THE KING PENGUIN PARADE – FLY FREE – from Australia 2020

Cruise Line
Le Laperouse
Package Departs
01 Feb 2020
Package Duration
16 Nights
Embark Ship
Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
Disembark Ship
Christchurch (Lyttleton), New Zealand
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 - Balcony Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 - Balcony
AU $19,545
per person
AU $20,415
per person

– A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard.
– This PONANT cruise will allow you to be one of the few to explore the Sub Antarctic Islands of New Zealand & Australia, one of the least visited regions in the world.
– Zodiac outings & shore visits with your expedition team.
– Sail in the breath-taking Fiordlands in the south-west of New Zealand and discover the famous Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound.
– Opportunities for guided walks on the Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Macquarie Island, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
– Wildlife: colonies of fur seals, elephant seals along with King, Royal & Yellow-eyed penguins. A wide variety of birds including Gibson`s albatross, Giant petrels, Auckland shag & Campbell Island Teals.
– Landscapes: beaches of black sand, rugged mountains, hidden inlets and undulating meadows.

PRICES per person in AUD from:
Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony – WAS $23,360 – our exclusive price $19,545*pp (only 1 at this price)
Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony – WAS $24,420 – our exclusive price $20,415*pp (only 2 at this price)
** SORRY all singles sold out on this Fly Free offer **

THE KING PENGUIN PARADE Fly, Expedition Cruise & Stay package includes:
– FREE return economy class airfare** from Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney to Dunedin and ex Christchurch on return inc tax
– FREE one way transfer from Dunedin airport to hotel
– FREE 1 nights accommodation pre-cruise in Dunedin
– FREE one way transfer from Dunedin hotel to port
– 14 night `Fjordland & The Sub Antarctic Islands` EXPEDITION Cruise aboard the NEW Le Laperouse from Dunedin to Lyttelton including
– All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
– Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
– Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands…list available upon request)
– Evening entertainment and events
– Room service 24h (special selection)
– Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team
– Zodiac excursions
– Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable)
– Port taxes
– Free expedition parka
– Free boots rental
– FREE one way transfer from Lyttelton port to Christchurch hotel
– FREE 1 nights accommodation post-cruise in Christchurch
– FREE one way transfer from Christchurch hotel to airport


CRUISE Day to Day Summary:
02FEB20 – DUNEDIN, embark
03FEB20 – AT SEA
07FEB20 – AT SEA
10FEB20 – AT SEA
14FEB20 – AT SEA
15FEB20 – AT SEA
16FEB20 – LYTTELTON, NZ – disembark

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin, in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (21Jun19) and ends 31Aug19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. **Free airfare carrier and schedules at the discretion of our agency in economy class. Once issued, all airfares/taxes have strict cancellation charges and change fees apply. 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. Highlights are just for example. Given the inaccessibility of expedition cruising it is an obligation to choose your insurance company carefully and note that Travel insurance is mandatory and not included in package prices. A medical questionnaire may be required. This voyage includes activities such as Zodiac landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac outings, moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions. Due to the exceptional nature of this itinerary, the calls/sites listed are only a guide. The final route will be confirmed by the ship`s Captain with priority being given to passenger safety. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 21 Jun 2019 to 31 Aug 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

01 Feb 2020 FLY FREE from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to NZ
01 Feb 2020 Arrive Dunedin, Transfer to hotel
02 Feb 2020 Transfer to port, embark Le Laperouse ship

Cruise Itinerary

02 Feb 2020
Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
06:00 PM
03 Feb 2020 At sea    
04 Feb 2020
Dusky Sound, New Zealand
04 Feb 2020
Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
05 Feb 2020
Milford Sound, New Zealand
06 Feb 2020
Snares Island, New Zealand
07 Feb 2020 At sea    
08 Feb 2020
Macquarie Island, Sub Antarctic Island
09 Feb 2020
Macquarie Island, Sub Antarctic Island
10 Feb 2020 At sea    
11 Feb 2020
Campbell Island, New Zealand
12 Feb 2020
Auckland Islands, New Zealand
13 Feb 2020
Enderby Island
14 Feb 2020 At sea    
15 Feb 2020 At sea    
16 Feb 2020
Christchurch (Lyttleton), New Zealand
08:00 AM

Post-cruise Itinerary

16 Feb 2020 Transfer to Christchurch hotel, overnight stay
17 Feb 2020 Transfer to airport, FLY FREE to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne

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
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5

14 Night cruise departing from Dunedin to Lyttleton onboard Le Laperouse.

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.

