Stewart Island, located 30 kilometres south of the South Island across the Foveaux Strait, is New Zealand's third largest island. The island consists of over 85% national park, attracting hikers and bird watchers alike. There are a number of walking tracks where you can expect to see a myriad of bird species. The island is particularly known for its large population of brown kiwi, outnumbering humans on the island. Just off-shore you can find the predator-free bird sanctuary of Ulva Island.

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  1. Stewart Island Immersion 7D6N

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    Explore New Zealand’s Stewart Island at your own pace on a luxury 7-day cruise, showcasing the best of its pristine coastal wilderness. Stay onboard the luxury Fiordland Jewel and uncover the haven of wildlife on an island where brown kiwi or Tokoeka, outnumber humans.

    Begin your journey in Queenstown where you will be transferred to Bluff to catch the express catamaran to Stewart island before boarding the Fiordland Jewel. Cruise to Paterson Inlet and visit Ulva Island bird sanctuary with the chance to explore its myriad of birdlife on the predator-free island. Head to the historic Norwegian whaling station in Prices Inlet and kayak Kaipipi Bay. Continue on to Port Adventure Bay, a popular place for fishing, diving and hunting and uncover its inlets, coves and bays. Discover the beaches and rocky coastlines on your way to Port Pegasus where you can enjoy a walk-through nature or kayak the waters before commencing your journey back to Oban to disembark the Fiordland Jewel and catching the express Catamaran back to Bluff. Here you will take a private transfer back to Queenstown.

    You’ll be lulled to sleep by the gentle waves each night on board the Fiordland Jewel. This luxury, 24-metre, three-deck catamaran caters to just 18 guests in nine climate-controlled cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms. Soak in the top deck hot tub. Get up close and personal to Stewart Island and its picturesque waters using the onboard kayaks and tender boat. View underwater film footage captured with the Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV) and, indulge in a mouth-watering 3-course dinner and full cooked and continental breakfast prepared by the onboard chef.

    This luxury package includes return transfers from/to Queenstown, all nights aboard the Fiordland Jewel on a twin share basis and all meals as mentioned. Kayaking, tender and walking activities are all included including the express catamaran between Stewart island and Bluff.

    Why not compliment your travels and continue onto Te Anau, where you can journey to the beautiful Milford Sound or embark on one of the Great Walks of Fiordland. Please contact us for your tailor-made itinerary.

    Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty and wildlife filled Stewart Island in luxury as you cruise for 7 days onboard the luxury Fiordland Jewel on a unique, ‘at your own pace’ journey.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Queenstown, New Zealand
    Explore New Zealand’s Stewart Island at your own pace on a luxury 7-day cruise, showcasing the best of its pristine coastal wilderness. Stay ...
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  2. South Island Nature Trail 10D9N, Self-Drive

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    Follow the path of the kiwi on this immersive 10-day self-drive road trip showcasing the South Island’s best nature and wildlife experiences including Stewart Island and Doubtful Sound.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of natural spectacles and unique wildlife encounters. It is one of the few places in the world where, within the space of one day, you can experience mountain vistas, ancient forests, volcanic landscapes and stunning coastline – all while spotting wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. The South Island is especially breathtaking as the home of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area. Located in the South Island’s southwest, this 2.6-million-hectare area is one of the greatest natural areas in the world, containing rocks, plants and animals dating back 80 million years to a time when New Zealand was part of the ancient super continent Gondwana.

    Departing from Christchurch, hit the road to tick off the South Island’s best natural and wildlife experiences. Drive one of the top 10 drives in the world, the Southern Scenic Route. Tour the Otago Peninsula and see the world’s rarest penguin, the Yellow-eyed Penguin, in its natural habitat. Venture over to Stewart Island and Ulva Island and hunt for the elusive kiwi. Spend a night on Doubtful Sound and discover a haven for dolphins, fur seals and even larger whales. You will also have ample time to explore diverse cities and towns including Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown.

    This breathtaking 10-day nature- and wildlife-focused self-drive package includes 9-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools, plunge pools and spas. Ten days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Embrace the great outdoors on this unforgettable 10-day self-drive road trip of the South Island. The natural beauty and wildlife will inspire you.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Christchurch, New Zealand
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  3. Stewart Island Luxury Nature Escape 3D2N

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    Get back to nature and get up close and personal with New Zealand’s elusive Kiwi, with this 3-day, luxury escape to Stewart Island (Rakiura).

