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New Zealand Marlborough Sounds Cruise


New Zealand small ship cruise of Queen Charlotte Sound, D’Urville Island and French Pass. Discover the spectacular beauty of Marlborough Sounds on an intimate cruise that includes all your meals, coastal walks, wildlife encounters, peaceful visits to hidden coves, wilderness experiences and much more!

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Trip Details:

New Zealand Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru & Pelorus Sounds Small Ship Cruise – 7 days

Experience the magic of small ship cruising in one of the world’s most picturesque destinations!

Make your way across to Picton or Havelock to embark on a journey of superb natural beauty in the Marlborough Sounds region. By day, walk sections of the award-winning Queen Charlotte Track, visit an island bird sanctuary, cruise to hidden bays, enjoy dinner at The Wilderness Resort Café on d’Urville Island, visit Worlds End and walk part of the Archer Track.

Spend the evenings aboard Affinity, a purpose-built cruise vessel with 8 guest cabins, a spacious deck and comfortable lounge for dining and relaxing. The immense local knowledge of the crew helps to make the most of your unique journey.

Enjoy discovering lush native forests, coastal scrub, picturesque coves and grand panoramic vistas each day, followed by Kiwi hospitality, delicious meals and the sound of the sea lulling you to sleep at night.

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Enjoy the hospitality of local hosts aboard a purpose-built, small ship cruising vessel
  • Experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds
  • Discover the rich history, rare birdlife, native forests & spectacular panoramic views

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Cruise – 6 nights aboard ‘Affinity’ private cruise vessel

Affinity cruise features:

  • Accommodation is on board the vessel in 8 cabins which can be configured into twin share, bed and bunk or double bed.
  • All cruises are fully catered and all linen is supplied.
  • 3 bathrooms facilities on the main deck – separate male & female – with a good supply of hot water.
  • Air conditioning for summer and central heating for winter.
  • Spacious vessel both inside and out, including a comfortable lounge area.
  • Lots of interesting books to read, as well as a few board games.
  • Easy access both on and off the vessel, with platform steps at the stern of the vessel.
  • 4-metre inflatable tender for shore excursions and for use when divers are in the water.
  • Use of gumboots for on deck and going ashore.
  • First aid certificates held by crew members, plus an oxygen cylinder onboard.
  • Vessel complies with all safety regulations and holds all appropriate licenses.


2021 – 08 November

2022 – 05 or 28 January, 07 March, 12 April

Note: Cruise is subject to availability & prices may vary depending on departure dates or when you book. Cruise departs from Havelock & returns to Picton, or operates in the reverse.

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Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can add hotel nights in New Zealand or we can also provide a quote for flights.

Ask us today about staying at other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Please contact us for the single traveller rates to have your own cabin.

Booking Conditions:

This special deal is valid for a limited time. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Small group cruise with shore excursions



• Visit French Pass and d’Urville Island and indulge in a delicious dinner at The Wilderness Resort Café, d’Urville Island.
• Cruise Kenepuru Sound past iconic places such as Portage Hotel and St Omer House.
• Visit Worlds End and walk part of the Archer Track
• Hear the story of the Russian cruise liner ‘Mikhail Lermontov’ and see the area where she now lies at the bottom of the sea.
• Visit a salmon farm where the process of salmon farming will be explained.
• Cruise past a King Shag colony. King Shag can only be found in this remote part of New Zealand.
• Cast your rod and try your luck at catching a Blue Cod and other species in the waters of this area. There’s nothing like eating fresh fish caught by your own hands.
• Visit Motuara Island – a bird Sanctuary Island where Robins, Tuis, Kiwis, Bellbirds and Kakariki live. Hear the birdsong and look out for the rare South Island Saddleback as you walk along.
• Go ashore at Ship Cove where English explorer Captain James Cook made his home in the early 1770’s. Here you will find information panels explaining early Maori occupation and a monument to honour Captain Cook.
• Walk sections of the award-winning Queen Charlotte Track, which features regenerated native bush with Giant Rimu, Nikau, Beech trees and tree ferns.
• Experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds as we leisurely cruise through the hidden bays and coves of the Sounds.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road and water conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.


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