Launched in December 2016, Fiordland Discovery is a family-owned and run business, with the owners having a lifelong connection to Fiordland. The idea behind Fiordland Discovery is to offer visitors up-close-and-personal access to one of New Zealand’s most iconic National Parks, through operators that have a genuine connection to the area.
Rob Swale, Fiordland Discovery’s owner/head skipper, is one of Fiordland’s most experienced and highly respected operators, with Fiordland in his blood having grown up as the son of a commercial fisherman. He has been involved with operating charter vessels in the area for over 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge, experience and very real connection to the area. His vision for our current business evolved from discussions with guests on his previous vessel, when he recognised there was a gap in the market for a boutique-style, purpose-built vessel to showcase Fiordland. With this in mind, Rob designed and built the Fiordland Jewel, a 24m high-spec catamaran that features a helipad, top-deck hot tub, nine climate-controlled cabins all with ensuite bathrooms and majestic fiord and sea views.
With an on board chef, comfortable and elegant dining and seating areas, and genuine Kiwi hospitality, Fiordland Jewel provides a truly special way to experience the incredible beauty of Fiordland.