    With included transfers from Queenstown or Te Anau, journey via luxury coach and ferry to Stewart Island, one of the world’s southernmost islands. In the Maori language, Stewart Island is known as Rakiura, “the land of the glowing skies”, for its stunning nighttime views of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights). Immerse yourself in the Island’s community, history and environment, which are steeped in Maori mythology. See the elusive Southern Brown Kiwi and other rare birds in their unspoilt natural habitat. Journey to the remote Ulva Island and explore hidden coves and pristine beaches dotted with fur seals and penguins.

    This luxury 3-day tour includes 2-nights in the 4-star Stewart Island Lodge on a twin share basis. Daily continental breakfast is provided along with 3 of the island’s best guided tours.

    Discover Stewart Island: get to know New Zealand’s epic birdlife and the wild landscape they call home.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Stewart Island, New Zealand
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  4. South Coast to Fiordland (Wellington - Milford) 9D8N

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    Discover the captivating coastline of New Zealand’s South Island on this breathtaking 9-day expedition cruise from Wellington to Milford.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, shimmering lakes, lush rainforests, fast-moving glaciers and more. The South Island is especially breathtaking as the home of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area. This 26,000 square kilometre (10,039sqmi) encompasses several national parks in southwest New Zealand including the fairytale-like Fiordland.

    Commencing in Wellington, this immersive cruise aboard the Coral Geographer explores the South Island’s spectacular coastline, vibrant and charming east coast towns, and the deep and quiet fiords of Southland. You’ll retrace the path of Captain James Cook in the Marlborough Sounds, discover the history of Ship Cove and walk a section of the famous Queen Charlotte Track. You’ll spend time on Stewart and Ulva Island, with opportunities for endemic bird watching and a chance to hike the Rakiura Track. Your journey culminates with an exploration of Fiordland’s most beautiful Sounds – the astonishing and rarely-visited Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, Thomson Sound and the majestic Milford Sound. 

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise includes 8-nights aboard the Coral Geographer on a twin share basis. Catering to 99 passengers, this luxurious vessel is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to reach some of New Zealand’s most remote and rarely visited coastlines, while her tender vessels enable you to venture even further. She even has 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs.

    All meals are included onboard. The approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible. Activities and experiences are also included as per the itinerary. An expert crew are at your service at all times.

    Observe the wildlife, discover the history and be immersed in the stillness of unforgettable Southland on this 9-day expedition cruise aboard the Coral Geographer. This cruise is perfect for those wanting to experience New Zealand’s dramatic landscape from the deck of a small ship.

    Vessel & Cabin Type Please refer to the 'Vessel, Cabin & Fares' section below.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Wellington, New Zealand
    Discover the captivating coastline of New Zealand’s South Island on this breathtaking 9-day expedition cruise from Wellington to Milford. Tucked away at the ...
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  5. "Coral Expeditions" East Coast Explorer (Auckland - Milford) 13D12N

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    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 the country’s best food and wine in the Art Deco capital of Hawke’s Bay. You’ll retrace the path of Captain James Cook in the Marlborough Sounds, discover the history of Ship Cove and walk a section of the famous Queen Charlotte Track. You’ll also spend time on Stewart and Ulva Island, with opportunities for endemic bird watching and a chance to hike the Rakiura Track. Your journey culminates with an exploration of Fiordland’s most beautiful Sounds – the astonishing and rarely-visited Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, Thomson Sound and the majestic Milford Sound. 

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise includes 12-nights aboard the Coral Geographer on a twin share basis. Catering to 99 passengers, this luxurious vessel is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to reach some of New Zealand’s most remote and rarely visited coastlines, while her tender vessels enable you to venture even further. She even has 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs.

    All meals are included onboard. The approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible. Activities and experiences are also included as per the itinerary. An expert crew are at your service at all times.

    Do New Zealand – and do it right – on this immersive 13-day expedition cruise from North to South. The diverse landscapes and exciting experiences will capture your heart.  

    Vessel & Cabin Type Please refer to the 'Vessel, Cabin & Fares' section below.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Auckland, New Zealand
    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 ...
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  6. Subantarctic and Chatham Islands (Milford - Wellington) 15D14N

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    Embark on an adventure like no other to New Zealand’s most remote islands on this unforgettable 15-day expedition cruise to the Subantarctic and Chatham Islands.

