Explore Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds and D'Urville Island aboard the Fiordland Jewel.
Join us on board the Fiordland Jewel on a six-night expedition to experience the natural beauty and tranquility of the Marlborough Sounds. Relax and take in the scenery while exploring the hidden bays and coves of Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds and d’Urville Island and keeping an eye out for seals, penguins, dolphins and native sea birds.
There will be opportunities to head ashore for short walks and visits to historic and natural sites, this area is steeped in Maori and European history. Maori canoes first visited these waters 1000 years ago. In 1642 Abel Tasman sailed past d’Urville Island; French and Russian explorers followed; and in the 1770s Captain James Cook arrived.
Enjoy the delights of this region’s produce, our talented on board chef will be highlighting the local seasonal produce and the seafood of this region and we’re also planning some shore excursions to local eateries and aquaculture farms too.
Immerse yourself in the scenery, nature and history and discover the best of what this region has to offer.
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. Larger groups can charter private sailings. Maximum of 18 passengers.
Your adventure will start in Picton. After meeting the crew and settling into your cabins you can relax while we cruise out into the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound/Totaranui. Here we will spend the next few days exploring the hidden bays and coves - and weather permitting there will be opportunities to head ashore for activities such as:
At some stage we will cruise towards French Pass and D’Urville Island/Rangitoto ki te Tonga which is at the outer edges of Marlborough Sounds. Here we will explore the bays and coastline of the imposing sea cliffs of this scenic island - there will be opportunities to head ashore for a short walk through native forest to enjoy the native bird life of this island which is free from the ravages of possums. There may also be opportunities for some kayaking and tender boat explorations.
From here we will head to Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere and Kenepuru Sound areas, the lesser visited and remote sounds. Here we will explore this area’s winding channel of water while cruising through untouched bushland, by quaint little towns and unpopulated beaches and coves - and again weather permitting there will be opportunities to head ashore for activities such as:
Watch the sunrise over your morning coffee and cooked breakfast and depart the Fiordland Jewel in Elaine Bay for a van transfer back to Picton.
The above sample itinerary is from Picton ending in Elaine Bay and Elaine Bay to Picton is in reverse.
Current availability in 2023:
Tuesday August 1 - Monday August 7 - all cabins or private charter a/v - 1 Governor, 4 Captain Cook, 2 Endeavour, 2 Resolution
Retail prices are based on twin share, GST inclusive and in NZD, includes transfer per person (one way) to or from Picton to Elaine Bay, excludes beverages purchased from our licensed bar on board the Fiordland Jewel. View cabins.
A negative Rapid Antigen Test is required to board The Fiordland Jewel.