On this cruise aboard Le Lapérouse, PONANT invites you to discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Subantarctic Islands of Australia and New Zealand. Set sail on a 14-day Expedition cruise with an exceptional itinerary and allow yourself to be transported to another world where the wildlife rules and we are but visitors.

Often described as the “Galapagos of the Southern Ocean”, the Subantarctic Islands of Australia and New Zealand are among some of the best preserved and protected environments on the planet where you will experience scenery and wildlife like nowhere else on earth.

After sailing through the spectacular Fiords of south-west New Zealand, Le Lapérouse will plot a course South towards the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands and Australia’s very own Macquarie Island. These remote island outposts are collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a myriad of wildlife with many species endemic to the region and even to individual islands.

You will be captivated by the breathtaking scenery, meadows of megaherbs forming a colourful tapestry and towering cliffs buffeted by the power of the waves and wind- the playground of the Royal Albatross. With a myriad of penguins patrolling the black sandy beaches it is truly a nature-lover’s dream come true.

The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Highlights of this cruise:

Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. This city of the south, wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The city contains some of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. The picturesque Silverpeaks hinterland to the North West provides a picturesque backdrop and The Otago Peninsula, which lies within the city boundaries, has internationally renowned wildlife reserves, including the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross.

Sailing Dusky Sound
Dusky Sound is one of the most isolated fjords in Fiordland National Park. This huge, protected natural zone situated in the south-west quarter of New Zealand’s South Island is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. The sheer cliffs, waterfalls, shimmering lakes and primitive forests here are each more beautiful than the next. These spectacular landscapes sculpted by successive glaciations are a source of endless wonder. In 1773, the British navigator James Cook spent a few weeks at Dusky Sound, as demonstrated by a plaque that can be seen at Astronomer’s Point. During your visit, observe the richness of the local wildlife: cormorants, seagulls, New Zealand fur seals, but also Fiordland crested penguins, a rare and endemic species.

Sailing Doubtful Sound
Referred to as the Sound of Silence, there is a secluded serenity that surrounds Doubtful Sound in contrast with the better-known Milford Sound. Lieutenant James Cook named ‘Doubtful Harbour’ in 1770 as he was uncertain if it was navigable under sail. Doubtful Sound is the deepest of the fiords with a maximum depth of 421 m. It contains three distinct ‘arms’ and several outstanding waterfalls in the area from Deep Cove to the open ocean. Your ship will spend time navigating around Secretary Island through both Thompson and Doubtful Sounds. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery from the outer decks.

Milford Sound
Milford Sound fjord is among one of the most beautiful natural sites in New Zealand. So much beauty will quite simply take your breath away. Located on the south-west coast of South Island, in the Fiorldland National Park, this sumptuous inlet carved out by glaciers advances over at least 15 kilometres inland, in the Southern Alps. Majestic cliffs seem to surge out of the dark waters, rising several hundred metres high: an abrupt relief from where impressive waterfalls cascade.

Snares Islands
Amongst the islands of the Southern Ocean, The Snares have the distinction of being the only forested group without introduced mammals, not even mice. Consequently, it is a remarkable haven for wildlife. The Island boasts more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles. Over 2 million Sooty Shearwaters breed here in the summer months. Four species of Albatross are listed as breeding on the Snares along with 35,000 endemic Snares Crested Penguins. There are also approximately 1,000 New Zealand fur seals and 500 New Zealand Sea Lions. Landing on the Snares is prohibited. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the prolific wildlife from our fleet of zodiacs.

