Pioneering NZ-based expedition cruise line Heritage Expeditions (fleet) released its "2023 Coastal New Zealand" season, which includes a new 7-day itinerary (Islands of the Hauraki Gulf & The Coromandel), ahead of the country’s border opening.
Season 2023 will see the family-owned small ship cruise company sharing intimate explorations of NZ’s islands including Marlborough Sounds, Hauraki Gulf, Bay of Islands/The Coromandel, Fiordland NP, and Stewart Island with vacationers on its 30-m, 4-deck, 18-passenger, NZ-built and flagged luxury yacht Heritage Explorer.
According to Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ, with NZ about to open up to the world again, small-ship expedition cruising was the perfect way to experience parts of the country still unexplored by many New Zealanders.
Aaron said their immersive wilderness expeditions were created to share parts of New Zealand with many visitors, and New Zealanders alike rarely got the chance to experience them.
The 5-10 day voyages of discovery visit the furthest reaches of New Zealand’s backyard exploring remote bays and island sanctuaries home to conservation success stories where wildlife flourishes, delving into the country's history and enjoying some of the greatest coastal scenery.
Guests can hike, kayak, swim, fish, and join Zodiac excursions while enjoying new levels of comfort in expedition travel.
The new 7-day voyage (roundtrip from Auckland/January 21-27, 2023) discovers the islands and coastlines of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park including Great Barrier Island, pristine natural beauty, gold-sand beaches, misty rainforests of the subtropical playground The Coromandel. Fares start from NZ$5275 per person with double occupancy.