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Charters & Fiordland Discovery

Fiordland boasts some of the most spectacular fishing, hunting and diving in New Zealand.

Fiordland Jewel offers private six-day, five-night fishing, hunting and diving charters in the fiords and the Tasman Sea.

Depending on the journey, we start in Doubtful Sound and travel down the coast to Dusky Sound or Preservation Inlet, where, at the end of your charter, a helicopter will take you back to Te Anau. We also do the reverse – i.e. Helicopter in from Te Anau to Dusky Sound, and travel up the coast to Doubtful Sound.

Please note we also have Fishing, Diving and Hunting Charters open to the public, where you can book a cabin, or bed, rather than the entire vessel.

Cruise Summary

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Fiordland
Jewel

The Fiordland Jewel offers a new and luxury boutique cruising experien...

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Explore
Underwater

As well as observing wildlife above the water, Fiordland Discovery sho...

Explore the ROV
5. FDL Area Milford Sound Waterfall

Explore
the Fiords

Milford Sound is simply like no other place on Earth. With majestic pe...

Visit our landscape
5. FDL Area Milford Sound Seals on seal rock

Fiordland
Wildlife

The Fiordland natural wildlife here is abundant . Seals, dolphins and ...

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There are two types of charters, one is ‘Private’ (Exclusive use) and the other is ‘Public’ (Non-exclusive use). A Private charter is where a group of people hire the Jewel exclusively for themselves and pay one boat charter fee, often shared amongst the individuals. A Public charter is a non-exclusive trip, open for anyone to book (individually, or as couples, groups of friends or family etc).

Summary

  • Each year Fiordland Discovery provides two seasons of luxury Fishing, Diving, Hunting and Scenic charters each year
    • Season One: 1 April to 30 June (NZ Autumn, Winter)
    • Season Two: 1 September to 31 October (NZ Spring)
  • 6 days/5 nights - Active Adventure Cruise
  • Maximum 18 passengers
  • Nine luxury cabins with king size beds and ensuites
  • Outside of these seasons private exclusive charters are available on application, we are happy to quote for you
  • We are now taking bookings for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and we have only a few dates left in 2017
  • Hot tub, and fully air-conditioned and heated cabins
  • Explore under the water via a HD video camera mounted on a submarine drone
  • Fishing and lobster pot pulling
  • Explore the fiords in a kayak, or with us in a small boat
  • All our activities are weather dependent

Fishing Charters

Fiordland Jewel offers Fiordland fishing charters for keen anglers. Our luxury vessel is purpose-built for these waters and is fully equipped with high-quality fishing rods and lines. The members of our crew have many years of local knowledge and expertise, ensuring a first-class fishing experience.

On board, we have a 3-D Wassp seafloor mapping system – the very latest in fishing technology. From our years of commercial fishing, we have comprehensively mapped the fishing grounds of Fiordland and Stewart Island, enabling you to make the most of your time with us.

Common species caught in Fiordland include blue cod, groper, tuna, trumpeter and lobster. A world-record tuna was caught off the coast of Greymouth from our previous vessel, weighing in at a massive 325 kilograms.

Diving Charters

Fiordland Jewel also offers outstanding dive charters and a unique, world-renowned dive experience. The Fiordland underwater world is extraordinary in that many species, which are normally only discovered at great depths, are visible in shallower waters due to a light-absorbing freshwater layer.

The water is relatively warm and remarkably clear, giving you access to flora and fauna which is usually well out of reach, such as black coral, saucer sponge, large tube anemone and spiny sea dragons, as well as 160 species of fish. You’ll also have the chance to gather your own lobster for dinner.

Although most parts of Fiordland are teeming with underwater life, there are five marine reserves that we can choose to dive in. Gaer Arm, the Gut and Elizabeth Island in Doubtful Sound, and Wet Jacket Arm in Dusky Sound, are all marine reserves with up to seven metres of rainfall floating on top of the seawater. It’s also fantastic to dive in the Five Fingers Peninsula Marine Reserve, which is exposed to wave action and mixes fresh and saltwater together.

We provide all dive tanks and weight belts and Fiordland Jewel has its own onboard compressor. Other dive gear can be arranged on request.

Due to the new adventure activity regulations, we can only offer diving from the vessel under special new rules. Please contact us for further information.

Hunting Charters

Hunting for red deer in Fiordland is world renowned and we are happy to cater for hunters in your party. We also occasionally see deer on landslips as we cruise the fiords.

Hunters must supply their own gun, and have their current gun licence and a valid hunting permit, from the Department of Conservation (DOC) aboard with them. We give you a VHF radio and arrange drop-offs and pick-ups to suit.  Please contact us for more information.

Prices

Prices are available on application only due to the custom nature of private charters and the number of people being catered for.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival

We recommend you arrive at Queenstown Airport the day before your boat cruise. Then drive (or bus) to Manapouri and stay the night at Manapouri before you board the boat to start your cruise.

Departure

After you have finished your trip we recommend you drive to Queenstown and depart late afternoon from Queenstown Airport.

THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE IN FIORDLAND

Reserve your place now and be one of the first to discover Fiordland aboard our brand-new charter boat. The Jewel is a 24m luxury 5-star vessel, offering private live-aboard fish-hunt-dive charters, individually tailored to your desires. Come enjoy the ultimate fishing, diving, and hunting adventure with your mates. 

Take a moment and enjoy a taster of what awaits you when you book with us. If you’re after a unique, world-renowned experience, hosted by one of Fiordland's most experienced skippers, in one of New Zealand’s most breath-taking locations, then get in touch with us today!

 

STEWART ISLAND - 7 DAY CHARTER TRIP

  

Video Credit: Mark Stothart.

Activities

Once on board Fiordland Jewel you have the option of relaxing and enjoying the stunning scenery in intimate and well-appointed surroundings or indulge in a little adventure. We have a range of fantastic activities available.

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Boat Tender
Trips

Fiordland Jewel is equipped with a small boat (tender) that can take y...

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5. FDL Area Milford Sound Seals on seal rock

Fiordland
Wildlife

The Fiordland natural wildlife here is abundant . Seals, dolphins and ...

Capture nature
FDL Area Doubt Sound Cloud

Stunning
Scenery

The massive glaciers that tore the landscape apart 15,000 years ago le...

World-class scenery
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Paddle
the fiords

Explore by kayak: Once we’ve anchored for the night, feel free to use ...

Paddle paradise
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Go
Fish!

Milford Sound itself is a marine reserve so we are unable to fish ther...

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