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17 Day NZ Subantarctic Cruise

  • Discover New Zealand's majestic Subantarctic Islands
  • Cruise aboard Coral Expeditions brand new ship
Includes hotel, cruise, meals & more

Teeming with diverse wildlife and hidden from the rest of the world, the Subantarctic Islands are an adventurer's dream. UNESCO world heritage listed, these remote southern wonders are an opus of stunning scenery and untouched ocean environments. Being so remote, they’re rarely explored, often only visited by environmental scientists or the few locals who choose to call the islands home.

Coral Expeditions is offering you the rare opportunity to experience these remote areas and beyond. This incredible 17 day package featuring a 14 night cruise onboard the brand-new Coral Geographer (due to be completed in early 2021) will take you off the well-worn tourist trail to uncover the very best of the wilds of New Zealand’s Southern Ocean - all in superior 4.5 star style.

Starting in Queenstown, explore everything the famous resort town has to offer before boarding your cruise and taking in the mesmerising Milford Sound. Next set sail for the Albatross Latitudes and explore the jaw dropping serenity of the Subantarctic Islands on a flexible and weather permitting itinerary. Sailing aboard Coral Geographer, a boutique ship with max 120 guests, this sensational package includes use of Xplorer tenders, Zodiacs and kayaks, all shore excursions and more!

About Coral Expeditions:
Coral Expeditions is not your typical cruise line. The award-winning, Australian small ship expedition operator has carved out a reputation for taking you behind the tourist facade, showcasing the hidden wonders, the stories, and the people who make a destination what it is. Forget darkened casinos and planned seating, this style of cruising is all about freedom, flexibility and choice. Small group sizes ensure your experience is personal, with minimal impact on the environments visited.

ITINERARY

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Make your own way to Queenstown for an early afternoon check-in to the 5 star hotel accommodation. Enjoy the evening at leisure to experience some of the many highlights of Queenstown.

Overnight: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa or similar, Queenstown
Meals included: None

Today is free at leisure in Queenstown.

Overnight: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa or similar, Queenstown
Meals included: None

This morning meet between 6:00am and 7:00am at hotel reception for your pre-cruise transfer from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Board Coral Geographer at Milford at 2:00pm for 3:00 departure where you will begin your 14 night Expedition to the Albatross Latitudes with Coral Expeditions. A late lunch will be served on board the ship.

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Lunch;Dinner

Day's 4 - 14 of this itinerary is indicative and should be used as a guide as no two expedition cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same. Your Expedition Team will make changes to the daily schedule when necessary to maximise your experience. Some variation to indicative itineraries may occur due to weather conditions, safety or local community requirements. Find below a list of key locations and sightseeing that the expedition team will aim to include in this 14 night cruise.

Expedition highlights may include:

DOUBTFUL SOUND & DUSKY SOUND
Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage site once described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, is characterised by 14 fiords carving through just 215km of coastline. This morning, we enter dramatic Tamatea / Dusky Sound to cruise past the towering cliffs and sheet granite walls of Facile Harbour, and explore the sheltered inlets by zodiac. Doubtful Sound / Patea is flanked by towering cliffs and adorned by cascading waterfalls. The stillness and silence of this fiord is compelling and unforgettable, especially in the afternoon light. You may spot lounging fur seals, dolphins, and the Fiordland penguin.

STEWART ISLAND / RAKIURA Known in Maori mythology as Te Punga o Te Waka – ‘The Anchor Stone of Maui’s Canoe’ - Stewart Island is New Zealand’s little-visited ‘third island’. On Ulva Island, take a guided walk to spot rare birdlife, including the Rifleman, Weka, and Kereru. Explore the village of Oban, and cruise to Prices Point Whaling Station to learn the region’s history

SNARES ISLANDS / TINI HEKE
This morning, sail into your first SubAntarctic anchorage at the Snares Islands. The most pristine place in New Zealand, the islands are protected as part of the Subantarctic Islands World Heritage Site and landing ashore is prohibited. We may cruise along the sheltered eastern side of the island to observe unique megaherbs and the many bird species which nest here, including the Snares Penguin, sooty shearwater, and Buller’s Albatross.

AUCKLAND ISLANDS / MOTU MAHA
360 kilometres south of Stewart Island, the Auckland Islands are known for their towering mountains and slopes blooming with southern rata and megaherbs. We will go ashore at Enderby Island to spot many of the unique birds that nest here, including the Southern Royal Albatross, northern giant petrel, and yellow-eyed penguin. On Auckland Island, explore the remains of Hardwicke Settlement, abandoned in the early 1800s, and climb the slopes to observe the shy albatross colony and take in the view. Later, cruise by zodiac through the sheltered inlets of Carnley Harbour and spot rare sea lions, or visit another historic site on the island.

