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Heritage Expeditions marks 40th anniversary with 2025 Kiwi season launch

The purpose-built expedition yacht Heritage Explorer goes to destinations off-limits to larger vessels
Pioneering Heritage Expeditions, founded by the Russ family in Christchurch in 1984, celebrated 40 years of exploring the country’s wildest and most remote destinations with the launch of its 2025 Kiwi cruise season.

‘Our 2025 season continues Heritage Expeditions' tradition of intimate explorations of rarely-visited New Zealand destinations accessible only by sea, including Fiordland, Stewart and Ulva Islands, Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park,’ Commercial Director and expedition leader Aaron Russ said. 

Russ said the company’s luxurious, purpose-built 18-guest expedition yacht Heritage Explorer navigates narrow waterways, fiords and island clusters off limits to larger vessels.

More active travellers

He said the new five-day ‘Unseen Queen Charlotte Sound’ voyage has been designed for more active travellers wanting to explore the remote waterways, coves and coastlines.

‘This voyage gives walking and hiking enthusiasts the opportunity to trek sections of the iconic Queen Charlotte Walkway,’ he said.

He said other new itineraries for 2025 include summer sailings of ‘Unseen Stewart Island.’