Starting at $5,995

Journey with us on this 10-night, custom-designed itinerary and circumnavigate the South Island of New Zealand to experience inimitable natural wonders that exist nowhere else on Earth. Cruise through the breathtaking scenery of the South Island for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Lapérouse—featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony, and the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first luxury, underwater Observation Lounge. Spend three nights in Auckland including an adventure to the Northland country to learn more about the important national tradition of sheep farming. Experience the genuine and uniquely friendly nature of New Zealand “Kiwis” and the rich Maori culture while admiring the varied and exceptional scenery simply everywhere. Tour charming Christchurch, where English influence persists in Victorian architecture and well-tended parks. Choose to extend your journey with our exclusive Pre-Program Option in Sydney, Australia, and Post-Program Option in Mt. Cook and Queenstown, New Zealand.


  • Extraordinary 10-night program exploring the breadth of New Zealand’s natural wonders.
  • Three nights in picturesque Auckland, the “City of Sails.”
  • Seven-night circumnavigation of the South Island of New Zealand through the breathtaking natural scenery.
  • Zodiac excursions through the Fiordland’s Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound with an onboard naturalist.
  • Visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to a stunning collection of World War I and II aircrafts.
  • Visit to the Te Papa Tongarewa, the national Museum of New Zealand showcasing an impressive Maori art collection.
  • Travel through Wairau Valley, world-famous for its extraordinary wines.
  • Visit Blenheim—the most populous town in the renowned Marlborough District—for a wine tasting, tour and lunch.
  • Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Lapérouse, launched in 2018, with only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi aboard ship.
  • Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge.
  • Three-night Pre-Program Option in spectacular Sydney, Australia; four-night Post-Program Option featuring scenic Mt. Cook and charming Queenstown, New Zealand.
Event Itinerary 

Day     Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2. Cross the International Date Line
  3. Auckland, North Island
  4. Auckland
  5. Auckland for Muriwai and Northland Country
  6. Auckland/Fly to Christchurch, South Island/Embark Le Lapérouse
  7. Dunedin
  8. Dusky Sound/Doubtful Sound
  9. Milford Sound
  10. Cruising the Tasman Sea
  11. Picton for Marlborough and Blenheim
  12. Wellington, North Island
  13. Christchurch, South Island/Disembark ship/Fly to Auckland, North Island/Depart for the U.S. or Canada/Cross the International Date Line/Arrive in the U.S. or Canada
Enrollment Max 
Type of activity 
Activity Level 

Moderately Active


John M. Watanabe

John M. Watanabe received his B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1975, and his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1984.  He is currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College, where he has taught since 1989 in Anthropology and later in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  His research concerns Guatemala and southern Mexico, especially Maya culture and identity in historical perspective.  He also writes on the anthropology of religion and the role of ritual in human cultural evolution. He has served as president of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (2000-01) and has held fellowships from the Michigan Society of Fellows (1986-89) and the National Humanities Center (1998-99). Professor Watanabe is also the faculty director for the College's New Zealand Foreign Study Program, where he has led Dartmouth students for the past decade.

Shared Program 
Duke, Smithsonian, UVM, Yale
Operator Name 
Gohagan & Company