Anare Station, Macquarie Island
Long celebrated as one of the wonder spots of the world, the Macquarie Island is an island of great beauty and outstanding natural diversity, a breeding place for more than 3.5 million seabirds, most of which are penguins. There are four species breeding on Macquarie Island; Royals, Kings, Gentoos and Rock Hoppers. There are also three types of fur seals and one seventh of the world’s population of elephant seals breeding on the Island. In 1948 The Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) established its expedition headquarters on Macquarie Island. You will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk around the ANARE Station to view the facility and the prolific wildlife that resides here.

Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island, or “Macca” as it is colloquially known, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 as a site of major geoconservation significance, being the only island in the world composed entirely of oceanic crust and rocks from the mantle. It is an island of unique natural diversity and one of the truly remarkable places on earth. Sandy Bay is located on the East Coast of the Island and is home to significant Royal and King Penguin rookeries as well as a breeding colony of Southern Elephant Seals. You will have the opportunity to land ashore in Sandy Bay to view both the King and Royal colonies as well as the other prolific wildlife in the Bay.

Campbell Island
Campbell Island is the most southerly of the five New Zealand subantarctic groups. Described by the English botanist Joseph Hooker as having a “flora display second to none outside the tropics.” It is known for its megaherbs, herbaceous, perennial wildflowers characterised by their great size, with huge leaves and very colourful flowers, which have developed as an adaptation to the harsh weather conditions on the islands. Campbell Island is also home to six species of albatross, and several critically endangered endemic birds including the Campbell Island teal and snipe. You will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk on the Col Lyell Saddle boardwalk as well as undertake a zodiac tour around the coastline of Perseverance Harbour.

Musgrave Inlet, Auckland Islands
The Auckland Islands are the largest, highest and biologically richest of the five groups of Subantarctic Islands. They have been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International as they hold important seabird breeding colonies. The flora of the Auckland Islands is fascinatingly diverse with over 233 species of vascular plant. Musgrave Inlet is a picturesque bay on the eastern side of Auckland Island. Its sheer cliffs have protected the endemic flora from the introduced species, providing one of the best floral displays in the entire Island group. Landing in Musgrave Inlet is prohibited. If time and weather permits, you will have the opportunity to view the spectacular flora and fauna from our fleet of zodiacs.

Enderby Island, Auckland Islands
Enderby Island is situated off the North Eastern tip of Auckland Island and is the second largest Island in the group. The eradication of introduced species in 1994 has seen a significant increase in the abundance of the native flora and fauna compared to the main Auckland Island. It has become a stronghold for the rare yellow-eyed penguin and the primary breeding location of the New Zealand Sea Lion. You will head ashore and have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk on the Northern Cliffs track as well as spend time viewing the New Zealand Sea Lion colony. There is also the opportunity to undertake a zodiac tour around the coastline of Enderby Island in search of the Auckland Island Teal and other endemic species.

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with 5-star service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 131 metres
  • Maiden Voyage: June 2018
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 184
  • Officer Nationality: French
  • Ship Registration: France

Ship Amenities

  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat Screen Television
  • Satellite Television
  • Ipod Players
  • Video on Demand
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bath Robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi

Ship Facilities

  • Reception Desk
  • Boutique
  • Zodiac
  • Water Sports including Kayaking & Paddle-Boarding
  • Pool Deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Solarium
  • Pool Bar & Lounge
  • Theatre
  • Main Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Spa & Fitness Centre


Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment – a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared – and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.

Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege…

Attentive, professional, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service on board will meet your every desire. Our unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do, in the tradition of private yachting.

In the dining areas, our gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants: exquisite wines are available, and menus are created with expertise by our skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu enhanced by specialties from our various ports of call.

Pleasure, enrichment, discovery: relax – we take care of everything…

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