18 Mar 2021
Introducing Heritage Explorer
Heritage Expeditions is proud to welcome 18-guest expedition yacht Heritage Explorer to our fleet and announce two brand new Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman voyages Discover Marlborough Sounds, The Top of the South and four Fiordland expeditions Northern Fiords Explorer, Southern Fiords Explorer, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds and All of the Fiords.
Built by renowned wooden boatbuilding family Carey's Boatyard in Picton, our new 30-metre addition cuts a striking shape in the water with a considered design that's both ahead of its time and showcases a clever balance of privacy, comfort, spaciousness and agility allowing her to explore the furthest reaches of New Zealand's backyard while introducing new levels of bespoke comfort.
Tastefully decorated, Heritage Explorer's contemporary wood-finished interior features 10 well-appointed cabins; dining room boasting spectacular 180-degree panoramas and theatre capabilities; lounge and bar featuring a flight of inclusive regional New Zealand wines, beers and spirits; and a well-stocked local library.
Outside, enjoy plenty of covered space on the Bridge Deck, or adjourn to the Sun Deck perfect for wildlife spotting, sunrises and sunsets, or simply watch your voyage unfold. Kayaks and fishing equipment are available for use during all expeditions, while two tenders allow for deeper exploration of New Zealand destinations we know intimately and the unforgettable wildlife encounters synonymous with all Heritage Expeditions adventures.
As with all our vessels, Heritage Explorer has an open bridge policy and a full commercial kitchen helmed by a talented chef focused on highlighting local produce and any guest catches of the day, as well as an enthusiastic and passionate expedition team shipped by a New Zealand captain and crew.
Robust yet refined, Heritage Explorer features state-of-the-art technology to provide a comfortable expedition with high performance dual Scania 653 horsepower engines, bow thrusters, fin stabilisers, full air-conditioning, sound attenuated twin generators and a hydraulic aft ramp, while a comprehensive navigation package ensures the ultimate Kiwi adventure awaits.
Discover Marlborough Sounds
Blenheim return, from NZ$4,200 per person
Discover the tranquil waterways, wildlife and rich history of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds on an unforgettable 7-day Kiwi adventure exploring Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds, French Pass and d'Urville Island.
11 - 17 April 2021
8 - 14 May 2021
14 - 20 May 2021
The Top of the South
Blenheim - Nelson, and reverse, from NZ$5,600 per person
Explore the hidden coves, beaches, waterways, wildlife and rich history of the top of New Zealand's South Island on this 9-day expedition cruise of Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds, French Pass and d'Urville Island, and Abel Tasman National Park.
30 May - 7 June 2021