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October-November 2017

This 5-night cruise allows guests the ultimate access, in safety and comfort, to the wonders of this majestic World heritage site. This is an invitation to explore the Fiordland National Park alongside ecology guides who travel with us into the heart of the region to discover the beauty of this geological mosaic.




Sunday - Helicopter transfers from Te Anau to ship inside Fiordland.
Five nights on 'Island Passage' with breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
Complimentary full bar with wine, beer, spirits, juices and water.
Guided fiord and tours ashore with our Fiordland experienced crew.
Friday - Helicopter transfers from onboard the ship to Te Anau.

Cruise price is per person/share twin basis in New Zealand Dollars.


Book and pay in full within 7 days of confirmation and receive a saving of $NZ1,000 per person.
Valid for all new bookings confirmed by the 31st July 2017.

2017 Season CASTAWAY
Sun 01 Oct 2017 NZD $5,950 NZD $7,950 NZD $7,950 NZD $8,950 Enquire
Sun 08 Oct 2017 NZD $5,950 NZD $7,950 NZD $7,950 NZD $8,950 Enquire
Sun 15 Oct 2017 NZD $5,950 NZD $7,950 NZD $7,950 NZD $8,950 Enquire
Sun 22 Oct 2017 NZD $5,950 NZD $7,950 NZD $7,950 NZD $8,950 Enquire
Sun 29 Oct 2017 NZD $5,950 NZF $7,950 NZD $7,950 NZD $8,950 Enquire

  Should the Solo Cabin be unavailable, a single occupancy surcharge of 70% applies to alternative categories. 






Day 1

We meet at Southern Lakes Helicopters on the Te Anau waterfront at 2pm for the scenic helicopter flights out to the ship in Dusky Sound. On arrival we acquaint you with the crew, the ship and safety systems before starting our cruise to Facile Harbour. Where we settle on for the evening.

Day 2

The focus for today is getting to know one another and to delve into the early history of Dusky Sound. There are fishing and long line recovery activities with the Chief Mate, a tender tour to the the head of Pickersgill Harbour where the remains of a 1790 vessel are still visible, and a demonstration of the amazing echo that the vertical faces in the head of the harbour generate.

After breakfast a leisurely cruise from Facile Harbour to Fixed Head via Earshell Cove. Once off Fixed Head the tender can be launched and the ships cray pots worked off the Head. Limited passengers can accompany the 2nd Mate and assist with this task of emptying, baiting and setting the pots (for the following trip).

The vessel can then continue on to Pickersgill Harbour arriving in time for lunch. A history and orientation talk is given over a lunch as a lead in to planned activities. The focus for the day is to understand the work and impact of Captain Cook with a contrasting return to the present that is delivered through the cray fishing base in Luncheon Cove and an introduction to conservation and pest control.

The Chief Officer or the Guide accompany passengers ashore in Pickersgill for a short walk and explore of the area. Captain Cook careened the ‘Resolution’ here in 1773 and much evidence still exists of his crews work in this bay. This is also adjacent to Astronomers Point where Cook completed valuable and historical navigational work.

Passengers are then returned to the vessel for afternoon tea.

The second activity is an excursion to Luncheon Cove. Cook named luncheon Cove as a result of him sitting on the beach at the head of the cove for lunch. It’s also the site of the first sealers camp and the first ship construction in Australasia from all Australasian timber.

The final activity is a BBQ based on the seafood and crayfish recovered the previous day and this morning. This is a great opportunity for an informal gathering where crew and passengers can all get to know one another.

Day 3

Depart after breakfast for Supper Cove via Cascade Cove, Cook Channel, Fanny Bay and Nine Fathom Passage arriving about 12:30.

A history and orientation talk is given over a lunch as a lead in to planned activities. This is the beginning of the Moose story, which will flow through to the next day. Focus for the day is on history, scenery and late in the day the Moose and Axis Deer story. 

A planned activity is a tender trip ashore with the Chief Officer or Guide to visit the Seaforth Hut and if possible push up the Seaforth River by tender or on foot.
Upon returning to the vessel we move to Shark Cove for the night. Fishing is an option around Girlies Island with the Chief Officer.

Note: days 1, 2 and 3 are interchangeable dependent on weather conditions

Day 4

Depart after breakfast and proceed to a position suitable off of Sportsman’s Cove for morning tea with a history and orientation talk. The focus for the day is to complete the Moose story and look at some additional Cook history. A tender ride into Sportsman’s Cove is available for those wishing to explore inside the cove.

Continue on to Wet Jacket Arm with lunch whilst underway arriving off Herrick creek in time for afternoon tea and a history and orientation talk. This is the conclusion of the Moose story and for those interested a tender trip to Herrick creek and a walk ashore. The vessel will then move to anchor at Oke Island for the evening.

Day 5

We depart after breakfast for Disappointment Cove on Resolution Island to arrive in time for lunch. The focus for this day is on conservation and the history, impact and efforts to mitigate the impact of introduced fauna on Fiordland.  This topic will allow us to recap on some of the areas covered over the proceeding days.

After lunch the vessel will continue to Sunday Cove where over afternoon tea the focus is on the history of the venison industry in Dusky. The vessel then continues on to Third Cove in Vancouver Arm where it will spend the night.  The day concludes with a formal dinner.

Day 6

Following breakfast the vessel will explore Vancouver and Broughton Arms.  This is a day of relaxation and reflection. The helicopters begin arriving at 10:30 am to shuttle passengers to Southern Lakes Helicopters on Lake Te Anau where your cruise finishes.

Flexibility is a hallmark of small ship cruising. Our day-to-day itineraries are subject to change, sometimes without notice, due to operational reasons, the remoteness of the destination and/or the weather and sea conditions. All decisions of change are final at the Captain’s discretion.

This World Heritage Park is full of some of the world’s most magnificent scenery. Located on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Fiordland stretches over 120 miles (200 kilometres) from Milford Sound in the north to Preservation Inlet in the south. The Park covers some 1.25 million hectares and is the largest National Park in New Zealand. It is also one of the wettest places in the world but it is this rain that contributes to the area's beauty. Waterfalls tumble down steep mountains to the fiords and rain nourishes rich beech forest. The extraordinary Fiordland coastline and very deep branching lakes were carved out by glaciers millions of years ago. The glaciers left behind a land internationally acclaimed for its absolutely spectacular scenery, isolation and uninhabited environment which became a designated World Heritage Area in 1986.

AdventureSmith Explorations Specialist Andrew Browning reviews his Fiordland National Park Cruise aboard the Island Passage. 

The scenery in these remote sounds is stunning. We had some mornings with very calm waters deep in the fjords. Surrounding the narrow waterways are mountains, steep cliffs and waterfalls. Nearly every inch is covered with vegetation except for where landslides have swept it away. When you go out into the Tasman Sea to go between the fjords, there are a lot of sea birds, including albatross that tend to follow the ship, especially when fish are being caught. You can also sea dolphins, typically near Milford Sound. The dolphins like the Island Passage ship because of the catamaran dual hull. They like to swim in front of the ship riding in the water being pushed by the vessel. Fur seals can also be seen in some areas of Fiordland.

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