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Cruise Description

In collaboration with National Geographic Expeditions.

PONANT invites you to discover the wild and untouched beauty of New Zealand's Fiordlands and Subantarctic Islands. Set sail on a 15-day expedition cruise with an exceptional itinerary and allow yourself to be transported to another world where the wildlife rules and you are but visitors.

From Dunedin, the Edinburgh of New Zealand that is a lively student city, with a rich Scottish Heritage, you will reach Ulva Island. This first call on Paterson Inlet is renowned as an extraordinary nature sanctuary. Our team of naturalists and destination experts will be on hand to show you some of the rarest bird species in the world.

You will follow your voyage towards Fiordland National Park, which is part of Te Wähipounamu, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, home to the majestic Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound. You will enjoy a Zodiac® cruise and spot Fiordland Crested penguins, get up close to spectacular waterfalls and enjoy the vistas from the ship's outer decks.

You will then head to the Snares Islands, a haven for the country's wildlife with some 35,000 endemic Snares Gorfous and a colony of around 1,000 fur seals before discovering Macquarie Island, part of Australia.

Often described as the "Galápagos of the Southern Ocean", the Subantarctic Islands of 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. 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.

Your ship will finally reach Dunedin, the end of your voyage.

Cruise Itinerary
Date Activity Arrive Depart
14/12/22 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand 6:00 PM
15/12/22 Ulva Island, New Zealand
16/12/22 Dusky Sound, New Zealand
16/12/22 Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
17/12/22 Milford Sound, New Zealand
18/12/22 Snares Island, New Zealand
19/12/22 Enderby Island
19/12/22 Auckland Islands, New Zealand
20/12/22 At sea - -
21/12/22 Macquarie Island, Sub Antarctic Island
22/12/22 Macquarie Island, Sub Antarctic Island
23/12/22 At sea - -
24/12/22 Campbell Island, New Zealand
25/12/22 At sea - -
26/12/22 Antipodes Island, New Zealand
27/12/22 At sea - -
28/12/22 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand 6:30 AM
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.

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