CAMPBELL ISLAND / MOTU IHUPUKU
Campbell Island is New Zealand’s most southern island. Over many years it was the location for sealing, whaling, and farming endeavours, but was declared a nature reserve in 1954. Go ashore at Perseverance Harbour, the location for the now automated meteorological station, to observe the otherworldly flora display of megaherbs, including the Campbell Island daisy, the Silver Leaf Daisy and the Campbell Island Carrot. Walk carefully along the protected pathways to spot some of the six species of albatross that breed here, as well as rare yellow-eyed penguins and many other birds, and visit the ‘world’s loneliest tree’, a Sitka Spruce over 100 years old.

ANTIPODES ISLANDS
The Antipodes Island group, volcanic and uninhabited, are part of the New Zealand Subantarctic World Heritage site. The steep and rocky islands are recognised as an Important Bird Area. We may spot the southern rockhopper and erect-crested penguins, albatrosses, petrels, and the Antipodes snipe, pipit and parakeet. The islands are surrounded by basalt cliffs emerging from the sea, hollowed by sea caves, and blanketed by mist. Here, we will cruise the coastline to spot birds and admire the landscape of tussock grass, shield fern and megaherbs.

BOUNTY ISLANDS
This tiny group of 13 uninhabited granite islets were discovered by Captain Bligh aboard the HMS Bounty in 1788. These bleak islands are sounded by the Moutere Hauriri Marine Reserve, and they provide a refuge for over 20,000 New Zealand fur seals, and 30,000 pairs of Salvin’s mollymawks as well as erect-crested penguins, fulmar prion, and Bounty Island Shag. We are unable to go ashore here, as the islands are highly protected, but if weather permits, we will cruise the shorelines to spot birds and other wildlife

CHATHAM ISLANDS
The Chatham Islands, a territory of New Zealand, have sustained human settlement for centuries. For over 400 years, the original Moriori settlers were isolated from the outside world. Over two days, explore these islands and meet the local people. On tender cruises around Mangere Island and Pyramid Rock, look for endemic species such as the Forbes’ parakeet, Chatham Island Shag, and perhaps the critically endangered Taiko and Black Robin. Visit the main settlement of Waitangi, and learn about Moriori and European history at Pitt Island.

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Coral Expeditions ‘Coral Geographer’ Ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Disembark in Wellington at 8:00am and make your own onwards arrangements.


Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

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  • Enjoy an expedition cruise of Fiordland, The Chatham Islands & The Subantarctic Islands
  • Discover New Zealand’s Subantarctic UNESCO World Heritage islands, including the Snares, Auckland Islands, Campbell Islands, Antipodes and Bounty Islands
  • Experience the intimacy and adventure of an expedition cruise
  • Step ashore on remote islands with local experts
  • Enjoy all-inclusive shore excursions on your cruise
  • Cruise through the Fiordland National Park World Heritage Site
  • Cruise past the towering cliffs and sheet granite walls of Facile Harbour in Dusky Sound
  • Search for lounging fur seals, dolphins, and the Fiordland penguin in Doubtful Sound
  • Visit Stewart Island, New Zealand’s little-visited ‘third island’
  • Explore the village of Oban, and cruise to Prices Point Whaling Station on Steward Island
  • Enjoy a guided walk on Ulva Island to spot rare birdlife, including the Rifleman, Kiwi, Weka, and Kereru
  • Search for rare birds such as the Snares Penguin, sooty shearwater, and Buller’s Albatross on the Snares Islands
  • Marvel at the towering mountains and slopes blooming with southern rata and megaherbs on the Auckland Islands
  • Go ashore at Enderby Island to search for Southern Royal Albatross, northern giant petrel, and yellow-eyed penguin
  • On Auckland Island, explore the remains of Hardwicke Settlement, abandoned in the early 1800s
  • Cruise by zodiac through the sheltered inlets of Carnley Harbour and search for rare sea lions
  • Visit Campbell Island, New Zealand’s most southern island
  • Go ashore at Perseverance Harbour, the location for the now automated Cambell Island meteorological station
  • Observe the unique flora of Campbell Island including the Campbell Island daisy, the Silver Leaf Daisy and the Campbell Island Carrot.
  • Search for theAntipodes snipe, pipit and parakeet on the Antipodes Islands
  • Visit the volcanic Antipodes Island group - a key birding area within the Subantarctic Islands
  • Cruise past the Bounty Islands - a tiny group of 13 uninhabited granite islets home to over 20,000 New Zealand fur seals, and 30,000 pairs of Salvin’s mollymawks
  • Visit the Chatham Islands, where for over 400 years, the original Moriori settlers were isolated from the outside world.
  • Explore the Chatham Islands for two days and meet the local people.
  • Enjoy tender cruises around Mangare Island and Pyramid Rock
  • Search for Forbes’ parakeet, Chatham Island Shag, and the critically endangered Taiko and Black Robin
  • Visit the main settlement of Waitangi on the Chatham Islands, and learn about Moriori and European history at Pitt Island.
  • 2 nights 5 star hotel accommodation in Queenstown
  • 14 night Expedition to the Albatross Latitudes cruise with Coral Expeditions
  • Sail aboard Coral Expeditions brand new ‘Coral Geographer’ ship - due to be completed in January 2021
  • A boutique Australian ship with max 120 guests per sailing
  • All excursions and sightseeing
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • Enjoy 42 meals including high-quality Australian influenced meals onboard the Coral Geographer
  • Selected wines, beers, juices, soft drinks and selected spirits are served complimentary with lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary barista-style coffee and tea station
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • National park fees
  • Professional Australian & New Zealand based Expedition Leaders & Guest Lecturers
  • Cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Onboard tips and gratuities
  • 1 x Pre-cruise transfer from Queenstown to Milford Sound to board cruise

