Fiordland, a special wilderness corner of New Zealand offers nature at its best. Our 2018 group commented on becoming totally absorbed in the remoteness and beauty of Fiordland on their six-night adventure on board ‘Milford Wanderer.’ Enjoy exploring coves, islands, beaches and bush with names hitherto unknown with opportunities to walk, kayak and throw out a fishing line.
Spend the first night in Te Anau, cruise across Lake Manapouri, coach over picturesque Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound before boarding the ‘Milford Wanderer’ - and this is only the beginning. Cruise out of Doubtful, known as ‘The Sound of Silence’ with its inspiring backdrop, to the sea and Dusky Sound with time to explore this historic and beautiful coastline. Chalky Inlet and Preservation Inlet are all part of this special adventure where nature, history and scenery make this a journey with a difference. Broad beaches allow excellent opportunities for landing, walking and exploring in your own time. A concluding highlight is the helicopter ride to the West Arm of Lake Manapouri where a visit to the underground power station is included. Overnight in Te Anau before returning to Queenstown and a flight home.
Option to extend your stay in Queenstown are available.
Depart Auckland on a morning flight direct to Queenstown. Transfer by coach to the lakeside town of Te Anau for an overnight stay. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast transfer to Manapouri, cruise across the lake and coach over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove. Board the ‘Milford Wanderer’ and cruise out of Doubtful Sound and along the coastline to Breaksea. Time to relax and enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board your home for the next six nights.
Cruise through Acheron Passage to Dusky Sound and visit the Shag Islands and Sportsman Cove and in the afternoon visit Luncheon Cove, the site of New Zealand’s first European and sealers settlements. Optional walk available.
Begin with a visit to early conservationist Richard Henry’s house on Pigeon Island. Cruise Facile Harbour, site of New Zealand’s first-known European ship wreck. Cruise through the narrow channels of Resolution Island with the opportunity for kayaking or walking.
Visit Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomers Pt – named and used by Captain Cook in 1773. A three-hour sea passage takes us to Chalky Inlet for a beach walk in the solitude of South Port and a visit to an old sawmill site. Anchor at North Port for the night.
In the morning visit the town site of Cromarty and the mining relics of
Te Oneroa with the option of a 5km walk to Puysegur Point Lighthouse in the afternoon.
A day to explore the historic area including Tarawera smelter, the site of New Zealand’s first operational whaling station and the golden beaches of Spit Island.
After breakfast enjoy a spectacular helicopter flight from Weka Island to the West Arm of Manapouri. Visit the underground power station before cruising across the lake to Manapouri and on to Te Anau for our Farewell Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast return by coach to Queenstown for your flight home. There is also the opportunity to extend your time in the picturesque south. Please contact us for details.
(Other centres on request)
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|One night- Airport hotel pre tour from||$185|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change
We strongly advise all participants take out suitable travel Insurance to cover cancellation costs. Please ask for a quote.
To ensure the tour is enjoyable for you, a reasonable standard of fitness and mobility is required, as climbing on and off the various boats can be demanding.
The ‘Milford Wanderer’
Launched in 1992 and re-fitted in 2011, the 30m purpose-built ‘Milford Wanderer’ was adapted from the designs of early sailing scows.
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* Itinerary subject to change