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Macquarie and the New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands expedition

  • Overview
    On this cruise aboard Le Lapérouse invites you to discover the primitive beauty of the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand. Set sail on a 17-day expedition cruise and let yourself be dazzled by an exceptional itinerary, home to bountiful wildlife that is not found elsewhere. Often described as the “Galapagos of the Southern Ocean”, the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand are among the best-preserved environments on the planet. Isolated and wild, they are one those end-of-world places that have very few visitors and really do provide a total change of scenery. After sailing in spectacular fiords, Le Lapérouse will head for the five groups of the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand as well as for Australia's Macquarie Island. Home to fauna of an incredible diversity, including some endemic species, the islands are collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lush green meadows, steep cliffs, mountains and black-sand beaches: here you will find many dazzling landscapes frequented by an incalculable number of penguins, sea lions, fur seals, elephant seals, albatrosses and giant petrels. Wildlife reigns supreme here, much to the delight of photographers and nature lovers. A powerful experience amidst surprising nature. IMPORTANT: Please enquire for the exact Bonus fare and Single Supplement rates.
    Duration: 17 days
    Passengers: 180 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Dunedin, NZ
    Disembarkation Point: Dunedin, NZ
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Dunedin; Embarkation Day

      Embarkation from 1600-1700.

    • Day 2/16 - At Sea

      Itinerary TBA

    • Day 3 - Sailing in the Milford Sound

      Sailing in the Milford Sount-Itinerary TBA

    • Day 4 - Sailing Doubtful Sound & Dusky Sound

      Sailing Doubtful Sound & Dusky Sound-Itinerary TBA

    • Day 5 - The Snares

      The Snares-Itinerary TBA

    • Day 6/7 - Auckland Islands

      Auckland Islands-Itinerary TBA

    • Day 9/10 - Macquarie Island

      Macquarie Island-Itinerary TBA

    • Day 12 - Cambell Island

      Cambell Island-Itinerary TBA

    • Day 14 - Antipodes Island

      Antipodes Island-Itinerary TBA

    • Day 15 - Bounty Island

      Bounty Island-Itinerary TBA

    • Day 17 - Dunedin; Disembarkation Day

      Dunedin - Disembarkation day.

    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.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Albatross

    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!

    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.

    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.

    Blue Eye Lounge

    Le Lapérouse will be the first cruise ship on Earth to be equipped with an underwater multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye.

    “The state-of-the-art technology developed allows guests become modern-day explorers, following in the wake of Jules Verne, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the great adventurers. They will be able to observe the fauna and flora of this sub-aquatic universe and discover its sonorities. The sound system in the Blue Eye lounge will be installed by Michel Redolfi so as to reveal to the guests the amazing listening capabilities of their bodies. For the first time in the world, the public, during a cruise, will be able to ‘feel’ and be at the heart of an underwater world. They will need to use all of their senses.”

  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    Not included in your Expedition

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  • Vessel

    LE LAPEROUSE

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury accommodation
    • Hyraulic platform
    • Panoramic Pool Deck
    • Solarium
    • Outdoor bar and lounge
    • Main lounge
    • Theatre
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 184
    Crew #: 110
    Ice Class: 1C
    Speed: 18
    Refurbished: 2018
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 2018
    Length: 128m
    Width: 18
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 10000
    Registry: France
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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Deluxe Stateroom

23 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019
Deluxe Staterooms feature twin or king beds (3rd berth optional), private facilities, TV, iPod, video on demand, 24hr room service and wifi. Please enquire for Bonus far and Single Supplement rates.
AUD 17,340pp
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 4

23 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019
Prestige Staterooms feature twin or king beds, balcony, private facilities, TV, iPod, video on demand, satellite phone, 24hr room services and wifi. Please enquire for Ponant Bonus fare and Single Supplement rates.
AUD 19,420pp
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 5

23 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019
Prestige suites feature twin or king beds, balcony, private facilities, TV, iPod, video on demand, satellite phone, 24hr room services and wifi. Please enquire for Bonus fare and Single Supplement rates.
AUD 20,400pp
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 6

23 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019
Prestige suites feature twin or king beds, balcony, private facilities, TV, iPod, video on demand, satellite phone, 24hr room services and wifi. Please enquire for Bonus fare and Single Supplement rates.
AUD 21,420pp
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Deluxe Suite

23 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019
Deluxe Suites feature twin or king beds, balcony, private facilities, TV, iPod, video on demand, satelite phone, 24hr room services and wifi. Please enquire for Bonus fares and Single Supplement rates.
AUD 29,980pp
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Prestige Suite Deck 5

23 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019
Prestige suites on deck 5 can accommodate up to 3 passengers. Suites include King or Twin beds, 6m2 balcony, Satellite TV, iPod, Safe, Hairdryer, French bath products, WIFI and 24hr room services. Please enqire for Bonus fares and Single Supplement rates.
AUD 40,800pp
AUD 40,800pp
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Prestige Suite Deck 6

23 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019
Prestige suites on deck 5 can accommodate up to 3 passengers. Suites include King or Twin beds, 6m2 balcony, Satellite TV, iPod, Safe, Hairdryer, French bath products, WIFI and 24hr room services. Please enquire for Bonus fares and Single Supplement rates.
AUD 42,840pp
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Privilege Suite

23 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019
Privilege Suite can accommodate up to 4 passengers. Suites include King or Twin beds, 6m2 balcony, Satellite TV, iPod, Safe, Hairdryer, French bath products, WIFI and 24hr room services. Please enquire for Bonus fares and Single Supplement rates.
AUD 44,980pp
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Grand Deluxe Suite

23 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019
The Grand Deluxe Suite features a 30m2 private balcony, King or Twin beds, bathtub, minibar, Satellite TV, iPod, Safe, bathrobes, French bath products, WIFI, 24 room service. Please enquire for Bonus fare and Single Supplement rates.
AUD 49,480pp
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The Owner's Suite

23 Feb 2019 - 11 Mar 2019
The Owner's Suite features a 30m2 private balcony, King or Twin beds, bathtub, minibar, Satellite TV, iPod, Safe, bathrobes, French bath products, WIFI, 24 room service. Please enquire for Bonus fare and Single Supplement rates.
AUD 51,960pp
AUD 51,960pp