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
  
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
  
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 6th January 2022.
  
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
  
Single Traveller Supplement
Not available
  
Departure Dates
6th of January 2022
  
Departure Cities
Queenstown



Health & Safety Plan


Coral Expeditions takes the safety and wellbeing of passengers very seriously. The team have collaborated with experienced medical advisory agency Respond Global to create an extensive SailSAFE Plan, which includes enhanced onboard sanitisation protocols, a pre-screening process prior to departure, and a government approved Covid response plan. All guests and crew must complete a pre-screening process seven days prior to travel. This includes a questionnaire and visit to your GP, a recommended self-isolation to the extent possible prior to departing, and a PCR Swab test within 72 hours of boarding to be provided to Coral Expeditions medical staff at check in to be cleared for travel. More information can be found here: https://www.coralexpeditions.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SailSAFE-plan-final-1.pdf

  

Please note: All health checks and the PCR Swab test will be at the customers expense 





Accommodation Used


5 Star (Self-Rated)

Queenstown: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa or similar

 

4.5 Star (self-rated)

Coral Expeditions: Coral Geographer Ship

 

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

  

Extra Nights
Not Available
  
Maximum Room Capacity
2 People
  
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
  
Triple Share
Not Available
  
Bedding Configuration
2 x Twin or 1 x Junior King (subject to availability).
 
Please note: Twin bedding is not available in Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom category.



EXCLUSIONS


- Return International Flights

- Domestic flights / transfers not stated in the itinerary

- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 

- Personal expenses

- Pre cruise health check and PCR Swab Test

- Optional activities/tours 

- Personal expenses

- Post cruise transfer

- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended - See below for further info)




CORAL EXPEDITIONS - TRAVEL INSURANCE 
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise.
Please note: the following facts when considering insurance coverage and speaking with suppliers:
- Coral Expeditions do not have Doctors or Nurses onboard their domestic cruises, however, the senior crew are trained and qualified in remote area first aid. If a passenger has injured themselves or is having a medical issue onboard, the crew will make contact with doctors on land to determine whether a medical evacuation is necessary. For this reason, it is advisable that passengers obtain a policy with remote area evacuation and repatriation coverage.
- The domestic cruises on the Great Barrier Reef, Kimberley, Cape York and Arnhem land and Tasmania do not leave domestic waters, however, our locations are considered remote.
- Coral Expedition ships are Australian flagged.
- On selected International cruises there will be a Guest Doctor and a first aid room onboard Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer. It is important to note that these services are for medical emergencies only and do not offer a clinic service.
- Travel Insurance is required by each travelling guest and if an urgent medical event or situation occurred that required medical evacuation or offload from the ship, it is mandatory that this is financially covered by insurance or by guest payment at the time.
 
