of one man’s passion and dedication this is now the National Arboretum. As we are in Ngati Porou country you will be traditionally welcomed by the iwi.

Day 4: Napier
The Art Deco capital of New Zealand, and possibly the world, the post-quake city of Napier lies at the heart of the thriving Hawkes Bay. Immerse yourself in the Art Deco world of central Napier with its quaint shops and unrivalled architecture before venturing to the world-renowned wineries of the Hawkes Bay famed for their exceptional Syrah and Chardonnay vintages. Alternatively, join your naturalists on a visit to the exceptional Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony.

Day 5: Marlborough Sounds
This morning Heritage Adventurer sails into the sheltered waters of the Marlborough Sounds, a beautiful labyrinth of waterways intersecting the northern shores of the South Island. Take the opportunity to explore a coastal trail through the lush regenerating forest and watch for native birds including Saddleback, Parakeets and Robins on one of the island nature reserves.

Day 6: Akaroa
Heritage Adventurer will make her way through the Akaroa heads and anchor in the sheltered waters of Canterbury’s largest harbour. It was here, beneath the eroded volcanic hills of Banks Peninsula, that the French attempted to settle in 1840. The French connection remains to this day with a certain je ne sais quoi imbibing the township of Akaroa. This afternoon visit the Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory and French Farm Vineyard at the head of the harbour as well as enjoy the opportunity to explore Akaroa or take one of the local nature walks.

Day 7: Dunedin
This morning sail into the beautiful Otago Harbour, watch closely for Northern Royal Albatross at the Tairoa Head Albatross Colony. From our berth at Port Chalmers explore the famed fashion-forward city of Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the south, and its rich history as the gateway to Otago. Explore the scenic Otago Peninsula where sea lions rest and Yellow-eyed Penguins can be spotted in one of their last strongholds where the beautiful farmed hills roll down towards white sand beaches. Alternatively, venture towards the interior of Otago through the scenic Taieri Gorge.

Day 8: Stewart Island
New Zealand’s third island is well off the usual beaten tourist track. It is a wonderfully tranquil place; the scenery of untouched bushland is stunning. We will enjoy a morning exploring Ulva Island which is rich in history and wildlife, being a predator- free island from 1997 the bird song and wildlife is some of the best. In Paterson Inlet you will have time to explore the sandy beaches of Boulder Bay and West End Beach or just enjoy some time around Post Office Bay and Sydney Cove. Some of the wildlife you may get to see while walking the tracks on Ulva Island include Stewart Island Robin, Stewart Island Weka, South Island Kaka, Kereru (Wood Pigeon), Mohua (Yellowhead), Red- crowned Parakeet, Fantail, Bellbird and Tui. There are many more species that may also be seen, our knowledgeable expedition guides will be listening for bird calls and keeping a close watch in overhead canopies and the surrounding shrubs to identify further species. During our time in Paterson Inlet there will also be the opportunity to explore the quirky town centre Oban in Halfmoon Bay where a drink with a view can be enjoyed at the iconic South Sea Hotel and there are some beautiful walks in the surrounding forests.

Days 9 – 10: Fiordland
We have two days to explore the incredible wilderness of Fiordland in the south-west corner of the South Island. This is an area rich in history, majestic scenery and abundant in wildlife. Fiordland was well known to local Maori, with the demi-god Tu- teraki-whanoa being said to have used his adze, Te Hamo, to carve out the region’s fiords. Captain Cook and his crew landed here on HMS Resolution in 1773, they were the first Europeans to visit Fiordland, subsequently spending five weeks in Dusky Sound. Cook’s records of his discovery and maps attracted sealers and whalers, not long after the first European settlements of New Zealand were formed. Historically this region is very important and shaped the future of the country. Fiordland’s coast is only accessible by sea, making it the most remote region of New Zealand’s mainland. Waterfalls, streams, rivers, and fiords are enveloped with misty veils that come and go, revealing steep gradients of mountain peaks and sheltered valleys. A rugged terrain, the thickly forested floors are covered with ferns, lichens, and mosses. Bottlenose Dolphins, Fiordland Crested Penguins and Little Penguins are all residents of the fiords; during our time here we will look for them. Our schedule gives us the flexibility to visit as much as possible, areas we plan to explore during our time in Fiordland include Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound and Acheron Passage, Astronomer’s Point and Pickersgill Harbour. Our final plan will be determined by the weather. The Captain and Expedition Leader will work hard to make the best use of our time in this incredible region of New Zealand, including areas that even few New Zealanders have visited. The isolation of Fiordland has been beneficial because its beauty remains unspoiled and its historic sites undisturbed.

Day 11: Bluff / Queenstown
Arrive this morning to the port of Bluff and following breakfast travel overland through the rolling green landscape of Southland before arriving to Queenstown surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. The voyage concludes with a drop off at Queenstown Airport or our central city hotel. In case of unexpected delays we ask you not to book any onward travel until after midday today.

During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.

Heritage Adventurer is a true pioneering expedition vessel of exceptional pedigree. Often referred to as the ‘Grande Dame of Polar Exploration’ due to her celebrated history and refined design, she was purposebuilt for adventure in 1991 at Finland’s Rauma shipyard and specifically designed for Polar exploration.

Setting a peerless standard in authentic expedition travel, Heritage Adventurer (formerly known as MS Hanseatic) combines the highest passenger ship iceclass rating (1A Super) with an impressive history of Polar exploration. Having held records for the most northern and southern Arctic and Antarctic navigations, and for traversing both the Northwest and Northeast Passages, makes Heritage Adventurer perfect for pioneering New Zealand-based Heritage Expeditions signature experiential expedition travel.

Originally designed to accommodate 184 guests, Heritage Adventurer now welcomes just 140 expeditioners ensuring spacious, stylish and comfortable voyages, while a fleet of 14 Zodiacs ensures all guests are able to maximise their expedition adventure. Heritage Adventurer proudly continues our traditions of exceptional, personalised expedition experiences as Heritage Expeditions flagship.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 124 m
  • Tonnage: 8,378
  • Maiden Voyage: 1991
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 140

Ship Facilities

  • Presentation Theatre
  • Hospital
  • Dining Room
  • Shop
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Bistro Dining Room and Lounge
  • Zodiacs
  • Pool
  • Health, Wellbeing & Beauty Area
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • 2 Bars
  • Library
  • Observation Lounge
  • Observation Deck

Every year Heritage Expeditions voyages with small groups of between 18 and 140 intrepid travellers to some of the most unique and remote islands, coasts and shorelines on earth aboard their expedition ships Heritage Adventurer, Spirit of Enderby, Akademik Shokalskiy and Heritage Explorer on voyages ranging from 5 – 28 days.

Founded in 1985 by the Russ family in Christchurch, New Zealand, Heritage Expeditions is still proudly family-owned and operated. Contributing to conservation through experiential learning and providing funds for research and management, they are pioneers in environmentally-responsible expedition travel offering intimate group excursions to Antarctica and the Subantarctic Islands, through the Pacific, and around the Russian Far East and Wrangel Island on their purpose built expedition ships.

Each expedition is meticulously planned and led by a team of botanists, ornithologists, naturalists and experts in their field, ensuring guests maximise every opportunity to learn, discover and experience as much as possible, while minimising the impact of their visit and returning as ambassadors for these very special places.

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