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Luxury amidst the fiords

Multi-day Cruises

Fiordland Discovery offers multi-day scenic cruises in 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 and 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

  • 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.

DATES 2019

Stewart Island
7 days/6nights. 
1-7 Aug and 8-14 Aug 2019 

Governor Cabin $8,700 (sleeps 2)
Captain Cook Cabin $6,900 (sleeps 2)
Endeavour Cabin $6,400 (sleeps 2)
Resolution Cabin $11,100 (sleeps 4)

From Oban.

Preservation Inlet Cruise
7 days/6 nights
2 June, out 8 June 2019
8 June, out 14 June 2019

Governor Cabin $9,700 (sleeps 2)
Captain Cook Cabin $7,900 (sleeps 2)
Endeavour Cabin $7,400 (sleeps 2)
Resolution Cabin $12,100 (sleeps 4)

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

All prices GST inclusive and In NZD
All meals included

Maximum 20 passengers per cruise

To check availability or to make a reservation please contact us by clicking on the Book Now button below.

itinerary

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.

Arrival

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. 

Departure

After you have finished your trip we recommend you drive to Queenstown and stay overnight or depart late afternoon from Queenstown Airport.