THE CORAL EXPEDITIONS EXPERIENCE 
- Coral Expeditions have built a reputation on offering a very different expedition cruise experience:
- No organised entertainment on board – instead, they offer a daily program of lectures, briefings and themed documentaries and movies.
- No multiple glitzy restaurants – but the chefs prepare fresh daily, high-quality cuisine using Australian and local ingredients.
- No ‘formal’ nights or assigned seating – you can dine with whom you please and share the day’s stories.
- No room service menus – but crew will be happy to serve you a meal in-room if you are under the weather or prefer to eat in.
- No minibars – guests love to mingle over drinks on the sundeck or in one of our comfortable lounges.
- No casino – but captains welcome you to the bridge to observe operations and have a chat.
- No butlers and spas – but all staterooms have their own ensuites, some with balconies, large picture windows or portholes, all outward facing. Serviced daily and come with nightly turndown service.
- No swimming pool – but all ships have swimming platforms from where you can take a dip in the ocean.
- No extra charge for shore excursions.
- They welcome young and old.
  
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - ITINERARY
- Coral Expeditions will endeavour to follow the Cruise itinerary as described in the itinerary and the passenger accepts that Coral Expeditions has the right to change the itinerary, the Ship or cancel the Cruise as a result of some Unexpected Event or prevailing inclement weather conditions and the passenger accepts that the passenger will not be entitled to any compensation or a refund of the fare paid should this occur.
  
CORAL EXPEDITIONS SHIP - CORAL GEOGRAPHER
Coral Expeditions is proud to announce the build of their third expedition ship. As a sister ship to Coral Adventurer (launched April 2019), the Coral Geographer will remain true to their nature of authentic expeditions. When designing their next generation of ships, they stubbornly resisted the trend to go large and glitzy so we can remain small enough to go to untouched places, focusing on bringing small numbers of like-minded guests closer to nature and cultures with personal attention and professional Australian service. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. The 120-passenger ship will feature the same state-of-the-art specifications and expedition features as Coral Adventurer, however, due to popular demand, she will have an increased number of 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs. Construction is well under way and the ship is due in January 2021.
  
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - STAFF/CREW
- Throughout your cruise, you will delight in the attentive service of the professional Australian and New Zealand residency crew. Carefully selected for their engaging personalities, attention to detail and commitment to delivering the highest standards of service, our staff will ensure you receive a warm welcome aboard.
- On each voyage, Expedition Leaders bring guests the depth of experience required to put together daily programmes given prevailing weather and local conditions. They are complemented by an expert Guest Lecturer, with knowledge of disciplines ranging from anthropology, geology, history and flora and fauna of the region, offering layers of insight relevant to your itinerary and to support the depth of immersion in your travel experience.
  
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - ALL INCLUSIVE SHORE EXCURSIONS 
- A Coral Expeditions cruise is not about just passing through a region and seeing it from the ship’s deck. Instead, each day you will travel ashore and fully immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, fascinating history and vibrant cultures of these remarkable locations.
- On most days you’ll have the opportunity to participate in two shore excursions or activities (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), along with onboard briefings and presentations. The vast majority of excursions are included in the cruise price and in key locations, you will have the opportunity to enhance your experience through participation in optional activities (additional costs applicable) 
 
ACCESS TO REMOTE DESTINATIONS
- Access to remote destinations and communities is unique in three special ways:
- Firstly, the shallow draught of the small ships allows them to safely access and anchor in close to bays and landscapes that larger ships cannot reach, allowing a bird-eye view of spectacular beaches, bays and at times, bustling port communities.
- Secondly, the unique Xplorer tenders, comfortably appointed with shading and on-board toilet facilities, enable penetration inland with explorations into shallow rivers and streams, close to waterfalls and other extraordinary landscapes. Inflatable Zodiacs and kayaks enable guests an up-close-and-personal view of reefs, islands and atolls and allow peaceful explorations of sheltered locations.
- Lastly, the experienced Expedition Team, guided by an Expedition Leader and complemented by qualified experts with specific knowledge of local people, cultures and landscapes have the knowledge and connections, enabling unique access to areas often restricted to other travellers.
  
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - CUISINE AND WINE
- At Coral Expeditions dining is a celebration of great food and good company enjoyed in extraordinary destinations. People and place are key to enjoyable dining experiences, where food becomes the vehicle for conversation and creating memorable occasions. The approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible.
- Coral Expeditions’ cuisine has a distinctly Australian & New Zealand accent influenced by the culinary landscape of regions we visit. Wonderful friends and unique locations will always enhance the eating experience, allowing the produce to speak for itself.
- From Australia’s Kimberley and Great Barrier Reef regions through to the exotic Spice Islands, New Guinea and islands of the South Pacific, Coral Expeditions foster a community of local providores, farmers and growers. Regional menus champion seasonality, allowing chefs to adapt menus and source local produce at its seasonal best.
  
