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Heritage Expeditions

Pioneers in conservation-driven small ship expedition cruises for over 35 years, Heritage Expeditions venture into the heart of the world's most wild, untamed and biologically abundant regions in the Southern Hemisphere. Whether you're a passionate birder, photographer, wildlife enthusiast, conservationist, or simply have an adventurous spirit, Heritage's expeditions offer an unparalleled travel experience.
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25 Days Auckland to Osaka

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From 19,895

17 Days Queenstown to Queenstown

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From 25,350

9 Days Picton to Nelson

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From 6,895

6 Days Queenstown to Queenstown

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From 5,995

Popular Destinations View all Explore the following regions on one of 64 cruises with Heritage Expeditions

Antarctic, New Zealand & Subantarctic Islands Cruises
Antarctica, NZ & Subantarctic Islands

13 Cruises

Asia & South Pacific Cruises
Asia & South Pacific

10 Cruises

Heritage Expeditions Kimberley Cruises
Australia's Kimberley

1 Cruise

Cruise Fleet Inclusions, itineraries, onboard facilities & deck plans of each Heritage Expeditions cruise ship.

Heritage Adventurer
Ship Class: Expedition Cruise Ship

The 140-guest Heritage Adventurer is a true pioneering expedition vessel of exceptional pedigree. Combining her superior ice-class rating with 14 Zodiacs ensures every guest a thrilling expedition. Enjoy comprehensive expedition cruises...

Heritage Explorer
Ship Class: Expedition Cruise Ship

With the combination of ultimate comfort and breathtaking destinations, the Heritage Explorer offers guests a new way to discover the coastal shores of New Zealand. To maintain its high performance the Heritage Explorer is equipped with...

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Worldwide (2023-25)

Every year Heritage Expeditions voyages with small groups of intrepid travellers to some of the most unique and remote islands, coasts and shorelines on Earth aboard our luxurious, purpose-built 140-guest flagship Heritage Adventurer and 18-guest expedition yacht Heritage Explorer on voyages ranging from 5 – 29 days.
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About Heritage Expeditions
About Heritage Expeditions

Heritage Expeditions, a family-owned expedition travel company, was established in 1985 by Rodney and Shirley Russ, with the aim of promoting natural world awareness and conservation through responsible tourism.

Rodney, a former biologist for the New Zealand Wildlife Service, recognised the need to expose people to wilderness areas so they could champion conservation efforts. He firmly believed in the synergy between responsible travel and conservation. Today, operated by their sons Aaron and Nathan, Heritage Expeditions manages two ships, the 140 Guest Heritage Adventurer and the 18 Guest Heritage Explorer.

Heritage provides small-ship expedition cruises to numerous destinations within the Southern Hemisphere including Antarctica, the Subantarctic Islands, the islands of Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Philippines, Australia's Kimberley Coast and coastal New Zealand.

Every expedition is meticulously planned to educate travellers about the region, whilst ensuring minimal environmental impact.

Responsible Travel
Responsible Travel

Heritage Expeditions commits to conservation, respect for local customs and responsible waste management in all their operations.

Since 2011, Heritage Expeditions has partnered with BirdLife International as a Species Champion for the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, as well as contributing annually to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service and Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Heritage Expeditions maintains small groups with a guide-to-client ratio of 1:12, using environmentally responsible expedition equipment. All waste generated is responsibly managed in line with MARPOL regulations and recycling practices.

Moreover, in partnership with True Young Explorer, Heritage Expeditions provides scholarships for young people to join their expeditions. The company holds active memberships in conservation and travel organisations such as the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), Department of Conservation and Forest & Bird, all promoting responsible travel and conservation.

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Heritage Expeditions FAQ's Frequently asked questions for those considering travelling with Heritage Expeditions

Is travel insurance required to cruise with Heritage?
Due to the adventurous style of travel offered by Heritage Expeditions and the remoteness of some of the areas in which we travel, it is a condition of travel that all guests are covered by comprehensive travel insurance prior to departure, and that they maintain such insurance for the duration of the Expedit...read moreion.
Are drinks included?
Yes, house wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner on all Heritage Expeditions voyages. Complimentary drinks can also be enjoyed during special events on board while bar purchases can also be charged to your stateroom.
Is there Wi-Fi on board?
Yes, there is Wi-Fi available on both ships. Heritage Adventurer has a connection via satellite and vouchers can be purchased from reception. Wi-Fi is included on Heritage Exp...read morelorer.
What fitness level is required?
Guests are required to have a reasonable level of fitness in order to participate in landings. While not strenuous, travellers who participate on excursions must be able to climb a ship-side gangway, get in and out of Zodiacs and be able to stand unaided. Each landing and excursion caters to all fitness levels...read more ranging from easy to challenging, ultimately each guest is able to decide how active or relaxing their voyage is.
Is there a doctor on board?
Yes, on Heritage Adventurer there is an on board doctor with a small infirmary and on many voyages a First Responder will travel with guests on excursions. Heritage Explorer...read more does not have a doctor on board, however our crew are trained in first aid.
Is there a gym on board?
Yes, Heritage Adventurer has a gym, pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and Spa on Deck 7. While there is no gym on Heritage Explorer, guests have plenty of opportunity to stretch their legs...read more on shore or take the kayaks out, weather permitting.
Does a single supplement apply?
Heritage Adventurer has 20 dedicated single cabins (12 x Main Deck Single Staterooms on Deck 3 and 8 x Superior Single Staterooms on Deck 5). There is also the option of guests sharing in our Main Deck Triple (Deck 3) and Superior Triple (Deck 5) Staterooms....read more There may also be the option to share a Deck 4 or Deck 5 Superior Stateroom with another solo-travelling guest of the same gender.

Heritage Explorer has 2 dedicated single cabins (Wandering). There may be the option to book single occupancy of another cabin category (space dependant, excluding the Royal) at 1.8 times the published per person fare.
Are all excursions included?
Yes, all standard excursions are included in the voyage cost. All you will need to pay for on board is anything of a personal nature, laundry, drinks and gratuities.
What is the onboard currency?
Heritage Adventurer operates in US$ while Heritage Explorer is NZ$.
Is any clothing included?
Thermally-insulated Muck Boots are provided for use on all our Southern Ocean voyages while guests travelling to the Ross Sea are supplied with an Antarctic grade jacket during their time in Antarctica.

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