We felt we were dealing with a company that really cared about its customers.

Fishing while the snow fell, and catching a few. The walks and the massive mountains are memories that we will treasure for a long time.

Brian’s knowledge of the history and the surrounding area helped us appreciate the life that the early settlers must have had.

Seeing a humpback whale was for the first time was definitely a bonus.


Cruise Fiordland
July to August

When you travel to Fiordland, you are visiting one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand!

The extraordinary beauty of Fiordland was recognised by the United Nations in 1986 when it was made a World Heritage Area. The Fiordland National Park was described as having “superlative natural phenomena” and “outstanding examples of… the earth’s evolutionary history”.

Fiordland’s west coast is deeply indented by 14 fiords spanning 215 kilometres of coastline. We focus our cruises further south than the more visited Milford Sound.

Doubtful Sound (also known as the “sound of silence”) is the second largest and 3 times longer than Milford. We also cruise Dusky Sound which is the largest at 40 kilometres long and eight kilometres wide. Captain Cook noted its entrance during his first voyage to New Zealand in 1770. On his second visit he established workshops and an observatory which we visit.

The top 3 metres of the water is fresh due to rain and melting snow. With the salt underneath, it’s crystal clear. Rain washes through the leaf litter on the forest floors and into the fiords, staining the surface water a dark tea colour. Some say the environment below the water is as unique as the landscape above.

This vast remote deep wilderness enclosed by giant moss-covered gnarled trees, towering waterfalls and steep cliff faces just cannot be put into words. Surrounded by ancient native bush, the area is uninhabited… and let’s not forget the world-class fishing.

All walks are optional – you may wish to just stay on board and relax.

Our vessel Affinity is ideally suited for getting up close to waterfalls and shore lines, providing guests with world-class photo opportunities. We serve hearty Kiwi-style meals for our small groups, often supplemented with freshly caught seafood. You will enjoy your own private cosy cabin to retreat to at the end of your adventure packed days.

Individual cruise details are in the sidebar of this page, or you can contact us for full detailed itinerary dates and availability.

 

Cruise Descriptions:

3 Night South Western Cruise with Helicopter transfers in and out of the Fiords

Chalky and Preservation Inlets

  • Travel in the path of Captain James Cook and learn all about the rich and fascinating history of his early voyages to this remote part of New Zealand
  • Learn the history of the thriving gold-mining town and sawmills of this region from the 1890’s
  • Walk through beautiful remote native rainforest that has never been cleared.
  • Get up close to stunning roaring waterfalls as they cascade down steep, sheer cliffs
  • Fish for grouper and other big species in the bountiful waterways of this pristine area
  • Walk to the most South-Western Lighthouse in NZ at Puysegur Point.
  • Visit the Historic remains at Tarawera Silver mine smelter, only accessible by boat.

4 Night Fiordland Express Cruise with helicopter flight into the Fiords

Dusky and Doubtful Sounds

  • Visit historic sites such as: the first European house site, first recorded shipwreck in New Zealand and where the first vessel was built by Europeans in 1795 and visit Astronomers Point where Captain Cooks Astronomer cleared the trees and recorded a transit of Venus at his first landing in Fiordland
  • Walk through beautiful remote native rainforest that has never been cleared.
  • Get up close to stunning roaring waterfalls as they cascade down steep, sheer cliffs
  • Fish for grouper and other big species in the bountiful waterways of this pristine area
  • Discover the raw dramatic beauty of Fiordland’s coast as you travel north to Doubtful Sound.

6 Night Scenic Fiordland Cruise

Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds

  • Travel in the path of Captain James Cook and learn all about the rich and fascinating history of his early voyages to this remote part of New Zealand
  • Visit historic sites such as: the first European house site, first recorded shipwreck in New Zealand and where the first vessel was built by Europeans in 1795 and visit Astronomers Point where Captain Cooks Astronomer cleared the trees and recorded a transit on Venus at his first landing in Fiordland
  • Walk through beautiful remote native rainforest that has never been cleared.
  • Get up close to stunning roaring waterfalls as they cascade down steep, sheer cliffs.
  • Fish for grouper and other big species in the bountiful waterways of this pristine area.
  • There are helicopter flight options on some cruises.
  • Experience coastal cruising with fantastic sights.

10 Night Southern Discovery Cruise –5 Southern Fiords Same as the 6 Night Scenic cruise PLUS more

Included is a helicopter flight like none other, fly over breath taking snow-capped mountains and spectacular terrain.

  • Learn the history of the thriving gold-mining town and sawmills of this region from the 1890’s
  • Walk through beautiful remote native rainforest that has never been cleared.
  • Get up close to stunning roaring waterfalls as they cascade down steep, sheer cliffs
  • Fish for grouper and other big species in the bountiful waterways of this pristine area
  • Walk to the most South-Western Lighthouse in NZ at Puysegur Point. The lighthouse was the last manned lighthouse in New Zealand, only becoming automated in the last few years
  • Visit the Historic remains at Tarawera Silver mine smelter, only accessible by boat.

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