Fiordland and the Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition
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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.On this cruise aboard Le Lapérouse, PONANT invites you to discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Subantarctic Islands of Australia and New Zealand. Set sail on a 14-day Expedition cruise with an exceptional itinerary and allow yourself to be transported to another world where the wildlife rules and we are but visitors.Often described as the "Galapagos of the Southern Ocean", the Subantarctic Islands of Australia and 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.After sailing through the spectacular Fiords of south-west New Zealand, Le Lapérouse will plot a course South towards the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands and Australia's very own Macquarie Island. These remote island outposts are collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a myriad of wildlife with many species endemic to the region and even to individual islands.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.The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Itinerary - 15 Days

1 Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city known for its Scottish and Maori heritage. The city is thriving with Victorian and Edwardian architecture, of which some is the best preserved in the Southern Hemisphere. The Silverpeaks, which are a 30-minute drive from Dunedin, offers excellent and challenging hiking routes.

2 At Sea

Le Laperouse is an innovative and environmentally-friendly ship featuring elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside. This newly designed cruise ship embodies a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort that will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. This day at sea will give you the chance to explore the ship and enjoy all the services and activities on board.

3 Sailing Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound

Dusky Sound is one of the most isolated fjords in Fiordland National Park. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is landscaped by sheer cliffs, waterfalls and shimmering lakes.

Doubtful Sound is a serene fjord well known for its wildlife inhabitants. From fur seals to bottlenose dolphins, enjoy nature up close with this expedition. Your ship will gently navigate the two fjords allows you to see a real natural wonder up close.

4 Milford Sound

New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attraction, Milford Sound is located on the south-west coast of the South Island. Sitting within Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a hidden secret waiting to be found. Despite its name, Milford Sound is actually a fjord and is the only one in New Zealand accessible by road. Its distinct landscapes of steep cliffs and dense rainforest are still unspoiled and therefore utterly beautiful.

5 Snares Islands

The Snares Islands, also known as ‘The Snares’ are the northernmost of New Zealand's subantarctic islands. The islands are totally uninhabited and land mammals were never introduced on the islands, so it is only inhabited by sea mammals, birds and flora. The area is among one of five subantarctic island groups forming the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands, designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

6 At Sea

Le Laperouse is an innovative and environmentally-friendly ship featuring elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside. This newly designed cruise ship embodies a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort that will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. This day at sea will give you the chance to explore the ship and enjoy all the services and activities on board.

7 Anare Station, Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island is an island of great beauty and outstanding natural diversity. The island is a breeding ground for more than 3.5 million seabirds including penguins making it an excellent opportunity to board a Zodiac® and get closer to the wildlife. You will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk around the Anare Station, a research base that has been instrumental to biodiversity on the islands.

8 Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its major geoconservation significance. It is the only island in the world that is entirely composed of oceanic crust and rocks from the mantel. The unique diversity of the island makes it a truly remarkable place to visit. Sand Bay is located on the east coast where you will find Royal and King Penguin rookeries as well as Southern Elephant Seals, and if the weather permits, you will have the opportunity to get closer on a Zodiac®.

9 At Sea

Enjoy the wide array of activities and entertainment on board during this day at sea. From treating yourself in the spa to exercising in the fitness centre or having a swim in the swimming pool, there’s a choice for everyone. You can also enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, or simply visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

10 Campbell Island

The Campbell Islands are a group of subantarctic islands in New Zealand. Known for its rich flora display, Campbell Islands are overflowing with megaherbs, herbaceous, perennial wildflowers which are recognised for their great size, colourful flowers and large leaves. The islands are furthermore home to some rare, and critically endangered birds including the Campbell Island teal and snipe. Enjoy a guided walk on the Col Lyell Saddle boardwalk and head out on the Zodiac for a unique tour around the coastline of Perseverance Harbour.

11 Musgrave Inlet, Auckland Islands

Musgrave Inlet in the Aukland Islands is a unique bay that boasts excellent wildlife and intriguing caves which can be explored via the Zodiac® inflatables. The Auckland Islands are the largest of the Subantarctic Islands and boast the richest flora, the largest number of subantarctic invertebrates and some of the rarest birds on earth meaning you’re sure to see some incredible wildlife during your time at Musgrave Inlet.

12 Enderby Island, Auckland Islands

Enderby Island is the second largest island in the archipelago which is brimming with a magnificent flora and fauna environment. The island has become well known for being home to the rare yellow-eyed penguin and it is further the primary breeding location for the New Zealand Sra Lion. Enjoy a guided tour of the Northern Cliffs track and if you’re lucky, spend some time observing the sea lion colony.

13-14 At Sea

Enjoy your last days at sea making the most of all the services Le Laperouse offers. If there are still some activities for you to try, you will be able to do it during this day at sea. Remember to check the shows and activities programme, as it offers different and unique experiences every day. If you haven’t done so yet, try visiting the National Geographic photographers and experts on board to make the most of your experience.

15 Lyttelton, New Zealand

Lyttelton is a small port town referred to as the ‘Gateway to Canterbury’. It was recently awarded Category I Historic Area status by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust due to it being “an area of special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value.” Lyttelton is just a few minutes from Christchurch but this small town shouldn’t be passed as it offers a wreath of history alongside quaint cafes and bars which overlook the harbour.