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Fiordland - 6 Nights

Explore Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, including Preservation and Chalky Inlets, aboard the Fiordland Jewel

Soak in the atmosphere and pristine wilderness of New Zealand’s largest National Park on this six-night expedition. Part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site, Fiordland’s Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds are rich in history and spectacular scenery. Experience the area’s native birds and sea life up close and personal, with opportunities for kayaking, short walks and fishing to catch a feed, if you so wish, from our purpose-built catamaran, the Fiordland Jewel.

With a maximum of just 18 passengers onboard, there will be many opportunities to soak up stories of the area from our knowledgeable crew, and to take in breathtaking vistas from the deck or from any of our nine climate-controlled cabins, all of which have sea views and private ensuites. Relax in the hot tub on the top deck and enjoy all your meals prepared by our talented onboard chef.

Individual cabins can be booked for yourself, your small group of family and friends, or as a couple, for an experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.

CURRENT AVAILABILITY IN 2024

  • Doubtful Sound to Dusky Sound/Preservation Inlet - includes helicopter out to Te Anau

Saturday August 17 - Friday August 23 - 2 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 1 Captain Cook
Thursday August 29 - Wednesday September 4 - 9 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 4 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution
Tuesday September 10 - Monday September 16 - 1 cabin a/v - Endeavour Twin (on hold)
Sunday September 22 - Saturday September 28 - 4 cabins a/v - 2 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour

  • Preservation Inlet/Dusky Sound to Doubtful Sound - includes helicopter in 

Friday August 23 - Thursday August 29 - 2 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 1 Captain Cook
Wednesday September 4 - Tuesday September 10 - 9 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 4 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution 
Monday September 16 - Sunday 22 September - 9 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 4 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution

CURRENT AVAILABILITY IN 2025

  • Doubtful Sound to Dusky Sound/Preservation Inlet - includes helicopter out to Te Anau

Tuesday May 27 - Monday June 2 - 9 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 4 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution
Sunday September 7 - Saturday September 13 - 8 cabins a/v - 4 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution
Wednesday October 1 - Tuesday October 7 - 9 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 4 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution

  • Preservation Inlet/Dusky Sound to Doubtful Sound - includes helicopter in

Wednesday May 21 - Tuesday May 27 - 6 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 2 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 1 Resolution
Monday June 2 - Sunday June 8 - 9 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 4 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution
Monday September 1 - Sunday September 7 -  8 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 3 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution
Tuesday October 7 - Monday October 13 - 9 cabins a/v - 1 Governor, 4 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution

RATES 2024 & 2025

  • Governor Cabin $9,000 per person (sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
  • Captain Cook Cabin $7,500 per person (sleeps 2) - Super-King Dbl
  • Endeavour Cabin $7,500 per person (sleeps 2) - 2 King Singles 
  • Resolution Cabin $4,750 per person (sleeps 2) - Single Bunkbeds

Retail prices are based on twin share, GST inclusive and in NZD, includes transfer per person into or out of Preservation Inlet or Dusky Sound (Helicopter) or Doubtful Sound (Boat/Coach), excludes beverages purchased from our licensed bar on board the Fiordland Jewel.  

A single occupancy discount of 25% is available on the twin share rate.

Return transfers from Queenstown are available for an additional $200 per person.

DAY 1

Fly via helicopter from Te Anau and land directly onboard the Fiordland Jewel which will be waiting in Preservation Inlet or Dusky Sound..

DAY 2-5 

Cruise through Breaksea, Dusky Sounds, and Preservation and Chalky Inlets.  We may do activities such as:

  • 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
  • View incredible wildlife - Dusky Sound and its surrounding fiords are havens for marine and bird life
  • Some fishing to catch a feed, if you wish to do so
  • Kayaking and tender boat excursions

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 coach over the Wilmot Pass, a boat over Lake Manapouri to return to Manapouri.

Of course, the weather is central to a Fiordland experience, so the itinerary of your cruise may differ depending on the conditions on the day.  The above sample itinerary is from Preservation Inlet ending in Doubtful Sound, Doubtful Sound to Preservation Inlet is in reverse.

  • Helicopter transfer (one way) to or from Te Anau to Preservation Inlet and a coach/boat transfer (one way) to or from Doubtful Sound to Manapouri
  • All meals - all dietary requirements are catered for. Complimentary tea & coffee.
  • Use of our kayaks and top deck hot tub (weather dependent)
  • In each cabin: Toiletries - body wash,  shampoo & conditioner by Sans [ceuticals], hairdryer, linen and bath towels

Excludes

  • Wine, beer & soft drinks (no spirits), these are available for you to purchase from our licensed onboard bar. (BYO alcohol NOT permitted)

This was a totally magical experience. Loved every day. Each day offered something new and spectacular. The scenery was stunning and the crew were incredible. The food was AMAZING. Not only this but the people on the trip were all such lovely people and I am grateful to have met each and every one of them.

My highlight of the trip was the kayaking not just around the coves but going through the rivers with the trees and moss hanging overhead. I loved every minute of the trip.

Thank you Fiordland Discovery.

Nadine, Queenstown, New Zealand

WOW, what a phenomenal experience. Keith and I will treasure the memories of this trip for our lifetime. The experience was unbelievable. So much to see and do. The fishing was incredible and the weather played its part.

Huge thanks to your crew Dave, Blake, Olive, Patricia and Juan. What a team!!!. They were the best. Always on task, professional, energetic and knowledgeable. They were all so obliging in every aspect and complemented each other so well. The food was sensational!

Jenny & Keith, Auckland, New Zealand

A truly amazing experience, we highly recommend Fiordland Discovery and the Fiordland Jewel. It is a great way to discover one of the most beautiful parts of Aotearoa / New Zealand - indeed the world. The scenery is amazing - whether wet or fine!! Great walks along the way - and yes boots are dried and warm for the next adventure! Thank you to the crew for the wonderful insights into the history, stories, food and outings on the tender.

Neil and Greg, Greytown, New Zealand

What an incredible trip!! Rob and his crew were excellent, he and skipper Dave were so knowledgeable about the Fiords and everything there is to see and do. Amazing sea life - we saw humpback whales, dolphins, seals and a wide range of sea birds. Exploring the islands and bush was fantastic too. And the helicopter trip off the boat, incredible! Anyone considering a multi-night Fiordland trip, seriously consider Fiordland Discovery! They know their stuff!

Ben, Tauranga, New Zealand