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Luxury amidst the fiords

Meet Fiordland Discovery

 

THE SWALE FAMILY HAVE BEEN NAVIGATING, WORKING AND SHARING FIORDLAND FOR TWO GENERATIONS. LET THEM SHARE THE BEST OF THIS REMOTE WORLD HERITAGE PARK WITH YOU.

  • Come within touching distance of all Milford Sound and Fiordland has to offer on board the Fiordland Jewel, our new purpose built luxury expedition catamaran, launched December 2016.
  • Make the most of your time here with our exclusive access and unrivalled knowledge of Fiordland.
  • Superb cuisine featuring seasonal and locally caught produce, spacious cabins, on-deck hot-tub, helipad, and expedition equipment, including an ROV, combine to ensure your comfort.
  • Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor to learn more about the Fiordland Discovery difference.

Our Vehicles

Our vehicles are of the highest standards, as your comfort and safety is our foremost concern, this includes the Jewel, the ROV, and our Coach Connections from Queenstown or Te Anau.

Luxury Coach Connections

We offer luxury Coach connections to and from our Overnight Boat Cruises in Milford Sound, as Milford Sound is approximately a 5-6 hour drive, one-way, from Queenstown, and a 2.5-3 hour drive, one-way, drive from Te Anau.  

This Milford Sound 'road trip' is rated as one of New Zealand's finest experiences, however being in Fiordland it is also subject to the weather that makes the region famous and somewhat unpredicatble.   

As your comfort and saftey is our primary concern, we want you to be able to capture the views and vistas around you on your journey in to Milford Sound, and leave the responsibilities to our carefully selected professional drivers.

We have two brand new Volkswagen Crafter's that are designed with this journey in mind.  We offer a door-to-door service, and can accommodate up to 11 people, and larger numbers by arrangement.  

You can book your transport with us here.  

Please note all bookings must be made return. We do not offer one way bookings.  Your return booking ensures that if flights are cancelled due to Fiordland weather conditions, you have a means of getting to your destination by road, however the timing must work in with when we depart Milford, which is at approximately 9.30am.

Please call the day before your departure to confirm pick-up arrangements and times on 0800100105 or +6434413322.

 

The Boat

VESSEL INFORMATION

  • Brand new 24-metre, 3 deck catamaran
  • 5-star marine fit-out, purpose built for fiordland, New Zealand
  • The vessel is climate-controlled right through-out, and individually in the cabins
  • Top-deck heli-pad for helicopter access directly on and off the boat
  • State-of-the-art technology aboard in the rov (remote operated vehicle)
  • Heated pool: top deck hot-tub
  • Water sports equipement: kayaks, and tender-boat/zodiak
  • Fishing equipment available

The ROV

What is an ROV?

An ROV is an unoccupied underwater robot that is connected to a vessel, via a series of cables. The cables transmit command and control signals between the operator and the ROV, allowing remote control of the vehicle.

  • Our ROV provides high definition underwater footage of Milford Sound and Fiordland

  • The ROV descends under water, and is connected to the boat by a fibre optic umbilical-cable

  • Remotely controlled from aboard the boat, the ROV uses high-quality motors and high-torque propellers to supply thruster power to the ROV, which allows for vertical, horizontal and lateral movements to depths of down to 600m

  • Purpose built for Milford Sound and Fiordland's dark waters, it has powerful lights that attract marine life

  • The high definition camera mounted in the ROV, captures live underwater footage which is transmitted via the cable, back to the two big screen TV's in our boat lounge