Fiordland Discovery offers private charters for groups who wish to have exclusive use of our vessel the Fiordland Jewel, specialising in tailored trips to suit specific requirements, whether it be scenic, fishing, hunting or diving expeditions - or a combination thereof - exploring Fiordland National Park, which is a major part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site and also Stewart Island/Rakiura. This year we are also operating a two-night/three-day adventure in Doubtful Sound/Patea.
All nine luxury cabins have fiord and sea views and a private ensuite and are fully air-conditioned and heated.
A maximum of 18 passengers.
View vessel and cabin information, or please contact us for availability in 2021.
Fiordland National Park (six-nights/seven-days)
The journey can start in Doubtful Sound and travel down the coast to Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, Chalky and Preservation Inlet, or the reverse – heli from Te Anau to Preservation Inlet to land directly on board, and then travel up the coast through Chalky Inlet, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds, to Doubtful Sound.
Stewart Island Private Charters (six-nights/seven-days) - Paterson Inlet, Port Adventure, Port Pegasus
If the weather permits there is a chance that we can circumnavigate the island and discover remote areas of Rakiura National Park, which comprises 85% of the island's 1,570 square kms.
The very latest in fishing technology, a 3D Wassp seafloor mapping system, is onboard. From years of commercial fishing, skipper Rob Swale has comprehensively mapped the fishing grounds of Fiordland and Stewart Island, enabling guests to make the most of their fishing time.
Common species caught in Fiordland include blue cod, groper, tuna and trumpeter. A world-record tuna was caught off the coast of Greymouth from Fiordland Discovery’s previous vessel, weighing in at a massive 325 kilograms.
Gear available for use: Fishing gear and Shimano electric fishing reels.
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. Guests also have the chance to gather their own lobster for dinner.
Although most parts of Fiordland are teeming with underwater life, there are five marine reserves available 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.
A warm current from the Australian Great Barrier Reef flows around Stewart Island bringing a greater diversity of marine creatures than would normally be found in waters of this latitude. You will encounter many species. Fish, crustaceans, mollusca and spectacular underwater forests of tall bladder kelp. A seafood lover's paradise, with paua, giant scallops, and Bluff oysters when in season.
The Marine Reserve in Paterson Inlet, which was established in 2004 and covers 1075 hectares, is the ultimate diver’s paradise. On show here are up to 170 species of seaweed and over 50 species of fish.
Fiordland Discovery provides all dive tanks and weight belts and Fiordland Jewel has its own onboard compressor. Divers must have their dive ticket and this is to be brought onboard.
Hunting for red deer in Fiordland is world-renowned and Fiordland Discovery offers hunting charters to cater for hunters keen to access the wilderness. Deer can occasionally be seen on landslips while cruising the fiords.
Stewart Island offers hunters the only readily accessible herd of Virginian White-tail deer in the Southern Hemisphere and is therefore a popular destination for deer hunters.
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. Fiordland Discovery provides a VHF radio and arranges drop-offs and pick-ups to suit.