Ancient Fjords & Unspoiled Islands of New Zealand
Discover a world of fascinating wildlife, pristine natural environments, remote island and fjords, as you embark on a 12 day luxury expedition cruise exploring the South Island of New Zealand.
Board Le Soléal in Dunedin, and enjoy life onboard in 5 star comfort. This cruise is a perfect blend of luxury, comfort, adventure and exploration.
Sail through stunning fjords created by glaciers long ago; Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound. Enjoy a sense of secluded serenity as you sail through Doubtful Sound, referred to as the ‘Sound of Silence’ and navigate through the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound, with a spectacular backdrop that captivates even the most seasoned of travellers. Watch as the dramatic beauty of the fiords change as you sail towards Ulva Island (Stewart Island), one of the few predator-free sanctuaries of New Zealand and a haven for many rare species of birds and plants.
Adventure further south to one of the archipelagos of New Zealand's Sub Antarctic Islands, The Snares Islands. There is certainly plenty of wildlife to spot as 2 million Sooty Shearwaters breed here in the summer months, as well as four species of Albatross, along with 35,000 endemic Snares crested penguins, New Zealand fur seals and New Zealand sea lions. It is no wonder this area is often referred to as “the Galapagos of the Southern Ocean”.
Back to the South Island, visit Akaroa, with its unique mix of Maori, French and European cultural heritage. Cruise the peninsula of Kaikoura keeping a look out for whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions before returning to Dunedin were your rewarding journey ends.
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Enjoy fine dining, fine wine, entertainment, high end service, and comfort, whilst exploring remote and fascinating destinations.
This a fabulous expedition, full of great wildlife and photography opportunities, including chances to see rare species like the Snares crested Penguin & Fiordland Crested Penguin.
"Visit lesser explored area like Ulva island, The Snares islands, and perhaps encounter the rare Hectors dolphin" Tara, Team Viva