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Subantarctic Islands

  • Overview
    Fjords, black-sand beaches or imposing cliffs....L’Austral will introduce you to the primitive beauty of the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands. At the gateway to the Southern Ocean, these archipelagos of volcanic origin are home to an exuberant flora and fauna with many endemic species. IMPORTANT: Please enquire for the exact fare including the Bonus fare and Single Supplement rates, as cabin pricing is dynamic based on yield.
    Duration: 17 days
    Passengers: 260 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Dunedin, NZ
    Disembarkation Point: Wellington, NZ
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 0.0x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Dunedin; Embarkation Day

      Embarkation 05/01/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 05/01/2018 at 18H00 .

      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 picturesque 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.

    • Day 2/17 - At Sea

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to 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.

    • Day 3 - Sailing in the Milford Sount

      Milford Sound fjord is among one of the most beautiful natural sites in New Zealand. So much beauty will quite simply take your breath away. Located on the south-west coast of South Island, in the Fiorldland National Park, this sumptuous inlet carved out by glaciers advances over at least 15 kilometres inland, in the Southern Alps. Majestic cliffs seem to surge out of the dark waters, rising several hundred metres high: an abrupt relief from where impressive waterfalls cascade.

    • Day 4 - Sailing Doubtful & Dusky Sounds

      Arrival 08/01/2018 at 00H00 . Departure 08/01/2018 at 00H00 .

    • Day 5 - The Snares

      Arrival 09/01/2018 at 00H00. Departure 09/01/2018 at 00H00.

    • Day 7/8 - Macquarie Island

      Arrival 11/01/2018 at 00H00. Departure 12/01/2018 at 00H00.

    • Day 10/12 - Enderby Island

      Arrival 14/01/2018 at 00H00. Departure 15/01/2018 at 00H00.

    • Day 13 - Carnley Harbour & Musgrave Inlet

      Arrival 15/01/2018 at 00H00 . Departure 15/01/2018 at 00H00 .

    • Day 14 - Cambell Island

      Arrival 16/01/2018 at 00H00. Departure 16/01/2018 at 00H00.

    • Day 15 - Antipodes Island

      Arrival 18/01/2018 at 00H00. Departure 18/01/2018 at 00H00.

    • Day 16 - Bounty Island

      Arrival 19/01/2018 at 00H00. Departure 19/01/2018 at 00H00.

    • Day 18 - Wellington; Disembarkation Day

      Disembarkation 21/01/2018 at 06H30.

      Crowned with gentle green hills, Wellington harbour is located in the far south of North Island. This city offers a charming pell-mell of traditional and modern cultures, bestowing on the New Zealand capital, a unique atmosphere, at once friendly and avant-guard. Where some sites, like the large National Te Papa Tongarewa museum, reflect the city’s Maori past, others, like the many cafés and restaurants, affirm the inhabitants’ incredible lust for life.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities

    ANZ sub-Antarctic Islands

    Australia and New Zealand’s Subantarctic islands are a wonderland of rugged landscapes, birds, penguins and seals. Little known and often forgotten about for the likes of South Georgia, these islands present a very similar experience. Macquarie Island in particular, is home to the Wandering Albatross, King Penguins and Elephant seal colonies of wild proportions. The New Zealand sub-Antarctic islands are made up of Auckland, Snares, Campbell, Bounty, Chatham and the little known Antipodes Island. Home to rare and endemic birds species, rarely visited and in a number of instances our expeditions to these islands are the only ones permitted.


    Spectacular in flight and on the ground, with the largest wingspan of any bird on the planet; gracefully and effortlessly glides for thousands of kilometres across the Pacific Ocean to their nesting sites. This region is home to 10 species of Albatross, 5 of them found no where else!

    Macquarie Island

    Macquarie Island is home to the Wandering Albatross, King Penguins and Elephant seal colonies of wild proportions. In terms of wildlife and island ecology, it is surprising similar to South Georgia, if you did not make it to South Georgia on your Antarctica cruise, this is an excellent option to consider.

    The sub-Antarctic islands around New Zealand are home to numerous pelagic and rare endemic bird species. Although, these expeditions are music to birders ears, you certainly do not have to be a birder to enjoy the immense scenery and wildlife of wild proportions.

  • Inclusions
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  • Vessel


    This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy, and well-being. A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel, and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.” You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury accommodation
    • Open air bar
    • Sun deck
    • Pool
    • Internet
    • Library
    • Panoramic Lounge
    • Panoramic Deck
    • Live entertainment
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 200
    Crew #: 136
    Ice Class: 1C
    Speed: 16
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 142m
    Width: 18
    Tonnage: 10944
    Registry: France
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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Superior Stateroom

05 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
Twin or king beds, with 24hr room service.
USD$ 9,479pp
USD$ 9,479pp
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Deluxe Stateroom

05 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
Twin or king beds, balcony and 24hr room service.
USD$ 11,124pp
USD$ 11,124pp
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Prestige Deck 4

05 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
Twin or king beds, balcony and 24hr room service.
USD$ 12,376pp
USD$ 12,376pp
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Prestige Deck 5

05 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
Twin or king beds, balcony and 24hr room service.
USD$ 12,947pp
USD$ 12,947pp
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Prestige Deck 6

05 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
Twin or king beds, balcony and 24hr room service.
USD$ 13,552pp
USD$ 13,552pp
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Deluxe Suite

05 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
Deluxe Suite with balcony and 24hr room service.
USD$ 18,530pp
USD$ 18,530pp
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Prestige Suite Deck 5

05 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
Separate sitting room, twin or king beds, balcony and 24hr room service.
USD$ 21,692pp
USD$ 21,692pp
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Prestige Suite Deck 6

05 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
Separate sitting room, twin or king beds, balcony and 24hr room service.
USD$ 22,739pp
USD$ 22,739pp
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Owner's Suite

05 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
Opulant suite with panoramic ocean views.
USD$ 29,328pp
USD$ 29,328pp