Experience New Zealand as early Polynesians and explorers once did—by exploring its coastlines by ship. Voyage from Milford Sound to Auckland and explore New Zealand’s North and South Islands and breathtaking Fiordland.

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 The dramatic Milford Sound with Mitre Peak in the center. Credit: Rob Suisted/Tourism New Zealand  Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables  Overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  Looking out over Queenstown Credit: Chris Sisarich/Tourism New Zealand  Sheep farmer and travelers at Walter Peak, near Queenstown. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  Typical New Zealand landscape with sheep grazing  Cruising in Milford Sound. Credit: Adam Bryce/Tourism New Zealand  Waterfalls in Fiordland National Park  View of the dramatic Doubtful Sound  Dolphin following swimming alongside the ship. Credit: Chris Stephenson/Tourism New Zealand  Great Northern Albatross  A rare Yellow Eyed Penguin. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  Tasting cafe in Wellington. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  Traditional Maori meeting house  Maori artist working on traditional carving. Credit: Eric Lindberg/Tourism New Zealand  Young Maori woman with traditional Moko tattoos. Credit: James Heremaia/Tourism New Zealand  Maori Haka performance. Credit: James Heremaia/Tourism New Zealand  Geothermal area, Rotorua. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  Geothermal field with spouting geysers, Rotorua. Credit: Chris McLennan/Tourism New Zealand  The Po Hutu Geyser in Rotorua  The city of Auckland. Credit: Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand by Sea

A Cruise from Auckland to Milford Sound Aboard the 114-guest Caledonian Sky

14 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Experience New Zealand as early Polynesians and explorers once did—by exploring its coastlines by ship. Voyage from Milford Sound to Auckland and explore New Zealand’s North and South Islands and breathtaking Fiordland.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I have been with various travel groups but this trip was better than any I've ever been on. Everything was well planned; these guys had it to down to a science. On most tours at least one thing goes wrong, but not with Smithsonian. They're total experts and professionals and I can't think of anything that they could have done better.

- Valerie, M.

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Overview

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New Zealand is a spectacular country of striking contrasts. Isolated from other land masses by the swells of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, it is a world unto itself. Its dramatic glacial fiords, bubbling mud pots, tidy English gardens and untamed wilderness, tattooed Maori elders and white-suited lawn bowlers offer incomparable variety. Sometimes called “God’s own country,” New Zealand offers refuge to some of the planet’s rarest animal species. Cruising aboard the all-suite expedition ship Caledonian Sky enjoy up-close access to the towering granite cliffs and tumbling waterfalls of Doubtful and Milford Sounds and remote Stewart Island.

Highlights Include

  • Luxury Expedition Ship: Observe some of the world’s rarest wildlife in their natural settings, including the Royal Albatross as you cruise aboard the luxury expedition ship Caledonian Sky featuring 57 outside suites, all with a comfortable seating area and ocean views.
  • Stunning Destinations: Onboard Caledonian Sky, access remote Dusky and Doubtful Sounds plus seldom-visited Stewart Island, New Zealand’s newest national park.
  • Culture: Experience a private Maori welcome ceremony, including tribal dances, and see bubbling thermal mud pools in Rotorua.
  • Scientific Wonders: Marvel at active geothermal pools, sheer cliffs punctuated by crashing waterfalls, and native species on naturalist-led Zodiac expeditions. At Christchurch, headquarters for “Operation Deep Freeze,” visit the unique Hall of Antarctic Discovery.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)