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New Zealand by Sea

Milford Sound to Auckland aboard the Caledonian Sky
featuring Peter Hillary, son of Sir Edmund Hillary


Join us as we explore the spectacular islands of New Zealand aboard the intimate 100-passenger expedition ship, Caledonian Sky. Isolated from other land masses by the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean, it is a world unto itself. Sometimes called “God’s own country,” New Zealand offers refuge to some of the planet’s rarest animal and plant species, many found nowhere else on Earth. This island nation also boasts dramatic untamed wilderness, geological wonders as well as vibrant towns that combine Maori, European and Asian influences to create a cultural voice all their own.

From the world-famous Milford Sound on the South Island to the city of Auckland on the North Island, our carefully crafted itinerary has been fine-tuned through decades of experience operating expedition cruises to New Zealand:

    • After the long trans-Pacific flights, we’re thinking the last thing you’ll want to do is hop onto a mid-tour flight within New Zealand; instead you’ll fly into Queenstown and home from Auckland, with all internal travel by ship for a much more comfortable and relaxed experience.

    • We not only include highlights such as Doubtful, Dusky and Milford Sounds in Fiordland National Park, and the vibrant cities of dunedin, Wellington and Auckland, but also a two-night stay in Queenstown, set against the dramatic Southern Alps.

    • During the cruise we call at several hidden gems that others miss: Stewart island, a national treasure with rare and endemic birdlife that few are lucky enough to visit; Akaroa, with New Zealand’s largest mainland colony of Little Penguins, Hector’s dolphins, and other marine life; and rotorua, the heartland of Maori culture and a geothermal wonderland.

    • Our naturalists have unmatched experience in the area, and know where to bring the Zodiacs to find wildlife and the best views.

The Caledonian Sky is a true small ship, with just 57 cabins, instead of 90 or more on other ships— that’s at least 60 fewer guests, and makes a real difference in your experience every day of the trip, as well as your opportunities to interact with our world-class lecture team. Sign up now to secure your spot on this unparalleled journey!