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Start your day with a tempting choice from a fresh continental or a hot breakfast. The fleet of small expedition ships offer a sumptuous hot and cold family share platters complemented by daily made-to-order specialties.
- Family share platters for lunch showcase a selection of hot and cold dishes, from salads and cold cuts to soups, fresh local seafood and seasonal tropical fruits.
- Evenings are a convivial time to dine with new friends and reflect on an exciting day of discovery over dinner. We welcome you onboard with a seafood dinner on the first night. Other evening meals vary between a barbeque, carvery or a three-course table d’hote dinner menu, when selections are offered as you enjoy table service.
- All expeditions feature a memorable pre-dinner event ashore where the crew serve sunset drinks and canapés, often on a beach, and always in a beautiful location with a sunset view. These casual ‘sundowners’ are hosted by the Captain and are the perfect time to kick off your shoes and enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail while mingling with fellow guests in a relaxed atmosphere.
- Lunch and dinner are accompanied by a curated beverage list featuring boutique Australian and New Zealand wines and beers.
- Each voyage the Captain hosts a Captains Table for invited guests and ship’s Officers will endeavour to host dinner guests on an evening when operational matters allow.
  
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Queenstown
With four distinct and unique seasons Queenstown has year-round appeal with each season offering a markedly different experience. We enjoy a continental-style climate with long hot summers and cool, crisp winters. Queenstown truly offers something for every season, very few activities aren’t available year round, and it’s no exaggeration to say you can experience more here in a day than some do in a lifetime!
 
Queenstown sits at latitude 45° south against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps. Our location means summer brings long, warm days with lots of time to enjoy the outdoors. The colours of autumn are famed internationally as Mother Nature’s show of red and gold blankets the hills and countryside. In winter you’ll experience the stunning snow-capped mountains and a winter paradise for snow sport enthusiasts. When spring breaks it transforms the area with bright colours, green valleys and a sense of energy and playfulness. You can literally ski in the morning and golf or mountain bike in the afternoon!
 
The best time to visit Queenstown depends entirely on your interests. It is a true year round destination with appeal in every month of the year. 
 
Fiordland
In New Zealand, January and February are the warmest months of the year (summer), and July is the coldest (winter). Fiordland in the south is generally colder than the north, but weather varies throughout the region and can change rapidly within a day.
 
Summer in Fiordland offers the warmest days (e.g. between 10 - 18°C. Winter temperatures (between May and November) can be between 1 - 9°C (example from July), however cold weather can occur at any time of year.
  
Subantarctic Islands
Their climate is the main reason for both the islands’ inhospitality to people and their rich natural environment. Lying in the roaring forties and furious fifties, remote from any land mass, they face a never-ending barrage of fronts coming in from the west. The climate is wet, cold, windy and On Campbell Island there are winds of over 63 km per hour on 280 days a year – more than three days out of four. Its 660 annual hours of sunshine are less than a third of that in Christchurch or Wellington. On average there are less than 12 hours of sunshine in June – in June 1970 only 1.5 hours was recorded.
 
Rainfall in the islands is not torrential, but it is frequent. Campbell Island receives an average of 1,360 mm a year (about the same as New Plymouth), but it rains on 300 days. Snow falls on the higher ground, though it does not usually settle for long. Rain is heavier on the Auckland Islands, lighter on the Antipodes. Sitting between the Antarctic and subtropical oceanic convergences, the temperatures are maritime, with little annual or daily variation. Mean annual temperatures range from 11°C on the Snares to 7°C on Campbell Island.
 
Chatham Islands 
Chatham Islands have an oceanic climate characterised by a narrow temperature range and relatively frequent rainfall. Its isolated position far from any sizeable landmass renders the record temperature for main settlement Waitangi to be just 23.8 °C (74.8 °F). The climate is cool, wet and windy, with average high temperatures between 15 and 20 °C (59 and 68 °F) in summer, and between 5 and 10 °C (41 and 50 °F) in July, the Southern Hemisphere winter. Snow is extremely rare, being recorded near sea level in July 2015 after several decades.
 
CRUISE
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
   
Meals:
All meals are included in the cruise. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note: we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
 
Please note: For most activities, a relatively low level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of zodiacs and other excursion tenders for excursions ashore: there will be staff and crew members on hand to assist. Ashore, you must be able to walk moderate distances over sometimes rough terrain. There is a lift of Coral Geographer, but all guests must be able to manage the stairs for muster and evacuations drills when required. Lifts cannot be used in an emergency.
 
Participants will most enjoy the remarkable opportunities these expeditions offer if they travel with a spirit of adventure.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are optional and at the customers discretion.
  
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).


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Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

  

·   1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event, TripADeal is unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.
  
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·   If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.