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Fiordland National Park

Queenstown to Queenstown
8 Night Northern fiordland

These are incredible voyages through the New Zealand Fiordland National Park. With like-minded travellers, we share a world class scenery seldom visited that will often take your breath away. All the while enjoying fine gourmet dinners under the stars, the discovery of stunning beauty while paddling a kayak on the fiords, wander unexplored foreshores or simply relax on deck enjoying cocktails as you take in these outstanding world heritage site surroundings inside Fiordland.

  • Two nights at Heritage Hotel in Queenstown with breakfast.
  • Helicopter scenic transfer between Te Anau and the ship.
  • Six nights onboard the ship includes Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
  • Beer, wine, spirits, soft drink, juice, bottled water, tea and espresso coffee.
  • All suites with private en-suites, balconies and individual air-conditioning.
  • Exclusive shore excursions and interesting visits as detailed in itinerary.
  • Use of kayaks, paddle boards, tenders, snorkel and fishing equipment onboard.

PRICes 2021

PACIFIC
Suite
HORIZON
Suite
SOLO
Cabin 
CHARTER
Ship
Sat 09 Jan 2021 9,950 12,950 13,950213,000
Sat 16 Jan 2021 9,950 12,950 13,950213,000
Sat 06 Feb 2021 9.95012,95013,950213,000
Sat 13 Feb 2021 9,95012,95013,950213,000
Sat 06 Mar 20219,95012,95013,950213,000
Sat 13 Mar 2021 9,95012,95013,950213,000
Sat 03 Apr 2021 9,95012,95013,950213,000
Sat 10 Apr 2021 9,95012,95013,950213,000

Early Bird Saving 1,000 NZ Dollars Per Person for bookings paid in full prior 31 May 2020

Rates are per person twin share in NZ Dollars including taxes

PRICES 2022

PACIFIC
Suite
HORIZON
Suite
SOLO
Cabin 
CHARTER
Ship
Sat 08 Jan 2022 10,95013,950 14,950232,000
Sat 15 Jan 2022 10,950 13,950 14,950232,000
Sat 05 Feb 2022 10,95013,950 14,950232,000
Sat 12 Feb 2022 10.950 13,950 14,950 232,000
Sat 05 Mar 2022 10,950 13,950 14,950232,000
Sat 12 Mar 2022 10,950 13,950 14,950232,000
Sat 02 Apr 202210,950 13,950 14,950232,000
Sat 09 April 202210,950 13,950 14,950232,000 

Early Bird Saving 1,000 NZ Dollars Per Person for bookings paid in full prior 31 March 2021

Rates are per person twin share in NZ Dollars including taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 - Queenstown

On arrival in Queenstown please make your own way to the Heritage Hotel where we have your room booked. You have enough time to fall in love with this fabulous alpine village. Dinner at one of the many restaurants beside the lake is just one of the numerous options available in this beautiful town.

Day 1 - Queenstown

Day 2 - Doubtful Sound

We collect you at 8am for a private charter coach to Lake Te Anau. You are free to explore the town before the helicopters depart for your 20-minute scenic flight that will have you landing on the ship's helideck in beautiful Doubtful Sound. Our crew acquaint you with the ship and safety systems before starting our cruise through the world-famous Doubtful Sound and onto our secure anchorage for the evening.

Day 2 - Doubtful Sound

Day 3 - Nancy Sound

Today we are introduced to the beauty of Nancy Sound with trips to explore the shoreline of the fiord, where just a mere few have walked before you. The First Officer has a crayfish gathering outing in the afternoon. On our short sea passage between each fiord, you will see many sea birds, including albatross, and there could be the possibility to have a pod of dolphins visit the ship and on rare occasions even whales.

Day 3 - Nancy Sound

Day 4 - Charles Sound

We move north to Charles Sound for more exploring. This is one of our favourite fiords, with two beautiful arms. The Second Officer conducts a landing craft trip to push up the Irene River off the Emelius Arm. The natural beauty is amazing and we spend the evening at the top of the sound and enjoy these spectacular views and discuss more of the fascinating local history.

Day 4 - Charles Sound

Day 5 - Caswell Sound

We enter Caswell Sound where we trace the remnants of a 1905 and 1945 US-NZ scientific expedition that released 18 wapiti deer into the wild. These were a gift from President Roosevelt. The views are superb and the fishing even better. You may like to join the 1st officer for a crayfish and blue cod hunting trip to the head of the fiord to restock our fresh dinner supplies. We spend the night here at anchor.

Day 5 - Caswell Sound

Day 6 - George Sound

Tracking north we enter George Sound where we have access to the beautiful Alice waterfalls. Then there is the option of a hike up to the lakes above for those who are keen for the challenging walk. Anchorage Cove is another favourite with hot water springs, then a trip in the George River mouth and a stroll along the deserted foreshore. On clear evenings the unpolluted sky is full of stars and the top deck is your perfect viewing platform with the sounds of waterfalls in the background.

Day 6 -  George Sound

Day 7 - Bligh Sound

Bligh Sound is a Z-shaped fiord and named after William Bligh, the then Governor of New South Wales. We usually lunch and go ashore at beautiful Amazon Cove and hear the fascinating history and stories of the lost tribe and the Wild Natives River. Later, we travel north to enter the mighty Milford Sound and cruise the entire length, stopping under waterfalls along the way. Tonight is our famous farewell dinner, set in the gorgeous Harrison Cove with stunning views of magnificent Mitre Peak to round off a wonderful Fiordland adventure.

Day 7 - Bligh Sound

Day 8 - Milford Sound

Enjoy the beautiful views of world-famous Mitre Peak over breakfast before you disembark at 10am onto a scenic flight directly from Milford Sound to Queenstown. Expect to be at the Heritage Hotel by early afternoon where your room is booked for the Saturday night. The evening is free to explore Queenstown. Perhaps have dinner at a local vineyard or take a steamer boat across the lake to dine at Walter Peak Sheep Station and gain a glimpse of life at a high country sheep station.

Day 8 - Milford Sound

Day 9 - Queenstown

Your itinerary with us concludes after breakfast. We wish you safe onward travels and look forward to welcoming you back onboard with us again soon.

Day 9 - Queenstown

Feedback

Adventure Smith Explorations Adventure Specialist Andrew Browning reviews his Fiordland national park cruise aboard the Island Passage. Read on for his expert review and photos.

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 see 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.
Andrew Browning

 

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