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Ancient Fjords and Unspoiled Islands of Southern New Zealand

An expedition in search of the treasures of the southwesterly shores of New Zealand's South Island and the Galapagos of the Southern Ocean.
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  • Savor the culinary benefits of the unique partnership with Relais & Châteaux and featured guest chef Jimmy McIntyre.
  • Discover the natural treasures of New Zealand’s South Island, from ancient fjords to rare bird species and primary forests.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Fiordland National Park and Snares Islands (New Zealand’s Sub Antarctic Islands)

Set sail aboard Le Lapérouse for an 8-day expedition cruise, in partnership with Relais & Châteaux and with featured guest chef Jimmy McIntyre, to explore the South Island of New Zealand between enchanting landscapes and observation of extraordinary wildlife, in one of the best-preserved environments on the planet.

Le Lapérouse will first chart a course to the South-West region of the South Island to discover magnificent Fiordland National Park, which is an integral part of Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage area. Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound or the better-known Milford Sound: you will discover these fiords shaped by successive glaciations and bordered by majestic cliffs.

Your ship will then set sail for the Snares Islands, one of the archipelagos of New Zealand’s Sub Antarctic Islands. 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. In these islands, often described as the Galapagos of the Southern Ocean, spectacular nature can provide great experiences.

Then you will sail towards Ulva Island, one of the few predator-free sanctuaries of New Zealand and a haven for many species of birds and plants that are rare or are extinct on the mainland of New Zealand. Finally, Dunedin, your port of disembarkation, will draw the end of this wonderful voyage.


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Itinerary Day to Day

Day 1


Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. This city of the south, wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The city contains some of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. The Silverpeaks hinterland to the North West provides a picturesque backdrop and The Otago Peninsula, which lies within the city boundaries, has internationally renowned wildlife reserves, including the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross.

Embarkation Point
Day 2

At Sea

Day 3

Milford Sound

Day 4

Doubtful Sound

Day 5

Dusky Sound

Day 6

The Snares

Day 7

Ulva Island

Day 8


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