Recognised as one of the world’s greatest biodiversity “hotspots” New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands delight visitors with 126 bird species (5 of which cannot be found elsewhere in the word), Albatross, penguins, sea lions, seals and more!

The cruise begins in Hobart, Australia’s second oldest city (after Sydney) with a free day to explore before departing at 4pm. From visiting the historic site of nearby Port Arthur, to strolling the white sandy beach of Wineglass Bay and hiking in the Freycinet National Park, there's plenty to do. Of course, Tasmania is well-documented for the convict history so if time allows you can visit the old penitentiary and hear the horrific tales of crime and punishments.

Once you set sail, you’ll have two days to relax at sea as you cross the Tasman. It’s a good time to sit back, meet your fellow guests, enjoy a spa treatment or any of the other facilities on board before arriving at Macquarie Island where all eyes will be on shore, spotting the hundreds of King penguins, endemic Royal penguins, fur seals and elephant seals who breed on the island.

Next it's onto Campbell Island, Auckland Island and the Snares. Wildlife is abundant on these islands with sealions and seals en masse and the environment is so pristine that landings are not permitted on some islands. In fact, far fewer people visit these islands than summit Mt Everest each year!

Before finishing in Dunedin, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the beautiful South Island as you meander amidst the fiords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds, home of some of New Zealand’s most spectacular and dramatic scenery as well as New Zealand fur seals and bottlenose dolphins.

Be sure to pack a good camera for this voyage as it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!





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Enjoy the "Macquarie and Subantarctic Islands"  expedition onboard the luxurious Le Laperouse, with a team of expert naturalists onboard ready to share their knowledge and expertise.  Le Laperouse has just 92 staterooms with a high crew-to-passenger ratio, effortlessly creating a unique atmosphere of subtle luxury, intimacy and well-being. 

Your cruise package includes:

  • 13 night luxury cruise beginning in Hobart through the Subantarctic Islands and into New Zealand's mesmerising Milford Sound onboard Le Laperouse
  • All meals and beverages onboard
  • Zodiac expeditions and guided walks with expert naturalists


  • FREE Night in Hobart Hotel Pre-Cruise
  • FREE: Chauffeur driven luxury car transfer to and from AKL/WLG/CHC airport (distance up to 35kms only)*


Images courtesy of Ponant / Nathalie Michel.

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Price based on AUD Twin share in a PR Deck 5 Stateroom aboard
Le Laperouse. Valid for new bookings only, exclusive to Ultimate Cruising and is not combinable with any
other Ultimate Cruising or Ponant special offer. Hotel offered Jan 1/2 Grand Chanellor or similar. Luxury car transfers limited to 35 km from AKL/CHC/WLG international Airports.

Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • Soft Adventure
  • Solo Traveller
  • 24 Hr Room Service
  • All meals
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Shore Excursions
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Trip itinerary

Fly AKL/WLG/CHC to Hobart
Arrive Hobart and overnight hotel stay
Embark Le Laperouse at 4pm
At Sea

At Sea

At Sea

Anare Station, Macquarie Island

Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island

At Sea

Campbell Island

Enderby Island, NZ

Technical Details

  • Built Date 2018
  • Crew TBA
  • Capacity 184

Cruise Category

  • Luxury Expeditions

Le Laperouse

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, Le Lapérouse embodies the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.  Le Laperouse is the first ship to offer the underwater passenger lounge, allowing guests to see and hear the undersea world. Images Courtesy Ponant.