National Geographic Expeditions takes you on a voyage of discovery from New Caledonia to New Zealand, with a focus on some of the most extraordinary lagoons in the world.
Sailing from Nouméa to Auckland, you will travel in the company of both a National Geographic photographer and expert, who through lectures, workshops and one-on-one discussions, will give you a deeper understanding of the sights and significance of your journey and teach you how to capture the story of this incredible expedition through your own photography.
After joining Le Soleal in Nouméa, you will sail to Kouaré Island which will reveal you all its beauty and the richness of its seabed. From here we will continue the exploration of the idyllic islands of New Caledonia with visits to Mare and Lifou, with their white sand beaches, emerald clear waters, and lush tropical vegetation. Sailing north, we will visit Hienghene, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, classified for the incredible biodiversity of its coral and famed for its black limestone cliffs.
Sailing in the company of both your National Geographic Expert and photographer, you will have the unique opportunity to learn about, experience, and photograph these fascinating cultures with the very best insight and guidance to leave you with a deeper understanding and an unforgettable voyage.
Visiting the remote Norfolk Island, you will be as struck by the beauty of Emily Bay lagoon as you will be by its fascinating history. Identified as an Important Bird Area due to its endemic species, Norfolk Island is a nature-lovers delight.
In the far north of the New Zealand archipelago, you will visit the Bay of Islands. This destination has welcomed many voyagers to New Zealand, including the Maori of 700 years ago. Your welcome to New Zealand will be completed with a traditional Maori ceremony.
Your cruise will end in Auckland. Bordered by two seas, this New Zealand city will surprise you with its modernity and its cosmopolitan atmosphere and is the perfect destination to adjust back to the bustle of modern life before heading home.
This Expedition Cruise is onboard PONANT's Le Soleal, part of the Sisterships fleet.