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Luxury Ponant Wildlife Cruise Expedition to Antarctica

Ross Sea & Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand

Best time to travel
Jan – Feb
Ideal length
25 Nights
Perfect for
Couples
From (incl flights)
€24,999 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Dunedin and home from Auckland.
  • Meet & greet on arrival in Dunedin, domestic flight and all private transfers.
  • 4 nights’ pre and post-cruise accommodation in Dunedin and Auckland as well as 21 nights’ aboard your luxury Ponant cruise vessel.
  • Zodiac boating excursions past gigantic icebergs and thundering glaciers, with the opportunity to land ashore some of New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands.
  • Observe the largest Adelie penguin rookeries in the world, spot Weddell Seals as they relax on ice floes and visit Sir Ernest Shackleton's hut at Ross Island.
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M/V Le Soleal
The M/V Le Soleal, part of the world-renowned Ponant fleet.
M/V Le Soleal Pool Deck
There is a heated seawater pool on the top deck.
Le Soleal Theatre
Settle comfortably into your seat at the theatre.
M/V Le Soleal Spa
Discover a range of facial treatments, aromatic baths, exfoliation and body massage treatments designed to provide moments of complete relaxation at the onboard spa.
M/V Le Soleal Leisure Area
The library onboard has a range of books and board games.

Introduction

Follow in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers on this extraordinary journey through the seldom visited Ross Sea and the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand. Sailing from Dunedin, this luxury three-week cruise features unforgettable excursions that will introduce you to the magnificent endemic flora, fauna and historic sites of these UNESCO-listed isles. The mighty albatross, the beloved Adélie penguin and the adorable Weddell seal are just a sprinkling of the exceptional wildlife this region has to offer. Days at sea are spent with luxurious spa treatments, fascinating lectures and panoramic glacial views. This is New Zealand like you’ve never seen it before.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Dunedin.

You will be met by an OROKO representative and privately transferred to your historic hotel in the city centre for a two night stay. New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin wears its heritage with pride with a gorgeous collection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

Board your luxury cruise vessel.

Your home for the next three weeks, this Ponant fleet member exudes opulence with its gastronomic restaurants, panoramic lounges and plush cabins. During days at sea, treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or take a dip in the swimming pool.

Step aboard Le Soleal
Discover the exceptional Campbell Island.

The most southerly of New Zealand’s subantarctic isles, Campbell is known for its unique megaherbs, large and colourful indigenous wildflowers. Explore the island with your guide, admiring its flora and rare birds including six species of albatross.

Campbell Island
Journey across the Ross Sea.

This breathtaking southernmost sea of the world takes one full week to cross. Enjoy stopovers at its emblematic sites, among them the world’s largest colony of Adélie penguins at Cape Adare, the 4,000-year-old Drygalski Ice Tongue and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s hut on Ross Island.

Ross Sea - Adelie Penguin
Marvel at fantastical sea views.

Days without a port of call are a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the conferences and shows performed aboard your ship or to visit the vessel’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and, with luck, the beautiful marine animals that call them home.

Le Soleal Sea Views
Experience true remoteness on the Balleny Islands.

This heavily glaciated and remote series of islands have received few human visitors since their discovery. Board a Zodiac boat and discover the islands’ rich diversity of wildlife including a variety of seals, penguins and whales.

Balleny Islands - seal
Witness amazing wildlife on Macquarie Island.

Land ashore and explore this island of outstanding natural diversity. Macquarie Island is a breeding ground for more than 3.5 million seabirds, including multiple penguin types. One-seventh of the world’s elephant seal population also call the island home.

Macquarie Island Penguins
Admire the distinctive nature of the Snares.

These are the only forested Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand that mammals have not been introduced to, not even a mouse. Explore the coastal environments of the Snares, observing Snare crested penguins, albatrosses and Sooty Shearwaters.

Albatross the Snares
Drop anchor on New Zealand’s mainland.

Return to Dunedin and disembark your ship before a short flight to Auckland. Privately transfer to your city centre hotel for a two night stay. Enjoy the city’s seaside sophistication, dining at chic restaurants and exploring elegant galleries.

Auckland City
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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Fable Dunedin

Fable Dunedin

Be transported back to the Victorian Era when you stay at the Fable Dunedin. Located in the heart of Dunedin, this elegant and historic hotel is elevated with contemporary touches.

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Ponant M/V Le Soleal

Le Soleal

The M/V Le Soleal luxury vessel is part of the world-renowned Ponant fleet, featuring luxury facilities like a spacious outdoor pool deck, wellness area, panoramic lounge and theatre.

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QT-Auckland

QT Auckland

Situated along the shimmering waters of Viaduct Harbour, QT is the perfect base to explore Auckland. Embracing its waterfront location, the hotel’s design was inspired by the harbour.

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What people are saying

“I’ve been a customer of OROKO for the last 12 months and have booked family holidays, ski trips and short breaks. The whole experience is brilliant; you explain the type of holiday that you are hoping to have, without specifying necessarily where and the team will present you a series of ideas and options, all costed out. It takes away all the stress of planning a trip. On top of this, you receive a full itinerary, and all activities can be sourced in advance. I’m a big fan.”

Emmet & family – Abu Dhabi, Jan 2018 | Dubai, Apr 2018 | Tenerife, Dec 2018 | Skiing, Megève, Feb 2019

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