    Located south of New Zealand in the remote Southern Ocean, the wild and beautiful Subantarctic Islands are a forgotten paradise. They are home to some of the most abundant and unique wildlife on earth, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. These remote islands have UNESCO World Heritage status and the highest protection of any nature reserves in New Zealand.

    Commencing in Queenstown, this immersive cruise aboard the Coral Geographer explores a region of wild landscapes, unique wildlife and forgotten beauty. Each wilderness experience is guided by a knowledgeable expedition team, as you spot rare birds, hike through fields of mega herbs and encounter numerous species of extraordinary albatross. Ten of the world’s albatross species breed in this region, as well as the most diverse range of seabird species anywhere in the world. You will also meet some of the world’s rarest penguins including the iconic Yellow-eyed.

    You will also spend 2 days discovering the remote Chatham Islands, first settled by the Moriori people and now home to small communities that are the first to see the dawn of each new day. Here, we will meet the local people and learn about the astonishing history and nature of these special islands.

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise includes 14-nights aboard the Coral Geographer on a twin share basis. Catering to 99 passengers, this luxurious vessel is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to reach some of New Zealand’s most remote and rarely visited coastlines, while her tender vessels enable you to venture even further. She even has 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs.

    All meals are included onboard. The approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible. Activities and experiences are also included as per the itinerary. An expert crew are at your service at all times.

    Step into a pristine natural world without human intervention on this 15-day expedition cruise aboard the Coral Geographer. This cruise is perfect for those seeking to venture far beyond the beaten track.

    Vessel & Cabin Type Please refer to the 'Vessel, Cabin & Fares' section below.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Milford, New Zealand
    Embark on an adventure like no other to New Zealand’s most remote islands on this unforgettable 15-day expedition cruise to the Subantarctic and ...
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  7. Ben Lomond, Fiordland, Stewart-Island & Hollyford Heli-Hike 7D6N, Fully Guided

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    Departing from Queenstown, discover the awe-inspiring Milford Sound, Hollyford Valley and unspoiled natural beauty of the wildlife-rich Stewart Island on foot over seven days. Ben Lomond Track, Stewart Island, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Routeburn Track, Kepler track and Hollyford Heli-hike are all on show in this incredible trip.

    Kick off your trip in the 'adventure capital' Queenstown where you hike the lower slopes of Ben Lomond for extensive panoramic views over Lake Wakitipu. Crossing over to Stewart Island you will enjoy some short walks as well as a free day to explore this remote island on foot, kayak or even try to sight New Zealand's iconic flightless bird ‐ the Kiwi.

    Stewart Island is one of the few places in the country with the greatest chance of seeing this very shy creature. Returning to the mainland, journey into Fiordland National Park for the Kepler track and Milford Sound walks. Then you'll take a breathtaking helicopter flight over dramatic peaks into uninhabited Martins Bay in the heart of the Hollyford region. Explore this amazing landscape on foot with a walk through lush forest and coastal heath to a rocky bay, which is frequented by penguins and seals in season. Jet boat to the Hollyford River and walk along the Hollyford Valley, following the footsteps of early explorers through native beech forest speckled with elegantly flowing waterfalls. Hike the Routeburn Track up to Key Summit for sweeping views over the beautiful Hollyford Valley before heading back to Queenstown.

    Accommodation is included each night and has been carefully selected to provide comfort and value in the best locations possible. On this trip, you'll stay at an Homestead Villa Motel, South Sea Hotel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel, and Martin's Bay Lodge.

    All meals are included for the duration of the walk. Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances).

    All transfers to and from Queenstown as well as guiding are included. Small groups of twelve walkers are hosted by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides.

    The walk is graded easy to moderate and fully supported. Small groups of twelve walkers are hosted by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides. The walk is easy graded and fully supported. You only need to carry a day pack each day.

    This seven-day-six-night hiking tour takes you to discover some of the country's most pristine and spectacular landscapes in the deep south of New Zealand.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Queenstown, New Zealand
    Departing from Queenstown, discover the awe-inspiring Milford Sound, Hollyford Valley and unspoiled natural beauty of the wildlife-rich Stewart Island on foot over seven days. ...
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