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Southland Expedition
1 Mar - 6 Mar
5 Nights
6 Ports
Ponant

Southland Expedition

1 March - 6 March 2021
Call us for prices - you'll never pay more than the price advertised by the cruise line

Duration

5 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

6 Ports

1 March

Setting sail from Lyttelton (Christchurch)

A garden city where punts glide down the Avon River, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were still in the UK when arriving into Christchurch, New Zealand's most English of cities. A gateway to the country's famously scenic South Island, its peaceful parks and quiet streets still show signs on the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 as the recovery continues. Lyttelton is just over 7 miles away; originally established as a landing point for Christchurch-bound seafarers, it serves the same purpose for visitors today.

Our tip

Stroll through the beautiful Botanic Gardens, founded in 1893. Home to a huge variety of exotic and local plants, it’s an exceptionally pleasant area of the city.

2 March

At sea

3 March

New Zealand: Doubtful Sound

3 March

New Zealand: Dusky Sound

Dusky Sound, New Zealand

4 March

New Zealand: Milford Sound

5 March

New Zealand: Ulva Island

New Zealand pigeon on Ulva Island

6 March

Arriving in Dunedin

It's an odd concept - Edinburgh, but on New Zealand's South Island. Visitors are amazed by the extraordinary Victorian and Edwardian buildings dating back to the gold rush, which bring to mind the city's Scottish roots - not least when the sound of the pipes echoes through the streets. Of course the region was inhabited by Māori long prior to the European arrival, so a rich history abounds. Meanwhile outside the city, the extraordinary natural beauty and wildlife of the Otago peninsula are on hand, home to New Zealand fur seals, Hooker's sea lions, yellow-eyed penguins, and the only mainland royal albatross colony in the world.

Don't miss

Larnach Castle rises high above the harbour – wonderful views, and great gardens and grounds too, the best place for high tea!

The Ship

Your home from home

Ponant Explorers - Le Bougainville in Norway
Ponant - Le Laperouse - Suite de l'Armateur
Ponant - Le Champlain pool

Sleek and stylish, Ponant's wonderful Explorer yachts blend luxury and intimacy with a discreet elegance and tasteful décor.

What we love

Named after six of France's most famous explorers, Le Champlain, Le Lapérouse, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont d'Urville, Le Bellot and Le Jacques Cartier offer exciting and adventurous itineraries in the utmost comfort. Technologically advanced, with the latest in environmentally friendly hardware, the new ships embody Ponant's trademark élan and flair, with just 92 spacious rooms and suites, a stylish pool deck and an intimate, refined onboard ambience.

Capacity 184 Guests
Crew 110 Staff
Style Refined with a wonderful mix of a modern super yacht and nautical tradition, all with a French flair.
Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All soft drinks
  • Tea, coffee and pastries
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Centre
  • Expedition by zodiac on selected sailings
  • Complimentary WiFi
More about Le Lapérouse

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Diamond Harbour Lodge, Lyttelton

Where to stay near Christchurch

In New Zealand it’s all about great B&Bs, so go for the lovely Diamond Harbour Lodge.

Queenstown bungee jumping, New Zealand

Make the most of the South Island

From dolphin spotting to bungee jumping, New Zealand’s South Island has so much on offer that we recommend you spend as much time there as you can.

Pen-y-bryn Lodge, near Dunedin, New Zealand

Our favourite hotel near Dunedin

Up the coast at Oamaru, the charming Pen-y-bryn Lodge is a heritage homestead - and perfectly placed to visit the blue penguins!

Curio Bay, New Zealand

Explore the South Island

Visit the Catlins Coastal Rain Forest and Curio Bay – next stop Antarctica!

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Southland Expedition

1 March - 6 March 2021
Call us for prices - you'll never pay more than the price advertised by the cruise line

Duration

5 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

6 Ports

Ship

Le Lapérouse of Ponant

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Why Mundy?

Who we are

Mundy Adventures is the intrepid little brother of Mundy Cruising plc, the UK's very first cruise specialist, and one of the leading companies in its field.
Edwina Lonsdale
Sharon Trigg
Hayley Meades
Cathy Ellis - Cruise Consultant, Mundy Cruising
Helen Fensom
Matthew Lonsdale

We specialise in travel by ship and have been doing so for over 45 years. By providing expert, personal service, insightful ideas and fascinating add-ons we aim to make your adventure holiday truly unique and special.

We're happy to do all of that on the telephone. But, if you prefer to chat face to face, then why not visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street - we'd be delighted to see you.

Mundy office, Wells Street, London