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Luxury

Tasman Explorer

Melbourne to Auckland
20 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBCMA20
  • Expedition Cruise
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

A Hike to Cradle Mountain

Strap on your hiking boots and delight in the chance to hike in Cradle Mountain National Park.

A Jewel in the Crown

Enjoy a guided walk through Stewart Island, a sanctuary completely predator free for rare and endangered native birds.

Steams of White Island

Explore volcanic White Island, with plumes of steaming vents, glittering yellow sulphur crystals and bubbling mud pots.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 18 destinations
  • Expert services of an Expedition Leader and Team
  • 19 nights aboard the elegant MS Caledonian Sky
  • Finest dining - a total of 56 meals
  • Beverages served at your discretion on board your ship
  • Return airport transfers, porterage, park fees and tipping

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map NOBCMA20 2019

Melbourne to Auckland

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

On arrival, transfer to your small ship in Melbourne. As you set sail, celebrate your journey with a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: 19 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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Join a tour of the King Island's largest town, Currie, which includes the 1870 Currie Lighthouse. Here, Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Seal Rocks State Reserve and Lavinia Nature Reserve. Foodies will relish a visit to the King Island Dairy to sample award-winning specialty cheeses.

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Drop anchor at Burnie. The entire day is yours to shape with a choice of sightseeing.

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Discover Launceston's sites on a tour. After, cruise down the Tamar River and through Cataract Gorge. En route to your ship, pause at a vineyard in Tamar Valley for a tasting.

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Arrive in the fishing village of Bicheno, gateway to Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. Later, head to the beach to catch a glimpse of fairy penguins coming ashore.

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Hurry on deck as your ship cruises by Iles de Phoques, a haven for Australian fur seals. Continue to Maria Island National Park. You might like to join a nature walk led by the island's ranger. Weather permitting, board a Zodiac to cruise to the Painted Cliffs.

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In Port Arthur, a full-day tour includes the historic penitentiary. After, drive to Hobart, passing Eaglehawk Neck, Tasman's Arch, Tessellated Pavement and Devil's Kitchen.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Discover the city's convict history on a tour. Ascend Mt Wellington and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. Taste the local brew at Cascades Brewery. Or, wander Mount Field National Park.


Choose your own discovery of Hobart with a range of sightseeing options.

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Spend time aboard your ship as it crosses the Tasman Sea to New Zealand.

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It is late morning when you arrive at Stewart Island. Board a Zodiac to go ashore to nearby Ulva Island to uncover pristine bushland and birdlife on a guided walk. On Stewart Island, wander the shops and museum in the town's centre, or join an excursion to Observation Rock for views over Ulva Island.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Go ashore in Dunedin for a guided tour. Or, drive to the Otago Peninsula to visit Penguin Place and learn about the breeding and conservation programs.


In Dunedin, select your sightseeing activity. Later, perhaps board the Taieri Gorge Railway (own expense).

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Search for the rare Hector's dolphin aboard a local boat. Join a historic guided walk through the city and the Garden of Tane. Visit a working farm for a sheep shearing demonstration before afternoon tea. Or, simply relax and wander about the town.


In Akaroa, choose your sightseeing activity.

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A morning tour includes St Paul's Cathedral, the parliament buildings, the botanical gardens and Te Papa National Museum.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Keen walkers may enjoy a hike to Ship Cove along the Queen Charlotte Track. Or, view the Captain Cook monument. Perhaps opt to walk a forest trail to a nearby waterfall.


Your ship sails through the Marlborough Sounds toward Resolution Bay. Here, select your sightseeing activity. Spend the afternoon at sea.

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Discover the Art Deco buildings of Napier on a tour. Walk along Marine Parade, see the Botanical Gardens and ascend Bluff Hill Lookout. Savour a tasting of Hawkes Bay's famous wines. Later, perhaps visit the gannetry at Cape Kidnappers (own expense).

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Your ship charts a course for White Island. Weather permitting, join an excursion and follow the plumes of steam to explore the active volcano on the island.

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Make port at Tauranga, and journey inland to the famous thermal springs at Rotorua. Discover Wai-O-Tapu, then visit a Māori Marae and enjoy a Māori welcome and lunch.

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Disembark after breakfast in Auckland and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Travel & Accommodation

Aerial view of large ship near a tropical island
Your Boutique Expedition Ship

APT's MS Caledonian Sky offers the ultimate expedition cruising experience with exclusive access to remote locations.

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Zodiac Excursions

Land ashore or venture out on a Zodiac to explore the landmarks and hidden gems on your expedition cruise.

Immersion into Local Culture

Immerse yourself in Maori culture with a visit to a local Maori Marae and take in a traditional welcome ceremony.

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family