Awe-inspiring landscapes, ancient forests, hidden coves, postcard-perfect vistas, remote islands, endemic wildlife ... this is a cruise to remember!  Departing from Lyttleton, you head for magical Fiordland, cruising the spectacular Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds.  It's not hard to see why these areas constantly put New Zealand into the most beautiful places on earth lists!  Then you'll head south to The Snares, home of fur seals and sea lions.  Another stop at Ulva Island, a predator-free sanctuary, before returning to Lyttleton.

Full details of this itinerary have yet to be released but you can pre-register your interest here and be the first to receive further information.

Package Inclusions


  • 7 night cruise on-board Ponant's luxurious Le Laperouse
  • Meals & entertainment onboard
  • An extensive selection of beverages including select mineral waters, cold drinks, wine, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea, in room mini bar.
  • Unlimited Onboard Wi-Fi*
  • All shore excursions, Onboard lectures, Experienced naturalist onboard, Zodiac outings
  • Butler service for suites

*Inclusions are subject to change at any time


  • First time Ponant cruisers receive an instant A$800 discount 
  • Repeat Ponant guests will receive DOUBLE past passenger Yacht Club discounts  
  • No Single Supplement for a limited time
  • Prices shown are based on Ponant Early Booking bonus 30% discount

The Early Booking discount reduces as the voyage sells out


  • Ultimate Cruising guests also receive complimentary chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your home to the airport (within 35km)

Your Ship

Le Laperouse

Environmentally friendly, fitted with innovative equipment and complete with lounges designed to be largely open to the exterior, this new and intimately sized yacht offers a unique type of cruise experience.
Onboard this ship sailing under the French flag, you'll experience the incomparable pleasure of a cosily intimate cruise offering the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic chic ambiance and with five-star service.

The Blue Eye, a multisensorial underwater lounge offering a unique experience unlike anything else in the world.

Cruise Highlights

Highlights include:

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Te Wāhipounamu – South West New Zealand and the Snares.
  • View awe-inspiring landscapes on a breathtaking scale.
  • Discover glacial fiords 100,000 years in the making.
  • Witness ancient forests untouched since the dawn of time.
  • Explore the Snares, home to more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles.
  • View breeding populations of New Zealand fur seals and sea lions.
  • Undertake a guided walk on the predator-free sanctuary of Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara).
  • Gain an insight into the history and the diversity of flora and fauna from your expert expedition team on board and whilst exploring by Zodiac

Pricing and Departures

Cruise departs Lyttelton on 22 February 2021.  Pricing has yet to be released but you can pre-register your interest here.

Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • 24 Hr Room Service
  • All meals
  • Drinks All Day
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
  • Solo Traveller Friendly
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Trip itinerary

At Sea
Dusky & Doubtful Sounds
Milford Sound
The Snares
Ulva Island

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.