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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 transfers 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 and individual air-conditioning.
  • Exclusive shore excursions and visits as detailed in itinerary.
  • Use of kayaks, paddleboards, tenders, snorkel and fishing equipment onboard.

PRICes 2020

PACIFIC
Suite
SOLO
Suite
HORIZON
Suite
Sat 4 Jan 2020 9,95012,950 12,950 
Sat 11 Jan 2020 9,950 12,950 12,950 
Sat 1 Feb 2020 9,95012,950 12,950
Sat 8 Feb 2020 9.950 12,950 12,950 
Sat 29 Feb 2020 9,950 12,950 12,950 
Sat 7 Mar 2020 9,950 12,950 12,950 
Sat 28 Mar 20209,950 12,950 12,950 
Sat 4 Apr 20209,950 12,950 12,950

Private Ship Charters from 198,000

Early Bird Saving 1,000 NZ Dollars Per Person for bookings paid in full prior 1 July 2019

Rates are per person twin share in NZ Dollars including taxes

PRICES 2021

PACIFIC
Suite
SOLO
Suite
HORIZON
Suite
Sat 9 Jan 2021 10,95013,950 13,950 
Sat 16 Jan 2021 10,950 13,950 13,950 
Sat 6 Feb 2021 10,95013,950 13,950
Sat 13 Feb 2021 10.950 13,950 13,950 
Sat 6 Mar 2021 10,950 13,950 13,950 
Sat 13 Mar 2021 10,950 13,950 13,950 
Sat 3 Apr 202110,950 13,950 13,950 
Sat 10 Apr 202110,950 13,950 13,950

Private Ship Charters from 215,000

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

Rates are per person twin share n NZ Dollars including taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 - Queenstown

On arrival in Queenstown please make your own way to the Heritage Hotel where we have booked your room for you. You have time enough 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 - Te Anau / Fiordland

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. We acquaint you with the crew, the ship and safety systems before starting our cruise through world-famous Doubtful Sound to our anchorage for the evening.

Day 2 - Te Anau / Fiordland

Day 3 - Nancy and Charles Sound

Wake to the sounds and beauty of Nancy Sound with trips to explore the shoreline of the fiords along with a planned crayfish-gathering outing. Later we move the ship north to Charles Sound for more exploring. This is one of our favourite fiords for the sheer natural beauty and we spend the evening on anchor at the head of Charles Sound with a perfect anchorage to enjoy these spectacular views.

Day 3 - Nancy and Charles Sound

Day 4 - Caswell Sound

We enter Caswell Sound where we trace the remnants of a 1905 and 1945 US-NZ scientific expedition that released some 18 wapiti deer into the wild.These were a gift from US 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 at anchor.

Day 4 - Caswell Sound

Day 5 - 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 5 - George Sound

Day 6 - 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. Then later, we anchor up in the secluded Bounty Haven and hear the fascinating history and stories of the lost tribe and the Wild Natives River. The taste of the ocean and abundant fresh air makes us hungry so chef will prepare yet another gourmet dinner this evening.

Day 6 -  Bligh Sound

Day 7 - Towards Milford

We cruise north up the coast, calling at Sutherland Sound and Poison Bay if the weather is suitable. On our short sea passages you will see many of our sea birds including albatross and there could be the possibility to see dolphins and on rare occasions even whales. We settle into a comfortable anchorage and prepare for the Captain’s dinner when you will have time to reflect on your adventure with the crew and fellow guests while deep in the heart of Fiordland.

Day 7 - Towards Milford

Day 8 - Milford Sound / Queenstown

We enter the magnificent Milford Sound and leisurely cruise the entire length while stopping for a fresh water shower at several waterfalls along the way. We view the world-famous Mitre Peak and Harrison Cove before disembarking at 1pm. There is a coach ride to Te Anau and then a scenic flight to Queenstown. You expect to be at the Heritage Hotel by 5pm where your room is booked for Saturday night. The night is free to explore Queenstown, dinner at a lakeside restaurant or a local vineyard. Another option is take the steamer across the lake to Walter Peak sheep station for dinner to give you a glimpse of life in the high country.

Day 8 - Milford Sound / Queenstown

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 Advetntiure 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 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.
Andrew Browning

 

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