New Zealand East Coast Expedition

New Zealand East Coast Expedition

From AUD $10,690

Description

Come and join us in 2019 and experience New Zealand from a very different perspective. The Coral Discoverer avoids well trodden tourist trails and offers you access to remote and pristine wilderness areas, and encounters with Maori culture.

With over 7000 km of stunning coastline to be explored, you will cruise the sheltered sounds, volcanic islands and marine reserves and arrive in the dramatic beauty of Fiordland. Our expert expedition guides and local rangers will introduce you to wildlife including dolphins, seals, kiwis and keas.

Trip Name
New Zealand East Coast Expedition
Days
13
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 63 metres Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms) Built: 2005 / Refurbished: 2016 Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere. The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities. Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique. After the refurbishment, the Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment. Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer. The Coral Discoverer offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding. FACILITIES ON BOARD > Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating > Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck > Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished > Forward lounge > Reference library > Gift shop > Open bridge > Workout Area > Wireless internet available for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer > Limited laundry facilities available > SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1: AUCKLAND
Embark Coral Discoverer in Auckland at 4:00pm for a 5:00pmdeparture.
Day 2 - DAY 2: WHITE ISLAND
Enjoy a guided walk to the crater of this active volcano, and seethe build-up of gas and steam escaping from the earth.
Day 3 - DAY 3: GISBORNE
Gisborne was the first European landing place in New Zealand.At a small marae, experience a Maori welcome, and Kapa Hakacultural show.
Day 4 - DAY 4: NAPIER
View the famous art deco architecture of this east coast city.
Day 5 - DAY 5 & 6: MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
Spend two days exploring the spectacular waterways includingthe fjord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy a multitude ofinterpreted explorations.
Day 6 - DAY 7: KAIKOURA
Join a special whale-watching cruise to view the giant SpermWhale in its natural environment, along with fur seals anddolphins.
Day 7 - DAY 8: AKAROA
Discover the French history of this scenic village. Optionalactivities include swimming with the rare Hector’s Dolphin(optional extra).
Day 8 - DAY 9: DUNEDIN
Cruise Otago Harbour, before visiting Dunedin. Spend the dayexploring all that the city has to offer, including its beautifularchitecture, art galleries, and botanical gardens.
Day 9 - DAY 10: STEWART ISLAND
Stewart Island is almost totally wilderness, and home to vastnumbers of seals, birds and other wildlife. A guided walkdiscovers native birds such as the weka, tui, and kiwi.
Day 10 - DAY 11: DUSKY SOUND
We enter Fiordland National Park at the dramatic Dusky Sound.Cruise among the sheer cliffs and explore the inlets.
Day 11 - DAY 12: DOUBTFUL SOUND / THOMPSON SOUND
Explore Fiordland’s most spectacular waterway, as we cruisethrough a maze of hidden channels, home to myriad wildlife.
Day 12 - DAY 13: MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN
Cruise the length of Milford Sound and view iconic Mitre Peack,towering some 1600 feet. Disembark at 8:00am before coachtransfers to Queenstown.
Day 13 - Please Note:
This is a remote area expedition subject to last minute itinerary changes.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
26-11-201908-12-2019AUD $10,690Main Deck B
26-11-201908-12-2019AUD $10,990Main Deck A
26-11-201908-12-2019AUD $11,590Promenade B
26-11-201908-12-2019AUD $11,990Promenade A
26-11-201908-12-2019AUD $14,990Bridge Deck Balcony
26-11-201908-12-2019AUD $17,385Promenade B Single Use

Inclusions

    • Experience the grandeur and remote beauty of Fiordland National Park
    • Visit White Island, and enjoy a guided walk to the crater of this active volcano
    • Spend two days exploring the more inaccessible and spectacular areas of Marlborough Sounds
    • Encounter the Maori culture and learn about New Zealand’s history and landscape

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