Heritage Explorer, New Zealand


  • Regional New Zealand wines and beers included
  • Satellite WiFi included
  • Two tenders for deeper exploration
  • Glass-bottom zodiac, plus kayaks and paddleboards

The Heritage Explorer is a 30-meter/98-foot expedition yacht that carries 18 guests in 10 cabins on adventure cruises in New Zealand. There are 4 types of cabin, all with ample storage, TV, private en suite bathrooms with walk-in rainfall showers, and a picture porthole. The Royal cabin is located on the Bridge Deck and has a queen-sized bed. The Salvin’s cabins can have a double bed or 2 lower berths; the Wandering cabins have 1 single berth, and the Buller’s cabin has 1 bunk bed. All staterooms are located on the same deck and have unobstructed ocean views. The on-board chef prepares delicious meals using local produce, and any fresh catches guests make. The menu offers high-quality cuisine as part of the Relais & Chateaux brand. The dining room offers 180-degree panoramas, the lounge, and bar feature regional wines and beers, and a library.

The Heritage Explorer visits some of the most picturesque places in New Zealand, from sunken valleys and towering mountains to crystalline waters and golden coves. Another stunning area visited by the Heritage Explorer is Fiordland’s Southern Fiords, which are only accessible by sea and are home to Bottlenose Dolphins, Fiordland Crested Penguins, and New Zealand Fur Seals. The Heritage Explorer also visits Marlborough Sounds, another perfect opportunity to explore secluded bays and watch the dolphins, seals, and other marine life in their natural habitat.

Book your adventure cruise aboard the Heritage Explorer today.

Choose your departure date adventure cruise | snorkelling only


Included: VAT, National Park Fees, Port Fees, Alcoholic Drinks at Dinner, Drinking Water, Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Fishing, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, WiFi internet.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

* Extra fees are shown per person.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • TV in cabins
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.

Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2004
  • Year renovated 2007
  • Length 30 meters
  • Beam 7.8 meters
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 653 horsepower
  • Max guests 18
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 10
  • Tenders 2

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • First Aid Kits