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Dusky Sound, Fiordland

Luncheon Cove Dusky Sound

Luncheon Cove, Dusky Sound, Fiordland

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Southern Stewart Island

Luxury amidst the fiords

7-Day Scenic Cruises

Fiordland Discovery offers multi-day small group scenic cruises in Fiordland through Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, and Preservation and Chalky Inlets and we also operate small group scenic cruises around Stewart Island too during the month of August.

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 Inlet - Operates - May, June, July, August and September in 2020 & 2021.  

  • 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

  • Cruise Stewart Island - Paterson Inlet, Port Adventure, Port Pegasus - Operates - 1-7 August, 2020 & 2021

  • 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
  • Both our Fiordland & Stewart Island 7-Day Scenic, Nature and Historic Cruise includes some opportunities to fish

  • May see the Royal Albatross, Fiordland crested penguin & Stewart Island blue penguins, and rare native birds

  • Nine luxury cabins with a private ensuite - fully air-conditioned and heated 
  • Includes all meals - dietary requirement are catered for
  • A maximum of 18 passengers per cruise
  • Explore under the water via our ROV a HD video camera mounted on a submarine drone

  • Top-deck hot tub

  • All activities are weather-dependent.

Cruises currently open for bookings are:

Doubtful Sound to Preservation Inlet - includes heli out to Te Anau
13-19 June 2020
- 1 cabin a/v - Endeavour 
27 June-3 July 2020 - 2 cabins a/v - 1 x Captain Cook & 1 x Resolution

Preservation Inlet to Doubtful Sound -  includes heli onboard
19-25 June 2020 

Governor Cabin $10,200  a cabin (sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
Captain Cook Cabin $9,400 per cabin (sleeps 2)- Super-King Dbl
Endeavour Cabin $8,900 per cabin (sleeps 2) 2 King Singles 
Resolution Cabin $7,550 per cabin (sleeps 2) - Single Bunkbeds

Preservation Inlet to Doubtful Sound -  includes heli onboard
21-27 August 2020 
- 3 cabins a/v - 1 x Governor, 1 x Endeavour & 1 x Resolution
4-10 September 2020
8-14 May 2021

Doubtful Sound to Preservation Inlet - includes heli out to Te Anau
29 August-4 September 2020
16-22 May 2021
13-19 June 2021

Governor Cabin $11,200  a cabin (sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
Captain Cook Cabin $9,400 per cabin (sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
Endeavour Cabin $8,900 per cabin (sleeps 2) - 2 King Singles 
Resolution Cabin $7,550 per cabin (sleeps 2) - Single Bunkbeds

From Te Anau or transport available from Queenstown at additional cost. Includes heli onboard or off-board (one-way only)

View our Fiordland information sheet, or please contact us for more information to book a cabin or to register interest in our September cruises.

Stewart Island - Paterson Inlet, Port Adventure, Port Pegasus 

1-7 August 2020 - 4 cabins a/v - 1 x Governor, 2 x Captain Cook & 1 x Endeavour 

Governor Cabin $10,200 a cabin (sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
Captain Cook Cabin $8,400 per cabin (sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
Endeavour Cabin $7,900 per cabin (sleeps 2) - 2 King Singles

View our Stewart Island information sheetor please contact us for more information or our 2021 dates and cabin rates.

All prices GST inclusive and In NZD


Preservation Inlet Multi-day Cruise

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 the 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.


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.