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Luxury amidst the fiords

Multiday Cruises

To explore Fiordland is to discover what it really means to be a New Zealander. This incredibly enchanting corner of our country is not only beautiful, it is also where much of our European history began, with the early arrival of explorers, gold prospectors and sealers.

This is not a private whole-vessel charter, but a multi-day cruise where you book a cabin. These trips are tailored specifically for people who are interested in scenery, history and nature.

The magnificent wilderness of our southernmost fiords is rich in historic sites, stunning walks, viewing points and wildlife. We call our exploration of Dusky Sound and Preservation Inlet an “expedition” as we offer more than just a cruise — we often leave the luxurious Fiordland Jewel moored as we discover the sea and islands of the fiords by kayak, tender and foot.

But it is not just the landscape that makes Fiordland special, you can witness its underwater life via our state-of-the-art ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), which explores the marine environment below the Fiordland Jewel as you watch from the comfort of the boat’s lounge. Being so remote, few people have enjoyed this amazing, untouched part of New Zealand, and even fewer have had the chance to view its remarkable underwater world.

Fiordland Discovery offers multi-day cruises in the Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, and Preservation and Chalky Inlets so you can see all that this scenic slice of paradise has to offer.

Summary

  • Cruise Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, Preservation and Chalky Inlets
  • 7 Day Scenic, Nature and Historic Fiordland Cruise
  • Dates: In September 18th 2017; Out 24 September 2017
  • Dates: In June 3rd 2018 2018: Out 8th June 2018
  • Prices range from $2150 to $3450 per person per trip
  • Nine luxury cabins with king size beds and ensuites
  • Maximum 20 passengers
  • Bush, island and beach walks including the most southwesterly point of the South Island, Puysegur Point
  • Visit historic Captain Cook and Gold Rush sites
  • May see the Royal Albatross, Fiordland crested penguin, and rare native birds
  • 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
  • Hot tub, and fully air-conditioned and heated cabins
  • All our activities are weather dependent

Cruise Summary

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Fiordland
Jewel

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Underwater

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5. FDL Area Milford Sound Waterfall

Explore
the Fiords

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Fiordland
Wildlife

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itinerary

Fiordland Discovery offers multi-day cruises in the Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, and Preservation and Chalky Inlets so you can see all that this scenic slice of paradise has to offer.

The beauty of a Dusky Sound cruise on Fiordland Jewel is that you can take it at your own pace, either enjoy the scenery around you on board our luxury nine-cabin boat, or get out and about and explore the area. On most days there will be the opportunity to head to shore, with the chance to stretch your legs and experience the Fiordland wilderness for yourself.

Of course, the weather is central to any Fiordland experience, so the itinerary of your cruise may differ depending on the conditions of the day.

Preservation Inlet Multiday Cruise

Summary

  • Cruise Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, Preservation and Chalky Inlets
  • 7 Day Scenic, Nature and Historic Fiordland Cruise
  • Prices range from $2150 to $3450 per person per trip
  • Nine luxury cabins with king size beds and ensuites
  • Maximum 20 passengers
  • Bush, island and beach walks including the most southwesterly point of the South Island, Puysegur Point
  • Visit historic Captain Cook and Gold Rush sites
  • May see the Royal Albatross, Fiordland crested penguin, and rare native birds
  • 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
  • Hot tub, and fully air-conditioned and heated cabins
  • All our activities are weather dependent

Day 1

  • Seven-day scenic charter—a sample itinerary.  Variations are subject to weather.  If you select our seven-day scenic charter, you will fly via helicopter from Te Anau and land directly on your vessel, Fiordland Jewel, which will be waiting in Dusky Sound.

Days 2-5

In Dusky Sound we’ll cruise amongst various islands, coves and passages, visiting many historically significant sites such as:

  • Luncheon Cove, where we walk around predator-free Anchor Island (2.5 kilometres), a bird sanctuary near the mouth of the fiord. You may see the South Island saddleback and, occasionally, one of the 40 rare kakapo on the island. This track travels up to a small lake in the centre of the island.
  • Anchor Point, where Captain Cook anchored HMS Resolution in 1773. Also Pickersgill Harbour where Cook moored off Astronomer Point for five weeks.
  • Pigeon Island, where we walk up the DOC pathway to visit the site of the home of New Zealand’s first conservationist, Richard Henry, who tried to save the kakapo from extinction in the late 1800s. Here there is also an incredible viewpoint towards the entrance of Dusky Sound.
  • We then cruise through the narrow channels of the Little Harbour to The Basin where you can go kayaking or explore Resolution Island on foot.
  • There is also the possibility to launch the ROV to view black coral and marine life, giving you the unique opportunity to experience this remarkable place in a way that, until now, has been impossible.

At some stage, depending on the weather, we leave Dusky Sound and cruise down to Chalky Inlet.

We cruise around the inlets, and may do activities such as:

  • View the rusting hulk of the wreck “Stella”, a steamship that purposely ran aground in the 1800s after damaging itself on a reef.
  • Walk on the beach at South Port Cove and visit McCallum’s sawmill boiler.
  • Walk up to Lake Cadman, via the falls in Lake Cove at the head of Edwardson Sound (20 minutes).

Right beside Chalky Inlet is Preservation Inlet, separated by Broke-adrift Passage and Treble Mountain. In the 1890s, a gold rush occurred and mining towns sprang up at Cromarty and Te Oneroa, where tracks and old mining machinery can still be found. Possible activities include:

  • Land at Krisbee Bay to view an old sawmill boiler at Cromarty. The gold mine itself is many kilometres into the hills.
  • Land at Te Oneroa Beach and walk 10 minutes inland to the old Morning Star battery boiler, where you may be able to see the mine drives and even the remains of an aerial cableway. On the other side of the inlet is the site of the first whaling station in the South Island.

Preservation Inlet also has some spectacular land features and viewpoints, including:

  • Puysegur Point, where we land at the old oil store (now a DOC hut) and walk to the most isolated lighthouse in New Zealand.
  • Spit Island, an island connected to the mainland by a beautiful sandspit at low tide. It was the site of two tragic Maori battles in the 1780s.
  • Cascade basin, a magnificent waterfall that plunges into Long Sound.

Day 6-7

  • We'll start to head back north through Breaksea and Doubtful Sounds. At Doubtful Sound on Day 7, you'll disembark and take a bus over Wilmot Pass, a boat over Lake Manapouri and return to Te Anau.

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.

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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