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Dusky Sound, Fiordland

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Luncheon Cove, Dusky Sound, Fiordland

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Luxury amidst the fiords

Multi-day Scenic Expeditions

Fiordland Discovery offers six-night/seven-day small group scenic boat expeditions on board the Fiordland Jewel  in 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. Scroll down to view our scheduled dates, availability and rates.

We will be operating our small group boat expeditions and private charters through COVID-19 - Alert Level 2 from Saturday May 30, the safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew is paramount during this time and we will be following NZ Government and Tourism Industry Aotearoa safe operating guidelines, please contact us for an overview of these.  

This is not a private whole-vessel charter, but a public charter where you book a cabin and join a group of like-minded guests to explore and experience the extraordinary history and spectacular scenery of these remote wilderness areas of New Zealand. All nine luxury cabins have fiord and sea views and a private ensuite and are fully air-conditioned and heated.

Our expeditions are tailored specifically for people who are interested in scenery, history and nature and on our six-night/seven-day expeditions there are some opportunities to fish to catch a feed.

A maximum of 18 passengers.

Fiordland National Park (six-nights/seven-days)- Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, and Preservation and Chalky Inlets - operates from May to October

  • Bush, island and beach walks including the most south-westerly point of the South Island, Puysegur Point

  • Visit historic Captain Cook and Gold Rush sites

  • Dusky Sound and its surrounding fiords are havens for marine and bird life 
  • Watch our crew dive for you to enjoy a lobster lunch or dinner
  • Includes helicopter transfer (one way) to or from Te Anau to Preservation Inlet and transfer Manapouri-Deep Cove by boat and coach
  • View more information and find out more about the scenic, history and nature aspects of our Fiordland expeditions

Stewart Island (six-nights/seven-days) - Paterson Inlet, Port Adventure, Port Pegasus - operates during the month of August

  • Explore the inlets, bays and rivers of Stewart Island in a kayak, or in the Fiordland Jewel’s tender boat, 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 kilometers
  • On most days there will be the opportunity to head to shore, with the chance to stretch your legs. Bush, island and beach walks include the Ulva Island bird sanctuary, historic Norwegian whaling station in Prices Inlet and Little Glory Bay
  • Experience Stewart Island's abundant marine and bird life

  • Watch our crew dive for paua and dredge for Bluff oysters when in season
  • Includes return ferry Bluff-Oban
  • View more information

Doubtful Sound Adventure (two-nights/three-days)

  • Doubtful Sound is 10 times larger than Milford Sound and is defined by lush rainforests clinging to dramatic peaks.  Waterfalls are gloriously abundant.
  • Explore the many arms and islands that make up Doubtful Sound. Wildlife is another reason to visit this fiord - keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and famous birds like the Fiordland crested penguin.  You may also spot native New Zealand falcons, white-faced herons, white herons, cattle egrets, a variety of shags and the common black-backed gull.  Closer to the Tasman we may see Albatross.
  • Watch our crew dive or pull cray pots for you to enjoy a lobster lunch or dinner
  • Includes return transfer Manapouri-Deep Cove by boat and coach
  • View more information 

Includes

  • All meals prepared by our on board chef in our commercial kitchen - all dietary requirement are catered for. Our crew dive for seafood/kaimoana for you to enjoy
  • Complimentary tea & coffee
  • Explore under the water via our ROV a HD video camera mounted on a submarine drone from the warmth and comfort of the main saloon

  • Use of our kayaks and top-deck hot tub (weather dependent)

  • In each cabin: Toiletries, body wash & shampoo/conditioner (Evolu), hairdryer, linen and bath towels

Dates currently open for bookings to August, 2020:

Doubtful Sound to Preservation Inlet - includes heli out to Te Anau
Saturday June 13-Friday June 19 
- 1 cabin a/v - 1 Captain Cook 
Saturday June 27-Friday July 3 - 1 cabin a/v - 1 Captain Cook
Saturday July 11-Friday July 17 - all cabins a/v

