Fiordland Discovery offers multi-day scenic cruises in Fiordland through Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, and Preservation and Chalky Inlets and Stewart Island so you can see all that this scenic slice of paradise has to offer.
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.
Cruise Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, Preservation and Chalky Inlets
Cruise Stewart Island
7-Day Scenic, Nature and Historic Cruise with opportunities to fish
Nine luxury cabins with private ensuites
Bush, island and beach walks including the most south-westerly point of the South Island, Puysegur Point on our Fiordland cruise
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 our ROV a HD video camera mounted on a submarine drone
Explore the fiords or the bays of Stewart Island in a kayak, or in the Jewel’s Zodiac tender boat, if the weather permits there is a chance that we can circumnavigate the island
Top-deck hot tub, and fully air-conditioned and heated cabins
All activities are weather-dependent.
Preservation Inlet, Dusky Sound to Doubtful Sound 6-nights/7-days - Helicopter in
21 August, out 27 August 2019 - 1 Governor Cabin available
8 May, out 14 May 2020
22 May, out 28 May 2020
Preservation Inlet, Doubtful Sound to Dusky Sound 6-nights/7-days - Helicopter out
16 May, out 22 May 2020
30 May, out 5 June 2020
Governor Cabin $10,200 (sleeps 2)
Captain Cook Cabin $8,400 (sleeps 2)
Endeavour Cabin $7,900 (sleeps 2)
Resolution Cabin $6,550 (sleeps 2)
21 August, out 27 August 2020
Governor Cabin $11,200 (sleeps 2)
Captain Cook Cabin $9,400 (sleeps 2)
Endeavour Cabin $8,900 (sleeps 2)
Resolution Cabin $7,550 (sleeps 2)
From Te Anau or transport available from Queenstown at additional cost. Includes heli onboard or off-board (one-way only)
Stewart Island 6-nights/7-days
1 August, out 7 August 2019
Captain Cook Cabin $6,900 (sleeps 2) - 4 cabins available
Endeavour Cabin $6,400 (sleeps 2) - 1 cabin available
1 August, out 7 August 2020
View our Stewart Island information sheet
All prices GST inclusive and In NZD
All meals included
Maximum 18 passengers per cruise
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 the Fiordland Jewel, which will be waiting in Dusky Sound.
In Dusky Sound we’ll cruise amongst various islands, coves and passages, visiting many historically significant sites such as:
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:
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:
Preservation Inlet also has some spectacular land features and viewpoints, including:
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.
We recommend you arrive at Queenstown Airport the day before your boat cruise. Then drive (or bus) to Manapouri and stay overnight at Manapouri before you board the boat to start your cruise.
After you have finished your trip we recommend you drive to Queenstown and stay overnight or depart late afternoon from Queenstown Airport.