"Coral Expeditions" East Coast Explorer (Auckland - Milford) 13D12N

From $7,558.05 Per Person, Twin Share

At a Glance

Explore over 7,000-kilometres of New Zealand’s spectacular East Coast on this breathtaking 13-day expedition cruise from Auckland to Milford.

Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: tropical beaches, snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, raging rivers and active volcano zones. Whether you’re into nature and hiking or indulging in fine food and wine, New Zealand has no shortage of things to see and do. Luckily for you, this thrilling cruise leaves no stone unturned on an epic journey from north to south. 

Commencing in Auckland, this immersive cruise aboard the Coral Geographer explores New Zealand’s spectacular coastline, vibrant and charming east coast towns, and the deep and quiet fiords of Southland. You’ll receive a warm Maori welcome at a traditional Marae, and sample some of ...

Trip Highlights


  • Wander Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the world’s youngest geothermal valley 
  • Lose yourself in Fiordland’s most beautiful sounds: Dusky, Doubtful, Thomson and Milford 
  • Experience the vibrant energy and stories of Maori culture with a Kapa Haka and greeting at Hauiti Marae 
  • In the Marlborough Sounds, enjoy a New Year’s Eve feast anchored at historic Ship Cove, featuring produce and wine from the Marlborough region. 
  • Enjoy walks through spectacular scenery in the Marlborough Sounds and Kaikoura Peninsula 
  • Explore remote Stewart Island and the predator-free sanctuary of Ulva Island 
  • Uncover the unique character of east coast towns: the French-influenced Akaroa, Scottish-influenced Dunedin and arty Napier
  • See rare and unique bird and wildlife in its natural habitat including dolphins, penguins, seals, sea lions and whales 

What's Included

  • 12-nights’ accommodation aboard Coral Geographer on a twin share basis
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
  • All excursions including Xplorer and Zodiac cruises
  • Local operator excursions at some locations
  • All meals, prepared fresh by the onboard chefs
  • Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • 24-hour coffee and selection of teas
  • The services of an expert expedition team
  • Guided sightseeing in each destination
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
  • Post-cruise transfers from Milford Sound to Queenstown


DAY 1 Auckland: All aboard the Coral Geographer
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DAY 2 Tauranga & Waimangu Valley: Uncover a geothermal wonderland
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 Gisborne: Immerse yourself in local Maori culture at the Hauiti Marae


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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 Hawke’s Bay: Explore New Zealand’s Art Deco Capital
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 Marlborough Sounds: Anchor at Ship Cove to ring in the New Year
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DAY 6 Marlborough Sounds: Explore the fiord-like Queen Charlotte Sound and Track
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 Kaikoura: Experience some of the world’s best whale watching and sample local seafood
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 Akaroa: Wander the streets of New Zealand’s little French village
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9 Dunedin: Step back in time in the Scotland of the south
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10: Stewart Island: Cruise down New Zealand’s east coast to the southern tip and beyond
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11 Stewart Island & Ulva Island: Explore a predator-free bird sanctuary, home to the elusive kiwi
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12 Fiordland: Discover the sound of silence in the Doubtful and Dusky Sounds
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 13 Fiordland & Queenstown: Cap off an incredible adventure at majestic Milford Sound
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Dates & Prices

Please enquire about vessel and cabin type. Please refer to the 'Vessel, Cabin & Fares' section below.


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How To Get There

The start point is Auckland, New Zealand .

The finish point is Queenstown, New Zealand.

Vessel, Cabin & Fares


Bridge Deck Suite $19,490 n/a
Explorer Deck Stateroom $14,820 $22,230
Promenade Deck Stateroom $11,890 $17,835
Coral Deck Stateroom $9,920 $14,880
Weather & Climate

New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as – 10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine. 

Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decreases as you travel south. The far north of the country has an average temperature of about 15°C (59°F), while the deep south has a cooler 9°C (48°F) average. January and February are the warmest months of the year, and July is the coldest. 

Not Included
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases
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