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12 Nights / 13 Days
Departures : 14 to 26 May 2022
Start: Blenheim
End: Nelson


  • Pre/Post Cruise Land Package Price: From NZ$1560 per person
  • Cruise Price: NZ$7425 per person

Package Highlights/Inclusions
Pre/Post Cruise Package Highlights/Inclusions:
• Wine Tasting at Cloudy Bay
• 2-nights accommodation at Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim
• Omaka Aviation Centre – Knights of the Sky & Dragon Skies combo
• Vintage Biplane Flight
• Wine Tasting at Clos Henri
• 2-nights accommodation at Heritage Rutherford Hotel, Nelson
Cruise Price Includes:
Landing fees, pre/post cruise transfers, all on board ship accommodation with meals, house drinks, and all expedition shore excursions.
Cruise Price Excludes:
All items of a personal nature, laundry, gratuities, visas and travel insurance.

Start & Finish Location

Blenheim to Nelson

Departure & Arrival Info

Own arrangements to Blenheim and from Nelson


Heritage Explorer


Days 1-3Pre Cruise Land Arrangements (Blenheim)

Day 1: Blenheim

  • Included: Wine Tasting at Cloudy Bay: Enjoy tasting a range of Cloudy Bay wines tailored to your preferences and including some rare or back vintage wines while learning more about the Cloudy Bay stories and History. Duration 1hr 30min.
  • Overnight at Chateau Marlborough, Chateau Superior Studio

Day 2: Blenheim

  • Included: Omaka Aviation Centre – Knights of the Sky & Dragon Skies combo: This exhibition shows you the development of aviation and the history of the men who flew them.
  • Included: Vintage Biplane Flight : Experience a Boeing Stearman Vintage flyover used in both world wars with your pilot. This is a wonderful experience flying over the stunning scenery of New Zealand’s premier wine-growing region of Marlborough. Duration 25min
  • Included: Wine Tasting and Estate tour at Clos Henri: Nestled under the southern foothills of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Clos Henri is the wine estate meticulously established and organically run by the famous Sancerre wine growing family of Henri Bourgeois. Duration 45min.
  • Overnight at Chateau Marlborough, Chateau Superior Studio

Day 3: Blenheim – Picton

  • Check out of your accommodation and make your way to the designated meeting point in Picton for your Heritage Expedition cruise from Picton to Nelson.

Day 3 (Continued)Blenheim to Picton (Cruise Embarkation)

  • Make your way to the designated meeting point in Blenheim for your transfer to Heritage Explorer in Picton (times and meeting point will be confirmed with your voyage documents). The captain and expedition team will be waiting to welcome you aboard Heritage Explorer and show you to your cabin. You will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself on board then join the captain on the bridge or fellow travellers on deck as we set sail along Queen Charlotte Sound this afternoon.

Day 4/5Queen Charlotte Sound

  • First sighted in 1642 by Abel Janszoon Tasman while seeking shelter for his ships Heemskerck and Zeehaen from a storm near d’Urville Island, it was Captain James Cook who would first set foot here aboard the Endeavour during his five visits to Ship Cove, his New Zealand base between 1770 and 1777, in what he would call Queen Charlotte Sound. We spend two full days exploring the waterways and islands of scenic Queen Charlotte Sound with opportunities to head ashore and walk a section of the Queen Charlotte Walkway as well as search for birdlife on the predator free islands. A visit to Tory Channel brings the whaling history of the Perano Whalers to life. We also plan to visit Ship Cove and learn of its history, exploring the region and visiting Captain Cook’s memorial inaugurated in 1913.

Days 6/7Pelorus Sound

  • The largest in the Marlborough Sounds, Pelorus Sound’s main channel winds some picturesque 55 kilometres south between steep verdant hills from Cook Strait to Havelock. Boasting 380 kilometres of shoreline, the endless bays and sheltered coves of Pelorus Sound are perfect for exploration. Venturing into Pelorus Sound we head to Ngawhakawhiti Bay where nature surrounds us and it’s possible to get a glimpse of what the sounds would have been like before the native forest was cleared. The more active are able to enjoy the walking part of the Nydia Track before we explore Nydia Bay.

