About Us

Small Ship Cruising for Big Adventures

About Us


Wild Earth Travel is owned and operated by expedition leaders with over 20 years' experience voyaging, leading and creating expeditions all over the globe. 

Our team are all passionate expedition & small cruise ship travellers and our knowledge and stories come from our own personal experiences. When listening to travellers requests we use this unique understanding and knowledge to match you with the best small ship options for you. 

Wild Earth is uniquely placed in the industry as we work with over 50 hand-picked operators to bring you a complete range of destinations and itineraries to some of the worlds most remote and niche destinations. We pride ourselves on our personalised service, in-depth expertise and the close relationships we have with our partners to ensure you get the best value and service. 

If you’re after a small ship cruise or an expedition ship cruise Wild Earth Travel can help you find a trip of a lifetime. Anywhere and everywhere we are ready to guide you through our range of different options with impartial advice so you can experience the very best of each destination.

And, often the hardest part of our booking process is picking where you want to go…maybe it’s sailing on small superyachts around the Mediterranean, or exploring the arctic on one of our expedition cruises, or experiencing Antarctica in style on one of our luxury voyages. 



General Manager

Aaron Russ

Aaron spent a childhood like no other travelling on small ships every holiday to the Subantarctic Islands, New Zealand and Antarctica. Since that time, he has led expeditions on over …

Reservations Consultant

Ellen Batchelor

Ellen's passion for travel began when she started backpacking with friends which lead her to the industry with an eagerness to make some money in order to keep travelling! Ellen's …

Reservation Expert

Karon McGarr

Karon has more than 23 years’ experience in the travel industry including in both retail and corporate roles, “I live and breathe travel, and don’t think I could ever do anything …

Reservation Expert

Kylie Dumbleton

With over 10 years’ experience at Wild Earth Travel, Kylie has matched many a traveller with their dream small ship cruise, “I’m passionate about helping travellers find the experience they …

Reservations Consultant

Tomasa Demarchi

Tomasa has always loved travelling and figured out pretty quickly that if you're not on holiday yourself, the next best thing is spending time planning travel for others! Tomasa has …

Business Development (Adelaide)

Neil Saunders

With over 18 years travel industry experience, and expertise in Adventure Travel, Luxury Travel, Family Holidays and Small Ship Luxury and Expedition Cruising, Neil joins the Wild Earth Travel team …

Business Development (Auckland)

Sarah Porter

Sarah has been working with Wild Earth Travel since July 2014 but her passion for travel started at a very young age. Sarah is peppered with various experience and industry …


Diane Cowan

Diane unfortunately only spends 3 days of the week in the office and the other 2 days you can find her working in and around Christchurch on native revegetation projects …

Online Content Coordinator

Tonia Kraakman

All the way from Russia Tonia finished University in Moscow with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2010 and started working right away in five-star luxury, small boutique …

Marketing, Communications & Sales Specialist

Nyssa Erskine

  As a former magazine editor, Nyssa loves a good travel story whether it’s making her own or hearing the adventures of others. Having kicked off her career interning at …

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We are travellers like you

We Are Travellers

Our team of small ship cruise specialists are very well travelled. Between us have explored Antarctica over 100 times, led small ship cruises all over the world and experienced the most unique and fascinating corners of the planet, and we love sharing our experiences with you. We have the largest choice of providers

Largest Choice Providers

Our collection of small ship cruises is constantly growing, we now feature over 1200 cruises aboard more than 80 small ships to choose from. As pioneers of the small ship cruising movement over 30 years ago, our insider knowledge of the industry means that there is barely a ship or a destination worldwide that we haven't experienced.

Customising your cruise is our specialty

Customising Your Cruise

We offer you the ability to pay in the original currency of the ship operator, meaning that you don't pay more in currency buffers. Choose to pay in USD, Euro, GBP, NZD or AUD. As a long established Australasian company, you can be assured that you are in safe hands as our team of specialists guide you through the booking process.

We offer more than just great value

We Offer More

As you prepare for your cruise, we will be in touch to ensure that you have everything that you need, from packing lists to suggested reading lists to pre and post transfers and accommodation. For some cruises, there will also be the options to add on extras such as the Rocky Mountaineer train, or explorations of Machu Picchu and the Amazon.


NZ +64 (0)3 365 1355
Aus Freephone: 1800 107 715
NZ Freephone: 0800 945 3327
UK Freephone: 0808 258 0098
US/Canada Freephone: 1866 285 7884
Facsimile +64 (0)3 365 1301

Email: [email protected]

Wild Earth Travel Limited
53B Montreal Street
Christchurch, 8023
New Zealand

Postal Address:
Wild Earth Travel
P.O. Box 7218
Christchurch, 8240
New Zealand

(Our telephone lines are open from 9am-5pm NZ Time, 8am-5pm AEST, Monday to Friday)

Our Associates Include

Adventure Canada
Heritage Expeditions New Zealand
UnCruise Adventures