New Zealand | November 2021 – April 2022
We invite you to explore this wonderland with us – we know this better than most – this is our home. With 15,000 kilometres of fabulous coastline and more than 25 marine reserves, ocean scented scenery is a large part of the New Zealand way of life. We have chosen for you the very best cruising regions of the North and South Islands. You will discover the captivating local culture, drop into museums and galleries so be prepared to fall in love with this amazingly beautiful country.
Bay of Islands
These are summertime voyages to the Bay of Islands: Where you’ll discover uninhabited sanctuary islands, watch dolphins at play, visit fascinating historic places and enjoy superb cuisine, served with endless sea views. You will discover perfect beaches, untouched native forests and fabulous walks. In terms of New Zealand’s history this region is the birthplace of our nation.
Christmas Holiday Voyage
Imagine spending the lead up to Christmas relaxing with a glass of wine at some of New Zealand’s oldest wineries. Christmas day to be one of enjoyment, the great outdoors, luxury and over-indulging. The opportunity to discover the stunning Abel Tasman National Park and walk some of the Abel Tasman Coast Track, returning to the comfort of the brand new Island Escape at the end of a fulfilling day. These are just some of the highlights on this stunning Auckland to Nelson voyage.
Our newest voyage is a 12 night, South to North adventure starting in Queenstown, then onto Doubtful Sound to join the ship by helicopter. We thoroughly explore Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky and Breaksea Sound, Wet Jacket and Vancouver Arm before sailing north to enter Nancy, Charles, Caswell, George, Bligh before mighty Milford Sound. Here, after 10 nights onboard, we depart the ship by Helicopter for a once-in-a-lifetime flight out of Milford Sound to intriguing Glenorchy. The final night is at the Heritage Hotel in Queenstown where you are free to enjoy the lakeside town and surroundings at your leisure.
These are incredible voyages through the New Zealand Fiordland National Park. With like-minded travellers, we share a world class scenery seldom visited that will often take your breath away. All the while enjoying fine gourmet dinners under the stars, the discovery of stunning beauty while paddling a kayak on the fiords, wander unexplored foreshores or simply relax on deck enjoying cocktails as you take in these outstanding world heritage site surroundings inside Fiordland.
Fiordland and Stewart Island
Join Island Escape Cruises on this voyage taking you to the most remote and untouched part of the Fiordland World Heritage park. Enjoy the view of the steep majestic fjords carved out by glaciers over thousands of years as we slowly make our way into the very bottom of them. Watch the waterfalls cascading from the mountains and into the fiords and the lively wildlife both in the air and under water.
We visit Stewart Island (Rakiura) another undiscovered tourist destination. It´s densely forested hills, many beautiful bays and golden beaches creates picturesque landscape. Stewart Island is a haven for brown kiwi which outnumber the humans on the island and are active day and night. Blue penguins and the rare yellow-eyed penguins waddle among the rocks.
The Southern Fiords offer a selection of some of the worlds’ most stunning scenery. Their history envelopes greats like Captain James Cook and his crew who have left behind remarkable landmarks for us to follow on our cruising through this amazing seascape. Our ship was designed for these waters and the crew will explain in detail the wonders of this Fiordland National Park. Venture ashore to explore places where few have explored before you, while returning afterwards to the comfort and luxury of your ship, Island Escape.
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