Days 8/9d'Urville Island

  • Depending on the weather and tides we will venture to the seldom visited northern coast of d’Urville Island, either through French Pass or via Stephens Island. The outermost island in the Marlborough Sounds, d’Urville Island is named after French Explorer Dumont d’Urville and features imposing sea cliffs along its west coast, a high mountainous backbone and the fastest moving tidal flows in New Zealand between the French Pass tempered by some of the country’s finest peninsula scenery. Dolphins and New Zealand Fur Seals are frequently seen in the waters surrounding the island and it was here that Pelorus Jack, the endearing Risso’s Dolphin who famously stole the nation’s heart, guided ships through these waters between 1888 and 1912.

Day 10Abel Tasman National Park

  • New Zealand’s smallest national park, Abel Tasman National Park is a wilderness reserve where hills cloaked in regenerating native forest flanked by impressive granite formations meet sandy beaches and crystalline streams cascade through mossy valleys en route to the sea. There is much to experience and enjoy here as we expedition cruise this scenic coastline. Depending on the weather there will be opportunities to kayak secluded inlets and shores, walk among the forest, swim and explore beaches. Named after the Dutch explorer officially recognised the first European to discover New Zealand in 1642, Tasman anchored at Whariwharangi Bay, near Wainui Inlet to the north of what is now Abel Tasman National Park, on 18 December. More recently in 2016, New Zealanders famously banded together to buy stretch of sand now known as ‘New Zealand Beach’ at Awaroa Bay through a crowdfunding campaign, gifting the 800-metre beach to Abel Tasman National Park for all to enjoy. Several sustainability initiatives are working together to restore and revive the native plants, birds and wildlife in the park including Project Janszoon, a privately funded trust, set up to restore the park’s ecosystems which takes its name from Tasman’s middle name and is aiming to complete the restoration in time for the 400th anniversary of Tasman’s visit and the park’s 100th anniversary in 2042.

Day 11Nelson (Cruise Disembarkation)

  • After an early morning departure from our anchor in Abel Tasman National Park we arrive at the Port of Nelson. After a final breakfast and farewells, you are transferred to a central Nelson drop off point or the airport. In case of unexpected delays we ask you not to book any onward travel from Nelson until after midday today. During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.

Day 11 (Continued)Post Cruise Land Arrangements (Nelson)

Day 11: Nelson

  • Disembark your cruise in Nelson. Make your way to your accommodation
  • Overnight at Heritage Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Day 12: Nelson

  • Day to enjoy the region at your leisure.
  • Overnight at Heritage Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Day 13: Nelson

  • Check out of your accommodation and make your way home.

Package Terms and Conditions

Sales by 30 April 2022

  • Contact New Zealand Traveller for full details of this specific itinerary, inclusions and area highlights.
  • Package fares are NZD (Or USD, specified above), per person, share twin, based on current promotional fares which are subject to change without notice, based on two people travelling together and share accommodations.
  • Deposit required: Deposit of 25% is due within 7 days.
  • Completed booking form required with deposit.
  • Final balance must be paid no later than 90 days before departure.
  • If you book less than 90 days before departure, full payment is due immediately.
  • Heritage Expeditions have their own specific Terms & Conditions. Full details provided at the time of quoting/booking confirmation.
  • All New Zealand Traveller packages are subject to General Terms & Conditions.

Covid 19 policy

Where cancellation is due to NZ Government restriction on travel because of Covid-19 outbreaks either nationally or regionally, the following cancellation policy applies: 

If Covid-19 is present within the NZ community, and NZ Government travel restrictions result in the guest being unable to travel, the booking will be postponed and rescheduled where possible.  NB: Covid-19 policy does not apply for voluntary cancellations by individuals.

All guests are  required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide confirmation at time of booking.  Refer to full quote for detailed terms & conditions.