Preservation Inlet to Doubtful Sound - includes heli onboard
Friday June 19-Thursday June 25 - all cabins a/v 
Friday July 17-Thursday July 23 - all cabins a/v 

Stewart Island Expedition - Paterson Inlet, Port Adventure, Port Pegasus 
Saturday August 1-Friday August 7 - 3 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 2 Captain Cook 

Rates (six-nights/seven-days) from May to August 7, 2020
Governor Cabin $10,200 | $5,100 per person (
sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
Captain Cook Cabin $8,400 | $4,200 per person (sleeps 2)- Super-King Dbl
Endeavour Cabin $7,900 | $3,950 per person (sleeps 2) 2 King Singles 
Resolution Cabin $6,550 | $3,275 per person (sleeps 2) - Single Bunkbeds

Doubtful Sound Adventure 
Thursday June 25-Saturday June 27
Thursday July 9-Saturday July 11
Thursday July 23-Saturday July 25
Thursday August 27-Saturday August 29
Thursday September 24-Saturday September 26
Thursday October 8-Saturday October 10
Thursday October 22-Saturday October 24
Thursday November 5-Saturday November 7
Thursday November 19-November 21

Rates (two-nights/three-days) from June to November, 2020
Governor Cabin $2,900 | $1,450 per person (sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
Captain Cook Cabin $2,700 | $1,350 per person (sleeps 2)- Super-King Dbl
Endeavour Cabin $2,500 | $1,250 per person (sleeps 2) - 2 King Singles 
Resolution Cabin $1,980 | $990 per person, additional child 9-18 $675 (sleeps 4) - Single Bunkbeds
Please note minimum numbers may apply to some dates.

Dates currently open for bookings to from September to November, 2020:

Doubtful Sound to Preservation Inlet - includes heli out to Te Anau

Saturday October 10-Friday October 16 - 3 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 2 Resolution
Saturday October 24-Friday October 30 - all cabins a/v

Preservation Inlet to Doubtful Sound - includes heli onboard
Friday October 16-Thursday October 22 - 8 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 3 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution
Friday October 30-Thursday November 5 - all cabins a/v

2021
Doubtful Sound to Preservation Inlet - includes heli out to Te Anau
Sunday May 2-Saturday May 8 - 2 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 1 Resolution
Sunday May 16-Saturday May 22 - 4 cabins a/v - 2 Captain Cook, 2 Resolution
June 13-19 - 5 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 2 Captain Cook, 2 Resolution

Preservation Inlet to Doubtful Sound - includes heli onboard
Saturday May 8-Friday May 14 - 4 cabins a/v - 1 Captain Cook, 2 Resolution, 1 Endeavour
Saturday May 22-Friday May 28  - 2 cabins a/v - 2 Resolution
Saturday June 5-Friday June 11 - 7 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 2 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution
Monday September 13-Sunday September 19 - 7 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 2 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution

Stewart Island Expedition - Paterson Inlet, Port Adventure, Port Pegasus 
Sunday August 1-Saturday August 7 - all cabins a/v

Rates (six-nights/seven-days) from August 21, 2020 to September 2021
Governor Cabin $11,200 | $5,600 per person (sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
Captain Cook Cabin $9,400 | $4,700 per person (sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
Endeavour Cabin $8,900 | $4,450 per person (sleeps 2) - 2 King Singles 
Resolution Cabin $7,550 | $3,775 per person (sleeps 2) - Single Bunkbeds

Retail prices are GST inclusive and in NZD, excludes beverages purchased from our licensed bar on board the Fiordland Jewel.

Return transport is available from Queenstown with one of our friendly professional drivers in one of our VW Crafter Vans for $200 per person.

Please contact us for more information, to register interest in other expedition dates scheduled and currently not open for bookings, or for our single occupancy rates.