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New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds


DURATION:7 Days/ 6 NightsREGION:Australia, New Zealand & PacificSHIP:Heritage Explorer

Explore the tranquil waterways, wildlife and rich history of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds on an unforgettable 7-day Kiwi adventure exploring Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds, French Pass and d'Urville Island. Famed for the breath-taking beauty of their winding cobalt waterways, iconic landscapes, lush native forests, wildlife and remote coastlines these regions are also rich in early New Zealand history and the location of some of the country's most important 

conservation efforts. Formed by a system of submerged valleys carved out following the last ice age around 10,000 years ago, the scenic playground of Marlborough Sounds encompasses some 1,500-kilometres of forested coastline, sheltered inlets and bays awaiting exploration, many only accessible by sea. You'll cruise aboard the intimate 18-passenger Heritage Explorer, and ideal size to access these scenic waterways. A voyage of adventure and discovery awaits in the Marlborough Sounds.


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Ship Details

Heritage Explorer

Heritage Explorer

Operated by Heritage Expeditions

Built in 2004 by renowned wooden boat-building family Carey's Boatyard in Picton, Heritage Explorer is a 30-metre, 4-deck New Zealand flagged vessel. Features include a contemporary wood-finished interior, ten well-appointed cabins (including two single cabins) across three decks, a dining room boasting spectacular 180-degree panoramas and theatre capabilities, lounge and bar stocked with inclusive regional New Zealand wines, beers and spirits and a local library.

Outside, expeditioners will enjoy ample covered space on the Bridge Deck, or you can adjourn to the Sun Deck which is perfect for wildlife spotting, sunrises and sunsets, or simply enjoying watch your voyage unfold. Kayaks and fishing equipment are available for use during the voyage, while two excursion tenders allow for deeper exploration and the unforgettable wildlife encounters synonymous with all Heritage Expeditions adventures.

Heritage Explorer will have an open bridge policy and a full commercial kitchen, helmed by a talented chef focused on highlighting local produce and any guest catches of the day. You will also travel in the company of an enthusiastic and passionate expedition team, and will be shipped by a New Zealand captain and crew.

The expedition yacht features state-of-the-art technology to provide a comfortable voyage, with high performance dual Scania 653 horsepower engines, bow thrusters, fin stabilisers, full air-conditioning, sound attenuated twin generators and a hydraulic aft ramp, while a comprehensive navigation package ensures the ultimate Kiwi adventure awaits all guests.



Key Facts

New Zealand
98 Feet / 30 Metres
26 Feet
10 Knots
Passenger Decks
New Zealand
Room Grades

Your cruise price includes:

• Voyage on board in selected cabin category

• Pre/Post cruise transfers

• Experienced expedition leader and team

• All meals while on board

• All expedition shore excursions

• Landing fees, pre cruise coach transfer and post cruise helicopter transfer


Your cruise price does not include: 

• International and Domestic flights, both commercial and charter

• Travel insurance (highly recommended - ask us for a quote)

• Passport and visa costs if applicable

• Beverages on board

• Gratuities

• Any items of a personal nature including laundry

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Please note: This cruise is sold in AUD

Some voyages will operate the itinerary in reverse. During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed. Voyages are planned and scheduled pending final regulatory approval.

By completing this booking request you acknowledge that you have read and accept Expedition Cruise Specialists' and Heritage Expeditions' terms and conditions.

Single travellers are accommodated in the Wandering single cabin at the advertised price.

Photography courtesy of Heritage Expeditions, Andy Woods and L Thorpe.


New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds