New Zealand & Sub Antarctic Islands Expeditions with Ponant

Cruise Express

Australian owned and operated

New Zealand's Sub Antarctic Islands + Antarctica

Le Soléal

Up to 30% Bonus Savings* and No Single Supplement on select departures

Discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Sub-Antarctic islands of Australia and New Zealand. These exceptional expeditions will transport you to another world where wildlife rules and human visitors are rare.

Often described as the ‘Galapagos of the Southern Ocean’, the islands are among some of the best preserved and protected environments on the planet with scenery and wildlife like nowhere else on earth. 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.

Additionally, for the first time you can sail further south to experience the astounding landscapes of Antarctica – without the long flights to South America! Sail from Dunedin and enjoy the opportunity to visit historic buildings including Sir Ernest Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds, and reflect on the heroic polar journeys of some of the world’s most intrepid polar explorers.

Expedition Inclusions

14 or 21 nights

• 14 or 21 night expedition including all meals and select beverages
• All shore tours including zodiac outings
• Experienced naturalists, lecturers and guides
• Unlimited Wifi
• Evening entertainment and events onboard
• 24-hour room service
• Complimentary Ponant expedition parka
• Complimentary polar boot rental
• Park entry fees
• Port charges

Expedition to New Zealand's Sub Antarctic - 14 nights

Expedition Highlights & Fares

  • Explore the South West World Heritage Area home to majestic and spectacular Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds
  • Experience a zodiac cruise in the fiords in search of the rare Fiordland crested penguin
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Te Wāhipounamu and New Zealand’s Sub Antarctic Islands (Snares, Auckland and Campbell Islands)
  • View breeding populations of New Zealand, Antarctic and Sub Antarctic fur seals, New Zealand sea lions and Southern elephant seals
  • Explore Snares Island, home to more nesting seabirds than in the entire realm of the British Isles
  • Take a guided walk on the predator-free sanctuary of Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara)
  • Gain insight into the history and diversity of flora and fauna from your expert expedition team on board and while exploring by zodiac

DEPARTURES: 3 & 17 DECEMBER 2024

Cabin Type Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Deluxe Suite
Twin Fare $14,890 $16,060 $16,880 $17,220 $26,030
Solo Fare Sold Out $16,060 $16,880 $17,220 $26,030

Fares are per person based on twin share or solo and based on 3 December 2024 departure

Scott Shackleton's Antarctic Ross Sea Expeditions - 21 nights

Expedition Highlights & Fares

  • Outings and shore visits in zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Macquarie Island and New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands (Campbell and the Snares islands)
  • Visit the most pristine piece of ocean on Earth
  • Follow in the footsteps of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and explore the historic huts of Scott, Shackleton and Borchgrevink
  • The Snares islands alone boast more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles
  • Fauna: fur, Southern Elephant, Weddell and crabeater seals; New Zealand Sea Lions; breeding seabirds; African, Adélie, Royal, Gentoo penguins, chinstrap, Southern rockhopper and macaroni penguins
  • Gain an insight into the history and the diversity of flora and fauna from your expert expedition team

DEPARTURES: 26 JANUARY 2024 & 16 FEBRUARY 2025

Cabin Type Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Deluxe Suite
Twin Fare $30,030 $32,400 $34,090 $34,760 $52,680
Solo Fare Sold Out Sold Out $43,850 $44,730 $68,020

Fares are per person based on twin share or solo and based on 16 February 2025 departure

Interested in more Antarctica itineraries?

Call 1300 766 537 or complete the enquiry form below

New Zealand's Sub Antarctic Islands and Antarctica

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Your deposit amount will vary by grade of accommodation and will be due within 72 hours of booking confirmation. Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares are subject to the terms and conditions set out by Cruise Express and its suppliers which may be obtained at the time of confirmation. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any time. Cruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions, and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit. ITINERARY is subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Ship has a doctor on board and medical facilities. However, these cannot, under any circumstances, be compared to any medical structure on land. Given the remote areas in which you will be sailing for a number of days, safety requirements mean that Ponant are obliged to ask each passenger signing up for this program to provide, no more than 45 days before departure, a medical certificate from their GP, as well as the completed medical questionnaire received during registration. No Single Supplement offer is based on December 2024 departures in certain cabin categories and is subject to change at any time. Ponant Bonus Saving is included in the fare price and is subject to change at any time.

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