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Fiordland National Park

Queenstown to queenstown
8 Night Southern 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.
  • Return 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
CHARTER
Ship
Sat 23 Jan 2021 10,950 13,950 204,000
Sat 30 Jan 2021 10,950 13,950 204,000
Sat 20 Feb 202110,95013,950204,000
Sat 27 Feb 202110,95013,950204,000
Sat 20 Mar 2021 10,95013,950204,000
Sat 27 Mar 202110,95013,950204,000
Sat 17 Apr 2021 10,95013,950204,000
Sat 24 Apr 2021 10,95013,950204,000

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
CHARTER
Ship
Sat 22 Jan 202211,950 14,950221,000
Sat 29 Jan 2022 11,950 14,950 221,000
Sat 19 Feb 2022 11,950 14,950 221,000
Sat 26 Feb 2022 11,950 14,950 221,000
Sat 19 Mar 2022 11,950 14,950 221,000
Sat 26 Mar 2022 11,950 14,950 221,000
Sat 16 Apr 2022 11,950 14,950 221,000
Sat 23 Apr 2022 11,950 14,950 221,000

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 booked your room for you. 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 - Breaksea 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. Our crew acquaint you with the ship and safety systems before starting our cruise through world-famous Breaksea Sound to our dinner anchorage for the evening.

Day 2 - Breaksea Sound

Day 3 - Dusky Sound

We depart after breakfast from Supper Cove with visits to Cascade Cove, Cook Channel, Fanny Bay and Nine Fathom Passage. 
A history talk over lunch as a lead in to planned activities. This is the beginning of the Moose story that will flow through to the next day. We do a tender trip ashore with the First Officer to visit the Seaforth Hut and if possible push further up the Seaforth River by tender or on foot.

Day 3 - Dusky Sound

Day 4 - Dusky Sound

Departing after breakfast we proceed to Sportsman’s Cove for morning tea with a history talk. The focus for the day is to complete the Moose story and look at some more Cook history. We continue on to Wet Jacket Arm to arrive at Pickersgill Harbour where a history and orientation talk is given over lunch. The plan for the day is to understand the work and impact of Captain Cook with a contrasting return to the present. We will accompany guests ashore in Pickersgill for a short walk to explore the area. Captain Cook careened the ‘Resolution’ here in 1773 and much evidence still exists of his crews work in this bay. This is adjacent to Astronomers Point where Cook completed historical navigation work.

Day 4 - Dusky Sound

Day 5 - Dusky Sound

We depart for Disappointment Cove after breakfast 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. After lunch we continue to Sunday Cove where over afternoon tea 
we hear the history of the venison industry in Dusky Sound. We cruise on to Third Cove in Vancouver Arm where we will spend the night.

Day 5 - Dusky Sound

Day - 6 Dusky Sound

After breakfast we explore Vancouver and Broughton arms. For those that wish, the Second Officer is available to take them fishing throughout the day. A walk ashore is also available with the Guide for those wishing to explore an intertidal area and bush at a creek on the SW corner of Broughton Arm.

Day - 6 Dusky Sound

Day 7 - Dagg Sound

Wake to the aroma of a hearty breakfast as we get to delve further into the Fiordland early history. We explore Dagg Sound and move north to explore the world-famous Doubtful Sound. This evening is the Captain’s farewell dinner and you have time to reflect on your adventure with the crew and fellow guests.

Day 7 - Dagg Sound

Day 8 - Doubtful Sound

The helicopters arrive after breakfast for your 10am scenic transfer to Te Anau. We expect to be at the Heritage Hotel by early afternoon where your room is booked for Saturday night. The afternoon is free to explore Queenstown. Perhaps concluding with dinner at a local vineyard or take the steamer boat across the lake to Walter Peak sheep station for dinner to give you a glimpse of life in the high country.

Day 8 - Doubtful 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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