Unique New Zealand holidays for travellers who have ‘been there, done that’

Jun 03, 2022
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Being so close to home, New Zealand is a popular overseas holiday destination. No doubt you would have made a few trips across the ditch to explore the raw beauty of the landscape and immerse yourself in the local culture. But when you’ve been to the North and South Island a few times and seen and experienced all the big bucket-list items, you may begin to wonder what else is there left to see and do?

One of the best ways to experience New Zealand in a completely new and different way is through small ship cruising. Escape the crowds and hop on board these boutique expeditions that specialise in small group touring.

See all of New Zealand’s fiords on an immersive expedition cruise

Discover the most isolated and wild regions aboard an expedition yacht. Source: Heritage Expeditions

With thousands of kilometres worth of coastlines and awe-inspiring fiords, there is no doubt that New Zealand is truly a natural wonderland.

The majority of Fiordland’s are only accessible by sea, making them among the most remote areas of New Zealand’s mainland. A small ship expedition is the perfect way to get off the beaten track and explore some of the most unique and wild parts of Fiordland, unseen by most travellers.

See the breathtaking treasures of this region by water. Image source: Steve Bradley

Embark on a 7-day voyage and discover the most isolated and wild regions of New Zealand. Learn more about the area’s rich history as you visit pristine conservation sites and see the famous Fiordlands from a new perspective. Think rugged terrains, thickly forested floors covered with ferns, lichens and mosses surrounded by calm waters that are home to Bottlenose Dolphins, Fiordland Crested Penguins and New Zealand Fur Seals.

Starting at $4,988 per person, you’ll be cruising in complete luxury. The ship itself boasts spectacular 180-degree panoramas and theatre capabilities; a lounge and bar featuring a flight of inclusive regional New Zealand wines, beers and spirits; and a well-stocked local library.

Looking to explore a little longer? Opt for a 10-day cruise on a small Expedition Yacht that accommodates a maximum of 18 guests. Purpose-built for discovery, you will set sail on a 30 metre, 4-deck New Zealand flagged vessel. Starting at $7,835 per person, this very unique expedition is the ultimate way to explore all the hidden gems of the Fiordland.

Experience a side of New Zealand few travellers get to see with an in-depth, wildlife-rich journey

Make the wildlife-rich journey across Rakiura (Stewart Island) and Te Wharawhara (Ulva Island) on this exclusive 8-day voyage aboard the luxurious 18-guest expedition yacht.

Described by botanist Leonard Cockayne in 1909 as being “an actual piece of the primeval world”, his comment still rings true today. Just 30 kilometres from the Mainland and with more than 85 per cent of the island dedicated to National Park, not many travellers know about New Zealand’s third island.

Take the road less travelled with small group cruising: Image source: Heritage Explorers

This unique trip also gives you the opportunity to explore the quirky town centre of Oban in Halfmoon Bay where you can enjoy a drink with your fellow guests at the iconic South Sea Hotel or Port Pegasus.

Booking for this 8-day expedition starts at $4,895 per person and cover all onshore excursion and activities. For more questions and to book this trip, click here.

And for those who prefer to keep their feet on solid ground, here are some other unique New Zealand experiences to add to your bucket list:

Immerse yourself in experiences unique to New Zealand

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A “must-see” attraction includes the 2023 Yealand Classic Fighters Airshow.  Source: @classicfightersomaka /Instagram

Running from Auckland to Christchurch this 13-day tour showcases many of New Zealand’s “must-see” attractions and comes with special Gold Pass access to the highly anticipated 2023 Yealand Classic Fighters Airshow. The 2023 event celebrates 21 years of spectacular flying, magical moments of shows past and magnificent machines both in the air and on the ground!

Designed for travellers who have a deeper appreciation for history and local knowledge, this trip includes a number of guided tours to attractions including the thermal mud pools and geysers, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Air Force Museum of New Zealand and more.

Packages start from $5,149 per person but include an exclusive $250 per person discount. Find more information on this package here.

See the wonders of the top of New Zealand’s South Island

Prefer a wilderness adventure over the city? Then this South Island package tour is right up your alley.

This unique tour is a wonderful alternative to a “complete” itinerary, instead taking a ten-day deep dive into one distinct and beautiful region. Scenic highlights and walks included in this trip are a visit to the historic French Village of Akaroa, sightseeing in the coastal towns of Kaikõura and Kaiteriteri, and a visit to the iconic Marlborough Wine Region, and so much more!

Packages start from $4,899 per person and include 10 cook breakfasts, 7 scrumptious dinners, and 5 specialty lunches. Find more information on this package here.


So the next time you’re thinking of going to New Zealand, take the road less travelled and experience the beauty of the country in a new light. Call our friendly travel team on 1300 414 198 (for the cost of a local call anywhere within Australia) to learn more about these amazing cruises and let us help you plan your next dream holiday.

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