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New Zealand Small Ship Expedition Cruising

Unearth New Zealand's timeless beauty on a Small Ship Expedition Cruise. The MS Caledonian Sky takes you to majestic fiords and remote islands, getting you closer to the action than any of the larger ships. A maximum of 99 guests are looked after by 75 crew, as you witness extraordinary coastal scenery.

MS Caledonian Sky sailing the Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

Sail Away from the Crowds

Bigger is not always better in the cruising world. Our expedition ships are purposely built small, carrying just 99 guests instead of the thousands usually associated with the bigger cruise ships. This way, we can access the shallow shorelines and remote coastal areas the others can't.
Passengers on a zodiac, Talbot ay, Kimberley Western Australia

Your Avenue to Adventure

Each ship carries a fleet of inflatable Zodiac vessels to get you closer to the action. Our expedition ships cruise New Zealand's epic coastlines, making daily use of Zodiacs to reach remote locations. Enjoy a different perspective from these otherwise inaccessible locations.
Family looking at Kiwi Brid on Stewart island, South Island New Zealand

Expect the Unexpected

On our expedition cruises, there is no regimented itinerary, which means that we can tailor each day to maximise your experience. We might linger a while to take advantage of an unexpected whale-watching opportunity, or board our Zodiacs earlier than planned to enjoy the solitude of a remote island.

The Sub-Antarctic Islands

Remote and rarely visited, the Sub-Antarctic islands are a feast for the eyes and the senses. Extraordinary wildlife - seals, penguins, whales and seabirds - compete for attention with with dramatic and wild scenery. Spend a night on stunning World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island, halfway between New Zealand and the Antarctic continent, where an Australian research base operates.

Discover Native Wildlife

The largely untouched Sub-Antarctic islands teem with wildlife. Amid raw beauty, millions of seabirds breed alongside penguin rookeries that are home to hundreds of thousands of birds. Seal colonies abound, and the whales are prevalent in the chilly waters.
Penguin colony resting at the shores edge with a ship in the background

Travel in Style

Explore Raft Point on board the Caledonian Sky with APT

MS Caledonian Sky

Spend the day discovering the world’s greatest wonders, and at night, return to the quiet tranquillity of the boutique MS Caledonian Sky - your stylish home away from home, and a destination in itself.
Solo cruise

On Tour Protocols

To ensure your health and wellbeing, we adopt industry-leading practices and consult with the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as well as the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF).

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Couple pushing their bikes in Bamburg, Germany

Land Journeys

Explore the world on APT’s fully escorted, all-inclusive Land Journeys. Each luxury journey is completely personalised to ensure the best luxury travel experience.
Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand

From sailboat-studded horizons of Auckland to alpine vistas of Queenstown, we cover everything from New Zealand’s major attractions to the smallest of nooks. Join us and experience it for yourself.
Aerial view of Cape Leveque during sunset

Private Jet Air Tours

Take to the skies of Australia and New Zealand in comfort aboard your private jet. Spend less time in the air and in transit and more time exploring as we take you from one memorable destination to the next.